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  ANTIGUA  



Recap of ABBA Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Ottos - Cutie Ovals Ojays 64-88

Cutie Ovals Ojays outgunned Ottos on the road to complete the sweep of the quarterfinal series. Ojays grabbed a 43:30 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 19-point mark heading into the fourth quarter and never looked back en route to the win.
gschID: 544882


Freetown T. - Flyers 59-87

Flyers knocked down Freetown on the road to advance into the next round. The game without a history. Flyers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter.
gschID: 544881


HS Outlaws - Stingerz 61-53

HS Outlaws held off Stingers to even the series at 1-1. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 30-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. HS Outlaws dominated on the defensive end, holding Stingerz to just 7 points in third quarter.
gschID: 544880


Yorks Crushers - Baldwin Braves 83-94

Baldwin Braves rallied past Yorks Crushers on the road to complete the sweep of the quarterfinal series. Yorks Crushers were ahead by 9 points after three quarters before a 32-12 charge of Baldwin Braves, which allowed them to win the game.
gschID: 544879





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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.9 
 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, Atenas17.3 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.16.8 
 9. Deck, San Lorenzo16.7 
 10. Lampropoulos, Boca J.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.1 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.3 
 3. Clancy, Instituto10.0 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.6 
 5. Justiz, Estudian.9.0 
 6. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.8 
 7. Francis, La Union8.8 
 8. Johnson, Atenas8.7 
 9. Wood, San M.8.6 
 10. Horner, Obras B.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Maximiliano STANIC
  Olimpico.
  (178-PG-78)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Stanic, Olimpico.6.4 
 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. Figueroa, Penarol4.5 
 9. De-l., GECR I.4.5 
 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. Johnson, Weber B.1.7 
 5. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 6. Vildoza, Quilm.1.7 
 7. Redivo, Weber B.1.5 
 8. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
 9. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 10. Balbi, Ferrocarril1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 3. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 4. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 5. Richard, Obras B.1.4 
 6. Calfani, San L.1.2 
 7. Meyinsse, San L.1.2 
 8. Clancy, Instituto1.2 
 9. Acuna, Penarol1.0 
 10. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 



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  AUSTRIA  


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
gschID: 495087


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
gschID: 495085


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
gschID: 495086


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
gschID: 495084





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  BELGIUM  


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.




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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. Garcia, Bauru18.4 
 7. Holloway, Pinheiros18.3 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia18.2 
 9. Andrade, Bauru18.0 
 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, Brasilia7.6 
 6. Ansaloni, Pinheiros6.9 
 7. Mariano, Brasilia6.6 
 8. Andrade, Bauru6.6 
 9. Curnell, Mogi6.5 
 10. Silveira, Mogi6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.6 
 2. Borges, Franca5.7 
 3. Anthony, Macae5.7 
 4. Garcia, Bauru5.3 
 5. Pecos, Paulistano5.3 
 6. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.1 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.4.8 
 8. Rodgers, Minas4.7 
 9. Dawkins, Vitoria4.6 
 10. Lucas, Paulistano4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kenny DAWKINS
  Vitoria
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Dawkins, Vitoria1.9 
 2. Garcia, Bauru1.8 
 3. Taylor, Mogi1.8 
 4. Jackson, Vasco D.1.8 
 5. Curnell, Mogi1.7 
 6. Bennett, Pinheiros1.6 
 7. Machado, B.Cea.1.6 
 8. Stallworth, Mogi1.6 
 9. Bresolin, Vitoria1.6 
 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. Teichmann, Pinheiros0.6 
 9. Camilo, Macae0.6 
 10. Tavares, L.Sorocaba0.6 


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.



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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.



Pavel Marinov (ex Pitesti) agreed terms with Lille - by Eurobasket News

Lille Metropole Basket (ProB) inked 29-year old Bulgarian ex-international small forward Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances). He started the season at BCM U Pitesti in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 34 games he recorded 14.5ppg, 4.4rpg and 4.0apg this season. The last season Marinov played at CS Dinamo Bucuresti (also in Liga Nationala) where in 36 games he averaged 12.3ppg, 4.3rpg and 3.5apg.
Among other achievements he won Bulgarian League championship title for two years in a row (2012 and 2013). Marinov received also Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Most Improved Player of the Year award back in 2009 and 2014.
He was also a member of Bulgarian international program for some years. Marinov played for Bulgarian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2014 and previously for U20 National Team in 2008.
He represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 6.3ppg, 2.0rpg, FGP: 70.0%, 3PT: 25.0%.
Marinov has played also professionally for other Bulgarian teams like Yambol, Balkan, Lukoil Academic Sofia and Tiger Yambol.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @ISBEurope)

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No Stanimir Marinov and Aaron Jones in first round of the playoffs - by Valentin Anguelov

Balkan is left without Stanimir Marinov (192-G-91, agency: Interperformances), and Lyubomir Minchev will not be able to use Aaron Jones for Beroe in the first match of the National Basketball League playoff. Both players had altercation at the last game from regular season which ended up with ejection from it.

The Disciplinary Committee at NBL met and only confirmed the sanctions of both players. According to that both players were punished to miss one game from the playoffs and also with money fine of 150 local currency."

Balkan plays against Rilski Sportist on quarterfinals while Beroe meets Spartak Pleven. Other two matchups are Lukoil Academic vs. Yambol and Academic Plovdiv vs. Cherno More Varna.




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Luc Mbah a Moute selected the top Cameroonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). He led Los Angeles Clippers to a victory against the Utah Jazz (51-31) 111-106 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Mbah a Moute scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 37 minutes on the court. The Los Angeles Clippers have a solid 51-31 record this season. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. This year Mbah a Moute averages: 6.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 54.7%, 3FGP: 38.0% and FT: 67.0% in 84 games he played so far. He played for the Cameroonian senior national team two years ago.

Jeremy Nzeulie
Jeremy Nzeulie
   #2. Second place goes to former international shooting guard Jeremy Nzeulie (188-91, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup). Nzeulie could not help Chalon/Saor (5-1) to beat JSF Nanterre (4-2). He recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The first-placed Chalon/Saor (5-1) was edged 58-58 on the road by the second-ranked JSF Nanterre in the group K of FIBA Europe Cup. They ended the series of six consecutive victories. Nzeulie's overall stats this season are: 7.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 47.8%, 3FGP: 27.5% and FT: 75.0%. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Nzeulie played for the Cameroonian national team in 2015.

Gaston Essengue
Gaston Essengue
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV, currently plays in Argentina). He led Comunicaciones to a victory over the fifth-ranked Villa San Martin (13-23) crushing them 92-71 in the Argentinian TNA (second division) on Friday night. Essengue was MVP of the game. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. Comunicaciones Mercedes (27-9) is placed second in North group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Essengue has relatively good stats this year: 13.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 56.2%(217-386), 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 91.5%(86-94) in 38 games. He played for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #4. Forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware, currently plays in Denmark) was the main contributor in Svendborg's victory against the closely-ranked SISU (12-16) 87-72 in the Danish Ligaen in Monday night's game. NaNa was the best player in that game. He recorded 20 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Svendborg Rabbits (13-15) is placed fifth in the Ligaen. This season NaNa has relatively solid stats: 14.2ppg, 7.8rpg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2015.

Gedeon Pitard
Gedeon Pitard
   #5. Former international guard Gedeon Pitard (188-89, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jeremy Nzeulie and both played together in the last FIBA Europe Cup game. Pitard was not able to help Chalon/Saor in their game against JSF Nanterre (4-2). He recorded only 4 points in 11 minutes. Chalon/Saor was edged 58-58 in Nanterre by the second-ranked JSF Nanterre in the group K of FIBA Europe Cup. This year Pitard's overall stats are: 2.8ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.1apg in 19 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French. Pitard used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Landry Nnoko
Landry Nnoko
   #6. Center Landry Nnoko (208-94, college: Clemson, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for VL Pesaro (9-19) in their game against The Flexx PT (14-14) in the Italian Serie A. Nnoko cannot count it as his best performance. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 30 minutes. VL Pesaro lost 83-87 in Pistoia to the much higher-ranked (#7) The Flexx PT. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Nnoko's first season with the team. This year Nnoko's total stats are: 5.9ppg and 7.2rpg in 28 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Cameroonian senior team two years ago.

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

   #1. Paul Biligha (200-C-90, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Vanoli Cremona's victory against the closely-ranked AV Cantu (11-17) 93-82 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. He recorded 7 points. Vanoli Cremona (8-20) closes the standings in the Serie A. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Biligha has reliable stats this season: 10.9ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2bpg. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and Italian. Despite Biligha's Cameroonian passport, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cameroonian team.

   #2. Ralph Temgoua (194-G-87, college: St.Lawrence, currently plays in France) helped Quimper UJAP win their game against one of league's weakest teams Union Rennes (12-22) crushing them 92-56 in the French NM1 (third division) last Sunday. Temgoua recorded 7 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Quimper UJAP (24-10) is placed second in the NM1. The Regular Season already ended. Temgoua has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.2apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French.

   #3. Brylle Kamen (201-F-88, agency: Promotex, college: San Jose St., currently plays in Belgium). Kamen could not help Liege Basket (12-10) to beat Antwerp Giants (20-11). He recorded only 4 points in 11 minutes. Liege Basket was crushed 86-65 on the road by the second-ranked Antwerp Giants. Kamen has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 3.2rpg in 28 games he played so far. He has both French and Cameroonian nationalities.

   #4. Maxime Djo Ebala (208-C-94, currently plays in France) was not able to help Angers BC in their game against Caen (27-7) in the French NM1 (third division). Djo Ebala recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Angers BC was defeated 86-77 on the opponent's court by the leading Caen. It was Angers BC's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Djo Ebala has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 1.7rpg. Similarly like Kamen and Temgoua above he also holds two passports: Cameroonian and French.

   #5. Johan Bitjaa (207-C-93, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Aquimisa Queso Zamorano in a 2-point victory against one of league's weakest teams Albacete (9-21) 83-81 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. Bitjaa scored only one point in 12 minutes. Aquimisa Queso Zamorano (11-19) is placed 12th in the LEB Silver. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Bitjaa has averaged so far 7.5ppg and 5.9rpg in 26 games.



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Melvin Ejim selected the top Canadian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Melvin Ejim
Melvin Ejim
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy). He led Umana Venezia to a victory over the 12th-ranked Openjobmetis VA (12-16) 87-81 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Ejim was MVP of the game. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Ejim's third season in pro basketball. 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 Ejim's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 11.2ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 47.8%, 3FGP: 44.6% and FT: 68.5% in 28 games he played so far. Ejim has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Nigerian. He is currently a member of the Canadian senior national team.

Aaron Best
Aaron Best
   #2. Second place goes to former University international guard Aaron Best (193-92, college: Ryerson, currently plays in Lithuania). Best contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Nevezis (7-28) 98-79 in the Lithuanian LKL on Sunday night. He scored 16 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 29 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Best's third season in pro basketball. Juventus-LKSK Utenos (19-16) is placed fifth in the LKL. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Best averages: 7.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 32.5% and FT: 74.4% in 35 games. He played for the Canadian university national team in 2015.

Grandy Glaze
Grandy Glaze
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U18 international forward Grandy Glaze (204, college: Grand Canyon, currently plays in Mexico). Glaze could not help Caballeros de Culiacan (5-11) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Caballeros de Culiacan was defeated 96-91 on the road by the higher-ranked Frayles de Guasave (#5). Glaze recorded a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 10 rebounds. Glaze has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.8ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 57.8%(108-187) and FT: 68.4%. Glaze played for the Canadian U18 national team seven years ago.

Kyle Landry
Kyle Landry
   #4. Power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to Zenit's victory against the tenth-ranked Avtodor (8-16) 89-78 in the VTB United League last Thursday. He scored 12 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in a mere 17 minutes. Zenit Saint Petersburg (21-3) is placed second in group A. It was his team's 15th 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. Landry is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Zenit's roster. This season Landry has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.5apg in 24 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2013.

Andrew Rautins
Andrew Rautins
   #5. Former international guard Andrew Rautins (193-86, college: Syracuse, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Gaziantep (13-14) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Rautins' good performance Gaziantep was defeated 67-59 at home by the higher-ranked Besiktas (#3). He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Rautins also added 6 rebounds and dished 6 assists. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Rautins has reliable stats this season: 11.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.6apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Rautins used to play for the Canadian national team four years ago.

Dyshawn Pierre
Dyshawn Pierre
   #6. Forward Dyshawn Pierre (198-93, college: Dayton, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Braunschweig (5-17) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Braunschweig was edged 67-66 on their home court in Braunschweig by the lower-ranked (#14) s Oliver Baskets. Pierre had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 3 steals (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in 33 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. It's Pierre's first season with the team. Pierre's stats this year are: 14.1ppg, 7.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg in 30 games. He is a former U19 international player as he played for the Canadian team six years ago.

Kevin Pangos
Kevin Pangos
   #7. Former international point guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Siauliai (6-29) crushing them 93-71 in the Lithuanian LKL last Thursday. Pangos recorded 9 points and added 4 passes. 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. Pangos' overall stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 4.0apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team eight years ago.

Robert Sacre
Robert Sacre
   #8. Center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Japan) was the main contributor in a Hitachi Sunrockers' victory against the leader Toshiba Thunders (45-10) 84-71 in the Japanese B League on Sunday night. Sacre was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 14 rebounds. Sacre also added 3 assists and 2 blocks in 30 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Central. Hitachi SunRockers Tokyo-Shibuya (29-26) is placed third in Central group. Sacre averaged so far 14.3ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.3apg in 27 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2015.

Khem Birch
Khem Birch
   #9. International center Khem Birch (208-92, college: UNLV, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus to win against the closely-ranked Anadolu Efes (17-13) 87-72 in the Euroleague in Wednesday night's game. Birch recorded only 4 points. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (19-11) is placed third in the Euroleague. Birch's overall stats this season are: 7.1ppg and 5.8rpg. He is also in the roster of the Canadian national team.

Evaldas Zabas
Evaldas Zabas
   #10. Point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to P.Zvaigzdes' victory against the closely-ranked Juventus (19-16) 97-91 in the Lithuanian LKL on Monday night. He was the top player that evening. Zabas scored 16 points and added 4 assists. Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (15-20) is placed seventh in the LKL. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Zabas averaged so far 12.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.8apg and 1.4spg. Despite he played previously for the Lithuanian U20 national team, Zabas is also a former U18 international player as nine years ago he still played for the Canadian national team.

   #11. Former international power forward Kelly Olynyk (213-91, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Boston Celtics (53-29) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Boston Celtics lost 97-111 in Chicago to the Bulls. Olynyk scored 11 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 24 minutes. Olynyk averaged so far 9.0ppg, 4.7rpg and 2.0apg in 79 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

   #12. Former international guard Carl English (195-81, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help ALBA Berlin in their game against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in the German BBL. Despite his good performance last Saturday English scored 12 points. English's overall stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.2apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2015.

   #13. International forward Tristan Thompson (206-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Cleveland Cavaliers' victory against the Indiana Pacers 119-114 in the NBA on Thursday night. Thompson scored 9 points, had 10 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 28 minutes. Thompson averaged so far 8.0ppg, 9.3rpg and 1.1bpg in 82 games. He is also Canadian national team player.

   #14. Former international center Sean Denison (210-85, agency: 011 Sports, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in Romania) helped Oradea edge the fifth-ranked BC Timisoara 86-84 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Wednesday night's game. Denison scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Denison averaged so far 11.3ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2007.

   #15. Former University international point guard Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (178-91, currently plays in Portugal) was the major contributor in Galitos-Barreiro's victory against the sixth-ranked Illiabum 72-63 in the Portuguese LPB last Sunday. Ogungbemi-Jackson scored 18 points, had 5 boards, passed 8 assists and added 4 steals in 34 minutes. Ogungbemi-Jackson has very impressive stats this year: 17.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.6apg and 1.3spg in 23 games. He used to play for the Canadian university national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Yannick Anzuluni (205-F-87, college: Houghton, currently plays in Sweden) led BC Lulea to a victory over the closely-ranked Uppsala Basket (18-14) 88-77 in the Swedish Basketligan last Tuesday. Anzuluni was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 10 rebounds. Anzuluni also added 4 assists and 6 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Lulea (24-8) is placed first in the Basketligan. It's Anzuluni's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 15.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.5apg and 2.1spg.

   #2. Ali Kanaan (207-C/F-85, college: Mass.-Lowell, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to a 2-point Byblos' victory against the third-ranked Tadamon (10-14) 90-88 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL last Tuesday. Kanaan recorded 6 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and made 3 blocks in 35 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group A. Byblos Sporting Club (16-8) is placed second. Kanaan has been at the team for four years. This season his overall stats are: 5.3ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.5apg in 23 games he played so far. Kanaan has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #3. Experienced Michael Fraser (203-C-84, college: Oklah.Baptist, currently plays in Poland) could not help Polfarmex (5-26) in their last game. Despite Fraser's good performance Polfarmex was edged 77-75 on the road by the higher-ranked (#11) Wilki Morskie. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds in 36 minutes. It was Polfarmex's third consecutive loss in a row. Fraser's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This year Fraser's overall stats are: 9.7ppg and 8.8rpg in 29 games.

   #4. Ali Mahmoud (184-PG-83, currently plays in Lebanon) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ali Kanaan. But that was another game of his team in Lebanese Pepsi LBL which we would like to mention. Mahmoud was not able to help Byblos in their game against Tadamon (10-14). He scored 5 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 20 minutes. The second-placed Byblos (16-8) lost 80-88 in Zouk to the lower-ranked (#3) Tadamon in the Group A. This year Mahmoud's overall stats are: 5.9ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.1apg in 13 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #5. Ashton Khan (183-PG, college: Tiffin, currently plays in United Kingdom) was the main contributor in a 3-point Worcester Wolves' victory against the league leader Leicester Riders (25-6) 80-77 in the British BBL last Sunday. Khan was the top player that evening. He recorded 17 points in 31 minutes. Worcester Wolves (20-13) is placed fifth in the BBL. Khan's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This year Khan's overall stats are: 7.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.7apg in 29 games. He has both Canadian and British nationalities.

   #6. Matthew Wright (193-G-91, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Philippines) contributed to Phoenix's victory against the closely-ranked Alaska Aces 94-86 in the Filipino PBA on Friday night. Wright scored 7 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Wright's overall stats this season are: 9.2ppg, 5.2rpg, 4.2apg and 1.4spg. He also holds two passports: Canadian and Filipino. Despite Wright's Canadian nationality, he previously played for the Filipino U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Canadian team.

   #7. Ryan Wright (206-C/F-87, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Hungary) contributed to Vasas' victory against the second-ranked Jaszberenyi 84-79 in the Hungarian A Division in Saturday night's game. Wright was the top player that evening. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 32 minutes. Wright averaged so far 12.6ppg and 7.0rpg in 18 games.

   #8. Bikramjit Gill (201-F-92, college: Ball St., currently plays in Japan) was not able to secure a victory for Kagoshima (7-49) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the sixth-placed Kagoshima was crushed 93-70 at home by the higher-ranked (#3) Kumamoto Vorters in the West group. Gill had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists, 3 blocks and 3 steals in 35 minutes. Gill averaged so far 12.2ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg in 18 games.

   #9. Billy McNutt (203-C/F-85, currently plays in Luxembourg) couldn't help Etzella (17-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the third-placed Etzella was edged 80-77 on their home court in Ettelbruck by the second-ranked Musel Pikes in the Places 1-6 group. McNutt had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 33 minutes. McNutt has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.5ppg, 12.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.7bpg and 1.5spg in 29 games.

   #10. Diego Kapelan (190-G-87, college: McNeese St., currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Ourense (18-15) in their last game on Friday. Despite Kapelan's very good performance Ourense was defeated 78-66 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Lleida_Basquet (#10). He was the top scorer with 15 points. Kapelan also added 5 rebounds. Kapelan averaged so far 12.1ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.3apg. He has Canadian and Bosnia and Herzegovina nationalities.



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China National Team Coach Info. - by Robert Wang

Got the info. from famous media person Mr. Su Qun today from his personal public account, he said Yao Ming plans to train China local young coaches in the next 2 years. As for the head coach of China National team, it would be 2 of three coaches, they are Li Nan ( former national team player that played in Ba Yi team in the past years and already been the assist coach of NT), Du Feng ( he is the head coach of Guang Dong tiger tham currently) and Cui Wanjun (Has been the headcoach of couple CBA team, like Liaoning, Fujian, Xinjiang, etc). Yaoming plans to set up 2 NT teams and this should be 2 headcoaches included finally. There would be NO big event till Year 2019, and its the right time to train China local young coach for the World Cup in China on Year 2019 and Olympic Games. Mr. Sun also mentioned Yao may not invite a foreign coach as the head coach of NT, but the China head coach makes to choose the assist coach. Good luck to the future head coach!


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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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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)



Ante Tomic selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Ante Tomic (217-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Spain). He led FC Barcelona to a victory over the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (17-10) 89-70 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Tomic was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 29 minutes on the court. 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. So now every game will be critical. It's Tomic's fifth season with the team. Tomic has relatively good stats this year: 12.9ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 64.8%(140-216) and FT: 63.9% in 28 games he played so far. He played for the Croatian senior national team two years ago.

Ante Zizic
Ante Zizic
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Ante Zizic (210-97, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague). Zizic contributed to Darussafaka's surprising victory against the league leader Real Madrid (23-7) 84-80 in the Euroleague last Friday. He scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (16-14) is placed eighth in the Euroleague. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Zizic's first season with the team. This year Zizic averages: 8.6ppg, 6.8rpg, 2FGP: 62.4%(63-101) and FT: 60.9%. Ex-KK Ribola Kastela player is in the roster of the Croatian senior national team.

Hrvoje Peric
Hrvoje Peric
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85, agency: PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Italy). He contributed to an Umana Venezia's victory against the 12th-ranked Openjobmetis VA (12-16) 87-81 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. Peric recorded 13 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 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 is very crucial. Peric is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Umana Venezia's roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, 3FGP: 21.6% and FT: 72.9% in 27 games. Peric played for the Croatian national team two years ago.

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #4. Point guard Marko Popovic (185-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Spain) could not help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (11-17) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was badly defeated 96-78 on the road by the higher-ranked Andorra (#8). Popovic was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 4 passes (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Popovic has reliable stats this season: 13.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.3apg. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2011.

Josip Sobin
Josip Sobin
   #5. International center Josip Sobin (203-89, also represented by Alti Sport, currently plays in Poland) was the main contributor in Anwil's victory against the fifth-ranked Rosa (19-11) 80-74 in the Polish PLK last Monday. Sobin was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds in 29 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 now that game is quite important. Sobin's stats this year are: 11.3ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.7apg in 31 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Krunoslav Simon
Krunoslav Simon
   #6. Swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Grissin Bon RE (16-12) crushing them 99-79 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. Simon recorded 7 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. 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. Simon's stats this season are: 12.1ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.9apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

Rok Stipcevic
Rok Stipcevic
   #7. International point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, another player represented by Alti Sport, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Banco di Srd's victory against the tenth-ranked Auxilium TO (12-16) 87-79 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Stipcevic recorded 10 points and added 6 passes in 32 minutes. Banco di Sardegna Sassari (17-11) is placed fourth in the Serie A. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Stipcevic averaged so far 11.8ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.8apg in 28 games. He is also Croatian national team player.

Stjepan Tesija
Stjepan Tesija
   #8. Power forward Stjepan Tesija (206-89, another player represented by PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Bulgaria) was not able to help Beroe (9-7) in their last game. Despite Tesija's good performance Beroe lost 64-79 at home to the lower-ranked (#5) Balkan. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 31 minutes. It was Beroe's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Tesija's overall stats are: 9.6ppg and 5.9rpg in 23 games. He used to play for the Croatian U18 national team back in 2007.

Darko Planinic
Darko Planinic
   #9. International center Darko Planinic (211-90, currently plays in Spain) helped Gran Canaria win their game against the league leader Movil Estudiantes (3-0) 104-86 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Planinic scored 6 points. Herbalife Gran Canaria (19-10) is placed sixth in the Liga Endesa. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Planinic's total stats this season are: 7.9ppg and 2.8rpg. He is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

Jure Skific
Jure Skific
   #10. Forward Jure Skific (202-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Poland) was not able to secure a victory for Twarde Pierniki (20-11) in their game against Anwil (24-7) in the Polish PLK. He scored 7 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Twarde Pierniki was defeated 73-69 in Wloclawek by the leading Anwil. Skific's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Skific averaged so far 10.3ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.6apg. He is a former U18 international player as eleven years ago he still played for the Croatian national team.

   #11. International small forward Bojan Bogdanovic (203-89, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Washington Wizards (49-33) in their last game. Despite Bogdanovic's good performance the Washington Wizards lost 101-111 in Atlanta to the Hawks. He recorded 13 points in a mere 18 minutes. Bogdanovic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 12.1ppg and 3.3rpg in 30 games. Bogdanovic plays currently for the Croatian national team.

   #12. Former international center Luksa Andric (208-85, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Hungary) couldn't help Szolnok (19-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the fifth-placed Szolnok was defeated 102-98 on their home court in Szolnok by the higher-ranked ZTE KK (#3) in the Places 1-5 group. Andric recorded 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Andric averaged so far 11.5ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2014.

   #13. Former U20 international power forward Ivan Buva (208-91, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help RETAbet BB in their game against Blusens Monbus in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Buva scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 16 minutes. His team lost 85-90. Buva averaged so far 11.3ppg and 5.4rpg in 28 games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team six years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international center Domagoj Bubalo (212-91, another player represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in Estonia) helped Parnu win their game against the fifth-ranked TTU crushing them 85-61 in the Estonian Alexela KML in Tuesday night's game. Bubalo recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. This season Bubalo has very high stats. He averages: 16.8ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.7apg. Bubalo used to play for the Croatian U20 national team back in 2011.

   #15. Former international power forward Mario Delas (207-90, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Betaland Cdo in their game against Scandone AV in the Italian Serie A. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. His team lost 68-76. This year Delas' total stats are: 9.4ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.2apg in 26 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Marko Jagodic Kuridza (205-PF-87, agency: PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Leuven Bears (9-22) crushing them 95-67 in the Belgian Euromillions League last Wednesday. Jagodic Kuridza recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Telenet BC Oostende (26-5) is placed first in the Euromillions League. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Jagodic Kuridza's overall stats this season are: 6.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Croatian.

