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  ARGENTINA  


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Tucker, Estudian.22.1 
 2. Green, Instituto19.8 
 3. Solano, Echague19.7 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.18.6 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.17.7 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Mickeal, Atenas17.1 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.16.8 
 9. Lampropoulos, Boca J.16.4 
 10. Horner, Obras B.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.0 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.2 
 3. Clancy, Instituto9.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.6 
 5. Justiz, Estudian.8.9 
 6. Johnson, Atenas8.9 
 7. Francis, La Union8.7 
 8. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.7 
 9. Wood, San M.8.6 
 10. Caracter, Echague8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Franco BALBI
  Ferrocarril
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.3 
 2. Stanic, Olimpico.6.3 
 3. Barral, Obras B.6.0 
 4. Konsztadt, La Union5.4 
 5. Aguirre, San L.5.4 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.0 
 7. Figueroa, Penarol4.5 
 8. De-l., GECR I.4.5 
 9. Ciorciari, Instituto4.4 
 10. Hopson, Quimsa4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ivan BASUALDO
  Quilm.
  (202-F/C-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Basualdo, Quilm.2.0 
 2. Solano, Echague2.0 
 3. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.1.8 
 5. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 6. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 7. Vildoza, Quilm.1.6 
 8. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 9. Redivo, Weber B.1.4 
 10. Balbi, Ferrocarril1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 3. Richard, Obras B.1.5 
 4. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 5. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 6. Calfani, San L.1.3 
 7. Clancy, Instituto1.2 
 8. Meyinsse, San L.1.2 
 9. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 
 10. Acuna, Penarol1.0 


Will McDonald (ex Jiangsu D.) agreed terms with Boca Jrs - by Eurobasket News

Aerochaco Boca Juniors Capital Feder (LigaA) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 38-year old American center Will McDonald (211-116kg-79, college: S.Florida). He started the season at Jiangsu Nangang Dragons Nanjing in Chinese CBA league. In 14 games he recorded 14.9ppg and 9.3rpg this season. The last summer McDonald played at Caciques in Puerto Rican BSN where in 5 games he averaged 11.4ppg and 5.0rpg.
In 2003 he was drafted by Dodge City Legend (USBL) in fifth round (46th overall).
The former University of South Florida staris in his 14th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team won Spanish ACB Regular Season in 2009. McDonald received also Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA Center of the Year award back in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to McDonald's pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in six different countries. McDonald has played previously professionally also in France, Iran (Azad), Philippines (SM Beermen), Spain (Joventut, Baskonia, Movil Estudiantes and Gran Canaria), Puerto Rico (Cangrejeros and Mets) and China (Sturgeons and Monkey Kings).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Boca Jrs.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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  AUSTRALIA  


Sabres ink Jerry Evans, ex Lavrio - by Hugh McAuliffe

Sandringham Sabres (SEABL) signed 27-year old American forward Jerry Evans (203-95kg-90, college: Nevada). He played most recently at GS Lavrio in Greek A1 league, but left the team in Dec.'15. In 9 games he had 5.9ppg and 2.8rpg last season. Evans won NBA Pro Summer League in Utah championship title and the Supercup. He was voted Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League 3rd Team in 2015.
Evans has played previously professionally in Poland (AZS Koszalin) and Cyprus (Apoel).
He attended University of Nevada until 2014 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRIA  


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

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

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

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

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

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



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  BAHAMAS  


Latinbasket.com All-Bahamas NPBA Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Latinbasket.com All-Bahamas NPBA 1st Team 2017
Salathiel Dean
Dean
Kemsy Sylvestre
Sylvestre
Michael Bain
Bain
Livingston Munnings
Munnings
Eugene Bain
Bain

Finals MVP: Eugene Bain (195-C/F-88) of Regulators
Player of the Year: Eugene Bain (195-C/F-88) of Regulators
Guard of the Year: Michael Bain (SG) of Giants
Forward of the Year: Eugene Bain (195-C/F-88) of Regulators
Center of the Year: Livingston Munnings (C) of Cybots

1st Team
: Salathiel Dean of Shockers
: Kemsy Sylvestre of Bahamas Univ.
SG: Michael Bain (SG) of Giants
C: Livingston Munnings (C) of Cybots
C/F: Eugene Bain (195-C/F-88) of Regulators

2nd Team
: Domonique Fernander of Pirates
: Chico Francis of Pros
: Justin Smith of Bahamas Univ.
G: Ernest Saunders (188-G) of Cybots
: Gameliel Rose of Regulators

3rd Team
: Anthony Williams of Rebels
: Anthony Whylly of Stingers
: Devon Ferguson of Stingers
: Tevin Hudson of Pirates
: William Rigby of Shockers

Honorable Mention
Mario Pickstock of Legends
Rashad Woodside of Cleaners
Tehran Cox (185-G-87) of Giants
Trent Cox (196-F) of Giants
Jeffrey Henfield (193-PG-85) of Giants
Karon Pratt (185-G) of Giants
Gibran Smith of Giants
David Taylor of Giants
Brian Bain (190-G-81) of Regulators
Miguel Mackey of Regulators
Cordarro Pinder of Cybots
Kevin Wright (178-PG) of Pirates



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  BAHRAIN  


Manama lift basketball league title - by Eurobasket News

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



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  BELGIUM  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Jason CLARK
  Antwerp
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Clark, Antwerp17.4 
 2. Miller-M., Leuven16.9 
 3. Bowman, Spirou16.7 
 4. Tofi, Aalstar15.7 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .15.3 
 6. Troisfontain., Aalst.14.2 
 7. Simpson, Liege13.9 
 8. Ware, Antwerp13.7 
 9. Channels, Kango.13.6 
 10. Badji, Kangoeroes13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Anderson, Antwerp8.5 
 2. Amis, Aalstar7.2 
 3. Badji, Kangoeroes6.9 
 4. Ubel, Brussels6.7 
 5. Samhan, Leuven6.6 
 6. Fields, Liege6.5 
 7. Ware, Antwerp6.4 
 8. Simmons, Brussels6.2 
 9. Dowe, Brussels5.9 
 10. Tuttle, Limburg .5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Miller-M., Leuven5.5 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.2 
 3. Channels, Kango.5.0 
 4. Loubry, Brussels4.8 
 5. Anderson, Limburg .4.6 
 6. Marnegrave, Spirou4.4 
 7. Bosco, Mons-Hai.4.1 
 8. Clark, Antwerp4.1 
 9. Hertay, Liege3.7 
 10. Tuttle, Limburg .3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Miller-M., Leuven1.9 
 2. Simpson, Liege1.6 
 3. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 4. Hertay, Liege1.5 
 5. Channels, Kango.1.5 
 6. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 7. Muya, Brussels1.3 
 8. Billbury, Leuven1.3 
 9. Troisfontain., Aalst.1.2 
 10. Clark, Antwerp1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill AMIS
  Aalstar
  (206-PF-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Amis, Aalstar1.5 
 2. Fields, Liege1.0 
 3. Boukichou, Oostende0.9 
 4. Fusek, Spirou0.9 
 5. Henry, Kangoeroes0.8 
 6. Blair, Aalstar0.7 
 7. Bako, Leuven0.7 
 8. Ware, Antwerp0.7 
 9. Ubel, Brussels0.7 
 10. Samhan, Leuven0.6 


D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nick CELIS
  Oxaco
  (196-G-88)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Celis, Oxaco20.3 
 2. Lhoest, Ninane19.9 
 3. Moris, Royal Brussels18.9 
 4. Lambrecht, Gistel O.17.6 
 5. Wachowiak, Gembo B.16.5 
 6. Hilliman, Melsele16.4 
 7. Maesen, Houthalen16.4 
 8. Baptista, Gistel O.16.2 
 9. Van-Hoey, Oxaco16.2 
 10. Guillemyn, Waregem15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Lhoest, Ninane13.3 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele9.5 
 3. Lambrecht, Gistel O.9.4 
 4. Moris, Royal Brussels8.3 
 5. Celis, Oxaco7.6 
 6. Vermeersch, Gembo B.7.5 
 7. Gorremans, Soba7.4 
 8. Bogaerts, Soba7.0 
 9. De-Pooter, Gent H.6.9 
 10. Fall, Ieper6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Sam HEMELEERS
  Gistel O.
  (180-G-95)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Hemeleers, Gistel O.5.4 
 2. Lhote, Gent Hawks4.4 
 3. Celis, Oxaco4.3 
 4. Goethaert, Gembo B.4.3 
 5. Lhoest, Ninane3.6 
 6. Mwendanga, Giants B.3.5 
 7. Kanda-K., Giants B3.2 
 8. Maesen, Houthalen3.2 
 9. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.3.1 
 10. Wachowiak, Gembo B.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Lars DE LEPELEIRE
  Wareg.
  (175-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.2.1 
 2. Benzouien, Royal B.2.1 
 3. Goethaert, Gembo B.1.8 
 4. Celis, Oxaco1.6 
 5. Van-Hoey, Oxaco1.6 
 6. Van-d., Ekeren1.5 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.1.5 
 8. Riahi, RPC A.1.5 
 9. Hemeleers, Gistel O.1.4 
 10. Hall, Royal Brussels1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick HILLIMAN
  Melsele
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Hilliman, Melsele0.9 
 2. Fall, Ieper0.9 
 3. Vermeersch, Gembo B.0.9 
 4. Van-d., Gent Hawks0.8 
 5. De-Pooter, Gent H.0.7 
 6. Lambrecht, Gistel O.0.7 
 7. Samaey, Waregem0.6 
 8. Rogiers, Giants B0.6 
 9. Wachowiak, Gembo B.0.6 
 10. Bouckaert, Gembo B.0.4 


Top Division I Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Oxaco and Gembo BBC enter semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Oxaco - Giants B 87-72

Oxaco held off Giants B to advance into the semifinal stage. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-72. Oxaco forced 22 Giants B turnovers. 30 personal fouls committed by Giants B helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Nick Celis (196-88) who scored 26 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Christopher Pegg (185-82) chipped in 19 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Bryan De-Valck (192-95) who recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and center Bert Van-Den-Broek (201-92) added 18 points respectively. Giants B's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Oxaco: N.Celis 26+8reb+1ast, C.Pegg 19+3reb+5ast, E.Derby 10+13reb+2ast, M.Van Gelder 9+7reb+1ast, S.Van Hoey 8+2reb+1ast, M.De Meyer 7+1reb
Giants B: B.Van Den Broek 18+4reb, M.Mwendanga 16+2reb, B.De Valck 10+10reb+2ast, P.Peeters 9+3reb+1ast, T.Vervoort 6+1ast, R.Rogiers 4+4reb
gschID: 544468


Gembo BBC - Soba 72-57

Gembo BBC topped Soba to gain the semifinal birth. The game without a history. Gembo BBC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Gembo BBC shot 21 for 28 from the free-throw line, while Soba only scored four points from the stripe. Gembo BBC forced 19 Soba turnovers. The best player for the winners was center Anthony Vermeersch (202-90) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Center Pieter Van-Rillaer (198-81) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Gembo BBC players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Mitchel Gorremans (191-85) who recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and Stig Ronge (-97) added 14 points respectively.
Top scorers:
Gembo BBC: P.Van Rillaer 17+6reb, T.Goethaert 14+4reb+4ast, A.Vermeersch 14+11reb+2ast, S.Renier 13+3reb+1ast, J.Bouckaert 7+6reb+2ast, T.Beaujean 5+1reb+2ast
Soba: S.Ronge 14+1ast, M.Gorremans 10+11reb, Y.Deville 7+3reb+2ast, V.Vanden Berghe 7+3reb, J.Balanga 5+3reb+1ast, D.Bogaerts 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 544467





Jean-Marc Jaumin will take over Aalstar - by Eurobasket News

Crelan Okapi Aalstar (Euromillions League) agreed terms with 47-year old Belgian coach Jean-Marc Jaumin. He started the season at Geneve Lions in Swiss LNA league. Jaumin helped them to win the cup. The last season he coached at Lugano Tigers (also in LNA). Jaumin contributed to his team winning the Supercup and make to league semifinals.
He is quite experienced player. Jaumin has coached also professionally in Greece, Holland (Den Helder), Spain and Belgium (Oostende).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BOSNIA  

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.19.7 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak18.3 
 3. Kovacevic, Spars S.17.2 
 4. Jovanovic, Spars S.16.7 
 5. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.16.1 
 6. Negovanovic, Gradj.15.7 
 7. Pelkic, Leotar15.4 
 8. Hasandic, Sloboda .14.6 
 9. Stanojevic, Mlado.14.3 
 10. Markovic, Gradj.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Obrad TOMIC
  Kakanj
  (206-C-93)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Tomic, Kakanj9.8 
 2. Kastropil, Siroki P.8.7 
 3. Markovic, Gradj.8.3 
 4. Pelkic, Leotar7.8 
 5. Stanojevic, Mlado.7.6 
 6. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.7.3 
 7. Marojevic, Gradj.7.1 
 8. Kadic, Bosnjak6.8 
 9. Karacic, Siroki P.6.7 
 10. Brummitt, Zrinjski.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jan MOCNIK
  Siroki P.
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Mocnik, Siroki P.8.3 
 2. Knezevic, Zrinjski.5.7 
 3. Princ, Zrinjski HT4.8 
 4. Fekete, Leotar4.6 
 5. Luzajic, Leotar4.0 
 6. Aleksic, Mladost3.9 
 7. Vasiljevic, Bosna-Ro.3.9 
 8. Dovadzija, Bosnjak3.9 
 9. Zahiragic, Spars S.3.7 
 10. Svilar, Kakanj3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.2.4 
 2. Brown, Sloboda .2.0 
 3. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak1.9 
 4. Mocnik, Siroki P.1.7 
 5. Princ, Zrinjski HT1.6 
 6. Dreznjak, Siroki P.1.4 
 7. Samadan, Zrinjski.1.4 
 8. Karacic, Siroki P.1.3 
 9. Sarajlic, Bosnjak1.3 
 10. Dovadzija, Bosnjak1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Franko KASTROPIL
  Siroki P.
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Kastropil, Siroki P.1.1 
 2. Sturanovic, Bosna-Ro.1.0 
 3. Brummitt, Zrinjski.1.0 
 4. Karacic, Siroki P.1.0 
 5. Pelkic, Leotar0.8 
 6. Radmilovic, Leotar0.7 
 7. Latifagic, Sloboda .0.6 
 8. Tomic, Kakanj0.6 
 9. Milosevic, Gradjanski0.6 
 10. Marojevic, Gradj.0.6 


Division I Round 10 (Second Stage): Igokea defeats Sloboda Tuzla in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Igokea (9-1) which hosted in Aleksandrovac 4th ranked Sloboda Tuzla (5-5). First ranked Igokea had an easy win 77-61. 24 personal fouls committed by Sloboda Tuzla helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian guard Vuk Radivojevic (196-83) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized Croatian center Robert Rikic (219-90) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Nedzad Muratovic (201-95) replied with 15 points for Sloboda Tuzla. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first position in I with 9-1 record. Sloboda Tuzla at the other side keeps the fourth place with five games lost.
An interesting game for Bosna-Royal (7-3) which hosted in Sarajevo one of their biggest challengers Zrinjski HT (5-5). Second ranked Bosna-Royal managed to get a 6-point victory 92-86. The former international point guard Sasa Vasiljevic (183-79, agency: BeoBasket) scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Marko Josilo chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international point guard Drasko Knezevic (186-93) responded with 23 points and 4 assists. Newly promoted Bosna-Royal maintains second position in I with 7-3 record having just three point less than leader Siroki Primorka. Zrinjski HT at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost.
Kakanj's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after nine consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Spars Sarajevo (3-7) 69-60 on Wednesday. Obrad Tomic notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 9 points and 4 assists by Maksim Kovacevic did not help to save the game for Spars Sarajevo. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Kakanj maintains sixth position in I with 1-9 record. Loser Spars Sarajevo keeps the fifth place with seven games lost.
A very interesting game took place in Trebinje. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Siroki Primorka (6-2) to tenth ranked Leotar (4-4) 78-77 on Wednesday evening. Bojan Pelkic fired a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks for the winners. Leotar moved-up to eighth place in I. Siroki Primorka at the other side keeps the seventh position with two games lost.

In the last game of round 10
In I bottom-ranked Bosnjak beat Mladost on the road 85-77.

Liga 6
Igokea - Sloboda Tuzla 77-61

An interesting game for Igokea (9-1) which hosted in Aleksandrovac 4th ranked Sloboda Tuzla (5-5). First ranked Igokea had an easy win 77-61. 24 personal fouls committed by Sloboda Tuzla helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian guard Vuk Radivojevic (196-83) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized Croatian center Robert Rikic (219-90) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Nedzad Muratovic (201-95) replied with 15 points and Serbian power forward Bozo Djumic (208-92) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Sloboda Tuzla. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first position in I with 9-1 record. Sloboda Tuzla at the other side keeps the fourth place with five games lost.
Top scorers:
Sloboda Tuzla: N.Muratovic 15+4reb, B.Djumic 14+5reb, E.Latifagic 8+5reb+2ast, E.Ahmedovic 8+4reb, D.Brown 7+5reb+6ast, A.Hasandic 3+1reb+6ast
Igokea: V.Radivojevic 13+6reb+1ast, R.Rikic 11+5reb, B.Mahkovic 10+2reb+2ast, J.Robinson 9+3reb+1ast, N.Pesakovic 9+3reb+1ast, S.Micovic 9+1reb+2ast
gschID: 540888


Kakanj - Spars Sarajevo 69-60

Kakanj's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after nine consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Spars Sarajevo (3-7) 69-60 on Wednesday. They outrebounded Spars Sarajevo 46-32 including 32 on the defensive glass. Center Obrad Tomic (206-93) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort and swingman Dejan Sakotic (195-93, agency: PEPI SPORT) supported him with 15 points. Even 9 points and 4 assists by Serbian guard Maksim Kovacevic (196-87) did not help to save the game for Spars Sarajevo. International point guard Adi Zahiragic (187-95) added 13 points for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Kakanj maintains sixth position in I with 1-9 record. Loser Spars Sarajevo keeps the fifth place with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
Spars Sarajevo: A.Zahiragic 13+2reb+2ast, I.Djukovic 9+2reb+1ast, A.Stepanovic 9+5reb+1ast, M.Kovacevic 9+4reb+4ast, S.Djordjevic 6+6reb+4ast, B.Babovic 6+1reb+1ast
Kakanj: O.Tomic 20+14reb+3ast, D.Sakotic 15+4reb+1ast, V.Svilar 11+2reb+2ast, E.Merdanovic 9+5reb, A.Muflizovic 8+6reb+1ast, H.Curevac 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 540889


Bosna-Royal - Zrinjski HT 92-86

An interesting game for Bosna-Royal (7-3) which hosted in Sarajevo one of their biggest challengers Zrinjski HT (5-5). Second ranked Bosna-Royal managed to get a 6-point victory 92-86. Bosna-Royal dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Zrinjski HT's 32. They outrebounded Zrinjski HT 36-22 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international point guard Sasa Vasiljevic (183-79, agency: BeoBasket) scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Marko Josilo (200-92) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international point guard Drasko Knezevic (186-93) responded with 23 points and 4 assists and the former international point guard Vedran Princ (191-82) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Five Bosna-Royal and four Zrinjski HT players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Bosna-Royal maintains second position in I with 7-3 record having just three point less than leader Siroki Primorka. Zrinjski HT at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost.
Top scorers:
Zrinjski HT: D.Knezevic 23+1reb+4ast, V.Princ 17+5reb+3ast, B.Djurasovic 16+5reb+1ast, T.Brummitt 16+5reb+2ast, I.Begic 5+2reb, L.Samadan 5+3reb+1ast
Bosna-Royal: M.Josilo 17+7reb+1ast, S.Vasiljevic 16+5reb+8ast, V.Djordjevic 15+4reb+2ast, H.Delalic 13+3reb+5ast, S.Dragicevic 11+5reb+1ast, L.Campara 6+2reb
gschID: 540890


Places 7-13
Leotar - Siroki Primorka 78-77

A very interesting game took place in Trebinje. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Siroki Primorka (6-2) to tenth ranked Leotar (4-4) 78-77 on Wednesday evening. Leotar had a 32-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Montenegrin forward Bojan Pelkic (204-83) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks for the winners. Guard Stefan Mijovic (196-95) chipped in 18 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Power forward Mateo Colak (206-98) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds and Croatian center Ivan Karacic (202-96, agency: PEPI SPORT) added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Five Leotar and four Siroki Primorka players scored in double figures. Leotar moved-up to eighth place in I. Siroki Primorka at the other side keeps the seventh position with two games lost.
Top scorers:
Siroki Primorka: M.Colak 20+8reb+2ast, D.Dreznjak 19+5reb, M.Dreznjak 17+3reb+4ast, I.Karacic 12+8reb+4ast, J.Batinic 8+4reb+4ast, L.Susak 1+3reb
Leotar: B.Pelkic 18+13reb+4ast, S.Mijovic 18+9reb+7ast, M.Luzajic 15+4reb+6ast, V.Aleksic 13+9reb+2ast, L.Radmilovic 10+5reb+2ast, S.Milanovic 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 540892


Mladost - Bosnjak 77-85

There was a small surprise when eleventh ranked Bosnjak (3-5) beat 9th ranked Mladost (3-5) in Mrkonjic Grad 85-77. Point guard Adi Sarajlic (180-93) fired 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. The former international forward Mujo Tuljkovic (202-79, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Bosnjak players scored in double figures. Serbian point guard Milijan Bocka (185-82) produced 22 points and 6 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and Serbian center Bojan Stanojevic (203-88) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Mladost's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bosnjak maintains eleventh position in I with 3-5 record.
Top scorers:
Mladost: M.Bocka 22+1reb+6ast, B.Stanojevic 16+9reb+2ast, L.Markovic 13+3reb+2ast, M.Ljuboja 8+3reb+1ast, F.Patkovic 7+3reb, A.Ivetic 5+1ast
Bosnjak: A.Sarajlic 16+4reb+6ast, E.Mujic 16+5reb, M.Tuljkovic 12+9reb+4ast, M.Ferhatbegovic 12+1reb+2ast, J.Brankovic 11+3reb+2ast, D.Petkovic 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 540891





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

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

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

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

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

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



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  BRAZIL  

Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Lucas VEZARO
  Joinville
  (188-G-96)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Vezaro, Joinville17.5 
 2. Gaines, Blumenau16.6 
 3. Smith, Botafogo.16.2 
 4. Maistro, Contagem13.4 
 5. Lima, Santos/M.12.9 
 6. Filho, Botafogo.12.6 
 7. Stocks, Blumenau12.3 
 8. Alvim, Contagem12.0 
 9. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.11.8 
 10. Dias, Joinville11.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Prado, Brusque9.9 
 2. Moreira, Botafogo.8.9 
 3. Silva, Blumenau8.7 
 4. Lazzaris, Blumenau7.2 
 5. Russell, Botafogo.7.0 
 6. Alvim, Contagem6.8 
 7. Gaines, Blumenau6.6 
 8. Jeronimo, Joinville6.4 
 9. Silva, Brusque6.4 
 10. Perez, Botafogo.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Smith, Botafogo.4.6 
 2. Froehlich, Joinville4.0 
 3. Perez, Contagem3.8 
 4. Semmke, Blumenau3.7 
 5. Romualdo, Contagem3.0 
 6. Stocks, Blumenau3.0 
 7. Prado, Brusque2.8 
 8. Lima, Santos/M.2.6 
 9. Alvim, Contagem2.5 
 10. Lima, Santos/M.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Deonta STOCKS
  Blumenau
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Stocks, Blumenau3.9 
 2. Lazzaris, Blumenau2.3 
 3. Maistro, Contagem2.1 
 4. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.8 
 5. Vezaro, Joinville1.6 
 6. Romualdo, Contagem1.6 
 7. Perez, Contagem1.5 
 8. Moreira, Blumenau1.4 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.1.4 
 10. Prado, Brusque1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Rodrigo SILVA
  Brusque
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 1
 1. Silva, Brusque1.0 
 2. Perez, Botafogo.0.9 
 3. Lima, Santos/M.0.9 
 4. Maistro, Contagem0.8 
 5. Tiago, Brusque0.7 
 6. Silva, Blumenau0.7 
 7. Jeronimo, Joinville0.5 
 8. Oliveira, Contagem0.5 
 9. Ferreira, Botafogo.0.5 
 10. Henrique, Brusque0.4 


Liga Ouro Round 6: Botafogo F.R. keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

Liga Ouro is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 6 rounds left.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Botafogo F.R. as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Botafogo F.R. defeated 3rd ranked Joinville in Rio de Janeiro 81-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Joinville. Botafogo F.R. dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Joinville's 26. They outrebounded Joinville 38-27 including 27 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for American guard Wesley Russell (193-93, college: Ohio Christian) who led his team to a victory with 17 points. The other American import point guard Jamaal Smith (175-85, college: N.Mexico) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Guard Lucas Vezaro (188-96) replied with 34 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists (went 13 for 13 at the free throw line !!!) for Joinville. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Contagem. Joinville at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. Joinville will play next round against strong Blumenau trying to get back on the winning streak. Botafogo F.R. will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Santos/Macapa at home.
Important game to mention about took place in . Second ranked Contagem (8-2) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Blumenau (4-6) 64-61 on Thursday evening. Power forward Wesley Sena (210-96) scored 17 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Rafa Oliveira chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Contagem's coach Leo Alves allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was forward Bruno Lazzaris (202-90) with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Contagem have a solid four-game winning streak. They used an opportunity after Botafogo F.R. lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Blumenau at the other side dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with Santos/Macapa. Contagem will play against bottom-ranked Brusque (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Blumenau will play against Joinville and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Joinville (6-4) which played road game in Rio de Janeiro against second-best Botafogo F.R. (8-2). Third ranked Joinville managed to get a 4-point victory 66-62. Maxwell Dias notched a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds by Abner Moreira did not help to save the game for Botafogo F.R.. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Joinville have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 6-4 record having just two points less than leader Botafogo F.R. Loser Botafogo F.R. still keeps top place with two games lost. They share the position with Contagem. Joinville will meet at home Blumenau (#4) in the next round. Botafogo F.R. will play against Santos/Macapa and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Brusque is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their tenth consecutive match to fifth ranked Blumenau (4-6) 102-73. The best player for the winners was Tarvin Gaines who scored 25 points and 7 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. Blumenau moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Santos/Macapa. Brusque at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. Blumenau's next round opponent will be higher ranked Joinville (#3) on the road and it may be the game of the week. Brusque will play against the league's second-placed Contagem and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Blumenau - Brusque 102-73

Bottom-ranked Brusque is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their tenth consecutive match to fifth ranked Blumenau (4-6) 102-73. Blumenau players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Brusque's players. The best player for the winners was American Tarvin Gaines (198-91, college: Jacksonville St.) who scored 25 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import guard Deonta Stocks (185-88, college: W.Georgia) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. Five Blumenau players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Willian da-Silva (200-81) who recorded 16 points and swingman Durval Prado (200-92) added 6 points and 13 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Blumenau moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Santos/Macapa. Brusque at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. Blumenau's next round opponent will be higher ranked Joinville (#3) on the road and it may be the game of the week. Brusque will play against the league's second-placed Contagem and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Blumenau: T.Gaines 25+7reb+1ast, L.Semmke 17+3ast, D.Stocks 16+1reb+4ast, G.De Oliveira 11+5reb+4ast, D.Silva 10+9reb+2ast, B.Lazzaris 6+7reb+5ast
Brusque: W.da Silva 16+4reb+1ast, G.Machado 15+3reb+1ast, A.Tiago 11+6reb+1ast, R.Veber 9+4ast, W.da Silva 7+4reb+1ast, D.Prado 6+13reb
gschID: 538621


Botafogo F.R. - Joinville 81-68

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Botafogo F.R. as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Botafogo F.R. defeated 3rd ranked Joinville in Rio de Janeiro 81-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Joinville. Botafogo F.R. dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Joinville's 26. They outrebounded Joinville 38-27 including 27 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for American guard Wesley Russell (193-93, college: Ohio Christian) who led his team to a victory with 17 points. The other American import point guard Jamaal Smith (175-85, college: N.Mexico) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Russell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Guard Lucas Vezaro (188-96) replied with 34 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists (went 13 for 13 at the free throw line !!!) and point guard Jeferson Froehlich (193-91) added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Joinville. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Contagem. Joinville at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. Joinville will play next round against strong Blumenau trying to get back on the winning streak. Botafogo F.R. will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Santos/Macapa at home.
Top scorers:
Botafogo F.R.: J.Smith 20+3reb+1ast, W.Russell 17+4reb+3ast, A.Moreira 9+9reb+1ast, A.Filho 9+3reb+2ast, D.Correa 7+1reb, R.da Silva 5+2reb+3ast
Joinville: L.Vezaro 34+6reb+4ast, M.Dias 10+4reb+1ast, A.Pereira 10+4reb, J.Froehlich 8+5reb+3ast, J.Burger 4+2reb+3ast, A.Mendes 2+1reb
gschID: 538620


Botafogo F.R. - Joinville 62-66

An interesting game for Joinville (6-4) which played road game in Rio de Janeiro against second-best Botafogo F.R. (8-2). Third ranked Joinville managed to get a 4-point victory 66-62. Maxwell Dias (198-91) notched a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Lucas Vezaro (188-96) supported him with 18 points. Even a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds by power forward Abner Moreira (206-89, college: Idaho St.) did not help to save the game for Botafogo F.R.. The former international guard Arnaldinho Filho (187-78) added 14 points. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Joinville have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 6-4 record having just two points less than leader Botafogo F.R. Loser Botafogo F.R. still keeps top place with two games lost. They share the position with Contagem. Joinville will meet at home Blumenau (#4) in the next round. Botafogo F.R. will play against Santos/Macapa and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Joinville: L.Vezaro 18+2reb+2ast, M.Dias 16+10reb+1ast, A.Mendes 7+1ast, J.Burger 6+7reb+2ast, H.Medeiros 6, J.Froehlich 4+2reb+3ast
Botafogo F.R.: A.Filho 14+2ast, D.Correa 12+1reb+2ast, A.Moreira 11+13reb+2ast, R.da Silva 6+2reb+1ast, W.Russell 5+4reb+2ast, F.Perez 4+11reb+1ast
gschID: 538619


Blumenau - Contagem 61-64

Important game to mention about took place in . Second ranked Contagem (8-2) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Blumenau (4-6) 64-61 on Thursday evening. Power forward Wesley Sena (210-96) scored 17 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Rafa Oliveira (200-93) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Contagem's coach Leo Alves allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was forward Bruno Lazzaris (202-90) with 12 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Diego Silva (206-90) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Four Blumenau players scored in double figures. Contagem have a solid four-game winning streak. They used an opportunity after Botafogo F.R. lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Blumenau at the other side dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with Santos/Macapa. Contagem will play against bottom-ranked Brusque (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Blumenau will play against Joinville and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Contagem: R.Oliveira 18+8reb+2ast, W.Sena 17+9reb+2ast, E.Romualdo 8+3reb+2ast, J.Dos Santos 7+1reb+4ast, T.Perez 6+1reb+2ast, R.Maistro 4+9reb+1ast
Blumenau: D.Silva 12+10reb, B.Lazzaris 12+9reb+2ast, D.Stocks 11+5reb+2ast, L.Semmke 10+2reb+4ast, L.Henrique Moreira 8+1ast, G.De Oliveira 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 538618





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

Vitoria - Campo Mourao 73-60

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


Paulistano - B.Cearense 76-72

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


Pinheiros - Vasco Da G. 93-82

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





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  CANADA  


Highlanders sign Sefton Barrett - by Eurobasket News

Cape Breton Highlanders (NBL Canada) signed experienced 34-year old Canadian small forward Sefton Barrett (196-83, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Blacktop Management). He just played at BC Nokia in Finnish Korisliiga. In 21 games he had 11.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg this season. Barrett also played earlier that season for Snaefell (Dominos League) in Iceland where in 11 Korisliiga games he recorded very impressive stats: 21.0ppg, 11.3rpg, 3.1apg, 3.1spg and 1.4bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Finnish League in 2013. Barrett was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Honorable Mention back in 2013.
He is quite experienced player. Barrett has played also professionally in France (Saint Vallier), Germany (Uni Baskets), Poland (Kotwica), Finland (KTP Basket) and Canada (Halifax_Rainmen and London Lightning).
He attended Central Michigan University until 2007 and it is his tenth season as a professional player.
Barrett could be described: explosive athlete with a long wingspan... great slasher who gets in the lane when he wants to... finishes above the rim but also can pull up for the mid range jumper... very difficult to stop because of his quickness and athletic ability... Sefton is able to create his own shot... he possesses good ball handling skills... can defend all outside positions... very effective player who brings lots of energy to the team when he is on the floor...

