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  ALBANIA  



Klaudio Ndoja selected the top Albanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Klaudio Ndoja
Klaudio Ndoja
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Klaudio Ndoja (201-85, currently plays in Italy). He led Virtus Bologna to a victory over the sixth-ranked Roseto (17-13) crushing them 76-53 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game. Ndoja was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points in 20 minutes on the court. Virtus Segafredo Bologna (21-9) is placed first in East group. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Ndoja's first season with the team. This year Ndoja averages: 9.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 58.8%(20-34), 3FGP: 40.9% in 11 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Albanian and Italian. Ndoja played for the Albanian senior national team five years ago.

Rashaun Broadus
Rashaun Broadus
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-84, agency: Octagon Europe, college: BYU, currently plays in Germany). He could not help SC Rasta Vechta (2-28) in their last game on Friday. Despite Broadus' very good performance SC Rasta Vechta was edged 91-90 on the road by the higher-ranked Science City Jena (#12). He was the top scorer with 18 points. Broadus also added 7 passes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Broadus' overall stats this season are: 7.8ppg, 1.7rpg, 4.4apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3FGP: 24.4% and FT: 70.8%. He is a naturalized American. Broadus is in the roster of the Albanian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Albania.

Franko Bushati
Franko Bushati
   #3. The Albanian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international shooting guard Franko Bushati (189-85, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Italy). Bushati was not able to help Brescia in their game against Dolomiti En. TR (16-12) in the Italian Serie A. It was not his best game last Sunday. Bushati recorded only 3 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 32 minutes. Brescia was crushed 99-59 in Trento by the higher-ranked (#5) Dolomiti En. TR. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Bushati's overall stats are: 2.9ppg, 1.3rpg, 2FGP: 45.9%, 3FGP: 21.4% and FT: 54.5% in 28 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and Italian. Bushati played for the Albanian national team five years ago.

Elvisi Dusha
Elvisi Dusha
   #4. Guard Elvisi Dusha (188-94, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Plymouth Raiders (14-19) in their game against Scorchers (15-18) in the British BBL. He recorded only 4 points. Plymouth Raiders was crushed 93-70 in Guildford by the higher-ranked Scorchers (#8). It was Plymouth Raiders' sixth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Dusha's total stats this season are: 3.5ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.1apg. He has both Albanian and British nationalities. Dusha is also Albanian national team player.

Celis Taflaj
Celis Taflaj
   #5. International small forward Celis Taflaj (201-98, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Viola RC in their game against Legnano (19-11) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). He did not have that impressive stats last Saturday. Taflaj scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. The tenth-placed Viola RC lost 65-77 in Castellanza to the much higher-ranked (#3) Legnano in the West group. This year Taflaj's total stats are: 1.3ppg and 1.6rpg in 21 games. He plays currently for the Albanian national team.

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

   #1. Klaudio Patani (197-F/C-96, currently plays in Italy). Patani could not help Isernia (8-22) to beat Porto S.Elpidio (16-14). He scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Isernia (#14) was defeated 66-62 at home by the higher-ranked Porto S.Elpidio (#8) in the Group D. It was Isernia's fourth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Patani has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.2spg. He has a dual citizenship: Albanian and Italian.

Other top Albanian players, who play abroad:

Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94) plays for Krka in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM
Besnik Bekteshi (191-G-93) plays for SC Rasta Vechta in German BBL
Shkelzen Bekteshi (185-G-91) plays for Kirchheim Knights in German ProA
Ergys Rrapi (200-C-83) plays for Ermis Lagkada in Greek B
Bruno Zyka (184-SG-97) plays for Francavilla in Italian Serie C Silver
Frenki Lilaj (201-C-98) plays for GBA Sparta in Czech Republic 1Liga
Vildan Mitku (200-F-83) plays for Tuebingen II in German Regionalliga
Nderim Pelaj (182-PG-88) plays for Halle USV in German 2.Regionalliga
Grigoris Pappas (205-C/F-91) plays for Karditsas in Greek B

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



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  ANGOLA  


Petro confirm favoritism and qualify for semi-finals - by Eurobasket News

Petro de Luanda have reached the semi-finals of the national senior men's basketball championship, defeating Progresso do Sambizanga by 99-75 in the second game of the play-off, being played at the best of three matches. In the first encounter, Petro had already won by 11 points (75-64), thus confirming the favoritism in this phase against Progresso. In the next stage, Petro will face their arch-rival 1 de Agosto, who play ousted ASA. The semi-finals will be played at the best of five games.
Courtesy of: angop.ao



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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. Horner, Obras B.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. Justiz, Estudian.8.9 
 6. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.8 
 7. Francis, La Union8.8 
 8. Johnson, Atenas8.8 
 9. Wood, San M.8.6 
 10. Horner, Obras B.8.0 
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
 Ivan BASUALDO
  Quilm.
  (202-F/C-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Basualdo, Quilm.2.0 
 2. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 3. Solano, Echague2.0 
 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. Lescano, San M.1.4 
 10. Calfani, San L.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. Calfani, San L.1.3 
 7. Meyinsse, 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: 22.3
 1. Barovero, Union SF22.3 
 2. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista20.0 
 3. McCullough, Alianza .19.6 
 4. Brown, La Union19.5 
 5. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.2 
 6. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.17.7 
 7. Cutley, Atenas C.17.7 
 8. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.5 
 9. Pais, Platense17.4 
 10. Schoppler, Olimpo B.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.8 
 2. Matthews, Salta B.10.1 
 3. Dodson, Petr.Arg.9.8 
 4. Graham, Temperley8.9 
 5. Cutley, Atenas C.8.7 
 6. Lockett, BHY T.8.4 
 7. Lauria, Comunica.8.3 
 8. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.2 
 9. Granado, Olimpo BB8.2 
 10. Joseph, Obera TC8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Gimnasia.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. La-Bella, Gimnasia.7.8 
 2. Cajal, Independ.7.3 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.3 
 4. Cequeira, Villa A.5.3 
 5. Paletta, Hindu4.9 
 6. Correa, BHY T.4.4 
 7. Gandoy, Obera TC4.4 
 8. Franco, Alianza .4.3 
 9. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.4.3 
 10. Arese, Estudian.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell DODSON
  Petr.Arg.
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Dodson, Petr.Arg.2.9 
 2. Pais, Platense2.2 
 3. Punet, Salta Basket2.2 
 4. Correa, BHY T.2.2 
 5. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.2 
 6. Cequeira, Villa A.2.0 
 7. Brown, Mitre Tuc.1.9 
 8. Tabarez, Union SF1.7 
 9. Harrison, Ciclista1.7 
 10. Gago, Petr.Arg.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Efese, Gimnasia LP1.8 
 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. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 
 9. Tabarez, Union SF0.9 
 10. Moya, Hindu0.9 


Review of TNA Round 2 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Huracan - Atenas Carmen 72-80

Atenas Carmen upset Huracan on the road to secure 2-0 lead. Huracan trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 24-21 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-80 at the end of the game. Huracan was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Scott Cutley (196-85, college: CS Fullerton) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds. Point guard Hernan Etchepare (180-86) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Cutley is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Atenas players scored in double figures. Guard Lisandro Ruiz-Moreno (183-89) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds and forward Martin Melo (197-82) added 15 points in the effort for Huracan.
Top scorers:
Atenas Carmen: S.Cutley 23+13reb+2ast, H.Etchepare 20+2reb+2ast, H.Wilkerson 14+7reb, E.Agostino 13+2reb, B.Oprandi 6+4reb+3ast, G.Peralta 4+5reb+1ast
Huracan: L.Ruiz Moreno 17+5reb+2ast, M.Melo 15+3reb, G.Maranguello 14+2reb+1ast, G.Acosta 8+7reb, J.Ignacio Laterza 7+2reb+1ast, J.Hill 7+8reb+2ast
gschID: 544515


Comunicaciones - Villa San Martin 67-71

Villa San Martin evened the series following a tough road win. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-13. But Comunicaciones won second period 13-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Center Guillermo Saavedra (200-86) scored 17 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Julian Morales (195-95) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Franco-Vietta Stechina responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds and forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Four Comunicaciones players scored in double figures. Comunicaciones' coach Fernando Rivero rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Villa San Martin: G.Saavedra 17+9reb+1ast, M.Cabrera 15+6ast, J.Morales 12+9reb+2ast, F.Aldama 9+4reb+1ast, A.Carnovale 8+3reb+1ast, A.Toledo 6+6reb
Comunicaciones: F.Vietta Stechina 16+7reb+1ast, N.Lauria 12+5reb+3ast, G.Essengue 10+3reb+1ast, A.Pau 10+3reb+4ast, C.Romero 7+8reb+2ast, N.Gimenez 6+2reb
gschID: 544513


Union SF - BHY Tiro Federal 88-62

Union SF handed BHY Tiro Federal the second straight defeat. The game was mostly controlled by Union SF. BHY Tiro Federal managed to win fourth quarter 14-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Swingman Bruno Barovero (194-90) notched 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and forward Patricio Tabarez (195-91) supported him with 18 points. Four Union SF players scored in double figures. Even 10 points and 9 rebounds by forward Leandro Cecchi (201-88) did not help to save the game for BHY Tiro Federal. Point guard Emiliano Correa (189-91) added 11 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Union SF: B.Barovero 19+5reb+4ast, P.Tabarez 18+3reb+2ast, M.Stibbins 12+4reb, F.Podesta 11+8reb, T.Ligorria 6+1ast, M.Isola 6
BHY Tiro Federal: E.Correa 11+5reb+2ast, M.Ceruti 10+3reb+3ast, L.Cecchi 10+9reb, M.Maximiliano 8+5reb+4ast, D.Brezzo 8+7reb+2ast, P.Lockett 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 544512


Hindu - Independiente BBC 88-69

Hindu toppled Independiente BBC for 2-0 lead in the series. The game without a history. Hindu led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: DTMones) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Pablo Fernandez (198-82) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Power forward Bruno Ingrata (201-85) replied with 28 points and 6 rebounds and center Julian Aprea (209-87) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Independiente BBC. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Hindu: K.Jones 22+5reb+1ast, P.Fernandez 19+4reb+3ast, S.Mora 14+5reb+3ast, J.Mas Delfino 9+1reb+1ast, F.Vieta Stechina 7+5reb+5ast, S.Picton 6
Independiente BBC: B.Ingrata 28+6reb+1ast, J.Aprea 17+6reb+1ast, J.Angel Lopez 9+8reb+5ast, M.Balteiro 4, R.Fernandez 4+3reb, M.Vittar 3+2reb+4ast
gschID: 544511


Estudiantes O. - Petr.Argentino 110-95

Estudiantes O. rolled past Petr.Argentino for the second consecutive win. The game was mostly controlled by Estudiantes O.. Petr.Argentino managed to win fourth quarter 27-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Estudiantes O. shot 68.9 percent from the field. Estudiantes O. outrebounded Petr.Argentino 33-14 including a 29-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 58.3 percentage. Estudiantes O. looked well-organized offensively handing out 35 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Petr.Argentino's players. Rodrigo Sanchez (200-89) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists. Swingman Santiago Arese (196-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Estudiantes O. players scored in double figures. American forward Darnell Dodson (201-89, college: S.Mississippi, agency: DTMones) replied with 29 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Italian point guard Mariano Castets (183-83) added 22 points and 5 assists in the effort for Petr.Argentino.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes O.: E.Dominguez 26+1reb+3ast, R.Sanchez 18+13reb+8ast, D.Figueredo 18+7reb+5ast, L.Portillo 17+2reb+4ast, S.Arese 15+7reb+12ast, J.Gamazo 10+3reb+1ast
Petr.Argentino: D.Dodson 29+6reb+2ast, M.Castets 22+1reb+5ast, L.Diaz 20+3reb+2ast, F.Gago 9+1reb, M.Lambrisca 9+2reb, L.Rodriguez 4
gschID: 544510


Villa Angela - San Isidro 75-69

Villa Angela overcame San Isidro to draw things level. Villa Angela outrebounded San Isidro 41-28 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by San Isidro helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was point guard Martin Cequeira (180-88) who scored 13 points and 5 assists. American forward Nate Carter (200-83, college: Oklahoma) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. American power forward Jonathan Durley (203-88, college: Wichita St.) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and forward Mauricio Corzo (195-95) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. San Isidro's coach Julian Pagura tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Villa Angela: A.Spalla 13+4reb+3ast, M.Cequeira 13+4reb+5ast, M.Garcia 12+4reb+2ast, N.Carter 12+9reb, C.Avalle 9+2reb+1ast, T.Rossi 5+13reb
San Isidro: M.Corzo 13+4reb, J.Durley 13+10reb, S.Acevedo 12+2reb+2ast, M.Muller 11+1reb+1ast, S.Gonzalez 6+5reb, J.Kelly 5+3ast
gschID: 544517


Parque Sur - Platense 86-65

Parque Sur grabbed 2-0 lead after they trounced visiting Platense. Parque Sur looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by CA Platense's players. Pablo Alderete (196-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Point guard Augustin Richard (176-90) contributed with 6 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Felipe Pais (185-90) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds and Puerto Rican forward Kevin Young (203-90, college: Kansas, agency: SDJ Sports) added 6 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for CA Platense. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Parque Sur: P.Alderete 22+6reb+5ast, J.Stroud 15+3reb, G.Mariani 11+3reb+3ast, S.Bernasconi 11+2reb, E.Martinez 10+3ast, E.Bolling 7+3reb+3ast
Platense: F.Pais 17+6reb, D.Mansilla 7+2reb+1ast, I.Romani 7+2reb, F.Lopez 6+1reb+2ast, K.Young 6+6reb+1ast, S. Burdman 5
gschID: 544516


Alianza Viedma - Gimnasia LP 96-68

Alianza Viedma celebrated the second consecutive win over Gimnasia LP. Alianza Viedma dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Gimnasia LP's 36 and made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Nigerian-American power forward Lotanna Nwogbo (203-93, college: Longwood) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Mateo Gaynor (199-90) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Alianza Viedma players scored in double figures. Bolivian forward Raul Salvatierra (200-91) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and Juan Lancieri (190-95) added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Gimnasia LP. 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:
Alianza Viedma: L.Nwogbo 20+6reb, A.Knecht 18+2reb+5ast, M.Gaynor 18+7reb, O.McCullough 12+4reb+3ast, M.Tabieres 10+2reb, F.Grun 8+5reb+4ast
Gimnasia LP: M.Segon 14+3reb, R.Salvatierra 12+10reb+1ast, L.La Bella 11+4reb, R.Rosende 8+4reb, J.Lancieri 8+8reb+3ast, J.Efese 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 544514





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  ASEAN LEAGUE  


Hong Kong ELL edge Singapore Slingers to clinch title - by Eurobasket News

Singapore S. - Hong Kong ELL 80-82 OT

Hong Kong ELL celebrated ASEAN League title. They nipped Singapore Slingers on the road to claim 3-1 victory in the championship series. Singapore Slingers were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 13-9 charge of Hong Kong ELL, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 14-12. Strangely Singapore Slingers outrebounded Hong Kong ELL 57-42 including 17 on the offensive glass. Singapore Slingers were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 8 assists. He was named the MVP. Power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Center Justin Howard (209-81, college: Mercer) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 26 rebounds and guard Xavier Alexander (198-88, college: S.Nazarene) added 20 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Singapore Slingers.
Top scorers:
Singapore S.: J.Howard 20+26reb+3ast, X.Alexander 20+8reb+8ast, J.Urbiztondo 16+8reb, L.Kwek Wei 7+6reb+1ast, W.Long Wong 6+3ast, K.Goh 6+4reb+1ast
Hong Kong ELL: M.Elliott 26+3reb+8ast, T.Lamb 21+2reb+2ast, J.Boone 13+16reb+2ast, S.Yee Fong 9+11reb+3ast, K.Lee 8+1reb+1ast, S.Wing Chan 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 544955





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  AUSTRIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.5 
 2. Vay, Arkadia19.2 
 3. Miletic, Vienna19.0 
 4. Clemmons, Vienna18.1 
 5. Lamesic, Wels18.0 
 6. Stazic, Vienna17.2 
 7. Rados, Klostern.16.8 
 8. McNealy, Oberwart16.3 
 9. Jackson, Oberwart15.7 
 10. Murati, Gmunden15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jozo RADOS
  Klostern.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Rados, Klostern.11.7 
 2. Naylor, UBSC G.10.5 
 3. Vay, Arkadia9.1 
 4. Draskovic, Arkadia8.4 
 5. Lamesic, Wels7.6 
 6. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.6 
 7. Traylor, Oberwart7.2 
 8. Baptiste, Kapfe.6.7 
 9. Gaidys, Gmunden6.3 
 10. Cumberbatch, Oberw.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Danek, Arkadia7.2 
 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. Clemmons, Vienna4.5 
 9. ONeal, Wels4.5 
 10. Murati, Gmunden3.7 
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. Stazic, Vienna1.4 
 6. Payton, Wels1.4 
 7. Koch, Vienna1.4 
 8. Trmal, Arkadia1.4 
 9. Krivokapic, UBSC G.1.4 
 10. Vujosevic, Kapfe.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamari TRAYLOR
  Oberwart
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Traylor, Oberwart1.5 
 2. Rados, Klostern.1.3 
 3. Draskovic, Arkadia1.3 
 4. Chan, Wels1.1 
 5. Baptiste, Kapfe.0.9 
 6. Steed, Gmunden0.9 
 7. Koch, Vienna0.9 
 8. Kuakumensah, Oberw.0.9 
 9. Iliev, Furstenfeld0.8 
 10. Naylor, UBSC G.0.8 


2.Bundesliga Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Dragons and Raiders with victories - by Eurobasket News

Dragons - Rocks 81-50

Dragons marched past Rocks in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by UBC St. Polten. Rocks was better in fourth quarter 14-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Rocks to just 4 points in third quarter. Martin Speiser (202-F-83) stepped up with 16 points for the winners.
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Mustangs - Raiders 74-88

Raiders Villach upset Mustangs on the road to grab 1-0 lead in the semifinal series. The guests trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 52-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Timi Huber (179-G-92) came up with 28 points to pace the visitors. Vladimir Sismilich (202-F-85) answered with 19 points in the loss.
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  BELARUS  

Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Sergej VABISCHEVICH
  BSEU-Gr.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.20.9 
 2. Aladko, Vitebsk18.7 
 3. Viaroukin, GO.18.6 
 4. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.17.5 
 5. Shustov, Impuls B.17.0 
 6. Suvorov, Prine.16.8 
 7. Navoichyk, Prine.16.2 
 8. Volodkin, Impuls B.15.6 
 9. Liutych, Tsmoki II14.3 
 10. Roslikau, BSEU-Gr.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy DMITRUK
  Brest
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 12
 1. Dmitruk, Brest12.0 
 2. Zahar, Impuls B.9.3 
 3. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.9.2 
 4. Liutych, Tsmoki II8.7 
 5. Vashkevich, Vitebsk8.4 
 6. Chumakov, Prine.8.2 
 7. Kopacev, GO.8.0 
 8. Ignatev, Impuls B.7.5 
 9. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk7.3 
 10. Malysh, COR-Bori.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Maksim SHUSTOV
  Impuls B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Shustov, Impuls B.5.7 
 2. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.5 
 3. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.5.4 
 4. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.4.7 
 5. Stavrovskiy, Tsmoki I.4.6 
 6. Korzh, Grodno-934.6 
 7. Nazarov, BSEU-Gr.4.5 
 8. Aladko, Vitebsk4.5 
 9. Volodkin, Impuls B.4.3 
 10. Kharkevich, COR-Bori.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Tsimafei VIAROUKIN
  GO.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Viaroukin, GO.2.4 
 2. Shustov, Impuls B.2.3 
 3. Suvorov, Prine.2.2 
 4. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk2.2 
 5. Lebedev, BSEU-Gr.2.1 
 6. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.1.9 
 7. Chumakov, Prine.1.8 
 8. Zahar, Impuls B.1.8 
 9. Stavrovskiy, Tsmoki I.1.8 
 10. Sazonau, BSEU-Gr.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Mikita KUCHKOU
  BSEU-Gr.
  (182-G/F-99)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kuchkou, BSEU-Gr.0.0 
 2. Adaskov, GO.0.0 
 3. Kruk, Grodno-930.0 
 4. Radishevskiy, Impuls B.0.0 
 5. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.0.0 
 6. Pogrebickiy, Tsmoki I.0.0 
 7. Kozhdan, Impuls B.0.0 
 8. Pishcheyko, Vitebsk0.0 
 9. Kovalev, GO.0.0 
 10. Palanevich, Tsmoki I.0.0 


Premier League Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Vitebsk complete semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Tsmoki II - Vitebsk 77-81

Vitebsk upset Tsmoki II on the road to advance into the semifinal stage. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 18-7 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Vitebsk dominated on the defensive end, holding Tsmoki II to just 7 points in fourth quarter. It was a great evening for point guard Ivan Aladko (193-95) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Russian center Marsel Ovsepyan (200-90) helped adding 9 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Vitebsk players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was point guard Andrei Rogozenko (183-97) with 22 points and 5 rebounds and forward Maksim Liutych (200-97) scored 23 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Tsmoki II: M.Liutych 23+5reb+1ast, A.Rogozenko 22+5reb+3ast, A.Stavrovskiy 10+1reb+2ast, D.Kuratnik 8+2reb+2ast, G.Pogrebickiy 4+6reb, M.Koratcov 4+1reb+2ast
Vitebsk: I.Aladko 22+5reb+6ast, A.Kachan 15+1reb+1ast, P.Kadol 12+6reb+2ast, V.Ovsepyan 12+2reb+1ast, A.Vashkevich 11+4reb+2ast, M.Ovsepyan 9+11reb+5ast
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  BELGIUM  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Jason CLARK
  Antwerp
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Clark, Antwerp17.3 
 2. Miller-M., Leuven17.0 
 3. Bowman, Spirou16.7 
 4. Tofi, Aalstar15.7 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .15.1 
 6. Troisfontain., Aalst.14.4 
 7. Badji, Kangoeroes13.6 
 8. Samhan, Leuven13.6 
 9. Channels, Kango.13.5 
 10. Simpson, Liege13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Anderson, Antwerp8.6 
 2. Amis, Aalstar7.2 
 3. Badji, Kangoeroes6.9 
 4. Samhan, Leuven6.6 
 5. Fields, Liege6.6 
 6. Ubel, Brussels6.5 
 7. Ware, Antwerp6.3 
 8. Simmons, Brussels6.2 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .5.9 
 10. Dowe, Brussels5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dusan DJORDJEVIC
  Ooste.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.4 
 2. Miller-M., Leuven5.4 
 3. Channels, Kango.5.0 
 4. Anderson, Limburg .4.7 
 5. Loubry, Brussels4.7 
 6. Marnegrave, Spirou4.3 
 7. Bosco, Mons-Hai.4.2 
 8. Clark, Antwerp4.1 
 9. Hertay, Liege3.6 
 10. Tuttle, Limburg .3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Miller-M., Leuven1.9 
 2. Simpson, Liege1.6 
 3. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 4. Hertay, Liege1.5 
 5. Channels, Kango.1.5 
 6. Billbury, Leuven1.4 
 7. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 8. Clark, Antwerp1.3 
 9. Muya, Brussels1.2 
 10. Swing, Limburg United1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill AMIS
  Aalstar
  (206-PF-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Amis, Aalstar1.5 
 2. Fields, Liege1.0 
 3. Fusek, Spirou0.8 
 4. Boukichou, Oostende0.8 
 5. Henry, Kangoeroes0.8 
 6. Bako, Leuven0.7 
 7. Ware, Antwerp0.7 
 8. Blair, Aalstar0.6 
 9. Olah, Mons-Hainaut0.6 
 10. Samhan, Leuven0.6 


D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nick CELIS
  Oxaco
  (196-G-88)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Celis, Oxaco20.1 
 2. Lhoest, Ninane19.9 
 3. Moris, Royal Brussels18.9 
 4. Lambrecht, Gistel O.17.6 
 5. Wachowiak, Gembo B.16.5 
 6. Maesen, Houthalen16.4 
 7. Hilliman, Melsele16.4 
 8. Van-Hoey, Oxaco16.3 
 9. Baptista, Gistel O.16.2 
 10. Guillemyn, Waregem16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Lhoest, Ninane13.3 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele9.5 
 3. Lambrecht, Gistel O.9.4 
 4. Moris, Royal Brussels8.3 
 5. Vermeersch, Gembo B.7.5 
 6. Gorremans, Soba7.4 
 7. Celis, Oxaco7.4 
 8. Bogaerts, Soba7.0 
 9. Fall, Ieper6.8 
 10. De-Pooter, Gent H.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Sam HEMELEERS
  Gistel O.
  (180-G-95)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Hemeleers, Gistel O.5.4 
 2. Lhote, Gent Hawks4.5 
 3. Celis, Oxaco4.3 
 4. Goethaert, Gembo B.4.2 
 5. Lhoest, Ninane3.6 
 6. Mwendanga, Giants B.3.5 
 7. Kanda-K., Giants B3.2 
 8. Maesen, Houthalen3.2 
 9. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.3.0 
 10. Beaujean, Gembo B.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rochdi BENZOUIEN
  Royal B.
  (184-PG-96)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Benzouien, Royal B.2.1 
 2. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.2.0 
 3. Goethaert, Gembo B.1.7 
 4. Celis, Oxaco1.7 
 5. Van-Hoey, Oxaco1.6 
 6. Van-d., Ekeren1.5 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.1.5 
 8. Riahi, RPC A.1.5 
 9. Hemeleers, Gistel O.1.4 
 10. Hall, Royal Brussels1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick HILLIMAN
  Melsele
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Hilliman, Melsele0.9 
 2. Fall, Ieper0.9 
 3. Vermeersch, Gembo B.0.9 
 4. Van-d., Gent Hawks0.8 
 5. Lambrecht, Gistel O.0.7 
 6. Rogiers, Giants B0.6 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.0.6 
 8. De-Pooter, Gent H.0.6 
 9. Samaey, Waregem0.6 
 10. Celis, Oxaco0.4 


Olivier Troisfontaines gets two-season renewal at Okapi Aalstar - by Bert Larsimont

Crelan Okapi Aalstar has announced the arrival of new Head Coach Jean-Marc Jaumin for 2017-18. Last week, the club also let media know that Belgian player Olivier Troisfontaines (196-G/F-89, agency: LBM Management) has extended his contract for two more seasons. The Okapi shooting guard/forward, also a member of the Belgian Lions (Belgium's national team), is currently averaging 14.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.8 apg 1.1 spg in the Euromillions League.

Olivier Troisfontaines, is currently having an excellent season with Crelan Okapi Aalstar, and has had several top performances since the start of the season. His best performance was against Proximus Spirou Charleroi on Dec. 12th, 2016: 33 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists.

The Flemish club keeps on building a great project, called "OKAPI 2020", and builds a well balanced team with the hope to remain:
- a top challenger in the Euromillions League;
- a nice club with a family atmosphere; and
- an ambitious team which could win a title in the next three seasons.




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

24-year old forward Ryan Anderson (206-F-92) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Antwerp and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Liege (#10, 6-26) with 21-point margin 86-65. Antwerp maintains the 2nd position in Belgian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Antwerp will need more victories to improve their 20-11 record. In the team's last game Anderson had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Antwerp's top player in his first season with the team. University of Arizona graduate has very impressive stats this year. Anderson leads league in rebounds with 8.6rpg. Anderson is in league's top in assists (4th best: 1.3apg) and averages solid 50.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Alexandru Olah (213-C-93) of Mons-Hainaut. He is Romanian center in his first season at Mons-Hainaut. In the last game Olah recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Mons-Hainaut to edge the higher-ranked Brussels (#3, 18-13) by 1 point 91-90. Mons-Hainaut's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 14-17 record. Olah is a newcomer at Mons-Hainaut and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Mons-Hainaut's star - guard Tre Demps (188-G-93). Demps scored 29 points. He was another key player of Mons-Hainaut, helping his team with a 91-90 win against the higher-ranked Brussels (#3, 18-13). The chances of Mons-Hainaut ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 17 games, recording just fourteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Demps could help Mons-Hainaut to bring them higher in the standings. Demps has a very solid season. In 31 games in Belgium he scored 13.1ppg. He also has FGP: 52.0% and 3PT: 40.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Terrance Henry (206-F-89) of Kangoeroes - 29 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. TJ Bray (197-G-92) of Brussels - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Demitrius Conger (196-F-90) of Antwerp - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Wesley Channels (190-PG-88) of Kangoeroes - 10 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Rasko Katic (208-C-80) of Oostende - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Corey Walden (188-G-92) of Oostende - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Dusan Djordjevic (193-G-83) of Oostende - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 12 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)



Euromillions League Round 31: Belfius Mons-Hainaut beats Basic-Fit Brussels by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute surprises and upsets. Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The most exciting game of round 31 in the Euromillions League took place in Jemappes. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Basic-Fit Brussels (18-13) to eighth ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (14-17) 91-90 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. Belfius Mons-Hainaut outrebounded Basic-Fit Brussels 47-29 including a 31-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Tre Demps (188-93, college: Northwestern) who helped to win the game recording 29 points. Swingman JJ Mann (198-91, college: Belmont) contributed with 17 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard TJ Bray (197-92, college: Princeton) answered with 22 points for Basic-Fit Brussels. Basic-Fit Brussels' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Belfius Mons-Hainaut have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Spirou. Basic-Fit Brussels lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with 13 games lost. Belfius Mons-Hainaut is looking forward to face Leuven Bears (#9) on the road in the next round. Basic-Fit Brussels will play against Kangoeroes (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (18-13) against seventh ranked Spirou Charleroi (14-17) on Wednesday night. Visiting Basic-Fit Brussels were defeated by Spirou Charleroi in a tough game in Charleroi 68-72. It was a great evening for American Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points. Ivan Radenovic helped adding 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side American power forward Brandon Ubel (209-91, college: Nebraska, agency: Pensack Sports) responded with 7 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Spirou Charleroi maintains seventh place with 14-17 record, which they share with Mons-Hainaut. Basic-Fit Brussels lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with 13 games lost. Spirou Charleroi will play against league's second-placed Antwerp Giants at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Basic-Fit Brussels will play against Kangoeroes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Euromillions League top team - Oostende (26-5) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat sixth ranked Limburg United (15-16) 92-85. It was a quality performance for Dusan Djordjevic who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 assists. Jerime Anderson came up with 12 points and 7 assists for Limburg United in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Oostende have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 26-5 record. Limburg United at the other side keeps the sixth position with 16 games lost. Oostende will meet bottom-ranked Liege Basket (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Limburg United will play against Okapi Aalstar (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Euromillions League top team - Oostende (26-5) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Leuven Bears (9-22) 95-67. Rasko Katic fired 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Oostende have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 26-5 record. Leuven Bears lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 22 games lost. Oostende's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Liege Basket (#10) in Liege and are hoping to win another game. Leuven Bears will play at home against Belfius Mons-Hainaut and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 31 were not that significant. Bottom-ranked Liege were smashed by Antwerp on the road 86-65. Aalstar won against Spirou on its own court 77-73. Leuven unfortunately lost to Kangoeroes in Willebroek 67-78.

