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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  



Angola selected as new host country for FIBA AfroBasket 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Angola will replace the Republic of Congo as the host country of FIBA AfroBasket 2017, FIBA Africa announced on Friday. The decision comes following the withdrawal of the Republic of Congo, who pointed to logistics issues as the reason for their inability to host Africa's flagship basketball competition. The 16-team event will run from August 19-30. Angola has hosted it on three occasions before - in 1989, 1999 and 2007. The decision on the selection of the new host was made after a meeting in Bamako on Friday between the Angolan Basketball Federation (FAB) and the FIBA Africa board. The teams competing in FIBA AfroBasket 2017 are: reigning champions Nigeria; hosts Angola; Morocco, Tunisia, Mali, Senegal,Cote d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Uganda, Mozambique and South Africa, all of whom earned their place through the FIBA AfroBasket 2017 Qualifiers; Guinea and Rwanda, who received a wild card each. An additional wild card will be allocated in order to select the Republic of Congo's replacement.
Courtesy of: fiba.com



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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Tucker, Estudian.22.1 
 2. Green, Instituto19.8 
 3. Solano, Echague19.7 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.18.3 
 5. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 6. Sims, Regatas C.17.6 
 7. Mickeal, Atenas17.1 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.16.8 
 9. Gadson, Argentino16.5 
 10. Lampropoulos, Boca J.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Williams, Olimpico.11.9 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.3 
 3. Clancy, Instituto9.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.6 
 5. Johnson, Atenas8.9 
 6. Justiz, Estudian.8.9 
 7. Francis, La Union8.8 
 8. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.7 
 9. Wood, San M.8.6 
 10. Caracter, Echague8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Maximiliano STANIC
  Olimpico.
  (178-PG-78)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Stanic, Olimpico.6.3 
 2. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.3 
 3. Barral, Obras B.6.0 
 4. Aguirre, San L.5.6 
 5. Konsztadt, La Union5.4 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.1 
 7. Figueroa, Penarol4.5 
 8. De-l., GECR I.4.5 
 9. Ciorciari, Instituto4.4 
 10. Hopson, Quimsa4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Gelvis SOLANO
  Echague
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Solano, Echague2.0 
 2. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.2.0 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.1.8 
 5. De-l., GECR I.1.8 
 6. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 7. Vildoza, Quilm.1.6 
 8. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 9. Flor, Quilmes MP1.4 
 10. Redivo, Weber B.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 3. Richard, Obras B.1.5 
 4. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 5. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 6. Meyinsse, San L.1.3 
 7. Calfani, San L.1.3 
 8. Clancy, Instituto1.2 
 9. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 
 10. Acuna, Penarol1.0 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Barovero, Union SF22.4 
 2. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista20.0 
 3. Brown, La Union19.5 
 4. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.2 
 5. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.17.7 
 6. Cutley, Atenas C.17.6 
 7. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.5 
 8. Pais, Platense17.4 
 9. Schoppler, Olimpo B.17.1 
 10. Correa, BHY T.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 13
 1. Gonzalez, San I.13.0 
 2. Dodson, Petr.Arg.10.1 
 3. Matthews, Salta B.10.1 
 4. Graham, Temperley8.9 
 5. Cutley, Atenas C.8.6 
 6. Lockett, BHY T.8.5 
 7. Lauria, Comunica.8.4 
 8. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.2 
 9. Joseph, Obera TC8.2 
 10. Granado, Olimpo BB8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Gimnasia.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. La-Bella, Gimnasia.8.1 
 2. Cajal, Independ.7.3 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.3 
 4. Cequeira, Villa A.5.3 
 5. Paletta, Hindu4.8 
 6. Correa, BHY T.4.5 
 7. Gandoy, Obera TC4.4 
 8. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.4.3 
 9. Franco, Alianza .4.3 
 10. Davico, Rocamora4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell DODSON
  Petr.Arg.
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Dodson, Petr.Arg.2.8 
 2. Pais, Platense2.3 
 3. Punet, Salta Basket2.2 
 4. Correa, BHY T.2.2 
 5. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.2 
 6. Cequeira, Villa A.1.9 
 7. Brown, Mitre Tuc.1.9 
 8. Paletta, Hindu1.7 
 9. Harrison, Ciclista1.7 
 10. Tabarez, Union SF1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Efese, Gimnasia LP1.9 
 3. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.5 
 4. Lockett, BHY T.1.4 
 5. Deck, Obera TC1.2 
 6. Stroud, Parque Sur1.1 
 7. Okoye, Salta Basket1.0 
 8. Tabarez, Union SF0.9 
 9. Moya, Hindu0.9 
 10. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 


Argentinian LigaA round 45 best performance: Justin Williams - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward Justin Williams (206-F/C-84, agency: DTMones) had a very impressive game in the last round for Olimpico LB, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 45.
The 32-year old player had a double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds, while his team edged out Quimsa (#6, 24-27) 89-88. Olimpico LB maintains the 4th position in their group in Argentinian LigaA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Olimpico LB will need more victories to improve their 29-22 record. It's Williams' second year at Olimpico LB and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former University of Wyoming star has very solid stats this year. Williams leads league in rebounds with 11.9rpg. Williams is in league's top in and averages impressive 3.1bpg and 60.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Roquez Johnson (201-F/C-92) of Atenas. Johnson had a very good evening with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Atenas lost that game 97-102 to slightly higher-ranked Quilmes MP (#7, 21-26). Atenas managed to keep the same 9th spot in Sur. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 18-28 record. Johnson is a newcomer at Atenas, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international guard Luis Cequeira (180-PG-85) of Argentino (#4). Cequeira showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Cequeira's great performance Argentino lost 65-78 to #1 ranked San Martin C.. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Argentino needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Norte. Their record is 25 victories and 24 lost games. Cequeira has a very solid season. In 26 games in Argentina he scored 9.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivan Basualdo (202-F/C-90) of Quilmes MP - 13 points and 15 rebounds
5. Tracy Robinson (201-SF-86) of Quilmes MP - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Lucio Redivo (183-G-94) of Weber Bahia - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Fotios Lampropoulos (206-PF-83) of Boca Jrs - 27 points and 8 rebounds
8. Paolo Quinteros (188-SG-79) of Regatas C. - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Gabriel Deck (199-F-95) of San Lorenzo - 25 points and 4 rebounds
10. Eric Flor (186-G-93) of Quilmes MP - 27 points and 8 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)



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
gschID: 544432





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  ASEAN LEAGUE  


Round 3 of Finals. Hong Kong ELL grab 2-1 lead - by Eurobasket News

Singapore S. - Hong Kong ELL 72-76

Hong Kong ELL grabbed 2-1 lead in the championship series. They upset Singapore Slingers on the road tonight. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 37-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Hong Kong ELL made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Singapore Slingers turnovers. Strangely Singapore Slingers outrebounded Hong Kong ELL 40-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. Power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Center Justin Howard (209-81, college: Mercer) answered with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 23 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Xavier Alexander (198-88, college: S.Nazarene) added 23 points, 7 rebounds and 13 assists in the effort for Singapore Slingers.
Top scorers:
Singapore S.: J.Howard 31+23reb+4ast, X.Alexander 23+7reb+13ast, L.Kwek Wei 7+2reb, K.Goh 3+5reb, J.Urbiztondo 3+1reb, W.Long Wong 3
Hong Kong ELL: M.Elliott 21+9reb+9ast, J.Boone 18+5reb+1ast, S.Wing Chan 12+3reb+3ast, S.Yee Fong 8+2reb, T.Lamb 8+5reb+4ast, S.Guinchard 7+1reb
gschID: 544176





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  AUSTRALIA  


Kings sign Dane Pineau - by Eurobasket News

Sydney Kings (NBL) signed 23-year old Australian ex-international forward Dane Pineau (206-102kg-94). He just graduated from Saint Mary's College of California (NCAA). Pineau has played there for the last four years. In 33 games he had 6.6ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1bpg this season.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it is his first season as a pro.
Pineau played in the final of WCC Tournament in 2016.
He was also a member of Australian international program for some years. Pineau played for Australian Senior National Team back in 2012 and previously for U18 National Team in 2012.
He represented Australia at the World Championships U19 in Prague (Czech Republic) four years ago. Pineau's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 11.8ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 53.8%, FT: 53.8%.
Pineau has played previously for Tigers.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @GuidoGuida)

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  BAHRAIN  


After winning Bahraini League Title, coach Pep Claros made the history !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Coach Pep Claros continues his success away from Spain, he just took Al Manama the undefeated champion head coach position since less than 4 weeks, but during this 4 weeks he made a quantum leap in the team performance !! he took the team while they were tying in the series against Al Hala 1-1 in the semifinal in the league !! he coached the team in 4 tough game and he won them all !! Another problem faced coach Claros that he had to play 2 of 3 games in the final series without Mohammed Qurban who got injured in the first game of final series but Al Manama finished the series 3-0 against his ex-team.
His mission this season didn't get done yet Arab Gulf Championship will start next month, Bahrain will host the competition and Manama is in the Group with Al Shabab UAE, Al Rayyan Qatar and Ittifaq Oman.
By winning the league title in Bahrain few days ago .. the 48 years old coach have made the history to became the first coach in any sport to win 4 titles or medals in 4 different continents: Cup Title in Portugal "Europe", 2 championships in Puerto Rico "North America", Silver Medal with Mexico NT in 2010, Liga De las Americas"Argentina-South America" and recently Bahrain League Title in "Asia" .. beside this achievement Pep has been in 15 finals so far with different clubs in 12 countries and 3 National teams as head coach. Catalan coach from Badalona was the first non American coach in NCAA.



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  BARBADOS  


BABA Round 18: Tridents still unable to win any game - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

Bottom-ranked Tridents (0-11) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 85-71 loss to fourth ranked Sonics (8-3) in on Thursday evening. Sonics have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Tridents at the other side still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Sonics are looking forward to face Warriors (#6) in the next round. Tridents will have a break next round.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Bridgetown. Local Lakers (9-3) outscored 8th ranked Hawks (2-9) 106-52. Lakers maintains second position with 9-3 record having just one point less than leader Cavaliers. Hawks at the other side keep the eighth place with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Lakers - Hawks 106-52

The game with biggest result difference took place in Bridgetown. Local Lakers (9-3) outscored 8th ranked Hawks (2-9) 106-52. Lakers maintains second position with 9-3 record having just one point less than leader Cavaliers. Hawks at the other side keep the eighth place with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 543711


Sonics - Tridents 85-71

Bottom-ranked Tridents (0-11) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 85-71 loss to fourth ranked Sonics (8-3) in on Thursday evening. Sonics have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Tridents at the other side still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Sonics are looking forward to face Warriors (#6) in the next round. Tridents will have a break next round.
gschID: 543710





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  BOSNIA  


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, Flamengo18.4 
 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. Rodriguez, Flame.10.0 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 3. Maynard, Minas7.7 
 4. de-Souza, L.Sor.7.7 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.5 
 6. Ansaloni, Pinheiros6.8 
 7. Andrade, Bauru6.6 
 8. Silveira, Mogi6.6 
 9. Mariano, Brasilia6.6 
 10. Curnell, Mogi6.4 
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. Pecos, Paulistano5.4 
 5. Garcia, Bauru5.4 
 6. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.1 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.4.8 
 8. Rodgers, Minas4.7 
 9. Dawkins, Vitoria4.7 
 10. Taylor, Mogi4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Larry TAYLOR
  Mogi
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Taylor, Mogi1.9 
 2. Dawkins, Vitoria1.9 
 3. Garcia, Bauru1.9 
 4. Jackson, Vasco D.1.8 
 5. Rodgers, Minas1.6 
 6. Machado, B.Cea.1.6 
 7. Stallworth, Mogi1.6 
 8. Bresolin, Vitoria1.6 
 9. Curnell, Mogi1.6 
 10. Bennett, Pinheiros1.6 
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. Stocks, Blumenau13.3 
 5. Filho, Botafogo.13.2 
 6. Lima, Santos/M.12.5 
 7. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.12.3 
 8. Maistro, Contagem12.2 
 9. Dias, Joinville12.1 
 10. Alvim, Contagem12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Prado, Brusque9.6 
 2. Moreira, Botafogo.8.7 
 3. Silva, Blumenau8.5 
 4. Lazzaris, Blumenau7.0 
 5. Russell, Botafogo.6.8 
 6. Alvim, Contagem6.8 
 7. Perez, Botafogo.6.5 
 8. Silva, Brusque6.2 
 9. Jeronimo, Joinville6.2 
 10. Gaines, Blumenau6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Smith, Botafogo.4.6 
 2. Froehlich, Joinville3.8 
 3. Semmke, Blumenau3.5 
 4. Perez, Contagem3.5 
 5. Romualdo, Contagem3.5 
 6. Stocks, Blumenau3.0 
 7. Lima, Santos/M.2.5 
 8. Alvim, Contagem2.5 
 9. Prado, Brusque2.5 
 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.1.7 
 5. Vezaro, Joinville1.6 
 6. Lima, Santos/M.1.4 
 7. Perez, Contagem1.4 
 8. Moreira, Blumenau1.3 
 9. Romualdo, Contagem1.3 
 10. Machado, Brusque1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Rodrigo SILVA
  Brusque
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 1
 1. Silva, Brusque1.0 
 2. Perez, Botafogo.0.8 
 3. Lima, Santos/M.0.8 
 4. Tiago, Brusque0.7 
 5. Maistro, Contagem0.7 
 6. Jeronimo, Joinville0.6 
 7. Silva, Blumenau0.6 
 8. Machado, Santos/M.0.5 
 9. Souza, Santos/M.0.4 
 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)



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  CANADA  


River Lions ink Ryan Ejim - by Eurobasket News

Niagara River Lions (NBL Canada) agreed terms with forward Ryan Ejim (201-93kg). He just graduated from Carleton. In 23 games he had 7.1ppg and 5.0rpg this season. NBL Canada will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Ejim helped them to win CIS Tournament and end the regular season at the top position. Quite impressive season as he was named to All-OUA 2nd Team. The last season he played also at Ravens where in 25 games he recorded 10.4ppg and 5.3rpg. Ejim contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in CIS. It was another spectacular season as he was named to CIS Canadian All-Tournament Team.
He previously for Hawks.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Richardo Dunkley joins River Lions - by Eurobasket News

Niagara River Lions (NBL Canada) agreed terms with guard Richardo Dunkley (183). He just played at Windsor Express in Canadian NBL.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Dunkley's team made it to the NBL Canada Semifinals in 2013. He was also voted Defensive Player of the Year back in 2010.
Dunkley previously for two other teams: Rams and Bruins.
On Dunkley: Quick, shifty backcourt player that has a knack for finding the open man. Solid offensive player and can run the passing lanes well. Sometimes can force the issue in a high tempo game but can be a team leader.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHINA  


Guangxi adds Murphy to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Guangxi Rhinos (NBL) added to their roster 27-year old American guard Kevin Murphy (196-84kg-90, college: Tenn Tech). He just played at Grand Rapids Drive (D-League) in the U.S. In 44 games he recorded very impressive stats: 23.0ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.5apg this season.
In 2012 Murphy was drafted by Drafted by? Utah Jazz (NBA) in second round (47th overall). He attended Tennessee Tech University and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Murphy's team made it to the OVC Tournament Semifinals in 2010 and 2012. He was also voted USBasket.com All-D-League 1st Team back in 2014.
Murphy is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in five different countries. Murphy has played previously professionally in France (Strasbourg IG), Japan (Hitachi Sunrockers), NBA (Orlando Magic), D-League (Salt Lake City Stars and Reno Bighorns) and China (Zhejiang Guangsha Lions).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Tyler Ingle for NBADraft.net in 2012)
Explosive scorer that possesses a wide offensive skill-set ... Good length for either wing position ... Active runner ... Quick feet ... Gets himself squared up to the hoop almost instantly ... Volume shooter. Not a very strong finisher at the rim, due in large part to his slight frame ... Does most of his scoring outside the paint, so it's hard for him to establish a good scoring rhythm if his shot isn't falling
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Henan tabs Josh-Emmanuel Akognon - by Eurobasket News

Henan Shedianlaojiu (NBL) inked 31-year old Nigerian international point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-84kg-86, college: CS Fullerton). He played recently at Lietuvos rytas in Lithuanian LKL league. Akognon managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 5 LKL games he averaged 12.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.2apg this season. He also played that season for Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 5 LKL games he had 12.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.0apg. Akognon also played 4 games in Euroleague where he recorded 4.8ppg and 1.5apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Among other achievements Akognon's team made it to the D-League Semifinals in 2012. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA Honorable Mention award in 2015.
Akognon represented Nigeria at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 10.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 40.0%.
Akognon is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Akognon has played previously professionally in Estonia, Italy (Banco di Srd), Serbia (Partizan), NBA (Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies), China (Flying Leopards, Jilin Tigers, Long Lions, Leopards and Eagles) and D-League (Canton Charge and Delaware 87ers).
He attended California State University, Fullerton until 2009 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.
Akognon's game is described as: A tiny, but solid bodied guard with personality and great scoring skills. Thanks to his explosiveness and quickness, has a good offensive presence. Can spend time in both 1 and 2 positions, gives his best in open court situations.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CROATIA  


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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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 B25.2 
 3. Svoboda, Nymburk B23.1 
 4. Novak, Olomouc SK21.6 
 5. Potocek, Pardubice21.6 
 6. Fait, Sokol Pisek18.9 
 7. Honomichl, Loko Plzen18.6 
 8. Streba, USK P.18.6 
 9. Nehoda, Zlin18.5 
 10. Sebela, Sokol S.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin PETERKA
  Nymburk B
  (205-C-95)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Peterka, Nymburk B12.2 
 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.8.6 
 8. Englicky, Sokol Pisek8.6 
 9. Voslajer, Zlin8.4 
 10. Novak, Vysocina8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jan SOTNAR
  Slavoj L.
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Sotnar, Slavoj L.8.2 
 2. Petric, Pardubice4.6 
 3. Kotasek, Nymburk B4.4 
 4. Dragoun, Opava B4.3 
 5. Straznicky, Vysoc.4.3 
 6. Honomichl, Loko Plzen4.1 
 7. Novak, Vysocina3.8 
 8. Dlugos, Nymburk B3.7 
 9. Jancik, Havirov3.6 
 10. Nabelek, Prostejo.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jiri DEDEK
  Olomouc .
  (190-SG-95)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Dedek, Olomouc .3.6 
 2. Potocek, Pardubice2.2 
 3. Novak, Olomouc SK2.1 
 4. Nehoda, Zlin2.1 
 5. Honomichl, Loko Plzen2.1 
 6. Novak, Vysocina2.1 
 7. Choleva, Olomouc Bbal2.1 
 8. Svoboda, Nymburk B2.0 
 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. Szabo, Prostejov B1.1 
 5. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.1 
 6. Goga, Prostejov B1.0 
 7. Vasat, Prostejov B0.9 
 8. Kozak, GBA Sparta0.9 
 9. Hlobil, Prostejov B0.9 
 10. Roub, Pardubice0.8 



