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  ALBANIA  



Superliga Round 19: Vllaznia Shkodra defeats Teuta in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Superliga just ended.

An interesting game for Vllaznia Shkodra (14-5) which played road game in Durres against 3rd placed Teuta (12-7). Second ranked Vllaznia Shkodra managed to get a 14-point victory 93-79. The game was mostly controlled by Vllaznia Shkodra. Teuta managed to win fourth quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vllaznia Shkodra have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 14-5 record having just three points less than leader SK Tirana. Teuta at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost.
Superliga top team - SK Tirana (17-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Flamurtari (0-19) 207-42. The victory was the third consecutive win for SK Tirana. They maintain first place with 17-2 record. Flamurtari lost their nineteenth game in a row. They still close the standings.
The game in was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Kamza Basket (9-10) played at the court of 5th ranked Ardhmeria (5-14). Kamza Basket managed to secure a 8-point victory 88-80 on Sunday. Kamza Basket maintains fourth place with 9-10 record. Ardhmeria lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth position with 14 games lost.

Teuta - Vllaznia 79-93

An interesting game for Vllaznia Shkodra (14-5) which played road game in Durres against 3rd placed Teuta (12-7). Second ranked Vllaznia Shkodra managed to get a 14-point victory 93-79. The game was mostly controlled by Vllaznia Shkodra. Teuta managed to win fourth quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vllaznia Shkodra have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 14-5 record having just three points less than leader SK Tirana. Teuta at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost.
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SK Tirana - Flamurtari 207-42

Superliga top team - SK Tirana (17-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Flamurtari (0-19) 207-42. The game without a history. SK Tirana led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Flamurtari to just 6 points in second quarter. The victory was the third consecutive win for SK Tirana. They maintain first place with 17-2 record. Flamurtari lost their nineteenth game in a row. They still close the standings.
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Ardhmeria - Kamza Basket 80-88

The game in was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Kamza Basket (9-10) played at the court of 5th ranked Ardhmeria (5-14). Kamza Basket managed to secure a 8-point victory 88-80 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-14. But Ardhmeria won second period 23-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Kamza Basket won last quarter 27-20. Kamza Basket maintains fourth place with 9-10 record. Ardhmeria lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth position with 14 games lost.
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Klaudio Ndoja selected the top Albanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other top Albanian players, who play abroad:

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

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



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ABBA Round 28: Cutie Ovals Ojays defeat Stingerz in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 6 rounds.

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

Stingerz - Cutie Ovals Ojays 62-65

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

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

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Tucker, Estudian.22.4 
 2. Green, Instituto20.0 
 3. Solano, Echague19.7 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.18.9 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.18.2 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Mickeal, Atenas16.8 
 8. Harper, Quimsa16.8 
 9. Horner, Obras B.16.7 
 10. Vildoza, Quilm.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.0 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.3 
 3. Clancy, Instituto10.0 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.7 
 5. Johnson, Atenas8.8 
 6. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.8 
 7. Wood, San M.8.6 
 8. Justiz, Estudian.8.6 
 9. Francis, La Union8.5 
 10. Horner, Obras B.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Franco BALBI
  Ferrocarril
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.1 
 2. Barral, Obras B.6.1 
 3. Stanic, Olimpico.6.0 
 4. Konsztadt, La Union5.4 
 5. Aguirre, San L.5.4 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.2 
 7. De-l., GECR I.4.5 
 8. Ciorciari, Instituto4.5 
 9. Hopson, Quimsa4.4 
 10. Figueroa, Penarol4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Gelvis SOLANO
  Echague
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Solano, Echague2.0 
 2. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.2.0 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.1.8 
 5. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 6. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 7. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.1.5 
 9. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
 10. Zurbriggen, Obras B.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 3. Richard, Obras B.1.6 
 4. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 5. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 6. Clancy, Instituto1.2 
 7. Calfani, San L.1.2 
 8. Meyinsse, San L.1.2 
 9. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 
 10. Acuna, Penarol0.9 


Patricio Garino agreed terms with the Magic - by Eurobasket News

Orlando Magic strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old Argentinian international swingman Patricio Garino (198-94kg-93, college: G.Washington). He played recently at Austin Spurs. In 49 D-League games he recorded 11.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.1apg and 1.5spg this season. Garino was called during the season by the San Antonio Spurs.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Among other achievements Garino won NIT championship title in 2016. He received also Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team award in 2014, 2015 and 2016 at his college time.
Garino has been also a member of Argentinian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Argentinian senior team since 2015 and previously for U19 National Team back in 2011.
Garino also represented Argentina at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 6.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 80.0%.
Garino has played also professionally for other Argentinian teams like Quilmes Mar del Plata and Lanus.
He attended George Washington University until 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very promising swingman, who is yet a role model for technique, but has also personality and leadership unexpected for a guy so young Plus, he plays with energy and aggressiveness every moment he's on the court. He could be the next Aregentinean NBAer.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

Nicolas Laprovittola
Nicolas Laprovittola
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Nicolas Laprovittola (193-90, currently plays in Spain). He led Baskonia to a victory against the 14th-ranked Sevilla (8-17) 79-75 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Laprovittola scored 11 points in only a mere 10 minutes on the court. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (18-7) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. This year Laprovittola averages: 5.6ppg, 1.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3FGP: 34.8% and FT: 88.2% in eight games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international small forward Andres Nocioni (203-79, currently plays in Spain). He managed to help Real Madrid in a victory against the tenth-ranked RETAbet BB (10-13) crushing them 104-76 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Nocioni scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 8 minutes on the court. Real Madrid (18-7) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. This year Nocioni's overall stats are: 5.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 2FGP: 37.5%, 3FGP: 47.9%(23-48) in 19 games. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Ex-Penarol Mar del Plata player is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Manu Ginobili
Manu Ginobili
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Manu Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). Ginobili contributed to a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder (43-33) 100-95 in the NBA on Friday night. He scored 8 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 8 assists. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 59-17 record this season. It's Ginobili's 15th year with the team. Ginobili has relatively good stats this year: 7.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.7apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 39.7%, 3FGP: 38.4%. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Ginobili is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Nicolas Richotti
Nicolas Richotti
   #4. Point guard Nicolas Richotti (183-86, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) helped his Spanish team CB Canarias win their game against the closely-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-4) 61-51 in the Basketball Champions League last Wednesday. He scored only 4 points. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group D. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (11-3) is placed first. Richotti has been at the team for seven years. This season Richotti averages just 2.8ppg. Similarly like Ginobili and Nocioni above he has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. Richotti is also Argentinian national team player.

Antonio Porta
Antonio Porta
   #5. Former international point guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Denmark) was the major contributor in Svendborg's victory against the closely-ranked Naestved (13-15) 97-91 in the Danish Ligaen on Monday night. Porta recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and making 12 passes. Svendborg Rabbits (13-15) is placed fifth in the Ligaen. This season Porta has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.8apg. Similarly like three previous players above, he also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Porta used to play for the Argentinian national team nine years ago.

Nicolas Brussino
Nicolas Brussino
   #6. Swingman Nicolas Brussino (202-93, currently plays in NBA) helped Dallas Mavericks win their game against the Milwaukee Bucks (40-37) 109-105 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. He scored 7 points in 17 minutes. The Dallas Mavericks have 32-44 record this season. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. It's Brussino's first year with the team. This season Brussino's total stats are: 2.0ppg and 1.5rpg in 44 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #7. Former international guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Spain) helped Leche Rio Breogan win their game against one of league's weakest teams Cocinas.com (9-21) 90-84 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Tuesday night. Fernandez scored 11 points and added 5 passes in 34 minutes. Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo (21-9) is placed second in the LEB Gold. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Fernandez's first season with the team. He has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.0apg in 30 games. Fernandez used to play for the Argentinian national team three years ago.

Marcos Delia
Marcos Delia
   #8. Center Marcos Delia (211-92, currently plays in Spain) helped UCAM Murcia win their game against the league leader CB Canarias (19-7) 79-68 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He scored only 2 points. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (10-15) is placed 11th in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Delia has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 3.1rpg. He plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Juan Manuel Caceres
Juan Manuel Caceres
   #9. Former U16 international small forward Juan Manuel Caceres (199-84, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy). Caceres could not help Valmontone (21-6) to beat Catanzaro (14-12). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Caceres scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The second-placed Valmontone (21-6) was defeated 72-67 on the road by the lower-ranked Catanzaro (#7) in the Group C. It was Valmontone's first loss after three consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Caceres has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Argentinian U16 national team fifteen years ago.

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

   #1. Daniel Hure (200-PF-85, currently plays in Brazil) was the major contributor in Paulistano's victory against the 11th-ranked SKY/Basquete (11-16) 79-67 in the Brazilian NBB last Thursday. Hure scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo (11-7) is placed fourth in the NBB. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Hure's overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.3apg.

   #2. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) contributed to an Umana Venezia's victory against the closely-ranked Pinar Karsiyaka (9-5) 74-66 in the Basketball Champions League on Wednesday night. He scored 7 points and added 6 passes in 25 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (9-5) is placed third in group B. It's Filloy's first season with the team. This year Filloy's overall stats are: 4.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.1apg in 18 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Despite Filloy's Argentinian passport, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Argentinian team.

   #3. Tulio Cobos (197-F-86, college: Northeastern St., currently plays in Venezuela) could not help Bucaneros (9-7) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Cobos' very good performance the first-placed Bucaneros (9-7) was defeated 90-84 on the road by the lower-ranked Marinos (#4) in the Eastern Conference. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Cobos also added 7 rebounds. Cobos has relatively good stats this season: 12.8ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.4apg.

   #4. Enzo Cafferata (187-PG-88, currently plays in Brazil) was not able to help Liga Sorocaba (4-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Liga Sorocaba lost 62-69 in Salvador to the higher-ranked (#7) Universo/Vitoria. Cafferata was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 5 assists in 33 minutes. It was Liga Sorocaba's third consecutive loss in a row. Cafferata's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Cafferata has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.4apg and 1.5spg in 27 games.

   #5. Andres Forray (187-PG-86, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the league leader Armani Milano (20-5) crushing them 98-76 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. He recorded 8 points in 22 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Dolomiti Energia Trento (15-10) is placed fourth in the Serie A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Forray plays sixth season for the team. This year Forray's total stats are: 6.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg in 25 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #6. Experienced Santiago Boffelli (197-G/F-83, currently plays in Italy) led Scauri to a 2-point victory over the 14th-ranked Roma S.Azzurra 68-66 in the Italian Serie B (third division) in Sunday night's game. Boffelli was MVP of the game. He scored 30 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds. Boffelli has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg. Boffelli has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #7. Min-Soo Kim (200-C-82, currently plays in South Korea) led SK Knights to a victory against the closely-ranked Dongbu Promy 79-74 in the South Korean KBL last Sunday. He scored 14 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 31 minutes. This year Kim's total stats are: 8.4ppg and 4.5rpg in 51 games. He also holds two passports: South Korean and Argentinian.

   #8. Agustin Fabi (199-F/G-91, currently plays in Italy) led Viola RC to a victory over the seventh-ranked Treviglio 84-76 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Sunday. Fabi was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Fabi has reliable stats this season: 12.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg. He holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

   #9. Demian Filloy (198-F-82, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Lighthouse TR (13-14) in their last game. Despite Filloy's very good performance the 11th-placed Lighthouse TR lost 71-85 in Siena to the lower-ranked (#12) Mens Sana 1871 in the West group. He was the second best scorer with 18 points in 27 minutes. Filloy has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.8apg in 26 games. He has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #10. Brian Savoy (189-SG-92, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help Neuchatel (13-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Savoy's good performance the fifth-placed Neuchatel was defeated 78-74 at home by the higher-ranked Geneve Lions (#4) in the Places 1-6 group. He scored 13 points and added 9 assists. Savoy has reliable stats this season: 13.2ppg, 4.5rpg and 4.3apg. He has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Swiss.



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Ben Madgen selected the top Australian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ben Madgen
Ben Madgen
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta, currently plays in Lithuania). Madgen could not help Lietkabelis (21-9) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Lietkabelis was defeated 85-80 at home by the league outsider Siauliai (#10). Madgen was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Madgen has relatively good stats this season: 11.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 52.3% and FT: 86.6%. He played for the Australian senior national team three years ago.

Brock Motum
Brock Motum
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Brock Motum (208-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in Lithuania). Motum led Zalgiris to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked P.Zvaigzdes (12-17) crushing them 94-70 in the Lithuanian LKL in Sunday night's game. He scored 13 points. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (26-3) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Motum averages: 9.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 2FGP: 58.1%(68-117) and FT: 85.7%. He is in the roster of the Australian senior national team.

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Joe Ingles (203-87, currently plays in NBA). Ingles led Utah Jazz to a victory against the New Orleans Pelicans (33-44) 108-100 in the NBA last Monday. He scored 19 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 35 minutes. The Utah Jazz has a solid 47-30 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Ingles has relatively solid stats: 7.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.7apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 46.8%, 3FGP: 44.8% and FT: 74.2% in 77 games he played so far. He is also a member of the Australian senior national team.

Jordan Vandenberg
Jordan Vandenberg
   #4. Center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Japan) was the major contributor in a Nishinomiya Storks' victory against the sixth-ranked Shinshu BW (12-39) crushing them 94-62 in the Japanese B League D2 on Sunday night. Vandenberg recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks; not bad, considering it's only Vandenberg's third season in pro basketball. Nishinomiya Storks (35-15) are placed first in Central group. It's Vandenberg's first year with the team. He has reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.1apg and 1.7bpg. Vandenberg used to play for the Australian U18 national team back in 2008.

Matthew Dellavedova
Matthew Dellavedova
   #5. International guard Matthew Dellavedova (193-90, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Milwaukee Bucks (40-37) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Milwaukee Bucks (40-37) lost 105-109 on the road to the Dallas Mavericks. Dellavedova was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 6 passes in 34 minutes. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. It's Dellavedova's first season with the team. Dellavedova's stats this year are: 7.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 4.8apg in 72 games. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

Nick Kay
Nick Kay
   #6. Power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St., currently plays in New Zealand) led Sharks to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Giants (0-4) 100-94 in the New Zealand NBL last Thursday. Kay was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 15 rebounds. Kay also added 3 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). SIT Zero Fees Southland Sharks (2-2) are placed fifth in the NBL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Kay averaged so far 13.8ppg, 8.8rpg and 3.3apg. He is a former U19 international player as he played for the Australian team seven years ago.

Mitchell McCarron
Mitchell McCarron
   #7. Former U22 international guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St., currently plays in New Zealand) was not able to secure a victory for Rangers (3-1) in their game against Rams (3-2) in the New Zealand NBL. Despite his very good performance in Friday night's game He was the top scorer with 32 points. McCarron also added 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists. But the season just started, so everything may happen. McCarron has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 26.8ppg, 8.0rpg, 4.8apg and 2.0spg. McCarron used to play for the Australian U22 national team two years ago.

Brad Newley
Brad Newley
   #8. Swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help AEK Athens (18-6) in their game against Panathinaikos (13-7) in the Greek A1. He scored 6 points in 23 minutes. AEK Athens was badly defeated 106-87 in a derby game by the lower-ranked (#3) Panathinaikos. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Newley's overall stats are: 5.0ppg and 1.7rpg in six games. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

Dan Trist
Dan Trist
   #9. Former U22 international forward Dan Trist (206-92, college: Lafayette, currently plays in Denmark) contributed to a 1-point Horsens IC's victory against one of league's weakest teams Randers (10-18) 88-87 in the Danish Ligaen on Tuesday night. Trist scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Horsens IC (23-5) is placed second in the Ligaen. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Trist's stats this season are: 13.0ppg and 6.5rpg. He used to play for the Australian U22 national team two years ago.

Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
   #10. Point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers (49-27) crushing them 103-74 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Mills scored 9 points and added 7 passes in 18 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a very good 59-17 record this season. Mills is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Spurs' roster. He averaged so far 9.8ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.5apg in 74 games. Mills is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

   #11. Former U22 international guard Daryl Corletto (193-81, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to a Plymouth Raiders' victory against the closely-ranked Cheshire Phoenix 95-81 in the British BBL last Friday. He recorded 23 points and added 4 passes. This season Corletto has very high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.7apg and 1.2spg. Corletto used to play for the Australian U22 national team seventeen years ago.

   #12. International point guard Dante Exum (198-95, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Joe Ingles. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Exum helped Utah Jazz win their game against the Washington Wizards 95-88. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Exum's total stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.6apg. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

   #13. Former international guard Mitch Norton (184-93, currently plays in New Zealand) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nick Kay and both played together in the last New Zealand NBL game. Norton helped Sharks win their game against one of league's weakest teams Giants 100-94. He scored 19 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 8 assists in 39 minutes. Norton averaged so far 14.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 5.0apg and 1.5spg in four games. He used to play for the Australian national team five years ago.

   #14. International center Aron Baynes (208-86, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Detroit Pistons in their game against the New York Knicks in the NBA. Baynes scored 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. His team were defeated 109-95 in the NBA. His total stats this season are: 4.8ppg and 4.5rpg. Baynes plays currently for the Australian national team.

   #15. Former U19 international forward Lewis Thomas (203-92, college: W.Oregon, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Glasgow Rocks in their game against Worcester Wolves in the British BBL, despite his good performance in Sunday night's game. He recorded 11 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and made 2 blocks in 31 minutes. But his team was badly defeated by 16 points 88-72. This year Thomas' total stats are: 8.2ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.6apg in 28 games. He used to play for the Australian U19 national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Kyrie Irving (190-G-92, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a Cleveland Cavaliers' victory against the Indiana Pacers (37-40) 135-130 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. He scored 23 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 7 assists (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) in 46 minutes. The Cleveland Cavaliers have a solid 49-27 record this season. It's Irving's sixth year with the team. Irving has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 25.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.7apg and 1.2spg in 68 games he played so far. Irving is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Australia.

   #2. Thon Maker (216-C/F-97, college: High School, currently plays in NBA) led Milwaukee Bucks to a 3-point victory against the Detroit Pistons (34-42) 108-105 in the NBA on Friday night. Maker scored 23 points in 25 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. The Milwaukee Bucks have 40-37 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Maker's first year with the team. This season Maker averages: 3.9ppg and 1.7rpg in 51 games. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and South Sudanese.

   #3. Nathan Sobey (190-G-90, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Greece). Sobey could not help PAOK (13-11) to beat Olympiacos (20-0). He scored 6 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 28 minutes. PAOK was crushed 84-59 on the road by the leading Olympiacos. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Sobey averaged so far 13.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg in four games.

   #4. Timothy Kearney (202-F/G-86, currently plays in Sweden) led BC Lulea to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Umea (5-27) crushing them 103-65 in the Swedish Basketligan on Friday night. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. BC Lulea (24-8) is placed first in the Basketligan. Kearney has been at the team for seven years. This season Kearney's total stats are: 5.3ppg and 3.0rpg in 29 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Swedish.

   #5. Michael Vigor (206-F/C-90, currently plays in United Kingdom) led Bristol Acadamy Flyers to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Leeds Force (8-22) 85-77 in the British BBL in Saturday night's game. Vigor recorded 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Bristol Academy Flyers (12-8) is placed sixth in the BBL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Vigor has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.3apg.

   #6. Josh Duinker (209-F/C-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in New Zealand) contributed to Saints' victory against the league outsider Hawks 102-91 in the New Zealand NBL in Saturday night's game. He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. Duinker averaged so far 14.3ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.5apg in four games. He has both Dutch and Australian nationalities.

   #7. Experienced John Fitzgerald (193-G-84, college: Lindsey Wilson, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to Trelleborg's victory against the fifth-ranked LF Future 110-99 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) on Sunday night. Fitzgerald had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 5 assists in 38 minutes. Fitzgerald has very impressive stats this year: 20.4ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.6apg and 2.8spg in 12 games.

   #8. Kyle Adnam (186-G-93, currently plays in New Zealand) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Giants (0-4) in their last game. Despite his good performance Giants lost 94-100 in Southland to the higher-ranked (#5) Sharks. Adnam scored 13 points and added 3 assists in 40 minutes. It was his first game for Giants this season.

   #9. James Hunter (208-C-92, college: S.Dakota, currently plays in New Zealand) faced previously mentioned Kyle Adnam in the New Zealand NBL last game. Hunter contributed to Sharks' victory against one of league's weakest teams Giants 100-94. He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Hunter has averaged so far 5.8ppg and 4.8rpg.

   #10. Tony Tolovae (196-G-92, currently plays in New Zealand) faced previously mentioned Josh Duinker in the New Zealand NBL last game. Tolovae was not able to secure a victory for Hawks in their game against Saints, despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. He scored 14 points, had 5 boards, passed 4 assists and added 3 steals in 33 minutes. But his team lost 91-102. Tolovae averaged so far 12.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.5apg in four games. He also holds two passports: Australian and New Zealand.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.5 
 2. Miletic, Vienna18.8 
 3. Vay, Arkadia18.5 
 4. Lamesic, Wels17.7 
 5. Clemmons, Vienna17.4 
 6. Stazic, Vienna17.3 
 7. McNealy, Oberwart16.9 
 8. Rados, Klostern.16.4 
 9. Jackson, Oberwart15.8 
 10. Murati, Gmunden15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jozo RADOS
  Klostern.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 12
 1. Rados, Klostern.12.0 
 2. Naylor, UBSC G.10.5 
 3. Draskovic, Arkadia8.5 
 4. Vay, Arkadia8.3 
 5. Traylor, Oberwart7.5 
 6. Lamesic, Wels7.5 
 7. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.2 
 8. Baptiste, Kapfe.7.0 
 9. Cumberbatch, Oberw.6.2 
 10. Gaidys, Gmunden6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Danek, Arkadia7.0 
 2. Car, Furstenfeld5.8 
 3. Jackson, Oberwart5.3 
 4. Vujosevic, Kapfe.5.2 
 5. Stazic, Vienna4.8 
 6. Friedrich, Gmunden4.6 
 7. Maresch, UBSC G.4.5 
 8. Clemmons, Vienna4.3 
 9. O''Neal, Wels4.1 
 10. Murati, Gmunden3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.7 
 2. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.8 
 3. Clemmons, Vienna1.8 
 4. Miletic, Vienna1.7 
 5. Trmal, Arkadia1.5 
 6. McNealy, Oberwart1.4 
 7. Jandl, Furstenfeld1.4 
 8. Koch, Vienna1.4 
 9. Krivokapic, UBSC G.1.3 
 10. Stazic, Vienna1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamari TRAYLOR
  Oberwart
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Traylor, Oberwart1.5 
 2. Rados, Klostern.1.4 
 3. Draskovic, Arkadia1.3 
 4. Chan, Wels1.1 
 5. Baptiste, Kapfe.1.0 
 6. Kuakumensah, Oberw.0.9 
 7. Steed, Gmunden0.9 
 8. Koch, Vienna0.9 
 9. Naylor, UBSC G.0.8 
 10. Cigoja, Wels0.6 


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

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

Rasid Mahalbasic
Rasid Mahalbasic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Rasid Mahalbasic (210-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Sevilla (8-17) in their last game. Despite Mahalbasic's very good performance Sevilla lost 75-79 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#3) Baskonia. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Mahalbasic also added 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes on the court. Mahalbasic has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 60.5%(69-114) and FT: 72.2% in 15 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Austrian and Slovenian. Ex-kelag Worthersee Piraten player is currently a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Benjamin Ortner
Benjamin Ortner
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Ortner contributed to an Umana Venezia's victory against the closely-ranked Pinar Karsiyaka (9-5) 74-66 in the Basketball Champions League last Wednesday. He scored 6 points. Umana Reyer Venezia (9-5) is placed third in group B. This season Ortner averages: 4.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 47.8% and FT: 61.5%. He played for the Austrian national team in 2013.

Jakob Poeltl
Jakob Poeltl
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Jakob Poeltl (213-95, college: Utah, currently plays in NBA). Poeltl led Toronto Raptors to a victory against the Philadelphia 76ers (27-50) 113-105 in the NBA on Sunday night. He scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 20 minutes. The Toronto Raptors have a solid 47-30 record this season. It's Poeltl's first year with the team. This year Poeltl's overall stats are: 2.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 54.5% and FT: 53.8% in 49 games. He played for the Austrian national team two years ago.

Thomas Schreiner
Thomas Schreiner
   #4. Point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Andorra in their game against FC Barcelona (17-8) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Schreiner scored 6 points. Andorra was crushed 102-65 in Barcelona by the higher-ranked FC Barcelona (#6). Schreiner has been at the team for five years. His total stats this season are: 4.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.2apg. Schreiner is also Austrian national team player.

Thomas Klepeisz
Thomas Klepeisz
   #5. International point guard Thomas Klepeisz (186-91, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Braunschweig (5-17) in their game against Giessen 46ers (13-13) in the German BBL. Klepeisz recorded 6 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Braunschweig was defeated 84-74 at home by the higher-ranked Giessen 46ers (#9). It's Klepeisz's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 6.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.9apg. Klepeisz plays currently for the Austrian national team.

Maximilian Hopfgartner
Maximilian Hopfgartner
   #6. Forward Maximilian Hopfgartner (206-92, also represented by Dynamics Global Management, college: John Brown, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Navarra (14-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance Navarra was badly defeated 93-74 on their home court in Pamplona by the second-ranked Cambados. Hopfgartner scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 28 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Hopfgartner has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.3apg in 27 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Austrian National Team roster.

Moritz Lanegger
Moritz Lanegger
   #7. International point guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90, currently plays in Denmark) couldn't help Naestved (13-15) in their game against Svendborg (13-15) in the Danish Ligaen. Lanegger cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points, made 6 passes and 3 steals. Naestved was defeated 97-91 on their home court in Naestved by the lower-ranked Svendborg (#5). Lanegger's total stats this season are: 7.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.0apg and 1.4spg. He is also Austrian national team player.

Jakob Seifert
Jakob Seifert
   #8. Center Jakob Seifert (200-95, currently plays in Czech Republic) managed to help Slavoj BK Litomerice in a victory against the sixth-ranked Olomouc SK (1-9) crushing them 97-65 in the Czech Republic 1Liga (second division) last Sunday. He scored only 3 points in 10 minutes. Slavoj BK Litomerice (7-3) is placed second in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. The Second Stage already ended. This year Seifert averages just 0.5ppg in 11 games. He used to play for the Austrian U18 national team back in 2013.

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

   #1. Bryce Douvier (201-F-91, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Portugal) could not help Ovarense (14-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance the second-placed Ovarense (14-13) lost 78-92 at home to the lower-ranked (#4) Electrico FC in the Places 7-12 group. Douvier scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. Douvier has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 9.7rpg and 1.2apg in 27 games he played so far. Douvier is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Austria.

   #2. Experienced Michael Kaiser (195-G/F-82, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Herzogenaurach in their game against Treuchtlingen (17-8) in the German Regionalliga (fourth division), despite his very good performance on Saturday night. Kaiser was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 36 minutes. But the 13th-placed Herzogenaurach (4-21) was crushed 94-69 on their home court in Herzogenaurach by the much higher-ranked (#3) Treuchtlingen in the South-East group. It was Herzogenaurach's seventh consecutive loss in a row. Kaiser's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Kaiser is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his ninth year in Herzogenaurach's roster. He has reliable stats this season: 14.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.9apg and 1.5spg in 25 games.

   #3. Luka Asceric (202-SG-97, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Lille Metropole (15-10) in their game against JA Vichy (9-16) in the French ProB (second division). Asceric cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. Lille Metropole was edged 68-67 on the road by the league outsider JA Vichy (#18). It was Lille Metropole's first loss after four consecutive victories. Asceric's total stats this season are: 5.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.6apg.



A Bundesliga Round 30 of Regular Season - 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.

Round 30 most important game was a victory of Vienna over 5th ranked Arkadia Lions 66-59 on Monday night. Arkadia Lions trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 16-9 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 59-66 at the end of the game. It was a good game for Serbian Predrag Miletic (193-84) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 7 rebounds. International forward Sebastian Koch (202-88) contributed with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds for Arkadia Lions. Vienna have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 15-13 record. Arkadia Lions at the other side keep the fifth place with 14 games lost. Vienna are looking forward to face league's second-placed Gmunden Swans in Gmunden in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Arkadia Lions will have a break next round.
A Bundesliga top team - Redwell Gunners Oberwart (23-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Dukes (4-23) in Klosterneuburg 77-50. American guard Andell Cumberbatch (196-93, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Derek Jackson chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was international center Jozo Rados (208-93) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 18 rebounds. Dukes' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Redwell Gunners Oberwart have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 23-4 record. Dukes lost fifteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will play against UBSC Graz (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Dukes will play against Raiffeisen Wels and hope to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 30 Furstenfeld were beaten by Gmunden on the road 77-71. Kapfenberg won against Wels on its own court 90-74.

