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  ABA LEAGUE  


Stats Leaders

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


Crvena Zvezda and Cedevita reach Finals - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda - Buducnost 82-59

Crvena Zvezda coasted past Buducnost to advance into Finals. The game without a history. Crvena Zvezda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American-Serbian Charles Jenkins (191-89, college: Hofstra) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 6 assists. Bosnian-Serbian center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Serbian-Montenegrin forward Boris Savovic (208-87, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 16 points and 5 rebounds and American guard JR Reynolds (188-84, college: Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) added 16 points in the effort for Buducnost. 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:
Crvena Zvezda: C.Jenkins 17+2reb+6ast, M.Simonovic 14+2reb+1ast, O.Kuzmic 13+10reb, M.Bjelica 10+1reb, M.Guduric 8+2reb+5ast, N.Wolters 7+2ast
Buducnost: J.Reynolds 16+1reb+2ast, B.Savovic 16+5reb, N.Gordic 8+5reb+4ast, A.Ilic 6+6reb, P.Popovic 6+2reb, S.Sehovic 6+3reb
gschID: 542985


Cedevita - Partizan 87-78

Cedevita held off Partizan in the decisive third game of the series to secure the tickets into the Finals. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Partizan won third quarter 27-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for center Miro Bilan (213-89, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 7 rebounds. Luka Babic (201-91, agency: BeoBasket) helped adding 14 points and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). The best for the losing side was American point guard Wiliam Hatcher (188-84, college: Miami, OH) with 16 points and 7 assists and center Uros Lukovic (213-89, agency: BeoBasket) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: M.Bilan 16+7reb+3ast, D.Musa 16+2reb+1ast, L.Babic 14+3reb+4ast, J.Shurna 8+5reb+2ast, M.Tomas 7+3reb, M.Arapovic 6+1reb+1ast
Partizan: W.Hatcher 16+7ast, U.Lukovic 13+6reb, M.Andric 10+3reb+2ast, V.Marinkovic 10+1reb, N.Velickovic 9+6reb+2ast, J.Gordon 8+6reb
gschID: 542783





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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.
gschID: 543670


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.
gschID: 543669


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.
gschID: 543668





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  ALGERIA  


D1 Round 8: Skikda beats Constantine CSC by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 8 in the D1 took place in Skikda. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Constantine CSC (2-3) to seventh ranked Skikda (2-3) 73-70 in the game for the fourth place. Skikda moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Constantine CSC and Staoueli.
Important game to mention about took place in Blida. Fourth ranked USS (3-2) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked USMB (1-3) 73-70 on Friday evening. USS moved-up to third place. USMB at the other side dropped to the seventh position with three games lost.
D1 top team - Arreridj (4-0) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Constantine JP (1-4) 85-57. Arreridj have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Constantine JP lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh place with four games lost. They share the position with Ouargla.
Bottom-ranked Oran is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to seventh ranked El Eulma (2-4) 69-50. El Eulma moved-up to fifth place. Oran at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost.

Constantine JP - Arreridj 57-85

D1 top team - Arreridj (4-0) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Constantine JP (1-4) 85-57. Arreridj have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Constantine JP lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh place with four games lost. They share the position with Ouargla.
gschID: 543332


USM Blida - US Setif 70-73

Important game to mention about took place in Blida. Fourth ranked USS (3-2) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked USMB (1-3) 73-70 on Friday evening. USS moved-up to third place. USMB at the other side dropped to the seventh position with three games lost.
gschID: 543330


El Eulma - Oran 69-50

Bottom-ranked Oran is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to seventh ranked El Eulma (2-4) 69-50. El Eulma moved-up to fifth place. Oran at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost.
gschID: 543331


Skikda - Constantine CSC 73-70

The most exciting game of round 8 in the D1 took place in Skikda. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Constantine CSC (2-3) to seventh ranked Skikda (2-3) 73-70 in the game for the fourth place. Skikda moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Constantine CSC and Staoueli.
gschID: 543329





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  ARGENTINA  

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. Horner, Obras B.16.7 
 9. Vildoza, Quilm.16.5 
 10. Harper, Quimsa16.4 
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.9.6 
 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: 6.2
 1. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.2 
 2. Barral, Obras B.6.1 
 3. Stanic, Olimpico.6.0 
 4. Aguirre, San L.5.4 
 5. Konsztadt, La Union5.3 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.2 
 7. Ciorciari, Instituto4.5 
 8. De-l., GECR I.4.5 
 9. Figueroa, Penarol4.4 
 10. Hopson, Quimsa4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Reynaldo GARCIA
  San M.
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 2. Solano, Echague2.0 
 3. Johnson, Weber B.1.9 
 4. Basualdo, Quilm.1.9 
 5. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 6. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 7. Vildoza, Quilm.1.6 
 8. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 9. Balbi, Ferrocarril1.4 
 10. Calfani, San L.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 3. 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 


Calero tabs Agustin Ambrosino - by Francisco Vega

Calero de Potosi (Libobasquet) inked 27-year old Argentinian power forward Agustin Ambrosino (203-102kg-90, college: BYU, agency: Dynamics Global Management). He played recently at Hispagan UPB Gandia in Spanish EBA league. In 18 games he averaged 7.8ppg and 4.0rpg this season. The last season Ambrosino played at Alianza Viedma in Argentinian TNA where in 41 games he had 5.9ppg and 4.2rpg. He helped them to win the regular season.
Ambrosino won Liga Sudamericana championship title in 2010.
He has played previously professionally in Spain (Real Madrid, Real Madrid II and Majadahonda) and Argentina (Weber Bahia, Quimsa and Rocamora).
Worth to mention Ambrosino played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.
He attended Brigham Young University until 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRIA  


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
gschID: 495068





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  BAHAMAS  


NBA, FIBA and the Bahamas Basketball Federation to host first Basketball without Borders camp in the Bahamas - by Eurobasket News

The National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Bahamas Basketball Federation (BBF) on Tuesday announced that the ninth edition of Basketball without Borders (BWB) Americas will be held July 5-8 at The Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium in Nassau, Bahamas, marking the first time that the NBA and FIBA's global basketball development and community outreach program will be held in the Bahamas. BWB Americas will bring together the top male and female players born in 2000 from across North and South America to learn directly from NBA and FIBA players, legends, and coaches and to compete against the best young players from the region. BWB Americas will also include a variety of NBA Cares and Jr. NBA community outreach efforts with youth in the Bahamas in partnership with local community organizations. These programs will highlight the power of sport to promote cultural understanding while teaching the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle and the values of the game, including teamwork, integrity, and respect. Nike, a BWB global partner since 2002, will outfit the campers and coaches with Nike apparel and footwear. BWB has reached more than 2,720 participants from 134 countries and territories since 2001, with 43 campers drafted into the NBA. Twenty-three former BWB campers, including four former BWB Americas campers, were on opening-night rosters for the 2016-17 season including Bruno Caboclo (206-SF-95) (Toronto Raptors; Brazil; BWB Americas 2013), Thon Maker (216-C/F-97, college: High School) (Milwaukee Bucks; South Sudan; BWB Americas 2015) and Kelly Olynyk (213-PF-91, college: Gonzaga) (Boston Celtics; Canada; BWB Americas 2009). The NBA and FIBA have staged 49 BWB camps in 30 cities across 25 countries on six continents. More than 230 current and former NBA, WNBA and FIBA players have joined more than 185 NBA team personnel from all 30 NBA teams to support BWB across the world.
Courtesy of: caribbeanbasketball.com



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  BELGIUM  


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)



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La Salle Tarija signs Michael Harvey, ex Halcones - by Francisco Vega

Entretanto Meta La Salle Tarija (Libobasquet) signed 27-year old American forward Michael Harvey (196-98kg-90, college: Portland State). He played last summer at Halcones in Salvadorean Liga MB, but left. In two games he had very impressive stats: 22.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.0spg. The last season Harvey played at TuS SWAP Red Devils Bramsche (Regionalliga) in German league where in 20 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 28.0ppg. He helped them to win the group title (twice).
Harvey is quite experienced player. He has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Harvey has played previously professionally in Colombia (Islanders), IBL (Nippon T.), Germany (Bodfeld Baskets) and ABA (Columbus/Montgomery Black Hawks).
He attended Portland State until 2013 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
Harvey could be described: A very athletic forward who plays with great personality and energy.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Calero tabs Agustin Ambrosino - by Francisco Vega

Calero de Potosi (Libobasquet) inked 27-year old Argentinian power forward Agustin Ambrosino (203-102kg-90, college: BYU, agency: Dynamics Global Management). He played recently at Hispagan UPB Gandia in Spanish EBA league. In 18 games he averaged 7.8ppg and 4.0rpg this season. The last season Ambrosino played at Alianza Viedma in Argentinian TNA where in 41 games he had 5.9ppg and 4.2rpg. He helped them to win the regular season.
Ambrosino won Liga Sudamericana championship title in 2010.
He has played previously professionally in Spain (Real Madrid, Real Madrid II and Majadahonda) and Argentina (Weber Bahia, Quimsa and Rocamora).
Worth to mention Ambrosino played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.
He attended Brigham Young University until 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Bolivia



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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
 Tarvin GAINES
  Blumenau
  (198-SF-91)
  Avg: 19
 1. Gaines, Blumenau19.0 
 2. Smith, Botafogo.15.8 
 3. Maistro, Contagem15.1 
 4. Lima, Santos/M.14.8 
 5. Vezaro, Joinville13.7 
 6. Filho, Botafogo.12.9 
 7. Stocks, Blumenau12.5 
 8. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.12.4 
 9. Alvim, Contagem12.0 
 10. Lazzaris, Blumenau11.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Prado, Brusque8.4 
 2. Moreira, Botafogo.8.4 
 3. Silva, Blumenau8.3 
 4. Russell, Botafogo.7.8 
 5. Lazzaris, Blumenau6.9 
 6. Alvim, Contagem6.8 
 7. Gaines, Blumenau6.8 
 8. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.6.1 
 9. Silva, Brusque6.0 
 10. Perez, Botafogo.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Smith, Botafogo.5.0 
 2. Semmke, Blumenau4.1 
 3. Perez, Contagem4.1 
 4. Froehlich, Joinville4.0 
 5. Prado, Brusque2.7 
 6. Alvim, Contagem2.5 
 7. Silva, Blumenau2.4 
 8. Lima, Santos/M.2.4 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.2.3 
 10. Moreira, Blumenau2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Deonta STOCKS
  Blumenau
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Stocks, Blumenau4.3 
 2. Lazzaris, Blumenau2.1 
 3. Maistro, Contagem2.0 
 4. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.9 
 5. Froehlich, Joinville1.7 
 6. Moreira, Blumenau1.7 
 7. Lima, Santos/M.1.4 
 8. Perez, Contagem1.4 
 9. Machado, Brusque1.3 
 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. Jeronimo, Joinville0.5 
 8. Dias, Joinville0.5 
 9. De-Oliveira, Blumenau0.4 
 10. Prado, Brusque0.4 


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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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.



Division A Round 9 (Second Stage): Levski 2014-2 hands first defeat to Akademik Sofia - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Second Stage in Division A. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

Akademik Sofia (8-1) recorded its first loss on the court of third ranked Levski 2014-2 on Monday night. Visitors were rolled over by Levski 2014-2 78-57. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in A. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 19-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Levski 2014-2 (6-3) moved-up to second place in A. Akademik Sofia at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Levski 2014-2 are looking forward to face Vidabasket (#6) in Vidin in the next round. Akademik Sofia will play on the road against Chavdar (#5) in Troyan and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Dolphin. Ninth ranked Dolphin (5-4) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Shumen (6-3) 77-75 on Sunday evening. Dolphin maintains ninth place in A with 5-4 record. Shumen at the other side keeps the eighth position with three games lost. Dolphin will play against CSKA (#11) in the next round. Shumen will play against Cherno More 2 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 9 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In A Chavdar was crushed by UE Varna in a road game 99-77. Rilski 2 smashed Vidabasket at home 81-60. Dunav 2016 lost to Cherno More 2 on the opponent's court 74-78.

Places 1-6
Levski 2014-2 - Akademik Sofia 78-57

Akademik Sofia (8-1) recorded its first loss on the court of third ranked Levski 2014-2 on Monday night. Visitors were rolled over by Levski 2014-2 78-57. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in A. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 19-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Levski 2014-2 (6-3) moved-up to second place in A. Akademik Sofia at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Levski 2014-2 are looking forward to face Vidabasket (#6) in Vidin in the next round. Akademik Sofia will play on the road against Chavdar (#5) in Troyan and is hoping to win this game.
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UE Varna - Chavdar 99-77

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Chavdar (2-7) was crushed on the road by third ranked UE Varna (6-3) 99-77. The game was mostly controlled by UE Varna. Chavdar was better in second period 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. UE Varna maintains third place in A with 6-3 record having just two points less than leader Cherno More 2. Chavdar at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. UE Varna will play against Rilski 2 (#4) in Samokov in the next round. Chavdar will play at home against the league's leader Akademik Sofia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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Rilski 2 - Vidabasket 81-60

No shocking result in a game in Samokov where fourth ranked Rilski 2 (4-5) smashed 6th ranked Vidabasket (1-8) 81-60. The game was mostly controlled by Rilski 2. Vidabasket was better in second period 20-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rilski 2 maintains fourth place in A with 4-5 record. Vidabasket at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Rilski 2 will play against higher ranked UE Varna (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vidabasket will play against the league's second-placed Levski 2014-2 to get more than just one victory in their record.
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Places 7-12
Cherno More 2 - Dunav 2016 78-74

Rather expected game in Varna where 10th ranked Dunav 2016 (4-5) was defeated by seventh ranked Cherno More 2 (8-1) 78-74. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-16. But Dunav 2016 won second period 16-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Newly promoted Cherno More 2 maintains seventh place in A with 8-1 record. Dunav 2016 at the other side keeps the tenth position with five games lost. Cherno More 2 will play against Shumen (#8) on the road in the next round. Dunav 2016 will play against Akademik Varna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Dolphin - Shumen 77-75

Important game to mention about took place in Dolphin. Ninth ranked Dolphin (5-4) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Shumen (6-3) 77-75 on Sunday evening. Shumen was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 21-13 charge of Dolphin, which allowed them to win the game. Dolphin maintains ninth place in A with 5-4 record. Shumen at the other side keeps the eighth position with three games lost. Dolphin will play against CSKA (#11) in the next round. Shumen will play against Cherno More 2 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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  CAMEROON  


Jeremy Nzeulie selected the top Cameroonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jeremy Nzeulie
Jeremy Nzeulie
   #1. This week's number one is former international shooting guard Jeremy Nzeulie (188-91, currently plays in France). He led Chalon/Saor to a victory against the 16th-ranked Olympique Antibes (7-18) 87-74 in the French ProA in Friday night's game. Nzeulie recorded 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 30 minutes on the court. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (18-7) is placed second in the ProA. This year Nzeulie averages: 7.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 48.8%, 3FGP: 27.2% and FT: 73.8% in 25 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Nzeulie played for the Cameroonian senior national team two years ago.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware, currently plays in Denmark). NaNa led Svendborg to a victory over the closely-ranked Naestved (13-15) 97-91 in the Danish Ligaen on Monday night. He was MVP of the game. NaNa had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 35 minutes. Svendborg Rabbits (13-15) is placed fifth in the Ligaen. NaNa has relatively good stats this year: 13.4ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 48.3%, 3FGP: 25.8% and FT: 64.3% in 28 games. He played for the Cameroonian national team in 2015.

Kenny Kadji
Kenny Kadji
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Kenny Kadji (211-88, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Turkey). Kadji could not help Trabzonspor (8-16) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Trabzonspor was defeated 75-66 at home by the much higher-ranked Banvit (#4). Kadji was the top scorer with 13 points. It's Kadji's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 14.7ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 59.9%(118-197), 3FGP: 28.3% and FT: 72.5%. Kadji played for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #4. Swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Los Angeles Clippers' victory against the Phoenix Suns (22-56) 124-118 in the NBA last Thursday. He scored 9 points in 32 minutes. The Los Angeles Clippers have a solid 47-31 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Mbah a Moute's overall stats are: 5.8ppg and 2.2rpg in 76 games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2015.

Gaston Essengue
Gaston Essengue
   #5. Former international power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV, currently plays in Argentina) helped Comunicaciones win their game against the leader Union SF (24-12) 83-75 in the Argentinian TNA (second division) on Monday night. Essengue scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group North. Comunicaciones Mercedes (27-9) is placed second. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Essengue has reliable stats this season: 13.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.4spg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Landry Nnoko
Landry Nnoko
   #6. Center Landry Nnoko (208-94, college: Clemson, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams VL Pesaro in their game against Vanoli Cremona (7-18) in the Italian Serie A. Nnoko recorded only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The bottom-ranked VL Pesaro was defeated 73-63 on their home court in Pesaro by the one of league's weakest teams Vanoli Cremona (#15). It was VL Pesaro's fifth consecutive loss in a row. Nnoko's total stats this season are: 5.8ppg and 6.9rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Cameroonian senior team two years ago.

Gedeon Pitard
Gedeon Pitard
   #7. Former international guard Gedeon Pitard (188-89, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jeremy Nzeulie. But that was another game of his team in FIBA Europe Cup which we would like to mention. Pitard was not able to secure a victory for Chalon/Saor (5-1) in their game against Oostende. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Pitard recorded only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. The first-placed Chalon/Saor (5-1) lost 80-85 on the road to the lower-ranked (#6) Oostende in the group K of FIBA Europe Cup. This year Pitard's total stats are: 2.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.4apg in 17 games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Seidou Njoya
Seidou Njoya
   #8. Point guard Seidou Njoya (188-89, agency: Promotex, currently plays in France) managed to help STB Le Havre to win against the 13th-ranked SPO Rouen (11-14) 79-69 in the French ProB (second division) last Saturday. Njoya recorded only 3 points. STB Le Havre (11-7) is placed third in the ProB. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Njoya has averaged so far 1.9ppg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2015.

Junior MBida
Junior MBida
   #9. Former international center Junior MBida (204-90, currently plays in France) couldn't help Lille Metropole (15-10) in their game against JA Vichy (9-16) in the French ProB (second division). MBida recorded 8 points and blocked 2 blocks in 21 minutes. Lille Metropole was edged 68-67 in Vichy by the league outsider (#18) JA Vichy. It was Lille Metropole's first loss after four consecutive victories. MBida has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.2bpg in 12 games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Danny Gibson (177-PG-84, college: S.Indiana, currently plays in Bulgaria) was the major contributor in a Lukoil Academic Sofia's victory against the sixth-ranked Spartak Pleven (10-11) 82-76 in the Bulgarian NBL last Friday. He scored 15 points and added 6 passes. Lukoil Academic Sofia (18-4) is placed first in the NBL. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Gibson's first season with the team. Gibson has relatively good stats this year: 14.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 5.1apg and 1.4spg. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and American.

   #2. Michel Enanga (196-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Co.Carolina to a victory against the University of Wyoming (8-10) 91-81 in the NCAA Quarter-Finals in Monday night's game. Enanga scored 15 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 22 minutes. The Coastal Carolina College has 10-8 conference record this season. Enanga has been at the team for five years. This year his total stats are: 4.2ppg and 2.8rpg in 13 games he played so far.

   #3. Brylle Kamen (201-F-88, agency: Promotex, college: San Jose St., currently plays in Belgium). Kamen could not help Liege Basket (12-10) to beat Leuven Bears (8-19). He scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Liege Basket was defeated 93-82 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams Leuven Bears (#9). Kamen has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 3.3rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: French and Cameroonian.

   #4. Franck Kouagnia (201-F-89, currently plays in Sweden) led Eskilstuna to a victory over the eighth-ranked Talje Knights (3-14) crushing them 89-60 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) last Sunday. Kouagnia was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 14 rebounds. Kouagnia also added 3 assists in 35 minutes. Eskilstuna Basket (15-2) is placed first in BEHS forts group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. Kouagnia has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.5ppg, 13.4rpg, 3.3apg and 1.4spg in 22 games. Kouagnia has both n and Cameroonian nationalities.

   #5. Paul Biligha (200-C-90, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Vanoli Cremona to win against the league outsider VL Pesaro (7-18) 73-63 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. He recorded only 4 points and blocked 2 blocks. Vanoli Cremona (7-18) is placed second from the bottom (#15) in the Serie A. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. Biligha averaged so far 11.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2bpg. He also holds two passports: Cameroonian and Italian.

   #6. Jean-Dieudonniz Biog (205-C-95, currently plays in France) contributed to a Saint Vallier's victory against the closely-ranked Gries/Oberhoffen 100-92 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. Biog recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 16 minutes. Biog has averaged so far 3.6ppg and 2.8rpg in 29 games. He has dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Despite Biog's Cameroonian passport, he previously played for the French U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cameroonian team.

   #7. Ralph Temgoua (194-G-87, college: St.Lawrence, currently plays in France) helped Quimper UJAP win their game against the tenth-ranked UB Chartres 72-69 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. Temgoua recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Temgoua has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.2apg. He has dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French.

   #8. Johan Bitjaa (207-C-93, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) helped Zamorano edge the league outsider Gandia 78-77 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. Bitjaa scored 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 17 minutes. Bitjaa has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 6.3rpg in 23 games.



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

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

Khem Birch
Khem Birch
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Khem Birch (208-92, college: UNLV, currently plays in Greece). He led Olympiacos to a victory over the sixth-ranked AGOR (12-12) 70-63 in the Greek A1 in Monday night's game. Birch was MVP of the game. He scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Birch's third season in pro basketball. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (20-0) is placed first in the A1. So far his team won all twenty games in the Regular Season. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Birch averages: 6.5ppg, 5.3rpg, 2FGP: 70.7%(65-92) and FT: 62.8% in 24 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Canadian senior national team.

Melvin Ejim
Melvin Ejim
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Ejim was the main contributor in an Umana Venezia's victory against the closely-ranked Pinar Karsiyaka (9-5) 74-66 in the Basketball Champions League last Wednesday. He was the best player in that game. Ejim recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists; not bad, considering it's only Ejim's third season in pro basketball. Umana Reyer Venezia (9-5) is placed third in group B. It's Ejim's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 11.5ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3FGP: 46.5%(20-43) and FT: 77.8%. Ejim has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Nigerian. He is in the roster of the Canadian senior national team.

Andrew Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Andrew Wiggins (203-95, college: Kansas, currently plays in NBA). Wiggins could not help the Minnesota Timberwolves (31-45) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves (31-45) lost 117-123 on the road to the Sacramento Kings. Wiggins was the top scorer with 32 points. He also added 3 assists in 39 minutes. Wiggins has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 23.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 47.4%, 3FGP: 36.6% and FT: 75.5% in 76 games. Wiggins played for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Aaron Doornekamp
Aaron Doornekamp
   #4. Forward Aaron Doornekamp (201-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in an CB Canarias' victory against one of league's weakest teams Zaragoza (8-18) 65-54 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (19-7) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. This season Doornekamp has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.3apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Dutch. Doornekamp used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2015.

Kevin Pangos
Kevin Pangos
   #5. Former international point guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help Zalgiris (13-16) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Zalgiris lost 84-88 at home to the one of league's weakest teams (#15) Armani Milano. Pangos was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 3 assists in 23 minutes. Pangos' team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Pangos' overall stats are: 8.4ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.2apg in 29 games. He has both Canadian and Slovenian nationalities. Pangos used to play for the Canadian national team eight years ago.

Andrew Rautins
Andrew Rautins
   #6. Guard Andrew Rautins (193-86, college: Syracuse, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Gaziantep's surprising victory against the second-ranked Anadolu Efes (21-3) 96-84 in the Turkish BSL on Sunday night. He scored 13 points, made 9 passes and 3 steals. Gaziantep Basketbol (12-12) is placed eighth in the BSL. Rautins has reliable stats this season: 11.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.4apg and 1.4spg. He is a naturalized American. Rautins is a former international player as he played for the Canadian senior team four years ago.

Cory Joseph
Cory Joseph
   #7. International point guard Cory Joseph (190-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Toronto Raptors (47-30) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Toronto Raptors (47-30) lost 106-110 in Charlotte to the Hornets. Joseph was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 7 rebounds, 5 assists and made 2 blocks in 35 minutes. Joseph's stats this year are: 9.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.4apg in 75 games. He is also Canadian national team player.

Myck Kabongo
Myck Kabongo
   #8. Guard Myck Kabongo (191-92, college: Texas, currently plays in Mexico) contributed to a Rayos de Hermosillo's victory against the closely-ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (5-2) 91-81 in the Mexican CIBACOPA last Friday. Kabongo was the top player that evening. He scored 24 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 7 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Rayos de Hermosillo (4-2) is placed third in the CIBACOPA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Kabongo has very high stats. He averages: 17.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg. Kabongo used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2009.

Anthony Bennett
Anthony Bennett
   #9. International forward Anthony Bennett (203-93, college: UNLV, currently plays in Turkey) helped Fenerbahce win their game against the ninth-ranked Tofas (10-14) 90-75 in the Turkish BSL on Sunday night. He scored 8 points in 17 minutes. Fenerbahce Istanbul (22-2) is placed first in the BSL. It was his team's 15th consecutive victory in a row. This year Bennett's total stats are: 9.0ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.4apg in seven games. He is also in the roster of the Canadian national team.

Grandy Glaze
Grandy Glaze
   #10. Forward Grandy Glaze (204, college: Grand Canyon, currently plays in Mexico) couldn't help Caballeros de Culiacan (2-4) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Glaze's very good performance Caballeros de Culiacan was defeated 84-76 in Navolato by the higher-ranked Garra Canera de (#4). He recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 14 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Glaze has very high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg, 10.2rpg and 1.2spg. Glaze is a former U18 international player as seven years ago he still played for the Canadian national team.

   #11. Former U18 international point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88, currently plays in Lithuania) couldn't help P.Zvaigzdes (12-17) in their last game. Despite his very good performance P.Zvaigzdes was crushed 94-70 in Kaunas by the leading Zalgiris. Zabas was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 3 assists in 25 minutes. Zabas averaged so far 12.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3spg in 12 games. Despite he played previously for the Lithuanian U20 national team, Zabas is currently in the Canadian U18 national team roster.

