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  ALBANIA  



Superliga Round 1 of Finals. SK Tirana record first victory - by Eurobasket News

SK Tirana - Vllaznia 98-71

SK Tirana opened win count in Superliga Finals. They cruised past Vllaznia in the championship series opener. SK Tirana dominated from start to finish in this one. They posted a 2718 lead ten minutes into the game. SK Tirana unloaded 26 points in the second quarter to take a 16-point halftime lead. SK Tirana poured in 45 points in the second half and marched to the victory. The second game in the best-of-five series is scheduled for April 26th.
gschID: 544456





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  ANTIGUA  


Review of ABBA Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Flyers - Freetown T. 74-36

Flyers outgunned Freeetown to take the lead in the quarterfinal series. The game without a history. Flyers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Freetown T. to just 6 points in fourth quarter.
gschID: 544878


Cutie Ovals Ojays - Ottos 83-72

Cutie Ovals Ojays topped Ottos to gain 1-0 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Cutie Ovals Ojays. Ottos managed to win second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening.
gschID: 544877


Baldwin Braves - Yorks Crushers 81-74

Baldwin Braves are 1-0 up on Yorks Crushers following the home win. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Yorks Crushers won fourth quarter 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening.
gschID: 544876


Stingerz - HS Outlaws 78-53

Stingerz fired past HS Outlaws to secure the lead in the quarterfinal series. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 25 points.
gschID: 544875





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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 


Review of TNA Round 1 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes O. - Petr.Argentino 109-91

The hosts trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 71-43 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Estudiantes O. made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Estudiantes O. outrebounded Petr.Argentino 44-26 including 30 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Petr.Argentino's players. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Santiago Arese (196-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists. Rodrigo Sanchez (200-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Naturalized Italian point guard Mariano Castets (183-83) answered with 34 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Darnell Dodson (201-89, college: S.Mississippi, agency: DTMones) added 18 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Petr.Argentino. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes O.: D.Figueredo 23+4reb+4ast, S.Arese 22+13reb+8ast, R.Sanchez 19+14reb+8ast, L.Portillo 17+4reb+1ast, J.Gamazo 10+3reb+1ast, E.Dominguez 9+2reb+2ast
Petr.Argentino: M.Castets 34+6reb+4ast, D.Dodson 18+12reb+3ast, F.Gago 15+2reb+1ast, M.Lambrisca 11, L.Diaz 11+3reb+1ast, S.Gandolfo 2+2reb
gschID: 544503


Parque Sur - Platense 79-74

Parque Sur made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Parque Sur outrebounded CA Platense 44-33 including 30 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by CA Platense's players. Pablo Alderete (196-93) stepped up and scored 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and guard Elnes Bolling (189-91) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side forward Juan Lugrin (192-96) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds and guard Vazquez Facundo (185-98) scored 15 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
PARQUE SUR: E.Bolling 16+6reb+3ast, P.Alderete 16+9reb+1ast, G.Mariani 13+3reb, E.Martinez 10+3reb, J.Stroud 9+4reb, A.Jure 7+3reb+5ast
Platense: V.Facundo 15+3reb, J.Lugrin 13+6reb+1ast, F.Pais 10+4reb, I.Romani 10+2ast, D.Mansilla 9+4reb, F.Lopez 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 544507


Huracan - Atenas Carmen 77-83

Atenas made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American forward Scott Cutley (196-85, college: CS Fullerton) fired 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import forward Howard Wilkerson (198-84, college: Wofford) chipped in 19 points. Cutley is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Guard Lisandro Ruiz-Moreno (183-89) produced 17 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Jerome Hill (198-94, college: Gardner-Webb) added 15 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Atenas Carmen: S.Cutley 22+6reb+3ast, H.Wilkerson 19+4reb+1ast, H.Etchepare 15+1reb+2ast, E.Agostino 12+3reb+1ast, B.Oprandi 6+1reb+2ast, G.Peralta 3
Huracan: L.Ruiz Moreno 17+9reb+1ast, M.Melo 17+5reb, J.Coronado 16+3reb, J.Hill 15+10reb+1ast, J.Ignacio Laterza 6+1reb+1ast, G.Acosta 2+1reb
gschID: 544506


Alianza Viedma - Gimnasia LP 86-78

Alianza Viedma made 20-of-22 charity shots (90.9 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Alianza Viedma especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. American swingman OLouis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion, agency: DTMones) fired 21 points for the winners. Point guard Pedro Franco (187-81) chipped in 18 points. American forward Joe Efese (198, college: Cent.Conn.St.) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Leonardo La-Bella (180-86) added 18 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gimnasia LP's coach Cesar Adriani rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Alianza Viedma: O.McCullough 21+2reb+1ast, P.Franco 18+3ast, M.Gaynor 12+3reb, L.Nwogbo 10+4reb+1ast, A.Knecht 7+2reb+2ast, F.Bazani 6+2reb+1ast
Gimnasia LP: J.Efese 19+6reb, L.La Bella 18+2reb+5ast, M.Segon 14+4reb, E.Rusconi 11+5reb+4ast, R.Salvatierra 7+5reb, J.Acuna 3
gschID: 544505


Comunicaciones - Villa San Martin 92-71

Comunicaciones made 20-of-22 charity shots (90.9 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Comunicaciones especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) fired 12 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Cameroonian power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Forward Julian Morales (195-95) produced 10 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Martin Cabrera (181-96) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
COMUNICACIONES: G.Essengue 18+5reb+1ast, N.Lauria 12+9reb+6ast, A.Pau 11+2ast, M.Aristu 11+2reb+2ast, F.Vietta Stechina 11+4reb+3ast, G.Torres 9+2reb+1ast
VILLA SAN MARTIN: M.Cabrera 16+1reb, A.Carnovale 10+2reb+2ast, J.Morales 10+7reb+2ast, G.Mascaro 10+6reb+1ast, F.Aldama 9+2reb, G.Saavedra 6+6reb
gschID: 544504


Union SF - BHY Tiro Federal 89-61

Union SF forced 21 BHY Tiro Federal turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by BHY Tiro Federal's players. Swingman Bruno Barovero (194-90) nailed 25 points for the winning side and forward Patricio Tabarez (195-91) accounted for 17 points and 8 rebounds. Four Union SF players scored in double figures. Point guard Emiliano Correa (189-91) came up with 16 points and 4 assists and naturalized American power forward Phillip Lockett (202-88, agency: DTMones) added 10 points and 12 rebounds respectively for BHY Tiro Federal in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Union SF: B.Barovero 25+1reb+2ast, P.Tabarez 17+8reb+1ast, F.Podesta 14+6reb+3ast, M.Borsatti 11+1reb+5ast, G.Aliende 7+2reb+3ast, T.Ligorria 6+3ast
BHY Tiro Federal: E.Correa 16+4reb+4ast, P.Lockett 10+12reb+2ast, M.Maximiliano 10+3reb+2ast, D.Brezzo 8+5reb, L.Cecchi 7+4reb, L.Strack 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 544502


Villa Angela - San Isidro 68-79

San Isidro made 20-of-22 charity shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Strangely Villa Angela outrebounded San Isidro 32-19 including 25 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for San Isidro especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Naturalized Italian Juan Kelly (190-88) fired 19 points and 9 assists for the winners. Center Santiago Gonzalez (203-83) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. San Isidro's coach Julian Pagura allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Cesar Avalle (189-85) produced 27 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Nate Carter (200-83, college: Oklahoma) added 14 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
SAN ISIDRO: J.Kelly 19+2reb+9ast, S.Gonzalez 14+11reb, J.Durley 11+4reb+1ast, M.Corzo 8, S.Acevedo 8+3reb+1ast, G.Sciutto 8+5reb+2ast
Villa Angela: C.Avalle 27+6reb+1ast, N.Carter 14+11reb+3ast, A.Zago 7+7reb+1ast, A.Spalla 6+2reb+1ast, M.Cequeira 6+1reb+2ast, M.Garcia 5+4reb
gschID: 544509


Hindu - Independiente BBC 83-70

American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: DTMones) fired 23 points for the winners. Center Pablo Moya (203-83) chipped in 9 points and 10 rebounds. Hindu's coach Jeronimo Trezza used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Center Julian Aprea (209-87) produced 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Juan-Angel Lopez (190-84, agency: DTMones) added 14 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Hindu: K.Jones 23+4reb+1ast, S.Mora 14+1reb+2ast, S.Picton 9+3reb, P.Moya 9+10reb, N.Paletta 8+4reb+4ast, M.Coronel 8+5reb+4ast
Independiente BBC: J.Aprea 22+7reb+4ast, J.Angel Lopez 14+3reb+6ast, M.Vittar 8+3reb+1ast, M.Martinez 8+3reb, V.Hugo Cajal 8+4reb+4ast, B.Ingrata 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 544508





Weber Bahia adds Summers to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Weber Bahia Blanca Basket (LigaA) added to their roster 28-year old American small forward Durrell Summers (193-93kg-89, college: Michigan State). He just played at Olimpo de Bahia Blanca in Argentinian TNA league. In 6 games he recorded very impressive stats: 21.8ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.5spg this season. Summers also played earlier that season for Deportivo Valdivia in Chilean Liga Nacional where in 41 TNA games he averaged remarkable 29.7ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg.
In 2011 he was drafted by Maine Red Claws (D-League) in second round (8th overall).
The former Michigan State staris in his sixth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Chilean Liga Nacional championship title in 2016. Summers was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Chilean Liga Nacional 1st Team in 2016.
He is quite experienced player. Summers' career allowed him to visit four different continents, while he played in seven different countries. Summers tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America, Australia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Australia (Illawarra Hawks), France (SO Maritime Boulogne), Hungary (Kormend and Atomeromu), Israel (Ironi Kiryat Ata), Mexico (Frayles de Guasave and Rayos de Hermosillo), Venezuela (Trotamundos) and D-League (Salt Lake City Stars, Reno Bighorns and Westchester Knicks).
On Summers: Possesses great length and is a true athlete. Summers can get to the basket past anyone, and often goes to the line because of it. In addition to his ability to drive, Summers hits the outside shot with ease and extremely efficient when spotting up or coming off the pick-and-roll. His size and strength make him incredibly hard to defend for smaller defenders, often creating a mismatch opportunity. His quickness and athleticism allow him to move well off the ball, coming around screens and creating space. Defensively his where Summers shines. His lateral quickness, length, and ability to change directions fluidly, while having the fundamentals and effort level to go along with it make Summers a great defender.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Christopher Evans is a newcomer at GECR Indalo - by Eurobasket News

Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia (LigaA) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American swingman Christopher Evans (203-100kg-91, college: Kent State, agency: Diamond Sports). He started the season at Canton Charge (D-League) in the U.S. In 33 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.4apg and 1.9spg this season. Evans ended the last season at Ironi Nahariya (Winner League) in Israel where in only one game he averaged 3 points and 1 rebound. But the most of that year he spent at Hapoel Tel Aviv (Winner League) in Israel. In 9 games he had also remarkable stats: 17.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.2apg and 2.1spg.
Evans has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the MAC Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2012 and 2013). Evans received also Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Co-Newcomer of the Year award back in 2014.
He has played previously professionally in Italy (Lighthouse Conad Trapani and Scafati) and Greece (Aiolos Trikallon).
Evans attended Kent State until 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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)



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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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  AUSTRIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.5 
 2. Miletic, Vienna19.0 
 3. Vay, Arkadia18.9 
 4. Clemmons, Vienna18.1 
 5. Lamesic, Wels18.0 
 6. Stazic, Vienna17.2 
 7. Rados, Klostern.16.9 
 8. McNealy, Oberwart16.3 
 9. Murati, Gmunden15.7 
 10. Jackson, Oberwart15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jozo RADOS
  Klostern.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Rados, Klostern.11.8 
 2. Naylor, UBSC G.10.5 
 3. Vay, Arkadia8.7 
 4. Draskovic, Arkadia8.4 
 5. Lamesic, Wels7.6 
 6. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.6 
 7. Traylor, Oberwart7.2 
 8. Baptiste, Kapfe.6.7 
 9. Gaidys, Gmunden6.2 
 10. Cumberbatch, Oberw.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Danek, Arkadia7.1 
 2. Car, Furstenfeld5.8 
 3. Vujosevic, Kapfe.5.3 
 4. Jackson, Oberwart5.3 
 5. Stazic, Vienna5.0 
 6. Friedrich, Gmunden4.7 
 7. Maresch, UBSC G.4.6 
 8. ONeal, Wels4.5 
 9. Clemmons, Vienna4.5 
 10. Murati, Gmunden3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.7 
 2. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.9 
 3. Clemmons, Vienna1.9 
 4. Miletic, Vienna1.7 
 5. Vujosevic, Kapfe.1.4 
 6. Payton, Wels1.4 
 7. Krivokapic, UBSC G.1.4 
 8. Trmal, Arkadia1.4 
 9. Maresch, UBSC G.1.4 
 10. McNealy, Oberwart1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamari TRAYLOR
  Oberwart
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Traylor, Oberwart1.5 
 2. Rados, Klostern.1.3 
 3. Draskovic, Arkadia1.2 
 4. Chan, Wels1.1 
 5. Kuakumensah, Oberw.0.9 
 6. Koch, Vienna0.9 
 7. Baptiste, Kapfe.0.9 
 8. Steed, Gmunden0.9 
 9. Iliev, Furstenfeld0.8 
 10. Naylor, UBSC G.0.8 



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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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  BELIZE  


NEBL Round 12: Belmopan B. edges Smart Belize H. by two points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 12 in the NEBL took place in Belize City. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 6th ranked Smart Belize H. (4-8) to second ranked Belmopan B. (8-4) 92-90 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-90. Belmopan B. maintains second position with 8-4 record behind leader San Pedro T. Defending champion Smart Belize H. keeps the sixth place with eight games lost.
Important game to mention about took place in Belmopan. Third ranked Cayo Western B. (7-5) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging second-best Belmopan B. (8-4) 74-73 on Friday evening. Cayo Western B. maintains third position with 7-5 record having just two points less than leader San Pedro T., which they share with Dangriga W. Belmopan B. at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost.
Local Orange Walk RR (4-7) beat 6th ranked Smart Belize H. (4-8) 79-72 on Friday night. Orange Walk RR maintains fifth position with 4-7 record. Defending champion Smart Belize H. keeps the sixth place with eight games lost.

In the last game of round 12 Orange Walk RR was defeated by Dangriga W. in a road game 75-70.

Dangriga W. - Orange Walk RR 75-70

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Orange Walk RR's (4-7) road loss to fourth ranked Dangriga W. (7-5) 70-75 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Orange Walk RR won third quarter 25-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dangriga W. moved-up to third place, which they share with Cayo Western B. Loser Orange Walk RR keeps the fifth position with seven games lost.
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Smart Belize H. - Belmopan B. 90-92

The most exciting game of round 12 in the NEBL took place in Belize City. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 6th ranked Smart Belize H. (4-8) to second ranked Belmopan B. (8-4) 92-90 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-90. Belmopan B. maintains second position with 8-4 record behind leader San Pedro T. Defending champion Smart Belize H. keeps the sixth place with eight games lost.
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Belmopan B. - Cayo Western B. 73-74

Important game to mention about took place in Belmopan. Third ranked Cayo Western B. (7-5) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging second-best Belmopan B. (8-4) 74-73 on Friday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-14. But Belmopan B. won second period 14-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cayo Western B. maintains third position with 7-5 record having just two points less than leader San Pedro T., which they share with Dangriga W. Belmopan B. at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost.
gschID: 544981


Orange Walk RR - Smart Belize H. 79-72

Local Orange Walk RR (4-7) beat 6th ranked Smart Belize H. (4-8) 79-72 on Friday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Smart Belize H. won third quarter 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Orange Walk RR maintains fifth position with 4-7 record. Defending champion Smart Belize H. keeps the sixth place with eight games lost.
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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 


Trotamundos sign Murilo Becker, ex Vasco Da G. - by Francisco Vega

Trotamundos de Carabobo (LPB) signed experienced 34-year old Brazilian ex-international power forward Murilo Becker (211-83). He started the season at CR Vasco Da Gama Rio de Janeiro in Brazilian NBB league. In 33 games he had 10.9ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.1apg this season.

The last season Becker played at Paschoalotto/Bauru (also in NBB) where in 23 games he recorded 7.4ppg and 3.9rpg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.

The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Becker was voted Latinbasket.com All-Brazilian League 2nd Team back in 2009 and 2014.

He also played at the South American Championships for Clubs nine years ago.
Becker has played on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally also in Bulgaria (Lukoil Academic Sofia), Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv) and Brazil (Vivo/Franca, Minas, COC Ribeirao and Sao Jose/Vinac).

Becker could be described: Positives: Murilo has great size for a power forward. Plays Center in Brazil and is dominant, although he is not that big. Good rebounder, runs the floor well and is quick for his size. Deals very well with bigger guys. Nice touch on short distance shots and midrange shots. Not a terrible 3pt shooter, although he doesn't shoot that much from the outside.