Antwerp - Liege 86-65

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Antwerp Giants (20-11) crushed at home bottom-ranked Liege Basket (6-26) 86-65. Antwerp Giants made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Liege Basket turnovers. American forward Ryan Anderson (206-92, college: Arizona) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import forward Demitrius Conger (196-90, college: St.Bonaventure) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Antwerp Giants players scored in double figures. Power forward Stephane Moris (208-86, agency: Promotex) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds and American power forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Antwerp Giants maintains second place with 20-11 record having six points less than leader Oostende. Liege Basket lost fifteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. Antwerp Giants' next round opponent will be Spirou Charleroi (#7) on the road which should be theoretically another easy game. Liege Basket will play against the league's leader Oostende and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: R.Anderson 21+10reb+2ast, D.Conger 16+5reb+4ast, K.Punter 14+3reb+1ast, J.Clark 13+5ast, M.Smith 8+1reb+2ast, G.Ware 4+1reb+2ast
Liege: S.Moris 17+6reb+2ast, J.Fields 10+8reb, L.Giancaterino 8+2reb+1ast, D.Sweetney 7+3reb, B.Penninck 6+5reb+1ast, Y.Hertay 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 478844


Aalstar - Spirou 77-73

Rather expected game when 7th ranked Spirou Charleroi (14-17) lost on the road to fifth ranked Okapi Aalstar (17-15) 77-73. The former international swingman Olivier Troisfontaines (196-89, agency: LBM Management) fired 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Troisfontaines is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Okapi Aalstar's coach Jean-Marc Jaumin allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard DJ Richardson (190-91, college: Illinois, agency: Inception Sports) produced 19 points and Slovakian center Michael Fusek (221-95, agency: Octagon Europe) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Okapi Aalstar maintains fifth place with 17-15 record. Spirou Charleroi at the other side keeps the seventh position with 17 games lost. Okapi Aalstar's next round opponent will be Limburg United (#6) on the road. Spirou Charleroi will play against the league's second-placed Antwerp Giants and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: O.Troisfontaines 21+5reb+4ast, J.Tofi 15+5reb, Y.Barrueta 12+5reb+1ast, N.El Khounchar 12+1reb+3ast, B.Uzoh 6+3reb+1ast, T.De Thaey 4+6reb+2ast
Spirou: D.Richardson 19+2reb+1ast, I.Radenovic 15+2reb, K.Grant 11+2reb+2ast, M.Fusek 10+9reb+2ast, N.Marnegrave 9+3reb+3ast, L.Schwartz 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 478842


Kangoeroes - Leuven 78-67

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Kangoeroes (17-14) won against 9th ranked Leuven Bears (9-22) in Willebroek 78-67. They outrebounded Leuven Bears 39-23 including 29 on the defensive glass. American forward Terrance Henry (206-89, college: Mississippi) fired 29 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import point guard Wesley Channels (190-88, college: Austin Peay St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Codi Miller-McIntyre (190-94, college: Wake Forest) produced 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Jonas Delalieux (202-92) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Leuven Bears' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Kangoeroes maintains fourth place with 17-14 record. Leuven Bears lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 22 games lost. Kangoeroes' next round opponent will be higher ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Leuven Bears will play against Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kangoeroes: T.Henry 29+8reb+2ast, T.Deroover 11+4reb+2ast, W.Channels 10+12reb+4ast, A.Chada 7+3reb+3ast, D.Donkor 6+1reb+3ast, R.Oveneke 6+5reb
Leuven: C.Miller-McIntyre 19+6reb+4ast, J.Delalieux 16+1reb+1ast, C.Steindl 9+2reb+1ast, K.Billbury 8+2reb+2ast, I.Bako 6+1reb, R.Bogaerts 5+1reb
gschID: 478845


Oostende - Limburg United 92-85

Euromillions League top team - Oostende (26-5) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat sixth ranked Limburg United (15-16) 92-85. Oostende made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game, while Limburg United only scored five points from the stripe. They outrebounded Limburg United 42-31 including 34 on the defensive glass. Oostende looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. It was a quality performance for Serbian guard Dusan Djordjevic (193-83, agency: BeoBasket) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 assists. International forward Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-91) accounted for 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. American point guard Jerime Anderson (187-89, college: UCLA) came up with 12 points and 7 assists and the other American import forward Daniel Jansen (206-94, college: Augustana, SD) added 17 points respectively for Limburg United in the defeat. Four Oostende and five Limburg United players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Oostende have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 26-5 record. Limburg United at the other side keeps the sixth position with 16 games lost. Oostende will meet bottom-ranked Liege Basket (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Limburg United will play against Okapi Aalstar (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oostende: C.Walden 13+4reb+4ast, P.Gillet 13+8reb+2ast, R.Katic 13+2reb, D.Djordjevic 12+4reb+12ast, K.Boukichou 10+4reb+2ast, D.Newbill 9+2reb+1ast
Limburg United: D.Jansen 17+4reb+1ast, J.Anderson 12+3reb+7ast, H.Vanwijn 11+3reb+3ast, J.Swing 11+1reb+6ast, B.Simons 10+5reb+1ast, S.Tuttle 10+5reb+1ast
gschID: 478843


Mons-Hainaut - Brussels 91-90

The most exciting game of round 31 in the Euromillions League took place in Jemappes. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Basic-Fit Brussels (18-13) to eighth ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (14-17) 91-90 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. Belfius Mons-Hainaut outrebounded Basic-Fit Brussels 47-29 including a 31-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Tre Demps (188-93, college: Northwestern) who helped to win the game recording 29 points. Swingman JJ Mann (198-91, college: Belmont) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard TJ Bray (197-92, college: Princeton) answered with 22 points and forward Jeremy Simmons (204-89, college: Charleston) added 19 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Basic-Fit Brussels. Four Basic-Fit Brussels players scored in double figures. Basic-Fit Brussels' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Belfius Mons-Hainaut have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Spirou. Basic-Fit Brussels lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with 13 games lost. Belfius Mons-Hainaut is looking forward to face Leuven Bears (#9) on the road in the next round. Basic-Fit Brussels will play against Kangoeroes (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mons-Hainaut: T.Demps 29+4reb+1ast, A.Olah 19+12reb+1ast, J.Mann 17+12reb+5ast, J.Cage 7+6reb, G.Green 6+2reb+2ast, I.Lasisi 5+3reb+3ast
Brussels: T.Bray 22+3reb+2ast, J.Simmons 19+7reb, C.Dowe 17+2reb+2ast, A.Peciukevicius 11+5reb+4ast, D.Loubry 10+1reb+3ast, A.Lichodzijewski 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 478841


Round 28
Oostende - Leuven 95-67

Euromillions League top team - Oostende (26-5) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Leuven Bears (9-22) 95-67. Oostende made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game, while Leuven Bears only scored six points from the stripe. They outrebounded Leuven Bears 44-24 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Leuven Bears helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian center Rasko Katic (208-80, agency: BeoBasket) fired 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Serbian-Croatian Marko Jagodic Kuridza (205-87, agency: PEPI SPORT) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Five Oostende players scored in double figures. American guard Codi Miller-McIntyre (190-94, college: Wake Forest) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Jonas Delalieux (202-92) added 13 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Oostende have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 26-5 record. Leuven Bears lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 22 games lost. Oostende's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Liege Basket (#10) in Liege and are hoping to win another game. Leuven Bears will play at home against Belfius Mons-Hainaut and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oostende: R.Katic 15+5reb+2ast, D.Newbill 11+1reb, C.Walden 11+2reb+2ast, V.Kesteloot 10+3reb+1ast, J.Salumu 10+1reb+5ast, M.Jagodic Kuridza 10+10reb
Leuven: C.Miller-McIntyre 19+6reb+2ast, J.Delalieux 13+3reb, C.Steindl 9+3reb+2ast, I.Bako 8+3reb, T.Setty 7+4reb+1ast, K.Billbury 5+1reb
gschID: 543793


Spirou - Brussels 72-68

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (18-13) against seventh ranked Spirou Charleroi (14-17) on Wednesday night. Visiting Basic-Fit Brussels were defeated by Spirou Charleroi in a tough game in Charleroi 68-72. It was a great evening for American Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points. Serbian power forward Ivan Radenovic (209-84, college: Arizona) helped adding 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Spirou Charleroi players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward Brandon Ubel (209-91, college: Nebraska, agency: Pensack Sports) responded with 7 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import guard TJ Bray (197-92, college: Princeton) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Spirou Charleroi maintains seventh place with 14-17 record, which they share with Mons-Hainaut. Basic-Fit Brussels lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with 13 games lost. Spirou Charleroi will play against league's second-placed Antwerp Giants at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Basic-Fit Brussels will play against Kangoeroes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spirou: K.Grant 14+4reb+3ast, D.Richardson 14+4reb, M.Fusek 11+8reb, I.Radenovic 11+5reb+5ast, A.Libert 7+1reb+2ast, D.Harris 6+2reb
Brussels: T.Bray 12+5reb+1ast, A.Lichodzijewski 11+5reb+1ast, C.Dowe 9+4reb+1ast, D.Loubry 9+2ast, N.Foerts 7, B.Ubel 7+10reb+2ast
gschID: 543792





Top Division I Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Waregem and Gent Hawks - by Eurobasket News

Oxaco - Waregem 77-90

Waregem cruised past Oxaco on the road to open win count in the series. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-77. Waregem made 17-of-18 free shots (94.4 percent) during the game. Forward Thomas Foucart (192-84) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Brecht Guillemyn (192-87) chipped in 20 points. Four Waregem players scored in double figures. Forward Christopher Pegg (185-82) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and Sam Van-Hoey (190-91) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Oxaco's coach Tony van den Bosch rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Waregem: T.Foucart 21+10reb+3ast, B.Guillemyn 20+4reb+1ast, S.Naudts 19+2reb+4ast, B.Willy Samaey 12+5reb+3ast, A.Steinbach 9+2ast, T.Bruyneel 3+3reb+1ast
Oxaco: C.Pegg 19+5reb+3ast, S.Van Hoey 19+3reb+1ast, N.Celis 15+4reb+2ast, M.De Meyer 9+2reb+1ast, E.Derby 4+4reb+1ast, G.Nau 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 544779


Gent Hawks - Gembo BBC 95-52

Gent Hawks overcame Gembo BBC in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Gent Hawks. Gembo BBC was better in fourth quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Gembo BBC to just 4 points in third quarter. Gent Hawks players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Gembo BBC's players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Laurent Lhote (182-84) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 assists. Power forward Joren Vermoessen (201-93) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Gent Hawks players scored in double figures. Gent Hawks' coach Eric Rogiers felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jens Bouckaert (-91) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds and center Anthony Vermeersch (202-90) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Gembo BBC.
Top scorers:
Gent Hawks: J.Vermoessen 19+5reb+1ast, L.Lhote 16+2reb+8ast, R.Spaens 15+4reb+4ast, J.Vermoessen 12+5reb+5ast, G.De Pooter 11+3reb+1ast, R.Van den Berghe 8+9reb
Gembo BBC: J.Bouckaert 18+9reb, A.Vermeersch 13+6reb, T.Beaujean 8+4reb+4ast, T.Goethaert 3+4reb+2ast, P.Van Rillaer 3+5reb+1ast, S.De Bruyn 3+2reb
gschID: 544778





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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.
gschID: 535925


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.
gschID: 535924


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.
gschID: 535922





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  BOSNIA  

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.19.3 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak18.3 
 3. Kovacevic, Spars S.17.2 
 4. Jovanovic, Spars S.16.7 
 5. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.15.8 
 6. Negovanovic, Gradj.15.7 
 7. Pelkic, Leotar15.4 
 8. Hasandic, Sloboda .15.1 
 9. Stanojevic, Mlado.14.3 
 10. Markovic, Gradj.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Obrad TOMIC
  Kakanj
  (206-C-93)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Tomic, Kakanj9.8 
 2. Kastropil, Siroki P.8.7 
 3. Markovic, Gradj.8.3 
 4. Pelkic, Leotar7.8 
 5. Stanojevic, Mlado.7.6 
 6. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.7.2 
 7. Marojevic, Gradj.7.1 
 8. Kadic, Bosnjak6.8 
 9. Karacic, Siroki P.6.7 
 10. Durmo, Spars S.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jan MOCNIK
  Siroki P.
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Mocnik, Siroki P.8.3 
 2. Knezevic, Zrinjski.5.5 
 3. Princ, Zrinjski HT4.8 
 4. Fekete, Leotar4.6 
 5. Luzajic, Leotar4.0 
 6. Aleksic, Mladost3.9 
 7. Vasiljevic, Bosna-Ro.3.9 
 8. Dovadzija, Bosnjak3.9 
 9. Zahiragic, Spars S.3.7 
 10. Svilar, Kakanj3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.2.4 
 2. Brown, Sloboda .2.0 
 3. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak1.9 
 4. Mocnik, Siroki P.1.7 
 5. Princ, Zrinjski HT1.6 
 6. Samadan, Zrinjski.1.4 
 7. Dreznjak, Siroki P.1.4 
 8. Negovanovic, Gradj.1.3 
 9. Ikonic, Bosna-Royal1.3 
 10. Dovadzija, Bosnjak1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Franko KASTROPIL
  Siroki P.
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Kastropil, Siroki P.1.1 
 2. Sturanovic, Bosna-Ro.1.0 
 3. Karacic, Siroki P.1.0 
 4. Brummitt, Zrinjski.0.9 
 5. Pelkic, Leotar0.8 
 6. Radmilovic, Leotar0.7 
 7. Tomic, Kakanj0.6 
 8. Milosevic, Gradjanski0.6 
 9. Marojevic, Gradj.0.6 
 10. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.0.5 


Division I Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Igokea and Bosna-Royal - by Eurobasket News

Igokea - Sloboda Tuzla 86-85

Igokea nipped visiting Sloboda Tuzla to take 1-0 lead in the semis. Sloboda Tuzla trailed by 14 points at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 30-16 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 85-86 at the end of the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Sloboda Tuzla helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian guard Vuk Radivojevic (196-83) stepped up and scored 24 points and 7 assists for the winners and Serbian forward Strahinja Micovic (205-92) chipped in 17 points. At the losing side the former international Almir Hasandic (191-90) responded with 26 points and 6 assists and point guard Marko Rikalo (187-94) scored 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Igokea: V.Radivojevic 24+4reb+7ast, S.Micovic 17+3reb+1ast, N.Pesakovic 10+1reb, R.Rikic 9+3reb, J.Robinson 9+5reb+5ast, D.Milosevic 8+4reb+3ast
Sloboda Tuzla: A.Hasandic 26+4reb+6ast, M.Rikalo 16+2reb+1ast, M.Hrncic 9+2reb, E.Cerkezovic 9+8reb+1ast, D.Petrov 7+5reb, N.Muratovic 5+2reb
gschID: 544720


Bosna-Royal - Zrinjski HT 74-66

Bosna-Royal outgunned Zrinjski to grab the lead in the series. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 18-15 Zrinjski HT's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 74-66 at the end of the game. The former international guard Marko Josilo (200-92) nailed 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Vladimir Djordjevic (201) accounted for 9 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Bosna-Royal's coach Dusan Gvozdic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Croatian center Ljubo Samadan (207-83, agency: XL Basketball Agency) came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Torrion Brummitt (201, college: W.Carolina) added 16 points respectively for Zrinjski HT in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Bosna-Royal: S.Vasiljevic 15+3reb+4ast, M.Josilo 15+9reb+1ast, H.Delalic 14+1reb+1ast, V.Djordjevic 9+9reb+6ast, S.Dragicevic 6+2reb+1ast, M.Sturanovic 5+3reb+1ast
Zrinjski HT: L.Samadan 19+6reb, T.Brummitt 16+3reb+1ast, B.Djurasovic 11+6reb+1ast, D.Knezevic 9+1reb+1ast, V.Princ 7+3reb+5ast, M.Petric 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 544719





BiH Basketball Quick Notes! - by Chris Mathieu

BiH Basketball Quick Notes!

Vogosca returns to the first division of BiH basketball! It was a battle of veteran PGs Dinko Peljto and Edin Nurkanovic and Vogosca outlasted Gradina Srebrenik 82-80. Vogosca returns to the first division after a two year absence.

Imran Polutak has been on fire! Imran Polutak has been on fire since leaving Slovenia for Croatian club Zabok. He's played in 12 games and is averaging 19mpg 11.4ppg 4.5rbpg while shooting 59.8% from two, 80% from three (4-5) and 65.6% from the FT line.

KK Radnicki Gorazde earns a promotion! The club overcame the loss of American Leo Svete at the end of the regular season and won the promotion to A1 league next season. The team did an excellent job managing their roster and used young prospect Adi Alikadic to the maximum of his ability.

Jasmin Hukic with a monster game in Slovenia! At the same time the ageless wonder Goran Jagodnik announced his retirement from basketball at the age of 42, his teammate Hukic not young himself at 37 had a game for the ages. Proving he is not done yet with basketball the Tuzla sharpshooter Hukic played 37 minutes and had 34pts 11rbs 4ass 2stls 2blks while shooting 6-9 from two, 5-11 from three and 7-8 from the FT line. His team is 22-0 on the season in the second division in Slovenia and he has put up impressive numbers. He's played in 19 games, averaging 25mpg 15ppg 5.7rbpg 2.7aspg while shooting 56.5% from two, 39% from three and 80.4% from the FT line.

Kenan Bajramovic is also an ageless wonder! Bajramovic has put up monster numbers in Turkey since coming over from Spars Sarajevo. He's played in 24 games averaging 28mpg 16ppg 8rbpg 2.7aspg while shooting 64.6% from two, 42.2% from three and 2.7aspg. Not bad for a player who is about to celebrate his 36th birthday!



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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. Stallworth, Mogi20.3 
 3. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 4. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.19.3 
 5. Vieira, Flamengo18.4 
 6. Garcia, Bauru18.2 
 7. Holloway, Pinheiros18.2 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia18.0 
 9. Andrade, Bauru17.9 
 10. Dawkins, Vitoria17.2 
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, Brasilia7.7 
 6. Ansaloni, Pinheiros6.8 
 7. Andrade, Bauru6.6 
 8. Curnell, Mogi6.5 
 9. Silveira, Mogi6.5 
 10. Mariano, Brasilia6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.6 
 2. Anthony, Macae5.7 
 3. Borges, Franca5.6 
 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, Vitoria4.6 
 10. Lucas, Paulistano4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kenny DAWKINS
  Vitoria
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Dawkins, Vitoria1.9 
 2. Taylor, Mogi1.8 
 3. Jackson, Vasco D.1.8 
 4. Garcia, Bauru1.8 
 5. Curnell, Mogi1.7 
 6. Rodgers, Minas1.6 
 7. Bresolin, Vitoria1.6 
 8. Machado, B.Cea.1.6 
 9. Bennett, Pinheiros1.6 
 10. Schneider, Macae1.6 
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. Filho, Botafogo.13.8 
 5. Stocks, Blumenau13.3 
 6. Lima, Santos/M.12.9 
 7. Maistro, Contagem12.7 
 8. Dias, Joinville12.1 
 9. Alvim, Contagem12.0 
 10. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.11.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Prado, Brusque10.1 
 2. Moreira, Botafogo.8.7 
 3. Silva, Blumenau8.5 
 4. Lazzaris, Blumenau7.0 
 5. Perez, Botafogo.6.8 
 6. Alvim, Contagem6.8 
 7. Russell, Botafogo.6.8 
 8. Jeronimo, Joinville6.2 
 9. Gaines, Blumenau6.1 
 10. Silva, Brusque6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Smith, Botafogo.4.6 
 2. Romualdo, Contagem4.3 
 3. Froehlich, Joinville3.8 
 4. Perez, Contagem3.7 
 5. Semmke, Blumenau3.5 
 6. Stocks, Blumenau3.0 
 7. da-Silva, Botafogo.2.8 
 8. Prado, Brusque2.8 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.2.7 
 10. Alvim, Contagem2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Deonta STOCKS
  Blumenau
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Stocks, Blumenau3.6 
 2. Maistro, Contagem2.3 
 3. Lazzaris, Blumenau2.1 
 4. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.7 
 5. Vezaro, Joinville1.6 
 6. Perez, Contagem1.5 
 7. Romualdo, Contagem1.3 
 8. Lima, Santos/M.1.3 
 9. Prado, Brusque1.3 
 10. Moreira, Blumenau1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rodrigo SILVA
  Brusque
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Silva, Brusque1.1 
 2. Perez, Botafogo.0.9 
 3. Maistro, Contagem0.8 
 4. Lima, Santos/M.0.8 
 5. Jeronimo, Joinville0.6 
 6. Silva, Blumenau0.6 
 7. Tiago, Brusque0.6 
 8. Machado, Santos/M.0.5 
 9. Ferreira, Botafogo.0.5 
 10. Henrique, Brusque0.4 


Liga Ouro Round 7: Blumenau loses to Joinville in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

Very significant was Joinville's (#3, 7-4) victory against 4th placed Blumenau (4-7) 78-74. It was a great evening for guard Lucas Vezaro (188-96) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points. point guard Jeferson Froehlich (193-91) helped adding 15 points and 6 rebounds. Joinville's coach George Salles used entire bench in such tough game. At the losing side American guard Deonta Stocks (185-88, college: W.Georgia) responded with 20 points. Joinville maintains third place with 7-4 record having four points less than leader Botafogo F.R. Blumenau at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Joinville are looking forward to face league's leader Botafogo F.R. in Rio de Janeiro in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Blumenau will play against Brusque and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Liga Ouro top team - Botafogo F.R. (10-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Santos/Macapa (4-8) in Rio de Janeiro 101-79. It was a quality performance for center Feliciano Perez (210-90) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Arnaldinho Filho accounted for 21 points. Forward Ricardo de-Azevedo (201-83) came up with 21 points for Santos/Macapa 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. Botafogo F.R. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-2 record, which they share with Contagem. Santos/Macapa lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with eight games lost. Botafogo F.R. will play against Joinville (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Santos/Macapa will play against the league's second-placed Contagem and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Liga Ouro top team - Botafogo F.R. (10-2) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Santos/Macapa (4-8) in Rio de Janeiro 124-68. Wesley Russell fired 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Luiz Nepomuceno produced 19 points and 4 assists for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Botafogo F.R. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-2 record, which they share with Contagem. Santos/Macapa lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with eight games lost. Botafogo F.R. will meet Joinville (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Santos/Macapa will play against the league's second-placed Contagem and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Brusque (0-12) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their 12th consecutive match to second ranked Contagem (10-2) 76-66. Worth to mention a great performance of Rafa Oliveira who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Contagem have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Botafogo F.R. Brusque at the other side still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Contagem's next round opponent will be Santos/Macapa (#5). Brusque will play against Blumenau and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Second ranked Contagem blasted bottom-ranked Brusque (0-12) in 68-41 on Friday evening. Brusque is still unable to win any game. It was a great evening for Wesley Sena who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Contagem. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Botafogo F.R. Brusque lost their twelfth game in a row. They still close the standings with 12 games lost. Contagem will face Santos/Macapa (#5) in the next round. Brusque will play against Blumenau and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

Contagem - Brusque 76-66

Bottom-ranked Brusque (0-12) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their 12th consecutive match to second ranked Contagem (10-2) 76-66. Contagem forced 22 Brusque turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Rafa Oliveira (200-93) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Rodrigo Maistro (200-87) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Durval Prado (200-92) answered with 5 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists and Willian da-Silva (200-81) added 16 points and 5 assists in the effort for Brusque. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Contagem have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Botafogo F.R. Brusque at the other side still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Contagem's next round opponent will be Santos/Macapa (#5). Brusque will play against Blumenau and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Contagem: R.Oliveira 19+10reb+2ast, R.Maistro 18+6reb+3ast, T.Perez 17+2reb+5ast, W.Sena 11+5reb+1ast, E.Romualdo 9+4reb+9ast, H.Oliveira 2+1reb+1ast
Brusque: W.da Silva 16+3reb+5ast, R.Silva 11+4reb+3ast, K.Santos 10+2reb+2ast, E.Otte 10+1reb+1ast, A.Tiago 9+2reb+1ast, D.Prado 5+15reb+5ast
gschID: 538628


Botafogo F.R. - Santos/Macapa 101-79

Liga Ouro top team - Botafogo F.R. (10-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Santos/Macapa (4-8) in Rio de Janeiro 101-79. Botafogo F.R. players were unselfish on offense dishing 33 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Santos/Macapa's players. It was a quality performance for center Feliciano Perez (210-90) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. The former international guard Arnaldinho Filho (187-78) accounted for 21 points for the winning side. Five Botafogo F.R. players scored in double figures. Forward Ricardo de-Azevedo (201-83) came up with 21 points and Ulisses Lima (198-85) added 18 points respectively for Santos/Macapa 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. Botafogo F.R. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-2 record, which they share with Contagem. Santos/Macapa lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with eight games lost. Botafogo F.R. will play against Joinville (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Santos/Macapa will play against the league's second-placed Contagem and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Botafogo F.R.: A.Filho 21+1reb+2ast, F.Perez 14+10reb+1ast, W.Russell 12+6reb+4ast, R.da Silva 12+1reb+7ast, A.Moreira 11+8reb+3ast, R.Bahia Bispo 8+6reb+4ast
Santos/Macapa: R.de Azevedo 21+3reb+2ast, U.Lima 18+4reb+3ast, L.Fernando Lima 12+4reb+5ast, Z.Souza 8+4reb+1ast, J.Serejo 6+3reb+1ast, L.Nepomuceno 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 538627


Contagem - Brusque 68-41

Second ranked Contagem blasted bottom-ranked Brusque (0-12) in 68-41 on Friday evening. Brusque is still unable to win any game. Contagem held Brusque to an opponent 23.5 percent shooting from the field compared to 40.3 percent accuracy of the winners. Contagem forced 21 Brusque turnovers. It was a great evening for power forward Wesley Sena (210-96) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Point guard Eric Romualdo (185-83) helped adding 13 points and 6 assists. At the losing side forward Alan Tiago (202-91) responded with 8 points and 7 rebounds and Kaue Santos (187-96) scored 9 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Contagem. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Botafogo F.R. Brusque lost their twelfth game in a row. They still close the standings with 12 games lost. Contagem will face Santos/Macapa (#5) in the next round. Brusque will play against Blumenau and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Contagem: E.Romualdo 13+2reb+6ast, W.Sena 13+12reb+3ast, H.Oliveira 10+1reb+1ast, J.Dos Santos 9+1reb+1ast, R.Oliveira 8+12reb+1ast, T.Perez 6+2reb+1ast
Brusque: K.Santos 9+2reb+2ast, R.Veber 9+1reb+1ast, A.Tiago 8+7reb+1ast, G.Machado 5+3reb+1ast, W.da Silva 4+1reb+1ast, R.Silva 4+4reb
gschID: 538626


Botafogo F.R. - Santos/Macapa 124-68

Liga Ouro top team - Botafogo F.R. (10-2) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Santos/Macapa (4-8) in Rio de Janeiro 124-68. Botafogo F.R. dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Santos/Macapa's 28. Botafogo F.R. forced 21 Santos/Macapa turnovers and outrebounded them 51-26 including a 34-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Botafogo F.R. looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Santos/Macapa's players. American guard Wesley Russell (193-93, college: Ohio Christian) fired 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Power forward Douglas Correa (202-91) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. Russell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Botafogo F.R. players scored in double figures. Guard Luiz Nepomuceno (193-95) produced 19 points and 4 assists and guard Luis-Fernando Lima (193-93) added 10 points respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Botafogo F.R. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-2 record, which they share with Contagem. Santos/Macapa lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with eight games lost. Botafogo F.R. will meet Joinville (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Santos/Macapa will play against the league's second-placed Contagem and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Botafogo F.R.: A.Filho 19+3reb+2ast, D.Correa 17+3reb+4ast, W.Russell 15+5reb+5ast, G.Ruiz 14+2reb+4ast, R.da Silva 14+2reb+6ast, F.Perez 9+11reb+1ast
Santos/Macapa: L.Nepomuceno 19+4reb+4ast, L.Fernando Lima 10+2reb+1ast, U.Lima 8+1reb+2ast, A.Machado 8+2reb+1ast, P.Ferreira 7+1reb, J.Barbosa 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 538625


Joinville - Blumenau 78-74

Very significant was Joinville's (#3, 7-4) victory against 4th placed Blumenau (4-7) 78-74. It was a great evening for guard Lucas Vezaro (188-96) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points. Point guard Jeferson Froehlich (193-91) helped adding 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four Joinville players scored in double figures. Joinville's coach George Salles used entire bench in such tough game. At the losing side American guard Deonta Stocks (185-88, college: W.Georgia) responded with 20 points and forward Bruno Lazzaris (202-90) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Joinville maintains third place with 7-4 record having four points less than leader Botafogo F.R. Blumenau at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Joinville are looking forward to face league's leader Botafogo F.R. in Rio de Janeiro in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Blumenau will play against Brusque and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Joinville: L.Vezaro 18+3reb+3ast, J.Froehlich 15+6reb+2ast, M.Dias 15+3reb+1ast, A.Pereira 13+4reb+3ast, F.Vezaro 9+4reb+3ast, R.Figueiredo 4
Blumenau: D.Stocks 20+3reb+3ast, B.Lazzaris 12+5reb+3ast, T.Gaines 11+3reb+1ast, L.Semmke 9+3reb+1ast, D.Silva 9+6reb, R.Vieira 8+2reb
gschID: 538624





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

Vitoria - Mogi 83-89

Magi das Cruzes rolled past Vitoria on the road to take 1-0 lead in the quarterfinal series. Naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) nailed 34 points (!!!) and 4 assists for the winning side and the former international point guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western) accounted for 22 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Christopher Hayes (203-87, college: Detroit Mercy) came up with 17 points (made all of his eight free throws) and the former international Arthur Silva (196-82) added 16 points respectively for Universo/Vitoria in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Vitoria: C.Hayes 17+4reb+1ast, A.Silva 16+4reb+1ast, K.Dawkins 12+3reb+1ast, R.Scholz 11+2reb+3ast, E.de Oliveira 9+9reb+1ast, K.Sheard 8+5reb+4ast
Mogi: S.Stallworth 34+4reb+4ast, L.Taylor 22+8reb+3ast, T.Curnell 19+9reb+1ast, J.de Oliveira 7+7reb+4ast, C.Silveira 4+5reb, G.Santo 3+2reb
gschID: 544905


Paulistano - Franca 80-65

Paulistano cruised past Franca to gain 1-0 lead. Paulistano made 20-of-22 charity shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Power forward Renato Carbonari (206-87) stepped up and scored 24 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and point guard George Lucas (195-96) chipped in 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. At the losing side point guard Alexey Borges (188-95) responded with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international Andre Stefanelli (196-84) scored 16 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Franca: A.Stefanelli 16+2reb, A.Borges 11+5reb+7ast, P.Lima 9+2reb+1ast, A.Ferreira 6+4reb, L.Cipolini 6+2reb, H.Coelho 5+1reb+3ast
Paulistano: R.Carbonari 24+8reb+1ast, G.Lucas 19+7reb+6ast, L.Dias Silva 14+4reb, G.Hubner 8+4reb+1ast, J.Luz dos Santos 5+4reb+3ast, E.Carvalho 5+5reb
gschID: 544904


Pinheiros - Flamengo 85-96

Flamengo outgunned Pinheiros on the road to pull ahead in the series. Flamengo made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) fired 22 points for the winners. The former international forward Olivinha Rodriguez (203-83) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Germerson Barbosa (202-93) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Desmond Holloway (191-90, college: Co.Carolina) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Flamengo and four Pinheiros players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros: D.Holloway 18+5reb, C.Bennett 18+3reb+2ast, G.Barbosa 16+5reb+2ast, A.Neto 13+1reb+1ast, G.Teichmann 8+8reb+7ast, R.Lenz 6+3reb+3ast
Flamengo: M.Vieira 22+4reb+3ast, R.de Souza 15+3reb+2ast, J.Paulo Lopez 14+2reb+2ast, O.Rodriguez 13+8reb+3ast, R.Ramon 13+2reb+4ast, R.Fischer 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 544903


Bauru - Brasilia 87-88

Brasilia nipped Bauru in the series opener. Brasilia made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of international Guilherme Giovannoni (203-80) who helped to win the game recording 32 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). The former international point guard Fulvio de Assis (188-81) contributed with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. International guard Alex Garcia (191-80, agency: Interperformances) answered with 25 points and 9 rebounds and the former international Jefferson Andrade (207-83) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Paschoalotto/Bauru. Five Paschoalotto/Bauru players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Bauru: A.Garcia 25+9reb+2ast, J.Andrade 15+8reb+2ast, L.Meindl 12+3reb+3ast, V.Silva 11+3reb+3ast, G.Santos 11+1ast, S.Santos 10+10reb
Brasilia: G.Giovannoni 32+7reb+1ast, F.de Assis 22+7reb+6ast, L.Mariano 19+11reb+1ast, P.Alves 7+4reb+1ast, J.Campos 5+1reb+1ast, P.Da Costa 2
gschID: 544902





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ESHS Rams are Jr Champions of Hon Maduro-Caines League - by David Edole

DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- It was basketball at its best in the annual Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines Sixth District Basketball League last night April 22, 2017.
The Championship games are being played this weekend at the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff's Bottom on the main island of Tortola.

In the Junior League that started on April 21, 2017 it was a clean sweep for the Elmore Stoutt High School Rams who was up against the Elmore Stoutt High School Senior Rams Team. At last night's (April 22, 2017) game, the Rams brought it home with a 92-87 points win after the game went into overtime.

The Junior League MVP is Noel Chris McKelly of the Rams.

In the senior championship game it's a clash between youth and experience. It's East up against Lions of Purcell. The Lions were able to win a game on Friday in the best out of three. However, last night (April 22, 2017) East came back in a dramatic but easy win, pushing the game to a final game tonight in a 1-1 tie.

Final clash tonight in senior game; Youth vs Experience


The East has both experience, fire power and skills with players such as Ray D. Victor, Kennedy H. Bass, Kerry J. Thomas, Cedrick King and Phillip Glasgow to name a few. However, the Lions have youth on their side with players such as Dion M. Blyden, Jevon K. Serrant, Devorn H. Furlonge, Stephon S. Caul and Kimron A. Telemaque.

Whoever wins tonight will be the 2017 Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines Sixth District League Champions. The winning team is expected to receive trophies and cash.

According to Eustace 'Boss' Freeman, a Sixth District League organiser, tonight's only game will start at 7:00 PM at the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff's Bottom and admission is free.




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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 D.J. SHELTON
  Rilski
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Shelton, Rilski22.5 
 2. Semple, Akademik.20.8 
 3. Ivanov, Levski19.6 
 4. Petkov, Yambol18.3 
 5. Smith, Akademik PL17.7 
 6. Marincheshki, Spartak .17.3 
 7. Sekulovic, Balkan16.9 
 8. Tsonkov, Cherno M.16.4 
 9. Savic, Spartak .16.3 
 10. Marinov, Spartak .15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Semple, Akademik.12.3 
 2. Shelton, Rilski11.0 
 3. Marincheshki, Spartak .9.6 
 4. Sekulovic, Balkan9.3 
 5. Savic, Spartak .8.6 
 6. Zack, Lukoil Acad.8.5 
 7. Varbanov, Yambol8.3 
 8. Daniels, Balkan7.6 
 9. Bruinsma, Rilski7.6 
 10. Petkov, Yambol7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar BELLFIELD
  Akademik.
  (187-PG-90)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Bellfield, Akademik.6.9 
 2. Karamfilov, Cherno M.6.0 
 3. Gruev, Spartak .5.7 
 4. Hott, Balkan5.6 
 5. Gibson, Lukoil Acad.5.1 
 6. Parker, Rilski4.8 
 7. Dudev, Spartak .4.8 
 8. Petkov, Yambol4.3 
 9. Hadjirusev, Levski4.3 
 10. Bozov, Rilski4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Deyan KARAMFILOV
  Cherno M.
  (180-PG-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Karamfilov, Cherno M.2.0 
 2. Semple, Akademik.2.0 
 3. Parker, Rilski1.9 
 4. Bellfield, Akademik.1.9 
 5. Marinov, Balkan1.8 
 6. Gibson, Beroe1.7 
 7. Zahariev, Lukoil A.1.6 
 8. Hott, Balkan1.6 
 9. Jones, Beroe1.6 
 10. Beane, Lukoil Acad.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Semple, Akademik.2.0 
 2. Jones, Beroe1.5 
 3. Varbanov, Yambol1.1 
 4. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.1.0 
 5. Petkov, Yambol0.8 
 6. Savic, Spartak .0.8 
 7. Zack, Lukoil Acad.0.8 
 8. Doychinov, Levski0.8 
 9. Marincheshki, Spartak .0.7 
 10. Daniels, Balkan0.6 


NBL Round 27: Rilski defeats Academik Plovdiv in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NBL just ended.

The most exciting game of round 27 in the NBL took place in Plovdiv. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of second-best Academik Plovdiv (16-8) to fourth ranked Rilski (14-10) 83-80 on Saturday evening. Rilski dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Academik Plovdiv's 38. It was a great evening for American forward DJ Shelton (208-91, college: Washington St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Evan Bruinsma (202-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) helped adding 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was French-American forward Jordan Semple (201-92, college: Chico St., agency: Octagon Europe) with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks. Rilski maintains fourth place with 14-10 record, which they share with Balkan. Academik Plovdiv at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Beroe (15-9) against fifth ranked Balkan (14-10) on Saturday night. Host Beroe was defeated by Balkan in Stara Zagora 79-64. It was an exceptional evening for Montenegrin center Mihailo Sekulovic (206-91) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. Amin Hott accounted for 11 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Croatian power forward Stjepan Tesija (206-89, agency: PEPI SPORT) came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds for Beroe in the defeat. Balkan have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Rilski. Beroe at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost.

In the last two games of round 27 bottom-ranked Levski lost to Yambol on the opponent's court 81-93. Spartak Pleven managed to outperform Cherno More in a home game 88-77.