   #12. International forward Tristan Thompson (206-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Cleveland Cavaliers (49-27) in their last game. Despite Thompson's very good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers lost 93-99 in Chicago to the Bulls. He scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 36 minutes. Thompson averaged so far 8.1ppg, 9.4rpg and 1.1bpg in 76 games. He is also in the roster of the Canadian national team.

   #13. Former international shooting guard Nik Stauskas (198-93, college: Michigan, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Philadelphia 76ers (27-50) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Philadelphia 76ers lost 105-113 in Toronto to the Raptors. Stauskas scored 14 points and added 5 passes in 31 minutes. Stauskas averaged so far 9.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.3apg in 75 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

   #14. Former international power forward Kelly Olynyk (213-91, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in NBA) helped Boston Celtics win their game against the New York Knicks 110-94 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Olynyk scored 12 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Olynyk's stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.9apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former international guard Devoe Joseph (193-90, also represented by Interperformances, college: Oregon, currently plays in Venezuela) helped Bucaneros win their game against the fourth-ranked Marinos 91-87 in the Venezuelan LPB last Friday. Joseph scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. Joseph has averaged so far 9.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.0apg in nine games. He used to play for the Canadian national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Matthew Wright (193-G-91, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Philippines) led Phoenix to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked B.Ginebra (0-1) 94-91 in the Filipino PBA on Saturday night. He was the top player that evening. Wright scored 27 points (!!!), had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Phoenix Fuel Masters (2-2) are placed sixth in the PBA. Wright's stats this season are: 13.5ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.5apg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Filipino. Despite Wright's Canadian passport, he previously played for the Filipino U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Canadian team.

   #2. Yannick Anzuluni (205-F-87, college: Houghton, currently plays in Sweden) led BC Lulea to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Umea (5-27) crushing them 103-65 in the Swedish Basketligan last Friday. Anzuluni was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds. BC Lulea (24-8) is placed first in the Basketligan. Anzuluni's stats this season are: 14.5ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.6apg and 2.0spg.

   #3. Ali Kanaan (207-C/F-85, college: Mass.-Lowell, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked Louaize (11-10) 88-73 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL on Wednesday night. Kanaan recorded 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group A. Byblos Sporting Club (15-6) is placed second. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Kanaan has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.6apg in 18 games he played so far. Kanaan is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #4. Jabs Newby (188-G-91, college: Gannon, currently plays in Mexico) was the main contributor in a 1-point Pioneros Los Mochis' victory against the fifth-ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (3-3) 69-68 in the Mexican CIBACOPA in Friday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Newby scored 22 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in only a mere 1 minutes. Pioneros de Los Mochis (1-5) is located at the very bottom in the CIBACOPA. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Newby has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 3.8apg in six games.

   #5. Jermel Kennedy (201-F-89, college: Lander, currently plays in United Kingdom) was the major contributor in a Worcester Wolves' victory against the closely-ranked Glasgow Rocks (17-11) 88-72 in the British BBL in Sunday night's game. Kennedy recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 12 rebounds. Worcester Wolves (17-12) is placed fifth in the BBL. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Kennedy's first season with the team. He averaged so far 13.4ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.1apg and 1.6spg. Kennedy has both Canadian and British nationalities.

   #6. Experienced Michael Fraser (203-C-84, college: Oklah.Baptist, currently plays in Poland) could not help Polfarmex (4-22) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Polfarmex was crushed 98-77 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#4) Twarde Pierniki. Fraser was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 5 rebounds and 3 blocks in 31 minutes. Fraser has averaged so far 9.2ppg and 8.2rpg in 24 games.

   #7. Dylan Ennis (187-G-91, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Oregon (16-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the Oregon was edged 77-76 at home by the University of North Carolina. Ennis scored 18 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. He averaged so far 10.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.1apg and 1.1spg. Ennis also holds two passports: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #8. Omar El Turk (186-SG-81, college: Dawson, currently plays in Lebanon) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ali Kanaan. But that was another game of his team in Lebanese Pepsi LBL which we would like to mention. El Turk contributed to Byblos' victory against the fourth-ranked Sagesse 86-76. He scored 9 points in only 14 minutes. This year El Turk averages only 3.5ppg in 11 games. He has dual citizenship: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #9. Ashton Khan (183-PG, college: Tiffin, currently plays in United Kingdom) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jermel Kennedy. However that was another game of his team in British BBL which brought him to that list. Khan contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Newcastle Eagles crushing them 126-97. He recorded 19 points and added 6 passes in 23 minutes. Khan has averaged so far 6.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.8apg in 27 games. He has Canadian and British nationalities.

   #10. Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, agency: Blacktop Management, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in Finland) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Joensuun Kataja 84-65 in the Finnish Korisliiga last Wednesday. Barrett scored 13 points, had 9 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals in 21 minutes. He averaged so far 11.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg in 20 games.



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Romain Sato selected the top Central African playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Romain Sato
Romain Sato
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international swingman Romain Sato (195-81, college: Xavier, currently plays in EuroCup). He could not help Valencia Basket (6-0) to beat Unicaja Malaga (3-3). Sato scored 9 points in 16 minutes on the court. But the league leader Valencia Basket lost 71-79 on the road to the second-ranked Unicaja Malaga. It's Sato's fourth season with the team. This year he averages: 6.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 2FGP: 52.7%, 3FGP: 39.2% and FT: 72.7% in 22 games he played so far. Sato played for the Central African senior national team four years ago.

Max Kouguere
Max Kouguere
   #2. Second place goes to former international small forward Max Kouguere (198-87, currently plays in France). He was not able to help Olympique Antibes in their game against Chalon/Saor (18-7) in the French ProA. Kouguere recorded 8 points. Olympique Antibes was defeated 87-74 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Chalon/Saor. It was Olympique Antibes' fifth consecutive loss in a row. Kouguere's overall stats this season are: 6.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 43.3%, 3FGP: 32.1% and FT: 82.6%. He has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Central African. Kouguere played for the Central African national team in 2015.

Jimmy Djimrabaye
Jimmy Djimrabaye
   #3. The Central African player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Jimmy Djimrabaye (202-92, currently plays in France). He was not able to secure a victory for Gravelines-Dunkerque (14-11) in their game against Monaco (22-3) in the French ProA. It was not Djimrabaye's best game last Saturday. He recorded only 3 points in 15 minutes. Gravelines-Dunkerque was badly defeated 92-72 on the opponent's court by the leading Monaco. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. This year Djimrabaye's overall stats are: 2.2ppg, 1.3rpg, 3FGP: 46.7%(7-15) in 16 games. He played for the Central African national team two years ago.

Maxime Zianveni
Maxime Zianveni
   #4. Power forward Maxime Zianveni (198-79, currently plays in France) couldn't help Boulazac Basket (13-12) in their game against JL Bourg (18-7) in the French ProB (second division). Zianveni recorded 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Boulazac Basket was badly defeated 78-60 in Bourg by the leading JL Bourg. It was Boulazac Basket's first loss after three consecutive victories. Zianveni's total stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.6spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Central African and French. Zianveni used to play for the Central African national team back in 2013.

Other top Central African players, who play abroad:

James Mays (206-F/C-86) plays for LG Sakers in South Korean KBL
Patrick O'Bryant (213-C-86) plays for Fubon Braves in Taiwanese SBL
Johan Grebongo (204-F/C-94) plays for Pfastatt in French NM2
Maixant Mombollet (203-F/C-81) plays for Tourcoing in French NM2
Michael Mokongo (180-PG-86) plays for Vitre in French NM1
Destin Damachoua (184-G-86) plays for Lorient in French NM1
Yannick Zachee (192-F-86) plays for Oullins in French NM2
Guy Joseph Kodjo-Sitchi (191-F-85) plays for Prisse Macon in French NM2
Clarence Juillet (198-C-83) plays for Brissac-Aubance in French NM2
Jonathan Alalengbi (192-F-92) plays for Toulouse in French NM2
Martial Gotagni (190-G/F-79) plays for Chateauroux in French NM2

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



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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Luka BOZIC
  KK Zagreb
  (199-PG-96)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Bozic, KK Zagreb22.4 
 2. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 3. Smajlagic, Zabok21.2 
 4. Marcinkovic, KK Za.18.9 
 5. Novacic, Jolly JBS18.5 
 6. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.4 
 7. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek16.9 
 8. Ivanov, GKK Sibenik16.5 
 9. Vucic, Alkar Sinj16.4 
 10. Konjevic, Skrljevo15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miralem HALILOVIC
  GKK S.
  (205-F-91)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Halilovic, GKK S.7.3 
 2. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek7.3 
 3. Novacic, Jolly JBS7.3 
 4. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.8 
 5. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.6 
 6. Smajlagic, Zabok6.6 
 7. Mazalin, Zadar6.2 
 8. Rajic, H.Analitica6.0 
 9. Sakic, Cibona5.8 
 10. Bundovic, Cedevita5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.4 
 3. Scott, Jolly JBS6.1 
 4. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.6 
 5. Filipovic, KK Split5.5 
 6. Vrbica, Gorica5.1 
 7. Kapusta, Zabok5.0 
 8. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
 9. Raic, H.Analitica4.8 
 10. Sarac, Vrij.Osijek4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 2. Veljacic, Kvarner .2.4 
 3. Sirko, KK Split2.1 
 4. Marcinkovic, KK Za.1.8 
 5. Mazalin, Zadar1.8 
 6. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.7 
 7. Vladovic, Zadar1.5 
 8. Rozic, Cibona1.5 
 9. Novacic, Jolly JBS1.5 
 10. Brzoja, Zadar1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Izzet TURKYILMAZ
  GKK S.
  (212-F/C-90)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Turkyilmaz, GKK S.1.5 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.1.3 
 3. Bundovic, Cedevita1.1 
 4. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek1.0 
 5. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.8 
 6. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.7 
 7. Loncar, Cedevita0.6 
 8. Milicevic, Kvarner .0.6 
 9. Papac, Jolly JBS0.6 
 10. Zrnic, Zabok0.6 


Ante Tomic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Croatians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Ante Tomic (217-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Spain). He could not help FC Barcelona (17-8) in their last game. Despite Tomic's very good performance FC Barcelona lost 82-95 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#14) Gran Canaria. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 14 rebounds in 30 minutes on the court. It's Tomic's fifth season with the team. Tomic has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 65.1%(121-186) and FT: 63.0% in 25 games he played so far. He played for the Croatian senior national team two years ago.

Ante Zizic
Ante Zizic
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Ante Zizic (210-97, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey). Zizic led Darussafaka to a victory against the 13th-ranked Usak Sportlif (7-17) 78-70 in the Turkish BSL last Monday. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (17-7) is placed fifth in the BSL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Zizic has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 2FGP: 75.0%(48-64) and FT: 73.0%. Ex-KK Ribola Kastela player is in the roster of the Croatian senior national team.

Dario Saric
Dario Saric
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Dario Saric (207-94, currently plays in NBA). He led Philadelphia 76ers to a victory over the Brooklyn Nets (18-59) 106-101 in the NBA on Tuesday night. Saric was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 37 minutes. The Philadelphia 76ers have 27-50 record this season. Saric has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 12.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 46.5%, 3FGP: 31.5% and FT: 78.5% in 77 games. Ex-KK Cibona VIP Zagreb player is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Roko-Leni Ukic
Roko-Leni Ukic
   #4. An experienced point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, also represented by XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Greece) was the major contributor in an AEK Athens' victory against the league outsider Doxa Lefkadas (4-20) 68-64 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. Ukic scored 12 points. AEK Athens (18-6) is placed third in the A1. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Ukic's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 11.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.6apg. Ukic is also Croatian national team player.

Bojan Bogdanovic
Bojan Bogdanovic
   #5. International small forward Bojan Bogdanovic (203-89, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Washington Wizards (46-31) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Washington Wizards (46-31) were crushed 139-115 in Oakland by the Golden State Warriors. Bogdanovic was the second best scorer with 20 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was Wizards' third consecutive loss in a row. Bogdanovic has very impressive stats this year: 13.8ppg and 3.2rpg in 21 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Josip Sobin
Josip Sobin
   #6. Center Josip Sobin (203-89, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Poland) contributed to Anwil's victory against the eighth-ranked PGE Turow (15-12) 90-83 in the Polish PLK on Saturday night. Sobin recorded 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Anwil Wloclawek (20-7) is placed second in the PLK. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Sobin's stats this season are: 11.3ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

Hrvoje Peric
Hrvoje Peric
   #7. Former international forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85, 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 in Wednesday night's game. Peric scored 11 points in a mere 16 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (9-5) is placed third in group B. Peric is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Umana Venezia's roster. He averaged so far 11.8ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.7apg in 18 games. Peric used to play for the Croatian national team two years ago.

Darko Planinic
Darko Planinic
   #8. Center Darko Planinic (211-90, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Ante Tomic in the Spanish Liga Endesa last game. Planinic contributed to a Gran Canaria's victory against the closely-ranked FC Barcelona (17-8) 95-82. He scored 10 points. Planinic's overall stats this season are: 8.1ppg and 2.7rpg. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Leon Radosevic
Leon Radosevic
   #9. International power forward Leon Radosevic (207-90, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany) helped Brose Baskets edge the 12th-ranked BG Goettingen (10-18) 71-70 in the German BBL on Sunday night. Radosevic recorded 11 points in 21 minutes. Brose Baskets Bamberg (24-3) is placed second in the BBL. This year Radosevic's overall stats are: 7.2ppg and 2.8rpg in 16 games. He is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

Domagoj Bubalo
Domagoj Bubalo
   #10. Center Domagoj Bubalo (212-91, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Estonia) was the main contributor in Parnu's victory against the fifth-ranked TTU (14-12) 85-71 in the Estonian Alexela KML in Wednesday night's game. Bubalo was the best player in that game. He scored 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Parnu Sadam (4-0) is placed first in the Alexela KML. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. The Regular Season already ended. This season Bubalo has very high stats. He averages: 16.8ppg, 8.1rpg and 1.7apg. Bubalo is a former U20 international player as six years ago he still played for the Croatian national team.

   #11. Former international point guard Marko Popovic (185-82, another player represented by Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (11-15) in their last game. Despite his good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was edged 101-99 in a derby game by the higher-ranked (#4) Real Madrid. Popovic scored 10 points and added 7 assists in 25 minutes. Popovic's stats this year are: 12.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.2apg in 18 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team six years ago.

   #12. International center Justin Hamilton (213-90, college: LSU, currently plays in NBA) helped Brooklyn Nets win their game against the Orlando Magic 121-111 in the NBA on Saturday night. Hamilton recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Hamilton's total stats this season are: 6.8ppg and 4.1rpg. He is a naturalized American. Hamilton is also in the roster of the Croatian national team. He used to play for KK Cibona VIP Zagreb in Croatian league.

   #13. Former U20 international guard Toni Prostran (182-91, currently plays in Lithuania) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Nevezis in their game against Dzukija in the Lithuanian LKL. Despite his very good performance last Saturday Prostran was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Prostran averaged so far 11.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 7.3apg. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team six years ago.

   #14. International center Ivica Zubac (216-97, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Los Angeles Lakers in their game against the Washington Wizards in the NBA, despite his good performance on Tuesday night. Zubac scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. But his team lost 108-119 in the NBA. Zubac averaged so far 7.5ppg and 4.1rpg in 38 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

   #15. Former U18 international power forward Stjepan Tesija (206-89, currently plays in Balkan League) helped his Bulgarian team Beroe win their game against the tenth-ranked Teodo Tivat crushing them 92-56 in the Balkan League in Tuesday night's game. Tesija scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Tesija's total stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Croatian U18 national team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Mladen Pavlovic (193-G-89, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to Vrsac's victory against the tenth-ranked Metalac (11-13) 94-87 in the Serbian KLS in Monday night's game. Pavlovic scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. KK Vrsac Swisslion (20-4) is placed first in the KLS. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Pavlovic's total stats are: 8.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg in 23 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Serbian.

   #2. Experienced Sasa Jankovic (204-F-84, currently plays in Slovakia) led Iskra Svit to a victory over the closely-ranked Lucenec (18-22) 93-88 in the Slovakian SBL last Wednesday. Jankovic was the top player that evening. He scored 19 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 30 minutes. BK Iskra Svit (22-18) is placed sixth in the SBL. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Jankovic averaged so far 11.2ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.8apg in 41 games.

   #3. Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81, currently plays in Austria) was the major contributor in a Kapfenberg Bulls' victory against the closely-ranked Raiffeisen Wels (13-14) 90-74 in the Austrian A Bundesliga on Saturday night. He scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. ECE Bulls Kapfenberg (17-11) is placed third in the A Bundesliga. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Stegnjaic averaged so far 10.3ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.3apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Austrian.

   #4. Marko Jagodic Kuridza (205-PF-87, currently plays in Belgium). Jagodic Kuridza could not help Oostende (22-5) to beat Kangoeroes (15-12). He scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 13 minutes. The league leader Oostende lost 75-79 on the road to the lower-ranked (#4) Kangoeroes. It was Oostende's first loss after ten consecutive victories. This year Jagodic Kuridza's total stats are: 6.3ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.2apg in 26 games. He has both Serbian and Croatian nationalities.

   #5. Mladen Primorac (210-C-90, currently plays in Czech Republic) was not able to help USK Praha in their game against BK Decin (18-14) in the Czech Republic NBL. Primorac was the second best scorer with 9 points. He also added 6 rebounds. But the fourth-placed USK Praha (16-14) was defeated 70-65 at home by the higher-ranked BK Decin (#3) in the Places 1-6 group. Primorac's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is quite important. Primorac's total stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.6apg.

   #6. Dino Cinac (201-F-88, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to a KFUM Jamtland's victory against the second-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins 78-74 in the Swedish Basketligan on Tuesday night. He scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. Cinac has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.8ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.1spg in 25 games.

   #7. Igor Maric (196-F-85, currently plays in Slovakia) helped Prievidza win their game against the closely-ranked Iskra Svit crushing them 90-67 in the Slovakian SBL in Saturday night's game. Maric recorded 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Maric averaged so far 13.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg.

   #8. Jure Gunjina (203-F-92, college: Georgia SW, currently plays in Spain) was the main contributor in Alcazar's victory against the closely-ranked Moron 79-73 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Gunjina had a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 5 assists in 37 minutes. Gunjina averaged so far 12.2ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.4apg in five games.

   #9. Toni Bizaca (202-F-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to secure a victory for Sodertalje Kings (23-9) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Sodertalje Kings was edged 82-81 in Jamtland by the lower-ranked KFUM (#6). Bizaca was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 6 rebounds. This season Bizaca has very high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.6apg.

   #10. Ivan Platenik (201-F-83, college: Alaska-Anch., currently plays in Australia) couldn't help McKinnon Cougars (1-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Platenik's very good performance the ninth-placed McKinnon Cougars were defeated 94-79 by the higher-ranked Casey Cavaliers (#4) in the Big V group. He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Platenik also added 9 rebounds. This season Platenik has very high stats. He averages: 19.7ppg, 9.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.7spg. Platenik also holds two passports: Croatian and Australian.



Miro Bilan miss both free throws, Cedevita loss to Cibona - by Zeljko Zule

Miro Bilan (213-C-89t) missed a pair of free throws with two seconds remaining as Cedevita lost to Cibona 69-71 in the last game of the Croatian A1 League Round 23, Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) had 19 points and 13 rebounds for Cibona, Luka Zoric (211-C-84) scored 18 points and Paolo Marinelli (191-G-95) came off the bench for 14 points,
The largest lead of either team was 6 points, which was held by Cedevita at 52-46 late in the second quarter. Cibona take a 66-65 advantage with 1:22 remaining. Marko Tomas made a jumper to retake a lead for Cedevita going into the final mnute. Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-SF-81) put Cibona up 68-67 on the next possession and Ra'shad James (188-G-90, college: Kaiser) answered with a 2-point shot that gave Cedevita a point lead. On the next possessin, Paolo Marinelli (191-G-95) hit a basket with a nine seconds left for a 70-69 advantage for Cibona. Miro Bilan (213-C-89) was fouled and he missed both free throws with two seconds left.. Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) grabbed a defensive rebound was fouled, He made the first free throw and intentionally missed the second onr to ru the clock,.
Ra'shad James led Cedevita with 14 points and Miro Bilan (213-C-89) added 12.



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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 Rio18.7 
 4. Pons, Guantanamo18.5 
 5. Guzman, Capitalinos17.4 
 6. Molina, Matanzas16.1 
 7. Granda, Ciego d.15.5 
 8. Abreu, Villa Clara15.2 
 9. Rivero, Capitalinos15.2 
 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. Perez, Villa Clara5.6 
 9. Siria, Santiago5.6 
 10. Font, Capitalinos5.2 
Assists Per Game
 Yosiel MONTERREY
  Pinar d.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Monterrey, Pinar d.3.7 
 2. Heredia, Santiago3.6 
 3. Abreu, Villa Clara3.6 
 4. Oliva, Pinar del Rio2.6 
 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: 4.7
 1. Monterrey, Pinar d.4.7 
 2. Oliva, Pinar del Rio4.7 
 3. Guerra, Guantanamo4.5 
 4. Perez, Villa Clara4.4 
 5. Deschapelles, Matan.4.4 
 6. Soria, Guantanamo4.1 
 7. Boffil, Villa Clara4.1 
 8. Martinez, Ciego d.3.9 
 9. Heredia, Santiago3.8 
 10. Baldo, Camaguey3.7 
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, Matanzas0.9 
 6. Castellanos, Ciego d.0.9 
 7. Perez, Villa Clara0.7 
 8. Coutin, Capitalinos0.6 
 9. Romero, Villa Clara0.6 
 10. Soria, Guantanamo0.6 


Javier Justiz's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Cubans playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Javier Justiz
Javier Justiz
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina). He led Estudiantes Concordia to a victory over the third-ranked GECR Indalo (24-22) 81-69 in the Argentinian LigaA last Wednesday. Justiz was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 15 rebounds. Justiz also added 3 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Norte. Estudiantes Concordia (31-15) is placed second. Justiz has relatively good stats this season: 13.6ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.2apg, 2.1bpg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 23.1% and FT: 60.6%. He is currently a member of the Cuban senior national team.

Reynaldo Garcia
Reynaldo Garcia
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Reynaldo Garcia (187-90, agency: DTMones, currently plays in Argentina). Garcia could not help San Martin Corrientes (31-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the first-placed San Martin Corrientes (31-12) lost 70-80 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#8) Penarol in the Norte group. Garcia was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 31 minutes. It's Garcia's first season with the team. This year Garcia has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.0apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 68.2% in 38 games he played so far. He played for the Cuban national team in 2009.

Yorman Polas Bartolo
Yorman Polas Bartolo
   #3. The Cuban player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Yorman Polas Bartolo (192-85, currently plays in Germany). Bartolo contributed to a 1-point Telekom Baskets' victory against the tenth-ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (11-16) 74-73 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Telekom Baskets Bonn (16-10) is placed sixth in the BBL. This season Bartolo averages: 7.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 68.0%(66-97), 3FGP: 17.9% and FT: 63.4%. He has a dual citizenship: Cuban and German. Bartolo played for the Cuban national team six years ago.

Grismay Paumier
Grismay Paumier
   #4. Power forward Grismay Paumier (204-88, currently plays in France) contributed to a SO Maritime Boulogne's victory against the league outsider JA Vichy (9-17) 80-71 in the French ProB (second division) on Tuesday night. He scored 8 points, grabbed 9 boards, handed out 6 passes and blocked 2 shots. SO Maritime Boulogne (10-16) is placed 16th in the ProB. Paumier has reliable stats this season: 10.8ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.2bpg. He used to play for the Cuban national team back in 2009.

Yoanki Mensia
Yoanki Mensia
   #5. International forward Yoanki Mensia (196-97, currently plays in Argentina) faced previously mentioned Javier Justiz in the Argentinian LigaA last game. Mensia was not able to help GECR Indalo in their game against Estudiantes Concordia (31-15). He cannot count it as his best performance. Mensia scored only 3 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 22 minutes. GECR Indalo (#3) lost 69-81 in Concordia to the second-ranked Estudiantes in the Sur group. This year Mensia's overall stats are: 1.2ppg and 2.1rpg in 11 games. He plays currently for the Cuban national team.

Taylor Garcia
Taylor Garcia
   #6. Point guard Taylor Garcia (182-87, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in Quintanar's surprising victory against the third-ranked Alcobendas (19-6) 76-70 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. Garcia scored 15 points and added 9 passes. Basket Globalcaja Quintanar (12-13) is placed tenth in Group B. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Garcia's stats this season are: 14.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Cuban senior team eight years ago.

Georffri Silvestre
Georffri Silvestre
   #7. An experienced former international power forward Georffri Silvestre (202-79, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Nautico KIA Tenerife (15-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Nautico KIA Tenerife (#6) was defeated 82-72 in Guadalajara by the lower-ranked CB Guadalajara (#9) in the Group B. Silvestre recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Silvestre averaged so far 14.7ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Cuban national team seventeen years ago.

Georvys Elias
Georvys Elias
   #8. Forward Georvys Elias (199-81, currently plays in Spain) helped Albacete edge the closely-ranked Blancos de Rueda (4-21) 75-73 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Friday. Elias scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 40 minutes. Arcos Albacete Basket (7-20) is placed second from the bottom (#15) in the LEB Silver. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Elias' total stats are: 9.7ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg in 27 games. He used to play for the Cuban national team back in 2009.

Rangel Ramirez
Rangel Ramirez
   #9. Former international center Rangel Ramirez (206-75, currently plays in Spain) helped AEC Collblanc win their game against the 12th-ranked JAC Sants (9-14) 62-51 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Sunday night. Ramirez scored 6 points. Aracena - AEC Collblanc La Torrassa (11-11) is placed eighth in Group C-A. They ended the series of six consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Ramirez has averaged so far 7.0ppg and 6.0rpg. He used to play for the Cuban national team eleven years ago.

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

   #1. Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91, currently plays in Czech Republic) was the major contributor in a CEZ Nymburk's victory against the second-ranked BK Pardubice (22-8) 91-85 in the Czech Republic NBL in Saturday night's game. He scored 21 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 31 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. CEZ Basketball Nymburk (30-1) is placed first. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Sant-Roos has relatively good stats this year: 13.7ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.5apg and 2.2spg in 28 games he played so far.