Negatives: Not that athletic when compared to most NBA power forwards. Does not have good size to be an NBA center, and he isn't athletic enough to guard quicker power forwards. Commits too many fouls and can easily get into foul trouble. Does not have much of a post up game.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CANADA  


ORGANGEVILLE ENDS SEASON WITH 25 POINT WIN OVER MONCTON - by John Gary

COURTESY OURSPORTSCENTRAL.COM Althougth the matchup between the Moncton Miracles and the Orangeville AS kicked off with an exchange of 3 point shots, the first quarter quickly became about physical post play and quick drives to the basket. The Miracles took the early lead and Melvin Johnson was the primary contributor for their offense. His quick first step got him past his assigned matchup and was often laying the ball in without much esistance. The AS WERENT BEHIND FOR LONG HOWEVER AND da Quan Cook was aggressive in the low post. As he got himself settled opportunities from beyond the arc began to open up and the Orangeville as didn't hesitate to take full advantage. Jameson Tipping was particularly on target as the AS FINISHED THE FIRSTquarter with a total five 3 pointers. Once they were on a roll they were a hard team to stop and before long their hot shooting led them to a 39-22 lead to end the quarter. Justin Moss was big in tonights win with 22 points 7 of 10 fg and 8 rebounds.


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  CHILE  


Liga Nacional Round 3 of Finals. CDE Talca record first victory - by Eurobasket News

CDE Talca - Osorno 90-78

CDE Talca knocked down Osorno to cut the deficit in the championship series. The game was mostly controlled by Espanol de Talca. Osorno Basquetbol managed to win fourth quarter 22-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Espanol de Talca made 35-of-42 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Osorno Basquetbol helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Dwight McCombs (203-89, college: Cent.Florida, agency: DTMones) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds. The former international forward Samuel Bravo (194-82) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!). Four Espanol de Talca players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Brandon Robinson (198-89, college: Clayton St.) who recorded 30 points and Nigerian-American center Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Osorno Basquetbol's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
CDE Talca: D.McCombs 19+15reb, S.Bravo 16+5reb+4ast, D.Jones 14+8reb, P.Barraza 13, E.Sepulveda 10+3ast, F.Bravo 9+1reb+5ast
Osorno: B.Robinson 30+2reb+2ast, R.Okosa 15+6reb+2ast, M.Schenoni 10, F.Ibarra 6+3reb, J.Fontena 6+10reb+1ast, R.Munoz 4+2reb+5ast
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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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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Lukas PALYZA
  Prostejov
  (202-F-89)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Palyza, Prostejov19.2 
 2. Burnett, BK Pardu.17.8 
 3. Bohacik, USK Praha17.1 
 4. Ware, MMCITE B.17.0 
 5. Brooks, J.Hradec16.8 
 6. Lipkins, J.Hradec15.8 
 7. Skinner, BK Kolin14.7 
 8. Thompson, Usti n.14.6 
 9. Allen, CEZ Nymburk14.4 
 10. Pecka, Usti n.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Garret KERR
  BK Kolin
  (194-F-92)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Kerr, BK Kolin9.1 
 2. Pecka, Usti n.8.9 
 3. Mickelson, Svitavy7.5 
 4. Ware, MMCITE B.7.3 
 5. Painter, NH Ostrava7.1 
 6. Bohacik, USK Praha6.7 
 7. Simpson, MMCITE B.6.7 
 8. Smith, NH Ostrava6.6 
 9. Fitzpatrick, Prost.6.6 
 10. Kremen, MMCITE B.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Roman MARKO
  Prostejov
  (194-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Marko, Prostejov7.6 
 2. Bannister, Svitavy6.5 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava5.5 
 4. Lawrence, CEZ N.5.3 
 5. Simmons, Prostejov5.3 
 6. Glover, Usti n.4.8 
 7. Kouril, BK Opava4.5 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.4.3 
 9. Guercy, NH Ostrava4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin WARE
  MMCITE B.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ware, MMCITE B.2.4 
 2. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.2.2 
 3. Glover, Usti n.2.1 
 4. Lipkins, J.Hradec2.0 
 5. Sirina, BK Opava2.0 
 6. Smithson, Svitavy1.9 
 7. Canada, NH Ostrava1.9 
 8. Marko, Prostejov1.8 
 9. Kerr, BK Kolin1.8 
 10. Slezak, Svitavy1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan CANTY
  J.Hradec
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Canty, J.Hradec1.7 
 2. Simpson, MMCITE B.1.5 
 3. Mickelson, Svitavy1.4 
 4. Madsen, USK Praha1.3 
 5. Simpson, CEZ N.1.1 
 6. Jelinek, Svitavy0.9 
 7. Pecka, Usti n.0.8 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.0.7 
 9. Roseboro, Svitavy0.6 
 10. Svrdlik, BK Pardu.0.6 


1Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Petr SLECHTA
  Sokol Pisek
  (192-G/F-95)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Slechta, Sokol Pisek25.3 
 2. Peterka, Nymburk 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 


Results and Stats from 1Liga Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Zlin - Loko Plzen 66-77

Loko Plzen upset Zlin on the road to take the lead in the quarterfinal series. BK Loko Plzen dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to SKB Zlin's 28. Naturalized Uruguayan forward Martin Volf (198-80) fired a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. Power forward Jaroslav Kovanda (203-82) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). David Nehoda (193-91) produced 23 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international forward Jaroslav Prasil (200-80, agency: Octagon Europe) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Loko Plzen: M.Volf 26+10reb+1ast, J.Kovanda 18+5reb+4ast, O.Fleischhans 11+3reb+2ast, K.Riha 8+3reb+3ast, J.Lejsek 8+7reb+4ast, M.David 4+3reb+1ast
Zlin: D.Nehoda 23+7reb+6ast, J.Prasil 12+7reb, T.Voslajer 10+6reb+1ast, M.Susak 8+4reb+3ast, M.Jedovnicky 7+3reb+1ast, J.Krutilek 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 544296


Nymburk B - Basket Kosice 86-82

Nymburk topped Basket Kosice in the opener. Worth to mention a great performance of international center Martin Peterka (205-95) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds (on 18-of-22 shooting from the field). Forward Matej Svoboda (200-96) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Nymburk B players scored in double figures. Forward Jan Kratochvil (199-82) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds and guard Marek Burian (196-90) added 18 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Basket Kosice. Basket Kosice's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Nymburk B: M.Peterka 42+15reb, M.Svoboda 12+5reb+2ast, E.Kotasek 12+3reb+2ast, T.Dlugos 11+4reb+3ast, L.Rovensky 5+1reb, M.Kolar 4+4reb+1ast
Basket Kosice: J.Kratochvil 19+9reb+2ast, M.Burian 18+8reb+1ast, D.Adasek 10+2reb+3ast, J.Nekolny 9+3reb+1ast, J.Bohm 9+5reb+1ast, M.Bernath 8+11reb
gschID: 544295


Slavoj Litom. - Olomouc Bbal 74-52

Slavoj Litomirice rallied past Olomouc Bbal for the opening victory in the series. Slavoj BK Litomerice dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Olomouc Bbal's 24. Slavoj BK Litomerice forced 23 Olomouc Bbal turnovers. Center Martin Klimes (203-83, college: Vermont) stepped up and scored 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and point guard Jan Sotnar (185-87) chipped in 10 points and 6 assists. Slavoj BK Litomerice's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Jiri Dedek (190-95) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds and forward Vit Smerda (198-97) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Slavoj Litom.: M.Klimes 16+9reb+2ast, M.Sotnar 10+4reb+1ast, J.Sotnar 10+3reb+6ast, M.Slunecko 9+6reb+1ast, A.Zampach 9+8reb+2ast, M.Bambas 6+4reb+1ast
Olomouc Bbal: J.Dedek 13+8reb+1ast, V.Smerda 11+6reb+1ast, E.Scripcaru 8+7reb, J.Sedmik 7+5reb+5ast, A.Choleva 6+3reb, R.Jurka 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 544294


Sokol H.K. - Sokol Slapanice 102-87

Sokol Hradec Kralove held off Sokol Slapanice for 1-0 lead. Sokol Hradec Kralove outrebounded Sokol Slapanice 32-12 including 21 on the defensive glass. Point guard Petr Andres (179-93) stepped up and scored 21 points and 8 assists for the winners and Samuel Faifr (203-93, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 22 points and 8 rebounds. Sokol Hradec Kralove's coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side swingman Ivo Pavlicik (193-93) responded with 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and point guard Marek Licenik (192-96) scored 12 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Sokol H.K.: S.Faifr 22+8reb, P.Andres 21+3reb+8ast, O.Peterka 20+7reb+1ast, D.Sirek 14+3reb+3ast, T.Kirsbaum 9+1reb+1ast, P.Majerik 6+2reb
Sokol Slapanice: I.Pavlicik 18+1reb, M.Licenik 12+1reb+5ast, M.Vyroubal 11, M.Muller 10+5reb+2ast, J.Rotrekl 7+1reb, R.Hilser 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 544293





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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 Superior Round 8: San Marcos are upset by Thunder - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in San Salvador between third ranked San Marcos (18-9) and fourth ranked Thunder (18-9) on Tuesday night. San Marcos were defeated by Thunder in a tough game on the road 82-88. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of San Marcos. They outrebounded San Marcos 53-39 including a 38-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Thunder made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was Diego Ferrin who had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks. Jorge Leon chipped in 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Aldo Cantor (-99) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Thunder moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated San Marcos. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Santa Tecla was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Thunder (18-9) played at the court of 8th ranked ExSAL ST (6-15). Thunder did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 78-60. Diego Ferrin orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 16 rebounds. Oscar de-Leon contributed with 15 points and 4 steals for the winners. Forward Rafael Rivas (197-98) replied with 12 points and 8 rebounds for ExSAL ST. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Thunder moved-up to third place, which they share with San Marcos. ExSAL ST lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. Thunder will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. ExSAL ST will play on the road against Ausoles (#7) in Ahuachapan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Tenth-ranked Biomedical (3-21) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked ABA (9-15) in Apopa on Tuesday. ABA managed to secure only three-point victory 69-66. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Jonathan Roque who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Carlos Pineda responded with 22 points and 5 assists. ABA maintains sixth position with 9-15 record. Biomedical lost sixth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. ABA will meet higher ranked Chalchuapa (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Biomedical will play against the league's second-placed Marquense (#2) and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in San Marcos. Local San Marcos (18-9) outscored 9th ranked ADB (6-18) 110-55. The winners were led by Leonardo Gomez who scored that evening 29 points and 8 rebounds. San Marcos' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains third position with 18-9 record behind leader Izalco, which they share with Thunder. ADB at the other side keeps the ninth place with 18 games lost. San Marcos will have a break next round. ADB will play at home against Chalchuapa (#5) and hope to win that game.

San Marcos - ADB 110-55

The game with biggest result difference took place in San Marcos. Local San Marcos (18-9) outscored 9th ranked ADB (6-18) 110-55. San Marcos dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to ADB's 36. San Marcos forced 28 ADB turnovers and outrebounded them 64-37 including a 23-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by ADB's players. The winners were led by Leonardo Gomez who scored that evening 29 points and 8 rebounds and Roger Diaz (-99) supported him with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals. Four San Marcos players scored in double figures. San Marcos' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 29 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists by Hector Landaverde (-92) did not help to save the game for ADB. Cesar Canizales (-81) added 16 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Defending champion maintains third position with 18-9 record behind leader Izalco, which they share with Thunder. ADB at the other side keeps the ninth place with 18 games lost. San Marcos will have a break next round. ADB will play at home against Chalchuapa (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
San Marcos: L.Gomez 29+8reb+3ast, F.Escobar 21+4reb+4ast, R.Diaz 19+5reb+10ast, E.Recinos 11+10reb+1ast, U.Artiga 7+9reb, M.Sosa 6+10reb+1ast
ADB: H.Landaverde 29+5reb+7ast, C.Canizales 16+6reb+2ast, M.Gonzalez 6+7reb+3ast, C.Rodriguez 2+3reb, M.Marroquin 2+4reb+2ast, M.Acosta 0
gschID: 544824


Thunder - San Marcos 88-82

The most important game in the last round took place in San Salvador between third ranked San Marcos (18-9) and fourth ranked Thunder (18-9) on Tuesday night. San Marcos were defeated by Thunder in a tough game on the road 82-88. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of San Marcos. They outrebounded San Marcos 53-39 including a 38-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Thunder made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was Diego Ferrin who had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks. Jorge Leon chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Aldo Cantor (-99) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds and Leonardo Gomez added 21 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Five Thunder and four San Marcos players scored in double figures. Thunder moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated San Marcos. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Thunder: D.Ferrin 27+17reb+3ast, S.Diaz 18+8reb, O.de Leon 15+3ast, J.Leon 11+11reb+4ast, M.Aguilera 11+8reb+3ast, M.Cabrera 6+6reb+4ast
San Marcos: L.Gomez 21+4reb+4ast, A.Cantor 20+8reb+3ast, F.Escobar 10+8reb+6ast, R.Diaz 10+1reb+5ast, D.Rodriguez 9+3reb+3ast, V.Artiga 6+9reb+2ast
gschID: 544818


ABA - Biomedical 69-66

Tenth-ranked Biomedical (3-21) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked ABA (9-15) in Apopa on Tuesday. ABA managed to secure only three-point victory 69-66. However their fans expected much easier game. ABA forced 19 Biomedical turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Jonathan Roque who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 8 assists and 4 steals and Jonathan Zometa who added 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. Guard Carlos Pineda (178-92) responded with 22 points and 5 assists and Salvador Bonilla produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. Four Biomedical players scored in double figures. ABA maintains sixth position with 9-15 record. Biomedical lost sixth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. ABA will meet higher ranked Chalchuapa (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Biomedical will play against the league's second-placed Marquense (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
ABA: J.Roque 26+4reb+8ast, J.Zometa 22+6reb+1ast, A.Ojeda 13+7reb+1ast, L.Hernandez 4+3reb+1ast, M.Vasquez 2+4reb+6ast, I.Martinez 2+5reb+1ast
Biomedical: C.Pineda 22+1reb+5ast, J.Castillo 14+2reb+4ast, I.Campos 12+6reb+2ast, S.Bonilla 11+12reb+2ast, J.Soriano 5+6reb, N.Cordero 2+5reb+2ast
gschID: 544821


ExSAL ST - Thunder 60-78

The game in Santa Tecla was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Thunder (18-9) played at the court of 8th ranked ExSAL ST (6-15). Thunder did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 78-60. Diego Ferrin orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 16 rebounds. Oscar de-Leon contributed with 15 points and 4 steals for the winners. Forward Rafael Rivas (197-98) replied with 12 points and 8 rebounds and guard Pedro Rubio (188-93) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for ExSAL ST. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Thunder moved-up to third place, which they share with San Marcos. ExSAL ST lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. Thunder will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. ExSAL ST will play on the road against Ausoles (#7) in Ahuachapan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Thunder: D.Ferrin 25+16reb+3ast, O.de Leon 15+4reb+3ast, E.Gudiel 6+1reb, C.Rivera 6+3reb+3ast, M.Aguilera 6+6reb+2ast, M.Cabrera 6+7reb+2ast
ExSAL ST: J.Villalobos 12+4reb, R.Rivas 12+8reb, P.Rubio 11+6reb, W.Sanchez 7+7reb+1ast, C.Garcia 6+4reb, W.Melendez 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 544827





Marcus Thomas' triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

American Swingman Marcus Thomas (191-G/F-95) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Izalco, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 21-year old player recorded a triple-double of 57 points adding also 15 rebounds and 12 assists, while his team beat Thunder (#3, 18-9) 114-102. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Izalco to consolidate first place in the Salvadorean Liga Superior. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and Izalco keeps a perfect 19-0 record. In the team's last game Thomas had a remarkable seven three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He just recently signed at Izalco, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Rosemont College star has very solid stats this year. Thomas is league's best scorer averaging so far 45.6ppg, leads league in rebounds with 18.6rpg and is league's best passer with 12.2apg. Thomas is in league's top in and averages impressive 3.6spg,60.0% FGP and 43.3% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Anthony Calhoun (207-PF-89) of Ausoles. Calhoun had a very good evening with a double-double of 40 points and 36 rebounds. Of course he led Ausoles to another comfortable win 119-106 over slightly lower-ranked ADB (#9, 6-18) being unquestionably team leader. Ausoles' 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-13 record. Calhoun is one of the most experienced players at Ausoles and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Milton Martinez (88) of San Marcos (#4). Martinez scored 29 points and grabbed twenty one rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of San Marcos, leading his team to a 91-72 easy win against the lower-ranked ExSAL ST (#8, 6-15). San Marcos needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 9 lost games. Martinez has a great season in El Salvador. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.7rpg (4th best). He also has 2.6spg and FGP: 64.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jerome Cheadle (190-G) of Chalchuapa - 30 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Rafael Rivas (197-F-98) of ExSAL ST - 25 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Diego Ferrin) of Thunder - 29 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Hector Landaverde (92) of ADB - 28 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Nestor Cordero (82) of Biomedical - 6 points, 24 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Roger Diaz (99) of San Marcos - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Julio Crespin (184-F-97) of Izalco - 30 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  ESTONIA  


Betoonimeister celebrate Saku I Liiga title - by Eurobasket News

Betoonimeister celebrate Saku I liiga title in Estonia. In the Final game they overcame Tartu Kalev/Estiko 77-74 in overtime. In a thrilling game where both teams deserved the title of the League, Betoonimeister needed a final 9-6 push to seal the victory.
Martin Rausberg (195-F-88) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Heigo Erm (196-F-80) added 13. Andres Zoober (189-G-84) ended up with 12, whilst Mirko Laanisto (199-SF-96) had 10. Artur Liiv (200-C/F-89) finished the game with 19 points and 11 boards, while Timo Oja (186-SG-87) brought 14.



