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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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  ALPE ADRIA CUP  


Rieker Komarno celebrate title - by Eurobasket News

Helios - Rieker Komarno 67:63

Rieker Komarno clinched Alpe Adria Cup title. They lost in Slovenia by four points tonight but earned a comfortable victory on aggregate in the championship series. Farad Cobb (183-PG-93, college: Cincinnati, agency: Three Eye Sports), Boban Tomic (190-G-88) and Vuk Djordjevic (193-G-91) posted 10 points each to lead the Slovakian team.
Helios faced an impossible mission of overcoming a 25-point deficit after the opening leg. They grabbed a 14:10 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. Helios accumulated a 27:23 halftime lead. The hosts dropped 19 points in the third quarter to open a 6-point lead. But Rieker Komarno sank 23 points in the fourth stanza to capture the title at the end. Tomaz Bolcina (208-C-94) tossed in 19 points for Helios. Simo Atanackovic (206-F-90) and Luka Voncina (193-G-91, college: Charlotte) provided 11 points each for the hosts.

Helios: Tomaz Bolcina 19, Simo Atanackovic 11, Luka Voncina 11
Rieker Komarno: Farad Cobb 10, Boban Tomic 10, Vuk Djordjevic 10



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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, Instituto20.2 
 3. Solano, Echague19.7 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.18.2 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.17.8 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Mickeal, Atenas17.1 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.16.8 
 9. Deck, San Lorenzo16.7 
 10. Gadson, Argentino16.5 
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, Instituto10.0 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.6 
 5. Justiz, Estudian.8.9 
 6. Johnson, Atenas8.8 
 7. Francis, La Union8.8 
 8. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.8 
 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. Ciorciari, Instituto4.6 
 8. De-l., GECR I.4.5 
 9. Figueroa, Penarol4.5 
 10. Hopson, Quimsa4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Gelvis SOLANO
  Echague
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Solano, Echague2.0 
 2. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.1.9 
 4. De-l., GECR I.1.8 
 5. Johnson, Weber B.1.8 
 6. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 7. Vildoza, Quilm.1.7 
 8. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 9. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
 10. Figueroa, Penarol1.4 
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.1.2 
 7. Meyinsse, San L.1.2 
 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





Maccabi Haifa tabs Rashaun Freeman, ex Hispano Am. - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Hunter Haifa (Winner League) inked 33-year old American power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-116kg-84, college: Massachusetts, agency: Pro Sports). He played recently at Hispano Americano de Rio Gallegos in Argentinian LigaA, but left the team last month. In 34 games he averaged 10.6ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.3apg this season.
The most of last season Freeman spent at Hebraica in Uruguayan LUB where in 20 games he had very impressive stats: 16.3ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the Uruguay LUB title (twice). A very good season in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB 1st Team. Freeman also played earlier that season for Boca Juniors (LigaA) in Argentina. In 17 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 16.7ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.2apg.
In 2007 Freeman was drafted by Albany Patroons (USBL) in third round (29th overall).
He attended University of Massachusetts and it is his tenth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Freeman received Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Import Player of the Year award back in 2008.
He is a very experienced player. Freeman has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to ten different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Freeman has played previously professionally in Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk), Belgium (VOO Verviers Pepinster), Bosnia (Siroki Primorka), China (Heilongjiang), Germany, Puerto Rico (Brujos), Israel (GreenTops Netanya and B.C. Habikaa), France (JSF Nanterre), Kuwait (Kazma) and IBA (Schenectady L.).
His game is described as: "Rashaun is an All-American Candidate after being on the A-10 First Team for the last two years. He is an extremely talented post player, a great one-on-one player, he's very tough to stop. I've seen more of a determination from him in our preseason workouts. He's paid more attention to his body, paid more attention to his weaknesses. So much came to him, so easily early. He was First Team All-Atlantic 10 his freshman, sophomore, and junior years. I wouldn't say he got complacent. It all just came easy to him; he didn't concentrate on his weaknesses. I've seen a determination. There have been many pro scouts watching his workouts. Ray has done really well.".

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Facundo Campazzo selected the top Argentinian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Facundo Campazzo
Facundo Campazzo
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91, currently plays in Spain). Campazzo was the major contributor in an UCAM Murcia's victory against the 14th-ranked Blusens Monbus (9-18) 86-78 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He scored 17 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 8 assists. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (12-16) is placed tenth in the Liga Endesa. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Campazzo has relatively good stats this season: 14.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.9apg, 1.8spg, 3FGP: 30.7% and FT: 78.8%. He is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Fabricio Vay
Fabricio Vay
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Austria). Vay led Arkadia Lions to a victory over one of league's weakest teams UBSC Graz (7-24) crushing them 98-73 in the Austrian A Bundesliga on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Vay had a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 21 rebounds. He also added 8 assists and 3 blocks (made all of his eight free throws) in 38 minutes. Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions (16-15) are placed fifth in the A Bundesliga. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Vay's fourth season with the team. Vay has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.2ppg, 9.1rpg, 3.5apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 35.8% and FT: 81.8% in 29 games he played so far. Vay has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Former Instituto de Cordoba starter played for the Argentinian national team in 2009.

Nicolas Laprovittola
Nicolas Laprovittola
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Nicolas Laprovittola (193-90, currently plays in Euroleague). Laprovittola could not help Baskonia (17-13) to beat CSKA (22-8). He did not beat the league record on Thursday evening. Laprovittola scored only 3 points and added 4 passes. Baskonia was edged 84-82 on the road by the second-ranked CSKA. Laprovittola's overall stats this season are: 2.9ppg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 35.3%, 3FGP: 20.7% and FT: 83.3%. He is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Marcos Delia
Marcos Delia
   #4. Center Marcos Delia (211-92, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Facundo Campazzo. But that was another game of his team in Spanish Liga Endesa which we would like to mention. Delia contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (11-17) crushing them 99-62. He scored 8 points in 18 minutes. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (12-16) is placed tenth in the Liga Endesa. This year Delia's overall stats are: 5.8ppg and 3.2rpg in 28 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Delia is also Argentinian national team player.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #5. Former international guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Spain) was the main contributor in a Leche Rio Breogan's victory against the 15th-ranked Barca II (12-21) 93-82 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Fernandez was the best player in that game. He scored 21 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 20 minutes. Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo (23-10) is placed second in the LEB Gold. Fernandez's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This year Fernandez's total stats are: 9.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.9apg in 33 games. He has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. Fernandez used to play for the Argentinian national team three years ago.

Juan Manuel Caceres
Juan Manuel Caceres
   #6. An experienced small forward Juan Manuel Caceres (200-84, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Valmontone's victory against the 14th-ranked Roma S.Azzurra (7-23) 75-63 in the Italian Serie B (third division) on Saturday night. He scored 12 points and added 4 passes. Air Fire Valmontone (22-8) is placed fourth in Group C. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. It's Caceres' first season with the team. Caceres has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.6apg. He is a former U16 international player as he played for the Argentinian team fifteen years ago.

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

   #1. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) led Umana Venezia to a victory against the 12th-ranked Openjobmetis VA (12-16) 87-81 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. He recorded 16 points in 26 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (19-9) is placed second in the Serie A. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Filloy's first season with the team. This year Filloy averages: 7.6ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.6apg in 25 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Despite Filloy's Argentinian passport, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Argentinian team.

   #2. Tulio Cobos (197-F-86, college: Northeastern St., currently plays in Venezuela) could not help Bucaneros (12-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Bucaneros (12-10) was defeated 89-83 on the road by the lower-ranked Gigantes (#3) in the Eastern Conference. Cobos was the second best scorer with 21 points. He also added 4 rebounds. This season Cobos has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.3apg.

   #3. Andres Forray (187-PG-86, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Brescia (12-16) crushing them 99-59 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. He recorded 13 points and added 4 passes in a mere 17 minutes. Dolomiti Energia Trento (16-12) is placed fifth in the Serie A. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Forray has been at the team for six years. This season Forray's overall stats are: 6.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4spg in 28 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #4. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help FCM Ferentino (12-18) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the 13th-placed FCM Ferentino (12-18) was badly defeated 84-68 at home by the higher-ranked Novipiu Casale (#7) in the West group. Musso was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 3 passes. The Regular Season already ended. It's Musso's first season with the team. This year Musso has relatively solid stats: 13.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.1apg and 1.3spg. He has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #5. Bruno Cerella (194-G/F-86, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) managed to help EA7 Emporio Armani Milano to win against the sixth-ranked Grissin Bon RE (16-12) crushing them 99-79 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. He recorded only 3 points. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (22-6) is placed first in the Serie A. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Cerella has been at the team for four years. Cerella has averaged so far 0.9ppg and 1.1rpg. Similarly like Musso and Forray above he also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #6. Agustin Fabi (199-F/G-91, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Viola RC in their last game. Despite Fabi's very good performance the tenth-placed Viola RC lost 65-77 in Castellanza to the much higher-ranked (#3) Legnano in the West group. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Fabi also added 7 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 4 balls in 37 minutes. This year he has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg in 29 games. Similarly like three previous players above, Fabi holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

   #7. Dante Richotti (180-PG-85, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Scauri (14-16) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the 11th-placed Scauri was edged 82-79 in Roma by the lower-ranked Vis Nova (#13) in the Group C. Richotti was the top scorer with 21 points. This season he has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.3apg and 1.5spg. Richotti has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #8. Damian Palacios (177-PG-85, currently plays in Brazil) couldn't help CR Vasco Da Gama Rio de Janeiro in their game against Pinheiros in the Brazilian NBB. He cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. Palacios scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes. His team lost 82-93. He has averaged so far 3.8ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.8apg in 33 games.

   #9. Diego Corral (205-C-86, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Omegna (19-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Corral's very good performance the second-placed Omegna was defeated 63-56 in San Miniato by the lower-ranked San Miniato (#3) in the Group A. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Corral also added 5 rebounds. This season he has relatively solid stats: 13.1ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2bpg. Corral holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

   #10. Ernesto Rodriguez (178-G-90, currently plays in Puerto Rico) couldn't help Piratas in their game against Indios in the Puerto Rican BSN. He recorded 5 points and added 3 assists in 17 minutes. His team was edged 97-95. Rodriguez has averaged so far 2.0ppg and 1.2apg in six games.



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Daniel Johnson's 32 points make him top Australian player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Daniel Johnson
Daniel Johnson
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Daniel Johnson (210-88, college: Pepperdine, currently plays in Iran). He led Petrochimi to a victory over the third-ranked Chemidor (4-4) crushing them 112-81 in the Iranian Superleague in Thursday night's game. Johnson was MVP of the game. He scored 32 points (!!!) and blocked 2 blocks in 30 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group 1. Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour (7-1) is placed first. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. The Second Stage already ended. Johnson has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 23.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.3apg, 3FGP: 57.1%(12-21) and FT: 93.1%(27-29) in four games he played so far. Former Adelaide 36ers starter played for the Australian senior national team four years ago.

Ben Madgen
Ben Madgen
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta, currently plays in Lithuania). Madgen could not help Lietkabelis (24-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Lietkabelis was crushed 84-62 on the road by the leading Zalgiris. Madgen was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 3 assists in 25 minutes. Madgen's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Madgen has relatively good stats this year: 11.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 86.3% in 35 games. He played for the Australian national team in 2014.

Brock Motum
Brock Motum
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Brock Motum (208-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in Lithuania) faced previously mentioned Ben Madgen in the Lithuanian LKL last game. Motum was the major contributor in Zalgiris' victory against the closely-ranked Lietkabelis (24-11) crushing them 84-62. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Motum's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Motum's overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 2FGP: 59.8%(79-132), 3FGP: 52.0%(39-75) and FT: 84.5%. He is also a member of the Australian senior national team.

Jonah Bolden
Jonah Bolden
   #4. Forward Jonah Bolden (208-96, college: UCLA, currently plays in Serbia) was the main contributor in FMP's victory against the league outsider Mega Leks (0-1) crushing them 90-70 in the Serbian KLS on Sunday night. He was the best player in that game. Bolden recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists, 2 blocks and 4 steals. It was his first game for FMP this season; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Bolden's first season in pro basketball. His team is placed sixth in the KLS. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Bolden used to play for the Australian U19 national team back in 2013.

Ryan Broekhoff
Ryan Broekhoff
   #5. International forward Ryan Broekhoff (200-90, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to Lokomotiv's victory against the bottom-ranked Parma (1-23) 84-71 in the VTB United League in Wednesday night's game. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. Lokomotiv Kuban (19-5) is placed fourth in group A. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Broekhoff's overall stats are: 7.8ppg and 5.0rpg in 24 games. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Dutch. Broekhoff plays currently for the Australian national team.

Andrew James Ogilvy
Andrew James Ogilvy
   #6. Center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in Iran) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Kashan (3-5) crushing them 83-49 in the Iranian Superleague last Monday. He scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Azad University Tehran (4-3) is placed second in Group 2. The Second Stage already ended. This season Ogilvy has very high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 9.7rpg and 1.3apg. Ogilvy is a former international player as he played for the Australian senior team four years ago.

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #7. International small forward Joe Ingles (203-87, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an Utah Jazz's victory against the Los Angeles Clippers (51-31) 105-98 in the NBA on Sunday night. He recorded 8 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists in 38 minutes. The Utah Jazz has a solid 51-31 record this season. This year Ingles has relatively solid stats: 7.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg in 86 games. He is also Australian national team player.

Lewis Thomas
Lewis Thomas
   #8. Forward Lewis Thomas (203-92, college: W.Oregon, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to a Glasgow Rocks' victory against the ninth-ranked Plymouth Raiders (14-19) 88-84 in the British BBL in Sunday night's game. Thomas was the top player that evening. He scored 16 points, had 9 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 3 shots; not bad, considering it's only Thomas' second season in pro basketball. Glasgow Rocks (21-11) is placed third in the BBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. It's Thomas' first year with the team. His total stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.8apg. Thomas used to play for the Australian U19 national team back in 2011.

Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
   #9. International point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the San Antonio Spurs (61-21) in their last game. Despite his good performance the San Antonio Spurs (61-21) lost 94-105 in Memphis to the Grizzlies. Mills scored 11 points in 22 minutes. It was Spurs' third consecutive loss in a row. Mills is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Spurs' roster. He has reliable stats this season: 9.4ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.4apg in 84 games. Mills is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

Jordan Vandenberg
Jordan Vandenberg
   #10. Center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Japan) was not able to secure a victory for Nishinomiya Storks (40-16) in their game against Shinshu BW (14-42) in the Japanese B League D2, despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. Vandenberg had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 25 minutes. But the first-placed Nishinomiya Storks (40-16) lost 68-79 in Nagano to the lower-ranked (#6) Shinshu BW in the Central group. They ended the series of six consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. It's Vandenberg's first season with the team. Vandenberg's stats this year are: 10.2ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6bpg in 46 games. He is a former U18 international player as nine years ago he still played for the Australian national team.

   #11. Former international guard Daniel Dillon (193-86, agency: Babcock Sports, college: Arizona, currently plays in Japan) helped Dragonflies edge the fourth-ranked Orange Vikings 75-73 in the Japanese B League D2 on Sunday night. He was the top player that evening. Dillon scored 17 points and added 3 passes in a mere 18 minutes. Dillon averaged so far 12.2ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.6apg in 56 games. He used to play for the Australian national team eight years ago.

   #12. Former U22 international guard Daryl Corletto (193-81, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Plymouth Raiders in their game against Manchester Giants in the British BBL. Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game Corletto was the second best scorer with 26 points. He also added 3 assists. This season Corletto has very high stats. He averages: 17.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.8apg and 1.2spg. Corletto used to play for the Australian U22 national team back in 2000.

   #13. Former U22 international guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St., currently plays in New Zealand) couldn't help Rangers in their game against Saints in the New Zealand NBL. Despite his very good performance on Friday night McCarron was the top scorer with 25 points. He also added 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists. This season McCarron has very high stats. He averages: 23.4ppg, 7.6rpg, 5.0apg and 2.4spg. McCarron used to play for the Australian U22 national team two years ago.

   #14. International guard Matthew Dellavedova (193-90, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) helped Milwaukee Bucks win their game against the Toronto Raptors crushing them 104-77 in the NBA on Thursday night. Dellavedova scored 10 points in 28 minutes. He averaged so far 7.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 4.6apg in 80 games. Dellavedova plays currently for the Australian national team.

   #15. Former U19 international power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St., currently plays in New Zealand) helped Sharks win their game against one of league's weakest teams Giants 95-83 in the New Zealand NBL in Saturday night's game. He scored 15 points and added 4 passes (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). Kay averaged so far 13.8ppg, 8.1rpg and 3.0apg. He used to play for the Australian U19 national team seven years ago.

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

   #1. Kyrie Irving (190-G-92, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA) led Cleveland Cavaliers to a victory over the Indiana Pacers (42-40) 117-111 in the NBA last Monday. Irving was the best player in that game. He scored 37 points (!!!). The Cleveland Cavaliers have a solid 51-31 record this season. It's Irving's sixth year with the team. Irving has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 25.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.7apg and 1.2spg. Irving is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Australia.

   #2. Nathan Sobey (190-G-90, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Greece) was the major contributor in PAOK's victory against the closely-ranked Lavrio (11-15) 78-68 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. Sobey scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. PAOK Thessaloniki (14-12) is placed fifth in the A1. This year Sobey has relatively solid stats: 12.8ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.6apg in eight games he played so far.

   #3. Thon Maker (216-C/F-97, college: High School, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Toronto Raptors (51-31) crushing them 104-77 in the NBA on Thursday night. He scored 11 points. The Milwaukee Bucks have 42-40 record this season. Maker's total stats this year are: 4.2ppg and 2.1rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and South Sudanese.

   #4. Josh Duinker (209-F/C-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in New Zealand) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Rangers (4-3) crushing them 103-67 in the New Zealand NBL last Friday. Duinker scored 18 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Wellington Saints (9-0) are placed first in the NBL. So far his team won all nine games in the Regular Season. This season Duinker has very high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 7.4rpg and 2.2apg. Duinker is another player who holds two passports: Dutch and Australian.

   #5. Timothy Kearney (202-F/G-86, currently plays in Sweden) could not help BC Lulea (24-8) in their last game. Despite his good performance the league leader BC Lulea was crushed 89-51 on the road by the lower-ranked (#4) Uppsala Basket. Kearney was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 20 minutes. Kearney has been at the team for seven years. This season Kearney's total stats are: 5.1ppg and 3.1rpg in 35 games. He has both Australian and Swedish nationalities.

   #6. Kyle Adnam (186-G-93, currently plays in New Zealand) was the main contributor in Giants' victory against the closely-ranked Mountain Airs 79-74 in the New Zealand NBL in Sunday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Adnam scored 26 points (!!!), grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 36 minutes. He has very impressive stats this year: 15.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 4.3apg in six games.

   #7. Michael Vigor (206-F/C-90, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to a Bristol Acadamy Flyers' victory against the league outsider Manchester Giants 89-81 in the British BBL last Saturday. Vigor recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 14 rebounds. His total stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 6.6rpg and 2.3apg.

   #8. Brandon Brine (198-F-91, college: Lethbridge, currently plays in Spain) helped Burgos win their game against the 13th-ranked Caceres Basket 79-71 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Brine scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. His total stats this season are: 5.4ppg and 3.5rpg.

   #9. David Humphries (193-G-91, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to help Plymouth Raiders in their game against Manchester Giants in the British BBL, despite his good performance last Sunday. Humphries recorded 10 points in 20 minutes. But his team lost 93-99. This year his total stats are: 3.4ppg and 1.4rpg in nine games.

   #10. Venky Jois (202-F-93, college: E.Washington, currently plays in Estonia) helped Tartu Ulikool win their game against the seventh-ranked TLU/Kalev 74-56 in the Estonian Alexela KML in Thursday night's game. Jois scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 18 minutes. This year his total stats are: 9.0ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.3apg in 24 games.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.5 
 2. Vay, Arkadia19.2 
 3. Miletic, Vienna19.1 
 4. Clemmons, Vienna18.3 
 5. Lamesic, Wels17.9 
 6. Stazic, Vienna17.0 
 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. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.6 
 6. Lamesic, Wels7.4 
 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, Vienna5.1 
 6. Friedrich, Gmunden4.7 
 7. Maresch, UBSC G.4.6 
 8. ONeal, Wels4.5 
 9. Clemmons, Vienna4.5 
 10. Murati, Gmunden3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.7 
 2. Clemmons, Vienna2.0 
 3. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.9 
 4. Miletic, Vienna1.7 
 5. Koch, Vienna1.5 
 6. Vujosevic, Kapfe.1.4 
 7. Payton, Wels1.4 
 8. Trmal, Arkadia1.4 
 9. Krivokapic, UBSC G.1.4 
 10. Stazic, Vienna1.4 
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 


Benjamin Ortner selected the top Austrian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Benjamin Ortner
Benjamin Ortner
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Italy). He managed to help Umana Reyer Venezia in a victory against the 12th-ranked Openjobmetis VA (12-16) 87-81 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Ortner recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 19 minutes on the court. Umana Reyer Venezia (19-9) is placed second in the Serie A. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Ortner averages: 3.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 2FGP: 51.3% and FT: 53.6% in 26 games he played so far. He played for the Austrian senior national team four years ago.

Thomas Schreiner
Thomas Schreiner
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain). Schreiner contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (11-17) 96-78 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He scored only 3 points and added 8 passes. MoraBanc Andorra (15-13) is placed eighth in the Liga Endesa. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Schreiner's fifth season with the team. Schreiner's overall stats this year are: 4.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 19.2%, 3FGP: 40.3%. He is in the roster of the Austrian senior national team.

Rasid Mahalbasic
Rasid Mahalbasic
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Rasid Mahalbasic (210-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). Mahalbasic could not help Sevilla (8-20) to beat Valencia Basket (21-7). He scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. Sevilla lost 85-90 at home to the leading Valencia Basket. It was Sevilla's fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Mahalbasic's first season with the team. Mahalbasic has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 57.8%(74-128) and FT: 71.7% in 18 games. He has a dual citizenship: Austrian and Slovenian. Ex-kelag Worthersee Piraten player is also a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Jakob Poeltl
Jakob Poeltl
   #4. Forward Jakob Poeltl (213-95, college: Utah, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Toronto Raptors in their game against the Milwaukee Bucks (42-40) in the NBA. Poeltl scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors (51-31) were crushed 104-77 on the road by the Bucks. Poeltl's overall stats this season are: 3.0ppg and 3.0rpg. He used to play for the Austrian national team back in 2015.

Thomas Klepeisz
Thomas Klepeisz
   #5. International point guard Thomas Klepeisz (186-91, currently plays in Germany) contributed to Braunschweig's victory against the sixth-ranked Telekom Baskets (17-13) 92-84 in the German BBL on Monday night. Klepeisz recorded 6 points and added 7 assists. Basketball Loewen Braunschweig (5-17) is placed 11th in the BBL. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Klepeisz's overall stats this season are: 6.2ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.3apg. He plays currently for the Austrian national team.

Maximilian Hopfgartner
Maximilian Hopfgartner
   #6. Forward Maximilian Hopfgartner (206-92, also represented by Dynamics Global Management, college: John Brown, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Navarra (15-15) in their game against Zamorano (11-19) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Hopfgartner scored 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 16 minutes. Navarra lost 62-72 on their home court in Pamplona to the lower-ranked (#12) Zamorano. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Hopfgartner has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.2apg in 30 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Austrian National Team roster.

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

   #1. Bryce Douvier (201-F-91, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Portugal) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Sampaense (5-26) crushing them 94-57 in the Portuguese LPB last Sunday. Douvier scored 8 points, had 10 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 22 minutes. Ovarense Dolce Vita (17-13) is placed second in Places 7-12 group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Douvier has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 9.7rpg and 1.3apg in 30 games he played so far. Douvier is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Austria.

Other top Austrian players, who play abroad:

Marvin Ogunsipe (204-F-96) plays for Bayern Muenchen in German BBL
David Kramer (191-PG-97) plays for ratiopharm Ulm in German BBL
Josip Popic (210-C-98) plays for Cibona in Croatian A1
Nikola Zdravkovic (197-F-0) plays for Borac in Serbian KLS
Moritz Lanegger (190-PG-90) plays for Naestved in Danish Ligaen
Joe Dean Shaw (199-F-87) plays for Nantes in French ProB
Luka Asceric (202-SG-97) plays for Lille Metropole in French ProB
Jakob Seifert (200-C-95) plays for Slavoj BK Litomerice in Czech Republic 1Liga

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



A Bundesliga Round 34: #1 Redwell Gunners Oberwart is defeated by Kapfenberg Bulls - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in A Bundesliga. Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (26-5) on the court of third ranked Kapfenberg Bulls on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Kapfenberg Bulls 77-68. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Redwell Gunners Oberwart. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 9 points. American guard Kareem Jamar (194-92, college: Montana) scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian point guard Bogic Vujosevic (190-92, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 12 points and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side American point guard Derek Jackson (185-91, college: Kent St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) responded with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Kapfenberg Bulls (20-11) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain third position having six points less than leader Oberwart. Defending champion Redwell Gunners Oberwart still keeps top place with five games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Dukes (#9) in Klosterneuburg in the next round where they are favorite. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will play at home against Furstenfeld Panthers (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Sixth ranked Arkadia Lions (16-15) crushed at home 8th ranked UBSC Graz (7-24) by 25 points 98-73, which is the biggest margin this round. Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances) notched a double-double by scoring 29 points, 21 rebounds and 8 assists (made all of his eight free throws) to lead the effort and Benedikt Danek supported him with 15 points and 9 assists. Even 21 points by the former international forward David Hasenburger (207-90) did not help to save the game for UBSC Graz. UBSC Graz's coach Lluis Pino gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Arkadia Lions moved-up to fifth place. UBSC Graz at the other side keeps the eighth position with 24 games lost. Arkadia Lions will play against Raiffeisen Wels (#6) on the road in the next round. UBSC Graz will play against the league's second-placed Gmunden Swans and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 34 Wels was destroyed by Vienna on the opponent's court 99-80. Gmunden managed to outperform Klosterneuburg in a home game 89-72.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points, 5 assists and 6 steals by Anthony Clemmons of Vienna.

