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  3X3  



Pools announced for FIBA 3x3 Europe Cup Qualifiers 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Forty-five teams from 26 countries (men and women combined) will compete in two qualifiers in Escaldes-Engordany (Andorra) and Poitiers (France) for a ticket to the third edition of the FIBA 3x3 Europe Cup, hosted in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on 7-9 July. Following the automatic seeding of both Europe Cup Qualifiers, pools are as follows:
In France, the 24 participating teams (12 men's and 12 women's) were divided into 4 pools of 3 after the automatic seeding of the second edition of the 3x3 Europe Cup France Qualifier, which will be staged in Poitiers, France, on 23-24 June.
France Qualifiers (June 23-24)
Men's:
Pool A: Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey
Pool B: Netherlands, Hungary, Croatia
Pool C: Romania, Switzerland, Belgium
Pool D: France, Italy and Denmark.

Women's:
Pool A: France, Serbia, Israel
Pool B: Ukraine, Belgium, Austria
Pool C: Czech Republic, Poland, Ireland
Pool D: Russia, Spain and Latvia.

Andorra Qualifiers (June 24-25)
Men's:
Pool A: Slovenia, Georgia, Spain
Pool B: Poland, Czech Republic, Latvia
Pool C: Russia, Germany, Israel
Pool D: Ukraine, Andorra, Ireland.

Women's:
Pool A: Hungary, Germany, Andorra, Estonia, Turkey
Pool B: Italy, Switzerland, Slovakia, Romania.
Courtesy of: fiba.com



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Veljko Mrsic is suspended for two games - by Eurobasket News

Cedevita head coach Veljko Mrsic will not be allowed to lead his team from the bench in forthcoming two games in the ABA League Finals. Due to irresponsible statements and comments regarding the referees by the coach, the ABA League Sports Director has reached a decision to sanction Cedevita head coach Veljko Mrsic with a two-game ban from his head coach duties in accordance with the article 76.4 of the League's propositions. The suspension is valid for the opening two games of the Finals, in Belgrade against Crvena zvezda mts.
Courtesy of: aba-liga.com



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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
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.1 
 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. Stanic, Olimpico.6.1 
 3. Barral, Obras B.6.1 
 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. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 6. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 7. Vildoza, Quilm.1.6 
 8. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 9. Zurbriggen, Obras B.1.4 
 10. Calfani, San L.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.2 
 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 


LigaA Round 42: #1 San Martin Corrientes are defeated by Boca Juniors - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 8 rounds. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked San Martin Corrientes (31-12) in Buenos Aires on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by tenth ranked Boca Juniors (14-32) 88-86. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-20. But San Martin Corrientes won second period 27-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international Carlos Delfino (198-82) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Lucas Gargallo (196-95) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists during the contest. Boca Juniors' coach Ronaldo Cordoba used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was international Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85) with 18 points. Boca Juniors maintains tenth position with 14-32 record. San Martin Corrientes at the other side still keeps top place with 12 games lost. Boca Juniors are looking forward to face higher ranked Argentino (#5) in Junin in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. San Martin Corrientes will play at home against Libertad Sunchales (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Mar del Plata. Eighth ranked Penarol (18-30) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (27-17) 77-76 on Monday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Regatas Corrientes. The former international forward Franco Giorgetti (201-92) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Alejandro Diez supported him with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Penarol's coach Marcelo Richotti allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 9 points and 13 rebounds by the former international forward Pablo Espinoza (200-87) did not help to save the game for Regatas Corrientes. Penarol maintains eighth position with 18-30 record. Regatas Corrientes at the other side keeps the third place with 17 games lost. Penarol will play against Echague (#10) in Parana in the next round. Regatas Corrientes will play at home against Quilmes MP (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of first ranked San Lorenzo (30-14) against fifth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (26-20) on Sunday night. Visiting San Lorenzo was defeated by Olimpico de La Banda in a tough game in La Banda 65-73. The best player for the winners was Maximiliano Stanic who scored 18 points and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Jerome Meyinsse who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Olimpico de La Banda have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 26-20 record. Defending champion San Lorenzo still keeps top place with 14 games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will meet La Union (#8) in the next round. San Lorenzo will play against Atenas (#9) and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a road loss of first ranked San Martin Corrientes (31-12) against eighth ranked Penarol (18-30) on Friday night. Visiting San Martin Corrientes was defeated by Penarol in Mar del Plata 80-70. It was a good game for Alejandro Diez who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Penarol maintains eighth position with 18-30 record. San Martin Corrientes at the other side still keeps top place with 12 games lost. Penarol's next round opponent will be Echague (#10) in Parana. San Martin Corrientes will play at home against Libertad Sunchales (#7) and hope to win that game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Buenos Aires. Second ranked host Ferrocarril (28-16) defeated 4th ranked Weber Bahia (23-18) 75-65. Jose-Ignacio Alessio scored 19 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Weber Bahia's coach Sebastian Ginobili rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ferrocarril maintains second position with 28-16 record having just two points less than leader San Lorenzo. Weber Bahia lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 18 games lost. Ferrocarril will face Atenas (#9) in Cordoba in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Weber Bahia will play on the road against GECR Indalo (#3) in Comodoro R. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 42: Hispano Am. won against Olimpico LB on the opponent's court 72-69. La Union unfortunately lost to Quilmes MP in a home game 67-74. San Lorenzo managed to beat Quimsa on the road 75-63. Echague was crushed by Estudiantes C. on its own court 81-106. GECR Indalo beat Libertad S. in Comodoro R. 67-60. Argentino destroyed Weber Bahia at home 82-57. La Union unfortunately lost to Instituto on the opponent's court 72-80. Hispano Am. rolled over Quimsa in a home game 93-69. Regatas C. defeated Quilmes MP on the road 96-89. Echague was beaten by GECR Indalo on its own court 82-91. Boca Jrs lost to Obras Basket in Buenos Aires 93-94.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 21 points by Alexis Elsener of La Union.