   #2. Adrian Diaz (213-C-93, college: FIU, currently plays in Romania) could not help BC Timisoara (12-15) in their last game. Despite his very good performance BC Timisoara (#5) lost 80-84 at home to the second-ranked Steaua CSM in the Places 1-6 group. Diaz was the second best scorer with 26 points. He also added 9 rebounds in 35 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Diaz's third season in pro basketball. It was BC Timisoara's fourth consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. Diaz has reliable stats this year: 11.1ppg and 5.2rpg in 28 games. He has a dual citizenship: Cuban and American. Strangely Diaz has never played in Cuba.

   #3. Sigal Benitez (193-G-94, currently plays in Spain) led Arenys to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Santfeliuenc (7-16) crushing them 97-67 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. Benitez scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 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 important. This year Benitez's total stats are: 6.3ppg and 2.2rpg in 23 games.



LSB Round 2 of Finals. Pinar del Rio even title series - by Eurobasket News

Pinar del Rio - Matanzas 70-68

Pinar del Rio outgunned Matanzas to even the championship series. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-9. But Guerreros won second period 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pinar forced 19 Guerreros turnovers. The former international center Elieser Quintana (205-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. The former international point guard Yosiel Monterrey (185-88) contributed with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. The former international guard Danys Torrientes (190-85) replied with 20 points and Yoan Rodriguez added 18 points in the effort for Guerreros. Guerreros' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Pinar del Rio: E.Quintana 20+6reb, Y.Suarez 17+5reb, Y.Monterrey 12+6reb+6ast, O.Oliva 8+3reb+2ast, A.L. Rojas 8+2reb, J.Martinez 5+2reb
Matanzas: D.Torrientes 20+2reb+1ast, Y.Rodriguez 18+2reb+1ast, Y.Morales 9+5reb+1ast, Y.Molina 7+3reb+1ast, L.Curtiz 6+1reb+3ast, H.Garcia 2+6reb
gschID: 543652





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  CYPRUS  

Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Baden JAXEN
  Etha
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Jaxen, Etha21.9 
 2. Esho, Etha18.8 
 3. Abukar, Keravnos16.7 
 4. Brezec, AEK15.9 
 5. Bussey, Apoel15.0 
 6. Ray, Enosis15.0 
 7. Blakes, Enosis14.3 
 8. Pittakas, Apollon13.8 
 9. Walker, Etha13.6 
 10. Burnatowski, Apoel13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cadarian RAINES
  Apollon
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Raines, Apollon8.4 
 2. Esho, Etha8.4 
 3. Thomas, Enosis8.3 
 4. Parks, Keravnos7.6 
 5. Mobley, Apoel7.4 
 6. Dasic, AEK6.8 
 7. Brezec, AEK6.4 
 8. Blakes, Enosis6.2 
 9. Wright, Apoel6.1 
 10. Barnes, Etha6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny BARKER
  Keravnos
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Barker, Keravnos6.1 
 2. Thomas, AEK5.2 
 3. Washington, Enosis4.7 
 4. Ross, Keravnos4.2 
 5. Bussey, Apoel4.1 
 6. Jaxen, Etha4.1 
 7. Koronides, Apollon3.8 
 8. Brown, Apoel3.2 
 9. Blakes, Enosis3.1 
 10. Walker, Etha3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Keravnos
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ross, Keravnos2.2 
 2. Dasic, AEK2.1 
 3. Thomas, AEK2.0 
 4. Washington, Enosis1.8 
 5. Pittakas, Apollon1.7 
 6. Barker, Keravnos1.7 
 7. Blakes, Enosis1.5 
 8. Burnatowski, Apoel1.3 
 9. Jaxen, Etha1.3 
 10. Ray, Enosis1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin THOMAS
  Enosis
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Thomas, Enosis1.1 
 2. Mobley, Apoel1.0 
 3. Raines, Apollon0.9 
 4. Suleiman, Apollon0.9 
 5. Panayiotou, Etha0.6 
 6. Ortiz, Etha0.6 
 7. Burnatowski, Apoel0.6 
 8. Esho, Etha0.6 
 9. O''Brien, Keravnos0.6 
 10. Parks, Keravnos0.6 



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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Lukas PALYZA
  Prostejov
  (202-F-89)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Palyza, Prostejov19.2 
 2. Burnett, BK Pardu.18.5 
 3. Bohacik, USK Praha17.8 
 4. Ware, MMCITE B.17.0 
 5. Brooks, J.Hradec16.8 
 6. Lipkins, J.Hradec15.8 
 7. Skinner, BK Kolin14.9 
 8. Pecka, Usti n.14.8 
 9. Thompson, Usti n.14.7 
 10. Bakic, BK Kolin14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Garret KERR
  BK Kolin
  (194-F-92)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Kerr, BK Kolin9.4 
 2. Pecka, Usti n.9.3 
 3. Mickelson, Svitavy7.4 
 4. Ware, MMCITE B.7.3 
 5. Painter, NH Ostrava7.1 
 6. Simpson, MMCITE B.6.7 
 7. Fitzpatrick, Prost.6.6 
 8. Smith, NH Ostrava6.6 
 9. Bohacik, USK Praha6.5 
 10. Skinner, BK Kolin6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Roman MARKO
  Prostejov
  (194-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Marko, Prostejov7.6 
 2. Bannister, Svitavy6.5 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava6.0 
 4. Lawrence, CEZ N.5.5 
 5. Simmons, Prostejov5.3 
 6. Kouril, BK Opava4.9 
 7. Glover, Usti n.4.8 
 8. Sotnar, Usti n.4.3 
 9. Ware, MMCITE B.4.3 
 10. Guercy, NH Ostrava4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin WARE
  MMCITE B.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ware, MMCITE B.2.4 
 2. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.2.2 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava2.1 
 4. Glover, Usti n.2.1 
 5. Lipkins, J.Hradec2.0 
 6. Canada, NH Ostrava1.9 
 7. Marko, Prostejov1.8 
 8. Autrey, BK Pardu.1.7 
 9. Skinner, BK Kolin1.6 
 10. Slezak, Svitavy1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan CANTY
  J.Hradec
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Canty, J.Hradec1.7 
 2. Simpson, MMCITE B.1.5 
 3. Madsen, USK Praha1.4 
 4. Mickelson, Svitavy1.4 
 5. Simpson, CEZ N.1.1 
 6. Jelinek, Svitavy1.0 
 7. Pecka, Usti n.0.8 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.0.7 
 9. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.0.7 
 10. Kvapil, BK Opava0.6 


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. Nehoda, Zlin18.3 
 10. Sebela, Sokol S.18.1 
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.8.8 
 7. Streba, USK P.8.7 
 8. Englicky, Sokol Pisek8.6 
 9. Voslajer, Zlin8.5 
 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. Dragoun, Opava B4.3 
 5. Straznicky, Vysoc.4.3 
 6. Honomichl, Loko Plzen4.1 
 7. Novak, Vysocina3.8 
 8. Jancik, Havirov3.8 
 9. Dlugos, Nymburk B3.7 
 10. Bukovjan, Ostrava3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jiri DEDEK
  Olomouc .
  (190-SG-95)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Dedek, Olomouc .3.7 
 2. Potocek, Pardubice2.3 
 3. Svoboda, Nymburk B2.1 
 4. Nehoda, Zlin2.0 
 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 


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

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

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Jan Vesely (213-90, currently plays in Turkey). He was the major contributor in Fenerbahce's victory against the ninth-ranked Tofas (10-14) 90-75 in the Turkish BSL in Sunday night's game. Vesely scored 15 points in 22 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Istanbul (22-2) is placed first in the BSL. It was his team's 15th consecutive victory in a row. Vesely has relatively good stats this year: 11.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.5apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 72.1%(93-129) and FT: 73.1% in 20 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Blake Schilb
Blake Schilb
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international swingman Blake Schilb (201-83, agency: BeoBasket, college: Loyola, IL, currently plays in Turkey). Schilb led Galatasaray to an easy victory against the league outsider TED Kolejliler (2-22) crushing them 104-57 in the Turkish BSL last Tuesday. He scored 11 points and added 3 assists. Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (17-6) is placed fourth in the BSL. This season Schilb has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.2apg, 2FGP: 58.8%(47-80), 3FGP: 52.8%(28-53). He is a naturalized American. Schilb is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team. He used to play for CEZ Basketball Nymburk in Czech Republic league.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman David Jelinek (195-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain). Jelinek led Andorra to a victory against the 12th-ranked Movil Estudiantes (10-16) 87-83 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He scored 13 points and added 4 assists in a mere 15 minutes. MoraBanc Andorra (13-12) is placed eighth in the Liga Endesa. Jelinek has reliable stats this year: 10.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 50.4%, 3FGP: 37.1% and FT: 80.4% in 25 games. He is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Tomas Kyzlink
Tomas Kyzlink
   #4. Shooting guard Tomas Kyzlink (195-93, currently plays in France) could not help JL Bourg (18-8) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Kyzlink's very good performance the league leader JL Bourg was defeated 79-69 on the road by the lower-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#4). He was the top scorer with 16 points. Kyzlink also added 5 rebounds. Kyzlink's overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.3apg. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

Ondrej Balvin
Ondrej Balvin
   #5. Former international center Ondrej Balvin (217-92, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned David Jelinek in the Spanish Liga Endesa last game. Balvin was not able to help Movil Estudiantes in their game against Andorra (13-12). He scored 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 19 minutes. Movil Estudiantes lost 83-87 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#8) Andorra. This year Balvin averages: 6.8ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3bpg in eight games. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team two years ago.

Filip Halada
Filip Halada
   #6. Forward Filip Halada (198-92, currently plays in Slovakia) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Nitra (3-37) crushing them 107-64 in the Slovakian SBL on Wednesday night. Halada scored 18 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno (24-16) is placed fifth in the SBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Halada averaged so far 10.4ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.4apg. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Czech Republic team five years ago.

Ales Chan
Ales Chan
   #7. Former international center Ales Chan (215-80, college: Seton Hill, currently plays in Austria) was not able to secure a victory for Raiffeisen Wels (13-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Raiffeisen Wels were badly defeated 90-74 in Kapfenberg by the higher-ranked Bulls (#3). Chan was the second best scorer with 19 points. He also added 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Chan averaged so far 11.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1bpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team three years ago.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #8. Point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, another player represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Washington Wizards (46-31) in their game against the Golden State Warriors (63-14) in the NBA. Satoransky scored only 4 points and added 3 passes in 16 minutes. The Washington Wizards (46-31) were crushed 139-115 in Oakland by the Golden State Warriors. It was Wizards' third consecutive loss in a row. It's Satoransky's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 2.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.5apg in 54 games. Satoransky plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #9. Former international center Tomas Hampl (215-88, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Pielagos (12-11) crushing them 85-58 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Sunday night. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Igualatorio Cantabria Estela Santander (20-3) is placed first in Group A-A. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Hampl averaged so far 13.4ppg and 5.9rpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Lubos Stria (197-G/F-81, currently plays in Slovakia) could not help Handlova (17-23) in their last game. Despite Stria's very good performance Handlova was edged 84-82 on the road by the leading Kosice. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Stria also added 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 36 minutes. This year Stria's overall stats are: 8.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.3apg in 36 games he played so far.

   #2. Jaroslav Tyrna (207-C-86, agency: Octagon Europe, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Sixers (14-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Sixers (14-6) was defeated 59-51 in Wildau by the lower-ranked Wusterhausen (#8) in the North group. Tyrna was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 7 rebounds. Tyrna's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Tyrna averaged so far 10.8ppg, 7.7rpg and 2.5apg.

   #3. Jakub Kasa (203-F-92, currently plays in Slovakia) was not able to secure a victory for Nitra (3-37) in their last game. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Nitra was crushed 107-64 at home by the higher-ranked (#5) Rieker KN. Kasa was the second best scorer with 11 points in 20 minutes. It was Nitra's tenth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This year Kasa's total stats are: 8.1ppg and 2.5rpg in 12 games.

   #4. John Boyer (185-PG-88, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Buffalo, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Vilsbiburg (17-8) in their game against TSV Troester (15-10) in the German Regionalliga (fourth division), despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Boyer also added made 3 passes and 5 steals in 37 minutes. But the second-placed Vilsbiburg (17-8) was crushed 92-67 in Breitenguessbach by the lower-ranked (#5) TSV Troester in the South-East group. It was Vilsbiburg's first loss after six consecutive victories. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Boyer has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 6.4rpg, 7.4apg and 4.9spg in 22 games. Boyer is a naturalized American. Worth to mention Boyer played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He used to play for BK Decin in Czech Republic league.

   #5. Lubos Novy (204-C-91, currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned John Boyer and both played together in the last German Regionalliga game. Novy couldn't help Vilsbiburg (17-8) in their game against TSV Troester (15-10). He scored 8 points. The second-placed Vilsbiburg (17-8) was crushed 92-67 in Breitenguessbach by the lower-ranked TSV Troester (#5) in the South-East group. Novy is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Vilsbiburg's roster. This season Novy has very high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1bpg.

   #6. Filippo Meccoli Matejca (194-G-92, currently plays in Italy) led Valdiceppo to a victory over the 14th-ranked Isernia 47-42 in the Italian Serie B (third division) on Wednesday night. Meccoli Matejca was MVP of the game. He scored 13 points and had 4 steals in 32 minutes. This year Meccoli Matejca's total stats are: 8.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.8apg in 26 games. He has a dual citizenship: Czech Republic and Italian.



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

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

Shavon Shields
Shavon Shields
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Germany). He could not help Deutsche Bank Skyliners (11-16) in their last game. Despite Shields' very good performance Deutsche Bank Skyliners was edged 74-73 on the road by the higher-ranked (#6) Telekom Baskets. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Shields also added 4 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It's Shields' first year with the team. Shields has relatively good stats this season: 14.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.7apg, 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 77.5% in 26 games he played so far. He played for the Danish senior national team two years ago.

Mikkel Plannthin
Mikkel Plannthin
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Mikkel Plannthin (195-88, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Sweden). Plannthin was not able to help Norrkoping Dolphins (23-9) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance Norrkoping Dolphins was defeated 78-74 in Jamtland by the lower-ranked KFUM (#6). Plannthin was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Plannthin's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Plannthin's first season with the team. This year he averages: 6.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 44.6%, 3FGP: 42.4% and FT: 83.0%. Plannthin played for the Danish national team in 2015.

Chanan Colman
Chanan Colman
   #3. The Danish player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola JC, currently plays in Israel). He contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Maccabi Ashdod (9-16) crushing them 90-69 in the Israeli Winner League on Monday night. Colman recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. Hapoel Eilat (15-10) is placed fourth in the Winner League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Colman's overall stats are: 7.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.4apg, 3FGP: 34.9% and FT: 79.5% in 21 games. He has a dual citizenship: Danish and Israeli. Former Roskilde BC starter played for the Danish national team nine years ago.

Darko Jukic
Darko Jukic
   #4. Guard Darko Jukic (199-90, currently plays in Slovenia) was not able to secure a victory for Krka (2-1) in their game against Zlatorog (2-1) in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. Despite his good performance in Wednesday night's game Jukic scored 10 points. Jukic's total stats this season are: 8.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.4apg. He is also Danish national team player.

Lasse Elbaek
Lasse Elbaek
   #5. International center Lasse Elbaek (208-94, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help Malbas (1-13) in their game against BC Lulea (24-8) in the Swedish Basketligan, despite his very good performance last Tuesday. Elbaek was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 31 minutes. But Malbas was crushed 85-61 in Lulea by the leading BC Lulea. The Regular Season already ended. This year Elbaek has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.1apg in 31 games. He plays currently for the Danish national team.

Alan Voskuil
Alan Voskuil
   #6. Guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in a Viola RC's victory against the sixth-ranked Latina Basket (14-13) 92-84 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Voskuil scored 22 points in 34 minutes. Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabriais placed tenth in West group. Voskuil has reliable stats this year: 14.7ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.6apg in nine games. He is a naturalized American. Voskuil is an international player who is currently on the senior Danish National Team roster. He used to play for Horsens IC in Danish league.

Nicolai Andersen
Nicolai Andersen
   #7. International center Nicolai Andersen (203-96, currently plays in Finland) couldn't help Kouvot (13-14) in their game against Salon Vilpas (28-8) in the Finnish Korisliiga. Andersen cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Kouvot was badly defeated 89-72 in Salo by the leading n Vilpas. Andersen's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Andersen's total stats this season are: 1.9ppg and 1.7rpg. He is also Danish national team player.

Zarko Jukic
Zarko Jukic
   #8. Forward Zarko Jukic (201-93, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Ourense Termal in a victory against the closely-ranked Burgos (9-14) 62-58 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Jukic scored only 2 points in 12 minutes. Ourense Termal (17-13) is placed seventh in the LEB Gold. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Jukic's total stats are: 3.0ppg and 1.7rpg in 29 games. He plays currently for the Danish national team.

Jonathan Gilling
Jonathan Gilling
   #9. International forward Jonathan Gilling (203-91, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Leche Rio Breogan's victory against one of league's weakest teams Cocinas.com (9-21) 90-84 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Tuesday night's game. Gilling scored only 2 points. 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. Gilling has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.3apg. He is also in the roster of the Danish national team.

Mads Sturup
Mads Sturup
   #10. Swingman Mads Sturup (195-97, also represented by Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) helped Fontedoso Carrefour win their game against the closely-ranked Meridiano Alicante (18-10) 76-71 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. Sturup scored only 3 points in 7 minutes on the court. Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila (17-10) is placed fifth in the LEB Silver. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Sturup averages just 3.1ppg in 27 games. He is a former U18 international player as two years ago he still played for the Danish national team.

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

   #1. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93, currently plays in Bulgaria) contributed to Beroe's victory against the closely-ranked Rilski (13-9) 79-74 in the Bulgarian NBL on Friday night. Tenchev scored 6 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Beroe (9-7) is placed third in the NBL. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Tenchev's total stats this season are: 6.7ppg and 1.7rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Danish and Bulgarian. Despite Tenchev's Danish passport, he previously played for the Bulgarian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Danish team.

   #2. Daniel Fernandez-Munkholm (191-G-91, college: Union, KY, currently plays in Spain) managed to help CB Novaschool Malaga to win against the eighth-ranked Real Betis Energia Plus Sevilla 2nd team (2-12) 91-74 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. Fernandez-Munkholm scored only 2 points. CB Novaschool Malaga (8-6) is placed sixth in Group D Perman. The Regular Season already ended. Fernandez-Munkholm has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 1.8apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Spanish and Danish.



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





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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 RC21.5 
 10. Taylor, Rio G.21.0 
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. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 4. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 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. Mickey, Maine RC3.0 
 3. Diallo, Greensboro S.2.8 
 4. Tavares, Raptors .2.7 
 5. Moreland, Canton C.2.7 
 6. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.6 
 7. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 8. Benson, Sioux F.2.2 
 9. Obekpa, Santa C.2.2 
 10. Jones, Santa C.2.1 


Jackson, Red Claws pinch Mad Ants in playoff opener - by Eurobasket News

Third seed Fort Wayne Mad Ants (30-21) fell to the second seed Maine Red Claws (30-21) 110-106 in game one of the first round of the 2017 NBA Development League Playoffs. Fort Wayne's Travis Leslie sparked off the Mad Ants bench leading the team with seven points to put the Mad Ants on top 25-22 to end the first quarter. Abdel Nader (6'6''-F-93, college: Iowa St.) logged 7 of his own to bring Maine within only three to close out the first. Mad Ants and Red Claws kept a close draw throughout the entire second quarter. Trey McKinney-Jones (6'6''-G-90, college: Miami, FL) led the way with 12 points and Leslie tied him, putting Fort Wayne up by one point (49-48) to go into halftime. Fort Wayne extended its lead in the third quarter on 9 points and 7 rebounds from Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85, college: N.Carolina). Pacers assignee added six points of his own in the third to end the quarter ahead of the Red Claws 79-72. Maine went on a 5-0 run with under four minutes left in the fourth quarter. A layup by Jordan Mickey (6'8''-F-94, college: LSU, agency: Babcock Sports) with 58 seconds to go put the Red Claws with in one of the Mad Ants. Coron Edwards was fouled with 26 seconds on the clock, Edwards missed the first bucket and made the second to tie Fort Wayne at 99. The Mad Ants were unable to come up on their next possession and the game resulted into overtime. Hansbrough started off overtime blazing with an alley-oop dunk. Maine gained their first lead of the ball game from a Mickey jump shot with 1:35 left in play. A Hansbrough layup Mad Ants came within two with just 13.8 seconds left to go. Maine closed their claws on Fort Wayne to end game one of playoffs 110-106. Maine had four finish in double digits, Demetrius Jackson (6'1''-PG-94, college: Notre Dame) led the way for Maine with 30 points. Cameron Ayers (6'5''-G-91, college: Bucknell) recorded a double-double with 26 points and 16 rebounds. Nader ended with 23 points, and Jalen Jones added 10 points and put up 11 boards. Hansbrough led the Mad Ants with this ninth double-double since signing with the Mad Ants, recording 29 points and 20 rebounds (12-of-22 FG) in 46 minutes. McKinney-Jones added 19 points and 9 rebounds, Leslie logged 17 points and Niang tacked on 13 points along with 8 rebounds. The Mad Ants will head to Portland, Maine to take on the Red Claws for game 2 in the first round of the NBA D-League Playoffs on Monday at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Courtesy of: wane.com



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

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

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Houston Rockets (52-25) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Ariza's very good performance the Houston Rockets (52-25) were defeated 117-107 on the road by the Portland Trail Blazers. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Ariza also added 5 rebounds. Ariza has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 11.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.1apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 56.3%(126-224), 3FGP: 35.1% and FT: 74.2%. Ariza has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. He played for the Dominican Republic senior national team twelve years ago. Strangely Ariza has never played in Dominican Republic.

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international swingman Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul, currently plays in Turkey). He was not able to help Tofas (10-14) in their last game. Despite Mejia's good performance Tofas lost 75-90 in Istanbul to the second-ranked Fenerbahce. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Mejia also added 6 passes in 37 minutes. It was Tofas' third consecutive loss in a row. Mejia has relatively good stats this year: 14.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.5apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 62.5%(75-120), 3FGP: 44.1% and FT: 73.3% in 24 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Mejia played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2005. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international shooting guard Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers, currently plays in France). Greer contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Chorale de Roanne (10-15) 85-68 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. He recorded 8 points and added 4 assists. Union Poitiers Basket 86 (14-12) is placed eighth in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Greer's fourth season with the team. Greer's overall stats this year are: 3.2ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 31.8%, 3FGP: 29.8% and FT: 72.7%. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Greer played for the Dominican Republic national team eight years ago. He used to play for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

Jose Cabrera
Jose Cabrera
   #4. Power forward Jose Cabrera (206-84, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Mataro's victory against the tenth-ranked Sant Nicolau (10-13) 68-61 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Sunday night. Cabrera scored 7 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Feimat Mataro (9-14) is placed 13th in Group C-A. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Cabrera's overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2006.

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

   #1. Karl-Anthony Towns (213-F/C-95, college: Kentucky, currently plays in NBA) led Minnesota Timberwolves to a 1-point victory over the Indiana Pacers (38-40) 115-114 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Towns had a double-double by scoring 37 points and getting 12 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) in 41 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. The Minnesota Timberwolves have 31-46 record this season. Towns has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 24.8ppg, 12.0rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3bpg in 77 games he played so far. Towns has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #2. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac, currently plays in Greece) was the major contributor in Panathinaikos' victory against the tenth-ranked Aiolos Trikallon (9-15) crushing them 93-63 in the Greek A1 last Monday. Feldeine scored 15 points. Panathinaikos Athens (23-1) is placed second in the A1. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Feldeine averages: 8.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.9apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Strangely Feldeine has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #3. Edgar Sosa (190-PG-88, college: Louisville, currently plays in Lebanon) led Al Riyadi to an easy victory against the third-ranked Tadamon (9-13) crushing them 113-67 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL on Tuesday night. He recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals in 29 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group B. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (6-0) is placed first. So far his team won all six games in the Second Stage. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Sosa has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 6.5apg and 1.5spg in four games. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Sosa used to play for Leones de Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic league.

   #4. Eloy Vargas (211-C-88, agency: Duran International, college: Kentucky, currently plays in Argentina) led GECR Indalo to a victory over the tenth-ranked Echague (8-36) 91-82 in the Argentinian LigaA in Friday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Vargas scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia (24-22) is placed third in Sur group. It's Vargas' first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.7ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.1apg.

   #5. Juan Guerrero (201-F-93, agency: Basket Management Solutions, currently plays in Venezuela) could not help Toros (3-11) in their last game. Despite Guerrero's very good performance the fifth-placed Toros (3-11) was edged 98-95 at home by the second-ranked Trotamundos in the Western Conference. He had a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 16 rebounds. Guerrero also added 4 blocks (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in 36 minutes. It was Toros' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Guerrero has very impressive stats this year: 17.1ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.3bpg and 1.3spg in 14 games.

   #6. Gelvis Solano (185-G-94, also represented by Basket Management Solutions, college: Merrimack, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to help Echague (8-36) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the tenth-placed Echague was crushed 106-81 on their home court in Parana by the second-ranked Estudiantes Concordia in the Norte group. Solano was the top scorer with 28 points. He also added 5 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 4 balls in 29 minutes. Solano has very impressive stats this year: 19.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.2apg and 2.0spg in 32 games.

   #7. Experienced Kelvin Pena (193-G-80, another player represented by Basket Management Solutions, college: Southeastern CC, currently plays in Venezuela) is a teammate of previously mentioned Juan Guerrero. But that was another game of his team in Venezuelan LPB which we would like to mention. Pena was not able to secure a victory for Toros (3-11) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance the fifth-placed Toros was edged 86-85 on their home court in Maracay by the leading Guaiqueries in the Western Conference. Pena was the top scorer with 30 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. This season Pena has very high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.7apg.

   #8. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a 1-point Boston Celtics' victory against the Orlando Magic 117-116 in the NBA on Friday night. Horford scored 12 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 36 minutes. Horford has very impressive stats this year: 14.1ppg, 6.9rpg, 5.0apg and 1.3bpg in 63 games.

