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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  



Angola refuses to host Afrobasket 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Angola will not host the African Men's Basketball Championship (Afrobasket2017), said the secretary general of the Angolan Basketball Federation (FAB), Nelson Sardinha. Speaking to ANGOP, he said that Fiba Africa proposed to Angola to hold the continental competition during the congress held this month in Bamako, Mali, but it was rejected by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, alleging that in August, attentions will be focused on the election period. As for the news of Fiba Africa, which announced Angola as the host country of the event, Nelson Sardinha explained that the continental body was precipitated in the disclosure of the information, as it did not have at the time the confirmation from the Angolan government. "We received the proposal to respond within 10 days, since we would have to present the proposal to the State, but given the circumstance and with some optimism, they put the information on the site as if it were confirmed". "We brought the proposal, presented it to the Ministry of Youth and Sports and it was rejected. We then notified FIBA presenting the position of the state", he explained. Angola was represented at the congress by FAB president, Helder Cruz, and the adviser for International Relations, Tony Sofrimento. Afrobasket2017 is scheduled for August 19-30. At that time the general elections should be held in the country, properly on 23 August. The Afrobasket 2017 was initially set to be hosted by the Republic of Congo, but this neighboring country claimed logistical issues as the reason for its inability to host the competition.
Courtesy of: angop.ao



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  ALBANIA  


SK Tirana celebrate A1 title - by Eurobasket News

SK Tirana claimed A1 League title. They beat Vllaznia 87:80 in Game 3 of the championship series to complete the sweep. Gerti Shima (204-PF-86) tallied 26 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists to lead the champions.
SK Tirana sank 26 points in the opening frame to gain an 11-point lead. Vllaznia cut the distance in the second term. They pulled within two points at halftime 39:37. SK Tirana poured in 26 points in the third term to open a 7-point lead. SK Tirana dropped 22 points in the fourth quarter to ice the victory. Endrit Hysenagolli (206-C-88) accounted for 21 points, while Griffin Ramme (190-PG-89, college: Chapman) and Manuel Johnson (203-PF-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) added 13 points each in the win. Algert Gjonaj (198-SF-87) responded with 18 points and 10 boards for Vllaznia. Chris Oliver netted 17 points in the loss.



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  ANGOLA  


Angola refuses to host Afrobasket 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Angola will not host the African Men's Basketball Championship (Afrobasket2017), said the secretary general of the Angolan Basketball Federation (FAB), Nelson Sardinha. Speaking to ANGOP, he said that Fiba Africa proposed to Angola to hold the continental competition during the congress held this month in Bamako, Mali, but it was rejected by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, alleging that in August, attentions will be focused on the election period. As for the news of Fiba Africa, which announced Angola as the host country of the event, Nelson Sardinha explained that the continental body was precipitated in the disclosure of the information, as it did not have at the time the confirmation from the Angolan government. "We received the proposal to respond within 10 days, since we would have to present the proposal to the State, but given the circumstance and with some optimism, they put the information on the site as if it were confirmed". "We brought the proposal, presented it to the Ministry of Youth and Sports and it was rejected. We then notified FIBA presenting the position of the state", he explained. Angola was represented at the congress by FAB president, Helder Cruz, and the adviser for International Relations, Tony Sofrimento. Afrobasket2017 is scheduled for August 19-30. At that time the general elections should be held in the country, properly on 23 August. The Afrobasket 2017 was initially set to be hosted by the Republic of Congo, but this neighboring country claimed logistical issues as the reason for its inability to host the competition.
Courtesy of: angop.ao



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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.8 
 2. Green, Instituto20.1 
 3. Solano, Echague19.7 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.18.2 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.17.8 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Mickeal, Atenas17.3 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.16.8 
 9. Harper, Quimsa16.7 
 10. Deck, San Lorenzo16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.1 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.4 
 3. Clancy, Instituto9.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.5 
 5. Justiz, Estudian.9.0 
 6. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.9 
 7. Johnson, Atenas8.7 
 8. Francis, La Union8.7 
 9. Wood, San M.8.6 
 10. Vargas, GECR I.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Maximiliano STANIC
  Olimpico.
  (178-PG-78)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Stanic, Olimpico.6.4 
 2. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.2 
 3. Barral, Obras B.5.8 
 4. Aguirre, San L.5.6 
 5. Konsztadt, La Union5.4 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.2 
 7. Ciorciari, Instituto4.5 
 8. Hopson, Quimsa4.4 
 9. Figueroa, Penarol4.4 
 10. De-l., GECR I.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Gelvis SOLANO
  Echague
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Solano, Echague2.0 
 2. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.1.9 
 4. Vildoza, Quilm.1.7 
 5. Johnson, Weber B.1.7 
 6. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 7. Redivo, Weber B.1.5 
 8. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 9. Flor, Quilmes MP1.4 
 10. Balbi, Ferrocarril1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.2 
 3. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 4. Richard, Obras B.1.4 
 5. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 6. Calfani, San L.1.2 
 7. Meyinsse, San L.1.2 
 8. Clancy, Instituto1.1 
 9. Acuna, Penarol1.0 
 10. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Barovero, Union SF22.5 
 2. Dodson, Petr.Arg.20.6 
 3. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista20.0 
 4. McCullough, Alianza .19.5 
 5. Brown, La Union19.5 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.2 
 7. Cutley, Atenas C.17.9 
 8. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.17.7 
 9. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.5 
 10. Pais, Platense17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.9 
 2. Dodson, Petr.Arg.10.2 
 3. Graham, Temperley8.9 
 4. Cutley, Atenas C.8.7 
 5. Lockett, BHY T.8.4 
 6. Lauria, Comunica.8.3 
 7. Granado, Olimpo BB8.2 
 8. Joseph, Obera TC8.2 
 9. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.2 
 10. Okoye, Salta Basket7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Gimnasia.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. La-Bella, Gimnasia.7.9 
 2. Cajal, Independ.7.2 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.3 
 4. Cequeira, Villa A.5.2 
 5. Paletta, Hindu5.0 
 6. Correa, BHY T.4.5 
 7. Gandoy, Obera TC4.4 
 8. Franco, Alianza .4.3 
 9. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.4.3 
 10. Arese, Estudian.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell DODSON
  Petr.Arg.
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Dodson, Petr.Arg.2.8 
 2. Pais, Platense2.2 
 3. Punet, Salta Basket2.2 
 4. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.2 
 5. Correa, BHY T.2.2 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.1.9 
 7. Cequeira, Villa A.1.9 
 8. Paletta, Hindu1.8 
 9. Tabarez, Union SF1.7 
 10. Gago, Petr.Arg.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Efese, Gimnasia LP1.6 
 3. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.5 
 4. Lockett, BHY T.1.4 
 5. Deck, Obera TC1.2 
 6. Stroud, Parque Sur1.1 
 7. Okoye, Salta Basket1.0 
 8. Nwogbo, Alianza .1.0 
 9. Tabarez, Union SF0.9 
 10. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 


Overview of TNA Round 4 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Petr.Argentino - Estudiantes O. 86-84

Petr.Argentino held off Estudiantes O. to even the series at 2-2. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Darnell Dodson (201-89, college: S.Mississippi, agency: DTMones) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Lucas Diaz (198-92) contributed with 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Rodrigo Sanchez (200-89) replied with 25 points and 8 rebounds and Joaquin Gamazo (198-91) added 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Estudiantes O.Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes O.: R.Sanchez 25+8reb+3ast, L.Portillo 16+3reb+1ast, J.Gamazo 16+6reb+2ast, S.Arese 10+4reb+5ast, D.Figueredo 7+5reb+4ast, E.Dominguez 6+2reb
Petr.Argentino: L.Diaz 24+6reb+2ast, D.Dodson 18+11reb+4ast, F.Gago 18+4reb+3ast, M.Castets 15+3reb+1ast, D.Pineda 6+2reb, S.Gandolfo 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 545317


Independiente BBC - Hindu 81-88

Hindu upset Independiente BBC on the road to win the series 3-1. Hindu made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for point guard Nicolas Paletta (180-87) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: DTMones) contributed with 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Juan-Angel Lopez (190-84, agency: DTMones) replied with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Bruno Ingrata (201-85) added 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Independiente BBC. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Independiente BBC: J.Angel Lopez 20+7reb+4ast, B.Ingrata 15+10reb+5ast, V.Hugo Cajal 13+4reb+6ast, J.Aprea 12+6reb+1ast, R.Fernandez 12+3reb+4ast, M.Vittar 6+2ast
Hindu: N.Paletta 23+4reb+7ast, K.Jones 18+9reb+1ast, P.Fernandez 15+6reb+5ast, M.Coronel 13+1reb+4ast, P.Moya 12+11reb+2ast, S.Mora 5
gschID: 545318


Gimnasia LP - Alianza Viedma 64-69

Alianza Viedma upset Gimnasia LP on the road to advance into quarterfinal stage. Alianza Viedma made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Gimnasia LP was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for American swingman OLouis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion, agency: DTMones) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 5 rebounds. Power forward Maximiliano Tabieres (198-89) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Five Alianza Viedma players scored in double figures. Point guard Leonardo La-Bella (180-86) replied with 24 points and 6 assists and American forward Joe Efese (198, college: Cent.Conn.St.) added 18 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Gimnasia LP.
Top scorers:
Gimnasia LP: L.La Bella 24+4reb+6ast, J.Efese 18+8reb, R.Rosende 10+5reb+2ast, J.Lancieri 6+2reb+1ast, M.Segon 4+2reb, R.Salvatierra 2+3reb
Alianza Viedma: M.Tabieres 15+3reb, O.McCullough 13+5reb+1ast, A.Knecht 12+3reb+3ast, M.Gaynor 10+7reb+1ast, L.Nwogbo 10+5reb, P.Franco 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 545316


Villa San Martin - Comunicaciones 48-95

Comunicaciones reached the next round of playoffs following a comfortable road win over Villa San Martin. Comunicaciones made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Strangely Villa San Martin outrebounded Comunicaciones 41-29 including 33 on the defensive glass. Quite impressive performance for Cameroonian power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 7 rebounds. Jose De-Felippo contributed with 11 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Comunicaciones players scored in double figures. Point guard Martin Cabrera (181-96) replied with 14 points and 5 assists and power forward Federico Aldama (198-92) added 9 points (made all of his eight free throws) in the effort for Villa San Martin. 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:
VILLA SAN MARTIN: M.Cabrera 14+1reb+5ast, F.Aldama 9+4reb+1ast, A.Carnovale 7+3reb, J.Morales 5+5reb+1ast, G.Saavedra 4+3reb, G.Mascaro 3+1reb
COMUNICACIONES: G.Essengue 14+7reb+2ast, J.De Felippo 11+4reb+4ast, M.Aristu 11+6reb+2ast, G.Torres 10+2reb+3ast, N.Gimenez 9+2reb, C.Romero 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 545315


San Isidro - Villa Angela 83-70

San Isidro topped Villa Angela to level the series at 2-2. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Jonathan Durley (203-88, college: Wichita St.) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 9 rebounds and center Santiago Gonzalez (203-83) who added 9 points and 16 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Nate Carter (200-83, college: Oklahoma) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds and Cesar Avalle (189-85) scored 14 points.
Top scorers:
VILLA ANGELA: N.Carter 21+5reb+1ast, C.Avalle 14+4reb+3ast, M.Garcia 10+2reb+2ast, A.Spalla 8+4reb+1ast, T.Rossi 7+5reb, J.Federico Giarrafa 6+4reb
SAN ISIDRO: J.Durley 20+9reb+3ast, J.Kelly 16+1reb+4ast, M.Corzo 12+2reb+2ast, S.Gonzalez 9+16reb+1ast, A.Lozano 8+5ast, S.Acevedo 7+5reb
gschID: 545314


Platense - Parque Sur 93-102

Parque Sur overcame Platense to claim 3-1 victory in the series. The winners were led by power forward Sebastian Bernasconi (203-86) who scored that evening 26 points and 7 rebounds and guard Elnes Bolling (189-91) supported him with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Five Parque Sur players scored in double figures. Even 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists (made all of his seven free throws) by guard Felipe Pais (185-90) did not help to save the game for CA Platense. American forward Keith Gayden (202-83, college: Duquesne) added 14 points for lost side. CA Platense's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Platense: F.Pais 19+5reb+7ast, K.Gayden 14+2reb+1ast, I.Romani 10+1ast, D.Mansilla 10+1reb+1ast, F.Lopez 9, K.Young 9+2reb+1ast
PARQUE SUR: S.Bernasconi 26+7reb+2ast, A.Jure 22+1reb+3ast, E.Bolling 15+9reb+2ast, J.Stroud 12+3reb, A.Richard 12+3reb+2ast, G.Mariani 10+3reb+1ast
gschID: 545312


BHY Tiro Federal - Union SF 69-84

Union SF made it into the next round after they crushed BHY Tiro Federal away from home. Union SF made 23-of-30 charity shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Swingman Bruno Barovero (194-90) fired 34 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Patricio Tabarez (195-91) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized American power forward Phillip Lockett (202-88, agency: DTMones) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds and the former international swingman Mariano Ceruti (194-79) added 17 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
BHY Tiro Federal: P.Lockett 24+12reb, M.Ceruti 17+3reb+1ast, L.Strack 9+5reb+2ast, E.Correa 8+3reb+8ast, L.Cecchi 5+5reb+1ast, D.Brezzo 4+1reb
Union SF: B.Barovero 34+7reb+1ast, P.Tabarez 20+6reb+1ast, M.Stibbins 8+1reb, M.Isola 8+4reb+2ast, J.Godoy 6+1reb, F.Podesta 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 545313





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  AUSTRIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.5 
 2. Vay, Arkadia19.4 
 3. Miletic, Vienna19.1 
 4. Clemmons, Vienna18.3 
 5. Lamesic, Wels18.0 
 6. Stazic, Vienna17.0 
 7. Rados, Klostern.17.0 
 8. McNealy, Oberwart15.9 
 9. Jackson, Oberwart15.6 
 10. Murati, Gmunden15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jozo RADOS
  Klostern.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Rados, Klostern.11.8 
 2. Naylor, UBSC G.10.5 
 3. Vay, Arkadia9.0 
 4. Draskovic, Arkadia8.4 
 5. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.7 
 6. Lamesic, Wels7.4 
 7. Traylor, Oberwart7.2 
 8. Baptiste, Kapfe.6.6 
 9. Gaidys, Gmunden6.5 
 10. Cumberbatch, Oberw.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Danek, Arkadia7.3 
 2. Car, Furstenfeld5.8 
 3. Vujosevic, Kapfe.5.3 
 4. Jackson, Oberwart5.3 
 5. Stazic, Vienna5.1 
 6. Maresch, UBSC G.4.8 
 7. Friedrich, Gmunden4.7 
 8. ONeal, Wels4.6 
 9. Clemmons, Vienna4.5 
 10. Payton, Wels3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.7 
 2. Clemmons, Vienna2.0 
 3. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.9 
 4. Miletic, Vienna1.7 
 5. Payton, Wels1.5 
 6. Koch, Vienna1.5 
 7. Stazic, Vienna1.4 
 8. Trmal, Arkadia1.4 
 9. Krivokapic, UBSC G.1.4 
 10. Jandl, Furstenfeld1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamari TRAYLOR
  Oberwart
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Traylor, Oberwart1.5 
 2. Rados, Klostern.1.3 
 3. Draskovic, Arkadia1.2 
 4. Chan, Wels1.1 
 5. Steed, Gmunden0.9 
 6. Koch, Vienna0.9 
 7. Kuakumensah, Oberw.0.9 
 8. Baptiste, Kapfe.0.9 
 9. Naylor, UBSC G.0.8 
 10. Iliev, Furstenfeld0.8 


2.Bundesliga Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Raiders become finalists - by Eurobasket News

Rocks - Dragons 79-46

Rocks cruised past Dragons to even the semifinal series at 1-1. The game was mostly controlled by Rocks. UBC St. Polten was better in fourth quarter 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding UBC St. Polten to just 7 points in second quarter.
gschID: 544966


Raiders - Mustangs 79-77

Raiders nipped visiting Mustangs to sweep the semifinal series. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 21-30 charge, which allowed them to win the game.
gschID: 544965





A Bundesliga Round 35 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Eighth-ranked UBSC Graz (7-25) made lots of trouble for second ranked Gmunden Swans (22-10) on Friday. The visitors from Gmunden managed to secure only five-point victory 96-91. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Povilas Gaidys who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Gmunden Swans maintains second place with 22-10 record having five points less than leader Oberwart. UBSC Graz lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 25 games lost. Gmunden Swans will face Arkadia Lions (#6) in Traiskirchen in the next round. UBSC Graz will play on the road against Kapfenberg Bulls and hope to win that game.

The best stats of 35th round was 23 points and 14 rebounds by Jozo Rados of Klosterneuburg.

Oberwart - Furstenfeld 74-60

There was no surprise when 7th ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (13-19) were defeated on the road by first ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (27-5) 74-60 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Redwell Gunners Oberwart. Furstenfeld Panthers was better in fourth quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Redwell Gunners Oberwart made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Redwell Gunners Oberwart outrebounded Furstenfeld Panthers 49-26 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was power forward Benjamin Blazevic (204-95) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. American forward Jamari Traylor (203-92, college: Kansas) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four Redwell Gunners Oberwart players scored in double figures. Croatian center Marino Sarlija (207-89, agency: PEPI SPORT) produced 6 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and Bulgarian forward Sim Iliev (204-89, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 27-5 record. Furstenfeld Panthers at the other side keep the seventh position with 19 games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will face Vienna (#4) in Wien in the next round. Furstenfeld Panthers will play at home against Dukes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: S.Iliev 15+4reb, J.Ernst 14+1ast, H.Ochsenhofer 8+2reb+2ast, M.Sarlija 6+11reb+4ast, P.Radakovics 5+1ast, D.Jandl 5+2reb
Oberwart: J.Szkutta 14+5reb+2ast, B.Blazevic 14+14reb+1ast, J.Traylor 13+9reb+3ast, D.Jackson 12+3reb+7ast, S.Kaeferle 10+2reb+1ast, C.Kuakumensah 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 495090


Wels - Arkadia 80-71

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when sixth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (16-16) defeated at home 5th ranked Arkadia Lions (16-16) 80-71 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 18-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Raiffeisen Wels looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) who scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international guard Kevin Payton (196-86, college: Minnesota) chipped in 18 points. Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances) produced 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and the former international point guard Benedikt Danek (176-86) added 11 points and 12 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Raiffeisen Wels moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Arkadia. Raiffeisen Wels will have a break next round. Arkadia Lions will play on the road against the league's second-placed Gmunden Swans (#2) in Gmunden and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: F.Vay 26+5reb+4ast, M.Draskovic 12+9reb+1ast, J.Detrick 12+2reb+4ast, B.Danek 11+4reb+12ast, M.Trmal 5+4reb, F.Memcic 5
Wels: D.Lamesic 22+8reb+4ast, K.Payton 18+4reb+3ast, T.Csebits 15+5reb+4ast, D.Cigoja 13+8reb+3ast, A.Chan 8+4reb, L.O'Neal 4+3reb+7ast
gschID: 495089


UBSC Graz - Gmunden 91-96 OT

Eighth-ranked UBSC Graz (7-25) made lots of trouble for second ranked Gmunden Swans (22-10) on Friday. The visitors from Gmunden managed to secure only five-point victory 96-91. However their fans expected much easier game. Gmunden Swans dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to UBSC Graz's 38. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. UBSC Graz was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Lithuanian center Povilas Gaidys (208-91, college: Southeastern, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Naturalized German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) chipped in 21 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Five Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. International Anton Maresch (191-91) produced a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!) and 10 assists and Montenegrin point guard Milos Krivokapic (185-96) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Gmunden Swans maintains second place with 22-10 record having five points less than leader Oberwart. UBSC Graz lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 25 games lost. Gmunden Swans will face Arkadia Lions (#6) in Traiskirchen in the next round. UBSC Graz will play on the road against Kapfenberg Bulls and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
UBSC Graz: A.Maresch 41+3reb+10ast, M.Krivokapic 17+3reb+1ast, F.Richter 11+3reb+4ast, A.Domitner 9+4reb+1ast, D.Brcina 7+7reb+2ast, D.Hasenburger 6+7reb
Gmunden: T.Klette 21+3reb+2ast, E.Murati 17+5reb+2ast, P.Gaidys 16+12reb+3ast, M.Ojo 15+3reb+2ast, A.Wesby 13+3reb+3ast, D.Friedrich 8+4reb+5ast
gschID: 495088


Klosterneuburg - Kapfenberg 74-82

Very expected game in Klosterneuburg where 9th ranked Dukes (4-28) were defeated by third ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (21-11) 82-74 on Friday. Dukes were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was naturalized Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-81) who scored 24 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Kareem Jamar (194-92, college: Montana) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds. International center Jozo Rados (208-93) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds and guard Clemens Leydolf (190-96) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for the hosts. Four Kapfenberg Bulls and five Dukes players scored in double figures. Kapfenberg Bulls have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain third place with 21-11 record having six points less than leader Oberwart. Dukes lost twentieth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 28 lost games. Kapfenberg Bulls will face UBSC Graz (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Dukes will play against Furstenfeld Panthers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Klosterneuburg: J.Rados 23+14reb+1ast, C.Leydolf 16+5reb+7ast, L.Burgemeister 13+2reb+2ast, G.Bezhanishvili 10+1reb+2ast, C.Greimeister 10+7reb+1ast, J.Blazevic 2+1reb
Kapfenberg: M.Stegnjaic 24+7reb+2ast, K.Jamar 22+6reb+3ast, A.Woschank 12+4reb+3ast, B.Vujosevic 11+5reb+5ast, N.Krstic 7+3reb, F.Kramer 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 495091





Anton Maresch claims Austrian A Bundesliga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

International Shooting guard Anton Maresch (191-SG-91) had a very impressive game in the last round for UBSC Graz and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 35.
The 25-year old shooting guard got a double-double of 41 points and ten assists, while his team lost overtime game against Gmunden (#2, 22-10) 91-96. UBSC Graz maintains the 8th position in Austrian A Bundesliga. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. UBSC Graz have already lost 25 games and recorded just seven victories. In the team's last game Maresch had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He turned to be UBSC Graz's top player in his first season with the team. Maresch has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (6th best: 4.8apg) and averages solid 54.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old Lithuanian center Povilas Gaidys (208-C-91, agency: SPORTlab Agency) of second-ranked Gmunden. Gaidys impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Gmunden to edge the lower-ranked UBSC Graz (#8, 7-25) in overtime by 5 points 96-91. Gmunden's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 22-10 record is not bad at all. Gaidys is a newcomer at Gmunden and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was international center Jozo Rados (208-C-93) of Klosterneuburg (#9). Rados scored 23 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Rados' great performance Klosterneuburg lost 74-82 to the higher-ranked Kapfenberg (#3, 21-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Klosterneuburg can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-28 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Rados he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Rados has individually a great season in Austria. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.0ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 11.8rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 52.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kareem Jamar (194-G-92) of Kapfenberg - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81) of Kapfenberg - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83) of Wels - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Fabricio Vay (207-F-86) of Arkadia - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Tilo Klette (206-C/F-77) of Gmunden - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Benjamin Blazevic (204-F/C-95) of Oberwart - 14 points and 14 rebounds
10. Clemens Leydolf (190-G-96) of Klosterneuburg - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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  BAHRAIN  


Orien Greene (ex Guaros) signs at Al Ahli for GCC !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Ahli (Premier League) landed experienced 35-year old American guard Orien Greene (193-94kg-82, college: La-Lafayette). He played recently at Guaros in Venezuelan LPB league.
Part of last season Greene spent at Louaize (Division A) in Lebanese league. He also played earlier that season for All Stars in U.S. semi-pro league ABA.
In 2005 Greene was drafted by Boston Celtics (NBA) in second round (53rd overall). He attended University Louisiana at Lafayette and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Greene received Gatorade D-League All-Defensive 1st Team award back in 2011.
He is a very experienced player. Greene has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to ten different countries on six different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia, Africa and of course North America). Greene has played previously professionally in Australia (New Zealand Breakers), Canada (Halifax_Rainmen), China, Holland, Israel (Hapoel Jerusalem), Mexico (Fuerza Regia and Ostioneros de Guaymas), Philippines (B.Ginebra), NBA (Brooklyn Nets), Libya (Ahly Benghazi) and D-League (Reno Bighorns).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Al Ahli.
Greene's game is described as: Good at finding the open man... Good size for a point guard... Works hard... Tough defender.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BELARUS  

Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Sergej VABISCHEVICH
  BSEU-Gr.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.20.9 
 2. Aladko, Vitebsk18.7 
 3. Viaroukin, GO.18.6 
 4. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.17.3 
 5. Shustov, Impuls B.17.0 
 6. Suvorov, Prine.16.8 
 7. Navoichyk, Prine.16.2 
 8. Volodkin, Impuls B.15.6 
 9. Liutych, Tsmoki II14.3 
 10. Roslikau, BSEU-Gr.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy DMITRUK
  Brest
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 12
 1. Dmitruk, Brest12.0 
 2. Zahar, Impuls B.9.3 
 3. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.8.9 
 4. Liutych, Tsmoki II8.7 
 5. Vashkevich, Vitebsk8.4 
 6. Chumakov, Prine.8.2 
 7. Kopacev, GO.8.0 
 8. Ignatev, Impuls B.7.5 
 9. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk7.3 
 10. Malysh, COR-Bori.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Maksim SHUSTOV
  Impuls B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Shustov, Impuls B.5.7 
 2. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.5.4 
 3. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.4 
 4. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.4.7 
 5. Korzh, Grodno-934.7 
 6. Stavrovskiy, Tsmoki I.4.6 
 7. Aladko, Vitebsk4.5 
 8. Nazarov, BSEU-Gr.4.5 
 9. Volodkin, Impuls B.4.3 
 10. Kharkevich, COR-Bori.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Tsimafei VIAROUKIN
  GO.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Viaroukin, GO.2.4 
 2. Shustov, Impuls B.2.3 
 3. Suvorov, Prine.2.2 
 4. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk2.2 
 5. Lebedev, BSEU-Gr.2.1 
 6. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.1.9 
 7. Tatur, COR-Borisfen1.8 
 8. Chumakov, Prine.1.8 
 9. Zahar, Impuls B.1.8 
 10. Stavrovskiy, Tsmoki I.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Mikita KUCHKOU
  BSEU-Gr.
  (182-G/F-99)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kuchkou, BSEU-Gr.0.0 
 2. Adaskov, GO.0.0 
 3. Kruk, Grodno-930.0 
 4. Radishevskiy, Impuls B.0.0 
 5. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.0.0 
 6. Pogrebickiy, Tsmoki I.0.0 
 7. Kozhdan, Impuls B.0.0 
 8. Pishcheyko, Vitebsk0.0 
 9. Kovalev, GO.0.0 
 10. Palanevich, Tsmoki I.0.0 



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  BELGIUM  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Miller-M., Leuven17.2 
 2. Clark, Antwerp17.0 
 3. Bowman, Spirou16.7 
 4. Tofi, Aalstar15.4 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .15.3 
 6. Troisfontain., Aalst.14.1 
 7. Badji, Kangoeroes13.8 
 8. Demps, Mons-Hai.13.8 
 9. Samhan, Leuven13.6 
 10. Ware, Antwerp13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Anderson, Antwerp8.5 
 2. Amis, Aalstar7.2 
 3. Badji, Kangoeroes7.1 
 4. Ubel, Brussels6.6 
 5. Samhan, Leuven6.6 
 6. Ware, Antwerp6.5 
 7. Fields, Liege6.4 
 8. Simmons, Brussels6.2 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .5.9 
 10. Dowe, Brussels5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Miller-M., Leuven5.6 
 2. Anderson, Limburg .5.3 
 3. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.2 
 4. Channels, Kango.4.8 
 5. Loubry, Brussels4.6 
 6. Clark, Antwerp4.2 
 7. Marnegrave, Spirou4.2 
 8. Bosco, Mons-Hai.4.0 
 9. Hertay, Liege3.7 
 10. Tuttle, Limburg .3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Miller-M., Leuven1.9 
 2. Channels, Kango.1.6 
 3. Simpson, Liege1.5 
 4. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 5. Hertay, Liege1.4 
 6. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 7. Billbury, Leuven1.3 
 8. Clark, Antwerp1.3 
 9. Muya, Brussels1.3 
 10. Marnegrave, Spirou1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill AMIS
  Aalstar
  (206-PF-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Amis, Aalstar1.5 
 2. Fields, Liege1.0 
 3. Boukichou, Oostende0.9 
 4. Bako, Leuven0.8 
 5. Fusek, Spirou0.8 
 6. Henry, Kangoeroes0.8 
 7. Ubel, Brussels0.7 
 8. Ware, Antwerp0.7 
 9. Blair, Aalstar0.6 
 10. Olah, Mons-Hainaut0.6 


D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Lhoest, Ninane19.9 
 2. Celis, Oxaco19.7 
 3. Moris, Royal Brussels18.9 
 4. Lambrecht, Gistel O.17.6 
 5. Wachowiak, Gembo B.16.5 
 6. Maesen, Houthalen16.4 
 7. Hilliman, Melsele16.4 
 8. Van-Hoey, Oxaco16.3 
 9. Baptista, Gistel O.16.2 
 10. Guillemyn, Waregem15.9 
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. Gorremans, Soba7.4 
 6. Celis, Oxaco7.4 
 7. Vermeersch, Gembo B.7.4 
 8. Bogaerts, Soba7.0 
 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. Lhote, Gent Hawks4.6 
 3. Goethaert, Gembo B.4.2 
 4. Celis, Oxaco4.2 
 5. Lhoest, Ninane3.6 
 6. Mwendanga, Giants B.3.5 
 7. Maesen, Houthalen3.2 
 8. Kanda-K., Giants B3.2 
 9. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.3.0 
 10. Beaujean, Gembo B.3.0 
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. Celis, Oxaco1.7 
 4. Goethaert, Gembo B.1.7 
 5. Van-Hoey, Oxaco1.6 
 6. Van-d., Ekeren1.5 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.1.5 
 8. Riahi, RPC A.1.5 
 9. Hemeleers, Gistel O.1.4 
 10. Hockins, RPC A.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony VERMEERSCH
  Gembo B.
  (202-C-90)
  Avg: 1
 1. Vermeersch, Gembo B.1.0 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele0.9 
 3. Fall, Ieper0.9 
 4. Van-d., Gent Hawks0.7 
 5. Lambrecht, Gistel O.0.7 
 6. Samaey, Waregem0.6 
 7. Rogiers, Giants B0.6 
 8. De-Pooter, Gent H.0.6 
 9. Wachowiak, Gembo B.0.6 
 10. Iliaens, Gembo BBC0.5 



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  BOLIVIA  


Giyoh Shey agreed terms with Pichincha - by Francisco Vega

Pichincha de Potosi (Libobasquet) inked 29-year old American (has also Cameroonian passport) swingman Giyoh Shey (193-90kg-88). He played recently at Univ. San Simon in Bolivian Libobasquet. Shey missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Shey won Bolivian Libobasquet Clausura championship title in 2015.
He is a very experienced player. Shey has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different countries on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Shey has played previously professionally also in Japan (Yokohama B-Corsairs), ABA (San Diego Surf), Peru (Inmaculada and CC de Villa) and Bolivia (Amistad and Atenas de Tarija).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Tischer is back at Pichincha - by Francisco Vega

Pichincha de Potosi (Libobasquet) signed experienced 34-year old Brazilian ex-international center Lucas Tischer (208-100kg-83). It is actually his comeback to Pichincha as he has played here before. Tischer just played at CD Tinguiririca San Fernando in Chilean Liga Nacional. In 9 games he had very impressive stats: 16.4ppg, 8.3rpg and 3.0apg this season. The last summer Tischer played at Club Universidad San Simon where in three Liga Sudamericana games he recorded 11.7ppg, 9.7rpg, 2.7apg, 1.7spg and 1.3bpg. Tischer also played that season for Pichincha de Potosi. The other team he played that season for was Sport in Brazilian Liga Ouro. In 8 games he averaged 11.6ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.0apg.
Tischer's team made it to the Bolivian Libobasquet Clausura Semifinals in 2015. He was a member of Brazilian Senior National Team back in 2006.
Tischer is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Argentina (Penarol), Israel, Italy, Uruguay (Malvin), Brazil (Paschoalotto/Bauru, Sport Club do Recife, Sao Jose, Liga Sorocaba and Internacional) and Bolivia (Amistad).
Tischer could be described: A very mobile and athletic center, very good leaper and shot blocker, whos future is maybe at power forward.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Glover comes back to Univ. San Simon, ex Hyundai-TSU - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Club Universidad San Simon (Libobasquet) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American guard Matt Glover (196-96kg-91, college: USF). It is actually his comeback to Cochabamba as he has played here before. Glover He played recently at Hyundai-TSU Tbilisi in Georgian A League. Glover also played that season for Abejas in Mexican LNBP where in 12 A League games he recorded 11.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.8apg this season.
Glover's team was regular season runner-up in WCC in 2014.
Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Glover has played previously professionally in Mexico (Halcones Rojos) and Bolivia (Univ. San Simon).
He attended University of San Francisco until 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BRAZIL  