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHINA  


Will McDonald (ex Jiangsu D.) agreed terms with Boca Jrs - by Eurobasket News

Aerochaco Boca Juniors Capital Feder (LigaA) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 38-year old American center Will McDonald (211-116kg-79, college: S.Florida). He started the season at Jiangsu Nangang Dragons Nanjing in Chinese CBA league. In 14 games he recorded 14.9ppg and 9.3rpg this season. The last summer McDonald played at Caciques in Puerto Rican BSN where in 5 games he averaged 11.4ppg and 5.0rpg.
In 2003 he was drafted by Dodge City Legend (USBL) in fifth round (46th overall).
The former University of South Florida staris in his 14th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team won Spanish ACB Regular Season in 2009. McDonald received also Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA Center of the Year award back in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to McDonald's pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in six different countries. McDonald has played previously professionally also in France, Iran (Azad), Philippines (SM Beermen), Spain (Joventut, Baskonia, Movil Estudiantes and Gran Canaria), Puerto Rico (Cangrejeros and Mets) and China (Sturgeons and Monkey Kings).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Boca Jrs.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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  CROATIA  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb22.0 
 3. Novacic, Jolly JBS19.1 
 4. Marcinkovic, KK Za.18.4 
 5. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek17.4 
 6. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.2 
 7. Vucic, Alkar Sinj16.3 
 8. Ivanov, GKK Sibenik16.1 
 9. Konjevic, Skrljevo16.1 
 10. Sakic, Cibona16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miro BILAN
  Cedevita
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Bilan, Cedevita7.7 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.7.4 
 3. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek7.1 
 4. Novacic, Jolly JBS7.1 
 5. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.9 
 6. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.6 
 7. Sakic, Cibona6.4 
 8. Rajic, H.Analitica6.1 
 9. Mazalin, Zadar5.8 
 10. Bundovic, Cedevita5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.3 
 3. Scott, Jolly JBS5.9 
 4. Filipovic, KK Split5.7 
 5. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.5 
 6. Vrbica, Gorica5.2 
 7. Kapusta, Zabok5.0 
 8. Raic, H.Analitica4.9 
 9. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
 10. Sarac, Vrij.Osijek4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 2. Veljacic, Kvarner .2.3 
 3. Sirko, KK Split1.9 
 4. Stemberger, Skrlj.1.7 
 5. Marcinkovic, KK Za.1.7 
 6. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.7 
 7. Vladovic, Zadar1.6 
 8. Mazalin, Zadar1.6 
 9. Rozic, Cibona1.5 
 10. Katic, Cedevita1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Izzet TURKYILMAZ
  GKK S.
  (212-F/C-90)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Turkyilmaz, GKK S.1.6 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.1.3 
 3. Bundovic, Cedevita1.1 
 4. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek1.0 
 5. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.8 
 6. Usic, H.Analitica0.8 
 7. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.8 
 8. Papac, Jolly JBS0.7 
 9. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek0.6 
 10. Bilan, Cedevita0.6 


Marin Rozic's buzzer beater hands GKK Sibenik first home loss - by Zeljko Zule

Marin Rozic (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances) (201-F-83) hit a buzzer beater to help Cibona beat GKK Sibenik 69-67 in the Croatian A1 League Round 25. It was their first home loss of the season.

GKK Sibenik-Cibona 67-69: There were only three lead changes. Sibenik opened the game with five consecutive points at had their largest lead of the night at 21-14. At that point, Cibona scored nine straight points to ignite a 17-2 run for a 31-23 lead. After Sibenik re-take the lead at 51-49 midway through the third quarter, Luka Zoric (211-C-84) tied the score two free throws and Scottie Reynolds (188-PG-87, college: Villanova) sank a 3-pointer that gave Cibona a 54-51 lead late in the third quarter and never looked back from there. Cibona missed tho shots when was ahead 66-62 with less than two minutes remaining. Roko Badzim (197-G-97) then made a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to one. Cibona commited a 24-second violation on the next possession. Sibenik's Izzet Turkyilmaz (212-F/C-90) then missed both free throws with 45 seconds left, but his teammates grabbed an offensive rebound. Roko Badzim missed a 3-pointer and Izzet Turkyilmaz snagged another offensive rebounds for Sibenik. Ive Ivanov (200-C-85) missed a jumper, Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-SF-81) grabbed a defensive rebound and was fouled with six seconds to go. He made the first free throw to put Cibona up 67-65 and missed the second one. Ive Ivanov tied the score with two seconds left and Cibona called a time-out. The visitors set up a final play and Marin Rozic made a game-winning buzzer-beater. Scottie Reynolds came off the bench for 17 points including five 3-pointers, Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) had 15 points and 13 rebounds, Marin Rozic finished with 14 points and Luka Zoric scored 11. Sibenik was ourtrebounded 35-43. Ivan Siriscevic (198-G/F-87) scored 15 points, all coming behind the 3-point arc, Miralem Halilovic (205-F-91) added 14 points, Roko Badzim 11 and Ive Ivanov 10.

Split-Zabok 105-68: Split used a 12-0 run to build a 22-8 lead. Zabok cut the deficit to 22-25 and was down by six midway through the second quarter. At that point, Split scored nine consecutive points for a 49-34 lead and in the second half outscored Zabok 46-26. Damir Rancic (199-G-83) scored 22 points on shooting 6-of-10 behind the 3-point line, Goran Filipovic (180-PG-96) had 20 points and 12 assists, Mate Kalajzic (187-PG-98) posted 12 points, Mateo Kedzo (206-F/C-84) and Josip Jukic (207-F/C-96) both added 10 points. Zabok was led by Borna Kapusta (182-PG-96) and Pasko Vrlika (204-F/C-91), who scored 14 points apiece, Ivan Vodopija (202-F/C-93) added 12 and Nick Tomsick (185-G-91, college: Fort Lewis) 10.

Hermes-Jolly JBS 79-90: The game featured 12 lead changes and 5 ties before Jolly went on a 9-0 run to turn a two-point deficit into a 71-64 lead early in the fourth quarter. Hermes climbed back to within two, but the visitors made an 11-2 run to extend their advantage to 86-75 with two and a half minutes left. Ivan Novacic (201-F-85) scored 22 points, Josip Bilinovac (191-SG-90) 18, Ivan Papac (207-F/C-87) had 15 points and 11 rebounds off the bench and Mike Scott (183-PG-93, college: Idaho) added 10 points. Hermes shot better from 3-point land (43-percent, 10-of-23) then from the free-throw line (39-percent, 7-of-18). Julian Rajic (206-F-85) scored 21 points, Ivan Svoboda (190-G-87) 18 and Hrvoje Garafolic 17.

Alkar-Cedevita 63-83: Cedevita trailed just at 9-10 and took control of the game behind a 14-2 run for a 26-14 lead midway through the second quarter. Alkar cut the deficit to five, but the visitors responded with a 13-3 run to extend their lead to 44-29. Cedevita shot 71-percent (27-of-38) from 2-point range. Dzanan Musa (204-SG-99) came off the bench for 23 points on shooting 9-of-12 from the field, John Shurna (204-F-90, college: Northwestern) scored 12 points, Filip Kruslin (198-SG-89) 11 and Miro Bilan (213-C) had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Alkar had just six free throws to Cedevita's 18. Hrvoje Vucic (212-C-91, college: Walsh) finished with 17 points and Josip Boban (190-G-95) scored 12.

Gorica-Kvarner 92-82: Gorica sank three straight 3-pointers to extend a 3-point lead to 42-31 midway through the second quarter and later used an 8-0 run to go ahead 57-39. The margin never dropped below double digits the rest of the way. Gorica outrebounded Kvarner 36-26, picking up 10 offensive rebounds. Ante Masic (200-F-85) scored 20 points, Ljubo Prgomet (194-G/F-84) came off the bench for 19 points, Javan Felix (180-PG-94, college: Texas) added 15 points, Marko Petrovic (192-G-91, college: USF) 13 and Kristijan Sutalo (207-G-90) had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Kvarner had all five starters in double scoring figures. Marko Pesic (198-G-76) scored 17 points, Mate Vucic (203-F/C-97) 15, Ivan Kucan (192-G/F-96) and Andrej Stimac (204-F/C-79) both posted 11 points and Josip Barnjak (190-G/F-98) 10.

Vrijednosnice Osijek-Zagreb 75-63: Zagreb scored dozen straight points for a 24-8 lead late in the first quarter and was still ahead by 16 late in the third quarter. At that point, Osijek made an 18-4 run to cut the deficit to 45-47. Aljosa Sarac (190-G-89) sank back-to-back 3-pointers to put Osijek up 59-57 with seven minutes remaining and ignite a decisive 22-2 run. Jakov Mustapic (193-G-94) scored 30 points including five 3-pointers and was a rebound shy of a double-double, Domagoj Vukovic (208-F/C-93) collected 12 points and 12 rebounds, Aljosa Sarac and Nikola Turalija (205-C-94) both scored 10 points. Zagreb had 20 free throws to Osijek's just five. Toni Vitali (203-F-91) scored 18 points and Pavle Marcinkovic (199-G/F-89) 11.



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  CUBA  


Latinbasket.com All-Cuban LSB Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Latinbasket.com All-Cuban LSB 1st Team 2017
Osmel Oliva
Oliva
Yuniskel Molina
Molina
Andy Boffil
Boffil
Esteban Martinez
Martinez
Yoel Cubillas
Cubillas

Finals MVP: Osmel Oliva (178-PG-87) of Pinar del Rio
Player of the Year: Yoel Cubillas (204-C-94) of Villa Clara
Guard of the Year: Osmel Oliva (178-PG-87) of Pinar del Rio
Forward of the Year: Esteban Martinez (192-F-87) of Capitalinos
Center of the Year: Yoel Cubillas (204-C-94) of Villa Clara
Defensive Player of the Year: Osmel Oliva (178-PG-87) of Pinar del Rio
Coach of the Year: Pedro Cobarrubia of Pinar del Rio

1st Team
PG: Osmel Oliva (178-PG-87) of Pinar del Rio
G: Yuniskel Molina (185-G-93) of Matanzas
G/F: Andy Boffil (190-G/F-82) of Villa Clara
F: Esteban Martinez (192-F-87) of Capitalinos
C: Yoel Cubillas (204-C-94) of Villa Clara

2nd Team
PG: Yosiel Monterrey (185-PG-88) of Pinar del Rio
G: Neslier Abreu (187-G-93) of Villa Clara
SG: William Granda (189-SG-85) of Ciego de Avila
G/F: Elvis Pons (194-G/F-83) of Guantanamo
F: Karel Guzman (188-F-95) of Capitalinos

3rd Team
: Osvaldo Perez of Villa Clara
: Yosniel Moralez of Matanzas
G: Vanier Reyes (193-G-83) of Ciego de Avila
F: Yoanis Baldo (191-F-89) of Pinar del Rio
G/F: Yoanis Soria (195-G/F-86) of Guantanamo

Honorable Mention
Mario Troyano of Villa Clara
Jaciel Martinez (190-SF-91) of Pinar del Rio
Arlen Alorda (198-F/C-86) of Capitalinos
Reinier Castillo (185-F/G-76) of Capitalinos
Yasmany Deschapelles (181-PG-85) of Matanzas
Danys Torrientes (190-G-85) of Matanzas
Julio Heredia (183-PG-93) of Santiago
Roigelis Ochoa (190-G-93) of Santiago
Dainier Martinez (184-G-96) of Ciego de Avila
Yoimar Lopez (96) of Camaguey
Raudelis Guerra (191-G-93) of Guantanamo
Yaudelier Suarez (193-F-91) of Pinar del Rio



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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Lukas PALYZA
  Prostejov
  (202-F-89)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Palyza, Prostejov19.2 
 2. Burnett, BK Pardu.17.9 
 3. Bohacik, USK Praha17.2 
 4. Ware, MMCITE B.17.0 
 5. Brooks, J.Hradec16.8 
 6. Lipkins, J.Hradec15.8 
 7. Skinner, BK Kolin14.8 
 8. Thompson, Usti n.14.6 
 9. Allen, CEZ Nymburk14.4 
 10. Pecka, Usti n.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Garret KERR
  BK Kolin
  (194-F-92)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Kerr, BK Kolin9.3 
 2. Pecka, Usti n.8.9 
 3. Mickelson, Svitavy7.6 
 4. Ware, MMCITE B.7.3 
 5. Painter, NH Ostrava7.1 
 6. Simpson, MMCITE B.6.7 
 7. Fitzpatrick, Prost.6.6 
 8. Smith, NH Ostrava6.6 
 9. Bohacik, USK Praha6.6 
 10. Kremen, MMCITE B.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Roman MARKO
  Prostejov
  (194-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Marko, Prostejov7.6 
 2. Bannister, Svitavy6.5 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava5.6 
 4. Lawrence, CEZ N.5.3 
 5. Simmons, Prostejov5.3 
 6. Glover, Usti n.4.8 
 7. Kouril, BK Opava4.6 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.4.3 
 9. Guercy, NH Ostrava4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin WARE
  MMCITE B.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ware, MMCITE B.2.4 
 2. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.2.2 
 3. Glover, Usti n.2.1 
 4. Sirina, BK Opava2.1 
 5. Lipkins, J.Hradec2.0 
 6. Canada, NH Ostrava1.9 
 7. Marko, Prostejov1.8 
 8. Smithson, Svitavy1.8 
 9. Slezak, Svitavy1.7 
 10. Kerr, BK Kolin1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan CANTY
  J.Hradec
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Canty, J.Hradec1.7 
 2. Simpson, MMCITE B.1.5 
 3. Mickelson, Svitavy1.5 
 4. Madsen, USK Praha1.3 
 5. Simpson, CEZ N.1.1 
 6. Jelinek, Svitavy0.9 
 7. Pecka, Usti n.0.8 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.0.7 
 9. Svrdlik, BK Pardu.0.6 
 10. Roseboro, Svitavy0.6 


1Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Petr SLECHTA
  Sokol Pisek
  (192-G/F-95)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Slechta, Sokol Pisek25.3 
 2. Peterka, Nymburk B24.1 
 3. Svoboda, Nymburk B23.6 
 4. Potocek, Pardubice21.6 
 5. Novak, Olomouc SK21.6 
 6. Streba, USK P.19.2 
 7. Fait, Sokol Pisek18.9 
 8. Honomichl, Loko Plzen18.6 
 9. Nehoda, Zlin18.3 
 10. Sebela, Sokol S.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin PETERKA
  Nymburk B
  (205-C-95)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Peterka, Nymburk B12.1 
 2. Novak, Olomouc SK10.2 
 3. Kolonicny, Havirov9.9 
 4. Kvapil, Opava B9.1 
 5. Bubak, Vysocina9.0 
 6. Klimes, Slavoj Litom.8.8 
 7. Streba, USK P.8.7 
 8. Englicky, Sokol Pisek8.6 
 9. Voslajer, Zlin8.5 
 10. Novak, Vysocina8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jan SOTNAR
  Slavoj L.
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Sotnar, Slavoj L.8.3 
 2. Petric, Pardubice4.6 
 3. Kotasek, Nymburk B4.5 
 4. Straznicky, Vysoc.4.3 
 5. Dragoun, Opava B4.3 
 6. Honomichl, Loko Plzen4.1 
 7. Novak, Vysocina3.8 
 8. Dlugos, Nymburk B3.7 
 9. Bukovjan, Ostrava3.6 
 10. Nabelek, Prostejo.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jiri DEDEK
  Olomouc .
  (190-SG-95)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Dedek, Olomouc .3.8 
 2. Potocek, Pardubice2.2 
 3. Novak, Vysocina2.1 
 4. Novak, Olomouc SK2.1 
 5. Svoboda, Nymburk B2.1 
 6. Honomichl, Loko Plzen2.1 
 7. Nehoda, Zlin2.0 
 8. Choleva, Olomouc Bbal2.0 
 9. Slechta, Sokol Pisek1.9 
 10. Dragoun, Opava B1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Pavel ENGLICKY
  Sokol Pisek
  (210-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Englicky, Sokol Pisek2.4 
 2. Kolonicny, Havirov1.6 
 3. Kvapil, Opava B1.1 
 4. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.1 
 5. Szabo, Prostejov B1.1 
 6. Goga, Prostejov B1.0 
 7. Kozak, GBA Sparta0.9 
 8. Hlobil, Prostejov B0.9 
 9. Vasat, Prostejov B0.9 
 10. Schinko, Basket K.0.8 


NBL Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. CEZ Nymburk clinch semifinal birth - by Eurobasket News

BK Kolin - BK Decin 79-73

BK Kolin held off BK Decin to stay alive in the quarterfinal series. BK Kolin forced 20 BK Decin turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Garret Kerr (194-92, college: Univ.Sciences) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import forward Lee Skinner (198-92, college: Wofford) who added 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Four BK Kolin players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international power forward Pavel Houska (203-84, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Tomas Pomikalek (200-89) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: P.Houska 15+6reb+1ast, T.Pomikalek 15+5reb+1ast, T.Vyoral 14+3reb+3ast, S.Jezek 7+2reb+1ast, O.Siska 5+8reb+4ast, L.Bazant 5+1reb
BK Kolin: G.Kerr 19+11reb+3ast, M.Vocetka 12+1reb, J.Hunt 11+2ast, C.Dixon 11+2reb+3ast, L.Skinner 10+8reb+5ast, A.Ciz 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 544598


BK Opava - USK Praha 67-56

BK Opava topped USK Praha for 3-1 lead. The former international point guard Jakub Sirina (186-87, agency: Octagon Europe) fired 20 points and 5 assists for the winners. Viktor Cvek (200-89) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. International swingman Jaromir Bohacik (197-92, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Croatian center Mladen Primorac (210-90, agency: PEPI SPORT) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: M.Mares 11+4reb+1ast, J.Bohacik 10+5reb+5ast, M.Primorac 10+6reb+2ast, P.Safarcik 9+1reb, J.Krivanek 5, L.Festr 5+2reb+4ast
BK Opava: J.Sirina 20+2reb+5ast, V.Cvek 16+5reb+1ast, F.Zbranek 9+1reb+1ast, M.Gniadek 6+1reb+1ast, L.Jurecka 6+1reb+1ast, R.Kouril 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 544599


Svitavy - BK Pardubice 62-70

BK Pardubice stepped closer to the semifinal stage as they handed Svitavy the third loss. BK Pardubice made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Basketbal Svitavy turnovers and outrebounded them 48-32 including 16 on the offensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Basketbal Svitavy helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for American forward Joseph Wall (199-89, college: Seattle Pacific, agency: Diamond Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import guard Lamb Autrey (191-89, college: St.Mary's, TX, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 16 points for the winners. American forward Hunter Mickelson (208-92, college: Kansas) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and Slovakian point guard Roman Marko (194-86) added 15 points in the effort for Basketbal Svitavy.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: H.Mickelson 17+14reb+2ast, R.Marko 15+2reb+2ast, P.Slezak 10+1reb, B.Smithson 8+3reb, B.Roseboro 7+6reb+2ast, J.Jelinek 5+1reb+2ast
BK Pardubice: J.Wall 19+11reb, L.Autrey 16+4reb+3ast, D.Skranc 13+4reb, R.Necas 7+8reb+1ast, K.Svrdlik 5+8reb+1ast, D.Pandula 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 544501


Usti n/Labem - CEZ Nymburk 90-97

CEZ Nymburk outscored Usti n/Labem away from home to complete the sweep of the series. CEZ Nymburk made 29-of-36 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game. BK Usti nad Labem was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by Cuban forward Howard Sant-Roos (200-91) who scored that evening 22 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Bryon Allen (193-92, college: George Mason) supported him with 25 points and 4 steals. Even 23 points and 4 assists by American swingman Khristian Smith (198-91, college: Indiana St.) did not help to save the game for BK Usti nad Labem. His fellow American import point guard Mikey Thompson (190, college: Boise St.) added 21 points and 4 assists for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Usti n/Labem: K.Smith 23+3reb+4ast, M.Thompson 21+3reb+4ast, S.Votroubek 19+7reb, L.Pecka 10+9reb+2ast, M.Sotnar 8+1reb+1ast, F.Smid 5+2reb+2ast
CEZ Nymburk: B.Allen 25+4reb+2ast, H.Sant-Roos 22+7reb+3ast, P.Benda 14+4reb+1ast, M.Kriz 12+1reb, J.Welsch 10+8reb+3ast, V.Hruban 9+2reb+3ast
gschID: 544597





Recap of NBL Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

BK Opava - USK Praha 72-57

BK Opava held off USK Praha to take 2-1 lead in the series. BK Opava made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 USK Praha turnovers. The best player for the winners was point guard Radovan Kouril (185-95) who scored 19 points and 4 assists. Forward Filip Zbranek (196-89) chipped in 9 points. At the other side the best for losing team was international swingman Jaromir Bohacik (197-92, agency: Octagon Europe) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and Finnish power forward Alexander Madsen (207-95) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: A.Madsen 15+6reb+1ast, J.Bohacik 14+10reb+1ast, M.Mares 9+3reb+1ast, P.Safarcik 7+5ast, P.Grunt 5+2reb, L.Festr 4+3reb+6ast
BK Opava: R.Kouril 19+2reb+4ast, F.Zbranek 9+4reb, J.Sirina 9+2reb+2ast, L.Jurecka 8, J.Blazek 6+2reb+1ast, V.Cvek 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 543762


BK Kolin - BK Decin 54-72

BK Decin upset BK Kolin on the road to gain 3-0 lead in the series. BK Decin outrebounded BK Kolin 40-26 including a 13-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for the former international power forward Pavel Houska (203-84, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory with 13 points and 5 rebounds. The former international point guard Tomas Vyoral (190-92, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Four BK Decin players scored in double figures. American forward Lee Skinner (198-92, college: Wofford) answered with 23 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward Garret Kerr (194-92, college: Univ.Sciences) added 12 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for BK Kolin. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
BK Kolin: L.Skinner 23+5reb, G.Kerr 12+11reb+1ast, M.Vocetka 7+1reb, B.Bakic 5+3ast, C.Dixon 4+1reb+1ast, D.Machac 2+1reb
BK Decin: T.Vyoral 13+4reb+2ast, P.Houska 13+5reb+2ast, L.Palyza 11+4reb+3ast, L.Bazant 11+2reb+1ast, J.Krakovic 6+7reb+2ast, O.Siska 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 543761


Usti n/Labem - CEZ Nymburk 67-114

CEZ Nymburk stepped closer to the sweep of the series after a comfortable road win over Usti n/Labem. CEZ Nymburk dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to BK Usti nad Labem's 36 and had 23 for 31 from the free-throw line, while BK Usti nad Labem only scored seven points from the stripe. They outrebounded BK Usti nad Labem 34-23 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was a quality performance for American guard Bryon Allen (193-92, college: George Mason) who led the winners and scored 18 points. His fellow American import point guard Eugene Lawrence (184-86, college: St.John's) accounted for 15 points for the winning side. Five CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. Point guard Michal Sotnar (187-92) came up with 9 points and 5 assists and forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for BK Usti nad Labem in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Usti n/Labem: L.Pecka 13+5reb, K.Smith 9+3reb, M.Sotnar 9+4reb+5ast, D.Steffel 8+3reb+1ast, P.Bosak 8+2reb, S.Votroubek 5
CEZ Nymburk: B.Allen 18+3reb+2ast, E.Lawrence 15+4reb+1ast, P.Benda 14+1reb, M.Peterka 13+2reb+1ast, V.Hruban 12+4reb+2ast, H.Sant-Roos 11+3reb+2ast
gschID: 543759


Svitavy - BK Pardubice 74-67

Svitavy rallied past BK Pardubice to narrow the deficit at 1-2. It was a great evening for American forward Hunter Mickelson (208-92, college: Kansas) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Jiri Jelinek (203-87, agency: Octagon Europe) helped adding 13 points and 4 assists. Four Basketbal Svitavy players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Lamb Autrey (191-89, college: St.Mary's, TX, agency: Octagon Europe) with 16 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Dominez Burnett (196-92, college: Davenport, agency: Higher Vision Sports) scored 20 points.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: D.Burnett 20+3reb+1ast, L.Autrey 16+6reb+3ast, D.Pandula 10+7reb, J.Wall 9+7reb, K.Svrdlik 7+6reb, L.Kotas 3+2ast
Svitavy: H.Mickelson 20+10reb, J.Jelinek 13+4reb+4ast, B.Roseboro 12+8reb+1ast, P.Slezak 12+4reb+3ast, R.Marko 5+2reb+3ast, T.Teply 4+3reb
gschID: 543760





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  DENMARK  


Ligaen Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Horsens IC join Bakken in Finals - by Eurobasket News

SISU - Horsens IC 77-84

Horsens IC stunned SISU in Copenhagen to secure Ligaen Finals birth. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 35-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Horsens IC dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to SISU's 26. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Will Artino (211-92, college: Creighton) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and international guard Gabriel Lundberg (193-94) who added 10 points and 8 assists during the contest. Five Horsens IC players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Tanner McGrew (203-93, college: W.Virg.Wesl., agency: Duran International) responded with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and Ivorian forward Adjehi Baru (206-91, college: Charleston) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
SISU: T.McGrew 29+11reb+4ast, K.Dranginis 14+2reb+1ast, A.Baru 11+8reb+3ast, A.Haas 8+3reb+3ast, A.Touray 8+4reb+1ast, D.Wilson 7+4reb+2ast
Horsens IC: M.Mornar 19+3reb, W.Artino 13+13reb, L.Alexander 13+5reb+3ast, D.Trist 12+2reb, M.Mack 12+3reb+2ast, G.Lundberg 10+4reb+8ast
gschID: 544372





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

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

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

Shavon Shields
Shavon Shields
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Italy). Shields could not help Dolomiti En. TR (15-12) to beat Openjobmetis VA (12-15). He scored 8 points. It was his first game for Dolomiti En. TR this season. Dolomiti En. TR was edged 83-80 on the road by the lower-ranked Openjobmetis VA (#12). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Shields played for the Danish national team in 2015.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other top Danish players, who play abroad:

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

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



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  D-LEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Quinn COOK
  Canton C.
  (188-PG-93)
  Avg: 26
 1. Cook, Canton C.26.0 
 2. Harris, Texas L.25.6 
 3. Blue, Los A.24.9 
 4. Patterson, Reno B.24.0 
 5. Crawford, Grand R.23.5 
 6. Murphy, Grand R.23.0 
 7. Jackson, Texas L.22.5 
 8. Holland, Canton C.22.5 
 9. Nader, Maine RC21.2 
 10. Wiltjer, Rio G.21.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.2 
 2. Moreland, Canton C.12.1 
 3. Long, Delaware.11.2 
 4. Onuaku, Rio G.10.8 
 5. Benson, Sioux F.10.5 
 6. Costello, Iowa E.10.2 
 7. Webb-III, Delaware.9.3 
 8. McKinnie, Windy C.9.2 
 9. Sims, Salt L.9.2 
 10. Tobey, Greensbo.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Magette, Los A.9.5 
 2. Marshall, Reno B.9.1 
 3. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 4. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 5. Pressey, Santa C.8.0 
 6. Jackson, Texas L.7.7 
 7. VanVleet, Raptors .7.6 
 8. Weber, Sioux F.7.3 
 9. McCallum, Grand R.7.0 
 10. Cook, Canton C.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  Sioux F.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.3 
 2. McCallum, Grand R.2.2 
 3. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.1 
 4. Tokoto, Rio G.2.1 
 5. Pressey, Santa C.2.0 
 6. Payton-II, Rio G.2.0 
 7. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 8. Smith, Delaware.2.0 
 9. Jackson, Texas L.1.9 
 10. Evans, Canton C.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Texas L.
  (203-C-82)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Lasme, Texas L.3.3 
 2. Mickey, Maine RC3.0 
 3. Tavares, Raptors .2.8 
 4. Diallo, Greensboro S.2.8 
 5. Moreland, Canton C.2.7 
 6. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.6 
 7. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 8. Obekpa, Santa C.2.5 
 9. Benson, Sioux F.2.2 
 10. Jones, Santa C.2.1 


Red Claws eliminated from playoffs - by Eurobasket News

Brady Heslip (6'3''-SG-90, college: Baylor) came off the bench to hit six 3-pointers and the D-League's stingiest defense again gave the Maine Red Claws fits as the Raptors 905 completed a two-game sweep of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night. The Raptors beat Maine 103-88 before a crowd announced as 1,967 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. It was the 12th straight victory for Raptors 905, Toronto's second-year D-League affiliate. They advance to the D-League championship series and will play Oklahoma City or Rio Grande. The Red Claws lost Game 1 at the Portland Expo on Sunday night 109-84 after defeating Fort Wayne two games to one in the conference semifinals. On Wednesday night, Cameron Ayers opened the game with a 3-pointer that gave the Red Claws their first lead of the series. Jalen Jones (6'7''-G/F-93, college: Texas A&M) made it 5-0 on a baseline jumper but Raptors 905 responded with an 18-4 run to take the lead for good. The Red Claws fell behind by a dozen after one quarter but pulled within 35-34 on a driving dunk by Demetrius Jackson (6'1''-PG-94, college: Notre Dame), who finished the game with a team-high 21 points. In the final four minutes of the half, however, Heslip hit five 3-pointers as the Raptors outscored Maine 21-2 to reach intermission with a 56-36 advantage. Jackson helped the Red Claws cut the deficit to 83-73 early in the fourth quarter but they came no closer. Abdel Nader (6'6''-F-93, college: Iowa St.) finished with 15 points and made only one of his nine 3-point attempts. Jalen Jones contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Jordan Mickey, like Jackson on assignment from the Boston Celtics, contributed 13 points and nine rebounds. Guerschon Yabusele (6'7''-PF-95), a first-round Celtics draft pick who joined Maine at the end of March, was 1 of 7 from the field and finished the game with five points and three rebounds. Heslip, one of the six Raptors who scored in double figures, finished with 21 points. E.J. Singler (6'6''-F-90, college: Oregon) added 18 and Bruno Caboclo, on assignment from Toronto, had 16. Pascal Siakam (6'9''-F-94, college: N.Mexico St.), another NBA player from Toronto, had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Yanick Moreira (6'11''-C-91, college: SMU) added 16 points and 12 rebounds. In five previous meetings between the teams, the visitors had never lost. Raptors 905 won 39 games in the regular season, best in the league and 10 more than Maine, and were the only team to hold opponents below 100 points per game. The Red Claws ended their most successful season in franchise history, a year that included a third straight Atlantic Division title, Rookie of the Year honors for Nader and a first-ever playoff series victory.
Courtesy of: pressherald.com



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  ESTONIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin BAKER
  Tarvas
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Baker, Tarvas19.3 
 2. Dzeletovic, TL.19.0 
 3. Jarvelainen, TTU17.1 
 4. Bubalo, Parnu16.8 
 5. van-der-Mars, Rap.15.9 
 6. Olmre, TTU15.7 
 7. Seskus, Parnu15.5 
 8. Post, Tarvas15.5 
 9. Zvigurs, Valga14.8 
 10. Strupovics, Valga14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. van-der-Mars, Rap.12.5 
 2. Baker, Tarvas8.7 
 3. Bubalo, Parnu8.3 
 4. Jois, Tartu Ulikool8.0 
 5. Jarvelainen, TTU7.8 
 6. Lips, Tarvas7.7 
 7. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.5 
 8. Milka, Tartu Ulikool7.3 
 9. Kirves, Parnu6.8 
 10. Raadik, Valga6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Tartu Ulikool
  (187-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool4.9 
 2. Kabin, Parnu4.6 
 3. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.4 
 4. Olmre, TTU4.0 
 5. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.9 
 6. Bratoz, Rapla3.8 
 7. Paiste, Tarvas3.7 
 8. Post, Tarvas3.4 
 9. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool3.3 
 10. Saage, TL.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Domen BRATOZ
  Rapla
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Bratoz, Rapla2.1 
 2. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 3. Paiste, Tarvas1.8 
 4. Sutt, Parnu1.8 
 5. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 6. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool1.6 
 7. Tamm, TL.1.6 
 8. Olmre, TTU1.6 
 9. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.6 
 10. Kaldre, Noorteliiga1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Mickell GLADNESS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 2. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 3. Bubalo, Parnu0.7 
 4. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.7 
 5. Lips, Tarvas0.7 
 6. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.7 
 7. Raadik, TTU0.7 
 8. Joesaar, Tartu U.0.6 
 9. Kok, Rapla0.6 
 10. Saks, TL.0.6 


Siim-Sander Vene selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Siim-Sander Vene
Siim-Sander Vene
   #1. This week's number one is former international small forward Siim-Sander Vene (201-90, currently plays in VTB United League). He could not help BC Nizhny Novgorod (8-16) to beat Tsmoki-Minsk (5-18). Vene scored 6 points in 23 minutes on the court. The ninth-placed BC Nizhny Novgorod (8-16) was crushed 77-52 on the road by the lower-ranked (#12) Tsmoki-Minsk in the group A of VTB United League. The Regular Season already ended in the VTB United League. Vene has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 33.7% and FT: 75.6% in 24 games he played so far. He played for the Estonian senior national team two years ago.

Jaan Puidet
Jaan Puidet
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Jaan Puidet (191-92, currently plays in Sweden). Puidet was not able to help KFUM Jamtland in their game against Sodertalje Kings (23-9) in the Swedish Basketligan. He scored 9 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. But KFUM Jamtland was defeated 83-74 in Sodertalje by the higher-ranked Kings (#3). It was KFUM Jamtland's third consecutive loss in a row. This season Puidet averages: 7.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 50.3%, 3FGP: 32.9% and FT: 84.9%. He is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international small forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82, currently plays in Italy). Kangur managed to help Openjobmetis Varese in a victory against the sixth-ranked Dolomiti En. TR (15-12) 83-80 in the Italian Serie A on Saturday night. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. Openjobmetis Varese (12-15) is placed 12th in the Serie A. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Kangur's overall stats are: 5.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3FGP: 26.0% and FT: 85.2% in 27 games. He played for the Estonian national team two years ago.

Tanel Kurbas
Tanel Kurbas
   #4. Guard Tanel Kurbas (197-88, currently plays in Sweden) faced previously mentioned Jaan Puidet in the Swedish Basketligan last game. Kurbas contributed to a Sodertalje Kings' victory against the closely-ranked KFUM Jamtland (16-16) 83-74. He scored 8 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Kurbas' total stats this season are: 9.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.4apg. He is also Estonian national team player.

Rain Veideman
Rain Veideman
   #5. International guard Rain Veideman (192-91, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in a Udine APU's surprising victory against the second-ranked Treviso Basket (20-9) 65-62 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Saturday. Veideman scored 19 points and added 3 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in 31 minutes. GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine (15-14) is placed ninth in East group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Veideman has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 4.5rpg and 3.3apg in six games. Veideman plays currently for the Estonian national team.

Kristjan Kitsing
Kristjan Kitsing
   #6. Forward Kristjan Kitsing (205-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Denmark) helped Bakken win their game against the fifth-ranked Svendborg (13-15) 93-85 in the Danish Ligaen on Thursday night. He scored only 2 points. Bakken Bears (24-4) is placed first in the Ligaen. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Kitsing's total stats this season are: 9.9ppg and 3.7rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Estonian National Team roster.

Rait-Riivo Laane
Rait-Riivo Laane
   #7. International point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (179-93, currently plays in Greece) led Ethnikos to a victory over the closely-ranked Holargos (13-13) 66-62 in the Greek A2 (second division) in Wednesday night's game. Laane was MVP of the game. He scored 14 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 35 minutes. Ethnikos Piraeus (14-12) is placed sixth in the A2. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Laane's first season with the team. This year Laane's total stats are: 10.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.1apg and 1.5spg in 25 games. He is also Estonian national team player.

Kristian Kullamae
Kristian Kullamae
   #8. Guard Kristian Kullamae (190-99, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Oettinger Rockets Gotha (16-14) in their game against Crailsheim Merlins (25-5) in the German ProA (second division). Kullamae cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. Oettinger Rockets Gotha was defeated 100-89 in Crailsheim by the second-ranked Merlins. It was Oettinger Rockets Gotha's third consecutive loss in a row. This season Kullamae averages just 3.3ppg. He plays currently for the Estonian U18 national team.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Sander Raieste (200-F/G-99) plays for Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa
Karl Karpin (205-C-0) plays for Joventut in Spanish Liga Endesa
Kregor Hermet (204-PF-97) plays for Lleida Basquet in Spanish LEB Gold
Robert Valge (192-SF-97) plays for Palencia Baloncesto in Spanish LEB Gold
Erik Dorbek (196-F/G-82) plays for Norths Soul Sports Bears in Australian State League
Henri Drell (198-SF-0) plays for Baunach in German ProA
Artur Arhangelski (185-G-97) plays for Combine Prep Academy in the

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



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Michael Fusek explodes in Belgium - by Thomas Jones

Michael Fusek (221-C-95, agency: Octagon Europe) has exploded in the Euromillions Basketball League. Recently becoming a MVP in the win against Basic Fit Brussels. Fusek made 11 points (4/5), 8 rebounds, 18 of evaluation in 21 min.

Last Saturday, the Slovak center scored 13 points (5/7) and grabbed 8 rebounds and 3 blocks.

Michael Fusek took a giant step forward with Proximus Spirou Charleroi by making solid numbers.

His great mobility for a player his size and very effective shots allowed him to dominate last games in Belgium. When he combines those skills with his quickness, good hands and patience, Fusek can become one of the hardest big men to stop.

Fusek is also a great shot blocker, ranks first with 4 blocks per 40 min, due to his incredible height and decent timing.

Fusek averages 15.5 points and 12.25 rebounds per 40 min in Belgium



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Langford, Unics21.8 
 2. De-Colo, CS.20.0 
 3. Goudelock, Maccabi .17.3 
 4. Teodosic, CSKA16.3 
 5. Wanamaker, Darussaf.16.3 
 6. Llull, Real Madrid16.3 
 7. Bogdanovic, Fener.14.2 
 8. Clyburn, Darussaf.13.3 
 9. Larkin, Baskonia13.2 
 10. Heurtel, Anadolu .13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.4 
 2. Melli, Brose Bask.7.4 
 3. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.2 
 4. Voigtmann, Basko.7.2 
 5. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.0 
 6. Zizic, Darussafaka6.8 
 7. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.3 
 8. Dunston, Anadolu .6.2 
 9. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.1 
 10. Singleton, Panathin.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Teodosic, CSKA7.1 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos6.1 
 3. Llull, Real Madrid5.9 
 4. Colom, Unics5.7 
 5. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.7 
 6. Heurtel, Anadolu .5.7 
 7. Larkin, Baskonia5.6 
 8. Calathes, Panathin.5.6 
 9. Guler, Galatasaray5.6 
 10. Westermann, Zalgiris5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Charles JENKINS
  Crvena Z.
  (191-SG-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jenkins, Crvena Z.2.1 
 2. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.6 
 3. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.5 
 4. Calathes, Panathin.1.5 
 5. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.4 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia1.3 
 7. Fernandez, Real M.1.3 
 8. Jovic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 9. Guler, Galatasaray1.3 
 10. Singleton, Panathin.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce2.2 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray1.5 
 3. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.2 
 4. Parakhouski, Unics1.2 
 5. Singleton, Panathin.1.1 
 6. Dunston, Anadolu .1.1 
 7. Randolph, Real Madrid1.1 
 8. Kirk, Anadolu Efes0.9 
 9. Honeycutt, Anadolu .0.9 
 10. Birch, Olympiacos0.9 


Real Madrid outlast Darussafaka in opener - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid - Darussafaka 83:75

Real Madrid opened win count in EuroLeague quarterfinal series versus Darussafaka. Real recorded a tough victory in Madrid in the opener. Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) came up with 23 points to lead the hosts.
Darussafaka dominated in the first period. The Turkish team jumped to a 24:16 advantage after ten minutes. Real adjusted defensively in the second term. The home team pulled within a single point at halftime 36:37. Real spurred ahead in the third term. The hosts drained 25 points to claim a 61:53 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Real and Darussafaka exchanged baskets throughout the final term as the home team rolled to the victory. Gustavo Ayon (207-C/F-85, college: San Jose St.) provided 14 points, while Anthony Randolph (211-F/C-89, college: LSU) and Othello Hunter (203-F/C-86, college: Ohio St.) added 9 points each for the winners. Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 21 points for Darussafaka. Will Clyburn (201-F-90, college: Iowa St.) chipped in 15 points in the loss.

Real Madrid: Sergio Llull 23, Gustavo Ayon 14, Anthony Randolph 9, Othello Hunter 9
Darussafaka: Brad Wanamaker 21, Will Clyburn 15



Olympiacos march past Anadolu Efes in Piraeus - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos - Anadolu Efes 87:72

Olympiacos outgunned Anadolu Efes in the EuroLeague playoff series opener. Evangelos Mantzaris (196-G-90) came up with 14 points and 6 rebounds to pace well-balanced effort from the Greek side.
Olympiacos held Anadolu Efes to just 11 points in the opening frame to secure a 7-point lead. Olympiacos dropped 24 points in the second frame to enlarge the gap. The Greek team arrived at the interval up by 11 points 42:31. Olympiacos stayed red hot offensively in the third period. The hosts drained 25 points to secure a 17-point lead at the final intermission. Anadolu Efes could not overcome the deficit in the fourth term as Olympiacos marched to the win. Erick Green (190-PG-91, college: Virginia Tech) delivered 13 points, while Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) and Georgios Printezis (204-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe) added 11 points in the victory. Tyler Honeycutt (203-F-90, college: UCLA) responded with 17 points and 10 boards for Anadolu Efes. Thomas Heurtel (189-G-89, agency: BeoBasket) had 14 points in the loss.

Olympiacos: Evangelos Mantzaris 14, Erick Green 13, Nikola Milutinov 11, Georgios Printezis 11
Anadolu Efes: Tyler Honeycutt 17, Thomas Heurtel 14



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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Antwan SCOTT
  KTP Basket
  (188-G-92)
  Avg: 22
 1. Scott, KTP Basket22.0 
 2. Jones, Lapua21.5 
 3. Gay, KTP Basket19.2 
 4. Pledger, Kouvot19.1 
 5. Brown, Kataja B.17.8 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki17.7 
 7. Bryant, Kataja B.17.0 
 8. Morris, Lapua16.8 
 9. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.3 
 10. Bullock, Pyrinto15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Van, Korihait10.5 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot9.5 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket8.7 
 5. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.4 
 6. Williams, Lapua7.9 
 7. Nelson, Pyrinto7.6 
 8. Bullock, Pyrinto7.6 
 9. Bristol, Kataja B.7.5 
 10. Williams, Salon V.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Antto NIKKARINEN
  Helsinki.
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.3 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket6.7 
 3. Rannikko, Kataja B.6.1 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.8 
 5. Jalonen, Korihait4.4 
 6. Williams, Lapua4.2 
 7. Appleby, Kouvot4.1 
 8. Edwards, Lapua4.1 
 9. Staten, Salon Vilpas4.1 
 10. Minard, Pyrinto3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel MULLINGS
  Kataja B.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Mullings, Kataja B.2.3 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket2.2 
 3. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 4. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.8 
 5. Minard, Pyrinto1.7 
 6. Scott, KTP Basket1.6 
 7. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 8. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.5 
 9. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.4 
 10. Nelson, Pyrinto1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  KTP Basket
  (201-F/C-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gay, KTP Basket1.9 
 2. Bristol, Kataja B.1.9 
 3. Van, Korihait1.1 
 4. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 5. Bailey, KTP Basket0.9 
 6. Coleman, Salon Vilpas0.9 
 7. Barrett, BC Nokia0.9 
 8. Huolila, Kataja B.0.9 
 9. Nelson, Pyrinto0.8 
 10. Walker, KTP Basket0.8 


Shawn Huff selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international small forward Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Germany). He led Deutsche Bank Skyliners to a victory over the closely-ranked Science City Jena (10-18) 69-61 in the German BBL in Monday night's game. Huff was MVP of the game. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes on the court. Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (13-17) is placed tenth in the BBL. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Huff has relatively good stats this year: 11.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 60.5%(23-38), 3FGP: 40.8% and FT: 73.9% in 11 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in Spain). Koponen could not help FC Barcelona (18-9) to beat Valencia Basket (20-7). He scored 5 points and added 3 assists. FC Barcelona was badly defeated 76-59 on the road by the second-ranked Valencia Basket. This season Koponen averages: 8.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 52.3%, 3FGP: 34.2% and FT: 90.9%(40-44). Ex-Honka Espoo Playboys player is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Greece). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Aiolos Trikallon (10-16) crushing them 73-53 in the Greek A1 on Thursday night. Ahonen scored 10 points and had 3 steals in 24 minutes. Kolossos H Hotels (13-13) is placed seventh in the A1. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Ahonen's overall stats are: 7.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 59.5%(22-37), 3FGP: 38.8% and FT: 75.8% in 26 games. Ex-ToPo Helsinki player is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #4. Guard Sasu Salin (191-91, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Gran Canaria in their game against Baskonia (19-8) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He scored 5 points. Gran Canaria was defeated 95-90 in Vitoria by the higher-ranked Baskonia (#4). There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Salin's total stats this season are: 6.8ppg and 2.1rpg. He is also Finnish national team player.

Alexander Madsen
Alexander Madsen
   #5. International power forward Alexander Madsen (207-95, currently plays in Czech Republic) was not able to secure a victory for USK Praha (16-15) in their last game. Despite Madsen's very good performance the fourth-placed USK Praha (16-15) lost 57-72 in Opava to the lower-ranked (#5) BK Opava in the Places 1-6 group. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Madsen also added 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. It was USK Praha's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Madsen has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4bpg in 34 games. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Erik Murphy
Erik Murphy
   #6. Power forward Erik Murphy (208-90, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Florida, currently plays in France) managed to help Strasbourg IG to win against the 14th-ranked Cholet Basket (10-18) 85-68 in the French ProA on Saturday night. Murphy recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Strasbourg IG (19-9) is placed fourth in the ProA. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. It's Murphy's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 8.6ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3apg. Murphy is a naturalized American. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster. Strangely Murphy has never played in Finland.

Antti Kanervo
Antti Kanervo
   #7. International shooting guard Antti Kanervo (192-89, agency: Blacktop Management, currently plays in France) was the main contributor in a Chorale de Roanne's victory against the closely-ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (10-18) 86-73 in the French ProB (second division) in Saturday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Kanervo recorded 16 points and added 3 passes in 31 minutes. Chorale de Roanne Basket (12-15) is placed 13th in the ProB. This year Kanervo's total stats are: 9.4ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.5apg in 26 games. He is also Finnish national team player.

Matti Nuutinen
Matti Nuutinen
   #8. Forward Matti Nuutinen (202-90, also represented by Blacktop Management, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Antti Kanervo and both played together in the last French ProB game. Nuutinen contributed to a Chorale de Roanne's victory against the closely-ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (10-18) 86-73. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Nuutinen has averaged so far 6.8ppg and 2.7rpg. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Tuukka Kotti
Tuukka Kotti
   #9. International power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in a Crailsheim Merlins' victory against the seventh-ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (16-14) 100-89 in the German ProA (second division) on Wednesday night. Kotti scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes. Crailsheim Merlins (25-5) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Kotti has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.6apg in 28 games. He is also in the roster of the Finnish national team.

Jamar Wilson
Jamar Wilson
   #10. Point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, currently plays in Spain) helped Movil Estudiantes win their game against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (4-23) 95-90 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Wilson scored only 4 points and added 3 assists. Movistar Estudiantesis placed second in the Liga Endesa. Wilson has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.5apg. He is a naturalized American. Wilson is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster. He used to play for Honka Espoo Playboys in Finnish league.

   #11. International forward Anton Odabasi (206-95, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Trabzonspor in their game against Anadolu Efes in the Turkish BSL. Odabasi cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 18 minutes. His team was crushed by 23 points 100-77. Odabasi has averaged so far 0.7ppg and 1.4rpg in 14 games. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.



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Jonathan Jeanne Enters 2017 NBA Draft - by Eurobasket News

French center Jonathan Jeanne (7'2''-C-97) has entered the 2017 NBA draft, agent Bouna Ndiaye tells Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com. According to Givony (via Twitter), Jonathan Jeanne intends to stay in the draft and will be looking to make the jump to the NBA immediately - he doesn't intend to accept draft-and-stash offers. Jonathan Jeanne, a 7'2 center who will turn 20 in July, ranks 49th on Chad Ford's big board at ESPN.com. Other draft experts are even more bullish on the young big man, who comes in at No. 35 on DraftExpress' top-100 list and ranks 20th on Kevin O'Connor's big board for The Ringer. Still, while Jonathan Jeanne has plenty of upside, he remains fairly raw, so it remains to be seen how NBA scouts will value him. NBA teams may have the opportunity to scout Jonathan Jeanne in June, according to Givony, who reports (via Twitter) that the big man is willing to participate in five-on-five games at this year's Adidas Eurocamp, assuming he gets an invite to the event. Jonathan Jeanne, currently on loan to SLUC Nancy Basket in France, is playing modest minutes for the team, with 3.1 PPG and 3.6 RPG in 16 contests (12.3 MPG).
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Cholet lands Ivan Maras - by Eurobasket News

Cholet Basket (ProA) landed 31-year old Montenegrin international power forward Ivan Maras (207-110kg-86). He played recently at Doxa Lefkadas in Greek A1 league. In 10 games he averaged 15.0ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.1apg this season. Maras also spent pre-season at Naft Abadan (Superleague) in Iran earlier that year where in 5 A1 games he had 12.6ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.4spg.
Among other achievements he received Asia-Basket.com All-Bahrain League Player of the Year award and Asia-Basket.com All-Bahrain League Import Player of the Year award back in 2014.
Maras also represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 2 games: 2.0ppg.
Maras is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in eight different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Maras has played previously professionally in Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk), Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut), Cyprus (Etha), Kuwait (Al Qadsia), Serbia, Bahrain (Al Manama) and Montenegro (Buducnost).
He is described as: A good power forward who can play in the 4 and 5 position. Has great shooting ability.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Thomas Heurtel selected the top French playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey). He was the major contributor in an Anadolu Efes' victory against the 14th-ranked Trabzonspor (8-18) crushing them 100-77 in the Turkish BSL in Friday night's game. Heurtel scored 19 points and added 5 passes in 22 minutes on the court. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (22-4) is placed second in the BSL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Heurtel has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 7.7apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 46.7%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 82.5% in 22 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-87, currently plays in Euroleague). De Colo led his Russian team CSKA to a victory against the seventh-ranked Baskonia (17-13) 98-90 in the Euroleague last Tuesday. He recorded 17 points (made all of his six free throws). CSKA Moscow (22-8) is placed second in the Euroleague. De Colo has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 20.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.9apg, 2FGP: 56.9%(120-211), 3FGP: 45.5%(40-88) and FT: 96.0%(120-125). De Colo is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Rodrigue Beaubois (185-88, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to Baskonia's victory against the closely-ranked Gran Canaria (18-10) 95-90 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Friday night. Beaubois scored 16 points and added 6 assists in 21 minutes. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (19-8) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. This year Beaubois has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 63.4%(71-112), 3FGP: 29.1% and FT: 81.0% in 21 games. He is also a member of the French senior national team.

Ali Traore
Ali Traore
   #4. Power forward Ali Traore (207-85, also represented by BeoBasket, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to a 2-point Byblos' victory against the third-ranked Tadamon (10-14) 90-88 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL in Tuesday night's game. Traore recorded 28 points (!!!) and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group A. Byblos Sporting Club (16-8) is placed second. This season Traore has very high stats. He averages: 19.6ppg, 9.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg. Traore used to play for the French national team back in 2015.

Fabien Causeur
Fabien Causeur
   #5. International shooting guard Fabien Causeur (195-87, currently plays in Germany) led Brose Baskets to a victory over the 14th-ranked Walter Tigers (9-23) 87-75 in the German BBL last Thursday. He was MVP of the game. Causeur scored 16 points and added 4 passes in 26 minutes. Brose Baskets Bamberg (27-3) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Causeur's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 11.2ppg, 3.4rpg and 3.2apg in 24 games. Causeur plays currently for the French national team.

Nobel Boungou-Colo
Nobel Boungou-Colo
   #6. Forward Nobel Boungou-Colo (202-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to a 3-point Khimki's victory against the eighth-ranked Astana (9-15) 90-87 in the VTB United League in Monday night's game. Boungou-Colo scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 32 minutes. BC Khimki Moscow Region (18-5) is placed third in group A. His team will play only one more game in the VTB United League Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Boungou-Colo's overall stats are: 9.9ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.2spg in 16 games. He is a former international player as he played for the French senior team two years ago.

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #7. An experienced international point guard Tony Parker (188-82, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Memphis Grizzlies (43-39) crushing them 111-82 in the NBA last Saturday. Parker recorded 18 points. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 61-21 record this season. Parker is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his 16th year in Spurs' roster. His stats this season are: 10.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 4.4apg. Parker is also French national team player.

Alexis Ajinca
Alexis Ajinca
   #8. Center Alexis Ajinca (215-88, currently plays in NBA) could not help the New Orleans Pelicans (34-48) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Ajinca's good performance the New Orleans Pelicans (34-48) were defeated 108-96 on the road by the Los Angeles Lakers. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Ajinca also added 8 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. Ajinca has been at the team for four years. His total stats this season are: 5.3ppg and 4.5rpg. Ajinca plays currently for the French national team.

Antoine Diot
Antoine Diot
   #9. International point guard Antoine Diot (193-89, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Valencia Basket in their game against RETAbet BB (12-14) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Diot scored 6 points and added 4 assists. Valencia Basket was defeated 88-75 in Bilbao by the much lower-ranked RETAbet BB (#9). Diot's total stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.1apg and 1.2spg. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert
   #10. Center Rudy Gobert (216-92, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an Utah Jazz's victory against the San Antonio Spurs (61-21) 101-97 in the NBA last Wednesday. Gobert scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The Utah Jazz has a solid 51-31 record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. This season Gobert has very high stats. He averages: 14.0ppg, 12.8rpg, 1.2apg and 2.6bpg. Gobert is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

   #11. Former international guard Leo Westermann (197-92, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Lithuania) managed to help B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas in a victory against the closely-ranked Neptunas 81-77 in the Lithuanian LKL on Saturday night. He scored 5 points and added 6 passes in 22 minutes. This year Westermann's total stats are: 7.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.4apg in 28 games. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

   #12. Former international shooting guard Edwin Jackson (190-89, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Movil Estudiantes' victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa 95-90 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Jackson scored 16 points and added 4 assists. This season Jackson has very high stats. He averages: 22.2ppg, 3.5rpg and 3.1apg. Jackson used to play for the French national team back in 2015.

   #13. Former U20 international swingman Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (201-95, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Philadelphia 76ers (27-55) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Philadelphia 76ers were edged 114-113 in New York by the Knicks. Luwawu-Cabarrot scored 14 points and added 3 assists in 24 minutes. Luwawu-Cabarrot has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.1apg in 69 games. He used to play for the French U20 national team two years ago.

   #14. Former international point guard Andrew Albicy (177-90, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Andorra in their game against Unicaja Malaga in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Albicy scored 9 points and added 4 assists. His team was crushed by 24 points 93-69. Albicy has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 6.6apg and 1.6spg. He used to play for the French national team back in 2011.

   #15. Former international shooting guard Evan Fournier (198-92, currently plays in NBA) helped Orlando Magic win their game against the Detroit Pistons 113-109 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Fournier scored 12 points in 27 minutes. Fournier has very impressive stats this year: 17.2ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.0apg in 68 games. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Jordan Semple (201-F-92, agency: Octagon Europe, college: Chico St., currently plays in Bulgaria) could not help Academik Plovdiv (16-7) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Academik Plovdiv was crushed 85-64 on the road by the lower-ranked Beroe (#3). Semple recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 5 blocks. Semple's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Semple has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 20.3ppg, 12.0rpg, 3.4apg, 2.0bpg and 2.0spg. Semple is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in France.