   #9. Ronald Ramon (183-G-86, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Brazil) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Minas crushing them 108-74 in the Brazilian NBB in Wednesday night's game. He scored 8 points and added 6 assists. Ramon's overall stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.2apg and 1.2spg. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Apparently Ramon has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #10. Juan Miguel Suero (198-SG-93, currently plays in Venezuela) couldn't help Gaiteros (4-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Gaiteros was badly defeated 88-69 on their home court in Maracaibo by the higher-ranked (#3) Gigantes in the Western Conference. Suero was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 8 boards, handed out 5 passes and blocked 3 shots in only a mere 1 minutes. Suero has very impressive stats this year: 22.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.2apg and 1.6spg in 12 games.



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  EL SALVADOR  


La Salle Tarija signs Michael Harvey, ex Halcones - by Francisco Vega

Entretanto Meta La Salle Tarija (Libobasquet) signed 27-year old American forward Michael Harvey (196-98kg-90, college: Portland State). He played last summer at Halcones in Salvadorean Liga MB, but left. In two games he had very impressive stats: 22.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.0spg. The last season Harvey played at TuS SWAP Red Devils Bramsche (Regionalliga) in German league where in 20 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 28.0ppg. He helped them to win the group title (twice).
Harvey is quite experienced player. He has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Harvey has played previously professionally in Colombia (Islanders), IBL (Nippon T.), Germany (Bodfeld Baskets) and ABA (Columbus/Montgomery Black Hawks).
He attended Portland State until 2013 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
Harvey could be described: A very athletic forward who plays with great personality and energy.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ESTONIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin BAKER
  Tarvas
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Baker, Tarvas19.3 
 2. Dzeletovic, TL.19.2 
 3. Jarvelainen, TTU17.7 
 4. Olmre, TTU17.0 
 5. Bubalo, Parnu16.8 
 6. van-der-Mars, Rap.16.4 
 7. Post, Tarvas15.5 
 8. Seskus, Parnu15.4 
 9. Strupovics, Valga15.2 
 10. Zvigurs, Valga14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. van-der-Mars, Rap.12.4 
 2. Baker, Tarvas8.7 
 3. Jarvelainen, TTU8.2 
 4. Bubalo, Parnu8.1 
 5. Jois, Tartu Ulikool8.0 
 6. Milka, Tartu Ulikool7.5 
 7. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.5 
 8. Lips, Tarvas7.4 
 9. Raadik, Valga6.5 
 10. Kirves, Parnu6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Tartu Ulikool
  (187-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool4.8 
 2. Kabin, Parnu4.6 
 3. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.4 
 4. Olmre, TTU4.1 
 5. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo4.0 
 6. Bratoz, Rapla3.8 
 7. Paiste, Tarvas3.8 
 8. Saage, TL.3.4 
 9. Post, Tarvas3.4 
 10. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Domen BRATOZ
  Rapla
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Bratoz, Rapla2.2 
 2. Sutt, Parnu1.9 
 3. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 4. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 5. Olmre, TTU1.7 
 6. Paiste, Tarvas1.7 
 7. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool1.6 
 8. Zvigurs, Valga1.6 
 9. Tamm, TL.1.6 
 10. Post, Tarvas1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.1 
 2. Lips, Tarvas0.9 
 3. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 4. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 5. Bubalo, Parnu0.8 
 6. Raadik, TTU0.8 
 7. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.7 
 8. Zvigurs, Valga0.6 
 9. Saks, TL.0.6 
 10. Joesaar, Tartu U.0.6 



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  EUROCUP  


Obradovic signed a three year extension with Lokomotiv Kuban - by Eurobasket News

After reaching the Eurocup semifinal and with the hopes for a spot in the EuroLeague via the VTB United League still alive, Sasa Obradovic (agency: BeoBasket )'s contract with Lokomotiv was extended for three more seasons. Sasa Obradovic (agency: BeoBasket ) was hired after the start of the season, replacing Greek coach Fotis Katsikaris. His results and the performance of the team was enough in order for Lokomotiv to extend his contract, since the initial deal included an extension option just for next season. The new extension is expected to be announced soon in a press conference and it remains to be seen if Lokomotiv Kuban under Sasa Obradovic (agency: BeoBasket ) can return to the EuroLeague.
Courtesy of: eurohoops.net



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Xavi Pasqual's Box and one Defense, Panathinaikos new weapon.. - by Dimitris Katsionis

The flagship of Junk Defense: 'Box and 1' & 'Diamond and 1'

Let's take a look at Xavi Pasqual's new weapon, the Box and One Defense which was used mainly against Baskonia. Can it be a hidden ace for the post season? I analysed his tacticts in http://www.hoopfellas.gr/en/ and i'm sharing my thoughts with you here, in Eurobasket.com.

Xavi Pascual prepared one of the so-called Junk Defenses (they contain a combination of Man to man and zone principles) to intercept Baskonia's offense, preventing them from finding rhythm and their expected flow that pushes them to automated plays, without thought, touching the basketball that Sito Alonso wants to show. In essence, the main goal behind this decision by Panathinaikos's coach was to give the opponent something they are not familiar with, forcing them to change their habits and readjust their offense. At first glance it seems simple and it is even more pleasing to the ear, but it requires great attention to detail to set it up, mainly in the part where you translate your players' characteristics in this context.

What was it then that we saw in Buesa Arena on Thursday night that was the catalyst to tilt the balance in Panathinaikos's favor?

A defense able to 'adjust' every time by changing its form, an ability that made it hard to read, slowing down the familiarization of the offense. The basis of the Greens' units and the pillars to build this structure are the magic words mobility and intensity.

Pascual chose 'Box and 1' (with Larkin-Shengelia in the court) and 'Diamond and 1' (mainly without them but with the very capable shooter Beaubois in Sito's line-up).

-He built 'Box and 1' by giving the 'Chaser' role to Calathes (deny to Larkin with the exceptions of when he went to the corners where Calathes handed him over to the respective low box bog man, Gist or Singleton), trusting that he had two very good rebounders in the back line of the 'box', with strong legs, who had the responsibility to defend the ball when it was openly in their corner. Both Pascual's Low Box players played (initial position) with one foot stepping inside the paint. The main mission of the other two players of the 'box' (High Box Defenders, namely Nichols-Feldein) is to stop the ball from entering the High Post and, at the same time, to have sufficient speed since sprinting is required to maintain a pass around -behind the arc- character during the opponent's offense.

-With Larkin holding the ball in the middle lane all 4 Box Defenders took their initial position inside the Box Format. In this case, this formation ensured great Help Defense, an important weapon against a very insightful and quick guard who easily slips through any possible hole.

-With the ball on the side, the Strong side big man of the Greens played 4/4 with Sito's post big guy, a position that at the same time ensured that he could immediately reach (if needed) the area of his responsibility if the ball got there.

-This defense helped Panathinaikos protect their basket and ensure the rebound advantage (having three 'box' players to the claim it every time one of them was on player that executed) even though its match up nature (the Greens followed the cuts of the asques to their rim and in certain Pick & Roll situations played one on one defense) led to rotations which in turn led to offensive rebounds for the hosts. Of course on the other side, this Match up nature was beneficial when Sito put Larkin in the corner in this Box-1 in order to create a 2-3 formation to play offense as if against a regular zone. This never happened

Against the Baskonia formation that threatened less aggressively the basket of the Greek team (Diop-Tillie instead of Voigtmann-Shengelia) inside the paint, but had firepower outside the arc (Beaubois), Xavi Pascual activate a 'Diamond and 1' defense with Feldein on Hanga at the wing and the other 4 lining up in the diamond-shaped formation, which helped the 'clover' to reach Alonso's snipers at the sides faster. I expected to see a type of Clock Offense response (we have talked about it in Hoopfellas during the season) from Sito but this didn't happen either..



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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Antwan SCOTT
  KTP Basket
  (188-G-92)
  Avg: 22
 1. Scott, KTP Basket22.0 
 2. Jones, Lapua21.9 
 3. Gay, KTP Basket19.2 
 4. Pledger, Kouvot19.1 
 5. Brown, Kataja B.18.3 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki17.9 
 7. Morris, Lapua16.9 
 8. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.1 
 9. Bullock, Pyrinto15.9 
 10. Cowels-III, Helsink.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Van, Korihait10.5 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot9.4 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket8.7 
 5. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.3 
 6. Williams, Lapua8.1 
 7. Williams, Salon V.7.7 
 8. Bristol, Kataja B.7.6 
 9. Nelson, Pyrinto7.6 
 10. Bullock, Pyrinto7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Antto NIKKARINEN
  Helsinki.
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.3 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket6.7 
 3. Rannikko, Kataja B.6.6 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.7 
 5. Jalonen, Korihait4.4 
 6. Appleby, Kouvot4.3 
 7. Williams, Lapua4.3 
 8. Edwards, Lapua4.0 
 9. Minard, Pyrinto4.0 
 10. Staten, Salon Vilpas4.0 
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, Pyrinto1.4 
 10. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.4 
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 


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 De''Andre UPCHURCH
  HyPo
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 33.6
 1. Upchurch, HyPo33.6 
 2. Moultrie, PuHu J.28.3 
 3. Heinonen, Munkkini.24.6 
 4. Rasi, Raholan Pyrkiva24.5 
 5. Maxhuni, HBA-M.23.8 
 6. Cartharn, Espoo B.23.5 
 7. Vinson, Pyrinto II23.4 
 8. Daniels, PeU-Basket23.1 
 9. Laine, PeU-Basket22.9 
 10. Jones, Oulun N.22.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.16.7 
 2. Daniels, PeU-Basket13.7 
 3. Harvey, Oulun N.12.4 
 4. Harris, Ura Basket12.0 
 5. Towa, Jarvenpaa11.6 
 6. Flemings, FoKoPo11.1 
 7. Stahl, Oulun N.10.9 
 8. Knihtinen, Korikouvot10.4 
 9. Blomqvist, HyPo10.2 
 10. Ekimov, JyWe10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Janne KINNUNEN
  Karkkila
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Kinnunen, Karkkila6.7 
 2. Upchurch, HyPo5.3 
 3. Innamaa, TuNM.5.1 
 4. Salonen, Porvoon .5.0 
 5. Ivey, Espoo United4.9 
 6. Kantonen, Korik.4.6 
 7. Kilpinen, Pyrin.4.5 
 8. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.4.4 
 9. Kantonen, JyWe4.1 
 10. Latvala, Ura Basket4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Joshua GOUCH
  Espoo Basket
  (196-G-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Gouch, Espoo Basket2.7 
 2. Cartharn, Espoo B.2.7 
 3. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.2.5 
 4. Upchurch, HyPo2.5 
 5. Moore, ToPo2.4 
 6. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.2.4 
 7. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.3 
 8. Marttinen, Munkkini.2.1 
 9. Heinonen, Munkkini.2.1 
 10. Kuusisto, ToPo2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.0 
 2. Sandberg, TuNM.1.8 
 3. Reed, FoKoPo1.5 
 4. Rainamaa, PuHu J.1.4 
 5. Ekimov, JyWe1.4 
 6. Harvey, Oulun N.1.3 
 7. Fields, Lahti1.3 
 8. Harris, Ura Basket1.1 
 9. Polla, HBA-Marsky1.1 
 10. Smith, Lahti1.0 


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 - ProB

Points Per Game
 Zachery PEACOCK
  Bourg
  (203-C-87)
  Avg: 18
 1. Peacock, Bourg18.0 
 2. Williams, Boulazac17.5 
 3. Burton, Roanne17.4 
 4. Hermannsson, Charlevi.17.3 
 5. Jones, Lille17.1 
 6. Henry, Evreux16.7 
 7. Ware, Vichy C.15.8 
 8. Walker, Evreux15.0 
 9. Rozenfeld, Roanne14.9 
 10. Obasohan, Provence.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dinma ODIAKOSA
  Le Havre
  (203-C/F-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Odiakosa, Le Havre9.7 
 2. Kone, Charleville9.5 
 3. Ndoye, Bourg9.1 
 4. Burton, Roanne9.0 
 5. Ekperigin, Nantes7.8 
 6. Morin, Le Havre7.7 
 7. Traore, Lille7.7 
 8. Rhoomes, St Qu.7.5 
 9. Diame, Blois7.3 
 10. Paumier, Boulogne7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Poitiers
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7
 1. Threatt, Poitiers7.0 
 2. Turner, Blois6.2 
 3. King, Le Havre6.2 
 4. Ware, Vichy C.6.1 
 5. Rigaux, Maurienne6.0 
 6. Hermannsson, Charlevi.5.7 
 7. Sim, Bourg5.6 
 8. Henry, Evreux5.5 
 9. Mitchell, Nantes5.2 
 10. Duren, Boulogne5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Joe BURTON
  Roanne
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Burton, Roanne2.6 
 2. Threatt, Poitiers2.4 
 3. Henry, Evreux2.4 
 4. Turner, Blois2.1 
 5. Mitchell, Nantes2.0 
 6. Denave, Vichy C.2.0 
 7. Maille, Provence.1.9 
 8. Rigaux, Maurienne1.8 
 9. Fouse, Charleville1.7 
 10. Duren, Boulogne1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Yannis MORIN
  Le Havre
  (208-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Morin, Le Havre1.9 
 2. Fall, Poitiers1.5 
 3. Paumier, Boulogne1.2 
 4. Ndoye, Bourg1.2 
 5. MBida, Lille1.2 
 6. Jones, Lille1.1 
 7. Diame, Blois1.1 
 8. Rinna, St Chamond1.1 
 9. Boateng, Blois1.0 
 10. Kone, Charleville1.0 


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Steffon BRADFORD
  St Vallier
  (198-F/C-77)
  Avg: 18
 1. Bradford, St Vallier18.0 
 2. Brooks, ALS Basket17.9 
 3. Vaty, Lourdes17.3 
 4. Newson, Lorient16.7 
 5. Craion, Lorient16.7 
 6. Mitchell, Chartres16.2 
 7. Geiger, SAP V.16.2 
 8. Smith, Orchies16.1 
 9. Davis, Rennes15.9 
 10. Strong, St Vallier15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Gries/Ob.
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Thondique, Gries/Ob.9.9 
 2. Kovanusic, ALS B.9.0 
 3. Staniulis, Souffel8.2 
 4. Blackwell, ALS B.8.1 
 5. Gourari, RAC Basket8.1 
 6. Craion, Lorient7.6 
 7. Cox, Challans7.6 
 8. Alliman, SAP V.7.5 
 9. Vaty, Lourdes7.4 
 10. Anderson, RAC B.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Xane D''ALMEIDA
  Lourdes
  (181-PG-83)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Dalmeida, Lourdes7.2 
 2. Romain, Chartres7.1 
 3. Varanauskas, Gries/Ob.5.5 
 4. Delhomme, St Vallier5.3 
 5. Rathieuville, Rennes5.2 
 6. Bichard, RAC Basket5.1 
 7. Suhard, Angers BC4.9 
 8. Smith, Orchies4.9 
 9. Choplin, Quimper4.8 
 10. Siegwarth, Vitre4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Lorient
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Craion, Lorient2.9 
 2. Davis, Rennes2.4 
 3. Neri, ALS Basket2.1 
 4. Newson, Lorient1.9 
 5. Cornely, Caen1.9 
 6. Demuynck, Lourdes1.9 
 7. Monceau, Challans1.8 
 8. Liorel, SAP V.1.7 
 9. Gibson, Challans1.6 
 10. Gourari, RAC Basket1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ludovic NEGROBAR
  Rennes
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Negrobar, Rennes1.3 
 2. Rakocevic, Orchies1.0 
 3. Jakstas, Gries/Ob.1.0 
 4. Diarra, Caen0.9 
 5. Bobrov, Quimper0.9 
 6. Monteiro, Caen0.9 
 7. Tresnak, GET Vosges0.8 
 8. Kovanusic, ALS B.0.8 
 9. Thondique, Gries/Ob.0.8 
 10. Boucard, GET Vosges0.8 


NM1 Round 31: Quimper UJAP edges UB Chartres by three points - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NM1 is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 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.

Tenth-ranked UB Chartres (16-15) made lots of trouble for second ranked Quimper UJAP (22-9) on Saturday. Quimper UJAP managed to secure only three-point victory 72-69. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of UB Chartres. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-20. But UB Chartres won second period 16-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Quimper UJAP looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Ukrainian forward Vyacheslav Bobrov (201-92) fired 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Dwight Burke (202-86, college: Marquette) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. point guard Olivier Romain (180-88) produced 19 points and 4 assists for lost side. UB Chartres' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Quimper UJAP maintains second place with 22-9 record having just two points less than leader Caen. UB Chartres at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 15 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Quimper UJAP are looking forward to face SAP Vaucluse (#13) in Sorgues in the next round which should be an easy win for them. UB Chartres will play at home against Vendee Challans (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Rueil. Third ranked Souffelweyersheim faced 4th placed Rueil. Guests from Souffelweyersheim (20-11) smashed host Rueil (18-13) 84-62. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian power forward Giedrius Staniulis (205-91) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 7 rebounds. Fabyon Harris contributed with 9 points and 8 assists for the winners. American forward Will Felder (201-91, college: Miami, OH, agency: Inception Sports) answered with 20 points and 8 rebounds for Rueil. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Souffelweyersheim maintains third place with 20-11 record having four points less than leader Caen. Rueil at the other side keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. They share it with GET Vosges and Orchies. Souffelweyersheim will play against Vitre (#16) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Rueil will play against the league's leader Caen (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader Caen delivered the twenty fourth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 8th ranked Vendee Challans (16-15) 92-86. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Vendee Challans. It was a great evening for BJ Monteiro who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. At the losing side Emmanuel Monceau responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Caen maintains first place with 24-7 record. Loser Vendee Challans keeps the eighth position with 15 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Caen will meet at home Rueil (#5) in the next round. Vendee Challans will play against UB Chartres and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked CFBB (0-31) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 76-64 loss to seventeenth ranked Union Rennes (12-19) in Paris. It was an exceptional evening for Daviin Davis who led the winners and scored 22 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Union Rennes maintains seventeenth place with 12-19 record. CFBB at the other side still closes the standings. Union Rennes' next round opponent will be higher ranked Gries/Oberhoffen (#12) in Bischwiller and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CFBB will play on the road against Orchesien BC (#6) in Orchies and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Thirteenth-ranked Lorient (13-18) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Orchesien BC (18-13) on Saturday. The visitors from Orchies managed to secure only one-point victory 86-85. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lorient. Sourata Cisse fired 28 points and 4 assists for the winners. Orchesien BC have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with RAC Basket and GET Vosges. Newly promoted Lorient keeps the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. Orchesien BC will face bottom-ranked CFBB (#18) in Paris in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Lorient will play on the road against Lourdes-Tarbes (#7) and hope to win that game.

Other games of round 31 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
ALS Basket was defeated by Vitre in a road game 75-70. Gries/Oberhoffen was beaten by St Vallier at home 92-100. Lourdes was destroyed by Angers BC on the opponent's court 96-75. GET Vosges managed to outperform SAP Vaucluse in a home game 68-51.
The best stats of 31th round was 29 points and 7 rebounds by Auston Calhoun of Angers BC.

CFBB - Rennes 64-76

Bottom-ranked CFBB (0-31) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 76-64 loss to seventeenth ranked Union Rennes (12-19) in Paris. CFBB was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 39-24 second half run of Union Rennes. Union Rennes dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to CFBB's 30. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St.) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 4 assists. Ghanian-American Asenso Ampim (203-88, college: Columbia, agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Forward Ivan Fevrier (203-99) came up with 9 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Yanik Blanc (184-99) added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for CFBB in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Union Rennes maintains seventeenth place with 12-19 record. CFBB at the other side still closes the standings. Union Rennes' next round opponent will be higher ranked Gries/Oberhoffen (#12) in Bischwiller and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CFBB will play on the road against Orchesien BC (#6) in Orchies and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Rennes: D.Davis 22+3reb+4ast, A.Ampim 18+7reb+2ast, J.Rathieuville 9+7reb+3ast, L.Negrobar 7+5reb, S.Ben Driss 6+1reb+1ast, V.Zivkovic 6+3reb+2ast
CFBB: S.Briki 15+3reb, I.Fevrier 9+11reb+2ast, T.Maledon 9+2reb+2ast, Y.Blanc 8+6reb+7ast, Y.Choupas 7+4reb, J.Ayayi 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 485031


Challans - Caen 86-92

Leader Caen delivered the twenty fourth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 8th ranked Vendee Challans (16-15) 92-86. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Vendee Challans. Caen looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for American-Cape Verdean swingman BJ Monteiro (196-90, college: Duquesne) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Lithuanian forward Justas Sinica (203-85) helped adding 26 points. At the losing side Emmanuel Monceau (195-95) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds and American center Demarco Cox (203-90, college: Georgia Tech) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Caen maintains first place with 24-7 record. Loser Vendee Challans keeps the eighth position with 15 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Caen will meet at home Rueil (#5) in the next round. Vendee Challans will play against UB Chartres and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Caen: J.Sinica 26+3reb+2ast, B.Monteiro 17+11reb+7ast, M.Diarra 13+6reb, B.Pope 12+2reb, T.Cornely 10+5reb+8ast, L.Chelle 8+1reb+2ast
Challans: D.Petrovic 18+1reb+1ast, E.Monceau 17+7reb+3ast, D.Cox 15+9reb, I.Saounera 13+3reb+6ast, D.Gentil 11+8reb+3ast, M.Gibson 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 485027


Vitre - ALS Basket 75-70

There was an upset when higher ranked ALS Basket (16-15) was defeated on the road by sixteenth ranked Vitre (13-18) 75-70 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But ALS Basket won third quarter 17-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Vitre won last quarter 18-14. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Montenegrin guard Nikola Korac (185-86) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 assists for the winners. Forward Guillaume Merie (198-83) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Vitre players scored in double figures. Vitre's coach Zoran Durdevic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Bosnian power forward Nemanja Kovanusic (204-93) produced 23 points and 9 rebounds and forward Jean-Francois Christnel (198-91) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Vitre moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted ALS Basket dropped to the eighth position with 15 games lost. Vitre will face higher ranked Souffelweyersheim (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Vitre: S.Cretaux 17+1reb+1ast, N.Korac 16+4reb+14ast, A.Radulovic 16+4reb+1ast, D.Quincy-Jones 14+7reb, G.Merie 12+5reb+5ast, M.Perovic 0+1reb
ALS Basket: N.Kovanusic 23+9reb, J.Christnel 10+9reb+1ast, J.Brooks 10+2reb+4ast, Y.Bassine 9+6reb+2ast, S.Neri 8+1reb+3ast, L.Piotrowski 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 485029


Lorient - Orchies 85-86

Thirteenth-ranked Lorient (13-18) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Orchesien BC (18-13) on Saturday. The visitors from Orchies managed to secure only one-point victory 86-85. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lorient. It was a great shooting night for Orchesien BC especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.7 percentage. Naturalized Mali swingman Sourata Cisse (196-86) fired 28 points and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Four Orchesien BC players scored in double figures. Guard Mathieu Bigote (190-84) produced 25 points and 5 assists and American forward Jared Newson (196-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Inception Sports) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Orchesien BC have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with RAC Basket and GET Vosges. Newly promoted Lorient keeps the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. Orchesien BC will face bottom-ranked CFBB (#18) in Paris in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Lorient will play on the road against Lourdes-Tarbes (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Orchies: S.Cisse 28+1reb+4ast, B.Smith 18+7reb+3ast, M.Simmons 15+9reb, Z.Rakocevic 11+6reb+2ast, J.Verbeke 8+3reb+6ast, H.Dumortier 3
Lorient: M.Bigote 25+3reb+5ast, J.Newson 19+4reb+2ast, C.Faroux 11+3reb+4ast, M.Oluic 9+5reb+2ast, J.Bach 7+3reb+1ast, R.Giaimo 7+4reb
gschID: 485030


RAC Basket - Souffel 62-84

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Rueil. Third ranked Souffelweyersheim faced 4th placed Rueil. Guests from Souffelweyersheim (20-11) smashed host Rueil (18-13) 84-62. The game without a history. Souffelweyersheim led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian power forward Giedrius Staniulis (205-91) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 7 rebounds. American point guard Fabyon Harris (180-91, college: Texas A&M) contributed with 9 points and 8 assists for the winners. American forward Will Felder (201-91, college: Miami, OH, agency: Inception Sports) answered with 20 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import power forward Ron Anderson (205-89, college: S.Florida) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Rueil. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Souffelweyersheim maintains third place with 20-11 record having four points less than leader Caen. Rueil at the other side keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. They share it with GET Vosges and Orchies. Souffelweyersheim will play against Vitre (#16) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Rueil will play against the league's leader Caen (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Souffel: G.Staniulis 21+7reb, F.Ateba 12+3reb+3ast, V.Correia 9+2reb+7ast, F.Harris 9+1reb+8ast, E.Mendy 7+4reb, R.Kayembe 7+4reb+1ast
RAC Basket: W.Felder 20+8reb+1ast, R.Anderson 16+6reb+1ast, D.Sencanski 10+6reb, Y.Solle 6+2reb, L.Sambe 6+2reb+3ast, R.Zulemie 2+1reb+4ast
gschID: 485028


Gries/Oberhoffen - St Vallier 92-100

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eleventh ranked Saint Vallier's (16-15) road victory over 12th ranked Gries/Oberhoffen (14-17) 100-92 on Saturday. Saint Vallier looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Guard Jesse Delhomme (189-85) fired 26 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Power forward Sade Aded-Hussein (208-93) chipped in 21 points and 9 rebounds. Five Saint Vallier players scored in double figures. Lithuanian point guard Ovidijus Varanauskas (187-91) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists and American forward Gregg Thondique (201-87, college: Virginia Union, agency: Octagon Europe) added 26 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for lost side. Saint Vallier moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Gries/Oberhoffen keeps the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Saint Vallier will face higher ranked GET Vosges (#4) in Golbey in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gries/Oberhoffen will play on the road against Union Rennes (#17) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
St Vallier: J.Delhomme 26+5reb+7ast, S.Aded Hussein 21+9reb, S.Bradford 19+5reb, O.Strong 15+2reb+6ast, J.Biog 10+5reb, V.Ateba 5+3reb
Gries/Oberhoffen: O.Varanauskas 28+8reb+10ast, G.Thondique 26+14reb+2ast, R.Jakstas 23+8reb+2ast, G.Duro 7+8reb+2ast, A.Doumbia 6+1reb+4ast, T.Ghezala 2+2reb+3ast
gschID: 485033


Quimper - Chartres 72-69

Tenth-ranked UB Chartres (16-15) made lots of trouble for second ranked Quimper UJAP (22-9) on Saturday. Quimper UJAP managed to secure only three-point victory 72-69. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of UB Chartres. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-20. But UB Chartres won second period 16-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Quimper UJAP looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Ukrainian forward Vyacheslav Bobrov (201-92) fired 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Dwight Burke (202-86, college: Marquette) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Burke is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Point guard Olivier Romain (180-88) produced 19 points and 4 assists and American forward Jonathan Mitchell (201-87, college: Rutgers, agency: Inception Sports) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. UB Chartres' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Quimper UJAP maintains second place with 22-9 record having just two points less than leader Caen. UB Chartres at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 15 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Quimper UJAP are looking forward to face SAP Vaucluse (#13) in Sorgues in the next round which should be an easy win for them. UB Chartres will play at home against Vendee Challans (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Quimper: D.Burke 17+8reb+1ast, V.Bobrov 17+7reb+5ast, J.Bluntt 11+5reb+2ast, M.Tensorer 9+1reb+6ast, T.Prost 6+3reb+6ast, R.Temgoua 6+5reb
Chartres: O.Romain 19+3reb+4ast, J.Mitchell 15+6reb+3ast, H.Disy 13+9reb+2ast, T.Toney 8+1reb, P.Clerence 5+5reb, M.Ruikis 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 485032


Angers BC - Lourdes 96-75

There was an upset when higher ranked Lourdes-Tarbes (17-14) was rolled over on the road by fifteenth ranked Angers BC (13-18) 96-75 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Angers BC. Lourdes-Tarbes was better in second period 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Angers BC looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American forward Auston Calhoun (201-90, college: Bowling Green, agency: HMS) fired 29 points and 7 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners. Lithuanian forward Rokas Uzas (202-88) chipped in 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Angers BC players scored in double figures. The former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) produced 22 points and 8 rebounds and American forward RJ Sims (196, college: E.Mennonite) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Lourdes-Tarbes' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Angers BC moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Lourdes-Tarbes keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. Angers BC will face higher ranked ALS Basket (#9) in Andrezieux in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Angers BC: A.Calhoun 29+7reb+3ast, R.Uzas 25+6reb+5ast, T.Lonzieme 16+5reb+7ast, H.Suhard 11+3reb+6ast, W.Carter 8+5reb+3ast, A.Gabsi 7+4reb
Lourdes: L.Vaty 22+8reb+2ast, M.Kazonas 14+2reb+2ast, R.Sims 13+4reb+2ast, F.Bondron 8+3reb, M.Virbalas 6+3reb, A.Imhoff 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 485034


GET Vosges - SAP Vaucluse 68-51

Very predictable result in Golbey where fifth ranked GET Vosges (18-13) beat 13th ranked SAP Vaucluse (13-18) 68-51 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by GET Vosges. SAP Vaucluse was better in third quarter 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Masse Doumbe (203-87, college: Kaiser) fired 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Steven Ricard (200-90) chipped in 14 points. Point guard Antoine Liorel (181-89) produced 14 points and 5 assists and Lithuanian forward Darius Tarvydas (200-91) added 2 points and 13 rebounds respectively for lost side. GET Vosges moved-up to fourth place, which they share with RAC Basket and Orchies. Loser SAP Vaucluse keeps the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. GET Vosges will face Saint Vallier (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SAP Vaucluse will play against the league's second-placed Quimper UJAP and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
GET Vosges: S.Ricard 14+4reb+2ast, M.Doumbe 10+7reb+3ast, S.Ocokoljic 9+3reb+1ast, U.Adjagba 8+1reb, M.Gountas 8+2reb+5ast, L.Gigant 7+3reb+1ast
SAP Vaucluse: A.Liorel 14+1reb+5ast, R.Lopez 10+5reb+1ast, M.Benkloua 8+8reb, D.Geiger 8, C.Soumaoro 5+1ast, D.Kaba 4+1reb+2ast
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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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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)



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.