Vienna - Wels 99-80

Rather expected game in Wien where 6th ranked Raiffeisen Wels (15-16) were crushed by fourth ranked Vienna (18-14) 99-80. Raiffeisen Wels were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 52-32 second half run of Vienna. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Raiffeisen Wels' 36. Vienna forced 21 Raiffeisen Wels turnovers. American point guard Anthony Clemmons (186-94, college: Iowa) notched 26 points, 5 assists and 6 steals (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and the other American import swingman Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central) supported him with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Even 9 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists by the former international guard Kevin Payton (196-86, college: Minnesota) did not help to save the game for Raiffeisen Wels. Czech center Ales Chan (215-80, college: Seton Hill) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Five Vienna and four Raiffeisen Wels players scored in double figures. Vienna maintains fourth position with 18-14 record. Raiffeisen Wels at the other side keep the sixth place with 16 games lost. Vienna will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Raiffeisen Wels will play at home against Arkadia Lions (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vienna: A.Clemmons 26+4reb+5ast, P.Miletic 22+3reb+1ast, S.Koch 18+6reb+1ast, S.Ray 16+9reb+1ast, S.Stazic 14+2reb+8ast, D.Najdanovic 2+1reb
Wels: D.Lamesic 15+3reb+1ast, O.Schmit 13+3reb+1ast, D.Cigoja 12+4reb+3ast, T.Csebits 11+3reb+1ast, A.Chan 11+5reb+4ast, K.Payton 9+8reb+8ast
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Gmunden - Klosterneuburg 89-72

Very predictable result when second ranked Gmunden Swans (21-10) defeated at home bottom-ranked Dukes (4-27) 89-72. The game was mostly controlled by Gmunden Swans. Dukes was better in fourth quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gmunden Swans players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Dukes' players. American-British guard Michael Ojo (195-89, college: Lehigh) notched 17 points and 4 steals to lead the effort and Lithuanian center Povilas Gaidys (208-91, college: Southeastern, agency: SPORTlab Agency) supported him with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. Gmunden Swans' coach Bernd Wimmer used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 27 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) by forward Jurica Blazevic (199-94, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Dukes. International center Jozo Rados (208-93) added 15 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Gmunden Swans maintains second position with 21-10 record having five points less than leader Oberwart. Dukes lost nineteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 27 lost games. Gmunden Swans will play against UBSC Graz (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Dukes will play against Kapfenberg Bulls and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: M.Ojo 17+4reb+2ast, D.Friedrich 10+3reb+4ast, E.Murati 10+5reb+2ast, A.Wesby 10+4reb+4ast, P.Gaidys 10+7reb+5ast, T.Klette 8+2reb+3ast
Klosterneuburg: J.Blazevic 27+5reb+1ast, J.Rados 15+9reb+2ast, G.Bezhanishvili 11+2reb, L.Burgemeister 7+2ast, P.Pettinger 5+3reb+1ast, C.Greimeister 4+5reb+2ast
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Arkadia - UBSC Graz 98-73

Sixth ranked Arkadia Lions (16-15) crushed at home 8th ranked UBSC Graz (7-24) by 25 points 98-73, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was mostly controlled by Arkadia Lions. UBSC Graz was better in fourth quarter 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Arkadia Lions dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to UBSC Graz's 40. They outrebounded UBSC Graz 41-24 including a 26-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. Arkadia Lions players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances) notched a double-double by scoring 29 points, 21 rebounds and 8 assists (made all of his eight free throws) to lead the effort and the former international point guard Benedikt Danek (176-86) supported him with 15 points and 9 assists. Even 21 points by the former international forward David Hasenburger (207-90) did not help to save the game for UBSC Graz. International Anton Maresch (191-91) added 13 points and 6 assists for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. UBSC Graz's coach Lluis Pino gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Arkadia Lions moved-up to fifth place. UBSC Graz at the other side keeps the eighth position with 24 games lost. Arkadia Lions will play against Raiffeisen Wels (#6) on the road in the next round. UBSC Graz will play against the league's second-placed Gmunden Swans and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: F.Vay 29+21reb+8ast, J.Detrick 22+2ast, B.Danek 15+1reb+9ast, M.Draskovic 13+7reb+1ast, F.Memcic 10+2reb, M.Trmal 9+7reb+3ast
UBSC Graz: D.Hasenburger 21+4reb+1ast, A.Maresch 13+3reb+6ast, M.Krivokapic 13+5reb+3ast, D.Brcina 11+1reb+1ast, S.Leitgeb 6+2reb, A.Domitner 5+3reb+1ast
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Kapfenberg - Oberwart 77-68

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (26-5) on the court of third ranked Kapfenberg Bulls on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Kapfenberg Bulls 77-68. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Redwell Gunners Oberwart. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 9 points. American guard Kareem Jamar (194-92, college: Montana) scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian point guard Bogic Vujosevic (190-92, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 12 points and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side American point guard Derek Jackson (185-91, college: Kent St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) responded with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and his fellow American import guard Chris McNealy (194-92, college: Cal-Irvine) scored 18 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Kapfenberg Bulls (20-11) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain third position having six points less than leader Oberwart. Defending champion Redwell Gunners Oberwart still keeps top place with five games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Dukes (#9) in Klosterneuburg in the next round where they are favorite. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will play at home against Furstenfeld Panthers (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: C.Baptiste 16+3reb, A.Woschank 15+3reb+3ast, K.Jamar 13+7reb+4ast, B.Vujosevic 12+4reb+5ast, M.Stegnjaic 12+1reb+1ast, N.Krstic 4+2reb
Oberwart: C.McNealy 18+3reb, D.Jackson 12+7reb+6ast, A.Cumberbatch 10+5reb, B.Blazevic 10+3reb, J.Traylor 10+6reb+2ast, S.Kaeferle 8+2ast
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David Nesbitt selected the top Bahamian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

David Nesbitt
David Nesbitt
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward David Nesbitt (200-91, college: St.Thomas, FL, currently plays in Argentina). He contributed to a 2-point Olimpico de La Banda's victory against the third-ranked Regatas Corrientes (30-19) 90-88 in the Argentinian LigaA last Friday. Nesbitt recorded 8 points. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Norte. Ciclista Olimpico de La Bandais placed . This season Nesbitt averages: 9.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 2FGP: 50.8%, 3FGP: 28.3% and FT: 82.4%. He is currently a member of the Bahamas senior national team.

J.R. Cadot
J.R. Cadot
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman J.R. Cadot (196-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: TCU, currently plays in Spain). He led Zornotza to a victory over the league outsider Gandia (8-22) crushing them 82-59 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. Cadot was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Ametx Zornotza (17-13) is placed sixth in the LEB Silver. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Cadot's first season with the team. Cadot has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 56.7%(68-120), 3FGP: 27.8% and FT: 48.1%. He is in the roster of the Bahamas senior national team.

Bennet Davis
Bennet Davis
   #3. The Bahamas player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international forward Bennet Davis (206-84, agency: Inception Sports, college: Northeastern, currently plays in France). He was the main contributor in a SAP Vaucluse's surprising victory against the seventh-ranked Rueil (19-15) 102-93 in the French NM1 (third division) last Sunday. Davis was the best player in that game. He recorded 25 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 28 minutes. Sorgues-Avignon-Le Pontet Vaucluse (15-19) is placed 14th in the NM1. The Regular Season already ended. This year Davis has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 52.8%, 3FGP: 38.2% and FT: 81.5% in 17 games he played so far. Worth to mention Davis played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He played for the Bahamas national team three years ago.

Christopher Turnquest
Christopher Turnquest
   #4. Power forward Christopher Turnquest (203-83, college: Miles CC, currently plays in Spain) could not help Arenys (13-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Turnquest's very good performance the sixth-placed Arenys (13-12) was edged 68-67 at home by the much lower-ranked Mataro (#13) in the Group C-A. He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. Turnquest has reliable stats this season: 11.4ppg and 6.4rpg. He used to play for the Bahamas national team back in 2006.

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

   #1. Klay Thompson (201-G-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a Golden State Warriors' victory against the Portland Trail Blazers (41-40) 119-113 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. He scored 24 points and had 3 steals in 41 minutes. The Golden State Warriors have quite an impressive 67-15 record this season. It's Thompson's sixth year with the team. Thompson has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 22.2ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.0apg in 81 games he played so far. Thompson has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American.

   #2. Zane Knowles (208-C-92, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a 2-point Wilki Morskie's victory against one of league's weakest teams Polfarmex (5-26) 77-75 in the Polish PLK on Saturday night. Knowles scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 17 minutes. King Szczecin (15-15) is placed 11th in the PLK. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Knowles' overall stats are: 5.1ppg and 4.8rpg in eight games.

   #3. Jonathan Fairell (201-F-93, agency: Duran International, college: Murray St., currently plays in France) contributed to a SPO Rouen's victory against the closely-ranked Chorale de Roanne (12-16) 94-82 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Fairell scored 6 points and added 4 assists in 23 minutes. SPO Rouen Basket (14-14) is placed tenth in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Fairell's stats this year are: 14.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg in 28 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bahamas and American.

   #4. Robert Nortmann (205-F, college: Dalhousie, currently plays in NBLCanada) could not help the Island Storm (15-21) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Nortmann's good performance the Island Storm (#3) was defeated 115-110 on the road by the lower-ranked Kitchener-Waterloo Titans. He scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the NBL Canada Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Nortmann's stats this season are: 14.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg. He has both Bahamas and Canadian nationalities.

Other top Bahamas players, who play abroad:

Buddy Hield (193-G-93) plays for Sacramento Kings in the NBA
Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85) plays for Provence Basket in French ProB
Van Hutchinson (193-G) plays for Niagara College in CCAA
Kevin Cooper (201-F-97) plays for Niagara College in CCAA
Jordan Wilson (193-PF-96) plays for Niagara College in CCAA
Kentwan Smith (203-F-91) plays for BC Nokia in Finnish Korisliiga
Quinn Brown (188-G) plays for Dalhousie University in Canadian university league CIS
Shamar Burrows (190-G-97) plays for Laurier University in Canadian university league CIS
Trevon Grant (185-G) plays for Acadia University in Canadian university league CIS
Nathan Anderson (198-F) plays for University of Prince Edward Island in Canadian university league CIS

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



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BABA Round 20: PanAm I.I. defeats Hawks in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 20 in the BABA took place in Bridgetown. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 8th ranked Hawks (2-10) to seventh ranked PanAm I.I. (4-8) 76-75 in the game for the seventh place. PanAm I.I. maintains seventh position with 4-8 record. Hawks at the other side keep the eighth place with ten games lost. PanAm I.I. are looking forward to face league's leader Bridgetown in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hawks will play against Pinelands (#4) and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Bridgetown. Third ranked host Lakers (10-3) defeated 4th ranked Pinelands (8-4) 86-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pinelands. Lakers moved-up to second place. Defending champion Pinelands keep the fourth position with four games lost. Lakers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pinelands will play against Hawks (#8) and hope to get back on the winning track.
BABA top team - Bridgetown (10-2) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Tridents (0-12) 98-78. Bridgetown have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-2 record. Loser Tridents still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Bridgetown will meet PanAm I.I. (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Tridents will have a break next round.
The game in was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Bulls (5-6) played at the court of sixth ranked Warriors (6-6). Warriors managed to secure a 9-point victory 78-69. Warriors moved-up to fifth place. Bulls lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Warriors - Bulls 78-69

The game in was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Bulls (5-6) played at the court of sixth ranked Warriors (6-6). Warriors managed to secure a 9-point victory 78-69. Warriors moved-up to fifth place. Bulls lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Lakers - Pinelands 86-80

The game between Top Four teams took place in Bridgetown. Third ranked host Lakers (10-3) defeated 4th ranked Pinelands (8-4) 86-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pinelands. Lakers moved-up to second place. Defending champion Pinelands keep the fourth position with four games lost. Lakers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pinelands will play against Hawks (#8) and hope to get back on the winning track.
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Hawks - PanAm I.I. 75-76

The most exciting game of round 20 in the BABA took place in Bridgetown. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 8th ranked Hawks (2-10) to seventh ranked PanAm I.I. (4-8) 76-75 in the game for the seventh place. PanAm I.I. maintains seventh position with 4-8 record. Hawks at the other side keep the eighth place with ten games lost. PanAm I.I. are looking forward to face league's leader Bridgetown in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hawks will play against Pinelands (#4) and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
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Cavaliers - Tridents 98-78

BABA top team - Bridgetown (10-2) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Tridents (0-12) 98-78. Bridgetown have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-2 record. Loser Tridents still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Bridgetown will meet PanAm I.I. (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Tridents will have a break next round.
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Vitali Liutych selected the top Belarusian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in VTB United League). He could not help Kalev/Cramo (5-19) in their last game. Despite Liutych's very good performance the 11th-placed Kalev/Cramo (5-19) was edged 98-95 at home by the second-ranked Zenit in the group A of VTB United League. He scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 30 minutes on the court. It was Kalev/Cramo's fourth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the VTB United League. It's Liutych's first season with the team. Liutych has relatively good stats this year: 14.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 58.4%(73-125), 3FGP: 35.3% and FT: 80.9% in 20 games he played so far. Ex-Tsmoki-Minsk player is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Roman Rubinshteyn
Roman Rubinshteyn
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Roman Rubinshteyn (195-96, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Slovenia). He was not able to help Zlatorog (4-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Rubinshteyn's good performance Zlatorog (#3) was defeated 90-76 on the road by the leading Krka in the Places 1-6 group. He scored 13 points. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This season Rubinshteyn averages: 1.9ppg, 2FGP: 31.6%, 3FGP: 22.2% and FT: 76.2%. He is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.

Aliaksandr Pustahvar
Aliaksandr Pustahvar
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-85, currently plays in Hungary). Pustahvar was not able to secure a victory for Falco KC (20-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Falco KC (#4) lost 80-93 in Szekesfehervar to the leading Alba in the Places 1-5 group. Pustahvar was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. This year Pustahvar has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 59.5%(66-111), 3FGP: 40.2% and FT: 83.6% in 32 games. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. Ex-Tsmoki-Minsk player is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Anton Astapkovich
Anton Astapkovich
   #4. Forward Anton Astapkovich (202-94, currently plays in VTB United League) managed to help Avtodor Saratov to win against the seventh-ranked VEF Riga (11-13) 96-84 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Astapkovich scored only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Avtodor Saratov (8-16) is placed tenth in group A. The Regular Season already ended in the VTB United League. Astapkovich's overall stats this season are: 1.8ppg and 1.8rpg. He used to play for the Belarusian U18 national team back in 2011.

Valery Gandlin
Valery Gandlin
   #5. Former international guard Valery Gandlin (192-86, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Ironi Ramat Gan (4-22) in their last game. Despite Gandlin's very good performance Ironi Ramat Gan (#6) was crushed 114-89 in Afula by the leading Hapoel in the Play-Downs group. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Gandlin also added 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. Gandlin has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.1apg in 15 games. Gandlin used to play for the Belarusian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Vladislav Solopa (202-PF-95, currently plays in Romania). He could not help Craiova (8-16) to beat UBT Cluj Napoca (24-4). Solopa scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. But Craiova (#2) was crushed 107-71 at home by the leading UBT Cluj Napoca in the Places 7-10 group. Solopa's overall stats this season are: 4.1ppg and 2.7rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Moldovan. Despite Solopa's Belarusian passport, he previously played for the Moldovan U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belarusian team.

Other top Belarusian players, who play abroad:

Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) plays for Brose Baskets in German BBL
Artsiom Parakhouski (210-C-87) plays for Unics Kazan in Russian VTB
Maalik Wayns (185-PG-91) plays for Maccabi Rishon in Israeli Winner League
Maksim Salash (206-C/F-96) plays for Polfarmex in Polish PLK
Valentin Iurchik (210-C/F-87) plays for Ryazan in Russian Superleague 1
Kiryl Dziatchuk (202-F-98) plays for KK Warszawa in Polish 2Liga
Mikita Balaban (201-C/F-96) plays for KTU in Lithuanian NKL
Yauhen Massalski (204-F-99) plays for Perlas-MRU in Lithuanian NKL
Yevgeni Lioutrine (200-C-88) plays for Maccabi K/M in Israeli Artzit

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



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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 


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





Jonathan Tabu selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Jonathan Tabu (189-85, currently plays in Spain). He could not help RETAbet BB (12-15) in their last game. Despite Tabu's very good performance RETAbet BB lost 85-90 at home to the lower-ranked (#14) Blusens Monbus. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Tabu also added 5 assists in 28 minutes on the court. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Tabu averages: 9.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.5apg, 3FGP: 37.8% and FT: 81.5% in 24 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Congolese. Tabu is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Maxime De Zeeuw
Maxime De Zeeuw
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Maxime De Zeeuw (206-87, currently plays in Germany). He was not able to help EWE Baskets in their game against Bayern Muenchen (27-3) in the German BBL. De Zeeuw scored 7 points and added 4 passes in 17 minutes. EWE Baskets lost 83-90 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Bayern Muenchen. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's De Zeeuw's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 55.3%(47-85), 3FGP: 43.4% and FT: 83.6% in 26 games. Ex-Verviers-Pepinster player is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Kevin Tumba
Kevin Tumba
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Kevin Tumba (205-91, currently plays in Spain). Tumba contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (11-17) crushing them 99-62 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He scored 9 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (12-16) is placed tenth in the Liga Endesa. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Tumba's total stats this season are: 3.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3bpg and FT: 70.4%. He is another player who holds two passports: DR Congolese and Belgian. Ex-Belfius Mons-Hainaut 2nd Team player is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #4. An experienced forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jonathan Tabu. But that was another game of his team in Spanish Liga Endesa which we would like to mention. Hervelle was not able to secure a victory for RETAbet BB (12-15) in their game against Joventut (10-19). He scored 8 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. RETAbet BB was crushed 82-55 in Badalona by the lower-ranked Joventut (#13). Hervelle has been at the team for seven years. Hervelle's total stats this season are: 6.2ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.9apg. He is also Belgian national team player.

Dimitri Lauwers
Dimitri Lauwers
   #5. Former international point guard Dimitri Lauwers (187-79, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Bergamo's victory against the 11th-ranked Milano Hikkaduwa (12-18) 88-79 in the Italian Serie B (third division) on Saturday night. Lauwers scored 6 points. Bergamo Basket 2014 (24-6) is placed second in Group B. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Lauwers' total stats this season are: 4.2ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.3apg. He has both Belgian and Italian nationalities. Lauwers used to play for the Belgian national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Ruphin Kayembe (200-F/C-92, currently plays in France) led Souffelweyersheim to a victory over the ninth-ranked ALS Basket (17-17) crushing them 74-49 in the French NM1 (third division) last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Kayembe recorded 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. BC Souffelweyersheim (23-11) is placed third in the NM1. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. It's Kayembe's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.1ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.7apg. Kayembe has a dual citizenship: DR Congolese and Belgian.

   #2. Tyler Haws (193-G-91, college: BYU, currently plays in Poland) contributed to Anwil's victory against the fifth-ranked Rosa (19-11) 80-74 in the Polish PLK last Monday. Haws recorded 9 points in 17 minutes. Anwil Wloclawek (24-7) is placed first in the PLK. It was his team's 14th consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Haws' total stats are: 9.3ppg and 2.0rpg in 23 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Haws' Belgian passport, he previously played for the USA university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belgian team. Strangely Haws has never played in Belgium.

   #3. Andrija Coric (199-F/G-95, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to Cibona's victory against the closely-ranked KK Split (21-5) 76-70 in the Croatian A1 in Sunday night's game. Coric scored 6 points in only 7 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (20-6) is placed fourth in the A1. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Coric's total stats are: 5.7ppg and 2.5rpg in 23 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Croatian. Despite Coric's Belgian nationality, he previously played for the Croatian U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Belgian team.

   #4. Leigh Enobakhare (206-C-86, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Holland) managed to help Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden to win against the closely-ranked Amsterdam (9-19) 75-56 in the Dutch Eredivisie last Thursday. Enobakhare scored only 3 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (19-9) is placed third in the Eredivisie. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Enobakhare's total stats this season are: 3.5ppg and 4.4rpg. He has both Nigerian and Belgian nationalities.

   #5. Jonathan Dubas (204-F/C-91, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to Monthey's victory against the fifth-ranked Neuchatel (13-12) 81-76 in the Swiss LNA on Saturday night. Dubas scored only 4 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 18 minutes. BBC Monthey (18-7) is placed second in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. This year Dubas' total stats are: 9.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg in 25 games. He also holds two passports: Belgian and Swiss.

   #6. Stan Leemans (205-C-92, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to Fribourg's victory against the third-ranked Lugano Tigers 74-69 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game. Leemans scored only 2 points. Leemans' total stats this season are: 1.3ppg and 1.2rpg. He has dual citizenship: Belgian and Swiss.

   #7. Charly Pontens (190-PG-95, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Boulazac Basket 75-56 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. Pontens scored only 2 points in 20 minutes. This year Pontens' total stats are: 3.4ppg and 1.5apg in 25 games. He holds both Belgian and French passports.



Belgian Lions vs. Spain - by Patrick Ceulemans

Coach coach Eddy Casteels and his staf present in preparation for Eurobasket 2017 (August 31-September 17) that mainly plays abroad. The last week of July there is a camp in Iceland with two games against the host country. On August 5, the Lions practice in Germany. From Germany, it goes straight to Spain. On August 7th there is a game against Tunisia and on August 9 versus Spain.From August 17 to August 20 there is the four-country tournament in Toulouse. 17 against Italy, 18 against France and 19 versus Montenegro is the program there. Last but not least, European Champion Spain comes to Belgium for a gam. Spain won the silver medal at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games and last year in Rio the Bronze Medal. This game will continue on Wednesday, August 23rd. The management of the Belgian Lions is currently making the final move towards this world top team with its stars from the NBA, Real Madrid and Barcelona. On August 29, coach coach Eddy Casteels leaves with the Belgian Lions to Turkey / Istanbul. The Lions take part at Eurobasket for the fourth time in a row. The Belgian Lions, which appear in group D, will open their campaign on Friday, September 1 against Britain. On Saturday 2/9 they play against Latvia, 4/9 against Russia and 5/9 against home countryTurkey. Their final group match will be played on Serbia on September 7th.
A press conference with more information about the training program and the preselection will take place in late May / early June.
For more information: www.basketbelgium.be.




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)



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Dzanan Musa selected the top Bosnian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Bosnia and Herzegovina players, who play currently abroad.

Dzanan Musa
Dzanan Musa
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Dzanan Musa (204-99, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Croatia). He led Cedevita to a victory over the 11th-ranked Alkar Sinj (6-20) crushing them 83-63 in the Croatian A1 in Wednesday night's game. Musa was MVP of the game. He recorded 23 points in 26 minutes on the court. KK Cedevita Zagreb (18-8) is placed sixth in the A1. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Musa has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 32.3% and FT: 72.9% in 20 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany). Djedovic was the major contributor in a Bayern Muenchen's victory against one of league's weakest teams SC Rasta Vechta (2-28) crushing them 101-57 in the German BBL last Sunday. He recorded 17 points. FC Bayern Muenchen (27-3) is placed third in the BBL. It was his team's 17th consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Djedovic's fourth season with the team. This year Djedovic averages: 9.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 58.7%(61-104), 3FGP: 45.5%(30-66) and FT: 83.1%. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and German. Djedovic is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Adin Vrabac
Adin Vrabac
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Adin Vrabac (204-94, currently plays in Serbia). Vrabac contributed to Partizan's victory against the closely-ranked Vrsac (0-1) 86-76 in the Serbian KLS in Friday night's game. He recorded 10 points and had 3 steals. It was his first game for Partizan this season. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. His team is placed third in the KLS. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Vrabac is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian. He is also a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Dejan Todorovic
Dejan Todorovic
   #4. Forward Dejan Todorovic (197-94, currently plays in Spain) could not help RETAbet BB (12-15) in their last game. Despite Todorovic's very good performance RETAbet BB lost 85-90 at home to the lower-ranked (#14) Blusens Monbus. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Todorovic also added 4 steals in 29 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Todorovic's overall stats are: 5.0ppg and 2.0rpg in 27 games. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian nationalities. Todorovic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 national team back in 2009.

Andrija Stipanovic
Andrija Stipanovic
   #5. International center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to a Demir IBB's victory against the closely-ranked Yesilgiresun Bld (9-18) 83-77 in the Turkish BSL on Saturday night. He scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece Basket (9-18) is placed 12th in the BSL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Stipanovic's total stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 5.1rpg and 2.0apg. He also holds two passports: Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Stipanovic plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Miralem Halilovic
Miralem Halilovic
   #6. Forward Miralem Halilovic (205-91, agency: PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Croatia) helped GKK Sibenik win their game against the sixth-ranked Cedevita (18-8) 69-64 in the Croatian A1 in Sunday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. Halilovic also added 2 blocks in 27 minutes. GKK Sibenik (21-5) is placed first in the A1. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. It's Halilovic's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 14.6ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.4apg, 1.4bpg and 1.3spg in 25 games. Halilovic is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

Ivan Ramljak
Ivan Ramljak
   #7. Former U18 international small forward Ivan Ramljak (203-90, another player represented by PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Croatia) helped KK Zadar win their game against the closely-ranked Cedevita (18-8) 71-63 in the Croatian A1 last Tuesday. He recorded 14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. KK Zadar (19-7) is placed fifth in the A1. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Ramljak's total stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team twelve years ago.

Ognjen Kuzmic
Ognjen Kuzmic
   #8. Center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90, currently plays in Serbia) helped Crvena Zvezda win their game against the closely-ranked Spartak (0-1) crushing them 89-54 in the Serbian KLS on Friday night. Kuzmic recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 12 minutes. It was his first game for Crvena Zvezda this season. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. His team is placed second in the KLS. It was Crvena Zvezda's ninth consecutive victory in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Kuzmic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team back in 2012.

Markus Loncar
Markus Loncar
   #9. U20 international center Markus Loncar (211-96, currently plays in Croatia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dzanan Musa. He played also in the last Croatian A1 game facing Miralem Halilovic (above) in the other team. Loncar was not able to help Cedevita (18-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Cedevita was defeated 69-64 on their home court in Zagreb by the leading GKK Sibenik. Loncar was the second best scorer with 10 points. He also added 6 rebounds. Loncar's total stats this season are: 4.9ppg and 3.6rpg. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 national team.