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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Antwan SCOTT
  KTP Basket
  (188-G-92)
  Avg: 22
 1. Scott, KTP Basket22.0 
 2. Jones, Lapua21.5 
 3. Gay, KTP Basket19.2 
 4. Pledger, Kouvot19.1 
 5. Brown, Kataja B.17.8 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki17.7 
 7. Bryant, Kataja B.17.0 
 8. Morris, Lapua16.8 
 9. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.0 
 10. Bullock, Pyrinto15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Van, Korihait10.5 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot9.5 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket8.7 
 5. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.4 
 6. Williams, Lapua7.9 
 7. Bullock, Pyrinto7.6 
 8. Nelson, Pyrinto7.6 
 9. Williams, Salon V.7.5 
 10. Edwards, Salon Vilpas7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Antto NIKKARINEN
  Helsinki.
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.2 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket6.7 
 3. Rannikko, Kataja B.6.1 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.7 
 5. Jalonen, Korihait4.4 
 6. Williams, Lapua4.2 
 7. Edwards, Lapua4.1 
 8. Appleby, Kouvot4.1 
 9. Staten, Salon Vilpas4.1 
 10. Minard, Pyrinto3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel MULLINGS
  Kataja B.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Mullings, Kataja B.2.3 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket2.2 
 3. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 4. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.8 
 5. Minard, Pyrinto1.7 
 6. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 7. Scott, KTP Basket1.6 
 8. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.5 
 9. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.4 
 10. Gay, KTP Basket1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  KTP Basket
  (201-F/C-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gay, KTP Basket1.9 
 2. Bristol, Kataja B.1.8 
 3. Van, Korihait1.1 
 4. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 5. Bailey, KTP Basket0.9 
 6. Coleman, Salon Vilpas0.9 
 7. Barrett, BC Nokia0.9 
 8. Huolila, Kataja B.0.9 
 9. Nelson, Pyrinto0.8 
 10. Edwards, Salon Vilpas0.8 


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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  FRANCE  


Nanterre capture Cup title - by Eurobasket News

Nanterre - Le Mans 96:79

Nanterre celebrated the French Cup title. They knocked down Le Mans in the Final tonight. Chris Warren (178-PG-88, college: Mississippi) produced 26 points to lead the winners.
Nanterre eked out a 23:19 lead ten minutes into the game. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. Nanterre established a 47:40 halftime advantage. They did not loosen the grip in the third quarter. Nanterre boosted the margin at 14-point mark heading into the fourth period. They unloaded 26 points in the final quarter and rallied to a comfortable victory at the end. Heiko Schaffartzik (183-PG-84) delivered 24 points, while Hugo Invernizzi (196-SF-93, agency: BeoBasket) tossed in 13 points in the win. Pape-Philippe Amagou (186-G-85, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 15 points for Le Mans. Giordan Watson (178-PG-85, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: BeoBasket) had 12 points in the loss.

Nanterre: Chris Warren 26, Heiko Schaffartzik 24, Hugo Invernizzi 13
Le Mans: Pape-Philippe Amagou 15, Giordan Watson 12



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  FYR MACEDONIA  

Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Danilo MIJATOVIC
  Kuman.
  (206-F/C-83)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Mijatovic, Kuman.18.9 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv18.8 
 3. Tasovski, Rabotnicki16.4 
 4. Jokic, Strumica16.3 
 5. Hawkins, Pelister.16.3 
 6. Mijovic, Kozuv15.4 
 7. Ibitayo, Vardar15.3 
 8. Cekovski, Rabotnicki13.6 
 9. Nikolovski, Feni I.13.3 
 10. Andrejevic, Pelister.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milivoje MIJOVIC
  Kozuv
  (200-PF-91)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Mijovic, Kozuv10.6 
 2. Vasilic, Ohrid AV9.1 
 3. Andrejevic, Pelister.8.0 
 4. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.6 
 5. Golubovic, Pelister.6.3 
 6. Misanovic, Rabotnicki6.3 
 7. Ibitayo, Vardar6.1 
 8. Janevski, Kumanovo6.0 
 9. Mihajlovski, Ohrid A.5.8 
 10. Mijatovic, Kuman.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Vlado ILIEVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (188-PG-80)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Ilievski, Rabotnicki6.4 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv5.3 
 3. Mirakovski, Rabot.5.3 
 4. Bogoev, Strumica5.1 
 5. Karadzovski, Kuman.4.4 
 6. Hall, Kozuv4.3 
 7. Hawkins, Pelister.4.2 
 8. Magdevski, Feni I.3.7 
 9. Stajic, Feni I.3.6 
 10. Petrovski, Feni I.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Deji IBITAYO
  Vardar
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ibitayo, Vardar2.5 
 2. Jokic, Strumica1.4 
 3. Makenadziev, Strum.1.4 
 4. Robev, Vardar1.3 
 5. Stajic, Feni I.1.3 
 6. Ilievski, Rabotnicki1.3 
 7. Brown, Kumanovo1.3 
 8. Mijatovic, Kuman.1.2 
 9. Milojevic, Ohrid A.1.1 
 10. Nikolic, Rabotnicki1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  Rabotnicki
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Misanovic, Rabotnicki1.3 
 2. Krstevski, Kozuv1.0 
 3. Ibitayo, Vardar0.8 
 4. Pekovic, Kumanovo0.7 
 5. Mijatovic, Kuman.0.6 
 6. Zekjiri, Vardar0.6 
 7. Maslinko, Rabotnicki0.6 
 8. Vasilic, Ohrid AV0.5 
 9. Djekic, Feni I.0.5 
 10. Sharabidze, Feni I.0.5 


Prva Liga Round 8 (Second Stage): MZT Skopje lose their first game against Rabotnicki - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated MZT Skopje (7-1) on the court of third ranked Rabotnicki on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Rabotnicki 78-70. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of MZT Skopje. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But MZT Skopje won third quarter 27-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rabotnicki looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by MZT Skopje's players. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Vlado Ilievski (188-80, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 9 assists and the former international forward Dime Tasovski (200-80) who added 17 points and 5 assists during the contest. Surinamese-Dutch guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 20 points. Rabotnicki maintains third position with 5-3 record having just two points less than leader Strumica. Defending champion MZT Skopje still keeps top place with one game lost. Rabotnicki are looking forward to face Kozuv (#5) in Gevgelija in the next round. MZT Skopje's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Karpos Sokoli.
The game in Kavadarci was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Kozuv (2-6) played at the court of sixth ranked Feni Industries (2-6). Feni Industries defeated Kozuv 79-69. The winners were led by point guard Boban Stajic (185-93) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and Jane Petrovski supported him with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds by international power forward Bojan Krstevski (206-89, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Kozuv. Feni Industries moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Kumanovo and Kozuv. Feni Industries will play against Kumanovo (#6) on the road in the next round. Kozuv will play against Rabotnicki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Second ranked Karpos Sokoli (6-2) crushed at home 5th ranked Kumanovo (2-6) by 25 points 100-75, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was Darko Sokolov who scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Karpos Sokoli's coach Dragan Nikolic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Yonel Brown produced 10 points and 6 assists for the guests. Karpos Sokoli maintains second position with 6-2 record behind leader Strumica. Kumanovo at the other side dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with Feni Industries and Kozuv. Karpos Sokoli's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena MZT Skopje.

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Feni Industries - Kozuv 79-69

The game in Kavadarci was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Kozuv (2-6) played at the court of sixth ranked Feni Industries (2-6). Feni Industries defeated Kozuv 79-69. The game was mostly controlled by Feni Industries. Kozuv was better in second period 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Kozuv 46-35 including 33 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by point guard Boban Stajic (185-93) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and point guard Jane Petrovski (181-87) supported him with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds by international power forward Bojan Krstevski (206-89, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Kozuv. Serbian Milivoje Mijovic (200-91) added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Feni Industries moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Kumanovo and Kozuv. Feni Industries will play against Kumanovo (#6) on the road in the next round. Kozuv will play against Rabotnicki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Feni Industries: B.Stajic 22+11reb+4ast, J.Petrovski 16+6reb+4ast, G.Sharabidze 11+8reb, P.Pajic 9+4reb+1ast, K.Nikolovski 9+8reb+3ast, G.Markovski 6+6reb
Kozuv: B.Krstevski 24+10reb, M.Mijovic 12+10reb+2ast, A.Shterjov 9+3reb, A.Apostolov 8+1reb+1ast, D.Nacevski 8+1reb+1ast, L.Hall 6+3reb+10ast
gschID: 539663


Karpos Sokoli - Kumanovo 100-75

Second ranked Karpos Sokoli (6-2) crushed at home 5th ranked Kumanovo (2-6) by 25 points 100-75, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The game without a history. Karpos Sokoli led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Karpos Sokoli forced 19 Kumanovo turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Darko Sokolov (189-86) who scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Karpos Sokoli's coach Dragan Nikolic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Yonel Brown (175-94, college: Kennesaw St., agency: BeoExcell) produced 10 points and 6 assists and the former international guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 15 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Five Karpos Sokoli and four Kumanovo players scored in double figures. Karpos Sokoli maintains second position with 6-2 record behind leader Strumica. Kumanovo at the other side dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with Feni Industries and Kozuv. Karpos Sokoli's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena MZT Skopje.
Top scorers:
Karpos Sokoli: D.Sokolov 18+6reb+6ast, D.Zekovic 13+6reb+2ast, D.Labovic 13+8reb+1ast, D.Mavra 11+2reb+2ast, K.Perry 11+3reb+7ast, B.Trajkovski 9+3reb+1ast
Kumanovo: D.Karadzovski 15+3reb+2ast, N.Karakolev 12+4reb+3ast, M.Janevski 10+5reb+4ast, Y.Brown 10+4reb+6ast, M.Pekovic 9+6reb, S.Zivanovic 8+3reb
gschID: 539664


Rabotnicki - MZT Skopje 78-70

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated MZT Skopje (7-1) on the court of third ranked Rabotnicki on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Rabotnicki 78-70. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of MZT Skopje. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But MZT Skopje won third quarter 27-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rabotnicki looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by MZT Skopje's players. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Vlado Ilievski (188-80, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 9 assists and the former international forward Dime Tasovski (200-80) who added 17 points and 5 assists during the contest. Four Rabotnicki players scored in double figures. Surinamese-Dutch guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 20 points and Croatian center Jure Lalic (211-86) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Rabotnicki maintains third position with 5-3 record having just two points less than leader Strumica. Defending champion MZT Skopje still keeps top place with one game lost. Rabotnicki are looking forward to face Kozuv (#5) in Gevgelija in the next round. MZT Skopje's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Karpos Sokoli.
Top scorers:
Rabotnicki: G.Cekovski 19+2reb+1ast, D.Tasovski 17+4reb+5ast, N.Misanovic 15+10reb, V.Ilievski 15+3reb+9ast, P.Nikolic 6+1ast, A.Maslinko 3+3reb
MZT Skopje: C.Kloof 20+4reb+2ast, J.Lalic 11+10reb+1ast, M.Simonovski 9+1reb, L.Mladenovski 8+5reb, D.Drenovac 8+9reb+1ast, D.Mijatovic 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 539665





Pekovic's 22 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

33-year old swingman Miladin Pekovic (197-G/F-83, agency: BeoExcell) put on an amazing game in the last round for Kumanovo and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7 (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 22 points adding seven rebounds and five assists for Kumanovo in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Rabotnicki (#3, 4-3) 79-77. Kumanovo maintains the 5th position in FYR Macedonian league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 5 games and recorded just two victories. It was one of impressive evenings for Pekovic as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Miladin Pekovic averages this season 11.2ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Igor Ivanovic (93) of Vardar. He is a in his first season at Vardar. In the last game Ivanovic recorded impressive 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Vardar cruised to a 86-78 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Ohrid AV (#8, 3-3). Vardar's 10th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-4 record. Ivanovic is a newcomer at Vardar and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Luka Milojevic (193-G-91) of Places 7-10 second-best Ohrid AV. Milojevic scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Milojevic's great performance Ohrid AV lost 78-86 to the lower-ranked Vardar (#10, 2-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Ohrid AV needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Milojevic has a very solid season. In 18 games in FYR Macedonia he scored 10.4ppg. He also has 4.1rpg and FGP: 52.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Devin Brooks (186-G-92) of Ohrid AV - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Deji Ibitayo (193-G-93) of Vardar - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Milivoje Mijovic (200-PF-91) of Kozuv - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Vladimir Brckov (200-F-89) of Strumica - 19 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Dimitar Mirakovski (177-PG-81) of Rabotnicki - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists
9. Phil Hawkins (186-PG-90) of Pelister Bitola - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Kendrick Perry (183-PG-92) of Karpos Sokoli - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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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, Olimpi16.3 
 6. Jintcharadze, Bat.16.2 
 7. Berishvili, Dinamo T.15.1 
 8. Florveus, Cactus T.14.7 
 9. Burnette, Olimpi14.4 
 10. Lezhava, Batumi14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FLORVEUS
  Cactus T.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Florveus, Cactus T.12.6 
 2. Pelcher, Batumi10.9 
 3. Atuashvili, Rustavi9.3 
 4. Spagnolo, Rustavi8.9 
 5. Burnette, Olimpi8.7 
 6. Bridgeman, Cactus T.8.2 
 7. Tishchenko, Sokhu.7.6 
 8. Bekauri, Kutaisi7.5 
 9. Murphy, Mgzavrebi7.5 
 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, Olimpi4.4 
 5. Rogava, Olimpi4.2 
 6. Lezhava, Batumi4.2 
 7. Chikviladze, Cactus T.4.0 
 8. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.3.9 
 9. Berishvili, Dinamo T.3.8 
 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. Lathan, Sokhumi1.8 
 7. Baqradze, Olimpi1.7 
 8. Jgerenaia, Sokhumi1.5 
 9. Chikviladze, Cactus T.1.5 
 10. Shemosiuk, Batumi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Beka BEKAURI
  Kutaisi
  (207-PF-91)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Bekauri, Kutaisi1.7 
 2. Florveus, Cactus T.1.7 
 3. Atuashvili, Rustavi1.6 
 4. Bridgeman, Cactus T.1.5 
 5. Jgerenaia, Sokhumi1.2 
 6. Pelcher, Batumi1.2 
 7. Tubak, Kutaisi1.2 
 8. Rychlyuk, Sokhumi1.1 
 9. Maravic, Dinamo T.1.0 
 10. Murphy, Mgzavrebi1.0 


Superleague Round 27: Cactus Tbilisi beats Olimpi by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

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

Sixth-ranked Olimpi (9-17) was very close to win a game against fourth ranked Cactus Tbilisi (13-14) on Saturday. Cactus Tbilisi managed to secure only three-point victory 82-79. However their fans expected easier game. Olimpi was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Cactus Tbilisi forced 23 Olimpi turnovers. It was a good game for American center John Florveus (211-90, college: Georgia) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 6 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The former international swingman Beqa Chikviladze (196-91) contributed with 13 points and 6 assists for the winners. American guard Tre Burnette (196, college: S.Dakota) answered with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks for Olimpi. Olimpi's coach Leonid Ivatin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cactus Tbilisi have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Rustavi. Olimpi at the other side keeps the sixth position with 17 games lost. Cactus Tbilisi is looking forward to face Energy Invest (#3) in Rustavi in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Olimpi will play at home against Batumi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Dinamo Tbilisi (24-3) which played road game in Rustavi against 3rd placed Energy Invest (13-14). First ranked Dinamo Tbilisi had an easy win 96-71. It was a great evening for Serbian center Nikola Maravic (212-89, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Mikheil Tchotchua helped adding 18 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was American forward Maurice Lewis-Briggs (203-90, college: Slippery Rock, agency: Mansfield and Associates) with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 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. Dinamo Tbilisi maintains first place with 24-3 record. Energy Invest lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the third position with 14 games lost. They share it with Cactus Tbilisi. Dinamo Tbilisi will play against league's second-placed Kutaisi at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Energy Invest will play against Cactus Tbilisi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Batumi was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Sokhumi (11-16) played at the court of 7th ranked Batumi (9-18). Sokhumi managed to secure a 6-point victory 83-77 on Friday. It was an exceptional evening for Dwayne Lathan who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Sokhumi's coach Nugzar Cheishvili used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kakhaber Jintcharadze came up with 18 points and 5 rebounds for Batumi in the defeat. Sokhumi maintains fifth place with 11-16 record. Loser Batumi keeps the seventh position with 18 games lost. They share it with Mgzavrebi. Sokhumi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Mgzavrebi.

In the last game of round 27 bottom-ranked Mgzavrebi was beaten by Kutaisi on the road 87-72.

