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  ALBANIA  



SK Tirana grab second straight win in Finals - by Eurobasket News

SK Tirana stepped closer to League title. They edged Vllaznia 90-87 on the road to take 2-0 lead in the championship series. Griffin Ramme (190-PG-89, college: Chapman) scored 26 points to lead the winners.
SK Tirana unloaded 33 points in the opening quarter to take an 11-point lead. Vllaznia narrowed the deficit in the second term. They trailed by 10 points at halftime. Vllaznia got as close as 6 points heading into the fourth frame 66:72. The hosts tried hard in the final period but could not erase the deficit at the end. Endrit Hysenagolli (206-C-88) delivered 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Gerti Shima (204-PF-86) added 13 points for SK Tirana. Joshua Freelove (188-G-90, college: Buffalo, agency: Interperformances) responded with 20 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds for Vllaznia. Darryl Parker (197-F-73, college: Oregon) had 17 points in the loss.



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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. Harper, Quimsa16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.1 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.4 
 3. Clancy, Instituto9.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.6 
 5. Justiz, Estudian.9.0 
 6. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.8 
 7. Francis, La Union8.8 
 8. Wood, San M.8.7 
 9. Johnson, Atenas8.7 
 10. Vargas, GECR I.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Maximiliano STANIC
  Olimpico.
  (178-PG-78)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Stanic, Olimpico.6.4 
 2. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.2 
 3. Barral, Obras B.5.9 
 4. Aguirre, San L.5.6 
 5. Konsztadt, La Union5.4 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.1 
 7. Ciorciari, Instituto4.5 
 8. Figueroa, Penarol4.5 
 9. Hopson, Quimsa4.4 
 10. De-l., GECR I.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Reynaldo GARCIA
  San M.
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 2. Solano, Echague2.0 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.1.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.1.7 
 5. Vildoza, Quilm.1.7 
 6. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 7. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 8. Redivo, Weber B.1.5 
 9. Figueroa, Penarol1.4 
 10. Calfani, San L.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 3. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 4. Richard, Obras B.1.4 
 5. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 6. Clancy, Instituto1.2 
 7. Meyinsse, San L.1.2 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.2 
 9. Acuna, Penarol1.0 
 10. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Barovero, Union SF22.2 
 2. Dodson, Petr.Arg.20.7 
 3. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista20.0 
 4. McCullough, Alianza .19.8 
 5. Brown, La Union19.5 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.2 
 7. Cutley, Atenas C.17.9 
 8. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.17.7 
 9. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.5 
 10. Pais, Platense17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.8 
 2. Matthews, Salta B.10.1 
 3. Dodson, Petr.Arg.10.1 
 4. Graham, Temperley8.9 
 5. Cutley, Atenas C.8.7 
 6. Lockett, BHY T.8.3 
 7. Lauria, Comunica.8.3 
 8. Joseph, Obera TC8.2 
 9. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.2 
 10. Granado, Olimpo BB8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Gimnasia.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. La-Bella, Gimnasia.7.9 
 2. Cajal, Independ.7.3 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.3 
 4. Cequeira, Villa A.5.3 
 5. Paletta, Hindu4.9 
 6. Correa, BHY T.4.4 
 7. Gandoy, Obera TC4.4 
 8. Franco, Alianza .4.3 
 9. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.4.3 
 10. Arese, Estudian.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell DODSON
  Petr.Arg.
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Dodson, Petr.Arg.2.8 
 2. Correa, BHY T.2.2 
 3. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.2 
 4. Pais, Platense2.2 
 5. Punet, Salta Basket2.2 
 6. Cequeira, Villa A.1.9 
 7. Brown, Mitre Tuc.1.9 
 8. Harrison, Ciclista1.7 
 9. Gago, Petr.Arg.1.7 
 10. Paletta, Hindu1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Efese, Gimnasia LP1.6 
 3. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.5 
 4. Lockett, BHY T.1.4 
 5. Deck, Obera TC1.2 
 6. Stroud, Parque Sur1.1 
 7. Okoye, Salta Basket1.0 
 8. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 
 9. Moya, Hindu0.9 
 10. Tabarez, Union SF0.9 


Recap of TNA Round 3 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Petr.Argentino - Estudiantes O. 81-69

Petr.Argentino overcame Estudiantes to celebrate the first win in the series. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Petr.Argentino made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American forward Darnell Dodson (201-89, college: S.Mississippi, agency: DTMones) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. Naturalized Italian point guard Mariano Castets (183-83) contributed with 26 points for the winners. Four Petr.Argentino players scored in double figures. Swingman Santiago Arese (196-87) answered with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Rodrigo Sanchez (200-89) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Estudiantes O.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes O.: S.Arese 18+9reb+4ast, R.Sanchez 15+8reb+3ast, L.Portillo 11+6reb, A.Brocal 8, E.Dominguez 7+3reb+1ast, D.Figueredo 6+3reb+3ast
Petr.Argentino: M.Castets 26+3reb+1ast, F.Gago 18+5reb+3ast, D.Dodson 15+15reb+2ast, L.Diaz 11+4reb+1ast, S.Gandolfo 6+2reb, M.Lambrisca 5+2reb+5ast
gschID: 544524


BHY Tiro Federal - Union SF 88-81

BHY Tiro Federal held off Union SF to cut the deficit in the series. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-17. But Union SF won third quarter 32-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for point guard Emiliano Correa (189-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 31 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international swingman Mariano Ceruti (194-79) helped adding 26 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was center Fernando Podesta (205-92) with 27 points (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field) and swingman Bruno Barovero (194-90) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Union SF: F.Podesta 27+4reb+3ast, B.Barovero 17+6reb+2ast, M.Stibbins 11+3reb, J.Godoy 11+2reb+1ast, M.Isola 7+1reb+2ast, P.Tabarez 5+2reb+3ast
BHY Tiro Federal: E.Correa 31+5reb+4ast, M.Ceruti 26+8reb+3ast, L.Strack 15+7reb+2ast, P.Lockett 14+5reb+1ast, D.Brezzo 2+1reb+1ast, J.Xynos 0
gschID: 544519


Independiente BBC - Hindu 70-69

Independiente BBC nipped Hindu to open win count in the series. Independiente BBC outrebounded Hindu 42-30 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for power forward Bruno Ingrata (201-85) who led the winners and scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Julian Aprea (209-87) accounted for 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. Four Independiente BBC players scored in double figures. Forward Pablo Fernandez (198-82) came up with 22 points and 7 assists and American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: DTMones) added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Hindu in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Hindu: P.Fernandez 22+4reb+7ast, N.Paletta 16+3reb+7ast, K.Jones 16+7reb+4ast, S.Mora 7+1reb, S.Picton 4+2reb, M.Coronel 2+4reb+2ast
Independiente BBC: B.Ingrata 19+8reb+4ast, J.Aprea 14+13reb+2ast, J.Angel Lopez 13+9reb+2ast, V.Hugo Cajal 11+3reb+4ast, R.Fernandez 6+3ast, M.Vittar 5+5reb
gschID: 544525


Platense - Parque Sur 85-70

Platense held off Parque Sur to avoid elimination. CA Platense outrebounded Parque Sur 32-15 including a 24-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for Puerto Rican forward Kevin Young (203-90, college: Kansas, agency: SDJ Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Keith Gayden (202-83, college: Duquesne) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Five CA Platense players scored in double figures. Guard Elnes Bolling (189-91) answered with 16 points and Pablo Alderete (196-93) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Parque Sur. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
PARQUE SUR: S.Bernasconi 16+1reb, E.Bolling 16+4reb+2ast, P.Alderete 13+5reb, G.Mariani 8+3reb+1ast, A.Jure 4+1ast, J.Stroud 4+1reb
Platense: I.Romani 15+1reb+1ast, K.Young 14+11reb+3ast, K.Gayden 13+4reb+1ast, A.Pappalardi 11+5reb, F.Pais 10+3reb+1ast, J.Lugrin 9+3reb
gschID: 544518


Atenas Carmen - Huracan 86-71

Atenas Carmen fired past Huracan to complete the sweep of the series. Atenas made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American forward Scott Cutley (196-85, college: CS Fullerton) who led his team to a victory with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Bruno Oprandi (192-85) contributed with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Cutley is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Guard Lisandro Ruiz-Moreno (183-89) answered with 22 points and 6 rebounds and forward Martin Melo (197-82) added 18 points in the effort for Huracan. Four Huracan players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Huracan: L.Ruiz Moreno 22+6reb+3ast, M.Melo 18+4reb+1ast, J.Coronado 11+7reb+2ast, G.Acosta 11+1reb+1ast, G.Maranguello 5+3reb+1ast, M.Gomez 2
Atenas Carmen: S.Cutley 25+8reb+4ast, H.Wilkerson 20+2reb+1ast, H.Etchepare 14+4reb+3ast, B.Oprandi 8+8reb+10ast, G.Peralta 7+2reb, E.Agostino 6+4reb
gschID: 544523


Gimnasia LP - Alianza Viedma 84-79

Gimnasia LP topped Alianza Viedma for 2-1 lead. It was a good game for point guard Leonardo La-Bella (180-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 assists. Bolivian forward Raul Salvatierra (200-91) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Five Gimnasia LP players scored in double figures. American swingman OLouis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion, agency: DTMones) answered with 23 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Mateo Gaynor (199-90) added 21 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Alianza Viedma.
Top scorers:
Alianza Viedma: O.McCullough 23+6reb+2ast, M.Gaynor 21+7reb, M.Tabieres 13+8reb+1ast, A.Knecht 6+3reb+3ast, L.Nwogbo 6+3reb, P.Franco 5+2reb+4ast
Gimnasia LP: L.La Bella 24+3reb+12ast, J.Lancieri 14+1reb+4ast, R.Rosende 14+5reb+1ast, R.Salvatierra 13+12reb, M.Segon 10+1reb+1ast, J.Efese 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 544522


Villa San Martin - Comunicaciones 71-82

Comunicaciones overcame Villa San Martin to take 2-1 advantage. Comunicaciones made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. It was a good game for forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Point guard Gaston Torres (184-85) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winners. Center Guillermo Saavedra (200-86) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Martin Cabrera (181-96) added 18 points and 6 assists in the effort for Villa San Martin. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
VILLA SAN MARTIN: G.Saavedra 20+6reb+1ast, M.Cabrera 18+2reb+6ast, G.Mascaro 13+3reb+1ast, A.Toledo 11+5reb, J.Morales 5+5reb+1ast, A.Carnovale 2+4reb+8ast
COMUNICACIONES: N.Lauria 20+9reb+4ast, F.Vietta Stechina 15+6reb+2ast, G.Torres 14+7reb+3ast, A.Pau 12+2reb+6ast, G.Essengue 8+4reb+1ast, C.Romero 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 544521


San Isidro - Villa Angela 80-81

Villa Angela upset San Isidro on the road for the second straight win. The best player for the winners was point guard Martin Cequeira (180-88) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Cesar Avalle (189-85) chipped in 14 points and 6 assists. Five Villa Angela players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was center Santiago Gonzalez (203-83) who recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds and power forward Sebastian Acevedo (198-90, agency: DTMones) added 27 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) respectively.
Top scorers:
SAN ISIDRO: S.Acevedo 27+6reb, S.Gonzalez 25+14reb, J.Kelly 14+3reb+3ast, J.Durley 7+2reb+1ast, A.Lozano 3+2reb+1ast, G.Sciutto 2+1reb+3ast
Villa Angela: A.Spalla 15+2reb+2ast, C.Avalle 14+3reb+6ast, M.Garcia 12+4reb+2ast, J.Federico Giarrafa 12, T.Rossi 11+5reb, M.Cequeira 11+11reb+5ast
gschID: 544520





Rodney Green claims Argentinian LigaA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Rodney Green (196-G/F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Instituto and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 46.
The 28-year old swingman had the game-high 40 points adding eight rebounds for Instituto in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Regatas C. (#3, 30-20) 99-96. Instituto maintains the 5th position in their group in Argentinian LigaA. Instituto is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 28-23 record. In the team's last game Green had a remarkable 84.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Instituto's top player in his first season with the team. La Salle University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Green is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.2ppg) and averages solid 57.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American center Anthony Laveal Johnson (203-C-88) of Weber Bahia. Johnson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Weber Bahia cruised to a 82-70 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked San Martin C. (#1, 36-14). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Norte. Weber Bahia consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 28-19 record is not bad at all. Johnson is well-known by Weber Bahia fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was international forward Gabriel Deck (199-F-95) of top-ranked San Lorenzo. Deck got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds . He was a key player of San Lorenzo, leading his team to a 88-80 win against the lower-ranked Quilmes MP (#7, 21-27). San Lorenzo confirms their top position in Sur. Their record at this point is 34 victories and 15 lost games. Deck has a great season in Argentina. After 31 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.7ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Justin Williams (206-F/C-84) of Olimpico LB - 17 points and 18 rebounds
5. Novar Gadson (201-G-89) of Argentino - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Dennis Horner (205-F-88) of Obras Basket - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Lucio Redivo (183-G-94) of Weber Bahia - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Fernando Funes (193-G/F-83) of Boca Jrs - 32 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82) of Libertad S. - 28 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Torin Francis (210-C-83) of La Union - 19 points and 12 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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State Leagues Round-Up - by Eurobasket News

Big V
Werribee D. - Knox R. 72-98

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Knox Raiders (6-1) crushed 5th ranked Devils (4-2) in Werribee 98-72 on Sunday. Naturalized British guard Adam Thoseby (196-91, college: Georgia SW, agency: Three Eye Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points. Forward Dylan Hare (193-93) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Five Knox Raiders players scored in double figures. Knox Raiders' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Jeremy Smith (190, college: Nicholls St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 15 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Fred Hunter (196-89, college: Nicholls St.) added 22 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Devils. Knox Raiders maintains first position in League with 6-1 record. Loser Devils dropped to the sixth place with two games lost. Knox Raiders will face Waverley Falcons (#4) in Mount Waverley in the next round. Devils will play at home against the league's second-placed Eltham Wildcats and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Werribee D.: J.Smith 29+15reb+2ast, F.Hunter 22+10reb+3ast, N.Wilson 7+4reb, N.Morda 5+3reb+2ast, M.Deng 4+3reb, B.Allison 3+5reb+1ast
Knox R.: A.Thoseby 30+2reb+1ast, D.Hare 15+4reb+4ast, A.Tomada 14+4reb, M.Unwin 12+2reb+1ast, C.Kaba 10+8reb+4ast, M.Hodgson 8+7reb
gschID: 541312


Eltham W. - Waverley F. 79-78

Important game to mention about took place in Eltham. Third ranked Eltham Wildcats (5-1) saved a 1-point victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers Waverley Falcons (4-2) 79-78 on Saturday evening. Guard Justin Aver (190-89) saved the victory by scoring 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Benjamin Waldren contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Eltham Wildcats players scored in double figures. Eltham Wildcats' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Desmond Simmons (198-92, college: St.Mary's, CA) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 22 rebounds and forward Chris Arkell (198-90) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Waverley Falcons. Eltham Wildcats moved-up to second place in League. Loser Waverley Falcons keep the fourth position with two games lost. Eltham Wildcats will face Devils (#6) in Werribee in the next round. Waverley Falcons will play on the road against the league's leader Knox Raiders in Wantirna South and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Waverley F.: D.Simmons 27+22reb+1ast, B.Kelleher 13+1reb+1ast, C.Arkell 12+8reb+2ast, B.Beasley 9+1reb+3ast, M.Harper 9+3reb+6ast, J.Reardon 6+7reb+7ast
Eltham W.: J.Aver 25+5reb+4ast, B.Waldren 21+5reb+2ast, J.Canovan 11+4reb+2ast, S.Bradbury 10+8reb, S.Grant 5+14reb+3ast, C.Cameron 4+1reb
gschID: 541305


McKinnon C. - Hume City 85-82

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked Hume City Broncos' (2-3) road loss to seventh ranked McKinnon C. (4-2) 82-85 on Saturday. McKinnon C. outrebounded Hume City Broncos 50-33 including a 39-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Hume City Broncos' players. American forward Dillon Stith (200-92, college: St.Vincent) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Naturalized Croatian forward Ivan Platenik (201-83, college: Alaska-Anch.) contributed with 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Mike Rose (193-87, college: E.Kentucky) replied with 26 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and naturalized British guard Lee Jeka (193-83) added 24 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Hume City Broncos. Four Hume City Broncos players scored in double figures. McKinnon C. moved-up to fifth place in League. Loser Hume City Broncos keep the eighth position with three games lost. McKinnon C. will face higher ranked Waverley Falcons (#4) in Mount Waverley in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hume City Broncos will play on the road against Stingrays (#12) in Geelong and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hume City: M.Rose 26+8reb+4ast, L.Jeka 24+5reb+3ast, L.Egan 15+6reb+1ast, T.Clayton 12+9reb, S.Prendergast 3+4reb+1ast, P.Renteria 2+1reb
McKinnon C.: D.Stith 33+15reb+2ast, I.Platenik 20+8reb+1ast, D.Walker 13+5reb+7ast, B.Tamir 9+4reb+1ast, J.Maybank 4+7reb+2ast, N.Mueller 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 541307


Corio Bay S. - Werribee D. 81-106

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Devils (4-2) rolled over bottom-ranked Stingrays (0-5) in Geelong 106-81 on Saturday. Devils looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Stingrays' players. American players dominated the game. Guard Jordan Hughes (192-92, college: Dakota St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Jeremy Smith (190, college: Nicholls St.) contributed with 21 points and 7 assists for the winners. Power forward Jordan Latham (206-91, college: Loyola, MD) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks and point guard Cam Baker (185, college: Columbus St.) added 21 points and 4 assists in the effort for Stingrays. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Stingrays' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Despite that victory Devils went down to sixth position (League) due to points difference. Loser Stingrays still closes the standings with five games lost. Devils will face league's second-placed Eltham Wildcats at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Stingrays will play against Hume City Broncos (#8) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Corio Bay S.: C.Baker 21+4reb+4ast, J.Latham 17+12reb+2ast, J.Mcfall 13+6reb, M.Rebula 11+8reb+6ast, C.Eichler 8+5reb+2ast, J.O'Leary 5+1ast
Werribee D.: J.Hughes 28+5reb+3ast, N.Wilson 24+6reb+1ast, J.Smith 21+4reb+7ast, F.Hunter 12+7reb+10ast, J.Ward 6+1reb+2ast, N.Morda 4+5reb+4ast
gschID: 541306


Waverley F. - Diamond V.E. 62-56

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Diamond Valley Eagles (1-6) lost to fourth ranked Waverley Falcons (4-2) in Mount Waverley 56-62 on Sunday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Waverley Falcons forced 19 Diamond Valley Eagles turnovers. American forward Brandon Beasley (196-88, college: William Penn) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. The other American import forward Desmond Simmons (198-92, college: St.Mary's, CA) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Beasley is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Brandon Conley (198, college: ORU) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds and guard Matt Reynolds (183) added 11 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Diamond Valley Eagles. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Waverley Falcons maintains fourth position in League with 4-2 record. Loser Diamond Valley Eagles keep the tenth place with six games lost. Waverley Falcons will face league's leader Knox Raiders in Wantirna South in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Diamond Valley Eagles will play at home against Ringwood Hawks (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Diamond V.E.: R.Sanders 15+5reb+1ast, M.Reynolds 11+11reb+2ast, B.Conley 11+14reb+1ast, S.Reynolds 7+6reb+2ast, G.Page 5+3reb+2ast, J.Dirkx 4+3reb
Waverley F.: B.Beasley 21+10reb+2ast, D.Simmons 14+5reb+1ast, B.Kelleher 11+1reb+4ast, C.Arkell 8+7reb+1ast, T.Boyle 3+2reb+1ast, J.Reardon 3+8reb+1ast
gschID: 541310


Hawthorn M. - Eltham W. 82-92

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Eltham Wildcats (5-1) defeated bottom-ranked Magic (0-4) in Hawthorn 92-82 on Sunday. Forward Simon Grant (195-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Jordan Canovan contributed with 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Joshua Morrison (198-91, college: NC-Wesleyan) replied with 24 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and Jack Barry (-94) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Magic. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Eltham Wildcats moved-up to second place in League. Loser Magic still closes the standings with four games lost. Eltham Wildcats will face Devils (#6) in Werribee in the next round. Magic will play at home against Whittlesea City (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Hawthorn M.: J.Morrison 24+9reb+5ast, J.Barry 17+8reb+2ast, P.Chelvan 15+6reb, L.Sist 13+6reb, D.Mareels 5+3reb+2ast, R. Johnson 4+7reb
Eltham W.: J.Aver 22+2reb+2ast, J.Canovan 21+7reb, B.Waldren 15+3reb, S.Grant 12+14reb+4ast, S.Whelan 6+1ast, S.Bradbury 6+13reb+2ast
gschID: 541311


Whittlesea City - Casey C. 81-91

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Whittlesea City (1-4) lost to seventh ranked Casey C. (3-2) in Mill Park 81-91 on Saturday. Casey C. dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Whittlesea City's 38. They outrebounded Whittlesea City 49-35 including a 36-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. American power forward Charles Polk (200-84, college: Butler) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Benjamin Louis (192-88, college: JMU) contributed with 20 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Aidan Zeverona replied with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Dominic Bruno added 17 points in the effort for Whittlesea City. Five Casey C. and four Whittlesea City players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Casey C. maintains seventh position in League with 3-2 record. Loser Whittlesea City keeps the ninth place with four games lost. Casey C. will face Hume City Broncos (#8) in Tullamarine in the next round. Whittlesea City will play on the road against Magic in Hawthorn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Whittlesea City: A.Zeverona 17+5reb+4ast, D.Bruno 17+4reb+3ast, J.Maybank 15+2reb+3ast, T.Dalton 13+4reb+3ast, A.Kearing 8+9reb, E.Potts-Broughton 7+6reb+1ast
Casey C.: C.Polk 26+12reb+1ast, B.Louis 20+8reb+4ast, R.Lemons 12+9reb, M.Chapman 10+2reb+4ast, B.Hobba 10+9reb+3ast, M.McInnes 9+2reb+3ast
gschID: 541309


Knox R. - Ringwood H. 85-79

The game between closely ranked teams ended with first ranked Knox Raiders' (6-1) home victory over second-ranked Ringwood Hawks (4-2) in Wantirna South 85-79 on Saturday. Knox Raiders forced 22 Ringwood Hawks turnovers. Strangely Ringwood Hawks outrebounded Knox Raiders 57-38 including a 42-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. Naturalized British guard Adam Thoseby (196-91, college: Georgia SW, agency: Three Eye Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 6 rebounds. Center Matt Hodgson (211-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American forward Mike McCahey (196, college: St.Anselm) replied with 22 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Jacob Gibson (198-93, college: Harding) added 19 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Ringwood Hawks. Five Knox Raiders and four Ringwood Hawks players scored in double figures. Ringwood Hawks' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Knox Raiders maintains first position in League with 6-1 record. Loser Ringwood Hawks dropped to the third place with two games lost. Knox Raiders will face Waverley Falcons (#4) in Mount Waverley in the next round. Ringwood Hawks will play on the road against Diamond Valley Eagles in Greensborough and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ringwood H.: M.McCahey 22+9reb, J.Gibson 19+9reb+1ast, M.Fennell 15+13reb, T.Latham 10+7reb+1ast, M.Snowball 6+3reb+7ast, S.Clarke 5+12reb
Knox R.: A.Thoseby 22+6reb+1ast, D.Hare 15+3reb+5ast, C.Kaba 14+7reb+3ast, A.Tomada 12+2reb+1ast, M.Hodgson 10+14reb+1ast, M.Unwin 5+4ast
gschID: 541308


Premier League
Southern T. - Woodville W. 100-81

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Woodville Warriors (1-3) were smashed by third ranked Noarlunga City Southern Tigers (3-1) in Morphett Vale 100-81 on Tuesday. Noarlunga City Southern Tigers outrebounded Woodville Warriors 43-32 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The former international swingman Anthony Drmic (198-92, college: Boise St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). American forward Mike Nwelue (196, college: Drury) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Four Noarlunga City Southern Tigers players scored in double figures. Swingman Christopher Clausen (198-87, college: N.Dakota) replied with 27 points and 4 assists and guard Darren Ng (189-83) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Woodville Warriors. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Noarlunga City Southern Tigers maintains third position in League with 3-1 record having 3 victories less than leader Geraldton B. Loser Woodville Warriors dropped to the ninth place with three games lost. Noarlunga City Southern Tigers will face West Adelaide Bearcats (#6) in Woodville in the next round. Woodville Warriors will play at home against Norwood Flames and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Woodville W.: C.Clausen 27+4reb+4ast, J. Peters 10+4reb+2ast, D.Ng 10+7reb, D.Carlin 9+2reb+1ast, A.Miller 7+1reb+2ast, L.Stanbridge 5+3reb
Southern T.: A.Drmic 25+9reb+6ast, M.Nwelue 17+14reb+2ast, A.Barton 15+1reb+1ast, J.Dodman 11+3reb, R.Linton 9+1reb+3ast, L.Schenscher 8+4reb
gschID: 541426


Forestville E. - C.District L. 121-70

Very predictable result when top-ranked Forestville Eagles (4-0) rolled over 8th ranked Central District Lions (1-3) in Goodwood 121-70 on Tuesday. Forestville Eagles dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Central District Lions' 36. Forestville Eagles forced 22 Central District Lions turnovers and outrebounded them 49-31 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forestville Eagles looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Central District Lions' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Forestville Eagles made 8 blocks. Central District Lions were plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. Sudanese forward Majok Deng (208-93, college: La-Monroe) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Antonio Garrett (198, college: Idaho Coll.) contributed with 31 points and 6 rebounds (on 14-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Forestville Eagles players scored in double figures. Forward Monyjath Makoi (202-96) replied with 14 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Ricardo Martin (203, college: Lander) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Central District Lions. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Forestville Eagles maintains first position in League with 4-0 record. Loser Central District Lions keep the eighth place with three games lost. Forestville Eagles will face South Adelaide Panthers (#7) in Park Holme in the next round where they are favorite. Central District Lions will play at home against the league's second-placed North Adelaide Rockets and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
C.District L.: M.Makoi 14+7reb, N.Larkins 13+3reb+3ast, R.Martin 12+5reb+2ast, D.Earl 9+2reb+1ast, A.Mayen 8+1reb+1ast, K.Sapwell 5+5reb
Forestville E.: A.Garrett 31+6reb+1ast, M.Deng 30+9reb+5ast, J.Rios 15+6reb+5ast, T.Fildes 11+4reb+2ast, M.Harris 8+4reb+4ast, S. Wright 8+12reb+6ast
gschID: 541429


Norwood F. - S.Adelaide P. 93-83

There was a minor upset when 5th ranked South Adelaide Panthers (2-2) lost to seventh ranked Norwood Flames (2-2) in Marden 83-93 on Tuesday. Norwood Flames outrebounded South Adelaide Panthers 46-34 including 33 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by South Adelaide Panthers' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Norwood Flames made 7 blocks. South Adelaide Panthers were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Jerrell Sanders (198, college: Ferris St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Daniel Webber (191-87) contributed with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Norwood Flames players scored in double figures. American guard Eian Davis (185-90, college: Albertus Magnus) replied with 37 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 7 assists and point guard Shane Boal (183-86) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for South Adelaide Panthers. South Adelaide Panthers' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Norwood Flames moved-up to fourth place in League. Norwood Flames will face Woodville Warriors (#9) in Flinders Park in the next round where they are favorite. South Adelaide Panthers will play on the road against the league's leader Forestville Eagles in Goodwood and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
S.Adelaide P.: E.Davis 37+9reb+7ast, S.Boal 17+6reb+1ast, T.McKenzie 8+6reb, R.Gardner 5+1reb+2ast, J.Read 5+1reb, A.Blight 4+6reb+1ast
Norwood F.: J.Sanders 24+10reb+4ast, D.Webber 21+6reb+5ast, A.Webber 15+9reb+5ast, M.Lycett 10+6reb+6ast, M.Long 9+9reb+2ast, S.Pontifex 9+1reb+2ast
gschID: 541428


W.Adelaide B. - Sturt S. 86-83

A very close game took place in Woodville between West Adelaide Bearcats and Sturt Sabres. Ninth ranked West Adelaide Bearcats (2-2) got a very close home victory over second-ranked Sturt Sabres (2-2). West Adelaide Bearcats managed to escape with a 3-point win 86-83 on Tuesday evening. West Adelaide Bearcats outrebounded Sturt Sabres 45-31 including 31 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by American guard Dee Oldham (193-94, college: Chattanooga) who scored that evening 24 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Harold Ridgeway (203, college: Midland) supported him with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Even 29 points and 7 rebounds by guard Isaac White (187-98) did not help to save the game for Sturt Sabres. Guard Hamish Burns (190, college: Newberry) added 17 points for the guests. Four Sturt Sabres players scored in double figures. Sturt Sabres' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. West Adelaide Bearcats moved-up to sixth place in League. West Adelaide Bearcats will meet higher ranked Noarlunga City Southern Tigers (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sturt Sabres will play against Eastern Mavericks in Mt. Barker and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sturt S.: I.White 29+7reb+1ast, H.Burns 17+2reb+3ast, J.Warbout 13+5reb+2ast, J.Rigoni 10+4reb, M.Calligeros 6+1reb+1ast, B.Carter 2+3reb
W.Adelaide B.: D.Oldham 24+9reb+3ast, H.Ridgeway 23+9reb, T.Braithwaite 17+1reb, L.Valk 8+1reb, P.Rankin 6+5reb, T.Winter 4+1reb
gschID: 541427


N.Adelaide R. - Eastern M. 80-52

Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked North Adelaide Rockets (3-1) outplayed bottom-ranked Eastern Mavericks (0-4) in Greenacres 80-52 on Tuesday. North Adelaide Rockets outrebounded Eastern Mavericks 48-35 including a 36-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Aric Miller (190-90, college: Armstr.Atlantic) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 4 steals. Swingman Luke Mapunda (194-85) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Devon Mcgee replied with 13 points and 7 rebounds and guard Lachlan Barker (179-96) added 15 points in the effort for Eastern Mavericks. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. North Adelaide Rockets moved-up to second place in League. Loser Eastern Mavericks still closes the standings with four games lost. North Adelaide Rockets will face Central District Lions (#8) in Gawler in the next round where they are favorite. Eastern Mavericks will play at home against Sturt Sabres and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Eastern M.: L.Barker 15+3reb, D.Mcgee 13+7reb, T.Cioffi 8+10reb, M.Hundley 5+5reb+1ast, R.Aktanarowicz 4+1reb+4ast, M.Stock 3+3reb
N.Adelaide R.: A.Miller 20+3reb+3ast, B.Jonnek 17+5reb+1ast, L.Mapunda 16+6reb+2ast, A.Starling 9+11reb+2ast, N. Marshall 8+5reb+3ast, J.Graetz 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 541425


Woodville W. - S.Adelaide P. 58-72

Another interesting game for South Adelaide Panthers (2-2) which played in Flinders Park against Woodville Warriors (1-3). Fifth ranked South Adelaide Panthers had an easy win 72-58. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Eian Davis (185-90, college: Albertus Magnus) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Ryan Gardner (195-93) who added 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Forward Luke Stanbridge (192-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and guard Darren Ng (189-83) scored 5 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Despite that victory South Adelaide Panthers went down to seventh position (League) due to points difference. Woodville Warriors at the other side dropped to the ninth place with three games lost. South Adelaide Panthers will play against league's leader Forestville Eagles in Goodwood in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Woodville Warriors will play at home against Norwood Flames (#4) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Woodville W.: L.Stanbridge 18+10reb+2ast, C.Clausen 11+8reb+2ast, J.Maiorana 6+4reb+1ast, A.Miller 6+4reb+3ast, D.Carlin 6+5reb+2ast, D.Ng 5+8reb+10ast
S.Adelaide P.: E.Davis 22+5reb+5ast, R.Gardner 14+6reb+1ast, S.Boal 14+4reb, J.O'Brien 9+4reb, J.Read 6+3reb, T.McKenzie 3+8reb+3ast
gschID: 541422


Norwood F. - W.Adelaide B. 95-88

There was no surprise when 9th ranked West Adelaide Bearcats (2-2) lost to seventh ranked Norwood Flames (2-2) in Marden 88-95 on Saturday. Norwood Flames looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by West Adelaide Bearcats' players. American forward Jerrell Sanders (198, college: Ferris St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 40 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Andrew Webber (180-85, college: Armstr.Atlantic) contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. American guard Dee Oldham (193-94, college: Chattanooga) replied with 30 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) and his fellow American import forward Harold Ridgeway (203, college: Midland) added 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for West Adelaide Bearcats. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Norwood Flames moved-up to fourth place in League. Norwood Flames will face Woodville Warriors (#9) in Flinders Park in the next round where they are favorite. West Adelaide Bearcats will play on the road against Noarlunga City Southern Tigers in Morphett Vale and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
W.Adelaide B.: D.Oldham 30+8reb+5ast, H.Ridgeway 18+10reb, J.West 13+9reb, L.Haufe 11+4reb+1ast, B.Truslove 7+3reb+1ast, T.Braithwaite 5+1reb+3ast
Norwood F.: J.Sanders 40+5reb+6ast, D.Webber 21+2reb+4ast, B. Janssan 15+1reb+2ast, A.Webber 14+6reb+9ast, S.Pontifex 3+2reb, M.Long 2+9reb+4ast
gschID: 541424


Sturt S. - N.Adelaide R. 77-64

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated North Adelaide Rockets (3-1) in Pasadena on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Sturt Sabres (2-2) 77-64. Sturt Sabres had a 36-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by North Adelaide Rockets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Hamish Burns (190, college: Newberry) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Isaac White (187-98) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Aric Miller (190-90, college: Armstr.Atlantic) replied with 36 points (!!!) and swingman Luke Mapunda (194-85) added 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for North Adelaide Rockets. Despite that victory Sturt Sabres went down to fifth position (League) due to points difference. North Adelaide Rockets at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. Sturt Sabres are looking forward to face Eastern Mavericks (#10) in Mt. Barker in the next round where they are favorite. North Adelaide Rockets will play on the road against Central District Lions (#8) in Gawler and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
N.Adelaide R.: A.Miller 36+4reb+1ast, L.Mapunda 9+8reb+5ast, R.Harding 5+4reb+1ast, B.Jonnek 5+3reb, J.Graetz 5+5reb, N. Marshall 4+4reb
Sturt S.: I.White 18+4reb+5ast, H.Burns 16+10reb+3ast, J.Warbout 10+2reb+1ast, B.Carter 9+10reb+2ast, J.Rigoni 8+8reb+1ast, M.Calligeros 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 541421


Eastern M. - Forestville E. 70-114

No shocking result in a game when top-ranked Forestville Eagles (4-0) crushed bottom-ranked Eastern Mavericks (0-4) in Mt. Barker 114-70 on Saturday. Forestville Eagles dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Eastern Mavericks' 30 and made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game. Forestville Eagles forced 24 Eastern Mavericks turnovers and outrebounded them 49-26 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Eastern Mavericks were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Antonio Garrett (198, college: Idaho Coll.) orchestrated the victory with a triple-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds. Sudanese forward Majok Deng (208-93, college: La-Monroe) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Forestville Eagles players scored in double figures. Guard Lachlan Barker (179-96) replied with 20 points and 6 rebounds and Rigby Aktanarowicz added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Eastern Mavericks. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Forestville Eagles maintains first position in League with 4-0 record. Loser Eastern Mavericks still closes the standings with four games lost. Forestville Eagles will face South Adelaide Panthers (#7) in Park Holme in the next round where they are favorite. Eastern Mavericks will play at home against Sturt Sabres and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Eastern M.: L.Barker 20+6reb, R.Aktanarowicz 10+5reb+1ast, S.Vozzo 7+3reb+1ast, Z.Lovell 6+1reb+1ast, T.Cioffi 6+1reb+2ast, N.Sbroiavacca 6+1reb
Forestville E.: A.Garrett 27+11reb, D.Majok 23+10reb+2ast, S. Wright 16+5reb+4ast, J.Rios 13+6reb+4ast, M.Deng 9+5reb+2ast, L. Phillips 9+4reb
gschID: 541420


C.District L. - Southern T. 87-114

Very expected game when 8th ranked Central District Lions (1-3) were smashed by third ranked Noarlunga City Southern Tigers (3-1) in Gawler 114-87 on Saturday. Noarlunga City Southern Tigers made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Noarlunga City Southern Tigers outrebounded Central District Lions 58-29 including a 41-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Noarlunga City Southern Tigers looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Central District Lions were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international swingman Anthony Drmic (198-92, college: Boise St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Mike Nwelue (196, college: Drury) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Koen Sapwell replied with 23 points and American forward Ricardo Martin (203, college: Lander) added 15 points in the effort for Central District Lions. 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. Noarlunga City Southern Tigers maintains third position in League with 3-1 record having 3 victories less than leader Geraldton B. Loser Central District Lions keep the eighth place with three games lost. Noarlunga City Southern Tigers will face West Adelaide Bearcats (#6) in Woodville in the next round. Central District Lions will play at home against the league's second-placed North Adelaide Rockets and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
C.District L.: K.Sapwell 23, R.Martin 15+4reb, N.Larkins 15+2reb+1ast, T.Hoffmann 12+3reb, B.Nathan 9+6reb+4ast, J. Centenera 5+2reb+8ast
Southern T.: A.Drmic 30+9reb, R.Linton 24+8reb+2ast, M.Nwelue 16+17reb+5ast, C.Catford 14+4reb+3ast, A.Barton 10+1reb+3ast, L.Schenscher 9+8reb+2ast
gschID: 541423


