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  ABA  



Jacksonville Giants calm the Windy City and win back-to-back ABA Championship - by Gianni Pascucci

(courtesy www.jacksonvillegiants.com) The #2 seed Jacksonville Giants faced the #6 seed Windy City Groove this evening in Baltimore, Maryland for the American Basketball Association (ABA) Championship. It was also a rematch of the 2016 ABA Championship, which was claimed by the Giants.
Led by the Finals MVP, Maurice Mickens (6'0''-G-86, college: Le Moyne-Owen)' 31 points, the Giants wIn back-to-back championships for the second time in just seven years, defeating Chicago's Windy City Groove 120 -102.
Much like 2016, the two teams battled back and forth for much of the game. In the first quarter it was the Groove that opened an eight point lead only to see the Giants battle back and tie the game at the end of the period, 33-33.
In the second quarter the Groove again led most of the quarter and by as many as six until the Giants tied it with less than two minutes remaining. Mickens, Bernard Nugent (6'0''-PG-91, college: Clayton St.) and Jermaine Bell (7'0''-C-84, college: Indian Hills CC) led the way on offense and a stingy defense that only gave up 22 points in the quarter sparked the offense on numerous fast break baskets. Giants' Robert Hornsby (6'5''-F-82, college: Troy, agency: Pro Sports) finished the half with a pair of free throws and a three point shot that sent the defending champions into the locker room with a 60-55 lead, and a lead that they would never relinquish.
The third quarter opened with the teams trading baskets until the Giants went on a run that pushed their lead to 72-60 with 8:00 left in the quarter. The Giants took a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter, 91-81.
In the final period, The Groove cut the Giants lead to five but the Giants scored three straight baskets and pushed the lead to 11 with 8:30 to play on a thunderous slam dunk by Elijah Smith (6'8''-F-89, college: N.Georgia) on an off-the-backboard assist by Mickens on a fast break. The lead was pushed to 17 with just 3:20 remaining on a couple of Nugent drives and a Bell tip-in, 112-95.
The Giants finished the second half strong with a complete team effort that included "a great low post presence on offense and defense by Bell, Calvin Warner (6'7''-F-80, college: Jacksonville) and Elijah Smith in the low post, and our defensive MVP of the Finals (Nugent)," said team owner Ron Sholes after the game. "Defense wins championships, and I'm extremely proud of how we battled all three games," added Sholes.
A balanced Giants scoring attack included 15 points each by Larry Dumas, Bell, Smith and Hornsby, and 14 by Nugent.
After the Giants weathered the storm the first two games of the Finals, winning both games but just two points each, "the team was clicking on all cylinders tonight," said Giants' Head Coach Jerry Williams . "We played Giants basketball and this was a total team effort. I'm just proud of how we came out and dominated the game down the stretch. Windy City is a tough team so it's a well deserved championship victory," added Williams.
After the Giants celebrate their fourth ABA Title in Baltimore this evening, the team will drive back to Jacksonville on Monday and arrive home late in the evening.



Giants tame the Tornados and advance to the Title Game - by Gianni Pascucci

(courtesy www.jacksonvillegiants.com) The #2 seed Jacksonville Giants defeated the #5 seed Mobile Bay Tornados 109-107 in the Final Four match-up in Baltimore Maryland. The victory puts Jacksonville in their fifth championship matchup in just seven years of play in the American Basketball Association (ABA). The championship game will feature a rematch of the 2016 ABA Championship as #6 seed Chicago Windy City Groove upset the undefeated and #1 ranked DMV Warriors in an overtime thriller before the Giants and Tornados took the court.
Much like the Giants first game in the tournament, they found themselves having to come from behind in the second half. After going into the locker room trailing by four at the half, 51-47, the Giants woes continued to start the second half. Trailing 58-49 midway through the third quarter, the Giants seemed frustrated by a physical Tornados team. However Giants' Head Coach Jerry Williams once again called on the Giants' full court press defense to bail the team out. The press sparked an 18-4 run late in the third quarter and the Giants took an eight point lead heading into the final period.
Giants' Calvin Warner (6'7''-F-80, college: Jacksonville) had 11 third quarter points, including a 3D possession layup. Larry Dumas (6'2''-PG, college: Robert Morris) also landed back to back three pointers and had another 3D layup in the third quarter. Giants' Robert Hornsby (6'5''-F-82, college: Troy, agency: Pro Sports) led the scoring with 18 points on the night. All of his points came in the second half and three of his field goals were on 3D possessions. Mickens (17 points), Jerrod Tucker (6'4''-F-86, college: Bellevue) (16 points), Jermaine Bell (7'0''-C-84, college: Indian Hills CC) (15 points), and Dumas (14 points) rounded out the top scorers for Jacksonville.
The Giants continued pressing in the fourth quarter and caused several turnovers resulting in another run which pushed their lead to as many as 15 midway through the fourth quarter. However, the Tornado's wouldn't give up. Late in the quarter, the Tornado's went on an 8-0 run with quick scoring from Anthony Sims (6'4''-SF, college: W.Florida). The Giants held a 108-105 lead with less then 30 seconds left in the game. Mobile Bay made it a 108-107 game with 29 seconds on the clock.
Giants' Maurice Mickens (6'0''-G-86, college: Le Moyne-Owen) held the ball for the duration of the shot clock and attempted a runner in the lane with just 5 seconds remaining in the game. The shot hit the backboard and it was unclear whether it hit the side of the rim or not, but the referees did not call a shotclock violation. Giants' Calvin Warner rebounded and with just one second remaining Mickens was fouled. Mickens made the first shot, but missed the second and the Tornado's attempted a hail mary that went wide right of the basket.
"They (Mobile Bay) outplayed us in first half," said Giants' Head Coach Jerry Williams . "We just needed to settle down and play Giants basketball. We knew they were gonna come out hard, its the Final Four."
"We played as a team and we stayed focused," said Bernard Nugent (6'0''-PG-91, college: Clayton St.), who was named the Sports Radio America Player of the Game. "We want nothing more than to bring another Championship back to Jacksonville."
"Windy City is a scrappy team," said Williams. "They will give us everything they have. I have so much respect for those guys."
Jacksonville takes on on Windy City this afternoon at 4:30pm Eastern Time in Baltimore, Maryland.



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  ABA LEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 20
 1. Zizic, Cibona20.0 
 2. Marinkovic, Zadar17.7 
 3. Lukovic, Krka16.8 
 4. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija16.6 
 5. Boatright, Cedevita16.6 
 6. Barac, Zadar15.6 
 7. Labovic, Karpos S.15.6 
 8. Jefferson, Un.Olimp.15.6 
 9. Hatcher, Partizan15.4 
 10. Zagorac, Mega Leks15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Zizic, Cibona9.2 
 2. Kaba, Mega Leks7.5 
 3. Lukovic, Krka7.4 
 4. Oliver, Un.Olimpija7.2 
 5. Bilan, Cedevita7.2 
 6. Bolden, FMP7.2 
 7. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija7.2 
 8. Scott, MZT Skopje6.9 
 9. Zagorac, Mega Leks6.5 
 10. James, Buducnost6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Reynolds, Cibona6.9 
 2. Covic, FMP6.4 
 3. Williams, Buducnost6.1 
 4. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.9 
 5. Rebec, Krka5.9 
 6. Vladovic, Zadar4.8 
 7. Bakic, Mornar Bar4.6 
 8. Babic, Cedevita4.5 
 9. Perry, Karpos S.4.5 
 10. Novak, Mega Leks4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Reynolds, Cibona2.0 
 2. Hrovat, Un.Olimpija1.8 
 3. Labovic, Karpos S.1.7 
 4. Vladovic, Zadar1.7 
 5. Perry, Karpos S.1.6 
 6. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.6 
 7. Kaba, Mega Leks1.5 
 8. Oliver, Un.Olimpija1.5 
 9. Rozic, Cibona1.4 
 10. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Buducnost
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. James, Buducnost1.6 
 2. Lukovic, Partizan1.6 
 3. Ellis, Mornar Bar1.6 
 4. Scott, MZT Skopje1.4 
 5. Zizic, Cibona1.2 
 6. Begic, Cedevita1.2 
 7. Trajkovski, Karpos S.1.0 
 8. Bolden, FMP1.0 
 9. Davidovac, FMP1.0 
 10. Nikolic, Buducnost1.0 


Cedevita overcome Partizan en route to Finals - by Eurobasket News

Cedevita - Partizan 87:78

Cedevita are the first Adriatic League finalists. They held off Partizan in the decisive third game of the semifinal series. Dzanan Musa (204-SG-99, agency: BeoBasket) and Miro Bilan (213-C-89, agency: BeoBasket) provided 16 points each to lead the winners.
Cedevita jumped to a 20:14 lead after ten minutes of action. The Croatian team fired 27 points in the second term to take an 11-point halftime lead 47:36. Partizan pushed harder in the third quarter. The Serbian side dropped 27 points in the third period to pull within 6 points at the final break. But Cedevita stiffened defensively in final period. They held Partizan to just 15 points and marched to the decisive win. Luka Babic (201-SF-91, agency: BeoBasket) tossed in 14 points for the hosts. Wiliam Hatcher (188-PG-84, college: Miami, OH) replied with 16 points for Partizan. Uros Lukovic (213-C-89, agency: BeoBasket) provided 13 points in the defeat.

Cedevita: Dzanan Musa 16, Miro Bilan 16, Luka Babic 14
Partizan: Wiliam Hatcher 16, Uros Lukovic 13



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  ALBANIA  


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

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

Klaudio Ndoja
Klaudio Ndoja
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Klaudio Ndoja (201-85, currently plays in Italy). He contributed to a Virtus Bologna's victory against the 15th-ranked Unieuro Forli (8-19) 77-69 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Ndoja scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 31 minutes on the court. Virtus Segafredo Bologna (19-8) is placed first in East group. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Ndoja averages: 8.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.3spg, 3FGP: 37.9% and FT: 76.9% in eight games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Albanian and Italian. Ndoja played for the Albanian senior national team five years ago.

Franko Bushati
Franko Bushati
   #2. Second place goes to former international shooting guard Franko Bushati (189-85, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Italy). He managed to help Germani Basket Brescia to win against the closely-ranked Juvecaserta (9-16) 64-62 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Bushati recorded 5 points and added 4 assists. Germani Basket Brescia (11-14) is placed 12th in the Serie A. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Bushati's overall stats this season are: 2.9ppg, 1.1rpg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3FGP: 24.4% and FT: 52.6%. He is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and Italian. Bushati played for the Albanian national team in 2012.

Elvisi Dusha
Elvisi Dusha
   #3. The Albanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Elvisi Dusha (188-94, currently plays in United Kingdom). He could not help Plymouth Raiders (14-14) to beat Leicester Riders (23-3). Dusha recorded only 4 points in 9 minutes on the court. Plymouth Raiders was badly defeated 88-71 on the road by the leading Leicester Riders. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Dusha's overall stats are: 3.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.0apg, 3FGP: 25.0% in 12 games. He has both Albanian and British nationalities. Dusha is also a member of the Albanian senior national team.

Rashaun Broadus
Rashaun Broadus
   #4. An experienced point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-84, agency: Octagon Europe, college: BYU, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help SC Rasta Vechta in their game against BBC Bayreuth (19-7) in the German BBL. His contribution was not very remarkable in Saturday's game. Broadus recorded only 2 points and added 3 passes. SC Rasta Vechta was crushed 96-71 in Bayreuth by the much higher-ranked BBC Bayreuth (#4). Broadus' total stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.6apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Broadus is also Albanian national team player. Strangely he has never played in Albania.

Vildan Mitku
Vildan Mitku
   #5. Former international forward Vildan Mitku (200-83, currently plays in Germany) helped Tuebingen II win their game against the fifth-ranked Lich II (15-10) 65-61 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. He scored 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. SV 03 Tuebingen 2nd team (9-17) is placed tenth in South-West group. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended. It's Mitku's sixth season with the team. Mitku has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.4spg. Mitku used to play for the Albanian national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Besnik Bekteshi (191-G-93, currently plays in Germany). Bekteshi could not help SC Rasta Vechta (2-24) to beat BBC Bayreuth (19-7). He did not have that impressive stats last Saturday. Bekteshi recorded only 3 points in 12 minutes. SC Rasta Vechta was crushed 96-71 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#4) BBC Bayreuth. It's Bekteshi's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 3.9ppg and 1.8apg in 23 games he played so far. Bekteshi has a dual citizenship: Albanian and German.

   #2. Klaudio Patani (197-F/C-96, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Isernia (8-18) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the 14th-placed Isernia (8-18) lost 55-68 at home to the lower-ranked (#16) Monteroni in the Group D. Patani had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds in 34 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Patani has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.2spg in 26 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and Italian.

Other top Albanian players, who play abroad:

Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94) plays for Krka in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM
Shkelzen Bekteshi (185-G-91) plays for Kirchheim Knights in German ProA
Celis Taflaj (201-SF-98) plays for Viola RC in Italian Serie A2
Ergys Rrapi (200-C-83) plays for Ermis Lagkada in Greek B
Bruno Zyka (184-SG-97) plays for Francavilla in Italian Serie C Silver
Frenki Lilaj (201-C-98) plays for GBA Sparta in Czech Republic 1Liga
Nderim Pelaj (182-PG-88) plays for Halle USV in German 2.Regionalliga
Eljon Harlicaj (193-F-93) plays for Lug.Tigers U23 in Swiss LNB
Ferdi Bedini (184-SG-99) plays for Bergamo in Italian Serie B

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



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  ANTIGUA  


ABBA Round 28: Cutie Ovals Ojays defeat Stingerz in the closest game of the week - 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 6 rounds.

The most exciting game of round 28 in the ABBA took place in St.John's. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 4th ranked Stingerz (10-4) to second ranked Cutie Ovals Ojays (11-2) 65-62 on Sunday evening. Stingerz cut a 15-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. Cutie Ovals Ojays have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Flyers. Stingerz at the other side keeps the fourth place with four games lost. Cutie Ovals Ojays is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Freetown T. (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Stingerz will have a break next round.
Third ranked Flyers (11-2) crushed at home 8th ranked Freetown T. (3-11) by 35 points 81-46, which is the biggest margin this round. Flyers have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Cutie Ovals Ojays. Freetown T. lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 11 games lost. Flyers will play against Baldwin Braves (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Freetown T. will play against the league's leader Cutie Ovals Ojays (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.

Stingerz - Cutie Ovals Ojays 62-65

The most exciting game of round 28 in the ABBA took place in St.John's. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 4th ranked Stingerz (10-4) to second ranked Cutie Ovals Ojays (11-2) 65-62 on Sunday evening. Stingerz cut a 15-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. Cutie Ovals Ojays have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Flyers. Stingerz at the other side keeps the fourth place with four games lost. Cutie Ovals Ojays is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Freetown T. (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Stingerz will have a break next round.
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Flyers - Freetown T. 81-46

Third ranked Flyers (11-2) crushed at home 8th ranked Freetown T. (3-11) by 35 points 81-46, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Flyers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Freetown T. to just 6 points in first quarter. Flyers have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Cutie Ovals Ojays. Freetown T. lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 11 games lost. Flyers will play against Baldwin Braves (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Freetown T. will play against the league's leader Cutie Ovals Ojays (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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ABBA Round 27: HL Rockersville tries to escape the last position defeating HS Outlaws - by Eurobasket News

Bottom-ranked HL Rockersville managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of two consecutive losses on Saturday night. This time newly promoted HL Rockersville edged sixth-ranked HS Outlaws 75-72. HS Outlaws cut a 13-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. HL Rockersville dominated on the defensive end, holding HS Outlaws to just 4 points in first quarter. HL Rockersville (3-9) moved-up to seventh place. HS Outlaws lost eighth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with ten games lost. They share it with Freetown T.. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
5th ranked Ottos (4-10) were defeated at home by eighth ranked Yorks Crushers (4-10) with the biggest margin this round 62-53. Yorks Crushers moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Ottos. Ottos lost fourth consecutive game. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Ottos - Yorks Crushers 53-62

5th ranked Ottos (4-10) were defeated at home by eighth ranked Yorks Crushers (4-10) with the biggest margin this round 62-53. The game without a history. Yorks Crushers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Yorks Crushers moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Ottos. Ottos lost fourth consecutive game. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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HL Rockersville - HS Outlaws 75-72

Bottom-ranked HL Rockersville managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of two consecutive losses on Saturday night. This time newly promoted HL Rockersville edged sixth-ranked HS Outlaws 75-72. HS Outlaws cut a 13-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. HL Rockersville dominated on the defensive end, holding HS Outlaws to just 4 points in first quarter. HL Rockersville (3-9) moved-up to seventh place. HS Outlaws lost eighth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with ten games lost. They share it with Freetown T.. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Tucker, Estudian.22.1 
 2. Green, Instituto20.0 
 3. Solano, Echague19.5 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.19.0 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.18.2 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Mickeal, Atenas16.8 
 8. Harper, Quimsa16.8 
 9. Horner, Obras B.16.7 
 10. Vildoza, Quilm.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.0 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.3 
 3. Clancy, Instituto10.0 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.7 
 5. Johnson, Atenas8.8 
 6. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.8 
 7. Wood, San M.8.6 
 8. Francis, La Union8.5 
 9. Justiz, Estudian.8.5 
 10. Caracter, Echague8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Franco BALBI
  Ferrocarril
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.1 
 2. Barral, Obras B.6.1 
 3. Stanic, Olimpico.6.0 
 4. Konsztadt, La Union5.4 
 5. Aguirre, San L.5.4 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.2 
 7. De-l., GECR I.4.6 
 8. Ciorciari, Instituto4.5 
 9. Figueroa, Penarol4.5 
 10. Hopson, Quimsa4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ivan BASUALDO
  Quilm.
  (202-F/C-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Basualdo, Quilm.2.0 
 2. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 3. Solano, Echague2.0 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.1.8 
 5. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 6. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 7. Massey, Libertad.1.6 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.1.5 
 9. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
 10. Tucker, Estudian.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 3. Richard, Obras B.1.6 
 4. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 5. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 6. Clancy, Instituto1.2 
 7. Calfani, San L.1.2 
 8. Meyinsse, San L.1.2 
 9. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 
 10. Acuna, Penarol0.9 



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  AUSTRIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.5 
 2. Miletic, Vienna18.6 
 3. Vay, Arkadia18.5 
 4. Stazic, Vienna18.2 
 5. Clemmons, Vienna17.8 
 6. Lamesic, Wels17.7 
 7. McNealy, Oberwart16.9 
 8. Rados, Klostern.16.4 
 9. Jackson, Oberwart15.8 
 10. Murati, Gmunden15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jozo RADOS
  Klostern.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 12
 1. Rados, Klostern.12.0 
 2. Naylor, UBSC G.10.5 
 3. Draskovic, Arkadia8.7 
 4. Vay, Arkadia8.0 
 5. Traylor, Oberwart7.5 
 6. Lamesic, Wels7.5 
 7. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.2 
 8. Baptiste, Kapfe.7.0 
 9. Gaidys, Gmunden6.2 
 10. Cumberbatch, Oberw.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Danek, Arkadia7.3 
 2. Car, Furstenfeld5.8 
 3. Jackson, Oberwart5.3 
 4. Vujosevic, Kapfe.5.2 
 5. Friedrich, Gmunden4.6 
 6. Stazic, Vienna4.6 
 7. Maresch, UBSC G.4.5 
 8. Clemmons, Vienna4.4 
 9. O''Neal, Wels4.1 
 10. Murati, Gmunden3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.7 
 2. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.8 
 3. Clemmons, Vienna1.8 
 4. Miletic, Vienna1.7 
 5. Trmal, Arkadia1.5 
 6. Koch, Vienna1.4 
 7. McNealy, Oberwart1.4 
 8. Stazic, Vienna1.4 
 9. Jandl, Furstenfeld1.4 
 10. Krivokapic, UBSC G.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamari TRAYLOR
  Oberwart
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Traylor, Oberwart1.5 
 2. Rados, Klostern.1.4 
 3. Draskovic, Arkadia1.3 
 4. Chan, Wels1.1 
 5. Baptiste, Kapfe.1.0 
 6. Koch, Vienna0.9 
 7. Steed, Gmunden0.9 
 8. Kuakumensah, Oberw.0.9 
 9. Naylor, UBSC G.0.8 
 10. Sarlija, Furstenfeld0.6 


2.Bundesliga Round 22: Rocks lose to Raiders - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in 2.Bundesliga just ended.

The most important game in the last round took place in Villach between third ranked Rocks (14-6) and fifth ranked Raiders (14-6) on Sunday night. Rocks were defeated by Raiders on the road 62-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Rocks. Raiders moved-up to third place, which they share with Lions and Rocks.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Lions (14-6) against fourth ranked UBC St. Polten (15-5) on Saturday night. Visiting Lions were defeated by UBC St. Polten in St.Polten 81-71. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Lions. UBC St. Polten have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Lions at the other side keep the third position with six games lost. They share it with Rocks and Raiders.
2.Bundesliga top team - Mustangs (16-4) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Flames (6-14) in Mistelbach 92-68. Mustangs maintains first position with 16-4 record. Loser Flames keep the ninth place with 14 games lost.
Bottom-ranked Worthersee Piraten is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 20th consecutive match to sixth ranked Timberwolves (11-9) 91-46. Timberwolves have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 11-9 record. Worthersee Piraten at the other side still closes the standings.

In the last game of round 22 KOS beat Warriors on the road 92-85.

Warriors - Kosovo 85-92

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked KOS (10-10) beat on the road 10th ranked Warriors (3-17) 92-85. KOS maintains seventh position with 10-10 record. Warriors lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the tenth place with 17 games lost.
gschID: 495204


Raiders - Rocks 75-62

The most important game in the last round took place in Villach between third ranked Rocks (14-6) and fifth ranked Raiders (14-6) on Sunday night. Rocks were defeated by Raiders on the road 62-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Rocks. Raiders moved-up to third place, which they share with Lions and Rocks.
gschID: 495205


Piraten - Timberwolves 46-91

Bottom-ranked Worthersee Piraten is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 20th consecutive match to sixth ranked Timberwolves (11-9) 91-46. The game without a history. Timberwolves led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Worthersee Piraten to just 6 points in first quarter. Timberwolves have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 11-9 record. Worthersee Piraten at the other side still closes the standings.
gschID: 495203


Mustangs - Flames 92-68

2.Bundesliga top team - Mustangs (16-4) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Flames (6-14) in Mistelbach 92-68. The game was mostly controlled by Mustangs. Flames managed to win third quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mustangs maintains first position with 16-4 record. Loser Flames keep the ninth place with 14 games lost.
gschID: 495201


Dragons - Lions 81-71

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Lions (14-6) against fourth ranked UBC St. Polten (15-5) on Saturday night. Visiting Lions were defeated by UBC St. Polten in St.Polten 81-71. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Lions. The game was mostly controlled by UBC St. Polten. Lions was better in second period 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. UBC St. Polten have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Lions at the other side keep the third position with six games lost. They share it with Rocks and Raiders.
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Bliznets' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

22-year old center Pavel Bliznets (210-C-94) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team COR-Borisfen and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 37.
He had a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed BSEU-GrandPrint (#6, 13-19) with 18-point margin 91-73. It allowed COR-Borisfen to consolidate first place in the Belarusian league. COR-Borisfen has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 29-3. It was one of impressive evenings for Bliznets as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Pavel Bliznets averages this season 8.1ppg and 6.7rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Maksym Kozlovets (205-C-90). He is Ukrainian center in his 3rd season at COR-Borisfen. In the last game Kozlovets recorded impressive double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds. Of course together with Bliznets he helped COR-Borisfen with another comfortable win 91-73 over the lower-ranked BSEU-GrandPrint (#6, 13-19) being unquestionably team leader. Of course COR-Borisfen still keep the league's top spot. His team belongs to top of the standings with 29-3 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Kozlovets is one of the most experienced players at COR-Borisfen and similarly like Pavel Bliznets has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.1ppg (#4). He also registered 9.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Dmitri Paliashchuk (199-SG-85, agency: Interperformances) of BSEU-GrandPrint (#6). Paliashchuk scored 17 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of BSEU-GrandPrint, leading his team to a 78-76 win against the higher-ranked COR-Borisfen (#1, 29-3). The chances of BSEU-GrandPrint ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 19 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Paliashchuk could help BSEU-GrandPrint to bring them higher in the standings. Paliashchuk has a very solid season. In 5 games in Belarus he scored 16.2ppg. Dmitri Paliashchuk has also Belarusian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dmitriy Roslikau (182-PG-95) of BSEU-GrandPrint - 18 points and 2 assists
5. Evgeni Ivanov (202-G/F-84) of COR-Borisfen - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ruslan Kutskevich (202-F-95) of Prinemanye - 8 points and 9 rebounds
7. Kiril Volodkin (190-G-91) of Impuls BGUIR - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Andrei Aheyenka (193-SG-92) of COR-Borisfen - 9 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Yaraslau Kurapau (203-F-91) of Impuls BGUIR - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Sergey Tatur (194-G-91) of COR-Borisfen - 13 points, 3 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)



Premier League Round 37: BSEU-GrandPrint defeats leader COR-Borisfen - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Premier League just ended.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked COR-Borisfen (29-3) in Mogilev on Friday night. Hosts were edged by sixth ranked BSEU-GrandPrint (13-19) 78-76. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 40-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. BSEU-GrandPrint forced 19 COR-Borisfen turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Dmitri Paliashchuk (199-85, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Sergej Vabischevich (191-88) contributed with 15 points and 6 assists for the winners. Ukrainian center Maksym Kozlovets (205-90) answered with 24 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for COR-Borisfen. BSEU-GrandPrint have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 13-19 record. COR-Borisfen at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost.
Seventh-ranked Prinemanye (8-23) was very close to win a game against fifth ranked Impuls BGUIR (17-14) in Minsk. Impuls BGUIR managed to secure only one-point victory 57-56. However their fans expected easier game. Guard Kiril Volodkin (190-91) stepped up and scored 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and Yaraslau Kurapau chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Impuls BGUIR's coach used entire bench in such tough game. At the losing side guard Pavel Suvorov (185-95) responded with 16 points. The victory was the third consecutive win for Impuls BGUIR. They maintain fifth place with 17-14 record. Prinemanye lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 23 games lost.
Premier League top team - COR-Borisfen (29-3) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they beat sixth ranked BSEU-GrandPrint (13-19) in Mogilev 91-73. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of BSEU-GrandPrint. Maksym Kozlovets nailed a double-double by scoring 12 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Stainslau Ulyanka came up with 14 points and 5 rebounds for BSEU-GrandPrint in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. COR-Borisfen maintains first place with 29-3 record. Loser BSEU-GrandPrint keeps the sixth position with 19 games lost.

The most impressive performance of 37th round was 8 points and 9 rebounds by Ruslan Kutskevich of Prinemanye.

COR-Borisfen - BSEU-GrandPrint 91-73

Premier League top team - COR-Borisfen (29-3) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they beat sixth ranked BSEU-GrandPrint (13-19) in Mogilev 91-73. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of BSEU-GrandPrint. The game was mostly controlled by COR-Borisfen. BSEU-GrandPrint managed to win fourth quarter 27-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. COR-Borisfen dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to BSEU-GrandPrint's 30. COR-Borisfen forced 20 BSEU-GrandPrint turnovers and outrebounded them 43-24 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. COR-Borisfen looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Ukrainian center Maksym Kozlovets (205-90) nailed a double-double by scoring 12 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and center Pavel Bliznets (210-94) accounted for 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward Stainslau Ulyanka (194-99) came up with 14 points and 5 rebounds and forward Ilyas Salsanov (198-89, college: Faulkner) added 14 points respectively for BSEU-GrandPrint in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. COR-Borisfen maintains first place with 29-3 record. Loser BSEU-GrandPrint keeps the sixth position with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
COR-Borisfen: P.Bliznets 18+10reb+1ast, E.Ivanov 13+5reb+2ast, M.Kozlovets 12+12reb+5ast, S.Tatur 9+2reb+5ast, A.Aheyenka 9+7reb+2ast, V.Kamarunas 9+5ast
BSEU-GrandPrint: I.Salsanov 14+4reb+1ast, S.Ulyanka 14+5reb+2ast, D.Roslikau 12+5ast, M.Kuchkou 9+3reb+1ast, V.Lebedev 7+4reb, M.Misevich 5+2reb+1ast
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Impuls BGUIR - Prinemanye 57-56

Seventh-ranked Prinemanye (8-23) was very close to win a game against fifth ranked Impuls BGUIR (17-14) in Minsk. Impuls BGUIR managed to secure only one-point victory 57-56. However their fans expected easier game. It looked good early as Prinemanye took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Impuls BGUIR had a 21-17 second period charge getting the lead and Prinemanye was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 56-57. Guard Kiril Volodkin (190-91) stepped up and scored 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and forward Yaraslau Kurapau (203-91) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Impuls BGUIR's coach used entire bench in such tough game. At the losing side guard Pavel Suvorov (185-95) responded with 16 points and forward Ruslan Kutskevich (202-95) scored 8 points and 9 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for Impuls BGUIR. They maintain fifth place with 17-14 record. Prinemanye lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 23 games lost.
Top scorers:
Impuls BGUIR: K.Volodkin 13+5reb+3ast, Y.Kurapau 12+5reb+3ast, M.Shustov 11+5reb+3ast, G.Zahar 9+6reb, Y.Ignatev 4+9reb+3ast, E.Pankratovic 4
Prinemanye: P.Suvorov 16+3reb+2ast, A.Navoichyk 11+7reb, D.Chumakov 10+8reb, R.Kutskevich 8+9reb+1ast, V.Svakel 6+6reb+5ast, M.Talkachou 3
gschID: 543354


COR-Borisfen - BSEU-GrandPrint 76-78

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked COR-Borisfen (29-3) in Mogilev on Friday night. Hosts were edged by sixth ranked BSEU-GrandPrint (13-19) 78-76. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 40-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. BSEU-GrandPrint forced 19 COR-Borisfen turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Dmitri Paliashchuk (199-85, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Sergej Vabischevich (191-88) contributed with 15 points and 6 assists for the winners. Ukrainian center Maksym Kozlovets (205-90) answered with 24 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and guard Sergey Tatur (194-91) added 13 points in the effort for COR-Borisfen. BSEU-GrandPrint have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 13-19 record. COR-Borisfen at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost.
Top scorers:
BSEU-GrandPrint: D.Roslikau 18+1reb+2ast, D.Paliashchuk 17+13reb, S.Vabischevich 15+4reb+6ast, M.Sazonau 9+3reb+2ast, I.Salsanov 9+4reb+2ast, V.Nazarov 6+1reb+1ast
COR-Borisfen: M.Kozlovets 24+7reb+1ast, S.Tatur 13+3reb+3ast, P.Bliznets 13+4reb+1ast, A.Aheyenka 8+3reb, V.Kamarunas 8+4ast, E.Ivanov 5+3reb+3ast
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Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Jason CLARK
  Antwerp
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Clark, Antwerp17.6 
 2. Bowman, Spirou16.7 
 3. Miller-M., Leuven16.4 
 4. Tofi, Aalstar15.8 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .15.0 
 6. Simpson, Liege14.8 
 7. Troisfontain., Aalst.13.8 
 8. Channels, Kango.13.8 
 9. Ware, Antwerp13.7 
 10. Samhan, Leuven13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 8
 1. Anderson, Antwerp8.0 
 2. Amis, Aalstar7.2 
 3. Ubel, Brussels6.6 
 4. Fields, Liege6.6 
 5. Badji, Kangoeroes6.6 
 6. Samhan, Leuven6.6 
 7. Ware, Antwerp6.5 
 8. Simmons, Brussels6.4 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .6.1 
 10. Tofi, Aalstar5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Miller-M., Leuven5.6 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.5 
 3. Channels, Kango.5.1 
 4. Loubry, Brussels4.8 
 5. Marnegrave, Spirou4.4 
 6. Bosco, Mons-Hai.4.3 
 7. Anderson, Limburg .4.3 
 8. Clark, Antwerp4.0 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .3.7 
 10. Hertay, Liege3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Miller-M., Leuven2.0 
 2. Simpson, Liege1.7 
 3. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 4. Hertay, Liege1.4 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 6. Channels, Kango.1.4 
 7. Billbury, Leuven1.3 
 8. Clark, Antwerp1.3 
 9. Muya, Brussels1.3 
 10. Swing, Limburg United1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill AMIS
  Aalstar
  (206-PF-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Amis, Aalstar1.5 
 2. Fields, Liege1.0 
 3. Boukichou, Oostende1.0 
 4. Ware, Antwerp0.8 
 5. Bako, Leuven0.8 
 6. Ubel, Brussels0.7 
 7. Fusek, Spirou0.7 
 8. Henry, Kangoeroes0.6 
 9. Blair, Aalstar0.6 
 10. Samhan, Leuven0.6 


D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Lhoest, Ninane19.9 
 2. Celis, Oxaco19.2 
 3. Moris, Royal Brussels18.9 
 4. Lambrecht, Gistel O.17.6 
 5. Van-Hoey, Oxaco16.6 
 6. Wachowiak, Gembo B.16.5 
 7. Hilliman, Melsele16.4 
 8. Baptista, Gistel O.16.2 
 9. Guillemyn, Waregem16.1 
 10. Maesen, Houthalen16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Lhoest, Ninane13.3 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele9.5 
 3. Lambrecht, Gistel O.9.4 
 4. Moris, Royal Brussels8.3 
 5. Celis, Oxaco7.5 
 6. Vermeersch, Gembo B.7.5 
 7. Gorremans, Soba7.0 
 8. De-Pooter, Gent H.6.9 
 9. Fall, Ieper6.8 
 10. Van-D., Giants B6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Sam HEMELEERS
  Gistel O.
  (180-G-95)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Hemeleers, Gistel O.5.4 
 2. Celis, Oxaco4.6 
 3. Goethaert, Gembo B.4.3 
 4. Lhote, Gent Hawks4.2 
 5. Mwendanga, Giants B.3.7 
 6. Lhoest, Ninane3.6 
 7. Kanda-K., Giants B3.3 
 8. Maesen, Houthalen3.3 
 9. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.3.0 
 10. Benzouien, Royal B.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Lars DE LEPELEIRE
  Wareg.
  (175-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.2.1 
 2. Benzouien, Royal B.2.1 
 3. Goethaert, Gembo B.2.0 
 4. Hall, Royal Brussels1.5 
 5. Van-d., Ekeren1.5 
 6. Van-Hoey, Oxaco1.5 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.1.5 
 8. Riahi, RPC A.1.5 
 9. Celis, Oxaco1.4 
 10. Snyers, Houthalen1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony VERMEERSCH
  Gembo B.
  (202-C-90)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Vermeersch, Gembo B.0.9 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele0.9 
 3. Fall, Ieper0.9 
 4. De-Pooter, Gent H.0.7 
 5. Samaey, Waregem0.7 
 6. Lambrecht, Gistel O.0.7 
 7. Van-d., Gent Hawks0.6 
 8. Wachowiak, Gembo B.0.6 
 9. Rogiers, Giants B0.5 
 10. Iliaens, Gembo BBC0.5 


Euromillions League Round 27: Leader Oostende loses to Kangoeroes - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

Top ranked Oostende (22-5) recorded its fifth loss in Willebroek on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Kangoeroes (15-12) 79-75. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Oostende. 24 personal fouls committed by Oostende helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Terrance Henry (206-89, college: Mississippi) who scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import point guard Wesley Channels (190-88, college: Austin Peay St.) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international forward Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-91) who recorded 15 points. Oostende's coach Dario Gjergja rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kangoeroes maintains fourth place with 15-12 record. Defending champion Oostende still keeps top position with five games lost. Kangoeroes are looking forward to face Okapi Aalstar (#5) on the road in the next round. Oostende will play against Leuven Bears (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
The game in Jemappes supposed to be also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Spirou Charleroi (12-15) played at the court of eighth ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (11-16). Belfius Mons-Hainaut smashed Spirou Charleroi 98-76. It was a good game for Romanian center Alexandru Olah (213-93, college: Northwestern) who led his team to a victory with 25 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Lionel Bosco contributed with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Canadian-Jamaican swingman Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds for Spirou Charleroi. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Belfius Mons-Hainaut maintains eighth place with 11-16 record. Spirou Charleroi at the other side keeps the seventh position with 15 games lost. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play against league's second-placed Antwerp Giants on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Spirou Charleroi will play against Basic-Fit Brussels (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.

Other games of round 27 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Aalstar was defeated by Antwerp in a road game 98-80. Brussels beat Limburg United at home 92-84. Bottom-ranked Liege lost to Leuven on the opponent's court 82-93.
The best stats of 27th round was 20 points and 6 rebounds by Chris Dowe of Brussels.