Olimpico LB - Hispano Am. 69-72

There was an upset when higher ranked Olimpico de La Banda (26-20) was edged at home by ninth ranked Hispano Am. (17-29) 72-69 on Wednesday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-12. But Olimpico de La Banda won second period 20-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Hispano Am. won last quarter 21-19. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American Larry OBannon (192-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five Hispano Am. players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American power forward Justin Williams (206-84, college: Wyoming, agency: DTMones) with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 17 rebounds and 7 blocks and the former international point guard Maximiliano Stanic (178-78, agency: Players Group) scored 16 points and 9 assists. Hispano Am. have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted Hispano Am. maintains ninth position with 17-29 record. Loser Olimpico de La Banda keeps the fifth place with 20 games lost. Hispano Am. will face higher ranked Quimsa (#6) in Santiado Estero in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Olimpico de La Banda will play on the road against La Union in Formosa and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hispano Am.: L.O'Bannon 14+5reb+1ast, K.Austin 14+12reb+2ast, N.Ferreyra 13+3reb, M.Fierro 11+6reb+2ast, A.Zilli 10+4reb+4ast, J.Treise 10+4reb+4ast
Olimpico LB: J.Williams 17+17reb, M.Cosolito 17+3reb+1ast, M.Stanic 16+3reb+9ast, K.Lamonte 9+1reb, D.Nesbitt 8+8reb+1ast, A.Boccia 2+1ast
gschID: 523667


La Union - Quilmes MP 67-74

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked Quilmes MP's (19-24) road victory over 8th ranked La Union (20-27) 74-67 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 20-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. International guard Luca Vildoza (190-95) scored 19 points and 6 steals to lead the charge for the winners and international power forward Ivan Basualdo (202-90) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international swingman Alexis Elsener (196-88) with 21 points and point guard Alejandro Konsztadt (191-89) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Four La Union players scored in double figures. Quilmes MP maintains seventh position with 19-24 record. La Union lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 27 games lost. Quilmes MP will face higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. La Union will play against Olimpico de La Banda (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Quilmes MP: L.Vildoza 19+3reb+3ast, I.Basualdo 17+5reb+1ast, T.Robinson 12+8reb+1ast, M.Maciel 7+3reb+1ast, E.Flor 6+1reb+3ast, I.Clark 6+5reb+1ast
La Union: A.Elsener 21+4reb+3ast, A.Konsztadt 15+9reb+3ast, T.Francis 11+8reb+2ast, E.Gamboa 10+3reb+2ast, F.Pinero 5+4reb+4ast, D.Garcia 3+1reb
gschID: 543679