Yambol - Levski 93-81

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Levski's (4-20) road loss to eighth ranked Yambol (7-17) 81-93. Yambol players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was an exceptional evening for the former international center Nikolay Varbanov (209-85, agency: Interperformances) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Ventsislav Petkov (188-91, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 18 points and 9 assists for the winning side. Five Yambol players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Pavel Ivanov (200-88, agency: Interperformances) came up with 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international forward Stanislav Slaveykov (198-86) added 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Levski in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Yambol moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Cherno More. Levski lost seventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games.
Top scorers:
Levski: P.Ivanov 28+5reb+4ast, S.Slaveykov 17+7reb+5ast, K.Raykov 14+12reb+1ast, K.Doychinov 9+2reb+1ast, A.Peychinov 6+4reb+1ast, L.Dimitrov 3+1reb+1ast
Yambol: N.Varbanov 22+11reb+1ast, V.Petkov 18+3reb+9ast, S.Govedarov 14+3reb+2ast, T.Ostrev 10+4reb+5ast, S.Petkov 10+7reb+2ast, S.Cholakov 7+4reb+4ast
gschID: 536276


Spartak Pleven - Cherno More 88-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked Spartak Pleven's (11-13) home victory over 7th ranked Cherno More (7-17) 88-77. Spartak Pleven players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. It was an exceptional evening for power forward Dimitar Marincheshki (200-90) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. Martin Marinov (191-85) accounted for 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Point guard Deyan Karamfilov (180-94) came up with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Stanislav Tsonkov (192-91) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Cherno More in the defeat. Four Cherno More players scored in double figures. Spartak Pleven maintains sixth place with 11-13 record. Cherno More at the other side keeps the seventh position with 17 games lost. They share it with Yambol.
Top scorers:
Cherno More: A.Natskin 14+5reb+3ast, V.Georgiev 14+3reb+3ast, S.Tsonkov 13+7reb+2ast, D.Karamfilov 11+7reb+5ast, N.Djuric 10+3reb, K.Krastev 9+9reb+2ast
Spartak Pleven: D.Marincheshki 25+16reb+5ast, M.Marinov 24+7reb+1ast, A.Gruev 15+4reb+9ast, G.Nikolov 8+2reb+1ast, M.Tanev 7+1reb+1ast, V.Galabov 6+4reb
gschID: 536277


Akademik PL - Rilski 80-83

The most exciting game of round 27 in the NBL took place in Plovdiv. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of second-best Academik Plovdiv (16-8) to fourth ranked Rilski (14-10) 83-80 on Saturday evening. Rilski dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Academik Plovdiv's 38. It was a great evening for American forward DJ Shelton (208-91, college: Washington St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Evan Bruinsma (202-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) helped adding 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Rilski players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was French-American forward Jordan Semple (201-92, college: Chico St., agency: Octagon Europe) with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks and American point guard Oscar Bellfield (187-90, college: UNLV) scored 8 points and 14 assists. Rilski maintains fourth place with 14-10 record, which they share with Balkan. Academik Plovdiv at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
Akademik PL: J.Semple 31+17reb+3ast, V.Bachev 16+2reb+2ast, S.Smith 13+6reb, O.Bellfield 8+3reb+14ast, V.Aleksandrov 7, S.Davis 3+5reb
Rilski: D.Shelton 22+13reb+1ast, Y.Bozov 16+3reb+4ast, E.Bruinsma 14+5reb+5ast, N.Stoyanov 10+4reb, Z.Georgiev 8+5reb+3ast, S.Francis 6
gschID: 536278


Beroe - Balkan 64-79

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Beroe (15-9) against fifth ranked Balkan (14-10) on Saturday night. Host Beroe was defeated by Balkan in Stara Zagora 79-64. It was an exceptional evening for Montenegrin center Mihailo Sekulovic (206-91) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. Montenegrin guard Amin Hott (192-92) accounted for 11 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side. Croatian power forward Stjepan Tesija (206-89, agency: PEPI SPORT) came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds and DR Congolese forward Omari Gudul (206-94, college: Angelo St., agency: Two Points) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Beroe in the defeat. Five Balkan and four Beroe players scored in double figures. Balkan have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Rilski. Beroe at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
Beroe: S.Gibson 12+8reb+2ast, O.Gudul 12+10reb, T.Zhelev 11+6reb+2ast, S.Tesija 11+11reb+1ast, B.Raley-Ross 9+4reb+3ast, A.Jones 4+1reb+1ast
Balkan: S.Marinov 19+2reb+2ast, M.Sekulovic 16+15reb+2ast, N.Marinov 14+1reb+1ast, M.Durchev 12+4reb+2ast, A.Hott 11+6reb+8ast, T.Daniels 6+6reb+1ast
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Outlaws welcome back Smith, ex Wellington - by Mike Amico

Defending champion Oklahoma Outlaws tabbed 26-year old center Zech Smith (213-120kg-91, college: Morgan State). It is actually his comeback to Outlaws as he has played here before. Smith He started the season at Wellington in Canadian CBL league. Smith helped them to make it to the semifinals. The last season he played at Outlaws where in 17 UBA games he averaged 14.9ppg, 11.4rpg, 1.7apg and 2.3bpg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to USBasket.com All-UBA Playoff 1st Team, 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.

Smith graduated from Morgan State in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Indianapolis pulls away from Mississippi in final quarter; Baltimore routs Middle Tennessee at home - by Eurobasket News

BALTIMORE 107, MIDDLE TENNESSEE 78: (Arnold, Md.) - With both teams entering tonight with only one victory each on the season, and knowing that a defeat would all but eliminate them from postseason contention, Baltimore and Middle Tennessee came out in the first quarter in a back-and-forth battle with 10 ties and lead changes. But things slowly began drifting towards the direction of the hosts, as they went on a 21-10 run late in the second quarter to go into the intermission with a slim two point advantage. But the second half was all Baltimore, as they capitalized on a 16-4 run to open up the period, to extend their lead to 14 points. Although Middle Tennessee cut the deficit to five late in the third quarter, Baltimore pulled away in the final period with a 37-13 run, to lead by as many as 31 points, en route to their largest margin of victory this season. Baltimore (2-4), who kept their postseason hopes alive, were led by Torey Fassett (6'6''-F) (25 points) and Kendall Allison (6'3''-G, college: Ohio Valley) (14 points), while Middle Tennessee (1-4), who lost their fourth consecutive contest, were led by Frank Thaxton (6'2''-G-88, college: Tennessee St.) (18 points) and Fabien LaRonde (6'2''-G-90) (16 points). Baltimore hosts the defending champions, Fort Wayne, with two games at home next weekend, while Middle Tennessee plays a critical home-and-home series next weekend with rivals, Bowling Green.
INDIANAPOLIS 84, MISSISSIPPI 70: (Memphis, Tenn.) - Unlike the earlier matchup between Baltimore and Middle Tennessee, which was a battle of last place teams, tonight's contest in Memphis featured two teams aiming for not only their fourth win of the season, but also coming closer to a postseason berth. In the first matchup between the two teams in Indianapolis during the opening weekend of the season, Indianapolis outscored Mississippi by 15 points in the first half. Yet, tonight had a different beginning to the game. After Indianapolis took a five-point advantage in the first quarter, Mississippi outscored the visitors by seven in the second frame to go into halftime with the lead. It was only the second time, out of seven games this season, that Mississippi had led at the midway point of a game. But this was short-lived, as Indianapolis regained the lead in the third quarter and outscored Mississippi by 12 points in the final frame, en route to their fourth victory of the season. Indianapolis (4-2), who won their first road game of the season, were led by their dynamic duo in the backcourt: Anthony White (6'3''-G-92, college: Mercer) with 19 points and Chrishawn Hopkins (6'2''-G-91, college: Wright St.) with 16 points, while Mississippi (3-4), who lost their third consecutive game, were led by Anthony Jones with 20 points and Marico Stinson (6'3''-G-88, college: Ky Wesleyan) with 15 points. Indianapolis wraps up their final road trip of the season with an afternoon contest tomorrow afternoon at Bowling Green, where with a victory, Indianapolis will clinch a playoff berth. Mississippi will enter a bye week next weekend, before playing their season finale, against Bowling Green at home two weeks from today.
Courtesy of: playcba.com



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Stats Leaders - DIMAYOR

Points Per Game
 Durrell SUMMERS
  CD Valdi.
  (193-SF-89)
  Avg: 29.7
 1. Summers, CD Valdi.29.7 
 2. Dickson, CDU C.26.6 
 3. Abeiro, Tinguiri.25.6 
 4. Taylor, Las Animas25.5 
 5. Robinson, Osorno23.1 
 6. Cheek, Las Animas21.2 
 7. McCombs, CDE T.20.9 
 8. Larry, AB Ancud20.8 
 9. Munks, Puerto M.20.3 
 10. Centeno, AB Ancud20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Osorno
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Coleman, Osorno13.7 
 2. McCombs, CDE T.12.7 
 3. Crawford, CDU C.11.6 
 4. Taylor, Las Animas11.3 
 5. Thomas, CD Castro11.2 
 6. Harrison, CDU C.10.9 
 7. Bowdry, Los Leones10.8 
 8. Abeiro, Tinguiri.10.6 
 9. Lee, CD Castro10.0 
 10. Diaz, Puente Alto10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Erik CARRASCO
  CD Valdi.
  (181-G-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Carrasco, CD Valdi.9.3 
 2. Morales, Las A.6.0 
 3. Bravo, CDE Talca5.6 
 4. Thomas, CD Castro4.9 
 5. Munoz, Osorno4.9 
 6. Figueroa, AB Ancud4.5 
 7. Saez, Tinguiri.4.2 
 8. Scott, CDU C.3.8 
 9. Marechal, Los L.3.5 
 10. Cruces, CD Castro3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  CDU C.
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Scott, CDU C.2.9 
 2. Carrasco, CD Valdi.1.9 
 3. Pavez, Tinguiri.1.9 
 4. Munks, Puerto M.1.7 
 5. Phillips, Puerto M.1.6 
 6. Thomas, CD Castro1.6 
 7. Lopez, Puente Alto1.6 
 8. Dickson, CDU C.1.6 
 9. Del-Solar, Las A.1.6 
 10. Cheek, Las Animas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Mike PHILLIPS
  Puerto M.
  (201-F/C-90)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Phillips, Puerto M.1.3 
 2. Lee, CD Castro1.2 
 3. McCombs, CDE T.1.2 
 4. Lopez, Puente Alto1.1 
 5. Harrison, CDU C.0.9 
 6. Larry, AB Ancud0.8 
 7. Coleman, Osorno0.8 
 8. Centeno, AB Ancud0.8 
 9. Valencia, Puerto M.0.7 
 10. Bravo, Tinguiri.0.7 


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
gschID: 543996





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Beijing Ducks released Stephon Marbury - by Eurobasket News

Shougang Beijing Ducks (CBA) released experienced 40-year old American ex-international guard Stephon Marbury (188-93kg-77, college: Georgia Tech). Marbury has played there for the last six years. In 36 CBA games he had very impressive stats: 21.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.5apg and 1.7spg this season. He played there last season where in 40 CBA games he recorded also remarkable stats: 19.7ppg, 4.6rpg, 5.6apg and 1.9spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA Honorable Mention.
In 1996 Marbury was drafted by Milwaukee (NBA) as #4 pick overall. He attended Georgia Tech and it is his 21st (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Marbury won Chinese CBA championship title in 2012, 2014 and 2015. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA Import Player of the Year back in 2012 and 2013. Marbury was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2004.
He has played previously also in NBA (Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns and Minnesota Timberwolves) and China (Brave Dragons and Long Lions).
Marbury could be described: One of the most talented players in the NBA, but perhaps one of the most enigmatic too. This gifted PG can beat anyone from the dribble, and has enough atlhetic skills to finish in penetration against anyone. Can also pass well and knows how to run a top level team, and his court vision allows him to play a good defense too. Despite his great offensive skills, he never showed a good pass-shot selection and a true leadership, and this forced the observers to say he is not able to make those around him better.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb22.0 
 3. Novacic, Jolly JBS19.0 
 4. Marcinkovic, KK Za.19.0 
 5. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.2 
 6. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek17.2 
 7. Konjevic, Skrljevo16.7 
 8. Vucic, Alkar Sinj16.3 
 9. Sakic, Cibona15.8 
 10. Zoric, Cibona15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miro BILAN
  Cedevita
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Bilan, Cedevita7.7 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.7.5 
 3. Novacic, Jolly JBS7.0 
 4. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek7.0 
 5. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.9 
 6. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.6 
 7. Sakic, Cibona6.5 
 8. Rajic, H.Analitica5.9 
 9. Perkovic, Skrljevo5.8 
 10. Mazalin, Zadar5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.3 
 3. Scott, Jolly JBS5.7 
 4. Filipovic, KK Split5.6 
 5. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.5 
 6. Vrbica, Gorica5.3 
 7. Kapusta, Zabok4.9 
 8. Raic, H.Analitica4.8 
 9. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
 10. Sarac, Vrij.Osijek4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 2. Veljacic, Kvarner .2.3 
 3. Sirko, KK Split1.9 
 4. Babic, Zabok1.8 
 5. Marcinkovic, KK Za.1.8 
 6. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.8 
 7. Stemberger, Skrlj.1.7 
 8. Mazalin, Zadar1.6 
 9. Vladovic, Zadar1.6 
 10. Filipovic, KK Split1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Izzet TURKYILMAZ
  GKK S.
  (212-F/C-90)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Turkyilmaz, GKK S.1.5 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.1.4 
 3. Bundovic, Cedevita1.1 
 4. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek1.0 
 5. Zoric, Cibona0.9 
 6. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.8 
 7. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.8 
 8. Papac, Jolly JBS0.7 
 9. Usic, H.Analitica0.7 
 10. Zrnic, Zabok0.6 


Tabriz lands Hrvoje Puljko, ex Zabok for Play-Off Games !!! - by Mohammad Ahmadi

Shahrdary Tabriz (Superleague) tabbed experienced 34-year old Croatian guard Hrvoje Puljko (193-83). He played recently at KK Zabok in Croatian A1 league. Despite having an average resume for playing in a league like Iran Superleague, in 8 games he averaged 22.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg and 1.6spg this season. Puljko also played earlier that season for Spartak in Serbian KLS where in 9 A1 games he had 11.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg.
He is an experienced player. Puljko has played also professionally in Austria (Timberwolves), Bosnia (Borac Banja Luka and Siroki Primorka), Germany, Greece (Peristeri GS Athens), Hungary (Kaposvari), Kosovo (Peja) and Slovakia.

Tabriz club has 3-4 Iranian guards and now signed another guard!! Let's see Hrvoje's performance in Tabriz club, the team in need of Position 3/4 instead of guard!

By Eurobasket Data Center

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GKK Sibenik beat Cedevita on road to win regular season, Hermes avoid regulation with their first road win of the season - by Zeljko Zule

Cibona used a final 8-0 run to beat Split 76-70 and GKK Sibenik defeated Cedevita 69-64 to win the regular season crown. Hermes Analitica recorded their first road win, 88-83 against Zabok to avoid relegation.

Here are the quarterfinals pairings GKK Sibenik (1) - Vrijednosnice Osijek (8), Split (2) - Zagreb (7), Jolly JBS (3) - Cedevita (6), Cibona (4) - Zadar (5).
Dates - Game 1: 26-27/04. Game 2: 29-30/04. Game 3: 03-04/05.

Cibona -Split 76-70: The game saw 16 lead changes and 8 ties before Cibona made an 8-0 run to close out the game and its defense held Split scoreless for the final 4:27 of the game. Luka Zoric (211-C-84) had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-SF-81) scored 13 points, Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds and Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95) added 11 points. Split was led by Goran Filipovic (180-PG-96) with 21 points, Henrik Sirko (201-F-93) added 15 and Mate Kalajzic (187-PG-98) 12.

Cedevita-GKK Sibenik 64-69: Sibenik opened the game with a 16-4 run and never trailed in first halftime. Cedevita started the third quarter with a 12-0 run to go ahead 42-40, their lone lead of the night. Sibenik answered with nine straight points to ignite a 13-2 run for a 53-44 lead. Cedevita cut the deficit to 50-53 and was still three points down with less than a half minute to go. Roko Badzim (197-G-97) made a pair of free throw for Sibenik, and on the next possession,Cedevita's Filip Kruslin (198-SG-89) missed a 3-pointer. As Ivan Vucic (197-F/G-96) grabbed an offensive rebound and tried to put back a shot attempt, Miralem Halilovic (205-F-91) went up and blocked him. Roko Badzim scored 18 points for Sibenik, Miralem Halilovic collected 15 points and 10 rebounds and Teo Petani (190-G-88) added 10 points. Cedevita played without Ryan Boatright (183-PG-92, college: Connecticut), Ra'shad James (188-G-90, college: Kaiser), Marko Arapovic (207-C/F-96), Luka Babic (201-SF-91), Dzanan Musa (204-SG-99), Miro Bilan (213-C-89) and Toni Katic (188-PG-92). Filip Kruslin scored 11 points and Markus Loncar (211-C-96) 10.

Zabok-Hermes Analitica 83-88: After trailing 41-49 at the haftime break, Herme opened the third quarter with a 19-3 run to go up 60-52 and never looked back from there. They had their largest lead of the game at 74-61 going into the fourt quarter. Zabok cut the deficit to 80-82 and Ivan Vodopija (202-F/C-93) missed a potential game-tying jumper with a half-minute left. On the next possession, Hrvoje Garafolic drew a foul and made both free throw. He then stole the ball and again hit a pair of free throws to secure the win, Hermes shot 12-of-23 behind the 3-point arc and outscored Zabok 33-12 in the third quarter. Hrvoje Garafolic scored 30 points including six 3-pointers, Ivan Svoboda (190-G-87) poured in 28 points, Stipe Krstanovic (205-F/C-93) had 11 points and 10 rebounds and David Usic (206-F-93, college: Florida Tech) added 10 points. Zabok was led by Borna Kapusta (182-PG-96) with 18 points, Antonio Crnjevic (201-F-94) scored 16 and Nick Tomsick (185-G-91, college: Fort Lewis) 12.

Zagreb-Gorica 98-95: The game featured 23 lead changes and 14 ties! Marko Petrovic (192-G-91, college: USF) sank a 3-pointer to put Gorica ahead 95-94 with 34 seconds remaining. Zagreb's Martin Junakovic (193-PG-94) missed a 3-pointer on the next possession, but Toni Vitali (203-F-91) grabbed an offensive rebound and made a lay-up with 18 seconds left. Gorica called a time-out to set up a play. With eight seconds remaining, a potential game-winning shot by Marko Petrovic was blocked by Toni Vitali who grabbed a rebound and Ante Krapic (203-F-85) made a lay-up at the buzzer to make it a 98-95. Pavle Marcinkovic (199-G/F-89) scored 31 points, Martin Junakovic added 23 points and was an assist shy of a double-double, Ivan Batur (201-G-91) posted 17 points and Toni Vitali 10. Gorica has 12 free throws to Zagreb's 28. Marko Petrovic finished with 28 points, Javan Felix (180-PG-94, college: Texas) scored 17, Ante Masic (200-F-85) had 11 points and 10 rebounds, Dino Rados (203-F/C-91) and Ljubo Prgomet (194-G/F-84) both added 10 points.

Jolly JBS-Vrijednosnice Osijek 74-62: Jolly took control of the game behind an 11-0 run for a 18-8 lead and later made a 24-6 run to extend their advantage to 46-21. Mike Scott (183-PG-93, college: Idaho) scored 21 points, Ivan Novacic (201-F-85) 17, Bruno Markulin (195-SF-92) 13 and Ivan Papac (207-F/C-87) grabbed 10 rebounds. Osijek was led by Arijan Dosen (188-SG-96) and Jakov Mustapic (193-G-94), who both scored 12 points, and Aljosa Sarac (190-G-89) added 11 points.

Zadar-Alkar 101-67: Zadar outscored the visitors 42-9 in the first quarter and had all 12 players in the scoring column. Jakov Vladovic (187-PG-83) finished with 13 points, Toni Jelenkovic (180-PG-97) added 12, Maj Kovacevic (196-G-90) 11 and Lovro Mazalin (204-SF-97) 10. Alkar was led by Domagoj Vrkic (204-PF-97) with 15 points, Roko Dominovic (189-PG-96) and Hrvoje Vucic (212-C-91, college: Walsh) both scored 11 points.

Kvarner 2010-Skrljevo 67-93:
Skrljevo used an earyl 13-2 run to turn a 2-point deficit into a 17-8 lead and never looked back from there. Kvarner cut the deficit to 20-21 and was down by four midway throgh the second quarter before the visitors went on a decisice 13-3 run to extend their advantage to 49-35. Skrljevo shot 70-percent (30-of-43) from 2-point land. Davor Konjevic (197-G/F-90) scored 31 points on shooting 13-of-19 from the field, Antonio Boban (205-PF-93) added 20 points and Matej Radunic (207-C-96) 12. Kvarner was led by Andrej Stimac (204-F/C-79) with 15 points and Mario Pesut (184-PG-90) added 11.



Top trio all win (A2 League) - by Zeljko Zule

AKK Vern, Jazine Arbanasi and Ribola Kastela all won in the Croatian A2 League Championship Stage Round 9.

AKK Vern-Graficar 91-87: After trailing by two late in the third quarter, Vern went on a 16-3 run to go up 72-61, their largest lead of the night. Graficar cut the deficit to one with two minutes remaining. Vern responded with an 8-1 run to extend their advantage to 88-80 with less than a minute to go. Filip Kordic (196-SG-92) scored 28 points, Filip Simovic (95) 19, Luka Zivko (202-C/F-96) 16 and Ivan Penic (202-F-89) 11. Graficar shot better from 3-point land (42-percent, 13-of-31) than form 2-point range (40-percent, 17-of-43). Mario Novak (185-G-85) had 18 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists, Manuel Novak (90) scored 18 points, Jaksa Petrovic (88) 16 and Zlatko Stefan (190-PG-90) 10.

Jazine Arbanasi-Rudes 100-71: Jazine trailed just once, at 2-3, and took control of the game behind a 18-4 run for a 34-18 lead early in the second quarter. Jazine outrebounded Rudes 46-31, picking up 19 offensive boards. Josip Gulam (188-PG-95) had 22 points and 7 assists, Dino Palcic (185-G-90) scored 22 points, Mate Mrva (198-F/C-83) 18, Goran Fodor (195-G-90) and Jurica Drazovic (201-F-86) both added 14 points and Josip Ceranja (203-G-90) came off the bench for 10 points and 14 rebounds. Rudes was led by Kresimir Nikic (214-C-99) with 13 points, Ivo Cavar (175-PG-98) scored 12 and Tomislav Cvitkovic (206-SG-98) 11.

Ribola Kastela-Pula 1981 93-65: After leading by two, Kastela used a 7-2 run to go up 36-29 and later went on a 10-2 run for a 49-35 lead early in the second half. Stipe Rezic (201-G/F-89), Dino Sipic (201-F-88) and Aco Mandic (203-C/F-84) all scored 12 points, Josip Glavinic (192-G-82) had 10 points and 16 assists, Aljosa Maras (195-G-86) and Nikola Roso both posted 10 points. Pula missed all 10 of its 3-point attempts. Ante Bozic (208-F/C-90, college: SW Oklahoma St.) finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds, Marin Djugum scored 14 points and Dino Rakic (200-F-94) 10.

Sanac-Belisce 92-69: Sanac used a 21-5 run to build a 23-10 lead midway through the first quarter and the margin only once dropped below double-digits for the rest of the game. Antonio Kraljic (193-G-93) scored 25 points, Dario Gazic (200-G/F-78) had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Dominic Gilbert (198-G/F-96, college: UBC) added 18 points and Tin Panjevic collected 11 points and 10 assists. Belisce shot just 17-percent (5-of-29) behind the 3-point arc and 50-percent (6-of-12) from free throw line. Antonio Bicvic (196-F-82) finished with 31 points and Toni Gradinjanin (96) added 15.

Podravac-Borovo 19/05



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Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Lukas PALYZA
  Prostejov
  (202-F-89)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Palyza, Prostejov19.2 
 2. Burnett, BK Pardu.17.8 
 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: 26.3
 1. Slechta, Sokol Pisek26.3 
 2. Peterka, Nymburk B26.1 
 3. Svoboda, Nymburk B22.7 
 4. Potocek, Pardubice21.6 
 5. Novak, Olomouc SK21.6 
 6. Fait, Sokol Pisek18.9 
 7. Streba, USK P.18.6 
 8. Honomichl, Loko Plzen18.4 
 9. Sebela, Sokol S.18.1 
 10. Nehoda, Zlin17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin PETERKA
  Nymburk B
  (205-C-95)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Peterka, Nymburk B12.4 
 2. Novak, Olomouc SK10.2 
 3. Kolonicny, Havirov9.9 
 4. Kvapil, Opava B9.1 
 5. Bubak, Vysocina8.9 
 6. Klimes, Slavoj Litom.8.8 
 7. Streba, USK P.8.6 
 8. Englicky, Sokol Pisek8.5 
 9. Novak, Vysocina8.4 
 10. Voslajer, Zlin8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jan SOTNAR
  Slavoj L.
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 8
 1. Sotnar, Slavoj L.8.0 
 2. Petric, Pardubice4.6 
 3. Straznicky, Vysoc.4.4 
 4. Kotasek, Nymburk B4.3 
 5. Dragoun, Opava B4.3 
 6. Honomichl, Loko Plzen4.1 
 7. Novak, Vysocina3.8 
 8. Dlugos, Nymburk B3.6 
 9. Bukovjan, Ostrava3.6 
 10. Jancik, Havirov3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jiri DEDEK
  Olomouc .
  (190-SG-95)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Dedek, Olomouc .3.6 
 2. Potocek, Pardubice2.2 
 3. Novak, Vysocina2.1 
 4. Honomichl, Loko Plzen2.1 
 5. Novak, Olomouc SK2.1 
 6. Choleva, Olomouc Bbal2.0 
 7. Svoboda, Nymburk B2.0 
 8. Nehoda, Zlin2.0 
 9. Slechta, Sokol Pisek2.0 
 10. Dragoun, Opava B1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Pavel ENGLICKY
  Sokol Pisek
  (210-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Englicky, Sokol Pisek2.3 
 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. Kozak, GBA Sparta0.9 
 8. Vasat, Prostejov B0.9 
 9. Schinko, Basket K.0.8 
 10. Roub, Pardubice0.8 


NBL Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. BK Decin and Pardubice join semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

BK Decin - BK Kolin 82-48

BK Decin thumped visiting BK Kolin to advance into the semifinal stage. BK Decin looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by BK Kolin's players. Point guard Ondrej Siska (190-93) stepped up and scored 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and the former international Jakub Houska (207-82) chipped in 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Lee Skinner (198-92, college: Wofford) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Adam Ciz (192-91) scored 15 points. BK Kolin's coach Predrag Benacek gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: O.Siska 14+6reb+3ast, L.Palyza 11+3ast, T.Pomikalek 10+5reb+2ast, L.Bazant 10+1reb+3ast, J.Houska 10+7reb+4ast, S.Jezek 9+3reb+2ast
BK Kolin: A.Ciz 15+4reb, L.Skinner 13+7reb, C.Dixon 8+3reb+2ast, G.Kerr 4+4reb, S.Licartovsky 3, J.Hunt 3+2reb+4ast
gschID: 544777


BK Pardubice - Svitavy 90-62

BK Pardubice outgunned Svitavy and sealed their semifinal appearance. BK Pardubice forced 20 Basketbal Svitavy turnovers and outrebounded them 36-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American forward Joseph Wall (199-89, college: Seattle Pacific, agency: Diamond Sports) stepped up and scored 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Slovakian Dusan Pandula (196-84) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. Four BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. American power forward Brett Roseboro (208-91, college: UMBC, agency: Inception Sports) responded with 23 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Hunter Mickelson (208-92, college: Kansas) scored 8 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: D.Pandula 16+2reb+4ast, D.Skranc 14+2reb, J.Wall 14+6reb+3ast, D.Burnett 12+2reb+3ast, K.Svrdlik 12+8reb, V.Pulpan 9+1reb+3ast
Svitavy: B.Roseboro 23+6reb+1ast, H.Mickelson 8+4reb+4ast, P.Slezak 8+2reb+2ast, B.Smithson 7+4reb+3ast, J.Vucica 4+3reb+1ast, J.Jelinek 3+1ast
gschID: 544600


USK Praha - BK Opava 70-56

USK Praha held off BK Opava at home court to cut the deficit in the series. USK Praha outrebounded BK Opava 44-30 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. International swingman Jaromir Bohacik (197-92, agency: Octagon Europe) stepped up and scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and Croatian center Mladen Primorac (210-90, agency: PEPI SPORT) chipped in 9 points and 9 rebounds. The former international point guard Jakub Sirina (186-87, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 14 points and the former international guard Radim Klecka (189-90) scored 13 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: M.Mares 14+1reb+2ast, J.Bohacik 13+7reb+6ast, P.Safarcik 12+1reb+2ast, M.Primorac 9+9reb+1ast, L.Festr 6+6reb+2ast, A.Madsen 6+4reb+2ast
BK Opava: J.Sirina 14+3reb+2ast, R.Klecka 13+1reb+2ast, J.Blazek 7+1reb, V.Bujnoch 6+4reb, F.Zbranek 5+2reb+2ast, R.Kouril 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 544601





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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Quinn COOK
  Canton C.
  (188-PG-93)
  Avg: 26
 1. Cook, Canton C.26.0 
 2. Harris, Texas L.25.6 
 3. Blue, Los A.24.9 
 4. Patterson, Reno B.24.0 
 5. Crawford, Grand R.23.5 
 6. Murphy, Grand R.23.0 
 7. Holland, Canton C.22.5 
 8. Jackson, Texas L.22.5 
 9. Nader, Maine RC21.2 
 10. Wiltjer, Rio G.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.2 
 2. Moreland, Canton C.12.1 
 3. Long, Delaware.11.2 
 4. Onuaku, Rio G.10.8 
 5. Benson, Sioux F.10.5 
 6. Costello, Iowa E.10.2 
 7. Webb-III, Delaware.9.3 
 8. Sims, Salt L.9.2 
 9. McKinnie, Windy C.9.2 
 10. Tobey, Greensbo.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Magette, Los A.9.5 
 2. Marshall, Reno B.9.1 
 3. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 4. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 5. Pressey, Santa C.8.0 
 6. Jackson, Texas L.7.7 
 7. VanVleet, Raptors .7.6 
 8. Weber, Sioux F.7.3 
 9. McCallum, Grand R.7.0 
 10. Morris, Rio G.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  Sioux F.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.3 
 2. McCallum, Grand R.2.2 
 3. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.1 
 4. Tokoto, Rio G.2.1 
 5. Smith, Delaware.2.0 
 6. Payton-II, Rio G.2.0 
 7. Pressey, Santa C.2.0 
 8. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 9. Harris, Texas L.1.9 
 10. Evans, Canton C.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Texas L.
  (203-C-82)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Lasme, Texas L.3.3 
 2. Mickey, Maine RC3.0 
 3. Tavares, Raptors .2.8 
 4. Diallo, Greensboro S.2.8 
 5. Moreland, Canton C.2.7 
 6. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 7. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.6 
 8. Obekpa, Santa C.2.5 
 9. Benson, Sioux F.2.2 
 10. Jones, Santa C.2.1 



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Liga Superior Round 9 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Liga Superior round 9 caused change at the leadership position. First defeat of league's leader Izalco (19-1) against leader Marquense (20-0) 91-88 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the 13-game winning streak of Izalco. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Marquense looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Izalco's players. It was a good game for Carlos Sorto who led his team to a victory with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. point guard Julio Barrera (173-90) contributed with 20 points and 8 assists for the winners. American swingman Marcus Thomas (191-95, college: Rosemont) answered with a double-double by scoring 53 points (!!!), 29 rebounds and 8 assists for Izalco. Izalco's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total thirteen players in this game, but that didn't help. Undefeated Marquense have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Izalco at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Marquense. Izalco will play next round against Biomedical trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Marquense will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked San Marcos. It will be extra interesting game as San Marcos is their local rival from San Marcos.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Chalchuapa (9-14) and ADB (7-18), which took place in San Salvador. 6th ranked Chalchuapa lost to ninth ranked ADB in a road game 60-66. Cesar Canizales (-81) stepped up and scored 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Hector Landaverde chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Raul Rodriguez with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. ADB moved-up to eighth place. Chalchuapa at the other side keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. ADB's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in San Salvador to the arena Thunder.
The game between 7th ranked Ausoles (6-14) and eighth ranked ExSAL ST (7-15) in Ahuachapan on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Santa Tecla outscored Ausoles 95-58. Rafael Rivas nailed a double-double by scoring 26 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks for the winning side. Victor Zaldivar came up with 9 points and 6 rebounds for Ausoles in the defeat. Ausoles' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. ExSAL ST moved-up to seventh place. Loser Ausoles dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last two games of round 9 Marquense smashed Biomedical on the road 82-51. Chalchuapa lost to ABA on its own court 76-88.
The most impressive performance of 9th round was 8 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists by Manuel Artiga of Marquense.