   #2. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz in a victory against the closely-ranked Gran Canaria (18-10) 95-90 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Friday night. He scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 19 minutes. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (19-8) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. This year Tillie's total stats are: 7.0ppg and 3.6rpg in 25 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French.

   #3. Navid Niktash (203-G/F-91, currently plays in United Kingdom) led London Lions to a victory over the league leader Leicester Riders (25-4) crushing them 111-88 in the British BBL last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. Niktash scored 25 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 33 minutes. London Lions (17-14) is placed sixth in the BBL. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Niktash has very impressive stats this year: 15.2ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.3apg in 21 games. He is another player who holds two passports: French and Iranian.

   #4. Experienced Afik Nissim (185-PG-81, currently plays in Israel) was the main contributor in a 3-point Hapoel Eilat's victory against the league leader Hapoel Holon (18-9) 84-81 in the Israeli Winner League in Wednesday night's game. Nissim was the best player in that game. He scored 16 points and added 3 assists in 20 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Hapoel Eilat (17-10) is placed third in the Winner League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Nissim plays fifth season for the team. This year Nissim's total stats are: 9.8ppg and 1.6apg in 24 games. He has both French and Israeli nationalities.

   #5. Mattia Udom (200-F-93, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Mens Sana 1871 (13-16) crushing them 83-55 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Saturday. Udom scored 9 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Angelico Biella (23-6) is placed first in West group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Udom averaged so far 10.6ppg and 5.1rpg. He also holds two passports: French and Italian.

   #6. Anthony Chada (196-G/F-89, currently plays in Belgium) was not able to help Kangoeroes (16-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Chada's good performance Kangoeroes was crushed 85-57 in Jemappes by the lower-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#8). He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Chada averaged so far 10.7ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.7apg. He has French and Belgian nationalities. Despite Chada's French passport, he previously played for the Belgian U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the French team.

   #7. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a 1-point Maccabi Rishon's victory against the closely-ranked Ironi Nahariya 71-70 in the Israeli Winner League on Thursday night. Kadir scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. Kadir has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 5.9rpg and 2.2apg in 26 games. He has French and Israeli nationalities.

   #8. Roy Samaha (205-C-84, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to a Al Riyadi's victory against the second-ranked Al Moutahed 88-82 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL last Thursday. Samaha scored only 2 points in 12 minutes. Samaha has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 2.7rpg in six games. He holds both French and Lebanese passports.

   #9. Mikael Maruotto (201-SF-91, currently plays in Switzerland) helped Monthey win their game against the fourth-ranked Geneve Lions 75-65 in the Swiss LNA on Saturday night. Maruotto recorded 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Maruotto averaged so far 12.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3apg. He has French and Swiss nationalities.

   #10. Alfredo Ott (190-G-83, college: Dillard, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Melilla Baloncesto (18-14) in their last game. Despite Ott's very good performance Melilla Baloncesto was edged 78-76 in San Sebastian by the leading Gipuzkoa. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Ott also added 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. Ott has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.5spg in 32 games. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Ott has never played in France.



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

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

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DjordjeMatic)

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Tornike Shengelia selected the top Georgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tornike Shengelia
Tornike Shengelia
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Tornike Shengelia (206-91, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Baskonia (17-13) in their last game. Despite Shengelia's good performance Baskonia lost 90-98 on the road to the second-ranked CSKA. He recorded 12 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 21 minutes on the court. Shengelia has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 51.0% and FT: 77.3% in 22 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Jacob Pullen (184-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in VTB United League). Pullen was the major contributor in Khimki's victory against the eighth-ranked Astana (9-15) 90-87 in the VTB United League last Monday. He scored 21 points. BC Khimki Moscow Region (18-5) is placed third in group A. Pullen's team will play only one more game in the VTB United League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Pullen averages: 9.7ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 40.4% and FT: 87.5%. He is a naturalized American. Pullen played for the Georgian national team in 2015. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

Richard Hickman
Richard Hickman
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro, currently plays in Italy). He was not able to help Armani Milano in their game against Enel Brindisi (13-14) in the Italian Serie A. Hickman was the second best scorer with 9 points. He also added 8 rebounds. But the league leader Armani Milano was edged 70-68 in Brindisi by the much lower-ranked Enel (#9). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Hickman has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.8apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 53.6%, 3FGP: 39.2% and FT: 70.3%. He is a naturalized American. Hickman played for the Georgian national team three years ago. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.

Marquez Haynes
Marquez Haynes
   #4. Point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an Umana Venezia's victory against the 11th-ranked Brescia (12-15) 84-79 in the Italian Serie A last Saturday. Haynes scored 8 points and added 5 assists in 30 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (18-9) is placed second in the Serie A. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Haynes has reliable stats this year: 12.0ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.3apg in 27 games. He is a naturalized American. Haynes used to play for the Georgian national team back in 2011. Interesting that he has never played in Georgia.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #5. International center Giorgi Shermadini (217-89, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Andorra (14-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Shermadini's good performance Andorra was crushed 93-69 in Malaga by the higher-ranked Unicaja (#7). He was the top scorer with 14 points. Shermadini also added 5 rebounds. Shermadini has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg and 7.3rpg. Shermadini plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #6. Point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Nevezis (6-27) crushing them 92-56 in the Lithuanian LKL in Monday night's game. He scored 10 points, made 6 passes and 3 steals in 17 minutes. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (24-9) is placed second in the LKL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. This year Fisher's overall stats are: 9.2ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.8apg in 33 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Fisher played previously for the USA university national team, he is also a former international player as he played for the Georgian senior team five years ago. However Fisher has never played in Georgia.

Taurean Green
Taurean Green
   #7. Former international point guard Taurean Green (183-85, college: Florida, currently plays in Israel) led Bnei Hasharon to a victory over the closely-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (13-14) 75-60 in the Israeli Winner League last Wednesday. He was MVP of the game. Green scored 16 points and added 4 assists. Bnei Hertzeliyya (16-11) is placed fourth in the Winner League. Green's stats this season are: 13.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.1apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the Georgian national team seven years ago.

Michael Dixon
Michael Dixon
   #8. Guard Michael Dixon (186-90, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Memphis, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help AEK Athens (19-7) in their game against Aris (15-11) in the Greek A1. Dixon scored 6 points in only 14 minutes. AEK Athens lost 77-81 in Thessaloniki to the lower-ranked (#4) Aris. The Regular Season already ended. It's Dixon's first season with the team. His stats this year are: 11.8ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.3apg in 25 games. Dixon is a naturalized American. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Beka Burjanadze
Beka Burjanadze
   #9. International power forward Beka Burjanadze (201-94, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Giorgi Shermadini and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Burjanadze couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Andorra (14-13) in their game against Unicaja Malaga (17-9). He scored 6 points and had 3 steals. Andorra was crushed 93-69 in Malaga by the higher-ranked Unicaja (#7). Burjanadze averaged so far 10.6ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.2apg. He is also in the roster of the Georgian national team.

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #10. An experienced center Zaza Pachulia (211-84, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (26-56) 109-94 in the NBA last Wednesday. Pachulia scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in only 12 minutes. The Golden State Warriors have a very good 67-15 record this season. There are only three games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. This year Pachulia's total stats are: 6.1ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.9apg in 71 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster.

   #11. International center Giorgi Sharabidze (210-90, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) couldn't help Feni Industries (1-6) in their last game on Friday. Despite Sharabidze's good performance the sixth-placed Feni Industries was crushed 83-61 in Skopje by the second-ranked Karpos Sokoli in the Places 1-6 group. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Sharabidze has averaged so far 7.6ppg and 5.1rpg. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

   #12. Former U20 international center Shota Gelazonia (205-94, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Cambados (20-9) in their last game. Despite Gelazonia's good performance Cambados lost 59-63 at home to the lower-ranked (#7) Blancos de Rueda. He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Gelazonia also added 6 rebounds in 32 minutes. Gelazonia has averaged so far 9.4ppg and 4.7rpg in 29 games. He used to play for the Georgian U20 national team back in 2013.

   #13. Former international forward Giga Janelidze (199-95, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Jesi in their game against Alma Trieste in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Janelidze scored 5 points. His team was defeated 90-76. Janelidze has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 3.1rpg. He used to play for the Georgian national team two years ago.

   #14. Former international power forward Akaki Dvalishvili (207-91, currently plays in Russia) managed to help BC Novosybirsk in a victory against the fifth-ranked Irkut Irkutsk 77-69 in the Russian Superleague 1 (second division) on Sunday night. Dvalishvili scored only 4 points in 7 minutes on the court. Dvalishvili has averaged so far 5.4ppg and 2.9rpg in 30 games. He used to play for the Georgian national team back in 2014.

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

   #1. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked FC Barcelona (18-9) 76-59 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Thomas scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. Valencia Basket (20-7) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. This year Thomas' overall stats are: 5.6ppg and 4.9rpg in 27 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.



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Kruize Pinkins (Hebeisen White Wings) The Coaching Staff Brought My Game To Another Level - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Kruize Pinkins (203-F-93, college: USF) is a 24 year old 201cm forward from Marianna, Florida that completed his second professional season with the Hebeisen White Wings. In his second season he averaged 17,9ppg, 9,5rpg and 2,5apg. He started his basketball career at Chipola (JUCO). He then played at USF (NCAA) from 2013-2015 and as a senior played 32 games averaging 13.9ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 52.1%, 3PT: 39.0%, FT: 65.0%. As a rookie last season with the Hebeisen White Wings he played 29 games averaging 13.1ppg, Reb-3 (9.1rpg), 1.1apg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 68.9%. He spoke to eurobasket after the conclusion of the 2016-2017 season.

Kruize thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and have you slowly got into your professional post season rhythm?

I am always working on my game during the offseason as soon as our season finished I took a few days off and then started back working on things I need to improve.


It was a tale of two seasons for the Hebeisen White Wings Hanau. The second half was one too forget. How disappointed were you with how the second half went and how long did it take you to digest the season?

It was disappointing in that we had a few games that we let slip away but that is a part of basketball you have your ups and downs but I am thankful to have played with and be coached by a great group of guys. Guys never hung their heads and gave in when we could have.


In the last two months, I was checking the box score every Sunday night and just continued to see loss after loss. After January 28, Hanau only won one more game. If someone had told you on January 28th that the team would go 1-10 what would you have thought?

I wouldn't have believed it. But like I said basketball is full of ups and downs and lessons to be learned. I am sure everyone has learned from this and it will make them a better player and person in the future.


If you look back at the last 11 games, what do you feel was the main cause that the Hebeisen White Wings suffered this long losing streak?

Our guys played hard every night. I dont know the reason. Sometimes things just don't go your way. Maybe if we won two of those games we wouldn't be having this conversation.


The team went through many injuries as well as hardships as Jordan Wild had to depart the team mid way through of the season on account of returning back to the States to tend for his sick dad. One never wants to make excuses, but how much did the mental side of the game play a factor in the last months?

I mean basketball is 50% mental and 50% physical so of course people were mentally frustrated its a part of basketball. Its just had to do with a couple games we should've won we let slip aways and we got down on ourselves at times.

When you look back at the season how would you summarize it? What were the positives from the season?

Being able to play with a great group of guys and a great organization like Hanau. Being coached by a great coach in Simon Cote and our Assistant Joey Cantens really took my game to another level and I'm thankful for all of that.


Do you feel like the last few months despite all the losses will help head coach Simon Cote mature further as a head coach?

Of course like I said you learn from situations like that I feel that we all will learn from it.


German Til Joscha Joenke played his second season in the Pro A for the Hebeisen White Wings Hanau and improved his stats. After playing in the BBL with Ulm and Tuebingen and not making his breakthrough, he took a step back to go to the Pro A. After two solid Pro A seasons, is the German ready for the BBL now?

Yeah Till is a BBL player no doubt man he brings it every day in practice and every game. He is also a great teammate and im thankful to have built a relationship with him while in Hanau.


What Hanau player do you feel improved most this season from the first day of training camp to the last game against Crailsheim?

Our Rookie Brian really improved throughout the season. Maybe the numbers weren't there but he really improved with the little things he learned a lot his first year and whoever he plays for next year will be lucky to have him for sure.


You stated in our first interview this season that 'I'm not really concerned about being a top pro A player I know what I'm capable of. I'm more concerned on winning games to make the playoffs and compete for a championship the rest will take care of itself. You had a top season as a player, but didn't reach the playoffs. With these two facts combined, how would you summarize your season?

Man I wouldn't trade this season even though we didn't make the playoffs. Like I said its a lesson learned. I am going to learn from this and never let it happen again but I am just blessed to finish another season healthy.

You improved your stats in scoring, rebounds and assists as well as your shooting from outside. After two seasons in the Pro A is Kruize Pinkins ready for a higher league like the BBL?

Yeah I think I could play in the BBL but I am just working hard this summer and whatever opportunity I get I am going to make the most out of it.


You also stated in an earlier interview this season that Im not going to force any threes, but Im just going to take what the defense gives me and read and play and if the threes are there then I will take them. You shot 32% from downtown improving from 12,5% as a rookie. Are you content with your three point shooting development and shot selection?

Yeah I worked on my shot during the summer and learned that it was more mental I had to have confidence with my shot and that really helped.


Real defense isn't what is on the stats, but you had identical stats in steals and blocks as from your rookie season. Do you feel like you made strides on the defensive end this season?

Yeah I feel like I got better defensively but I know I still have things I need to work on and I will focus on that during the summer.


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

Yeah it was definitely surprising. But it really doesn't matter about what seed you are in the tournament because its win or go home and thats what makes it exciting to watch.


Now that the NCAA tournament is history, what professional sports do you focus on in the next months?

The NBA playoffs


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

Yes he is going to be special in the NBA


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

Russel Westbrook is just on another level so people try to find things to bring him down but he is just playing basketball I don't pay attention to all that other stuff they are saying.


What was the last movie that you saw?

Remember the Titans.


Thanks Kruize for the chat.




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

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

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

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

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

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



Jermel Kennedy (Worcester Wolves) You Can't Be A Batman Everywhere Where You Play - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jermel Kennedy (201-F-89, college: Lander) is a 27 year old 201cm forward from Toronto Canada that is currently playing with the Worcester Wolves (United Kingdom-BBL). Last season he played with Last season he played for Cocinas.com CB Clavijo Logrono (Spain-LEB Gold) playing 30 games averaging 5.6ppg, 3.1rpg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 16.0%, FT: 75.4%. Two seasons ago he played for AB Contern (Luxembourg-Total League), in Oct.'14 signed at Porvoon Tarmo (Finland-1st Division) playing 28 games averaging 18.0ppg, 9.3rpg, 2.7apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), FGP: 58.4%, 3PT: 24.7%, FT: 72.9%. He played his rookie season in the German Pro B with TV Langen in 2013-2014 where he played 24 games averaging 16.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.0apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 58.4%, 3PT: 23.3%, FT: 78.1%. He started his basketball career in 2008 with Iowa Central Community College (NJCAA) playing 26 games: 4.3ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP:47.3%, FT: 57.1%. In 2009-2010, he played for Volunteer State Community College (NJCAA) playing 27 games: 11.7ppg, 8.2rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 26.0%, FT: 83.0%. He finished his college basketball career at Lander in 2012 playing two seasons there and as a senior played 27 games: 11.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 66.1%, FT: 70.5%. In 2013 he was drafted by Moncton Miracles (NBL Canada,1rd (6). He spoke to eurobasket before the game against London.

Jermel thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. It's been a while since we last spoke in the summer of 2015. Since then you played in the Spain Leb Gold and now playing for the Worcester Wolves in the BBL in England. It may not be the BBL in Germany, but how blessed are you to be playing in this league?

Hey Miles appreciate you having me. I'm just grateful to be here and continue to do what I love that's all its about Miles.


This will be your first Easter weekend in the UK plus you will be playing against the London Lions. What kind of Easter weekend on and off the court are you anticipating?

I'm expecting an eventful weekend hopefully taking care of business and keeping our win streak alive would be great. My sister is also visiting so I got a few things planned for her to see this weekend.


Currently the Worcester Wolves are one of the hottest team in the UK BBL having a 10 game winning streak. How good basketball life for you at the moment?

You know it's going great we haven't lost in over a month and things seem to be going very well for us. I feel like we have figured it out guys understand their roles a bit better this half of the season.

What has been the biggest reason for the turnaround of the Worcester Wolves in the last 2 months? It seems like offensively the team has had no off nights or major slip ups?

I believe it's our selfless play that we have taken more serious this part of the season the ball is moving more now and guys are getting more comfortable with sharing the ball more and understanding that it will come back to them.


You aren't the main scoring option like in Langen or Finland, but third in scoring and second in rebounding. How has this role of being an important player, but not the most important player helped your game?

You know you can't be batman everywhere you play lol. I don't mind not being the main focus recognizing that and adjusting to that fact has come from experience. I just try to do my job as coach wants me to.

You are averaging 13,3ppg, 7,3rpg and 3,3apg in 35 minutes and really filling up the tat sheet and showing your versatility. How content have you been with your season?

I think I'm playing pretty solid I'm content with my performance thus far. Winning comes first I'm not worried about the numbers. My whole game has always been being versatile and showing my presence in different aspects on the floor and I believe I have achieved that this season.

Has it been much of a transition coming from the Spanish Leb Gold league? Which league the leb Gold or BBL in the UK is the better level and has the more skilled players?

There wasn't much of a transition here we just have a bit more freedom compared to the system heavy basketball in Spain. It's hard to say what's better the styles are very different.

You are filling up the stat sheet and really doing much in 35 minutes time, but do you at times feel like you could be doing more in the scoring department?

I believe I could score a bit more but I believe for us to be more successful the role I've taken makes everyone on the floors job a bit easier which spreads out the workload.


Your shot selection is great. Your shooting 59% from the two point line and 41% from outside showing you haven't been rushing shots or just firing away. Has this patience and shot selection IQ come with experience or did you change something up this season?

My main goal every game and every possession is to make the correct basketball play. One thing my experience has taught me especially my time in Spain is that you're not going to get a volume of shots shooting 15-20 shots in other leagues is unrealistic so I am trying to maintain this habit and it has been working out well. You have to be able to work with 5-10 shots a game maybe. So I try to take good shots when they are available also trying to be efficient as possible.


How much of a joy has it been playing with fellow Canadian Maurice Walker. Has your friendship grown over the course of the season and what do you enjoy most about his game?

It's been great playing with Mo he's really a competitor and he's easy to play with. He's a really good teammate. My favourite part about his game is his ability to get position around the rim and finish relatively easy. He understands where he needs to be and when and how to finish very well

He must be playing with a chip on his shoulder after having a solid 11 and 6 senior year and playing NBA Summer League seems to have been of most radars as a professional. You are also a guy that continues to work yourself up the professional basketball ladder. Have you guys had some special conversations over the course of the season about your dreams and where you want to be headed in the next years?

He plays with a certain fire I can't deny that and we've been mainly focusing on finishing this season so we haven't gotten to those conversations yet


After two strong seasons in lower leagues in Finlad and Uruguay, you played last season in the strongest league yet in Spain with Cocinas.com CB Clavijo Logrono (Spain-LEB Gold) where you averaged 5.6ppg, 3.1rpg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 16.0%, FT: 75.4%. When you look back at the season do you feel as if you could have honestly have been more of an impact player in this league?

I feel like I can be an impact anywhere I play unfortunately that situation was a bit different and I didn't get the chance to display what I'm capable of which I hold myself 100% accountable of.


What kind of learning experience was your time in Spain last season. How do you feel did your game progress there that has helped you make the next step in England?

I definitely took a lot of positives from that experience. Basketball there is very tactical so I got to see the ins and outs of team breakdowns, player breakdowns in a different perspective. I see the floor much better now and much of that has to do with understanding what to look for.

Does the 2013-2014 season with TV Langen seem like a very very distant experience or can you still remember how you dominated there?

Playing in Germany still feels like yesterday to me but when I really think about it, it was quite a long time ago, time really flies on you.


You have been in many countries, but could you imagine coming back to Germany? You have the game for the Pro A, but has your game developed further for the German BBL?

I can see myself playing in Germany again if the opportunity presents itself and looks like something to pursue I'm all for it. Like I said previously I can make an impact anywhere I play so the German BBL I feel equally as confident about.

Your ex teammate Martnis Woody seems to have retired and is back home in South Carolina. When you look back at your rookie season, how did he help you most as a rookie that you didn't release back in 2014 or possibly 2015, but now as a seasoned veteran in 2017 have come aware of?


Woody did a good job of explaining to me how to manage my expectations of things and not letting everything get to me. He knew that everything isn't going to be how you want it and he took most things like a grain of salt. I understand that more now when I observe other first year Pros and they take minuscule things to serious not realizing there's going to be 7-8 months of this.


What are your summer plans? Will you visit some place that you have never been to?

I am not to sure my summer's tend to be very unpredictable I can say I'll be at home in Canada and my social media might have me somewhere else you might need to check up on me about that one later Miles haha


What will be on the summer training agenda list and be the biggest priority for you to work on and improve?


My emphasis this summer will be putting on some more size. This is probably the lightest I've been and I think I can add some more weight and see how I manage and also gain some more strength in the process I think I can be more effective this way


What is your current opinion on Boston Celtic Isaiah Thomas? Is he a bona fide NBA top 5 guard at the moment or do the Celts need to make a huge run in the playoffs to solidify that?

I think he's great he's definitely showed that you can't take him lightly regardless of size and the playoffs would only further confirm this


Recently Devin Booker hit the Boston Celtics with 70 points. Is he a guy that you would have predicted him doing this or did it surprise you more?


I don't think anyone could have predicted that but he's has a great skill set and huge potential he's going to be a household name in a few years


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


To be honest I didn't watch any college basketball this season the time difference makes that difficult


Now that the 2017 NCAA tournament is history, what do you concentrate most on? Are the NBA playoffs and MLB seasons something that you will follow?



I will be following the NBA playoffs most likely in curious to see how things play out since everyone has their predictions


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

Lonzo is very talented I don't let his dad's words cloud my judgement hopefully everyone feels the same


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



I believe his team understands that they're more successful when he gets a triple double so they do aid him a bit I think but if it makes them more successful I don't see any problem with it


What was the last movie that you saw?

John Wick 2.

Thanks Jermel for the chat.




Johannes Voigtmann selected the top German playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Johannes Voigtmann
Johannes Voigtmann
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Baskonia (17-13) in their last game. Despite Voigtmann's good performance Baskonia lost 90-98 on the road to the second-ranked CSKA. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 26 minutes on the court. Voigtmann has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 65.1%(97-149), 3FGP: 31.4% and FT: 71.6% in 31 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the German senior national team.

Dennis Schroeder
Dennis Schroeder
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Dennis Schroeder (181-93, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). Schroeder was not able to help the Atlanta Hawks (43-39) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the Atlanta Hawks (43-39) were defeated 114-107 in Washington by the Wizards. Schroeder was the top scorer with 25 points. He also added 9 assists (made all of his six free throws). It's Schroeder's fourth season with the team. Schroeder has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 6.4apg, 2FGP: 48.6%, 3FGP: 34.3% and FT: 85.8%. Schroeder played for the German national team in 2015.

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA). He was not able to secure a victory for the Dallas Mavericks (33-49) in their last game. Despite Nowitzki's very good performance the Dallas Mavericks (33-49) were badly defeated 109-91 in Denver by the Nuggets. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Nowitzki also added 8 rebounds and 3 blocks in 27 minutes. It was Mavericks' fifth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. Nowitzki is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his 19th year in Mavericks' roster. He has very impressive stats this season: 14.2ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3FGP: 37.8% and FT: 87.5% in 54 games. Nowitzki played for the German national team two years ago.

Isaiah Hartenstein
Isaiah Hartenstein
   #4. Power forward Isaiah Hartenstein (211-98, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Vytautas (17-16) crushing them 84-59 in the Lithuanian LKL in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (30-3) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Hartenstein's overall stats this season are: 4.6ppg and 3.9rpg. He is also German U18 national team player.

Paul Zipser
Paul Zipser
   #5. International swingman Paul Zipser (203-94, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a Chicago Bulls' victory against the Brooklyn Nets (20-62) crushing them 112-73 in the NBA last Wednesday. Zipser scored 21 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. The Chicago Bulls have 41-41 record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Zipser's overall stats are: 5.7ppg and 2.8rpg in 46 games. He plays currently for the German national team.

Heiko Schaffartzik
Heiko Schaffartzik
   #6. Point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84, currently plays in France) led JSF Nanterre to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Entente Orleans 45 (8-20) 92-86 in the French ProA on Saturday night. Schaffartzik recorded 13 points and added 3 passes. JSF Nanterre (19-9) is placed third in the ProA. It's Schaffartzik's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.9apg. Schaffartzik is a former international player as he played for the German senior team two years ago.

Tilo Klette
Tilo Klette
   #7. Former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Austria) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Gmunden Swans (20-10) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Gmunden Swans lost 73-77 in Oberwart to the leading Redwell Gunners. Klette was the top scorer with 27 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 26 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Klette has reliable stats this year: 13.2ppg, 4.7rpg and 2.4apg in 30 games. He used to play for the German U22 national team eighteen years ago.

Robin Benzing
Robin Benzing
   #8. Forward Robin Benzing (208-89, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 2-point Zaragoza's victory against the closely-ranked Joventut (9-19) 71-69 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. Tecnyconta Zaragoza (9-19) is placed 15th in the Liga Endesa. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Benzing's stats this year are: 13.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.5apg in 28 games. He plays currently for the German national team.

Bjoern Schoo
Bjoern Schoo
   #9. Former international center Bjoern Schoo (213-81, college: Northern St., currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to Starwings' victory against the third-ranked Lugano Tigers (15-9) 64-58 in the Swiss LNA on Saturday night. Schoo recorded 7 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Starwings Basket Regio Basel (12-12) is placed sixth in Places 1-6 group. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. Schoo's total stats this season are: 6.6ppg and 4.5rpg. He used to play for the German national team eleven years ago.

Thomas Kaspereit
Thomas Kaspereit
   #10. Power forward Thomas Kaspereit (199-83, currently plays in Luxembourg) couldn't help Kordall Steelers (16-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Kaspereit's good performance the third-placed Kordall Steelers (16-12) was defeated 94-90 in Larochette by the lower-ranked Arantia (#3) in the Playdowns 2 group. He scored 11 points. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. Kaspereit's total stats this season are: 7.5ppg and 3.4rpg. He is a former U16 international player as eighteen years ago he still played for the German national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Kiril Wachsmann (203-C-84, college: Iona, currently plays in Uruguay). Wachsmann could not help Defensor (6-8) to beat Aguada (8-6). He recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The seventh-placed Defensor (6-8) was defeated 84-80 on the road by the higher-ranked Aguada (#3) in the Promocional 1 group. Wachsmann's total stats this season are: 7.8ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.4apg.

   #2. Robert Tomaszek (205-C-81, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland) was not able to help BM Slam Stal in their game against PGE Turow (17-13) in the Polish PLK. Tomaszek recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. BM Slam Stal was crushed 97-74 in Zgorzelec by the lower-ranked PGE Turow (#8). There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Tomaszek's total stats this season are: 3.2ppg and 2.0rpg. He has a dual citizenship: German and Polish.

   #3. Bar Timor (190-PG-92, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Hapoel Jerusalem in a victory against the closely-ranked Maccabi T-A (17-10) 65-57 in the Israeli Winner League last Saturday. Timor scored only 4 points in 22 minutes. Hapoel Jerusalem (14-13) is placed fifth in the Winner League. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. This year Timor's total stats are: 9.9ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.6apg in 25 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: German and Israeli.

   #4. Christopher Razis (194-PG-89, currently plays in Greece) contributed to AGOR's victory against the league outsider Doxa Lefkadas (4-22) 80-67 in the Greek A1 in Thursday night's game. Razis scored only one point in 2 minutes on the court. A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (13-13) is placed sixth in the A1. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Razis averages only 1.5ppg in 21 games. He has both Cypriot and German nationalities.

   #5. Dimitris Cheilaris (206-F-90, currently plays in Greece) contributed to Iraklis' victory against the ninth-ranked AE Larissas (12-14) 71-65 in the Greek A2 (second division) on Wednesday night. Cheilaris scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 15 minutes. GS Iraklis Thessaloniki (20-2) is placed second in the A2. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Cheilaris' total stats are: 6.8ppg and 2.8rpg in 26 games. He also holds two passports: German and Greek. Despite Cheilaris' German nationality, he previously played for the Greek U16 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the German team.

   #6. Andy Eicke (208-C-92, currently plays in Luxembourg) was not able to secure a victory for Contern in their game against Musel Pikes in the Luxembourg Total League. Eicke cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 3 blocks. His team was defeated 82-75. Eicke's total stats this season are: 3.2ppg and 2.4rpg.



Gaiteros land Eugene Harris, ex Hanau - by Francisco Vega

Gaiteros de Zulia (LPB) tabbed 31-year old American point guard Eugene Harris (187-82kg-86, college: High Point). He started the season at Hebeisen White Wings Hanau in German ProA.

In 30 games he averaged 14.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.4apg this season. Harris ended the last season at KTE-Duna in Hungarian A Division where in 11 games he had 6.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.3apg. But the most of that year he spent at Siarka in Polish TBL. In 13 games he recorded 6.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.2apg.

Among other achievements Harris' team made it to the Georgian League Semifinals in 2011. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Import Player of the Year award back in 2014.

Harris is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Cyprus (Omonia), Lithuania (Palanga), Ukraine (DniproAzot), FYR Macedonia (Feni Industries) and Georgia (Sokhumi).
Harris attended High Point University until 2010 and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.