Antwerp - Aalstar 98-80

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Okapi Aalstar (14-14) was defeated on the road by second ranked Antwerp Giants (18-9) 98-80. They made 21-of-22 charity shots (95.5 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American guard Jason Clark (188-90, college: Georgetown) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). His fellow American import forward Ryan Anderson (206-92, college: Arizona) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American Bill Amis (206-87, college: Hawaii, agency: Pensack Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and forward Thomas De-Thaey (203-91, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Octagon Europe) added 13 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Okapi Aalstar. Five Antwerp Giants and four Okapi Aalstar players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Antwerp Giants maintains second place with 18-9 record having four points less than leader Oostende. Okapi Aalstar at the other side keeps the fifth position with 14 games lost. Antwerp Giants will play against Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#8) in Jemappes in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Okapi Aalstar will play at home against Kangoeroes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: J.Clark 23+4reb+4ast, D.Marchant 16+1ast, R.Anderson 16+12reb+1ast, D.Conger 12+10reb+3ast, K.Punter 11+6reb, M.Smith 8+3reb+2ast
Aalstar: B.Amis 16+11reb+1ast, O.Troisfontaines 15+2reb+1ast, T.De Thaey 13+11reb, Q.Taylor 12+3reb+2ast, Y.Barrueta 7+3reb+2ast, N.El Khounchar 6+5ast
gschID: 478824


Brussels - Limburg United 92-84

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (17-10) defeated at home 6th ranked Limburg United (13-14) 92-84. Basic-Fit Brussels players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Limburg United was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for swingman Chris Dowe (193-91, college: Bellarmine) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Brandon Ubel (209-91, college: Nebraska, agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Basic-Fit Brussels players scored in double figures. Forward Benjamin Simons (203-91, college: Drake) answered with 24 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward Abe Lodwick (201-88, college: Washington St., agency: Interperformances) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Limburg United. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Basic-Fit Brussels have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain third place with 17-10 record having five points less than leader Oostende. Limburg United at the other side keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. Basic-Fit Brussels will play against Spirou Charleroi (#7) on the road in the next round. Limburg United will play against Liege Basket and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Brussels: C.Dowe 20+6reb+1ast, T.Bray 14+4reb+3ast, A.Lichodzijewski 12+3reb+3ast, B.Ubel 12+8reb+4ast, J.Simmons 11+8reb+1ast, D.Loubry 10+1reb+4ast
Limburg United: B.Simons 24+2reb+1ast, A.Lodwick 13+6reb+1ast, H.Vanwijn 11+2ast, S.Tuttle 10+4reb+1ast, W.Boss Mukubu 9+2reb+2ast, J.Anderson 6+2reb+8ast
gschID: 478825


Leuven - Liege 93-82

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Liege Basket's (6-22) road loss to ninth ranked Leuven Bears (8-19) 82-93. Leuven Bears dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Liege Basket's 28 and made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Leuven Bears forced 21 Liege Basket turnovers. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for guard Codi Miller-McIntyre (190-94, college: Wake Forest) who led his team to a victory with 33 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Korey Billbury (193-93, college: VCU) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Swingman Devin Sweetney (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA) answered with 30 points and 6 rebounds and power forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) added 7 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Liege Basket. Liege Basket's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Leuven Bears maintains ninth place with 8-19 record. Liege Basket lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. Leuven Bears will play against league's leader Oostende on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Liege Basket will play against Limburg United (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Leuven: C.Miller-McIntyre 33+5reb+5ast, K.Billbury 19+1reb+2ast, J.Delalieux 13+5reb+2ast, A.Cotton 8+4reb, T.Setty 8+5reb+2ast, I.Bako 5+7reb
Liege: D.Sweetney 30+6reb+1ast, V.Simpson 14+1reb+1ast, L.Hazard 9+5reb+2ast, J.Fields 7+5reb+5ast, B.Kamen 7+6reb+1ast, Y.Hertay 6+1reb+5ast
gschID: 478823


Mons-Hainaut - Spirou 98-76

The game in Jemappes supposed to be also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Spirou Charleroi (12-15) played at the court of eighth ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (11-16). Belfius Mons-Hainaut smashed Spirou Charleroi 98-76. Belfius Mons-Hainaut dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Spirou Charleroi's 42. Belfius Mons-Hainaut players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for Romanian center Alexandru Olah (213-93, college: Northwestern) who led his team to a victory with 25 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). The former international point guard Lionel Bosco (175-81, agency: Court Side) contributed with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Five Belfius Mons-Hainaut players scored in double figures. Canadian-Jamaican swingman Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian power forward Ivan Radenovic (209-84, college: Arizona) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Spirou Charleroi. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Belfius Mons-Hainaut maintains eighth place with 11-16 record. Spirou Charleroi at the other side keeps the seventh position with 15 games lost. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play against league's second-placed Antwerp Giants on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Spirou Charleroi will play against Basic-Fit Brussels (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Mons-Hainaut: A.Olah 25+4reb+3ast, T.Demps 18+1reb+3ast, A.Gorgemans 16+4reb, J.Mann 15+1reb+1ast, L.Bosco 12+6reb+9ast, J.Cage 4+6reb+1ast
Spirou: J.Shepherd 14+7reb+1ast, I.Radenovic 10+7reb+2ast, D.Richardson 9+1reb+1ast, A.Kemp 8+3reb, I.Iarochevitch 7+2reb, N.Marnegrave 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 478822


Kangoeroes - Oostende 79-75

Top ranked Oostende (22-5) recorded its fifth loss in Willebroek on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Kangoeroes (15-12) 79-75. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Oostende. 24 personal fouls committed by Oostende helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Terrance Henry (206-89, college: Mississippi) who scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import point guard Wesley Channels (190-88, college: Austin Peay St.) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Five Kangoeroes players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was international forward Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-91) who recorded 15 points and international forward Vincent Kesteloot (201-95, agency: Octagon Europe) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Oostende's coach Dario Gjergja rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kangoeroes maintains fourth place with 15-12 record. Defending champion Oostende still keeps top position with five games lost. Kangoeroes are looking forward to face Okapi Aalstar (#5) on the road in the next round. Oostende will play against Leuven Bears (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Kangoeroes: T.Henry 19+8reb+5ast, W.Channels 14+8reb+3ast, P.Badji 13+8reb, T.Deroover 11+1reb+3ast, I.Williams 10+1reb, D.Donkor 10+3reb+2ast
Oostende: P.Gillet 15+3reb+3ast, D.Djordjevic 15+2ast, V.Kesteloot 12+7reb, D.Newbill 7+4reb+4ast, R.Katic 6+3reb+1ast, C.Walden 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 478821





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NEBL Round 10: Belmopan B. defeats Orange Walk RR in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

Fifth-ranked Orange Walk RR (3-5) gave a tough game to second ranked Belmopan B. (7-3) on Thursday. Belmopan B. managed to secure only one-point victory 70-69. However their fans expected easier game. Orange Walk RR was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 20-16 charge of Belmopan B., which allowed them to win the game. Belmopan B. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 7-3 record behind leader San Pedro T. Orange Walk RR at the other side keeps the fifth place with five games lost. Belmopan B. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Orange Walk RR will play on the road against Cayo Western B. (#3) in San Ignacio and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in San Ignacio. Third ranked Dangriga W. (5-5) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers Cayo Western B. (5-5) 84-83 in the fight for the third place. Dangriga W. maintains third position with 5-5 record having just three points less than leader San Pedro T., which they share with defeated Cayo Western B. Dangriga W. will play against league's leader San Pedro T. on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cayo Western B. will play against Orange Walk RR and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Dangriga W. (5-5) against seventh ranked Smart Belize H. (3-6) on Saturday night. Host Dangriga W. was defeated by Smart Belize H. in a tough game in Dangriga 69-78. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place. Loser Dangriga W. keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Cayo Western B.. Smart Belize H.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Belize City Belize City NL.
NEBL top team - San Pedro T. (8-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked Belize City NL (2-7) 70-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Belize City NL. San Pedro T. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 8-2 record. Belize City NL at the other side dropped to the bottom place with seven games lost. San Pedro T.'s next round opponent will be Dangriga W. (#4) at home. Belize City NL's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Belize City to the arena Smart Belize H..

Dangriga W. - Smart Belize H. 69-78

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Dangriga W. (5-5) against seventh ranked Smart Belize H. (3-6) on Saturday night. Host Dangriga W. was defeated by Smart Belize H. in a tough game in Dangriga 69-78. Dangriga W. trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 18-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-78 at the end of the game. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place. Loser Dangriga W. keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Cayo Western B.. Smart Belize H.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Belize City Belize City NL.
gschID: 535917


San Pedro T. - Belize City NL 70-65

NEBL top team - San Pedro T. (8-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked Belize City NL (2-7) 70-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Belize City NL. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Belize City NL won third quarter 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. San Pedro T. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 8-2 record. Belize City NL at the other side dropped to the bottom place with seven games lost. San Pedro T.'s next round opponent will be Dangriga W. (#4) at home. Belize City NL's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Belize City to the arena Smart Belize H..
gschID: 543485


Cayo Western B. - Dangriga W. 83-84

Important game to mention about took place in San Ignacio. Third ranked Dangriga W. (5-5) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers Cayo Western B. (5-5) 84-83 in the fight for the third place. Cayo Western B. was ahead by 9 points after three quarters before a 25-16 charge of Dangriga W., which allowed them to win the game. Dangriga W. maintains third position with 5-5 record having just three points less than leader San Pedro T., which they share with defeated Cayo Western B. Dangriga W. will play against league's leader San Pedro T. on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cayo Western B. will play against Orange Walk RR and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 535916


Belmopan B. - Orange Walk RR 70-69

Fifth-ranked Orange Walk RR (3-5) gave a tough game to second ranked Belmopan B. (7-3) on Thursday. Belmopan B. managed to secure only one-point victory 70-69. However their fans expected easier game. Orange Walk RR was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 20-16 charge of Belmopan B., which allowed them to win the game. Belmopan B. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 7-3 record behind leader San Pedro T. Orange Walk RR at the other side keeps the fifth place with five games lost. Belmopan B. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Orange Walk RR will play on the road against Cayo Western B. (#3) in San Ignacio and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 535915





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D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.19.8 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak19.0 
 3. Kovacevic, Spars S.17.9 
 4. Jovanovic, Spars S.17.2 
 5. Negovanovic, Gradj.16.4 
 6. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.16.4 
 7. Hasandic, Sloboda .16.2 
 8. Pelkic, Leotar15.0 
 9. Stanojevic, Mlado.14.3 
 10. Markovic, Gradj.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Obrad TOMIC
  Kakanj
  (206-C-93)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Tomic, Kakanj9.8 
 2. Kastropil, Siroki P.8.2 
 3. Markovic, Gradj.7.6 
 4. Pelkic, Leotar7.5 
 5. Stanojevic, Mlado.7.4 
 6. Durmo, Spars S.7.3 
 7. Marojevic, Gradj.7.1 
 8. Karacic, Siroki P.6.9 
 9. Kadic, Bosnjak6.8 
 10. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jan MOCNIK
  Siroki P.
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Mocnik, Siroki P.7.7 
 2. Knezevic, Zrinjski.6.1 
 3. Fekete, Leotar4.5 
 4. Princ, Zrinjski HT4.5 
 5. Aleksic, Mladost3.9 
 6. Zahiragic, Spars S.3.9 
 7. Vasiljevic, Bosna-Ro.3.8 
 8. Dovadzija, Bosnjak3.7 
 9. Svilar, Kakanj3.7 
 10. Luzajic, Leotar3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.2.6 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak2.2 
 3. Brown, Sloboda .2.0 
 4. Mocnik, Siroki P.1.7 
 5. Princ, Zrinjski HT1.6 
 6. Samadan, Zrinjski.1.5 
 7. Zahiragic, Spars S.1.4 
 8. Ikonic, Bosna-Royal1.4 
 9. Negovanovic, Gradj.1.3 
 10. Kovacevic, Spars S.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Franko KASTROPIL
  Siroki P.
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Kastropil, Siroki P.1.1 
 2. Karacic, Siroki P.1.0 
 3. Sturanovic, Bosna-Ro.0.9 
 4. Brummitt, Zrinjski.0.8 
 5. Pelkic, Leotar0.7 
 6. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.0.7 
 7. Marojevic, Gradj.0.6 
 8. Latifagic, Sloboda .0.6 
 9. Milosevic, Gradjanski0.6 
 10. Tomic, Kakanj0.6 


Division I Round 5 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

Division I is at the halfway of the Second Stage and there are still another 5 rounds left. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with games ending by tiny margin and even winless team recording their first victory.

The most interesting game of round 5 in the Division I was a home defeat of 4th placed Sloboda Tuzla (3-2) to second ranked Igokea (4-1) 74-60. It was a key game for the top position in I. The former international center Drasko Albijanic (211-86) stepped up and scored 15 points for the winners and Serbian Djordje Milosevic (199-93) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Igokea's coach Dragan Bajic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian power forward Bozo Djumic (208-92) responded with 14 points. Defending champion keeps a position of I leader. Sloboda Tuzla at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. Igokea are looking forward to face Bosna-Royal (#4) in Sarajevo in the next round. Sloboda Tuzla will play on the road against Spars Sarajevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Mostar. Second ranked Zrinjski HT (4-1) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Bosna-Royal (3-2) 81-78 on Saturday evening. It was a key game for the second position in I. Zrinjski HT maintains second place in I with 4-1 record having just one point less than leader Siroki Primorka. Newly promoted Bosna-Royal dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. Zrinjski HT will play against Kakanj (#6) at home in the next round. Bosna-Royal will play against the league's leader Igokea in Aleksandrovac and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Spars Sarajevo has registered their first victory this season after four consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Kakanj (0-5) 78-70 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Stefan Djordjevic who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Vojin Svilar produced 22 points for the guests. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Spars Sarajevo (1-4) left bottom position moving up to fifth place in I. Loser Kakanj still closes the standings with five games lost. Spars Sarajevo will meet at home higher ranked Sloboda Tuzla (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kakanj will play against the league's second-placed Zrinjski HT in Mostar and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Leotar (0-4) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to leader Siroki Primorka (4-0) 95-77. Mateo Colak orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. Siroki Primorka's coach Romeo Bilinovac allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Siroki Primorka maintains seventh place in I with 4-0 record. Leotar at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Siroki Primorka's next round opponent will be Mladost (#8) in Mrkonjic Grad.
Important game to mention about took place in Hadzici. Eighth ranked Mladost (3-1) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 10th ranked Bosnjak (1-3) 91-88 on Saturday evening. Bojan Stanojevic stepped up and scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Mladost's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Mladost maintains eighth place in I with 3-1 record. Loser Bosnjak keeps the tenth position with three games lost. Mladost will face higher ranked Siroki Primorka (#7) in Siroki Brijeg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bosnjak will play at home against Gradjanski and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Group Liga 6
Zrinjski HT - Bosna-Royal 81-78

Important game to mention about took place in Mostar. Second ranked Zrinjski HT (4-1) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Bosna-Royal (3-2) 81-78 on Saturday evening. It was a key game for the second position in I. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Bosna-Royal won fourth quarter 25-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zrinjski HT maintains second place in I with 4-1 record having just one point less than leader Siroki Primorka. Newly promoted Bosna-Royal dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. Zrinjski HT will play against Kakanj (#6) at home in the next round. Bosna-Royal will play against the league's leader Igokea in Aleksandrovac and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 540865


Sloboda Tuzla - Igokea 60-74

The most interesting game of round 5 in the Division I was a home defeat of 4th placed Sloboda Tuzla (3-2) to second ranked Igokea (4-1) 74-60. It was a key game for the top position in I. The former international center Drasko Albijanic (211-86) stepped up and scored 15 points for the winners and Serbian Djordje Milosevic (199-93) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Igokea players scored in double figures. Igokea's coach Dragan Bajic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian power forward Bozo Djumic (208-92) responded with 14 points and the former international Almir Hasandic (191-90) scored 11 points and 5 assists. Defending champion keeps a position of I leader. Sloboda Tuzla at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. Igokea are looking forward to face Bosna-Royal (#4) in Sarajevo in the next round. Sloboda Tuzla will play on the road against Spars Sarajevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sloboda Tuzla: B.Djumic 14+4reb+1ast, A.Hasandic 11+2reb+5ast, E.Latifagic 10+4reb, D.Petrov 7+2reb, E.Ahmedovic 6+2reb+1ast, N.Muratovic 4+11reb+1ast
Igokea: D.Albijanic 15+4reb+3ast, D.Milosevic 11+5reb+5ast, J.Robinson 11+1reb+3ast, S.Glogovac 10+3reb+2ast, N.Pesakovic 8+1reb+1ast, D.Sibalic 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 540863


Spars Sarajevo - Kakanj 78-70

Spars Sarajevo has registered their first victory this season after four consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Kakanj (0-5) 78-70 on Saturday. Spars Sarajevo made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Serbian center Stefan Djordjevic (206-89) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Serbian guard Maksim Kovacevic (196-87) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Serbian guard Vojin Svilar (187-86, college: W.Georgia) produced 22 points and center Obrad Tomic (206-93) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Kakanj players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Spars Sarajevo (1-4) left bottom position moving up to fifth place in I. Loser Kakanj still closes the standings with five games lost. Spars Sarajevo will meet at home higher ranked Sloboda Tuzla (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kakanj will play against the league's second-placed Zrinjski HT in Mostar and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Kakanj: V.Svilar 22+4reb+2ast, Z.Palavra 15+6reb, O.Tomic 12+10reb+1ast, H.Curevac 10+3reb, A.Dzelmo 5+4reb, D.Sakotic 3+2reb+3ast
Spars Sarajevo: S.Djordjevic 20+10reb+1ast, M.Kovacevic 12+5reb+3ast, Z.Jovanovic 12+2reb+3ast, S.Kocic 9+2reb, I.Djukovic 8+3reb, A.Zahiragic 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 540864


Group Places 7-13
Bosnjak - Mladost 88-91

Important game to mention about took place in Hadzici. Eighth ranked Mladost (3-1) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 10th ranked Bosnjak (1-3) 91-88 on Saturday evening. Mladost shot 61.9 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists. Serbian center Bojan Stanojevic (203-88) stepped up and scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners and Montenegrin Filip Patkovic (200-90) chipped in 18 points. Four Mladost players scored in double figures. Mladost's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The former international forward Mujo Tuljkovic (202-79, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 32 points and 8 rebounds and guard Amir Dovadzija (193-84) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 assists. Mladost maintains eighth place in I with 3-1 record. Loser Bosnjak keeps the tenth position with three games lost. Mladost will face higher ranked Siroki Primorka (#7) in Siroki Brijeg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bosnjak will play at home against Gradjanski and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bosnjak: M.Tuljkovic 32+8reb+3ast, A.Dovadzija 22+2reb+10ast, E.Mujic 12+3reb+1ast, S.Damjanovic 8+2reb+9ast, R.Grosic 6+4reb+1ast, A.Sarajlic 3
Mladost: F.Patkovic 18+3reb+2ast, A.Vuckovic 18+3reb+1ast, B.Stanojevic 12+6reb+7ast, N.Djurdjevic 10+11ast, O.Nisavic 10+2reb+2ast, M.Ljuboja 9+1reb
gschID: 540866


Siroki Primorka - Leotar 95-77

Bottom-ranked Leotar (0-4) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to leader Siroki Primorka (4-0) 95-77. They made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Siroki Primorka outrebounded Leotar 42-27 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Power forward Mateo Colak (206-98) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. Slovenian point guard Jan Mocnik (178-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 assists for the winners. Siroki Primorka's coach Romeo Bilinovac allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Hungarian-Serbian point guard Stefan Fekete (190-86) answered with 14 points and 6 assists and swingman Vladimir Aleksic (198-87) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Leotar. Five Siroki Primorka and four Leotar players scored in double figures. Siroki Primorka maintains seventh place in I with 4-0 record. Leotar at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Siroki Primorka's next round opponent will be Mladost (#8) in Mrkonjic Grad.
Top scorers:
Leotar: S.Milanovic 15+5reb+3ast, S.Mijovic 15+4reb, S.Fekete 14+3reb+6ast, V.Aleksic 14+6reb+3ast, M.Luzajic 9+3reb+5ast, M.Kovacevic 5+2reb+1ast
Siroki Primorka: M.Colak 25+11reb+1ast, J.Mocnik 15+2reb+14ast, D.Persic 13+12reb+2ast, D.Dreznjak 12+9reb, J.Zubac 11+2reb+2ast, M.Dreznjak 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 540867





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Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Smith, Botafogo.15.8 
 2. Maistro, Contagem15.1 
 3. Lima, Santos/M.14.3 
 4. Vezaro, Joinville13.7 
 5. Filho, Botafogo.12.9 
 6. Lazzaris, Blumenau12.3 
 7. Alvim, Contagem12.0 
 8. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.11.9 
 9. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.11.8 
 10. Perez, Contagem11.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Diego SILVA
  Blumenau
  (206-C/F-90)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Silva, Blumenau8.5 
 2. Moreira, Botafogo.8.4 
 3. Prado, Brusque8.4 
 4. Russell, Botafogo.7.8 
 5. Alvim, Contagem6.8 
 6. Lazzaris, Blumenau6.5 
 7. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.6.1 
 8. Silva, Brusque6.0 
 9. Perez, Botafogo.5.6 
 10. Jeronimo, Joinville5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Smith, Botafogo.5.0 
 2. Semmke, Blumenau4.2 
 3. Perez, Contagem4.1 
 4. Froehlich, Joinville4.0 
 5. Prado, Brusque2.7 
 6. Alvim, Contagem2.5 
 7. Lima, Santos/M.2.4 
 8. Moreira, Blumenau2.3 
 9. Silva, Blumenau2.2 
 10. Filho, Botafogo.2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Bruno LAZZARIS
  Blumenau
  (202-F-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lazzaris, Blumenau2.3 
 2. Maistro, Contagem2.0 
 3. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.9 
 4. Moreira, Blumenau1.7 
 5. Froehlich, Joinville1.7 
 6. Lima, Santos/M.1.4 
 7. Perez, Contagem1.4 
 8. Machado, Brusque1.3 
 9. Alves, Contagem1.3 
 10. Prado, Brusque1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rodrigo SILVA
  Brusque
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Silva, Brusque1.3 
 2. Lima, Santos/M.1.0 
 3. Perez, Botafogo.0.9 
 4. Maistro, Contagem0.9 
 5. Silva, Blumenau0.7 
 6. Machado, Santos/M.0.6 
 7. Dias, Joinville0.5 
 8. De-Oliveira, Blumenau0.5 
 9. Jeronimo, Joinville0.5 
 10. Souza, Santos/M.0.4 



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Green Team celebrate a narrow win in All Star Game - by Eurobasket News

Green Team-Blue Team 150-149

Green Team celebrate a narrow win in All Star Game against Blue Team. They posted a 150-149 victory as both teams recorded 299 total points.
Jordan Semple (201-F-92, college: Chico St., agency: Octagon Europe) was named MVP of the game with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Travis Daniels (202-F-92, college: Mississippi St.) top-scored with 30 points and Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90, agency: Interperformances) netted 28. Omari Gudul (206-F-94, college: Angelo St., agency: Two Points) replied with massive 37 points and Andrei Ivanov (197-G/F-84, agency: Alti Sport) poured in 24. Konstantin Koev (196-F-91) scored 23 and Jones Aaron delivered 22. Konstantin Koev won three-pointer contest during the event.



Bulgarian NBL round 24 best performance: Stanimir Marinov - by Eurobasket News

International Guard Stanimir Marinov (192-G-91, agency: Interperformances) had a great game in the last round for Balkan, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, two rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Levski (#9, 4-18) with 26-point margin 96-70. Balkan is placed at 5th position in Bulgarian NBL. Balkan is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-10 record. In the team's last game Marinov had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Balkan's top player in his first season with the team. Stanimir Marinov averages this season 14.0ppg and 4.1apg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Evan Bruinsma (202-F-92, agency: Inception Sports) of Rilski. Bruinsma had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Rilski lost that game 74-79 to slightly higher-ranked Beroe (#3, 14-7). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Rilski still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 13-9 record is not bad at all. Bruinsma is a newcomer at Rilski, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international center Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85, agency: Interperformances) of Yambol (#7). Varbanov scored 17 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Varbanov's great performance Yambol lost 78-89 to the higher-ranked Akademik PL (#2, 15-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Yambol can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 6-15 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Varbanov he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Varbanov has individually a great season in Bulgaria. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.6rpg (6th best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 64.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mihailo Sekulovic (206-C-91) of Balkan - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Amin Hott (192-G-92) of Balkan - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Dimitar Marincheshki (200-F/C-90) of Spartak Pleven - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Anthony Beane (188-G-94) of Lukoil Acad. - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Oscar Bellfield (187-PG-90) of Akademik PL - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Shakir Smith (185-G-92) of Akademik PL - 27 points
10. Brandis Raley-Ross (191-G-87) of Beroe - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Liga Nacional Round 5 of Semi-Finals. Osorno advance into Finals - by Eurobasket News

Osorno - AB Ancud 87-76

Osorno rallied past AB Ancud to claim 4-1 victory in the series. The game without a history. Osorno Basquetbol led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Brandon Robinson (198-89, college: Clayton St.) who scored 40 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Nigerian-American center Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds. American forward Reginald Larry (198-86, college: Boise St., agency: Pro Sports) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Sebastian Figueroa (175-88) added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for the guests. Four AB Ancud players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Osorno: B.Robinson 40+7reb, R.Okosa 17+15reb+1ast, R.Munoz 13+4ast, F.Ibarra 7+1reb+4ast, J.Fontena 6+6reb+3ast, S.Salamanca 2+4reb+1ast
AB Ancud: R.Larry 20+8reb+3ast, P.Sandoval 20+2reb, F.Centeno 14+9reb+1ast, S.Figueroa 12+7reb+7ast, D.Osses 8+1reb+1ast, C.Naranjo 2+1reb
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Los Leones - CDE Talca 107-85

Los Leones outgunned CDE Talca to cut the deficit at 2-3. The game was mostly controlled by Los Leones. Espanol de Talca was better in fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Los Leones made 24-of-31 charity shots (77.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Espanol de Talca turnovers. Espanol de Talca was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman Brandon Bowdry (200-88, college: E.Michigan, agency: Inception Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds. His fellow American import DeAndre Coleman (201-86, college: S.Alabama, agency: DTMones) contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Dwight McCombs (203-89, college: Cent.Florida, agency: DTMones) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds and the former international point guard Francisco Bravo (174-87) added 12 points and 5 assists in the effort for Espanol de Talca. 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:
Los Leones: B.Bowdry 27+14reb+3ast, D.Coleman 23+6reb+3ast, E.Arteaga 22+2ast, D.Jones 11+4reb+1ast, I.Carrion 8+4reb, E.Marechal 6+1reb+5ast
CDE Talca: D.McCombs 19+14reb, F.Bravo 12+3reb+5ast, D.Jones 10+9reb+1ast, E.Sepulveda 10+3reb+1ast, S.Bravo 9+3reb+4ast, P.Barraza 9+2reb+2ast
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Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Jimmer FREDETTE
  Shanghai.
  (188-PG-89)
  Avg: 37.6
 1. Fredette, Shanghai.37.6 
 2. McCollum, Beiko.37.5 
 3. Brooks, Jiangsu D.36.2 
 4. Cunningham, Jiangsu.34.0 
 5. Brown, Jilin NE T.33.9 
 6. Franklin, Shanxi BD33.6 
 7. Hudson, Liaoning FL31.7 
 8. Adams, Xinjiang FT30.8 
 9. Jones, Qingdao E.30.5 
 10. Warren, Zhejiang.29.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Malcolm THOMAS
  Jilin N.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Thomas, Jilin N.16.4 
 2. Haddadi, Sichu.16.0 
 3. Thompson, Shandong.13.9 
 4. Hickson, Fujian S.13.4 
 5. Sakakini, Tianj.13.3 
 6. Batista, Beikong FD12.8 
 7. Lampe, Shenzhen L.12.6 
 8. Han, Liaoning FL12.3 
 9. Dalembert, Shanxi B.12.1 
 10. Wang, Fujian S.11.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi BD
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Franklin, Shanxi BD8.8 
 2. Fortson, Guangsha.8.5 
 3. Jeter, Tianjin GL7.9 
 4. Sloan, Guangdong ST6.6 
 5. Pargo, Shenzhen L.6.6 
 6. Buycks, Fujian S.6.4 
 7. Jones, Qingdao E.6.2 
 8. Adams, Xinjiang FT5.9 
 9. Warren, Zhejiang.5.8 
 10. Brown, Zhejiang GB5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi BD
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Franklin, Shanxi BD3.3 
 2. Sui, Shandong GS2.8 
 3. Brown, Zhejiang GB2.7 
 4. Fortson, Guangsha.2.6 
 5. Hudson, Liaoning FL2.6 
 6. Kamrani, Jilin N.2.4 
 7. Blatche, Xinjiang.2.3 
 8. Kennedy, Guangzho.2.3 
 9. McCollum, Beiko.2.3 
 10. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Yuchen ZOU
  Bayi R.
  (203-F-96)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Zou, Bayi R.2.6 
 2. Zhou, Xinjiang FT2.4 
 3. Haddadi, Sichu.2.0 
 4. Smith, Sichuan BW2.0 
 5. Dalembert, Shanxi B.1.9 
 6. Thomas, Jilin N.1.6 
 7. Sun, Beijing D.1.6 
 8. Lalanne, Zhejiang.1.5 
 9. Benimon, Qingd.1.5 
 10. Zhang, Shanghai S.1.5 


CBA Round 2 of Finals. Xinjiang FT earn second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Xinjiang FT - Guangdong ST 103-97

Xinjiang Flying Tigers claimed the second straight victory in CBA Finals. They held off Guangdong to extend the lead. The hosts trailed by 14 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 103-97. Xinjiang Flying Tige made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Guandong Tigers turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by Guandong Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Bulgarian point guard Darius Adams (188-89, college: Indianapolis) orchestrated the victory by scoring 35 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 7 assists. International forward Gen Li (196-88) contributed with 23 points and 4 assists for the winners. The former international forward Peng Zhou (210-89) replied with 23 points and 6 rebounds and the former international Jianlian Yi (212-87) added 19 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Guandong Tigers. Five Xinjiang Flying Tige and four Guandong Tigers players scored in double figures. Guandong Tigers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang FT: A.Darius 35+6reb+7ast, L.Gen 23+2reb+4ast, Z.Qi 14+11reb+2ast, B.Andray 12+5reb+3ast, M.Xirelijiang 10+6reb+3ast, K.Makan 7+3reb+1ast
Guangdong ST: Z.Peng 23+6reb+3ast, Y.Jianlian 19+12reb, S.Donald 19+5reb+6ast, B.Carlos 14+7reb+1ast, Z.FangYu 7, Z.Zhandong 7+1ast
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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Luka BOZIC
  KK Zagreb
  (199-PG-96)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Bozic, KK Zagreb22.4 
 2. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 3. Smajlagic, Zabok21.2 
 4. Marcinkovic, KK Za.18.9 
 5. Novacic, Jolly JBS18.5 
 6. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.4 
 7. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek16.9 
 8. Ivanov, GKK Sibenik16.5 
 9. Vucic, Alkar Sinj16.4 
 10. Konjevic, Skrljevo15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ivan NOVACIC
  Jolly JBS
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Novacic, Jolly JBS7.3 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.7.3 
 3. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek7.3 
 4. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.8 
 5. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.6 
 6. Smajlagic, Zabok6.6 
 7. Mazalin, Zadar6.2 
 8. Rajic, H.Analitica6.0 
 9. Bundovic, Cedevita5.7 
 10. Vucic, Alkar Sinj5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.4 
 3. Scott, Jolly JBS6.1 
 4. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.6 
 5. Filipovic, KK Split5.5 
 6. Vrbica, Gorica5.1 
 7. Kapusta, Zabok5.0 
 8. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
 9. Raic, H.Analitica4.8 
 10. Sarac, Vrij.Osijek4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 2. Veljacic, Kvarner .2.4 
 3. Sirko, KK Split2.1 
 4. Mazalin, Zadar1.8 
 5. Marcinkovic, KK Za.1.8 
 6. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.7 
 7. Rozic, Cibona1.6 
 8. Scott, Jolly JBS1.5 
 9. Brzoja, Zadar1.5 
 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. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek1.0 
 5. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.8 
 6. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.7 
 7. Loncar, Cedevita0.6 
 8. Spralja, Jolly JBS0.6 
 9. Papac, Jolly JBS0.6 
 10. Milicevic, Kvarner .0.6 


Vern stay unbeaten in A2 League Championship Stage - by Zeljko Zule

AKK Vern remained the lone unbeaten team in the Croatian A2 League Championship Stage with a 94-84 win over Ribola Kastela in Round 6.

AKK Vern-Kastela 94-84: Vern went on a 23-4 run spanning halftime for a 56-37 lead and their advantage never dropped below double digits for the remainder of the game. Filip Kordic (196-SG-92) scored 26 points, Marko Bakovic (202-PF-93) had 17 points and 15 rebounds, Leon Abramovic came off the bench for 17 points, Matej Kljajic added 15 points and Luka Zivko (202-C/F-96) 11. Kastela was outrebounded 25-43 and shot just 5-of-21 behind the arc. Josip Glavinic (192-G-82) collected 23 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists, Stipe Rezic (201-G/F-89) scored 20 points, Josip Matic (202-SF-92) 19 and Dino Sipic (201-F-88) 10.

Podravac-Jazine Arbanasi 71-100: Jazine opened the game with a 13-4 run and outscored the home team 29-10 in the first quarter to take the control of the game. Mate Mrva (198-F/C-83) scored 33 points, Jurica Drazovic (201-F-86) 21, Goran Fodor (195-G-90) 17 and Dino Palcic (185-G-90) 10. Podravac was led by Stefan Zadravec (186-PG-92) with 16 points and Ivan Siprak (200-F-77) added 15.

Graficar-Pula 1981 91-81: Graficar took control of the game behind a 20-6 run spanning the first and second quarters that turn a one-point deficit into a 37-23 lead. Pula cut the deficit to 42-45, but Graficar responded with a 12-1 run to extend their advantage to 57-43 late in the second quarter and the margin never dropped below eight points for the remainder of the game. Mario Novak (185-G-85) scored 21 points, Manuel Novak (90) 20, Jaksa Petrovic (88) and Tomislav Hatlak (202-C-89) both added 12 points. Pula was led by Ante Bozic (208-F/C-90, college: SW Oklahoma St.) with 21 points, Marin Djugum scored 16, Vanja Perdija 15 and Fabio Grzinic 12.

Belisce-Rudes 83-88: Mario Galic (196-G-89) and Karlo Uljarevic (190-PG-98) made back-to-back baskets that gave Rudes an 86-81 lead with 33 seconds remaining. Juraj Boras (191-G-91) cut the deficit to three and had an additional free throw attempt. He missed and Rudes grabbed a defensive rebound. Ivan Radman (97) was fouled and he missed both free throws. Belisce then lost the ball and Karlo Uljarevic made a lay-up to make it 88-83 with 10 seconds left. Kresimir Ljubicic (210-C-98) scored 24 points, Mario Galic added 18 points on shooting 4-of-5 behind the 3-point line, Ivan Radman came off the bench for 12 points and 8 assists, Karlo Uljarevic added 11 points. Borovo was led by Marko Soldo (198-G-89) who scored 24 points off the bench, Kristijan Preglej (206-C/F-79) 21, Juraj Boras 11 and Goran Vidakovic (197-F-84) 10.

Borovo-Sanac 57-93: Sanac never trailed and opened the game with a 13-4 run. Borovo cut the score to 41-47 early in the second half, but the visitors responded with a 10-2 run and closed out the game with a 21-2 run. Antonio Kraljic (193-G-93) scored 33 points including nine 3-pointers, Dominic Gilbert (198-G/F-96, college: UBC) had 28 points and 20 rebounds, Dario Gazic (200-G/F-78) added 19 points and Tin Panjevic handed out 11 assists. Borovo shot just 3-of-26 behind the 3-point line. Mihael Bekavac (193-F-85) finished with 17 points, Srdjan Brocic (99) scored 16 and Dario Pusic (207-C-82) grabbed 19 rebounds.



Zadar hit 15 3-pointers to rout Gorica - by Zeljko Zule

Zadar hit 15 3-pointers on 50-percent shooting to beat Gorica 99-81 on road in the Croatian A1 League game in Sunday. Maj Kovacevic (196-G-90) scored 21 points on shooting 7-of-10 behind the 3-point line, Mislav Brzoja (198-G-94, college: Evansville) came off the bench for 16 points and 10 assists, Ivan Marinkovic (209-F/C-93) and Boris Barac (205-F-92) both added 16 points.
Gorica went on an early 9-0 run to go up 13-5. Zadar responded with the same run to ignite a 16-3 run for a 21-18 lead and never looked back from there. The visitors then made another 9-0 run and later a 10-0 run for a 53-36 lead late in the second quarter. Ivan Marinkovic and Maj Kovacevic combined for all points in a 14-0 third-quarter run that gave Zadar a 69-42 lead.
Gorica shot better behind the 3-point line (14-of-26, 54-percent) than from 2-point range (17-of-46, 37-percent). Ljubo Prgomet (194-G/F-84) came off the bench for a game high 23 points, Masan Vrbica (190-PG-94) had 15 points and 13 assists and Kristijan Sutalo (207-G-90) collected 12 points and 11 rebounds,



Split erase 23-point deficit, improve to 20-3 - by Zeljko Zule

Split used a 39-9 run spanning halftime to erase a 23-point second quarter deficit in a 77-71 win over Zagreb in Croatian A1 League Round 23.