Quimsa - San Lorenzo 63-75

Not a big story in a game in Santiado Estero where 6th ranked Quimsa (23-25) was defeated by first ranked San Lorenzo (30-14) 75-63 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 41-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. San Lorenzo forced 22 Quimsa turnovers. Uruguayan center Mathias Calfani (204-92, agency: Pro Sports) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Gabriel Deck (199-95) chipped in 14 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American center Chris Daniels (205-84, college: Texas A&M-CC) with 17 points and 9 rebounds and the former international forward Nicolas Romano (200-87) scored 8 points and 11 rebounds. Defending champion maintains first position with 30-14 record. Quimsa lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 25 games lost. San Lorenzo will face Atenas (#9) in Cordoba in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Quimsa will play at home against Hispano Am. and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
San Lorenzo: M.Calfani 18+5reb+2ast, G.Deck 14+3reb+2ast, M.Mata 13+2reb, S.Safar 8+3reb+5ast, N.Aguirre 7+2reb+6ast, G.Diaz 6
Quimsa: C.Daniels 17+9reb, R.Hamilton 13+1reb+1ast, A.Harper 8+3reb+2ast, N.Romano 8+11reb+1ast, T.Gallizzi 6+2reb, C.Elliott 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 523664


Ferrocarril - Weber Bahia 75-65

The game between Top Four teams took place in Buenos Aires. Second ranked host Ferrocarril (28-16) defeated 4th ranked Weber Bahia (23-18) 75-65. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-65. Ferrocarril outrebounded Weber Bahia 38-24 including 32 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Center Jose-Ignacio Alessio (203-87) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international point guard Franco Balbi (185-89) chipped in 9 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Maximo Fjellerup (195-97) with 9 points and 5 rebounds and the former international Hernan Jasen (199-78) scored 8 points and 6 rebounds. Weber Bahia's coach Sebastian Ginobili rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ferrocarril maintains second position with 28-16 record having just two points less than leader San Lorenzo. Weber Bahia lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 18 games lost. Ferrocarril will face Atenas (#9) in Cordoba in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Weber Bahia will play on the road against GECR Indalo (#3) in Comodoro R. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ferrocarril: J.Ignacio Alessio 19+6reb+3ast, J.Maldonado 17+1ast, R.Clemente 13+6reb+2ast, F.Balbi 9+5reb+10ast, A.Lucas 8+9reb, A.Feeley 4+2reb
Weber Bahia: L.Redivo 11+1reb+3ast, J.Blocker 11+1reb, A.Laveal Johnson 11+4reb+1ast, M.Fjellerup 9+5reb+3ast, H.Jasen 8+6reb+3ast, J.Pablo Vaulet 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 523663


Penarol - Regatas C. 77-76

Important game to mention about took place in Mar del Plata. Eighth ranked Penarol (18-30) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (27-17) 77-76 on Monday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Regatas Corrientes. Regatas Corrientes was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 20-12 charge of Penarol, which allowed them to win the game. The former international forward Franco Giorgetti (201-92) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Alejandro Diez (201-87) supported him with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Four Penarol players scored in double figures. Penarol's coach Marcelo Richotti allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 9 points and 13 rebounds by the former international forward Pablo Espinoza (200-87) did not help to save the game for Regatas Corrientes. American guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St., agency: Pensack Sports) added 19 points. Penarol maintains eighth position with 18-30 record. Regatas Corrientes at the other side keeps the third place with 17 games lost. Penarol will play against Echague (#10) in Parana in the next round. Regatas Corrientes will play at home against Quilmes MP (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Penarol: F.Giorgetti 15+10reb+4ast, S.Pettigrew 15+6reb+2ast, L.Dabney 13+3reb+1ast, A.Diez 13+11reb, J.Manuel Torres 6+5reb+2ast, R.Acuna 5+1reb
Regatas C.: D.Sims 19+1reb+3ast, P.Quinteros 15+2reb+2ast, P.Espinoza 9+13reb+1ast, K.Johnson 8+3reb+5ast, S.Vidal 8+3reb, J.Saiz 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 543659


Echague - Estudiantes C. 81-106

Everything went according to plan in Parana where second ranked Estudiantes C. (31-15) outscored 10th ranked Echague (8-36) 106-81 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Estudiantes C.. Echague was better in fourth quarter 29-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-18 free shots (94.4 percent) during the game. American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) scored 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Cuban center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports) chipped in 15 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four Estudiantes C. players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Dominican guard Gelvis Solano (185-94, college: Merrimack, agency: Basket Management Solutions) with 28 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and center Franco Barroso (207-94) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Estudiantes C. maintains second position with 31-15 record having just three point less than leader San Lorenzo. Newly promoted Echague keeps the tenth place with 36 games lost. Estudiantes C. will face GECR Indalo (#3) in Comodoro R. in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Echague will play on the road against Penarol (#8) in Mar del Plata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes C.: D.Tucker 33+6reb+1ast, A.Marin 21+4reb+2ast, J.Justiz 15+11reb+1ast, F.Giorgi 14+3reb+3ast, J.Slider 9+2reb+1ast, S.Orresta 7+5reb+5ast
Echague: G.Solano 28+5reb+4ast, F.Barroso 16+7reb, B.Davis 10+4reb+2ast, C.Buemo 7+1reb+1ast, E.Stucky 5+5reb+1ast, J.Millsap 5+1reb
gschID: 543658