   #2. Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92, college: Boise St., currently plays in Australia) led Noarlunga City Southern Tigers to a victory over the eighth-ranked Central District Lions (1-2) crushing them 114-87 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. Drmic was the top player that evening. He scored 30 points (!!!) and grabbed 9 rebounds in 28 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Drmic's third season in pro basketball. Noarlunga City Southern Tigers (2-1) are placed third in Premier League. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Drmic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 26.3ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.7spg in three games he played so far. Drmic is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Australian.

   #3. Veljko Budimir (199-F-85, currently plays in Hungary) could not help PVSK Pannon (18-13) in their last game. Despite his very good performance PVSK Pannon lost 84-88 on the road to the lower-ranked (#4) KTE-Duna in the Places 6-10 group. Budimir was the top scorer with 21 points in 43 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. Budimir has been at the team for four years. He averaged so far 13.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg in 31 games.

   #4. Marin Mornar (205-F-93, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in Denmark) was the main contributor in a Horsens IC's victory against the sixth-ranked SISU (12-16) 84-77 in the Danish Ligaen on Tuesday night. Mornar was the top player that evening. He recorded 19 points; not bad, considering it's only Mornar's third season in pro basketball. Horsens IC (23-5) is placed second in the Ligaen. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Mornar's total stats this season are: 6.1ppg and 2.9rpg.

   #5. Experienced Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in Iran) was the major contributor in Tabriz's victory against the fourth-ranked Army (1-5) 67-64 in the Iranian Superleague on Sunday night. Puljko recorded 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 32 minutes. It was his first game for Tabriz this season. His team is placed third in Group 1. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage.

   #6. Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to Monthey's victory against the fifth-ranked Neuchatel 81-76 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game. Barac was the top player that evening. He scored 21 points and added 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). This season Barac has very high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg.

   #7. Mladen Primorac (210-C-90, also represented by PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Czech Republic) was not able to help USK Praha (16-15) in their last game. Despite Primorac's good performance USK Praha (#4) lost 56-67 in Opava to the lower-ranked (#5) BK Opava in the Places 1-6 group. He was the second best scorer with 10 points. Primorac also added 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. Primorac has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.5apg in 28 games.

   #8. Aleksandar Marcius (208-C-90, college: De Paul, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Caceres Basket (13-20) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Caceres Basket was defeated 79-71 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Burgos (#10). Marcius recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Marcius averaged so far 13.9ppg and 7.8rpg.

   #9. Ivan Platenik (201-F-83, college: Alaska-Anch., currently plays in Australia) contributed to a 3-point McKinnon Cougars' victory against the eighth-ranked Hume City Broncos 85-82 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. He scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. This season Platenik has very high stats. He averages: 19.8ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg. Platenik has both Croatian and Australian nationalities.

   #10. Mladen Pavlovic (193-G-89, currently plays in Serbia) couldn't help Vrsac in their game against Partizan in the Serbian KLS. He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Pavlovic recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. His team lost 76-86. Pavlovic has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg in 26 games. He also holds two passports: Croatian and Serbian.



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Reynaldo Garcia selected the top Cuban playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Reynaldo Garcia
Reynaldo Garcia
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Reynaldo Garcia (187-90, agency: DTMones, currently plays in Argentina). He was the major contributor in a San Martin Corrientes' victory against the fourth-ranked Argentino (25-24) 78-65 in the Argentinian LigaA last Wednesday. Garcia scored 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. San Martin Corrientes (35-14) is placed first in Norte group. Garcia has relatively good stats this season: 11.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.0apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3FGP: 28.0% and FT: 70.3%. He played for the Cuban senior national team eight years ago.

Javier Justiz
Javier Justiz
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina). Justiz contributed to a Estudiantes Concordia's victory against the second-ranked Ferrocarril (32-18) 78-66 in the Argentinian LigaA on Sunday night. He recorded 9 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks in 31 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Norte. Estudiantes Concordia (33-16) is placed second. This year Justiz has relatively solid stats: 13.7ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.2apg, 2.1bpg, 2FGP: 52.7%, 3FGP: 23.1% and FT: 60.9% in 47 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Cuban senior national team.

Yoanki Mensia
Yoanki Mensia
   #3. The Cuban player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Yoanki Mensia (196-97, currently plays in Argentina). He could not help GECR Indalo (24-24) to beat Penarol (21-31). Mensia recorded only 4 points in 18 minutes. The fifth-placed GECR Indalo (24-24) lost 73-84 at home to the lower-ranked (#8) Penarol in the Sur group. This year Mensia's overall stats are: 1.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 2FGP: 43.8% and FT: 25.0% in 13 games. He is also a member of the Cuban senior national team.

Yorman Polas Bartolo
Yorman Polas Bartolo
   #4. Swingman Yorman Polas Bartolo (192-85, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Telekom Baskets in their game against BG Goettingen (12-18) in the German BBL. Bartolo scored 5 points and had 3 steals. Telekom Baskets was defeated 78-66 on the road by the lower-ranked BG Goettingen (#11). It was Telekom Baskets' third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Bartolo's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 7.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg. Bartolo has a dual citizenship: Cuban and German. He used to play for the Cuban national team back in 2011.

Enrique Ramos
Enrique Ramos
   #5. Former international center Enrique Ramos (202-89, agency: Paris Global Sports, currently plays in Puerto Rico) led Brujos to a 3-point victory against the sixth-ranked Fajardo (4-4) 71-68 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Tuesday night. Ramos scored 12 points and blocked 2 shots in a mere 17 minutes. Brujos de Guayama (2-8) is placed second from the bottom (#10) in the BSN. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Ramos' total stats are: 4.5ppg and 1.9rpg in eight games. He used to play for the Cuban national team five years ago.

Georvys Elias
Georvys Elias
   #6. An experienced forward Georvys Elias (199-81, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Albacete (9-21) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Elias' very good performance Albacete was edged 83-81 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Zamorano (#12). He was the top scorer with 24 points. Elias also added 6 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots. The Regular Season already ended. Elias has reliable stats this season: 10.3ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Cuban senior team eight years ago.

Georffri Silvestre
Georffri Silvestre
   #7. Former international power forward Georffri Silvestre (202-79, currently plays in Spain) led Nautico KIA Tenerife to a victory over the 14th-ranked Rivas (6-22) 91-83 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. Silvestre was MVP of the game. He recorded 20 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. Nautico KIA Tenerife (17-9) is placed sixth in Group B. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Silvestre averaged so far 14.9ppg and 6.1rpg in 26 games. He used to play for the Cuban national team seventeen years ago.

Rangel Ramirez
Rangel Ramirez
   #8. Center Rangel Ramirez (206-75, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help AEC Collblanc (12-12) in their game against Sant Nicolau (11-14) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Ramirez recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. AEC Collblanc (#7) was defeated 68-63 in Sabadell by the lower-ranked Sant Nicolau (#11) in the Group C-A. The Regular Season already ended. This season Ramirez averages: 7.0ppg and 5.8rpg. He used to play for the Cuban national team back in 2006.

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

   #1. Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91, currently plays in Czech Republic) was the major contributor in a CEZ Nymburk's victory against the second-ranked BK Usti nad Labem (14-18) 97-90 in the Czech Republic NBL in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 27 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. CEZ Basketball Nymburk (31-1) is placed first. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Sant-Roos has relatively good stats this year: 13.6ppg, 6.2rpg, 3.5apg and 2.2spg in 33 games he played so far.

   #2. Experienced Yudniel Perez (189-G-84, agency: Paris Global Sports, currently plays in Puerto Rico) could not help Atleticos in their last game on Monday. Despite Perez's very good performance Atleticos was defeated 112-107 on the road by the second-ranked Caciques. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Perez also added 8 rebounds. This season Perez averages: 8.6ppg and 3.1rpg.

   #3. Adrian Diaz (213-C-93, college: FIU, currently plays in Romania) was not able to help BC Timisoara (13-15) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fifth-placed BC Timisoara (13-15) was edged 86-84 at home by the higher-ranked (#4) Oradea in the Places 1-6 group. Diaz was the second best scorer with 20 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 24 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Diaz's third season in pro basketball. It was BC Timisoara's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Diaz has reliable stats this year: 11.6ppg and 5.0rpg in 32 games. He has a dual citizenship: Cuban and American. Strangely Diaz has never played in Cuba.

   #4. Ismael Romero (203-C-91, also represented by Paris Global Sports, currently plays in Puerto Rico) is a teammate of previously mentioned Yudniel Perez. But that was another game of his team in Puerto Rican BSN which we would like to mention. Romero led Atleticos to a victory against the ninth-ranked Vaqueros (2-6) 79-72. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. Romero also added 3 assists. Atleticos de San Germanis placed fourth in the BSN. Romero has reliable stats this season: 11.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg.

   #5. Juan Pineiro (193-G-90, another player represented by Paris Global Sports, currently plays in Puerto Rico) was not able to secure a victory for Brujos (2-8) in their game against Caciques (7-2) in the Puerto Rican BSN. Pineiro scored 9 points and added 5 assists. But Brujos was defeated 105-100 in Humacao by the second-ranked Caciques. It was Brujos' third consecutive loss in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Pineiro has averaged so far 4.5ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.0apg.

   #6. Yankiel Moreno (189-G-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the 16th-ranked Recanati 93-74 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Saturday. He scored 12 points, had 9 boards, dished 9 assists and stole 3 balls in 35 minutes. Moreno has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 6.2apg and 1.4spg in 26 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Cuban and Italian. Despite Moreno's Cuban nationality, he previously played for the Italian U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cuban team.

   #7. Sigal Benitez (193-G-94, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Arenys in their game against Mataro in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Benitez recorded 5 points in 13 minutes. His team was edged 68-67. Benitez has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 2.1rpg in 25 games.



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Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Baden JAXEN
  Etha
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Jaxen, Etha21.9 
 2. Brezec, AEK16.5 
 3. Abukar, Keravnos15.7 
 4. Ray, Enosis15.1 
 5. Bussey, Apoel14.5 
 6. Blakes, Enosis14.3 
 7. Pittakas, Apollon13.8 
 8. Walker, Etha13.6 
 9. Wright, Apoel13.2 
 10. Burnatowski, Apoel13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin THOMAS
  Enosis
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Thomas, Enosis8.3 
 2. Parks, Keravnos8.0 
 3. Dasic, AEK7.3 
 4. Mobley, Apoel7.2 
 5. Brezec, AEK6.3 
 6. Blakes, Enosis6.2 
 7. Barnes, Etha6.1 
 8. Wright, Apoel6.1 
 9. OBrien, Keravnos6.0 
 10. Thomas, AEK6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny BARKER
  Keravnos
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Barker, Keravnos6.0 
 2. Thomas, AEK5.1 
 3. Washington, Enosis4.7 
 4. Ross, Keravnos4.1 
 5. Jaxen, Etha4.1 
 6. Bussey, Apoel4.0 
 7. Koronides, Apollon3.8 
 8. Blakes, Enosis3.1 
 9. Brown, Apoel3.1 
 10. Walker, Etha3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Keravnos
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ross, Keravnos2.2 
 2. Thomas, AEK1.9 
 3. Washington, Enosis1.9 
 4. Dasic, AEK1.8 
 5. Pittakas, Apollon1.7 
 6. Blakes, Enosis1.5 
 7. Barker, Keravnos1.5 
 8. Parks, Keravnos1.5 
 9. Burnatowski, Apoel1.3 
 10. Jaxen, Etha1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin THOMAS
  Enosis
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Thomas, Enosis1.1 
 2. Suleiman, Apollon0.9 
 3. Mobley, Apoel0.9 
 4. Parks, Keravnos0.7 
 5. Ortiz, Etha0.6 
 6. Burnatowski, Apoel0.5 
 7. OBrien, Keravnos0.5 
 8. Trisokkas, AEK0.4 
 9. Brezec, AEK0.4 
 10. Biggs, AEK0.3 


Division A Round 1 of Finals. Keravnos claim opening victory - by Eurobasket News

Keravnos - AEK 80-79

Keravnos eked out a narrow home win over AEK to victoriously open Division A Finals. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But AEK won fourth quarter 26-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Keravnos looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by AEK helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Terell Parks (204-91, college: W.Illinois) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import guard Kenny Barker (191-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) chipped in 20 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. At the losing side Croatian forward Tomislav Petrovic (202-85) responded with 16 points and American guard LaShard Anderson (185-89, college: Boise St.) scored 11 points and 7 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Keravnos: T.Parks 20+13reb+2ast, K.Barker 20+6reb+8ast, J.O'Brien 13+5reb, N.Stylianou 11+2reb+1ast, M.Abukar 8+4reb+5ast, G.Theocharides 3
AEK: T.Petrovic 16+4reb+3ast, T.Thomas 14+3reb+2ast, L.Anderson 11+1reb+7ast, I.Panteli 10+4reb+2ast, P.Brezec 10+3reb, T.Biggs 9+7reb+2ast
gschID: 544528





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Jan Vesely selected the top Czech playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Jan Vesely (213-90, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to Fenerbahce's victory against the closely-ranked Panathinaikos (19-11) 71-58 in the Euroleague in Tuesday night's game. Vesely recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 31 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Istanbul (18-12) is placed fifth in the Euroleague. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. This year Vesely averages: 9.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 57.5%(122-212) and FT: 54.2% in 32 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman David Jelinek (195-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain). Jelinek was the major contributor in Andorra's victory against the 12th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (11-17) 96-78 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He scored 17 points and added 4 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 will be critical. It's Jelinek's first season with the team. Jelinek has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 51.7%, 3FGP: 35.0% and FT: 78.8%. He is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Ales Chan
Ales Chan
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international center Ales Chan (215-80, college: Seton Hill, currently plays in Austria). Chan led Raiffeisen Wels to a victory over one of league's weakest teams UBSC Graz (7-24) 84-65 in the Austrian A Bundesliga on Monday night. He was MVP of the game. Chan had a double-double by scoring 32 points and getting 16 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 32 minutes. WBC Raiffeisen Wels (15-16) are placed sixth in the A Bundesliga. Chan's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Chan has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 57.9%(114-197) and FT: 79.3% in 28 games. Former USK Praha starter played for the Czech Republic national team three years ago.

Filip Halada
Filip Halada
   #4. Forward Filip Halada (198-92, currently plays in Slovakia). He could not help Rieker KN (24-16) to beat Kosice (34-6). Halada scored 5 points and added 3 assists. Rieker KN was defeated 82-74 on the road by the leading Kosice. Halada has reliable stats this season: 10.3ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Czech Republic U20 national team back in 2012.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #5. Former international center Tomas Hampl (215-88, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Igualatorio Cantabria Estela Santander in a victory against the 12th-ranked TAKE Tolosa (7-18) crushing them 89-60 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. Hampl recorded 5 points in 19 minutes. Igualatorio Cantabria Estela Santander (22-3) is placed first in Group A-A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Hampl's stats this year are: 13.2ppg and 5.7rpg in 25 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Filippo Meccoli Matejca (194-G-92, currently plays in Italy) could not help Valdiceppo (9-21) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Meccoli Matejca's good performance the 13th-placed Valdiceppo (9-21) was badly defeated 80-64 on the road by the higher-ranked Ortona (#10) in the Group D. He scored 10 points. The Regular Season already ended. Meccoli Matejca's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. He has a dual citizenship: Czech Republic and Italian.

Other top Czech Republic players, who play abroad:

Blake Schilb (201-G/F-83) plays for Galatasaray in Turkish BSL
Tomas Satoransky (201-PG-91) plays for Washington Wizards in the NBA
Ondrej Balvin (217-C-92) plays for Movil Estudiantes in Spanish Liga Endesa
Adam Pechacek (207-C-95) plays for Blusens Monbus in Spanish Liga Endesa
Vit Krejci (193-PG-0) plays for Zaragoza in Spanish Liga Endesa
Simon Pursl (203-F/G-97) plays for Zaragoza in Spanish Liga Endesa
Patrik Auda (206-PF-89) plays for La ICL Manresa in Spanish Liga Endesa
Tomas Kyzlink (195-SG-93) plays for JL Bourg in French ProB
Jiri Hubalek (208-C-82) plays for Imola in Italian Serie A2
Lubos Stria (197-G/F-81) plays for Handlova in Slovakian SBL
Jaroslav Tyrna (207-C-86) plays for Sixers in German Regionalliga

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



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Shavon Shields selected the top Danish playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Shavon Shields
Shavon Shields
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Italy). He led Dolomiti En. TR to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Brescia (12-16) crushing them 99-59 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Shields recorded 12 points and added 4 passes in 23 minutes on the court. 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 will be critical. This year Shields averages: 10.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 57.1% in two games he played so far. He played for the Danish senior national team two years ago.

Mikkel Plannthin
Mikkel Plannthin
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Mikkel Plannthin (195-88, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Sweden). Plannthin could not help Norrkoping Dolphins (23-9) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Norrkoping Dolphins was edged 74-72 on the road by the lower-ranked Sodertalje Kings (#3). Plannthin scored 15 points. It's Plannthin's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 6.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 41.4%, 3FGP: 41.3% and FT: 78.3%. Plannthin played for the Danish national team in 2015.

Kevin Larsen
Kevin Larsen
   #3. The Danish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Kevin Larsen (207-93, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Germany). He led Mitteldeutscher BC to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Kirchheim Knights (20-10) crushing them 94-69 in the German ProA (second division) on Sunday night. Larsen scored 12 points in a mere 15 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (27-3) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Larsen's overall stats are: 3.8ppg, 3.5rpg and FT: 73.7% in 16 games. He played for the Danish national team two years ago.

Chanan Colman
Chanan Colman
   #4. An experienced guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola JC, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Hapoel Eilat to win against the closely-ranked Bnei Hasharon (16-12) 79-71 in the Israeli Winner League in Thursday night's game. Colman recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Hapoel Eilat (18-10) is placed first in the Winner League. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Colman's total stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.2apg. He has a dual citizenship: Danish and Israeli. Colman used to play for the Danish national team back in 2008.

Darko Jukic
Darko Jukic
   #5. International guard Darko Jukic (199-90, agency: PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to Krka's victory against the third-ranked Zlatorog (4-4) 90-76 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last Saturday. He scored 5 points and added 3 passes in 15 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Krka Novo Mesto (7-1) is placed first. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. This year Jukic's total stats are: 7.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.3apg in 15 games. He plays currently for the Danish national team.

Jonathan Gilling
Jonathan Gilling
   #6. Forward Jonathan Gilling (203-91, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Spain) contributed to 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. Gilling scored only 4 points. Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo (23-10) is placed second in the LEB Gold. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Gilling has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.3apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Danish National Team roster.

Alan Voskuil
Alan Voskuil
   #7. International guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Viola RC (0-0) in their game against Legnano (19-11) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Voskuil scored 6 points in 33 minutes. The tenth-placed Viola RC lost 65-77 in Castellanza to the much higher-ranked (#3) Legnano in the West group. Voskuil has relatively good stats this year: 13.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.6apg in 12 games. He is a naturalized American. Voskuil is also Danish national team player. He used to play for Horsens IC in Danish league.

Jonas Bergstedt
Jonas Bergstedt
   #8. Center Jonas Bergstedt (210-91, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to secure a victory for Massagno (8-16) in their game against Boncourt (9-15) in the Swiss LNA. Bergstedt scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Massagno (#4) was defeated 90-75 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Boncourt (#3) in the Places 7-11 group. The Second Stage already ended. This season Bergstedt has relatively solid stats: 14.7ppg, 9.1rpg and 1.6apg. He plays currently for the Danish national team.

Mads Sturup
Mads Sturup
   #9. Former U18 international swingman Mads Sturup (195-97, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Fontedoso Carrefour (17-13) in their game against L'Hospitalet (10-20) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Sturup cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 24 minutes. Fontedoso Carrefour lost 58-62 on the opponent's court to the much lower-ranked (#13) L'Hospitalet. It was Fontedoso Carrefour's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Sturup averages just 2.8ppg in 30 games. He used to play for the Danish U18 national team two years ago.



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



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  D-LEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Quinn COOK
  Canton C.
  (188-PG-93)
  Avg: 26
 1. Cook, Canton C.26.0 
 2. Harris, Texas L.25.6 
 3. Blue, Los A.24.9 
 4. Patterson, Reno B.24.0 
 5. Crawford, Grand R.23.5 
 6. Murphy, Grand R.23.0 
 7. Holland, Canton C.22.5 
 8. Jackson, Texas L.22.5 
 9. Nader, Maine RC21.2 
 10. Wiltjer, Rio G.21.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.2 
 2. Moreland, Canton C.12.1 
 3. Long, Delaware.11.2 
 4. Onuaku, Rio G.10.7 
 5. Benson, Sioux F.10.5 
 6. Costello, Iowa E.10.2 
 7. Webb-III, Delaware.9.3 
 8. Sims, Salt L.9.2 
 9. McKinnie, Windy C.9.2 
 10. Jones, Maine RC9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Magette, Los A.9.5 
 2. Marshall, Reno B.9.1 
 3. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 4. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 5. Pressey, Santa C.8.0 
 6. VanVleet, Raptors .7.7 
 7. Jackson, Texas L.7.7 
 8. Weber, Sioux F.7.3 
 9. McCallum, Grand R.7.0 
 10. Cook, Canton C.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  Sioux F.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.3 
 2. McCallum, Grand R.2.2 
 3. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.1 
 4. Tokoto, Rio G.2.1 
 5. Smith, Delaware.2.0 
 6. Pressey, Santa C.2.0 
 7. Payton-II, Rio G.2.0 
 8. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 9. Evans, Canton C.1.9 
 10. Jackson, Texas L.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Texas L.
  (203-C-82)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Lasme, Texas L.3.3 
 2. Mickey, Maine RC3.0 
 3. Tavares, Raptors .2.8 
 4. Diallo, Greensboro S.2.8 
 5. Moreland, Canton C.2.7 
 6. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.6 
 7. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 8. Obekpa, Santa C.2.5 
 9. Benson, Sioux F.2.2 
 10. Jones, Santa C.2.1 


Siakam, Raptors 905 down Vipers in Game 2 of D-League Finals - by Eurobasket News

Raptors 905 forced a deciding Game 3 in the NBA D-League Finals with a 95-85 win over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Tuesday. Pascal Siakam (6'9''-F-94, college: N.Mexico St.) led the way with a game-high 32 points and 10 rebounds as Toronto's D-League affiliate tied the best-of-three championship series at a game apiece. Fred VanVleet (6'0''-PG-94, college: Wichita St.) added 16 points, E.J. Singler (6'6''-F-90, college: Oregon) had 15 and Burlington, Ont., native Brady Heslip (6'3''-SG-90, college: Baylor) scored 11 for Raptors 905, which will host Game 3 on Thursday. Kyle Wiltjer (6'10''-F-92, college: Gonzaga) had 25 points for the Vipers and Darius Morris (6'4''-G-91, college: Michigan) added 19 points. Raptors 905 shot 44 per cent from the field and 31 per cent from three-point range.
Courtesy of: tsn.ca



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  


Sammy Mejia selected the top Dominican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international swingman Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul, currently plays in Turkey). He led Tofas to a victory against the 14th-ranked Usak Sportlif (8-19) 82-69 in the Turkish BSL last Saturday. Mejia scored 17 points, had 5 boards, passed 8 assists and added 3 steals. Tofas Bursa (12-15) is placed ninth in the BSL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Mejia has relatively good stats this season: 14.9ppg, 5.1rpg, 3.9apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 62.3%(94-151), 3FGP: 41.6% and FT: 75.0%. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Mejia played for the Dominican Republic senior national team twelve years ago. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to a Houston Rockets' victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder (47-35) 113-109 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Ariza recorded 14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. The Houston Rockets have a solid 55-27 record this season. Ariza has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 11.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.2apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 55.6%(144-259), 3FGP: 33.9% and FT: 75.0%. Ariza is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. He played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2005. Apparently Ariza has never played in Dominican Republic.

Jose Cabrera
Jose Cabrera
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Jose Cabrera (206-84, currently plays in Spain). He led Mataro to a surprising victory over the sixth-ranked Arenys (13-12) 68-67 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. Cabrera was MVP of the game. He recorded 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists in 29 minutes. Feimat Mataro (10-15) is placed 13th in Group C-A. Cabrera's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Cabrera has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 57.1%(60-105) and FT: 57.8% in 14 games he played so far. He played for the Dominican Republic national team eleven years ago.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #4. Shooting guard Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers, currently plays in France) managed to help Union Poitiers Basket 86 to win against the second-ranked Provence Basket (19-10) 64-52 in the French ProB (second division) last Tuesday. Greer scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Union Poitiers Basket 86 (16-13) is placed seventh in the ProB. It's Greer's fourth season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 3.5ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.6apg. Greer has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2009. Greer played also for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

Gregorio Adon
Gregorio Adon
   #5. Former U17 international forward Gregorio Adon (198-91, currently plays in Spain) helped Marin win their game against the 12th-ranked Castello (13-20) 93-86 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. He scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 18 minutes. Marin Ence PeixeGalego (8-25) is located at the very bottom in the LEB Gold. But the situation may improve as they ended a series of three consecutive loses. Adon's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Adon's overall stats are: 3.9ppg and 2.8rpg in 29 games. He used to play for the Dominican Republic U17 national team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Edgar Sosa (190-PG-88, college: Louisville, currently plays in Lebanon) led Al Riyadi to a victory over the fourth-ranked Sagesse (8-16) 77-65 in a derby game in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL in Tuesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Sosa recorded 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 40 minutes. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (6-0) is placed first in Group B. So far his team won all six games in the Quarter-Finals. Sosa has relatively good stats this year: 13.6ppg, 3.8rpg and 6.1apg in eight games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Sosa used to play for Leones de Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic league.

   #2. Eloy Vargas (211-C-88, agency: Duran International, college: Kentucky, currently plays in Argentina) could not help GECR Indalo (24-25) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance the sixth-placed GECR Indalo (24-25) was defeated 84-73 at home by the lower-ranked Penarol (#8) in the Sur group. Vargas recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting the same number of rebounds. It's Vargas' first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 14.0ppg and 8.0rpg.

   #3. Ronald Ramon (183-G-86, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Brazil) was the major contributor in Flamengo's victory against the sixth-ranked Pinheiros (16-12) 83-73 in the Brazilian NBB on Monday night. Ramon scored 19 points in 35 minutes. Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (21-7) is placed first in the NBB. It's Ramon's first season with the team. This year he averages: 10.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.1apg and 1.1spg in 28 games. Ramon is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #4. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) was the main contributor in a Boston Celtics' victory against the Chicago Bulls (41-41) 104-87 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Horford was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points, had 8 boards, passed 6 assists and added 4 steals. The Boston Celtics have a solid 53-29 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Horford has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 14.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 5.0apg and 1.3bpg.

