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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. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 6. Sims, Regatas C.17.7 
 7. Mickeal, Atenas17.1 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.16.8 
 9. Horner, Obras B.16.4 
 10. Lampropoulos, Boca J.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.0 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.2 
 3. Clancy, Instituto9.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.6 
 5. Johnson, Atenas8.9 
 6. Justiz, Estudian.8.9 
 7. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.7 
 8. Francis, La Union8.7 
 9. Wood, San M.8.6 
 10. Caracter, Echague8.2 
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. Aguirre, San L.5.6 
 5. Konsztadt, La Union5.4 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.0 
 7. De-l., GECR I.4.5 
 8. Figueroa, Penarol4.5 
 9. Hopson, Quimsa4.4 
 10. Ciorciari, Instituto4.4 
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. Meyinsse, San L.1.3 
 8. Clancy, Instituto1.2 
 9. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 
 10. Acuna, Penarol1.0 


LigaA Round 45: San Lorenzo keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked San Lorenzo as it allowed them to take a leadership position. San Lorenzo smashed 10th ranked Echague in Almagra 96-67. The game was mostly controlled by San Lorenzo. Echague managed to win third quarter 28-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. San Lorenzo looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Echague's players. The former international Marcos Mata (201-86) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and the former international point guard Nicolas Aguirre (188-88) chipped in 15 points and 14 assists. The best for the losing side was American center Derrick Caracter (206-88, college: UTEP) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Echague lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth place with 40 games lost. Echague will play next round against strong Ferrocarril trying to get back on the winning streak. San Lorenzo will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Quilmes MP in Mar del Plata.
Leading Ferrocarril (32-17) recorded its seventeenth loss in Buenos Aires. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked Penarol (20-31) 80-63. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Ferrocarril. American forward Steffphon Pettigrew (196-89, college: W.Kentucky, agency: HMS) nailed 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and Alejandro Diez accounted for 6 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. International point guard Franco Balbi (185-89) came up with 10 points and 8 assists for Ferrocarril in the defeat. Ferrocarril's coach Alvaro Castineira rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Penarol maintains eighth place with 20-31 record. Ferrocarril at the other side dropped to the second position with 17 games lost. Penarol will play against higher ranked GECR Indalo (#4) in Comodoro R. in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ferrocarril will play on the road against Echague in Parana and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Sixth-ranked Quimsa (24-27) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (28-22) on Saturday. Olimpico de La Banda managed to secure only one-point victory 89-88. However their fans expected easier game. The best player for the winners was Justin Williams who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Reggie Hamilton who recorded 27 points. Olimpico de La Banda moved-up to fourth place. Loser Quimsa keeps the sixth position with 27 games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will meet at home GECR Indalo (#4) in the next round. Quimsa will play against Regatas Corrientes and hope to secure a win.
LigaA top team - San Martin Corrientes (35-13) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Argentino (24-24) in Junin 78-65. It was a good game for Leonardo Mainoldi who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 8 rebounds. San Martin Corrientes maintains first place with 35-13 record. Argentino at the other side keeps the fifth position with 24 games lost. San Martin Corrientes' next round opponent will be Instituto (#5) in Cordoba. Argentino will play at home against Libertad Sunchales and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
LigaA top team - San Martin Corrientes (35-13) added another victory to their record on Monday. This time they beat sixth ranked Obras Basket (24-24) in Buenos Aires 84-77. Federico Aguerre stepped up and scored 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. San Martin Corrientes maintains first place with 35-13 record. Loser Obras Basket dropped to the fifth position with 24 games lost. San Martin Corrientes will face Instituto (#5) in Cordoba in the next round. Obras Basket will play on the road against Weber Bahia in Bahia Blanca and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 45: Weber Bahia won against Echague on the opponent's court 91-75. Atenas unfortunately lost to Quilmes MP in a home game 97-102. La Union was rolled over Obras Basket on the road 77-102. Quimsa was defeated by Regatas C. on its own court 73-81. Penarol was beaten by Boca Jrs in Buenos Aires 82-77. Instituto lost to Quilmes MP at home 68-84. La Union unfortunately lost to Ferrocarril on the opponent's court 69-73.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists by Paolo Quinteros of Regatas C..

San Lorenzo - Echague 96-67

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked San Lorenzo as it allowed them to take a leadership position. San Lorenzo smashed 10th ranked Echague in Almagra 96-67. The game was mostly controlled by San Lorenzo. Echague managed to win third quarter 28-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. San Lorenzo looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Echague's players. The former international Marcos Mata (201-86) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and the former international point guard Nicolas Aguirre (188-88) chipped in 15 points and 14 assists. Five San Lorenzo players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American center Derrick Caracter (206-88, college: UTEP) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Joaquin Baeza (182-86) scored 14 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Echague lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth place with 40 games lost. Echague will play next round against strong Ferrocarril trying to get back on the winning streak. San Lorenzo will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Quilmes MP in Mar del Plata.
Top scorers:
San Lorenzo: G.Deck 25+4reb, M.Mata 18+10reb+4ast, N.Aguirre 15+1reb+14ast, J.Meyinsse 12+11reb, C.Matias Sandes 11+3reb+2ast, A.Perez Kaufmann 9+1reb+2ast
Echague: D.Caracter 21+10reb+1ast, J.Baeza 14+3reb+4ast, J.Ayarza 9+3reb+1ast, M.Nocedal 7+2reb, E.Stucky 6+2reb, F.Barroso 5+6reb
gschID: 523699


Echague - Weber Bahia 75-91

Very expected game in Parana where 10th ranked Echague (8-40) was defeated by third ranked Weber Bahia (26-18) 91-75 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Weber Bahia. Echague was better in second period 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Weber Bahia forced 20 Echague turnovers. International guard Lucio Redivo (183-94) stepped up and scored 28 points and 4 steals for the winners and American center Anthony-Laveal Johnson (203-88, college: Fairfield) chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds. Weber Bahia's coach Sebastian Ginobili used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American center Derrick Caracter (206-88, college: UTEP) with 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Panamanian forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Five Echague players scored in double figures. Weber Bahia have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 26-18 record having thirteen points less than leader San Lorenzo. Echague lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 40 games lost. Weber Bahia will face Obras Basket (#5) in Buenos Aires in the next round. Echague will play at home against the league's second-placed Ferrocarril (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Weber Bahia: L.Redivo 28+3reb+3ast, A.Laveal Johnson 16+12reb, F.Corvalan 10+2reb+1ast, M.Fernandez 9+1reb+4ast, M.Fjellerup 7+5reb+2ast, J.Blocker 6+2reb+2ast
Echague: J.Baeza 16+2reb+1ast, D.Caracter 15+9reb+2ast, J.Ayarza 13+6reb+1ast, S.Uranga 11+5reb+3ast, C.Buemo 11, E.Zustovich 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 523692


Atenas - Quilmes MP 97-102

Rather predictable result in Cordoba where seventh ranked Quilmes MP (21-26) defeated 9th ranked Atenas (18-28) 102-97 on Wednesday. Atenas trailed by 13 points at halftime and as many as 14 after three quarters before a 38-29 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 97-102 at the end of the game. Quilmes MP looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola, IL) stepped up and scored 23 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and guard Eric Flor (186-93) chipped in 27 points and 8 assists. The best for the losing side was American power forward Roquez Johnson (201-92, college: Mississippi St.) with 27 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Mateo Chiarini (186-98) scored 26 points and 5 assists. Four Quilmes MP and five Atenas players scored in double figures. Quilmes MP maintains seventh place with 21-26 record. Loser Atenas keeps the ninth position with 28 games lost. Quilmes MP will face league's leader San Lorenzo in Almagra in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Atenas will play on the road against Boca Juniors (#10) in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Quilmes MP: E.Flor 27+1reb+8ast, T.Robinson 23+8reb+7ast, E.Ruiz 21+4reb+3ast, I.Basualdo 10+4reb+1ast, B.Sansimoni 7+3reb+5ast, A.Eslava 6+3reb
Atenas: R.Johnson 27+8reb, M.Chiarini 26+5ast, L.Lema 13+3reb+3ast, P.Mickeal 12+10reb+2ast, B.Labaque 11+3reb+8ast, G.Mikulas 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 544704


Ferrocarril - Penarol 63-80

Leading Ferrocarril (32-17) recorded its seventeenth loss in Buenos Aires. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked Penarol (20-31) 80-63. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Ferrocarril. The game was mostly controlled by Penarol. Ferrocarril was better in third quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Ferrocarril 39-27 including 30 on the defensive glass. American forward Steffphon Pettigrew (196-89, college: W.Kentucky, agency: HMS) nailed 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and Alejandro Diez (201-87) accounted for 6 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. International point guard Franco Balbi (185-89) came up with 10 points and 8 assists and center Jose-Ignacio Alessio (203-87) added 8 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Ferrocarril in the defeat. Ferrocarril's coach Alvaro Castineira rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Penarol maintains eighth place with 20-31 record. Ferrocarril at the other side dropped to the second position with 17 games lost. Penarol will play against higher ranked GECR Indalo (#4) in Comodoro R. in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ferrocarril will play on the road against Echague in Parana and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Penarol: S.Pettigrew 25+5reb+4ast, L.Dabney 13+1reb+1ast, F.Giorgetti 9+5reb+1ast, R.Acuna 8+5reb, J.Manuel Torres 6+4reb+1ast, A.Diez 6+11reb+4ast
Ferrocarril: M.Cuello 11+1ast, J.Maldonado 10+2reb+2ast, F.Balbi 10+3reb+8ast, A.Lucas 9+2reb+1ast, J.Ignacio Alessio 8+7reb+1ast, R.Clemente 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 523698


Obras Basket - La Union 102-77

Not a big story in a game in Buenos Aires where 8th ranked La Union (21-30) was rolled over by sixth ranked Obras Basket (24-24) 102-77 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Obras Basket. La Union was better in fourth quarter 27-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Obras Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to La Union's 26. They outrebounded La Union 34-23 including 29 on the defensive glass. Obras Basket shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 51.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. The former international forward Walter Herrmann (206-79) stepped up and scored 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and American forward Dennis Horner (205-88, college: N.Carolina St.) chipped in 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was forward Facundo Pinero (200-88) with 14 points and 4 assists and the former international swingman Alexis Elsener (196-88) scored 12 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Obras Basket moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Argentino. La Union lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 30 games lost. Obras Basket will face higher ranked Weber Bahia (#3) in Bahia Blanca in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. La Union will play on the road against Hispano Am. (#9) in Rio Gallegos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Obras Basket: W.Herrmann 21+3reb+1ast, D.Horner 15+4reb+3ast, F.Zurbriggen 13+3reb+3ast, T.Zanzottera 12+1reb+2ast, M.Leiva 11+6reb+1ast, F.Mariani 9+2reb+4ast
La Union: F.Pinero 14+1reb+4ast, A.Elsener 12+2reb+3ast, E.Gamboa 11+3reb+3ast, P.Orlietti 10+7reb, A.Konsztadt 9+3reb+5ast, T.Francis 8+5reb
gschID: 523696


Quimsa - Regatas C. 73-81

Everything went according to plan in Santiado Estero where third ranked Regatas Corrientes (30-18) beat 6th ranked Quimsa (24-27) 81-73 on Wednesday. Regatas Corrientes looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international Paolo Quinteros (188-79) stepped up and scored 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winners and American Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington) with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the other American import center Chris Daniels (205-84, college: Texas A&M-CC) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Regatas Corrientes maintains third place with 30-18 record having five points less than leader San Lorenzo. Loser Quimsa keeps the sixth position with 27 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will face Olimpico de La Banda (#4) on the road in the next round. Quimsa will play again against Regatas Corrientes and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 26+6reb+4ast, F.Martina 10+4reb+2ast, C.Troutman 10+10reb+1ast, P.Espinoza 8+5reb+5ast, F.Ramirez 7+3reb+2ast, K.Johnson 7+2reb
Quimsa: C.Elliott 22+5reb+5ast, C.Daniels 15+6reb+1ast, N.Romano 14+4reb+1ast, A.Harper 6+4reb+2ast, P.Hopson 6+7reb+4ast, T.Gallizzi 5+1reb
gschID: 544705


Argentino - San Martin C. 65-78

LigaA top team - San Martin Corrientes (35-13) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Argentino (24-24) in Junin 78-65. San Martin Corrientes made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. It was a good game for international Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Cuban guard Reynaldo Garcia (187-90, agency: DTMones) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Luis Cequeira (180-85) answered with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and American guard Novar Gadson (201-89, college: Rider, agency: DTMones) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Argentino. San Martin Corrientes maintains first place with 35-13 record. Argentino at the other side keeps the fifth position with 24 games lost. San Martin Corrientes' next round opponent will be Instituto (#5) in Cordoba. Argentino will play at home against Libertad Sunchales and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San Martin C.: L.Mainoldi 26+8reb, R.Garcia 21+5reb+1ast, J.Pablo Cantero 9+1reb+5ast, F.Aguerre 7+6reb, L.Faggiano 7+4reb+2ast, D.Tintorelli 6+4reb+1ast
Argentino: L.Cequeira 19+8reb+5ast, N.Gadson 17+5reb, I.Gutierrez 7+4reb+1ast, E.Basabe 7+6reb+3ast, M.Bolivar 6+2reb, C.Crawford 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 523697


Boca Jrs - Penarol 82-77

There was a minor upset in Buenos Aires where 8th ranked Penarol (20-31) was defeated by tenth ranked Boca Juniors (15-33) 82-77 on Monday. Penarol trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 19 after three quarters before a 30-16 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 77-82 at the end of the game. Boca Juniors dominated on the defensive end, holding Penarol to just 7 points in first quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Penarol's 38. Greek Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83) stepped up and scored 27 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and the former international Carlos Delfino (198-82) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Steffphon Pettigrew (196-89, college: W.Kentucky, agency: HMS) with 16 points and the other American import guard Louis Dabney (190-93, college: Tulane) scored 14 points. Four Penarol players scored in double figures. Boca Juniors maintains tenth place with 15-33 record. Loser Penarol keeps the eighth position with 31 games lost. Boca Juniors will face higher ranked Atenas (#9) in Cordoba in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: F.Lampropoulos 27+8reb+1ast, C.Delfino 17+6reb, E.Vassirani 12+6reb, F.Funes 8+1reb, C.Amicucci 6+3reb+1ast, L.Gargallo 6+5reb+8ast
Penarol: S.Pettigrew 16+4reb+2ast, L.Gutierrez 15+1reb+2ast, L.Dabney 14+4reb+2ast, R.Acuna 12+5reb, A.Diez 8+9reb+2ast, J.Figueroa 7+2reb+6ast
gschID: 523689


Obras Basket - San Martin C. 77-84

LigaA top team - San Martin Corrientes (35-13) added another victory to their record on Monday. This time they beat sixth ranked Obras Basket (24-24) in Buenos Aires 84-77. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 27-22. But Obras Basket won second period 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international Federico Aguerre (203-88) stepped up and scored 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and international Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Dennis Horner (205-88, college: N.Carolina St.) with 8 points and 14 rebounds and the former international center Martin Leiva (211-80) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. San Martin Corrientes maintains first place with 35-13 record. Loser Obras Basket dropped to the fifth position with 24 games lost. San Martin Corrientes will face Instituto (#5) in Cordoba in the next round. Obras Basket will play on the road against Weber Bahia in Bahia Blanca and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San Martin C.: L.Mainoldi 20+8reb, F.Aguerre 20+8reb+1ast, D.Tintorelli 17+7reb+1ast, R.Garcia 15+3reb+6ast, L.Faggiano 7+1reb+5ast, M.Lescano 5+2reb+2ast
Obras Basket: F.Mariani 15+1reb+1ast, M.Leiva 12+8reb+1ast, P.Barral 11+4ast, W.Herrmann 11+3reb+1ast, T.Zanzottera 10+1reb+3ast, D.Horner 8+14reb+3ast
gschID: 523690


Instituto - Quilmes MP 68-84

There was a small surprise in Cordoba where seventh ranked Quilmes MP (21-26) won against 5th ranked Instituto (27-22) 84-68 on Monday. Quilmes MP made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Quilmes MP outrebounded Instituto 40-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. Instituto was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. International guard Luca Vildoza (190-95) stepped up and scored 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and international power forward Ivan Basualdo (202-90) chipped in 13 points and 15 rebounds. Four Quilmes MP players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and Italian Pablo Bertone (193-90, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) scored 15 points. Instituto's coach Ariel Rearte tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Quilmes MP maintains seventh place with 21-26 record. Loser Instituto keeps the fifth position with 22 games lost. Quilmes MP will face league's leader San Lorenzo in Almagra in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Instituto will play on the road against the league's leader San Martin Corrientes (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Quilmes MP: L.Vildoza 23+7reb+3ast, E.Flor 20+1ast, I.Basualdo 13+15reb, E.Ruiz 10+4reb+2ast, M.Maciel 9+1reb, T.Robinson 7+5reb
Instituto: P.Bertone 15+2reb+3ast, R.Green 13+5reb+6ast, J.DeGroat 11+3reb, M.Gerlero 9+1reb, G.Whelan 8+2reb+3ast, D.Phillip 7+6reb
gschID: 523694


Ferrocarril - La Union 73-69

Very expected game in Buenos Aires where 8th ranked La Union (21-30) was defeated by first ranked Ferrocarril (32-17) 73-69 on Monday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Ferrocarril forced 19 La Union turnovers. Center Jose-Ignacio Alessio (203-87) stepped up and scored 12 points for the winners and naturalized Spanish guard Jonathan Maldonado (188-90) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Ferrocarril's coach Alvaro Castineira used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American-Jamaican center Torin Francis (210-83, college: Notre Dame) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 17 rebounds and point guard Alejandro Konsztadt (191-89) scored 13 points and 8 assists. Four La Union players scored in double figures. Ferrocarril have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Despite that victory Ferrocarril went down to second position due to points difference. La Union lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 30 games lost. Ferrocarril will face Echague (#10) in Parana in the next round and are hoping to win another game. La Union will play on the road against Hispano Am. in Rio Gallegos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ferrocarril: J.Ignacio Alessio 12+4reb+3ast, R.Clemente 11+5reb+2ast, J.Maldonado 11+6reb+2ast, M.Cuello 9+2reb+5ast, L.Tantos 9+2reb, A.Feeley 7+4reb
La Union: A.Elsener 15+6reb+1ast, T.Francis 14+17reb+2ast, A.Konsztadt 13+3reb+8ast, E.Gamboa 10+2reb+2ast, P.Orlietti 8+1reb, F.Pinero 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 523691


Olimpico LB - Quimsa 89-88

Sixth-ranked Quimsa (24-27) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (28-22) on Saturday. Olimpico de La Banda managed to secure only one-point victory 89-88. However their fans expected easier game. Quimsa trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 29-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 88-89 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Quimsa 39-25 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Olimpico de La Banda looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Justin Williams (206-84, college: Wyoming, agency: DTMones) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) chipped in 19 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Reggie Hamilton (182-89, college: Oakland, agency: SDJ Sports) who recorded 27 points and the other American import Aaron Harper (203-81, college: Mississippi) added 20 points and 5 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Olimpico de La Banda moved-up to fourth place. Loser Quimsa keeps the sixth position with 27 games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will meet at home GECR Indalo (#4) in the next round. Quimsa will play against Regatas Corrientes and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: A.Boccia 19+3reb+3ast, J.Williams 16+16reb+2ast, F.Van Lacke 14+3reb+4ast, D.Nesbitt 11+7reb+1ast, M.Cosolito 11+1reb+1ast, D.Guaita 9+5reb
Quimsa: R.Hamilton 27+2reb+1ast, A.Harper 20+1reb+5ast, N.Romano 17+6reb+2ast, C.Daniels 11+10reb, P.Hopson 5+1reb+3ast, C.Elliott 4+3reb+4ast
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Devin Green (ex Barreteros) is a newcomer at Echague - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Atletico Echague Parana (LigaA) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 35-year old American swingman Devin Green (201-98kg-82, college: Hampton). HeBarreteros in Mexican LNBP, but left the team in Dec.'16. In 8 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg and 1.0bpg this season. Green ended the last season at Reales in Dominican Rep. LNB where in 14 games he averaged remarkable 15.9ppg, 6.6rpg, 3.8apg, 1.4spg and 1.1bpg. But the most of that year he spent at Ostioneros de Guaymas (CIBACOPA) in Mexican league. In 29 games he had high stats: 16.7ppg, 5.9rpg, 3.7apg and 1.9spg (in top 3).
In 2006 (a year after he left the college) Green was drafted by Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League) in first round (7th overall).
He attended Hampton University until 2005 and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Green won Venezuelan LNB championship title in 2014. He received also Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LNB 2014 Import Player of the Year award back in 2014.
Green is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in nine different countries. Green has played previously professionally in Belgium (Spirou Charleroi), Bulgaria (Lukoil Academic Sofia), China, Germany, Greece, Italy, Puerto Rico (Brujos), Ukraine and Venezuela (Guaros de Lara 2 and Guaros).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Echague.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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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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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 


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
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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
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Abel Baptista and Yoann Hertay at Limburg United next season - by Bert Larsimont

The staff of Hubo Limburg United has announced recent hiring of two young talents for the 2017-18 season: Abel Baptista (190-F-96) who will be arriving from Top Division 1 Men's team Kon BC Gistel Oostende Duva Fruit and Yoann Hertay (186-PG-90) who will be transferred from betFIRST Liege Basket next summer. Abel Baptista, age 20, is a very physical and athletic forward who averaged 16.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.5 apg and 1.1 spg with Kon BC Gistel Oostende Duva Fruit last season. Yoann Hertay is a well-known Belgian talented point guard who already played for betFIRST Liege Basket in Belgium's pro league from 2010 to 2017. Yoann Hertay is currently averaging 6.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.7 apg and 1.5 spg for betFIRST Liege Basket in the Euromillions League.

Source: www.limburgunited.be/nl/nieuws



Season 2017-18: Bryan Lynch will coach Spirou Charleroi; Ronnie McCollum will replace Lynch at Limburg United - by Bert Larsimont

On April 7th, 2017, a news release on the Hubo Limburg United official website mentioned that Coach Brian Lynch and his Assistant Coach Kristof Michiels are going to leave the club at the end of the current season. Both of them have signed a one-year contract with Proximus Spirou Charleroi for the 2017-18 season. Lynch's knowledge about Belgian basketball and the international basketball market will also be crucial for next season's recruiting at Proximus Spirou Charleroi. Lynch has coached Limburg United since 2014 and was elected Coach of the Year 2015 in Belgium.