Split-Zagreb 77-71: The game featured just two lead changes. Split opened the game with a 5-0 run and then Zagreb scored 10 straight points. The visitors had their first double-digit advantage at 22-10 late in the first quarter. Zagreb used a 12-0 run for their largest lead of the night, 45-22 late in the second quarter. At that point, Split went on an 18-0 run spanning halftime to cut the deficit to 40-45 and later made a 19-2 run to go up 61-54 and never looked back from there. Henrik Sirko (201-F-93) had 21 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds for Split, Goran Filipovic (180-PG-96) added 17 points, Josip Jukic (207-F/C-96) 12 and Mateo Kedzo (206-F/C-84) 11. Zagreb was led by a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds by Pavle Marcinkovic (199-G/F-89). Martin Junakovic (193-PG-94) and Antonio Vlaic (205-C-91) both added 12 points, Ivan Majcunic (193-SG-96) and Toni Vitali (203-F-91) netted 11 points apiece.

GKK Sibenik-Jolly 87-77: Sibenik scored five straight points to go up 13-9 midway through the opening quarter and never looked back for the rest of the game. Jolly tied the scored at 14-14, but Sibenik responded with a 19-6 run spanning the first and second quarters and had their largest lead of the night at 52-36 early in the second half. Jolly halved the deficit, 56-64. At that point, Sibenik made an 8-0 run and were up 76-61 with five minutes remaining, Sibenik hit six 3-pointers in the opening quarter. Ivan Siriscevic finished with 18 points on shooting 4-of-5 behind the 3-point line, Teo Petani (190-G-88) added 13 points, Ive Ivanov (200-C-85) 12, Roko Badzim (197-G-97) and Domagoj Basic (193-G-86) both scored 11 points. Jolly was led by Ivan Novacic (201-F-85) with 21 points, Mike Scott (183-PG-93, college: Idaho) (191-G/F) scored 19 and Nemanja Maric (198-G-83) 10.

Hermes Analitica-Kvarner 2010 81-78: After trailing 59-68 with less than five minutes left, Kvarner cut the deficit to point, 70-71 and 74-75 in the final minute. Hermes' Hrvoje Garafolic made a lay-up and then Ivan Svoboda (190-G-87) made three of his four free throws for a 80-76 lead with 13 seconds to go. Josip Barnjak (190-G/F-98) cut the deficit to two and Kvarner then fouled Hrvoje Garafolic. He made first free throw and intentionally missed the second, Hermes had all five starters in double scoring figures. Ivan Svoboda posted 23 points, Marko Raic (190-G-87) 17, Julijan Rajic 14, David Usic (206-F-93, college: Florida Tech) had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Hrvoje Garafolic scored 11 points. Kvarner was led by Mauro Veljacic (183-PG-93) who scored 18 points on shooting 6-of-20 from the field, Dino Butorac (191-G-90) scored 16 points and Mate Vucic (203-F/C-97) 10.

Vrijednosnice Osijek-Skrljevo 72-75: The game featured 14 lead changes and 7 ties. Skrljevo's Davor Konjevic (197-G/F-90) scored ten straight points including two 3-pointers to turn a 65-67 deficit into a 75-69 lead going into the final minute. Konjevic finished with 19 points, Jasmin Perkovic (205-F-80) and Brian Williams (187-G-92, college: Jacksonville St.) both added 14 and Antonio Boban (205-PF-93) 10. Osijek commited 23 turnovers. Arijan Dosen (188-SG-96) scored 29 points on shooting 6-of-8 behind the 3-point line, Jakov Mustapic (193-G-94) added 21 points and Domagoj Vukovic (208-F/C-93) 12.
Alkar-Zabok 76-78: Zabok trailed just at 2-4 and had their largest lead of the game at 62-46 late in the third quarter. At that point, Alkar went on an 11-0 run and later cut the deficit to 69-71. Zabok responded with five straight points to extend their lead to 76-69 with 23 second remaining. Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83) scored 16 points, Marin Zrnic (201-F-88) 15 and Filip Palac (194-SG-95) 12. Alkar was outrebounded 23-37. Hrvoje Vucic scored 22 points, Ivan Svalina (196-G-97) and Nikola Gaurina (197-F-83) both added 14 points and Marko Sarac (204-PF-97) 13.










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Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Lukas PALYZA
  Prostejov
  (202-F-89)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Palyza, Prostejov19.2 
 2. Burnett, BK Pardu.18.5 
 3. Bohacik, USK Praha18.0 
 4. Ware, MMCITE B.17.1 
 5. Brooks, J.Hradec16.8 
 6. Lipkins, J.Hradec15.6 
 7. Skinner, BK Kolin14.9 
 8. Thompson, Usti n.14.8 
 9. Pecka, Usti n.14.6 
 10. Painter, NH Ostrava14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Garret KERR
  BK Kolin
  (194-F-92)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Kerr, BK Kolin9.5 
 2. Pecka, Usti n.9.2 
 3. Painter, NH Ostrava7.3 
 4. Mickelson, Svitavy7.3 
 5. Ware, MMCITE B.7.2 
 6. Simpson, MMCITE B.6.7 
 7. Smith, NH Ostrava6.6 
 8. Norwa, Prostejov6.6 
 9. Bohacik, USK Praha6.5 
 10. Skinner, BK Kolin6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Roman MARKO
  Prostejov
  (194-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Marko, Prostejov7.6 
 2. Bannister, Svitavy6.5 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava6.0 
 4. Simmons, Prostejov5.5 
 5. Lawrence, CEZ N.5.4 
 6. Kouril, BK Opava4.9 
 7. Glover, Usti n.4.8 
 8. Sotnar, Usti n.4.4 
 9. Ware, MMCITE B.4.3 
 10. Guercy, NH Ostrava4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin WARE
  MMCITE B.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ware, MMCITE B.2.5 
 2. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.2.2 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava2.1 
 4. Glover, Usti n.2.1 
 5. Canada, NH Ostrava2.0 
 6. Lipkins, J.Hradec2.0 
 7. Marko, Prostejov1.8 
 8. Autrey, BK Pardu.1.7 
 9. Slezak, Svitavy1.7 
 10. Skinner, BK Kolin1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan CANTY
  J.Hradec
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Canty, J.Hradec1.7 
 2. Simpson, MMCITE B.1.5 
 3. Mickelson, Svitavy1.4 
 4. Madsen, USK Praha1.4 
 5. Simpson, CEZ N.1.1 
 6. Jelinek, Svitavy1.0 
 7. Kvapil, BK Opava0.7 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.0.7 
 9. Svrdlik, BK Pardu.0.7 
 10. Pecka, Usti n.0.7 


1Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Petr SLECHTA
  Sokol Pisek
  (192-G/F-95)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Slechta, Sokol Pisek25.3 
 2. Peterka, Nymburk B24.1 
 3. Svoboda, Nymburk B23.6 
 4. Potocek, Pardubice22.1 
 5. Novak, Olomouc SK21.3 
 6. Streba, USK P.19.2 
 7. Fait, Sokol Pisek18.9 
 8. Honomichl, Loko Plzen18.7 
 9. Sebela, Sokol S.18.1 
 10. Nehoda, Zlin17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin PETERKA
  Nymburk B
  (205-C-95)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Peterka, Nymburk B12.1 
 2. Novak, Olomouc SK10.5 
 3. Kolonicny, Havirov9.9 
 4. Kvapil, Opava B9.1 
 5. Klimes, Slavoj Litom.9.1 
 6. Bubak, Vysocina9.1 
 7. Voslajer, Zlin8.9 
 8. Streba, USK P.8.7 
 9. Englicky, Sokol Pisek8.6 
 10. Pelikan, Novy Jicin8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jan SOTNAR
  Slavoj L.
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Sotnar, Slavoj L.8.3 
 2. Petric, Pardubice4.8 
 3. Kotasek, Nymburk B4.5 
 4. Straznicky, Vysoc.4.3 
 5. Dragoun, Opava B4.3 
 6. Honomichl, Loko Plzen4.1 
 7. Novak, Vysocina3.8 
 8. Jancik, Havirov3.8 
 9. Dlugos, Nymburk B3.7 
 10. Bukovjan, Ostrava3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jiri DEDEK
  Olomouc .
  (190-SG-95)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Dedek, Olomouc .3.7 
 2. Potocek, Pardubice2.3 
 3. Nehoda, Zlin2.1 
 4. Svoboda, Nymburk B2.1 
 5. Rotrekl, Sokol S.2.0 
 6. Honomichl, Loko Plzen2.0 
 7. Choleva, Olomouc Bbal2.0 
 8. Novak, Vysocina2.0 
 9. Branda, Opava B1.9 
 10. Novak, Olomouc SK1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Pavel ENGLICKY
  Sokol Pisek
  (210-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Englicky, Sokol Pisek2.4 
 2. Kolonicny, Havirov1.6 
 3. Szabo, Prostejov B1.2 
 4. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.1 
 5. Kvapil, Opava B1.1 
 6. Goga, Prostejov B1.0 
 7. Kozak, GBA Sparta0.9 
 8. Hlobil, Prostejov B0.9 
 9. Vasat, Prostejov B0.9 
 10. Roub, Pardubice0.8 


Bryon Allen claims Czech Republic NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Bryon Allen (193-G-92) had a great game in the last round for league's leader CEZ Nymburk and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9 (Second Stage).
The 24-year old guard had the game-high 27 points adding six rebounds and four assists for CEZ Nymburk in his team's victory, helping them to beat BK Pardubice (#2, 22-8) 91-85. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed CEZ Nymburk to consolidate first place in the Czech Republic NBL. CEZ Nymburk has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 30-1. In the team's last game Allen had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be CEZ Nymburk's top player in his first season with the team. Bryon Allen averages this season 14.4ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another CEZ Nymburk's star - 25-year old Cuban forward Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91). Sant-Roos impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. It was enough for CEZ Nymburk to edge slightly lower-ranked BK Pardubice (#2, 22-8) by 6 points 91-85. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. CEZ Nymburk consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team belongs to top of the standings with 30-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Sant-Roos is well-known by CEZ Nymburk fans and together with Bryon Allen they both established positions among team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Petr Bohacik (205-F-85) of NH Ostrava (#3). Bohacik scored 21 points and passed five assists. Despite Bohacik's great performance NH Ostrava lost 76-86 to the lower-ranked Svitavy (#7, 15-16). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of NH Ostrava not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 19 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bohacik could try to bring NH Ostrava's a little bit higher in the standings. Bohacik has individually a great season in Czech Republic. After 30 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 11.8ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 5.3rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jiri Soula (189-SG-95) of J.Hradec - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Brian Fitzpatrick (203-F-89) of Prostejov - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Tomas Vyoral (190-PG-92) of BK Decin - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Ryan Canty (206-C) of J.Hradec - 12 points and 9 rebounds
8. Pavel Slezak (186-G-84) of Svitavy - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Terrell Lipkins (180-PG-91) of J.Hradec - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Roman Marko (194-PG-86) of Svitavy - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists

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



NBL Round 9 (Second Stage): BK Decin beats USK Praha in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Praha. Third ranked BK Decin faced 4th placed USK Praha. Guests from Decin (18-14) defeated host USK Praha (16-14) 70-65. BK Decin made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Tomas Vyoral (190-92, agency: Octagon Europe) who scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The former international power forward Pavel Houska (203-84, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. BK Decin's coach Pavel Budinsky used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Marek Mares (183-96) who recorded 16 points. BK Decin maintains third place in Places 1-6 with 18-14 record having eleven points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. USK Praha at the other side keeps the fourth position with 14 games lost. BK Decin are looking forward to face BK Kolin (#6) at home in the next round. USK Praha will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Pardubice. First ranked CEZ Nymburk faced second-best BK Pardubice. Guests from Nymburk (30-1) defeated host BK Pardubice (22-8) 91-85. It was a good game for American guard Bryon Allen (193-92, college: George Mason) who led his team to a victory with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Howard Sant-Roos contributed with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Lamb Autrey (191-89, college: St.Mary's, TX, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with 12 points and 7 rebounds for BK Pardubice. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place in Places 1-6 with 30-1 record. BK Pardubice at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. CEZ Nymburk will play against USK Praha (#4) at home in the next round. BK Pardubice will play against BK Opava and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Kolin was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked BK Opava (16-15) played at the court of 6th ranked BK Kolin (13-18). BK Opava managed to secure a 5-point victory 77-72 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Kolin. Martin Gniadek stepped up and scored 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The best for the losing side was Lee Skinner with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. BK Opava maintains fifth place in Places 1-6 with 16-15 record. Loser BK Kolin keeps the sixth position with 18 games lost. BK Opava will meet at home league's second-placed BK Pardubice in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Kolin will play against BK Decin (#3) and hope to secure a win.

Other games of round 9 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Places 7-12 MMCITE Brno was defeated by Usti n/Labem in Usti nad Labem 77-60. Svitavy beat NH Ostrava at home 86-76. J.Hradec won against Prostejov on the opponent's court 90-81.

Places 1-6
USK Praha - BK Decin 65-70

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Praha. Third ranked BK Decin faced 4th placed USK Praha. Guests from Decin (18-14) defeated host USK Praha (16-14) 70-65. BK Decin made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Tomas Vyoral (190-92, agency: Octagon Europe) who scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The former international power forward Pavel Houska (203-84, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. BK Decin's coach Pavel Budinsky used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Marek Mares (183-96) who recorded 16 points and Finnish power forward Alexander Madsen (207-95) added 7 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. BK Decin maintains third place in Places 1-6 with 18-14 record having eleven points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. USK Praha at the other side keeps the fourth position with 14 games lost. BK Decin are looking forward to face BK Kolin (#6) at home in the next round. USK Praha will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: M.Mares 16+3reb+1ast, M.Primorac 9+6reb+2ast, A.Madsen 7+7reb+5ast, P.Grunt 6+3reb, L.Festr 4+3reb+4ast, P.Safarcik 2+2ast
BK Decin: T.Vyoral 19+5reb+5ast, P.Houska 17+6reb+1ast, L.Palyza 11+1reb+1ast, J.Houska 5+2reb, T.Pomikalek 5+2reb+2ast, R.Landa 4+2reb
gschID: 535380


BK Pardubice - CEZ Nymburk 85-91

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Pardubice. First ranked CEZ Nymburk faced second-best BK Pardubice. Guests from Nymburk (30-1) defeated host BK Pardubice (22-8) 91-85. CEZ Nymburk made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American guard Bryon Allen (193-92, college: George Mason) who led his team to a victory with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Cuban forward Howard Sant-Roos (200-91) contributed with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Lamb Autrey (191-89, college: St.Mary's, TX, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with 12 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Dominez Burnett (196-92, college: Davenport, agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 17 points in the effort for BK Pardubice. Five CEZ Nymburk and four BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place in Places 1-6 with 30-1 record. BK Pardubice at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. CEZ Nymburk will play against USK Praha (#4) at home in the next round. BK Pardubice will play against BK Opava and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: D.Burnett 17+2reb+1ast, L.Autrey 12+7reb+2ast, D.Skranc 12+2reb+1ast, V.Pulpan 11+4reb+4ast, D.Pandula 8+1reb+2ast, J.Wall 7+3reb
CEZ Nymburk: B.Allen 27+6reb+4ast, H.Sant-Roos 21+9reb+5ast, E.Lawrence 12+1reb+2ast, V.Hruban 10+3reb+2ast, P.Benda 10+8reb, S.Holt 4
gschID: 535381


BK Kolin - BK Opava 72-77

The game in Kolin was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked BK Opava (16-15) played at the court of 6th ranked BK Kolin (13-18). BK Opava managed to secure a 5-point victory 77-72 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Kolin. Center Martin Gniadek (203-90) stepped up and scored 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and forward Ludek Jurecka (198-83, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Lee Skinner (198-92, college: Wofford) with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Garret Kerr (194-92, college: Univ.Sciences) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Five BK Opava and four BK Kolin players scored in double figures. BK Opava maintains fifth place in Places 1-6 with 16-15 record. Loser BK Kolin keeps the sixth position with 18 games lost. BK Opava will meet at home league's second-placed BK Pardubice in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Kolin will play against BK Decin (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
BK Kolin: B.Bakic 16+1reb+2ast, G.Kerr 12+8reb+1ast, C.Dixon 11+3reb+5ast, L.Skinner 10+8reb+4ast, J.Hunt 8+1reb+5ast, M.Vocetka 7+1reb
BK Opava: L.Jurecka 18+5reb, M.Gniadek 16+5reb+3ast, R.Kouril 13+2reb+6ast, J.Blazek 10+1reb, V.Cvek 10+1reb+3ast, R.Klecka 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 535379


Places 7-12
Usti n/Labem - MMCITE Brno 77-60

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked MMCITE Brno's (10-21) road loss to ninth ranked BK Usti nad Labem (13-18) 60-77 on Friday. BK Usti nad Labem outrebounded MMCITE Brno 37-12 including a 27-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. American point guard Mikey Thompson (190, college: Boise St.) stepped up and scored 21 points and 4 assists for the winners and forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four BK Usti nad Labem players scored in double figures. BK Usti nad Labem's coach Antonin Pistecky allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was guard Radek Pumprla (193-95) with 10 points and Bosnian center Ermin Jazvin (209-80) scored 7 points. BK Usti nad Labem moved-up to eighth place in Places 7-12. MMCITE Brno lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the eleventh position with 21 games lost. BK Usti nad Labem will meet BK Lions Hradec (#10) in the next round. MMCITE Brno will play against Basketbal Svitavy and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
MMCITE Brno: R.Pumprla 10+2reb+2ast, C.Turman 8+3reb, E.Jazvin 7+4reb, Z.Nehyba 5+1reb, J.Kozina 2+1reb, M.Hrabovsky 1+1reb
Usti n/Labem: M.Thompson 21+1reb+4ast, P.Bosak 14+4reb+2ast, D.Steffel 13+4reb+2ast, L.Pecka 12+9reb, C.Abercrombie 6+1reb, F.Smid 3+4reb+2ast
gschID: 535378


Svitavy - NH Ostrava 86-76

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Basketbal Svitavy (15-16) defeated at home 9th ranked NH Ostrava (12-19) 86-76 on Friday. Basketbal Svitavy made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Slovakian point guard Roman Marko (194-86) stepped up and scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and the former international guard Pavel Slezak (186-84) chipped in 20 points. Four Basketbal Svitavy players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Petr Bohacik (205-85) with 21 points and 5 assists and American point guard Malcolm Canada (191, college: Auburn) scored 7 points and 5 assists. NH Ostrava's coach Dusan Medvecky rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Basketbal Svitavy. They maintain seventh place in Places 7-12 with 15-16 record. Loser NH Ostrava keeps the ninth position with 19 games lost. Basketbal Svitavy will meet MMCITE Brno (#11) on the road in the next round. NH Ostrava will play against Prostejov and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: P.Bohacik 21+3reb+5ast, V.Bratcenkov 11+3reb+1ast, K.Mays 9+5reb, S.Smith 8+4reb+1ast, D.Painter 7+2reb, M.Canada 7+4reb+5ast
Svitavy: P.Slezak 20+2reb+3ast, J.Jelinek 14+4reb+3ast, R.Marko 14+7reb+7ast, T.Teply 13+1reb, B.Roseboro 9+3reb+2ast, J.Vucica 9+1reb+1ast
gschID: 535377


Prostejov - J.Hradec 81-90

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 12th ranked Prostejov's (9-22) home loss to eleventh ranked BK Lions Hradec (11-20) 81-90 on Friday. American point guard Terrell Lipkins (180-91, college: Montevallo) stepped up and scored 24 points for the winners and Jiri Soula (189-95) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was American guard Rayshawn Simmons (193, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Two Points) with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Irish-American forward Brian Fitzpatrick (203-89, college: Bucknell, agency: Diamond Sports) scored 15 points and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Prostejov's coach Zbynek Choleva rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Lions Hradec moved-up to tenth place in Places 7-12. Prostejov lost their third game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 22 games lost. BK Lions Hradec will meet at home higher ranked BK Usti nad Labem (#8) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Prostejov will play against NH Ostrava (#9) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Prostejov: E.Jacobs 17+5reb+1ast, M.Sehnal 16+3reb+1ast, B.Fitzpatrick 15+4reb+4ast, R.Simmons 13+6reb+6ast, P.Dokoupil 9+4reb+2ast, M.Soucek 4
J.Hradec: T.Lipkins 24+4reb+2ast, J.Soula 20+2reb+4ast, R.Canty 12+9reb+1ast, D.Fait 10+7reb+2ast, T.Sustek 9+3reb+4ast, C.Tawiah 6+3reb
gschID: 535376





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1st Division Round 20: Leader BMS Skovlunde gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in 1st Division just ended.

Leader BMS Skovlunde delivered the seventeenth win on Sunday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Amager BK (9-9) 76-66. BMS Skovlunde maintains first position with 17-1 record. Amager BK at the other side keeps the fifth place with nine games lost.
The game in Beder was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Vaerlose (13-5) played at the court of 6th ranked BMI Bloodhounds (7-11). Vaerlose managed to secure a 6-point victory 88-82. Vaerlose have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 13-5 record having four points less than leader Wolfpack/BMS. BMI Bloodhounds at the other side keep the sixth place with 11 games lost.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Aarhus. Local EBAA (12-6) beat 10th ranked Aalborg (2-15) 75-59 on Saturday night. EBAA have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 12-6 record. Aalborg lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost.

In the last two games of round 20 Virum defeated Birkerod in a road game 88-77. Koge BK beat SBBC 2015 at home 89-85.

Birkerod - Virum 77-88

There was no surprise in Skjold where 9th ranked Birkerod (3-15) was defeated by seventh ranked Virum Vipers (6-11) 88-77 on Sunday. Virum Vipers maintains seventh position with 6-11 record. Loser Birkerod keeps the ninth place with 15 games lost.
gschID: 497471


BMI Bloodhounds - Vaerlose 82-88

The game in Beder was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Vaerlose (13-5) played at the court of 6th ranked BMI Bloodhounds (7-11). Vaerlose managed to secure a 6-point victory 88-82. Vaerlose have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 13-5 record having four points less than leader Wolfpack/BMS. BMI Bloodhounds at the other side keep the sixth place with 11 games lost.
gschID: 497473


Wolfpack/BMS - Amager BK 76-66

Leader BMS Skovlunde delivered the seventeenth win on Sunday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Amager BK (9-9) 76-66. BMS Skovlunde maintains first position with 17-1 record. Amager BK at the other side keeps the fifth place with nine games lost.
gschID: 497472


Koge BK - SBBC 2015 89-85

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Koge BK (15-3) defeated at home 8th ranked SBBC 2015 (5-13) 89-85 on Saturday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Koge BK have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-3 record having just two points less than leader Wolfpack/BMS. SBBC 2015 lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 13 games lost.
gschID: 497470


EBAA - Aalborg 75-59

The game with biggest result difference took place in Aarhus. Local EBAA (12-6) beat 10th ranked Aalborg (2-15) 75-59 on Saturday night. EBAA have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 12-6 record. Aalborg lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost.
gschID: 497469





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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.24.8 
 4. Patterson, Reno B.24.0 
 5. Crawford, Grand R.23.5 
 6. Murphy, Grand R.23.0 
 7. Holland, Canton C.22.9 
 8. Jackson, Texas L.22.5 
 9. Nader, Maine RC21.4 
 10. Jones, Maine RC21.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.2 
 2. Moreland, Canton C.12.2 
 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 RC9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Magette, Los A.9.4 
 2. Marshall, Reno B.9.1 
 3. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 4. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 5. Pressey, Santa C.8.0 
 6. Jackson, Texas L.7.7 
 7. VanVleet, Raptors .7.6 
 8. Weber, Sioux F.7.3 
 9. McCallum, Grand R.7.0 
 10. 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. Tokoto, Rio G.2.3 
 3. McCallum, Grand R.2.2 
 4. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.2 
 5. Pressey, Santa C.2.1 
 6. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 7. Payton-II, Rio G.2.0 
 8. Smith, Delaware.2.0 
 9. Jackson, Texas L.1.9 
 10. Harris, Texas L.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Texas L.
  (203-C-82)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Lasme, Texas L.3.3 
 2. Diallo, Greensboro S.2.8 
 3. Tavares, Raptors .2.7 
 4. Moreland, Canton C.2.7 
 5. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.6 
 6. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 7. Obekpa, Santa C.2.2 
 8. Benson, Sioux F.2.2 
 9. Jones, Santa C.2.1 
 10. Acy, Texas L.2.0 


Mickey, Yabusele lead Red Claws in Finale - by Eurobasket News

The Maine Red Claws, presented by Unum, finished the regular season in style with a 93-82 win over Windy City Saturday night. Jordan Mickey (6'8''-F-94, college: LSU, agency: Babcock Sports), on assignment from the Boston Celtics, led Maine with 26 points and 8 rebounds, while Celtics first round NBA Draft pick Guerschon Yabusele (6'7''-PF-95) added 20 points (7-9 FG, 4-5 3pt FG) and 11 rebounds in just his second game with the team. Demetrius Jackson (6'1''-PG-94, college: Notre Dame), also on assignment from the Celtics, finished with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists, while Arthur Edwards (6'6''-G, college: Alabama) added 11 points. Marcus Georges-Hunt (6'5''-F-94, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pensack Sports), Abdel Nader (6'6''-F-93, college: Iowa St.) and Jalen Jones (6'7''-G/F-93, college: Texas A&M) did not play in tonight's game. The playoff-bound Red Claws finish the regular season with a 29-21 record. During the game, the #2 Red Claws learned they will face #3 Fort Wayne in the opening round of the NBA D-League Playoffs. Details on the schedule will be announced soon. Mickey got things started with a scorching-hot start, making his first five baskets and scoring the first 11 points for Maine. Yabusele followed that up with four quick points, and the Red Claws led 15-8 early in the 1st. Windy City struggled from downtown early, and Josh Hagins made them pay with a three-ball that gave Maine a 28-19 lead. Yabusele drained a three of his own, and Maine enjoyed a 31-23 lead after one. The Red Claws shot 55% (12-22) in the opening quarter, including 5-7 from downtown. Windy City went 0-8 from beyond the arc in the period. Yabusele opened the 2nd with a driving finger roll to extend the lead. Edwards' corner three made it 39-26 Maine, just 2:30 into the quarter. Yabusele showed off the range, as the Claws extended to a 13 point lead. The Bulls went on a run, finally getting some long-range shots to fall. With 4:24 to go in the half, Windy City had cut it to 46-43. Jackson put in a couple tough lay-ups at the end of the half, and Maine enjoyed a 55-49 lead at the break. Yabusele finished the first half a perfect 6-6 from the floor, including 3-3 from downtown. Mickey opened the second half with a quick bucket. Cartier Martin hit a three to make it a 62-61 ball game. It was a back-and-forth quarter, with Maine holding on to a 66-64 lead after three. Windy City took the lead early in the 4th quarter, with Asauhn Dixon-Tatum (7'0''-C-91, college: Auburn)'s free throws evening the score at 68-68. Yabusele drained his 4th three-pointer to right the ship, as Maine went back up by six with 7:35 to play. The Red Claws cruised to victory down the stretch.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Erie Bay Hawks waived Robert Vaden - by Eurobasket News

Erie Bay Hawks waived 32-year old swingman Robert Vaden (196-102kg-85, college: UAB, agency: Inception Sports). In 21 D-League games he recorded 7.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.5apg this season. Vaden also played earlier that season for another team Knicks where in 12 D-League games he averaged 6.0ppg and 1.7rpg.
In 2009 he was drafted by Charlotte Bobcats (NBA) in second round (54th overall). The former University of Alabama at Birmingham standoutis in his eighth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in Belgian League in 2014. Vaden was also voted Eurobasket.com Slovakian League All-Imports Team back in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Vaden has played also professionally in Germany (Telekom Baskets), NBA (San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and Minnesota Timberwolves), Italy (Imola), Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut), Slovakia (Nitra) and other D-League teams (Oklahoma City Blue and Northern Arizona Suns).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @THSports13)

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  EL SALVADOR  


GIE Maile Matrix welcomes back Davis, ex Halcones - by Mike Amico

Defending champion GIE Maile Matrix landed 27-year old point guard Jeremee Davis (191-93kg-90, college: Georgia & State). It is actually his comeback to GIE Maile Matrix as he has played here before. Davis He played recently at Halcones in Salvadorean Liga MB. In 13 games he averaged impressive 22.0ppg, 8.5rpg, 5.8apg and 1.8spg this season.

He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Davis experienced life in four different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Davis has played previously professionally in Germany, United Kingdom (Dragons) and PBL (Holland Dream).

He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on he way to pro basketball.
Davis attended Georgia & State until 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

Let's have closer look into His outlook: Big strong physical Point Guard with great court awareness, who sees the floor well. Also rebounds well on both ends. Also finishes at the rim at a high level and a true scoring threat anywhere inside the arch. 3 point consistency and range needs improvement. Able to beat pretty much any defender off the bounce with the ability to create for others. Solid physical defender who can guard multiple positions on the wing.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin BAKER
  Tarvas
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Baker, Tarvas19.3 
 2. Dzeletovic, TL.19.2 
 3. Jarvelainen, TTU17.7 
 4. Olmre, TTU17.0 
 5. Bubalo, Parnu16.8 
 6. van-der-Mars, Rap.16.4 
 7. Strupovics, Valga15.5 
 8. Post, Tarvas15.5 
 9. Seskus, Parnu15.4 
 10. Zvigurs, Valga14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. van-der-Mars, Rap.12.4 
 2. Baker, Tarvas8.7 
 3. Jarvelainen, TTU8.2 
 4. Bubalo, Parnu8.1 
 5. Jois, Tartu Ulikool8.0 
 6. Milka, Tartu Ulikool7.5 
 7. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.5 
 8. Raadik, Valga6.5 
 9. Kirves, Parnu6.4 
 10. Keedus, Kalev/Cr.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Tartu Ulikool
  (187-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool4.8 
 2. Kabin, Parnu4.6 
 3. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.4 
 4. Olmre, TTU4.1 
 5. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo4.0 
 6. Bratoz, Rapla3.8 
 7. Paiste, Tarvas3.8 
 8. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool3.4 
 9. Saage, TL.3.4 
 10. Post, Tarvas3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Domen BRATOZ
  Rapla
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Bratoz, Rapla2.2 
 2. Sutt, Parnu1.9 
 3. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 4. Paiste, Tarvas1.8 
 5. Zvigurs, Valga1.7 
 6. Olmre, TTU1.7 
 7. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 8. Tamm, TL.1.6 
 9. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool1.6 
 10. Post, Tarvas1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.1 
 2. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 3. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 4. Bubalo, Parnu0.8 
 5. Raadik, TTU0.8 
 6. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.7 
 7. Joesaar, Tartu U.0.6 
 8. Saks, TL.0.6 
 9. Talts, Tartu Ulikool0.5 
 10. Zvigurs, Valga0.5 



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Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jamal JONES
  Lapua
  (203-G-93)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jones, Lapua22.1 
 2. Scott, KTP Basket22.0 
 3. Gay, KTP Basket19.2 
 4. Pledger, Kouvot19.1 
 5. Brown, Kataja B.18.6 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki18.1 
 7. Morris, Lapua17.1 
 8. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.1 
 9. Bullock, Pyrinto16.0 
 10. Cowels-III, Helsink.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Van, Korihait10.5 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot9.4 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket8.7 
 5. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.3 
 6. Williams, Lapua8.1 
 7. Williams, Salon V.7.8 
 8. Edwards, Salon Vilpas7.8 
 9. Bullock, Pyrinto7.6 
 10. Nelson, Pyrinto7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Antto NIKKARINEN
  Helsinki.
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.4 
 2. Rannikko, Kataja B.6.8 
 3. Pratt, KTP Basket6.7 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.7 
 5. Jalonen, Korihait4.4 
 6. Williams, Lapua4.4 
 7. Appleby, Kouvot4.2 
 8. Staten, Salon Vilpas4.1 
 9. Edwards, Lapua4.1 
 10. Minard, Pyrinto4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel MULLINGS
  Kataja B.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Mullings, Kataja B.2.3 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket2.2 
 3. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.9 
 4. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 5. Minard, Pyrinto1.8 
 6. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 7. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.6 
 8. Scott, KTP Basket1.6 
 9. Nelson, Pyrinto1.5 
 10. Duren, BC Nokia1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  KTP Basket
  (201-F/C-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gay, KTP Basket1.9 
 2. Bristol, Kataja B.1.8 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 4. Van, Korihait1.1 
 5. Bailey, KTP Basket0.9 
 6. Barrett, BC Nokia0.9 
 7. Edwards, Salon Vilpas0.9 
 8. Coleman, Salon Vilpas0.9 
 9. Huolila, Kataja B.0.9 
 10. Nelson, Pyrinto0.8 


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 De''Andre UPCHURCH
  HyPo
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 33.6
 1. Upchurch, HyPo33.6 
 2. Moultrie, PuHu J.28.3 
 3. Heinonen, Munkkini.24.6 
 4. Rasi, Raholan Pyrkiva24.5 
 5. Maxhuni, HBA-M.23.8 
 6. Cartharn, Espoo B.23.5 
 7. Vinson, Pyrinto II23.4 
 8. Daniels, PeU-Basket23.1 
 9. Laine, PeU-Basket22.9 
 10. Jones, Oulun N.22.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.16.7 
 2. Daniels, PeU-Basket13.7 
 3. Harvey, Oulun N.12.4 
 4. Harris, Ura Basket12.0 
 5. Towa, Jarvenpaa11.6 
 6. Flemings, FoKoPo11.1 
 7. Stahl, Oulun N.10.9 
 8. Knihtinen, Korikouvot10.4 
 9. Blomqvist, HyPo10.2 
 10. Ekimov, JyWe10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Janne KINNUNEN
  Karkkila
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Kinnunen, Karkkila6.7 
 2. Upchurch, HyPo5.3 
 3. Innamaa, TuNM.5.1 
 4. Salonen, Porvoon .5.0 
 5. Ivey, Espoo United4.9 
 6. Kantonen, Korik.4.6 
 7. Kilpinen, Pyrin.4.5 
 8. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.4.4 
 9. Ikavalko, Lahti4.1 
 10. Kantonen, JyWe4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Joshua GOUCH
  Espoo Basket
  (196-G-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Gouch, Espoo Basket2.7 
 2. Cartharn, Espoo B.2.7 
 3. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.2.5 
 4. Upchurch, HyPo2.5 
 5. Moore, ToPo2.4 
 6. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.2.4 
 7. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.3 
 8. Heinonen, Munkkini.2.1 
 9. Marttinen, Munkkini.2.1 
 10. Kuusisto, ToPo2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.0 
 2. Sandberg, TuNM.1.8 
 3. Reed, FoKoPo1.5 
 4. Rainamaa, PuHu J.1.4 
 5. Ekimov, JyWe1.4 
 6. Fields, Lahti1.4 
 7. Harvey, Oulun N.1.3 
 8. Harris, Ura Basket1.1 
 9. Polla, HBA-Marsky1.1 
 10. Smith, Lahti1.1 



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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Cameron CLARK
  Chalon
  (201-G/F-91)
  Avg: 18
 1. Clark, Chalon18.0 
 2. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.4 
 3. Gibson, Gravelines17.2 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines16.8 
 5. Prepelic, Limoges15.8 
 6. Roberson, Chalon15.5 
 7. Dorsey, Le Portel14.6 
 8. Sommerville, Orleans14.4 
 9. Smith, Chalons-Reims14.3 
 10. Warren, Nanterre14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Fall, Chalon8.8 
 2. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.6 
 3. Poirier, Paris-Le.8.1 
 4. Solomon, Gravelines8.0 
 5. Lessort, Nanterre7.6 
 6. Hunt, Nancy7.4 
 7. Donaldson, Le Po.7.4 
 8. Yeguete, Le Mans7.1 
 9. Hassell, Le Portel6.8 
 10. Cain, Chalons-Reims6.6 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.10.5 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.3 
 3. Holston, Dijon6.1 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines5.9 
 5. Hodge, AS.5.8 
 6. Bost, Monaco5.3 
 7. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.0 
 8. Rich, Paris-Levallois4.6 
 9. Payne, Chalons-.4.5 
 10. Eito, Orleans4.3 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.4 
 2. Eito, Orleans2.1 
 3. Holston, Dijon1.9 
 4. Payne, Chalons-.1.8 
 5. Wood, Limoges1.8 
 6. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.6 
 7. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 8. Dorsey, Le Portel1.5 
 9. Henry, Gravelines1.5 
 10. Cobbs, Gravelines1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fall, Chalon2.4 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.3 
 3. Uter, AS.1.1 
 4. Otule, Antibes1.0 
 5. Trasolini, Nancy1.0 
 6. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 7. Fair, Limoges0.9 
 8. Sane, Paris-Levallois0.9 
 9. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.0.9 
 10. Lessort, Nanterre0.9 