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Kendall ANTHONY
  Macae
  (173-PG-93)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Anthony, Macae20.7 
 2. Stallworth, Mogi20.5 
 3. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 4. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.19.3 
 5. Vieira, Flamengo18.6 
 6. Garcia, Bauru18.4 
 7. Holloway, Pinheiros18.3 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia18.2 
 9. Andrade, Bauru18.0 
 10. Dawkins, Vitoria17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.9.7 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 3. Maynard, Minas7.7 
 4. de-Souza, L.Sor.7.7 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.6 
 6. Ansaloni, Pinheiros6.7 
 7. Andrade, Bauru6.6 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia6.6 
 9. Curnell, Mogi6.4 
 10. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.6 
 2. Anthony, Macae5.7 
 3. Borges, Franca5.5 
 4. Garcia, Bauru5.3 
 5. Pecos, Paulistano5.2 
 6. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.1 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.4.8 
 8. Rodgers, Minas4.7 
 9. Dawkins, Vitoria4.6 
 10. Cafferata, L.Sor.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kenny DAWKINS
  Vitoria
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Dawkins, Vitoria1.9 
 2. Taylor, Mogi1.9 
 3. Jackson, Vasco D.1.8 
 4. Garcia, Bauru1.8 
 5. Curnell, Mogi1.7 
 6. Schneider, Macae1.6 
 7. Machado, B.Cea.1.6 
 8. Rodgers, Minas1.6 
 9. Stallworth, Mogi1.6 
 10. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Leonardo KLASSMANN
  B.Cea.
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Klassmann, B.Cea.1.1 
 2. Nunes, Campo M.1.0 
 3. Dias-Silva, Pauli.0.8 
 4. Mariano, Brasilia0.7 
 5. Castellar, Brasilia0.7 
 6. Lenz, Pinheiros0.7 
 7. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 
 8. Teichmann, Pinheiros0.6 
 9. Camilo, Macae0.6 
 10. Tavares, L.Sorocaba0.6 


Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 16.2
 1. Smith, Botafogo.16.2 
 2. Vezaro, Joinville15.9 
 3. Gaines, Blumenau15.7 
 4. Filho, Botafogo.14.2 
 5. Stocks, Blumenau13.9 
 6. Maistro, Contagem13.2 
 7. Lima, Santos/M.12.9 
 8. Alvim, Contagem12.0 
 9. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.11.9 
 10. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.11.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Prado, Brusque10.1 
 2. Silva, Blumenau8.2 
 3. Moreira, Botafogo.8.1 
 4. Lazzaris, Blumenau7.3 
 5. Perez, Botafogo.7.0 
 6. Alvim, Contagem6.8 
 7. Russell, Botafogo.6.7 
 8. Jeronimo, Joinville6.5 
 9. Gaines, Blumenau6.3 
 10. Silva, Brusque6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Smith, Botafogo.4.6 
 2. Romualdo, Contagem4.3 
 3. Perez, Contagem3.9 
 4. Froehlich, Joinville3.8 
 5. Semmke, Blumenau3.5 
 6. Stocks, Blumenau2.9 
 7. da-Silva, Botafogo.2.9 
 8. Prado, Brusque2.9 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.2.6 
 10. Alvim, Contagem2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Deonta STOCKS
  Blumenau
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Stocks, Blumenau3.3 
 2. Maistro, Contagem2.2 
 3. Lazzaris, Blumenau1.8 
 4. Vezaro, Joinville1.6 
 5. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.6 
 6. Perez, Contagem1.5 
 7. Moreira, Blumenau1.3 
 8. Romualdo, Contagem1.3 
 9. Froehlich, Joinville1.2 
 10. Lima, Santos/M.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Rodrigo SILVA
  Brusque
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Silva, Brusque1.1 
 2. Silva, Blumenau0.8 
 3. Perez, Botafogo.0.8 
 4. Lima, Santos/M.0.7 
 5. Maistro, Contagem0.7 
 6. Jeronimo, Joinville0.6 
 7. Tiago, Brusque0.6 
 8. Machado, Santos/M.0.5 
 9. Gaines, Blumenau0.5 
 10. Ferreira, Botafogo.0.5 


Results and Stats from NBB Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Mogi - Vitoria 83-87

Vitoria outgunned Mogi das Cruzes on the road to even the series at 1-1. Universo/Vitoria outrebounded Mogi 39-23 including a 28-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Universo/Vitoria especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. American guard Keyron Sheard (188-86, college: Chattanooga, agency: Haylett Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import point guard Kenny Dawkins (175-87, college: Lamar) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) replied with 24 points and 6 assists and American forward Tyrone Curnell (203-88, college: Valdosta St.) added 17 points in the effort for Mogi. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Mogi: S.Stallworth 24+4reb+6ast, C.Silveira 18+4reb, T.Curnell 17+4reb+3ast, J.de Oliveira 12+2reb+2ast, L.Taylor 6+2reb+3ast, G.Santo 3+5reb+1ast
Vitoria: K.Sheard 24+6reb+2ast, K.Dawkins 18+8reb+3ast, C.Hayes 16+3reb+4ast, D.Kurtz 11+6reb, R.Scholz 6+4reb+2ast, E.de Oliveira 4+5reb
gschID: 544909


Franca - Paulistano 92-79

Franca gained the opening victory against Paulistano claiming a comfortable home success. Vivo/Franca dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Paulistano's 22. Point guard Alexey Borges (188-95) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international point guard Henrique Coelho (183-93) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Five Vivo/Franca players scored in double figures. Eddy Carvalho (196-87) responded with 14 points and forward Lucas Dias-Silva (209-95) scored 16 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Paulistano: L.Dias Silva 16+1reb, E.Carvalho 14+3reb+2ast, A.Pecos 9+2reb+1ast, J.Luz dos Santos 9+2reb+1ast, R.Carbonari 9+7reb+1ast, G.Lucas 6+5reb+3ast
Franca: I.Goncalves 18+4reb, L.Cipolini 15+2reb, A.Borges 14+5reb+9ast, H.Coelho 13+6reb+4ast, A.Ferreira 12+4reb+1ast, P.Lima 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 544908


Flamengo - Pinheiros 83-73

Flamengo held off Pinheiros to secure 2-0 lead in the series. Flamengo made 29-of-35 charity shots (82.9 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Pinheiros was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) scored 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Dominican-American guard Ronald Ramon (183-86, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 19 points during the contest. American guard Desmond Holloway (191-90, college: Co.Carolina) responded with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) and his fellow American import guard Cordero Bennett (188-88) scored 18 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros: D.Holloway 21+5reb+4ast, C.Bennett 18+2reb+1ast, G.Barbosa 11+7reb+2ast, G.Teichmann 9+6reb+3ast, R.Ansaloni 6+8reb, A.Neto 5+2reb+2ast
Flamengo: M.Vieira 22+7reb+5ast, R.Ramon 19+1reb+1ast, R.Fischer 10+5reb+4ast, R.de Souza 8+3reb+1ast, O.Rodriguez 7+8reb+1ast, M.Machado 6+3reb+6ast
gschID: 544907


Brasilia - Bauru 73-77

Bauru overcame Brasilia to level things up at 1-1. Brasilia was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. International guard Alex Garcia (191-80, agency: Interperformances) scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international Leonardo Meindl (201-93) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Four Paschoalotto/Bauru players scored in double figures. International power forward Lucas Mariano (208-93) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds and international point guard Deryk Ramos (185-94) scored 20 points. Brasilia's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Brasilia: D.Ramos 20+2reb+1ast, L.Mariano 19+5reb, A.Oliveira 11+1reb+1ast, P.Alves 10+5reb+4ast, F.de Assis 8+5reb+5ast, G.Giovannoni 5+11reb+2ast
Bauru: G.Santos 19+2reb, J.Carlos Junior 17+2reb+2ast, A.Garcia 15+5reb+5ast, L.Meindl 12+5reb+5ast, V.Silva 8+1reb+3ast, S.Santos 4+3reb
gschID: 544906





Tischer is back at Pichincha - by Francisco Vega

Pichincha de Potosi (Libobasquet) signed experienced 34-year old Brazilian ex-international center Lucas Tischer (208-100kg-83). It is actually his comeback to Pichincha as he has played here before. Tischer just played at CD Tinguiririca San Fernando in Chilean Liga Nacional. In 9 games he had very impressive stats: 16.4ppg, 8.3rpg and 3.0apg this season. The last summer Tischer played at Club Universidad San Simon where in three Liga Sudamericana games he recorded 11.7ppg, 9.7rpg, 2.7apg, 1.7spg and 1.3bpg. Tischer also played that season for Pichincha de Potosi. The other team he played that season for was Sport in Brazilian Liga Ouro. In 8 games he averaged 11.6ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.0apg.
Tischer's team made it to the Bolivian Libobasquet Clausura Semifinals in 2015. He was a member of Brazilian Senior National Team back in 2006.
Tischer is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Argentina (Penarol), Israel, Italy, Uruguay (Malvin), Brazil (Paschoalotto/Bauru, Sport Club do Recife, Sao Jose, Liga Sorocaba and Internacional) and Bolivia (Amistad).
Tischer could be described: A very mobile and athletic center, very good leaper and shot blocker, whos future is maybe at power forward.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 D.J. SHELTON
  Rilski
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Shelton, Rilski20.8 
 2. Semple, Akademik.20.3 
 3. Ivanov, Levski19.6 
 4. Smith, Akademik PL17.7 
 5. Marincheshki, Spartak .17.6 
 6. Petkov, Yambol17.5 
 7. Sekulovic, Balkan17.0 
 8. Savic, Spartak .16.4 
 9. Tsonkov, Cherno M.16.3 
 10. Marinov, Spartak .15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Semple, Akademik.12.2 
 2. Shelton, Rilski10.8 
 3. Marincheshki, Spartak .9.5 
 4. Sekulovic, Balkan9.0 
 5. Zack, Lukoil Acad.8.5 
 6. Savic, Spartak .8.4 
 7. Varbanov, Yambol8.1 
 8. Bruinsma, Rilski7.8 
 9. Jones, Beroe7.8 
 10. Daniels, Balkan7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar BELLFIELD
  Akademik.
  (187-PG-90)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Bellfield, Akademik.6.8 
 2. Karamfilov, Cherno M.6.1 
 3. Gruev, Spartak .5.8 
 4. Hott, Balkan5.5 
 5. Dudev, Spartak .5.1 
 6. Gibson, Lukoil Acad.5.0 
 7. Parker, Rilski4.8 
 8. Marinov, Balkan4.5 
 9. Bozov, Rilski4.4 
 10. Hadjirusev, Levski4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Oscar BELLFIELD
  Akademik.
  (187-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Bellfield, Akademik.2.2 
 2. Semple, Akademik.2.0 
 3. Parker, Rilski1.9 
 4. Karamfilov, Cherno M.1.9 
 5. Marinov, Balkan1.8 
 6. Gibson, Beroe1.8 
 7. Zahariev, Lukoil A.1.7 
 8. Jones, Beroe1.6 
 9. Beane, Lukoil Acad.1.6 
 10. Hott, Balkan1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Semple, Akademik.2.0 
 2. Jones, Beroe1.5 
 3. Varbanov, Yambol1.0 
 4. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.1.0 
 5. Savic, Spartak .0.8 
 6. Doychinov, Levski0.8 
 7. Petkov, Yambol0.7 
 8. Zack, Lukoil Acad.0.7 
 9. Gudul, Beroe0.6 
 10. Marincheshki, Spartak .0.6 


NBL Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. Lukoil advance into semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Balkan - Rilski 100-75

Balkan fired past Rilski to force the decisive third game in the series. Balkan shot 61.5 percent from the field. They also forced 19 Rilski turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The former international guard Stanimir Marinov (192-91, agency: Interperformances) had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Travis Daniels (202-92, college: Mississippi St.) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Five Balkan players scored in double figures. American forward Evan Bruinsma (202-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import forward DJ Shelton (208-91, college: Washington St.) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). 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:
Rilski: E.Bruinsma 19+8reb+2ast, D.Shelton 16+5reb, Y.Bozov 11+2reb+3ast, Z.Georgiev 9+4reb+4ast, D.Ivanov 6+2reb+5ast, A.Sekulov 6+1reb+1ast
Balkan: S.Marinov 23+2reb+10ast, T.Daniels 21+7reb+1ast, M.Sekulovic 15+5reb+2ast, A.Hott 13+2reb+1ast, N.Marinov 13+1reb+4ast, R.Kochev 5+1reb
gschID: 545165


Spartak Pleven - Beroe 93-92

Spartak Pleven nipped Beroe to stay alive in the series. Strangely Beroe outrebounded Spartak Pleven 45-25 including 19 on the offensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 53.1 percentage. Spartak Pleven looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. The best player for the winners was power forward Dimitar Marincheshki (200-90) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Montenegrin-Serbian center Milovan Savic (205-87) chipped in 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Spartak Pleven players scored in double figures. American forward Aaron Jones (206-93, college: Mississippi) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 20 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Brandis Raley-Ross (191-87, college: S.Carolina) added 19 points and 8 assists respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Beroe: A.Jones 23+20reb, B.Raley-Ross 19+4reb+8ast, S.Gibson 12+1reb+4ast, S.Tesija 8+4reb+1ast, N.Nikolov 8+4reb+2ast, P.Aleksiev 7+1reb+1ast
Spartak Pleven: D.Marincheshki 23+10reb, M.Marinov 21+2reb+4ast, M.Savic 19+7reb+4ast, G.Nikolov 11+1reb+1ast, M.Dudev 11+2reb+11ast, A.Gruev 7+2reb+9ast
gschID: 545164


Cherno More - Akademik PL 85-79

Cherno More outgunned Akademik Plovdiv to even the series at 1-1. Cherno More players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Point guard Deyan Karamfilov (180-94) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Guard Stanislav Tsonkov (192-91) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American point guard Oscar Bellfield (187-90, college: UNLV) replied with 23 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and French-American forward Jordan Semple (201-92, college: Chico St., agency: Octagon Europe) added 16 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Academik Plovdiv. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Akademik PL: O.Bellfield 23+5reb+4ast, J.Semple 16+10reb+3ast, S.Smith 10, V.Bachev 10+4reb+1ast, S.Davis 9+5reb+1ast, M.Sutulovic 4+1ast
Cherno More: N.Djuric 20+3reb, S.Tsonkov 15+5reb+6ast, D.Karamfilov 14+6reb+9ast, V.Georgiev 13+1reb, V.Hristov 12+1reb+2ast, F.Dedijer 8+11reb+2ast
gschID: 545163


Yambol - Lukoil Acad. 71-85

Lukoil rallied past Yambol to sweep the quarterfinal series. Lukoil Acad. forced 20 Yambol turnovers. Ukrainian power forward Maxym Korniyenko (205-87, agency: BeoBasket) notched 16 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and international Dimitar Dimitrov (203-93, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Even 22 points by guard Stanislav Govedarov (185-80) did not help to save the game for Yambol. The former international center Nikolay Varbanov (209-85, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Yambol: S.Govedarov 22+1reb, N.Varbanov 11+7reb+2ast, S.Cholakov 8+7reb, E.Ivanov 7+1reb+1ast, T.Ostrev 7+5reb+3ast, V.Petkov 6+5reb+2ast
Lukoil Acad.: M.Korniyenko 16+7reb, D.Dimitrov 14+5reb+2ast, D.Gibson 13+3reb+3ast, A.Beane 10+3reb+1ast, B.Avramov 9+3reb+3ast, S.Zack 6+9reb+3ast
gschID: 545162





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  CAMEROON  


Giyoh Shey agreed terms with Pichincha - by Francisco Vega

Pichincha de Potosi (Libobasquet) inked 29-year old American (has also Cameroonian passport) swingman Giyoh Shey (193-90kg-88). He played recently at Univ. San Simon in Bolivian Libobasquet. Shey missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Shey won Bolivian Libobasquet Clausura championship title in 2015.
He is a very experienced player. Shey has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different countries on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Shey has played previously professionally also in Japan (Yokohama B-Corsairs), ABA (San Diego Surf), Peru (Inmaculada and CC de Villa) and Bolivia (Amistad and Atenas de Tarija).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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AS FALL ON THE ROAD TO NIAGRA RIVER LIONS 121-106 - by John Gary

COURTESY OURSPORTSCENTRAL.COM After losing a close one to the Kitchner Waterloo Titans the night before, the Orangeville AS 15-22, HEADED TO THE Meridan Centre to take on the Niagra River Lions. Both teams started the game evenly matched offensively as an exchange of baskets ensued early. Anthony Harris continued great play for the AS as he steadily hit shots and found his way to the basket for a ten point opening quarter. Jameson Tipping was right there with him to contribute 6 points of his own. Althougth the AS shot 38 percent from the field 10-26 and 3-8 from three point range the River Lions put them at the line for plenty of extra opportunities and the AS CAPITALIZED SHOOTING 6-7 87 PERCENT. nICK Okorie led the way for Niagra with 8 points. The quarter ended with a close score of 32-28 for the Lions. The Niagra River Lions looked to continue their steady offence as they came out quick in the second quarter on a 5-1 run to take a 37-29 lead over the as. Richard Amarde scored 9 points while Samuel Murray contributed 8 points for the River Lions. The quarter ended with the Niagra River Lions up 67-54 over the Orangeville AS AS THEY CONTINUED TO BATTLE. In the third quarter, the Niagra River Lions came out very polished as their fluent ball movement and aggressive rebounds allowed them to create separation from the AS. Richard Amande continued his impressive play scoring 11 points by the mid mark of the frame. The AS Anthony Harris orchestrated the offense passing and scoring to keep Orangeville in the game as he managed 7b points and 3 assits in the quarter. The offensive play for the Lions was very efficient as they finished the quarter with a score of 100-81. Even thougth the AS started the quarter down 100-81, they burst out into the fourth quarter with a 10-2 run courtesy of four points from Anthony Harris and another 6 from Alex Johnson as the AS cut the Lions lead to 11 points. The Lions adjusted and responded throgth Samuel Muldraw who scored 8 points in the frame. The AS tried to stay competitive through the play of Alex Johnsons. Jameson Tipping and Tyshawn Patterson but in the end the Lions walked out with a 121-106 win.


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  CAYMAN ISLANDS  


Warriors hold off Sol Blazers - by Eurobasket News

The Warriors defeated the defending champions - Sol Blazers at Clifton Hunter High School Gymnasium last night. The Blazers came out firing on all cylinders, jumping out to an early lead; but the Warriors switched their defense to keep the Blazers off the glass: it paid off! Back came the warriors with a reckless abandon, erasing a 12 point deficit. From there, both teams would trade baskets and runs the entire game, but the Warriors would take the lead with 2 minutes to go and not look back. In the dying seconds of the game, only down by 1 point, the Blazers stole the ball and attacked the basket for what seemed to be a definite lead change and possibly a game winner. But the Warriors' Kenval Bryan (F) had a different idea! Bryan leaped into the air and pasted the Blazer's shot attempt against the backboard in what can only be described as a look-alike to Lebron James' game winning block in last year's NBA finals. Final Score - 70-67. For the Warriors, Collin Anglin (186-G-78) led all Scorers with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 2 steals while Omari Corbin added a monster 18 point, 20 rebound game. Kenval Bryan added 18 points, 15 rebounds and 3 blocks. For the Blazers: Kevin Maxwell Led the way with 23 points, 18 rebounds and 2 blocks while Philip Reid added 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists.
Courtesy of: caymanbasketball.com



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  CBA  


Bowling Green completes record-setting rally to stun Middle Tennessee; Baltimore edges Fort Wayne late - by Eurobasket News

BALTIMORE 89, FORT WAYNE 86: (Severn, Md.) - In the third and final meeting between the two teams this regular season, Baltimore and Fort Wayne engaged in a highly-contested, back-and-forth affair, featuring over 20 lead changes during the game. Needing a victory to stay alive in the postseason race, Baltimore kept the pressure on the defending champions all night long, including having 12 lead changes in the final period. But with Fort Wayne up 84-81 with 80 seconds remaining in the game, Baltimore went on a 8-0 run to edge out the victory over the visitors. Baltimore (3-5), which completed their regular season schedule tonight and won three out of their final four games, were led by Torey Fassett (6'6''-F) (27 points), Jermaine Bolden (5'10''-PG-86, college: Morgan St.) (19 points) and Damarius Cruz (6'0''-PG, college: St.Cloud St.) (18 points), while Fort Wayne (5-2), who have now lost two out of their last three contests, were led by Antonio Wilson (6'8''-F-92, college: Glen Oaks CC) (19 points) and Mikel Brigham (17 points). Baltimore will need some help from several teams next weekend to back in to the playoffs as the fourth seed, while Fort Wayne will be in a critical showdown next Saturday night on the road, as they face Indianapolis for potentially the top-seed in the playoffs.
BOWLING GREEN 108, MIDDLE TENNESSEE 107: (Nashville, Tenn.) - Five weeks ago, on the same court in Nashville, Bowling Green was handed their worst loss in the organization's five-year history, as they fell to Middle Tennessee by 29 points. It appeared the same script was in store this evening, as Middle Tennessee led by 12 points at halftime, led by 15 points at the end of three quarters, and led by as many as 17 points with five minutes remaining in the game. But Bowling Green began a comeback for the record books, as down 105-93 with a little over two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the visitors went on a 15-2 run to end the game, capped by Fred Sturdivant (6'7''-F-91, college: Texas Southern)'s game-winning basket with 1.8 seconds on the clock to stun Middle Tennessee at home. Bowling Green (3-2), who now control their own destiny for the postseason and can potentially earn the top seed if they win out, were led by Fred Sturdivant and Damarius Smith (6'2''-G-91, college: Lipscomb) with 20 points each, while Middle Tennessee (1-5), which has lost a record fifth consecutive game, were led by Torye Pelham (6'6''-F-87, college: S.Mississippi) with 16 points, and Marquis Patton and Joshua Sain (6'7''-F-88, college: Shorter) with 15 points each. The two teams will meet again tomorrow afternoon in Kentucky, where another loss for Middle Tennessee will eliminate them from playoff contention.
Courtesy of: playcba.com



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Liga Nacional Round 5 of Finals. CDE Talca clinch third straight victory - by Eurobasket News

Osorno - CDE Talca 79-82

CDE Talca celebrated the third straight win in LNB Finals to take 3-2 lead. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 24-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Espanol de Talca especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. The best player for the winners was American forward Dwight McCombs (203-89, college: Cent.Florida, agency: DTMones) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. The former international forward Samuel Bravo (194-82) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Espanol de Talca players scored in double figures. Nigerian-American center Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds and American forward Brandon Robinson (198-89, college: Clayton St.) added 23 points respectively for the hosts. Osorno Basquetbol's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Osorno: R.Okosa 25+13reb+3ast, B.Robinson 23+4reb+1ast, R.Munoz 11+5reb+6ast, J.Fontena 8+8reb, S.Salamanca 6+4reb, M.Sepulveda 4+1reb
CDE Talca: D.McCombs 23+11reb, P.Barraza 14+6reb+3ast, S.Bravo 13+6reb+5ast, V.Guaico 12+1ast, E.Sepulveda 11+3reb+5ast, R.Gomez 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 545182





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  CROATIA  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb21.9 
 3. Novacic, Jolly JBS19.0 
 4. Marcinkovic, KK Za.19.0 
 5. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.2 
 6. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek17.0 
 7. Konjevic, Skrljevo16.7 
 8. Zoric, Cibona16.6 
 9. Vucic, Alkar Sinj16.1 
 10. Sakic, Cibona16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miro BILAN
  Cedevita
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Bilan, Cedevita7.7 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.7.6 
 3. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek7.2 
 4. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.8 
 5. Sakic, Cibona6.7 
 6. Novacic, Jolly JBS6.7 
 7. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.5 
 8. Zganec, Cedevita5.9 
 9. Rajic, H.Analitica5.9 
 10. Perkovic, Skrljevo5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.1 
 3. Reynolds, Cibona5.8 
 4. Scott, Jolly JBS5.7 
 5. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.5 
 6. Filipovic, KK Split5.5 
 7. Vrbica, Gorica5.3 
 8. Kapusta, Zabok4.9 
 9. Raic, H.Analitica4.8 
 10. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 2. Veljacic, Kvarner .2.3 
 3. Reynolds, Cibona2.0 
 4. Sirko, KK Split1.9 
 5. Marcinkovic, KK Za.1.8 
 6. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.8 
 7. Babic, Zabok1.8 
 8. Stemberger, Skrlj.1.7 
 9. Katic, Cedevita1.6 
 10. Mazalin, Zadar1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Izzet TURKYILMAZ
  GKK S.
  (212-F/C-90)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Turkyilmaz, GKK S.1.5 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.1.3 
 3. Bundovic, Cedevita1.1 
 4. Zoric, Cibona0.9 
 5. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek0.9 
 6. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.8 
 7. Papac, Jolly JBS0.7 
 8. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.7 
 9. Usic, H.Analitica0.7 
 10. Vucic, Kvarner 20100.6 


Osijek force game 3, Cedevita sweep Jolly JBS - by Zeljko Zule

Osijek defeated Split 85-65 to force a decisive game 3 in the first round of the Croatian A1 League play-offs. Cedevita outscored highly ranked Jolly JBS 85-65 to sweep a quarterfinal series.

Vrijednosnice Osijek (7) - Split (2) 85-65 (Osijek tied series at 1-1): Osijek made a 7-0 run to turn a one-point deficit into a 39-33 lead late in the second quarter and never looked back for the rest of the game. Split cut the deficit to one point early in the second half and was down by two, when the home team went on a decisive 8-0 run for a 62-52 late in the third quarter. Osijek outscored Split 23-10 in the fourth quarter. Jakov Mustapic (193-G-94) scored 16 points for Osijek, Jalen Robinson (206-F/C-93, college: Dalton St.) 15, Domagoj Vukovic (208-F/C-93) 14, Aljosa Sarac (190-G-89) and Matej Karlovic (200-F-89) both added 11. Split was led by Mateo Kedzo (206-F/C-84) and Filip Najev (206-C-92), who both scored 14 points, and Henrik Sirko (201-F-93) scored 12.

(6) - Jolly JBS (3) 85-65 (Cedevita won series 2-0): Cedevita trailed just once, at 2-3, and took control of the game benhind a 10-0 run for a 26-15 lead early in the second half. Jolly cut the deficit to 28-34, but the home team responed with six straight points and opened second half with a 9-0 run to exted their advantage to 49-33. Cedevita outrebounded Jolly 55-21, picking up 22 offensive boards. Dzanan Musa (204-SG-99) scored 19 points including four 3-pointers, Toni Katic (188-PG-92) added 15 points, Miro Bilan (213-C-89) had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Filip Kruslin (198-SG-89) poured in 12 points and Karlo Zganec (206-C/F-95) grabed 12 rebounds. Jolly hit more 3-pointers (13) than 2-point fields (11). Bruno Markulin (195-SF-92) came off the bench for 16 points including four 3-pointers, Ivan Novacic (201-F-85) scored 13 points and Ivan Papac (207-F/C-87) 10.



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Jerome Frink is No.1 pick in 2017 LNB Draft - by Eurobasket News

Jerome Frink (201-F-93) was chosen by Soles de Santo Domingo as the first pick of the LNB Draft 2017. Raymer Santana as the second pick was chosen by Caneros del Este. Herbert Graham (196-G-93, college: Armstr.Atlantic) will play for Huracanes de Puerto Plata. Shawn Lawton was 4th pick for Reales de La Vega and Grant Ellis was chosen as 5th pick for Huracanes.
Los Soles chose William Cruz and Lenny Cerda Rodriguez joined the forces of Metros de Santiago.
The LNB 2017 tournament is slated for May 24 with the participation of the traditional eight teams.