TJ DiLeo (Telekom Baskets Bonn) We All Have Good Attitudes And Know The Sacrifices It Requires To Be A Successful Team. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

T.J. DiLeo (190-G-90, college: Temple) is a 26 year old 190cm guard playing his fourth professional season and first with the Telekom Baskets Bonn (Germany-BBL). He played the first three professional seasons with the Giessen 46ers playing 76 Pro A games from 2013-2015 and helping the team move to the BBL in 2015. Last season for GHiessen he played 19 games averaging 5.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 38.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 73.3%. . He played at Temple from 2008-2013 playing a total of 126 NCAA games. In 2010, he played for the German U20 National Team in 2010 and played for the European Championships U20 in Croatia playing 9 games: 10.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP. He spoke to eurobasket before the Fiba Europe Cup game against Nanterre in Bonn.

TJ congrats on the 77-76 win against Nanterre in the Fiba Europe Cup competition. How did this win really feel considering your only half way to the Fiba Europe Cup top 4?

I think this win was really good for us mentally. We realize that we still have the second leg to play, but our goal was to go to Nanterre and get a win. Nanterre is a strong team that has played very well at home, so we are happy to be heading back to Bonn next week with a one point advantage.

Nanterre were in front for the most part of the first half, but shortly before the break you took the lead and would hang on to the end. How nerve-wracking was the second half for you personally?

It wasn't too bad. During the game you forget about the nerves. Also, I knew we have some guys that really step up in important late game situations, so I had confidence.

When looking at the team stats, they couldn't have been more even. Nanterre did have 4 turnovers more. Do you feel like you would have lost the game if they would have had those extra possessions?

In such a close game you can point to a lot of different things that could have changed the outcome. Yes, I guess the extra possessions could have helped them, but that is part of the way we play. We want to play aggressive defense and force turnovers.

You have been in Germany for 4 years now and played against German national player Heiko Schaffartzik for the first time who played in Giessen as a kid 12 years ago. He only scored 9 points and had a below average shooting night, but how dangerous was his presence on the floor whenever Nanterre was on offense?

Heiko is a great player. He's a great shooter that can make really tough shots. He has good court vision, and can really pass the ball too. It will be important to try and control him in the second game.

You started the game for the injured Ryan Thompson. When did you know that you would be starting and how did you mentally get ready on game day in Nantere, France?

I found out the morning of game day. I didn't think about it much. I just approached it like any other game, and knew I just had to go out there and play my game.

You played 32 minutes which was the most since you logged 31 minutes against Mons Hainaut this season and 32 minutes against Wurzburg last season. You scored 10 points on 4/6 shooting dished out four assists, grabbed two rebounds and had two steals. You also had very good shot selection. Was this performance by you another example that you can play with the best in Europe?

Thank you. I'm just happy that we came out with the win, and I was able to contribute in my minutes. I feel comfortable with my team and my role so it has been easier for me to go out and play, no matter the opponent.

The Telekom Baskets Bonn now have the home court advantage against Nanterre. How confident is the club that it will advance to the Fiba Europe Cup Top 4 and what will be key to making it there?

We like the position we are in, heading home with an advantage, but we definitely are not looking ahead. The lead is only one point, so simply stated, next game is a must win. We know how dangerous Nanterre can be, and we saw what they did in the second leg last round. The key will be to control their shooters and execute offensively.

The Telekom Baskets Bonn are having a very good season and back on track to reaching the playoffs which they missed last season only the second time in 20 years. What has been the secret of the coaching style of Predrag Krunic that has allowed the team to perform so well under him?

I think Coach gets us to go out each game and play hard, play aggressive, and attack. When you start with that, things generally tend to go in your favor. He also has a good relationship with all of his players, and we know what is expected of us on the court individually each game.

The Telekom Baskets Bonn achieved a good team chemistry early despite having added many new pieces. Is this a club that genuinely has the right bunch of character guys that have sacrificed team before self?

Yes, I think you are 100% right with that. We not only have great players, but great people on this team. We have a lot of guys that have been around Europe for a number of years now, many having played on very successful teams. So the guys all have good attitudes, and know the sacrifices it requires to be a successful team.

One never really wants to talk about one guy, but how much did the Ryan Thompson situation of coming back from a serious injury and finding back to his old self infect the team to becoming a unit and being able to play hard and well consistently?

Ryan has been really important for us. He's one of our vocal leaders. He can do everything on the floor, and has been especially important in attacking the basket and making plays for himself and others.

In your 4 years as a professional you went from 29 minutes to 30 minutes to 21 minutes with the Giessen 46ers and this season averaging only 14 minutes. How tough of an adjustment has it been having a more limited role with Bonn this season?

It hasn't been too tough actually. We've had team success so far this season, and I'm happy that I've been able to contribute. Also, we've got one of the best starting backcourts in the league with Ryan and Josh Mayo. I just try to come in and do my job knowing that some games it will be more minutes than others.

How tough is it in general to put up solid consistent stats when you are surrounded by a team of many scorers? Is focusing on making the right play on every possession a big key in your game this season?

I don't worry about the stats really. Yes, like you said, I just focus on making the right plays when I'm out there. I've been playing more point guard this year than I have at any time in my professional career, so a big focus of mine has been controlling the game, and leading the team. It's been nice because we have so many weapons out there on the court, and that makes it easier. A big focus of mine has been to try and read the situations. I try to know what plays have been working, know when its time to get different guys touches on offense, and also know when its time for me to be a playmaker.

You have always been a team player, but how do you feel has your game developed this season in Bonn where you surrounded by more talent than you were with Giessen?

I think we had quite a lot of talent on the Giessen team last year. The majority of the players moved on to some of the better teams in Europe this season, and we know how well Cam Wells and Benni Lischka have been playing for Giessen this year. So I wouldn't say its talent differential that has made my game develop, but more the fact that I've been playing Point Guard. It has helped my game to have the ball in my hands more and play a lot of pick and roll, because I feel that's my strength. It has also helped me to realize that my true position is probably a little more of a point guard than a shooting guard.

A big strength in your game is your defense. How has playing daily against guys like Josh Mayo, Ryan Thompson and Yorman Polas helped you mature further on the defensive end?

It has helped. They all have different types of offensive games, so it has been good for me to guard different styles in practice.

Your ex coach Denis Wucherer will coach the Giessen 46ers until the end of this season and then go elsewhere. What is your gut feeling of where he will go? Do you see him staying in Germany or going to another country?

I don't really have a gut feeling, although I would love to see him stay in Germany. I just know that any team that hires him will be extremely fortunate because Denis will do great things wherever he is at. He's got a great eye for talent, really knows the game, and players love him.

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

It would have been nice to see what would happen if he had played more minutes. I guess I would have to rank this as the hottest shooting night a player has ever had.

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

Stat wise, I think you can make that argument for sure. I'm just not ready to say someone other than Lebron is the best player in the world right now.

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

It has taken so long because it is really hard to get 10 steals (or blocks) in an NBA game.

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

The run has been great, and it is awesome to see things like this happen every March. I'm really happy that this run has changed the perception of Frank Martin a little bit. The guy can really coach, and I've heard his players love him. So its nice to see that the more focused media attention has led to people realizing that he's not the crazy-screaming coach that he was portrayed as for many years, but rather a guy that truly wants the best for his players.

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

I think Lonzo Ball can be a really good player. His shot is a bit unorthodox, but it goes in. He's got really good court vision, and a feel for the game. Those things are the making of a good point guard in the NBA. I know a lot of people are sick of his dad's antics, but I think he is just doing what he thinks is best for his son's brand. I actually think it is kind of cool to see a father so confident in his son, and so invested in his journey from college to NBA. If Lonzo is ok with it, who am I to judge? But he isn't beating MJ one on one.

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

Going to quote my college coach Fran Dunphy here. 'I've coached players that shoot too much, players that dribble too much, and even players that pass too much. But I've never coached a player that rebounds too much.'

What was the last movie that you saw?

Passengers.

Thanks TJ for the chat.



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Xavi Pasqual's Box and one Defense, Panathinaikos new weapon.. - by Dimitris Katsionis

The flagship of Junk Defense: 'Box and 1' & 'Diamond and 1'

Let's take a look at Xavi Pasqual's new weapon, the Box and One Defense which was used mainly against Baskonia. Can it be a hidden ace for the post season? I analysed his tacticts in http://www.hoopfellas.gr/en/ and i'm sharing my thoughts with you here, in Eurobasket.com.

Xavi Pascual prepared one of the so-called Junk Defenses (they contain a combination of Man to man and zone principles) to intercept Baskonia's offense, preventing them from finding rhythm and their expected flow that pushes them to automated plays, without thought, touching the basketball that Sito Alonso wants to show. In essence, the main goal behind this decision by Panathinaikos's coach was to give the opponent something they are not familiar with, forcing them to change their habits and readjust their offense. At first glance it seems simple and it is even more pleasing to the ear, but it requires great attention to detail to set it up, mainly in the part where you translate your players' characteristics in this context.

What was it then that we saw in Buesa Arena on Thursday night that was the catalyst to tilt the balance in Panathinaikos's favor?

A defense able to 'adjust' every time by changing its form, an ability that made it hard to read, slowing down the familiarization of the offense. The basis of the Greens' units and the pillars to build this structure are the magic words mobility and intensity.

Pascual chose 'Box and 1' (with Larkin-Shengelia in the court) and 'Diamond and 1' (mainly without them but with the very capable shooter Beaubois in Sito's line-up).

-He built 'Box and 1' by giving the 'Chaser' role to Calathes (deny to Larkin with the exceptions of when he went to the corners where Calathes handed him over to the respective low box bog man, Gist or Singleton), trusting that he had two very good rebounders in the back line of the 'box', with strong legs, who had the responsibility to defend the ball when it was openly in their corner. Both Pascual's Low Box players played (initial position) with one foot stepping inside the paint. The main mission of the other two players of the 'box' (High Box Defenders, namely Nichols-Feldein) is to stop the ball from entering the High Post and, at the same time, to have sufficient speed since sprinting is required to maintain a pass around -behind the arc- character during the opponent's offense.

-With Larkin holding the ball in the middle lane all 4 Box Defenders took their initial position inside the Box Format. In this case, this formation ensured great Help Defense, an important weapon against a very insightful and quick guard who easily slips through any possible hole.

-With the ball on the side, the Strong side big man of the Greens played 4/4 with Sito's post big guy, a position that at the same time ensured that he could immediately reach (if needed) the area of his responsibility if the ball got there.

-This defense helped Panathinaikos protect their basket and ensure the rebound advantage (having three 'box' players to the claim it every time one of them was on player that executed) even though its match up nature (the Greens followed the cuts of the asques to their rim and in certain Pick & Roll situations played one on one defense) led to rotations which in turn led to offensive rebounds for the hosts. Of course on the other side, this Match up nature was beneficial when Sito put Larkin in the corner in this Box-1 in order to create a 2-3 formation to play offense as if against a regular zone. This never happened

Against the Baskonia formation that threatened less aggressively the basket of the Greek team (Diop-Tillie instead of Voigtmann-Shengelia) inside the paint, but had firepower outside the arc (Beaubois), Xavi Pascual activate a 'Diamond and 1' defense with Feldein on Hanga at the wing and the other 4 lining up in the diamond-shaped formation, which helped the 'clover' to reach Alonso's snipers at the sides faster. I expected to see a type of Clock Offense response (we have talked about it in Hoopfellas during the season) from Sito but this didn't happen either..



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)



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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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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, Grindavik21.7 
 7. Beamon, Thor AK20.9 
 8. Gunnarsson, Njard.20.0 
 9. Sigurdarson, IR19.9 
 10. Caird, Tindastoll18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amin STEVENS
  Keflavik
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 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, Grindavik4.9 
 8. Baeringsson, Stjar.4.9 
 9. Stefansson, KR4.7 
 10. Shouse, Stjarnan4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Petur BIRGISSON
  Tindastoll
  (185-G-96)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Birgisson, Tindastoll2.7 
 2. Rikhardsson, Tinda.2.0 
 3. Olafsson, 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. Wright, Haukar1.5 
 10. Jonsson, Keflavik1.5 
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 



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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 


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Storm WARREN
  Maccabi .
  (201-PF-88)
  Avg: 24
 1. Warren, Maccabi .24.0 
 2. Huertas, Hap.Haifa21.8 
 3. Burrows, Hap.Haifa21.7 
 4. Livingston, Hapoel K.21.3 
 5. Pointer, Ironi K-A20.5 
 6. Teel, Maccabi H/H20.4 
 7. Brown, Ironi R.20.2 
 8. Madden, Hap.R/G.19.7 
 9. Jordan, Galil Elion19.7 
 10. Relphorde, Hapoel M.19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Germain JORDAN
  Galil Elion
  (198-C/F-86)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Jordan, Galil Elion11.6 
 2. Watson, Hapoel K/S11.2 
 3. Livingston, Hapoel K.11.1 
 4. Warren, Maccabi .11.0 
 5. Yates, Macc.Reh.10.2 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A10.1 
 7. McShepard, Ironi N.9.9 
 8. Burrows, Hap.Haifa9.8 
 9. Treadwell, Hapoel A.9.8 
 10. Allen, Hapoel B/S9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H7.7 
 2. Nanikashvili, Hap.H.7.4 
 3. Cohen, Hapoel K/S6.0 
 4. Lavie, Maccabi .5.8 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Ironi R.5.4 
 6. Dunne, Ironi N.5.0 
 7. Fisher, Hapoel B/S4.6 
 8. Salz, Galil Elion4.6 
 9. Hofman, Ironi N.4.6 
 10. Shaashoua, Maccabi .4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H2.9 
 2. Addison, Macc.Reh.2.6 
 3. Lavie, Maccabi .2.4 
 4. Relphorde, Hapoel M.2.4 
 5. Warren, Maccabi .2.3 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.0 
 7. Burrows, Hap.Haifa1.9 
 8. Livingston, Hapoel K.1.9 
 9. Eiram, Macc.Reh.1.8 
 10. Cohen, Hapoel K/S1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sir''Dominic POINTER
  Ironi K-A
  (198-G/F-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.3 
 2. Watson, Hapoel K/S2.0 
 3. Livingston, Hapoel K.1.9 
 4. Givens, Maccabi .1.5 
 5. Warren, Maccabi .1.4 
 6. Gaston, Hapoel M.1.3 
 7. Treadwell, Hapoel A.1.3 
 8. Joyner, Ironi K-A1.2 
 9. Labanowski, Ironi R.1.2 
 10. Roberts, Ironi N.1.0 


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





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  ITALY  


Italian Serie B round 27 best performance: Giovanni Lenti - by Eurobasket News

Forward Giovanni Lenti (196-F-96) put on an amazing game in the last round for Valsesia, receiving a Eurobasket.com Serie B Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 20-year old player had a double-double of 18 points and 19 rebounds, while his team beat Sangiorgese (#12, 12-15) 76-62. Valsesia is placed at 4th position in their group in Italian Serie B. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Valsesia will need more victories to improve their 15-11 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Lenti as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Giovanni Lenti averages this season 9.1ppg and 8.1rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 33-year old Argentinian Santiago Boffelli (197-G/F-83) of Scauri. Boffelli had a very good evening with 30 points and 8 rebounds. It was enough for Scauri to edge the lower-ranked Roma S.Azzurra (#14, 6-21) 68-66. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in Group C. Scauri keeps 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-14 record. Boffelli is a newcomer at Scauri, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.1ppg (#6). He also registered 5.3 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Eugenio Rivali (178-PG-86) of league's top team Montegrano. Rivali scored 28 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Rivali's great performance Montegrano lost 71-82 to the lower-ranked Porto S.Elpidio (#7, 14-13). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Montegrano had another "accident". It may be a crucial gamestill good, but 3rd lost game is hopefully really an accident. Rivali's teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Rivali has a great season in Italy. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.0apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Leonardo Marcon (189-G-95) of Roma Luiss - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Antonio Brighi (190-PG-96) of Porto S.Elpidio - 37 points and 2 rebounds
6. Jacopo Lucarelli (190-F/G-96) of Fiorentina - 22 points and 11 rebounds
7. Andrea Maggiotto (194-G-88) of Senigallia - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Leonardo Battistini (194-G/F-95) of Rimini - 20 points and 14 rebounds
9. Milos Divac (202-C/F-98) of Bottegone - 23 points and 10 rebounds
10. Andrea Campiello (200-F-87) of Vicenza - 13 points, 10 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)



Best players of Italian Serie A round 25 - by Eurobasket News

American Ronald Moore (183-PG-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for The Flexx PT and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 28-year old playmaker had a double-double of 22 points and ten rebounds, while his team edged out Auxilium TO (12-13) 95-91. The Flexx PT is placed at 8th position in Italian Serie A. The Flexx PT is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-13 record. In the team's last game Moore had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at The Flexx PT and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Siena College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Moore is in league's top in assists (6th best: 5.2apg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American point guard Nicolas Moore (175-PG-92, agency: Players Group) of Enel Brindisi. Moore impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Enel Brindisi was edged by the higher-ranked Banco di Srd (#6, 14-11) 79-78. This loss caused Enel Brindisi to drop to 9th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-13 record. Moore is a newcomer at Enel Brindisi 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 Jamil Wilson (201-F-90) of Auxilium TO (#10). Wilson scored 28 points. Despite Wilson's great performance Auxilium TO lost 91-95 to The Flexx PT (12-13). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Auxilium TO ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Wilson could help Auxilium TO to bring them higher in the standings. Wilson has a very solid season. In 25 games in Italy he scored 12.3ppg. He also has 5.9rpg and FGP: 51.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aaron Craft (188-G-91) of Dolomiti En. TR - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Eric Maynor (191-PG-87) of Openjobmetis V. - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Christian Eyenga (201-SF-89) of Openjobmetis V. - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Andrea Crosariol (212-C-84) of The Flexx PT - 9 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Elston Turner (195-G-90) of Vanoli CR - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. JaJuan Johnson (208-F/C-89) of AV Cantu - 19 points and 4 rebounds
10. Michael Bramos (196-G/F-87) of Umana VE - 16 points, 10 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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Japanese B League D2 round 52 best performance: Chehales Tapscott - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Chehales Tapscott (195-F-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for Kagawa FA, receiving a Asia-basket.com B League D2 Player of the Week award for round 52.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 32 points and 15 rebounds, while his team Kagawa FA maintains the 5th position in their group in Japanese B League D2. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 35 games and recorded just fifteen victories. In the team's last game Tapscott had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Kagawa FA's top player in his first season with the team. Former Portland State University star has very solid stats this year. Tapscott is league's best scorer averaging so far 19.7ppg. Tapscott is in league's top in assists (8th best: 3.1apg) and averages impressive 50.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Nigerian Chukwudiebere Maduabum (206-F-91) of Kagoshima. Maduabum had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Kagoshima to edge slightly higher-ranked Kagawa FA (#5, 15-35) 87-84. Kagoshima's 6th position in West has not changed. 43 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories Kagoshima managed to get this year. Maduabum is a newcomer at Kagoshima, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Scootie Randall (198-F-90) of Cyberdyne IR (#4). Randall showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Cyberdyne IR, leading his team to a 83-73 win against #2 ranked Fukushima in a game of the week. The chances of Cyberdyne IR ranking at the top of East, however are very questionable as they have already lost 26 games, recording just twenty four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Randall could help Cyberdyne IR to bring them higher in the standings. Randall has a great season in Japan. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.1ppg (2nd best) and assists with 3.1apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ryota Nakanishi (199-F/C-88) of Kumamoto V. - 23 points and 11 rebounds
5. Kyle Barone (208-C-89) of Aomori Watts - 25 points and 13 rebounds
6. Larry Owens (201-F-83) of Nishinomiya S. - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Craig Williams (206-C-89) of Ehime OV - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Marcus Cousin (211-C-86) of Gunma - 21 points and 11 rebounds
9. Toshino Yoshihiko (186-SG-92) of Ehime OV - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Josei Maniwa (193-F/G-86) of Cyberdyne IR - 15 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)



Edwards' 22 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old power forward Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team SeaHorses and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 51.
He had the game-high 22 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for SeaHorses in his team's victory, helping them to beat Kyoto Hannar. (#5, 22-27) 83-69. It allowed SeaHorses to consolidate first place in the Japanese league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. SeaHorses has a very solid 39-10 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Edwards had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at SeaHorses, through which he has constantly improved. Gavin Edwards averages this season 14.7ppg and 7.6rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Ira Brown (193-F-82) of Hitachi SR. He is naturalized American forward in his 3rd season at Hitachi SR. In the last game Brown recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Hitachi SR lost that game 70-79 to the lower-ranked Toyama Grouses (#6, 14-35). Hitachi SR managed to keep the same 3rd spot in Central. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 24-25 record. Brown is one of the most experienced players at Hitachi SR and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Yuki Togashi (170-PG-93) of Chiba Jets (#3). Togashi scored 28 points. He was a key player of Chiba Jets, leading his team to a 95-73 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Akita NH (#5, 15-34). Chiba Jets needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in East. Their record at this point is 34 victories and 15 lost games. Togashi has a great season in Japan. After 49 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.0apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nick Fazekas (211-F-85) of Toshiba BT - 23 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Xavier Gibson (210-F/C-88) of Osaka Evessa - 23 points and 7 rebounds
6. Makoto Hiejima (190-G/F-90) of SeaHorses - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Josh Childress (203-F/G-83) of Sanen - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Davante Gardner (203-PF-91) of Niigata Albirex - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Leo Lyons (206-F-87) of Akita NH - 16 points and 12 rebounds
10. Hilton Armstrong (210-C-84) of Chiba Jets - 9 points, 10 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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  KOSOVO  


Kosovan top derby, tonight - by Dren Shporta

The great rivalry between Sigal Prishtina and KB Peja will be shown again tonight, for the last time in the regular season of Kosovan Superleague.

The match is of high importance, cause Sigal Prishtina is leading 2-1 with games head to head and will try to make it 3-1, while KB Peja will look to equal the head to head record on 2-2.

The match will be played at Pallati i Rinise dhe Sporteve in Prishtina and will start at 19hrs.

After this match, Sigal Prishtina has one derby to play until the end of the regular season, with KB Trepca Mitrovice.

While KB Peja is in front of two delayed and one match to be played - all with KB Bashkimi Prizren.