Two days later, the Belgian press and media also confirmed that Hubo Limburg United reached an agreement with Ronnie McCollum who will replace Brian Lynch as Head Coach of Hubo Limburg United next season. McCollum already coached Cuva Houthalen-Helchteren Houthalen in Top Division 1 Men this season. For his first coaching experience in Belgium, Ronnie McCollum 's team reached the Quarter-Finals of the Top Division 1 Men Play-Offs this season.



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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
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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





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

23-year old center Obrad Tomic (206-C-93) had a very impressive game in the last round for Kakanj and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Spars Sarajevo (#5, 3-7) 69-60. Kakanj maintains the 6th position in Bosnia and Herzegovina league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 9 games and recorded just one victory. In the team's last game Tomic had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Kakanj, through which he has constantly improved. Tomic has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 9.8rpg. Tomic is in league's top in and averages solid 50.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Bojan Pelkic (204-F-83) of Leotar. He is Montenegrin forward in his 3rd season at Leotar. In the last game Pelkic recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds. It was enough for Leotar to edge slightly higher-ranked Siroki Primorka (#7, 6-2) by 1 point 78-77. This victory allowed Leotar to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Pelkic is one of the most experienced players at Leotar and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.4ppg (#7). He also registered 7.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Milijan Bocka (185-PG-82) of Mladost (#10). Bocka scored 22 points and passed six assists. Despite Bocka's great performance Mladost lost 77-85 to Bosnjak (3-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Mladost not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 5 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bocka could try to bring Mladost's a little bit higher in the standings. Bocka has a very solid season. In 8 games in Bosnia he scored 14.9ppg. He also has 4.4rpg, 5.4apg, 2.6spg and FGP: 68.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sasa Vasiljevic (183-PG-79) of Bosna-Royal - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Stefan Mijovic (196-G-95) of Leotar - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Bojan Stanojevic (203-C-88) of Mladost - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ivan Karacic (202-C-96) of Siroki Primorka - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Ernad Mujic (207-F/C-92) of Bosnjak - 16 points and 5 rebounds
9. Drasko Knezevic (186-PG-93) of Zrinjski HT - 23 points and 4 assists
10. Vedran Princ (191-PG-82) of Zrinjski HT - 17 points, 5 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)



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  BRAZIL  

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Kendall ANTHONY
  Macae
  (173-PG-93)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Anthony, Macae20.7 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 3. Stallworth, Mogi19.8 
 4. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.19.3 
 5. Andrade, Bauru18.5 
 6. Vieira, Flamengo18.3 
 7. Garcia, Bauru18.3 
 8. Holloway, Pinheiros18.2 
 9. Mariano, Brasilia18.0 
 10. Dawkins, Vitoria17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.10.1 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 3. Maynard, Minas7.7 
 4. de-Souza, L.Sor.7.7 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.5 
 6. Ansaloni, Pinheiros6.8 
 7. Lopez, Flamengo6.6 
 8. Andrade, Bauru6.6 
 9. Mariano, Brasilia6.6 
 10. Silveira, Mogi6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.7 
 2. Anthony, Macae5.7 
 3. Borges, Franca5.5 
 4. Garcia, Bauru5.4 
 5. Pecos, Paulistano5.4 
 6. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.1 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.4.8 
 8. Dawkins, Vitoria4.7 
 9. Rodgers, Minas4.7 
 10. Fischer, Flamengo4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Larry TAYLOR
  Mogi
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Taylor, Mogi1.9 
 2. Garcia, Bauru1.9 
 3. Dawkins, Vitoria1.9 
 4. Jackson, Vasco D.1.8 
 5. Curnell, Mogi1.6 
 6. Bennett, Pinheiros1.6 
 7. Bresolin, Vitoria1.6 
 8. Schneider, Macae1.6 
 9. Stallworth, Mogi1.6 
 10. Machado, B.Cea.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Leonardo KLASSMANN
  B.Cea.
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Klassmann, B.Cea.1.1 
 2. Nunes, Campo M.1.0 
 3. Lenz, Pinheiros0.8 
 4. Mariano, Brasilia0.7 
 5. Dias-Silva, Pauli.0.7 
 6. Castellar, Brasilia0.7 
 7. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 
 8. Camilo, Macae0.6 
 9. Teichmann, Pinheiros0.6 
 10. Tavares, L.Sorocaba0.6 


Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Lucas VEZARO
  Joinville
  (188-G-96)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Vezaro, Joinville17.5 
 2. Smith, Botafogo.16.2 
 3. Gaines, Blumenau15.9 
 4. Maistro, Contagem13.4 
 5. Stocks, Blumenau13.3 
 6. Lima, Santos/M.12.9 
 7. Filho, Botafogo.12.6 
 8. Dias, Joinville12.1 
 9. Alvim, Contagem12.0 
 10. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.11.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Prado, Brusque9.9 
 2. Moreira, Botafogo.8.9 
 3. Silva, Blumenau8.5 
 4. Russell, Botafogo.7.0 
 5. Lazzaris, Blumenau7.0 
 6. Alvim, Contagem6.8 
 7. Silva, Brusque6.4 
 8. Jeronimo, Joinville6.2 
 9. Gaines, Blumenau6.1 
 10. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Smith, Botafogo.4.6 
 2. Perez, Contagem3.8 
 3. Froehlich, Joinville3.8 
 4. Semmke, Blumenau3.5 
 5. Stocks, Blumenau3.0 
 6. Romualdo, Contagem3.0 
 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: 3.6
 1. Stocks, Blumenau3.6 
 2. Maistro, Contagem2.1 
 3. Lazzaris, Blumenau2.1 
 4. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.8 
 5. Romualdo, Contagem1.6 
 6. Vezaro, Joinville1.6 
 7. Perez, Contagem1.5 
 8. Lima, Santos/M.1.4 
 9. Moreira, Blumenau1.3 
 10. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.1.2 
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, Blumenau0.6 
 7. Jeronimo, Joinville0.6 
 8. Ferreira, Botafogo.0.5 
 9. Oliveira, Contagem0.5 
 10. Henrique, Brusque0.4 


Vezaro's 34-point game gives him Liga Ouro Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

20-year old guard Lucas Vezaro (188-G-96) had an amazing evening in the last round for Joinville and receives a Latinbasket.com Liga Ouro Player of the Week award for round 6.
He had the game-high 34 points adding six rebounds and four assists for Joinville as his team lost the game against Botafogo F.R. (#1, 8-2) 68-81. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Joinville maintains the 3rd position in Brazilian Liga Ouro. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Joinville will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 7-4 record. In the team's last game Vezaro had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Joinville's top player in his first season with the team. Vezaro has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 17.5ppg. Vezaro is in league's top in and averages solid 50.8% FGP and 41.9% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Tarvin Gaines (198-SF-91) of Blumenau. He is American in his first season at Blumenau. In the last game Gaines recorded impressive 25 points and 7 rebounds. Of course he led Blumenau to another comfortable win outscoring Brusque (#6, 0-10) 102-73. Despite this victory Blumenau slide down in the standings to 5th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-7 record. Gaines is one of the most experienced players at Blumenau and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.9ppg (#3). He also registered 6.1 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Abner Moreira (206-F/C-89) of league's leader Botafogo F.R.. Moreira scored 11 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Moreira's great performance Botafogo F.R. lost 62-66 to #3 ranked Joinville. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Botafogo F.R. had another "accident". It may be a crucial game and cause dropping from the group of top ranked teams. The record is still good, but 2nd lost game is hopefully really an accident. Moreira's teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Moreira has a great season in Brazil. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.9rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rafa Oliveira (200-SF-93) of Contagem - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Willian da Silva (200-SF-81) of Brusque - 16 points and 4 rebounds
6. Maxwell Dias (198-SF-91) of Joinville - 16 points and 10 rebounds
7. Jamaal Smith (175-PG-85) of Botafogo F.R. - 20 points and 3 rebounds
8. Diego Silva (206-C/F-90) of Blumenau - 12 points and 10 rebounds
9. Bruno Lazzaris (202-F-90) of Blumenau - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Wesley Russell (193-G-93) of Botafogo F.R. - 17 points, 4 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)



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





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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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  CHILE  


Nift Al-Janoub tabs Louis Munks, ex Puerto Montt !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Newly promoted Nift Al-Janoub (Superleague) inked 27-year old American guard Louis Munks (190-91kg-90, college: Prairie View A&M). He started the season at CEB Puerto Montt in Chilean Liga Nacional. In 37 games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.3ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.8apg and 1.7spg this season. The last summer Munks played at Vikingos (Libobasquet) in Bolivian league.
He played in the final of SWAC Tournament in 2014.
Munks has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Munks has played previously professionally also in Canada (Orangeville A's) and Slovakia (SKP Banska Bystrica).
He attended Prairie View A&M University until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.



Mustapic's 30-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

22-year old guard Jakov Mustapic (193-G-94) had a very impressive game in the last round for Vrij.Osijek and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had the game-high 30 points adding nine rebounds and four assists for Vrij.Osijek in his team's victory, helping them to beat KK Zagreb (#8, 11-14) 75-63. Vrij.Osijek maintains the 7th position in Croatian league. Vrij.Osijek is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-13 record. In the team's last game Mustapic had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Vrij.Osijek's top player in his first season with the team. Mustapic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 17.4ppg) and averages solid 53.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Goran Filipovic (180-PG-96) of top-ranked KK Split. He is a guard in his 5th season at KK Split. In the last game Filipovic recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 12 assists. Of course he led KK Split to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Zabok (#10, 8-16) 105-68. This victory allowed KK Split to move up to 1st position in the standings. His team lost just four games this season, while they won 21 matches. Filipovic is one of the most experienced players at KK Split and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Ivan Papac (207-F/C-87, agency: PEPI SPORT) of Jolly JBS (#3). Papac scored 15 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Jolly JBS, leading his team to a 90-79 win against the lower-ranked H.Analitica (#13, 5-20). Jolly JBS needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 6 lost games. Papac has a very solid season. In 24 games in Croatia he scored 5.4ppg. He also has 4.0rpg and FGP: 63.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Josip Bilinovac (191-SG-90) of Jolly JBS - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Ivan Novacic (201-F-85) of Jolly JBS - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Miro Bilan (213-C-89) of Cedevita - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ante Masic (200-F-85) of Gorica - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Damir Rancic (199-G-83) of KK Split - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Ivan Ramljak (203-SF-90) of Zadar - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Dzanan Musa (204-SG-99) of Cedevita - 23 points and 3 rebounds

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



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Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Lukas PALYZA
  Prostejov
  (202-F-89)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Palyza, Prostejov19.2 
 2. Burnett, BK Pardu.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
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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
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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
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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





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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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Liga MB Round 29: #1 Santa Tecla is defeated by Brujos Izalco - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Santa Tecla (17-3) on the court of second ranked Brujos Izalco on Tuesday night. Visitors were edged by Brujos Izalco 93-91. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Santa Tecla. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Brujos Izalco forced 19 Santa Tecla turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Brujos Izalco made 7 blocks. American guard Christopher Blake (198-88, college: Detroit Mercy) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 11 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners and his fellow American import forward Garland McArthur (197-88, college: Voorhees) chipped in 13 points and 12 rebounds. Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) responded with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Brujos Izalco maintains second place with 15-3 record having 2 victories less than leader Santa Tecla. Santa Tecla at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Brujos Izalco are looking forward to face Giants (#14) in San Salvador in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Santa Tecla will play on the road against San Miguel (#15) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Sonzacate. Fourth ranked Halcones (13-5) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Isidro Metapan (13-5) 76-73 in the game for the third place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Isidro Metapan. American power forward Raymond Miller (204-88, college: CS Fullerton) nailed a triple-double by scoring 18 points, 19 rebounds and 10 blocks for the winning side and Jeffery Moss accounted for 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Halcones' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Spanish-American forward Duane James (196-83, college: Binghamton) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 22 rebounds and 7 assists for Isidro Metapan in the defeat. Halcones have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Isidro Metapan. Halcones will play against El Rapido (#7) in La Union in the next round. Isidro Metapan will have a break next round.
Eleventh ranked 11 Lobos (7-11) crushed at home 14th ranked Giants (4-15) by 25 points 95-70, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Giants. The best player for the winners was Marc Montavious who had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 25 rebounds and 5 blocks. Luis Escoto produced 27 points for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. 11 Lobos maintains eleventh place with 7-11 record. Loser Giants dropped to the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Santa Ana. 11 Lobos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Giants will play against the league's second-placed Brujos Izalco (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 29: Santa Ana lost to Arcense on the opponent's court 66-72. Denver-FAS unfortunately lost to Quezaltepeque in a home game 82-87. Cojute recorded a loss to El Rapido on the road 77-87.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 16 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists by Tyrone Butler of Santa Ana.

Halcones - Isidro Metapan 76-73

Important game to mention about took place in Sonzacate. Fourth ranked Halcones (13-5) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Isidro Metapan (13-5) 76-73 in the game for the third place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Isidro Metapan. Halcones forced 24 Isidro Metapan turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 13 blocks. American power forward Raymond Miller (204-88, college: CS Fullerton) nailed a triple-double by scoring 18 points, 19 rebounds and 10 blocks for the winning side and his fellow American import Jeffery Moss (193-93, college: Murray St.) accounted for 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Halcones' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Spanish-American forward Duane James (196-83, college: Binghamton) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 22 rebounds and 7 assists and American forward Keion Palmer (208, college: Jacksonville) added 18 points, 13 rebounds and 8 blocks respectively for Isidro Metapan in the defeat. Four Isidro Metapan players scored in double figures. Halcones have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Isidro Metapan. Halcones will play against El Rapido (#7) in La Union in the next round. Isidro Metapan will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Halcones: R.Miller 18+19reb+2ast, J.Moss 16+8reb+4ast, J.Araujo 13+6reb+6ast, A. Brewer 9+7reb+3ast, A.Merino 9+4reb+4ast, M.Ramos 7
Isidro Metapan: E.Mijares 22+3reb+1ast, K.Palmer 18+13reb+1ast, D.James 15+22reb+7ast, H.Navas 10+9reb+2ast, J.Colorado 8+3reb+2ast, L.Barrios 0
gschID: 537073


Arcense - Santa Ana 72-66

Everything could happen in San Salvador at the game between two tied teams. Both thirteenth ranked Arcense and 12th ranked Santa Ana had identical 4-14 record. This time Arcense used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Santa Ana 72-66 on Thursday night. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Arcense made 7 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard Brandon Thompson (193, college: Huston-Tillotson) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Louis Birdsong (198-88, college: George Mason) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Malcolm Tatum (188, college: Alders.-Broad.) produced 27 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Tyrone Butler (193-88) added 16 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Arcense (5-14) moved-up to twelfth place. Loser Santa Ana dropped to the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Giants. Arcense will meet at home higher ranked Cojute (#9) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Santa Ana will play against Denver-FAS (#10) in San Salvador and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Arcense: B.Thompson 28+13reb+2ast, L.Birdsong 21+11reb+3ast, C.Torres 8+5reb+4ast, S. Willis 7+18reb+3ast, R.Cardona 5+2reb+2ast, C.Quevedo 2+1reb
Santa Ana: M.Tatum 27+7reb+4ast, T.Dowdell 18+17reb, T.Butler 16+17reb+4ast, E.Guevara 5+1reb+3ast, E.Molina 0+1reb+2ast, V.Sandoval 0+1reb
gschID: 537074


Denver-FAS - Quezaltepeque 82-87

Rather predictable result in San Salvador where seventh ranked Quezaltepeque (10-9) defeated 10th ranked Denver-FAS (8-10) 87-82 on Wednesday. Quezaltepeque shot 26 for 40 from the free-throw line, while Denver-FAS only scored seven points from the stripe. Quezaltepeque forced 22 Denver-FAS turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) who scored 30 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Nate Drayton (203-91, college: W.Texas A&M) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 18 rebounds. Four Quezaltepeque players scored in double figures. Thomas Alexander (197, college: Arkansas Tech) produced a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals and center Donald Lawes (201-89, college: Farmingdale St.) added 14 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks respectively for the hosts. Denver-FAS's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Quezaltepeque moved-up to sixth place. Denver-FAS lost their third game in a row. They keep the tenth position with ten games lost. Quezaltepeque will meet at home league's second-placed Brujos Izalco in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Denver-FAS will play against Santa Ana (#13) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Quezaltepeque: Q.Scates 30+9reb+6ast, L.Portal 18+4reb+7ast, A.Cacho 16+8reb+3ast, N.Drayton 15+18reb+2ast, D.Bairez 8+6reb+11ast, R.Miranda 0
Denver-FAS: T.Alexander 33+13reb+5ast, D.Lawes 14+12reb+1ast, J.Maria Rivas 10+1reb, O.Akingkube 8+13reb+3ast, J.Flores 7+1reb+3ast, E.Aguilar 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 537071


11 Lobos - Giants 95-70

Eleventh ranked 11 Lobos (7-11) crushed at home 14th ranked Giants (4-15) by 25 points 95-70, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Giants. 11 Lobos dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Giants' 32. They outrebounded Giants 63-27 including a 21-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American center Marc Montavious (206-90, college: Georgetown, KY) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 25 rebounds and 5 blocks. Haitian Joseph Antoine (203-84, college: Union, TN) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points, 18 rebounds and 8 assists. Guard Luis Escoto (180-96) produced 27 points and American guard Macari Brooks (190-92, college: Pikeville) added 19 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. 11 Lobos maintains eleventh place with 7-11 record. Loser Giants dropped to the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Santa Ana. 11 Lobos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Giants will play against the league's second-placed Brujos Izalco (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
11 Lobos: J.Romeus 26+7reb+3ast, M.Montavious 21+25reb+3ast, J.Antoine 20+18reb+8ast, R.Aguiar 8+4reb, M.Gonzalez 8+5reb+4ast, A.Ruano 6
Giants: L.Escoto 27+2reb, M.Brooks 19+7reb+1ast, J.Kirksey 8+6ast, J.Milton 6+11reb, D.Urias 4, C.Flores 2+1reb
gschID: 537072


El Rapido - Cojute 87-77

There was a minor upset in La Union where 6th ranked Cojute (9-9) was defeated by ninth ranked El Rapido (9-9) 87-77 on Wednesday. El Rapido dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Cojute's 32. The best player for the winners was American forward Eddie Ishman (196-86, college: Miles) who scored 29 points and 9 rebounds. Panamanian Daniel King (203-87, college: Texas Southern) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. Four El Rapido players scored in double figures. American power forward Anthony Moe (206, college: Millersville) produced a double-double by scoring 29 points and 16 rebounds and the other American import guard Brandon Golden (193, college: Midwestern St.) added 23 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for the guests. El Rapido moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Cojute and Sonsonate. El Rapido will meet at home higher ranked Halcones (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cojute will play against Arcense (#12) in San Salvador and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
El Rapido: E.Ishman 29+9reb+1ast, D.King 17+12reb+4ast, M.Guevara 11+7reb+2ast, S.Esperanza 10+4reb+1ast, F.Martinez 10+2reb+1ast, M.Benavides 4+1reb
Cojute: A.Moe 29+16reb+3ast, B.Golden 23+9reb+7ast, S.Sill 17+9reb+2ast, B.Reyes 3+3reb+1ast, J.Quintanilla 3+1reb+1ast, R.Melendez 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 537070


Brujos Izalco - Santa Tecla 93-91

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Santa Tecla (17-3) on the court of second ranked Brujos Izalco on Tuesday night. Visitors were edged by Brujos Izalco 93-91. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Santa Tecla. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Brujos Izalco forced 19 Santa Tecla turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Brujos Izalco made 7 blocks. American guard Christopher Blake (198-88, college: Detroit Mercy) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 11 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners and his fellow American import forward Garland McArthur (197-88, college: Voorhees) chipped in 13 points and 12 rebounds. Five Brujos Izalco players scored in double figures. Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) responded with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized American point guard Robert Martinez (185-91, college: Our Lady Lake) scored 26 points. Brujos Izalco maintains second place with 15-3 record having 2 victories less than leader Santa Tecla. Santa Tecla at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Brujos Izalco are looking forward to face Giants (#14) in San Salvador in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Santa Tecla will play on the road against San Miguel (#15) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Brujos Izalco: C.Blake 37+5reb+11ast, M.Flores 18+2reb+6ast, T.Elliott 14+12reb, G.McArthur 13+12reb+3ast, R.Mendez 11+4reb+1ast, J.Rodriguez 0
Santa Tecla: R.Martinez 26+3reb+2ast, O.Torres 24+8reb+4ast, O.Rivera 18+6reb+4ast, L.Valdez 9+13reb+3ast, A.Arias Serrano 8+6reb+6ast, C.Arias 6+10reb+1ast
gschID: 537069





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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.18.3 
 3. Jarvelainen, TTU17.1 
 4. Bubalo, Parnu16.8 
 5. van-der-Mars, Rap.15.9 
 6. Olmre, TTU15.7 
 7. Post, Tarvas15.5 
 8. Seskus, Parnu15.5 
 9. Zvigurs, Valga14.8 
 10. Strupovics, Valga14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. van-der-Mars, Rap.12.5 
 2. Baker, Tarvas8.7 
 3. Bubalo, Parnu8.3 
 4. Jois, Tartu Ulikool8.0 
 5. Jarvelainen, TTU7.8 
 6. Lips, Tarvas7.7 
 7. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.5 
 8. Milka, Tartu Ulikool7.1 
 9. Kirves, Parnu6.8 
 10. Raadik, Valga6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Tartu Ulikool
  (187-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool5.2 
 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 Ulikool3.2 
 10. Veideman, Kalev/Cr.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Domen BRATOZ
  Rapla
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Bratoz, Rapla2.1 
 2. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 3. Paiste, Tarvas1.8 
 4. Sutt, Parnu1.8 
 5. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 6. Tamm, TL.1.6 
 7. Olmre, TTU1.6 
 8. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool1.6 
 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. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.7 
 4. Raadik, TTU0.7 
 5. Bubalo, Parnu0.7 
 6. Lips, Tarvas0.7 
 7. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.7 
 8. Joesaar, Tartu U.0.6 
 9. Kok, Rapla0.6 
 10. Saks, TL.0.6 


Recap of Alexela KML Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Tartu Ulikool - TLU/Kalev 74-56

Tartu Ulikool outgunned TLU/Kalev to sweep the quarterfinal series. Tartu Ulikool dominated on the defensive end, holding TLU/Kalev to just 7 points in second quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to TLU/Kalev's 28. Tartu Ulikool looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for Ukrainian Maks-Adam Konate (202-91, agency: Alti Sport) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Mandell Thomas (188-93, college: Fordham) helped adding 18 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international point guard Reimo Tamm (188-84) with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international forward Kaido Saks (207-86, agency: Blacktop Management) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. TLU/Kalev's coach Kalle Klandorf rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Tartu Ulikool: M.Adam Konate 20+9reb+1ast, M.Thomas 18+6reb+2ast, V.Jois 10+8reb+1ast, G.Dorbek 8+2reb+1ast, D.Milka 7+2reb, T.Sokk 5+4reb+13ast
TLU/Kalev: R.Tamm 10+5reb+5ast, K.Saks 8+5reb+1ast, M.Jurtom 8+6reb, D.Dzeletovic 8+2reb, S.Laur 7+2reb+1ast, S.Knezevic 6+1reb
gschID: 543837