SBL
Kalamunda E.S. - Willetton T. 79-103

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Tigers (5-2) rolled over 10th ranked Suns (3-7) in Kalamunda 103-79 on Tuesday. Tigers forced 20 Suns turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Suns were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman Jay Bowie (196-92, college: Marist) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import forward Ray Turner (206-90, college: Texas A&M) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. American guard Courtney Belger (187-89, college: Quincy) replied with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Kerrod Horn (186-93) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Suns. 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. Tigers moved-up to fourth place in League. Loser Suns keep the tenth position with seven games lost. Tigers will face Slammers (#11) in Bunbury in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Suns will play on the road against the league's leader Buccaneers in Wonthella and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kalamunda E.S.: C.Belger 20+8reb+5ast, N.Drown 18+5reb, K.Horn 15+8reb+1ast, B.Pass 10+1reb, C.Lowe 3+7reb+1ast, B.Gray 3+1ast
Willetton T.: J.Bowie 31+8reb+2ast, R.Turner 23+16reb+2ast, H.Noordhoek 16+6reb+2ast, D.Scott 14+7reb+5ast, K.Armour 7+4reb+3ast, L.Evans 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 541668


Cockburn C. - Rockingham F. 85-78

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Flames (2-5) lost to sixth ranked Cougars (5-3) in Hamilton Hill 78-85 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-78. American forward Jalen Billups (198-92, college: N.Kentucky, agency: Haylett Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. Swingman Gavin Field (202-89, college: W.Georgia) contributed with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five Cougars players scored in double figures. Cougars' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Ryan Godfrey (187-90, college: W.Georgia) replied with 33 points (!!!) and 6 assists and American forward Donovon Jack (206-93, college: Penn St.) added 17 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Flames. Cougars moved-up to fifth place in League. Loser Flames keep the twelfth position with five games lost. Cougars will face league's second-placed Redbacks in Northbridge in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Flames will play at home against Tigers (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Rockingham F.: R.Godfrey 33+2reb+6ast, D.Jack 17+12reb+1ast, V.Zollo 8+15reb, J.Griffin 7+8reb+2ast, B.Samuelson 6+1reb+1ast, J.Beard 5+2reb+2ast
Cockburn C.: J.Billups 27+12reb+1ast, D.Thomas 12+4reb+4ast, G.Field 11+9reb+5ast, L.Cummings 11+6reb+1ast, S.Chan 10+3reb+3ast, R.Della Maddalena 8+4reb
gschID: 541669


Goldfields G. - Perth Redbacks 83-91

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Redbacks (6-1) defeated 13th ranked Giants (1-5) in Kalgoorlie 91-83 on Saturday. Redbacks made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. The former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Benjamin Smith (192-89) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Jacob Holmen (202-91, college: N.Texas) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import forward JB Pillard (201, college: Cent.Washington) added 11 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Giants. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Giants' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Redbacks maintains second position in League with 6-1 record despite having the same number of points like the leader Geraldton B. Loser Giants keep the thirteenth place with five games lost. Redbacks will face Cougars (#5) in Hamilton Hill in the next round. Giants will play at home against Stirling S. (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Goldfields G.: J.Holmen 27+15reb+5ast, M.Tierney 14+2reb, J.Pillard 11+14reb+3ast, L.Pike 10+5reb+1ast, R.Hurst 6+5reb+2ast, J.Reid 6+5reb+1ast
Perth Redbacks: S.Redhage 30+14reb+6ast, B.Smith 22+5reb+3ast, G.Murray 13+3reb+1ast, J.Wagner 10+8reb+7ast, J.Wagner 6+5reb+1ast, R.Chappell 5+3reb
gschID: 541664


SW Slammers - Mandurah M. 87-71

There was no surprise when bottom-ranked Magic (0-6) lost to twelfth ranked Slammers (2-3) in Bunbury 71-87 on Saturday. Magic was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Irish forward Brian Voelkel (198-92, college: Vermont, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). American guard Tre Nichols (180-89, college: Boise St., agency: SDJ Sports) contributed with 30 points for the winners. Four Slammers players scored in double figures. American guard Will McNeill (185-90, college: Washburn) replied with 17 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Ricky Kreklow (201-92, college: Creighton) added 19 points in the effort for Magic. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Slammers moved-up to eleventh place in League. Loser Magic still closes the standings with six games lost. Slammers will face higher ranked Tigers (#4) in Willetton in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Magic will play on the road against Wanneroo (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Mandurah M.: R.Kreklow 19+3reb+2ast, W.McNeill 17+7reb+1ast, T.Mullenax 11+5reb, C.Simpson 9+4reb+1ast, T.Remmerswaal 7+2reb+3ast, D.Ballantyne 4
SW Slammers: T.Nichols 30+3reb+2ast, B.Voelkel 15+14reb+9ast, C.Weeden 13+7reb+1ast, T.Puot 11+1reb+3ast, C.Douglas 9+2reb+1ast, M.Lay 6+1reb
gschID: 541662


Lakeside L. - Cockburn C. 78-91

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Cougars (5-3) beat 8th ranked Lightning (3-5) in North Lake 91-78 on Saturday. It was a great shooting night for Cougars especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Cougars made 8 blocks. Swingman Gavin Field (202-89, college: W.Georgia) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Jalen Billups (198-92, college: N.Kentucky, agency: Haylett Sports) contributed with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. American forward James Padgett (203-91, college: Maryland) replied with 25 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Devon Atkinson (185, college: Morehead St.) added 12 points and 8 assists in the effort for Lightning. Four Lightning players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Cougars moved-up to fifth place in League. Loser Lightning dropped to the ninth position with five games lost. Cougars will face league's second-placed Redbacks in Northbridge in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Lightning will play on the road against Eagles (#6) in Morley and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lakeside L.: J.Padgett 25+8reb+1ast, A.Ferguson 13+8reb, D.Atkinson 12+4reb+8ast, M.Vinci 10+2reb+2ast, C.Shervill 8+2reb, M.Garbellini 4+4reb+1ast
Cockburn C.: J.Billups 20+7reb+1ast, G.Field 16+10reb+6ast, L.Cummings 10+3reb+3ast, J.Holmes 10+2reb, S.Van Lit 8+1reb+1ast, J.Harris 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 541663


Kalamunda E.S. - East Perth E. 90-107

Very expected game when 10th ranked Suns (3-7) lost to fifth ranked Eagles (5-3) in Kalamunda 90-107 on Saturday. Eagles dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Suns' 36. Eagles had a 39-25 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. American center Kevin Davis (206-91, college: Cent.Washington) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks. Swingman Drew Williamson (196-83, college: Metro St.) contributed with 29 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American guard Courtney Belger (187-89, college: Quincy) replied with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals and swingman Kerrod Horn (186-93) added 12 points in the effort for Suns. Four Suns players scored in double figures. Suns' coach tested twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Despite that victory Eagles went down to sixth position (League) due to points difference. Loser Suns keep the tenth place with seven games lost. Eagles will face Lightning (#9) in North Lake in the next round. Suns will play on the road against the league's leader Buccaneers in Wonthella and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kalamunda E.S.: C.Belger 32+10reb+7ast, K.Horn 12+3reb+3ast, R.Blanchett 10+4reb, B.Pass 10+4reb+1ast, B.Gray 8+5reb+2ast, N.Drown 6
East Perth E.: D.Williamson 29+4reb+5ast, K.Davis 24+16reb+2ast, M.Bragg 16+4reb+7ast, N.Manyang 9+2reb+2ast, J.Tupaea 9+6reb+3ast, D.Tawhiti 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 541665


Perry Lakes H. - Geraldton B. 70-88

Rather predictable result when third ranked Buccaneers (6-1) won against 7th ranked Hawks (3-4) in Floreat 88-70 on Saturday. Buccaneers forced 20 Hawks turnovers. Guard Jackson Hussey (190-92, college: Pikeville) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Maurice Barrow (196-92, college: Fairfield) contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Buccaneers players scored in double figures. Guard Ryan Smith (192-92) replied with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and American point guard Robert Waters (185-93, college: Wayland Baptist) added 13 points and 6 assists in the effort for Hawks. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Buccaneers keep a position of League leader. Loser Hawks dropped to the eighth place with four games lost. Buccaneers will face Suns (#10) in Kalamunda in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hawks will play on the road against the league's second-placed Redbacks in Northbridge and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Perry Lakes H.: R.Smith 17+8reb+6ast, R.Waters 13+4reb+6ast, M.Adekponya 12+5reb+3ast, B.Purser 8+6reb+4ast, B.Carlwell 7+3reb+1ast, M.Clarke 4+2reb+1ast
Geraldton B.: J.Hussey 23+7reb+4ast, M.Barrow 23+6reb+2ast, M.Hancock 14+2ast, A.Ralph 11+5reb+2ast, D.Benjamin 7+5reb+3ast, J.Paringatai 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 541661


Stirling S. - Perry Lakes H. 80-69

There was a minor upset when 7th ranked Hawks (3-4) lost to tenth ranked Stirling S. (3-3) in Perth 69-80 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Stirling S.. Hawks was better in third quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Hawks 53-36 including 16 on the offensive glass. Stirling S. looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Power forward Ashley Litterick (202) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Guard Jayden Coburn (191) contributed with 7 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Guard Matthew Adekponya (194-90) replied with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Ryan Smith (192-92) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Hawks. Four Hawks players scored in double figures. Stirling S. moved-up to seventh place in League. Loser Hawks dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. Stirling S. will face Giants (#13) in Kalgoorlie in the next round where they are favorite. Hawks will play on the road against the league's second-placed Redbacks (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Perry Lakes H.: M.Adekponya 21+6reb+4ast, R.Smith 12+8reb+3ast, B.Purser 12+5reb+2ast, R.Waters 11+5reb+3ast, B.Carlwell 5+4reb, M.Clarke 4+3reb+3ast
Stirling S.: A.Litterick 24+12reb, C.Ellis 17+6reb+3ast, R.Vague 14+12reb+2ast, J.Coburn 7+13reb+8ast, C.Wroe 6+6reb+3ast, A.Bruton 5+3reb+5ast
gschID: 541667


Rockingham F. - Geraldton B. 79-85

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Buccaneers (6-1) defeated 12th ranked Flames (2-5) in Rockingham 85-79 on Sunday. Guard Jackson Hussey (190-92, college: Pikeville) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 9 assists and 6 steals. American forward Maurice Barrow (196-92, college: Fairfield) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Jarryd Griffin (186-87) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and guard Ryan Godfrey (187-90, college: W.Georgia) added 12 points and 7 assists in the effort for Flames. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Buccaneers keep a position of League leader. Loser Flames keep the twelfth place with five games lost. Buccaneers will face Suns (#10) in Kalamunda in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Flames will play at home against Tigers and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Rockingham F.: V.Zollo 17+3reb+1ast, D.Jack 13+9reb, J.Griffin 12+10reb+3ast, R.Godfrey 12+4reb+7ast, B.Samuelson 10+4reb+4ast, J.Beard 8+7reb+2ast
Geraldton B.: A.Ralph 20+4reb, D.Benjamin 15+9reb, J.Hussey 15+3reb+9ast, M.Hancock 12+3reb+1ast, M.Barrow 11+12reb+2ast, J.Paringatai 8+3reb
gschID: 541666


Joondalup Wolves - Lakeside L. 98-78

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Lightning (3-5) was outleveled by third ranked Wanneroo (5-1) in Joondalup 98-78 on Friday. Wanneroo forced 20 Lightning turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Lightning was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized Greek guard Trian Iliadis (190-89, college: ODU) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points. Filipino guard Sebestian Salinas (190-85) contributed with 13 points and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Devon Atkinson (185, college: Morehead St.) replied with 19 points and 6 assists and his fellow American import forward James Padgett (203-91, college: Maryland) added 11 points and 17 rebounds in the effort for Lightning. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Wanneroo maintains third position in League with 5-1 record behind leader Geraldton B. Loser Lightning dropped to the ninth place with five games lost. Wanneroo will face Magic (#14) in Mandurah in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Lightning will play on the road against Eagles (#6) in Morley and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lakeside L.: D.Atkinson 19+3reb+6ast, J.Padgett 11+17reb, M.Garbellini 10+4reb+1ast, H.Bell 7+1reb, R.Mackenzie 6+2reb, T.Parkinson 6+3reb
Joondalup Wolves: T.Iliadis 19+3reb+2ast, R.Ross 14+5reb+1ast, S.Salinas 13+4reb+5ast, R.Smyth 10+4reb+1ast, D.Matacz 9+2reb+5ast, R.Maxwell 7+1reb
gschID: 541659


Willetton T. - Stirling S. 85-89

There was a surprise result when tenth ranked Stirling S. (3-3) beat higher ranked Tigers (5-2) in Willetton 89-85 on Friday. Stirling S. had a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international forward Cody Ellis (203-90, college: St.Louis) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 7 rebounds. The former international forward Rhys Vague (204-96) contributed with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. American swingman Jay Bowie (196-92, college: Marist) replied with 30 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Ray Turner (206-90, college: Texas A&M) added 25 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) in the effort for Tigers. Tigers' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Stirling S. moved-up to seventh place in League. Loser Tigers dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. Stirling S. will face Giants (#13) in Kalgoorlie in the next round where they are favorite. Tigers will play at home against Slammers (#11) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Willetton T.: J.Bowie 30+7reb+1ast, R.Turner 25+6reb+2ast, M.Collins 11+2reb, A.Black 8+2reb+6ast, K.Armour 4+1reb+8ast, D.Scott 3+4ast
Stirling S.: C.Ellis 28+7reb+2ast, R.Vague 16+9reb+6ast, A.Bruton 13+2reb+3ast, T.Witts 9+1reb+2ast, A.Litterick 8+8reb+3ast, J.Coburn 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 541660


SEABL
Kilsyth C. - Nunawading S. 62-77

Very expected game when 5th ranked Kilsyth Cobras (1-4) lost at home to top-ranked Spectres (5-0) 77-62 on Saturday. Power forward Simon Conn (206-83, college: Gardner-Webb) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds. American center Dain Swetalla (206-86, college: Augustana, IL) contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Chris Patton (208-91, college: Cal-Riverside) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Nelson Kirksey (190-89, college: UMKC) added 16 points in the effort for Kilsyth Cobras. Kilsyth Cobras' coach tested eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Spectres maintains first position in League with 5-0 record. Loser Kilsyth Cobras keep the fifth place with four games lost. Spectres will face Dandenong Rangers (#5) at home in the next round. Kilsyth Cobras will play against Chargers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kilsyth C.: C.Patton 18+5reb+2ast, N.Kirksey 16+2reb, D.Schaffert 8+2reb, T.Naqqash 6+3reb+3ast, O.Odigie 3+7reb+2ast, A.MacMillan 3+7reb+1ast
Nunawading S.: S.Conn 26+13reb+1ast, D.Swetalla 23+6reb+2ast, D.King-Hawea 8+6reb+1ast, A.Steel 6+9reb+1ast, C. Hronopoulos 5+2reb+3ast, S.McDonald 5+2reb+6ast
gschID: 541817


Nunawading S. - Bendigo B. 90-79

The game between closely ranked teams ended with top-ranked Spectres' (5-0) home victory over second-ranked Bendigo Braves (1-2) in East Burwood 90-79 on Sunday. Power forward Simon Conn (206-83, college: Gardner-Webb) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds. American center Dain Swetalla (206-86, college: Augustana, IL) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Five Spectres players scored in double figures. American power forward CJ Aiken (206-90, college: St.Joseph's) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks and point guard Adam Doyle (176-91) added 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Bendigo Braves. Bendigo Braves' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Spectres maintains first position in League with 5-0 record. Loser Bendigo Braves keep the second place with two games lost. Spectres will face Dandenong Rangers (#5) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Bendigo B.: C.Aiken 25+14reb, A.Doyle 22+7reb+6ast, D.Starks 19+7reb+2ast, D.Hansen 6+2reb, M.Andronicos 4+2reb+2ast, C.Hogan 3+1reb+2ast
Nunawading S.: S.Conn 28+12reb, T.Wright 21+1reb+1ast, D.Swetalla 13+16reb+3ast, S.McDonald 13+3reb+10ast, D.King-Hawea 10+3reb, C. Hronopoulos 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 541818


Mt Gambier - Dandenong R. 86-79

Not a big story in a game when 3rd ranked Dandenong Rangers (1-1) lost to top-ranked Mount Gambier Pioneers (4-0) in Mt Gambier 79-86 on Friday. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Mount Gambier Pioneers made 14 blocks. American forward Daniel Alexander (206-91, college: Grand Canyon, agency: Haylett Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. The former international guard Tom Daly (182-91) contributed with 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Center Timothy Lang (206-85, college: Stetson) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and American swingman Chauncey Orr (193-93, college: Hawaii Pacific) added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Dandenong Rangers. Five Dandenong Rangers players scored in double figures. Mount Gambier Pioneers maintains first position in League with 4-0 record. Loser Dandenong Rangers dropped to the fifth place with one game lost. Mount Gambier Pioneers will face NW Tasmania Thunder (#8) in Ulverstone in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Dandenong Rangers will play on the road against the league's leader Spectres in East Burwood and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Dandenong R.: T.Lang 18+14reb, J.Oswald 17+4reb+2ast, L.Barker 14+5reb+3ast, C.Orr 13+10reb+2ast, B.McElroy 10+3reb+1ast, N.Odigie 3
Mt Gambier: D.Alexander 25+12reb+1ast, T.Daly 20+3reb+3ast, J.Madgen 15+5reb+3ast, B.Hill 6+5reb+3ast, L.Jamieson 5+5reb+1ast, J.Jones 5+8reb+1ast
gschID: 541815


Albury W.B. - Geelong S. 98-97

A very interesting game took place in Albury. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Geelong Supercats (2-2) to fifth ranked Bandits (2-2) 98-97 in the fight for the second place. It was a key game for the second position in League. Bandits outrebounded Geelong Supercats 46-34 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward T.J. Robinson (203-89, college: Long Beach St.) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds. Point guard Deba George (183-85) chipped in 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Demarcus Gatlin (193, college: Sam Houston St.) produced 36 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds and the former international swingman Nathan Herbert (192-84) added 21 points respectively for the guests. Four Bandits and five Geelong Supercats players scored in double figures. Bandits moved-up to second place in League. Bandits' next round opponent will be Chargers (#7) in Hobart where they are favorite. Geelong Supercats will play on the road against Sabres (#4) in Cheltenham and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Geelong S.: D.Gatlin 36+9reb+2ast, N.Herbert 21+4reb+2ast, K.Rocci 12+2reb+2ast, J.Medved 11+3reb, E.Gaff 10+10reb+5ast, L.McInerney 7+3reb
Albury W.B.: T.Robinson 23+15reb+1ast, D.George 17+7reb+5ast, D.Harding 16+5reb, S.Dearborn 14+3reb, M.Newton 11+5reb, J.Spear 9+5reb+4ast
gschID: 541816


Waratah
Sutherland S. - Illawarra H. 54-64

The game between closely ranked teams ended with tenth ranked Hawks' (2-4) road victory over 11th ranked Sutherland Sharks (1-6) 64-54 on Sunday. They outrebounded Sutherland Sharks 52-38 including a 37-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. Scott Hunter orchestrated the victory by scoring 9 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Tyson Demos (191-88) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Dejan Marjanovic (183) replied with 18 points and Robert Simonovski added 5 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Sutherland Sharks. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hawks moved-up to eighth place in League. Loser Sutherland Sharks keep the eleventh position with six games lost. Hawks will face league's leader Spiders in Hornsby in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sutherland Sharks will play at home against the league's second-placed Maitland Mustangs (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Sutherland S.: D.Marjanovic 18+3reb+1ast, B.Musulin 11+3reb+3ast, P.Williamson 10+2reb+2ast, J.Biber 8+3reb+1ast, R.Simonovski 5+11reb+1ast, M.Duffy 2
Illawarra H.: T.Demos 13+6reb+2ast, B.O'Brien 9+3reb+4ast, S.Hunter 9+11reb+5ast, L.Dent 8+2reb+3ast, S.Mullan 8+10reb+1ast, A.Beagley 6+5reb
gschID: 539465


Norths Bears - Sydney Comets 71-95

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Norths Soul Sports Bears (2-5) were outleveled by third ranked Sydney City Comets (5-1) in Crows Nest 95-71 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 24 points. Sydney City Comets dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Norths Soul Sports Bears' 42. Sydney City Comets looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Norths Soul Sports Bears were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized American guard Indiana Faithfull (193-91, college: W.Liberty St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points and 5 assists. Guard Sam Hyman (190, college: Mayville St.) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Sydney City Comets players scored in double figures. Guard Nick Blair (185-87) replied with 18 points and 8 rebounds and the former international forward Ben Knight (203-76, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Norths Soul Sports Bears. Norths Soul Sports Bears' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Sydney City Comets maintains third position in League with 5-1 record behind leader Geraldton B. Loser Norths Soul Sports Bears dropped to the ninth place with five games lost. Sydney City Comets will face Crusaders (#7) in Terrigal in the next round.
Top scorers:
Norths Bears: N.Blair 18+8reb+2ast, J.Garlepp 12+4reb, B.Knight 10+11reb+3ast, F.Andric 9+2reb, T.Giles 6+2reb+1ast, L.Smith-Hyde 4+1reb+2ast
Sydney Comets: I.Faithfull 32+1reb+5ast, S.Hyman 20+7reb+2ast, R.Craigie 16+3reb+2ast, L.Brandt 10+6reb+5ast, L.Overs 6+8reb+2ast, W.McPhee 6+6reb
gschID: 539460


Newcastle H. - Maitland M. 64-73

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Maitland Mustangs (6-1) beat 8th ranked Newcastle Hunters (2-6) in Broadmeadow 73-64 on Saturday. Maitland Mustangs outrebounded Newcastle Hunters 53-31 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Tyler Monroe (201, college: Azusa Pacific) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds. Guard Joshua Clifford (196-88) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Jacob Foy replied with 15 points and 5 rebounds and Jakob Dorricott added 17 points in the effort for Newcastle Hunters. Newcastle Hunters' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Maitland Mustangs moved-up to second place in League. Loser Newcastle Hunters dropped to the tenth position with six games lost. Maitland Mustangs will face Sutherland Sharks (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Newcastle Hunters will play against Crusaders and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Newcastle H.: J.Dorricott 17+3reb+1ast, J.Foy 15+5reb+2ast, D.Suttle 12+6reb+2ast, B.Hawkesley 6+6reb, M.Wilson 4+2reb+2ast, L.Jackson 4+4reb+1ast
Maitland M.: T.Monroe 33+17reb, J.Clifford 14+6reb+1ast, T.Turner 9+4reb+4ast, J.Edwards 6+7reb+4ast, N.Scott 4+1reb, D.Millburn 4+11reb+1ast
gschID: 539463


Hills H. - Manly Warr. 74-71

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 5th ranked Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (4-4) were edged by sixth ranked Hills Hornets (4-4) in Baulkham Hills 74-71 on Saturday. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 26-17 charge of Hills Hornets, which allowed them to win the game. Naturalized British forward Paul Brotherson (198-89, college: Metro St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. David Hayman contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Point guard Luke Cooper (183-84, college: Alaska-Anch.) replied with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Cale Bulgin added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. Four Manly Warringah Sea Eagles players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Hills Hornets moved-up to fifth place in League. Hills Hornets will face higher ranked Sydney City Comets (#3) in Alexandria in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Manly Warr.: L.Cooper 19+7reb+4ast, C.Bulgin 16+5reb+1ast, K.Painter 12+8reb+1ast, C.Wilks 11+6reb+1ast, S.Bresnik 6+2reb+2ast, S.Blaszczynski 6+5reb
Hills H.: P.Brotherson 21+15reb+2ast, D.Hayman 15+2reb+4ast, E.Duselis 11+7reb+1ast, G.Veg 7+5reb+2ast, S.McCorkindale 7+2reb, M.Hodgins 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 539462


Illawarra H. - Cent.Coast C. 66-78

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Crusaders (2-4) won against on the road 10th ranked Hawks (2-4) 78-66 on Saturday. Crusaders forced 19 Hawks turnovers. Forward James Trustum (192) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 5 rebounds. Naturalized Saudi Arabian guard Noman Shoaib (188) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Keelan Ward replied with 11 points and 4 steals and guard Alexander Beagley added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Hawks. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hawks' coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Crusaders moved-up to seventh place in League. Crusaders will face higher ranked Sydney City Comets (#3) in Alexandria in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hawks will play at home against the league's leader Spiders (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Illawarra H.: K.Ward 11+4reb+2ast, S.Mullan 11+5reb, A.Beagley 10+7reb, L.Dent 10+4reb, S.Hunter 9+4reb, B.O'Brien 5+1reb+2ast
Cent.Coast C.: J.Trustum 21+5reb+3ast, N.Shoaib 18+4reb+2ast, C.Jenkins 13+10reb, T.Akamarmoi 12+3reb+1ast, M.Rueter 9+8reb+2ast, M.Bateup 2+10reb+1ast
gschID: 539461


Newcastle H. - Bankstown B. 81-100

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Newcastle Hunters (2-6) were outscored by fourth ranked Bankstown Bruins (5-3) in Broadmeadow 100-81 on Sunday. Bankstown Bruins outrebounded Newcastle Hunters 46-30 including 32 on the defensive glass. Forward Nic Pozoglou (196, agency: MKP Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Svetomir Gavrilovic contributed with 31 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Bankstown Bruins players scored in double figures. Bankstown Bruins' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Jacob Foy replied with 27 points and 5 rebounds and Joel Rauch added 23 points in the effort for Newcastle Hunters. Bankstown Bruins maintains fourth position in League with 5-3 record. Loser Newcastle Hunters dropped to the tenth place with six games lost. Bankstown Bruins will have a break next round. Newcastle Hunters will play at home against Crusaders (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Newcastle H.: J.Foy 27+5reb+1ast, J.Rauch 23+3reb+3ast, D.Suttle 20+3reb+4ast, M.Wilson 5+2reb+4ast, J.Dorricott 4+3reb+2ast, C.Springall 2+2reb
Bankstown B.: S.Gavrilovic 31+8reb+1ast, N.Pozoglou 26+15reb+5ast, G.Anticevich 12+9reb+3ast, M.Franco 12+5reb+2ast, R.Morgan 6+3reb+4ast, P.Cvjeticanin 6+1reb
gschID: 539464





Sanders' 40-point game gives him State League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

Forward Jerrell Sanders (198-F) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Norwood F. and receives a Australiabasket.com State League Player of the Week award for round 8.
He had the game-high 40 points adding five rebounds and six assists for Norwood F. in his team's victory, helping them to beat W.Adelaide B. (2-2) 95-88. Norwood F. is placed at 4th position in their group in Australian State League. Norwood F. 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 2-2 record. In the team's last game Sanders had a remarkable 63.2% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He just recently signed at Norwood F., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Jerrell Sanders averages this season 25.3ppg, 8.5rpg and 4.5apg.

Second best performed player last round was Eian Davis (185-G-90) of S.Adelaide P.. He is American guard in his first season at S.Adelaide P.. In the last game Davis recorded impressive 37 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as S.Adelaide P. lost that game 83-93 to the higher-ranked Norwood F. (2-2). This loss caused S.Adelaide P. to drop to 7th position in Premier League. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Davis is one of the most experienced players at S.Adelaide P. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Majok Deng (208-F-93) of league's leader Forestville E.. Deng got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds and five assists. He was a key player of Forestville E., leading his team to a 121-70 easy win against the lower-ranked C.District L. (#8, 1-3). Forestville E. started extremely well this year. They recorded 4 victories without losing a single game in Premier League. Deng turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Deng has a great season in Australia. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.8ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tyler Monroe (201-F) of Maitland M. - 33 points and 17 rebounds
5. Dillon Stith (200-F-92) of McKinnon C. - 33 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92) of Southern T. - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Antonio Garrett (198-F) of Forestville E. - 27 points and 11 rebounds
8. Shawn Redhage (203-F-81) of Perth Redbacks - 30 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Nic Pozoglou (196-F) of Bankstown B. - 26 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Dee Oldham (193-G-94) of W.Adelaide B. - 30 points, 8 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)



Townsville Heat adds Anderson to their roster, ex Cheshire P. - by Eurobasket News

Townsville Heat (QBL) added to their roster 27-year old British forward Jamell Anderson (200-90). He just played at Cheshire Phoenix in British BBL league. In 33 games he recorded 10.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.9spg this season. The last season Anderson played at Leicester Riders (also in BBL) where in 34 games he averaged 6.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Cup final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com British BBL All-Defensive Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Anderson's team won British BBL Cup for two years in a row (2013 and 2014).
He represented United Kingdom at the 3x3 World Championships in Greece five years ago.
Anderson has played also professionally for other British teams like Nottingham Tribe and Essex Pirates.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Al Manama signs with Coleby for GCC !!! - by Ahmad Madwar

Defending champion Al Manama (Premier League) inked 28-year old Bahamas ex-international power forward Kadeem Coleby (206-114kg-89, college: Wichita State). It is actually his comeback to Manama as he has played here before. Coleby He started the season at Al Muharraq (Premier League). Coleby helped them to win the cup and make to league final. The last season he played at Al Manama.
Coleby also represented Bahamas at the CBC Championships in Tortola (British Virgin Islands) two years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 8.6ppg, 5.2rpg, Blocks-1 (3.4bpg), FGP: 44.1%, FT: 65.0%.
Coleby has played also professionally in Saudi Arabia (Al Fateh).
Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.
He attended Wichita State until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Al Manama signs with Coleby for GCC !!! - by Ahmad Madwar

Defending champion Al Manama (Premier League) inked 28-year old Bahamas ex-international power forward Kadeem Coleby (206-114kg-89, college: Wichita State). It is actually his comeback to Manama as he has played here before. Coleby He started the season at Al Muharraq (Premier League). Coleby helped them to win the cup and make to league final. The last season he played at Al Manama.
Coleby also represented Bahamas at the CBC Championships in Tortola (British Virgin Islands) two years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 5 games: 8.6ppg, 5.2rpg, Blocks-1 (3.4bpg), FGP: 44.1%, FT: 65.0%.
Coleby has played also professionally in Saudi Arabia (Al Fateh).
Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.
He attended Wichita State until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Jason CLARK
  Antwerp
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 17
 1. Clark, Antwerp17.0 
 2. Miller-M., Leuven16.8 
 3. Bowman, Spirou16.7 
 4. Tofi, Aalstar15.6 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .15.3 
 6. Troisfontain., Aalst.14.4 
 7. Badji, Kangoeroes13.8 
 8. Samhan, Leuven13.6 
 9. Ware, Antwerp13.6 
 10. Channels, Kango.13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Anderson, Antwerp8.5 
 2. Amis, Aalstar7.0 
 3. Badji, Kangoeroes6.9 
 4. Samhan, Leuven6.6 
 5. Ubel, Brussels6.6 
 6. Ware, Antwerp6.5 
 7. Fields, Liege6.4 
 8. Simmons, Brussels6.2 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .5.9 
 10. Tofi, Aalstar5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Miller-M., Leuven5.6 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.4 
 3. Anderson, Limburg .5.1 
 4. Channels, Kango.5.0 
 5. Loubry, Brussels4.6 
 6. Marnegrave, Spirou4.3 
 7. Clark, Antwerp4.2 
 8. Bosco, Mons-Hai.4.1 
 9. Hertay, Liege3.8 
 10. Tuttle, Limburg .3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Miller-M., Leuven1.9 
 2. Simpson, Liege1.6 
 3. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 4. Channels, Kango.1.5 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 6. Hertay, Liege1.4 
 7. Muya, Brussels1.3 
 8. Billbury, Leuven1.3 
 9. Clark, Antwerp1.3 
 10. Dowe, Brussels1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill AMIS
  Aalstar
  (206-PF-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Amis, Aalstar1.5 
 2. Fields, Liege1.0 
 3. Boukichou, Oostende0.8 
 4. Henry, Kangoeroes0.8 
 5. Fusek, Spirou0.8 
 6. Bako, Leuven0.8 
 7. Ubel, Brussels0.7 
 8. Ware, Antwerp0.7 
 9. Blair, Aalstar0.6 
 10. Samhan, Leuven0.6 


Euromillions League Round 32: Antwerp Giants are defeated by Spirou Charleroi - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds.

The most important game in the last round took place in Charleroi between second ranked Antwerp Giants (20-12) and seventh ranked Spirou Charleroi (15-17) on Wednesday night. Antwerp Giants were defeated by Spirou Charleroi in a tough game on the road 78-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Antwerp Giants. Spirou Charleroi made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Antwerp Giants turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of guard DJ Richardson (190-91, college: Illinois, agency: Inception Sports) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) who added 16 points and 5 assists during the contest. Spirou Charleroi's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Power forward Gavin Ware (206-93, college: Mississippi St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Spirou Charleroi maintains seventh position with 15-17 record, which they share with Mons-Hainaut. Antwerp Giants at the other side keep the second place with 12 games lost. Spirou Charleroi is looking forward to face Leuven Bears (#9) at home in the next round. Antwerp Giants will play against Basic-Fit Brussels (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Brussels. Third ranked host Basic-Fit Brussels (19-13) smashed one of their biggest challengers Kangoeroes (17-15) 114-74. The winners were led by American power forward Brandon Ubel (209-91, college: Nebraska, agency: Pensack Sports) who scored that evening 25 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and Aleksander Lichodzijewski supported him with 25 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Even 22 points and 9 rebounds by Senegalese power forward Pape Badji (208-92) did not help to save the game for Kangoeroes. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Basic-Fit Brussels maintains third position with 19-13 record having eight points less than leader Oostende. Kangoeroes at the other side keep the fourth place with 15 games lost. Basic-Fit Brussels will play against league's second-placed Antwerp Giants at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kangoeroes will play against Limburg United and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Euromillions League top team - Oostende (27-5) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat tenth ranked Liege Basket (6-27) 89-76. The best player for the winners was Rasko Katic who scored 18 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Oostende's coach Dario Gjergja allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Devin Sweetney produced 23 points for the hosts. Oostende have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 27-5 record. Liege Basket lost sixteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 27 lost games. Oostende will meet Okapi Aalstar (#5) on the road in the next round. Liege Basket will play against Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Limburg supposed to be also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Okapi Aalstar (17-16) played at the court of sixth ranked Limburg United (16-16). Limburg United smashed Okapi Aalstar 100-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Okapi Aalstar. Seth Tuttle orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Limburg United maintains sixth position with 16-16 record. Okapi Aalstar at the other side keeps the fifth place with 16 games lost. Limburg United's next round opponent will be higher ranked Kangoeroes (#4) in Willebroek and it may be quite challenging game. Okapi Aalstar will play at home against the league's leader Oostende and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 32 Mons-Hainaut won against Leuven on the opponent's court 80-72.