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  EL SALVADOR  


Salvadorean Liga MB round 29 best performance: Christopher Blake - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Christopher Blake (198-G-88) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Brujos Izalco, receiving a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 28-year old player got a double-double of 37 points and 11 assists, while his team edged out Santa Tecla (#1, 17-3) 93-91. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Brujos Izalco maintains the 2nd position in Salvadorean Liga MB. They are still close to the very top. Brujos Izalco would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 16-3 record. In the team's last game Blake had a remarkable 52.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Brujos Izalco's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Detroit Mercy star has very solid stats this year. Blake is in league's top in points (7th best: 26.3ppg), assists (4th best: 6.2apg) and averages impressive 3.1spg and 53.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Marc Montavious (206-C-90) of 11 Lobos. Montavious had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 25 rebounds. Of course he led 11 Lobos to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Giants (#14, 4-15) 95-70. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. 11 Lobos keeps 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-11 record. Montavious is one of the most experienced players at 11 Lobos and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another 11 Lobos' star - Haitian forward Joseph Antoine (203-PF-84). Antoine showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, eighteen rebounds (!!!) and eight assists in the last round. He was another key player of 11 Lobos, helping his team with a 95-70 easy win against the lower-ranked Giants (#14, 4-15). The chances of 11 Lobos not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Antoine could try to bring 11 Lobos' a little bit higher in the standings. Antoine has a very solid season. In 16 games in El Salvador he scored 18.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Quincy Scates (197-SF-89) of Quezaltepeque - 30 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Thomas Alexander (197-SG) of Denver-FAS - 33 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Raymond Miller (204-F/C-88) of Halcones - 18 points, 19 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Tyrone Butler (193-F/G-88) of Santa Ana - 16 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Brandon Thompson (193-G) of Arcense - 28 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Keion Palmer (208-F) of Isidro Metapan - 18 points and 13 rebounds
10. Daniel King (203-PF-87) of El Rapido - 17 points, 12 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)



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
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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. Llull, Real Madrid16.5 
 5. Wanamaker, Darussaf.16.5 
 6. Teodosic, CSKA16.3 
 7. Bogdanovic, Fener.14.7 
 8. James, Panathin.13.3 
 9. Clyburn, Darussaf.13.3 
 10. Printezis, Olympiacos13.1 
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 .7.3 
 4. Voigtmann, Basko.7.1 
 5. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.0 
 6. Zizic, Darussafaka6.8 
 7. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.3 
 8. Dunston, Anadolu .6.1 
 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. Larkin, Baskonia5.7 
 5. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.7 
 6. Colom, Unics5.7 
 7. Guler, Galatasaray5.6 
 8. Calathes, Panathin.5.6 
 9. Heurtel, Anadolu .5.6 
 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. Calathes, Panathin.1.5 
 4. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.4 
 5. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.4 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.1.3 
 7. Larkin, Baskonia1.3 
 8. Guler, Galatasaray1.3 
 9. Jovic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 10. Hanga, Baskonia1.3 
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. Randolph, Real Madrid1.1 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.1.1 
 7. Dunston, Anadolu .1.1 
 8. Theis, Brose Bask.0.9 
 9. Kirk, Anadolu Efes0.9 
 10. Honeycutt, Anadolu .0.9 


Brad Wanamaker leads Darussafaka past Real Madrid - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid - Darussafaka 80:84

Darussafaka evened EuroLeague quarterfinal series versus Real Madrid. The David Blatt's team grabbed a road win in Game 2 behind 21 points from Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89, college: Pittsburgh).
Darussafaka stayed in front throughout the first half. The visitors eked out a 22:19 advantage after ten minutes. They controlled the tempo in the second period. Darussafaka enjoyed a 44:38 halftime advantage. However Real Madrid shifted the gear in the third term. The hosts unloaded 30 points to take a 2-point lead before the fourth frame 68:66. Darussafaka regained the lead late in regulation then Will Clyburn and Brad Wanamaker sank four straight free throws to seal the win for the visitors. Scottie Wilbekin (188-G-93, college: Florida) and Ante Zizic (210-F/C-97, agency: BeoBasket) had 17 points apiece for the winners. Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) replied with 22 points for Real Madrid. Gustavo Ayon (207-C/F-85, college: San Jose St.) chipped in 16 points in the loss.

Real Madrid: Sergio Llull 22, Gustavo Ayon 16
Darussafaka: Brad Wanamaker 21, Scottie Wilbekin 17, Ante Zizic 17



Anadolu Efes steal victory in Piraeus, draw level with Olympiacos - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos - Anadolu Efes 71:73

Anadolu Efes eked out a tough road win over Olympiacos in the second game of the quarterfinal series. Alex Kirk (211-C-91, college: N.Mexico, agency: Pensack Sports) came up with a go-ahead bucket inside the final minute of regulation to propel the Turkish team to the victory. Bryant Dunston (203-C-86) produced 16 points for the winners.
Anadolu Efes claimed a narrow 23:22 lead after the first period. Olympiacos spurred ahead in the second term. The Piraeus side grabbed a 44:37 halftime lead. Olympiacos stayed in front throughout low-scoring third period. The hosts entered the final period up by three points 54:51. The lead changed hands several times throughout intense fourth frame. But Alex Kirk came up for Anadolu Efes late in the game and led the visitors to the victory. Tyler Honeycutt (203-F-90, college: UCLA) posted 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Jayson Granger (189-G-89) had 9 points in the win. Georgios Printezis (204-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe) and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 20 points each for Olympiacos.

Olympiacos: Georgios Printezis 20, Vassilis Spanoulis 20
Anadolu Efes: Bryant Dunston 16, Tyler Honeycutt 15, Jayson Granger 9



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  FINLAND  


Aris tab Antwan Scott, ex KTP Basket - by Eurobasket News

Aris Thessaloniki (A1) inked 25-year old American guard Antwan Scott (188-81kg-92, college: Colorado State). He played recently at KTP Basket in Finnish Korisliiga. In 14 games he averaged impressive 22.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.9apg and 1.6spg this season. Scott also played for New Heroes Basketball Den Bosch in Holland earlier that season where in 11 Eredivisie games he had very remarkable stats: 20.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 5.5apg and 2.3spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements Scott's team made it to the MWC Tournament Semifinals in 2016. He received also NABC All-District 17 2nd Team award in 2016 at his college time.
Scott graduated from Colorado State in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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
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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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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Zachery PEACOCK
  Bourg
  (203-C-87)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Peacock, Bourg17.9 
 2. Williams, Boulazac17.3 
 3. Burton, Roanne17.2 
 4. Jones, Lille17.1 
 5. Hermannsson, Charlevi.16.9 
 6. Henry, Evreux16.7 
 7. Ware, Vichy C.15.5 
 8. Obasohan, Provence.15.1 
 9. Bigote, Nantes15.0 
 10. Rozenfeld, Roanne14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mohamed KONE
  Charleville
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Kone, Charleville9.6 
 2. Ndoye, Bourg9.4 
 3. Odiakosa, Le Havre9.4 
 4. Burton, Roanne8.9 
 5. Ekperigin, Nantes7.9 
 6. Traore, Lille7.6 
 7. Morin, Le Havre7.5 
 8. Rhoomes, St Qu.7.5 
 9. Diame, Blois7.3 
 10. Fall, Poitiers7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Poitiers
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Threatt, Poitiers7.1 
 2. King, Le Havre6.2 
 3. Turner, Blois6.0 
 4. Rigaux, Maurienne5.9 
 5. Ware, Vichy C.5.9 
 6. Hermannsson, Charlevi.5.6 
 7. Henry, Evreux5.5 
 8. Sim, Bourg5.4 
 9. Duren, Boulogne5.2 
 10. Mitchell, Nantes5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Joe BURTON
  Roanne
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Burton, Roanne2.6 
 2. Henry, Evreux2.4 
 3. Threatt, Poitiers2.3 
 4. Denave, Vichy C.2.0 
 5. Turner, Blois2.0 
 6. Rigaux, Maurienne1.9 
 7. Mitchell, Nantes1.9 
 8. Moendadze, Boulo.1.8 
 9. Maille, Provence.1.8 
 10. Fouse, Charleville1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Yannis MORIN
  Le Havre
  (208-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Morin, Le Havre1.9 
 2. Fall, Poitiers1.5 
 3. Paumier, Boulogne1.3 
 4. Ndoye, Bourg1.3 
 5. Rinna, St Chamond1.1 
 6. MBida, Lille1.1 
 7. Jones, Lille1.1 
 8. Kone, Charleville1.0 
 9. Diame, Blois1.0 
 10. Traore, Lille1.0 



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  FYR MACEDONIA  


Romeo Travis selected the top FYR Macedonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Romeo Travis
Romeo Travis
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international power forward Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron, currently plays in France). He led Strasbourg IG to a victory over the 14th-ranked Cholet Basket (10-18) 85-68 in the French ProA last Saturday. Travis was MVP of the game. He recorded 17 points. Strasbourg IG (19-9) is placed fourth in the ProA. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. It's Travis' first season with the team. This year Travis averages: 9.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 49.4%, 3FGP: 13.3% and FT: 76.5%. He is a naturalized American. Travis is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Spain). McCalebb could not help Gran Canaria (18-10) in their last game. Despite his good performance Gran Canaria lost 90-95 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Baskonia. McCalebb was the second best scorer with 14 points in 25 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. McCalebb has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 56.9%(103-181), 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 75.9% in 28 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. McCalebb played for the FYR Macedonian national team in 2015. Apparently he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Marques Green (165-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy). Green managed to help Scandone Avellino to win against the league outsider Vanoli Cremona (7-20) 85-78 in the Italian Serie A in Saturday night's game. He scored 5 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals. Scandone Avellino (17-10) is placed third in the Serie A. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Green's overall stats this season are: 6.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.6apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 33.3%, 3FGP: 43.9% and FT: 96.0%(24-25). He is a naturalized American. Green played for the FYR Macedonian national team seven years ago. Interesting that he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Aleksandar Kostoski
Aleksandar Kostoski
   #4. Point guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88, agency: PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Romania) was not able to help Pitesti in their game against Steaua CSM (17-11) in the Romanian Liga Nationala, despite his very good performance last Thursday. Kostoski was the top scorer with 33 points. He also added 4 passes in 35 minutes. But the sixth-placed Pitesti (11-17) lost 90-105 in Bucuresti to the higher-ranked (#3) Steaua CSM in the Places 1-6 group. This year Kostoski has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.6apg and 1.4spg in 22 games. He is also FYR Macedonian national team player.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #5. Former international power forward Pero Antic (211-82, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to Fenerbahce's victory against the closely-ranked Panathinaikos (19-11) 80-75 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. Antic scored only 3 points. Fenerbahce Istanbul (18-12) is placed fifth in the Euroleague. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Antic's overall stats this season are: 4.5ppg and 2.6rpg. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Antic used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team two years ago.

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #6. Guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Sevilla (8-19) in their game against Real Madrid (20-7) in the Spanish Liga Endesa, despite his good performance in Saturday night's game. He scored 11 points in a mere 19 minutes. But Sevilla lost 76-87 in Madrid to the leading Real. It was Sevilla's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Stojanovski has reliable stats this year: 11.2ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.3apg in 27 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior FYR Macedonian National Team roster.

Elvis Hot
Elvis Hot
   #7. U18 international power forward Elvis Hot (197-98, currently plays in Slovenia) couldn't help Crnomelj (6-13) in their game against Branik (4-18) in the Slovenian 2SKL (second division). Hot recorded 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. But Crnomelj was defeated 85-81 in Maribor by the one of league's weakest teams Branik (#11). The Regular Season already ended. Hot's overall stats this season are: 4.4ppg and 3.7rpg. He is also FYR Macedonian U18 national team player.

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

   #1. Cedi Osman (204-F-95, currently plays in Turkey) led Anadolu Efes to a victory over the 14th-ranked Trabzonspor (8-18) crushing them 100-77 in the Turkish BSL in Friday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Osman scored 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (22-4) is placed second in the BSL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Osman's fourth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 14.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.5apg and 1.6spg in 24 games he played so far. Osman has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Turkish.

   #2. Experienced Ivan Todorovic (214-C-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Spain). Todorovic could not help L'Hospitalet (9-20) to beat CB Granada (21-9). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Todorovic scored only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 11 minutes. L'Hospitalet lost 75-83 on the road to the second-ranked CB Granada. It was L'Hospitalet's sixth consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Todorovic's overall stats are: 6.9ppg and 5.3rpg in 12 games.



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  GEORGIA  

Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Corey ALLEN
  Mgzavrebi
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Allen, Mgzavrebi18.1 
 2. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi17.9 
 3. Lathan, Sokhumi16.8 
 4. Shemosiuk, Batumi16.5 
 5. Rogava, Olimpi16.2 
 6. Jintcharadze, Bat.16.2 
 7. Berishvili, Dinamo T.15.0 
 8. Florveus, Cactus T.14.5 
 9. Lezhava, Batumi14.2 
 10. Burnette, Olimpi14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FLORVEUS
  Cactus T.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Florveus, Cactus T.12.9 
 2. Pelcher, Batumi10.9 
 3. Atuashvili, Rustavi9.2 
 4. Spagnolo, Rustavi8.9 
 5. Burnette, Olimpi8.7 
 6. Bridgeman, Cactus T.8.4 
 7. Tishchenko, Sokhu.7.6 
 8. Murphy, Mgzavrebi7.5 
 9. Bekauri, Kutaisi7.5 
 10. Krivtsov, Batumi6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Charlie LEE
  Rustavi
  (175-PG-92)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Lee, Rustavi6.2 
 2. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi6.1 
 3. Vaughn, Dinamo T.5.2 
 4. Mikeladze, Olimpi4.6 
 5. Lezhava, Batumi4.2 
 6. Rogava, Olimpi4.0 
 7. Berishvili, Dinamo T.3.9 
 8. Chikviladze, Cactus T.3.9 
 9. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.3.9 
 10. Lathan, Sokhumi3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Corey ALLEN
  Mgzavrebi
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Allen, Mgzavrebi3.3 
 2. Burnette, Olimpi2.6 
 3. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.2.3 
 4. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi2.0 
 5. Rogava, Olimpi2.0 
 6. Baqradze, Olimpi1.8 
 7. Lathan, Sokhumi1.8 
 8. Jgerenaia, Sokhumi1.5 
 9. Tsekvava, Kutaisi1.5 
 10. Lomidze, Cactus T.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 John FLORVEUS
  Cactus T.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Florveus, Cactus T.1.7 
 2. Bekauri, Kutaisi1.7 
 3. Atuashvili, Rustavi1.6 
 4. Bridgeman, Cactus T.1.4 
 5. Pelcher, Batumi1.2 
 6. Jgerenaia, Sokhumi1.2 
 7. Tubak, Kutaisi1.2 
 8. Rychlyuk, Sokhumi1.1 
 9. Krivtsov, Batumi1.0 
 10. Murphy, Mgzavrebi1.0 


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
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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
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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
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Davit Maisuradze claims Georgian A League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Davit Maisuradze (205-C/F-90) had a great game in the last round for SEU Tbilisi and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A League Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 26-year old had the game-high 57 points adding eight rebounds and five assists for SEU Tbilisi in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Tskaltubo (#5, 5-9) with 27-point margin 109-82. SEU Tbilisi maintains the 6th position in Georgian A League. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. SEU Tbilisi have already lost 13 games and recorded just one victory. In the team's last game Maisuradze had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range and got seven three-pointers out of 12 attempts. He turned to be SEU Tbilisi's top player in his first season with the team. Maisuradze has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 8.3rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American power forward Peter Alexis (213-F/C-92) of Arena-76. Alexis impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 24 rebounds. Bad luck as Arena-76 was edged by slightly higher-ranked Hyundai-TSU (#2, 10-4) 87-85. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Arena-76 still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 8-6 record is not bad at all. Alexis is one of the most experienced players at Arena-76 and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.2ppg (#4). He also registered 11.6 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Ryan Aaron (190-G-91) of BC Titebi (#4). Aaron got into 30-points club by scoring 39 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds . Despite Aaron's great performance BC Titebi lost 71-73 to #1 ranked DELTA. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing BC Titebi needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 7 victories and 7 lost games. Aaron has a great season in Georgia. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.9ppg (3rd best). He also has 2.6spg and FGP: 63.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Giorgi Tskhovrebovi (195-SF-98) of SEU Tbilisi - 12 points, 15 rebounds and 24 assists
5. Giorgi Kandelaki (196-F-91) of Tskaltubo - 32 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Deondre Ray (196-SF) of DELTA - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Armani Flannigan (203-F-92) of BC Titebi - 13 points and 22 rebounds
8. Bilal Aliev (203-C-97) of SEU Tbilisi - 14 points and 10 rebounds
9. Irakli Alkhanaidze (202-F-92) of DELTA - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Guja Birkaia (202-F-95) of Tskaltubo - 13 points and 14 rebounds

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



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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Raymar MORGAN
  Ratiopharm
  (203-F/C-88)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Morgan, Ratiopharm18.4 
 2. Knight, Jena18.3 
 3. English, Fraport .17.1 
 4. Kikanovic, ALBA16.3 
 5. Paulding, EWE B.16.1 
 6. Babb, Ratiopharm15.7 
 7. Mayo, Telekom Bsk15.6 
 8. Odum, Wuerzburg15.6 
 9. Lewis, Bayreuth15.4 
 10. Gaines, Vechta15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dyshawn PIERRE
  Braunsch.
  (198-F-93)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Pierre, Braunsch.7.5 
 2. Eatherton, Goett.7.2 
 3. Evans, Giessen .7.1 
 4. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.9 
 5. Marei, Bayreuth6.7 
 6. Cooley, Ludwigsb.6.7 
 7. Searcy, Vechta6.6 
 8. Knight, Jena6.5 
 9. McGhee, Walter T.6.4 
 10. Qvale, EWE Baskets6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Scott MACHADO
  Vechta
  (186-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 2. Jordan, Walter T.8.0 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.5 
 4. Odum, Wuerzburg5.8 
 5. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.7 
 6. Siva, ALBA5.4 
 7. Sanders, Goettingen5.0 
 8. Mayo, Telekom Bsk5.0 
 9. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.4.9 
 10. Ruoff, Goettingen4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Robertson, Fraport .2.6 
 2. Kramer, EWE B.2.4 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Ruoff, Goettingen1.8 
 5. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 6. Anderson, Bayreuth1.7 
 7. Siva, ALBA1.7 
 8. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.7 
 9. Redding, B.Mue.1.7 
 10. Stewart, Walter T.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel THEIS
  Brose Bask.
  (204-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Theis, Brose Bask.1.3 
 2. Groselle, Braunsch.1.2 
 3. Gamble, Telekom .1.2 
 4. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.1 
 5. Lane, Wuerzburg1.1 
 6. Qvale, EWE Baskets1.0 
 7. Marei, Bayreuth0.9 
 8. Gaffney, ALBA0.8 
 9. Balvin, B.Muenchen0.8 
 10. McGhee, Walter T.0.8 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Jonathon WILLIAMS
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Williams, Kirchheim18.5 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau17.9 
 3. Alexander, ETB W.17.6 
 4. Nikolic, Baunach17.4 
 5. Watkins, Nuernberg17.1 
 6. Warren, MBC17.0 
 7. Kerusch, MBC16.5 
 8. Holt, Dresden16.0 
 9. Spearman, Trier15.8 
 10. Lawson, Chemnitz15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leon KRATZER
  Baunach
  (210-C-97)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Kratzer, Baunach12.6 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau9.5 
 3. Jahn, Ehingen8.9 
 4. Oppland, Nuernberg8.4 
 5. Thompson, ETB W.8.0 
 6. King, Koeln R.7.2 
 7. Wolf, Hamburg6.9 
 8. Lawson, Chemnitz6.9 
 9. Nicholas, Trier6.7 
 10. Watts, Oettinge.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Carrington LOVE
  Kirchheim
  (186-G-94)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Love, Kirchheim7.1 
 2. Nikolic, Baunach6.7 
 3. Carter, Chemnitz5.8 
 4. Moore, Ehingen5.7 
 5. Vest, Uni Baskets5.6 
 6. Adams, Uni Baskets5.6 
 7. Hatten, MBC5.3 
 8. Williams, Koeln R.5.3 
 9. Dunn, Crailsheim5.0 
 10. Zazai, MBC4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Chase ADAMS
  Uni Baskets
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Adams, Uni Baskets2.4 
 2. Hatten, MBC2.4 
 3. Love, Kirchheim2.3 
 4. Carter, Chemnitz2.1 
 5. White, Heidelberg2.0 
 6. Watkins, Nuernberg1.9 
 7. Tiggs, Crailsheim1.8 
 8. Robertson, Koeln R.1.6 
 9. Vest, Uni Baskets1.6 
 10. Dunn, Crailsheim1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Koeln R.
  (206-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. King, Koeln R.1.6 
 2. Kratzer, Baunach1.5 
 3. Keppeler, Baunach1.2 
 4. Pantelic, MBC1.2 
 5. White, Heidelberg1.2 
 6. Heinzmann, Koeln R.1.2 
 7. Grim, Uni Baskets1.1 
 8. van, Trier1.1 
 9. Fraser, Ehingen1.1 
 10. Flomo, Crailsheim1.0 