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Liga Superior Round 10: Thunder keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Thunder as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Thunder defeated 8th ranked ADB in San Salvador 79-73. They outrebounded ADB 72-43 including a 25-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Thunder looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Diego Ferrin had a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!) and 21 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Jorge Leon chipped in 12 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side Hector Landaverde (-92) responded with 44 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Thunder have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with San Marcos. ADB at the other side keeps the eighth place with seven games lost. ADB will play next round against ExSAL ST trying to get back on the winning streak. Thunder will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked ABA in Apopa.
The game in Apopa was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked San Marcos (7-3) played at the court of 5th ranked ABA (4-8). San Marcos managed to secure a 7-point victory 65-58. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ABA. Milton Martinez (-88) notched 14 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) to lead the effort and Roger Diaz supported him with 13 points. San Marcos' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 21 points and 9 rebounds by Jonathan Zometa did not help to save the game for ABA. San Marcos have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Thunder. ABA at the other side keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. San Marcos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in San Marcos to the arena Marquense.
Second ranked Izalco (8-1) beat at home 10th ranked Biomedical (1-9) by 13 points 96-83, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. Marcus Thomas fired a double-double by scoring 51 points (!!!), 16 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Carlos Pineda produced 37 points (!!!) for lost side. Despite that victory Izalco went down to third position due to points difference. Biomedical lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with nine games lost. Izalco will meet ExSAL ST (#6) in the next round. Biomedical will play against Ausoles (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Izalco - Biomedical 96-83

Second ranked Izalco (8-1) beat at home 10th ranked Biomedical (1-9) by 13 points 96-83, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. Izalco outrebounded Biomedical 51-39 including 17 on the offensive glass. American swingman Marcus Thomas (191-95, college: Rosemont) fired a double-double by scoring 51 points (!!!), 16 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Forward Julio Crespin (184-97) chipped in 23 points. Guard Carlos Pineda (178-92) produced 37 points (!!!) and guard Emerson Morales (180-89) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Despite that victory Izalco went down to third position due to points difference. Biomedical lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with nine games lost. Izalco will meet ExSAL ST (#6) in the next round. Biomedical will play against Ausoles (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Izalco: M.Thomas 51+16reb+6ast, J.Crespin 23+4reb+3ast, G.Galdamez 8+9reb+1ast, J.Landaverde 3+4reb, S.Leon 2+3reb+1ast, P.Barillas 2+2ast
Biomedical: C.Pineda 37+4reb+3ast, E.Morales 17+4reb+2ast, I.Campos 11+6reb+2ast, E.Pacas 7+5reb, N.Cordero 6+8reb, S.Bonilla 2+8reb+4ast
gschID: 544836


Thunder - ADB 79-73

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Thunder as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Thunder defeated 8th ranked ADB in San Salvador 79-73. They outrebounded ADB 72-43 including a 25-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Thunder looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Diego Ferrin had a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!) and 21 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Jorge Leon chipped in 12 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side Hector Landaverde (-92) responded with 44 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 6 assists and Marlon Marroquin (-97) scored 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Thunder have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with San Marcos. ADB at the other side keeps the eighth place with seven games lost. ADB will play next round against ExSAL ST trying to get back on the winning streak. Thunder will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked ABA in Apopa.
Top scorers:
Thunder: D.Ferrin 41+21reb+3ast, J.Leon 12+12reb+5ast, E.Gudiel 7+3reb+2ast, C.Rivera 6+6reb+3ast, S.Diaz 5+4reb+2ast, D.Aguilar 4+20reb+2ast
ADB: H.Landaverde 44+5reb+6ast, M.Marroquin 18+8reb+4ast, H.Pacas 4+11reb, C.Canizales 4+6reb+7ast, F.Pineda 3+6reb+4ast, M.Gonzalez 0
gschID: 544832


ABA - San Marcos 58-65

The game in Apopa was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked San Marcos (7-3) played at the court of 5th ranked ABA (4-8). San Marcos managed to secure a 7-point victory 65-58. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ABA. ABA was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Milton Martinez (-88) notched 14 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) to lead the effort and Roger Diaz (-99) supported him with 13 points. Four San Marcos players scored in double figures. San Marcos' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 21 points and 9 rebounds by Jonathan Zometa did not help to save the game for ABA. Jonathan Roque added 11 points for lost side. San Marcos have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Thunder. ABA at the other side keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. San Marcos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in San Marcos to the arena Marquense.
Top scorers:
San Marcos: M.Martinez 14+8reb, L.Gomez 14+1reb+3ast, R.Diaz 13+4reb+2ast, A.Cantor 10+4reb+1ast, F.Escobar 7+4reb+4ast, E.Recinos 2+1reb
ABA: J.Zometa 21+9reb+1ast, J.Roque 11+1reb+3ast, E.Sosa 10+1reb+3ast, L.Medina 7+6reb+1ast, M.Vasquez 5+2reb+2ast, A.Ojeda 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 544831





Salvadorean Liga Superior round 10 best performance: Diego Ferrin - by Eurobasket News

Diego Ferrin had a very impressive game in the last round for Thunder, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The player had a double-double of 41 points and 21 rebounds, while his team beat ADB (#7, 3-7) 79-73. Thanks to this victory Thunder moved-up to the 4th position in Salvadorean Liga Superior. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Thunder will need more victories to improve their 7-4 record. In the team's last game Ferrin had a remarkable 59.1% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Thunder and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Diego Ferrin has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 31.4ppg), rebounds (4th best: 12.0rpg), assists (9th best: 3.9apg) and averages impressive 2.1bpg and 51.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young American Marcus Thomas (191-G/F-95) of league's second-best Izalco. Thomas had a very good evening with a double-double of 51 points and 16 rebounds. Of course he led Izalco to another comfortable win 96-83 over the lower-ranked Biomedical (#10, 2-9) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Izalco to move up to second position in the standings. His team belongs to top of the standings with 9-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Thomas is one of the most experienced players at Izalco and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 49.1ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 20.0rpg and 10.7apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was Hector Landaverde (92) of ADB (#7). Landaverde got into 30-points club by scoring 44 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds and six assists. Despite Landaverde's great performance ADB lost 73-79 to the higher-ranked Thunder (#4, 7-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of ADB not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 7 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Landaverde could try to bring ADB's a little bit higher in the standings. Landaverde has individually a great season in El Salvador. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 30.7ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Carlos Pineda (178-G-92) of Biomedical - 37 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jonathan Zometa) of ABA - 21 points and 9 rebounds
6. Daniel Aguilar) of Thunder - 4 points, 20 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jorge Leon) of Thunder - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Marlon Marroquin (97) of ADB - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Roger Diaz (99) of San Marcos - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Cesar Canizales (81) of ADB - 4 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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  ESTONIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin BAKER
  Tarvas
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Baker, Tarvas19.3 
 2. Dzeletovic, TL.18.3 
 3. Jarvelainen, TTU17.1 
 4. Bubalo, Parnu16.8 
 5. van-der-Mars, Rap.15.8 
 6. Olmre, TTU15.7 
 7. Post, Tarvas15.5 
 8. Seskus, Parnu15.5 
 9. Zvigurs, Valga14.8 
 10. Strupovics, Valga14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. van-der-Mars, Rap.12.6 
 2. Baker, Tarvas8.7 
 3. Bubalo, Parnu8.4 
 4. Jarvelainen, TTU7.8 
 5. Jois, Tartu Ulikool7.8 
 6. Lips, Tarvas7.7 
 7. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.5 
 8. Milka, Tartu Ulikool7.1 
 9. Kirves, Parnu6.6 
 10. Raadik, Valga6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Tartu Ulikool
  (187-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool5.3 
 2. Kabin, Parnu4.6 
 3. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.4 
 4. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo4.1 
 5. Olmre, TTU4.0 
 6. Paiste, Tarvas3.7 
 7. Bratoz, Rapla3.7 
 8. Post, Tarvas3.4 
 9. Veideman, Kalev/Cr.3.2 
 10. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Domen BRATOZ
  Rapla
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Bratoz, Rapla2.1 
 2. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 3. Sutt, Parnu1.8 
 4. Paiste, Tarvas1.8 
 5. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 6. Tamm, TL.1.6 
 7. Olmre, TTU1.6 
 8. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool1.6 
 9. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.6 
 10. Kaldre, Noorteliiga1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Mickell GLADNESS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 2. Kok, Rapla0.8 
 3. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 4. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.7 
 5. Raadik, TTU0.7 
 6. Bubalo, Parnu0.7 
 7. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.7 
 8. Lips, Tarvas0.7 
 9. Joesaar, Tartu U.0.6 
 10. Saks, TL.0.6 


Alexela KML Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Kalev/Cramo and Rapla - by Eurobasket News

Kalev/Cramo - Parnu 73-71

Kalev/Cramo held off Parnu in the opener. Parnu was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. The former international point guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (184-89) nailed 5 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side and the former international forward Erik Keedus (198-90) accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds. Kalev/Cramo's coach Alar Varrak allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Croatian center Domagoj Bubalo (212-91, agency: 011 Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and the former international power forward Reinar Hallik (208-84) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Parnu in the defeat. Four Parnu players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: E.Keedus 14+5reb, M.Tollefsen 13+5reb, B.Mirkovic 12+2reb+3ast, M.Dorbek 11+2reb+3ast, V.Liutych 8+2reb+3ast, C.Simmons 7+9reb+2ast
Parnu: R.Hallik 16+6reb, D.Bubalo 15+10reb+2ast, S.Sutt 15+4reb+2ast, M.Kirves 13+4reb+1ast, R.Raap 8+7reb+4ast, K.Kask 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 544884


Tartu Ulikool - Rapla 60-70

Rapla shocked Tartu Ulikool on the road to gain 1-0 lead in the semifinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Rapla. Tartu Ulikool managed to win third quarter 25-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Slovenian point guard Domen Bratoz (189-93) stepped up and scored 25 points for the winners and Dutch center Thomas van-der-Mars (208-90, college: Portland) chipped in 13 points and 15 rebounds. Four Rapla players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international Janar Talts (206-83) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and the former international point guard Tanel Sokk (187-85) scored 6 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists.
Top scorers:
Rapla: D.Bratoz 25+4reb+2ast, M.Paasoja 13+2reb+2ast, T.van der Mars 13+15reb+1ast, R.Suarez 10+5reb+2ast, J.Kok 4+5reb, S.Kaldre 3+3reb+4ast
Tartu Ulikool: J.Talts 15+8reb+1ast, G.Dorbek 12+3reb, M.Adam Konate 9+7reb+2ast, D.Milka 8+6reb+1ast, T.Sokk 6+6reb+8ast, M.Thomas 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 544883





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  FINLAND  


Korisliiga Round 7 of Semi-Finals. Salon Vilpas enter Finals - by Eurobasket News

Salon Vilpas - Kauhajoki 79-66

Salon Vilpas outgunned Kauhajoki to advance into Korisliiga Finals. The game was mostly controlled by Salon Vilpas. Kauhajoen Karhu managed to win fourth quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Salon Vilpas looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Al'Lonzo Coleman (201-89, college: Presbyterian) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Point guard Juwan Staten (185-92, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 6 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Four Salon Vilpas players scored in double figures. Swingman Austin Hollins (195-91, college: Minnesota) produced 20 points and forward Devonne Giles (203-83, college: Texas Tech) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: A.Coleman 15+19reb+4ast, M.Koivisto 12+3reb+1ast, O.Jarvi 11+2reb+1ast, M.Pounds 10+4ast, J.Nenonen 10+1reb+1ast, B.Edwards 8+2reb+2ast
Kauhajoki: A.Hollins 20+2reb, T.Unruh 13+2reb, D.Giles 8+6reb+3ast, J.Lehtoranta 7+4reb+4ast, D.Washington 6+4reb+2ast, S.Vanttaja 6+6reb
gschID: 545322





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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Cameron CLARK
  Chalon
  (201-G/F-91)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Clark, Chalon18.4 
 2. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.8 
 3. Gibson, Gravelines16.8 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines16.8 
 5. Roberson, Chalon15.8 
 6. Prepelic, Limoges15.7 
 7. Rush, Nancy15.3 
 8. Dorsey, Le Portel14.8 
 9. Young, Chalons-.14.7 
 10. Sommerville, Orleans14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Fall, Chalon9.1 
 2. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.8 
 3. Solomon, Gravelines8.5 
 4. Poirier, Paris-Le.7.8 
 5. Donaldson, Le Po.7.3 
 6. Hunt, Nancy7.3 
 7. Lessort, Nanterre7.3 
 8. Hassell, Le Portel7.1 
 9. Yeguete, Le Mans6.9 
 10. Camara, Limoges6.7 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.10.7 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.2 
 3. Holston, Dijon6.2 
 4. Hodge, AS.5.7 
 5. Cobbs, Gravelines5.7 
 6. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.2 
 7. Bost, Monaco5.2 
 8. Payne, Chalons-.4.4 
 9. Eito, Orleans4.4 
 10. Rich, Paris-Levallois4.3 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.3 
 2. Holston, Dijon2.0 
 3. Payne, Chalons-.1.8 
 4. Wood, Limoges1.8 
 5. Eito, Orleans1.7 
 6. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 7. Lacombe, Stras.1.5 
 8. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.5 
 9. Dorsey, Le Portel1.4 
 10. Henry, Gravelines1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fall, Chalon2.4 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.4 
 3. Uter, AS.1.1 
 4. Trasolini, Nancy1.0 
 5. Otule, Antibes1.0 
 6. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 7. Lessort, Nanterre0.9 
 8. Hassell, Le Portel0.9 
 9. Sane, Paris-Levallois0.9 
 10. Poirier, Paris-Le.0.8 


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Zachery PEACOCK
  Bourg
  (203-C-87)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Peacock, Bourg17.6 
 2. Hermannsson, Charlevi.17.5 
 3. Burton, Roanne17.1 
 4. Jones, Lille17.1 
 5. Williams, Boulazac16.9 
 6. Henry, Evreux16.5 
 7. Ware, Vichy C.15.5 
 8. Fairell, Rouen15.0 
 9. Walker, Evreux14.9 
 10. Bigote, Nantes14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Youssou NDOYE
  Bourg
  (213-C-91)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Ndoye, Bourg9.5 
 2. Odiakosa, Le Havre9.5 
 3. Kone, Charleville9.3 
 4. Burton, Roanne8.8 
 5. Ekperigin, Nantes7.9 
 6. Morin, Le Havre7.5 
 7. Traore, Lille7.4 
 8. Rhoomes, St Qu.7.3 
 9. Diame, Blois7.2 
 10. Fairell, Rouen6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Poitiers
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Threatt, Poitiers7.1 
 2. King, Le Havre6.4 
 3. Ware, Vichy C.6.0 
 4. Rigaux, Maurienne5.9 
 5. Turner, Blois5.9 
 6. Hermannsson, Charlevi.5.6 
 7. Henry, Evreux5.5 
 8. Sim, Bourg5.4 
 9. Duren, Boulogne5.2 
 10. Mitchell, Nantes5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Joe BURTON
  Roanne
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Burton, Roanne2.5 
 2. Henry, Evreux2.5 
 3. Threatt, Poitiers2.4 
 4. Rigaux, Maurienne1.9 
 5. Mitchell, Nantes1.9 
 6. Denave, Vichy C.1.9 
 7. Fouse, Charleville1.9 
 8. Turner, Blois1.9 
 9. Maille, Provence.1.8 
 10. de-Jong, Boulogne1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Yannis MORIN
  Le Havre
  (208-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Morin, Le Havre1.9 
 2. Fall, Poitiers1.5 
 3. Paumier, Boulogne1.2 
 4. Ndoye, Bourg1.2 
 5. Rinna, St Chamond1.1 
 6. Jones, Lille1.1 
 7. MBida, Lille1.1 
 8. Traore, Lille1.0 
 9. Kone, Charleville1.0 
 10. Diame, Blois0.9 


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Jerrold BROOKS
  ALS Basket
  (183-PG-91)
  Avg: 18
 1. Brooks, ALS Basket18.0 
 2. Craion, Lorient17.5 
 3. Bradford, St Vallier17.5 
 4. Newson, Lorient17.0 
 5. Vaty, Lourdes16.9 
 6. Mitchell, Chartres16.3 
 7. Geiger, SAP V.16.3 
 8. Davis, Rennes16.1 
 9. Doumbia, Gries/Ob.15.9 
 10. Varanauskas, Gries/Ob.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Gries/Ob.
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Thondique, Gries/Ob.9.9 
 2. Kovanusic, ALS B.9.4 
 3. Staniulis, Souffel8.0 
 4. Blackwell, ALS B.8.0 
 5. Craion, Lorient7.9 
 6. Gourari, RAC Basket7.9 
 7. Cox, Challans7.7 
 8. Anderson, RAC B.7.5 
 9. Vaty, Lourdes7.1 
 10. Quincy-Jones, Vitre6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Nikola KORAC
  Vitre
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Korac, Vitre7.6 
 2. Romain, Chartres7.5 
 3. Dalmeida, Lourdes7.3 
 4. Varanauskas, Gries/Ob.5.5 
 5. Rathieuville, Rennes5.2 
 6. Suhard, Angers BC5.2 
 7. Bichard, RAC Basket5.1 
 8. Delhomme, St Vallier5.1 
 9. Smith, Orchies4.9 
 10. Choplin, Quimper4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Lorient
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Craion, Lorient2.8 
 2. Davis, Rennes2.3 
 3. Neri, ALS Basket2.0 
 4. Newson, Lorient2.0 
 5. Cornely, Caen1.9 
 6. Monceau, Challans1.8 
 7. Dalmeida, Lourdes1.7 
 8. Rafai, RAC Basket1.6 
 9. Gourari, RAC Basket1.6 
 10. Liorel, SAP V.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ludovic NEGROBAR
  Rennes
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Negrobar, Rennes1.4 
 2. Rakocevic, Orchies1.0 
 3. Diarra, Caen0.9 
 4. Monteiro, Caen0.9 
 5. Bobrov, Quimper0.9 
 6. Boucard, GET Vosges0.8 
 7. Kovanusic, ALS B.0.8 
 8. Jakstas, Gries/Ob.0.8 
 9. Tresnak, GET Vosges0.8 
 10. Soumaoro, SAP V.0.8 


Review of NM1 Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Quimper - Chartres 99-83

Quimper rolled past Chartres in the quarterfinal series opener. Quimper UJAP made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 58.3 percentage. Quimper UJAP looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American guard Jahsha Bluntt (198-84, college: Delaware St.) nailed 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Dwight Burke (202-86, college: Marquette) accounted for 16 points and 7 rebounds. Burke is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Quimper UJAP players scored in double figures. American forward Jonathan Mitchell (201-87, college: Rutgers, agency: Inception Sports) came up with 20 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Kevin Bichard (195-86) added 15 points and 8 assists respectively for UB Chartres in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Quimper: J.Bluntt 27+5reb+5ast, F.Herard 18+3reb, D.Burke 16+7reb, V.Bobrov 12+5reb+4ast, R.Temgoua 12+7ast, K.Mondesir 7+4reb
Chartres: J.Mitchell 20+7reb+3ast, M.Ruikis 16+5reb, K.Bichard 15+2reb+8ast, O.Romain 9+3reb+7ast, H.Disy 7+3reb, T.Toney 5+1reb
gschID: 545229


GET Vosges - Lourdes 75-77

Lourdes snatched a road win over GET Vosges to secure 1-0 lead. GET Vosges cut a 16-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Xane d'Almeida (181-83) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Lithuanian forward Mantas Kazonas (202-89) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Malcolm Gountas (189-94) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Steven Ricard (200-90) added 19 points in the effort for GET Vosges. Five Lourdes-Tarbes and four GET Vosges players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Lourdes: M.Kazonas 16+6reb, L.Vaty 16+3reb+1ast, X.d'Almeida 13+6reb+5ast, E.Bosc 11+2reb+2ast, A.Thimon 11+3reb, M.Virbalas 3+2reb
GET Vosges: S.Ricard 19, M.Gountas 14+5reb+3ast, M.Doumbe 11+7reb+1ast, S.Ocokoljic 10+4reb+1ast, I.Sidibe 8+1reb+3ast, L.Gigant 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 545231


Souffel - ALS Basket 83-69

Souffel outgunned ALS Basket to take 1-0 lead. The game without a history. Souffelweyersheim led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Strangely ALS Basket outrebounded Souffelweyersheim 45-30 including 16 on the offensive glass. Senegalese forward Elson Mendy (200-85) nailed 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and American point guard Fabyon Harris (180-91, college: Texas A&M) accounted for 20 points. Bosnian power forward Nemanja Kovanusic (204-93) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and American forward Perris Blackwell (205-91, college: Washington) added 15 points and 12 rebounds respectively for ALS Basket in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Souffel: F.Harris 20+1reb, E.Mendy 18+8reb+6ast, R.Kayembe 12+3reb+2ast, F.Ateba 9+6reb+1ast, A.El Gazhi 9+3reb+1ast, J.Delmas 8+1reb+4ast
ALS Basket: J.Brooks 16+1reb+5ast, N.Kovanusic 15+14reb, P.Blackwell 15+12reb+1ast, B.Tardy 8+2ast, M.N'Doye 6+2reb+1ast, T.Ben Aissou 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 545230


Challans - RAC Basket 68-58

Challans beat visiting RAC Basket to secure the advantage in the series. Emmanuel Monceau (195-95) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and swingman Dominique Gentil (197-88, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Will Felder (201-91, college: Miami, OH, agency: Inception Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Karim Gourari (204-89) scored 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Challans: E.Monceau 18+10reb+2ast, D.Gentil 12+5reb, D.Petrovic 8+3reb, J.Jones 8+3reb, O.Gouez 7+3reb, M.Gibson 6+1reb+3ast
RAC Basket: W.Felder 13+10reb+4ast, K.Gourari 12+8reb+4ast, J.Bichard 11+3ast, L.Sambe 9+1ast, R.Anderson 5+7reb, D.Sencanski 4+3reb
gschID: 545232





ProA Round 29: Top-ranked Monaco wins another 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. The round 29 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

ProA top team - Monaco (26-3) added another victory to their record on Tuesday. This time they beat tenth ranked Limoges CSP Elite (14-15) 92-88. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Limoges CSP Elite. 25 personal fouls committed by Limoges CSP Elite helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Azerbaijani forward Niklas Caner-Medley (203-83, college: Maryland, agency: BeoBasket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 8 rebounds. American-Bosnian guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo.) contributed with 11 points and 4 assists for the winners. Monaco's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Slovenian guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) answered with 16 points for Limoges CSP Elite. Monaco have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 26-3 record. Limoges CSP Elite at the other side keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. Monaco are looking forward to face Paris-Levallois (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#5) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
The game between 17th ranked Entente Orleans 45 (8-21) and sixth ranked Paris-Levallois (19-10) in Orleans ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Levallois outscored Entente Orleans 45 78-58. The former international power forward Louis Labeyrie (209-92) stepped up and scored 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Vincent Poirier chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. British center Gabriel Olaseni (211-91, college: Iowa, agency: Pensack Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Paris-Levallois. They maintain sixth place with 19-10 record. Entente Orleans 45 lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventeenth position with 21 games lost. Paris-Levallois will play against league's leader Monaco at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Chalons-Reims (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 29: Antibes was smashed by Nanterre on the road 90-71. Dijon lost to Chalon on its own court 70-84. Gravelines unfortunately lost to Pau-Lacq-Orthez in a road game 83-94. Bottom-ranked Nancy lost to defending champion ASVEL at home 77-85. Le Portel defeated Le Mans on the opponent's court 77-66. Hyeres-Toulon was beaten by Strasbourg in a home game 68-78. Cholet won against Chalons-Reims on the road 76-71.
The most impressive performance of 29th round was 12 points, 11 rebounds and 18 assists by DJ Cooper of Pau-Lacq-Orthez.

Nanterre - Antibes 90-71

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked JSF Nanterre (20-9) crushed at home 15th ranked Olympique Antibes (9-20) 90-71. The game was mostly controlled by JSF Nanterre. Olympique Antibes was better in fourth quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mathias Lessort (205-95) stepped up and scored 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners and the former international forward Jean-Frederic Morency (200-89) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. American Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) responded with 18 points and Isaia Cordinier (194-96) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. JSF Nanterre moved-up to third place, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez and Strasbourg. Olympique Antibes at the other side keeps the fifteenth position with 20 games lost. They share it with Chalons-Reims. JSF Nanterre will play against Strasbourg IG (#4) on the road in the next round. Olympique Antibes will play against Sluc Nancy (#18) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Antibes: T.Blue 18+4reb, I.Cordinier 15+3reb+4ast, J.Blassingame 15+2reb, M.Kouguere 12+6reb+1ast, F.Bourdillon 7+3reb+2ast, C.Otule 2+5reb+1ast
Nanterre: M.Lessort 16+5reb, H.Schaffartzik 13+2reb+2ast, S.Butterfield 13+3reb+2ast, J.Morency 11+5reb+3ast, B.Conklin 11+5reb, C.Warren 9+2reb+5ast
gschID: 486074


Dijon - Chalon 70-84

Very expected game when 13th ranked JDA Dijon (10-19) lost at home to second ranked Chalon/Saor (22-7) 84-70. It looked good early as JDA Dijon took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Chalon/Saor had a 23-11 second period charge getting the lead and JDA Dijon was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 70-84. American guard Lance Harris (195-84, college: Kansas St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and center Moustapha Fall (218-92) chipped in 13 points and 12 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). American forward Isaiah Miles (201-94, college: St.Joseph's) responded with 24 points and the other American import point guard David Holston (168-86, college: Chicago St.) scored 15 points and 9 assists. Four JDA Dijon players scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Chalon/Saor. They maintain second place with 22-7 record having four points less than leader Monaco. JDA Dijon lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. They share it with Hyeres-Toulon. Chalon/Saor will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. JDA Dijon will play against Le Mans and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dijon: I.Miles 24+4reb+1ast, D.Holston 15+1reb+9ast, A.Julien 10+8reb+2ast, J.Alingue 10+6reb+2ast, M.Judith 5+2reb, R.Brooks 3+2reb+1ast
Chalon: L.Harris 27+10reb+3ast, C.Clark 13+2reb+4ast, M.Fall 13+12reb+2ast, J.Nzeulie 9+5reb+4ast, A.Loum 8, J.Roberson 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 486070


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Gravelines 94-83

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (20-9) won against at home 7th ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (15-14) 94-83. The game was mostly controlled by Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Gravelines-Dunkerque was better in third quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pau-Lacq-Orthez players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Gravelines-Dunkerque's players. American players dominated the game. Point guard DJ Cooper (183-90, college: Ohio) stepped up with a triple-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 18 assists for the winners and forward Antywane Robinson (203-84, college: Temple) chipped in 14 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Justin Cobbs (191-91, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) responded with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and forward Richard Solomon (208-92, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Five Pau-Lacq-Orthez and four Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. Pau-Lacq-Orthez moved-up to third place, which they share with Strasbourg and Nanterre. Gravelines-Dunkerque lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. They share it with ASVEL and Le Portel. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against Limoges CSP Elite (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Le Portel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: J.Cobbs 25+7reb+4ast, R.Solomon 18+13reb, S.Henry 16+1reb+2ast, K.Gibson 11+2reb+2ast, Q.Serron 9+2reb+1ast, F.Pietrus 4+5reb+1ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: J.Cox 23+1reb+3ast, T.Dean 17+2ast, A.Robinson 14+12reb+2ast, A.Koffi 13+6reb+2ast, D.Cooper 12+11reb+18ast, J.Mipoka 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 486076


Orleans - Paris-Levallois 58-78

The game between 17th ranked Entente Orleans 45 (8-21) and sixth ranked Paris-Levallois (19-10) in Orleans ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Levallois outscored Entente Orleans 45 78-58. The game without a history. Paris-Levallois led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Paris-Levallois forced 21 Entente Orleans 45 turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The former international power forward Louis Labeyrie (209-92) stepped up and scored 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and the former international center Vincent Poirier (210-93) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four Paris-Levallois players scored in double figures. British center Gabriel Olaseni (211-91, college: Iowa, agency: Pensack Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and American swingman JP Prince (203-87, college: Tennessee) scored 9 points and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Paris-Levallois. They maintain sixth place with 19-10 record. Entente Orleans 45 lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventeenth position with 21 games lost. Paris-Levallois will play against league's leader Monaco at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Chalons-Reims (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Orleans: K.McAlarney 12+1reb+2ast, A.Mendy 11+2reb, G.Olaseni 11+12reb+1ast, J.Prince 9+3reb+6ast, M.Downs 9+3reb+4ast, N.Milosevic 4+3reb+1ast
Paris-Levallois: L.Labeyrie 16+8reb+1ast, J.Rich 15+2reb+3ast, V.Poirier 14+8reb+2ast, L.Sane 12+3reb, T.Harris 9+1reb+1ast, L.Campbell 7+4reb+8ast
gschID: 486075


Nancy - ASVEL 77-85

Not a big story in a game when 18th ranked Sluc Nancy (7-22) lost at home to ninth ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (15-14) 85-77. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sluc Nancy won fourth quarter 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) stepped up and scored 21 points and 5 assists for the winners and American point guard Casper Ware (178-90, college: Long Beach St.) chipped in 11 points and 5 assists. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach J.D. Jackson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Nigerian-American swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma, agency: Two Points) responded with 23 points and Canadian-Italian power forward Marc Trasolini (206-90, college: Santa Clara) scored 13 points and 5 assists. Defending champion moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Gravelines and Le Portel. Sluc Nancy at the other side stay at the bottom position with 22 games lost. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play against Cholet Basket (#11) on the road in the next round. Sluc Nancy will play against Olympique Antibes (#15) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Nancy: E.Ere 23+2reb+3ast, M.Trasolini 13+3reb+5ast, J.Jeanne 10+6reb+1ast, D.Mallet 9+4reb+4ast, B.Sene 6+1reb+1ast, A.Urtasun 6+2reb+3ast
ASVEL: W.Hodge 21+2reb+5ast, N.Lang 12+2reb, C.Ware 11+3reb+5ast, C.Kahudi 9+7reb+2ast, L.Jean-Charles 7+8reb+1ast, D.Watkins 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 486073


Le Mans - Le Portel 66-77

Everything went according to plan when eighth ranked Le Portel (15-14) defeated on the road 11th ranked Le Mans (11-18) 77-66. The game was mostly controlled by Le Portel. Le Mans was better in third quarter 24-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Le Portel had a 29-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. American point guard Darrin Dorsey (188-87, college: Dakota Wesleyan, agency: Three Eye Sports) stepped up and scored 27 points for the winners and his fellow American import power forward Franklin Hassell (203-88, college: ODU) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Lahaou Konate (196-91) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Ryan Pearson (198-90, college: George Mason, agency: Inception Sports) scored 18 points and 5 assists. Le Mans' coach Alexandre Menard rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Le Portel moved-up to seventh place, which they share with ASVEL and Gravelines. Le Mans lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 18 games lost. They share it with Cholet. Le Portel will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque (#7) at home in the next round. Le Mans will play against JDA Dijon (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: R.Pearson 18+1reb+5ast, L.Konate 18+5reb+1ast, P.Amagou 12+1reb+2ast, O.Hanlan 6+5reb+1ast, W.Yeguete 4+5reb+1ast, S.Shorter 4
Le Portel: D.Dorsey 27+3ast, F.Hassell 18+9reb+1ast, B.Mangin 9+4reb+3ast, J.Donaldson 7+3reb+1ast, E.Lasisi 6+2reb+1ast, G.Chathuant 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 486072


Hyeres-Toulon - Strasbourg 68-78

There was no surprise when 13th ranked Hyeres-Toulon (10-19) lost at home to fourth ranked Strasbourg IG (20-9) 78-68. The game was mostly controlled by Strasbourg IG. Hyeres-Toulon was better in third quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international guard Paul Lacombe (195-90, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 20 points and 5 assists for the winners and the former international forward Jeremy Leloup (202-87) chipped in 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Strasbourg IG's coach Vincent Collet allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Alexandre Chassang (204-94, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds and American swingman Ryan Evans (203-90, college: Wisconsin) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for Strasbourg IG. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez and Nanterre. Hyeres-Toulon at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. They share it with Dijon. Strasbourg IG will play against JSF Nanterre (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Hyeres-Toulon will play against the league's second-placed Chalon/Saor (#2) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: R.Evans 13+5reb+2ast, A.Chassang 13+8reb+1ast, A.Williams 12+6reb, P.Carter 9+4reb+2ast, D.Michineau 9+4reb+2ast, F.Prenom 7+5reb+2ast
Strasbourg: P.Lacombe 20+4reb+5ast, J.Leloup 15+8reb+4ast, P.Sy 7+3reb, R.Travis 7+5reb+4ast, F.Ntilikina 7+2reb+1ast, M.Howard 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 486071


Chalons-Reims - Cholet 71-76

No shocking result in a game when fourteenth ranked Cholet Basket (11-18) beat on the road 16th ranked Chalons-Reims (9-20) 76-71. It looked good early as Chalons-Reims took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Cholet Basket had a 22-18 second period charge getting the lead and Chalons-Reims was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 71-76. Cholet Basket players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The former international point guard Jonathan Rousselle (187-90) stepped up and scored 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and American-Dominican M.J. Rhett (206-92, college: Mississippi) chipped in 13 points. Four Cholet Basket players scored in double figures. American swingman Alex Young (198-89, college: IUPUI, agency: Two Points) responded with 24 points and 8 rebounds and Dutch center Nicolas de-Jong (210-88) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Cholet Basket moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Le Mans. Chalons-Reims lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the fifteenth position with 20 games lost. They share it with Antibes. Cholet Basket will play against higher ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#9) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chalons-Reims will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#17) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: A.Young 24+8reb+1ast, N.de Jong 16+7reb+3ast, L.Antic 10+4reb, T.Cain 8+4reb+2ast, M.Souleyman Diabate 6+1reb+2ast, E.Choquet 5+3reb+3ast
Cholet: I.Evtimov 14+1reb+2ast, G.Bell 13+3reb+1ast, M.Rhett 13+4reb+1ast, J.Rousselle 11+5reb+3ast, J.Boutsiele 9+6reb+3ast, M.Williams 6+2reb+5ast
gschID: 486069


Monaco - Limoges 92-88

ProA top team - Monaco (26-3) added another victory to their record on Tuesday. This time they beat tenth ranked Limoges CSP Elite (14-15) 92-88. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Limoges CSP Elite. 25 personal fouls committed by Limoges CSP Elite helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Azerbaijani forward Niklas Caner-Medley (203-83, college: Maryland, agency: BeoBasket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 8 rebounds. American-Bosnian guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo.) contributed with 11 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Monaco players scored in double figures. Monaco's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Slovenian guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) answered with 16 points and the former international center Ousmane Camara (202-89) added 9 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Limoges CSP Elite. Monaco have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 26-3 record. Limoges CSP Elite at the other side keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. Monaco are looking forward to face Paris-Levallois (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#5) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Limoges: K.Prepelic 16+1reb+2ast, C.Fair 15+2reb+1ast, J.Jones 12+3reb+2ast, M.Wojciechowski 9+4reb, D.Wood 9+5ast, O.Camara 9+9reb
Monaco: N.Caner-Medley 15+8reb+1ast, B.Davies 12+4reb+1ast, Z.Wright 11+4reb+4ast, S.Gladyr 11+5reb+2ast, A.Sy 9+4reb+1ast, J.Shuler 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 486068





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

32-year old guard Lance Harris (195-G-84) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Chalon and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
He had a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Dijon (#13, 10-19) 84-70. Chalon maintains the 2nd position in French league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Chalon will need more victories to improve their 22-7 record. In the team's last game Harris had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Chalon's top player in his first season with the team. Lance Harris averages this season 12.4ppg.