Rustavi - Dinamo Tbilisi 71-96

An interesting game for Dinamo Tbilisi (24-3) which played road game in Rustavi against 3rd placed Energy Invest (13-14). First ranked Dinamo Tbilisi had an easy win 96-71. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Dinamo Tbilisi's pressure prevailed and they won that period 30-12 extending their advantage to 25 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Energy Invest's 28. Dinamo Tbilisi players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. It was a great evening for Serbian center Nikola Maravic (212-89, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international Mikheil Tchotchua (193-87, agency: Octagon Europe) helped adding 18 points and 4 assists. Five Dinamo Tbilisi players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Maurice Lewis-Briggs (203-90, college: Slippery Rock, agency: Mansfield and Associates) with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import guard Casey Kasperbauer (185, college: S.Dakota) scored 13 points and 5 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. Dinamo Tbilisi maintains first place with 24-3 record. Energy Invest lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the third position with 14 games lost. They share it with Cactus Tbilisi. Dinamo Tbilisi will play against league's second-placed Kutaisi at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Energy Invest will play against Cactus Tbilisi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rustavi: R.Chachanidze 18+2ast, C.Kasperbauer 13+5reb+2ast, M.Lewis-Briggs 10+6reb+5ast, S.Atuashvili 8+12reb, G.Gogoberishvili 8+2reb+6ast, L.Khmelidze 7+1reb
Dinamo Tbilisi: M.Berishvili 19+4reb+1ast, M.Tchotchua 18+3reb+4ast, N.Maravic 16+12reb+5ast, D.Vaughn 16+1reb+5ast, I.Londaridze 12+2reb+3ast, Z.Machaladze 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 540361


Cactus Tbilisi - Olimpi 82-79

Sixth-ranked Olimpi (9-17) was very close to win a game against fourth ranked Cactus Tbilisi (13-14) on Saturday. Cactus Tbilisi managed to secure only three-point victory 82-79. However their fans expected easier game. Olimpi was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Cactus Tbilisi forced 23 Olimpi turnovers. It was a good game for American center John Florveus (211-90, college: Georgia) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 6 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The former international swingman Beqa Chikviladze (196-91) contributed with 13 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Cactus Tbilisi players scored in double figures. American guard Tre Burnette (196, college: S.Dakota) answered with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks and the former international guard Revaz Rogava (191-93) added 19 points and 9 assists in the effort for Olimpi. Olimpi's coach Leonid Ivatin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cactus Tbilisi have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Rustavi. Olimpi at the other side keeps the sixth position with 17 games lost. Cactus Tbilisi is looking forward to face Energy Invest (#3) in Rustavi in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Olimpi will play at home against Batumi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Olimpi: W.Pitchford 21+7reb, T.Burnette 19+8reb+2ast, R.Rogava 19+1reb+9ast, N.Schlitzer 7+3reb+1ast, L.Maskhulia 6+7reb+1ast, G.Baqradze 3+4reb+2ast
Cactus Tbilisi: J.Florveus 19+6reb+1ast, T.Bridgeman 14+4reb, B.Chikviladze 13+4reb+6ast, I.Chlaidze 12+3reb+3ast, D.Lomidze 8+3reb+1ast, V.Baakashvili 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 540360


Kutaisi - Mgzavrebi 87-72

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Kutaisi (19-7) beat at home bottom-ranked Mgzavrebi (9-18) 87-72 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Kutaisi. Mgzavrebi managed to win second period 27-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Mgzavrebi to just 7 points in first quarter. Kutaisi forced 24 Mgzavrebi turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was an exceptional evening for international point guard Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-86) who led the winners and scored 11 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Serbian center Dragan Tubak (216-87, agency: HMS) accounted for 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Five Kutaisi players scored in double figures. Kutaisi's coach Kote Tugushi used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Corey Allen (185-92, college: S.Florida) came up with 26 points and 5 rebounds and the former international point guard Otar Pkhakadze (188-93, college: Simpson, CA) added 9 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals respectively for Mgzavrebi in the defeat. Defending champion maintains second place with 19-7 record having six points less than leader Dinamo Tbilisi. Loser Mgzavrebi stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. They share it with Batumi. Kutaisi will meet league's leader Dinamo Tbilisi on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mgzavrebi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Sokhumi.
Top scorers:
Mgzavrebi: C.Allen 26+5reb+1ast, O.Pkhakadze 9+6reb+5ast, A.Lominashvili 9+1reb, R.Murphy 8+6reb+1ast, D.Taylor 7+6reb+3ast, G.Qavtaradze 7+1reb+1ast
Kutaisi: B.Bekauri 13+5reb, D.Tubak 12+5reb+1ast, Z.Pashaev 12+2reb+2ast, G.Tsintsadze 11+8reb+7ast, V.Kadaria 11+4reb+2ast, L.Tsekvava 9+1reb
gschID: 540359


Batumi - Sokhumi 77-83

The game in Batumi was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Sokhumi (11-16) played at the court of 7th ranked Batumi (9-18). Sokhumi managed to secure a 6-point victory 83-77 on Friday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Batumi won third quarter 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Dwayne Lathan (190-89, college: Indiana St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import point guard Rob Woodson (180, college: Grand Valley St., agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) accounted for 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Sokhumi's coach Nugzar Cheishvili used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International Kakhaber Jintcharadze (195-93) came up with 18 points and 5 rebounds and international Besik Lezhava (192-86, agency: Octagon Europe) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for Batumi in the defeat. Four Sokhumi and five Batumi players scored in double figures. Sokhumi maintains fifth place with 11-16 record. Loser Batumi keeps the seventh position with 18 games lost. They share it with Mgzavrebi. Sokhumi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Mgzavrebi.
Top scorers:
Batumi: K.Jintcharadze 18+5reb+3ast, I.Shemosiuk 17+3reb+3ast, I.Maisuradze 15+4reb+1ast, B.Lezhava 13+5reb+7ast, I.Krivtsov 10+8reb+3ast, N.Tenieshvili 2+3reb+2ast
Sokhumi: D.Lathan 28+11reb+4ast, O.Buliava 18+3reb+1ast, R.Woodson 17+11reb+4ast, G.Jgerenaia 10+6reb+1ast, G.Kvetenadze 5+2reb, D.Barbakadze 3+2ast
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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.



Chris Miller Moves To The Giessen Pointers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After destroying the German Regionaliga 2 with Bensheim as a rookie, Christopher Miller (192-F/G-93, college: Salem Intern.) will attempt to continue with his superb play and rule in the Regionaliga as he will play for the Giessen Pointers next season. Miller is a 23 year old 193cm guardf rom Brooklyn, New York who had an amazing first season in Europe. When looking at his stats one could say that he was a man playing among kids. He averaged 24.1 Points 7,0 Rebounds, 4,0 Assists and 2.2 Steals Per Game. He averaged 30.2 pointsin the last 11 Games and his single game high was 49 Points. Only a week ago, he was interviewed by Eurobasket that will be published in the next days and he was quick to point out that his goal was to keep moving up the ranks and has done so now moving to the Giessen Pointers. "I work hard on my craft day in and day out . I dedicate everything I have to this. I do not worry about competition, I worry about being the best player I can be. I know I can be successful at higher levels and I believe I will get the chance to prove it", stressed Christopher Miller.Before coming to Europe, he got semi-pro league experience in the states with the jamestown jackals. He played college ball at Salem international University and graduated in 2015.

Source:Giessen Pointers




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  GREECE  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos16.3 
 2. Cummings, Aris14.7 
 3. Barlow, Trikalla14.0 
 4. Starks, Koroivos13.6 
 5. Hall, Koroivos13.4 
 6. Gotcher, Koroivos12.9 
 7. Fitzpatrick, AGOR12.9 
 8. Lojeski, Olympiacos12.6 
 9. Robert, AGOR12.6 
 10. Punter, Lavrio12.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keith CLANTON
  PAOK
  (205-C/F-90)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Clanton, PAOK9.3 
 2. Biruta, Trikalla7.0 
 3. Evans, Lavrio6.9 
 4. Hall, Koroivos6.7 
 5. Fitzpatrick, AGOR6.7 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.6.3 
 7. Toutziarakis, Kymis6.2 
 8. Faye, Promitheas6.1 
 9. Vasilopoulos, Kolossos.6.0 
 10. Gotcher, Koroivos5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos7.3 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.5.6 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympiacos5.4 
 4. Starks, Koroivos4.9 
 5. Talton, AGOR4.3 
 6. Scott, Doxa L.4.1 
 7. Nixon, Lavrio4.0 
 8. Hall, Kolossos HH4.0 
 9. El-Amin, Kymis3.9 
 10. Ukic, AEK Athens3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Shannon SCOTT
  Doxa L.
  (186-PG-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Scott, Doxa L.2.0 
 2. Hickey, Apollon .1.9 
 3. Brown, Koroivos1.8 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Aris1.7 
 5. Releford, Kolossos.1.6 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.1.6 
 7. Gotcher, Koroivos1.6 
 8. Jones, Promitheas1.4 
 9. Moore, Promitheas1.4 
 10. Barlow, Trikalla1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jito KOK
  Lavrio
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kok, Lavrio1.5 
 2. Clanton, PAOK1.1 
 3. Raines, Apollon .1.1 
 4. Kravic, AGOR1.0 
 5. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 6. Milutinov, Olympiacos1.0 
 7. Orton, Kymis1.0 
 8. Reddic, Kolossos HH0.9 
 9. Kavvadas, Aris0.9 
 10. Fitzpatrick, AGOR0.9 


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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  HUNGARY  

A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andrija BOJIC
  Jaszberenyi
  (207-PF-93)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Bojic, Jaszberenyi21.3 
 2. Govens, Falco KC20.5 
 3. Kromah, Kormend20.2 
 4. Lilov, Szedeak19.3 
 5. Vojvoda, Szolnok18.3 
 6. Frazier, Kaposvari18.0 
 7. Pacher, Vasas17.7 
 8. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.5 
 9. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.16.9 
 10. Sejfic, PVSK P.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu8.7 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.4 
 3. Szabo, ZTE K.8.3 
 4. Sihota, MAFC8.2 
 5. Sejfic, PVSK P.7.9 
 6. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 7. Pacher, Vasas7.9 
 8. Watkins, Atomeromu7.7 
 9. Drungilas, ZTE K.7.5 
 10. Ivosev, KTE-Duna7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.3 
 2. Boltic, Szedeak8.1 
 3. Taylor, Vasas7.7 
 4. Battle, Atomeromu7.7 
 5. Petty, Kormend6.2 
 6. Govens, Falco KC6.1 
 7. Nelson, PVSK P.6.1 
 8. Smith, MAFC6.0 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC5.9 
 10. Wisseh, Kaposvari5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC2.6 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.2 
 3. Boltic, Szedeak2.1 
 4. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.2.0 
 5. Petty, Kormend2.0 
 6. Kromah, Kormend2.0 
 7. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.9 
 8. Smith, MAFC1.9 
 9. Frazier, Kaposvari1.9 
 10. Smith-Jr, Kormend1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.1 
 2. Juhos, Szedeak0.8 
 3. Wright, Vasas0.8 
 4. Keller, Alba0.8 
 5. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 6. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.8 
 7. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.8 
 8. Simms, Kaposvari0.7 
 9. Benke, ZTE K.0.7 
 10. Andric, Szolnok0.6 


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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  ICELAND  

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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  INDONESIA  

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. Jacobs, NSH G.5.5 
 3. Wuysang, CLS K.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.4.2 
 9. Corbin, Bima P.3.9 
 10. Jewell, Satria Muda3.8 
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 Muda2.2 
 5. Wisnu, Satria Muda2.0 
 6. Hardianus, Satria M.1.8 
 7. Barfield, NSH G.1.8 
 8. White, Pelita Jaya1.6 
 9. Joni, Hang Tuah1.6 
 10. Dhyaksa, Aspac1.6 
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. Sitepu, Satria M.1.2 
 6. White, Pelita Jaya1.1 
 7. Nugroho, CLS K.1.0 
 8. Seagers, Pacific .0.9 
 9. Smith, Satria Muda0.8 
 10. Thoyib, CLS Knights0.8 



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  IRAN  


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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  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 Gilboa16.5 
 8. Holloway, Galil G.16.3 
 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.9.9 
 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. Williams, Hapoel T.6.9 
 10. Bowman, Maccabi .6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Maccabi .
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Vargas, Maccabi .6.8 
 2. Henry, Hapoel Eilat6.1 
 3. Kitchen, Ironi N.5.9 
 4. Blatt, Hapoel T-A5.6 
 5. Mekel, Maccabi T-A5.2 
 6. Taylor, Hapoel Holon4.9 
 7. Lyons, Hapoel T-A4.7 
 8. Ewing, Maccabi .4.5 
 9. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .4.5 
 10. Limonad, Hapoel T.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Joaquin SHUCHMAN
  Galil G.
  (191-G-95)
  Avg: 2
 1. Shuchman, Galil G.2.0 
 2. Carter, Maccabi .1.9 
 3. Vargas, Maccabi .1.8 
 4. Kinsey, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 5. DiBartolomeo, Maccabi .1.8 
 6. Taylor, Maccabi .1.7 
 7. Kitchen, Ironi N.1.7 
 8. Howell, Hapoel T-A1.7 
 9. Henry, Hapoel Eilat1.7 
 10. Dennis, Bnei H.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. McCrea, Maccabi .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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  ITALY  

Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Adam SMITH
  Roseto
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Smith, Roseto24.9 
 2. Davis, Jesi24.1 
 3. Golden, Chieti21.5 
 4. Ferguson, Angelico.20.4 
 5. Sims, Rieti20.2 
 6. Bowers, Bondi F.20.0 
 7. Legion, Viola RC20.0 
 8. Brown, Roma Virtus19.9 
 9. Harrell, Mens S.19.3 
 10. Raffa, Roma Virtus19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HALL
  Angelico Biella
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Hall, Angelico Biella13.1 
 2. Reynolds, Recanati12.2 
 3. Radic, Viola RC11.4 
 4. Smith, Ravenna9.6 
 5. Mosley, Legnano9.4 
 6. Mortellaro, Chieti9.4 
 7. Easley, Eurobask.9.2 
 8. Poletti, Latina B.9.1 
 9. Perry, Treviso .9.1 
 10. Jones, Piacenza9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Yuval NAIMY
  Scafati
  (188-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Naimy, Scafati7.5 
 2. Moreno, Bondi F.6.2 
 3. Bowers, Jesi6.1 
 4. Fantinelli, Treviso .5.7 
 5. Piazza, Agrigento5.3 
 6. Deloach, Eurobask.5.0 
 7. Zanelli, Rieti4.6 
 8. Roderick, Bondi F.4.5 
 9. Ferguson, Angelico.4.5 
 10. Fultz, Roseto4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Javonte GREEN
  Alma T.
  (193-F-93)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Green, Alma T.2.7 
 2. Spissu, Virtus B.2.1 
 3. Hasbrouck, Piacenza2.0 
 4. Brown, Roma Virtus2.0 
 5. Bowers, Jesi1.9 
 6. Okoye, Udine APU1.8 
 7. Smith, Ravenna1.8 
 8. Fanti, Eurobask.1.8 
 9. Legion, Viola RC1.7 
 10. Crockett, Unieuro .1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Taylor SMITH
  Ravenna
  (199-F/C-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Smith, Ravenna2.7 
 2. Mosley, Legnano2.1 
 3. Pellegrino, Bondi F.1.8 
 4. Reynolds, Recanati1.7 
 5. Ancellotti, Treviso .1.5 
 6. Bowers, Bondi F.1.4 
 7. Parks, Alma T.1.3 
 8. Buford, Agrigento1.1 
 9. Daniels, Mantova1.0 
 10. Easley, Eurobask.1.0 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Simone PEPE
  Pescara
  (184-G-93)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Pepe, Pescara21.2 
 2. Maggiotto, Senigallia20.2 
 3. Bagnoli, Cassino20.0 
 4. Centanni, Volpino .19.6 
 5. Grilli, Barcellona18.4 
 6. Bolzonella, Varese R.18.3 
 7. Boffelli, Scauri18.2 
 8. Zampolli, Matera18.0 
 9. Ghersetti, Bergamo17.7 
 10. Bonfiglio, Piombino17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone BAGNOLI
  Cassino
  (205-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11
 1. Bagnoli, Cassino11.0 
 2. Ravazzini, Matera10.5 
 3. Bozzetto, Crema10.4 
 4. Zanotti, Monteroni10.3 
 5. Toscano, Bottegone10.2 
 6. Chiacig, Taranto10.1 
 7. Di-Donato, Pescara9.2 
 8. Arrigoni, Omegna9.1 
 9. Beretta, Roma L.8.9 
 10. Di-Carmine, Ortona8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Matias DI MARCO
  San S.
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Di-Marco, San S.7.4 
 2. Svoboda, Desio6.8 
 3. Losi, Cefalu6.0 
 4. Salari, Isernia5.5 
 5. Sanguinetti, Piacenza5.4 
 6. Bruni, Cecina5.3 
 7. Maggio, Napoli Cuore5.2 
 8. Bottioni, Campli5.0 
 9. Magini, Firenze Enic4.9 
 10. Rivali, Montegrano4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ferdinando NASELLO
  Siena Virtus
  (194-G-95)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Nasello, Siena Virtus2.5 
 2. Realini, Domodossola2.2 
 3. Demartini, Vicenza2.2 
 4. Chiappelli, Reggio E.2.2 
 5. Stefanelli, San M.2.1 
 6. Ricci, Giulianova1.9 
 7. Gasparin, Omegna1.9 
 8. Busco, Patti1.9 
 9. Toscano, Bottegone1.8 
 10. Maggio, Napoli Cuore1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Pescara
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Capitanelli, Pescara1.2 
 2. Corral, Omegna1.2 
 3. Galmarini, Firenze .1.1 
 4. Zanotti, Monteroni1.1 
 5. Laguzzi, Sestu1.0 
 6. Lucarelli, Firenze .1.0 
 7. Ferrara, Padova1.0 
 8. Antonelli, Bisceglie0.9 
 9. Mastroianni, Napoli C.0.9 
 10. Chiacig, Taranto0.9 