   #5. Experienced Eulis Baez (201-F-82, college: W.Illinois, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the league leader Movil Estudiantes (3-0) 104-86 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Baez scored 13 points in a mere 16 minutes. Herbalife Gran Canaria (19-10) is placed sixth in the Liga Endesa. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Baez's fifth season with the team. This year he averages: 8.4ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.1apg in 28 games.

   #6. Victor Liz (188-SG-86, agency: Basket Management Solutions, currently plays in Puerto Rico) contributed to a 3-point Leones' victory against the ninth-ranked Vaqueros 91-88 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Sunday night. Liz was MVP of the game. He scored 32 points (!!!), had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. This season Liz has very high stats. He averages: 19.6ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.1apg and 1.7spg.

   #7. Rigoberto Mendoza (190-G-92, currently plays in Puerto Rico) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Capitanes 82-67 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Saturday night's game. Mendoza was MVP of the game. He scored 25 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 28 minutes. Mendoza has very impressive stats this year: 16.6ppg, 7.1rpg and 2.4apg in 10 games.

   #8. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help Panathinaikos in their game against Fenerbahce in the Euroleague. Feldeine scored 6 points in 18 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 79-61. This year Feldeine averages: 6.7ppg, 1.1rpg and 2.0apg in 33 games. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Apparently Feldeine has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #9. Lewis Clinch (191-G-87, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Iceland) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Grindavik in their game against KR in the Icelandic Dominos League, despite his very good performance last Friday. He was the top scorer with 33 points. Clinch also added 4 boards, handed out 7 passes and blocked 2 shots in 39 minutes. But his team was edged 89-88. Clinch has very impressive stats this year: 21.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 5.3apg and 1.1spg in 33 games. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Interesting that Clinch has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #10. Sadiel Rojas (197-G/F-89, college: Okla.Wesleyan, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an UCAM Murcia's victory against the 14th-ranked Blusens Monbus 86-78 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He scored 14 points. Rojas' overall stats this season are: 5.4ppg and 5.3rpg. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Rojas used to play for Leones de Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic league.



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  EL SALVADOR  


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)



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  EUROLEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Langford, Unics21.8 
 2. De-Colo, CS.19.4 
 3. Goudelock, Maccabi .17.3 
 4. Llull, Real Madrid16.5 
 5. Wanamaker, Darussaf.16.5 
 6. Teodosic, CSKA16.2 
 7. Bogdanovic, Fener.14.5 
 8. Clyburn, Darussaf.13.3 
 9. Printezis, Olympiacos13.1 
 10. Larkin, Baskonia13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.6 
 2. Melli, Brose Bask.7.4 
 3. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.3 
 4. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.0 
 5. Voigtmann, Basko.7.0 
 6. Zizic, Darussafaka6.8 
 7. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.3 
 8. Dunston, Anadolu .6.1 
 9. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.1 
 10. Singleton, Panathin.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Teodosic, CSKA7.0 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos6.1 
 3. Llull, Real Madrid5.9 
 4. Colom, Unics5.7 
 5. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.7 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia5.7 
 7. Guler, Galatasaray5.6 
 8. Heurtel, Anadolu .5.6 
 9. Westermann, Zalgiris5.5 
 10. Calathes, Panathin.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Charles JENKINS
  Crvena Z.
  (191-SG-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jenkins, Crvena Z.2.1 
 2. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.6 
 3. Calathes, Panathin.1.5 
 4. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.4 
 5. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.4 
 6. Guler, Galatasaray1.3 
 7. Hanga, Baskonia1.3 
 8. Larkin, Baskonia1.3 
 9. Jovic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 10. Fernandez, Real M.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce2.1 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray1.5 
 3. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.2 
 4. Parakhouski, Unics1.2 
 5. Randolph, Real Madrid1.1 
 6. Dunston, Anadolu .1.1 
 7. Singleton, Panathin.1.0 
 8. Theis, Brose Bask.0.9 
 9. Honeycutt, Anadolu .0.9 
 10. Birch, Olympiacos0.9 


CSKA complete sweep of Baskonia - by Eurobasket News

Baskonia - CSKA 88:90

CSKA advanced into EuroLeague Final Four. They nipped Baskonia in Vitoria-Gasteiz tonight to sweep the series. Cory Higgins (195-G-89, college: Colorado) stepped up with 21 points to pace the defending champions.
It was another dramatic clash between the sides. Baskonia grabbed a 24:22 lead after the opening frame. CSKA stayed within striking distance. The visitors got as close as one point at halftime 43:44. CSKA unleashed 29 points in the third term to pull ahead. The visitors secured a narrow 72:70 lead heading into the fourth term. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) and Aaron Jackson gave CSKA an 84:74 lead with under three minutes remaining in regulation. But Shane Larkin (180-PG-92, college: Miami, FL) unloaded 13 points for Baskonia to put them within two 88:90 with 8 seconds left. Nando De Colo committed a turnover giving a chance for the hosts. But Shane Larkin and Adam Hanga got blocked on last attempts and CSKA got away with a key victory in Game 3. Nando De Colo chipped in 15 points, while Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) had 13 points for the winners. Tornike Shengelia (206-F-91) answered with 19 points for Baskonia. Chase Budinger (201-SF-88, college: Arizona) banked in 15 points in the defeat.

Baskonia: Tornike Shengelia 19, Chase Budinger 15
CSKA: Cory Higgins 21, Nando De Colo 15, Milos Teodosic 13



Fenerbahce sweep Panathinaikos en route to Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce - Panathinaikos 79:61

Fenerbahce became the first team to advance into EuroLeague Final Four. They fired past Panathinaikos in Istanbul tonight to complete the sweep of the quarterfinal series. Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, college: Troy, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 13 points to lead the winners.
It was a close battle in the first period. Fenerbahce eked out an 18:17 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts stretched the gap in the second term. Fenerbahce established a 37:30 halftime advantage. The Turkish side held Panathinaikos to just 12 points in the third term to secure a 52:42 lead heading into the fourth period. Fenerbahce unloaded 27 points in the final quarter and marched to a comfortable victory. James Nunnally (201-F-90, college: UCSB) delivered 12 points, while Luigi Datome (203-F-87), Ekpe Udoh (208-F/C-87, college: Baylor) and Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91) added 10 points each for the winners. K.C. Rivers (196-G-87, college: Clemson) answered with 16 points for Panathinaikos. Chris Singleton (206-F-89, college: Florida St.) had 12 points in the loss.

Fenerbahce: Bobby Dixon 13, James Nunnally 12, Luigi Datome 10, Ekpe Udoh 10, Nikola Kalinic 10
Panathinaikos: K.C. Rivers 16, Chris Singleton 12



Bargnani left Baskonia - by Eurobasket News

32-year old Italian international power forward Andrea Bargnani (213-113kg-85) left Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa). In 14 games he had 11.5ppg and 2.5rpg this season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Bargnani also played 15 games in Euroleague where he recorded 8.8ppg and 1.8rpg.
The last season he played at the Nets in NBA. In 46 games he averaged 6.6ppg and 2.1rpg.
In 2006 Bargnani was drafted by Toronto Raptors (NBA) as #1 pick overall.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention back in 2009, 2012 and 2013.
Bargnani has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2004 and previously for U18 National Team in 2002.
Bargnani represented Italy at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 14.8ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 47.6%, FT: 92.3%.
Bargnani has played previously professionally in NBA (New York Knicks) and Italy (Benetton Treviso, Mens Sana 1871 Siena and Roma S.Azzurra).
On Bargnani: Reminds a lot Gregor Fucka, has long legs and arms, loves to play front to the basket; if he will add a reliable outside shot, his future is at 3 position;
Outlook (by NBADraft.TK):
Strengths: Great body and very good athleticism for a player of his size. Very skilled offensive player with a lot of solutions to score: shoots well from any distance, hit the three with good accuracy, can beat his defender off the dribble and finish a fast-break after running the court well. Fluid shooting mechanics. Has a quick release. Can play NBA SF position due to his great ball-handling qualities and very good speed. Smart moves in front of the basket: he likes to start out at the 3pt line, beat his defender with his first step and finish with a one-hand slam. Patient offensively, knows when to make the pass and when to take the shot. On defence he's a good shot-blocker under the basket. Hard worker and determined player.
Weaknesses: Needs to gain some more weight to play PF. Not a very good rebounder despite his height so he has to improve his skills. Does not get good position while rebounding. Is too weak to get good position under the basket. Needs to improve his low post moves. Has to improve his defence on small forwards. He gets beat off the dribble easily by quicker players. Needs to play focused all the time
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FIBA EUROPE CUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Cameron CLARK
  Chalon
  (201-G/F-91)
  Avg: 20
 1. Clark, Chalon20.0 
 2. Allen, Kormend19.7 
 3. Jeter, Groningen19.4 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines18.9 
 5. Burnett, BK Pardu.18.7 
 6. Hollis, Benfica17.6 
 7. Roberson, Chalon17.1 
 8. Denmon, Gaziantep17.1 
 9. Edwards, Alba16.9 
 10. Gibson, Lukoil Acad.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank ELEGAR
  Enisey
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Elegar, Enisey10.2 
 2. Zack, Lukoil Acad.9.1 
 3. Gagic, Tsmoki-Minsk8.2 
 4. Fall, Chalon8.0 
 5. Mobley, Apoel7.4 
 6. Adrien, Bnei H.7.4 
 7. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.7.3 
 8. Barro, UBT C.7.3 
 9. Solomon, Gravelines7.2 
 10. Fieler, Groningen6.8 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.9.2 
 2. Joyce, Tsmoki-M.8.3 
 3. Petty, Kormend6.8 
 4. Roberson, Chalon6.5 
 5. Jeter, Groningen6.4 
 6. Massamba, Soder.5.6 
 7. Cobbs, Gravelines5.5 
 8. Green, Bnei H.5.4 
 9. Gibson, Lukoil Acad.5.4 
 10. Autrey, BK Pardu.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.6 
 2. Cumberbatch, Oberw.2.2 
 3. Petty, Kormend2.2 
 4. Eldridge, Demir I.1.9 
 5. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.1.9 
 6. Cherry, Gaziantep1.9 
 7. Edwards, Alba1.9 
 8. Denmon, Gaziantep1.9 
 9. Maric, Prievidza1.8 
 10. Burnett, BK Pardu.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Fall, Chalon1.8 
 2. Mobley, Apoel1.7 
 3. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.1.6 
 4. Elegar, Enisey1.5 
 5. Traylor, Oberwart1.4 
 6. Lessort, Nanterre1.4 
 7. Fieler, Groningen1.2 
 8. Adrien, Bnei H.1.1 
 9. Gagic, Tsmoki-Minsk1.1 
 10. Johnson, Sodertalje1.1 


Nanterre 92 are crowned champions - by Eurobasket News

Nanterre 92 - Elan Chalon 82:79

Nanterre 92 celebrated FIBA Europe Cup title. They held off Elan Chalon at home court tonight to win the title on aggregate. Chris Warren (178-PG-88, college: Mississippi) stepped up with 24 points and 10 assists to pace the hosts to the triumph.
Nanterre 92 entered the game firing from all guns. The hosts were responsible for 31 points in the opening quarter to take a 5-point lead. Nanterre maintained the pressure throughout the second term. The hosts piled up a 56:45 halftime advantage. Elan Chalon though slowed their opponents down in the third term. The visitors pulled within a single point heading into the fourth quarter 68:69. Chris Warren gave Nanterre an 82:75 lead with under four minutes remaining in regulation. But Lance Harris and Bouteille pulled Chalon within three points with two minutes to go. But the teams could not convert a single shot in the reminder of the encounter as Nanterre hung on to celebrate the title. Spencer Butterfield (190-G/F-92, college: Utah St., agency: Three Eye Sports) provided 16 points, while Heiko Schaffartzik (183-PG-84) added 13 points for the home side. Cameron Clark (201-G/F-91, college: Oklahoma) responded with 24 points for Chalon. Moustapha Fall (218-C-92) had 17 points in the loss.

Nanterre 92: Chris Warren 24+10 assists, Spencer Butterfield 16, Heiko Schaffartzik 13
Elan Chalon: Cameron Clark 24, Moustapha Fall 17



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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.17.6 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki17.6 
 7. Morris, Lapua16.8 
 8. Bullock, Pyrinto15.8 
 9. Holsey, Kauhajoki15.7 
 10. Bryant, Kataja B.15.7 
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. Nelson, Pyrinto7.6 
 8. Bullock, Pyrinto7.6 
 9. Williams, Salon V.7.5 
 10. Edwards, Salon Vilpas7.5 
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.6.2 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.7 
 5. Jalonen, Korihait4.4 
 6. Williams, Lapua4.2 
 7. Staten, Salon Vilpas4.1 
 8. Edwards, Lapua4.1 
 9. Appleby, Kouvot4.1 
 10. Minard, Pyrinto3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel MULLINGS
  Kataja B.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Mullings, Kataja B.2.2 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket2.2 
 3. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.9 
 4. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 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 



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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Zachery PEACOCK
  Bourg
  (203-C-87)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Peacock, Bourg17.9 
 2. Williams, Boulazac17.3 
 3. Burton, Roanne17.2 
 4. Jones, Lille17.1 
 5. Hermannsson, Charlevi.16.9 
 6. Henry, Evreux16.8 
 7. Ware, Vichy C.15.6 
 8. Fairell, Rouen14.9 
 9. Rozenfeld, Roanne14.8 
 10. Bigote, Nantes14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mohamed KONE
  Charleville
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Kone, Charleville9.6 
 2. Odiakosa, Le Havre9.5 
 3. Ndoye, Bourg9.4 
 4. Burton, Roanne8.9 
 5. Ekperigin, Nantes8.0 
 6. Traore, Lille7.6 
 7. Rhoomes, St Qu.7.5 
 8. Diame, Blois7.3 
 9. Morin, Le Havre7.3 
 10. Fairell, Rouen7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Poitiers
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Threatt, Poitiers7.3 
 2. King, Le Havre6.3 
 3. Ware, Vichy C.6.0 
 4. Turner, Blois6.0 
 5. Rigaux, Maurienne5.9 
 6. Hermannsson, Charlevi.5.6 
 7. Sim, Bourg5.4 
 8. Henry, Evreux5.4 
 9. Duren, Boulogne5.2 
 10. Mitchell, Nantes5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Joe BURTON
  Roanne
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Burton, Roanne2.6 
 2. Henry, Evreux2.5 
 3. Threatt, Poitiers2.4 
 4. Denave, Vichy C.2.0 
 5. Turner, Blois2.0 
 6. Rigaux, Maurienne1.9 
 7. Maille, Provence.1.8 
 8. Mitchell, Nantes1.8 
 9. de-Jong, Boulogne1.7 
 10. Fouse, Charleville1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Yannis MORIN
  Le Havre
  (208-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Morin, Le Havre1.8 
 2. Fall, Poitiers1.5 
 3. Ndoye, Bourg1.3 
 4. Paumier, Boulogne1.2 
 5. Rinna, St Chamond1.1 
 6. Jones, Lille1.1 
 7. Kone, Charleville1.0 
 8. Traore, Lille1.0 
 9. MBida, Lille1.0 
 10. Diame, Blois1.0 


St Chamond tabs J.K. Edwards - by Eurobasket News

Saint Chamond Basket Valle du Gier (ProB) inked experienced 35-year old American ex-international power forward J.K. Edwards (202-113kg-82, college: UNLV). He played recently at Pau-Lacq-Orthez (ProA), but left the team last month. In 18 games he averaged 5.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.4apg this season. ProB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Edwards also played 9 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 4.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.0apg. The last season he played also at Pau Lacq Orthez (also in ProA). In 36 games he recorded 6.1ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.2apg.
Among other achievements Edwards' team made it to the French La Semaine des AS Cup final in 2012 and 2015. He was selected to French ProA All-Star Game back in 2014. Edwards was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2001.
He has played previously professionally also in Ukraine (BC Donetsk) and France (Limoges CSP Elite, Cholet Basket, Gravelines Dunkerque, STB Le Havre and Quimper UJAP).
Edwards is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at St Chamond.
Edwards attended University of Nevada - Las Vegas until 2004 and it is his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Pavel Marinov (ex Pitesti) agreed terms with Lille - by Eurobasket News

Lille Metropole Basket (ProB) inked 29-year old Bulgarian ex-international small forward Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances). He started the season at BCM U Pitesti in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 34 games he recorded 14.5ppg, 4.4rpg and 4.0apg this season. The last season Marinov played at CS Dinamo Bucuresti (also in Liga Nationala) where in 36 games he averaged 12.3ppg, 4.3rpg and 3.5apg.
Among other achievements he won Bulgarian League championship title for two years in a row (2012 and 2013). Marinov received also Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Most Improved Player of the Year award back in 2009 and 2014.
He was also a member of Bulgarian international program for some years. Marinov played for Bulgarian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2014 and previously for U20 National Team in 2008.
He represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 6.3ppg, 2.0rpg, FGP: 70.0%, 3PT: 25.0%.
Marinov has played also professionally for other Bulgarian teams like Yambol, Balkan, Lukoil Academic Sofia and Tiger Yambol.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @ISBEurope)

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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. Kikanovic, ALBA16.0 
 5. Paulding, EWE B.15.8 
 6. Babb, Ratiopharm15.7 
 7. Mayo, Telekom Bsk15.5 
 8. Odum, Wuerzburg15.4 
 9. Lewis, Bayreuth15.3 
 10. Gaines, Vechta15.3 
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 Baskets6.3 
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. Mayo, Telekom Bsk5.0 
 8. Sanders, Goettingen5.0 
 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. Ruoff, Goettingen1.8 
 5. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 6. Siva, ALBA1.7 
 7. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.7 
 8. Redding, B.Mue.1.7 
 9. Anderson, Bayreuth1.6 
 10. Stewart, Walter T.1.5 
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. Qvale, EWE Baskets1.0 
 6. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 7. Gaffney, ALBA0.9 
 8. Marei, Bayreuth0.9 
 9. McGhee, Walter T.0.9 
 10. Austin, Bremerha.0.8 


Sebastian Gleim Takes Over The Fraport Skyliners Juniors - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After 5 years coaching the Fraport Skyliners Juniors and being an assistant coach for the Fraport Skyliners, Eric Detlev will leave the organization and take on a new challenge. The club announced that Sebastian Gleim who has been with the club since 2014 will take over as the head coach of the pro B team. During his 5 seasons with the Fraport Skyliners, Detlev was able to lead the team to the playoffs as well as reaching the Pro B final. He also had an important part in helping future national players Johannes Voigtmann, Danilo Barthel and Konstantin Klein develop further as well as bringing along current German hopeful Niklas Kiel as well as other young German players Isaacc Bonga, and Cosmo Gruehn as well as helping guys like Stefan Ilzhoefer and Max Merz become better players. "I am happy to have been part of this great program the last 5 years. We have shown here how to integrate youth players into the Bundesliga. Now it's time to make a new start. I am thankful for all here for the opportunities that I was given and will keep Frankfurt in my heart", stressed Eric Detlev. "I want to thank Eric for his engagement the last years. He did a very good job with our pro B team. He did a good job implimenting our philsophies. He also did a good job with our BBL team with the individual work with the players, scouting and practices", stated Fraport Skyliners head coach Gordon Herbert.

Sebastian Gleim is no unknown coach in the Frankfurt organization as he is currently in his third season and has had many duties. He came from SC Rist Wedel where he was coach for some years and came to Frankfurt in 2014 and was the NBBL coach the last two seasons and also was the acting manager for the youth program and school, was an assistant with the BBL team and coached the U-18 Oberliga team. He also has belonged to various coaching staff for German youth national teams. "Eric was a great colleaugue as well as person. I have the feeling that I belong to Frankfurt. I have great working conditions here and a great situation. We have developed further with our structures, but havent reached our limit yet. I am very happy to have been able to extend my contract until 2019. It is also important not to give up my position of acting manager for the youth program despite being Pro B coach now. I feel that I am resposible for doing this. I just love to stand in the gym with my players no matter what league", stressed Sebastian Gleim . "It is good that Sebastian takes over the Pro B team. His main duty will be to take over the individual work with the young players. The main goal for thePro B team isn't wining, but developing the young players. We want to bring them into competitive situations and give them responsibility. It is good for our system that he coach the Pro B team. He has done a great job in our youth system. He already knew young players like Isaac Bonga and Richard Freudenberg very well due to his work with youth national teams and had a large influence on them coming here", stressed Gordon Herbert.

Source:Fraport Skyliners



Chris Miller (Giessen Pointers) I Had To Mature Faster Than The Average Rookie - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Christopher Miller (192-F/G-93, college: Salem Intern.) is a 23 year old 193cm guard from Brooklyn, New York that completed his rookie season in Germany with VfL Bensheim (2.Regionalliga). Before coming to Europe, he got semi-pro league experience in the states with the jamestown jackals. He played college ball at Salem international University and graduated in 2015. He spoke to eurobasket about his rookie season in Germany and before he signed with the Giessen Pointers.

Chris thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how is professional basketball life treating you as a rookie

Hello, and thank you for having me. I am Currently in New York City In the gym crafting my game for next season. I am blessed, I get to do what I love and earn money from it, not many people can say that.

You have had a long rookie season as you went through the Ron Howard Hoops program last season and prompt got signed by German rRgionaliga two team Bensheim. Did your rookie season full fill your expectations of what it would be like in your first professional season?

It was a long journey to get to VFL Bensheim but overall I am happy with the way I have handled this year. I came in with the mindset to prove that I belong in this profession and I believe I achieved that goal.


Bensheim finished in ninth place out of 12 team and had a 10-12 record. You had a great rookie season being the MVP. Did your great stat season help lessen the tension of having a losing season?

Our season was very rough. In the beginning we had a full team and were seen as a contender. As the year went on we lost 7 players and a coach. I had to increase my level of play tremendously for my team to have a chance to win. I was looked at to score a bulk of the points, defend, assist .. Basically be the "MR. Everything " of the team kind of like Russel Westbrook this year. The outcome doesn't look pretty on paper, but given the situation I was put in I feel I did a pretty good job.

What do you feel was missing from the Bensheim team that could have ended the season higher up in the standings?


Even being under manned we still found a way to compete. One of our biggest problems was scoring. Almost the whole season the opposing team would play box and 1 denying me the ball. We had trouble punishing teams with when they did that. I feel if we had one more guy who could go get a basket and another big man we would of won the league no question.


Your stats were simply amazing with 24.1 Points 7 Rebounds 4 Assists 2.2 Steals Per Game
30.2 points the last 11 Games and single game high 49 Points 5 Assists. Did it sometimes feel like you were a man playing among kids?

I would not say that. I respect all of my competition. I would say that I work very hard on my craft and I finally got a chance to show it at a professional level. I let my game speak for itself.


You had an amazing 49 point game. Was that the highest scoring game that you have had at any level in your career?


Actually no, I scored 50 points in College. It was Senior night and the last game in front of my home crowd. I scored 50 points in dedication to my mother who had passed away in the beginning of that season in 2012. Whats crazy about it is the fact that I didn't hit one single 3. There was also 9 minutes left when I was taken out of the game so who knows what could of happened.


Take us through that game again. Did you know quickly that this would be a very good day for you?

During the warmups I remember being tired. I stayed up the night before mentally prepping for a good game. In the previous match up with this team I rolled my ankle on an opponents foot and had to sit out 3 weeks. This was a revenge game for me. During the game I came out with high intensity on defense, got steals and easy baskets early. I was locked in the whole game. We also won by 24 points so that was overall a good day for me.

Do you ever ponder about the idea what your game would look like against higher competition and if you could still be so dominant?


I work hard on my craft day in and day out . I dedicate everything I have to this. I do not worry about competition, I worry about being the best player I can be. I know I can be successful at higher levels and I believe I will get the chance to prove it.


How do you believe this season helped you develop and mature as a player? It wasn't the best competition, but you ruled on the court.


This year I had to mature faster than the average rookie. Given the situation with players leaving the club I was looked at as the leader. I had to dedicate myself to be that leader for my team. Personally my goal was to come in and dominate to show even though I came from a small school I shouldn't be overlooked. The outcome of the season should be credited to the hard work I put in. To me It doesn't matter which league you play in. What matters is what you do with your opportunity.


How thankful are you of having had the opportunity to get your first European experience with Howard Hoops and getting looked at last summer?


I am thankful for Ronald Howard's Tour. I think what he is doing is great. He is helping guys like me get in front of these coaches and actually show them that it doesn't matter what school that person went to. A lot of players get denied because they didn't go to top D1 schools which to me is not fair. Ronald's tours are defiantly changing the mindsets of these International coaches and agents while giving guys a legit chance to show their talents.


Do you feel you would have had this opportunity without the Howard Hoops opportunity last summer?

I feel I am a go getter and I work to get what I want. So without Ron I would of gotten a contract somehow some way. However I am grateful That he saw my ambition and led me in the right direction. He actually Invited me to his tour 2 years ago. I came this year and the rest was history.


What do you believe was the most important thing that you learned in your rookie season playing for a German Regionalliga team two that will help you make the next step next season?

I learned how to play a good mix between American style and European style. Being here opened my eyes to different ways to play. My basketball IQ has greatly increased from playing this year. I see now that the players who have long successful careers are players that have high IQ.


What do you believe you must improve in your game and what things will you be working most on on refining your game this summer?

My IQ has increased. I learned situations, when to pass, when to take over and score , when to step back and let my teammates take lead, how to deal with tough situations. In this off season I am going to work on my whole game. My goal is to be complete player who can impact the game in every way.


What is the next step for Christopher Miller? Do you feel like your game is ready for the next step of German Regionaliga or Pro B?

Right now I do not know. I can say whatever club I will play for I will give it my all. I am confident I will get my chance at the big leagues. I will be here crafting until its my time to move up.

Could you imagine exploring basketball in another country next season?

I love new experiences so I wouldnt mind playing in another country. However Germany will always be my second home.


Draymond Greene recently had a triple double without scoring 10 points or more. Why do you believe has it taken long for someone to do this?