Marquense - Izalco 91-88

Liga Superior round 9 caused change at the leadership position. First defeat of league's leader Izalco (19-1) against leader Marquense (20-0) 91-88 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the 13-game winning streak of Izalco. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Marquense looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Izalco's players. It was a good game for Carlos Sorto who led his team to a victory with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Point guard Julio Barrera (173-90) contributed with 20 points and 8 assists for the winners. American swingman Marcus Thomas (191-95, college: Rosemont) answered with a double-double by scoring 53 points (!!!), 29 rebounds and 8 assists and forward Julio Crespin (184-97) added 19 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Izalco. Izalco's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total thirteen players in this game, but that didn't help. Marquense have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Izalco at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Marquense. Izalco will play next round against Biomedical trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Marquense will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked San Marcos. It will be extra interesting game as San Marcos is their local rival from San Marcos.
Top scorers:
Izalco: M.Thomas 53+29reb+8ast, J.Crespin 19+5reb+1ast, S.Leon 6+4reb+2ast, H.Vigil 4, C.Toledo 4+4reb+1ast, S.Rivera 2+3reb
Marquense: J.Barrera 20+2reb+8ast, C.Sorto 19+7reb+5ast, M.Mendoza 17+4reb+3ast, R.Flores 9+9reb+3ast, M.Artiga 8+10reb+2ast, K.Gutierrez 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 544820


ADB - Chalchuapa 66-60

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Chalchuapa (9-14) and ADB (7-18), which took place in San Salvador. 6th ranked Chalchuapa lost to ninth ranked ADB in a road game 60-66. ADB dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Chalchuapa's 36. Cesar Canizales (-81) stepped up and scored 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Hector Landaverde (-92) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Raul Rodriguez with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and David Paiz scored 16 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. ADB moved-up to eighth place. Chalchuapa at the other side keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. ADB's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in San Salvador to the arena Thunder.
Top scorers:
Chalchuapa: R.Rodriguez 23+10reb+1ast, D.Paiz 16+9reb+4ast, J.Villalobos 13+5reb+2ast, F.Carcamo 8+7reb+2ast, W.Olmos 0, M.Rodriguez 0
ADB: C.Canizales 29+7reb+5ast, H.Landaverde 16+2reb+4ast, M.Gonzalez 8+4reb+2ast, H.Pacas 8+11reb+1ast, M.Marroquin 3+5reb, G.Guadron 2+9reb+6ast
gschID: 544822


Biomedical - Marquense 51-82

No shocking result in a game when leader Marquense (20-0) crushed on the road bottom-ranked Biomedical (3-22) 82-51 on Saturday. Marquense forced 19 Biomedical turnovers and outrebounded them 49-38 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Power forward Manuel Artiga (196-83) nailed 8 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and Ronald Flores accounted for 10 points and 6 rebounds. Four Marquense players scored in double figures. Salvador Bonilla came up with 9 points and 10 rebounds and Nestor Cordero (-82) added 5 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Biomedical 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. The victory was the thirteenth consecutive win for Marquense. They keep a position of league leader. Biomedical lost their sixth game in a row. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. Marquense's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from San Marcos San Marcos.
Top scorers:
Biomedical: C.Herrera 9+1reb+2ast, I.Campos 9+2reb+2ast, S.Bonilla 9+10reb+2ast, R.Cabrera 6+5reb+3ast, N.Cordero 5+11reb+1ast, J.Soriano 4+6reb
Marquense: C.Sorto 12+4reb+1ast, D.Navas 10+5reb+2ast, J.Barrera 10+4reb+3ast, R.Flores 10+6reb+3ast, R.Guevara 9, M.Artiga 8+13reb+4ast
gschID: 544826


Chalchuapa - ABA 76-88

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Chalchuapa (9-14) lost at home to sixth ranked ABA (10-15) 88-76 on Saturday. ABA had a 34-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. Jonathan Zometa nailed 32 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Jonathan Roque accounted for 25 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Jerome Cheadle (190, college: Ks Wesleyan) came up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 18 rebounds and David Paiz added 9 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals respectively for Chalchuapa in the defeat. Chalchuapa's coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. ABA moved-up to fifth place. Loser Chalchuapa keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. ABA will meet at home higher ranked San Marcos (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chalchuapa will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Chalchuapa: J.Cheadle 26+18reb+1ast, F.Carcamo 14+4reb, D.Paiz 9+6reb+7ast, J.Villalobos 9+2reb+3ast, W.Olmos 8, L.Castillo 5
ABA: J.Zometa 32+3reb+3ast, J.Roque 25+7reb+2ast, E.Sosa 18+10reb+2ast, C.Javier Antonio 4+7reb+3ast, L.Hernandez 4+2ast, M.Vasquez 3+3reb+3ast
gschID: 544825


Ausoles - ExSAL ST 58-95

The game between 7th ranked Ausoles (6-14) and eighth ranked ExSAL ST (7-15) in Ahuachapan on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Santa Tecla outscored Ausoles 95-58. ExSAL ST forced 26 Ausoles turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when ExSAL ST made 7 blocks. Forward Rafael Rivas (197-98) nailed a double-double by scoring 26 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks for the winning side and Mexican forward Jimmy Villalobos (190-93, college: Westminster, MO) accounted for 26 points and 5 rebounds. Four ExSAL ST players scored in double figures. Guard Victor Zaldivar (189-82) came up with 9 points and 6 rebounds and guard Jose Orellana (177) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Ausoles in the defeat. Ausoles' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. ExSAL ST moved-up to seventh place. Loser Ausoles dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ausoles: R.Palacios 12+2reb+2ast, V.Zaldivar 9+6reb+2ast, G.Caceres 9+5reb+1ast, J.Orellana 8+8reb, K.Ramirez 7+7reb+1ast, L.Hernandez 6+3reb+1ast
ExSAL ST: J.Villalobos 26+5reb+3ast, R.Rivas 26+12reb+5ast, P.Rubio 13+5reb+1ast, W.Melendez 11+3reb+3ast, B.Marroquin 6+8reb+2ast, W.Sanchez 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 544819





Liga MB Round 31: Santa Tecla beats Canarios by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

Fifth-ranked Canarios (12-7) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Santa Tecla (19-3) in Ahuachapan on Sunday. The visitors from Santa Tecla managed to secure only three-point victory 97-94. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Canarios. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American point guard Robert Martinez (185-91, college: Our Lady Lake) who helped to win the game recording 30 points. Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) contributed with 26 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American point guard David Lawson (185-89, college: Reinhardt) answered with 46 points (!!!) and 5 assists for Canarios. Santa Tecla maintains first place with 19-3 record. Canarios at the other side keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Santa Tecla are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Giants (#15) in San Salvador in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Canarios will play at home against Giants (#15) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Bottom-ranked San Miguel managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the series of eleven consecutive losses. This time they edged fourteenth-ranked Giants in San Salvador 84-81. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for point guard Jordan Johnson (183-92, college: Tenn Tech) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Nduka Ezeamii helped adding 20 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side guard Macari Brooks (190-92, college: Pikeville) responded with 35 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!). San Miguel (4-15) moved-up to fourteenth place. Giants lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 17 games lost. San Miguel will play against higher ranked El Rapido (#7) in La Union in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Giants will play on the road against Canarios (#5) in Ahuachapan and hope to get back on the winning track.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between El Rapido (10-10) and Santa Ana (5-16), which took place in Santa Ana. Higher ranked El Rapido lost to thirteenth ranked Santa Ana in a road game 71-76 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of El Rapido. It was an exceptional evening for Malcolm Tatum who led the winners and scored 28 points. Daniel King came up with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists for El Rapido in the defeat. Santa Ana moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Arcense. Loser El Rapido dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Santa Ana will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. El Rapido will play against San Miguel (#14) and hope to secure a win.
The game between third ranked Isidro Metapan (14-5) and 8th ranked Quezaltepeque (10-11) in Metapan ended with biggest points difference. Isidro Metapan beat guests from Quezaltepeque 88-80. Duane James fired a double-double by scoring 20 points, 8 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Isidro Metapan maintains third place with 14-5 record having eight points less than leader Santa Tecla. Quezaltepeque at the other side keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Isidro Metapan's next round opponent will be Cojute (#6) in Cojutepeque. Quezaltepeque will play at home against Halcones and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 31 Arcense was beaten by 11 Lobos on the road 86-80.
The most impressive performance of 31th round was 24 points, 21 rebounds and 6 blocks by Marc Montavious of 11 Lobos.

Isidro Metapan - Quezaltepeque 88-80

The game between third ranked Isidro Metapan (14-5) and 8th ranked Quezaltepeque (10-11) in Metapan ended with biggest points difference. Isidro Metapan beat guests from Quezaltepeque 88-80. Isidro Metapan forced 19 Quezaltepeque turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Quezaltepeque's players. Spanish-American forward Duane James (196-83, college: Binghamton) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points, 8 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Venezuelan guard Edwin Mijares (186-94) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists. James is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. American forward Nate Drayton (203-91, college: W.Texas A&M) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 19 rebounds and the other American import Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) added 22 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Isidro Metapan maintains third place with 14-5 record having eight points less than leader Santa Tecla. Quezaltepeque at the other side keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Isidro Metapan's next round opponent will be Cojute (#6) in Cojutepeque. Quezaltepeque will play at home against Halcones and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Isidro Metapan: K.Palmer 21+8reb+2ast, J.Colorado 21+5reb+3ast, D.James 20+8reb+11ast, E.Mijares 12+8reb+12ast, H.Navas 8+12reb+2ast, A.Regalado 4+1reb+1ast
Quezaltepeque: N.Drayton 25+19reb, Q.Scates 22+5reb, L.Portal 14+2reb+1ast, A.Cacho 12+6reb+2ast, D.Bairez 5+5reb+4ast, R.Miranda 2
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11 Lobos - Arcense 86-80

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eleventh ranked 11 Lobos' (8-11) home victory over 12th ranked Arcense (5-16) in Chalchuapa 86-80. 11 Lobos shot 24 for 34 from the free-throw line, while Arcense only scored seven points from the stripe. Haitian Joseph Antoine (203-84, college: Union, TN) fired a double-double by scoring 32 points, 18 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American center Marc Montavious (206-90, college: Georgetown, KY) chipped in a double-double by scoring 24 points, 21 rebounds and 6 blocks. American guard Brandon Thompson (193, college: Huston-Tillotson) produced a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and the other American import forward Louis Birdsong (198-88, college: George Mason) added 21 points and 15 rebounds respectively for lost side. 11 Lobos maintains eleventh place with 8-11 record. Arcense at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 16 games lost. 11 Lobos' next round opponent will be higher ranked Sonsonate (#9) and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Arcense will play against Canarios and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
11 Lobos: J.Antoine 32+18reb+6ast, M.Montavious 24+21reb+3ast, J.Romeus 14+4reb+4ast, A.Ruano 7+1reb+1ast, M.Gonzalez 5+4reb+2ast, R.Aguiar 2+3reb+1ast
Arcense: B.Thompson 37+11reb+1ast, L.Birdsong 21+15reb+2ast, R.Cardona 11+4reb+2ast, S. Willis 7+7reb+2ast, H.Mendez 4+3reb, R.Rodriguez 0
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Canarios - Santa Tecla 94-97

Fifth-ranked Canarios (12-7) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Santa Tecla (19-3) in Ahuachapan on Sunday. The visitors from Santa Tecla managed to secure only three-point victory 97-94. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Canarios. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American point guard Robert Martinez (185-91, college: Our Lady Lake) who helped to win the game recording 30 points. Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) contributed with 26 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Martinez is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Santa Tecla players scored in double figures. American point guard David Lawson (185-89, college: Reinhardt) answered with 46 points (!!!) and 5 assists and the other American import center Reginald Brown (202-91) added 20 points and 16 rebounds in the effort for Canarios. Santa Tecla maintains first place with 19-3 record. Canarios at the other side keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Santa Tecla are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Giants (#15) in San Salvador in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Canarios will play at home against Giants (#15) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Santa Tecla: R.Martinez 30+3reb+3ast, O.Torres 26+5reb+2ast, C.Arias 16+14reb+2ast, L.Valdez 11+8reb+1ast, O.Rivera 7+3reb+4ast, R.Palma 3+3reb
Canarios: D.Lawson 46+3reb+5ast, R.Brown 20+16reb+2ast, W.Hepburn 19+11reb+4ast, I.Sandoval 6+2reb+3ast, J.Lima 3+3reb+2ast, W.Quijano 0
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Giants - San Miguel 81-84

Bottom-ranked San Miguel managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the series of eleven consecutive losses. This time they edged fourteenth-ranked Giants in San Salvador 84-81. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for point guard Jordan Johnson (183-92, college: Tenn Tech) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Forward Nduka Ezeamii (203, college: Avila) helped adding 20 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Four San Miguel players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Macari Brooks (190-92, college: Pikeville) responded with 35 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and power forward James Milton (203, college: Stevenson) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points, 19 rebounds and 4 blocks. San Miguel (4-15) moved-up to fourteenth place. Giants lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 17 games lost. San Miguel will play against higher ranked El Rapido (#7) in La Union in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Giants will play on the road against Canarios (#5) in Ahuachapan and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
San Miguel: J.Johnson 23+8reb+8ast, J.Cruz 20+6reb+3ast, N.Ezeamii 20+13reb+5ast, H.Jaimes 12+1reb+2ast, B.De Leon 9+15reb+2ast, N. Flores 0
Giants: M.Brooks 35+7reb+2ast, J.Milton 22+19reb+2ast, L.Escoto 10+5reb+3ast, J.Kirksey 8+2ast, A.Parras 4+2reb, C.Flores 2+7reb+1ast
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Santa Ana - El Rapido 76-71

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between El Rapido (10-10) and Santa Ana (5-16), which took place in Santa Ana. Higher ranked El Rapido lost to thirteenth ranked Santa Ana in a road game 71-76 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of El Rapido. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Malcolm Tatum (188, college: Alders.-Broad.) who led the winners and scored 28 points. His fellow American import forward Tobias Dowdell (201-90, college: Alders.-Broad.) accounted for 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Panamanian Daniel King (203-87, college: Texas Southern) came up with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists and American forward Eddie Ishman (196-86, college: Miles) added 20 points and 17 rebounds respectively for El Rapido in the defeat. Santa Ana moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Arcense. Loser El Rapido dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Santa Ana will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. El Rapido will play against San Miguel (#14) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Santa Ana: M.Tatum 28+4reb+3ast, T.Dowdell 19+9reb+1ast, T.Butler 15+7reb+6ast, F.Salazar 8+7reb+4ast, E.Guevara 6+2reb+3ast, L.Gonzalez 0+5reb+1ast
El Rapido: D.King 26+15reb+6ast, E.Ishman 20+17reb+3ast, F.Martinez 10+1reb, C.Marquina 6+1reb, S.Esperanza 5+1reb, M.Lopez 2+4ast
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Christopher Blake claims Salvadorean Liga MB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Christopher Blake (197-G-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's second-best Brujos Izalco and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 28-year old guard got a double-double of 41 points and eleven assists, while his team beat Giants (#15, 4-17) 94-89. 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 17-3 record. In the team's last game Blake had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Brujos Izalco's top player in his first season with the team. University of Detroit Mercy graduate has very impressive stats this year. Blake is in league's top in points (5th best: 27.1ppg), assists (4th best: 6.4apg) and averages solid 3.1spg and 53.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old Panamanian power forward Daniel King (203-PF-87) of El Rapido. King impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 34 points and 16 rebounds. It was enough for El Rapido to edge the higher-ranked Halcones (#4, 13-6) by 6 points 74-68. Despite this victory El Rapido slide down in the standings to 7th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. King is one of the most experienced players at El Rapido and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American David Lawson (185-PG-89) of Canarios (#5). Lawson got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds and twelve assists. He was a key player of Canarios, leading his team to a 109-100 win against the lower-ranked Sonsonate (#9, 9-10). Canarios needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 7 lost games. Lawson has a great season in El Salvador. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 34.9ppg (best scorer) and assists with 5.6apg (6th best). He also has 2.4spg and FGP: 61.3%. Lawson attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anthony Moe (206-F/C) of Cojute - 36 points, 25 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Wali Hepburn (193-G-89) of Canarios - 35 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Louis Birdsong (198-F-88) of Arcense - 19 points, 17 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Adalberto Rojas (198-F-86) of Sonsonate - 21 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Macari Brooks (190-G-92) of Giants - 28 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Nduka Ezeamii (203-F) of San Miguel - 25 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Quincy Scates (197-SF-89) of Quezaltepeque - 31 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists

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



Liga MB Round 30: Halcones are upset by El Rapido - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in La Union between third ranked Halcones (13-6) and seventh ranked El Rapido (10-9) on Saturday night. Halcones were defeated by El Rapido in a tough game on the road 68-74. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Halcones. They outrebounded Halcones 51-35 including 22 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was Panamanian Daniel King (203-87, college: Texas Southern) who had a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 16 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Eddie Ishman (196-86, college: Miles) chipped in 22 points and 14 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was A Brewer who recorded 20 points and 5 assists. El Rapido moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cojute. Halcones at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. El Rapido is looking forward to face Santa Ana (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Halcones will have a break next round.
Leader Santa Tecla delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they beat 15th ranked San Miguel (3-15) 101-84. It was a good game for Oscar Rivera (190-80) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Oreste Torres contributed with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard Jordan Johnson (183-92, college: Tenn Tech) replied with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for San Miguel. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Santa Tecla maintains first position with 18-3 record. San Miguel lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. Santa Tecla will play against Canarios (#5) in Ahuachapan in the next round. San Miguel will play on the road against Giants (#14) in San Salvador and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Quezaltepeque was also quite interesting. Second ranked Brujos Izalco (17-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Quezaltepeque (10-10). Brujos Izalco did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 92-73 on Friday. The game was dominated by American players. Christopher Blake scored 29 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners. Brujos Izalco's coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Quincy Scates with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Brujos Izalco have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 17-3 record behind leader Santa Tecla. Loser Quezaltepeque dropped to the eighth place with ten games lost. Brujos Izalco will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Quezaltepeque will play against Isidro Metapan (#3) and hope to secure a win.

Rest of the games of round 30 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Santa Ana was defeated by Denver-FAS in San Salvador 76-66. Brujos Izalco beat Giants at home 94-89. Cojute won against Arcense on the opponent's court 91-86. Canarios managed to outperform Sonsonate in a home game 109-100.
The best stats of 30th round was 21 points and 13 rebounds by Olaniyi Akingkube of Denver-FAS.

Denver-FAS - Santa Ana 76-66

There was no surprise in San Salvador where 13th ranked Santa Ana (4-16) was defeated by tenth ranked Denver-FAS (9-10) 76-66 on Saturday. Denver-FAS dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Santa Ana's 36. They outrebounded Santa Ana 45-32 including a 34-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Nigerian-American center Olaniyi Akingkube (208, college: N.Carolina A&T) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Eduardo Aguilar (176-86) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Denver-FAS players scored in double figures. Denver-FAS's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was American guard Malcolm Tatum (188, college: Alders.-Broad.) with 31 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Tobias Dowdell (201-90, college: Alders.-Broad.) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Denver-FAS moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Sonsonate. Santa Ana lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Giants. Denver-FAS will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Santa Ana will play against El Rapido (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Denver-FAS: O.Akingkube 21+13reb+2ast, E.Aguilar 19+5reb+3ast, D.Lawes 13+11reb+3ast, T.Alexander 11+7reb+2ast, J.Flores 6+1reb+1ast, R.Iglesias 2+4reb+1ast
Santa Ana: M.Tatum 31+7reb+2ast, T.Dowdell 14+13reb+1ast, T.Butler 10+8reb+5ast, E.Guevara 4+2reb+2ast, L.Gonzalez 4+3ast, F.Salazar 3+1reb+3ast
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Brujos Izalco - Giants 94-89

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Brujos Izalco (17-3) defeated at home 14th ranked Giants (4-16) 94-89 on Saturday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Brujos Izalco forced 20 Giants turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Brujos Izalco made 9 blocks. American guard Christopher Blake (198-88, college: Detroit Mercy) had a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Jamaican-American forward Devin Thompson (199-80, college: St.Peter's) chipped in 17 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Macari Brooks (190-92, college: Pikeville) with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Luis Escoto (180-96) scored 31 points and 4 steals. Brujos Izalco have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 17-3 record behind leader Santa Tecla. Loser Giants dropped to the thirteenth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Santa Ana. Brujos Izalco will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Giants will play against San Miguel (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brujos Izalco: C.Blake 41+8reb+11ast, D.Thompson 17+13reb+3ast, T.Elliott 10+10reb+2ast, R.Mendez 9+4reb+4ast, A.Navarrete 8+1reb, E.Navarrete 6+1reb+1ast
Giants: L.Escoto 31+3reb+2ast, M.Brooks 28+15reb+6ast, J.Milton 15+13reb+2ast, J.Kirksey 9+8reb+6ast, C.Flores 6+9reb+1ast, L.Paredes 0
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Arcense - Cojute 86-91

Very expected game in San Salvador where 12th ranked Arcense (5-15) was defeated by eighth ranked Cojute (10-9) 91-86 on Saturday. Cojute looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Power forward Anthony Moe (206, college: Millersville) had a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 25 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Scott Sill (206-92, college: Delaware St.) chipped in 24 points and 22 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Brandon Thompson (193, college: Huston-Tillotson) with 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds and forward Louis Birdsong (198-88, college: George Mason) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 17 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 blocks. Four Arcense players scored in double figures. Cojute moved-up to sixth place, which they share with El Rapido. Loser Arcense keeps the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Cojute will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Arcense will play against 11 Lobos (#11) in Chalchuapa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cojute: A.Moe 36+25reb+3ast, S.Sill 24+22reb+1ast, B.Golden 20+8reb+8ast, R.Melendez 9+6reb+3ast, B.Reyes 2+1reb+3ast, V.Campos 0
Arcense: B.Thompson 34+9reb+1ast, L.Birdsong 19+17reb+8ast, C.Torres 14+8reb+3ast, S. Willis 12+9reb+2ast, R.Cardona 6+6reb+6ast, H.Mendez 1+2reb
gschID: 537079


San Miguel - Santa Tecla 84-101

Leader Santa Tecla delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they beat 15th ranked San Miguel (3-15) 101-84. Santa Tecla players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists. It was a good game for Oscar Rivera (190-80) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) contributed with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Santa Tecla players scored in double figures. American point guard Jordan Johnson (183-92, college: Tenn Tech) replied with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and his fellow American import forward Nduka Ezeamii (203, college: Avila) added 25 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for San Miguel. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Santa Tecla maintains first position with 18-3 record. San Miguel lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. Santa Tecla will play against Canarios (#5) in Ahuachapan in the next round. San Miguel will play on the road against Giants (#14) in San Salvador and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Santa Tecla: O.Rivera 24+8reb+1ast, O.Torres 15+9reb+4ast, L.Valdez 14+3reb+2ast, C.Arias 13+3reb+4ast, R.Martinez 12+3reb+7ast, A.Arias Serrano 9+4reb+6ast
San Miguel: J.Johnson 27+8reb+7ast, N.Ezeamii 25+12reb+5ast, E.Guzman 11+4reb+2ast, B.De Leon 7+10reb+2ast, J.Cruz 6+8reb+2ast, J.Guillen 4
gschID: 537078


El Rapido - Halcones 74-68

The most important game in the last round took place in La Union between third ranked Halcones (13-6) and seventh ranked El Rapido (10-9) on Saturday night. Halcones were defeated by El Rapido in a tough game on the road 68-74. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Halcones. They outrebounded Halcones 51-35 including 22 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was Panamanian Daniel King (203-87, college: Texas Southern) who had a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 16 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Eddie Ishman (196-86, college: Miles) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was A Brewer who recorded 20 points and 5 assists and American power forward Raymond Miller (204-88, college: CS Fullerton) added 11 points and 16 rebounds respectively. Four Halcones players scored in double figures. El Rapido moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cojute. Halcones at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. El Rapido is looking forward to face Santa Ana (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Halcones will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
El Rapido: D.King 34+16reb+4ast, E.Ishman 22+14reb+3ast, S.Esperanza 8+3reb, O.Coreas 7+13reb+2ast, F.Martinez 2+1reb+3ast, M.Lopez 1+3reb+2ast
Halcones: A. Brewer 20+4reb+5ast, J.Araujo 13+4reb+2ast, J.Moss 11+4reb+2ast, R.Miller 11+16reb+2ast, R.Figueroa 4+1reb, M.Orellana 4+2reb
gschID: 537077


Quezaltepeque - Brujos Izalco 73-92

The game in Quezaltepeque was also quite interesting. Second ranked Brujos Izalco (17-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Quezaltepeque (10-10). Brujos Izalco did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 92-73 on Friday. Brujos Izalco had a 34-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Quezaltepeque's players. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Christopher Blake (198-88, college: Detroit Mercy) scored 29 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and center Travis Elliott (203-91, college: Beth.-Cookman) chipped in 16 points and 18 rebounds during the contest. Four Brujos Izalco players scored in double figures. Brujos Izalco's coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and forward Nate Drayton (203-91, college: W.Texas A&M) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 17 rebounds. Brujos Izalco have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 17-3 record behind leader Santa Tecla. Loser Quezaltepeque dropped to the eighth place with ten games lost. Brujos Izalco will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Quezaltepeque will play against Isidro Metapan (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Brujos Izalco: C.Blake 29+7reb+5ast, G.McArthur 16+7reb+4ast, T.Elliott 16+18reb+1ast, R.Mendez 11+5reb+6ast, D.Thompson 10+5reb+1ast, M.Flores 8+1reb+8ast
Quezaltepeque: Q.Scates 31+10reb+4ast, A.Cacho 16+7reb+2ast, N.Drayton 15+17reb+1ast, D.Bairez 4+1reb, F.Castellanos 3+1reb+2ast, L.Portal 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 537076


Canarios - Sonsonate 109-100

Rather predictable result in Ahuachapan where fifth ranked Canarios (12-6) beat 8th ranked Sonsonate (9-10) 109-100 on Friday. Canarios looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American point guard David Lawson (185-89, college: Reinhardt) had a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 12 assists and 6 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Wali Hepburn (193-89, college: Lock Haven) chipped in 35 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Lawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Canarios' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American-Panamanian forward Adalberto Rojas (198-86) with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists and Yoan Haiti scored 24 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Canarios have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 12-6 record. Sonsonate lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the ninth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Denver-FAS. Canarios will meet at home league's leader Santa Tecla in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sonsonate will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Canarios: W.Hepburn 35+6reb+7ast, D.Lawson 33+7reb+12ast, R.Brown 18+19reb, W.Quijano 12+4reb+2ast, I.Sandoval 6+4reb+3ast, A. Gross Ruano 3+1reb+1ast
Sonsonate: Y.Haiti 24+9reb+3ast, L.Hernandez 23+5ast, A.Rojas 21+14reb+7ast, M.Gudino 19+9reb+1ast, J.Loucel 5+8reb+4ast, C.Valle 4+2reb
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Diego Ferrin claims Salvadorean Liga Superior weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Diego Ferrin put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Thunder and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The had a double-double of 27 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team beat San Marcos (18-9) 88-82. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Thunder is placed at 3rd position in Salvadorean Liga Superior. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Thunder will need more victories to improve their 18-9 record. It's Ferrin's second year at Thunder and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Ferrin has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 30.7ppg), rebounds (6th best: 10.9rpg) and averages solid 1.9bpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was Leonardo Gomez of San Marcos. Gomez impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he led San Marcos to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked ADB (#9, 6-18) 110-55. Despite this victory San Marcos slide down in the standings to 4th position. His team's 18-9 record is not bad at all. Gomez is one of the most experienced players at San Marcos and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.1ppg (#9). He also recorded 3.3 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was another San Marcos' star - Aldo Cantor (99). Cantor scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Cantor's great performance San Marcos lost 82-88 to #3 ranked Thunder. But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing San Marcos needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 18 victories and 9 lost games. Cantor has a very solid season. In 8 games in El Salvador he scored 8.0ppg. He also has 7.3rpg and FGP: 51.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Roger Diaz (99) of San Marcos - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Jonathan Zometa) of ABA - 22 points and 6 rebounds
6. Jonathan Roque) of ABA - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Carlos Pineda (178-G-92) of Biomedical - 22 points and 5 assists
8. Salvador Bonilla) of Biomedical - 11 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Hector Landaverde (92) of ADB - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Eduardo Recinos (192-F-88) of San Marcos - 11 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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  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.17.7 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki17.7 
 7. Bryant, Kataja B.16.8 
 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.6.0 
 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: 2.2
 1. Mullings, Kataja B.2.2 
 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. Nelson, Pyrinto1.4 
 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. Walker, KTP Basket0.8 


Korisliiga Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Kataja Basket and Kauhaojoki post wins - by Eurobasket News

Helsinki Seagulls - Kataja Basket 67-84

Kataja Basket rallied past Helsinki Seagulls to take 3-1 lead. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Joensuun Kataja's pressure prevailed and they won that period 32-16 extending their advantage to 17 points. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Jarekious Bradley (196-90, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds. Rion Brown (198-91, college: Miami, FL) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Center Devonte Upson (206-93, college: SE Louisiana) replied with 12 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Raymond Cowels-III (193-90, college: Santa Clara) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Helsinki Seagulls. Five Joensuun Kataja and four Helsinki Seagulls players scored in double figures. Helsinki Seagulls' coach Mikko Larkas rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Helsinki Seagulls: G.Lee 13+4reb, D.Upson 12+6reb, R.Cowels III 10+5reb+3ast, A.Nikkarinen 10+1reb+4ast, T.Heinonen 7+2reb+1ast, A.Vaenerberg 6+2reb
Kataja Basket: J.Bradley 19+7reb, D.Bryant 14+2reb+2ast, V.Makalainen 14+3reb, R.Brown 14+6reb+3ast, T.Rannikko 13+1reb+5ast, D.Mullings 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 544485


Kauhajoki - Salon Vilpas 82-73

Kauhajoki overcame Salon Vilpas to even the series at 2-2. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-15. But Salon Vilpas won second period 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kauhajoen Karhu shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. The game was dominated by American players. Swingman Austin Hollins (195-91, college: Minnesota) fired 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward DeVaughn Washington (202-89, college: Ohio, agency: Mansfield and Associates) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Four Kauhajoen Karhu players scored in double figures. Forward Al'Lonzo Coleman (201-89, college: Presbyterian) produced 6 points and 7 rebounds and forward Brandon Edwards (198-91, college: Texas Arlington) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: O.Jarvi 12, D.Williams 10+5reb, B.Edwards 9+7reb, M.Koivisto 9+4reb+2ast, J.Staten 9+1reb+3ast, M.Pounds 7+4reb+2ast
Kauhajoki: A.Hollins 18+5reb+5ast, T.Unruh 18+3reb+2ast, D.Washington 16+9reb+1ast, J.Lehtoranta 11+7reb+3ast, K.Holsey 8+3reb, J.Lehtoranta 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 544484





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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Jerrold BROOKS
  ALS Basket
  (183-PG-91)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Brooks, ALS Basket18.4 
 2. Bradford, St Vallier17.4 
 3. Craion, Lorient17.3 
 4. Vaty, Lourdes17.2 
 5. Newson, Lorient17.0 
 6. Geiger, SAP V.16.3 
 7. Varanauskas, Gries/Ob.16.3 
 8. Davis, Rennes16.1 
 9. Mitchell, Chartres16.1 
 10. Doumbia, Gries/Ob.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Gries/Ob.
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Thondique, Gries/Ob.10.0 
 2. Kovanusic, ALS B.9.3 
 3. Staniulis, Souffel8.0 
 4. Blackwell, ALS B.8.0 
 5. Gourari, RAC Basket7.9 
 6. Cox, Challans7.8 
 7. Craion, Lorient7.8 
 8. Anderson, RAC B.7.5 
 9. Alliman, SAP V.7.5 
 10. Vaty, Lourdes7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Nikola KORAC
  Vitre
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Korac, Vitre7.7 
 2. Romain, Chartres7.5 
 3. Dalmeida, Lourdes7.4 
 4. Varanauskas, Gries/Ob.5.4 
 5. Rathieuville, Rennes5.2 
 6. Suhard, Angers BC5.2 
 7. Bichard, RAC Basket5.1 
 8. Delhomme, St Vallier5.0 
 9. Smith, Orchies4.9 
 10. Choplin, Quimper4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Lorient
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Craion, Lorient2.9 
 2. Davis, Rennes2.3 
 3. Newson, Lorient2.0 
 4. Neri, ALS Basket2.0 
 5. Cornely, Caen1.9 
 6. Dalmeida, Lourdes1.7 
 7. Monceau, Challans1.7 
 8. Gibson, Challans1.6 
 9. Gourari, RAC Basket1.6 
 10. Rafai, RAC Basket1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ludovic NEGROBAR
  Rennes
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Negrobar, Rennes1.4 
 2. Rakocevic, Orchies1.0 
 3. Jakstas, Gries/Ob.0.9 
 4. Monteiro, Caen0.9 
 5. Bobrov, Quimper0.9 
 6. Diarra, Caen0.9 
 7. Kovanusic, ALS B.0.8 
 8. Boucard, GET Vosges0.8 
 9. Soumaoro, SAP V.0.8 
 10. Tresnak, GET Vosges0.8 



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  FYR MACEDONIA  


Stajic number one in FYR Macedonia for round 8 - by Eurobasket News

Point guard Boban Stajic (185-PG-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Feni Industries, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8 (Second Stage).
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Kozuv (2-6) 79-69. Feni Industries is placed at 4th position in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 6 games and recorded just two victories. In the team's last game Stajic had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Feni Industries and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Boban Stajic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (9th best: 3.6apg) and averages impressive 42.1% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old international power forward Bojan Krstevski (206-F/C-89, agency: Interperformances) of Kozuv. Krstevski had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Kozuv lost that game 69-79 to slightly higher-ranked Feni Industries (2-6). This loss caused Kozuv to drop to 5th position in the standings. 6 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Kozuv managed to get this Second Stage. Krstevski is a newcomer at Kozuv and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international guard Darko Sokolov (189-G-86) of league's second-best Karpos Sokoli. Sokolov showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Karpos Sokoli, leading his team to a 100-75 easy win against the lower-ranked Kumanovo (#6, 2-6). Karpos Sokoli needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 2 lost games. Sokolov has a very solid season. In 8 games in FYR Macedonia he scored 6.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vlado Ilievski (188-PG-80) of Rabotnicki - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) of Rabotnicki - 15 points and 10 rebounds
6. Dime Tasovski (200-F-80) of Rabotnicki - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Jane Petrovski (181-PG-87) of Feni Industries - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84) of Kumanovo - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Dragan Labovic (207-F/C-87) of Karpos Sokoli - 13 points and 8 rebounds
10. Kendrick Perry (183-PG-92) of Karpos Sokoli - 11 points, 3 rebounds and 7 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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  GEORGIA  