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Steffon BRADFORD
  St Vallier
  (198-F/C-77)
  Avg: 18
 1. Bradford, St Vallier18.0 
 2. Brooks, ALS Basket17.9 
 3. Vaty, Lourdes17.3 
 4. Newson, Lorient16.7 
 5. Craion, Lorient16.7 
 6. Geiger, SAP V.16.2 
 7. Mitchell, Chartres16.2 
 8. Smith, Orchies16.1 
 9. Strong, St Vallier15.8 
 10. Thondique, Gries/Ob.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Gries/Ob.
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Thondique, Gries/Ob.9.9 
 2. Kovanusic, ALS B.9.0 
 3. Staniulis, Souffel8.2 
 4. Blackwell, ALS B.8.1 
 5. Gourari, RAC Basket8.1 
 6. Craion, Lorient7.6 
 7. Cox, Challans7.6 
 8. Alliman, SAP V.7.5 
 9. Vaty, Lourdes7.4 
 10. Anderson, RAC B.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Xane D''ALMEIDA
  Lourdes
  (181-PG-83)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Dalmeida, Lourdes7.2 
 2. Romain, Chartres7.1 
 3. Varanauskas, Gries/Ob.5.5 
 4. Rathieuville, Rennes5.3 
 5. Delhomme, St Vallier5.3 
 6. Bichard, RAC Basket5.1 
 7. Suhard, Angers BC4.9 
 8. Smith, Orchies4.9 
 9. Choplin, Quimper4.8 
 10. Siegwarth, Vitre4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Lorient
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Craion, Lorient2.9 
 2. Davis, Rennes2.2 
 3. Neri, ALS Basket2.1 
 4. Newson, Lorient1.9 
 5. Demuynck, Lourdes1.9 
 6. Cornely, Caen1.9 
 7. Monceau, Challans1.8 
 8. Liorel, SAP V.1.7 
 9. Gourari, RAC Basket1.6 
 10. Dalmeida, Lourdes1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ludovic NEGROBAR
  Rennes
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Negrobar, Rennes1.2 
 2. Rakocevic, Orchies1.0 
 3. Jakstas, Gries/Ob.1.0 
 4. Diarra, Caen0.9 
 5. Bobrov, Quimper0.9 
 6. Monteiro, Caen0.9 
 7. Tresnak, GET Vosges0.8 
 8. Kovanusic, ALS B.0.8 
 9. Thondique, Gries/Ob.0.8 
 10. Boucard, GET Vosges0.8 


Jordan Fouse claims French ProB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Jordan Fouse (201-G-94, agency: Three Eye Sports) had a very impressive game in the last round for Charleville and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 22-year old guard had the game-high 19 points adding seven rebounds and three assists for Charleville in his team's victory, helping them to beat Nantes (#10, 12-13) 79-68. Charleville is placed at 5th position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Charleville will need more victories to improve their 14-11 record. In the team's last game Fouse had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Jordan Fouse averages this season 10.4ppg and 5.2rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American forward Jonathan Fairell (201-F-93, agency: Duran International) of Rouen. Fairell impressed basketball fans with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as Rouen lost that game 69-79 to the higher-ranked Le Havre (#4, 14-11). This loss caused Rouen to drop to 13th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-14 record. Fairell is a newcomer at Rouen and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Jerome Cazenobe (203-C/F-89) of Denain (#11). Cazenobe scored 17 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Denain, leading his team to a 75-69 win against the lower-ranked St Chamond (#14, 10-15). The chances of Denain ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Cazenobe could help Denain to bring them higher in the standings. Cazenobe has a very solid season. In 25 games in France he scored 9.7ppg. He also has 6.7rpg and FGP: 67.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Caleb Walker (194-G-89) of Evreux - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Joe Burton (201-F-90) of Roanne - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Youssou Ndoye (213-C-91) of Bourg - 18 points and 7 rebounds
7. Mohamed Kone (211-C-81) of Charleville - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Zachery Peacock (203-C-87) of Bourg - 22 points and 4 rebounds
9. Thomas Ceci-Diop (199-F/G-92) of Lille - 19 points and 9 rebounds
10. Carl Ona-Embo (185-PG-89) of Vichy Clermont - 23 points and 2 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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  FYR MACEDONIA  


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

34-year old center Mladen Pantic (209-C-82, agency: 011 Sports) had a great game in the last round for Feni Industries and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds, while his team edged out Kumanovo (1-3) 99-98. Feni Industries is placed at 4th position in FYR Macedonian league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 3 games and recorded just one victory. Pantic just recently signed at Feni Industries, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Mladen Pantic averages this season 18.0ppg and 5.8rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Charlon Kloof (190-G-90, agency: Octagon Europe) of top-ranked MZT Skopje. He is Surinamese-Dutch guard in his first season at MZT Skopje. In the last game Kloof recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 10 assists. It was enough for MZT Skopje to edge slightly lower-ranked Karpos Sokoli (#2, 3-1) by 2 points 87-85. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. MZT Skopje consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. A very good start of the Second Stage for his team, which won so far all 4 games without any defeat. Kloof is a newcomer at MZT Skopje and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Vladimir Brckov (200-F-89, agency: BeoBasket) of Places 7-10 leader Strumica. Brckov scored 17 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Strumica, leading his team to a 55-50 win against the lower-ranked Vardar (#10, 1-3). Strumica confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Brckov has a very solid season. In 16 games in FYR Macedonia he scored 7.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dragan Labovic (207-F/C-87) of Karpos Sokoli - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Devin Brooks (186-G-92) of Ohrid AV - 22 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Phil Hawkins (186-PG-90) of Pelister Bitola - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Kiril Nikolovski (210-F/C-88) of Feni Industries - 20 points and 10 rebounds
8. Yonel Brown (175-PG-94) of Kumanovo - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84) of Kumanovo - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Bojan Trajkovski (208-F/C-88) of Karpos Sokoli - 25 points and 6 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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  GEORGIA  


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

Guard Terik Bridgeman (198-G) had a great game in the last round for Cactus Tbilisi and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Batumi (#7, 8-16) 92-85. Cactus Tbilisi maintains the 4th position in Georgian league. Cactus Tbilisi 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 10-14 record. In the team's last game Bridgeman had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Cactus Tbilisi's top player in his first season with the team. William Paterson University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bridgeman is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 8.2rpg) and averages solid 1.5bpg and 56.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Mikheil Berishvili (204-SF-87) of top-ranked Dinamo Tbilisi. He is former international in his second season at Dinamo Tbilisi. In the last game Berishvili recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he led Dinamo Tbilisi to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Sokhumi (#5, 9-15) 95-52. Of course Dinamo Tbilisi still keep the league's top spot. His team belongs to top of the standings with 23-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Berishvili is well-known at Dinamo Tbilisi and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.2ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 5.6rpg and 4.0apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Igor Krivtsov (201-F-86) of Batumi (#7). Krivtsov scored 26 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Krivtsov's great performance Batumi lost 85-92 to the higher-ranked Cactus Tbilisi (#4, 10-14). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Batumi not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 16 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Krivtsov could try to bring Batumi's a little bit higher in the standings. Krivtsov has a very solid season. In 22 games in Georgia he scored 11.9ppg. He also has 6.3rpg and FGP: 50.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-PG-86) of Kutaisi - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Ilia Londaridze (205-C-89) of Dinamo Tbilisi - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Beqa Chikviladze (196-F/G-91) of Cactus Tbilisi - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Besik Lezhava (192-SG-86) of Batumi - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Thomas Spagnolo (201-F-91) of Rustavi - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Beka Bekauri (207-PF-91) of Kutaisi - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. John Florveus (211-C-90) of Cactus Tbilisi - 17 points and 15 rebounds

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



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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Raymar MORGAN
  Ratiopharm
  (203-F/C-88)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Morgan, Ratiopharm19.2 
 2. Knight, Jena18.3 
 3. Kikanovic, ALBA16.8 
 4. Babb, Ratiopharm15.7 
 5. Paulding, EWE B.15.7 
 6. Qvale, EWE Baskets15.6 
 7. Odum, Wuerzburg15.6 
 8. Lewis, Bayreuth15.6 
 9. Mayo, Telekom Bsk15.5 
 10. Thompson, Telekom .15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Scott EATHERTON
  Goett.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Eatherton, Goett.7.3 
 2. Pierre, Braunsch.7.0 
 3. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.9 
 4. Cooley, Ludwigsb.6.9 
 5. Marei, Bayreuth6.8 
 6. Evans, Giessen .6.7 
 7. Searcy, Vechta6.5 
 8. McGhee, Walter T.6.5 
 9. Knight, Jena6.5 
 10. Qvale, EWE Baskets6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Walter T.
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Jordan, Walter T.8.2 
 2. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.4 
 4. Odum, Wuerzburg5.9 
 5. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.8 
 6. Siva, ALBA5.4 
 7. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.5.1 
 8. Sanders, Goettingen5.0 
 9. Mayo, Telekom Bsk4.9 
 10. Ruoff, Goettingen4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Chris KRAMER
  EWE B.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Kramer, EWE B.2.6 
 2. Robertson, Fraport .2.5 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.8 
 5. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 6. Stewart, Walter T.1.7 
 7. Ruoff, Goettingen1.7 
 8. Redding, B.Mue.1.7 
 9. Siva, ALBA1.7 
 10. Anderson, Bayreuth1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel THEIS
  Brose Bask.
  (204-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Theis, Brose Bask.1.3 
 2. Gamble, Telekom .1.3 
 3. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.2 
 4. Groselle, Braunsch.1.1 
 5. Qvale, EWE Baskets1.1 
 6. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 7. Gaffney, ALBA0.9 
 8. Marei, Bayreuth0.8 
 9. Balvin, B.Muenchen0.8 
 10. Elliott, Bremerhaven0.8 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Jonathon WILLIAMS
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 19
 1. Williams, Kirchheim19.0 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau17.9 
 3. Alexander, ETB W.17.6 
 4. Nikolic, Baunach17.4 
 5. Watkins, Nuernberg17.1 
 6. Warren, MBC16.8 
 7. Kerusch, MBC16.5 
 8. Spearman, Trier16.1 
 9. Holt, Dresden16.0 
 10. Canty, Hamburg15.3 
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. Lawson, Chemnitz6.9 
 7. King, Koeln R.6.9 
 8. Wolf, Hamburg6.9 
 9. Williams, Kirchheim6.7 
 10. Nicholas, Trier6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksej NIKOLIC
  Baunach
  (191-PG-95)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Nikolic, Baunach6.7 
 2. Love, Kirchheim6.6 
 3. Carter, Chemnitz5.9 
 4. Moore, Ehingen5.7 
 5. Adams, Uni Baskets5.6 
 6. Vest, Uni Baskets5.6 
 7. Williams, Koeln R.5.3 
 8. Hatten, MBC5.2 
 9. Zazai, MBC5.1 
 10. Dunn, Crailsheim5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  MBC
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hatten, MBC2.4 
 2. Adams, Uni Baskets2.4 
 3. Love, Kirchheim2.3 
 4. Carter, Chemnitz2.3 
 5. White, Heidelberg2.2 
 6. Tiggs, Crailsheim2.0 
 7. Watkins, Nuernberg1.9 
 8. Robertson, Koeln R.1.7 
 9. Dunn, Crailsheim1.7 
 10. Vest, Uni Baskets1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Koeln R.
  (206-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. King, Koeln R.1.7 
 2. Kratzer, Baunach1.5 
 3. White, Heidelberg1.3 
 4. Pantelic, MBC1.2 
 5. Keppeler, Baunach1.2 
 6. Heinzmann, Koeln R.1.2 
 7. van, Trier1.1 
 8. Grim, Uni Baskets1.1 
 9. Fraser, Ehingen1.1 
 10. Wolf, Hamburg1.0 


ProA Round 30: Crailsheim Merlins defeat White Wings in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in ProA just ended.

Tenth-ranked White Wings (13-17) gave a tough game to second ranked Crailsheim Merlins (25-5) in Hanau on Saturday. The visitors from Crailsheim managed to secure only three-point victory 83-80. However their fans expected much easier game. Crailsheim Merlins made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. American point guard Nimrod Hilliard-IV (183-93, college: N.C.Central) scored 19 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 10 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Kruize Pinkins (203-93, college: USF) with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Crailsheim Merlins have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 25-5 record having just two points less than leader MBC. White Wings lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with 17 games lost.
ProA top team - Mitteldeutscher BC (27-3) added another victory to their record. This time they beat ninth ranked Uni Baskets (14-16) in Paderborn 79-71. Naturalized American forward Sergio Kerusch (195-89, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Octagon Europe) notched a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Marcus Hatten supported him with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Even 24 points by forward Till Gloger (204-93, college: Maine) did not help to save the game for Uni Baskets. Mitteldeutscher BC have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 27-3 record. Uni Baskets at the other side keep the ninth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Hamburg.
Sixteenth-ranked Titans (2-29) gave a tough game to third ranked Chemnitz (21-9) in Dresden on Saturday. The visitors from Chemnitz managed to secure only two-point victory 70-68. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Virgil Matthews who scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Jeremy Dunbar who recorded 13 points and 4 assists. Chemnitz have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 21-9 record having six points less than leader MBC. Titans lost fifteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 29 lost games.
13th ranked Baunach (10-20) was outscored at home by sixth ranked Gladiators (17-13) with the biggest margin this round 93-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Baunach. It was a good game for Johannes Joos who led his team to a victory with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Gladiators' coach Marco van den Berg felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gladiators maintains sixth position with 17-13 record. Baunach at the other side keeps the thirteenth place with 20 games lost.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 30: Ehingen lost to Hamburg on the opponent's court 78-88. Kirchheim managed to outperform Heidelberg in a home game 58-54. Koeln Rh.Stars managed to beat Nuernberg on the road 84-78. ETB Wohnbau was defeated by Oettinger R. on its own court 81-85.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 19 points by Justin Raffington of Hamburg.

Hamburg - Ehingen 88-78

Rather expected game when 14th ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (10-21) was defeated on the road by eleventh ranked Hamburg (14-16) 88-78. Hamburg players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Ehingen/Urspringschule's players. It was a good game for guard Lars Kamp (187-96) who led his team to a victory with 25 points. Center Justin Raffington (205-91, college: Florida Atlantic) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Tobias Jahn (204-86, college: Cal Poly Pomona) replied with 12 points and 7 rebounds and American point guard Devon Moore (193-89, college: JMU) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Ehingen/Urspringschule. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hamburg moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Uni Baskets. Newly promoted Ehingen/Urspringschule keeps the fourteenth position with 21 games lost.
Top scorers:
Ehingen: D.Moore 13+2reb+4ast, T.Jahn 12+7reb, K.Taylor 11+5reb+1ast, A.Fraser 8+3reb, J.Aminu 8+4reb+1ast, R.Tomasevic 7+1reb
Hamburg: L.Kamp 25+2ast, J.Raffington 19+3reb+1ast, R.Camphor 10+4reb+8ast, E.Wolf 8+4reb, D.Lansdowne 7+7reb+2ast, A.Canty 7+3reb+9ast
gschID: 474247


Dresden - Chemnitz 68-70

Sixteenth-ranked Titans (2-29) gave a tough game to third ranked Chemnitz (21-9) in Dresden on Saturday. The visitors from Chemnitz managed to secure only two-point victory 70-68. However their fans expected much easier game. Chemnitz forced 20 Titans turnovers. The best player for the winners was American point guard Virgil Matthews (190-83, college: Montana) who scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. The other American import power forward Joe Lawson (201-92, college: Indianapolis, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Lawson 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 naturalized American swingman Jeremy Dunbar (195-88, college: Arkansas Tech) who recorded 13 points and 4 assists and forward Walter Simon (202-89, college: Cumberland) added 15 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Chemnitz have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 21-9 record having six points less than leader MBC. Titans lost fifteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 29 lost games.
Top scorers:
Dresden: W.Simon 15+4reb, J.Dunbar 13+4reb+4ast, H.Baues 11+2reb+1ast, S.Heck 10+4reb+2ast, M.von der Wippel 8+4reb+1ast, J.El Domiaty 6+4ast
Chemnitz: J.Lawson 15+5reb+3ast, J.Richter 15+3reb+1ast, C.Carter 12+4reb+6ast, V.Matthews 11+5reb+8ast, M.Ziegenhagen 8+1reb+1ast, M.Fleischmann 7+5reb
gschID: 474246


Hanau - Crailsheim 80-83

Tenth-ranked White Wings (13-17) gave a tough game to second ranked Crailsheim Merlins (25-5) in Hanau on Saturday. The visitors from Crailsheim managed to secure only three-point victory 83-80. However their fans expected much easier game. Crailsheim Merlins made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. American point guard Nimrod Hilliard-IV (183-93, college: N.C.Central) scored 19 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 10 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Four Crailsheim Merlins players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Kruize Pinkins (203-93, college: USF) with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Till-Joscha Joenke (193-92) scored 11 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Crailsheim Merlins have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 25-5 record having just two points less than leader MBC. White Wings lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Hanau: K.Pinkins 25+12reb+4ast, T.Joenke 11+7reb+8ast, B.Sullivan 11+1ast, E.Harris 8+2reb, J.Eichler 8+3reb, P.Albrecht 7+4reb+1ast
Crailsheim: N.Hilliard IV 19+4reb+5ast, T.Kotti 12+8reb, C.Griffin 12+2reb+2ast, C.Dunn 10+5reb+6ast, J.Woods 9+3reb+1ast, M.Bogdanov 9+1reb+1ast
gschID: 474245


Kirchheim - Heidelberg 58-54

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Kirchheim Knights' (20-10) home victory over 5th ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (18-12) 58-54. Kirchheim Knights forced 19 MLP Academics Heidelberg turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by MLP Academics Heidelberg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American forward Jonathon Williams (198-90, college: Wagner) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import guard Carrington Love (186-94, college: Green Bay) contributed with 10 points and 4 assists for the winners. Center Phillipp Heyden (206-88) replied with 6 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Russian forward Albert Kuppe (200-88) added 14 points in the effort for MLP Academics Heidelberg. MLP Academics Heidelberg's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kirchheim Knights maintains fourth position with 20-10 record. MLP Academics Heidelberg at the other side keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Heidelberg: A.Kuppe 14+2reb+3ast, B.Thompson 13+2reb, H.Kovacevic 7+7reb+3ast, D.White 6+2reb+2ast, P.Heyden 6+10reb+3ast, S.Ely 4+1ast
Kirchheim: J.Williams 12+6reb+3ast, C.Love 10+3reb+4ast, B.Wenzel 9+1reb, S.Hinrichs 8+4reb+4ast, A.Kronhardt 7+5reb, J.Maier 6+1ast
gschID: 474244


Uni Baskets - MBC 71-79

ProA top team - Mitteldeutscher BC (27-3) added another victory to their record. This time they beat ninth ranked Uni Baskets (14-16) in Paderborn 79-71. Mitteldeutscher BC players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Naturalized American forward Sergio Kerusch (195-89, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Octagon Europe) notched a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and American point guard Marcus Hatten (185-80, college: St.John's) supported him with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Five Mitteldeutscher BC players scored in double figures. Even 24 points by forward Till Gloger (204-93, college: Maine) did not help to save the game for Uni Baskets. American point guard Chase Adams (177-88, college: Pittsburgh) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Mitteldeutscher BC have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 27-3 record. Uni Baskets at the other side keep the ninth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Hamburg.
Top scorers:
Uni Baskets: T.Gloger 24+4reb+1ast, C.Adams 14+5reb+7ast, M.Vest 13+2reb+10ast, I.Buntic 9+3reb, M.Grim 4+7reb+3ast, P.Daubner 3+3reb+2ast
MBC: A.Warren 22+2reb+4ast, D.Johnson 14+4reb+1ast, S.Kerusch 14+10reb+4ast, M.Hatten 12+9reb+7ast, D.Pantelic 10+6reb+5ast, T.Hinz 4+2reb
gschID: 474243


Nuernberg - Koeln Rh.Stars 78-84

Not a big story in a game in Nurnberg where 12th ranked Nuernberg (11-19) was defeated by eighth ranked Koeln Rh.Stars (15-15) 84-78. Koeln Rh.Stars made 28-of-29 charity shots (96.6 percent) during the game. It was a good game for naturalized American forward Alex Foster (202-92, college: Emory) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 6 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). American guard Hugh Robertson (195-89, college: S.Florida) contributed with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Koeln Rh.Stars' coach Matt Dodson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Diante Watkins (174-90, college: Robert Morris) replied with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and his fellow American import forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso) added 8 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Nuernberg. Four Nuernberg players scored in double figures. Koeln Rh.Stars maintains eighth position with 15-15 record. Nuernberg lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Nuernberg: D.Watkins 29+7reb+7ast, B.Bennett 14+3reb+2ast, S.Schroeder 12+2reb+1ast, R.Zinn 12+3ast, D.Oppland 8+10reb+3ast, M.Sanders 2
Koeln Rh.Stars: A.Foster 23+6reb+1ast, H.Robertson 18+7reb+5ast, R.Christen 10+6reb, L.Baeck 9+2reb+1ast, J.Hewitt 6+1reb+1ast, C.Eversley 5
gschID: 474242


ETB Wohnbau - Oettinger R. 81-85

Everything went according to plan in Essen where seventh ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (16-14) beat 15th ranked ETB Wohnbau (8-22) 85-81. It was a good game for American point guard Darrel Mitchell (181-84, college: LSU, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 6 assists. The other American import point guard David Hicks (184-88, college: LIU Brooklyn) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) replied with 21 points and 4 assists and power forward Robin Lodders (205-94) added 11 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for ETB Wohnbau. Four Oettinger Rockets Gotha and five ETB Wohnbau players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Oettinger Rockets Gotha maintains seventh position with 16-14 record. ETB Wohnbau at the other side keeps the fifteenth place with 22 games lost.
Top scorers:
ETB Wohnbau: C.Alexander 21+4reb+4ast, M.Creek 14+5reb+1ast, A.Moore 13+2reb+5ast, R.Lodders 11+12reb+3ast, E.Thompson 10+5reb, J.Lodders 5+4reb+5ast
Oettinger R.: D.Mitchell 21+3reb+6ast, D.Hicks 14+6reb+1ast, D.Watts 12+6reb+3ast, R.Oehle 11+2reb, G.Gibbs 8+3reb+8ast, E.Allen 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 474241


Baunach - Trier 69-93

13th ranked Baunach (10-20) was outscored at home by sixth ranked Gladiators (17-13) with the biggest margin this round 93-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Baunach. Gladiators players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Baunach's players. It was a good game for power forward Johannes Joos (206-95) who led his team to a victory with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. American swingman Brandon Spearman (196-91, college: Hawaii) contributed with 16 points and 6 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Spearman is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Gladiators' coach Marco van den Berg felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Malik Mueller (190-94, college: Virginia Tech) replied with 28 points and Jona Hoffmann (191-98) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Baunach. Gladiators maintains sixth position with 17-13 record. Baunach at the other side keeps the thirteenth place with 20 games lost.
Top scorers:
Baunach: M.Mueller 28+2reb+2ast, J.Hoffmann 13+5reb+3ast, D.Keppeler 12+2reb+2ast, A.Kulboka 6+3reb+3ast, T.Taras 6+5reb+5ast, H.Drell 4+6reb
Trier: J.Joos 24+9reb+5ast, B.Spearman 16+6ast, S.Schmitz 13+2reb+6ast, P.Coro 9+1reb+1ast, J.Bucknor 8+4reb+1ast, K.Dietz 6+3reb
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Josh Mayo Is Tiny But Not Archibald Leading The Telekom Baskets Bonn To 74-73 Tightrope Win Over the Fraport Skyliners - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



One of the two hardest things for any ex Fraport Skyliner to do when he returns back to his old stomping ground is to not enter the first door on the right after coming through the glass door of the catacombs of the Fraport arena, but actually taking the third door and when entering the arena not taking that first left but actually taking the longer stroll to the bench on the right. Ex Fraport Skyliner Johannes Richer may have started his career with the Franken Hexer 2nd team (2.Regionalliga) in 2009 and played two seasons with the Brose Baskets Bamberg where he never made his break through, but it is fair to acknowledge that his most prosperous time as a professional came with the Fraport Skyliners from 2013-2016 where he played a total of 57 BBL games and 20 international club games and crowned his three seasons last spring winning the Fiba Europe Cup in Chalon, France. He also made his break through with Frankfurt in the 2014-2015 season where he helped clobber the Bakken Bears twice including his 15 point six rebound game in Frankfurt where he came off the bench for the injured Johannes Voigtmann and denied the Danish Bears honey on that night. The 205cm power forward/center was able to improve his minutes each season, but wasn't able to make his full break through with Frankfurt and fled for the Telekom Baskets Bonn. However in Bonn, the big man continues to wait to get more trust from head coach Predrag Krunic as he is averaging only 2,5ppg and 1,3rpg. The only consolation prize that Richter is fighting for is a third consecutive trip to the playoffs something that the his ex team Skyliners are in jeopardy of reaching this season. Frankfurt entered the game having won two of their last three games, but digesting a tough OT loss in Bremerhaven while the Telekom Baskets Bonn had lost two of their last three games, but had beaten playoff candidate Ludwigsburg 90-86 last weekend. The Fraport Skyliners controlled the game, but an unfortunate turn of events at the start of the fourth quarter where Quantez Robertson was hit harder with fouls three,four and five then it is when Tom Brady gets sacked in the red zone which propelled Bonn to come back and squeeze out an exciting 74-73 win. After the win ex Skyliner Johannes Richter was beaming about returning back to Frankfurt and reflected on his lightening 4-0 run that he hit Frankfurt with. 'I felt comfortable playing here today. It has been an up and down year for me. I always try to give as much energy as possible and help my team. I have to take the positives with my season. I think I have developed my game as with Bonn they focus more on defending the shot from the four whereas in Frankfurt it was more of defending the inside', stressed Johannes Richter. Telekom Baskets Bonn head coach Predrag Krunic was thrilled after the victory and after hearing a positive homage to the great play of Johannes Richter and that he should get more minutes, the Serb coach was only able to blurt out 'I am lucky that he is with us', smiled Predrag Krunic.

The story of the game wasn't only the early fourth quarter exit of Fraport Skyliner captain Quantez Robertson, but the hot scoring of Bonn point guard Josh Mayo (181-PG-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who may be in his seventh season, but continues to play as if he has a gigantic chip on his shoulder and still needs to prove his worth despite having been a ruthless scorer wherever he has played if it was Latvia, France, Italy or Turkey. Mayo who hails from Merrillville, Indiana and was already a deadly scorer at Illinois-Chicago (NCAA) hurt Frankfurt in so many phases in the ball game with his powerful stroke from outside as he connected on five trey's. He also overwhelmed his opponent with his quick foot work and fast penetration to the hoop including a beautiful and masterful fingertip role that could have been the legendary Nate 'Tiny' Archibald from 45 years ago when he averaged 34,0ppg with the Kansas City Kings. Josh Mayo may be tiny, but isn't Archibald, but he sure played like him. 'I don't know much about Tiny Archibald, because it was before my time, but I have heard he was a great player. It is an honor for me to be mentioned with him', smiled Josh Mayo. It wasn't a beautiful game, but the American was pleased that his team and he escaped Frankfurt with a win. 'It was an ugly game. But we grinded it out and held Frankfurt to 73 points. We defended very well and made up for our slow offense', added Josh Mayo. It was a very unsatisfying end result for the Fraport Skyliners who controlled the game for the most part of the game, but allowed the Telekom Baskets to get back into the game in the fourth taking advantage of the fifth foul of Robertson. 'It was a tough loss, but that's basketball. It came to one possession and it could have gone either way. They made some big plays especially Julian Gamble who is a beast. It was a great game and I wish that it would have gone our way', added ex Iona (NCAA) guard AJ English.

4,880 fans came out on a gorgeous warm early spring afternoon in the third to last home game of the season and witnessed the absence of Skyliner point guard Kwame Vaughn who won't return this season on account of an injury and the Telekom Basket Bonn were without Ryan Thompson and Konstantin Klein . Both teams got their offenses going quickly as Frankfurt converted the pick and roll perfectly from Tez to Florida native Mike Morrison for two points and Niklas Kiel made a massive two handed stuff barreling to the bucket like a mini Dwight Howard while Bonn kept pace getting buckets from ex Giessen Cuban Yorman Polas from the free throw line and a lay in from ex Miami, FL (NCAA) forward Julian Gamble to tie the game at 4-4. The Fraport Skyliners then stepped up their defense not giving up anything easy and making Bonn work extra hard for each shot and went on a 8-2 run to take the 12-6 lead. In the run, Frankfurt spread the ball around well getting a trey from ex Nebraska (NCAA) forward Shavon Shields, a lay in by Robertson and a heads up tip in by AJ English who helped out on the offensive glass. In the NBBL, Isaac Bonga's teammates find him when in desperation to get a bucket while with Bonn, Josh Mayo is the guy when there are tough times as he erupted for a quick 5-0 run nailing a three and making a runner to cut the Frankfurt lead to 12-11. However Frankfurt would start a trend now that would carry over until the end in that whenever Bonn crept dangerously closer, they would find a way to get away again and did going on a 8-2 run to close out the first quarter leading 20-12. In the run, the Fraport Skyliners were fortified by an English runner, a clutch trey form German Max Merz and an off balance shot by Finish forward Shawn Huff. 'Frankfurt defended very well against us giving us nothing easy and hit their shots. We could hurt them a bit on transition', stated ex Fraport Skyliner Konstantin Klein. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 44% from the field and 29% from outside while the Telekom Baskets Bonn were shooting 25% from the field and 33% from outside. Frankfurt had the 11-9 rebound edge and one turnover while Bonn had four turnovers.

Both teams were unable to convert on their first two possessions in the second quarter until English scored Frankfurt's first points upping their lead to 22-12. The Telekom Baskets Bonn that got a few stops on defense and executed well on offense going on a 7-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 22-19. In the run, Bonn got big support from ex Skyliner Johannes Richter who scored in the paint after Mayo served the dime and made a fast break basket proving he can run the floor well for a big man and Mayo was Tiny Clutch again dropping a trey on transition. Skyliner head coach Gordon Herbert then took a time out and it sparked Frankfurt to go on a 7-0 run to extend their lead to 29-19. In the run, Frankfurt took advantage of consecutive TJ DiLeo turnovers and got buckets from Shields and Kiel in the paint and free throws from English. Frankfurt continued to keep their healthy comfortable lead getting timely three's from Huff and English to lead 36-26. Mayo closed out the second quarter with a fade away shot as Bonn Trailed 36-28. 'We had a small run, but couldn't stop their runs. We looked a bit too calm and didn't have the right body language', stressed Telekom Baskets Bonn guard Konstantin Klein. Wandering around next to the Bonn bench at halftime was a young man who looked like TJ DiLeo's brother and in fact was as Max DiLeo who is playing with Gotha in the Pro A was watching the game with his dad Tony who once was the general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers. 'It was a very physical game. Frankfurt was doing a good job clogging the lane. Nobody was hitting shots for Bonn except Josh Mayo. I was happy that TJ got the start against Nanterre last week and he performed well', said Tony Di Leo. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 42% from the field and 25% from the three point line while the Telekom Baskets Bonn were shooting 42% from the field and 40% from the three point line. Bonn had the 17-15 rebound edge, but 11 turnovers while Frankfurt had five turnovers.

In the third quarter, the Fraport Skyliners continued to control the game, but allowed the Telekom Baskets Bonn to hang around. Shields started off the third quarter with a trey which was followed by a Gamble lay in and too that point had been the best opportunity for Bonn where a player had a clear route to the rim and didn't face a wall as Mayo supplied the pass. Frankfurt combined a nice mix of inside out basketball hitting their open shots as English scored and Shields made a two handed dunk on transition as Frankfurt led 46-33. However Bonn continued to hang around and had their ups and downs on defense, but then hit Frankfurt with a vicious 8-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 46-41. The Telekom Baskets Bonn found more room in the paint now getting big buckets inside as Polas made a reverse lay up, ex UAB (NCAA )guard Jamarr Sanders made a runner and Gamble made a tip in off a Polas miss. After an English trey, it was Mayo again who gave scoring in bunches a new name as he drilled home another three bomb and then showed his cross over moves hitting another trey as Bonn trailed only 49-47. However the Fraport Skyliners stayed ahead getting another clutch three from English, as well as Huff free throws and a runner in traffic at the buzzer as the Fraport Skyliners led 56-51 after three quarters. 'We slowed our offense down and executed better. We were able to slow down their transition a bit. They hit tough shots and we hit our open looks', stressed Quantez Robertson. 'Frankfurt played hard defense for 40 minutes and kept the lead. We sent them to the line too much', added ex Temple (NCAA) guard TJ DiLeo. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 43% from the field and 32% from the parking lot while the Telekom Baskets Bonn were shooting 53% from the field and 50% from the parking lot. Bonn had the 25-19 rebound edge, but had 16 turnovers while Frankfurt had seven turnovers.

Often in tight games, the heroics and climax happen at the end, but in this game, an early indication to where the game would go happened early in the fourth quarter. After German Florian Koch had dropped a trey to start the last 10 minutes, Quantez Robertson nailed a line drive three with a second remaining on the shot clock as Frankfurt kept the 59-54 lead and looked in control with an in charge Quantez Robertson leading the charge on offense and defense. However the momentum of the game changed quickly as Robertson was hit hard with his third, fourth and fifth fouls in seemingly a matter of seconds. He got his third and then a fourth after fouling Polas and then let his emotions take control as he muttered words to himself while going back to the bench to take a breather, but instead could take a permanent seat as he was hit with a technical and fifth foul. 'I might have had two fouls like that but never three in my career. I was yelling, but not at the ref, but at myself', stressed Quantez Robertson. Of course the Telekom Baskets Bonn took advantage of the technical as Josh Mayo dropped all three shots and then got a Ganble lay in and lay in from Mayo who displayed his Nate 'Tiny' Archibald moves as he got to the hole like a 100 meter sprinter and finished in Tiny Archibald manner stretching and laying the ball in with the finger tip roll as Bonn had the lead back for the first time since 5-4 leading 61-59. The last four minutes proved to be very exciting as there would be 9 lead changes. Shields gave Frankfurt the lead with free throws 62-61 only to see it erased after Polas free throws and the 63-62 Bonn advantage. Bonn would extend their lead to 66-62 with a strong Polas back door lay in as Mayo made the bullet pass. Frankfurt never gave up and recaptured the lead back at 67-66 as Merz hit another clutch trey for the 67-66 Frankfurt lead. Gamble and Huff then traded leads again only for Mayo to get Bonn the lead at 71-69 as he hit another trey. English and Morrison would give Frankfurt the lead back twice as Frankfurt led 73-72. With less than a minute to go, Gamble was in total beast mode getting an offensive rebound and put back. Frankfurt had one last chance, but Huff was unable to convert on an open look from the corner as the Telekom Baskets Bonn prevailed 74-73. 'That Tez technical was very unfortunate for them since he is their leader. It sparked us and helped Mayo continue to play well', said TJ DiLeo. 'I thought Huff's shot was going in. I not only live and die with him shooting in that situation, but also with any other guy on our team. It was a good look by Huff and good play by Merz, but I have to admit that I would have loved to have had that chance to shoot', stressed AJ English. 'It was a one possession game and anything could happen. It was tough losing like that, but we played together and with heart. We just couldn't execute better', added ex Ludwigsburg player Shawn Huff. The Telekom Baskets Bonn were led by Josh Mayo with 24 points. Julian Gamble supplied 20 points and 10 boards while Yorman Polas contributed 16 points. The Fraport Skyliners were led by AJ English with 20 points. Shavon Shields had 19 points and Shawn huff added 11 points. The Telekom Baskets Bonn shot 50% from the field and 44% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners shot 40% from the field and 33% from outside. Bonn won the rebound duel 36-28, but had 17 turnovers while Frankfurt coughed up the ball 10 times.



BBL Round 28: Brose Baskets beat BG Goettingen by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute surprises and upsets.

Twelfth-ranked BG Goettingen (10-18) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Brose Baskets (24-3) on Sunday. The visitors from Bamberg managed to secure only one-point victory 71-70. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Latvian point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 5 assists. International Daniel Theis (204-92, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 10 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Jesse Sanders (190-89, college: Liberty) replied with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for BG Goettingen. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending champion maintains second position with 24-3 record having just one point less than leader Ratiopharm. BG Goettingen at the other side keeps the twelfth place with 18 games lost. Brose Baskets are looking forward to face BBC Bayreuth (#4) at home in the next round. BG Goettingen will have a break next round.
Another interesting game for EWE Baskets (14-12) which hosted in Oldenburg against 5th ranked ALBA Berlin (17-11). Eighth ranked EWE Baskets had an easy win 93-81. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists and Rickey Paulding who added 27 points during the contest. At the losing side Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds. ALBA Berlin's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. EWE Baskets moved-up to seventh place. ALBA Berlin at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. EWE Baskets will play against EnBW Ludwigsburg (#8) at home in the next round. ALBA Berlin will play against Walter Tigers and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Tenth-ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (11-16) used its home court advantage to challenge sixth ranked Telekom Baskets (16-10) in Frankfurt on Sunday. The visitors from Bonn managed to secure only one-point victory 74-73. However their fans expected much easier game. The winners were led by Julian Gamble who had that evening a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Telekom Baskets' coach Predrag Krunic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Even 20 points by AJ English did not help to save the game for Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Defending champion maintains sixth position with 16-10 record. Loser Deutsche Bank Skyliners keep the tenth place with 16 games lost. Telekom Baskets will meet at home Science City Jena (#11) in the next round where they are favorite. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play against SC Rasta Vechta and hope to secure a win.
The game between third ranked Bayern Muenchen (23-3) and 11th ranked Science City Jena (10-16) in Muenchen ended with biggest points difference. Bayern Muenchen outscored guests from Jena 98-68. Danilo Barthel fired 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Bayern Muenchen's coach Aleksandar Djordjevic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 23-3 record having just three points less than leader Ratiopharm. Science City Jena lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh place with 16 games lost. Bayern Muenchen's next round opponent will be league's leader ratiopharm Ulm on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Science City Jena will play against Telekom Baskets (#6) in Bonn and hope to win that game.