Libertad S. - GECR Indalo 60-67

There was no surprise when 7th ranked Libertad Sunchales (21-22) was defeated at home by fourth ranked GECR Indalo (24-22) 67-60 on Sunday. Libertad Sunchales was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. GECR Indalo made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. The former international Carlos Schattmann (193-87) scored 23 points to lead the charge for the winners and Dominican center Eloy Vargas (211-88, college: Kentucky, agency: Duran International) chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was international point guard Jose Vildoza (190-96) with 13 points and 5 rebounds and the former international Sebastian Vega (200-88) scored 15 points. GECR Indalo moved-up to third place. Loser Libertad Sunchales keeps the seventh position with 22 games lost. GECR Indalo will face Weber Bahia (#4) in Bahia Blanca in the next round. Libertad Sunchales will play on the road against Regatas Corrientes and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: C.Schattmann 23+2reb+1ast, N.De los Santos 15+2reb+1ast, E.Vargas 14+10reb, D.Romero 8+3reb, M.Shaw 5+8reb, J.Manuel Rivero 2+5reb+2ast
Libertad S.: S.Vega 15+4reb+2ast, J.Vildoza 13+5reb+3ast, A.Alloatti 8+7reb, P.Barrios 8+4reb, J.Brussino 7+3reb+5ast, M.Saglietti 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 523659


Boca Jrs - San Martin C. 88-86

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked San Martin Corrientes (31-12) in Buenos Aires on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by tenth ranked Boca Juniors (14-32) 88-86. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-20. But San Martin Corrientes won second period 27-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international Carlos Delfino (198-82) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Lucas Gargallo (196-95) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists during the contest. Boca Juniors' coach Ronaldo Cordoba used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was international Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85) with 18 points and the former international point guard Juan-Pablo Cantero (184-82) scored 12 points and 7 assists. Five Boca Juniors and four San Martin Corrientes players scored in double figures. Boca Juniors maintains tenth position with 14-32 record. San Martin Corrientes at the other side still keeps top place with 12 games lost. Boca Juniors are looking forward to face higher ranked Argentino (#5) in Junin in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. San Martin Corrientes will play at home against Libertad Sunchales (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: L.Gargallo 19+2reb+4ast, C.Delfino 17+6reb+3ast, F.Lampropoulos 16+5reb+2ast, N.Gianella 12+7reb+4ast, E.Vassirani 11+8reb+1ast, C.Amicucci 8+4reb
San Martin C.: L.Mainoldi 18+4reb, D.Tintorelli 16+4reb, J.Pablo Cantero 12+2reb+7ast, L.Gonzalez 12+2reb+1ast, M.Lescano 8+7reb+3ast, L.Faggiano 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 543540


Argentino - Weber Bahia 82-57

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Junin where fifth ranked Argentino (23-22) outleveled one of their biggest challengers Weber Bahia (23-18) 82-57 on Sunday. Argentino forced 21 Weber Bahia turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Weber Bahia's players. American power forward Chaz Crawford (207-84, college: Drexel, agency: DTMones) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Italian swingman Juan Cangelosi (197-81) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) during the contest. The best for the losing side was international Juan-Pablo Vaulet (198-96) with 10 points and 8 rebounds and American center Anthony-Laveal Johnson (203-88, college: Fairfield) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Argentino maintains fifth position with 23-22 record. Weber Bahia lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 18 games lost. Argentino will face Boca Juniors (#10) in Buenos Aires in the next round where they are favorite. Weber Bahia will play on the road against GECR Indalo (#3) in Comodoro R. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Argentino: M.Bolivar 20+2reb+2ast, C.Crawford 15+10reb, J.Cangelosi 15+4reb+5ast, N.Gadson 10+1reb+3ast, E.Basabe 10+6reb+6ast, I.Gutierrez 8+11reb+1ast
Weber Bahia: A.Laveal Johnson 13+6reb, J.Blocker 12+2reb, J.Pablo Vaulet 10+8reb+1ast, F.Corvalan 10+2reb+2ast, M.Fernandez 5+1reb, L.Redivo 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 543539