Kalev/Cramo - Tarvas 104-65

Kalev/Cramo advanced into the semifinal stage following a comfortable home win over Tarvas. The game was mostly controlled by Kalev/Cramo. BC Rakvere was better in fourth quarter 12-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kalev/Cramo dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to BC Rakvere's 38 and made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded BC Rakvere 51-27 including a 35-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Kalev/Cramo players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a quality performance for American Mark Tollefsen (206-92, college: Arizona) who led the winners and scored 13 points and 6 assists. American-Bulgarian power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) accounted for 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Five Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Forward Karl-Johan Lips (198-96) came up with 18 points and 9 rebounds and forward Tonis Peil (196-93) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for BC Rakvere 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:
Kalev/Cramo: C.Simmons 15+6reb+1ast, V.Liutych 15+5reb+1ast, B.Mirkovic 14+4reb+3ast, M.Tollefsen 13+4reb+6ast, T.Eichfuss 11+5reb+1ast, M.Tass 10+6reb
Tarvas: K.Lips 18+9reb+1ast, S.Post 11+4ast, T.Peil 10+5reb+2ast, M.Paiste 9+4reb+3ast, A.Talu 6+3reb, A.Ehte 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 543836


Parnu - TTU 85-61

Parnu outgunned TTU to reach the next round of playoffs. The game was mostly controlled by Parnu. TTU was better in fourth quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded TTU 41-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. Parnu players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was an exceptional evening for swingman Saimon Sutt (200-95) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 5 assists. Croatian center Domagoj Bubalo (212-91, agency: 011 Sports) accounted for 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Four Parnu players scored in double figures. Sten Olmre (192-95) came up with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international forward Joonas Jarvelainen (202-90, agency: Octagon Europe) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for TTU in the defeat. TTU's coach Rait Kabin gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Parnu: S.Sutt 21+4reb+5ast, R.Hallik 15+7reb+4ast, D.Bubalo 14+10reb+3ast, E.Seskus 10+3reb+2ast, M.Kirves 9+6reb+4ast, K.Kask 6+3reb
TTU: T.Raadik 12+3reb+1ast, J.Jarvelainen 11+6reb, S.Viilup 8+1reb+1ast, S.Olmre 8+5reb+4ast, N.Vujovic 6+1reb+1ast, I.Pajumets 6+3reb
gschID: 543835


Rapla - Valga 94-85

Rapla prevailed against visiting Valga to complete the sweep of the series. Valga was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 50-36 second half run of Rapla. Valga was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for Puerto Rican guard Rasham Suarez (190-92, college: S.Mississippi) who led the winners and scored 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. International Martin Paasoja (191-93) accounted for 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Latvian Ivars-Rihards Zvigurs (198-95) came up with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized American forward Renato Lindments (202-84, college: Westfield St.) added 15 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Valga in the defeat. Five Rapla and four Valga players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Rapla: R.Suarez 23+8reb+6ast, M.Paasoja 21+5reb+3ast, S.Kaldre 13+4reb+3ast, O.Metsalu 13+6reb+1ast, T.van der Mars 12+12reb+1ast, I.Kajupank 12+4reb+1ast
Valga: I.Rihards Zvigurs 26+8reb+4ast, R.Lindments 15+10reb+2ast, D.Mathieu 10+7reb+2ast, S.Silavs 10+2reb, V.Kriisa 8+1reb+3ast, R.Strupovics 7+3ast
gschID: 543834





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  EUROLEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Langford, Unics21.8 
 2. De-Colo, CS.19.6 
 3. Goudelock, Maccabi .17.3 
 4. Wanamaker, Darussaf.16.3 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA16.3 
 6. Llull, Real Madrid16.3 
 7. Bogdanovic, Fener.14.7 
 8. James, Panathin.13.3 
 9. Clyburn, Darussaf.13.3 
 10. Heurtel, Anadolu .13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.5 
 2. Melli, Brose Bask.7.4 
 3. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.2 
 4. Voigtmann, Basko.7.1 
 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.5.9 
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. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.7 
 5. Heurtel, Anadolu .5.7 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia5.7 
 7. Colom, Unics5.7 
 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. Singleton, Panathin.1.3 
 7. Larkin, Baskonia1.3 
 8. Fernandez, Real M.1.3 
 9. Hanga, Baskonia1.3 
 10. Guler, Galatasaray1.3 
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 


Fenerbahce shock Panathinaikos for second straight win in Athens - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos - Fenerbahce 75:80

Fenerbahce stepped closer to EuroLeague Final Four. They outgunned Panathinaikos in Athens to take 2-0 lead in the quarterfinal series. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) posted 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the visitors.
Fenerbahce eked out a 22:20 lead ten minutes into the game. Panathinaikos and Fenerbahce exchanged baskets throughout the second term. The Turkish side ensured a 45:43 halftime lead. Fenerbahce maintained the advantage throughout the third term. The visitors entered the fourth period up by 4 points 63:59. Fenerbahce did not loosen the grasp in the final period and rallied to an important road win in Game 2. Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87, college: Baylor) accounted for 22 points, while Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, college: Troy, agency: BeoBasket) added 14 points in the victory. Mike James (185-PG-90, college: Lamar) responded with 22 points for Panathinaikos. Chris Singleton (206-F-89, college: Florida St.) tossed in 14 points in the loss.

Panathinaikos: Mike James 22, Chris Singleton 14
Fenerbahce: Bogdan Bogdanovic 25, Ekpe Udoh 22, Bobby Dixon 14



CSKA withhold Baskonia surge, snatch tough win in Game 2 - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Baskonia 84:82

CSKA are now 2-0 up on Baskonia in the quarterfinal series. CSKA survived another late scare against the Basque team and secured the second straight victory in the playoffs. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86, agency: BeoBasket) got an offensive rebound and followed it with two free throws with a second left in regulation to propel the Moscow side to the win. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) finished with 16 points and 8 assists for the hosts.
CSKA eked out a 21:20 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts extended the gap in the second term. CSKA secured a 40:35 halftime advantage. The home side unleashed 29 points in the third term to boost the lead to double digits. But Baskonia refused to give in. The Basque team clawed their way back into the game as Rodrigue Beaubois (185-G-88) tied things up at 82 with a three-pointer. But Kyle Hines came up with a decisive offensive board in the next CSKA possession and sealed the victory for the hosts. Kyle Hines and Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) accounted for 10 points each in the win. Rodrigue Beaubois responded with 21 points for Baskonia. Chase Budinger (201-SF-88, college: Arizona) had 12 points in the loss.



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Draw Results in for FIBA AmeriCup 2017 - by Eurobasket News

The draw for the FIBA AmeriCup 2017 took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at midday on Thursday.
The results of the draw are as follows:
Group A: TBC, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Colombia
Group B: Virgin Islands, Argentina, Venezuela, Canada
Group C: Dominican Republic, USA, Panama, Uruguay.

The FIBA AmeriCup 2017 will open with a Group Phase consisting of three (3) groups of four (4) teams each to be played in a round-robin format in Medellin (Colombia), Bahia Blanca (Argentina) and Montevideo (Uruguay). The best team from each group will advance to the Final Phase, along with Argentina who will automatically qualify because of its status as the main organizer of the competition. The Final Phase will be played in Cordoba (Argentina), where the winners of the Semi-Finals will square off in the title game.
The calendar is as follows:
Group A: Medellin, Colombia - 25-27 August
Group B: Bahia Blanca, Argentina - 27-29 August
Group C: Montevideo, Uruguay - 28-30 August
Semifinal and Final: Cordoba, Argentina - 2-3 September.
Courtesy of: fiba.com



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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. Bullock, Pyrinto7.6 
 8. Nelson, Pyrinto7.6 
 9. Williams, Salon V.7.5 
 10. Edwards, Salon Vilpas7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Antto NIKKARINEN
  Helsinki.
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.2 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket6.7 
 3. Rannikko, Kataja B.6.1 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.8 
 5. Jalonen, Korihait4.4 
 6. Williams, Lapua4.2 
 7. Staten, Salon Vilpas4.1 
 8. Edwards, Lapua4.1 
 9. Appleby, Kouvot4.1 
 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.1.8 
 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 


Review of Korisliiga Round 3 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Kataja Basket - Helsinki Seagulls 105-80

Kataja Basket cruised past Helsinki Seagulls to take 2-1 lead. The game was mostly controlled by Joensuun Kataja. Helsinki Seagulls managed to win third quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Joensuun Kataja shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. The best player for the winners was American swingman Jarekious Bradley (196-90, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) who scored 28 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import Rion Brown (198-91, college: Miami, FL) chipped in 18 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Devonte Upson (206-93, college: SE Louisiana) who recorded 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and the former international Carl Lindbom (206-91) added 11 points respectively. Five Joensuun Kataja and four Helsinki Seagulls players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Kataja Basket: J.Bradley 28+9reb, R.Brown 18+1reb+3ast, D.Bryant 17+2reb+2ast, I.Seppala 15+2reb+2ast, T.Rannikko 14+2reb+5ast, J.Niemi 8+3reb
Helsinki Seagulls: D.Upson 16+5reb, C.Lindbom 11+4reb+1ast, R.Abell 11+3reb+1ast, G.Lee 10+3reb+1ast, J.Conley 10+3reb+2ast, R.Cowels III 8+6reb+2ast
gschID: 544040


Salon Vilpas - Kauhajoki 74-69

Salon Vilpas toppled Kauhajoki for the second victory in the series. Kauhajoen Karhu was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 27-15 charge of Salon Vilpas, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for forward Okko Jarvi (193-96) who led his team to a victory with 16 points. American forward Al'Lonzo Coleman (201-89, college: Presbyterian) contributed with 6 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Salon Vilpas players scored in double figures. American forward Kammeon Holsey (203-90, college: Georgia Tech) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import swingman Austin Hollins (195-91, college: Minnesota) added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Kauhajoen Karhu.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: J.Nenonen 16+2reb+1ast, O.Jarvi 16+2reb+3ast, J.Staten 13+3reb+4ast, D.Williams 10+5reb, M.Koivisto 8+3reb+2ast, A.Coleman 6+11reb+4ast
Kauhajoki: K.Holsey 21+11reb+1ast, A.Hollins 19+5reb+4ast, D.Washington 12+6reb, B.Sarcevic 7+3reb+7ast, S.Vanttaja 5+5reb, T.Unruh 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 544039





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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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A League Round 14: DELTA edges BC Titebi by two points - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in A League.

The most exciting game of round 14 in the A League took place in Tbilisi. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 4th ranked BC Titebi (7-7) to first ranked DELTA (11-3) 73-71 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BC Titebi. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 24-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. DELTA forced 26 BC Titebi turnovers. The best player for the winners was American Deondre Ray (196, college: Cameron) who scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Irakli Alkhanaidze (202-92) chipped in 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Ryan Aaron (190-91, college: S.Nazarene) produced 39 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Newly promoted DELTA maintains first position with 11-3 record. BC Titebi at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. DELTA are looking forward to face bottom-ranked SEU Tbilisi (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. BC Titebi will play against Arena-76 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Tbilisi. Second ranked Hyundai-TSU (10-4) saved a 2-point victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers Arena-76 (8-6) 87-85 in the fight for the second place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Arena-76. Point guard David Aphkhazava (185-98) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Sandro Sanadze contributed with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American power forward Peter Alexis (213-92, college: Philadelphia) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 24 rebounds and 4 assists for Arena-76. Hyundai-TSU maintains second position with 10-4 record behind leader DELTA. Newly promoted Arena-76 keeps the third place with six games lost. Hyundai-TSU will play against Tskaltubo (#5) on the road in the next round. Arena-76 will play against BC Titebi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
SEU Tbilisi can celebrate finally their first win this season after 13 consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Tskaltubo (5-9) 109-82 on Thursday. Davit Maisuradze scored 57 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Giorgi Kandelaki responded with 32 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. SEU Tbilisi maintains sixth position with 1-13 record. It was Tskaltubo's fifth loss in a row. They keep the fifth place with nine games lost. SEU Tbilisi will meet league's leader DELTA in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Tskaltubo will play against the league's second-placed Hyundai-TSU (#2) and hope to secure a win.

Hyundai-TSU - Arena-76 87-85

Important game to mention about took place in Tbilisi. Second ranked Hyundai-TSU (10-4) saved a 2-point victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers Arena-76 (8-6) 87-85 in the fight for the second place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Arena-76. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-16. But Arena-76 won second period 24-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hyundai-TSU forced 19 Arena-76 turnovers. Strangely Arena-76 outrebounded Hyundai-TSU 67-36 including a 28-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. Point guard David Aphkhazava (185-98) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Point guard Sandro Sanadze (188-95) contributed with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Hyundai-TSU players scored in double figures. American power forward Peter Alexis (213-92, college: Philadelphia) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 24 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import guard Rodnerius Lewis (193-93, college: Stillman) added 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Arena-76. Hyundai-TSU maintains second position with 10-4 record behind leader DELTA. Newly promoted Arena-76 keeps the third place with six games lost. Hyundai-TSU will play against Tskaltubo (#5) on the road in the next round. Arena-76 will play against BC Titebi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hyundai-TSU: S.Sanadze 21+6reb+4ast, D.Aphkhazava 21+5reb+7ast, G.Feriashvili 13+7reb, L.Giorgadze 10+5reb+3ast, G.Korsantia 8+7reb+1ast, C.Gabriel 7+2reb+1ast
Arena-76: P.Alexis 26+24reb+4ast, R.Lewis 18+7reb+4ast, K.Bitsadze 10+3reb, T.Chachibaia 9+3reb, O.Rychlyuk 9+15reb+1ast, A.Megeneishvili 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 534776


SEU Tbilisi - Tskaltubo 109-82

SEU Tbilisi can celebrate finally their first win this season after 13 consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Tskaltubo (5-9) 109-82 on Thursday. The game without a history. SEU Tbilisi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. SEU Tbilisi had a 45-30 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 37 assists comparing to just 19 passes made by Tskaltubo's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when SEU Tbilisi made 9 blocks. Power forward Davit Maisuradze (205-90) scored 57 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Giorgi Tskhovrebovi (195-98) chipped in 12 points, 15 rebounds and 24 assists during the contest. Forward Giorgi Kandelaki (196-91) responded with 32 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Giorgi Kutchava scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Five SEU Tbilisi and four Tskaltubo players scored in double figures. SEU Tbilisi maintains sixth position with 1-13 record. It was Tskaltubo's fifth loss in a row. They keep the fifth place with nine games lost. SEU Tbilisi will meet league's leader DELTA in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Tskaltubo will play against the league's second-placed Hyundai-TSU (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
SEU Tbilisi: K.Giorgadze 57+8reb+5ast, G.Kakha 16+6reb+4ast, A.Bilal 14+10reb+1ast, T.Giorgi 12+15reb+24ast, K.Viktor 10+16reb+3ast,
Tskaltubo: G.Kutchava 19+5reb+6ast, G.Birkaia 13+14reb+1ast, D.Atskvereli 11+9reb+5ast, G.Arutinov 4+14reb+1ast, G.Khobua 3+1ast
gschID: 534775


BC Titebi - DELTA 71-73

The most exciting game of round 14 in the A League took place in Tbilisi. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 4th ranked BC Titebi (7-7) to first ranked DELTA (11-3) 73-71 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BC Titebi. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 24-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. DELTA forced 26 BC Titebi turnovers. The best player for the winners was American Deondre Ray (196, college: Cameron) who scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Irakli Alkhanaidze (202-92) chipped in 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Ryan Aaron (190-91, college: S.Nazarene) produced 39 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Armani Flannigan (203-92, college: N.Texas) added 13 points and 22 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Newly promoted DELTA maintains first position with 11-3 record. BC Titebi at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. DELTA are looking forward to face bottom-ranked SEU Tbilisi (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. BC Titebi will play against Arena-76 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
DELTA: D.Ray 20+9reb+3ast, I.Alkhanaidze 18+7reb+4ast, Z.Antadze 16+3reb+4ast, I.Gognadze 7+5reb, S.Lobjanidze 5+2reb, L.Eliadze 5+5reb+1ast
BC Titebi: R.Aaron 39+5reb, A.Flannigan 13+22reb+1ast, G.Gamqrelidze 10+8reb+7ast, G.Dvali 6+3reb, R.Didia 3+5reb+4ast, D.Nozadze 0
gschID: 534774





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Being Patient With The Process Has Finally Paid Off For Vincent Sanford - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

There is one thing you can't take away from Vincent Sanford (193-G-90, college: Dayton) and that is his unending drive like a starved kitten who is shyly and timidly strolling down a city alley looking for any tiny scraps of food preferably tuna fish or it's abandoned mother to keep chipping away at not only being the best player that he possibly can, but too also never lose that fierce desire to play at the best level even if it has been a slow process. He definitely doesn't have the same route like a Malcolm Delaney or Brian Roberts who played at high levels like the easyCredit BBL and then made the jump to the NBA, but the American who lists Mr cross over Kemba Walker as his hardest opponent in the NCAA has had to toil in lower leagues in Europe, but now has reached the EasyCredit BBL in Germany. Sanford is a 26 year old 190cm guard from Lexington, Kentucky that has continued to battle the odds and now with possibly the help of a coaching change with s.Oliver Wurzburg and has reached one of the top leagues in Europe in Germany with the EasyCredit BBL by accident even if he has the talent. Four months ago, the basketball life of Vincent Sanford looked a lot different.

The basketball route to the EasyCredit BBL has been a long and difficult path for Vincent Sanford as he has had to prove his basketball abilities over and over starting in the NCAA where he played two seasons with the well-known basketball school Georgetown, but was unable there to achieve the needed playing time that he felt was beneficial for his basketball development and then moved to Dayton where he played more of a role, but found out after two successful years that finding a professional basketball job in a high league was a lot more difficult than expected. Georgetown was overstocked with great guard talent like Chris Wright and Markel Starks and Sanford became the odd man out, and felt like he was overlooked a bit.' Those first two years were definitely hard as far as minutes. But Chris and Markel are more traditional point guards which was needed to run the Princeton compared to myself a combo guard that can score in bunches. So it was really more about fitting than anything else. I was overlooked for sure but I was also playing behind great guards, Chris Wright Austin Freeman Jason Clark and splitting time with Markel. That was one of the best backcourts in the Big East at the time. I learned a lot from those guys', stressed Vincent Sanford. Despite not getting the ample playing time at Georgetown, it was the start of a long learning process of just staying patient, continuing to work hard and developing further and never ever doubting the basketball process as one not always being fair or logical. ' Georgetown was a great experience it really taught me to be patient with the process and appreciate the learning experience', warned Vincent Sanford. He then preceded to move to Dayton (NCAA) where he finished his last two years of school and as a junior played 31 games averaging 12.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 82.1%. He scored in double figures in 23 games. As a senior he played 37 game averaging 9.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 30.2%, FT: 69.8%. His best game was against Murray State where he scored 23 points, had six boards, gave out three dimes and grabbed three steals. He also helped the team with teammates like Jordan Sibert and Dyshawn Pierre reach the elite 8 in 2014. He might of scored less as a senior and had a different role, but Sanford knew that his head coach Archie Miller had a plan that benefited the team and his player. 'Arch taught me how to embrace my roll. I started every game my junior year averaging around 12.13, ppg I believe but my senior year he wanted me to come off the bench and be the 6th man. It knocked me down some points, but was definitely a good move for the team, he helped me understand just buying into the system and to be a pro playing every game hard. And to compete I can say every guy Archie Miller gets his hands on will compete to the fullest', warned Vincent Sanford.