In his Interview with NBA tv Green stated that he was locked in defensively. He felt he was in the right spots to get rebounds, steals, deflections and blocks. He knows he is not a top option offensively on his team, but he found a way to impact the game. I think he accepts his role and plays it very well. Most players just care about scoring, but I feel things like this are just as important to having a successful team.

Devin Booker lit up the Boston Celtics and was only the sixth player to ever have done that in the NBA. Did it surprise you that it was him and not someone else as there are other guys that come to mind that could probably have done it before the talented 20 year old?

I am a big fan of Devin Booker. He is a very skilled player and you can see he puts in hours of hard work on his craft. I honestly did not have him as a first choice to reach 70 points but I knew he would become a star in the NBA.

What is your opinion about Boston Celtic point guard Isaiah Thomas. Is he a top 5 NBA point guard at the moment or does he need a big playoff run to get there?

I think he has solidified his spot as a top 5 point guard at the moment. His numbers are insane and they are leading to wins which is big. They are currently number 1 in the East as well and that is all credited to his play.


Klay Thompson recently hit 60 points in 29 minutes touching the ball for only 90 seconds. Where does this performance rank with you?

I think this should be shown to kids who have aspirations to be a professional. That game was so amazing for the fact that he just took advantage of his spots. He didn't dribble 100 times or try to break his defender each time down the floor. To me this should be ranked in the top 10 of NBA performances all time.


One always talks about Lebron and Curry, but one has to mention Russell Westbrook. He is averaging triple double stats at the moment. Is he stat wise the best player in the world right now and is the best choice as MVP?

I believe he is the mvp of the league. His stats are remarkable. Whats even better is the fact that his teammates are not very strong talent wise but he continues to will them to victories


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'?

I feel South Carolina was great for this years march madness. They beat some good teams and shook up the brackets. I am happy they made it as far as they did. It gives the spotlight to some other teams for once.

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?

Right now it is hard to tell. I will be watching and I wish the best for him in his career.


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 do not feel he focuses on padding his stats. I believe it is great that he does rebound because that way he can start the fast break himself. He will forever have a spot in history for his performance this year.


What was the last movie that you saw?

The last movie I saw was Get OUT . It was very controversial but I enjoyed watching it.


Thanks Chris for the chat.



Coach Caki left ALBA Berlin - by Eurobasket News

Turk coach Ahmet Caki left ALBA Berlin (BBL). He helped them to make it to the German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals.
The last season Caki coached at Anadolu Efes (BSL) in Turkish league. He contributed to his team winning the Cup and make to league final.
Caki was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game back in 2010. He used to coach Turkish B National Team back in 2011.
Caki has coached previously two other Turkish teams: Tofas and Darussafaka.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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)



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Fort Wayne Forward Ben Bentil in Ghana for Clinic - by Yaw Mintah

Former Boston Celtics Power Forward Ben Bentil has touched down in Ghana's capital, Accra to begin his offseason activities. This is the first time the first Ghana-born player to play in the NBA has come to the West African nation since his professional career began last year.

He is expected to move to his hometown Sekondi in Ghana's Western Region where he is scheduled to headline a one day basketball camp for young players in the city.

The event takes place on Saturday April 29 at the Takoradi Technical University Court and will also have an All Star Game plus skill and development sessions involving Bentil.
Bentil dropped hints of his imminent arrival through social media close to the end of the season in the NBA's Development League where he has spent majority of his first year in the pros at Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Since his selection as the 51st pick by Boston Celtics in the 2016 Draft, the former Providence College star has played in China for Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers for two months and the Dallas Mavericks on a ten day contract which coincided with his NBA debut.

He was signed by Indiana Pacers before being assigned to its Development League affiliate Fort Wayne. Bentil was born and raised in Sekondi before moving to the United States aged 15 before enrolling at St. Andrews School, Delaware.



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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)



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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andrija BOJIC
  Jaszberenyi
  (207-PF-93)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Bojic, Jaszberenyi21.3 
 2. Govens, Falco KC20.4 
 3. Kromah, Kormend20.2 
 4. Lilov, Szedeak19.0 
 5. Vojvoda, Szolnok18.4 
 6. Frazier, Kaposvari18.0 
 7. Pacher, Vasas17.7 
 8. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.5 
 9. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.16.9 
 10. Johnson, Sopron KC16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu8.7 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.4 
 3. Szabo, ZTE K.8.3 
 4. Sihota, MAFC8.2 
 5. Pacher, Vasas7.9 
 6. Sejfic, PVSK P.7.9 
 7. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 8. Watkins, Atomeromu7.7 
 9. Drungilas, ZTE K.7.4 
 10. Ivosev, KTE-Duna7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.4 
 2. Boltic, Szedeak8.0 
 3. Battle, Atomeromu7.7 
 4. Taylor, Vasas7.7 
 5. Govens, Falco KC6.2 
 6. Petty, Kormend6.2 
 7. Nelson, PVSK P.6.1 
 8. Smith, MAFC6.0 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC5.9 
 10. Wisseh, Kaposvari5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC2.6 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.2 
 3. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.2.0 
 4. Boltic, Szedeak2.0 
 5. Petty, Kormend2.0 
 6. Kromah, Kormend2.0 
 7. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.9 
 8. Frazier, Kaposvari1.9 
 9. Smith, MAFC1.9 
 10. Smith-Jr, Kormend1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.1 
 2. Juhos, Szedeak0.9 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 4. Wright, Vasas0.8 
 5. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.8 
 6. Keller, Alba0.8 
 7. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.8 
 8. Simms, Kaposvari0.7 
 9. Benke, ZTE K.0.7 
 10. Andric, Szolnok0.6 


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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  ICELAND  

Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Flenard WHITFIELD
  Skallagr.
  (200-F-90)
  Avg: 29.4
 1. Whitfield, Skallagr.29.4 
 2. Stevens, Keflavik28.6 
 3. Carberry, Thor T.27.7 
 4. Wright, Haukar27.1 
 5. Hester, Tindastoll23.4 
 6. Clinch, Grindavik21.8 
 7. Beamon, Thor AK20.9 
 8. Gunnarsson, Njard.20.0 
 9. Sigurdarson, IR19.9 
 10. Caird, Tindastoll18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amin STEVENS
  Keflavik
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 16
 1. Stevens, Keflavik16.0 
 2. Whitfield, Skallagr.14.6 
 3. Baeringsson, Stjar.12.8 
 4. Hester, Tindastoll10.8 
 5. Hankins-Cole, IR10.5 
 6. Carberry, Thor T.10.4 
 7. Ermolinskij, KR9.0 
 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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  IRAN  

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Daequan COOK
  Chemidor
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Cook, Chemidor24.5 
 2. Buljan, Kashan22.5 
 3. Robinson, Petrochimi20.9 
 4. Hosley, Arak19.6 
 5. Prince, Azad19.2 
 6. Toncinic, Gorgan18.6 
 7. Gacesa, Tabriz17.2 
 8. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.15.5 
 9. Jones, Azad15.2 
 10. Williams, Arak15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  Army
  (200-SF-90)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Kazemi, Army11.6 
 2. Buljan, Kashan10.1 
 3. Kardoust, Arak9.4 
 4. Williams, Tabriz9.1 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan8.8 
 6. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.8.5 
 7. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.7.5 
 8. Cukinas, Chemidor7.3 
 9. Jones, Azad7.2 
 10. Mirzaei, Naft A.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Petrochimi
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Robinson, Petrochimi4.3 
 2. Davarpanah, Naft A.3.9 
 3. Nasajpour, Tabriz3.9 
 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. Moradinasab, Gor.0.9 
 6. Toncinic, Gorgan0.9 
 7. Riaie, Chemidor0.8 
 8. Nabipour, Petrochimi0.8 
 9. Soleimani, Kashan0.8 
 10. Torabi, Army0.7 


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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  ISRAEL  

Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Storm WARREN
  Maccabi .
  (201-PF-88)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Warren, Maccabi .23.7 
 2. Livingston, Hapoel K.21.9 
 3. Huertas, Hap.Haifa21.8 
 4. Burrows, Hap.Haifa21.7 
 5. Esho, Ramat H.20.6 
 6. Teel, Maccabi H/H20.6 
 7. Pointer, Ironi K-A20.4 
 8. Relphorde, Hapoel M.19.9 
 9. Jordan, Galil Elion19.7 
 10. Madden, Hap.R/G.19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony LEE
  Ironi R.
  (206-F/C-91)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Lee, Ironi R.12.5 
 2. Jordan, Galil Elion11.6 
 3. Warren, Maccabi .11.3 
 4. Watson, Hapoel K/S11.0 
 5. Livingston, Hapoel K.10.8 
 6. Yates, Macc.Reh.10.4 
 7. Pointer, Ironi K-A10.2 
 8. Allen, Hapoel B/S10.1 
 9. McShepard, Ironi N.9.9 
 10. Burrows, Hap.Haifa9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H7.9 
 2. Nanikashvili, Hap.H.6.8 
 3. Cohen, Hapoel K/S5.8 
 4. Lavie, Maccabi .5.5 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Ironi R.5.4 
 6. Dunne, Ironi N.5.0 
 7. Ainhorn, Ironi K-A4.6 
 8. Niv, Hap.Haifa4.5 
 9. Shaashoua, Maccabi .4.4 
 10. Fisher, Hapoel B/S4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H2.8 
 2. Addison, Macc.Reh.2.5 
 3. Relphorde, Hapoel M.2.4 
 4. Lavie, Maccabi .2.3 
 5. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.1 
 6. Warren, Maccabi .2.1 
 7. Rosenberg, Hapoel M.1.9 
 8. Burrows, Hap.Haifa1.9 
 9. Pointer, Ironi K-A1.9 
 10. Hofman, Ironi N.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sir''Dominic POINTER
  Ironi K-A
  (198-G/F-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.2 
 2. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.1 
 3. Lee, Ironi R.1.9 
 4. Givens, Maccabi .1.5 
 5. Watson, Hapoel K/S1.5 
 6. Warren, Maccabi .1.4 
 7. Gaston, Hapoel M.1.3 
 8. Joyner, Ironi K-A1.2 
 9. Treadwell, Hapoel A.1.2 
 10. Roberts, Ironi N.1.1 


Knafo is back at Maccabi Kiryat Gat - by Netanel Dahan

Maccabi Kiryat Gat (Winner League) signed 28-year old forward Elad Knafo (197-89). It is actually his comeback to Kiryat Gat as he has played here before. Knafo He started the season at Hapoel Hevel Modi'in, the newcomer in Artzit.
Knafo helped his team to make it to the National League Final in 2007.
He has played previously for six other teams: Ironi Nahariya, Maccabi Ashdod, Hapoel Beeri, Elitzur Yavne, Hapoel Afula and Maccabi Ma'ale Adumim.




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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  ITALY  


Cavaliero comes back to Alma Trieste - by Armando Caporaso

Pallacanestro Alma Trieste (Serie A2) inked 33-year old former international point guard Daniele Cavaliero (188-83kg-84). It is actually his comeback to Trieste as he has played here before. Cavaliero He started the season at Openjobmetis Varese (Serie A). In 28 games he recorded 4.8ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.4apg this season. Serie A2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Cavaliero also played 16 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 6.5ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.2apg. The last season Cavaliero played also at Openjobmetis VA (also in Serie A). In 25 games he had 8.0ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.8apg. He also played 13 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 6.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.0apg. Cavaliero helped them to make it to the cup final.
Among other achievements he was selected to Italian SerieA All-Star Game back in 2011 and 2012.
Cavaliero was also a member of Italian international program for some years. He played for Italian Senior National Team between 2004 and 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2020 and 2001.
Cavaliero also represented Italy at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 2.0ppg, 1.3apg.
Cavaliero has spent his entire career in Italy playing for six other teams: Armani Milano, VL Pesaro, Fortituto Kontatto Bologna, Scandone Avellino, Roseto and Sutor Montegranaro.
Cavaliero's game is described as: A hard nosed PG with great offensive mentality, good shooter and passer; loves to serve alley-oops to teammates, gives his best on the fast break and in transition game; needs to improve his defense and to learn the slow tempo offense;.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bargnani left Baskonia - by Eurobasket News

32-year old Italian international power forward Andrea Bargnani (213-113kg-85) left Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa). In 14 games he had 11.5ppg and 2.5rpg this season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Bargnani also played 15 games in Euroleague where he recorded 8.8ppg and 1.8rpg.
The last season he played at the Nets in NBA. In 46 games he averaged 6.6ppg and 2.1rpg.
In 2006 Bargnani was drafted by Toronto Raptors (NBA) as #1 pick overall.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention back in 2009, 2012 and 2013.
Bargnani has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2004 and previously for U18 National Team in 2002.
Bargnani represented Italy at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 14.8ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 47.6%, FT: 92.3%.
Bargnani has played previously professionally in NBA (New York Knicks) and Italy (Benetton Treviso, Mens Sana 1871 Siena and Roma S.Azzurra).
On Bargnani: Reminds a lot Gregor Fucka, has long legs and arms, loves to play front to the basket; if he will add a reliable outside shot, his future is at 3 position;
Outlook (by NBADraft.TK):
Strengths: Great body and very good athleticism for a player of his size. Very skilled offensive player with a lot of solutions to score: shoots well from any distance, hit the three with good accuracy, can beat his defender off the dribble and finish a fast-break after running the court well. Fluid shooting mechanics. Has a quick release. Can play NBA SF position due to his great ball-handling qualities and very good speed. Smart moves in front of the basket: he likes to start out at the 3pt line, beat his defender with his first step and finish with a one-hand slam. Patient offensively, knows when to make the pass and when to take the shot. On defence he's a good shot-blocker under the basket. Hard worker and determined player.
Weaknesses: Needs to gain some more weight to play PF. Not a very good rebounder despite his height so he has to improve his skills. Does not get good position while rebounding. Is too weak to get good position under the basket. Needs to improve his low post moves. Has to improve his defence on small forwards. He gets beat off the dribble easily by quicker players. Needs to play focused all the time
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  JAPAN  


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)



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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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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
 1. Stoglin, Sagesse33.7 
 2. Khatib, Homenetmen24.6 
 3. Johnson, Louaize24.0 
 4. Efevberha, Sagesse23.5 
 5. Rembert, Champville23.3 
 6. Morris, Tadamon23.2 
 7. Kemp, Tadamon23.2 
 8. Spencer, Moutahed22.7 
 9. Ebi, Byblos22.2 
 10. Jackson, Homen.21.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Champville
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Townes, Champville13.2 
 2. Ebi, Byblos12.4 
 3. Upshaw, Mayrouba12.3 
 4. Majok, Homenetmen11.8 
 5. Godfrey, Sagesse10.6 
 6. Melvin, Moutahed10.5 
 7. Bawji, Champville9.6 
 8. Aminu, Al Riyadi9.4 
 9. Thomas, Hoops8.5 
 10. Johnson, Louaize8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  Homen.
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Galloway, Homen.8.5 
 2. Mezher, Hoops8.1 
 3. Khalil, Tadamon6.6 
 4. Johnson, Louaize6.3 
 5. Rembert, Champville6.1 
 6. Brown, Al Riyadi5.4 
 7. Arakji, Al Riyadi5.4 
 8. Efevberha, Sagesse4.9 
 9. Spencer, Moutahed4.6 
 10. Curry, Moutahed4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Geron JOHNSON
  Louaize
  (190-G-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Johnson, Louaize2.8 
 2. Jackson, Homen.2.6 
 3. Kemp, Tadamon2.0 
 4. Galloway, Homen.2.0 
 5. Curry, Moutahed1.8 
 6. Thomas, Hoops1.8 
 7. Ebi, Byblos1.7 
 8. Youngblood, Byblos1.7 
 9. Brown, Al Riyadi1.7 
 10. Tucker, Byblos1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert UPSHAW
  Mayrouba
  (213-C-94)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Upshaw, Mayrouba3.6 
 2. Majok, Homenetmen2.6 
 3. Townes, Champville2.2 
 4. Godfrey, Sagesse1.9 
 5. Ebi, Byblos1.8 
 6. Melvin, Moutahed1.6 
 7. Haidar, Al Riyadi1.5 
 8. Aminu, Al Riyadi1.2 
 9. Tabet, Moutahed1.1 
 10. Lewis, Louaize1.0 



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  LITHUANIA  


Lithuanian LKL round 35 best performance: Arturas Valeika - by Eurobasket News

Forward Arturas Valeika (207-F-85) had a very impressive game in the last round for Vytautas, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 35.
The 31-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, six rebounds and eight assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Siauliai (#10, 6-29) 100-94. Vytautas maintains the 6th position in Lithuanian LKL. Vytautas 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 18-17 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Valeika as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Arturas Valeika averages this season 10.9ppg and 5.2rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Donatas Sabeckis (197-F-92) of Siauliai. Sabeckis had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 13 assists. Bad luck as Siauliai lost that game 94-100 to the higher-ranked Vytautas (#6, 18-17). Siauliai are still at the very bottom. 29 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories Siauliai managed to get this year. Sabeckis is a newcomer at Siauliai and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Siauliai's star - Martynas Echodas (204-C/F-97). Echodas scored 25 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Echodas' great performance Siauliai lost 94-100 to the higher-ranked Vytautas (#6, 18-17). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. Siauliai can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 6-29 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Echodas he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Echodas has individually a great season in Lithuania. After 34 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 5.9rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-C-79) of Lietkabelis - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Vytenis Cizauskas (187-SG-92) of Vytautas - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Lukas Lekavicius (180-PG-94) of Zalgiris - 19 points and 4 assists
7. Jamar Diggs (188-PG-88) of Juventus - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Vladyslav Koreniuk (210-C-94) of Siauliai - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Vytautas Sulskis (200-G-88) of Juventus - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Ignas Vaitkus (196-SF-93) of Nevezis - 14 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)



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Scoring Leaders - DBBL

Points Per Game
 Jesse MORGAN
  Contern
  (196-G-91)
  Avg: 27.2
 1. Morgan, Contern27.2 
 2. Tabb, Arantia27.1 
 3. Reese, Sparta26.5 
 4. Richardson, Resid.25.6 
 5. Gulley, Musel Pikes25.6 
 6. Sims, Arantia25.1 
 7. Johnson, T7124.6 
 8. Leonard, Bascharage23.5 
 9. Atkins, Contern22.9 
 10. Rugg, Musel Pikes22.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ladarius TABB
  Arantia
  (196-G/F-)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Tabb, Arantia14.4 
 2. McNutt, Etzella12.3 
 3. Coleman, Amicale11.6 
 4. Stephens, T7111.5 
 5. Johnson, T7111.2 
 6. Barden, Etzella11.0 
 7. Atkins, Contern10.6 
 8. Rugg, Musel Pikes10.5 
 9. Robinson, Sparta10.4 
 10. McDaniel, Amicale9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Bob MELCHER
  Amicale
  (189-G-94)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Melcher, Amicale6.9 
 2. Mondy, Arantia5.1 
 3. Birenbaum, Contern5.1 
 4. Richardson, Resid.4.6 
 5. Schumacher, T714.6 
 6. Clark, Basket Esch4.4 
 7. Leonard, Bascharage3.6 
 8. Ruffato, T713.2 
 9. Biever, Basket Esch3.1 
 10. Gulley, Musel Pikes2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Duke MONDY
  Arantia
  (193-G-90)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Mondy, Arantia3.1 
 2. Tabb, Arantia2.3 
 3. Richardson, Resid.2.3 
 4. Gulley, Musel Pikes2.1 
 5. Birenbaum, Contern2.1 
 6. Morgan, Contern2.1 
 7. Atkins, Contern2.0 
 8. Barden, Etzella2.0 
 9. Mersch, Bascharage1.6 
 10. Reese, Sparta1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Titus ROBINSON
  Sparta
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Robinson, Sparta2.1 
 2. McNutt, Etzella1.7 
 3. Coleman, Amicale1.0 
 4. Melcher, Amicale1.0 
 5. Barden, Etzella0.8 
 6. McDaniel, Amicale0.7 
 7. Reese, Sparta0.7 
 8. Rugg, Musel Pikes0.6 
 9. Atkins, Contern0.6 
 10. Gindt, Sparta0.5 



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  MALTA  


Luxol win their 13th League Title - by Bernard Vassallo

BOV League Division 1 Men
2017 Finals Series
Game 3


BUPA Luxol 84 Floriana MCP Car Parks 71
(25-12, 22-16, 23-18, 14-25)

Luxol: CJ Cordina 3, M. Mercieca 3, M. Sjoberg, J. Maistre, JP Schembri 17, K. Dimech 10, W. Ahlberg 3, P. Cumpstone 21, S. Deguara 27, S. Cappello
Floriana: C. Patus 13, D. Schembri 25, S. Borg 11, D. Agius, N. Vasovic 6, C. Calleja, A. Axiaq 11, A. Micallef Trigona 2, N. Andrejevic 4
Referees: G. Barbara, E. Mangani, I. Simic

BUPA Luxol made it a clean sweep in this year's BOV League play-off stage when after a 3-0 series won in the semi-final stage against Gzira Athleta, the violets continued with three straight wins in the finals series against Floriana MCP Car Parks.

Thus Luxol retuned on the champions podium for the thirteenth time in history, eight years after their last success in 2009 when that year they had beaten Sliema (today Gzira Athleta) 2-0 in the finals.

Continuing from their big win in game 2, Luxol were quick to establish a good early lead.

The first moments of this third final were a bit clumsy and the first bucket came after two minutes through a long distance shot from Jean-Paul Schembri (182-G-92).

Floriana, who were featuring in the third final series in the last five years managing also to win the league in 2013, did have a reply at this stage and a Sean Borg (177-PG-92) hoop followed by a Nikola Vasovic (180-PG-92) trey gave them the only lead in the game, 5-3, after three minutes.

In the next six minutes Luxol struck in a solid manner as a Keith Dimech (178-F-00) 3-pointer set them off on an important 19-2 run with Samuel Deguara (223-C-91) starting to contribute offensive points with a number of free throws and Schembri hitting two consecutive treys. The same player remained on the mark as he had another two treys at the start of the second period and then, with Deguara and Pierce Cumpstone (203-F-94, college: Stonehill) finding more space to bang in their points, Luxol extended their lead to 44-20 after 18 minutes of play.

Led positively by William Ahlberg, who had a quiet day in shooting but finished with six assists, Luxol searched to feed the ball more to Deguara after the interval and the local giant made use of his towering height and helped his side to have a further run, this time 9-0, as the margin increased to a maximum of 62-34 midway in the third quarter.

Deguara's fourth foul and subsequent bench time spurred Floriana to put in a reaction and led by Chad Patus (203-F-87, college: Belm.Abbey) and another offensive first rate performance from Dirk Schembri (193-F-85), they started somewhat gnawing slowly into the margin, especially when early in the last quarter the greens had their best moment in the game with 19-2 run that led them to a 65-74 score.

Deguara, who had re-entered in the game earlier, fouled out with three minutes to go and a Patus hoop had Floriana just 8 points away, 69-77.

Yet, with the greens failing to score in their next couple of plays, Pierce Cumpstone took all the responsibility and six personal points ascertained Luxol's third series victory and the thirteenth league crown.

At the end of the match, Bank of Valletta's Chief Officer Peter Perotti and the MBA president Paul Sultana, presented the winning medals to the BUPA Luxol players and technical staff, the Most Valuable Player award for the finals series to Samuel Deguara and finally handed the 2017 BOV League trophy to Luxol's captain Marco Mercieca (184-PG-83).

What they said:

Chad Patus (Floriana): 'the finals were an intense physical battle, just like we expected.
Luxol came really together well this season, especially after Samuel joined them.
Each of their players found a role that would, in some way, benefit the team and this made them a very difficult team to match up against.
We fought hard and I really want to thank my team mates for the effort but we should also tip our hats to Luxol who won the league.'

Marco Mercieca (Luxol): 'I am obviously thrilled to bring back the league to Luxol after a number of years.
It was a tough season, especially at the beginning, but following the arrival of Samuel, thanks to the efforts of the club president Edgar Caruana Montaldo, changed the team camaraderie completely and we had a great 2017 which was capped with a 6-0 playoff run.
I am proud of the team, especially of Keith Dimech and Jean-Paul Schembri who were outstanding throughout the playoffs. On a personal note,
I am glad to win my 5th personal league honour to end my career on a high.'

John Tabone (Luxol): 'this championship was a deserved achievement at the end, yet it was somewhat unexpected at the beginning of the season.

Our fortunes took a boost during Christmas when our President Edgar Caruana Montaldo managed to re-sign Samuel Deguara with the club. This was an important twist in our favour as it changed Luxol from a mediocre side trying to make the Play offs final 4 into a potential championship team. And what a Championship team it turned out to be. One of the most complete side we ever had at LUXOL. Every department was filled up to perfection.

With the trio of Deguara, Cumpstone and Ahlberg our game became more secure and spectacular, both on offence and most of all on defence. They guided us all throughout the Semis and more importantly during the finals.

Special mention to our captain Marco Mercieca for his continuous support, to Keith Dimech, our sixteen year old darling, who was a delight to watch as he committed himself to the team like a seasoned senior and to Jean-Paul Schembri who played an important role with his longrange shots. CJ Cordina, Stefan Cappello and Jamie Maistre Melillo were also important for our final success their commitment to the team and to our under 23 side which together with Keith Dimech and Pierce Cumpstone were also crowned the under 23 league Champions.'