Leuven - Mons-Hainaut 72-80

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Leuven Bears' (9-23) home loss to eighth ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (15-17) 72-80. 25 personal fouls committed by Leuven Bears helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman JJ Mann (198-91, college: Belmont) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). The other American import guard Tre Demps (188-93, college: Northwestern) contributed with 14 points for the winners. American guard Codi Miller-McIntyre (190-94, college: Wake Forest) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 assists and power forward Jonas Delalieux (202-92) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Leuven Bears. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Belfius Mons-Hainaut have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Spirou. Leuven Bears lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 23 games lost. Belfius Mons-Hainaut's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Liege Basket (#10) in Liege. Leuven Bears will play on the road against Spirou Charleroi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mons-Hainaut: J.Mann 19+12reb+1ast, T.Demps 14+4reb+1ast, I.Lasisi 12+2reb+5ast, M.Kapinga 9+1reb, A.Gorgemans 6+2reb, J.Cage 6+5reb+1ast
Leuven: J.Delalieux 19+6reb, T.Setty 14+5reb, C.Miller-McIntyre 13+4reb+11ast, A.Goetgeluck 9+1reb+1ast, I.Bako 9+5reb, R.Bogaerts 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 478847


Spirou - Antwerp 83-78

The most important game in the last round took place in Charleroi between second ranked Antwerp Giants (20-12) and seventh ranked Spirou Charleroi (15-17) on Wednesday night. Antwerp Giants were defeated by Spirou Charleroi in a tough game on the road 78-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Antwerp Giants. Spirou Charleroi made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Antwerp Giants turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of guard DJ Richardson (190-91, college: Illinois, agency: Inception Sports) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) who added 16 points and 5 assists during the contest. Spirou Charleroi's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Power forward Gavin Ware (206-93, college: Mississippi St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and forward Demitrius Conger (196-90, college: St.Bonaventure) scored 16 points and 4 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Spirou Charleroi maintains seventh position with 15-17 record, which they share with Mons-Hainaut. Antwerp Giants at the other side keep the second place with 12 games lost. Spirou Charleroi is looking forward to face Leuven Bears (#9) at home in the next round. Antwerp Giants will play against Basic-Fit Brussels (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spirou: D.Richardson 21+3reb+2ast, I.Iarochevitch 17+6reb+1ast, K.Grant 16+3reb+5ast, A.Libert 8+1reb, I.Radenovic 6+7reb+3ast, M.Fusek 4+2reb
Antwerp: G.Ware 19+13reb, D.Conger 16+4reb+4ast, R.Anderson 13+5reb, J.Clark 8+4reb+7ast, D.Marchant 8+2reb+1ast, M.Smith 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 478850


Liege - Oostende 76-89

Euromillions League top team - Oostende (27-5) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat tenth ranked Liege Basket (6-27) 89-76. Oostende dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Liege Basket's 32. Oostende forced 21 Liege Basket turnovers. The best player for the winners was Serbian center Rasko Katic (208-80, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 18 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American guard Corey Walden (188-92, college: E.Kentucky) chipped in 14 points and 6 assists. Five Oostende players scored in double figures. Oostende's coach Dario Gjergja allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Devin Sweetney (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA) produced 23 points and point guard Yoann Hertay (186-90) added 9 points and 7 assists respectively for the hosts. Oostende have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 27-5 record. Liege Basket lost sixteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 27 lost games. Oostende will meet Okapi Aalstar (#5) on the road in the next round. Liege Basket will play against Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oostende: R.Katic 18+3reb, C.Walden 14+1reb+6ast, J.Salumu 12+1ast, P.Gillet 11+4reb+1ast, D.Newbill 10+1reb+4ast, K.Boukichou 6+5reb+2ast
Liege: D.Sweetney 23+2reb+1ast, B.Penninck 12+4reb+1ast, V.Simpson 10+3reb+2ast, L.Hazard 9+2reb+1ast, Y.Hertay 9+2reb+7ast, J.Fields 6+2reb
gschID: 478849


Brussels - Kangoeroes 114-74

The game between Top Four teams took place in Brussels. Third ranked host Basic-Fit Brussels (19-13) smashed one of their biggest challengers Kangoeroes (17-15) 114-74. Basic-Fit Brussels shot 67.7 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 71.4 percentage. Basic-Fit Brussels players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Kangoeroes' players. The winners were led by American power forward Brandon Ubel (209-91, college: Nebraska, agency: Pensack Sports) who scored that evening 25 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and the former international Aleksander Lichodzijewski (204-84) supported him with 25 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Four Basic-Fit Brussels players scored in double figures. Even 22 points and 9 rebounds by Senegalese power forward Pape Badji (208-92) did not help to save the game for Kangoeroes. American point guard Wesley Channels (190-88, college: Austin Peay St.) added 15 points and 4 assists for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Basic-Fit Brussels maintains third position with 19-13 record having eight points less than leader Oostende. Kangoeroes at the other side keep the fourth place with 15 games lost. Basic-Fit Brussels will play against league's second-placed Antwerp Giants at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kangoeroes will play against Limburg United and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brussels: A.Lichodzijewski 25+2reb+3ast, B.Ubel 25+9reb+3ast, D.Loubry 17+1reb+2ast, C.Dowe 14+3reb+7ast, M.Depuydt 7+5reb, A.Peciukevicius 7+6reb+3ast
Kangoeroes: P.Badji 22+9reb, W.Channels 15+3reb+4ast, T.Henry 11+4reb+2ast, T.Deroover 9+1reb+2ast, I.Williams 6+6reb, D.Donkor 5+1reb
gschID: 478848


Limburg United - Aalstar 100-73

The game in Limburg supposed to be also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Okapi Aalstar (17-16) played at the court of sixth ranked Limburg United (16-16). Limburg United smashed Okapi Aalstar 100-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Okapi Aalstar. Limburg United dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Okapi Aalstar's 28. They outrebounded Okapi Aalstar 42-26 including a 37-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Limburg United players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists comparing to just 18 passes made by Okapi Aalstar's players. American forward Seth Tuttle (203-92, college: N.Iowa) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import forward Jordan Swing (198-90, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) contributed with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. American swingman Quincy Taylor (194-82, college: UAB, agency: Diamond Sports) replied with 13 points and 4 assists and Nigerian-American point guard Ben Uzoh (191-88, college: Tulsa) added 10 points and 5 assists in the effort for Okapi Aalstar. Four Okapi Aalstar players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Limburg United maintains sixth position with 16-16 record. Okapi Aalstar at the other side keeps the fifth place with 16 games lost. Limburg United's next round opponent will be higher ranked Kangoeroes (#4) in Willebroek and it may be quite challenging game. Okapi Aalstar will play at home against the league's leader Oostende and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Limburg United: S.Tuttle 22+6reb+6ast, J.Swing 13+9reb+4ast, J.Anderson 11+2reb+13ast, D.Jansen 9+3reb+2ast, Y.Desiron 8+2reb, B.Simons 8+1reb+2ast
Aalstar: Q.Taylor 13+4reb+4ast, J.Tofi 13+5reb, B.Uzoh 10+4reb+5ast, V.Taylor 10+2reb+5ast, N.El Khounchar 8+2reb+2ast, Y.Barrueta 8+1reb
gschID: 478846





Belgian Euromillions League round 32 best performance: Brandon Ubel - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward Brandon Ubel (209-F/C-91, agency: Pensack Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Brussels, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 32.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, nine rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Kangoeroes (#4, 17-15) with 40-point margin 114-74. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Brussels maintains the 3rd position in Belgian Euromillions League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Brussels will need more victories to improve their 19-13 record. In the team's last game Ubel had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Brussels and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former University of Nebraska star has very solid stats this year. Ubel is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 6.6rpg) and averages impressive 57.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Seth Tuttle (203-F-92) of Limburg United. Tuttle had a very good evening with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he led Limburg United to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Aalstar (#5, 17-16) 100-73. Limburg United's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-16 record is not bad and everything may still change. Tuttle is a newcomer at Limburg United, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.3ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 5.9rpg and 3.6apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American Gavin Ware (206-C/F-93) of league's second-best Antwerp. Ware scored 19 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Ware's great performance Antwerp lost 78-83 to the lower-ranked Spirou (#7, 15-17). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Antwerp needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 20 victories and 12 lost games. Ware has a great season in Belgium. After 32 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.6ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 6.5rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aleksander Lichodzijewski (204-PF-84) of Brussels - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
5. J.J. Mann (198-G/F-91) of Mons-Hainaut - 19 points and 12 rebounds
6. Corey Walden (188-G-92) of Oostende - 14 points and 6 assists
7. Pape Badji (208-F/C-92) of Kangoeroes - 22 points and 9 rebounds
8. Jordan Swing (198-F-90) of Limburg United - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
9. D.J. Richardson (190-G-91) of Spirou - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jerime Anderson (187-PG-89) of Limburg United - 11 points, 2 rebounds and 13 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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  BOSNIA  

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.18.8 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak18.3 
 3. Kovacevic, Spars S.17.2 
 4. Jovanovic, Spars S.16.7 
 5. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.15.8 
 6. Negovanovic, Gradj.15.7 
 7. Pelkic, Leotar15.4 
 8. Hasandic, Sloboda .14.6 
 9. Stanojevic, Mlado.14.3 
 10. Markovic, Gradj.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Obrad TOMIC
  Kakanj
  (206-C-93)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Tomic, Kakanj9.8 
 2. Kastropil, Siroki P.8.7 
 3. Markovic, Gradj.8.3 
 4. Pelkic, Leotar7.8 
 5. Stanojevic, Mlado.7.6 
 6. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.7.4 
 7. Marojevic, Gradj.7.1 
 8. Kadic, Bosnjak6.8 
 9. Karacic, Siroki P.6.7 
 10. Josilo, Bosna-Royal6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jan MOCNIK
  Siroki P.
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Mocnik, Siroki P.8.3 
 2. Knezevic, Zrinjski.5.4 
 3. Princ, Zrinjski HT4.9 
 4. Fekete, Leotar4.6 
 5. Luzajic, Leotar4.0 
 6. Dovadzija, Bosnjak3.9 
 7. Aleksic, Mladost3.9 
 8. Vasiljevic, Bosna-Ro.3.8 
 9. Zahiragic, Spars S.3.7 
 10. Svilar, Kakanj3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.2.4 
 2. Brown, Sloboda .1.9 
 3. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak1.9 
 4. Mocnik, Siroki P.1.7 
 5. Princ, Zrinjski HT1.6 
 6. Pasajlic, Igokea1.4 
 7. Dreznjak, Siroki P.1.4 
 8. Samadan, Zrinjski.1.4 
 9. Negovanovic, Gradj.1.3 
 10. Sarajlic, Bosnjak1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Franko KASTROPIL
  Siroki P.
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Kastropil, Siroki P.1.1 
 2. Sturanovic, Bosna-Ro.1.0 
 3. Karacic, Siroki P.1.0 
 4. Brummitt, Zrinjski.0.9 
 5. Pelkic, Leotar0.8 
 6. Radmilovic, Leotar0.7 
 7. Tomic, Kakanj0.6 
 8. Milosevic, Gradjanski0.6 
 9. Marojevic, Gradj.0.6 
 10. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.0.5 


Division I Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Bosna-Royal and Igokea advance into Finals - by Eurobasket News

Zrinjski HT - Bosna-Royal 67-76

Bosna-Royal outgunned Zrinjski HT on the road to complete the sweep of the semifinal series. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 9 points. Bosna-Royal outrebounded Zrinjski HT 39-28 including 28 on the defensive glass. The former international guard Marko Josilo (200-92) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international Haris Delalic (202-94, agency: AproK Sports Group) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Bosna-Royal players scored in double figures. Bosna-Royal's coach Dusan Gvozdic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Bozo Djurasovic (200-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and the former international point guard Vedran Princ (191-82) scored 18 points and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line).
Top scorers:
Zrinjski HT: V.Princ 18+3reb+5ast, B.Djurasovic 14+10reb+3ast, T.Brummitt 13+4reb+1ast, L.Samadan 8+2reb+1ast, D.Knezevic 7+1reb+3ast, M.Petric 7+4reb+1ast
Bosna-Royal: H.Delalic 16+6reb+1ast, A.Sokolovic 13+3reb+4ast, M.Josilo 13+9reb+1ast, V.Djordjevic 12+5reb+2ast, M.Sturanovic 9+6reb+1ast, S.Dragicevic 6+2reb
gschID: 545105


Sloboda Tuzla - Igokea 65-103

Igokea crushed Sloboda Tuzla away from home to seal Finals birth. The game without a history. Igokea led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Sloboda Tuzla's 30. Igokea players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Sloboda Tuzla's players. Serbian Djordje Milosevic (199-93) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and American point guard James Robinson (190-94, college: Pittsburgh) supported him with 15 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Five Igokea players scored in double figures. Even 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists by point guard Marko Rikalo (187-94) did not help to save the game for Sloboda Tuzla. Serbian power forward Bozo Djumic (208-92) added 15 points for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Sloboda Tuzla: B.Djumic 15+3reb+1ast, M.Rikalo 15+6reb+5ast, D.Petrov 13+4reb+1ast, N.Muratovic 6+2reb, M.Hrncic 6+1reb, D.Brown 3+1reb+1ast
Igokea: D.Milosevic 21+10reb+5ast, S.Micovic 15+1reb+3ast, J.Robinson 15+6reb+8ast, B.Mahkovic 12+5reb+2ast, S.Glogovac 11+4reb, M.Pasajlic 8+2reb+4ast
gschID: 545104





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  BRAZIL  

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Kendall ANTHONY
  Macae
  (173-PG-93)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Anthony, Macae20.7 
 2. Stallworth, Mogi20.4 
 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: 9.7
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.9.7 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 3. Maynard, Minas7.7 
 4. de-Souza, L.Sor.7.7 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.6 
 6. Ansaloni, Pinheiros6.7 
 7. Mariano, Brasilia6.6 
 8. Andrade, Bauru6.6 
 9. Curnell, Mogi6.4 
 10. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.6 
 2. Anthony, Macae5.7 
 3. Borges, Franca5.7 
 4. Pecos, Paulistano5.3 
 5. Garcia, Bauru5.3 
 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. Jackson, Vasco D.1.8 
 3. Garcia, Bauru1.8 
 4. Taylor, Mogi1.8 
 5. Stallworth, Mogi1.6 
 6. Machado, B.Cea.1.6 
 7. Rodgers, Minas1.6 
 8. Schneider, Macae1.6 
 9. Curnell, Mogi1.6 
 10. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.1.5 
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. Mariano, Brasilia0.7 
 4. Lenz, Pinheiros0.7 
 5. Castellar, Brasilia0.7 
 6. Dias-Silva, Pauli.0.7 
 7. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 
 8. Teichmann, Pinheiros0.6 
 9. Camilo, Macae0.6 
 10. Tavares, L.Sorocaba0.6 


Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Lucas VEZARO
  Joinville
  (188-G-96)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Vezaro, Joinville16.3 
 2. Smith, Botafogo.16.2 
 3. Gaines, Blumenau15.3 
 4. Stocks, Blumenau14.6 
 5. Filho, Botafogo.14.5 
 6. Lima, Santos/M.12.9 
 7. Maistro, Contagem12.7 
 8. Alvim, Contagem12.0 
 9. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.11.8 
 10. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.11.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Prado, Brusque10.5 
 2. Silva, Blumenau8.3 
 3. Moreira, Botafogo.8.3 
 4. Lazzaris, Blumenau7.1 
 5. Russell, Botafogo.7.0 
 6. Alvim, Contagem6.8 
 7. Perez, Botafogo.6.8 
 8. Gaines, Blumenau6.4 
 9. Jeronimo, Joinville6.2 
 10. Silva, Brusque6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Smith, Botafogo.4.6 
 2. Romualdo, Contagem4.3 
 3. Froehlich, Joinville4.1 
 4. Perez, Contagem3.7 
 5. Semmke, Blumenau3.3 
 6. Stocks, Blumenau3.0 
 7. Prado, Brusque2.9 
 8. da-Silva, Botafogo.2.9 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.2.7 
 10. Alvim, Contagem2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Deonta STOCKS
  Blumenau
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Stocks, Blumenau3.7 
 2. Maistro, Contagem2.3 
 3. Lazzaris, Blumenau2.0 
 4. Vezaro, Joinville1.7 
 5. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.6 
 6. Perez, Contagem1.5 
 7. Romualdo, Contagem1.3 
 8. Lima, Santos/M.1.3 
 9. Froehlich, Joinville1.3 
 10. Prado, Brusque1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Rodrigo SILVA
  Brusque
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Silva, Brusque1.1 
 2. Maistro, Contagem0.8 
 3. Perez, Botafogo.0.8 
 4. Lima, Santos/M.0.8 
 5. Silva, Blumenau0.8 
 6. Tiago, Brusque0.7 
 7. Jeronimo, Joinville0.6 
 8. Ferreira, Botafogo.0.5 
 9. Machado, Santos/M.0.5 
 10. Gaines, Blumenau0.4 



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 D.J. SHELTON
  Rilski
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Shelton, Rilski21.1 
 2. Semple, Akademik.20.5 
 3. Ivanov, Levski19.6 
 4. Petkov, Yambol18.0 
 5. Smith, Akademik PL18.0 
 6. Marincheshki, Spartak .17.4 
 7. Sekulovic, Balkan17.1 
 8. Tsonkov, Cherno M.16.3 
 9. Savic, Spartak .16.3 
 10. Bozov, Rilski15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Semple, Akademik.12.3 
 2. Shelton, Rilski11.2 
 3. Marincheshki, Spartak .9.5 
 4. Sekulovic, Balkan9.2 
 5. Savic, Spartak .8.5 
 6. Zack, Lukoil Acad.8.4 
 7. Varbanov, Yambol8.2 
 8. Bruinsma, Rilski7.8 
 9. Daniels, Balkan7.5 
 10. Jones, Beroe7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar BELLFIELD
  Akademik.
  (187-PG-90)
  Avg: 7
 1. Bellfield, Akademik.7.0 
 2. Karamfilov, Cherno M.6.0 
 3. Hott, Balkan5.6 
 4. Gruev, Spartak .5.5 
 5. Gibson, Lukoil Acad.5.0 
 6. Dudev, Spartak .4.9 
 7. Parker, Rilski4.8 
 8. Bozov, Rilski4.4 
 9. Hadjirusev, Levski4.3 
 10. Marinov, Balkan4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Oscar BELLFIELD
  Akademik.
  (187-PG-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bellfield, Akademik.2.0 
 2. Karamfilov, Cherno M.2.0 
 3. Semple, Akademik.2.0 
 4. Parker, Rilski1.9 
 5. Marinov, Balkan1.8 
 6. Gibson, Beroe1.8 
 7. Zahariev, Lukoil A.1.6 
 8. Hott, Balkan1.6 
 9. Jones, Beroe1.6 
 10. Beane, Lukoil Acad.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Semple, Akademik.2.1 
 2. Jones, Beroe1.5 
 3. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.1.0 
 4. Varbanov, Yambol1.0 
 5. Doychinov, Levski0.8 
 6. Zack, Lukoil Acad.0.8 
 7. Savic, Spartak .0.8 
 8. Petkov, Yambol0.7 
 9. Daniels, Balkan0.6 
 10. Gudul, Beroe0.6 


Overview of NBL Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Beroe - Spartak Pleven 81-69

Beroe held off Spartak Pleven in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Beroe. Spartak Pleven was better in second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Shane Gibson (188-90, college: Sacred Heart) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 8 rebounds. DR Congolese forward Omari Gudul (206-94, college: Angelo St., agency: Two Points) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Beroe players scored in double figures. Beroe's coach Ljubomir Minchev allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Dimitar Marincheshki (200-90) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds and Montenegrin-Serbian center Milovan Savic (205-87) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Spartak Pleven.
Top scorers:
Beroe: S.Gibson 25+8reb+2ast, O.Gudul 16+7reb+2ast, B.Raley-Ross 15+4reb+3ast, S.Tesija 12+6reb+1ast, T.Todorov 4+7reb, N.Nikolov 4
Spartak Pleven: D.Marincheshki 19+8reb+2ast, M.Savic 15+7reb+3ast, A.Gruev 11+1reb+4ast, M.Marinov 7+4reb+2ast, M.Dudev 6+2reb+7ast, G.Nikolov 6+2reb
gschID: 545160


Akademik PL - Cherno More 91-73

Akademik PL cruised past Cherno More to take 1-0 lead. Cherno More was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Academik Plovdiv forced 19 Cherno More turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Academik Plovdiv brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Shakir Smith (185-92, college: Adams St.) who helped to win the game recording 26 points. His fellow American import point guard Oscar Bellfield (187-90, college: UNLV) contributed with 16 points, 9 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Four Academik Plovdiv players scored in double figures. Academik Plovdiv's coach Asen Nikolov allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Naturalized Portuguese swingman Venelin Hristov (198-95) answered with 16 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and guard Stanislav Tsonkov (192-91) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Cherno More.
Top scorers:
Akademik PL: S.Smith 26+2reb+2ast, O.Bellfield 16+3reb+9ast, J.Semple 13+12reb+3ast, V.Mihaylov 13+3reb+1ast, S.Davis 8+4reb, M.Sutulovic 5+1reb+1ast
Cherno More: V.Hristov 16+3reb+4ast, S.Tsonkov 14+5reb+4ast, D.Karamfilov 11+3reb+5ast, F.Dedijer 8+5reb+1ast, N.Djuric 8+5reb+1ast, V.Georgiev 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 545159


Lukoil Acad. - Yambol 109-71

Lukoil Academic marched past Yambol to secure the winning start to the quarterfinal campaign. The game without a history. Lukoil Acad. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Yambol's 40. Lukoil Acad. forced 20 Yambol turnovers and outrebounded them 42-27 including a 33-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 36 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Yambol's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Anthony Beane (188-94, college: S.Illinois) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international point guard Asen Velikov (187-86) contributed with 9 points and 9 assists for the winners. Forward Stoyan Petkov (198-85) answered with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Evgeni Ivanov (199-93) added 13 points in the effort for Yambol. 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.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Acad.: P.Ivanov 15+1reb+1ast, D.Dimitrov 14+4reb+2ast, A.Beane 14+7reb+7ast, D.Agre 14+5reb, D.Gibson 13+2reb+4ast, M.Korniyenko 10+6reb
Yambol: S.Petkov 18+6reb+4ast, E.Ivanov 13+4reb, V.Petkov 11+2reb+1ast, S.Govedarov 10+3reb+2ast, N.Varbanov 6+6reb+1ast, T.Ostrev 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 545158


Rilski - Balkan 81-79

Rilski topped Balkan to secure 1-0 advantage in the series. Rilski made 28-of-33 free shots (84.8 percent) during the game, while Balkan only scored eleven points from the stripe. They outrebounded Balkan 42-26 including a 34-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Rilski looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Evan Bruinsma (202-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Yordan Bozov (191-79) chipped in 21 points and 8 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Montenegrin center Mihailo Sekulovic (206-91) produced 23 points and 8 rebounds and the former international Martin Durchev (203-87) added 17 points and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Rilski: E.Bruinsma 23+11reb+3ast, Y.Bozov 21+4reb+8ast, N.Stoyanov 12+4reb+2ast, Z.Georgiev 10+5reb+2ast, D.Vutev 6+1ast, D.Ivanov 5+4reb
Balkan: M.Sekulovic 23+8reb+2ast, M.Durchev 17+1reb+8ast, A.Hott 12+5reb+6ast, T.Daniels 12+5reb, D.Cvetkovic 6+3reb, N.Marinov 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 545161





Filip Videnov (ex Lukoil Acad.) agreed terms with Arak - by Eurobasket News

Shahrdary Arak (Superleague) inked experienced 37-year old Bulgarian small forward Filip Videnov (196-97kg-80, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Alti Sport). He started the season at Lukoil Academic Sofia in Bulgarian NBL league. Videnov managed to play in three leagues this year (!!!). In 15 NBL games he recorded 8.9ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.0apg. Videnov helped them to win the Supercup. He also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 9.2ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.4apg. And finally Videnov contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 8.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.0apg. The last season he played also at Lukoil Academic Sofia (also in NBL). In 28 games he got 11.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.2apg. Videnov contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) (also twice). A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 1st Team, All-Star Game and All-Domestic Players Team. Videnov also played 9 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 11.3ppg, 3.7rpg and 3.0apg.
Videnov was also a member of Bulgarian international program for some years. He played for Bulgarian Senior National Team between 2002 and 2012 and previously for University National Team back in 2001.
Videnov also represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 8.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.1apg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 83.3%.
Videnov is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to ten different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Videnov has played previously professionally in Croatia, France, Italy (Napoli J.News), Poland (Asseco), Russia (Krasnie Krilya and BC Nizhny Novgorod), Serbia (Crvena Zvezda), Spain (Baskonia, CB Granada and Gran Canaria), Turkey (Eskisehir Basket) and Iran (Azad).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Arak.
Videnov attended Western Kentucky University until 2003 and it is his 14th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Versatile. Can play at both 2 and 3 positions. Strong player with quick feet and good jump abilities. Very athletic and solid, he can drive the line or shot the three, and showed he can produce lots of points at professional level too.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CANADA  


Sim Bhullar (ex Dacin Tigers) is a newcomer at Guangxi - by Eurobasket News

Guangxi Rhinos (NBL) added to their roster 25-year old Canadian center Sim Bhullar (226-129kg-92, college: New Mexico State). He is a dual citizen owning also Indian passport. Bhullar He just played at Dacin Tigers in Taiwanese SBL league. In 39 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 19.7ppg and had 15.4rpg (#2 in the league), 1.2apg and 2.6bpg this season. Bhullar helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Asia-basket.com All-Taiwanese SBL Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team. The last season he played at another team Raptors 905 in U.S. semi-pro league D-League where in 39 games he recorded 9.6ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3bpg.
Bhullar has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
He was also a member of Canadian international program for some years. Bhullar played for Canadian Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U19 National Team back in 2011.
He represented Canada at the Panamerican Games in Toronto (Canada) two years ago.
Bhullar has played previously professionally in NBA (Sacramento Kings) and D-League (Reno Bighorns).
He attended New Mexico State until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHILE  


Tijuana lands Dominic Cheek, ex Las Animas - by Eurobasket News

Zonkeys de Tijuana (CIBACOPA) landed 26-year old American guard Dominic Cheek (198-91, college: Villanova). He played recently at Las Animas in Chilean Liga Nacional. In 44 games he averaged impressive 21.2ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6spg this season. The last season Cheek played at Orangeville A's in Canadian NBL where in 21 games he had very remarkable stats: 16.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.9apg and 1.5spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Honorable Mention.
In 2012 Cheek was drafted by Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League) in second round (20th overall).
He attended Villanova University and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Cheek's team was regular season runner-up in Big East in 2010.
And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Australian and of course North American leagues. Cheek has played previously professionally in Australia (Rockhampton Rockets), France and Italy (Imola).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHINA  


Sim Bhullar (ex Dacin Tigers) is a newcomer at Guangxi - by Eurobasket News

Guangxi Rhinos (NBL) added to their roster 25-year old Canadian center Sim Bhullar (226-129kg-92, college: New Mexico State). He is a dual citizen owning also Indian passport. Bhullar He just played at Dacin Tigers in Taiwanese SBL league. In 39 games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 19.7ppg and had 15.4rpg (#2 in the league), 1.2apg and 2.6bpg this season. Bhullar helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Asia-basket.com All-Taiwanese SBL Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team. The last season he played at another team Raptors 905 in U.S. semi-pro league D-League where in 39 games he recorded 9.6ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3bpg.
Bhullar has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
He was also a member of Canadian international program for some years. Bhullar played for Canadian Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U19 National Team back in 2011.
He represented Canada at the Panamerican Games in Toronto (Canada) two years ago.
Bhullar has played previously professionally in NBA (Sacramento Kings) and D-League (Reno Bighorns).
He attended New Mexico State until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb21.9 
 3. Novacic, Jolly JBS19.2 
 4. Marcinkovic, KK Za.19.0 
 5. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.2 
 6. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek17.0 
 7. Konjevic, Skrljevo16.7 
 8. Zoric, Cibona16.6 
 9. Vucic, Alkar Sinj16.1 
 10. Sakic, Cibona16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miralem HALILOVIC
  GKK S.
  (205-F-91)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Halilovic, GKK S.7.6 
 2. Bilan, Cedevita7.5 
 3. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek7.2 
 4. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.8 
 5. Novacic, Jolly JBS6.8 
 6. Sakic, Cibona6.7 
 7. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.5 
 8. Rajic, H.Analitica5.9 
 9. Perkovic, Skrljevo5.8 
 10. Bundovic, Cedevita5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.1 
 3. Scott, Jolly JBS5.8 
 4. Reynolds, Cibona5.8 
 5. Filipovic, KK Split5.6 
 6. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.5 
 7. Vrbica, Gorica5.3 
 8. Kapusta, Zabok4.9 
 9. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
 10. Raic, H.Analitica4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 2. Veljacic, Kvarner .2.3 
 3. Reynolds, Cibona2.0 
 4. Sirko, KK Split1.9 
 5. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.9 
 6. Babic, Zabok1.8 
 7. Marcinkovic, KK Za.1.8 
 8. Stemberger, Skrlj.1.7 
 9. Mazalin, Zadar1.6 
 10. Vladovic, Zadar1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Izzet TURKYILMAZ
  GKK S.
  (212-F/C-90)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Turkyilmaz, GKK S.1.5 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.1.3 
 3. Bundovic, Cedevita1.1 
 4. Zoric, Cibona0.9 
 5. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek0.9 
 6. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.8 
 7. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.7 
 8. Usic, H.Analitica0.7 
 9. Papac, Jolly JBS0.7 
 10. Loncar, Cedevita0.6 


GKK Sibenik secure home court advantage in style, Cibona ends Zadar's 11-game winning streak - by Zeljko Zule

Cibona ended Zadar's 11-game winning streak in the Croatian A1 League with a 95-81 victory in the Game 1 of the best of three quarterfinal series. Zadar have not won in Zagreb since March 25, 2011. GKK Sibenik trailed just twice against Zagreb.

GKK Sibenik (1) - Zagreb (8) 84-78 (GKK Sibenik lead series 1-0): Sibenik trailed just twice, at 2-3 and 21-22, before Luka Panduric (190-PG-93) hit a 3-pointer to ignite a 9-0 run for a 30-22 lead midway through the second quarter. After leading by five, Sibenik went on a decisive 16-5 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to take their largest lead of the night, 66-50. Sibenik was still ahead by 10 with less than two minutes into the game and had all five starters in double scoring figures. Miralem Halilovic (205-F-91) poured in 21 points and added 10 rebounds, Ive Ivanov (200-C-85) scored 13 points, Roko Badzim (197-G-97) had 12 points and 7 assists, Luka Panduric posted 11 points and Teo Petani (190-G-88) 10. Zagreb was led by Luka Bozic (199-PG-96) and Pavle Marcinkovic (199-G/F-89), who scored 21 points apiece. Toni Vitali (203-F-91) had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Ivan Batur (201-G-91) scored 10 points.

Cibona (4) - Zadar (5) 95- 81 (Cibona lead series 1-0): Cibona opened the game with an 8-2 run and then Zadar cut the deficit to 10-12. At that point, Cibona went on a 10-0 run and in the second quarter made a 13-0 span for a 37-16. The visiting team never cut Cibona's lead to less than double digits for the rest of the game. Luka Zoric (211-C-84) had 26 points and 10 rebounds, Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) scored 19 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double, Scottie Reynolds (188-PG-87, college: Villanova) added 19 points, Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-SF-8) 13 and Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95) 10. Zadar was led by Mislav Brzoja (198-G-94, college: Evansville) with 17 points, Ivan Marinkovic (209-F/C-93) scored 15, Boris Barac (205-F-92) and Lovro Mazalin (204-SF-97) both added 12 points.



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NBL Round 6 of Quarter-Finals. BK Opava complete semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

BK Opava - USK Praha 73-68

BK Opava rallied past USK Praha to win the quarterfinal series. BK Opava made 22-of-24 free shots (91.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 USK Praha turnovers. Point guard Radovan Kouril (185-95) scored 18 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Jakub Sirina (186-87, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 19 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was Croatian center Mladen Primorac (210-90, agency: PEPI SPORT) with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and international swingman Jaromir Bohacik (197-92, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
BK Opava: J.Sirina 19+2reb+3ast, R.Kouril 18+6ast, V.Bujnoch 13+6reb, J.Blazek 10+4reb, V.Cvek 7+10reb+2ast, R.Klecka 4+1reb+2ast
USK Praha: A.Madsen 15+4reb+1ast, P.Safarcik 13+3reb+3ast, J.Bohacik 13+5reb+4ast, M.Primorac 11+13reb+3ast, L.Festr 7+1reb+1ast, M.Mares 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 545013





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  DENMARK  

Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken21.1 
 2. Burgess, Randers19.3 
 3. Bello, Randers19.0 
 4. Nielsen, Randers17.7 
 5. Mack, Horsens IC16.7 
 6. McGrew, SI.16.6 
 7. Champagnie, Stevn.16.0 
 8. Sandager, Stevn.15.8 
 9. Bonneau, Svendborg15.8 
 10. Dominique, Horsholm15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  SI.
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. McGrew, SI.10.5 
 2. Champagnie, Stevn.10.4 
 3. Sane, Naestved9.7 
 4. Smith, Horsholm8.8 
 5. Baru, SISU8.4 
 6. NaNa, Svendborg7.8 
 7. Diouf, Bakken7.4 
 8. Moten, Svendborg7.3 
 9. Carter, Randers6.9 
 10. Dominique, Horsholm6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Frederik NIELSEN
  Horsholm
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Nielsen, Horsholm6.5 
 2. Burgess, Randers5.5 
 3. Mack, Horsens IC4.6 
 4. Wilson, SISU4.4 
 5. Lundberg, Horse.4.3 
 6. Dranginis, SISU4.2 
 7. Gesell, Bakken4.2 
 8. Lanegger, Naestved4.0 
 9. Nielsen, Randers3.9 
 10. Porta, Svendborg3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Myles MACK
  Horsens IC
  (175-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Mack, Horsens IC2.1 
 2. Borovcanin, Horse.2.0 
 3. Burgess, Randers1.9 
 4. Smith, Horsholm1.7 
 5. Lundberg, Horse.1.7 
 6. Gesell, Bakken1.7 
 7. Wilson, SISU1.7 
 8. Akoon-P., Bakken1.7 
 9. Nielsen, Horsholm1.6 
 10. Bello, Randers1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cheikh SANE
  Naestved
  (207-C/F-92)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Sane, Naestved1.2 
 2. Smith, Horsholm1.1 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.1 
 4. Baru, SISU0.9 
 5. Moten, Svendborg0.9 
 6. Diouf, Bakken0.9 
 7. Onwenu, Naestved0.8 
 8. Aboubakar-Z., Svend.0.8 
 9. Colas, Randers0.8 
 10. Midtgaard, Horsh.0.8 


Ligaen Round 2 of Finals. Bakken Bears draw things level - by Eurobasket News

Horsens IC - Bakken 76-94

Bakken Bears bounced back from the opening loss and stormed past Horsens IC in Game 2 of the championship series. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-76. Bakken shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. American-Trinidad and Tobago guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-93, college: Illinois St.) scored 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American John Williamson (200-86, college: Cincinnati, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Bakken's coach Jakob Freil used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Myles Mack (175-93, college: Rutgers) responded with 13 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import power forward Will Artino (211-92, college: Creighton) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Horsens IC: W.Artino 16+6reb, D.Trist 14+4reb+3ast, M.Mack 13+4reb+5ast, G.Lundberg 13+3reb+4ast, L.Alexander 9+3reb+2ast, F.Rungby 7+7reb+1ast
Bakken: D.Akoon-Purcell 23+8reb+3ast, J.Williamson 22+7reb, T.Laerke 17+6reb+4ast, A.Darboe 12+3reb+2ast, M.Gesell 7+3reb+6ast, M.Diouf 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 544662





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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. Jackson, Texas L.22.5 
 8. Holland, Canton C.22.5 
 9. Nader, Maine RC21.2 
 10. Wiltjer, Rio G.20.7 
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.10.6 
 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. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 4. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 5. VanVleet, Raptors .8.1 
 6. Pressey, Santa C.8.0 
 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. Harris, Texas L.1.9 
 10. Evans, Canton C.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Texas L.
  (203-C-82)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Lasme, Texas L.3.3 
 2. Mickey, Maine RC3.0 
 3. Tavares, Raptors .2.8 
 4. Diallo, Greensboro S.2.8 
 5. Moreland, Canton C.2.7 
 6. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 7. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.6 
 8. Obekpa, Santa C.2.5 
 9. Benson, Sioux F.2.2 
 10. Jones, Santa C.2.1 


Raptors 905 cap dominant season with D-League title - by Eurobasket News

Central Division champions? Check. Eastern Conference champions? Check. NBA Development League champions? You can check that box, too. While most eyes were on the Toronto Raptors as they wrapped up their first-round playoff series in Milwaukee on Thursday, a rowdy crowd at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga revelled in the kind of fete the Air Canada Centre has yet to enjoy: the celebration of champions. The Raptors 905 finished their enviable sophomore season with a 122 -96 rout of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the final meeting of a three-game series. 'It's cliche, but they really worked their butts off. I made them work their butts off but then they became accustomed to it as well,' 905 coach Jerry Stackhouse said following the game, his champagne-soaked dress shirt already discarded and replaced with a 2017 Champions T-shirt. 'We felt like we were doing things this year that other teams weren't doing . . . to give us an edge at this time of the season. I wasn't sure it was going to work but it did. I'm glad it did.' It was the second victory in back-to-back home games, after a disappointing Game 1 loss to the Vipers, the Houston Rockets' D-League affiliate. Stackhouse and his players knew they couldn't get let the pressure of the moment get to them. That's where the work paid off. Forward Bruno Caboclo (6'9''-SF-95), assigned to the team with Pascal Siakam (6'9''-F-94, college: N.Mexico St.) and Fred VanVleet (6'0''-PG-94, college: Wichita St.) for a second consecutive game, shot 13-for-19 from the floor as part of a 31-point, 11-rebound performance. Siakam, named the most valuable player of the final, and VanVleet combined for 45 points, 18 assists and 12 rebounds. They'll have to report to practice downtown on Friday, VanVleet said, but their sole focus on the night was the championship. Like the team has done all season, he said, it bought in on Thursday night. 'It's a testament to the organization from top to bottom,' he said. The home team got off to a thumping start, up 8-0 right out of the gate. Much of the 905's first-quarter tally came through Caboclo, who had 14 points in the first twelve minutes while shooting 60% from the field. Toronto was up 27-18, and cruising, by the time the game reached its first break. The visitors brought the game level for the first time with about two minutes to play in the half, led by guard Troy Williams (6'7''-SF-94, college: Indiana). But a pair of late drives through the paint and two last-gasp free throws by Siakam, plus a seventh three from Caboclo, gave the 905 eight points of breathing room at the half. The home team used the third quarter to reassert its dominance, running the score up by a much as 23 points. Scuffles ensued with seconds left in the game, forcing officials to put 1.8 seconds back of the clock after the final buzzer initially blew. The performance will give Raptors fans hope for the future; Siakam said it was the team as whole - not just the night's three stars - that made the 905 the gold standard this year. And it has given him as much, if not more, than he has given it. 'I think coming down here does help me just build my confidence. When you play in the NBA you play with all the big players and you can downplay yourself a lot of times.'
Courtesy of: thestar.com