Braydon Hobbs (ratiopharm Ulm) FC Bayern Munich Was A Tough Loss But We Have Responded In The Right Way - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



Braydon Hobbs (196-G-89, college: Bellarmine) is a 27 year old 196cm point guard playing his third season in Germany and first with ratiopharm Ulm. Last season he played for the Giessen 46ers playing 33 games averaging 10.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 4.8apg, Steals-3 (1.7spg), FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 86.8%. Two seasons ago he played for rent4office Nuernberg (Germany-ProA) where he averaged 11,9ppg, 4.1rpg, Assists-4 (5.9apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 40.8%, FT: 82.4% . He started his basketball career in 2008 with Bellarmine (NCAA2) playing a total of 133 games. He turned professional in 2012 and played for Caceres Basket (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 35 games: 7.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 41.9%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 87.9%. In 2013-2014 he played for Alba Fehervar (Hungary-A Division, starting five): Eurocup: 10 games: 11.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.6apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 52.3%; Hungarian League: 32 games: 9.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.4apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 72.7%. He also played three summers professionally in Australia. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against the Fraport Skyliners.

Braydon thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. You have spent your third Easter in a row in Germany. What have you learned to appreciate most about Easter in Germany that you haven't had in the States?

Easter is always a good time of year, whether I'm in the US or in Germany. I appreciate the time I get with my family here in Germany though. A lot of the stores are closed on Friday and then again on Monday so it gives me a lot of time to spend with the family at home.


After winning 26 games in a row, you lost to FC Bayern Munich recently, but since beat Wurzburg and Giessen. Is basketball life back to normal in Ulm?

Basketball life is definitely back to normal after the loss. It was a tough loss, but I think we have responded in the right way.


Congrats on the big 72-63 victory against your ex team Giessen 46ers. Giessen played a good game, but would you say that keys to the win were controlling the boards and forcing them to 17 turnovers?

Giessen played a solid game against us. Neither team played particularly well on the offensive end. I wouldn't say we controlled the boards because I think they out-rebounded us. Forcing them into 17 turnovers was a key to the game for sure though.


Your ex team Giessen 46ers played ratiopharm Ulm very tough in both games. How proud are you of their success and how have you observed their development since your tenure there?

I'm proud of how they have played this season. I watch a lot of their games and they play a good style of basketball. They are well coached under Coach Wucherer and the guys seem to buy into what he wants.


Your ex head coach Denis Wucherer has announced that this is his last season as he has done excellent work in the last 4 years with Giessen. Rumour has it he will head to Alba Berlin. Do you believe that he is ready for the next step and be successful right away with an organization that expects success right away?

I think Coach will be great wherever he goes next. Players love to play for him and they enjoy his style of basketball as well. He is ready for the next step wherever that might be.


Before the loss to FC Bayern Munich, I am sure the team was thinking only from game to game, but how disappointed were you that the undefeated record was stopped and do you still feel that the team had the game to have gone undefeated in the regular season?

I think everyone is disappointed when they lose, so I was upset after the loss. It's extremely difficult to finish any type of season undefeated, but it would have been cool to be a part of an undefeated season.

How beneficial is it not going into the playoffs undefeated? Was the loss to FC Bayern Munich possibly a positive thing in disguise in the teams quest to win the BBL title?

We can always look at the loss as a positive thing. We need to learn from our mistakes and hopefully finish the season out strong.


How have you seen ratiopharm Ulm continue to develop and progress despite never losing games until FC Bayern Munich? That is always a challenge when your winning. How has the club still been able to progress as a unit?

After the loss to Munich, I think we have bounced back in a solid way. Hopefully we learned from the loss and move onto the next game.


Will you be very surprised if your teammate Raymar Morgan isn't named MVP this season? What one experience has shown you this season that he is the MVP of the league?

Raymar has had an incredible season so far. He is one of the main reasons why we have only lost one game thus far, in the BBL. He is a matchup nightmare for other teams. I can't think of any one experience, but every time he steps on the court he brings it.


Six months ago, you stated 'My defense has been just okay this season. It can always get better of course. I can improve on my one on one defense a bit more'. How has it continued to develop this season?

My defense has definitely improved as the season has gone on. I think we are better defensively as a team as well, which helps everyone's defense a little bit.


Your fourth in assists in the BBL this season. If somebody had told you that in the winter of 2015 when you were with Nurnberg that in two years you would be among the top assist leaders in the BBL what would you have stated?

I love to pass so that's not too far to believe. I love to make my teammates better by passing and by putting them in a position to score.


You play with amazing talent and with a team chemistry that is among the best in the BBL. How has your playmaking and point guard play progressed throughout the season that has left you with a content feeling?

It has definitely been a work in progress. It took me a couple games to get comfortable with the new team, but things are going great now. We all enjoy playing together, so that helps a lot.


The next game is against the Fraport Skyliners who played you tough in Frankfurt 79-73. What memories do you have of that game? This weekends game will display a total reformed Frankfurt roster as Antonio Graves, Kwawe Vaughn and Shavon Shields are gone.

I remember they had a totally different lineup from what they have now. We didn't play a great game either. We will need to play better this Saturday to get the win.


Ratiopharm Ulm are still battling Bamberg for the right to own position one while Frankfurt will give their Germans ample minutes and will have no pressure. What kind of game can we await and what will be key for winning?

I think it will be a tough game. I think we need to execute offensively a bit better than we have in the last couple of games. We will need to limit our turnovers and control the boards as well.


Devin Booker recently hit the Boston Celtics with 70 points. Did it surprise you that he reached this feat before other big time NBA players?

It definitely surprised me a little bit. He is extremely talented, but to get 70 points, in one game, is unreal.


Where do you rank Isaiah Thomas now with the top NBA point guards and can he still help them make a run despite the death of his sister?

I would rank him in the top 5 of point guards in the league. I love watching him play. He plays with great confidence and has the potential to carry them pretty far. They are struggling at the moment but we will see.

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?

It was a good Cinderella story for South Carolina. I was shocked that they made it that far. They had excellent defense and that carried them to the final four. This was one of the main stories of the tournament for sure.

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?

I think Lonzo Ball is a talented basketball player. I'm not sure he is going to be one of the best ever like his dad thinks. We can only wait and see.


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 am not sure if that is true or not. He is an animal on the court regardless though. He plays with a chip on his shoulder at all times. He has one of the best motors in the NBA, so I think he would be getting a lot of triple doubles anyway.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Mr. Deeds


Thanks Braydon for the chat.



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.




Jared Jordan extends deal with Tuebingen - by Eurobasket News

Jared Jordan (187-PG-84, college: Marist) and Tuebingen have agreed on terms of contract extension. The point guard has penned a two-year extension with the team. Jared Jordan tallied 9.5 points, 8.0 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game in the current season. Jared Jordan joined Walter Tigers last season. He notched 7.0 points, 8.5 assists and 3.9 rebounds per appearance in Bundesliga last season. Previously the guard had stints in France, Germany, Spain, Greece and Lithuania.


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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)



Aris tab Antwan Scott, ex KTP Basket - by Eurobasket News

Aris Thessaloniki (A1) inked 25-year old American guard Antwan Scott (188-81kg-92, college: Colorado State). He played recently at KTP Basket in Finnish Korisliiga. In 14 games he averaged impressive 22.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.9apg and 1.6spg this season. Scott also played for New Heroes Basketball Den Bosch in Holland earlier that season where in 11 Eredivisie games he had very remarkable stats: 20.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 5.5apg and 2.3spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements Scott's team made it to the MWC Tournament Semifinals in 2016. He received also NABC All-District 17 2nd Team award in 2016 at his college time.
Scott graduated from Colorado State in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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
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Worthy de Jong selected the top Dutch players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Worthy de Jong
Worthy de Jong
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Worthy de Jong (194-88, currently plays in France). de Jong could not help SO Maritime Boulogne (10-18) in their last game. Despite his very good performance SO Maritime Boulogne lost 73-86 on the road to the higher-ranked (#13) Chorale de Roanne. de Jong was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 3 assists and 3 steals in 22 minutes on the court. It's de Jong's first season with the team. This year de Jong averages: 9.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 46.5%, 3FGP: 34.9% and FT: 63.8% in 28 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Jito Kok
Jito Kok
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international center Jito Kok (206-94, agency: Court Side, college: San Diego, currently plays in Estonia). Kok led Rapla to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Valga (12-20) crushing them 99-70 in the Estonian Alexela KML in Thursday night's game. He scored 12 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. AVIS UTILITAS Rapla (20-12) is placed second in the Alexela KML. Kok's overall stats this season are: 5.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 2FGP: 49.1% and FT: 59.4%. He played for the Dutch U20 national team in 2014.

Josh Duinker
Josh Duinker
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Josh Duinker (209-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in New Zealand). Duinker was the major contributor in Saints' victory against the closely-ranked Rangers (4-3) crushing them 103-67 in the New Zealand NBL last Friday. He scored 18 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 20 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Wellington Saints (9-0) are placed first in the NBL. So far his team won all nine games in the Regular Season. Duinker has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 58.6%(51-87) and FT: 86.2% in nine games. Duinker has a dual citizenship: Dutch and Australian. Former Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden starter played for the Dutch national team four years ago.

Roeland Schaftenaar
Roeland Schaftenaar
   #4. Power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Greece) managed to help A.G.O Rethymno Aegean to win against the league outsider Doxa Lefkadas (4-22) 80-67 in the Greek A1 on Thursday night. He scored 5 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists. A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (13-13) is placed sixth in the A1. Schaftenaar's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Schaftenaar's overall stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1apg. He is also Dutch national team player.

Charlon Kloof
Charlon Kloof
   #5. International guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, agency: Octagon Europe, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) contributed to a MZT Skopje's victory against the fourth-ranked Kozuv (2-5) 79-75 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga in Friday night's game. Kloof recorded 10 points and added 5 assists in 23 minutes. KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (7-0) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. So far his team won all seven games in the Second Stage. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Kloof has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.4apg and 1.4spg in seven games. He is another player who holds two passports: Surinamese and Dutch. Kloof plays currently for the Dutch national team.

Nicolas de Jong
Nicolas de Jong
   #6. Center Nicolas de Jong (210-88, currently plays in France) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Chalons-Reims (9-19) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Chalons-Reims was defeated 82-69 in Antibes by the higher-ranked Olympique (#15). de Jong recorded 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. This season de Jong has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg and 3.3rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Dutch National Team roster.

Jeroen van der List
Jeroen van der List
   #7. Former international power forward Jeroen van der List (213-89, college: Indian Hills CC, currently plays in Japan) led Shinshu BW to a victory against the second-ranked Toyotsu FE (38-16) 82-78 in the Japanese B League D2 on Saturday night. van der List had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 4 blocks in 25 minutes. Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano (13-41) is placed sixth in Central group. They ended the series of thirteen consecutive loses. van der List has reliable stats this year: 14.0ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.6bpg in 22 games. He used to play for the Dutch national team three years ago.

Henk Norel
Henk Norel
   #8. Center Henk Norel (213-87, currently plays in Spain) helped Zaragoza edge the closely-ranked Joventut (9-19) 71-69 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Norel scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Tecnyconta Zaragoza (9-19) is placed 15th in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Norel is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Zaragoza's roster. His overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.2apg. Norel used to play for the Dutch national team back in 2015.

Leon Williams
Leon Williams
   #9. Former international point guard Leon Williams (189-91, currently plays in Germany) helped BG Goettingen win their game against the ninth-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (15-15) 84-75 in the German BBL last Monday. He recorded 8 points in 16 minutes. 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. This year Williams' overall stats are: 5.4ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.4apg in 27 games. He used to play for the Dutch national team two years ago.

Kevin Bleeker
Kevin Bleeker
   #10. Center Kevin Bleeker (208-93, also represented by Court Side, college: Canisius, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Navarra (15-14) in their game against Zamorano (10-19) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Bleeker scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. Navarra lost 62-72 at home to the lower-ranked (#12) Zamorano. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This year Bleeker's total stats are: 6.6ppg and 5.0rpg in 29 games. He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Dutch senior national team.

   #11. Former U16 international forward Kevin van Wijk (203-89, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Melilla Baloncesto in their game against Gipuzkoa in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). van Wijk cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. His team was edged 78-76. van Wijk has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Dutch U16 national team twelve years ago.

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

   #1. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah, currently plays in Euroleague) could not help Baskonia (17-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance Baskonia was edged 84-82 on the road by the second-ranked CSKA. Tillie scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 22 minutes. This year Tillie averages: 7.1ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1apg in 31 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French.

   #2. Ryan Broekhoff (200-F-90, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in VTB United League) was the major contributor in Lokomotiv's victory against the seventh-ranked VEF Riga (10-12) 80-69 in the VTB United League last Thursday. Broekhoff scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Lokomotiv Kuban (18-5) is placed fourth in group A. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the VTB United League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Broekhoff averages: 7.9ppg and 5.0rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Dutch.

   #3. Tom Slutsky (193-G-92, currently plays in Israel) led Hapoel Afula to an easy victory against the second-ranked Hap.Haifa (10-16) crushing them 96-71 in the Israeli National League (second division) on Saturday night. Slutsky scored 14 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Play-Downs. Hapoel Afula (12-14) is placed first. Slutsky's total stats this season are: 4.3ppg and 1.1rpg. He has both Dutch and Israeli nationalities. Despite Slutsky's Dutch passport, he previously played for the Israeli U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Dutch team.

   #4. Jamal Smith (197-F-92, college: Chattanooga St, currently plays in Belgium) was not able to help Houthalen in their game against Waregem (18-7) in the Belgian Top Division I (second division). Smith cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 26 minutes. Houthalen lost 79-85 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Waregem. Smith has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg in 27 games. He is a naturalized American. Smith used to play for The Bright Kings Den Helder in Dutch league.



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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
gschID: 543048


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
gschID: 543046


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
gschID: 543045


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
gschID: 543044





Hungarian A Division round 6 (Second Stage) best performance: Adomas Drungilas - by Eurobasket News

Lithuanian Center Adomas Drungilas (203-C-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for ZTE KK, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds, while his team crushed Kormend (#2, 21-10) with 21-point margin 102-81. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. ZTE KK maintains the 4th position in Hungarian A Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. ZTE KK will need more victories to improve their 20-11 record. Drungilas turned to be ZTE KK's top player in his first season with the team. Adomas Drungilas has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 7.5rpg) and averages impressive 63.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old international point guard Mate Pongo (185-PG-93) of KTE-Duna. Pongo had a very good evening with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. It was enough for KTE-Duna to edge slightly higher-ranked PVSK Pannon (#1, 18-13) 88-84. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. KTE-Duna consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 16-15 record is not bad at all. Pongo is one of the most experienced players at KTE-Duna and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Lasan Kromah (198-G-91) of league's second-best Kormend. Kromah scored 25 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Kromah's great performance Kormend lost 81-102 to #4 ranked ZTE KK. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Kormend needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 21 victories and 10 lost games. Kromah has a great season in Hungary. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.2ppg (3rd best). He also has FGP: 59.4% and 3PT: 42.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darrin Govens (185-PG-88) of Falco KC - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists
5. Nenad Sulovic (202-C-85) of Szedeak - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Kemal Karahodzic (210-C-89) of KTE-Duna - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Tomislav Ivosev (204-F-90) of KTE-Duna - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ismet Sejfic (208-C-93) of PVSK Pannon - 16 points and 12 rebounds
9. Lenzelle Smith Jr. (193-G-91) of Kormend - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Zsolt Szabo (202-F-86) of ZTE KK - 20 points and 10 rebounds

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



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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, Grindavik21.8 
 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, KR9.1 
 8. Olafsson, Grindavik8.9 
 9. Saevarsson, Grind.8.7 
 10. Wright, Haukar8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Hordur VILHJALMSSON
  Kefla.
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.6.8 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR6.6 
 3. Birgisson, Tindastoll6.2 
 4. Barja, Haukar5.6 
 5. Bjornsson, Skallagr.5.3 
 6. Sigurdarson, IR5.1 
 7. Clinch, Grindavik5.1 
 8. Baeringsson, Stjar.4.8 
 9. Stefansson, KR4.7 
 10. Shouse, Stjarnan4.6 
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. Wright, Haukar1.5 
 8. Alawoya, KR1.5 
 9. Jonsson, Keflavik1.5 
 10. Dupree, Keflavik1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tryggvi HLINASON
  Thor AK
  (215-C-97)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hlinason, Thor AK2.7 
 2. Hankins-Cole, IR2.0 
 3. Whitfield, Skallagr.1.3 
 4. Magnusson, Haukar1.3 
 5. Hester, Tindastoll1.2 
 6. Saevarsson, Grind.1.2 
 7. Baeringsson, Stjar.1.2 
 8. Stevens, Keflavik1.1 
 9. Alawoya, KR1.1 
 10. Stefansson, Haukar1.0 


Dominos League Round 2 of Finals. KR celebrate second victory - by Eurobasket News

Grindavik - KR 88-89

KR clinched the second straight win in Dominos League Finals. They nipped Grindavik on the road to step closer to the title. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 24-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. KR looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international guard Jon Stefansson (192-82) scored 24 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Brynjar Bjornsson (188-88, college: Francis Marion) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. American-Dominican guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) responded with 33 points (!!!) and 7 assists and the former international guard Olafur Olafsson (194-90) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: L.Clinch 33+4reb+7ast, O.Olafsson 21+12reb+1ast, D.Jonsson 15+5reb+2ast, T.Finnbogason 7+6reb+1ast, O.Saevarsson 4+14reb+2ast, T.Olafsson 4+2reb+1ast
KR: J.Stefansson 24+5reb+3ast, B.Bjornsson 18+5reb+6ast, P.Alawoya 14+10reb+5ast, K.Acox 9+13reb+4ast, S.Thorvaldsson 8+2reb+1ast, D.Hilmarsson 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 544149