Second best performed player last round was D.J. Cooper (183-PG-90) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez. He is American guard in his first season at Pau-Lacq-Orthez. In the last game Cooper recorded impressive triple-double of 12 points, 11 rebounds and 18 assists. Of course Pau-Lacq-Orthez cruised to a 94-83 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Gravelines (#7, 15-14). Pau-Lacq-Orthez's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 20-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Cooper is a newcomer at Pau-Lacq-Orthez and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Justin Cobbs (191-G-91, agency: Pensack Sports) of Gravelines (#7). Cobbs showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Cobbs' great performance Gravelines lost 83-94 to slightly higher-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#5, 20-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Gravelines needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 15 victories and 14 lost games. Cobbs has a great season in France. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.8ppg (4th best) and assists with 5.7apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Richard Solomon (208-F-92) of Gravelines - 18 points and 13 rebounds
5. Paul Lacombe (195-G-90) of Strasbourg - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Darrin Dorsey (188-PG-87) of Le Portel - 27 points and 3 assists
7. Alex Young (198-G/F-89) of Chalons-Reims - 24 points and 8 rebounds
8. Moustapha Fall (218-C-92) of Chalon - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Franklin Hassell (203-F/C-88) of Le Portel - 18 points and 9 rebounds
10. Isaiah Miles (201-F-94) of Dijon - 24 points and 4 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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Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Danilo MIJATOVIC
  Kuman.
  (206-F/C-83)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Mijatovic, Kuman.18.9 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv18.8 
 3. Jokic, Strumica16.3 
 4. Hawkins, Pelister.16.3 
 5. Tasovski, Rabotnicki16.1 
 6. Mijovic, Kozuv15.1 
 7. Misanovic, Rabotnicki13.6 
 8. Andrejevic, Pelister.13.3 
 9. Janevski, Kumanovo13.0 
 10. Cekovski, Rabotnicki13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milivoje MIJOVIC
  Kozuv
  (200-PF-91)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Mijovic, Kozuv10.6 
 2. Andrejevic, Pelister.8.0 
 3. Misanovic, Rabotnicki6.7 
 4. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.4 
 5. Golubovic, Pelister.6.3 
 6. Janevski, Kumanovo6.0 
 7. Mijatovic, Kuman.5.8 
 8. Mihajlovski, Ohrid A.5.8 
 9. Brckov, Strumica5.6 
 10. Cekovski, Rabotnicki5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Vlado ILIEVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (188-PG-80)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Ilievski, Rabotnicki6.5 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv5.3 
 3. Bogoev, Strumica5.1 
 4. Mirakovski, Rabot.5.0 
 5. Karadzovski, Kuman.4.4 
 6. Hall, Kozuv4.2 
 7. Hawkins, Pelister.4.2 
 8. Magdevski, Feni I.3.7 
 9. Petrovski, Feni I.3.6 
 10. Stajic, Feni I.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dusan MAKENADZIEV
  Strum.
  (180-PG-94)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Makenadziev, Strum.1.4 
 2. Ilievski, Rabotnicki1.4 
 3. Jokic, Strumica1.4 
 4. Robev, Vardar1.3 
 5. Nikolic, Rabotnicki1.3 
 6. Brown, Kumanovo1.3 
 7. Stajic, Feni I.1.2 
 8. Mijatovic, Kuman.1.2 
 9. Milojevic, Ohrid A.1.1 
 10. Magdevski, Feni I.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  Rabotnicki
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Misanovic, Rabotnicki1.2 
 2. Krstevski, Kozuv1.0 
 3. Pekovic, Kumanovo0.8 
 4. Maslinko, Rabotnicki0.6 
 5. Mijatovic, Kuman.0.6 
 6. Zekjiri, Vardar0.6 
 7. Sharabidze, Feni I.0.5 
 8. Janevski, Kumanovo0.5 
 9. Djekic, Feni I.0.5 
 10. Talevski, Pelister.0.4 


Prva Liga Round 10 (Second Stage): MZT Skopje defeats Kumanovo in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for MZT Skopje (9-1) which played road game in Kumanovo against 4th ranked Kumanovo (3-7). First ranked MZT Skopje had an easy win 80-61. The game was mostly controlled by MZT Skopje. Kumanovo managed to win fourth quarter 17-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Defending champion maintains first position with 9-1 record. Kumanovo at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost.
The game in Kavadarci was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Rabotnicki (7-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Feni Industries (2-8). Rabotnicki did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 89-71. Serbian center Nenad Misanovic (217-84) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Dime Tasovski chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international swingman Gorjan Markovski (196-92) responded with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Rabotnicki have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 7-3 record having just two points less than leader Strumica, which they share with Karpos Sokoli. Feni Industries at the other side keep the fifth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Kozuv.

In the last game of round 10 Kozuv was beaten by Karpos Sokoli on the road 85-77.
The most impressive performance of 10th round was 26 points and 10 rebounds by Bojan Krstevski of Kozuv.

Places 1-6
Kumanovo - MZT Skopje 61-80

An interesting game for MZT Skopje (9-1) which played road game in Kumanovo against 4th ranked Kumanovo (3-7). First ranked MZT Skopje had an easy win 80-61. The game was mostly controlled by MZT Skopje. Kumanovo managed to win fourth quarter 17-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Defending champion maintains first position with 9-1 record. Kumanovo at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost.
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Feni Industries - Rabotnicki 71-89

The game in Kavadarci was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Rabotnicki (7-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Feni Industries (2-8). Rabotnicki did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 89-71. The game was mostly controlled by Rabotnicki. Feni Industries was better in second period 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Serbian center Nenad Misanovic (217-84) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Dime Tasovski (200-80) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international swingman Gorjan Markovski (196-92) responded with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Jane Petrovski (181-87) scored 10 points and 7 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Rabotnicki have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 7-3 record having just two points less than leader Strumica, which they share with Karpos Sokoli. Feni Industries at the other side keep the fifth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Kozuv.
Top scorers:
Rabotnicki: N.Misanovic 18+9reb+1ast, D.Tasovski 15+7reb+2ast, D.Mirakovski 15+2reb+1ast, P.Nikolic 13+2ast, G.Cekovski 9+2reb+3ast, V.Ilievski 9+7reb+5ast
Feni Industries: B.Stajic 13+2reb+2ast, G.Markovski 10+5reb+4ast, J.Petrovski 10+1reb+7ast, G.Sharabidze 10+3reb+1ast, P.Pajic 8+4reb+1ast, M.Pantic 8+4reb+1ast
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Karpos Sokoli - Kozuv 85-77

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Karpos Sokoli (7-3) beat 6th ranked Kozuv (2-8) in Skopje 85-77. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 22-19 Kozuv's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 85-77 at the end of the game. Kozuv was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Kendrick Perry (183-92, college: Youngstown St.) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side international power forward Bojan Krstevski (206-89, agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds and Serbian Milivoje Mijovic (200-91) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Karpos Sokoli and five Kozuv players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Karpos Sokoli moved-up to second place, which they share with Rabotnicki. Kozuv lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. They share it with Feni Industries.
Top scorers:
Karpos Sokoli: D.Labovic 17+7reb+1ast, D.Sokolov 15+2reb+5ast, K.Perry 13+6reb+5ast, D.Zekovic 11+10reb, F.Sepa 8+2reb+5ast, I.Penov 7+4reb+1ast
Kozuv: B.Krstevski 26+10reb+3ast, I.Dimcevski 13+4reb+1ast, M.Mijovic 12+11reb+5ast, N.Djurasovic 10+7reb, L.Hall 10+2reb+4ast, D.Nacevski 2+1reb+2ast
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Vardar gets the silver medal, Luka Savicevic is the MVP of the RHO International Meeting - by Mario Divanisov

The cadet selection of KK Vardar Skopje last week took part of a strong international tournament for youth players called "RHO International Meeting - 2017" that was held in Milano, Italy with the participation of Emporio Armani, Bergamo, Khimik and Victor RHO among others.
KK Vardar Skopje started their path to the finals with a win over the Ukrainian cadet chamapion Khimik, following to a defeat by Pallacanestro Varese. However, the 59 point difference win over Victor RHO (115-56) boosted Vardar to the semifinals where they faced Bergamo. The 66-62 win gave Aleksandar Jovancev's team a spot in the finals and a fight for the trophy against Emporio Armani. The game was decided in the final minutes as the Italian team managed to grab a 56-54 win and defend the trophy once again.

Just short after his debut for the senior team of KK Vardar Skopje, one of the Macedonian basketball biggest hopes, Luka Savicevic got the MVP award on the Victor Rho International tournament and became the third Macedonian to seize this award after Predrag Samardziski and Luka Naumovski. His excellent performance throughout the tournament earned him a place among starts as Luigi Datome, Marco Belinelli, Novica Velickovic and Daniele Cinciarini.

Despite not securing the gold medal KK Vardar Skopje had a successful journey in Italy that brought joy in the Macedonian side. Coach Jovancev didn't hide his satisfaction with the team's performance and praised his boys.

"We played a really good tournament, receiving congratulations from many prominent basketball experts from Italy. The results achieved on an international level, once again confirms the potential that this team holds." - said the Vardar coach for Ekipa.mk

For KK Vardar Skopje this was a very successful week on more than one field as the 2003 generation managed to win the gold medal on a tournament held in Bitola, which only confirms the excellent work with the development of young players in this team.



Best players of FYR Macedonian Prva Liga round 9 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Serbian Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) had a great game in the last round for league's second-best Rabotnicki and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9 (Second Stage).
The 32-year old center had a double-double of 23 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat Kozuv (#6, 2-7) 82-75. Rabotnicki is placed at 2nd position in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Rabotnicki will need more victories to improve their 6-3 record. Misanovic turned to be Rabotnicki's top player in his first season with the team. Misanovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 13.4ppg), rebounds (5th best: 6.6rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg and 69.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old Croatian center Jure Lalic (211-C-86) of league's best team MZT Skopje. Lalic impressed basketball fans with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Of course he led MZT Skopje to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Karpos Sokoli (#3, 6-3) 83-61. 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. His team lost just one game this Second Stage, while they won 8 matches. Lalic is a newcomer at MZT Skopje 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 international forward Bojan Krstevski (206-F/C-89, agency: Interperformances) of Kozuv (#6). Krstevski scored 18 points. Despite Krstevski's great performance Kozuv lost 75-82 to the higher-ranked Rabotnicki (#2, 6-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Kozuv can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-7 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Krstevski he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Krstevski has a very solid season. In 21 games in FYR Macedonia he scored 8.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milivoje Mijovic (200-PF-91) of Kozuv - 13 points and 10 rebounds
5. Djordje Drenovac (201-G/F-92) of MZT Skopje - 17 points and 8 rebounds
6. Jane Petrovski (181-PG-87) of Feni Industries - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Yonel Brown (175-PG-94) of Kumanovo - 10 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Kendrick Perry (183-PG-92) of Karpos Sokoli - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Marjan Janevski (203-F-88) of Kumanovo - 14 points and 7 rebounds
10. Branislav Djekic (209-F/C-91) of Feni Industries - 13 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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Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Corey ALLEN
  Mgzavrebi
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Allen, Mgzavrebi18.9 
 2. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi17.9 
 3. Lathan, Sokhumi16.6 
 4. Shemosiuk, Batumi16.3 
 5. Jintcharadze, Bat.16.2 
 6. Rogava, Olimpi16.1 
 7. Berishvili, Dinamo T.15.4 
 8. Florveus, Cactus T.15.0 
 9. Burnette, Olimpi14.3 
 10. Lezhava, Batumi14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FLORVEUS
  Cactus T.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Florveus, Cactus T.12.9 
 2. Pelcher, Batumi10.9 
 3. Atuashvili, Rustavi9.4 
 4. Spagnolo, Rustavi8.9 
 5. Burnette, Olimpi8.8 
 6. Bridgeman, Cactus T.8.7 
 7. Tishchenko, Sokhu.7.9 
 8. Murphy, Mgzavrebi7.7 
 9. Bekauri, Kutaisi7.5 
 10. Krivtsov, Batumi6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Charlie LEE
  Rustavi
  (175-PG-92)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Lee, Rustavi6.2 
 2. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi6.2 
 3. Vaughn, Dinamo T.5.1 
 4. Mikeladze, Olimpi4.5 
 5. Rogava, Olimpi4.2 
 6. Lezhava, Batumi4.1 
 7. Chikviladze, Cactus T.4.0 
 8. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.3.9 
 9. Berishvili, Dinamo T.3.8 
 10. Lathan, Sokhumi3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Corey ALLEN
  Mgzavrebi
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Allen, Mgzavrebi3.3 
 2. Burnette, Olimpi2.6 
 3. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.2.3 
 4. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi2.2 
 5. Rogava, Olimpi2.1 
 6. Lathan, Sokhumi1.8 
 7. Baqradze, Olimpi1.7 
 8. Tsekvava, Kutaisi1.5 
 9. Shemosiuk, Batumi1.5 
 10. Chikviladze, Cactus T.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Beka BEKAURI
  Kutaisi
  (207-PF-91)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Bekauri, Kutaisi1.7 
 2. Florveus, Cactus T.1.6 
 3. Atuashvili, Rustavi1.5 
 4. Bridgeman, Cactus T.1.4 
 5. Jgerenaia, Sokhumi1.3 
 6. Pelcher, Batumi1.2 
 7. Rychlyuk, Sokhumi1.1 
 8. Tubak, Kutaisi1.1 
 9. Murphy, Mgzavrebi1.0 
 10. Maravic, Dinamo T.0.9 


Georgian Superleague round 28 best performance: John Florveus - by Eurobasket News

American Center John Florveus (211-C-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Cactus Tbilisi, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 20 rebounds, while his team beat Rustavi (#4, 13-15) 77-71. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Cactus Tbilisi is placed at 3rd position in Georgian Superleague. 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 14-14 record. Florveus turned to be Cactus Tbilisi's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Georgia star has very solid stats this year. Florveus is in league's top in points (8th best: 15.0ppg) and averages impressive 1.6bpg and 53.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Corey Allen (185-PG-92) of Mgzavrebi. Allen had a very good evening with 30 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Mgzavrebi cruised to a 87-79 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Sokhumi (#5, 11-17). This victory allowed Mgzavrebi to leave bottom place moving a little bit up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-18 record. Allen is a newcomer at Mgzavrebi, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.9ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 5.1rpg and 3.1apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Cactus Tbilisi's star - American guard Terik Bridgeman (198-G). Bridgeman scored 10 points and grabbed twenty one rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Cactus Tbilisi, helping his team with a 77-71 win against #4 ranked Rustavi in a game of the week. Cactus Tbilisi needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 14 lost games. Bridgeman has a great season in Georgia. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.7rpg (6th best). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 57.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darnell Taylor (193-G-91) of Mgzavrebi - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Mikheil Berishvili (204-SF-87) of Dinamo Tbilisi - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-PG-86) of Kutaisi - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Rob Woodson (180-PG) of Sokhumi - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Nikola Maravic (212-C-89) of Dinamo Tbilisi - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Giorgi Barbakadze (203-F-91) of Kutaisi - 23 points and 5 rebounds
10. Deonta Vaughn (185-G-86) of Dinamo Tbilisi - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists

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



Glover comes back to Univ. San Simon, ex Hyundai-TSU - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Club Universidad San Simon (Libobasquet) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American guard Matt Glover (196-96kg-91, college: USF). It is actually his comeback to Cochabamba as he has played here before. Glover He played recently at Hyundai-TSU Tbilisi in Georgian A League. Glover also played that season for Abejas in Mexican LNBP where in 12 A League games he recorded 11.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.8apg this season.
Glover's team was regular season runner-up in WCC in 2014.
Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Glover has played previously professionally in Mexico (Halcones Rojos) and Bolivia (Univ. San Simon).
He attended University of San Francisco until 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Superleague Round 28 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Superleague just ended.

The most shocking disappointment of round 28 was a home defeat of 3rd ranked Energy Invest (13-15) to fourth ranked Cactus Tbilisi (14-14) 77-71 in the game for the third place. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-20. But Energy Invest won second period 19-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Energy Invest 52-37 including 16 on the offensive glass. 29 personal fouls committed by Energy Invest helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American center John Florveus (211-90, college: Georgia) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 20 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Terik Bridgeman (198, college: William Pater.) who added 10 points and 21 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Maurice Lewis-Briggs (203-90, college: Slippery Rock, agency: Mansfield and Associates) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Cactus Tbilisi have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Energy Invest lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with 15 games lost.
Important game to mention about took place in Tbilisi. Sixth ranked Olimpi (10-18) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 7th ranked Batumi (9-19) 64-61 on Saturday evening. The winners were led by American guard Tre Burnette (196, college: S.Dakota) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and Revaz Rogava supported him with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds by international Kakhaber Jintcharadze (195-93) did not help to save the game for Batumi. Olimpi maintains sixth position with 10-18 record, which they share with Mgzavrebi. Batumi lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 19 games lost.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Mgzavrebi (#8) and Sokhumi (#5). Sokhumi was defeated at home 79-87 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sokhumi. Corey Allen fired 30 points and 4 assists for the winners. Rob Woodson produced 16 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals for lost side. Mgzavrebi (10-18) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Olimpi. Sokhumi at the other side keeps the fifth position with 17 games lost.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Tbilisi. First ranked host Dinamo Tbilisi (25-3) defeated their biggest opponent Kutaisi (20-8) 87-82. It was a very good performance for Mikheil Berishvili who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 7 rebounds. Dinamo Tbilisi maintains first position with 25-3 record. Defending champion Kutaisi keeps the second place with eight games lost.

Sokhumi - Mgzavrebi 79-87

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Mgzavrebi (#8) and Sokhumi (#5). Sokhumi was defeated at home 79-87 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sokhumi. Sokhumi was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Mgzavrebi made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game, while Sokhumi only scored three points from the stripe. Mgzavrebi forced 19 Sokhumi turnovers. Strangely Sokhumi outrebounded Mgzavrebi 45-31 including a 23-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. American point guard Corey Allen (185-92, college: S.Florida) fired 30 points and 4 assists for the winners. The other American import guard Darnell Taylor (193-91, college: CS San Marcos) chipped in 24 points and 5 rebounds. Taylor is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American point guard Rob Woodson (180, college: Grand Valley St., agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) produced 16 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals and naturalized Azerbaijani forward Davit Barbakadze (203-82) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Mgzavrebi and five Sokhumi players scored in double figures. Mgzavrebi (10-18) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Olimpi. Sokhumi at the other side keeps the fifth position with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Mgzavrebi: C.Allen 30+4reb+4ast, D.Taylor 24+5reb+3ast, O.Pkhakadze 12+3reb+4ast, R.Murphy 10+12reb+2ast, G.Turdzeladze 6+2reb, G.Tsirekidze 5+4reb
Sokhumi: D.Barbakadze 16+5reb+3ast, R.Woodson 16+9reb+8ast, M.Bokolishvili 13+5reb+2ast, D.Lathan 12+7reb+3ast, O.Tishchenko 10+12reb+2ast, O.Buliava 8+2reb
gschID: 540364


Olimpi - Batumi 64-61

Important game to mention about took place in Tbilisi. Sixth ranked Olimpi (10-18) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 7th ranked Batumi (9-19) 64-61 on Saturday evening. Batumi was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 19-10 charge of Olimpi, which allowed them to win the game. The winners were led by American guard Tre Burnette (196, college: S.Dakota) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and the former international guard Revaz Rogava (191-93) supported him with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds by international Kakhaber Jintcharadze (195-93) did not help to save the game for Batumi. Ukrainian point guard Illya Shemosiuk (188-85) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for lost side. Olimpi maintains sixth position with 10-18 record, which they share with Mgzavrebi. Batumi lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Olimpi: T.Burnette 11+13reb+2ast, R.Rogava 11+7reb+4ast, A.Bolkvadze 9+2reb, I.Mikeladze 9+4reb+6ast, W.Pitchford 9+3reb+1ast, L.Maskhulia 6+3reb+1ast
Batumi: K.Jintcharadze 17+13reb+2ast, B.Lezhava 14+5reb+2ast, I.Shemosiuk 11+6reb+6ast, N.Tenieshvili 9+8reb+1ast, I.Maisuradze 5+1reb+1ast, L.Revazashvili 3+1reb
gschID: 540363


Rustavi - Cactus Tbilisi 71-77

The most shocking disappointment of round 28 was a home defeat of 3rd ranked Energy Invest (13-15) to fourth ranked Cactus Tbilisi (14-14) 77-71 in the game for the third place. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-20. But Energy Invest won second period 19-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Energy Invest 52-37 including 16 on the offensive glass. 29 personal fouls committed by Energy Invest helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American center John Florveus (211-90, college: Georgia) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 20 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Terik Bridgeman (198, college: William Pater.) who added 10 points and 21 rebounds during the contest. Four Cactus Tbilisi players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Maurice Lewis-Briggs (203-90, college: Slippery Rock, agency: Mansfield and Associates) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and center Sergo Atuashvili (223-85) scored 9 points and 10 rebounds. Cactus Tbilisi have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Energy Invest lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Cactus Tbilisi: J.Florveus 23+20reb+4ast, I.Chlaidze 19+3reb+1ast, T.Bridgeman 10+21reb+1ast, T.White 10+1reb+1ast, B.Chikviladze 7+3reb+5ast, D.Lomidze 6+1reb+1ast
Rustavi: M.Lewis-Briggs 18+11reb+2ast, G.Gogoberishvili 14+2reb, C.Kasperbauer 11+3reb, S.Atuashvili 9+10reb+2ast, L.Khmelidze 8+2reb, R.Chachanidze 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 540362


Dinamo Tbilisi - Kutaisi 87-82

The game between Top Four teams took place in Tbilisi. First ranked host Dinamo Tbilisi (25-3) defeated their biggest opponent Kutaisi (20-8) 87-82. Dinamo Tbilisi forced 20 Kutaisi turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Kutaisi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for the former international Mikheil Berishvili (204-87) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Deonta Vaughn (185-86, college: Cincinnati, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 21 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Dinamo Tbilisi players scored in double figures. International point guard Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-86) replied with 19 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 8 steals and forward Giorgi Barbakadze (203-91) added 23 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Kutaisi. Dinamo Tbilisi maintains first position with 25-3 record. Defending champion Kutaisi keeps the second place with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Tbilisi: M.Berishvili 24+7reb+2ast, D.Vaughn 21+3reb+5ast, N.Maravic 15+4reb+3ast, I.Londaridze 11+8reb+2ast, L.Patsatsia 6+8reb+1ast, M.Tchotchua 5+2reb+3ast
Kutaisi: G.Barbakadze 23+5reb+1ast, G.Tsintsadze 19+7reb+8ast, B.Bekauri 15+7reb, L.Tsekvava 7+4reb+5ast, D.Tubak 6+4reb, A.Boisa 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 540365





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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Marcos KNIGHT
  Jena
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Knight, Jena18.3 
 2. Morgan, Ratiopharm18.2 
 3. English, Fraport .17.6 
 4. Kikanovic, ALBA16.0 
 5. Paulding, EWE B.15.8 
 6. Babb, Ratiopharm15.7 
 7. Mayo, Telekom Bsk15.6 
 8. Odum, Wuerzburg15.4 
 9. Gaines, Vechta15.2 
 10. Qvale, EWE Baskets15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dyshawn PIERRE
  Braunsch.
  (198-F-93)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Pierre, Braunsch.7.8 
 2. Evans, Giessen .7.1 
 3. Marei, Bayreuth7.0 
 4. Eatherton, Goett.7.0 
 5. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.9 
 6. Cooley, Ludwigsb.6.8 
 7. Searcy, Vechta6.6 
 8. Knight, Jena6.5 
 9. McGhee, Walter T.6.4 
 10. Qvale, EWE Baskets6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Scott MACHADO
  Vechta
  (186-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 2. Jordan, Walter T.7.7 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.7 
 4. Odum, Wuerzburg5.8 
 5. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.5 
 6. Siva, ALBA5.4 
 7. Mayo, Telekom Bsk5.1 
 8. Sanders, Goettingen4.9 
 9. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.4.6 
 10. Ruoff, Goettingen4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Robertson, Fraport .2.5 
 2. Kramer, EWE B.2.3 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Ruoff, Goettingen1.8 
 5. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 6. Siva, ALBA1.7 
 7. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.6 
 8. Redding, B.Mue.1.6 
 9. Anderson, Bayreuth1.6 
 10. Stewart, Walter T.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian GAMBLE
  Telekom .
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Gamble, Telekom .1.3 
 2. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.2 
 3. Groselle, Braunsch.1.2 
 4. Theis, Brose Bask.1.2 
 5. Lane, Wuerzburg1.1 
 6. Qvale, EWE Baskets1.0 
 7. Gaffney, ALBA0.9 
 8. Ohlbrecht, Ratio.0.8 
 9. Marei, Bayreuth0.8 
 10. Austin, Bremerha.0.8 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Jonathon WILLIAMS
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Williams, Kirchheim18.4 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau17.9 
 3. Alexander, ETB W.17.6 
 4. Nikolic, Baunach17.4 
 5. Watkins, Nuernberg17.1 
 6. Warren, MBC17.1 
 7. Kerusch, MBC16.2 
 8. Holt, Dresden16.0 
 9. Spearman, Trier15.8 
 10. Lawson, Chemnitz15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leon KRATZER
  Baunach
  (210-C-97)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Kratzer, Baunach12.6 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau9.5 
 3. Jahn, Ehingen8.9 
 4. Oppland, Nuernberg8.4 
 5. Thompson, ETB W.8.0 
 6. King, Koeln R.7.2 
 7. Watts, Oettinge.7.0 
 8. Wolf, Hamburg6.9 
 9. Lawson, Chemnitz6.7 
 10. Nicholas, Trier6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Carrington LOVE
  Kirchheim
  (186-G-94)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Love, Kirchheim6.9 
 2. Nikolic, Baunach6.7 
 3. Carter, Chemnitz5.7 
 4. Moore, Ehingen5.7 
 5. Hatten, MBC5.6 
 6. Vest, Uni Baskets5.6 
 7. Adams, Uni Baskets5.6 
 8. Williams, Koeln R.5.3 
 9. Dunn, Crailsheim5.0 
 10. Matthews, Chemnitz4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  MBC
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hatten, MBC2.4 
 2. Adams, Uni Baskets2.4 
 3. Love, Kirchheim2.2 
 4. Carter, Chemnitz2.1 
 5. White, Heidelberg2.0 
 6. Watkins, Nuernberg1.9 
 7. Tiggs, Crailsheim1.8 
 8. Vest, Uni Baskets1.6 
 9. Dunn, Crailsheim1.6 
 10. Robertson, Koeln R.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Koeln R.
  (206-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. King, Koeln R.1.6 
 2. Kratzer, Baunach1.5 
 3. Keppeler, Baunach1.2 
 4. White, Heidelberg1.2 
 5. Pantelic, MBC1.2 
 6. Heinzmann, Koeln R.1.2 
 7. van, Trier1.1 
 8. Fraser, Ehingen1.1 
 9. Grim, Uni Baskets1.1 
 10. Wolf, Hamburg1.0 


The Fraport Skyliners Keep Shawn Huff - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Fraport Skyliners said good bye to Max Merz yesterday as he played his last professional game against Alba Berlin helping dispose of Alba Berlin 83-71, but also said "Stay with us" to Shawn Huff (198-SF-84, college: Valparaiso) as they announced that they will keep the rights to the Finish national player and retain him for next season. Huff is a 198cm defensive specialist that will be turning 33 on Friday and started the season with ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (France-ProA) playing 11 games averaging 2.5ppg, 1.3rpg and moved to the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-BBL) in January. Huff who has played in his native finland as well as Greece and Italy before moving to Germany in 2013 to play 3 seasons with the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg came to Frankfurt and was an instant spark plug off the bench. He scored in double figures 8 times including dropping 21 points against the Walter Tiger Tuebingen and 17 points against Braunschweig. In the Champions League he played 5 games averaging 5,6ppg and 4,8rpg.

Source:Fraport Skyliners



Diante Watkins (Nurnberg Falcons BC) I Definitely Think I Can Play At The BBL Level And Make An Impact On A Team - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Diante Watkins (174-PG-90, college: Robert Morris) is a 26 year old 174cm point guard that finished his fourth professional season and first with the Nurnberg Falcons BC averaging 17,1ppg, 2,7rpg and 4,7apg. Last season an injury in pre season derailed his path playing for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen. He started his basketball career in 2009 with Daley CC (JUCO): 28 games: 26.5ppg, 5.8apg, 2.7rpg, 2.0spg, FGP: 44%, 3Pts: 38%, FT: 86%. He then played two seasons with Robert Morris (NAIA) and as a senior played 27 games: 24.4ppg, 7.4apg, 3.0rpg, 2.1spg, FGP: 47.0%, 3Pts: 38.9%, FT: 82.7%. In 2013-2014 he started his professional basketball career with SC Rist Wedel where he played 30 games averaging 16.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 86.9%. He improved his play in 2014-2015 with SC Rist Wedel playing 32 games: Score-2 (21.3ppg), 3.8rpg, Assists-1 (6.8apg), Steals-2 (3.2spg), FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 87.4%. He cleaned up the Eurobasket awards winning Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Honorable Mention -14, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Player of the Year -15, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Guard of the Year -15, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Import Player of the Year -15, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 1st Team -15, and Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Imports Team -15. He gave Eurobasket a season ending interview.

Diante thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how have you been spending your post season time?


Hey Miles, im still in Nuernberg just relaxing I'll stay in Europe until the end of the month and than go back to Chicago.


Nurnberg finished the season in 12th place with a 11-19 record. After reaching the Pro A playoffs last season, is it fair to say that this season was overall a disappointment?


I mean I don't think it was a disappointment, but of course we wanted to make playoffs and have a better record, but we faced injuries which caused a lot of rotational problems so we were able to keep the team in ProA and that's a positive.


Did losing six of seven games in October/November kind of set the tone for how the season would go in that it would be a struggle to reach the playoffs?


Yes those 2 months were tough for us and we lost a lot of really close games that we could've won.


The Nurnberg Falcons had one two game winning streak at the start of the season and one near the end. The club was simply to inconsistent. Why wasn't the club a playoff team this season?


We just had ups and downs. It's hard to say the exact thing.


I always felt that the team had the talent to score 80 points this season, but averaged only 73 points. Do you feel like the offensive potential was never really realized?

We just had games when we weren't as consistent. From me to others.


Which German player do you feel improved the most from the start of camp until the last loss against Cologne?


I think Sebastian Schroeder improved throughout the season. He had a good year for us.


I saw German Moritz Sanders play in the NBBL and was overwhelmed by his talent and potential. This season he averaged 7,2ppg in the Pro A. Where do you see his basketball journey heading in the next few years?


I think he will be a really good player, he has big potential.


You led the team in scoring, assists and steals despite missing the entire last season due to injury. Despite not making the playoffs, how enjoyable was this season for you in terms of just being able to play again and play at a high level?


It felt good to just be back on the court showing I'm healthy and also showing I can play at this level
.

The success of a team is often linked to how well the point guard can lead a team. What do you feel did you learn from this season that will help you in the next seasons in terms of leadership?


I learned a lot this season. I have to pay more attention to details. I think I lead by example so that won't change.


You stated in an interview that we did last October that 'I feel I'm better, I still have a lot of improving to do and I'm learning as I go'. What was your personal season summary in terms of how you developed in your first full Pro A season?

I feel I had a solid season but I had to be a little smarter I feel I had too many careless turnovers.


You finished the season averaging 3,6 turnovers per game and had a bad two game stretch in December where you had 15 turnovers in two contests and seven turnovers against Paderborn in January. You finished the season strong with only 14 turnovers in the last six games. Do you feel like getting to know the Pro A better helped you with reading defenses better?


Those were just really bad games I was just in a bad funk, it was nothing that the teams did special to force turnovers I was just playing really bad.


What is the next step for Diante Watkins? Do you feel as though you could make an even step next season with Nurnberg or another Pro A team, or would you try to go to another country?


It's too early to say now I'm just focused on vacation for a few weeks and than seeing what will come my way.


You have seen enough BBL games and know enough guys playing at that level. Guys like Carlos Medlock and Carlton Guyton made the next step to the BBL this season. Could you make an impact at the BBL level?


I definitely think I can play at the BBL level and make an impact on a team.


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


Right now I'm just going to go to Chicago and relax. Maybe I will visit somewhere


How special was the run of South Carolina at the 2017 NCAA tournament? Do you feel like this was the story of March Madness 2017'?

Yea it was a great story but I wish Kentucky would've won it all.


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

Yea I'm interested in seeing how the Cavaliers will do in the playoffs. And I like baseball but I usually like watching the playoffs of sports.


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

I think he's a good player. He will be challenged in the NBA because of the antics of his father.


There has been criticism of Russell Westbrook to be focusing more on rebounding to help inflate his stats and possibilities of getting triple doubles instead of focusing on his defensive assignments. Do you feel that this is a fair assessment to the player Russell Westbrook?


No, I've followed it and the team is 33-8 when he has a triple double so it's obviously helping his team win games!


What was the last movie that you saw?

I watched Blue Hill Avenue

Thanks Diante for the chat.