Nikola Gajic
Nikola Gajic
   #10. Swingman Nikola Gajic (195-91, college: SF Austin, currently plays in Slovenia) helped KK Primorska win their game against the third-ranked Sencur Gorenjska gradbena druzba Kranj (11-7) 78-75 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Saturday night's game. Gajic scored 13 points in 21 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 7-12. Sixt Primorska (15-3) is placed first. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. Gajic has reliable stats this year: 10.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.4spg in 30 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

   #11. International center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for ALBA Berlin in their game against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in the German BBL. Kikanovic scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 100-92. Kikanovic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.5apg. Kikanovic plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #12. International point guard Alex Renfroe (191-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, college: Belmont, currently plays in Spain) managed to help FC Barcelona Lassa in a victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga 89-70 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He scored only 4 points and added 4 passes in 16 minutes. This year Renfroe's total stats are: 5.1ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.9apg in 16 games. He is a naturalized American. Renfroe is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. Strangely he has never played in Bosnia.

   #13. Former international forward Ante Masic (200-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Croatia) was the main contributor in Gorica's victory against the league outsider Kvarner 92-82 in the Croatian A1 in Wednesday night's game. Masic was the best player in that game. He recorded 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Masic averaged so far 14.4ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.4apg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team four years ago.

   #14. International point guard Nemanja Gordic (193-88, currently plays in Montenegro) helped Buducnost win their game against the second-ranked Lovcen 79-69 in the Montenegrin Erste Liga in Sunday night's game. He recorded 9 points and added 5 assists in 31 minutes. Gordic has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 2.7rpg and 4.7apg in three games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #15. Former U18 international forward Dejan Jeftic (197-89, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help Norrkoping Dolphins in their game against Sodertalje Kings in the Swedish Basketligan. Despite his very good performance last Tuesday Jeftic was the top scorer with 16 points. Jeftic averaged so far 11.7ppg and 4.3rpg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87, currently plays in Slovenia) could not help Zlatorog (4-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the third-placed Zlatorog (4-4) lost 76-90 on the road to the leading Krka in the Places 1-6 group. Rizvic was the top scorer with 24 points in 40 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. It's Rizvic's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg in 31 games he played so far.

   #2. Goran Suton (208-C-85, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Movil Estudiantes (3-0) in their last game. Despite Suton's good performance the league leader Movil Estudiantes was badly defeated 104-86 in Las Palmas by the lower-ranked (#6) Gran Canaria. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Suton also added 7 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 30 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Suton's total stats are: 8.3ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.2apg in 29 games. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #3. Experienced Mile Ilic (215-C-84, currently plays in Lebanon) was not able to secure a victory for Tadamon (10-14) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Ilic's very good performance the third-placed Tadamon (10-14) was edged 90-88 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Byblos in the Group B. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 18 rebounds. Ilic also added 3 assists. Ilic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.3ppg, 13.4rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3bpg. Ilic is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian.

   #4. Suad Sehovic (197-G/F-87, currently plays in Montenegro) led Buducnost to a victory over the second-ranked Lovcen (7-2) 79-69 in the Montenegrin Erste Liga in Sunday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Sehovic recorded 19 points in 31 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group x. KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (9-0) is placed first. So far his team won all nine games in the Semi-Finals. Sehovic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Buducnost's roster. He has reliable stats this season: 14.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg in four games. Sehovic has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegrin nationalities.

   #5. Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to Cibona's victory against the closely-ranked KK Split (21-5) 76-70 in the Croatian A1 last Sunday. He scored 11 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (20-6) is placed fourth in the A1. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Bosnjak's total stats this season are: 5.8ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.5apg.

   #6. Simo Atanackovic (206-F-90, currently plays in Slovenia) couldn't help the league outsider Helios (0-8) in their last game. Despite his good performance the sixth-placed Helios lost 63-77 at home to the higher-ranked (#4) Un.Olimpija in the Places 1-6 group. Atanackovic scored 11 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 29 minutes. Atanackovic has reliable stats this year: 11.6ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.1spg in 30 games. He also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian. Despite Atanackovic's Bosnia and Herzegovina nationality, he previously played for the Slovenian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.

   #7. Dejan Cup (202-PF-83, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Slovenia) couldn't help Hopsi Polzela in their game against Rogaska in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game Cup was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Cup has reliable stats this season: 14.5ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg. He has dual citizenship: Serbian and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

   #8. Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89, currently plays in Montenegro) is a teammate of previously mentioned Suad Sehovic and both played together in the last Montenegrin Erste Liga game. Sehovic was the major contributor in Buducnost's victory against the second-ranked Lovcen 79-69. He recorded 15 points in 29 minutes. Sehovic has reliable stats this year: 12.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg in four games. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegrin passports.

   #9. Fahro Alihodzic (208-C-89, college: UAB, currently plays in Greece) was the main contributor in Panionios' victory against the 11th-ranked Arkadikos crushing them 79-58 in the Greek A2 (second division) on Saturday night. Alihodzic was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds. Alihodzic also added 5 blocks. Alihodzic has reliable stats this season: 12.4ppg and 6.6rpg. He has Bosnia and Herzegovina and British nationalities.

   #10. Aleksandar Todorovic (206-C/F-87, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to Borac's victory against the closely-ranked Dynamic BG 75-64 in the Serbian KLS last Saturday. Todorovic recorded 7 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 32 minutes. Todorovic's stats this year are: 12.5ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.2apg in 27 games.



Club Trujillo tabs Quinton McDuffie, ex Gorazde - by Igor Obradovic

Club Trujillo (LNB) inked 27-year old American swingman Quinton McDuffie (197-104kg-90, college: Chowan). He played most recently at Gorazde in Bosnia and Herzegovina D2 league. The last season McDuffie played at Parque Sur in Argentinian TFB where in 14 games he averaged 8.0ppg and 3.5rpg.
His college team won ODAC Tournament in 2009.
McDuffie is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). McDuffie has played previously professionally in Russia (Planeta-Universitet Ukhta), Spain (Cantbasket), Barbados (Bridgetown), PBL (Providence Sky Chiefs) and Mongolia (Gurvan Tamir and Govi-Altai Mon Torkh).
He attended Chowan University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

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Vogosca celebrate A1 Liga FBIH title - by Eurobasket News

Vogosca celebrate A1 Liga FBIH title beating Gradina 82-80. Vogosca won the Finals 2-0 as earlier they posted a 84-71 win. Dinko Peljto (187-PG-87) stepped up with 23 points, while Fazlic had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Earlier three teams finished with the same 16-4 records on top of Regular Season. Igman finished fourth with 13-7 record and Turbina fifth with 9-11.



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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, Flamengo18.6 
 6. Holloway, Pinheiros18.3 
 7. Garcia, Bauru18.2 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia18.0 
 9. Andrade, Bauru17.9 
 10. Dawkins, Vitoria17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.9.9 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 3. Maynard, Minas7.7 
 4. de-Souza, L.Sor.7.7 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.7 
 6. Ansaloni, Pinheiros6.9 
 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. Garcia, Bauru5.4 
 5. Pecos, Paulistano5.4 
 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. Stallworth, Mogi1.6 
 8. Bresolin, Vitoria1.6 
 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. Tavares, L.Sorocaba0.6 
 9. Camilo, Macae0.6 
 10. Teichmann, Pinheiros0.6 


Brazilian Liga Ouro round 7 best performance: Feliciano Perez - by Eurobasket News

Center Feliciano Perez (210-C-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Botafogo F.R., receiving a Latinbasket.com Liga Ouro Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Santos/Macapa (#5, 4-8) with 22-point margin 101-79. It allowed Botafogo F.R. to consolidate first place in the Brazilian Liga Ouro. Botafogo F.R. have a solid 10-2 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Perez as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Feliciano Perez has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 6.8rpg) and assists (4th best: 0.6apg).

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Rafa Oliveira (200-SF-93) of league's second-best Contagem. Oliveira had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Contagem cruised to a 76-66 relatively comfortable win over Brusque (#6, 0-12). Contagem's second position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 10 matches. Oliveira is one of the most experienced players at Contagem and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Luiz Nepomuceno (193-G-95) of Santos/Macapa (#5). Nepomuceno scored 19 points and passed four assists. Despite Nepomuceno's great performance Santos/Macapa lost 68-124 to the higher-ranked Botafogo F.R. (#1, 10-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Santos/Macapa not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 8 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Nepomuceno could try to bring Santos/Macapa's a little bit higher in the standings. Nepomuceno has a very solid season. In 11 games in Brazil he scored 11.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Wesley Russell (193-G-93) of Botafogo F.R. - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Rodrigo Maistro (200-SF-87) of Contagem - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Thiago Perez (191-G-82) of Contagem - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Lucas Vezaro (188-G-96) of Joinville - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jeferson Froehlich (193-PG-91) of Joinville - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Deonta Stocks (185-G-88) of Blumenau - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Ulisses Lima (198-SF-85) of Santos/Macapa - 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)



Nene Hilario's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Brazilians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nene Hilario
Nene Hilario
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international center Nene Hilario (211-82, currently plays in NBA). He led Houston Rockets to a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder (47-35) 113-109 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Hilario was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 10 rebounds in 25 minutes on the court. The Houston Rockets have a solid 55-27 record this season. It's Hilario's first year with the team. Hilario has relatively good stats this year: 9.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 64.2%(265-413), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 58.2% in 71 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Rafael Freire Luz
Rafael Freire Luz
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Rafael Freire Luz (188-92, currently plays in Euroleague). Freire Luz could not help Baskonia (17-13) to beat CSKA (22-8). He recorded 9 points and added 4 assists. But Baskonia was defeated 98-90 on the road by the second-ranked CSKA. This season Freire Luz averages: 2.3ppg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 55.6%(20-36), 3FGP: 52.9%(9-17) and FT: 66.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. Freire Luz is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86, currently plays in Spain). He was not able to help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (11-17) in their last game. Despite Hettsheimer's very good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was badly defeated 96-78 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#8) Andorra. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Hettsheimer also added 8 rebounds in 27 minutes. It was Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Hettsheimer's overall stats are: 8.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 3FGP: 46.4%(13-28) and FT: 75.0% in 11 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish. Ex-Paschoalotto/Bauru player is also a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Augusto Lima
Augusto Lima
   #4. Center Augusto Lima (207-91, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Lietuvos rytas (25-10) crushing them 90-60 in the Lithuanian LKL in Saturday night's game. Lima scored 8 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (32-3) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Lima's total stats this season are: 6.3ppg and 4.5rpg. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Hatila Passos
Hatila Passos
   #5. Former international center Hatila Passos (211-85, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Uruguay) was not able to secure a victory for Malvin (7-7) in their last game. Despite Passos' good performance the fourth-placed Malvin (7-7) lost 80-88 in a derby game to the leading Hebraica in the Promocional 1 group. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 14 rebounds in 27 minutes. It's Passos' first season with the team. This year Passos' total stats are: 9.3ppg and 10.5rpg in 32 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team seven years ago.

Jonathan Tavernari
Jonathan Tavernari
   #6. Small forward Jonathan Tavernari (197-87, college: BYU, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Mens Sana 1871's surprising victory against the fifth-ranked Roma Virtus (17-13) 106-103 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Saturday night. Tavernari scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Mens Sana 1871 Siena (14-16) is placed 11th in West group. The Regular Season already ended. This season Tavernari has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg and 4.7rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Brazilian senior team seven years ago.

Cristiano Felicio
Cristiano Felicio
   #7. International power forward Cristiano Felicio (206-92, college: Oregon, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Chicago Bulls (41-41) in their game against the Boston Celtics (53-29) in the NBA. Felicio cannot count it as his best performance. He scored only 2 points, had 11 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 23 minutes. The Chicago Bulls (41-41) were badly defeated 104-87 in Boston by the Celtics. Felicio has averaged so far 4.7ppg and 4.7rpg in 70 games. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Vitor Benite
Vitor Benite
   #8. Shooting guard Vitor Benite (194-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB to win against the 14th-ranked Blusens Monbus (9-18) 86-78 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Benite scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (12-16) is placed tenth in the Liga Endesa. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Benite has reliable stats this season: 11.6ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.1apg. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Raul Neto
Raul Neto
   #9. International point guard Raul Neto (185-92, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Utah Jazz (51-31) in their game against the Los Angeles Clippers (51-31) in the NBA. Neto scored 5 points in 3 minutes. The Utah Jazz (51-31) lost 106-111 in Los Angeles to the Clippers. This year Neto averages only 2.5ppg in 42 games. He is also in the roster of the Brazilian national team.

Leonardo Demetrio
Leonardo Demetrio
   #10. Forward Leonardo Demetrio (203-94, currently plays in Spain) helped Lleida Basquet win their game against the closely-ranked Ourense (18-15) 78-66 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. Demetrio scored 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Actel Forca Lleida (17-16) is placed tenth in the LEB Gold. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Demetrio averaged so far 10.8ppg and 5.7rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international center Lucas Nogueira (213-92, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Toronto Raptors in their game against the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA. Nogueira cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 4 minutes on the court. His team were crushed by 27 points 104-77 in the NBA. Nogueira has averaged so far 4.4ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.6bpg in 58 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team six years ago.

   #12. Former U21 international point guard Paulinho Boracini (183-84, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Recanati in their game against Bondi Ferrara in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Boracini scored only 4 points and added 3 passes. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 93-74. Boracini has averaged so far 3.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the Brazilian U21 national team back in 2004.

   #13. Former international guard Carlos Cobos (193-88, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help CB Granada in their game against Blancos de Rueda in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Cobos cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points in 15 minutes. His team was crushed by 21 points 80-59. Cobos has averaged so far 6.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg in 28 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team seven years ago.

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

   #1. Felipe Dos Anjos (218-C-98, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an Oviedo CB's victory against the 11th-ranked Araberri (14-19) 78-72 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Dos Anjos scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Union Financiera Baloncesto Oviedo (22-11) is placed fourth in the LEB Gold. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Dos Anjos has averaged so far 8.9ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1bpg.

   #2. Or Plavnik (202-F/C-92, currently plays in Israel) could not help Hapoel Migdal Haemek (10-16) in their last game. Despite his good performance Hapoel Migdal Haemek (#3) was crushed 103-79 on the road by the leading Hapoel Afula in the Play-Downs group. Plavnik scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. It was Hapoel Migdal Haemek's sixth consecutive loss in a row. Plavnik has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 3.3rpg in four games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Israeli. Despite Plavnik's Brazilian passport, he previously played for the Israeli U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Brazilian team.

   #3. Renato Ribeiro (190-F-95, currently plays in Portugal) was the major contributor in Guifoes' victory against the leader Angrabasket (9-4) crushing them 84-62 in the Portuguese Proliga (second division) last Saturday. Ribeiro recorded 11 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 9-16. Guifoes Sport Clube (9-10) is placed . His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. Ribeiro has averaged so far 6.2ppg and 3.8rpg.

   #4. Joao Gallina (192-SF-94, currently plays in Portugal) managed to help FC Porto in a victory against the sixth-ranked Illiabum (13-18) crushing them 88-44 in the Portuguese LPB on Friday night. He scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 10 minutes. FC Porto (25-6) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. Gallina's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. Gallina has averaged so far 1.6ppg and 1.8rpg in 21 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Portuguese.

   #5. Experienced Kazuya Hatano (192-F-82, currently plays in Japan) was not able to help Ryukyu GK in their game against Osaka Evessa (27-28) in the Japanese B League. Hatano cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only one point in 7 minutes on the court. Ryukyu GK (#3) was crushed 83-62 in Osaka by the second-ranked Evessa in the West group. Hatano has averaged so far 2.8ppg and 2.5rpg in 53 games. He has both Brazilian and Japanese nationalities.

   #6. Clement Faroux (188-G-93, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Gries/Oberhoffen crushing them 89-62 in the French NM1 (third division) on Sunday night. Faroux recorded only 4 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Faroux has averaged so far 7.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.1apg and 1.4spg. He also holds two passports: Brazilian and French.

   #7. Leandro Miranda (205-C-91, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Ponferrada CDP in their game against Betanzos in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Miranda cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. His team was defeated 75-67. Miranda has averaged so far 6.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.6bpg.



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





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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
gschID: 536279





Bulgarian NBL round 27 best performance: Jordan Semple - by Eurobasket News

French-American Forward Jordan Semple (201-F-92, agency: Octagon Europe) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Akademik PL, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 31 points and 17 rebounds, while his team The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Akademik PL maintains the 2nd position in Bulgarian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Akademik PL will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 16-8 record. In the team's last game Semple had a remarkable 78.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Akademik PL's top player in his first season with the team. Former Cal State - Chico star has very solid stats this year. Semple is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.8ppg) and averages impressive 2.0bpg,2.0spg and 64.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Dimitar Marincheshki (200-F/C-90) of Spartak Pleven. Marincheshki had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 16 rebounds. Of course Spartak Pleven cruised to a 88-77 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Cherno More (#7, 7-17). Spartak Pleven's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-13 record. Marincheshki is well-known at Spartak Pleven and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.3ppg (#6). He also registered 9.6 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international center Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85, agency: Interperformances) of Yambol (#8). Varbanov scored 22 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Yambol, leading his team to a 93-81 win against slightly lower-ranked Levski (#9, 4-20). Yambol can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 7-17 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Varbanov he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Varbanov has individually a great season in Bulgaria. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.3rpg (7th best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 64.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. D.J. Shelton (208-F-91) of Rilski - 22 points and 13 rebounds
5. Pavel Ivanov (200-F/G-88) of Levski - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Stanislav Slaveykov (198-F-86) of Levski - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Mihailo Sekulovic (206-C-91) of Balkan - 16 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ventsislav Petkov (188-G-91) of Yambol - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Aleksandar Gruev (187-G-83) of Spartak Pleven - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Evan Bruinsma (202-F-92) of Rilski - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists

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



Earl Rowland selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in VTB United League). He was the major contributor in Khimki's victory against the sixth-ranked Enisey (13-11) crushing them 104-64 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Rowland scored 19 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 22 minutes on the court. BC Khimki Moscow Region (19-5) is placed third in group A. There are only three games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Rowland's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.1apg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 36.7% and FT: 81.0% in 23 games he played so far. Rowland is a naturalized American. He played for the Bulgarian senior national team six years ago. Strangely Rowland has never played in Bulgaria.

Branko Mirkovic
Branko Mirkovic
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in VTB United League). He could not help Kalev/Cramo (5-19) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Mirkovic's very good performance the 11th-placed Kalev/Cramo (5-19) was edged 98-95 at home by the second-ranked Zenit in the group A of VTB United League. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Mirkovic also added 7 rebounds and dished 9 assists. The Regular Season already ended in the VTB United League. This season Mirkovic has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 7.1apg, 2FGP: 53.6%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 88.0%. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Bulgarian. Former Rilski Sportlist Samokov starter played for the Bulgarian national team in 2013.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Branko Mirkovic and both played together in the last VTB United League game. Simmons. He was not able to help Kalev/Cramo (5-19) in their last game. Despite Simmons' very good performance Kalev/Cramo (#11) was edged 98-95 on their home court in Tallinn by the second-ranked Zenit in the group A of VTB United League. He scored 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. This year Simmons averages: 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 50.9% and FT: 63.6% in 16 games. He is a naturalized American. Simmons played for the Bulgarian national team five years ago. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #4. Power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, also represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in Poland) led BM Slam Stal to a victory against the closely-ranked Stelmet (23-8) 90-85 in the Polish PLK in Saturday night's game. Nikolov scored 14 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. (21-10) is placed third in the PLK. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Nikolov's overall stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2014.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #5. Former international guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Turkey) led Istanbul BBSK to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Balikesir (6-21) 84-77 in the Turkish BSL last Saturday. Calloway was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points in 32 minutes. Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi (11-16) is placed tenth in the BSL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Calloway has reliable stats this year: 11.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.2apg and 1.5spg in 25 games. He is a naturalized American. Calloway used to play for the Bulgarian national team seven years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Ivan Lilov
Ivan Lilov
   #6. Shooting guard Ivan Lilov (194-88, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Hungary) contributed to a 2-point Szedeak's victory against the fourth-ranked KTE-Duna (16-16) 78-76 in the Hungarian A Division on Saturday night. Lilov recorded 24 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Naturtex-SZTE-Szedeak Szeged (17-15) is placed third in Places 6-10 group. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be extremely important. Lilov has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.5apg and 1.7spg. Lilov is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

Alexander Vezenkov
Alexander Vezenkov
   #7. International power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (17-10) 89-70 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He scored 7 points in only 8 minutes. FC Barcelona Lassa (19-9) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Vezenkov's overall stats are: 8.8ppg and 3.0rpg in 28 games. Despite he played previously for the Cypriot U16 national team, Vezenkov is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster.

Aleksandar Yanev Georgiev
Aleksandar Yanev Georgiev
   #8. Forward Aleksandar Yanev Georgiev (203-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Alkar Sinj (6-20) crushing them 101-67 in the Croatian A1 last Sunday. He scored 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. KK Zadar (19-7) is placed fifth in the A1. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Yanev Georgiev's total stats this season are: 4.2ppg and 2.7rpg. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #9. Former international power forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Tofas' victory against the 14th-ranked Usak Sportlif (8-19) 82-69 in the Turkish BSL on Saturday night. Ivanov scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. Tofas Bursa (12-15) is placed ninth in the BSL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Ivanov's stats this year are: 11.2ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.3apg in 26 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago.

Pavel Marinov
Pavel Marinov
   #10. Small forward Pavel Marinov (199-88, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Romania) was not able to secure a victory for Pitesti (11-17) in their last game. Despite Marinov's very good performance Pitesti (#6) was badly defeated 89-72 on their home court in Pitesti by the higher-ranked (#3) Steaua CSM in the Places 1-6 group. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Marinov also added 6 assists in 35 minutes. Marinov averaged so far 14.5ppg, 4.4rpg and 4.0apg in 34 games. He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Bulgarian senior national team.

   #11. International center Jason Washburn (210-90, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Japan) contributed to a Yokohama BC's victory against the fourth-ranked Niigata Albirex 81-73 in the Japanese B League in Sunday night's game. Washburn scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. Washburn has very impressive stats this year: 15.3ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.2apg in 46 games. He is a naturalized American. Washburn plays currently for the Bulgarian national team. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

   #12. Former international forward Sim Iliev (204-89, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) couldn't help Furstenfeld Panthers (13-18) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Furstenfeld Panthers lost 66-78 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Vienna. Iliev was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. Iliev averaged so far 14.9ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.9apg in 31 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2014.

   #13. Former international power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Yesilgiresun Bld in their game against Demir IBB in the Turkish BSL. Ivanov cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. His team was defeated 83-77. Ivanov averaged so far 10.1ppg and 5.7rpg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago.

   #14. International forward Aleks Simeonov (200-93, currently plays in Spain) managed to help RETAbet Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian in a victory against the seventh-ranked Leyma Basquet 86-68 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. Simeonov scored only 3 points in 23 minutes. This year Simeonov's total stats are: 6.3ppg and 3.4rpg in 31 games. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Pero Antic (211-F/C-82, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Fenerbahce Istanbul to win against the closely-ranked Panathinaikos (19-11) 80-75 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Antic scored only 3 points. Fenerbahce Istanbul (18-12) is placed fifth in the Euroleague. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Antic's total stats this season are: 4.5ppg and 2.6rpg. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #2. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) could not help Kumanovo (2-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Karadzovski's very good performance Kumanovo (#6) was crushed 100-75 on the road by the second-ranked Karpos Sokoli in the Places 1-6 group. He was the top scorer with 15 points. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. Karadzovski averaged so far 12.6ppg, 3.6rpg and 4.4apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian.

   #3. Boris Matrakov (195-G-93, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to a 2-point Glasgow Rocks' victory against one of league's weakest teams Leeds Force (8-26) 72-70 in the British BBL last Friday. Matrakov recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Glasgow Rocks (21-11) is placed third in the BBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Matrakov's total stats this season are: 3.0ppg and 2.2rpg.

   #4. Musa Gunes (201-C-85, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Istanbulspor in their game against Eskisehir Basket (28-6) in the Turkish TBL (second division). Gunes cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. Istanbulspor was defeated 93-80 in Edirne by the second-ranked Eskisehir Basket. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Gunes has averaged so far 2.6ppg and 2.6rpg. He has both Bulgarian and Turkish nationalities.



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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, Osorno23.0 
 6. Cheek, Las Animas21.2 
 7. McCombs, CDE T.21.0 
 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. Diaz, Puente Alto10.0 
 10. Lee, CD Castro10.0 
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 Talca5.7 
 4. Munoz, Osorno4.9 
 5. Thomas, CD Castro4.9 
 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. Dickson, CDU C.1.6 
 7. Del-Solar, Las A.1.6 
 8. Abeiro, Tinguiri.1.6 
 9. Thomas, CD Castro1.6 
 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 4 of Finals. CDE Talca claim second straight win - by Eurobasket News

CDE Talca - Osorno 81-77

CDE Talca celebrated the second straight win in Finals. They held off Osorno to even the championship series at 2-2. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 29-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Espanol de Talca shot 29 for 40 from the free-throw line, while Osorno Basquetbol only scored thirteen points from the stripe. Strangely Osorno Basquetbol outrebounded Espanol de Talca 45-33 including 30 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 30 personal fouls committed by Osorno Basquetbol helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Dwight McCombs (203-89, college: Cent.Florida, agency: DTMones) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Pablo Barraza (184-94) chipped in 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. International forward Juan Fontena (196-87) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds and American forward Brandon Robinson (198-89, college: Clayton St.) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Osorno Basquetbol's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
CDE Talca: D.McCombs 25+10reb+2ast, P.Barraza 20+6reb+4ast, F.Bravo 15+3reb+11ast, E.Sepulveda 10+5reb+3ast, D.Jones 5+2reb+1ast, S.Bravo 4+4reb+1ast
Osorno: B.Robinson 17+7reb, J.Fontena 12+14reb+2ast, R.Munoz 12+2reb+5ast, M.Sepulveda 10+4reb, R.Okosa 8+9reb+2ast, M.Hernandez 5+2reb
gschID: 543997





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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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Coopenae-Arba remain undefeated in the League - by Eurobasket News

Coopenae-Arba remained undefeated in the League as they improved to a 3-0 record on top. They beat Grecia 85-59 as Ty Armstrong (206-F-91, college: Concordia Irvine) stepped up with 26 points in a win. Aaron McQuin replied with 17 points in a loss.
Brenes Barva improved to a 4-1 record defeating Perez Zeledon 101-57. Amir Alvarado (198-SF-84, college: Marshalltown CC) top-scored for the winers with 27 points, while Rafael Farley (193-G-93, college: Texas Dallas) notched 24 in a loss.
Universidad Latina overcame Universidad de CR 72-67. Jose Valverde West posted 23 points to pace all the winners.