Other games in round 28 were not that significant. Bremerhaven beat Walter Tigers on the road 85-76. Ludwigsburg destroyed Wuerzburg on its own court 92-65. Giessen 46ers managed to outperform Braunschweig in a road game 84-74. Bayreuth rolled over Vechta at home 96-71.
The most impressive performance of 28th round was 24 points by Darius Carter of Goettingen.

EWE Baskets - ALBA 93-81

Another interesting game for EWE Baskets (14-12) which hosted in Oldenburg against 5th ranked ALBA Berlin (17-11). Eighth ranked EWE Baskets had an easy win 93-81. EWE Baskets made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists and the other American import swingman Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri) who added 27 points during the contest. Five EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. At the losing side Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds and international swingman Niels Giffey (200-91, college: Connecticut) scored 14 points. ALBA Berlin's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. EWE Baskets moved-up to seventh place. ALBA Berlin at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. EWE Baskets will play against EnBW Ludwigsburg (#8) at home in the next round. ALBA Berlin will play against Walter Tigers and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 27+3reb+2ast, B.Qvale 16+8reb+2ast, C.Kramer 14+9reb+10ast, P.Schwethelm 11+2reb+1ast, V.Duggins 10+2reb+2ast, M.De Zeeuw 9+2reb+2ast
ALBA: E.Kikanovic 18+6reb+1ast, N.Giffey 14+3reb+1ast, C.English 11+2reb+1ast, G.Robinson 9+3reb+2ast, I.Akpinar 8+3reb+2ast, D.Milosavljevic 7+2reb+5ast
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Goettingen - Brose Bask. 70-71

Twelfth-ranked BG Goettingen (10-18) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Brose Baskets (24-3) on Sunday. The visitors from Bamberg managed to secure only one-point victory 71-70. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Latvian point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 5 assists. International Daniel Theis (204-92, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 10 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Jesse Sanders (190-89, college: Liberty) replied with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and his fellow American import Darius Carter (201-92, college: Wichita St.) added 24 points in the effort for BG Goettingen. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending champion maintains second position with 24-3 record having just one point less than leader Ratiopharm. BG Goettingen at the other side keeps the twelfth place with 18 games lost. Brose Baskets are looking forward to face BBC Bayreuth (#4) at home in the next round. BG Goettingen will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Brose Bask.: J.Strelnieks 12+1reb+5ast, L.Radosevic 11+3reb, D.Theis 10+6reb+1ast, D.Miller 9+3reb+4ast, A.Nikolic 7+1reb+5ast, L.Staiger 6+1reb
Goettingen: D.Carter 24+4reb+1ast, J.Sanders 18+5reb+8ast, A.Waleskowski 8+4reb+1ast, A.Ruoff 7+2reb+2ast, M.Monninghoff 6+4reb, S.Eatherton 4+1reb
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B.Muenchen - Jena 98-68

The game between third ranked Bayern Muenchen (23-3) and 11th ranked Science City Jena (10-16) in Muenchen ended with biggest points difference. Bayern Muenchen outscored guests from Jena 98-68. Bayern Muenchen outrebounded Science City Jena 35-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Science City Jena's players. 24 personal fouls committed by Science City Jena helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International Danilo Barthel (208-91) fired 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American center Devin Booker (205-91, college: Clemson) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. Five Bayern Muenchen players scored in double figures. Bayern Muenchen's coach Aleksandar Djordjevic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Shaquille Goodwin (206-94, college: Memphis) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Marcos Knight (188-89, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: BeoBasket) added 10 points respectively for lost side. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 23-3 record having just three points less than leader Ratiopharm. Science City Jena lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh place with 16 games lost. Bayern Muenchen's next round opponent will be league's leader ratiopharm Ulm on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Science City Jena will play against Telekom Baskets (#6) in Bonn and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: D.Barthel 16+8reb+3ast, N.Djedovic 15+2reb+2ast, B.Taylor 14+2reb+4ast, D.Booker 10+9reb+2ast, D.Joyce 10+2reb+7ast, M.Zirbes 8+1reb
Jena: S.Goodwin 15+8reb, M.Knight 10+4reb+2ast, J.Jenkins 9+5ast, W.Bernard 8+3reb+1ast, K.Frease 8+3reb+4ast, S.Haukohl 7+1reb
gschID: 528775


Fraport SKY - Telekom Bsk 73-74

Tenth-ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (11-16) used its home court advantage to challenge sixth ranked Telekom Baskets (16-10) in Frankfurt on Sunday. The visitors from Bonn managed to secure only one-point victory 74-73. However their fans expected much easier game. The winners were led by American power forward Julian Gamble (208-89, college: Miami, FL) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import point guard Josh Mayo (181-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) supported him with 24 points and 5 assists. Telekom Baskets' coach Predrag Krunic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Even 20 points by American guard AJ English (192-92, college: Iona) did not help to save the game for Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Danish guard Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska) added 19 points for lost side. Defending champion maintains sixth position with 16-10 record. Loser Deutsche Bank Skyliners keep the tenth place with 16 games lost. Telekom Baskets will meet at home Science City Jena (#11) in the next round where they are favorite. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play against SC Rasta Vechta and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Telekom Bsk: J.Mayo 24+4reb+5ast, J.Gamble 20+10reb+3ast, Y.Polas Bartolo 16+4reb, J.Sanders 4+3reb+1ast, J.Richter 4, F.Koch 3+1reb
Fraport SKY: A.English 20+3reb+2ast, S.Shields 19+4reb, S.Huff 11+3reb, M.Merz 8+1reb+2ast, N.Kiel 5+2reb+1ast, Q.Robertson 5+4reb+5ast
gschID: 528773


Walter Tigers - Bremerhaven 76-85

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fourteenth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (9-17) beat 13th ranked Walter Tigers (9-21) in Tuebingen 85-76. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Walter Tigers' 28. American players dominated the game. Swingman Quincy Diggs (198-90, college: Akron) fired 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Ivan Elliott (203-86, college: UCSB) chipped in 15 points. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's coach Sebastian Machowski allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Stanton Kidd (202-92, college: Colorado St.) produced 14 points and 6 rebounds and Barry Stewart (193-88, college: Mississippi St.) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Four Walter Tigers players scored in double figures. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to thirteenth place. Walter Tigers lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 21 games lost. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's next round opponent will be Braunschweig (#16) in Braunschweig. Walter Tigers will play on the road against ALBA Berlin and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: Q.Diggs 18+7reb+5ast, I.Elliott 15+4reb+2ast, J.Hulls 12+4reb+2ast, L.Wendt 8+2ast, D.Brembly 7+2reb, K.Anderson 7+4reb+3ast
Walter Tigers: B.Stewart 16+2ast, S.Kidd 14+6reb+2ast, J.Washburn 13+4reb, I.Philmore 11+4reb, J.Jordan 8+3reb+7ast, G.McGhee 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 528772


Ludwigsburg - Wuerzburg 92-65

Very expected game when 15th ranked s Oliver Baskets (7-19) were smashed on the road by eighth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (14-13) 92-65. EnBW Ludwigsburg shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American power forward Jack Cooley (206-91, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) fired 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The other American import swingman DJ Kennedy (198-89, college: St.John's) chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Four EnBW Ludwigsburg players scored in double figures. American guard Vincent Sanford (193-90, college: Dayton) produced 19 points and naturalized Croatian forward Kresimir Loncar (209-83, agency: Alti Sport) added 8 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. EnBW Ludwigsburg maintains eighth position with 14-13 record. s Oliver Baskets at the other side keep the fifteenth place with 19 games lost. EnBW Ludwigsburg's next round opponent will be higher ranked EWE Baskets (#7) in Oldenburg and it may be quite challenging game. s Oliver Baskets will play on the road against Giessen 46ers (#9) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ludwigsburg: J.Cooley 23+8reb+1ast, C.Toppert 18+1reb+1ast, D.Kennedy 14+8reb+5ast, R.Trice 12+5reb+3ast, C.Hammonds 8+3reb+7ast, B.Loesing 6+2reb+5ast
Wuerzburg: V.Sanford 19+2reb+1ast, B.Lane 8+2reb+2ast, L.Ulmer 8+4reb, K.Loncar 8+3reb+2ast, M.Stuckey 6+6reb+1ast, J.Odum 5+2reb+5ast
gschID: 528771


Braunschweig - Giessen 46ers 74-84

Very predictable result when ninth ranked Giessen 46ers (13-13) won against on the road 16th ranked Braunschweig (4-22) 84-74. American forward Dwayne Evans (201-92, college: St.Louis) fired 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The other American import forward Justin Sears (203-94, college: Yale) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Giessen 46ers' coach Ingo Freyer allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Canadian forward Dyshawn Pierre (198-93, college: Dayton) produced 21 points and 6 rebounds and American point guard Carlos Medlock (183-87, college: E.Michigan) added 11 points and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Five Braunschweig players scored in double figures. Giessen 46ers have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain ninth position with 13-13 record. Braunschweig lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth place with 22 games lost. Giessen 46ers' next round opponent will be s Oliver Baskets (#15) in Wuerzburg where they are favorite. Braunschweig will play on the road against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Giessen 46ers: D.Evans 22+9reb+1ast, J.Saibou 18+4reb+2ast, J.Sears 12+10reb+2ast, C.Wells 9+2reb+4ast, M.Voeller 8+1reb, A.Obst 5+2reb
Braunschweig: D.Pierre 21+6reb+2ast, G.Groselle 12+5reb+1ast, T.Schwartz 12+3reb, C.Medlock 11+3reb+8ast, J.Boykin 10+8reb+1ast, T.Klepeisz 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 528770


Bayreuth - Vechta 96-71

Not a big story in a game when 17th ranked SC Rasta Vechta (2-24) was outscored on the road by fourth ranked BBC Bayreuth (19-7) 96-71. BBC Bayreuth outrebounded SC Rasta Vechta 35-19 including a 25-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Egyptian forward Assem Marei (206-92, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American forward De'Mon Brooks (201-92, college: Davidson) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five BBC Bayreuth players scored in double figures. American forward Derrick Allen (201-80, college: Mississippi) produced 11 points and his fellow American import Frank Gaines (191-90, college: IPFW) added 12 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BBC Bayreuth maintains fourth position with 19-7 record. Newly promoted SC Rasta Vechta keeps the seventeenth place with 24 games lost. BBC Bayreuth's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Brose Baskets in Bamberg and it may be the game of the week. SC Rasta Vechta will play at home against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: D.Brooks 18+6reb, A.Marei 13+11reb+2ast, A.Seiferth 12+4reb+1ast, D.Gonzalvez 12+3reb, K.Anderson 11+1reb+5ast, J.Lewis 8+2ast
Vechta: F.Gaines 12, D.Allen 11+3reb+2ast, C.Standhardinger 10+1reb, T.Warech 10, L.Gordon 7+3reb+1ast, M.Ehambe 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 528769





ProB Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. Karlsruhe PS and Bochum make it through - by Eurobasket News

Wuerzburg - Elchingen 76-71

Wuerzburg topped Elchingen to level things up in the series. Wuerzburg players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Elchingen was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Marcellus Barksdale (196-93, college: IUPUI) scored 27 points to lead the charge for the winners and center Georg Voigtmann (213-94) chipped in 4 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Filmore Beck (192-91) responded with 20 points and American guard Brandon Lockhart (185-90, college: Drury) scored 7 points and 6 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line).
Top scorers:
Elchingen: F.Beck 20+2reb, N.Boakye 9+4reb, T.Prince 8+1ast, M.Petric 8+3reb, B.Lockhart 7+4reb+6ast, K.Kuhn 6+2reb+1ast
Wuerzburg: M.Barksdale 27+4reb, C.Hackenesch 10+5reb+3ast, C.Hoffmann 9+1ast, M.Ugrai 7+8reb+3ast, M.Heckel 6+2reb+5ast, L.Larysz 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 542528


Iserlohn - Karlsruhe PS 75-84

Karlsruhe PS outgunned Iserlohn to advance into the semifinal stage. Karlsruhe PS made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was guard Dmitrj Kreis (187-88) who scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Orlando Parker (203-91, college: Wagner) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Terrell Harris (191-93, college: Georgia Coll.) produced 23 points and 5 rebounds and American-Ivorian forward Moussa Kone (203-93, college: Hofstra, agency: Dynamics Global Management) added 12 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Iserlohn's coach Matthias Grothe let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Iserlohn: T.Harris 23+5reb+1ast, S.Fritze 14+3reb+1ast, Y.Opitz 13+3reb+2ast, M.Kone 12+11reb+1ast, K.Schwarz 5+4reb+2ast, G.de Oliveira 3+3reb+1ast
Karlsruhe PS: O.Parker 16+5reb+1ast, D.Kreis 15+5reb+6ast, D.Jakolis 13+7reb+1ast, J.Talbert 13+7reb+1ast, E.Curth 12+1reb, D.McDuffie 7+1reb+6ast
gschID: 542527


Bochum - Bernau 77-76

Bochum held off Bernau for 1-0 lead in the series. AstroStars made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 29 personal fouls committed by SSV Lok Bernau helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Alexander Angerer (203-96) saved the victory by scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Naturalized American point guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Pierre Bland (188-92, college: IPFW) replied with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and point guard Bennet Hundt (180-98, college: High School) added 11 points and 4 assists in the effort for SSV Lok Bernau. Four SSV Lok Bernau players scored in double figures. SSV Lok Bernau's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Bernau: P.Bland 15+5reb+7ast, N.Valentic 12+2reb, B.Hundt 11+1reb+4ast, R.Kulawick 11+1reb+2ast, J.Boehm 10+4reb, T.Schneider 8+4reb+2ast
Bochum: A.Angerer 17+5reb+4ast, G.Johnson 16+5reb+4ast, C.Korbi 11+1reb+7ast, D.Roberts 9+6reb+1ast, A.Shelukha 8+2reb, F.Engel 6+4ast
gschID: 542526


Karlsruhe BG - Weissenhorn 83-63

Karlsruhe BG thumped visiting Weissenhorn to force the decider. BG Karlsruhe dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Weissenhorn Youngstars' 26. American guard Ricky Easterling (189-83, college: Bridgewater) notched 23 points to lead the effort and naturalized American forward Shawn Gulley (201-93, college: Temple JC) supported him with 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Even 24 points (perfect from downtown making all six shots !!!) by forward Joschka Ferner (201-96, agency: Octagon Europe) did not help to save the game for Weissenhorn Youngstars. Hungarian point guard Marcell Pongo (194-97) added 8 points for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Weissenhorn: J.Ferner 24+4reb, M.Omuvwie 8+1reb, M.Pongo 8+3reb+1ast, B.Rohwer 7+1reb+1ast, D.Kramer 6+5reb, M.Stoll 3
Karlsruhe BG: R.Easterling 23+3reb+3ast, S.Gulley 18+10reb, A.Schmitz 11+1reb+2ast, A.Kazarnovski 9+6reb, J.Black 6+4reb+2ast, K.Fluellen 6+1ast
gschID: 542525





BBL News: Brooks And Pape Get Contract Extensions - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

This past weekend, BBL teams ratiopharm Ulm and medi Bayreuth gave their players Till Pape and De'Mon Brooks (201-F-92, college: Davidson) contract extensions. Pape is a 19 year old 204cm power forward that will stay with ratiopharm Ulm until 2019 and has played 5 BBL games and 7 Eurocup games having averaged 1,6ppg scoring six points in a game against FC Bayern Munich. He also played with Weissenhorn playing 23 games averaging 7,3ppg, 4,0rpg and 1,0apg. medi Bayreuth announced that De'Mon Brooks will remain until 2018 with the team. Brooks is a 24 year old 201cm forward from North Carolina that played at Davidosn and in Italy in his first two professional season. This season with Medi Bayreuth he played 26 games averaging 12,4ppg and 3,5rpg. He has scored in double figures 18 times including three games with 20 or more points. His highest scoring games were against BG Goettingen with 23 points and he put up 20 points against Science City Jena and Alba Berlin.


German ProA round 30 best performance: Johannes Joos - by Eurobasket News

Johannes Joos (206-C/F-95) had a very impressive game in the last round for Trier, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 21-year old player was the main contributor (24 points, nine rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Baunach (#13, 10-20) with 24-point margin 93-69. Trier maintains the 6th position in German ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Trier will need more victories to improve their 17-13 record. In the team's last game Joos had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Johannes Joos averages this season 5.0ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Diante Watkins (174-PG-90) of Nuernberg. Watkins had a very good evening with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as Nuernberg lost that game 78-84 to the higher-ranked Koeln Rh.Stars (#8, 15-15). Nuernberg is still in a red zone at 12th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-19 record. Watkins is a newcomer at Nuernberg, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.1ppg (#5). He also recorded 4.7 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Darrel Mitchell (181-PG-84, agency: BeoBasket) of Oettinger R. (#7). Mitchell scored 21 points and passed six assists. He was a key player of Oettinger R., leading his team to a 85-81 win against the lower-ranked ETB Wohnbau (#15, 8-22). Oettinger R. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 14 lost games. Mitchell has a very solid season. In 17 games in Germany he scored 9.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nimrod Hilliard IV (183-PG-93) of Crailsheim - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Malik Mueller (190-G-94) of Baunach - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Till Gloger (204-F-93) of Uni Baskets - 24 points and 4 rebounds
7. Alex Foster (202-F-92) of Koeln Rh.Stars - 23 points and 6 rebounds
8. Justin Raffington (205-C-91) of Hamburg - 19 points and 3 rebounds
9. Brandon Spearman (196-G/F-91) of Trier - 16 points and 6 assists
10. Robin Lodders (205-F/C-94) of ETB Wohnbau - 11 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos16.3 
 2. Starks, Koroivos14.2 
 3. Barlow, Trikalla14.0 
 4. Cummings, Aris13.8 
 5. Hall, Koroivos13.4 
 6. Gotcher, Koroivos13.3 
 7. Harris, Doxa L.12.8 
 8. Fitzpatrick, AGOR12.8 
 9. Releford, Kolossos.12.6 
 10. Lojeski, Olympiacos12.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keith CLANTON
  PAOK
  (205-C/F-90)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Clanton, PAOK9.5 
 2. Biruta, Trikalla7.0 
 3. Fitzpatrick, AGOR6.8 
 4. Singleton, Panathin.6.8 
 5. Hall, Koroivos6.7 
 6. Toutziarakis, Kymis6.3 
 7. Vasilopoulos, Kolossos.6.0 
 8. Faye, Promitheas6.0 
 9. Reddic, Kolossos HH5.9 
 10. Gotcher, Koroivos5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos7.3 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos5.6 
 3. Calathes, Panathin.5.3 
 4. Starks, Koroivos5.2 
 5. Scott, Doxa L.4.1 
 6. Talton, AGOR4.0 
 7. El-Amin, Kymis3.9 
 8. Hall, Kolossos HH3.6 
 9. Ukic, AEK Athens3.6 
 10. Releford, Kolossos.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Shannon SCOTT
  Doxa L.
  (186-PG-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Scott, Doxa L.2.0 
 2. Brown, Koroivos1.8 
 3. Hickey, Apollon .1.7 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Aris1.7 
 5. Releford, Kolossos.1.7 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.1.6 
 7. Jones, Promitheas1.4 
 8. Moore, Promitheas1.4 
 9. Gotcher, Koroivos1.4 
 10. Barlow, Trikalla1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jito KOK
  Lavrio
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kok, Lavrio1.5 
 2. Clanton, PAOK1.2 
 3. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 4. Milutinov, Olympiacos1.0 
 5. Kravic, AGOR1.0 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.0.9 
 7. Reddic, Kolossos HH0.9 
 8. Kavvadas, Aris0.9 
 9. Fitzpatrick, AGOR0.8 
 10. Cobbins, Apollon .0.8 


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Alexis KIRITSIS
  Doukas
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Kiritsis, Doukas18.8 
 2. Karaboulas, Faros17.9 
 3. Kokkalis, Ethnikos17.7 
 4. Milosevic, Holargos16.5 
 5. Redikas, Arkadikos16.2 
 6. Gioulekas, GS Laris.15.5 
 7. Gagaloudis, Iraklis15.4 
 8. Liakopoulos, Faros15.1 
 9. Macheras, Ethnikos14.5 
 10. Tsougarakis, Arkad.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kostas MACHERAS
  Ethnikos
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Macheras, Ethnikos9.5 
 2. Tsougarakis, Arkad.8.5 
 3. Rubio, Doukas8.0 
 4. Lolas, Irakleio8.0 
 5. Jawara, Doxa P.7.6 
 6. Papanikolaou, Psych.7.0 
 7. Koutroulias, Holargos6.7 
 8. Rutkauskas, Iraklis6.6 
 9. Charismidis, Aiolos A.6.6 
 10. Alihodzic, Panionios6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Psychiko
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 8
 1. Nikou, Psychiko8.0 
 2. Gagaloudis, Iraklis5.8 
 3. Liakopoulos, Faros5.4 
 4. Koutras, GS Laris.5.4 
 5. Milosevic, Holargos5.3 
 6. Zoupas, Amyntas .5.3 
 7. Vasilopoulos, Faros4.7 
 8. Koumpouras, Aiolos A.4.7 
 9. Karydas, Panionios4.7 
 10. Koukas, Doukas4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Sakis KARYDAS
  Panionios
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Karydas, Panionios1.9 
 2. Nikou, Psychiko1.8 
 3. Diplaros, Doxa P.1.7 
 4. Prodromou, Arkad.1.7 
 5. Erevbenagie, Kavala1.6 
 6. Gagaloudis, Iraklis1.6 
 7. Zoupas, Amyntas .1.5 
 8. Koutras, GS Laris.1.5 
 9. Laane, Ethnikos1.5 
 10. Milosevic, Holargos1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sigurdur THORSTEINSSON
  AE Laris.
  (204-C-88)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Thorsteinsso., AE Laris.1.3 
 2. Sklivas, Kavala1.3 
 3. Papanikolaou, Psych.0.9 
 4. Koutroulias, Holargos0.9 
 5. Melissaratos, Panio.0.8 
 6. Jawara, Doxa P.0.8 
 7. Papadionysio., Aiolos A.0.8 
 8. Skordilis, Faros0.8 
 9. Paulos, Pagrati0.6 
 10. Antonakis, Ethnikos0.6 


A2 Round 24: Leader Panionios get another victory - by Eurobasket News

Leader Panionios delivered the twenty second win on Saturday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Aiolos Astakou (14-10) 59-52 in Athens. Panionios made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Aiolos Astakou turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Nikos Barlos (203-79) who scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Bosnian-British center Fahro Alihodzic (208-89, college: UAB) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-83) who recorded 12 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panionios have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Panionios maintains first position with 22-2 record. Aiolos Astakou at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Panionios are looking forward to face Faros (#4) in Keratsiniou in the next round. Aiolos Astakou will play at home against Psychiko and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Piraeus was also worth to mention about. 4th ranked Faros (17-6) played at the court of sixth ranked Ethnikos (13-11). Ethnikos managed to secure a 5-point victory 91-86. It ended at the same time the 11-game winning streak of Faros. It was a good game for center Kostas Macheras (205-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Paraskeva Martzos contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. point guard Nikos Liakopoulos (188-83) replied with 19 points and 5 assists for Faros. Ethnikos maintains sixth position with 13-11 record, which they share with Holargos and Psychiko. Faros at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. Ethnikos will play against Amyntas Dafnis (#10) in Athens in the next round. Faros will play at home against the league's leader Panionios (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Athens. Local Pagrati (2-22) was outscored by tenth ranked AE Larissas (11-13) 96-74 on Saturday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Theodoros Tsiloulis who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 assists. AE Larissas' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Grigoris Ralatos with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. AE Larissas moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Amyntas Dafnis. Pagrati lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. AE Larissas will meet at home Irakleio (#14) in the next round where they are favorite. Pagrati will play against Doxa Pefkon and hope to secure a win.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Athens: Doukas (#3) and Amyntas Dafnis (#9). Despite it looked like an easy game for Doukas, those rules do not exist in derby games. It's more the case of honor for local supporters and such games have that special and unique approach you cannot find in other games. Guest Amyntas Dafnis challenged much higher ranked Doukas giving them a very tough game, but finally losing it by six points 77-71. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Amyntas Dafnis. The winners were led by Alexis Kiritsis who scored that evening 24 points and 6 rebounds. Doukas' coach Savvas Simeonidis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Doukas maintains third position with 19-4 record having four points less than leader Panionios. Newly promoted Amyntas Dafnis keeps the ninth place with 13 games lost. Doukas' next round opponent will be Holargos (#8) on the road where they are favorite. Amyntas Dafnis will play against Ethnikos and hope to win that game.

Rest of the games of round 24 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Iraklis defeated Irakleio in Thessaloniki 61-57. GS Larissas was beaten by Holargos at home 73-82. Kavala lost to Arkadikos on the opponent's court 58-74. Psychiko managed to outperform Doxa Pefkon in a home game 83-66.
The best stats of 24th round was 22 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists by Christian Koutras of GS Larissas.

Pagrati - AE Larissas 74-96

The game with biggest result difference took place in Athens. Local Pagrati (2-22) was outscored by tenth ranked AE Larissas (11-13) 96-74 on Saturday night. AE Larissas shot the lights out from three sinking 19 long-distance shots on high 59.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 34 assists comparing to just 19 passes made by Pagrati's players. Worth to mention a quality performance of guard Theodoros Tsiloulis (190-93) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 assists and point guard Michalis Politis (190-88) who added 20 points and 5 assists during the contest. Four AE Larissas players scored in double figures. AE Larissas' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was forward Grigoris Ralatos (202-86) with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Iaonnis Lekakis (196-90, college: Rochester, MI) scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. AE Larissas moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Amyntas Dafnis. Pagrati lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. AE Larissas will meet at home Irakleio (#14) in the next round where they are favorite. Pagrati will play against Doxa Pefkon and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
AE Larissas: M.Politis 20+2reb+5ast, N.Tsoutsos 16+4reb+1ast, T.Tsiloulis 15+4reb+10ast, G.Staboulis 10+8reb+1ast, G.Maltesios 8+1reb, G.Papachristos 6+2reb+4ast
Pagrati: G.Ralatos 31+7reb+4ast, I.Lekakis 18+5reb+4ast, K.Ezomo 10+9reb+3ast, A.Skoufis 8+2reb+8ast, G.Kontogiorgas 5, D.Torres 2+4reb
gschID: 493951


Irakleio - Iraklis 57-61

There was no surprise when 14th ranked Irakleio (6-17) was defeated at home by second ranked Iraklis (21-3) 61-57. Iraklis forced 19 Irakleio turnovers. The winners were led by forward Vasilis Angelakopoulos (203-79) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds and guard Yannis Gagaloudis (192-78) supported him with 17 points. Iraklis' coach Vangelis Alexandris allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 12 points and 9 rebounds by forward Ioannis Lianos (202-85) did not help to save the game for Irakleio. Serbian center Damir Latovic (204-80) added 15 points and 6 rebounds. Iraklis have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 21-3 record behind leader Panionios. Newly promoted Irakleio keeps the fourteenth place with 17 games lost. Iraklis' next round opponent will be Kavala (#13) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Irakleio will play against AE Larissas and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Iraklis: Y.Gagaloudis 17+3reb+1ast, R.Rutkauskas 14+4reb, V.Angelakopoulos 10+12reb, K.Totsios 8+2reb+2ast, D.Cheilaris 7+3reb, S.Chrysopoulos 2+2ast
Irakleio: D.Latovic 15+6reb, T.Koupidis 13+1reb+2ast, I.Lianos 12+9reb+1ast, A.Petrakis 9+6reb+2ast, D.Lolas 6+7reb, P.Tserkitsoglou 2
gschID: 493952


GS Larissas - Holargos 73-82

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Holargos (13-11) defeated on the road 15th ranked GS Larissas (5-19) 82-73. Holargos made 17-of-18 charity shots (94.4 percent) during the game. The winners were led by center Apostolos Koutroulias (206-76) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and forward Nikos Angelopoulos (205-84, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 15 points. Even 22 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists by naturalized Swedish guard Christian Koutras (189-88, college: Cuesta JC) did not help to save the game for GS Larissas. Forward Sotiris Gioulekas (203-79) added 19 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Holargos have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Ethnikos and Psychiko. GS Larissas lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth position with 19 games lost. Holargos' next round opponent will be higher ranked Doukas (#3) in Athens and it may be quite challenging game. GS Larissas will play on the road against Arkadikos (#11) in Arkadia and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Holargos: A.Kallinikidis 16+3reb, N.Angelopoulos 15+4reb+2ast, S.Motsenigos 14+1reb+5ast, A.Koutroulias 13+10reb+1ast, G.Apostolidis 12+2reb+2ast, T.Tzakopoulos 8+4reb+5ast
GS Larissas: C.Koutras 22+6reb+8ast, S.Gioulekas 19+4reb+3ast, A.Spyropoulos 15+6reb+2ast, A.Tsoumas 13+4reb, E.Bebis 4+5reb+2ast, E.Goymenopoulos 0
gschID: 493956


Doukas - Amyntas Dafnis 77-71

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Athens: Doukas (#3) and Amyntas Dafnis (#9). Despite it looked like an easy game for Doukas, those rules do not exist in derby games. It's more the case of honor for local supporters and such games have that special and unique approach you cannot find in other games. Guest Amyntas Dafnis challenged much higher ranked Doukas giving them a very tough game, but finally losing it by six points 77-71. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Amyntas Dafnis. 28 personal fouls committed by Amyntas Dafnis helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by guard Alexis Kiritsis (198-82) who scored that evening 24 points and 6 rebounds and forward Andreas Kanonidis (198-91) supported him with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Doukas' coach Savvas Simeonidis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 19 points and 6 assists by point guard Leonidas Zoupas (182-82) did not help to save the game for Amyntas Dafnis. Guard Ioannis Angelopoulos (194-91) added 12 points and 5 assists. Doukas maintains third position with 19-4 record having four points less than leader Panionios. Newly promoted Amyntas Dafnis keeps the ninth place with 13 games lost. Doukas' next round opponent will be Holargos (#8) on the road where they are favorite. Amyntas Dafnis will play against Ethnikos and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Doukas: A.Kiritsis 24+6reb+1ast, A.Kanonidis 15+6reb+3ast, A.Raptis 11+5reb+1ast, P.Kafkis 7+7reb+5ast, E.Papamakarios 7+4reb+1ast, G.Rubio 6+2reb+2ast
Amyntas Dafnis: L.Zoupas 19+4reb+6ast, I.Angelopoulos 12+4reb+5ast, T.Vardianos 9+4reb, P.Koukounias 7+4reb+1ast, C.Vogiatzis 7+4reb, C.Barbas 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 493955


Ethnikos - Faros 91-86

The game in Piraeus was also worth to mention about. 4th ranked Faros (17-6) played at the court of sixth ranked Ethnikos (13-11). Ethnikos managed to secure a 5-point victory 91-86. It ended at the same time the 11-game winning streak of Faros. Faros was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for center Kostas Macheras (205-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Swingman Paraskeva Martzos (197-85) contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Point guard Nikos Liakopoulos (188-83) replied with 19 points and 5 assists and guard Giannis Dimakos (192-94) added 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Faros. Four Ethnikos and five Faros players scored in double figures. Ethnikos maintains sixth position with 13-11 record, which they share with Holargos and Psychiko. Faros at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. Ethnikos will play against Amyntas Dafnis (#10) in Athens in the next round. Faros will play at home against the league's leader Panionios (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ethnikos: R.Laane 18+3reb+2ast, P.Martzos 16+6reb+5ast, K.Macheras 15+11reb+1ast, N.Kokkalis 13+5reb+1ast, S.Halaris 8+1reb, A.Antonakis 8+9reb+1ast
Faros: K.Kakaroudis 21+1reb+1ast, N.Liakopoulos 19+3reb+5ast, V.Karaboulas 12+3reb+1ast, G.Dimakos 11+10reb+5ast, G.Skordilis 10+7reb, F.Vasilopoulos 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 493954


Arkadikos - Kavala 74-58

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Arkadia where 12th ranked Kavala (7-16) was defeated by thirteenth ranked Arkadikos (8-16) 74-58. The winners were led by power forward Efthimios Tsakaleris (207-89) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and center Savvas Tsougarakis (207-86) supported him with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Even 12 points and 6 assists by Polish-American guard Andy Mazurczak (188, college: Wisc.-Parkside, agency: Duran International) did not help to save the game for Kavala. Forward Antonis Sklivas (203-95) added 13 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Arkadikos moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Doxa Pefkon. Kavala at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Arkadikos' next round opponent will be GS Larissas (#15) at home. Kavala will play against the league's second-placed Iraklis where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Arkadikos: S.Tsougarakis 14+5reb+2ast, E.Tsakaleris 14+10reb+1ast, G.Prodromou 12+8reb, D.Redikas 10+4reb+3ast, S.Naoumis 10+1reb+1ast, D.Kourepis 9+4reb+1ast
Kavala: A.Sklivas 13+7reb, A.Mazurczak 12+4reb+6ast, C.Kelaidis 12+3reb, E.Erevbenagie 11+5reb+2ast, A.Dialo 7+2reb, S.Gkelios 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 493953


Psychiko - Doxa Pefkon 83-66

Rather predictable result in Athens where seventh ranked Psychiko (13-11) beat 11th ranked Doxa Pefkon (8-16) 83-66. It was a great shooting night for Psychiko especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The winners were led by Croatian guard Sven Smajlagic (195-90) who scored that evening 24 points and forward Nikolaos Papanikolaou (209-85) supported him with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 25 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists by Norwegian forward Karamo Jawara (203-91, college: N.C.Central) did not help to save the game for Doxa Pefkon. Guard Nikolaos Diplaros (190-97) added 10 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Psychiko moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Ethnikos and Holargos. Doxa Pefkon lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Psychiko's next round opponent will be higher ranked Aiolos Astakou (#5) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Doxa Pefkon will play against Pagrati (#16) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Psychiko: S.Smajlagic 24+3reb+2ast, N.Papanikolaou 16+9reb+3ast, V.Mouratos 15+3ast, T.Nikou 8+1reb+12ast, D.Achis 5+1reb, J.Sinis 4+2reb
Doxa Pefkon: K.Jawara 25+13reb+5ast, N.Diplaros 10+2reb+2ast, D.Chatzikyriakidis 8+1reb+4ast, D.Geromichalos 8+3ast, A.Naoumis 5+1reb, D.Stolis 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 493950


Panionios - Aiolos Astakou 59-52

Leader Panionios delivered the twenty second win on Saturday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Aiolos Astakou (14-10) 59-52 in Athens. Panionios made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Aiolos Astakou turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Nikos Barlos (203-79) who scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Bosnian-British center Fahro Alihodzic (208-89, college: UAB) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-83) who recorded 12 points and the former international point guard Fanis Koumpouras (185-83) added 9 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panionios have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Panionios maintains first position with 22-2 record. Aiolos Astakou at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Panionios are looking forward to face Faros (#4) in Keratsiniou in the next round. Aiolos Astakou will play at home against Psychiko and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Panionios: V.Sakellariou 11+1reb+1ast, N.Barlos 11+6reb+1ast, F.Alihodzic 11+6reb, P.Noeas 8+1reb, M.Pelekanos 6+2reb+1ast, S.Billis 6+3reb
Aiolos Astakou: A.Gizogiannis 12+3reb+1ast, N.Kaklamanos 10+1reb+1ast, F.Koumpouras 9+5reb+1ast, S.Papadionysiou 6+4reb+2ast, G.Theodorakos 4+2reb, V.Kitsoulis 4+2reb
gschID: 493949





B Round 25: Proteas V. edges Panerythraikos by two points - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in B League is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 5 rounds. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 25 in the B League took place in Voulas. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of much higher ranked Panerythraikos (17-8) to twelfth ranked Proteas V. (11-14) 78-76 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Panerythraikos. Proteas V. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eleventh place in South, which they share with Tritonas S. Panerythraikos at the other side dropped to the third position with eight games lost. Proteas V. is looking forward to face Apollon Sm. (#15) in Smyrnis in the next round. Panerythraikos will play against Kronos AD (#13) and is hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game was between seventh ranked Xanthis and 4th placed Evropi where host Xanthis (13-12) won against Evropi (14-11) with 17-point difference 79-62. Xanthis have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place in North, which they share with Ermis Lagkada and Stratoni. Evropi at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Agriniou. Xanthis will play against Gefyra (#11) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Evropi will play against Agriniou (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Kastoria delivered the twenty third victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 8th ranked Anatolia (12-13) 85-76. Kastoria maintains first place in North with 23-2 record. Anatolia lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Charilaos TM. Kastoria will meet HANTH (#14) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Anatolia will play against Periko/Arhelaos (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Leader Peristeri GS recorded the twenty first victory. This time they beat 10th ranked Tritonas S. (11-14) 96-92. Peristeri GS (21-4) have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place in South. Newly promoted Tritonas S. dropped to the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Peristeri GS's next round opponent will be Koropi (#6) which should be theoretically an easy game. Tritonas S. will play against Panelefsiniakos (#7) in Eleusina and hope to win that game.
The game in was also quite interesting. Third ranked Marousi (18-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Koropi (15-10). Marousi defeated Koropi 72-60 on Sunday. The victory was the third consecutive win for Marousi. They moved-up to second place in South. Koropi lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. Marousi will face Ionikos Nikaias (#5) at home in the next round. Koropi will play against the league's leader Peristeri GS in Athens and hope to win that game.