Arkadia - Vienna 59-66

Round 30 most important game was a victory of Vienna over 5th ranked Arkadia Lions 66-59 on Monday night. Arkadia Lions trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 16-9 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 59-66 at the end of the game. It was a good game for Serbian Predrag Miletic (193-84) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 7 rebounds. International forward Sebastian Koch (202-88) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds and guard Benedikt Guettl (190-94) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Arkadia Lions. Four Arkadia Lions players scored in double figures. Vienna have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 15-13 record. Arkadia Lions at the other side keep the fifth place with 14 games lost. Vienna are looking forward to face league's second-placed Gmunden Swans in Gmunden in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Arkadia Lions will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Vienna: P.Miletic 24+7reb, S.Koch 14+10reb+2ast, S.Ray 13+7reb+3ast, A.Clemmons 8+2reb+2ast, A.Andjelkovic 5, S.Stazic 2+4reb+7ast
Arkadia: F.Vay 17+16reb+3ast, F.Trmal 14+5reb+1ast, B.Guettl 12+6reb+4ast, J.Detrick 10+4reb+2ast, F.Memcic 4+2reb, M.Trmal 2
gschID: 495070


Klosterneuburg - Oberwart 50-77

A Bundesliga top team - Redwell Gunners Oberwart (23-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Dukes (4-23) in Klosterneuburg 77-50. Dukes were ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 40-9 second half run of Redwell Gunners Oberwart. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Dukes to just 4 points in fourth quarter and to 9 points in second half. Redwell Gunners Oberwart forced 29 Dukes turnovers. American guard Andell Cumberbatch (196-93, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import point guard Derek Jackson (185-91, college: Kent St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Four Redwell Gunners Oberwart players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was international center Jozo Rados (208-93) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 18 rebounds and the former international center Christoph Greimeister (208-90) scored 6 points and 6 rebounds. Dukes' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Redwell Gunners Oberwart have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 23-4 record. Dukes lost fifteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will play against UBSC Graz (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Dukes will play against Raiffeisen Wels and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: A.Cumberbatch 22+7reb+1ast, D.Jackson 16+5reb+5ast, C.McNealy 11+7reb+1ast, B.Blazevic 10+9reb, C.Kuakumensah 9+8reb+1ast, G.Wolf 6+1reb+2ast
Klosterneuburg: J.Rados 15+18reb+1ast, C.Greimeister 6+6reb+1ast, L.Burgemeister 6+2reb, C.Leydolf 6+3reb+2ast, P.Pettinger 6+1reb, T.Bas 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 495071


Gmunden - Furstenfeld 77-71

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Gmunden Swans (20-8) beat at home 7th ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (12-16) 77-71. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 26-19 run, which allowed them to win the game. Gmunden Swans outrebounded Furstenfeld Panthers 41-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. American-British guard Michael Ojo (195-89, college: Lehigh) scored 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Alex Wesby (198-80, college: Temple) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Croatian center Marino Sarlija (207-89) with 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international point guard Hannes Ochsenhofer (185-85) scored 13 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gmunden Swans maintains second position with 20-8 record having just two points less than leader Oberwart. Furstenfeld Panthers at the other side keep the seventh place with 16 games lost. Gmunden Swans will play against Vienna (#4) in Wien in the next round. Furstenfeld Panthers will play at home against Kapfenberg Bulls and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: A.Mitchell 17+3reb, M.Ojo 17+8reb+6ast, A.Wesby 10+9reb+3ast, E.Murati 10+3reb+5ast, T.Klette 8+4reb+2ast, D.Friedrich 6+2reb+2ast
Furstenfeld: M.Sarlija 19+9reb+1ast, H.Ochsenhofer 13+4reb+6ast, D.Jandl 13+6reb+4ast, S.Iliev 12+6reb+1ast, P.Radakovics 9+3reb+2ast, J.Ernst 5
gschID: 495069


Kapfenberg - Wels 90-74

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Raiffeisen Wels (13-14) lost on the road to third ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (17-11) 90-74. It looked good early as Raiffeisen Wels took a 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kapfenberg Bulls had a 33-12 second period charge getting the lead and Raiffeisen Wels were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-90. Kapfenberg Bulls shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 53.3 percentage. Naturalized Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-81) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian point guard Bogic Vujosevic (190-92, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 20 points during the contest. Kapfenberg Bulls' coach Michael Schrittwieser used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was the former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) with 28 points and Czech center Ales Chan (215-80, college: Seton Hill) scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Kapfenberg Bulls have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 17-11 record having five points less than leader Oberwart. Raiffeisen Wels lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 14 games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against Furstenfeld Panthers (#7) on the road in the next round. Raiffeisen Wels will play against Dukes and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: B.Vujosevic 20+3reb+3ast, M.Stegnjaic 18+8reb+1ast, A.Woschank 12+1reb+3ast, M.Coffin 9+5reb+2ast, K.Jamar 9+6reb+3ast, N.Krstic 8+4reb+1ast
Wels: D.Lamesic 28+4reb+2ast, A.Chan 19+6reb+4ast, B.Mair 10+3reb+5ast, K.Payton 5+3reb+3ast, T.Csebits 5+3ast, E.Zulic 3+1reb+1ast
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2.Bundesliga Round 22: Rocks lose to Raiders - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in 2.Bundesliga just ended.

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

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

Warriors - Kosovo 85-92

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


Raiders - Rocks 75-62

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


Piraten - Timberwolves 46-91

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


Mustangs - Flames 92-68

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


Dragons - Lions 81-71

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


David Nesbitt selected the top Bahamian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

David Nesbitt
David Nesbitt
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward David Nesbitt (200-91, college: St.Thomas, FL, currently plays in Argentina). Nesbitt led Olimpico de La Banda to a victory against the eighth-ranked Penarol (17-30) 86-72 in the Argentinian LigaA last Tuesday. He scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda (26-19) is placed fifth in Norte group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Nesbitt has relatively good stats this season: 10.1ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 49.4%, 3FGP: 34.5% and FT: 84.0%. He is currently a member of the Bahamas senior national team.

Buddy Hield
Buddy Hield
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Buddy Hield (193-93, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in NBA). Hield led Sacramento Kings to a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves (30-45) 123-117 in the NBA on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Hield recorded 22 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 34 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. The Sacramento Kings have 30-47 record this season. Hield has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 14.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 55.9%(62-111), 3FGP: 42.5% and FT: 84.8% in 20 games he played so far. Hield played for the Bahamas national team in 2014.

Christopher Turnquest
Christopher Turnquest
   #3. The Bahamas player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international power forward Christopher Turnquest (203-83, college: Miles CC, currently plays in Spain). Turnquest contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Santfeliuenc (7-16) crushing them 97-67 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. He scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. Arenys Basquet Joventut (12-11) is placed sixth in Group C-A. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Turnquest's first season with the team. This year Turnquest has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 6.3rpg, 2FGP: 51.1% and FT: 61.2% in 22 games. He played for the Bahamas national team eleven years ago.

J.R. Cadot
J.R. Cadot
   #4. Swingman J.R. Cadot (196-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: TCU, currently plays in Spain). Cadot could not help Zornotza (14-13) to beat CB Granada (19-9). He scored 5 points. Zornotza was defeated 74-67 on the road by the higher-ranked CB Granada (#3). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Cadot's overall stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.3apg. He is also Bahamas national team player.

Jaraun Burrows
Jaraun Burrows
   #5. International forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help Hap.Haifa (10-15) in their last game. Despite Burrows' very good performance Hap.Haifa lost 74-88 at home to the higher-ranked (#5) Ironi Nes-Ziona. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Burrows also added 9 rebounds in 31 minutes. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Burrows has very impressive stats this year: 22.0ppg, 10.0rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg in 25 games. He plays currently for the Bahamas national team.

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

   #1. Klay Thompson (201-G-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) led Golden State Warriors to a victory over the Memphis Grizzlies (42-35) 106-94 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Thompson recorded 31 points (!!!) in 35 minutes. The Golden State Warriors have a very solid 63-14 record this season. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. It's Thompson's sixth year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Thompson averages: 22.3ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.0apg in 74 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American.

   #2. Jonathan Fairell (201-F-93, agency: Duran International, college: Murray St., currently plays in France) could not help SPO Rouen (11-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance SPO Rouen was defeated 79-69 on the road by the much higher-ranked STB Le Havre (#4). Fairell was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. This season Fairell has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.3apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bahamas and American.

Other top Bahamas players, who play abroad:

Zane Knowles (208-C-92) plays for Wilki Morskie in Polish PLK
Jordan Wilson (193-PF-96) plays for Niagara College in CCAA
Van Hutchinson (193-G) plays for Niagara College in CCAA
Kevin Cooper (201-F-97) plays for Niagara College in CCAA
Kentwan Smith (203-F-91) plays for BC Nokia in Finnish Korisliiga
Trevon Grant (185-G) plays for Acadia University in Canadian university league CIS
Nathan Anderson (198-F) plays for University of Prince Edward Island in Canadian university league CIS
Azaro Roker (198-F) plays for St.Francis Xavier in Canadian university league CIS
Quinn Brown (188-G) plays for Dalhousie University in Canadian university league CIS
Shamar Burrows (190-G-97) plays for Laurier University in Canadian university league CIS

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



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  BARBADOS  


BABA Round 12 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The biggest surprise of round 12 took place in where guest Lumber (#1) crushed lower ranked Pinelands (#2) by 22 points 88-66 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Pinelands. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Lumber maintains first position with 7-1 record. Defending champion Pinelands keep the second place with two games lost. They share the position with Cavaliers.
Bottom-ranked Tridents (0-7) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 111-69 loss to sixth ranked Warriors (4-4) in . Warriors have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 4-4 record. Tridents at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost.
The game in was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Bulls (5-2) played at the court of 7th ranked PanAm I.I. (1-6). Bulls defeated PanAm I.I. 77-67 on Sunday. Bulls maintains fourth position with 5-2 record. PanAm I.I. lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with six games lost.

In the last game of round 12 Sonics was defeated by Cavaliers in a road game 94-78.

Pinelands - Lumber 66-88

The biggest surprise of round 12 took place in where guest Lumber (#1) crushed lower ranked Pinelands (#2) by 22 points 88-66 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Pinelands. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Lumber maintains first position with 7-1 record. Defending champion Pinelands keep the second place with two games lost. They share the position with Cavaliers.
gschID: 539163


Cavaliers - Sonics 94-78

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Sonics (4-3) were defeated on the road by third ranked Cavaliers (6-2) 94-78 on Sunday. Cavaliers have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Pinelands. Loser Sonics keep the fifth position with three games lost.
gschID: 539164


Tridents - Warriors 69-111

Bottom-ranked Tridents (0-7) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 111-69 loss to sixth ranked Warriors (4-4) in . Warriors have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 4-4 record. Tridents at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost.
gschID: 539161


PanAm I.I. - Bulls 67-77

The game in was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Bulls (5-2) played at the court of 7th ranked PanAm I.I. (1-6). Bulls defeated PanAm I.I. 77-67 on Sunday. Bulls maintains fourth position with 5-2 record. PanAm I.I. lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with six games lost.
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  BELARUS  


Artsiom Parakhouski's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Belarusians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team Unics Kazan to a victory over the tenth-ranked Avtodor (6-14) 95-83 in the VTB United League in Monday night's game. Parakhouski was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 10 rebounds. Parakhouski also added 3 blocks in 33 minutes on the court. Unics Kazan (14-8) is placed fifth in the VTB United League. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Parakhouski has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 71.2%(109-153) and FT: 62.7% in 20 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in VTB United League). Liutych could not help Kalev/Cramo (5-17) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Kalev/Cramo was defeated 82-74 at home by the higher-ranked VEF Riga (#7). Liutych scored 12 points. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Liutych's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 14.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 58.5%(62-106), 3FGP: 35.6% and FT: 79.7%. Ex-Tsmoki-Minsk player is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.

Maalik Wayns
Maalik Wayns
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Maalik Wayns (185-91, college: Villanova, currently plays in Israel). Wayns was not able to help Maccabi Rishon in their game against Maccabi Haifa (13-12) in the Israeli Winner League, despite his good performance on Monday night. He recorded 11 points in 25 minutes. But Maccabi Rishon was badly defeated 88-71 on the road by the higher-ranked (#6) Maccabi Haifa. Wayns has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.1apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 48.3%, 3FGP: 41.3% and FT: 73.7% in 16 games. Wayns is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA U18 national team, Wayns is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Belarus.

Aliaksandr Pustahvar
Aliaksandr Pustahvar
   #4. Small forward Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-85, currently plays in Hungary) contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked Jaszberenyi (7-20) 83-66 in the Hungarian A Division in Sunday night's game. Pustahvar scored 13 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Falco KC Szombathely (17-10) is placed fourth in Places 1-5 group. Pustahvar has reliable stats this season: 12.7ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.4apg. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. Pustahvar is also Belarusian national team player.

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #5. An experienced former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Brose Baskets (10-19) in their game against Darussafaka (15-14) in the Euroleague. He scored only 4 points in 6 minutes on the court. Brose Baskets was edged 99-97 in Istanbul by the higher-ranked (#9) Darussafaka. Veremeenko's team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Veremeenko's overall stats are: 2.1ppg and 1.5rpg in 24 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Russian. Veremeenko used to play for the Belarusian national team ten years ago.

Valery Gandlin
Valery Gandlin
   #6. Guard Valery Gandlin (192-86, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Ironi Ramat Gan (3-22) in their game against Hasharon (15-10) in the Israeli National League (second division). Despite his very good performance on Tuesday night He was the top scorer with 22 points. Gandlin's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is extremely important. Gandlin's stats this season are: 13.4ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.2apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Belarusian senior team three years ago.

Maksim Salash
Maksim Salash
   #7. International power forward Maksim Salash (206-96, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help Polfarmex (4-22) in their game against Twarde Pierniki (18-9) in the Polish PLK, despite his good performance in Friday night's game. Salash recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. But Polfarmex was crushed 98-77 in Torun by the much higher-ranked (#4) Twarde Pierniki. It was Polfarmex's eighth consecutive loss in a row. This year Salash's total stats are: 4.9ppg and 3.3rpg in 24 games. He is also Belarusian national team player.

Denis Vikentsyeu
Denis Vikentsyeu
   #8. Power forward Denis Vikentsyeu (203-98, currently plays in Latvia) couldn't help Ventspils Augstskola (14-2) in their game against ViA (16-6) in the Latvian LBL2 (second division). Despite his very good performance last Monday Vikentsyeu recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 6 assists. This season Vikentsyeu has very high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 10.7rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg. Vikentsyeu plays currently for the Belarusian U18 national team.

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

   #1. Vladislav Solopa (202-PF-95, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (6-17) 87-72 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Saturday night. He scored 6 points in 15 minutes. SCM CSU Craiova (7-16) is placed third in Places 7-10 group. Solopa's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. Solopa has averaged so far 3.6ppg and 2.5rpg in 20 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Moldovan. Despite Solopa's Belarusian passport, he previously played for the Moldovan U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belarusian team.



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

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

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

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

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

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



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Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Jason CLARK
  Antwerp
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Clark, Antwerp17.8 
 2. Bowman, Spirou16.7 
 3. Miller-M., Leuven16.4 
 4. Tofi, Aalstar15.8 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .15.0 
 6. Simpson, Liege14.8 
 7. Troisfontain., Aalst.13.9 
 8. Channels, Kango.13.8 
 9. Samhan, Leuven13.6 
 10. Ubel, Brussels13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Anderson, Antwerp8.2 
 2. Amis, Aalstar7.3 
 3. Badji, Kangoeroes6.6 
 4. Samhan, Leuven6.6 
 5. Fields, Liege6.6 
 6. Ubel, Brussels6.6 
 7. Ware, Antwerp6.4 
 8. Simmons, Brussels6.4 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .6.1 
 10. Tofi, Aalstar5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Miller-M., Leuven5.6 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.5 
 3. Channels, Kango.5.1 
 4. Loubry, Brussels4.8 
 5. Marnegrave, Spirou4.4 
 6. Bosco, Mons-Hai.4.3 
 7. Anderson, Limburg .4.3 
 8. Clark, Antwerp4.0 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .3.7 
 10. Hertay, Liege3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Miller-M., Leuven2.0 
 2. Simpson, Liege1.7 
 3. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 4. Hertay, Liege1.4 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 6. Channels, Kango.1.4 
 7. Billbury, Leuven1.3 
 8. Clark, Antwerp1.3 
 9. Muya, Brussels1.3 
 10. Swing, Limburg United1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill AMIS
  Aalstar
  (206-PF-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Amis, Aalstar1.6 
 2. Fields, Liege1.0 
 3. Boukichou, Oostende1.0 
 4. Ware, Antwerp0.8 
 5. Bako, Leuven0.8 
 6. Ubel, Brussels0.7 
 7. Fusek, Spirou0.7 
 8. Blair, Aalstar0.7 
 9. Henry, Kangoeroes0.6 
 10. Samhan, Leuven0.6 


D2 Stats Leaders

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


Top Division I Round 26: Oxaco climbs to the leadership position - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Top Division I.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Oxaco as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Oxaco defeated 13th ranked Ekeren in Boechout 74-67. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ekeren won fourth quarter 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Ekeren 40-24 including 29 on the defensive glass. Guard Nick Celis (196-88) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Sam Van-Hoey (190-91) chipped in 14 points during the contest. Center Pieter De-Cock (198-93) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Oxaco (19-6) have an impressive five-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Gent Hawks. Ekeren lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth place with 18 games lost. They share the position with RPC Anderlecht. Ekeren will play next round against strong Gent Hawks trying to get back on the winning streak. Oxaco will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Ninane at home.
Leading Gent Hawks (19-6) recorded its sixth loss at the home court. Hosts were edged by sixth ranked Soba (13-12) 78-76. Forward Dries Bogaerts (200-86) notched 21 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and Kenneth van-Kempen supported him with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Even 24 points by guard Laurent Lhote (182-84) did not help to save the game for Gent Hawks. Soba maintains sixth position with 13-12 record. Gent Hawks at the other side still keep top place with six games lost. They share the position with Oxaco. Soba will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Gent Hawks will play on the road against Ekeren and hope to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Gembo BBC (18-7) against fourth ranked Waregem (18-7) on Saturday night. Visiting Gembo BBC was defeated by Waregem in Waregem 96-79. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Gembo BBC. The best player for the winners was Brecht Guillemyn who scored 27 points. Waregem's coach Olivier Foucart used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Eli Van-Aken produced 15 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Waregem have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Gembo BBC.
Houthalen (#5) was upset in Brussels by eighth ranked Royal Brussels 78-65. Rochdi Benzouien orchestrated the victory by scoring 7 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Royal Brussels have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place. Houthalen at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Royal Brussels will have a break next round. Houthalen will play at home against Ieper (#12) and hope to win that game.
Twelfth ranked Ieper (9-17) crushed at home 14th ranked RPC Anderlecht (6-18) by 28 points 78-50, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Ruben Luyten scored 28 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ieper maintains twelfth position with 9-17 record. RPC Anderlecht lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 18 games lost. Ieper will face higher ranked Houthalen (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

In the last two games of round 26 Melsele destroyed Ninane on the opponent's court 84-63. Giants B managed to outperform Gistel Oostende in a home game 103-99.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 24 points by Bart Maesen of Houthalen.

Royal Brussels - Houthalen 78-65

Houthalen (#5) was upset in Brussels by eighth ranked Royal Brussels 78-65. It looked good early as Houthalen took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Royal Brussels had a 18-9 second period charge getting the lead and Houthalen was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-78. Point guard Rochdi Benzouien (184-96, agency: Promotex) orchestrated the victory by scoring 7 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Thomas Creppy (197-90) contributed with 10 points and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Bart Maesen (198-89) replied with 24 points and M Miayingwamoa added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Houthalen. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Royal Brussels have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place. Houthalen at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Royal Brussels will have a break next round. Houthalen will play at home against Ieper (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Royal Brussels: E.Vangu 14+3reb, T.Creppy 10+4reb+5ast, C.De Medina 9+5reb+1ast, Y. Tshupula 8+1reb+2ast, J. Nyamssi 8+5reb, N.Botuli 7+2reb+2ast
Houthalen: B.Maesen 24+4reb+1ast, C.Koonings 10+3reb+1ast, D.Snyers 10+3reb+2ast, M. Miayingwamoa 9+7reb, J.Smith 8+4reb+2ast, Y.De Leeuw 2+9reb+1ast
gschID: 488886


Ieper - RPC Anderlecht 78-50

Twelfth ranked Ieper (9-17) crushed at home 14th ranked RPC Anderlecht (6-18) by 28 points 78-50, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Ieper. RPC Anderlecht was better in third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding RPC Anderlecht to just 4 points in first quarter. Ieper forced 19 RPC Anderlecht turnovers and had a 36-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Ruben Luyten (195-91) scored 28 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Spanish center Malick Fall (211-92) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Leon Nziye (-87) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Jad Riahi (171-95) scored 8 points and 4 steals. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ieper maintains twelfth position with 9-17 record. RPC Anderlecht lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 18 games lost. Ieper will face higher ranked Houthalen (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Ieper: R.Luyten 28+6reb+3ast, M.Fall 14+8reb+1ast, M.Diop 10+4reb+1ast, A.Schepens 9+8reb+1ast, G.Dierickx 5+1reb+1ast, R.Mestdagh 5+5reb
RPC Anderlecht: L.Nziye 14+8reb+1ast, J.Riahi 8+3reb, G.Hockins 7+2reb+2ast, C.Tshimuanga 7+3reb, J. Mukoko 6+1reb, S.Chapelle 4+4reb
gschID: 488885


Gent Hawks - Soba 76-78

Leading Gent Hawks (19-6) recorded its sixth loss at the home court. Hosts were edged by sixth ranked Soba (13-12) 78-76. Gent Hawks cut a 13-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. Soba dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Gent Hawks' 22 and made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Forward Dries Bogaerts (200-86) notched 21 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and Dutch center Kenneth van-Kempen (207-87, college: Ohio, agency: Court Side) supported him with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four Soba players scored in double figures. Even 24 points by guard Laurent Lhote (182-84) did not help to save the game for Gent Hawks. Forward Maxime Verspeeten (194-94) added 16 points for the hosts. Soba maintains sixth position with 13-12 record. Gent Hawks at the other side still keep top place with six games lost. They share the position with Oxaco. Soba will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Gent Hawks will play on the road against Ekeren and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Soba: D.Bogaerts 21+6reb+3ast, J.Balanga 21+1reb, K.van Kempen 16+6reb+1ast, R.Haerbos 11+3reb, V.Vanden Berghe 4+3reb, S.Ronge 4+1reb
Gent Hawks: L.Lhote 24+1reb+2ast, M.Verspeeten 16+2reb+2ast, R.Van den Berghe 9+5reb+1ast, J.Vermoessen 9+4reb+3ast, J.Vermoessen 7+5reb, S.Stevens 6
gschID: 488883


Waregem - Gembo BBC 96-79

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Gembo BBC (18-7) against fourth ranked Waregem (18-7) on Saturday night. Visiting Gembo BBC was defeated by Waregem in Waregem 96-79. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Gembo BBC. The game without a history. Waregem led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was swingman Brecht Guillemyn (192-87) who scored 27 points. Center Bart-Willy Samaey (199-87) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Waregem's coach Olivier Foucart used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Eli Van-Aken (193-85) produced 15 points and 6 rebounds and forward Sam Renier (187-92) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Waregem have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Gembo BBC.
Top scorers:
Waregem: B.Guillemyn 27+4reb+1ast, A.Steinbach 19+1reb+1ast, T.Foucart 18+5reb, B.Willy Samaey 14+8reb+2ast, A.Van Vooren 7+5reb, R.Naudts 5+3reb
Gembo BBC: S.Renier 17+3reb, E.Van Aken 15+6reb, J.Bouckaert 14+2reb, A.Vermeersch 10+7reb+1ast, T.Goethaert 7+3reb+1ast, P.Van Rillaer 7+5reb
gschID: 488882


Oxaco - Ekeren 74-67

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Oxaco as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Oxaco defeated 13th ranked Ekeren in Boechout 74-67. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ekeren won fourth quarter 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Ekeren 40-24 including 29 on the defensive glass. Guard Nick Celis (196-88) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Sam Van-Hoey (190-91) chipped in 14 points during the contest. Center Pieter De-Cock (198-93) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and guard Dave Van-den-Brande (189-82) scored 8 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Oxaco (19-6) have an impressive five-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Gent Hawks. Ekeren lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth place with 18 games lost. They share the position with RPC Anderlecht. Ekeren will play next round against strong Gent Hawks trying to get back on the winning streak. Oxaco will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Ninane at home.
Top scorers:
Oxaco: N.Celis 21+12reb+3ast, S.Van Hoey 14+4reb+1ast, G.Nau 10+4reb, D.De Hoon 8+3reb+1ast, M.Van Gelder 6+4reb+1ast, C.Pegg 6+2reb+1ast
Ekeren: P.De Cock 17+5reb, A.Rojas Palma 11+1reb, F.Biot 10+3reb+1ast, D.Van den Brande 8+7reb+1ast, D.Van Herzeele 7+3reb+1ast, Z.Peeters 5+1ast
gschID: 488884


Ninane - Melsele 63-84

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 9th ranked Ninane (10-15) was crushed at home by tenth ranked Melsele (10-15) 84-63 on Friday. The game without a history. Melsele led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Melsele outrebounded Ninane 39-27 including 30 on the defensive glass. Dutch power forward Patrick Hilliman (206-82, college: High Point) scored 26 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Ivan Perez (185-90) chipped in 10 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. Four Melsele players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Francois Lhoest (196-85) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and Romain Fassotte (190-91) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Melsele moved-up to ninth place, which they share with defeated Ninane. Melsele will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Melsele: P.Hilliman 26+8reb+2ast, F.Torreborre 18+4reb, T.Lamot 14+3reb+4ast, I.Perez 10+5reb+8ast, A.Kabeya 7+8reb+2ast, N.Dhooge 7+6reb+1ast
Ninane: F.Lhoest 18+8reb+3ast, R.Fassotte 13+8reb+3ast, S.Maio 9+1reb+5ast, J.Dedave 8, R.Allemand 7+3ast, X.Colette 5+6reb+4ast
gschID: 488880


Giants B - Gistel Oostende 103-99

Rather predictable result in Antwerp where eighth ranked Giants B (12-15) defeated 11th ranked Gistel Oostende (9-16) 103-99 on Friday. Giants B dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Gistel Oostende's 48. Gistel Oostende was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda (186-96) scored 24 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and center Bert Van-Den-Broek (201-92) chipped in 25 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Power forward Tim Lambrecht (206-98, agency: Court Side) responded with 25 points and 9 rebounds and Croatian forward Luka Kotrulja (196-98) scored 26 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Giants B maintains eighth position with 12-15 record. Loser Gistel Oostende keeps the eleventh place with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Giants B: B.Van Den Broek 25+12reb, O.Kanda-Kanyinda 24+8reb+6ast, R.Rogiers 20+8reb+1ast, M.Mwendanga 11+3reb+4ast, T.Vervoort 7+5reb+2ast, K.Van Den Langenbergh 5+2reb+1ast
Gistel Oostende: L.Kotrulja 26+4reb+3ast, T.Lambrecht 25+9reb+1ast, A.Baptista 18+6reb+4ast, J.Kohajda 10+9reb, S.Buysschaert 6+2reb, S.Hemeleers 5+4reb+8ast
gschID: 488881





Sam Van Rossom selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in EuroCup). He could not help Valencia Basket (6-0) in their last game. Despite Van Rossom's good performance the league leader Valencia Basket lost 71-79 on the road to the second-ranked Unicaja Malaga. He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Van Rossom also added 5 passes in 21 minutes on the court. It's Van Rossom's fourth season with the team. This year he averages: 5.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 43.9%, 3FGP: 31.0% and FT: 92.9% in 21 games he played so far. Van Rossom is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Maxime De Zeeuw
Maxime De Zeeuw
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Maxime De Zeeuw (206-87, currently plays in Germany). He contributed to a EWE Baskets' victory against the closely-ranked ALBA Berlin (17-11) 93-81 in the German BBL last Sunday. De Zeeuw recorded 9 points. EWE Baskets Oldenburg (14-12) is placed seventh in the BBL. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. It's De Zeeuw's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 9.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 43.7% and FT: 83.7%. Ex-Verviers-Pepinster player is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Jonathan Tabu (189-85, currently plays in Spain). Tabu was not able to help RETAbet BB in their game against Real Madrid (18-7) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He scored 9 points, made 5 passes and 3 steals in 23 minutes. But RETAbet BB was crushed 104-76 in Madrid by the higher-ranked (#4) Real. It was RETAbet BB's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Tabu's overall stats are: 7.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.4apg, 2FGP: 39.7%, 3FGP: 36.8% and FT: 81.0% in 20 games. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Congolese. Tabu is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Kevin Tumba
Kevin Tumba
   #4. Power forward Kevin Tumba (205-91, currently plays in Spain) helped UCAM Murcia win their game against the league leader CB Canarias (19-7) 79-68 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He scored 6 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (10-15) is placed 11th in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Tumba's total stats this season are: 3.1ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.1bpg. He is another player who holds two passports: DR Congolese and Belgian. Tumba is also Belgian national team player.