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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. Marcinkovic, KK Za.19.0 
 4. Novacic, Jolly JBS19.0 
 5. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.2 
 6. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek17.2 
 7. Konjevic, Skrljevo16.7 
 8. Vucic, Alkar Sinj16.1 
 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. Bundovic, Cedevita5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.3 
 3. Scott, Jolly JBS5.7 
 4. Filipovic, KK Split5.6 
 5. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.5 
 6. Vrbica, Gorica5.3 
 7. Kapusta, Zabok4.9 
 8. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
 9. Raic, H.Analitica4.8 
 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. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.8 
 5. Babic, Zabok1.8 
 6. Marcinkovic, KK Za.1.8 
 7. Stemberger, Skrlj.1.7 
 8. Mazalin, Zadar1.6 
 9. Vladovic, Zadar1.5 
 10. Novacic, Jolly JBS1.5 
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 


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.



Croatian A1 round 26 best performance: Luka Zoric - by Eurobasket News

Former international Center Luka Zoric (211-C-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Cibona, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 32-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat KK Split (#2, 21-5) 76-70. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Cibona maintains the 4th position in Croatian A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Cibona will need more victories to improve their 20-6 record. Zoric turned to be Cibona's top player in his first season with the team. Luka Zoric averages this season 15.8ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old former international swingman Pavle Marcinkovic (199-G/F-89, agency: XL Basketball Agency) of KK Zagreb. Marcinkovic had a very good evening with 32 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for KK Zagreb to edge the lower-ranked Gorica (#13, 5-20) 98-95. KK Zagreb'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 12-14 record. Marcinkovic is one of the most experienced players at KK Zagreb and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.0ppg (#3). He also registered 6.6 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was swingman Davor Konjevic (197-G/F-90) of Skrljevo (#9). Konjevic got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He was a key player of Skrljevo, leading his team to a 93-67 easy win against the lower-ranked Kvarner 2010 (#14, 3-23). The chances of Skrljevo not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 16 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Konjevic could try to bring Skrljevo's a little bit higher in the standings. Konjevic has individually a great season in Croatia. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.7ppg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Hrvoje Garfolic (196-F-90) of H.Analitica - 30 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Goran Filipovic (180-PG-96) of KK Split - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Roko Badzim (197-G-97) of GKK Sibenik - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Stipe Krstanovic (205-F/C-93) of H.Analitica - 11 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Marko Petrovic (192-G-91) of Gorica - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Miralem Halilovic (205-F-91) of GKK Sibenik - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Antonio Boban (205-PF-93) of Skrljevo - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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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, Havirov9.8 
 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. Hlobil, Prostejov B0.8 
 10. Schinko, Basket K.0.8 



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Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 21
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken21.0 
 2. Burgess, Randers19.3 
 3. Bello, Randers19.0 
 4. Nielsen, Randers17.7 
 5. Mack, Horsens IC16.8 
 6. McGrew, SI.16.6 
 7. Champagnie, Stevn.16.0 
 8. Bonneau, Svendborg15.8 
 9. Sandager, Stevn.15.8 
 10. Dominique, Horsholm15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  SI.
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. McGrew, SI.10.5 
 2. Champagnie, Stevn.10.4 
 3. Sane, Naestved9.7 
 4. Smith, Horsholm8.8 
 5. Baru, SISU8.4 
 6. NaNa, Svendborg7.8 
 7. Diouf, Bakken7.4 
 8. Moten, Svendborg7.3 
 9. Carter, Randers6.9 
 10. Dominique, Horsholm6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Frederik NIELSEN
  Horsholm
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Nielsen, Horsholm6.5 
 2. Burgess, Randers5.5 
 3. Mack, Horsens IC4.6 
 4. Wilson, SISU4.4 
 5. Lundberg, Horse.4.3 
 6. Dranginis, SISU4.2 
 7. Gesell, Bakken4.2 
 8. Lanegger, Naestved4.0 
 9. Nielsen, Randers3.9 
 10. Porta, Svendborg3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Myles MACK
  Horsens IC
  (175-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Mack, Horsens IC2.1 
 2. Borovcanin, Horse.2.0 
 3. Burgess, Randers1.9 
 4. Gesell, Bakken1.8 
 5. Akoon-P., Bakken1.8 
 6. Smith, Horsholm1.7 
 7. Wilson, SISU1.7 
 8. Nielsen, Horsholm1.6 
 9. Lundberg, Horse.1.6 
 10. Bello, Randers1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cheikh SANE
  Naestved
  (207-C/F-92)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Sane, Naestved1.2 
 2. Smith, Horsholm1.1 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.0 
 4. Baru, SISU0.9 
 5. Moten, Svendborg0.9 
 6. Diouf, Bakken0.9 
 7. Onwenu, Naestved0.8 
 8. Aboubakar-Z., Svend.0.8 
 9. Colas, Randers0.8 
 10. Midtgaard, Horsh.0.8 


Ligaen Round 1 of Finals. Horsens celebrate opening victory - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Bakken - Horsens IC 90-106

Horsens outgunned Bakken on the road to take 1-0 lead in the title series. Horsens IC shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 60.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. American point guard Myles Mack (175-93, college: Rutgers) stepped up and scored 23 points and 9 assists for the winners and his fellow American import guard Lawrence Alexander (190-91, college: N.Dakota St.) chipped in 22 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. At the losing side American John Williamson (200-86, college: Cincinnati, agency: Inception Sports) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) and American-Trinidad and Tobago guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-93, college: Illinois St.) scored 14 points. Five Horsens IC and four Bakken players scored in double figures. Bakken's coach Jakob Freil rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Bakken: J.Williamson 17+5reb+2ast, M.Gesell 15, D.Akoon-Purcell 14+3reb+2ast, M.Sahlertz 11+1ast, E.Palm 11+2reb+5ast, M.Diouf 8+6reb+4ast
Horsens IC: M.Mack 23+3reb+9ast, L.Alexander 22+6reb+4ast, D.Trist 22+3reb+2ast, W.Artino 16+8reb+2ast, G.Lundberg 10+3reb+4ast, M.Mornar 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 544660

3-4 Place
Svendborg - SISU 87-72

Svendborg clinched Ligaen Bronze. They overcame SISU in the consolation final. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-72. Svendborg had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. Cameroonian forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware) stepped up and scored 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and American forward Darious Moten (199-92, college: Mercer) chipped in 15 points and 15 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Tanner McGrew (203-93, college: W.Virg.Wesl., agency: Duran International) responded with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import point guard Derrick Wilson (185-92, college: Marquette) scored 9 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
SISU: T.McGrew 17+7reb+6ast, A.Haas 13+7reb+2ast, A.Baru 12+9reb, A.Touray 12+3reb+1ast, D.Wilson 9+8reb+6ast, K.Dranginis 6+4reb+2ast
Svendborg: H.NaNa 20+9reb+4ast, S.Bonneau 18+3reb+3ast, D.Moten 15+15reb+1ast, M.Seilund 15+1reb, A.Bak 6+4reb+7ast, A.Karason 6+5reb



1st Division Round 1 Quarterfinal results - by Eurobasket News

Home teams posted the victories at the start of the 1st Division Round 1 Quarterfinals. Vaerlose overcame Virum 87-76, while Koge BK beat BMI Bloodho 85-72. The winner of the regular season, Wolfpack/BM, did not leave any chances for SBBC 2015 in an 86-58 win. EBAA overcame Amager BK 92-72 in the opener.
Second games are schedules for April 27th-30th.



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Vipers edge Raptors 905 in D-League final opener - by Eurobasket News

Darius Morris (6'4''-G-91, college: Michigan) scored 23 points and 11 assists as the Rio Grande Valley Vipers beat Raptors 905 119-106 on Sunday in Game 1 of the NBA D-League final. Kyle Wiltjer (6'10''-F-92, college: Gonzaga) added 18 points while Isaiah Taylor (6'3''-PG-94, college: Texas) chipped in with 17 points and 10 assists for Rio Grande Valley, the affiliate of the Houston Rockets. C.J. Leslie (6'9''-F-91, college: N.Carolina St.) led Raptors 905 with 25 points. Pascal Siakam (6'9''-F-94, college: N.Mexico St.) had 20 points and 10 rebounds with John Jordan scoring 19 points and a team-high eight assists. The Toronto Raptors' farm club hosts Game 2 on Tuesday at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ont., with Game 3 going on Thursday at home, if necessary.
Courtesy of: tsn.ca



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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
gschID: 537085


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
gschID: 537086


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
gschID: 537084


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
gschID: 537083


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
gschID: 537082





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

21-year old swingman Marcus Thomas (191-G/F-95) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Izalco and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had a double-double of 53 points and 29 rebounds, while his team was edged out by the league's best team Marquense (#1, 20-0) 91-88. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Izalco was forced-out from the top positions in Salvadorean league. Izalco has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. But that lost game cost them to change their overall "almost perfect" record to 19-1. Thomas just recently signed at Izalco, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Rosemont College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Thomas is league's best scorer averaging so far 51.1ppg and is league's best passer with 11.4apg. Thomas is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 20.9rpg) and averages solid 3.4spg and 61.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Rafael Rivas (197-F-98) of ExSAL ST. He is a forward in his second season at ExSAL ST. In the last game Rivas recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he led ExSAL ST to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Ausoles (#9, 6-14) 95-58. This victory allowed ExSAL ST to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-15 record. Rivas is well-known at ExSAL ST and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Jerome Cheadle (190-G) of Chalchuapa (#6). Cheadle scored 26 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Cheadle's great performance Chalchuapa lost 76-88 to slightly higher-ranked ABA (#5, 10-15). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Chalchuapa not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Cheadle could try to bring Chalchuapa's a little bit higher in the standings. Cheadle has individually a great season in El Salvador. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 28.0ppg (4th best), rebounds with 18.4rpg (3rd best) and assists with 3.9apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cesar Canizales (81) of ADB - 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Jonathan Zometa) of ABA - 32 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jimmy Villalobos (190-F-93) of ExSAL ST - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Carlos Sorto) of Marquense - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Edson Sosa (188-F-78) of ABA - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jonathan Roque) of ABA - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Manuel Artiga (196-F/C-83) of Marquense - 8 points, 13 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)



Montavious' double-double lands him Liga MB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old center Marc Montavious (206-C-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for 11 Lobos and receives a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 31.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 21 rebounds, while his team beat Arcense (#12, 5-16) 86-80. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. 11 Lobos maintains the 11th position in Salvadorean Liga MB. 11 Lobos 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 8-11 record. Montavious just recently signed at 11 Lobos, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Georgetown College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Montavious leads league in rebounds with 21.2rpg. Montavious is in league's top in and averages solid 4.3bpg and 53.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Joseph Antoine (203-PF-84). He is Haitian forward in his first season at 11 Lobos. In the last game Antoine recorded impressive double-double of 32 points and 18 rebounds. It was enough for 11 Lobos to edge slightly lower-ranked Arcense (#12, 5-16) by 6 points 86-80. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. 11 Lobos keeps 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-11 record. Antoine is one of the most experienced players at 11 Lobos and similarly like Marc Montavious has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard David Lawson (185-PG-89) of Canarios (#5). Lawson got into 30-points club by scoring 46 points in the last round. He went also for five assists. Despite Lawson's great performance Canarios lost 94-97 to the higher-ranked Santa Tecla (#1, 19-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Canarios needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record 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. Nate Drayton (203-F-91) of Quezaltepeque - 25 points and 19 rebounds
5. Reginald Brown (202-C-91) of Canarios - 20 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
6. James Milton (203-C/F) of Giants - 22 points, 19 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Macari Brooks (190-G-92) of Giants - 35 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Eddie Ishman (196-F-86) of El Rapido - 20 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Daniel King (203-PF-87) of El Rapido - 26 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Brandon Thompson (193-G) of Arcense - 37 points and 11 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)



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)



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Palm Beach Knights edge Bradenton - by Eurobasket News

Palm Beach Knights Basketball edged Bradenton in one of the latest games. Sylvester Banks top-scored for the winners with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Frank Snow (6'10''-C-91, college: Southern) collected 23 points and 16 rebounds, while Webster nailed 7. Palm Beach Knights Basketball improved to a 3-1 record. Bradenton GR meanwhile fell at 0-7 record at the bottom.


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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, Kauhajoki17.6 
 7. Bryant, Kataja B.16.8 
 8. Morris, Lapua16.8 
 9. Bullock, Pyrinto15.8 
 10. Holsey, Kauhajoki15.7 
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 Vilpas8.5 
 6. Williams, Lapua7.9 
 7. Bullock, Pyrinto7.6 
 8. Nelson, Pyrinto7.6 
 9. Edwards, Salon Vilpas7.5 
 10. Williams, Salon V.7.5 
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, Kauhajoki1.9 
 5. Minard, Pyrinto1.7 
 6. Scott, KTP Basket1.6 
 7. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 8. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.5 
 9. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.4 
 10. Nelson, Pyrinto1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  KTP Basket
  (201-F/C-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gay, KTP Basket1.9 
 2. Bristol, Kataja B.1.8 
 3. Van, Korihait1.1 
 4. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 5. Bailey, KTP Basket0.9 
 6. Edwards, Salon Vilpas0.9 
 7. Huolila, Kataja B.0.9 
 8. Coleman, Salon Vilpas0.9 
 9. Barrett, BC Nokia0.9 
 10. Nelson, Pyrinto0.8 


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: 18.1
 1. Brooks, ALS Basket18.1 
 2. Craion, Lorient17.5 
 3. Bradford, St Vallier17.5 
 4. Newson, Lorient17.0 
 5. Vaty, Lourdes16.9 
 6. Geiger, SAP V.16.3 
 7. Mitchell, Chartres16.2 
 8. Davis, Rennes16.1 
 9. Varanauskas, Gries/Ob.15.9 
 10. Doumbia, Gries/Ob.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Gries/Ob.
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Thondique, Gries/Ob.9.9 
 2. Kovanusic, ALS B.9.2 
 3. Staniulis, Souffel8.0 
 4. Craion, Lorient7.9 
 5. Blackwell, ALS B.7.9 
 6. Gourari, RAC Basket7.9 
 7. Cox, Challans7.8 
 8. Anderson, RAC B.7.5 
 9. Vaty, Lourdes7.3 
 10. Quincy-Jones, Vitre6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Nikola KORAC
  Vitre
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Korac, Vitre7.6 
 2. Romain, Chartres7.5 
 3. Dalmeida, Lourdes7.4 
 4. Varanauskas, Gries/Ob.5.5 
 5. Rathieuville, Rennes5.2 
 6. Suhard, Angers BC5.2 
 7. Bichard, RAC Basket5.1 
 8. Delhomme, St Vallier5.1 
 9. Smith, Orchies4.9 
 10. Choplin, Quimper4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Lorient
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Craion, Lorient2.8 
 2. Davis, Rennes2.3 
 3. Newson, Lorient2.0 
 4. Neri, ALS Basket2.0 
 5. Cornely, Caen1.9 
 6. Dalmeida, Lourdes1.8 
 7. Monceau, Challans1.7 
 8. Rafai, RAC Basket1.6 
 9. Gourari, RAC Basket1.6 
 10. Uzas, Angers BC1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ludovic NEGROBAR
  Rennes
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Negrobar, Rennes1.4 
 2. Rakocevic, Orchies1.0 
 3. Diarra, Caen0.9 
 4. Monteiro, Caen0.9 
 5. Bobrov, Quimper0.9 
 6. Kayembe, Souffel0.8 
 7. Jakstas, Gries/Ob.0.8 
 8. Boucard, GET Vosges0.8 
 9. Tresnak, GET Vosges0.8 
 10. Soumaoro, SAP V.0.8 


NM1 Round 34: Leader Caen gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NM1 just ended.

Leader Caen delivered the twenty seventh win on Sunday night. This time they beat 15th ranked Angers BC (13-21) 86-77. Angers BC was trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 24-14 charge of Caen, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American power forward Richie Gordon (203-89, college: W.Carolina) fired 25 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Thomas Cornely (190-91) chipped in 11 points and 12 assists. American forward Will Carter (200-88, college: San Jose St., agency: HMS) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds for lost side. Caen (27-7) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Angers BC lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with 21 games lost. They share the position with Vitre.
Bottom-ranked CFBB (0-34) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 82-61 loss to eighth ranked Lourdes-Tarbes (19-15) in Tarbes. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward RJ Sims (196, college: E.Mennonite) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 6 rebounds. Adrien Thimon contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Theo Maledon (192-0) replied with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for CFBB. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lourdes-Tarbes moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. CFBB at the other side still closes the standings.
The game in Orchies was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked GET Vosges (21-13) played at the court of 5th ranked Orchesien BC (19-15). GET Vosges defeated Orchesien BC 82-71 on Sunday. Steven Ricard scored 16 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Marquise Simmons responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. GET Vosges have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 21-13 record. Loser Orchesien BC keeps the fifth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Sorgues, where higher ranked Rueil (19-15) lost to fourteenth ranked SAP Vaucluse (15-19) in a road game 93-102. Bennet Davis notched 25 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. SAP Vaucluse's coach Sylvain Lautie allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. SAP Vaucluse maintains fourteenth position with 15-19 record. Rueil at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 15 games lost.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Rennes. Local Union Rennes (12-22) was outscored by second ranked Quimper UJAP (24-10) 92-56 on Sunday night. Jahsha Bluntt fired 17 points for the winners. 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. Quimper UJAP maintains second position with 24-10 record having just three points less than leader Caen. Union Rennes lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted Union Rennes keeps the seventeenth place with 22 games lost.

Rest of the games of round 34 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Vitre was crushed by Chartres in a road game 101-71. St Vallier was beaten by Challans at home 76-82. Gries/Oberhoffen was destroyed by Lorient on the opponent's court 89-62. Souffel outscored ALS Basket in a home game 74-49.
The best stats of 34th round was 20 points by Jonathan Mitchell of Chartres.

Chartres - Vitre 101-71

There was no surprise when 15th ranked Vitre (13-21) was crushed on the road by tenth ranked UB Chartres (17-17) 101-71 on Sunday. UB Chartres dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Vitre's 30 and made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Vitre 45-22 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. UB Chartres looked well-organized offensively handing out 35 assists comparing to just 20 passes made by Vitre's players. American forward Jonathan Mitchell (201-87, college: Rutgers, agency: Inception Sports) fired 20 points for the winners. Swingman Kevin Bichard (195-86) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. UB Chartres' coach Sebastien Lambert felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Guillaume Merie (198-83) produced 11 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals and guard Simon Cretaux (190-89) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. UB Chartres moved-up to ninth place, which they share with ALS Basket. Vitre lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 21 games lost.
Top scorers:
Chartres: J.Mitchell 20+4reb+2ast, M.Ruikis 14+4reb+2ast, K.Bichard 13+3reb+5ast, H.Disy 12+9reb, J.Ricard 10+5reb+2ast, P.Clerence 9+7reb+2ast
Vitre: S.Cretaux 16+2reb+4ast, D.Quincy-Jones 13+5reb+2ast, G.Merie 11+9reb+6ast, A.Radulovic 10, M.Claveau 10+2reb, N.Korac 6+2reb+7ast
gschID: 485061


St Vallier - Challans 76-82

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Vendee Challans (19-15) defeated on the road 11th ranked Saint Vallier (16-18) 82-76 on Sunday. Vendee Challans forced 20 Saint Vallier turnovers. Emmanuel Monceau (195-95) fired 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American center Demarco Cox (203-90, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. American power forward Steffon Bradford (198-77, college: Nebraska) produced 23 points and 8 rebounds and guard Jesse Delhomme (189-85) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Vendee Challans have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Saint Vallier lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Challans: E.Monceau 22+8reb+1ast, D.Cox 20+10reb+1ast, D.Petrovic 14+4reb+2ast, D.Gentil 13+6reb+3ast, I.Saounera 9+3reb+5ast, O.Gouez 2+3reb
St Vallier: S.Bradford 23+8reb+2ast, J.Delhomme 15+6reb+8ast, S.Aded Hussein 13+10reb+1ast, P.Njiba 10+4reb+2ast, T.Lefebvre 9+2reb+6ast, V.Ateba 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 485055


Lorient - Gries/Oberhoffen 89-62

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 12th ranked Gries/Oberhoffen (16-18) was rolled over on the road by thirteenth ranked Lorient (16-18) 89-62 on Sunday. Lorient outrebounded Gries/Oberhoffen 41-30 including a 33-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American forward Michael Craion (195-89, college: ORU) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Mathieu Bigote (190-84) chipped in 24 points and 4 assists. Four Lorient players scored in double figures. American forward Gregg Thondique (201-87, college: Virginia Union, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 12 points and 7 rebounds and Ahmed Doumbia (195-89) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lorient have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with St Vallier and Gries/Oberhoffen.
Top scorers:
Lorient: M.Bigote 24+3reb+4ast, M.Craion 22+12reb+4ast, J.Newson 15+6reb+3ast, M.Oluic 12+4reb+3ast, R.Giaimo 10+3reb+1ast, C.Faroux 4+7reb+6ast
Gries/Oberhoffen: R.Delar 14+5reb, G.Thondique 12+7reb+2ast, A.Doumbia 11+5reb+4ast, R.Jakstas 8+3reb+1ast, O.Varanauskas 7+3reb+6ast, G.Duro 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 485057


Rennes - Quimper 56-92

The game with biggest result difference took place in Rennes. Local Union Rennes (12-22) was outscored by second ranked Quimper UJAP (24-10) 92-56 on Sunday night. Quimper UJAP dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Union Rennes' 28. Quimper UJAP had a 34-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Union Rennes' players. American guard Jahsha Bluntt (198-84, college: Delaware St.) fired 17 points for the winners. Forward Mathieu Tensorer (198-83) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists. Five Quimper UJAP players scored in double figures. Serbian swingman Vukan Zivkovic (199-91) produced 22 points and 4 steals and Senegalese guard El-Kabir Pene (190-84) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Quimper UJAP maintains second position with 24-10 record having just three points less than leader Caen. Union Rennes lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted Union Rennes keeps the seventeenth place with 22 games lost.
Top scorers:
Quimper: J.Bluntt 17+4reb+1ast, M.Tensorer 14+2reb+5ast, M. Hello 13+4reb+3ast, V.Bobrov 11+4reb+4ast, K.Mondesir 11+6reb+3ast, D.Burke 9+4reb+1ast
Rennes: V.Zivkovic 22+4reb+3ast, E.Kabir Pene 11+5reb+4ast, J.Sclear 10+7reb, P.Gautier 7+4reb+4ast, T. Houeix 3+1reb, E.Esneu Doguet 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 485053


Lourdes - CFBB 82-61

Bottom-ranked CFBB (0-34) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 82-61 loss to eighth ranked Lourdes-Tarbes (19-15) in Tarbes. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to CFBB's 34. Lourdes-Tarbes forced 25 CFBB turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward RJ Sims (196, college: E.Mennonite) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 6 rebounds. Adrien Thimon (188-94) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Lourdes-Tarbes players scored in double figures. Guard Theo Maledon (192-0) replied with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Joel Ayayi (193-0) added 11 points and 4 assists in the effort for CFBB. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lourdes-Tarbes moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. CFBB at the other side still closes the standings.
Top scorers:
Lourdes: A.Thimon 13+6reb+1ast, R.Sims 13+6reb+1ast, M.Virbalas 11+4reb+2ast, E.Bosc 11+2reb+3ast, A.Imhoff 9+1reb+3ast, L.Vaty 7+3reb
CFBB: T.Maledon 20+5reb+4ast, J.Ayayi 11+4reb+4ast, T.Bazille 8+5reb+1ast, M.Dossou-Yovo 8+7reb, Y.Blanc 4+5reb+2ast, I.Fevrier 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 485058


Souffel - ALS Basket 74-49

Very predictable result when third ranked Souffelweyersheim (23-11) outscored at home 9th ranked ALS Basket (17-17) 74-49 on Sunday. DR Congolese-Belgian power forward Ruphin Kayembe (200-92) fired 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Valentin Correia (192-93) chipped in 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Souffelweyersheim players scored in double figures. Forward Jean-Francois Christnel (198-91) produced 14 points and 8 rebounds and Bosnian power forward Nemanja Kovanusic (204-93) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Souffelweyersheim have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 23-11 record having four points less than leader Caen. Newly promoted ALS Basket keeps the ninth place with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Souffel: R.Kayembe 17+8reb+2ast, A.El Gazhi 12+5reb, J.Delmas 11+4reb+3ast, V.Correia 10+5reb+4ast, E.Mendy 9+3reb+2ast, F.Ateba 6+9reb+3ast
ALS Basket: J.Christnel 14+8reb, N.Kovanusic 11+7reb+1ast, J.Brooks 8+4reb+2ast, Y.Bassine 5+3reb+2ast, P.Blackwell 5+6reb+1ast, B.Tardy 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 485054