Despite having a solid two year career at Dayton where he proved that he could be a consistent scorer as well as team player and help the club have success in the NCAA tournament, it didn't guarantee him a place in a top league as a professional, but found himself starting at the bottom and having to work himself up. As a rookie he played for Thor Thorl (Iceland-Dominos League) playing 13 games and averaging 22.1ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.1apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 50.8%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 73.0%. These were superb numbers for a guy playing in a low division, but also showed that he had the capabilities to play at a higher level since there had been countless guys before him who had to start their career in Iceland like a Derrick Allen who had similar stats there as a rookie and soon after became one of the premier power forwards in the BBL for years. However that splendid rookie year didn't reward him with a contract in his second season up a notch, but moreover got him to a warm place South America where he played for Barrancabermeja Ciudad Futuro (Colombia-Liga DirecTV) playing 20 games averaging 14.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT-2 (42.9%), FT: 76.8%. The Columbian league is a lot better than many people realize as there are many athletic players and his solid stats surely was good for his resume, but didn't help him get a better suited job in his third professional season as he found himself in Germany, but not in the EasyCredit BBL at first, but in the Pro B the third German league. The German Pro B is known for having many wanna be players trying to put up big time stats to get that promotion to a higher league and big time young German prospects like A Dennis Schroeder who made into the NBA and next NBA hopeful Isaac Bonga. The American came to Germany and joined TG s.Oliver Wuerzburg (Germany-ProB) which is the farm team of EasyCredit BBL team s.Oliver Wurzburg and didn't need much time to get adjusted as he was reunited with child hood friend from Lexington Marcus Barksdale. ''Marcellus is a guy I've known for years and train with back home in Kentucky. I've always appreciated his IQ, and his intangibles far as playing and defending multiple positions. He is also a great person off the court as well and does a lot in the community back home', added Vincent Sanford. In his first three games, Sanford averaged 25ppg and was instrumental in the victories against FC Bayern Munich and PS Karlsruhe. He also was key in a huge win at home against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors where he poured home 19 points in an important win that helped pave the way towards the Pro B playoffs. Even in games his team won and he didn't score in double figures, he was able to help his team in other areas on the court. A few weeks before his promotion to the EasyCredit BBL, Sanford summed up his Pro B season as follows staying his humble self. 'I always feel I can do better, but I want to win more than anything', warned Vincent Sanford. Then after that huge win against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors came the turning point not only in his third professional season as he suddenly found himself suiting up in the EasyCredit BBL

What most didn't know was that somewhere at the start of 2017 and the tenure of German basketball legend Dirk Bauermann with s.Oliver Wurzburg , Vincent Sanford was given a standard 5 game BBL contract which means that the s.Oliver Wurzburg team can put Sanford at any time during the remainder of the season in any 5 games. The club had been having annoying injuries and suddenly the American found himself suiting up against the Walter Tigers Tuebingen less than 24 hours after helping the Pro B team dismantle the Fraport Skyliners Juniors. In this game he could witness the superb point guard skills of Jared Jordan who was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2007 when Sanford was still in high school. The American didn't disappoint in his BBL debut as he showed quickly just how efficient he can be and keep it up with the next games. In his first game against the Walter Tigers Tuebingen he scored 9 points in 14 minutes while adding four rebounds, three assists and a steal. Some players that would have been in his situation may have had the urge to rub their eyes shortly before tipoff to be reassured that they weren't dreaming, but in the case of Sanford, he wasn't in a fairytale. 'It wasn't that, because of my personal expectations and beliefs. But definitely a great opportunity that I am more than thankful to be in. Timing is everything in this world', smiled Vincent Sanford. It wasn't easy for the American as he started his BBL journey as the club was in the midst of a bad losing streak and in his third game lost a nail bitter in Frankfurt 79-76 where he scored only one point in nine minutes, but having been a fighter his whole career, going up against adversity has never been a problem for him. 'In tough times you have to show resilience , nobody likes to lose, but as a whole we have to only keep pushing until the tide turns. Unfortunately things didn't happen the way we wanted, but it's how basketball is at times. Have to forget and move on to the next opportunity to play', warned Vincent Sanford. He had an absolute unforgettable game in Frankfurt, but then again he was playing with a broken finger so his one point and one turnover are more than forgivable. 'I am highly thankful for this chance, but it's hard to really do what I want with a broken finger. And I know this level is where I belong. No excuse though so far I've been holding my own playing solid and doing what the team needs which is energy and effort. I just have to continue to learn and progress', stressed Vincent Sanford. He had the opportunity to play and watch in amazement against Skyliner Quantez Robertson who has belonged to the top defenders in the BBL for years and was probably hoping that he could be playing like that when he is 32. 'Though I do not personally know him, I have a lot of respect for him and the way he plays. He's been out here in Germany for a while and is still consistent as a player and shows how much he takes care of himself being able to guard and score the ball at a high rate', stressed Vincent Sanford.
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In his second game, he had another fine outing as he posted 13 points and four rebounds in 17 minutes, but that stat remained a minor side note as Wurzburg had lost their fifth straight game to the Telekom Baskets Bonn 101-84. In that game he saw a ridiculous performance by teammate Jake Odum who hit a crazy half court shot and the next weekend in Frankfurt was hitting Steph Curry type shots from anywhere in the building something that he didn't see in the Pro B. 'Jake is going to come out and play as he always does. It's been a while, since I've seen something like that. Almost video game like from how crazy the shots were', joked Vincent Sanford. In his fourth game in the BBL, the 6 game losing streak finally snapped as the club showed a spirited and total team effort destroying and embarrassing 2009 BBL titlist EWE Baskets Oldenburg 98-73. The American had his best game up to that point in the BBL posting 14 points in 19 minutes from the starting position while grabbing five rebounds, two assists and two steals. In this game he was battling against BBL legend Rickey Paulding, top defender Chris Kramer and top BBL center Brian Qvale and held his own. Sanford isn't only thankful that head coach Dirk Bauermann has given him minutes right away, but also for all his wisdom and guidance in practice and games. 'I have felt comfortable from the beginning, playing for a coach who sees a lot in your game and wants the best for the team is what he has been since I've met him. He really has helped me grow with my patience, naturally I want to stay attacking the rim or a pull up. But he has helped me with picking and choosing when to go at that point. Along with being patient with my adjustments to the BBL game', added Vincent Sanford. In the next six games after the big Oldenburg win, Sanford and Wurzburg only won once against lowly SC Rasta Vechta, but he had his real BBL break out game hitting up top German team Alba Berlin for 21 points and five assists in 26 minutes and lit up Ludwigsburg for 19 points. His guard teammates Jake Odum and German Maurice Stuckey who has 8 years and 197 BBL games experience have been a real help for Sanford. 'I watch their ability to be patient with certain situations, both guys are really good players. I'm coming off an off year to Pro B now BBL and I see how patient these guys are in situations. I have grown a lot and will continue to improve with the adjustments', added Vincent Sanford. Getting acquainted with a new style and level of play hasn't been easy, but he has coped very well. 'The size and the persistence of the players everyone on this level is full out pro along with the flow of the games is different than in the Pro B', stated Vincent Sanford.

Currently Sanford is averaging 11,3ppg, 3,3rpg and 3,0apg and is shooting 40% from downtown (8/20) and 50,7% from the field and has done a brilliant job with his shot selection as he has learned quickly that when playing with a talented team with many scoring options, you won't necessarily always get ample shots so choosing wisely becomes vital. He also has done a very good job limiting turnovers as currently in 20 minutes he is averaging 1,0 turnovers while in the Pro B where he was averaging 23 minutes, he was at a rate of 1,6 turnovers per game. He knows taking care of the ball at the BBL level isn't a cake walk, but knows he'll pay if he becomes too fancy. 'Just trying not to force the issue, and find the open teammate keeping it simple instead of forcing the issue on a bum hand in which I did in Frankfurt. For me until the end of the year. I just have to keep it simple and play with all my effort', warned Vincent Sanford. The American knows that a chance like this might not come again so quickly, so he knows what he needs to keep doing to continue to be successful at this level. 'I need to be able to see and notice how to affect the game by controlling the pace. I'm beginning to see how it plays a major part of the game', warned Vincent Sanford. The American played so well in his first games that he not only convinced Dirk Bauermann of his basketball abilities, but also management as they rewarded him by keeping him until the end of the season. Sanford won't reach the BBL playoffs this season, but knows already now that he has what it takes to play at this level as he has proved with his all around excellent guard play. 'I know and I am confident that I will play at this level, still have a lot to prove but I believe I just have to stay consistent with everything along with getting back healthy in the offseason. I work very hard so I am not worried about anything, just thankful for the opportunity', warned Vincent Sanford. Sanford is blessed and thankful of how God has chosen his path, but if he wanted to be really mean, he could call up ex Georgetown head coach John Thompson the third and remind him that his ex player Markel Starks who got minutes over him with Georgetown was cut by the Fraport Skyliners and couldn't adapt to the BBL level while Sanford is just starting to make a name for himself, but talking trash isn't his style as he will just let his strong actions on the court speak for him.




Andre Hollins leaves Braunschweig - by Eurobasket News

25-year old American guard Andre Hollins (186-91kg-92, college: Minnesota, agency: Three Eye Sports) left Basketball Loewen Braunschweig (BBL). In four games in Germany he averaged 3.8ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.5apg this season. Hollins also played earlier that season for Chorale de Roanne in French ProB where in 23 BBL games he had 11.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to win the cup.
Hollins won NIT championship title in 2014.
He has played also professionally in Belgium (Leuven Bears).
Hollins attended University of Minnesota until 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

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Brandon Spearman leaves Trier - by Eurobasket News

26-year old American swingman Brandon Spearman (196-91kg-91, college: Hawaii) left ROMERSTROM Gladiators Trier (ProA). In 34 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.6apg this season. Spearman played there also last season where in 37 ProA games he averaged 12.4ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Spearman played in the final of German 2.Bundesliga Pro B in 2015.
He has played previously for another German team SC Rist Wedel.
Spearman is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.
He attended University of Hawaii until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Brandon is a great leader and does a great job of getting his teammates involved in offensive play. Brandon is a very good shooter from 3pt range and is a good finisher in the open court as he can absorb contact and finish in traffic. Brandon sees the floor and can run a team at a high level without a doubt. Brandon is a tough defender with quick hands and can defend any ball screen situation with ease. He also has a high Basketball IQ and does great job recognizing favorable match-up situations.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Uni Baskets Paderborn Keep Morgan Grim For A Fifth Season - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A club Uni Baskets Paderborn have announced the contract extension with Morgan Grim (203-F-88, college: Utah St.). Grim is a 28 yera old 203cm forward that will go into his sixth professional season and fifth with Paderborn after playing in Estonia and Iceland as a rookie. Last season the ex Utah State player played 29 games averaging 9.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 53.4%, 3FGP: 28.3%, FT: 69.5%. "The contract extension is a symbol for our continuity and exemplary development in the last years. Morgan is a real professional on and off the court and we hope he can match the good results from last season", stated head coach Uli Naechster. Last season with Paderborn the American scored in double figures 11 times including a 20 point game against Crailsheim. Currently he is playing with Mike Pero Nelson Giants (New Zealand-NBL) until mid June and is averaging 11,0ppg and 4,0rpg.

Source:Uni Baskets Paderborn




Jermel Kennedy (Worcester Wolves) You Can't Be A Batman Everywhere 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.




The Fraport Skyliners Continue To Be The Youth BBL Role Model Securing Richard Freudenberg Until 2020 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Three days ago Richard Freudenberg (206-F-98) got the grand tour in the Fraport arena taking in the Fraport Skyliners win against Science City and was already showcasing that winner smile and today his smile grew even more as the 2000 BBL cup winner Fraport Skyliners officially announced the signing of the young German until 2020. Freudenberg is a 18 year old 204cm that started his basketball career with the FC Bayern Muenchen JBBL team and last season got a year of experience with St.John's (NCAA) where he played for NBA legend Chris Mullin and in 26 games averaged 1.3ppg, 1.3rpg. The Fraport Skyliners continue to show their zeal for young German player development as next seasons teams will have to be ready for the young guns Niklas Kiel, Isaac Bonga and Richard Freudenberg. "His situation in college wasn't ideal. He had been thinking about returning back to Germany. We spoke to him then, but didn't pressure him to leave school. When he decided to return to Germany, we showed a lot of interest in him and got in better contact with him. I am happy we could get him for our program. I think he will develop well with us and has a big future", stressed Fraport Skyliners head coach Gordon Herbert.

Freudenberg started his career with the FC Bayern Munich organization and celebrated reaching the JBBL final with FC Bayern Munich and then in the 2013-2014 season got further experience with FC Bayern Muenchen II (Regionalliga) playing 5 games: 2.4ppg, 1.8rpg. In the 2014-2015 season he played with FC Bayern Muenchen II (Regionalliga) playing 17 games averaging 7.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 50.8%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 68.2%, played also at U19 team (NBBL). He won the 2015 NBBL title against Eintracht Frankfurt where he dropped 24 points and was the MVP as a 16 year old. Two years ago he played for FC Bayern Muenchen (BBL) where he made his debut as a 17 year old in the BBL playing 2 games: 2.0ppg, 1.0rpg, played also at FC Bayern Muenchen II (Regionalliga) playing 18 games averaging 11.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 60.7%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 70.5%, played also for U18 team where he averaged 19,2ppg and 8,0rpg. Last season with St Johns he only averaged 9,3 minutes per game and his bests coring game was against ex Fraport Skyliner Andrew Rautins's school Syracuse where he dropped 9 points. The German is thrilled about making a new adventure in Germany. "I had a lot of contact to Niklas Kiel and other youth players. They all were very happy with their situation in Frankfurt and gave me the feeling it would be a very good option for me. I am looking forward to the next years especially after the disappointing last season. It is the right decision to come back to Germany for my development. I believe Frankfurt is a club where the players gets a lot of trust and minutes if you deserve it", stressed Richard Freudenberg.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German U16 National Team -13, -14, European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht (Holland) -13
European Championships U16 Division A in Kyiv (Ukraine) -13: 9 games: 6.4ppg, 1.3rpg, FGP: 42.1%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 72.7%, German Regionalliga (Southeast Group) Runner-Up -14, German JBBL Championships Semifinals -14, Citta di Roma International Junior Tournament (Qualifications to NIJT) -14 (Semifinals): 4 games: 9.8ppg, 2.3rpg, NBBL All-Star Game -15, 16, Kaunas Adidas Next Generation Tournament (Qualifications to ANGT Finals) -15: 3 games: 14.3ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.3spg, 2.0bpg, 2FG: 44.4%, 3PT: 25%, FT: 76.5%, German Regionalliga (South-East Group) Runner-Up -15, German U18 National Team -15-16, European Championships U18 in Volos (Greece) -15: 9 games: 5.0ppg, 2.8rpg, German Regionalliga (South-East Group) Champion -16
and NBA Basketball without Borders Global Camp in Toronto (Canada) -16.

Source:Fraport Skyliners



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Magic loses to Tema as DC continues winless run - by Yaw Mintah

Tudu Magic has lost the battle of the two sides in the Accra Basketball League (ABL) Men's Division I following a 73-84 loss to Tema Youth at the Lebanon House Court in Tudu. The game which pits league leaders Magic against second placed Tema got off to a slow start with Tema edging the home side 19-17 in the first quarter before completely blowing them out in the second courtesy a 40-28 lead at the end of the half.

Both teams traded baskets in the third quarter before Tema's Enoch Borsah delivered a vicious slam. However, the final quarter descended into a three point battle between Tema's Ebenezer Borsah and Magic's Elvis Pobi Siaw as both men made four baskets from beyond the arc respectively but Magic was not able to wipe out the deficit to lose its third game in six for the season. Tema moves to four wins in five games.

DC Dynamics' winless this season continues as the side failed to get past Fire Service. DC lost 57-61 to the only side yet to beaten this campaign despite a furious rally in the closing minutes of the game. Matters stayed close throughout the game as Dynamics tagged along the whole way.

Dynamics Guard Lantei Blankson-Mills scored seven points including a three point shot off a feed from Center and Captain Dennis Boateng who returned to the side after picking up an injury in the first game of the season.

Forwards Farahat Tamimu and Benjamin Sowah chipped away points for Fire but Shooting Guard David Laryea went off and scored 13 straight points including three makes from the three point line to stretch the lead to nine before fouling out with 1:50 left to play.

DC's Sena Asante replicated a shooting clinic of his own to pull within four of Fire's mark but it proved futile as his side lost its third straight game. Fire has won all four games played this season.



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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. Fitzpatrick, AGOR12.9 
 8. Lojeski, Olympiacos12.6 
 9. Robert, AGOR12.6 
 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.6.0 
 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. Talton, AGOR4.3 
 6. Scott, Doxa L.4.1 
 7. Hall, Kolossos HH4.0 
 8. Nixon, Lavrio3.9 
 9. El-Amin, Kymis3.9 
 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. Releford, Kolossos.1.6 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.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. Milutinov, Olympiacos1.0 
 6. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 7. Kravic, AGOR1.0 
 8. Fitzpatrick, AGOR0.9 
 9. Kavvadas, Aris0.9 
 10. Reddic, Kolossos HH0.9 


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
gschID: 493977


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
gschID: 493976


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
gschID: 493975


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
gschID: 493974


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
gschID: 493980


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
gschID: 493979


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
gschID: 493978


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
gschID: 493973





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.

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A1 Round 1 of Play-Offs. AGOR and PAOK record victories - by Eurobasket News

AGOR - Kolossos HH 84-71 OT

AGOR unleashed 21 points in the extra period and tamed Kolossos HH in the playoffs opener. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 18-12 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 13-point victory in overtime. AGOR made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Kolossos HH turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Toarlyn Fitzpatrick (203-89, college: S.Florida) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Haralampos Giannopoulos (200-89) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four AGOR players scored in double figures. American forward Juvonte Reddic (206-92, college: VCU) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import point guard Trevor Releford (183-91, college: Alabama) added 17 points in the effort for Kolossos HH. Kolossos HH's coach Aris Likogiannis rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
AGOR: H.Giannopoulos 20+3reb+1ast, T.Fitzpatrick 20+9reb+1ast, R.Arnold 14+9reb, W.Lemon Jr. 13+1reb+1ast, A.Christodoulou 10+5reb+4ast, G.Talton 4+1reb+10ast
Kolossos HH: J.Reddic 20+6reb, T.Releford 17+2reb+3ast, L.Hall 9+3reb+9ast, P.Vasilopoulos 9+10reb, C.Saloustros 5+10reb+4ast, R.Ahonen 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 544368


PAOK - Lavrio 82-65

PAOK cruised past Lavrio in the opener. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-65. PAOK made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. PAOK outrebounded Lavrio 39-21 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lavrio was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican forward Ivan Aska (201-90, college: Murray St.) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 9 rebounds. American power forward Keith Clanton (205-90, college: Cent.Florida) contributed with 7 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four PAOK players scored in double figures. American Steven Gray (196-89, college: Gonzaga) answered with 15 points and the other American import guard Demarius Bolds (193-84, college: Missouri Western) added 13 points in the effort for Lavrio. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
PAOK: T.McFadden 18+1ast, N.Sobey 15+2reb+2ast, I.Aska 13+9reb+3ast, L.Chrysikopoulos 13+5reb+1ast, V.Margaritis 9+4reb+2ast, K.Clanton 7+11reb+5ast
Lavrio: S.Gray 15+2reb+1ast, D.Bolds 13+4reb+1ast, M.Perakis 8+2reb, Z.Nixon 8+3ast, A.Hamilton 6+3reb+1ast, G.Athanasoulas 5+1reb
gschID: 544367





Gaios Skordilis claims Greek A2 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Gaios Skordilis (207-C-87, agency: Diamond Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Faros and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 29-year old center had a double-double of 27 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team outclassed Pagrati (#16, 2-25) with 61-point margin 164-103. Faros maintains the 4th position in Greek A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Faros will need more victories to improve their 20-6 record. It's Skordilis' second year at Faros and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Gaios Skordilis averages this season 10.3ppg and 6.4rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old Lithuanian guard Dovydas Redikas (192-G-92) of Arkadikos. Redikas impressed basketball fans with 25 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists. It was enough for Arkadikos to edge the higher-ranked Ethnikos (#6, 14-13) by 2 points 89-87. Arkadikos' 11th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-17 record. Redikas is a newcomer at Arkadikos and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.6ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 4.1rpg and 4.0apg.

The third best performed player last round was Iaonnis Lekakis (196-F/G-90) of Pagrati (#16). Lekakis showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, five rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Lekakis' great performance Pagrati lost 103-164 to the higher-ranked Faros (#4, 20-6). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Pagrati can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-25 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Lekakis he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Lekakis has a very solid season. In 24 games in Greece he scored 6.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nikos Liakopoulos (188-PG-83) of Faros - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (204-C-88) of AE Larissas - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Ioannis Angelopoulos (194-G-91) of Amyntas Dafnis - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-PG-86) of Faros - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Dimitris Lolas (203-F-86) of Irakleio - 17 points and 10 rebounds
9. Nikolaos Papanikolaou (209-F-85) of Psychiko - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Dimitris Kalampakas (202-F-89) of Doxa Pefkon - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Eredivisie Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Leiden complete semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Leiden - Amsterdam 75-56

Leiden outgunned Amsterdam in the decisive third game of the series and advanced into Eredivisie semifinal stage. The game was mostly controlled by Leiden. Amsterdam managed to win fourth quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Leiden looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Leiden made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was international forward Mohamed Kherrazi (200-90) who scored 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international Jessey Voorn (197-90, agency: Court Side) chipped in 22 points. Four Leiden players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international swingman Dimeo Van-Der-Horst (197-91) who recorded 20 points and Surinamese Sergio de-Randamie (201-84, college: Houston) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Leiden: J.Voorn 22+2reb+1ast, M.Kherrazi 12+8reb+6ast, T.Koenis 10+12reb+1ast, R.Jansen 10+1reb+8ast, D.Draper 9+7reb+1ast, J.Lee 5+4reb+4ast
Amsterdam: D.Van Der Horst 20+4reb+3ast, S.de Randamie 12+6reb+2ast, S.Mulder 9+2reb+1ast, A.Roye 6+5reb+3ast, G.Slagter 5+6reb, M.Bruining 2
gschID: 544482





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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. Kromah, Kormend20.2 
 4. Lilov, Szedeak19.2 
 5. Frazier, Kaposvari18.4 
 6. Vojvoda, Szolnok18.3 
 7. Pacher, Vasas17.9 
 8. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.5 
 9. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.16.8 
 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. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 7. Sejfic, PVSK P.7.9 
 8. Watkins, Atomeromu7.8 
 9. Drungilas, ZTE K.7.5 
 10. Mills, Sopron KC7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.3 
 2. Boltic, Szedeak8.2 
 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. Kromah, Kormend2.0 
 5. Petty, Kormend2.0 
 6. Smith, MAFC2.0 
 7. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.1.9 
 8. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.9 
 9. Frazier, Kaposvari1.8 
 10. Smith-Jr, Kormend1.7 
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. Andric, Szolnok0.6 


A Division Round 6 (Second Stage): PVSK Pannon is defeated by KTE-Duna - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked PVSK Pannon (18-13) in Kecskemet on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked KTE-Duna (16-15) 88-84. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of PVSK Pannon. KTE-Duna looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by PVSK Pannon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian center Kemal Karahodzic (210-89) had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international point guard Mate Pongo (185-93) chipped in 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Bosnian center Ismet Sejfic (208-93, agency: XL Basketball Agency) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. KTE-Duna have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 16-15 record having five points less than leader PVSK Pannon, which they share with Szedeak. PVSK Pannon at the other side still keeps top place with 13 games lost. KTE-Duna is looking forward to face Szedeak (#4) in Szeged in the next round. PVSK Pannon will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kormend (21-10) against fourth ranked ZTE KK (20-11) on Thursday night. Visiting Kormend was crushed by ZTE KK in Zalaegerszeg 102-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kormend. American-Puerto Rican point guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists to lead the effort and Zsolt Szabo supported him with 20 points and 10 rebounds. ZTE KK's coach Tamas Bencze felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 25 points and 5 rebounds by American-Liberian guard Lasan Kromah (198-91, college: Connecticut) did not help to save the game for Kormend. ZTE KK moved-up to third place, which they share with Falco KC. Kormend at the other side keeps the second position with ten games lost. ZTE KK will play against Szolnok (#5) in Szolnok in the next round. Kormend will have a break next round.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Szombathely. Third ranked host Falco KC (20-11) defeated one of their biggest challengers Szolnok (19-12) 77-71. The best player for the winners was Darrin Govens who had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists. Falco KC's coach Srecko Sekulovic used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was David Vojvoda who recorded 16 points and 4 assists. Falco KC maintains third position with 20-11 record having just one point less than leader PVSK Pannon, which they share with ZTE KK. Defending champion Szolnok dropped to the fifth place with 12 games lost. Falco KC will meet league's leader Alba in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Szolnok will play against ZTE KK (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 6 Sopron KC lost to Szedeak on the opponent's court 74-78.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 16 points and 14 rebounds by Adomas Drungilas of ZTE KK.