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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Gary JACOBS
  NSH G.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 27.9
 1. Jacobs, NSH G.27.9 
 2. Barfield, NSH G.26.4 
 3. Corbin, Bima P.24.9 
 4. Crump, Satya W.24.3 
 5. White, Pelita Jaya22.6 
 6. Loiselle, Pacific .22.4 
 7. Seagers, Pacific .21.6 
 8. Smith, Hang Tuah21.2 
 9. Ware, Garuda16.4 
 10. Brand, JNE B.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nate BARFIELD
  NSH G.
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Barfield, NSH G.14.4 
 2. Maxey, Satya W.13.9 
 3. Loiselle, Pacific .13.4 
 4. Brand, JNE B.13.2 
 5. White, Pelita Jaya13.1 
 6. Henderson-N., Aspac11.1 
 7. Smith, Hang Tuah10.7 
 8. McKinney, CLS K.10.6 
 9. Gunawan, Garuda9.8 
 10. Ware, Garuda9.0 
Assists Per Game
 David SEAGERS
  Pacific .
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Seagers, Pacific .6.1 
 2. Wuysang, CLS K.5.6 
 3. Jacobs, NSH G.5.5 
 4. Smith, Hang Tuah5.2 
 5. Loiselle, Pacific .4.9 
 6. Dhyaksa, Aspac4.5 
 7. Purwanto, Hang T.4.3 
 8. Hardianus, Satria M.4.1 
 9. Jewell, Satria Muda3.9 
 10. Corbin, Bima P.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrell CORBIN
  Bima P.
  (184-PG-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Corbin, Bima P.2.9 
 2. Smith, Hang Tuah2.4 
 3. Seagers, Pacific .2.4 
 4. Jewell, Satria Muda2.1 
 5. Wisnu, Satria Muda2.0 
 6. Hardianus, Satria M.1.8 
 7. Barfield, NSH G.1.8 
 8. Dhyaksa, Aspac1.6 
 9. Joni, Hang Tuah1.6 
 10. White, Pelita Jaya1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Nate MAXEY
  Satya W.
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Maxey, Satya W.4.9 
 2. Brand, JNE B.3.5 
 3. Ware, Garuda2.0 
 4. Loiselle, Pacific .1.5 
 5. White, Pelita Jaya1.1 
 6. Sitepu, Satria M.1.1 
 7. Nugroho, CLS K.1.0 
 8. Seagers, Pacific .0.9 
 9. Smith, Satria Muda0.8 
 10. Jacobs, NSH G.0.8 



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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
gschID: 537389





GhasemZadeh's 23 points and 6 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old guard Majid GhasemZadeh (187-G-89) had a great game in the last round for Gorgan and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 9 (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 23 points adding six rebounds and two assists for Gorgan as his team lost the game against Kashan (#3, 3-4) 64-74. Gorgan maintains the 5th position in their group in Iranian league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 6 games and recorded just one victory. In the team's last game GhasemZadeh had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Majid GhasemZadeh averages this season 6.3ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Behnam Yakhchali (196-SG-95, agency: Three Eye Sports) of Group 2 top-ranked Petrochimi. He is international guard in his 5th season at Petrochimi. In the last game Yakhchali recorded impressive 29 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he led Petrochimi to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Chemidor (#3, 3-4) 112-81. Of course Petrochimi still keep Group 2's top spot. His team lost just one game this Second Stage, while they won 7 matches. Yakhchali is one of the most experienced players at Petrochimi and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Petrochimi's star - swingman James White (201-F/G-82, agency: Three Eye Sports). White scored 26 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was another key player of Petrochimi, helping his team with a 112-81 easy win against #3 ranked Chemidor in a game of the week. Petrochimi confirms their top position in Group 2. White has a very solid season. In 25 games in Iran he scored 14.8ppg. He also has 6.8rpg and FGP: 55.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Daniel Johnson (210-C/F-88) of Petrochimi - 32 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84) of Tabriz - 37 points and 6 rebounds
6. Mohammad Hassanzadeh (203-PF-90) of Naft Abadan - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Arash Najafi (77) of Kashan - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Masoud Soleimani (207-C) of Kashan - 20 points and 8 rebounds
9. Meisam Mirzaei (210-C-92) of Naft Abadan - 16 points and 11 rebounds
10. Doron Perkins (189-G-83) of Naft Abadan - 12 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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  IRELAND  


Eurobasket.com All-Irish Super League Awards 2017 - by Patrick Maher

Eurobasket.com All-Irish Super League 1st Team 2017
Scott Kinevane
Kinevane
Lorcan Murphy
Murphy
Michael Bonaparte
Bonaparte
Jermaine Turner
Turner
Dusan Bogdanovic
Bogdanovic

Player of the Year: Trae Pemberton (193-G-92) of Tralee
Guard of the Year: Isaac Westbrooks (189-PG-85) of Swords Thunder
Forward of the Year: Dillon Stith (200-F-92) of McKinnon C.
Center of the Year: Jason Killeen (211-C-85) of Templeogue
Domestic Player of the Year: Ryan Leonard (191-SF-98) of Tralee
Import Player of the Year: Jose Maria Gil (207-C-91) of Swords Thunder
Defensive Player of the Year: Stephen James (182-PG-92) of Templeogue
Division I Player of The Year: Tanner Brooks (185-G) of BFG Neptune
Coach of the Year: Dave Baker of Swords Thunder

1st Team
PG: Scott Kinevane (175-PG-87) of UCD Marian
PG: Lorcan Murphy (182-PG-94) of Templeogue
F: Michael Bonaparte (196-F-82) of Templeogue
F: Jermaine Turner (197-F-74) of Killester
F/C: Dusan Bogdanovic (211-C-93) of Tralee

2nd Team
PG: Lawrence Summers (175-PG-83) of Templeogue
F: Phillip Lawrence (201-F) of Moycullen
F: Martins Provizors (202-C-87) of DCU Saints
F: Kevin Foley (193-G/F-83) of KUBS
F: Justin Goldsborough (203-F) of Swords Thunder

Honorable Mention
Conor Meany (185-PG-86) of UCD Marian
Goran Pantovic (208-F-91) of Tralee
Jacob Lawson (203-F-92) of Al Rayyan
Kieran Donaghy (198-G/F-83) of Tralee
Adrian O'Sullivan (180-G-93) of UCC Demons
Kevin Lacey (192-G/F-89) of Swords Thunder
Roy Downey (191-G) of UCC Demons
Barry Drumm (186-G-87) of UCD Marian
Matthew Hall (186-PG-75) of UL Eagles
Kyle Hosford (175-PG-89) of UCC Demons
Ricardo Leonard (201-C-70) of Tralee



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  ISRAEL  

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/G17.0 
 4. Milbourne, Hapoel E.16.9 
 5. Tucker, Hapoel T-A16.7 
 6. Simon, Maccabi .16.5 
 7. Siggers, Galil Gilboa16.4 
 8. Holloway, Galil G.16.2 
 9. Bowman, Maccabi .16.0 
 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 .7.2 
 9. Griffin, Galil Gilboa6.9 
 10. Williams, Hapoel T.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: 1.9
 1. Carter, Maccabi .1.9 
 2. Shuchman, Galil G.1.9 
 3. DiBartolomeo, Maccabi .1.8 
 4. Kinsey, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 5. Vargas, Maccabi .1.8 
 6. Kitchen, Ironi N.1.7 
 7. Henry, Hapoel Eilat1.7 
 8. Taylor, Maccabi .1.7 
 9. Dennis, Bnei H.1.7 
 10. Ben-Chimol, 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 


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Storm WARREN
  Maccabi .
  (201-PF-88)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Warren, Maccabi .23.8 
 2. Livingston, Hapoel K.22.4 
 3. Huertas, Hap.Haifa21.8 
 4. Burrows, Hap.Haifa21.7 
 5. Teel, Maccabi H/H20.7 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A20.4 
 7. Esho, Ramat H.20.3 
 8. Relphorde, Hapoel M.19.9 
 9. Jordan, Galil Elion19.7 
 10. Madden, Hap.R/G.19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony LEE
  Ironi R.
  (206-F/C-91)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Lee, Ironi R.13.3 
 2. Jordan, Galil Elion11.6 
 3. Warren, Maccabi .11.2 
 4. Watson, Hapoel K/S11.1 
 5. Livingston, Hapoel K.10.7 
 6. Yates, Macc.Reh.10.4 
 7. Pointer, Ironi K-A10.2 
 8. McShepard, Ironi N.9.9 
 9. Allen, Hapoel B/S9.9 
 10. Burrows, Hap.Haifa9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H7.8 
 2. Nanikashvili, Hap.H.6.8 
 3. Cohen, Hapoel K/S5.8 
 4. Lavie, Maccabi .5.5 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Ironi R.5.4 
 6. Dunne, Ironi N.5.1 
 7. Ainhorn, Ironi K-A4.6 
 8. Ariely, Hapoel B/S4.5 
 9. Fisher, Hapoel B/S4.4 
 10. Salz, Galil Elion4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H2.8 
 2. Relphorde, Hapoel M.2.5 
 3. Addison, Macc.Reh.2.5 
 4. Lavie, Maccabi .2.3 
 5. Warren, Maccabi .2.2 
 6. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.0 
 7. Pointer, Ironi K-A1.9 
 8. Burrows, Hap.Haifa1.9 
 9. Zoosman, Maccabi .1.8 
 10. Hofman, Ironi N.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sir''Dominic POINTER
  Ironi K-A
  (198-G/F-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.2 
 2. Lee, Ironi R.2.1 
 3. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.1 
 4. Watson, Hapoel K/S1.7 
 5. Givens, Maccabi .1.5 
 6. Warren, Maccabi .1.4 
 7. Gaston, Hapoel M.1.3 
 8. Labanowski, Ironi R.1.2 
 9. Treadwell, Hapoel A.1.2 
 10. Joyner, Ironi K-A1.2 


National League Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Hapoel K/S and Ironi Nes-Ziona celebrate victories - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel K/S - Hapoel B/S 80-70

Hapoel K/S held off Hapoel B/S to take the lead in the semis. Hapoel Kfar Saba made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Denzel Livingston (193-93, college: Incarnate Word) stepped up and scored 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and forward Terrence Watson (200-87, college: Ball St.) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Jason Williams (198-83, college: UTEP) scored 24 points.
Top scorers:
Hapoel K/S: D.Livingston 24+7reb+3ast, M.Ruina 22+1reb+3ast, T.Watson 19+7reb+3ast, A.Cohen 8+3ast, G.Gilinski 4+3reb+3ast, E.Rotemberg 3+5reb+2ast
Hapoel B/S: J.Williams 24+3reb+2ast, J.Allen 15+12reb+4ast, D.Shamriz 12+2reb+2ast, T.Ariely 6+1reb+7ast, B.Eisenhardt 6+5reb+2ast, O.Cohen 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 544446


Ironi Nes-Ziona - Maccabi H/H 83-76

Ironi Nes-Ziona outgunned Maccabi Hod Hasharon to secure 1-0 lead. Hasharon was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) nailed a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and guard Jermaine Beal (191-87, college: Vanderbilt) accounted for 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary) came up with a triple-double by scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists and Storm Warren (201-88, college: LSU, agency: Octagon Europe) added 19 points and 15 rebounds respectively for Hasharon in the defeat. Hasharon's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: L.Roberts 30+11reb+1ast, J.Beal 18+5reb+7ast, T.Michael Dunne 12+9reb+6ast, E.Hofman 6+5reb, G.Amitay 6+2reb+3ast, I.Stolero 6+1reb+2ast
Maccabi H/H: V.Teel 27+11reb+10ast, S.Warren 19+15reb+3ast, C.Bouchman 11+5reb+2ast, I.Simin 9+6reb+3ast, O.Shaashoua 5+3reb+3ast, S.Basis 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 544447





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  JORDAN  


Lebanon Crush Jordan at WABA U16 Championship - by Eurobasket News

The Lebanese under 16 basketball national team grabbed another large win at the 2017 U16 WABA Championship, by defeating Jordan this time 78-47. Our young players have been showing off terrific potential so far by smashing the opposition in both played games. These wins have paved the way towards an Asian qualification, as 2 teams out of 5 will go through. The only tough game will surely be against Iran but our team has all it got to beat them. Next game will be against Syria on Saturday before the final showdown with Iran, in what is expected to be the gold medal match.
Courtesy of: sports-961.com



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  JUCO  


Juco guard Ty Lazenby commits to Sooners - by Eurobasket News

He grew up a huge Oklahoma State fan, but Ty Lazenby (6'5''-G) is heading to Norman. The first-team junior college All-American committed to Oklahoma during his official visit Friday. Lazenby, 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, averaged more than 22.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game last year for Northern Oklahoma College-Enid. He shot 86 percent from the free throw line and 45 percent from the field. Lazenby was a major star at Glencoe (Okla.) High, leading Glencoe to back-to-back-to-back championships. But his size was in question so he opted for the juco route. The journey has paid off with the commitment to the Sooners. He was contacted by OU assistant coach Chris Crutchfield last Sunday and the visit was confirmed Tuesday evening after speaking with head coach Lon Kruger. Lazenby visited Penn State earlier this week and was set to visit Utah on Monday but never ruled out committing to the Sooners if everything fell into place. OU is getting a real OKPreps feel to its team right now. The 2016 class saw Kristian Doolittle. The 2017 class has Scout 100 prospects Trae Young and Brady Manek. And now here comes a blast from the past with Lazenby. 'That would be a great opportunity if it happens,' said Lazenby to Sooners Illustrated on Tuesday. 'Trae Young - I mean you don't have to say much about him. Kristian Doolittle is a big, strong attacker. And everything I've heard about Brady is he's a sharpshooter with size.' Lazenby is hoping to be another piece to that puzzle. He was around 200 pounds coming out of high school and believes adding the 15 pounds in the last two years is a huge reason why his recruitment took off here recently. Lazenby will be a junior for the upcoming season but does have a redshirt season available to him as well. The addition of Lazenby means OU has one open scholarship remaining if Kruger and company decide to pursue another junior college or graduate transfer at this stage.
Courtesy of: scout.com



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  KAZAKHSTAN  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Trevin PARKS
  Barsy Atyrau
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Parks, Barsy Atyrau21.8 
 2. Miller, Astana19.4 
 3. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.14.6 
 4. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.13.6 
 5. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau12.6 
 6. Yargaliev, Astana12.1 
 7. Ponomaryov, Astana10.4 
 8. Micheev, Barsy A.10.1 
 9. Lapchenko, Kaspiy A.9.7 
 10. Gavrilov, Astana8.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mikhail YEVSTIGNEYEV
  Barsy A.
  (201-F/C-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.6.4 
 2. Ponomaryov, Astana5.5 
 3. Micheev, Barsy A.5.3 
 4. Lapchenko, Kaspiy A.5.3 
 5. Gavrilov, Astana4.8 
 6. Bazhkin, Barsy A.4.8 
 7. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.4.6 
 8. Kazantcev, Kaspiy A.4.5 
 9. Pan, Kaspiy Aktau4.3 
 10. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau3.9 
Assists Per Game
 Ian MILLER
  Astana
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Miller, Astana5.6 
 2. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.5.0 
 3. Parks, Barsy Atyrau4.1 
 4. Yargaliev, Astana3.1 
 5. Murzagaliyev, Ast.3.0 
 6. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.2.6 
 7. Savchenko, Barsy A.2.5 
 8. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau2.3 
 9. Kuanov, Kaspiy A.1.9 
 10. Marchuk, Kaspiy A.1.8 
Steals Per Game
 Trevin PARKS
  Barsy Atyrau
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Parks, Barsy Atyrau2.9 
 2. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.2.9 
 3. Miller, Astana2.8 
 4. Yargaliev, Astana1.8 
 5. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.1.8 
 6. Gavrilov, Astana1.7 
 7. Savchenko, Barsy A.1.7 
 8. Pan, Kaspiy Aktau1.7 
 9. Bazhkin, Barsy A.1.5 
 10. Lapchenko, Kaspiy A.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Mikhail YEVSTIGNEYEV
  Barsy A.
  (201-F/C-84)
  Avg: 0.4
 1. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.0.4 
 2. Kazantcev, Kaspiy A.0.4 
 3. Bazhkin, Barsy A.0.4 
 4. Marchuk, Astana0.3 
 5. Gavrilov, Astana0.3 
 6. Pan, Kaspiy Aktau0.3 
 7. Matyukevych, Barsy A.0.3 
 8. Formazonov, Kaspiy A.0.2 
 9. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau0.2 
 10. Yargaliev, Astana0.2 



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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/.14.2 
 6. Ausejs, Liepaja/.14.2 
 7. Stumbris, Jekabpils13.7 
 8. Jogela, Barons Riga13.6 
 9. Laksa, Valmiera13.5 
 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/.7.4 
 5. Selakovs, Jekabpils7.2 
 6. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils7.1 
 7. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.7.0 
 8. Jonats, Valmiera6.7 
 9. Strelnieks, Jurmala6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.7.0 
 2. Jeromanovs, Jurma.6.1 
 3. Sirsnins, Jekabpils6.0 
 4. Pitts, Valmiera5.8 
 5. Plavnieks, BK Ogre5.7 
 6. Gaddy, VEF Riga5.4 
 7. Vitols, BK Ogre4.9 
 8. Birkans, LU4.3 
 9. Larson, Barons Riga4.3 
 10. McMullan, Liepaja/.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.2.3 
 2. Skele, VEF Riga1.9 
 3. Richard, VEF Riga1.8 
 4. Pitts, Valmiera1.7 
 5. Campbell, Ventspils1.6 
 6. Gaddy, VEF Riga1.6 
 7. Larson, Barons Riga1.5 
 8. Krestinin, Barons R.1.5 
 9. Mitchell, Valmiera1.5 
 10. Jeromanovs, Jurma.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Davis ROZITIS
  Liepaja/.
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Rozitis, Liepaja/.1.1 
 2. Krestinin, Barons R.1.0 
 3. Grazulis, Ventspils1.0 
 4. Iljins, Jurmala1.0 
 5. Montgomery, Liepaja/.0.8 
 6. Zvigurs, Valka/Va.0.8 
 7. Stumbris, Jekabpils0.8 
 8. Selakovs, Jekabpils0.7 
 9. Rozitis, Jurmala0.7 


LBL D2 Stats Leaders

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


LBL Round 1 of Quarter-Finals. Wins for Valmiera and Jekabpils - by Eurobasket News