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Baskonia could land Janis Timma - by Eurobasket News

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) is close to sign 25-year old Latvian international small forward Janis Timma (201-102kg-92) who currently plays for Zenit Saint Petersburg in Russia. In 20 VTB games he recorded 13.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg this season. Great year indeed as he was voted to VTB United League All-Star Game. The last season Timma played also at Zenit in Russian league where in 16 Eurocup games he averaged 12.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg. He also played 36 games in VTB United League where he had 14.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.6apg and 1.5spg (in top 4). Timma helped them to make it to the semifinals.
In 2013 he was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) in second round (60th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Timma won Latvian League championship title for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Forward of the Year in 2016.
Timma has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Timma also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 7.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 63.6%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 66.7%.
Timma has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like Barons Riga, Ventspils, Liepaja/Triobet, Keizarmezs and DU/Swedbank.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very athletic forward with a strong body and quick legs. He's a great shooter, with a very quick release. He can create his own shot from off the dribble as well as shoot coming off screens. Defends very well even on bigger opponents thanks to his powerful body, needs to improve in continuity during each game.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Korisliiga Round 6 of Semi-Finals. Kauhajoki force decider versus Salon Vilpas - by Eurobasket News

Kauhajoki - Salon Vilpas 88-77

Kauhajoki held off Salon Vilpas to force the decisive seventh game in the semifinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Kauhajoen Karhu. Salon Vilpas managed to win third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Kauhajoen Karhu won last quarter 30-20. They made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game, while Salon Vilpas only scored six points from the stripe. Kauhajoen Karhu looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Salon Vilpas' players. 26 personal fouls committed by Salon Vilpas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward DeVaughn Washington (202-89, college: Ohio, agency: Mansfield and Associates) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. The other American import forward Devonne Giles (203-83, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 23 points and 9 rebounds. Four Kauhajoen Karhu players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Juwan Staten (185-92, college: W.Virginia) who recorded 18 points and 4 assists and international Juho Nenonen (202-87, agency: Blacktop Management) added 15 points respectively.
Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: D.Giles 23+9reb, D.Washington 15+10reb+7ast, B.Sarcevic 13+6reb+3ast, S.Vanttaja 12+2reb+1ast, T.Unruh 11+9reb+3ast, A.Hollins 8+6reb+3ast
Salon Vilpas: J.Staten 18+2reb+4ast, J.Nenonen 15+4reb, O.Jarvi 11+1reb, A.Coleman 8+8reb, M.Koivisto 8+4reb+1ast, M.Ojala 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 545130





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  FRANCE  


Henry's 20 points and 7 rebounds give him ProB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old point guard Corin Henry (178-PG-88, agency: Octagon Europe) had a great game in the last round for Evreux and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 29.
He had the game-high 20 points adding seven rebounds and five assists for Evreux in his team's victory, helping them to beat Denain (#11, 14-15) 86-72. Thanks to this victory Evreux moved-up to the 8th position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Evreux will need more victories to improve their 16-13 record. In the team's last game Henry had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Evreux's top player in his first season with the team. Tarleton State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Henry is in league's top in points (6th best: 16.8ppg), assists (7th best: 5.4apg) and averages solid 2.5spg and 51.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jonathan Fairell (201-F-93, agency: Duran International) of Rouen. He is American-Bahamas forward in his first season at Rouen. In the last game Fairell recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Rouen lost that game 66-78 to the higher-ranked Nantes (14-15). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Rouen dropped in the standings to 12th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 14-15 record. Fairell is a newcomer at Rouen and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.9ppg (#8). He also registered 7.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Jean-Victor Traore (204-PF-85) of Lille (#6). Traore showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, seven rebounds and eleven assists (!!!) in the last round. Despite Traore's great performance Lille lost 64-76 to the lower-ranked Boulogne (#15, 11-18). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Lille needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 16 victories and 13 lost games. Traore has a great season in France. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.6rpg (6th best). Jean-Victor Traore has also French passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dinma Odiakosa (203-C/F-85) of Le Havre - 22 points and 12 rebounds
5. Dustin Ware (183-PG-90) of Vichy Clermont - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Youssou Ndoye (213-C-91) of Bourg - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85) of Provence Basket - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Derrick Colter (180-PG-94) of Rouen - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94) of Charleville - 22 points and 5 assists
10. Chamberlain Oguchi (196-SG-86) of Boulazac - 29 points and 3 assists

The Player of the week is choosen 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)



Gonzaga lands their first post-Final Four commitment - by Eurobasket News

Gonzaga capitalized on their run to the national title game by landing a commitment from French point guard Joel Ayayi (6'4''-PG-00), who announced the news on twitter. Ayayi is an interesting long-term prospect, according to Draft Express. He has the size and the frame to eventually be a significant contributor in the college game, but he's raw. His handle needs work, as does his ability to create off the dribble and find teammates off of the bounce. That said, he's 6-foot-4 with a 6-foot-7 wingspan and the ability to shoot it from the perimeter, and if Gonzaga can do anything, it's develop players that enter their program.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com




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Prva Liga Round 9 (Second Stage): MZT Skopje beats Karpos Sokoli in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Second Stage in Prva Liga.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Skopje: MZT Skopje (#1) and Karpos Sokoli (#2). MZT Skopje (8-1) crushed visiting Karpos Sokoli (6-3) by 22 points 83-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Karpos Sokoli. The game was mostly controlled by MZT Skopje. Karpos Sokoli managed to win second period 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Karpos Sokoli 43-24 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Surinamese-Dutch guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) who scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Croatian center Jure Lalic (211-86) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). MZT Skopje's coach Ante Nazor felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Kendrick Perry (183-92, college: Youngstown St.) who recorded 16 points. Defending champion maintains first place with 8-1 record. Karpos Sokoli at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with Rabotnicki. MZT Skopje are looking forward to face Kumanovo (#4) on the road in the next round. Karpos Sokoli will play against Kozuv and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Gevgelija was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Rabotnicki (6-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Kozuv (2-7). Rabotnicki managed to secure a 7-point victory 82-75. It was a good game for Serbian center Nenad Misanovic (217-84) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Vlado Ilievski contributed with 12 points and 11 assists for the winners. International power forward Bojan Krstevski (206-89, agency: Interperformances) answered with 18 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for Kozuv. Kozuv's coach Igor Mihajlovski rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rabotnicki moved-up to second place, which they share with Karpos Sokoli. Kozuv lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with Feni Industries. Rabotnicki will play against Feni Industries (#5) in Kavadarci in the next round. Kozuv will play on the road against Karpos Sokoli in Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Kumanovo was also quite interesting. 4th placed Feni Industries (2-7) played at the court of sixth ranked Kumanovo (3-6). Kumanovo managed to secure a 6-point victory 71-65 on Wednesday. Kumanovo moved-up to fourth place. Loser Feni Industries dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with Kozuv. Kumanovo will meet at home league's leader MZT Skopje in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Feni Industries will play against the league's second-placed Rabotnicki (#2) and hope to secure a win.

Places 1-6
MZT Skopje - Karpos Sokoli 83-61

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Skopje: MZT Skopje (#1) and Karpos Sokoli (#2). MZT Skopje (8-1) crushed visiting Karpos Sokoli (6-3) by 22 points 83-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Karpos Sokoli. The game was mostly controlled by MZT Skopje. Karpos Sokoli managed to win second period 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Karpos Sokoli 43-24 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Surinamese-Dutch guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) who scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Croatian center Jure Lalic (211-86) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. MZT Skopje's coach Ante Nazor felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Kendrick Perry (183-92, college: Youngstown St.) who recorded 16 points and Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) added 13 points respectively. Defending champion maintains first place with 8-1 record. Karpos Sokoli at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with Rabotnicki. MZT Skopje are looking forward to face Kumanovo (#4) on the road in the next round. Karpos Sokoli will play against Kozuv and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: X.Thames 20+2reb+1ast, J.Lalic 17+8reb+1ast, D.Drenovac 17+8reb+1ast, C.Kloof 13+7reb+7ast, D.Mijatovic 6+13reb+2ast, S.Gjuroski 5+2reb+1ast
Karpos Sokoli: K.Perry 16+3reb+2ast, D.Labovic 13+1reb, D.Mavra 8+3reb+3ast, D.Zekovic 8+4reb, B.Trajkovski 6+4reb+1ast, Z.Comagic 5+2reb
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Kozuv - Rabotnicki 75-82

The game in Gevgelija was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Rabotnicki (6-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Kozuv (2-7). Rabotnicki managed to secure a 7-point victory 82-75. The guests were already 20 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 23-10 Kozuv's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 82-75 at the end of the game. Rabotnicki players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was a good game for Serbian center Nenad Misanovic (217-84) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). The former international point guard Vlado Ilievski (188-80, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 assists for the winners. Four Rabotnicki players scored in double figures. International power forward Bojan Krstevski (206-89, agency: Interperformances) answered with 18 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and Serbian Milivoje Mijovic (200-91) added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Kozuv. Kozuv's coach Igor Mihajlovski rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rabotnicki moved-up to second place, which they share with Karpos Sokoli. Kozuv lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with Feni Industries. Rabotnicki will play against Feni Industries (#5) in Kavadarci in the next round. Kozuv will play on the road against Karpos Sokoli in Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rabotnicki: N.Misanovic 23+13reb, D.Mirakovski 13+1reb+4ast, D.Tasovski 13+5reb+3ast, V.Ilievski 12+2reb+11ast, V.Efremovski 8, P.Nikolic 8+1ast
Kozuv: I.Dimcevski 18+1reb+4ast, B.Krstevski 18+4reb+2ast, M.Mijovic 13+10reb+1ast, N.Djurasovic 8+9reb+1ast, K.Anikenko 6+1reb, L.Hall 5+2reb+3ast
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Kumanovo - Feni Industries 71-65

The game in Kumanovo was also quite interesting. 4th placed Feni Industries (2-7) played at the court of sixth ranked Kumanovo (3-6). Kumanovo managed to secure a 6-point victory 71-65 on Wednesday. Kumanovo moved-up to fourth place. Loser Feni Industries dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with Kozuv. Kumanovo will meet at home league's leader MZT Skopje in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Feni Industries will play against the league's second-placed Rabotnicki (#2) and hope to secure a win.
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Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Jonathon WILLIAMS
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Williams, Kirchheim18.4 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau17.9 
 3. Alexander, ETB W.17.6 
 4. Nikolic, Baunach17.4 
 5. Warren, MBC17.1 
 6. Watkins, Nuernberg17.1 
 7. Kerusch, MBC16.2 
 8. Holt, Dresden16.0 
 9. Spearman, Trier15.8 
 10. Lawson, Chemnitz15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leon KRATZER
  Baunach
  (210-C-97)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Kratzer, Baunach12.6 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau9.5 
 3. Jahn, Ehingen8.9 
 4. Oppland, Nuernberg8.4 
 5. Thompson, ETB W.8.0 
 6. King, Koeln R.7.2 
 7. Wolf, Hamburg6.9 
 8. Watts, Oettinge.6.9 
 9. Nicholas, Trier6.7 
 10. Kronhardt, Kirch.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Carrington LOVE
  Kirchheim
  (186-G-94)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Love, Kirchheim6.9 
 2. Nikolic, Baunach6.7 
 3. Carter, Chemnitz5.8 
 4. Moore, Ehingen5.7 
 5. Adams, Uni Baskets5.6 
 6. Vest, Uni Baskets5.6 
 7. Hatten, MBC5.6 
 8. Williams, Koeln R.5.3 
 9. Dunn, Crailsheim5.0 
 10. Zazai, MBC4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  MBC
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hatten, MBC2.4 
 2. Adams, Uni Baskets2.4 
 3. Love, Kirchheim2.2 
 4. Carter, Chemnitz2.1 
 5. White, Heidelberg2.0 
 6. Watkins, Nuernberg1.9 
 7. Tiggs, Crailsheim1.8 
 8. Vest, Uni Baskets1.6 
 9. Dunn, Crailsheim1.6 
 10. Robertson, Koeln R.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Koeln R.
  (206-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. King, Koeln R.1.6 
 2. Kratzer, Baunach1.5 
 3. Keppeler, Baunach1.2 
 4. Heinzmann, Koeln R.1.2 
 5. Pantelic, MBC1.2 
 6. White, Heidelberg1.2 
 7. van, Trier1.1 
 8. Fraser, Ehingen1.1 
 9. Grim, Uni Baskets1.1 
 10. Flomo, Crailsheim1.0 


Carlton Guyton (Basketball Lowen Braunschweig) Proving His BBL Season Was No Fluke - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


The German Pro A is filled with talented and skilled guards with a dime a dozen being an understatement, but moreover about as many players as there are Bulls fans in his home town of Chicago still unaware who new German shooting star Paul Zipser is and who still don't know how to pronounce his name correctly as it isn't like the zipcode, but moreover like Cipser if your saying the name from a German standpoint. Every club in the German Pro A have adept guards who are still looking for that big chance to make the next step up to the BBL or another top level in Europe as the list is as unending as the debate between Michael Jordan and Lebron James as who is really the best ever. There are guys like Cologne's Richard Williams or MBC Marcus Hatten that have reached the big dance in Germany, but the again other players like Virgil Matthews of Chemnitz, Carrington Love of Kirchheim, Chase Adams of Paderborn, Eugene Harris of Hanau or Diante Watkins of Nurnberg who could surely get a shot at the BBL, but so far are still waiting for that golden opportunity. One guy who has been toiling in the Pro A for years is Virgil Matthews who continues to put up very solid stats filling up the stat sheet like a Nicolas Batum can and has scratched the triple double surface , but at the end of every summer, it was the same story as he ended up again in the Pro A getting passed up by BBL teams. However two guys that have made the jump to the BBL this season after years of being overlooked in the Pro A have been Carlos Medlock who played three seasons in the Pro A with Crailsheim, Wurzburg and Vechta and Carlton Guyton who also had to wait three seasons before making the BBL promised land playing in Ehingen and Gotha. For Medlock reaching the BBL this season was more than bitter sweet as he had been the point guard in charge the last three seasons helping his teams move up to the BBL, but wasn't kept for the next season, while for Guyton it wasn't as dramatic as he was rewarded for his good play in Gotha helping build a playoff team. Curiously both guys ended up with the same club this season with the Basket Lowen Braunschweig as German head coach Frank Menz believed in their abilities and both have shown that their BBL season has been no fluke. Playing with the older Medlock has been a blessing in disguise for Guyton. 'It's been a pleasure to play with Los! After competing against him for so many years I was very familiar with his game. We had our share of battles. Now us being on the same team, every night I know I can count on him to bring it! Also with him having more experience than me I try to learn his little vet tricks', smiled Carlton Guyton (193-G-90, college: Kent St., agency: HMS)

The road to the German BBL has been a long one for Carlton Guyton and it had to start somewhere as even in teenager years, the current 26 year old 193cm guard had to prove himself which has been a standard procedure in the last 8 years. Players usually have some kind of nickname and before Guyton could first make a name for himself for the little known community college Mineral Area College in the heart of the pretty Ozark mountains in eastern, Missouri, he was crowned a special nickname by his parents way before he was dazzling on the court, but moreover when he still had diapers on. 'My mom and dad gave me the nickname as a baby. To make a long story short as a baby I was scooting around the basement and lord behold "Scootie" was born', laughed Carlton Guyton After first turning heads at Mineral area college and having to prove his basketball worth there first for two years before getting a chance at the NCAA Level, he then finally made the jump to the NCAA to the better known Kent State where he played from 2010-2012 amassing a total of 63 games and was able to average double figures in scoring each season. As a junior he played 32 games averaging 12.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 40.1%, FT: 72.4%. As a senior he played 31 games averaging 10.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 78.3%. As a senior he scored in double figures 17 times including a 18 point game against Texas Arlington and 17 point games against Bowling Green and West Virginia. However his junior year was his most successful as he helped lead the team to the MAC tournament final and NIT Elite 8. It might not have been the NCAA tournament, but it is something he will never forget. 'After losing in the MAC Championship to our rivals Akron by 1 point in OT and not getting the chance to go dancing, the NIT was a great consultation prize. My fondest memory was just getting a chance to compete with my brothers', stressed Carlton Guyton In his two seasons at Kent State he played for two coaches Glen Ford and Rob Senderhof and had fond memories of them. 'S/O to the Flashes! My boys are going dancing. Coach Ford is really a "players coach" him being a former player he understands what guys go through. Coach Sendy he was a first time head coach when I was senior. We respected him as a coach that's why we fought so hard for him to get the job after Coach Ford left', stressed Carlton Guyton His teammate there Randall Holt is currently going through the same process as Guyton had been going in that he is fighting to be recognized and accepted at being able to play at the highest level, but so far his abilities have only been good enough in the German Pro B with Weissenhorn and Pro A with the Dresden Titans. 'Randal is a small guard with a big heart. He was the emotional leader of our team', added Carlton Guyton

After finishing school in 2012, there was nothing that stood in his way of a professional basketball career as people took notice of his solid two year career at Kent State and promptly was drafted by Erie BayHawks (D-League) in the seventh round at #108.He never played in the D-league and rather decided on going overseas and signed with the White Eagles Stockholm (Sweden-Basketligan). Often Americans will get that ultimate culture shock going from a big city to some back woods in the Ukraine, Poland or Austria where they may not find a Mcdonalds for hours. However coming from Chicago, Guyton felt at home in the capital city Stockholm, but the basketball style was something he had never witnessed before and something he had to get used to. He came to the White Eages in December and played 17 games averaging10.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.0apg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 82.1%. He was up and down in scoring and scored in double figures in eight games and saved his best for last as in the second to last game of the season against Jamtland, he poured in 34 points while netting eight trey's. After playing in a lower league in Sweden, the American was ready to make the next jump and he moved to Ehingen and has called Germany his basketball home ever since. With Ehingen, he balled in the Pro A playing 35 games averaging 13.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.7apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 67.9%. He scored in double figures in 28 games and showed that he could be a consistent scorer and helped the team reach the playoffs. He scored 21 points against BG Goettingen and netted 20 points against Magdeburg, Kirchheim, Heidelberg and Karlsruhe. The club lost a hard fought 5 game series against NBC, but he showed his playoff strength scoring in double figures in four games. With Ehingen, he got his freedom as a player from head coach Ralph Junge which enabled him to show how good he really was and led him to being a top Pro A guard in the years to follow. 'Ralph is great guy & coach. He really allowed me to play my game. Under him I was able to develop on the court and play through mistakes and kind of learned on the fly', added Carlton Guyton Not only was head coach Ralph Junge instrumental in the success of his game, but also teammate Virgil Matthews who seems to still be off the BBL radar. 'Virg was great for me. I was able to learn a lot from him. I love the pace he plays at. He's a guy that does it all (pts,ast,&rebs). Off the court he taught me a little German', joked Carlton Guyton After a strong first Pro A season in Ehingen, the American who compares his game to Jamal Crawford and lists Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks as his toughest adversary in the NCAA who was a one man fast break made the next step to Gotha. He played two seasons with Gotha where he helped the club reach the playoffs each season. In his first year there he played 38 games averaging 12.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.5apg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 27.2%, FT: 73.7%. He scored in double figures in 26 games and some of his best scoring games were 26 points against current BBL teams Wurzburg and Jena and he also contributed 23 points against Kirchheim and 21 points against Hamburg and Baunach. In the playoffs they got by Science City Jena in four games, but lost to Wurzburg. In his second season with Gotha he played 35 games averaging 13.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.5apg, FGP: 48.7%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 73.9%. He scored in double figures 27 times including his first 19 games. Some of his bests coring games were 27 points against Hamburg and 24 points against Nurnberg. Gotha made a small run in the playoffs winning an exciting hard fought 5 game series against the Hamburg Towers, but not getting by SC Rasta Vechta who moved back up to the BBL. Guyton was disappointed recently about the removal of his Gotha coaches Chris Ensminger and Steven Esterkamp, but he credits much of his development to their guidance. 'Much love to Chris and Steve! They taught me some much over those two years. Not only on the court but off the court as well. To this day we still have a great relationship', stressed Carlton Guyton

After three years in the German Pro A, the American had paid his dues and was ready for the BBL and just needed a chance. Not only his decision making was one that had developed well in the Pro A 'My understanding of the game has developed tremendously. Credit my coaches! Being able to know when to go one on one & as well as how to put guys in the best position to score.', added Carlton Guyton The American found that new chance and first in the BBL with the Basket Lowen Braunschweig where he came into a situation where German head coach Frank Menz announced early on that he would give Germans minutes and with the slim budget couldn't haul in the big name players, but decided to give proven Pro A players like Carlton Guyton and Carlos Medlock a chance. This new plan of Menz didn't translate into wins as the club started off poorly losing seven of it's first eight games. 'New team, new coaching, new philosophies, & basically new everything. I think everyone was just trying to find their niche. As a competitor no one likes to lose! But it's also been a great learning experience. Adversity helps build character! I'm not use to losing so this has definitely been a new experience for me', stressed Carlton Guyton He injured his spine a few months ago and it seemed like it wouldn't heal this season, but he made his come back after all last weekend in the 67-66 loss to Wurzburg where he scored 3 points in 11 minutes. Up to the injury, the American had found his role and been a solid contributer as in 22 games he has averaged 10,9ppg, 3,1rpg and 2,0apg. He scored in double figures in 12 games including massive games against Wurzburg with 25 points and 20 points against Alba Berlin. He had no problems adjusting to the competitive BBL level, but just had to find his role. He also has been strong from outside as he shot 41% from the parking lot as it was the first time he had eclipsed the 40% mark since his junior season at Kent State. It hasn't been only putting up more reps in practice or having more precise shot selection. 'It's been a combination of both. Shooting as always been natural for me, but it didn't always show up in the percentages', added Carlton Guyton With so many young Germans on the club, the American has seen their development, and helped them more with his play than words. 'I'm more of a lead by example kind of guy. The young guys are very hard working and ambitious. Every day they come in eager to work and learn', said Carlton Guyton Even if the American is sidelined and can't help his team as they have a 2 game advantage over SC Rasta Vechta for the last spot in the league, he was confident in early March that his team would stay in the BBL. The American has proved he has game to stay in the BBL and believes it is his versatility that should keep him in the BBL. 'My ability to play both the 1 and 2 at this level', warned Carlton Guyton He lists being able to reach the highest level in Europe the Euroleague so he can continue to support his family as a goal that he still has a professional player, but having reached the German BBL hasn't been like a fairytale for the Chicago native since that fairytale is one that probably won't be reached, but one that every kid up to men involved with basketball dream about. 'My dream/fairytale is to play in the NBA. But its definitely an honor to play in the BBL. I was confident the entire time, I always believed I could play at the highest level', warned Carlton Guyton Dreaming of the NBA and playing at the highest level is something that is as normal coming out of any professional player as it is for basketball broadcaster Marv Albert yelling his famous Yesssssss whenever a bucket is made




Hans Beth Lives For Bringing Awareness To Basketball Aid - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After two playoff appearances in a row and the Fiba Europe Cup title last season only the third club title in the 18 year history of the Fraport Skyliners, this rapid success of the team could of kept a good majority of fans content this season as that third playoff showing didn't happen as the season was at best average. There weren't too many highlights to remember this season for the 2004 BBL winner that one will take into dream land when one is stuck on the German autobahn in the dog days of summer wanting to reach Salzburg, Austria in time for afternoon coffee and fluffy Nockerl at Cafte Mozart. Some things that stand out was the impressive rookie season of American Shavon Shields, the AJ English buzzer beater in Tuebingen, the magnificent 35 point performance and 8 crushing dunks by Florida native Mike Morrison against Pinar Karyisaka in Champions League action or the signing of another young gun for Gordon Herbert's stable with 18 year old Richard Freudenberg who looks a tad like the young version of Zack Morris aka Mark Paul Gosselaar from 90s American TV show Saved By the Bell. So with one game remaining on the Fraport Skyliners schedule against 8 time BBL champion Alba Berlin in the Fraport arena one has little to look forward except for observing a good hard fought game and seeing some last great plays this season like Quantez Robertson feeding a Mike Morrison for the felt like 1000 alley-op of the season or asking a Nils Giffey in warm ups for the 20,000 time what it was like playing together with Kemba Walker at Uconn and where he stores his 2 NCAA rings. Not only what is on the court is worth observing, but also people who are roaming the Fraport arena. In Los Angeles you have Jack Nicholson courtside wondering when his Lakers will ever be good again, in New York it can be Spike Lee wondering who will be in the tabloids first the next morning him or Carmelo Anthony and in Frankfurt you have Hans Beth . Beth may not be as prominent as the Hollywood actors, but in the Fraport arena everyone knows his face as he is at every game sitting a few rows up behind the scorers table and is always flashing that charming smile and never seems to lose his dapper look and still has the combined look of James Bond star 007 Roger Moore and Dynasty star John Forsythe minus the grey. Beth shakes almost as much hands during a game as Don King does in any Boxing ring from New York to Tokyo and Fraport Skyliner CEO Gunnar Wobke and is always ready to bring further awareness to his baby Basketball Aid. This Saturday he will be talking to numerous people and could be bringing further life to the Basketball Aid international tour something he has been supporting and been in charge of the last years.

Beth is one of those guys that is involved in so many projects that one could easily call him a workaholic. During the day he is an investment consultant and financial analyst which has been on his resume for 30 years, but somehow manages to fill the 24 hour day with so many other things. Besides having been a head coach for multiple decades in places like Mainz and Hanau to name a few, he has been very much involved with society as well helping the less Privileged in the basketball world trying to find employment. He is a professional speaker for companies, universities, and associations on topics such as securities & capital market but also team-related matters such as important factors for team success. In between he is always thinking about and continuing to live for spreading the project of Basketball Aid. Basketball Aid was born in 2007 and their goal is to support children that are stricken with cancer combined with helping the sport of basketball become more known in Germany in a country that is dominated by football. Another goal of Basketball Aid is to simply to be able to win as many people as possible as ambassadors and with their help gather donations for the sick kids and help organize events that will help bring awareness for the project. The members of Basketball Aid continue to grow from year to year as in 2009 it was a mere 20 persons and in 2014, it had grown to 500 members. Basketball Aid is supported by well known German basketball figures like Stephen Arigbabu, Pascal Roller, Marko Pesic, Jan Jagla, Steffen Hamann, and Johannes Herber..Hans Beth has been an important figure for years as he brought the Basketball Aid tour to life in 2014 and it has been a work in progress and growing each year. The tour helps in many ways in that it brings fans early pre season basketball where the entry fee goes to Basketball Aid to help cancer stricken kids as well as any further donations given. At the start of the Basketball Tour a few years ago, he built a traveling team of fresh and less known players that were looking for basketball jobs like a Karl Moore who was discovered and been a professional in Germany the last years to fulfill their life long dreams of playing the game they love for a living. Last year the tour was another success as Beth once again did the organizational work and was able to manage to bring fans 9 games that featured German BBL, Pro A and Pro B teams as well as the Luxemburg national team. The big highlight was raising 30,000 for Basketball Aid and other highlights was the Gezeiten Haus Cup in Rhondorf that featured 4 games on a weekend as well as the game between the Fraport Skyliners and RheinStars Cologne that was played on the Wiesbaden Army airbase. What better way for new Fraport Skyliner American Shavon Shields not to experience a minor culture shock landing in Germany, but being among American citizens upon arrival as he was escorted from Frankfurt airport to the game on the Wiesbaden airbase. The 2016 Basketball Aid tour was a giant success and many more are planned in the future.

Beth continues to live for Basketball Aid and continues to also build a healthy relationship with the Fraport Skyliners as both are seeking to continue to bring awareness to the growing project Basketball Aid. Hans Beth has had a growing relationship with Fraport Skyliners CEO Gunnar Wobke and the club over the years and recently the Fraport Skyliners and Hans Beth came together in cooperation with TSC Mainz and Theresianum that is the sport program for tennis and basketball for the Mainz Children cancer station. The life of a young child stricken with cancer is very difficult and they have to refrain from so many wonderful things in life that healthy kids can do. So in order for kids to get away from the daily examinations, operations and other non-enjoyable hospital functions, why not spice up a child's tough life with sports. For the longest time, it was thought that cancer stricken kids and sport don't match and is more of a risk, but recent studies have proven that that isn't a fact, but untrue as exercise can actually influence the cancer recovery process in a positive way. Beth the chairman of the Basketball Aid international tour had the idea last year to support the children's cancer station in Mainz by offering tennis activity through the guidance of the TSC Mainz sport club. Recently at a home game against the Telekom Baskets Bonn, the Fraport Skyliners invited the cancer stricken children and their families to get that special basketball family atmosphere feeling in the Fraport arena and it was announced that the cancer stricken children would be offered tennis and basketball training on a regular basis and would be guided by licensed coaches from TSC Mainz and the Fraport Skyliners. This new project between Beth and the Fraport Skyliners has already brought 6,000 Euro for the coaching budget. The Fraport Skyliners have shown that the future of the youth in basketball is important for them and with their 140 weekly basketball clinics that they have offered care for the development of basketball among the youth and also want to help support the cancer stricken children have a better life with sport.

Beth has many projects running at the moment and besides the current project with the Fraport Skyliners and Basketball Aid with the Mainz hospital and giving cancer stricken kids the chance to play tennis and basketball, he also continues to organize and coordinate the next Basketball Aid International Tour for 2016. He will be traveling back to the States in July to continue to work on shaping the next tour which will take place at the beginning of September. Beth is already in talks with various BBL teams like the Fraport Skyliners and already has a well-known mid-western NCAA school that he hopes will be able to take part. At the same time, he will also be present at the 4th annual Elite pro Camp in Hannover, Massachusetts which is about an hour south of Boston and only a short ride to the beautiful beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. There Beth will serve as a coach together with many other well-known coaches including Chris Rojik who balled at Holy Cross and had a 13 year professional career in Germany where he played 7 successful seasons with the Dragons Rhondorf and concluded his career in 2010 with the Deutsche Bank Skyliners Pro B team. At this camp, Beth will help unproved players looking to improve their skills in hopes of landing that professional job somewhere as well as making further contacts with basketball persons. Even though Beth is currently constructing his 2016 Basketball Aid international tour, he already has his thoughts on the 2017 Basketball Aid International tour where he has a serious big name NCAA school all ready to be reeled in like former president George Bush senior did fish during his fishing tournaments where he caught a 135 pound tarpon once. Even though fans will be closely scrutinizing guys like Isaac Bonga on Saturday against Alba Berlin wondering if Gordon Herbert will give him 30 plus minutes, hoping for unending Quantez Robertson NBA show time highlights and witnessing some last AJ English bombs from the parking lot as the ex Iona (NCAA) standout as according to sources could be playing in Spain next season. But somewhere in the Fraport arena Hans Beth will be strolling around with that big golden smile shaking hundreds of hands, but more important also could be putting the beginning touches of landing that giant coup for the 2017 Basketball Aid International tour as he lives to bringing awareness to Basketball Aid.




Barry Stewart Remains With The Walter Tigers Tuebingen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

With the 2016-2017 BBL season winding down, the Walter Tigers Tuebingen are already looking towards next season and will keep American sharp shooter Barry Stewart (193-SG-88, college: Mississippi St.) for another season as according to the Reutlinger General-Anzeiger newspaper. Stewart is a 29 year old 193cm shooting guard that learned his basketball trade at Mississippi St. (NCAA) and currently is playing his fourth season in Germany with Tuebingen after getting his first taste of European basketball with Trier and Giessen. Currently with Tuebingen, the American is averaging 13,5ppg, 2,5rpg and 3,2apg."We are very happy that Barry will stay another year", stressed Walter Tigers Tuebingen manager Robert Wintermantel. Stewart who played the last 3 years in Belgium with Antwerpen and Limburg before coming to Tuebingen has been a conssitent performer for head coach Tyron Mccoy this season as he scored in double figures in 19 of 26 games. His best games were when he scored 26 points in the 82-81 win against Bayreuth and 24 points in a loss against Wurzburg.


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Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Alexis KIRITSIS
  Doukas
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 19
 1. Kiritsis, Doukas19.0 
 2. Karaboulas, Faros17.6 
 3. Kokkalis, Ethnikos17.3 
 4. Redikas, Arkadikos16.5 
 5. Gioulekas, GS Laris.15.7 
 6. Milosevic, Holargos15.4 
 7. Smajlagic, Psychiko15.0 
 8. Macheras, Ethnikos14.9 
 9. Gagaloudis, Iraklis14.8 
 10. Liakopoulos, Faros14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kostas MACHERAS
  Ethnikos
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Macheras, Ethnikos9.4 
 2. Lolas, Irakleio8.6 
 3. Tsougarakis, Arkad.8.1 
 4. Rubio, Doukas8.0 
 5. Jawara, Doxa P.7.5 
 6. Papanikolaou, Psych.7.1 
 7. Rutkauskas, Iraklis6.9 
 8. Koutroulias, Holargos6.8 
 9. Skordilis, Faros6.7 
 10. Alihodzic, Panionios6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Psychiko
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Nikou, Psychiko7.7 
 2. Gagaloudis, Iraklis5.9 
 3. Zoupas, Amyntas .5.4 
 4. Liakopoulos, Faros5.3 
 5. Koutras, GS Laris.5.3 
 6. Vasilopoulos, Faros5.1 
 7. Milosevic, Holargos5.1 
 8. Koukas, Doukas4.9 
 9. Karydas, Panionios4.7 
 10. Koumpouras, Aiolos A.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Psychiko
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Nikou, Psychiko2.0 
 2. Prodromou, Arkad.2.0 
 3. Karydas, Panionios1.9 
 4. Erevbenagie, Kavala1.7 
 5. Gagaloudis, Iraklis1.7 
 6. Diplaros, Doxa P.1.6 
 7. Koutras, GS Laris.1.5 
 8. Laane, Ethnikos1.5 
 9. Mazurczak, Kavala1.4 
 10. Milosevic, Holargos1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Antonis SKLIVAS
  Kavala
  (203-F-95)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Sklivas, Kavala1.3 
 2. Thorsteinsso., AE Laris.1.1 
 3. Skordilis, Faros0.9 
 4. Koutroulias, Holargos0.9 
 5. Melissaratos, Panio.0.8 
 6. Papanikolaou, Psych.0.8 
 7. Papadionysio., Aiolos A.0.7 
 8. Alihodzic, Panionios0.7 
 9. Jawara, Doxa P.0.7 
 10. Kasabalis, Aiolos A.0.6 


Canterbury welcomes back Moore, ex Promitheas - by Hugh McAuliffe

Canterbury Rams (NBL) landed 25-year old American guard McKenzie Moore (198-86kg-92, college: UTEP, agency: Two Points). It is actually his comeback to Rams as he has played here before. Moore He played recently at Promitheas in Greek A2 league. In 26 games he averaged 11.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.5apg and 1.4spg this season. The last summer Moore played at Rams where in 13 NBL games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 22.4ppg and recorded 6.2rpg, 8.0apg (leader !!!) and 3.4spg (leader !!!). He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
Moore has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
He has played previously professionally in Belgium (Leuven Bears) and New Zealand (Giants).
Moore attended Univ.of Texas at El Paso until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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2016-17 ALL-USA Alaska Boys Basketball Team - by Eurobasket News

USA TODAY High School Sports is proud to announce the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Alaska Boys Basketball Team. Players were selected based on their athletic achievements from the 2016-17 season.

COACH OF THE YEAR
Rick Brock, Petersburg
The 27-year veteran led his team - featuring four players whose fathers competed on his first Viking squad in 1990 - to the second state title in school history. Petersburg smothered Metlakatla in the championship game, 46-26, the fewest points ever allowed in a 2A final.

FIRST TEAM
Player of the Year
Moses Miller, G, East Anchorage, 6-1/185, Sr.
Miller was named both the Class 4A and the Cook Inlet Conference Player of the Year, leading the Thunderbirds to the state semifinals. He tossed in 18.5 points per game, to go with 6.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.6 steals.

Nathan Fromm, G, Service (Anchorage), 6-4/180, Sr.
The high-flying senior capped his career by posting 21 points, eight rebounds and three assists per contest.

Tobin Karlberg, G, Grace Christian (Anchorage), 5-10/160, Jr.
The Class 3A Player of the Year, Karlberg scored 23.8 points a game, including a game-high 17 in the state final, where the Grizzlies ended top-seeded Monroe Catholic's perfect 30-0 record.

Eric Jenkins (6'5''-F), F, Dimond (Anchorage), 6-5/180, Sr.
Jenkins emerged as the leader of a balanced Lynx squad, averaging 14.1 points and 5.3 rebounds as they captured the Class 4A state title.