Other games of round 25 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In North Polygirou was defeated by Agriniou in a road game 63-51. Stratoni beat Gefyra at home 76-68. Charilaos TM lost to Karditsas on the opponent's court 50-66. Filippos Veroias managed to outperform Aias Evosmou in a home game 64-57. HANTH recorded a loss to Ermis Agias on the road 67-57. Periko/Arhelaos defeated Ermis Lagkada on its own court 66-57.
In South Ergotelis beat Ionikos Nikaias in a road game 81-75. Mandraikos destroyed Apollon Sm. at home 91-61. Panelefsiniakos unfortunately lost to Papagou on the opponent's court 65-79. Kronos AD managed to beat KAP in a home game 63-60. Nea Kifisia was defeated by Zografou on the road 62-77.

North
Agriniou - Polygirou 63-51

There was no surprise when 15th ranked Polygirou (7-18) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Agriniou (14-11) 63-51 on Sunday. Agriniou moved-up to fourth place in North, which they share with Evropi. Polygirou lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with 18 games lost. Agriniou will face Evropi (#4) in the next round. Polygirou will play against the league's second-placed Karditsas (#2) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496814


Xanthis - Evropi 79-62

Another exciting game was between seventh ranked Xanthis and 4th placed Evropi where host Xanthis (13-12) won against Evropi (14-11) with 17-point difference 79-62. Xanthis have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place in North, which they share with Ermis Lagkada and Stratoni. Evropi at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Agriniou. Xanthis will play against Gefyra (#11) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Evropi will play against Agriniou (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 496813


Stratoni - Gefyra 76-68

The game between closely ranked teams ended with tenth ranked Stratoni's (13-12) home victory over 11th ranked Gefyra (11-14) 76-68 on Sunday. Stratoni moved-up to sixth place in North, which they share with Ermis Lagkada and Xanthis. Newly promoted Gefyra keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Stratoni will face Aias Evosmou (#16) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gefyra will play against Xanthis (#7) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496812


Karditsas - Charilaos TM 66-50

Very expected game when 9th ranked Charilaos TM (12-13) was defeated on the road by second ranked Karditsas (19-6) 66-50 on Sunday. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Karditsas. Newly promoted Karditsas maintains second place in North with 19-6 record having four points less than leader Kastoria, which they share with Ermis Agias. Charilaos TM at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. Karditsas will face Polygirou (#15) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Charilaos TM will play against Ermis Agias (#3) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496810


Filippos Veroias - Aias Evosmou 64-57

Rather predictable result when fourteenth ranked Filippos Veroias (9-16) beat at home 16th ranked Aias Evosmou (4-21) 64-57 on Sunday. Filippos Veroias moved-up to twelfth place in North, which they share with Periko/Arhelaos. Aias Evosmou lost their sixth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the sixteenth position with 21 games lost. Filippos Veroias will face higher ranked Ermis Lagkada (#6) in Lagadas in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aias Evosmou will play at home against Stratoni (#8) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496811


Ermis Agias - HANTH 67-57

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked HANTH (8-17) was defeated on the road by third ranked Ermis Agias (19-6) 67-57 on Sunday. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Ermis Agias. They moved-up to second place in North, which they share with Karditsas. HANTH lost their fourth game in a row. HANTH at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fourteenth position with 17 games lost. Ermis Agias will face Charilaos TM (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. HANTH will play against the league's leader Kastoria (#1) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496809


Kastoria - Anatolia 85-76

Leader Kastoria delivered the twenty third victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 8th ranked Anatolia (12-13) 85-76. Kastoria maintains first place in North with 23-2 record. Anatolia lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Charilaos TM. Kastoria will meet HANTH (#14) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Anatolia will play against Periko/Arhelaos (#12) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 496808


Periko/Arhelaos - Ermis Lagkada 66-57

There was a surprise result in Perikos where twelfth ranked Periko/Arhelaos (9-16) won against higher ranked Ermis Lagkada (13-12) 66-57 on Sunday. The victory was the third consecutive win for Periko/Arhelaos. They maintain twelfth place in North with 9-16 record, which they share with Filippos Veroias. Loser Ermis Lagkada keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Periko/Arhelaos will face higher ranked Anatolia (#10) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 496807


South
Ionikos Nikaias - Ergotelis 75-81

There was an upset when 4th placed Ionikos Nikaias (15-10) was defeated at home by fourteenth ranked Ergotelis (9-16) 81-75 on Sunday. Ergotelis maintains fourteenth place in South with 9-16 record. Loser Ionikos Nikaias dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. Ergotelis will face higher ranked Mandraikos (#8) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ionikos Nikaias will play against the league's second-placed Marousi having rather not much hope for a victory.
gschID: 496574


Tritonas S. - Peristeri GS 92-96

Leader Peristeri GS recorded the twenty first victory. This time they beat 10th ranked Tritonas S. (11-14) 96-92. Peristeri GS (21-4) have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place in South. Newly promoted Tritonas S. dropped to the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Peristeri GS's next round opponent will be Koropi (#6) which should be theoretically an easy game. Tritonas S. will play against Panelefsiniakos (#7) in Eleusina and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496572


Koropi - Marousi 60-72

The game in was also quite interesting. Third ranked Marousi (18-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Koropi (15-10). Marousi defeated Koropi 72-60 on Sunday. The victory was the third consecutive win for Marousi. They moved-up to second place in South. Koropi lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. Marousi will face Ionikos Nikaias (#5) at home in the next round. Koropi will play against the league's leader Peristeri GS in Athens and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496573


Mandraikos - Apollon Sm. 91-61

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Mandraikos (13-12) smashed at home 15th ranked Apollon Sm. (4-21) 91-61 on Sunday. Mandraikos moved-up to seventh place in South, which they share with Panelefsiniakos. Apollon Sm. lost their thirteenth game in a row. Apollon Sm. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifteenth position with 21 games lost. Mandraikos will face Ergotelis (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Apollon Sm. will play against Proteas V. and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496570


Papagou - Panelefsiniakos 79-65

Rather expected game in Athens where 7th ranked Panelefsiniakos (13-12) was defeated by fifth ranked Papagou (16-9) 79-65 on Sunday. Papagou moved-up to fourth place in South. Panelefsiniakos lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 12 games lost. Papagou's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Nea Kifisia.
gschID: 496571


Proteas V. - Panerythraikos 78-76

The most exciting game of round 25 in the B League took place in Voulas. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of much higher ranked Panerythraikos (17-8) to twelfth ranked Proteas V. (11-14) 78-76 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Panerythraikos. Proteas V. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eleventh place in South, which they share with Tritonas S. Panerythraikos at the other side dropped to the third position with eight games lost. Proteas V. is looking forward to face Apollon Sm. (#15) in Smyrnis in the next round. Panerythraikos will play against Kronos AD (#13) and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 496569


Kronos AD - KAP 63-60

Rather predictable result when thirteenth ranked Kronos AD (10-15) edged at home 16th ranked KAP (3-22) 63-60 on Sunday. Kronos AD maintains thirteenth place in South with 10-15 record. Newly promoted KAP keeps the sixteenth position with 22 games lost. Kronos AD will face higher ranked Panerythraikos (#3) in New Eritrea in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KAP will play against Zografou (#9) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496568


Zografou - Nea Kifisia 77-62

There was a minor upset when 9th ranked Nea Kifisia (12-13) was defeated on the road by eleventh ranked Zografou (12-13) 77-62 on Sunday. Zografou moved-up to ninth place in South, which they share with defeated Nea Kifisia. Zografou will face KAP (#16) in Paraskevis in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
gschID: 496567





Karamo Jawara claims Greek A2 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Norwegian Karamo Jawara (203-F-91) had a great game in the last round for Doxa Pefkon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 25 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team lost the game against Psychiko (#7, 13-11) 66-83. Doxa Pefkon moved-up to the 12th position in Greek A2. Doxa Pefkon is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 16th lost game this season out of 24 games. Jawara turned to be Doxa Pefkon's top player in his first season with the team. N.Carolina Central graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jawara is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 7.6rpg) and averages solid 56.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old forward Grigoris Ralatos (202-F-86) of Pagrati. Ralatos impressed basketball fans with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Pagrati lost that game 74-96 to the higher-ranked AE Larissas (#9, 11-13). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Pagrati is still at the dead bottom 16th position. 22 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Pagrati managed to get this year. Ralatos is a newcomer at Pagrati and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Swedish Christian Koutras (189-G-88) of GS Larissas (#15). Koutras showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, six rebounds and eight assists in the last round. Despite Koutras' great performance GS Larissas lost 73-82 to the higher-ranked Holargos (#8, 13-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. GS Larissas can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-19 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Koutras he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Koutras has individually a great season in Greece. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.4apg (4th best). Christian Koutras has also Greek passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alexis Kiritsis (198-G-82) of Doukas - 24 points and 6 rebounds
5. Nikolaos Papanikolaou (209-F-85) of Psychiko - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Iaonnis Lekakis (196-F/G-90) of Pagrati - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Theodoros Tsiloulis (190-G-93) of AE Larissas - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
8. Nikos Liakopoulos (188-PG-83) of Faros - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Rait-Riivo Laane (179-PG-93) of Ethnikos - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Anastasios Spyropoulos (204-F-95) of GS Larissas - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Paul Jones (ex Trikalla) joins Durango - by Eurobasket News

Aguilas Doradas de Durango (CIBACOPA) agreed terms with 28-year old American forward Paul Jones (198-88kg-89, college: W.Washington). He played last season at Trikalla in Greek A1 league. In 9 games he had 9.1ppg and 3.1rpg. Jones also played that season for Ironi Ashkelon (National League) in Israel where in three games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.0ppg, 11.3rpg, 1.0spg and 1.7bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won GNAC Regular Season for two years in a row (2012 and 2013). Jones was also voted NABC Division II All-West Region 1st Team back in 2013 at his college time.
Jones is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit four different continents. Jones tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America, Australia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Hungary (Marso Nyiregyhazi KK), New Zealand (Jets), Uruguay (Bohemios) and Mexico (Mineros de Caborca).
Jones attended Western Washington until 2013 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
On Jones: He is a 6'5" afro American who really has a limitless game. Terrific off the drive with either hand, great 3 pt. shooter with everything in between. Very good rebounder and he really plays great defense. He has a perfect basketball body. He is long and quick, good leaper and handles the ball well. He can play the pos: 3 but can also play 2. Earlier this season he scored 20 pts. on Duke University at Duke. He is impressive.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The First Family of Basketball is BBB Built For This - by Frank Simpson

With Lonzo, LiAngelo and Lamelo on the path towards basketball greatness, Lavar Ball's wit is authentically trailblazing a road to transcend basketball norms
Written by Courtney Flumo @courtney_flumo

As the College basketball world gear up for the National Title game and Pro fans are concerned with whether the Cleveland Cavaliers or Golden State Warriors will win the NBA Championship, arguably the biggest name in the sport is Ball; specially, Lonzo, LiAngelo and Lamelo Ball. The Ball trio is undeniably basketball rock stars and dad Lavar Ball has no issue in letting the world know the value of his three young men.

Born to two California natives and former collegiate D1 athletes, the Ball trio may have been destined for Hollywood like basketball stardom. Mom, Tina Ball, played basketball at Cal State and dad, Lavar, was a member of Washington State. Such a basketball background would lead others to believe the Ball parents intentionally breed basketball players, yet, by Lavar's account they never forced their children to partake in the sport. "I played basketball, my wife played basketball, all three of the boys don't play nothing but basketball, so how authentic can you get", says ball during our recent telephone conversation. In fact, due to the genuine love all three children have for basketball, the Ball family have enjoyed twenty years of family bonding centered on the sport; family games, training and traveling from Gym to Gym during club basketball and high school seasons.

Despite the national attention the Ball family is receiving, nothing has changed within their family structure. Lavar remains focused on over seeing his three sons basketball development while Tina ensures they continue to achieve high regards in the classroom; often yielding 4.0 or better results. Lavar Ball makes it known his family is not bothered one bit by the national light, "We always had attention to our family only thing now is there are camera's," Ball says before going on to proclaim there is a reason for this attention. "We expect it, it comes with the territory, but if you're not good nobody cares...it's just like if you invest in something and it turn out to be good you're going to talk about it," he says. It is this type of confidence that shapes the mantra of the Ball dynasty "Built For This." The Ball young men have certainly delivered on those lofty expectations.

Lonzo just finished his one and done season at UCLA and projected to be a top three pick in the upcoming 2017 NBA draft, LiAngelo is a high school senior heading to UCLA and LaMelo is a sophomore in high school who garnered national headlines after scoring 92 points in a game this past February is also headed to UCLA when his high school career is over. During a time in which such marquee players will decide to lend one year to perineal top 10 programs like Duke, Kentucky and University of North Carolina, the Ball's are comfortable with the historic UCLA program despite its previous struggles. 'It's not the school that makes the dude it's the dude that makes the school' says the elder Ball.

Lavar believes that his young men are ready for the challenge of bringing back UCLA basketball. He noted the change that Lonzo has had on elevating the program in just one season. 'Lonzo was ready for the UCLA challenge' says Lavar Ball. He compared Lonzo's impact on UCLA to that of which he had on his high school program Chino Hills. 'No one knew of Chino Hills' he went on to say. 'We put them on the map' Ball proclaims. Lavar Ball does not see his three sons as 'game changers', but he notes 'they are program changers.' He teaches his young men to go in and establish a winning culture instead of pushing to be statically great habitual losers. He even noted that his wife does not baby the three young Ball men and in fact gives them critical feed back to their play; if they have a horrible game she makes them aware of the fact that they played horrible. It's this kind of candid parental feedback that have their three boys expecting to win every time they step on the court.

Though Lonzo, LiAngelo and Lamelo's play on the court makes this family story so compelling, the sub plot to this American family rise is that of Lavar and his hands on approach to managing the business of Lonzo, LiAngelo and Lamelo being elite level basketball players. Recently it made national news that Lavar was seeking a whopping one billion dollar endorsement deal for his family brand 'Big Baller Brand' or BBB as you see on most of the apparel (https://bigballerbrand.com). Though this number may seem absurd to most, Lavar makes his case to why this number is the value of his family's marketability. Lavar asked me, 'how come the sneaker revenue is going up and the amount they are giving to the players is going down?' He went on to say, 'I want to create an empire for my young men. With the Big Baller Brand I created a brand for our family - something that is internal that can be forever. Everybody want something fresh. The winning is what people are buying. Jordans are still selling because he was a winner.'

Considering the success of '3LB' it's hard to argue with the Leadership of both Tina and Lavar. As the rock of his family, Lavar is willing to take the heat. He is not afraid to speak his mind because he believes in what he is saying. His plan is to make sure his young men knows what value his young men have in the world. As for those who believe Lavar is too involved in the business of his three sons' careers, he says with great conviction, 'if just talking is the worst vice I can have being a dad I will take it.' In Lavar's words, 'the best thing about what I do is knowing whatever I say or do my family has my back. They trust me'

Much has been said of the Ball family, from Lavar's hands on approach, to Lonzo's form, you name it the jokes are there. Lavar, the spokeman for his family has an answer for the continued nay sayers. 'When I go left I go left because I wants to. It's because I believe something is better that way.' He went on to say, 'if you want it, are you built for it? Sometimes stuff gets real hard. Whatever you are trying to do in life - are you built for it? If not, then go do something else.' Measuring the success of the Ball trio to date, it's hard to argue against them not being built for basketball success and the rewards that go along with it.

*for additional basketball coverage follow me on twitter @courtney_flumo



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Eredivisie Round 26: Leader Groningen gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Eredivisie. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

Leader Groningen delivered the twenty fourth win on Thursday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked Leeuwarden (7-19) 105-56. The game without a history. Groningen 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 Leeuwarden's 38. Groningen forced 19 Leeuwarden turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 35 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Leeuwarden's players. The best player for the winners was American forward Chase Fieler (203-92, college: FGCU) who scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international point guard Sean Cunningham (188-86, college: Cal-Riverside) chipped in 17 points and 7 steals. Groningen's coach Erik Braal felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Denton Koon (203-92, college: Hofstra, agency: Court Side) produced 15 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Groningen have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 24-2 record. Leeuwarden lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 19 games lost. Groningen are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Weert (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Leeuwarden will play against Den Bosch and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
The game in Amsterdam was also worth to mention about. 4th ranked Den Bosch (13-13) played at the court of sixth ranked Amsterdam (9-17). Amsterdam managed to secure a 7-point victory 100-93. Surinamese Sergio de-Randamie (201-84, college: Houston) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Dimeo Van-Der-Horst contributed with 26 points and 7 assists for the winners. American guard DJ Balentine (191-93, college: Evansville, agency: Three Eye Sports) replied with 26 points and 5 rebounds for Den Bosch. Den Bosch's coach Sander van der Holst rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Amsterdam maintains sixth position with 9-17 record. Den Bosch at the other side keeps the fourth place with 13 games lost. Amsterdam will play against higher ranked Leiden (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Den Bosch will play against Leeuwarden and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 26 Rotterdam was defeated by Leiden in a road game 86-72. Zwolle smashed Weert at home 98-66.
The best stats of 26th round was 24 points and 4 steals by Jonathan Lee of Leiden.

Leiden - Rotterdam 86-72

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Rotterdam (12-14) was defeated on the road by third ranked Leiden (17-9) 86-72. The game was mostly controlled by Leiden. Rotterdam was better in fourth quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Leiden forced 22 Rotterdam turnovers. American point guard Jonathan Lee (188-90, college: Northeastern, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 4 steals. The former international Jessey Voorn (197-90, agency: Court Side) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Leiden's coach Paul Vervaeck let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Michael Kok (190-91) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and center Lucas Steijn (211-86, college: Idaho St.) added 18 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Rotterdam. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Leiden maintains third position with 17-9 record having seven points less than leader Groningen. Rotterdam at the other side keeps the fifth place with 14 games lost. Leiden will play against Amsterdam (#6) at home in the next round. Rotterdam will play against the league's second-placed Zwolle and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Leiden: J.Lee 24+3ast, J.Voorn 22+1reb+3ast, D.Draper 15+6reb+4ast, M.Ververs 12+2reb+3ast, M.Kherrazi 5+6reb+2ast, T.Koenis 3+9reb+2ast
Rotterdam: M.Kok 22+10reb+4ast, L.Steijn 18+8reb+1ast, T.Theeuwkens 16+3reb+3ast, G.Mays 12+7reb+1ast, V.Tamasauskas 2+2reb+2ast, S.Van Dijk 2+1reb
gschID: 477755


Zwolle - Weert 98-66

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Zwolle (19-7) smashed at home bottom-ranked Weert (3-23) 98-66. It looked good early as Weert took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Zwolle had a 32-15 second period charge getting the lead and Weert was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-98. Zwolle dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Weert's 30 and made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Zwolle forced 20 Weert turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Forward Olaf Schaftenaar (208-93, college: Oregon St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). American forward JT Yoho (198-93, college: Wright St., agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Zwolle players scored in double figures. Coach Herman van den Belt's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Swingman Daan Rosenmuller (193-95) replied with 15 points and swingman Akeel Eduardo (193-93) added 9 points and 4 assists in the effort for Weert. Zwolle maintains second position with 19-7 record having five points less than leader Groningen. Weert lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. Zwolle will play against Rotterdam (#5) on the road in the next round. Weert will play against the league's leader Groningen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Zwolle: O.Schaftenaar 24+4reb, J.Yoho 19+3reb+4ast, C.Vette 15+7reb+2ast, J.Tiller 10+1reb+3ast, N.Oudendag 10+9reb, K.Hyland 8+5reb+2ast
Weert: D.Rosenmuller 15+3reb+1ast, A.Eduardo 9+4reb+4ast, J.van Vugt 9+4reb+3ast, R.Van Ravensteijn 8+3reb, D.Halman 7+5reb+1ast, A.Pauline 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 477753


Amsterdam - Den Bosch 100-93

The game in Amsterdam was also worth to mention about. 4th ranked Den Bosch (13-13) played at the court of sixth ranked Amsterdam (9-17). Amsterdam managed to secure a 7-point victory 100-93. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 27-23 Den Bosch's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 100-93 at the end of the game. Amsterdam shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. Surinamese Sergio de-Randamie (201-84, college: Houston) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). The former international swingman Dimeo Van-Der-Horst (197-91) contributed with 26 points and 7 assists for the winners. American guard DJ Balentine (191-93, college: Evansville, agency: Three Eye Sports) replied with 26 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Charles Mitchell (203, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 17 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Den Bosch. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Den Bosch's coach Sander van der Holst rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Amsterdam maintains sixth position with 9-17 record. Den Bosch at the other side keeps the fourth place with 13 games lost. Amsterdam will play against higher ranked Leiden (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Den Bosch will play against Leeuwarden and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Amsterdam: S.de Randamie 31+10reb+1ast, D.Van Der Horst 26+4reb+7ast, H.Kherrazi 14+4reb, A.Roye 13+6reb+9ast, G.Slagter 6+1reb+1ast, S.Mulder 6+2reb
Den Bosch: D.Balentine 26+5reb+2ast, C.Mitchell 17+9reb, J.Watts 12+3reb+1ast, M.Bouwknecht 10+3reb+4ast, S.Wessels 9+7reb+2ast, R.Pagter Ralf 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 477754


Groningen - Leeuwarden 105-56

Leader Groningen delivered the twenty fourth win on Thursday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked Leeuwarden (7-19) 105-56. The game without a history. Groningen 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 Leeuwarden's 38. Groningen forced 19 Leeuwarden turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 35 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Leeuwarden's players. The best player for the winners was American forward Chase Fieler (203-92, college: FGCU) who scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international point guard Sean Cunningham (188-86, college: Cal-Riverside) chipped in 17 points and 7 steals. Four Groningen players scored in double figures. Groningen's coach Erik Braal felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Denton Koon (203-92, college: Hofstra, agency: Court Side) produced 15 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Jordan Gregory (188-92, college: Montana) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Groningen have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 24-2 record. Leeuwarden lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 19 games lost. Groningen are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Weert (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Leeuwarden will play against Den Bosch and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Groningen: C.Fieler 19+6reb+5ast, S.Cunningham 17+3reb+2ast, B.Veenstra 16+3reb+2ast, D.Pasalic 14+4reb, A.Slagter 9+3reb+3ast, T.de Paula 9+2reb+2ast
Leeuwarden: J.Gregory 15+2reb+1ast, D.Koon 15+7reb+1ast, M.Lufile 9+4reb, L.Peterson 8+1reb+1ast, G.Marshall 6+2reb+2ast, C.Osaikhwuwuomwan 2+11reb
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Prom.Divisie Round 21: Lions beat De Groene in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Groningen. Second ranked Lions faced 3rd placed De Groene. Guests from Landsmeer (17-4) defeated host De Groene (14-6) 84-80. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of De Groene. Lions have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 17-4 record behind leader Grasshoppers. De Groene at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with Lokomotief. Lions are looking forward to face CobraNova (#7) in Leidschendam in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. De Groene will play on the road against Lokomotief (#4) in Rijswijk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Grasshoppers delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they beat 6th ranked CobraNova (10-11) 83-70 in Leidschendam. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of CobraNova. Grasshoppers maintains first place with 18-2 record. CobraNova at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Red Giants. Grasshoppers will play against Leiden 2 (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. CobraNova will play against the league's second-placed Lions in Landsmeer and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked De Hoppers (0-21) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 68-63 loss to seventh ranked Leiden 2 (11-10) in Leiden on Sunday evening. The victory was the third consecutive win for Leiden 2. They moved-up to sixth place. De Hoppers lost their twenty first game in a row. They still close the standings. Leiden 2 will meet league's leader Grasshoppers in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. De Hoppers will play against Groningen (#5) and hope to get finally their first victory.
A very interesting game took place in Nieuwegein. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked Black Eagles (6-14) to tenth ranked New Stars (6-15) 72-69 on Sunday evening. Newly promoted New Stars maintains tenth place with 6-15 record. Black Eagles lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 14 games lost. New Stars' next round opponent will be higher ranked Red Giants (#8) in Meppel and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Delft. Local Punch (5-16) was outscored by fourth ranked Lokomotief (14-6) 98-74 on Saturday night. Lokomotief moved-up to third place, which they share with De Groene. Punch lost their third game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Lokomotief will face De Groene (#3) in Groningen in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Punch will play on the road against Black Eagles (#9) in Rosmalen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 21 Red Giants was defeated by Groningen in a road game 88-76.

CobraNova - Grasshoppers 70-83

Leader Grasshoppers delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they beat 6th ranked CobraNova (10-11) 83-70 in Leidschendam. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of CobraNova. Grasshoppers maintains first place with 18-2 record. CobraNova at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Red Giants. Grasshoppers will play against Leiden 2 (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. CobraNova will play against the league's second-placed Lions in Landsmeer and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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Leiden 2 - De Hoppers 68-63

Bottom-ranked De Hoppers (0-21) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 68-63 loss to seventh ranked Leiden 2 (11-10) in Leiden on Sunday evening. The victory was the third consecutive win for Leiden 2. They moved-up to sixth place. De Hoppers lost their twenty first game in a row. They still close the standings. Leiden 2 will meet league's leader Grasshoppers in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. De Hoppers will play against Groningen (#5) and hope to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 477888


New Stars - Black Eagles 72-69

A very interesting game took place in Nieuwegein. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked Black Eagles (6-14) to tenth ranked New Stars (6-15) 72-69 on Sunday evening. Newly promoted New Stars maintains tenth place with 6-15 record. Black Eagles lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 14 games lost. New Stars' next round opponent will be higher ranked Red Giants (#8) in Meppel and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 477886


De Groene - Lions 80-84

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Groningen. Second ranked Lions faced 3rd placed De Groene. Guests from Landsmeer (17-4) defeated host De Groene (14-6) 84-80. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of De Groene. Lions have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 17-4 record behind leader Grasshoppers. De Groene at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with Lokomotief. Lions are looking forward to face CobraNova (#7) in Leidschendam in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. De Groene will play on the road against Lokomotief (#4) in Rijswijk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 477884


Groningen - Red Giants 88-76

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Red Giants (10-11) were defeated on the road by fifth ranked Groningen (12-7) 88-76 on Saturday. The victory was the third consecutive win for Groningen. Newly promoted Groningen maintains fifth place with 12-7 record. Red Giants lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. Groningen will face bottom-ranked De Hoppers (#12) in Hoom in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Red Giants will play at home against New Stars (#10) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 477887


Punch - Lokomotief 74-98

The game with biggest result difference took place in Delft. Local Punch (5-16) was outscored by fourth ranked Lokomotief (14-6) 98-74 on Saturday night. Lokomotief moved-up to third place, which they share with De Groene. Punch lost their third game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Lokomotief will face De Groene (#3) in Groningen in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Punch will play on the road against Black Eagles (#9) in Rosmalen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 477885





Best players of Dutch Eredivisie round 26 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Surinamese Sergio de Randamie (201-PF-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Amsterdam and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 32-year old power forward had a double-double of 31 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Den Bosch (#4, 13-13) 100-93. Amsterdam maintains the 6th position in Dutch Eredivisie. Amsterdam is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-17 record. In the team's last game de Randamie had a remarkable seven three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Amsterdam's top player in his first season with the team. Sergio de Randamie averages this season 12.3ppg and 6.3rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Amsterdam's star - 25-year old former international swingman Dimeo Van Der Horst (197-G/F-91). Van Der Horst impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course Amsterdam cruised to a 100-93 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Den Bosch (#4, 13-13). Amsterdam's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-17 record. Van Der Horst is one of the most experienced players at Amsterdam and similarly like Sergio de Randamie has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Chase Fieler (203-F-92) of top-ranked Groningen. Fieler showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, six rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Groningen, leading his team to a 105-56 easy win against the lower-ranked Leeuwarden (#7, 7-19). Many experts and fans count Groningen as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 24 victories and only two lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Fieler has a great season in Holland. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.7ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 7.9rpg (6th best). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 70.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sean Cunningham (188-PG-86) of Groningen - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Olaf Schaftenaar (208-F-93) of Zwolle - 24 points and 4 rebounds
6. Jonathan Lee (188-PG-90) of Leiden - 24 points and 3 assists
7. Charles Mitchell (203-F) of Den Bosch - 17 points and 9 rebounds
8. J.T. Yoho (198-F-93) of Zwolle - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Michael Kok (190-F-91) of Rotterdam - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
10. D.J. Balentine (191-G-93) of Den Bosch - 26 points, 5 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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Standings - D1 League

Points Per Game
 Terrance MOTLEY
  FSU
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 31
 1. Motley, FSU31.0 
 2. Woods, Hamar27.6 
 3. Garland, Breidablik26.8 
 4. Shouse, IA25.4 
 5. Moss, Hottur23.5 
 6. King, Valur21.6 
 7. Pryor, Fjolnir21.2 
 8. Bracey, Valur19.7 
 9. Stefansson, Hamar19.1 
 10. Sigurdsson, Fjolnir19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris WOODS
  Hamar
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Woods, Hamar14.5 
 2. Motley, FSU12.6 
 3. Moss, Hottur12.3 
 4. Pryor, Fjolnir12.0 
 5. King, Valur11.6 
 6. Shouse, IA9.5 
 7. Kristjansson, IA9.1 
 8. Petursson, Valur8.9 
 9. Virijevic, Hottur8.8 
 10. Knezevic, Vestri7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MOSS
  Hottur
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Moss, Hottur8.9 
 2. Sigurdsson, Fjolnir7.5 
 3. Shouse, IA5.5 
 4. Garland, Breidablik5.4 
 5. Blondal, Valur5.2 
 6. Olafsson, Hamar4.6 
 7. Bracey, Valur4.4 
 8. Erlingsson, Hamar4.0 
 9. Pryor, Fjolnir3.2 
 10. King, Valur3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone GARLAND
  Breidablik
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Garland, Breidablik3.4 
 2. Moss, Hottur3.3 
 3. Shouse, IA3.0 
 4. Motley, FSU2.2 
 5. King, Valur1.9 
 6. Olafsson, Hamar1.8 
 7. Pryor, Fjolnir1.7 
 8. Gylfason, FSU1.5 
 9. Sigurdsson, Fjolnir1.5 
 10. Birgisson, Hottur1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Urald KING
  Valur
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. King, Valur2.4 
 2. Woods, Hamar1.6 
 3. Virijevic, Hottur1.1 
 4. Audunsson, Valur1.1 
 5. Motley, FSU1.1 
 6. Karason, Fjolnir0.9 
 7. Johannesson, Breid.0.9 
 8. Petursson, Valur0.9 
 9. Kristjansson, IA0.8 
 10. Hallsson, Hottur0.7 


D1 Round 2 of Finals. Hamar beat Valur - by Eurobasket News

Hamar - Valur 93-91

Hamar topped Valur to draw things level in the Finals. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Hamar dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Valur's 44. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American forward Chris Woods (195-89, college: Pfeiffer) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. Forward Orn Sigurdarson (202-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Naturalized American guard Austin Bracey (190-90) replied with 27 points and American forward Urald King (198-90, college: SE Oklahoma) added 20 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Valur. Four Valur players scored in double figures. Valur's coach Agust Bjorgvinsson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Hamar: C.Woods 36+14reb+3ast, O.Sigurdarson 21+10reb+4ast, H.Petursson 19+7reb+3ast, E.Stefansson 9+5reb+2ast, O.Olafsson 5+5ast, R.Erlingsson 3+5reb+8ast
Valur: A.Bracey 27+3reb+3ast, U.King 20+11reb+2ast, S.Sturluson 14+3reb+2ast, O.Petursson 11+1reb+1ast, B.Petursson 8+6reb+3ast, T.Blondal 4+4reb+3ast
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  IRELAND  

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Dillon STITH
  Belfast Star
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Stith, Belfast Star27.4 
 2. Pemberton, Tralee23.0 
 3. Turner, Killester21.4 
 4. Provizors, DCU S.21.0 
 5. Lawrence, Moycu.20.7 
 6. Bonaparte, Templ.18.5 
 7. Killeen, Templeogue17.8 
 8. Murphy, Templeogue17.3 
 9. Moreira, UCD M.16.2 
 10. Lawson, UCC Demons16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martins PROVIZORS
  DCU S.
  (202-C-87)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Provizors, DCU S.16.5 
 2. Garrow, UCD Marian16.3 
 3. Moreira, UCD M.12.8 
 4. Turner, Killester12.3 
 5. Killeen, Templeogue11.6 
 6. Freeman, Moycullen11.5 
 7. Pantovic, Tralee11.3 
 8. Lawson, UCC Demons11.3 
 9. Gil, Swords T.10.8 
 10. Donaghy, Tralee10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UCD M.
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Kinevane, UCD M.9.7 
 2. Westbrooks, Swords T.9.0 
 3. Drumm, UCD Marian8.7 
 4. Meany, UCD Marian7.3 
 5. Downey, UCC Demons6.4 
 6. Bonaparte, Templ.5.6 
 7. Roe, Killester5.6 
 8. Hosford, UCC D.4.5 
 9. Donaghy, Tralee4.5 
 10. O''Hanlon, DCU S.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mike GARROW
  UCD Marian
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Garrow, UCD Marian5.2 
 2. Drumm, UCD Marian4.6 
 3. Westbrooks, Swords T.3.4 
 4. Darling, DCU Saints2.4 
 5. O''Hanlon, DCU S.2.4 
 6. Murphy, Templeogue2.3 
 7. Donaghy, Tralee2.3 
 8. James, Templeogue2.3 
 9. Dolenko, Swords T.2.2 
 10. Lynch, Eanna2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacob LAWSON
  UCC Demons
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Lawson, UCC Demons3.2 
 2. Killeen, Templeogue2.5 
 3. Gil, Swords T.2.4 
 4. Goldsborough, Swords T.2.1 
 5. Freeman, Moycullen2.0 
 6. Pantovic, Tralee1.9 
 7. Turner, Killester1.7 
 8. Garrow, UCD Marian1.7 
 9. Moreira, UCD M.1.6 
 10. Provizors, DCU S.1.5 


Donaghy the star as Tralee Warriors crowned Men's Champions Trophy champions - by Eurobasket News

Kieran Donaghy (198-G/F-83) was the star of the show in Letterkenny today as Tralee swooped home to glory and scooped the silverware in the final of the Basketball Ireland Men's Champions Trophy. It was a thrilling finale in Donegal as Donaghy drove down the court and laid the ball up in style to send another epic battle with Regular Season champions, Templeogue, to overtime (66-66). That last gasp bucket was just one story of many that can be told from today's game, with Jason Killeen (211-C-85, college: Augusta) shining brightest for Templeogue in one of the closest Men's Super League clashes of the year. The story, however, lies with Tralee and the glory of their achievement and it is one that will be told for many years to come. From Donaghy to Trae Pemberton (193-G-92, college: Maryville, MO) - a guard who has dazzled for the Kingdom throughout the season - to Goran Pantovic (208-F-91, college: Drexel), the team worked as a unit throughout and managed to hold on in the dying seconds to add another page to the history books. It was Pemberton who stepped up to the mark with 7.8 seconds on the clock in overtime as they trailed Templeogue 73-70 and as hearts dropped around the court when his first effort did not find the mark, Donaghy was on hand for the offensive rebound to feed Pemberton once more and he made no mistake second time of asking to tie it yet again, 73-73. With double overtime looming, Donaghy had the final say of the game, adding a free throw in the dying seconds and it was with bated breath for all of Kerry as they watched the clock tick down in agonizing fashion.
Courtesy of: basketballireland.ie