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  JAPAN  

Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 27.6
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba BT27.6 
 2. Gardner, Niigata .21.9 
 3. Chapman, Niigata .19.2 
 4. Mavunga, Shiga L.19.1 
 5. White, Sendai18.9 
 6. Childress, Sanen18.8 
 7. Garrett, Toyota A.18.1 
 8. Stone, Chiba Jets17.5 
 9. Kanamaru, SeaHo.17.4 
 10. Rossiter, Tochigi .17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ROSSITER
  Tochigi .
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Rossiter, Tochigi .13.6 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT12.6 
 3. Butts, SeaHorses11.7 
 4. Harrellson, Osaka E.11.6 
 5. Childress, Sanen9.7 
 6. Willard, Toyama G.9.5 
 7. Spangler, Toshi.8.9 
 8. Nephawe, Sendai8.8 
 9. White, Sendai8.8 
 10. Miller, Hokkaido L.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Naoki UTO
  Toyama G.
  (188-F-91)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Uto, Toyama G.4.4 
 2. Sakuragi, SeaHorses4.2 
 3. Namizato, Shiga L.4.2 
 4. Togashi, Chiba Jets4.0 
 5. Suzuki, Sanen3.9 
 6. Garrett, Toyota A.3.9 
 7. Igarashi, Niigata .3.6 
 8. Shinoyama, Toshi.3.4 
 9. Mavunga, Shiga L.3.4 
 10. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kenta HIROSE
  Hitachi SR
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hirose, Hitachi SR1.9 
 2. Dove, Kyoto Hannar.1.8 
 3. Vendrame, Hitac.1.7 
 4. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.6 
 5. Palmer, Akita NH1.6 
 6. Rossiter, Tochigi .1.6 
 7. Parker, Chiba Jets1.6 
 8. Hatakeyama, Niigata .1.5 
 9. Garrett, Toyota A.1.4 
 10. Brown, Hitachi SR1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh HARRELLSON
  Osaka E.
  (208-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harrellson, Osaka E.1.9 
 2. Miller, Hokkaido L.1.7 
 3. Parker, Chiba Jets1.7 
 4. Chapman, Niigata .1.7 
 5. Bachynski, Hokkaido.1.5 
 6. Armstrong, Chiba J.1.5 
 7. Charlo, Kyoto H.1.3 
 8. Edwards, SeaHorses1.2 
 9. Childress, Sanen1.2 
 10. McHenry, Ryukyu GK1.1 


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Scootie RANDALL
  Cyberdyn.
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Randall, Cyberdyn.20.1 
 2. Tapscott, Kagawa F.19.9 
 3. Rickert, Cyberdyn.18.6 
 4. Barone, Aomori W.18.1 
 5. Alabi, Toyotsu FE17.9 
 6. Jones, Tokyo Z17.8 
 7. Stephan, Tokyo E.17.8 
 8. Creekmore, Tokyo Z17.7 
 9. Woodbury, Bambitio.17.5 
 10. Wiggins, Aomori Watts15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Solomon ALABI
  Toyotsu FE
  (216-C-88)
  Avg: 13
 1. Alabi, Toyotsu FE13.0 
 2. Rickert, Cyberdyn.12.7 
 3. Andrews, Tokyo Z11.8 
 4. Posthumus, Shins.11.4 
 5. Davis, Shimane SM11.0 
 6. Creekmore, Tokyo Z10.8 
 7. Stephan, Tokyo E.10.7 
 8. Doaks, Iwate B.10.6 
 9. Barone, Aomori W.10.6 
 10. Sanders-F., Yamag.10.4 
Assists Per Game
 Takumi FURUNO
  Kumamoto.
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 5
 1. Furuno, Kumamoto.5.0 
 2. Sameshima, Kagos.4.5 
 3. Otsuka, Toyotsu FE4.4 
 4. Nishiyama, Tokyo E.4.0 
 5. Tapscott, Kagawa F.3.3 
 6. Tatsuhiko, Ehime O.3.3 
 7. Ikaruga, Hiroshim.3.1 
 8. Watanabe, Tokyo Z3.1 
 9. Randall, Cyberdyn.3.1 
 10. Hirao, Bambitio.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Takumi FURUNO
  Kumamoto.
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Furuno, Kumamoto.2.0 
 2. Tapscott, Kagawa F.1.7 
 3. Otsuka, Toyotsu FE1.7 
 4. Tatsuhiko, Ehime O.1.6 
 5. Tokunaga, Kagawa F.1.6 
 6. Burns, Nishinomiya S.1.5 
 7. Kanbara, Kumamoto.1.5 
 8. Kasahara, Ehime OV1.5 
 9. Obuchi, Gunma1.4 
 10. Kondo, Gunma1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Chukwudiebere MADUABUM
  Kagos.
  (206-F-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Maduabum, Kagos.2.4 
 2. Blackledge, Ehime O.1.8 
 3. Kuso, Gunma1.7 
 4. Vandenberg, Nishinom.1.6 
 5. van-der-List, Shinshu .1.6 
 6. Spikes, Fukushima1.6 
 7. Ridley, Hiroshima D.1.5 
 8. Marshall, Shima.1.5 
 9. Davis, Shimane SM1.4 
 10. Creekmore, Tokyo Z1.4 


JBL2 stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle RICHARDSON
  Otsuka A.
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Richardson, Otsuka A.18.1 
 2. Peppers, Fukuoka .17.2 
 3. Fitzgerald, Kanazawa.17.0 
 4. Jennings, Saitama .17.0 
 5. Bryan-A., Fukuoka .16.6 
 6. Harper, Tokyo HT14.9 
 7. Osamuakira, Tokyo B.14.8 
 8. Wade, Saitama .14.7 
 9. Raymond, Otsuka A.13.8 
 10. Jones, Tokyo HT13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kyle RICHARDSON
  Otsuka A.
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Richardson, Otsuka A.10.4 
 2. Kendrick, Toyoda G.10.2 
 3. McElroy, Tokyo C.10.0 
 4. Anderson, Tokyo C.9.9 
 5. Pomare, Kanazawa.9.9 
 6. Butch, Fukuoka .9.4 
 7. Slawson, Tokyo C.8.8 
 8. Harper, Tokyo HT8.8 
 9. Jones, Tokyo HT8.2 
 10. Morris, Tokyo HT8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kyouhei KUMAZAWA
  Aisin AW
  (180-G-88)
  Avg: 4
 1. Kumazawa, Aisin AW4.0 
 2. Hasegawa, Otsuka A.3.5 
 3. Sumihiro, Toyoda G.3.4 
 4. Yonamine, Kanazawa.3.2 
 5. Tsukino, Kanazawa.2.9 
 6. Yamashita, Fukuoka .2.8 
 7. Kato, Aisin AW2.8 
 8. Narumi, Tokyo HT2.7 
 9. Osamuakira, Tokyo B.2.6 
 10. Oogane, Tokyo HT2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Brennan MCELROY
  Tokyo C.
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. McElroy, Tokyo C.3.1 
 2. Yamashita, Fukuoka .1.9 
 3. Ikeda, Tokyo HT1.9 
 4. Ito, Tokyo Big Blue1.7 
 5. Jennings, Saitama .1.5 
 6. Kano, Fukuoka .1.4 
 7. Murray, Tokyo C.1.4 
 8. Oogane, Tokyo HT1.4 
 9. Kato, Aisin AW1.3 
 10. Slawson, Tokyo C.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Matthew KENDRICK
  Toyoda G.
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Kendrick, Toyoda G.1.7 
 2. Anderson, Tokyo C.1.5 
 3. Bryan-A., Fukuoka .1.3 
 4. Harper, Tokyo HT1.3 
 5. Pomare, Kanazawa.1.2 
 6. Slawson, Tokyo C.0.8 
 7. Heath, Tokyo C.0.8 
 8. Jones, Tokyo HT0.8 
 9. Tate, Saitama .0.8 
 10. McElroy, Tokyo C.0.7 



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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.14.2 
 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.4.5 
 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.4.8 
 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. Miller, Astana2.8 
 3. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.2.8 
 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 


National League Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Barsy Atyrau and Astana advance into Final - by Eurobasket News

Barsy Atyrau - Kaspiy Aktau 86-82

Barsy Atyrau advanced into National League Finals after they beat Kaspiy Aktau in the semifinal clash. American point guard Trevin Parks (180-91, college: Johnson C. Smith) stepped up and scored 27 points and 5 assists for the winners and his fellow American import guard Ryan Cook (191-90, college: UMBC, agency: HMS) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. Cook is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side American guard Sean Hill (188-92, college: Chicago St.) responded with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and point guard Azim Yagodkin (185-92) scored 23 points. Kaspiy Aktau's coach Mikhail Karpenko rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Barsy Atyrau: T.Parks 27+2reb+5ast, R.Cook 20+7reb+3ast, N.Bazhkin 13+8reb+4ast, P.Ilin 9+7reb+2ast, P.Micheev 8+2reb, M.Yevstigneyev 6+4reb+3ast
Kaspiy Aktau: S.Hill 26+6reb+7ast, A.Yagodkin 23+3reb+2ast, V.Lapchenko 11+5reb+1ast, D.Degtyarev 9+5reb+2ast, R.Pan 5+5reb+1ast, S.Kazantcev 4
gschID: 544526


Astana - Tobol 99-70

Astana thumped Tobol to reach the Final. Astana made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Tobol turnovers. The former international swingman Rustam Yargaliev (195-86) nailed 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and the former international power forward Anton Ponomaryov (208-88, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 17 points. Four Astana players scored in double figures. Astana's coach Ilias Papatheodorou felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Anton Bykov (200-89) came up with 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and forward Vasiliy Petrashinets (198-89) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Tobol in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Astana: A.Ponomaryov 17+4reb+3ast, R.Yargaliev 16+8reb+2ast, I.Miller 14+3ast, R.Murzagaliyev 14+4reb+4ast, V.Scherbak 13+3reb, D.Katsivelis 10+3reb+4ast
Tobol: A.Bykov 23+8reb+1ast, V.Petrashinets 20+6reb, M.Shvab 10+6reb+4ast, D.Romanenko 6+4reb, T.Sultanov 4+2reb+6ast, A.Toktarov 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 544527





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  KOSOVO  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Urim ZENELAJ
  Ylli
  (213-C-91)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Zenelaj, Ylli21.3 
 2. Kovaqi, Vellaznimi20.5 
 3. Qallaku, Vellaznimi18.8 
 4. Veseli, Peja17.3 
 5. Hajrizi, Sigal P.17.1 
 6. Zekiqi, Trepca16.2 
 7. Matoshi, Vellaznimi15.5 
 8. Wise, Trepca15.0 
 9. Grosha, Ylli14.7 
 10. Locke, Bashkimi14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Urim ZENELAJ
  Ylli
  (213-C-91)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Zenelaj, Ylli14.5 
 2. Dahlman, Peja8.1 
 3. Sinani, Bashkimi7.9 
 4. Locke, Bashkimi7.0 
 5. Matoshi, Vellaznimi6.8 
 6. Grosha, Ylli6.6 
 7. Kapiti, Kerasan6.2 
 8. Qallaku, Vellaznimi6.0 
 9. Kovaqi, Vellaznimi6.0 
 10. Veseli, Peja5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Fisnik JUNIKU
  Vellaznimi
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Juniku, Vellaznimi7.7 
 2. Morina, Ylli6.0 
 3. Mekaj, Peja4.7 
 4. Wise, Trepca4.7 
 5. Ahmetbasic, Peja4.4 
 6. Scott, Trepca4.0 
 7. Mala, Vellaznimi3.7 
 8. Latifaj, Kerasan3.7 
 9. Deihl, Rahoveci3.6 
 10. Hinds, Sigal P.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Altin MORINA
  Ylli
  (194-PG-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Morina, Ylli2.0 
 2. Kovaqi, Vellaznimi1.9 
 3. Hajrizi, Sigal P.1.8 
 4. Juniku, Vellaznimi1.7 
 5. Deihl, Rahoveci1.7 
 6. Latifaj, Kerasan1.6 
 7. Hinds, Sigal P.1.4 
 8. Wise, Trepca1.4 
 9. Qallaku, Vellaznimi1.3 
 10. Reed, Peja1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dardan KAPITI
  Kerasan
  (204-F/C-0)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kapiti, Kerasan2.0 
 2. Zenelaj, Ylli1.6 
 3. Zeka, Vellaznimi0.9 
 4. Reed, Peja0.8 
 5. Stutz, Trepca0.7 
 6. Muric, Peja0.6 
 7. Veseli, Peja0.6 
 8. Morina, Ylli0.5 
 9. Rugova, Sigal P.0.5 
 10. Matoshi, Vellaznimi0.5 



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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. Morris, Tadamon23.2 
 7. Kemp, 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, Tadamon6.6 
 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. Kemp, Tadamon2.0 
 4. Galloway, Homen.2.0 
 5. Curry, Moutahed1.8 
 6. Thomas, Hoops1.8 
 7. Brown, Al Riyadi1.7 
 8. Ebi, Byblos1.7 
 9. Youngblood, Byblos1.7 
 10. Mezher, Hoops1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert UPSHAW
  Mayrouba
  (213-C-94)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Upshaw, Mayrouba3.6 
 2. Majok, Homenetmen2.7 
 3. Townes, Champville2.2 
 4. Godfrey, Sagesse2.0 
 5. Ebi, Byblos1.8 
 6. Melvin, Moutahed1.7 
 7. Haidar, Al Riyadi1.5 
 8. Tabet, Moutahed1.2 
 9. Aminu, Al Riyadi1.2 
 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.

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  LITHUANIA  

Stats Leaders - NKL

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


Suduva-Mantinga celebrate NKL title - by Eurobasket News

Suduva-Mantinga - Nafta-Uni. 86-71

Suduva-Mantinga celebrated NKL title. They outgunned Nafta-Uni in the decisive seventh game of the title series to capture the trophy. The game was mostly controlled by Suduva-Mantinga. Nafta-Uni. managed to win fourth quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Suduva-Mantinga looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Nafta-Uni. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for guard Evaldas Saulys (190-93) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 4 steals. Forward Darius Griskenas (194-84) helped adding 19 points and 5 rebounds. Four Suduva-Mantinga players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Viktoras Chodosovskis (200-89) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds and guard Erikas Kubilius (194-95) scored 16 points.
Top scorers:
Suduva-Mantinga: D.Griskenas 19+5reb, E.Saulys 19+3reb+3ast, A.Udras 13+8reb+3ast, A.Kieza 12+4reb+3ast, D.Domarkas 11+5reb+2ast, T.Kliucinykas 9+3reb+9ast
Nafta-Uni.: V.Chodosovskis 16+8reb+2ast, E.Kubilius 16+1reb, M.Stasys 12+1reb+3ast, D.Anuzis 8+5reb+4ast, E.Alunderis 8+5reb+2ast, B.Bagdonavicius 6+3reb
gschID: 544951





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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  LUXEMBOURG  

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 


Total League Round 12 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Basket Esch (17-12) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were edged by Racing (26-3) 79-76. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Basket Esch. Racing dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Basket Esch's 18. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Scott Morton (195-87, college: Geneseo St.) who helped to win the game recording 34 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Louis Soragna (183-94) who added 19 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Bill Clark (196-88, college: Duquesne) with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Newly promoted Racing maintains first position with 26-3 record which they share with defeated Basket Esch. Basket Esch at the other side still keeps top place with 12 games lost. Racing are looking forward to face Arantia (#3) in Larochette in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Basket Esch will play on the road against BC Mess in Mondercange and is hoping to win this game.
Fourth-ranked Bascharage (4-24) gave a tough game to second ranked Residence (15-14) in Kaerjeng. The visitors from Bereldange managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bascharage. Residence have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-14 record having nine points less than leader Racing. Bascharage at the other side keeps the fourth place with 24 games lost. Residence will play against league's second-placed Heffingen on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bascharage will play against Kordall Steelers in Rodange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Third-ranked Arantia (8-22) gave a tough game to fourth ranked BC Mess (13-16) in Mondercange on Friday. BC Mess managed to secure only one-point victory 69-68. However their fans expected easier game. The best player for the winners was Elijah Bonsignore who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Duke Mondy who recorded 28 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Newly promoted BC Mess maintains fourth position with 13-16 record. Loser Arantia keeps the third place with 22 games lost. BC Mess will meet at home league's leader Basket Esch in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Arantia will play against the league's leader Racing in Luxembourg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Rodange. One of their biggest challengers host Kordall Steelers (16-13) lost to second ranked Heffingen (19-10) 81-73. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a good game for Evrik Gary who led his team to a victory with 38 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Newly promoted Heffingen maintains second position with 19-10 record having five points less than leader Racing. Kordall Steelers lost third consecutive game. Kordall Steelers at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the third place with 13 games lost. Heffingen's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Residence in Bereldange and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kordall Steelers will play at home against Bascharage and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Playdowns
Kordall Steelers - Heffingen 73-81