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

Point guard Rob Woodson (180-PG, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) put on an amazing game in the last round for Sokhumi and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
He had a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Batumi (#7, 9-18) 83-77. Sokhumi maintains the 5th position in Georgian league. Sokhumi is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-16 record. Woodson just recently signed at Sokhumi, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Rob Woodson averages this season 4.5ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Dwayne Lathan (190-G-89). He is American guard in his first season at Sokhumi. In the last game Lathan recorded impressive double-double of 28 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Sokhumi to edge slightly lower-ranked Batumi (#7, 9-18) by 6 points 83-77. Sokhumi's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-16 record. Lathan is a newcomer at Sokhumi and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.8ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 6.2rpg and 3.7apg.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Tre Burnette (196-G) of Olimpi (#6). Burnette scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Burnette's great performance Olimpi lost 79-82 to slightly higher-ranked Cactus Tbilisi (#4, 13-14). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Olimpi not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 17 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Burnette could try to bring Olimpi's a little bit higher in the standings. Burnette has individually a great season in Georgia. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.4ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 8.7rpg (5th best). He also has 2.6spg and FGP: 52.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nikola Maravic (212-C-89) of Dinamo Tbilisi - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Corey Allen (185-PG-92) of Mgzavrebi - 26 points and 5 rebounds
6. Walter Pitchford (208-F-92) of Olimpi - 21 points and 7 rebounds
7. John Florveus (211-C-90) of Cactus Tbilisi - 19 points and 6 rebounds
8. Mikheil Tchotchua (193-SG-87) of Dinamo Tbilisi - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Mikheil Berishvili (204-SF-87) of Dinamo Tbilisi - 19 points and 4 rebounds
10. Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-PG-86) of Kutaisi - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 7 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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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Raymar MORGAN
  Ratiopharm
  (203-F/C-88)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Morgan, Ratiopharm18.7 
 2. Knight, Jena18.3 
 3. English, Fraport .17.5 
 4. Paulding, EWE B.16.1 
 5. Kikanovic, ALBA16.0 
 6. Babb, Ratiopharm15.7 
 7. Mayo, Telekom Bsk15.5 
 8. Odum, Wuerzburg15.4 
 9. Qvale, EWE Baskets15.3 
 10. Lewis, Bayreuth15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dyshawn PIERRE
  Braunsch.
  (198-F-93)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Pierre, Braunsch.7.8 
 2. Evans, Giessen .7.1 
 3. Morgan, Ratiopharm7.0 
 4. Eatherton, Goett.7.0 
 5. Marei, Bayreuth6.9 
 6. Cooley, Ludwigsb.6.7 
 7. Searcy, Vechta6.6 
 8. Knight, Jena6.5 
 9. McGhee, Walter T.6.5 
 10. Qvale, EWE Baskets6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Scott MACHADO
  Vechta
  (186-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 2. Jordan, Walter T.7.9 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.7 
 4. Odum, Wuerzburg5.7 
 5. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.5 
 6. Siva, ALBA5.4 
 7. Sanders, Goettingen5.0 
 8. Mayo, Telekom Bsk5.0 
 9. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.4.8 
 10. Ruoff, Goettingen4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Robertson, Fraport .2.5 
 2. Kramer, EWE B.2.3 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 5. Ruoff, Goettingen1.8 
 6. Siva, ALBA1.7 
 7. Redding, B.Mue.1.7 
 8. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.7 
 9. Anderson, Bayreuth1.6 
 10. Knight, Jena1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian GAMBLE
  Telekom .
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Gamble, Telekom .1.3 
 2. Theis, Brose Bask.1.3 
 3. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.2 
 4. Groselle, Braunsch.1.2 
 5. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 6. Qvale, EWE Baskets1.0 
 7. McGhee, Walter T.0.9 
 8. Marei, Bayreuth0.9 
 9. Gaffney, ALBA0.9 
 10. Austin, Bremerha.0.8 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Jonathon WILLIAMS
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Williams, Kirchheim18.6 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau17.9 
 3. Alexander, ETB W.17.6 
 4. Nikolic, Baunach17.4 
 5. Watkins, Nuernberg17.1 
 6. Warren, MBC16.8 
 7. Kerusch, MBC16.3 
 8. Holt, Dresden16.0 
 9. Spearman, Trier15.8 
 10. Lawson, Chemnitz15.5 
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. Watts, Oettinge.6.8 
 9. Lawson, Chemnitz6.8 
 10. Nicholas, Trier6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Carrington LOVE
  Kirchheim
  (186-G-94)
  Avg: 7
 1. Love, Kirchheim7.0 
 2. Nikolic, Baunach6.7 
 3. Carter, Chemnitz5.9 
 4. Moore, Ehingen5.7 
 5. Adams, Uni Baskets5.6 
 6. Vest, Uni Baskets5.6 
 7. Hatten, MBC5.5 
 8. Williams, Koeln R.5.3 
 9. Dunn, Crailsheim5.0 
 10. Zazai, MBC4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  MBC
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hatten, MBC2.5 
 2. Adams, Uni Baskets2.4 
 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. Pantelic, MBC1.3 
 4. Keppeler, Baunach1.2 
 5. Heinzmann, Koeln R.1.2 
 6. White, Heidelberg1.2 
 7. van, Trier1.1 
 8. Grim, Uni Baskets1.1 
 9. Fraser, Ehingen1.1 
 10. Flomo, Crailsheim1.0 


BBL Round 32: No surprise as #1 ratiopharm Ulm defeats Deutsche Bank Skyliners - by Eurobasket News

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

BBL top team - ratiopharm Ulm (29-1) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat tenth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (13-18) 91-84. ratiopharm Ulm made 33-of-36 free shots (91.7 percent) during the game, while Deutsche Bank Skyliners only scored thirteen points from the stripe. 25 personal fouls committed by Deutsche Bank Skyliners helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a quality performance of power forward Raymar Morgan (203-88, college: Michigan St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line !!!) and Taylor Braun (201-91, college: N.Dakota St.) who added 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. ratiopharm Ulm's coach Thorsten Leibenath used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Quantez Robertson (188-84, college: Auburn, agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. ratiopharm Ulm have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 29-1 record. Deutsche Bank Skyliners at the other side keep the tenth place with 18 games lost. ratiopharm Ulm are looking forward to face EnBW Ludwigsburg (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play against ALBA Berlin and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Seventeenth-ranked SC Rasta Vechta (2-28) gave a tough game to twelfth ranked Science City Jena (11-18). Science City Jena managed to secure only one-point victory 91-90. However their fans expected much easier game. The winners were led by American point guard Julius Jenkins (187-81, college: Georgia South) who scored that evening 20 points and Kenny Frease supported him with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Science City Jena's coach Bjoern Harmsen allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 18 points and 7 assists by American-Albanian point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-84, college: BYU, agency: Octagon Europe) did not help to save the game for SC Rasta Vechta. Newly promoted Science City Jena maintains twelfth position with 11-18 record. SC Rasta Vechta lost sixth consecutive game. SC Rasta Vechta at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventeenth place with 28 games lost. Science City Jena will play against higher ranked EWE Baskets (#7) in Oldenburg in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. SC Rasta Vechta will play at home against BG Goettingen (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Braunschweig between s Oliver Baskets and Braunschweig. Fifteenth ranked s Oliver Baskets (9-21) got a very close victory on the road over 16th ranked Braunschweig (6-24). s Oliver Baskets managed to escape with a 1-point win 67-66 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Braunschweig. The best player for the winners was Michael Cobbins who scored 14 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Dyshawn Pierre produced a double-double by scoring 23 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. s Oliver Baskets moved-up to fourteenth place. Loser Braunschweig keeps the sixteenth position with 24 games lost. s Oliver Baskets will meet at home higher ranked Science City Jena (#12) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Braunschweig will play against Walter Tigers (#15) in Tuebingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Bonn where higher ranked Telekom Baskets (17-13) were upset on its own court by twelfth ranked BG Goettingen (12-18) 78-66. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Alex Ruoff orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. BG Goettingen's coach Johannes Roijakkers used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. BG Goettingen moved-up to eleventh place. Telekom Baskets lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keep the sixth position with 13 games lost. BG Goettingen's next round opponent will be SC Rasta Vechta (#17) on the road where they are favorite.
An interesting game took place in Bremerhaven where higher ranked ALBA Berlin (18-13) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (11-19) 100-92 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Ivan Elliott who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven maintains thirteenth position with 11-19 record. Loser ALBA Berlin keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will face league's second-placed Brose Baskets in Bamberg in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. ALBA Berlin will play on the road against Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Frankfurt and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 32: Walter Tigers lost to Ludwigsburg on the opponent's court 65-81. Bayreuth managed to outperform Giessen 46ers in a home game 89-79. EWE Baskets recorded a loss to B.Muenchen on the road 90-83.

Braunschweig - Wuerzburg 66-67

A very close game took place in Braunschweig between s Oliver Baskets and Braunschweig. Fifteenth ranked s Oliver Baskets (9-21) got a very close victory on the road over 16th ranked Braunschweig (6-24). s Oliver Baskets managed to escape with a 1-point win 67-66 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Braunschweig. s Oliver Baskets dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Braunschweig's 24. They outrebounded Braunschweig 43-29 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Michael Cobbins (203-92, college: Oklahoma St.) who scored 14 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). The other American import point guard Jake Odum (193-91, college: Indiana St.) chipped in 11 points. Four s Oliver Baskets players scored in double figures. Canadian forward Dyshawn Pierre (198-93, college: Dayton) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and American center Geoffrey Groselle (212-93, college: Creighton) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. s Oliver Baskets moved-up to fourteenth place. Loser Braunschweig keeps the sixteenth position with 24 games lost. s Oliver Baskets will meet at home higher ranked Science City Jena (#12) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Braunschweig will play against Walter Tigers (#15) in Tuebingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wuerzburg: M.Cobbins 14+7reb+1ast, V.Sanford 12+6reb, J.Odum 11+4reb+3ast, L.Ulmer 10+5reb+2ast, M.Stuckey 8+2reb+3ast, K.Loncar 6+5reb
Braunschweig: D.Pierre 23+15reb+4ast, G.Groselle 14+7reb, T.Schwartz 14+2reb, C.Medlock 7+2reb+4ast, C.Guyton 3+1reb+1ast, L.Figge 3
gschID: 528807


Telekom Bsk - Goettingen 66-78

An interesting game took place in Bonn where higher ranked Telekom Baskets (17-13) were upset on its own court by twelfth ranked BG Goettingen (12-18) 78-66. BG Goettingen forced 21 Telekom Baskets turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Swingman Alex Ruoff (198-86, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Darius Carter (201-92, college: Wichita St.) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. BG Goettingen's coach Johannes Roijakkers used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Point guard Josh Mayo (181-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) replied with 12 points and 6 assists and power forward Julian Gamble (208-89, college: Miami, FL) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Telekom Baskets. Four Telekom Baskets players scored in double figures. BG Goettingen moved-up to eleventh place. Telekom Baskets lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keep the sixth position with 13 games lost. BG Goettingen's next round opponent will be SC Rasta Vechta (#17) on the road where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: D.Carter 16+5reb, A.Ruoff 15+6reb+4ast, B.Veikalas 15+2reb+1ast, S.Eatherton 10, L.Williams 9+5ast, A.Waleskowski 8+6reb+1ast
Telekom Bsk: K.Horton 12+4reb+3ast, J.Mayo 12+4reb+6ast, T.DiLeo 12+1ast, J.Gamble 10+9reb+3ast, R.Thompson 8+1reb+2ast, Y.Polas Bartolo 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 528806


Ludwigsburg - Walter Tigers 81-65

Very expected game when 14th ranked Walter Tigers (9-24) were defeated on the road by ninth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (16-15) 81-65 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of international Johannes Thiemann (204-94) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American swingman DJ Kennedy (198-89, college: St.John's) who added 15 points during the contest. American forward Stanton Kidd (202-92, college: Colorado St.) responded with 19 points and his fellow American import point guard Jared Jordan (187-84, college: Marist) scored 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Walter Tigers' coach Tyron McCoy rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. EnBW Ludwigsburg moved-up to eighth place. Walter Tigers lost eighth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth position with 24 games lost. EnBW Ludwigsburg will face league's leader ratiopharm Ulm at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Walter Tigers will play against Braunschweig (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ludwigsburg: J.Thiemann 16+7reb+1ast, D.Kennedy 15+4reb+1ast, D.Crawford 9+3reb+1ast, J.Cooley 8+7reb, D.McCray 8+1reb+1ast, C.Hammonds 8+2reb+3ast
Walter Tigers: S.Kidd 19+3reb+2ast, J.Jordan 12+5reb+4ast, B.Stewart 8+2reb+2ast, J.Washburn 7+2reb+2ast, M.Marin 6+1reb, A.Munoz 5+2reb
gschID: 528805


Bayreuth - Giessen 46ers 89-79

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked BBC Bayreuth (21-9) defeated at home 8th ranked Giessen 46ers (15-15) 89-79 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Egyptian forward Assem Marei (206-92, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and American Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron) who added 20 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Linhart is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five BBC Bayreuth players scored in double figures. American forward Justin Sears (203-94, college: Yale) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Cameron Wells (186-88, college: Citadel) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. BBC Bayreuth maintains fourth position with 21-9 record. Loser Giessen 46ers dropped to the ninth place with 15 games lost. BBC Bayreuth will face higher ranked Bayern Muenchen (#3) at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Giessen 46ers will play against Telekom Baskets (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: N.Linhart 20+5reb+2ast, A.Marei 15+14reb+2ast, K.Anderson 15+1reb+3ast, S.Wachalski 14+7reb, J.Lewis 10+2reb+2ast, D.Brooks 8+3reb+1ast
Giessen 46ers: J.Sears 20+5reb+3ast, C.Wells 15+8reb+3ast, S.Bowlin 14+5reb+3ast, J.Manigat 9+2reb+1ast, A.Obst 9, M.Pluskota 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 528804


B.Muenchen - EWE Baskets 90-83

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked EWE Baskets (16-14) were defeated on the road by third ranked Bayern Muenchen (27-3) 90-83 on Saturday. Bayern Muenchen made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American Bryce Taylor (194-86, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and international Danilo Barthel (208-91) who added 16 points during the contest. American center Brian Qvale (210-88, college: Montana) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Frantz Massenat (193-92, college: Drexel) scored 17 points and 4 assists. Four EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive 17-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Brose Bask. Loser EWE Baskets keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Bayern Muenchen will face BBC Bayreuth (#4) on the road in the next round. EWE Baskets will play against Science City Jena and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: B.Taylor 19+1reb+3ast, D.Barthel 16+2reb+2ast, D.Booker 13+5reb, V.Lucic 10+3reb, N.Djedovic 8+4reb+1ast, A.Gavel 7+7ast
EWE Baskets: F.Massenat 17+2reb+4ast, B.Qvale 16+11reb, R.Paulding 16+2reb+1ast, P.Schwethelm 12+2reb+2ast, M.De Zeeuw 7+4ast, D.Kramer 7
gschID: 528803


Ratiopharm - Fraport SKY 91-84

BBL top team - ratiopharm Ulm (29-1) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat tenth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (13-18) 91-84. ratiopharm Ulm made 33-of-36 free shots (91.7 percent) during the game, while Deutsche Bank Skyliners only scored thirteen points from the stripe. 25 personal fouls committed by Deutsche Bank Skyliners helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a quality performance of power forward Raymar Morgan (203-88, college: Michigan St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line !!!) and Taylor Braun (201-91, college: N.Dakota St.) who added 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. ratiopharm Ulm's coach Thorsten Leibenath used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Quantez Robertson (188-84, college: Auburn, agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds and guard AJ English (192-92, college: Iona) scored 23 points and 4 assists. ratiopharm Ulm have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 29-1 record. Deutsche Bank Skyliners at the other side keep the tenth place with 18 games lost. ratiopharm Ulm are looking forward to face EnBW Ludwigsburg (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play against ALBA Berlin and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: R.Morgan 28+10reb+2ast, C.Babb 16+2reb+1ast, T.Braun 10+8reb+4ast, C.Prather 10+1reb+1ast, P.Guenther 8+1reb+1ast, A.Rubit 7
Fraport SKY: Q.Robertson 26+10reb+3ast, A.English 23+3reb+4ast, S.Huff 11+3reb+1ast, M.Morrison 8+6reb+4ast, N.Kiel 7+4reb, I.Bonga 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 528802


Bremerhaven - ALBA 100-92

An interesting game took place in Bremerhaven where higher ranked ALBA Berlin (18-13) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (11-19) 100-92 on Saturday. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven outrebounded ALBA Berlin 39-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. ALBA Berlin was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Ivan Elliott (203-86, college: UCSB) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and naturalized American center Waverly Austin (211-91, college: Oregon, agency: Octagon Europe) who added 15 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Five Eisbaeren Bremerhaven players scored in double figures. American point guard Gerald Robinson (185-89, college: Georgia) responded with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and naturalized Turkish guard Engin Atsur (190-84, college: N.Carolina St., agency: BeoBasket) scored 18 points. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven maintains thirteenth position with 11-19 record. Loser ALBA Berlin keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will face league's second-placed Brose Baskets in Bamberg in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. ALBA Berlin will play on the road against Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Frankfurt and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: K.Anderson 17+1reb+1ast, I.Elliott 16+12reb+3ast, W.Austin 15+8reb+1ast, J.Hulls 12+4reb+4ast, L.Wendt 11+1reb+1ast, F.Bleck 9+3reb
ALBA: E.Atsur 18+2reb+2ast, G.Robinson 15+6reb+6ast, C.English 12+1reb+2ast, N.Giffey 10+1reb+2ast, T.Gaffney 9+5reb+2ast, B.Radosavljevic 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 528801


Jena - Vechta 91-90

Seventeenth-ranked SC Rasta Vechta (2-28) gave a tough game to twelfth ranked Science City Jena (11-18). Science City Jena managed to secure only one-point victory 91-90. However their fans expected much easier game. The winners were led by American point guard Julius Jenkins (187-81, college: Georgia South) who scored that evening 20 points and the other American import center Kenny Frease (213-89, college: Xavier) supported him with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Science City Jena's coach Bjoern Harmsen allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 18 points and 7 assists by American-Albanian point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-84, college: BYU, agency: Octagon Europe) did not help to save the game for SC Rasta Vechta. American power forward Devin Searcy (208-89, college: Dayton) added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Science City Jena maintains twelfth position with 11-18 record. SC Rasta Vechta lost sixth consecutive game. SC Rasta Vechta at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventeenth place with 28 games lost. Science City Jena will play against higher ranked EWE Baskets (#7) in Oldenburg in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. SC Rasta Vechta will play at home against BG Goettingen (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Jena: J.Jenkins 20+1reb+3ast, W.Bernard 15+3ast, J.Wolf 15+2reb+1ast, K.Frease 12+9reb, S.Goodwin 10+3reb, O.Clay 5+4reb
Vechta: R.Broadus 18+3reb+7ast, D.Searcy 16+11reb+1ast, F.Gaines 16+4reb+2ast, M.Ehambe 12+3reb, D.Allen 11+2reb+5ast, N.Geske 10+2reb+6ast
gschID: 528800





Chase Adams (Uni Baskets Paderborn) I've Been On The Rollercoaster Ride Since College And I'm Ready To Keep Climbing - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Chase Adams (177-PG-88, college: Pittsburgh) is a 28 year old 188cm point guard from Baltimore, Maryland that completed hiss econd season with the Uni Baskets Paderborn averaging 11,9ppg, 4,1rpg and 5,6apg. He started his basketball career at Centenary (NCAA) in 2006 where he played three seasons and a total of 89 NCAA games. As a senior he moved to Pittsburgh (NCAA). He turned professional in 2001 and played briefly in the ABA and in the UBL before making Germany his home as he played for teams like Dortmund, Bochum, and Science City Jena. He spoke to eurobasket after the conclusion of the 2016-2017 season.

Chase thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how have you been able to digest the end of the season?

Still here in Germany switching gears directly into off-season grind mode. It was tough at first but realizing all that we accomplished in 2 seasons with the same roster is something special in itself. It's best not to dwell on what "could've-would've-should've happened". I'll take all the positives and build on that momentum for my next steps.


Days after the season ended you were in the gym again with talented German Til Gloger. I guess you didn't want this season and nice Paderborn run to stop?

It felt like we were just getting started and just like that it ended abruptly in the last two games. Only way to distract myself from that disappointment, at this point, is to start working on my weaknesses and health in this down time. The Paderborn run is a testament to what consistency , faith, and patience can do for you.


Congrats on helping Paderborn to their best season since 2012. In the end, you just missed reaching the playoffs. Do you feel like if the season would have had a few more games more that you would have reached the playoffs?

I wish we did have a few more games, I believe we would have been a sleeper in the playoffs. There was a lot of gas still left in the tank and we were still getting better.


Near the end of the season Paderborn had won 5 of 6 games and were playing great basketball. The game against the RheinStars was the game you had to win. Paderborn mustered only 51 points the lowest all season. Do you feel like the basketball God was invisible on this day?

The Basketball Gods were a No show, that's a fact. We made a lot of unforced errors and offensively our rhythm was just flat off. They capitalized off that and never looked back once they got a substantial lead. It was quite frustrating to lose like that especially when we know what we're capable of offensively.


Paderborn was hammered by 20 rebounds more from Cologne. If you could have this game back what would you have done better?

I would have crashed the offensive boards a lot more and attacked their bigs better to get them in foul trouble.


You stated in an earlier interview this season that this would be a season to remember and it was. You almost made the playoffs. What was your summary of the season and how proud are you of the success of the team?

This season we proved our doubters wrong and we received big support from the city. Everyone on the team making important improvements to their game showed me how hungry they were and I hope they never lose that. I am beyond grateful and proud to have teammates like these guys. Each player made their contribution, they bought into the system and they played with heart in each game. I couldn't ask for anything more.

Til Gloger really had an impressive season. How do you feel your leadership helped him make the next step in his first professional season?

As a PG it's important to have a strong connection with your Big. Til is a Big Sponge that I enjoyed working with. Always soaking up everything and actually putting it to work in practice/game. I always wanted to make sure we had an understanding on the floor, and as a rookie developing your IQ will put you a few steps ahead of the opponent. In addition to that, reassuring my confidence in his ability really allowed him to be comfortable on the floor. Making those minor adjustments became easier as the season progressed.


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

Dominik Wolf. One of the most athletic people I've ever played with, showed a lot more than that this season. Improving his decision making, shooting, and most importantly his on ball defense. A lot of shining moments in crucial games, it was like he finally came out of his shell.

You stated in our interview at the start of the season, in order to get over the hump, I need to turn it up a few notches. Do you feel as though you turned it up a few notches this season?

That was #1 on my agenda for this season, to show up consistently. Being more efficient offensively and forcing constant defensive pressure helped us get in to fighting position for playoffs. Even with the success of this season, it's still not enough for me. The competitor I am won't allow me to settle for this seasons performance.


How do you feel were you able to improve your game in your second Pro A season? Obviously you knew the league better, but what specifically do you feel did you do better on the floor in your second season?

Game to game there is a lot of preparation needed. Being more mentally sound on scouting and the game plan, sticking to the weekly routine, and competing in every practice not only prepared me but pushed my teammates to new heights. I specifically did a better job of translating all of that preparation to game time situations. Reading the ball screens, setting my teammates up for better shots and help side defense were my biggest improvements.


Your 28 years now. Do you feel like you are in your prime now or do you still see potential in your game to still keep growing?


These are the pre stages of my prime. I'm definitely not slowing down, just starting to get my flow back. Seeing Players all over the world still competing at a high level way into their 30s let's me know I've still got time.


What is the next step for Chase Adams? You have proven that you are a very good Pro A player and belong to the top 10 point guards in the league. Paderborn is surely a place where you feel very comfortable, but would you risk comfort for a new challenge next season?

I ask myself the same question 1,000 times a day. I've been on quite the rollercoaster ride since I left college and at this point in my career I'm ready to keep climbing. I have aspirations on playing at the highest level possible, so I will continue to build and work toward that goal; even if it's challenging. I'm not ruling out anything at this point, just thinking about what's best for my family and I.


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

Catch up with family, train players, and start a new workout regiment. I plan on visiting the Dominican Republic for the first time, for my brother Dino Gregory's wedding.


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'?

Can I even say I was shocked? It's March Madness. They have a brilliant coach in Frank Martin, whom I played against in college. I figured with their ferocious defense they would make a run, but I didn't expect them to make it to final four.

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

It's all about the NBA from here on out. Playoffs, Championship, Draft..


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

Lonzo is talented, so I hope he gets drafted into a good situation where he can actually play. As far as his fathers antics, I don't think it will hurt him, if anything it will enhance their brand.


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 disagree full heartedly, that doesn't seem like the type of player he is. OKC is one of the league leaders in fast-break points , so at least he's turning those rebounds into one of their key strengths.


What was the last movie that you saw?

Get Out.


Thanks Chase for the chat.




ProB Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Weissenhorn and Karlsruhe PS to clash for title - by Eurobasket News

Weissenhorn - Bochum 81-55

Weissenhorn held off Bochum to secure ProB Finals appearance. Weissenhorn Youngstars forced 19 AstroStars turnovers. Worth to mention a quality performance of center Bjoern Rohwer (213-95) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Nils Mittmann (201-79) helped adding 19 points. Four Weissenhorn Youngstars players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was naturalized American point guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and center Michael Haucke (210-85) scored 10 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.
Top scorers:
Weissenhorn: N.Mittmann 19+3reb+1ast, B.Rohwer 15+7reb+2ast, M.Pongo 14+2reb+5ast, J.Ferner 12+5reb+1ast, D.Kramer 7+3reb, M.Omuvwie 5+5reb
Bochum: M.Haucke 10+5reb+2ast, G.Johnson 8+5reb+6ast, D.Roberts 7+4reb+3ast, A.Angerer 7+5reb+1ast, F.Engel 5+5reb+3ast, R.Howard 5+9reb+2ast
gschID: 544487


Karlsruhe PS - Elchingen 92-75

Karlsruhe PS outgunned Elchingen to advance into Finals. Karlsruhe PS made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for guard Dmitrj Kreis (187-88) who led his team to a victory with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Jacob Mampuya (200-94) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Karlsruhe PS's coach Aleksandar Scepanovic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Brandon Lockhart (185-90, college: Drury) answered with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Canadian swingman Taevaunn Prince (191-91, college: Missouri So.) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Elchingen. Four Karlsruhe PS and five Elchingen players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe PS: J.Mampuya 22+2reb+1ast, O.Parker 14+1reb, E.Curth 14+5reb+3ast, J.Talbert 11+6reb, D.Kreis 11+6reb+9ast, D.Jakolis 8+10reb+5ast
Elchingen: T.Prince 17+5reb+1ast, B.Lockhart 13+5reb+5ast, F.Beck 12+2reb, K.Kuhn 10+13reb, N.Boakye 10+3reb+1ast, B.Butler 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 544486





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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos16.3 
 2. Cummings, Aris14.7 
 3. Barlow, Trikalla14.0 
 4. Starks, Koroivos13.6 
 5. Hall, Koroivos13.4 
 6. Gotcher, Koroivos12.9 
 7. Fitzpatrick, AGOR12.7 
 8. Lojeski, Olympiacos12.6 
 9. Punter, Lavrio12.5 
 10. Clark, Promitheas12.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keith CLANTON
  PAOK
  (205-C/F-90)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Clanton, PAOK9.3 
 2. Biruta, Trikalla7.0 
 3. Evans, Lavrio6.9 
 4. Hall, Koroivos6.7 
 5. Fitzpatrick, AGOR6.7 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.6.3 
 7. Toutziarakis, Kymis6.2 
 8. Faye, Promitheas6.1 
 9. Vasilopoulos, Kolossos.5.9 
 10. Reddic, Kolossos HH5.8 
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, AGOR4.2 
 6. Hall, Kolossos HH4.2 
 7. Scott, Doxa L.4.1 
 8. Nixon, Lavrio4.0 
 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. Raines, Apollon .1.1 
 3. Clanton, PAOK1.1 
 4. Kravic, AGOR1.0 
 5. Milutinov, Olympiacos1.0 
 6. Orton, Kymis1.0 
 7. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 8. Kavvadas, Aris0.9 
 9. Fitzpatrick, AGOR0.9 
 10. Reddic, Kolossos HH0.9 


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Alexis KIRITSIS
  Doukas
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 19
 1. Kiritsis, Doukas19.0 
 2. Karaboulas, Faros17.6 
 3. Kokkalis, Ethnikos17.3 
 4. Redikas, Arkadikos16.5 
 5. Gioulekas, GS Laris.15.7 
 6. Milosevic, Holargos15.4 
 7. Macheras, Ethnikos14.9 
 8. Gagaloudis, Iraklis14.8 
 9. Smajlagic, Psychiko14.8 
 10. Liakopoulos, Faros14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kostas MACHERAS
  Ethnikos
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Macheras, Ethnikos9.4 
 2. Lolas, Irakleio8.6 
 3. Tsougarakis, Arkad.8.1 
 4. Rubio, Doukas8.0 
 5. Jawara, Doxa P.7.5 
 6. Papanikolaou, Psych.7.1 
 7. Rutkauskas, Iraklis6.9 
 8. Koutroulias, Holargos6.8 
 9. Skordilis, Faros6.7 
 10. Alihodzic, Panionios6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Psychiko
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Nikou, Psychiko7.7 
 2. Gagaloudis, Iraklis5.9 
 3. Zoupas, Amyntas .5.4 
 4. Liakopoulos, Faros5.3 
 5. Koutras, GS Laris.5.3 
 6. Vasilopoulos, Faros5.1 
 7. Milosevic, Holargos5.1 
 8. Koukas, Doukas4.9 
 9. Karydas, Panionios4.7 
 10. Koumpouras, Aiolos A.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Psychiko
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Nikou, Psychiko2.0 
 2. Prodromou, Arkad.2.0 
 3. Karydas, Panionios1.9 
 4. Erevbenagie, Kavala1.7 
 5. Gagaloudis, Iraklis1.7 
 6. Diplaros, Doxa P.1.6 
 7. Koutras, GS Laris.1.5 
 8. Laane, Ethnikos1.5 
 9. Mazurczak, Kavala1.4 
 10. Milosevic, Holargos1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Antonis SKLIVAS
  Kavala
  (203-F-95)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Sklivas, Kavala1.3 
 2. Thorsteinsso., AE Laris.1.1 
 3. Skordilis, Faros0.9 
 4. Koutroulias, Holargos0.9 
 5. Melissaratos, Panio.0.8 
 6. Papanikolaou, Psych.0.8 
 7. Papadionysio., Aiolos A.0.7 
 8. Alihodzic, Panionios0.7 
 9. Jawara, Doxa P.0.7 
 10. Kasabalis, Aiolos A.0.6 


A1 Round 2 of Play-Offs. PAOK advance into quarterfinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Kolossos HH - AGOR 78-73

Kolossos outgunned AGOR to level the series at 1-1. The decider is scheduled for April 26th. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 21-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Kolossos HH dominated down low during the game scoring 38 of its points in the paint compared to AGOR's 16. They outrebounded AGOR 35-23 including 22 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Kolossos HH especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by AGOR helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Panagiotis Vasilopoulos (202-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 5 assists. Christos Saloustros (201-90) contributed with 9 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Kolossos HH's coach Aris Likogiannis used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American point guard Gary Talton (185-90, college: Ill.-Chicago) replied with 21 points and power forward Michalis Kamperidis (206-94, agency: Octagon Europe) added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for AGOR.
Top scorers:
AGOR: G.Talton 21+2reb+3ast, H.Giannopoulos 12+3reb, M.Kamperidis 8+8reb+1ast, T.Fitzpatrick 7+5reb+2ast, R.Arnold 7+3reb+1ast, A.Christodoulou 6+2ast
Kolossos HH: P.Vasilopoulos 18+1reb+5ast, J.Chuku 13+5reb, L.Hall 12+1reb+9ast, R.Ahonen 9+3reb+1ast, C.Saloustros 9+10reb+3ast, E.Watson 7+3reb
gschID: 544370


Lavrio - PAOK 68-78

PAOK upset Lavrio on the road to sweep the playoff series. It looked good early as Lavrio took a 12-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then PAOK took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 10 points. Lavrio was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Keith Clanton (205-90, college: Cent.Florida) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) to lead the charge for the winners and Australian guard Nathan Sobey (190-90, college: Wyoming) chipped in 13 points during the contest. Five PAOK players scored in double figures. American Steven Gray (196-89, college: Gonzaga) responded with 19 points and his fellow American import point guard Zamal Nixon (186-89, college: Houston, agency: Two Points) scored 11 points and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Lavrio: S.Gray 19+2reb+1ast, A.Hamilton 11+4reb+1ast, Z.Nixon 11+4reb+6ast, S.Evans 8+7reb+1ast, D.Bolds 5+4reb, M.Perakis 5+1reb
PAOK: K.Clanton 15+9reb, N.Sobey 13+4reb+2ast, I.Aska 13+2reb, Z.Peiners 12+3reb, V.Margaritis 10+4reb+4ast, A.Koniaris 7+2reb+5ast
gschID: 544369





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Grasshoppers and Lokomotief won semifinal openers in PromotieDivisie - by Eurobasket News

Grasshoppers and Lokomotief won semifinal openers in PromotieDivisie on Saturday night. Grasshoppers overcame De Groene 69-55 in game 1. Lokomotief meanwhile beat Lions 84-73 in their opener.
Second game between Grasshoppers and De Groene will be played on April 29th. Lions will take on Lokomotief on April 30th.



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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andrija BOJIC
  Jaszberenyi
  (207-PF-93)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Bojic, Jaszberenyi21.3 
 2. Govens, Falco KC20.4 
 3. Kromah, Kormend20.2 
 4. Lilov, Szedeak19.3 
 5. Vojvoda, Szolnok18.4 
 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. Pacher, Vasas7.9 
 7. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 8. Watkins, Atomeromu7.7 
 9. Drungilas, ZTE K.7.4 
 10. Ivosev, KTE-Duna7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.4 
 2. Boltic, Szedeak8.1 
 3. Battle, Atomeromu7.7 
 4. Taylor, Vasas7.7 
 5. Petty, Kormend6.2 
 6. Govens, Falco KC6.2 
 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 


A Division Round 7 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

The biggest surprise of round 7 in A Division was guest Szedeak's (17-15) road victory over 3rd placed KTE-Duna (16-16) 78-76 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of KTE-Duna. KTE-Duna trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 24-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 76-78 at the end of the game. Szedeak made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by KTE-Duna helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian guard Andrija Ciric (198-80) fired 27 points for the winners. Bulgarian Ivan Lilov (194-88, agency: Two Points) chipped in 24 points and 4 steals. Naturalized Serbian forward Tomislav Ivosev (204-90, agency: 011 Sports) produced 23 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Szedeak moved-up to third place. KTE-Duna at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 16 games lost. Szedeak are looking forward to face league's leader PVSK Pannon in Pecs in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KTE-Duna will play at home against the league's second-placed Kaposvari and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Szekesfehervar. First ranked Alba faced 3rd placed Falco KC. Host Alba (23-8) defeated guests from Szombathely (20-12) 93-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Falco KC. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. Brandon Taylor contributed with 25 points and 8 assists for the winners. American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) answered with 16 points and 7 assists for Falco KC. Falco KC's coach Srecko Sekulovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Alba maintains first place with 23-8 record. Falco KC at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 12 games lost. Alba will play against ZTE KK (#3) in Zalaegerszeg in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Falco KC will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Vasas managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the series of two consecutive losses on Saturday night. This time newly promoted Vasas won against twelfth-ranked Jaszberenyi in Budapest 84-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Jaszberenyi. It was a great evening for Ryan Wright who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Vasas' coach Bulcsu Sarosi used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Svetozar Stamenkovic responded with 29 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals (made all of his eight free throws). Vasas (6-24) moved-up to thirteenth place. Loser Jaszberenyi keeps the twelfth position with 21 games lost. Vasas will meet higher ranked Atomeromu (#11) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jaszberenyi will have a break next round.
The game in Szolnok was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked ZTE KK (21-11) played at the court of 5th ranked Szolnok (19-13). ZTE KK managed to secure a 4-point victory 102-98. It was an exceptional evening for Emanuel Ubilla who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists. ZTE KK moved-up to third place. Szolnok lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the fifth position with 13 games lost. ZTE KK's next round opponent will be league's leader Alba in Szekesfehervar and it will be for sure the game of the week. Szolnok will play on the road against the league's second-placed Kormend (#2) and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 7 Sopron KC was defeated by Kaposvari in a road game 84-80. MAFC was beaten by Atomeromu at home 67-74.
The best stats of 7th round was 26 points and 5 rebounds by Julian Norfleet of ZTE KK.