BBL Round 33: Leader ratiopharm Ulm loses to EnBW Ludwigsburg - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in BBL. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked ratiopharm Ulm (30-2) recorded its second loss on the court of eighth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by EnBW Ludwigsburg 79-61. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ratiopharm Ulm. They outrebounded ratiopharm Ulm 42-27 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Drew Crawford (196-90, college: Northwestern) who scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Jack Cooley (206-91, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was guard Chris Babb (196-90, college: Iowa St.) who recorded 13 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. EnBW Ludwigsburg maintains eighth place with 17-15 record. ratiopharm Ulm at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. EnBW Ludwigsburg are looking forward to face higher ranked ALBA Berlin (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ratiopharm Ulm will play against Walter Tigers (#15) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Bayreuth. Fourth ranked BBC Bayreuth (22-9) saved a 2-point victory at home edging second-best Bayern Muenchen (28-4) 74-72 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the 15-game winning streak of Bayern Muenchen. It was a good game for Egyptian forward Assem Marei (206-92, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 8 rebounds. De'Mon Brooks contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Bosnian Nihad Djedovic (196-90, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 14 points for Bayern Muenchen. Bayern Muenchen's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. BBC Bayreuth maintains fourth place with 22-9 record. Bayern Muenchen at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. BBC Bayreuth will play against s Oliver Baskets (#14) in Wuerzburg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bayern Muenchen will play at home against Giessen 46ers (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Thirteenth-ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (11-20) made lots of trouble for third ranked Brose Baskets (28-3) in Bamberg on Saturday. Brose Baskets managed to secure only one-point victory 85-84. However their fans expected much easier game. Darius Miller stepped up and scored 16 points and 7 assists for the winners. The best for the losing side was Quincy Diggs with 20 points. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Brose Baskets have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Loser Eisbaeren Bremerhaven keeps the thirteenth position with 20 games lost. Brose Baskets will meet Science City Jena (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play against SC Rasta Vechta and hope to secure a win.
Seventeenth-ranked SC Rasta Vechta (3-29) made lots of trouble for eleventh ranked BG Goettingen (14-18). The visitors from Goettingen managed to secure only one-point victory 78-77. However their fans expected much easier game. Darius Carter nailed 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for BG Goettingen. They moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Fraport SKY. SC Rasta Vechta lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth position with 29 games lost. BG Goettingen's next round opponent will be Braunschweig (#16) in Braunschweig which should be theoretically an easy game. SC Rasta Vechta will play on the road against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and hope to win that game.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Frankfurt, where higher ranked ALBA Berlin (19-14) lost to eleventh ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (14-18) in a road game 71-83 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was AJ English who scored 19 points and 8 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Deutsche Bank Skyliners moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Goettingen. ALBA Berlin lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 14 games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will have a break next round.

Other games of round 33 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Braunschweig was defeated by Walter Tigers in Tuebingen 80-75. Wuerzburg beat Jena at home 90-83. Telekom Bsk won against Giessen 46ers on the opponent's court 102-85. Jena were outscored by EWE Baskets in a home game 51-92.
The best stats of 33th round was 17 points and 8 assists by Chris Kramer of EWE Baskets.

Ludwigsburg - Ratiopharm 79-61

Top ranked ratiopharm Ulm (30-2) recorded its second loss on the court of eighth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by EnBW Ludwigsburg 79-61. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ratiopharm Ulm. They outrebounded ratiopharm Ulm 42-27 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Drew Crawford (196-90, college: Northwestern) who scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Jack Cooley (206-91, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was guard Chris Babb (196-90, college: Iowa St.) who recorded 13 points and Taylor Braun (201-91, college: N.Dakota St.) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. EnBW Ludwigsburg maintains eighth place with 17-15 record. ratiopharm Ulm at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. EnBW Ludwigsburg are looking forward to face higher ranked ALBA Berlin (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ratiopharm Ulm will play against Walter Tigers (#15) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: C.Babb 13+4reb+1ast, T.Braun 10+5reb+1ast, J.Wohlfarth-Bottermann 9+2reb, D.Kramer 8+3reb, A.Rubit 8+3reb+1ast, K.Tadda 5+2reb+2ast
Ludwigsburg: D.Kennedy 20+2reb+1ast, D.Crawford 16+6reb+3ast, J.Cooley 14+10reb, M.Breunig 8+6reb+2ast, R.Trice 7+7reb+2ast, J.Thiemann 6+4reb
gschID: 528815


Bayreuth - B.Muenchen 74-72

Important game to mention about took place in Bayreuth. Fourth ranked BBC Bayreuth (22-9) saved a 2-point victory at home edging second-best Bayern Muenchen (28-4) 74-72 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the 15-game winning streak of Bayern Muenchen. BBC Bayreuth made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Bayern Muenchen was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Egyptian forward Assem Marei (206-92, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 8 rebounds. American forward De'Mon Brooks (201-92, college: Davidson) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Bosnian Nihad Djedovic (196-90, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 14 points and American center Devin Booker (205-91, college: Clemson) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Bayern Muenchen. Bayern Muenchen's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. BBC Bayreuth maintains fourth place with 22-9 record. Bayern Muenchen at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. BBC Bayreuth will play against s Oliver Baskets (#14) in Wuerzburg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bayern Muenchen will play at home against Giessen 46ers (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: N.Djedovic 14+3reb+3ast, R.Redding 11+2reb+2ast, B.Taylor 10+3reb, D.Booker 10+5reb, A.Gavel 9+3reb+2ast, M.Kleber 7+4reb+3ast
Bayreuth: A.Marei 18+8reb+2ast, D.Brooks 14+5reb+1ast, B.Doreth 8+2reb+1ast, N.Linhart 8+2reb+1ast, K.Anderson 8+4reb+1ast, J.Lewis 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 528814


Walter Tigers - Braunschweig 80-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 16th ranked Braunschweig's (6-25) road loss to fifteenth ranked Walter Tigers (8-24) 75-80 on Saturday. Walter Tigers shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. The best player for the winners was American forward Stanton Kidd (202-92, college: Colorado St.) who scored 20 points and 5 assists. His fellow American import Barry Stewart (193-88, college: Mississippi St.) chipped in 13 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Canadian forward Dyshawn Pierre (198-93, college: Dayton, agency: BeoBasket) who recorded 24 points and 9 rebounds and forward Tim Schwartz (197-87) added 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively. Four Braunschweig players scored in double figures. Braunschweig's coach Frank Menz let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Walter Tigers maintains fifteenth place with 8-24 record. Loser Braunschweig keeps the sixteenth position with 25 games lost. Walter Tigers will face league's leader ratiopharm Ulm on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Braunschweig will play against BG Goettingen (#11) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Braunschweig: D.Pierre 24+9reb+2ast, T.Schwartz 18+2reb+2ast, C.Guyton 11+2reb+3ast, G.Groselle 10+7reb+1ast, T.Klepeisz 6+2reb+8ast, J.Boykin 3+1ast
Walter Tigers: S.Kidd 20+3reb+5ast, B.Stewart 13+1reb+3ast, I.Philmore 12+3reb+1ast, J.Jordan 9+4reb+3ast, J.Washburn 9+6reb+1ast, G.McGhee 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 528813


Fraport SKY - ALBA 83-71

We should mention about the upset which took place in Frankfurt, where higher ranked ALBA Berlin (19-14) lost to eleventh ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (14-18) in a road game 71-83 on Saturday. Deutsche Bank Skyliners made 31-of-40 free shots (77.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 ALBA Berlin turnovers. ALBA Berlin was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard AJ English (192-92, college: Iona) who scored 19 points and 8 assists. His fellow American import guard Quantez Robertson (188-84, college: Auburn, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 18 points. Robertson 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 Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) who recorded 15 points and Canadian guard Carl English (195-81, college: Hawaii) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Five Deutsche Bank Skyliners and four ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Deutsche Bank Skyliners moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Goettingen. ALBA Berlin lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 14 games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
ALBA: E.Kikanovic 15+4reb+2ast, B.Radosavljevic 12+7reb+1ast, C.English 11+8reb+1ast, I.Akpinar 10+4reb+4ast, N.Giffey 9+1reb, G.Robinson 7+1reb+3ast
Fraport SKY: A.English 19+4reb+8ast, Q.Robertson 18+4reb+1ast, N.Kiel 16+6reb, M.Morrison 15+7reb, M.Merz 10+4reb+6ast, S.Huff 5+4reb
gschID: 528812


Brose Bask. - Bremerhaven 85-84

Thirteenth-ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (11-20) made lots of trouble for third ranked Brose Baskets (28-3) in Bamberg on Saturday. Brose Baskets managed to secure only one-point victory 85-84. However their fans expected much easier game. Brose Baskets made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Brose Baskets outrebounded Eisbaeren Bremerhaven 36-17 including a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Darius Miller (202-90, college: Kentucky) stepped up and scored 16 points and 7 assists for the winners and Slovenian point guard Aleksej Nikolic (191-95) chipped in 16 points. The best for the losing side was American swingman Quincy Diggs (198-90, college: Akron, agency: Mansfield and Associates) with 20 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and the other American import point guard Jordan Hulls (180-90, college: Indiana) scored 14 points. Five Brose Baskets and four Eisbaeren Bremerhaven players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Brose Baskets have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Loser Eisbaeren Bremerhaven keeps the thirteenth position with 20 games lost. Brose Baskets will meet Science City Jena (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play against SC Rasta Vechta and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: Q.Diggs 20+2ast, J.Hulls 14+1reb+2ast, H.Kamp 13+1reb+2ast, K.Anderson 10+2reb+1ast, I.Elliott 9+5reb+1ast, W.Austin 6+1reb
Brose Bask.: D.Miller 16+4reb+7ast, A.Nikolic 16+1reb+3ast, L.Radosevic 10+5reb, J.McNeal 10+8reb+1ast, M.Lo 10+1reb+2ast, D.Theis 10+5reb+1ast
gschID: 528811


Vechta - Goettingen 77-78

Seventeenth-ranked SC Rasta Vechta (3-29) made lots of trouble for eleventh ranked BG Goettingen (14-18). The visitors from Goettingen managed to secure only one-point victory 78-77. However their fans expected much easier game. BG Goettingen had a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. American Darius Carter (201-92, college: Wichita St.) nailed 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and swingman Mathis Monninghoff (200-92, college: Gonzaga, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 14 points. Four BG Goettingen players scored in double figures. American forward Larry Gordon (196-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona) came up with 17 points and 7 rebounds and American-Albanian point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-84, college: BYU, agency: Octagon Europe) added 17 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) respectively for SC Rasta Vechta in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for BG Goettingen. They moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Fraport SKY. SC Rasta Vechta lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth position with 29 games lost. BG Goettingen's next round opponent will be Braunschweig (#16) in Braunschweig which should be theoretically an easy game. SC Rasta Vechta will play on the road against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Vechta: L.Gordon 17+7reb+2ast, R.Broadus 17+1reb+3ast, F.Gaines 14+3reb+4ast, D.Searcy 9+9reb+1ast, M.Ehambe 7+1reb, D.Allen 5
Goettingen: D.Carter 17+9reb+2ast, M.Monninghoff 14+4reb+1ast, J.Sanders 13+4reb+2ast, A.Waleskowski 13+1reb+1ast, A.Ruoff 9+4reb+2ast, B.Veikalas 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 528810


Wuerzburg - Jena 90-83

There was a small surprise in Wuerzburg where fourteenth ranked s Oliver Baskets (11-21) defeated 12th ranked Science City Jena (12-19) 90-83 on Friday. s Oliver Baskets made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Science City Jena was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Lamonte Ulmer (198-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: HMS) who scored 28 points. Point guard Jake Odum (193-91, college: Indiana St.) chipped in 15 points and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Shaquille Goodwin (206-94, college: Memphis) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds and guard Immanuel McElroy (194-80, college: Cincinnati) added 22 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for s Oliver Baskets. They maintain fourteenth place with 11-21 record. Newly promoted Science City Jena keeps the twelfth position with 19 games lost. s Oliver Baskets will face higher ranked BBC Bayreuth (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Jena: I.McElroy 22+4reb+4ast, S.Goodwin 22+14reb+1ast, W.Bernard 10+6reb+3ast, D.Schmidt 10+1reb+3ast, K.Frease 6+4reb, J.Wolf 5+2reb+2ast
Wuerzburg: L.Ulmer 28+4reb, J.Odum 15+4reb+7ast, K.Loncar 11+4reb+2ast, M.Stuckey 11+2reb+5ast, S.Betz 8+1reb, B.Lane 6+7reb+4ast
gschID: 528809


Giessen 46ers - Telekom Bsk 85-102

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Giessen 46ers (16-16) were defeated at home by sixth ranked Telekom Baskets (19-13) 102-85 on Friday. Telekom Baskets shot 66.7 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 62.5 percentage. The best player for the winners was American point guard Josh Mayo (181-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who scored 20 points and 7 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). His fellow American import swingman Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Joshiko Saibou (188-90, agency: Octagon Europe) who recorded 13 points and 7 assists and forward Benjamin Lischka (204-89) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Five Telekom Baskets and four Giessen 46ers players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place. Giessen 46ers lost their third game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 16 games lost. Telekom Baskets will face EWE Baskets (#7) in Oldenburg in the next round. Giessen 46ers will play on the road against Bayern Muenchen and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Giessen 46ers: S.Bowlin 15+1reb+1ast, B.Lischka 13+7reb, J.Saibou 13+3reb+7ast, A.Obst 12+1reb+1ast, J.Sears 12+5reb+2ast, J.Manigat 9+3reb+4ast
Telekom Bsk: J.Mayo 20+1reb+7ast, R.Thompson 17+1reb+2ast, K.Horton 12+5reb+2ast, Y.Polas Bartolo 11+4reb+2ast, F.Koch 11+1reb, O.Silins 11+1reb+1ast
gschID: 528808


Jena - EWE Baskets 51-92

Very predictable result when seventh ranked EWE Baskets (17-14) outscored on the road 12th ranked Science City Jena (12-19) 92-51 on Tuesday. EWE Baskets forced 21 Science City Jena turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) who scored 17 points and 8 assists. His fellow American import guard Frantz Massenat (193-92, college: Drexel) chipped in 13 points. Four EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Julius Wolf (201-93) who recorded 6 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and Stephan Haukohl (205-93) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. EWE Baskets maintains seventh place with 17-14 record. Newly promoted Science City Jena keeps the twelfth position with 19 games lost. EWE Baskets will face higher ranked Telekom Baskets (#5) in Bonn in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Science City Jena will play at home against the league's second-placed Brose Baskets (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Jena: W.Bernard 9+1reb+2ast, S.Haukohl 8+5reb, I.McElroy 6+1reb, J.Wolf 6+9reb+5ast, E.Reyes-Napoles 5+3reb, S.Goodwin 5+4reb
EWE Baskets: C.Kramer 17+3reb+8ast, F.Massenat 13+2reb+3ast, B.Qvale 11+4reb, M.De Zeeuw 10+3reb+3ast, V.Duggins 9+3reb+5ast, D.Kramer 7
gschID: 542909





ProA Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Mitteldeutscher BC reach Finals - by Eurobasket News

Chemnitz - Oettinger R. 80-85

Oettinger upset Chemnitz on the road to cut the deficit in the series. Oettinger Rockets Gotha forced 19 Chemnitz turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Chemnitz helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Darrel Mitchell (181-84, college: LSU, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American-Ivorian forward Dane Watts (203-86) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Oettinger Rockets Gotha's coach Ivan Pavic used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Joe Lawson (201-92, college: Indianapolis, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 26 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Chris Carter (195-92, college: Florida Tech, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) respectively. Four Oettinger Rockets Gotha and five Chemnitz players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Oettinger R.: D.Mitchell 26+6reb+4ast, D.Hicks 14+5reb+1ast, D.Watts 13+9reb+2ast, E.Allen 10+5reb+2ast, R.Oehle 8+5reb, G.Gibbs 6+3reb+3ast
Chemnitz: J.Lawson 26+9reb+1ast, M.Ziegenhagen 16+3reb, C.Carter 13+7reb+4ast, V.Matthews 10+2reb+7ast, C.Bradshaw 10+3reb+1ast, M.Fleischmann 3+9reb+1ast
gschID: 544492


MBC - Kirchheim 100-79

MBC cruised past Kirchheim to complete the sweep of the series. Mitteldeutscher BC dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Kirchheim Knights' 38. Mitteldeutscher BC players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Kirchheim Knights' players. It was a good game for Serbian power forward Djordje Pantelic (204-84, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Andrew Warren (196-87, college: Bradley, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 26 points for the winners. Four Mitteldeutscher BC players scored in double figures. Mitteldeutscher BC's coach Igor Jovovic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Carrington Love (186-94, college: Green Bay) answered with 39 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Jonathon Williams (198-90, college: Wagner) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Kirchheim Knights.
Top scorers:
MBC: A.Warren 26+1reb+3ast, D.Pantelic 18+10reb+5ast, M.Hatten 17+3reb+9ast, S.Kerusch 15+9reb+2ast, D.Johnson 7+2reb+2ast, K.Larsen 7+6reb+1ast
Kirchheim: C.Love 39+8reb+4ast, A.Kronhardt 12+7reb, J.Williams 11+8reb, T.Koch 8+3reb, S.Hinrichs 5+5reb+3ast, B.Wenzel 2+1reb
gschID: 544493





Deandre Lansdowne (Hamburg Towers) My Next Step Is To Be One Of The More Dominant Players In Pro A - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

DeAndre Lansdowne (187-G-89, college: Fort Lewis) is a 26 year old 187cm guard from Albuquerque, Mexico that completed his third professional season and first with the Hamburg Towers averaging 12,3ppg, 5,0rpg and 2,3apg. Last season he played with Hertener Loewen Basketball (Germany-Pro B) playing 27 games: Score-2 (22.9ppg), 8.1rpg, 3.6apg, Steals-5 (2.6spg), FGP: 61.5%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 66.5% He played college ball at Fort Lewis (NCAA2) and as a senior played 32 games averaging 15.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.1apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 50.7%. He then gained his first professional experience with Pioneros de Delicias (Mexico-Chihuahua Vive) before continuing career in Germany. He spoke to eurobasket after the conclusion of the 2016-2017 season.

Deandre thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your few days been after the end of the season with the Pro A Hamburg Towers?

Thanks for having me again. Right now I am gearing up to head back to America. The last week has consisted mainly of relaxing, and hanging out with teammates before we all go our separate ways.

The Hamburg Towers made a furious run in the last weeks and just missed the playoffs landing in ninth place. The ambition of the Hamburg Towers is the BBL and one doesn't always know if the goal is very soon or if the management wants to be there yesterday? After reaching the playoffs last season, was this season a disappointment?

Yes it's always a disappointment when you don't do as well in the standings as the season before. It took this team I think awhile to click, since there were only 3 returners.


How often do you feel will the bitter 82-81 loss to Crailsheim resurface in your memory? A win in Crailsheim could have been your ticket to the playoffs.

Yes it plays in my head from time to time. It hurt a lot, because that could've heighten ed our great late season playoff push. But as I say, that's basketball. We had a lot of close games this season, some went out way, and some went the other. I wouldn't say our season was defined solely off of that play.


After the 106-82 loss at MBC and March approaching the playoffs looked far away, but Hamburg went on a three game winning streak leading up to the Crailsheim game. How proud were you with the team that they continued to fight for the playoffs and didn't put their heads in the sand?

Extremely proud! That was the mentality of each and every one of my teammates though. We would never give up, and we'd always keep fighting for each other.


What is your summary of the season of the Hamburg Towers. The club was inconsistent and if had had one stretch of a few more wins could have made the playoffs. Was there any other factors why Hamburg missed the playoffs?

I think we had some close losses throughout the beginning of the season that we needed to win. 1 or 2 possessions make a difference late in the season.


When you look at the organization of the Hamburg Towers, how far is the club away from being a BBL team?

It's not far at all! From top to bottom it is one of the most professional organizations in Germany!


Which German player do you feel improved the most from the first day of camp to the last game against Ehingen?

I would have to say Lars Kamp! He went from what we considered a youth guy/double license player, to saying he's a Leo factor when we win, and has the skill & confidence to be a top German player.


You had very many good games, but what was your personal season highlight? Possibly your 26 point game in the home win against Heidelberg?

Yeah I think that game was my best. I think I had 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Those two are the most important stats to me. Against a good team, and we had a few guys sitting, I played a majority of the Power Forward. And it was important to rebound, and take advantage of a miss match, and I think I did that well that game.


In the first few months of the season, you stated in our interview that you were happy that the season was long and that you could play much better. You averaged 12,3ppg, 5,0rpg and 2,3apg. What was your personal summary of the season?

I think that I did ok, but I got better throughout the season, and I think I proved that I can play in this league.


Do you feel as though you made steady strides as a Pro A player this season with the Hamburg Towers? How do you feel like your game developed further with the Hamburg Towers?

Yes I definitely feel that I got better as the season went on. I saw the game easier, and in a bit of a different style. Only helping expand my basketball IQ, and how to be a better player.


You proved that you were able to make the jump from the German Pro B with Herten to the Pro A with Hamburg. Do you feel like you can become even more of an impact player at the German Pro A level?

Yes I do. As I said early, I think I proved I can play in Pro A. Now my next step is to be one of the more dominant players in Pro A.


What is the next step for DeAndre Lansdowne? Is the German Pro A league you want to continue to play at or could you imagine moving to another country?

1st league, no specific location though. I would love to just play at the highest level my skills allow me to.




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

Summer is mainly, working out, running kids skill camps, and relaxing with friends and family. I don't think I will have any new adventures this summer.


How special was the run of South Carolina at the 2017 NCAA tournament? Do you feel like this was the story of March Madness 2017'?

It was amazing. I know a lot of people from that area loved this year in South Carolina sports with Clemson Football won National Championship, Women's basketball winning, and the baseball team as well.

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

Honestly I am so far behind in American sports. The time difference is just too many hours to catch as many games as I would like. But I have kept up with some NBA. I usually just stay up to date on TV Shows haha

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

You know, I am not sure. I don't like the fathers cockiness. But it's all working out in their favor. They are getting the exposure and possible future advertisement endorsements being in the works as we speak. But I just hope he backs up his dads mouth, cause that would be quite embarrassing.


There has been criticism of Russell Westbrook to be focusing more on rebounding to help inflate his stats and possibilities of getting triple doubles instead of focusing on his defensive assignments. Do you feel that this is a fair assessment to the player Russell Westbrook?

I am not sure. I think when people are doing unspeakable things, people will make excuses of why they are doing it, and how it isn't fair. I think what he's doing is amazing, and there's nothing negative I would consider.


What was the last movie that you saw?

Concussion.


Thanks Deandre for the chat.




Max Merz Retires Moving From The Court To Become A Management Consultant - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

For those that are in the basketball closet now and won't get out until next season and see Max Merz (183-PG-94) strolling down Frankfurt's most luxurious street Goethe during lunch break in September , one may meet Max Merz looking all dapper in a suit and be wondering why he isn't resting between the Fraport Skyliners morning and night practices, because he will already be tightly involved in his new job as a management consultant as his basketball days will already be behind him. The Fraport Skyliners announced today that Max Merz will hang up his sneakers after the season and enter the business world. The 23 year old has had the ambition to enter the business world once he completed his studies at the Frankfurt school of finance and management. It wasn't an easy decision for the German to retire after 6 very successful seasons in the Fraport Skyliners organization. "I had many intensive talks with Gordion Herbert and Gunnar Wobke. Soon I felt that I could be more successful in the business world then on the court. I am a very ambitious guy and feel it was the right time. I am excited about what will happen now. First I will look for an apprentice spot in the management area. I want to thank all the coaches, management, teammates and ex teammates and all the fans for giving me the trust the whole time", stressed Max Merz.

Merz started his basketball career in 2009 with Eintracht Frankfurt (Regionalliga) and in 2010-2011 got a year's experiene in the states in Georgia at the Rabun Gap high school. He returned back to Germany in 2011 back to the Skyliners and played for the Pro B team playing 10 games averaging 6.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 31.0%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 53.8%. In the 2012-2013 season he continued to play Pro B averaging 9.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 76.3%,. He also got his first BBL minutes playing 5 minutes in a 95-57 win against Giessen and then scored 6 points in 15 minutes against Trier. In the next three seasons, he continued to play Pro B having that double license and played a total of 45 BBL games. He was that solid back up point guard that ran the team and always gave the needed energy from the bench. Last season he helped the team win the Fiba Europe Cup playing 9 games. He came into his own this season and currently is avergaing 13,4 minutes a game the most in his BBL career averaging 2,4ppg, 1,2rpg and 1,7apg. He showed recently when given minutes that he can produce as he got 34 minutes and poured in 14 points, dished out 8 assists and had 3 steals in a bitter 99-98 loss in Bayreuth. Merz wasn't only a palyer that gave his all on the court, but was also a guy with a high charachter where Gordon Herbert knows a huge void will be there to fill. "I want to thank Max for his servicies and what he gave the team, club, fans and city of Frankfurt. He was an excellent example for the typ of player and person that we want to have in our program. He brought very many good things that weren't seen in the stats. I would have liked to have seen just how much farther he would grow as a player as he had made big strides this season. On the other hand, I understand and respect his decision to go a new route in his life. I wish him all the best and a lot of success", stressed Fraport Skyliners head coach Gordon Herbert.

Fraport Skyliners CEO Gunnar Wobke has seen hundreds of players come and go since 1999, but with Max Merz probably a player with one of the top charachters that ever graced the uniform. with the Skyliners. "Max is a very out of the ordinary impressive young man with a lot of talents. He is full of energy, is ambitious and focused and achieves that what he wants to do. He is also a great guy and leader and a reason why he was captain with Quantez Robertson. The guess was there that he might retire after finishing his studies. I see him as being more talented for the business world then as player. It also shows that he was able to finish his studies despite also being a player. He is a great role model for young players. It wouldn't surprise if one day he becomes a CEO for a company. Even if we would have liked to have had him as a role model for a few more years, I think it was the right time to retire. We thank him from all our hearts for a great time and wish him all the best and success for his future", stated Gunnar Wobke. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German U17 National Team -09-10, German U16 National Team -10, European Championships U16 in Bar (Montenegro) -10: 8 games: 2.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.1apg, 1.4spg, German NBBL All-Star Game -13, German U20 National Team -13-14, European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) -13: 9 games: 2.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.1apg, European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) -14: 9 games: 3.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -16, FIBA Europe Cup Winner -16, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Finalist -16, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Domestic Players Team -16
German Bundesliga Semifinals -16, and InterContinental Cup Finalist -17.

Source:Fraport Skyliners




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  GHANA  


Mad Ants' Bentil holds press conference in Accra - by Yaw Mintah

Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Ghana Forward Ben Bentil has held a press conference at the University of Ghana (UG) Sports Directorate hall upon landing in Ghana's capital, Accra.
The presser was in relation to the first Ghana-born player to play in the NBA's Basketball Skills Camp that is set to be held today in his hometown Sekondi-Takoradi with second edition scheduled to be held at UG on May 6.

The first leg of the camp will be held at the Takoradi Technical University Court where players under 18 will be taken through several drills to improve their understanding and skills in the game.

Addressing the media about the camp, Bentil stated 'I want this skills camp to be something that will go on forever something that is never going to stop even when I hang it up it is something that is going to be done in memory'.

He also stated his plans to offer scholarships to talented players to pursue playing careers abroad through his foundation, the Ben Bentil Foundation. Bentil played two years for Providence College after relocating to the US before getting drafted 51st overall by Boston Celtics in the 2016 NBA Draft.

He has since been playing for Fort Wayne in the NBA's Development League after his release from Boston and a two month stint at Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association.



Tema, Braves claim wins in ABL First round finale - by Yaw Mintah

High flying Tema Youth and Braves of Customs have clinched wins to end the first round of the Accra Basketball League (ABL) Men's Division I on winning notes. League leaders Tema Youth beat DC Dynamics 59-46 in the opening game of the round while rival Braves of Customs ploughed into Ghana Navy courtesy a 72-48 win. Both games took place at the Lebanon House Court in Tudu.

The win puts Braves and Tema ahead of the field with each side spotting just a loss in six games played in the first round. The second round is set to begin on 17th May.
In the game, Tema Point Guard Marko Mensah was the real deal as he drilled two pairs of three point shots to curtail Dynamics momentum which threatened Tema's lead several times in the second half.

DC opened the final quarter with a 10 point run but quick jumpers ended the run effectively handing the win to Tema.

Braves continued its dominant ways by getting past Ghana Navy expectedly. The loss means Navy completes the first round of the league without a win. Shooting Guard Brew Smith's 11 point outing in the first quarter was nothing enough for Navy as Braves overwhelming roster got the better of Navy.

The Women's Division will continue however, with games involving Navy and Fire scheduled to be played on 4th May. In the last round of games, University of Ghana (UG) beat Tudu Galaxy 31-29 and Braves beat Fire Service 42-32.