Kosovan SuperLeague round 24 best performance: Artin Gashi - by Eurobasket News

Forward Artin Gashi (203-F-93) had a great game in the last round for Rahoveci, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 31 points and 13 rebounds, while his team crushed Ylli (#5, 10-13) with 20-point margin 103-83. Rahoveci maintains the 6th position in Kosovan SuperLeague. Rahoveci is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-13 record. In the team's last game Gashi had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Rahoveci's top player in his first season with the team. Artin Gashi averages this season 13.9ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old former international center Gazmend Sinani (206-C-91) of league's second-best Bashkimi. Sinani had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he led Bashkimi to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Vellaznimi (#7, 2-22) 121-66. Bashkimi's second position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just four games this season, while they won 17 matches. Sinani is a newcomer at Bashkimi, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Mike Moser (203-F-90) of league's top team Sigal Prishtina. Moser scored 21 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Sigal Prishtina, leading his team to a 124-71 easy win against the lower-ranked Kerasan (#8, 1-23). Sigal Prishtina confirms their top position in the standings. Moser has a very solid season. In 5 games in Kosovo he scored 13.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Trae Anderson (196-SF) of Ylli - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Drilon Hajrizi (203-F-91) of Sigal Prishtina - 29 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Justin Black (188-G-92) of Bashkimi - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Montrael Scott (190-G-93) of Trepca - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 14 assists
8. Noah Dahlman (201-F-89) of Peja - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Beqe Kovaqi (196-SF-94) of Vellaznimi - 25 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Alban Veseli (202-F-90) of Peja - 30 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)



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LBL D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Barrett, Madona26.7 
 2. Miezis, Kekava23.9 
 3. Kaufmanis, Valmier.22.7 
 4. Ginters, RSU22.2 
 5. Krumins, Jelgava21.6 
 6. Stiebrins, Jekabpil.17.9 
 7. Saknitis, Kekava17.7 
 8. Bets, Ogre/Kum.17.6 
 9. Skute, Madona17.2 
 10. Osins, Limbazi16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Barrett, Madona12.2 
 2. Minajevs, LU/BS R.11.5 
 3. Dubults, ViA11.2 
 4. Cavars, Kekava11.0 
 5. Vikentsyeu, VeA10.7 
 6. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki10.0 
 7. Gertners, DSN/.9.8 
 8. Metnieks, Marupe8.9 
 9. Adins, Turiba8.8 
 10. Sapovalovs, RSU8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars BUIKIS
  Saldus
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Buikis, Saldus7.9 
 2. Justovics, Jelgava7.1 
 3. Endzels, Turiba7.0 
 4. Bikovs, RTU5.8 
 5. Kalnins, Valmier.5.7 
 6. Kohanovs, ViA5.6 
 7. Paze, Marupe5.4 
 8. Osins, Limbazi5.4 
 9. Zotovs, VEF skola5.2 
 10. Vecens, Marupe4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Aivars DAMBIS
  BJBS R.
  (183-G-0)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Dambis, BJBS R.3.3 
 2. Miezis, Kekava3.2 
 3. Mikulskiy, VeA2.7 
 4. Kaufmanis, Valmier.2.6 
 5. Zotovs, VEF skola2.6 
 6. Barrett, Madona2.5 
 7. Bikovs, RTU2.5 
 8. Osins, Limbazi2.4 
 9. Brants, Madona2.3 
 10. Justovics, Jelgava2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Reinis AVOTINS
  Jekabpil.
  (202-F-98)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Avotins, Jekabpil.1.6 
 2. Skute, Madona1.3 
 3. Engers, ViA1.3 
 4. Gertners, DSN/.1.1 
 5. Indrikovs, Ogre/Kum.1.1 
 6. Metnieks, Marupe1.1 
 7. Jurjans, RSU1.0 
 8. Vikentsyeu, VeA1.0 
 9. Viksna, Livani0.9 
 10. Hudins, VEF skola0.9 


Latvian LBL round 28 best performance: Artjoms Butjankovs - by Eurobasket News

Power forward Artjoms Butjankovs (205-F/C-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Liepaja/Triobet, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, nine rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Valka/Valga (#10, 3-15) with 23-point margin 108-85. Liepaja/Triobet maintains the 4th position in Latvian LBL. Liepaja/Triobet is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 15-15 record. In the team's last game Butjankovs had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Liepaja/Triobet's top player in his first season with the team. Artjoms Butjankovs has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 15.0ppg), rebounds (7th best: 7.2rpg) and averages impressive 55.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Guntis Sipolins (206-C-93) of BK Ogre. Sipolins had a very good evening with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course BK Ogre cruised to a 95-85 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Ventspils (#1, 25-3). BK Ogre'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 12-17 record. Sipolins is well-known at BK Ogre and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Tyler Larson (190-G-91) of Barons Riga (#5). Larson scored 18 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Barons Riga, leading his team to an 81-51 easy win against the lower-ranked LU (#9, 5-24). The chances of Barons Riga ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Larson could help Barons Riga to bring them higher in the standings. Larson has a great season in Latvia. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.1ppg (best scorer) and assists with 4.4apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Edmunds Elksnis (187-G-90) of Jurmala - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Viktors Iljins (212-C-91) of Jurmala - 14 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Folarin Campbell (189-G/F-86) of Ventspils - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Denis Krestinin (202-F-94) of Barons Riga - 15 points and 12 rebounds
8. Carl Montgomery (203-F) of Liepaja/Triobet - 16 points and 8 rebounds
9. Marcis Vitols (183-PG-92) of BK Ogre - 24 points and 7 assists
10. Renato Lindments (202-F-84) of Valka/Valga - 17 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)



Latvian star Roberts Blumbergs commits to Grand Canyon - by Eurobasket News

Dan Majerle, Grand Canyon strike on arguably the top available 2017 center prospect -- Roberts Blumbergs (6'9''-F/C-97). Latvian star Roberts Blumbergs verbally committed to Grand Canyon on Tuesday, a source told Scout. Blumbergs was regarded as the top available center prospect in the 2017 recruiting class. Blumbergs decision came down to Grand Canyon and Creighton, but he also garnered interest from Auburn, Georgia Tech, Nevada and a host of others. Blumbergs had a strong showing in the FIBA u18 European Championships this past December, averaging 16.5 points and 9.8 rebounds a game. He also made 10 of his 22 three-point attempts in six games. 'I can do everything on the court,' Blumbergs said. 'I have worked so much on my shot and dribbling skills this season that I can attack defenders from outside and handle the ball very well even though my size is 6'10.' 'I fell very confident in shooting the ball from the three-point range and taking to the basket also in situations and I really like to compete against the bigs under the basket,' he added.
Blumbergs currently plays for GBA Prague in the Czech Republic.
Courtesy of: scout.com



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Sagesse
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Stoglin, Sagesse33.7 
 2. Jones, Mayrouba24.9 
 3. Johnson, Louaize24.5 
 4. Rembert, Champville24.2 
 5. Kemp, Tadamon23.9 
 6. Jackson, Homen.23.7 
 7. Khatib, Homenetmen23.5 
 8. Morris, Tadamon23.2 
 9. Ebi, Byblos22.2 
 10. Spencer, Moutahed22.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Champville
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Townes, Champville13.2 
 2. Ebi, Byblos12.4 
 3. Upshaw, Mayrouba12.3 
 4. Garrett, Hoops11.9 
 5. Majok, Homenetmen11.4 
 6. Melvin, Moutahed9.9 
 7. Bawji, Champville9.8 
 8. Aminu, Al Riyadi9.0 
 9. Thomas, Hoops8.5 
 10. Kemp, Tadamon8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  Homen.
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Galloway, Homen.8.3 
 2. Mezher, Hoops8.1 
 3. Khalil, Tadamon6.9 
 4. Johnson, Louaize6.8 
 5. Rembert, Champville6.0 
 6. Arakji, Al Riyadi5.4 
 7. Brown, Al Riyadi5.4 
 8. Efevberha, Sagesse5.3 
 9. Spencer, Moutahed5.0 
 10. Curry, Moutahed4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dewayne JACKSON
  Homen.
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jackson, Homen.2.6 
 2. Johnson, Louaize2.6 
 3. Galloway, Homen.2.1 
 4. Curry, Moutahed2.0 
 5. Kemp, Tadamon2.0 
 6. Tucker, Byblos1.9 
 7. Thomas, Hoops1.8 
 8. Youngblood, Byblos1.8 
 9. Ebi, Byblos1.7 
 10. Jones, Mayrouba1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert UPSHAW
  Mayrouba
  (213-C-94)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Upshaw, Mayrouba3.6 
 2. Garrett, Hoops2.5 
 3. Majok, Homenetmen2.4 
 4. Townes, Champville2.2 
 5. Ebi, Byblos1.8 
 6. Haidar, Al Riyadi1.6 
 7. Melvin, Moutahed1.5 
 8. Aminu, Al Riyadi1.1 
 9. Fakhreddine, Tadam.1.1 
 10. Johnson, Louaize1.1 


Lebanese Pepsi LBL round 3 (Second Stage) best performance: Mile Ilic - by Eurobasket News

Bosnia and Herzegovina-Serbian Center Mile Ilic (215-C-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Tadamon, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage).
The 32-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 18 rebounds, while his team crushed Champville (8-13) with 16-point margin 92-76. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Tadamon is placed at 3rd position in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. Tadamon is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 13th lost game this season out of 21 games. In the team's last game Ilic had a remarkable 52.9% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Tadamon and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Mile Ilic averages just after two games 20.0ppg and 12.5rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Patrick Rembert (185-PG-89) of Champville. Rembert had a very good evening with 33 points and 7 assists. Bad luck as Champville lost that game 76-92 to Tadamon (8-13). The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Rembert is a newcomer at Champville, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.4ppg (#4). He also recorded 5.9 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was South Sudanese center Ater Majok (208-C-87) of league's top team Homenetmen. Majok showcased his all-around game by recording 10 points, nineteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Homenetmen, leading his team to a 80-59 easy win against #2 ranked Byblos in a game of the week. Many experts and fans count Homenetmen as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 20 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Majok has a great season in Lebanon. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.4rpg (5th best). He also has 2.4bpg and FGP: 61.4%. Ater Majok has also Lebanese passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cleveland Melvin (203-F-91) of Moutahed - 25 points and 8 rebounds
5. Maurice Kemp (203-F-91) of Tadamon - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Geron Johnson (190-G-92) of Louaize - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Mohamad Haidar (201-F-90) of Al Riyadi - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Dewarick Spencer (192-G-82) of Moutahed - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Calvin Godfrey (206-F-90) of Sagesse - 23 points and 9 rebounds
10. Branko Cvetkovic (200-F/G-84) of Al Riyadi - 20 points, 5 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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Lithuanian LKL round 29 best performance: Arturas Gudaitis - by Eurobasket News

International Arturas Gudaitis (211-C/F-93) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Lietuvos rytas, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, three rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Vytautas (#6, 15-14) with 49-point margin 109-60. Lietuvos rytas is placed at 2nd position in Lithuanian LKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Lietuvos rytas will need more victories to improve their 21-8 record. It's Gudaitis' second year at Lietuvos rytas and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Arturas Gudaitis has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 6.4rpg) and averages impressive 1.3bpg and 55.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 37-year old former international center Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-C-79) of Lietkabelis. Lavrinovic had a very good evening with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Lietkabelis lost that game 80-85 to the lower-ranked Siauliai (#10, 4-26). Lietkabelis managed to keep the same 3rd spot in the standings. His team's 21-9 record is not bad at all. Lavrinovic is a newcomer at Lietkabelis, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.9ppg (#2). He also registered 4.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was international guard Edgaras Ulanovas (197-G-92) of league's top team Zalgiris. Ulanovas scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Zalgiris, leading his team to a 94-70 easy win against the lower-ranked P.Zvaigzdes (#7, 12-17). Zalgiris confirms their top position in the standings. Ulanovas has a very solid season. In 28 games in Lithuania he scored 9.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alejandro Hernandez (189-G-90) of Dzukija - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
5. P.J. Hill Jr. (182-PG-87) of Siauliai - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Donatas Sabeckis (197-F-92) of Siauliai - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Andriy Agafonov (208-PF-86) of P.Zvaigzdes - 18 points and 7 rebounds
8. Evaldas Zabas (188-PG-88) of P.Zvaigzdes - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Vytautas Sulskis (200-G-88) of Juventus - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Tomas Lekunas (201-G/F-93) of Siauliai - 17 points, 14 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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  LUXEMBOURG  

Scoring Leaders - DBBL

Points Per Game
 Ladarius TABB
  Arantia
  (196-G/F-)
  Avg: 29.7
 1. Tabb, Arantia29.7 
 2. Morgan, Contern27.6 
 3. Reese, Sparta26.3 
 4. Richardson, Resid.26.0 
 5. Gulley, Musel Pikes25.8 
 6. Sims, Arantia25.1 
 7. Johnson, T7124.1 
 8. Atkins, Contern23.8 
 9. Leonard, Bascharage22.9 
 10. Rugg, Musel Pikes22.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ladarius TABB
  Arantia
  (196-G/F-)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Tabb, Arantia15.3 
 2. McNutt, Etzella12.3 
 3. Stephens, T7111.5 
 4. Coleman, Amicale11.5 
 5. Barden, Etzella11.1 
 6. Johnson, T7111.0 
 7. Atkins, Contern11.0 
 8. Robinson, Sparta10.3 
 9. Rugg, Musel Pikes10.3 
 10. McDaniel, Amicale9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Bob MELCHER
  Amicale
  (189-G-94)
  Avg: 7
 1. Melcher, Amicale7.0 
 2. Birenbaum, Contern5.0 
 3. Richardson, Resid.4.3 
 4. Schumacher, T714.2 
 5. Leonard, Bascharage3.8 
 6. Ruffato, T713.1 
 7. Biever, Basket Esch3.1 
 8. Gulley, Musel Pikes2.9 
 9. Arendt, Sparta2.8 
 10. Morgan, Contern2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ladarius TABB
  Arantia
  (196-G/F-)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Tabb, Arantia2.4 
 2. Richardson, Resid.2.3 
 3. Atkins, Contern2.1 
 4. Gulley, Musel Pikes2.1 
 5. Morgan, Contern2.0 
 6. Birenbaum, Contern2.0 
 7. Barden, Etzella1.8 
 8. Reese, Sparta1.6 
 9. McNutt, Etzella1.5 
 10. Sims, Arantia1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Titus ROBINSON
  Sparta
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Robinson, Sparta2.1 
 2. McNutt, Etzella1.8 
 3. Melcher, Amicale1.0 
 4. Barden, Etzella0.8 
 5. Coleman, Amicale0.8 
 6. Atkins, Contern0.7 
 7. Reese, Sparta0.7 
 8. McDaniel, Amicale0.7 
 9. Rugg, Musel Pikes0.6 
 10. Feipel, Bascharage0.6 



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  MALTA  


BUPA Luxol book their way to the Finals and await their opponents - by Bernard Vassallo

Bank of Valletta Division 1 Men
Semi-Final Series


Game 2

Floriana MCP Car Parks 77 Cynergi Depiro 44
(16-16, 14-9, 24-12, 23-7)

Floriana: C. Patus 26, S. Pace 15, S. Borg 4, D. Agius, N. Vasovic 16, C. Calleja 2, A. Axiaq 14, N. Andrejevic
Depiro: S. Zammit, D. Bugeja 2, R. Bonnici 7, D. Schembri, A. Aquilina 9, D.J. Mason (198-F-94, college: Campbell) 14, T. Zammit, M. Mallia, A. Quiros 4, K. Xuereb 6, M. Borg , D. Scafidi 2
Referees: B. Vassallo, E. Mangani, C. Farrugia

Floriana produced a fine performance and totally dominated the latter part of the second half of game two in the series. In fact, Cynergi Depiro were still close till the interval with only a 5-point margin between the two sides and even 36-33 six minutes into the third quarter but a decisive 23-4 run in the next six minutes of play proved to be the killer blow in this game.
Both teams were coming from a keenly contested opening game in the series which was decided in Depiro's favour with a last second trey.
The game set off with a series of long distance shots at both ends. Shawn Pace (175-SG-90) had three for the greens after an initial trey from Chad Patus (203-F-87, college: Belm.Abbey) but Depiro also had treys from Andrew Aquilina (185-G-89) and Kurt Xuereb (175-PG-97) for a tied score 16-a-side after the first quarter.
Three Anton Axiaq (190-C-91) hoops helped the greens open a slender lead which was then maintained with Patus baskets late in the half. The latter also started the important run for the greens in the third quarter as he led Floriana to a 59-37 lead with eight minutes to go.
Depiro tried to react but they were further hit with another 11-0 run which totally closed the game.


Bupa Luxol 85 Gzira Athleta 77
(22-16, 20-23, 21-26, 22-22)

Luxol: CJ Cordina 6, M. Mercieca, J. Maistre, JP Schembri 8, K. Dimech 2, W. Ahlberg 21, P. Cumpstone 17, S. Deguara 31, S. Cappello
Gzira Athleta: M. Naudi 18, R. Vella 12, D. Camilleri 11, M. Williams 10, P. Shoults 13, F. Mifsud Bonnici, B. Zammit 3, L. Stefanovic, S. Vincic, M. Gauci Montaldo,
J. Whitehead 10
Referees: G. Barbara, E. Mangani, I. Simic

BUPA Luxol managed to open a two game lead with a strong closing in the game's final three minutes as they took the lead in these decisive moments.
In fact, this was a very balanced game with Gzira Athleta enjoying the lead for many minutes in the second half.
Samuel Deguara (223-C-91) immediately made his presence felt in the game and his close range hoops put Luxol ahead. Gzira Athleta did tie the score momentarily at 13-13 after a Billy Zammit (160-PG-90) trey but Luxol responded resolutely and had a 28-19 lead after a Deguara three point play.
However Gzira Athleta were eager to fight back and an 8-0 run had them back well in contention and later treys from Peter Shoults (168-G-85) and Roderick Vella (180-PG-85) even pipped them 35-33 infront.
Luxol's reply was a 9-0 run including hoops from Pierce Cumpstone (203-F-94, college: Stonehill) and Jean Paul Schembri but Michael Naudi's brace of baskets led to a 42-39 scoreline at the interval.
David Camilleri (SG) and Morakinyo Williams (213-C-88, college: Citadel, agency: Interperformances) were precise when play resumed and Gzira Athleta went ahead and till the end of the third quarter we had a tit-for-tat between these two rival teams. This continued even in the first part of the last quarter up to Williams' hoop, three minutes from the end, had Gzira Athleta 77-76 in the lead.
From then on, Gzira Athleta hit a dearth of baskets whilst Luxol patiently closed off the game with William Ahlberg (91) getting most of the decisive closing 9-0 run


Game 3

Cynergi Depiro 63 Floriana MCP Car Parks 60
(16-17, 8-17, 17-9, 27-17)

Depiro: N. Grech , D. Bugeja 20, R. Bonnici 12, D. Schembri, A. Aquilina 5, D.J. Mason 27, T. Zammit, M. Mallia, A. Quiros 2, K. Xuereb 2, M. Borg,
D. Scafidi
Floriana: C. Patus 21, S. Pace 6, S. Borg 4, N. Vasovic 16, C. Calleja 4, A. Axiaq 9, A. Micallef Trigona, N. Andrejevic
Referees: G. Barbara, I. Simic, I. Marjanovic

This third game in the series was decided in the last two minutes when, with the score at 57-57, Cynergi Depiro managed to keep their calm in this decisive moment, even if missing some free throws, whilst Floriana could not score in three consecutive offensive plays. This means that the pressure will now all be on Floriana for game 4 scheduled to be played tomorrow evening as only a win can keep them in the series.
The game was interesting, even if at times nervous, with Floriana having most of the lead, with a maximum of twelve, 34-22, up till the last minutes.
Six points from Chad Patus helped Floriana open the first relevant lead, 17-12, after eight minutes. Five minutes later, an 8-0 run through Patus, Anton Axiaq and Shawn Pace, extended the greens' lead to 31-20. Pace then had to leave the game early due to an injury.
Depiro opened strongly in the second half with D.J. Mason more incisive than in the pervious game but Floriana reacted quickly with a six point run for 43-32 and Depiro
Although having Kurt Xuereb ejected for dissent, Depiro did not fall further behind and managed to crawl back to just a point away 45-46 early in the last quarter.
Nikola Vasovic (180-PG-92) and Anton Axiaq kept Floriana in the lead but a David Bugeja (180-SG-92) trey put Depiro back in contention.
The same player and Andrew Aquilina went to the charity line a number of times in the last two minutes as Floriana tried eagerly to stop the clock to regain possession after they were missing their shooting attempts.
The free throw points helped Depiro increase their lead with Floriana having their coach Tabone also sent off in the closing seconds.


Gzira Athleta 81 Bupa Luxol 84
(22-31, 15-19, 23-12, 21-22)

Athleta: M. Naudi 20, R. Vella 16, D. Camilleri 2, M. Williams 6, P. Shoults 10, F. Mifsud Bonnici, B. Zammit, L. Stefanovic, S. Vincic, M. Gauci Montaldo, J. Whitehead 27
Luxol: CJ Cordina 20, M. Mercieca, D. Meli, J. Maistre Melillo, JP Schembri 6, K. Dimech 2, W. Ahlberg 15, P. Cumpstone 13, S. Deguara 28, S. Cappello
Referees: B. Vassallo, E. Mangani, I. Simic

BUPA Luxol booked their way to the 2017 Finals after a hard fought win in the third game in the series.
This game could have gone either way although Luxol seemed to be well int he driving seat when they had a maximum 20-point lead in the first half and even a 62-46 lead midway in the third quarter.
However Gzira Athleta made a remarkable comeback with a 14 point run till the end of the third quarter and even, later in the fourth, enjoyed a small lead 76-73.

The game set off in a balanced way with Pierce Cumpstone and Samuel Deguara incisive for Luxol whilst Michael Naudi and Morakinyo Williams were sharp on the other end for 19-18 for the violets.
The latter had a good spurt and registered a 19-3 run in the following four minutes of play, with treys also from William Ahlberg and CJ Cordina.
A further eight consecutive points, shortly afterwards, helped Luxol extend their lead to 48-28.
Although Josiah Whitehead tried to inspire Gzira Athleta with a series of mid range hoops, Luxol still managed to hold on to their lead for 62-46 in the sixth minute of the third quarter.
Athleta's best moment came in the remaining minutes of the same quarter when they stunned their rivals with a 14-0 run, led by Michael Naudi.
With just a basket separating the two sides, all was set for an interesting last quarter and this did not disappoint as the lead changed hands a number of times.
Three pointers from Ahlberg and Schembri helped Luxol open a momentary 5-point lead but Gzira Athleta hit back with eight consectuive points from Nuadi and Whitehead.
Luxol forged again ahead with a brace of baskets from Cumpstone and Deguara but the lead changed hands again for 79-77 for Athleta.
Cordina hit the maroons with a trey followed by a fast break transition hoop but Naudi kept Gzira Athleta's hopes high for 82-81 in the last minute.
Two missed free throws and a quick shot attempt did not help Gzira Athleta as Ahlberg then notched two important late free throws with just seconds to go and Gzira Athleta then too hurriedly attempting a last ditch long distance shot which did not find the mark so that Luxol closed off the series.



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CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis FRANKLIN
  Guasave
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 30
 1. Franklin, Guasave30.0 
 2. Ammons, Navolato25.6 
 3. Yeager, Guasave25.4 
 4. Mitchell, Navolato24.1 
 5. Forte, Los Mochis22.4 
 6. Glover, Obregon22.3 
 7. Spurlock, Hermosillo20.9 
 8. Zamarco, Durango20.4 
 9. Keller, Durango19.9 
 10. Gray, Mazatlan18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mychal AMMONS
  Navolato
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Ammons, Navolato11.4 
 2. Glover, Obregon11.1 
 3. Glaze, Culiacan10.6 
 4. Forte, Los Mochis10.3 
 5. Gibson, Tijuana9.4 
 6. Puckett, Culiacan8.7 
 7. Little, Hermosillo8.6 
 8. Lathan, Tijuana8.1 
 9. Spurlock, Hermosillo7.3 
 10. Marigney, Guaymas7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dwayne MITCHELL
  Navolato
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Mitchell, Navolato5.1 
 2. Morrison, Tijuana5.1 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo5.0 
 4. Puckett, Culiacan4.6 
 5. Provost, Guaymas4.5 
 6. Yeager, Guasave4.4 
 7. Kabongo, Hermosillo4.1 
 8. Newby, Los Mochis3.6 
 9. Marigney, Guaymas3.6 
 10. Gardner, Tijuana3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Vincent GRIER
  Durango
  (195-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Grier, Durango2.2 
 2. Mitchell, Navolato1.7 
 3. Casillas, Mazatlan1.6 
 4. Lathan, Tijuana1.4 
 5. Morrison, Tijuana1.4 
 6. Monreal, Hermosillo1.3 
 7. Tucker, Mazatlan1.3 
 8. Kabongo, Hermosillo1.3 
 9. Hutchingson, Obreg.1.3 
 10. Rice-Jr, Obregon1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Guaymas
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Heyward, Guaymas2.6 
 2. Ammons, Navolato2.3 
 3. Puckett, Culiacan0.9 
 4. Lathan, Tijuana0.8 
 5. Keller, Durango0.8 
 6. Avalos, Durango0.5 
 7. Hutchingson, Obreg.0.5 
 8. Scott, Tijuana0.5 
 9. Gibson, Tijuana0.5 
 10. Coleman, Durango0.4 


Andy Panko (ex Fuerza Regia) signs at Guaros - by Francisco Vega

Defending champion Guaros de Lara (LPB) landed experienced 40-year old American forward Andy Panko (203-101kg-77, college: Lebanon Valley, agency: BeoBasket).
He started the season at Fuerza Regia in Mexican LNBP. In 42 games he averaged impressive 15.7ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.9apg this season. He just became LNBP champion of the 2016-2017 season, the first title ever for Fuerza Regia.
The last summer Panko played at Vaqueros in Puerto Rican BSN where in 12 games he had 13.1ppg, 5.8rpg and 2.9apg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final.
In 1999 Panko was drafted by Pennsylvania Valley Dawgs (USBL) in seventh round (86th overall).
The former Lebanon Valley College (NCAA Div.III) staris in his 18th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he won Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off championship title in 2008. Panko received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Player of the Year award back in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Panko experienced life in five different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Panko has played previously in France (Sluc Nancy), Greece (Panathinaikos and PAOK Thessaloniki), Italy, Spain (Unicaja Malaga, Girona FC, Sevilla, RETAbet Bilbao Basket and Baloncesto Fuenlabrada) and Puerto Rico (Carolina).