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  ISRAEL  

Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mark LYONS
  Hapoel T-A
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Lyons, Hapoel T-A21.4 
 2. Wyatt, Hapoel H.18.8 
 3. Milbourne, Hapoel E.17.5 
 4. Holloway, Galil G.17.0 
 5. Selby, Maccabi K/G16.7 
 6. Tucker, Hapoel T-A16.7 
 7. Bell, Hapoel Holon15.9 
 8. Siggers, Galil Gilboa15.9 
 9. Bowman, Maccabi .15.8 
 10. Simon, Maccabi .15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karam MASHOUR
  Bnei H.
  (198-F-91)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Mashour, Bnei H.10.1 
 2. Holloway, Galil G.9.3 
 3. Atkins, Hapoel Holon9.0 
 4. Cohen, Maccabi .8.0 
 5. Adrien, Bnei H.7.9 
 6. Howell, Hapoel T-A7.8 
 7. Iverson, Maccabi .7.5 
 8. Williams, Hapoel T.7.2 
 9. Carmichael, Maccabi .7.1 
 10. Bowman, Maccabi .6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Maccabi .
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Vargas, Maccabi .6.4 
 2. Henry, Hapoel Eilat6.0 
 3. Blatt, Hapoel T-A6.0 
 4. Kitchen, Ironi N.5.8 
 5. Mekel, Maccabi T-A5.1 
 6. Lyons, Hapoel T-A4.9 
 7. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .4.8 
 8. Taylor, Hapoel Holon4.8 
 9. Ewing, Maccabi .4.5 
 10. Wayns, Maccabi .4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Joaquin SHUCHMAN
  Galil G.
  (191-G-95)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Shuchman, Galil G.2.1 
 2. Kinsey, Hapoel J-M2.0 
 3. Carter, Maccabi .1.9 
 4. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .1.9 
 5. DiBartolomeo, Maccabi .1.8 
 6. Henry, Hapoel Eilat1.8 
 7. Vargas, Maccabi .1.8 
 8. Howell, Hapoel T-A1.8 
 9. Dennis, Bnei H.1.7 
 10. Taylor, Maccabi .1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Eric GRIFFIN
  Galil Gilboa
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Griffin, Galil Gilboa1.7 
 2. Buckner, Hapoel Eilat1.7 
 3. Jones, Hapoel J-M1.2 
 4. Stoudemire, Hapoel J.1.2 
 5. Adrien, Bnei H.1.2 
 6. Mitchell, Maccabi .1.1 
 7. Chubrevich, Hapoel H.1.0 
 8. Carter, Maccabi .0.9 
 9. McCrea, Maccabi .0.9 
 10. Williams, Hapoel T.0.9 



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  ITALY  

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Marcus LANDRY
  Brescia
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Landry, Brescia19.7 
 2. Jones, VL Pesaro19.5 
 3. Sosa, JuveCaserta19.3 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu19.0 
 5. MBaye, Enel B.18.2 
 6. Ragland, Scandone.17.6 
 7. Johnson, Openjobm.17.4 
 8. White, Auxilium TO16.5 
 9. Aradori, Grissin .16.0 
 10. Scott, Enel Brindisi15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 O.D. ANOSIKE
  Openjobm.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Anosike, Openjobm.11.4 
 2. Jones, VL Pesaro9.9 
 3. Washington, Auxilium.8.6 
 4. Watt, JuveCaserta8.4 
 5. White, Auxilium TO8.3 
 6. Johnson, AV Cantu7.5 
 7. Fesenko, Scandone.7.3 
 8. Thomas, Vanoli CR7.2 
 9. Nnoko, VL Pesaro6.9 
 10. Lawal, Banco d.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Luca VITALI
  Brescia
  (201-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Vitali, Brescia7.3 
 2. Dowdell, AV Cantu6.0 
 3. Sosa, JuveCaserta5.9 
 4. Wright, Auxilium.5.5 
 5. Maynor, Openjobm.5.5 
 6. Moore, The F.5.2 
 7. Ragland, Scandone.5.2 
 8. Green, Scandone AV4.7 
 9. Craft, Dolomiti.4.6 
 10. Kalnietis, EA7 A.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron CRAFT
  Dolomiti.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Craft, Dolomiti.2.0 
 2. Moss, Brescia1.8 
 3. Bostic, JuveCaserta1.7 
 4. Ragland, Scandone.1.6 
 5. Green, Scandone AV1.6 
 6. Goss, Enel Brindisi1.6 
 7. Burns, Brescia1.5 
 8. Archie, Betaland.1.5 
 9. Lighty, Dolomiti.1.5 
 10. Harrow, VL Pesaro1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Riccardo CERVI
  Grissin .
  (214-C-91)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Cervi, Grissin .2.1 
 2. Pelle, Openjobm.2.1 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta1.7 
 4. Putney, JuveCaserta1.4 
 5. Johnson, AV Cantu1.4 
 6. Lawal, Banco d.1.4 
 7. Biligha, Vanoli CR1.2 
 8. Thomas, Vanoli CR1.2 
 9. MBaye, Enel B.1.1 
 10. Carter, Enel Brindisi1.0 


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Adam SMITH
  Roseto
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 25
 1. Smith, Roseto25.0 
 2. Davis, Jesi24.0 
 3. Golden, Chieti21.1 
 4. Bowers, Bondi F.20.3 
 5. Sims, Rieti20.1 
 6. Legion, Viola RC20.0 
 7. Ferguson, Angelico.19.7 
 8. Lawson, Virtus B.19.5 
 9. Brown, Roma Virtus19.5 
 10. Ray, Udine APU18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HALL
  Angelico Biella
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Hall, Angelico Biella13.3 
 2. Reynolds, Recanati12.2 
 3. Radic, Viola RC11.4 
 4. Smith, Ravenna10.0 
 5. Mortellaro, Chieti9.6 
 6. Poletti, Latina B.9.5 
 7. Mosley, Legnano9.4 
 8. Perry, Treviso .9.4 
 9. Easley, Eurobask.9.4 
 10. Sorokas, Treviglio9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Yuval NAIMY
  Scafati
  (188-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Naimy, Scafati7.4 
 2. Moreno, Bondi F.6.2 
 3. Bowers, Jesi6.1 
 4. Fantinelli, Treviso .5.9 
 5. Piazza, Agrigento5.3 
 6. Deloach, Eurobask.5.0 
 7. Ferguson, Angelico.4.6 
 8. Zanelli, Rieti4.5 
 9. Roderick, Bondi F.4.5 
 10. Fultz, Roseto4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Javonte GREEN
  Alma T.
  (193-F-93)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Green, Alma T.2.7 
 2. Spissu, Virtus B.2.2 
 3. Hasbrouck, Piacenza2.0 
 4. Brown, Roma Virtus2.0 
 5. Okoye, Udine APU1.9 
 6. Smith, Ravenna1.8 
 7. Bowers, Jesi1.8 
 8. Crockett, Unieuro .1.7 
 9. Legion, Viola RC1.7 
 10. Fanti, Eurobask.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Taylor SMITH
  Ravenna
  (199-F/C-91)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Smith, Ravenna2.9 
 2. Mosley, Legnano2.1 
 3. Reynolds, Recanati1.7 
 4. Pellegrino, Bondi F.1.7 
 5. Bowers, Bondi F.1.4 
 6. Ancellotti, Treviso .1.4 
 7. Parks, Alma T.1.2 
 8. Buford, Agrigento1.1 
 9. Maggioli, Imola1.0 
 10. Easley, Eurobask.1.0 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Simone PEPE
  Pescara
  (184-G-93)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Pepe, Pescara21.6 
 2. Bagnoli, Cassino20.3 
 3. Maggiotto, Senigallia20.3 
 4. Centanni, Volpino .19.3 
 5. Bolzonella, Varese R.18.3 
 6. Boffelli, Scauri18.1 
 7. Ghersetti, Bergamo18.1 
 8. Zampolli, Matera18.0 
 9. Grilli, Barcellona17.7 
 10. Bonfiglio, Piombino17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone BAGNOLI
  Cassino
  (205-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Bagnoli, Cassino11.1 
 2. Ravazzini, Matera10.6 
 3. Bozzetto, Crema10.4 
 4. Toscano, Bottegone10.2 
 5. Zanotti, Monteroni10.2 
 6. Chiacig, Taranto10.1 
 7. Di-Donato, Pescara9.2 
 8. Papa, Teramo9.1 
 9. Arrigoni, Omegna9.1 
 10. Di-Carmine, Ortona9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Matias DI MARCO
  San S.
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Di-Marco, San S.7.3 
 2. Losi, Cefalu6.0 
 3. Maggio, Napoli Cuore5.5 
 4. Salari, Isernia5.5 
 5. Bruni, Cecina5.3 
 6. Sanguinetti, Piacenza5.3 
 7. Magini, Firenze Enic5.1 
 8. Rivali, Montegrano5.0 
 9. Bottioni, Campli4.9 
 10. Centanni, Volpino .4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ferdinando NASELLO
  Siena Virtus
  (194-G-95)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Nasello, Siena Virtus2.6 
 2. Realini, Domodossola2.3 
 3. Demartini, Vicenza2.3 
 4. Chiappelli, Reggio E.2.3 
 5. Stefanelli, San M.2.1 
 6. Balanzoni, Lecco2.0 
 7. Ricci, Giulianova2.0 
 8. Gasparin, Omegna1.9 
 9. Busco, Patti1.9 
 10. Toscano, Bottegone1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Diego CORRAL
  Omegna
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Corral, Omegna1.4 
 2. Galmarini, Firenze .1.2 
 3. Zanotti, Monteroni1.1 
 4. Laguzzi, Sestu1.0 
 5. Ferrara, Padova1.0 
 6. Capitanelli, Pescara1.0 
 7. Mastroianni, Napoli C.0.9 
 8. Antonelli, Bisceglie0.9 
 9. Chiacig, Taranto0.9 
 10. Bozzetto, Crema0.8 


Serie B Round 27: #1 Montegrano is defeated by Porto S.Elpidio - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season. The round was exceptionally exciting as four games ended with a tiny margin. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Montegrano (22-3) in Montenegrano on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked Porto S.Elpidio (14-13) 82-71. Porto S.Elpidio made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for point guard Antonio Brighi (190-96) who led his team to a victory scoring 37 points (!!!) (perfect behind the arc making all seven shots !!!). Center Mirko Romani (205-88, agency: Octagon Europe) helped adding 9 points. Porto S.Elpidio's coach Massimiliano Domizioli used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was point guard Eugenio Rivali (178-86) with 28 points and 7 rebounds. Porto S.Elpidio maintains seventh place in B with 14-13 record, which they share with Crema. Montegrano at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Porto S.Elpidio is looking forward to face higher ranked Pescara (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Montegrano will play against Campli (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Eleventh-ranked Siena Virtus (12-15) gave a tough game to first ranked Moncalieri (19-7). Moncalieri managed to secure only three-point victory 62-59. However their fans expected much easier game. It was an exceptional evening for forward Riccardo Coviello (197-88) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds. Francesco Conti accounted for 10 points and 8 rebounds. Moncalieri's coach Lorenzo Pansa allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Federico Bianchi (190-90) came up with 11 points for Siena Virtus in the defeat. Moncalieri maintains first place in B with 19-7 record. Newly promoted Siena Virtus dropped to the ninth position with 15 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Moncalieri will play against Bottegone (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Siena Virtus will play against San Miniato and hope to get back on the winning track.
Fifth-ranked Cassino (18-9) gave a tough game to first ranked Napoli Cuore (24-4) on Sunday. Napoli Cuore managed to secure only three-point victory 76-73. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Stefan Nikolic who scored 22 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Simone Bagnoli who recorded 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Newly promoted Napoli Cuore maintains first place in B with 24-4 record. Loser Cassino keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Napoli Cuore will meet league's second-placed Valmontone on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cassino will play against Catanzaro and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Campli. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed San Severo (18-9) to fourth ranked Campli (18-6) 81-79 in the game for the third place. It was a good game for Simone Gatti who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 4 assists. Campli moved-up to third place in B. San Severo at the other side dropped to the fourth position with nine games lost. Campli's next round opponent will be league's leader Montegrano in Montenegrano and it will be for sure the game of the week. San Severo will play at home against Valdiceppo and hope to win that game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Cento (19-8) against fourth ranked Piacenza (20-7) on Saturday night. Visiting Cento was defeated by Piacenza in Piacenza 85-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cento. It was a great evening for Giacomo Sanguinetti who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points. Piacenza moved-up to third place in B. Loser Cento dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Piacenza will face Padova (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Cento will play against Vicenza (#14) and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 27:
In B Sangiorgese lost to Valsesia on the opponent's court 62-76. Montecatini unfortunately lost to Bottegone in a home game 61-65. Fiorentina recorded a loss to Oleggio on the road 71-78. USE Basket crushed Cecina on its own court 79-45. Piombino was beaten by Omegna in a road game 73-63. Varese Robur lost to Domodossola at home 57-62. San Miniato managed to outperform Firenze Enic on the opponent's court 67-54. Lecco managed to beat Sestu in a home game 71-56. Bergamo defeated Faenza on the road 86-77. Orzinuovi GaGa smashed Crema on its own court 72-51. Milano Urania lost to Vicenza in a road game 72-80. Reggio Emilia managed to outperform Iseo at home 75-61. San Vendemiano was rolled over Desio on the opponent's court 100-54. Volpino AltoSeb. was defeated by Padova in a home game 73-75. Cefalu beat Viterbo SA on the road 63-55. Scauri won against Roma S.Azzurra on its own court 68-66. Valmontone unfortunately lost to Catanzaro in a road game 67-72. Palestrina managed to beat Barcellona at home 69-65. Forli Tigers defeated Patti on the opponent's court 82-69. Teramo beat Maddaloni in a home game 81-66. Roma Vis Nova won against Roma Luiss on the road 82-81. Matera managed to outperform Taranto on its own court 93-78. Ortona recorded a loss to Senigallia in a road game 78-66. Venafro defeated Giulianova at home 70-69. Monteroni beat Isernia on the opponent's court 68-55. Rimini lost to Bisceglie in a home game 56-71. Pescara managed to outperform Valdiceppo on the road 68-60.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 27 points and 4 assists by Alessandro Procacci of Taranto.

Group A
Valsesia - Sangiorgese 76-62

Very expected game when 10th ranked Sangiorgese (12-15) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Valsesia (15-11) 76-62 on Sunday. Valsesia outrebounded Sangiorgese 50-30 including a 37-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Sangiorgese was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for forward Giovanni Lenti (196-96) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 19 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Guard Jacopo Mercante (192-90) helped adding 19 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Simone Tomasini (196-93) with 20 points and power forward Alessandro Priuli (200-86, agency: Players Group) scored 8 points and 7 rebounds. Valsesia moved-up to fourth place in B. Loser Sangiorgese dropped to the ninth position with 15 games lost. Valsesia will face Domodossola (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Sangiorgese will play against Varese Robur (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sangiorgese: S.Tomasini 20+2reb+3ast, D.Mario Benzoni 11+3reb+2ast, A.Tommei 9+1reb+1ast, A.Priuli 8+7reb+1ast, F.Cuccarese 6+3reb, F.Rossi 6+8reb
Valsesia: J.Mercante 19+7reb+1ast, G.Lenti 18+19reb, M.Cozzoli 12+2reb+4ast, M.Molteni 8+4reb+3ast, N.Gatti 7+7reb+4ast, N.Savoldelli 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 531446


Montecatini - Bottegone 61-65

There was a surprise result when eighth ranked Bottegone (14-13) defeated on the road 4th placed Montecatiniterme (15-11) 65-61 on Sunday. Bottegone made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Montecatiniterme was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Montenegrin power forward Milos Divac (202-98) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Daniele Toscano (196-93, agency: Players Group) helped adding 9 points and 17 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The best for the losing side was forward Marco Petrucci (195-92) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds and point guard Guido Meini (188-79) scored 7 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Bottegone moved-up to seventh place in B, which they share with Crema. Newly promoted Montecatiniterme dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. Bottegone will face league's leader Moncalieri at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Montecatiniterme will play against Piombino (#9) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Montecatini: M.Petrucci 16+16reb+1ast, V.Circosta 12+1reb+1ast, T.Bianchi 9+5reb, S.Stanzani 8+1reb, G.Meini 7+10reb+8ast, G.Artioli 5+5reb
Bottegone: M.Divac 23+10reb+1ast, A.Paci 11+1reb+1ast, D.Toscano 9+17reb+2ast, R.Marconato 8+5reb+1ast, L.Maspero 8+2reb+3ast, F.Galli 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 531445


Oleggio - Fiorentina 78-71

There was an upset when higher ranked Fiorentina (14-12) was defeated on the road by fourteenth ranked Oleggio (10-17) 78-71 on Sunday. Oleggio forced 19 Fiorentina turnovers. Strangely Fiorentina outrebounded Oleggio 52-33 including a 36-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for Dominican guard Shaquille Hidalgo (188-94) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Guard Filippo Testa (193-97, agency: SPORTlab Agency) helped adding 14 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was swingman Jacopo Lucarelli (190-96, agency: Players Group) with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Davide Poltroneri (195-85) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Oleggio maintains fourteenth place in B with 10-17 record. Loser Fiorentina dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. Oleggio will face higher ranked USE Basket (#6) in Empoli in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Fiorentina: J.Lucarelli 22+11reb+1ast, A.Mazzucchelli 17+3reb+1ast, D.Poltroneri 15+14reb+5ast, D.Rosignoli 12+11reb+1ast, F.Merengo 3+4reb, M.De Leone 2+8reb+1ast
Oleggio: S.Hidalgo 22+2reb+5ast, F.Testa 14+6reb+1ast, S.Colombo 13+7reb+1ast, E.Gallazzi 11+3reb+5ast, A.Spatti 7+7reb, M.Lo Biondo 5
gschID: 531444


Moncalieri - Siena Virtus 62-59

Eleventh-ranked Siena Virtus (12-15) gave a tough game to first ranked Moncalieri (19-7). Moncalieri managed to secure only three-point victory 62-59. However their fans expected much easier game. Moncalieri outrebounded Siena Virtus 38-25 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for forward Riccardo Coviello (197-88) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds. The former international power forward Francesco Conti (205-83) accounted for 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Four Moncalieri players scored in double figures. Moncalieri's coach Lorenzo Pansa allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Federico Bianchi (190-90) came up with 11 points and power forward Gabriele Mirone (205-92, agency: SPORTlab Agency) added 8 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Siena Virtus in the defeat. Moncalieri maintains first place in B with 19-7 record. Newly promoted Siena Virtus dropped to the ninth position with 15 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Moncalieri will play against Bottegone (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Siena Virtus will play against San Miniato and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Siena Virtus: F.Bianchi 11+3reb+2ast, S.Lenardon 10+1reb+2ast, F.Nasello 9+3reb+1ast, G.Mirone 8+7reb, A.Nepi 8+1reb, L.Bruno 6+3reb+1ast
Moncalieri: L.Gioria 16+2reb+1ast, R.Coviello 11+14reb+1ast, F.Conti 10+8reb+3ast, D.Merletto 10+2reb+8ast, R.Cattapan 5+3reb, K.Treier 4+4reb
gschID: 531442


USE Basket - Cecina 79-45

Everything went according to plan in Empoli where seventh ranked USE Basket (14-12) outscored 13th ranked Cecina (11-15) 79-45 on Saturday. USE Basket held Cecina to an opponent 24.2 percent shooting from the field compared to 48.5 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Cecina 48-31 including a 35-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for power forward Michele Bei (200-90) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Gianni Terrosi (191-89, agency: Octagon Europe) helped adding 13 points and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was swingman Saverio Mazzantini (194-95, agency: Players Group) with 7 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Andrea Danna (180-90, agency: Players Group) scored 12 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. USE Basket moved-up to sixth place in B. Loser Cecina keeps the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. USE Basket will face Oleggio (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cecina will play against the league's second-placed Omegna and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Cecina: A.Danna 12+3reb+1ast, A.Spera 8+4reb, S.Mazzantini 7+11reb, S.Lasagni 7+1reb+1ast, O.Nwokeoye 5+4reb, G.Biancani 3+4reb+2ast
USE Basket: M.Bei 15+12reb, D.Sesoldi 15+2reb+1ast, G.Terrosi 13+3reb+5ast, F.Mascagni 10+3reb+1ast, A.Ghizzani 9+6reb+1ast, D.Mariotti 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 531443


Omegna - Piombino 73-63

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Piombino (13-14) was defeated on the road by second ranked Omegna (18-9) 73-63 on Saturday. Omegna made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Omegna outrebounded Piombino 40-26 including a 31-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for guard Giovanni Gasparin (187-91, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Marco Arrigoni (199-91) helped adding 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Omegna players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Alessio Iardella (193-88, agency: Players Group) with 19 points and 4 assists and point guard Simone Bonfiglio (181-88, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Omegna maintains second place in B with 18-9 record having two points less than leader Montegrano. Loser Piombino dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. Omegna will face Cecina (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Piombino will play against Montecatiniterme (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Piombino: A.Iardella 19+3reb+4ast, S.Bonfiglio 15+2reb+4ast, M.Franceschini 6+7reb, L.Malfatti 6+5reb, M.Jovancic 6+4reb+1ast, R.Romano 5+3reb
Omegna: M.Arrigoni 19+8reb+2ast, G.Gasparin 18+5reb+7ast, D.Corral 10+12reb+4ast, G.Gurini 10+8reb+3ast, F.Villa 8+4reb+1ast, A.Dagnello 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 531441


Varese Robur - Domodossola 57-62

There was a surprise result when sixteenth ranked Domodossola (8-18) won against on the road higher ranked Varese Robur (12-14) 62-57 on Saturday. Domodossola made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Varese Robur was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Corrado Bianconi (202-94) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Antonio Serroni (192-87) helped adding 12 points. Domodossola's coach Alessio Fioravanti used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was the former international point guard Federico Bolzonella (184-84, agency: Players Group) with 22 points and center Giordano Pagani (205-98) scored 7 points and 13 rebounds. Newly promoted Domodossola maintains sixteenth place in B with 8-18 record. Loser Varese Robur keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. Domodossola will face higher ranked Valsesia (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Varese Robur: F.Bolzonella 22+3reb+2ast, S.Innocenti 9+8reb, G.Pagani 7+13reb+1ast, M.Santambrogio 7+5reb+2ast, L.Matteucci 3+4reb, A.Sabbadini 3+5reb
Domodossola: C.Bianconi 16+7reb, A.Serroni 12+2reb+3ast, F.Foti 11+4reb, F.Tuci 6+7reb, F.Petricca 6+3reb, S.Orsini 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 531440


Firenze Enic - San Miniato 54-67

Very expected game when 14th ranked Firenze Enic (9-18) was defeated at home by fourth ranked San Miniato (16-11) 67-54 on Saturday. San Miniato dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Firenze Enic's 16. San Miniato forced 25 Firenze Enic turnovers. It was a great evening for forward Gabriele Giarelli (197-93, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized Swiss Olivier Giacomelli (198-95, agency: Players Group) helped adding 11 points. San Miniato's coach Federico Barsotti used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was swingman Giovanni Rugolo (196-81, agency: Players Group) with 16 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Michele Magini (185-88) scored 8 points and 5 assists. San Miniato moved-up to third place in B, which they share with Faenza. Newly promoted Firenze Enic dropped to the twelfth position with 18 games lost. San Miniato will face Siena Virtus (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Firenze Enic's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Firenze to the arena Fiorentina.
Top scorers:
Firenze Enic: G.Rugolo 16+6reb+3ast, L.Passoni 11+4reb, M.Magini 8+4reb+5ast, L.Galmarini 7+9reb+1ast, D.Terenzi 6+3reb, E.Di Giacomo 4+2reb
San Miniato: G.Giarelli 16+8reb+3ast, O.Giacomelli 11+3reb+1ast, F.Stefanelli 9+2reb+3ast, R.Bertolini 8+3reb+3ast, J.Grassi 7+4reb+2ast, S.Perin 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 531439


Group B
Lecco - Sestu 71-56

Very predictable result when sixth ranked Lecco (17-10) defeated at home 13th ranked Sestu (9-19) 71-56 on Sunday. Lecco dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Sestu's 32. It was a great evening for point guard Carlo Fumagalli (187-96) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 4 assists. Power forward Jacopo Balanzoni (203-93, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds. Lecco's coach Massimo Meneguzzo used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Giuliano Samoggia (200-83) with 18 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Dario Scodavolpe (193-83) scored 8 points and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Lecco moved-up to fifth place in B. Newly promoted Sestu keeps the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. Lecco will face Faenza (#6) on the road in the next round. Sestu will play against Reggio Emilia (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sestu: G.Samoggia 18+8reb+2ast, R.Trionfo 8+1reb+2ast, D.Scodavolpe 8+3reb+4ast, D.Varrone 7+7reb, N.Elia 7+1reb+1ast, M.Graviano 4+2reb+3ast
Lecco: J.Balanzoni 16+6reb, C.Fumagalli 15+3reb+4ast, D.Todeschini 8+3reb+4ast, M.Peroni 7+2reb+2ast, G.Siberna 6+4reb+2ast, G.Spera 6+9reb+3ast
gschID: 531562


Faenza - Bergamo 77-86

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked Faenza (16-11) was defeated at home by second ranked Bergamo (22-5) 86-77 on Sunday. Bergamo made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. It was a great evening for power forward Rei Pullazi (203-93) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian Mario-Jose Ghersetti (201-81) helped adding 18 points. Five Bergamo players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was swingman Riccardo Iattoni (198-92) with 20 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Daniele Casadei (199-81) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Faenza's coach Marco Regazzi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bergamo maintains second place in B with 22-5 record having just two point less than leader Montegrano. Faenza lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. Bergamo will face San Vendemiano (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Faenza will play against Lecco (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Faenza: R.Iattoni 20+6reb+2ast, D.Casadei 16+6reb+2ast, E.Pini 10+2reb+2ast, L.Boero 9+1ast, A.Donadoni 8+5reb+1ast, M.Perin 7+3reb+4ast
Bergamo: R.Pullazi 18+7reb, M.Jose Ghersetti 18+4reb+1ast, T.Milani 14+1reb+3ast, P.Chiarello 10+3reb+2ast, A.Panni 10+5reb+7ast, M.Planezio 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 531566


Orzinuovi GaGa - Crema 72-51

Everything went according to plan when first ranked Orzinuovi GaGa (23-4) outscored at home 7th ranked Crema (14-13) 72-51 on Sunday. It was a great evening for the former international power forward Riccardo Perego (202-81) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The former international Rodolfo Valenti (198-80) helped adding 13 points and 10 rebounds. Four Orzinuovi GaGa players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was power forward Thomas De-Min (203-86) with 12 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Davide Liberati (190-91, agency: Players Group) scored 5 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Orzinuovi GaGa have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place in B with 23-4 record. Loser Crema keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost. Orzinuovi GaGa will face Iseo (#16) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Crema will play against Volpino AltoSeb. (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Crema: T.De Min 12+5reb, D.Manuelli 10, M.Pasqualin 9+2reb+1ast, L.Tardito 8+2reb+1ast, D.Liberati 5+5reb+3ast, A.Petronio 3+4reb+1ast
Orzinuovi GaGa: R.Perego 20+5reb+1ast, A.Ruggiero 17+2reb+4ast, R.Valenti 13+10reb, C.Cantone 11+3reb+4ast, G.Piunti 5+5reb+2ast, A.Scanzi 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 531565


Vicenza - Milano Urania 80-72

There was an upset when higher ranked Milano Urania (12-15) was defeated on the road by fourteenth ranked Vicenza (8-19) 80-72 on Sunday. It was a great evening for forward Andrea Campiello (200-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Nicola Boaro (187-92) helped adding 16 points and 5 assists. Four Vicenza players scored in double figures. Vicenza's coach Sandro Orlando used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was point guard Simone Ferrarese (182-87) with 19 points and 4 assists and forward Lorenzo Tortu (200-92, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. Vicenza maintains fourteenth place in B with 8-19 record. Loser Milano Urania dropped to the ninth position with 15 games lost. Vicenza will face higher ranked Cento (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Milano Urania: S.Ferrarese 19+2reb+4ast, L.Tortu 10+9reb+1ast, A.Paleari 10+7reb+1ast, L.Bartoli 9, M.Motta 9+3reb+2ast, T.Ingrosso 7+1reb+1ast
Vicenza: N.Boaro 16+2reb+5ast, A.Campiello 13+10reb+3ast, D.Demartini 12+3reb+4ast, G.Basso 10+1reb, F.Oboe 8, U.Campiello 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 531564


Reggio Emilia - Iseo 75-61

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked Reggio Emilia (13-15) won against at home 16th ranked Iseo (5-22) 75-61 on Sunday. Reggio Emilia forced 19 Iseo turnovers. Iseo was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for swingman Gioacchino Chiappelli (195-91, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Francesco Veccia (190-93) helped adding 19 points. The best for the losing side was swingman Marco Azzola (192-94, agency: Players Group) with 12 points and Gianluigi Prestini (200-89, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Iseo's coach Matteo Mazzoli rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Reggio Emilia have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place in B. Iseo lost seventh consecutive game. Iseo at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the sixteenth position with 22 games lost. Reggio Emilia will face Sestu (#13) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Iseo will play against the league's leader Orzinuovi GaGa where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Iseo: M.Azzola 12+4reb+2ast, G.Prestini 10+5reb+3ast, S.Scuratti 10+3reb, A.Saresera 9+1reb+1ast, G.Giorgi 8+4reb, A.Leone 4+1reb
Reggio Emilia: F.Veccia 19+4reb+2ast, G.Chiappelli 15+13reb+4ast, M.Farioli 13+4reb+2ast, G.Astolfi 9, E.Germani 9+6reb+2ast, L.Malagutti 6+3reb
gschID: 531563


Desio - San Vendemiano 100-54

Very expected game when 15th ranked San Vendemiano (6-21) was crushed on the road by eleventh ranked Desio (12-15) 100-54 on Saturday. Desio dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to San Vendemiano's 22. They outrebounded San Vendemiano 44-22 including a 34-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Desio looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. San Vendemiano was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Eric Ruiu (202-97, agency: Players Group) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Andrea Negri (193-88) helped adding 19 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Four Desio players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Edoardo Rossetto (199-94) with 6 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian forward Damian Buscaino (201-85, agency: Players Group) scored 10 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Desio moved-up to ninth place in B, which they share with Milano Urania and Padova. San Vendemiano lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth position with 21 games lost. Desio will face Milano Urania (#10) on the road in the next round. San Vendemiano will play against the league's second-placed Bergamo (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
San Vendemiano: D.Buscaino 10+2reb, D.Masocco 7+1reb, A.Muner 7+3reb, L.Varaschin 6+3reb, M.Antelli 6+1reb+4ast, E.Rossetto 6+6reb+1ast
Desio: E.Ruiu 22+11reb+1ast, A.Negri 19+5reb+5ast, F.Politi 12+4reb+2ast, A.Svoboda 12+5reb+4ast, D.Verri 9+2reb, L.Valentini 8+3reb+4ast
gschID: 531561


Piacenza - Cento 85-71

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Cento (19-8) against fourth ranked Piacenza (20-7) on Saturday night. Visiting Cento was defeated by Piacenza in Piacenza 85-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cento. It was a great evening for point guard Giacomo Sanguinetti (180-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points. Guard Ennio Leonzio (192-94, agency: Players Group) helped adding 13 points and 6 rebounds. Five Piacenza players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Luca Pignatti (198-86) with 16 points and 7 rebounds and forward Lorenzo DAlessandro (198-96, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Piacenza moved-up to third place in B. Loser Cento dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Piacenza will face Padova (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Cento will play against Vicenza (#14) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Cento: L.Pignatti 16+7reb+2ast, D.Andreaus 12+5reb, L.D'Alessandro 11+7reb+1ast, L.Brighi 7+1reb+3ast, L.Bedetti 6+5reb, M.Caroldi 6+1reb+2ast
Piacenza: G.Sanguinetti 17+2reb+3ast, M.Magrini 16+1reb+4ast, E.Leonzio 13+6reb+2ast, M.Rezzano 12+7reb+1ast, D.Banti 10+7reb+1ast, M.Samoggia 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 531560


Volpino AltoSeb. - Padova 73-75

Rather predictable result when tenth ranked Padova (12-15) edged on the road 12th ranked Volpino AltoSeb. (9-18) 75-73 on Saturday. It was a great evening for naturalized Serbian point guard Stevan Stojkov (182-89, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points. Forward Marco Lazzaro (198-92) helped adding 13 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was point guard Simone Centanni (185-91, agency: Interperformances) with 22 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian forward Andreas Bergamin (195-93, agency: Players Group) scored 19 points. Padova moved-up to ninth place in B, which they share with Desio and Milano Urania. Loser Volpino AltoSeb. keeps the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Padova will face higher ranked Piacenza (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Volpino AltoSeb. will play against Crema (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Volpino AltoSeb.: S.Centanni 22+6reb+3ast, A.Bergamin 19+1reb+2ast, F.Belloni 11+3reb+2ast, M.Squeo 9+9reb+1ast, A.Pilotti 9+10reb, M.Borghetti 3
Padova: S.Stojkov 21+1reb+2ast, M.Lazzaro 13+5reb+2ast, J.Carlos Canelo 9+7reb+3ast, F.Schiavon 9+1reb+1ast, C.Nobile 8+4reb, G.Salvato 8+2reb+4ast
gschID: 531559


Group C
Viterbo SA - Cefalu 55-63

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Viterbo SA (4-23) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Cefalu (13-13) 63-55 on Sunday. It was a great evening for naturalized Argentinian point guard Emiliano Paparella (180-83, agency: Players Group) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 4 steals. Forward Marco Mollura (196-93) helped adding 8 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was point guard Francesco Ingrilli (-96) with 5 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized Polish power forward Sandro Listwon (204-93) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Newly promoted Cefalu maintains ninth place in B with 13-13 record. Loser Viterbo SA keeps the fifteenth position with 23 games lost. Cefalu will face higher ranked Palestrina (#3) in Roma in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Viterbo SA will play on the road against Forli Tigers (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Viterbo SA: F.Marcante 13+6reb, S.Listwon 13+7reb+2ast, R.Rovere 11+6reb+2ast, C.Cattaneo 7+2reb+3ast, F.Ingrilli 5+12reb+5ast, L.Fowler 4
Cefalu: E.Paparella 17+2reb+3ast, D.Tinto 10+9reb, M.Mollura 8+10reb+1ast, G.Sodero 7+1reb+3ast, A.Florio 7+2ast, R.Malagoli 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 531686


Scauri - Roma S.Azzurra 68-66

Everything went according to plan when eleventh ranked Scauri (12-14) edged at home 14th ranked Roma S.Azzurra (6-21) 68-66 on Sunday. Scauri made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for naturalized Argentinian swingman Santiago Boffelli (197-83) who led his team to a victory scoring 30 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian point guard Dante Richotti (180-85) helped adding 13 points and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was point guard Emanuele Trapani (181-99) with 14 points and 6 rebounds and Mattia Palumbo (194-0) scored 15 points. Scauri maintains eleventh place in B with 12-14 record. Loser Roma S.Azzurra keeps the fourteenth position with 21 games lost. Scauri will face Maddaloni (#16) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Roma S.Azzurra's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Roma to the arena Roma Luiss.
Top scorers:
Roma S.Azzurra: M.Palumbo 15+4reb, V.Provenzani 14+2reb, E.Trapani 14+6reb+3ast, K.Cassar 9+6reb, L.Nikolic 8+8reb+3ast, J.Mobio 6+2reb
Scauri: S.Boffelli 30+8reb+1ast, D.Richotti 13+3reb+6ast, L.Antonietti 12+4reb, V.Osmatescu 6+6reb, J.Giammo' 5+2reb, E.Merella 2+4reb
gschID: 531685


Catanzaro - Valmontone 72-67

There was an upset when second-best Valmontone (21-6) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked Catanzaro (14-12) 72-67 on Sunday. It was a great evening for power forward Devil Medizza (198-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Nicolas Morici (193-94) helped adding 12 points and 11 rebounds. Four Catanzaro players scored in double figures. Catanzaro's coach Orlando Pullano used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was naturalized Argentinian swingman Manuel Carrizo (198-80, agency: Players Group) with 16 points and 7 rebounds and guard Antonio De-Fabritiis (189-90) scored 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Catanzaro moved-up to seventh place in B. Loser Valmontone keeps the second position with six games lost. Catanzaro will face higher ranked Cassino (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Valmontone will play against the league's leader Napoli Cuore where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Valmontone: M.Carrizo 16+7reb+3ast, A.De Fabritiis 13+5reb+4ast, L.Bisconti 11+6reb+4ast, A.Martino 9+5reb+1ast, M.Salari 7, I.Ochoa 7+5reb
Catanzaro: G.Carpanzano 18+2reb+3ast, D.Medizza 13+8reb+3ast, N.Morici 12+11reb+1ast, T.Di Dio 10+2reb+2ast, L.Monacelli 9+3reb, L.Calabretta 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 531684


Napoli Cuore - Cassino 76-73

Fifth-ranked Cassino (18-9) gave a tough game to first ranked Napoli Cuore (24-4) on Sunday. Napoli Cuore managed to secure only three-point victory 76-73. However their fans expected much easier game. Napoli Cuore had a 30-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Serbian swingman Stefan Nikolic (198-97) who scored 22 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Guard Andrea Barsanti (189-86) chipped in 21 points. Four Napoli Cuore players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international power forward Simone Bagnoli (205-81) who recorded 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Niccolo Petrucci (193-89) added 20 points respectively. Newly promoted Napoli Cuore maintains first place in B with 24-4 record. Loser Cassino keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Napoli Cuore will meet league's second-placed Valmontone on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cassino will play against Catanzaro and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cassino: N.Petrucci 20+3reb+1ast, S.Bagnoli 14+8reb+5ast, D.Birindelli 13+5reb, L.Panzini 8+4ast, G.Valesin 7+4reb+2ast, R.Quartuccio 6+2reb+1ast
Napoli Cuore: S.Nikolic 22+4reb+1ast, A.Barsanti 21+3reb+1ast, N.Visnjic 11+7reb+6ast, M.Mastroianni 10+8reb+4ast, A.Murolo 8+5reb+4ast, F.Matrone 2+2reb
gschID: 531683