Austin White (6'0''-PG-96), F, Ninilchik, 6-7/205, Sr.
The state's Gatorade Player of the Year led Ninilchik - enrollment of 44 - to its second straight Class 1A state title, averaging 17.3 points, 13.7 rebounds and 4.1 blocks.

SECOND TEAM
Wallace Ungwiluk, G, Gambell, 5-8/170, Sr.
Travis Adams, G, Barrow, 5-9/185, Jr.
Stewart Conn, G, Petersburg, 6-3/200, Sr.
Isaac Houck, F, Wasilla, 6-4/185, Sr.
Clayton Southwick, F, Palmer, 6-6/205, Jr.

Courtesy of: usatodayhss.com



2016-17 ALL-USA Alabama Boys Basketball Team - by Eurobasket News

USA TODAY High School Sports is proud to announce the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Alabama Boys Basketball Team. Players were selected based on their athletic achievements from the 2016-17 season.

COACH OF THE YEAR
Jack Doss , Mae Jemison (Huntsville)
Doss added to his own Alabama High School Athletic Association record with his 10th state title this season, capturing the Class 5A championship with a win over Faith Academy. Overall, he's won state titles at four schools and owns an all-time record of 812-329.

FIRST TEAM
Player of the Year

John Petty (6'7''-F-98), G, Mae Jemison (Huntsville), 6-6/185, Sr.
A two-time Gatorade Player of the Year honoree, Petty racked up 22 points and 11 rebounds in Jemison's Class 5A state championship victory over Faith Academy. Overall, the Crimson Tide recruit averaged 21.1 points and 7.9 boards as a senior while amassing 2,749 points in his prep career.

Herb Jones (6'6''-SF-98), G, Hale County (Moundville), 6-7/180, Sr.
The Alabama signee led Hale County to a Class 4A state championship, averaging 16.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per contest.

Trendon Watford (6'9''-F), F, Mountain Brook (Birmingham), 6-8/215, So.
The sophomore standout averaged 23 points and nearly 10 rebounds per game for a Mountain Brook team (31-5) that captured the Class 7A state title.

Alex Reese (6'10''-PF-99), F/C, Pelham, 6-9/225, Sr.
Reese, who will play at the University of Alabama this fall, averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds per game to lead Pelham to the Class 6A regional final.

Diante Wood (6'5''-PF), F, Sacred Heart Catholic (Anniston), 6-5/175, Jr.
Wood's 17 points and 9.3 rebounds per game helped Sacred Heart capture the Class 1A state championship this past season.

SECOND TEAM
Garrison Brooks (6'10''-C-99), F/C, Auburn, 6-10/230, Sr.
Kobe Brown, G/F, Lee (Huntsville), 6-7/220, So.
Tony Johnson (6'1''-G), G, Eufaula, 6-3/185, Jr.
Myreon Jones (6'3''-G), G, Huffman (Birmingham), 6-3/165, Jr.
Tevin Brown (6'7''-SG), G, Fairhope, 6-3/175, Sr.
Courtesy of: usatodayhss.com



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Stay home and go pro: Winnipeg's 1st basketball prep school opening this fall - by Eurobasket News

A new basketball prep school in Manitoba will give high school kids a shot at the NBA without having to leave their homes in Winnipeg. "It's an elite basketball program. The intention is to develop and coach players at a very high level, something they might not experience in a traditional high school or club environment," said Daron Leonard, 33, director of basketball operations for Northstar Preparatory Institute and the team's coach. "This has never been done in Manitoba before," said Leonard, who used to play pro himself. In the U.S., basketball prep schools are "very, very, very, very" common, he said, and about 20 new ones have popped up in Canada in the past 20-30 years. "It's something that no one really knows about. As the name prep school implies, it's partnered with the school but it's not a school itself," he said. The basketball training will be split between Windsor Park Collegiate and St. Boniface University and all class work will be done through Windsor Park. Even though they're partnering with the Louis Riel School Division, the school isn't for everyone, with a $12,500 price tag. "Every kid thinks I'm going to go to prep school, 'I want to do a prep school,' it's simply not that easy," Leonard said. The tuition will pay for costs like an academic standards liaison, athletic therapists, plus all travel and training. So far three players have committed to the team; they want to have a roster of 10 by the time the season starts in September. "It's a good round number where we can have functional practices, but at the same time the more people you put on that the more you have to space out the opportunity that each guy gets," he said. While all the kids want to play games, Leonard said, they also need to balance that with practice time and school. Zackary Dembele, 17, is in Grade 12 at College Louis Riel who started working with Leonard in August and plays on the Northstar club team. "My teammates, the guys - it's a really good atmosphere. And every day I come for practice, I feel like I'm getting better," said Dembele, who's hoping to play at the university level and maybe someday overseas. "You've got to be really be determined, you've got to really be focused," he said. Justin Omaga, 16, is heading into Grade 12 next year. He said basketball gives him focus and motivation for school, but he doesn't know much about the prep school yet. "All I know is I'm going," he said. "I'm really excited for it, I can't wait. I like to travel, I like to play basketball." In addition to basketball skills, Omaga hopes it will give him connections to higher levels in the sport, perhaps helping him get into the NCAA. Omaga is "the kind of kid we really see building a culture around," Leonard said. "If you've got a kid who is just physically dominant or skill-wise he's just completely dominant over other guys it's hard for them to improve in an environment where they're the biggest fish in the pond. So what we're doing is making it a bigger pond," Leonard said. Leonard hopes that the program will also keep Manitoba's talent here and bring in scouts, which he thinks will appeal to parents who don't want to send their kids out of the city. Interested families are invited to an open house May 3 to see if the school is a good fit. 'What we want to do is offer them an alternative," Leonard said. "If you think that you want to do something that might expand beyond what the Manitoba high school scene has to offer this is your chance."
Courtesy of: cbc.ca



Canadian basketball swagger on display at high school showcase - by Eurobasket News

It's no longer a secret that Canadian basketball is on the rise. More evidence of that was on display last week when the third BioSteel All Canadian game was held at the University of Toronto's Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport. The annual showcase features 24 of the best high school basketball players born in Canada or playing at a Canadian prep school. Among those sitting courtside were Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan and Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman, along with writers from ESPN and Slam Magazine, and NBA scouts, including ex-Raptor Landry Fields. It seems there's a newfound swagger in Canadian basketball, and it was on full display among the participants in the BioSteel game. From Abu Kigab (6'7''-F/G-98) sticking his tongue out on each jump shot (reminiscent of Michael Jordan) to Nickeil Alexander-Walker (6'6''-SG-98) looking away and celebrating a three-pointer before knowing he'd made the shot, there was no shortage of confidence on the court. "We're closing the gap," said Alexander-Walker. "USA Basketball being what it is with all the superstars they have, Canada is getting closer to that stage and taking the world over." Indeed, players like Steve Nash and Andrew Wiggins (6'8''-G-95, college: Kansas) are no longer exceptions to the norm as Canadians are making a greater impact in the game. University of Oregon star Dillon Brooks (6'6''-F-96) will potentially add to the crop of pros this fall, and plenty more talent is set to join the American collegiate ranks, including 11 players from this year's BioSteel game. Oshae Brissett, Kigab, and Alexander-Walker were all members of Canada's under-18 team at the 2016 FIBA Americas tournament and, in an almost un-Canadian way, aren't shy about embracing the spotlight. "We're definitely on the rise," said Kigab. "Our identity is out there. People are watching out for us all the time. When I go out there, I want to prove that Canada can beat the U.S. It's not just the U.S. that's got talent." Canada finished second behind the U.S. in a closely contested championship game. Kigab had 17 points off the bench and the defeat got his competitive juices flowing. "We fell short at the end. I didn't have a great second half," said the Oregon commit. "That really motivated me. As soon as I landed [home], I went straight to the gym and started working on my jump shot. I shot it pretty well but I want to shoot it better next time I play [the U.S.]." The gold medal match was a learning opportunity and measuring stick for Brissett and the young Canadian squad. Markelle Fultz (6'5''-G/F-98), the potential No.1 overall pick in the upcoming NBA draft, and Michael Porter Jr. (6'10''-SF-98) Jr., this year's top recruit on ESPN's top 100 list of NCAA prospects, were amongst the notable members of the star-studded American squad. "Those guys are future NBA players. As a competitor you want to see what [Fultz] does and mimic what he does because of how great of a player he is," said Brissett, who has committed to Syracuse.
Courtesy of: cbc.ca




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Eredivisie Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Zwolle and Groningen post victories - by Eurobasket News

Leiden - Zwolle 81-92

Zwolle outgunned Leiden to even the series at 1-1. The game was mostly controlled by Zwolle. Leiden managed to win second period 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 55.6 percentage. Zwolle looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American center Clayton Vette (202-88, college: Winona St., agency: Court Side) who scored 24 points. The other American import guard JT Tiller (188-88, college: Missouri) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. The former international Jessey Voorn (197-90, agency: Court Side) produced 19 points and 5 assists and international forward Mohamed Kherrazi (200-90) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Leiden: J.Voorn 19+1reb+5ast, R.Jansen 18+3reb+3ast, D.Draper 16+7reb+1ast, M.Kherrazi 12+10reb+2ast, J.Lee 10+2reb+3ast, L.Enobakhare 3+3reb
Zwolle: C.Vette 24+4reb+1ast, J.Yoho 18+3reb+2ast, O.Schaftenaar 18+4reb, J.Tiller 15+6reb+7ast, N.Oudendag 10+10reb+2ast, M.Schilder 4+1reb+4ast
gschID: 544917


Den Bosch - Groningen 60-96

Groningen fired past Den Bosch on the road to secure 2-0 lead in the series. The game without a history. Groningen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 64.2 percent from the field and made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Groningen had a 28-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Den Bosch's players. The game was dominated by American players. Point guard Lance Jeter (191-88, college: Nebraska) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 6 assists. Forward Chase Fieler (203-92, college: FGCU) contributed with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Five Groningen players scored in double figures. Groningen's coach Erik Braal felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Charles Mitchell (203, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) replied with 13 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Justin Watts (196-90, college: N.Carolina) added 18 points in the effort for Den Bosch.
Top scorers:
Den Bosch: J.Watts 18+2reb+1ast, C.Mitchell 13+7reb+1ast, M.Aarts 8+3reb, D.Balentine 8+3reb, R.Pagter Ralf 7+4reb, S.Wessels 4+3reb+1ast
Groningen: L.Jeter 19+3reb+6ast, S.Cunningham 14+2reb+4ast, B.Veenstra 11+4reb+1ast, C.Fieler 11+9reb+6ast, A.Smith 10+1reb, J.Dourisseau 10+5reb+2ast
gschID: 544916





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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Lasan KROMAH
  Kormend
  (198-G-91)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Kromah, Kormend21.6 
 2. Bojic, Jaszberenyi21.3 
 3. Govens, Falco KC20.4 
 4. Lilov, Szedeak19.0 
 5. Vojvoda, Szolnok18.7 
 6. Frazier, Kaposvari17.8 
 7. Pacher, Vasas17.7 
 8. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.5 
 9. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.17.2 
 10. Sejfic, PVSK P.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu8.6 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.3 
 3. Sihota, MAFC8.2 
 4. Szabo, ZTE K.8.2 
 5. Watkins, Atomeromu7.9 
 6. Pacher, Vasas7.9 
 7. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 8. Sejfic, PVSK P.7.9 
 9. Drungilas, ZTE K.7.3 
 10. Sulovic, Szedeak7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.5 
 2. Boltic, Szedeak8.0 
 3. Battle, Atomeromu7.7 
 4. Taylor, Vasas7.6 
 5. Petty, Kormend6.2 
 6. Govens, Falco KC6.2 
 7. Nelson, PVSK P.6.1 
 8. Smith, MAFC6.0 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC5.9 
 10. Wisseh, Kaposvari5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC2.6 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.2 
 3. Petty, Kormend2.0 
 4. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.2.0 
 5. Kromah, Kormend2.0 
 6. Boltic, Szedeak2.0 
 7. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.9 
 8. Smith, MAFC1.9 
 9. Frazier, Kaposvari1.9 
 10. Pavlicevic, Szolnok1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.1 
 2. Juhos, Szedeak0.9 
 3. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.8 
 4. Keller, Alba0.8 
 5. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 6. Wright, Vasas0.8 
 7. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.8 
 8. Benke, ZTE K.0.7 
 9. Simms, Kaposvari0.6 
 10. Andric, Szolnok0.6 


A Division Round 8 (Second Stage): ZTE KK defeats leader Alba - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Alba (23-9) in Zalaegerszeg on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked ZTE KK (22-11) 88-76. The game was mostly controlled by ZTE KK. Alba managed to win third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American-Puerto Rican point guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists and 5 steals. The former international forward Zsolt Szabo (202-86) contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Brandon Taylor (178-94, college: Utah) replied with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for Alba. ZTE KK have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 22-11 record behind leader PVSK Pannon. Alba at the other side still keeps top place with nine games lost. ZTE KK will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Alba will play on the road against Szolnok in Szolnok and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kaposvari (18-14) against fourth ranked KTE-Duna (17-16) on Wednesday night. Visiting Kaposvari was crushed by KTE-Duna in Kecskemet 94-74. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian swingman Marko Djerasimovic (198-84, agency: BeoExcell) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and Kemal Karahodzic who added 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. American-Liberian point guard Jaytornah Wisseh (185-88, college: LIU Brooklyn) responded with 15 points and 8 assists. KTE-Duna moved-up to third place, which they share with Szedeak. Kaposvari at the other side keeps the second position with 14 games lost. KTE-Duna will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kaposvari will play on the road against Szedeak in Szeged and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for PVSK Pannon (19-13) which hosted in Pecs 3rd ranked Szedeak (17-16). First ranked PVSK Pannon had an easy win 93-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Szedeak. The winners were led by Chris Smith who scored that evening 23 points. PVSK Pannon's coach Ferenc Csirke felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by Nenad Sulovic did not help to save the game for Szedeak. PVSK Pannon maintains first position with 19-13 record. Loser Szedeak keeps the third place with 16 games lost. They share the position with KTE-Duna. PVSK Pannon will meet Sopron KC (#5) on the road in the next round. Szedeak will play against the league's second-placed Kaposvari and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 8 Szolnok was smashed by Kormend on the road 109-81. Atomeromu won against Vasas on its own court 70-59.

ZTE KK - Alba 88-76

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Alba (23-9) in Zalaegerszeg on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked ZTE KK (22-11) 88-76. The game was mostly controlled by ZTE KK. Alba managed to win third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American-Puerto Rican point guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists and 5 steals. The former international forward Zsolt Szabo (202-86) contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Brandon Taylor (178-94, college: Utah) replied with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists and the former international power forward Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Octagon Europe) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Alba. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. ZTE KK have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 22-11 record behind leader PVSK Pannon. Alba at the other side still keeps top place with nine games lost. ZTE KK will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Alba will play on the road against Szolnok in Szolnok and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
ZTE KK: Z.Szabo 23+6reb+2ast, E.Ubilla 19+5reb+11ast, J.Norfleet 13+3reb, S.Benke 13+7reb+1ast, M.Mohacsi 9+1reb, R.Kis 5+3reb+3ast
Alba: B.Taylor 18+7reb+9ast, P.Lorant 13+5reb+6ast, A.Keller 12+5reb+2ast, J.Farr 11+4reb+1ast, L.Markovic 9+7reb+1ast, A.Mohammed 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 543059


Kormend - Szolnok 109-81

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Kormend (22-10) crushed at home 5th ranked Szolnok (19-14) 109-81 on Thursday. The game without a history. Kormend led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 61.9 percent from the field. Kormend shot the lights out from three sinking 19 long-distance shots on high 65.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The winners were led by American-Liberian guard Lasan Kromah (198-91, college: Connecticut) who scored that evening 39 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Lenzelle Smith-Jr (193-91, college: Ohio St.) supported him with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Even 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by international swingman David Vojvoda (196-90) did not help to save the game for Szolnok. International power forward Janos Eilingsfeld (198-91) added 11 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Szolnok's coach Zoran Kmezics gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Kormend maintains second position with 22-10 record behind leader PVSK Pannon. Szolnok lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the fifth place with 14 games lost. Kormend will meet Falco KC (#4) in the next round. Szolnok will play against the league's leader Alba and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kormend: L.Kromah 39+6reb+4ast, L.Smith Jr. 25+10reb+6ast, S.Gibbs 17+1reb+7ast, C.Ferencz 16+3reb+3ast, M.Csorvasi 8+6reb+1ast, A.Nemeth 4+3reb+2ast
Szolnok: D.Vojvoda 27+5reb+5ast, J.Eilingsfeld 11+9reb+1ast, M.Borisov 10+5reb+2ast, N.Pavlicevic 10+2reb+6ast, A.Popovic 9+6reb+2ast, A.Toth 7+3reb
gschID: 543058


Atomeromu - Vasas 70-59

Rather expected game when 13th ranked Vasas (6-25) lost to eleventh ranked Atomeromu (13-18) in Paks 59-70 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Atomeromu. Vasas managed to win fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Atomeromu looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The winners were led by American forward Lawrence Gilbert (200-86, college: La-Monroe, agency: Mansfield and Associates) who scored that evening 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import power forward Ryan Watkins (206-91, college: Boise St., agency: Octagon Europe) supported him with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Five Atomeromu players scored in double figures. Even 18 points and 8 rebounds by American forward AJ Pacher (208-92, college: Wright St., agency: Octagon Europe) did not help to save the game for Vasas. The former international swingman Akos Horvath (194-81, agency: HMS) added 10 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Atomeromu maintains eleventh position with 13-18 record. Newly promoted Vasas keep the thirteenth place with 25 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: L.Gilbert 20+6reb+4ast, M.Tiby 11+8reb+2ast, R.Watkins 11+12reb, L.Samenas 11+4reb+7ast, T.Will 10+2reb+1ast, M.Illes 5+1reb+2ast
Vasas: A.Pacher 18+8reb+2ast, A.Horvath 10+8reb+3ast, R.Taylor 7+2reb+3ast, S.Thompson 6+7reb+1ast, A.Garamvolgyi 5+6reb, G.Andrassy 3+1reb
gschID: 543057


KTE-Duna - Kaposvari 94-74

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kaposvari (18-14) against fourth ranked KTE-Duna (17-16) on Wednesday night. Visiting Kaposvari was crushed by KTE-Duna in Kecskemet 94-74. The game without a history. KTE-Duna led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. KTE-Duna forced 20 Kaposvari turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian swingman Marko Djerasimovic (198-84, agency: BeoExcell) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and Serbian center Kemal Karahodzic (210-89) who added 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. American-Liberian point guard Jaytornah Wisseh (185-88, college: LIU Brooklyn) responded with 15 points and 8 assists and American forward Malik Cooke (201-89, college: S.Carolina, agency: Inception Sports) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. KTE-Duna moved-up to third place, which they share with Szedeak. Kaposvari at the other side keeps the second position with 14 games lost. KTE-Duna will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kaposvari will play on the road against Szedeak in Szeged and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KTE-Duna: M.Djerasimovic 27+7reb+6ast, T.Ivosev 18+5reb+3ast, K.Karahodzic 18+7reb+3ast, M.Djukanovic 15+3ast, M.Pongo 6+3reb+4ast, M.Pongo 5+1reb+2ast
Kaposvari: J.Wisseh 15+4reb+8ast, W.Frazier 15+5reb+1ast, M.Cooke 14+5reb+2ast, K.Simms 11+3reb, R.Hendlein 8+6reb+1ast, G.Baki 6+1ast
gschID: 543056


PVSK Pannon - Szedeak 93-61

An interesting game for PVSK Pannon (19-13) which hosted in Pecs 3rd ranked Szedeak (17-16). First ranked PVSK Pannon had an easy win 93-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Szedeak. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-61. The winners were led by American guard Chris Smith (193-94, college: Utah St., agency: Three Eye Sports) who scored that evening 23 points and the former international guard Zoltan Supola (190-88, agency: HMS) supported him with 20 points. Five PVSK Pannon players scored in double figures. PVSK Pannon's coach Ferenc Csirke felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by Serbian center Nenad Sulovic (202-85, agency: BeoBasket) did not help to save the game for Szedeak. Serbian guard Andrija Ciric (198-80) added 9 points and 11 rebounds for the guests. PVSK Pannon maintains first position with 19-13 record. Loser Szedeak keeps the third place with 16 games lost. They share the position with KTE-Duna. PVSK Pannon will meet Sopron KC (#5) on the road in the next round. Szedeak will play against the league's second-placed Kaposvari and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
PVSK Pannon: C.Smith 23+2reb+1ast, Z.Supola 20+2reb+3ast, I.Sejfic 17+6reb, V.Budimir 11+6reb+3ast, A.Halasz 11+1reb+5ast, A.Nelson 4+6reb+4ast
Szedeak: L.Juhos 18+4reb, N.Sulovic 14+8reb+4ast, M.Boltic 9+5reb+4ast, A.Ciric 9+11reb+3ast, I.Lilov 9+1reb+3ast, M.Filipovics 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 543055





Adam Hanga selected the top Hungarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Adam Hanga
Adam Hanga
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Baskonia (17-13) in their last game. Despite Hanga's good performance Baskonia was edged 90-88 at home by the second-ranked CSKA. He scored 13 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 31 minutes on the court. Hanga has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3FGP: 33.6% and FT: 66.7% in 33 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Hungarian senior national team.

Obadiah Trotter
Obadiah Trotter
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M, currently plays in Poland). Trotter was not able to help Twarde Pierniki (20-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Twarde Pierniki was defeated 73-69 on the road by the leading Anwil. Trotter was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 7 assists. Trotter's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Trotter has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.7apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 31.5% and FT: 84.4%. He is a naturalized American. Trotter played for the Hungarian national team in 2013. He used to play for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian league.

Jarrod Jones
Jarrod Jones
   #3. The Hungarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Jarrod Jones (207-90, college: Ball St., currently plays in Italy). Jones was not able to secure a victory for VL Pesaro (9-19) in their last game. Despite his good performance VL Pesaro lost 83-87 in Pistoia to the much higher-ranked (#7) The Flexx PT. Jones had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 39 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Jones' first season with the team. Jones has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.9ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.8apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3FGP: 31.9% and FT: 78.6% in 28 games. Jones is a naturalized American. He is also a member of the Hungarian senior national team. Jones used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

Zoltan Perl
Zoltan Perl
   #4. Swingman Zoltan Perl (195-95, currently plays in Italy) led Treviso Basket to a victory over the 11th-ranked Piacenza (12-18) 86-78 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Saturday night. Perl was MVP of the game. He scored 25 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 31 minutes. De Longhi Treviso Basket 2012 (21-9) is placed second in East group. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Perl has reliable stats this year: 11.1ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.6apg in seven games. He is also Hungarian national team player.

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

   #1. Nemanja Miscevic (200-F-94, currently plays in Serbia). He could not help Spartak (0-2) to beat Dynamic BG (1-1). Miscevic scored 7 points. Spartak was badly defeated 92-75 on the road by the second-ranked Dynamic BG. Miscevic's overall stats this season are: 5.1ppg and 2.3rpg.

   #2. Nebojsa Dukic (206-C/F-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Portugal) was not able to help Vitoria SC (21-10) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the third-placed Vitoria SC (21-10) lost 96-101 in Porto to the leading FC _Ferpinta in the Places 1-6 group. Dukic was the second best scorer with 15 points in 40 minutes. It was Vitoria SC's third consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Dukic has reliable stats this year: 10.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.4apg in 29 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Hungarian.

   #3. Stefan Fekete (190-PG-86, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in Serbia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nemanja Miscevic and both played together in the last Serbian KLS game. Fekete was not able to secure a victory for Spartak (0-2) in their game against Dynamic BG (1-1). He scored only 4 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals. Spartak was badly defeated 92-75 in Beograd by the second-ranked Dynamic BG. Fekete's overall stats this season are: 2.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Hungarian and Serbian.

   #4. Damian Hollis (203-F-88, agency: Inception Sports, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Portugal) led Benfica to a victory against the third-ranked Vitoria SC (21-10) 80-76 in the Portuguese LPB in Friday night's game. Hollis scored 13 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in a mere 16 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Sport Lisboa Benfica (23-8) is placed second. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. Hollis has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5apg in 28 games. Hollis is a naturalized American. Despite his Hungarian passport, Hollis previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Hungarian team. He used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

   #5. Laszlo Lazar (210-C-87, also represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Targu Mures (12-12) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Lazar's good performance the first-placed Targu Mures (12-12) was defeated 82-68 in Sibiu by the second-ranked CSU Sibiu in the Places 7-10 group. He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Lazar also added 4 rebounds. Lazar's overall stats this season are: 6.6ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.8bpg. He has both Hungarian and Romanian nationalities.



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Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Flenard WHITFIELD
  Skallagr.
  (200-F-90)
  Avg: 29.4
 1. Whitfield, Skallagr.29.4 
 2. Stevens, Keflavik28.6 
 3. Carberry, Thor T.27.7 
 4. Wright, Haukar27.1 
 5. Hester, Tindastoll23.4 
 6. Clinch, Grindavik21.7 
 7. Beamon, Thor AK20.9 
 8. Gunnarsson, Njard.20.0 
 9. Sigurdarson, IR19.9 
 10. Caird, Tindastoll18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amin STEVENS
  Keflavik
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 16
 1. Stevens, Keflavik16.0 
 2. Whitfield, Skallagr.14.6 
 3. Baeringsson, Stjar.12.8 
 4. Hester, Tindastoll10.8 
 5. Hankins-Cole, IR10.5 
 6. Carberry, Thor T.10.4 
 7. Ermolinskij, KR9.1 
 8. Olafsson, Grindavik9.0 
 9. Saevarsson, Grind.8.8 
 10. Alawoya, KR8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Hordur VILHJALMSSON
  Kefla.
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.6.8 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR6.5 
 3. Birgisson, Tindastoll6.2 
 4. Barja, Haukar5.6 
 5. Bjornsson, Skallagr.5.3 
 6. Clinch, Grindavik5.3 
 7. Sigurdarson, IR5.1 
 8. Baeringsson, Stjar.4.8 
 9. Stefansson, KR4.6 
 10. Shouse, Stjarnan4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Petur BIRGISSON
  Tindastoll
  (185-G-96)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Birgisson, Tindastoll2.7 
 2. Rikhardsson, Tinda.2.0 
 3. Olafsson, Grindavik1.9 
 4. Barja, Haukar1.8 
 5. Stevens, Keflavik1.8 
 6. Thomas, Thor AK1.6 
 7. Bjornsson, Skallagr.1.5 
 8. Jonsson, Keflavik1.5 
 9. Alawoya, KR1.5 
 10. Wright, Haukar1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tryggvi HLINASON
  Thor AK
  (215-C-97)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hlinason, Thor AK2.7 
 2. Hankins-Cole, IR2.0 
 3. Whitfield, Skallagr.1.3 
 4. Magnusson, Haukar1.3 
 5. Hester, Tindastoll1.2 
 6. Baeringsson, Stjar.1.2 
 7. Alawoya, KR1.1 
 8. Stevens, Keflavik1.1 
 9. Saevarsson, Grind.1.1 
 10. Stefansson, Haukar1.0 


Haukur Palsson selected the top Icelandic playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Haukur Palsson
Haukur Palsson
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Haukur Palsson (197-92, college: Maryland, currently plays in France). He led SPO Rouen to a victory against the closely-ranked Chorale de Roanne (13-16) 94-82 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Palsson scored 13 points, made 6 passes and 4 steals in 28 minutes on the court. SPO Rouen Basket (14-15) is placed 12th in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Palsson has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 43.8%, 3FGP: 38.1% and FT: 73.9% in 26 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Martin Hermannsson
Martin Hermannsson
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Martin Hermannsson (190-94, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in France). Hermannsson could not help Charleville-Mezieres (16-13) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Charleville-Mezieres was defeated 85-76 on the road by the lower-ranked Boulazac Basket (#5). Hermannsson was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added made 5 passes and 6 steals. Hermannsson has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 5.6apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3FGP: 32.0% and FT: 88.2%. Hermannsson is in the roster of the Icelandic senior national team.

Hordur Vilhjalmsson
Hordur Vilhjalmsson
   #3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Hordur Vilhjalmsson (194-88, currently plays in Italy). He contributed to an easy victory against the 16th-ranked Recanati (7-23) 93-74 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Saturday night. Vilhjalmsson scored 8 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 30 minutes. It was his first game for Bondi Ferrara this season. His team is placed 12th in East group. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended. Ex-Keflavik player is also a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Axel Karason
Axel Karason
   #4. An experienced small forward Axel Karason (193-83, currently plays in Denmark) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked SISU (12-16) 87-72 in the Danish Ligaen in Monday night's game. Karason recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Svendborg Rabbits (13-15) is placed fifth in the Ligaen. Karason's overall stats this season are: 4.0ppg and 4.0rpg. He is also Icelandic national team player.

Aegir Steinarsson
Aegir Steinarsson
   #5. International point guard Aegir Steinarsson (185-91, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Newberry, currently plays in Spain) managed to help San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos in a victory against the 13th-ranked Caceres Basket (13-20) 79-71 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. Steinarsson scored only 2 points and added 6 assists in 25 minutes. San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos (23-10) is placed third in the LEB Gold. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Steinarsson's overall stats are: 5.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 4.0apg in 33 games. He plays currently for the Icelandic national team.

Ragnar Nathanaelsson
Ragnar Nathanaelsson
   #6. Center Ragnar Nathanaelsson (218-91, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Albacete in their game against Zamorano (11-19) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Nathanaelsson scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Albacete was edged 83-81 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Zamorano (#12). It was Albacete's first loss after three consecutive victories. The Regular Season already ended. Nathanaelsson's total stats this season are: 6.2ppg and 6.7rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Icelandic National Team roster.

Other top Icelandic players, who play abroad:

Jakob Sigurdarson (192-PG-82) plays for Boras Basket in Swedish Basketligan
Jovan Zdravevski (198-F-80) plays for IK Eos in Swedish Basketettan
Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (204-C-88) plays for AE Larissas in Greek A2



Dominos League Round 4 of Finals. Grindavik catch up with KR in championship series - by Eurobasket News

Grindavik - KR 79-66

Grindavik rallied past KR at home court to even the title series at 2-2. The game was mostly controlled by Grindavik. KR managed to win third quarter 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Dominican guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Dagur Jonsson (185-95, college: St.Francis, NY) who added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Four Grindavik players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international guard Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists and Nigerian-American forward PJ Alawoya (203-88, college: McNeese St., agency: Inception Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: L.Clinch 21+7reb+4ast, T.Olafsson 16+1ast, D.Jonsson 12+5reb+5ast, I.Thor Gudmundsson 10+5reb+1ast, T.Finnbogason 9+3reb, O.Olafsson 6+11reb+3ast
KR: P.Alawoya 19+11reb+2ast, P.Ermolinskij 16+10reb+7ast, J.Stefansson 14+5reb+2ast, B.Bjornsson 7+3reb+4ast, K.Acox 5+3reb, D.Hilmarsson 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 545212





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  INDONESIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Gary JACOBS
  NSH G.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 27.9
 1. Jacobs, NSH G.27.9 
 2. Barfield, NSH G.26.4 
 3. Corbin, Bima P.24.9 
 4. Crump, Satya W.24.3 
 5. White, Pelita Jaya22.6 
 6. Loiselle, Pacific .22.4 
 7. Seagers, Pacific .21.6 
 8. Smith, Hang Tuah21.2 
 9. Ware, Garuda16.4 
 10. Brand, JNE B.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nate BARFIELD
  NSH G.
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Barfield, NSH G.14.4 
 2. Maxey, Satya W.13.9 
 3. Loiselle, Pacific .13.4 
 4. Brand, JNE B.13.2 
 5. White, Pelita Jaya13.1 
 6. Henderson-N., Aspac10.9 
 7. Smith, Hang Tuah10.7 
 8. McKinney, CLS K.10.6 
 9. Gunawan, Garuda9.8 
 10. Smith, Satria Muda9.1 
Assists Per Game
 David SEAGERS
  Pacific .
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Seagers, Pacific .6.1 
 2. Jacobs, NSH G.5.5 
 3. Wuysang, CLS K.5.3 
 4. Smith, Hang Tuah5.2 
 5. Loiselle, Pacific .4.9 
 6. Purwanto, Hang T.4.3 
 7. Hardianus, Satria M.4.3 
 8. Dhyaksa, Aspac4.3 
 9. Corbin, Bima P.3.9 
 10. Jewell, Satria Muda3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrell CORBIN
  Bima P.
  (184-PG-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Corbin, Bima P.2.9 
 2. Smith, Hang Tuah2.4 
 3. Seagers, Pacific .2.4 
 4. Jewell, Satria Muda2.2 
 5. Wisnu, Satria Muda2.0 
 6. Barfield, NSH G.1.8 
 7. Hardianus, Satria M.1.8 
 8. Dhyaksa, Aspac1.7 
 9. Joni, Hang Tuah1.6 
 10. White, Pelita Jaya1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Nate MAXEY
  Satya W.
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Maxey, Satya W.4.9 
 2. Brand, JNE B.3.5 
 3. Ware, Garuda2.0 
 4. Loiselle, Pacific .1.5 
 5. Sitepu, Satria M.1.2 
 6. White, Pelita Jaya1.1 
 7. Nugroho, CLS K.1.0 
 8. Smith, Satria Muda0.9 
 9. Seagers, Pacific .0.9 
 10. Jacobs, NSH G.0.8 



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  IRAN  

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Daequan COOK
  Chemidor
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Cook, Chemidor23.6 
 2. Buljan, Kashan22.5 
 3. Robinson, Petrochimi20.9 
 4. Prince, Azad19.2 
 5. Hosley, Arak19.0 
 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: 11.5
 1. Kazemi, Army11.5 
 2. Buljan, Kashan10.1 
 3. Kardoust, Arak9.4 
 4. Williams, Tabriz9.1 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan8.8 
 6. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.8.6 
 7. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.7.5 
 8. Cukinas, Chemidor7.3 
 9. Mirzaei, Naft A.7.2 
 10. Jones, Azad7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Petrochimi
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Robinson, Petrochimi4.3 
 2. Nasajpour, Tabriz3.9 
 3. Davarpanah, Naft A.3.8 
 4. Perkins, Naft A.3.7 
 5. Prince, Azad3.6 
 6. Hosley, Arak3.4 
 7. Jamshidi, Petrochimi3.3 
 8. Davoudi, Arak3.0 
 9. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.2.8 
 10. Williams, Arak2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Arak
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Hosley, Arak3.1 
 2. Nasajpour, Tabriz2.9 
 3. Kazemi, Army2.7 
 4. Prince, Azad2.5 
 5. Perkins, Naft A.2.4 
 6. Davarpanah, Naft A.2.3 
 7. Mashayekhi, Naft A.2.0 
 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. Taherpour, Shiraz a.1.1 
 3. Kardoust, Arak1.1 
 4. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.1.1 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan0.9 
 6. Riaie, Chemidor0.9 
 7. Moradinasab, Gor.0.9 
 8. Soleimani, Kashan0.8 
 9. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.0.7 
 10. Nabipour, Petrochimi0.7 


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

Arak - Chemidor 79-69

Arak overcame Chemidor in the quarterfinal series. Chemidor was trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 26-13 charge of Arak, which allowed them to win the game. Arak shot 29 for 39 from the free-throw line, while Chemidor only scored ten points from the stripe. 30 personal fouls committed by Chemidor helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International center Asghar Kardoust (212-86) fired a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Bulgarian Filip Videnov (196-80, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. The former international forward Amir Sedighi (203-93) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds and K Riaie added 7 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Chemidor's coach Javad Rahmatipour rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Arak: A.Kardoust 26+10reb+2ast, F.Videnov 20+7reb+2ast, H.Afagh 11+5reb+2ast, Q.Hosley 9+6reb+1ast, A.Davoudi 9+4reb+5ast, H.Sohrabnejad 2+2reb
Chemidor: A.Sedighi 17+6reb+1ast, I.Zandi 14+3reb, D.Derghokasian 9+1reb, K. Riaie 7+11reb, D.Cook 6+3reb+1ast, J.Davari 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 545401


Naft Abadan - Kashan 66-60

Naft Abadan outgunned Kashan to take 1-0 lead in the series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kashan won third quarter 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of British power forward Ryan Richards (212-91, agency: Three Eye Sports) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds. International Mohammad Hassanzadeh (203-90, agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with 6 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Masoud Soleimani (207) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and the former international power forward Hossein Rahmati (203-93) added 16 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Kashan.
Top scorers:
Naft Abadan: R.Richards 18+8reb, S.Davarpanah 10+2reb+1ast, E.Salmani 9+2reb, M.Mirzaei 9+5reb, M.Hassanzadeh 6+12reb+1ast, D.Perkins 5+5reb+2ast
Kashan: H.Rahmati 16+11reb, M.Soleimani 16+14reb, M.Salehi-Bozorgi 9+2reb+4ast, M.Rezaei 7+5reb+1ast, A.Najafi 4+2reb+4ast, M.Khaleghifar 4+10reb
gschID: 545398