Olimpico LB - San Lorenzo 73-65

Very important is a road loss of first ranked San Lorenzo (30-14) against fifth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (26-20) on Sunday night. Visiting San Lorenzo was defeated by Olimpico de La Banda in a tough game in La Banda 65-73. Olimpico de La Banda made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Maximiliano Stanic (178-78, agency: Players Group) who scored 18 points and 6 assists. The former international Federico Van-Lacke (191-80) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Olimpico de La Banda players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Jerome Meyinsse (207-88, college: Virginia) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and international forward Gabriel Deck (199-95) added 23 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Olimpico de La Banda have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 26-20 record. Defending champion San Lorenzo still keeps top place with 14 games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will meet La Union (#8) in the next round. San Lorenzo will play against Atenas (#9) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: M.Stanic 18+3reb+6ast, F.Van Lacke 17+5reb+5ast, J.Williams 11+12reb, A.Boccia 11+6reb+3ast, M.Cosolito 6+4reb+1ast, K.Lamonte 6+2reb+1ast
San Lorenzo: G.Deck 23+5reb+2ast, J.Meyinsse 17+12reb+1ast, M.Mata 7+7reb+2ast, N.Aguirre 7+4reb+2ast, M.Calfani 3+2reb+1ast, B.McShepard 3+2reb
gschID: 523660


Instituto - La Union 80-72

Very expected game in Cordoba where 8th ranked La Union (20-27) was defeated by fourth ranked Instituto (27-20) 80-72 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 22-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Instituto made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American center Sam Clancy (202-80, college: USC, agency: DTMones) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American-Jamaican center Torin Francis (210-83, college: Notre Dame) with 17 points and 8 rebounds and the former international swingman Alexis Elsener (196-88) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Instituto maintains fourth position with 27-20 record. La Union lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 27 games lost. Instituto will have a break next round. La Union will play at home against Olimpico de La Banda (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Instituto: D.Phillip 16+3reb+1ast, S.Clancy 15+14reb, R.Green 13+5reb+4ast, J.DeGroat 10+4reb+2ast, P.Bruna 9+2ast, M.Gerlero 5+3reb+3ast
La Union: T.Francis 17+8reb, A.Elsener 15+8reb+1ast, D.Garcia 14+2reb+4ast, P.Orlietti 11+5reb+2ast, A.Konsztadt 6+2reb+7ast, F.Pinero 5+5reb
gschID: 523657


Hispano Am. - Quimsa 93-69

There was a small surprise in Rio Gallegos where ninth ranked Hispano Am. (17-29) smashed 6th ranked Quimsa (23-25) 93-69 on Saturday. American Larry OBannon (192-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) scored 23 points to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Jonatan Treise (185-85) chipped in 19 points during the contest. Five Hispano Am. players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American center Chris Daniels (205-84, college: Texas A&M-CC) with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks and the former international forward Nicolas Romano (200-87) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Hispano Am. have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted Hispano Am. maintains ninth position with 17-29 record. Quimsa lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 25 games lost. Hispano Am. will face again higher ranked Quimsa (#6) in Santiado Estero in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Hispano Am.: L.O'Bannon 23+2reb+3ast, J.Treise 19+1reb+3ast, M.Fierro 13+8reb+2ast, A.Zilli 13+6reb+4ast, N.Ferreyra 12+2reb+6ast, G.Torres 6+4reb+1ast
Quimsa: C.Daniels 14+6reb+1ast, A.Harper 14+1reb+1ast, N.Romano 12+6reb+2ast, T.Gallizzi 8+3reb, C.Elliott 8+2reb+4ast, P.Hopson 6+3reb
gschID: 523655


Quilmes MP - Regatas C. 89-96

Not a big story in a game in Mar del Plata where 7th ranked Quilmes MP (19-24) was defeated by third ranked Regatas Corrientes (27-17) 96-89 on Saturday. Regatas Corrientes shot 65.4 percent from the field. Regatas Corrientes had a 27-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. Regatas Corrientes looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St., agency: Pensack Sports) scored 19 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Pablo Espinoza (200-87) chipped in 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was international power forward Ivan Basualdo (202-90) with 19 points and 6 rebounds and international guard Luca Vildoza (190-95) scored 20 points. Five Regatas Corrientes and four Quilmes MP players scored in double figures. Regatas Corrientes maintains third position with 27-17 record having three points less than leader San Lorenzo. Quilmes MP lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 24 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will face Libertad Sunchales (#7) at home in the next round. Quilmes MP will play again against Regatas Corrientes and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: D.Sims 19+3reb+6ast, F.Ramirez 18+4reb+3ast, P.Quinteros 16+4reb+4ast, C.Troutman 14+5reb+1ast, P.Espinoza 13+9reb+5ast, J.Saiz 7+4reb+1ast
Quilmes MP: L.Vildoza 20+1reb+1ast, I.Basualdo 19+6reb+2ast, T.Robinson 16+3reb+2ast, E.Flor 11+3reb+5ast, I.Clark 8+6reb+1ast, E.Ruiz 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 523658