Szolnok - ZTE KK 98-102

The game in Szolnok was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked ZTE KK (21-11) played at the court of 5th ranked Szolnok (19-13). ZTE KK managed to secure a 4-point victory 102-98. Szolnok was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 32-26 charge of ZTE KK, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Szolnok helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for American-Puerto Rican point guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists. American guard Julian Norfleet (188-91, college: Mt.St.Mary's) accounted for 26 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. International swingman David Vojvoda (196-90) came up with 21 points and 7 assists and American forward Troy Barnies (200-89, college: Maine) added 22 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Szolnok in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. ZTE KK moved-up to third place. Szolnok lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the fifth position with 13 games lost. ZTE KK's next round opponent will be league's leader Alba in Szekesfehervar and it will be for sure the game of the week. Szolnok will play on the road against the league's second-placed Kormend (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: T.Barnies 22+6reb+2ast, D.Vojvoda 21+3reb+7ast, L.Andric 17+7reb+3ast, J.Eilingsfeld 13+9reb+2ast, N.Pavlicevic 12+2reb+7ast, A.Popovic 5+2reb
ZTE KK: J.Norfleet 26+5reb+2ast, S.Benke 18+4reb+2ast, E.Ubilla 17+5reb+12ast, J.Wright 16+6reb+4ast, A.Drungilas 14+4reb+1ast, M.Mohacsi 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 543054


Alba - Falco KC 93-80

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Szekesfehervar. First ranked Alba faced 3rd placed Falco KC. Host Alba (23-8) defeated guests from Szombathely (20-12) 93-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Falco KC. Alba made 26-of-31 charity shots (83.9 percent) during the game. Falco KC was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. American point guard Brandon Taylor (178-94, college: Utah) contributed with 25 points and 8 assists for the winners. American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) answered with 16 points and 7 assists and international guard Benedek Varadi (195-95) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Falco KC. Five Alba and four Falco KC players scored in double figures. Falco KC's coach Srecko Sekulovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Alba maintains first place with 23-8 record. Falco KC at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 12 games lost. Alba will play against ZTE KK (#3) in Zalaegerszeg in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Falco KC will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Falco KC: D.Govens 16+4reb+7ast, A.Pustahvar 15+5reb+2ast, B.Varadi 14+10reb+2ast, D.Barham 11+4reb, N.Toth 8+2reb+1ast, K.Simon 6+1reb+1ast
Alba: B.Taylor 25+3reb+8ast, P.Lorant 21+14reb+1ast, A.Keller 17+8reb, L.Markovic 17+6reb+4ast, A.Mohammed 12+2reb, J.Farr 1+3reb+1ast
gschID: 543053


KTE-Duna - Szedeak 76-78

The biggest surprise of round 7 in A Division was guest Szedeak's (17-15) road victory over 3rd placed KTE-Duna (16-16) 78-76 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of KTE-Duna. KTE-Duna trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 24-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 76-78 at the end of the game. Szedeak made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by KTE-Duna helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian guard Andrija Ciric (198-80) fired 27 points for the winners. Bulgarian Ivan Lilov (194-88, agency: Two Points) chipped in 24 points and 4 steals. Naturalized Serbian forward Tomislav Ivosev (204-90, agency: 011 Sports) produced 23 points and 9 rebounds and Montenegrin point guard Milutin Djukanovic (190-91) added 19 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Szedeak moved-up to third place. KTE-Duna at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 16 games lost. Szedeak are looking forward to face league's leader PVSK Pannon in Pecs in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KTE-Duna will play at home against the league's second-placed Kaposvari and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KTE-Duna: T.Ivosev 23+9reb+3ast, M.Djerasimovic 19+5reb+4ast, M.Djukanovic 19+4reb+5ast, M.Pongo 5+1reb+1ast, K.Karahodzic 5+7reb+1ast, M.Pongo 3+3reb+5ast
Szedeak: A.Ciric 27+4reb+3ast, I.Lilov 24+4reb+1ast, L.Juhos 17+9reb+1ast, N.Sulovic 4+11reb+2ast, M.Filipovics 3+1reb, A.Revesz 3+1reb
gschID: 543052


Kaposvari - Sopron KC 84-80

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Sopron KC (13-19) was defeated on the road by second ranked Kaposvari (18-13) 84-80. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sopron KC won fourth quarter 23-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Malik Cooke (201-89, college: S.Carolina, agency: Inception Sports) who led the winners and scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. American-Liberian point guard Jaytornah Wisseh (185-88, college: LIU Brooklyn) accounted for 17 points and 7 assists for the winning side. American guard Brandon Johnson (183-86, college: San Diego, agency: BeoBasket) came up with 16 points and 7 assists and the other American import Austin Dufault (205-90, college: Colorado, agency: HMS) added 19 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for Sopron KC in the defeat. Five Kaposvari and four Sopron KC players scored in double figures. Kaposvari keeps a position of league leader, which they share with PVSK Pannon. Sopron KC lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 19 games lost. Kaposvari's next round opponent will be KTE-Duna (#4) in Kecskemet.
Top scorers:
Sopron KC: A.Dufault 19+4reb+1ast, B.Johnson 16+3reb+7ast, M.Spica 15+3reb+4ast, A.Myles 12+3reb+2ast, A.Rujak 7+3reb+2ast, N.Takacs 5+2reb
Kaposvari: M.Cooke 19+7reb+2ast, J.Wisseh 17+4reb+7ast, R.Hendlein 14+6reb+1ast, W.Frazier 11+8reb+3ast, M.Fodor 10+3reb+3ast, K.Simms 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 543051


Vasas - Jaszberenyi 84-79

Bottom-ranked Vasas managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the series of two consecutive losses on Saturday night. This time newly promoted Vasas won against twelfth-ranked Jaszberenyi in Budapest 84-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Jaszberenyi. The hosts trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 33-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Vasas looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a great evening for Canadian power forward Ryan Wright (206-87, college: Oklahoma) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). American forward Sam Thompson (201-92, college: Ohio St., agency: Pensack Sports) helped adding 14 points. Four Vasas players scored in double figures. Vasas' coach Bulcsu Sarosi used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Serbian power forward Svetozar Stamenkovic (206-90) responded with 29 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals (made all of his eight free throws) and power forward Georgy Cseh (208-87) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Vasas (6-24) moved-up to thirteenth place. Loser Jaszberenyi keeps the twelfth position with 21 games lost. Vasas will meet higher ranked Atomeromu (#11) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jaszberenyi will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Jaszberenyi: S.Stamenkovic 29+5reb+4ast, B.Williams 13+2reb+2ast, G.Cseh 10+6reb+2ast, D.Saddler 8+2reb+5ast, B.Arrington 8+7reb+3ast, J.Czirbus 6+1reb
Vasas: R.Wright 15+9reb+2ast, S.Thompson 14+4reb+3ast, A.Pacher 13+6reb+1ast, A.Garamvolgyi 11+8reb, A.Horvath 10+3reb+5ast, A.Moravcsik 8+2reb+8ast
gschID: 543050


MAFC - Atomeromu 67-74

No shocking result in a game in Budapest where eleventh ranked Atomeromu (12-18) defeated bottom-ranked MAFC (5-25) 74-67. MAFC was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 37-23 second half run of Atomeromu. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Lawrence Gilbert (200-86, college: La-Monroe, agency: Mansfield and Associates) who led the winners and scored 21 points. Guard Akos Kovacs (183-88, agency: HMS) accounted for 13 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side. Four Atomeromu players scored in double figures. Indian-Canadian forward Robbie Sihota (201-87) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and Serbian Uros Duvnjak (190-86, agency: BeoBasket) added 15 points respectively for MAFC in the defeat. Atomeromu maintains eleventh place with 12-18 record. MAFC at the other side dropped to the bottom. Atomeromu's next round opponent will be Vasas (#13) in Budapest.
Top scorers:
MAFC: U.Duvnjak 15+2reb+3ast, R.Sihota 12+10reb+1ast, L.Misek 11+2reb, L.Polyak 10+2ast, D.Smith 7+4reb+4ast, M.Poscic 7+8reb
Atomeromu: L.Gilbert 21+4reb+2ast, L.Samenas 16+4reb+2ast, A.Kovacs 13+6reb+8ast, M.Tiby 10+4reb, R.Watkins 8+6reb+1ast, M.Medve 6+4reb+3ast
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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Gary JACOBS
  NSH G.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 27.9
 1. Jacobs, NSH G.27.9 
 2. Barfield, NSH G.26.4 
 3. Corbin, Bima P.24.9 
 4. Crump, Satya W.24.3 
 5. White, Pelita Jaya22.6 
 6. Loiselle, Pacific .22.4 
 7. Seagers, Pacific .21.6 
 8. Smith, Hang Tuah21.2 
 9. Ware, Garuda16.4 
 10. Brand, JNE B.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nate BARFIELD
  NSH G.
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Barfield, NSH G.14.4 
 2. Maxey, Satya W.13.9 
 3. Loiselle, Pacific .13.4 
 4. Brand, JNE B.13.2 
 5. White, Pelita Jaya13.1 
 6. Henderson-N., Aspac11.1 
 7. Smith, Hang Tuah10.7 
 8. McKinney, CLS K.10.6 
 9. Gunawan, Garuda9.8 
 10. Smith, Satria Muda9.1 
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.5.3 
 4. Smith, Hang Tuah5.2 
 5. Loiselle, Pacific .4.9 
 6. Dhyaksa, Aspac4.5 
 7. Purwanto, Hang T.4.3 
 8. Hardianus, Satria M.4.3 
 9. Corbin, Bima P.3.9 
 10. Jewell, Satria Muda3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrell CORBIN
  Bima P.
  (184-PG-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Corbin, Bima P.2.9 
 2. Smith, Hang Tuah2.4 
 3. Seagers, Pacific .2.4 
 4. Jewell, Satria Muda2.2 
 5. Wisnu, Satria Muda2.0 
 6. Hardianus, Satria M.1.8 
 7. Barfield, NSH G.1.8 
 8. Joni, Hang Tuah1.6 
 9. Dhyaksa, Aspac1.6 
 10. White, Pelita Jaya1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Nate MAXEY
  Satya W.
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Maxey, Satya W.4.9 
 2. Brand, JNE B.3.5 
 3. Ware, Garuda2.0 
 4. Loiselle, Pacific .1.5 
 5. Sitepu, Satria M.1.2 
 6. White, Pelita Jaya1.1 
 7. Nugroho, CLS K.1.0 
 8. Smith, Satria Muda0.9 
 9. Seagers, Pacific .0.9 
 10. Jacobs, NSH G.0.8 


IBL Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Satria Muda enter Finals - by Eurobasket News

Satria Muda - CLS Knights 74-69

Satria Muda overcame CLS Knights in the decisive third game of the semifinal series and sealed IBL Finals appearance. CLS Knights trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 21-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-74 at the end of the game. It was a good game for American forward Carlos Smith (206-90, college: Bowie St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Tyreek Jewell (185-93, college: St.Francis, NY) contributed with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American forward Duke Crews (203-88, college: Bowie St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 19 rebounds and Canadian guard Ashton Smith (187-89, college: Indiana, PA) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for CLS Knights. Four CLS Knights players scored in double figures. CLS Knights' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: C.Smith 17+16reb+1ast, T.Jewell 14+9reb+6ast, K.Sitorus 11+1reb+1ast, H.Hardianus 9+3reb+6ast, A.Seputra 8+2reb, J.Kokodiputra 5+3reb
CLS Knights: D.Crews 18+19reb+3ast, A.Smith 15+4reb+4ast, M.Wuysang 12+7reb+2ast, S.Febiansyakh 11+1reb, M.Thoyib 4+1reb, R.Utomo 4+1reb
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Tabriz lands Hrvoje Puljko, ex Zabok for Play-Off Games !!! - by Mohammad Ahmadi

Shahrdary Tabriz (Superleague) tabbed experienced 34-year old Croatian guard Hrvoje Puljko (193-83). He played recently at KK Zabok in Croatian A1 league. Despite having an average resume for playing in a league like Iran Superleague, in 8 games he averaged 22.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg and 1.6spg this season. Puljko also played earlier that season for Spartak in Serbian KLS where in 9 A1 games he had 11.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg.
He is an experienced player. Puljko has played also professionally in Austria (Timberwolves), Bosnia (Borac Banja Luka and Siroki Primorka), Germany, Greece (Peristeri GS Athens), Hungary (Kaposvari), Kosovo (Peja) and Slovakia.

Tabriz club has 3-4 Iranian guards and now signed another guard!! Let's see Hrvoje's performance in Tabriz club, the team in need of Position 3/4 instead of guard!

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Winner League Round 28: Hapoel Holon is defeated by Hapoel Jerusalem - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 5 rounds.

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Hapoel Holon (18-10) at the home court on Thursday night. Hosts were edged by fifth ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (15-13) 73-71. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-15. But Hapoel Holon won second period 18-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Curtis Jerrells (185-87, college: Baylor) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 assists and power forward Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford) who added 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Tu Holloway (182-89, college: Xavier) responded with 25 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hapoel Jerusalem maintains fifth position with 15-13 record, which they share with Maccabi Haifa. Hapoel Holon at the other side still keeps top place with ten games lost. They share the position with Hapoel Eilat. Hapoel Jerusalem is looking forward to face higher ranked Bnei Hasharon (#4) in Hod Hasharon in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hapoel Holon will play on the road against Maccabi Haifa and is hoping to win this game.
Very significant was Maccabi Rishon's (#8) 98-89 road victory against 7th ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv. The winners were led by American power forward Charles Thomas (203-86, college: Arkansas) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and Oded Brandwein supported him with 15 points and 5 assists. Maccabi Rishon's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 20 points and 5 assists by American point guard Mark Lyons (185-89, college: Arizona, agency: Higher Vision Sports) did not help to save the game for Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Maccabi Rishon have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion (14-14) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Ironi Nahariya. Hapoel Tel-Aviv lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 15 games lost. Maccabi Rishon will play against Galil Gilboa (#11) in Rosh Pina in the next round. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play on the road against the league's leader Hapoel Eilat having rather not much hope for a victory.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Maccabi T-A (17-11) against sixth ranked Maccabi Haifa (15-13) on Thursday night. Host Maccabi T-A was defeated by Maccabi Haifa in Tel-Aviv 79-63. Gregory Vargas fired 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Gal Mekel produced 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Maccabi Haifa moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hapoel J-M. Maccabi T-A lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the third position with 11 games lost. Maccabi Haifa will meet at home league's second-placed Hapoel Holon in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Maccabi T-A will play against Maccabi K/G in Kiryat Gat and hope to secure a win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Hod Hasharon. 4th ranked host Bnei Hasharon (16-12) lost to third ranked Hapoel Eilat (18-10) 79-71. It was a very good performance for Landon Milbourne who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 rebounds. Hapoel Eilat's coach Oded Katash used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Hapoel Eilat have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Hapoel Holon. Bnei Hasharon at the other side keeps the fourth place with 12 games lost. Hapoel Eilat's next round opponent will be Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#9) at home and are hoping to win another game. Bnei Hasharon will play against Hapoel Jerusalem (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 28 Ironi Nahariya won against Galil Gilboa on the opponent's court 89-83. Maccabi Ashdod managed to outperform Maccabi K/G in a home game 85-70.

Hapoel T-A - Maccabi Rishon 89-98

Very significant was Maccabi Rishon's (#8) 98-89 road victory against 7th ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv. It looked good early as Hapoel Tel-Aviv took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Maccabi Rishon had a 23-19 second period charge getting the lead and Hapoel Tel-Aviv was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 89-98. Maccabi Rishon made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Maccabi Rishon outrebounded Hapoel Tel-Aviv 40-17 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The winners were led by American power forward Charles Thomas (203-86, college: Arkansas) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and naturalized Polish point guard Oded Brandwein (179-88) supported him with 15 points and 5 assists. Maccabi Rishon's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 20 points and 5 assists by American point guard Mark Lyons (185-89, college: Arizona, agency: Higher Vision Sports) did not help to save the game for Hapoel Tel-Aviv. His fellow American import swingman Branden Dawson (198-93, college: Michigan St.) added 20 points for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi Rishon have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion (14-14) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Ironi Nahariya. Hapoel Tel-Aviv lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 15 games lost. Maccabi Rishon will play against Galil Gilboa (#11) in Rosh Pina in the next round. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play on the road against the league's leader Hapoel Eilat having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: M.Lyons 20+1reb+5ast, B.Dawson 20+4reb, T.Blatt 15+3reb+2ast, T.Ginat 11+4reb+3ast, A.Banks 9+1reb+1ast, R.Limonad 9+1reb+9ast
Maccabi Rishon: C.Thomas 19+12reb+3ast, O.Brandwein 15+3reb+5ast, P.Richard 14+3reb+2ast, S.Dawson 11+4reb+2ast, J.Moore 11+1reb, I.Zalmanson 10+6reb+1ast
gschID: 540739


Galil Gilboa - Ironi Nahariya 83-89

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Galil Gilboa's (12-16) home loss to ninth ranked Ironi Nahariya (14-14) 83-89. The guests were already 15 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 26-17 Galil Gilboa's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 89-83 at the end of the game. Ironi Nahariya forced 19 Galil Gilboa turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a very good performance for swingman Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 4 assists. Point guard Derwin Kitchen (194-86, college: Florida St.) contributed with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Ironi Nahariya's coach Eric Elfasi used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Michael Qualls (197-94, college: Arkansas) replied with 26 points and 7 rebounds and forward Murphy Holloway (201-90, college: Mississippi) added 17 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Galil Gilboa. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ironi Nahariya moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Maccabi Rishon. Newly promoted Galil Gilboa keeps the tenth position with 16 games lost. Ironi Nahariya's next round opponent will be Maccabi Ashdod (#10) at home. Galil Gilboa will play against Maccabi Rishon in Rishon Le-Zion and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: M.Qualls 26+7reb+2ast, J.Siggers 19+5reb+1ast, M.Holloway 17+12reb+2ast, E.Griffin 13+3reb+2ast, J.Shuchman 5+3reb+10ast, E.Skverer 3+6reb+4ast
Ironi Nahariya: S.Hopson 23+4reb+4ast, S.Douglass 13+3ast, N.Faust 12+1reb+1ast, T.Nash 12+5reb+3ast, D.Kitchen 10+6reb+7ast, J.Skjoldebrand 9+8reb+3ast
gschID: 540738


Maccabi Ashdod - Maccabi K/G 85-70

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eleventh ranked Maccabi Ashdod's (12-16) home victory over bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G (4-24) 85-70. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi Ashdod. Maccabi K/G was better in second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi Ashdod players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a very good performance for the former international Jake Cohen (208-90, college: Davidson) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 9 rebounds. American center Jackie Carmichael (206-90, college: Illinois St.) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Maccabi Ashdod's coach Meir Tapiro used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American swingman Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) replied with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized American forward Alex Rosenberg (201-91, college: Columbia) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Maccabi K/G. Five Maccabi Ashdod and four Maccabi K/G players scored in double figures. Maccabi Ashdod have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Galil Gilboa. Maccabi K/G lost eighth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Maccabi Ashdod's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ironi Nahariya (#8) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Maccabi K/G will play against Maccabi T-A (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/G: J.Carter 19+6reb+4ast, J.Selby 16+1reb+3ast, A.Rosenberg 13+7reb, B.Bowman 10+6reb+3ast, E.Shulman 6+4reb+4ast, N.Laish 4+3reb
Maccabi Ashdod: J.Carmichael 18+6reb+2ast, J.Cohen 17+9reb+3ast, C.Simon 16+3reb+4ast, N.Tishman 10+5reb+5ast, M.Little 10+2reb+4ast, B.Altit 7+3reb
gschID: 540736


Maccabi T-A - Maccabi Haifa 63-79

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Maccabi T-A (17-11) against sixth ranked Maccabi Haifa (15-13) on Thursday night. Host Maccabi T-A was defeated by Maccabi Haifa in Tel-Aviv 79-63. Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (180-86, agency: Pro Sports) fired 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. International swingman Amit Simhon (198-89) chipped in 16 points. The former international point guard Gal Mekel (190-88, college: Wichita St., agency: BeoBasket) produced 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and American swingman Devin Smith (196-83, college: Virginia) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Maccabi Haifa moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hapoel J-M. Maccabi T-A lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the third position with 11 games lost. Maccabi Haifa will meet at home league's second-placed Hapoel Holon in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Maccabi T-A will play against Maccabi K/G in Kiryat Gat and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: D.Smith 14+5reb+1ast, G.Mekel 13+8reb+7ast, C.Iverson 12+6reb, V.Rudd 8+5reb+5ast, N.Levi 5+3reb+1ast, Q.Miller-Scott 4+2reb
Maccabi Haifa: G.Vargas 20+5reb+7ast, A.Simhon 16+1reb+3ast, J.DiBartolomeo 16+2reb+2ast, W.Workman 8+3reb+1ast, O.Blayzer 6+9reb+4ast, O.Mendez-Valdez 5+2reb
gschID: 540741


Hapoel Holon - Hapoel J-M 71-73

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Hapoel Holon (18-10) at the home court on Thursday night. Hosts were edged by fifth ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (15-13) 73-71. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-15. But Hapoel Holon won second period 18-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Curtis Jerrells (185-87, college: Baylor) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 assists and power forward Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford) who added 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Hapoel Jerusalem players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Tu Holloway (182-89, college: Xavier) responded with 25 points and swingman James Bell (197-92, college: Villanova) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hapoel Jerusalem maintains fifth position with 15-13 record, which they share with Maccabi Haifa. Hapoel Holon at the other side still keeps top place with ten games lost. They share the position with Hapoel Eilat. Hapoel Jerusalem is looking forward to face higher ranked Bnei Hasharon (#4) in Hod Hasharon in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hapoel Holon will play on the road against Maccabi Haifa and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: T.Holloway 25+3reb+1ast, J.Bell 18+6reb+3ast, J.Taylor 9+4reb+3ast, D.Atkins 7+8reb, S.Harush 4+4reb+1ast, A.Chubrevich 4+3reb
Hapoel J-M: C.Jerrells 20+4reb+5ast, T.Peterson 15+7reb+1ast, B.Timor 12+2reb+4ast, L.Eliyahu 10+3reb+2ast, J.Dyson 8+2reb+3ast, R.Howell 6+11reb
gschID: 540740


Bnei Hertzeliyya - Hapoel Eilat 71-79

The game between Top Four teams took place in Hod Hasharon. 4th ranked host Bnei Hasharon (16-12) lost to third ranked Hapoel Eilat (18-10) 79-71. The game without a history. Hapoel Eilat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Hapoel Eilat forced 21 Bnei Hasharon turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Bnei Hasharon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for American forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import point guard Pierria Henry (193-93, college: Charlotte) contributed with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Hapoel Eilat's coach Oded Katash used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. International forward Karam Mashour (198-91, college: Morehead St., agency: Three Eye Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 19 rebounds and American-Montenegrin forward Halil Kanacevic (203-91, college: St.Joseph's) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Bnei Hasharon. Four Bnei Hasharon players scored in double figures. Hapoel Eilat have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Hapoel Holon. Bnei Hasharon at the other side keeps the fourth place with 12 games lost. Hapoel Eilat's next round opponent will be Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#9) at home and are hoping to win another game. Bnei Hasharon will play against Hapoel Jerusalem (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hertzeliyya: K.Mashour 16+19reb+1ast, H.Kanacevic 13+7reb, B.Triche 11+3reb+5ast, T.Green 11+1reb+6ast, O.Leumi 9+4reb, J.Adrien 8+6reb
Hapoel Eilat: L.Milbourne 17+6reb+2ast, R.Menco 15+7reb+1ast, W.Daniels 13+7reb+1ast, P.Henry 8+5reb+10ast, R.Rothbart 6+4reb+1ast, R.Buckner 6+1ast
gschID: 540737





Israeli Winner League round 28 best performance: Jake Cohen - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized American Power forward Jake Cohen (208-PF-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Maccabi Ashdod, receiving a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (17 points, nine rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Maccabi K/G (#12, 4-24) 85-70. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Maccabi Ashdod is placed at 10th position in Israeli Winner League. Maccabi Ashdod is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-16 record. Cohen turned to be Maccabi Ashdod's top player in his first season with the team. Former Davidson College star has very solid stats this year. Cohen is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 7.6rpg) and averages impressive 62.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old international forward Karam Mashour (198-F-91, agency: Three Eye Sports) of Bnei Hertzeliyya. Mashour had a very good evening with a double-double of 16 points and 19 rebounds. Bad luck as Bnei Hertzeliyya lost that game 71-79 to the higher-ranked Hapoel Eilat (#1, 18-10). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Bnei Hertzeliyya still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 16-12 record is not bad at all. Mashour is well-known at Bnei Hertzeliyya and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Tu Holloway (182-G-89) of league's second-best Hapoel Holon. Holloway scored 25 points. Despite Holloway's great performance Hapoel Holon lost 71-73 to the lower-ranked Hapoel J-M (#5, 15-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Hapoel Holon needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 18 victories and 10 lost games. Holloway has a great season in Israel. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.9ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 2.5rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Charles Thomas (203-F/C-86) of Maccabi Rishon - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Michael Qualls (197-G-94) of Galil Gilboa - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86) of Maccabi Haifa - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Curtis Jerrells (185-PG-87) of Hapoel J-M - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Scotty Hopson (200-F/G-89) of Ironi Nahariya - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Murphy Holloway (201-F-90) of Galil Gilboa - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Justin Carter (193-G/F-87) of Maccabi K/G - 19 points, 6 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)



Bnei Hertzeliyya signs Darrell Williams - by Eurobasket News

Bnei Hertzeliyya (Winner League) signed 28-year old American power forward Darrell Williams (203-111kg-89, college: Texas A&M - Commerce, agency: BeoBasket) from Hapoel Tel-Aviv. In 23 Winner League games in Israel he had 11.7ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.1apg this season. The last season Williams played at Partizan in Serbian KLS where in 12 games he recorded 9.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.3spg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 2nd Team. Williams also played 6 games in ABA League where he averaged 5.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.0spg. The other team Williams played that season for was VOO Verviers Pepinster (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 10 games he got remarkable 17.2ppg and 10.7rpg.
Williams has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won LSC Tournament in 2015. Williams was also voted Daktronics NCAA D2 All-South Central Region Player of the Year in 2015.
He is a very experienced player.
Williams graduated from Texas A&M - Commerce in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.
He could be described: Williams is a physical specimen, with NBA size and athleticism. He is a beast in the low post and is an above average shooter in the 15 foot range. Where Williams needs to improve is his 3 point shooting. At just above 20%. Williams has shown the ability to knock down some 3's, but just not the ability to do it with consistency. On defense, he has long arms and quick feet, allowing him to guard the 3,4 and 5. His motor and hustle resemble that of Kenneth Faried, but his lack of shot-blocking leave you wanting more. To succeed at the NBA level, Williams will need to show better ball handling and 3 point shooting. He can help a team immediately with rebounding and low post scoring.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Marcus LANDRY
  Brescia
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 20
 1. Landry, Brescia20.0 
 2. Johnson, AV Cantu19.4 
 3. Sosa, JuveCaserta19.3 
 4. Jones, VL Pesaro18.9 
 5. MBaye, Enel B.18.1 
 6. Ragland, Scandone.18.1 
 7. Johnson, Openjobm.17.6 
 8. White, Auxilium TO16.3 
 9. Aradori, Grissin .16.0 
 10. Holloway, Vanoli C.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 O.D. ANOSIKE
  Openjobm.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Anosike, Openjobm.11.3 
 2. Jones, VL Pesaro10.0 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta8.9 
 4. Washington, Auxilium.8.6 
 5. White, Auxilium TO8.3 
 6. Johnson, AV Cantu7.4 
 7. Fesenko, Scandone.7.3 
 8. Nnoko, VL Pesaro7.2 
 9. Thomas, Vanoli CR7.1 
 10. Lawal, Banco d.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Luca VITALI
  Brescia
  (201-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Vitali, Brescia7.2 
 2. Sosa, JuveCaserta5.9 
 3. Dowdell, AV Cantu5.6 
 4. Wright, Auxilium.5.5 
 5. Maynor, Openjobm.5.5 
 6. Ragland, Scandone.5.2 
 7. Moore, The F.5.2 
 8. Craft, Dolomiti.4.7 
 9. Kalnietis, EA7 A.4.6 
 10. Green, Scandone AV4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron CRAFT
  Dolomiti.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Craft, Dolomiti.2.1 
 2. Moss, Brescia1.8 
 3. Sutton, Dolomiti.1.8 
 4. Green, Scandone AV1.7 
 5. Ragland, Scandone.1.6 
 6. Bostic, JuveCaserta1.6 
 7. Goss, Enel Brindisi1.5 
 8. Needham, Grissin .1.5 
 9. Lighty, Dolomiti.1.5 
 10. Harrow, VL Pesaro1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Riccardo CERVI
  Grissin .
  (214-C-91)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Cervi, Grissin .2.1 
 2. Pelle, Openjobm.2.1 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta1.8 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu1.4 
 5. Putney, JuveCaserta1.3 
 6. Biligha, Vanoli CR1.2 
 7. Lawal, Banco d.1.2 
 8. Berggren, Brescia1.1 
 9. Thomas, Vanoli CR1.1 
 10. Fesenko, Scandone.1.0 


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. Zanotti, Monteroni10.6 
 3. Ravazzini, Matera10.5 
 4. Bozzetto, Crema10.4 
 5. Toscano, Bottegone10.2 
 6. Chiacig, Taranto10.1 
 7. Di-Donato, Pescara9.2 
 8. Arrigoni, Omegna9.1 
 9. Di-Carmine, Ortona8.9 
 10. Beretta, Roma L.8.9 
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. Musso, Ortona5.0 
 10. Magini, Firenze Enic4.9 
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. Gasparin, Omegna1.9 
 7. Busco, Patti1.9 
 8. Balanzoni, Lecco1.8 
 9. Ricci, Giulianova1.8 
 10. Toscano, Bottegone1.8 
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 


Serie A2 playoffs bracket 2017 - by Andrea Centenari

All is set for the Serie A2 playoffs bracket 2017. 16 teams will compete for the only one spot available for the promotion in Serie A.

Angelico Biella (#1 Ovest) - Tezenis Verona (#8 Est)
Orasi Ravenna (#4 Est) - Acea Virtus Roma (#5 Ovest)
Legnano Basket Knights (#3 Ovest) - Visitroseto.it Mec-Energy Roseto (#6 Est)
Virtus Segafredo Bologna (#2 Est) - Novipiu Casale Monferrato (#7 Ovest)

De Longhi Treviso Basket 2012 (#1 Est) - Lighthouse Conad Trapani (#8 Ovest)
Moncada Solar Agrigento (#4 Ovest) - Fortituto Kontatto Bologna (#5 Est)
Pallacanestro Alma Trieste (#3 Est) - Blu Basket Gruppo Remer Treviglio (#6 Ovest)
Orsi Derthona Basket Tortona (#2 Ovest) - Dinamica Generale Stings Mantova (#7 Est)



Fortituto Kontatto Bologna inks Daniele Cinciarini - by Andrea Centenari

Fortituto Kontatto Bologna (Serie A2) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old ex-international guard Daniele Cinciarini (194-87kg-83). He started the season at JuveCaserta (Serie A). In 26 games he had 9.4ppg and 1.9rpg this season. Serie A2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Cinciarini played also at Juvecaserta (also in Serie A) where in 28 games he recorded 13.0ppg and 2.4rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the EuroChallenge Semifinals in 2010. Cinciarini was selected to Italian SerieA All-Star Game in 2015.
He was also a member of Italian international program for some years. Cinciarini played for Italian Senior National Team back in 2002 and previously for University National Team in 2005.
He represented Italy at the Mediterranean Games eight years ago.
Cinciarini has spent his entire career in Italy playing for eight other teams: Roma Virtus, VL Pesaro, The Flexx Pistoia, Unieuro Forli, Fabriano, Angelico Biella, Scandone Avellino and Sutor Montegranaro.
Cinciarini could be described: A solid SG, who loves to score in penetration beating his opponent 1-on-1; he's very smart on the court, and this allows him to grab lots of rebounds and to steal some balls; is yet working to add a reliable outside shot;.