Azad - Tabriz 90-74

Azad held off Tabriz to secure the winning start in the series. Azad made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Azad made 8 blocks. American guard Dominique Jones (193-88, college: S.Florida) stepped up and scored 33 points (!!!) and 6 assists for the winners and Irish-Australian center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) chipped in 18 points and 15 rebounds. At the losing side Croatian guard Hrvoje Puljko (193-83, agency: Mansfield and Associates) responded with 38 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and A Taherkhani scored 9 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Azad: D.Jones 33+4reb+6ast, A.James Ogilvy 18+15reb+1ast, A.Doraghi 12+2ast, M.Rasoul 9+1reb, A.Baheran 7+2reb+1ast, F.Sabouri 7+4reb
Tabriz: H.Puljko 38+6reb+2ast, A. Taherkhani 9+7reb+1ast, S.Reyhani 8+5reb, S.Pazrofteh 7+3reb+1ast, E.Nasajpour 4+5reb+3ast, M.Ghamari 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 545400


Petrochimi - Army 86-70

Petrochemi rallied past Army in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Petrochimi. Army was better in third quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Army 37-26 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Army helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International center Hamed Haddadi (218-85) nailed a double-double by scoring 32 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and Australian power forward Daniel Johnson (210-88, college: Pepperdine) accounted for 15 points. Four Petrochimi players scored in double figures. Petrochimi's coach Mehran Shahintab allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international center Mohammad Torabi (211-92) came up with 19 points and 8 rebounds and the former international Navid Farahani (194-88) added 22 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for Army in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Petrochimi: H.Haddadi 32+15reb+5ast, D.Johnson 15+4reb+2ast, M.Jamshidi 14+1reb+3ast, B.Yakhchali 12+5reb+1ast, O.Sahakian 5+7reb+1ast, H.Hosseinzadeh 3+1reb+3ast
Army: N.Farahani 22+3reb+1ast, M.Torabi 19+8reb+2ast, V.Dalirzahan 10+1reb+1ast, A.Khalilnejad 8+2reb+2ast, A.Kazemi 6+9reb+1ast, M. Rajaei 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 545399





Filip Videnov (ex Lukoil Acad.) agreed terms with Arak - by Eurobasket News

Shahrdary Arak (Superleague) inked experienced 37-year old Bulgarian small forward Filip Videnov (196-97kg-80, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Alti Sport). He started the season at Lukoil Academic Sofia in Bulgarian NBL league. Videnov managed to play in three leagues this year (!!!). In 15 NBL games he recorded 8.9ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.0apg. Videnov helped them to win the Supercup. He also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 9.2ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.4apg. And finally Videnov contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 8.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.0apg. The last season he played also at Lukoil Academic Sofia (also in NBL). In 28 games he got 11.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.2apg. Videnov contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) (also twice). A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 1st Team, All-Star Game and All-Domestic Players Team. Videnov also played 9 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 11.3ppg, 3.7rpg and 3.0apg.
Videnov was also a member of Bulgarian international program for some years. He played for Bulgarian Senior National Team between 2002 and 2012 and previously for University National Team back in 2001.
Videnov also represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 8.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.1apg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 83.3%.
Videnov is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to ten different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Videnov has played previously professionally in Croatia, France, Italy (Napoli J.News), Poland (Asseco), Russia (Krasnie Krilya and BC Nizhny Novgorod), Serbia (Crvena Zvezda), Spain (Baskonia, CB Granada and Gran Canaria), Turkey (Eskisehir Basket) and Iran (Azad).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Arak.
Videnov attended Western Kentucky University until 2003 and it is his 14th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: Versatile. Can play at both 2 and 3 positions. Strong player with quick feet and good jump abilities. Very athletic and solid, he can drive the line or shot the three, and showed he can produce lots of points at professional level too.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ISRAEL  

Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mark LYONS
  Hapoel T-A
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Lyons, Hapoel T-A20.2 
 2. Wyatt, Hapoel H.18.8 
 3. Selby, Maccabi K/G17.0 
 4. Simon, Maccabi .16.9 
 5. Milbourne, Hapoel E.16.8 
 6. Tucker, Hapoel T-A16.4 
 7. Siggers, Galil Gilboa16.2 
 8. Bowman, Maccabi .16.0 
 9. Bell, Hapoel Holon15.9 
 10. Holloway, Galil G.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karam MASHOUR
  Bnei H.
  (198-F-91)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Mashour, Bnei H.10.3 
 2. Holloway, Galil G.10.0 
 3. Atkins, Hapoel Holon8.6 
 4. Adrien, Bnei H.8.2 
 5. Howell, Hapoel T-A7.8 
 6. Cohen, Maccabi .7.6 
 7. Carmichael, Maccabi .7.6 
 8. Iverson, Maccabi .7.2 
 9. Kitchen, Ironi N.6.8 
 10. Williams, Hapoel T.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Maccabi .
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Vargas, Maccabi .6.8 
 2. Henry, Hapoel Eilat6.2 
 3. Kitchen, Ironi N.5.8 
 4. Blatt, Hapoel T-A5.5 
 5. Mekel, Maccabi T-A5.1 
 6. Taylor, Hapoel Holon4.9 
 7. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .4.6 
 8. Ewing, Maccabi .4.5 
 9. Limonad, Hapoel T.4.5 
 10. Lyons, Hapoel T-A4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Justin CARTER
  Maccabi .
  (193-G/F-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Carter, Maccabi .1.9 
 2. Shuchman, Galil G.1.9 
 3. Kinsey, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 4. Vargas, Maccabi .1.8 
 5. DiBartolomeo, Maccabi .1.8 
 6. Taylor, Maccabi .1.7 
 7. Henry, Hapoel Eilat1.7 
 8. Howell, Hapoel T-A1.7 
 9. Dennis, Bnei H.1.7 
 10. Kitchen, Ironi N.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Eric GRIFFIN
  Galil Gilboa
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Griffin, Galil Gilboa1.7 
 2. Buckner, Hapoel Eilat1.5 
 3. Stoudemire, Hapoel J.1.2 
 4. Jones, Hapoel J-M1.2 
 5. Mitchell, Maccabi .1.1 
 6. Adrien, Bnei H.1.1 
 7. Chubrevich, Hapoel H.1.0 
 8. Daniels, Hapoel Eilat0.9 
 9. Carter, Maccabi .0.9 
 10. Kelly, Maccabi K/G0.9 



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  ITALY  


Stefano Gentile joins Virtus Bologna - by Eurobasket News

Virtus Segafredo Bologna (Serie A2) added to their roster 28-year old point guard Stefano Gentile (191-90kg-89). He started the season at Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (Serie A). In 14 games he had 5.1ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.4apg this season.  Gentile helped them to make it to the Supercup semifinals. The last season he played also at Grissin Bon RE (also in Serie A) where in 30 games he recorded 6.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. Gentile contributed to his team winning the Supercup and make to league final. Gentile also played 14 games in Eurocup where he averaged 4.6ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.1apg.
He was selected to Italian SerieA All-Star Game back in 2014.
Gentile was also a member of Italian international program for some years. He played for Italian Senior National Team in 2014 and previously for U20 National Team in 2009.
Gentile represented Italy at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 2.5ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg.
Gentile has played previously professionally also in Greece (Panathinaikos) and Italy (Armani Milano, AV Cantu, Juvecaserta, Imola and Novipiu Casale).
On Gentile: The typical "scoring point guard" with great personality and leadership. He''s yet enough mature to play at senior level, needs to improve his defense and quickness.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Pape-Philippe Amagou selected the top Ivorian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Pape-Philippe Amagou
Pape-Philippe Amagou
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (186-85, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France). Amagou could not help Le Mans (11-18) in their last game. Despite his good performance Le Mans lost 66-77 at home to the higher-ranked (#8) Le Portel. Amagou scored 12 points in 27 minutes on the court. It was Le Mans' fifth consecutive loss in a row. This year Amagou averages: 6.8ppg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 38.7%, 3FGP: 43.3% and FT: 71.2% in 29 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French. Despite Amagou played previously for the French U20 national team, he played also for the Ivorian national team in 2013.

Remi Dibo
Remi Dibo
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Remi Dibo (201-91, agency: Octagon Europe, college: W.Virginia, currently plays in France). He led ALM Evreux to a victory against the closely-ranked Denain Voltaire (14-15) 86-72 in the French ProB (second division) last Tuesday. Dibo scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes. ALM Evreux Basket (16-13) is placed eighth in the ProB. Dibo has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 50.5%, 3FGP: 35.3% and FT: 87.8% in 23 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Despite Dibo played previously for the French U16 national team, he is currently a member of the Ivorian senior national team.

Charles Abouo
Charles Abouo
   #3. The Ivorian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Charles Abouo (196-89, college: BYU, currently plays in France) faced previously mentioned Remi Dibo in the French ProB last game. Abouo. He was not able to help Denain Voltaire in their game against ALM Evreux (16-13). Abouo scored 7 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Denain Voltaire was defeated 86-72 on the road by the higher-ranked ALM Evreux (#8). Abouo's overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 48.8%, 3FGP: 38.8% and FT: 55.9%. He has both American and Ivorian nationalities. Abouo played for the Ivorian national team four years ago.

Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate
Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate
   #4. Point guard Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate (181-87, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Chalons-Reims (9-20) in their game against Cholet Basket (11-18) in the French ProA. He scored 6 points in 24 minutes. Chalons-Reims lost 71-76 on their home court in Reims to the higher-ranked (#11) Cholet Basket. It was Chalons-Reims' fifth consecutive loss in a row. This year Diabate's overall stats are: 7.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg in 10 games. He also holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Diabate used to play for the Ivorian national team back in 2015.

Louri Frejus Zerbo
Louri Frejus Zerbo
   #5. Former international center Louri Frejus Zerbo (209-89, currently plays in France) couldn't help Limoges CSP Elite (14-15) in their game against Monaco (26-3) in the French ProA. He cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. Zerbo scored only 2 points. Limoges CSP Elite was defeated 92-88 on the opponent's court by the leading Monaco. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. It's Zerbo's sixth season with the team. His total stats this year are: 2.5ppg and 3.0rpg. Zerbo holds both Burkinabe and Ivorian passports. He used to play for the Ivorian national team four years ago.

Guy Landry Edi
Guy Landry Edi
   #6. Swingman Guy Landry Edi (202-88, agency: Promotex, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in a Saint Chamond's surprising victory against the third-ranked ADA Blois (16-13) crushing them 79-55 in the French ProB (second division) on Tuesday night. Edi scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. Saint Chamond Basket Valle du Gier (11-18) is placed second from the bottom (#17) in the ProB. It was Saint Chamond's first victory after five consecutive loses. This year Edi's total stats are: 10.0ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.2apg in 13 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Ivorian National Team roster.

Bryan Pamba-Juille
Bryan Pamba-Juille
   #7. International point guard Bryan Pamba-Juille (184-92, currently plays in France) couldn't help Lille Metropole (16-13) in their game against SO Maritime Boulogne (11-18) in the French ProB (second division). Pamba-Juille scored 5 points. Lille Metropole was defeated 76-64 in Boulogne-sur-Mer by the much lower-ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (#15). It was Lille Metropole's third consecutive loss in a row. Pamba-Juille has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg. He is also Ivorian national team player.

Mohamed Kone
Mohamed Kone
   #8. An experienced center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in France) couldn't help Charleville-Mezieres (16-13) in their game against Boulazac Basket (16-13) in the French ProB (second division). Kone scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes. Charleville-Mezieres lost 76-85 in Boulazac to the lower-ranked (#5) Basket. This year Kone has relatively solid stats: 13.5ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg in 28 games. He plays currently for the Ivorian national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France) led Pau-Lacq-Orthez to a victory against the closely-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (15-14) 94-83 in the French ProA in Tuesday night's game. He scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (20-9) is placed fourth in the ProA. Koffi has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg and 6.4rpg in 29 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French.

   #2. Doron Perkins (189-G-83, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in Iran) contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked Tabriz (3-3) crushing them 106-77 in the Iranian Superleague last Thursday. Perkins scored 12 points, had 7 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group 2. Naft Abadan (6-1) is placed first. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Perkins has relatively good stats this season: 13.3ppg, 6.5rpg, 3.7apg and 2.4spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and American.

   #3. Dane Watts (203-F-86, currently plays in Germany) could not help Oettinger Rockets Gotha (16-14) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Watts' very good performance Oettinger Rockets Gotha was defeated 82-72 on the road by the higher-ranked Chemnitz (#3). He recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 11 rebounds. Watts also added 3 assists. It's Watts' first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 14.1ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2spg. Watts has both American and Ivorian nationalities.

   #4. Armand Anebo (194-SF-87, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to help Leeds Force in their game against Glasgow Rocks (21-12) in the British BBL. Anebo cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Leeds Force was edged 72-70 at home by the much higher-ranked Glasgow Rocks (#3). It was Leeds Force's fifth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Anebo has been at the team for six years. Anebo has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 5.6rpg.

   #5. Mohamed Toure (190-G-92, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Orzinuovi GaGa's victory against the 15th-ranked San Vendemiano (7-23) 83-79 in the Italian Serie B (third division) last Saturday. He scored 15 points in 26 minutes. GaGa' Milano OrziBasket Orzinuovi (25-5) is placed first in Group B. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Toure's first season with the team. Toure has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.9apg in 30 games. He also holds two passports: Ivorian and Italian. Despite Toure's Ivorian nationality, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Ivorian team.



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  JAMAICA  


Kimani Ffriend selected the top Jamaican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kimani Ffriend
Kimani Ffriend
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international center Kimani Ffriend (211-77, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Serbia). Ffriend could not help one of league's weakest teams Dynamic BG (1-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Dynamic BG was defeated 75-64 at home by the leading Borac. Ffriend recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Ffriend has relatively good stats this season: 15.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.6apg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 55.8%(82-147) and FT: 68.9%. He played for the Jamaican senior national team five years ago.

Samardo Samuels
Samardo Samuels
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Samardo Samuels (206-89, college: Louisville, currently plays in Italy). He was not able to help Enel Brindisi in their game against Juvecaserta (11-17) in the Italian Serie A. Despite his good performance on Sunday night Samuels recorded 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Samuels averages: 8.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 2FGP: 48.1%, 3FGP: 75.0% and FT: 75.0%. He played for the Jamaican national team in 2014.

Ryan Reid
Ryan Reid
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Ryan Reid (204-86, college: Florida St., currently plays in Japan). Reid contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Orange Vikings (27-29) crushing them 94-49 in the Japanese B League D2 last Sunday. He recorded 6 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Shimane Susanoo Magic (46-10) is placed first in West group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Reid's first season with the team. Reid's overall stats this year are: 8.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 50.4%, 3FGP: 21.6% and FT: 71.1%. He is a naturalized American. Reid played for the Jamaican national team six years ago.

Jerome Jordan
Jerome Jordan
   #4. Center Jerome Jordan (215-86, college: Tulsa, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Divina Seguros Juventut Badalona in a victory against the ninth-ranked RETAbet BB (12-15) crushing them 82-55 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He scored only 4 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 24 minutes. Divina Seguros Juventut Badalona (10-19) is placed 13th in the Liga Endesa. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Jordan has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg and 5.5rpg in 23 games he played so far. He used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2014.

Adrian Forbes
Adrian Forbes
   #5. Former international power forward Adrian Forbes (211-88, agency: Haylett Sports, college: Auburn, currently plays in Japan) was not able to secure a victory for Kagawa FA (18-38) in their game against Dragonflies (43-13) in the Japanese B League D2. He scored 5 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 19 minutes. The fifth-placed Kagawa FA (18-38) lost 81-89 on the road to the second-ranked Dragonflies in the West group. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Forbes' overall stats are: 5.9ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.2bpg in 56 games. He used to play for the Jamaican national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Torin Francis (210-C-83, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Argentina) could not help La Union (9-27) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the seventh-placed La Union (9-27) was edged 71-69 on the road by the lower-ranked (#9) Hispano Americano de Rio Gallegos in the Norte group. Francis had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 30 minutes. It was La Union's fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Francis has relatively good stats this year: 14.6ppg and 8.8rpg in 52 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American.

   #2. Ryan Martin (206-F-91, college: Tenn Tech, currently plays in France) was not able to help STB Le Havre (14-15) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Martin's very good performance STB Le Havre was defeated 89-80 in Vichy by the league outsider JA Vichy (#18). He was the top scorer with 25 points. This season Martin averages: 6.6ppg and 3.9rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Jamaican and British. Despite Martin's Jamaican passport, he previously played for the British U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Jamaican team.

   #3. Sek Henry (193-G-87, college: Nebraska, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Gravelines-Dunkerque (15-14) in their last game. Despite Henry's very good performance Gravelines-Dunkerque lost 83-94 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#4) Pau-Lacq-Orthez. He scored 16 points in 29 minutes. It was Gravelines-Dunkerque's third consecutive loss in a row. Henry has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.4spg in 22 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #4. Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (178-PG-91, currently plays in Portugal) was the major contributor in Galitos-Barreiro's victory against the sixth-ranked Illiabum (13-18) 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. Galitos-Barreiro (18-13) is placed fifth in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. Ogungbemi-Jackson has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.6apg and 1.3spg in 23 games. Ogungbemi-Jackson is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Jamaican. Despite his Jamaican nationality, Ogungbemi-Jackson previously played for the Canadian university national team and probably cannot be called to the Jamaican team.

   #5. Dane Johnson (208-C-86, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Venezuela) contributed to Toros' victory against the second-ranked Bucaneros (13-10) 94-83 in the Venezuelan LPB in Thursday night's game. Johnson had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in only 1 minutes. Toros de Aragua (6-15) is placed fifth in Western Conference. This year Johnson's overall stats are: 6.4ppg and 5.4rpg in five games. He is a naturalized American.

   #6. Khalid Mutakabbir (193-G-91, agency: Duran International, college: Presbyterian, currently plays in Spain) led Zornotza to an easy victory against the league outsider Gandia crushing them 82-59 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. Mutakabbir scored 18 points and added 4 passes. This season Mutakabbir has very high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.9apg and 1.7spg. Mutakabbir is a naturalized American.

   #7. T.J. Sapp (190-G-92, also represented by Duran International, college: Murray St., currently plays in France) managed to help Boulazac Basket Dordogne to win against the closely-ranked Charleville-Mezieres 85-76 in the French ProB (second division) on Tuesday night. Sapp scored 5 points. Sapp's total stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American.

   #8. Tyran De Lattibeaudiere (201-F-91, college: Lamar, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help CB Granada in their game against Blancos de Rueda in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). De Lattibeaudiere cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 17 minutes. His team was crushed by 21 points 80-59. De Lattibeaudiere has reliable stats this year: 11.7ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1bpg in 29 games.

   #9. Aaron Redpath (193-G-92, agency: Interperformances, college: McMaster, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 2-point Zamorano's victory against one of league's weakest teams Albacete 83-81 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. He scored only 3 points. Redpath's total stats this season are: 6.5ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.7apg. He has both Canadian and Jamaican nationalities.

   #10. Junior Cadougan (187-G-90, college: Marquette, currently plays in NBLCanada) contributed to a London Lightning's victory against the Island Storm 123-117 in the NBL Canada on Tuesday night. Cadougan recorded 8 points and added 3 assists in 20 minutes. This year Cadougan's total stats are: 6.5ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.7apg in 30 games. He also holds two passports: Jamaican and Canadian.



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  KOSOVO  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Trae ANDERSON
  Ylli
  (196-SF-)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Anderson, Ylli21.4 
 2. Zenelaj, Ylli21.3 
 3. Brown, Ylli21.3 
 4. Kovaqi, Vellaznimi20.8 
 5. Qallaku, Vellaznimi18.8 
 6. Veseli, Peja17.3 
 7. Hajrizi, Sigal P.17.3 
 8. Zekiqi, Trepca16.4 
 9. Matoshi, Vellaznimi15.5 
 10. Wise, Trepca15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Urim ZENELAJ
  Ylli
  (213-C-91)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Zenelaj, Ylli14.5 
 2. Anderson, Ylli9.2 
 3. Sinani, Bashkimi8.4 
 4. Dahlman, Peja8.1 
 5. Grosha, Ylli7.0 
 6. Locke, Bashkimi6.9 
 7. Matoshi, Vellaznimi6.8 
 8. Kapiti, Kerasan6.2 
 9. Qallaku, Vellaznimi6.0 
 10. Shala, Kerasan6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Fisnik JUNIKU
  Vellaznimi
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Juniku, Vellaznimi7.7 
 2. Anderson, Ylli7.0 
 3. Morina, Ylli6.0 
 4. Kemp, Sigal Prishtina5.9 
 5. Brown, Ylli5.4 
 6. Mekaj, Peja4.8 
 7. Wise, Trepca4.7 
 8. Ahmetbasic, Peja4.4 
 9. Latifaj, Kerasan4.1 
 10. Scott, Trepca4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Arian QALLAKU
  Peja
  (195-G-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Qallaku, Peja2.2 
 2. Morina, Ylli2.0 
 3. Kovaqi, Vellaznimi1.9 
 4. Brown, Ylli1.7 
 5. Juniku, Vellaznimi1.7 
 6. Deihl, Rahoveci1.7 
 7. Hajrizi, Sigal P.1.7 
 8. Latifaj, Kerasan1.6 
 9. Anderson, Ylli1.5 
 10. Wise, Trepca1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dardan KAPITI
  Kerasan
  (204-F/C-0)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kapiti, Kerasan2.0 
 2. Zenelaj, Ylli1.6 
 3. Zeka, Vellaznimi0.9 
 4. Reed, Peja0.8 
 5. Stutz, Trepca0.7 
 6. Grosha, Ylli0.7 
 7. Muric, Peja0.6 
 8. Anderson, Ylli0.6 
 9. Veseli, Peja0.6 
 10. Morina, Ylli0.5 


SuperLeague Round 28: Bashkimi beats Peja in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in SuperLeague just ended.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Peje. Second ranked Bashkimi faced one of their biggest challengers Peja. Guests from Prizren (22-4) defeated host Peja (19-6) 92-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Peja. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 57-43 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Peja 45-26 including a 35-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Bashkimi looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. American point guard Temi Soyebo (183-84, college: NC-Wilmington) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points, 8 rebounds and 14 assists for the winners. The other American import forward Kayel Locke (196-94, college: NC-Greensboro) chipped in 26 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Arian Qallaku (195-92) produced a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for lost side. Bashkimi have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 22-4 record behind leader Sigal Prishtina. Peja at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost.
Leader Sigal Prishtina delivered the twenty third victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Rahoveci (9-17) 118-72. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Granit Rugova (198-85, college: Trinity Valley CC) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 5 rebounds. Drilon Hajrizi contributed with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Center Besnik Sharku (203-89) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds for Rahoveci. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sigal Prishtina (23-3) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Rahoveci lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth place with 17 games lost.

In the last two games of round 28 Kerasan was crushed by Trepca in Mitrovice 108-79. Ylli beat Vellaznimi at home 84-74.
The best stats of 28th round was 19 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists by Trae Anderson of Ylli.

Trepca - Kerasan 108-79

There was no surprise in Mitrovice where 7th ranked Kerasan (2-26) was crushed by fourth ranked Trepca (18-10) 108-79. The game was mostly controlled by Trepca. Kerasan was better in second period 27-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Kerasan's 48. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Besnik Azemi (200-89) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. American guard Montrael Scott (190-93, college: Prairie View A&M) contributed with 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Alban Latifaj (185-91) replied with 22 points and 6 assists and Rinor Ahmeti (188-96) added 21 points in the effort for Kerasan. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kerasan's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Trepca maintains fourth position with 18-10 record. Kerasan at the other side keeps the seventh place with 26 games lost. They share the position with Vellaznimi.
Top scorers:
Kerasan: A.Latifaj 22+3reb+6ast, R.Ahmeti 21+2reb+1ast, M.Jakupi 11+4reb, G.Shala 11+11reb, K.Mucolli 6+3reb+1ast, K.Sadiku 4+1ast
Trepca: B.Azemi 24+6reb+7ast, M.Scott 23+7reb+3ast, S.Zekiqi 23+2reb+2ast, N.Ljujic 14+8reb+1ast, B.Zekiqi 9+2reb, A.Selmani 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 530115


Ylli - Vellaznimi 84-74

No shocking result in a game in Therande where fifth ranked Xhebrailat (12-15) defeated bottom-ranked Vellaznimi (2-26) 84-74. It looked good early as Vellaznimi took a 3-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Xhebrailat had a 21-11 second period charge getting the lead and Vellaznimi was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-84. They outrebounded Vellaznimi 47-32 including a 38-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American Trae Anderson (196, college: E.Illinois) who helped to win the game recording a triple-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. The other American import guard Kevin Brown (190-92, college: New Orleans) contributed with 27 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Beqe Kovaqi (196-94) replied with 29 points and 5 rebounds and guard Driton Rraci (194-84) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Vellaznimi. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Xhebrailat maintains fifth position with 12-15 record. Vellaznimi lost sixteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. They share the position with Kerasan.
Top scorers:
Vellaznimi: B.Kovaqi 29+5reb+2ast, M.Mala 16+2reb+2ast, D.Rraci 14+8reb+3ast, A.Koshi 13+8reb+3ast, B.Dardan 2+5reb+2ast, D.Domi 0
Ylli: K.Brown 27+8reb+3ast, T.Anderson 19+13reb+11ast, E.Asllanaj 12+4reb+2ast, E.Grosha 11+13reb+1ast, G. Arifaj 7+3reb, U.Karanezi 6+6reb+3ast
gschID: 530116


Rahoveci - Sigal Prishtina 72-118

Leader Sigal Prishtina delivered the twenty third victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Rahoveci (9-17) 118-72. The game without a history. Sigal Prishtina led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Rahoveci's 52. They outrebounded Rahoveci 46-29 including a 35-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Sigal Prishtina players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Granit Rugova (198-85, college: Trinity Valley CC) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Drilon Hajrizi (203-91) contributed with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Sigal Prishtina players scored in double figures. Center Besnik Sharku (203-89) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds and forward Artin Gashi (203-93) added 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Rahoveci. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sigal Prishtina (23-3) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Rahoveci lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth place with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Rahoveci: A.Gashi 21+6reb+4ast, B.Sharku 18+15reb+2ast, A.Morina 12+3reb+10ast, A.Berisha 8+1reb, M.Merovci 7+1reb+3ast, V.Bunjaku 2+1reb+2ast
Sigal Prishtina: G.Rugova 24+5reb+3ast, D.Hajrizi 21+6reb+4ast, F.Rugova 21+5reb+1ast, M.Moser 16+10reb, J.Hinds 12+4reb+5ast, W.Kemp 9+1reb+6ast
gschID: 530114


Peja - Bashkimi 81-92

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Peje. Second ranked Bashkimi faced one of their biggest challengers Peja. Guests from Prizren (22-4) defeated host Peja (19-6) 92-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Peja. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 57-43 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Peja 45-26 including a 35-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Bashkimi looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. American point guard Temi Soyebo (183-84, college: NC-Wilmington) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points, 8 rebounds and 14 assists for the winners. The other American import forward Kayel Locke (196-94, college: NC-Greensboro) chipped in 26 points and 5 rebounds. Soyebo is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Bashkimi players scored in double figures. Guard Arian Qallaku (195-92) produced a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and Slovenian point guard Robert Abramovic (185-88, agency: PEPI SPORT) added 24 points respectively for lost side. Bashkimi have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 22-4 record behind leader Sigal Prishtina. Peja at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost.
Top scorers:
Peja: A.Qallaku 30+11reb+3ast, R.Abramovic 24+3reb+3ast, A.Hajdari 13+4reb+4ast, L.Mekaj 9+2reb+8ast, E.Kuqi 3+3reb+1ast, M.Muric 2+3reb
Bashkimi: K.Locke 26+5reb+2ast, G.Adams 20+8reb+2ast, T.Soyebo 15+8reb+14ast, G.Sinani 11+16reb+4ast, M.Tmusic 8+4reb+2ast, I.Tahiri 5+1ast
gschID: 530113





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

American Trae Anderson (196-SF) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Ylli and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The recorded a triple-double of 19 points adding also thirteen rebounds and eleven assists, while his team beat Vellaznimi (#8, 2-26) 84-74. Ylli maintains the 5th position in Kosovan SuperLeague. Ylli 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. Anderson just recently signed at Ylli, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Eastern Illinois University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Anderson is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.4ppg. Anderson is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 9.2rpg), assists (2nd best: 7.0apg) and averages solid 54.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old guard Arian Qallaku (195-G-92) of Peja. Qallaku impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Peja lost that game 81-92 to slightly higher-ranked Bashkimi (#2, 22-4). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Peja still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 19-6 record is not bad at all. Qallaku is one of the most experienced players at Peja and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 12.9ppg (#5). He also registered 5.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Besnik Sharku (203-C-89) of Rahoveci (#6). Sharku scored 18 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Sharku's great performance Rahoveci lost 72-118 to the higher-ranked Sigal Prishtina (#1, 23-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Rahoveci not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 17 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Sharku could try to bring Rahoveci's a little bit higher in the standings. Sharku has a very solid season. In 25 games in Kosovo he scored 5.5ppg. He also has 5.6rpg and FGP: 57.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Granit Rugova (198-F-85) of Sigal Prishtina - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Montrael Scott (190-G-93) of Trepca - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Alban Latifaj (185-PG-91) of Kerasan - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Besnik Azemi (200-F/C-89) of Trepca - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Drilon Hajrizi (203-F-91) of Sigal Prishtina - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Beqe Kovaqi (196-SF-94) of Vellaznimi - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Temi Soyebo (183-PG-84) of Bashkimi - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 14 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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  LATVIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler LARSON
  Barons Riga
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Larson, Barons Riga17.4 
 2. Pitts, Valmiera15.0 
 3. Blums, VEF Riga14.8 
 4. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.14.6 
 5. Ausejs, Liepaja/.14.5 
 6. Griffin, Liepaja/.14.5 
 7. Stumbris, Jekabpils14.0 
 8. Jogela, Barons Riga13.8 
 9. Laksa, Valmiera13.7 
 10. Jeromanovs, Jurma.13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Davis ROZITIS
  Liepaja/.
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Rozitis, Liepaja/.8.4 
 2. Iljins, Jurmala8.4 
 3. Krestinin, Barons R.7.9 
 4. Selakovs, Jekabpils7.7 
 5. Montgomery, Liepaja/.7.5 
 6. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.7.0 
 7. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils6.8 
 8. Jonats, Valmiera6.5 
 9. Strelnieks, Jurmala6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.7.0 
 2. Jeromanovs, Jurma.6.1 
 3. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.9 
 4. Pitts, Valmiera5.8 
 5. Plavnieks, BK Ogre5.7 
 6. Gaddy, VEF Riga5.4 
 7. Vitols, BK Ogre4.9 
 8. Larson, Barons Riga4.5 
 9. Birkans, LU4.3 
 10. McMullan, Liepaja/.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.2.4 
 2. Skele, VEF Riga1.9 
 3. Richard, VEF Riga1.8 
 4. Pitts, Valmiera1.7 
 5. Campbell, Ventspils1.6 
 6. Gaddy, VEF Riga1.6 
 7. Mitchell, Valmiera1.5 
 8. Krestinin, Barons R.1.5 
 9. Larson, Barons Riga1.5 
 10. Jeromanovs, Jurma.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Davis ROZITIS
  Liepaja/.
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Rozitis, Liepaja/.1.1 
 2. Iljins, Jurmala1.0 
 3. Grazulis, Ventspils1.0 
 4. Krestinin, Barons R.0.9 
 5. Selakovs, Jekabpils0.8 
 6. Zvigurs, Valka/Va.0.8 
 7. Montgomery, Liepaja/.0.8 
 8. Stumbris, Jekabpils0.8 
 9. Rozitis, Jurmala0.7 


LBL D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Barrett, Madona26.7 
 2. Miezis, Kekava24.6 
 3. Kaufmanis, Valmier.22.7 
 4. Ginters, RSU22.2 
 5. Krumins, Jelgava20.4 
 6. Stiebrins, Jekabpil.17.9 
 7. Saknitis, Kekava17.4 
 8. Skute, Madona17.2 
 9. Bets, Ogre/Kum.16.8 
 10. Zotovs, VEF skola16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Barrett, Madona12.2 
 2. Minajevs, LU/BS R.11.5 
 3. Dubults, ViA11.0 
 4. Vikentsyeu, VeA10.7 
 5. Cavars, Kekava10.4 
 6. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki10.0 
 7. Gertners, DSN/.9.8 
 8. Adins, Turiba8.9 
 9. Metnieks, Marupe8.8 
 10. Sapovalovs, RSU8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars BUIKIS
  Saldus
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Buikis, Saldus7.9 
 2. Endzels, Turiba6.7 
 3. Justovics, Jelgava6.7 
 4. Bikovs, RTU5.8 
 5. Kalnins, Valmier.5.7 
 6. Kohanovs, ViA5.7 
 7. Paze, Marupe5.4 
 8. Osins, Limbazi5.3 
 9. Zotovs, VEF skola5.2 
 10. Miezis, Kekava4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Aivars DAMBIS
  BJBS R.
  (183-G-0)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Dambis, BJBS R.3.3 
 2. Miezis, Kekava3.1 
 3. Mikulskiy, VeA2.7 
 4. Zotovs, VEF skola2.6 
 5. Kaufmanis, Valmier.2.6 
 6. Barrett, Madona2.5 
 7. Bikovs, RTU2.5 
 8. Brants, Madona2.3 
 9. Osins, Limbazi2.3 
 10. Salenieks, DSN/.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Reinis AVOTINS
  Jekabpil.
  (202-F-98)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Avotins, Jekabpil.1.6 
 2. Engers, ViA1.3 
 3. Skute, Madona1.3 
 4. Gertners, DSN/.1.1 
 5. Metnieks, Marupe1.1 
 6. Jurjans, RSU1.0 
 7. Vikentsyeu, VeA1.0 
 8. Indrikovs, Ogre/Kum.1.0 
 9. Viksna, Livani0.9 
 10. Hudins, VEF skola0.9 


Anzejs Pasecniks selected the top Latvian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Anzejs Pasecniks
Anzejs Pasecniks
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Anzejs Pasecniks (216-95, college: VEF skola, currently plays in Spain). He led Gran Canaria to a victory over the league leader Movil Estudiantes (3-0) 104-86 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Pasecniks was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 21 minutes on the court. 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. This year Pasecniks averages: 8.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 2FGP: 66.7%(90-135), 3FGP: 63.6% and FT: 60.7% in 29 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Zanis Peiners
Zanis Peiners
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Zanis Peiners (203-90, currently plays in Greece). Peiners contributed to PAOK's victory against the closely-ranked Lavrio (11-15) 78-68 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. He scored 12 points. PAOK Thessaloniki (14-12) is placed fifth in the A1. It's Peiners' first season with the team. Peiners has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 58.4%(66-113), 3FGP: 30.1% and FT: 77.0%. He is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Dairis Bertans
Dairis Bertans
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-89, currently plays in Euroleague). Bertans could not help Darussafaka (16-14) to beat Real Madrid (23-7). He recorded 7 points and added 3 assists in 15 minutes. Darussafaka lost 75-83 on the road to the leading Real Madrid. This year Bertans' overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 42.9% and FT: 84.6% in 31 games. He is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Rolands Freimanis
Rolands Freimanis
   #4. Power forward Rolands Freimanis (208-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Usak Sportlif in their game against Tofas (12-15) in the Turkish BSL. Freimanis scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Usak Sportlif was defeated 82-69 in Bursa by the higher-ranked Tofas (#9). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Freimanis has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.1apg. He is also Latvian national team player.

Rihards Kuksiks
Rihards Kuksiks
   #5. Former international small forward Rihards Kuksiks (197-88, agency: HMS, college: Arizona St., currently plays in France) was the major contributor in Nantes' victory against the 12th-ranked SPO Rouen (14-15) 78-66 in the French ProB (second division) last Tuesday. Kuksiks scored 19 points in 29 minutes. Hermine Nantes Atlantique (10-12) is placed first in the ProB. Kuksiks has reliable stats this year: 10.1ppg and 3.0rpg in 15 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team four years ago.

Rolands Smits
Rolands Smits
   #6. Power forward Rolands Smits (207-95, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (11-17) in their game against Andorra (15-13) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Smits scored only 4 points. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was badly defeated 96-78 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Andorra (#8). 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 important. Smits' total stats this season are: 7.7ppg and 3.6rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

Davis Bertans
Davis Bertans
   #7. International forward Davis Bertans (208-92, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the San Antonio Spurs (61-21) in their game against the Memphis Grizzlies (43-39) in the NBA. Bertans scored 6 points in only 12 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs (61-21) lost 94-105 in Memphis to the Grizzlies. It was Spurs' third consecutive loss in a row. This year Bertans' total stats are: 4.6ppg and 1.5rpg in 70 games. He is also Latvian national team player.

Ernests Kalve
Ernests Kalve
   #8. Forward Ernests Kalve (200-87, also represented by HMS, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Targu Mures (12-12) in their game against CSU Sibiu (18-10) in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Kalve scored 9 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. But the first-placed Targu Mures (12-12) was defeated 82-68 in Sibiu by the second-ranked CSU Sibiu in the Places 7-10 group. Kalve averaged so far 10.8ppg and 5.1rpg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2010.