Valmiera - Liepaja/Triobet 101-70

Valmiera cruised past Liepaja/Triobet in the quarterfinal series opener. The game without a history. Valmiera led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Liepaja/Triobet's 38. They outrebounded Liepaja/Triobet 38-21 including a 29-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Martins Laksa (200-90) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds. Point guard Janis Kaufmanis (186-89) contributed with 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Valmiera's coach Uvis Helmanis felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Artjoms Butjankovs (205-91) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds and guard Arturs Ausejs (192-90) added 12 points in the effort for Liepaja/Triobet. Four Liepaja/Triobet players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: M.Laksa 18+7reb, J.Kaufmanis 18+2reb+2ast, D.Pitts 14+2reb+4ast, L.Blaus 10+4reb+2ast, D.Fischer 9+9reb+1ast, A.Mitchell 9+5reb+5ast
Liepaja/Triobet: A.Butjankovs 15+7reb, J.Steele 13+2reb+1ast, A.Ausejs 12+3reb+3ast, M.Jurevicus 10+2reb+4ast, C.Montgomery 8+3reb+3ast, M.Griffin 7+7ast
gschID: 544495


Jekabpils - Barons Riga 89-84

Jekabpils topped Barons Riga to take 1-0 lead. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 20-9. But Barons Riga won second period 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 27 personal fouls committed by Barons Riga helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Roberts Stumbris (199-93) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international point guard Rinalds Sirsnins (186-85) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists. Jekabpils' coach Rudolfs Rozitis used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Tyler Larson (190-91, college: S.Dakota) produced 29 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Lithuanian Tauras Jogela (202-93, agency: Players Group) added 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Jekabpils: R.Stumbris 18+10reb+4ast, R.Sirsnins 15+2reb+6ast, J.Antrops 12+2reb+2ast, P.Veselovs 11+2reb, K.Miglinieks 9+1reb+2ast, A.Selakovs 9+9reb+1ast
Barons Riga: T.Larson 29+5reb+5ast, T.Jogela 20+9reb+3ast, D.Rozitis 9+4reb+1ast, K.Mediss 7+1ast, D.Krestinin 7+4reb, D.Geks 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 544494





LBL2 Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Jelgava beat Turiba, advance into Finals - by Eurobasket News

Turiba - Jelgava 81-94

Jelgava outgunned Turiba on the road to seal their LBL2 Finals birth. The game without a history. Jelgava led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Jelgava looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Turiba helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for guard Gatis Justovics (184-87) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 7 assists. Guard Kalvis Krumins (185-90) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Point guard Elvis Endzels (188-94) answered with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Elvijs Miculis (200-94) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Turiba. Four Jelgava and five Turiba players scored in double figures. Turiba's coach Ziedonis Jansons rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Turiba: E.Endzels 21+8reb+7ast, E.Miculis 13+6reb+5ast, D.Muiznieks 12+4reb+3ast, R.Adins 12+7reb+2ast, A.Ate 12+3reb+1ast, A.Blumbergs 9+3reb
Jelgava: G.Justovics 26+4reb+7ast, K.Krumins 23+4reb, A.Justovics 21+3reb+2ast, R.Elksnis 12+4reb+4ast, E.Krumins 8+6reb+5ast, J.Berzins 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 544713





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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, Homenetmen24.6 
 3. Johnson, Louaize24.0 
 4. Efevberha, Sagesse23.5 
 5. Rembert, Champville23.3 
 6. Kemp, Tadamon23.2 
 7. Morris, Tadamon23.2 
 8. Spencer, Moutahed22.3 
 9. Ebi, Byblos22.2 
 10. Jackson, Homen.22.2 
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, Homenetmen11.6 
 5. Melvin, Moutahed10.2 
 6. Godfrey, Sagesse10.0 
 7. Bawji, Champville9.6 
 8. Aminu, Al Riyadi9.5 
 9. Thomas, Hoops8.5 
 10. Johnson, Louaize8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  Homen.
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Galloway, Homen.8.3 
 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, Homenetmen2.7 
 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 


Mazatlan signs Omar Thomas, ex Hoops - by Eurobasket News

Nauticos of Mazatlan (CIBACOPA) signed experienced 35-year old American forward Omar Thomas (196-101kg-82, college: UTEP). He just played at Hoops in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In 13 games he had very impressive stats: 19.8ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.8spg this season. Thomas also played that season for Vanoli Cremona in Italian Serie A where in 6 Pepsi LBL games he recorded 6.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg.
In 2005 he was drafted by Yakama Sun Kings (CBA) as #4 pick overall.
Thomas attended Univ.of Texas at El Paso and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Italian LNP Cup final in 2015. Thomas was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Import Player of the Year back in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Thomas has played in seven different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in France (Pau Lacq Orthez), Georgia (Vita Tbilisi), Philippines, Russia (Krasnie Krilya and Zenit), Italy (Banco di Srd, Enel Brindisi, Napoli J.News, Scandone Avellino and FCM Ferentino), Serbia (Crvena Zvezda) and Mexico (Halcones Rojos).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Mazatlan.
Thomas could be described: A great worker who brings a lot of energy on the court. Has great athletic skills and a team mentality that makes him loved by teammates and coaches. Needs to improve hie perimeter shooting, but can produce a lot of points in penetration and after grabbing an offensive rebound.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lebanon Crush Jordan at WABA U16 Championship - by Eurobasket News

The Lebanese under 16 basketball national team grabbed another large win at the 2017 U16 WABA Championship, by defeating Jordan this time 78-47. Our young players have been showing off terrific potential so far by smashing the opposition in both played games. These wins have paved the way towards an Asian qualification, as 2 teams out of 5 will go through. The only tough game will surely be against Iran but our team has all it got to beat them. Next game will be against Syria on Saturday before the final showdown with Iran, in what is expected to be the gold medal match.
Courtesy of: sports-961.com



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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 


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





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.



Gordon's 17 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old forward Drew Gordon (205-F-90) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Lietuvos rytas and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 34.
He had the game-high 17 points adding eight rebounds for Lietuvos rytas in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Lietkabelis (#3, 23-11) with 32-point margin 92-60. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Lietuvos rytas maintains the 2nd position in Lithuanian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Lietuvos rytas will need more victories to improve their 25-9 record. In the team's last game Gordon had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. University of New Mexico graduate has very impressive stats this year. Gordon leads league in rebounds with 8.0rpg. Gordon is in league's top in and averages solid 58.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Ivan Smiljanic (199-F-89, agency: Octagon Europe) of Nevezis. He is Serbian forward in his first season at Nevezis. In the last game Smiljanic recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he led Nevezis to another comfortable win 72-56 over the higher-ranked Vytautas (#6, 17-17) being unquestionably team leader. Nevezis' 9th position in the standings has not changed. 27 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories Nevezis managed to get this year. Smiljanic is a newcomer at Nevezis and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Tomas Lekunas (201-G/F-93) of Siauliai (#10). Lekunas showcased his all-around game by recording 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Lekunas' great performance Siauliai lost 71-93 to the higher-ranked Zalgiris (#1, 31-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Siauliai can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 6-28 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Lekunas he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Lekunas has individually a great season in Lithuania. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 5.5rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Martynas Mazeika (192-G-85) of Neptunas - 19 points
5. Julius Kazakauskas (197-F-90) of Dzukija - 10 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jermaine Love-Roberts (188-G-89) of Nevezis - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Donatas Sabeckis (197-F-92) of Siauliai - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Evaldas Zabas (188-PG-88) of P.Zvaigzdes - 14 points and 3 rebounds
9. Arturas Gudaitis (211-C/F-93) of Lietuvos rytas - 13 points and 10 rebounds
10. Vladyslav Koreniuk (210-C-94) of Siauliai - 12 points and 4 rebounds

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



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Scoring Leaders - DBBL

Points Per Game
 Ladarius TABB
  Arantia
  (196-G/F-)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Tabb, Arantia27.5 
 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, Arantia23.4 
 10. Atkins, Contern22.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ladarius TABB
  Arantia
  (196-G/F-)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Tabb, Arantia14.6 
 2. McNutt, Etzella12.4 
 3. Stephens, T7111.5 
 4. Coleman, Amicale11.4 
 5. Barden, Etzella11.0 
 6. Johnson, T7111.0 
 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, Arantia4.7 
 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. Mondy, Arantia3.0 
 2. Tabb, Arantia2.5 
 3. Richardson, Resid.2.3 
 4. Morgan, Contern2.1 
 5. Gulley, Musel Pikes2.1 
 6. Birenbaum, Contern2.1 
 7. Atkins, Contern2.0 
 8. Barden, Etzella1.9 
 9. Nunes, Arantia1.6 
 10. Reese, Sparta1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Titus ROBINSON
  Sparta
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Robinson, Sparta2.1 
 2. McNutt, Etzella1.7 
 3. Melcher, Amicale1.0 
 4. Coleman, Amicale0.9 
 5. Barden, Etzella0.8 
 6. McDaniel, Amicale0.7 
 7. Reese, Sparta0.7 
 8. Atkins, Contern0.6 
 9. Feipel, Bascharage0.6 
 10. Rugg, Musel Pikes0.6 



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  MALI  


Amara Sy selected the top Malian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Amara Sy
Amara Sy
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Amara Sy (202-81, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France). He led Monaco to a victory against the fifth-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (19-9) 85-73 in the French ProA in Sunday night's game. Sy recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. AS Monaco Basket (25-3) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Sy averages: 7.7ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 54.0%, 3FGP: 25.9% and FT: 74.6% in 28 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Sy played for the Mali senior national team six years ago.

Boubacar Sidibe
Boubacar Sidibe
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Boubacar Sidibe (205-94, currently plays in Spain). Sidibe contributed to a Blancos de Rueda's victory against the third-ranked Cambados (20-9) 63-59 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Sunday night. He scored 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 26 minutes. Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid (16-13) is placed seventh in the LEB Silver. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Sidibe's overall stats are: 5.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 45.9%, 3FGP: 21.4% and FT: 39.1% in 23 games. He played for the Mali national team in 2015.

Sourata Cisse
Sourata Cisse
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Sourata Cisse (196-86, currently plays in France). Cisse could not help Orchesien BC (19-14) to beat Gries/Oberhoffen (16-17). He scored 6 points. Orchesien BC was badly defeated 80-62 on the road by the much lower-ranked Gries/Oberhoffen (#12). They ended the series of four consecutive victories. Cisse's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Cisse has relatively good stats this season: 13.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3FGP: 40.7% and FT: 78.7%. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. Despite Cisse played previously for the French U20 national team, he played also for the Mali national team in 2015.

Ludovic Chelle
Ludovic Chelle
   #4. Point guard Ludovic Chelle (183-83, currently plays in France) helped Caen win their game against the 16th-ranked Vitre (13-20) 102-97 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. Chelle scored 15 points and added 4 assists in 32 minutes. Caen Basket Calvados (26-7) is placed first in the NM1. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Chelle's total stats are: 8.6ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.1apg in 32 games. He has both Mali and French nationalities. Despite Chelle played previously for the French U20 national team, he is currently in the Mali national team roster.

Cheick Soumaoro
Cheick Soumaoro
   #5. Former international power forward Cheick Soumaoro (204-90, currently plays in France) was not able to help SAP Vaucluse in their game against Vendee Challans (18-15) in the French NM1 (third division). Soumaoro scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. SAP Vaucluse was defeated 74-70 in Challans by the much higher-ranked Vendee (#7). His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is extremely important. Soumaoro has averaged so far 8.7ppg and 5.7rpg. He used to play for the Mali national team six years ago.

Drissa Ballo
Drissa Ballo
   #6. Center Drissa Ballo (208-95, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Aix-Maurienne (11-17) in their game against Boulazac Basket (15-12) in the French ProB (second division). Ballo cannot count it as his best performance. He recorded only 3 points in 5 minutes on the court. Aix-Maurienne was edged 83-82 in Boulazac by the much higher-ranked (#6) Basket. It's Ballo's first season with the team. Ballo has averaged so far 5.2ppg and 4.1rpg in 24 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Mali senior team two years ago.

Ibrahim Saounera
Ibrahim Saounera
   #7. Former international point guard Ibrahim Saounera (179-87, currently plays in France) faced previously mentioned Cheick Soumaoro in the French NM1 last game. Saounera managed to help Vendee Challans Basket to win against the 14th-ranked SAP Vaucluse (14-19) 74-70. He scored 5 points and added 4 assists. Saounera's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This season Saounera has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.7apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Mali national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Bandja Sy (204-F-90, agency: BeoBasket, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in France) managed to help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket to win against the closely-ranked JDA Dijon (10-18) 74-73 in the French ProA last Saturday. He recorded 5 points. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (14-14) is placed ninth in the ProA. It's Sy's first season with the team. Sy's overall stats this year are: 6.9ppg and 3.2rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French.

Other top Mali players, who play abroad:

Cheick Diallo (206-C/F-96) plays for New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA
Nianta Diarra (205-F/C-93) plays for Olympique Antibes in French ProA
Sambou Traore (198-PF-79) plays for Chorale de Roanne in French ProB
Nouhoum Bocoum (208-F/C-94) plays for Zornotza in Spanish LEB Silver
Baba Samake (200-F-94) plays for Saint Chamond in French ProB
Modibo Niakate (185-G-81) plays for Pontoise in French NM2
Namory Boundy (202-F-89) plays for JSA Bordeaux in French NM2
Ibrahima Sidibe (180-PG-95) plays for GET Vosges in French NM1
Mamadou Sy (196-F-85) plays for Brissac-Aubance in French NM2

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



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  MEXICO  

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis FRANKLIN
  Guasave
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 28.6
 1. Franklin, Guasave28.6 
 2. Forte, Los Mochis26.9 
 3. Yeager, Guasave26.5 
 4. Ammons, Navolato23.8 
 5. Mitchell, Navolato22.9 
 6. Zamarco, Durango21.9 
 7. Rice-Jr, Obregon21.3 
 8. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 9. Glover, Obregon20.5 
 10. Tucker, Mazatlan20.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Forte, Los Mochis13.6 
 2. Ammons, Navolato12.3 
 3. Glover, Obregon10.5 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana9.6 
 5. Puckett, Culiacan9.5 
 6. Little, Hermosillo9.1 
 7. Glaze, Culiacan8.5 
 8. Lathan, Tijuana7.8 
 9. Morrison, Tijuana7.5 
 10. Spurlock, Hermosillo7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dwayne MITCHELL
  Navolato
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Mitchell, Navolato6.0 
 2. Morrison, Tijuana5.3 
 3. Yeager, Guasave5.2 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo5.1 
 5. Rice-Jr, Obregon4.6 
 6. Kabongo, Hermosillo4.2 
 7. Puckett, Culiacan3.8 
 8. Newby, Los Mochis3.8 
 9. Lathan, Tijuana3.7 
 10. Casillas, Mazatlan3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Vincent GRIER
  Durango
  (195-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Grier, Durango2.1 
 2. Rice-Jr, Obregon1.8 
 3. Morrison, Tijuana1.6 
 4. Mitchell, Navolato1.5 
 5. Hutchingson, Obreg.1.4 
 6. Lathan, Tijuana1.3 
 7. Pittman, Guasave1.3 
 8. Newby, Los Mochis1.3 
 9. Tucker, Mazatlan1.2 
 10. Morris-W., Culiacan1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Guaymas
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Heyward, Guaymas2.2 
 2. Ammons, Navolato1.8 
 3. Puckett, Culiacan1.3 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana1.1 
 5. Lathan, Tijuana0.9 
 6. Keller, Durango0.7 
 7. Pittman, Guasave0.7 
 8. Pegues, Los Mochis0.7 
 9. Forte, Los Mochis0.6 
 10. Spurlock, Hermosillo0.6 


Mazatlan signs Omar Thomas, ex Hoops - by Eurobasket News

Nauticos of Mazatlan (CIBACOPA) signed experienced 35-year old American forward Omar Thomas (196-101kg-82, college: UTEP). He just played at Hoops in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In 13 games he had very impressive stats: 19.8ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.8spg this season. Thomas also played that season for Vanoli Cremona in Italian Serie A where in 6 Pepsi LBL games he recorded 6.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg.
In 2005 he was drafted by Yakama Sun Kings (CBA) as #4 pick overall.
Thomas attended Univ.of Texas at El Paso and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Italian LNP Cup final in 2015. Thomas was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Import Player of the Year back in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Thomas has played in seven different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in France (Pau Lacq Orthez), Georgia (Vita Tbilisi), Philippines, Russia (Krasnie Krilya and Zenit), Italy (Banco di Srd, Enel Brindisi, Napoli J.News, Scandone Avellino and FCM Ferentino), Serbia (Crvena Zvezda) and Mexico (Halcones Rojos).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Mazatlan.
Thomas could be described: A great worker who brings a lot of energy on the court. Has great athletic skills and a team mentality that makes him loved by teammates and coaches. Needs to improve hie perimeter shooting, but can produce a lot of points in penetration and after grabbing an offensive rebound.

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)



Gustavo Ayon selected the top Mexican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Gustavo Ayon
Gustavo Ayon
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Gustavo Ayon (207-85, college: San Jose St., currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in a Real Madrid's victory against the eighth-ranked Darussafaka (16-14) 83-75 in the Euroleague in Wednesday night's game. Ayon recorded 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes on the court. Real Madrid (23-7) is placed first in the Euroleague. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Ayon averages: 9.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 71.0%(137-193) and FT: 45.1% in 31 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Mexican senior national team.

Francisco Cruz
Francisco Cruz
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Francisco Cruz (190-89, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Spain). Cruz could not help one of league's weakest teams Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (11-16) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was crushed 99-62 on the road by the higher-ranked UCAM Murcia (#11). Cruz was the second best scorer with 10 points. Cruz's overall stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 53.7%, 3FGP: 28.2% and FT: 76.9%. Ex-Fuerza Guinda Nogales player is in the roster of the Mexican senior national team.

Jorge Gutierrez
Jorge Gutierrez
   #3. The Mexican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Jorge Gutierrez (190-88, college: California, currently plays in Turkey). He was not able to help Trabzonspor in their game against Anadolu Efes (22-4) in the Turkish BSL, despite his good performance last Friday. Gutierrez scored 10 points and added 8 passes in 34 minutes. But Trabzonspor was crushed 100-77 in Istanbul by the second-ranked Anadolu Efes. It was Trabzonspor's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Gutierrez's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 9.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.7apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3FGP: 22.6% and FT: 67.9% in 16 games. Ex-Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun player is also a member of the Mexican senior national team.

Israel Gutierrez
Israel Gutierrez
   #4. Center Israel Gutierrez (206-93, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to secure a victory for Argentino (24-24) in their game against San Martin Corrientes (35-13) in the Argentinian LigaA. Gutierrez scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The sixth-placed Argentino (24-24) was defeated 78-65 at home by the leading San Martin Corrientes in the Sur group. Gutierrez's total stats this season are: 7.7ppg and 5.3rpg. He is also Mexican national team player.

Orlando Mendez-Valdez
Orlando Mendez-Valdez
   #5. International point guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez (183-86, agency: Pro Sports, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Maccabi Hunter Haifa in a victory against the closely-ranked Maccabi T-A (17-11) 79-63 in the Israeli Winner League in Thursday night's game. Mendez-Valdez recorded 5 points in 18 minutes. Maccabi Hunter Haifa (15-13) is placed sixth in the Winner League. This year Mendez-Valdez's total stats are: 9.1ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg in 26 games. He is a naturalized American. Mendez-Valdez plays currently for the Mexican national team. He used to play for Halcones UV Xalapa in Mexican league.