Palestrina - Barcellona 69-65

The game between closely ranked teams ended with third ranked Palestrina's (21-7) home victory over 4th placed Basket Barcellona (19-7) 69-65 on Sunday. It was a great evening for point guard Simone Rischia (185-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points and 5 assists. Point guard Gianmarco Rossi (182-90) helped adding 13 points and 4 assists. Four Palestrina players scored in double figures. Palestrina's coach Gianluca Lulli used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was power forward Luigi Brunetti (205-88) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and naturalized Dominican guard Yancarlos-Jefferson Rodriguez (195-94) scored 6 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Palestrina maintains third place in B with 21-7 record behind leader Montegrano. Loser Basket Barcellona keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Palestrina will face Cefalu (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Basket Barcellona will play against Teramo (#10) and hope to win that game and get promotion back to the Serie A2 just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Barcellona: L.Brunetti 17+11reb+1ast, D.Grilli 17+2ast, D.Paunovic 7+6reb+1ast, Y.Jefferson Rodriguez 6+8reb+6ast, B.Milojevic 6+4reb, F.Stefanini 5+4reb+2ast
Palestrina: S.Rischia 13+3reb+5ast, R.Pederzini 13+3reb+2ast, G.Rossi 13+2reb+4ast, M.Drigo 11+6reb+1ast, F.Gagliardo 6+1reb, D.Serino 5+4reb
gschID: 531682


Patti - Forli Tigers 69-82

Very expected game when 13th ranked Patti (8-19) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Forli Tigers (15-14) 82-69 on Sunday. Forli Tigers made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for swingman Christian Villani (200-82, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 8 rebounds (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). The former international guard Marco Carraretto (196-77, agency: Players Group) helped adding 13 points and 6 rebounds. Forli Tigers' coach Giampaolo Di Lorenzo used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was forward Luca Bolletta (198-91) with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Antonino Sidoti (182-93) scored 20 points and 4 assists. Forli Tigers moved-up to sixth place in B. Patti at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. Forli Tigers will face Viterbo SA (#15) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Patti will play against Roma Vis Nova and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Patti: L.Bolletta 27+11reb+3ast, A.Sidoti 20+1reb+4ast, P.Cicive 14+6reb+1ast, G.Busco 5+6reb+5ast, A.Mazzullo 2+3reb, G.Costantino 1+3reb+2ast
Forli Tigers: C.Villani 24+8reb+1ast, M.Carraretto 13+6reb+1ast, J.Myers 12+5reb+2ast, G.Cicognani 9+5reb+2ast, M.Ghirelli 8, R.Rombaldoni 8+3reb+8ast
gschID: 531681


Teramo - Maddaloni 81-66

Very predictable result when tenth ranked Teramo (12-13) defeated at home 16th ranked Maddaloni (4-23) 81-66 on Sunday. It was a great evening for swingman Andrea LaGioia (193-86, agency: Players Group) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Francesco Papa (196-95) helped adding 11 points and 12 rebounds. Teramo's coach Piero Bianchi used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was point guard Giangiacomo De-Vincenzo (180-94) with 23 points and point guard Fabio Sansone (172-96) scored 14 points. Newly promoted Teramo maintains tenth place in B with 12-13 record. Loser Maddaloni keeps the sixteenth position with 23 games lost. Teramo will face higher ranked Basket Barcellona (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maddaloni will play against Scauri (#11) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Maddaloni: G.De Vincenzo 23+4reb+1ast, F.Sansone 14+3ast, A.Guagliardi 7+3reb+2ast, S.Saletti 6+7reb+2ast, A.Locci 6+4reb+1ast, G.Luongo 6+9reb
Teramo: A.LaGioia 26+6reb+5ast, F.Papa 11+12reb+2ast, P.Rubbera 11+3reb+1ast, D.Tomasello 8+8reb, E.Gaeta 8+5reb+2ast, F.Anugelini 7+6ast
gschID: 531680


Roma Luiss - Roma Vis Nova 81-82

There was an upset when higher ranked Roma Luiss (14-13) were edged at home by twelfth ranked Roma Vis Nova (9-16) 82-81 on Saturday. Roma Luiss were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for power forward Giacomo Barraco (205-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Point guard Tommaso Rossetti (185-88) helped adding 19 points and 6 rebounds. Roma Vis Nova's coach Luciano Bongiorno used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was guard Leonardo Marcon (189-95) with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals and guard Andrea Scuderi (188-92) scored 19 points. Five Roma Vis Nova and four Roma Luiss players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Roma Vis Nova maintains twelfth place in B with 9-16 record. Loser Roma Luiss dropped to the seventh position with 13 games lost. Roma Vis Nova will face Patti (#13) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Roma Luiss: L.Marcon 20+6reb+6ast, A.Scuderi 19+1reb+3ast, P.De Dominicis 13+4reb+1ast, S.Pozzetti 12+7reb+2ast, E.Beretta 9+10reb, C.Di Fonzo 3+1reb+3ast
Roma Vis Nova: T.Rossetti 19+6reb+2ast, G.Barraco 18+10reb+1ast, G.Casale 17+3reb+3ast, F.Argenti 11+4reb+1ast, G.Coronini 10+3reb+2ast, V.Staffieri 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 531679


Group D
Matera - Taranto 93-78

Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked Matera (15-10) beat at home 15th ranked Taranto (5-20) 93-78 on Sunday. They outrebounded Taranto 50-28 including a 35-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Matera looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a great evening for swingman Stefano Laudoni (195-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 9 rebounds. Point guard Alessandro Grande (185-94, agency: Two Points) helped adding 13 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Four Matera players scored in double figures. Matera's coach Roberto Miriello used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was point guard Alessandro Procacci (184-94) with 27 points and 4 assists and guard Giovanni Laquintana (187-91) scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Matera maintains sixth place in B with 15-10 record. Loser Taranto keeps the fifteenth position with 20 games lost. Matera will face Giulianova (#12) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Taranto will play against Isernia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Taranto: A.Procacci 27+3reb+4ast, G.Laquintana 22+5reb+1ast, R.Chiacig 13+11reb+3ast, T.Sacchetti 6+1reb+2ast, M.Fioravanti 4+4reb+2ast, L.Veccari 2+1reb
Matera: S.Laudoni 25+9reb+2ast, G.Zampolli 15+3reb+5ast, A.Ba 15+12reb, A.Grande 13+6reb+10ast, F.Lestini 11+1reb+2ast, G.Pacifico 5
gschID: 531806


Senigallia - Ortona 78-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Ortona's (10-16) road loss to ninth ranked Senigallia (13-12) 66-78 on Sunday. Senigallia forced 20 Ortona turnovers. It was a great evening for guard Andrea Maggiotto (194-88, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Naturalized Senegalese power forward Yande Fall (200-90, agency: Octagon Europe) helped adding 17 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was power forward Gianluca Di-Carmine (200-86) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Luca Castelluccia (202-86) scored 26 points. Senigallia moved-up to eighth place in B. Loser Ortona keeps the tenth position with 16 games lost. Senigallia will face Monteroni (#16) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ortona will play against Rimini (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ortona: L.Castelluccia 26+4reb, G.Di Carmine 23+12reb+3ast, V.Gustavo Musso 5+7reb+6ast, N.Bertocco 5+8reb+1ast, R.Martone 4+4reb+1ast, A.Martelli 3+4reb+3ast
Senigallia: A.Maggiotto 24+5reb+6ast, Y.Fall 17+10reb, M.Caverni 11+2ast, M.Pierantoni 8+6reb+1ast, M.Bertoni 6+7reb, U.Pietrini 5+2reb
gschID: 531805


Montegrano - Porto S.Elpidio 71-82

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Montegrano (22-3) in Montenegrano on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked Porto S.Elpidio (14-13) 82-71. Porto S.Elpidio made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for point guard Antonio Brighi (190-96) who led his team to a victory scoring 37 points (!!!) (perfect behind the arc making all seven shots !!!). Center Mirko Romani (205-88, agency: Octagon Europe) helped adding 9 points. Porto S.Elpidio's coach Massimiliano Domizioli used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was point guard Eugenio Rivali (178-86) with 28 points and 7 rebounds and forward Francesco Bedetti (195-93, agency: Interperformances) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. Porto S.Elpidio maintains seventh place in B with 14-13 record, which they share with Crema. Montegrano at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Porto S.Elpidio is looking forward to face higher ranked Pescara (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Montegrano will play against Campli (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Montegrano: E.Rivali 28+7reb+1ast, O.Gueye 10+1reb, M.Diomede 10+2reb, F.Bedetti 9+6reb+3ast, A.Paesano 6+3reb, N.Rizzitiello 4+3reb
Porto S.Elpidio: A.Brighi 37+2reb, M.Romani 9+4reb+1ast, A.Cacace 9+5reb, S.Cernivani 8+3ast, S.Fiorito 6+7reb, M.Cernivani 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 531804


Venafro - Giulianova 70-69

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when twelfth ranked Venafro (9-15) edged at home 11th ranked Giulianova (9-17) 70-69 on Sunday. They outrebounded Giulianova 38-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for point guard Marco Rossi (183-81, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian swingman Franco Migliori (199-82) helped adding 22 points and 4 steals. Four Venafro players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was center Riccardo Bartolozzi (202-95) with 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and point guard Simone Colonnelli (185-91) scored 14 points. Venafro moved-up to eleventh place in B. Loser Giulianova dropped to the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Venafro will face league's second-placed Bisceglie on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Giulianova will play against Matera (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Giulianova: R.Bartolozzi 18+6reb, S.Colonnelli 14+4reb+1ast, S.De Angelis 10+4reb+1ast, R.Rosa 9+4reb+1ast, A.Ricci 8+2reb+5ast, D.Gallerini 7+3reb+4ast
Venafro: F.Migliori 22+4reb+2ast, M.Tamburrini 13+3reb+3ast, M.Rossi 13+14reb+3ast, M.Liburdi 13+7reb, G.Moretti 7+6reb+3ast, O.Kuschev 2+1reb
gschID: 531803


Campli - San Severo 81-79

A very interesting game took place in Campli. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed San Severo (18-9) to fourth ranked Campli (18-6) 81-79 in the game for the third place. Campli forced 20 San Severo turnovers. It was a good game for forward Simone Gatti (202-82) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 4 assists. Point guard Riccardo Bottioni (190-93) contributed with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Iris Ikangi (200-94, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian point guard Matias Di-Marco (180-84, agency: Players Group) added 18 points and 4 assists in the effort for San Severo. Five San Severo players scored in double figures. Campli moved-up to third place in B. San Severo at the other side dropped to the fourth position with nine games lost. Campli's next round opponent will be league's leader Montegrano in Montenegrano and it will be for sure the game of the week. San Severo will play at home against Valdiceppo and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
San Severo: M.Di Marco 18+3reb+4ast, I.Ikangi 17+8reb+3ast, M.Torresi Lelli 16+1reb+2ast, L.Ciribeni 12+3reb+2ast, A.Quarisa 10+8reb, A.Cecchetti 2+5reb
Campli: S.Gatti 22+4reb+4ast, D.Petrucci 19+3reb+2ast, R.Bottioni 19+6reb+4ast, B.Duranti 6+7reb+5ast, A.Serafini 6+1reb, N.D'Arrigo 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 531802


Isernia - Monteroni 55-68

There was a minor upset when 14th ranked Isernia (8-18) was defeated at home by sixteenth ranked Monteroni (5-22) 68-55 on Sunday. Isernia was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for power forward Simone Zanotti (208-92) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 9 rebounds. Federico Ingrosso (187-94) helped adding 16 points. The best for the losing side was naturalized Albanian power forward Klaudio Patani (197-96) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and guard Luca Lenti-Ceo (192-96) scored 9 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Monteroni maintains sixteenth place in B with 5-22 record, which they share with Iseo. Loser Isernia keeps the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. Monteroni will face higher ranked Senigallia (#8) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Isernia: K.Patani 18+11reb+2ast, L.Lenti Ceo 9+10reb+5ast, G.Maria Triggiani 8+3ast, A.Sipala 7+3reb, M.Melchiorri 6+2reb+3ast, M.Norcino 5+2reb+3ast
Monteroni: S.Zanotti 18+9reb, F.Ingrosso 16+4reb+1ast, A.Paiano 11+7reb+1ast, A.Balic 8+3reb+7ast, E.Mavric 6+5reb, F.Leucci 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 531801


Rimini - Bisceglie 56-71

Very predictable result when second ranked Bisceglie (22-5) defeated on the road 8th ranked Rimini (12-13) 71-56 on Sunday. It was a great evening for forward Gianmarco Leggio (203-94) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 5 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian power forward Enzo-Damian Cena (201-92) helped adding 10 points and 6 rebounds. Five Bisceglie players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was swingman Leonardo Battistini (194-95) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds and point guard Davide Meluzzi (180-98, agency: Interperformances) scored 8 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Bisceglie maintains second place in B with 22-5 record having just two point less than leader Montegrano, which they share with Bergamo. Loser Rimini dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. Bisceglie will face Venafro (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Rimini will play against Ortona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rimini: L.Battistini 20+14reb+1ast, F.Foiera 10+6reb+2ast, D.Meluzzi 8+6reb+5ast, L.Pesaresi 8+3reb+2ast, J.Aglio 6+1reb, S.Poti 2+1reb+2ast
Bisceglie: G.Leggio 15+5reb, M.Cucco 14+3reb, S.Bruno 13+2reb, A.Poti 11+2reb+1ast, E.Damian Cena 10+6reb+2ast, A.Chiriatti 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 531800


Valdiceppo - Pescara 60-68

Not a big story in a game in Perugia where 13th ranked Valdiceppo (8-18) was defeated by fifth ranked Pescara (18-9) 68-60 on Sunday. Pescara outrebounded Valdiceppo 40-28 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for guard Simone Pepe (184-93, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points. Power forward Matteo Bini (200-94) helped adding 14 points. The best for the losing side was Umberto Meschini (190-94) with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and point guard Edoardo Casuscelli (180-89) scored 7 points and 7 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Pescara maintains fifth place in B with 18-9 record. Newly promoted Valdiceppo keeps the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. Pescara will face Porto S.Elpidio (#7) at home in the next round. Valdiceppo will play against San Severo (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Valdiceppo: L.Negrotti 13+3reb+2ast, U.Meschini 12+6reb+6ast, R.Banach 9+3reb+1ast, E.Casuscelli 7+4reb+7ast, F.Burini 7+1reb+3ast, A.Panzieri 5+6reb+1ast
Pescara: S.Pepe 20+2reb, M.Bini 14+4reb+1ast, A.Capitanelli 7+11reb, G.Ucci 6+1reb+1ast, P.Pelliccione 5+4reb, E.Di Donato 5+6reb
gschID: 531799





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Best players of Japanese B League round 50 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Nick Fazekas (211-F-85) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's leader Toshiba BT and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 50.
The 31-year old forward had a double-double of 32 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team crushed Yokohama BC (#5, 15-34) with 17-point margin 85-68. It allowed Toshiba BT to consolidate first place in the Japanese B League. Toshiba BT have a solid 41-8 record. Fazekas has many years of experience at Toshiba BT, through which he has constantly improved. The University of Nevada graduate has very impressive stats this year. Fazekas is league's best scorer averaging so far 27.7ppg. Fazekas is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 12.4rpg) and averages solid 57.4% FGP and 45.2% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old Zimbabwean power forward Julian Mavunga (203-PF-90, agency: Pensack Sports) of Shiga L-Stars. Mavunga impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Shiga L-Stars was edged by slightly higher-ranked Osaka Evessa (#4, 23-26) 81-78. Shiga L-Stars managed to keep the same 6th spot in West. 37 lost games are too many comparing to just twelve victories Shiga L-Stars managed to get this year. Mavunga is well-known by Shiga L-Stars fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.6ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 8.2rpg and 3.4apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84) of second-ranked Ryukyu GK. Hamilton showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, ten rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Ryukyu GK, leading his team to a 82-76 win against #3 ranked Nagoya DD in a game of the week. The chances of Ryukyu GK ranking at the top of West, however are very questionable as they have already lost 25 games, recording just twenty four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Hamilton could help Ryukyu GK to bring them higher in the standings. Hamilton has a very solid season. In 48 games in Japan he scored 12.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Daniel Miller (211-C-91) of Hokkaido L. - 25 points and 13 rebounds
5. Ryan Rossiter (204-F/C-89) of Tochigi Brex - 21 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
6. JR Sakuragi (206-C-76) of SeaHorses - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Josh Childress (203-F/G-83) of Sanen - 33 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Clint Chapman (208-F/C-89) of Niigata Albirex - 23 points and 8 rebounds
9. Greg Mangano (208-PF-89) of Sendai 89ers - 18 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Davante Gardner (203-PF-91) of Niigata Albirex - 21 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)



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

26-year old forward Scootie Randall (198-F-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Cyberdyne IR and receives a Asia-basket.com B League D2 Player of the Week award for round 51.
He had a double-double of 39 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Fukushima (#2, 26-24) 82-73. Cyberdyne IR maintains the 4th position in their group in Japanese B League D2. Cyberdyne IR is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 24-26 record. In the team's last game Randall had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Cyberdyne IR, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Temple University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Randall is in league's top in points (2nd best: 19.1ppg) and assists (8th best: 3.1apg).

Second best performed player last round was Kyle Barone (208-C-89) of Aomori Watts. He is American center in his first season at Aomori Watts. In the last game Barone recorded impressive double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Aomori Watts to edge slightly lower-ranked Iwate Big Bulls (#6, 13-37) by 2 points 91-89. Aomori Watts' 5th position in East has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 22-28 record. Barone is a newcomer at Aomori Watts and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.5ppg (#7). He also registered 10.4 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Chehales Tapscott (195-F-90) of Kagawa FA (#5). Tapscott got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . He was a key player of Kagawa FA, leading his team to a 94-78 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Kagoshima (#6, 7-43). The chances of Kagawa FA not to end season at such low position in West, however are less than slim as they have already lost 35 games, recording just fifteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Tapscott could try to bring Kagawa FA's a little bit higher in the standings. Tapscott has individually a great season in Japan. After 49 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.5ppg (best scorer) and assists with 3.1apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Terrance Shannon (203-F-90) of Fukushima - 26 points and 10 rebounds
5. Chukwudiebere Maduabum (206-F-91) of Kagoshima - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Wayne Marshall (211-C-86) of Shimane SM - 23 points and 7 rebounds
7. Josh Davis (203-F-91) of Shimane SM - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ohara Yoko (186-G-89) of Iwate Big Bulls - 19 points and 8 rebounds
9. Rodney Carney (201-F-84) of Toyotsu FE - 26 points and 9 rebounds
10. Will Creekmore (205-C-89) of Tokyo Z - 19 points and 15 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)



B League Round 50: Niigata Albirex edges Sanen Neophoenix by three points - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in B League is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 12 rounds. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 50 in the B League took place in Hamamatsu. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of second-ranked Sanen Neophoenix (26-22) to fourth ranked Niigata Albirex (21-27) 90-87 on Saturday evening. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Clint Chapman (208-89, college: Texas, agency: Babcock Sports) chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Josh Childress (203-83, college: Stanford) produced 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Sanen Neophoenix's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Niigata Albirex maintains fourth position with 21-27 record. Sanen Neophoenix at the other side keeps the second place with 22 games lost. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sanen Neophoenix will play again at home against Niigata Albirex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Sendai. Sixth ranked Sendai 89ers (13-36) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 4th ranked Hokkaido L. (18-31) 55-53 on Friday evening. American Greg Mangano (208-89, college: Yale) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds. Tshilidzi Nephawe contributed with 6 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American center Daniel Miller (211-91, college: Georgia Tech) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for Hokkaido L.Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Sendai 89ers maintains sixth position with 13-36 record. Hokkaido L. lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 31 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Sixth-ranked Shiga L-Stars (11-37) made lots of trouble for third ranked Osaka Evessa (23-25) on Saturday. The visitors from Osaka managed to secure only three-point victory 81-78. However their fans expected easier game. Xavier Gibson scored 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Julian Mavunga responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Osaka Evessa moved-up to second place, which they share with Nagoya DD and Ryukyu GK. Loser Shiga L-Stars keep the sixth position with 37 games lost. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shiga L-Stars will play again against the league's second-placed Osaka Evessa (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Chiba Jets (33-15) against fifth ranked Akita Happinets (15-33) on Saturday night. Visiting Chiba Jets were defeated by Akita Happinets in Akita 80-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chiba Jets. Seiya Ando notched 16 points to lead the effort. Akita Happinets' coach Makoto Hasegawa allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Akita Happinets maintains fifth position with 15-33 record, which they share with Yokohama BC. Chiba Jets at the other side keep the third place with 15 games lost. Akita Happinets' next round opponent will be again higher ranked Chiba Jets (#3) at home and it may be quite challenging game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Diamond Dolphins (23-25) against fifth ranked Ryukyu GK (23-25) on Saturday night. Visiting Diamond Dolphins were defeated by Ryukyu GK in a tough game in Okinawa 76-82. The best player for the winners was Lamont Hamilton who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Diamond Dolphins' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Ryukyu GK moved-up to second place, which they share with Nagoya DD and Osaka Evessa. Ryukyu GK will face again Diamond Dolphins (#3) in Nagoya in the next round, which may be the game of the day.

Rest of the games of round 50 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Kyoto Hannar. were defeated by SeaHorses in Kariya 82-69. Sendai 89ers was beaten by Hokkaido L. at home 60-70. Toyota Alvark lost to Tochigi Brex on the opponent's court 66-80. Yokohama BC unfortunately lost to Toshiba BT in a home game 68-85. Hitachi SR managed to beat Toyama Grouses on the road 71-62.
The best stats of 50th round was 24 points and 9 rebounds by JR Sakuragi of SeaHorses.

SeaHorses - Kyoto Hannar. 82-69

There was no surprise in Kariya where 5th ranked Kyoto Hannar. (22-26) was defeated by first ranked Aishin Sea Horses (38-10) 82-69 on Saturday. Aishin Sea Horses outrebounded Kyoto Hannar. 47-23 including a 30-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international center JR Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who scored 24 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American center Isaac Butts (208-89, college: Appalachian St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 17 rebounds. Four Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. American forward Mo Charlo (203-83, college: Nevada, agency: Aspire Sports) produced 15 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import Marcus Dove (206-85, college: Oklahoma St.) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Aishin Sea Horses have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 38-10 record. Loser Kyoto Hannar. keeps the fifth place with 26 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will face again Kyoto Hannar. (#5) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
SeaHorses: J.Sakuragi 24+9reb+3ast, G.Edwards 17+9reb, K.Kanamaru 13+1reb+2ast, I.Butts 12+17reb, M.Morikawa 10+2reb, M.Hiejima 6+3reb+5ast
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Charlo 15+6reb+2ast, M.Dove 12+5reb+2ast, K.Kotzur 10+6reb, K.Yamabuchi 6+2ast, H.Kawashima 6+1reb+4ast, T.Sato 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 543377


Sendai 89ers - Hokkaido L. 60-70

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Hokkaido L. (18-31) defeated on the road 6th ranked Sendai 89ers (13-36) 70-60 on Saturday. Hokkaido L. made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game, while Sendai 89ers only scored eight points from the stripe. The best player for the winners was American center Daniel Miller (211-91, college: Georgia Tech) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds. The other American import forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston) chipped in 11 points. Hokkaido L.'s coach Kota Mizuno used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. South African center Tshilidzi Nephawe (208-89, college: N.Mexico St.) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 16 rebounds and American Greg Mangano (208-89, college: Yale) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Hokkaido L. maintains fourth position with 18-31 record. Loser Sendai 89ers keep the sixth place with 36 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: D.Miller 25+13reb+1ast, J.Thorpe 11+3reb+1ast, A.Tajima 9+2reb+2ast, S.Sekino 6, T.Orimo 5+2reb+2ast, T.Nishikawa 5+1reb
Sendai 89ers: F.Satoh 14+1reb, T.Nephawe 12+16reb+1ast, G.Mangano 9+7reb, M.Kataoka 8+5reb, M.Kikuchi 6+6reb+1ast, R.Yanagawa 4+1ast
gschID: 475191


Tochigi Brex - Toyota Alvark 80-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second-ranked Toyota Alvark's (36-12) road loss to first ranked Tochigi Brex (39-9) 66-80 on Saturday. Tochigi Brex made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Tochigi Brex outrebounded Toyota Alvark 44-33 including 29 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds. The former international swingman Takatoshi Furukawa (190-87) chipped in 15 points. Furukawa is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Tochigi Brex's coach Thomas Wisman used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Diante Garrett (196-88, college: Iowa St.) produced 15 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import forward Jeff Ayres (206-87, college: Arizona St.) added 8 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Tochigi Brex have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 39-9 record. Loser Toyota Alvark keeps the second place with 12 games lost. Tochigi Brex will face again league's second-placed Toyota Alvark in Tokyo in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: R.Rossiter 21+16reb+2ast, T.Furukawa 15+3reb+2ast, H.Watanabe 12+1reb+1ast, J.Gibbs 8+9reb, K.Takeuchi 8+6reb+1ast, Y.Tabuse 6+2reb+6ast
Toyota Alvark: D.Garrett 15+4reb+5ast, Z.Baranski 11+3reb, J.Ayres 8+7reb, T.Plaisted 8+3reb, K.Matsui 8+3reb+1ast, K.Ninomiya 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 475193


Akita NH - Chiba Jets 80-70

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Chiba Jets (33-15) against fifth ranked Akita Happinets (15-33) on Saturday night. Visiting Chiba Jets were defeated by Akita Happinets in Akita 80-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chiba Jets. Guard Seiya Ando (184-92) notched 16 points to lead the effort and American forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri) supported him with 14 points. Four Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. Akita Happinets' coach Makoto Hasegawa allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 18 points and 6 rebounds by American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) did not help to save the game for Chiba Jets. International power forward Ryumo Ono (197-88) added 9 points and 9 assists for the guests. Akita Happinets maintains fifth position with 15-33 record, which they share with Yokohama BC. Chiba Jets at the other side keep the third place with 15 games lost. Akita Happinets' next round opponent will be again higher ranked Chiba Jets (#3) at home and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: S.Ando 16+2reb+2ast, L.Lyons 14+3reb+3ast, S.Taguchi 11+2reb+4ast, S.Morrison 10+6reb, D.Taniguchi 9+2reb+2ast, E.Ravenel 8+5reb+1ast
Chiba Jets: M.Parker 18+6reb, Y.Togashi 14+4ast, T.Stone 12+8reb, R.Ono 9+3reb+9ast, H.Armstrong 8+4reb+1ast, K.Ishii 7+4reb
gschID: 475192


Yokohama BC - Toshiba BT 68-85

Rather predictable result when first ranked Toshiba Thunders (40-8) beat on the road 5th ranked Yokohama BC (15-33) 85-68 on Saturday. They outrebounded Yokohama BC 42-30 including 29 on the defensive glass. Toshiba Thunders looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Yokohama BC's players. The best player for the winners was American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who had a double-double by scoring 32 points and 17 rebounds. Forward Takumi Hasegawa (190-89) chipped in 14 points. The former international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) produced 18 points and 6 assists and American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Toshiba Thunders have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 40-8 record. Yokohama BC lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 33 games lost. Toshiba Thunders will have a break next round. Yokohama BC will play again at home against the league's leader Toshiba Thunders (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 32+17reb+3ast, T.Hasegawa 14+1reb+2ast, Y.Nagayoshi 8+3reb, M.Diouf 8+6reb+1ast, Y.Fujii 6+4reb+5ast, R.Shinoyama 6+2reb+7ast
Yokohama BC: T.Kawamura 18+4reb+6ast, J.Parmer 15+8reb+2ast, J.Washburn 13+3reb, P.Faye 8+8reb, M.Hosoya 6+1reb+3ast, K.Takeda 5+2ast
gschID: 475194


Toyama Grouses - Hitachi SR 62-71

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Toyama Grouses (13-35) were defeated at home by third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (24-24) 71-62 on Saturday. It was a great shooting night for Hitachi Sunrockers especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. The best player for the winners was international forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga) who scored 9 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Point guard Leo Vendrame (183-93) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Masashi Joho (183-82) produced 17 points and American center Dexter Pittman (208-88, college: Texas, agency: Inception Sports) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains third position with 24-24 record having sixteen points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser Toyama Grouses keep the sixth place with 35 games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tokyo .
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: L.Vendrame 16+5reb+2ast, K.Hirose 13+4reb+3ast, A.Chambers 10+4reb+1ast, I.Brown 9+13reb+5ast, R.Sacre 8+6reb, R.Guinn 8+1reb+1ast
Toyama Grouses: M.Joho 17+3reb+1ast, T.Mito 14+2reb, D.Pittman 12+9reb, D.Viney 10+4reb+2ast, N.Uto 5+3reb+3ast, Y.Okada 2+3reb
gschID: 475195


Sanen - Niigata Albirex 87-90

The most exciting game of round 50 in the B League took place in Hamamatsu. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of second-ranked Sanen Neophoenix (26-22) to fourth ranked Niigata Albirex (21-27) 90-87 on Saturday evening. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Davante Gardner (203-91, college: Marquette) who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Clint Chapman (208-89, college: Texas, agency: Babcock Sports) chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds. Four Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. Swingman Josh Childress (203-83, college: Stanford) produced 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and forward Robert Dozier (206-85, college: Memphis) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Sanen Neophoenix's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Niigata Albirex maintains fourth position with 21-27 record. Sanen Neophoenix at the other side keeps the second place with 22 games lost. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sanen Neophoenix will play again at home against Niigata Albirex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: C.Chapman 23+8reb, D.Gardner 21+8reb+3ast, T.You 15+6reb+1ast, K.Igarashi 13+7reb+3ast, K.Sato 9+4reb+5ast, S.Hatakeyama 7+3reb+3ast
Sanen: J.Childress 33+7reb+2ast, R.Dozier 14+10reb, S.Tawatari 9+3reb+1ast, S.Okada 7+8reb+2ast, O.Ashaolu 6+3reb+1ast, A.Ota 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 475196


Shiga L-Stars - Osaka Evessa 78-81

Sixth-ranked Shiga L-Stars (11-37) made lots of trouble for third ranked Osaka Evessa (23-25) on Saturday. The visitors from Osaka managed to secure only three-point victory 81-78. However their fans expected easier game. Osaka Evessa made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Osaka Evessa outrebounded Shiga L-Stars 42-31 including 29 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Osaka Evessa made 7 blocks. American power forward Xavier Gibson (210-88, college: Florida St.) scored 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) chipped in 11 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH, agency: Pensack Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Narito Namizato (172-89) scored 15 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Osaka Evessa moved-up to second place, which they share with Nagoya DD and Ryukyu GK. Loser Shiga L-Stars keep the sixth position with 37 games lost. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shiga L-Stars will play again against the league's second-placed Osaka Evessa (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: X.Gibson 21+9reb, H.Kinoshita 13+1ast, J.Harrellson 11+11reb+3ast, S.Konno 10+4reb+1ast, S.Negoro 8+6reb+2ast, R.Roby 7+1reb+1ast
Shiga L-Stars: J.Mavunga 24+11reb+5ast, N.Namizato 15+3reb+2ast, Y.Karino 12+3reb+1ast, C.Brackins 11+3reb+2ast, T.Hasegawa 6+1ast, S.Faye 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 475197


Ryukyu GK - Nagoya DD 82-76

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Diamond Dolphins (23-25) against fifth ranked Ryukyu GK (23-25) on Saturday night. Visiting Diamond Dolphins were defeated by Ryukyu GK in a tough game in Okinawa 76-82. Ryukyu GK outrebounded Diamond Dolphins 44-29 including a 37-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Ryukyu GK especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. The best player for the winners was American power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Takaya Sasayama (178-93) produced 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and American forward Jerome Tillman (201-87, college: Ohio, agency: Inception Sports) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Diamond Dolphins' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Ryukyu GK moved-up to second place, which they share with Nagoya DD and Osaka Evessa. Ryukyu GK will face again Diamond Dolphins (#3) in Nagoya in the next round, which may be the game of the day.
Top scorers:
Ryukyu GK: L.Hamilton 24+10reb+5ast, S.Tsuyama 15+1ast, A.McHenry 14+15reb+4ast, S.Kitagawa 10+3reb+1ast, R.Kishimoto 9+5reb+4ast, S.Kinjo 8+2reb+3ast
Nagoya DD: T.Harimoto 18+2reb+1ast, T.Sasayama 17+5reb+4ast, J.Tillman 16+6reb+2ast, T.Nakahigashi 12+4reb+1ast, T.Nakatsuka 5+4reb+1ast, J.Burrell 2+3reb
gschID: 475198


Sendai 89ers - Hokkaido L. 55-53

Important game to mention about took place in Sendai. Sixth ranked Sendai 89ers (13-36) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 4th ranked Hokkaido L. (18-31) 55-53 on Friday evening. American Greg Mangano (208-89, college: Yale) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds. South African center Tshilidzi Nephawe (208-89, college: N.Mexico St.) contributed with 6 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American center Daniel Miller (211-91, college: Georgia Tech) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston) added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Hokkaido L.Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Sendai 89ers maintains sixth position with 13-36 record. Hokkaido L. lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 31 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: G.Mangano 18+15reb+2ast, F.Satoh 13+2reb+1ast, T.Nephawe 6+11reb, M.Kataoka 5+1reb+1ast, T.Kumagai 5+1reb, T.Shimura 4+1reb+3ast
Hokkaido L.: D.Miller 11+10reb+1ast, A.Tajima 9+1reb+6ast, J.Thorpe 8+8reb+1ast, J.Bachynski 6+5reb, Y.Matsushima 4+2reb, D.Noguchi 4+5reb
gschID: 475190





B League D2 Round 51: Tokyo Z defeats leader Nishinomiya S. - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute surprises and upsets. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Nishinomiya S. (34-15) in Hyogo on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked Tokyo Z (21-29) 70-69. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Nishinomiya S.. They outrebounded Nishinomiya S. 45-33 including 32 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Nishinomiya S. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American center Will Creekmore (205-89, college: Missouri St.) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds. point guard Shota Watanabe (180-93) contributed with 21 points for the winners. point guard Noriaki Douhara (178-89) answered with 18 points for Nishinomiya S.Nishinomiya S.'s coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tokyo Z moved-up to third place. Nishinomiya S. at the other side dropped to the second position with 15 games lost. Tokyo Z will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Nishinomiya S. will play again at home against Tokyo Z and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Sixth-ranked Iwate Big Bulls (12-37) used its home court advantage to challenge fifth ranked Aomori Watts (22-27). The visitors from Aomori managed to secure only two-point victory 91-89. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Iwate Big Bulls. It was a great evening for American center Kyle Barone (208-89, college: Idaho) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. Keisuke Aita helped adding 22 points. The best for the losing side was guard Ohara Yoko (186-89) with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Iwate Big Bulls' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Aomori Watts maintains fifth place with 22-27 record. Iwate Big Bulls at the other side keep the sixth position with 37 games lost. Aomori Watts will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Iwate Big Bulls will play again at home against Aomori Watts (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Fukushima (26-23) against fourth ranked Cyberdyne IR (23-26) on Saturday night. Visiting Fukushima was defeated by Cyberdyne IR in a tough game in Tsukuba 73-82. American players dominated the game. It was an exceptional evening for Scootie Randall who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds. Cyberdyne IR's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Terrance Shannon came up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for Fukushima in the defeat. Cyberdyne IR have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 23-26 record. Fukushima lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the second position with 23 games lost. Cyberdyne IR will again meet at home league's second-placed Fukushima in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fukushima will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Toyotsu FE (35-15) which played road game in Tokyo against 3rd placed Tokyo Excel. (20-29). Second ranked Toyotsu FE had an easy win 95-74. The best player for the winners was Solomon Alabi who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. Tokyo Excel.'s coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Toyotsu FE keeps a position of league leader. Tokyo Excel. at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 29 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An interesting game for Gunma (32-17) which played road game in Yamagata against 3rd placed Yamagata (24-25). First ranked Gunma managed to get a 9-point victory 67-58. It was a good game for Hirotaka Kondo who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gunma maintains first place with 32-17 record. Yamagata lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the third position with 25 games lost. Gunma will have a break next round. Yamagata will play again at home against the league's leader Gunma and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 51: Bambitious Nara beat Shinshu BW on the road 86-70. Ehime OV lost to Kumamoto V. on its own court 66-77. Kagawa FA managed to outperform Kagoshima in Takamatsu 94-78. Shimane SM rolled over Hiroshima D. at home 72-50. Toyotsu FE was defeated by Tokyo Excel. on the opponent's court 87-79.
The most impressive performance of 51th round was 31 points and 9 rebounds by Chehales Tapscott of Kagawa FA.

Tokyo Excel. - Toyotsu FE 74-95

An interesting game for Toyotsu FE (35-15) which played road game in Tokyo against 3rd placed Tokyo Excel. (20-29). Second ranked Toyotsu FE had an easy win