Let's have closer look into His outlook: All around guard, who can do everything on the court- handle the ball, assist to his teammates, run the fastbreak, penetrate inside, shoot from the perimeter or off the dribble. In the same time Eugene is very good defender.

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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos16.3 
 2. Cummings, Aris14.7 
 3. Barlow, Trikalla14.0 
 4. Starks, Koroivos13.6 
 5. Hall, Koroivos13.4 
 6. Gotcher, Koroivos12.9 
 7. Lojeski, Olympiacos12.6 
 8. Fitzpatrick, AGOR12.6 
 9. Punter, Lavrio12.5 
 10. Clark, Promitheas12.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keith CLANTON
  PAOK
  (205-C/F-90)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Clanton, PAOK9.3 
 2. Biruta, Trikalla7.0 
 3. Evans, Lavrio6.9 
 4. Hall, Koroivos6.7 
 5. Fitzpatrick, AGOR6.7 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.6.3 
 7. Toutziarakis, Kymis6.2 
 8. Faye, Promitheas6.1 
 9. Vasilopoulos, Kolossos.5.9 
 10. Gotcher, Koroivos5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos7.3 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.5.6 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympiacos5.4 
 4. Starks, Koroivos4.9 
 5. Scott, Doxa L.4.1 
 6. Talton, AGOR4.0 
 7. Nixon, Lavrio3.9 
 8. El-Amin, Kymis3.9 
 9. Hall, Kolossos HH3.8 
 10. Ukic, AEK Athens3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Shannon SCOTT
  Doxa L.
  (186-PG-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Scott, Doxa L.2.0 
 2. Hickey, Apollon .1.9 
 3. Brown, Koroivos1.8 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Aris1.7 
 5. Singleton, Panathin.1.6 
 6. Releford, Kolossos.1.6 
 7. Gotcher, Koroivos1.6 
 8. Jones, Promitheas1.4 
 9. Moore, Promitheas1.4 
 10. Barlow, Trikalla1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jito KOK
  Lavrio
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kok, Lavrio1.5 
 2. Raines, Apollon .1.1 
 3. Clanton, PAOK1.1 
 4. Orton, Kymis1.0 
 5. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 6. Milutinov, Olympiacos1.0 
 7. Kravic, AGOR1.0 
 8. Fitzpatrick, AGOR0.9 
 9. Reddic, Kolossos HH0.9 
 10. Kavvadas, Aris0.9 


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Alexis KIRITSIS
  Doukas
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 19
 1. Kiritsis, Doukas19.0 
 2. Karaboulas, Faros17.9 
 3. Kokkalis, Ethnikos16.9 
 4. Redikas, Arkadikos16.6 
 5. Gioulekas, GS Laris.15.6 
 6. Milosevic, Holargos15.4 
 7. Liakopoulos, Faros14.9 
 8. Gagaloudis, Iraklis14.9 
 9. Macheras, Ethnikos14.6 
 10. Tsougarakis, Arkad.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kostas MACHERAS
  Ethnikos
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Macheras, Ethnikos9.2 
 2. Lolas, Irakleio8.5 
 3. Tsougarakis, Arkad.8.1 
 4. Rubio, Doukas7.9 
 5. Jawara, Doxa P.7.5 
 6. Papanikolaou, Psych.7.1 
 7. Rutkauskas, Iraklis7.0 
 8. Koutroulias, Holargos6.7 
 9. Charismidis, Aiolos A.6.5 
 10. Skordilis, Faros6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Psychiko
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Nikou, Psychiko7.5 
 2. Gagaloudis, Iraklis5.9 
 3. Zoupas, Amyntas .5.6 
 4. Koutras, GS Laris.5.3 
 5. Liakopoulos, Faros5.3 
 6. Milosevic, Holargos5.1 
 7. Koukas, Doukas5.0 
 8. Vasilopoulos, Faros5.0 
 9. Karydas, Panionios4.7 
 10. Koumpouras, Aiolos A.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Giannis PRODROMOU
  Arkad.
  (196-F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Prodromou, Arkad.2.0 
 2. Karydas, Panionios1.9 
 3. Nikou, Psychiko1.9 
 4. Gagaloudis, Iraklis1.7 
 5. Erevbenagie, Kavala1.6 
 6. Diplaros, Doxa P.1.6 
 7. Koutras, GS Laris.1.5 
 8. Laane, Ethnikos1.5 
 9. Redikas, Arkadikos1.4 
 10. Mazurczak, Kavala1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Antonis SKLIVAS
  Kavala
  (203-F-95)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Sklivas, Kavala1.3 
 2. Thorsteinsso., AE Laris.1.2 
 3. Koutroulias, Holargos0.9 
 4. Papanikolaou, Psych.0.9 
 5. Melissaratos, Panio.0.8 
 6. Skordilis, Faros0.8 
 7. Jawara, Doxa P.0.7 
 8. Papadionysio., Aiolos A.0.7 
 9. Alihodzic, Panionios0.6 
 10. Psaropoulos, Pagra.0.6 


A2 Round 27: Panionios lose to Holargos - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in A2 is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position, derby games and favorites losing the games.

The biggest surprise took place in Holargos where host Holargos (14-13) beat league's leader Panionios (23-4) 76-64 on Wednesday evening. Holargos made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Holargos had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Panionios helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was center Apostolos Koutroulias (206-76) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Akis Kallinikidis (197-77) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Israeli guard Marios Matalon (186-89, college: Wyoming) who recorded 13 points and 4 assists. Panionios' coach Nikos Ekonomou rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Holargos moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Ethnikos. Newly promoted Panionios dropped to the second position with four games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Iraklis. Panionios will play next round against Arkadikos trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Holargos will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Psychiko in Athens.
Important game to mention about took place in Arkadia. Eleventh ranked Arkadikos (10-17) saved a 2-point victory at home edging higher ranked Ethnikos (14-13) 89-87 on Wednesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It was a good game for Lithuanian guard Dovydas Redikas (192-92) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 5 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Giannis Prodromou contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Paraskeva Martzos (197-85) answered with 18 points for Ethnikos. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Arkadikos maintains eleventh place with 10-17 record. Ethnikos at the other side keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Holargos. Arkadikos will play against league's second-placed Panionios in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ethnikos will play at home against GS Larissas (#15) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Kavala, where higher ranked AE Larissas (12-15) lost to thirteenth ranked Kavala (9-17) in a road game 60-68 on Wednesday. It was a great evening for Antonis Sklivas who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Sigurdur Thorsteinsson with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Kavala moved-up to twelfth place. Newly promoted AE Larissas dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. Kavala will meet higher ranked Doukas (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. AE Larissas will play against Doxa Pefkon (#13) and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Keratsiniou. Local Faros (20-6) outscored 16th ranked Pagrati (2-25) 164-103. It was a quality performance for Gaios Skordilis who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Faros have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 20-6 record. Pagrati lost fourteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. Faros' next round opponent will be Irakleio (#14) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Pagrati's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Amyntas Dafnis.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Athens: Amyntas Dafnis (#10) and Psychiko (#7). Amyntas Dafnis (13-14) won against visiting Psychiko (13-14) 86-79. The best player for the winners was Ioannis Angelopoulos who scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Amyntas Dafnis moved-up to eighth place, which they share with defeated Psychiko. Psychiko lost third consecutive game. Amyntas Dafnis' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Pagrati.

Other games of round 27 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Iraklis defeated Doxa Pefkon in Thessaloniki 79-72. GS Larissas was smashed by Doukas at home 71-111. Irakleio was destroyed by Aiolos Astakou on the opponent's court 93-51.
The best stats of 27th round was 20 points by Alexis Kiritsis of Doukas.

Amyntas Dafnis - Psychiko 86-79

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Athens: Amyntas Dafnis (#10) and Psychiko (#7). Amyntas Dafnis (13-14) won against visiting Psychiko (13-14) 86-79. The best player for the winners was guard Ioannis Angelopoulos (194-91) who scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Point guard Leonidas Zoupas (182-82) chipped in 15 points and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Nikolaos Papanikolaou (209-85) who recorded 24 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Thomas Nikou (185-80) added 13 points, 7 assists and 4 steals respectively. Four Psychiko players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Amyntas Dafnis moved-up to eighth place, which they share with defeated Psychiko. Psychiko lost third consecutive game. Amyntas Dafnis' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Pagrati.
Top scorers:
Amyntas Dafnis: I.Angelopoulos 21+6reb+5ast, L.Zoupas 15+2reb+7ast, N.Kampouris 9+4reb, C.Barbas 8+1reb+2ast, S.Diamantopoulos 8+2reb+3ast, P.Dorkofikis 8+4reb+1ast
Psychiko: N.Papanikolaou 24+7reb+2ast, S.Smajlagic 17+5reb, T.Nikou 13+3reb+7ast, V.Mouratos 12+4reb+2ast, T.Tsiotras 7+2reb+2ast, D.Achis 3+3ast
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Faros - Pagrati 164-103

The game with biggest result difference took place in Keratsiniou. Local Faros (20-6) outscored 16th ranked Pagrati (2-25) 164-103. Faros dominated down low during the game scoring 90 of its points in the paint compared to Pagrati's 52 and made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Pagrati 59-32 including a 38-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Faros players were unselfish on offense dishing 44 assists comparing to just 21 passes made by Pagrati's players. It was a quality performance for center Gaios Skordilis (207-87, agency: Diamond Sports) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Point guard Nikos Liakopoulos (188-83) accounted for 18 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side. Swingman Iaonnis Lekakis (196-90, college: Rochester, MI) came up with 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Grigoris Ralatos (202-86) added 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Pagrati in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Faros have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 20-6 record. Pagrati lost fourteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. Faros' next round opponent will be Irakleio (#14) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Pagrati's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Amyntas Dafnis.
Top scorers:
Faros: G.Skordilis 27+13reb+1ast, V.Karaboulas 25+2reb+5ast, K.Kakaroudis 21+6reb+2ast, F.Vasilopoulos 18+4reb+8ast, N.Liakopoulos 18+5reb+9ast, G.Dimakos 16+4reb+3ast
Pagrati: I.Lekakis 28+5reb+4ast, G.Ralatos 19+8reb+5ast, D.Torres 16+4reb+5ast, G.Kontogiorgas 14+1ast, A.Skoufis 11+5reb+4ast, K.Ezomo 6+6reb+1ast
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Kavala - AE Larissas 68-60

We should mention about the upset which took place in Kavala, where higher ranked AE Larissas (12-15) lost to thirteenth ranked Kavala (9-17) in a road game 60-68 on Wednesday. It was a great evening for forward Antonis Sklivas (203-95) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized Nigerian guard Etinosa Erevbenagie (186-95) helped adding 15 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Four Kavala players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Icelandic center Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (204-88) with 16 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Michalis Politis (190-88) scored 14 points and 4 assists. Kavala moved-up to twelfth place. Newly promoted AE Larissas dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. Kavala will meet higher ranked Doukas (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. AE Larissas will play against Doxa Pefkon (#13) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kavala: E.Erevbenagie 15+1reb+6ast, A.Dialo 15+5reb, A.Sklivas 14+10reb+1ast, A.Mazurczak 14+3reb+5ast, S.Gkelios 5+2reb, G.Moukas 3+6reb+1ast
AE Larissas: S.Thorsteinsson 16+8reb+3ast, M.Politis 14+3reb+4ast, G.Staboulis 8+3reb, A.Deligiorgis 8+4reb+3ast, G.Papachristos 6+6reb+2ast, N.Tsoutsos 4+4reb+1ast
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Doxa Pefkon - Iraklis 72-79

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Doxa Pefkon (9-18) was defeated at home by second ranked Iraklis (24-3) 79-72 on Wednesday. Iraklis looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was Lithuanian Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Vasilis Angelakopoulos (203-79) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. Iraklis' coach Vangelis Alexandris used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Dimitris Kalampakas (202-89) who recorded 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Dimitris Stolis (198-95) added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Four Doxa Pefkon players scored in double figures. Iraklis have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Loser Doxa Pefkon dropped to the thirteenth place with 18 games lost. Iraklis will face Aiolos Astakou (#5) at home in the next round. Doxa Pefkon will play against AE Larissas (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Iraklis: V.Angelakopoulos 17+3reb+5ast, M.Giannakidis 15+2reb, R.Rutkauskas 13+13reb, D.Cheilaris 9+1reb+1ast, Y.Gagaloudis 6+7ast, D.Kalaitzidis 5+1reb+3ast
Doxa Pefkon: D.Kalampakas 20+7reb+4ast, A.Naoumis 13+3reb+1ast, D.Chatzikyriakidis 11+3reb, D.Tataris 10+6reb+1ast, D.Stolis 8+6reb+4ast, N.Diplaros 6+4ast
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GS Larissas - Doukas 71-111

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Doukas (22-4) smashed on the road 15th ranked GS Larissas (5-22) 111-71 on Wednesday. Doukas dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to GS Larissas' 32. Doukas forced 19 GS Larissas turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by GS Larissas' players. The best player for the winners was guard Alexis Kiritsis (198-82) who scored 20 points. Swingman Giannis Molfetas (194-92) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Five Doukas players scored in double figures. Doukas' coach Savvas Simeonidis felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Sotiris Gioulekas (203-79) who recorded 25 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and forward Anastasios Spyropoulos (204-95, agency: Octagon Europe) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Doukas have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 22-4 record having just three points less than leader Iraklis. GS Larissas lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth position with 22 games lost. Doukas will face Kavala (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. GS Larissas will play against Ethnikos in Piraeus and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Doukas: A.Kiritsis 20+3reb+3ast, G.Molfetas 18+7reb+1ast, E.Papamakarios 13+1reb+4ast, I.Agravanis 12+2reb+1ast, P.Kafkis 10+5ast, G.Rubio 9+3reb+3ast
GS Larissas: S.Gioulekas 25+1reb+2ast, A.Spyropoulos 15+7reb+1ast, E.Bebis 14+4reb+3ast, L.Heretidis 7+2reb+3ast, G.Tsoumas 4+1reb, I.Tozios 3
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Arkadikos - Ethnikos 89-87

Important game to mention about took place in Arkadia. Eleventh ranked Arkadikos (10-17) saved a 2-point victory at home edging higher ranked Ethnikos (14-13) 89-87 on Wednesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. Arkadikos dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Ethnikos' 26. Ethnikos was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Lithuanian guard Dovydas Redikas (192-92) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 5 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward Giannis Prodromou (196-87) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Prodromou is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Swingman Paraskeva Martzos (197-85) answered with 18 points and center Kostas Macheras (205-85) added 12 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Ethnikos. Four Arkadikos and five Ethnikos players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Arkadikos maintains eleventh place with 10-17 record. Ethnikos at the other side keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Holargos. Arkadikos will play against league's second-placed Panionios in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ethnikos will play at home against GS Larissas (#15) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Arkadikos: D.Redikas 25+2reb+5ast, G.Prodromou 14+6reb+3ast, S.Tsougarakis 10+7reb+1ast, I.Karamalegkos 10+4reb+5ast, K.Garbis 8+1reb+1ast, D.Kourepis 8+4reb
Ethnikos: P.Martzos 18+4reb+1ast, N.Kokkalis 15+3reb+2ast, K.Macheras 12+10reb+1ast, S.Halaris 11+1reb, R.Laane 11+3reb+5ast, A.Antonakis 11+5reb+3ast
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Holargos - Panionios 76-64

The biggest surprise took place in Holargos where host Holargos (14-13) beat league's leader Panionios (23-4) 76-64 on Wednesday evening. Holargos made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Holargos had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Panionios helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was center Apostolos Koutroulias (206-76) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Akis Kallinikidis (197-77) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Holargos players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Israeli guard Marios Matalon (186-89, college: Wyoming) who recorded 13 points and 4 assists and forward Petros Noeas (204-87) added 12 points respectively. Panionios' coach Nikos Ekonomou rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Holargos moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Ethnikos. Newly promoted Panionios dropped to the second position with four games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Iraklis. Panionios will play next round against Arkadikos trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Holargos will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Psychiko in Athens.
Top scorers:
Holargos: A.Kallinikidis 14+5reb+1ast, A.Koutroulias 14+11reb+2ast, N.Angelopoulos 13+4reb+1ast, S.Motsenigos 11+3reb, S.Gizogiannis 9+4reb, T.Tzakopoulos 8+1reb+3ast
Panionios: M.Matalon 13+2reb+4ast, P.Noeas 12+3reb+1ast, T.Dimitriadis 9+5reb+1ast, S.Karydas 8+1reb+3ast, V.Sakellariou 6+5reb+2ast, N.Michalos 5
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Aiolos Astakou - Irakleio 93-51

Very expected game when 14th ranked Irakleio (7-19) was rolled over on the road by fifth ranked Aiolos Astakou (17-10) 93-51 on Wednesday. Aiolos Astakou dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Irakleio's 34. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Irakleio's players. The best player for the winners was guard Nikos Katsares (189-83) who scored 15 points and 7 assists. Center Nikos Libaris-Psomas (210-84) chipped in 17 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Aiolos Astakou players scored in double figures. Aiolos Astakou's coach Michael Koutalianos felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Dimitris Lolas (203-86) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and forward Kostas Pallis (200-79) added 7 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively. Aiolos Astakou have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Aiolos Astakou maintains fifth place with 17-10 record. Irakleio at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. Aiolos Astakou will face league's leader Iraklis in Thessaloniki in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Irakleio will play at home against Faros (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Aiolos Astakou: N.Libaris-Psomas 17+3reb, N.Katsares 15+3reb+7ast, V.Kitsoulis 13+6reb, T.Kasabalis 11+5reb+2ast, N.Kaklamanos 11+4ast, G.Theodorakos 8+2reb+5ast
Irakleio: D.Lolas 17+10reb+1ast, T.Koupidis 13+1ast, K.Pallis 7+7reb+2ast, M.Papadakis 6+1reb+4ast, P.Tserkitsoglou 3+2reb, A.Petrakis 3+2reb
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Giannis Antetokounmpo's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Greeks playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-94, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Milwaukee Bucks (42-40) in their last game. Despite Antetokounmpo's very good performance the Milwaukee Bucks (42-40) lost 100-106 on the road to the Toronto Raptors. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 15 rebounds. Antetokounmpo also added 7 assists in 42 minutes on the court. It's Antetokounmpo's fourth season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Antetokounmpo averages: 23.0ppg, 8.8rpg, 5.4apg, 1.8bpg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 56.4%(628-1114), 3FGP: 27.0% and FT: 76.6% in 82 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Nigerian. Antetokounmpo is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Michael Bramos
Michael Bramos
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH, currently plays in Italy). He was the major contributor in an Umana Venezia's victory against the 11th-ranked Brescia (12-15) 84-79 in the Italian Serie A last Saturday. Bramos scored 12 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Umana Reyer Venezia (18-9) is placed second in the Serie A. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Bramos' overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 51.4% and FT: 73.5%. He is a naturalized American. Bramos played for the Greek national team in 2013. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in VTB United League). Vougioukas led his Russian team Lokomotiv to a victory over the 11th-ranked Kalev/Cramo (5-18) 86-75 in the VTB United League on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Vougioukas scored 18 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 20 minutes. Lokomotiv Kuban (18-5) is placed fourth in group A. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the VTB United League Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Vougioukas has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 59.0%(79-134) and FT: 79.8% in 22 games. Former Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus starter played for the Greek national team three years ago.

Konstantinos Sloukas
Konstantinos Sloukas
   #4. Guard Konstantinos Sloukas (197-90, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Fenerbahce's victory against the eighth-ranked Gaziantep (13-13) 97-92 in the Turkish BSL in Friday night's game. He scored 9 points and added 3 passes. Fenerbahce Istanbul (24-2) is placed first in the BSL. It was his team's 17th consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This season Sloukas has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 4.6apg. He is also Greek national team player.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #5. An experienced former international guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked ALBA Berlin (18-12) 88-71 in the German BBL last Sunday. Zisis recorded 11 points and added 5 assists in 26 minutes. Brose Baskets Bamberg (27-3) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. This year Zisis' overall stats are: 8.0ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.5apg in 23 games. He used to play for the Greek national team two years ago.

Fotios Lampropoulos
Fotios Lampropoulos
   #6. Power forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Argentina) was the main contributor in an Boca Juniors' victory against the eighth-ranked Penarol (20-31) 82-77 in the Argentinian LigaA on Monday night. Lampropoulos was the best player in that game. He scored 27 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds. Aerochaco Boca Juniors Capital Feder (15-33) is placed tenth in Sur group. This season Lampropoulos has very high stats. He averages: 16.4ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.8apg. Lampropoulos is a former U18 international player as he played for the Greek team fourteen years ago.

Georgios Papagiannis
Georgios Papagiannis
   #7. U20 international center Georgios Papagiannis (217-97, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Phoenix Suns (24-58) crushing them 129-104 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. The Sacramento Kings have 32-50 record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. It's Papagiannis' first year with the team. This season Papagiannis' total stats are: 5.6ppg and 4.0rpg in 22 games. He is also Greek U20 national team player.

Stratos Perperoglou
Stratos Perperoglou
   #8. Small forward Stratos Perperoglou (203-84, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help FC Barcelona in their game against Valencia Basket (20-7) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Perperoglou scored 5 points in 19 minutes. FC Barcelona was badly defeated 76-59 in Valencia by the second-ranked Basket. Perperoglou has averaged so far 8.3ppg and 2.6rpg in 21 games. He plays currently for the Greek national team.

Dimitrios Katsivelis
Dimitrios Katsivelis
   #9. Former international guard Dimitrios Katsivelis (196-91, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to secure a victory for Astana (9-15) in their last game. Despite his good performance the eighth-placed Astana (9-15) was edged 90-87 at home by the higher-ranked (#3) Khimki in the group A of VTB United League. Katsivelis was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 32 minutes. It was Astana's fifth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the VTB United League. Katsivelis has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.7apg and 1.3spg in 21 games. He used to play for the Greek national team four years ago.

Leonidas Kaselakis
Leonidas Kaselakis
   #10. Small forward Leonidas Kaselakis (202-90, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dimitrios Katsivelis. But that was another game of his team in VTB United League which we would like to mention. Kaselakis couldn't help Astana (9-15) in their game against Unics Kazan (15-9). He scored 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 29 minutes. Astana (#8) lost 78-83 in Kazan to the higher-ranked (#5) Unics in the group A of VTB United League. Kaselakis has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.3apg in 24 games. He is a former U20 international player as seven years ago he still played for the Greek national team.

   #11. Former U20 international swingman Anastasios Traianos (197-87, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Manchester Giants in their game against Cheshire Phoenix in the British BBL, despite his very good performance on Friday night. He scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. But his team lost 83-93. Traianos has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 2.7rpg in 27 games. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team eleven years ago.

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

   #1. Nikolaos Stylianou (198-F-88, college: W.Texas A&M, currently plays in Cyprus) led Keravnos to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Enosis (8-12) crushing them 107-47 in the Cypriot Division A last Wednesday. Stylianou scored 14 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Keravnos Strovolou (14-1) is placed first in the Division A. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Stylianou has reliable stats this season: 10.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.9apg. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Cypriot.

   #2. Trian Iliadis (190-G-89, college: ODU, currently plays in Australia) led Wanneroo to a victory over the leader Redbacks (5-1) 90-83 in the Australian State League (second division) in Thursday night's game. Iliadis was the top player that evening. He recorded 24 points, 4 assists and 4 steals (made all of his six free throws). It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group SBL. Joondalup City Wanneroo Wolves (4-1) are placed third. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Iliadis is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Wanneroo's roster. Iliadis has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.8apg and 2.8spg. Iliadis is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Australian. Despite his Greek nationality, Iliadis previously played for the Australian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #3. Zach Auguste (208-C-93, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to a Usak Sportlif's victory against one of league's weakest teams Balikesir (6-20) 88-80 in the Turkish BSL on Saturday night. Auguste scored 8 points. Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (8-18) is placed 13th in the BSL. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. It's Auguste's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 11.8ppg and 7.6rpg. Auguste is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in Greece.

   #4. Experienced Vassilis Kounas (194-G-84, currently plays in Cyprus) could not help one of league's weakest teams Apoel (11-9) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Kounas' good performance Apoel was defeated 87-79 on the road by the second-ranked AEK. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Kounas also added 5 assists. Kounas is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Apoel's roster. He has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.6apg. Kounas has both Greek and Cypriot nationalities.

   #5. Grant Fiorentinos (208-F/C-92, college: SIU Edwardsville, currently plays in New Zealand) was not able to help Hawks (1-5) in their last game on Friday. Despite Fiorentinos' very good performance Hawks were defeated 101-87 in Southland by the higher-ranked Sharks (#3). He was the top scorer with 21 points. Fiorentinos also added 3 assists. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Fiorentinos has very high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.2apg. Fiorentinos also holds two passports: British and Greek. Despite his Greek nationality, Fiorentinos previously played for the British U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Greek team.



Sabres ink Jerry Evans, ex Lavrio - by Hugh McAuliffe

Sandringham Sabres (SEABL) signed 27-year old American forward Jerry Evans (203-95kg-90, college: Nevada). He played most recently at GS Lavrio in Greek A1 league, but left the team in Dec.'15. In 9 games he had 5.9ppg and 2.8rpg last season. Evans won NBA Pro Summer League in Utah championship title and the Supercup. He was voted Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League 3rd Team in 2015.
Evans has played previously professionally in Poland (AZS Koszalin) and Cyprus (Apoel).
He attended University of Nevada until 2014 and it will be his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andrija BOJIC
  Jaszberenyi
  (207-PF-93)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Bojic, Jaszberenyi21.3 
 2. Govens, Falco KC20.5 
 3. Lilov, Szedeak19.2 
 4. Frazier, Kaposvari18.4 
 5. Vojvoda, Szolnok18.3 
 6. Pacher, Vasas17.9 
 7. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.6 
 8. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.16.8 
 9. Sejfic, PVSK P.16.6 
 10. Johnson, Sopron KC16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu8.8 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.5 
 3. Szabo, ZTE K.8.3 
 4. Sihota, MAFC8.2 
 5. Pacher, Vasas8.0 
 6. Sejfic, PVSK P.7.9 
 7. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 8. Watkins, Atomeromu7.8 
 9. Drungilas, ZTE K.7.3 
 10. Mills, Sopron KC7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Marko BOLTIC
  Szedeak
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Boltic, Szedeak8.2 
 2. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.2 
 3. Taylor, Vasas7.9 
 4. Battle, Atomeromu7.7 
 5. Petty, Kormend6.2 
 6. Smith, MAFC6.1 
 7. Govens, Falco KC6.1 
 8. Nelson, PVSK P.6.1 
 9. Wisseh, Kaposvari5.8 
 10. Johnson, Sopron KC5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC2.7 
 2. Boltic, Szedeak2.2 
 3. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.2 
 4. Smith, MAFC2.0 
 5. Petty, Kormend2.0 
 6. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.1.9 
 7. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.9 
 8. Frazier, Kaposvari1.8 
 9. Smith-Jr, Kormend1.7 
 10. Govens, Falco KC1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.1 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 3. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.8 
 4. Wright, Vasas0.8 
 5. Keller, Alba0.8 
 6. Juhos, Szedeak0.8 
 7. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.8 
 8. Simms, Kaposvari0.7 
 9. Benke, ZTE K.0.7 
 10. Cseh, Jaszberenyi0.6 


Adam Hanga selected the top Hungarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Adam Hanga
Adam Hanga
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain). He led Baskonia to a victory over the closely-ranked Gran Canaria (18-10) 95-90 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Friday night's game. Hanga was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points and added 3 assists (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 24 minutes on the court. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (19-8) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. Hanga has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 55.8%(72-129), 3FGP: 31.6% and FT: 76.7% in 25 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Hungarian senior national team.

Obadiah Trotter
Obadiah Trotter
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M, currently plays in Poland). Trotter was the main contributor in a 3-point Twarde Pierniki's victory against the 15th-ranked Start (8-22) 72-69 in the Polish PLK last Saturday. He was the best player in that game. Trotter recorded 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Polski Cukier Torun (20-10) is placed fourth in the PLK. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Trotter's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.6apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 31.7% and FT: 86.4%. Trotter is a naturalized American. He played for the Hungarian national team in 2013. Trotter used to play for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian league.

Jarrod Jones
Jarrod Jones
   #3. The Hungarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Jarrod Jones (207-90, college: Ball St., currently plays in Italy). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Juvecaserta (10-17) 83-67 in the Italian Serie A on Saturday night. Jones had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added and 4 steals in 34 minutes. Consultinvest VL Pesaro (9-18) is placed second from the bottom (#15) in the Serie A. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Jones has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.1ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.8apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 52.5%, 3FGP: 30.2% and FT: 79.4% in 27 games. Jones is a naturalized American. He is also a member of the Hungarian senior national team. Jones used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

Zoltan Perl
Zoltan Perl
   #4. Swingman Zoltan Perl (195-95, currently plays in Italy). Perl could not help Treviso Basket (20-9) to beat Udine APU (15-14). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Perl scored only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The second-placed Treviso Basket (20-9) was edged 65-62 at home by the much lower-ranked Udine APU (#9) in the East group. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Perl's overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg. He is also Hungarian national team player.

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

   #1. Roland Torok (203-F/C-90, agency: HMS, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked Craiova (8-16) crushing them 104-78 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Wednesday night's game. He scored 9 points. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (24-4) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. Torok's overall stats this season are: 8.5ppg and 4.2rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Hungarian and Romanian.