Mauricio Cheda
Mauricio Cheda
   #6. Forward Mauricio Cheda (198-90, college: UTEP, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Cambados (20-9) in their game against Blancos de Rueda (16-13) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He scored 8 points in 18 minutes. Cambados lost 59-63 on their home court in Cambados to the lower-ranked (#7) Blancos de Rueda. Cheda's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Cheda has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 1.3rpg in 19 games. He is a former university international player as he played for the Mexican team four years ago.

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

   #1. Joseph Soto (190-G-93, currently plays in Puerto Rico) could not help Vaqueros (2-4) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Soto's very good performance Vaqueros was defeated 87-82 on the road by the lower-ranked Atleticos (#8). He was the top scorer with 23 points. Soto also added 4 rebounds. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Soto has relatively good stats this year: 14.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 5.0apg and 1.3spg. He has a dual citizenship: Mexican and Puerto Rican.

   #2. Alexander Perez Kaufmann (191-PG-93, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Echague (8-40) crushing them 96-67 in the Argentinian LigaA on Thursday night. Perez Kaufmann scored 9 points in 23 minutes. It was his first game for San Lorenzo this season. His team is placed first in Sur group.

   #3. Joel Gierbolini (203-F-89, college: USC Aiken, currently plays in Puerto Rico) is a teammate of previously mentioned Joseph Soto and both played together in the last Puerto Rican BSN game. Gierbolini was not able to help Vaqueros in their game against Atleticos (2-5). He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Gierbolini recorded only 3 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Vaqueros was defeated 87-82 in San German by the lower-ranked Atleticos (#8). Gierbolini has averaged so far 1.4ppg and 2.0rpg.

   #4. Jimmy Villalobos (190-F-93, college: Westminster, MO, currently plays in El Salvador) was not able to secure a victory for ExSAL ST (6-15) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Villalobos' good performance ExSAL ST was badly defeated 78-60 at home by the higher-ranked Thunder (#3). He was the top scorer with 12 points. Villalobos also added 4 rebounds. Villalobos has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg.



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  MONTENEGRO  


Taylor Rochestie selected the top Montenegrin playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Taylor Rochestie
Taylor Rochestie
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St., currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team Lokomotiv to a victory against the 11th-ranked Kalev/Cramo (5-18) 86-75 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Rochestie scored 16 points and added 9 assists in 27 minutes on the court. Lokomotiv Kuban (18-5) is placed fourth in group A. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the VTB United League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Rochestie has relatively good stats this year: 11.4ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.1apg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 28.9% and FT: 94.4%(34-36) in 17 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Rochestie played for the Montenegrin senior national team three years ago. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.

Vladimir Dragicevic
Vladimir Dragicevic
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86, currently plays in Poland). Dragicevic led Stelmet to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Polfarmex (5-25) crushing them 94-48 in the Polish PLK last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Dragicevic recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks. Stelmet Zielona Gora (23-7) is placed second in the PLK. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Dragicevic's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 65.3%(96-147) and FT: 63.3%. Former BC Buducnost Podgorica starter played for the Montenegrin national team in 2014.

Tyrese Rice
Tyrese Rice
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., currently plays in Spain). Rice could not help FC Barcelona (18-9) in their last game. Despite his good performance FC Barcelona was badly defeated 76-59 on the road by the second-ranked Valencia Basket. Rice was the top scorer with 13 points in 24 minutes. Rice has reliable stats this year: 12.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 51.6%, 3FGP: 29.8% and FT: 79.6% in 26 games. He is a naturalized American. Rice played for the Montenegrin national team three years ago. Apparently he has never played in Montenegro.

Nemanja Djurisic
Nemanja Djurisic
   #4. Power forward Nemanja Djurisic (203-92, college: Georgia, currently plays in Poland) is a teammate of previously mentioned Vladimir Dragicevic and both played together in the last Polish PLK game. Djurisic was the major contributor in Stelmet's victory against one of league's weakest teams Polfarmex (5-25) crushing them 94-48. He recorded 12 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in a mere 18 minutes. Djurisic's stats this year are: 11.2ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.1apg in 25 games. He is also Montenegrin national team player.

Mihailo Sekulovic
Mihailo Sekulovic
   #5. Former University international center Mihailo Sekulovic (206-91, currently plays in Bulgaria) was the main contributor in Balkan's victory against the closely-ranked Spartak Pleven (10-13) crushing them 95-71 in the Bulgarian NBL on Friday night. Sekulovic was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds. Balkan Botevgrad (13-10) is placed fifth in the NBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Sekulovic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 9.0rpg and 2.1apg. Sekulovic used to play for the Montenegrin university national team two years ago.

Bojan Dubljevic
Bojan Dubljevic
   #6. Power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Tyrese Rice in the Spanish Liga Endesa last game. Dubljevic contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked FC Barcelona (18-9) 76-59. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 14 minutes. Dubljevic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Valencia Basket's roster. Dubljevic's stats this season are: 12.5ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.9apg in 23 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

Nikola Ivanovic
Nikola Ivanovic
   #7. International point guard Nikola Ivanovic (190-94, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Betaland Cdo in their game against Banco di Srd (16-11) in the Italian Serie A. Despite his very good performance last Saturday Ivanovic was the top scorer with 15 points. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Ivanovic averaged so far 12.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.8apg. He is also Montenegrin national team player.

Nemanja Radovic
Nemanja Radovic
   #8. Power forward Nemanja Radovic (208-91, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (11-16) crushing them 99-62 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Radovic scored 12 points, grabbed 4 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (11-16) is placed 11th in the Liga Endesa. Radovic's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg and 4.0rpg. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2014.

Halil Kanacevic
Halil Kanacevic
   #9. Former U20 international forward Halil Kanacevic (203-91, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for Bnei Hasharon (16-12) in their game against Hapoel Eilat (18-10) in the Israeli Winner League, despite his very good performance last Thursday. Kanacevic was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 7 rebounds and 3 blocks in 34 minutes. But Bnei Hasharon lost 71-79 in Eilat to the leading Hapoel. This year Kanacevic's overall stats are: 7.9ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.6apg in 28 games. He is a naturalized American. Kanacevic used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team six years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Montenegro.

Milos Borisov
Milos Borisov
   #10. Swingman Milos Borisov (201-85, currently plays in Hungary) couldn't help Szolnok (19-12) in their game against Alba (22-8) in the Hungarian A Division. Despite his very good performance on Thursday night Borisov recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. Borisov's total stats this season are: 9.7ppg and 4.4rpg. He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Montenegrin senior national team.

   #11. International point guard Derek Needham (180-90, college: Fairfield, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Grissin Bon RE's victory against the tenth-ranked Auxilium TO 91-80 in the Italian Serie A in Saturday night's game. Needham scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. This year Needham's total stats are: 8.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg in 27 games. He is a naturalized American. Needham plays currently for the Montenegrin national team. However he has never played in Montenegro.

   #12. Former international power forward Filip Barovic (207-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Telekom Baskets in their game against Bayern Muenchen in the German BBL. Despite his good performance last Thursday Barovic scored 11 points. Barovic has averaged so far 8.3ppg and 3.2rpg. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2014.

   #13. International forward Marko Todorovic (209-92, currently plays in VTB United League) helped his Russian team Khimki win their game against the eighth-ranked Astana 90-87 in the VTB United League on Monday night. Todorovic scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. Todorovic has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.9apg in 22 games. He is also Montenegrin national team player.

   #14. Former U18 international guard Amin Hott (192-92, currently plays in Bulgaria) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mihailo Sekulovic and both played together in the last Bulgarian NBL game. Hott helped Balkan win their game against the closely-ranked Spartak Pleven crushing them 95-71. He scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 7 assists. Hott averaged so far 12.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.5apg and 1.6spg. He used to play for the Montenegrin U18 national team back in 2010.

   #15. Former international point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (186-82, another player represented by BeoBasket, college: St.John's, currently plays in Spain) helped Movil Estudiantes win their game against the league outsider La ICL Manresa 95-90 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Cook scored 9 points and added 8 assists. Cook has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.8apg and 1.6spg. He is a naturalized American. Cook used to play for the Montenegrin national team five years ago. He played also for KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica in Montenegrin league.

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

   #1. Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87, agency: BeoBasket, college: UCLA, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in a 1-point ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's victory against the closely-ranked JDA Dijon (10-18) 74-73 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Dragovic recorded 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (14-14) is placed ninth in the ProA. This season Dragovic averages: 8.0ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Montenegrin. Despite Dragovic's Montenegrin passport, he previously played for the Serbian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Montenegrin team.

   #2. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91, currently plays in NBA) led Chicago Bulls to a victory against the Boston Celtics (53-29) 111-97 in the NBA on Tuesday night. Mirotic scored 13 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 28 minutes. The Chicago Bulls have 41-41 record this season. Mirotic averaged so far 10.6ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.1apg in 72 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Montenegrin and Spanish.

   #3. Experienced Bojan Pelkic (204-F-83, currently plays in Bosnia) contributed to a 1-point Leotar's victory against the leader Siroki Primorka (6-2) 78-77 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I last Wednesday. Pelkic had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 4 assists, 4 blocks and 4 steals in 36 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 7-13. Swisslion Leotar Trebinje (4-4) is placed second. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Second Stage already ended. Pelkic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 7.8rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg in 24 games.

   #4. Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Slovenia). Milosevic could not help Un.Olimpija (2-5) to beat Hopsi Polzela (3-4). He scored 6 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 30 minutes. The fifth-placed Un.Olimpija (2-5) lost 85-89 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Hopsi Polzela in the Places 1-6 group. It was Un.Olimpija's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. Milosevic has averaged so far 5.1ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.1apg in 27 games.

   #5. Brion Rush (186-PG-84, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Grambling St., currently plays in France) contributed to a Sluc Nancy's surprising victory against the seventh-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (15-13) 83-72 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. He recorded 15 points and added 4 passes (made all of his seven free throws). Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (7-21) closes the standings in the ProA. But the situation may improve as they ended a series of four consecutive loses. This season Rush has very high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 3.3rpg and 4.1apg. Rush is a naturalized American. He used to play for KK Sutjeska Niksic in Montenegrin league.

   #6. Milos Komatina (206-F/C-84, currently plays in Romania) was not able to help BC Timisoara (13-15) in their last game. Despite Komatina's very good performance the fifth-placed BC Timisoara lost 81-85 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#4) Oradea in the Places 1-6 group. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Komatina also added 8 rebounds in 36 minutes. Komatina averaged so far 12.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.6apg and 1.5spg in 32 games.

   #7. Boris Lalovic (207-C-81, currently plays in Romania) helped CSU Sibiu edge the leader Targu Mures 89-87 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Thursday. He scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Lalovic averaged so far 10.9ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.3apg.

   #8. Nikola Rakocevic (191-G-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Caceres Basket (13-19) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Caceres Basket was crushed 80-56 in Logrono by the one of league's weakest teams Cocinas.com (#17). Rakocevic was the top scorer with 19 points (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). This season Rakocevic has very high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.9apg.

   #9. Mensud Julevic (200-PF-85, currently plays in Slovenia) couldn't help Terme Olimia in their game against KK Primorska in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. Julevic recorded 6 points and added 3 assists in 36 minutes. His team lost 75-90. Julevic averaged so far 11.1ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.4apg and 1.3spg in 29 games. He has both Montenegrin and Slovenian nationalities. Despite Julevic's Montenegrin passport, he previously played for the Slovenian U21 national team and probably cannot be called to the Montenegrin team.

   #10. Miko Golubovic (206-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) helped Pelister Bitola win their game against the leader Strumica 73-68 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga on Thursday night. Golubovic recorded 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Golubovic averaged so far 10.7ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.5apg.



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  NBA  

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.29.4 
 3. Thomas, Boston C.28.7 
 4. Davis, N.Orleans P.28.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 6. Lillard, Portland.27.0 
 7. DeRozan, Toronto R.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
 John WALL
  Washington W.
  (193-PG-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Wall, Washington W.2.0 
 2. Green, Golden S.2.0 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers2.0 
 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. Rubio, Minnesot.1.7 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.1.7 
 10. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Utah Jazz
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.6 
 2. Embiid, Phi.76ers2.4 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.2.2 
 4. Turner, Indiana P.2.1 
 5. Whiteside, Miami Heat2.1 
 6. Porzingis, New Y.2.0 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.8 
 8. Lopez, Brooklyn N.1.7 
 9. Jordan, LA Clippers1.7 
 10. Ibaka, Orlando M.1.6 


Westbrook's triple-double leads Thunder past Rockets 115-113 - by Eurobasket News

Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) scored 32 points in a triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Houston Rockets 115-113 on Friday night to cut their deficit to 2-1 in the first-round Western Conference playoff series. James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) scored 44 points for Houston, but he missed a 3-pointer that could have won the game just before time expired. Westbrook also had 13 rebounds and 11 assists. It was his second straight triple-double and the seventh playoff triple-double of his career. Taj Gibson (6'9''-F-85, college: USC) added 20 points and Andre Roberson (6'7''-F-91, college: Colorado) and Victor Oladipo (6'4''-G-92, college: Indiana) each scored 12 for the Thunder, who shot 55 percent from the field. The Thunder blew a double-digit lead in the second half of Game 2, and barely hung on this time. They host Game 4 on Sunday. Louis Williams (6'1''-SG-86) scored 22 points and Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California) added 18 for the Rockets. The Thunder led 65-58 at halftime behind 62.2 percent shooting. Westbrook had 14 points, eight assists and seven rebounds at the break, and he had more offensive help than in the previous two games. Houston scored the first nine points of the second half, including six from Harden, to go up 67-65. The Thunder regained momentum, and back-to-back 3-pointers by Roberson and Alex Abrines (6'6''-SF-93) put the Thunder ahead 86-76 with 3:30 to play in the third quarter. Oklahoma City took a 93-83 lead into the fourth. Houston closed the gap throughout the final period. Harden was fouled with 8.8 seconds left, and he made two free throws to cut Oklahoma City's lead to 114-113. Westbrook went to the line with 8.4 seconds to play and missed one of the two free throws, giving the Rockets a chance before Harden's final miss.
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Horford, Thomas lead Celtics over Bulls 104-87 in Game 3 - by Eurobasket News

Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) had 18 points and eight rebounds, Isaiah Thomas (5'9''-PG-89, college: Washington) scored 16 points, and the top-seeded Boston Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls 104-87 on Friday night after dropping the first two games of their opening-round NBA playoff series at home. The Celtics pulled away after a 20-point lead shrunk to one early in the third quarter and put themselves in position to tie a series that was in danger of slipping away from them. Game 4 is Sunday in Chicago. Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) scored 18 for Chicago. Jimmy Butler (6'7''-G/F-89, college: Marquette) had 14 points on 7-of-21 shooting, and the offense simply didn't click the way it had been, with Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) out indefinitely with a broken right thumb. Thomas, grieving the death of his sister in a car accident last week, rejoined the team after spending time with his family in Tacoma, Washington. He scored eight points in the third quarter, helping the Celtics regain control.
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Paul scores 34, Clippers beat Jazz 111-106 to take 2-1 lead - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers sounded in awe of his point guard after watching Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) beat the Utah Jazz with a fantastic fourth-quarter performance. Paul scored a season-high 34 points and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied for a 111-106 victory Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series. "He has an amazing will," Rivers said. "He's just a tough guy. He's stubborn in a very, very positive way. All the great ones have that in them. They're stubborn like they aren't going to lose. "And that's how he felt. And you could feel that. His energy and that kind of rubbed off on everybody on the team." The Jazz led most of the game before Paul took over in the fourth quarter and powered a 15-0 run that gave the Clippers a 103-96 lead with 2:09 remaining. Utah never led again. The Clippers overcame a spectacular night from Gordon Hayward (6'8''-G/F-90, college: Butler), who scored a career-high 40 points. But Paul simply dominated the fourth quarter, scoring nine straight himself during the run and getting wherever he wanted on the floor. He iced the game with a pair of free throws with 5.3 seconds remaining and finished with seven rebounds and 10 assists. "I'm just always looking at the scoreboard trying to manage the game," Paul said. "I was just trying to pick my spots. That's a good team over there. They stick to their principles. "Me and (DeAndre Jordan (6'11''-C-88, college: Texas A&M)) on the ball-screens just tried to keep getting creative and tried to figure out ways to make plays." Jordan had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Clippers, who played without the injured Blake Griffin in the second half. Luc Mbah a Moute (6'7''-G/F-86, college: UCLA) scored a career playoff-high 15 points. "That's a difficult cover," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said of Paul. "We put different guys on him and covered the pick-and-roll a few different ways. That's really all you can do is maybe try to give him some different looks because he's usually going to figure out if you're doing one thing - as you saw during the third quarter. "You just keep trying to adjust as best as you can and compete. The hard thing for us is when we did get some stops, they got second shots." Joe Johnson tried to will the Jazz to victory in the fourth quarter after Hayward slowed down, finishing with 15 points off the bench. George Hill (6'3''-PG-86, college: IUPUI) scored 26 thanks to a 13-point third quarter, then said the Jazz needed to win the next game. "Yes, it's a must-win situation for us," he said. "You never want to go down 3-1, especially going back to their home court." Griffin left the game with 3:18 remaining in the second quarter and did not return after landing awkwardly following a transition layup. The Clippers ruled it a bruised right big toe. The five-time All-Star had 11 points, six rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes. Griffin had X-rays at the arena that were negative and the Clippers planned to re-evaluate him later Friday night. "One of the biggest adjustments is we probably won't be able to play through the post so much," Paul said. "He's such a dynamic player. We go to him in the post and we cut and move off him. ... He's our other assist guy. "Just his leadership, it's just a different feeling when he's on the court."
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Kings Hire Scott Perry As Executive VP - by Eurobasket News

The Sacramento Kings have hired Scott Perry for a high ranking job within their front office. Perry had been with the Orlando Magic for the past five seasons. Perry will work closely with Vlade Divac. After coaching in college, Perry joined the Detroit Pistons' front office under Joe Dumars in 2000. Perry then worked under Sam Presti with the Oklahoma City Thunder before joining the Magic in 2012 as assistant general manager.
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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.
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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."
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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



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River Lions ink Ryan Ejim - by Eurobasket News

Niagara River Lions (NBL Canada) agreed terms with forward Ryan Ejim (201-93kg). He just graduated from Carleton. In 23 games he had 7.1ppg and 5.0rpg this season. NBL Canada will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Ejim helped them to win CIS Tournament and end the regular season at the top position. Quite impressive season as he was named to All-OUA 2nd Team. The last season he played also at Ravens where in 25 games he recorded 10.4ppg and 5.3rpg. Ejim contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in CIS. It was another spectacular season as he was named to CIS Canadian All-Tournament Team.
He previously for Hawks.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Tyshawn Patterson signs at Orangeville A's - by Eurobasket News

Orangeville A's (NBL Canada) landed 26-year old American point guard Tyshawn Patterson (185-79kg-91, college: N.Greenville) from Niagara River Lions. In 28 NBL Canada games in Canada he averaged 10.5ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.0apg this season. The last season Patterson played at London Lightning where in 45 NBL Canada games he had 12.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.1apg.
He was selected to All-ConferenceCarolinas 2nd Team in 2013.
Patterson has played also professionally in Colombia (Barrancabermeja Ciudad Futuro).
He attended North Greenville University until 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Richardo Dunkley joins River Lions - by Eurobasket News