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  MEXICO  

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis FRANKLIN
  Guasave
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 27.6
 1. Franklin, Guasave27.6 
 2. Forte, Los Mochis26.2 
 3. Yeager, Guasave26.1 
 4. Ammons, Navolato23.4 
 5. Zamarco, Durango22.5 
 6. Mitchell, Navolato22.1 
 7. Rice-Jr, Obregon21.7 
 8. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 9. Tucker, Mazatlan20.9 
 10. Glover, Obregon20.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Forte, Los Mochis13.5 
 2. Ammons, Navolato12.2 
 3. Glover, Obregon10.1 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana9.6 
 5. Little, Hermosillo9.0 
 6. Puckett, Culiacan8.8 
 7. Glaze, Culiacan8.2 
 8. Lathan, Tijuana7.9 
 9. Morrison, Tijuana7.5 
 10. Spurlock, Hermosillo7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dwayne MITCHELL
  Navolato
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Mitchell, Navolato6.1 
 2. Morrison, Tijuana5.3 
 3. Yeager, Guasave5.3 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo5.0 
 5. Rice-Jr, Obregon4.8 
 6. Kabongo, Hermosillo4.2 
 7. Perez, Hermosillo4.0 
 8. Newby, Los Mochis3.8 
 9. Marigney, Guaymas3.8 
 10. Puckett, Culiacan3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Glen RICE JR.
  Obregon
  (198-G/F-91)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Rice-Jr, Obregon1.8 
 2. Morrison, Tijuana1.6 
 3. Eldridge, Navolato1.4 
 4. Mitchell, Navolato1.4 
 5. Tucker, Mazatlan1.3 
 6. Hutchingson, Obreg.1.3 
 7. Newby, Los Mochis1.3 
 8. Lathan, Tijuana1.2 
 9. Morris-W., Culiacan1.2 
 10. Casillas, Mazatlan1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Guaymas
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Heyward, Guaymas2.1 
 2. Ammons, Navolato1.8 
 3. Gibson, Tijuana1.1 
 4. Puckett, Culiacan1.1 
 5. Lathan, Tijuana0.9 
 6. Pittman, Guasave0.9 
 7. Keller, Durango0.7 
 8. Spurlock, Hermosillo0.6 
 9. Hutchingson, Obreg.0.6 
 10. Scott, Tijuana0.5 


Rice Jr.'s double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old swingman Glen Rice Jr. (198-G/F-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Obregon and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
He had a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed Guasave (#5, 7-9) with 16-point margin 105-89. Obregon is placed at 2nd position in Mexican league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Obregon will need more victories to improve their 11-5 record. In the team's last game Rice Jr. had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Obregon, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Glen Rice Jr. averages this season 21.6ppg, 6.9rpg and 4.9apg.

Second best performed player last round was Cliff Tucker (198-F/G-89) of Mazatlan. He is American swingman in his first season at Mazatlan. In the last game Tucker recorded impressive 32 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Mazatlan to edge slightly higher-ranked Guaymas (#4, 10-6) by 3 points 106-103. This victory allowed Mazatlan to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-9 record. Tucker is one of the most experienced players at Mazatlan and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.1ppg (#9). His other stats are also decent: 5.1rpg and 3.1apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Mychal Ammons (198-F-92) of Navolato (#7). Ammons scored 17 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Ammons' great performance Navolato lost 81-88 to slightly lower-ranked Los Mochis (#9, 5-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Navolato not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 10 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ammons could try to bring Navolato's a little bit higher in the standings. Ammons has individually a great season in Mexico. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.4ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 12.2rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.8bpg and FGP: 63.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Landon Atterberry (198-F-93) of Obregon - 23 points and 4 rebounds
5. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85) of Hermosillo - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Cameron Forte (201-F-93) of Los Mochis - 16 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Michael Glover (203-F-87) of Obregon - 23 points and 4 rebounds
8. Julio Cesar del Campo (195-G/F-87) of Tijuana - 21 points and 6 rebounds
9. Steve Monreal (180-PG-86) of Hermosillo - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Grandy Glaze (204-F) of Culiacan - 26 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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D1 Round 17: CRA Hoceima is upset by FAR Rabat - by Eurobasket News

The game between second ranked CRA Hoceima (11-2) and fifth ranked FAR Rabat (9-6) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. CRA Hoceima was defeated by FAR Rabat in a tough game in Al Hoceima 66-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of CRA Hoceima. FAR Rabat maintains fifth place with 9-6 record. CRA Hoceima at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked MAS Fes (10-5) against seventh ranked IRT Tanger (7-6) on Saturday night. Host MAS Fes were defeated by IRT Tanger in Fes 92-82. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of MAS Fes. IRT Tanger have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place. MAS Fes at the other side keep the third position with five games lost.
Leader ASS Sale delivered the thirteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat bottom-ranked RSB Berkane (0-13) 87-70. Defending champion maintains first place with 13-2 record. Newly promoted RSB Berkane still closes the standings with 13 games lost.
The game in Rabat was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked WAC (9-5) played at the court of 8th ranked FUS Rabat (7-8). WAC defeated FUS Rabat 73-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of FUS Rabat. WAC moved-up to fourth place. FUS Rabat at the other side keeps the eighth position with eight games lost.

In the last game of round 17 IRAN was defeated by KACM in Marrakech 73-63.

FUS Rabat - WAC 63-73

The game in Rabat was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked WAC (9-5) played at the court of 8th ranked FUS Rabat (7-8). WAC defeated FUS Rabat 73-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of FUS Rabat. WAC moved-up to fourth place. FUS Rabat at the other side keeps the eighth position with eight games lost.
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KACM - Iran 73-63

There was no surprise in Marrakech where 10th ranked IRAN (1-14) was defeated by eighth ranked KACM (7-7) 73-63. KACM moved-up to seventh place. IRAN lost eighth consecutive game. IRAN at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost.
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CRA Hoceima - FAR Rabat 66-70

The game between second ranked CRA Hoceima (11-2) and fifth ranked FAR Rabat (9-6) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. CRA Hoceima was defeated by FAR Rabat in a tough game in Al Hoceima 66-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of CRA Hoceima. FAR Rabat maintains fifth place with 9-6 record. CRA Hoceima at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost.
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RSB Berkane - ASS Sale 70-87

Leader ASS Sale delivered the thirteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat bottom-ranked RSB Berkane (0-13) 87-70. Defending champion maintains first place with 13-2 record. Newly promoted RSB Berkane still closes the standings with 13 games lost.
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MAS Fes - IRT Tanger 82-92

Very important is a home loss of third ranked MAS Fes (10-5) against seventh ranked IRT Tanger (7-6) on Saturday night. Host MAS Fes were defeated by IRT Tanger in Fes 92-82. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of MAS Fes. IRT Tanger have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place. MAS Fes at the other side keep the third position with five games lost.
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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.9
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.9 
 2. Harden, Houston R.29.3 
 3. Thomas, Boston C.28.8 
 4. Davis, N.Orleans P.28.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 6. Lillard, Portland.27.1 
 7. DeRozan, Toronto R.26.9 
 8. James, Clevelan.26.7 
 9. Leonard, San A.25.9 
 10. Curry, Golden S.25.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Miami Heat
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Whiteside, Miami Heat14.2 
 2. Drummond, Detro.13.8 
 3. Jordan, LA Clippers13.7 
 4. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.8 
 5. Howard, Atlanta H.12.6 
 6. Towns, Minnesot.12.2 
 7. Davis, N.Orleans P.12.0 
 8. Chandler, Phoenix .11.4 
 9. Love, Cleveland C.11.0 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.8 
Assists Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Harden, Houston R.10.9 
 2. Wall, Washington W.10.6 
 3. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.4 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.3 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.9.1 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.7 
 7. Teague, Indiana P.7.7 
 8. Holiday, N.Orlean.7.3 
 9. Green, Golden S.7.0 
 10. Williams, Dallas M.6.8 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.0 
 2. Green, Golden S.2.0 
 3. Wall, Washington W.2.0 
 4. Covington, Phi.7.1.9 
 5. Butler, Chicago B.1.9 
 6. Leonard, San A.1.8 
 7. Curry, Golden S.1.8 
 8. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 9. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.7 
 10. Rubio, Minnesot.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Utah Jazz
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.6 
 2. Embiid, Phi.76ers2.4 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.2.2 
 4. Whiteside, Miami Heat2.1 
 5. Turner, Indiana P.2.1 
 6. Porzingis, New Y.2.0 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.8 
 8. Lopez, Brooklyn N.1.7 
 9. Ibaka, Orlando M.1.6 
 10. Jordan, LA Clippers1.6 


Rockets advance with 105-99 win over Thunder - by Eurobasket News

James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) had 34 points and his supporting cast helped the Houston Rockets overcome a 47-point game by Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) to get a 105-99 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night to advance to the Western Conference semifinals. The Thunder head home a year after advancing to the Western Conference finals after Houston took this series 4-1. The Rockets used a 5-1 run, with all their points coming on free throws, to pull away from the Thunder and make it 98-91. Victor Oladipo (6'4''-G-92, college: Indiana) threw a pass about 5 feet above Westbrook's head and out of bounds on the next possession and Harden made a layup on the other end with about 3 minutes left. The Rockets began eating up the clock after that and Oklahoma City missed shot after shot that could have closed the gap. Houston couldn't add to its lead though and the Thunder cut it to 4 points twice in the final seconds, with the second one coming on a basket by Alex Abrines (6'6''-SF-93). But Harden made two free throws both times they got close to secure the win. After scoring 20 points in the third quarter, Westbrook made just 2 of 11 fourth-quarter shots in a disappointing end to a stellar season where he became the first player since Oscar Robertson in 1961-62 to average a triple-double by scoring an NBA-best 31.6 points a game, with 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists. He also set an NBA record for most triple-doubles with 42 to help the Thunder withstand the loss of All-Star Kevin Durant in free agency. He had 11 rebounds and nine assists to come just shy of his fourth straight triple-double in this series, but he made just 5 of a career-high 18 3-point attempts. Louis Williams (6'1''-SG-86) added 22 points and Patrick Beverley (6'1''-PG-88, college: Arkansas) had 15 to help the Rockets get out of the first round for the second time in three seasons in front of a crowd that included Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon, rapper Travis Scott and his rumored girlfriend and reality star Kylie Jenner. The Thunder had a five-point lead entering the fourth quarter and led by 3 after a jump shot by Jerami Grant (6'8''-F-94, college: Syracuse) early in the quarter. The Rockets then used a 10-2 run to take an 86-81 lead with about 9 minutes left. Williams made the last eight points in that stretch, making three free throws to start it and capping it with a 3-pointer from way behind the line. Houston was up by 6 early in the third quarter before using a 7-2 spurt to make it 61-50 with about 7 minutes left in the quarter. Harden got things going in that span and Beverley capped it with four straight points. The Thunder started rolling after that, using a 12-3 run, with seven points from Westbrook, to get within 2 with about 5 minutes left in the quarter. Houston's offense went cold in that span with its only points coming on free throws by Harden. Five straight points by the Thunder a couple of minutes later, highlighted by a 3-pointer from Westbrook, gave the Thunder a 69-68 lead. Harden made two free throws after that before Westbrook hit two 3-pointers in about 30 seconds to extend Oklahoma City's lead to 77-70. The Rockets were unhappy with a few calls in the first quarter and team owner Leslie Alexander got up from his courtside seat and walked over to a referee during play late in the quarter apparently to express his displeasure before sitting back down. Houston led 51-44 at halftime.
Courtesy of: yahoo.com



Hayward scores 27, Jazz beat Clippers 96-92 to take 3-2 lead - by Eurobasket News

Gordon Hayward (6'8''-G/F-90, college: Butler) scored 27 points, Utah controlled the paint, and the Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers 96-92 on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series. Hayward returned after missing most of Utah's win in game four because of food poisoning that caused him to lose weight and energy. Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest)'s three-pointer drew the Clippers within two with five seconds left. After George Hill (6'3''-PG-86, college: IUPUI) hit two free throws, Paul struggled getting the ball under control near the sideline and couldn't do anything as time expired. The Jazz made five three-pointers in the fourth quarter, including three by Rodney Hood, who finished with 16 points. Paul led the Clippers with 28 points and J.J. Redick (6'4''-G-84, college: Duke) added 26 with injured star Blake Griffin watching from the bench, his right foot encased in a black walking boot. The Jazz can clinch the series with a victory in game six on Friday night in Salt Lake City. The Clippers rallied from an 11-point deficit early in the fourth to tie the game. They made 12-of-15 free throws in the final period, but never managed to take the lead. Paul and Hayward were called for double technical fouls with 40 seconds to go. Paul had already pushed Hayward in the back after they got tied up scrambling for a rebound in front of Utah's bench. Hayward made both shots for a 90-85 lead. Joe Johnson's step-back jumper extended Utah's lead to 92-87. Neither team shot well, but the Jazz were better at most everything else. They owned a 34-28 edge in the paint, and the team that has done so has won each of the first five games in the best-of-seven series. Utah outscored the Clippers on second-chance and fast-break baskets. Utah took the game's first double-digit lead early in the fourth on a three-pointer by Hood that made it 69-58. The Clippers clawed back with an 11-0 run featuring five straight free throws by Redick and two consecutive three-pointers from Paul that tied the game at 69-all. Suddenly, the quiet crowd was on its feet cheering and Utah called time out. The Jazz regrouped to take a 77-69 lead. They ran off eight straight, capped by Haywood's three-pointer after the Clippers' defense shut down Hill inside and forced him to pass out to the perimeter with the shot clock winding down.
Courtesy of: abs-cbn.com



Mills nails four 3-pointers in fourth quarter, sparks Spurs to 116-103 win over Grizzlies - by Eurobasket News

Determined to hold serve on their home court, the resilient Spurs succeeded Tuesday night in drawing within one victory of reaching the Western Conference semifinals for the fifth time in the last six seasons. Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) scored 28 points and Patrick Mills (6'0''-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) had 20 off the bench, including 12 on four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, as the Silver and Black beat the Memphis Grizzlies 116-103 in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series at the AT&T Center. The Silver and Black lead the best-of-seven series 3-2. Game 6 is at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in Memphis. If a Game 7 is necessary, it would be played Saturday at the AT&T Center. The Spurs' victory Tuesday night came three nights after a gut-wrenching 110-108 overtime loss to the Grizzlies in Game 4. Memphis did not go quietly into the night in Game 5. Trailing by 18 points in the third quarter, the Grizzlies trimmed the deficit to four points (92-88) and five points (95-90) in the fourth quarter before Mills gave the Spurs some breathing room with back-to-back 3-pointers. "That's just one of those games where you're fortunate enough to make shots," Mills said. "Defensively, for them, they do such a great job of packing the paint and helping on drives, especially on Kawhi and Tony (Parker), and then they close out hard. It's a daily routine of practicing different shots, and one of them is a pump fake and a step to the left. "Like I said, they were the same shots that we shot in the first three or four games, but definitely a good feeling when you can see some go in. It is going to be hard on the road. Going to Memphis, it's hard to shoot good shots a lot on the road." Leonard, who had a career playoff-high 43 points in Game 4, got his 28 points on 9-of-16 shooting, including 3 of 5 from the 3-point line. He also had six assists. Leonard was 42 of 42 from the line in the series before he missed a free throw with 3:53 left in the first quarter. He finished 7 of 8 from the line. The home team has won all five games in the series. The Spurs and Grizzlies split four games in the regular season, with the home team winning each time. San Antonio won the first two games of the playoff series before Memphis evened the score at home. The Silver and Black have no illusions on how difficult it will be to close out the Grizzlies in Memphis, where the Spurs are 0-4 this season. "When you're in a position to close out a team, you have to do whatever it takes to close them out," San Antonio center Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) said. "If you give them rhythm, give them confidence, then things can change. You want to try to go after the first opportunity, and that is Game 6. We understand how hard that is, but our mindset has to be aggressive and we have to try and close it out in Memphis." Parker scored 16 points for the Spurs, followed by LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) (12), David Lee (6'9''-F-83, college: Florida) (11), and Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) (10). Ginobili scored his first points of the series after going 0 of 15 from the field, including 0 of 10 from the 3-point line, in the first four games. Ginobili finished the first half with eight points. He sparked an 11-0 run that gave the Spurs a 19-14 lead with 3:23 left in the first quarter. "Manu was fantastic," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "He felt good. Obviously, he scored. He made good decisions. You know that he's got a huge heart, and he has a huge effect on our team when he's healthy. And having a good night, starting out the way he did, was really a big boost." Ginobili hit 4 of 6 shots, 1 of 2 from beyond the arc, and finished with two rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block. "It was quite a relief," Ginobili said, when asked how it felt to break his shooting slump. "It had been a while. I know they weren't the most important points of the game, but they helped me to play more confident for the rest of the game." San Antonio won the first two games of the playoff series before Memphis evened the score at home. The Silver and Black have no illusions on how difficult it will be to close out the Grizzlies in Memphis, where the Spurs are 0-4 this season. "When you're in a position to close out a team, you have to do whatever it takes to close them out," San Antonio center Pau Gasol said. "If you give them rhythm, give them confidence, then things can change. You want to try to go after the first opportunity, and that is Game 6. We understand how hard that is, but our mindset has to be aggressive and we have to try and close it out in Memphis." Parker scored 16 points for the Spurs, followed by LaMarcus Aldridge (12), David Lee (11), and Manu Ginobili (10). Ginobili scored his first points of the series after going 0 of 15 from the field, including 0 of 10 from the 3-point line, in the first four games. Ginobili finished the first half with eight points. He sparked an 11-0 run that gave the Spurs a 19-14 lead with 3:23 left in the first quarter. "Manu was fantastic," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "He felt good. Obviously, he scored. He made good decisions. You know that he's got a huge heart, and he has a huge effect on our team when he's healthy. And having a good night, starting out the way he did, was really a big boost." Ginobili hit 4 of 6 shots, 1 of 2 from beyond the arc, and finished with two rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block. "It was quite a relief," Ginobili said, when asked how it felt to break his shooting slump. "It had been a while. I know they weren't the most important points of the game, but they helped me to play more confident for the rest of the game." Gasol finished with 17 points in Game 5. James Ennis (6'7''-F/G-90, college: Long Beach St.) III (11), JaMychal Green (6'9''-F-90, college: Alabama) (11) and Carter (10) rounded out the Grizzlies' double-figure scoring. Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.), one of Memphis' top threats, had only nine points. The Spurs outscored the Grizzlies 29-27 in the fourth quarter after leading 87-76 at the end of the third. After battling to a 23-23 tie after one quarter, the Spurs outscored the Grizzlies 32-26 in the second period to take a 55-49 halftime lead. Leonard and Parker led the San Antonio scoring with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Both teams shot well for the game. The Spurs hit 52.5 percent (42/80) of their field-goal attempts, including 14 of 28 from beyond the arc. San Antonio finished with 23 assists on their 42 made field goals. The Grizzlies shot 51.4 percent (37/72) from the field, and were 9 of 22 from the 3-point line. The Silver and Black nailed six 3-pointers in the second quarter and were 7 of 15 (46.7 percent) from beyond the arc in the first half. San Antonio shot 52.6 percent (20/38) in the first two quarters. "Every mistake they capitalized on and it ended in a three every time," Grizzlies coach David Fizdale said. "It is really just bad mental breakdowns. When you give up 116 points to the Spurs, you are probably not going to win. It's as simple as that."
Courtesy of: kens5.com



Blazers Won't Bring Back Festus Ezeli - by Eurobasket News

Neil Olshey confirmed that Festus Ezeli (6'11''-C-89, college: Vanderbilt) will not return to the Portland Trail Blazers next season. Ezeli underwent an experimental knee surgery in March. Ezeli signed a two-year, $15.2 million contract with the Blazers last offseason. Ezeli has a partially guaranteed contract at $7.33 million. Ezeli didn't appear in any regular season games for the Blazers.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Kentucky's Bam Adebayo will sign with agent and stay in NBA Draft - by Eurobasket News

Kentucky Wildcats talent Bam Adebayo (6'10''-PF-97) will sign with an agent and stay in the 2017 NBA Draft, multiple sources told FanRag Sports on Monday morning. By signing with professional representation, Adebayo loses his ability to return to Kentucky for another season. Coming out of high school, Adebayo was a highly sought after prospect. All reputable recruiting service websites had him pegged as a five-star talent. Both ESPN and Rivals had him listed as being one of the 10 best players in his recruiting class. The talented 6-10 big man averaged 13.0 points, a team-best 8.0 rebounds while also leading Kentucky in blocks per game (1.5). Adebayo played extremely well when the season was coming to a close, notching five double-doubles in the team's last 11 games, totaling a team-high eight double-doubles this season. College plays who have entered their names into the NBA Draft pool have until May 24 to make a final decision regarding their status. Adebayo is projected to be selected in the first round. In his last game, Adebayo scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a 75-73 loss in the Elite eight against the North Carolina Tar Heels. As for the Wildcats, Kentucky went 32-6 during the 2016-17 college basketball season.
Courtesy of: fanragsports.com



Balanced Hawks hold off Wizards 111-101, even series 2-all - by Eurobasket News

In a year when the geezers are coming up big in the NBA playoffs, add another one to the list. Jose Manuel Calderon (6'3''-PG-81) might be the most unlikely of all. The 35-year-old Spaniard, picked up on waivers late in the season, made a huge contribution to help the Atlanta Hawks pull away from the Washington Wizards 111-101 on Monday night, evening the opening-round series at 2-all. Answering the call when Dennis Schroeder (5'11''-PG-93, agency: Octagon Europe) got in early foul trouble, Calderon played 20 minutes, scored 10 points and dished out five assists. He joined some old-timers such as Utah's Joe Johnson and Houston's Nene making significant contributions in the postseason. Afterward, Calderon sat alongside Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) at the postgame news conference, a sign of the major role they both played. That's to be expected from Howard, an eight-time All-Star who finally showed up in the series. Not so much from Calderon, whose hair is thinning on top. "I always think I'm going to be on the podium," he quipped, actually managing to hold back a smile for a second or two. "Just stay ready." Howard had his best game of the postseason, putting up a double-double by halftime and finishing with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Paul Millsap (6'8''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) bounced back from a sluggish start to score 19 points. And Schroder, after going scoreless in a first half spent largely on the bench, managed to put up 18 points. The Hawks had seven players in double figures, also getting a huge contribution off the bench from Kent Bazemore (6'5''-G/F-89, college: ODU), who had 16 points and doled out seven assists. But Calderon was the one who really made a difference. The Hawks outscored the Wizards by 29 points when he was on the court. "He came in, played well, took care of the game," Washington coach Scott Brooks said. "He's just a winner. He makes winning basketball plays for whatever team he's been on." Bradley Beal (6'5''-SG-93, college: Florida) scored 32 points for Washington, bouncing back from a dismal performance in Game 3, and John Wall had another stellar performance with 22 points and 10 assists. Those two, as good as they were, couldn't match a more balanced approach by the Hawks. Now, a series marked by ill feelings that went so far as Markieff Morris calling Millsap "a crybaby" is down to a best-of-three. Game 5 is Wednesday night in Washington. "We've got home court for a reason," Wall said. "It's an opportunity for us to go home, take care of what we need to do and come back here on Friday." Millsap and Schroder helped the Hawks pull away down the stretch. After snatching an offensive rebound, Millsap managed to get the shot off while being knocked on his backside, the ball dropped in, and he added the free throw for a 3-point play . Schroder followed with a 3-pointer, giving the Hawks a 103-93 lead with 4? minutes to go. Of course, it helped that Howard finally made an appearance in the series . Having taken only 15 shots and scored 18 points in the first three games, he carried the load with Millsap struggling in the first half and Schroder watching from the bench. The enigmatic center had thunderous dunks on back-to-back possessions that really got the home crowd into the game.
Courtesy of: abcnews.com



Warriors move on with a sweep of the Trail Blazers - by Eurobasket News

Long after the Trail Blazers had left their court, many of Golden State's players celebrated on the floor at the Moda Center to the delight of a rather large contingent of yellow-clad fans who chanted "War-ri-ors! War-ri-ors!" The first-round sweep was sweet, even in Portland's house. Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) scored 37 points and Golden State beat the Blazers 128-103 on Monday night to advance to the conference semifinals. The Warriors will face the winner of the series between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers, which is tied at 2. Golden State was energized despite playing for the second straight game without coach Steve Kerr, who has been experiencing a flare-up of symptoms stemming from back surgery a couple of years ago. Assistant Mike Brown has served as head coach in Kerr's absence. But the Warriors saw the return of forward Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas), who hadn't played since Game 1 because of a strained left calf. He started and the Warriors built a 72-48 lead by the end of the opening half. Golden State pushed the margin to 33 points in the second half. Curry swished a 31-foot 3-pointer that made it 104-77 late in the third quarter and the Blazers couldn't catch up. Durant finished with 10 points in just under 21 minutes. All of Golden State's starters were in double figures. "That was unbelievable. Our guys were locked in on both ends of the floor. I wish I could say this one thing or that one thing was really good but everything we tried to do, we tried to do it on a high level," Brown said. "It was fun to watch. Fun to be a part of." Damian Lillard (6'3''-PG-90, college: Weber St.) scored 34 points for the Blazers, who were making their fourth straight appearance in the playoffs. The crowd at the Moda Center gave Lillard a standing ovation when he came out with 6:12 to play. Last season, the Warriors defeated the Blazers 4-1 in the second round. Curry missed the first three games of that series with a sprained MCL in his right knee, but returned in time to take the series back to Golden State and advance. The Warriors, who won the NBA title in 2015, fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers in seven games in the Finals last year. The Warriors were still without Matt Barnes (right ankle/foot sprain), and Shaun Livingston (right index finger sprain). Livingston hasn't played since Game 1 and Barnes has been sidelined the whole series. The Blazers led Game 3 by as many as 17 points in the first half - sparked by the return of big man Jusuf Nurkic. But the lead slipped away in the third quarter and the deeper Warriors prevailed 119-113. Nurkic, who had missed the final seven games of the regular season and the first two playoff games because of a nondisplaced fracture in his right leg, finished with two points and 11 rebounds. He was ruled out of Monday's game. The Warriors jumped out to a 14-0 lead at the start. Durant's dunk extended the lead to 22-3 and the rout was on. Javale McGee (7'0''-C-88, college: Nevada) made a highlight-reel alley-oop dunk in route to a 45-22 lead after the opening quarter. "We knew if we threw the first punch, we knew that it would overwhelm them a bit, especially being up 3-0," Durant said. It was the most points ever in a quarter for Golden State in a playoff game, and matched the NBA record for most first-quarter points in a playoff game. Lillard shouldered most of the burden for the Blazers with 21 points in the half, but backcourt partner C.J. McCollum (6'4''-G-91, college: Lehigh) was scoreless on 0-for-7 shooting and Portland trailed 72-48 at the break. "They came out really energized, focused. They showed their championship pedigree," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. "We were slow to react to it and we just couldn't get it going. And we didn't play nearly as well as they needed to and they showed why they're a championship team." The Warriors showed no signs of slowing in the third. Curry's 3-pointer pushed Golden State's lead to 91-58. "We're very confident about who we are and how were going to be successful," Curry said.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com