ZTE KK - Kormend 102-81

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kormend (21-10) against fourth ranked ZTE KK (20-11) on Thursday night. Visiting Kormend was crushed by ZTE KK in Zalaegerszeg 102-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kormend. The game was mostly controlled by ZTE KK. Kormend was better in second period 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. ZTE KK outrebounded Kormend 48-25 including a 35-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American-Puerto Rican point guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists to lead the effort and the former international forward Zsolt Szabo (202-86) supported him with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Five ZTE KK players scored in double figures. ZTE KK's coach Tamas Bencze felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 25 points and 5 rebounds by American-Liberian guard Lasan Kromah (198-91, college: Connecticut) did not help to save the game for Kormend. American guard Lenzelle Smith-Jr (193-91, college: Ohio St.) added 17 points and 5 rebounds. ZTE KK moved-up to third place, which they share with Falco KC. Kormend at the other side keeps the second position with ten games lost. ZTE KK will play against Szolnok (#5) in Szolnok in the next round. Kormend will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
ZTE KK: Z.Szabo 20+10reb+1ast, R.Kis 16+3reb+2ast, A.Drungilas 16+14reb, E.Ubilla 15+6reb+12ast, S.Benke 12+6reb+1ast, J.Norfleet 11+1reb+1ast
Kormend: L.Kromah 25+5reb+2ast, L.Smith Jr. 17+5reb+3ast, S.Gibbs 16+3reb+4ast, A.Nemeth 9+5reb+1ast, M.Csorvasi 6+2reb+1ast, C.Ferencz 6+3reb
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Falco KC - Szolnok 77-71

The game between Top Four teams took place in Szombathely. Third ranked host Falco KC (20-11) defeated one of their biggest challengers Szolnok (19-12) 77-71. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Falco KC looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists. The other American import point guard Lester Medford (178-93, college: Baylor, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 20 points. Falco KC's coach Srecko Sekulovic used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was international swingman David Vojvoda (196-90) who recorded 16 points and 4 assists and Croatian center Luksa Andric (208-85, agency: BeoBasket) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Four Szolnok players scored in double figures. Falco KC maintains third position with 20-11 record having just one point less than leader PVSK Pannon, which they share with ZTE KK. Defending champion Szolnok dropped to the fifth place with 12 games lost. Falco KC will meet league's leader Alba in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Szolnok will play against ZTE KK (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Falco KC: D.Govens 21+5reb+12ast, L.Medford 20+2reb+2ast, N.Toth 9+3reb+1ast, B.Varadi 9+8reb+3ast, I.Zigeranovic 8+7reb+1ast, A.Pustahvar 7+1reb
Szolnok: D.Vojvoda 16+4reb+4ast, M.Borisov 12, N.Pavlicevic 10+7ast, L.Andric 10+8reb, K.Wittmann 9+2reb, A.Toth 8+1reb
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Szedeak - Sopron KC 78-74

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Sopron KC's (13-18) road loss to fourth ranked Szedeak (16-15) 74-78 on Wednesday. Sopron KC trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 19-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-78 at the end of the game. Szedeak made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Sopron KC turnovers. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Andrija Ciric (198-80) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian guard Marko Boltic (193-87, agency: 011 Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Julien Mills (193-85, college: Ball St., agency: HMS) who recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Brandon Johnson (183-86, college: San Diego, agency: BeoBasket) added 12 points, 6 assists and 4 steals respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Szedeak moved-up to third place, which they share with KTE-Duna. Sopron KC lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 18 games lost. Szedeak will meet KTE-Duna (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sopron KC will play against the league's second-placed Kaposvari and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Szedeak: A.Ciric 21+6reb, N.Sulovic 17+5reb+2ast, I.Lilov 16+2reb+2ast, M.Boltic 10+3reb+13ast, L.Juhos 6+7reb+2ast, A.Vagvolgyi 2
Sopron KC: B.Johnson 12+3reb+6ast, M.Spica 11+4reb+3ast, J.Mills 10+10reb+3ast, A.Rujak 10+2reb+1ast, N.Takacs 9+1reb, A.Myles 8+5reb+3ast
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KTE-Duna - PVSK Pannon 88-84

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked PVSK Pannon (18-13) in Kecskemet on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked KTE-Duna (16-15) 88-84. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of PVSK Pannon. KTE-Duna looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by PVSK Pannon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian center Kemal Karahodzic (210-89) had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international point guard Mate Pongo (185-93) chipped in 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Bosnian center Ismet Sejfic (208-93, agency: XL Basketball Agency) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and Croatian forward Veljko Budimir (199-85) scored 21 points. Four KTE-Duna and five PVSK Pannon players scored in double figures. KTE-Duna have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 16-15 record having five points less than leader PVSK Pannon, which they share with Szedeak. PVSK Pannon at the other side still keeps top place with 13 games lost. KTE-Duna is looking forward to face Szedeak (#4) in Szeged in the next round. PVSK Pannon will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
KTE-Duna: T.Ivosev 20+6reb+3ast, M.Pongo 20+7reb+5ast, M.Djerasimovic 17+3reb+3ast, K.Karahodzic 16+11reb+6ast, M.Djukanovic 9+1reb+5ast, M.Pongo 6+4reb+2ast
PVSK Pannon: V.Budimir 21+3reb+2ast, C.Smith 17+5reb, I.Sejfic 16+12reb, A.Halasz 13+1reb+8ast, Z.Supola 11+5reb+1ast, T.Harazin 4+5reb
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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.



Stefan Fekete (ex Leotar) agreed terms with Spartak - by Ivan Milenkovic

KK Spartak Subotica (KLS) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old naturalized Hungarian point guard Stefan Fekete (190-86, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He played recently at Leotar in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. In 16 games he recorded 6.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.6apg this season. Fekete also played earlier that season for Futog (2MLS) where in three Division I games he averaged 11.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 4.0apg and 1.3spg.
Among other achievements he played in the final of Bosnia and Herzegovina League in 2010.
Fekete is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Africa and of course North America) in seven different countries. Fekete has played previously professionally in Germany (ifm Baskets Konstanz), Romania (Concordia), Hungary (Zalakeramia-ZTE KK, Alba, Marso Nyiregyhazi KK, Szedeak and FS Debrecen), Serbia (The Ere), Libya (Al Tahaddi) and Switzerland (Winterthur).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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 


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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Haukur Palsson selected the top Icelandic playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Haukur Palsson
Haukur Palsson
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Haukur Palsson (197-92, college: Maryland, currently plays in France). He was the major contributor in a SPO Rouen's victory against one of league's weakest teams Saint Chamond (10-18) 85-77 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Palsson recorded 18 points and added 4 passes in 35 minutes on the court. SPO Rouen Basket (13-14) is placed 11th in the ProB. It's Palsson's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 4.0apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 42.1%, 3FGP: 39.8% and FT: 74.4% in 24 games he played so far. Palsson is currently a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Axel Karason
Axel Karason
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international small forward Axel Karason (193-83, currently plays in Denmark). He could not help Svendborg (13-15) to beat Bakken (24-4). Karason scored 9 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. But Svendborg was defeated 93-85 on the road by the leading Bakken. It was Svendborg's third consecutive loss in a row. This season Karason averages: 3.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 67.4%(29-43), 3FGP: 31.7% and FT: 53.3%. He is in the roster of the Icelandic senior national team.

Ragnar Nathanaelsson
Ragnar Nathanaelsson
   #3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Ragnar Nathanaelsson (218-91, currently plays in Spain). Nathanaelsson led Albacete to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Agustinos-Leclerc (13-16) 81-63 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Sunday night. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Nathanaelsson also added 2 blocks in 25 minutes. Arcos Albacete Basket (9-20) is placed 14th in the LEB Silver. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Nathanaelsson's overall stats are: 6.1ppg, 6.9rpg, 2FGP: 57.4%(31-54) and FT: 37.9% in 12 games. He is also a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Martin Hermannsson
Martin Hermannsson
   #4. Guard Martin Hermannsson (190-94, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in France) led Charleville-Mezieres to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Saint-Quentin (12-16) crushing them 98-64 in the French ProB (second division) in Saturday night's game. Hermannsson recorded 13 points and added 7 passes. Etoile Charleville-Mezieres (16-12) is placed third in the ProB. Hermannsson has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 4.0rpg and 5.6apg. Hermannsson is also Icelandic national team player.

Aegir Steinarsson
Aegir Steinarsson
   #5. International point guard Aegir Steinarsson (185-91, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Newberry, currently plays in Spain) managed to help San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos in a victory against the 16th-ranked Magia Huesca (10-22) 86-78 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Sunday. He scored 5 points and added 6 passes in 18 minutes. San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos (22-10) is placed third in the LEB Gold. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Steinarsson's total stats are: 6.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.9apg in 32 games. He plays currently for the Icelandic national team.

Other top Icelandic players, who play abroad:

Jakob Sigurdarson (192-PG-82) plays for Boras Basket in Swedish Basketligan
Hordur Vilhjalmsson (194-G-88) plays for Bondi Ferrara in Italian Serie A2
Jovan Zdravevski (198-F-80) plays for IK Eos in Swedish Basketettan
Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (204-C-88) plays for AE Larissas in Greek A2



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
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D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Daequan COOK
  Chemidor
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Cook, Chemidor24.5 
 2. Buljan, Kashan22.5 
 3. Robinson, Petrochimi20.9 
 4. Hosley, Arak19.6 
 5. Prince, Azad19.2 
 6. Toncinic, Gorgan18.6 
 7. Gacesa, Tabriz17.2 
 8. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.15.5 
 9. Jones, Azad15.2 
 10. Williams, Arak15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  Army
  (200-SF-90)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Kazemi, Army11.6 
 2. Buljan, Kashan10.1 
 3. Kardoust, Arak9.4 
 4. Williams, Tabriz9.1 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan8.8 
 6. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.8.5 
 7. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.7.5 
 8. Cukinas, Chemidor7.3 
 9. Jones, Azad7.2 
 10. Mirzaei, Naft A.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Petrochimi
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Robinson, Petrochimi4.3 
 2. Davarpanah, Naft A.3.9 
 3. Perkins, Naft A.3.8 
 4. Nasajpour, Tabriz3.7 
 5. Prince, Azad3.6 
 6. Hosley, Arak3.5 
 7. Jamshidi, Petrochimi3.3 
 8. Davoudi, Arak2.9 
 9. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.2.8 
 10. Williams, Arak2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Arak
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Hosley, Arak3.2 
 2. Kazemi, Army2.9 
 3. Nasajpour, Tabriz2.9 
 4. Perkins, Naft A.2.5 
 5. Prince, Azad2.5 
 6. Davarpanah, Naft A.2.2 
 7. Mashayekhi, Naft A.2.1 
 8. Robinson, Petrochimi1.8 
 9. Jones, Azad1.7 
 10. White, Petrochimi1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Tabriz
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Williams, Tabriz4.1 
 2. Taherpour, Shiraz a.1.1 
 3. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.1.1 
 4. Kardoust, Arak1.1 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan0.9 
 6. Moradinasab, Gor.0.8 
 7. Riaie, Chemidor0.8 
 8. Nabipour, Petrochimi0.8 
 9. Soleimani, Kashan0.7 
 10. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.0.7 


Superleague Round 9 (Second Stage): Petrochimi defeats Chemidor in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Second Stage in Superleague. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

An interesting game for Petrochimi (7-1) which hosted in Bandar Imam 3rd placed Chemidor (3-4). First ranked Petrochimi had an easy win 112-81. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 31 points. Petrochimi shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 68.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for international Behnam Yakhchali (196-95, agency: Three Eye Sports) who led his team to a victory with 29 points and 8 rebounds (perfect behind the arc making all six shots !!!). American swingman James White (201-82, college: Cincinnati, agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with 26 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Daequan Cook (195-87, college: Ohio St.) answered with 27 points and 5 rebounds for Chemidor. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Petrochimi have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 7-1 record. Chemidor at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with Kashan. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An interesting game for Naft Abadan (6-1) which hosted in Abadan 3rd placed Tabriz (2-3). First ranked Naft Abadan had an easy win 106-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tabriz. International Mohammad Hassanzadeh (203-90, agency: Three Eye Sports) stepped up and scored 27 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and Meisam Mirzaei chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84) with 37 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Tabriz's coach Mehran Hatami gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Naft Abadan. They maintain first place with 6-1 record. Tabriz at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Naft Abadan will play against Army (#4) in Tehran in the next round. Tabriz will play at home against the league's second-placed Arak and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 9 Gorgan was beaten by Kashan on the road 74-64.

Petrochimi - Chemidor 112-81

An interesting game for Petrochimi (7-1) which hosted in Bandar Imam 3rd placed Chemidor (3-4). First ranked Petrochimi had an easy win 112-81. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 31 points. Petrochimi shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 68.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for international Behnam Yakhchali (196-95, agency: Three Eye Sports) who led his team to a victory with 29 points and 8 rebounds (perfect behind the arc making all six shots !!!). American swingman James White (201-82, college: Cincinnati, agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Daequan Cook (195-87, college: Ohio St.) answered with 27 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Javad Davari (185-83) added 17 points and 6 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in the effort for Chemidor. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Petrochimi have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 7-1 record. Chemidor at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with Kashan. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Petrochimi: D.Johnson 32+3reb+2ast, B.Yakhchali 29+8reb+3ast, J.White 26+10reb+3ast, M.Jamshidi 8+2reb+6ast, M.Atashi 6+1reb+4ast, O.Sahakian 5+3reb
Chemidor: D.Cook 27+5reb+2ast, J.Davari 17+2reb+6ast, A.Sedighi 11+6reb, P.Kiani 7+5reb, I.Zandi 7+1reb+1ast, A.Azari 5
gschID: 544918


Naft Abadan - Tabriz 106-77

An interesting game for Naft Abadan (6-1) which hosted in Abadan 3rd placed Tabriz (2-3). First ranked Naft Abadan had an easy win 106-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tabriz. It looked good early as Tabriz took a 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Naft Abadan had a 28-18 second period charge getting the lead and Tabriz was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-106. Naft Abadan forced 20 Tabriz turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. International Mohammad Hassanzadeh (203-90, agency: Three Eye Sports) stepped up and scored 27 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and the former international center Meisam Mirzaei (210-92) chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds. Five Naft Abadan players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84) with 37 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and Sajjad Pazrofteh scored 9 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Tabriz's coach Mehran Hatami gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Naft Abadan. They maintain first place with 6-1 record. Tabriz at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Naft Abadan will play against Army (#4) in Tehran in the next round. Tabriz will play at home against the league's second-placed Arak and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Naft Abadan: M.Hassanzadeh 27+5reb+2ast, M.Mirzaei 16+11reb, S.Davarpanah 15+5reb+1ast, E.Salmani 12+9reb+2ast, D.Perkins 12+7reb+4ast, S.Mashayekhi 12+6reb+4ast
Tabriz: N.Ebi 37+6reb+1ast, A. Taherkhani 14+2reb, S.Pazrofteh 9+11reb+5ast, R.Khabazan 5+4reb+3ast, E.Nasajpour 4+3reb+5ast, M.Falahat 3+1reb+3ast
gschID: 537390


Kashan - Gorgan 74-64

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Kashan's (3-4) home victory over 5th ranked Shahrdari Gorgan (1-6) 74-64. It looked good early as Shahrdari Gorgan took a 3-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kashan had a 18-10 second period charge getting the lead and Shahrdari Gorgan was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 64-74. Kashan forced 23 Shahrdari Gorgan turnovers. The former international center Masoud Soleimani (207) stepped up and scored 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Arash Najafi (-77) chipped in 19 points and 5 steals. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Majid GhasemZadeh (187-89) with 23 points and 6 rebounds and the former international power forward Sasoon Abramian (208-87) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kashan moved-up to third place, which they share with Chemidor. Shahrdari Gorgan lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kashan: M.Soleimani 20+8reb, A.Najafi 19+3reb+2ast, M.Salehi-Bozorgi 8+2reb+1ast, M.Khaleghifar 7+7reb, H.Rahmati 6+10reb+1ast, M.Shahrian 5+5reb+4ast
Gorgan: M.GhasemZadeh 23+6reb+2ast, S.Abramian 12+8reb, K.Ahmadian 8+2reb, M.Boroun 7+7reb+1ast, M.Shahsavand 4+4reb, M.Moradinasab 4+5reb+1ast
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Nift Al-Janoub tabs Louis Munks, ex Puerto Montt !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Newly promoted Nift Al-Janoub (Superleague) inked 27-year old American guard Louis Munks (190-91kg-90, college: Prairie View A&M). He started the season at CEB Puerto Montt in Chilean Liga Nacional. In 37 games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.3ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.8apg and 1.7spg this season. The last summer Munks played at Vikingos (Libobasquet) in Bolivian league.
He played in the final of SWAC Tournament in 2014.
Munks has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Munks has played previously professionally also in Canada (Orangeville A's) and Slovakia (SKP Banska Bystrica).
He attended Prairie View A&M University until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Al Karkh signs Antwan Wilkerson, ex Al Noor !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Karkh (Superleague) signed 26-year old American forward Antwan Wilkerson (201-100kg-91, college: Johnson C. Smith). He just played at Al Noor in Saudi Arabian SBL league. A very impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Saudi Arabian SBL Honorable Mention. Wilkerson also played earlier that season for Al Ittihad (Premier League) in Bahrain.
His team was regular season runner-up in CIAA Southern Division in 2012.
Wilkerson has played on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally also in Cyprus (Omonia) and Bolivia (Bolmar).
Wilkerson attended Johnson C. Smith University until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Superleague Round 1 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

The biggest surprise of round 1 in Superleague took place in Baghdad where host Al Shurtah (8-3) beat Al Mina (3-8) 97-80 on Friday evening. Al Mina will play next round against strong Al Nift trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Al Shurtah will try to continue on its current victory against Al Kahraba. It will be extra interesting game as Al Kahraba is their local rival from Baghdad.
Al Nift defeated Al Karkh in Baghdad 99-88. Al Karkh will play next round against strong Nift Al-Janoub trying to get back on the winning streak. Al Nift will try to continue on its current victory against Al Mina at Basra.
An interesting game was played in Baghdad where Nift Al-Janoub (#4) beat host Al Kahraba (#3) 80-75 on Friday evening. Nift Al-Janoub will meet Al Karkh (#5) on the road in the next round. Al Kahraba's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Baghdad to the arena Al Shurtah.

Al Kahraba - Nift Al-Janoub 75-80

An interesting game was played in Baghdad where Nift Al-Janoub (#4) beat host Al Kahraba (#3) 80-75 on Friday evening. Nift Al-Janoub will meet Al Karkh (#5) on the road in the next round. Al Kahraba's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Baghdad to the arena Al Shurtah.
gschID: 544094


Al Shurtah - Al Mina 97-80

The biggest surprise of round 1 in Superleague took place in Baghdad where host Al Shurtah (8-3) beat Al Mina (3-8) 97-80 on Friday evening. Al Mina will play next round against strong Al Nift trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Al Shurtah will try to continue on its current victory against Al Kahraba. It will be extra interesting game as Al Kahraba is their local rival from Baghdad.
gschID: 544093


Al Nift - Al Karkh 99-88

Al Nift defeated Al Karkh in Baghdad 99-88. Al Karkh will play next round against strong Nift Al-Janoub trying to get back on the winning streak. Al Nift will try to continue on its current victory against Al Mina at Basra.
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Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mark LYONS
  Hapoel T-A
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Lyons, Hapoel T-A20.4 
 2. Wyatt, Hapoel H.18.8 
 3. Selby, Maccabi K/G17.1 
 4. Milbourne, Hapoel E.16.9 
 5. Tucker, Hapoel T-A16.7 
 6. Simon, Maccabi .16.6 
 7. Bowman, Maccabi .16.4 
 8. Siggers, Galil Gilboa16.4 
 9. Holloway, Galil G.16.2 
 10. Bell, Hapoel Holon15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karam MASHOUR
  Bnei H.
  (198-F-91)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Mashour, Bnei H.10.3 
 2. Holloway, Galil G.9.8 
 3. Atkins, Hapoel Holon8.6 
 4. Adrien, Bnei H.8.1 
 5. Howell, Hapoel T-A7.8 
 6. Cohen, Maccabi .7.6 
 7. Iverson, Maccabi .7.3 
 8. Carmichael, Maccabi .7.3 
 9. Griffin, Galil Gilboa6.9 
 10. Bowman, Maccabi .6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Maccabi .
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Vargas, Maccabi .6.8 
 2. Henry, Hapoel Eilat6.1 
 3. Blatt, Hapoel T-A5.8 
 4. Kitchen, Ironi N.5.8 
 5. Mekel, Maccabi T-A5.2 
 6. Taylor, Hapoel Holon4.9 
 7. Lyons, Hapoel T-A4.7 
 8. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .4.7 
 9. Ewing, Maccabi .4.5 
 10. Green, Bnei H.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Justin CARTER
  Maccabi .
  (193-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Carter, Maccabi .2.0 
 2. Shuchman, Galil G.1.9 
 3. Kinsey, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 4. Vargas, Maccabi .1.8 
 5. DiBartolomeo, Maccabi .1.8 
 6. Kitchen, Ironi N.1.7 
 7. Henry, Hapoel Eilat1.7 
 8. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .1.7 
 9. Dennis, Bnei H.1.7 
 10. Taylor, Maccabi .1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Eric GRIFFIN
  Galil Gilboa
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Griffin, Galil Gilboa1.7 
 2. Buckner, Hapoel Eilat1.5 
 3. Stoudemire, Hapoel J.1.3 
 4. Jones, Hapoel J-M1.2 
 5. Adrien, Bnei H.1.1 
 6. Mitchell, Maccabi .1.1 
 7. Chubrevich, Hapoel H.1.0 
 8. Daniels, Hapoel Eilat1.0 
 9. Holloway, Galil G.0.9 
 10. Carter, Maccabi .0.9 


D'or Fischer's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Israelis playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

D'or Fischer
D'or Fischer
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international center D'or Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia, currently plays in Latvia). He led Valmiera to a victory over the closely-ranked Barons Riga (16-15) crushing them 88-58 in the Latvian LBL in Sunday night's game. Fischer was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 15 rebounds. Fischer also added 4 blocks in 31 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Valmiera/ORDO (21-11) is placed second in the LBL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Fischer has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.2apg, 2.4bpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 78.1%(25-32) and FT: 81.3% in five games he played so far. Fischer is a naturalized American. He played for the Israeli senior national team two years ago. Fischer used to play for Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv in Israeli league.

Alex Tyus
Alex Tyus
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Alex Tyus (203-88, college: Florida, currently plays in Turkey). He contributed to a 3-point Galatasaray's victory against the 11th-ranked Yesilgiresun Bld (9-17) 89-86 in the Turkish BSL last Saturday. Tyus scored 9 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (20-6) is placed third in the BSL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Tyus' first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 6.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 57.7%(75-130). Tyus is a naturalized American. He played for the Israeli national team in 2013. Tyus used to play for Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli league.