Orchies - GET Vosges 71-82

The game in Orchies was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked GET Vosges (21-13) played at the court of 5th ranked Orchesien BC (19-15). GET Vosges defeated Orchesien BC 82-71 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-71. GET Vosges made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Swingman Steven Ricard (200-90) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Masse Doumbe (203-87, college: Kaiser) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American Marquise Simmons (203-89, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Interperformances) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) scored 10 points and 7 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. GET Vosges have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 21-13 record. Loser Orchesien BC keeps the fifth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams.
Top scorers:
GET Vosges: S.Ricard 16+6reb+2ast, M.Doumbe 15+6reb, U.Adjagba 14+3reb, G.Boucard 13+2reb+2ast, G.Lobela-Nkuna 11+5reb+3ast, M.Gountas 4+2reb+4ast
Orchies: M.Simmons 17+5reb, H.Dumortier 12+1reb+1ast, B.Smith 10+1reb+7ast, C.Cairo 10+4reb+2ast, A.Racine 10+2reb+2ast, M.Diop 6+4reb
gschID: 485059


SAP Vaucluse - RAC Basket 102-93

We should mention about the upset which took place in Sorgues, where higher ranked Rueil (19-15) lost to fourteenth ranked SAP Vaucluse (15-19) in a road game 93-102. The hosts were already 12 points ahead at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 30-24 last quarter charge of Rueil cut the lead to 102-93 at the end of the game. SAP Vaucluse made 27-of-31 charity shots (87.1 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Rueil helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Bahamas forward Bennet Davis (206-84, college: Northeastern, agency: Inception Sports) notched 25 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Lithuanian forward Darius Tarvydas (200-91) supported him with 21 points. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. SAP Vaucluse's coach Sylvain Lautie allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 29 points and 7 assists (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) by point guard Jeremy Bichard (186-90) did not help to save the game for Rueil. Forward Karim Gourari (204-89) added 18 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Four SAP Vaucluse and five Rueil players scored in double figures. SAP Vaucluse maintains fourteenth position with 15-19 record. Rueil at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
SAP Vaucluse: B.Davis 25+8reb, D.Tarvydas 21+4reb+2ast, C.Soumaoro 17+3reb, D.Geiger 13+3reb+4ast, D.Kaba 10+1ast, R.Lopez 9+5reb
RAC Basket: J.Bichard 29+4reb+7ast, K.Gourari 18+5reb+2ast, L.Sambe 15+3reb+4ast, D.Sencanski 12+5reb+1ast, W.Felder 10+6reb+3ast, Y.Solle 4+2reb
gschID: 485056


Caen - Angers BC 86-77

Leader Caen delivered the twenty seventh win on Sunday night. This time they beat 15th ranked Angers BC (13-21) 86-77. Angers BC was trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 24-14 charge of Caen, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American power forward Richie Gordon (203-89, college: W.Carolina) fired 25 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Thomas Cornely (190-91) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 assists. Four Caen players scored in double figures. American forward Will Carter (200-88, college: San Jose St., agency: HMS) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds and Lithuanian forward Rokas Uzas (202-88) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Caen (27-7) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Angers BC lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with 21 games lost. They share the position with Vitre.
Top scorers:
Caen: R.Gordon 25+7reb+6ast, L.Chelle 16+4reb+1ast, T.Cornely 11+4reb+12ast, B.Pope 11+11reb+2ast, J.Sinica 8+4reb, S.Cape 8+2reb+3ast
Angers BC: W.Carter 26+14reb+1ast, R.Uzas 16+5reb+3ast, T.Lonzieme 13+4reb+3ast, H.Suhard 6+3reb+12ast, A.Gabsi 4+4reb+1ast, M.Djo Ebala 4+4reb
gschID: 485060





Richie Gordon claims French NM1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Richie Gordon (203-F/C-89) had a great game in the last round for league's leader Caen and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 34.
The 27-year old power forward had the game-high 25 points adding seven rebounds and six assists for Caen in his team's victory, helping them to beat Angers BC (#15, 13-21) 86-77. It allowed Caen to consolidate first place in the French NM1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Caen has a very solid 27-7 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Gordon had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Caen's top player in his first season with the team. Richie Gordon averages this season 12.6ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old Bahamas forward Bennet Davis (206-F-84, agency: Inception Sports) of SAP Vaucluse. Davis impressed basketball fans with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Of course SAP Vaucluse cruised to a 102-93 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked RAC Basket (#7, 19-15). SAP Vaucluse's 14th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 15-19 record. Davis is one of the most experienced players at SAP Vaucluse and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 11.8ppg (#8). He also registered 5.5 boards per game. Northeastern University alumni Davis played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was American Michael Craion (195-F-89) of Lorient (#11). Craion showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Lorient, leading his team to a 89-62 easy win against Gries/Oberhoffen (16-18). The chances of Lorient ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 18 games, recording just sixteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Craion could help Lorient to bring them higher in the standings. Craion has a great season in France. After 30 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.5ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 7.9rpg (4th best). He also has 2.8spg and FGP: 58.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeremy Bichard (186-PG-90) of RAC Basket - 29 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Emmanuel Monceau (195-SG-95) of Challans - 22 points and 8 rebounds
6. Will Carter (200-F-88) of Angers BC - 26 points and 14 rebounds
7. Ruphin Kayembe (200-F/C-92) of Souffel - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Steffon Bradford (198-F/C-77) of St Vallier - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Demarco Cox (203-C-90) of Challans - 20 points and 10 rebounds
10. Darius Tarvydas (200-F-91) of SAP Vaucluse - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  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 


German BBL round 32 best performance: Raymar Morgan - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward Raymar Morgan (203-F/C-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Ratiopharm, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 32.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Fraport SKY (#10, 13-18) 91-84. It allowed Ratiopharm to consolidate first place in the German BBL. Ratiopharm has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 29-1. It's Morgan's second year at Ratiopharm and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Michigan State University star has very solid stats this year. Morgan is league's best scorer averaging so far 18.7ppg. Morgan is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 7.0rpg) and averages impressive 58.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Canadian Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) of Braunschweig. Pierre had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Braunschweig was edged by slightly higher-ranked Wuerzburg (#14, 9-21) 67-66. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Braunschweig keeps 16th position. 24 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories Braunschweig managed to get this year. Pierre is a newcomer at Braunschweig, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American Devin Searcy (208-C/F-89) of Vechta (#17). Searcy scored 16 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Searcy's great performance Vechta lost 90-91 to the higher-ranked Jena (#12, 11-18). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Vechta can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-28 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Searcy he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Searcy has individually a great season in Germany. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.6rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Quantez Robertson (188-G-84) of Fraport SKY - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Assem Marei (206-F-92) of Bayreuth - 15 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Rashaun Broadus (183-PG-84) of Vechta - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Justin Sears (203-F-94) of Giessen 46ers - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Johannes Thiemann (204-PF-94) of Ludwigsburg - 16 points and 7 rebounds
9. Brian Qvale (210-C-88) of EWE Baskets - 16 points and 11 rebounds
10. Darius Carter (201-PF-92) of Goettingen - 16 points and 5 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)



Immanuel Mcelroy Closes Door On Retirement Thoughts And Remains With Science City Jena - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After the 69-61 loss in Frankfurt a week ago. Immanuel McElroy (194-G-80, college: Cincinnati) was stretching his sore muscles and if his words of retirement were really genuine after the loss was hard to tell, but if he kept battling guys like Quantez Robertson on a regular basis who make him go to his limit every night then that may have been his last game in Frankfurt, but thankfully for all BBL hardcore basketball fans, IMAC as he is called will not only return back to Frankfurt next season, but too every other BBL arena extending his contract for another year with Science City Jena. Mcelroy is a 36 year old 194cm guard that is one of the top BBL identity figures the last 10 years and just doesn't slow down. He is playing his 15th professional season and 13th in Germany and currently is averaging 10,3ppg, 4,9rpg and 3,2apg. "I am looking forward to remaining in Jena and being able to play with Juklius Jenkins and for the great fans and being able to play at a high level. We have achieved a lot the last 2 years and want to add on to that next season", stressed IImmanuel McElroy. Mcelroy has played for teams like Rhein Energy Colonge, Alba Berlin, and Braunschweig before coming to Jena in 2015 and has won 2 league titles, three cups and was voted best BBL defender 5 times. Currently he has played 448 BBL games and is seventh in alltime BBL scoring with 4780 points.

Source:Science City Jena



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





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





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.




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Suncity Braves close to clinching second straight GSP League title in Sunyani - by Yaw Mintah

Suncity Braves have moved closer to clinch a second consecutive league title in the Sunyani-Based Global Sporting Projects (GSP) Basketball League following a 17-15 win over West Siders in the just ended round of games at the Eusbett Hotel Court.

Last year's Champions got the better off a strong West Siders team that just wouldn't go away in the opening game of the round.
The close win was Braves 11th win in 13 games this season; the two losses it suffered, happened in the second round of the campaign which began early in 2017.

However, the side had to wait till the end of the final game between Catholic University College, Ghana (CUCG) Saints and University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) to know its fate. Thanks to a 26-15 win for UENR, Braves is on the brink of securing its second league title in as many seasons since the league's formation.

The Saints now lie two points behind Braves with just a game remaining this season; Braves superior goal difference (141) over CUCG means the second placed team cannot usurp Braves position at the league's summit regardless of what happens on the final day.

However, UNER has an outstanding game later today against Barracks Scorpions which has a major role in deciding teh final outcome of the season. Should UENR win, the league winner will be decided on April 29 at the same venue.



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

29-year old center Gaios Skordilis (207-C-87, agency: Diamond Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Faros and receives a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 28.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed Irakleio (#14, 7-20) with 19-point margin 81-62. Faros maintains the 4th position in Greek A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Faros will need more victories to improve their 21-6 record. It's Skordilis' second year at Faros and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Skordilis has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 6.7rpg) and averages solid 69.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Nikos Kokkalis (198-G/F-85) of Ethnikos. He is a swingman in his first season at Ethnikos. In the last game Kokkalis recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he led Ethnikos to another comfortable win 88-71 over the lower-ranked GS Larissas (#15, 5-23) being unquestionably team leader. Ethnikos' 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-13 record is not bad and everything may still change. Kokkalis is a newcomer at Ethnikos and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.3ppg (#3). He also registered 4.6 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Ethnikos' star - center Kostas Macheras (205-C-85). Macheras scored 24 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Ethnikos, helping his team with a 88-71 easy win against the lower-ranked GS Larissas (#15, 5-23). Ethnikos needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 13 lost games. Macheras has a great season in Greece. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.9ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 9.4rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Fahro Alihodzic (208-C-89) of Panionios - 14 points and 12 rebounds
5. Anastasios Spyropoulos (204-F-95) of GS Larissas - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Vasilis Angelakopoulos (203-F-79) of Iraklis - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Guillem Rubio (202-C-82) of Doukas - 9 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Ioannis Angelopoulos (194-G-91) of Amyntas Dafnis - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Nikos Michalos (192-G-77) of Panionios - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Nikos Angelopoulos (205-F-84) of Holargos - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists

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



A2 Round 28: Iraklis beat Aiolos Astakou by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in A2.

Fifth-ranked Aiolos Astakou (17-11) was very close to win a game against first ranked Iraklis (25-3) in Thessaloniki on Saturday. Iraklis managed to secure only two-point victory 68-66. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Aiolos Astakou. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Aiolos Astakou won fourth quarter 21-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Iraklis dominated on the defensive end, holding Aiolos Astakou to just 7 points in third quarter. 24 personal fouls committed by Aiolos Astakou helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Vasilis Angelakopoulos (203-79) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Lithuanian Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Vassilis Kitsoulis (204-83) replied with 11 points for Aiolos Astakou. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Iraklis have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 25-3 record. Newly promoted Aiolos Astakou keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost. Iraklis are looking forward to face Faros (#4) in Keratsiniou in the next round. Aiolos Astakou will play at home against AE Larissas and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between AE Larissas (12-16) and Doxa Pefkon (10-18), which took place in Larissas. 10th ranked AE Larissas lost at home to thirteenth ranked Doxa Pefkon 79-83. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Dimitrios Chatzikyriakidis (192-98) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 5 rebounds and Dimitris Geromichalos who added 15 points and 8 assists during the contest. At the losing side guard Theodoros Tsiloulis (190-93) responded with 17 points. Doxa Pefkon moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Arkadikos. AE Larissas lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 16 games lost. Doxa Pefkon will play against Kavala (#13) on the road in the next round. AE Larissas will play against Aiolos Astakou and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between 16th ranked Pagrati (2-26) and eighth ranked Amyntas Dafnis (14-14) in Athens on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Athens outscored Pagrati 81-57. The winners were led by Ioannis Angelopoulos who scored that evening 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Amyntas Dafnis' coach Alexis Zavos felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 24 points and 5 rebounds by Andreas Skoufis did not help to save the game for Pagrati. Newly promoted Amyntas Dafnis maintains eighth position with 14-14 record. Pagrati lost fifteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. Amyntas Dafnis will meet at home Irakleio (#14) in the next round where they are favorite. Pagrati will play against Holargos and hope to secure a win.

Other games in round 28 were not that significant. Arkadikos was smashed by Panionios on the road 79-58. Irakleio was destroyed by Faros on its own court 62-81. Kavala was outscored by Doukas in Athens 87-65. Ethnikos managed to beat GS Larissas at home 88-71. Holargos defeated Psychiko on the opponent's court 72-66.
The most impressive performance of 28th round was 27 points and 10 rebounds by Nikos Kokkalis of Ethnikos.

Panionios - Arkadikos 79-58

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Panionios (24-4) crushed 11th ranked Arkadikos (10-18) in Athens 79-58 on Saturday. They outrebounded Arkadikos 42-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Panionios made 8 blocks. The winners were led by guard Nikos Michalos (192-77) who scored that evening 14 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and Bosnian-British center Fahro Alihodzic (208-89, college: UAB) supported him with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four Panionios players scored in double figures. Even 16 points and 9 rebounds by center Savvas Tsougarakis (207-86) did not help to save the game for Arkadikos. Lithuanian guard Dovydas Redikas (192-92) added 13 points and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) 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. Newly promoted Panionios maintains second position with 24-4 record behind leader Iraklis. Arkadikos at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 18 games lost. They share the position with Doxa Pefkon. Panionios will meet GS Larissas (#15) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Arkadikos will play against Psychiko (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arkadikos: S.Tsougarakis 16+9reb+1ast, D.Redikas 13+1reb+4ast, D.Kourepis 6+2reb, S.Naoumis 6+1reb+1ast, I.Karamalegkos 5+1reb+1ast, E.Tsakaleris 3+2reb+1ast
Panionios: F.Alihodzic 14+12reb+1ast, N.Michalos 14+6reb+8ast, T.Dimitriadis 13+3reb, V.Sakellariou 13+6reb+5ast, M.Pelekanos 8+2reb, P.Noeas 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 493987


Irakleio - Faros 62-81

Very expected game when 14th ranked Irakleio (7-20) was smashed at home by fourth ranked Faros (21-6) 81-62 on Saturday. Faros dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Irakleio's 16. The winners were led by center Gaios Skordilis (207-87, agency: Diamond Sports) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and Kostas Kakaroudis (204-83) supported him with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Faros' coach Giannis Tzimas used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 20 points and 7 rebounds by Serbian center Damir Latovic (204-80) did not help to save the game for Irakleio. Forward Dimitris Lolas (203-86) added 11 points and 13 rebounds for lost side. Four Irakleio players scored in double figures. Faros have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 21-6 record. Newly promoted Irakleio keeps the fourteenth place with 20 games lost. Faros will meet at home league's leader Iraklis in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Irakleio will play against Amyntas Dafnis (#8) in Athens and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Irakleio: D.Latovic 20+7reb+1ast, A.Petrakis 12+4reb+1ast, P.Tserkitsoglou 12+8reb, D.Lolas 11+13reb+2ast, M.Papadakis 5+3reb+3ast, K.Pallis 2+6reb+3ast
Faros: G.Skordilis 23+11reb, K.Kakaroudis 17+5reb+2ast, N.Liakopoulos 13+5reb+5ast, V.Karaboulas 9+3reb+3ast, F.Vasilopoulos 6+7reb+8ast, M.Batis 5+7reb
gschID: 493984


Doukas - Kavala 87-65

Very predictable result when third ranked Doukas (23-4) rolled over 12th ranked Kavala (9-18) in Athens 87-65 on Saturday. Doukas made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Kavala turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The winners were led by Spanish center Guillem Rubio (202-82) who scored that evening 9 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Alexis Kiritsis (198-82) supported him with 19 points. Even 17 points and 6 assists by naturalized Nigerian guard Etinosa Erevbenagie (186-95) did not help to save the game for Kavala. Forward Antonis Sklivas (203-95) added 7 points and 13 rebounds 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. Doukas have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 23-4 record having just three points less than leader Iraklis. Kavala at the other side dropped to the thirteenth place with 18 games lost. Doukas will meet at home Ethnikos (#6) in the next round. Kavala will play against Doxa Pefkon (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kavala: E.Erevbenagie 17+4reb+6ast, C.Kelaidis 16+2reb, A.Mazurczak 8+4reb+1ast, A.Sklivas 7+13reb+1ast, S.Gkelios 5+1reb+2ast, N.Kyriakou 5+1ast
Doukas: A.Kiritsis 19+2reb+1ast, G.Koukas 13+1reb+3ast, D.Kompodietas 12+1reb+1ast, G.Rubio 9+10reb+5ast, E.Papamakarios 9+1reb+4ast, T.Karras 6+1reb
gschID: 493983


Pagrati - Amyntas Dafnis 57-81

The game between 16th ranked Pagrati (2-26) and eighth ranked Amyntas Dafnis (14-14) in Athens on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Athens outscored Pagrati 81-57. The winners were led by guard Ioannis Angelopoulos (194-91) who scored that evening 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Spyros Diamantopoulos (197-83) supported him with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Five Amyntas Dafnis players scored in double figures. Amyntas Dafnis' coach Alexis Zavos felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 24 points and 5 rebounds by point guard Andreas Skoufis (191-98) did not help to save the game for Pagrati. Forward Kostas Ezomo (201-89, college: Co.Georgia) added 13 points and 15 rebounds for lost side. Newly promoted Amyntas Dafnis maintains eighth position with 14-14 record. Pagrati lost fifteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. Amyntas Dafnis will meet at home Irakleio (#14) in the next round where they are favorite. Pagrati will play against Holargos and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Pagrati: A.Skoufis 24+5reb+2ast, K.Ezomo 13+15reb+1ast, I.Lekakis 9+4reb+2ast, G.Ralatos 7, D.Kanellopoulos 3+1reb, D.Torres 1+1reb+1ast
Amyntas Dafnis: I.Angelopoulos 15+7reb+5ast, C.Vogiatzis 14+6reb, T.Vardianos 14+1reb+3ast, S.Diamantopoulos 12+10reb+2ast, A.Topalis 11+5reb+2ast, L.Zoupas 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 493985


Ethnikos - GS Larissas 88-71

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked GS Larissas (5-23) lost to sixth ranked Ethnikos (15-13) in Piraeus 71-88 on Saturday. Ethnikos made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Ethnikos outrebounded GS Larissas 45-30 including a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by center Kostas Macheras (205-85) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds and swingman Nikos Kokkalis (198-85) supported him with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Ethnikos' coach Vangelis Vlahos used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 26 points and 7 rebounds by forward Anastasios Spyropoulos (204-95, agency: Octagon Europe) did not help to save the game for GS Larissas. Forward Sotiris Gioulekas (203-79) added 19 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Ethnikos maintains sixth position with 15-13 record, which they share with Holargos. GS Larissas lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth place with 23 games lost. Ethnikos will meet higher ranked Doukas (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. GS Larissas will play against the league's second-placed Panionios (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
GS Larissas: A.Spyropoulos 26+7reb+3ast, S.Gioulekas 19+6reb+3ast, R.Tsourakis 8+3reb+1ast, E.Bebis 7+3reb+4ast, A.Synetos 4+3reb+1ast, L.Heretidis 4+5reb+2ast
Ethnikos: N.Kokkalis 27+10reb+2ast, K.Macheras 24+16reb, R.Laane 14+4reb+2ast, V.Drosos 5+1ast, S.Halaris 5+2reb, M.Kazakos 5+2reb
gschID: 493988


Psychiko - Holargos 66-72

Everything went according to plan when seventh ranked Holargos (15-13) defeated 9th ranked Psychiko (13-15) in Athens 72-66 on Saturday. Holargos forced 19 Psychiko turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Holargos especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. The winners were led by center Apostolos Koutroulias (206-76) who scored that evening 21 points and 8 rebounds and forward Nikos Angelopoulos (205-84, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Holargos players scored in double figures. Even 8 points, 12 assists and 4 steals by point guard Thomas Nikou (185-80) did not help to save the game for Psychiko. Croatian guard Sven Smajlagic (195-90) added 15 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Psychiko's coach Nikos Remendelas rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Holargos moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Ethnikos. Psychiko lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 15 games lost. Holargos will meet at home bottom-ranked Pagrati (#16) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Psychiko will play against Arkadikos (#11) in Arkadia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Psychiko: S.Smajlagic 15+5reb, D.Achis 13+1ast, T.Tsiotras 10+2reb+1ast, V.Mouratos 9+3reb+1ast, T.Nikou 8+3reb+12ast, N.Tsiokos 4+2reb
Holargos: A.Koutroulias 21+8reb, T.Tzakopoulos 13+2reb+3ast, N.Angelopoulos 13+7reb+5ast, S.Motsenigos 12+2reb+3ast, S.Gizogiannis 6+2reb, N.Bochoridis 3+2reb
gschID: 493986


Iraklis - Aiolos Astakou 68-66

Fifth-ranked Aiolos Astakou (17-11) was very close to win a game against first ranked Iraklis (25-3) in Thessaloniki on Saturday. Iraklis managed to secure only two-point victory 68-66. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Aiolos Astakou. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Aiolos Astakou won fourth quarter 21-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Iraklis dominated on the defensive end, holding Aiolos Astakou to just 7 points in third quarter. 24 personal fouls committed by Aiolos Astakou helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Vasilis Angelakopoulos (203-79) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Lithuanian Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Iraklis players scored in double figures. Forward Vassilis Kitsoulis (204-83) replied with 11 points and guard Nikos Katsares (189-83) added 7 points and 5 assists in the effort for Aiolos Astakou. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Iraklis have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 25-3 record. Newly promoted Aiolos Astakou keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost. Iraklis are looking forward to face Faros (#4) in Keratsiniou in the next round. Aiolos Astakou will play at home against AE Larissas and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Aiolos Astakou: A.Gizogiannis 14+1reb+1ast, V.Kitsoulis 11+3reb+3ast, N.Kaklamanos 9+1reb+2ast, G.Brozos 7+3reb+2ast, N.Katsares 7+4reb+5ast, N.Libaris-Psomas 5+6reb+1ast
Iraklis: V.Angelakopoulos 17+6reb+4ast, R.Rutkauskas 14+5reb, K.Totsios 12+3reb+3ast, Y.Gagaloudis 10+1reb+5ast, M.Giannakidis 6+2reb, S.Chrysopoulos 5+2reb
gschID: 493981


AE Larissas - Doxa Pefkon 79-83

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between AE Larissas (12-16) and Doxa Pefkon (10-18), which took place in Larissas. 10th ranked AE Larissas lost at home to thirteenth ranked Doxa Pefkon 79-83. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Dimitrios Chatzikyriakidis (192-98) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Dimitris Geromichalos (185-95) who added 15 points and 8 assists during the contest. At the losing side guard Theodoros Tsiloulis (190-93) responded with 17 points and Icelandic center Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (204-88) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Doxa Pefkon moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Arkadikos. AE Larissas lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 16 games lost. Doxa Pefkon will play against Kavala (#13) on the road in the next round. AE Larissas will play against Aiolos Astakou and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
AE Larissas: T.Tsiloulis 17+3reb+1ast, S.Thorsteinsson 12+7reb+1ast, G.Staboulis 11+4reb+2ast, K.Saribalidis 11+2reb, M.Politis 9+1reb+3ast, A.Deligiorgis 8+3ast
Doxa Pefkon: D.Chatzikyriakidis 24+5reb+3ast, D.Geromichalos 15+3reb+8ast, A.Naoumis 15+1reb+2ast, D.Stolis 10+4reb, D.Tataris 6+2reb, K.Jawara 5+7reb+3ast
gschID: 493982





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Eredivisie Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Victories for Leiden and Groningen - by Eurobasket News

Zwolle - Leiden 82-88

Leiden upset Zwolle in the semifinal series opener. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-17. But Zwolle won second period 23-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Leiden made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Zwolle helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international center Thomas Koenis (210-89, agency: Court Side) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 20 rebounds for the winners. The former international Rogier Jansen (188-84, agency: Court Side) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. American center Clayton Vette (202-88, college: Winona St., agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard JT Tiller (188-88, college: Missouri) added 19 points and 4 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) respectively for lost side. Five Leiden and four Zwolle players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Leiden: T.Koenis 23+20reb+3ast, J.Voorn 19+3ast, R.Jansen 17+2reb+4ast, D.Draper 11+5reb+2ast, M.Kherrazi 10+4reb, F.Versteegh 5+4reb+1ast
Zwolle: C.Vette 21+11reb, J.Tiller 19+4reb+4ast, J.Yoho 16+2reb+1ast, N.Oudendag 12+12reb, K.Hyland 5+1reb, O.Schaftenaar 3+3reb
gschID: 544915


Groningen - Den Bosch 84-76

Groningen toppled Den Bosch to grab the lead in the series. The game without a history. Groningen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Strangely Den Bosch outrebounded Groningen 42-30 including 30 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Chase Fieler (203-92, college: FGCU) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 blocks. Naturalized American swingman Jason Dourisseau (196-83, college: Nebraska) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Charles Mitchell (203, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import swingman Justin Watts (196-90, college: N.Carolina) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Den Bosch. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Groningen: J.Dourisseau 18+7reb+2ast, C.Fieler 13+7reb+8ast, D.Pasalic 12+4reb+2ast, A.Slagter 12+3reb+2ast, L.Jeter 9+4reb+7ast, A.Smith 6+3reb+1ast
Den Bosch: C.Mitchell 15+10reb+3ast, K.Akerboom 12+5reb, J.Watts 12+7reb+2ast, S.McWhorter 10+3reb+2ast, R.Pagter Ralf 10+7reb+2ast, S.Wessels 7+1ast
gschID: 544914





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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
gschID: 543049





Best players of Hungarian A Division round 7 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