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Best players of Italian Serie A round 28 - by Eurobasket News

American-Liberian Joe Ragland (182-PG-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Scandone AV and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 27-year old playmaker got a double-double of 24 points and ten assists, while his team beat Betaland Cdo (#8, 14-14) 76-68. Scandone AV maintains the 3rd position in Italian Serie A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Scandone AV will need more victories to improve their 18-10 record. In the team's last game Ragland had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 9 attempts. It's his second year at Scandone AV and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Wichita State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ragland is in league's top in points (6th best: 18.1ppg), assists (6th best: 5.2apg) and averages solid 55.8% FGP and 42.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American forward Mitchell Watt (208-F-89) of JuveCaserta. Watt impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds. It was enough for JuveCaserta to edge the higher-ranked Enel Brindisi (#9, 13-15) by 4 points 86-82. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. JuveCaserta keeps 14th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-17 record. Watt is a newcomer at JuveCaserta and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Eric Maynor (191-PG-87) of Openjobmetis V. (#12). Maynor scored 27 points and passed eight assists. Despite Maynor's great performance Openjobmetis V. lost 81-87 to the higher-ranked Umana VE (#2, 19-9). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Openjobmetis V. ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Maynor could help Openjobmetis V. to bring them higher in the standings. Maynor has a great season in Italy. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.5apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jared Berggren (208-F/C-90) of Brescia - 17 points and 6 rebounds
5. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) of EA7 Armani - 20 points and 4 rebounds
6. Dominique Sutton (198-G/F-86) of Dolomiti En. TR - 19 points and 10 rebounds
7. JaJuan Johnson (208-F/C-89) of AV Cantu - 24 points and 7 rebounds
8. Drake Diener (196-G-81) of Betaland Cdo - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. D.J. White (206-PF-86) of Auxilium TO - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jakub Wojciechowski (210-F/C-90) of Vanoli CR - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Bowers' double-double lands him Serie A2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old forward Laurence Bowers (203-F-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for Bondi Ferrara and receives a Eurobasket.com Serie A2 Player of the Week award for round 30.
He had a double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed Recanati (#16, 7-23) with 19-point margin 93-74. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings in East. Bondi Ferrara is placed at 12th position in their group in Italian Serie A2. Bondi Ferrara is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-18 record. In the team's last game Bowers had a remarkable 56.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Bondi Ferrara's top player in his first season with the team. University of Missouri graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bowers is in league's top in points (6th best: 20.0ppg), assists (3rd best: 2.1apg) and averages solid 1.4bpg,60.4% FGP and 42.0% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Javonte Green (193-F-93, agency: Duran International) of Alma Trieste. He is American forward in his first season at Alma Trieste. In the last game Green recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he led Alma Trieste to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Imola (#13, 11-19) 115-66. Alma Trieste's 3rd position in East has not changed. His team's 21-9 record is not bad at all. Green is a newcomer at Alma Trieste and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Keron DeShields (190-PG-92) of Latina Basket (#9). DeShields showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Latina Basket, leading his team to a 88-81 win against the lower-ranked Rieti (#12, 13-17). Latina Basket needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in West. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 15 lost games. DeShields has a very solid season. In 30 games in Italy he scored 15.5ppg. He also has 4.7rpg and 3.9apg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. DeShawn Sims (203-F-88) of Rieti - 26 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
5. K.T. Harrell (193-G-92) of Mens Sana 1871 - 33 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Keddric Mays (183-PG-84) of Lighthouse TR - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Yuval Naimy (188-PG-85) of Scafati - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 13 assists
8. Andrea Ancellotti (212-C-88) of Treviso Basket - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Tony Easley (206-C-87) of Eurobasket Roma - 17 points and 12 rebounds
10. Tommaso Fantoni (204-F/C-85) of Scafati - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Italian Serie B round 30 best performance: Simone Bagnoli - by Eurobasket News

Former international Power forward Simone Bagnoli (205-F/C-81) had a very impressive game in the last round for Cassino, receiving a Eurobasket.com Serie B Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 35-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 18 rebounds, while his team crushed Teramo (#9, 14-16) with 24-point margin 94-70. Cassino maintains the 5th position in their group in Italian Serie B. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Cassino will need more victories to improve their 21-9 record. Bagnoli turned to be Cassino's top player in his first season with the team. Simone Bagnoli has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 20.0ppg) and averages impressive 62.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Riccardo Iattoni (198-F/G-92) of Faenza. Iattoni had a very good evening with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. It was enough for Faenza to edge slightly higher-ranked Piacenza (#3, 22-8) 76-71. Faenza's 5th position in Group B has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 19-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Iattoni is a newcomer at Faenza, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Leonardo Marcon (190-G-95) of Roma Luiss (#7). Marcon showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Roma Luiss, leading his team to a 70-61 win against the higher-ranked Napoli Cuore (#1, 25-5). Roma Luiss needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Group C. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 14 lost games. Marcon has a very solid season. In 16 games in Italy he scored 14.0ppg. He also has 5.1rpg, 2.2spg and FGP: 54.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Giuliano Samoggia (200-PF-83) of Sestu - 26 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Marco Torgano (199-F-91) of Desio - 34 points and 2 rebounds
6. Marco Rossi (183-PG-81) of Venafro - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Andrea Maggiotto (194-G-88) of Senigallia - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Simone Pepe (184-G-93) of Pescara - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Daniele Mario Benzoni (196-F-80) of Sangiorgese - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Luca Ianes (203-F/C-80) of Vicenza - 15 points and 9 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)



Serie B Round 30 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Serie B just ended. The round was exceptionally exciting as seven games ended with a tiny margin. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game had a very big importance for fourth-ranked Pescara as it allowed them to take a leadership position in B. Pescara defeated 5th ranked Campli at home 82-74. It was a key game for the top position in B. Pescara outrebounded Campli 40-29 including 32 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Guard Simone Pepe (184-93, agency: SPORTlab Agency) scored 25 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Emidio Di-Donato (199-92) chipped in 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Pescara's coach Giorgio Salvemini used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was forward Simone Gatti (202-82) with 19 points and 6 rebounds. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Campli at the other side keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Piacenza.
Leading Napoli Cuore (25-5) recorded its fifth loss on the court of seventh ranked Roma Luiss. Visitors were defeated by Roma Luiss 70-61. Guard Leonardo Marcon (190-95) notched 22 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals to lead the effort and Eugenio Beretta supported him with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Even 16 points and 8 rebounds by Bosnian-Serbian power forward Njegos Visnjic (200-79) did not help to save the game for Napoli Cuore. Roma Luiss maintains seventh position in B with 16-14 record. Newly promoted Napoli Cuore still keeps top place with five games lost. They share the position with Orzinuovi GaGa.
Sixth-ranked Matera (17-13) gave a tough game to first ranked Montegrano (26-4) in Montenegrano on Saturday. Montegrano managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Nelson Rizzitiello who scored 24 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Gionata Zampolli who recorded 27 points. Despite that victory Montegrano went down to second position (B) due to points difference. Loser Matera dropped to the seventh place with 13 games lost.
A very interesting game took place in Forli. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of second-best Palestrina (22-8) to sixth ranked Forli Tigers (17-13) 70-67 on Saturday evening. It was a good game for Rodolfo Rombaldoni who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Newly promoted Forli Tigers maintains sixth position in B with 17-13 record. Palestrina at the other side keeps the second place with eight games lost.
Seventh-ranked Senigallia (16-14) gave a tough game to third ranked San Severo (21-9) on Saturday. San Severo managed to secure only two-point victory 82-80. However their fans expected much easier game. Iris Ikangi scored 15 points to lead the charge for the winners. Despite that victory San Severo went down to fourth position (B) due to points difference, which they share with Cento. Loser Senigallia dropped to the sixth place with 14 games lost.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 30:
In B Siena Virtus lost to Firenze All Foods on the opponent's court 71-74. Cecina managed to outperform Valsesia in a home game 71-64. Omegna recorded a loss to San Miniato on the road 63-56. Bottegone defeated Sangiorgese on its own court 88-85. Moncalieri beat Oleggio in a road game 74-67. Piombino won against Varese Robur at home 87-86. Firenze Enic managed to outperform Domodossola on the opponent's court 74-73. USE Basket managed to beat Montecatini in a home game 78-65. Desio was defeated by Padova on the road 72-65. Sestu beat Vicenza on its own court 77-72. Milano Hikkaduwa lost to Bergamo in a road game 79-88. Orzinuovi GaGa managed to outperform San Vendemiano at home 83-79. Piacenza recorded a loss to Faenza on the opponent's court 76-71. Iseo was crushed by Volpino AltoSeb. in a home game 65-85. Reggio Emilia was beaten by Cento on the road 59-55. Crema was destroyed by Lecco on its own court 53-76. Scauri unfortunately lost to Roma Vis Nova in a road game 79-82. Barcellona managed to beat Catanzaro at home 73-63. Patti defeated Cefalu on the opponent's court 59-57. Cassino smashed Teramo in a home game 94-70. Viterbo SA was destroyed by Maddaloni on the road 69-50. Valmontone managed to outperform Roma S.Azzurra on its own court 75-63. Rimini managed to beat Giulianova in a road game 78-70. Bisceglie crushed Monteroni at home 84-62. Porto S.Elpidio beat Isernia on the opponent's court 66-62. Ortona won against Valdiceppo in a home game 80-64. Venafro managed to outperform Taranto on the road 73-62.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 10 points and 4 assists by Luca Lenti-Ceo of Isernia.

Group A
Firenze All Foods - Siena Virtus 74-71

Very expected game when 12th ranked Siena Virtus (13-17) were edged on the road by fourth ranked Firenze All Foods (18-12) 74-71 on Saturday. However just three-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Firenze All Foods outrebounded Siena Virtus 49-26 including a 20-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Swingman Jacopo Lucarelli (197-96, agency: Players Group) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Davide Rosignoli (203-88) chipped in 7 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Federico Bianchi (190-90) with 22 points and guard Ferdinando Nasello (194-95) scored 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Siena Virtus' coach Francesco Braccagni rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Firenze All Foods maintains fourth position in B with 18-12 record. Newly promoted Siena Virtus keep the twelfth place with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Firenze All Foods: J.Lucarelli 16+6reb+2ast, D.Poltroneri 11+6reb+4ast, M.De Leone 11+7reb, F.Merengo 8+5reb, D.Rosignoli 7+11reb+6ast, A.Longobardi 7+7reb+1ast
Siena Virtus: F.Bianchi 22+4reb+1ast, S.Lenardon 16+2reb+3ast, F.Nasello 12+7reb+5ast, G.Imbro 8+2reb+2ast, G.Olleia 4+2reb, A.Nepi 4
gschID: 531467


Cecina - Valsesia 71-64

There was a surprise result when eleventh ranked Cecina (14-16) defeated at home higher ranked Valsesia (16-14) 71-64 on Saturday. Cecina dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Valsesia's 18. The former international forward Mario Gigena (198-77) scored 22 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Saverio Mazzantini (194-95, agency: Players Group) chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Cecina's coach Giacomo Bandieri allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was forward Giovanni Lenti (196-96) with 6 points and 9 rebounds and guard Mattia Molteni (190-96) scored 11 points. Cecina moved-up to ninth place in B, which they share with Desio and Padova. Loser Valsesia keeps the fifth position with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Cecina: M.Gigena 22+6reb+1ast, S.Mazzantini 15+10reb, L.Salvadori 14+3reb+1ast, A.Danna 9+4reb+5ast, G.Biancani 5+1ast, L.Turini 2+5reb
Valsesia: C.Bertotti 11+1reb+1ast, M.Molteni 11+2reb+2ast, M.Cozzoli 9+2ast, F.Gay 9+2reb+3ast, E.Caversazio 7+7reb+1ast, V.Visentin 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 531468


San Miniato - Omegna 63-56

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when second-best Omegna (19-11) was defeated on the road by third ranked San Miniato (19-11) 63-56 on Saturday. San Miniato forced 19 Omegna turnovers. Power forward Roberto Bertolini (198-86, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Gabriele Giarelli (197-93, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. San Miniato's coach Federico Barsotti allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was guard Giovanni Gasparin (187-91, agency: Interperformances) with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized Argentinian center Diego Corral (205-86, agency: Interperformances) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Omegna players scored in double figures. San Miniato maintains third position in B with 19-11 record behind leader Pescara, which they share with Faenza and Lecco.
Top scorers:
San Miniato: R.Bertolini 18+5reb, G.Giarelli 12+5reb+1ast, F.Stefanelli 8+4reb+5ast, O.Giacomelli 7+1reb+1ast, S.Sam Gaye 6+5reb, A.Zita 5+3ast
Omegna: D.Corral 15+5reb, G.Gasparin 11+6reb+4ast, G.Gurini 10+3reb, M.Arrigoni 10+5reb+2ast, A.Dagnello 6+2reb+1ast, D.Perez 2+2reb
gschID: 531465


Bottegone - Sangiorgese 88-85

Everything went according to plan when seventh ranked Bottegone (16-14) edged at home 13th ranked Sangiorgese (12-18) 88-85 on Saturday. However just three-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Bottegone dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Sangiorgese's 32. Sangiorgese was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Daniele Toscano (196-93, agency: Players Group) scored 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and center Roberto Marconato (205-78) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Daniele-Mario Benzoni (196-80) with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Simone Tomasini (196-93) scored 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Bottegone and four Sangiorgese players scored in double figures. Sangiorgese's coach Silvano Picarelli rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bottegone moved-up to sixth place in B. Loser Sangiorgese dropped to the eleventh position with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Bottegone: A.Paci 17+2ast, L.Maspero 16+3reb+4ast, R.Marconato 12+9reb+2ast, D.Toscano 11+9reb+5ast, S.Angelucci 10+11reb, F.Toppo 8+2reb+1ast
Sangiorgese: D.Mario Benzoni 23+10reb+4ast, A.Tommei 15+2reb+5ast, F.Toso 14+6reb, S.Tomasini 13+5reb+5ast, A.Priuli 7+9reb, F.Rossi 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 531466


Oleggio - Moncalieri 67-74

There was no surprise when 14th ranked Oleggio (11-19) was defeated at home by first ranked Moncalieri (22-8) 74-67 on Saturday. Moncalieri made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Point guard Daniele Merletto (175-93) scored 19 points to lead the charge for the winners and the former international power forward Francesco Conti (205-83) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Moncalieri players scored in double figures. Moncalieri's coach Lorenzo Pansa allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Dominican guard Shaquille Hidalgo (188-94) with 21 points and 6 rebounds and guard Filippo Testa (193-97, agency: SPORTlab Agency) scored 23 points. Moncalieri maintains first position in B with 22-8 record, which they share with Piacenza. Loser Oleggio dropped to the fifteenth place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Moncalieri: D.Merletto 19+3reb+1ast, F.Conti 10+8reb+1ast, L.Gioria 10+4reb+3ast, A.Agbogan 10+2reb, A.Fabrizio Smorto 5+3reb+1ast, K.Treier 5
Oleggio: F.Testa 23+4reb+1ast, S.Hidalgo 21+6reb+2ast, S.Colombo 11+3reb, A.Resca 9+2reb+1ast, A.Spatti 3+7reb, E.Gallazzi 0
gschID: 531470


Piombino - Varese Robur 87-86

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Piombino's (15-15) home victory over 10th ranked Varese Robur (13-17) 87-86 on Saturday. Piombino made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Riccardo Romano (193-84, agency: Octagon Europe) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Simone Bonfiglio (181-88, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was power forward Alessio Sabbadini (201-93, agency: Players Group) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and the former international point guard Federico Bolzonella (184-84, agency: Players Group) scored 21 points and 6 assists. Five Piombino and four Varese Robur players scored in double figures. Piombino moved-up to seventh place in B, which they share with Crema. Loser Varese Robur dropped to the eleventh position with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Piombino: R.Romano 20+11reb+2ast, C.Bianchi 15+1reb+1ast, S.Bonfiglio 14+4reb+5ast, E.Pedroni 11+3reb+1ast, L.Malfatti 11+6reb, A.Iardella 10+5reb+2ast
Varese Robur: F.Bolzonella 21+2reb+6ast, A.Sabbadini 19+10reb+1ast, M.Santambrogio 17+4reb+2ast, G.Pagani 12+6reb+1ast, M.Maruca 7+2reb+1ast, L.Moalli 4+3reb
gschID: 531464


Domodossola - Firenze Enic 73-74

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixteenth ranked Firenze Enic and 15th ranked Domodossola had identical 10-19 record. But Domodossola was not able to use a home court advantage and was edged by the opponent from Firenze 74-73 on Saturday night. Firenze Enic made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Swingman Giovanni Rugolo (195-81, agency: Players Group) scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and center Lorenzo Galmarini (199-95) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Firenze Enic players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Antonio Serroni (192-87) with 22 points and guard Maurizio Realini (190-83) scored 11 points and 4 assists. Domodossola's coach Alessio Fioravanti rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Firenze Enic (11-19) moved-up to fourteenth place in B. Domodossola at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the twelfth position with 20 games lost.
Top scorers:
Firenze Enic: D.Terenzi 16+2reb, L.Galmarini 14+9reb, G.Rugolo 13+7reb+4ast, L.Passoni 12+1reb+1ast, E.Di Giacomo 7+3reb, A.Filippi 6+2reb
Domodossola: A.Serroni 22+4reb, M.Realini 11+4reb+4ast, D.D'Andrea 11+5reb, P.Hidalgo 9+1reb+1ast, F.Foti 7+4reb+2ast, C.Bianconi 6+3reb
gschID: 531469


USE Basket - Montecatini 78-65

Everything could happen in Empoli at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked USE Basket and 6th ranked Montecatiniterme had identical 15-14 record. This time USE Basket used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Montecatini 78-65 on Saturday night. USE Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Montecatiniterme's 30. Power forward Michele Bei (200-90) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Daniele Mariotti (186-84) chipped in 7 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. Four USE Basket players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Marco Petrucci (195-92) with 22 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Guido Meini (188-79) scored 7 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. USE Basket maintains eighth position in B with 16-14 record. Newly promoted Montecatiniterme dropped to the seventh place with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
USE Basket: F.Mascagni 16+1reb+3ast, M.Bei 15+10reb+2ast, A.Marusic 13+3reb+1ast, L.Raffaelli 10+1reb, F.Giannini 9+1reb, D.Mariotti 7+8reb+8ast
Montecatini: M.Petrucci 22+6reb+1ast, V.Circosta 9+4reb+1ast, S.Stanzani 9+3reb+1ast, G.Artioli 8+3reb+2ast, A.Tabbi 8+3reb, G.Meini 7+4reb+4ast
gschID: 531463


Group B
Padova - Desio 72-65

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 9th ranked Desio (14-16) was defeated on the road by tenth ranked Padova (14-16) 72-65 on Saturday. Padova made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Naturalized Dominican guard Jean-Carlos Canelo (188-89, agency: Interperformances) scored 17 points and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Claudio Nobile (206-82, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Padova's coach Massimo Friso allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was forward Marco Torgano (199-91, agency: SPORTlab Agency) with 34 points (!!!) and center Filippo Politi (205-80) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Padova moved-up to ninth place in B, which they share with defeated Desio.
Top scorers:
Padova: J.Carlos Canelo 17+4reb+7ast, C.Nobile 14+9reb+3ast, M.Lazzaro 10+4reb+1ast, F.Schiavon 10+1ast, E.Crosato 9+13reb+1ast, G.Salvato 8+4reb+1ast
Desio: M.Torgano 34+2reb, F.Politi 13+8reb, G.Poggi 6+8reb+1ast, D.Verri 4+6reb+1ast, A.Svoboda 4+3reb+10ast, R.Scoccaro 2+4reb+2ast
gschID: 531585


Sestu - Vicenza 77-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with thirteenth ranked Sestu's (9-21) home victory over 14th ranked Vicenza (9-21) 77-72 on Saturday. Vicenza was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Giuliano Samoggia (200-83) had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Mauro Graviano (180-89) chipped in 8 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Sestu's coach Marco Sassaro allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was power forward Luca Ianes (203-80, agency: SPORTlab Agency) with 15 points and 9 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and point guard Daniele Demartini (187-84, agency: Players Group) scored 13 points. Four Vicenza players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Sestu maintains thirteenth position in B with 9-21 record, which they share with defeated Vicenza.
Top scorers:
Sestu: G.Samoggia 26+13reb+2ast, D.Scodavolpe 11+2reb+1ast, N.Elia 10+2reb+2ast, G.Laguzzi 8+2reb, M.Graviano 8+5reb+2ast, R.Trionfo 7+3reb+2ast
Vicenza: L.Ianes 15+9reb, D.Demartini 13+4reb, F.Rizzetto 10+4reb, A.Campiello 10+1reb, N.Boaro 8+1reb+1ast, U.Campiello 7+5reb
gschID: 531588


Bergamo - Milano Hikkaduwa 88-79

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Milano Hikkaduwa (12-18) was defeated on the road by second ranked Bergamo (24-6) 88-79 on Saturday. Power forward Rei Pullazi (203-93) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Nicola Bastone (195-92) chipped in 15 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) during the contest. Four Bergamo players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international power forward Andrea Paleari (202-81) with 22 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Simone Ferrarese (184-87) scored 14 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bergamo maintains second position in B with 24-6 record having just four point less than leader Pescara. Milano Hikkaduwa lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Bergamo: R.Pullazi 16+8reb+1ast, M.Jose Ghersetti 15+1reb+1ast, N.Bastone 15+3reb+1ast, T.Milani 10+2reb+3ast, S.Berti 9+1reb+3ast, A.Panni 8+2reb+3ast
Milano Hikkaduwa: A.Paleari 22+5reb+3ast, S.Ferrarese 14+4reb+2ast, M.Motta 11+4reb+3ast, L.Bartoli 9+1ast, N.Gorla 8+7reb, A.Ghiacci 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 531587


Orzinuovi GaGa - San Vendemiano 83-79

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Orzinuovi GaGa (25-5) won against at home 15th ranked San Vendemiano (7-23) 83-79 on Saturday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Orzinuovi GaGa looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international power forward Riccardo Perego (202-81) scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-81, agency: SPORTlab Agency) chipped in 21 points during the contest. Five Orzinuovi GaGa players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was power forward Andrea Carlesso (202-82) with 14 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Michele Antelli (183-98, agency: Players Group) scored 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. San Vendemiano's coach Fabio Volpato rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Orzinuovi GaGa maintains first position in B with 25-5 record. Newly promoted San Vendemiano keeps the fifteenth place with 23 games lost.
Top scorers:
Orzinuovi GaGa: A.Ruggiero 21+2reb+3ast, A.Scanzi 16+2reb+3ast, R.Perego 15+8reb+6ast, M.Toure 15+2reb+2ast, R.Valenti 10+6reb+2ast, D.Zambon 6+4reb+1ast
San Vendemiano: D.Masocco 19+1reb, A.Carlesso 14+7reb, M.Antelli 9+7reb+5ast, F.Pin Dal Pos 7+1reb+2ast, C.Barbon 6+3reb+2ast, D.Buscaino 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 531583


Faenza - Piacenza 76-71

There was a minor upset when 3rd ranked Piacenza (22-8) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Faenza (19-11) 76-71 on Saturday. Swingman Riccardo Iattoni (198-92) scored 23 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Giovanni Penserini (193-88) chipped in 12 points during the contest. Faenza's coach Marco Regazzi allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was swingman Mattia Magrini (190-93) with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and power forward Diego Banti (206-83, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Faenza have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position in B with 19-11 record, which they share with Lecco. Loser Piacenza keeps the third place with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
Faenza: R.Iattoni 23+9reb+6ast, A.Maccaferri 13+3reb+2ast, G.Penserini 12+3reb+3ast, A.Donadoni 6+4reb+1ast, D.Casadei 6+7reb+1ast, M.Perin 5+5reb+3ast
Piacenza: G.Bruni 13+2reb, D.Banti 12+8reb+1ast, M.Magrini 11+5reb+6ast, M.Samoggia 9+5reb, G.Sanguinetti 8+6reb+6ast, M.Rezzano 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 531589


Iseo - Volpino AltoSeb. 65-85

Rather predictable result when twelfth ranked Volpino AltoSeb. (10-20) smashed on the road 16th ranked Iseo (5-25) 85-65 on Saturday. Volpino AltoSeb. shot 23 for 32 from the free-throw line, while Iseo only scored seven points from the stripe. They outrebounded Iseo 41-29 including 32 on the defensive glass. Iseo was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Simone Centanni (185-91, agency: Interperformances) scored 22 points to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Michele Squeo (206-89) chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Five Volpino AltoSeb. players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Gianluigi Prestini (200-89, agency: Octagon Europe) with 15 points and 9 rebounds and guard Alessandro Acquaviva (193-82, college: Fordham) scored 14 points. Iseo's coach Matteo Mazzoli rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Volpino AltoSeb. maintains twelfth position in B with 10-20 record. Iseo lost tenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixteenth place with 25 games lost.
Top scorers:
Volpino AltoSeb.: S.Centanni 22+4reb+3ast, A.Esposito 15+5reb, M.Squeo 12+10reb+2ast, F.Belloni 12+3reb+5ast, A.Pilotti 11+4reb+1ast, A.Bergamin 9+6reb+1ast
Iseo: G.Prestini 15+9reb+1ast, A.Acquaviva 14+1reb+2ast, M.Azzola 10+2reb+2ast, G.Veronesi 6+5reb, G.Giorgi 6+4reb, G.Dell'Aira 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 531584


Cento - Reggio Emilia 59-55

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Reggio Emilia (15-16) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Cento (21-9) 59-55 on Saturday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Cento outrebounded Reggio Emilia 41-29 including 32 on the defensive glass. Power forward Michele Benfatto (205-85) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Luca Pignatti (198-86) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was power forward Massimo Farioli (202-77, agency: Octagon Europe) with 12 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Gioacchino Chiappelli (195-91, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Cento maintains fourth position in B with 21-9 record. Newly promoted Reggio Emilia keeps the eighth place with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Cento: M.Benfatto 12+9reb+1ast, L.Bedetti 12+5reb+3ast, L.Pignatti 11+9reb+2ast, M.Caroldi 9+2reb+4ast, M.Botteghi 8+7reb, A.Chiera 5+5reb+1ast
Reggio Emilia: M.Farioli 12+9reb+2ast, G.Chiappelli 10+7reb+1ast, L.Malagutti 10+2reb+3ast, E.Germani 8+8reb, F.Veccia 6+3ast, L.Bertolini 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 531590


Crema - Lecco 53-76

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked Lecco's (19-11) road victory over 7th ranked Crema (15-15) 76-53 on Saturday. Lecco dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Crema's 26. They outrebounded Crema 36-25 including 30 on the defensive glass. Lecco looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Power forward Jacopo Balanzoni (203-93, agency: Interperformances) scored 19 points to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Ludovico De-Paoli (207-92, agency: Two Points) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Lecco players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was power forward Thomas De-Min (203-86) with 9 points and point guard Davide Liberati (190-91, agency: Players Group) scored 11 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lecco moved-up to fifth place in B, which they share with Faenza. Loser Crema keeps the seventh position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Lecco: J.Balanzoni 19+4reb+2ast, L.De Paoli 10+9reb, C.Fumagalli 10+2reb+1ast, D.Todeschini 10+1reb+6ast, G.Siberna 8+3reb+2ast, M.Peroni 7+4ast
Crema: D.Liberati 11+3ast, M.Pasqualin 11+1ast, L.Tardito 10+2reb, T.De Min 9+4reb+2ast, D.Manuelli 6+1ast, P.Del Sorbo 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 531586


Group C
Roma Vis Nova - Scauri 82-79

There was a minor upset when 10th ranked Scauri (14-16) was edged on the road by twelfth ranked Roma Vis Nova (11-19) 82-79 on Saturday. Power forward Giacomo Barraco (205-87) had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Giulio Casale (187-91) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Luca Antonietti (198-94, agency: Octagon Europe) with 20 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian point guard Dante Richotti (180-85) scored 21 points. Five Scauri players scored in double figures. Despite that victory Roma Vis Nova went down to thirteenth position (B) due to points difference. Loser Scauri dropped to the ninth place with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Roma Vis Nova: G.Barraco 22+11reb+2ast, T.Rossetti 19+3reb+2ast, G.Casale 19+5reb+3ast, F.Argenti 9+2reb+3ast, V.Staffieri 6+3reb+1ast, G.Coronini 4
Scauri: D.Richotti 21+3reb+2ast, L.Antonietti 20+6reb+1ast, S.Boffelli 14+4reb+1ast, J.Giammo' 12+3reb+1ast, E.Merella 10+2reb+2ast, V.Osmatescu 2+2reb
gschID: 531705


Barcellona - Catanzaro 73-63

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Basket Barcellona (23-7) won against at home 8th ranked Catanzaro (15-15) 73-63 on Saturday. Basket Barcellona looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Catanzaro's players. Naturalized Dominican guard Yancarlos-Jefferson Rodriguez (195-94) scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Daniele Grilli (191-87) chipped in 23 points and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Gianluca Carpanzano (188-95, agency: Players Group) with 12 points and 6 rebounds and guard Lorenzo Monacelli (185-97, agency: Players Group) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Four Catanzaro players scored in double figures. Basket Barcellona moved-up to third place in B. Loser Catanzaro dropped to the seventh position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Barcellona: D.Grilli 23+3reb+5ast, Y.Jefferson Rodriguez 21+7reb+6ast, M.Teghini 9+1reb+5ast, L.Brunetti 9+12reb+1ast, G.Sereni 4+5reb+3ast, F.Stefanini 3+3reb+1ast
Catanzaro: L.Monacelli 13+2reb+4ast, D.Medizza 12+7reb, G.Carpanzano 12+6reb+1ast, D.Guadagnola 11+3reb, D.Naso 9+1reb, T.Di Dio 4+4reb
gschID: 531708


Roma Luiss - Napoli Cuore 70-61

Leading Napoli Cuore (25-5) recorded its fifth loss on the court of seventh ranked Roma Luiss. Visitors were defeated by Roma Luiss 70-61. Roma Luiss forced 20 Napoli Cuore turnovers and outrebounded them 47-30 including a 22-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Leonardo Marcon (190-95) notched 22 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals to lead the effort and center Eugenio Beretta (208-96) supported him with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Even 16 points and 8 rebounds by Bosnian-Serbian power forward Njegos Visnjic (200-79) did not help to save the game for Napoli Cuore. Forward Ferdinando Matrone (202-95, agency: SPORTlab Agency) added 13 points and 5 rebounds. Roma Luiss maintains seventh position in B with 16-14 record. Newly promoted Napoli Cuore still keeps top place with five games lost. They share the position with Orzinuovi GaGa.
Top scorers:
Roma Luiss: L.Marcon 22+9reb+5ast, E.Beretta 14+12reb+3ast, F.Ramenghi 14+9reb+1ast, P.De Dominicis 6+8reb+1ast, A.Scuderi 6+7reb+5ast, M.Bonaccorso 6+2ast
Napoli Cuore: N.Visnjic 16+8reb+1ast, F.Matrone 13+5reb+2ast, S.Nikolic 9+7reb+2ast, A.Ronconi 9+6reb+1ast, R.Maggio 5+2ast, A.Barsanti 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 531707


Forli Tigers - Palestrina 70-67

A very interesting game took place in Forli. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of second-best Palestrina (22-8) to sixth ranked Forli Tigers (17-13) 70-67 on Saturday evening. It was a good game for the former international guard Rodolfo Rombaldoni (193-77, agency: Players Group) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Matteo Ghirelli (189-96) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Davide Serino (199-81) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Luca Montanari (181-92) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Palestrina. Four Palestrina players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Forli Tigers maintains sixth position in B with 17-13 record. Palestrina at the other side keeps the second place with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
Forli Tigers: R.Rombaldoni 17+5reb+4ast, M.Ghirelli 16+5reb, G.Cicognani 11+8reb, C.Villani 8+8reb+4ast, F.Forti 7+4reb, J.Myers 7+3reb+1ast
Palestrina: L.Montanari 13+5reb+1ast, M.Drigo 13+6reb, G.Rossi 11+4reb+1ast, D.Serino 11+10reb+1ast, S.Rischia 8+2reb+3ast, F.Gagliardo 3+1reb
gschID: 531703


Cefalu - Patti 57-59

There was an upset when higher ranked Cefalu (13-17) was edged at home by thirteenth ranked Patti (11-19) 59-57 on Saturday. Forward Luca Bolletta (198-91) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Patrisio Cicive (205-91) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Guglielmo Sodero (191-93) with 11 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian guard Santiago Paparella (188-80) scored 7 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Patti moved-up to twelfth place in B. Cefalu at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the tenth position with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Patti: L.Bolletta 15+7reb+2ast, P.Cicive 12+8reb+1ast, A.Sidoti 10+1reb+1ast, A.Mazzullo 8+3reb, G.Costantino 7+4reb+3ast, G.Busco 5+5reb+2ast
Cefalu: G.Sodero 11+5reb+2ast, M.Mollura 11+3reb+1ast, D.Tinto 9+4reb+1ast, A.Florio 8+3reb+1ast, S.Paparella 7+6reb+5ast, G.Terrasi 5+5reb
gschID: 531709


Cassino - Teramo 94-70

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Cassino (21-9) smashed at home 11th ranked Teramo (14-16) 94-70 on Saturday. Cassino dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Teramo's 32 and made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Teramo 41-25 including a 34-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Cassino looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Teramo's players. Teramo was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international power forward Simone Bagnoli (205-81) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 18 rebounds (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Gianluca Valesin (193-92) chipped in 20 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Daniele Tomasello (205-93) with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds and guard Simone Salamina (188-88) scored 12 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Cassino moved-up to fourth place in B, which they share with Cento. Newly promoted Teramo dropped to the ninth position with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Cassino: S.Bagnoli 24+18reb+3ast, G.Valesin 20+2reb+1ast, M.Del Testa 14+1reb, N.Petrucci 9+6reb+4ast, B.Sergio 8+3reb+4ast, D.Birindelli 6+3reb+5ast
Teramo: F.Papa 13+3reb+1ast, S.Salamina 12+2reb+4ast, D.Tomasello 11+14reb+1ast, A.LaGioia 9+3reb+1ast, F.Anugelini 8+1reb+2ast, S.Lucarelli 6
gschID: 531704


Maddaloni - Viterbo SA 69-50

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixteenth ranked Maddaloni and 15th ranked Viterbo SA had identical 4-25 record. This time Maddaloni used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Viterbo 69-50 on Saturday night. Maddaloni shot 68.6 percent from the field and made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Maddaloni forced 33 Viterbo SA turnovers and outrebounded them 22-7 including a 21-6 advantage in defensive rebounds. Viterbo SA was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Andrea Locci (203-93, agency: Players Group) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Ernesto Carrichiello (196-84) chipped in 14 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Five Maddaloni players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was swingman Luca Fowler (192-96) with 12 points and naturalized Polish power forward Sandro Listwon (204-93) scored 10 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Maddaloni (5-25) moved-up to fifteenth place in B, which they share with Iseo. Loser Viterbo SA dropped to the sixteenth position with 26 games lost.
Top scorers:
Maddaloni: A.Locci 18+9reb+1ast, E.Carrichiello 14+3reb+3ast, F.Sansone 12+4reb+3ast, A.Guagliardi 12+3reb, G.Luongo 10+2reb+1ast, S.Saletti 2+1reb
Viterbo SA: L.Fowler 12+2reb, S.Listwon 10+1reb, R.Rovere 9+1reb, F.Ingrilli 6+1reb, G.Cianci 6, F.Marcante 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 531710