Davis Lejasmeiers
Davis Lejasmeiers
   #9. International guard Davis Lejasmeiers (192-91, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to a Sodertalje Kings' victory against the closely-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (23-9) 65-60 in the Swedish Basketligan on Tuesday night. Lejasmeiers scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 34 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Sodertalje Kings (23-9) is placed third in the Basketligan. Lejasmeiers' stats this year are: 10.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.1apg in 42 games. He is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

Ojars Silins
Ojars Silins
   #10. Power forward Ojars Silins (203-93, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Telekom Baskets (17-13) in their game against BG Goettingen (12-18) in the German BBL. Silins cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. Telekom Baskets was defeated 78-66 in Goettingen 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 extremely important. Silins has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 2.4rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

   #11. U20 international forward Verners Kohs (203-97, currently plays in Czech Republic) was the main contributor in a GBA Sparta's victory against the eighth-ranked Havirov crushing them 99-54 in the Czech Republic 1Liga (second division) last Friday. Kohs was the best player in that game. He scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 24 minutes. Kohs averaged so far 13.0ppg and 4.3rpg in 21 games. He plays currently for the Latvian U20 national team.

   #12. Former U20 international center Ricmonds Vilde (211-90, college: Houston Baptist, currently plays in France) managed to help ALM Evreux Basket to win against the closely-ranked Denain Voltaire 86-72 in the French ProB (second division) on Tuesday night. Vilde scored only 3 points. Vilde has averaged so far 5.9ppg and 4.4rpg. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team back in 2010.

   #13. U18 international power forward Roberts Blumbergs (204-97, currently plays in Czech Republic) is a teammate of previously mentioned Verners Kohs and both played together in the last Czech Republic 1Liga game. Blumbergs helped GBA Sparta win their game against the eighth-ranked Havirov crushing them 99-54. He scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. Blumbergs averaged so far 12.1ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.4bpg and 1.2spg in 10 games. He is also Latvian U18 national team player.

   #14. U20 international guard Dzeiks-Eduards Krumins (186-97, currently plays in Spain) helped Gran Canaria B win their game against the 12th-ranked Lanzarote 77-70 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. Krumins recorded only 4 points. Krumins has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 1.9rpg. He plays currently for the Latvian U20 national team.



LBL Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Valmiera and Jekabpils post wins - by Eurobasket News

Valmiera - Liepaja/Triobet 100-94

Valmiera held off Liepaja/Triobet to take 2-1 lead in the series. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 33-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Valmiera made 30-of-34 free shots (88.2 percent) during the game, while Liepaja/Triobet only scored thirteen points from the stripe. Valmiera looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Liepaja/Triobet was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall) who scored 24 points and 8 assists. The former international Arturs Berzins (204-88) chipped in 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Pitts is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Arturs Ausejs (192-90) who recorded 33 points (!!!) and 5 assists and American guard Malcolm Griffin (193-91, college: Fresno Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 14 points, 12 assists and 6 steals respectively. Five Valmiera and four Liepaja/Triobet players scored in double figures. Liepaja/Triobet's coach Agris Galvanovskis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: D.Pitts 24+2reb+8ast, J.Kaufmanis 19+3reb+3ast, M.Laksa 19+3reb+2ast, A.Berzins 18+7reb+4ast, D.Fischer 12+10reb+2ast, L.Blaus 8+2reb
Liepaja/Triobet: A.Ausejs 33+3reb+5ast, C.Montgomery 15+7reb+1ast, M.Griffin 14+3reb+12ast, A.Butjankovs 13+8reb+2ast, M.Jurevicus 8+1ast, J.Steele 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 544499


Jekabpils - Barons Riga 93-92 OT

Jekabpils outscored Barons Riga in overtime to regain the lead in the series. Barons Riga was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 21-15 charge of Jekabpils, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 13-12. Jekabpils looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Barons Riga was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was the former international center Andrejs Selakovs (207-88, agency: Players Group) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Roberts Stumbris (199-93) chipped in 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Tyler Larson (190-91, college: S.Dakota) who recorded 28 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and Lithuanian Tauras Jogela (202-93, agency: Players Group) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Four Barons Riga players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Jekabpils: A.Selakovs 21+12reb+2ast, R.Stumbris 18+8reb+4ast, J.Aleksejevs 12+4reb+3ast, P.Veselovs 9+4reb, R.Sirsnins 8+4reb+6ast, J.Antrops 8+5reb+3ast
Barons Riga: T.Larson 28+5reb+7ast, T.Jogela 17+6reb, K.Mediss 14+3ast, D.Geks 11+1reb, D.Krestinin 9+10reb+1ast, R.Freimanis 5+5reb
gschID: 544498





LBL2 Round 1 of Finals. Jelgava open win count - by Eurobasket News

Jelgava - ViA 87-77

Jelgava fired past ViA to victoriously open LBL2 Finals. The game was mostly controlled by Jelgava. ViA managed to win second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-24 free shots (91.7 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by ViA helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Kalvis Krumins (185-90) contributed with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Klavs Dubults (198-96) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds and forward Janis Engers (200-95) added 18 points in the effort for ViA. Four Jelgava and five ViA players scored in double figures. ViA's coach Roberts Zeile rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: E.Krumins 23+8reb+2ast, K.Krumins 18+5reb+4ast, G.Justovics 15+1reb+5ast, A.Justovics 10+5reb+1ast, T.Bititis 7+6reb, J.Berzins 5+2reb
ViA: J.Engers 18+2reb+2ast, K.Dubults 15+8reb+1ast, E.Ivanovs 13+4reb+1ast, V.Veveris 11+1reb+3ast, T.Kohanovs 10+5reb+4ast, O.Grinbergs 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 544967





Baskonia could land Janis Timma - by Eurobasket News

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) is close to sign 25-year old Latvian international small forward Janis Timma (201-102kg-92) who currently plays for Zenit Saint Petersburg in Russia. In 20 VTB games he recorded 13.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg this season. Great year indeed as he was voted to VTB United League All-Star Game. The last season Timma played also at Zenit in Russian league where in 16 Eurocup games he averaged 12.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg. He also played 36 games in VTB United League where he had 14.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.6apg and 1.5spg (in top 4). Timma helped them to make it to the semifinals.
In 2013 he was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) in second round (60th overall).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Timma won Latvian League championship title for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Forward of the Year in 2016.
Timma has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Latvian senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2011 and 2012.
Timma also represented Latvia at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 7.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 63.6%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 66.7%.
Timma has played also professionally for other Latvian teams like Barons Riga, Ventspils, Liepaja/Triobet, Keizarmezs and DU/Swedbank.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very athletic forward with a strong body and quick legs. He's a great shooter, with a very quick release. He can create his own shot from off the dribble as well as shoot coming off screens. Defends very well even on bigger opponents thanks to his powerful body, needs to improve in continuity during each game.

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  LEBANON  

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Sagesse
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Stoglin, Sagesse33.7 
 2. Khatib, Homenetmen24.6 
 3. Johnson, Louaize24.0 
 4. Efevberha, Sagesse23.5 
 5. Rembert, Champville23.3 
 6. Kemp, Tadamon23.2 
 7. Morris, Tadamon23.2 
 8. Spencer, Moutahed22.7 
 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, Tadamon6.4 
 4. Johnson, Louaize6.3 
 5. Rembert, Champville6.1 
 6. Arakji, Al Riyadi5.4 
 7. Brown, Al Riyadi5.4 
 8. Pigram, Tadamon5.2 
 9. Efevberha, Sagesse4.9 
 10. Spencer, Moutahed4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Geron JOHNSON
  Louaize
  (190-G-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Johnson, Louaize2.8 
 2. Jackson, Homen.2.6 
 3. Galloway, Homen.2.0 
 4. Kemp, Tadamon1.9 
 5. Curry, Moutahed1.8 
 6. Thomas, Hoops1.8 
 7. Youngblood, Byblos1.8 
 8. Ebi, Byblos1.7 
 9. Brown, Al Riyadi1.7 
 10. Tucker, Byblos1.7 
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. Johnson, Louaize1.0 


Byblos one game away from the Final Four - by Rony Khoury

Byblos are one game away from reaching the Final Four, the 3rd game in the series between Byblos and Tadamon saw the home team controlling the game from the first minutes . Byblos started the game with a very big concentration to seal a win , the first quarter finished on the score of 21-17. The second quarter Byblos through the trio of Jay Youngblood , Clay Tucker and Ali Traoure managed to increased the dominance on the tempo of the game they finished the half leading 38-29.In the third quarter Byblos continued from where they stopped in Q2 , they increased the tempo and managed to have a 20 points lead , the 3rd quarter finished on the score of 64-47. The last ten minutes of the game saw the same scenario of the 3rd Byblos trying to increase the lead and Tadamon trying to come back. The game finished on the score of 81-65.
Jay Youngblood led all scorers with 25 points , followed by Maurice Kemp with 22 and Clay Tucker with 20.

Best Scorers :
Byblos : Jay Youngblood (25) , Clay Tucker (20) , Ali Traoure (19)
Tadamon : Maurice Kemp (22) , Mile Illic (16)



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Best players of Lithuanian LKL round 36 - by Eurobasket News

Talented Martynas Echodas (204-C/F-97) had an amazing evening in the last round for Siauliai and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 36.
The 19-year old had the game-high 38 points adding seven rebounds and two assists for Siauliai as his team lost the game against Neptunas (#4, 21-15) 78-85. Siauliai maintains the 10th position in Lithuanian LKL. 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. Siauliai have already lost 30 games and recorded just six victories. It was one of impressive evenings for Echodas as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Echodas has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 5.9rpg) and averages solid 51.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American point guard Jamar Diggs (188-PG-88, agency: Octagon Europe) of Juventus. Diggs impressed basketball fans with 20 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Juventus lost that game 76-90 to the higher-ranked Zalgiris (#1, 33-3). Juventus managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 19-17 record is not bad and everything may still change. Diggs is a newcomer at Juventus and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.3ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 4.8rpg and 5.2apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Jimmy Baron (191-G-86) of second-ranked Lietuvos rytas. Baron scored 21 points and passed six assists. He was a key player of Lietuvos rytas, leading his team to a 88-79 win against the lower-ranked P.Zvaigzdes (#7, 15-21). Lietuvos rytas needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 26 victories and 10 lost games. Baron has a great season in Lithuania. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.1ppg (2nd best). He also has FGP: 56.0% and 3PT: 41.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Evaldas Zabas (188-PG-88) of P.Zvaigzdes - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jermaine Love-Roberts (188-G-89) of Nevezis - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Lorenzo Williams (190-PG-84) of Lietkabelis - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Clevin Hannah (179-PG-87) of Lietuvos rytas - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Alejandro Hernandez (189-G-90) of Dzukija - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Chris Lofton (188-G-86) of Neptunas - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Rokas Giedraitis (198-SF-92) of Lietuvos rytas - 13 points, 8 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)



Gediminas Orelik selected the top Lithuanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Gediminas Orelik
Gediminas Orelik
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Gediminas Orelik (199-90, currently plays in Turkey). He led Banvit to a victory over the league outsider TED Kolejliler (2-25) crushing them 97-71 in the Turkish BSL in Friday night's game. Orelik was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points and blocked 2 blocks in 23 minutes on the court. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (18-9) is placed fifth in the BSL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Orelik has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 61.7%(58-94), 3FGP: 43.9% and FT: 80.6% in 27 games he played so far. Orelik played for the Lithuanian senior national team two years ago.

Tauras Jogela
Tauras Jogela
   #2. Second place goes to former U22 international power forward Tauras Jogela (202-93, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Latvia). He could not help one of league's weakest teams Barons Riga (16-15) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Jogela's very good performance Barons Riga was defeated 89-84 on the road by the higher-ranked Jekabpils (#3). He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Jogela also added 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Jogela has relatively good stats this season: 13.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 52.8%, 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 74.3%. He played for the Lithuanian U22 national team in 2015.

Tautvydas Lydeka
Tautvydas Lydeka
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international center Tautvydas Lydeka (208-83, currently plays in Italy). Lydeka contributed to a Banco di Srd's victory against the tenth-ranked Auxilium TO (12-16) 87-79 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 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. So now every game is very crucial. It's Lydeka's first season with the team. This year Lydeka's overall stats are: 6.7ppg, 4.8rpg, 2FGP: 60.5%(72-119) and FT: 67.4% in 26 games. Former Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius starter played for the Lithuanian national team eleven years ago.

Modestas Kumpys
Modestas Kumpys
   #4. Guard Modestas Kumpys (194-91, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Latvia) was not able to help Jekabpils (18-14) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Jekabpils was defeated 82-76 in Riga by the lower-ranked Barons (#4). Kumpys was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. This season Kumpys has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.6apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2011.

Jonas Maciulis
Jonas Maciulis
   #5. International swingman Jonas Maciulis (198-85, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Real Madrid (23-7) in their game against Darussafaka (16-14) in the Euroleague. Maciulis scored 5 points in 13 minutes. The league leader Real Madrid lost 80-84 at home to the much lower-ranked (#8) Darussafaka. This year Maciulis' total stats are: 6.2ppg and 2.3rpg in 27 games. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Jonas Valanciunas
Jonas Valanciunas
   #6. Center Jonas Valanciunas (213-92, currently plays in NBA) helped Toronto Raptors win their game against the Milwaukee Bucks (42-40) 87-76 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. The Toronto Raptors have a solid 51-31 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Valanciunas is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Raptors' roster. Valanciunas has very impressive stats this season: 11.8ppg and 9.4rpg in 86 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Lithuanian National Team roster.

Adomas Drungilas
Adomas Drungilas
   #7. Former University international center Adomas Drungilas (203-90, currently plays in Hungary) was the major contributor in a ZTE KK's victory against the second-ranked Kormend (21-10) crushing them 102-81 in the Hungarian A Division last Thursday. Drungilas recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 14 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-5. Zalakeramia-ZTE KK (21-11) is placed third. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be important. Drungilas has reliable stats this season: 14.1ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team four years ago.

Laimonas Chatkevicius
Laimonas Chatkevicius
   #8. Power forward Laimonas Chatkevicius (211-93, college: S.Carolina, currently plays in Poland) helped MKS Dabrowa Gornicza win their game against the closely-ranked Energa Czarni (18-13) 89-85 in the Polish PLK on Saturday night. Chatkevicius scored 9 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 3 blocks in only 14 minutes. MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (19-12) is placed sixth in the PLK. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Chatkevicius has averaged so far 5.7ppg and 2.9rpg in nine games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2013.

Eimantas Bendzius
Eimantas Bendzius
   #9. Former University international forward Eimantas Bendzius (204-90, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Blusens Monbus (9-18) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Bendzius' good performance Blusens Monbus was defeated 86-78 in Murcia by the higher-ranked UCAM (#10). He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Bendzius also added 5 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Bendzius has averaged so far 9.7ppg and 4.5rpg. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team four years ago.

Denis Krestinin
Denis Krestinin
   #10. Forward Denis Krestinin (202-94, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tauras Jogela. But that was another game of his team in Latvian LBL which we would like to mention. Krestinin couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Barons Riga (16-15) in their game against Jekabpils (18-14). He scored 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 24 minutes. But Barons Riga was edged in an overtime 93-92 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#3) Jekabpils. Krestinin has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.5spg in 34 games. He is a former U20 international player as three years ago he still played for the Lithuanian national team.

   #11. Former University international guard Augustas Peciukevicius (192-91, currently plays in Belgium) couldn't help Basic-Fit Brussels (19-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Peciukevicius' good performance Basic-Fit Brussels was edged 91-90 in Jemappes by the lower-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#8). He recorded 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Peciukevicius has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.7apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team four years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international center Tautvydas Slezas (207-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) helped Gipuzkoa win their game against the seventh-ranked Leyma Basquet 86-68 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. Slezas had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds in 26 minutes. Slezas has averaged so far 7.1ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.5apg in 32 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2010.

   #13. Former U20 international forward Arvydas Gydra (206-89, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Portugal) helped CAB Madeira win their game against the third-ranked Electrico FC 92-85 in the Portuguese LPB last Sunday. Gydra recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). Gydra's stats this season are: 13.5ppg and 4.8rpg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team eight years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international guard Mantas Cesnauskis (189-81, currently plays in Poland) helped Energa Czarni win their game against the third-ranked BM Slam Stal 82-77 in the Polish PLK in Wednesday night's game. He scored 10 points. Cesnauskis has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2000.

   #15. Former international point guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89, another player represented by Players Group, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Usak Sportlif (8-19) in their last game. Despite Vasiliauskas' good performance Usak Sportlif lost 69-82 in Bursa to the higher-ranked (#9) Tofas. He scored 11 points and added 3 assists in 27 minutes. Vasiliauskas' stats this year are: 12.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 4.4apg in 17 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. John Shurna (204-F-90, college: Northwestern, currently plays in Croatia). Shurna could not help Cedevita (18-8) to beat GKK Sibenik (21-5). He scored 5 points and added 5 passes. Cedevita was defeated 69-64 at home by the leading GKK Sibenik. Shurna's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Shurna has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.3apg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Shurna has never played in Lithuania.

   #2. Experienced Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Germany) led BG Goettingen to a victory against the sixth-ranked Telekom Baskets (17-13) 78-66 in the German BBL on Sunday night. Veikalas scored 15 points in 22 minutes. BG Goettingen (19-3) is placed first in the BBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Veikalas' stats this year are: 11.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.3apg in 26 games he played so far.

   #3. Povilas Gaidys (208-C-91, agency: SPORTlab Agency, college: Southeastern, currently plays in Austria) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Dukes (4-27) 89-72 in the Austrian A Bundesliga on Sunday night. Gaidys recorded 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in 25 minutes. Basket Swans Gmunden (21-10) is placed second in the A Bundesliga. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Gaidys has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.4apg in 23 games.

   #4. Vytautas Kamarunas (178-PG-89, currently plays in Belarus) contributed to an overtime COR-Borisfen's victory against the closely-ranked Grodno-93 (27-5) 79-74 in the Belarusian Premier League in Saturday night's game. He scored 8 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. COR-Borisfen Mogilev (29-3) is placed first in the Premier League. Kamarunas averaged so far 13.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 5.4apg and 1.9spg.

   #5. Raimundas Danys (198-F-85, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to help Neuchatel (13-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance the fifth-placed Neuchatel (13-12) lost 76-81 on the road to the second-ranked Monthey in the Places 1-6 group. Danys scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was Neuchatel's fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. Danys averaged so far 10.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.3apg in 20 games.

   #6. Mantas Virbalas (202-C/F-88, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider CFBB crushing them 82-61 in the French NM1 (third division) on Sunday night. He recorded 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. Virbalas has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.3apg.

   #7. Gabas Maldunas (206-F-93, college: Dartmouth, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Palencia Baloncesto's victory against one of league's weakest teams Cocinas.com 89-77 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. He scored 7 points in only 10 minutes. Maldunas has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 4.0rpg in 33 games.

   #8. Dominykas Milka (203-C-92, college: St.Rose, NY, currently plays in Estonia) helped Tartu Ulikool win their game against the seventh-ranked TLU/Kalev 74-56 in the Estonian Alexela KML on Thursday night. He scored 7 points in 16 minutes. Milka averaged so far 12.1ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.3apg in 27 games.

   #9. Robertas Grabauskas (208-C-90, agency: HMS, college: Northwood, currently plays in Spain) helped Palma win their game against the 14th-ranked CB Prat crushing them 82-56 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. He scored 7 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Grabauskas has averaged so far 9.9ppg and 4.3rpg.

   #10. Mantas Kazonas (202-F-89, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mantas Virbalas and both played together in the last French NM1 game. Kazonas helped Lourdes-Tarbes win their game against the league outsider CFBB crushing them 82-61. He recorded 6 points. Kazonas averaged so far 10.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.2apg.



LKL Round 36: Leader Zalgiris get another victory - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in LKL just ended.

Leader Zalgiris delivered the 33th win on Wednesday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Juventus (19-17) 90-76 in Kaunas. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Juventus. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 57-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Zalgiris dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Juventus' 30. Zalgiris forced 19 Juventus turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was German power forward Isaiah Hartenstein (211-98) who scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Canadian-Slovenian point guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, college: Gonzaga) chipped in 9 points and 8 assists. Zalgiris' coach Sarunas Jasikevicius used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Jamar Diggs (188-88, college: Wofford, agency: Octagon Europe) who recorded 20 points and 5 assists. Zalgiris (33-3) have an impressive 11-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Juventus at the other side keeps the fifth place with 17 games lost.
The game in Alytus was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Vytautas (18-18) played at the court of eighth ranked Dzukija (10-26). Dzukija defeated Vytautas 79-65. It was a good game for Russian center Anatoly Kashirov (215-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Alejandro Hernandez contributed with 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. The former international guard Tomas Delininkaitis (190-82) replied with 12 points and 4 assists for Vytautas. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Dzukija maintains eighth position with 10-26 record. Defending champion Vytautas keeps the sixth place with 18 games lost.
The game in Pasvalys was also quite interesting. Second ranked Lietuvos rytas (26-10) played at the court of 7th ranked P.Zvaigzdes (15-21). Lietuvos rytas managed to secure a 9-point victory 88-79 on Wednesday. Worth to mention a great performance of Jimmy Baron who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 assists. Lietuvos rytas' coach Rimas Kurtinaitis used entire bench saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Evaldas Zabas with 18 points. Lietuvos rytas maintains second position with 26-10 record having seven points less than leader Zalgiris. P.Zvaigzdes lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 21 games lost.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Kedainiai. Local Nevezis (7-29) was outscored by third ranked Lietkabelis (25-11) 95-71. The winners were led by Lorenzo Williams who scored that evening 16 points and 6 assists. Lietkabelis' coach Kazys Maksvytis felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Lietkabelis maintains third position with 25-11 record having eight points less than leader Zalgiris. Nevezis at the other side keeps the ninth place with 29 games lost.

In the last game of round 36 bottom-ranked Siauliai was defeated by Neptunas in Klaipeda 85-78.

Dzukija - Vytautas 79-65

The game in Alytus was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Vytautas (18-18) played at the court of eighth ranked Dzukija (10-26). Dzukija defeated Vytautas 79-65. The game was mostly controlled by Dzukija. Vytautas was better in third quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Vytautas 51-23 including a 38-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for Russian center Anatoly Kashirov (215-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Spanish guard Alejandro Hernandez (189-90) contributed with 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Dzukija players scored in double figures. The former international guard Tomas Delininkaitis (190-82) replied with 12 points and 4 assists and power forward Regimantas Miniotas (206-96) added 7 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Vytautas. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Dzukija maintains eighth position with 10-26 record. Defending champion Vytautas keeps the sixth place with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Dzukija: G.Navickas 17+2ast, A.Hernandez 15+4reb+5ast, A.Kashirov 13+12reb, J.Gavin 12+1reb+2ast, P.Morkeliunas 10+4reb+2ast, O.Macernis 6+5reb
Vytautas: T.Delininkaitis 12+1reb+4ast, A.Valeika 10+3reb, V.Lipkevicius 9+2reb, D.Gvezdauskas 9+2ast, V.Cizauskas 9+2reb+2ast, R.Miniotas 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 491622


P.Zvaigzdes - Lietuvos rytas 79-88

The game in Pasvalys was also quite interesting. Second ranked Lietuvos rytas (26-10) played at the court of 7th ranked P.Zvaigzdes (15-21). Lietuvos rytas managed to secure a 9-point victory 88-79 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 47-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Lietuvos rytas made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Lietuvos rytas made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jimmy Baron (191-86, college: Rhode Island) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 assists and American-Senegalese point guard Clevin Hannah (179-87, college: Wichita St.) who added 17 points and 7 assists during the contest. Lietuvos rytas' coach Rimas Kurtinaitis used entire bench saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was naturalized Canadian point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88) with 18 points and American point guard Derrick Low (191-86, college: Washington St., agency: Octagon Europe) scored 19 points. Five Lietuvos rytas and four P.Zvaigzdes players scored in double figures. Lietuvos rytas maintains second position with 26-10 record having seven points less than leader Zalgiris. P.Zvaigzdes lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 21 games lost.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos rytas: J.Baron 21+3reb+6ast, C.Hannah 17+3reb+7ast, R.Giedraitis 13+8reb+3ast, A.Gudaitis 11+5reb, D.Gordon 10+3reb+1ast, J.Jucikas 6+2reb
P.Zvaigzdes: D.Low 19+2ast, E.Zabas 18+4reb+3ast, K.Babkauskas 11+3reb+5ast, N.Balashov 10+5reb+1ast, A.Agafonov 8+4reb, J.Tamulis 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 491620


Nevezis - Lietkabelis 71-95

The game with biggest result difference took place in Kedainiai. Local Nevezis (7-29) was outscored by third ranked Lietkabelis (25-11) 95-71. The game without a history. Lietkabelis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Nevezis' 36. Lietkabelis players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists. The winners were led by American point guard Lorenzo Williams (190-84, college: Rice) who scored that evening 16 points and 6 assists and Australian swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta) supported him with 14 points. Five Lietkabelis players scored in double figures. Lietkabelis' coach Kazys Maksvytis felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Even 17 points and 5 rebounds by Serbian forward Ivan Smiljanic (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe) did not help to save the game for Nevezis. American guard Jermaine Love-Roberts (188-89, college: Ill.-Springfield) added 12 points and 7 assists. Lietkabelis maintains third position with 25-11 record having eight points less than leader Zalgiris. Nevezis at the other side keeps the ninth place with 29 games lost.
Top scorers:
Lietkabelis: L.Williams 16+3reb+6ast, K.Lavrinovic 15+2reb, B.Madgen 14+4reb+3ast, D.Lavrinovic 13+3reb+3ast, D.Tarolis 11+3reb+3ast, Z.Janavicius 7+2reb+6ast
Nevezis: I.Smiljanic 17+5reb+2ast, I.Vaitkus 14+2reb+1ast, J.Love-Roberts 12+4reb+7ast, A.Bertasius 9+7reb+1ast, K.Petrukonis 7+5reb+3ast, V.Volkus 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 491621


Neptunas - Siauliai 85-78

There was no surprise in Klaipeda where 10th ranked Siauliai (6-30) was defeated by fourth ranked Neptunas (21-15) 85-78. It looked good early as Siauliai took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Neptunas had a 28-24 second period charge getting the lead and Siauliai was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 78-85. Neptunas players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. The winners were led by American guard Chris Lofton (188-86, college: Tennessee) who scored that evening 15 points and 4 assists (perfect from downtown making all five shots) and Aidas Einikis (195-96) supported him with 17 points. Neptunas' coach Dainius Adomaitis let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Even 38 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds by power forward Martynas Echodas (204-97) did not help to save the game for Siauliai. Forward Donatas Sabeckis (197-92) added 13 points and 14 assists. Neptunas have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 21-15 record. Siauliai lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 30 lost games.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: A.Einikis 17+2reb+1ast, C.Lofton 15+3reb+4ast, L.Beliauskas 8+3reb+1ast, D.Ewing 7+2reb+4ast, A.Butkevicius 6+3reb+1ast, J.Grant 6+3reb+2ast
Siauliai: M.Echodas 38+7reb+2ast, L.Aukstikalnis 14+1reb, D.Sabeckis 13+3reb+14ast, R.Pipiras 7+8reb+4ast, P.Hill Jr. 2+3reb+1ast, G.Neimantas 2+2reb
gschID: 491623


Zalgiris - Juventus 90-76

Leader Zalgiris delivered the 33th win on Wednesday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Juventus (19-17) 90-76 in Kaunas. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Juventus. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 57-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Zalgiris dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Juventus' 30. Zalgiris forced 19 Juventus turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was German power forward Isaiah Hartenstein (211-98) who scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Canadian-Slovenian point guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, college: Gonzaga) chipped in 9 points and 8 assists. Four Zalgiris players scored in double figures. Zalgiris' coach Sarunas Jasikevicius used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Jamar Diggs (188-88, college: Wofford, agency: Octagon Europe) who recorded 20 points and 5 assists and the former international forward Valdas Vasylius (203-83, college: ODU) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Zalgiris (33-3) have an impressive 11-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Juventus at the other side keeps the fifth place with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: G.Masiulis 14+1reb, I.Hartenstein 12+6reb+2ast, B.Motum 12+3reb+2ast, R.Seibutis 12+2reb+3ast, L.Lekavicius 10+4reb+4ast, K.Pangos 9+2reb+8ast
Juventus: J.Diggs 20+3reb+5ast, V.Sulskis 14+3reb+3ast, V.Vasylius 13+6reb+1ast, G.Sirutavicius 9+4reb+3ast, O.Galdikas 8+4reb+2ast, D.Bickauskis 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 491624





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CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis FRANKLIN
  Guasave
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Franklin, Guasave27.5 
 2. Forte, Los Mochis25.9 
 3. Yeager, Guasave25.6 
 4. Ammons, Navolato23.2 
 5. Samarco, Durango23.0 
 6. Mitchell, Navolato21.9 
 7. Rice-Jr, Obregon21.7 
 8. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 9. Glover, Obregon21.1 
 10. Tucker, Mazatlan20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Forte, Los Mochis13.1 
 2. Ammons, Navolato12.3 
 3. Glover, Obregon10.6 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana9.6 
 5. Little, Hermosillo9.1 
 6. Puckett, Culiacan8.9 
 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: 6.4
 1. Mitchell, Navolato6.4 
 2. Morrison, Tijuana5.3 
 3. Yeager, Guasave5.3 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo5.1 
 5. Rice-Jr, Obregon4.8 
 6. Kabongo, Hermosillo4.2 
 7. Perez, Hermosillo4.1 
 8. Marigney, Guaymas3.9 
 9. Newby, Los Mochis3.8 
 10. Forte, Los Mochis3.6 
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, Navolato1.3 
 4. Casillas, Mazatlan1.3 
 5. Mitchell, Navolato1.3 
 6. Newby, Los Mochis1.3 
 7. Tucker, Mazatlan1.2 
 8. Gardner, Tijuana1.2 
 9. Hutchingson, Obreg.1.2 
 10. Pittman, Guasave1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Guaymas
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Heyward, Guaymas2.2 
 2. Ammons, Navolato1.7 
 3. Puckett, Culiacan1.1 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana1.1 
 5. Lathan, Tijuana1.0 
 6. Pittman, Guasave0.9 
 7. Keller, Durango0.6 
 8. Spurlock, Hermosillo0.6 
 9. Forte, Los Mochis0.5 
 10. Hutchingson, Obreg.0.5 


Best players of Mexican CIBACOPA round 19 - by Eurobasket News

American Michael Glover (203-F-87) had a great game in the last round for league's second-best Obregon and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 29-year old forward had a double-double of 37 points and twenty rebounds, while his team edged out Guaymas (#4, 10-8) 89-88. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Obregon maintains the 2nd position in Mexican CIBACOPA. 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 13-5 record. Glover just recently signed at Obregon, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Iona College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Glover is in league's top in points (9th best: 21.1ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 10.6rpg) and averages solid 56.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old American guard Trayvon Lathan (201-G-84) of Tijuana. Lathan impressed basketball fans with 31 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he led Tijuana to another comfortable win 108-95 over the lower-ranked Mazatlan (#6, 8-10) being unquestionably team leader. Tijuana's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 11-6 record is not bad at all. Lathan is a newcomer at Tijuana and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. Chowan University alumni Lathan 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 Terrance Motley (201-F-91) of Los Mochis (#7). Motley scored 28 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Los Mochis, leading his team to a 103-98 win against the lower-ranked Durango (#10, 4-13). The chances of Los Mochis not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Motley could try to bring Los Mochis' a little bit higher in the standings. Motley has a very solid season. In 6 games in Mexico he scored 20.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brandon Provost (190-G-90) of Guaymas - 35 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Dominic Cheek (198-G-91) of Tijuana - 26 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Cameron Forte (201-F-93) of Los Mochis - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Omar Thomas (196-F-82) of Mazatlan - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Dwayne Mitchell (196-G/F-82) of Navolato - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 13 assists
9. Rene Rougeau (198-F/G-86) of Culiacan - 26 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jeff Early (190-G-88) of Los Mochis - 23 points, 8 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)



CIBACOPA Round 19: Leader Rayos de Hermosillo loses to Caballeros de Culiacan - by Eurobasket News

Top ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (16-2) recorded its second loss at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by ninth ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (5-13) 82-73. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Rayos de Hermosillo. Caballeros de Culiacan dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Rayos de Hermosillo's 28. American swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV) fired 26 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import center Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St.) chipped in 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Caballeros de Culiacan maintains ninth place with 5-13 record. Rayos de Hermosillo at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan are looking forward to face higher ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rayos de Hermosillo will play against Ostioneros de Guaymas (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Guaymas. Second ranked Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (13-5) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 4th placed Ostioneros de Guaymas (10-8) 89-88 on Wednesday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Michael Glover (203-87, college: Iona) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 20 rebounds. Nick Leon contributed with 24 points and 6 assists for the winners. American guard Brandon Provost (190-90, college: UTRGV) answered with 35 points (!!!) (on 15-of-19 shooting from the field) for Ostioneros de Guaymas. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 13-5 record having just three points less than leader Hermosillo. Ostioneros de Guaymas lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with eight games lost. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon will play against Lobos UAD Mazatlan (#6) at home in the next round. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo and hope to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game where host Garra Canera de Navolato (#8) won against 5th ranked Frayles de Guasave 97-87 on Wednesday evening. The game was dominated by American players. It was a great evening for Dwayne Mitchell who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 9 rebounds and 13 assists. Garra Canera de Navolato's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Travis Franklin responded with 26 points. Garra Canera de Navolato (7-11) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Los Mochis. Loser Frayles de Guasave keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. They share it with Mazatlan. Garra Canera de Navolato will meet bottom-ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (#10) on the road in the next round. Frayles de Guasave will play against Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Tijuana. Local Tijuana Zonkeys (11-6) beat 5th ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (8-10) 108-95. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lobos UAD Mazatlan. It was a quality performance for Trayvon Lathan who led the winners and scored 31 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Tijuana Zonkeys maintains third place with 11-6 record having six points less than leader Hermosillo. Defending champion Lobos UAD Mazatlan keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys' next round opponent will be Frayles de Guasave (#5) on the road. Lobos UAD Mazatlan will play against the league's second-placed Halcones de Ciudad Obregon and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 19 bottom-ranked Durango was defeated by Los Mochis in a road game 103-98.