Experienced international Power forward Peter Lorant (206-F/C-85, agency: Octagon Europe) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Alba and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7 (Second Stage).
The 31-year old power forward had a double-double of 21 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat Falco KC (#4, 20-12) 93-80. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Alba to consolidate first place in the Hungarian A Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Alba has a very solid 23-8 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Lorant had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Alba and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Peter Lorant averages this season 14.6ppg and 6.9rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American guard Julian Norfleet (188-G-91) of ZTE KK. Norfleet impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for ZTE KK to edge slightly lower-ranked Szolnok (#5, 19-13) by 4 points 102-98. This victory allowed ZTE KK to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 21-11 record is not bad at all. Norfleet is a newcomer at ZTE KK 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 Serbian Svetozar Stamenkovic (206-F/C-90) of second-ranked Jaszberenyi. Stamenkovic showcased his all-around game by recording 29 points, five rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Stamenkovic's great performance Jaszberenyi lost 79-84 to the lower-ranked Vasas (#13, 6-24). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Jaszberenyi not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 21 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Stamenkovic could try to bring Jaszberenyi's a little bit higher in the standings. Stamenkovic has a very solid season. In 25 games in Hungary he scored 13.1ppg. He also has 6.6rpg, FGP: 52.1% and 3PT: 40.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrija Ciric (198-G-80) of Szedeak - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Brandon Johnson (183-G-86) of Sopron KC - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Tomislav Ivosev (204-F-90) of KTE-Duna - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Brandon Taylor (178-PG-94) of Alba - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Luksa Andric (208-C-85) of Szolnok - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Emanuel Ubilla (188-PG-86) of ZTE KK - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists
10. Ryan Wright (206-C/F-87) of Vasas - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Flenard WHITFIELD
  Skallagr.
  (200-F-90)
  Avg: 29.4
 1. Whitfield, Skallagr.29.4 
 2. Stevens, Keflavik28.6 
 3. Carberry, Thor T.27.7 
 4. Wright, Haukar27.1 
 5. Hester, Tindastoll23.4 
 6. Clinch, Grindavik21.8 
 7. Beamon, Thor AK20.9 
 8. Gunnarsson, Njard.20.0 
 9. Sigurdarson, IR19.9 
 10. Caird, Tindastoll18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amin STEVENS
  Keflavik
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 16
 1. Stevens, Keflavik16.0 
 2. Whitfield, Skallagr.14.6 
 3. Baeringsson, Stjar.12.8 
 4. Hester, Tindastoll10.8 
 5. Hankins-Cole, IR10.5 
 6. Carberry, Thor T.10.4 
 7. Ermolinskij, KR9.0 
 8. Olafsson, Grindavik8.9 
 9. Saevarsson, Grind.8.8 
 10. Wright, Haukar8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Hordur VILHJALMSSON
  Kefla.
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.6.8 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR6.4 
 3. Birgisson, Tindastoll6.2 
 4. Barja, Haukar5.6 
 5. Bjornsson, Skallagr.5.3 
 6. Clinch, Grindavik5.3 
 7. Sigurdarson, IR5.1 
 8. Stefansson, KR4.8 
 9. Baeringsson, Stjar.4.8 
 10. Carberry, Thor T.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Petur BIRGISSON
  Tindastoll
  (185-G-96)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Birgisson, Tindastoll2.7 
 2. Rikhardsson, Tinda.2.0 
 3. Olafsson, Grindavik1.9 
 4. Barja, Haukar1.8 
 5. Stevens, Keflavik1.8 
 6. Thomas, Thor AK1.6 
 7. Jonsson, Keflavik1.5 
 8. Alawoya, KR1.5 
 9. Wright, Haukar1.5 
 10. Bjornsson, Skallagr.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tryggvi HLINASON
  Thor AK
  (215-C-97)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hlinason, Thor AK2.7 
 2. Hankins-Cole, IR2.0 
 3. Magnusson, Haukar1.3 
 4. Whitfield, Skallagr.1.3 
 5. Baeringsson, Stjar.1.2 
 6. Hester, Tindastoll1.2 
 7. Saevarsson, Grind.1.2 
 8. Alawoya, KR1.1 
 9. Stevens, Keflavik1.1 
 10. Stefansson, Haukar1.0 


Dominos League Round 3 of Finals. Grindavik stay alive following road win - by Eurobasket News

KR - Grindavik 86-91

Grindavik outgunned KR on the road to cut the deficit in the title series. KR trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 23-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 86-91 at the end of the game. Grindavik looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a great evening for American-Dominican guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists. The former international guard Olafur Olafsson (194-90) helped adding 25 points and 9 rebounds. Four Grindavik players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Jon Stefansson (192-82) with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international guard Brynjar Bjornsson (188-88, college: Francis Marion) scored 17 points.
Top scorers:
KR: J.Stefansson 26+8reb+5ast, B.Bjornsson 17+3reb+3ast, P.Ermolinskij 11+8reb+3ast, P.Alawoya 9+12reb+1ast, T.Thorbjarnarsson 8+5reb, K.Acox 8+5reb+2ast
Grindavik: O.Olafsson 25+9reb+3ast, L.Clinch 21+8reb+11ast, D.Jonsson 14+3reb+5ast, T.Olafsson 13+6reb+2ast, T.Finnbogason 10+5reb, O.Saevarsson 8+12reb+3ast
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Amritpal impresses at the NBL draft in alia - by Anil Kumar

India's international basketball star Amritpal Singh has impressed the Australian scouts and the media alike at the recently concluded NBL Draft Combine at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. The Combine took place on 17th and 18th April and also featured three other Indian players Amjyot Singh, Yadwinder Singh and Vishesh Bhriguvanshi.

The captain of the Indian national team, Amritpal Singh, ended the Combine tied as the leading shot blocker among all the participants. His defensive presence coupled with his footwork were the talking points amongst most scouts and drew comparisons with former players of the NBL like Matt Hodgson and Matt Smith.

Amritpal Singh ended the Combine tied as the leading shot blocker among all the participants. His defensive presence coupled with his footwork were the talking points amongst most scouts and drew comparisons with former players of the NBL like Matt Hodgson and Matt Smith.

As published on the official NBL website earlier today:
The captain of the Indian National Team, Amritpal Singh, could potentially be the first Indian-born player to play in the NBL Singh, with a large frame and giant wing-span, was one of the standout performers at last week's NBL Combine in Melbourne, capturing the attention of a number of coaches in attendance.

Rohan Short, a former NBL assistant with Townsville and Melbourne, who worked closely with Amritpal throughout the two days of the Combine said, 'I was super impressed, it's clear he can play. Once given the opportunity to learn off a big man's coach here in Australia and adapt to the speed of the Australian game, I think he would do quite well.I don't think he is necessarily a starting five guy from the outset, but off the bench for some team. I mean we just don't have much of that kind of size in our league.'

'I loved his work ethic, desire to learn and his coachability. He runs the floor really well and he's a good passer and those traits alone for a big guy are going to be attractive to an NBL team. Depending on the system, I think he has the ability to contribute. His work ethic, his passion for the game and his desire to improve make him a worthwhile investment,' said former head coach of the Sydney Kings, Damian Cotter, who spent some time last year working with the Indian team.

Amritpal was part of the 4 member (Amjyot Singh Gill, Yadwinder Singh and Vishesh Bhriguvanshi) contingent of basketball players that were invited to the NBL Draft Combine. The Combine took place on the 17th and 18th of April. A total of 80 players participated in the Combine. These included returning US college players, South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) players, Australian state league players, and members of Australia's national U18 and U20's teams.

As standard practice, players participating in the NBL Draft Combine must pay an entry fee of AUD $250. However, this feewas waived off for all the invited Indian players.The waiver of fees for the Indian contingent by the NBL is just another sign that the NBL has serious intentions to enter the Indian market. Last year, the NBL signed a historic deal with VEQTA to stream NBL games live in India.

Under the new rules of the NBL, the players belonging to the countries of the FIBA Asia zone would be given a separate spot that would not take up anyof the three spots reserved for the foreign players. This move has been made to attract the top Asian talents an d ensure that they consider the NBL as a serious destination to ply their trade.



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D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Daequan COOK
  Chemidor
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Cook, Chemidor24.5 
 2. Buljan, Kashan22.5 
 3. Robinson, Petrochimi20.9 
 4. Hosley, Arak19.6 
 5. Prince, Azad19.2 
 6. Toncinic, Gorgan18.6 
 7. Gacesa, Tabriz17.2 
 8. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.15.5 
 9. Jones, Azad15.2 
 10. Williams, Arak15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  Army
  (200-SF-90)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Kazemi, Army11.6 
 2. Buljan, Kashan10.1 
 3. Kardoust, Arak9.4 
 4. Williams, Tabriz9.1 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan8.8 
 6. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.8.5 
 7. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.7.5 
 8. Cukinas, Chemidor7.3 
 9. Jones, Azad7.2 
 10. Mirzaei, Naft A.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Petrochimi
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Robinson, Petrochimi4.3 
 2. Nasajpour, Tabriz3.9 
 3. Davarpanah, Naft A.3.9 
 4. Perkins, Naft A.3.8 
 5. Prince, Azad3.6 
 6. Hosley, Arak3.5 
 7. Jamshidi, Petrochimi3.3 
 8. Davoudi, Arak2.9 
 9. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.2.8 
 10. Williams, Arak2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Arak
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Hosley, Arak3.2 
 2. Kazemi, Army2.9 
 3. Nasajpour, Tabriz2.9 
 4. Perkins, Naft A.2.5 
 5. Prince, Azad2.5 
 6. Davarpanah, Naft A.2.2 
 7. Mashayekhi, Naft A.2.1 
 8. Robinson, Petrochimi1.8 
 9. Jones, Azad1.7 
 10. White, Petrochimi1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Tabriz
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Williams, Tabriz4.1 
 2. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.1.1 
 3. Taherpour, Shiraz a.1.1 
 4. Kardoust, Arak1.1 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan0.9 
 6. Moradinasab, Gor.0.8 
 7. Nabipour, Petrochimi0.8 
 8. Soleimani, Kashan0.8 
 9. Riaie, Chemidor0.8 
 10. Torabi, Army0.7 


Superleague Round 10 (Second Stage): Tabriz defeats Army in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The most exciting game of round 10 in the Superleague took place in Tabriz. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 4th ranked Army (1-5) to fourth ranked Tabriz (3-3) 67-64 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 20-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84) had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Erfan Nasajpour (177-84) chipped in 7 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. Tabriz's coach Mehran Hatami used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side the former international Vahid Dalirzahan (199-95) responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Tabriz moved-up to second place, which they share with Arak. Army lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with five games lost. Tabriz is looking forward to face Shiraz a.s Pipe (#5) on the road in the next round. Army will have a break next round.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Tehran. Third ranked host Chemidor (4-4) defeated one of their biggest challengers Kashan (3-5) 77-72. Amirhossein Azari (192-98) notched 22 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Payam Kiani supported him with 4 points and 11 rebounds. Chemidor's coach Javad Rahmatipour allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 17 points and 9 rebounds by the former international power forward Hossein Rahmati (203-93) did not help to save the game for Kashan. Chemidor maintains third position with 4-4 record having just three points less than leader Naft Abadan. Newly promoted Kashan dropped to the fourth place with five games lost.

Chemidor - Kashan 77-72

The game between Top Four teams took place in Tehran. Third ranked host Chemidor (4-4) defeated one of their biggest challengers Kashan (3-5) 77-72. The hosts were already 15 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 21-11 Kashan's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 77-72 at the end of the game. Chemidor brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Amirhossein Azari (192-98) notched 22 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Payam Kiani supported him with 4 points and 11 rebounds. Chemidor's coach Javad Rahmatipour allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 17 points and 9 rebounds by the former international power forward Hossein Rahmati (203-93) did not help to save the game for Kashan. The former international center Masoud Soleimani (207) added 13 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Chemidor maintains third position with 4-4 record having just three points less than leader Naft Abadan. Newly promoted Kashan dropped to the fourth place with five games lost.
Top scorers:
Chemidor: A.Azari 22+2reb+1ast, R.Upshaw 10+6reb, N.Bakhshi 10+2reb+1ast, I.Zandi 8+2reb, A.Amini 7+1reb+3ast, K. Riaie 6+8reb+1ast
Kashan: H.Rahmati 17+9reb+2ast, A.Najafi 16+2reb+1ast, M.Soleimani 13+5reb+2ast, M.Shahrian 8+7reb, M.Salehi-Bozorgi 7+5reb, M.Khaleghifar 5+2reb
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Tabriz - Army 67-64

The most exciting game of round 10 in the Superleague took place in Tabriz. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 4th ranked Army (1-5) to fourth ranked Tabriz (3-3) 67-64 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 20-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84) had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Erfan Nasajpour (177-84) chipped in 7 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. Tabriz's coach Mehran Hatami used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side the former international Vahid Dalirzahan (199-95) responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Mohsen Tavana (183-88) scored 16 points. Tabriz moved-up to second place, which they share with Arak. Army lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with five games lost. Tabriz is looking forward to face Shiraz a.s Pipe (#5) on the road in the next round. Army will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Tabriz: N.Ebi 23+10reb+1ast, H.Puljko 13+5reb+3ast, V.Hajian 7+1reb, E.Nasajpour 7+8reb+8ast, S.Reyhani 6+6reb+1ast, A. Taherkhani 6+4reb+1ast
Army: N.Farahani 16+2reb, M.Tavana 16+3reb+2ast, V.Dalirzahan 14+5reb+2ast, M.Torabi 7+9reb+2ast, R.Khaleghi 5+7reb+3ast, M.Sheikhi 4+6reb+2ast
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Iranian Superleague round 10 (Second Stage) best performance: Amirhossein Azari - by Eurobasket News

Amirhossein Azari (192-SF-98) had a very impressive game in the last round for Chemidor, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 10 (Second Stage).
The 18-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, two rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Kashan (#4, 3-5) 77-72. Chemidor maintains the 3rd position in their group in Iranian Superleague. Chemidor is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 4th lost game this season out of 8 games. It was one of impressive evenings for Azari as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Amirhossein Azari averages this season 4.4ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old former international power forward Hossein Rahmati (203-F/C-93) of Kashan. Rahmati had a very good evening with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Kashan lost that game 72-77 to slightly higher-ranked Chemidor (#3, 4-4). This loss caused Kashan to drop to 4th position in Group 2. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-5 record. Rahmati is one of the most experienced players at Kashan and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international guard Erfan Nasajpour (177-PG-84) of Tabriz (#3). Nasajpour showcased his all-around game by recording 7 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was a key player of Tabriz, leading his team to a 67-64 win against #4 ranked Army in a game of the week. Tabriz needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Group 2. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Nasajpour has a great season in Iran. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.9apg (2nd best). He also has 2.9spg and FGP: 52.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84) of Tabriz - 23 points and 10 rebounds
5. Masoud Soleimani (207-C) of Kashan - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Vahid Dalirzahan (199-SF-95) of Army - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83) of Tabriz - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Nima Bakhshi (198-F-89) of Chemidor - 10 points and 2 rebounds
9. Shahab Reyhani (210-C) of Tabriz - 6 points and 6 rebounds
10. K Riaie) of Chemidor - 6 points and 8 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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Shoutvin is back at Maccabi Haifa - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Hunter Haifa (Winner League) agreed terms with 28-year old Israeli center Anton Shoutvin (206-95kg-89). It is actually his comeback to Maccabi Haifa as he has played here before. Shoutvin He started the season at Iskra Svit in Slovakian SBL league. In 41 games he had very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.2apg this season. Shoutvin helped them to make it to the Slovakian Cup Semifinals. The last season he played at Hapoel Beer Sheva (National League) where in 29 games he recorded 12.1ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.4apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Israeli National League All-Star Game and All-Domestic Players Team.
Shoutvin represented Israel at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 12.1ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 66.7%.
Shoutvin has played previously professionally in Germany (USC Freiburg) and Israel (Galil Gilboa, Ironi Nahariya, Maccabi Ashdod, Benyamina and Elitzur Yavne).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hapoel Tel Aviv sign LaRon Dendy, ex Duzce Bld. - by Nir Luna

Hapoel Tel-Aviv (Winner League) inked 29-year old American center LaRon Dendy (205-107kg-88, college: Middle Tennessee State). He started the season at Duzce Belediye in Turkish TBL league. In 34 games he recorded 14.4ppg, 8.7rpg, 2.2apg, 1.5spg and 1.3bpg this season. The last season Dendy played at Provence Basket in French ProB where in 20 games he averaged 12.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements Dendy's team won Sun Belt East Division Regular Season in 2012. He received also All-Sun Belt Player of the Year award back in 2012 at his college time.
Dendy is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Kolossos H Hotels), Ukraine (Zaporizhya) and France (JDA Dijon).
Dendy attended Middle Tennessee State until 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Maccabi Haifa tabs Rashaun Freeman, ex Hispano Am. - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Hunter Haifa (Winner League) inked 33-year old American power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-116kg-84, college: Massachusetts, agency: Pro Sports). He played recently at Hispano Americano de Rio Gallegos in Argentinian LigaA, but left the team last month. In 34 games he averaged 10.6ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.3apg this season.
The most of last season Freeman spent at Hebraica in Uruguayan LUB where in 20 games he had very impressive stats: 16.3ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the Uruguay LUB title (twice). A very good season in his career as he was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguay LUB 1st Team. Freeman also played earlier that season for Boca Juniors (LigaA) in Argentina. In 17 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 16.7ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.2apg.
In 2007 Freeman was drafted by Albany Patroons (USBL) in third round (29th overall).
He attended University of Massachusetts and it is his tenth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Freeman received Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Import Player of the Year award back in 2008.
He is a very experienced player. Freeman has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to ten different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Freeman has played previously professionally in Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk), Belgium (VOO Verviers Pepinster), Bosnia (Siroki Primorka), China (Heilongjiang), Germany, Puerto Rico (Brujos), Israel (GreenTops Netanya and B.C. Habikaa), France (JSF Nanterre), Kuwait (Kazma) and IBA (Schenectady L.).
His game is described as: "Rashaun is an All-American Candidate after being on the A-10 First Team for the last two years. He is an extremely talented post player, a great one-on-one player, he's very tough to stop. I've seen more of a determination from him in our preseason workouts. He's paid more attention to his body, paid more attention to his weaknesses. So much came to him, so easily early. He was First Team All-Atlantic 10 his freshman, sophomore, and junior years. I wouldn't say he got complacent. It all just came easy to him; he didn't concentrate on his weaknesses. I've seen a determination. There have been many pro scouts watching his workouts. Ray has done really well.".

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.

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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)



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  ITALY  


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 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)



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B League D3 Round 21: Saitama Broncos beat Tokyo Cinq R. by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in B League D3.

The most exciting game of round 21 in the B League D3 took place in Tokyo. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 5th ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (15-23) to seventh ranked Saitama Broncos (13-25) 77-76 on Friday evening. It was a good game for American forward Tiras Wade (200-81, college: La-Lafayette) who saved his team from a defeat with 26 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Brent Jennings (193-88, college: So.Poly State) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Josiah Heath (205-93, college: Canisius, agency: Inception Sports) answered with 16 points and 5 rebounds for Tokyo Cinq R.Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Saitama Broncos maintains seventh place with 13-25 record. Tokyo Cinq R. at the other side keeps the fifth position with 23 games lost. Saitama Broncos are looking forward to face higher ranked Tokyo HT (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tokyo Cinq R.'s supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tokyo Otsuka A..
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Fukuoka Rizing (33-5) against fourth ranked Otsuka A. (21-17) on Sunday night. Host Fukuoka Rizing was defeated by Otsuka A. in Fukuoka 85-73. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Fukuoka Rizing. Point guard Kodama Takashi (166-92) stepped up and scored 28 points and 4 assists for the winners and Kyle Richardson chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Ghanian-British forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-88, college: Washington) with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Otsuka A. maintains fourth place with 21-17 record. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. Otsuka A.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tokyo to the arena Tokyo Cinq R..
An interesting game for Kanazawa Sam. (35-3) which hosted in Ishikawa 3rd placed Tokyo HT (24-14). First ranked Kanazawa Sam. managed to get a 14-point victory 81-67. Gyno Pomare nailed 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Kanazawa Sam.'s coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Edward Morris came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for Tokyo HT in the defeat. Kanazawa Sam. have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with 35-3 record. Loser Tokyo HT keeps the third position with 14 games lost. Kanazawa Sam. will meet league's second-placed Fukuoka Rizing on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tokyo HT will play against Saitama Broncos and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game for Fukuoka Rizing (33-5) which hosted in Fukuoka 4th placed Otsuka A. (21-17). Second ranked Fukuoka Rizing had an easy win 92-70. The best player for the winners was Josh Peppers who scored 15 points and 6 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. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for Fukuoka Rizing. They maintain second place with 33-5 record having just two points less than leader Kanazawa Sam. Otsuka A. lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the fourth position with 17 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing's next round opponent will be league's leader Kanazawa Sam. in Ishikawa and it will be for sure the game of the week. Otsuka A.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tokyo to the arena Tokyo Cinq R..
An interesting game for Kanazawa Sam. (35-3) which hosted in Ishikawa 3rd placed Tokyo HT (24-14). First ranked Kanazawa Sam. had an easy win 82-60. It was a good game for Andrew Fitzgerald who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 6 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 tenth consecutive win for Kanazawa Sam.. They maintain first place with 35-3 record. Loser Tokyo HT keeps the third position with 14 games lost. Kanazawa Sam. will face league's second-placed Fukuoka Rizing on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tokyo HT will play against Saitama Broncos and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 21 Saitama Bron. was beaten by Tokyo Cinq R. on the road 104-98.

Fukuoka Rizing - Otsuka A. 73-85

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Fukuoka Rizing (33-5) against fourth ranked Otsuka A. (21-17) on Sunday night. Host Fukuoka Rizing was defeated by Otsuka A. in Fukuoka 85-73. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Fukuoka Rizing. Otsuka A. made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Fukuoka Rizing 43-25 including a 36-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Point guard Kodama Takashi (166-92) stepped up and scored 28 points and 4 assists for the winners and American forward Kyle Richardson (201-91, college: Portland St.) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Ghanian-British forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-88, college: Washington) with 12 points and 6 rebounds and guard Daisuke Kobayashi (188-87) scored 17 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Otsuka A. maintains fourth place with 21-17 record. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. Otsuka A.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tokyo to the arena Tokyo Cinq R..
Top scorers:
Otsuka A.: K.Takashi 28+4reb+4ast, K.Richardson 15+7reb+2ast, S.Samejima 12+7reb+4ast, J.Wolfinger 8+7reb, R.Raymond 7+9reb+5ast, S.Tamura 5+1ast
Fukuoka Rizing: D.Kobayashi 17+1reb, M.Bryan-Amaning 12+6reb, J.Peppers 9+5reb+1ast, Y.Yamashita 9+2reb+5ast, B.Butch 7+4reb+2ast, T.Komoda 6+1reb
gschID: 512765


Kanazawa Sam. - Tokyo HT 81-67

An interesting game for Kanazawa Sam. (35-3) which hosted in Ishikawa 3rd placed Tokyo HT (24-14). First ranked Kanazawa Sam. managed to get a 14-point victory 81-67. It was a great shooting night for Kanazawa Sam. especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. American-Panamanian forward Gyno Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego) nailed 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and guard Ide Yuji (181-88) accounted for 12 points and 7 assists. Kanazawa Sam.'s coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American power forward Edward Morris (204-84, college: Pittsburg St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import power forward Alex Jones (206-87, college: Seattle) added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Tokyo HT in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kanazawa Sam. have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with 35-3 record. Loser Tokyo HT keeps the third position with 14 games lost. Kanazawa Sam. will meet league's second-placed Fukuoka Rizing on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tokyo HT will play against Saitama Broncos and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kanazawa Sam.: Y.Inoue 13+2reb, I.Yuji 12+4reb+7ast, G.Pomare 12+9reb+2ast, S.Goto 11+5reb, T.Bishop 9+4reb+2ast, T.Tsukino 8+4reb+2ast
Tokyo HT: E.Morris 17+12reb+1ast, H.Oogane 13+4reb+1ast, B.Harper 11+4reb, A.Jones 10+7reb+5ast, Y.Ikeda 8+1reb+2ast, R.Narumi 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 512764


Tokyo Cinq R. - Saitama Bron. 104-98

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (15-23) beat at home 7th ranked Saitama Broncos (13-25) 104-98 on Saturday. Tokyo Cinq R. made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Saitama Broncos' players. It was a good game for swingman Mitsuhiro Kamezaki (189-86) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 4 assists. American forward Jermaine Green (203-80, college: N.Texas, agency: Haylett Sports) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Tokyo Cinq R.'s coach Lars Ekstrom allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Brent Jennings (193-88, college: So.Poly State) answered with 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and the other American import power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa) added 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for Saitama Broncos. Five Tokyo Cinq R. and four Saitama Broncos players scored in double figures. Tokyo Cinq R. maintains fifth place with 15-23 record. Saitama Broncos lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 25 games lost. Tokyo Cinq R.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tokyo Otsuka A..
Top scorers:
Tokyo Cinq R.: M.Kamezaki 26+3reb+4ast, J.Green 16+4reb+4ast, R.Takeda 12+4reb+4ast, K.Takahashi 11+6reb+3ast, T.Sano 11+4reb+1ast, J.Heath 10+5reb+1ast
Saitama Bron.: B.Jennings 33+6reb+2ast, M.Ueda 19+1reb+2ast, C.Tate 19+7reb+2ast, N.Yutaro 11+6reb+3ast, T.Wade 9+5reb+1ast, Y.Sasaki 4+10reb+3ast
gschID: 512763