The game between Top Four teams took place in Rodange. One of their biggest challengers host Kordall Steelers (16-13) lost to second ranked Heffingen (19-10) 81-73. Heffingen forced 19 Kordall Steelers turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Kordall Steelers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a good game for guard Evrik Gary (191-91, college: Francis Marion) who led his team to a victory with 38 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Mike Jones (203-83, college: N.Texas) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. Gary is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Marlin Mason (201-93, college: Cleveland St.) replied with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Antonio Bivins (198-92, college: Mass.-Lowell) added 16 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Kordall Steelers. Four Kordall Steelers players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Heffingen maintains second position with 19-10 record having five points less than leader Racing. Kordall Steelers lost third consecutive game. Kordall Steelers at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the third place with 13 games lost. Heffingen's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Residence in Bereldange and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kordall Steelers will play at home against Bascharage and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kordall Steelers: M.Mason 20+9reb+5ast, A.Bivins 16+13reb+3ast, Y.Neves 13+1reb+2ast, M.Schmit 11+5reb+2ast, S.Muepu 9+9reb+1ast, T.Kaspereit 4+4reb
Heffingen: E.Gary 38+6reb+4ast, M.Jones 16+17reb, J.Thesen 8+2reb+2ast, Y.Bellwald 8+3reb, P.Kerger 8+2reb, T.Schomer 3
gschID: 534562


BC Mess - Arantia 69-68

Third-ranked Arantia (8-22) gave a tough game to fourth ranked BC Mess (13-16) in Mondercange on Friday. BC Mess managed to secure only one-point victory 69-68. However their fans expected easier game. The best player for the winners was American swingman Elijah Bonsignore (198, college: S.New Hampshire) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Uruguayan forward Facundo Alonso (195) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Duke Mondy (193-90, college: Oakland) who recorded 28 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import swingman Ladarius Tabb (196, college: Alabama A&M) added 13 points respectively. Newly promoted BC Mess maintains fourth position with 13-16 record. Loser Arantia keeps the third place with 22 games lost. BC Mess will meet at home league's leader Basket Esch in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Arantia will play against the league's leader Racing in Luxembourg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arantia: D.Mondy 28+9reb+4ast, L.Tabb 13+3reb+1ast, J.Pedro Nunes 12+3reb, S.Ferreira 6+5reb+3ast, J.Ketter 3+2reb, M.Cortese 2+1reb+1ast
BC Mess: E.Bonsignore 17+10reb+3ast, G.Weis 16+2reb+4ast, F.Alonso 13+13reb+2ast, Y.Fux 8, A.Caurla 6+1reb+1ast, M.Sunnen 5
gschID: 534561


Basket Esch - Racing 76-79

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Basket Esch (17-12) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were edged by Racing (26-3) 79-76. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Basket Esch. Racing dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Basket Esch's 18. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Scott Morton (195-87, college: Geneseo St.) who helped to win the game recording 34 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Louis Soragna (183-94) who added 19 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Bill Clark (196-88, college: Duquesne) with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international power forward Alexandre Rodenbourg (202-91) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Racing maintains first position with 26-3 record which they share with defeated Basket Esch. Basket Esch at the other side still keeps top place with 12 games lost. Racing are looking forward to face Arantia (#3) in Larochette in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Basket Esch will play on the road against BC Mess in Mondercange and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Basket Esch: M.Latinovic 18+5reb, A.Rodenbourg 14+8reb+2ast, B.Clark 13+8reb+6ast, P.Biever 12+2ast, J.Biever 8+2reb+3ast, B.Kovac 6+1reb+2ast
Racing: S.Morton 34+9reb+5ast, L.Soragna 19+2ast, M.Ogden 10+4reb+1ast, M.Gillardin 10+7reb+1ast, S.Ney 3+1reb+2ast, B.Moes 2+2ast
gschID: 534559


Bascharage - Residence 74-76

Fourth-ranked Bascharage (4-24) gave a tough game to second ranked Residence (15-14) in Kaerjeng. The visitors from Bereldange managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bascharage. Residence have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-14 record having nine points less than leader Racing. Bascharage at the other side keeps the fourth place with 24 games lost. Residence will play against league's second-placed Heffingen on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bascharage will play against Kordall Steelers in Rodange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 534560





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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 


CIBACOPA Round 16: Tijuana Zonkeys are upset by Caballeros de Culiacan - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Culiacan between second ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (9-5) and ninth ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (5-10) on Friday night. Tijuana Zonkeys were defeated by Caballeros de Culiacan on the road 98-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tijuana Zonkeys. Caballeros de Culiacan made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Tijuana Zonkeys helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. Center Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St.) fired 27 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Sam Sanders (188, college: Wilmington, DE) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds. Center Leon Gibson (206-91, college: Houston) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Caballeros de Culiacan moved-up to eighth place. Tijuana Zonkeys at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan are again looking forward to face higher ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis managed to get a fourth victory. This time they won against sixth-ranked Garra Canera de Navolato 112-105. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Terrance Motley (201-91, college: Sam Houston St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds. Cameron Forte contributed with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 7 rebounds and 17 assists for Garra Canera de Navolato. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pioneros Los Mochis maintains tenth position with 4-11 record. Garra Canera de Navolato lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Mazatlan. Pioneros Los Mochis will again play against higher ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Garra Canera de Navolato will have a break next round.
Leader Rayos de Hermosillo delivered the thirteenth victory on Friday night. This time they beat 8th ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (4-10) 104-98. Worth to mention a quality performance of Anthlon Bell who helped to win the game recording 28 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). At the losing side Dominique Keller responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Aguilas Doradas de Durango's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rayos de Hermosillo maintains first position with 13-2 record. Newly promoted Aguilas Doradas de Durango dropped to the ninth place with ten games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Aguilas Doradas de Durango will play again against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo (#1) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Guasave was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (10-5) played at the court of 5th ranked Frayles de Guasave (7-8). Halcones de Ciudad Obregon managed to secure a 7-point victory 107-100. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Frayles de Guasave. The winners were led by Glen Rice-Jr who scored that evening 36 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon moved-up to second place, which they share with Guaymas. Frayles de Guasave at the other side keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon will have a break next round. Frayles de Guasave will play again at home against Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Mazatlan was also quite interesting. Third ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (10-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (6-9). Ostioneros de Guaymas defeated Lobos UAD Mazatlan 92-77 on Friday. Rashad Woods fired 28 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ostioneros de Guaymas moved-up to second place, which they share with Obregon. Defending champion Lobos UAD Mazatlan dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round. Lobos UAD Mazatlan will play again at home against the league's second-placed Ostioneros de Guaymas (#2) and hope to win that game.

Guasave - Obregon 100-107

The game in Guasave was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (10-5) played at the court of 5th ranked Frayles de Guasave (7-8). Halcones de Ciudad Obregon managed to secure a 7-point victory 107-100. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Frayles de Guasave. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Frayles de Guasave's 48 and made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Frayles de Guasave 33-21 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by American swingman Glen Rice-Jr (198-91, college: Georgia Tech) who scored that evening 36 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 7 assists and Puerto Rican point guard Nick Leon (181-88, college: St.Peter's) supported him with 21 points and 5 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Even 35 points (!!!) by American forward Travis Franklin (200-88, college: Colorado St., agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Frayles de Guasave. His fellow American import forward Sammy Yeager (193-89, college: CS Fullerton) added 28 points and 4 assists for lost side. Five Halcones de Ciudad Obregon and four Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon moved-up to second place, which they share with Guaymas. Frayles de Guasave at the other side keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon will have a break next round. Frayles de Guasave will play again at home against Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guasave: T.Franklin 35+3reb+1ast, S.Yeager 28+4ast, G.Mondragon 17+4reb+5ast, E.Pittman 16+9reb+4ast, A.Cervantes 4, B.Alvarez 0
Obregon: G.Rice Jr. 36+7reb+7ast, N.Leon 21+4reb+5ast, L.Atterberry 12+3reb+3ast, J.Hutchingson 11+5reb+2ast, M.Glover 11+9reb+1ast, O.Quintero 9+2reb
gschID: 536354


Mazatlan - Guaymas 77-92

The game in Mazatlan was also quite interesting. Third ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (10-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (6-9). Ostioneros de Guaymas defeated Lobos UAD Mazatlan 92-77 on Friday. American-Bahrain swingman Rashad Woods (197-86, college: Kent St.) fired 28 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Daniel Giron (175-89) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Five Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures. American swingman Cliff Tucker (198-89, college: Maryland) produced 18 points and his fellow American import guard Jeff Ledbetter (190-88, college: Idaho) added 18 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ostioneros de Guaymas moved-up to second place, which they share with Obregon. Defending champion Lobos UAD Mazatlan dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round. Lobos UAD Mazatlan will play again at home against the league's second-placed Ostioneros de Guaymas (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mazatlan: C.Tucker 18+4reb+3ast, J.Ledbetter 18+1reb+6ast, M.Liabo 12+2reb+2ast, D.Onofre 8+5reb+1ast, J.Valdez 8+3reb, O.Ramirez 8
Guaymas: R.Woods 28+5reb+2ast, B.Provost 16+1reb+1ast, S.Heyward 14+6reb+1ast, D.Giron 13+7reb+2ast, P.Marigney 12+2reb+4ast, J.Salcedo 4+3reb
gschID: 536353


Los Mochis - Navolato 112-105

Bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis managed to get a fourth victory. This time they won against sixth-ranked Garra Canera de Navolato 112-105. Pioneros Los Mochis made 26-of-34 charity shots (76.5 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Garra Canera de Navolato was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Terrance Motley (201-91, college: Sam Houston St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Cameron Forte (201-93, college: Portland St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 7 rebounds and 17 assists and forward Mychal Ammons (198-92, college: S.Alabama) added 27 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Garra Canera de Navolato. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pioneros Los Mochis maintains tenth position with 4-11 record. Garra Canera de Navolato lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Mazatlan. Pioneros Los Mochis will again play against higher ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Garra Canera de Navolato will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Navolato: M.Ammons 27+11reb+1ast, K.Rogers 24+10reb, D.Mitchell 21+7reb+17ast, D.Eldridge 14+1reb+1ast, J.David Estrada 8+1reb, E. Zuniga 5+4reb+3ast
Los Mochis: T.Motley 26+14reb+3ast, C.Forte 26+10reb+5ast, J.Early 23+7reb+4ast, M.Hernandez 22+3ast, T.Jackson 8+5ast, R.Berrelleza 5+3reb
gschID: 536355


Culiacan - Tijuana 98-86

The most important game in the last round took place in Culiacan between second ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (9-5) and ninth ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (5-10) on Friday night. Tijuana Zonkeys were defeated by Caballeros de Culiacan on the road 98-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tijuana Zonkeys. Caballeros de Culiacan made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Tijuana Zonkeys helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. Center Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St.) fired 27 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Sam Sanders (188, college: Wilmington, DE) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds. Center Leon Gibson (206-91, college: Houston) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Caballeros de Culiacan and four Tijuana Zonkeys players scored in double figures. Caballeros de Culiacan moved-up to eighth place. Tijuana Zonkeys at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan are again looking forward to face higher ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: L.Gibson 19+7reb+1ast, M.Morrison 16+6reb+3ast, J.Zesati 14+1ast, K.Scott 13+3reb, T.Lathan 9+5reb+2ast, J.Cesar del Campo 8+1reb+3ast
Culiacan: B.Puckett 27+8reb+2ast, S.Sanders 22+7reb, D.Maxwell 15+8reb, J.Villalobos 12+1reb+1ast, G.Glaze 11+3reb, R.Rougeau 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 536352


Durango - Hermosillo 98-104

Leader Rayos de Hermosillo delivered the thirteenth victory on Friday night. This time they beat 8th ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (4-10) 104-98. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Anthlon Bell (190-93, college: Arkansas) who helped to win the game recording 28 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and the other American import forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) who added 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side American power forward Dominique Keller (205-88, college: Illinois) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized American guard Martin Samarco (190-85, college: Bowling Green) scored 22 points and 5 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Aguilas Doradas de Durango's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rayos de Hermosillo maintains first position with 13-2 record. Newly promoted Aguilas Doradas de Durango dropped to the ninth place with ten games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Aguilas Doradas de Durango will play again against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Durango: D.Keller 23+10reb+4ast, M.Samarco 22+2reb+5ast, A.May 17+2reb+1ast, P.Jones 12+7reb+1ast, I.Avalos 10+6reb+1ast, A.Villanueva 5+3reb
Hermosillo: A.Bell 28+1reb, E.Little 18+6reb+3ast, J.Camacho 16+2reb+1ast, M.Perez 13+7reb+4ast, S.Monreal 12+1reb+3ast, J.Villanueva 10+4reb
gschID: 536351





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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  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.
Courtesy of: enidnews.com



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.
Courtesy of: dailymail.co.uk



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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Blake Griffin Ruled Out For Playoffs With Toe Injury - by Eurobasket News

Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) will miss the remainder of the playoffs with an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe. Griffin suffered the injury in Game 3 of the first round. Griffin had averaged 25.0 points per game during the first two games of the series. Griffin will be re-evaluated upon the team's return to Los Angeles and will see foot and ankle specialist Dr. Richard Ferkel.
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Hawks deliver early playoff KO, romp past Wizards 116-98 - by Eurobasket News

The Hawks are back in the series, and the bad blood with the Washington Wizards shows no signs of letting up. Paul Millsap (6'8''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) scored 29 points, Dennis Schroeder (5'11''-PG-93, agency: Octagon Europe) had 27 and Atlanta delivered an early knockout blow in a 116-98 victory Saturday, slicing the Wizards' lead to 2-1 in the opening-round playoff matchup. After two tight losses in Washington exposed plenty of ill feelings between the teams , Millsap and Washington's Markieff Morris (6'10''-F-89, college: Kansas) continued to go at it in Game 3. "He's a crybaby," Morris said afterward. "You get all the calls when you're a crybaby. That's how it went tonight." Those comments were quickly relayed to Millsap at the postgame news conference. "It definitely got personal now," he replied, before offering some unsolicited advice to Morris: "Take his loss and go back to the hotel, be ready for the next game." Cheered on by a raucous home crowd, the Hawks built a 25-point lead by late in the first quarter and were never seriously challenged by the Wizards. John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) kept up his dazzling play in the series, scoring 29 points, but he was essentially a one-man team. The other Washington starters combined to score 30 points on 14-of-45 shooting. Beal, in particular, had a miserable night after averaging 26.5 points in the first two games. He was held to 12 points on 6-of-20 shooting, missing all six of his attempts beyond the arc. "That's probably the most I've ever seen him air-ball in one game," Wall said. "He'll figure it out." Game 4 is Monday night in Atlanta. The Hawks came out intent on moving the ball, getting open looks and cutting down on the turnovers that plagued them in the first two contests. Talk about following the game plan. Atlanta pushed out to a double-digit lead before the game was 3 minutes old and stretched the margin to 38-13 with just under a minute to go in the opening quarter on Schroder's 3-pointer. Wall did everything he could to spark the Wizards. He posed along the baseline after a thunderous dunk, which might have had more effect if the Wizards weren't losing by 23 at the time. He somehow made a 3-pointer while falling out of bounds in the corner at the end of the first quarter . He darted through the lane against a collapsing defense to bank in an improbable shot, drawing gasps from the Atlanta crowd. Wall made all but one shot and scored 21 points in the first half, but the Wizards trailed 64-46 heading to the locker room. The other four Washington starters had just 18 points. The Hawks took advantage at the other end. "They jumped on us in that first period," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. "Their sense of urgency was very high. I wouldn't say we came out relaxed, but we came out missing shots, and we let that affect out defense." Millsap also led the Hawks with 14 rebounds.
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Warriors rally to take 3-0 series lead over Trail Blazers with 119-113 win - by Eurobasket News

Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) wasn't trying to be a hero. He just wanted the win. Curry scored 34 points - including a three-pointer with just about a minute left that all but sealed the victory - and the Golden State Warriors overcame a slow start to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 119-113 and take a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. Playing without both Kevin Durant and coach Steve Kerr, the Warriors came back Saturday night from a first-half 17-point deficit. Golden State can clinch the series with a win Monday night in Game 4 at the Moda Center. 'It's not necessarily 'hero ball,' it's being aggressive in those spots that you have,' Curry said. 'You might need to force the issue. That might mean taking a shot, it could be trying to get your feet in the paint and make a play, defensively trying to assert yourself - whatever the game calls for, getting ready for those moments.' Klay Thompson (6'7''-G-90, college: Washington St.) added 24 points in the victory, which Curry said was marked by a handful of 'boneheaded mistakes' in the first half. A 19-1 run in the third quarter brought the Warriors back. Afterward, Curry said he gave the game ball to general Manager Bob Myers to give to Kerr, who stayed back at the team hotel because of illness. The Warriors took a 108-100 lead, their biggest of the game, after Andre Iguodala (6'6''-SF-84, college: Arizona)'s dunk with 4:05 to go. Noah Vonleh (6'10''-PF-95, college: Indiana)'s dunk got Portland within four at 110-106 with 1:29 left, but Curry answered with his three-pointer sent fans streaming for the exits. C.J. McCollum (6'4''-G-91, college: Lehigh) led the Blazers with 32 points, while Damian Lillard (6'3''-PG-90, college: Weber St.) added 31. No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in the playoffs. 'I don't think it's ever been done, coming back from 3-0, especially against a team like Golden State,' Lillard said afterward. 'But I'm sure a lot of you guys know I'm not one to quit and I'm very optimistic.' Portland saw the return of big man Jusuf Nurkic (7'0''-C-94) after he missed the final seven games of the regular season and the first two playoff games at Golden State because of a non-displaced fracture in his right leg. A 7-footer known as the Bosnian Beast, Nurkic finished with two points and 11 rebounds. The Warriors routed the Blazers 110-81 in Game 2 on Wednesday night. Durant injured his left calf in the third quarter of Sunday's 121-109 Game 1 victory, but finished with 32 points and 10 rebounds.
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Tied at 2: Gasol lifts Grizzlies past Spurs 110-108 in OT - by Eurobasket News