Let's have closer look into Panko's outlook: Very offensively gifted player. He's got both good size and quickness. He's got more strength. He also has ballhandling and passing skills. If he improves his defense and rebounding consistency, he should be an NBA player. Simple -- the immensely talented forward and go-to player on offense.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Fuerza Regia celebrate LNBP title - by Eurobasket News

Fuerza Regia - Soles 82-68

Furze Regia celebrated LNBP title. They outgunned visiting Soles to conquer the trophy. The best player for the winners was the former international Hector Hernandez (205-85, college: Fresno St., agency: BeoBasket) who scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. International forward Juan Anderson (198-93, college: Marquette) chipped in 10 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Fuerza Regia players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Alexander Perez-Kaufmann (191-93, agency: Pro Sports) who recorded 24 points and American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) added 14 points respectively.
Top scorers:
Fuerza Regia: H.Hernandez 18+7reb+4ast, A.Panko 15+3reb+3ast, C.Cortes 13+3reb+5ast, J.Anderson 10+8reb+6ast, A.Parada 8+6reb, A.Zamora 8+3reb
Soles: A.Perez Kaufmann 24+4reb+3ast, J.Keenan 14+3reb+3ast, L.Martinez 10+4reb+2ast, S.Ibarra Aguirre 5+1ast, C.Perez 4+6reb, O.Richards 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 543355





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Alfa Basket and UA-BASCO reach Finals - by Eurobasket News

Alfa Basket and UA-BASCO reach Finals of the Play-offs. Both teams swept their semifinal series and will face each other for the first appearance on April 8th.
Alfa Basket overcame Admirals 64-61 in game 2 as Anton Rulevski (194-SF-88) top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Eugeniu Melnic (196-F/G-79) replied with 22 points in the losing effort as the winner of the regular season surprisingly did not reach the Final.
UA-BASCO beat Floare 65-59 in game 2 to enter the Finals.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko KOLJEVIC
  S.Centar
  (191-G-90)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Koljevic, S.Centar18.6 
 2. Knezevic, Lovcen17.4 
 3. Bogojevic, S.Centar17.1 
 4. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.16.4 
 5. Draskovic, Jedin.16.0 
 6. Lekovic, Jedinstvo15.3 
 7. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad15.1 
 8. Felec, Ibar Rozaje15.1 
 9. Salic, Sutjeska14.9 
 10. Rondovic, Ibar R.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos LOPICIC
  Lovcen
  (216-C-90)
  Avg: 10
 1. Lopicic, Lovcen10.0 
 2. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.9.6 
 3. Jocovic, Primorje.9.5 
 4. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje8.2 
 5. Draskovic, Jedin.8.2 
 6. Knezevic, Jedinstvo7.2 
 7. Cekic, S.Centar7.1 
 8. Bacovic, Primorje.7.0 
 9. Popovic, Teodo T.6.7 
 10. Knezevic, Lovcen6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Milan STANOJEVIC
  Teodo T.
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Stanojevic, Teodo T.5.7 
 2. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad4.5 
 3. Jovanovic, Lovcen4.3 
 4. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje4.2 
 5. Fisik, Jedinstvo3.5 
 6. James, Sutjeska3.4 
 7. Nurkovic, Ibar R.3.1 
 8. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje3.0 
 9. Djurovic, Ulcinj2.8 
 10. Bogojevic, S.Centar2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Bojan RATKOVIC
  Danilovgrad
  (183-PG-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad2.0 
 2. Stanojevic, Teodo T.2.0 
 3. Lalic, Sutjeska1.9 
 4. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.1.9 
 5. Ivanovic, Danilovgrad1.8 
 6. Koljevic, S.Centar1.6 
 7. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje1.5 
 8. Felec, Ibar Rozaje1.5 
 9. Draskovic, Jedin.1.5 
 10. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Marko LJUJIC
  Ibar Rozaje
  (207-C-90)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje2.2 
 2. Cekic, S.Centar1.6 
 3. Vujovic, Sutjeska1.1 
 4. Draskovic, Jedin.1.1 
 5. Lopicic, Lovcen0.9 
 6. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.0.7 
 7. Jeknic, Ulcinj0.6 
 8. Salic, Sutjeska0.6 
 9. Marojevic, Teodo T.0.5 
 10. Rondovic, Ibar R.0.5 


Cvorovic number one in Montenegro for round 26 - by Eurobasket News

Igor Cvorovic (203-SF-96) had an amazing evening in the last round for Sutjeska, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 20-year old player was the main contributor (32 points, six rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Jedinstvo (#7, 8-16) 76-69. Sutjeska maintains the 4th position in Montenegrin Erste Liga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sutjeska will need more victories to improve their 15-9 record. In the team's last game Cvorovic had a remarkable 61.9% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Igor Cvorovic averages this season 11.0ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Marko Koljevic (191-G-90) of S.Centar. Koljevic had a very good evening with 24 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as S.Centar lost that game 83-93 to the higher-ranked Ibar Rozaje (#2, 16-7). S.Centar managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-14 record. Koljevic is a newcomer at S.Centar, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.3ppg (#5).

Third on the list of top players last round was center Marko Ljujic (207-C-90) of league's second-best Ibar Rozaje. Ljujic showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, ten rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Ibar Rozaje, leading his team to a 93-83 win against the lower-ranked S.Centar (#6, 9-14). Ibar Rozaje needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 7 lost games. Ljujic has a great season in Montenegro. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.1rpg (6th best). He also has 2.3bpg, FGP: 73.0% and 3PT: 41.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Elvis Cekic (201-F-97) of S.Centar - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Vasilije Knezevic (202-C-96) of Lovcen - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Armin Kalic (194-G/F-92) of Ibar Rozaje - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Igor Radonjic (194-F-88) of Teodo Tivat - 19 points and 6 rebounds
8. Nikola Rondovic (207-PF-91) of Ibar Rozaje - 24 points
9. Marko Grkovic (202-F-97) of Primorje 1945 - 19 points and 8 rebounds
10. Milos Vujovic (206-F/C-96) of Sutjeska - 10 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)



Best players of Montenegrin Erste Liga round 27 - by Eurobasket News

Talented Milos Vujovic (206-F/C-96) put on an amazing game in the last round for Sutjeska and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 20-year old power forward had a double-double of 21 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team beat Primorje 1945 (#9, 4-20) 80-67. Sutjeska maintains the 4th position in Montenegrin Erste Liga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sutjeska will need more victories to improve their 15-9 record. In the team's last game Vujovic had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Milos Vujovic averages this season 5.1ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old guard Marko Koljevic (191-G-90) of S.Centar. Koljevic impressed basketball fans with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as S.Centar lost that game 72-83 to the higher-ranked Lovcen (#3, 16-8). S.Centar managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-14 record. Koljevic is a newcomer at S.Centar and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.5ppg (#1).

The third best performed player last round was Serbian Dejan Bjelic (209-C-90) of Jedinstvo (#7). Bjelic scored 16 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Bjelic's great performance Jedinstvo lost 69-77 to the higher-ranked Ibar Rozaje (#2, 16-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Jedinstvo not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 16 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bjelic could try to bring Jedinstvo's a little bit higher in the standings. Bjelic has a very solid season. In 6 games in Montenegro he scored 17.7ppg. He also has 8.3rpg, 1.8bpg and FGP: 60.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milos Latkovic (196-G-93) of Lovcen - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Milos Lopicic (216-C-90) of Lovcen - 9 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Aleksandar Bogojevic (189-G-86) of S.Centar - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Luka Nikaljevic (193-G/F-95) of S.Centar - 17 points and 4 rebounds
8. Vasilije Knezevic (202-C-96) of Lovcen - 18 points and 3 rebounds
9. Zdravko Boskovic (200-SF-96) of Sutjeska - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Bojan Ratkovic (183-PG-92) of Danilovgrad - 21 points, 4 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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  NBA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.6
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.6 
 2. Harden, Houston R.29.2 
 3. Thomas, Boston C.29.1 
 4. Davis, N.Orleans P.28.1 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 6. DeRozan, Toronto R.27.3 
 7. Lillard, Portland.26.7 
 8. James, Clevelan.26.2 
 9. Leonard, San A.26.0 
 10. Durant, Golden S.25.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Miami Heat
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Whiteside, Miami Heat14.1 
 2. Drummond, Detro.14.0 
 3. Jordan, LA Clippers13.6 
 4. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.9 
 5. Howard, Atlanta H.12.9 
 6. Davis, N.Orleans P.12.1 
 7. Towns, Minnesot.12.0 
 8. Chandler, Phoenix .11.4 
 9. Love, Cleveland C.10.9 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.7 
Assists Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Harden, Houston R.11.2 
 2. Wall, Washington W.10.7 
 3. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.5 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.2 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.9.0 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.8 
 7. Teague, Indiana P.7.8 
 8. Holiday, N.Orlean.7.3 
 9. Green, Golden S.7.1 
 10. Lowry, Toronto R.6.9 
Steals Per Game
 John WALL
  Washington W.
  (193-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Wall, Washington W.2.1 
 2. Green, Golden S.2.1 
 3. Butler, Chicago B.1.9 
 4. Covington, Phi.7.1.9 
 5. Ariza, Houston R.1.9 
 6. Paul, LA Clippers1.9 
 7. Leonard, San A.1.8 
 8. Curry, Golden S.1.8 
 9. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.7 
 10. Rubio, Minnesot.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Utah Jazz
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.7 
 2. Embiid, Phi.76ers2.4 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.2.3 
 4. Whiteside, Miami Heat2.1 
 5. Turner, Indiana P.2.1 
 6. Porzingis, New Y.2.0 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.9 
 8. Lopez, Brooklyn N.1.7 
 9. Jordan, LA Clippers1.7 
 10. Nogueira, Toron.1.7 


Nets Signed, Waived Cliff Alexander, Prince Ibeh - by Eurobasket News

Before signing Archie Goodwin to a rest-of-season contract to fill their 15th roster spot, the Nets made a series of moves designed to honor commitments made to a pair of players this season. As Ben Nadeau of Basketball Insiders tweets, the club signed and waived Cliff Alexander (6'9''-F/C-95, college: Kansas), then did the same thing with Prince Ibeh (6'10''-C-94, college: Texas). According to Bobby Marks of The Vertical, a former Nets executive, the team made commitments to both Alexander and Ibeh at some point this season to sign them to 10-day contracts. However, injuries on the Nets' roster forced the team to change its plans. Although Brooklyn wasn't able to carry Alexander or Ibeh on its roster this season, the club wanted to honor its commitments. As Marks observes (via Twitter), the Warriors made a similar move earlier this season with Jose Calderon. Golden State had reached an agreement to sign Calderon, but when Kevin Durant went down with a knee injury, the team opted to sign Matt Barnes instead. Before finalizing their deal with Barnes, the Warriors signed and waived Calderon, ensuring that he'd receive the rest-of-season salary he was promised. Alexander and Ibeh will receive full 10-day salaries from the Nets. While the moves were not announced by the Nets and will go unnoticed by many fans, there's little downside from the team's perspective. Making good on those commitments will help strengthen the Nets' relationships with agents and players, and won't cost the team any extra money - Brooklyn remains under the salary floor for 2016/17, so the club will have to pay the difference at season's end anyway. The deals for Alexander and Ibeh simply moved the Nets a little closer to the floor, slightly reducing their year-end bill. Alexander and Ibeh both spent time this season with the Long Island Nets, Brooklyn's D-League affiliate.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com




Spurs rally late, beat Grizzlies 95-89 in overtime - by Eurobasket News

The Memphis Grizzlies showed the Spurs they will not back down from a fight. Not even when their leader, Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.), takes a blow to the head that knocks him out of the game. Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) had 32 points and 12 rebounds, and San Antonio rallied in the final seconds of regulation before beating Memphis 95-89 in overtime on Tuesday night in a matchup of likely first-round playoff opponents. ''This is a game we wanted to send a message that we are not going to be a team that's going to lay down at the end of the year,'' said Conley, who had a gash across his right eyelid. ''We're a team that continues to push, continues to fight through adversity.'' Conley exited with 3:42 remaining in regulation and did not return after bumping heads with Leonard under the basket. The Grizzlies' leading scorer took one continuous stitch under his right eyelid rather than ''13.'' Conley is unsure if he will play Wednesday against Oklahoma City, but said he would have returned against San Antonio if allowed. ''It wouldn't stop bleeding,'' Conley said. ''One of those things that I had to have trust in my teammates and I trust them fully.'' They nearly came through, outscoring San Antonio 13-6 in regulation without Conley. The Spurs rallied during a dramatic final five seconds to force overtime. Leonard tied the game at 82 with 4.9 seconds remaining with a step-back, 15-foot jumper over JaMychal Green (6'9''-F-90, college: Alabama). Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) followed with a 12-foot, turnaround jumper 2.2 seconds later before LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) put in a layup off an inbounds pass from Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) with 1.6 seconds left. ''I had to look for Kawhi first, and if he was open obviously I was going to hit him,'' Gasol said. '' (Leonard) attracts a lot of attention, as we all could see from that play. And then LaMarcus was wide open so I had to put it over the top right where he could just lay it up. So it worked out well.'' Randolph's 3-pointer fell far short of the basket as the buzzer sounded after he mishandled the ensuing inbounds pass. Randolph finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds. Conley had 19 points and six assists. Aldridge had 15 points and Gasol added 12 points and 11 rebounds. Gasol and Patty Mills each hit a 3-pointer in overtime to lead the Spurs to their third straight win. San Antonio and Memphis, who split their four-game series, would meet again to open the playoffs if the standings remain the same. The Spurs are currently second in the Western Conference and the Grizzlies are seventh. ''If we have to match up with them again in the playoffs, it's going to be a dogfight and we understand that,'' Conley said. ''Tonight was a test for us and they played like it was a playoff game. They played like they wanted to win that thing. It was a good lesson.'' Memphis was without defensive stalwart Tony Allen (6'4''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.), who was poked in the left eye in the Grizzlies' previous game, but was still able to stifle San Antonio. The Spurs matched a season low for points in the opening quarter in falling behind 16-14. ''They pack the paint, they don't want you getting any easy layups,'' Leonard said. ''They make you shoot 3s, very physical. They get their hands on a lot of balls.''
Courtesy of: yahoo.com



Timberwolves snap Blazers' 6-game streak, 110-109 - by Eurobasket News

Karl-Anthony Towns (7'0''-F/C-95, college: Kentucky) had 34 points and 12 rebounds and the Minnesota Timberwolves snapped Portland's six-game winning streak with a 110-109 victory over the Trail Blazers on Monday night. Andrew Wiggins scored 29 points and Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90) had 11 points, 16 assists and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves, who bounced back from an ugly home loss to Sacramento that eliminated them from postseason contention on Saturday. Damian Lillard (6'3''-PG-90, college: Weber St.) scored 25 points for Portland, but had a rough shooting night. He made just 7 of 21 shots, including 3 of 11 3-pointers, and his potential game-winning pull-up jumper at the buzzer glanced off the rim. The Blazers lead Denver by 1 game in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. C.J. McCollum (6'4''-G-91, college: Lehigh) struggled as well, scoring 17 points on 5-for-14 shooting and 0 for 3 on 3s. Al-Farouq Aminu scored 20 points and Maurice Harkless (6'8''-G/F-93, college: St.John's) had 17 points, eight rebounds and a big block of a Rubio drive that gave the Blazers the ball back with 4.9 seconds to play. Lillard got a clean look, but couldn't knock it down and Portland missed a golden chance to pad its lead on Denver in a tense race. It was the second game for Portland without Jusuf Nurkic, the big man who galvanized the team after coming over in a trade from Denver at the deadline, to a fractured right leg. But they beat lowly Phoenix in their first game without him and went super-small on Monday against the Wolves with Aminu and Harkless seeing some time at center. The sleek lineup put the Blazers in control with a 34-point second quarter, but the 7-foot Towns had his way in the fourth. He scored 14 points in the period, including a big dunk for a 110-106 lead with 35 seconds to go.
Courtesy of: abcnews.com



Kevin Durant Could Return This Week - by Eurobasket News

The Warriors are targeting this Saturday's contest with the Pelicans for Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas)'s return, sources tell Marc Stein of ESPN.com. It was previously reported that the team was optimistic about a return before the end of the regular season. The 2013/14 MVP has begun to play in 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 contact situations, Stein adds in a full-length piece. Coach Steve Kerr said Durant will be in the starting lineup when he is ready to play. 'Hopefully we can get him in for a couple of regular-season games,' Kerr said on Sunday.'We'll see how it goes. We'll see what the training staff says. I'm not too worried about incorporating him because he's been with us all season and fit right in from the beginning. So whenever he gets back, we'll plug him back in there and watch his minutes.' If Durant is able to return for Saturday's game, that would give him the potential to play in three games before the Postseason begins.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Anthony helps Knicks beat Bulls 100-91 - by Eurobasket News

The Chicago Bulls lost a crucial game and a chance to strengthen their playoff hopes. Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) scored 23 points, and the New York Knicks snapped the Bulls' four-game win streak with a 100-91 victory on Tuesday night. Courtney Lee (6'5''-G/F-85, college: W.Kentucky) had 14 points for New York, and Maurice Ndour (6'9''-F-92, college: Ohio) added 13 points and 12 rebounds in his first career start. The Knicks (30-48) had dropped seven of nine. The Bulls (38-40) shot just 38.1 percent from the field and committed 15 turnovers. They dropped into a tie with Indiana for the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference, just a half-game ahead of idle Miami. All-Star Jimmy Butler (6'7''-G/F-89, college: Marquette) scored 26 points for Chicago, and Nikola Mirotic (6'10''-F/C-91) had 21 points and 10 rebounds. "We didn't come out with the fire that we needed to," Butler said. "They came out like they were playing for something and we didn't. They whooped our tail in every aspect of the game." The Knicks grabbed control in the second quarter, outscoring the Bulls 25-16 for a 54-40 halftime lead. New York shot 55 percent from the field in the first half, compared to 33 percent for Chicago. Anthony then scored eight points in the third quarter to help New York to an 80-64 advantage heading into the final period. "I thought we came out and kind of got them out of their comfort zone, kind of speed their game up," Anthony said. "Tonight was just one of those games where we started off good and sustained it throughout the course of the game. We finished the game today." Justin Holiday had 12 points for the Knicks, and Mindaugas Kuzminskas finished with 11. Kyle O'Quinn grabbed 12 rebounds, helping New York to a 53-36 advantage on the glass. "Look at the numbers on the glass," Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. "That tells you everything you need to know. They just had their way with us."
Courtesy of: bostonherald.com



Pacers mount huge comeback in 108-90 win over Raptors - by Eurobasket News

Lance Stephenson (6'5''-G/F-90, college: Cincinnati) charged up the Pacers and fired up the Raptors. In his first home game since re-signing with Indiana last week, Stephenson helped energize the Pacers in the second half, and they rallied from a 19-point, first-half deficit to blow out Toronto 108-90 on Tuesday night. He finished with 12 points but also instigated a closing melee by making a layup with 3.3 seconds to go rather than running out the clock. Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) scored 18 of his 35 points in the third quarter as Indiana snapped a four-game losing streak, though the win was tainted by an ugly shoving match that spilled into the Pacers' bench. Toronto's DeMar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) took exception to Stephenson's basket, which seemed to break one of basketball's cardinal rules. Coaches tried to separate players as the action moved down the court and into the Pacers bench. DeRozan, Stephenson and Toronto guard P.J. Tucker (6'6''-F-85, college: Texas) all received technical fouls. DeRozan led the Raptors with 27 points. Afterward, Tucker called the play 'classless' and 'tasteless.' Stephenson apologized. 'I didn't mean no harm,' Stephenson said. 'The crowd was chanting me on and I just wanted to do it for the fans.' George heeded his coach's advice. Rather than bask in glittery stats, the four-time All-Star dug down, rallied his teammates and gritted out a victory that may have saved the Pacers' playoff hopes. 'I haven't felt that in a long time,' George said after his third-quarter duel with DeRozan. 'As much as he was being aggressive and putting his team on his shoulders, I had to do the same.' It worked. George helped Indiana pull off one of its biggest comebacks all season to temporarily move into a tie with Chicago for the No. 7 slot in the East - a half-game ahead of Miami, which was idle Tuesday. The Heat return to action Wednesday when the Pacers are off. Miami and Chicago hold tiebreaker advantages over the Pacers. The next challenge for Indiana is proving they can keep winning, and with Stephenson back in town, they could. Indiana trailed by as much as 45-26 in a listless first half that drew boos from the crowd. But after Indiana took its first lead on Jeff Teague (6'2''-PG-88, college: Wake Forest)'s 3-pointer with 5:48 left in the third, George cranked it up. He scored 14 of the Pacers' last 19 points in the quarter, giving Indiana a 77-75 lead. And after Indiana started the fourth quarter on an 11-2 run to make it 88-77, Toronto never challenged again. 'He's tough, he is one of the best in the league for a reason,' DeRozan said, referring to George. 'Once he got going and his shots went in, they all got going.'
Courtesy of: foxsports.com



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  NCAA1  

Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Mikayla FERENZ
  Idaho
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Ferenz, Idaho18.7 
 2. Ferris, Montana .18.2 
 3. Hodgins, E.Washin.17.2 
 4. Bolston, Portland.16.4 
 5. Smith, N.Colorado16.1 
 6. Dyer, N.Dakota15.7 
 7. Rielly, Portland St.15.2 
 8. Thomas, Weber St.15.0 
 9. Johnson, Sacramen.14.6 
 10. Phillips, E.Washin.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Margaret HUNTINGTON
  Sacramen.
  (183-F-)
  Avg: 9
 1. Huntington, Sacramen.9.0 
 2. Klabo, N.Dakota8.5 
 3. Nordgaard, Montana .8.2 
 4. West, Portland St.7.9 
 5. Frandsen, S.Utah7.9 
 6. Ferris, Montana .7.5 
 7. Payne, E.Washin.7.1 
 8. Kenyon, Idaho St.7.0 
 9. Braxton, Montana .6.9 
 10. McCorkell, Idaho6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rebecca CARDENAS
  S.Utah
  (165-G-)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Cardenas, S.Utah5.1 
 2. Wilson, Idaho4.8 
 3. Caudill, Montana St.4.4 
 4. Bolston, Portland.4.4 
 5. Dawson, Sacramen.4.3 
 6. Phillips, E.Washin.3.8 
 7. Leger-Walker, N.Colora.3.7 
 8. Scott, N.Colorado3.5 
 9. Johnston, Montana3.1 
 10. Scott, Sacramen.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Rebecca CARDENAS
  S.Utah
  (165-G-)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Cardenas, S.Utah2.9 
 2. Johnson, Sacramen.2.9 
 3. Starks, E.Washin.2.3 
 4. Bolston, Portland.2.2 
 5. Smith, N.Colorado2.0 
 6. Williams, N.Colorado2.0 
 7. Crenshaw, Sacramen.2.0 
 8. Harrigan, Sacramen.1.9 
 9. Hale, Weber St.1.9 
 10. Phillips, E.Washin.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Courtney WEST
  Portland St.
  (193-F-)
  Avg: 3
 1. West, Portland St.3.0 
 2. Roscoe, N.Dakota1.7 
 3. Klabo, N.Dakota1.5 
 4. Hodgins, E.Washin.1.3 
 5. Smith, N.Colorado1.2 
 6. Frandsen, S.Utah1.2 
 7. Isaak, Montana1.1 
 8. Braxton, Montana .1.0 
 9. McCorkell, Idaho0.9 
 10. Jurhar, Portland.0.8 


North Carolina Edges Gonzaga For NCAA Championship - by Carl Berman

Phoenix, AZ - Joel Berry II (6'0''-G-95) scored 22 points to lead North Carolina (33-7) to a hard-fought 71-65 win over Gonzaga (37-2) to win the national championship before a crowd of 76,169 at University of Phoenix Stadium. In a game where neither team shot particularly well, Berry (4-of-13) was the only Tar Hell to connect on a three-pointer. The rest of the team was a combined 0-of-14 from long distance. Nigel Williams-Goss led the Bulldogs with 15 points and six assists but was hampered in the final minutes by a sprained ankle..

The game was tight throughout with nine lead changes and the score was tied eight times. The game was tied at 63 when Williams-Goss hit a jumper was 1:53 remaining to give Gonzaga their last lead and final points. Justin Jackson (16 points) then made a jumper, was fouled by Williams-Goss and made the free throw to give the Tar Heels a one-point lead. After an offensive rebound by Kennedy Meeks (10 rebounds), Isaiah Hicks hit a short jumper to push the lead to 68-65 with 26 seconds left. Williams-Goss then missed another jumper and after a subsequent block by Meeks, Jackson scored on a dunk to put the game away.

Gonzaga controlled much of the early action eventually running out to a 30-23 lead on a jumper by Johnathan Williams with 2:56 left in the half. North Carolina then scored the next five points, the last three coming on free throws by Berry after he was fouled on a three-point attempt by Josh Perkins. The Zags ended the half with a 35-32 lead behind 13 points from Perkins who did not score the rest of the game.

The game wasn't particularly well played as both teams had trouble shooting. The Tar Heels shot 35.6 percent for the game but were only 4-of-27 (14.8 percent) from long-distance and 15-of-26 (57.7 percent) from the foul line. Jackson was 0-for-9 from distance and Theo Pinson was 0-of-4. The Zags didn't do much better, shooting 33.9 percent overall but did connect on 8-of-19 three-pointers (42.1 percent) and shot 65 percent from the charity stripe. It was the third straight game here teams had trouble shooting in the large football stadium. The raised floor and setup was nice, but it looked like the perspective bothered all four teams here.

The main difference in the game was that North Carolina took better control of the ball, committing only four turnovers against 14 from the Zags. 7-1 Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski missed several shots at the rim and finished the game shooting 1-of-8. He committed four turnovers to go along with his nine points and nine rebounds.

The game was called closely with each team whistled for 22 fouls. At one point there were 16 fouls called in the first eight minutes of the second half. Along with a few video reviews, that broke the flow of the game in the second half. The game became a war of attrition for bigs. Gonzaga's Zach Collins fouled out and Karnowski and Williams finished with four fouls each. For North Carolina, Meeks and Hicks both finished with four fouls with Meeks limited to 22 minutes of action due to his foul trouble.