Quentin Serron
Quentin Serron
   #5. International guard Quentin Serron (190-90, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Gravelines-Dunkerque (14-11) in their last game. Despite his good performance Gravelines-Dunkerque was badly defeated 92-72 on the opponent's court by the leading Monaco. Serron recorded 10 points in 19 minutes. It was Gravelines-Dunkerque's first loss after three consecutive victories. This year Serron's total stats are: 2.8ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.3apg in six games. He plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #6. An experienced forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jonathan Tabu and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Hervelle couldn't help RETAbet BB (10-13) in their game against Real Madrid (18-7). He scored 5 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. RETAbet BB was crushed 104-76 in Madrid by the higher-ranked Real (#4). Hervelle has been at the team for seven years. Hervelle has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belgian National Team roster.

Retin Obasohan
Retin Obasohan
   #7. International guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, college: Alabama, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Scandone AV (15-10) in their game against Umana Venezia (17-8) in the Italian Serie A. Obasohan cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. Scandone AV was edged 78-75 in Venezia by the second-ranked Umana. Obasohan has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.5apg. He is also Belgian national team player.

Gael Hulsen
Gael Hulsen
   #8. Swingman Gael Hulsen (193-90, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help SG Schwelmer Baskets (21-5) in their game against Muenster (20-6) in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). Hulsen scored 7 points. The first-placed SG Schwelmer Baskets (21-5) was defeated 89-82 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Muenster in the West group. It was SG Schwelmer Baskets' first loss after six consecutive victories. The Regular Season already ended. Hulsen has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.7apg. He used to play for the Belgian U20 national team back in 2009.

Dimitri Lauwers
Dimitri Lauwers
   #9. Former international point guard Dimitri Lauwers (187-79, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Bergamo Basket 2014 to win against the sixth-ranked Faenza (16-11) 86-77 in the Italian Serie B (third division) last Sunday. Lauwers scored only 4 points. Bergamo Basket 2014 (22-5) is placed second in Group B. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Lauwers has averaged so far 2.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.7apg. He used to play for the Belgian national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Jonathan Dubas (204-F/C-91, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked Lugano Tigers (15-8) crushing them 80-52 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game. Dubas had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 14 rebounds in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. BBC Monthey (16-7) is placed second. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Dubas has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg in 23 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Swiss.

   #2. Ruphin Kayembe (200-F/C-92, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Rueil (18-13) crushing them 84-62 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. Kayembe recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. BC Souffelweyersheim (20-11) is placed third in the NM1. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Kayembe has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.7apg in 30 games. He is another player who holds two passports: DR Congolese and Belgian.

   #3. Leigh Enobakhare (206-C-86, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Holland) managed to help Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden to win against one of league's weakest teams Rotterdam (4-21) 86-72 in the Dutch Eredivisie in Saturday night's game. Enobakhare scored only 2 points. Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (17-9) is placed third in the Eredivisie. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Enobakhare has averaged so far 3.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.2bpg and 1.1spg. He has both Nigerian and Belgian nationalities.

   #4. Stan Leemans (205-C-92, currently plays in Switzerland). Leemans could not help Fribourg (3-0) to beat Starwings (11-12). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Leemans scored only 2 points in 12 minutes. The first-placed Fribourg (3-0) was edged 74-72 on the road by the lower-ranked (#6) Starwings in the Places 1-6 group. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be extremely important. Leemans has averaged so far 1.4ppg and 1.2rpg in 17 games. He also holds two passports: Belgian and Swiss.

   #5. Charly Pontens (190-PG-95, currently plays in France) was not able to help ADA Blois in their game against ALM Evreux (13-12) in the French ProB (second division). Pontens cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 10 minutes. ADA Blois was edged 76-74 in Evreux by the lower-ranked (#8) ALM Evreux. Pontens has averaged so far 3.1ppg and 1.6apg in 22 games. He has dual citizenship: Belgian and French.



Codi Miller-McIntyre claims Belgian Euromillions League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Codi Miller-McIntyre (190-G-94) put on an amazing game in the last round for Leuven and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 22-year old guard had the game-high 33 points adding five rebounds and five assists for Leuven in his team's victory, helping them to beat Liege (#10, 6-22) 93-82. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on top of the standings. Leuven maintains the 9th position in Belgian Euromillions League. 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. Leuven have already lost 19 games and recorded just eight victories. In the team's last game Miller-McIntyre had a remarkable 81.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Leuven's top player in his first season with the team. Codi Miller-McIntyre averages this season 16.4ppg and 5.6apg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old Romanian center Alexandru Olah (213-C-93) of Mons-Hainaut. Olah impressed basketball fans with 25 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he led Mons-Hainaut to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Spirou (#7, 12-15) 98-76. Mons-Hainaut's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-16 record. Olah is a newcomer at Mons-Hainaut 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 Jason Clark (188-G-90) of second-ranked Antwerp. Clark scored 23 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of Antwerp, leading his team to a 98-80 easy win against the lower-ranked Aalstar (#5, 14-14). Antwerp needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 9 lost games. Clark has a great season in Belgium. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.8ppg (best scorer) and assists with 4.0apg (8th best). He also has FGP: 52.7% and 3PT: 40.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Terrance Henry (206-F-89) of Kangoeroes - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Devin Sweetney (198-G/F-87) of Liege - 30 points and 6 rebounds
6. Demitrius Conger (196-F-90) of Antwerp - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Lionel Bosco (175-PG-81) of Mons-Hainaut - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Chris Dowe (193-G/F-91) of Brussels - 20 points and 6 rebounds
9. Bill Amis (206-PF-87) of Aalstar - 16 points and 11 rebounds
10. Brandon Ubel (209-F/C-91) of Brussels - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists

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



Belgian Top Division I round 26 best performance: Patrick Hilliman - by Eurobasket News

Dutch Power forward Patrick Hilliman (206-F/C-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for Melsele, receiving a Eurobasket.com Top Division I Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 34-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Ninane (10-15) with 21-point margin 84-63. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Melsele is placed at 9th position in Belgian Top Division I. Melsele is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-15 record. It's Hilliman's second year at Melsele and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former High Point University star has very solid stats this year. Hilliman is in league's top in points (7th best: 16.4ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 9.5rpg) and averages impressive 59.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Bert Van Den Broek (201-C-92) of Giants B. Van Den Broek had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Giants B to edge the lower-ranked Gistel Oostende (#11, 9-16) 103-99. Giants B's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-15 record. Van Den Broek is one of the most experienced players at Giants B and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Giants B's star - guard Ordane Kanda-Kanyinda (186-PG-96). Kanda-Kanyinda showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was another key player of Giants B, helping his team with a 103-99 win against the lower-ranked Gistel Oostende (#11, 9-16). The chances of Giants B ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Kanda-Kanyinda could help Giants B to bring them higher in the standings. Kanda-Kanyinda has a very solid season. In 16 games in Belgium he scored 13.7ppg. He also has 4.9rpg, 3.3apg and FGP: 50.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tim Lambrecht (206-F/C-98) of Gistel Oostende - 25 points and 9 rebounds
5. Luka Kotrulja (196-F-98) of Gistel Oostende - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Nick Celis (196-G-88) of Oxaco - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Ruben Luyten (195-F-91) of Ieper - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Brecht Guillemyn (192-F/G-87) of Waregem - 27 points and 4 rebounds
9. Bart Maesen (198-F-89) of Houthalen - 24 points and 4 rebounds
10. Dries Bogaerts (200-F-86) of Soba - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

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

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

Antwerp - Aalstar 98-80

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


Brussels - Limburg United 92-84

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


Leuven - Liege 93-82

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


Mons-Hainaut - Spirou 98-76

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


Kangoeroes - Oostende 79-75

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





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D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.20.4 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak19.0 
 3. Kovacevic, Spars S.17.9 
 4. Jovanovic, Spars S.17.2 
 5. Negovanovic, Gradj.16.4 
 6. Hasandic, Sloboda .16.2 
 7. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.15.8 
 8. Pelkic, Leotar15.0 
 9. Stanojevic, Mlado.14.3 
 10. Markovic, Gradj.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Obrad TOMIC
  Kakanj
  (206-C-93)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Tomic, Kakanj9.8 
 2. Kastropil, Siroki P.8.2 
 3. Markovic, Gradj.7.6 
 4. Pelkic, Leotar7.5 
 5. Stanojevic, Mlado.7.4 
 6. Durmo, Spars S.7.3 
 7. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.7.1 
 8. Marojevic, Gradj.7.1 
 9. Karacic, Siroki P.6.9 
 10. Kadic, Bosnjak6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jan MOCNIK
  Siroki P.
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Mocnik, Siroki P.7.7 
 2. Knezevic, Zrinjski.6.1 
 3. Fekete, Leotar4.5 
 4. Princ, Zrinjski HT4.5 
 5. Zahiragic, Spars S.3.9 
 6. Aleksic, Mladost3.9 
 7. Vasiljevic, Bosna-Ro.3.9 
 8. Luzajic, Leotar3.7 
 9. Svilar, Kakanj3.7 
 10. Dovadzija, Bosnjak3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.2.5 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak2.2 
 3. Brown, Sloboda .2.0 
 4. Mocnik, Siroki P.1.7 
 5. Princ, Zrinjski HT1.6 
 6. Zahiragic, Spars S.1.4 
 7. Samadan, Zrinjski.1.4 
 8. Ikonic, Bosna-Royal1.3 
 9. Sarajlic, Bosnjak1.3 
 10. Kovacevic, Spars S.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Franko KASTROPIL
  Siroki P.
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Kastropil, Siroki P.1.1 
 2. Sturanovic, Bosna-Ro.1.0 
 3. Karacic, Siroki P.1.0 
 4. Brummitt, Zrinjski.0.8 
 5. Pelkic, Leotar0.7 
 6. Marojevic, Gradj.0.6 
 7. Latifagic, Sloboda .0.6 
 8. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.0.6 
 9. Milosevic, Gradjanski0.6 
 10. Tomic, Kakanj0.6 


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

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

Zack Wright
Zack Wright
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He led his French team Monaco to a 3-point victory over the fifth-ranked Banco di Srd (7-7) 79-76 in the Basketball Champions League in Wednesday night's game. Wright was MVP of the game. He scored 26 points (!!!), grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 38 minutes on the court. AS Monaco Basket (12-2) is placed first in group A. It's Wright's first season with the team. Wright has relatively good stats this year: 11.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.7apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 43.6%, 3FGP: 31.0% and FT: 73.8% in 18 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Wright is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Bosnia.

Jusuf Nurkic
Jusuf Nurkic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Jusuf Nurkic (213-94, currently plays in NBA). Nurkic was the major contributor in a Portland Trail Blazers' victory against the Denver Nuggets (36-40) 122-113 in the NBA last Tuesday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 33 points and getting 16 rebounds. Nurkic also added 3 blocks. The Portland Trail Blazers have 38-37 record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Nurkic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 10.3rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0bpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 51.1% and FT: 66.0%. Nurkic has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian U16 national team, Nurkic is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Andrija Stipanovic
Andrija Stipanovic
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey). He led Demir IBB to a victory over the league outsider TED Kolejliler (2-22) crushing them 96-73 in the Turkish BSL on Sunday night. Stipanovic was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 17 rebounds. Stipanovic also added 7 assists in 25 minutes. Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece Basket (7-17) is placed 14th in the BSL. They ended the series of ten consecutive loses. This year Stipanovic's overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 56.6%(99-175) and FT: 62.7% in 24 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Stipanovic is also a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #4. Small forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Science City Jena (10-16) crushing them 98-68 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game. He recorded 15 points and had 3 steals. FC Bayern Muenchen (23-3) is placed third in the BBL. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. Djedovic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Bayern Muenchen's roster. Djedovic's total stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3apg. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and German nationalities. Djedovic is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Ivan Ramljak
Ivan Ramljak
   #5. Former U18 international small forward Ivan Ramljak (203-90, currently plays in Croatia) was the main contributor in a KK Zadar's victory against the closely-ranked Cibona (16-6) 90-80 in the Croatian A1 last Sunday. He was the top player that evening. Ramljak recorded 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes. KK Zadar (9-10) is placed sixth in the A1. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Ramljak's total stats are: 9.2ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.0apg in nine games. He also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Ramljak used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team twelve years ago.

Dzanan Musa
Dzanan Musa
   #6. Shooting guard Dzanan Musa (204-99, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to Cedevita's victory against the closely-ranked Partizan (19-7) 87-78 in the ABA League in Sunday night's game. Musa was the top player that evening. He scored 16 points in a mere 17 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. KK Cedevita Zagreb (20-6) is placed second in the ABA League. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Musa has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 1.6rpg in 19 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

Elmedin Kikanovic
Elmedin Kikanovic
   #7. International center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany) could not help ALBA Berlin (17-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Kikanovic's very good performance ALBA Berlin was defeated 93-81 on the road by the lower-ranked EWE Baskets (#7). He was the top scorer with 18 points. Kikanovic also added 6 rebounds. This season Kikanovic has very high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.6apg. Kikanovic is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Nikola Gajic
Nikola Gajic
   #8. Swingman Nikola Gajic (195-91, college: SF Austin, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to a KK Primorska's victory against the fourth-ranked Terme Olimia (6-7) 78-72 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last Sunday. He scored 16 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 29 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Gajic's third season in pro basketball. Sixt Primorska (11-2) is placed first in Places 7-12 group. Gajic has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.5spg in 25 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Ognjen Kuzmic
Ognjen Kuzmic
   #9. Former international center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd in a victory against the league outsider Unics Kazan (7-22) 83-65 in the Euroleague on Friday night. Kuzmic scored 5 points and added 4 assists in 21 minutes. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (16-13) is placed eighth in the Euroleague. His team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. Kuzmic has averaged so far 9.3ppg and 7.0rpg in 29 games. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team five years ago.

Miralem Halilovic
Miralem Halilovic
   #10. Forward Miralem Halilovic (205-91, currently plays in Croatia) helped GKK Sibenik win their game against the closely-ranked Jolly (17-6) 87-77 in a derby game in the Croatian A1 last Saturday. Halilovic scored 9 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 22 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. GKK Sibenik (19-4) is placed second in the A1. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Halilovic has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 7.3rpg, 3.5apg, 1.3bpg and 1.3spg in 22 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

   #11. Former international point guard Filip Adamovic (183-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Romania) helped UBT Cluj Napoca win their game against the fifth-ranked BC Timisoara crushing them 96-66 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Wednesday night. Adamovic was the top player that evening. He scored 18 points, made 7 passes and 5 steals. Adamovic has reliable stats this season: 12.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 6.2apg and 2.2spg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team three years ago.

   #12. International point guard Alex Renfroe (191-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, college: Belmont, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his Spanish team FC Barcelona win their game against the closely-ranked Maccabi T-A 76-71 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Renfroe scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Renfroe has averaged so far 3.9ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.6apg. He is a naturalized American. Renfroe is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. Apparently he has never played in Bosnia.

   #13. Former U16 international forward Dejan Todorovic (197-94, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help RETAbet BB (10-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance RETAbet BB was crushed 104-76 in Madrid by the higher-ranked Real (#4). Todorovic scored 10 points. Todorovic has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 1.8rpg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 national team eight years ago.

   #14. International point guard Nemanja Gordic (193-88, currently plays in ABA League) helped his Montenegrin team Buducnost win their game against the league leader Crvena Zvezda 63-57 in the ABA League last Tuesday. Gordic scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Gordic has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.6apg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #15. Former international power forward Miroslav Todic (205-85, agency: Diamond Sports, currently plays in Greece) helped Promitheas win their game against the 12th-ranked Kymis crushing them 81-57 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. Todic scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Todic averaged so far 10.6ppg and 5.2rpg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Dino Pita (195-G-88, currently plays in Poland) led Krosno to a victory over the league outsider Siarka (4-23) crushing them 104-73 in the Polish PLK on Saturday night. He was the top player that evening. Pita recorded 25 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Miasto Szkla Krosno (15-12) is placed seventh in the PLK. Pita has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.7apg. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Swedish.

   #2. Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to Zlatorog's victory against the third-ranked Krka (2-1) 81-74 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM on Wednesday night. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds. Rizvic also added 4 assists and 3 steals in 36 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Zlatorog Lasko (2-1) is placed second. This year Rizvic has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 5.6rpg and 2.3apg in 26 games he played so far.

   #3. Boris Barac (205-F-92, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Gorica (4-18) 99-81 in the Croatian A1 in Sunday night's game. He scored 16 points and added 6 assists. KK Zadar (9-10) is placed sixth in the A1. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Barac has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.4apg.

   #4. Experienced Mile Ilic (215-C-84, currently plays in Lebanon) was the major contributor in Tadamon's victory against the fourth-ranked Champville (8-13) 92-76 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL on Sunday night. Ilic recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 18 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Tadamon Zouk (8-13) is placed third in Group B. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Ilic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 20.0ppg, 12.5rpg and 2.5apg. Ilic is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian.

   #5. Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to Cibona's victory against the closely-ranked KK Zagreb (10-13) 91-87 in a derby game in the Croatian A1 in Thursday night's game. He scored 11 points and added 3 assists in 22 minutes. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (16-6) is placed fifth in the A1. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Bosnjak has averaged so far 5.2ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.6apg in 22 games.

   #6. Simo Atanackovic (206-F-90, currently plays in Slovenia) could not help Helios (0-3) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance the fifth-placed Helios was crushed 96-73 on the road by the higher-ranked Un.Olimpija (#4) in the Places 1-6 group. Atanackovic recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. This season Atanackovic has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.2spg. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian nationalities. Despite Atanackovic's Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, he previously played for the Slovenian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.

   #7. Robert Rothbart (217-C-86, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Israel) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Maccabi Ashdod crushing them 90-69 in the Israeli Winner League in Monday night's game. Rothbart recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Rothbart has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 4.3rpg. He also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israeli.

   #8. Dejan Cup (202-PF-83, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Slovenia) was not able to help Hopsi Polzela in their game against Rogaska in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM, despite his very good performance in Wednesday night's game. Cup was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 6 rebounds, passed 5 assists and added 2 blocks in 32 minutes. But his team lost 62-76. Cup's stats this year are: 14.7ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg in 24 games. He has dual citizenship: Serbian and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

   #9. Aleksandar Todorovic (206-C/F-87, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to secure a victory for Borac in their game against Spartak in the Serbian KLS, despite his good performance on Wednesday night. Todorovic scored 11 points in 22 minutes. But his team lost 75-82. Todorovic's stats this year are: 12.9ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.1apg in 24 games.

   #10. Dragan Bender (213-PF-97, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Phoenix Suns in their game against the Houston Rockets in the NBA. Bender scored 9 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in only 14 minutes. His team lost 116-123 in the NBA. Bender has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 2.3rpg in 39 games. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian passports.



Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I round 5 (Second Stage) best performance: Drasko Knezevic - by Eurobasket News

International Point guard Drasko Knezevic (186-PG-93) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Zrinjski HT, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (30 points, two rebounds and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Bosna-Royal (#4, 3-2) 81-78. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Zrinjski HT maintains the 2nd position in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. They are still close to the very top. Zrinjski HT would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. In the team's last game Knezevic had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Zrinjski HT's top player in his first season with the team. Drasko Knezevic has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.4ppg. Knezevic is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 6.1apg) and averages impressive 2.5spg and 60.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 37-year old former international forward Mujo Tuljkovic (202-F-79, agency: BeoBasket) of Bosnjak. Tuljkovic had a very good evening with 32 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Bosnjak was edged by slightly higher-ranked Mladost (#8, 3-1) 91-88. Bosnjak is still in a red zone at 10th spot in the standings. 3 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Bosnjak managed to get this Second Stage. Tuljkovic is one of the most experienced players at Bosnjak and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.0ppg (#2). He also registered 5.7 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Serbian guard Marko Josilo (200-G-92) of Bosna-Royal (#4). Josilo scored 17 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Josilo's great performance Bosna-Royal lost 78-81 to #2 ranked Zrinjski HT. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Bosna-Royal needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Josilo has a very solid season. In 5 games in Bosnia he scored 12.0ppg. Marko Josilo has also Bosnia and Herzegovina passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mateo Colak (206-C/F-98) of Siroki Primorka - 25 points and 11 rebounds
5. Jan Mocnik (178-PG-87) of Siroki Primorka - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 14 assists
6. Stefan Djordjevic (206-C-89) of Spars Sarajevo - 20 points and 10 rebounds
7. Amir Dovadzija (193-G-84) of Bosnjak - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists
8. Sasa Vasiljevic (183-PG-79) of Bosna-Royal - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Dalibor Persic (196-SF-85) of Siroki Primorka - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Torrion Brummitt (201-F) of Zrinjski HT - 17 points and 5 rebounds

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



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Paulista Stats Leaders

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


Rafael Hettsheimer selected the top Brazilian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (11-15) in their last game. Despite Hettsheimer's very good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was edged 101-99 in a derby game by the higher-ranked (#4) Real Madrid. He was the second best scorer with 18 points (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in a mere 18 minutes on the court. This year Hettsheimer averages: 7.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 46.2% and FT: 85.7% in nine games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. Ex-Paschoalotto/Bauru player is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Nene Hilario
Nene Hilario
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international center Nene Hilario (211-82, currently plays in NBA). Hilario led Houston Rockets to a victory against the Phoenix Suns (22-56) 123-116 in the NBA last Sunday. He scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Houston Rockets have a solid 52-25 record this season. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. It's Hilario's first year with the team. Hilario has relatively good stats this season: 9.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 62.0%(227-366), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 59.8%. He is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Hatila Passos
Hatila Passos
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Hatila Passos (211-85, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Uruguay). Passos contributed to a 1-point Malvin's victory against the fifth-ranked Bigua (7-7) 66-65 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB on Monday night. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 15 rebounds in 37 minutes. Malvin Montevideo (7-7) is placed fourth in Promocional 1 group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Passos' overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 10.5rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 64.6%(106-164) and FT: 53.4% in 28 games. Former Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo starter played for the Brazilian national team seven years ago.

Rafael Freire Luz
Rafael Freire Luz
   #4. Point guard Rafael Freire Luz (188-92, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Galatasaray (10-19) crushing them 103-80 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. He scored 6 points. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (17-12) is placed fifth in the Euroleague. Freire Luz's team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Freire Luz's total stats this season are: 2.2ppg and 1.5apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish. Freire Luz is also Brazilian national team player.

Augusto Lima
Augusto Lima
   #5. International center Augusto Lima (207-91, currently plays in Lithuania) managed to help B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas in a victory against the seventh-ranked P.Zvaigzdes (12-17) crushing them 94-70 in the Lithuanian LKL last Sunday. He scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 15 minutes. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (26-3) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Lima's total stats are: 6.2ppg and 4.5rpg in 26 games. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Jonathan Tavernari
Jonathan Tavernari
   #6. Small forward Jonathan Tavernari (197-87, college: BYU, currently plays in Italy) led Mens Sana 1871 to a victory over the 11th-ranked Lighthouse TR (13-14) 85-71 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Sunday night. Tavernari was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points. Mens Sana 1871 Siena (13-14) is placed 12th in West group. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Tavernari has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg and 4.5rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Brazilian senior team seven years ago.

Raul Neto
Raul Neto
   #7. International point guard Raul Neto (185-92, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an Utah Jazz's victory against the New Orleans Pelicans (33-44) 108-100 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Neto scored 5 points in 18 minutes. The Utah Jazz has a solid 47-30 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Neto averages only 2.6ppg in 39 games. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #8. Power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Philadelphia 76ers in their game against the Toronto Raptors (47-30) in the NBA. Splitter scored 6 points. The Philadelphia 76ers (27-50) were defeated 113-105 on the road by the Raptors. It was 76ers' third consecutive loss in a row. Splitter has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 2.3rpg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2014.

Leonardo Demetrio
Leonardo Demetrio
   #9. International forward Leonardo Demetrio (203-94, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Lleida Basquet (15-15) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Demetrio's good performance Lleida Basquet was defeated 92-82 in S'Arenal by the higher-ranked Palma (#8). He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Demetrio's first season with the team. Demetrio has reliable stats this year: 10.6ppg and 5.6rpg. He is also in the roster of the Brazilian national team.

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

   #1. Diego Soarez (205-C-87, currently plays in Uruguay). Soarez could not help U Universitario (10-4) to beat Defensor (6-8). He scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 14 minutes. The second-placed U Universitario (10-4) was crushed 105-80 in a derby game by the lower-ranked (#7) Defensor in the Promocional 1 group. Soarez has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 3.6rpg in 28 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Uruguayan.

   #2. Thiago Makluf (210-C-87, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to a 3-point Al Moutahed's victory against the leader Al Riyadi (16-5) 90-87 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL last Saturday. Makluf scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 13 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group B. Al Moutahed Tripoli (12-9) is placed second. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Makluf has averaged so far 1.3ppg and 1.3rpg in 13 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Lebanese.

   #3. Experienced Kazuya Hatano (192-F-82, currently plays in Japan) managed to help Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa to win against the third-ranked Diamond Dolphins (23-26) 83-69 in the Japanese B League on Sunday night. Hatano scored only 4 points. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group West. Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa (24-25) is placed second. Hatano has averaged so far 2.8ppg and 2.6rpg. He has both Brazilian and Japanese nationalities.

   #4. Renato Ribeiro (190-F-95, currently plays in Portugal) was not able to help Guifoes in their game against Sangalhos (5-5) in the Portuguese Proliga (second division). Ribeiro scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 28 minutes. Buthis team lost 62-67 at home to the lower-ranked (#5) Sangalhos in the Places 9-16 group. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. Ribeiro has averaged so far 5.8ppg and 3.8rpg in 23 games.

   #5. Clement Faroux (188-G-93, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Lorient (13-18) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Lorient was edged 86-85 on their home court in Lorient by the much higher-ranked Orchesien BC (#6). Faroux recorded 11 points, 4 assists and 4 steals. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Faroux has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3spg. He also holds two passports: Brazilian and French. Despite Faroux's Brazilian nationality, he previously played for the French U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Brazilian team.

   #6. Daniel Aleixo (210-C-0, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Real Betis SVL 2 in their game against Novaschool in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Aleixo scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 14 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 91-74. Aleixo has averaged so far 3.6ppg and 4.1rpg in 13 games.

   #7. Gabriel de Oliveira (206-PF-97, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Iserlohn in their game against Karlsruhe PS in the German ProB (third division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. de Oliveira scored only 3 points. His team was defeated 84-75. de Oliveira has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 2.2rpg. He has dual citizenship: Brazilian and German.

   #8. Leandro Miranda (205-C-91, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Ponferrada CDP in their game against Gijon in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Miranda scored 5 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 23 minutes. His team was edged 75-74. Miranda has averaged so far 7.2ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.7bpg in 12 games.



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Smith & Bristol Flyers zoom in on Play Offs - by David Edole

Leslee Smith and the Bristol Flyers kept their play-off hopes alive with an important win, beating Leeds Force 85-77, on Saturday April 1, 2017 and moving even closer to the final play-off spot.
Force opened the scoring with a neat pick and roll finding Robert Marsden, on his way to ten first quarter points, for the open two-pointer.

Mike Vigor answered back by converting two free-throws to tie the score. Vigor was found again but failed to cash in with a lay-up at point blank range.

Force looked to take advantage on the following possession but Flyers locked down defensively, causing a 24-second shot clock violation. Bristol then found Brandon Boggs on a breakaway slam dunk to energise the home crowd early on.

Flyers' offence was clicking as all five starters scored in the first quarter, though Force were more efficient on the offensive end, shooting 52% in a tightly contested opening period. After one the score was tied at 22 apiece.