Penarol - San Martin C. 80-70

Very important is a road loss of first ranked San Martin Corrientes (31-12) against eighth ranked Penarol (18-30) on Friday night. Visiting San Martin Corrientes was defeated by Penarol in Mar del Plata 80-70. The game was mostly controlled by Penarol. San Martin Corrientes was better in fourth quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Penarol made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Penarol outrebounded San Martin Corrientes 41-27 including 30 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by San Martin Corrientes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Alejandro Diez (201-87) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Steffphon Pettigrew (196-89, college: W.Kentucky, agency: HMS) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Cuban guard Reynaldo Garcia (187-90, agency: DTMones) replied with 17 points and American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Inception Sports) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for San Martin Corrientes. Four San Martin Corrientes players scored in double figures. Penarol maintains eighth position with 18-30 record. San Martin Corrientes at the other side still keeps top place with 12 games lost. Penarol's next round opponent will be Echague (#10) in Parana. San Martin Corrientes will play at home against Libertad Sunchales (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Penarol: S.Pettigrew 16+5reb+2ast, A.Diez 14+7reb+2ast, F.Giorgetti 10+8reb+1ast, J.Manuel Torres 10+4reb, L.Dabney 9+3reb+5ast, R.Acuna 8+7reb
San Martin C.: R.Garcia 17+4reb+2ast, L.Mainoldi 12+5reb+1ast, F.Aguerre 12+4reb+1ast, D.Tintorelli 10+4reb, J.Wood 9+7reb+2ast, J.Pablo Cantero 3+5ast
gschID: 523656


Echague - GECR Indalo 82-91

Everything went according to plan in Parana where fourth ranked GECR Indalo (24-22) beat 10th ranked Echague (8-36) 91-82 on Friday. Echague was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a great shooting night for GECR Indalo especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Dominican center Eloy Vargas (211-88, college: Kentucky, agency: Duran International) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international Carlos Schattmann (193-87) chipped in 17 points during the contest. Four GECR Indalo players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American center Derrick Caracter (206-88, college: UTEP) with 12 points and 8 rebounds and Dominican guard Gelvis Solano (185-94, college: Merrimack, agency: Basket Management Solutions) scored 18 points. GECR Indalo moved-up to third place. Newly promoted Echague keeps the tenth position with 36 games lost. GECR Indalo will face Weber Bahia (#4) in Bahia Blanca in the next round. Echague will play on the road against Penarol (#8) in Mar del Plata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: C.Schattmann 17+1reb+2ast, E.Vargas 17+8reb+1ast, D.Romero 15+5reb, J.Manuel Rivero 13+3reb+2ast, M.Shaw 11+2reb, N.De los Santos 9+5reb+5ast
Echague: G.Solano 18+3reb, D.Caracter 12+8reb+2ast, J.Baeza 10+2reb+6ast, E.Stucky 9+3reb, B.Davis 9+2reb+2ast, S.Uranga 9+1reb+2ast
gschID: 523654


Obras Basket - Boca Jrs 94-93

There was no surprise in Buenos Aires where 10th ranked Boca Juniors (14-32) was edged by sixth ranked Obras Basket (22-23) 94-93 on Friday. However just one-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Point guard Pedro Barral (186-94) scored 22 points and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Dennis Horner (205-88, college: N.Carolina St.) chipped in 22 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Greek Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and the former international Carlos Delfino (198-82) scored 18 points and 8 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Four Obras Basket and five Boca Juniors players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Obras Basket maintains sixth position with 22-23 record. Boca Juniors lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 32 games lost. Obras Basket will face higher ranked Weber Bahia (#4) in Bahia Blanca in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Boca Juniors will play at home against Argentino (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Obras Basket: P.Barral 22+2reb+9ast, D.Horner 22+8reb+2ast, W.Herrmann 20+6reb, T.Zanzottera 10+1reb+1ast, M.Bortolin 8+1reb+2ast, M.Leiva 6+9reb+2ast
Boca Jrs: F.Lampropoulos 20+10reb+2ast, C.Delfino 18+3reb+8ast, E.Vassirani 18+6reb+3ast, G.Forbes 14+2reb+2ast, L.Gargallo 12+1reb+1ast, N.Gianella 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 523652