Grizzlies guard Mike Conley said he was an option to take the final shot and that the San Antonio Spurs thought so, too, on a night when he scored a franchise postseason record 35 points. Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85) laughed and insisted he didn't know his teammate was an alternative on the game-winning play. Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) backed up his All-Star center, too. "He told me he was going to get it and go to his fadeaway, and that's what he did," Randolph said. Gasol hit a 12-foot floater with 0.7 seconds left in overtime, and the Grizzlies beat the Spurs 110-108 on Saturday night to even up their Western Conference first-round series at 2-2. The Grizzlies won despite blowing a 10-point lead with 7:38 left in regulation and franchise postseason-high 23 turnovers that San Antonio turned into 31 points. Gasol finished with 16 points after shooting 5 of 12 for the game. He also had 12 rebounds. The Grizzlies overcame another postseason personal best from Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.), who had 43 points. He rallied the Spurs by scoring the last 16 points of regulation, but missed a 21-footer short of the rim with James Ennis defending him just before the buzzer ending regulation. Leonard also tied it at 108 with 17 seconds left in overtime with a 3 from the left corner. "That was great game," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Both teams played their hearts out. Just a fantastic basketball game. The fans got their money's worth tonight for sure. At the end, Marc made a great shot. L.A. (LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas)) contested it very, very well, and it went down." Game 5 is Tuesday night in San Antonio. Conley also had eight assists and nine rebounds. Randolph added 12 points and 11 rebounds, but was 4 of 12 from the field. Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) scored 22 points after being shut out in Game 3, and Aldridge finished with 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting. The Spurs made all 17 of their free throws, a tremendous improvement from Game 3 when they were 16 of 28 from the line. Unlike Game 2, Memphis also got to the line more than San Antonio and was 22 of 24. Leonard finished with 24 points combined in the fourth quarter and overtime in a thrilling game that also featured six lead changes and seven ties in the fourth quarter and overtime. Conley said it was scary watching the two-time Defensive Player of the Year and MVP candidate this season shooting away. "He's unbelievable," Conley said. "It got to a point where you just knew if he got a shot off it was going in." Memphis coach David Fizdale was pretty impressed with his own guard who got a five-year, $153 million contract last summer in what was the richest deal in the NBA at that point. "I don't think we will be having a discussion about how much money he is worth," Fizdale said. "I don't want to hear about it at least. The guy's a superstar." In overtime, the Spurs led 102-100 when Parker intercepted a pass by Conley and pushed the ball up-court. But rookie Andrew Harrison (6'6''-PG-94, college: Kentucky) raced down to block Mills' shot, and Gasol was fouled when he scored inside to tie it up. His free throw with 1:32 left put the Grizzlies up 103-102, then Conley hit a floater with 47.3 seconds left. With Ennis defending Leonard, the MVP candidate committed a turnover when he lost the ball out of bounds with 43.7 seconds left. But Leonard's final 3 tied it up one last time before Gasol's big bucket. "They were able to counter Kawhi going off and making incredible shots," Spurs forward Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) said. "So you've got to give them credit. You've got to regroup and get ready for Game 5."
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Raptors beat Bucks 87-76 in slugfest, tie series at 2-2 - by Eurobasket News

DeMar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) reverted back to his playmaking form. The Toronto Raptors reasserted themselves on defense. They're headed back to Canada after winning a bruiser of a first-round playoff game on Saturday over the Milwaukee Bucks. DeRozan scored 33 points, and Kyle Lowry (6'0''-PG-86, college: Villanova) had 14 of his 18 points in the second half of Toronto's 87-76 victory to tie the Eastern Conference series at two games apiece. The Raptors turned up their intensity before a hostile road crowd after getting embarrassed in a 27-point loss to Milwaukee in Game 3. They forced 21 turnovers. "I've always said we play better with our backs against the wall," coach Dwane Casey said. "It's a tough way to live, but I love our team's resilience and personality." Toronto reclaimed home-court advantage in the best-of-seven series. Game 5 is Monday at the Air Canada Centre. Tony Snell led Milwaukee with 19 points, including five 3-pointers, both playoff career highs. His 3 with 3:14 left got the Bucks within seven. Lowry answered with a bucket before setting up another basket with a drive-and-dish to center Jonas Valanciunas (7'0''-C-92) for a layup in traffic. While Toronto's star guards produced in the clutch, the defense threw up roadblocks after the Bucks ran roughshod all over the court on Thursday night. Milwaukee shot 37 percent overall in Game 4, but 31 percent (13 of 42) in the second half. "Our tempo was extremely slow," coach Jason Kidd said. "Give (Toronto) credit, they slowed us down." Giannis Antetokounmpo (6'11''-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe) was held to 14 points on 6-of-19 shooting, while also committing seven turnovers. Toronto's P.J. Tucker (6'6''-F-85, college: Texas) helped contain the Bucks' All-Star with physical play in the post in the fourth quarter. "We were just trying to send as many bodies to him as we possibly could," Casey said.
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River Lions outlast Moncton - by Eurobasket News

The Niagara River Lions refuse to go down without a fight. With four games left in the regular season, the River Lions entered Friday night's game at Meridian Centre knowing they couldn't lose. And seven periods of basketball later - a franchise record - the Lions outlasted the Moncton Miracles 141-137 in triple overtime. The 141 points were also a franchise record. And it was only the second time in NBL Canada history a game went to a third overtime. 'I'm so proud of the guys,' said a smiling, and relieved, Niagara head coach Keith Vassell, who last coached a triple-overtime game in 2004 while in Iceland. 'We continue to fight. When it looks bleak - we continue to fight. They guys just gave everything, and didn't leave anything on the floor.' Kirk Williams (6'7''-PF-81, college: Bridgeport) Jr. led the River Lions with 29 points, including an emphatic dunk to put the game away as 1,392 fans roared in approval. In fact four Lions scored over twenty points as Richard Amardi (6'9''-F-90, college: Oregon) drained a season-high 27 points. Carl Hall (6'8''-F-89, college: Wichita St., agency: HMS) added 24 including 10 crucial foul shots, and Sam Muldrow (6'9''-PF-88, college: S.Carolina) 20 after shooting 70-percent (7-for-10) from the field. Point-guard Nick Okorie recorded a triple-double for Niagara, 18 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds. 'It was definitely a collective effort,' Vassell said. 'Nick with an injured back and neck, Sam (Muldrow) made big plays. Carl, I don't know how many free throws he made, and Kirk came in and does what Kirk does. We played with compete and composure to win a game where we've lost a few.' The River Lions (12-25) remain three games behind the Orangeville A's for the final playoff spot in the Central Division standings, but two of those games are against the A's including Sunday afternoon at Meridian Centre. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. 'Orangeville smacked these guys (Miracles) pretty good, so they're going to have to try and come here and smack us,' said Vassell. 'I like the fact we play them twice, so if we don't get it done we can only look at ourselves in the mirror. We're in control of our own destiny.'
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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.16.0 
 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.9.2 
 4. Kay, Southland S.8.1 
 5. Egwu, SC Rangers8.0 
 6. Wesley, Wellington S.7.9 
 7. Bailey-N., Taranaki.7.9 
 8. McCarron, SC Ra.7.6 
 9. Duinker, Wellingt.7.4 
 10. Dempster, Nelson G.7.2 
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. Norton, Southlan.5.6 
 5. Tait, SC Rangers5.5 
 6. ORiley, Taranaki.5.1 
 7. McCarron, SC Ra.5.0 
 8. Bartlett, Taylor H.5.0 
 9. Webster, Wellingt.4.6 
 10. Wesley, Wellington S.4.3 
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. Kenny, Taylor H.1.5 
 10. Bartlett, Taylor H.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Pledger, Southlan.1.8 
 2. Gomis, Taranaki MA1.6 
 3. Egwu, SC Rangers1.4 
 4. Grim, Nelson G.1.3 
 5. Wesley, Wellington S.1.0 
 6. Washington, Nelson G.1.0 
 7. Neighbour, Cante.0.9 
 8. OLeary, Taranaki.0.8 
 9. Anthony, Wellingt.0.8 
 10. Henry, Wellington S.0.8 


NBL Round 6: Rangers lose to Saints in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

Very significant was Saints' (#1, 9-0) victory against second-best Rangers (4-3) 103-67. The game was mostly controlled by Saints. Rangers managed to win fourth quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saints dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Rangers' 34. Saints had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Rangers' players. Dutch-Australian power forward Josh Duinker (209-89, college: Richmond) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Shea Ili (184-92) chipped in 19 points and 7 assists during the contest. Saints' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Australian guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St.) with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Undefeated Saints (9-0) have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 9 victories in a row. Rangers at the other side dropped to the third place with three games lost. Saints are looking forward to face Giants (#6) in Stoke in the next round where they are favorite. Rangers will play at home against Mountain Airs and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very significant was Saints' (#1, 9-0) victory against 4th ranked Rams (4-5) 102-79. The former international forward Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC) notched a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and Shea Ili supported him with 22 points and 15 assists. Even 27 points and 8 rebounds by naturalized American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St., agency: PEPI SPORT) did not help to save the game for Rams. Undefeated Saints (9-0) have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 9 victories in a row. Rams at the other side keep the fourth place with five games lost. Saints will play against Giants (#6) in Stoke in the next round where they are favorite. Rams will play on the road against Hawks in Tamatea and hope to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 6 Nelson G. lost to Southland S. on the opponent's court 83-95. Canterbury unfortunately lost to Nelson G. in a home game 82-92.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 21 points and 6 rebounds by Alex Pledger of Southland S..

Southland S. - Nelson G. 95-83

Very expected game in Southland where 6th ranked Giants (2-7) were defeated by second ranked Sharks (5-3) 95-83. Sharks dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Giants' 34. The former international center Alex Pledger (215-87, college: Belm.Abbey) notched 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) supported him with 15 points and 4 assists. Sharks' coach let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 14 points and 7 rebounds by the former international forward Finn Delany (198-95, college: SW Baptist) did not help to save the game for Giants. Australian guard Kyle Adnam (186-93) added 14 points and 4 assists. Five Giants players scored in double figures. Sharks maintains second position with 5-3 record having five points less than leader Wellington S. Giants at the other side keep the sixth place with seven games lost. Sharks will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Giants will play at home against Mountain Airs (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Southland S.: A.Pledger 21+6reb+1ast, N.Kay 15+3reb+4ast, L.Aston 15+5reb, R.Te Rangi 9+1reb+3ast, D.Raukawa 8+1reb+2ast, D.Bailey 7+3reb
Nelson G.: F.Delany 14+7reb+2ast, K.Adnam 14+3reb+4ast, M.Grim 14+4reb, S.Dempster 12+5reb+3ast, D.Prewster 10+4reb+3ast, C.Washington 10+4reb
gschID: 531090


Canterbury - Nelson G. 82-92

There was a small surprise in Christchurch where sixth ranked Giants (2-7) defeated 4th ranked Rams (4-5) 92-82. The game without a history. Giants led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The former international swingman Dion Prewster (195-90, college: SF Austin, agency: MKP Management) notched 30 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and Australian guard Kyle Adnam (186-93) supported him with 22 points and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds by naturalized American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St., agency: PEPI SPORT) did not help to save the game for Rams. Swingman Ethan Rusbatch (196-92, college: Lincoln Trail CC) added 16 points and 12 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Giants maintains sixth position with 2-7 record. Rams at the other side keep the fourth place with five games lost. Giants will play against higher ranked Mountain Airs (#5) in New Plymouth in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Rams will play on the road against Hawks in Tamatea and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Nelson G.: D.Prewster 30+8reb+3ast, K.Adnam 22+4reb+4ast, F.Delany 16+4reb+4ast, M.Grim 11+5reb+1ast, B.Beri 8+1reb+1ast, C.Washington 5+4reb
Canterbury: M.Jones 26+15reb+3ast, J.Kendle 19+5reb+5ast, E.Rusbatch 16+12reb+1ast, M.Alipate 13+2reb+2ast, G.Dawson 4+5reb, T.Smith-Milner 2+2reb
gschID: 531089


Wellington S. - SC Rangers 103-67

Very significant was Saints' (#1, 9-0) victory against second-best Rangers (4-3) 103-67. The game was mostly controlled by Saints. Rangers managed to win fourth quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saints dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Rangers' 34. Saints had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Rangers' players. Dutch-Australian power forward Josh Duinker (209-89, college: Richmond) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Shea Ili (184-92) chipped in 19 points and 7 assists during the contest. Five Saints players scored in double figures. Saints' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Australian guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St.) with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Guamanian-American guard Earnest Ross (196-91, college: Missouri, agency: MKP Management) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Saints (9-0) have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 9 victories in a row. Rangers at the other side dropped to the third place with three games lost. Saints are looking forward to face Giants (#6) in Stoke in the next round where they are favorite. Rangers will play at home against Mountain Airs and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wellington S.: S.Ili 19+7ast, J.Duinker 18+8reb+3ast, B.Anthony 16+8reb+2ast, T.Wesley 13+9reb+4ast, C.Webster 12+6reb+3ast, J.Ngatai 7+1reb+2ast
SC Rangers: M.McCarron 25+9reb+4ast, E.Ross 18+6reb+1ast, D.Boucher 7+5reb+5ast, N.Egwu 7+7reb+2ast, B.Ruscoe 4+3reb+1ast, N.Barrow 4+3reb
gschID: 531088


Wellington S. - Canterbury 102-79

Very significant was Saints' (#1, 9-0) victory against 4th ranked Rams (4-5) 102-79. The game was mostly controlled by Saints. Rams was better in third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Rams 40-26 including 31 on the defensive glass. Saints shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Rams' players. The former international forward Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC) notched a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and international guard Shea Ili (184-92) supported him with 22 points and 15 assists. Even 27 points and 8 rebounds by naturalized American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St., agency: PEPI SPORT) did not help to save the game for Rams. American guard Jeremy Kendle (186-88, college: Bellarmine) added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Saints (9-0) have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 9 victories in a row. Rams at the other side keep the fourth place with five games lost. Saints will play against Giants (#6) in Stoke in the next round where they are favorite. Rams will play on the road against Hawks in Tamatea and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Wellington S.: L.Henry 34+11reb+2ast, S.Ili 22+3reb+15ast, T.Wesley 18+11reb+7ast, J.Ngatai 8+4reb, J.Duinker 8+2reb+1ast, C.Webster 5
Canterbury: M.Jones 27+8reb+1ast, J.Kendle 18+5reb+7ast, E.Rusbatch 8+2reb+3ast, M.Alipate 8+1reb, W.Neighbour 7+2reb, M.Whippy 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 531087





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  NIGERIA  


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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  PANAMA  


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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  PHILIPPINES  

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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  POLAND  

DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis RELEFORD
  Siarka
  (198-SG-90)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Releford, Siarka18.1 
 2. Czerapowicz, Kro.17.7 
 3. Szubarga, Asseco17.7 
 4. Ireland, Trefl S.17.5 
 5. Brown, Szczecin16.4 
 6. Miles, Polpharma16.1 
 7. Matczak, Asseco14.7 
 8. Michalak, PGE T.14.6 
 9. Lewis, Energa C.14.2 
 10. Johnson, MKS D.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Stal Ostrow
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. King, Stal Ostrow11.6 
 2. Knowles, Siarka10.9 
 3. Fraser, Polfarme.8.8 
 4. Markovic, Trefl S.8.8 
 5. Peterson, Start L.8.7 
 6. Harris, AZS K.8.6 
 7. Bartosz, Polfarme.8.2 
 8. Kravish, Energa C.7.6 
 9. Archibeque, PGE T.7.1 
 10. Wojdyla, Siarka6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Energa C.
  (175-PG-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Blassingame, Energa C.7.0 
 2. Johnson, Stal O.7.0 
 3. Laczynski, Anwil5.7 
 4. Brown, Siarka5.6 
 5. Robinson, Szczecin5.6 
 6. Koszarek, Stelm.5.3 
 7. Grzelinski, Siarka5.2 
 8. Szubarga, Asseco5.0 
 9. Wiggins, Start Lublin5.0 
 10. Lewis, Energa C.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  Szczecin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Robinson, Szczecin2.3 
 2. Lewis, Energa C.1.9 
 3. Brown, Siarka1.9 
 4. Markovic, Trefl S.1.9 
 5. Johnson, Stal O.1.8 
 6. Wiggins, Start Lublin1.7 
 7. Laczynski, Anwil1.7 
 8. Grochowski, Polfarme.1.7 
 9. Millage, AZS K.1.6 
 10. Johnson, MKS D.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin JACKSON
  Energa C.
  (204-C/F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Jackson, Energa C.1.8 
 2. Knowles, Siarka1.6 
 3. King, Stal Ostrow1.3 
 4. Kravish, Energa C.1.1 
 5. Robbins, Szczecin1.1 
 6. Sajus, Polpharma1.1 
 7. Wyka, Krosno1.1 
 8. Fraser, Polfarme.1.0 
 9. Mirkovic, Polpharma1.0 
 10. Gabinski, Polfarme.1.0 


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

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

David Logan
David Logan
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis, currently plays in Italy). He led Scandone AV to a victory over the league outsider Vanoli Cremona (7-20) 85-78 in the Italian Serie A in Saturday night's game. Logan was MVP of the game. He scored 25 points and added 5 assists in 33 minutes on the court. 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 will be critical. Logan has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.6apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 67.6%(25-37), 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 78.6% in eight games he played so far. Logan is a naturalized American. He played for the Polish senior national team eight years ago. Logan used to play for WTK Anwil Wloclawek in Polish league.