Flyers had 47 points and Leeds 41 at the break.

Smith comes into play

After an offensively charged first half, Flyers looked to continue their attacking success by posting up Leslee J. Smith to open the second half scoring. Smith followed this up by playing the passing lanes, coming up with the steal to deny Leeds the shooting opportunity.

Force put together a late third quarter run behind Sanders, who scored seven straight points. Ali responded by hitting a two-pointer buzzer beater to give Flyers a five point advantage heading into the final period.

Leeds opened the fourth on fire tying the game up at 66 apiece, but Bristol would respond. Smith showed the full repertoire by shooting the mid-range jumpshot and following it up with a driving lay-up.

The fourth remained tense as even though Flyers had the lead, they faced a resilient Force attack. In the final two minutes, Flyers were finally able to string together enough field goals to build a lead. Leeds tried to draw the game out with intentional fouls but Bristol converted the clutch free-throws to put the game out of reach and in the process close the gap on the much sought after final play-off place.

Smith finished with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block.



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Darius Adams' 35 points make him top Bulgarian player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Darius Adams
Darius Adams
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Darius Adams (188-89, college: Indianapolis, currently plays in China). He led Xinjiang Flying Tige to a victory over the closely-ranked Guandong Tigers (30-8) 103-97 in the Chinese CBA in Sunday night's game. Adams was MVP of the game. He scored 35 points (!!!), grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 41 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Xinjiang Flying Tigers (32-6) are placed first in the CBA. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. It's Adams' first season with the team. Adams has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 30.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 5.9apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 56.4%(331-587), 3FGP: 35.3% and FT: 87.6% in 48 games he played so far. Adams is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Strangely Adams has never played in Bulgaria.

Dee Bost
Dee Bost
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Dee Bost (188-89, agency: BeoBasket, college: Mississippi St., currently plays in France). He was the major contributor in Monaco's victory against the seventh-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (14-11) crushing them 92-72 in the French ProA last Saturday. Bost recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and making 10 passes. AS Monaco Basket (22-3) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Bost has relatively good stats this season: 13.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.3apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 42.2%, 3FGP: 36.6% and FT: 81.9%. He is a naturalized American. Bost is in the roster of the Bulgarian senior national team. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international point guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in VTB United League). Rowland contributed to Khimky's victory against the ninth-ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod (7-15) 99-90 in the VTB United League on Sunday night. He scored 20 points, had 8 boards, passed 8 assists and added 3 steals in 29 minutes. BC Khimky Moscow Region (17-4) is placed third in the VTB United League. There are only three games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Rowland has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.3apg, 2FGP: 50.4%, 3FGP: 39.3% and FT: 78.6% in 20 games. He is a naturalized American. Rowland played for the Bulgarian national team six years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Alexander Vezenkov
Alexander Vezenkov
   #4. Power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to a FC Barcelona's victory against the closely-ranked Maccabi T-A (10-19) 76-71 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Vezenkov scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. FC Barcelona Lassa (12-17) is placed 11th in the Euroleague. His team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Vezenkov's overall stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.2apg. He has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Bulgarian. Despite Vezenkov played previously for the Cypriot U16 national team, he is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster.

Branko Mirkovic
Branko Mirkovic
   #5. Former international guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Baltic League) could not help Kalev/Cramo in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Mirkovic's very good performance the second-placed Kalev/Cramo was defeated 72-60 at home by the leading Tartu Ulikool in the group Q of Baltic League. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Mirkovic also added 4 assists. Mirkovic has reliable stats this season: 14.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.6apg and 1.6spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Bulgarian. Mirkovic used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago.

Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #6. Power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, also represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in Poland) helped BM Slam Stal win their game against the 13th-ranked Asseco (9-18) 80-62 in the Polish PLK in Saturday night's game. He recorded 11 points. BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. (19-8) is placed third in the PLK. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. Nikolov's overall stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.1apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Bulgarian senior team three years ago.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #7. Former international power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Baltic League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Branko Mirkovic and both played together in the last Baltic League game. Simmons was not able to help Kalev/Cramo (0-0) in their game against Tartu Ulikool. He recorded 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in 23 minutes. But Kalev/Cramo (#2) lost 60-72 on their home court in Tallinn to the leading Tartu Ulikool in the group Q of Baltic League. Simmons' stats this year are: 10.1ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.3apg and 1.6bpg in seven games. He is a naturalized American. Simmons used to play for the Bulgarian national team five years ago. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

Aleks Simeonov
Aleks Simeonov
   #8. Forward Aleks Simeonov (200-93, currently plays in Spain) helped Gipuzkoa edge the 13th-ranked Castello (12-18) 83-81 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. He scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 17 minutes. RETAbet Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian (21-9) is placed first in the LEB Gold. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Simeonov's overall stats are: 5.7ppg and 3.4rpg in 28 games. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #9. Former international power forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Tofas (10-14) in their game against Fenerbahce (18-5) in the Turkish BSL. Ivanov scored 9 points. But Tofas was defeated 90-75 on the road by the second-ranked Fenerbahce. It was Tofas' third consecutive loss in a row. Ivanov averaged so far 11.3ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.4apg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #10. Power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Yesilgiresun Bld (9-15) in their game against Pinar Karsiyaka (13-11) in the Turkish BSL. Ivanov scored 5 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 31 minutes. Yesilgiresun Bld was edged 82-81 in Karsiyaka by the higher-ranked (#7) Pinar. It was Yesilgiresun Bld's third consecutive loss in a row. Ivanov averaged so far 10.4ppg and 5.3rpg in 12 games. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Bulgarian senior national team.

   #11. Former international small forward Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Romania) helped Pitesti win their game against the third-ranked CSU Sibiu 83-79 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Wednesday night's game. Marinov scored 14 points and added 5 passes. Marinov averaged so far 13.7ppg, 4.5rpg and 3.9apg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

   #12. International forward Aleksandar Yanev Georgiev (203-90, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Croatia) managed to help KK Zadar in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Gorica 99-81 in the Croatian A1 last Sunday. Yanev Georgiev scored 5 points in 17 minutes. This year Yanev Georgiev's total stats are: 4.0ppg and 2.3rpg in 10 games. He is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

   #13. U18 international forward Yordan Minchev (202-98, currently plays in Serbia) helped Vrsac win their game against the tenth-ranked Metalac 94-87 in the Serbian KLS on Monday night. Minchev scored only 4 points. Minchev has averaged so far 2.3ppg and 2.2rpg. He is also Bulgarian U18 national team player.

   #14. International shooting guard Ivan Lilov (194-88, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Hungary) helped Szedeak win their game against the fourth-ranked Sopron KC 69-63 in the Hungarian A Division in Saturday night's game. Lilov recorded 11 points and added 3 assists in 38 minutes. Lilov has very impressive stats this year: 19.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.7apg and 1.4spg in 27 games. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

   #15. International center Jason Washburn (210-90, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Yokohama BC (15-34) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Washburn's good performance Yokohama BC (#5) were badly defeated 77-57 on their home court in Yokohama by the leading Toshiba Thunders in the Central group. He was the top scorer with 13 points. This season Washburn has very high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.2apg. Washburn is a naturalized American. He is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Pero Antic (211-F/C-82, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague). Antic could not help Fenerbahce (17-12) to beat Real Madrid (22-7). He scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 19 minutes. Fenerbahce lost 56-61 on the road to the leading Real Madrid. It was Fenerbahce's third consecutive loss in a row. Antic's team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Antic's overall stats are: 4.6ppg and 2.6rpg in 26 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #2. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) was not able to help Kumanovo (1-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Kumanovo (#6) was edged 99-98 in Kavadarci by the higher-ranked (#4) Feni Industries in the Places 1-6 group. Karadzovski was the top scorer with 27 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 42 minutes. It was Kumanovo's third consecutive loss in a row. Karadzovski's stats this year are: 12.0ppg, 4.1rpg and 4.2apg in 16 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian.

   #3. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France) led Cholet Basket to a victory over the 11th-ranked Le Mans (11-14) crushing them 78-58 in the French ProA last Sunday. Evtimov was the best player in that game. He recorded 24 points. Cholet Basket (9-16) is placed 15th in the ProA. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Evtimov averaged so far 11.0ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.6apg. He has both Bulgarian and French nationalities.

   #4. Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Latvia) was not able to secure a victory for Ventspils (25-3) in their game against BK Ogre (12-17) in the Latvian LBL. Deane recorded 9 points and added 5 passes in 20 minutes. But the league leader Ventspils lost 85-95 in Ogre to the much lower-ranked (#8) BK Ogre. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Deane's overall stats are: 8.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.9apg and 1.3spg in 27 games. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #5. Boris Matrakov (195-G-93, currently plays in United Kingdom) was the major contributor in a Glasgow Rocks' victory against the closely-ranked Sheffield Sharks (17-11) crushing them 84-55 in the British BBL on Friday night. Matrakov recorded 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Glasgow Rocks (17-11) is placed third in the BBL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Matrakov's overall stats this season are: 2.2ppg and 1.8rpg.

   #6. Musa Gunes (201-C-85, currently plays in Turkey) managed to help Istanbulspor Beylikduzu to win against the 16th-ranked Mamak DSI 98-84 in the Turkish TBL (second division) last Saturday. He recorded only 2 points. Gunes has averaged so far 2.8ppg and 2.3rpg. He also holds two passports: Bulgarian and Turkish.

   #7. Juliy Arabadzhiyski (204-F-93, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Bielefeld (8-10) in their last game. Despite Arabadzhiyski's good performance Bielefeld (#8) was badly defeated 92-75 at home by the lower-ranked (#12) Frintrop in the West group. He was the top scorer with 13 points. Arabadzhiyski also added 6 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. Arabadzhiyski has averaged so far 8.9ppg and 6.2rpg in 25 games.

   #8. Milen Kostov (185-G-89, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Hertener Loewen crushing them 95-73 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Kostov has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg.

   #9. Georgi Krastev (195-SF-94, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a 3-point Karlsruhe SC's victory against the eighth-ranked Fellbach 92-89 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. Krastev has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.6apg in 25 games.

   #10. Boyan Tenev (204-F-88, college: Lincoln Memorial, currently plays in Germany) contributed to Aschersleben's victory against the seventh-ranked Rendsburg 68-60 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. He scored only 2 points in 24 minutes. Tenev has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 1.4rpg in 20 games.



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Stats Leaders - DIMAYOR

Points Per Game
 Durrell SUMMERS
  CD Valdi.
  (193-SF-89)
  Avg: 29.7
 1. Summers, CD Valdi.29.7 
 2. Dickson, CDU C.26.6 
 3. Abeiro, Tinguiri.25.6 
 4. Taylor, Las Animas25.5 
 5. Robinson, Osorno23.1 
 6. McCombs, CDE T.21.2 
 7. Cheek, Las Animas21.2 
 8. Larry, AB Ancud20.8 
 9. Munks, Puerto M.20.3 
 10. Centeno, AB Ancud20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Osorno
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Coleman, Osorno13.7 
 2. McCombs, CDE T.12.8 
 3. Crawford, CDU C.11.6 
 4. Taylor, Las Animas11.3 
 5. Thomas, CD Castro11.2 
 6. Harrison, CDU C.10.9 
 7. Bowdry, Los Leones10.8 
 8. Abeiro, Tinguiri.10.6 
 9. Lee, CD Castro10.0 
 10. Diaz, Puente Alto10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Erik CARRASCO
  CD Valdi.
  (181-G-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Carrasco, CD Valdi.9.3 
 2. Morales, Las A.6.0 
 3. Bravo, CDE Talca5.7 
 4. Thomas, CD Castro4.9 
 5. Munoz, Osorno4.9 
 6. Figueroa, AB Ancud4.5 
 7. Saez, Tinguiri.4.2 
 8. Scott, CDU C.3.8 
 9. Cruces, CD Castro3.4 
 10. Marechal, Los L.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  CDU C.
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Scott, CDU C.2.9 
 2. Carrasco, CD Valdi.1.9 
 3. Pavez, Tinguiri.1.9 
 4. Munks, Puerto M.1.7 
 5. Soto, CDU Catolica1.6 
 6. Thomas, CD Castro1.6 
 7. Dickson, CDU C.1.6 
 8. Phillips, Puerto M.1.6 
 9. Lopez, Puente Alto1.6 
 10. Del-Solar, Las A.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwight MCCOMBS
  CDE T.
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. McCombs, CDE T.1.3 
 2. Phillips, Puerto M.1.3 
 3. Lee, CD Castro1.2 
 4. Lopez, Puente Alto1.1 
 5. Harrison, CDU C.0.9 
 6. Coleman, Osorno0.8 
 7. Centeno, AB Ancud0.8 
 8. Larry, AB Ancud0.8 
 9. Dickson, CDU C.0.7 
 10. Bravo, Tinguiri.0.7 


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

Osorno - AB Ancud 87-76

Osorno rallied past AB Ancud to claim 4-1 victory in the series. The game without a history. Osorno Basquetbol led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Brandon Robinson (198-89, college: Clayton St.) who scored 40 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Nigerian-American center Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds. American forward Reginald Larry (198-86, college: Boise St., agency: Pro Sports) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Sebastian Figueroa (175-88) added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for the guests. Four AB Ancud players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Osorno: B.Robinson 40+7reb, R.Okosa 17+15reb+1ast, R.Munoz 13+4ast, F.Ibarra 7+1reb+4ast, J.Fontena 6+6reb+3ast, S.Salamanca 2+4reb+1ast
AB Ancud: R.Larry 20+8reb+3ast, P.Sandoval 20+2reb, F.Centeno 14+9reb+1ast, S.Figueroa 12+7reb+7ast, D.Osses 8+1reb+1ast, C.Naranjo 2+1reb
gschID: 542811


Los Leones - CDE Talca 107-85

Los Leones outgunned CDE Talca to cut the deficit at 2-3. The game was mostly controlled by Los Leones. Espanol de Talca was better in fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Los Leones made 24-of-31 charity shots (77.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Espanol de Talca turnovers. Espanol de Talca was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman Brandon Bowdry (200-88, college: E.Michigan, agency: Inception Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds. His fellow American import DeAndre Coleman (201-86, college: S.Alabama, agency: DTMones) contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Dwight McCombs (203-89, college: Cent.Florida, agency: DTMones) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds and the former international point guard Francisco Bravo (174-87) added 12 points and 5 assists in the effort for Espanol de Talca. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Los Leones: B.Bowdry 27+14reb+3ast, D.Coleman 23+6reb+3ast, E.Arteaga 22+2ast, D.Jones 11+4reb+1ast, I.Carrion 8+4reb, E.Marechal 6+1reb+5ast
CDE Talca: D.McCombs 19+14reb, F.Bravo 12+3reb+5ast, D.Jones 10+9reb+1ast, E.Sepulveda 10+3reb+1ast, S.Bravo 9+3reb+4ast, P.Barraza 9+2reb+2ast
gschID: 542810





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  CUBA  

LSB Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Esteban MARTINEZ
  Santiago
  (192-F-87)
  Avg: 28.4
 1. Martinez, Santiago28.4 
 2. Boffil, Villa Clara23.9 
 3. Oliva, Pinar del Rio19.1 
 4. Pons, Guantanamo18.5 
 5. Guzman, Capitalinos17.4 
 6. Molina, Matanzas16.5 
 7. Granda, Ciego d.15.5 
 8. Rivero, Capitalinos15.2 
 9. Abreu, Villa Clara15.2 
 10. Guerra, Guantanamo14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yoel CUBILLAS
  Villa Clara
  (204-C-94)
  Avg: 9
 1. Cubillas, Villa Clara9.0 
 2. Reyes, Ciego de Avila9.0 
 3. Ochoa, Santiago7.1 
 4. Tito, Guantanamo6.2 
 5. Alorda, Capitalinos6.1 
 6. Garcia, Matanzas5.9 
 7. Pons, Guantanamo5.7 
 8. Siria, Santiago5.6 
 9. Perez, Villa Clara5.6 
 10. Font, Capitalinos5.2 
Assists Per Game
 Julio HEREDIA
  Santiago
  (183-PG-93)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Heredia, Santiago3.6 
 2. Monterrey, Pinar d.3.6 
 3. Abreu, Villa Clara3.6 
 4. Oliva, Pinar del Rio2.7 
 5. Martinez, Ciego d.2.4 
 6. Deschapelles, Matan.2.3 
 7. Molina, Matanzas2.3 
 8. Soltero, Capitalinos2.2 
 9. Boffil, Villa Clara2.0 
 10. Giron, Santiago1.8 
Steals Per Game
 Yosiel MONTERREY
  Pinar d.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Monterrey, Pinar d.4.9 
 2. Oliva, Pinar del Rio4.9 
 3. Guerra, Guantanamo4.5 
 4. Deschapelles, Matan.4.4 
 5. Perez, Villa Clara4.4 
 6. Soria, Guantanamo4.1 
 7. Boffil, Villa Clara4.1 
 8. Martinez, Ciego d.3.9 
 9. Heredia, Santiago3.8 
 10. Giron, Santiago3.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Abel FONT
  Capitalinos
  (206-C-97)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Font, Capitalinos1.8 
 2. Cubillas, Villa Clara1.8 
 3. Ochoa, Santiago1.4 
 4. Quintana, Pinar d.1.1 
 5. Garcia, Matanzas1.0 
 6. Castellanos, Ciego d.0.9 
 7. Perez, Villa Clara0.7 
 8. Coutin, Capitalinos0.6 
 9. Romero, Villa Clara0.6 
 10. Soria, Guantanamo0.6 


LSB Round 1 of Finals. Matanzas open win count - by Eurobasket News

Pinar del Rio - Matanzas 63-66 OT

Matanzas nipped Pinar del Rio in overtime to secure the opening victory in the Finals. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 19-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 16-13. Guerreros dominated on the defensive end, holding Pinar to just 7 points in first quarter. They also forced 21 Pinar turnovers and outrebounded them 33-21 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Yuniskel Molina (185-93) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Danys Torrientes (190-85) contributed with 7 points and 5 steals for the winners. Guerreros' coach Jemmott Allen used entire bench in such tough game. The former international center Elieser Quintana (205-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks and the former international point guard Osmel Oliva (178-87) added 13 points, 6 assists and 6 steals in the effort for Pinar.
Top scorers:
Pinar del Rio: A.L. Rojas 14+2reb, O.Oliva 13+2reb+6ast, E.Quintana 13+10reb, Y.Monterrey 7+3reb+6ast, J.Martinez 6+1reb+1ast, D.Vazquez 4+2ast
Matanzas: Y.Molina 35+6reb, Y.Rodriguez 9+1reb, D.Torrientes 7+3reb+3ast, L.Curtiz 5+6reb+1ast, H.Garcia 4+8reb+1ast, L.Sanchez 2+1reb
gschID: 542959





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1Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Petr SLECHTA
  Sokol Pisek
  (192-G/F-95)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Slechta, Sokol Pisek25.3 
 2. Peterka, Nymburk B24.1 
 3. Svoboda, Nymburk B23.6 
 4. Potocek, Pardubice22.1 
 5. Novak, Olomouc SK21.3 
 6. Streba, USK P.19.2 
 7. Fait, Sokol Pisek18.9 
 8. Honomichl, Loko Plzen18.7 
 9. Sebela, Sokol S.18.1 
 10. Klimes, Slavoj Litom.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin PETERKA
  Nymburk B
  (205-C-95)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Peterka, Nymburk B12.1 
 2. Novak, Olomouc SK10.5 
 3. Kolonicny, Havirov9.9 
 4. Bubak, Vysocina9.1 
 5. Kvapil, Opava B9.1 
 6. Klimes, Slavoj Litom.9.1 
 7. Voslajer, Zlin8.9 
 8. Streba, USK P.8.7 
 9. Englicky, Sokol Pisek8.6 
 10. Pelikan, Novy Jicin8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jan SOTNAR
  Slavoj L.
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Sotnar, Slavoj L.8.3 
 2. Petric, Pardubice4.8 
 3. Kotasek, Nymburk B4.5 
 4. Straznicky, Vysoc.4.3 
 5. Dragoun, Opava B4.3 
 6. Honomichl, Loko Plzen4.1 
 7. Jancik, Havirov3.8 
 8. Novak, Vysocina3.8 
 9. Dlugos, Nymburk B3.7 
 10. Bukovjan, Ostrava3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jiri DEDEK
  Olomouc .
  (190-SG-95)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Dedek, Olomouc .3.7 
 2. Potocek, Pardubice2.3 
 3. Nehoda, Zlin2.1 
 4. Svoboda, Nymburk B2.1 
 5. Novak, Vysocina2.0 
 6. Rotrekl, Sokol S.2.0 
 7. Honomichl, Loko Plzen2.0 
 8. Choleva, Olomouc Bbal2.0 
 9. Branda, Opava B1.9 
 10. Slechta, Sokol Pisek1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Pavel ENGLICKY
  Sokol Pisek
  (210-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Englicky, Sokol Pisek2.4 
 2. Kolonicny, Havirov1.6 
 3. Szabo, Prostejov B1.2 
 4. Kvapil, Opava B1.1 
 5. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.1 
 6. Goga, Prostejov B1.0 
 7. Vasat, Prostejov B0.9 
 8. Hlobil, Prostejov B0.9 
 9. Kozak, GBA Sparta0.9 
 10. Roub, Pardubice0.8 


1Liga Round 6 (Second Stage): #1 Sokol Prazky is defeated by Olomouc Bbal - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Second Stage in 1Liga. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Sokol Prazky (7-3) on the court of fifth ranked Olomouc Bbal on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Olomouc Bbal 78-70. Moldovan forward Evgeni Scripcaru (195-83) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Adam Choleva (195-95) chipped in 16 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Stepan Brix (201-94) with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Olomouc Bbal maintains fifth position in Places 7-12 with 4-6 record. Sokol Prazky at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Fifth-ranked B&W Opava B (2-8) gave a tough game to first ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (9-1). The visitors from Hradec Kralove managed to secure only one-point victory 70-69. However their fans expected much easier game. Center Libor Svandrlik (202-90) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and Tomas Kirsbaum supported him with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Even 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by power forward Jiri Dihel (198-87) did not help to save the game for B&W Opava B. Sokol Hradec Kralove maintains first position in Places 1-6 with 9-1 record. B&W Opava B at the other side keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Sixth-ranked Sokol Slapanice (2-8) gave a tough game to second ranked BK Loko Plzen (7-3) in Slapnice on Sunday. The visitors from Plzen managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Jaroslav Lejsek who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Karel Trunecek who recorded 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Sokol Slapanice's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Loko Plzen maintains second position in Places 7-12 with 7-3 record despite having the same number of points like the leader Sokol Prazky. Loser Sokol Slapanice keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice (7-3) against fourth ranked SKB Zlin (5-5) on Sunday night. Visiting Slavoj BK Litomerice was defeated by SKB Zlin in Zlin 92-80. SKB Zlin maintains fourth position in Places 1-6 with 5-5 record. Slavoj BK Litomerice at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Basket Kosice (5-5) against fourth ranked Pardubice (5-5) on Friday night. Visiting Basket Kosice was crushed by Pardubice in Pardubice 107-69. Josef Potocek scored 24 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Pardubice's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pardubice moved-up to third place in Places 7-12. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 6:
In Places 1-6 Olomouc SK was destroyed by Nymburk B on the opponent's court 107-69.
In Places 13-20 GBA Sparta outscored Ostrava in a home game 102-81. USK Praha B was rolled over Novy Jicin on the road 91-70. Vysocina defeated Prostejov B on its own court 66-59. Bottom-ranked Havirov was smashed by Sokol Pisek in a road game 99-53.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 19 points and 5 rebounds by Verners Kohs of GBA Sparta.

Places 1-6
Zlin - Slavoj Litom. 92-80

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice (7-3) against fourth ranked SKB Zlin (5-5) on Sunday night. Visiting Slavoj BK Litomerice was defeated by SKB Zlin in Zlin 92-80. SKB Zlin maintains fourth position in Places 1-6 with 5-5 record. Slavoj BK Litomerice at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 536534


Opava B - Sokol H.K. 69-70

Fifth-ranked B&W Opava B (2-8) gave a tough game to first ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (9-1). The visitors from Hradec Kralove managed to secure only one-point victory 70-69. However their fans expected much easier game. Sokol Hradec Kralove outrebounded B&W Opava B 41-29 including 16 on the offensive glass. Center Libor Svandrlik (202-90) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and power forward Tomas Kirsbaum (205-82) supported him with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Even 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by power forward Jiri Dihel (198-87) did not help to save the game for B&W Opava B. Center Tomas Micunek (200-89) added 17 points and 12 rebounds. Sokol Hradec Kralove maintains first position in Places 1-6 with 9-1 record. B&W Opava B at the other side keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Sokol H.K.: L.Svandrlik 15+10reb+1ast, T.Kirsbaum 14+6reb+2ast, T.Mahler 9+8reb, S.Faifr 9+7reb+2ast, L.Maly 9+3reb+5ast, L.Lachman 7+1reb
Opava B: J.Dihel 19+8reb+4ast, T.Micunek 17+12reb+2ast, O.Kukla 12+1reb+2ast, V.Branda 7+3reb+4ast, S.Kurecka 5+1reb+3ast, P.Martikan 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 536532


Nymburk B - Olomouc SK 107-69

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Olomouc SK (1-9) was crushed on the road by third ranked Nymburk B (6-4) 107-69 on Friday. Nymburk B dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Olomouc SK's 50. Nymburk B forced 29 Olomouc SK turnovers and had a 19-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Olomouc SK's players. Martin Kolar (194-98) scored 21 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Marek Ivan (195-98) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five Nymburk B players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Pavel Novak (199-83) with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and center Pavel Langstein (213-87) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Nymburk B maintains third position in Places 1-6 with 6-4 record behind leader Sokol Prazky. Newly promoted Olomouc SK keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Nymburk B: M.Kolar 21+6reb+1ast, M.Ivan 21+6reb, M.Peterka 18+6reb+2ast, M.Svoboda 17+2reb+5ast, E.Kotasek 12+4reb+10ast, M.Stafl 9+4reb+1ast
Olomouc SK: P.Novak 23+5reb+4ast, K.Sin 12+5reb, P.Langstein 12+6reb, O. Strubl 8+2reb, J.Horvath 7+2reb+1ast, M.Strniste 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 536533


Places 7-12
Sokol Slapanice - Loko Plzen 74-76

Sixth-ranked Sokol Slapanice (2-8) gave a tough game to second ranked BK Loko Plzen (7-3) in Slapnice on Sunday. The visitors from Plzen managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was forward Jaroslav Lejsek (198-90) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. Point guard Vaclav Honomichl (186-92) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Four BK Loko Plzen players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Karel Trunecek (204) who recorded 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and guard Martin Vanek (185-95) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists respectively. Sokol Slapanice's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Loko Plzen maintains second position in Places 7-12 with 7-3 record despite having the same number of points like the leader Sokol Prazky. Loser Sokol Slapanice keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Loko Plzen: V.Honomichl 18+5reb+3ast, J.Lejsek 18+14reb+1ast, J.Kovanda 15+5reb+2ast, K.Riha 13+2reb+3ast, O.Fleischhans 6+3reb+1ast, J.Doljak 4+6reb+2ast
Sokol Slapanice: K.Trunecek 20+1reb+1ast, R.Zachrla 13+4reb+2ast, M.Vyroubal 11, M.Vanek 9+6reb+6ast, I.Pavlicik 8+3reb+2ast, M.Muller 7+7reb+2ast
gschID: 536537


Pardubice - Basket Kosice 107-69

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Basket Kosice (5-5) against fourth ranked Pardubice (5-5) on Friday night. Visiting Basket Kosice was crushed by Pardubice in Pardubice 107-69. Pardubice shot 60.5 percent from the field. They also forced 22 Basket Kosice turnovers. Forward Josef Potocek (196-96) scored 24 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and center Martin Roub (206-97) chipped in 15 points during the contest. Pardubice's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was swingman Jan Bohm (191-95) with 18 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) and power forward Dusan Hlavacek (197-77) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Pardubice moved-up to third place in Places 7-12. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Pardubice: J.Potocek 24+2reb+4ast, M.Roub 15+2reb, K.Formanek 11+2reb, L.Brozek 11, L.Kanturek 10+3reb, V.Pulpan 8+4reb+3ast
Basket Kosice: J.Bohm 18+9reb, D.Hlavacek 18+6reb, D.Zach 10+2reb+1ast, D.Zach 7+3reb+7ast, J.Nekolny 6+3reb, M.Demecko 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 536536