   #2. Nemanja Miscevic (200-F-94, currently plays in Serbia) managed to help KK Spartak Subotica in a victory against the closely-ranked KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac (8-16) 85-70 in the Serbian KLS last Wednesday. Miscevic scored only 3 points in 14 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. KK Spartak Suboticais placed second in the KLS. This year Miscevic's overall stats are: 5.2ppg and 2.3rpg in 26 games he played so far.

   #3. Nebojsa Dukic (206-C/F-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Portugal). He could not help Vitoria SC (21-8) to beat Galitos-Barreiro (16-13). Dukic recorded 5 points and added 3 assists. The third-placed Vitoria SC (21-8) was defeated 81-69 at home by the lower-ranked Galitos-Barreiro (#5) in the Places 1-6 group. It was Vitoria SC's first loss after three consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Dukic has reliable stats this season: 10.4ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.3apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Hungarian.

   #4. Damian Hollis (203-F-88, agency: Inception Sports, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Portugal) contributed to an easy victory against the leader FC Porto Ferpinta (23-6) 87-70 in the Portuguese LPB in Friday night's game. Hollis recorded 8 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 19 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Sport Lisboa Benfica (22-7) is placed second. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Hollis has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.6apg in 26 games. Hollis is a naturalized American. Despite his Hungarian passport, Hollis previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Hungarian team. He used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

   #5. Stefan Fekete (190-PG-86, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in Bosnia) contributed to a 2-point Leotar's victory against the fifth-ranked Bosnjak (3-5) 88-86 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I last Saturday. Fekete scored only 4 points and added 5 assists. Swisslion Leotar Trebinje (4-4) is placed second in Places 7-13 group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Second Stage already ended. Fekete's overall stats this season are: 6.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.6apg. He has both Hungarian and Serbian nationalities.

   #6. Laszlo Lazar (210-C-87, also represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked CSU Sibiu crushing them 75-54 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Friday night. Lazar scored only 4 points and blocked 3 shots in 18 minutes. This year Lazar's overall stats are: 6.7ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.8bpg in 26 games. He also holds two passports: Hungarian and Romanian.



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

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

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

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

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

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



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Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Flenard WHITFIELD
  Skallagr.
  (200-F-90)
  Avg: 29.4
 1. Whitfield, Skallagr.29.4 
 2. Stevens, Keflavik28.6 
 3. Carberry, Thor T.27.7 
 4. Wright, Haukar27.1 
 5. Hester, Tindastoll23.4 
 6. Clinch, Grindavik21.4 
 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: 16
 1. Stevens, Keflavik16.0 
 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, KR9.4 
 8. Olafsson, Grindavik8.8 
 9. Wright, Haukar8.5 
 10. Saevarsson, Grind.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Hordur VILHJALMSSON
  Kefla.
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.6.8 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR6.8 
 3. Birgisson, Tindastoll6.2 
 4. Barja, Haukar5.6 
 5. Bjornsson, Skallagr.5.3 
 6. Sigurdarson, IR5.1 
 7. Clinch, Grindavik5.1 
 8. Stefansson, KR4.8 
 9. Baeringsson, Stjar.4.8 
 10. Carberry, Thor T.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Petur BIRGISSON
  Tindastoll
  (185-G-96)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Birgisson, Tindastoll2.7 
 2. Rikhardsson, Tinda.2.0 
 3. Olafsson, Grindavik1.9 
 4. Barja, Haukar1.8 
 5. Stevens, Keflavik1.8 
 6. Thomas, Thor AK1.6 
 7. Bjornsson, Skallagr.1.5 
 8. Alawoya, KR1.5 
 9. Jonsson, Keflavik1.5 
 10. Wright, Haukar1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tryggvi HLINASON
  Thor AK
  (215-C-97)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hlinason, Thor AK2.7 
 2. Hankins-Cole, IR2.0 
 3. Magnusson, Haukar1.3 
 4. Whitfield, Skallagr.1.3 
 5. Baeringsson, Stjar.1.2 
 6. Saevarsson, Grind.1.2 
 7. Hester, Tindastoll1.2 
 8. Alawoya, KR1.1 
 9. Stevens, Keflavik1.1 
 10. Stefansson, Haukar1.0 


Dominos League Round 1 of Finals. KR claim opening victory - by Eurobasket News

KR - Grindavik 98-65

KR outgunned Grindavik in Finals opener. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 98-65. KR dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Grindavik's 30. They outrebounded Grindavik 54-38 including a 46-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. KR looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Grindavik's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when KR made 8 blocks. The former international guard Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87) stepped up and scored 8 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals for the winners and Nigerian-American forward PJ Alawoya (203-88, college: McNeese St., agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Alawoya is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side the former international guard Olafur Olafsson (194-90) responded with 9 points and 11 rebounds and American-Dominican guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) scored 15 points and 7 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.
Top scorers:
KR: P.Alawoya 22+8reb+1ast, B.Bjornsson 16+5reb+4ast, K.Acox 15+7reb+2ast, D.Hilmarsson 12+5reb+2ast, T.Thorbjarnarsson 9+2reb+1ast, J.Stefansson 9+7reb+9ast
Grindavik: D.Jonsson 17+3reb, L.Clinch 15+7ast, T.Finnbogason 13+4reb, O.Olafsson 9+11reb+3ast, T.Olafsson 6+3reb+1ast, O.Saevarsson 5+10reb
gschID: 544148





Terrance Motley (ex FSU) is a newcomer at Los Mochis - by Eurobasket News

Pioneros de Los Mochis (CIBACOPA) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American forward Terrance Motley (201-109kg-91, college: Sam Houston State). He played recently at FSU Selfoss in Icelandic Dominos League. In 24 games he recorded very impressive stats: 31.0ppg, 12.6rpg, 2.9apg, 2.2spg and 1.1bpg this season. The last season Motley played at Swarm in U.S. semi-pro league ABA.
He played in the final of Southland Conference Tournament in 2014.
Motley has played previously professionally in D-League (Oklahoma City Blue) and Mexico (Cerveceros).
He attended Sam Houston State until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: 6'7 with a solid build weighing in at 247lbs. One of the major surprises of the 2014 HLSA Showcase! Came with one thing in mind 'Hard work!' Knocked down the open 3-ball but was able to show his ball handling ability getting to the basket from the wing. This rookie was very impressive and will have a bright future ahead of him. Scored in double figures all three games with (28,24, & 13pts). Ran the floor well and had a great all-aroubd showcase.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Superleague Final 6: Al Mina loses to Al Shurtah - by Greg

Al Shurtah - Al Mina loses to 97-80

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



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  ISRAEL  

Stats Leaders - National League

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


Florida lands star transfer Egor Koulechov from Rice - by Eurobasket News

Exit Devin Robinson (6'8''-F-95), enter Egor Koulechov (6'5''-G/F-94). Four days after Florida Gators basketball lost its best overall player, head coach Mike White landed the top available graduate transfer when Koulechov committed to play his final collegiate campaign with the Gators. Koulechov (6-foot-5, 210 pounds), a native of Volgograd, Russia, grew up in Israel and played high school basketball in South Florida. He began his college career at Arizona State, where he averaged 3.7 points in 14.0 minutes per game before transferring to Rice and sitting out the 2014-15 season. Koulechov became the Owls' best player over the last two campaigns, averaging 16.7 points and 7.0 rebounds as a redshirt sophomore while shooting 41.7 percent from the field and 34.2 percent from beyond the arc. He somehow managed to improve nearly his entire stat line this past season, posting averages of 18.2 points, 8.9 boards and 2.1 assist while standing out from beyond the arc by hitting threes at a .474 clip. The graduate transfer ultimately chose Florida over Oklahoma, and a visit to see the Gators two weeks ago coupled with plenty of personal recruiting from White likely solidified that decision. Koulechov also has a tremendous opportunity to play right away at Florida, either as a third starting guard or sixth man in a role similar to that Canyon Barry held during the 2016-17 campaign. It's worth noting that Koulechov projects better than Barry and comes to the Gators at a time of great needs when either three or four of their top six players will not return to the team next season. 'I'm very excited to announce that I'm headed to The University of Florida. Go Gators!!!' Koulechov wrote on Twitter.
Courtesy of: onlygators.com



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  ITALY  

stats leader

Points Per Game
 Simone PEPE
  Pescara
  (184-G-93)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Pepe, Pescara21.1 
 2. Maggiotto, Senigallia20.0 
 3. Bagnoli, Cassino19.8 
 4. Centanni, Volpino .19.5 
 5. Boffelli, Scauri18.4 
 6. Grilli, Barcellona18.2 
 7. Bolzonella, Varese R.18.2 
 8. Ghersetti, Bergamo17.8 
 9. Zampolli, Matera17.7 
 10. Bisconti, Valmontone17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone BAGNOLI
  Cassino
  (205-F/C-81)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Bagnoli, Cassino10.8 
 2. Bozzetto, Crema10.5 
 3. Ravazzini, Matera10.3 
 4. Toscano, Bottegone10.3 
 5. Zanotti, Monteroni10.3 
 6. Chiacig, Taranto10.0 
 7. Di-Donato, Pescara9.2 
 8. Arrigoni, Omegna9.2 
 9. Papa, Teramo8.9 
 10. Di-Carmine, Ortona8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Matias DI MARCO
  San S.
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Di-Marco, San S.7.4 
 2. Svoboda, Desio6.6 
 3. Losi, Cefalu6.0 
 4. Salari, Isernia5.5 
 5. Sanguinetti, Piacenza5.4 
 6. Maggio, Napoli Cuore5.3 
 7. Bruni, Cecina5.3 
 8. Magini, Firenze Enic5.1 
 9. Rivali, Montegrano5.0 
 10. Bottioni, Campli5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ferdinando NASELLO
  Siena Virtus
  (194-G-95)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Nasello, Siena Virtus2.5 
 2. Realini, Domodossola2.3 
 3. Demartini, Vicenza2.3 
 4. Chiappelli, Reggio E.2.2 
 5. Stefanelli, San M.2.1 
 6. Busco, Patti1.9 
 7. Bonfiglio, Piombino1.9 
 8. Gasparin, Omegna1.9 
 9. Ricci, Giulianova1.9 
 10. Balanzoni, Lecco1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Diego CORRAL
  Omegna
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Corral, Omegna1.3 
 2. Galmarini, Firenze .1.1 
 3. Zanotti, Monteroni1.1 
 4. Laguzzi, Sestu1.0 
 5. Capitanelli, Pescara1.0 
 6. Ferrara, Padova1.0 
 7. Lucarelli, Firenze .1.0 
 8. Antonelli, Bisceglie0.9 
 9. Mastroianni, Napoli C.0.9 
 10. Tuci, Domodossola0.8 


Shawn Jones joins Scandone Avellino - by Eurobasket News

Scandone Avellino (Serie A) landed 25-year old American (has also Kosovan passport) power forward Shawn Jones (203-107kg-92, college: Middle Tennessee State) on loan from Hapoel Jerusalem. He started the season at Hapoel Jerusalem in Israeli Winner League. In 15 games he averaged 5.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2bpg this season. Jones helped them to win the cup. The last season he played at MoraBanc Andorra in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 34 games he had 8.7ppg and 3.4rpg.
Jones has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements he received All-C-USA Player of the Year award and All-C-USA 1st Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Jones has played previously professionally in NBA (Miami Heat) and D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce).
He attended Middle Tennessee State until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Jones' outlook: Shawn Jones is an undersized center (5) who is able to play also power forward (4) position due to his great outside touch. He possesses great feeling for the game and natural positioning for the rebounds. Jones is an athletic rim protector due to his amazing wingspan (7'4) and standing reach (8'10). He should become a superstar player in Europe very soon. Best comparison: Kyle Hines with better skill-set.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  KOSOVO  


Shawn Jones joins Scandone Avellino - by Eurobasket News

Scandone Avellino (Serie A) landed 25-year old American (has also Kosovan passport) power forward Shawn Jones (203-107kg-92, college: Middle Tennessee State) on loan from Hapoel Jerusalem. He started the season at Hapoel Jerusalem in Israeli Winner League. In 15 games he averaged 5.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2bpg this season. Jones helped them to win the cup. The last season he played at MoraBanc Andorra in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 34 games he had 8.7ppg and 3.4rpg.
Jones has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements he received All-C-USA Player of the Year award and All-C-USA 1st Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Jones has played previously professionally in NBA (Miami Heat) and D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce).
He attended Middle Tennessee State until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Jones' outlook: Shawn Jones is an undersized center (5) who is able to play also power forward (4) position due to his great outside touch. He possesses great feeling for the game and natural positioning for the rebounds. Jones is an athletic rim protector due to his amazing wingspan (7'4) and standing reach (8'10). He should become a superstar player in Europe very soon. Best comparison: Kyle Hines with better skill-set.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Italy



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  LATVIA  

LBL D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Barrett, Madona26.7 
 2. Miezis, Kekava24.6 
 3. Kaufmanis, Valmier.22.7 
 4. Ginters, RSU22.2 
 5. Krumins, Jelgava20.7 
 6. Stiebrins, Jekabpil.17.9 
 7. Saknitis, Kekava17.4 
 8. Skute, Madona17.2 
 9. Bets, Ogre/Kum.16.8 
 10. Zotovs, VEF skola16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Barrett, Madona12.2 
 2. Minajevs, LU/BS R.11.5 
 3. Dubults, ViA11.1 
 4. Vikentsyeu, VeA10.7 
 5. Cavars, Kekava10.4 
 6. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki10.0 
 7. Gertners, DSN/.9.8 
 8. Adins, Turiba8.9 
 9. Metnieks, Marupe8.8 
 10. Sapovalovs, RSU8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars BUIKIS
  Saldus
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Buikis, Saldus7.9 
 2. Justovics, Jelgava6.8 
 3. Endzels, Turiba6.7 
 4. Bikovs, RTU5.8 
 5. Kalnins, Valmier.5.7 
 6. Kohanovs, ViA5.7 
 7. Paze, Marupe5.4 
 8. Osins, Limbazi5.3 
 9. Zotovs, VEF skola5.2 
 10. Pabrieza, Livani4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Aivars DAMBIS
  BJBS R.
  (183-G-0)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Dambis, BJBS R.3.3 
 2. Miezis, Kekava3.1 
 3. Mikulskiy, VeA2.7 
 4. Zotovs, VEF skola2.6 
 5. Kaufmanis, Valmier.2.6 
 6. Barrett, Madona2.5 
 7. Bikovs, RTU2.5 
 8. Brants, Madona2.3 
 9. Osins, Limbazi2.3 
 10. Salenieks, DSN/.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Reinis AVOTINS
  Jekabpil.
  (202-F-98)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Avotins, Jekabpil.1.6 
 2. Engers, ViA1.3 
 3. Skute, Madona1.3 
 4. Gertners, DSN/.1.1 
 5. Metnieks, Marupe1.1 
 6. Jurjans, RSU1.0 
 7. Vikentsyeu, VeA1.0 
 8. Indrikovs, Ogre/Kum.1.0 
 9. Viksna, Livani0.9 
 10. Hudins, VEF skola0.9 


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

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

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

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

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

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



LBL2 Round 2 of Semi-Finals. ViA advance into Finals - by Eurobasket News

Jelgava - Turiba 91-77

Jelgava rallied past Turiba to even the semifinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Jelgava. Turiba was better in fourth quarter 25-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-25 charity shots (88.0 percent) during the game. Turiba was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Ronalds Elksnis (203-92, college: John Brown) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) during the contest. Four Jelgava players scored in double figures. Swingman Davids Muiznieks (196-94) responded with 21 points and forward Elvijs Miculis (200-94) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: E.Krumins 20+10reb+2ast, A.Justovics 18+5reb, K.Krumins 15+2reb+2ast, R.Elksnis 13+9reb+2ast, J.Berzins 10+1reb, T.Bititis 7+3reb
Turiba: D.Muiznieks 21+2reb, E.Miculis 17+5reb, E.Endzels 14+4reb+3ast, R.Adins 9+7reb, J.Dumburs 4+5reb, E.Caune 4+1ast
gschID: 544147


ViA - Kekava 79-75

ViA outscored Kekava and swept the semifinal series. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 46-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Forward Janis Engers (200-95) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Forward Oto Grinbergs (195-90) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. ViA's coach Roberts Zeile used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Nauris Miezis (189-91) replied with 30 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and forward Niks Saknitis (203-92) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Kekava.
Top scorers:
ViA: J.Engers 26+5reb+4ast, O.Grinbergs 15+7reb, T.Kohanovs 9+3reb+3ast, M.Riekstins 8+4reb, K.Dubults 6+11reb+1ast, R.Mihailovs 5+2reb+2ast
Kekava: N.Miezis 30+8reb+7ast, N.Saknitis 13+7reb+1ast, A.Cavars 11+6reb, J.Arents 7+1reb, M.Steinbergs 6+4reb+2ast, M.Gundegs 5+2reb+5ast
gschID: 544146





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


Overview of Pepsi LBL Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Al Riyadi - Sagesse 77-65

Al Riyadi rallied past Sagesse in the quarterfinal series opener. Al Riyadi outrebounded Sagesse 49-31 including a 20-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian power forward Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. Dominican-American point guard Edgar Sosa (190-88, college: Louisville) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Al Riyadi players scored in double figures. American forward Calvin Godfrey (206-90, college: Memphis) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and American-Ukrainian guard Steven Burtt (189-84, college: Iona) added 20 points and 4 assists in the effort for Sagesse.
Top scorers:
Al Riyadi: B.Cvetkovic 15+5reb+3ast, E.Sosa 15+8reb+3ast, A.Aminu 12+14reb+2ast, A.Saoud 11+1reb+2ast, J.Abdel Nour 11+6reb, M.Haidar 7+6reb+1ast
Sagesse: S.Burtt 20+3reb+4ast, C.Godfrey 17+11reb+1ast, C.Raines 9+6reb+2ast, M.Ibrahim 6+4reb+4ast, S.Khoury 6+2reb+1ast, P.Bou Abboud 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 544392


Byblos - Tadamon 90-88

Byblos outlasted Tadamon in overtime. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Byblos made 7 blocks. American guard Clay Tucker (196-80, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) fired 35 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. French power forward Ali Traore (207-85, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 28 points and 6 rebounds. Bosnian-Serbian center Mile Ilic (215-84) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 18 rebounds and American forward Maurice Kemp (203-91, college: E.Carolina, agency: Duran International) added 21 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Tadamon players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Byblos: C.Tucker 35+7reb+5ast, A.Traore 28+6reb+2ast, J.Youngblood 13+3reb+2ast, A.Kanaan 6+14reb+4ast, A.Mahmoud 5+4reb+2ast, B.Souaid 3+3reb+1ast
Tadamon: M.Kemp 21+7reb, M.Ilic 21+18reb+3ast, C.Pigram 18+3reb+4ast, J.Khalil 13+2reb+6ast, G.Hadidian 9+5reb+1ast, R.Fahed 2+4reb
gschID: 544394


Moutahed - Louaize 70-60

Al Moutahed posted 1-0 lead against Louaize in the playoffs. Al Moutahed forced 22 Louaize turnovers. American guard Dewarick Spencer (192-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) stepped up and scored 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and his fellow American import forward Cleveland Melvin (203-91, college: De Paul) chipped in 14 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. At the losing side international guard Geron Johnson (190-92, college: Memphis) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds and American center Wendell Lewis (208-89, college: Alabama St., agency: HMS) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Moutahed: D.Spencer 21+8reb+4ast, R.Curry 16+4reb+6ast, C.Melvin 14+12reb+4ast, C.Tabet 11+7reb+3ast, E.Rustom 4+4reb+1ast, O.El Ayoubi 4+1reb
Louaize: G.Johnson 16+8reb+2ast, W.Lewis 14+7reb, E.Stephan 13+2reb+1ast, A.Harris 11+8reb+1ast, R.Dib 3+1reb+1ast, M.Martinez 3+6reb+2ast
gschID: 544395


Homenetmen - Champville 84-59

Homenetmen cruised past Champville for 1-0 lead. Homenetmen outrebounded Champville 47-36 including 32 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The former international swingman Fadi El-Khatib (198-79) nailed 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and international center Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) accounted for 10 points and 12 rebounds. American swingman Brandon Thomas (198-84, college: Massachusetts, agency: Three Eye Sports) came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import point guard Patrick Rembert (185-89, college: Cal-Irvine) added 11 points and 6 assists respectively for Champville in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Homenetmen: F.El Khatib 25+5reb+4ast, N.Souaid 11+4reb, E.Chamoun 11+3reb+2ast, A.Majok 10+12reb+1ast, K.Galloway 9+6reb+7ast, D.Jackson 7+9reb+3ast
Champville: B.Thomas 15+8reb+2ast, A.Farhat 13+3reb+2ast, P.Rembert 11+3reb+6ast, D.Faris 7+9reb, J.Assi 5+2reb+1ast, D.Orton 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 544393





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  LITHUANIA  


Best players of Lithuanian LKL round 33 - by Eurobasket News

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

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

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

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

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



NKL Round 5 of Finals. Suduva-Mantinga claim third straight victory - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Suduva-Mantinga - Nafta-Uni. 83-78

Suduva-Mantinga held off Nafta-Uni to take 3-2 lead in Finals. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Nafta-Uni. won fourth quarter 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Suduva-Mantinga made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game, while Nafta-Uni. only scored eleven points from the stripe. Nafta-Uni. was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Swingman Gintautas Matulis (196-86) stepped up and scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners and guard Dominykas Domarkas (190-92) chipped in 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Viktoras Chodosovskis (200-89) responded with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Dziugas Slavinskas (203-98, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 21 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Suduva-Mantinga: K.Rochford 16+4reb, G.Matulis 16+6reb+6ast, E.Saulys 13+4reb+1ast, D.Domarkas 12+7reb+5ast, A.Kieza 8+4reb+3ast, T.Kliucinykas 8+3reb+3ast
Nafta-Uni.: D.Slavinskas 21+4reb+1ast, V.Chodosovskis 18+7reb+5ast, D.Anuzis 16+1reb+7ast, M.Stasys 10+8reb+3ast, E.Alunderis 9+8reb+3ast, E.Lengvinas 3
gschID: 544431

3-4 Place
Rasai - Vytis 103-104 2OT

Vytis nipped Rasai in double-overtime drama to claim NKL Bronze medals. Rasai was trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 18-12 charge of Vytis, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in double-overtime eventually winning that period 7-11. Vytis outrebounded Rasai 49-34 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Rasai was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Augustinas Jankaitis (205-94) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Gytis Radzevicius (195-95) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds. Point guard Tomas Galeckas (183-94) responded with 34 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and guard Sarunas Vingelis (191-89) scored 18 points. Five Vytis and four Rasai players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Vytis: G.Radzevicius 21+7reb+3ast, G.Maceina 17+7reb+5ast, M.Uzupis 17+4reb, A.Jankaitis 17+10reb+5ast, P.Beliavicius 15+10reb+1ast, E.Jezukevicius 10+6reb+1ast
Rasai: T.Galeckas 34+6reb+6ast, S.Vingelis 18+4reb+3ast, K.Okmanas 12+3reb+3ast, E.Dziaugys 10+6reb, A.Aleksandrovas 9+4reb+4ast, S.Beniusis 8+5reb+1ast



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  LUXEMBOURG  

Scoring Leaders - DBBL

Points Per Game
 Ladarius TABB
  Arantia
  (196-G/F-)
  Avg: 28.6
 1. Tabb, Arantia28.6 
 2. Morgan, Contern27.2 
 3. Reese, Sparta26.5 
 4. Gulley, Musel Pikes25.7 
 5. Richardson, Resid.25.6 
 6. Sims, Arantia25.1 
 7. Johnson, T7123.9 
 8. Leonard, Bascharage23.6 
 9. Mondy, Arantia23.0 
 10. Atkins, Contern22.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ladarius TABB
  Arantia
  (196-G/F-)
  Avg: 15.4
 1. Tabb, Arantia15.4 
 2. McNutt, Etzella12.4 
 3. Stephens, T7111.5 
 4. Coleman, Amicale11.4 
 5. Johnson, T7111.0 
 6. Barden, Etzella11.0 
 7. Atkins, Contern10.6 
 8. Rugg, Musel Pikes10.5 
 9. Robinson, Sparta10.4 
 10. McDaniel, Amicale9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Bob MELCHER
  Amicale
  (189-G-94)
  Avg: 7
 1. Melcher, Amicale7.0 
 2. Birenbaum, Contern5.1 
 3. Mondy, Arantia4.8 
 4. Richardson, Resid.4.6 
 5. Schumacher, T714.4 
 6. Leonard, Bascharage3.5 
 7. Ruffato, T713.3 
 8. Biever, Basket Esch3.2 
 9. Delgado, Etzella2.9 
 10. Gulley, Musel Pikes2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Duke MONDY
  Arantia
  (193-G-90)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Mondy, Arantia3.1 
 2. Tabb, Arantia2.6 
 3. Richardson, Resid.2.3 
 4. Gulley, Musel Pikes2.1 
 5. Birenbaum, Contern2.1 
 6. Morgan, Contern2.1 
 7. Atkins, Contern2.0 
 8. Barden, Etzella1.9 
 9. Reese, Sparta1.6 
 10. Nunes, Arantia1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Titus ROBINSON
  Sparta
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Robinson, Sparta2.1 
 2. McNutt, Etzella1.7 
 3. Melcher, Amicale1.0 
 4. Coleman, Amicale0.9 
 5. Barden, Etzella0.8 
 6. McDaniel, Amicale0.7 
 7. Reese, Sparta0.7 
 8. Atkins, Contern0.6 
 9. Feipel, Bascharage0.6 
 10. Rugg, Musel Pikes0.6 


Total League Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Amicale and Musel Pikes claim victories - by Eurobasket News

Amicale - T71 96-85

Amicale held off T71 to open win count in the playoffs. The former international Samy Picard (195-88) stepped up and scored 27 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and the former international power forward Billy McDaniel (199-84, college: Ark.-Monticello) chipped in 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side American power forward Cory Johnson (202-88, college: Valparaiso) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 17 rebounds and the other American import power forward Eric Anderson (204-93, college: New Haven, agency: Duran International) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 17 rebounds. Four T71 players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Amicale: S.Picard 27+7reb+2ast, B.McDaniel 21+7reb+4ast, P.Koster 13+2reb+1ast, S.Coleman 12+12reb+2ast, A.Laurent 9+8reb+1ast, B.Melcher 8+4reb+9ast
T71: C.Johnson 27+17reb+2ast, T.Schumacher 19+3reb+4ast, E.Anderson 17+17reb+2ast, G.Ruffato 11+1reb+4ast, T.Schmit 5+2reb+3ast, M.M'Putu 3
gschID: 544434


Musel Pikes - Etzella 92-79

Musel Pikes outgunned Etzella to secure 1-0 lead in the series. Etzella was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 51-37 second half run of Musel Pikes. They made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. American power forward Clancy Rugg (203-91, college: Vermont, agency: Court Side) nailed a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import swingman Jarmar Gulley (196-91, college: Missouri St.) accounted for 25 points and 6 rebounds. American power forward Derrick Barden (196-92, college: N.Colorado) came up with 23 points and 9 rebounds and Canadian power forward Billy McNutt (203-85) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Etzella in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Musel Pikes: C.Rugg 28+13reb+2ast, J.Gulley 25+6reb+3ast, L.Schwartz 14+3reb+1ast, T.Welter 10+2reb+2ast, J.Kox 6+2reb+5ast, R.Martin 5+1reb+1ast
Etzella: D.Barden 23+9reb+1ast, N.Delgado 15+3reb+2ast, B.McNutt 13+9reb+1ast, F.Gutenkauf 12+2reb, P.Gutenkauf 9+3reb+2ast, J.Delgado 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 544435





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  MEXICO  

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis FRANKLIN
  Guasave
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 28.2
 1. Franklin, Guasave28.2 
 2. Forte, Los Mochis27.0 
 3. Yeager, Guasave26.3 
 4. Ammons, Navolato23.6 
 5. Mitchell, Navolato23.0 
 6. Zamarco, Durango21.9 
 7. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 8. Glover, Obregon21.1 
 9. Tucker, Mazatlan20.6 
 10. Rice-Jr, Obregon20.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Forte, Los Mochis13.9 
 2. Ammons, Navolato12.4 
 3. Glover, Obregon10.6 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana9.8 
 5. Puckett, Culiacan9.6 
 6. Little, Hermosillo9.3 
 7. Glaze, Culiacan8.9 
 8. Lathan, Tijuana8.0 
 9. Morrison, Tijuana7.7 
 10. Spurlock, Hermosillo7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus MORRISON
  Tijuana
  (198-G/F-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Morrison, Tijuana5.5 
 2. Yeager, Guasave5.3 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo5.2 
 4. Mitchell, Navolato5.2 
 5. Rice-Jr, Obregon4.4 
 6. Kabongo, Hermosillo4.2 
 7. Puckett, Culiacan3.9 
 8. Lathan, Tijuana3.8 
 9. Newby, Los Mochis3.8 
 10. Casillas, Mazatlan3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Vincent GRIER
  Durango
  (195-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Grier, Durango2.1 
 2. Rice-Jr, Obregon1.9 
 3. Mitchell, Navolato1.6 
 4. Morrison, Tijuana1.5 
 5. Hutchingson, Obreg.1.5 
 6. Pittman, Guasave1.4 
 7. Lathan, Tijuana1.3 
 8. Newby, Los Mochis1.3 
 9. Gardner, Tijuana1.2 
 10. Tucker, Mazatlan1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Guaymas
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Heyward, Guaymas2.3 
 2. Ammons, Navolato1.9 
 3. Puckett, Culiacan1.3 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana1.2 
 5. Lathan, Tijuana0.9 
 6. Pittman, Guasave0.7 
 7. Keller, Durango0.7 
 8. Pegues, Los Mochis0.7 
 9. Forte, Los Mochis0.6 
 10. Spurlock, Hermosillo0.6 


CIBACOPA Round 15: #1 Rayos de Hermosillo is defeated by Lobos UAD Mazatlan - by Eurobasket News

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (12-2) on the court of seventh ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Lobos UAD Mazatlan 101-93. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Rayos de Hermosillo. Lobos UAD Mazatlan made 19-of-19 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. Strangely Rayos de Hermosillo outrebounded Lobos UAD Mazatlan 41-25 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American guard Jeff Ledbetter (190-88, college: Idaho) who led his team to a victory scoring 37 points (!!!), 8 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import swingman Cliff Tucker (198-89, college: Maryland) helped adding 23 points. The best for the losing side was American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. Defending champion (6-8) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Navolato. Rayos de Hermosillo at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Lobos UAD Mazatlan is looking forward to face higher ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rayos de Hermosillo will play against Aguilas Doradas de Durango and is hoping to win this game.
The game in Navolato was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (9-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (6-8). Tijuana Zonkeys did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 89-72. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Trayvon Lathan (201-84, college: Chowan) who led the winners and scored 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Karim Scott accounted for 20 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). American forward Mychal Ammons (198-92, college: S.Alabama) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds for Garra Canera de Navolato in the defeat. Tijuana Zonkeys maintains second place with 9-4 record having four points less than leader Hermosillo. Garra Canera de Navolato lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Mazatlan. Tijuana Zonkeys will play against Caballeros de Culiacan (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Garra Canera de Navolato will play against Pioneros Los Mochis and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Durango was also quite interesting. Third ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (9-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (4-9). Ostioneros de Guaymas defeated Aguilas Doradas de Durango 94-78 on Wednesday. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Brandon Provost who scored 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Martin Zamarco who recorded 21 points (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Aguilas Doradas de Durango's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains third place with 9-5 record having just three points less than leader Hermosillo, which they share with Obregon. Newly promoted Aguilas Doradas de Durango keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will meet Lobos UAD Mazatlan (#7) on the road in the next round. Aguilas Doradas de Durango will play against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo and hope to secure a win.
The game in Culiacan was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Frayles de Guasave (7-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (4-10). Frayles de Guasave managed to secure a 5-point victory 96-91. It was a good game for Sammy Yeager who led his team to a victory with 31 points and 6 assists. Frayles de Guasave maintains fifth place with 7-7 record. Caballeros de Culiacan lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. Frayles de Guasave's next round opponent will be higher ranked Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Caballeros de Culiacan will play against the league's second-placed Tijuana Zonkeys (#2) and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 15 bottom-ranked Los Mochis lost to Obregon on the opponent's court 99-108.