A.J. Slaughter
A.J. Slaughter
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, agency: BeoBasket, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in France). He was the major contributor in a Strasbourg IG's victory against the 14th-ranked Cholet Basket (10-18) 85-68 in the French ProA last Saturday. Slaughter recorded 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Strasbourg IG (19-9) is placed fourth in the ProA. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. It's Slaughter's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.3apg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 40.8% and FT: 77.6%. Slaughter is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the Polish senior national team. Strangely Slaughter has never played in Poland.

Marcin Gortat
Marcin Gortat
   #3. The Polish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Marcin Gortat (214-84, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to a Washington Wizards' victory against the Atlanta Hawks (43-39) 109-101 in the NBA on Wednesday night. Gortat had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 5 blocks in 35 minutes. The Washington Wizards have 49-33 record this season. Gortat is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Wizards' roster. This season Gortat has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 10.3rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 58.3%(404-693) and FT: 64.8% in 84 games. Former Lodz starter played for the Polish national team two years ago.

Damian Kulig
Damian Kulig
   #4. Power forward Damian Kulig (205-87, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey). He could not help Banvit (17-9) to beat Besiktas (17-9). Kulig scored 8 points. Banvit was badly defeated 85-69 on the road by the lower-ranked Besiktas (#5). There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Kulig's overall stats this season are: 8.2ppg and 5.0rpg. He used to play for the Polish national team back in 2015.

Adam Waczynski
Adam Waczynski
   #5. International swingman Adam Waczynski (199-89, currently plays in Spain) helped Unicaja Malaga win their game against the closely-ranked Andorra (14-13) crushing them 93-69 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Waczynski scored 10 points in 16 minutes. Unicaja Malaga (17-9) is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. This year Waczynski's overall stats are: 8.4ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.2apg in 26 games. He plays currently for the Polish national team.

Adam Lapeta
Adam Lapeta
   #6. Center Adam Lapeta (217-87, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Lithuania) helped Lietuvos rytas win their game against the closely-ranked Lietkabelis (23-11) crushing them 92-60 in the Lithuanian LKL on Thursday night. Lapeta recorded 8 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (25-9) is placed second in the LKL. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Lapeta's total stats this season are: 4.2ppg and 3.2rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Polish National Team roster.

Tomasz Gielo
Tomasz Gielo
   #7. International forward Tomasz Gielo (205-93, college: Mississippi, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Joventut in their game against Zaragoza (9-19) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He scored 9 points. But Joventut was edged 71-69 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Zaragoza (#15). There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Gielo's total stats this season are: 4.5ppg and 1.8rpg. He is also Polish national team player.

Aaron Cel
Aaron Cel
   #8. Power forward Aaron Cel (203-87, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Gravelines-Dunkerque (15-13) in their game against Sluc Nancy (7-21) in the French ProA. Cel cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Gravelines-Dunkerque was defeated 83-72 in Nancy by the league outsider Sluc (#18). Cel's total stats this season are: 6.8ppg and 3.8rpg. He plays currently for the Polish national team.

Dardan Berisha
Dardan Berisha
   #9. Former international shooting guard Dardan Berisha (191-88, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Juvecaserta (10-17) in their game against VL Pesaro (9-18) in the Italian Serie A. Berisha scored 5 points. Juvecaserta was badly defeated 83-67 in Pesaro by the one of league's weakest teams VL Pesaro (#15). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Berisha's total stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Polish national team two years ago.

Jakub Wojciechowski
Jakub Wojciechowski
   #10. Power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90, currently plays in Italy) faced previously mentioned David Logan in the Italian Serie A last game. Wojciechowski couldn't help Vanoli Cremona (7-20) in their game against Scandone AV (17-10). He scored only 4 points in 11 minutes. The bottom-ranked Vanoli Cremona lost 78-85 in Avellino to the much higher-ranked (#3) Scandone AV. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Wojciechowski's total stats are: 5.2ppg and 2.5rpg in 22 games. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Polish senior national team.

   #11. Former U20 international forward Mathieu Wojciechowski (203-92, currently plays in France) managed to help Limoges CSP Elite in a victory against the closely-ranked Le Mans 79-68 in the French ProA last Saturday. Wojciechowski recorded only 3 points in 5 minutes on the court. Wojciechowski has averaged so far 3.1ppg and 3.0rpg in 28 games. He used to play for the Polish U20 national team five years ago.

   #12. Former U18 international swingman Robert Banach (197-97, currently plays in Italy) helped Valdiceppo win their game against the second-ranked Bisceglie 70-65 in the Italian Serie B (third division) in Saturday night's game. Banach scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Banach has averaged so far 4.1ppg and 3.1rpg. He used to play for the Polish U18 national team back in 2015.

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

   #1. Experienced Aleksander Lichodzijewski (204-PF-84, currently plays in Belgium) could not help Basic-Fit Brussels (18-12) in their last game. Despite Lichodzijewski's good performance Basic-Fit Brussels lost 68-72 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) Spirou Charleroi. He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Lichodzijewski also added 5 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. Lichodzijewski has been at the team for four years. This season his total stats are: 8.2ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.7apg in 29 games he played so far. Lichodzijewski has a dual citizenship: Polish and Belgian.

   #2. Nimrod Tishman (197-PG-91, currently plays in Israel) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Maccabi K/G (4-24) 85-70 in the Israeli Winner League last Friday. He recorded 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Maccabi Ashdod (18-3) is placed second in the Winner League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Tishman's total stats this season are: 2.9ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.2apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Polish and Israeli. Despite Tishman's Polish nationality, he previously played for the Israeli U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Polish team.

   #3. Andy Mazurczak (188-G, agency: Duran International, college: Wisc.-Parkside, currently plays in Greece) led Kavala to a victory against the closely-ranked AE Larissas (12-15) 68-60 in the Greek A2 (second division) on Wednesday night. Mazurczak scored 14 points and added 5 assists in 34 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (9-17) is placed 12th in the A2. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Mazurczak has reliable stats this year: 12.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.6apg and 1.4spg in 26 games. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Mazurczak has never played in Poland.

   #4. Francis Jonathan Han (185-PG-87, agency: Promotex, college: Fairfield, currently plays in Puerto Rico) managed to help Santeros de Aguada in a victory against the sixth-ranked Fajardo (3-4) 80-76 in the Puerto Rican BSN last Sunday. Han scored only 2 points and added 9 assists in 22 minutes. Santeros de Aguada (6-1) is placed first in the BSN. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Han's total stats are: 0.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 4.0apg in seven games. He has both Polish and Puerto Rican nationalities.

   #5. Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, college: Princeton, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Crailsheim Merlins (25-5) in their last game. Despite Wysocki's good performance Crailsheim Merlins was crushed 95-70 in Gotha by the lower-ranked (#7) Oettinger Rockets. He recorded 11 points in 26 minutes. This year Wysocki's total stats are: 10.0ppg, 5.1rpg and 2.0apg in 34 games. He also holds two passports: Polish and German.

   #6. David Brembly (197-G/F-93, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in their game against s Oliver Baskets in the German BBL. Brembly cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points and added 3 assists. His team was defeated 92-85. Brembly has averaged so far 2.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.1apg. He has dual citizenship: Polish and German.

   #7. Liraz Ariely (185-PG-92, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Hapoel Migdal Haemek (10-16) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Ariely's very good performance the third-placed Hapoel Migdal Haemek was crushed 103-79 in Afula by the leading Hapoel in the Play-Downs group. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Ariely also added 5 rebounds. Ariely has reliable stats this season: 11.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg. He has Polish and Israeli nationalities. Despite Ariely's Polish passport, he previously played for the Israeli U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Polish team.

   #8. Gal Gilinski (195-G-95, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a Hapoel Kfar Saba's victory against the third-ranked Hapoel B/S 80-70 in the Israeli National League (second division) in Friday night's game. Gilinski recorded only 4 points and added 3 assists in 15 minutes. Gilinski has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.4apg in 29 games. He has dual citizenship: Israeli and Polish.

   #9. Tamir Ariely (190-PG-90, currently plays in Israel) faced previously mentioned Gal Gilinski in the Israeli National League last game. Ariely couldn't help Hapoel B/S in their game against Hapoel Kfar Saba. He recorded 6 points and added 7 assists. His team was defeated 80-70. Ariely has averaged so far 4.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.5apg and 1.1spg. Similarly like Gilinski and Ariely above he holds both Polish and Israeli passports. Despite Ariely's Polish nationality, he previously played for the Israeli U20 national team.

   #10. Sandro Listwon (204-C/F-93, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Viterbo SA (4-25) in their last game. Despite Listwon's very good performance the 15th-placed Viterbo SA lost 67-81 at home to the much higher-ranked (#3) Basket Barcellona in the Group C. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 28 minutes. Listwon has reliable stats this year: 10.5ppg and 5.2rpg in 29 games. He has Polish and Italian nationalities. Despite Listwon's Polish passport, he previously played for the Italian U16 national team.



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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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  PUERTO RICO  

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)



Rasham Suarez selected the top Puerto Rican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Rasham Suarez
Rasham Suarez
   #1. This week's number one is former U18 international guard Rasham Suarez (190-92, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Estonia). Suarez led Rapla to a victory over the sixth-ranked Valga (12-20) 94-85 in the Estonian Alexela KML on Monday night. He was MVP of the game. Suarez scored 23 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 33 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. AVIS UTILITAS Rapla (20-12) is placed second in the Alexela KML. Suarez has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.0apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 46.5%, 3FGP: 30.4% and FT: 78.7% in 26 games he played so far. Former Guaynabo starter played for the Puerto Rican U18 national team seven years ago.

Maurice Harkless
Maurice Harkless
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Maurice Harkless (203-93, college: St.John's, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Portland Trail Blazers (41-40) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Harkless' very good performance the Portland Trail Blazers (41-40) were crushed 110-81 on the road by the Golden State Warriors. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Harkless also added 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks. This season Harkless has relatively solid stats: 10.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 57.0%(254-446), 3FGP: 34.2% and FT: 63.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Puerto Rican and American. Harkless is in the roster of the Puerto Rican senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Puerto Rico.

Ramon Clemente
Ramon Clemente
   #3. The Puerto Rican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., currently plays in Argentina). Clemente was the major contributor in Ferrocarril's victory against the eighth-ranked La Union (21-31) 73-69 in the Argentinian LigaA last Monday. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. Ferrocarril Oeste Capital Federal (32-17) is placed second in Sur group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Clemente has reliable stats this year: 13.0ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 62.0%(178-287), 3FGP: 38.8% and FT: 77.3% in 47 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Puerto Rican and American. Clemente is also a member of the Puerto Rican senior national team. He used to play for Indios de Mayaguez in Puerto Rican league.

Shabazz Napier
Shabazz Napier
   #4. Point guard Shabazz Napier (185-91, college: Connecticut, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Maurice Harkless and both played together in the last NBA game. Napier was not able to help the Portland Trail Blazers (41-40) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance the Portland Trail Blazers (41-40) were crushed 110-81 in Oakland by the Golden State Warriors. Napier scored 10 points. It's Napier's first season with the team. This year he averages: 4.4ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.3apg. Napier has both American and Puerto Rican nationalities. He is also Puerto Rican national team player. Apparently Napier has never played in Puerto Rico.

Javier Mojica
Javier Mojica
   #5. An experienced former international shooting guard Javier Mojica (190-84, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Cent.Conn.St., currently plays in Uruguay) was not able to secure a victory for Defensor (6-8) in their game against Aguada (8-6) in the Uruguayan LUB. He scored 7 points and added 3 passes in 23 minutes. The seventh-placed Defensor (6-8) lost 78-88 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Aguada in the Promocional 1 group. Mojica's stats this year are: 12.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg in 15 games. He also holds two passports: Puerto Rican and American. Mojica used to play for the Puerto Rican national team two years ago. He played also for Fajardo in Puerto Rican league.

Kevin Young
Kevin Young
   #6. Forward Kevin Young (203-90, college: Kansas, currently plays in Argentina) couldn't help CA Platense (17-19) in their game against Parque Sur (21-15) in the Argentinian TNA (second division). Young cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. CA Platense (#5) lost 74-79 in Concepcion de Urug. to the leading Parque Sur in the Center South group. Young averaged so far 12.2ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg in 14 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Puerto Rican senior team two years ago.

Emanuel Pellot
Emanuel Pellot
   #7. Former U16 international power forward Emanuel Pellot (206-93, college: Florida A&M, currently plays in Argentina) couldn't help Villa San Martin (13-23) in their game against Comunicaciones (27-9) in the Argentinian TNA (second division). Pellot recorded only 4 points. Villa San Martin (#5) was crushed 92-71 in Mercedes by the second-ranked Comunicaciones in the North group. Pellot's overall stats this season are: 3.1ppg and 3.1rpg. He used to play for the Puerto Rican U16 national team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida, currently plays in France) led ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket to a 1-point victory over the closely-ranked JDA Dijon (10-18) 74-73 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Hodge recorded 19 points and added 4 passes in 24 minutes. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (14-14) is placed ninth in the ProA. It's Hodge's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 1.8rpg and 5.7apg in 28 games he played so far. Hodge has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican.

   #2. Ivan Aska (201-F-90, college: Murray St., currently plays in Greece) led PAOK to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Lavrio (11-15) 82-65 in the Greek A1 last Wednesday. He recorded 13 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. PAOK Thessaloniki (14-12) is placed fifth in the A1. Aska has relatively good stats this season: 10.4ppg and 5.0rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican.

   #3. Emanuel Ubilla (188-PG-86, agency: Court Side, college: Fair Dickinson, currently plays in Hungary) could not help ZTE KK (20-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Ubilla's very good performance the fourth-placed ZTE KK (20-11) was defeated 80-68 at home by the higher-ranked Falco KC (#3) in the Places 1-5 group. He was the top scorer with 22 points. Ubilla also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Ubilla has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 8.3apg and 1.2spg. Ubilla has both American and Puerto Rican nationalities. He used to play for Atleticos de San German in Puerto Rican league.

   #4. Nick Leon (181-PG-88, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Mexico) led Halcones de Ciudad Obregon to a victory over the league outsider Pioneros Los Mochis (4-11) 108-99 in the Mexican CIBACOPA in Wednesday night's game. Leon was the best player in that game. He scored 27 points (!!!), had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!) in only a mere 1 minutes. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (10-5) is placed third in the CIBACOPA. Leon's stats this year are: 13.7ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.1apg in 15 games.

   #5. Experienced Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82, agency: Paris Global Sports, currently plays in Venezuela) contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked Gigantes (10-12) 94-78 in the Venezuelan LPB in Wednesday night's game. Perez scored 9 points. Marinos de Anzoategui (8-10) is placed fourth in Eastern Conference. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Perez's overall stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.3apg. He also holds two passports: Puerto Rican and Venezuelan.

   #6. TreVon Hughes (183-PG-87, college: Wisconsin, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Duzce Belediye (10-23) in their last game. Despite Hughes' good performance Duzce Belediye was crushed 90-63 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#7) Istanbulspor. He scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) in 32 minutes. Hughes averaged so far 14.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.2apg and 2.2spg in 29 games. He holds both American and Puerto Rican passports. Interesting that Hughes has never played in Puerto Rico.



BSN Round 8: Santeros beat Capitanes in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in BSN, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Arecibo. First ranked Santeros faced 4th ranked Capitanes. Guests from Coamo (7-1) defeated host Capitanes (4-3) 82-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Capitanes. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) who scored 25 points and 9 rebounds. Egyptian-American center Omar Samhan (211-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Chane Behanan (198-92, college: Louisville) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Santeros have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-1 record. Defending champion Capitanes keep the fourth place with three games lost. Santeros are looking forward to face Indios (#9) in Mayaguez in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Capitanes will play at home against Indios (#9) and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Juana Diaz was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Caciques (6-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Leones (4-4). Caciques defeated Leones 85-69. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Leones. American forward Brandon Costner (206-87, college: N.Carolina St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. Ansel Guzman contributed with 17 points and 7 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Caciques' coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American power forward Eric Dawson (206-84, college: Midwestern St., agency: Haylett Sports) replied with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Leones. Caciques have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 6-2 record behind leader Aguada. Leones at the other side keep the fifth place with four games lost. They share the position with Fajardo. Caciques will play against Brujos (#10) in Guayama in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Leones will play on the road against Vaqueros (#8) in Bayamon and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in San German was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Vaqueros (2-5) played at the court of eighth ranked Atleticos (3-5). Atleticos managed to secure a 7-point victory 79-72 on Friday. Worth to mention a great performance of Justin Keenan who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 6 rebounds. Jeleel Akindele responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!). Vaqueros' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Atleticos moved-up to seventh place. Loser Vaqueros dropped to the eighth position with five games lost. They share it with Mayaguez. Atleticos will meet higher ranked Piratas (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Vaqueros will play against Leones (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 8 Fajardo defeated Guayama in a road game 81-70.
The best stats of 8th round was 23 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists by Damion James of Fajardo.

Guayama - Fajardo 70-81

There was no surprise in Guayama where 10th ranked Brujos (2-7) were defeated by sixth ranked Fajardo (4-4) 81-70 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Fajardo. Brujos managed to win second period 19-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Damion James (201-87, college: Texas) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists and international point guard