Olomouc Bbal - Sokol Prazky 78-70

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Sokol Prazky (7-3) on the court of fifth ranked Olomouc Bbal on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Olomouc Bbal 78-70. Moldovan forward Evgeni Scripcaru (195-83) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Adam Choleva (195-95) chipped in 16 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Stepan Brix (201-94) with 12 points and 8 rebounds and Michael Hartig (191-98) scored 16 points. Olomouc Bbal maintains fifth position in Places 7-12 with 4-6 record. Sokol Prazky at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Olomouc Bbal: E.Scripcaru 17+8reb+3ast, A.Choleva 16+3reb+1ast, J.Dedek 16+4reb, M.Schuster 9+2reb+1ast, J.Sedmik 8+3reb+1ast, V.Smerda 6+4reb
Sokol Prazky: M.Hartig 16+3reb+1ast, M.Kohout 13+3reb, S.Brix 12+8reb, T.Reimer 9+5reb+3ast, J.Stepanek 8+2ast, F.Cenek 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 536535


Places 13-20
GBA Sparta - Ostrava 102-81

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Praha where eighteenth ranked GBA Sparta (7-17) smashed 17th ranked Ostrava (8-16) 102-81 on Sunday. GBA Sparta shot 62.3 percent from the field and made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game, while Ostrava only scored six points from the stripe. They outrebounded Ostrava 37-21 including a 33-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for GBA Sparta especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. Latvian forward Verners Kohs (203-97) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Ukrainian Illia Niemtsu (201-98) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Lukas Bukovjan (185-98) with 25 points and 8 assists and center Jiri Stepanek (201-98) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. GBA Sparta maintains eighteenth position in Places 13-20 with 7-17 record, which they share with Vysocina. Ostrava lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth place with 16 games lost. GBA Sparta will face higher ranked Novy Jicin (#16) in Novy Jicin in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
GBA Sparta: V.Kohs 19+5reb+2ast, I.Niemtsu 17+5reb+2ast, M.Drgon 15+5reb+1ast, D.Javorsky 12+1reb+2ast, M.Kozak 11+4reb+2ast, I.Tyrtyshnyk 11+4reb+4ast
Ostrava: L.Bukovjan 25+3reb+8ast, J.Stepanek 14+5reb+2ast, P.Hosek 10+2reb, T.Havlik 10+1ast, J.Lycka 9+4reb+1ast, J.Slavik 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 536541


Novy Jicin - USK Praha B 91-70

There was a minor upset when 13th ranked USK Praha B (12-11) was rolled over on the road by sixteenth ranked Novy Jicin (9-15) 91-70 on Sunday. Novy Jicin dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to USK Praha B's 38 and made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Novy Jicin looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by USK Praha B's players. USK Praha B was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Jan Stehlik (185-86) scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and center Tadeas Janik (201-94) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Novy Jicin players scored in double figures. Novy Jicin's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was guard Radek Farsky (192-99) with 19 points and 5 rebounds and guard Jakub Tuma (192-98) scored 20 points. Newly promoted Novy Jicin maintains sixteenth position in Places 13-20 with 9-15 record. Loser USK Praha B dropped to the fourteenth place with 11 games lost. Novy Jicin will face GBA Sparta (#18) in Praha in the next round.
Top scorers:
Novy Jicin: J.Stehlik 19+7reb+4ast, T.Janik 11+6reb+2ast, R.Pelikan 11+2reb+3ast, R.Medek 10+3reb+3ast, J.Kelar 9+5reb, O.Soska 8+6reb+1ast
USK Praha B: J.Tuma 20+2reb+2ast, R.Farsky 19+5reb+3ast, J.Zidek 13+6reb+1ast, Z.Blaha 6+3reb+2ast, D.Chaloupka 4+3reb, M.Batovsky 4+7reb
gschID: 536538


Vysocina - Prostejov B 66-59

There was a surprise result in Jihlava where nineteenth ranked Vysocina (7-17) beat higher ranked BK Prostejov B (11-13) 66-59 on Sunday. They outrebounded BK Prostejov B 41-29 including 30 on the defensive glass. Forward Jiri Bubak (194-84) had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Martin Novak (199-93) chipped in 16 points and 7 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was swingman Adam Goga (196-97) with 18 points and 6 rebounds and Slovakian Milan Szabo (204-98) scored 9 points. Vysocina moved-up to eighteenth place in Places 13-20, which they share with GBA Sparta. Newly promoted BK Prostejov B keeps the fifteenth position with 13 games lost. Vysocina will face bottom-ranked Havirov (#20) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Vysocina: J.Bubak 22+13reb+1ast, M.Novak 16+4reb+7ast, O.Manak 9+2reb+2ast, M.Straznicky 7+6reb, J.Knetl 4+4reb+3ast, P.Knetl 4+2reb+1ast
Prostejov B: A.Goga 18+6reb, M.Szabo 9+4reb+2ast, M.Nabelek 8+3reb+3ast, F.Vana 8+1reb+2ast, V.Vasat 5+1reb, S.Borovka 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 536540


Sokol Pisek - Havirov 99-53

There was no surprise when 20th ranked Havirov (3-21) was outplayed on the road by fourteenth ranked Sokol Pisek (13-12) 99-53 on Sunday. Sokol Pisek dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Havirov's 32. They outrebounded Havirov 57-24 including a 18-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Sokol Pisek looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Havirov's players. Swingman Petr Slechta (192-95) scored 40 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Pavel Englicky (210-83) chipped in 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Five Sokol Pisek players scored in double figures. Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Jan Leczo (198-96) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and guard Vojtech Jancik (181-96) scored 19 points and 4 assists. Sokol Pisek moved-up to thirteenth place in Places 13-20. Loser Havirov stay dead last with 21 lost games. Sokol Pisek will face Ostrava (#17) on the road in the next round. Havirov will play against Vysocina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sokol Pisek: P.Slechta 40+7reb+1ast, P.Englicky 13+12reb+4ast, T.Jirsa 11+5reb+1ast, M.Spicak 11+11reb+2ast, V.Novak 10+5reb+3ast, D.Hejda 5+2reb+4ast
Havirov: V.Jancik 19+1reb+4ast, J.Leczo 14+10reb+3ast, J. Hubacek 9+3reb+1ast, D.Klimek 7+3reb+3ast, P.Kratochvil 4+1reb, J.Landor 0+6reb+1ast
gschID: 536539





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

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

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

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

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

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



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Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken21.4 
 2. Burgess, Randers19.3 
 3. Bello, Randers19.0 
 4. Nielsen, Randers17.7 
 5. Mack, Horsens IC17.4 
 6. McGrew, SI.16.1 
 7. Champagnie, Stevn.16.0 
 8. Sandager, Stevn.15.8 
 9. Lundberg, Horse.15.6 
 10. Dominique, Horsholm15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  SI.
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. McGrew, SI.10.8 
 2. Champagnie, Stevn.10.4 
 3. Sane, Naestved9.7 
 4. Baru, SISU8.9 
 5. Smith, Horsholm8.8 
 6. NaNa, Svendborg8.1 
 7. Moten, Svendborg7.0 
 8. Carter, Randers6.9 
 9. Dominique, Horsholm6.8 
 10. Diouf, Bakken6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Frederik NIELSEN
  Horsholm
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Nielsen, Horsholm6.5 
 2. Burgess, Randers5.5 
 3. Wilson, SISU4.5 
 4. Gesell, Bakken4.4 
 5. Mack, Horsens IC4.3 
 6. Lundberg, Horse.4.3 
 7. Dranginis, SISU4.2 
 8. Lanegger, Naestved4.0 
 9. Nielsen, Randers3.9 
 10. Porta, Svendborg3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Myles MACK
  Horsens IC
  (175-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Mack, Horsens IC2.1 
 2. Borovcanin, Horse.2.0 
 3. Akoon-P., Bakken1.9 
 4. Burgess, Randers1.9 
 5. Gesell, Bakken1.8 
 6. Wilson, SISU1.7 
 7. Smith, Horsholm1.7 
 8. Ross, Naestved1.6 
 9. Nielsen, Horsholm1.6 
 10. Lundberg, Horse.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cheikh SANE
  Naestved
  (207-C/F-92)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Sane, Naestved1.2 
 2. Smith, Horsholm1.1 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.1 
 4. Diouf, Bakken0.9 
 5. Aboubakar-Z., Svend.0.9 
 6. Moten, Svendborg0.9 
 7. Colas, Randers0.8 
 8. Midtgaard, Horsh.0.8 
 9. Onwenu, Naestved0.8 
 10. Baru, SISU0.8 


Ligaen Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. SISU complete semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Horsholm - SISU 57-81

SISU fired past Horsholm to seal their semifinal appearance. The game was mostly controlled by SISU. Horsholm managed to win second period 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SISU forced 22 Horsholm turnovers. Ivorian forward Adjehi Baru (206-91, college: Charleston) stepped up and scored 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and American forward Tanner McGrew (203-93, college: W.Virg.Wesl., agency: Duran International) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Five SISU players scored in double figures. American-Haitian Marvin Dominique (201-91, college: St.Peter's, agency: Duran International) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds and the former international point guard Frederik Nielsen (178-88) scored 6 points and 8 assists. 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:
Horsholm: M.Dominique 15+7reb, A.Meilby 9+1ast, M.Nielsen 8+1reb+3ast, F.Nielsen 6+3reb+8ast, J.Smith 6+7reb+2ast, A.Midtgaard 6+3reb
SISU: A.Touray 19+5reb, A.Baru 17+7reb+1ast, T.McGrew 14+9reb+2ast, K.Dranginis 11+4reb+5ast, A.Haas 10+1reb+2ast, A.Hjorth 6+2reb
gschID: 543281





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

The Regular Season in 1st Division just ended.

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

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

Birkerod - Virum 77-88

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


BMI Bloodhounds - Vaerlose 82-88

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


Wolfpack/BMS - Amager BK 76-66

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


Koge BK - SBBC 2015 89-85

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


EBAA - Aalborg 75-59

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





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  D-LEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Quinn COOK
  Canton C.
  (188-PG-93)
  Avg: 26
 1. Cook, Canton C.26.0 
 2. Harris, Texas L.25.6 
 3. Blue, Los A.24.8 
 4. Patterson, Reno B.24.0 
 5. Crawford, Grand R.23.5 
 6. Murphy, Grand R.23.0 
 7. Holland, Canton C.22.9 
 8. Jackson, Texas L.22.5 
 9. Nader, Maine RC21.4 
 10. Jones, Maine RC21.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.2 
 2. Moreland, Canton C.12.2 
 3. Long, Delaware.11.2 
 4. Onuaku, Rio G.10.6 
 5. Benson, Sioux F.10.5 
 6. Costello, Iowa E.10.2 
 7. Webb-III, Delaware.9.3 
 8. Sims, Salt L.9.2 
 9. McKinnie, Windy C.9.2 
 10. Jones, Maine RC9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Magette, Los A.9.4 
 2. Marshall, Reno B.9.1 
 3. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 4. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 5. Pressey, Santa C.8.0 
 6. Jackson, Texas L.7.7 
 7. VanVleet, Raptors .7.6 
 8. Weber, Sioux F.7.3 
 9. McCallum, Grand R.7.0 
 10. Cook, Canton C.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  Sioux F.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.3 
 2. Tokoto, Rio G.2.3 
 3. McCallum, Grand R.2.2 
 4. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.2 
 5. Pressey, Santa C.2.1 
 6. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 7. Payton-II, Rio G.2.0 
 8. Smith, Delaware.2.0 
 9. Jackson, Texas L.1.9 
 10. Harris, Texas L.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Texas L.
  (203-C-82)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Lasme, Texas L.3.3 
 2. Diallo, Greensboro S.2.8 
 3. Tavares, Raptors .2.7 
 4. Moreland, Canton C.2.7 
 5. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.6 
 6. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 7. Obekpa, Santa C.2.2 
 8. Benson, Sioux F.2.2 
 9. Jones, Santa C.2.1 
 10. Acy, Texas L.2.0 



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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jamal JONES
  Lapua
  (203-G-93)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jones, Lapua22.1 
 2. Scott, KTP Basket22.0 
 3. Gay, KTP Basket19.2 
 4. Pledger, Kouvot19.1 
 5. Brown, Kataja B.18.3 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki18.1 
 7. Morris, Lapua17.1 
 8. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.1 
 9. Bullock, Pyrinto16.0 
 10. Cowels-III, Helsink.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Van, Korihait10.5 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot9.4 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket8.7 
 5. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.3 
 6. Williams, Lapua8.1 
 7. Edwards, Salon Vilpas7.8 
 8. Williams, Salon V.7.8 
 9. Bristol, Kataja B.7.6 
 10. Bullock, Pyrinto7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Antto NIKKARINEN
  Helsinki.
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.4 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket6.7 
 3. Rannikko, Kataja B.6.6 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.7 
 5. Jalonen, Korihait4.4 
 6. Williams, Lapua4.4 
 7. Appleby, Kouvot4.2 
 8. Edwards, Lapua4.1 
 9. Staten, Salon Vilpas4.1 
 10. Minard, Pyrinto4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel MULLINGS
  Kataja B.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Mullings, Kataja B.2.3 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket2.2 
 3. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.9 
 4. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 5. Minard, Pyrinto1.8 
 6. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.6 
 7. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 8. Scott, KTP Basket1.6 
 9. Nelson, Pyrinto1.5 
 10. Gay, KTP Basket1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Kervin BRISTOL
  Kataja B.
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Bristol, Kataja B.1.9 
 2. Gay, KTP Basket1.9 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 4. Van, Korihait1.1 
 5. Barrett, BC Nokia1.0 
 6. Coleman, Salon Vilpas0.9 
 7. Edwards, Salon Vilpas0.9 
 8. Bailey, KTP Basket0.9 
 9. Huolila, Kataja B.0.9 
 10. Nelson, Pyrinto0.8 


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

Kataja Basket - BC Nokia 81-66

Kataja outgunned BC Nokia to take 1-0 lead in the series. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Joensuun Kataja made 32-of-39 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Joensuun Kataja made 7 blocks. 35 personal fouls committed by BC Nokia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Haitian center Kervin Bristol (206-88, college: Fordham) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners. American point guard Darryl Bryant (185-90, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 18 points. Senegalese forward Papa Dia (208-87, college: SMU) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Isaiah Wilkerson (191-90, college: NJIT) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four BC Nokia players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kataja Basket: D.Bryant 18+3reb+1ast, K.Bristol 15+10reb+1ast, R.Brown 12+2reb+4ast, T.Rannikko 11+1reb+2ast, I.Seppala 9+2reb+5ast, V.Makalainen 8+6reb
BC Nokia: P.Dia 15+8reb+1ast, E.Skamo 12+2reb+3ast, N.Mattila 10+3reb, I.Wilkerson 10+6reb+2ast, J.Duren 7+4reb+1ast, J.Harjula 5+1ast
gschID: 543194


Salon Vilpas - Pyrinto 78-73

Salon Vilpas held off Pyrinto in the opener. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 17-7 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Salon Vilpas dominated on the defensive end, holding Tampereen Pyrinto to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Salon Vilpas had a 32-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Salon Vilpas made 7 blocks. American guard Desmond Williams (199-91, college: S.Connecticut) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import point guard Juwan Staten (185-92, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 19 points. American forward JNathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St.) produced 11 points and 9 rebounds and the former international point guard Antero Lehto (185-84) added 14 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Five Tampereen Pyrinto players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: D.Williams 21+13reb, J.Staten 19+2reb+3ast, B.Edwards 10+10reb+2ast, M.Pounds 9+1reb, A.Coleman 7+7reb+3ast, O.Jarvi 7+1reb+2ast
Pyrinto: A.Lehto 14+5ast, J.Caven 14+4reb, R.Minard 13+3reb+3ast, J.Bullock 11+9reb+2ast, T.Nelson 11+6reb+2ast, K.Lewis 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 543191


Helsinki Seagulls - Kouvot 75-58

Helsinki Seagulls prevailed against Kouvot for the opening victory. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-58. Helsinki Seagulls dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Kouvot's 30. They outrebounded Kouvot 45-30 including 30 on the defensive glass. The former international center Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) fired 16 points for the winners. The former international point guard Antto Nikkarinen (185-91, agency: Blacktop Management) chipped in 10 points and 8 assists. Four Helsinki Seagulls players scored in double figures. American guard Michael Cuffee (195-83, college: Middle Tenn.St.) produced 15 points and the other American import guard Raheem Appleby (190-93, college: Louisiana Tech) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Helsinki Seagulls: G.Lee 16+3reb+2ast, R.Abell 14+3reb, J.Conley 11+8reb+2ast, A.Nikkarinen 10+3reb+8ast, D.Upson 7+7reb, R.Cowels III 6+5reb+2ast
Kouvot: M.Cuffee 15+4reb+2ast, R.Buckles 12+4reb+1ast, R.Appleby 11+5reb+4ast, M.Luosmaa 7+3reb, J.Sinclair 6+6reb+4ast, O.Heinonen 3+2reb
gschID: 543193


Kauhajoki - Lapua 88-73

Kauhajoki topped Lapua for 1-0 lead. The game without a history. Kauhajoen Karhu led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The game was dominated by American players. Swingman Austin Hollins (195-91, college: Minnesota) fired 26 points and 5 assists for the winners. Forward DeVaughn Washington (202-89, college: Ohio, agency: Mansfield and Associates) chipped in 16 points. Five Kauhajoen Karhu players scored in double figures. Guard Jamal Jones (203-93, college: Texas A&M) produced 21 points and forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo, agency: Two Points) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: A.Hollins 26+3reb+5ast, D.Washington 16+2reb+2ast, T.Unruh 12+4reb+4ast, S.Vanttaja 11+4reb+1ast, D.Giles 10+8reb, B.Sarcevic 7+3ast
Lapua: J.Jones 21+3reb+1ast, A.Conerly 9+1reb+1ast, D.Morris 8+6reb, L.Kinnard 8+3reb, D.Williams 8+5reb+1ast, J.Turja 6
gschID: 543192





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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Cameron CLARK
  Chalon
  (201-G/F-91)
  Avg: 18
 1. Clark, Chalon18.0 
 2. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.4 
 3. Gibson, Gravelines17.2 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines16.8 
 5. Prepelic, Limoges15.8 
 6. Roberson, Chalon15.5 
 7. Dorsey, Le Portel14.6 
 8. Sommerville, Orleans14.4 
 9. Smith, Chalons-Reims14.3 
 10. Warren, Nanterre14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Fall, Chalon8.8 
 2. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.6 
 3. Poirier, Paris-Le.8.1 
 4. Solomon, Gravelines8.0 
 5. Lessort, Nanterre7.6 
 6. Hunt, Nancy7.4 
 7. Donaldson, Le Po.7.4 
 8. Yeguete, Le Mans7.1 
 9. Hassell, Le Portel6.8 
 10. Watkins, AS.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.10.5 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.3 
 3. Holston, Dijon6.1 
 4. Hodge, AS.6.0 
 5. Cobbs, Gravelines5.9 
 6. Bost, Monaco5.3 
 7. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.0 
 8. Rich, Paris-Levallois4.6 
 9. Payne, Chalons-.4.5 
 10. Eito, Orleans4.3 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.4 
 2. Eito, Orleans2.1 
 3. Holston, Dijon1.9 
 4. Payne, Chalons-.1.8 
 5. Wood, Limoges1.8 
 6. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 7. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.6 
 8. Dorsey, Le Portel1.5 
 9. Henry, Gravelines1.5 
 10. Cobbs, Gravelines1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fall, Chalon2.4 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.3 
 3. Uter, AS.1.1 
 4. Otule, Antibes1.0 
 5. Trasolini, Nancy1.0 
 6. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 7. Fair, Limoges0.9 
 8. Sane, Paris-Levallois0.9 
 9. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.0.9 
 10. Lessort, Nanterre0.9 


ProA Round 25: Pau-Lacq-Orthez is upset by Paris-Levallois - by Eurobasket News

The game between second ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (18-7) and sixth ranked Paris-Levallois (16-9) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Pau-Lacq-Orthez was crushed by Paris-Levallois in Levallois 86-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pau-Lacq-Orthez. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 47-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Paris-Levallois made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Paris-Levallois outrebounded Pau-Lacq-Orthez 33-19 including 25 on the defensive glass. American guard Jason Rich (191-86) fired 21 points and 5 assists for the winners. The former international center Vincent Poirier (210-93) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!). The former international center Alain Koffi (207-83, agency: BeoBasket) produced 19 points for lost side. Paris-Levallois have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Strasbourg. Pau-Lacq-Orthez at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. They share it with Chalon. Paris-Levallois is looking forward to face Strasbourg IG (#6) on the road in the next round. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against Le Portel (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Leader Monaco delivered the twenty second victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (14-11) 92-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Gravelines-Dunkerque. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Bosnian guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo.) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Dee Bost contributed with 15 points and 10 assists for the winners. American forward Richard Solomon (208-92, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Gravelines-Dunkerque. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Monaco have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 22-3 record. Gravelines-Dunkerque at the other side keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Monaco will play against ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Le Mans and hopes to get back on the winning track.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Cholet, where higher ranked Le Mans (11-14) was outleveled in a road game by fifteenth ranked Cholet Basket (9-16) 78-58 on Sunday. Ilian Evtimov stepped up and scored 24 points for the winners. At the losing side Shannon Shorter responded with 12 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Cholet Basket moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Chalons-Reims and Hyeres-Toulon. Loser Le Mans keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Limoges. Cholet Basket will meet Entente Orleans 45 (#17) on the road in the next round. Le Mans will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque (#7) and hope to secure a win.

Other games of round 25 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Hyeres-Toulon was defeated by ASVEL in Villeurbanne 73-59. Bottom-ranked Nancy was beaten by Nanterre at home 73-78. Orleans was destroyed by Le Portel on the opponent's court 85-63. Dijon outscored Limoges in a home game 93-74. Strasbourg rolled over Chalons-Reims on the road 79-58. Antibes was defeated by Chalon on its own court 74-87.
The best stats of 25th round was 28 points and 5 rebounds by Brion Rush of Nancy.

ASVEL - Hyeres-Toulon 73-59

There was no surprise when 13th ranked Hyeres-Toulon (9-16) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (13-12) 73-59 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. Hyeres-Toulon managed to win third quarter 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Hyeres-Toulon 38-27 including 30 on the defensive glass. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. American center Darryl Watkins (211-84, college: Syracuse, agency: Inception Sports) stepped up and scored 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners and U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) chipped in 12 points and 9 assists. Four ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket players scored in double figures. At the losing side American swingman Trevis Simpson (193-91, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 15 points and the other American import swingman Ryan Evans (203-90, college: Wisconsin) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains eighth place with 13-12 record. Hyeres-Toulon lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Cholet and Chalons-Reims. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will meet league's leader Monaco on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Olympique Antibes (#16) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: T.Simpson 15+3reb+1ast, R.Evans 11+6reb+1ast, M.Acker 8+3ast, F.Prenom 8+1reb+1ast, I.Joseph Udanoh 5+6reb+2ast, D.Michineau 4+2reb+3ast
ASVEL: D.Watkins 18+8reb+2ast, W.Hodge 12+2reb+9ast, D.Nelson 10+6reb+5ast, B.Sy 10+2reb+1ast, C.Kahudi 9+2reb+2ast, D.Andersen 8+9reb+3ast
gschID: 486036


Cholet - Le Mans 78-58

We should mention about the upset which took place in Cholet, where higher ranked Le Mans (11-14) was outleveled in a road game by fifteenth ranked Cholet Basket (9-16) 78-58 on Sunday. The game without a history. Cholet Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for Cholet Basket especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. The former international forward Ilian Evtimov (201-83, college: N.Carolina St.) stepped up and scored 24 points for the winners and the former international point guard Jonathan Rousselle (187-90) chipped in 10 points and 9 assists. Four Cholet Basket players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) responded with 12 points and naturalized Ivorian guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (186-85, agency: BeoBasket) scored 9 points and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Cholet Basket moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Chalons-Reims and Hyeres-Toulon. Loser Le Mans keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Limoges. Cholet Basket will meet Entente Orleans 45 (#17) on the road in the next round. Le Mans will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: S.Shorter 12+2reb, M.Yarou 9+3reb+1ast, P.Amagou 9+1reb+4ast, M.Gelabale 7+2reb, L.Konate 5+1reb+1ast, P.Cornelie 4+2reb
Cholet: I.Evtimov 24+3reb, J.Rousselle 10+3reb+9ast, M.Williams 10+1reb+3ast, J.Boutsiele 10+5reb, I.Almeida 8+5reb+1ast, M.Rhett 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 486038


Paris-Levallois - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 86-64

The game between second ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (18-7) and sixth ranked Paris-Levallois (16-9) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Pau-Lacq-Orthez was crushed by Paris-Levallois in Levallois 86-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pau-Lacq-Orthez. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 47-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Paris-Levallois made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Paris-Levallois outrebounded Pau-Lacq-Orthez 33-19 including 25 on the defensive glass. American guard Jason Rich (191-86) fired 21 points and 5 assists for the winners. The former international center Vincent Poirier (210-93) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Four Paris-Levallois players scored in double figures. The former international center Alain Koffi (207-83, agency: BeoBasket) produced 19 points and American point guard DJ Cooper (183-90, college: Ohio) added 5 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists respectively for lost side. Paris-Levallois have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Strasbourg. Pau-Lacq-Orthez at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. They share it with Chalon. Paris-Levallois is looking forward to face Strasbourg IG (#6) on the road in the next round. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against Le Portel (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: A.Koffi 19+1reb+1ast, V.Chikoko 12+2reb+1ast, T.Dean 8+1reb+2ast, Y.Bokolo 7+1reb+3ast, D.Agbelese 6+4reb, D.Cooper 5+6reb+9ast
Paris-Levallois: J.Rich 21+2reb+5ast, V.Poirier 16+7reb, M.N'Doye 16+2reb+1ast, L.Sane 15+3reb, C.Eliezer-Vanerot 8+3reb+1ast, T.Harris 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 486037


Gravelines - Monaco 72-92

Leader Monaco delivered the twenty second victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (14-11) 92-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Gravelines-Dunkerque. The game without a history. Monaco led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Gravelines-Dunkerque's 30. Monaco had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Bosnian guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo.) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). American-Bulgarian point guard Dee Bost (188-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: BeoBasket) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 assists for the winners. American forward Richard Solomon (208-92, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Justin Cobbs (191-91, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) added 14 points and 6 assists in the effort for Gravelines-Dunkerque. Five Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Monaco have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 22-3 record. Gravelines-Dunkerque at the other side keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Monaco will play against ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Le Mans and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: R.Solomon 15+7reb, J.Cobbs 14+2reb+6ast, K.Gibson 13+4reb+2ast, S.Henry 10+2reb+2ast, Q.Serron 10+1reb+2ast, M.Keita 3
Monaco: Z.Wright 16+7reb+4ast, D.Bost 15+2reb+10ast, S.Gladyr 11+1reb+3ast, J.Aboudou 11+3reb, B.Fofana 10+1reb, B.Davies 9+10reb
gschID: 486039


Nancy - Nanterre 73-78

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked JSF Nanterre (17-8) defeated on the road bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy (6-19) 78-73 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. Strangely Sluc Nancy outrebounded JSF Nanterre 52-31 including a 24-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Mathias Lessort (205-95) stepped up and scored 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and German point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84) chipped in 18 points and 9 assists. Four JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. At the losing side American-Montenegrin point guard Brion Rush (186-84, college: Grambling St., agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 28 points and 5 rebounds and Canadian-Italian power forward Marc Trasolini (206-90, college: Santa Clara) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. JSF Nanterre maintains fourth place with 17-8 record. Loser Sluc Nancy stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. JSF Nanterre will meet at home JDA Dijon (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sluc Nancy will play against Limoges CSP Elite (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Nancy: B.Rush 28+5reb+2ast, M.Trasolini 14+13reb, B.Sene 9+2reb+1ast, A.Urtasun 8+5reb+6ast, D.Hunt 7+14reb+4ast, D.Mallet 3+2ast
Nanterre: M.Lessort 20+9reb, H.Schaffartzik 18+1reb+9ast, C.Warren 17+1reb+7ast, H.Invernizzi 12+6reb, J.Morency 6+8reb+3ast, B.Conklin 3+1reb
gschID: 486040