Raptors take series lead with 118-93 victory over Bucks - by Eurobasket News

The Toronto Raptors are within one win of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Norman Powell scored 25 points, his career high in the post-season, to lead the Raptors to a thrilling 118-93 victory over the Bucks on Monday, sending the Raptors back to Milwaukee with a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series. Six Raptors scored in double figures. Serge Ibaka (6'10''-C/F-89) finished with 19 points, DeMar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) added 18, and Kyle Lowry (6'0''-PG-86, college: Villanova) battled through a sore back to finish with 16 points and 10 assists. The team's medical staff had worked on Lowry's back before the morning shootaround, then sent him home to rest. It clearly bothered him during the game - when he wasn't on the court, he was lying on his back in front of the bench. DeMarre Carroll chipped in with 12 points, while Cory Joseph (6'3''-PG-91, college: Texas)h had 10. Giannis Antetokounmpo (6'11''-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe) led the Bucks with 30 points and nine rebounds. A victory in Thursday's Game 6 in Milwaukee would send the Raptors to the Eastern Conference semis against familiar foe Cleveland. The Cavaliers, who ousted Toronto in the conference final last season, swept their series against Indiana. The victory was Toronto's most decisive of these playoffs. The Bucks never led by more than two points while the Raptors - humming on offence and decent on defence - built a 19-point first-half lead and roared into the fourth quarter with a 90-73 advantage. The Bucks would come no closer than 14 points in a fourth quarter that belonged to Toronto, and with 4:42 to play, Powell muscled around Antetokounmpo and over Thon Maker (7'1''-C/F-97, college: High School) for an empathic dunk, the punctuation mark on a dominant night for Toronto. When Raptors coach Dwane Casey emptied his bench in the final two minutes, the Air Canada Centre crowd broke into a chant of 'Raps in six!' The Raptors shot a sizzling 58 per cent on the night, and 44 per cent from three-point range. Two nights after it worked so well in Milwaukee, Casey started Powell over Jonas Valanciunas (7'0''-C-92), and the athletic Powell made his presence known from the outset. Early in the first quarter, he stole the ball off Antetokounmpo, was wrapped up by Malcolm Brogdon (6'5''-G-92, college: Virginia) but managed to get the shot off for a three-point play. His three-pointer capped a 17-0 run that gave the Raptors a 15-point lead. Toronto took a 31-20 advantage into the second quarter. Bucks coach Jason Kidd had talked pre-game about the threat that Powell posed. 'He's not just a guy who can play defence but he can also put the ball in the basket,' Kidd said. 'So we've got to make sure we're aware of where he's at on the floor. But I thought he was positive when he was on the floor for them.' A jump shot from Patrick Patterson put Toronto up by 19 points midway through the second, but the Bucks - shooting 67 per cent in the quarter - clawed their way to within seven. The Raptors went into the halftime break with a 57-48 lead. Powell drilled a three - and glared at the Bucks bench - four minutes into the third quarter that gave the Raptors a 15-point lead. The game got heated in the third when Greg Monroe took offence after he flew over Valanciunas's hip. Monroe tried to get at Valanciunas at the other end. The scuffle, which saw two slapped with technical fouls, had Valanciunas flexing his biceps and fired up the ACC crowd. The Raptors and Bucks split the first two games in Toronto, then split their two games in Milwaukee. A Game 7, if necessary, would be back in Toronto on Saturday.
Courtesy of: citynews.ca



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Lightning Top Storm 123-117 - by Eurobasket News

The London Lightning beat the Island Storm 123-117 on Tuesday to set an NBL Canada record with their 34th regular season win. The two teams were back-and-forth in the first quarter, but London was able to take a 34-22 lead going into the second. The Lightning remained ahead in the second frame and held a seven point lead at halftime. PEI made it close in the third, but London fought back to keep a 91-83 advantage heading into the fourth. The Storm continued to battle in the final frame, making it a four point game with 19 seconds left on the clock. However, the Lightning held on to win with a six point advantage. Royce White (6'8''-F-91, college: Iowa St.) led London with 35 points and ten rebounds, while Kyle Johnson (6'5''-G-88, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: Two Points) had 15 points and three rebounds. Marvin Phillips (6'7''-F/C-83, college: Claflin) also put up 14 points and four rebounds. The Lightning will face the Orangeville A's in their final regular season game on Sunday. Tip off is at 2pm in London.
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Memphis basketball secures commitment from JUCO forward Mike Parks, Jr. - by Eurobasket News

A prior relationship dating back to last year allowed the Memphis men's basketball team to add some sorely needed size to its front court on Monday night. Mike Parks (6'10''-C/F), Jr., a 6-foot-9 forward who spent this past season at Southwest Mississippi Community College, announced via social media that he had committed to Memphis. He became the latest member of the Tigers' 2017 recruiting class, which now includes four players from the junior college ranks. Parks signed with New Mexico last November, but received a release from his national letter of intent last week after the Lobos fired coach Craig Neal . The Cleveland native averaged 8.9 points and four rebounds in more than 19 minutes per game at Southwest Mississippi. He also shot 72 percent from the field will have two seasons of eligibility remaining when he comes to Memphis next year. Parks played at Missouri State-West Plains Community College and tallied 8.3 points per contest as a freshman while battling through an injury, according to Southwest Mississippi Coach Thomas Gray. "He's a big bodied, 260, 265-pound guy who has great hands, who runs the floor as well as anybody does his size," Gray said in an interview Monday night. "Coming off that injury his freshman year, he had a strong sophomore campaign. To be honest, it's a steal at this point in recruiting." It was Parks's brief tenure at Missouri State-West Plains that ultimately opened the door for Memphis to secure his commitment so quickly in recent days. Gray noted that Tigers Coach Tubby Smith and assistant Joe Esposito got to know Parks last year when they were recruiting one of his former teammates and that bond paid off in recent days when Parks became available again. Gray said more than 20 schools, including Missouri, Kansas State and Oregon State, had inquired about Parks since New Mexico granted him a release last Tuesday. He has yet to officially visit Memphis, but is scheduled to be on campus in the coming weeks. Parks will join Eastern Florida State College guard Kareem Brewton, Georgia Highlands College forward Kyvon Davenport and Gordon State forward Raynere Thornton as junior college additions for the Tigers and Esposito served as the primary recruiter for all of them. Brewton and Davenport were named junior college all-Americans earlier this month. But Memphis lacked bulk on the interior with only 6-foot-10 Egyptian prospect Karim Sameh Azab, who sat out last season because he wasn't cleared to play by the NCAA, back in the fold. Since Smith intimated in recent weeks that he plans to use more full-court pressure next year, Parks's combination of mobility and size should come in handy. Gray is among those that believes Memphis is positioning itself well for next year despite the loss of six players to transfer this offseason. 'The fact that they were able to land [Parks] in five days with just their reputation and the excitement that's around that program right now getting these high-profile junior college guys, I mean it's a testament to the job those guys at Memphis are doing," said Gray, a former assistant at Tennessee-Martin who coached against Davenport this year. "I'm really excited for where that program is heading. The kid's that they're getting are impact guys. These aren't typical junior college kids they're getting. It really is unbelievable what they're putting together.' Memphis still has three open scholarships available for next year and Farmington, Mich., combo guard Amauri Hardy, a former Oklahoma State commit, is expected to visit campus on Thursday. The Tigers have already signed three incoming freshmen. Six-foot-4 guard Jamal Johnson, 6-7 wing David Nickelberry and 6-8 forward Victor are all expected to compete for immediate playing time on a roster that brings back just two of its top nine scorers from a year ago.
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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marcel JONES
  Canterbury
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Jones, Canterbury25.9 
 2. Webster, Wellingt.24.1 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.23.4 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury21.6 
 5. Ongwae, Taranaki.21.5 
 6. Tait, SC Rangers17.2 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.17.2 
 8. Adnam, Nelson G.16.9 
 9. Bartlett, Taylor H.16.4 
 10. Te-Rangi, Southlan.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel GOMIS
  Taranaki MA
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Gomis, Taranaki MA10.6 
 2. Jones, Canterbury10.0 
 3. Pledger, Southlan.9.2 
 4. Wesley, Wellington S.8.3 
 5. Kay, Southland S.8.1 
 6. Egwu, SC Rangers8.0 
 7. Bailey-N., Taranaki.7.9 
 8. McCarron, SC Ra.7.6 
 9. Dempster, Nelson G.7.4 
 10. Duinker, Wellingt.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Taylor H.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Kenny, Taylor H.9.4 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.8.2 
 3. Kendle, Canterbury6.6 
 4. Bartlett, Taylor H.5.6 
 5. Norton, Southlan.5.6 
 6. Tait, SC Rangers5.5 
 7. ORiley, Taranaki.5.1 
 8. McCarron, SC Ra.5.0 
 9. Adnam, Nelson G.4.7 
 10. Webster, Wellingt.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Mitchell MCCARRON
  SC Ra.
  (191-G-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. McCarron, SC Ra.2.4 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.2.1 
 3. Boucher, SC Rangers2.0 
 4. Ongwae, Taranaki.1.8 
 5. Tait, SC Rangers1.8 
 6. Kenny, Taylor H.1.8 
 7. Bartlett, Taylor H.1.6 
 8. ORiley, Taranaki.1.6 
 9. Kendle, Canterbury1.5 
 10. Henry, Wellington S.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Pledger, Southlan.1.8 
 2. Gomis, Taranaki MA1.6 
 3. Egwu, SC Rangers1.4 
 4. Grim, Nelson G.1.0 
 5. Wesley, Wellington S.0.9 
 6. Washington, Nelson G.0.9 
 7. Neighbour, Cante.0.9 
 8. OLeary, Taranaki.0.8 
 9. Henry, Wellington S.0.7 
 10. Delany, Nelson G.0.7 



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Rivers Hoopers visit orphanage in Port Harcourt - by Olusegun Ikuesan

In a way of giving back to the society, players and officials of Rivers Hoopers Basketball Club will be paying a visit to the orphanage home in Borokiri on Wednesday.

This has become a tradition every season for players and management of the club to take gift items to the motherless home.

Families and friends who wish to be part of this event are advised to join the team from the basketball court on Niger Street at 9:30am.

In the meantime, Rivers Hoopers Power Forward Solomon Ajegbeyi says he is not ready to lose to Kwara Falcons on Thursday in the Kwese Premier Basketball League on home court.

The KingsMen will be playing their first home game against the Ilorin based side who are unbeaten in four games this season.

The Delta-born forward who had a poor record against the Adewunmi Aderemi-led side when he was on the Customs team last season desire a win against the Falcons.

'I don't want Kwara Falcons to beat me this season the way they beat me last season when I was at Nigeria Customs, 'Ajegbeyi said.

"I will make sure I put in my best in our match up against Kwara Falcons. I pray and hope my teammates will put in their best as well as we look forward to end their unbeaten run so far. We are at home and so we must defend our home to make sure we remain unbeaten on home court," added Ajegbeyi who contributed 14 points in HOOPERS' victory over Police Baton last Saturday.

Rivers Hoopers will play hosts to Kwara Falcons on Thursday at the basketball court on 59, Niger Street Port Harcourt at 4pm.



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  POLAND  

DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Asseco
  (178-PG-84)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Szubarga, Asseco18.2 
 2. Releford, Siarka18.1 
 3. Czerapowicz, Kro.17.7 
 4. Ireland, Trefl S.17.5 
 5. Brown, Szczecin16.4 
 6. Miles, Polpharma16.1 
 7. Matczak, Asseco14.7 
 8. Michalak, PGE T.14.6 
 9. Lewis, Energa C.14.2 
 10. Johnson, MKS D.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Stal Ostrow
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. King, Stal Ostrow11.6 
 2. Knowles, Siarka10.9 
 3. Fraser, Polfarme.8.8 
 4. Markovic, Trefl S.8.8 
 5. Peterson, Start L.8.7 
 6. Harris, AZS K.8.6 
 7. Bartosz, Polfarme.8.2 
 8. Kravish, Energa C.7.6 
 9. Archibeque, PGE T.7.1 
 10. Czerapowicz, Kro.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron JOHNSON
  Stal O.
  (173-PG-88)
  Avg: 7
 1. Johnson, Stal O.7.0 
 2. Blassingame, Energa C.7.0 
 3. Laczynski, Anwil5.7 
 4. Robinson, Szczecin5.6 
 5. Brown, Siarka5.6 
 6. Grzelinski, Siarka5.4 
 7. Koszarek, Stelm.5.3 
 8. Wiggins, Start Lublin5.0 
 9. Szubarga, Asseco5.0 
 10. Lewis, Energa C.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  Szczecin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Robinson, Szczecin2.3 
 2. Lewis, Energa C.1.9 
 3. Brown, Siarka1.9 
 4. Markovic, Trefl S.1.9 
 5. Johnson, Stal O.1.8 
 6. Wiggins, Start Lublin1.7 
 7. Grochowski, Polfarme.1.7 
 8. Laczynski, Anwil1.6 
 9. Millage, AZS K.1.6 
 10. Johnson, MKS D.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin JACKSON
  Energa C.
  (204-C/F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Jackson, Energa C.1.8 
 2. Knowles, Siarka1.6 
 3. King, Stal Ostrow1.3 
 4. Kravish, Energa C.1.1 
 5. Robbins, Szczecin1.1 
 6. Sajus, Polpharma1.1 
 7. Wyka, Krosno1.1 
 8. Fraser, Polfarme.1.0 
 9. Weaver, Torun1.0 
 10. Gabinski, Polfarme.1.0 


PLK Round 29: Anwil beats Twarde Pierniki in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Torun. First ranked Anwil faced 4th placed Twarde Pierniki. Guests from Wloclawek (24-7) defeated host Twarde Pierniki (20-11) 73-69. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Nemanja Jaramaz (200-91, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 23 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard James Washington (182-87, college: Middle Tenn.St.) chipped in 17 points. Anwil's coach Igor Milicic used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American-Hungarian point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M) produced 16 points and 7 assists for the hosts. Anwil have an impressive series of fourteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 24-7 record. Twarde Pierniki at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Anwil are looking forward to face Trefl (#9) in Sopot in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Twarde Pierniki will play on the road against PGE Turow (#10) in Zgorzelec and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Ostrow Wlkp.. Third ranked BM Slam Stal faced second-ranked Stelmet. Host BM Slam Stal (21-10) defeated guests from Zielona Gora (23-8) 90-85. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Stelmet. American point guard Aaron Johnson (173-88, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 assists. Marc-Antonio Carter contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American point guard James Florence (185-88, college: Mercer, agency: Three Eye Sports) answered with 15 points and 6 assists for Stelmet. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. BM Slam Stal maintains third place with 21-10 record having just three points less than leader Anwil. Defending champion Stelmet keeps the second position with eight games lost. BM Slam Stal will play against Energa Czarni (#8) in Slupsk in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Stelmet will play at home against Rosa (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Sixteenth-ranked Polfarmex (5-26) made lots of trouble for twelfth ranked Wilki Morskie (15-15) in Szczecin on Saturday. Wilki Morskie managed to secure only two-point victory 77-75. However their fans expected much easier game. Travis Releford stepped up and scored 16 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Wilki Morskie's coach Marek Lukomski allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Michael Fraser responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Wilki Morskie moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Krosno. Polfarmex lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixteenth position with 26 games lost. Wilki Morskie will meet AZS Koszalin (#14) on the road in the next round. Polfarmex will play against MKS Dabrowa Gornicza and hope to secure a win.
Fourteenth-ranked AZS Koszalin (9-22) made lots of trouble for ninth ranked Polpharma (18-13) in Starogard. Polpharma managed to secure only three-point victory 75-72. However their fans expected much easier game. Anthony Miles nailed 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Polpharma. They moved-up to seventh place. AZS Koszalin at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 22 games lost. Polpharma's next round opponent will be Asseco (#13) in Gdynia which should be theoretically an easy game. AZS Koszalin will play at home against Wilki Morskie and hope to win that game.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Sopot. Local Trefl (17-13) outscored 15th ranked Start (8-23) 92-70 on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was Nikola Markovic who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Trefl's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Trefl. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Energa Czarni. Start lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with 23 games lost. Trefl will face league's leader Anwil in Wloclawek in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Start will play at home against Siarka (#17) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 29 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Asseco defeated Siarka in Gdynia 100-96. MKS DG beat Energa Czarni at home 89-85. PGE Turow lost to Rosa Radom on the opponent's court 83-90.

Siarka - Asseco 96-100

There was no surprise in Tarnobrzeg where 17th ranked Siarka (4-27) was defeated by thirteenth ranked Asseco (10-21) 100-96 on Monday. Asseco shot 67.9 percent from the field. Siarka was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Krzysztof Szubarga (178-84) who scored 33 points (!!!) and 5 assists. The former international forward Piotr Szczotka (196-81, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Asseco's coach Przemyslaw Frasunkiewicz used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Point guard Jan Grzelinski (180-94, college: Canisius) produced 20 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and power forward Tomasz Wojdyla (201-77) added 24 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Asseco and five Siarka players scored in double figures. Asseco maintains thirteenth place with 10-21 record. Siarka lost their sixth game in a row. They stay dead last with 27 lost games. Asseco will face higher ranked Polpharma (#7) in Starogard in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Siarka will play on the road against Start (#15) in Lublin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Asseco: K.Szubarga 33+1reb+5ast, P.Zolnierewicz 22+1reb+4ast, P.Szczotka 16+8reb+4ast, M.Witlinski 12+5reb, F.Put 5+2reb, M.Ponitka 4+2reb+4ast
Siarka: T.Wojdyla 24+7reb, J.Grzelinski 20+5reb+9ast, K.Jakobczyk 17+1reb, A.Welsh 15+9reb, J.Patoka 13+4reb, G.Malecki 5+2reb+5ast
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Torun - Anwil 69-73

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Torun. First ranked Anwil faced 4th placed Twarde Pierniki. Guests from Wloclawek (24-7) defeated host Twarde Pierniki (20-11) 73-69. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Nemanja Jaramaz (200-91, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 23 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard James Washington (182-87, college: Middle Tenn.St.) chipped in 17 points. Anwil's coach Igor Milicic used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American-Hungarian point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M) produced 16 points and 7 assists and Croatian forward Jure Skific (202-88, agency: 011 Sports) added 7 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Anwil have an impressive series of fourteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 24-7 record. Twarde Pierniki at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Anwil are looking forward to face Trefl (#9) in Sopot in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Twarde Pierniki will play on the road against PGE Turow (#10) in Zgorzelec and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Anwil: N.Jaramaz 23+6reb+1ast, J.Washington 17+3reb+1ast, T.Haws 7+1ast, J.Sobin 6+6reb, M.Chylinski 5+1reb+1ast, M.Bartosz 5+1reb
Torun: O.Trotter 16+3reb+7ast, B.Diduszko 14+3reb, K.Weaver 10+4reb+5ast, C.Mbodj 8+5reb, K.Sulima 8+5reb+1ast, J.Skific 7+10reb+4ast
gschID: 489437


Trefl Sopot - Start Lublin 92-70

The game with biggest result difference took place in Sopot. Local Trefl (17-13) outscored 15th ranked Start (8-23) 92-70 on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was Serbian power forward Nikola Markovic (208-89) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. The former international Filip Dylewicz (202-80) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Trefl's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Nick Kellogg (190-91, college: Ohio) produced 22 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import power forward Jason Boone (203-85, college: New York U., agency: Three Eye Sports) added 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Five Trefl and four Start players scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Trefl. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Energa Czarni. Start lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with 23 games lost. Trefl will face league's leader Anwil in Wloclawek in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Start will play at home against Siarka (#17) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trefl Sopot: A.Ireland 20+1ast, F.Dylewicz 17+5reb+4ast, N.Markovic 14+13reb+1ast, P.Smigielski 13+7reb+4ast, A.Mielczarek 12+5reb, T.Laser 8
Start Lublin: N.Kellogg 22+5reb+2ast, J.Boone 15+8reb, N.Covington 11+1reb+1ast, D.Wiggins 10+2reb, J.Dloniak 7+3reb, B.Ciechocinski 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 489436


MKS DG - Energa Czarni 89-85

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (19-12) defeated at home 8th ranked Energa Czarni (17-13) 89-85 on Saturday. MKS Dabrowa Gornicza made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for MKS Dabrowa Gornicza especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. Energa Czarni was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was point guard Kerron Johnson (183-90, college: Belmont) who scored 18 points and 7 assists. Jeremiah Wilson (205-88, college: Tarleton St.) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. MKS Dabrowa Gornicza's coach Drazen Anzulovic used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Power forward David Kravish (208-92, college: California) produced 22 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Chavaughn Lewis (196-93, college: Marist) added 18 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Four Energa Czarni players scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for MKS Dabrowa Gornicza. They maintain sixth place with 19-12 record. Loser Energa Czarni keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. MKS Dabrowa Gornicza will face Polfarmex (#16) in Kutno in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Energa Czarni will play at home against BM Slam Stal (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
MKS DG: K.Johnson 18+4reb+7ast, J.Wilson 15+6reb, B.Woloszyn 14+4reb, V.Kovalenko 11+3reb+1ast, L.Chatkevicius 9+6reb, B.Wesley 7+3reb+1ast
Energa Czarni: D.Kravish 22+9reb+2ast, C.Lewis 18+4reb+4ast, A.Goods 12+3reb+6ast, M.Ginyard 12+5reb+1ast, L.Seweryn 11+1reb, G.Surmacz 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 489432


Polpharma - AZS Koszalin 75-72

Fourteenth-ranked AZS Koszalin (9-22) made lots of trouble for ninth ranked Polpharma (18-13) in Starogard. Polpharma managed to secure only three-point victory 75-72. However their fans expected much easier game. American point guard Anthony Miles (185-89, college: Lamar) nailed 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and Serbian power forward Uros Mirkovic (205-82, agency: BeoExcell) accounted for 21 points and 9 rebounds. Four Polpharma players scored in double figures. American point guard Remon Nelson (175-90, college: FoKoPo) came up with 29 points and the other American import power forward Kevin Johnson (201-84, college: Humboldt St.) added 7 points and 14 rebounds respectively for AZS Koszalin in the defeat. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Polpharma. They moved-up to seventh place. AZS Koszalin at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 22 games lost. Polpharma's next round opponent will be Asseco (#13) in Gdynia which should be theoretically an easy game. AZS Koszalin will play at home against Wilki Morskie and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Polpharma: A.Miles 24+6reb+6ast, U.Mirkovic 21+9reb+2ast, M.Flieger 14+5reb+1ast, L.Diduszko 12+6reb+1ast, J.Schenk 4+2reb+1ast, S.Dlugosz 0
AZS Koszalin: R.Nelson 29+1reb+3ast, K.Manigault 9+3reb, J.Zalewski 9+3reb+1ast, I.Wadowski 9, K.Johnson 7+14reb+1ast, P.Stelmach 6+3reb
gschID: 489434


Rosa Radom - PGE Turow 90-83

Rather expected game in Radom where 8th ranked PGE Turow (17-14) was defeated by fifth ranked Rosa (19-11) 90-83 on Saturday. Rosa dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to PGE Turow's 38 and made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. PGE Turow was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was international guard Daniel Szymkiewicz (193-94) who scored 26 points and 6 rebounds. International swingman Michal Sokolowski (196-92) chipped in 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Rosa players scored in double figures. Rosa's coach Wojciech Kaminski used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. International swingman Michal Michalak (197-93) produced 27 points and 8 rebounds and American center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Rosa maintains fifth place with 19-11 record. Loser PGE Turow dropped to the tenth position with 14 games lost. Rosa will face Krosno (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. PGE Turow will play against Twarde Pierniki and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Rosa Radom: D.Szymkiewicz 26+6reb+3ast, R.Harrow 22+1reb+2ast, J.Zyskowski 15+7reb+1ast, M.Sokolowski 12+9reb+4ast, D.Jackson 7+3reb, I.Zaytsev 4+1reb
PGE Turow: M.Michalak 27+8reb+1ast, B.Bochno 15+3reb+3ast, K.Archibeque 14+8reb, D.Ikovlev 9+6reb+3ast, B.Brown 5+3reb+1ast, D.Jackson 5
gschID: 489438


Stal Ostrow - Stelmet ZG 90-85

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Ostrow Wlkp.. Third ranked BM Slam Stal faced second-ranked Stelmet. Host BM Slam Stal (21-10) defeated guests from Zielona Gora (23-8) 90-85. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Stelmet. Stelmet was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Aaron Johnson (173-88, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 assists. His fellow American import swingman Marc-Antonio Carter (191-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American point guard James Florence (185-88, college: Mercer, agency: Three Eye Sports) answered with 15 points and 6 assists and Montenegrin Nemanja Djurisic (203-92, college: Georgia) added 18 points in the effort for Stelmet. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. BM Slam Stal maintains third place with 21-10 record having just three points less than leader Anwil. Defending champion Stelmet keeps the second position with eight games lost. BM Slam Stal will play against Energa Czarni (#8) in Slupsk in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Stelmet will play at home against Rosa (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Stal Ostrow: M.Antonio Carter 20+6reb+3ast, L.Majewski 16+3reb, A.Johnson 14+4reb+14ast, H.Nikolov 14+3reb+1ast, M.Kostrzewski 10+1ast, S.King 9+10reb
Stelmet ZG: N.Djurisic 18+2reb, J.Florence 15+3reb+6ast, K.Gruszecki 13+1reb+1ast, V.Dragicevic 10+3reb, A.Hrycaniuk 9+3reb+1ast, L.Koszarek 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 489439


Szczecin - Polfarmex Kutno 77-75

Sixteenth-ranked Polfarmex (5-26) made lots of trouble for twelfth ranked Wilki Morskie (15-15) in Szczecin on Saturday. Wilki Morskie managed to secure only two-point victory 77-75. However their fans expected much easier game. Wilki Morskie dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Polfarmex's 28. They outrebounded Polfarmex 38-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. American Travis Releford (198-90, college: Kansas) stepped up and scored 16 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners and Marcin Dutkiewicz (198-86) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Wilki Morskie's coach Marek Lukomski allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Canadian center Michael Fraser (203-84, college: Oklah.Baptist) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Jacek Jarecki (196-88) scored 23 points. Four Polfarmex players scored in double figures. Wilki Morskie moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Krosno. Polfarmex lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixteenth position with 26 games lost. Wilki Morskie will meet AZS Koszalin (#14) on the road in the next round. Polfarmex will play against MKS Dabrowa Gornicza and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Szczecin: M.Dutkiewicz 18+5reb+1ast, T.Releford 16+8reb+3ast, R.Robinson 14+1reb+7ast, Z.Knowles 7+7reb+1ast, Z.Robbins 7+4reb+1ast, M.Nowakowski 5+3reb+1ast
Polfarmex Kutno: J.Jarecki 23+1reb, D.Thompson 15+7ast, M.Fraser 13+10reb+1ast, S.Kowalczyk 11+2reb+2ast, O.Emegano 7+4reb, A.Kobus 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 489433