Omri Casspi
Omri Casspi
   #3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was former international small forward Omri Casspi (206-88, currently plays in NBA). Casspi could not help the Minnesota Timberwolves (31-51) to beat the Houston Rockets (55-27). He scored only 4 points. The Minnesota Timberwolves (31-51) were defeated 123-118 on the road by the Rockets. It was Timberwolves' sixth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NBA. Casspi's overall stats this season are: 3.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 2FGP: 58.6%(17-29) and FT: 62.5%. He played for the Israeli national team two years ago.

Yuval Naimy
Yuval Naimy
   #4. Point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in Scafati's victory against the 15th-ranked Viola RC (9-20) 73-71 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Saturday. Naimy scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 40 minutes. Givova Scafati Basket (10-19) is placed 14th in West group. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Naimy has very impressive stats this year: 15.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 7.3apg in 23 games. He used to play for the Israeli national team back in 2015.

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

   #1. Marios Matalon (186-G-89, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Greece) could not help Panionios (23-4) in their last game. Despite his good performance Panionios lost 64-76 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) Holargos. Matalon was the top scorer with 13 points. He also added 4 assists in 23 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Matalon's overall stats are: 7.2ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.8apg in 27 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and Greek. Despite Matalon's Israeli passport, he previously played for the Greek U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Israeli team.

Other top Israeli players, who play abroad:

Anton Shoutvin (206-C-89) plays for Iskra Svit in Slovakian SBL
Anton Kazarnovski (206-F/C-85) plays for BG Karlsruhe in German ProB
Guy Aud (186-G-89) plays for USC Leipzig in German ProB
Benji Tamir (192-G/F-91) plays for McKinnon Cougars in Australian State League
Mor Menashe (188-G-92) plays for Lakehead University in Canadian university league CIS
Aner Levron (192-G-84) plays for Aschersleben in German Regionalliga
Juan Carlos Bergel (188-SG-89) plays for C.Entrerriano in Argentinian TFB
Freddie Goldstein (178-PG-88) plays for KL Dragons in Malaysian ASEAN League



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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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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Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate selected the top Ivorian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate
Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate (181-87, currently plays in France). Diabate could not help one of league's weakest teams Chalons-Reims (9-19) in their last game. Despite his good performance Chalons-Reims lost 69-82 on the road to the higher-ranked (#15) Olympique Antibes. Diabate recorded 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 31 minutes on the court. It was Chalons-Reims' fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Diabate averages: 7.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.7apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 45.2%, 3FGP: 36.0% and FT: 41.7% in nine games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French. Diabate played for the Ivorian senior national team two years ago.

Remi Dibo
Remi Dibo
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Remi Dibo (201-91, agency: Octagon Europe, college: W.Virginia, currently plays in France). He was not able to help ALM Evreux in their game against Provence Basket (19-9) in the French ProB (second division). Despite his very good performance in Friday night's game Dibo was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 5 rebounds. It's Dibo's first season with the team. Dibo has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 50.5%, 3FGP: 34.8%. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Despite Dibo played previously for the French U16 national team, he is currently a member of the Ivorian senior national team.

Charles Abouo
Charles Abouo
   #3. The Ivorian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Charles Abouo (196-89, college: BYU, currently plays in France). Abouo was the major contributor in a Denain Voltaire's victory against the closely-ranked Nantes (13-15) 65-55 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. He recorded 10 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists in 27 minutes. Denain ASC Voltaire (14-14) is placed ninth in the ProB. This year Abouo's overall stats are: 9.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 49.2%, 3FGP: 40.2% and FT: 56.3% in 28 games. He has both American and Ivorian nationalities. Abouo played for the Ivorian national team four years ago.

Louri Frejus Zerbo
Louri Frejus Zerbo
   #4. Center Louri Frejus Zerbo (209-89, currently plays in France) contributed to a Limoges CSP Elite's victory against the closely-ranked Le Mans (11-17) 79-68 in the French ProA on Saturday night. He recorded 8 points. Limoges CSP Elite (14-14) is placed tenth in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Zerbo has been at the team for six years. Zerbo's total stats this season are: 2.5ppg and 3.0rpg. He also holds two passports: Burkinabe and Ivorian. Zerbo used to play for the Ivorian national team back in 2013.

Guy Landry Edi
Guy Landry Edi
   #5. International swingman Guy Landry Edi (202-88, agency: Promotex, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Saint Chamond (10-18) in their game against SPO Rouen (13-14) in the French ProB (second division). Despite his very good performance last Friday Edi was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Edi's total stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.3apg. He holds both Ivorian and French passports. Edi plays currently for the Ivorian national team.

Mohamed Kone
Mohamed Kone
   #6. An experienced center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in France) led Charleville-Mezieres to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Saint-Quentin (12-16) crushing them 98-64 in the French ProB (second division) on Saturday night. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds. Kone also added 4 assists in 28 minutes. Etoile Charleville-Mezieres (16-12) is placed third in the ProB. This year Kone has relatively solid stats: 13.8ppg, 9.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg in 27 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Ivorian National Team roster.

Bryan Pamba-Juille
Bryan Pamba-Juille
   #7. International point guard Bryan Pamba-Juille (184-92, currently plays in France) couldn't help Lille Metropole (16-12) in their game against ADA Blois (15-12) in the French ProB (second division). He recorded 9 points and had 3 steals in 30 minutes. But Lille Metropole lost 65-75 in Blois to the lower-ranked (#5) ADA Blois. This year Pamba-Juille's total stats are: 5.5ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg in 28 games. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Pamba-Juille is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

Cedric Bah
Cedric Bah
   #8. Center Cedric Bah (198-94, currently plays in France) couldn't help JA Vichy (10-18) in their game against JL Bourg (20-8) in the French ProB (second division). He recorded 5 points. The bottom-ranked JA Vichy was crushed 98-58 in Bourg by the leading JL Bourg. Bah has averaged so far 1.0ppg and 1.3rpg. He plays currently for the Ivorian national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France) could not help Pau-Lacq-Orthez (19-9) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Pau-Lacq-Orthez lost 73-85 at home to the leading Monaco. Koffi was the second best scorer with 22 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 30 minutes. It's Koffi's first season with the team. Koffi has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg and 6.5rpg in 28 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French.

   #2. Doron Perkins (189-G-83, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in Iran) led Naft Abadan to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Tabriz (2-3) crushing them 106-77 in the Iranian Superleague last Thursday. Perkins scored 12 points, had 7 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 2 blocks. Naft Abadan (6-1) is placed first in Group 2. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Perkins has relatively good stats this season: 13.8ppg, 6.6rpg, 3.8apg and 2.5spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and American.

   #3. Dane Watts (203-F-86, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Oettinger Rockets Gotha (16-14) in their last game. Despite his good performance Oettinger Rockets Gotha lost 89-100 on the road to the second-ranked Crailsheim Merlins. Watts had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 15 rebounds in 31 minutes. It was Oettinger Rockets Gotha's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Watts has relatively solid stats: 14.1ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg in 24 games. He has both American and Ivorian nationalities.

   #4. Adjehi Baru (206-F-91, college: Charleston, currently plays in Denmark) was not able to secure a victory for SISU (6-12) in their game against Horsens IC (23-5) in the Danish Ligaen. Despite his good performance in Tuesday night's game Baru recorded 11 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Baru has reliable stats this season: 13.9ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.3apg.

   #5. Mohamed Toure (190-G-92, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Orzinuovi GaGa (24-5) in their game against Reggio Emilia (15-15) in the Italian Serie B (third division). Despite his very good performance on Saturday night He was the top scorer with 18 points. Toure's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Toure has averaged so far 6.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.9apg. He also holds two passports: Ivorian and Italian. Despite Toure's Ivorian nationality, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Ivorian team.

   #6. Armand Anebo (194-SF-87, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Leeds Force in their game against Glasgow Rocks in the British BBL. Anebo scored only 4 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 31 minutes. His team was crushed by 31 points 92-61. Anebo has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 5.1rpg in 15 games.

   #7. Salim Gloyd (198-F-92, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Hawaii-Hilo, currently plays in Spain) managed to help C.B. Tarragona 2017 in a victory against the eighth-ranked Moron 82-77 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Sunday night. Gloyd scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 14 minutes. Gloyd has reliable stats this year: 10.4ppg and 4.4rpg in 28 games. He holds both American and Ivorian passports.



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Kimani Ffriend selected the top Jamaican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kimani Ffriend
Kimani Ffriend
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international center Kimani Ffriend (211-77, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Serbia). He led Dynamic BG to a victory against Beovuk 72 99-93 in a derby game in the Serbian KLS in Wednesday night's game. Ffriend scored 19 points, grabbed 6 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 3 shots in 26 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Dynamic BG Beogradis placed fourth in the KLS. It's Ffriend's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Ffriend averages: 15.8ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 57.6%(76-132) and FT: 69.7% in 15 games he played so far. He played for the Jamaican senior national team five years ago.

Jerome Jordan
Jerome Jordan
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Jerome Jordan (215-86, college: Tulsa, currently plays in Spain). Jordan could not help Joventut (9-19) in their last game. Despite his good performance Joventut was edged 71-69 on the road by the lower-ranked (#15) Zaragoza. Jordan was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Jordan has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 2FGP: 61.5%(83-135) and FT: 76.8% in 22 games. He played for the Jamaican national team in 2014.

Ryan Reid
Ryan Reid
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Ryan Reid (204-86, college: Florida St., currently plays in Japan). Reid contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Kagoshima (7-47) crushing them 98-68 in the Japanese B League D2 on Saturday night. He recorded 8 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Shimane Susanoo Magic (44-10) is placed first in West group. Reid's overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3FGP: 21.6% and FT: 71.1%. He is a naturalized American. Reid played for the Jamaican national team six years ago.

Samardo Samuels
Samardo Samuels
   #4. Power forward Samardo Samuels (206-89, college: Louisville, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Enel Brindisi's surprising victory against the league leader Armani Milano (21-6) 70-68 in the Italian Serie A in Saturday night's game. He scored 9 points in 25 minutes. Enel Basket Brindisi (13-14) is placed ninth in the Serie A. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Samuels' overall stats are: 8.5ppg and 4.5rpg in four games. He used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2014.

Durand Scott
Durand Scott
   #5. Former international swingman Durand Scott (196-90, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Italy) is a teammate of previously mentioned Samardo Samuels and both played together in the last Italian Serie A game. Scott managed to help Enel Basket Brindisi in a victory against the league leader Armani Milano (21-6) 70-68. He scored only 4 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 31 minutes. This year Scott has relatively solid stats: 15.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.0apg and 1.3spg in 26 games. He is a naturalized American. Scott used to play for the Jamaican national team four years ago.

Adrian Forbes
Adrian Forbes
   #6. Power forward Adrian Forbes (211-88, agency: Haylett Sports, college: Auburn, currently plays in Japan) helped Kagawa FA win their game against the third-ranked Kumamoto Vorters (40-14) 68-65 in the Japanese B League D2 on Saturday night. Forbes recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. Kagawa Five Arrows (17-37) are placed fifth in West group. This year Forbes' total stats are: 5.9ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.2bpg in 54 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Jamaican senior team three years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Torin Francis (210-C-83, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Argentina) could not help La Union (9-27) in their last game on Monday. Despite Francis' good performance the seventh-placed La Union (9-27) was defeated 73-69 on the road by the leading Ferrocarril in the Norte group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 17 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Francis has relatively good stats this season: 14.5ppg and 8.7rpg. He is a naturalized American.

   #2. Jermaine Bucknor (201-F-83, college: Richmond, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Gladiators (13-7) in their last game on Monday. Despite Bucknor's very good performance Gladiators was defeated 75-67 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Chemnitz (#3). He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Bucknor also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Bucknor's overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.0apg. He has a dual citizenship: Jamaican and Canadian.

   #3. Sek Henry (193-G-87, college: Nebraska, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Gravelines-Dunkerque (15-13) in their game against Sluc Nancy (7-21) in the French ProA. Henry recorded 8 points in 26 minutes. Gravelines-Dunkerque lost 72-83 in Nancy to the league outsider (#18) Sluc. This year Henry has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.2apg and 1.4spg in 21 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American.

   #4. Ryan Martin (206-F-91, college: Tenn Tech, currently plays in France) couldn't help STB Le Havre (12-9) in their last game on Friday. Despite Martin's good performance STB Le Havre was defeated 81-75 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Poitiers (#7). He recorded 11 points. Martin's total stats this season are: 5.1ppg and 4.0rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Jamaican and British. Despite Martin's Jamaican nationality, he previously played for the British U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Jamaican team.

   #5. Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (178-PG-91, currently plays in Portugal) led Galitos-Barreiro to a victory against the seventh-ranked Vitoria SC (10-10) 81-69 in the Portuguese LPB in Friday night's game. He recorded 14 points. Galitos-Barreiro (16-13) is placed fifth in Places 1-6 group. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Ogungbemi-Jackson has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.5apg and 1.2spg. Ogungbemi-Jackson has both Canadian and Jamaican nationalities. Despite his Jamaican passport, Ogungbemi-Jackson previously played for the Canadian university national team and probably cannot be called to the Jamaican team.

   #6. Khalid Mutakabbir (193-G-91, agency: Duran International, college: Presbyterian, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Zornotza's victory against the tenth-ranked Alcazar 87-82 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Sunday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. Mutakabbir has very impressive stats this year: 15.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.8apg and 1.8spg in eight games. He is a naturalized American.

   #7. Dane Johnson (208-C-86, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Venezuela) couldn't help Toros in their game against Marinos in the Venezuelan LPB. Johnson scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 113-108. Johnson's total stats this season are: 7.0ppg and 3.5rpg. He is a naturalized American.

   #8. T.J. Sapp (190-G-92, also represented by Duran International, college: Murray St., currently plays in France) was the major contributor in a 1-point Boulazac Basket's victory against the 15th-ranked Aix-Maurienne 83-82 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Sapp recorded 12 points in a mere 15 minutes. This year Sapp's total stats are: 9.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg in 21 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #9. Aaron Redpath (193-G-92, agency: Interperformances, college: McMaster, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Zamorano's victory against the closely-ranked Navarra 72-62 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Sunday. Redpath scored 20 points and had 3 steals. Redpath's total stats this season are: 6.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.8apg. He also holds two passports: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #10. Junior Cadougan (187-G-90, college: Marquette, currently plays in NBLCanada) contributed to a London Lightning's victory against the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans 99-91 in the NBL Canada in Wednesday night's game. Cadougan recorded 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Cadougan has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.2bpg. He has dual citizenship: Jamaican and Canadian.



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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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  LATVIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler LARSON
  Barons Riga
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Larson, Barons Riga16.9 
 2. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.14.9 
 3. Blums, VEF Riga14.8 
 4. Pitts, Valmiera14.6 
 5. Griffin, Liepaja/.14.6 
 6. Ausejs, Liepaja/.14.2 
 7. Stumbris, Jekabpils13.7 
 8. Jogela, Barons Riga13.6 
 9. Laksa, Valmiera13.3 
 10. Sirsnins, Jekabpils13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Davis ROZITIS
  Barons Riga
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Rozitis, Barons Riga8.8 
 2. Iljins, Jurmala8.4 
 3. Krestinin, Barons R.7.9 
 4. Montgomery, Liepaja/.7.6 
 5. Selakovs, Jekabpils7.2 
 6. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils7.1 
 7. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.7.0 
 8. Jonats, Valmiera6.8 
 9. Strelnieks, Jurmala6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.6.9 
 2. Jeromanovs, Jurma.6.1 
 3. Sirsnins, Jekabpils6.0 
 4. Pitts, Valmiera5.8 
 5. Plavnieks, BK Ogre5.7 
 6. Gaddy, VEF Riga5.4 
 7. Vitols, BK Ogre4.9 
 8. Larson, Barons Riga4.3 
 9. Birkans, LU4.3 
 10. McMullan, Liepaja/.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.2.3 
 2. Skele, VEF Riga1.9 
 3. Richard, VEF Riga1.8 
 4. Campbell, Ventspils1.6 
 5. Pitts, Valmiera1.6 
 6. Gaddy, VEF Riga1.6 
 7. Mitchell, Valmiera1.5 
 8. Krestinin, Barons R.1.5 
 9. Larson, Barons Riga1.5 
 10. Jeromanovs, Jurma.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Davis ROZITIS
  Barons Riga
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Rozitis, Barons Riga1.1 
 2. Grazulis, Ventspils1.0 
 3. Iljins, Jurmala1.0 
 4. Krestinin, Barons R.1.0 
 5. Montgomery, Liepaja/.0.8 
 6. Zvigurs, Valka/Va.0.8 
 7. Stumbris, Jekabpils0.8 
 8. Berzins, Valmiera0.7 
 9. Niedra, BK Ogre0.7 


Janis Strelnieks selected the top Latvian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Janis Strelnieks
Janis Strelnieks
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89, currently plays in Germany). He was the major contributor in a Brose Baskets' victory against the 14th-ranked Walter Tigers (9-23) 87-75 in the German BBL in Thursday night's game. Strelnieks scored 15 points and added 5 passes in 28 minutes on the court. Brose Baskets Bamberg (27-3) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Strelnieks has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.6apg, 2FGP: 61.1%(33-54), 3FGP: 45.3%(39-86) and FT: 83.8% in 21 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Anzejs Pasecniks
Anzejs Pasecniks
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Anzejs Pasecniks (216-95, college: VEF skola, currently plays in Spain). Pasecniks could not help Gran Canaria (18-10) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Gran Canaria was defeated 95-90 on the road by the higher-ranked Baskonia (#4). Pasecniks scored 10 points. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Pasecniks averages: 7.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 2FGP: 64.8%(79-122), 3FGP: 63.6% and FT: 60.3%. He is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Dairis Bertans
Dairis Bertans
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-89, currently plays in Euroleague). Bertans was not able to help Darussafaka in their game against Real Madrid (23-7) in the Euroleague. He recorded 7 points and added 3 assists in 15 minutes. Darussafaka lost 75-83 in Madrid to the leading Real. This year Bertans' overall stats are: 6.7ppg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 46.2%, 3FGP: 50.8%(30-59) and FT: 87.8% in 29 games. He is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Zanis Peiners
Zanis Peiners
   #4. Swingman Zanis Peiners (203-90, currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for PAOK (14-12) in their game against Panathinaikos (14-8) in the Greek A1. Peiners was the second best scorer with 9 points. But PAOK was crushed 102-58 in Athens by the higher-ranked Panathinaikos (#3). His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. It's Peiners' first season with the team. This year Peiners has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.5apg. He is also Latvian national team player.

Ivars Rihards Zvigurs
Ivars Rihards Zvigurs
   #5. Former U20 international small forward Ivars Rihards Zvigurs (198-95, currently plays in Estonia) couldn't help Valga (12-20) in their game against Rapla (20-12) in the Estonian Alexela KML, despite his very good performance last Monday. Zvigurs was the top scorer with 26 points. He also added 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 32 minutes. But Valga lost 85-94 on the opponent's court to the second-ranked Rapla. Zvigurs has reliable stats this year: 14.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg in 30 games. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team two years ago.

Rolands Freimanis
Rolands Freimanis
   #6. Power forward Rolands Freimanis (208-88, agency: Alti Sport, 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. Freimanis scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (8-18) is placed 13th in the BSL. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Freimanis' stats this season are: 12.3ppg and 4.9rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

Davis Bertans
Davis Bertans
   #7. International forward Davis Bertans (208-92, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the San Antonio Spurs (61-21) in their game against the Utah Jazz (51-31) in the NBA. Bertans scored 7 points in only 12 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs (61-21) lost 97-101 in Salt Lake City to the Utah Jazz. It was Spurs' third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. This year Bertans' total stats are: 4.6ppg and 1.5rpg in 67 games. He is also Latvian national team player.

Ojars Silins
Ojars Silins
   #8. Power forward Ojars Silins (203-93, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Telekom Baskets (17-12) in their game against Bayern Muenchen (26-3) in the German BBL. Silins scored 5 points. Telekom Baskets was defeated 84-72 in Muenchen by the higher-ranked Bayern (#3). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Silins has averaged so far 8.2ppg and 2.4rpg. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Rolands Smits
Rolands Smits
   #9. International power forward Rolands Smits (207-95, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (11-16) in their game against UCAM Murcia (11-16) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Smits scored 5 points in 19 minutes. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was crushed 99-62 in Murcia by the higher-ranked (#11) UCAM. Smits has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 3.6rpg in 27 games. He is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

Kristaps Kanbergs
Kristaps Kanbergs
   #10. Guard Kristaps Kanbergs (189-88, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ivars Rihards Zvigurs. But that was another game of his team in Estonian Alexela KML which we would like to mention. Kanbergs couldn't help Valga (12-20) in their game against Rapla (20-12). Despite his good performance in Thursday night's game He was the top scorer with 12 points. Kanbergs also added 5 rebounds. Kanbergs has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg. He is a former U20 international player as nine years ago he still played for the Latvian national team.

   #11. Former international forward Ernests Kalve (200-87, agency: HMS, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Targu Mures in their game against CSU Sibiu in the Romanian Liga Nationala, despite his good performance last Wednesday. Kalve recorded 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. But his team lost 66-76. Kalve's stats this year are: 11.2ppg and 4.8rpg in 26 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team seven years ago.

   #12. International guard Davis Lejasmeiers (192-91, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Sodertalje Kings in their game against Norrkoping Dolphins in the Swedish Basketligan. Despite his very good performance on Thursday night Lejasmeiers was the second best scorer with 16 points. Lejasmeiers averaged so far 11.2ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.3apg. He is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

   #13. Former U20 international guard Sandis Silavs (194-88, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ivars Rihards Zvigurs and both played together in the last Estonian Alexela KML game. Silavs couldn't help Valga in their game against Rapla, despite his good performance in Monday night's game. He scored 10 points in 22 minutes. But his team lost 85-94. Silavs has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.9apg in 29 games. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team nine years ago.

   #14. Former international small forward Rihards Kuksiks (197-88, also represented by HMS, college: Arizona St., currently plays in France) couldn't help Nantes in their game against Denain Voltaire in the French ProB (second division). Kuksiks recorded 7 points. His team was defeated 65-55. Kuksiks has averaged so far 9.4ppg and 3.0rpg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2013.

   #15. U20 international center Klavs Cavars (205-96, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Pertevniyal in their game against Samsun in the Turkish TBL (second division). Cavars cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 14 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 85-67. Cavars has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 2.6rpg in 11 games. He is also in the roster of the Latvian U20 national team.