Navolato - Tijuana 72-89

The game in Navolato was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (9-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (6-8). Tijuana Zonkeys did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 89-72. It was a great shooting night for Tijuana Zonkeys especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Trayvon Lathan (201-84, college: Chowan) who led the winners and scored 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Naturalized American swingman Karim Scott (-88) accounted for 20 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) for the winning side. Lathan is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Mychal Ammons (198-92, college: S.Alabama) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette) added 15 points and 8 assists respectively for Garra Canera de Navolato in the defeat. Five Tijuana Zonkeys and four Garra Canera de Navolato players scored in double figures. Tijuana Zonkeys maintains second place with 9-4 record having four points less than leader Hermosillo. Garra Canera de Navolato lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Mazatlan. Tijuana Zonkeys will play against Caballeros de Culiacan (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Garra Canera de Navolato will play against Pioneros Los Mochis and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Navolato: M.Ammons 24+11reb+1ast, D.Mitchell 15+2reb+8ast, K.Rogers 14+8reb+3ast, J.David Estrada 12+2reb+1ast, E. Zuniga 3+2reb+2ast, D.Eldridge 2+3reb+1ast
Tijuana: K.Scott 20+4reb+3ast, T.Lathan 17+7reb+7ast, L.Gibson 14+8reb+1ast, J.Zesati 12+2reb+1ast, M.Morrison 11+7reb+5ast, J.Cesar del Campo 9+2reb+2ast
gschID: 536349


Obregon - Los Mochis 108-99

Very expected game when 10th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (3-11) were defeated on the road by fourth ranked Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (9-5) 108-99. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon made 25-of-29 charity shots (86.2 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Pioneros Los Mochis' players. 24 personal fouls committed by Pioneros Los Mochis helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a good game for swingman Glen Rice-Jr (198-91, college: Georgia Tech) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Forward Michael Glover (203-87, college: Iona) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Cameron Forte (201-93, college: Portland St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds and guard Tamir Jackson (190-90, college: Rice) added 24 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Pioneros Los Mochis. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon moved-up to third place, which they share with Guaymas. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon's next round opponent will be Frayles de Guasave (#5) on the road. Pioneros Los Mochis will play against Garra Canera de Navolato (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: C.Forte 31+11reb+1ast, T.Jackson 24+7reb+2ast, J.Early 20+10reb, T.Motley 16+2reb+2ast, M.Hernandez 8+2reb+1ast, R.Berrelleza 0+1reb
Obregon: N.Leon 27+5reb+3ast, G.Rice Jr. 25+10reb+6ast, J.Hutchingson 24+1reb+3ast, M.Glover 20+15reb+4ast, L.Atterberry 9+3reb+4ast, O.Quintero 3
gschID: 536348


Durango - Guaymas 78-94

The game in Durango was also quite interesting. Third ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (9-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (4-9). Ostioneros de Guaymas defeated Aguilas Doradas de Durango 94-78 on Wednesday. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard Brandon Provost (190-90, college: UTRGV) who scored 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Four Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Trayvon Lathan (201-84, college: Chowan) who recorded 21 points (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) and forward Paul Jones (198-89, college: W.Washington) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Aguilas Doradas de Durango's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains third place with 9-5 record having just three points less than leader Hermosillo, which they share with Obregon. Newly promoted Aguilas Doradas de Durango keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will meet Lobos UAD Mazatlan (#7) on the road in the next round. Aguilas Doradas de Durango will play against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Durango: Z.Martin 21+4reb, P.Jones 17+5reb+1ast, D.Keller 11+6reb+1ast, S.Carter 9+3reb+1ast, A.May 9+2reb, A.Villanueva 4+1reb+1ast
Guaymas: B.Provost 22+6reb+2ast, R.Woods 20+4reb+1ast, P.Marigney 17+8reb+3ast, D.Giron 12+3reb, M.Gwynne 9+2reb+1ast, S.Heyward 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 536350


Culiacan - Guasave 91-96

The game in Culiacan was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Frayles de Guasave (7-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (4-10). Frayles de Guasave managed to secure a 5-point victory 96-91. Frayles de Guasave forced 19 Caballeros de Culiacan turnovers. Strangely Caballeros de Culiacan outrebounded Frayles de Guasave 41-29 including 30 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Caballeros de Culiacan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American forward Sammy Yeager (193-89, college: CS Fullerton) who led his team to a victory with 31 points and 6 assists. His fellow American import forward Travis Franklin (200-88, college: Colorado St., agency: Interperformances) contributed with 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Canadian forward Grandy Glaze (204, college: Grand Canyon) answered with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds and American center Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St.) added 18 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Caballeros de Culiacan. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Frayles de Guasave maintains fifth place with 7-7 record. Caballeros de Culiacan lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. Frayles de Guasave's next round opponent will be higher ranked Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Caballeros de Culiacan will play against the league's second-placed Tijuana Zonkeys (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Culiacan: G.Glaze 30+10reb+2ast, B.Puckett 18+13reb+3ast, D.Maxwell 17+8reb+1ast, S.Sanders 17+4reb+1ast, R.Valle 5, J.Villalobos 2+1ast
Guasave: S.Yeager 31+2reb+6ast, T.Franklin 23+7reb+1ast, L.Morris-Walker 15+4reb+3ast, G.Mondragon 15+3reb+2ast, E.Pittman 9+9reb+1ast, A.Cervantes 3+1reb
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Mazatlan - Hermosillo 101-93

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (12-2) on the court of seventh ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Lobos UAD Mazatlan 101-93. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Rayos de Hermosillo. Lobos UAD Mazatlan made 19-of-19 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. Strangely Rayos de Hermosillo outrebounded Lobos UAD Mazatlan 41-25 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American guard Jeff Ledbetter (190-88, college: Idaho) who led his team to a victory scoring 37 points (!!!), 8 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import swingman Cliff Tucker (198-89, college: Maryland) helped adding 23 points. The best for the losing side was American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and the former international point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) scored 24 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion (6-8) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Navolato. Rayos de Hermosillo at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Lobos UAD Mazatlan is looking forward to face higher ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rayos de Hermosillo will play against Aguilas Doradas de Durango and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: S.Monreal 24+4reb, E.Little 23+11reb+1ast, D.Bejarano 15+9reb+1ast, M.Perez 10+5reb, A.Bell 6+1ast, J.Camacho 6+2reb+1ast
Mazatlan: J.Ledbetter 37+4reb+8ast, C.Tucker 23+4reb+2ast, M.Liabo 19+2reb+2ast, J.Alfredo Casillas 11+9reb+3ast, D.Onofre 4+2reb, O.Ramirez 3
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Culiacan welcomes back Rougeau - by Eurobasket News

Caballeros de Culiacan (CIBACOPA) landed 31-year old American swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV). It is actually his comeback to Caballeros de Culiacan as he has played here before. Rougeau He played recently at Toros in the LNBP. In 43 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 4.6rpg and 3.0apg this season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Mexican LNBP All-Star Game. The last season Rougeau played at Maccabi Haifa (Winner League) in Israel where in 37 games he had 9.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.2apg and 1.7spg.
Among other achievements Rougeau's team made it to the Israeli Cup Final Four in 2015. He received also Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2014.
Rougeau is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in four different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Rougeau has played previously professionally in New Zealand, Venezuela (Bucaneros) and IBL (Venice Beach W.).
He attended University of Nevada - Las Vegas until 2009 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Culiacan lands Du'Vaughn Maxwell - by Eurobasket News

Caballeros de Culiacan (CIBACOPA) landed 26-year old American forward Du'Vaughn Maxwell (201-98kg-91, college: Hampton). He played recently at Richmond Elite (ABA) in the U.S. Maxwell also played that season for Issa Town (Premier League) in Bahrain.
Among other achievements his team was regular season runner-up in MEAC in 2014. Maxwell received also All-MEAC Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2014 at his college time.
Maxwell has played also professionally in Japan (Saitama Broncos and Tokyo Cinq Reves).
He attended Hampton University until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

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Terrance Motley (ex FSU) is a newcomer at Los Mochis - by Eurobasket News

Pioneros de Los Mochis (CIBACOPA) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American forward Terrance Motley (201-109kg-91, college: Sam Houston State). He played recently at FSU Selfoss in Icelandic Dominos League. In 24 games he recorded very impressive stats: 31.0ppg, 12.6rpg, 2.9apg, 2.2spg and 1.1bpg this season. The last season Motley played at Swarm in U.S. semi-pro league ABA.
He played in the final of Southland Conference Tournament in 2014.
Motley has played previously professionally in D-League (Oklahoma City Blue) and Mexico (Cerveceros).
He attended Sam Houston State until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: 6'7 with a solid build weighing in at 247lbs. One of the major surprises of the 2014 HLSA Showcase! Came with one thing in mind 'Hard work!' Knocked down the open 3-ball but was able to show his ball handling ability getting to the basket from the wing. This rookie was very impressive and will have a bright future ahead of him. Scored in double figures all three games with (28,24, & 13pts). Ran the floor well and had a great all-aroubd showcase.

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Cholet lands Ivan Maras - by Eurobasket News

Cholet Basket (ProA) landed 31-year old Montenegrin international power forward Ivan Maras (207-110kg-86). He played recently at Doxa Lefkadas in Greek A1 league. In 10 games he averaged 15.0ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.1apg this season. Maras also spent pre-season at Naft Abadan (Superleague) in Iran earlier that year where in 5 A1 games he had 12.6ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.4spg.
Among other achievements he received Asia-Basket.com All-Bahrain League Player of the Year award and Asia-Basket.com All-Bahrain League Import Player of the Year award back in 2014.
Maras also represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 2 games: 2.0ppg.
Maras is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in eight different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Maras has played previously professionally in Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk), Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut), Cyprus (Etha), Kuwait (Al Qadsia), Serbia, Bahrain (Al Manama) and Montenegro (Buducnost).
He is described as: A good power forward who can play in the 4 and 5 position. Has great shooting ability.

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Erste Basketball League Play offs: The classic between Buducnost and Mornar in the finals - by Darko Pekic

As expected we will again see the classic between Buducnost and Mornar in the finals. The two strongest teams in Montenegro will fight for the championship and a very interesting series is ahead of us. However, the two big rivals did not have an easy task. Buducnost won in Cetinje 64-60 but the game was very tied and Lovcen had +13 lead at halftime. In the second half Buducnost finally woke up but Lovcen stayed close and the game could have gone either way. Former Lovcen's talent Petar Popovic (194-PG-96, agency: BeoBasket) scored 17 points for the winners. On the other side Milic Starovlah (196-F-98) and Vasilije Knezevic (202-C-96) scored 13 points each.

Mornar struggled in the first game but did not have much trouble tonight in Tivat (91-63). Teodo opened the game in the right way and got a 3 point lead at the end of first quarter. When everybody expected another tied game Mornar showed its class and got a big lead at the halftime. The second half was just a formality for the guests and they can already start preparing for the big finals. Big men Octavius Ellis (208-C-93, college: Cincinnati) (20 points) and Balsa Radunovic (208-PF-80, agency: Interperformances) (19 points) led the guests to the second appearance in a row in the finals. The home team was lead by Sreten Knezevic (205-F/C-94) and Milos Popovic (197-PF-98). Each of them scored 13 points but Popovic also added 10 rebounds.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.7
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.7 
 2. Harden, Houston R.29.3 
 3. Thomas, Boston C.28.9 
 4. Davis, N.Orleans P.28.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 6. DeRozan, Toronto R.27.2 
 7. Lillard, Portland.27.0 
 8. James, Clevelan.26.5 
 9. Leonard, San A.25.8 
 10. Irving, Cleveland C.25.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Miami Heat
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Whiteside, Miami Heat14.2 
 2. Jordan, LA Clippers13.8 
 3. Drummond, Detro.13.8 
 4. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.8 
 5. Howard, Atlanta H.12.6 
 6. Towns, Minnesot.12.2 
 7. Davis, N.Orleans P.12.0 
 8. Chandler, Phoenix .11.4 
 9. Love, Cleveland C.11.0 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.7 
Assists Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Harden, Houston R.11.1 
 2. Wall, Washington W.10.7 
 3. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.4 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.3 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.9.1 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.8 
 7. Teague, Indiana P.7.7 
 8. Holiday, N.Orlean.7.3 
 9. Green, Golden S.7.1 
 10. Lowry, Toronto R.6.9 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.0 
 2. Green, Golden S.2.0 
 3. Wall, Washington W.2.0 
 4. Covington, Phi.7.1.9 
 5. Butler, Chicago B.1.9 
 6. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 7. Curry, Golden S.1.8 
 8. McConnell, Phi.76ers1.7 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.1.7 
 10. Leonard, San A.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Utah Jazz
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.6 
 2. Embiid, Phi.76ers2.4 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.2.2 
 4. Turner, Indiana P.2.1 
 5. Whiteside, Miami Heat2.1 
 6. Porzingis, New Y.2.0 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.8 
 8. Jordan, LA Clippers1.7 
 9. Lopez, Brooklyn N.1.7 
 10. Durant, Golden S.1.6 


Rockets seize Game 2 with rally over Thunder - by Eurobasket News

The Rockets took the best shot the Thunder could land. Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) relentlessly flew into the NBA record books again, chewing up pages as he had the Rockets defense, and the Rockets were staggered, but not down. The Thunder muscle was pounding and pounding away inside and the Rockets were stunned, but not out. Oklahoma City was not just rolling, the Thunder was exhibiting everything from its greatest hits collection. The Rockets, however, did not flinch. The Rockets took the hardest from-the-heels punch the Thunder had and then hit back, slowing Westbrook, firing 3s and surging past the Thunder, 115-111, with the most stubbornly determined, dogged comeback win Wednesday at Toyota Center. Rallying from down 15 in the first half and from as much as 12 late in the fourth quarter, the Rockets took a 10-point lead on the way to a 2-0 series lead. With the first-round series headed to Oklahoma City for Friday's Game 3, teams leading 2-0 have gone 364-24 in the NBA playoffs. There was little mystery about how they did it. "It comes down to the heart and soul and the want of the players," Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. "They showed their resilience, like they showed all year. "It didn't surprise me. Whatever these guys do collectively as a group, it doesn't surprise me. I just told them, "a great game, a great gut-check kind of win.' You have to have those in the playoffs. You can't play great all the time. We just hung in there, hung in there. "I can't explain it. They've done it all year." As Westbrook soared to the first 50-point triple-double in NBA playoffs history, the Rockets did just enough to rally to within six at halftime and to within three heading into the fourth quarter. They had outscored the Thunder, 12-3, in the final 2 minutes of the third quarter when Westbrook took a seat. When he returned, the Rockets had Trevor Ariza (6'8''-F-85, college: UCLA) on him, a wall of defenders in front of him and a defense finally up to stopping him. Westbrook had spent the game darting around screens to stop-on-a-dime jumpers and knife-blade drives to the rim. In the fourth quarter, however, he made just 4 of 18 shots, the most misses ever in the fourth quarter of a playoff game, including a pair of buckets after the Rockets' lead had swelled to a safe 10 with 1:22 left. "That's what you have to do," said Ariza, who led the fourth quarter defensive effort on Westbrook. "You have to find ways to get stops, find ways to win. He's going to score a lot of points. He takes the majority of shots on his team. He's going to find ways to get his, so if we can limit everybody else. We have a good chance." Once the Rockets had Westbrook under control, the Thunder made just 24.1 percent of its fourth-quarter shots. Westbrook finished with 51 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, but was held to a field goal percentage of less than 40 percent. "There's no doubt about it; 17 of 43, we'll take that," D'Antoni said. The Rockets began to rally when James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) scored 12 of their final 14 points of the third quarter and Patrick Beverley (6'1''-PG-88, college: Arkansas) and Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) stepped up in the fourth. On a night in which Westbrook could not find enough help, Harden scored 35 points with eight assists as the Rockets kept searching until they found scorers around him. Gordon and Louis Williams (6'1''-SG-86) combined for 23 points, with Williams keeping the Rockets in the game in the first half and Gordon helping to take it over in the second. "Early in the first half, they were getting offensive rebounds," Gordon said. "Of course, we're going to be a great offensive team and that's always going to keep us in it." When the Rockets trailed by 12 with 15 minutes left in the game, they had made 4 of 18 3s. They made 7 of 11 the rest of the way. "We've got so many guys to choose from," D'Antoni said. Somebody's going to come out and do something." Mostly, the Rockets just persevered, tightening the defense and firing away until they caught a wave as if they always knew they would. "We didn't give up," Harden said. "We continued to grind and fight and figure a way to win."
Courtesy of: chron.com



John Wall wills Wizards to 109-101 Game 2 win over Hawks - by Eurobasket News

John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) picked up right where he left off. The Washington Wizards All-Star point guard, who had 32 points and 14 assists in Game 1, finished Game 2 Wednesday night with 32 points, nine assists and five rebounds and led the Wizards to a 109-101 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. The Wizards took a 2-0 lead in the series, which now heads to Atlanta for Games 3 and 4. "You're supposed to protect homecourt. You're supposed to win," Wall said after the game. "We did our job, now we have to go on the road and try to get Game 3, and when you get Game 3, you think about getting Game 4. We have to take it one game at a time. We know their crowd's going to be amazing. We know they're going to play a lot better basketball. But we feel like we haven't played our best basketball yet." It was a gritty, chippy game from the outset, and stayed that way up until the final buzzer. There were 55 fouls in total, which prevented the Markieff Morris (6'10''-F-89, college: Kansas)-Paul Millsap (6'8''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) MMA story line from gaining any more traction. Morris, who had a 21-point, seven-rebound, four-block outing in his playoff debut in Game 1, was limited to just 20 minutes (three points) after getting in early foul trouble. Wizards coach Scott Brooks , who was assessed a technical foul late in the second quarter after Morris picked up his third foul, said the foul calls were simply a product of the physicality that comes with playoff basketball. "It's 10 competitive, athletic players competing to win the game. A very physical game, a playoff game, a meaningful game. We all care," Brooks said. The Wizards controlled the game for most of the first half and went into the break with a 51-43 lead. They held Atlanta to just 34.9% shooting and 0-for-8 from the perimeter. But the Hawks came out swinging in the third, putting together a 35-23 quarter to go into the fourth up by four. The third-quarter run was fueled by Millsap, who had 14 points in the quarter, eight of which came at the free throw line. The Hawks shot 55% from the field while the Wizards made just eight of their 23 attempts (34.8%). Then Wall happened. With his Wizards, who were still distraught from a questionable foul call the possession before, down three with just under five minutes left, Wall converted an and-one bucket to tie the game up at 94. Two minutes later, Wall hit Hawks point guard Dennis Schroeder (5'11''-PG-93, agency: Octagon Europe) with a spin move and knocked down a stepback, midrange jumper to put the Wizards up 101-96. A couple of possessions later, Wall poked the ball away from Kent Bazemore (6'5''-G/F-89, college: ODU) at Atlanta's three-point line, ran down the court and finished a fullcourt Otto Porter (6'8''-F-93, college: Georgetown) pass with authority, pushing the lead to 103-98 with 1:05 left as "MVP" chants echoed through the Verizon Center. After a missed shot by Atlanta's Tim Hardaway Jr. (6'6''-G-92, college: Michigan) Jr., Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal (6'5''-SG-93, college: Florida) - who overcame a rough shooting night (12-of-27) to finish with 31 points - put the game away for good with a corner three-pointer with 38 seconds left. "When he shoots it, it's game over," Wall said of his backcourt running mate. " ... He was kind of frustrated with himself (after missing open shots earlier in the game) and I was like, 'Nah, those are great looks. We're going to keep finding you. Those shots are going to come and you're going to make 'em.' He ended up making a big one for us and sealing the deal."
Courtesy of: usatoday.com



Warriors cruise past Blazers in 110-81 blowout - by Eurobasket News

The Warriors took a commanding 2-0 series lead after defeating the Trail Blazers 110-81 in Game 2 on Wednesday night. Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) led Golden State with 19 points and four three-pointers. Draymond Green (6'7''-F-90, college: Michigan St.) narrowly missed a triple-double for the second-straight game with six points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, while Javale McGee (7'0''-C-88, college: Nevada) came off the bench to contribute 15 points and four blocks. The series will now transition to Portland for Games 3 and 4. It took Golden State more than 40 minutes to build a double-digit lead in Game 1. On Wednesday night in Game 2, they did so midway through the opening quarter. Damian Lillard (6'3''-PG-90, college: Weber St.) made his first three shot attempts to put the Blazers up 9-4 early on, but the Warriors then responded with a 14-0 run, which included back-to-back-to-back three-pointers from Draymond Green, Klay Thompson (6'7''-G-90, college: Washington St.) and Stephen Curry. Maurice Harkless (6'8''-G/F-93, college: St.John's) ended the burst with two free throws, but Golden State then reeled off the next six points to take a 24-11 advantage on Javale McGee's dunk at the 4:30 mark. The Warriors would add three more points to their lead through the remainder of the frame and hold a 33-17 lead at the end of one. The Trail Blazers wouldn't go away quietly, however, and would get themselves back in the game with a strong start to the second quarter. Portland outscored Golden State 5-0 within the opening minute, and would eventually pull within 43-42 on Evan Turner's three-pointer with 3:38 left in the half. That would be as close as they'd get, though, as the Warriors would immediately go on an 8-0 run and take a 55-46 advantage into halftime. Javale McGee was the embodiment of efficiency, making all six of his field goal attempts to lead Golden State with 13 points through two quarters of action. He would go on to tie the Warriors' postseason record for most field goals made without a miss. Playing without Kevin Durant, Shaun Livingston (6'7''-G-85) and Matt Barnes, who all missed the game due to injury, the Warriors knew it would take a strong defensive effort to pull off a victory, and they put that on full display in the third quarter. Curry opened the second half scoring with a three-pointer to ignite an 11-2 Golden State burst to begin the third frame. After Portland responded with the next four points, the Warriors would hold the Trail Blazers scoreless for the next 6:36, over the course of which they'd break the game open. Curry knocked down his fourth and final three-pointer of the night with 33 seconds left before Draymond Green split free throws to close out the scoring in the quarter and give Golden State an 83-58 lead heading into the fourth. In total, the Warriors held the Trail Blazers to 12 third-quarter points, tied for the fewest in a quarter in the Shot Clock Era by a Warriors opponent in the playoffs. With the game well in hand, Steve Kerr went to the bench for the majority of the fourth quarter. After scores from Thompson and Andre Iguodala, Ian Clark and David West (6'9''-F-80, college: Xavier) would combine to account for Golden State's next 11 points, after which it was James Michael McAdoo's turn. He'd score the next four points for the Warriors and give them their largest lead of the entire game at 102-68 with 4:31 left to play. That would prove to be far more scoring than Golden State would need to claim the victory, as they'd coast the rest of the way to the eventual 110-81 win. Now leading the series 2-0, the Warriors will head to Portland for the next two games against the Trail Blazers, beginning with Game 3 on Saturday night.
Courtesy of: sportingnews.com




Jonathan Jeanne Enters 2017 NBA Draft - by Eurobasket News

French center Jonathan Jeanne (7'2''-C-97) has entered the 2017 NBA draft, agent Bouna Ndiaye tells Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com. According to Givony (via Twitter), Jonathan Jeanne intends to stay in the draft and will be looking to make the jump to the NBA immediately - he doesn't intend to accept draft-and-stash offers. Jonathan Jeanne, a 7'2 center who will turn 20 in July, ranks 49th on Chad Ford's big board at ESPN.com. Other draft experts are even more bullish on the young big man, who comes in at No. 35 on DraftExpress' top-100 list and ranks 20th on Kevin O'Connor's big board for The Ringer. Still, while Jonathan Jeanne has plenty of upside, he remains fairly raw, so it remains to be seen how NBA scouts will value him. NBA teams may have the opportunity to scout Jonathan Jeanne in June, according to Givony, who reports (via Twitter) that the big man is willing to participate in five-on-five games at this year's Adidas Eurocamp, assuming he gets an invite to the event. Jonathan Jeanne, currently on loan to SLUC Nancy Basket in France, is playing modest minutes for the team, with 3.1 PPG and 3.6 RPG in 16 contests (12.3 MPG).
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



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

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



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

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



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

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



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  NBLCANADA  


Hurricanes pound Highlanders 121-66 - by Eurobasket News

The Halifax Hurricanes clinched top spot in the NBL Canada's Atlantic Division in style Wednesday night. The Hurricanes improved to 26-10 on the season after crushing the Cape Breton Highlanders 121-66 at Scotiabank Centre. The 66 points represent the fewest the Hurricanes have given up all season while the 121 points for is the club's highest-scoring output of the season. That deadly combination resulted in a relatively easy 55-point win. 'This was a bounce-back game for us,' said Billy White (6'8''-F-89, college: San Diego St.), who scored a game-high 24 points. 'They beat us twice on our home court. We came out and wanted to make a statement.' With first place locked up, the Hurricanes will have little to play for in their remaining four regular-season games. 'I think we're all ready for the playoffs, but we can't look too far ahead,' said White. 'I think we've got four or five games left and we're trying to win all those games and get into playoff mode.' The Hurricanes jumped out to a nine-point lead after the first quarter and extended that lead to 18 points after two as they went to the break with a 53-35 lead. After scoring 10 points in the opening 12 minutes, White added another four in the second quarter to finish the half with a game-high 14. White added seven rebounds to lead his team in that category. Cj Washington (6'7''-F) scored 10 points and added six rebounds to help the Hurricanes. The Hurricanes scored 36 points in the third quarter to put the game out of reach as Halifax went to the fourth with an 89-55 lead. The Hurricanes added another 32 points in the fourth to complete the dominating 55-point win. 'We made a lot of shots,' said White. 'We just played great basketball tonight.' White (24), Anthony Cox (11), Aaron Bowen (6'6''-F-91, college: Georgetown) (11), Joey Haywood (6'1''-PG-84, college: St.Mary's) (11), Antoine Mason (6'3''-G-92, college: Auburn) (11), Cj Washington (10) and Ta'Quan Zimmerman (6'2''-G-91, college: Monroe CC) (10) all reached double-digit scoring on the night. Washington added 10 rebounds for the game's only double-double. Anthony Walker (12), Billy Rush (11) and Scott Deron (10) led the Highlanders in scoring. The Hurricanes will have a quick turnaround as they play the Island Storm on Thursday night in P.E.I. The Hurricanes return to the Scotiabank Centre on Sunday afternoon for their final regular-season home game.
Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca



Highlanders sign Sefton Barrett - by Eurobasket News

Cape Breton Highlanders (NBL Canada) signed experienced 34-year old Canadian small forward Sefton Barrett (196-83, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Blacktop Management). He just played at BC Nokia in Finnish Korisliiga. In 21 games he had 11.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg this season. Barrett also played earlier that season for Snaefell (Dominos League) in Iceland where in 11 Korisliiga games he recorded very impressive stats: 21.0ppg, 11.3rpg, 3.1apg, 3.1spg and 1.4bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Finnish League in 2013. Barrett was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Honorable Mention back in 2013.
He is quite experienced player. Barrett has played also professionally in France (Saint Vallier), Germany (Uni Baskets), Poland (Kotwica), Finland (KTP Basket) and Canada (Halifax_Rainmen and London Lightning).
He attended Central Michigan University until 2007 and it is his tenth season as a professional player.
Barrett could be described: explosive athlete with a long wingspan... great slasher who gets in the lane when he wants to... finishes above the rim but also can pull up for the mid range jumper... very difficult to stop because of his quickness and athletic ability... Sefton is able to create his own shot... he possesses good ball handling skills... can defend all outside positions... very effective player who brings lots of energy to the team when he is on the floor...