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  PORTUGAL  


Sasa Borovnjak gets MVP of the Week award for Portuguese LPB (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Sasa Borovnjak (206-C/F-89, agency: 011 Sports) had a great game in the last round for league's leader FC Porto and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9 (Second Stage).
The 27-year old had a double-double of 31 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Vitoria SC (#3, 21-10) 101-96. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed FC Porto to consolidate first place in the Portuguese LPB. FC Porto have a solid 25-6 record. Borovnjak turned to be FC Porto's top player in his first season with the team. Sasa Borovnjak averages this season 14.5ppg and 5.2rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Khyle Marshall (200-F-92, agency: Duran International) of Galitos-Barreiro. Marshall impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Galitos-Barreiro cruised to a 72-63 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Illiabum (#6, 13-18). Galitos-Barreiro's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 18-13 record is not bad and everything may still change. Marshall is one of the most experienced players at Galitos-Barreiro and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Nuno Marcal (205-F-75) of Maia Basket (#6). Marcal scored 28 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Marcal's great performance Maia Basket lost 85-87 to the bottom-ranked Lusitania (#10, 9-22). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Maia Basket can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 5-27 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Marcal he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Marcal has individually a great season in Portugal. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.1ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 8.6rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (178-PG-91) of Galitos-Barreiro - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Bradley Tinsley (191-G-89) of FC Porto - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Joao Lanzinha (191-G/F-89) of Electrico FC - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Pedro Catarino (184-PG-90) of Maia Basket - 32 points and 2 assists
8. Arvydas Gydra (206-F-89) of CAB Madeira - 18 points and 10 rebounds
9. Alex Marzette (196-G-93) of CAB Madeira - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Joao Torrie (200-C/F-91) of Electrico FC - 13 points, 13 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 - BSN

Points Per Game
 Michael ROSARIO
  Quebradillas
  (190-SG-90)
  Avg: 27.7
 1. Rosario, Quebradillas27.7 
 2. Huertas, Arecibo20.6 
 3. Arroyo, Fajardo20.0 
 4. Costner, Humacao19.8 
 5. Liz, Ponce19.6 
 6. Warrick, Ponce19.4 
 7. Laury, Mayaguez18.6 
 8. Wilkins, Guayama18.3 
 9. De-Jesus, Mayaguez17.2 
 10. Akindele, Bayamon16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Devon COLLIER
  Mayaguez
  (203-PF-91)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Collier, Mayaguez10.4 
 2. Akindele, Bayamon10.3 
 3. Dawson, Ponce9.6 
 4. Famous, Humacao9.4 
 5. Laury, Mayaguez9.1 
 6. James, Fajardo9.1 
 7. Behanan, Arecibo8.5 
 8. Smith, Quebradillas8.1 
 9. James, Fajardo7.6 
 10. Gaston, Aguada7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Gary BROWNE
  San German
  (185-G-93)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Browne, San German6.4 
 2. Garcia, Quebradillas6.4 
 3. Guzman, Humacao6.3 
 4. Arroyo, Fajardo6.2 
 5. Abreu, Aguada6.0 
 6. Smith, Quebradillas5.9 
 7. Huertas, Arecibo5.0 
 8. Torres, Ponce5.0 
 9. Clemente, Arecibo4.8 
 10. Gonzalez, Bayamon4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Quebradillas
  (201-SF-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Smith, Quebradillas1.7 
 2. Liz, Ponce1.7 
 3. Emory, Ponce1.6 
 4. Duran, Mayaguez1.6 
 5. Cintron-C., Humac.1.6 
 6. Berdiel, Fajardo1.5 
 7. De-Jesus, Mayaguez1.5 
 8. Gonzalez, Bayamon1.4 
 9. Belardo, Ponce1.4 
 10. Browne, San German1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. James, Fajardo2.4 
 2. Diaz, Quebradillas1.7 
 3. Penn, Guayama1.6 
 4. Smith, Quebradillas1.3 
 5. Hernandez, Quebradi.1.3 
 6. Lalanne, Arecibo1.3 
 7. Akindele, Bayamon1.1 
 8. Behanan, Arecibo1.1 
 9. Gaston, Aguada1.0 
 10. Dawson, Ponce0.9 


BSN Round 9: Leones beat Vaqueros by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 9 in the BSN took place in Bayamon. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 8th ranked Vaqueros (2-6) to sixth ranked Leones (5-4) 91-88 on Sunday evening. Leones made 34-of-45 free shots (75.6 percent) during the game, while Vaqueros only scored ten points from the stripe. Leones forced 20 Vaqueros turnovers. 36 personal fouls committed by Vaqueros helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Dominican Victor Liz (188-86, agency: Basket Management Solutions) who led his team to a victory with 32 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward Eric Dawson (206-84, college: Midwestern St., agency: Haylett Sports) contributed with 15 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., agency: BeoBasket) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds for Vaqueros. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Leones moved-up to fourth place. Vaqueros lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. Leones are looking forward to face Capitanes (#5) in Arecibo in the next round. Vaqueros will play on the road against the league's leader Santeros (#1) in Coamo and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
BSN top team - Santeros (8-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat ninth ranked Indios (3-6) in Coamo 91-77. The former international forward Gilberto Clavell (200-89, college: Sam Houston St., agency: Inception Sports) stepped up and scored 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Chris Gaston chipped in 21 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward David Laury (206-90, college: Iona) with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Santeros have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-1 record. Indios at the other side dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with San German. Santeros will play against Vaqueros (#9) in Bayamon in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Indios will have a break next round.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Capitanes (4-4) and Indios (3-6), which took place in Arecibo. Higher ranked Capitanes lost at home to ninth ranked Indios 81-89 on Monday. Cliff Duran nailed 27 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. Chane Behanan came up with 21 points and 4 assists for Capitanes in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Indios moved-up to seventh place, which they share with San German. Defending champion Capitanes keep the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Fajardo. Indios will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Capitanes will play against Leones (#4) in Juana Diaz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between third ranked Piratas (5-2) and 7th ranked Atleticos (3-6) in Quebradillas ended with biggest points difference. Piratas outscored guests from San German 97-74. The best player for the winners was Michael Rosario who scored 36 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. Piratas maintains third place with 5-2 record having five points less than leader Aguada. Atleticos at the other side keep the seventh position with six games lost. Piratas' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Caciques in Humacao and it will be for sure the game of the week. Atleticos will play against Fajardo (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 9 Guayama were beaten by Humacao on the road 105-100.
The most impressive performance of 9th round was 28 points and 11 rebounds by Leon Williams of Guayama.

Humacao - Guayama 105-100

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Caciques (7-2) beat 10th ranked Brujos (2-8) in Humacao 105-100. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Brujos were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 31-14 third quarter run of Caciques. They made 21-of-23 charity shots (91.3 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Brandon Costner (206-87, college: N.Carolina St.) who scored 30 points and 5 assists. American-Lebanese power forward Jarrid Famous (209-88, college: S.Florida) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Five Caciques players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Leon Williams (203-86, college: Ohio) who recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) and naturalized American guard Kyle Vinales (185-92, college: Cent.Conn.St.) added 29 points respectively. Brujos' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Caciques. They maintain second place with 7-2 record behind leader Aguada. Brujos lost their third game in a row. They keep the tenth position with eight games lost. Caciques' next round opponent will be Piratas (#3) in Quebradillas, which may be the game of the day.
Top scorers:
Humacao: B.Costner 30+4reb+5ast, R.Cintron Cortes 18+4ast, J.Famous 15+13reb+1ast, W.Martinez 14+6reb+2ast, A.Guzman 10+5reb+6ast, W.Orozco 10+3reb+2ast
Guayama: K.Vinales 29+3ast, L.Williams 28+11reb+1ast, D.Wilkins 16+5reb+5ast, J.Pineiro 9+1reb+5ast, G.Clavell 6+2reb+1ast, D.Hinson 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 540102


Arecibo - Mayaguez 81-89

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Capitanes (4-4) and Indios (3-6), which took place in Arecibo. Higher ranked Capitanes lost at home to ninth ranked Indios 81-89 on Monday. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 27-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Indios made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. International guard Cliff Duran (191-89, agency: Paris Global Sports) nailed 27 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and American-Dominican forward Jose Rodriguez (201-92, college: Texas Southern) accounted for 22 points. Four Indios players scored in double figures. American forward Chane Behanan (198-92, college: Louisville) came up with 21 points and 4 assists and the former international swingman David Huertas (195-87, college: Mississippi) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for Capitanes in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Indios moved-up to seventh place, which they share with San German. Defending champion Capitanes keep the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Fajardo. Indios will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Capitanes will play against Leones (#4) in Juana Diaz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mayaguez: C.Duran 27+5reb+6ast, J.Rodriguez 22+2reb+3ast, J.Southerland 13+6reb+1ast, D.Laury 11+8reb+4ast, D.Collier 8+6reb+2ast, N.Butler Lind 5+1ast
Arecibo: C.Behanan 21+4reb+4ast, C.Lalanne 16+6reb, D.Huertas 14+5reb+6ast, A.Alamo 9+5reb+2ast, A.Cruz 7+2ast, D.Cortez 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 540101


Quebradillas - San German 97-74

The game between third ranked Piratas (5-2) and 7th ranked Atleticos (3-6) in Quebradillas ended with biggest points difference. Piratas outscored guests from San German 97-74. The game was mostly controlled by Piratas. Atleticos was better in second period 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Atleticos 46-27 including a 36-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Piratas players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Atleticos' players. They brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was the former international Michael Rosario (190-90, college: Florida) who scored 36 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. American guard Gerald Fitch (191-82, college: Kentucky) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Gary Browne (185-93, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) who recorded 17 points and 8 assists and American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Piratas maintains third place with 5-2 record having five points less than leader Aguada. Atleticos at the other side keep the seventh position with six games lost. Piratas' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Caciques in Humacao and it will be for sure the game of the week. Atleticos will play against Fajardo (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Quebradillas: M.Rosario 36+5reb+1ast, A.Carmona 12+2reb+1ast, G.Fitch 12+11reb+8ast, R.Chaney 11+5reb+4ast, D.Smith 9+11reb+8ast, J.Bryan Diaz 8+5reb+1ast
San German: G.Browne 17+3reb+8ast, J.Keenan 15+7reb+3ast, B.Santiago 11, C.Fells 11+2reb+1ast, I.Romero 9+6reb, C.Martinez 7+2reb
gschID: 540098


Aguada - Mayaguez 91-77

BSN top team - Santeros (8-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat ninth ranked Indios (3-6) in Coamo 91-77. The game was mostly controlled by Santeros. Indios was better in third quarter 28-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Santeros won last quarter 24-12. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The former international forward Gilberto Clavell (200-89, college: Sam Houston St., agency: Inception Sports) stepped up and scored 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and international Chris Gaston (201-89, college: Fordham) chipped in 21 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward David Laury (206-90, college: Iona) with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and international Devon Collier (203-91, college: Oregon St.) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Santeros have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-1 record. Indios at the other side dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with San German. Santeros will play against Vaqueros (#9) in Bayamon in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Indios will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Aguada: G.Clavell 24+9reb, C.Gaston 21+8reb+2ast, E.Andujar 16+5reb+3ast, F.Jonathan Han 9+2reb+8ast, A.Abreu 6+4ast, R.Orta 6+1reb+2ast
Mayaguez: D.Collier 13+10reb+1ast, D.Laury 13+8reb+5ast, C.Duran 13+6reb+2ast, N.Butler Lind 9+1reb+2ast, J.Caraballo 9+2reb+1ast, J.Rodriguez 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 540100


Bayamon - Ponce 88-91

The most exciting game of round 9 in the BSN took place in Bayamon. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 8th ranked Vaqueros (2-6) to sixth ranked Leones (5-4) 91-88 on Sunday evening. Leones made 34-of-45 free shots (75.6 percent) during the game, while Vaqueros only scored ten points from the stripe. Leones forced 20 Vaqueros turnovers. 36 personal fouls committed by Vaqueros helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Dominican Victor Liz (188-86, agency: Basket Management Solutions) who led his team to a victory with 32 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward Eric Dawson (206-84, college: Midwestern St., agency: Haylett Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Dawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Leones players scored in double figures. Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., agency: BeoBasket) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and forward Johwen Villegas (193-85, college: FIU) added 18 points in the effort for Vaqueros. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Leones moved-up to fourth place. Vaqueros lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. Leones are looking forward to face Capitanes (#5) in Arecibo in the next round. Vaqueros will play on the road against the league's leader Santeros (#1) in Coamo and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Ponce: V.Liz 32+5reb+3ast, H.Warrick 18+6reb+3ast, E.Dawson 15+16reb+2ast, A.Torres 12+3reb+3ast, C.Emory 7+2reb+2ast, E.Gonzalez 4+2reb+1ast
Bayamon: J.Akindele 27+11reb+2ast, A.Franklin 20+3reb, J.Villegas 18+4reb+2ast, J.Gonzalez 9+5reb+7ast, A.Oriakhi 6+10reb, C.Dalmau 4+3reb+2ast
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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Mladen JEREMIC
  BC Timis.
  (198-G-88)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Jeremic, BC Timis.19.6 
 2. Bojovic, Phoenix .19.1 
 3. Hargrove, Craiova18.6 
 4. Martinic, Targu M.18.1 
 5. Dykes, UBT C.17.0 
 6. Runkauskas, Steaua C.16.9 
 7. Abrams, Craiova16.7 
 8. Moldoveanu, UBT C.16.4 
 9. Sutalo, Dinamo B.15.6 
 10. Taylor, Craiova15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Randal FALKER
  Steaua CSM
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Falker, Steaua CSM8.4 
 2. Cooper, CSU Sibiu7.8 
 3. Barro, UBT C.7.5 
 4. Tasic, Dinamo B.7.4 
 5. Hardy, CSU Sibiu7.0 
 6. Lee, Craiova6.8 
 7. Dudzinski, Steaua C.6.5 
 8. Macura, Olimpic6.1 
 9. Bureau, Craiova6.0 
 10. Barnette, Oradea6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Slobodan DUNDJERSKI
  Dinamo B.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Dundjerski, Dinamo B.7.3 
 2. Martinic, Targu M.7.1 
 3. Adamovic, UBT C.6.1 
 4. Kostoski, Pitesti5.6 
 5. Franklin, Oradea5.4 
 6. Long, Steaua CSM5.4 
 7. Taylor, Craiova5.0 
 8. Marinovic, Craiova4.8 
 9. Mirkovic, Oradea4.7 
 10. Mijajlovic, CSU S.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HARDY
  CSU Sibiu
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 3
 1. Hardy, CSU Sibiu3.0 
 2. Bojovic, Phoenix .2.3 
 3. Dundjerski, Dinamo B.2.1 
 4. Martinic, Targu M.2.1 
 5. Gugino, Phoenix .2.0 
 6. Adamovic, UBT C.2.0 
 7. Otasevic, BC Timis.2.0 
 8. Waters, Phoenix .1.9 
 9. Long, Steaua CSM1.9 
 10. Taylor, Craiova1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Laszlo LAZAR
  Targu Mures
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lazar, Targu Mures1.8 
 2. Falker, Steaua CSM1.3 
 3. Cooper, CSU Sibiu1.0 
 4. Hunter, Pitesti1.0 
 5. Tasic, Dinamo B.0.9 
 6. Pavlovic, Olimpic0.9 
 7. Dragusin, BC Timis.0.9 
 8. Denison, Oradea0.9 
 9. Barro, UBT C.0.8 
 10. Gugino, Phoenix .0.8 



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Patriots beat IPRC-Kigali to remain top in hoops league - by Eurobasket News

Basketball league reigning champions Patriots got the better of IPRC-Kigali with an 84-67 win on Friday night at Amahoro Indoor Stadium to further injected more life into their title bid. After finishing the first round having lost one game, which ironically was against the Kickukiro-based IPRC-Kigali, Patriots came into this game not only looking for revenge but also seeking to stretch the gap on top to three points. Henry Mwinuka (PG)'s side took the first quarter 20-18 before improving in the second quarter claiming it comfortably 15-7 hence going into a halftime leading 35-25. IPRC-Kigali came more rejuvenated and dominated their opponents in the third quarter, winning it 26-23; however, the youthful side lost their grasp in the final quarter and the experienced Patriots took advantage gained control of the game in the fourth quarter, 26-16. Patriots' Elie Kaje (G) finished with a game high 21 points and Lionel Hakizimana (190-SG-92) contributed 20 points to guide their side to a crucial victory. Dieudonne Gaston Ndizeye top scored for IPRC-Kigali with 17 points, while Fiston Irutingabo dropped 12 points. In the other game, former champions Espoir defeated lowly 30-Plus 129-41 to keep their title hopes alive. Four-time league champions Espoir dominated the Kimisagara-based side in all four straight quarters; 37-13, 35-12, 32-9, 25-7. Espoir captain Olivier Shyaka scored a game high 32 points.
Courtesy of: newtimes.co.rw



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Roda JLS - Round 21 - by Nenad Ilijev

Round 21

Polet - Zarkovo 51-89 (Bojic 21pts - Gasic 24pts 8rebs 6stl, Stevanovic 17pts 5rebs 4stl)
Zeleznicar - Radnicki Kragujevac April 27th
Partizan NIS - Zdravlje 82-66 (Popovic 20pts 11rebs, Tadic 18pts 11rebs 11ast 4stl - Stojkovic 14pts 6ast, Zejak 14pts 4rebs)
Mega Bemax - Crvena Zvezda m:ts 63-90 (Jovicic 17pts 4ast, Miskovic 15pts 7rebs 4stl - Momirov 18pts 8rebs 9ast, Corovic 16pts 5ast)
Vojvodina - Mladost Cacak 92-76 (Jovic 16pts 6rebs, Krtinic 16pts 5ast - Jovancevic 28pts, Ocokoljic 14pts 5rebs 3ast)
Dinamik - Nibak 87-63 (Kurtisevski 24pts 4ast 6stl, Kojadinovic 12pts 7rebs - Djordjevic D. 16pts 6rebs, Svetozarevic 10pts)

Standings

Crvena Zvezda m:ts 20-1, Dinamik 17-4, Mega Bemax 16-5, Zarkovo 14-7, Partizan NIS 14-6, Vojvodina 10-11, Mladost 10-11, Radnicki 9-11, Zdravlje 7-14, Polet 3-17, Nibak 2-19, Zeleznicar 2-18.



Todorovic number one in Serbia for round 1 - by Eurobasket News

Nemanja Todorovic (205-C/F-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Borac, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Second Stage).
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Dynamic BG (#3, 0-1) 75-64. It allowed Borac to consolidate first place in the Serbian KLS. But it's just the very beginning of the Second Stage and Borac won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. It was one of impressive evenings for Todorovic as usually he does not deliver so high stats.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old Montenegrin Milko Bjelica (207-F/C-84, agency: BeoBasket) of Crvena Zvezda. Bjelica had a very good evening with 21 points and 3 rebounds. Of course he led Crvena Zvezda to another comfortable win outscoring Spartak (0-1) 89-54. His team has extremely good start of the Second Stage. They won their first game. However the Second Stage is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Bjelica is a newcomer at Crvena Zvezda, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Australian forward Jonah Bolden (208-F-96) of FMP (#6). Bolden scored 20 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of FMP, leading his team to a 90-70 easy win against Mega Leks (#8, 0-1). FMP has a very good start of the Second Stage. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Bolden also has a very good start of the Second Stage with very strong stats. The season just started for Bolden as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stefan Bircevic (210-F/C-89) of Partizan - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Djordje Micic (196-G-83) of Borac - 18 points and 6 rebounds
6. Koca Jovovic (188-G-93) of Vrsac - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Ilija Djokovic (188-G-96) of Borac - 16 points and 3 assists
8. Devin Brooks (186-G-92) of Dynamic BG - 18 points and 5 rebounds
9. Dejan Davidovac (202-SF-95) of FMP - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Kimani Ffriend (211-C-77) of Dynamic BG - 11 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)



Nikola Vujicic gets MVP of the Week award for Serbian 2MLS - by Eurobasket News

Montenegrin Nikola Vujicic (185-G-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Jagodina and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 2MLS Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 27-year old guard had a double-double of 30 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Boljevac (6-20) 93-88. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on top of the standings. Jagodina is placed at 12th position in Serbian 2MLS. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Jagodina have already lost 20 games and recorded just six victories. In the team's last game Vujicic had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Jagodina, through which he has constantly improved. Vujicic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 17.3ppg), rebounds (8th best: 7.0rpg) and averages solid 59.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old swingman Strahinja Mladenovic (199-G/F-92) of Sloboda Uzice. Mladenovic impressed basketball fans with 30 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Sloboda Uzice cruised to a 92-84 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Proleter Naftagas (#3, 18-7). Sloboda Uzice's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Mladenovic is a newcomer at Sloboda Uzice 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 Nemanja Arsic (214-C-85) of Velika Plana (#9). Arsic scored 19 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Arsic's great performance Velika Plana lost 82-93 to the higher-ranked Vojvodina NS (#2, 22-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Velika Plana ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Arsic could help Velika Plana to bring them higher in the standings. Arsic has a great season in Serbia. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.5ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 8.6rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 64.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zeljko Stanisavljevic) of Mladost SP - 34 points and 8 rebounds
5. Mihajlo Bogdanovic (199-F/G-96) of Velika Plana - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Jovan Ostojic) of Futog - 23 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Nemanja Vucetic) of Futog - 19 points and 5 rebounds
8. Dragoljub Sikman (200-F/C-87) of Napredak - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Petar Maric (205-F/C-87) of Zlatibor - 23 points and 6 rebounds
10. Nikola Cvorovic (197-G/F-94) of Mladost SP - 18 points, 7 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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Zlatorog's Igor Tratnik out of the season with knee injury - by Zeljko Zule

Igor Tratnik (207-F-89) of Zlatorog will miss several month of action with a knee injury. He got injured during the practice last Friday.
Tratnik re-joined Zlatorog last summer and averaging 16.9 points (ranked second), 7.5 rebounds (ranked fourth), 2.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.3 blocks per 32 minutes in 29 Slovenian League appearances. He has already played for Zlatorog during the 2014-15 season, averaging 11.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.3 nblocks in 32 Slovenian League games.



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Stats Leaders-LEB Silver

Points Per Game
 Robert VALGE
  Venta d.
  (192-SF-97)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Valge, Venta d.21.4 
 2. Prescott, Ponferra.21.4 
 3. Matemalas, Calvia19.1 
 4. Perez, Casvi18.9 
 5. Cambronne, Ponferra.18.8 
 6. Morales, Calvia18.7 
 7. Hinnenkamp, Leon18.6 
 8. Goncalves, Yosiq.18.4 
 9. Serrataco, Mataro17.4 
 10. Graessle, CAM E.17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dionte ADAMS
  Innova Chef
  (201-F-94)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Adams, Innova Chef13.3 
 2. Cambronne, Ponferra.11.2 
 3. Graham, Muro B.11.1 
 4. Vazquez, Novaschool11.0 
 5. Perez, Casvi10.9 
 6. Orlov, Pielagos10.6 
 7. Hinnenkamp, Leon10.6 
 8. Gill, Naron10.5 
 9. Thiam, Betanzos10.4 
 10. Morales, Calvia10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos CALVO
  Azuqueca
  (178-PG-94)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Calvo, Azuqueca5.9 
 2. Fernandez, Andor.5.4 
 3. Ortega, ULB O.5.1 
 4. Ruiz, Leon4.9 
 5. Balboa, Santfeliuenc4.8 
 6. Garcia, Meridian.4.8 
 7. Mendiburu, Pardinye.4.4 
 8. Fernandez, Betanzos4.3 
 9. Jimenez, Menorca4.3 
 10. Ruzafa, Arenys4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Bobby HARRIS
  BVM 2012
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Harris, BVM 20123.2 
 2. Martinez, La Fecha2.8 
 3. Ballesta, Myrtia2.7 
 4. Rodriguez, BVM2.7 
 5. Mendez, Coin2.6 
 6. Dunston, Guadalaj.2.4 
 7. Imbroda, Medacbas.2.3 
 8. Vaquero, Vigo VGO2.2 
 9. Exposito, Casvi2.2 
 10. Posse, Rosalia2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Volodymyr ORLOV
  Pielagos
  (208-C-95)
  Avg: 2
 1. Orlov, Pielagos2.0 
 2. Zhauniarovic., L Alf.1.8 
 3. Diene, Lanzarote1.7 
 4. Miranda, Ponferra.1.6 
 5. Iglesias, Santurtzi1.5 
 6. Fall, CAM E.1.5 
 7. Faye, Gran C.1.3 
 8. Sakho, Martorell1.3 
 9. Romero, Huelva1.3 
 10. Morales, Calvia1.3 


Bargnani left Baskonia - by Eurobasket News

32-year old Italian international power forward Andrea Bargnani (213-113kg-85) left Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa). In 14 games he had 11.5ppg and 2.5rpg this season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Bargnani also played 15 games in Euroleague where he recorded 8.8ppg and 1.8rpg.
The last season he played at the Nets in NBA. In 46 games he averaged 6.6ppg and 2.1rpg.
In 2006 Bargnani was drafted by Toronto Raptors (NBA) as #1 pick overall.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention back in 2009, 2012 and 2013.
Bargnani has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2004 and previously for U18 National Team in 2002.
Bargnani represented Italy at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 14.8ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 47.6%, FT: 92.3%.
Bargnani has played previously professionally in NBA (New York Knicks) and Italy (Benetton Treviso, Mens Sana 1871 Siena and Roma S.Azzurra).
On Bargnani: Reminds a lot Gregor Fucka, has long legs and arms, loves to play front to the basket; if he will add a reliable outside shot, his future is at 3 position;
Outlook (by NBADraft.TK):
Strengths: Great body and very good athleticism for a player of his size. Very skilled offensive player with a lot of solutions to score: shoots well from any distance, hit the three with good accuracy, can beat his defender off the dribble and finish a fast-break after running the court well. Fluid shooting mechanics. Has a quick release. Can play NBA SF position due to his great ball-handling qualities and very good speed. Smart moves in front of the basket: he likes to start out at the 3pt line, beat his defender with his first step and finish with a one-hand slam. Patient offensively, knows when to make the pass and when to take the shot. On defence he's a good shot-blocker under the basket. Hard worker and determined player.
Weaknesses: Needs to gain some more weight to play PF. Not a very good rebounder despite his height so he has to improve his skills. Does not get good position while rebounding. Is too weak to get good position under the basket. Needs to improve his low post moves. Has to improve his defence on small forwards. He gets beat off the dribble easily by quicker players. Needs to play focused all the time
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - Basketligan