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, Louaize24.0 
 4. Rembert, Champville23.5 
 5. Efevberha, Sagesse23.5 
 6. Kemp, Tadamon23.2 
 7. Morris, Tadamon23.2 
 8. Jackson, Homen.22.7 
 9. Spencer, Moutahed22.3 
 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. Melvin, Moutahed10.2 
 6. Godfrey, Sagesse10.0 
 7. Aminu, Al Riyadi9.5 
 8. Bawji, Champville9.4 
 9. Thomas, Hoops8.5 
 10. Johnson, Louaize8.3 
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, Louaize6.5 
 5. Rembert, Champville6.1 
 6. Arakji, Al Riyadi5.4 
 7. Brown, Al Riyadi5.4 
 8. Efevberha, Sagesse4.9 
 9. Spencer, Moutahed4.8 
 10. Curry, Moutahed4.4 
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. Kemp, Tadamon1.9 
 5. Curry, Moutahed1.8 
 6. Thomas, Hoops1.8 
 7. Brown, Al Riyadi1.7 
 8. Youngblood, Byblos1.7 
 9. Ebi, 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, Moutahed1.2 
 10. Lewis, Louaize1.1 



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  LITHUANIA  

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Lietuvos.
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Logan, Lietuvos.15.6 
 2. Delininkaiti., Vytau.13.7 
 3. Baron, Neptunas13.6 
 4. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.13.2 
 5. Zabas, P.Zvaigzdes13.2 
 6. Diggs, Juventus13.0 
 7. Low, P.Zvaigzdes12.9 
 8. Sulskis, Juventus12.8 
 9. Olisevicius, P.Zvaigz.12.4 
 10. Madgen, Lietkabelis12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Drew GORDON
  Lietuvos.
  (205-F-90)
  Avg: 8
 1. Gordon, Lietuvos.8.0 
 2. Kazakauskas, Dzuki.8.0 
 3. Guscikas, Dzukija7.8 
 4. Cepukaitis, Juven.6.6 
 5. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.6.6 
 6. Smiljanic, Nevezis6.1 
 7. Echodas, Siauliai5.9 
 8. Grant, Neptunas5.9 
 9. Lekunas, Siauliai5.5 
 10. Korenyuk, Siauliai5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Toni PROSTRAN
  Nevezis
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Prostran, Nevezis6.9 
 2. Low, P.Zvaigzdes6.6 
 3. Drew II, Neptunas5.6 
 4. Sabeckis, Siauliai5.5 
 5. Diggs, Juventus5.1 
 6. Williams, Lietkabelis4.5 
 7. Hernandez, Dzukija4.1 
 8. Pangos, Zalgiris4.0 
 9. Lekavicius, Zalgiris3.9 
 10. Logan, Lietuvos.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Donatas SABECKIS
  Siauliai
  (197-F-92)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Sabeckis, Siauliai1.6 
 2. Lukauskis, Lietkabe.1.6 
 3. Love-Roberts, Nevez.1.5 
 4. Diggs, Juventus1.5 
 5. Low, P.Zvaigzdes1.5 
 6. Zabas, P.Zvaigzdes1.4 
 7. Kazakauskas, Dzuki.1.4 
 8. Williams, Lietkabelis1.4 
 9. Giedraitis, Lietuvos.1.4 
 10. Lipkevicius, Vytautas1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Andriy AGAFONOV
  P.Zvaigz.
  (208-PF-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Agafonov, P.Zvaigz.1.4 
 2. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.1.3 
 3. Galdikas, Juventus1.3 
 4. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.0.9 
 5. Cepukaitis, Juven.0.9 
 6. Lima, Zalgiris0.9 
 7. Balashov, P.Zvaigz.0.9 
 8. Kulvietis, Vytautas0.8 
 9. Hartenstein, Zalgiris0.8 
 10. Lapeta, Lietuvos.0.8 


Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Jonathan HUDSON
  Palanga
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Hudson, Palanga18.7 
 2. Vingelis, Rasai18.6 
 3. Birutis, Zalgiris.17.4 
 4. Griskenas, Delikate.17.2 
 5. Masiulis, Zalgiris.16.3 
 6. Galeckas, Rasai16.1 
 7. Normantas, Perla.15.3 
 8. Beliavicius, Vytis15.1 
 9. Pukelis, Silute14.6 
 10. Saulys, Suduva-M.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Laurynas BIRUTIS
  Zalgiris.
  (213-C/F-97)
  Avg: 9
 1. Birutis, Zalgiris.9.0 
 2. Masiulis, Zalgiris.8.1 
 3. Ambrulaitis, Ezerunas.7.5 
 4. Pukelis, Silute7.5 
 5. Jankaitis, Vytis7.2 
 6. Pikalavicius, Petroche.7.0 
 7. Simonis, Palanga6.9 
 8. Raupys, Silute6.8 
 9. Chodosovskis, Nafta-Un.6.6 
 10. Valukonis, Suduva-M.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GALECKAS
  Rasai
  (183-PG-94)
  Avg: 7
 1. Galeckas, Rasai7.0 
 2. Sapiega, KTU6.0 
 3. Zemaitis, Zalgiris.6.0 
 4. Urbonas, Palanga5.4 
 5. Razutis, Telsiai5.2 
 6. Hudson, Palanga4.9 
 7. Kavaliauskas, KTU4.8 
 8. Juknevicius, Suduva-M.4.6 
 9. Giedraitis, Ezerunas.4.5 
 10. Wanamaker, Silute4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Ignas RAZUTIS
  Telsiai
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Razutis, Telsiai2.5 
 2. Pelss, KTU2.5 
 3. Kavaliauskas, KTU2.3 
 4. Wanamaker, Silute2.3 
 5. Hudson, Palanga2.2 
 6. Saulys, Suduva-M.2.2 
 7. Normantas, Perla.2.1 
 8. Mikalauskas, Mazei.1.8 
 9. Jonuska, Mazeikiai1.8 
 10. Galeckas, Rasai1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Laurynas BIRUTIS
  Zalgiris.
  (213-C/F-97)
  Avg: 2
 1. Birutis, Zalgiris.2.0 
 2. Labutis, KTU1.5 
 3. Pukelis, Silute1.1 
 4. Masiulis, Zalgiris.0.9 
 5. Massalski, Perla.0.9 
 6. Udras, Suduva-M.0.8 
 7. Pikalavicius, Petroche.0.8 
 8. Kieza, Suduva-M.0.8 
 9. Ramasauskas, Nafta.0.8 
 10. Kubilius, Nafta-Uni.0.7 


Gediminas Orelik selected the top Lithuanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Gediminas Orelik
Gediminas Orelik
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Gediminas Orelik (199-90, currently plays in Turkey). He could not help Banvit (17-9) in their last game. Despite Orelik's good performance Banvit was badly defeated 85-69 on the road by the lower-ranked (#5) Besiktas. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Orelik also added 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 31 minutes on the court. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Orelik's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Orelik averages: 15.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 63.0%(58-92), 3FGP: 43.1% and FT: 80.9% in 26 games he played so far. He played for the Lithuanian senior national team two years ago.

Tauras Jogela
Tauras Jogela
   #2. Second place goes to former U22 international power forward Tauras Jogela (202-93, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Latvia). He was not able to help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Barons Riga (16-15) in their last game. Despite Jogela's very good performance Barons Riga lost 84-89 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#3) Jekabpils. He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Jogela also added 9 rebounds and 3 assists in 30 minutes. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Jogela has relatively good stats this year: 13.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 52.7%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 74.3% in 29 games. He played for the Lithuanian U22 national team in 2015.

Michailis Anisimovas
Michailis Anisimovas
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former University international center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84, currently plays in Ukraine). Anisimovas led Budivelnyk to a victory against the closely-ranked Cherkasy (15-12) 90-84 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Tuesday night's game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Budivelnyk Kyiv (25-2) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team's 17th consecutive victory in a row. This season Anisimovas has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 60.8%(141-232) and FT: 76.4%. He has a dual citizenship: Lithuanian and Ukrainian. Former BC Siauliai starter played for the Lithuanian university national team ten years ago.

Modestas Kumpys
Modestas Kumpys
   #4. Guard Modestas Kumpys (194-91, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Latvia) was the major contributor in Jekabpils' victory against the league leader Ventspils (27-5) crushing them 87-66 in the Latvian LBL last Saturday. Kumpys recorded 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Jekabpils (18-14) is placed third in the LBL. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Kumpys has reliable stats this year: 12.3ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.5apg in eight games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2011.

Deividas Dulkys
Deividas Dulkys
   #5. Former international swingman Deividas Dulkys (195-88, college: Florida St., currently plays in Spain) led Blusens Monbus to a victory over the ninth-ranked RETAbet BB (12-14) 90-85 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Monday night. Dulkys was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points and added 3 assists. Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro CAB (9-17) is placed 13th in the Liga Endesa. Dulkys' stats this season are: 11.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.7apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team five years ago.

Rimantas Kaukenas
Rimantas Kaukenas
   #6. Shooting guard Rimantas Kaukenas (192-77, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Grissin Bon RE's victory against the tenth-ranked Auxilium TO (12-15) 91-80 in the Italian Serie A in Saturday night's game. Kaukenas scored 11 points and added 4 assists in 25 minutes. Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (16-11) is placed fifth in the Serie A. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Kaukenas is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Grissin Bon RE's roster. This season his overall stats are: 7.7ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.1apg in 12 games. Kaukenas is a former international player as he played for the Lithuanian senior team five years ago.

Tautvydas Lydeka
Tautvydas Lydeka
   #7. Former international center Tautvydas Lydeka (208-83, currently plays in Italy) helped Banco di Srd win their game against the closely-ranked Betaland Cdo (14-13) 74-64 in the Italian Serie A last Saturday. He scored 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Banco di Sardegna Sassari (16-11) is placed fourth in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Lydeka's total stats this season are: 6.6ppg and 4.8rpg. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team eleven years ago.

Edvinas Seskus
Edvinas Seskus
   #8. Swingman Edvinas Seskus (196-95, another player represented by Players Group, currently plays in Estonia) was the main contributor in Parnu's victory against the fifth-ranked TTU (16-16) 87-78 in the Estonian Alexela KML on Sunday night. Seskus was the best player in that game. He scored 21 points and added 5 passes in 29 minutes. Parnu Sadam (4-0) is placed first in the Alexela KML. So far his team won all four games in the Quarter-Finals. Seskus has very impressive stats this year: 15.5ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg in 30 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2015.

Jonas Maciulis
Jonas Maciulis
   #9. International swingman Jonas Maciulis (198-85, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Real Madrid to win against one of league's weakest teams Sevilla (8-19) 87-76 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Saturday night's game. Maciulis scored only 4 points. Real Madrid (20-7) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Maciulis' total stats this season are: 4.2ppg and 1.9rpg. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

Dovydas Redikas
Dovydas Redikas
   #10. Guard Dovydas Redikas (192-92, currently plays in Greece) helped Arkadikos edge the sixth-ranked Ethnikos (14-13) 89-87 in the Greek A2 (second division) last Wednesday. Redikas was the top player that evening. He scored 25 points and added 5 assists in 33 minutes. SEFA Arkadikos (10-17) is placed 11th in the A2. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Redikas has very impressive stats this year: 16.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.0apg and 1.4spg in 22 games. He is a former U20 international player as five years ago he still played for the Lithuanian national team.

   #11. International center Jonas Valanciunas (213-92, currently plays in NBA) helped Toronto Raptors win their game against the Milwaukee Bucks 106-100 in the NBA on Tuesday night. Valanciunas recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. This season Valanciunas has very high stats. He averages: 11.9ppg and 9.5rpg. Valanciunas plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

   #12. Former U20 international forward Denis Krestinin (202-94, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tauras Jogela. But that was another game of his team in Latvian LBL which we would like to mention. Krestinin was not able to secure a victory for Barons Riga (16-15) in their last game. Despite his good performance Barons Riga was crushed 88-58 at home by the second-ranked Valmiera. Krestinin was the second best scorer with 10 points. He also added 9 rebounds in 19 minutes. This year Krestinin's total stats are: 9.9ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5spg in 32 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2014.

   #13. Former U20 international forward Edgaras Zelionis (207-89, currently plays in Latvia) faced previously mentioned Modestas Kumpys in the Latvian LBL last game. Zelionis couldn't help Ventspils in their game against Jekabpils. He recorded 8 points. His team was crushed by 21 points 87-66. Zelionis averaged so far 10.9ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team eight years ago.

   #14. Former U21 international point guard Linas Lekavicius (186-84, college: American, currently plays in Russia) helped Universitet-Yugra win their game against the sixth-ranked Spartak Primorie Vladivostok 83-76 in the Russian Superleague 1 (second division) on Thursday night. Lekavicius was the top player that evening. He scored 21 points and added 8 assists in 34 minutes. Lekavicius' stats this year are: 12.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.9apg and 1.6spg in 29 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U21 national team back in 2003.

   #15. Former U20 international small forward Jokubas Gintvainis (193-94, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Magia Huesca in their game against Burgos in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division), despite his very good performance last Sunday. He was the top scorer with 25 points. Gintvainis also added 3 steals in 27 minutes. But his team lost 78-86. Gintvainis averaged so far 12.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.3apg and 1.4spg in 32 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. John Shurna (204-F-90, college: Northwestern, currently plays in Croatia) could not help one of league's weakest teams Cedevita (18-7) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Shurna's good performance Cedevita was defeated 71-63 on the road by the higher-ranked KK_Zadar (#5). He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Shurna also added 5 rebounds. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Shurna's overall stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Shurna's Lithuanian passport, he previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Lithuanian team. Strangely Shurna has never played in Lithuania.

   #2. Experienced Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in a BG Goettingen's victory against the ninth-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (15-15) 84-75 in the German BBL in Monday night's game. Veikalas recorded 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. BG Goettingen (19-3) is placed first in the BBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Veikalas averaged so far 11.2ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.3apg.

   #3. Marius Runkauskas (189-G-86, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Romania) led Steaua CSM to a victory over the sixth-ranked Pitesti (11-17) 105-90 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Thursday night's game. Runkauskas was the top player that evening. He scored 27 points (!!!) and added 5 passes in 33 minutes. Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti (17-11) is placed third in Places 1-6 group. Runkauskas has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.3apg in 30 games he played so far.

   #4. Raimundas Danys (198-F-85, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to help Neuchatel in their game against Fribourg (20-4) in the Swiss LNA. Danys recorded 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The fifth-placed Neuchatel (13-11) was defeated 77-65 on the opponent's court by the leading Fribourg in the Places 1-6 group. It was Neuchatel's fourth consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. Danys averaged so far 10.2ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.4apg.

   #5. Povilas Gaidys (208-C-91, agency: SPORTlab Agency, college: Southeastern, currently plays in Austria) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Gmunden Swans (20-10) in their game against Redwell Gunners Oberwart (26-4) in the Austrian A Bundesliga. He scored 5 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 27 minutes. Gmunden Swans lost 73-77 in Oberwart to the leading Redwell Gunners. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Gaidys has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.2apg in 22 games.

   #6. Mantas Kazonas (202-F-89, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked ALS Basket 110-92 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 12 points. Kazonas averaged so far 10.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.3apg.

   #7. Dominykas Milka (203-C-92, college: St.Rose, NY, currently plays in Estonia) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked TLU/Kalev crushing them 94-68 in the Estonian Alexela KML last Saturday. He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes. Milka averaged so far 12.1ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.3apg in 27 games.

   #8. Mantas Virbalas (202-C/F-88, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mantas Kazonas and both played together in the last French NM1 game. Virbalas contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked ALS Basket 110-92. He scored 6 points and added 4 assists. Virbalas has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.3apg.

   #9. Robertas Grabauskas (208-C-90, agency: HMS, college: Northwood, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Palma in their game against Oviedo CB in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He scored 8 points. His team was defeated 83-69. Grabauskas averaged so far 10.2ppg and 3.8rpg.



LKL Round 34: Lietuvos rytas defeat Lietkabelis in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

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

An interesting game for Lietuvos rytas (25-9) which hosted in Vilnius one of their biggest challengers Lietkabelis (23-11). Second ranked Lietuvos rytas had an easy win 92-60. The game without a history. Lietuvos rytas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Drew Gordon (205-90, college: N.Mexico) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 rebounds. International power forward Arturas Gudaitis (211-93) contributed with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. International guard Zygimantas Janavicius (192-89, agency: Interperformances) replied with 10 points for Lietkabelis. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lietuvos rytas maintains second position with 25-9 record having six points less than leader Zalgiris. Lietkabelis at the other side keeps the third place with 11 games lost. Lietuvos rytas are looking forward to face league's leader Zalgiris in Kaunas in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lietkabelis will play at home against P.Zvaigzdes and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
LKL top team - Zalgiris (31-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Siauliai (6-28) 93-71. German power forward Isaiah Hartenstein (211-98) scored 7 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Edgaras Ulanovas chipped in 14 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side swingman Tomas Lekunas (201-93) responded with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zalgiris have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 31-3 record. Siauliai at the other side stay dead last with 28 lost games. Zalgiris will play against league's second-placed Lietuvos rytas in Vilnius in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Siauliai will play at home against Vytautas (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Pasvalys was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Neptunas (19-15) played at the court of 7th ranked P.Zvaigzdes (15-19). Neptunas defeated P.Zvaigzdes 93-81 on Thursday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of P.Zvaigzdes. Mindaugas Kacinas notched 16 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 15 points and 4 assists by Osvaldas Olisevicius did not help to save the game for P.Zvaigzdes. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Neptunas maintains fourth position with 19-15 record. Loser P.Zvaigzdes keeps the seventh place with 19 games lost. Neptunas will meet at home Dzukija (#8) in the next round. P.Zvaigzdes will play against Lietkabelis in Panevezys and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Vytautas (17-17) and Nevezis (7-27), which took place in Prienai. Higher ranked Vytautas lost at home to ninth ranked Nevezis 56-72. Ivan Smiljanic fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Vytautas' coach Virginijus Seskus rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Nevezis maintains ninth position with 7-27 record. Defending champion Vytautas dropped to the sixth place with 17 games lost. Nevezis' next round opponent will be higher ranked Juventus (#5) in Utena and it may be quite challenging game.

In the last game of round 34 Dzukija was smashed by Juventus on the road 87-66.

Vytautas - Nevezis 56-72

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Vytautas (17-17) and Nevezis (7-27), which took place in Prienai. Higher ranked Vytautas lost at home to ninth ranked Nevezis 56-72. It looked good early as Vytautas took a 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Nevezis took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 16 points. They outrebounded Vytautas 37-25 including a 35-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Nevezis especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. Serbian forward Ivan Smiljanic (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Jermaine Love-Roberts (188-89, college: Ill.-Springfield) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Nevezis players scored in double figures. The former international guard Tomas Delininkaitis (190-82) produced 19 points and power forward Regimantas Miniotas (206-96) added 7 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Vytautas' coach Virginijus Seskus rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Nevezis maintains ninth position with 7-27 record. Defending champion Vytautas dropped to the sixth place with 17 games lost. Nevezis' next round opponent will be higher ranked Juventus (#5) in Utena and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Nevezis: I.Smiljanic 21+10reb, P.Petrilevicius 14+2reb+2ast, J.Love-Roberts 13+6reb+7ast, I.Vaitkus 10+3reb, D.Walker 7+6reb+2ast, K.Petrukonis 4+5reb
Vytautas: T.Delininkaitis 19+2reb+3ast, V.Cizauskas 8+3reb, R.Miniotas 7+9reb+1ast, K.Zemaitis 6+1reb+1ast, A.Valeika 5+5reb+2ast, V.Lipkevicius 5+3reb
gschID: 491611


Siauliai - Zalgiris 71-93

LKL top team - Zalgiris (31-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Siauliai (6-28) 93-71. The game was mostly controlled by Zalgiris. Siauliai was better in fourth quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zalgiris players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. German power forward Isaiah Hartenstein (211-98) scored 7 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Edgaras Ulanovas (197-92) chipped in 14 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side swingman Tomas Lekunas (201-93) responded with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Donatas Sabeckis (197-92) scored 12 points and 7 assists. Five Siauliai players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zalgiris have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 31-3 record. Siauliai at the other side stay dead last with 28 lost games. Zalgiris will play against league's second-placed Lietuvos rytas in Vilnius in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Siauliai will play at home against Vytautas (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: E.Ulanovas 14+2ast, A.Kavaliauskas 10+2reb, K.Pangos 9+1reb+4ast, A.Milaknis 9+2reb, B.Motum 9+2reb+3ast, R.Seibutis 8+1reb+3ast
Siauliai: T.Lekunas 14+8reb+4ast, D.Sabeckis 12+4reb+7ast, V.Koreniuk 12+4reb+1ast, M.Echodas 11+2reb+1ast, L.Aukstikalnis 10+2reb, R.Pipiras 5+5reb
gschID: 491614


P.Zvaigzdes - Neptunas 81-93

The game in Pasvalys was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Neptunas (19-15) played at the court of 7th ranked P.Zvaigzdes (15-19). Neptunas defeated P.Zvaigzdes 93-81 on Thursday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of P.Zvaigzdes. The game was mostly controlled by Neptunas. P.Zvaigzdes managed to win third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. Neptunas looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Forward Mindaugas Kacinas (201-93, college: S.Carolina) notched 16 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) supported him with 11 points and 6 assists. Even 15 points and 4 assists by Osvaldas Olisevicius (200-93) did not help to save the game for P.Zvaigzdes. The former international power forward Egidijus Dimsa (204-85) added 9 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Neptunas maintains fourth position with 19-15 record. Loser P.Zvaigzdes keeps the seventh place with 19 games lost. Neptunas will meet at home Dzukija (#8) in the next round. P.Zvaigzdes will play against Lietkabelis in Panevezys and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: M.Mazeika 19+1reb+1ast, M.Kacinas 16+6reb+2ast, V.Sarakauskas 11+2reb+1ast, M.Girdziunas 11+4reb+6ast, C.Lofton 10+2reb+6ast, A.Butkevicius 10+4reb+1ast
P.Zvaigzdes: A.Agafonov 15+3reb, O.Olisevicius 15+2reb+4ast, E.Zabas 14+3reb+1ast, S.Babrauskas 11+3reb, E.Dimsa 9+7reb+2ast, D.Low 9+4ast
gschID: 491610


Lietuvos rytas - Lietkabelis 92-60

An interesting game for Lietuvos rytas (25-9) which hosted in Vilnius one of their biggest challengers Lietkabelis (23-11). Second ranked Lietuvos rytas had an easy win 92-60. The game without a history. Lietuvos rytas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Drew Gordon (205-90, college: N.Mexico) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 rebounds. International power forward Arturas Gudaitis (211-93) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Lietuvos rytas players scored in double figures. International guard Zygimantas Janavicius (192-89, agency: Interperformances) replied with 10 points and guard Gintaras Leonavicius (194-83, agency: Players Group) added 11 points in the effort for Lietkabelis. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lietuvos rytas maintains second position with 25-9 record having six points less than leader Zalgiris. Lietkabelis at the other side keeps the third place with 11 games lost. Lietuvos rytas are looking forward to face league's leader Zalgiris in Kaunas in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lietkabelis will play at home against P.Zvaigzdes and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos rytas: D.Gordon 17+8reb+1ast, C.Hannah 15+1ast, A.Gudaitis 13+10reb+1ast, C.Fisher 11+3reb+5ast, J.Baron 11+1reb+2ast, A.Lapeta 8+3reb
Lietkabelis: G.Leonavicius 11+2reb, Z.Janavicius 10+2reb+3ast, L.Williams 7+2reb+1ast, K.Lavrinovic 7+3reb+1ast, Z.Skucas 6+4reb+1ast, B.Madgen 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 491613