Fukuoka Rizing - Otsuka A. 92-70

An interesting game for Fukuoka Rizing (33-5) which hosted in Fukuoka 4th placed Otsuka A. (21-17). Second ranked Fukuoka Rizing had an easy win 92-70. The best player for the winners was American forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida) who scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Ghanian-British forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-88, college: Washington) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. Four Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Joe Wolfinger (216-85, college: Citadel) who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import forward Kyle Richardson (201-91, college: Portland St.) added 12 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for Fukuoka Rizing. They maintain second place with 33-5 record having just two points less than leader Kanazawa Sam. Otsuka A. lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the fourth position with 17 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing's next round opponent will be league's leader Kanazawa Sam. in Ishikawa and it will be for sure the game of the week. Otsuka A.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tokyo to the arena Tokyo Cinq R..
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: J.Peppers 15+6reb+3ast, B.Butch 13+6reb+1ast, M.Bryan-Amaning 10+12reb+1ast, D.Kobayashi 10+1reb+2ast, Y.Yamashita 10+2reb+8ast, S.Ishitani 8+4reb+2ast
Otsuka A.: J.Wolfinger 13+10reb+1ast, K.Richardson 12+4reb+1ast, S.Samejima 10+2reb+2ast, Y.Sakamoto 9+1ast, S.Murata 9+4reb, T.Hasegawa 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 512762


Kanazawa Sam. - Tokyo HT 82-60

An interesting game for Kanazawa Sam. (35-3) which hosted in Ishikawa 3rd placed Tokyo HT (24-14). First ranked Kanazawa Sam. had an easy win 82-60. It was a good game for American power forward Andrew Fitzgerald (202-90, college: Oklahoma) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 6 rebounds. American-Panamanian forward Gyno Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American power forward Edward Morris (204-84, college: Pittsburg St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import power forward Alex Jones (206-87, college: Seattle) added 13 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Tokyo HT. 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 tenth consecutive win for Kanazawa Sam.. They maintain first place with 35-3 record. Loser Tokyo HT keeps the third position with 14 games lost. Kanazawa Sam. will face league's second-placed Fukuoka Rizing on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tokyo HT will play against Saitama Broncos and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kanazawa Sam.: A.Fitzgerald 18+6reb+3ast, G.Pomare 14+6reb+1ast, T.Bishop 11+9reb, I.Yuji 9+3reb+1ast, T.Yonamine 8+2reb+3ast, T.Tsukino 8+3ast
Tokyo HT: E.Morris 22+13reb+1ast, A.Jones 13+11reb+2ast, H.Oogane 6+3reb, B.Harper 6+8reb+2ast, Y.Ikeda 6+1reb, D.Uematsu 3
gschID: 512761


Tokyo Cinq R. - Saitama Bron. 76-77

The most exciting game of round 21 in the B League D3 took place in Tokyo. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 5th ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (15-23) to seventh ranked Saitama Broncos (13-25) 77-76 on Friday evening. It was a good game for American forward Tiras Wade (200-81, college: La-Lafayette) who saved his team from a defeat with 26 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Brent Jennings (193-88, college: So.Poly State) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Jennings is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American power forward Josiah Heath (205-93, college: Canisius, agency: Inception Sports) answered with 16 points and 5 rebounds and guard Kodai Takahashi (180-91) added 8 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Tokyo Cinq R.Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Saitama Broncos maintains seventh place with 13-25 record. Tokyo Cinq R. at the other side keeps the fifth position with 23 games lost. Saitama Broncos are looking forward to face higher ranked Tokyo HT (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tokyo Cinq R.'s supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tokyo Otsuka A..
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: T.Wade 26+7reb+1ast, B.Jennings 16+6reb+2ast, M.Ueda 11+3reb+3ast, C.Tate 10+4reb, Y.Shoji 8+7reb+1ast, N.Yutaro 2+5reb+2ast
Tokyo Cinq R.: J.Heath 16+5reb+2ast, J.Green 15+3reb+1ast, R.Takeda 14+2reb+3ast, T.Sano 10+1reb+3ast, K.Takahashi 8+10reb+4ast, M.Kamezaki 5+5reb+3ast
gschID: 512760





B League Round 57: Hitachi Sunrockers defeat leader Toshiba Thunders - 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. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Toshiba Thunders (45-10) in Tokyo on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (29-26) 84-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Toshiba Thunders. It was a good game for Canadian center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. International forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga) contributed with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for Toshiba Thunders. Toshiba Thunders' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains third place with 29-26 record having sixteen points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Toshiba Thunders at the other side still keep top position with ten games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers are looking forward to face Toyama Grouses (#5) at home in the next round. Toshiba Thunders will play against Yokohama BC (#6) and are hoping to win this game.
Fifth-ranked Akita Happinets (17-38) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Tochigi Brex (44-11). The visitors from Tochigi managed to secure only three-point victory 74-71. However their fans expected much easier game. American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Yusuke Endo chipped in 16 points. The best for the losing side was Canadian center Scott Morrison (213-86, college: Portland St.) with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Tochigi Brex maintains first place with 44-11 record, which they share with SeaHorses. Akita Happinets at the other side keep the fifth position with 38 games lost. Tochigi Brex will play against Chiba Jets (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Akita Happinets will play against Hokkaido L. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of first ranked Aishin Sea Horses (44-11) against sixth ranked Shiga L-Stars (16-39) on Sunday night. Visiting Aishin Sea Horses were defeated by Shiga L-Stars in a tough game in Shiga 65-70. It ended at the same time the 13-game winning streak of Aishin Sea Horses. Julian Mavunga nailed 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Gavin Edwards came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds for Aishin Sea Horses in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Shiga L-Stars moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Toyama Grouses and Yokohama BC. Loser Aishin Sea Horses still keep top position with 11 games lost. They share it with Tochigi Brex. Shiga L-Stars will meet at home Diamond Dolphins (#5) in the next round. Aishin Sea Horses will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Toyota Alvark (40-15) which played road game in Saporro against 4th placed Hokkaido L. (21-34). Second ranked Toyota Alvark had an easy win 83-61. The best player for the winners was Diante Garrett who scored 19 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. Toyota Alvark maintains second place with 40-15 record having five points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Hokkaido L. at the other side keeps the fourth position with 34 games lost. Toyota Alvark's next round opponent will be Sendai 89ers (#6) on the road. Hokkaido L. will play against Akita Happinets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Osaka Evessa (27-28) which hosted in Osaka 3rd placed Ryukyu GK (26-29). Second ranked Osaka Evessa had an easy win 83-62. It was a good game for Xavier Gibson who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 7 rebounds. 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. Osaka Evessa maintains second place with 27-28 record having eighteen points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser Ryukyu GK keeps the third position with 29 games lost. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round. Ryukyu GK will play at home against Kyoto Hannar. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 57: Sanen beat Toyama Grouses on the road 71-66. Yokohama BC won against Niigata Albirex on its own court 81-73. Kyoto Hannar. unfortunately lost to Nagoya DD in a road game 68-72. Chiba Jets rolled over Sendai 89ers at home 102-61.
The most impressive performance of 57th round was 15 points and 10 rebounds by Marcus Dove of Kyoto Hannar..

Toyama Grouses - Sanen 66-71

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Sanen Neophoenix (30-25) beat on the road 5th ranked Toyama Grouses (16-39) 71-66 on Sunday. It was a good game for American swingman Josh Childress (203-83, college: Stanford) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Point guard Tatsuya Suzuki (169-91) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Sanen Neophoenix's coach Hiroki Fujita used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American center Dexter Pittman (208-88, college: Texas, agency: Inception Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import forward Sam Willard (205-88, college: Pacific, agency: Pensack Sports) added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Toyama Grouses. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Sanen Neophoenix maintains second place with 30-25 record having fifteen points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser Toyama Grouses keep the fifth position with 39 games lost. Sanen Neophoenix will face Niigata Albirex (#4) on the road in the next round. Toyama Grouses will play against Hitachi Sunrockers in Tokyo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sanen: J.Childress 21+9reb+3ast, T.Suzuki 17+3reb+3ast, S.Okada 10+4reb+1ast, A.Ota 8+5reb, R.Dozier 6+9reb+2ast, T.Namizato 4
Toyama Grouses: D.Pittman 17+13reb, N.Uto 17+2reb+1ast, S.Willard 15+8reb+4ast, T.Mito 11+5reb, Y.Okada 6+3reb+1ast, T.Obara 0+5reb
gschID: 475255


Hokkaido L. - Toyota Alvark 61-83

An interesting game for Toyota Alvark (40-15) which played road game in Saporro against 4th placed Hokkaido L. (21-34). Second ranked Toyota Alvark had an easy win 83-61. Toyota Alvark forced 19 Hokkaido L. turnovers. The best player for the winners was American point guard Diante Garrett (196-88, college: Iowa St.) who scored 19 points. His fellow American import forward Jeff Ayres (206-87, college: Arizona St.) chipped in 13 points. Four Toyota Alvark players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Daniel Miller (211-91, college: Georgia Tech) who recorded 17 points and 5 rebounds and Canadian center Jordan Bachynski (218-89, college: Arizona St.) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Toyota Alvark maintains second place with 40-15 record having five points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Hokkaido L. at the other side keeps the fourth position with 34 games lost. Toyota Alvark's next round opponent will be Sendai 89ers (#6) on the road. Hokkaido L. will play against Akita Happinets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: D.Garrett 19+3reb+3ast, J.Ayres 13+3reb+1ast, Z.Baranski 13+2reb+1ast, J.Takeuchi 12+2reb, T.Plaisted 9+3reb, S.Kikuchi 6+3reb+3ast
Hokkaido L.: D.Miller 17+5reb, J.Bachynski 10+9reb, T.Orimo 9+2reb+2ast, A.Tajima 6+1reb+2ast, J.Thorpe 6+3reb+3ast, D.Noguchi 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 475250


Akita NH - Tochigi Brex 71-74

Fifth-ranked Akita Happinets (17-38) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Tochigi Brex (44-11). The visitors from Tochigi managed to secure only three-point victory 74-71. However their fans expected much easier game. Tochigi Brex forced 19 Akita Happinets turnovers. American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and international guard Yusuke Endo (185-89) chipped in 16 points. The best for the losing side was Canadian center Scott Morrison (213-86, college: Portland St.) with 15 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri) scored 16 points. Four Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Tochigi Brex maintains first place with 44-11 record, which they share with SeaHorses. Akita Happinets at the other side keep the fifth position with 38 games lost. Tochigi Brex will play against Chiba Jets (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Akita Happinets will play against Hokkaido L. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: Y.Endo 16+1reb+1ast, R.Rossiter 14+10reb+2ast, T.Furukawa 13+2reb+1ast, T.Brenton 8+6reb+3ast, K.Takeuchi 7+5reb+3ast, H.Watanabe 5+2reb+2ast
Akita NH: L.Lyons 16+3reb+2ast, S.Morrison 15+6reb, S.Ando 12+2reb+1ast, S.Taguchi 10+2ast, E.Ravenel 6+5reb+1ast, T.Nakayama 4+7reb
gschID: 475251


Hitachi SR - Toshiba BT 84-71

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Toshiba Thunders (45-10) in Tokyo on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (29-26) 84-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Toshiba Thunders. It was a good game for Canadian center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. International forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Hitachi Sunrockers players scored in double figures. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import forward Ryan Spangler (203-91, college: Oklahoma) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Toshiba Thunders. Toshiba Thunders' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains third place with 29-26 record having sixteen points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Toshiba Thunders at the other side still keep top position with ten games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers are looking forward to face Toyama Grouses (#5) at home in the next round. Toshiba Thunders will play against Yokohama BC (#6) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: R.Sacre 18+14reb+3ast, I.Brown 15+10reb+1ast, A.Chambers 13+6reb, L.Vendrame 11+3reb, K.Hirose 9+2ast, R.Guinn 8+2reb+1ast
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 20+14reb+3ast, R.Spangler 14+7reb+2ast, R.Shinoyama 11+1reb+1ast, N.Tsuji 9+3ast, Y.Fujii 7+4reb+3ast, M.Diouf 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 475253


Yokohama BC - Niigata Albirex 81-73

There was a minor upset when 4th placed Niigata Albirex (24-31) lost on the road to sixth ranked Yokohama BC (16-39) 81-73 on Sunday. Yokohama BC outrebounded Niigata Albirex 41-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for the former international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) who led his team to a victory with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. International center Pape Faye (200-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Yokohama BC players scored in double figures. American power forward Clint Chapman (208-89, college: Texas, agency: Babcock Sports) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Stephan Van-Treese (206-90, college: Louisville, agency: Inception Sports) added 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Niigata Albirex. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Yokohama BC moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Toyama Grouses and Shiga L-Stars. Loser Niigata Albirex keeps the fourth position with 31 games lost. Yokohama BC will face league's leader Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Niigata Albirex will play at home against the league's second-placed Sanen Neophoenix and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: T.Kawamura 23+5reb+4ast, J.Parmer 14+8reb+1ast, J.Washburn 13+7reb+2ast, P.Faye 13+10reb+3ast, M.Hosoya 10+6reb+1ast, K.Takashima 4
Niigata Albirex: S.Van Treese 19+6reb+1ast, C.Chapman 19+8reb+1ast, S.Hatakeyama 10+4ast, D.Gardner 8+2reb, K.Sato 6+5reb+1ast, K.Igarashi 5+1reb+5ast
gschID: 475254


Shiga L-Stars - SeaHorses 70-65

Very important is a road loss of first ranked Aishin Sea Horses (44-11) against sixth ranked Shiga L-Stars (16-39) on Sunday night. Visiting Aishin Sea Horses were defeated by Shiga L-Stars in a tough game in Shiga 65-70. It ended at the same time the 13-game winning streak of Aishin Sea Horses. Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) nailed 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and American Craig Brackins (208-87, college: Iowa St.) accounted for 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Shiga L-Stars players scored in double figures. American power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and the former international swingman Kosuke Kanamaru (193-89) added 19 points respectively for Aishin Sea Horses in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Shiga L-Stars moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Toyama Grouses and Yokohama BC. Loser Aishin Sea Horses still keep top position with 11 games lost. They share it with Tochigi Brex. Shiga L-Stars will meet at home Diamond Dolphins (#5) in the next round. Aishin Sea Horses will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: Y.Karino 15+2ast, J.Mavunga 14+7reb+2ast, C.Brackins 13+6reb+3ast, Y.Sugawara 12+7reb, N.Namizato 7+1reb+5ast, T.Hasegawa 3+3reb
SeaHorses: G.Edwards 22+12reb+2ast, K.Kanamaru 19+4reb+1ast, S.Kashiwagi 7+6reb+5ast, M.Takahashi 5+8reb+1ast, M.Hiejima 5+4ast, I.Butts 4+11reb+2ast
gschID: 475256


Osaka Evessa - Ryukyu GK 83-62

An interesting game for Osaka Evessa (27-28) which hosted in Osaka 3rd placed Ryukyu GK (26-29). Second ranked Osaka Evessa had an easy win 83-62. Ryukyu GK was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American power forward Xavier Gibson (210-88, college: Florida St.) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Takuya Hashimoto (186-94) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Osaka Evessa players scored in double figures. American forward Reyshawn Terry (203-84, college: N.Carolina) answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Syota Tsuyama (178-96) added 17 points in the effort for Ryukyu GK. 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. Osaka Evessa maintains second place with 27-28 record having eighteen points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser Ryukyu GK keeps the third position with 29 games lost. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round. Ryukyu GK will play at home against Kyoto Hannar. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: X.Gibson 20+7reb+1ast, T.Hashimoto 14+5reb, R.Roby 12+4reb, N.Hashimoto 10+4reb, J.Harrellson 9+8reb+2ast, H.Kinoshita 7+4reb+2ast
Ryukyu GK: S.Tsuyama 17+3reb, R.Terry 16+7reb, A.McHenry 7+8reb+3ast, S.Kinjo 6+4reb+2ast, N.Tashiro 6+4reb, L.Hamilton 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 475257


Nagoya DD - Kyoto Hannar. 72-68

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Diamond Dolphins (24-31) won against 4th placed Kyoto Hannar. (24-31) in Nagoya 72-68 on Sunday. It was a good game for American forward Justin Burrell (207-88, college: St.John's) who led his team to a victory with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Ando Shuto (189-94) contributed with 11 points and 5 assists for the winners. Five Diamond Dolphins players scored in double figures. American Marcus Dove (206-85, college: Oklahoma St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import forward Kevin Kotzur (203-89, college: St.Mary's, TX) added 11 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Kyoto Hannar.Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Diamond Dolphins moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Niigata Albirex and Kyoto Hannar. Diamond Dolphins will face Shiga L-Stars (#6) on the road in the next round. Kyoto Hannar. will play against Ryukyu GK in Okinawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nagoya DD: Y.Fujinaga 13+2reb+4ast, J.Burrell 13+7reb+2ast, D.Weaver 11+4reb, A.Shuto 11+4reb+5ast, T.Harimoto 10+2reb+2ast, S.Funyu 10+4reb+2ast
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Dove 15+10reb, G.Kojima 13+3reb+6ast, K.Kotzur 11+11reb+2ast, H.Kawashima 8+2reb+1ast, M.Charlo 7+6reb+1ast, S.Utsumi 6+2reb
gschID: 475259


Chiba Jets - Sendai 89ers 102-61

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Sendai 89ers (13-42) were outscored on the road by third ranked Chiba Jets (39-16) 102-61 on Sunday. Chiba Jets made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American center Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). His fellow American import Tyler Stone (203-91, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Chiba Jets players scored in double figures. American Greg Mangano (208-89, college: Yale) answered with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 16 rebounds and forward Takayuki Kumagai (190-85) added 14 points in the effort for Sendai 89ers. 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. Chiba Jets have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 39-16 record having six points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Sendai 89ers lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 42 games lost. Chiba Jets will face league's leader Tochigi Brex on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sendai 89ers will play against the league's second-placed Toyota Alvark (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: H.Armstrong 20+8reb+2ast, T.Stone 18+6reb+3ast, F.Nishimura 12, M.Parker 12+5reb+2ast, R.Ono 11+4reb+1ast, Y.Togashi 10+3reb+5ast
Sendai 89ers: G.Mangano 26+16reb, T.Kumagai 14+3reb+2ast, R.Yanagawa 10+1reb+2ast, T.Nephawe 5+7reb, M.Tate 4, M.Kataoka 2+1reb
gschID: 475252





B League D2 Round 58: #1 Gunma is defeated by Aomori Watts - 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 4 rounds. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Gunma (36-20) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Aomori Watts (25-31) 85-78. American center Kyle Barone (208-89, college: Idaho) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Daichi Shimoyama (181-89) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Gunma's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Aomori Watts maintains fifth position with 25-31 record. Gunma at the other side still keeps top place with 20 games lost. Aomori Watts are looking forward to face higher ranked Yamagata (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Gunma will play against Iwate Big Bulls and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Dragonflies (43-13) against fifth ranked Kagawa FA (18-38) on Sunday night. Host Dragonflies were defeated by Kagawa FA in a tough game in Hiroshima 72-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dragonflies. American forward Chehales Tapscott (195-90, college: Portland St.) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Rintaro Tokunaga supported him with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Even 18 points by American forward Connor Lammert (206-94, college: Texas, agency: Babcock Sports) did not help to save the game for Dragonflies. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Kagawa FA maintains fifth position with 18-38 record. Dragonflies at the other side keep the second place with 13 games lost. Kagawa FA will play against league's leader Shimane Magic at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Dragonflies will play against Kumamoto V. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Tokyo Z (26-31) against fifth ranked Bambitious Nara (21-35) on Sunday night. Visiting Tokyo Z was crushed by Bambitious Nara in Nara 85-62. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Tokyo Z. Terrance Woodbury fired 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Will Creekmore produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds 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. Bambitious Nara maintains fifth position with 21-35 record. Loser Tokyo Z keeps the third place with 31 games lost. Bambitious Nara will meet higher ranked Tokyo Excel. (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tokyo Z will play against Shinshu BW in Nagano and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a home loss of first ranked Nishinomiya S. (40-16) against sixth ranked Shinshu BW (14-42) on Sunday night. Host Nishinomiya S. was defeated by Shinshu BW in Hyogo 79-68. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Nishinomiya S.. Worth to mention a great performance of Jeroen van der List who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shinshu BW maintains sixth position with 14-42 record. Nishinomiya S. at the other side still keeps top place with 16 games lost. Shinshu BW's next round opponent will be higher ranked Tokyo Z (#3) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Nishinomiya S. will play against the league's second-placed Toyotsu FE in Nagoya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Nagoya. Second ranked host Toyotsu FE (39-17) defeated 4th ranked Tokyo Excel. (21-34) 91-79. Solomon Alabi scored 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Toyotsu FE maintains second position with 39-17 record behind leader Shimane SM. Loser Tokyo Excel. keeps the fourth place with 34 games lost. Toyotsu FE will face league's leader Nishinomiya S. in Hyogo in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tokyo Excel. will play at home against Bambitious Nara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 58: Ehime OV was destroyed by Shimane SM on the opponent's court 94-49. Iwate Big Bulls unfortunately lost to Fukushima in a home game 75-80. Cyberdyne IR managed to beat Yamagata on the road 82-75. Kagoshima was crushed by Kumamoto V. on its own court 71-95.

Toyotsu FE - Tokyo Excel. 91-79

The game between Top Four teams took place in Nagoya. Second ranked host Toyotsu FE (39-17) defeated 4th ranked Tokyo Excel. (21-34) 91-79. Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.) scored 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Kei Sugimoto (182-92) chipped in 17 points during the contest. At the losing side American center Ryan Stephan (208-94, college: Colorado Mesa) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and guard Tatsuya Nishiyama (171-88) scored 14 points and 6 assists. Four Tokyo Excel. players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Toyotsu FE maintains second position with 39-17 record behind leader Shimane SM. Loser Tokyo Excel. keeps the fourth place with 34 games lost. Toyotsu FE will face league's leader Nishinomiya S. in Hyogo in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tokyo Excel. will play at home against Bambitious Nara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Excel.: R.Stephan 17+14reb, T.Nishiyama 14+1reb+6ast, T.Ishida 12+4reb+1ast, H.Tobita 12+4reb+1ast, L.Evans 8+2reb+1ast, S.Izumi 6+2reb+1ast
Toyotsu FE: S.Alabi 19+9reb+2ast, K.Sugimoto 17+3reb+3ast, R.Carney 15+4reb+4ast, Y.Otsuka 9+6reb+5ast, K.Fukuzawa 8+2reb, M.Narita 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 543423


Shimane SM - Ehime OV 94-49

Rather expected game when 4th ranked Orange Vikings (27-29) were crushed on the road by first ranked Shimane Magic (46-10) 94-49 on Sunday. Shimane Magic outrebounded Orange Vikings 43-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. American forward Josh Davis (203-91, college: San Diego St.) scored 8 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Edward Yamamoto (173-86) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side Toshino Yoshihiko (186-92) responded with 16 points and guard Yoshihumi Nakajima (176-90) scored 9 points and 5 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 rest. Shimane Magic have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 46-10 record. Orange Vikings lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 29 games lost. Shimane Magic will face Kagawa FA (#5) in Takamatsu in the next round. Orange Vikings will play at home against Kagoshima and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ehime OV: T.Yoshihiko 16+2reb+2ast, C.Williams 9+6reb+1ast, Y.Nakajima 9+5reb+2ast, J.Crawford 6+4reb, M.Abe 3, L.Blackledge 2+3reb+2ast
Shimane SM: J.Abe 21+1ast, E.Yamamoto 17+3reb+4ast, H.Okamoto 13+4reb+1ast, W.Marshall 10+6reb+1ast, J.Davis 8+15reb+5ast, K.Takabatake 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 543424


Hiroshima D. - Kagawa FA 72-76

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Dragonflies (43-13) against fifth ranked Kagawa FA (18-38) on Sunday night. Host Dragonflies were defeated by Kagawa FA in a tough game in Hiroshima 72-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dragonflies. American forward Chehales Tapscott (195-90, college: Portland St.) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and point guard Rintaro Tokunaga (177-86) supported him with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Five Kagawa FA players scored in double figures. Even 18 points by American forward Connor Lammert (206-94, college: Texas, agency: Babcock Sports) did not help to save the game for Dragonflies. The former international forward Shogo Asayama (192-81) added 18 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Kagawa FA maintains fifth position with 18-38 record. Dragonflies at the other side keep the second place with 13 games lost. Kagawa FA will play against league's leader Shimane Magic at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Dragonflies will play against Kumamoto V. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hiroshima D.: C.Lammert 18+3reb+2ast, S.Asayama 18+3reb+1ast, A.Sakata 7+1reb+1ast, S.Ikaruga 6+6reb+3ast, D.Dillon 6+6reb+1ast, H.Kitagawa 6+4ast
Kagawa FA: R.Tokunaga 18+5reb+8ast, C.Tapscott 15+12reb+4ast, S.Mizoguchi 11+5reb+1ast, T.Bandoh 11+2reb+4ast, T.Shuichi 10+1reb, N.Williams 7+3reb
gschID: 543425


Iwate Big Bulls - Fukushima 75-80

Rather predictable result when second ranked Fukushima (30-26) defeated on the road 6th ranked Iwate Big Bulls (15-41) 80-75 on Sunday. Strangely Iwate Big Bulls outrebounded Fukushima 43-30 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. American center Nigel Spikes (208-89, college: Marshall) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Cedric Bozeman (198-83, college: UCLA) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side American power forward Nicchaeus Doaks (201-87, college: Chattanooga) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 29 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Makoto Sawaguchi (184-91) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Fukushima maintains second position with 30-26 record having ten points less than leader Shimane SM. Loser Iwate Big Bulls keep the sixth place with 41 games lost. Fukushima will have a break next round. Iwate Big Bulls will play at home against the league's leader Gunma (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: N.Doaks 24+29reb+4ast, M.Sawaguchi 15+5reb+3ast, K.Nagata 8+2reb+3ast, S.Chiba 8+1reb, O.Yoko 7+3reb, S.Onodera 6+1reb+1ast
Fukushima: C.Bozeman 16+3reb+4ast, N.Spikes 15+11reb, S.Kanno 14+5reb+2ast, A.Nogami 9+2reb+1ast, K.Tomori 8+1reb+1ast, Y.Hori 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 543426