Berry was named the Most Outstanding Player at the Final Four, He was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Meeks and Jackson of the Tar Heels and Collins and Williams-Goss of the Bulldogs. This was North Carolina's sixth national title and coach Roy Williams' third national title.

This article was written by Carl Berman, Managing Partner of NetScouts Basketball.



Mike Hopkins completes assistant coaching staff with hire of ex-UNLV head coach Dave Rice - by Eurobasket News

The Washington Huskies announced Tuesday that David Rice , the former head coach at UNLV and an assistant last season at Nevada, will join the UW men's basketball staff as an assistant coach. The hire completes the assistant coaching staff of first-year coach Mike Hopkins, who was hired March 17 to replace Lorenzo Romar. David Rice , 48, joins Will Conroy and Cameron Dollar on an assistant staff comprised of coaches with considerable west-coast familiarity. A native of Pomona, California, David Rice compiled a 98-54 record in four-plus seasons as head coach at UNLV before being fired amid a 9-7 start during the 2015-16 season. He had spent 20 years as an assistant before that, starting as a graduate assistant at UNLV in 1991, then moving on to stops at Chaffey Community College (1993-94), UNLV again (1994-2004) and BYU (2005-11) before landing the head job at UNLV. 'I have tremendous respect for Coach Hopkins,' David Rice said in a statement released by the school. 'He is a terrific basketball coach and it's evident that he makes a significant difference in the lives of his players both on and off the court. There is a great tradition at the University of Washington and I'm excited to be a part of this staff to build upon that history. Our family looks forward to joining the thriving community of UW and Seattle.' David Rice spent the 2016-17 season as an assistant under coach Eric Musselman at Nevada. Hopkins, a first-time head coach, now has two assistants on his staff (David Rice and Dollar) with a combined 13 seasons of head-coaching experience. 'Dave is a proven winner,' Hopkins said in a statement released by the school. 'He has extensive coaching experience, not only as an assistant but as a head coach as well, and will be a huge asset to our program. Everywhere he has been has seen unprecedented success and he has also had a huge impact on the student-athletes he has worked with both on and off the court. He's succeeded at a high level and has seen firsthand what it takes to put together a strong group that can make a run in the postseason. We're thrilled to have him on staff and know that he will fit into the Husky family immediately.'
Courtesy of: thenewstribune.com



Latvian star Roberts Blumbergs commits to Grand Canyon - by Eurobasket News

Dan Majerle, Grand Canyon strike on arguably the top available 2017 center prospect -- Roberts Blumbergs (6'9''-F/C-97). Latvian star Roberts Blumbergs verbally committed to Grand Canyon on Tuesday, a source told Scout. Blumbergs was regarded as the top available center prospect in the 2017 recruiting class. Blumbergs decision came down to Grand Canyon and Creighton, but he also garnered interest from Auburn, Georgia Tech, Nevada and a host of others. Blumbergs had a strong showing in the FIBA u18 European Championships this past December, averaging 16.5 points and 9.8 rebounds a game. He also made 10 of his 22 three-point attempts in six games. 'I can do everything on the court,' Blumbergs said. 'I have worked so much on my shot and dribbling skills this season that I can attack defenders from outside and handle the ball very well even though my size is 6'10.' 'I fell very confident in shooting the ball from the three-point range and taking to the basket also in situations and I really like to compete against the bigs under the basket,' he added.
Blumbergs currently plays for GBA Prague in the Czech Republic.
Courtesy of: scout.com



ESPN 100 guard Daejon Davis announces commitment to Stanford - by Eurobasket News

ESPN 100 guard Daejon Davis (6'4''-SG-99) announced his commitment to Stanford on Saturday. Davis, No. 44 in the 2017 class, signed with Washington in November but was released from his letter-of-intent when the Huskies fired head coach Lorenzo Romar. Stanford was one of his original finalists, along with Oregon and Gonzaga. "It's a special place," Davis told ESPN. Stanford now has two ESPN 100 prospects in its 2017 class, with Davis joining four-star forward Kezie Okpala (No. 37). Two foreign prospects are also in the fold in Oscar Da Silva (Germany) and Isaac White (Australia). Davis, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Garfield High School (Washington), averaged 12.8 points and 3.6 rebounds for Seattle Rotary on the Nike EYBL circuit last spring and summer. He decommitted from Washington on two separate occasions, also reopening his recruitment last April after originally committing to the Huskies in August 2015. Four of the five members of the Huskies' top-five recruiting class have been released from their letters-of-intent. Michael Porter Jr., the No. 1 senior in the country, followed his father to Missouri. ESPN 100 point guard Blake Harris has set visits to Missouri, Michigan State, Connecticut and Rutgers, while three-star forward Mamoudou Diarra has heard from a long list of schools. ESPN 100 shooting guard Jaylen Nowell remains committed, as of now, to Washington and new head coach Mike Hopkins.
Courtesy of: espn.com



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  NEW ZEALAND  


Webster number one in New Zealand for round 3 - by Eurobasket News

International Guard Corey Webster (188-G-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Wellington S., receiving a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (33 points, four rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Taylor Hawks (#7, 0-4), the league's bottom-ranked team 102-91. It allowed Wellington S. to consolidate first place in the New Zealand NBL. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Wellington S. already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Webster had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Wellington S., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Lambuth University star has very solid stats this year. Webster is league's best scorer averaging so far 27.3ppg. Webster is in league's top in assists (5th best: 5.3apg) and averages impressive 54.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Australian Nick Kay (206-C/F-92) of Southland S.. Kay had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 15 rebounds. It was enough for Southland S. to edge Nelson G. (0-4) 100-94. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Kay is one of the most experienced players at Southland S. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Southland S.'s star - Australian guard Mitch Norton (184-G-93). Norton showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, five rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was another key player of Southland S., helping his team with a 100-94 win against Nelson G. (#6, 0-4). Southland S. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Norton has a great season in New Zealand. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.0apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mitchell McCarron (191-G-92) of SC Rangers - 32 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Jarrod Kenny (188-G-85) of Taylor Hawks - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 15 assists
6. Marcel Jones (203-F-85) of Canterbury - 17 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Shea Ili (184-G-92) of Wellington S. - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Ethan Rusbatch (196-G/F-92) of Canterbury - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Lindsay Tait (190-G-82) of SC Rangers - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Tylor Ongwae (199-F-91) of Taranaki MA - 22 points, 5 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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  NIGERIA  


Akindele is back at Bayamon - by Eurobasket News

Vaqueros de Bayamon (BSN) signed experienced 34-year old Nigerian ex-international center Jeleel Akindele (216-110kg-83, college: Chicago State, agency: BeoBasket). It is actually his comeback to Vaqueros as he has played here before. Akindele He just played at Fuerza Regia in Mexican LNBP. In 44 games he had 13.7ppg, 8.3rpg and 2.4apg this season. The last summer Akindele played at Vaqueros where in 52 BSN games he recorded 14.7ppg, 8.8rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1bpg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. A very impressive season as he was named to Latinbasket.com Puerto Rican BSN All-Imports Team.
Akindele's team won Montenegrin Cup in 2014.
He also played at the WABA Clubs Championships four years ago.
Akindele is quite experienced player. He has played in ten different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Akindele has played previously professionally in China (Monkey Kings), France, Iran (Petrochimi), Italy (Juvecaserta and Mens Sana 1871 Siena), Lebanon (Champville), Russia (Spartak Primorie Vladivostok), Spain (Gran Canaria and Baloncesto Fuenlabrada), Turkey (Yesilgiresun Bld), Montenegro (Buducnost) and Dominican Republic (Metros de Santiago).
He attended Chicago State until 2005 and it is his twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player.
Akindele could be described: A raw, athletic big man with great shotblocking ability.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @miskoraznatovic)

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  NORWAY  


Eurobasket.com All-Norwegian BLNO Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Eurobasket.com All-Norwegian BLNO 1st Team 2017
Eric Gilchrese
Gilchrese
Nick Victor
Victor
Aksel Bolinz
Bolinz
James Weatherspoon
Weatherspoon
Djo Yele
Yele

Final Four MVP: Aksel Bolinz (201-G/F-90) of Centrum
Player of the Year: Aksel Bolinz (201-G/F-90) of Centrum
Guard of the Year: Aksel Bolinz (201-G/F-90) of Centrum
Forward of the Year: James Weatherspoon (198-F-92) of Baerum Basket
Center of the Year: Djo Yele (203-F/C-82) of Asker Aliens
Domestic Player of the Year: Aksel Bolinz (201-G/F-90) of Centrum
Bosman Player of the Year: Tomislav Gabric (198-G-91) of Kongsberg
Import Player of the Year: James Weatherspoon (198-F-92) of Baerum Basket
Defensive Player of the Year: Eric Gilchrese (183-PG-87) of Baerum Basket
Coach of the Year: Inge Kristiansen of Centrum

1st Team
PG: Eric Gilchrese (183-PG-87) of Baerum Basket
G: Nick Victor (196-G-92) of Gimle BBK
G/F: Aksel Bolinz (201-G/F-90) of Centrum
F: James Weatherspoon (198-F-92) of Baerum Basket
F/C: Djo Yele (203-F/C-82) of Asker Aliens

2nd Team
G: Juan Ferrales (188-G-91) of Kongsberg
G: C.J. Oldham (203-G-91) of Kongsberg
PG: Stian Mjos (183-PG-89) of Baerum Basket
G/F: Magne Fivelstad (198-G/F-89) of Gimle BBK
PF: Earl Simba (204-PF-92) of Nidaros Jets

3rd Team
PG: Lars Espe (179-PG-98) of Gimle BBK
G: Tomislav Gabric (198-G-91) of Kongsberg
G: Hani Issalhi (191-G-84) of Tromso
SF: Torgrim Sommerfeldt (198-SF-89) of Centrum
F: Alvis Eglitis (195-F-85) of Asker Aliens

Honorable Mention
Oivind Lundestad (194-G-91) of Kongsberg
Edmunds Gabrans (188-G-79) of Froya Basket
Jeff Harper (203-F-87) of Froya Basket
Reno Silavs (180-PG-91) of Froya Basket
Miilah Kombat (198-F-88) of Centrum
Magnus Midtvedt (182-PG-90) of Centrum
Anders Stien (195-F-90) of Centrum
Jakob Baiden (194-F-93) of Nidaros Jets
Henrik Lange (189-G-95) of Tromso
Marco Sanders (202-F-79) of Ammerud Bskt
Aron Furstenberg (192-G-88) of Persbraten

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Stian Mjos (183-PG-89) of Baerum Basket
PG: Lars Espe (179-PG-98) of Gimle BBK
G: Hani Issalhi (191-G-84) of Tromso
G/F: Aksel Bolinz (201-G/F-90) of Centrum
G/F: Magne Fivelstad (198-G/F-89) of Gimle BBK

All-Imports Team
PG: Eric Gilchrese (183-PG-87) of Baerum Basket
G: Nick Victor (196-G-92) of Gimle BBK
F: James Weatherspoon (198-F-92) of Baerum Basket
PF: Earl Simba (204-PF-92) of Nidaros Jets
F/C: Djo Yele (203-F/C-82) of Asker Aliens

All-Bosmans Team
G: Tomislav Gabric (198-G-91) of Kongsberg
G: Aron Furstenberg (192-G-88) of Persbraten
G: Edmunds Gabrans (188-G-79) of Froya Basket
F: Alvis Eglitis (195-F-85) of Asker Aliens
F: Marco Sanders (202-F-79) of Ammerud Bskt



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  PBL  


Kentucky Mavericks advance to the PBL Championship Finals - by Gianni Pascucci

The Steve Tucker coached Kentucky Mavericks (16-3) defeated the Ohio Bootleggers (12-7), with a 109-97 win to advance to the PBL Championship Finals. The Mavericks will face the Rochester RazorSharks (17-2) who defeated the Jamestown Jackals ( 9-8) in a 98-91 in Rochester.
The Mavericks and the RazorSharks have been considered the two best teams in the PBL for the last two seasons. They finally meet in the Championship Finals to decide the 2017 PBL Champion.
The RazorSharks will be going after their 4th consecutive PBL Championship. The Mavericks will be going after their first PBL Championship.
The Mavericks had five players scoring double figures in their win against Ohio tonight. Robert Crawford (6'7''-G/F-90, college: Cent.Arkansas) scored 27 points to pace the way. Ben Vozzola (6'6''-G-92, college: St.Catharine) followed with 16 points and Anthony Jackson (5'11''-PG-85) chipped in 13 points. The Bootleggers were led by Bernard Edwards (6'6''-F-90, college: Defiance) with 27 points, Brett McKnight (6'6''-F-89, college: Akron) with 22 points, and Cordaryl Ballard (6'5''-G-87, college: USC Aiken) with 20 points.
The First game of the PBL Championship Finals will be held at the Owensboro SportsCenter this Thursday night. Tip-off will be at 7:00 pm.
KY MAVS NOTE: This is the Mavericks 5th appearance in a Championship Finals in 7 years. The MAVS have never lost a Championship Finals having Won the previous 4 they have appeared in. The Mavericks hold an 8-1 Championship Finals Record and have won 8 straight Championship Finals Games! The MAVS will be tested for sure by the Defending PBL Champions, the Rochester Razorsharks, who will be going after their 4th consecutive PBL Championship. The MAVS defeated the Razorsharks 2 games to 1 in their season series this season in the PBL. This is a Championship Finals many have wanted to see for some time, and now it is here. It should be Fun!



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  PHILIPPINES  

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Cory JEFFERSON
  Alaska A.
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 31.8
 1. Jefferson, Alaska A.31.8 
 2. White, Mahindra30.5 
 3. Taggart, Rain o.29.0 
 4. Smith, Blackwater28.3 
 5. McKay, Phoenix26.7 
 6. Chism, NLEX R.26.5 
 7. Pringle, Globalport23.0 
 8. Mitchell, Star H.23.0 
 9. Amundson, TNT K.19.5 
 10. Williams, Globalport19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex STEPHESON
  Meralco .
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Stepheson, Meralco .22.6 
 2. Smith, Blackwater22.0 
 3. McKay, Phoenix19.7 
 4. Chism, NLEX R.18.5 
 5. White, Mahindra18.5 
 6. Williams, Globalport16.5 
 7. Mitchell, Star H.16.0 
 8. Jefferson, Alaska A.13.3 
 9. Amundson, TNT K.13.0 
 10. Taggart, Rain o.11.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jayson CASTRO WILLIAM
  TNT K.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Castro-W., TNT K.8.5 
 2. Ganuelas-R., TNT K.5.5 
 3. Casio, Alaska Aces5.0 
 4. Enciso, Alaska Aces5.0 
 5. Mallari, Mahindra4.8 
 6. Amer, Meralco .4.6 
 7. Jazul, Phoenix4.5 
 8. Newsome, Meralco .4.4 
 9. Lee, Star Hotshots4.3 
 10. Smith, Blackwater3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Mark BARROCA
  Star H.
  (178-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Barroca, Star H.2.7 
 2. Pringle, Globalport2.5 
 3. Exciminiano, Alaska A.2.3 
 4. Jalalon, Star H.2.3 
 5. McKay, Phoenix2.0 
 6. Norwood, Rain o.1.8 
 7. Wilson, Phoenix1.7 
 8. Jazul, Phoenix1.5 
 9. Canaleta, Globalport1.5 
 10. Anthony, NLEX R.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jameel MCKAY
  Phoenix
  (206-F/C-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. McKay, Phoenix3.3 
 2. Williams, Globalport3.0 
 3. White, Mahindra2.5 
 4. Mitchell, Star H.2.3 
 5. Amundson, TNT K.2.0 
 6. Chism, NLEX R.2.0 
 7. Reavis, Star H.1.7 
 8. Taggart, Rain o.1.6 
 9. Stepheson, Meralco .1.6 
 10. Ballesteros, Mahindra1.3 



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  POLAND  


King number one in Poland for round 25 - by Eurobasket News

Vincentian Center Shawn King (208-C-82, agency: Pensack Sports) had a very impressive game in the last round for Stal Ostrow, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 34-year old player had a double-double of 14 points and 18 rebounds, while his team crushed Asseco (#13, 9-18) with 18-point margin 80-62. Stal Ostrow maintains the 3rd position in Polish PLK. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Stal Ostrow will need more victories to improve their 19-8 record. King turned to be Stal Ostrow's top player in his first season with the team. Former Oral Roberts University star has very solid stats this year. King leads league in rebounds with 11.5rpg. King is in league's top in and averages impressive 1.2bpg and 61.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young Przemyslaw Zolnierewicz (196-G/F-95) of Asseco. Zolnierewicz had a very good evening with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Asseco lost that game 62-80 to the higher-ranked Stal Ostrow (#3, 19-8). Asseco is still in a red zone at 13th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-18 record. Zolnierewicz is one of the most experienced players at Asseco and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Jason Boone (203-F/C-85, agency: Three Eye Sports) of Start Lublin (#14). Boone scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Start Lublin, leading his team to a 78-77 win against the higher-ranked MKS DG (#9, 15-12). Start Lublin can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 8-19 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Boone he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Boone has a very solid season. In 7 games in Poland he scored 9.7ppg. He also has 6.6rpg and FGP: 60.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chavaughn Lewis (196-G/F-93) of Energa Czarni - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Nemanja Jaramaz (200-G-91) of Anwil - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Dino Pita (195-G-88) of Krosno - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Vitaliy Kovalenko (204-PF-84) of MKS DG - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Anthony Ireland (175-PG-91) of Trefl Sopot - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Lukasz Wisniewski (186-SG-84) of Torun - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Szymon Rduch (196-SF-89) of Krosno - 17 points and 6 rebounds

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



Weiss' 17 points give him 1Liga Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

34-year old guard Michal Weiss (188-G-82) had a very impressive game in the last round for Nysa Klodzko and receives a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 30.
He had the game-high 17 points adding four rebounds and four assists for Nysa Klodzko in his team's victory, helping them to beat Notec Inowr. (#12, 12-19) 78-68. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Nysa Klodzko is placed at 15th position in Polish 1Liga. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 22 games and recorded just eight victories. Weiss has many years of experience at Nysa Klodzko, through which he has constantly improved. Michal Weiss averages this season 7.8ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Piotr Wieloch (182-PG-94) of Biofarm PZN. He is a guard in his 6th season at Biofarm PZN. In the last game Wieloch recorded impressive 18 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course Biofarm PZN cruised to a 87-78 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Astoria Bydg. (#16, 7-23). Biofarm PZN's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-14 record is not bad and everything may still change. Wieloch is one of the most experienced players at Biofarm PZN and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to Marcin Sroka (201-SF-81, agency: Promotex) of league's second-best Sokol Lancut. Sroka scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Sroka's great performance Sokol Lancut lost 88-94 to the lower-ranked Rosa II Radom (#11, 12-18). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Sokol Lancut needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 21 victories and 9 lost games. Sroka has a great season in Poland. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.8ppg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Filip Zegzula (188-SG-94) of Rosa II Radom - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists
5. Mateusz Szwed (198-F/C-91) of Znicz Basket - 10 points and 12 rebounds
6. Patryk Gospodarek (184-PG-94) of Astoria Bydg. - 21 points and 8 assists
7. Szymon Szymanski (205-F-96) of Rosa II Radom - 19 points and 9 rebounds
8. Marcin Dymala (188-G-90) of Spojnia - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Kacper Radwanski (189-G/F-94) of GTK Gliwice - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Adam Lisewski (205-C-80) of Notec Inowr. - 13 points, 9 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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  PORTUGAL  


Sergio Lugo Santos gets MVP of the Week award for Portuguese Proliga (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

Sergio Lugo Santos (198-F-92) had an amazing evening in the last round for Estoril Basket and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Proliga Player of the Week award for round 11 (Second Stage).
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 16 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team beat Academico FC (#8, 2-9) 67-62. Estoril Basket maintains the 4th position in Portuguese Proliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Estoril Basket will need more victories to improve their 6-4 record. Santos has many years of experience at Estoril Basket, through which he has constantly improved. Santos has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 8.7rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old Cape Verdean swingman Flavio Gomes (194-G/F-88) of Places 9-16 best team Angra. Gomes impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 38 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Angra was edged by the lower-ranked Ginasio (#11, 7-4) 90-87. Angra managed to keep the same 1st spot in the standings. His team has currently 8-3 record. Gomes is a newcomer at Angra and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.5ppg (#3). He also registered 10.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Bonifacio Almeida (203-F/C-93) of Academia (#16). Almeida scored 26 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Academia, leading his team to a 76-72 win against the higher-ranked Fisica (#12, 6-5). Academia can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-9 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Almeida he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Almeida has a very solid season. In 16 games in Portugal he scored 4.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alexander Kravtsov (194-F-87) of Angra - 20 points and 16 rebounds
5. Daniel Machado (190-G/F-90) of Estoril Basket - 28 points and 7 rebounds
6. Emanuel Silva (188-G/F-79) of Sangalhos - 18 points and 5 rebounds
7. Nuno Pereira (190-F-92) of Ginasio - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Agenor Rolo (193-F-95) of Dragon Force - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Filipe Costa (G-95) of Academico FC - 15 points and 6 rebounds
10. Hugo Aurelio (200-C-80) of Belenenses CF - 13 points, 12 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)



Ferry number one in Portugal for round 5 - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Andrew Ferry (190-G-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for Vitoria SC, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, three rebounds and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Oliveirense (#4, 19-8) 87-83. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Vitoria SC maintains the 3rd position in Portuguese LPB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Vitoria SC will need more victories to improve their 20-7 record. In the team's last game Ferry had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be Vitoria SC's top player in his first season with the team. Andrew Ferry averages this season 14.3ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 41-year old former international forward Nuno Marcal (205-F-75) of Maia Basket. Marcal had a very good evening with a double-double of 32 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Maia Basket lost that game 90-98 to slightly lower-ranked CAB Madeira (#7, 14-11). Maia Basket managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. 22 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Maia Basket managed to get this Second Stage. Marcal is one of the most experienced players at Maia Basket and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.9ppg (#1). He also registered 8.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Devin Martin (193-G) of Sampaense (#6). Martin scored 29 points and passed five assists. Despite Martin's great performance Sampaense lost 87-88 to the bottom-ranked Lusitania (#9, 7-19). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Sampaense can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-22 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Martin he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Martin has a very solid season. In 10 games in Portugal he scored 15.6ppg. He also has 4.3rpg and and 3PT: 43.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joao Balseiro (192-F-87) of Vitoria SC - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Fabio Lima (198-F/G-88) of CAB Madeira - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Joao Torrie (200-C/F-91) of Electrico FC - 19 points and 11 rebounds
7. Antonio Monteiro (204-F-89) of Lusitania - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Stefan Djukic (202-F-89) of CAB Madeira - 20 points and 10 rebounds
9. Chris Matagrano (206-C-90) of Lusitania - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Bradley Tinsley (191-G-89) of FC Porto - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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  PUERTO RICO  


Akindele is back at Bayamon - by Eurobasket News

Vaqueros de Bayamon (BSN) signed experienced 34-year old Nigerian ex-international center Jeleel Akindele (216-110kg-83, college: Chicago State, agency: BeoBasket). It is actually his comeback to Vaqueros as he has played here before. Akindele He just played at Fuerza Regia in Mexican LNBP. In 44 games he had 13.7ppg, 8.3rpg and 2.4apg this season. The last summer Akindele played at Vaqueros where in 52 BSN games he recorded 14.7ppg, 8.8rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1bpg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. A very impressive season as he was named to Latinbasket.com Puerto Rican BSN All-Imports Team.
Akindele's team won Montenegrin Cup in 2014.
He also played at the WABA Clubs Championships four years ago.
Akindele is quite experienced player. He has played in ten different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Akindele has played previously professionally in China (Monkey Kings), France, Iran (Petrochimi), Italy (Juvecaserta and Mens Sana 1871 Siena), Lebanon (Champville), Russia (Spartak Primorie Vladivostok), Spain (Gran Canaria and Baloncesto Fuenlabrada), Turkey (Yesilgiresun Bld), Montenegro (Buducnost) and Dominican Republic (Metros de Santiago).
He attended Chicago State until 2005 and it is his twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player.
Akindele could be described: A raw, athletic big man with great shotblocking ability.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @miskoraznatovic)

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  ROMANIA  


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

29-year old forward Ernests Kalve (200-F-87, agency: HMS) had a great game in the last round for league's best team Targu Mures and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Phoenix Galati (#2, 8-15) with 16-point margin 91-75. It allowed Targu Mures to consolidate first place in the Romanian league. Targu Mures is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 12th lost game this season out of 23 games. In the team's last game Kalve had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Ernests Kalve averages this season 11.2ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Adrian Diaz (213-C-93) of BC Timisoara. He is Cuban-American center in his first season at BC Timisoara. In the last game Diaz recorded impressive 26 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as BC Timisoara was edged by the higher-ranked Steaua CSM (#2, 17-10) 84-80. BC Timisoara managed to keep the same 5th spot in Places 1-6. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-15 record. Diaz is a newcomer at BC Timisoara and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Tayloe Taylor (191-G-86) of Craiova (#3). Taylor showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, five rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of Craiova, leading his team to a 87-72 easy win against #4 ranked Dinamo B. in a game of the week. The chances of Craiova not to end season at such low position in Places 7-10, however are less than slim as they have already lost 16 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Taylor could try to bring Craiova's a little bit higher in the standings. Taylor has individually a great season in Romania. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.8apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marius Runkauskas (189-G-86) of Steaua CSM - 34 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Goran Martinic (187-PG-87) of Targu Mures - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Sean Barnette (197-F-86) of Oradea - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Sean Denison (210-C-85) of Oradea - 18 points and 6 rebounds
8. Marcel Davis (188-G-94) of CSU Sibiu - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jamar Abrams (201-G/F-89) of Craiova - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Marko Pavlovic (210-C-86) of Phoenix Galati - 22 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)



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  RUSSIA  


Superleague 1 Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. Irkut advance into semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Sakhalin - Irkut 78-79

Irkut shocked Sakhalin on the road to seal their semifinal appearance. Irkut Irkutsk made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Sakhalin turnovers. Point guard Alexandr Varnakov (185-92) saved the victory by scoring 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Aleksandr Zakharov (203-93) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Irkut Irkutsk's coach Aleksei Lobanov used a ten-player rotat