Niagara River Lions (NBL Canada) agreed terms with guard Richardo Dunkley (183). He just played at Windsor Express in Canadian NBL.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Dunkley's team made it to the NBL Canada Semifinals in 2013. He was also voted Defensive Player of the Year back in 2010.
Dunkley previously for two other teams: Rams and Bruins.
On Dunkley: Quick, shifty backcourt player that has a knack for finding the open man. Solid offensive player and can run the passing lanes well. Sometimes can force the issue in a high tempo game but can be a team leader.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Greg Gard, Wisconsin Agree to Contract Extension Through 2021-22 Season - by Eurobasket News

The Wisconsin Badgers and head coach Greg Gard agreed to terms on a contract extension Friday that will run through the 2021-2022 season, according to CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein and 247Sports' Evan Flood. Gard, who took over for Bo Ryan midway through the 2015-16 season, has gone 42-18 as head coach of the Badgers. This past season, Wisconsin went 27-10 and made a run to the East Regional semifinals before they were shocked by the Florida Gators at the buzzer. Although the Badgers entered the NCAA tournament having lost six of their last 10 games, they made a statement in the round of 32 when they shocked the No. 1-seeded Villanova Wildcats 65-62 to clinch a spot in the Sweet 16. It marked the second year in a row that the Badgers were able to qualify for a regional semifinal under Gard's leadership. In 2016, Wisconsin defeated No. 10-seeded Pittsburgh and No. 2 Xavier before falling to the sixth-seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish with a trip to the Elite Eight on the line. Looking ahead to the 2017-18 season, Gard will have to reshape his depth chart with Vitto Brown, Nigel Hayes, Bronson Koenig and Zak Showalter all set to graduate.
Courtesy of: bleacherreport.com




Juco guard Ty Lazenby commits to Sooners - by Eurobasket News

He grew up a huge Oklahoma State fan, but Ty Lazenby (6'5''-G) is heading to Norman. The first-team junior college All-American committed to Oklahoma during his official visit Friday. Lazenby, 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, averaged more than 22.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game last year for Northern Oklahoma College-Enid. He shot 86 percent from the free throw line and 45 percent from the field. Lazenby was a major star at Glencoe (Okla.) High, leading Glencoe to back-to-back-to-back championships. But his size was in question so he opted for the juco route. The journey has paid off with the commitment to the Sooners. He was contacted by OU assistant coach Chris Crutchfield last Sunday and the visit was confirmed Tuesday evening after speaking with head coach Lon Kruger. Lazenby visited Penn State earlier this week and was set to visit Utah on Monday but never ruled out committing to the Sooners if everything fell into place. OU is getting a real OKPreps feel to its team right now. The 2016 class saw Kristian Doolittle. The 2017 class has Scout 100 prospects Trae Young and Brady Manek. And now here comes a blast from the past with Lazenby. 'That would be a great opportunity if it happens,' said Lazenby to Sooners Illustrated on Tuesday. 'Trae Young - I mean you don't have to say much about him. Kristian Doolittle is a big, strong attacker. And everything I've heard about Brady is he's a sharpshooter with size.' Lazenby is hoping to be another piece to that puzzle. He was around 200 pounds coming out of high school and believes adding the 15 pounds in the last two years is a huge reason why his recruitment took off here recently. Lazenby will be a junior for the upcoming season but does have a redshirt season available to him as well. The addition of Lazenby means OU has one open scholarship remaining if Kruger and company decide to pursue another junior college or graduate transfer at this stage.
Courtesy of: scout.com



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."
Courtesy of: al.com




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.
Courtesy of: bleacherreport.com




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 said: "I'm excited to announce my commitment to the Univ of Tulsa. Thx to my family, friends, and supporters for always being there!" Tulsa went 15-17 overall last season and finished seventh in the 11-team American Athletic Conference under Frank Haith , the former Miami and Missouri head coach. The Golden Hurricanes last reached the NCAA tournament in 2014. Horne played in 29 of 31 games during his only season as a Husker, averaging 11.8 minutes a contest. He averaged 4.3 points and 1.9 rebounds while shooting 40.5 percent from the field and 33.3 percent on 3-pointers. Of his 116 field-goal attempts, 57 percent were 3s. In Nebraska's 83-80 upset of No. 20 Purdue, Horne was a key contributor, scoring 16 points and grabbing seven rebounds. He also had 12 points in a win over Indiana and 11 in a double-overtime victory over Iowa. But Horne also went through extended periods with little playing time, which he acknowledged occurred because of his substandard practice habits. Horne was one of four players to transfer from Nebraska this offseason with Nick Fuller, Michael Jacobson and Ed Morrow.
Courtesy of: omaha.com



Lumberjacks add Allen from Stanford - by Eurobasket News

Northern Arizona picked up a commitment from a player it pursued out of high school, as Stanford point guard Malcolm Allen (6'1''-G) committed to playing his senior year for the Lumberjacks. Allen announced the decision on his Twitter account after visiting the school recently. A graduate transfer, Allen is eligible to play immediately after spending four years alongside his brother Marcus at Stanford. A graduate of Centennial High School in Las Vegas, the 6-1 Allen gives the Lumberjacks a true point guard they needed at times last year following the injury to Jaleni Neely. Lumberjacks head coach Jack Murphy recruited Allen out of high school, where the guard earned offers from multiple schools, including many in the Ivy League due to his academic achievements. After playing in 16 games as a freshman, Allen missed nearly all of his sophomore season with a broken wrist. Returning in 2015-16, Allen played in 28 games and played 12 minutes per contest before seeing less time this past year. Playing 40 minutes across 11 games, Allen elected to leave Stanford with his twin brother's eligibility exhausted.
Courtesy of: azdailysun.com



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marcel JONES
  Canterbury
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Jones, Canterbury24.4 
 2. Webster, Wellingt.24.1 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.23.4 
 4. Ongwae, Taranaki.21.5 
 5. Kendle, Canterbury21.0 
 6. Bartlett, Taylor H.17.7 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.17.3 
 8. Tait, SC Rangers17.2 
 9. Te-Rangi, Southlan.17.0 
 10. Fiorentinos, Taylor H.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel GOMIS
  Taranaki MA
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Gomis, Taranaki MA10.6 
 2. Jones, Canterbury10.0 
 3. Pledger, Southlan.9.8 
 4. Kay, Southland S.8.9 
 5. Egwu, SC Rangers8.0 
 6. Wesley, Wellington S.7.9 
 7. Bailey-N., Taranaki.7.9 
 8. McCarron, SC Ra.7.6 
 9. Dempster, Nelson G.7.5 
 10. Duinker, Wellingt.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Taylor H.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Kenny, Taylor H.9.5 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.8.0 
 3. Kendle, Canterbury6.7 
 4. Tait, SC Rangers5.5 
 5. Norton, Southlan.5.4 
 6. ORiley, Taranaki.5.1 
 7. Bartlett, Taylor H.5.0 
 8. McCarron, SC Ra.5.0 
 9. Webster, Wellingt.4.6 
 10. Adnam, Nelson G.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Mitchell MCCARRON
  SC Ra.
  (191-G-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. McCarron, SC Ra.2.4 
 2. Boucher, SC Rangers2.0 
 3. Ongwae, Taranaki.1.8 
 4. Tait, SC Rangers1.8 
 5. Ili, Wellington S.1.7 
 6. Kendle, Canterbury1.7 
 7. ORiley, Taranaki.1.6 
 8. Wesley, Wellington S.1.6 
 9. Bartlett, Taylor H.1.5 
 10. Kenny, Taylor H.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Pledger, Southlan.1.6 
 2. Gomis, Taranaki MA1.6 
 3. Egwu, SC Rangers1.4 
 4. Washington, Nelson G.1.0 
 5. Wesley, Wellington S.1.0 
 6. Neighbour, Cante.0.9 
 7. Henry, Wellington S.0.8 
 8. Anthony, Wellingt.0.8 
 9. OLeary, Taranaki.0.8 
 10. Jones, Canterbury0.7 


Isaac Fotu selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Isaac Fotu
Isaac Fotu
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Isaac Fotu (203-93, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Spain). He led Zaragoza to a 2-point victory against the closely-ranked Joventut (9-19) 71-69 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Fotu scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court. Tecnyconta Zaragoza (9-19) is placed 15th in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Fotu has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 2FGP: 68.5%(115-168), 3FGP: 8.7% in 28 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Tongan and New Zealand. Fotu is currently a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Steven Adams
Steven Adams
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Steven Adams (213-93, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Oklahoma City Thunder (47-35) to beat the Houston Rockets (55-27). Adams scored 5 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The Oklahoma City Thunder (47-35) was defeated 115-111 on the road by the Rockets. It's Adams' fourth season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Adams averages: 11.2ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 57.3%(379-661) and FT: 60.5%. He played for the New Zealand national team in 2011.

Mike Karena
Mike Karena
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Mike Karena (208-93, college: Wright St., currently plays in Spain). Karena led Sammic ISB to a victory over the fifth-ranked Fontedoso Carrefour (17-12) 60-45 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Karena scored 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 33 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia (22-7) is placed first in the LEB Silver. Karena's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Karena has relatively solid stats: 13.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 56.2%(173-308) and FT: 73.8% in 29 games. Ex-Canterbury Rams player is also a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

   #4. Power forward Dennis Tawhiti (198-90, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Eagles in their game against Tigers (4-1) in the Australian State League (second division). He recorded only 4 points. his team were edged 83-82 in Willetton by the second-ranked Tigers in the SBL group. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Tawhiti has reliable stats this year: 10.6ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team back in 2013.

Other top New Zealand players, who play abroad:

Thomas Abercrombie (198-F-87) plays for Demir IBB in Turkish BSL
Aron Baynes (208-C-86) plays for Detroit Pistons in the NBA
Robert Loe (211-F-91) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Mika Vukona (197-C-82) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Kirk Penney (196-G/F-80) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Samuel Waardenburg (207-PF-99) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Thomas Giles (180-G-88) plays for Norths Soul Sports Bears in Australian State League
James Paringatai (201-F-86) plays for Buccaneers in Australian State League
Isaac Smith (196-F/C) plays for Buccaneers in Australian State League
Dyson King-Hawea (200-F-92) plays for Spectres in Australian State League
Mitchell Newton (200-F-95) plays for Bandits in Australian State League

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



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Ekpe Udoh selected the top Nigerian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ekpe Udoh
Ekpe Udoh
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in Fenerbahce's victory against the closely-ranked Panathinaikos (19-11) 80-75 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Udoh scored 22 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 35 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Istanbul (18-12) is placed fifth in the Euroleague. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Udoh has relatively good stats this year: 12.1ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.0apg, 2.2bpg, 2FGP: 58.6%(139-237) and FT: 61.2% in 28 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Melvin Ejim
Melvin Ejim
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy). Ejim led Umana Venezia to a victory over the 11th-ranked Brescia (12-15) 84-79 in the Italian Serie A last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Ejim scored 24 points and grabbed 9 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Umana Reyer Venezia (18-9) is placed second in the Serie A. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Ejim has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 47.7%, 3FGP: 44.9% and FT: 69.2%. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Nigerian. Ejim played for the Nigerian national team in 2012.

Alade Aminu
Alade Aminu
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Alade Aminu (210-87, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Lebanon). He contributed to a Al Riyadi's victory against the second-ranked Al Moutahed (13-11) 88-82 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL on Thursday night. Aminu scored 22 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 34 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group B. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (6-0) is placed first. So far his team won all six games in the Second Stage. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. It's Aminu's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 15.0ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2bpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 55.5%(151-272), 3FGP: 31.3% and FT: 62.1% in 25 games. Aminu is also a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Jeleel Akindele
Jeleel Akindele
   #4. An experienced center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, agency: BeoBasket, college: Chicago St., currently plays in Puerto Rico) was the main contributor in Vaqueros' victory against one of league's weakest teams Brujos (2-6) 77-67 in the Puerto Rican BSN last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. Akindele had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 16 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 2 blocks in 34 minutes. Vaqueros de Bayamon (2-4) is placed seventh in the BSN. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Akindele has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 10.8rpg, 4.0apg and 1.3bpg in six games. Akindele used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2009.

Abdullahi Kuso
Abdullahi Kuso
   #5. Former international forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC, currently plays in Japan) helped Gunma win their game against the third-ranked Cyberdyne IR (26-28) 86-71 in the Japanese B League D2 in Saturday night's game. Kuso was the top player that evening. He had a triple-double by scoring 20 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and passing 10 assists in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group East. Gunma Crane Thunders (35-19) are placed first. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Kuso's stats this year are: 13.4ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.7bpg in 54 games. He used to play for the Nigerian national team ten years ago.

Derrick Obasohan
Derrick Obasohan
   #6. Small forward Derrick Obasohan (198-81, also represented by BeoBasket, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in France) helped Provence Basket win their game against the seventh-ranked ALM Evreux (15-13) crushing them 108-73 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. Obasohan was the top player that evening. He recorded 29 points (!!!), 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. FOS Provence Basket (19-9) is placed second in the ProB. This season Obasohan has very high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.5apg. Obasohan is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Nigerian National Team roster.

Suleiman Braimoh
Suleiman Braimoh
   #7. International power forward Suleiman Braimoh (203-89, college: Rice, currently plays in VTB United League) helped his Russian team Enisey win their game against the tenth-ranked Avtodor (7-16) 97-92 in the VTB United League on Sunday night. Braimoh was the top player that evening. He scored 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. Enisey Krasnoyarsk (13-10) is placed sixth in group A. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the VTB United League Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Braimoh averaged so far 13.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg in 23 games. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities. Braimoh is also Nigerian national team player.

Gani Lawal
Gani Lawal
   #8. Power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech, 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 on Saturday night. Lawal scored 6 points and grabbed 7 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. Lawal's overall stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.2bpg. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Lawal used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2013.

Solomon Alabi
Solomon Alabi
   #9. Former international center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St., currently plays in Japan) could not help Toyotsu FE (38-16) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Toyotsu FE (38-16) lost 78-82 on the road to the lower-ranked (#6) Shinshu BW in the Central group. Alabi had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 14 rebounds (made all of his five free throws) in 40 minutes. Alabi has very impressive stats this year: 17.8ppg, 12.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4bpg in 52 games. He used to play for the Nigerian national team four years ago.

Michael Umeh
Michael Umeh
   #10. Point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Virtus Bologna (20-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Umeh's very good performance Virtus Bologna was defeated 79-72 in a derby game by the lower-ranked F.Kontatto BO (#5) in the East group. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Umeh's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This season Umeh has very high stats. He averages: 17.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.1apg. Umeh holds both American and Nigerian passports. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Nigerian National Team roster.

   #11. International power forward Trevor Mbakwe (207-89, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Minnesota, currently plays in VTB United League) managed to help Zenit Saint Petersburg to win against the tenth-ranked Avtodor 89-78 in the VTB United League last Thursday. Mbakwe scored only 4 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Mbakwe's overall stats this season are: 5.3ppg and 3.8rpg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Mbakwe plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

   #12. International forward Al-Farouq Aminu (206-90, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Portland Trail Blazers in their game against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA. He scored 9 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 24 minutes. His team were crushed by 29 points 110-81 in the NBA. Aminu averaged so far 8.5ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.6apg in 62 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Despite Aminu played previously for the USA U19 national team, he is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

   #13. International center Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (207-85, college: Maryland, currently plays in Turkey) helped Usak Sportlif win their game against one of league's weakest teams Balikesir 88-80 in the Turkish BSL in Saturday night's game. Ibekwe scored 5 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 5 blocks in 20 minutes. This year Ibekwe's overall stats are: 5.4ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.3bpg in 12 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Ibekwe is also Nigerian national team player.

   #14. International swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, agency: Two Points, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in France) helped Sluc Nancy win their game against the seventh-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque 83-72 in the French ProA on Saturday night. He recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Ere averaged so far 12.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.3apg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Ere plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

   #15. International power forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-84, college: SMU, currently plays in Turkey) faced previously mentioned Ekenechukwu Ibekwe in the Turkish BSL last game. Ofoegbu couldn't help Balikesir in their game against Usak Sportlif. He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was defeated 88-80. Ofoegbu averaged so far 11.8ppg and 4.4rpg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Ofoegbu is also in the roster of the Nigerian national team.

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

   #1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Milwaukee Bucks (42-40) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance the Milwaukee Bucks (42-40) were defeated 106-100 on the road by the Toronto Raptors. Antetokounmpo recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 7 assists. Antetokounmpo is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Bucks' roster. Antetokounmpo has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 22.9ppg, 8.8rpg, 5.4apg, 1.8bpg and 1.7spg. Antetokounmpo has a dual citizenship: Greek and Nigerian.

   #2. Experienced Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84, currently plays in Iran) was not able to help Tabriz (2-3) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Tabriz (2-3) was crushed 106-77 in Abadan by the leading Naft in the Group 1. Ebi was the top scorer with 37 points. He also added 6 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This season Ebi has very high stats. He averages: 30.0ppg, 11.5rpg, 1.5bpg and 3.0spg.

   #3. Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for AEK Athens (19-7) in their game against Aris (15-11) in the Greek A1. He scored 5 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. AEK Athens was defeated 81-77 in Thessaloniki by the lower-ranked Aris (#4). The Regular Season already ended. Elonu's overall stats this season are: 6.6ppg and 5.7rpg.

   #4. Chris Otule (211-C-90, college: Marquette, currently plays in France) led Olympique Antibes to a victory over the closely-ranked Chalons-Reims (9-19) 82-69 in the French ProA last Friday. He was the top player that evening. Otule had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds in 27 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Sharks Antibes (9-19) is placed 15th in the ProA. Otule averaged so far 13.8ppg and 6.0rpg in 28 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #5. Micheal Eric (210-F/C-88, college: Temple, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help RETAbet BB (12-14) in their last game on Monday. Despite Eric's good performance RETAbet BB was defeated 90-85 at home by the lower-ranked Blusens Monbus (#13). He scored 11 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Eric's overall stats this season are: 9.2ppg and 5.4rpg.

   #6. O.D. Anosike (203-F/C-91, college: Siena, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an Openjobmetis VA's surprising victory against the sixth-ranked Dolomiti En. TR 83-80 in the Italian Serie A on Saturday night. He scored 9 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in 25 minutes. Anosike averaged so far 10.1ppg and 11.2rpg in 25 games. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities.

   #7. Retin Obasohan (185-G-93, college: Alabama, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Scandone AV's victory against the league outsider Vanoli Cremona 85-78 in the Italian Serie A last Saturday. Obasohan scored 6 points in only 11 minutes. This year Obasohan's overall stats are: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.5apg in 25 games. He also holds two passports: Belgian and Nigerian.

   #8. Danny Agbelese (206-F/C-90, college: Hampton, currently plays in France) couldn't help Pau-Lacq-Orthez in their game against Monaco in the French ProA. Agbelese recorded 7 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks. His team was defeated 85-73. Agbelese's overall stats this season are: 4.5ppg and 4.5rpg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports.

   #9. Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne, currently plays in United Kingdom) helped Glasgow Rocks win their game against the seventh-ranked Plymouth Raiders 88-84 in the British BBL in Sunday night's game. Achara scored 15 points, had 7 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 4 shots in 33 minutes. Achara has very impressive stats this year: 15.3ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.6bpg and 1.1spg in 30 games. He has dual citizenship: Scottish and Nigerian.