Yamagata - Cyberdyne IR 75-82

The game between closely ranked teams ended with one of their biggest challengers Yamagata's (26-30) home loss to third ranked Cyberdyne IR (28-28) 75-82 on Sunday. Cyberdyne IR made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. American forward Scootie Randall (198-90, college: Temple) scored 24 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota) chipped in 17 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four Cyberdyne IR players scored in double figures. At the losing side American swingman Seth Tarver (196-88, college: Oregon St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and guard Masanari Masanari (186-91) scored 19 points. Yamagata's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Cyberdyne IR have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 28-28 record having twelve points less than leader Shimane SM. Yamagata lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 30 games lost. Cyberdyne IR will have a break next round. Yamagata will play on the road against Aomori Watts (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Yamagata: M.Masanari 19+2reb+1ast, S.Tarver 18+14reb+1ast, Y.Takahashi 8+2reb+4ast, H.Sasaki 7, M.Izawa 6+2reb, Y.Ishikawa 6+8reb+7ast
Cyberdyne IR: S.Randall 24+5reb+3ast, R.Rickert 17+11reb+1ast, J.Maniwa 12+2reb+2ast, D.Larkai 10+10reb, S.Kouno 8+2reb+3ast, S.Isshiki 7+1ast
gschID: 543427


Gunma - Aomori Watts 78-85

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Gunma (36-20) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Aomori Watts (25-31) 85-78. American center Kyle Barone (208-89, college: Idaho) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Daichi Shimoyama (181-89) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Hirotaka Kondo (187-82) scored 17 points. Gunma's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Aomori Watts maintains fifth position with 25-31 record. Gunma at the other side still keeps top place with 20 games lost. Aomori Watts are looking forward to face higher ranked Yamagata (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Gunma will play against Iwate Big Bulls and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Gunma: T.Kennedy 19+5reb+2ast, H.Kondo 17+4reb+2ast, M.Obuchi 12+4reb+2ast, A.Kuso 9+8reb+2ast, M.Cousin 7+6reb+1ast, N.Kodai 6+1reb
Aomori Watts: D.Shimoyama 23+6reb+3ast, K.Barone 21+10reb+3ast, K.Aita 14+1reb+6ast, A.Wiggins 8+7reb, Y.Nagayama 8+4reb+4ast, T.Kan 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 543428


Bambitious Nara - Tokyo Z 85-62

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Tokyo Z (26-31) against fifth ranked Bambitious Nara (21-35) on Sunday night. Visiting Tokyo Z was crushed by Bambitious Nara in Nara 85-62. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Tokyo Z. Bambitious Nara dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Tokyo Z's 22. American guard Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) fired 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Daiki Terashita (190-80) chipped in 16 points. Woodbury is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Bambitious Nara players scored in double figures. American center Will Creekmore (205-89, college: Missouri St.) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Kazuyuki Nakagawa (180-82) added 12 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. Bambitious Nara maintains fifth position with 21-35 record. Loser Tokyo Z keeps the third place with 31 games lost. Bambitious Nara will meet higher ranked Tokyo Excel. (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tokyo Z will play against Shinshu BW in Nagano and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Z: W.Creekmore 18+12reb+2ast, K.Nakagawa 12+2reb+2ast, M.Takumi 9+1reb+3ast, D.Jones 7+4reb, S.Akiba 6+1ast, S.Takayama 5+7reb+2ast
Bambitious Nara: T.Woodbury 20+7reb+3ast, D.Terashita 16+2reb+3ast, S.Komatsu 14, A.Ogide 12+8reb+1ast, R.Boykin 7+4reb, A.Hirao 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 543429


Kagoshima - Kumamoto V. 71-95

Everything went according to plan in Renova where third ranked Kumamoto V. (42-14) outscored 6th ranked Kagoshima (7-49) 95-71 on Sunday. They outrebounded Kagoshima 43-32 including 31 on the defensive glass. Kumamoto V. looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Kagoshima's players. American power forward Paul Butorac (208-83, college: E.Washington) scored 27 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Joel James (208-94, college: N.Carolina) chipped in 14 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Canadian forward Bikramjit Gill (201-92, college: Ball St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Ryuichiro Nakazono (190-78) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kagoshima's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Kumamoto V. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 42-14 record having just two point less than leader Shimane SM. Kagoshima lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 49 games lost. Kumamoto V. will face league's second-placed Dragonflies in Hiroshima in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kagoshima will play on the road against Orange Vikings (#4) in Matsuyama and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kagoshima: B.Gill 15+11reb+5ast, R.Nakazono 14+5reb+3ast, K.Sameshima 13+3reb+2ast, H.Fujita 10+1reb, D.Ankei 9+3reb+1ast, H.Tamada 5+2reb+2ast
Kumamoto V.: P.Butorac 27+9reb+2ast, S.Kobayashi 14+3reb+7ast, J.James 14+13reb+2ast, Y.Kanbara 11+2ast, M.Fukuda 10+7reb+3ast, N.Takamura 8+4reb+4ast
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Nishinomiya S. - Shinshu BW 68-79

Very important is a home loss of first ranked Nishinomiya S. (40-16) against sixth ranked Shinshu BW (14-42) on Sunday night. Host Nishinomiya S. was defeated by Shinshu BW in Hyogo 79-68. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Nishinomiya S.. Shinshu BW had a 31-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Dutch power forward Jeroen van der List (213-89, college: Indian Hills CC) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. Swingman Takei Hiroaki (182-91) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Australian center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Noriaki Douhara (178-89) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Nishinomiya S.Four Nishinomiya S. players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shinshu BW maintains sixth position with 14-42 record. Nishinomiya S. at the other side still keeps top place with 16 games lost. Shinshu BW's next round opponent will be higher ranked Tokyo Z (#3) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Nishinomiya S. will play against the league's second-placed Toyotsu FE in Nagoya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nishinomiya S.: D.Burns 14+4reb+4ast, J.Vandenberg 13+12reb+2ast, N.Douhara 12+8reb+3ast, L.Owens 10+7reb+2ast, J.Taniguchi 9+1reb, T.Yanagawa 7+3reb+2ast
Shinshu BW: J.van der List 24+16reb+5ast, T.Hiroaki 15+5reb+1ast, Y.Yasuhiko 12+1reb+2ast, X.Ford 9+8reb, D.Suzuki 7+2reb+1ast, Y.Yosuke 6+3reb
gschID: 543431





Armstrong's 20 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

32-year old center Hilton Armstrong (210-C-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Chiba Jets and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 57.
He had the game-high 20 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Chiba Jets in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Sendai 89ers (#6, 13-42) with 41-point margin 102-61. Chiba Jets maintains the 3rd position in their group in Japanese league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Chiba Jets will need more victories to improve their 39-16 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Armstrong as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Hilton Armstrong averages this season 10.1ppg and 7.7rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Robert Sacre (213-C-89) of Hitachi SR. He is Canadian center in his first season at Hitachi SR. In the last game Sacre recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he led Hitachi SR to another comfortable win 84-71 over slightly higher-ranked Toshiba BT (#1, 45-10) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Central. Hitachi SR consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 29-26 record is not bad at all. Sacre is one of the most experienced players at Hitachi SR and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88) of league's leader SeaHorses. Edwards scored 22 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Edwards' great performance SeaHorses lost 65-70 to the lower-ranked Shiga L-Stars (#6, 16-39). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. SeaHorses had another "accident". It may be a crucial gamestill good, but 11th lost game is hopefully really an accident. Edwards' teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Edwards has a very solid season. In 55 games in Japan he scored 14.9ppg. He also has 7.7rpg, 1.2bpg and FGP: 55.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Greg Mangano (208-PF-89) of Sendai 89ers - 26 points and 16 rebounds
5. Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) of Yokohama BC - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Stephan Van Treese (206-F-90) of Niigata Albirex - 19 points and 6 rebounds
7. Josh Childress (203-F/G-83) of Sanen - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Julian Mavunga (203-PF-90) of Shiga L-Stars - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Chiba Jets - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Dexter Pittman (208-C-88) of Toyama Grouses - 17 points and 13 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)



Japanese B League D2 round 58 best performance: Paul Butorac - by Eurobasket News

American Paul Butorac (208-C/F-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Kumamoto V., receiving a Asia-basket.com B League D2 Player of the Week award for round 58.
The 33-year old player was the main contributor (27 points, nine rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Kagoshima (#6, 7-49) with 24-point margin 95-71. Kumamoto V. maintains the 3rd position in their group in Japanese B League D2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kumamoto V. will need more victories to improve their 42-14 record. In the team's last game Butorac had a remarkable 84.6% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Paul Butorac averages this season 6.1ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Nicchaeus Doaks (201-F/C-87) of Iwate Big Bulls. Doaks had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 29 rebounds. Bad luck as Iwate Big Bulls lost that game 75-80 to the higher-ranked Fukushima (#2, 30-26). Iwate Big Bulls managed to keep the same 6th spot in East. 41 lost games are too many comparing to just fifteen victories Iwate Big Bulls managed to get this year. Doaks is a newcomer at Iwate Big Bulls, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Dutch Jeroen van der List (213-C/F-89) of Shinshu BW (#6). van der List showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Shinshu BW, leading his team to a 79-68 win against the higher-ranked Nishinomiya S. (#1, 40-16). Shinshu BW can only dream about fighting for top spots in Central. They have rather bad season and 14-42 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for van der List he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. van der List has a very solid season. In 24 games in Japan he scored 14.9ppg. He also has 9.3rpg and 1.6bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Scootie Randall (198-F-90) of Cyberdyne IR - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Josh Davis (203-F-91) of Shimane SM - 8 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Terrance Woodbury (201-G-87) of Bambitious Nara - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Kyle Barone (208-C-89) of Aomori Watts - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Will Creekmore (205-C-89) of Tokyo Z - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Rintaro Tokunaga (177-PG-86) of Kagawa FA - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Rick Rickert (211-C/F-83) of Cyberdyne IR - 17 points and 11 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)



Takashi's 28 points give him B League D3 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old point guard Kodama Takashi (166-PG-92) had an amazing evening in the last round for Otsuka A. and receives a Asia-basket.com B League D3 Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had the game-high 28 points adding four rebounds and four assists for Otsuka A. in his team's victory, helping them to beat Fukuoka Rizing (#2, 33-5) 85-73. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Otsuka A. maintains the 4th position in Japanese B League D3. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Otsuka A. will need more victories to improve their 21-17 record. In the team's last game Takashi had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Otsuka A., through which he has constantly improved. Kodama Takashi averages this season 6.3ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Tiras Wade (200-F-81) of Saitama Bron.. He is American forward in his first season at Saitama Bron.. In the last game Wade recorded impressive 26 points and 7 rebounds. It was enough for Saitama Bron. to edge slightly higher-ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (#5, 15-23) by 1 point 77-76. Saitama Bron.'s 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-25 record. Wade is a newcomer at Saitama Bron. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.7ppg (#8). He also registered 7.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Saitama Bron.'s star - guard Brent Jennings (193-G-88). Jennings got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds . Despite Jennings' great performance Saitama Bron. lost 98-104 to slightly higher-ranked Tokyo Cinq R. (#5, 15-23). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The chances of Saitama Bron. not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 25 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jennings could try to bring Saitama Bron.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Jennings has individually a great season in Japan. After 48 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.0ppg (2nd best). Jennings attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrew Fitzgerald (202-C/F-90) of Kanazawa Sam. - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Edward Morris (204-C/F-84) of Tokyo HT - 17 points and 12 rebounds
6. Josiah Heath (205-F/C-93) of Tokyo Cinq R. - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Cyrus Tate (203-F/C-85) of Saitama Bron. - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Mitsuhiro Kamezaki (189-G/F-86) of Tokyo Cinq R. - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Josh Peppers (201-F-85) of Fukuoka Rizing - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Kyle Richardson (201-F-91) of Otsuka A. - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Best players of Japanese B League round 56 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Nick Fazekas (211-F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Toshiba BT and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 56.
The 31-year old forward had a double-double of 30 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat Hitachi SR (#3, 29-26) 87-80. It allowed Toshiba BT to consolidate first place in the Japanese B League. Toshiba BT have a solid 45-10 record. In the team's last game Fazekas had a remarkable 63.2% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Toshiba BT, through which he has constantly improved. The University of Nevada graduate has very impressive stats this year. Fazekas is league's best scorer averaging so far 27.5ppg. Fazekas is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 12.6rpg) and averages solid 56.8% FGP and 41.6% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American power forward Craig Brackins (208-PF-87) of Shiga L-Stars. Brackins impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Shiga L-Stars lost that game 79-87 to the higher-ranked SeaHorses (#1, 44-11). Shiga L-Stars managed to keep the same 6th spot in West. 39 lost games are too many comparing to just sixteen victories Shiga L-Stars managed to get this year. Brackins is one of the most experienced players at Shiga L-Stars and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Sam Willard (205-F-88, agency: Pensack Sports) of Toyama Grouses (#5). Willard scored 26 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Toyama Grouses, leading his team to a 84-76 win against the higher-ranked Sanen (#2, 30-25). Toyama Grouses can only dream about fighting for top spots in Central. They have rather bad season and 16-39 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Willard he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Willard has individually a great season in Japan. After 55 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.5rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Chiba Jets - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Jeffrey Parmer (203-F-85) of Yokohama BC - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Davante Gardner (203-PF-91) of Niigata Albirex - 27 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Leo Lyons (206-F-87) of Akita NH - 23 points and 9 rebounds
8. Julian Mavunga (203-PF-90) of Shiga L-Stars - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Ira Brown (193-F-82) of Hitachi SR - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Dexter Pittman (208-C-88) of Toyama Grouses - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Rickert's double-double lands him B League D2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

33-year old Rick Rickert (211-C/F-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Cyberdyne IR and receives a Asia-basket.com B League D2 Player of the Week award for round 57.
He had a double-double of 39 points and 23 rebounds, while his team beat Yamagata (#4, 26-30) 91-80. Cyberdyne IR maintains the 3rd position in their group in Japanese B League D2. Cyberdyne IR 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 28-28 record. In the team's last game Rickert had a remarkable 64.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Cyberdyne IR's top player in his first season with the team. University of Minnesota graduate has very impressive stats this year. Rickert is in league's top in points (3rd best: 18.6ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 12.7rpg) and averages solid 52.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Nicchaeus Doaks (201-F/C-87) of Iwate Big Bulls. He is American forward in his first season at Iwate Big Bulls. In the last game Doaks recorded impressive double-double of 31 points and 23 rebounds. Bad luck as Iwate Big Bulls lost that game 68-74 to the higher-ranked Fukushima (#2, 30-26). Iwate Big Bulls managed to keep the same 6th spot in East. 41 lost games are too many comparing to just fifteen victories Iwate Big Bulls managed to get this year. Doaks is a newcomer at Iwate Big Bulls and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Chehales Tapscott (195-F-90) of Kagawa FA (#5). Tapscott got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for thirteen rebounds . Despite Tapscott's great performance Kagawa FA lost 81-89 to the higher-ranked Hiroshima D. (#2, 43-13). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Kagawa FA not to end season at such low position in West, however are less than slim as they have already lost 38 games, recording just eighteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Tapscott could try to bring Kagawa FA's a little bit higher in the standings. Tapscott has individually a great season in Japan. After 56 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.9ppg (2nd best) and assists with 3.3apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Solomon Alabi (216-C-88) of Toyotsu FE - 28 points, 22 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jeroen van der List (213-C/F-89) of Shinshu BW - 26 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Joel James (208-F-94) of Kumamoto V. - 20 points, 21 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Will Creekmore (205-C-89) of Tokyo Z - 14 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Kyle Barone (208-C-89) of Aomori Watts - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Ryan Stephan (208-C-94) of Tokyo Excel. - 33 points and 8 rebounds
10. Scootie Randall (198-F-90) of Cyberdyne IR - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Trevin PARKS
  Barsy Atyrau
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Parks, Barsy Atyrau22.1 
 2. Miller, Astana19.1 
 3. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.14.7 
 4. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.13.9 
 5. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau12.0 
 6. Yargaliev, Astana11.5 
 7. Ponomaryov, Astana10.4 
 8. Micheev, Barsy A.10.3 
 9. Lapchenko, Kaspiy A.9.7 
 10. Gavrilov, Astana9.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mikhail YEVSTIGNEYEV
  Barsy A.
  (201-F/C-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.6.5 
 2. Ponomaryov, Astana5.9 
 3. Micheev, Barsy A.5.4 
 4. Lapchenko, Kaspiy A.5.4 
 5. Bazhkin, Barsy A.5.0 
 6. Gavrilov, Astana4.8 
 7. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.4.5 
 8. Pan, Kaspiy Aktau4.4 
 9. Kazantcev, Kaspiy A.4.3 
 10. Parks, Barsy Atyrau3.9 
Assists Per Game
 Ian MILLER
  Astana
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Miller, Astana6.1 
 2. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.5.2 
 3. Parks, Barsy Atyrau4.2 
 4. Murzagaliyev, Ast.2.9 
 5. Yargaliev, Astana2.9 
 6. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.2.6 
 7. Savchenko, Barsy A.2.4 
 8. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau2.3 
 9. Kuanov, Kaspiy A.1.9 
 10. Marchuk, Kaspiy A.1.7 
Steals Per Game
 Azim YAGODKIN
  Kaspiy A.
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.3.1 
 2. Parks, Barsy Atyrau2.9 
 3. Miller, Astana2.6 
 4. Gavrilov, Astana1.8 
 5. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.1.8 
 6. Yargaliev, Astana1.7 
 7. Pan, Kaspiy Aktau1.6 
 8. Bazhkin, Barsy A.1.6 
 9. Lapchenko, Kaspiy A.1.6 
 10. Savchenko, Barsy A.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Nikolay BAZHKIN
  Barsy A.
  (198-G/F-90)
  Avg: 0.4
 1. Bazhkin, Barsy A.0.4 
 2. Marchuk, Astana0.3 
 3. Pan, Kaspiy Aktau0.3 
 4. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.0.3 
 5. Kazantcev, Kaspiy A.0.3 
 6. Gavrilov, Astana0.3 
 7. Formazonov, Kaspiy A.0.2 
 8. Yargaliev, Astana0.2 
 9. Ponomaryov, Astana0.2 
 10. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau0.2 


Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan Higher League Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Asia-Basket.com All-Kazakhstan Higher League 1st Team 2017
Daniil Seleznev
Seleznev
Yuriy Kozhanov
Kozhanov
Konstantin Dvirniy
Dvirniy
Anton Bykov
Bykov
Vsevolod Fadeikin
Fadeikin

Finals MVP: Maksim Voeykov (195-G/F-85) of Tobol
Player of the Year: Anton Bykov (200-F-89) of Tobol
Guard of the Year: Yuriy Kozhanov (190-G-90) of Almat.Legion
Forward of the Year: Anton Bykov (200-F-89) of Tobol
Center of the Year: Vsevolod Fadeikin (206-C-85) of Almat.Legion
Coach of the Year: Aleksandr Derbush of Tobol

1st Team
PG: Daniil Seleznev (187-PG-90) of Kapshagay
G: Yuriy Kozhanov (190-G-90) of Almat.Legion
G/F: Konstantin Dvirniy (192-G/F-88) of Kapshagay
F: Anton Bykov (200-F-89) of Tobol
C: Vsevolod Fadeikin (206-C-85) of Almat.Legion

2nd Team
PG: Timur Sultanov (178-PG-78) of Tobol
F/G: Ruslan Aitkali (195-F/G-97) of Almat.Legion
F: Vasiliy Petrashinets (198-F-89) of Tobol
F: Vyacheslav Raguyev (195-F-93) of Kapshagay
C: Alexander Danilchenko (203-C-97) of Almat.Legion

Honorable Mention
Maksim Voeykov (195-G/F-85) of Tobol
Viktor Sotov (173-PG-78) of Kazygurt
Zhandos Kaliyev (197-F-93) of Kazygurt
Vladimir Voeykov (183-G-89) of Bars
Askar Maidekin (205-C-97) of Barsy Atyrau
Ilyas Zhunussov (175-PG-98) of Barsy Atyrau
Vladimir Ivanov (205-C-94) of Okzetpes
Egor Biryulin (185-PG-86) of Tigers Ast.



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Kosovan SuperLeague round 27 best performance: Arian Qallaku - by Eurobasket News

Guard Arian Qallaku (195-G-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for Peja, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed Vellaznimi (#8, 2-25) with 20-point margin 104-84. Peja maintains the 3rd position in Kosovan SuperLeague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Peja will need more victories to improve their 19-5 record. In the team's last game Qallaku had a remarkable 84.6% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Peja, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Arian Qallaku has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 11.4ppg) and averages impressive 65.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old Beqe Kovaqi (196-SF-94) of Vellaznimi. Kovaqi had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Vellaznimi lost that game 84-104 to the higher-ranked Peja (#3, 19-5). Vellaznimi are still at the very bottom. 25 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Vellaznimi managed to get this year. Kovaqi is a newcomer at Vellaznimi, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.5ppg (#4). He also registered 6.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Montrael Scott (190-G-93) of Trepca (#4). Scott got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds and six assists. Despite Scott's great performance Trepca lost 77-123 to #1 ranked Sigal Prishtina. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Trepca needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 17 victories and 10 lost games. Scott has a great season in Kosovo. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.1apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ujkan Karanezi (200-SF-95) of Ylli - 17 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Robert Abramovic (185-PG-88) of Peja - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Ergin Grosha (211-C-93) of Ylli - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Leonard Mekaj (182-PG-95) of Peja - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists
8. Kayel Locke (196-F-94) of Bashkimi - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Kevin Brown (190-G-92) of Ylli - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Fisnik Rugova (208-PF-89) of Sigal Prishtina - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler LARSON
  Barons Riga
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Larson, Barons Riga16.9 
 2. Blums, VEF Riga14.8 
 3. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.14.7 
 4. Pitts, Valmiera14.7 
 5. Griffin, Liepaja/.14.6 
 6. Ausejs, Liepaja/.14.0 
 7. Stumbris, Jekabpils13.8 
 8. Jogela, Barons Riga13.7 
 9. Laksa, Valmiera13.5 
 10. Jeromanovs, Jurma.13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Davis ROZITIS
  Barons Riga
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Rozitis, Barons Riga8.5 
 2. Iljins, Jurmala8.4 
 3. Krestinin, Barons R.7.8 
 4. Selakovs, Jekabpils7.5 
 5. Montgomery, Liepaja/.7.5 
 6. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.6.9 
 7. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils6.9 
 8. Jonats, Valmiera6.6 
 9. Strelnieks, Jurmala6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.6.8 
 2. Jeromanovs, Jurma.6.1 
 3. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.9 
 4. Pitts, Valmiera5.8 
 5. Plavnieks, BK Ogre5.7 
 6. Gaddy, VEF Riga5.4 
 7. Vitols, BK Ogre4.9 
 8. Birkans, LU4.3 
 9. Larson, Barons Riga4.3 
 10. McMullan, Liepaja/.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.2.2 
 2. Skele, VEF Riga1.9 
 3. Richard, VEF Riga1.8 
 4. Pitts, Valmiera1.7 
 5. Campbell, Ventspils1.6 
 6. Gaddy, VEF Riga1.6 
 7. Larson, Barons Riga1.5 
 8. Krestinin, Barons R.1.5 
 9. Mitchell, Valmiera1.5 
 10. Jeromanovs, Jurma.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Davis ROZITIS
  Barons Riga
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Rozitis, Barons Riga1.1 
 2. Grazulis, Ventspils1.0 
 3. Iljins, Jurmala1.0 
 4. Krestinin, Barons R.0.9 
 5. Zvigurs, Valka/Va.0.8 
 6. Montgomery, Liepaja/.0.8 
 7. Selakovs, Jekabpils0.7 
 8. Niedra, BK Ogre0.7 
 9. Rozitis, Jurmala0.7 


LBL Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. Wins for Liepaja/Triobet and Barons Riga - by Eurobasket News

Liepaja/Triobet - Valmiera 85-80

Liepaja/Triobet beat Valmiera to even the series at 1-1. Valmiera trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 22-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 80-85 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Malcolm Griffin (193-91, college: Fresno Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who scored 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international swingman Mareks Jurevicus (197-85) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. American-Israeli center Dor Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and American point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall) added 20 points and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Liepaja/Triobet: M.Griffin 22+7reb+4ast, M.Jurevicus 16+6reb+2ast, A.Butjankovs 10+5reb, R.Berzins 9+1reb, A.Ausejs 8+1reb+3ast, J.Steele 6+2reb
Valmiera: D.Pitts 20+3reb+6ast, D.Fischer 16+16reb+2ast, M.Laksa 14+4reb+2ast, J.Kaufmanis 9+5reb+2ast, L.Blaus 7+3reb+1ast, H.Karlis 7+1reb
gschID: 544497


Barons Riga - Jekabpils 82-76

Barons Riga outgunned Jekabpils to level things at 1-1 in the series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Jekabpils won third quarter 23-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Barons Riga dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Jekabpils' 30 and made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Jekabpils were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Roberts Freimanis (204-91, college: Liepaja-2) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Tyler Larson (190-91, college: S.Dakota) contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Lithuanian guard Modestas Kumpys (194-91, agency: Players Group) replied with 16 points and 7 rebounds and the former international center Andrejs Selakovs (207-88, agency: Players Group) added 11 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Jekabpils. Four Jekabpils players scored in double figures. Jekabpils' coach Rudolfs Rozitis rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Barons Riga: R.Freimanis 19+9reb+3ast, T.Larson 16+5reb+5ast, T.Jogela 15+7reb, K.Mediss 8, D.Rozitis 7+5reb+3ast, D.Geks 7+2reb+1ast
Jekabpils: R.Stumbris 17+1reb+1ast, M.Kumpys 16+7reb+3ast, A.Selakovs 11+14reb+1ast, J.Aleksejevs 10+2reb+1ast, R.Sirsnins 8+1reb+3ast, K.Miglinieks 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 544496





SC Memele celebrate LBL3 title - by Eurobasket News

SC Memele celebrate LBL3 title in Latvia. They won the Final series against Ezerzeme/ Rezekne 2-0 with a 92-77 win last night. SC Memele dominated the first period and led 16-5 at the end of it. Moreover they exploded with a final push in the third period to seal the victory. Ivars Zemitis (195-F-90) top-scored for the winners with 30 points, while Toms Vilks (180-G-92) and Arnis Simsons (189-SF-83) netted 14 each. Valdis Senkans (183-G-98) replied with 19 points in a loss, whilst Renars Bulduris (191-F-91) collected 13 points and 12 rebounds.


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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Sagesse
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 33.7