Juventus - Dzukija 87-66

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Juventus (18-16) crushed 8th ranked Dzukija (9-25) in Utena 87-66. The game without a history. Juventus led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Canadian guard Aaron Best (193-92, college: Ryerson) fired 15 points for the winners. Forward Gytis Sirutavicius (195-83) chipped in 13 points. Four Juventus players scored in double figures. Forward Julius Kazakauskas (197-90) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 16 rebounds and center Karolis Guscikas (205-92, agency: Octagon Europe) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Juventus moved-up to fifth place. Dzukija at the other side keeps the eighth position with 25 games lost. Juventus' next round opponent will be Nevezis (#9) in Kedainiai. Dzukija will play on the road against Neptunas in Klaipeda and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Juventus: A.Best 15+3reb+2ast, G.Sirutavicius 13+2reb+3ast, D.Bickauskis 11+1reb+5ast, V.Vasylius 10+4reb+1ast, O.Galdikas 9+2reb, V.Sulskis 8+3reb+3ast
Dzukija: K.Guscikas 10+5reb, J.Kazakauskas 10+16reb+2ast, O.Macernis 9+1ast, P.Morkeliunas 7+3reb+1ast, A.Hernandez 6+5reb+3ast, A.Kashirov 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 491612





NKL Round 6 of Finals. Nafta-Uni force decider - by Eurobasket News

Nafta-Uni. - Suduva-Mantinga 77-70

Nafta-Uni outgunned Suduva-Mantinga to force the decisive seventh game in NKL Finals. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Suduva-Mantinga won third quarter 25-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Nafta-Uni. won last quarter 25-20. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Suduva-Mantinga helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Mindaugas Stasys (179-86) scored 24 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Edvinas Alunderis (202-92) chipped in 11 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Tautvydas Kliucinykas (189-95) with 16 points and 6 rebounds and forward Antanas Udras (203-92, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Nafta-Uni.: M.Stasys 24+3reb+5ast, V.Chodosovskis 14+8reb+2ast, E.Alunderis 11+12reb+2ast, D.Anuzis 10+8reb+6ast, D.Slavinskas 9+7reb+7ast, E.Lengvinas 7+2reb+1ast
Suduva-Mantinga: T.Kliucinykas 16+6reb+3ast, A.Udras 13+7reb+2ast, D.Griskenas 11+3reb+1ast, E.Saulys 10+6reb+1ast, K.Rochford 6+10reb+1ast, A.Kieza 5+2reb+5ast
gschID: 544677





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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
gschID: 536347


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
gschID: 536346





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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ledbetter number one in Mexico for round 15 - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Jeff Ledbetter (190-G-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for Mazatlan, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (37 points, four rebounds and eight assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Hermosillo (#1, 12-2) 101-93. Mazatlan maintains the 7th position in Mexican CIBACOPA. Mazatlan 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 6-8 record. In the team's last game Ledbetter had a remarkable seven three-pointers out of 15 attempts. He just recently signed at Mazatlan and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Jeff Ledbetter averages just after two games 34.0ppg and 5.5apg.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old Canadian Grandy Glaze (204-F) of Culiacan. Glaze had a very good evening with a double-double of 30 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Culiacan lost that game 91-96 to the higher-ranked Guasave (#5, 7-7). This loss caused Culiacan to drop to 9th position in the standings. 10 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Culiacan managed to get this year. Glaze is one of the most experienced players at Culiacan and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Glen Rice Jr. (198-G/F-91) of Obregon (#4). Rice Jr. showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, ten rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Obregon, leading his team to a 108-99 win against the lower-ranked Los Mochis (#10, 3-11). Obregon needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 5 lost games. Rice Jr. has a very solid season. In 14 games in Mexico he scored 20.2ppg. He also has 6.6rpg, 4.4apg and FGP: 57.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mychal Ammons (198-F-92) of Navolato - 24 points and 11 rebounds
5. Cameron Forte (201-F-93) of Los Mochis - 31 points and 11 rebounds
6. Michael Glover (203-F-87) of Obregon - 20 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Benjamin Puckett (205-C-83) of Culiacan - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jeff Early (190-G-88) of Los Mochis - 20 points and 10 rebounds
9. Nick Leon (181-PG-88) of Obregon - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Brandon Provost (190-G-90) of Guaymas - 22 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)



Devin Green (ex Barreteros) is a newcomer at Echague - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Atletico Echague Parana (LigaA) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 35-year old American swingman Devin Green (201-98kg-82, college: Hampton). HeBarreteros in Mexican LNBP, but left the team in Dec.'16. In 8 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg and 1.0bpg this season. Green ended the last season at Reales in Dominican Rep. LNB where in 14 games he averaged remarkable 15.9ppg, 6.6rpg, 3.8apg, 1.4spg and 1.1bpg. But the most of that year he spent at Ostioneros de Guaymas (CIBACOPA) in Mexican league. In 29 games he had high stats: 16.7ppg, 5.9rpg, 3.7apg and 1.9spg (in top 3).
In 2006 (a year after he left the college) Green was drafted by Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League) in first round (7th overall).
He attended Hampton University until 2005 and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Green won Venezuelan LNB championship title in 2014. He received also Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LNB 2014 Import Player of the Year award back in 2014.
Green is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in nine different countries. Green has played previously professionally in Belgium (Spirou Charleroi), Bulgaria (Lukoil Academic Sofia), China, Germany, Greece, Italy, Puerto Rico (Brujos), Ukraine and Venezuela (Guaros de Lara 2 and Guaros).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Echague.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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D1 Round 16: CRA Hoceima beats WAC in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Casablanca. Second ranked CRA Hoceima faced 4th ranked WAC. Guests from Al Hoceima (11-1) defeated host WAC (8-5) 78-61. CRA Hoceima have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 11-1 record behind leader ASS Sale. WAC lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with five games lost.
Another exciting game was between eighth ranked IRT Tanger and 5th ranked FAR Rabat where IRT Tanger (6-6) won against FAR Rabat (8-6) on the road 77-73. IRT Tanger moved-up to seventh place. FAR Rabat at the other side keeps the fifth position with six games lost.
Leader ASS Sale delivered the twelfth victory on Wednesday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked KACM (6-7) 99-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KACM. Defending champion maintains first position with 12-2 record. Newly promoted KACM dropped to the eighth place with seven games lost.
The game with biggest result difference took place in . Local IRAN (1-13) was outscored by seventh ranked FUS Rabat (7-7) 64-33. FUS Rabat moved-up to sixth place. IRAN lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost.

In the last game of round 16 MAS Fes crushed KAC in a road game 84-64.

KAC - MAS Fes 64-84

There was no surprise in Kenitra where 9th ranked KAC (4-10) was crushed by third ranked MAS Fes (10-4) 84-64. MAS Fes have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 10-4 record having just two points less than leader ASS Sale. Newly promoted KAC keeps the ninth place with ten games lost.
gschID: 544891


Iran - FUS Rabat 33-64

The game with biggest result difference took place in . Local IRAN (1-13) was outscored by seventh ranked FUS Rabat (7-7) 64-33. FUS Rabat moved-up to sixth place. IRAN lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost.
gschID: 544888


ASS Sale - KACM 99-78

Leader ASS Sale delivered the twelfth victory on Wednesday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked KACM (6-7) 99-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KACM. Defending champion maintains first position with 12-2 record. Newly promoted KACM dropped to the eighth place with seven games lost.
gschID: 544889


WAC - CRA Hoceima 61-78

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Casablanca. Second ranked CRA Hoceima faced 4th ranked WAC. Guests from Al Hoceima (11-1) defeated host WAC (8-5) 78-61. CRA Hoceima have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 11-1 record behind leader ASS Sale. WAC lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with five games lost.
gschID: 544890


FAR Rabat - IRT Tanger 73-77

Another exciting game was between eighth ranked IRT Tanger and 5th ranked FAR Rabat where IRT Tanger (6-6) won against FAR Rabat (8-6) on the road 77-73. IRT Tanger moved-up to seventh place. FAR Rabat at the other side keeps the fifth position with six games lost.
gschID: 544887





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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.27.0 
 7. Lillard, Portland.27.0 
 8. James, Clevelan.26.6 
 9. Leonard, San A.25.6 
 10. Curry, Golden S.25.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Miami Heat
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Whiteside, Miami Heat14.2 
 2. Drummond, Detro.13.8 
 3. Jordan, LA Clippers13.8 
 4. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.8 
 5. Howard, Atlanta H.12.6 
 6. Towns, Minnesot.12.2 
 7. Davis, N.Orleans P.12.0 
 8. Chandler, Phoenix .11.4 
 9. Love, Cleveland C.10.9 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.7 
Assists Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 11.1
 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. Williams, Dallas M.6.8 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
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 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. Lopez, Brooklyn N.1.7 
 9. Jordan, LA Clippers1.7 
 10. Ibaka, Orlando M.1.6 


LeBron James passes Kobe Bryant and moves to 3 on NBA's All-Time playoff scoring list - by Andrea Centenari

LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) had a big triple-double in the largest comeback in NBA Playoffs history last night against the Indiana Pacers: 41 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists.

LeBron also passed Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78) on NBA's All-time Playoff Scoring list.
He now has 5.670 points. Micheal Jordan is the first in this list with 5.987 points while Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is in second position with 5.762 points.

James reached the mark in his 202nd career playoff game. Bryant played a total of 220.

James, a 14-year veteran, is seventh all time in regular-season scoring with 28,787 points. Bryant, who retired last season after his 20th year in the league, is third all time in regular-season scoring with 33,643 points.

James also Thursday night passed Bryant for fourth place on the all-time playoff 3-pointers list.



Grizzlies pull within 2-1 of Spurs with 105-94 win - by Eurobasket News

Memphis coach David Fizdale set the tone with his memorable rant about the officiating in Game 2, which led to a $30,000 fine by the NBA. Then the Grizzlies matched his intensity on the court. Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.) had 24 points and eight assists, helping the Grizzlies snap a 10-game postseason skid against the San Antonio Spurs with a 105-94 victory Thursday night. Faced with the possibility of a daunting 3-0 deficit in its first-round playoff series, Memphis responded with a physical, rugged effort. ''I mean the Spurs were punking us. Let's be real about it,'' Fizdale said. ''Those first, probably out of the eight quarters, they just bullied us for like five and a half of those, and you're not going to beat the Spurs letting them dictate everything. So we had to match them, or otherwise we were going to get pummeled. And so I was just really proud of the way we stepped up and took the challenge.'' It was the Grizzlies' first win over the Spurs in the playoffs since April 2011, when Memphis beat San Antonio in six games. It also was Fizdale's first postseason victory as a head coach. Game 4 is Saturday night. ''It wasn't about the last two playoff series we've had against them,'' Conley said. ''It was about tonight and showing that we have heart and showing that we have enough in the tank to show that we can win and give ourselves confidence and allow us to believe that we can make this a series.'' Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85) and Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) each scored 21 points for Memphis, which outscored San Antonio 31-17 in the third quarter and led by as much as 22 in the second half. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said the game got away from San Antonio in the first minute of the third quarter. ''We turned it over twice to start the minute like we were out on a picnic some place,'' Popovich said. San Antonio star Kawhi Leonard, who scored 32 and 37 in the first two games, was held to 18 points. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) had 16 and Kyle Anderson (6'9''-G/F-93, college: UCLA) finished with 15 as Popovich pulled his starters quickly in the third quarter and benched them for most of the fourth. ''He wants us to understand what's going on on the floor and how important the opportunity is for us,'' Leonard said. Memphis fans roared when Fizdale came onto the court before the game following his rant. And they stayed on their feet much of the night, funneling their frustration into yelling for the Grizzlies and against the officials. The Spurs once again had a big edge at the line in the first half (10 of 15) compared to the Grizzlies, who took only four free throws the entire first half. The crew of James Capers, Courtney Kirkland and Pat Fraher whistled the Spurs for only one foul in the second quarter - with 10.9 seconds left. But Randolph scored 11 points in the second quarter, and the Grizzlies carried a 50-46 lead into halftime. Then they really took control, opening the third by hitting 10 of their first 14 shots. They also played much better defense, harassing the Spurs into missing 11 of their first 17 in the quarter.
Courtesy of: yahoo.com



Bucks overwhelm Raptors 104-77, take 2-1 series lead - by Eurobasket News

The Bradley Center was throbbing, filled with raucous basketball fans eager to watch one of the NBA's up-and-coming teams. The Milwaukee Bucks fed off the energy that pulsed through the stands, overwhelming the cold-shooting Toronto Raptors from the opening tip. Khris Middleton (6'8''-F-91, college: Texas A&M) scored 20 points in a 104-77 win on Thursday night that gave the Bucks a 2-1 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series. Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90, college: Georgetown) added 16 points and seven rebounds for the sixth-seeded Bucks, who held DeMar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) without a basket and never looked back after leading by 20 points after the first quarter. If the Bucks take this series, Game 3 might be seen as a turning point in the development of a rebuilding franchise in a town starving for basketball success. Milwaukee hasn't won a playoff series since going to the conference finals in 2001. "It was big from the first play," All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (6'11''-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe) said about the home-court environment. "It was just fun, fun to play with such great fans ... Hopefully they can show some love and be loud in Game 4." The teams meet again on Saturday back in Milwaukee. Making this blowout even more impressive was that they barely needed Antetokounmpo. He finished with 19 points and eight boards. With raucous fans wearing black Bucks giveaway T-shirts to match the players' uniforms, Milwaukee put on a dominating display of basketball worthy of the team's "Fear the Deer" slogan. The Raptors looked frazzled after shooting 4 of 18 in the first quarter. Kyle Lowry (6'0''-PG-86, college: Villanova) had 13 points. "I thought our defense was active, and guys were picking each other up," coach Jason Kidd said. DeRozan scored eight but was 0 of 8 from the field. The Raptors and their playoff-tested backcourt looked nothing like the crew that held off the Bucks in Game 2 in Toronto. This night belonged to Milwaukee. "They ambushed us," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "There was no aspect of our game that we executed whatsoever."
Courtesy of: abcnews.com



Pacers fall to Cavs 119-114 in epic collapse - by Eurobasket News

The Indiana Pacers slugged the Cleveland Cavaliers with its best playoff punch in franchise history. The Pacers scored 74 points in an opening half blitz. It still wasn't enough to knock the defending NBA champions out. Cleveland rallied from a 25-point halftime deficit to earn a 119-114 victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday in one of the most shocking playoff collapses in NBA history. 'We had to take one of their punches, but they gave us a flurry. More than we expected. We had to keep our composure and understand it's a 48-minute game,' Cleveland forward LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) said. The Pacers' lead peaked at 26 late in the first half. It wasn't the biggest playoff lead blown in NBA history, to be exact, it was the third largest. Seattle blew a 29-point deficit to the Los Angeles Lakers in 1989, a game Pacers coach Nate McMillan participated in as a member of the Supersonics. It was the biggest halftime deficit ever surrendered. The previous mark was 21-point halftime lead the Philadelphia Warriors lost to the original Baltimore Bullets in 1948. Record collapse or not, it was bad enough from the Pacers' perspective, and worse, it put the Pacers behind 3-0 in the first round Eastern Conference playoff series. James led the Cavs with 41 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. For James, the 73 points he accounted for via his own points or via assists was the largest playoff output of his Hall of Fame career. James was nonplussed. 'The one thing I knew was we had a huge halftime deficit and came back to win the game. I didn't know it was the biggest halftime comeback. For myself? I just try to put myself in a position to help my teammates win. No matter who's on the floor with me, I try to empower them and make them better and believe we can be great every night,' James said. Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) had 36 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists for the Pacers, but it was scant consolation in the wake of the Pacers' meltdown. 'Here we are up 25 to start the second half and we have a chance to put our foot on their throat. We came out relaxed and didn't pressure up on the ball. We didn't make anything tough,' George said. As one might imagine, the Pacers' locker room was in a state of shock after its damaging defeat. 'We're shocked we lost this game. We just have to come back for Game 4 and hopefully we can get that one,' said Pacers forward Thaddeus Young (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgia Tech), who had 14 points and 10 rebounds. The story of the game was Indiana's inability to repeat it's prodigious first-half scoring, or even, come close to the same clip. After converting 56.8 percent of its shots in the first half, Indiana converted just 13 of 51 in the second half. Conversely, Cleveland converted 21 of 38 from the field after the break. James scored 28 of his points in the second half, including 15 in the fourth quarter. George did not score in the third quarter, when Cleveland did most of the chipping away at the Pacers' advantage, but George's teammates contributed just 27 points combined in the second half. Nothing in the first half predicted the fate that was to befall the Pacers as Indiana came out white-hot. George only had two points in the first 17 minutes of the game, but it didn't matter, as the rest of the Pacers contributed 43 points over the same span. The contributions came from all sides. Lance Stephenson (6'5''-G/F-90, college: Cincinnati) contributed 11 points over that span. Kevin Seraphin (6'10''-C-89) had nine first-quarter points. Thaddeus Young scored seven over that stretch. It was a tie game until the final three minutes of the first quarter. The Pacers scored on their final eight possessions of the first quarter to take a 37-27 lead. It wasn't just points. Indiana kept Cleveland from scoring from its pick-and-roll offense and the Pacers also avoided turnovers, keeping the Cavs from initiating their powerful transition game. Cleveland morphed into a one-dimensional jump-shooting team. With a 9 of 23 first-half success rate from long-range, it made for a long night for Cleveland. For a brief moment, Cleveland crept back into the game with a 40-32 deficit when the Pacers really kicked it into gear. A Turner one-handed dunk over Tristan Thompson (6'9''-F-91, college: Texas) with 8:41 left in the first half got the Fieldhouse rocking. And then George shook himself out of his scoring funk. The Pacers' boulder was already rolling downhill, but George scored 21 points in the final 7:06 of the second quarter buried Cleveland under an avalanche of points. Indiana's lead was 74-49 and it seemed insurmountable. Secure with a 25-point halftime lead, it seemed the Pacers were on easy street. The Cavs quickly cut their deficit to 15 early in the period, but when Stephenson hit a 3-pointer with 4:37 left in the quarter, exclaiming it was 'his house' to the Fieldhouse faithful with Indiana leading 87-67, it seemed Cleveland's revival was temporary. James ensured that it wasn't. James scored eight in the final 4:17 and also fed open teammates. With the Pacers missing 21 of their 26 third-quarter shots, Cleveland's rally was in full swing. The deficit was cut to five at one point and it was 91-84 entering the final period. Indiana's offensive pace slackened considerably in the third quarter. The Pacers only had a total of 20 possessions and 12 of them were empty ones. 'I thought we slowed the pace down and slowed the game down. It gives a team momentum and they took advantage in the second half,' George said. 'Some of it was they were scoring more in the third and fourth quarter. We were forcing misses in the first half and pushing it,' McMillan said. 'I just didn't think we established that killer instinct of keeping the pressure on them offensively.' The nervy Pacers briefly got their advantage back to 10, but it didn't last. A 14-2 Cavaliers' run, capped by a pair of James dunks to tie it and then put Cleveland in front, wiped out the Pacers' lead for good. The Pacers shooting woes went on unabated in the second half. Though Indiana twice took the lead back from the Cavs after Cleveland initially took the lead back, the Pacers could not produce enough offense to avoid the tidal wave bearing down on them. What was extraordinary was it was James and Cleveland's bench that did the bulk of the damage as Cleveland stars Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) and Kevin Love sat through much of the Cavs' rally. 'The bench definitely gets the game ball tonight. Channing [Frye], Shump [Iman Shumpert], D-Will [Deron Williams] and Kyle [Korver] came in and gave us huge minutes. We were on-point defensively and we knew exactly where we wanted to get to offensively,' James said. A James bucket with 4:50 left put Cleveland up for good. Four straight empty Pacers possessions in the final minutes, with the game still in one-possession territory, prevented Indiana from mounting a comeback. Cleveland iced the game at the free throw line in the final moments. The teams return to action at 1 p.m. Sunday for Game 4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse as Indiana tries to avoid its first seven-game playoff sweep in its NBA history.
Courtesy of: heraldbulletin.com



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




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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...

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Former Auburn guard TJ Lang commits to new school - by Eurobasket News

TJ Lang (6'7''-G) will play his final season of eligibility for South Florida. The former Auburn guard announced the news on Twitter Tuesday night. He recently visited the campus in Tampa, Fla. Lang revealed his intentions to transfer from Auburn March 22 after seeing a dip in playing time during his junior season. Lang appeared in 28 games as a junior in 2016-17 and averaged 4.5 points in 16.8 minutes per contest. He shot 39.8 percent from the field, including 39.5 percent from 3-point range. The year prior he played in all 31 games and had 28 starts while averaging 7.1 points in 24.9 minutes per game. "It was a frustrating season for TJ," Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl said last month. "He's been a good soldier. "TJ's been an off-and-on starter for three years and he did not start as often this year, certainly in the SEC season. And his playing time was very inconsistent. My thing is, if guys are successful, guys are happy, that's where I want them. I want them to be here."
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Duke Transfer Sean Obi Chooses Maryland over Georgetown, Georgia Tech - by Eurobasket News

Duke graduate transfer Sean Obi (6'9''-F-95) will reportedly play for the Maryland Terrapins next season. On Thursday, Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com reported the news and noted Obi chose Maryland over the likes of Georgia Tech and Georgetown. The 6'9" Obi didn't appear in a game for the Blue Devils last season because of injury and played just 27 total minutes and tallied five points and 10 rebounds in 2015-16. However, he thrived as a freshman at Rice in 2013-14 with 11.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. If he can remain healthy, Obi adds frontcourt depth to a Terrapins team that will be without the departed Damonte Dodd and L.G. Gill. Michal Cekovsky, Justin Jackson, Ivan Bender and incoming freshman Bruno Fernando, who is a 4-star recruit, per Scout, figure to play plenty of minutes, but Obi gives them another body down low who can battle for rebounds and score on the blocks.
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Former Husker Jeriah Horne announces Tulsa as transfer destination - by Eurobasket News

Jeriah Horne (6'7''-F) has committed to Tulsa after deciding last month to transfer from Nebraska. Horne will sit out next year due to transfer rules and then have three seasons left of eligibility. Horne was reportedly on an official visit to Tulsa when he made his decision. Kansas State and George Washington were other schools linked to Horne as possible transfer destinations. In a message he posted on Twitter, Horne s