   #10. Alex Owumi (196-G-84, college: Alcorn St., currently plays in United Kingdom) helped London Lions win their game against the league leader Leicester Riders crushing them 111-88 in the British BBL in Sunday night's game. Owumi scored 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Owumi averaged so far 13.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 3.3apg and 1.1spg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports.



Henan tabs Josh-Emmanuel Akognon - by Eurobasket News

Henan Shedianlaojiu (NBL) inked 31-year old Nigerian international point guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-84kg-86, college: CS Fullerton). He played recently at Lietuvos rytas in Lithuanian LKL league. Akognon managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 5 LKL games he averaged 12.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.2apg this season. He also played that season for Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 5 LKL games he had 12.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.0apg. Akognon also played 4 games in Euroleague where he recorded 4.8ppg and 1.5apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
Among other achievements Akognon's team made it to the D-League Semifinals in 2012. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA Honorable Mention award in 2015.
Akognon represented Nigeria at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 10.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 40.0%.
Akognon is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Akognon has played previously professionally in Estonia, Italy (Banco di Srd), Serbia (Partizan), NBA (Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies), China (Flying Leopards, Jilin Tigers, Long Lions, Leopards and Eagles) and D-League (Canton Charge and Delaware 87ers).
He attended California State University, Fullerton until 2009 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.
Akognon's game is described as: A tiny, but solid bodied guard with personality and great scoring skills. Thanks to his explosiveness and quickness, has a good offensive presence. Can spend time in both 1 and 2 positions, gives his best in open court situations.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Customs edge Rivers Hoopers 60 - 49 - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Visiting Rivers Hoopers Basketball club of Port Harcourt were outrebounded and outshot from three point range losing to Nigeria Customs 60-49 at the Indoor Sports Hall, National Stadium Lagos on Thursday.

Despite falling to Customs, former Customs power forward, Solomon Ajegbeyi scored 10 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists delivering consecutive baskets in the first but not enough to salvage the loss to Customs.

Customs guard, Okiki Afuwape Michael who was their best player finished with a game high 25 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.

Okiki's shooting pushed Customs to the lead and in over 4 minutes of play, Hoopers couldn't score leaving the host to their biggest score run (9-0) in 6:22. The two time champions were left with series of missed shots and turnovers.

The KingsMen got a huge performance off the bench from former Mentors guard, Friday Haruna who tried to outpace Okiki but was let down by his team's turnovers (23) , missed buckets and a great defense from the host.

Hoopers trailed in the final quarter 52-46 for over five minutes and once again fell short of the baskets (0/10) hitting just 7 of their shots with less than 2 minutes remaining (1:34) in the last quarter.

The loss to Nigeria Customs is the 6th out of the 7 games played between the two sides in two seasons which is also a repeat of last season's league opener where the former champions also lost in Lagos to the Coach Scott Nnaji tutored border boys.

Speaking to the media after the game, Coach Ogoh Odaudu , Rivers Hoopers head coach said they had no solution for Michael Okiki who had a brilliant game against his team.

'There was no solution for him today I completely agree with you. It wasn't Rivers Hoopers versus Customs but Rivers Hopers versus Michael Okiki. He practically took over the game for a player who is playing his second season. He played well like a veteran I will say kudos to him,' Coach Odaudu said.

The former Nigeria international pointed out where his team got it wrong. 'We broke down in the third quarter but thank God it happened in our first game. It's a league and we still have 27 more games to go. All we will do now is to go back to the drawing board and work on our defects.' Odaudu said.

Customs coach, Nnaji attributed his team form to motivational words at half time. 'We are just starting the season and I am just working with the new players. After our lost to Kwara Falcons last week, we did some work out and I made sure we cooperated with each other and have positive attitude towards the game. At half time, I tried to motivate them telling them it's not over yet and (they should) stay positive. And I am happy they played like that and it was good." Nnaji explained

Hoopers next game will be against the Police Baton on Saturday also in Lagos.



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Jaime Lloreda's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Panamanians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jaime Lloreda
Jaime Lloreda
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international center Jaime Lloreda (204-80, college: LSU, currently plays in Uruguay). He led Hebraica to a victory over the fourth-ranked Malvin (7-7) 92-78 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB in Tuesday night's game. Lloreda was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 12 rebounds. Lloreda also added and 3 steals in 35 minutes on the court. Hebraica Macabi Montevideo (10-4) is placed first in Promocional 1 group. Lloreda has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 10.8rpg, 2FGP: 63.4%(102-161) and FT: 62.1% in 21 games he played so far. Ex-Magnates de Calidonia player is currently a member of the Panamanian senior national team.

Jamaal Levy
Jamaal Levy
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Jamaal Levy (206-83, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Argentina). He managed to help Weber Bahia Blanca Basket to win against the leader San Martin Corrientes (35-14) 82-70 in the Argentinian LigaA last Friday. Levy recorded only 4 points, 13 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Sur. Weber Bahia Blanca Basket (27-18) is placed third. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Levy averages: 6.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 59.6%(96-161), 3FGP: 30.9% and FT: 56.8%. He is in the roster of the Panamanian senior national team.

Michael Hicks
Michael Hicks
   #3. The Panamanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Michael Hicks (196-76, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Uruguay) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jaime Lloreda and both played together in the last Uruguayan LUB game. Hicks contributed to Hebraica's victory against the fourth-ranked Malvin (7-7) 92-78 in a derby game. He recorded 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in 29 minutes. Hicks has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.6apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 48.2%, 3FGP: 40.7% and FT: 78.1% in 27 games. Ex-Toros del Chiriqui David player is also a member of the Panamanian senior national team.

Josimar Ayarza
Josimar Ayarza
   #4. Forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Argentina) could not help Echague (8-40) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Ayarza's good performance the tenth-placed Echague (8-40) was badly defeated 91-75 at home by the much higher-ranked Weber Bahia (#3) in the Norte group. He scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. This season Ayarza has relatively solid stats: 14.7ppg and 4.9rpg. He is also Panamanian national team player.

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

   #1. Nate Butler Lind (198-SG-89, college: TCU, currently plays in Puerto Rico) could not help Indios (2-5) in their last game. Despite Butler Lind's good performance Indios was edged 90-88 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) Capitanes. He scored 12 points in only a mere 13 minutes. It was Indios' third consecutive loss in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Butler Lind's overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.0apg in seven games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Panamanian and Puerto Rican. Despite Butler Lind's Panamanian passport, he previously played for the Puerto Rican U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Panamanian team.

Other top Panamanian players, who play abroad:

Gabriel Giron (190-G-88) plays for Fuerza Regia in Mexican LNBP
Ernesto Oglivie (203-F-89) plays for Trouville in Uruguayan LUB
Levour Warren (196-SF-81) plays for Panteras in Mexican LNBP
Javier Carter (203-C-91) plays for Soles in Mexican LNBP
Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85) plays for Boca Juniors in Argentinian LigaA
Andres Bravo (203-F-96) plays for St.Clair College in CCAA
Gil Atencio (201-F-96) plays for St.Clair College in CCAA
Tymell Murphy (196-F-90) plays for Kagoshima in Japanese B League D2
Antonio Bumpus (190-SG-89) plays for Pioneros in Mexican Regional
Amir Alvarado (198-SF-84) plays for Barva in Costa Rican LBS

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



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  PERU  


LBL Round 6 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

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

The biggest surprise of round 6 was guest Inmaculada's (4-2) easy road victory over one of their biggest challengers EOFap (3-3) 65-47 on Friday evening. Inmaculada moved-up to third place. EOFap at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Circolo and San Marcos. Inmaculada's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena Regatas.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Lima: Regatas (#2) and Ejercito (#7). Regatas (5-1) won against visiting Ejercito (0-6) 74-66. Regatas maintains second position with 5-1 record behind leader Real Club. Ejercito at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. They share the position with La Family. Regatas' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima Inmaculada.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two local teams from Lima: Real Club (#1) and La Family (#8). Real Club (6-0) smashed visiting La Family (0-6) by 54 points 99-45. Undefeated Real Club have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. Loser La Family still closes the standings with six games lost. They share the position with Ejercito. Real Club's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima San Marcos.

In the last game of round 6 Circolo defeated San Marcos in a road game 72-54.

EOFap - Inmaculada 47-65

The biggest surprise of round 6 was guest Inmaculada's (4-2) easy road victory over one of their biggest challengers EOFap (3-3) 65-47 on Friday evening. Inmaculada moved-up to third place. EOFap at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Circolo and San Marcos. Inmaculada's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena Regatas.
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San Marcos - Circolo 54-72

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Lima where 5th ranked San Marcos (3-3) were defeated by sixth ranked Circolo (3-3) 72-54 on Friday. Circolo have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with San Marcos and EOFap. Circolo will meet EOFap (#5) in the next round. San Marcos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena Real Club.
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Regatas - Ejercito 74-66

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Lima: Regatas (#2) and Ejercito (#7). Regatas (5-1) won against visiting Ejercito (0-6) 74-66. Regatas maintains second position with 5-1 record behind leader Real Club. Ejercito at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. They share the position with La Family. Regatas' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima Inmaculada.
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Real Club - La Family 99-45

Another interesting game was again a derby between two local teams from Lima: Real Club (#1) and La Family (#8). Real Club (6-0) smashed visiting La Family (0-6) by 54 points 99-45. Real Club have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. Loser La Family still closes the standings with six games lost. They share the position with Ejercito. Real Club's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima San Marcos.
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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Cory JEFFERSON
  Alaska A.
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 31.7
 1. Jefferson, Alaska A.31.7 
 2. White, Mahindra30.5 
 3. Smith, Blackwater28.8 
 4. McKay, Phoenix28.3 
 5. Taggart, Rain o.27.5 
 6. Chism, NLEX R.26.6 
 7. Greene, TNT K.26.3 
 8. White, Globalport25.7 
 9. Rhodes, SM Beermen22.5 
 10. Brownlee, B.Gin.22.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex STEPHESON
  Meralco .
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 22
 1. Stepheson, Meralco .22.0 
 2. Smith, Blackwater19.8 
 3. McKay, Phoenix19.2 
 4. White, Mahindra18.5 
 5. Chism, NLEX R.16.7 
 6. White, Globalport16.3 
 7. Williams, Globalport15.0 
 8. Jefferson, Alaska A.13.8 
 9. Mitchell, Star H.13.7 
 10. Greene, TNT K.13.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jayson CASTRO WILLIAM
  TNT K.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Castro-W., TNT K.7.8 
 2. Cabagnot, SM Be.6.0 
 3. Romeo, Globalport5.6 
 4. Thompson, B.Gin.5.5 
 5. Brownlee, B.Gin.5.5 
 6. Jazul, Phoenix5.1 
 7. Enciso, Alaska Aces4.8 
 8. Amer, Meralco .4.4 
 9. Smith, Blackwater4.4 
 10. Mercado, B.Ginebra4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mark BARROCA
  Star H.
  (178-PG-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Barroca, Star H.3.2 
 2. Brownlee, B.Gin.3.0 
 3. Jalalon, Star H.2.2 
 4. Ross, SM Beermen1.8 
 5. Enciso, Alaska Aces1.8 
 6. McKay, Phoenix1.8 
 7. Pringle, Globalport1.7 
 8. Exciminiano, Alaska A.1.7 
 9. Jazul, Phoenix1.6 
 10. Cabagnot, SM Be.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Malcolm WHITE
  Globalport
  (205-C/F-88)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. White, Globalport3.7 
 2. Aguilar, B.Ginebra3.3 
 3. Mitchell, Star H.3.0 
 4. White, Mahindra2.5 
 5. McKay, Phoenix2.3 
 6. Williams, Globalport2.3 
 7. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.0 
 8. Jefferson, Alaska A.1.8 
 9. Rhodes, SM Beermen1.8 
 10. Chism, NLEX R.1.6 



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  PORTUGAL  

Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

Points Per Game
 Nuno MARCAL
  Maia B.
  (205-F-75)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Marcal, Maia B.21.9 
 2. Novak, Ovarense20.7 
 3. Pavlovic, Sampa.18.1 
 4. Martin, Sampaense18.0 
 5. Matagrano, Lusit.17.8 
 6. Ogungbemi-J., Galitos-.17.7 
 7. Lima, CAB Madeira17.2 
 8. Catarino, Maia B.17.1 
 9. Marzette, CAB M.16.6 
 10. Guillory, Sampaense16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Antonio MONTEIRO
  Lusitania
  (204-F-89)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Monteiro, Lusitania9.9 
 2. Douvier, Ovarense9.7 
 3. Torrie, Electric.8.6 
 4. Marcal, Maia B.8.5 
 5. Washburn, FC Porto8.2 
 6. Grosey, Galitos-.8.0 
 7. Fernandes, Ovarense7.2 
 8. Mendes, Sampaense7.2 
 9. Lima, CAB Madeira7.1 
 10. Tadic, Illiabum7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nick NOVAK
  Ovarense
  (182-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Novak, Ovarense5.9 
 2. Guillory, Sampaense5.1 
 3. Gameiro, CAB M.4.8 
 4. Simic, Lusitania4.7 
 5. Ogungbemi-J., Galitos-.4.4 
 6. Tinsley, FC Porto4.3 
 7. Figueiredo, Illiabum4.3 
 8. Robinson, Maia B.4.2 
 9. Pinto, Vitoria SC4.2 
 10. Ventura, Electric.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Frederick GENTRY
  CAB M.
  (201-F-77)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gentry, CAB M.2.0 
 2. Carvalho, Sampa.1.9 
 3. Marcal, Maia B.1.9 
 4. Guillory, Sampaense1.8 
 5. Hallman, Oliveirense1.7 
 6. Robinson, Maia B.1.7 
 7. Lanzinha, Electric.1.6 
 8. Ellisor, Oliveirense1.6 
 9. Novak, Ovarense1.6 
 10. Lima, CAB Madeira1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Victor MOSES
  Vitoria SC
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Moses, Vitoria SC1.5 
 2. Chol, Illiabum1.5 
 3. Gomes, Maia Basket1.2 
 4. Mendes, Sampaense1.0 
 5. Washburn, FC Porto0.8 
 6. Gentry, CAB M.0.8 
 7. Coronel, Electric.0.7 
 8. Matagrano, Lusit.0.6 
 9. Hollis, Benfica0.6 
 10. Bishop, Illiabum0.6 



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Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Michael ROSARIO
  Quebradillas
  (190-SG-90)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Rosario, Quebradillas26.3 
 2. Huertas, Arecibo23.5 
 3. Laury, Mayaguez20.4 
 4. Phelps, Guayama20.3 
 5. Warrick, Ponce19.6 
 6. Arroyo, Fajardo19.3 
 7. Mendoza, Aguada18.7 
 8. Wilkins, Guayama18.6 
 9. Costner, Humacao18.5 
 10. Liz, Ponce18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Devon COLLIER
  Mayaguez
  (203-PF-91)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Collier, Mayaguez11.1 
 2. Akindele, Bayamon10.9 
 3. Phelps, Guayama10.8 
 4. Laury, Mayaguez9.4 
 5. Behanan, Arecibo9.2 
 6. Famous, Humacao9.0 
 7. Dawson, Ponce8.8 
 8. James, Fajardo8.4 
 9. Gaston, Aguada8.1 
 10. Lalanne, Arecibo8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jonathan GARCIA
  Quebradillas
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Garcia, Quebradillas6.7 
 2. Guzman, Humacao6.4 
 3. Arroyo, Fajardo6.3 
 4. Browne, San German6.1 
 5. Abreu, Aguada5.9 
 6. Smith, Quebradillas5.5 
 7. Torres, Ponce5.3 
 8. Huertas, Arecibo4.7 
 9. Clemente, Arecibo4.7 
 10. Soto, Bayamon4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Gary BROWNE
  San German
  (185-G-93)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Browne, San German1.8 
 2. Berdiel, Fajardo1.8 
 3. Abreu, Aguada1.6 
 4. Liz, Ponce1.6 
 5. Lalanne, Arecibo1.5 
 6. Behanan, Arecibo1.5 
 7. Orozco, Humacao1.5 
 8. Belardo, Ponce1.5 
 9. De-Jesus, Mayaguez1.5 
 10. Carmona, Quebradillas1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. James, Fajardo2.1 
 2. Penn, Guayama1.6 
 3. Diaz, Quebradillas1.5 
 4. Behanan, Arecibo1.3 
 5. Lalanne, Arecibo1.2 
 6. Hernandez, Quebradi.1.2 
 7. Gaston, Aguada1.1 
 8. Akindele, Bayamon1.1 
 9. Famous, Humacao0.9 
 10. Collier, Mayaguez0.9 


Lalanne number one in Puerto Rico for week 7 - by Eurobasket News

American Center Cady Lalanne (208-C-92) put on an amazing game in the last week for Arecibo, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 7.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, nine rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Guayama (#10, 2-6) 99-92. Arecibo maintains the 4th position in Puerto Rican BSN. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Arecibo will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. In the team's last game Lalanne had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Arecibo, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Cady Lalanne averages this season 16.3ppg and 8.0rpg.

The second best player in last week's games was 26-year old American David Laury (206-F-90) of Mayaguez. Laury had a very good evening with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Mayaguez to edge the higher-ranked Quebradillas (#3, 4-2) 97-95. Mayaguez's 9th position in the standings has not changed. 5 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Mayaguez managed to get this year. Laury is one of the most experienced players at Mayaguez and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.4ppg (#3). He also registered 9.4 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last week was American forward Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88) of San German (#7). Keenan scored 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Keenan's great performance San German lost 83-98 to the higher-ranked Humacao (#2, 6-2). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of San German 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, Keenan could try to bring San German's a little bit higher in the standings. Keenan has a very solid season. In 5 games in Puerto Rico he scored 15.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Carlos Arroyo (188-PG-79) of Fajardo - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Devon Collier (203-PF-91) of Mayaguez - 19 points and 7 rebounds
6. Eric Dawson (206-F/C-84) of Ponce - 10 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists
7. David Huertas (195-G/F-87) of Arecibo - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Jorge Bryan Diaz (210-C-89) of Quebradillas - 15 points and 8 rebounds
9. Hakim Warrick (206-F/C-82) of Ponce - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Filiberto Rivera (189-PG-82) of Fajardo - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists

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



BSN Round 7 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

After 7 rounds played we can already see who rules in the BSN and who belongs to weaker ones.

The most shocking disappointment of round 7 was only one-point a home defeat of 5th ranked Fajardo (3-4) to sixth ranked Leones (4-3) 88-87 in the game for the fifth place. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-87. Leones looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for American power forward Eric Dawson (206-84, college: Midwestern St., agency: Haylett Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international forward Carlos Emory (196-91) helped adding 23 points. At the losing side international point guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, college: FIU, agency: Interperformances) responded with 24 points and 5 assists. Leones have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place. Fajardo lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Leones are looking forward to face league's second-placed Caciques in Humacao in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fajardo will play on the road against Brujos (#10) in Guayama and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Mayaguez. Ninth ranked Indios (2-5) saved a 2-point victory at home edging much higher ranked Piratas (4-2) 97-95 on Wednesday evening. It was an exceptional evening for American forward David Laury (206-90, college: Iona) who led the winners and scored 24 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field).