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  GREECE  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos16.3 
 2. Cummings, Aris14.5 
 3. Barlow, Trikalla14.0 
 4. Starks, Koroivos13.6 
 5. Hall, Koroivos13.4 
 6. Gotcher, Koroivos12.9 
 7. Lojeski, Olympiacos12.6 
 8. Punter, Lavrio12.5 
 9. James, Panathin.12.5 
 10. Clark, Promitheas12.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keith CLANTON
  PAOK
  (205-C/F-90)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Clanton, PAOK9.3 
 2. Biruta, Trikalla7.0 
 3. Evans, Lavrio6.9 
 4. Fitzpatrick, AGOR6.9 
 5. Hall, Koroivos6.7 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.6.3 
 7. Toutziarakis, Kymis6.2 
 8. Faye, Promitheas6.1 
 9. Vasilopoulos, Kolossos.5.8 
 10. Reddic, Kolossos HH5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos7.3 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.5.6 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympiacos5.4 
 4. Starks, Koroivos4.9 
 5. Talton, AGOR4.2 
 6. Hall, Kolossos HH4.1 
 7. Scott, Doxa L.4.1 
 8. Nixon, Lavrio4.0 
 9. El-Amin, Kymis3.9 
 10. Ukic, AEK Athens3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Shannon SCOTT
  Doxa L.
  (186-PG-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Scott, Doxa L.2.0 
 2. Hickey, Apollon .1.9 
 3. Brown, Koroivos1.8 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Aris1.7 
 5. Releford, Kolossos.1.6 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.1.6 
 7. Gotcher, Koroivos1.6 
 8. Moore, Promitheas1.4 
 9. Jones, Promitheas1.4 
 10. Barlow, Trikalla1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jito KOK
  Lavrio
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kok, Lavrio1.5 
 2. Jackson, Aris1.1 
 3. Clanton, PAOK1.1 
 4. Raines, Apollon .1.1 
 5. Kravic, AGOR1.0 
 6. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 7. Fitzpatrick, AGOR1.0 
 8. Orton, Kymis1.0 
 9. Milutinov, Olympiacos1.0 
 10. Reddic, Kolossos HH0.9 



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  HUNGARY  


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

25-year old guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (193-G-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Kormend and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds, while his team outclassed Szolnok (#5, 19-14) with 28-point margin 109-81. Kormend maintains the 2nd position in Hungarian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Kormend will need more victories to improve their 22-10 record. In the team's last game Smith Jr. had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Kormend's top player in his first season with the team. Lenzelle Smith Jr. averages this season 14.7ppg and 6.6rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Marko Djerasimovic (198-F/G-84, agency: BeoExcell) of KTE-Duna. He is Serbian swingman in his 4th season at KTE-Duna. In the last game Djerasimovic recorded impressive 27 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he led KTE-Duna to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Kaposvari (#2, 18-14) 94-74. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. KTE-Duna consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 17-16 record is not bad at all. Djerasimovic is one of the most experienced players at KTE-Duna and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.2ppg (#9). He also registered 5.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Kormend's star - guard Lasan Kromah (198-G-91). Kromah got into 30-points club by scoring 39 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds and four assists. He was another key player of Kormend, helping his team with a 109-81 easy win against the lower-ranked Szolnok (#5, 19-14). Kormend needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 22 victories and 10 lost games. Kromah has a great season in Hungary. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.6ppg (best scorer). He also has FGP: 57.7% and 3PT: 47.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Emanuel Ubilla (188-PG-86) of ZTE KK - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists
5. David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90) of Szolnok - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Kemal Karahodzic (210-C-89) of KTE-Duna - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Peter Lorant (206-F/C-85) of Alba - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Lawrence Gilbert (200-F-86) of Atomeromu - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Zsolt Szabo (202-F-86) of ZTE KK - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Chris Smith (193-G-94) of PVSK Pannon - 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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  INDONESIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Gary JACOBS
  NSH G.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 27.9
 1. Jacobs, NSH G.27.9 
 2. Williams, Aspac27.2 
 3. Barfield, NSH G.26.4 
 4. Corbin, Bima P.24.9 
 5. Crump, Satya W.24.3 
 6. White, Pelita Jaya22.9 
 7. Loiselle, Pacific .22.4 
 8. Seagers, Pacific .21.6 
 9. Smith, Hang Tuah21.2 
 10. Ware, Garuda16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nate BARFIELD
  NSH G.
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Barfield, NSH G.14.4 
 2. Maxey, Satya W.13.9 
 3. Loiselle, Pacific .13.4 
 4. Brand, JNE B.13.2 
 5. White, Pelita Jaya12.9 
 6. Henderson-N., Aspac11.0 
 7. Smith, Hang Tuah10.7 
 8. McKinney, CLS K.10.6 
 9. Gunawan, Garuda9.8 
 10. Smith, Satria Muda9.1 
Assists Per Game
 David SEAGERS
  Pacific .
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Seagers, Pacific .6.1 
 2. Jacobs, NSH G.5.5 
 3. Wuysang, CLS K.5.3 
 4. Smith, Hang Tuah5.2 
 5. Loiselle, Pacific .4.9 
 6. Williams, Aspac4.8 
 7. Purwanto, Hang T.4.3 
 8. Dhyaksa, Aspac4.3 
 9. Hardianus, Satria M.4.3 
 10. Jewell, Satria Muda3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrell CORBIN
  Bima P.
  (184-PG-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Corbin, Bima P.2.9 
 2. Smith, Hang Tuah2.4 
 3. Seagers, Pacific .2.4 
 4. Jewell, Satria Muda2.2 
 5. Wisnu, Satria Muda2.0 
 6. Hardianus, Satria M.1.8 
 7. Barfield, NSH G.1.8 
 8. Dhyaksa, Aspac1.7 
 9. White, Pelita Jaya1.7 
 10. Joni, Hang Tuah1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Nate MAXEY
  Satya W.
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Maxey, Satya W.4.9 
 2. Brand, JNE B.3.5 
 3. Ware, Garuda2.0 
 4. Loiselle, Pacific .1.5 
 5. White, Pelita Jaya1.3 
 6. Sitepu, Satria M.1.2 
 7. Nugroho, CLS K.1.0 
 8. Smith, Satria Muda0.9 
 9. Seagers, Pacific .0.9 
 10. Jacobs, NSH G.0.8 



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  IRAN  

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Daequan COOK
  Chemidor
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Cook, Chemidor23.1 
 2. Buljan, Kashan22.5 
 3. Robinson, Petrochimi20.9 
 4. Prince, Azad19.2 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan18.6 
 6. Hosley, Arak18.4 
 7. Gacesa, Tabriz17.2 
 8. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.15.5 
 9. Jones, Azad15.2 
 10. Williams, Arak15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  Army
  (200-SF-90)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Kazemi, Army11.5 
 2. Buljan, Kashan10.1 
 3. Kardoust, Arak9.3 
 4. Williams, Tabriz9.1 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan8.8 
 6. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.8.5 
 7. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.7.5 
 8. Cukinas, Chemidor7.3 
 9. Mirzaei, Naft A.7.3 
 10. Jones, Azad7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Petrochimi
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Robinson, Petrochimi4.3 
 2. Davarpanah, Naft A.3.8 
 3. Nasajpour, Tabriz3.7 
 4. Perkins, Naft A.3.6 
 5. Prince, Azad3.6 
 6. Hosley, Arak3.5 
 7. Jamshidi, Petrochimi3.2 
 8. Davoudi, Arak3.0 
 9. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.2.8 
 10. Williams, Arak2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Arak
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Hosley, Arak3.0 
 2. Nasajpour, Tabriz2.7 
 3. Kazemi, Army2.7 
 4. Prince, Azad2.5 
 5. Perkins, Naft A.2.3 
 6. Davarpanah, Naft A.2.3 
 7. Mashayekhi, Naft A.2.1 
 8. Robinson, Petrochimi1.8 
 9. Afagh, Arak1.7 
 10. Jones, Azad1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Tabriz
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Williams, Tabriz4.1 
 2. Taherpour, Shiraz a.1.1 
 3. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.1.1 
 4. Kardoust, Arak1.0 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan0.9 
 6. Riaie, Chemidor0.9 
 7. Moradinasab, Gor.0.9 
 8. Soleimani, Kashan0.8 
 9. Nabipour, Petrochimi0.7 
 10. Torabi, Army0.7 


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

Petrochimi - Army 79-70

Petrochemi outgunned Army to open 2-0 lead in the series. Petrochimi shot 60.6 percent from the field. Petrochimi outrebounded Army 28-15 including a 24-9 advantage in defensive rebounds. Army was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. International center Hamed Haddadi (218-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). International Oshin Sahakian (200-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The former international Navid Farahani (194-88) replied with 13 points and the former international swingman Ashkan Khalilnejad (191-91) added 14 points in the effort for Army.
Top scorers:
Petrochimi: H.Haddadi 21+5reb+1ast, O.Sahakian 11+10reb+2ast, M.Jamshidi 8+5reb+1ast, B.Yakhchali 5+1reb+2ast, R.Lotfi 5+1reb, H.Hosseinzadeh 4+1reb+1ast
Army: A.Khalilnejad 14+3reb, N.Farahani 13+4reb+1ast, V.Dalirzahan 12+2reb+2ast, M.Sheikhi 5+2reb+3ast, M.Tavana 4, M.Torabi 2+1reb
gschID: 545403


Arak - Chemidor 98-62

Arak overwhlemed Chemidor to secure 2-0 advantage. The game was mostly controlled by Arak. Chemidor managed to win third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Chemidor's 16. They outrebounded Chemidor 42-23 including a 31-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Chemidor helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Bulgarian Filip Videnov (196-80, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Alti Sport) who scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. International center Asghar Kardoust (212-86) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American center Robert Upshaw (213-94, college: Washington) produced 13 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Daequan Cook (195-87, college: Ohio St.) added 13 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Arak: A.Kardoust 20+8reb+2ast, H.Afagh 19+4reb+2ast, F.Videnov 19+8reb+3ast, Q.Hosley 9+4reb+6ast, M.Zarei 7+1reb, P.Khoshdooni 6+3reb+1ast
Chemidor: R.Upshaw 13+5reb, D.Cook 13+3reb+1ast, I.Zandi 8+4reb+3ast, A.Sedighi 8+4reb+1ast, P.Kiani 6+3reb+1ast, R.Derghokasian 5+1ast
gschID: 545405


Azad - Tabriz 89-81

Azad rallied to the second straight victory in the series. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-81. Azad outrebounded Tabriz 51-40 including 19 on the offensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Azad made 7 blocks. American guard Dominique Jones (193-88, college: S.Florida) scored 32 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Mohammad Yousofvand (207-96) chipped in 14 points and 17 rebounds during the contest. Four Azad players scored in double figures. Croatian guard Hrvoje Puljko (193-83, agency: Mansfield and Associates) responded with 29 points and Sajjad Pazrofteh produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Azad: D.Jones 32+7reb+3ast, F.Sabouri 16+7reb, M.Yousofvand 14+17reb+1ast, A.Armen Allahverdi 10+3reb+1ast, M.Rasoul 7+2reb+1ast, A.James Ogilvy 4+10reb+1ast
Tabriz: H.Puljko 29+4reb+2ast, A. Taherkhani 13+6reb+1ast, S.Pazrofteh 12+13reb+2ast, M.Falahat 7+2reb+4ast, S.Reyhani 7+7reb+1ast, V.Hajian 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 545404


Naft Abadan - Kashan 78-64

Naft Abadan topped Kashan to stay victorious in the series. The game without a history. Naft Abadan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The former international center Meisam Mirzaei (210-92) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international point guard Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-94) supported him with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Even a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds by the former international center Masoud Soleimani (207) did not help to save the game for Kashan. Majid Salehi-Bozorgi (186-88) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the guests.
Top scorers:
Naft Abadan: M.Mirzaei 18+11reb+1ast, S.Mashayekhi 14+8reb+2ast, S.Davarpanah 10+5reb+4ast, M.Reza Akbari 9+4reb, M.Hassanzadeh 7+6reb+1ast, F.Aslani 7+8reb+6ast
Kashan: M.Soleimani 20+10reb+1ast, M.Salehi-Bozorgi 16+5reb+5ast, M.Rezaei 7+9reb+1ast, M.Khaleghifar 6+7reb+1ast, M.Shahrian 6+6reb+1ast, H.Rahmati 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 545402





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  ISRAEL  

Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Storm WARREN
  Maccabi .
  (201-PF-88)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Warren, Maccabi .23.7 
 2. Huertas, Hap.Haifa21.8 
 3. Burrows, Hap.Haifa21.7 
 4. Livingston, Hapoel K.21.4 
 5. Esho, Ramat H.20.6 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A20.4 
 7. Teel, Maccabi H/H20.3 
 8. Relphorde, Hapoel M.19.9 
 9. Jordan, Galil Elion19.7 
 10. Madden, Hap.R/G.19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony LEE
  Ironi R.
  (206-F/C-91)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Lee, Ironi R.12.5 
 2. Jordan, Galil Elion11.6 
 3. Warren, Maccabi .11.3 
 4. Watson, Hapoel K/S10.8 
 5. Livingston, Hapoel K.10.6 
 6. Yates, Macc.Reh.10.4 
 7. Pointer, Ironi K-A10.2 
 8. Allen, Hapoel B/S10.2 
 9. McShepard, Ironi N.9.9 
 10. Burrows, Hap.Haifa9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H7.9 
 2. Nanikashvili, Hap.H.6.8 
 3. Cohen, Hapoel K/S5.8 
 4. Lavie, Maccabi .5.5 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Ironi R.5.4 
 6. Dunne, Ironi N.4.9 
 7. Ainhorn, Ironi K-A4.6 
 8. Niv, Hap.Haifa4.5 
 9. Salz, Galil Elion4.4 
 10. Tal, Hapoel Afula4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H2.7 
 2. Addison, Macc.Reh.2.5 
 3. Relphorde, Hapoel M.2.4 
 4. Lavie, Maccabi .2.3 
 5. Warren, Maccabi .2.1 
 6. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.0 
 7. Burrows, Hap.Haifa1.9 
 8. Hofman, Ironi N.1.9 
 9. Pointer, Ironi K-A1.9 
 10. Rosenberg, Hapoel M.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sir''Dominic POINTER
  Ironi K-A
  (198-G/F-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.2 
 2. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.1 
 3. Lee, Ironi R.1.9 
 4. Watson, Hapoel K/S1.5 
 5. Givens, Maccabi .1.5 
 6. Warren, Maccabi .1.4 
 7. Gaston, Hapoel M.1.3 
 8. Joyner, Ironi K-A1.2 
 9. Roberts, Ironi N.1.2 
 10. Treadwell, Hapoel A.1.2 


Winner League Round 29: Hapoel Jerusalem edges Bnei Hasharon by two points - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Winner League is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds.

The most exciting game of round 29 in the Winner League took place in Jerusalem. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Bnei Hasharon (16-13) to fifth ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (16-13) 84-82 in the game for the fourth place. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 32-25 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Lior Eliyahu (205-85) who scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international point guard Bar Timor (190-92) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists. Hapoel Jerusalem's coach Simone Pianigiani used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Jeff Adrien (201-86, college: Connecticut) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for the guests. Hapoel Jerusalem have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Bnei Hertzeliyya. Hapoel Jerusalem is looking forward to face league's leader Hapoel Eilat on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bnei Hasharon will play against Maccabi Haifa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Hapoel Eilat delivered the nineteenth victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (13-16) 91-84. American point guard Pierria Henry (193-93, college: Charlotte) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Will Daniels contributed with 18 points for the winners. International Tomer Ginat (202-94) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds for Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hapoel Eilat (19-10) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place, which they share with Hapoel Holon. Hapoel Tel-Aviv lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 16 games lost. Hapoel Eilat will play against Hapoel Jerusalem (#4) at home in the next round. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against Galil Gilboa (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Haifa was also quite interesting. Second ranked Hapoel Holon (19-10) played at the court of 6th ranked Maccabi Haifa (15-14). Hapoel Holon defeated Maccabi Haifa 85-74 on Friday. James Bell stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. Hapoel Holon's coach Dan Shamir allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Gregory Vargas responded with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Hapoel Holon keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Hapoel Eilat. Maccabi Haifa at the other side keeps the sixth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Maccabi Rishon and Ironi Nahariya. Hapoel Holon will meet at home bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G (#12) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Maccabi Haifa will play against Bnei Hasharon (#5) in Hod Hasharon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Kiryat Gat. Local Maccabi K/G (4-25) was outscored by third ranked Maccabi T-A (18-11) 84-65. Devin Smith nailed 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. Maccabi T-A's coach Ainars Bagatskis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Maccabi T-A maintains third place with 18-11 record behind leader Hapoel Eilat. Maccabi K/G lost their ninth game in a row. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. Maccabi T-A's next round opponent will be Ironi Nahariya (#8) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. Maccabi K/G will play against the league's second-placed Hapoel Holon (#2) and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 29 Galil Gilboa was defeated by Maccabi Rishon in Rishon Le-Zion 83-69. Ironi Nahariya beat Maccabi Ashdod at home 75-68.

Maccabi Haifa - Hapoel Holon 74-85

The game in Haifa was also quite interesting. Second ranked Hapoel Holon (19-10) played at the court of 6th ranked Maccabi Haifa (15-14). Hapoel Holon defeated Maccabi Haifa 85-74 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Holon. Maccabi Haifa managed to win fourth quarter 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Holon made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Maccabi Haifa turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American swingman James Bell (197-92, college: Villanova) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners and his fellow American import forward Darion Atkins (203-92, college: Virginia) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. Hapoel Holon's coach Dan Shamir allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (180-86, agency: Pro Sports) responded with 22 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized American point guard John DiBartolomeo (183-91, college: Rochester, agency: Duran International) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Hapoel Holon keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Hapoel Eilat. Maccabi Haifa at the other side keeps the sixth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Maccabi Rishon and Ironi Nahariya. Hapoel Holon will meet at home bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G (#12) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Maccabi Haifa will play against Bnei Hasharon (#5) in Hod Hasharon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: G.Vargas 22+5reb+1ast, J.DiBartolomeo 13+5reb+3ast, W.Workman 11+7reb, A.Simhon 8+5reb+2ast, R.Freeman 8+2reb, O.Blayzer 5+7reb+3ast
Hapoel Holon: J.Bell 28+10reb+1ast, D.Atkins 20+5reb+3ast, T.Holloway 15+3reb+2ast, S.Harush 8+4reb+4ast, G.Israeli 5+3ast, R.Huber 3+2reb+5ast
gschID: 540744


Hapoel J-M - Bnei Hertzeliyya 84-82

The most exciting game of round 29 in the Winner League took place in Jerusalem. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Bnei Hasharon (16-13) to fifth ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (16-13) 84-82 in the game for the fourth place. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 32-25 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Lior Eliyahu (205-85) who scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international point guard Bar Timor (190-92) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists. Four Hapoel Jerusalem players scored in double figures. Hapoel Jerusalem's coach Simone Pianigiani used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Jeff Adrien (201-86, college: Connecticut) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and American-Georgian point guard Taurean Green (183-85, college: Florida) added 16 points and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Hapoel Jerusalem have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Bnei Hertzeliyya. Hapoel Jerusalem is looking forward to face league's leader Hapoel Eilat on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bnei Hasharon will play against Maccabi Haifa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hertzeliyya: J.Adrien 21+12reb+1ast, T.Green 16+1reb+6ast, B.Triche 12+5reb+2ast, T.Maayan 11+1ast, K.Mashour 9+10reb, H.Kanacevic 6+3reb+6ast
Hapoel J-M: R.Howell 19+4reb, C.Jerrells 18+4reb, B.Timor 15+2reb+6ast, L.Eliyahu 12+6reb+8ast, A.Stoudemire 7+10reb, Y.Halperin 6+4ast
gschID: 540747


Hapoel Eilat - Hapoel T-A 91-84

Leader Hapoel Eilat delivered the nineteenth victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (13-16) 91-84. It looked good early as Hapoel Tel-Aviv took a 15-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hapoel Eilat took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 7 points. American point guard Pierria Henry (193-93, college: Charlotte) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. His fellow American import forward Will Daniels (202-86, college: Rhode Island) contributed with 18 points for the winners. International Tomer Ginat (202-94) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds and American point guard Mark Lyons (185-89, college: Arizona, agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 17 points in the effort for Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Four Hapoel Eilat and five Hapoel Tel-Aviv players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hapoel Eilat (19-10) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place, which they share with Hapoel Holon. Hapoel Tel-Aviv lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 16 games lost. Hapoel Eilat will play against Hapoel Jerusalem (#4) at home in the next round. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against Galil Gilboa (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: M.Lyons 17+2reb+1ast, A.Banks 15+1reb+2ast, T.Ginat 14+5reb+3ast, B.Dawson 11+7reb, A.Tucker 10+7reb+1ast, R.Limonad 6+1reb+8ast
Hapoel Eilat: W.Daniels 18+4reb+3ast, P.Henry 17+6reb+9ast, A.Nissim 16+1reb, L.Milbourne 14+8reb, C.Colman 8+3reb+2ast, R.Menco 7+7reb+2ast
gschID: 540746


Maccabi Rishon - Galil Gilboa 83-69

There was no surprise in Rishon Le-Zion where 11th ranked Galil Gilboa (12-17) was defeated by seventh ranked Maccabi Rishon (15-14) 83-69. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi Rishon. Galil Gilboa was better in third quarter 24-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi Rishon forced 23 Galil Gilboa turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. American guard Cameron Long (193-88, college: George Mason, agency: Inception Sports) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and international power forward Idan Zalmanson (206-95) accounted for 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Maccabi Rishon's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Eric Griffin (203-90, college: Campbell) came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import guard Michael Qualls (197-94, college: Arkansas) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Galil Gilboa in the defeat. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Maccabi Rishon. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Ironi Nahariya and Maccabi Haifa. Newly promoted Galil Gilboa dropped to the tenth position with 17 games lost. Maccabi Rishon's next round opponent will be Maccabi Ashdod (#10) on the road. Galil Gilboa will play against Hapoel Tel-Aviv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: E.Griffin 18+8reb, M.Qualls 17+6reb, J.Siggers 9+6reb+2ast, M.Holloway 8+12reb+3ast, J.Shuchman 7+3reb+9ast, E.Skverer 5+3reb+3ast
Maccabi Rishon: J.Moore 19+1reb+1ast, C.Long 18+10reb+4ast, I.Zalmanson 13+5reb+4ast, C.Thomas 9+1reb+2ast, A.Ben-Chimol 7+3reb+6ast, E.Kadir 6+5reb
gschID: 540745


Ironi Nahariya - Maccabi Ashdod 75-68

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Ironi Nahariya (15-14) defeated at home 10th ranked Maccabi Ashdod (12-17) 75-68. The hosts were ahead by 5 points but lost the second period ending it with a 5-point deficit before their 21-9 run, which allowed them to win the game. Ironi Nahariya dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Maccabi Ashdod's 32. They outrebounded Maccabi Ashdod 46-34 including 31 on the defensive glass. The game was dominated by American players. Tyrone Nash (203-88, college: Notre Dame) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and swingman Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) accounted for 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Chase Simon (201-89, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Three Eye Sports) came up with 26 points and 6 assists and center Jackie Carmichael (206-90, college: Illinois St.) added 14 points and 13 rebounds respectively for Maccabi Ashdod in the defeat. Ironi Nahariya moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Maccabi Rishon and Maccabi Haifa. Maccabi Ashdod at the other side keeps the tenth position with 17 games lost. Ironi Nahariya's next round opponent will be higher ranked Maccabi T-A (#3) in Tel-Aviv and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi Ashdod will play at home against Maccabi Rishon (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: C.Simon 26+4reb+6ast, J.Carmichael 14+13reb+2ast, J.Cohen 11+6reb+1ast, M.Little 5+2reb+2ast, B.Altit 4+4reb, I.Ziv 3+4ast
Ironi Nahariya: S.Hopson 18+7reb+4ast, T.Nash 16+14reb+1ast, I.Nesterenko 8+2reb, N.Berkowitz 8+5reb+2ast, E.Asante Asare 7+2reb+1ast, J.Skjoldebrand 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 540743


Maccabi K/G - Maccabi T-A 65-84

The game with biggest result difference took place in Kiryat Gat. Local Maccabi K/G (4-25) was outscored by third ranked Maccabi T-A (18-11) 84-65. It looked good early as Maccabi K/G took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Maccabi T-A had a 30-15 second period charge getting the lead and Maccabi K/G was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-84. They outrebounded Maccabi K/G 33-18 including 24 on the defensive glass. Maccabi T-A players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Maccabi K/G's players. American swingman Devin Smith (196-83, college: Virginia) nailed 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and the former international point guard Gal Mekel (190-88, college: Wichita St., agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 14 points and 4 assists. Maccabi T-A's coach Ainars Bagatskis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) came up with 19 points and the other American import point guard Josh Selby (188-91, college: Kansas, agency: HMS) added 17 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) respectively for Maccabi K/G in the defeat. Maccabi T-A maintains third place with 18-11 record behind leader Hapoel Eilat. Maccabi K/G lost their ninth game in a row. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. Maccabi T-A's next round opponent will be Ironi Nahariya (#8) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. Maccabi K/G will play against the league's second-placed Hapoel Holon (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/G: J.Carter 19+2reb+2ast, J.Selby 17+2reb+3ast, E.Shulman 10+4reb+3ast, N.Laish 8+2reb, N.Segal 6+1reb, A.Rosenberg 4+2reb+1ast
Maccabi T-A: G.Mekel 14+1reb+4ast, D.Smith 11+6reb+6ast, Y.Ohayon 9+4reb+5ast, V.Rudd 8+3reb+2ast, S.Landesberg 8+2reb+2ast, Q.Miller-Scott 7+1reb
gschID: 540742





National League Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Ironi Nes-Ziona and Hapoel B/S - by Eurobasket News

Ironi Nes-Ziona - Maccabi H/H 94-80

Ironi Nes-Ziona outgunned Maccabi Hod Hasharon to gain 2-1 lead in the semifinal series. Ironi Nes-Ziona looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. 29 personal fouls committed by Hasharon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for point guard Ido Stolero (189-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 5 assists. Gil Amitay (197-89) helped adding 17 points. The best for the losing side was American Storm Warren (201-88, college: LSU, agency: Octagon Europe) with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary) scored 11 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Five Ironi Nes-Ziona and four Hasharon players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Maccabi H/H: S.Warren 25+10reb, O.Shaashoua 16+3reb+3ast, I.Simin 14+7reb+1ast, V.Teel 11+6reb+8ast, S.Basis 5+2reb+1ast, A.Sasson 4+1reb
Ironi Nes-Ziona: I.Stolero 20+1reb+5ast, G.Amitay 17+3reb+3ast, R.Pitshon 12+5reb+3ast, T.Michael Dunne 11+7reb+3ast, J.Beal 11+4reb+2ast, L.Roberts 11+10reb+2ast
gschID: 544449


Hapoel K/S - Hapoel B/S 75-83

Hapoel B/S upset Hapoel K/S on the road to surge ahead in the series. Hapoel B/S dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Kfar Saba's 24. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists. His fellow American import swingman Jason Williams (198-83, college: UTEP) accounted for 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Five Hapoel B/S players scored in double figures. Point guard Adi Cohen (178-93) came up with 27 points and 6 assists and forward Eitan Rotemberg (197-91) added 22 points respectively for Hapoel Kfar Saba in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Hapoel K/S: A.Cohen 27+3reb+6ast, E.Rotemberg 22+3reb+1ast, M.Ruina 7+5reb+4ast, D.Livingston 6+5reb+5ast, G.Gilinski 5+3reb+1ast, T.Watson 5+6reb+4ast
Hapoel B/S: J.Williams 20+5reb+2ast, B.Eisenhardt 12+6reb+1ast, T.Ariely 11+1reb+4ast, O.Cohen 10+4reb, A.Fisher 10+3reb+3ast, J.Allen 10+13reb+9ast
gschID: 544448





Best players of Israeli Winner League round 29 - by Eurobasket News

American Cameron Long (193-G-88, agency: Inception Sports) had a great game in the last round for Maccabi Rishon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 28-year old guard had a double-double of 18 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Galil Gilboa (#11, 12-17) 83-69. Maccabi Rishon maintains the 7th position in Israeli Winner League. Maccabi Rishon 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 15-14 record. Long just recently signed at Maccabi Rishon, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Cameron Long averages this season 13.5ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American center Jackie Carmichael (206-C-90) of Maccabi Ashdod. Carmichael impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Maccabi Ashdod lost that game 68-75 to slightly higher-ranked Ironi Nahariya (#8, 15-14). Maccabi Ashdod is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-17 record. Carmichael is a newcomer at Maccabi Ashdod and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Jeff Adrien (201-F-86) of Bnei Hertzeliyya (#5). Adrien scored 21 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Adrien's great performance Bnei Hertzeliyya lost 82-84 to Hapoel J-M (16-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Bnei Hertzeliyya needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 16 victories and 13 lost games. Adrien has a great season in Israel. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.2rpg (4th best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 51.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darion Atkins (203-F-92) of Hapoel Holon - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Pierria Henry (193-PG-93) of Hapoel Eilat - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
6. James Bell (197-F/G-92) of Hapoel Holon - 28 points and 10 rebounds
7. Chase Simon (201-SF-89) of Maccabi Ashdod - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Will Daniels (202-F-86) of Hapoel Eilat - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Tyrone Nash (203-PF-88) of Ironi Nahariya - 16 points and 14 rebounds
10. Eric Griffin (203-F-90) of Galil Gilboa - 18 points and 8 rebounds

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



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Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba BT27.5 
 2. Gardner, Niigata .21.7 
 3. Chapman, Niigata .19.2 
 4. Mavunga, Shiga L.19.0 
 5. White, Sendai18.9 
 6. Childress, Sanen18.8 
 7. Garrett, Toyota A.18.1 
 8. Stone, Chiba Jets17.5 
 9. Kanamaru, SeaHo.17.4 
 10. Gillenwater, Toyota A.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ROSSITER
  Tochigi .
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Rossiter, Tochigi .13.5 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT12.6 
 3. Butts, SeaHorses11.7 
 4. Harrellson, Osaka E.11.6 
 5. Childress, Sanen9.7 
 6. Willard, Toyama G.9.5 
 7. Spangler, Toshi.8.9 
 8. Nephawe, Sendai8.8 
 9. White, Sendai8.8 
 10. Sacre, Hitachi SR8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Naoki UTO
  Toyama G.
  (188-F-91)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Uto, Toyama G.4.4 
 2. Namizato, Shiga L.4.2 
 3. Sakuragi, SeaHorses4.2 
 4. Togashi, Chiba Jets4.1 
 5. Garrett, Toyota A.3.9 
 6. Suzuki, Sanen3.9 
 7. Igarashi, Niigata .3.6 
 8. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.4 
 9. Mavunga, Shiga L.3.4 
 10. Hiejima, SeaHorses3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kenta HIROSE
  Hitachi SR
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hirose, Hitachi SR1.9 
 2. Dove, Kyoto Hannar.1.8 
 3. Vendrame, Hitac.1.7 
 4. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.6 
 5. Palmer, Akita NH1.6 
 6. Parker, Chiba Jets1.6 
 7. Rossiter, Tochigi .1.6 
 8. Hatakeyama, Niigata .1.5 
 9. Garrett, Toyota A.1.4 
 10. Gibbs, Tochigi Brex1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh HARRELLSON
  Osaka E.
  (208-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harrellson, Osaka E.1.9 
 2. Miller, Hokkaido L.1.7 
 3. Chapman, Niigata .1.7 
 4. Parker, Chiba Jets1.7 
 5. Armstrong, Chiba J.1.5 
 6. Bachynski, Hokkaido.1.4 
 7. Charlo, Kyoto H.1.3 
 8. Edwards, SeaHorses1.2 
 9. Childress, Sanen1.2 
 10. McHenry, Ryukyu GK1.1 


JBL2 stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle RICHARDSON
  Otsuka A.
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Richardson, Otsuka A.17.9 
 2. Jennings, Saitama .17.2 
 3. Peppers, Fukuoka .16.7 
 4. Fitzgerald, Kanazawa.16.6 
 5. Bryan-A., Fukuoka .16.5 
 6. Harper, Tokyo HT14.8 
 7. Osamuakira, Tokyo B.14.8 
 8. Wade, Saitama .14.7 
 9. Raymond, Otsuka A.13.8 
 10. Kumazawa, Aisin AW13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kyle RICHARDSON
  Otsuka A.
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Richardson, Otsuka A.10.3 
 2. Kendrick, Toyoda G.10.2 
 3. McElroy, Tokyo C.10.0 
 4. Anderson, Tokyo C.9.9 
 5. Pomare, Kanazawa.9.9 
 6. Butch, Fukuoka .9.0 
 7. Slawson, Tokyo C.8.7 
 8. Harper, Tokyo HT8.6 
 9. Jones, Tokyo HT8.2 
 10. Morris, Tokyo HT8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Kyouhei KUMAZAWA
  Aisin AW
  (180-G-88)
  Avg: 4
 1. Kumazawa, Aisin AW4.0 
 2. Sumihiro, Toyoda G.3.4 
 3. Hasegawa, Otsuka A.3.3 
 4. Yonamine, Kanazawa.3.2 
 5. Kato, Aisin AW2.8 
 6. Yamashita, Fukuoka .2.8 
 7. Tsukino, Kanazawa.2.8 
 8. Narumi, Tokyo HT2.7 
 9. Osamuakira, Tokyo B.2.6 
 10. Yuji, Kanazawa.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Brennan MCELROY
  Tokyo C.
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. McElroy, Tokyo C.3.1 
 2. Ikeda, Tokyo HT2.0 
 3. Yamashita, Fukuoka .1.9 
 4. Ito, Tokyo Big Blue1.7 
 5. Jennings, Saitama .1.5 
 6. Oogane, Tokyo HT1.4 
 7. Murray, Tokyo C.1.4 
 8. Slawson, Tokyo C.1.3 
 9. Kato, Aisin AW1.3 
 10. Kumazawa, Aisin AW1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Matthew KENDRICK
  Toyoda G.
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Kendrick, Toyoda G.1.7 
 2. Anderson, Tokyo C.1.5 
 3. Harper, Tokyo HT1.3 
 4. Bryan-A., Fukuoka .1.3 
 5. Pomare, Kanazawa.1.2 
 6. Slawson, Tokyo C.0.8 
 7. Tate, Saitama .0.8 
 8. Heath, Tokyo C.0.8 
 9. Morris, Tokyo HT0.7 
 10. McElroy, Tokyo C.0.7 



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  KOSOVO  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Trae ANDERSON
  Ylli
  (196-SF-)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Anderson, Ylli21.4 
 2. Brown, Ylli21.3 
 3. Black, Bashkimi21.3 
 4. Zenelaj, Ylli21.3 
 5. Kovaqi, Vellaznimi20.8 
 6. Qallaku, Vellaznimi18.8 
 7. Veseli, Peja17.3 
 8. Hajrizi, Sigal P.17.3 
 9. Zekiqi, Trepca16.4 
 10. Matoshi, Vellaznimi15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Urim ZENELAJ
  Ylli
  (213-C-91)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Zenelaj, Ylli14.5 
 2. Anderson, Ylli9.2 
 3. Sinani, Bashkimi9.1 
 4. Dahlman, Peja8.1 
 5. Locke, Bashkimi7.1 
 6. Grosha, Ylli7.0 
 7. Matoshi, Vellaznimi6.8 
 8. Black, Bashkimi6.5 
 9. Kapiti, Kerasan6.2 
 10. Shala, Kerasan6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Fisnik JUNIKU
  Vellaznimi
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Juniku, Vellaznimi7.7 
 2. Anderson, Ylli7.0 
 3. Morina, Ylli6.0 
 4. Kemp, Sigal Prishtina5.9 
 5. Brown, Ylli5.4 
 6. Mekaj, Peja5.0 
 7. Wise, Trepca4.7 
 8. Ahmetbasic, Peja4.4 
 9. Black, Bashkimi4.3 
 10. Latifaj, Kerasan4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Arian QALLAKU
  Peja
  (195-G-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Qallaku, Peja2.2 
 2. Morina, Ylli2.0 
 3. Kovaqi, Vellaznimi1.9 
 4. Black, Bashkimi1.8 
 5. Brown, Ylli1.7 
 6. Deihl, Rahoveci1.7 
 7. Juniku, Vellaznimi1.7 
 8. Hajrizi, Sigal P.1.7 
 9. Latifaj, Kerasan1.6 
 10. Anderson, Ylli1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dardan KAPITI
  Kerasan
  (204-F/C-0)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kapiti, Kerasan2.0 
 2. Zenelaj, Ylli1.6 
 3. Zeka, Vellaznimi0.9 
 4. Reed, Peja0.8 
 5. Stutz, Trepca0.7 
 6. Grosha, Ylli0.7 
 7. Veseli, Peja0.6 
 8. Sinani, Bashkimi0.6 
 9. Muric, Peja0.6 
 10. Anderson, Ylli0.6 