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NCAA1  


Florida lands star transfer Egor Koulechov from Rice - by Eurobasket News

Exit Devin Robinson (6'8''-F-95), enter Egor Koulechov (6'5''-G/F-94). Four days after Florida Gators basketball lost its best overall player, head coach Mike White landed the top available graduate transfer when Koulechov committed to play his final collegiate campaign with the Gators. Koulechov (6-foot-5, 210 pounds), a native of Volgograd, Russia, grew up in Israel and played high school basketball in South Florida. He began his college career at Arizona State, where he averaged 3.7 points in 14.0 minutes per game before transferring to Rice and sitting out the 2014-15 season. Koulechov became the Owls' best player over the last two campaigns, averaging 16.7 points and 7.0 rebounds as a redshirt sophomore while shooting 41.7 percent from the field and 34.2 percent from beyond the arc. He somehow managed to improve nearly his entire stat line this past season, posting averages of 18.2 points, 8.9 boards and 2.1 assist while standing out from beyond the arc by hitting threes at a .474 clip. The graduate transfer ultimately chose Florida over Oklahoma, and a visit to see the Gators two weeks ago coupled with plenty of personal recruiting from White likely solidified that decision. Koulechov also has a tremendous opportunity to play right away at Florida, either as a third starting guard or sixth man in a role similar to that Canyon Barry held during the 2016-17 campaign. It's worth noting that Koulechov projects better than Barry and comes to the Gators at a time of great needs when either three or four of their top six players will not return to the team next season. 'I'm very excited to announce that I'm headed to The University of Florida. Go Gators!!!' Koulechov wrote on Twitter.
Courtesy of: onlygators.com



Memphis guard Markel Crawford will transfer to Ole Miss - by Eurobasket News

Markel Crawford (6'5''-G) intends to transfer to Ole Miss after graduating from Memphis in May, according to Scout's Ben Garrett. The shooting guard, who could potentially play the two or the three for Andy Kennedy, will be immediately eligible to play in Oxford as a graduate transfer. Crawford, who was ranked just outside of the nation's top 100 coming out of high school in 2013, averaged 12.8 points in just over 30 minutes per game as a redshirt junior for Memphis last season. His shooting percentage from the field (48 percent) and length (6'5) is even more enticing. Ole Miss' offense needs someone to help shoulder the load of replacing Sebastian Saiz and Crawford is another outstanding athlete who will join Deandre Burnett, Terence Davis, Cullen Neal and Breein Tyree in the backcourt. With Sebastian Saiz and his double doubles gone, there's been some concern that Ole Miss won't have anyone that can score next season. Terence Davis showed signs of brilliance at times last season and Deandre Burnett came on strong at the end, but the options behind them are limited. Crawford can bring some stability to an offense that needs someone to score buckets and grab rebounds (he averaged 4.4 boards per game in 2016). His arrival also allows Ole Miss to keep quite a bit of length on the floor, especially at the guard position. The Rebels could potentially have a starting five of Breein Tyree (6'2), Terence Davis (6'4), Markel Crawford (6'5), Marcanvis Hymon (6'7) and Dominik Olejniczak (7'0). Throw in fellas off the bench like Deandre Burnett (6'2), Cullen Neal (6'4), Justas Furmanavicius (6'7) and Karlis Silins (6'11) and Ole Miss all of a sudden has some big bodies to throw at opponents next season. And don't forget about newcomers Devontae Shuler (6'3), Parker Stewart (6'5), Jamarko Pickett (6'7) and JUCO transfer Bruce Stevens (6'8). Crawford will bring an explosive scoring mentality and an ability to get to the rack and finish. The Memphis native scored 15 or more points 13 times last season, including big-time games against South Carolina (28 points and seven rebounds), UConn (19 points and eight rebounds), Tulane (24 points and five three-pointers) and South Florida (30 points, seven rebounds and five three-pointers). The former four-star recruit should be a lot of fun to watch alongside explosive playmakers Davis and Tyree.
Courtesy of: redcuprebellion.com




Iowa State hoops lands Virginia transfer Marial Shayok - by Eurobasket News

Iowa State got its guy. Virginia transfer Marial Shayok (6'5''-G-95) has accepted basketball coach Steve Prohm 's scholarship offer, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman. The 6-foot-5 combo player averaged 8.9 points and 2.4 rebounds last season. He started 14 of the Cavaliers' 34 games. He scored 23 points in Virginia's first-round NCAA Tournament victory against UNC-Wilmington. Shayok will sit out next season, then have one season of Cyclones eligibility remaining. He's comparable to departing senior Matt Thomas. A solid perimeter defender, Shayok shot 44 percent from the field, including 33 percent from 3-point range. Iowa State is still pursuing Hutchinson Community College forward Shakur Juiston, the nation's top junior college recruit, according to most recruiting websites. Juiston visited the Cyclones last weekend. He's also visited UNLV and DePaul. Prohm has three scholarships for next season available.
Courtesy of: desmoineregister.com



Shareef O'Neal, Shaq's son, commits to Arizona basketball - by Eurobasket News

Sean Miller has scored another commitment in the class of 2018, and the player comes with famous bloodlines. Shareef O'Neal (6'9''-C),, the son of NBA Hall of Fame inductee Shaquille O'Neal, picked Arizona on Wednesday morning. O'Neal is finishing his junior year of high school and will be a main attraction on Nike's EYBL circuit this spring and summer. O'Neal will play for Cal Supreme alongside Bol Bol, the son of former NBA star Manute Bol. O'Neal could be a fast-riser this summer. While he's in the 30s of most rankings, Rivals bumped him up to No. 16 overall in its class of 2018 update this week. O'Neal is listed at 6'9, 200 pounds. He's Arizona's second commitment in the class, joining forward Emmanuel Akot, who is ranked No. 9 overall by Rivals. This continues Miller's hot streak on the recruiting trail. Arizona's 2017 recruiting class was one of the best in the country, headlined by top-two center DeAndre Ayton.
Courtesy of: sbnation.com



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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Cory JEFFERSON
  Alaska A.
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 31.8
 1. Jefferson, Alaska A.31.8 
 2. White, Mahindra30.5 
 3. Smith, Blackwater28.8 
 4. Taggart, Rain o.27.5 
 5. Chism, NLEX R.26.6 
 6. McKay, Phoenix25.6 
 7. Greene, TNT K.24.0 
 8. Rhodes, SM Beermen22.5 
 9. Brownlee, B.Gin.22.3 
 10. Mitchell, Star H.22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex STEPHESON
  Meralco .
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 22
 1. Stepheson, Meralco .22.0 
 2. Smith, Blackwater19.8 
 3. McKay, Phoenix18.6 
 4. White, Mahindra18.5 
 5. Chism, NLEX R.16.7 
 6. Williams, Globalport15.0 
 7. Greene, TNT K.14.3 
 8. Mitchell, Star H.13.7 
 9. Jefferson, Alaska A.13.2 
 10. Wright, Mahindra13.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jayson CASTRO WILLIAM
  TNT K.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Castro-W., TNT K.8.8 
 2. Cabagnot, SM Be.6.0 
 3. Romeo, Globalport6.0 
 4. Brownlee, B.Gin.5.5 
 5. Thompson, B.Gin.5.5 
 6. Jazul, Phoenix4.7 
 7. Enciso, Alaska Aces4.6 
 8. Smith, Blackwater4.4 
 9. Amer, Meralco .4.4 
 10. Ross, SM Beermen4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mark BARROCA
  Star H.
  (178-PG-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Barroca, Star H.3.2 
 2. Brownlee, B.Gin.3.0 
 3. Jalalon, Star H.2.2 
 4. Exciminiano, Alaska A.1.8 
 5. Pringle, Globalport1.8 
 6. McKay, Phoenix1.8 
 7. Enciso, Alaska Aces1.8 
 8. Ross, SM Beermen1.8 
 9. Jazul, Phoenix1.7 
 10. Wright, Phoenix1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  B.Ginebra
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Aguilar, B.Ginebra3.3 
 2. Mitchell, Star H.3.0 
 3. White, Mahindra2.5 
 4. McKay, Phoenix2.4 
 5. Williams, Globalport2.3 
 6. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.0 
 7. Greene, TNT K.2.0 
 8. Rhodes, SM Beermen1.8 
 9. Chism, NLEX R.1.6 
 10. Taggart, Rain o.1.5 


Charles Rhodes gets MVP of the Week award for Filipino PBA - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85) had a very impressive game in the last round for SM Beermen and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 31-year old power forward had a double-double of 20 points and eighteen rebounds, while his team outclassed Mahindra (#11, 1-6) with 29-point margin 109-80. SM Beermen is placed at 7th position in Filipino PBA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. SM Beermen will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. In the team's last game Rhodes had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at SM Beermen, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Mississippi State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Rhodes is in league's top in points (9th best: 23.3ppg) and averages solid 1.3bpg and 68.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American power forward Jameel McKay (206-F/C-92) of Phoenix. McKay impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Phoenix was edged by the higher-ranked Rain or Shine (#4, 4-2) 96-94. This loss caused Phoenix to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. McKay is one of the most experienced players at Phoenix and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.6ppg (#6). He also registered 18.6 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Greg Smith (208-C-91) of Blackwater (#10). Smith showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, fourteen rebounds (!!!) and seven assists in the last round. Despite Smith's great performance Blackwater lost 91-103 to the higher-ranked Meralco Bolts (#1, 6-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Blackwater can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Smith he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Smith has individually a great season in Philippines. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 28.8ppg (3rd best), rebounds with 19.8rpg (2nd best) and assists with 4.4apg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Wayne Chism (206-PF-87) of NLEX RW - 29 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Alex Cabagnot (183-G-82) of SM Beermen - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Shawn Taggart (207-F-85) of Rain or Shine - 20 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Tony Mitchell (203-F-92) of Star Hotshots - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Malcolm White (205-C/F-88) of Globalport - 23 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Alex Stepheson (208-F/C-87) of Meralco Bolts - 18 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Justin Brownlee (197-F-88) of B.Ginebra - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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  POLAND  


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

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

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

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

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

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



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  PUERTO RICO  

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Michael ROSARIO
  Quebradillas
  (190-SG-90)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Rosario, Quebradillas26.3 
 2. Huertas, Arecibo23.2 
 3. Laury, Mayaguez20.4 
 4. Phelps, Guayama20.3 
 5. Liz, Ponce20.2 
 6. Warrick, Ponce20.0 
 7. Mendoza, Aguada18.7 
 8. Arroyo, Fajardo18.5 
 9. Wilkins, Guayama18.5 
 10. Costner, Humacao17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Devon COLLIER
  Mayaguez
  (203-PF-91)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Collier, Mayaguez11.1 
 2. Phelps, Guayama10.8 
 3. Akindele, Bayamon10.8 
 4. Behanan, Arecibo9.4 
 5. Laury, Mayaguez9.4 
 6. Famous, Humacao8.7 
 7. James, Fajardo8.2 
 8. Gaston, Aguada8.1 
 9. Dawson, Ponce7.8 
 10. Lalanne, Arecibo7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Gerald FITCH
  Quebradillas
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Fitch, Quebradillas7.7 
 2. Garcia, Quebradillas6.7 
 3. Browne, San German6.6 
 4. Arroyo, Fajardo6.5 
 5. Guzman, Humacao6.3 
 6. Abreu, Aguada5.9 
 7. Smith, Quebradillas5.5 
 8. Soto, Bayamon5.0 
 9. Torres, Ponce5.0 
 10. Clemente, Arecibo4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Cady LALANNE
  Arecibo
  (208-C-92)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lalanne, Arecibo1.8 
 2. Wilkins, Guayama1.8 
 3. Emory, Ponce1.8 
 4. Belardo, Ponce1.8 
 5. Berdiel, Fajardo1.8 
 6. Liz, Ponce1.7 
 7. Chaney, Quebradillas1.7 
 8. Abreu, Aguada1.6 
 9. Carmona, Quebradillas1.5 
 10. De-Jesus, Mayaguez1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. James, Fajardo1.7 
 2. Penn, Guayama1.6 
 3. Behanan, Arecibo1.6 
 4. Diaz, Quebradillas1.5 
 5. Akindele, Bayamon1.3 
 6. Hernandez, Quebradi.1.2 
 7. Gaston, Aguada1.1 
 8. Lalanne, Arecibo1.0 
 9. Collier, Mayaguez0.9 
 10. Fells, San German0.8 


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

30-year old shooting guard Victor Liz (188-SG-86, agency: Basket Management Solutions) had an amazing evening in the last week for Ponce and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 6.
He had a double-double of 30 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Quebradillas (#2, 4-2) 92-87. Ponce is placed at 6th position in Puerto Rican league. Ponce 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 3-3 record. In the team's last game Liz had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He just recently signed at Ponce, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Liz has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 20.2ppg) and averages solid 43.2% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last week was Alexander Galindo (200-PF-85) of Humacao. He is international forward in his first season at Humacao. In the last game Galindo recorded impressive 22 points and 7 rebounds. It was enough for Humacao to edge the lower-ranked San German (#7, 2-5) by 5 points 112-107. This victory allowed Humacao to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 5-2 record is not bad at all. Galindo is one of the most experienced players at Humacao and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Ponce's star - forward Hakim Warrick (206-F/C-82). Warrick showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last week. He was another key player of Ponce, helping his team with a 92-87 win against the higher-ranked Quebradillas (#2, 4-2). Ponce needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Warrick has a great season in Puerto Rico. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.0ppg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Huertas (195-G/F-87) of Arecibo - 31 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Chane Behanan (198-F-92) of Arecibo - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Donta Smith (201-SF-83) of Quebradillas - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Carlos Arroyo (188-PG-79) of Fajardo - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists
8. Ismael Romero (203-C-91) of San German - 16 points and 7 rebounds
9. Yudniel Perez (189-G-84) of San German - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Carlos Emory (196-F-91) of Ponce - 13 points, 8 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)



BSN Round 6: Leones hand first loss to undefeated Piratas - by Eurobasket News

There were just 6 rounds played in Regular Season of BSN and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

The most surprising game was the first loss of Piratas (4-1) in Quebradillas on Monday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked Leones (3-3) 92-87. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Piratas. Leones made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game, while Piratas only scored five points from the stripe. They outrebounded Piratas 45-31 including 32 on the defensive glass. Leones looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Piratas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Dominican Victor Liz (188-86, agency: Basket Management Solutions) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. American power forward Hakim Warrick (206-82, college: Syracuse) contributed with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners. American-Venezuelan Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) replied with 14 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocks for Piratas. Leones moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Fajardo. Piratas at the other side keep the second position with one game lost. Leones is looking forward to face Fajardo (#5) in the next round. Piratas will play against Indios in Mayaguez and are hoping to win this game.
BSN top team - Santeros (6-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat seventh ranked Vaqueros (2-4) in Bayamon 93-76. Egyptian-American center Omar Samhan (211-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored 18 points to lead the charge for the winners and Alex Abreu chipped in 11 points and 7 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., agency: BeoBasket) with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Santeros have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-1 record. Vaqueros at the other side keep the seventh place with four games lost. They share the position with San German. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
A very close game took place in Mayaguez between Capitanes and Indios. Fifth ranked Capitanes (3-2) got a very close victory on the road over 9th ranked Indios (1-5). Capitanes managed to escape with a 2-point win 90-88 on Monday evening. David Huertas notched 31 points and 5 assists to lead the effort. Capitanes' coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Even a double-double of 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists by David Laury did not help to save the game for Indios. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place. Indios lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with five games lost. Capitanes will meet Brujos (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. Indios will play against the league's second-placed Piratas and hope to win that game.
A very interesting game took place in . It ended with only three-point home defeat of higher ranked Fajardo (3-3) to tenth ranked Brujos (2-5) 71-68 on Tuesday evening. The best player for the winners was Leon Williams who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Fajardo's coach Allans Colon rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Brujos moved-up to ninth place. Fajardo at the other side keeps the fifth position with three games lost. Brujos' next round opponent will be higher ranked Capitanes (#4) in Arecibo and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Fajardo will play at home against Leones and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 6 San German were beaten by Humacao on the road 112-107.
The most impressive performance of 6th round was 20 points and 11 assists by Carlos Arroyo of Fajardo.


Fajardo - Guayama 68-71

A very interesting game took place in Fajardo. It ended with only three-point home defeat of higher ranked Fajardo (3-3) to tenth ranked Brujos (2-5) 71-68 on Tuesday evening. Fajardo cut a 20-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Leon Williams (203-86, college: Ohio) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. The other American import guard Damien Wilkins (198-80, college: Georgia) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. Four Brujos players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was international point guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, college: FIU, agency: Interperformances) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 assists and American forward Damion James (201-87, college: Texas) added 16 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Fajardo's coach Allans Colon rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Brujos moved-up to ninth place. Fajardo at the other side keeps the fifth position with three games lost. Brujos' next round opponent will be higher ranked Capitanes (#4) in Arecibo and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Fajardo will play at home against Leones and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guayama: E.Ayuso 14+4reb+3ast, L.Williams 13+12reb+1ast, E.Ramos 12+3reb, D.Wilkins 11+9reb+3ast, D.Hinson 8+2reb+4ast, K.Penn 7+3reb
Fajardo: C.Arroyo 20+4reb+11ast, D.James 16+13reb+3ast, S.James 9+11reb+1ast, C.Ortiz 7+5reb, F.Rivera 6+3reb+3ast, R.Melendez 5
gschID: 540089


Bayamon - Aguada 76-93

BSN top team - Santeros (6-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat seventh ranked Vaqueros (2-4) in Bayamon 93-76. The game without a history. Santeros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Egyptian-American center Omar Samhan (211-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored 18 points to lead the charge for the winners and international point guard Alex Abreu (180-91, college: W.Georgia) chipped in 11 points and 7 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., agency: BeoBasket) with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and international swingman Alex Franklin (198-88, college: Siena) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four Vaqueros players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Santeros have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-1 record. Vaqueros at the other side keep the seventh place with four games lost. They share the position with San German. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Aguada: O.Samhan 18+4reb, G.Clavell 14+3reb, A.Abreu 11+1reb+7ast, M.Lopez 10+4reb, R.Mendoza 9+4reb+2ast, C.Gaston 9+5reb+2ast
Bayamon: J.Pellot-Rosa 15+3reb+3ast, A.Franklin 14+8reb, J.Akindele 13+8reb+5ast, J.Gonzalez 10+3ast, J.Soto 7+1reb, J.Sanabria 4
gschID: 540088


Humacao - San German 112-107

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Caciques (4-2) beat 6th ranked Atleticos (2-4) in Humacao 112-107. Caciques made 27-of-33 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Strangely Atleticos outrebounded Caciques 44-29 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Atleticos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Brandon Costner (206-87, college: N.Carolina St.) who scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. International Alexander Galindo (200-85, college: FIU) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Cuban guard Yudniel Perez (189-84, agency: Paris Global Sports) who recorded 16 points and 8 rebounds and Cuban center Ismael Romero (203-91, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Atleticos' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Caciques have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Atleticos at the other side dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. Caciques' next round opponent will be again Atleticos (#7) in San German.
Top scorers:
Humacao: A.Galindo 22+7reb+1ast, B.Costner 18+7reb+6ast, A.Guzman 17+3reb+9ast, W.Martinez 17+1ast, R.Cintron Cortes 15+2reb+2ast, J.Famous 9+8reb
San German: I.Romero 16+7reb+1ast, Y.Perez 16+8reb+2ast, C.Lopez-Sosa 16+7reb+1ast, B.Santiago 15+4reb+4ast, G.Browne 14+5ast, C.Fells 12+8reb+1ast
gschID: 540085


Mayaguez - Arecibo 88-90

A very close game took place in Mayaguez between Capitanes and Indios. Fifth ranked Capitanes (3-2) got a very close victory on the road over 9th ranked Indios (1-5). Capitanes managed to escape with a 2-point win 90-88 on Monday evening. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 25-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Capitanes made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international swingman David Huertas (195-87, college: Mississippi) notched 31 points and 5 assists to lead the effort and American forward Chane Behanan (198-92, college: Louisville) supported him with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Capitanes' coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Even a double-double of 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists by American forward David Laury (206-90, college: Iona) did not help to save the game for Indios. American-Dominican forward Jose Rodriguez (201-92, college: Texas Southern) added 19 points and 6 rebounds. Four Capitanes and five Indios players scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place. Indios lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with five games lost. Capitanes will meet Brujos (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. Indios will play against the league's second-placed Piratas and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Arecibo: D.Huertas 31+3reb+5ast, C.Behanan 18+12reb+5ast, C.Lalanne 14+8reb, D.Clemente 11+3reb+5ast, D.Cortez 8+3reb+1ast, A.Alamo 5+1reb+2ast
Mayaguez: J.Rodriguez 19+6reb+2ast, D.Laury 15+10reb+4ast, J.De Jesus 13+4reb+1ast, N.Butler Lind 12+1reb, B.West 12+6reb+1ast, D.Collier 11+6reb+2ast
gschID: 540086


Quebradillas - Ponce 87-92

The most surprising game was the first loss of Piratas (4-1) in Quebradillas on Monday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked Leones (3-3) 92-87. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Piratas. Leones made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game, while Piratas only scored five points from the stripe. They outrebounded Piratas 45-31 including 32 on the defensive glass. Leones looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Piratas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Dominican Victor Liz (188-86, agency: Basket Management Solutions) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. American power forward Hakim Warrick (206-82, college: Syracuse) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners. American-Venezuelan Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) replied with 14 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocks and the former international Michael Rosario (190-90, college: Florida) added 23 points in the effort for Piratas. Four Piratas players scored in double figures. Leones moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Fajardo. Piratas at the other side keep the second position with one game lost. Leones is looking forward to face Fajardo (#5) in the next round. Piratas will play against Indios in Mayaguez and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Ponce: V.Liz 30+10reb+5ast, H.Warrick 23+11reb+5ast, C.Emory 13+8reb+4ast, G.Belardo 8+4reb+3ast, E.Dawson 7+6reb+3ast, A.Torres 5+2reb+3ast
Quebradillas: M.Rosario 23+3reb+1ast, A.Carmona 17+4reb, D.Smith 14+9reb+7ast, J.Garcia 10+2reb+7ast, L.Hernandez 7+4reb+1ast, R.Chaney 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 540087



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  ROMANIA  

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Mladen JEREMIC
  BC Timis.
  (198-G-88)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Jeremic, BC Timis.19.6 
 2. Bojovic, Phoenix .19.1 
 3. Hargrove, Craiova18.6 
 4. Martinic, Targu M.18.1 
 5. Dykes, UBT C.17.0 
 6. Runkauskas, Steaua C.16.9 
 7. Abrams, Craiova16.7 
 8. Moldoveanu, UBT C.16.4 
 9. Sutalo, Dinamo B.15.6 
 10. Taylor, Craiova15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Randal FALKER
  Steaua CSM
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Falker, Steaua CSM8.4 
 2. Cooper, CSU Sibiu7.7 
 3. Barro, UBT C.7.5 
 4. Tasic, Dinamo B.7.4 
 5. Lee, Craiova6.8 
 6. Hardy, CSU Sibiu6.8 
 7. Dudzinski, Steaua C.6.5 
 8. Macura, Olimpic6.1 
 9. Barnette, Oradea6.0 
 10. Bureau, Craiova6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Goran MARTINIC
  Targu M.
  (187-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Martinic, Targu M.7.3 
 2. Dundjerski, Dinamo B.7.3 
 3. Adamovic, UBT C.6.1 
 4. Kostoski, Pitesti5.6 
 5. Franklin, Oradea5.4 
 6. Long, Steaua CSM5.4 
 7. Taylor, Craiova5.0 
 8. Marinovic, Craiova4.8 
 9. Mirkovic, Oradea4.7 
 10. Mijajlovic, CSU S.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HARDY
  CSU Sibiu
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 3
 1. Hardy, CSU Sibiu3.0 
 2. Bojovic, Phoenix .2.3 
 3. Dundjerski, Dinamo B.2.1 
 4. Martinic, Targu M.2.1 
 5. Gugino, Phoenix .2.0 
 6. Otasevic, BC Timis.2.0 
 7. Adamovic, UBT C.2.0 
 8. Waters, Phoenix .1.9 
 9. Long, Steaua CSM1.9 
 10. Taylor, Craiova1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Laszlo LAZAR
  Targu Mures
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lazar, Targu Mures1.8 
 2. Falker, Steaua CSM1.3 
 3. Hunter, Pitesti1.0 
 4. Tasic, Dinamo B.0.9 
 5. Denison, Oradea0.9 
 6. Dragusin, BC Timis.0.9 
 7. Cooper, CSU Sibiu0.9 
 8. Pavlovic, Olimpic0.9 
 9. Gugino, Phoenix .0.8 
 10. Barro, UBT C.0.8 



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  RUSSIA  

Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Points Per Game
 Nikola LEPOJEVIC
  Univ.Sur.
  (195-S/F-82)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Lepojevic, Univ.Sur.22.5 
 2. Klyuchnikov, Spartak-.20.6 
 3. Krivosheev, Spartak-.15.6 
 4. Sheleketo, Sakhalin15.0 
 5. Zakharov, Irkut14.6 
 6. Kuznetsov, MBA M.14.2 
 7. Mateyunas, Spartak-.13.8 
 8. Tokarev, Novosybi.13.4 
 9. Varnakov, Irkut13.3 
 10. Lavnikov, Novosybi.12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maxim KRIVOSHEEV
  Spartak-.
  (207-F/C-88)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Krivosheev, Spartak-.9.3 
 2. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.8.6 
 3. Karaulov, TE.7.8 
 4. Kurtsevich, Novosybi.7.6 
 5. Karpeko, Kupol-Ro.7.1 
 6. Pateev, Khimky-P.7.0 
 7. Sheleketo, Sakhalin6.9 
 8. Gankevich, Spartak-.6.7 
 9. Martin, Spartak-.6.7 
 10. Lekavicius, Univ.Sur.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Andrey MATEYUNAS
  Spartak-.
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Mateyunas, Spartak-.7.3 
 2. Glazunov, TE.6.9 
 3. Tokarev, Novosybi.5.6 
 4. Tkachenko, Ural E.4.0 
 5. Lekavicius, Univ.Sur.3.9 
 6. Klyuchnikov, Spartak-.3.8 
 7. Golyahov, Sakhalin3.7 
 8. Varnakov, Irkut3.7 
 9. Sopin, MBA Moscow3.5 
 10. Zibirov, Sakhalin3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Anton GLAZUNOV
  TE.
  (182-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Glazunov, TE.2.6 
 2. Sopin, MBA Moscow2.1 
 3. Zibirov, Sakhalin2.1 
 4. Zlobin, Irkut1.9 
 5. Mateyunas, Spartak-.1.8 
 6. Kiryanov, Kupol-Ro.1.7 
 7. Lekavicius, Univ.Sur.1.6 
 8. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.1.6 
 9. Tkachenko, Ural E.1.5 
 10. Toporov, MBA M.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Alexey KURTSEVICH
  Novosybi.
  (210-C-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Kurtsevich, Novosybi.1.6 
 2. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.1.1 
 3. Pateev, Khimky-P.0.9 
 4. Yakovenko, Sakhalin0.9 
 5. Fomin, Ryazan0.9 
 6. Karaulov, TE.0.8 
 7. Polyakov, TE.0.8 
 8. Zozulin, Sa.0.7 
 9. Toporov, MBA M.0.7 
 10. Gornaev, Ural E.0.6 


Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 2 Awards 2017 - by Greg

Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 2 1st Team 2017
Aleksey Osokin
Osokin
Pavel Koltsov
Koltsov
Ruslan Tumanov
Tumanov
Nikita Gresev
Gresev
Andrey Voron
Voron

Finals MVP: Andrey Voron (208-C-87) of Tambov
Player of the Year: Nikita Gresev (204-F-88) of Tambov
Guard of the Year: Aleksey Osokin (178-PG-89) of Dyn-Magn.ChL
Forward of the Year: Nikita Gresev (204-F-88) of Tambov
Center of the Year: Andrey Voron (208-C-87) of Tambov
Defensive Player of the Year: Vasiliy Gladyshev (189-PG-83) of Dyn-Magn.ChL
Coach of the Year: Viktor Kolodin of Tambov

1st Team
PG: Aleksey Osokin (178-PG-89) of Dyn-Magn.ChL
: Pavel Koltsov of Cheb.Yastreby
F/G: Ruslan Tumanov (195-F/G-91) of Tambov
F: Nikita Gresev (204-F-88) of Tambov
C: Andrey Voron (208-C-87) of Tambov

2nd Team
PG: Vasiliy Gladyshev (189-PG-83) of Dyn-Magn.ChL
G: Anton Ageev (191-G-84) of Stroitiel Engels
G/F: Pavel Zhukanenko (194-G/F-86) of Cheb.Yastreby
F: Alexey Babushkin (196-F-94) of Spartak SP
C: Aleksandr Vertelov (205-C-91) of Dyn-Magn.ChL

Honorable Mention
Ivan Gavrilov (199-G/F-85) of Tambov
Sergey Zhulkov (203-F/C-95) of Cheb.Yastreby