Tijuana - Mazatlan 108-95

The game with biggest result difference took place in Tijuana. Local Tijuana Zonkeys (11-6) beat 5th ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (8-10) 108-95. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lobos UAD Mazatlan. Lobos UAD Mazatlan was ahead by 8 points at the halftime before a 69-48 second half run of Tijuana Zonkeys. They outrebounded Lobos UAD Mazatlan 47-26 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. It was a quality performance for American guard Trayvon Lathan (201-84, college: Chowan) who led the winners and scored 31 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Dominic Cheek (198-91, college: Villanova) accounted for 26 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. Lathan is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Tijuana Zonkeys players scored in double figures. American forward Omar Thomas (196-82, college: UTEP) came up with 27 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (made all of his eight free throws) and the former international swingman Jorge-Alfredo Casillas (196-90) added 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Lobos UAD Mazatlan in the defeat. Tijuana Zonkeys maintains third place with 11-6 record having six points less than leader Hermosillo. Defending champion Lobos UAD Mazatlan keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys' next round opponent will be Frayles de Guasave (#5) on the road. Lobos UAD Mazatlan will play against the league's second-placed Halcones de Ciudad Obregon and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: T.Lathan 31+8reb+4ast, D.Cheek 26+13reb+3ast, L.Gibson 21+10reb+2ast, J.Cesar del Campo 10+5reb+4ast, J.Zesati 8+2reb, K.Scott 7+3reb+3ast
Mazatlan: R.Battle 29+1reb+1ast, O.Thomas 27+7reb+5ast, J.Alfredo Casillas 21+7reb+5ast, J.Valdez 7+1reb+1ast, C.Tucker 6+6reb+8ast, M.Reza 3
gschID: 536369


Hermosillo - Culiacan 73-82

Top ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (16-2) recorded its second loss at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by ninth ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (5-13) 82-73. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Rayos de Hermosillo. Caballeros de Culiacan dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Rayos de Hermosillo's 28. American swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV) fired 26 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import center Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and forward Jorge Camacho (203-89, college: E.Kentucky) added 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Four Caballeros de Culiacan and five Rayos de Hermosillo players scored in double figures. Caballeros de Culiacan maintains ninth place with 5-13 record. Rayos de Hermosillo at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan are looking forward to face higher ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rayos de Hermosillo will play against Ostioneros de Guaymas (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Culiacan: R.Rougeau 26+9reb+2ast, B.Puckett 18+10reb+4ast, G.Glaze 16+8reb+1ast, J.Villalobos 13+2reb+1ast, R.Ruiz Estrada 7+5reb+1ast, C.Perez 2+1reb
Hermosillo: A.Bell 20+2reb, E.Little 15+10reb+3ast, S.Monreal 12+2reb+7ast, J.Camacho 11+9reb+4ast, J.Villanueva 11+5reb, M.Perez 4+2reb+5ast
gschID: 536367


Guaymas - Obregon 88-89

Important game to mention about took place in Guaymas. Second ranked Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (13-5) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 4th placed Ostioneros de Guaymas (10-8) 89-88 on Wednesday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-17. But Ostioneros de Guaymas won second period 23-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon made 25-of-33 charity shots (75.8 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Michael Glover (203-87, college: Iona) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 20 rebounds. Puerto Rican point guard Nick Leon (181-88, college: St.Peter's) contributed with 24 points and 6 assists for the winners. American guard Brandon Provost (190-90, college: UTRGV) answered with 35 points (!!!) (on 15-of-19 shooting from the field) and American-Bahrain swingman Rashad Woods (197-86, college: Kent St.) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Ostioneros de Guaymas. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 13-5 record having just three points less than leader Hermosillo. Ostioneros de Guaymas lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with eight games lost. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon will play against Lobos UAD Mazatlan (#6) at home in the next round. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Obregon: M.Glover 37+20reb+1ast, N.Leon 24+3reb+6ast, J.Hutchingson 11+6reb, H.Carrillo 6+1reb+1ast, A.Aleman 4+2reb, O.Quintero 4+2reb+4ast
Guaymas: B.Provost 35+3reb+3ast, R.Woods 19+6reb, P.Marigney 12+5reb+6ast, M.Gwynne 9+8reb+5ast, D.Giron 7+3reb, S.Heyward 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 536370


Los Mochis - Durango 103-98

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (4-13) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (7-11) 103-98. The hosts were already 15 points ahead at halftime and as many as 18 after three quarters before a 44-31 last quarter charge of Aguilas Doradas de Durango cut the lead to 103-98 at the end of the game. Pioneros Los Mochis dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Aguilas Doradas de Durango's 40. Pioneros Los Mochis players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Terrance Motley (201-91, college: Sam Houston St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Cameron Forte (201-93, college: Portland St.) accounted for 22 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winning side. American forward Omar Richards (203-92, college: NW Christian) came up with 25 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized American guard Martin Samarco (190-85, college: Bowling Green) added 25 points respectively for Aguilas Doradas de Durango in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Aguilas Doradas de Durango's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Pioneros Los Mochis. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Navolato. Aguilas Doradas de Durango lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Pioneros Los Mochis' next round opponent will be Caballeros de Culiacan (#9) on the road. Aguilas Doradas de Durango will play against Garra Canera de Navolato and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: T.Motley 28+11reb+2ast, J.Early 23+8reb+3ast, C.Forte 22+7reb+8ast, M.Hernandez 16+3reb+4ast, N.Murphy 12+5reb+3ast, R.Berrelleza 2
Durango: M.Samarco 25+3reb+2ast, O.Richards 25+7reb+3ast, J.Crawford 15+3reb+7ast, D.Keller 13+4reb+2ast, I.Avalos 12+6reb+1ast, P.Jones 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 536368


Navolato - Guasave 97-87

An interesting game where host Garra Canera de Navolato (#8) won against 5th ranked Frayles de Guasave 97-87 on Wednesday evening. Garra Canera de Navolato dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Frayles de Guasave's 34. They outrebounded Frayles de Guasave 33-20 including 26 on the defensive glass. Garra Canera de Navolato looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Frayles de Guasave's players. The game was dominated by American players. It was a great evening for swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 9 rebounds and 13 assists. Forward Mychal Ammons (198-92, college: S.Alabama) helped adding 21 points and 14 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Garra Canera de Navolato's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side forward Travis Franklin (200-88, college: Colorado St., agency: Interperformances) responded with 26 points and forward Sammy Yeager (193-89, college: CS Fullerton) scored 19 points and 4 assists. Four Garra Canera de Navolato and five Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. Garra Canera de Navolato (7-11) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Los Mochis. Loser Frayles de Guasave keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. They share it with Mazatlan. Garra Canera de Navolato will meet bottom-ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (#10) on the road in the next round. Frayles de Guasave will play against Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Navolato: M.Ammons 21+14reb+2ast, D.Mitchell 18+9reb+13ast, D.Eldridge 17+1reb, K.Rogers 16+2reb+1ast, B.Heredia 9+2reb+5ast, J.David Estrada 5+4ast
Guasave: T.Franklin 26+4reb+2ast, S.Yeager 19+1reb+4ast, E.Pittman 14+4reb+1ast, L.Davis 13+3reb+2ast, G.Mondragon 13+6reb+1ast, R.Soto 2+1reb
gschID: 536366





Forte number one in Mexico for round 18 - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Cameron Forte (201-F-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Los Mochis, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, eight rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Durango (#10, 4-13) 90-89. Los Mochis is placed at 7th position in Mexican CIBACOPA. Los Mochis is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-11 record. Forte just recently signed at Los Mochis, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Portland State University star has very solid stats this year. Forte is in league's top in points (2nd best: 25.9ppg) and averages impressive 64.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Mychal Ammons (198-F-92) of Navolato. Ammons had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Navolato lost that game 84-89 to the higher-ranked Guasave (#5, 8-10). Navolato is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-11 record. Ammons is one of the most experienced players at Navolato and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.2ppg (#4). He also registered 12.3 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Paul Marigney (192-G-82) of Guaymas (#4). Marigney showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, ten rebounds and nine assists in the last round. Despite Marigney's great performance Guaymas lost 94-103 to #2 ranked Obregon. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Guaymas needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 10 victories and 8 lost games. Marigney has a great season in Mexico. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.9apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jorge Camacho (203-F-89) of Hermosillo - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85) of Hermosillo - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Martin Samarco (190-G-85) of Durango - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Omar Thomas (196-F-82) of Mazatlan - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Travis Franklin (200-F-88) of Guasave - 26 points and 4 rebounds
9. Sammy Yeager (193-F-89) of Guasave - 22 points and 8 assists
10. Steve Monreal (180-PG-86) of Hermosillo - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists

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



Tijuana lands Dominic Cheek, ex Las Animas - by Eurobasket News

Zonkeys de Tijuana (CIBACOPA) landed 26-year old American guard Dominic Cheek (198-91, college: Villanova). He played recently at Las Animas in Chilean Liga Nacional. In 44 games he averaged impressive 21.2ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6spg this season. The last season Cheek played at Orangeville A's in Canadian NBL where in 21 games he had very remarkable stats: 16.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.9apg and 1.5spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Honorable Mention.
In 2012 Cheek was drafted by Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League) in second round (20th overall).
He attended Villanova University and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Cheek's team was regular season runner-up in Big East in 2010.
And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Australian and of course North American leagues. Cheek has played previously professionally in Australia (Rockhampton Rockets), France and Italy (Imola).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  MONTENEGRO  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko KOLJEVIC
  S.Centar
  (191-G-90)
  Avg: 19
 1. Koljevic, S.Centar19.0 
 2. Knezevic, Lovcen17.7 
 3. Bogojevic, S.Centar17.1 
 4. Latkovic, Lovcen16.7 
 5. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.16.4 
 6. Draskovic, Jedin.16.0 
 7. Lekovic, Jedinstvo15.3 
 8. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad15.1 
 9. Salic, Sutjeska14.9 
 10. Bacovic, Primorje.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos LOPICIC
  Lovcen
  (216-C-90)
  Avg: 10
 1. Lopicic, Lovcen10.0 
 2. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.9.6 
 3. Jocovic, Primorje.9.5 
 4. Draskovic, Jedin.8.2 
 5. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje8.0 
 6. Knezevic, Jedinstvo7.2 
 7. Bacovic, Primorje.7.0 
 8. Popovic, Teodo T.7.0 
 9. Cekic, S.Centar6.7 
 10. Knezevic, Lovcen6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Milos LATKOVIC
  Lovcen
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Latkovic, Lovcen5.9 
 2. Stanojevic, Teodo T.5.3 
 3. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad4.5 
 4. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje4.3 
 5. Jovanovic, Lovcen3.7 
 6. Fisik, Jedinstvo3.5 
 7. James, Sutjeska3.4 
 8. Nurkovic, Ibar R.3.1 
 9. Djurisic, Teodo Tivat2.9 
 10. Bogojevic, S.Centar2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Milos LATKOVIC
  Lovcen
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Latkovic, Lovcen2.6 
 2. Stanojevic, Teodo T.2.0 
 3. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad2.0 
 4. Lalic, Sutjeska1.9 
 5. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.1.9 
 6. Ivanovic, Danilovgrad1.8 
 7. Koljevic, S.Centar1.7 
 8. Djokovic, Sutjeska1.6 
 9. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje1.5 
 10. Draskovic, Jedin.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Marko LJUJIC
  Ibar Rozaje
  (207-C-90)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje2.2 
 2. Cekic, S.Centar1.4 
 3. Vujovic, Sutjeska1.3 
 4. Draskovic, Jedin.1.1 
 5. Lopicic, Lovcen0.9 
 6. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.0.7 
 7. Salic, Sutjeska0.6 
 8. Marojevic, Teodo T.0.5 
 9. Rondovic, Ibar R.0.5 
 10. Jeknic, Ulcinj0.5 



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  NBA  

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.28.7 
 4. Davis, N.Orleans P.28.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 6. Lillard, Portland.27.1 
 7. DeRozan, Toronto R.27.0 
 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. Lowry, Toronto R.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. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 8. Curry, Golden S.1.8 
 9. Rubio, Minnesot.1.7 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.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 


Raptors blow 25-point lead, but beat Bucks 92-89 - by Eurobasket News

The crowd on the road was rowdy. The 25-point lead was gone. The Toronto Raptors were frazzled, in danger of losing a Game 6 in the playoffs again. This time, Toronto found a way to win. DeMar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) scored 32 points, Cory Joseph had five points in a 9-0 run in the final 2 minutes to answer a furious rally by the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Raptors held on for a 92-89 victory Thursday night to take their first-round playoff series in six games. The Raptors move on to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, a series that starts Monday. "We lost our composure a little bit," coach Dwayne Casey said. "Again, we found a way to (hold on). That's what good teams do." Toronto snapped a five-game losing streak in Game 6s, earning a couple extra days off to rest for the Cavaliers. The Raptors also need to work on finishing off opponents in the second half. Joseph's 3 with 1:27 left put Toronto up for good, 85-82. Two foul shots from Joseph with 33.9 seconds extended the lead to seven. The Raptors could finally breathe easy after DeRozan went 2 of 2 from the foul line with 3.1 seconds to play for a three-point lead. Tony Snell's inbounds pass on the ensuing possession was intercepted by DeRozan. "We stayed calm. We knew they weren't going to give up," DeRozan said. Jason Terry (6'2''-PG-77, college: Arizona)'s 3 with 3:06 left had given the Bucks an 80-78 lead, completing an unlikely comeback from the 25-point deficit with 5:16 left in the third quarter. The Raptors looked as if they were on cruise control after DeMarre Carroll (6'8''-F-86, college: Missouri)'s 3 gave them the 71-46 advantage. Giannis Antetokounmpo (6'11''-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe) spearheaded the second-half rally for Milwaukee. He had 34 points. But the Bucks finished one comeback short. A 9-of-18 showing from the foul line in the fourth quarter hurt, too. "We always talk about the little things, and when we look at this it comes down to just free throws," coach Jason Kidd said. "We don't need to overanalyze it. We got to the stripe and we just couldn't capitalize on that." Khris Middleton (6'8''-F-91, college: Texas A&M) added 19 points for the Bucks after missing practice time this week because of illness.
Courtesy of: abcnews.com



Spurs advance: San Antonio beats Grizzlies 103-96 in Game 6 - by Eurobasket News

Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) scored 29 points, and the San Antonio Spurs advanced to the Western Conference semifinals by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 103-96 Thursday night to take the series 4-2. The Spurs now have beaten Memphis four of the five playoff series between these teams, and this was San Antonio's second straight win over the Grizzlies in the first round. Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) added 27 points on 11-of-14 shooting, while LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) had 17 points and 12 rebounds. Patty Mills had 10 points off the bench for the Spurs. San Antonio outrebounded Memphis 46-28, with 16 of those offensive boards. That led to 17 second-chance points. Their semifinal with Houston will start Monday night in San Antonio. Mike Conley scored 26 points, leading the five Memphis starters in double digits. Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85) added 18, Zach Randolph 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Vince Carter had 12 points. The Grizzlies fell to 3-10 in elimination games, losing six straight. This was a taut game with 16 ties and nine lead changes, especially with four ties in the fourth quarter. The Spurs took control after the Grizzlies went up 88-81 on three free throws from Conley with 6:29 left. Then Leonard scored eight straight for San Antonio, starting a 22-8 run to finish the game. Even with Conley and Gasol a combined 2 of 10 in the first quarter, the Grizzlies trailed only 24-22 after Conley knocked down a 3 at the end of the quarter for his first bucket of the game. Conley hit another 3 for the final shot in the second quarter, putting Memphis up 50-45. The team that led at halftime won each of the first five games. Parker hit his first six shots before finally missing his seventh with 29 seconds left in the first half. The Grizzlies took their biggest lead at 57-47 on a 3-pointer by James Ennis (6'7''-F/G-90, college: Long Beach St.) III. That gave Memphis as many made 3s (9 of 17) as the Spurs had attempted (3 of 9) at that point. Randolph's layup with 7:19 left matched that 10-point lead at 63-53. Then the Spurs went on a 13-3 run over a 4-minute span to erase that lead on Aldridge's three-point play at 67-66. Aldridge finished with nine points in helping the Spurs lead 75-74 at the end of the quarter.
Courtesy of: denverpost.com



Clippers Remain Committed To Re-Signing Blake Griffin - by Eurobasket News

Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) will be a free agent for the first time this offseason and the Los Angeles Clippers want to re-sign him. The Clippers will also contend with the free agencies of Chris Paul and J.J. Redick. Griffin is out for the playoffs with a toe injury. "Griffin is still a significant part of the Clippers' future. Management remains committed to signing him to a long-term deal this summer, league sources tell me," said Adrian Wojnarowski in a video essay. "In a lot of ways, Griffin has been most loyal to the Clippers' brand. He has never had wanderlust, never floated ideas about leaving town. Truth be told, he's accommodated Paul in every way. Broadened his own game, grown as a leader and taken a lot of unfair finger pointing and blame once the All-Star point guard became the face of the franchise." Wojnarowski also said "it's hard to imagine a split with Griffin."
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Celtics beat Bulls 108-97, take 3-2 lead in series - by Eurobasket News

The Celtics and Bulls found another thing to argue about after Game 5 of their spirited first-round playoff series: Was Avery Bradley (6'2''-PG-90, college: Texas) more impressive on offense, or on defense? "Everyone knows he's a good defender. Tonight, he got his offensive game going," Chicago's Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) said after Bradley scored 24 points to lead Boston to a 108-97 victory and a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. "You expect him to do what he does defensively, but we gave up 24 points to him tonight. He hurt us offensively tonight more than anything." Isaiah Thomas (5'9''-PG-89, college: Washington) also scored 24 for the Celtics, the top seed in the East. After the road team won each of the first four games, the Celtics won at home in Game 5 to earn a chance to eliminate the Bulls on Friday night in Chicago. A Bulls victory would force the series back to Boston for a decisive Game 7 on Sunday. Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) had 21 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Celtics. Bradley's 24 points were a career playoff high, but after watching him hold Bulls star Jimmy Butler (6'7''-G/F-89, college: Marquette) to 14 points - and just one foul shot - Celtics coach Brad Stevens praised Bradley's defense. "Jimmy Butler's a hard guy to guard. Dwyane Wade's a hard guy to guard. You're not going to stop those guys, but you just try to make it as hard as possible," Stevens said. "Avery ... has done a really good job." Butler, who shot 23 free throws in Game 4 and made 19, was 0 for 1 on Wednesday. "I was trying to eliminate letting Jimmy Butler get to the free throw line. That was my goal this game, and I feel like I did it," Bradley said. Wade had 26 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. But Wade and Robin Lopez were called for technical fouls 32 seconds apart with just under five minutes left, helping the Celtics to a 20-5 run that turned an 84-84 game into a 15-point Boston lead. The Bulls cut it to nine before Horford got loose for a dunk, Wade missed a 3-pointer and then Horford fed Jae Crowder (6'6''-F-90, college: Marquette) for a layup that made it 108-95 with 99 seconds to play. Despite the technical fouls, there was little of the tension that characterized Game 4, when Butler and Marcus Smart (6'4''-G-94, college: Oklahoma St.) got in each other's face on the court and continued the criticism in their postgame comments. The Celtics started slowly on their home court, making just one of their first nine shots to fall behind 12-4. Boston missed its first eight 3-point attempts before making three in a row at the end of the first quarter.
Courtesy of: abcnews.com



Home, sweet home: Beal, Wall lead Wizards past Hawks, 103-99 - by Eurobasket News

John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) figured the credit went to the down-the-stretch defense displayed by his Washington Wizards. Neither Dennis Schroeder (5'11''-PG-93, agency: Octagon Europe) nor coach Mike Budenholzer found any flaws with the way their Atlanta Hawks handled things late. Either way, the odd manner in which Atlanta seemed to allow the final half-minute or so to slip away while trailing - not fouling Washington to try to extend things; passing around the ball, instead of shooting it, as the clock headed toward zero - left the Wizards on the verge of closing out the teams' Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. Back at home, and back in charge, Bradley Beal (6'5''-SG-93, college: Florida) scored 27 points, and Wall added 20 points and 14 assists, leading Washington to a 103-99 victory in Game 5 on Wednesday night for a 3-2 series lead. ''I thought they were going to play the foul game - or at least try to trap. But they let us run the clock down,'' Wall said, noting that he felt as if he and his teammates finished ''with the best scrambling defense we had.'' Schroder led the Hawks with 29 points, making a career high-tying five 3s, and 11 assists. But after his basket from beyond the arc pulled Atlanta within 101-99 with 70 seconds left, Wall responded with a 21-foot pull-up jumper. Neither team would score the rest of the way. ''It was right there,'' Schroder said. ''We've just got to be better in crunch time.'' A miss followed from Paul Millsap (6'8''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech), who had 21 points and 11 rebounds, but after Wall's jumper was off the mark, the Hawks never managed to put the ball in the basket - including sort of fiddling around as if they didn't realize they were trailing by four. ''We tried to get a clean look,'' Tim Hardaway Jr. (6'6''-G-92, college: Michigan) Jr. said, ''but they just did a good job of ... making it tough on us.'' Budenholzer's take? ''I'm not, off the top of my head, frustrated with what we got offensively,'' he said. The host has won every game in this series so far. Washington can reach the conference semifinals by winning Game 6 at Atlanta on Friday night. ''It's got to be us,'' Budenholzer said, ''that's the aggressor.'' As it is, the series has been filled with physical play, referee whistles and smack talk, including a ''Crybaby'' accusation and a comparison to MMA fighting. Dwight Howard - who finally came to the fore in Game 4 with 16 points and 15 rebounds - didn't play much in the second half, picking up his fourth foul with 2 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter and his fifth off the ball with 8 1/2 minutes to go. Washington's Markieff Morris picked up No. 4 after 2 1/2 minutes of the third quarter and didn't return until there were less than 6 minutes remaining in the fourth. About 2 1/2 minutes after going back in, Morris drew his fifth foul - plus a technical for arguing, eliciting derisive chants about the officiating from spectators. ''It's been the hardest it's ever been,'' Morris said, ''for me to stay out of foul trouble.''
Courtesy of: yahoo.com




Nuggets guard Jamal Murray to have surgery - by Eurobasket News

Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (6'6''-F/G-97, college: Kentucky) will have surgery Thursday to address a 'couple of injuries,' general manager Tim Connelly said during a radio appearance on Altitude 950 AM on Wednesday afternoon. Murray, who averaged 9.9 points during his rookie season, played part of the season with a sports hernia. Connelly didn't reveal the issues the guard's surgery would address. Murray, the only member of the team to play all 82 games last season, routinely downplayed any injuries or pain he was experiencing late in the year.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



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River Lions net first-ever 3-game win streak - by Eurobasket News

A funny thing has happened since the Niagara River Lions increased their Canadian content. The team hasn't lost. The River Lions now feature a league record eight Canadians, and on Wednesday night at Meridian Centre the team capped off their first ever three-game win streak with an impressive 121-98 victory over the first place Halifax Hurricanes. Two of those Canadians were key in the Lions latest win as Richard Amardi (6'9''-F-90, college: Oregon) (Scarborough) drained 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the games only double-double, while Tyler Murray (6'5''-PG-90, college: Wagner) (Toronto) - the team's new starting guard - dished out six assists, scored four points, recorded four rebounds and two steals. Murray has quietly become the River Lions quiet leader on and off the court. 'I guess you could say I'm the quiet leader,' said a smiling, and always well-spoken, Murray. 'We're playing up to our potential now. We have a group of guys that have bought in. Everybody, one through 12, is doing what they're supposed to be doing.' Niagara (14-25) opened a 33-24 first quarter lead and never looked back. The Hurricanes (27-12) entered the game as the top seed in the NBL Canada Atlantic Division standings. Prior to the game River Lions head coach Keith Vassell said he liked the match up against Halifax. Vassell was right as the Lions led in every offensive and defensive category, including rebounds, assists, turnovers, blocked shots and steals. 'We did a great job taking them out of their rhythm,' said Vassel. 'We believe in each other now. When you've gone through the trenches like we have, and lost all those games where we had the lead, it put us in a situation where all we can do is fight.' Carl Hall (6'8''-F-89, college: Wichita St., agency: HMS) led Niagara with 25 points. Sam Muldrow (6'9''-PF-88, college: S.Carolina) scored 23 and added nine rebounds, while Kirk Williams (6'7''-PF-81, college: Bridgeport) Jr. scored 15 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter. The River Lions close out their regular season Saturday night at home against the Orangeville A's. A win Saturday combined with an Orangeville loss on Sunday in London will vault the Lions into the playoffs. Murray's message for his team and the fans is simple going into Saturday's game. 'We just have to continue doing what we're doing,' said Murray. 'We can't settle for what the other team wants to give us. 'And for the fans, it's going to be another good one. We're facing the team we're in competition with the for last playoff spot. Be here, it's going to be a great game. 'What else you do you want? It's a great story at the very least,' added Vassell.
Courtesy of: niagarafallsreview.ca



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Illinois Mr. Basketball and NU target Mark Smith commits to Illinois - by Eurobasket News

What looked almost inevitable has become official: four-star guard Mark Smith (6'5''-G) has committed to the University of Illinois. He announced the news in the Edwardsville High School gym Wednesday evening. The Illinois Mr. Basketball winner opted to stay close to home; Edwardsville is just a two-and-a-half hour drive from Champaign. Northwestern had been recruiting Smith since late 2016 and offered in January. Illinois, however, was Smith's first Big Ten offer. He's since seen his recruitment blow up, receiving offers from Butler, Cal, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Michigan State, Nebraska, and Ohio State, among others. Smith's decision seemed to have come down to Illinois or Michigan State. After firing John Groce and consequently losing four-star center Jeremiah Tilmon and three-star guard Javon Pickett's commitments, this is a big pick-up for Illinois. New coach Brad Underwood is coming with a guard-heavy class that is headlined by Smith and fellow four-star Trent Frazier. Three-star recruit DaMonte Williams is heading to Champaign next year as well. Illinois is losing a lot at the guard position next year, so Smith and his freshman counterparts should have a chance to contribute immediately. Tracy Abrams has finally exhausted his final year of eligibility and Jaylon Tate will graduate, as will D.J. Williams, and of course, leading scorer Malcolm Hill is gone. Underwood will have to make up 82 minutes per game at the guard positions. So what does this mean for Northwestern? It's another miss in the class of 2017. Chris Collins coveted athletic big man Clifton Moore, but he recently reaffirmed his commitment to Indiana. Still, it's not time to panic. Lone 2017 commit Anthony Gaines has continued to impress, and fresh off his new contract, Collins is hot on the 2018 recruiting trail with plenty of scholarships to work with. Also, just minutes before Smith's announcement, Northwestern picked up wing A.J. Turner, who is transferring from Boston College (he'll have to sit a year). This doesn't change the fact that it's been a tough recruiting period for Collins, missing out on top targets to Davidson, Wisconsin, Saint Louis, Texas A&M, Butler, Indiana, and Vanderbilt. With a tournament appearance under its belt and a newly renovated Welsh-Ryan ready for the 2018 season, these are recruiting battles that Northwestern should start winning soon.
Courtesy of: insidenu.com



Northwestern basketball lands Boston College transfer A.J. Turner - by Eurobasket News

Boston College sophomore forward A.J. Turner (6'7''-F) will transfer to Northwestern, he announced on Twitter Wednesday evening. Turner played 30.8 minutes per game for Boston College last season, averaging 8.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. Turner played in all of Boston College's 32 games last season, but the team went 9-23 and finished last in the ACC. He shot a solid 37.4 percent from three and had an impressive 112.3 offensive rating according to Ken Pomeroy's rating system. Chris Collins recruited Turner back when he was a four-star recruit (per ESPN) out of New Hampton School in New Hampshire, the same prep school as 2017 signee Anthony Gaines. Turner, a native of Warren, MI, chose Boston College over offers from Florida State, Iowa State, Stanford and others. Turner will need to miss a year due to NCAA transfer rules but will be ready to play for the 2018-19 season.
Courtesy of: insidenu.com



UMBC lands Providence transfer Ricky Council II - by Eurobasket News

Former Providence Friars sophomore guard Ricky Council II (6'5''-G-95) II has committed to UMBC, a source close to the situation has informed FanRag Sports. While transferring away from Providence after just two seasons, the up-and-coming guard will now be forced to sit out for the upcoming 2017-2018 season, per NCAA regulations. However, Council will still retain two years of collegiate eligibility upon stepping foot on the UMBC campus. During his two seasons as a member of the Friars men's basketball team, Council barely saw the court for head coach Ed Cooley. While averaging exctly 3.3 minutes per game in each of his go-rounds at Providence, he averaged a mere 0.5 points per outing as a sophomore in 2016-2017. He first averaged an even one point per game as a freshman back in 2015-2016. It is also worth noting that Council is a native of Durham, N.C. and stands at 6-5 while weighing 200 pounds. Last season, the Retrievers posted a 21-13 overall record while playing in the American East Conference. Finishing in fifth place in the conference standings, UMBC also notched a nearly even 9-7 record in American East play.
Courtesy of: fanragsports.com



Gonzaga lands their first post-Final Four commitment - by Eurobasket News

Gonzaga capitalized on their run to the national title game by landing a commitment from French point guard Joel Ayayi (6'4''-PG-00), who announced the news on twitter. Ayayi is an interesting long-term prospect, according to Draft Express. He has the size and the frame to eventually be a significant contributor in the college game, but he's raw. His handle needs work, as does his ability to create off the dribble and find teammates off of the bounce. That said, he's 6-foot-4 with a 6-foot-7 wingspan and the ability to shoot it from the perimeter, and if Gonzaga can do anything, it's develop players that enter their program.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com




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Canterbury welcomes back Moore, ex Promitheas - by Hugh McAuliffe

Canterbury Rams (NBL) landed 25-year old American guard McKenzie Moore (198-86kg-92, college: UTEP, agency: Two Points). It is actually his comeback to Rams as he has played here before. Moore He played recently at Promitheas in Greek A2 league. In 26 games he averaged 11.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.5apg and 1.4spg this season. The last summer Moore played at Rams where in 13 NBL games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 22.4ppg and recorded 6.2rpg, 8.0apg (leader !!!) and 3.4spg (leader !!!). He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
Moore has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
He has played previously professionally in Belgium (Leuven Bears) and New Zealand (Giants).
Moore attended Univ.of Texas at El Paso until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Marinos land Jeleel Akindele - by Eurobasket News

Marinos de Anzoategui (LPB) tabbed experienced 34-year old Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-110kg-83, college: Chicago State, agency: BeoBasket). He played recently at Vaqueros de Bayamon in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 9 games he averaged impressive 16.9ppg, 10.3rpg, 4.2apg, 1.1spg and 1.1bpg this season. This season Akindele played at Fuerza Regia in Mexican LNBP where in 44 BSN games he had 13.7ppg, 8.3rpg and 2.4apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP 2nd Team.
Akindele also played at the WABA Clubs Championships four years ago.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Akindele experienced life in ten different countries playing on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Akindele has played previously professionally in China (Monkey Kings), France, Iran (Petrochimi), Italy (Juvecaserta), Lebanon (Champville), Russia (Spartak Primorie Vladivostok), Spain (Gran Canaria and Baloncesto Fuenlabrada), Turkey (Yesilgiresun Bld), Montenegro (Buducnost) and Dominican Republic (Metros de Santiago).
He attended Chicago State until 2005 and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Akindele is described as: A raw, athletic big man with great shotblocking ability.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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LBL Round 8: Inmaculada is defeated by Real Club in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Lima: Real Club (#1) and Inmaculada (#3). Inmaculada was defeated at home 65-74 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Undefeated Real Club (8-0) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 8 victories in a row. Inmaculada at the other side dropped to the fifth place with four games lost. Real Club's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima EOFap.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Lima: EOFap (#5) and Ejercito (#7). Ejercito was defeated at home 61-65 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. EOFap (4-3) moved-up to third place, which they share with San Marcos. Ejercito at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. They share the position with La Family. EOFap's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena Real Club.
Another interesting game was again a derby match of two local teams from Lima: San Marcos (#6) and La Family (#8). La Family was defeated at home 67-71 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. San Marcos (4-3) moved-up to third place, which they share with EOFap. Loser La Family still closes the standings with seven games lost. They share the position with Ejercito. San Marcos' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima Ejercito.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Lima. Second ranked host Regatas (7-1) smashed 4th ranked Circolo (3-4) 76-51. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Circolo. Regatas have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 7-1 record behind leader Real Club. Circolo at the other side dropped to the sixth place with four games lost. Regatas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena La Family.

Inmaculada - Real Club 65-74

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Lima: Real Club (#1) and Inmaculada (#3). Inmaculada was defeated at home 65-74 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Real Club (8-0) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 8 victories in a row. Inmaculada at the other side dropped to the fifth place with four games lost. Real Club's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima EOFap.
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Regatas - Circolo 76-51

The game between Top Four teams took place in Lima. Second ranked host Regatas (7-1) smashed 4th ranked Circolo (3-4) 76-51. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Circolo. Regatas have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 7-1 record behind leader Real Club. Circolo at the other side dropped to the sixth place with four games lost. Regatas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena La Family.
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Ejercito - EOFap 61-65

Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Lima: EOFap (#5) and Ejercito (#7). Ejercito was defeated at home 61-65 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. EOFap (4-3) moved-up to third place, which they share with San Marcos. Ejercito at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. They share the position with La Family. EOFap's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena Real Club.
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La Family - San Marcos 67-71

Another interesting game was again a derby match of two local teams from Lima: San Marcos (#6) and La Family (#8). La Family was defeated at home 67-71 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. San Marcos (4-3) moved-up to third place, which they share with EOFap. Loser La Family still closes the standings with seven games lost. They share the position with Ejercito. San Marcos' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima Ejercito.
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  PHILIPPINES  


PBA Mindanao All-Stars, Gilas Pilipinas Battle To A 114 Deadlock - by Eurobasket News

In one of the most exciting and well-fought PBA All-Star Games ever, the PBA Mindanao All Stars and Gilas Pilipinas failed to resolve what was there to resolve in a 48-minute showdown. The PBA team rallied from a 12-point deficit in the third quarter and banked on a big trey by Mark Barroca (178-PG-86) in the last 49 seconds in fighting Gilas Pilipinas to a 114-114 deadlock in the 2017 PBA All-Star Game at the Xavier University Gym here Wednesday night. The PBA Mindanao selection could have even stolen the game in the end but Scottie Thompson failed to convert a drive off June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89). Troy Rosario, himself a Gilas aspirant playing for PBA Mindanao, led all scorers with 28 points while rookie All-Star player Matthew Wright top scored for Gilas with 22 markers including 4-of-5 three-pointers as they shared the Cloudfone All-Star MVP honors. Barroca, PJ Simon and Baser Amer were the others who ran a show for the Mindanaoans while Fajardo, Terrence Bill Romeo (180-PG-92), Roger Ray Pogoy (189-SG-92), Carl Bryan Cruz, LA Revilla (173-PG-89) and Mike Tolomia were the other national hopefuls who delivered significant numbers for coach Chot Reyes. It was a night to remember where Gilas also came out well prepared in the pre-game dance off and upstaged the PBA team for the P100,000 cash prize. Meanwhile, hometown player Glenn Khobuntin led his team to victory in the Shootings Stars event, beating the team of Cyrus Baguio and the quartet led by Jio Jalalon and Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno Jr. Rosario scattered 18 points as the PBA team led, 59-55, at the half.
Courtesy of: pba.ph



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

24-year old power forward Jameel McKay (206-F/C-92) had an amazing evening in the last round for Phoenix and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
He had a double-double of 42 points and 22 rebounds, while his team beat Alaska Aces (#6, 4-2) 94-86. Phoenix maintains the 8th position in Filipino league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Phoenix will need more victories to improve their 4-3 record. McKay just recently signed at Phoenix, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Iowa State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. McKay is in league's top in points (3rd best: 28.3ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 19.2rpg) and averages solid 2.3bpg and 54.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Justin Brownlee (197-F-88) of B.Ginebra. He is American forward in his first season at B.Ginebra. In the last game Brownlee recorded impressive double-double of 34 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he led B.Ginebra to another comfortable win 107-89 over slightly higher-ranked TNT Ka Tropa (#3, 5-2) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. B.Ginebra consolidated its place in top 4 of the standings. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 4 matches. Brownlee is a newcomer at B.Ginebra and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.6ppg (#8). His other stats are also decent: 11.0rpg and 5.6apg. Former St.John's University star Brownlee is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third place about best performers goes to center Greg Smith (208-C-91) of Blackwater (#10). Smith showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, twenty nine rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. Despite Smith's great performance Blackwater lost 90-96 to the higher-ranked Star Hotshots (#2, 5-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Blackwater can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-6 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Smith he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Smith has individually a great season in Philippines. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 27.7ppg (4th best), rebounds with 21.3rpg (2nd best) and assists with 4.7apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cory Jefferson (206-F-90) of Alaska Aces - 31 points and 17 rebounds
5. Donte Greene (206-F-88) of TNT Ka Tropa - 33 points and 10 rebounds
6. Japeth Aguilar (206-C-85) of B.Ginebra - 16 points and 14 rebounds
7. Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85) of SM Beermen - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Shawn Taggart (207-F-85) of Rain or Shine - 24 points and 10 rebounds
9. Alex Cabagnot (183-G-82) of SM Beermen - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Keith Wright (203-F-89) of Mahindra - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Filip ZEGZULA
  Rosa I.
  (188-SG-94)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Zegzula, Rosa I.19.5 
 2. Grod, Notec Inowr.17.3 
 3. Dymala, Spojnia16.6 
 4. Prostak, Pogon P.16.6 
 5. Sroka, Sokol Lancut15.4 
 6. Mazur, GKS Tychy15.4 
 7. Wrobel, AZS A.15.1 
 8. Gospodarek, Astoria .14.8 
 9. Bluma, Nysa K.14.5 
 10. Lenczuk, Nysa K.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maciej KLIMA
  Sokol Lancut
  (203-C/F-82)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Klima, Sokol Lancut8.6 
 2. Bodych, Kotwica8.3 
 3. Struski, Biofarm .7.6 
 4. Grod, Notec Inowr.7.0 
 5. Nowerski, Pogon P.6.9 
 6. Bluma, Nysa K.6.8 
 7. Kulikowski, Sokol L.6.7 
 8. Cechniak, Znicz B.6.6 
 9. Szwed, Znicz B.6.4 
 10. Pytys, Spojnia6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Lukasz WILCZEK
  Legia W-wa
  (190-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Wilczek, Legia W-wa6.8 
 2. Plawucki, SKK S.5.7 
 3. Dymala, Spojnia5.4 
 4. Kordalski, Znicz B.5.2 
 5. Zegzula, Rosa I.5.1 
 6. Filipiak, GTK G.5.1 
 7. Gospodarek, Astoria .4.9 
 8. Zywert, Sokol L.4.9 
 9. Dzierzak, Kotwica4.8 
 10. Maciejewski, Notec I.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Lukasz WILCZEK
  Legia W-wa
  (190-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Wilczek, Legia W-wa2.6 
 2. Zegzula, Rosa I.2.2 
 3. Zych, AZS A.2.0 
 4. Filipiak, GTK G.2.0 
 5. Zywert, Sokol L.1.9 
 6. Tokarski, Znicz B.1.9 
 7. Brek, Biofarm PZN1.8 
 8. Mazur, GKS Tychy1.8 
 9. Wlodarczyk, AZS A.1.8 
 10. Gospodarek, Astoria .1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Damian CECHNIAK
  Znicz B.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Cechniak, Znicz B.1.6 
 2. Lisewski, Notec I.1.4 
 3. Brek, Biofarm PZN1.3 
 4. Nowerski, Pogon P.1.1 
 5. Pytys, Spojnia0.9