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  LATVIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler LARSON
  Barons Riga
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Larson, Barons Riga17.4 
 2. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.14.8 
 3. Blums, VEF Riga14.8 
 4. Pitts, Valmiera14.8 
 5. Ausejs, Liepaja/.14.4 
 6. Griffin, Liepaja/.14.4 
 7. Stumbris, Jekabpils14.0 
 8. Jogela, Barons Riga13.8 
 9. Laksa, Valmiera13.5 
 10. Jeromanovs, Jurma.13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Davis ROZITIS
  Barons Riga
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Rozitis, Barons Riga8.4 
 2. Iljins, Jurmala8.4 
 3. Krestinin, Barons R.7.9 
 4. Selakovs, Jekabpils7.7 
 5. Montgomery, Liepaja/.7.5 
 6. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.7.1 
 7. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils6.8 
 8. Jonats, Valmiera6.5 
 9. Strelnieks, Jurmala6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.7.2 
 2. Jeromanovs, Jurma.6.1 
 3. Pitts, Valmiera5.9 
 4. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.9 
 5. Plavnieks, BK Ogre5.7 
 6. Gaddy, VEF Riga5.4 
 7. Vitols, BK Ogre4.9 
 8. Larson, Barons Riga4.5 
 9. Birkans, LU4.3 
 10. McMullan, Liepaja/.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.2.5 
 2. Skele, VEF Riga1.9 
 3. Richard, VEF Riga1.8 
 4. Gaddy, VEF Riga1.6 
 5. Campbell, Ventspils1.6 
 6. Pitts, Valmiera1.6 
 7. Mitchell, Valmiera1.5 
 8. Krestinin, Barons R.1.5 
 9. Larson, Barons Riga1.5 
 10. Jeromanovs, Jurma.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Davis ROZITIS
  Barons Riga
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Rozitis, Barons Riga1.1 
 2. Grazulis, Ventspils1.0 
 3. Iljins, Jurmala1.0 
 4. Krestinin, Barons R.0.9 
 5. Zvigurs, Valka/Va.0.8 
 6. Stumbris, Jekabpils0.8 
 7. Selakovs, Jekabpils0.8 
 8. Montgomery, Liepaja/.0.8 
 9. Niedra, BK Ogre0.7 



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  LITHUANIA  

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Lietuvos.
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Logan, Lietuvos.15.6 
 2. Baron, Lietuvos.14.1 
 3. Delininkaiti., Vytau.13.8 
 4. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.13.4 
 5. Diggs, Juventus13.4 
 6. Zabas, P.Zvaigzdes13.2 
 7. Sulskis, Juventus12.8 
 8. Low, P.Zvaigzdes12.7 
 9. Olisevicius, P.Zvaigz.12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julius KAZAKAUSKAS
  Dzuki.
  (197-F-90)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Kazakauskas, Dzuki.8.1 
 2. Guscikas, Dzukija7.8 
 3. Gordon, Lietuvos.7.7 
 4. Cepukaitis, Juven.6.6 
 5. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.6.4 
 6. Smiljanic, Nevezis5.9 
 7. Echodas, Siauliai5.9 
 8. Grant, Neptunas5.7 
 9. Kacinas, Neptunas5.5 
 10. Lekunas, Siauliai5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Toni PROSTRAN
  Nevezis
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Prostran, Nevezis7.0 
 2. Low, P.Zvaigzdes6.4 
 3. Sabeckis, Siauliai5.9 
 4. Drew II, Neptunas5.6 
 5. Diggs, Juventus5.2 
 6. Williams, Lietkabelis4.4 
 7. Pangos, Zalgiris4.1 
 8. Hernandez, Dzukija4.1 
 9. Lekavicius, Zalgiris4.0 
 10. Ewing, Neptunas3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Donatas SABECKIS
  Siauliai
  (197-F-92)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Sabeckis, Siauliai1.7 
 2. Lukauskis, Lietkabe.1.6 
 3. Love-Roberts, Nevez.1.5 
 4. Lipkevicius, Vytautas1.5 
 5. Diggs, Juventus1.5 
 6. Low, P.Zvaigzdes1.4 
 7. Giedraitis, Lietuvos.1.4 
 8. Zabas, P.Zvaigzdes1.4 
 9. Williams, Lietkabelis1.4 
 10. Kazakauskas, Dzuki.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Andriy AGAFONOV
  P.Zvaigz.
  (208-PF-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Agafonov, P.Zvaigz.1.3 
 2. Galdikas, Juventus1.3 
 3. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.1.2 
 4. Balashov, P.Zvaigz.1.0 
 5. Cepukaitis, Juven.0.9 
 6. Lima, Zalgiris0.9 
 7. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.0.8 
 8. Guscikas, Dzukija0.8 
 9. Kulvietis, Vytautas0.8 
 10. Skucas, Lietkabelis0.7 



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  LUXEMBOURG  


N2 Round 10 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

Bottom-ranked T.Hesperange managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they won against seventh-ranked Soleuvre 48-37. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Soleuvre. T.Hesperange maintains sixth position with 16-12 record. Soleuvre at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Black Star.
Bottom-ranked Preizerdaul (0-28) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 28th consecutive match to fifth ranked Grengewald (17-11) 84-43. Grengewald have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 17-11 record. Newly promoted Preizerdaul still closes the standings with 28 games lost.

In the last game of round 10 Black Star won against BBC Nitia on the opponent's court 98-82.

Grengewald - Preizerdaul 84-43

Bottom-ranked Preizerdaul (0-28) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 28th consecutive match to fifth ranked Grengewald (17-11) 84-43. Grengewald have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 17-11 record. Newly promoted Preizerdaul still closes the standings with 28 games lost.
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BBC Nitia - Black Star 82-98

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked BBC Nitia's (6-22) home loss to eighth ranked Black Star (12-16) 82-98. Black Star moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Soleuvre. BBC Nitia lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with 22 games lost.
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T.Hesperange - Soleuvre 48-37

Bottom-ranked T.Hesperange managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they won against seventh-ranked Soleuvre 48-37. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Soleuvre. T.Hesperange maintains sixth position with 16-12 record. Soleuvre at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Black Star.
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  MEXICO  

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis FRANKLIN
  Guasave
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 27.7
 1. Franklin, Guasave27.7 
 2. Forte, Los Mochis25.5 
 3. Yeager, Guasave25.1 
 4. Samarco, Durango23.0 
 5. Ammons, Navolato22.8 
 6. Rice-Jr, Obregon22.1 
 7. Mitchell, Navolato21.9 
 8. Glover, Obregon21.3 
 9. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 10. Tucker, Mazatlan20.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Forte, Los Mochis13.3 
 2. Ammons, Navolato12.0 
 3. Glover, Obregon10.9 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana9.5 
 5. Puckett, Culiacan8.9 
 6. Little, Hermosillo8.8 
 7. Early, Los Mochis8.2 
 8. Lathan, Tijuana7.8 
 9. Glaze, Culiacan7.8 
 10. Morrison, Tijuana7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Dwayne MITCHELL
  Navolato
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Mitchell, Navolato6.3 
 2. Yeager, Guasave5.5 
 3. Morrison, Tijuana5.3 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo5.0 
 5. Rice-Jr, Obregon4.8 
 6. Perez, Hermosillo4.7 
 7. Marigney, Guaymas4.1 
 8. Newby, Los Mochis3.8 
 9. Forte, Los Mochis3.5 
 10. Puckett, Culiacan3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jeff EARLY
  Los Mochis
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Early, Los Mochis2.8 
 2. Rice-Jr, Obregon1.9 
 3. Morrison, Tijuana1.6 
 4. Tucker, Mazatlan1.4 
 5. Mitchell, Navolato1.3 
 6. Newby, Los Mochis1.3 
 7. Casillas, Mazatlan1.3 
 8. Hutchingson, Obreg.1.2 
 9. Pittman, Guasave1.2 
 10. Eldridge, Navolato1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Guaymas
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Heyward, Guaymas2.1 
 2. Ammons, Navolato1.5 
 3. Puckett, Culiacan1.2 
 4. Pittman, Guasave1.2 
 5. Gibson, Tijuana1.0 
 6. Lathan, Tijuana1.0 
 7. Keller, Durango0.6 
 8. Hernandez, Los M.0.6 
 9. Spurlock, Hermosillo0.6 
 10. Villanueva, Hermo.0.5 


Rogers' 28 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

30-year old power forward Kevin Rogers (206-PF-86) had a very impressive game in the last round for Navolato and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had the game-high 28 points adding eight rebounds and five assists for Navolato in his team's victory, helping them to crush Durango (#10, 5-14) with 20-point margin 114-94. Thanks to this victory Navolato moved-up to the 8th position in Mexican league. Navolato is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-12 record. In the team's last game Rogers had a remarkable 91.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Navolato, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Kevin Rogers averages this season 20.5ppg and 7.1rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Michael Glover (203-F-87) of league's second-best Obregon. He is American forward in his first season at Obregon. In the last game Glover recorded impressive double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Obregon was edged by the lower-ranked Mazatlan (#6, 9-11) 105-101. Obregon managed to keep the same second spot in the standings. His team's 14-6 record is not bad at all. Glover is one of the most experienced players at Obregon and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.3ppg (#8). He also registered 10.9 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Jordon Crawford (168-PG) of Durango (#10). Crawford got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for five assists. Despite Crawford's great performance Durango lost 94-114 to slightly higher-ranked Navolato (#8, 8-12). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Durango can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 5-14 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Crawford he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Crawford has a very solid season. In 4 games in Mexico he scored 21.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cliff Tucker (198-F/G-89) of Mazatlan - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Cameron Forte (201-F-93) of Los Mochis - 22 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Travis Franklin (200-F-88) of Guasave - 29 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Du'Vaughn Maxwell (201-F-91) of Culiacan - 29 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Glen Rice Jr. (198-G/F-91) of Obregon - 29 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Shane Heyward (200-C-92) of Guaymas - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Joaquin Villanueva (207-C-86) of Hermosillo - 18 points and 3 rebounds

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



CIBACOPA Round 20: Ostioneros de Guaymas defeat leader Rayos de Hermosillo - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (16-3) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (11-8) 88-87. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Rayos de Hermosillo. Ostioneros de Guaymas made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. American-Bahrain swingman Rashad Woods (197-86, college: Kent St.) saved the victory by scoring 22 points and 7 rebounds. American center Shane Heyward (200-92, college: Columbus St.) contributed with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Michael Perez (190-91, college: Nevada) replied with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists for Rayos de Hermosillo. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains fourth position with 11-8 record. Rayos de Hermosillo at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rayos de Hermosillo will play again at home against Ostioneros de Guaymas and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (13-6) against sixth ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (9-10) on Friday night. Host Halcones de Ciudad Obregon was defeated by Lobos UAD Mazatlan in a tough game in Ciudad Obregon 101-105. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Halcones de Ciudad Obregon. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Cliff Tucker (198-89, college: Maryland) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 6 rebounds and Omar Thomas who added 20 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Swingman Glen Rice-Jr (198-91, college: Georgia Tech) responded with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Lobos UAD Mazatlan will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon will play again at home against Lobos UAD Mazatlan and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Guasave was also quite interesting. Third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (12-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Frayles de Guasave (8-11). Tijuana Zonkeys managed to secure a 7-point victory 90-83 on Friday. American players dominated also this game. The winners were led by Dominic Cheek who scored that evening 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Even 29 points by Travis Franklin did not help to save the game for Frayles de Guasave. Tijuana Zonkeys maintains third position with 12-6 record having five points less than leader Hermosillo. Loser Frayles de Guasave dropped to the sixth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Navolato. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Frayles de Guasave will play again against Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Culiacan. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (7-12) to ninth ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (6-13) 85-82 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Pioneros Los Mochis. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was DuVaughn Maxwell who scored 29 points and 7 rebounds. Caballeros de Culiacan maintains ninth position with 6-13 record. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 12 games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan's next round opponent will be again higher ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (#8) at home and it may be quite challenging game.
The game between 10th ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (4-14) and eighth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (8-11) in Durango on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Navolato outscored Aguilas Doradas de Durango 114-94. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Kevin Rogers orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Garra Canera de Navolato moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Guasave. Aguilas Doradas de Durango lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Garra Canera de Navolato will have a break next round. Aguilas Doradas de Durango will play again at home against Garra Canera de Navolato (#6) and hope to win that game.

The most impressive performance of 20th round was 31 points and 10 rebounds by Michael Glover of Obregon.

Obregon - Mazatlan 101-105

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (13-6) against sixth ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (9-10) on Friday night. Host Halcones de Ciudad Obregon was defeated by Lobos UAD Mazatlan in a tough game in Ciudad Obregon 101-105. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Halcones de Ciudad Obregon. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Cliff Tucker (198-89, college: Maryland) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 6 rebounds and forward Omar Thomas (196-82, college: UTEP) who added 20 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Swingman Glen Rice-Jr (198-91, college: Georgia Tech) responded with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and forward Michael Glover (203-87, college: Iona) produced a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds. Five Lobos UAD Mazatlan and four Halcones de Ciudad Obregon players scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Lobos UAD Mazatlan will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon will play again at home against Lobos UAD Mazatlan and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Obregon: M.Glover 31+10reb+2ast, G.Rice Jr. 29+10reb+4ast, L.Atterberry 14+10reb+2ast, N.Leon 12+4reb+4ast, J.Hutchingson 9+2reb+2ast, I.Leon 3+1reb
Mazatlan: C.Tucker 26+6reb+3ast, S.Edwards 21+5reb+3ast, O.Thomas 20+9reb, J.Alfredo Casillas 16+10reb+1ast, J.Ledbetter 13+6reb+7ast, M.Reza 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 536375


Guasave - Tijuana 83-90

The game in Guasave was also quite interesting. Third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (12-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Frayles de Guasave (8-11). Tijuana Zonkeys managed to secure a 7-point victory 90-83 on Friday. Tijuana Zonkeys dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Frayles de Guasave's 20. They outrebounded Frayles de Guasave 32-20 including 24 on the defensive glass. American players dominated also this game. The winners were led by guard Dominic Cheek (198-91, college: Villanova) who scored that evening 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Trayvon Lathan (201-84, college: Chowan) supported him with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Lathan is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even 29 points by forward Travis Franklin (200-88, college: Colorado St., agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Frayles de Guasave. Forward Sammy Yeager (193-89, college: CS Fullerton) added 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tijuana Zonkeys maintains third position with 12-6 record having five points less than leader Hermosillo. Loser Frayles de Guasave dropped to the sixth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Navolato. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Frayles de Guasave will play again against Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Guasave: T.Franklin 29+2reb+2ast, S.Yeager 19+7reb+6ast, E.Pittman 14+2reb+3ast, L.Davis 11+4reb, G.Mondragon 9+1reb, A.Cervantes 1+3reb
Tijuana: K.Scott 22+1reb, T.Lathan 20+7reb+1ast, D.Cheek 17+6reb+6ast, L.Gibson 10+7reb+2ast, D. Dunkley 9+6reb+6ast, J.Zesati 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 536371


Durango - Navolato 94-114

The game between 10th ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (4-14) and eighth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (8-11) in Durango on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Navolato outscored Aguilas Doradas de Durango 114-94. Garra Canera de Navolato shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Kevin Rogers (206-86, college: Baylor) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Forward Mychal Ammons (198-92, college: S.Alabama) contributed with 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Garra Canera de Navolato players scored in double figures. Point guard Jordon Crawford (168, college: Bowling Green) replied with 33 points (!!!) and 5 assists and forward Roscoe Smith (206-91, college: UNLV) added 28 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Aguilas Doradas de Durango. Garra Canera de Navolato moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Guasave. Aguilas Doradas de Durango lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Garra Canera de Navolato will have a break next round. Aguilas Doradas de Durango will play again at home against Garra Canera de Navolato (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Durango: J.Crawford 33+2reb+5ast, R.Smith 28+6reb, O.Richards 19+5reb+3ast, R.Battle 4, A.Matron 3+2reb+1ast, I.Avalos 3+5reb+2ast
Navolato: K.Rogers 28+8reb+5ast, M.Ammons 22+8reb, E. Zuniga 21+3reb+2ast, D.Mitchell 19+6reb+4ast, J.David Estrada 12+3reb+2ast, D.Eldridge 12+7reb+4ast
gschID: 536372


Hermosillo - Guaymas 87-88

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (16-3) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (11-8) 88-87. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Rayos de Hermosillo. Ostioneros de Guaymas made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. American-Bahrain swingman Rashad Woods (197-86, college: Kent St.) saved the victory by scoring 22 points and 7 rebounds. American center Shane Heyward (200-92, college: Columbus St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Michael Perez (190-91, college: Nevada) replied with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists and the former international point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) added 16 points and 6 assists in the effort for Rayos de Hermosillo. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains fourth position with 11-8 record. Rayos de Hermosillo at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rayos de Hermosillo will play again at home against Ostioneros de Guaymas and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: J.Villanueva 18+3reb, S.Monreal 16+4reb+6ast, A.Bell 14+1reb+1ast, M.Perez 13+9reb+8ast, E.Little 10+5reb+5ast, J.Camacho 8+4reb+2ast
Guaymas: R.Woods 22+7reb+3ast, S.Heyward 17+10reb+3ast, B.Provost 17+5reb+2ast, M.Gwynne 13+6reb+1ast, P.Marigney 12+8reb+5ast, E.Gonzalez 4
gschID: 536374


Culiacan - Los Mochis 85-82

A very interesting game took place in Culiacan. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (7-12) to ninth ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (6-13) 85-82 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Pioneros Los Mochis. Caballeros de Culiacan made 22-of-26 charity shots (84.6 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was forward DuVaughn Maxwell (201-91, college: Hampton) who scored 29 points and 7 rebounds. Center Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Forward Cameron Forte (201-93, college: Portland St.) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Nick Murphy (193-88, college: Jacksonville St.) added 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Five Pioneros Los Mochis players scored in double figures. Caballeros de Culiacan maintains ninth position with 6-13 record. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 12 games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan's next round opponent will be again higher ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (#8) at home and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: C.Forte 22+14reb+5ast, M.Hernandez 17+3reb+1ast, N.Murphy 14+8reb+5ast, J.Early 13+7reb+2ast, T.Motley 12+5reb+2ast, J.Quintero 2+1reb+1ast
Culiacan: D.Maxwell 29+7reb+2ast, G.Glaze 19+4reb+1ast, B.Puckett 17+10reb, R.Rougeau 7+6reb+1ast, W.Flores 4+3reb, S.Sanders 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 536373





Mazatlan lands Shane Edwards - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Nauticos of Mazatlan (CIBACOPA) landed 30-year old American forward Shane Edwards (201-100kg-87, college: UALR). He played recently at Delaware 87ers (D-League) in the U.S. In 8 games he averaged 11.6ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.1bpg this season. Edwards ended the last season at Alaska Aces in Filipino PBA where in 9 games he had very impressive stats: 22.1ppg, 11.9rpg, 2.6apg, 1.7spg and 2.1bpg. But the most of that year he spent at BG Goettingen in German BBL. In 16 games he recorded 11.7ppg and 3.9rpg.
Edwards has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
He received Gatorade All-D-League Honorable Mention award back in 2011.
Edwards is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Australian and of course North American leagues. Edwards has played previously professionally in Australia (Cairns Taipans), Italy (Verona), Sweden (Sundsvall Dragons) and D-League (N.Mexico T. and Canton Charge).
He attended University of Arkansas at Little Rock until 2009 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Roscoe Smith signs at Durango - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Aguilas Doradas de Durango (CIBACOPA) landed 26-year old American forward Roscoe Smith (206-98kg-91, college: UNLV). He played recently at Delaware 87ers (D-League) in the U.S. In 24 games he averaged 10.4ppg and 5.6rpg this season. Smith also played that season for another team D Fenders in D-League where in 18 games he had 10.2ppg and 3.8rpg.
He won NCAA championship title in 2011.
Smith has played also professionally in Greece (Nea Kifisia), Israel (Ironi Nes Ziona) and NBA (LA Lakers).
He attended University of Nevada - Las Vegas until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Erste Basketball League Play Off's: Buducnost gets an easy win in Game 3 and leads 2-1 - by Darko Pekic

Buducnost got back the lead in the finals series (2-1) after the big win in Podgorica (80-69). The game was tied in the first quarter but then in the second quarter Buducnost showed its class and got a nice lead at the halftime (+9). The rest of the game was just a formality because Mornar did not have the strength to bounce back and threaten Buducnost. Even six players scored in double figures for Buducnost. Nemanja Gordic (193-PG-88) had 18 points and 7 assists while Aleksa Ilic (205-F-96, agency: BeoBasket) had another double double (14 points and 14 rebounds).On the other side only Octavius Ellis (208-C-93, college: Cincinnati) played according to his standards. He scored 17 points and added 12 rebounds.

The next game will be played in Bar on Sunday and it may be the final one if Buducnost wins.



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D1 Round 18: FAR Rabat keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The game had a very big importance for fifth-ranked FAR Rabat as it allowed them to take a leadership position. FAR Rabat defeated 8th ranked FUS Rabat at home 68-60. FAR Rabat (104-6) have an impressive 96-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. FUS Rabat lost 96th consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 103 games lost. FUS Rabat will play next round against IRT Tanger trying to get back on the winning streak. FAR Rabat will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked KACM in Marrakech.
D1 top team - ASS Sale (14-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked KAC (4-11) 92-57. ASS Sale have a solid three-game winning streak. Despite that victory ASS Sale went down to second position due to points difference. Newly promoted KAC keeps the ninth place with 11 games lost. ASS Sale will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. KAC will play against IRAN (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked RSB Berkane is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 14th consecutive match to tenth ranked IRAN (2-14) 70-62 on Thursday evening. Newly promoted IRAN maintains tenth position with 2-14 record. RSB Berkane at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with 14 games lost. IRAN will meet higher ranked KAC (#9) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. RSB Berkane will play against WAC and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Tanger supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked CRA Hoceima (12-2) played at the court of 6th ranked IRT Tanger (7-7). CRA Hoceima did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 76-56. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of IRT Tanger. Despite that victory CRA Hoceima went down to third position due to points difference. IRT Tanger at the other side keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. CRA Hoceima's next round opponent will be MAS Fes (#5) on the road. IRT Tanger will play against FUS Rabat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 18 KACM was beaten by WAC on the road 73-68.

WAC - KACM 73-68

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked WAC (10-5) beat 7th ranked KACM (7-8) in Casablanca 73-68. WAC maintains fourth position with 10-5 record, which they share with MAS Fes. Newly promoted KACM keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. WAC's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked RSB Berkane (#11) on the road and are hoping to win another game. KACM will play against the league's leader FAR Rabat (#1) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 545389


ASS Sale - KAC 92-57

D1 top team - ASS Sale (14-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked KAC (4-11) 92-57. ASS Sale have a solid three-game winning streak. Despite that victory ASS Sale went down to second position due to points difference. Newly promoted KAC keeps the ninth place with 11 games lost. ASS Sale will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. KAC will play against IRAN (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 545387


IRT Tanger - CRA Hoceima 56-76

The game in Tanger supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked CRA Hoceima (12-2) played at the court of 6th ranked IRT Tanger (7-7). CRA Hoceima did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 76-56. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of IRT Tanger. Despite that victory CRA Hoceima went down to third position due to points difference. IRT Tanger at the other side keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. CRA Hoceima's next round opponent will be MAS Fes (#5) on the road. IRT Tanger will play against FUS Rabat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 545388


FAR Rabat - FUS Rabat 68-60

The game had a very big importance for fifth-ranked FAR Rabat as it allowed them to take a leadership position. FAR Rabat defeated 8th ranked FUS Rabat at home 68-60. FAR Rabat (104-6) have an impressive 96-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. FUS Rabat lost 96th consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 103 games lost. FUS Rabat will play next round against IRT Tanger trying to get back on the winning streak. FAR Rabat will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked KACM in Marrakech.
gschID: 545386


Iran - RSB Berkane 70-62

Bottom-ranked RSB Berkane is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 14th consecutive match to tenth ranked IRAN (2-14) 70-62 on Thursday evening. Newly promoted IRAN maintains tenth position with 2-14 record. RSB Berkane at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with 14 games lost. IRAN will meet higher ranked KAC (#9) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. RSB Berkane will play against WAC and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 545385





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  NBA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.9
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.9 
 2. Harden, Houston R.29.3 
 3. Thomas, Boston C.28.5 
 4. Davis, N.Orleans P.28.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 6. Lillard, Portland.27.1 
 7. DeRozan, Toronto R.27.0 
 8. James, Clevelan.26.7 
 9. Leonard, San A.25.9 
 10. Curry, Golden S.25.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Miami Heat
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Whiteside, Miami Heat14.2 
 2. Drummond, Detro.13.8 
 3. Jordan, LA Clippers13.7 
 4. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.8 
 5. Howard, Atlanta H.12.5 
 6. Towns, Minnesot.12.2 
 7. Davis, N.Orleans P.12.0 
 8. Chandler, Phoenix .11.4 
 9. Love, Cleveland C.11.0 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.8 
Assists Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Harden, Houston R.10.9 
 2. Wall, Washington W.10.6 
 3. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.4 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.3 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.9.1 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.7 
 7. Teague, Indiana P.7.7 
 8. Holiday, N.Orlean.7.3 
 9. Green, Golden S.7.0 
 10. Lowry, Toronto R.6.8 
Steals Per Game
 John WALL
  Washington W.
  (193-PG-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Wall, Washington W.2.0 
 2. Green, Golden S.2.0 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers2.0 
 4. Covington, Phi.7.1.9 
 5. Butler, Chicago B.1.9 
 6. Leonard, San A.1.8 
 7. Curry, Golden S.1.8 
 8. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 9. Rubio, Minnesot.1.7 
 10. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Utah Jazz
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.6 
 2. Embiid, Phi.76ers2.4 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.2.2 
 4. Whiteside, Miami Heat2.1 
 5. Turner, Indiana P.2.1 
 6. Porzingis, New Y.2.0 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.8 
 8. Lopez, Brooklyn N.1.7 
 9. Ibaka, Orlando M.1.6 
 10. Jordan, LA Clippers1.6 


Magic interested in Larry Bird, Kevin McHale for team president - by Eurobasket News

The Orlando Magic are looking for new leadership, and they are reportedly considering two former Boston Celtics legends. Shortly after reporting that Larry Bird was leaving the Indiana Pacers on Friday, The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Magic are interested in him.
USA Today's Sam Amick then reported that Orlando has "serious interest" in Kevin McHale , who has been working as an analyst for TNT after being fired as the coach of the Houston Rockets early in the 2015-16 season. Kevin McHale , of course, has previous experience in the front office, having spent 13 years as the Minnesota Timberwolves vice president. USA Today also reported that Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin is the "frontrunner" for the position, given that he does not have a contract beyond this season.
Griffin's candidacy appears to be playing a part in the methodical pace of the search, as he is not likely to speak with the Magic until the Cavaliers' title pursuits are over - if at all. While the Magic have hired a search firm to help with the process, they have not yet spoken to candidates. What's more, with Magic owner Rich DeVos and CEO Alex Martins leading the way in this process, it remains possible that interim general manager Matt Lloyd could be retained on a more permanent basis in that position. It's unclear whether or not the Magic will be able to lure Griffin away from LeBron James and the Cavaliers, but it sounds like they aren't in a rush to hire anybody. Orlando fired general manager Rob Hennigan just about as soon as the regular season ended.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



John Wall and Wizards turn back Hawks, 115-99, move on to Eastern Conference semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) ended his night early, walking off the court with the clock stopped late in the final quarter. He deserved the proper ovation for a road villain - hard handshakes from teammates and scattered boos from a salty crowd - after closing out the Atlanta Hawks. As the Wizards defeated Atlanta, 115-99, in Game 6 of a first-round playoff series and advance to meet the top-seeded Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals, Wall stamped this elimination game with a performance suited for franchise lore. In the final quarter, as the Wizards nearly lost a huge lead, Wall outscored the Hawks by two, pouring in 19 of his game-high 42 points. The performance earned Wall and his team a date with Boston, where the best-of-seven series starts Sunday at 1 p.m. Wall's output ranks as the third-highest total by a Wizards or Bullets player in the postseason - but it was a defensive play that defined Wall's night. The Wizards went ahead 68-46 early in the second half, but that lead turned to rubble. With less than nine minutes to play, the Hawks trailed just 93-90 and point guard Dennis Schroeder (5'11''-PG-93, agency: Octagon Europe) thought he had a clear path to the rim to pull even closer. That's when Wall chased down Schroder, erasing his fast-break layup with a block. He then drove and finished at the other end to push the lead to 95-90. 'It's really not fair - a point guard being able to do what he does. It's only one player in the league who does that, and we all know who that is,' Coach Scott Brooks said, referring to LeBron James. 'But he does it every game. That's a sign of a champion. You chase down plays. You stay in plays.' It wasn't just Wall. The Wizards collected 16 steals - Kelly Oubre (6'7''-G/F-95, college: Kansas) Jr. performed as a defensive bugaboo with five - and blocked seven shots. 'We needed that energy on defense,' Bradley Beal (6'5''-SG-93, college: Florida) said. 'Those extra effort plays. 'We were flying around. It was all about our defense tonight. We had great, great baskets down the stretch. We made some tough baskets, but we couldn't have been in that situation without getting those stops.' Every time the Hawks worked back into the game, with the Philips Arena crowd chanting and screaming throughout the final 12 minutes, the Wizards responded to that desperation with their own road resolve. When the Hawks again pulled within a field goal with 5:32 remaining, Wall found Beal cutting around a screen on the next possession, and Beal's 16-foot jump shot was pure, just as it was much of the night. Beal made 11 of 17 shots for 31 points, his third 30-plus game of the playoffs. In the opening minutes, Wall didn't need to chase down an errant outlet pass by the Hawks, but that hustle and save led to Beal's three-pointer in transition. In the first half, the Wizards outscored the Hawks on the fast break 24-4. Jason Smith also showed the necessary grit and toughness just by being active. On Friday morning, Smith's left calf strain was considered so serious that Brooks felt he might have to keep his backup center on the sideline. But when starter Marcin Gortat (7'0''-C-84) picked up two fouls in the opening 4 minutes, Smith got up from his seat and unfastened his warmups. The grit was tested again in the closing seconds of the quarter, when Beal stood up for himself and the Wizards showed that they would not back down from this fight. After a steal by Oubre, Beal raced in for a breakaway dunk. As he landed, Kent Bazemore (6'5''-G/F-89, college: ODU) subtly pushed his side, and the contact sent Beal sliding into fans seated along the baseline. Beal popped up, his ire directed at official Bill Spooner, and he bumped into Bazemore's chest as several teammates rushed in and showed their displeasure. There was only a shove here and there - and a very angry Smith gesturing toward Bazemore - but the anger abated. It was an unusually fiery moment in a series that, beyond the talk of 'double MMA' and a few GIFs of Wall dunking over or staring down Schroder, had lacked sizzle, overshadowed by fouls and missed jump shots. Markieff Morris (6'10''-F-89, college: Kansas), averaging nearly five fouls in the series entering Friday, had spent too much time on the bench after reaching, hacking and fouling his matchup, Paul Millsap. And through five games, the Wizards had struggled to find any offensive rhythm, shooting 43.9 percent from the field. On Friday night, Morris managed to get through the first half without committing a foul and subsequently had his best night since Game 1. Morris started the game with a turnaround baseline jumper, then air-balled his next attempt. But after the gaffe, Morris transformed into a floor-spacing forward by knocking down a pair of three-pointers in the opening quarter and finishing with 17 points. After 40 minutes, Morris had just two fouls. Once Morris figured out how to remain on the court - his presence allowed the Wizards to keep their best unit intact - the glossy veneer returned to Washington's offense. The Wizards saw some of the same shots they couldn't make in previous games. On Friday night, those shots fell - the Wizards shot 65.8 percent from the field in the first half en route to a searing 65 points. The offense again looked inspired, and late in the half Brooks was so fired up after watching Beal work over Tim Hardaway Jr. (6'6''-G-92, college: Michigan) Jr. and cap a possession with a 23-foot jumper that Brooks slapped his shooting guard on his rear as he ran back on defense. By halftime, the Wizards' defense also deserved a hand - the team had forced 11 steals, the most since the Philadelphia 76ers collected 14 during the first half of a playoff game May 13, 1999. Even so, the defensive effort could not last. In the third quarter, the Hawks cut into the 22-point deficit and scored 36 points. Then three minutes into the final frame, a defensive scramble allowed Hawks guard Jose Calderon to shoot an open corner three - and Atlanta trailed just 93-90. The Hawks had asked one final question. Wall and the Wizards had the answer. 'It's the same thing they did to us two years ago,' Wall said, recalling the 2015 playoff series against the Hawks. 'We had a chance to win Game 5 here; we lost it. In Game 6, they beat us in our home, and all we could do is have sad faces and go back home. So we came in with that determination and focus that we wanted to do the same thing them guys did to us two years ago, and me and Brad led the way. ... We didn't want to have a Game 7.'
Courtesy of: washingtonpost.com