Le Portel - Orleans 85-63

Very expected game when 17th ranked Entente Orleans 45 (7-18) was rolled over on the road by ninth ranked Le Portel (12-13) 85-63 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Le Portel. Entente Orleans 45 managed to win second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American center Jakim Donaldson (204-83, college: Edinboro) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and guard Benoit Mangin (191-88) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists. Five Le Portel players scored in double figures. Le Portel's coach Eric Girard felt very confident that he used 10 players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side Montenegrin Nemanja Milosevic (204-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: 011 Sports) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds and American point guard Kyle McAlarney (183-87, college: Notre Dame) scored 20 points. Le Portel maintains ninth place with 12-13 record. Loser Entente Orleans 45 dropped to the sixteenth position with 18 games lost. They share it with Antibes. Le Portel will meet higher ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Cholet Basket (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Orleans: K.McAlarney 20+1reb, J.Prince 15+3reb+2ast, N.Milosevic 13+7reb+3ast, G.Olaseni 9+9reb, L.Loubaki 2+1reb+1ast, A.Eito 2+3reb+4ast
Le Portel: J.Begarin 15+3reb+3ast, B.Mangin 14+2reb+5ast, D.Dorsey 13+1reb+1ast, J.Donaldson 12+10reb+2ast, F.Hassell 12+5reb+3ast, L.Goulbourne 12+4reb+1ast
gschID: 486035


Dijon - Limoges 93-74

There was a small surprise when thirteenth ranked JDA Dijon (10-15) outscored at home 11th ranked Limoges CSP Elite (11-14) 93-74 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by JDA Dijon. Limoges CSP Elite managed to win second period 24-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. JDA Dijon made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. American forward Isaiah Miles (201-94, college: St.Joseph's) stepped up and scored 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import guard Ryan Brooks (193-88, college: Temple) chipped in 25 points and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). At the losing side Slovenian guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) responded with 15 points and American point guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St., agency: Inception Sports) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. JDA Dijon moved-up to twelfth place. Limoges CSP Elite lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Le Mans. JDA Dijon will meet higher ranked JSF Nanterre (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Sluc Nancy (#18) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Limoges: K.Prepelic 15+3reb+3ast, D.Wood 13+3reb+4ast, C.Fair 11+4reb, W.Buford 10+4reb+1ast, O.Camara 8+4reb+3ast, J.Randle 7+5ast
Dijon: I.Miles 25+5reb+1ast, R.Brooks 25+1reb+4ast, B.Peterson 14+3reb+1ast, D.Holston 13+1reb+8ast, J.Alingue 5+6reb+3ast, G.Gajovic 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 486034


Chalons-Reims - Strasbourg 58-79

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Chalons-Reims (9-16) was outplayed at home by sixth ranked Strasbourg IG (16-9) 79-58 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Strasbourg IG. Chalons-Reims managed to win second period 17-14. 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 12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals for the winners and the former international forward Jeremy Leloup (202-87) chipped in 15 points. At the losing side American swingman Mark Payne (203-88, college: Cal-Davis) responded with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and Dutch center Nicolas de-Jong (210-88) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Strasbourg IG have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Paris-Levallois. Loser Chalons-Reims dropped to the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Cholet and Hyeres-Toulon. Strasbourg IG will meet at home Paris-Levallois (#5) in the next round. Chalons-Reims will play against the league's second-placed Chalon/Saor (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: N.de Jong 15+5reb, M.Souleyman Diabate 11+1reb+2ast, M.Payne 9+6reb+9ast, A.Lawrence 8+2reb+1ast, A.Young 6+1reb+1ast, M.Vasl 3+1reb+1ast
Strasbourg: J.Leloup 15+1reb, P.Lacombe 12+6reb+4ast, E.Murphy 12+2reb, M.Jaiteh 10+6reb, R.Travis 8+5reb+2ast, E.Walker 7+2reb+5ast
gschID: 486033


Antibes - Chalon 74-87

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Chalon/Saor (18-7) won against on the road 16th ranked Olympique Antibes (7-18) 87-74 on Friday. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 45-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American point guard John Roberson (180-88, college: Texas Tech) stepped up and scored 18 points and 9 assists for the winners and swingman Axel Bouteille (201-95) chipped in 17 points and 10 rebounds. Five Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. At the losing side Isaia Cordinier (194-96) responded with 13 points and 9 rebounds and American-Nigerian center Chris Otule (211-90, college: Marquette) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Olympique Antibes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Chalon/Saor moved-up to second place, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Olympique Antibes lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 18 games lost. They share it with Orleans. Chalon/Saor will meet at home Chalons-Reims (#13) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Olympique Antibes will play against Hyeres-Toulon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Antibes: C.Otule 19+6reb, I.Cordinier 13+9reb+3ast, W.Solomon 9+2reb+2ast, T.Blue 8+3reb+4ast, M.Kouguere 8+2reb, J.Tornato 6+4reb
Chalon: J.Roberson 18+1reb+9ast, A.Bouteille 17+10reb, C.Clark 13+7reb+1ast, J.Nzeulie 11+5reb+4ast, M.Fall 10+4reb+3ast, L.Harris 10
gschID: 486032





Ryan Brooks claims French ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Ryan Brooks (193-G-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for Dijon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 28-year old guard had the game-high 25 points adding four assists for Dijon in his team's victory, helping them to crush Limoges (#10, 11-14) with 19-point margin 93-74. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on top of the standings. Dijon is placed at 12th position in French ProA. Dijon is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-15 record. In the team's last game Brooks had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Dijon and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Ryan Brooks averages this season 10.1ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old American center Darryl Watkins (211-C-84, agency: Inception Sports) of ASVEL. Watkins impressed basketball fans with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he led ASVEL to another comfortable win 73-59 over the lower-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#14, 9-16) being unquestionably team leader. ASVEL's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Watkins is well-known by ASVEL fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Dijon's star - American Isaiah Miles (201-F-94). Miles scored 25 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was another key player of Dijon, helping his team with a 93-74 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Limoges (#10, 11-14). The chances of Dijon ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Miles could help Dijon to bring them higher in the standings. Miles has a very solid season. In 25 games in France he scored 11.8ppg. He also has 5.1rpg and and 3PT: 49.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zack Wright (191-G-85) of Monaco - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Paul Lacombe (195-G-90) of Strasbourg - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Axel Bouteille (201-G/F-95) of Chalon - 17 points and 10 rebounds
7. Brion Rush (186-PG-84) of Nancy - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Chris Otule (211-C-90) of Antibes - 19 points and 6 rebounds
9. Jonathan Rousselle (187-PG-90) of Cholet - 10 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Vincent Poirier (210-C-93) of Paris-Levallois - 16 points and 7 rebounds

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



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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Raymar MORGAN
  Ratiopharm
  (203-F/C-88)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Morgan, Ratiopharm19.2 
 2. Knight, Jena18.3 
 3. Kikanovic, ALBA16.9 
 4. Paulding, EWE B.16.2 
 5. Babb, Ratiopharm15.7 
 6. Odum, Wuerzburg15.6 
 7. Qvale, EWE Baskets15.6 
 8. Lewis, Bayreuth15.6 
 9. Mayo, Telekom Bsk15.5 
 10. Thompson, Telekom .15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Scott EATHERTON
  Goett.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Eatherton, Goett.7.3 
 2. Pierre, Braunsch.7.0 
 3. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.9 
 4. Cooley, Ludwigsb.6.9 
 5. Marei, Bayreuth6.8 
 6. Evans, Giessen .6.7 
 7. Searcy, Vechta6.5 
 8. McGhee, Walter T.6.5 
 9. Qvale, EWE Baskets6.5 
 10. Knight, Jena6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Walter T.
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Jordan, Walter T.8.2 
 2. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.5 
 4. Odum, Wuerzburg5.9 
 5. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.8 
 6. Siva, ALBA5.4 
 7. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.5.1 
 8. Sanders, Goettingen5.0 
 9. Mayo, Telekom Bsk4.9 
 10. Ruoff, Goettingen4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Robertson, Fraport .2.5 
 2. Kramer, EWE B.2.5 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 5. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.8 
 6. Redding, B.Mue.1.7 
 7. Ruoff, Goettingen1.7 
 8. Siva, ALBA1.7 
 9. Stewart, Walter T.1.7 
 10. Anderson, Bayreuth1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel THEIS
  Brose Bask.
  (204-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Theis, Brose Bask.1.3 
 2. Gamble, Telekom .1.3 
 3. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.2 
 4. Groselle, Braunsch.1.1 
 5. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 6. Qvale, EWE Baskets1.0 
 7. Gaffney, ALBA0.9 
 8. Marei, Bayreuth0.8 
 9. Balvin, B.Muenchen0.8 
 10. Horton, Telekom .0.8 


The Isaac Bonga Do Or Die Show Leads Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners Past Nurnberg 70-60 Into NBBL Quarterfinals - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

In the last weeks do or die games as well as fascinating and breathtaking finishes like the unbelievable 75-73 win by North Carolina over Kentucky where Malik Monk's last second shot was overturned by Luke Maye's last triple with 0,3 seconds remaining to propel the Tar Heels into the 2017 NCAA Final 4 were as usual as it has been for ratiopharm Ulm winning and winning in the BBL this season, but also in the NBBL playoffs do or die games have been growing as last weekend the Igeko Falcons BC Nurnberg had to win at home against Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners to keep their season alive and did with a super performance as they won 63-51 stepping up their defense allowing 29 less points than in game one and carved the total points by German wonder boy Isaac Bonga and Cosmo Gruehn in half from 57 points to only 29 points and forced them to coughing up the ball 20 times with their aggressive defense. It hadn't helped the cause of Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners that they were without their other strong performer Konstantin Schubert as he had been nursing an ankle injury. Both teams arrived into the game with their two star players Isaac Bonga who registered his first triple double in the Pro B a few weeks ago and is a projected 2018 NBA Draft Pick and Moritz Sanders who currently is averaging 7,2ppg in the Pro A and quietly developing further as a basketball player and were hoping to move on and face the International Basketball Academy Munich with their star player Oscar De La Silva. Despite being without second top scorer German Konstantin Schubert again for the third time in the series, Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners had enough other weapons and depth and took advantage of their home court despite some loud Nurnberg fans who had made the trip to cheer on the kids and escaped a last furious comeback by their opponent to slip into the quarterfinals with a satisfying 70-60 victory. It was a game that Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners led from early on, but allowed Igeko Nurnberg Falcons BC very close in crunch time, but it was the overall sound team play and superb leadership by 17 year old Isaac Bonga that allowed the home team to preserve the win. After the quick win, Bonga had exactly one hour and five minutes before his next game in the BBL against the Telekom Baskets Bonn and was dripping with sweat outside the locker room and showed absolutely no panic about having to get to the Fraport arena in time and reflected about the victory and keeping a cool head at the end. 'I knew from the start that I had to take responsibility today. That is my job as point guard. We were always awake in the game and stayed calm even in tough times', stressed Isaac Bonga. When Bonga was long gone and on his way to the Fraport arena for the 10 minute drive from the BCM gym, Cosmo Gruehn was still on the court stretching and found the right words for the win. 'Rebounds was key today as we were the better rebounding team in the first half and also defense as we held them to 60 points. We also did a good job keeping Sanders and Hassfuerter in check. We didn't have to rely as much on our outside shooting like in game two, but were able to penetrate more with success', added ex USC Freiburg big man Cosmo Gruehn.

The first quarter looked more like a game on the playgrounds except that defense was being played as missed shots and wild turnovers belonged to the norm. Both teams had massive problems getting into a sound rhythm as the game was rather low scoring in the first 10 minutes. Bonga got Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners on the board first with a lay in, but Moritz Sanders gave the Igeko Nurnberg Falsons BC their first lead 3-2 with a lay in and free throw. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners then unleashed one of their many weapons ex TV Langen guard Niklas Pons who hit the guests with back to back trey's as Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners led 8-3. The Igeko Nurnberg Falscons BC couldn't muster much offense and when they did it came only from Sanders and Hassfuerter who supplied the points as they inched their way back cutting the Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners lead to 10-9. Bonga had problems shooting only 1/9 from the field in the first qauretr as he chose to use his speed and athleticism over his outside shooting and at least got to the free throw line twice converting three free throws as Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners led 13-9 after one quarter. 'Both teams were very nervous as is normal with youth players. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners did a good job using their physicality and athleticism that we had problems getting accustomed to', stressed Igeko Nurnberg Falcons BC coach Ralph Junge.

The first few minutes of the second quarter were tight, but halfway through Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners were able to get away and set the tone for the game until crunch time. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners had a horrible start being stopped on their first five possessions, but could only get five points out of their masterful defense and took only their second and last lead of the game at 14-13. In the run the Igeko Nurnberg Falcons BC got vital energy from 16 year old German Matthew Meredith who played his first German Pro A game with 14 years of age in 2015 against Chemnitz who showed brilliance on both ends of the floor and on offense snuck inside for the nifty lay in as big man 207 cm 18 year old German Tim Handt supplied the dime. 17 year old 188cm sharp shooter Manuel Feuerpfeil connected on a catch and pop shot. It was only a matter of time until Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners would crawl out of their untimely offensive funk and get rolling on offense as they cruised on a 13-0 run to totally break open the game leading 26-14. In this phase, the club totally demonstrated to what their offense and depth is capable of when everyone on the floor gets involved. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners got big three point shooting from 16 year old energy machine Alvin Oniya who had been inserted into the starting rotation and Bonga. In the run the team also got support from 17 year old German big man Beat Weichsler who came from the bench giving instant support making a tip in and lay in and Cosmo Gruehn nailed a trey releasing a cry of joy. The Igeko Nurnberg Falcons BC stopped the furious run of Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners and went on a mini 4-0 run as 218cm giant Tanor Ngoom from Senegal scored on the pick and roll as Feuerpfeil supplied the pass and 17 year old 200cm forward German Ben Gahlert also scored inside cutting the Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners lead to 26-18. Down the stretch, Pons, Gruehn and Bonga scored for Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners while the Igeko Nurnberg Falcons BC got a spectacular bucket from Moritz Sanders who has played 25 Pro A games for Nurnberg this season scoring over Bonga with a lay in and Meredith made free throws as Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners led 32-22 at halftime. 'We had way too many turnovers which gave Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners more possessions and more shots', added Ralph Junge. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners were shooting 30% from the field and 45% from outside while the Igeko Nurnberg Falcons BC were shooting 33% from the field and 0% from outside at 0/9 while they led the rebound duel 22-21, but had 13 turnovers while Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners had only five turnovers.

In the third quarter Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners were able to lead in double digits most of the way and fans saw the Isaac Bonga Show as he owned the paint area scoring 14 points. The Igeko Nurnberg Falcons BC jumped all over Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners in the first two minutes going on a 6-2 run to cut the Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners lead to 34-28. Bonga got Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners on the board first with a pretty floater, but the Igeko Nurnberg Falcons BC then scored three unanswered baskets as Ngom made a tip in, Sanders scored inside and Hassfuerter had the seemingly blind audacity to attempt a difficult reverse lay up over Bonga who at 205cm had the 21 centimeters length at his advantage. Despite this little burst of fire from the guests, Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners didn't let that rattle their game as they finally got their offense going going on a 11-1 run to once again break open the game to lead 45-29. In the run, Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners got 7 points from Bonga all in the paint as nobody could slow down the ex Koblenz Regionalliga player, but also got support from good role player 17 year old Oliver Babitsch who could compete with teammate Konstantin Schubert who has the more blonde hair made a big pass on the back door cut to Pons for the lay up and then came up big on defense with a steal and coast to coast sprint for the lay up. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners continued to have the big lead, but one could sense that Igeko Nurnberg Falcons BC weren't about to lay down and die as they still had a lot of energy and firepower getting big support from Feuerpfeil who led a 5-0 run with a trey and jumper, but Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners kept their composure leading well 52-39 after 30 minutes. 'We made good pressure on defense which led to good offense', stated Isaac Bonga. 'Our offense was more fluid and we moved the ball and made open shots. Bonga also scored without problems inside', stressed Cosmo Gruehn. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners shot 35% from the field and 38% from the three point line while the Igeko Nurnberg Falcons shot 44% from the field and 8% from the three point line. The Igeko Nurnberg Falcons BC had the 30-26 rebound edge, but 21 turnovers while Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners had only 6 turnovers.

In the fourth quarter Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners continued to control the game and lead by as much as 14 points, but then let the contest slip away, but kept their composure to muster out the win. Despite getting a trey from 18 year old German Hristijan Radiceski who had been on the bench for the first half, Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners led 58-44 after getting two free throws from Cosmo Gruehn. However with time running out and the season slipping away, the Igeko Nurnberg Falcons BC made one last attempt to get back into the game and shocked Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners going on an unexpected 11-0 run to cut Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners lead to 58-55. The defining moment which helped the Igeko Nurnberg Falcons BC break away on their 11-0 run was when Hassfierter stole the ball from Oniya in Frankfurt's own end and nailed a trey. From this point on Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners seemed to be paralyzed as they watched the guests claw their way back as they got to the free throw line as Sanders and Hassfuerter converted shots and Meredith made a lay in. Bonga and Meredith then traded free throws and Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners still led only 60-57. 'The steal and three from Hassfuerter energized Nurnberg to come back. They pressured us more and we got more nervous.', stressed Cosmo Gruehn. With less than two minutes to play, then came another example as to why Isaac Bonga's middle name should be 'Unselfish' as instead of continuing to dominate in the paint, he let his instincts go to work as he let his crisp passing strength work finding Oniya all open in the corner with the kick out pass as the German nailed the trey and Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners led 63-57. ' I always look for my teammates first. I always have trust in all my teammates to make their shots. I could of finished on my own on that play, but I must admit I do love to give the no look pass', smiled Isaac Bonga. 'Bonga always has a good feeling what to do with the ball. He has trust in his teammates, but is a pass first guard that knows when he has to score. Even if he is triple teamed, he always finds at least one guy open', stressed Cosmo Gruehn. The exciting game didn't end here with a Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners six point lead as Meredith dropped a trey with 1.40 to play as Nurnberg trailed only 63-60. 'I was a bit scared at this moment. I was on the bench and it is always 10 times worse watching from there then being on the court.', smiled Cosmo Gruehn. However Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners then buckled down causing the Igeko Nurnberg Falcons to cough up the ball and then defended hard as they stopped the next 2 possessions on Sanders and Hassfuerter. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners closed out the game with a strong 7-0 run as Pons scored and hit free throws and 16 year old German Tim David Schraedt broke behind the Nurnberg press and scored an open lay up. 'We contained our cool and just wanted to win the game more on our court', explained Cosmo Gruehn. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners were led by Isaac Bonga with 30 points and 12 rebounds. Niklas Pons added 14 points and Cosmo Gruehn added 10 points. The Igeko Nurnberg Falcons BC were led by Moritz Sanders with 17 points. Nils Hassfuerter added 13 points and Matthew Meredith had 11 points and 11 boards. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners shot 35% from the field and 33% from outside while the Igeko Nurnberg Falcons BC shot 37% from the field and 18% from outside. The Igeko Nurnberg Falcons BC won th rebound battle 43-35, but coughed up the ball23 times while Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners had 11 turnovers.



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

27-year old power forward Julian Gamble (208-F/C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Telekom Bsk and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
He had a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Fraport SKY (#10, 11-16) 74-73. Telekom Bsk maintains the 6th position in German league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Telekom Bsk will need more victories to improve their 16-10 record. Gamble turned to be Telekom Bsk's top player in his first season with the team. Julian Gamble averages this season 12.0ppg and 6.1rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Darius Carter (201-PF-92) of Goettingen. He is American forward in his first season at Goettingen. In the last game Carter recorded impressive 24 points and 4 rebounds. Bad luck as Goettingen was edged by the higher-ranked Brose Bask. (#2, 24-3) 71-70. Goettingen managed to keep the same 12th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-18 record. Carter is a newcomer at Goettingen and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Jack Cooley (206-F/C-91, agency: Pensack Sports) of Ludwigsburg (#8). Cooley scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Ludwigsburg, leading his team to a 92-65 easy win against the lower-ranked Wuerzburg (#15, 7-19). Ludwigsburg needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 13 lost games. Cooley has a great season in Germany. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.9rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Danilo Barthel (208-PF-91) of B.Muenchen - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Chris Kramer (191-G-88) of EWE Baskets - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Dwayne Evans (201-F-92) of Giessen 46ers - 22 points and 9 rebounds
7. Joshiko Saibou (188-PG-90) of Giessen 46ers - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Quincy Diggs (198-G/F-90) of Bremerhaven - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Rickey Paulding (196-F/G-82) of EWE Baskets - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Josh Mayo (181-PG-87) of Telekom Bsk - 24 points, 4 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)



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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



Josh Mayo Is Tiny But Not Archibald Leading The Telekom Baskets Bonn To 74-73 Tightrope Win Over the Fraport Skyliners - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

EWE Baskets - ALBA 93-81

Another interesting game for EWE Baskets (14-12) which hosted in Oldenburg against 5th ranked ALBA Berlin (17-11). Eighth ranked EWE Baskets had an easy win 93-81. EWE Baskets made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists and the other American import swingman Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri) who added 27 points during the contest. Five EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. At the losing side Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds and international swingman Niels Giffey (200-91, college: Connecticut) scored 14 points. ALBA Berlin's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. EWE Baskets moved-up to seventh place. ALBA Berlin at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. EWE Baskets will play against EnBW Ludwigsburg (#8) at home in the next round. ALBA Berlin will play against Walter Tigers and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 27+3reb+2ast, B.Qvale 16+8reb+2ast, C.Kramer 14+9reb+10ast, P.Schwethelm 11+2reb+1ast, V.Duggins 10+2reb+2ast, M.De Zeeuw 9+2reb+2ast
ALBA: E.Kikanovic 18+6reb+1ast, N.Giffey 14+3reb+1ast, C.English 11+2reb+1ast, G.Robinson 9+3reb+2ast, I.Akpinar 8+3reb+2ast, D.Milosavljevic 7+2reb+5ast
gschID: 528774


Goettingen - Brose Bask. 70-71

Twelfth-ranked BG Goettingen (10-18) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Brose Baskets (24-3) on Sunday. The visitors from Bamberg managed to secure only one-point victory 71-70. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Latvian point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 5 assists. International Daniel Theis (204-92, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 10 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Jesse Sanders (190-89, college: Liberty) replied with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and his fellow American import Darius Carter (201-92, college: Wichita St.) added 24 points in the effort for BG Goettingen. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending champion maintains second position with 24-3 record having just one point less than leader Ratiopharm. BG Goettingen at the other side keeps the twelfth place with 18 games lost. Brose Baskets are looking forward to face BBC Bayreuth (#4) at home in the next round. BG Goettingen will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Brose Bask.: J.Strelnieks 12+1reb+5ast, L.Radosevic 11+3reb, D.Theis 10+6reb+1ast, D.Miller 9+3reb+4ast, A.Nikolic 7+1reb+5ast, L.Staiger 6+1reb
Goettingen: D.Carter 24+4reb+1ast, J.Sanders 18+5reb+8ast, A.Waleskowski 8+4reb+1ast, A.Ruoff 7+2reb+2ast, M.Monninghoff 6+4reb, S.Eatherton 4+1reb
gschID: 528776


B.Muenchen - Jena 98-68

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


Fraport SKY - Telekom Bsk 73-74

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


Walter Tigers - Bremerhaven 76-85

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


Ludwigsburg - Wuerzburg 92-65

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


Braunschweig - Giessen 46ers 74-84

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


Bayreuth - Vechta 96-71

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





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

Wuerzburg - Elchingen 76-71

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


Iserlohn - Karlsruhe PS 75-84

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


Bochum - Bernau 77-76

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


Karlsruhe BG - Weissenhorn 83-63

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





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Defending Champs draw death group at UPAC quarterfinal draw - by Yaw Mintah

Reigning Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Champions University of Ghana (UG) has been drawn to play in Group A for the quarterfinals with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), University of Cape-Coast (UCC) and Marshalls University College.

The group has been labeled as the tougher of the two groups as last year's losing finalist Accra Technical University (ATU) is in Group B and will play against University of Energy and
Natural Resources (UENR), All Nations University College and University of Development Studies (UDS-Tamale).

All games will be played on April 7 and the final stages of the knockout level will be completed on April 8 at the University of Ghana (UG).

All teams in UG's group have finished in the top four spots in prior editions of the prestigious tertiary basketball tournament in the West African nation. ATU's group features two debutants in All Nations and UDS while UENR will be making its second ever appearance in the competition.

This year's edition is the fourth and ATU are the record winners with two in the bag but lost out on a third straight title after losing 44-45 to UG in the 2016 Final. The draw was administered during the live airing of basketball television show 'Courtside' on Ghana channel Kwese Free Sports.



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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos16.3 
 2. Starks, Koroivos14.2 
 3. Barlow, Trikalla14.0 
 4. Cummings, Aris13.8 
 5. Hall, Koroivos13.4 
 6. Gotcher, Koroivos13.3 
 7. Harris, Doxa L.12.8 
 8. Fitzpatrick, AGOR12.8 
 9. Releford, Kolossos.12.6 
 10. Lojeski, Olympiacos12.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keith CLANTON
  PAOK
  (205-C/F-90)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Clanton, PAOK9.5 
 2. Biruta, Trikalla7.0 
 3. Fitzpatrick, AGOR6.8 
 4. Hall, Koroivos6.7 
 5. Singleton, Panathin.6.6 
 6. Toutziarakis, Kymis6.3 
 7. Vasilopoulos, Kolossos.6.0 
 8. Faye, Promitheas6.0 
 9. Reddic, Kolossos HH5.9 
 10. Elonu, AEK Athens5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos7.3 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos5.6 
 3. Calathes, Panathin.5.4 
 4. Starks, Koroivos5.2 
 5. Scott, Doxa L.4.1 
 6. Talton, AGOR4.0 
 7. El-Amin, Kymis3.9 
 8. Hall, Kolossos HH3.6 
 9. Ukic, AEK Athens3.6 
 10. Releford, Kolossos.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Shannon SCOTT
  Doxa L.
  (186-PG-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Scott, Doxa L.2.0 
 2. Brown, Koroivos1.8 
 3. Releford, Kolossos.1.7 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Aris1.7 
 5. Hickey, Apollon .1.7 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.1.6 
 7. Gotcher, Koroivos1.4 
 8. Moore, Promitheas1.4 
 9. Jones, Promitheas1.4 
 10. James, Panathin.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jito KOK
  Lavrio
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kok, Lavrio1.5 
 2. Clanton, PAOK1.2 
 3. Milutinov, Olympiacos1.0 
 4. Kravic, AGOR1.0 
 5. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 6. Reddic, Kolossos HH0.9 
 7. Kavvadas, Aris0.9 
 8. Cobbins, Apollon .0.8 
 9. Fitzpatrick, AGOR0.8 
 10. Singleton, Panathin.0.8 


A1 Round 24: Top-ranked Olympiacos win another game - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in A1.

A1 top team - Olympiacos (23-1) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed fifth ranked PAOK (13-11) in Athens 84-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of PAOK. The game was mostly controlled by Olympiacos. PAOK managed to win third quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded PAOK 35-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for Serbian center Nikola Milutinov (212-94) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Thomas Zevgaras (201-1) contributed with 14 points for the winners. U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican forward Ivan Aska (201-90, college: Murray St.) replied with 14 points and 5 rebounds for PAOK. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Olympiacos have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 23-1 record, which they share with Panathinaikos. PAOK at the other side keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost. Olympiacos is looking forward to face Promitheas (#8) in Patras in the next round and are hoping to win another game. PAOK will play at home against Koroivos and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Kolossos HH (12-12) and Lavrio (10-14), which took place in Rodou. 6th ranked Kolossos HH lost at home to ninth ranked Lavrio 63-79. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Zamal Nixon (186-89, college: Houston, agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 rebounds and Ashley Hamilton who added 12 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Langston Hall (193-91, college: Mercer) with 13 points and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lavrio moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Promitheas. Kolossos HH at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with AGOR. Lavrio will play against higher ranked Aris (#4) in Thessaloniki in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kolossos HH will play on the road against AEK Athens and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between second ranked Panathinaikos (23-1) and 10th ranked Aiolos Trikallon (9-15) in Athens on Monday ended with biggest points difference. Panathinaikos outscored guests from Trikallon 93-63. The winners were led by Kenny Gabriel who scored that evening 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Even 15 points and 4 assists by Kelsey Barlow did not help to save the game for Aiolos Trikallon. 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. Panathinaikos have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Olympiacos. Loser Aiolos Trikallon keeps the tenth place with 15 games lost. Panathinaikos will meet AGOR (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Aiolos Trikallon will play against Doxa Lefkadas (#14) and hope to secure a win.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 24: AGOR beat Koroivos on the road 78-67. Bottom-ranked Doxa Lefkadas lost to AEK Athens on its own court 64-68. Kymis was outscored by Promitheas in Patras 57-81. Aris managed to beat Apollon Patras at home 79-70.