Valmontone - Roma S.Azzurra 75-63

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Valmontone (22-8) beat at home 14th ranked Roma S.Azzurra (7-23) 75-63 on Saturday. Valmontone made 24-of-27 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Roma S.Azzurra turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Valmontone especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Guard Antonio De-Fabritiis (188-90) scored 13 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Argentinian Juan-Manuel Caceres (200-84, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists during the contest. Five Valmontone players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Mattia Palumbo (195-0) with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Joseph Mobio (199-97) scored 7 points and 10 rebounds. Roma S.Azzurra's coach Germano D'Arcangeli rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Valmontone maintains third position in B with 22-8 record having just two point less than leader Pescara, which they share with Piacenza. Loser Roma S.Azzurra keeps the fourteenth place with 23 games lost.
Top scorers:
Valmontone: A.De Fabritiis 13+3reb+5ast, J.Manuel Caceres 12+3reb+4ast, L.Bisconti 12+5reb, M.Carrizo 12+5reb+1ast, I.Ochoa 10+4reb, M.Salari 7+2reb+2ast
Roma S.Azzurra: M.Palumbo 14+5reb+1ast, D.Pazin 13+1reb+1ast, A.Denis 9+2reb, F.Gazzillo 7+3reb, J.Mobio 7+10reb, G.Ianelli 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 531706


Group D
Giulianova - Rimini 70-78

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Giulianova (11-19) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Rimini (14-16) 78-70 on Saturday. Rimini dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Giulianova's 20. Point guard Luca Pesaresi (180-89) scored 15 points and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Paolo Busetto (195-96) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Four Rimini players scored in double figures. Rimini's coach Andrea Maghelli allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was swingman Simone De-Angelis (201-86) with 21 points and point guard Danilo Gallerini (185-80, agency: Players Group) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Rimini maintains ninth position in B with 14-16 record, which they share with Desio and Padova. Loser Giulianova dropped to the twelfth place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Rimini: L.Pesaresi 15+3reb+8ast, L.Battistini 14+5reb, P.Busetto 13+5reb+6ast, J.Aglio 11+7reb+2ast, L.Toniato 9+2reb, G.Signorini 8+2reb
Giulianova: S.De Angelis 21+4reb+2ast, D.Gallerini 18+6reb+2ast, A.Ricci 13+2reb+3ast, R.Bartolozzi 7+7reb, G.Sacripante 6+3reb, S.Colonnelli 4+6ast
gschID: 531826


Bisceglie - Monteroni 84-62

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Bisceglie (24-6) outleveled at home 16th ranked Monteroni (5-25) 84-62 on Saturday. Bisceglie forced 20 Monteroni turnovers. scored 11 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Alessandro Poti (192-91) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was power forward Simone Zanotti (208-92) with 9 points and 17 rebounds and Federico Ingrosso (187-94) scored 16 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Bisceglie maintains second position in B with 24-6 record having just four point less than leader Pescara, which they share with Bergamo. Loser Monteroni keeps the sixteenth place with 25 games lost.
Top scorers:
Bisceglie: A.Poti 15+4ast, M.Cucco 12+1ast, A.Riccardo 11+6reb+3ast, S.Bruno 9+4reb+1ast, G.Esposito 8+4reb, E.Damian Cena 8+3reb+2ast
Monteroni: F.Ingrosso 16+3reb+4ast, A.Balic 15+2reb+4ast, S.Zanotti 9+17reb+1ast, A.Paiano 6+13reb, E.Mavric 5+1ast, F.Leucci 5+1reb
gschID: 531825


Isernia - Porto S.Elpidio 62-66

Very expected game when 14th ranked Isernia (8-22) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Porto S.Elpidio (16-14) 66-62 on Saturday. Alberto Cacace (197-96) scored 18 points to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Matteo Trovato (205-96, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 9 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was point guard Mattia Norcino (185-93) with 20 points and 4 assists and guard Andrea Sipala (195-95) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Porto S.Elpidio maintains eighth position in B with 16-14 record. Loser Isernia keeps the fourteenth place with 22 games lost.
Top scorers:
Porto S.Elpidio: A.Cacace 18+4reb+2ast, F.Piccone 12+1ast, A.Brighi 10+6reb+3ast, M.Trovato 9+11reb, M.Cernivani 8+3reb, A.Catakovic 5
Isernia: M.Norcino 20+4ast, A.Sipala 12+6reb, L.Lenti Ceo 10+3reb+4ast, K.Patani 8+6reb, M.Melchiorri 4+1reb, L.Gazineo 4+13reb+1ast
gschID: 531830


Ortona - Valdiceppo 80-64

Rather predictable result when tenth ranked Ortona (13-17) defeated at home 13th ranked Valdiceppo (9-21) 80-64 on Saturday. They outrebounded Valdiceppo 49-23 including a 35-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Ortona looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Valdiceppo's players. Naturalized Argentinian point guard Victorio-Gustavo Musso (185-84) had a double-double by scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Gianluca Di-Carmine (200-86) chipped in 8 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Polish swingman Robert Banach (197-97) with 15 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and center Alessandro Panzieri (201-95, college: High School) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds. Four Valdiceppo players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ortona maintains tenth position in B with 13-17 record. Newly promoted Valdiceppo keeps the thirteenth place with 21 games lost.
Top scorers:
Ortona: L.Castelluccia 19+8reb+1ast, V.Gustavo Musso 12+5reb+12ast, A.Martelli 11+4reb+1ast, R.Martone 10+5reb+2ast, N.Bertocco 9+11reb+2ast, G.Di Carmine 8+13reb+7ast
Valdiceppo: R.Banach 15+4reb, U.Meschini 12+1reb+4ast, F.Meccoli Matejca 10+1reb, A.Panzieri 10+8reb, F.Burini 8+2reb+5ast, L.Negrotti 7+2reb
gschID: 531823


Montegrano - Matera 85-83

Sixth-ranked Matera (17-13) gave a tough game to first ranked Montegrano (26-4) in Montenegrano on Saturday. Montegrano managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was swingman Nelson Rizzitiello (198-84) who scored 24 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Giorgio Broglia (198-86, agency: Interperformances) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Gionata Zampolli (189-85) who recorded 27 points and center Nicolo Ravazzani (200-85) added 11 points and 17 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Despite that victory Montegrano went down to second position (B) due to points difference. Loser Matera dropped to the seventh place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Montegrano: N.Rizzitiello 24+6reb+2ast, O.Gueye 14+2reb, G.Broglia 14+10reb+4ast, F.Bedetti 11+1reb+2ast, V.Di Viccaro 8+1reb, E.Rivali 7+4reb
Matera: G.Zampolli 27+1reb+3ast, F.Lestini 15+3reb, A.Grande 12+4reb+4ast, N.Ravazzani 11+17reb+1ast, S.Laudoni 9+1reb, G.Cantagalli 5+4reb
gschID: 531827


Taranto - Venafro 62-73

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Taranto (6-24) was defeated at home by twelfth ranked Venafro (12-18) 73-62 on Saturday. Point guard Marco Rossi (183-81, agency: SPORTlab Agency) scored 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Mario Tamburrini (188-94) chipped in 17 points during the contest. Four Venafro players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was point guard Alessandro Procacci (184-94) with 22 points and 4 assists and the former international center Roberto Chiacig (210-74, agency: SPORTlab Agency) scored 6 points and 13 rebounds. Venafro moved-up to eleventh place in B, which they share with Milano Hikkaduwa. Loser Taranto keeps the fifteenth position with 24 games lost.
Top scorers:
Venafro: M.Tamburrini 17+2reb+2ast, M.Rossi 17+7reb+7ast, F.Migliori 13+8reb, M.Liburdi 11+8reb, G.Moretti 7+3reb+2ast, R.Minchella 6+2ast
Taranto: A.Procacci 22+2reb+4ast, G.Laquintana 11+3ast, R.Chiacig 6+13reb+2ast, A.Azzaro 6+2reb+1ast, L.Veccari 6+4reb+1ast, M.Fioravanti 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 531829


San Severo - Senigallia 82-80

Seventh-ranked Senigallia (16-14) gave a tough game to third ranked San Severo (21-9) on Saturday. San Severo managed to secure only two-point victory 82-80. However their fans expected much easier game. San Severo looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Forward Iris Ikangi (200-94, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 15 points to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Argentinian point guard Matias Di-Marco (180-84, agency: Players Group) chipped in 9 points and 7 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Andrea Maggiotto (194-88, agency: Octagon Europe) with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and naturalized Senegalese power forward Yande Fall (200-90, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Four San Severo and five Senigallia players scored in double figures. Despite that victory San Severo went down to fourth position (B) due to points difference, which they share with Cento. Loser Senigallia dropped to the sixth place with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
San Severo: L.Ciribeni 16+2reb+2ast, I.Ikangi 15+2reb+3ast, J.Losi 14+3reb+3ast, M.Torresi Lelli 12+1reb+5ast, M.Di Marco 9+4reb+7ast, A.Cecchetti 8+4reb+2ast
Senigallia: A.Maggiotto 26+5reb+8ast, F.Giampieri 14+2reb+3ast, M.Gnaccarini 14+1reb+2ast, Y.Fall 12+8reb+3ast, M.Caverni 10+4reb+1ast, M.Bertoni 4+2reb
gschID: 531828


Pescara - Campli 82-74

The game had a very big importance for fourth-ranked Pescara as it allowed them to take a leadership position in B. Pescara defeated 5th ranked Campli at home 82-74. It was a key game for the top position in B. Pescara outrebounded Campli 40-29 including 32 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Guard Simone Pepe (184-93, agency: SPORTlab Agency) scored 25 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Emidio Di-Donato (199-92) chipped in 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Pescara's coach Giorgio Salvemini used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was forward Simone Gatti (202-82) with 19 points and 6 rebounds and center Lucio Salafia (210-94) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Campli at the other side keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Piacenza.
Top scorers:
Pescara: S.Pepe 25+4reb+5ast, E.Di Donato 16+9reb+4ast, J.Valentini 11+5reb+3ast, A.Capitanelli 10+10reb+3ast, M.Bini 7+2reb+1ast, P.Pelliccione 4+3reb
Campli: S.Gatti 19+6reb+2ast, L.Salafia 14+5reb+1ast, A.Serafini 12+7reb, M.Norbedo 10, R.Bottioni 10+4reb+6ast, O.Petrazzuoli 7+6reb+4ast
gschID: 531824





Serie A Round 28: Last-ranked Vanoli Cremona beats AV Cantu - by Eurobasket News

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

Bottom-ranked Vanoli Cremona managed to get a eighth victory, breaking the two-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time they won against thirteenth-ranked AV Cantu 93-82. The game was mostly controlled by Vanoli Cremona. AV Cantu managed to win third quarter 27-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vanoli Cremona shot 64.8 percent from the field. They also forced 20 AV Cantu turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Vanoli Cremona especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Naturalized Polish power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90) fired 18 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners. American point guard Darius Johnson-Odom (187-89, college: Marquette, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 16 points. American power forward JaJuan Johnson (208-89, college: Purdue) produced 24 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. AV Cantu's coach Carlo Recalcati rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Vanoli Cremona maintains sixteenth position with 8-20 record. AV Cantu at the other side keeps the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with JuveCaserta. Vanoli Cremona are looking forward to face higher ranked Openjobmetis VA (#12) in Varese in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. AV Cantu will play at home against Dolomiti En. TR and is hoping to win this game.
Leader Armani Milano delivered the twenty second victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked Grissin Bon RE (16-12) 99-79. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Grissin Bon RE. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) who helped to win the game recording 20 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Davide Pascolo contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international Pietro Aradori (194-88) replied with 17 points and 5 assists for Grissin Bon RE. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 22-6 record. Grissin Bon RE at the other side keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Dolomiti En. TR. Armani Milano will play against VL Pesaro (#15) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Grissin Bon RE will play against The Flexx PT (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Capo d'Orlando was also quite interesting. Third ranked Scandone AV (18-10) played at the court of 7th ranked Betaland Cdo (14-14). Scandone AV managed to secure a 8-point victory 76-68 on Sunday. Worth to mention a great performance of Joe Ragland who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 assists and 4 steals. Scandone AV's coach Stefano Sacripanti used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Drake Diener responded with 20 points. Scandone AV have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 18-10 record having four points less than leader EA7 Armani. Betaland Cdo lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 14 games lost. They share the position with The Flexx PT. Scandone AV will meet at home Juvecaserta (#14) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Betaland Cdo will play against Enel Brindisi (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Caserta, where higher ranked Enel Brindisi (13-15) lost to fourteenth ranked Juvecaserta (11-17) in a road game 82-86. The winners were led by Mitchell Watt who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. Juvecaserta moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with AV Cantu. Enel Brindisi at the other side keeps the ninth position with 15 games lost. Juvecaserta's next round opponent will be higher ranked Scandone AV (#3) in Avellino and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Trento. Local Dolomiti En. TR (16-12) outscored 11th ranked Brescia (12-16) 99-59 on Sunday night. Dominique Sutton fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Dolomiti En. TR moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Grissin Bon RE. Newly promoted Brescia dropped to the tenth position with 16 games lost. Dolomiti En. TR will face AV Cantu (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Brescia will play against Auxilium TO and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 28 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Banco di Srd defeated Auxilium TO in Sassari 87-79. Umana VE beat Openjobmetis V. at home 87-81. VL Pesaro lost to The Flexx PT on the opponent's court 83-87.
The best stats of 28th round was 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 blocks by Jared Berggren of Brescia.

EA7 Armani - Grissin Bon RE 99-79

Leader Armani Milano delivered the twenty second victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked Grissin Bon RE (16-12) 99-79. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Grissin Bon RE. Armani Milano forced 19 Grissin Bon RE turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Grissin Bon RE's players. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) who helped to win the game recording 20 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). International power forward Davide Pascolo (201-90) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international Pietro Aradori (194-88) replied with 17 points and 5 assists and international Amedeo Della-Valle (192-93, college: Ohio St., agency: BeoBasket) added 19 points in the effort for Grissin Bon RE. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 22-6 record. Grissin Bon RE at the other side keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Dolomiti En. TR. Armani Milano will play against VL Pesaro (#15) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Grissin Bon RE will play against The Flexx PT (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
EA7 Armani: M.Raduljica 20+4reb+1ast, D.Pascolo 14+5reb+3ast, R.Sanders 14+2reb+4ast, R.Hickman 9+2ast, S.Fontecchio 9+1reb+3ast, K.Simon 7+8reb+6ast
Grissin Bon RE: A.Della Valle 19+3reb+1ast, P.Aradori 17+4reb+5ast, A.Polonara 11+8reb, J.Williams 9+3reb, R.Cervi 7+1reb, D.Needham 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 482066


Betaland Cdo - Scandone AV 68-76

The game in Capo d'Orlando was also quite interesting. Third ranked Scandone AV (18-10) played at the court of 7th ranked Betaland Cdo (14-14). Scandone AV managed to secure a 8-point victory 76-68 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 22-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Liberian point guard Joe Ragland (182-89, college: Wichita St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 assists and 4 steals and American-Kosovan Shawn Jones (203-92, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who added 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Scandone AV's coach Stefano Sacripanti used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul) responded with 20 points and Montenegrin point guard Nikola Ivanovic (190-94, agency: BeoBasket) scored 10 points. Scandone AV have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 18-10 record having four points less than leader EA7 Armani. Betaland Cdo lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 14 games lost. They share the position with The Flexx PT. Scandone AV will meet at home Juvecaserta (#14) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Betaland Cdo will play against Enel Brindisi (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Scandone AV: J.Ragland 24+2reb+10ast, M.Leunen 15+3reb+1ast, S.Jones 15+7reb, D.Logan 5+1reb+4ast, M.Green 5+5reb+1ast, L.Randolph 5+5reb+1ast
Betaland Cdo: D.Diener 20+4reb+3ast, P.Kikowski 10+3reb, N.Ivanovic 10+3reb+3ast, M.Delas 9+4reb, A.Iannuzzi 8+4reb+2ast, M.Tepic 7+6reb
gschID: 482067


Auxilium TO - Banco di Srd 79-87

There was no surprise in Torino where 10th ranked Auxilium TO (12-16) was defeated by fourth ranked Banco di Srd (17-11) 87-79 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 28-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Banco di Srd looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Nigerian-American power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech) fired 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Serbian Dusko Savanovic (204-83, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 12 points. Five Banco di Srd players scored in double figures. Banco di Srd's coach Federico Pasquini allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American DJ White (206-86, college: Indiana) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Jamil Wilson (201-90, college: Marquette) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Banco di Srd have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 17-11 record. Auxilium TO lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 16 games lost. Banco di Srd will face league's second-placed Umana Venezia at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Auxilium TO will play against Brescia (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Banco di Srd: G.Lawal 17+6reb+1ast, D.Bell 15+2reb+1ast, D.Savanovic 12+4reb+3ast, J.Carter 11+1reb+3ast, R.Stipcevic 10+2reb+6ast, T.Lydeka 9+5reb+1ast
Auxilium TO: J.Wilson 20+2reb+2ast, D.White 18+10reb+2ast, M.Alibegovic 11+3reb+2ast, T.Harvey 8+3reb+2ast, G.Poeta 8+1reb+1ast, D.Okeke 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 482068


Umana VE - Openjobmetis V. 87-81

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Umana Venezia (19-9) defeated at home 12th ranked Openjobmetis VA (12-16) 87-81 on Sunday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Openjobmetis VA was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 25-14 charge of Umana Venezia, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Canadian-Nigerian forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St.) fired 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85, agency: PEPI SPORT) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Five Umana Venezia players scored in double figures. Umana Venezia's coach Walter De Raffaele allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Eric Maynor (191-87, college: VCU) produced 27 points and 8 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import Dominique Johnson (192-87, college: Azusa Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Umana Venezia maintains second position with 19-9 record having just three points less than leader EA7 Armani. Loser Openjobmetis VA dropped to the tenth place with 16 games lost. Umana Venezia will face Banco di Srd (#4) in Sassari in the next round. Openjobmetis VA will play at home against Vanoli Cremona (#16) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Umana VE: M.Ejim 17+6reb+2ast, A.Filloy 16+3reb+2ast, S.Tonut 16+2reb+4ast, H.Peric 13+8reb+3ast, M.Haynes 11+3reb+6ast, J.Stone 5+5reb+2ast
Openjobmetis V.: E.Maynor 27+4reb+8ast, D.Johnson 20+2reb+3ast, O.Anosike 9+15reb, D.Cavaliero 9+2reb+4ast, N.Pelle 6+6reb, K.Kangur 6+4reb
gschID: 482069


JuveCaserta - Enel Brindisi 86-82

We should mention about the upset which took place in Caserta, where higher ranked Enel Brindisi (13-15) lost to fourteenth ranked Juvecaserta (11-17) in a road game 82-86. Enel Brindisi was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 25-19 charge of Juvecaserta, which allowed them to win the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. The winners were led by American forward Mitchell Watt (208-89, college: Buffalo) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks and Kosovan-Polish Dardan Berisha (191-88) supported him with 24 points. Even 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists by American point guard Nicolas Moore (175-92, college: SMU, agency: Players Group) did not help to save the game for Enel Brindisi. Senegalese-French forward Amath MBaye (206-89, college: Oklahoma) added 13 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Four Juvecaserta and five Enel Brindisi players scored in double figures. Juvecaserta moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with AV Cantu. Enel Brindisi at the other side keeps the ninth position with 15 games lost. Juvecaserta's next round opponent will be higher ranked Scandone AV (#3) in Avellino and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
JuveCaserta: D.Berisha 24+4reb+1ast, M.Watt 23+14reb+1ast, M.Giuri 13+5reb+8ast, R.Putney 10+8reb+1ast, V.Gaddefors 7+1reb+2ast, Y.Diawara 6+3reb+3ast
Enel Brindisi: N.Moore 21+7reb+5ast, R.Carter 15+5reb, A.M'Baye 13+6reb+1ast, P.Goss 13+3reb+2ast, S.Samuels 10+8reb+1ast, B.Mesicek 5
gschID: 482070


Vanoli CR - AV Cantu 93-82

Bottom-ranked Vanoli Cremona managed to get a eighth victory, breaking the two-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time they won against thirteenth-ranked AV Cantu 93-82. The game was mostly controlled by Vanoli Cremona. AV Cantu managed to win third quarter 27-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vanoli Cremona shot 64.8 percent from the field. They also forced 20 AV Cantu turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Vanoli Cremona especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Naturalized Polish power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90) fired 18 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners. American point guard Darius Johnson-Odom (187-89, college: Marquette, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 16 points. American power forward JaJuan Johnson (208-89, college: Purdue) produced 24 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Zabian Dowdell (191-84, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 11 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. AV Cantu's coach Carlo Recalcati rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Vanoli Cremona maintains sixteenth position with 8-20 record. AV Cantu at the other side keeps the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with JuveCaserta. Vanoli Cremona are looking forward to face higher ranked Openjobmetis VA (#12) in Varese in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. AV Cantu will play at home against Dolomiti En. TR and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Vanoli CR: J.Wojciechowski 18+4reb+3ast, D.Johnson-Odom 16+3reb+3ast, E.Turner 15+3reb+1ast, R.Gaspardo 13+4reb+2ast, P.Harris 8+4reb+1ast, T.Thomas 7+5reb+1ast
AV Cantu: J.Johnson 24+7reb+1ast, T.Darden 13+1reb, Z.Dowdell 11+1reb+6ast, C.Callahan 10+3reb+2ast, D.Cournooh 9+3reb+5ast, F.Pilepic 9
gschID: 482071


The Flexx PT - VL Pesaro 87-83

Very expected game in Pistoia where 15th ranked VL Pesaro (9-19) was defeated by eighth ranked The Flexx PT (14-14) 87-83 on Sunday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-83. The Flexx PT dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to VL Pesaro's 28. They outrebounded VL Pesaro 35-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. The Flexx PT looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American point guard Ronald Moore (183-88, college: Siena) fired 15 points and 7 assists for the winners. The other American import Michael Jenkins (193-86, college: Winthrop) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. American swingman Jeremy Hazell (191-86, college: Seton Hall) produced 24 points and 4 assists and American-Hungarian power forward Jarrod Jones (207-90, college: Ball St.) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four VL Pesaro players scored in double figures. The Flexx PT moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Betaland Cdo. Loser VL Pesaro keeps the fifteenth position with 19 games lost. The Flexx PT will face higher ranked Grissin Bon RE (#6) in Reggio Emilia in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. VL Pesaro will play at home against the league's leader Armani Milano (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
The Flexx PT: R.Moore 15+2reb+7ast, M.Antonutti 14+1reb+2ast, M.Jenkins 13+7reb+3ast, N.Boothe 10+1reb+1ast, A.Crosariol 9+8reb+2ast, D.Magro 8+5reb+1ast
VL Pesaro: J.Hazell 24+2reb+4ast, M.Thornton 17+2reb+1ast, R.Clarke 17+1reb+3ast, J.Jones 14+10reb+3ast, M.Ceron 7, S.Jasaitis 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 482072


Dolomiti En. TR - Brescia 99-59

The game with biggest result difference took place in Trento. Local Dolomiti En. TR (16-12) outscored 11th ranked Brescia (12-16) 99-59 on Sunday night. The game without a history. Dolomiti En. TR led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Brescia's 32. They outrebounded Brescia 44-28 including 16 on the offensive glass. Dolomiti En. TR looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American swingman Dominique Sutton (198-86, college: N.C.Central) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Cape Verdean-Portuguese Joao Gomes (201-85) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. Five Dolomiti En. TR players scored in double figures. American power forward Jared Berggren (208-90, college: Wisconsin) produced 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 blocks and his fellow American import forward Marcus Landry (201-85, college: Wisconsin) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Dolomiti En. TR moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Grissin Bon RE. Newly promoted Brescia dropped to the tenth position with 16 games lost. Dolomiti En. TR will face AV Cantu (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Brescia will play against Auxilium TO and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dolomiti En. TR: D.Sutton 19+10reb+1ast, J.Gomes 18+8reb+1ast, A.Forray 13+3reb+4ast, D.Hogue 12+13reb, D.Flaccadori 12+3reb+5ast, S.Shields 12+2reb+4ast
Brescia: J.Berggren 17+6reb, M.Landry 17+3reb+1ast, C.Burns 10+3reb, L.Moore 8+7reb+4ast, L.Vitali 4+4reb+5ast, F.Bushati 3+5reb+5ast
gschID: 482073





Serie A2 Round 30: Treviglio beats Tortona by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Serie A2 just ended. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 30 in the Serie A2 took place in Tortona. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of second-best Tortona (21-9) to sixth ranked Treviglio (16-14) 85-83 on Saturday evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Tortona helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for guard Tommaso Marino (192-86, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory with 27 points. Naturalized American guard Adam Sollazzo (198-90, college: E.Tenn.St.) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Treviglio's coach Adriano Vertemati used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American point guard Glenn Cosey (183-92, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports) replied with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Tortona. Treviglio maintains sixth position in A2 with 16-14 record. Tortona at the other side keeps the second place with nine games lost.
Another interesting game for Mantova (17-13) which played on the court of higher ranked Ravenna (19-11). Eighth ranked Mantova had an easy win 85-67. Point guard Lorenzo Gergati (188-84) scored 19 points to lead the charge for the winners and Alessandro Amici chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Mantova's coach Alberto Martelossi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American point guard Derrick Marks (190-93, college: Boise St.) with 25 points. Mantova moved-up to seventh place in A2. Ravenna at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost.
Serie A2 top team - Virtus Bologna (21-9) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Roseto (17-13) 76-53. Michael Umeh notched 15 points and 4 assists to lead the effort. Virtus Bologna's coach Alessandro Ramagli felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 22 points by Adam Smith did not help to save the game for Roseto. Virtus Bologna maintains first position in A2 with 21-9 record. Loser Roseto keeps the sixth place with 13 games lost.
Serie A2 top team - Angelico Biella (24-6) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eighth ranked Eurobasket Roma (14-16) 91-87. The best player for the winners was Jazzmarr Ferguson who scored 40 points (!!!). Angelico Biella maintains first position in A2 with 24-6 record. Newly promoted Eurobasket Roma dropped to the tenth place with 16 games lost.
Important game to mention about took place in Siena. Twelfth ranked Mens Sana 1871 (14-16) saved a 3-point victory at home edging higher ranked Roma Virtus (17-13) 106-103 on Saturday evening. It was a good game for KT Harrell who led his team to a victory with 33 points (!!!). Mens Sana 1871 moved-up to eleventh place in A2. Loser Roma Virtus keep the fifth position with 13 games lost.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 30:
In A2 Bondi Ferrara smashed Recanati on the road 93-74. Unieuro Forli won against Chieti on its own court 83-75. Treviso Basket managed to outperform Piacenza in a road game 86-78. Alma Trieste rolled over Imola at home 115-66. F.Kontatto BO was defeated by Udine APU on the opponent's court 82-68. Verona smashed Jesi in a home game 80-61. Novipiu Casale won against FCM Ferentino on the road 84-68. Scafati outscored Agrigento on its own court 96-76. Viola RC recorded a loss to Legnano in Castellanza 77-65. Lighthouse TR crushed Agropoli at home 95-71. Rieti was beaten by Latina Basket on the opponent's court 88-81.
The most impressive performance of 30th round was 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by Keddric Mays of Lighthouse TR.

East
Recanati - Bondi Ferrara 74-93

No shocking result in a game when thirteenth ranked Bondi Ferrara (12-18) crushed on the road 16th ranked Recanati (7-23) 93-74 on Saturday. Bondi Ferrara dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Recanati's 42. They outrebounded Recanati 37-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. Bondi Ferrara looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. It was a good game for American forward Laurence Bowers (203-90, college: Missouri) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized Cuban guard Yankiel Moreno (189-90, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Four Bondi Ferrara players scored in double figures. Swedish-American Erik Rush (196-88, college: Montana St.) replied with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and American guard Travis Bader (196-91, college: Oakland) added 16 points in the effort for Recanati. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bondi Ferrara moved-up to twelfth place in A2. Loser Recanati keeps the sixteenth position with 23 games lost.
Top scorers:
Bondi Ferrara: L.Bowers 29+12reb+5ast, Y.Moreno 12+9reb+9ast, F.Pellegrino 12+5reb+2ast, L.Molinaro 12+5reb+3ast, R.Cortese 11, H.Vilhjalmsson 8+5reb+4ast
Recanati: T.Bader 16+1reb, E.Rush 15+7reb+6ast, S.Spizzichini 10+5reb+1ast, G.Sorrentino 8+1reb+3ast, L.Marini 8+4reb, G.Maspero 5+3reb
gschID: 485778


Virtus Bologna - Roseto 76-53

Serie A2 top team - Virtus Bologna (21-9) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Roseto (17-13) 76-53. Nigerian-American point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV) notched 15 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and naturalized Albanian swingman Klaudio Ndoja (201-85) supported him with 18 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Virtus Bologna players scored in double figures. Virtus Bologna's coach Alessandro Ramagli felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 22 points by American point guard Adam Smith (185-92, college: Georgia Tech) did not help to save the game for Roseto. His fellow American import power forward Brandon Sherrod (198-92, college: Yale) added 14 points and 9 rebounds. Virtus Bologna maintains first position in A2 with 21-9 record. Loser Roseto keeps the sixth place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Virtus Bologna: K.Ndoja 18+3reb+2ast, M.Umeh 15+4reb+4ast, K.Lawson 14+2reb, M.Spissu 10+1reb+2ast, A.Michelori 6+4reb, G.Spizzichini 5+1reb+1ast
Roseto: A.Smith 22+2reb+1ast, B.Sherrod 14+9reb+1ast, V.Amoroso 7+7reb, R.Fultz 4+9ast, G.Fattori 4, M.Cantarini 2
gschID: 485782


Unieuro Forli - Chieti 83-75

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 14th ranked Chieti (10-20) lost on the road to fifteenth ranked Unieuro Forli (9-21) 83-75 on Saturday. It was a good game for naturalized American forward Ryan Amoroso (205-85, college: San Diego St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 16 rebounds. American guard Melvin Johnson (193-93, college: VCU) contributed with 18 points and 6 assists for the winners. Five Unieuro Forli players scored in double figures. American guard Trae Golden (188-91, college: Georgia Tech) replied with 25 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized American power forward Cristopher Mortellaro (207-82, college: Drury) added 9 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Chieti. Chieti's coach Maurizio Bartocci rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Unieuro Forli maintains fifteenth position in A2 with 9-21 record. Loser Chieti keeps the fourteenth place with 20 games lost.
Top scorers:
Unieuro Forli: O.Adegboye 20+4reb, M.Johnson 18+2reb+6ast, D.Bonacini 12+1reb, R.Amoroso 12+16reb, R.Castelli 12+5reb, S.Pierich 6+2reb+1ast
Chieti: T.Golden 25+5reb+2ast, M.Turel 10+2reb, C.Mortellaro 9+11reb+1ast, M.Fallucca 8, L.Sergio 8+1reb, C.Davis 7+3reb
gschID: 485776


Ravenna - Mantova 67-85

Another interesting game for Mantova (17-13) which played on the court of higher ranked Ravenna (19-11). Eighth ranked Mantova had an easy win 85-67. Point guard Lorenzo Gergati (188-84) scored 19 points to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Alessandro Amici (200-91) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Five Mantova players scored in double figures. Mantova's coach Alberto Martelossi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American point guard Derrick Marks (190-93, college: Boise St.) with 25 points and point guard Gherardo Sabatini (181-94) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Mantova moved-up to seventh place in A2. Ravenna at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Mantova: L.Gergati 19+4reb+3ast, D.Daniels 15+2reb+1ast, F.Candussi 11+7reb+1ast, L.Vencato 11+4reb+4ast, A.Amici 11+5reb+5ast, L.Corbett 5
Ravenna: D.Marks 25+4reb, G.Sabatini 15+5reb, T.Smith 7+5reb, A.Chiumenti 6+6reb+1ast, G.Sgorbati 5+1reb, M.Tambone 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 485777


Piacenza - Treviso Basket 78-86

Very predictable result when second ranked Treviso Basket (21-9) won against 11th ranked Piacenza (12-18) in Casalpusterlengo 86-78 on Saturday. Treviso Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Piacenza's 26. They outrebounded Piacenza 40-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. Treviso Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Treviso Basket made 7 blocks. It was a good game for Hungarian swingman Zoltan Perl (195-95) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Center Andrea Ancellotti (212-88) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 blocks for the winners. Treviso Basket's coach Stefano Pillastrini used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international guard Matteo Formenti (194-82) replied with 20 points and the former international power forward Luca Infante (204-82) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Piacenza. Four Piacenza players scored in double figures. Treviso Basket maintains second position in A2 with 21-9 record having just three points less than leader Angelico Biella. Loser Piacenza keeps the eleventh place with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Treviso Basket: Z.Perl 25+6reb+2ast, J.Perry 15+8reb+6ast, A.Ancellotti 14+13reb+5ast, T.Rinaldi 11+3reb, D.Moretti 8+5reb+2ast, A.Saccaggi 6+1reb+1ast
Piacenza: M.Formenti 20+3reb+2ast, K.Hasbrouck 14+3reb+3ast, L.Infante 13+6reb+5ast, F.De Nicolao 11+5reb+6ast, N.Dincic 9+5reb+1ast, T.Raspino 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 485775


Alma Trieste - Imola 115-66

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Imola (11-19) was outscored on the road by third ranked Alma Trieste (21-9) 115-66 on Saturday. Alma Trieste dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Imola's 46 and made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Imola 51-32 including a 37-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Alma Trieste looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Imola's players. It was a good game for American forward Javonte Green (193-93, college: Radford, agency: Duran International) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Andrea Coronica (188-93, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Croatian point guard Roko Rogic (185-92) replied with 10 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Paolo Paci (204-90) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Imola. Five Alma Trieste and four Imola players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Alma Trieste maintains third position in A2 with 21-9 record having just three points less than leader Angelico Biella. Loser Imola dropped to the thirteenth place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Alma Trieste: J.Green 26+10reb+3ast, A.Coronica 16+11reb+3ast, S.Bossi 13+5reb+3ast, M.Da Ros 11+6reb+3ast, J.Parks 10+9reb+1ast, A.Pecile 8+2ast
Imola: P.Paci 14+5reb, T.Cohn 12+4reb+1ast, A.Tassinari 11+1reb+1ast, R.Rogic 10+8reb+1ast, A.Ranuzzi 9+7reb+1ast, F.Dri 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 485779


Udine APU - F.Kontatto BO 82-68

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked Udine APU (16-14) defeated at home higher ranked F.Kontatto BO (18-12) 82-68 on Saturday. Udine APU made