Celtics Destroy Bulls 105-83, Overcome 2-0 Deficit to Win Series - by Eurobasket News

The Boston Celtics completed their first-round playoff comeback against the Chicago Bulls on Friday with a commanding 105-83 victory in Game 6 at the United Center to win the series, 4-2. Boston dropped the first two games of the series but won four straight after Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) suffered a fractured right thumb. All five Celtics starters scored in double figures, and Avery Bradley (6'2''-PG-90, college: Texas) led the balanced effort with 23 points. Jimmy Butler (6'7''-G/F-89, college: Marquette) posted 23 points, seven rebounds and three steals on the other side, but it wasn't enough for the Bulls to stave off elimination. Boston could do little wrong on the offensive side and turned Friday's contest into a blowout with its onslaught from the outside. The Celtics drilled 16 three-pointers and shot 48.8 percent from the field, torching Chicago's defense throughout. Isaiah Thomas (5'9''-PG-89, college: Washington) couldn't find the touch from deep (1-of-7), but he sliced through Bulls defenders at will, which created many of the open triples for his teammates. Chicago didn't exactly counter from long range on the other side at 4-of-19 (21.1 percent). In a similar pattern to other wins, the Celtics wasted little time seizing control of the game with 30 points in the first quarter. The Celtics never looked back and sapped Chicago's will with a 34-18 third quarter. The Celtics are the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and have larger aspirations than just a first-round win against an overmatched opponent, and they showed flashes of dominance Friday. If they can replicate that in the second round and beyond, they may be a serious threat to the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers.
Courtesy of: bleacherreport.com




Erik Spoelstra Has Interest In Running Heat Front Office Someday - by Eurobasket News

Erik Spoelstra has interest in running the Miami Heat when Pat Riley retires. Spoelstra was asked about it during an interview with Adrian Wojnarowski. "Short answer would be, I'm a Pat Riley disciple, and, like I've said, he's always pushed me and nurtured me for the next steps," Spoelstra said during the interview recorded in Southern California. "So, yes, that I'd love to have that opportunity years down the line from the Arison family, because I believe in them so much as human beings. They're such good people and family oriented." Spoelstra said he is comfortable in his current role Under Micky Arison and Nick Arison. Spoelstra already has a seat in all organizational meetings with Riley and Andy Elisburg. "Pat, he's going to go on, hopefully for a while," Spoelstra said. "I think he's younger now than he was when he was coaching. And he's such a visionary. The way things are set up right now, look, I want this to be the set-up that it is right now. "I feel involved. Every meeting that's important, that deals with the organization and personnel, it's usually just four of us that get in a room, Pat, Nick, Andy and myself. And if it really gets to a level, then Micky will. I couldn't ask for anything more. I don't feel like I need more right now." Riley signed a five-year extension with the Heat a year ago.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Thunder Intend To Keep Andre Roberson - by Eurobasket News

The Oklahoma City and Andre Roberson (6'7''-F-91, college: Colorado) were unable to agree upon an extension before their deadline at the beginning of the season and he'll be a restricted free agent. While Roberson is a liability on offense, he has developed into a very good defensive player. Oklahoma City has moved away from the league-wide trend of valuing shooting and instead want cutting and driving. The Thunder intend to keep Roberson.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Clippers stave off Jazz's furious rally to force Game 7 - by Eurobasket News

Clippers coach Doc Rivers put it simply when he said Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) willed his team to victory with the season on the line. Paul scored 29 points and the Los Angeles Clippers forced a Game 7 in their NBA first-round playoff series with a 98-93 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday night. The Clippers will host the only do-or-die game of the first round Sunday, with the winner advancing to face the Golden State Warriors. 'It's just Chris,' Rivers said. 'He is as competitive as a human being as I've ever been around. When you put that with the talent and the will, that's why he has performances like this in big games. 'Chris was amazing. He just willed the game for us.' Los Angeles began to edge away in the third quarter and appeared to be in control when Austin Rivers capped a 9-2 run with a step-back 3-pointer that pushed the lead to 91-77 with 3:58 remaining. He hit another with 1:29 left to make it 96-86, but Gordon Hayward (6'8''-G/F-90, college: Butler) scored seven straight to bring the Jazz within three before Joe Johnson (6'7''-G-81, college: Arkansas) missed a 3-pointer in the waning seconds. Paul pushed Los Angeles throughout the night and just wouldn't let the Clippers lose. The nine-time All-Star dominated and finished with eight assists, three rebounds and two steals. DeAndre Jordan (6'11''-C-88, college: Texas A&M) added 13 points and 18 rebounds. 'We do it together,' Paul said. 'I came to (Jordan) during one of those timeouts in the fourth and said let's find a way. We've been in these situations time and time again. Some of us since we were kids playing AAU. You've just been in that situation. High school basketball. College basketball. It's the same game, it's just a lot more people at the games. You just go out there and try to stay in the moment.' The Clippers overcame a slow start to finish at 49 percent shooting from the field. The Jazz went in the opposite direction, getting sloppy with the ball in the third quarter and making numerous defensive mistakes. They also shot just 41.0 percent from the field and were 7 for 26 from behind the arc. Hayward led the Jazz with 31 points, George Hill (6'3''-PG-86, college: IUPUI) added 22 and Rudy Gobert finished with 15 points and nine rebounds. 'I thought we were competing,' Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. 'I'm not sure if we got tired or got tired of missing. They were the more energetic team. Their physicality on the defensive end, we didn't respond offensively the way that we needed to, or as forceful as we needed to be. 'When you're not aggressive enough with your frame of mind, I don't think you shoot the ball as well.' The Clippers took a 47-45 lead into halftime after closing on an 8-2 run, including a pair of jumpers by Luc Mbah a Moute (6'7''-G/F-86, college: UCLA). The Jazz jumped out to a 22-13 lead and looked to be on the brink blowing the game wide open before the offense went cold and the Clippers ripped off an 11-0 run. Utah shot just 3 for 13 from 3-point range in the first half and missed several wide-open attempts.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com



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Express Close Out Regular Season With Win - by Eurobasket News

Juan Pattillo (6'7''-F-88, college: W.Kentucky) got a double-double as the Windsor Express beat the Titans in Kitchener Saturday night 103-97. It was the regular-season finale for the Express, who finish second in the NBL Canada Central Division standings with a 21-18 record, the fourth-best record in the league. It was also a preview game of sorts for the two teams, as they will face each other in the first round of the NBLC playoffs next week. Pattillo led the Express with 22 points, shooting ten-for-17 from the field. He also led in defence with 16 rebounds. Warren Ward had an additional 18 points for the Express and eight rebounds, while Shaquille Keith (6'5''-F-93) picked up 16 points and eight boards and shot four-for-five from the free-throw line. Adam Blazek led Kitchener-Waterloo with 15 points, plus six rebounds and seven assists. Ed Horton (6'1''-PG-85, college: Murray St.), Tramar Sutherland (6'3''-G-89, college: UALR) and Flenard Whitfield (6'7''-F-90, college: W.Michigan) each had 14 points for the Titans. George Blackney led in defence with 13 rebounds. Windsor got off to a strong start in the first half of the game and led at halftime by a 48-42 score. Kitchener-Waterloo rebounded and tightened the game in the third quarter, but the Express pulled away again in the fourth to close the regular season with a victory. Both the Express and Titans now prepare for the first round of the playoffs. Windsor will host Kitchener-Waterloo for Game 1 on Friday at the Atlas Tube Centre in Lakeshore. Tip off is 7pm.
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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marcel JONES
  Canterbury
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Jones, Canterbury25.9 
 2. McCarron, SC Ra.24.4 
 3. Webster, Wellingt.24.1 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury21.6 
 5. Ongwae, Taranaki.19.5 
 6. Tait, SC Rangers17.4 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.17.2 
 8. Adnam, Nelson G.17.1 
 9. Te-Rangi, Southlan.16.6 
 10. Delany, Nelson G.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel GOMIS
  Taranaki MA
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Gomis, Taranaki MA10.6 
 2. Jones, Canterbury10.0 
 3. Pledger, Southlan.9.7 
 4. Egwu, SC Rangers8.4 
 5. Wesley, Wellington S.8.3 
 6. Kay, Southland S.8.2 
 7. Dempster, Nelson G.7.7 
 8. McCarron, SC Ra.7.5 
 9. Boucher, SC Rangers7.3 
 10. Duinker, Wellingt.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Taylor H.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Kenny, Taylor H.8.8 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.8.2 
 3. Kendle, Canterbury6.6 
 4. Norton, Southlan.5.7 
 5. Bartlett, Taylor H.5.3 
 6. Tait, SC Rangers5.1 
 7. McCarron, SC Ra.5.0 
 8. Adnam, Nelson G.4.9 
 9. Webster, Wellingt.4.6 
 10. Boucher, SC Rangers4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Mitchell MCCARRON
  SC Ra.
  (191-G-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. McCarron, SC Ra.2.3 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.2.1 
 3. Boucher, SC Rangers2.0 
 4. Ongwae, Taranaki.1.8 
 5. Tait, SC Rangers1.7 
 6. Kenny, Taylor H.1.5 
 7. Kendle, Canterbury1.5 
 8. Dempster, Nelson G.1.4 
 9. ORiley, Taranaki.1.4 
 10. Henry, Wellington S.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Pledger, Southlan.1.7 
 2. Gomis, Taranaki MA1.6 
 3. Egwu, SC Rangers1.4 
 4. Neighbour, Cante.0.9 
 5. Wesley, Wellington S.0.9 
 6. Washington, Nelson G.0.9 
 7. Grim, Nelson G.0.8 
 8. Kay, Southland S.0.8 
 9. Boucher, SC Rangers0.8 
 10. Henry, Wellington S.0.7 


NBL Round 7: Hawks beat higher ranked Rangers - by Eurobasket News

The game with biggest difference of round 7 in NBL was guest Hawks' (#7) road victory over 4th placed Rangers (4-4) 101-95 on Friday evening. The game without a history. Hawks led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The former international guard Jarrod Kenny (188-85) fired 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American center Amir Williams (211-92, college: Ohio St.) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Australian guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St.) produced 31 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. Hawks maintains seventh place with 2-6 record. Rangers at the other side keep the fourth position with four games lost. Hawks are looking forward to face higher ranked Giants (#6) in Stoke in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rangers will play on the road against the league's leader Saints having rather not much hope for a victory.
Bottom-ranked Giants managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of two consecutive losses. This time they outleveled fifth-ranked Mountain Airs in Stoke 107-81. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 26-point difference suggests that Giants is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Sam Dempster (192-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Finn Delany contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Kenyan forward Tylor Ongwae (199-91, college: La-Monroe) answered with 19 points for Mountain Airs. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Giants (3-8) moved-up to sixth place. Mountain Airs lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Giants will play against bottom-ranked Hawks (#7) in Tamatea in the next round. Mountain Airs will play at home against Rams and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Undefeated leader Saints delivered the tenth consecutive victory on Tuesday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked Giants (3-8) 110-84 in Wellington. It was a great evening for Shea Ili who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 assists and 6 steals (made all of his eight free throws). Saints' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Kyle Adnam responded with 25 points and 7 assists. Undefeated Saints (10-0) have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 10 victories in a row. Loser Giants dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Saints will meet at home Rangers (#4) in the next round. Giants will play against Hawks in Tamatea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Tamatea was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Rams (5-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Hawks (2-6). Rams did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 106-89. It was an exceptional evening for Marcel Jones who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 5 assists (on 16-of-21 shooting from the field). Rams moved-up to third place. Hawks at the other side stay at the bottom position with six games lost. Rams' next round opponent will be Mountain Airs (#5) in New Plymouth. Hawks will play at home against Giants and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Southland. Local Sharks (6-3) outscored 5th ranked Mountain Airs (3-7) 97-67 on Friday night. Reuben Te-Rangi fired 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Sharks. They maintain second place with 6-3 record having five points less than leader Wellington S. Mountain Airs lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Sharks will face Rams (#3) in Christchurch in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Mountain Airs will play at home against Rams and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Nelson G. - Taranaki MA 107-81

Bottom-ranked Giants managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of two consecutive losses. This time they outleveled fifth-ranked Mountain Airs in Stoke 107-81. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 26-point difference suggests that Giants is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The game without a history. Giants led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Sam Dempster (192-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international forward Finn Delany (198-95, college: SW Baptist) contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Kenyan forward Tylor Ongwae (199-91, college: La-Monroe) answered with 19 points and point guard Houston ORiley (180-89) added 13 points in the effort for Mountain Airs. Five Giants and four Mountain Airs players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Giants (3-8) moved-up to sixth place. Mountain Airs lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Giants will play against bottom-ranked Hawks (#7) in Tamatea in the next round. Mountain Airs will play at home against Rams and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nelson G.: S.Dempster 22+11reb+4ast, F.Delany 19+9reb+2ast, K.Adnam 19+1reb+6ast, A.Granger 15+5reb+1ast, D.Prewster 10+2reb+3ast, B.Beri 9+3reb+2ast
Taranaki MA: T.Ongwae 19+4reb+2ast, B.Anderson 15+1reb+1ast, A.Burton 13+4reb+1ast, H.O'Riley 13+3reb+3ast, A.Bailey-Nowell 7+3reb+6ast, X.Shaw 4+2reb
gschID: 531095


Southland S. - Taranaki MA 97-67

The game with biggest result difference took place in Southland. Local Sharks (6-3) outscored 5th ranked Mountain Airs (3-7) 97-67 on Friday night. The game was mostly controlled by Sharks. Mountain Airs was better in fourth quarter 28-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Sharks outrebounded Mountain Airs 54-32 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Mountain Airs' players. The former international swingman Reuben Te-Rangi (198-94) fired 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Alex Pledger (215-87, college: Belm.Abbey) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. Five Sharks players scored in double figures. Forward Xavier Shaw (203-94, college: MSU-Northern) produced 11 points and 7 rebounds and guard Alonzo Burton (193-93) added 9 points respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Sharks. They maintain second place with 6-3 record having five points less than leader Wellington S. Mountain Airs lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Sharks will face Rams (#3) in Christchurch in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Mountain Airs will play at home against Rams and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Southland S.: R.Te Rangi 21+5reb+3ast, A.Pledger 16+13reb, N.Kay 14+9reb+5ast, J.Hunter 14+12reb, D.Raukawa 13+3reb+6ast, M.Norton 10+2reb+6ast
Taranaki MA: X.Shaw 11+7reb+1ast, H.O'Riley 11+2reb+1ast, A.Burton 9+4reb+2ast, B.Anderson 8+1reb+2ast, C.Washington 6+6reb, D.Brooks 6+3reb
gschID: 531094


SC Rangers - Taylor Hawks 95-101

The game with biggest difference of round 7 in NBL was guest Hawks' (#7) road victory over 4th placed Rangers (4-4) 101-95 on Friday evening. The game without a history. Hawks led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The former international guard Jarrod Kenny (188-85) fired 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American center Amir Williams (211-92, college: Ohio St.) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Australian guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St.) produced 31 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international guard Lindsay Tait (190-82) added 19 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Hawks and four Rangers players scored in double figures. Hawks maintains seventh place with 2-6 record. Rangers at the other side keep the fourth position with four games lost. Hawks are looking forward to face higher ranked Giants (#6) in Stoke in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rangers will play on the road against the league's leader Saints having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Taylor Hawks: T.Tolovae 21+3reb, A.Williams 18+8reb+1ast, J.Kenny 18+7reb+6ast, J.Fox 13+8reb+4ast, G.Fiorentinos 10+4reb, A.Haku 8+4reb
SC Rangers: M.McCarron 31+7reb+5ast, L.Tait 19+9reb+3ast, E.Ross 19+4reb, N.Egwu 12+11reb+1ast, N.Barrow 4+1ast, B.Ruscoe 4
gschID: 531093


Taylor Hawks - Canterbury 89-106

The game in Tamatea was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Rams (5-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Hawks (2-6). Rams did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 106-89. The game was mostly controlled by Rams. Hawks was better in fourth quarter 31-30. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was an exceptional evening for naturalized American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St., agency: PEPI SPORT) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 5 assists (on 16-of-21 shooting from the field). American guard Jeremy Kendle (186-88, college: Bellarmine) accounted for 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. Fijian forward Joshua Fox (198-94, college: Cal-Davis, agency: MKP Management) came up with 21 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Jarrod Kenny (188-85) added 14 points and 9 assists respectively for Hawks in the defeat. Four Hawks players scored in double figures. Rams moved-up to third place. Hawks at the other side stay at the bottom position with six games lost. Rams' next round opponent will be Mountain Airs (#5) in New Plymouth. Hawks will play at home against Giants and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Canterbury: M.Jones 39+10reb+5ast, J.Kendle 27+8reb+6ast, E.Rusbatch 20+7reb+3ast, M.Whippy 8+13reb+6ast, M.Alipate 6+1ast, T.Smith-Milner 4+3reb+2ast
Taylor Hawks: J.Fox 21+6reb+3ast, A.Williams 15+6reb+4ast, J.Kenny 14+3reb+9ast, G.Fiorentinos 12+7reb+2ast, A.Haku 12+6reb, E.Bartlett 9+2reb+9ast
gschID: 531092


Wellington S. - Nelson G. 110-84

Undefeated leader Saints delivered the tenth consecutive victory on Tuesday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked Giants (3-8) 110-84 in Wellington. The game without a history. Saints led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Giants' 36 and made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Saints looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for international guard Shea Ili (184-92) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 assists and 6 steals (made all of his eight free throws). American-Fijian forward Tai Wesley (201-86, college: Utah St., agency: MKP Management) helped adding 16 points and 12 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). Five Saints players scored in double figures. Saints' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Australian guard Kyle Adnam (186-93) responded with 25 points and 7 assists and the former international forward Finn Delany (198-95, college: SW Baptist) scored 30 points. Saints (10-0) have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 10 victories in a row. Loser Giants dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Saints will meet at home Rangers (#4) in the next round. Giants will play against Hawks in Tamatea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wellington S.: S.Ili 27+2reb+10ast, J.Duinker 17+6reb+4ast, J.Ngatai 16+1reb+1ast, T.Wesley 16+12reb+2ast, L.Henry 13+7reb+2ast, D.Ekenasio 8+3reb+1ast
Nelson G.: F.Delany 30+1reb, K.Adnam 25+3reb+7ast, M.Grim 7+4reb+2ast, T.Ingham 7+1reb, C.Washington 6+1reb, D.Prewster 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 531091





Best players of New Zealand NBL round 7 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Naturalized American Marcel Jones (203-F-85, agency: PEPI SPORT) put on an amazing game in the last round for Canterbury and that's him to receive a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 31-year old forward had a double-double of 39 points and ten rebounds, while his team crushed Taylor Hawks (#7, 2-6) with 17-point margin 106-89. Canterbury is placed at 3rd position in New Zealand NBL. Canterbury 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 5-5 record. In the team's last game Jones had a remarkable 73.3% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He just recently signed at Canterbury, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Oregon State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jones is league's best scorer averaging so far 25.9ppg. Jones is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 10.0rpg) and averages solid 62.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old international guard Shea Ili (184-G-92) of league's best team Wellington S.. Ili impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 10 assists. Of course he led Wellington S. to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Nelson G. (#6, 3-8) 110-84. Of course Wellington S. still keep the league's top spot. He plays for the best team in the league and Wellington S. managed to win all 10 games keeping a perfect record. Ili is one of the most experienced players at Wellington S. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Australian Mitchell McCarron (191-G-92) of SC Rangers (#4). McCarron got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds and five assists. Despite McCarron's great performance SC Rangers lost 95-101 to the lower-ranked Taylor Hawks (#7, 2-6). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing SC Rangers needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 4 victories and 4 lost games. McCarron has a great season in New Zealand. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.4ppg (2nd best), rebounds with 7.5rpg (8th best) and assists with 5.0apg (7th best). He also has 2.3spg and FGP: 50.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sam Dempster (192-G/F-90) of Nelson G. - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Alex Pledger (215-C-87) of Southland S. - 16 points and 13 rebounds
6. Nick Kay (206-C/F-92) of Southland S. - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Finn Delany (198-F-95) of Nelson G. - 30 points
8. Jeremy Kendle (186-G-88) of Canterbury - 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Lindsay Tait (190-G-82) of SC Rangers - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Kyle Adnam (186-G-93) of Nelson G. - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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Jaime Lloreda's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Panamanians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jaime Lloreda
Jaime Lloreda
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international center Jaime Lloreda (204-80, college: LSU, currently plays in Uruguay). He could not help Hebraica (10-4) in their last game. Despite Lloreda's very good performance the first-placed Hebraica (10-4) lost 80-86 in a derby game to the lower-ranked (#4) Malvin in the Promocional 1 group. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 18 rebounds in 35 minutes on the court. Lloreda has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 11.3rpg, 2FGP: 64.2%(113-176) and FT: 62.1% in 23 games he played so far. Ex-Magnates de Calidonia player is currently a member of the Panamanian senior national team.

Jamaal Levy
Jamaal Levy
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Jamaal Levy (206-83, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Argentina). He managed to help Weber Bahia Blanca Basket to win against the leader San Martin Corrientes (36-14) 82-70 in the Argentinian LigaA last Friday. Levy recorded only 4 points, 13 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Sur. Weber Bahia Blanca Basket (28-19) is placed third. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This season Levy averages: 6.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 59.9%(97-162), 3FGP: 30.9% and FT: 58.0%. He is in the roster of the Panamanian senior national team.

Michael Hicks
Michael Hicks
   #3. The Panamanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Michael Hicks (196-76, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Uruguay) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jaime Lloreda. But that was another game of his team in Uruguayan LUB which we would like to mention. Hicks was the major contributor in Hebraica's victory against the fourth-ranked Malvin (7-7) 88-80 in a derby game. He scored 17 points in 34 minutes. Hebraica Macabi Montevideo (10-4) is placed first in Promocional 1 group. It's Hicks' first season with the team. Hicks has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 39.8% and FT: 77.9% in 29 games. Ex-Toros del Chiriqui David player is also a member of the Panamanian senior national team.

Josimar Ayarza
Josimar Ayarza
   #4. Forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to help Echague (8-43) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Ayarza's very good performance Echague (#10) was edged 91-89 on the road by the lower-ranked Boca Juniors (#10) in the Norte group. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Ayarza also added 6 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Ayarza has relatively solid stats: 14.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg. He is also Panamanian national team player.

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

   #1. Nate Butler Lind (198-SG-89, college: TCU, currently plays in Puerto Rico). Butler Lind could not help Indios (3-7) to beat Santeros (10-1). He scored 9 points (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 26 minutes. But Indios lost 77-91 on the road to the leading Santeros. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Butler Lind's overall stats are: 6.6ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.9apg in nine games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Panamanian and Puerto Rican. Despite Butler Lind's Panamanian passport, he previously played for the Puerto Rican U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Panamanian team.

Other top Panamanian players, who play abroad:

Gabriel Giron (190-G-88) plays for Fuerza Regia in Mexican LNBP
Ernesto Oglivie (203-F-89) plays for Trouville in Uruguayan LUB
Levour Warren (196-SF-81) plays for Panteras in Mexican LNBP
Javier Carter (203-C-91) plays for Soles in Mexican LNBP
Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85) plays for Boca Juniors in Argentinian LigaA
Gil Atencio (201-F-96) plays for St.Clair College in CCAA
Andres Bravo (203-F-96) plays for St.Clair College in CCAA
Tymell Murphy (196-F-90) plays for Kagoshima in Japanese B League D2
Antonio Bumpus (190-SG-89) plays for Pioneros in Mexican Regional
Amir Alvarado (198-SF-84) plays for Barva in Costa Rican LBS

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



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  PHILIPPINES  


Gilas Pilipinas Stuns Luzon All-Stars, 122-111 - by Eurobasket News

A resilient Gilas Pilipinas side battled its way back from a huge second half deficit to stun fancied Luzon All-Stars, 122-111, Friday night in the second leg of the PBA All-Star week at the Quezon Convention Center here. The nationals went on a 17-0 run to close out the game the game behind big men Troy Rosario, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Kevin Ferrer (194-F-93) to clinch a second straight victory on the road in the mid-season spectacle. Rosario was later named by coach Chot Reyes as part of the 12-man roster to the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) Championship. He was joined in the team by Calvin Abueva (190-F-88), Japeth Aguilar (206-C-85, college: W.Kentucky), Raymund Almazan, June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89), Jio Jalalon, Allein Maliksi, Roger Ray Pogoy (189-SG-92), Terrence Bill Romeo (180-PG-92), Jayson Castro, Matthew Wright, and Andray Blatche (211-F/C-86). 'We hope for your continuing prayers and support,' said Reyes afterwards. The trio of Rosario, Cruz, and Ferrer presided over the telling scoring binge in the final five minutes of the game to overcome a 111-105 deficit. Cruz's three-pointer gave Gilas the lead for good, 111-110, with 3:47 to go. The nationals trailed by as many as 81-64 in the third period on a Marcio Lassiter (190-G-87, college: CS Fullerton) three-pointer. 'I'm proud of them. Grabe yung kalaban naming ang gagaling. We came back from almost 20-down,' stressed Reyes. 'I told them inside the dugout that this is what the Gilas program is all about, fighting, fighting, fighting.' Wright of Phoenix was voted Coloudfone MVP of the game, repeating the same honor he shared with Rosario during the opener of the three-leg series in Cagayan de Oro last Wednesday. Jonathan Grey was a surprise leading scorer for Gilas with 19 points, while Wright and Mike Tolomia had 15 each. Japeth Aguilar had 18 points for the All-Stars, who absorbed a first loss in the road series after its Mindanao counterpart drew with the national team last April 26, 114-114. Marcio Lassiter's snipings sparked a 16-7 run by the All-Stars to turn around seven-point lead at the break to a 78-62 advantage. The lead ballooned to its biggest at 81-64 on another Lassiter trey. Earlier. Maverick Ahanmisi retained his title in the Cloudnine Obstacle Challenge, but new champions emerged in the Three-Point Shootout and the Slam Dunk contest. The Rain or Shine sophomore clocked 25.8 seconds to beat out Alex Cabagnot (26.7 seconds) to become the first back-to-back winner of the event since Jonas Villanueva won four straight from 2010 to 2013. In the most thrilling finish to the three side events of the mid-season spectacle, Allein Maliksi drained the final money ball just before the buzzer to claim the Three-Point shooting crown. The game-winner allowed the Star Hotshot gunner to edge out LA Tenorio in the three-man final, 20-18. Two-time defending champion Terrence Bill Romeo made the championship round but finished with only 17 points. Three-time winner Rey Guevarra also fell by the wayside as Chris Newsome (187-G, college: N.Mexico Highlands) finally redeemed himself from last year's defeat by winning the Slam Dunk crown. The Meralco guard won over James Forrester (190-G-89) in the final, 87-86, by repeating his signature 'three-ball juggle act' before slamming the leather off the backboard. In the Shooting Stars, the team of LA Tenorio, Julius Ayangco, and 'healing priest' Fr. Joey Faller run away with the title.
Courtesy of: pba.ph



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  POLAND  

Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Filip ZEGZULA
  Rosa I.
  (188-SG-94)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Zegzula, Rosa I.19.5 
 2. Grod, Notec Inowr.17.3 
 3. Dymala, Spojnia16.9 
 4. Prostak, Pogon P.16.6 
 5. Mazur, GKS Tychy15.4 
 6. Wrobel, AZS A.15.1 
 7. Sroka, Sokol Lancut15.0 
 8. Gospodarek, Astoria .14.8 
 9. Bluma, Nysa K.14.5 
 10. Lenczuk, Nysa K.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maciej KLIMA
  Sokol Lancut
  (203-C/F-82)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Klima, Sokol Lancut8.5 
 2. Bodych, Kotwica8.3 
 3. Struski, Biofarm .7.6 
 4. Grod, Notec Inowr.7.0 
 5. Nowerski, Pogon P.6.9 
 6. Bluma, Nysa K.6.8 
 7. Kulikowski, Sokol L.6.7 
 8. Cechniak, Znicz B.6.6 
 9. Szwed, Znicz B.6.4 
 10. Lisewski, Notec I.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Lukasz WILCZEK
  Legia W-wa
  (190-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Wilczek, Legia W-wa6.7 
 2. Plawucki, SKK S.5.7 
 3. Dymala, Spojnia5.3 
 4. Filipiak, GTK G.5.2 
 5. Kordalski, Znicz B.5.2 
 6. Zegzula, Rosa I.5.1 
 7. Gospodarek, Astoria .4.9 
 8. Zywert, Sokol L.4.9 
 9. Dzierzak, Kotwica4.8 
 10. Maciejewski, Notec I.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Lukasz WILCZEK
  Legia W-wa
  (190-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Wilczek, Legia W-wa2.6 
 2. Zegzula, Rosa I.2.2 
 3. Filipiak, GTK G.2.1 
 4. Zych, AZS A.2.0 
 5. Zywert, Sokol L.1.9 
 6. Tokarski, Znicz B.1.9 
 7. Brek, Biofarm PZN1.8 
 8. Mazur, GKS Tychy1.8 
 9. Wlodarczyk, AZS A.1.8 
 10. Gospodarek, Astoria .1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Damian CECHNIAK
  Znicz B.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Cechniak, Znicz B.1.6 
 2. Lisewski, Notec I.1.4 
 3. Brek, Biofarm PZN1.3 
 4. Nowerski, Pogon P.1.1 
 5. Nowakowski, Pogon P.0.9 
 6. Pytys, Spojnia0.9 
 7. Bodych, Kotwica0.8 
 8. Klima, Sokol Lancut0.8 
 9. Kiwilsza, Polonia .0.8 
 10. Kukielka, Legia W-wa0.7 


2Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Radoslaw PLEBANEK
  AZS U.
  (190-SG-85)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Plebanek, AZS U.22.2 
 2. Kuczynski, Tur B.19.1 
 3. Niedzwiedzki, Gornik W.19.1 
 4. Zurawski, Stal I.18.6 
 5. Mrowczynski, Kalisz18.5 
 6. Niesobski, Sudety18.2 
 7. Debski, Pelplin18.1 
 8. Gworek, Gimbaske.17.9 
 9. Karolak, AZS U.17.8 
 10. Zabielski, Zubry17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrzej MISIEWICZ
  Zubry
  (199-PF-84)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Misiewicz, Zubry11.1 
 2. Niedzwiedzki, Gornik W.10.2 
 3. Mikolajko, Przemysl10.0 
 4. Malitka, Gimbaske.10.0 
 5. Barycza, Otmuchow9.7 
 6. Pruefer, Pro-Bask.9.4 
 7. Olszewski, Shmoolky.9.3 
 8. Wojdyr, Polonia .9.3 
 9. Kwiatkowski, Miedz.9.0 
 10. Budnikowski, Gniezno8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Michal WARCHOWSKI
  Domino I.
  (187-PG-94)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Warchowski, Domino I.8.3 
 2. Kobel, WKK Wroclaw7.6 
 3. Konopatzki, Asseco I.7.3 
 4. Wojciechowsk., Kalisz7.2 
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