Panathinaikos - Trikalla 93-63

The game between second ranked Panathinaikos (23-1) and 10th ranked Aiolos Trikallon (9-15) in Athens on Monday ended with biggest points difference. Panathinaikos outscored guests from Trikallon 93-63. Panathinaikos looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Aiolos Trikallon's players. The winners were led by American Kenny Gabriel (209-89, college: Auburn) who scored that evening 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the former international Nikos Pappas (194-90) supported him with 14 points. Even 15 points and 4 assists by American guard Kelsey Barlow (196-91, college: Ill.-Chicago) did not help to save the game for Aiolos Trikallon. Naturalized French Angelo Tsagarakis (191-84) added 13 points and 5 assists. 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. Panathinaikos have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Olympiacos. Loser Aiolos Trikallon keeps the tenth place with 15 games lost. Panathinaikos will meet AGOR (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Aiolos Trikallon will play against Doxa Lefkadas (#14) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: K.Gabriel 22+6reb+1ast, J.Feldeine 15+1reb+2ast, N.Pappas 14+2reb+3ast, M.James 8+1reb+4ast, V.Charalampopoulos 7+2reb+2ast, J.Gist 6+2reb
Trikalla: K.Barlow 15+4reb+4ast, A.Tsagarakis 13+2reb+5ast, M.Caffey 9+2reb+2ast, C.Eziukwu 8+1reb+2ast, O.Lypovyy 6+5reb+1ast, D.Haughton 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 493748


Olympiacos - PAOK 84-59

A1 top team - Olympiacos (23-1) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed fifth ranked PAOK (13-11) in Athens 84-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of PAOK. The game was mostly controlled by Olympiacos. PAOK managed to win third quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded PAOK 35-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for Serbian center Nikola Milutinov (212-94) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Thomas Zevgaras (201-1) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Four Olympiacos players scored in double figures. U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican forward Ivan Aska (201-90, college: Murray St.) replied with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Latvian swingman Zanis Peiners (203-90) added 11 points in the effort for PAOK. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Olympiacos have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 23-1 record, which they share with Panathinaikos. PAOK at the other side keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost. Olympiacos is looking forward to face Promitheas (#8) in Patras in the next round and are hoping to win another game. PAOK will play at home against Koroivos and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Olympiacos: T.Zevgaras 14+2reb+3ast, V.Spanoulis 12+5ast, G.Printezis 12+3reb+2ast, N.Milutinov 12+6reb+1ast, G.Ballis 7+9reb, I.Papapetrou 6+6reb+1ast
PAOK: I.Aska 14+5reb, Z.Peiners 11+2reb+1ast, V.Margaritis 7+2reb, A.Koniaris 6+1reb+2ast, N.Sobey 6+4reb+3ast, T.McFadden 4+1ast
gschID: 493750


Koroivos - AGOR 67-78

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked AGOR (12-12) beat on the road 11th ranked Koroivos (7-17) 78-67 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American players dominated the game. The winners were led by forward Toarlyn Fitzpatrick (203-89, college: S.Florida) who scored that evening 13 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Gary Talton (185-90, college: Ill.-Chicago) supported him with 15 points. Even 12 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists by guard Markel Starks (188-91, college: Georgetown) did not help to save the game for Koroivos. Toddrick Gotcher (193-93, college: Texas Tech) added 15 points and 8 rebounds. Five AGOR and four Koroivos players scored in double figures. AGOR moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Kolossos HH. Koroivos lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 17 games lost. They share it with Kymis. AGOR will meet at home league's second-placed Panathinaikos in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Koroivos will play against PAOK (#5) in Thessaloniki and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
AGOR: G.Talton 15+2reb+3ast, T.Fitzpatrick 13+9reb+2ast, R.Schaftenaar 11+4reb+1ast, W.Lemon Jr. 10+3reb+7ast, H.Giannopoulos 10+3reb, R.Arnold 10+5reb+4ast
Koroivos: E.McClellan 18+6reb, T.Gotcher 15+8reb+2ast, M.Starks 12+6reb+9ast, D.Pollard 10+2reb+1ast, C.Sane 5+3reb, A.Milutinovic 3+6reb+3ast
gschID: 493749


Doxa Lefkadas - AEK Athens 64-68

Very expected game when 14th ranked Doxa Lefkadas (4-20) lost at home to third ranked AEK Athens (18-6) 68-64 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 68-64. The winners were led by the former international center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84) who scored that evening 21 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized Serbian Dusan Sakota (210-86, agency: BeoBasket) supported him with 9 points and 5 rebounds. Even 23 points and 7 rebounds by Montenegrin Ivan Maras (207-86) did not help to save the game for Doxa Lefkadas. American guard Alex Harris (196-86, agency: Diamond Sports) added 18 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. AEK Athens maintains third position with 18-6 record having five points less than leader Olympiacos. Newly promoted Doxa Lefkadas stay dead last with 20 lost games. AEK Athens will meet at home Kolossos HH (#7) in the next round. Doxa Lefkadas will play against Aiolos Trikallon (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
AEK Athens: L.Mavrokefalidis 21+8reb+1ast, R.Ukic 12+1reb+2ast, D.Sakota 9+5reb+3ast, G.Larentzakis 9+3reb+3ast, D.Mavroeidis 8+4reb+1ast, D.McGrath 4+1reb+1ast
Doxa Lefkadas: I.Maras 23+7reb+2ast, A.Harris 18+8reb, D.Doblas 8+1reb, T.Abbott 5+1reb+4ast, G.Georgakis 3+3reb, G.Demertzis 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 493747


Promitheas - Kymis 81-57

Rather predictable result when eighth ranked Promitheas (10-14) rolled over 12th ranked Kymis (7-17) in Patras 81-57 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Promitheas. Kymis managed to win second period 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Promitheas forced 19 Kymis turnovers. The winners were led by American guard McKenzie Moore (198-92, college: UTEP, agency: Two Points) who scored that evening 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and point guard Nikos Gikas (186-91, agency: Octagon Europe) supported him with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Four Promitheas players scored in double figures. Even 15 points and 7 rebounds by forward Alexandros Sigounas (200-88, agency: Octagon Europe) did not help to save the game for Kymis. Bulgarian Chavdar Kostov (195-88, agency: Interperformances) added 7 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Newly promoted Promitheas maintains eighth position with 10-14 record, which they share with Lavrio. Kymis lost third consecutive game. Kymis at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eleventh place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Koroivos. Promitheas will meet at home league's leader Olympiacos in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Kymis will play against Apollon Patras (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Promitheas: N.Gikas 20+5reb+2ast, M.Moore 17+6reb+6ast, N.Papantoniou 11+1reb, M.Todic 11+6reb+1ast, L.Jones 9+8reb+2ast, M.Faye 5+5reb
Kymis: A.Sigounas 15+7reb+2ast, D.Stamatis 7+1reb+3ast, C.Kostov 7+2reb+2ast, D.Orton 6+3reb+2ast, S.Toutziarakis 4+6reb, J.Cadee 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 493746


Aris - Apollon Patras 79-70

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Apollon Patras (6-18) lost to fifth ranked Aris (14-10) in Thessaloniki 70-79 on Saturday. Apollon Patras trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 20-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 70-79 at the end of the game. The winners were led by American guard Will Cummings (188-92, college: Temple) who scored that evening 15 points and 5 assists and the other American import power forward Justin Jackson (204-90, college: Cincinnati) supported him with 15 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Even 21 points by American-Ukrainian guard Steven Burtt (189-84, college: Iona) did not help to save the game for Apollon Patras. Bosnian power forward Edin Bavcic (209-84, agency: BeoBasket) added 13 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Aris moved-up to fourth place. Loser Apollon Patras keeps the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. Aris will meet Lavrio (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Apollon Patras will play against Kymis (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aris: J.Jackson 15+3reb+2ast, W.Cummings 15+2reb+5ast, V.Kavvadas 12+5reb, K.Altinis 10+4reb+1ast, T.Zaras 8+3reb, S.Mourtos 8+7reb+2ast
Apollon Patras: S.Burtt 21+1reb+3ast, E.Bavcic 13+6reb, A.Hickey 11+2reb+3ast, T.Kalinoski 11+4reb, I.Kouzeloglou 9+8reb, M.Stockton 2+2reb
gschID: 493745


Kolossos HH - Lavrio 63-79

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Kolossos HH (12-12) and Lavrio (10-14), which took place in Rodou. 6th ranked Kolossos HH lost at home to ninth ranked Lavrio 63-79. The game was mostly controlled by Lavrio. Kolossos HH was better in fourth quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-20 charity shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. Lavrio outrebounded Kolossos HH 33-20 including 23 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Zamal Nixon (186-89, college: Houston, agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 rebounds and British forward Ashley Hamilton (201-88, college: Loyola Mary, agency: Court Side) who added 12 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Langston Hall (193-91, college: Mercer) with 13 points and 5 assists and British forward Jesse Chuku (203-93, college: Lehigh) scored 11 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lavrio moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Promitheas. Kolossos HH at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with AGOR. Lavrio will play against higher ranked Aris (#4) in Thessaloniki in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kolossos HH will play on the road against AEK Athens and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lavrio: Z.Nixon 20+5reb+2ast, A.Hamilton 12+5reb+1ast, S.Gray 9+2reb+3ast, G.Athanasoulas 9+3reb+1ast, S.Evans 8+8reb, D.Bolds 8+2reb+3ast
Kolossos HH: L.Hall 13+2reb+5ast, J.Chuku 11+2reb+2ast, C.Saloustros 9+3reb+2ast, T.Releford 8+4reb+1ast, E.Watson 6+1reb, J.Reddic 6+1reb
gschID: 493744





Mavrokefalidis' 21 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

32-year old center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-C-84) had a great game in the last round for AEK Athens and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
He had the game-high 21 points adding eight rebounds for AEK Athens in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Doxa Lefkadas (#14, 4-20) 68-64. AEK Athens maintains the 3rd position in Greek league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. AEK Athens will need more victories to improve their 18-6 record. Mavrokefalidis just recently signed at AEK Athens, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Loukas Mavrokefalidis averages this season 14.2ppg and 5.8rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Ivan Maras (207-PF-86) of Doxa Lefkadas. He is Montenegrin forward in his first season at Doxa Lefkadas. In the last game Maras recorded impressive 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Doxa Lefkadas was edged by the higher-ranked AEK Athens (#3, 18-6) 68-64. Doxa Lefkadas are still at the very bottom. 20 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Doxa Lefkadas managed to get this year. Maras is one of the most experienced players at Doxa Lefkadas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Nikos Gikas (186-PG-91, agency: Octagon Europe) of Promitheas (#8). Gikas scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Promitheas, leading his team to a 81-57 easy win against the lower-ranked Kymis (#12, 7-17). The chances of Promitheas ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gikas could help Promitheas to bring them higher in the standings. Gikas has a very solid season. In 24 games in Greece he scored 9.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kenny Gabriel (209-PF-89) of Panathinaikos - 22 points and 6 rebounds
5. Zamal Nixon (186-PG-89) of Lavrio - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Toddrick Gotcher (193-SG-93) of Koroivos - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Thomas Zevgaras (201-F-01) of Olympiacos - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Alex Harris (196-G-86) of Doxa Lefkadas - 18 points and 8 rebounds
9. Nikos Pappas (194-SG-90) of Panathinaikos - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Markel Starks (188-G-91) of Koroivos - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 9 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)



Karamo Jawara claims Greek A2 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

North
Agriniou - Polygirou 63-51

There was no surprise when 15th ranked Polygirou (7-18) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Agriniou (14-11) 63-51 on Sunday. Agriniou moved-up to fourth place in North, which they share with Evropi. Polygirou lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with 18 games lost. Agriniou will face Evropi (#4) in the next round. Polygirou will play against the league's second-placed Karditsas (#2) and hope to win that game.
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Xanthis - Evropi 79-62

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


Stratoni - Gefyra 76-68

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


Karditsas - Charilaos TM 66-50

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


Filippos Veroias - Aias Evosmou 64-57

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


Ermis Agias - HANTH 67-57

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


Kastoria - Anatolia 85-76

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


Periko/Arhelaos - Ermis Lagkada 66-57

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


South
Ionikos Nikaias - Ergotelis 75-81

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


Tritonas S. - Peristeri GS 92-96

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


Koropi - Marousi 60-72

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


Mandraikos - Apollon Sm. 91-61

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


Papagou - Panelefsiniakos 79-65

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


Proteas V. - Panerythraikos 78-76

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


Kronos AD - KAP 63-60

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


Zografou - Nea Kifisia 77-62

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





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Phoenix take Guam Basketball Association season opener - by Eurobasket News

The Phoenix defeated MacTech 88-77 in the tip-off game of the Guam Basketball Association's Season Four opener at the University of Guam Calvo Field House on Sunday, April 2. Each team racking up their share of fouls and turnovers, MacTech got 14 turnovers to Phoenix's 9. Early in the first quarter, Phoenix pulled ahead with a 16-11 lead over MacTech. Phoenix maintained the lead for the rest of the game. Mactech narrowed the gap late in the second quarter, but Phoenix still led 36-32. Phoenix made 50 percent of their free throws, MacTech made 70 percent of theirs but the Phoenix pulled in the three pointers scoring an average of 39 percent to MacTech's 22 percent.
Outlanders 87, Bombers 103
The Bombers came out on top in their game against the Outlanders with a score of 103-87. Outlanders led Bombers in the first quarter 28-22. The Outlanders maintained the lead into the second quarter, 47-46, over the Bombers. But Bombers were closing in and by the end of the third quarter, took the lead 69-67, ending the Outlanders' 28-minute leading streak. Bombers racked in the points in the fourth quarter, grabbing the win. James Collins led for the Outlanders and Ryheam Trahan led for the Bombers.

UOG 69, ToothFairies 85
The ToothFairies defeated the UOG Tritons 85-69 in the third game of the GBA season opener. UOG took the first quarter lead, 20-18, over the ToothFairies, but that was quickly upended by the ToothFairies early in the second quarter. The ToothFairies took the lead 43-32 over UOG, and they would hold the lead until the final buzzer in the fourth quarter. ToothFairies top scorer Earvin Jose notched in 23 points and UOG's Ryan Nangauta scored 18 points.
Courtesy of: guampdn.com



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Improved players highlight 2017 All-Metro team - by Eurobasket News

A variety of leaders emerged, taking on larger roles throughout metro basketball scene this past season. Plenty of progress can be found within players named to the 2016-17 All-Metro boys' basketball teams as selected by the coaches of Cedar Falls, Columbus, East, Waterloo Christian and West. Cedar Falls junior A.J. Green is the lone repeat first-team selection. His teammate, Isaiah Johnson, along with East's Tyrese Nickelson and West's duo of Carondis Harris-Anderson and Carlton Todd took major steps forward to round out the first team. Following the graduation of all-state teammate Tra'von Fagan, Green became Cedar Falls' primary scorer, averaging 21.5 points on 47.4 percent shooting that included three 3-pointers per game at a 43.4 percent success rate. Johnson, a second team selection from a year ago, embraced his role as the leading defender for a Cedar Falls team that finished 16-8. He averaged a team-best 6.2 rebounds and three steals a game to go with an efficient 10.8 points on 50 percent shooting. Harris-Anderson, Todd and Nickelson each earned first team honors as first-time All-Metro selections. Harris-Anderson was a game-changer for West on both ends of the court as led the Wahawks with averages 18.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Todd, in his first season at West, finished with just one fewer rebound that Harris-Anderson and complemented him with 14.7 points per game and a team-high 2.2 steals per game. Nickelson's debut at East was also impressive as he averaged 24.8 points and 3.3 3-pointers per game while shooting 47.3 percent from the field and 41.8 percent from distance. The sophomore is a well-rounded player with averages of 4.4 rebounds, two assists and 2.2 steals. A veteran second team includes East's repeat selections in junior Ja'Cee Clark and senior Raheem Nickelson. Waterloo Columbus senior Teion Sales led a Sailors team that tripled its win total in points (14.7), assists (5.8) and steals (1.77), while also hauling in 4.6 rebounds with a 5-foot-8 frame. West senior multi-sport athlete Devon Moore and Cedar Falls junior forward Ben Gerdes joined Sales as first-time second team All-Metro selections.
Courtesy of: wcfcourier.com



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Best players of Dutch Eredivisie round 26 - by Eurobasket News

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

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

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

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

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



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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andrija BOJIC
  Jaszberenyi
  (207-PF-93)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Bojic, Jaszberenyi21.3 
 2. Govens, Falco KC20.1 
 3. Lilov, Szedeak19.9 
 4. Vojvoda, Szolnok18.7 
 5. Pacher, Vasas18.0 
 6. Frazier, Kaposvari17.3 
 7. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.17.0 
 8. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.0 
 9. Sejfic, PVSK P.16.8 
 10. Tiby, Atomeromu16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu9.1 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.8 
 3. Szabo, ZTE K.8.3 
 4. Sejfic, PVSK P.7.9 
 5. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 6. Pacher, Vasas7.8 
 7. Watkins, Atomeromu7.7 
 8. Sihota, MAFC7.7 
 9. Drungilas, ZTE K.7.3 
 10. Wright, Vasas7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.1 
 2. Boltic, Szedeak7.9 
 3. Taylor, Vasas7.4 
 4. Petty, Kormend6.3 
 5. Nelson, PVSK P.6.3 
 6. Smith, MAFC6.2 
 7. Wisseh, Kaposvari6.0 
 8. Govens, Falco KC6.0 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC5.9 
 10. Hill Jr., Atomeromu5.6 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC2.4 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.2 
 3. Smith, MAFC2.1 
 4. Petty, Kormend2.0 
 5. Boltic, Szedeak2.0 
 6. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.1.9 
 7. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.9 
 8. Frazier, Kaposvari1.9 
 9. Smith-Jr, Kormend1.8 
 10. Edwards, Alba1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.0 
 2. Juhos, Szedeak0.9 
 3. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.8 
 4. Keller, Alba0.8 
 5. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 6. Simms, Kaposvari0.7 
 7. Wright, Vasas0.7 
 8. Benke, ZTE K.0.7 
 9. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.7 
 10. Farr, Alba0.6 


A Division Round 1 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in A Division just started.

Kormend defeated ZTE KK at home 86-81. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But ZTE KK won third quarter 27-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Terry Allen (203-93, college: Richmond) fired 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American-Liberian guard Lasan Kromah (198-91, college: Connecticut) chipped in 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American-Puerto Rican point guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) produced 14 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for lost side. ZTE KK will play next round against strong Szolnok trying to get back on the winning streak. Kormend will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Fifth-ranked KTE-Duna (12-15) made lots of trouble for PVSK Pannon (16-11) in Pecs. PVSK Pannon managed to secure only one-point victory 71-70. However their fans expected easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Anthony Nelson (185-89, college: Niagara) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 4 assists. Ismet Sejfic contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Serbian center Kemal Karahodzic (210-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for KTE-Duna. PVSK Pannon will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. KTE-Duna will play on the road against Szedeak (#1) in Szeged and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of Falco KC (17-10) against Szolnok (18-9) on Saturday night. Visiting Falco KC was defeated by Szolnok in a tough game in Szolnok 84-92. David Vojvoda stepped up and scored 33 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. At the losing side Darrin Govens responded with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Falco KC's coach Srecko Sekulovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Szolnok will meet ZTE KK (#5) in the next round. Falco KC will play against Alba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of Sopron KC (12-15) against Szedeak (14-13) on Saturday night. Host Sopron KC was defeated by Szedeak in a tough game in Sopron 63-69. Marko Boltic nailed 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. Szedeak's next round opponent will be KTE-Duna (#5) in Kecskemet. Sopron KC will play at home against Kaposvari and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Paks. Local Atomeromu (10-17) beat MAFC (4-23) 95-79 on Saturday night. Talor Battle fired a triple-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists for the winners. Atomeromu will face Vasas (#12) in Budapest in the next round.

In the last game of round 1 bottom-ranked Vasas crushed Jaszberenyi in Budapest 101-82.

Kormend - ZTE KK 86-81

Kormend defeated ZTE KK at home 86-81. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But ZTE KK won third quarter 27-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Terry Allen (203-93, college: Richmond) fired 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American-Liberian guard Lasan Kromah (198-91, college: Connecticut) chipped in 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American-Puerto Rican point guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) produced 14 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and forward Szilard Benke (196-95) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Kormend and four ZTE KK players scored in double figures. ZTE KK will play next round against strong Szolnok trying to get back on the winning streak. Kormend will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Kormend: T.Allen 23+6reb, L.Kromah 16+8reb+4ast, M.Csorvasi 16+6reb+2ast, P.Petty 13+5reb+7ast, L.Smith Jr. 11+8reb+2ast, C.Dickerson 7+1reb
ZTE KK: S.Benke 19+6reb+2ast, A.Drungilas 16+6reb+1ast, E.Ubilla 14+6reb+8ast, J.Norfleet 14+5ast, Z.Szabo 8+10reb, R.Kis 4+2reb
gschID: 543024


Jaszberenyi - Vasas 82-101

There was a minor upset when Jaszberenyi (7-20) was crushed at home by Vasas (5-22) 101-82 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Vasas. Jaszberenyi was better in fourth quarter 30-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Jaszberenyi 34-20 including a 27-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. American point guard Ronnie Taylor (187-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Octagon Europe) fired 29 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international swingman Akos Horvath (194-81, agency: HMS) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian Andrija Bojic (207-93, agency: BeoBasket) produced 31 points and American guard Devon Saddler (183-91, college: Delaware) added 15 points respectively for lost side. 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. Vasas will face Atomeromu (#11) in Paks in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Vasas: R.Taylor 29+9reb+6ast, S.Thompson 22+3reb+2ast, A.Horvath 21+6reb, A.Pacher 15+5reb+2ast, R.Wright 7+7reb, P.Farago 5+1reb
Jaszberenyi: A.Bojic 31+4reb, D.Saddler 15+2reb+1ast, B.Arrington 13+4reb+1ast, S.Stamenkovic 10+2reb, B.Williams 6+2reb+3ast, J.Czirbus 4+2reb
gschID: 543023


Szolnok - Falco KC 92-84

Very important is a road loss of Falco KC (17-10) against Szolnok (18-9) on Saturday night. Visiting Falco KC was defeated by Szolnok in a tough game in Szolnok 84-92. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 30-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Szolnok shot 26 for 36 from the free-throw line, while Falco KC only scored eight points from the stripe. International swingman David Vojvoda (196-90) stepped up and scored 33 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Croatian center Luksa Andric (208-85, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) responded with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import guard Drew Barham (198-89, college: Gonzaga) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Five Szolnok and four Falco KC players scored in double figures. Falco KC's coach Srecko Sekulovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Szolnok will meet ZTE KK (#5) in the next round. Falco KC will play against Alba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: D.Vojvoda 33+5reb+4ast, N.Pavlicevic 15+4reb+4ast, L.Andric 14+8reb+1ast, J.Eilingsfeld 10+6reb+1ast, K.Wittmann 10+3reb+3ast, A.Toth 6+2reb
Falco KC: D.Govens 20+8reb+6ast, D.Barham 13+5reb+2ast, A.Pustahvar 10+4reb+1ast, I.Zigeranovic 10+3reb, N.Toth 10+3reb+1ast, L.Medford 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 543022


Atomeromu - MAFC 95-79

The game with biggest result difference took place in Paks. Local Atomeromu (10-17) beat MAFC (4-23) 95-79 on Saturday night. MAFC was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded MAFC 46-31 including 31 on the defensive glass. Atomeromu looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American point guard Talor Battle (182-88, college: Penn St., agency: Two Points) fired a triple-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists for the winners. His fellow American import power forward Matt Tiby (203-92, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. American point guard Deville Smith (183-91, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Two Points) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 assists and Indian-Canadian forward Robbie Sihota (201-87) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Atomeromu and five MAFC players scored in double figures. Atomeromu will face Vasas (#12) in Budapest in the next round.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: M.Tiby 18+12reb, L.Samenas 18+2reb+1ast, L.Gilbert 17+1reb+2ast, T.Battle 16+14reb+14ast, M.Medve 9+5reb, A.Kovacs 7+2reb+7ast
MAFC: L.Polyak 20+1reb, D.Smith 20+4reb+13ast, R.Sihota 13+8reb+3ast, L.Misek 11+5reb+2ast, M.Poscic 11+8reb+2ast, A.Lakits 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 543021


Sopron KC - Szedeak 63-69

Very important is a home loss of Sopron KC (12-15) against Szedeak (14-13) on Saturday night. Host Sopron KC was defeated by Szedeak in a tough game in Sopron 63-69. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 21-16 Sopron KC's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 69-63 at the end of the game. Serbian guard Marko Boltic (193-87, agency: 011 Sports) nailed 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and forward Marko Filipovics (204-96, college: High School) accounted for 16 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Five Szedeak players scored in double figures. Naturalized Serbian center Marko Spica (205-86, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Julien Mills (193-85, college: Ball St., agency: HMS) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Sopron KC in the defeat. Szedeak's next round opponent will be KTE-Duna (#5) in Kecskemet. Sopron KC will play at home against Kaposvari and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Szedeak: M.Filipovics 16+11reb, M.Boltic 15+6reb+6ast, L.Juhos 14+8reb+3ast, I.Lilov 11+2reb+3ast, N.Sulovic 11+7reb+1ast, T.Ban 2+2reb+3ast
Sopron KC: M.Spica 13+10reb+3ast, A.Dufault 11+3reb+1ast, B.Johnson 11+6reb+3ast, J.Mills 9+8reb+3ast, A.Myles 8+6reb, N.Takacs 7+3reb
gschID: 543020


PVSK Pannon - KTE-Duna 71-70

Fifth-ranked KTE-Duna (12-15) made lots of trouble for PVSK Pannon (16-11) in Pecs. PVSK Pannon managed to secure only one-point victory 71-70. However their fans expected easier game. KTE-Duna was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 20-12 third quarter run of PVSK Pannon. KTE-Duna was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Anthony Nelson (185-89, college: Niagara) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 4 assists. Bosnian center Ismet Sejfic (208-93, agency: XL Basketball Agency) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Serbian center Kemal Karahodzic (210-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and Montenegrin point guard Milutin Djukanovic (190-91) added 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for KTE-Duna. PVSK Pannon will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. KTE-Duna will play on the road against Szedeak (#1) in Szeged and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
PVSK Pannon: A.Nelson 18+1reb+4ast, I.Sejfic 16+6reb, Z.Supola 12+6reb+1ast, T.Harazin 9+2reb, V.Budimir 8+2reb+2ast, C.Smith 6+5reb+2ast
KTE-Duna: M.Djukanovic 24+5reb+4ast, K.Karahodzic 20+11reb+4ast, M.Meszaros 7+2reb, G.Hegedus 7+4reb, M.Djerasimovic 6, M.Pongo 6+5reb+6ast
gschID: 543019





Best players of Hungarian A Division round 1 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

International Swingman David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Szolnok and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Second Stage).
The 26-year old swingman had the game-high 33 points adding five rebounds and four assists for Szolnok in his team's victory, helping them to beat Falco KC (#4, 17-10) 92-84. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Szolnok is placed at 2nd position in Hungarian A Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Szolnok will need more victories to improve their 18-9 record. In the team's last game Vojvoda had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He has many years of experience at Szolnok, through which he has constantly improved. Vojvoda has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 18.7ppg) and averages solid 51.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 35-year old American point guard Ronnie Taylor (187-PG-81, agency: Octagon Europe) of Places 11-14 second-ranked Vasas. Taylor impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he led Vasas to another comfortable win 101-82 over Jaszberenyi (7-20) being unquestionably team leader. The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Taylor is a newcomer at Vasas and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Serbian Andrija Bojic (207-PF-93, agency: BeoBasket) of Jaszberenyi (#13). Bojic got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. Despite Bojic's great performance Jaszberenyi lost 82-101 to Vasas (#12, 5-22). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Jaszberenyi can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 7-20 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Bojic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Bojic has individually a great season in Hungary. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.3ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 7.9rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Talor Battle (182-PG-88) of Atomeromu - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists
5. Darrin Govens (185-PG-88) of Falco KC - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Kemal Karahodzic (210-C-89) of KTE-Duna - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Milutin Djukanovic (190-PG-91) of KTE-Duna - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Deville Smith (183-PG-91) of MAFC - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 13 assists
9. Marko Boltic (193-G-87) of Szedeak - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Lasan Kromah (198-G-91) of Kormend - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  ICELAND  

Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Flenard WHITFIELD
  Skallagr.
  (200-F-90)
  Avg: 29.4
 1. Whitfield, Skallagr.29.4 
 2. Stevens, Keflavik28.7 
 3. Carberry, Thor T.27.7 
 4. Wright, Haukar27.1 
 5. Hester, Tindastoll23.4 
 6. Clinch, Grindavik21.6 
 7. Beamon, Thor AK20.9 
 8. Gunnarsson, Njard.20.0 
 9. Sigurdarson, IR19.9 
 10. Caird, Tindastoll18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amin STEVENS
  Keflavik
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Stevens, Keflavik15.9 
 2. Whitfield, Skallagr.14.6 
 3. Baeringsson, Stjar.12.8 
 4. Hester, Tindastoll10.8 
 5. Hankins-Cole, IR10.5 
 6. Carberry, Thor T.10.4 
 7. Ermolinskij, KR9.5 
 8. Olafsson, Grindavik8.7 
 9. Wright, Haukar8.5 
 10. Saevarsson, Grind.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Hordur VILHJALMSSON
  Kefla.
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.6.7 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR6.7 
 3. Birgisson, Tindastoll6.2 
 4. Barja, Haukar5.6 
 5. Bjornsson, Skallagr.5.3 
 6. Sigurdarson, IR5.1 
 7. Clinch, Grindavik5.0 
 8. Baeringsson, Stjar.5.0 
 9. Stefansson, KR4.7 
 10. Carberry, Thor T.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Petur BIRGISSON
  Tindastoll
  (185-G-96)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Birgisson, Tindastoll2.7 
 2. Rikhardsson, Tinda.2.0 
 3. Olafsson, Grindavik2.0 
 4. Stevens, Keflavik1.9 
 5. Alawoya, KR1.8 
 6. Barja, Haukar1.8 
 7. Thomas, Thor AK1.6 
 8. Bjornsson, Skallagr.1.5 
 9. Jonsson, Keflavik1.5 
 10. Wright, Haukar1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tryggvi HLINASON
  Thor AK
  (215-C-97)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hlinason, Thor AK2.7 
 2. Hankins-Cole, IR2.0 
 3. Magnusson, Haukar1.3 
 4. Whitfield, Skallagr.1.3 
 5. Baeringsson, Stjar.1.2 
 6. Hester, Tindastoll1.2 
 7. Saevarsson, Grind.1.2 
 8. Stevens, Keflavik1.0 
 9. Stefansson, Haukar1.0 
 10. Bowen, KR0.9 


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

Hamar - Valur 93-91

Hamar topped Valur to draw things level in the Finals. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Hamar dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Valur's 44. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American forward Chris Woods (195-89, college: Pfeiffer) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. Forward Orn Sigurdarson (202-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Naturalized American guard Austin Bracey (190-90) replied with 27 points and American forward Urald King (198-90, college: SE Oklahoma) added 20 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Valur. Four Valur players scored in double figures. Valur's coach Agust Bjorgvinsson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Hamar: C.Woods 36+14reb+3ast, O.Sigurdarson 21+10reb+4ast, H.Petursson 19+7reb+3ast, E.Stefansson 9+5reb+2ast, O.Olafsson 5+5ast, R.Erlingsson 3+5reb+8ast
Valur: A.Bracey 27+3reb+3ast, U.King 20+11reb+2ast, S.Sturluson 14+3reb+2ast, O.Petursson 11+1reb+1ast, B.Petursson 8+6reb+3ast, T.Blondal 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 543302





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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Gary JACOBS
  NSH G.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 27.9
 1. Jacobs, NSH G.27.9 
 2. Barfield, NSH G.26.4 
 3. Corbin, Bima P.24.9 
 4. Crump, Satya W.24.3 
 5. White, Pelita Jaya22.6 
 6. Loiselle, Pacific .22.3 
 7. Seagers, Pacific .21.4 
 8. Smith, Hang Tuah21.2 
 9. Ware, Garuda16.4 
 10. Brand, JNE B.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nate BARFIELD
  NSH G.
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Barfield, NSH G.14.4 
 2. Maxey, Satya W.13.9 
 3. Loiselle, Pacific .13.8 
 4. Brand, JNE B.13.2 
 5. White, Pelita Jaya13.1 
 6. Henderson-N., Aspac11.1 
 7. Smith, Hang Tuah10.7 
 8. McKinney, CLS K.10.6 
 9. Gunawan, Garuda9.8 
 10. Ware, Garuda9.0 
Assists Per Game
 David SEAGERS
  Pacific .
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Seagers, Pacific .6.1 
 2. Wuysang, CLS K.5.7 
 3. Jacobs, NSH G.5.5 
 4. Smith, Hang Tuah5.2 
 5. Loiselle, Pacific .4.9 
 6. Hardianus, Satria M.4.3 
 7. Purwanto, Hang T.4.3 
 8. Dhyaksa, Aspac4.2 
 9. Grays, Pelita Jaya4.0 
 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. Seagers, Pacific .2.6 
 3. Smith, Hang Tuah2.4 
 4. Wisnu, Satria Muda2.1 
 5. Jewell, Satria Muda2.0 
 6. Grays, Pelita Jaya2.0 
 7. Hardianus, Satria M.1.9 
 8. Barfield, NSH G.1.8 
 9. Joni, Hang Tuah1.6 
 10. White, Pelita Jaya1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Nate MAXEY
  Satya W.
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Maxey, Satya W.4.9 
 2. Brand, JNE B.3.5 
 3. Ware, Garuda2.0 
 4. Loiselle, Pacific .1.6 
 5. Sitepu, Satria M.1.2 
 6. White, Pelita Jaya1.1 
 7. Nugroho, CLS K.0.9 
 8. Seagers, Pacific .0.9 
 9. Gunawan, Garuda0.8 
 10. Jacobs, NSH G.0.8 


CLS Knights beat Garuda to reach semifinals - by Eurobasket News

CLS Knights - Garuda 61-52

CLS Knights outgunned Garuda in the decisive third game of the series and sealed their semifinal appearance. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 41-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Garuda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American forward Duke Crews (203-88, college: Bowie St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds. Canadian guard Ashton Smith (187-89, college: Indiana, PA) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American center Chris Ware (203-89, college: Indiana Tech) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import guard Sherrard Brantley (188-90, college: Georgia) added 21 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Garuda. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
CLS Knights: D.Crews 17+15reb+3ast, A.Hidayat 15+3reb+1ast, A.Smith 14+12reb+4ast, B.Risky Ardiansyah 5+6reb, R.Utomo 4+5reb+2ast, K.Ramot Ramot Gemilang 2
Garuda: S.Brantley 21+5reb+2ast, C.Ware 15+13reb, D.Pratama 7+2reb+1ast, W.Wijaya 3+3reb+2ast, J.Kuntara 2+4reb+2ast, L.Martinus 2
gschID: 543361





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  IRAQ  


Superleague Round 21: Al Nift defeats leader Al Shurtah - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Superleague. What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Al Shurtah (17-3) in Baghdad on Friday night. Hosts were edged by Al Nift (17-2) 93-90. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Al Shurtah. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Al Nift have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Al Shurtah at the other side dropped to the second place with three games lost. Al Nift's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Baghdad Iraqi Airways.
The game in Najef supposed to be also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Al Karkh (12-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Al-Tadamoun (7-13). Al Karkh did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 88-68. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place. Al-Tadamoun lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 13 games lost. Al Karkh will play against Al Mina (#6) in Basra in the next round. Al-Tadamoun will play at home against the league's second-placed Al Shurtah and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Basra was also quite interesting. Third ranked Al Kahraba (15-5) played at the court of 5th ranked Al Mina (11-7). Al Kahraba managed to secure a 4-point victory 85-81 on Friday. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Al Kahraba. They maintain third place with 15-5 record having just one point less than leader Al Nift. Loser Al Mina dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Al Kahraba's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Baghdad Al Suleikh.

In the last game of round 21 Al Hilla smashed Iraqi Airways on the road 93-74.

Al-Tadamoun - Al Karkh 68-88

The game in Najef supposed to be also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Al Karkh (12-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Al-Tadamoun (7-13). Al Karkh did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 88-68. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place. Al-Tadamoun lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 13 games lost. Al Karkh will play against Al Mina (#6) in Basra in the next round. Al-Tadamoun will play at home against the league's second-placed Al Shurtah and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 536115


Al Shurtah - Al Nift 90-93

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Al Shurtah (17-3) in Baghdad on Friday night. Hosts were edged by Al Nift (17-2) 93-90. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Al Shurtah. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Al Nift have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Al Shurtah at the other side dropped to the second place with three games lost. Al Nift's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Baghdad Iraqi Airways.
gschID: 536114


Iraqi Airways - Al Hilla 74-93

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Al Hilla (11-9) crushed 9th ranked Iraqi Airways (5-15) in Baghdad 93-74 on Friday. Newly promoted Al Hilla maintains seventh place with 11-9 record. Iraqi Airways at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keep the ninth position with 15 games lost. Al Hilla will meet at home bottom-ranked An Nasiriyah (#12) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Iraqi Airways' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Baghdad to the arena Al Nift.
gschID: 536113


Al Mina - Al Kahraba 81-85

The game in Basra was also quite interesting. Third ranked Al Kahraba (15-5) played at the court of 5th ranked Al Mina (11-7). Al Kahraba managed to secure a 4-point victory 85-81 on Friday. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Al Kahraba. They maintain third place with 15-5 record having just one point less than leader Al Nift. Loser Al Mina dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Al Kahraba's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Baghdad Al Suleikh.
gschID: 536112





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  ISRAEL  

Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mark LYONS
  Hapoel T-A
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Lyons, Hapoel T-A21.4 
 2. Wyatt, Hapoel H.18.8 
 3. Milbourne, Hapoel E.17.2 
 4. Holloway, Galil G.17.1 
 5. Tucker, Hapoel T-A16.7 
 6. Selby, Maccabi K/G16.7 
 7. Siggers, Galil Gilboa16.0 
 8. Bell, Hapoel Holon15.9 
 9. Simon, Maccabi .15.9 
 10. Bowman, Maccabi .15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karam MASHOUR
  Bnei H.
  (198-F-91)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Mashour, Bnei H.10.1 
 2. Holloway, Galil G.9.2 
 3. Atkins, Hapoel Holon9.0 
 4. Adrien, Bnei H.7.9 
 5. Cohen, Maccabi .7.8 
 6. Howell, Hapoel T-A7.8 
 7. Iverson, Maccabi .7.5 
 8. Williams, Hapoel T.7.2 
 9. Carmichael, Maccabi .7.0 
 10. Bowman, Maccabi .6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Maccabi .
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Vargas, Maccabi .6.7 
 2. Blatt, Hapoel T-A6.0 
 3. Henry, Hapoel Eilat5.9 
 4. Kitchen, Ironi N.5.8 
 5. Mekel, Maccabi T-A5.1 
 6. Lyons, Hapoel T-A4.9 
 7. Taylor, Hapoel Holon4.8 
 8. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .4.7 
 9. Ewing, Maccabi .4.5 
 10. Green, Bnei H.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Tarence KINSEY
  Hapoel J-M
  (202-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kinsey, Hapoel J-M2.0 
 2. Shuchman, Galil G.2.0 
 3. Carter, Maccabi .1.9 
 4. Henry, Hapoel Eilat1.8 
 5. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .1.8 
 6. Howell, Hapoel T-A1.8 
 7. DiBartolomeo, Maccabi .1.8 
 8. Vargas, Maccabi .1.7 
 9. Blayzer, Maccabi .1.7 
 10. Dennis, Bnei H.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Eric GRIFFIN
  Galil Gilboa
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Griffin, Galil Gilboa1.7 
 2. Buckner, Hapoel Eilat1.6 
 3. Stoudemire, Hapoel J.1.3 
 4. Jones, Hapoel J-M1.2 
 5. Adrien, Bnei H.1.2 
 6. Mitchell, Maccabi .1.1 
 7. Chubrevich, Hapoel H.1.0 
 8. Carter, Maccabi .0.9 
 9. McCrea, Maccabi .0.9 
 10. Holloway, Galil G.0.9 


Winner League Round 25: #1 Maccabi T-A is defeated by Bnei Hasharon - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Maccabi T-A (17-8) in Hod Hasharon on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Bnei Hasharon (15-10) 94-88. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-88. Bnei Hasharon looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Maccabi T-A helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Jeff Adrien (201-86, college: Connecticut) stepped up and scored 27 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners and American-Montenegrin forward Halil Kanacevic (203-91, college: St.Joseph's) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. At the losing side American forward Victor Rudd (205-91, college: S.Florida) responded with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Bnei Hasharon maintains third place with 15-10 record having just two points less than leader Maccabi T-A, which they share with Hapoel Eilat. Maccabi T-A at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. They share it with Hapoel Holon. Bnei Hasharon is looking forward to face league's second-placed Hapoel Holon on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Maccabi T-A will play against Hapoel Eilat and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Holon. Seventh ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (13-12) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging much higher ranked Hapoel Holon (17-8) 102-100 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hapoel Holon. Naturalized American power forward Richard Howell (203-90, college: N.Carolina St.) nailed 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and Raviv Limonad accounted for 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. American swingman James Bell (197-92, college: Villanova) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for Hapoel Holon in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hapoel Tel-Aviv moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hapoel J-M and Maccabi Haifa. Hapoel Holon at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. They share it with Maccabi T-A. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against Ironi Nahariya (#8) at home in the next round. Hapoel Holon will play against Bnei Hasharon (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Twelfth-ranked Maccabi K/G (4-21) gave a tough game to ninth ranked Ironi Nahariya (12-13) in Kiryat Gat on Sunday. The visitors from Nahariya managed to secure only one-point victory 84-83. However their fans expected easier game. Yancy Gates fired 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Ironi Nahariya's coach Eric Elfasi used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Justin Carter produced 24 points for lost side. Ironi Nahariya moved-up to eighth place. Maccabi K/G lost fifth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Ironi Nahariya will meet higher ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi K/G will play against Maccabi Rishon (#9) in Rishon Le-Zion and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Jerusalem where higher ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (13-12) was upset on its own court by tenth ranked Galil Gilboa (11-14) 86-80. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of Murphy Holloway who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Galil Gilboa's coach Ariel Beit-Halamy allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Galil Gilboa moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Maccabi Rishon. Hapoel Jerusalem at the other side keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. Galil Gilboa's next round opponent will be higher ranked Maccabi Haifa (#7) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Jerusalem will play against Maccabi Ashdod and hope to win that game.
Fourth ranked Hapoel Eilat (15-10) crushed at home 11th ranked Maccabi Ashdod (9-16) by 21 points 90-69, which is the biggest margin this round on Monday night. Reginald Buckner stepped up and scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. Hapoel Eilat's coach Oded Katash felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hapoel Eilat have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Bnei Hertzeliyya. Loser Maccabi Ashdod keeps the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Hapoel Eilat will face league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Maccabi Ashdod will play at home against Hapoel Jerusalem (#6) and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 25 Maccabi Rishon lost to Maccabi Haifa on the opponent's court 71-88.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 20 points and 11 rebounds by Amare Stoudemire of Hapoel J-M.

Hapoel J-M - Galil Gilboa 80-86

An interesting game took place in Jerusalem where higher ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (13-12) was upset on its own court by tenth ranked Galil Gilboa (11-14) 86-80. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hapoel Jerusalem won third quarter 22-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Galil Gilboa made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Murphy Holloway (201-90, college: Mississippi) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Eric Griffin (203-90, college: Campbell) contributed with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five Galil Gilboa players scored in double figures. Galil Gilboa's coach Ariel Beit-Halamy allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Amare Stoudemire (208-82) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Curtis Jerrells (185-87, college: Baylor) added 19 points and 6 assists in the effort for Hapoel Jerusalem. Galil Gilboa moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Maccabi Rishon. Hapoel Jerusalem at the other side keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. Galil Gilboa's next round opponent will be higher ranked Maccabi Haifa (#7) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Jerusalem will play against Maccabi Ashdod and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: M.Holloway 19+8reb+5ast, J.Siggers 18+3reb+3ast, E.Griffin 15+7reb+5ast, M.Qualls 11+3reb+3ast, J.Shuchman 11+2reb+3ast, E.Skverer 8+1reb+3ast
Hapoel J-M: A.Stoudemire 20+11reb, C.Jerrells 19+3reb+6ast, B.Timor 13+1reb+2ast, T.Kinsey 9+6reb+2ast, L.Eliyahu 8+1reb+7ast, A.Zelkovits 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 540723


Hapoel Eilat - Maccabi Ashdod 90-69

Fourth ranked Hapoel Eilat (15-10) crushed at home 11th ranked Maccabi Ashdod (9-16) by 21 points 90-69, which is the biggest margin this round on Monday night. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Hapoel Eilat's pressure prevailed and they won that period 31-16 extending their advantage to 21 points. They made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Hapoel Eilat outrebounded Maccabi Ashdod 46-24 including a 35-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Maccabi Ashdod was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Reginald Buckner (206-91, college: Mississippi) stepped up and scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners and the former international point guard Afik Nissim (185-81) chipped in 23 points. Four Hapoel Eilat players scored in double figures. Hapoel Eilat's coach Oded Katash felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American Chase Simon (201-89, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 20 points and international Iftach Ziv (191-95) scored 15 points. Hapoel Eilat have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Bnei Hertzeliyya. Loser Maccabi Ashdod keeps the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Hapoel Eilat will face league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Maccabi Ashdod will play at home against Hapoel Jerusalem (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Eilat: A.Nissim 23+1reb, R.Buckner 19+8reb+5ast, P.Henry 12+8reb+3ast, R.Rothbart 11+10reb+1ast, L.Milbourne 10+4reb, C.Colman 8+6reb+1ast
Maccabi Ashdod: C.Simon 20+3reb+1ast, I.Ziv 15+4reb+3ast, J.Carmichael 11+6reb+1ast, M.Little 9+4reb+1ast, B.Altit 7, A.Ariel 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 540722


Maccabi Haifa - Maccabi Rishon 88-71

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Maccabi Rishon (11-14) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked Maccabi Haifa (13-12) 88-71 on Monday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. International Oz Blayzer (199-92) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (180-86, agency: Pro Sports) chipped in 15 points and 10 assists. Maccabi Haifa's coach Ofer Rahimi used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side point guard Avi Ben-Chimol (194-85) responded with 14 points and 4 assists and international power forward Idan Zalmanson (206-95) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi Haifa moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hapoel T-A and Hapoel J-M. Defending champion Maccabi Rishon keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Maccabi Haifa will face Galil Gilboa (#10) in Rosh Pina in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Maccabi Rishon will play at home against Maccabi K/G and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: O.Blayzer 23+13reb+2ast, W.Graves 20+6reb, G.Vargas 15+4reb+10ast, J.DiBartolomeo 10+4reb+3ast, K.Pinkney 8+3reb, A.Simhon 6+2reb+2ast
Maccabi Rishon: I.Zalmanson 14+5reb+1ast, A.Ben-Chimol 14+3reb+4ast, C.Long 11+2reb+2ast, M.Wayns 11+3reb+1ast, E.Kadir 7+8reb+1ast, C.Thomas 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 540721


Bnei Hertzeliyya - Maccabi T-A 94-88

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Maccabi T-A (17-8) in Hod Hasharon on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Bnei Hasharon (15-10) 94-88. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-88. Bnei Hasharon looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Maccabi T-A helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Jeff Adrien (201-86, college: Connecticut) stepped up and scored 27 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners and American-Montenegrin forward Halil Kanacevic (203-91, college: St.Joseph's) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. At the losing side American forward Victor Rudd (205-91, college: S.Florida) responded with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and naturalized American forward Joe Alexander (203-86, college: W.Virginia) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Bnei Hasharon and five Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. Bnei Hasharon maintains third place with 15-10 record having just two points less than leader Maccabi T-A, which they share with Hapoel Eilat. Maccabi T-A at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. They share it with Hapoel Holon. Bnei Hasharon is looking forward to face league's second-placed Hapoel Holon on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Maccabi T-A will play against Hapoel Eilat and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hertzeliyya: J.Adrien 27+7reb+1ast, T.Green 20+1ast, H.Kanacevic 17+2reb+4ast, S.Dennis 13+5reb+3ast, D.Sharp 6+4reb+2ast, H.N'Diaye 4+1reb
Maccabi T-A: V.Rudd 23+7reb+8ast, J.Alexander 15+7reb+1ast, G.Pnini 14+2reb+1ast, G.Mekel 14+3reb+2ast, D.Smith 10+4reb+3ast, S.Landesberg 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 540719


Maccabi K/G - Ironi Nahariya 83-84

Twelfth-ranked Maccabi K/G (4-21) gave a tough game to ninth ranked Ironi Nahariya (12-13) in Kiryat Gat on Sunday. The visitors from Nahariya managed to secure only one-point victory 84-83. However their fans expected easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Maccabi K/G won third quarter 24-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ironi Nahariya looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Maccabi K/G's players. American power forward Yancy Gates (206-89, college: Cincinnati) fired 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Eran Asante-Asare (193-88) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Ironi Nahariya's coach Eric Elfasi used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American swingman Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) produced 24 points and the other American import forward Brandon Bowman (206-84, college: Georgetown) added 13 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ironi Nahariya moved-up to eighth place. Maccabi K/G lost fifth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Ironi Nahariya will meet higher ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi K/G will play against Maccabi Rishon (#9) in Rishon Le-Zion and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: I.Nesterenko 15, Y.Gates 15+6reb+5ast, N.Faust 13+4reb+2ast, E.Asante Asare 12+6reb+5ast, S.Douglass 12+3reb+2ast, S.Hopson 9+2reb+1ast
Maccabi K/G: J.Carter 24+4reb+2ast, J.Selby 23+1reb+1ast, B.Bowman 13+11reb+3ast, A.Rosenberg 12+5reb+2ast, E.Shulman 5+1reb+4ast, N.Laish 3+1reb
gschID: 540718


Hapoel Holon - Hapoel T-A 100-102

Important game to mention about took place in Holon. Seventh ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (13-12) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging much higher ranked Hapoel Holon (17-8) 102-100 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hapoel Holon. Hapoel Holon was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized American power forward Richard Howell (203-90, college: N.Carolina St.) nailed 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and the former international Raviv Limonad (191-84) accounted for 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. American swingman James Bell (197-92, college: Villanova) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Shlomi Harush (185-87) added 19 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Hapoel Holon in the defeat. Five Hapoel Tel-Aviv and four Hapoel Holon players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hapoel Tel-Aviv moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hapoel J-M and Maccabi Haifa. Hapoel Holon at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. They share it with Maccabi T-A. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against Ironi Nahariya (#8) at home in the next round. Hapoel Holon will play against Bnei Hasharon (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: R.Howell 21+8reb+3ast, R.Limonad 20+5reb+6ast, A.Banks 18+2reb+1ast, M.Lyons 17+1reb+2ast, T.Ginat 15+9reb+1ast, T.Moshe 6+2reb
Hapoel Holon: J.Bell 21+12reb+5ast, S.Harush 19+7reb+3ast, T.Holloway 16+5reb+6ast, D.Atkins 14+4reb, J.Taylor 9+4reb+8ast, J.Mor 9+1reb+2ast
gschID: 540720





J.J. Moore is a newcomer at Maccabi Rishon - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (Winner League) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American swingman J.J. Moore (198-98kg-91, college: Rutgers). He started the season at Long Island Nets (D-League) in the U.S. In 46 games he recorded 14.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.2apg this season.
Last year (two years after he left the college) Moore was drafted by Long Island Nets (D-League) in third round (58th overall).
He attended Rutgers, The State University until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
Moore won Big East Regular Season in 2011.
He has played also professionally in Greece (A.G.O Rethymno Aegean).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hapoel Jerusalem inks Alessandro Gentile - by Nir Luna

Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) signed 25-year old Italian international swingman Alessandro Gentile (200-104kg-92). He just played at Panathinaikos in Greek A1 league. Gentile managed to play in three leagues this year. In 8 A1 games he had 5.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.6apg. Gentile helped them to win the cup. He also played 9 games in Euroleague where he recorded 3.2ppg and 2.2rpg. The other team Gentile played shortly was Armani Milano in Italian Serie A. In 6 A1 games he averaged 9.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.2apg and 1.3spg. He also played 9 games in Euroleague where he got 10.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg.
Three years ago Gentile was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) in second round (53rd overall). His team won Italian Supercup.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Gentile was voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 1st Team in 2015 and 2016.
He has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. Gentile has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He also represented Italy at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: Score-5 (16.8ppg), 4.8rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 82.9%.
Gentile has played also professionally in Italy (Benetton Treviso).
He could be described: A player with great versatility, whose future is probably at the SG position. Knows yet how to score and has great personality, needs to improve his defensive skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ITALY  

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Marcus LANDRY
  Brescia
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Landry, Brescia19.7 
 2. Jones, VL Pesaro19.5 
 3. Sosa, JuveCaserta19.3 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu19.0 
 5. MBaye, Enel B.18.2 
 6. Ragland, Scandone.17.6 
 7. Johnson, Openjobm.17.4 
 8. White, Auxilium TO16.5 
 9. Aradori, Grissin .16.0 
 10. Scott, Enel Brindisi15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 O.D. ANOSIKE
  Openjobm.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Anosike, Openjobm.11.4 
 2. Jones, VL Pesaro9.9 
 3. Washington, Auxilium.8.6 
 4. Watt, JuveCaserta8.4 
 5. White, Auxilium TO8.3 
 6. Johnson, AV Cantu7.5 
 7. Fesenko, Scandone.7.3 
 8. Thomas, Vanoli CR7.2 
 9. Burns, Brescia6.9 
 10. Lawal, Banco d.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Luca VITALI
  Brescia
  (201-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Vitali, Brescia7.3 
 2. Dowdell, AV Cantu6.0 
 3. Sosa, JuveCaserta5.9 
 4. Wright, Auxilium.5.5 
 5. Maynor, Openjobm.5.5 
 6. Moore, The F.5.2 
 7. Ragland, Scandone.5.1 
 8. Green, Scandone AV4.6 
 9. Craft, Dolomiti.4.6 
 10. Kalnietis, EA7 A.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron CRAFT
  Dolomiti.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Craft, Dolomiti.2.0 
 2. Moss, Brescia1.8 
 3. Bostic, JuveCaserta1.7 
 4. Goss, Enel Brindisi1.6 
 5. Green, Scandone AV1.6 
 6. Ragland, Scandone.1.5 
 7. Archie, Betaland.1.5 
 8. Burns, Brescia1.5 
 9. Lighty, Dolomiti.1.5 
 10. Needham, Grissin .1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Riccardo CERVI
  Grissin .
  (214-C-91)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Cervi, Grissin .2.1 
 2. Pelle, Openjobm.2.1 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta1.7 
 4. Putney, JuveCaserta1.4 
 5. Johnson, AV Cantu1.4 
 6. Lawal, Banco d.1.4 
 7. Biligha, Vanoli CR1.2 
 8. Thomas, Vanoli CR1.2 
 9. MBaye, Enel B.1.1 
 10. Carter, Enel Brindisi1.0 


Stats Leaders - Lega2

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


stats leader

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


Hapoel Jerusalem inks Alessandro Gentile - by Nir Luna

Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) signed 25-year old Italian international swingman Alessandro Gentile (200-104kg-92). He just played at Panathinaikos in Greek A1 league. Gentile managed to play in three leagues this year. In 8 A1 games he had 5.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.6apg. Gentile helped them to win the cup. He also played 9 games in Euroleague where he recorded 3.2ppg and 2.2rpg. The other team Gentile played shortly was Armani Milano in Italian Serie A. In 6 A1 games he averaged 9.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.2apg and 1.3spg. He also played 9 games in Euroleague where he got 10.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg.
Three years ago Gentile was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) in second round (53rd overall). His team won Italian Supercup.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Gentile was voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 1st Team in 2015 and 2016.
He has been also a member of Italian international program for some years. Gentile has regularly played for Italian senior team since 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He also represented Italy at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: Score-5 (16.8ppg), 4.8rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 82.9%.
Gentile has played also professionally in Italy (Benetton Treviso).
He could be described: A player with great versatility, whose future is probably at the SG position. Knows yet how to score and has great personality, needs to improve his defensive skills.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

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

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

Group A
Valsesia - Sangiorgese 76-62

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