Points Per Game
 James WASHINGTON
  Boras
  (182-PG-87)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Washington, Boras18.1 
 2. Bruesewitz, Jamtl.17.1 
 3. Rozzell, BC Lulea16.9 
 4. Bizaca, Sodertalje16.7 
 5. Cinac, Jamtland16.0 
 6. Oglesby, Umea15.7 
 7. Rodgers, Malbas15.4 
 8. Darling, Norrkoping15.4 
 9. Anzuluni, BC Lulea15.3 
 10. Durham, Jamtland14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Norrkoping
  (212-C-79)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Kjellbom, Norrkoping9.1 
 2. Valentine, Umea8.4 
 3. Ruffin, Nassjo8.3 
 4. Bruesewitz, Jamtl.8.1 
 5. Engstrom, Uppsala7.1 
 6. Anzuluni, BC Lulea6.9 
 7. Maraker, Boras6.8 
 8. Nordstrom, Uppsala6.5 
 9. Elbaek, Malbas6.3 
 10. Cinac, Jamtland6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jabril DURHAM
  Jamtland
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Durham, Jamtland6.3 
 2. Washington, Boras5.8 
 3. Massamba, Soder.4.2 
 4. Lejasmeiers, Soder.4.1 
 5. Rozzell, BC Lulea4.1 
 6. Person, Uppsala4.0 
 7. Peltier, Malbas3.7 
 8. Petersen, Malbas3.3 
 9. Johnson, Nassjo3.2 
 10. Maraker, Boras3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Yannick ANZULUNI
  BC Lulea
  (205-F-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Anzuluni, BC Lulea2.1 
 2. Valentine, Umea2.0 
 3. Johnson, Nassjo1.8 
 4. Durham, Jamtland1.8 
 5. Rozzell, BC Lulea1.8 
 6. Upshur, BC Lulea1.7 
 7. Washington, Boras1.6 
 8. Barnes, Nassjo1.5 
 9. Smith, Norrkoping1.5 
 10. Bruesewitz, Jamtl.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Norrkoping
  (212-C-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kjellbom, Norrkoping2.0 
 2. Spires, Sodertalje1.6 
 3. Wolfram, Umea1.5 
 4. Purifoy, Jamtland1.4 
 5. Nilsson, Umea1.1 
 6. Wright, Boras1.1 
 7. Valentine, Umea1.0 
 8. Hines, Boras0.9 
 9. Upshur, BC Lulea0.8 
 10. Johnson, Sodertalje0.8 



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

25-year old power forward Jordan Heath (208-F/C-91, agency: Inception Sports) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Monthey and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 19 points and 19 rebounds, while his team beat Neuchatel (#5, 13-12) 81-76. Monthey maintains the 2nd position in Swiss league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Monthey will need more victories to improve their 18-7 record. Heath turned to be Monthey's top player in his first season with the team. Canisius College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Heath is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 9.5rpg) and averages solid 1.7bpg and 62.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Karl Cochran (185-G-92) of Lausanne. He is American guard in his first season at Lausanne. In the last game Cochran recorded impressive double-double of 32 points and 10 assists. Of course he led Lausanne to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Boncourt (#9, 9-15) 99-77. This victory allowed Lausanne 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 11-13 record. Cochran is a newcomer at Lausanne and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.2ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 4.3rpg and 4.5apg.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Chris Jones (188-G-93) of Starwings (#6). Jones got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds and six assists. Despite Jones' great performance Starwings lost 88-110 in overtime to slightly higher-ranked Geneve Lions (#4, 15-10). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Starwings ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jones could help Starwings to bring them higher in the standings. Jones has a great season in Switzerland. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.2ppg (3rd best) and assists with 4.5apg (6th best). He also has 2.4spg and FGP: 58.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris Braswell (206-F-89) of Geneve Lions - 21 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Warren Niles (196-G-89) of Massagno - 32 points and 5 rebounds
6. Nemanja Calasan (204-C-85) of Boncourt - 17 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Antonio Ballard (193-G/F-88) of Geneve Lions - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Jordan Loveridge (198-F-93) of Lausanne - 29 points and 8 rebounds
9. Jarvis Williams (198-F-89) of Boncourt - 22 points and 5 rebounds
10. Chaz Williams (175-PG-91) of Geneve Lions - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists

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



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Maurice Joseph, Head Men's Basketball Coach at George Washington University - by Albert-Lee Young

According to the George Washington (GW) Athletic website Maurice Joseph was appointed as their Head Men's Basketball Coach on March 27, 2017.

'I am honored and grateful for the faith that Patrick Nero and the university has placed in me to continue to lead this program onward,' said Joseph. 'There is a proud tradition at GW driven by decades of successful student-athletes both on and off the court, and it is a privilege to be tasked with the responsibility of mentoring our team moving forward.'

Joseph served at the helm of a program that won 20 games in 2016-17 and qualified for postseason play with a roster that included eight newcomers. Next season GW is slated to return six of its top eight scorers.

"Maurice has demonstrated that he is the right individual to lead our men's basketball program,' stated Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero. 'Our student-athletes respond well to his energy, passion and vision. I want to congratulate Maurice on this hard-earned opportunity. We're confident that he will continue to recruit and retain the next generation of men's basketball student-athletes and help their talents shine.'

The youngest Head Coach in a Top 10 RPI conference, Joseph engineered a 10-8 conference record in the Atlantic 10 this season that included five consecutive wins to finish the regular season. After being picked to finish 8th by conference coaches, the Colonials finished 6th in 2016-17 with a win over regular season champion Dayton in the regular season finale. In all, three GW freshmen combined to make 50 starts on the year as the Colonials move into next season with a roster that attained significant experience as the season progressed.

An elite shooter in his playing days at Michigan State and Vermont, Joseph was instrumental in the Colonials being the most accurate three-point shooting team in the Atlantic 10 this season. He had a decorated prep career at Champlain-St. Lambert in Montreal, where as a senior in 2005, he was named Canada's National Player of the Year. Maurice played professionally in Israel with Hapoel Afula, before dedicating himself to the coaching profession, where his international roots and playing experience have been vital in attracting top talent from the around the world to GW.

Upon his arrival at GW, where he met his wife, Kristen, Joseph enrolled and earned a Master's degree in Education and Human Development. Joseph has inked a five-year deal to serve as Head Coach of GW men's basketball.

He joins an elite list of US collegiate coaches with Trinidad and Tobago heritage: Head Coach Shaka Smart (University of Texas), Associate Head Coach Jerome Tang (Baylor University) and Assistant Coach Chenel Harris Smith (University of Arkansas). Joseph represented Trinidad and Tobago Senior Men's Basketball team at the 2010 Centrobasket Championships which was held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.






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  TURKEY  


Coach Caki left ALBA Berlin - by Eurobasket News

Turk coach Ahmet Caki left ALBA Berlin (BBL). He helped them to make it to the German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals.
The last season Caki coached at Anadolu Efes (BSL) in Turkish league. He contributed to his team winning the Cup and make to league final.
Caki was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game back in 2010. He used to coach Turkish B National Team back in 2011.
Caki has coached previously two other Turkish teams: Tofas and Darussafaka.

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Crocker number one in Turkey for round 27 - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Tony Crocker (200-F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for TOFAS, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, four rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Usak (#14, 8-19) 82-69. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Tofas maintains the 9th position in Turkish BSL. Tofas 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 12-15 record. In the team's last game Crocker had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Tofas' top player in his first season with the team. Tony Crocker averages this season 14.5ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old American Ike Ofoegbu (205-PF-84) of Best Balikesir. Ofoegbu had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Best Balikesir lost that game 77-84 to the higher-ranked Istanbul BBSK (#10, 11-16). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Best Balikesir keeps 15th position. 21 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories Best Balikesir managed to get this year. Ofoegbu is a newcomer at Best Balikesir, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Dominican Rep. swingman Sammy Mejia (198-F/G-83) of Tofas (#9). Mejia showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, five rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was a key player of Tofas, leading his team to a 82-69 easy win against the lower-ranked Usak (#14, 8-19). The chances of Tofas ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Mejia could help Tofas to bring them higher in the standings. Mejia has a very solid season. In 27 games in Turkey he scored 14.9ppg. He also has 5.1rpg, 3.9apg, FGP: 62.3% and 3PT: 41.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Delroy James (203-F-87) of Best Balikesir - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Ian Hummer (201-F-90) of TED Kolejliler - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Angelo Caloiaro (205-F-89) of Demir IBB - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Emir Gokalp (185-PG-95) of Banvit BK - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Austin Daye (211-F-88) of Galatasaray - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Andrija Stipanovic (209-C-86) of Demir IBB - 16 points and 7 rebounds
10. Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80) of Tofas - 18 points and 3 rebounds

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



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  UNITED KINGDOM  

BBL Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mike DINUNNO
  Cheshire.
  (180-PG-90)
  Avg: 21
 1. DiNunno, Cheshire.21.0 
 2. Fletcher, Newcastl.20.5 
 3. Hassan, London L.19.7 
 4. Sanders, Leeds F.19.3 
 5. Walker, Worceste.18.9 
 6. Dixon, Plymouth R.18.9 
 7. Parks, Newcastl.18.5 
 8. Brown, Cheshire P.18.3 
 9. Grady, Plymouth R.18.2 
 10. Cosby, Bristol AF17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice WALKER
  Worceste.
  (208-F/C-91)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Walker, Worceste.9.1 
 2. Wroblicky, Sheffiel.8.7 
 3. Marsden, Leeds F.8.3 
 4. Hassan, London L.8.3 
 5. Brown, Cheshire P.8.1 
 6. Williams, Surrey S.8.0 
 7. Achara, Glasgow .7.9 
 8. King, Leicester R.7.8 
 9. Smith, Bristol AF7.8 
 10. Grady, Plymouth R.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rahmon FLETCHER
  Newcastl.
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Fletcher, Newcastl.6.5 
 2. Taylor, London L.6.5 
 3. Klassen, Worceste.6.2 
 4. Wilcher, Cheshire P.6.0 
 5. Clark, Leicester R.5.7 
 6. Ali, Bristol AF5.5 
 7. Davis, Sheffield S.5.4 
 8. Carter, Plymouth.5.3 
 9. DiNunno, Cheshire.5.2 
 10. Sandoval, Leeds F.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Mike DINUNNO
  Cheshire.
  (180-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. DiNunno, Cheshire.2.9 
 2. Taylor, London L.2.2 
 3. Ali, Bristol AF2.2 
 4. Carter, Plymouth.2.1 
 5. Nicholas, Plymouth R.2.1 
 6. Bernardini, Leiceste.1.9 
 7. Neighbour, Surrey S.1.9 
 8. Sandoval, Leeds F.1.9 
 9. Anderson, Cheshire.1.9 
 10. Lasker, Newcastl.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Kieron ACHARA
  Glasgow .
  (208-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Achara, Glasgow .1.7 
 2. May-Thompson, Cheshire.1.5 
 3. Webster, Manchest.1.4 
 4. Martin, Newcastl.1.1 
 5. Thomas, Glasgow .0.9 
 6. Grady, Plymouth R.0.9 
 7. Smith, Bristol AF0.9 
 8. Dixon, Plymouth R.0.9 
 9. Allen-Jordan, Cheshire.0.9 
 10. Brown, Cheshire P.0.8 



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Stats Leaders - LUB

Points Per Game
 Anthony YOUNG
  Larre Borges
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Young, Larre Borges25.4 
 2. Danridge, Sayago22.8 
 3. Alexander, Olimpia22.7 
 4. Guerrero, Cordon20.2 
 5. Garcia-M., Hebra.20.2 
 6. Lamonte, Olimpia19.4 
 7. Kent, Welcome19.4 
 8. Drye, Sayago19.3 
 9. Jennings, Cordon19.2 
 10. Canton, U Atletica18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUERRERO
  Cordon
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Guerrero, Cordon13.8 
 2. Alexander, Olimpia12.5 
 3. Glenn, Bigua12.3 
 4. Drye, Sayago11.6 
 5. Lloreda, Hebraica11.3 
 6. Kent, Welcome10.6 
 7. Feeley, U Univer.10.6 
 8. Passos, Malvin10.5 
 9. Rutty, U Atletica10.4 
 10. Smith, Aguada10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Martin OSIMANI
  Defensor
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Osimani, Defensor7.2 
 2. Barrera, Aguada6.8 
 3. Parodi, Hebraica6.5 
 4. Mazzarino, Malvin5.2 
 5. Lado, Sayago5.2 
 6. Cambon, Bigua5.1 
 7. Smith, Aguada4.7 
 8. Osimani, Bigua4.5 
 9. Jennings, Cordon4.4 
 10. Romero, Trouville4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Luciano PARODI
  Hebraica
  (182-G-94)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Parodi, Hebraica2.4 
 2. Lamonte, Olimpia2.0 
 3. Nesbitt, Goes1.8 
 4. Nicoletti, Larre B.1.8 
 5. Shellman, Sayago1.7 
 6. Garcia-M., Hebra.1.7 
 7. Alexander, Olimpia1.7 
 8. Barrera, Aguada1.7 
 9. Lado, Sayago1.6 
 10. Drye, Sayago1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Albert JACKSON
  Larre B.
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Jackson, Larre B.1.9 
 2. Feeley, U Univer.1.8 
 3. Guerrero, Cordon1.7 
 4. Kent, Welcome1.4 
 5. Carter, Welcome1.2 
 6. Warner, Goes1.1 
 7. Newsome, Trouville1.1 
 8. Chaney, Bigua1.0 
 9. Haller, Defensor1.0 
 10. Moultrie, Defensor1.0 


Kiril Wachsmann leads Defensor Sporting - by Hector Lopez

Kiril Wachsmann (203-C-84, college: Iona) scored 12 points grabbed 14 rebounts and added 5 assists leading Defensor Sporting to beat Aguada 95-79, to win their first game for the Uruguayan League semifinal games. Aguada is leading 2-1 the semifinal games for the best of five. For the winner, Federico Haller (198-F-88) added 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne, agency: Pro Sports)i finished with 16 points and 9 assists. Arnett Moultrie (208-F/C-90, college: Mississippi St., agency: Interperformances) scored 10 points and Javier Mojica (190-SG-84, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Paris Global Sports) added 5. For Aguada Jeremis Smith (203-F-86, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro Sports) netted 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Dwayne Curtis (203-C-85, college: Mississippi) finished with 10 points and 8 rebounds.


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Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Gaiteros
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Thornton, Gaiteros22.4 
 2. Suero, Gaiteros22.3 
 3. Fuller, Toros20.7 
 4. Gilder, Panteras19.3 
 5. Tarrant, Gigantes18.8 
 6. Hamilton, Bucan.18.4 
 7. Flowers, Cocodrilos17.8 
 8. Brown, Gigantes17.7 
 9. Powell, Trotamun.17.1 
 10. Flores, Guaiqueries16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Axiers SUCRE
  Gigantes
  (199-F-78)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Sucre, Gigantes11.5 
 2. Salcedo, Gaiteros11.3 
 3. Guerrero, Toros9.1 
 4. Sutton, Cocodrilos8.0 
 5. Thornton, Gaiteros7.8 
 6. Julio, Panteras7.7 
 7. Graterol, Bucaneros7.4 
 8. Melvin, Guaiqueries7.2 
 9. Hamilton, Bucan.7.0 
 10. Garrett, Marinos6.8 
Assists Per Game
 David CUBILLAN
  Trotamundos
  (181-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Cubillan, Trotamundos6.3 
 2. Guillent, Guaros5.2 
 3. Canty, Panteras4.6 
 4. Suero, Gaiteros4.2 
 5. Downey, Guaiquer.4.1 
 6. Cazorla, Gigantes4.0 
 7. Centeno, Marinos3.6 
 8. Cedeno, Bucaneros3.5 
 9. Silva, Guaiqueries3.5 
 10. Paul, Cocodrilos3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Devan DOWNEY
  Guaiquer.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Downey, Guaiquer.2.1 
 2. Cazorla, Gigantes2.0 
 3. Silva, Guaiqueries1.8 
 4. Suero, Gaiteros1.6 
 5. Garcia, Cocodrilos1.5 
 6. Chiquito, Gaiteros1.4 
 7. Hamilton, Bucan.1.4 
 8. Guerrero, Toros1.4 
 9. Flores, Guaiqueries1.3 
 10. Flowers, Cocodrilos1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Juan GUERRERO
  Toros
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Guerrero, Toros1.5 
 2. Garrett, Marinos1.4 
 3. Sutton, Cocodrilos1.4 
 4. Thornton, Gaiteros1.2 
 5. Graterol, Bucaneros1.0 
 6. Flowers, Cocodrilos0.9 
 7. Lang, Bucaneros0.8 
 8. Garibay, Guaiqueries0.8 
 9. Kent, Panteras0.8 
 10. Rodriguez, Cocodrilos0.8 


LPB Round 13: Guaiqueries keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Guaiqueries as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Guaiqueries defeated 4th placed Marinos in Porlamar 85-77. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Marinos. 26 personal fouls committed by Marinos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Devan Downey (175-87, college: S.Carolina, agency: Octagon Europe) stepped up and scored 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners and the former international guard Michael Flores (192-85) chipped in 23 points and 7 assists. At the losing side American point guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) responded with 24 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Marinos at the other side keep the fourth place with 11 games lost. Marinos will play next round against strong Trotamundos trying to get back on the winning streak. Guaiqueries will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Bucaneros in La Guaira.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Guaiqueries (14-10) against fourth ranked Marinos (9-11) on Monday night. Host Guaiqueries were defeated by Marinos in a tough game in Porlamar 87-94. American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and Michael Carrera accounted for 24 points. The former international guard Michael Flores (192-85) came up with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for Guaiqueries in the defeat. Guaiqueries' coach Oscar Silva rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Marinos have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 9-11 record. Guaiqueries lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with ten games lost. Marinos will play against league's second-placed Trotamundos in Valencia in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Guaiqueries will play on the road against the league's second-placed Bucaneros in La Guaira and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Valencia. Second ranked host Trotamundos (15-9) defeated 3rd placed Guaros (12-10) 84-79. Ricardo Powell fired 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Jose Vargas produced 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for lost side. Trotamundos have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 15-9 record having five points less than leader Guaiqueries. Defending champion Guaros keep the third position with ten games lost. Trotamundos will meet Marinos (#4) in the next round. Guaros will play against Gaiteros in Maracaibo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Valencia. Second ranked host Trotamundos (15-9) smashed 3rd placed Guaros (12-10) 95-76. Worth to mention a great performance of David Cubillan who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 assists. Trotamundos' coach Ruben Magnano allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Trotamundos have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 15-9 record having five points less than leader Guaiqueries. Defending champion Guaros keep the third position with ten games lost. Trotamundos' next round opponent will be Marinos (#4) in Puerto La Cruz. Guaros will play on the road against Gaiteros in Maracaibo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Puerto Ordaz. 3rd placed host Gigantes (11-13) lost to second ranked Bucaneros (13-10) 83-68. Jordan Hamilton stepped up and scored 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Bucaneros' coach Fernando Calero used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Bucaneros maintains second place with 13-10 record having eight points less than leader Guaiqueries. Loser Gigantes keep the third position with 13 games lost. Bucaneros will face league's leader Guaiqueries in Porlamar in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gigantes will play on the road against the league's leader Cocodrilos in Caracas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 13: Toros lost to Cocodrilos on the opponent's court 73-82. Toros lost to defending champion Cocodrilos in a home game 63-77. Bucaneros recorded a loss to Gigantes on the road 83-89.

Trotamundos - Guaros 84-79

The game between Top Four teams took place in Valencia. Second ranked host Trotamundos (15-9) defeated 3rd placed Guaros (12-10) 84-79. Trotamundos made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. American forward Ricardo Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) fired 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The former international point guard David Cubillan (181-87, college: Marquette, agency: Pro Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 assists. Four Trotamundos players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Jose Vargas (195-82, agency: Pro Sports) produced 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American point guard Nate Robinson (175-84, college: Washington) added 17 points and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Trotamundos have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 15-9 record having five points less than leader Guaiqueries. Defending champion Guaros keep the third position with ten games lost. Trotamundos will meet Marinos (#4) in the next round. Guaros will play against Gaiteros in Maracaibo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trotamundos: R.Powell 24+9reb+5ast, D.Lewis 16+2reb+3ast, D.Cubillan 14+4reb+16ast, P.Chourio 11+3reb+1ast, J.Powell 9+3reb, A.Perez 5+5reb+1ast
Guaros: J.Vargas 20+5reb+4ast, N.Robinson 17+1reb+8ast, H.Guillent 13+3ast, N.Colmenares 9+3reb+1ast, G.Echenique 6+6reb+1ast, L.Bethelmy 6+7reb+3ast
gschID: 538079


Cocodrilos - Toros 82-73

Very expected game in Caracas where 5th ranked Toros (6-15) were defeated by first ranked Cocodrilos (20-4) 82-73 on Tuesday. Cocodrilos made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Toros were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American center Maurice Sutton (211-89, college: Villanova) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 17 rebounds for the winners and international swingman Cesar Garcia (193-90, agency: Pro Sports) chipped in 20 points and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws). Four Cocodrilos players scored in double figures. At the losing side American-Peruvian point guard Kyle Fuller (185-92, college: Vanderbilt) responded with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Dominican forward Juan Guerrero (201-93, agency: Basket Management Solutions) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Cocodrilos have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 20-4 record. Loser Toros keep the fifth position with 15 games lost. Cocodrilos will face Gigantes (#3) in Puerto Ordaz in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Toros will play on the road against Panteras in Caracas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cocodrilos: C.Garcia 20+1reb+5ast, J.Flowers 13+10reb+1ast, M.Sutton 10+17reb+2ast, J.Rodriguez 10+5reb+2ast, Y.Palacios 8+1reb+2ast, K.Caraballo 4+3reb
Toros: K.Fuller 21+7reb+5ast, J.Guerrero 13+7reb+1ast, K.Pena 8+1reb+2ast, E.Gimenez 7+7reb+1ast, D.Johnson 6+5reb, J.Rondon 6+5reb
gschID: 538077


Guaiqueries - Marinos 85-77

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Guaiqueries as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Guaiqueries defeated 4th placed Marinos in Porlamar 85-77. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Marinos. 26 personal fouls committed by Marinos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Devan Downey (175-87, college: S.Carolina, agency: Octagon Europe) stepped up and scored 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners and the former international guard Michael Flores (192-85) chipped in 23 points and 7 assists. At the losing side American point guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) responded with 24 points and the former international guard Jesus Centeno (190-85) scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Marinos at the other side keep the fourth place with 11 games lost. Marinos will play next round against strong Trotamundos trying to get back on the winning streak. Guaiqueries will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Bucaneros in La Guaira.
Top scorers:
Guaiqueries: D.Downey 33+5reb+2ast, M.Flores 23+3reb+7ast, M.Melvin 17+11reb+1ast, F.Centeno 5+2reb+1ast, C.Silva 3, K.Gransberry 2+7reb+1ast
Marinos: I.Swann 24+2reb+2ast, C.Massie 16+8reb, J.Centeno 12+6reb+8ast, M.Carrera 6+2reb+2ast, O.Torres 6+3reb, R.Perez 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 538078


Guaiqueries - Marinos 87-94

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Guaiqueries (14-10) against fourth ranked Marinos (9-11) on Monday night. Host Guaiqueries were defeated by Marinos in a tough game in Porlamar 87-94. Marinos made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game. American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and the former international Michael Carrera (196-93, college: S.Carolina) accounted for 24 points. The former international guard Michael Flores (192-85) came up with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international swingman Francisco Centeno (201-85) added 16 points respectively for Guaiqueries in the defeat. Five Marinos and four Guaiqueries players scored in double figures. Guaiqueries' coach Oscar Silva rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Marinos have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 9-11 record. Guaiqueries lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with ten games lost. Marinos will play against league's second-placed Trotamundos in Valencia in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Guaiqueries will play on the road against the league's second-placed Bucaneros in La Guaira and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Marinos: M.Carrera 24+3reb+1ast, J.Herrera 15+6reb+3ast, O.Torres 15+4reb, C.Massie 14+14reb, I.Swann 14+6reb+3ast, J.Centeno 10+5reb+5ast
Guaiqueries: M.Flores 22+5reb+6ast, F.Centeno 16+4reb+2ast, D.Downey 12+3reb+6ast, C.Silva 11+2reb+4ast, C.Musset 7, D.Ramirez 6+3reb+1ast
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Trotamundos - Guaros 95-76

The game between Top Four teams took place in Valencia. Second ranked host Trotamundos (15-9) smashed 3rd placed Guaros (12-10) 95-76. Trotamundos players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard David Cubillan (181-87, college: Marquette, agency: Pro Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 assists. American forward Ricardo Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Trotamundos players scored in double figures. Trotamundos' coach Ruben Magnano allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American Lazar Hayward (225-86, college: Marquette) answered with 13 points and 6 rebounds and international power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-86) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Guaros. Trotamundos have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 15-9 record having five points less than leader Guaiqueries. Defending champion Guaros keep the third position with ten games lost. Trotamundos' next round opponent will be Marinos (#4) in Puerto La Cruz. Guaros will play on the road against Gaiteros in Maracaibo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trotamundos: R.Powell 18+5reb+2ast, D.Cubillan 18+2reb+10ast, D.Lewis 15+2reb+1ast, J.Powell 15+5reb+3ast, P.Chourio 9+4reb+1ast, R.Farias 6
Guaros: J.Vargas 14+2reb, L.Hayward 13+6reb+1ast, G.Echenique 12+3reb, N.Colmenares 11+5reb+1ast, L.Bethelmy 8+7reb+2ast, N.Robinson 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 538076


Gigantes - Bucaneros 68-83

The game between Top Four teams took place in Puerto Ordaz. 3rd placed host Gigantes (11-13) lost to second ranked Bucaneros (13-10) 83-68. Bucaneros had a 29-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. American swingman Jordan Hamilton (201-90, college: Texas) stepped up and scored 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and the former international point guard Carlos Cedeno (193-85, college: Frank Phillips JC) chipped in 17 points. Bucaneros' coach Fernando Calero used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side the former international forward Axiers Sucre (199-78) responded with 15 points and 9 rebou