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  ASEAN LEAGUE  


Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Hong Kong ELL and Singapore Slingers - by Eurobasket News

Hong Kong ELL - Saigon H. 114-74

Hong Kong ELL cruised past Saigon Heat in the opener. The game without a history. Hong Kong ELL led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Hong Kong ELL forced 19 Saigon Heat turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Saigon Heat's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 7 rebounds and 13 assists. His fellow American import power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Hong Kong ELL players scored in double figures. Hong Kong ELL's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American Lenny Daniel (203-87, college: CS Northridge) answered with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 13 rebounds and American-Panamanian center Jordan Henriquez-Roberts (214-89, college: Kansas St., agency: Babcock Sports) added 8 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Saigon Heat.
Top scorers:
Hong Kong ELL: T.Lamb 23+3reb+2ast, M.Elliott 23+7reb+13ast, S.Guinchard 22+8reb+2ast, J.Boone 21+11reb+4ast, S.Yee Fong 8+3reb+1ast, K.Lee 8+3reb+3ast
Saigon H.: L.Daniel 32+13reb+3ast, D.Arnold 10+1reb+3ast, H.Nguyen Van 9+3reb, J.Henriquez-Roberts 8+11reb+1ast, M.Morgan 7+6reb+3ast, T.Nguyen 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 542755


Singapore S. - Alab Pilipinas 77-67

Singapore Slingers grabbed 1-0 lead over Alab Pilipinas in the semis. The game was mostly controlled by Singapore Slingers. Alab Pilipinas was better in fourth quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Alab Pilipinas were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Guard Xavier Alexander (198-88, college: S.Nazarene) stepped up and scored 26 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and center Justin Howard (209-81, college: Mercer) chipped in 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Singapore Slingers players scored in double figures. At the losing side center James Hughes (211-83, college: N.Illinois, agency: Haylett Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and forward Sampson Carter (203-90, college: Massachusetts, agency: Haylett Sports) scored 9 points and 9 rebounds. Alab Pilipinas' coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Singapore S.: X.Alexander 26+7reb+6ast, J.Howard 15+10reb+4ast, K.Goh 12+5reb, W.Long Wong 11+3reb+3ast, J.Urbiztondo 8+2reb+4ast, O.Desmond 3+1reb
Alab Pilipinas: K.Isaac Ravena 16+2reb+2ast, J.Hughes 13+11reb, V.Acuna 9+2reb, S.Carter 9+9reb+3ast, J.Cawaling 4+1ast, L.Domingo 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 542754





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  AUSTRIA  


Lamesic's 28 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

33-year old power forward Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83, agency: Interperformances) had a very impressive game in the last round for Wels and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
He had the game-high 28 points adding four rebounds and two assists for Wels as his team lost the game against Kapfenberg (#3, 17-11) 74-90. Wels maintains the 6th position in Austrian league. Wels is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 14th lost game this season out of 27 games. In the team's last game Lamesic had a remarkable 68.4% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Wels, through which he has constantly improved. Lamesic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 17.7ppg), rebounds (6th best: 7.5rpg) and averages solid 51.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Marino Sarlija (207-C-89) of Furstenfeld. He is Croatian center in his first season at Furstenfeld. In the last game Sarlija recorded impressive 19 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as Furstenfeld lost that game 71-77 to the higher-ranked Gmunden (#2, 20-8). Furstenfeld is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-16 record. Sarlija is a newcomer at Furstenfeld and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Wels' star - center Ales Chan (215-C-80). Chan showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Chan's great performance Wels lost 74-90 to the higher-ranked Kapfenberg (#3, 17-11). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The chances of Wels 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, Chan could help Wels to bring them higher in the standings. Chan has a very solid season. In 24 games in Austria he scored 11.0ppg. He also has 5.5rpg, 1.1bpg and FGP: 56.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Fabricio Vay (207-F-86) of Arkadia - 17 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jozo Rados (208-C-93) of Klosterneuburg - 15 points and 18 rebounds
6. Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81) of Kapfenberg - 18 points and 8 rebounds
7. Derek Jackson (185-PG-91) of Oberwart - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Michael Ojo (195-G-89) of Gmunden - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Bogic Vujosevic (190-PG-92) of Kapfenberg - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Sebastian Koch (202-F-88) of Vienna - 14 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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  BAHAMAS  

NPBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Eugene BAIN
  Regulators
  (195-C/F-88)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Bain, Regulators25.6 
 2. Sylvestre, Bahamas .22.6 
 3. Smith, Bahamas .21.2 
 4. Dean, Shockers19.5 
 5. Bain, Giants19.4 
 6. Ferguson, Pros17.4 
 7. Woodside, Cleaners16.8 
 8. Munnings, Cybots16.7 
 9. Fernander, Pirates16.1 
 10. Bridgewater, Sting.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eugene BAIN
  Regulators
  (195-C/F-88)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Bain, Regulators14.4 
 2. Munnings, Cybots12.8 
 3. Fernander, Pirates12.1 
 4. Francis, Pros11.4 
 5. Williams, Rebels11.3 
 6. Sylvestre, Bahamas .10.8 
 7. Dean, Shockers10.4 
 8. Woodside, Cleaners9.1 
 9. Dalmon, Shockers8.7 
 10. Whylly, Stingers8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rashard WILLIAMS
  Rebels
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Williams, Rebels6.4 
 2. Dames, Bahamas .6.3 
 3. Mackey, Regulators5.5 
 4. Armaly, Shockers5.0 
 5. Wright, Pirates4.8 
 6. Saunders, Cybots4.2 
 7. Bain, Regulators4.1 
 8. Bridgewater, Sting.4.1 
 9. Bain, Giants3.9 
 10. Mackey, Rockets3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kemsy SYLVESTRE
  Bahamas .
  (--)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Sylvestre, Bahamas .3.5 
 2. Smith, Bahamas .2.8 
 3. Rolle, Pros2.8 
 4. Dames, Bahamas .2.4 
 5. Saunders, Cybots2.2 
 6. Williams, Rebels2.2 
 7. Munnings, Cybots1.8 
 8. Mackey, Regulators1.6 
 9. Ferguson, Stingers1.6 
 10. Jennings, Bahamas .1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Livingston MUNNINGS
  Cybots
  (-C-)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Munnings, Cybots3.3 
 2. Dean, Shockers2.2 
 3. Williams, Rebels1.9 
 4. Sylvestre, Bahamas .1.5 
 5. Francis, Pros1.4 
 6. Morley, Rockets1.4 
 7. Munroe, Bahamas .1.1 
 8. Burrows, Pros1.0 
 9. Bain, Giants0.9 
 10. Missick, Regulators0.9 


NPBA Round 2 of Finals. Regulators and Cybots are tied at 1-1 - by Eurobasket News

Cybots - Regulators 77-78

Regulators nipped Cybots to bounce back from the opening loss in the Finals. The teams are now tied at 1-1 in the title series. Regulators forced 23 Cybots turnovers and had a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was international power forward Eugene Bain (195-88, college: Bellevue) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 15 rebounds. Dion McPhee chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Regulators' coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Center Livingston Munnings produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 21 rebounds and guard Ernest Saunders (188, college: Cleveland St. CC) added 15 points and 10 assists respectively for the hosts. Four Cybots players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Cybots: L.Munnings 22+21reb+3ast, E.Saunders 15+4reb+10ast, D.Seymour 14+1ast, L.Arbrister 13+2reb+3ast, D.Beadle 9+3reb, T.Sands 2+4reb
Regulators: E.Bain 28+15reb, D.McPhee 13+8reb+1ast, G.Rose 8+6reb+1ast, C.Thompson 7+1reb+1ast, B.Bain 6+4reb+5ast, S.Cruz 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 543782





NPBA Round 1 of Finals. Cybots record opening victory - by Eurobasket News

Regulators - Cybots 83-93

Cybots opened win count in NPBA championship series. They beat Regulators in the opener. 28 personal fouls committed by Regulators helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Ernest Saunders (188, college: Cleveland St. CC) fired 28 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Guard Dominique Beadle (193) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds. International power forward Eugene Bain (195-88, college: Bellevue) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and Gameliel Rose added 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Regulators' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Regulators: S.Cruz 23+3reb, E.Bain 18+12reb+1ast, M.Mackey 13+4reb+5ast, G.Rose 12+11reb+5ast, R.Baillou 6, C.Thompson 3
Cybots: E.Saunders 28+6reb+4ast, D.Beadle 22+6reb, D.Seymour 18+1reb+2ast, L.Arbrister 12+4reb+4ast, L.Munnings 9+10reb+2ast, J.Hutchinson 4+8reb+2ast
gschID: 543781





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  BAHRAIN  


Manama seize initiative - by Eurobasket News

Defending champions Manama got off to a winning start overpowering Muharraq 83-74 in the first of the best of five final series of the Zain Bahrain Basketball League at the Khalifa Sports City Hall in Isa Town last night. The quarters scores were 18-16 (Manama), 26-21 (Manama), 25-21 (Muharraq) and 18-12 (Manama). The winners in three out of five possible clashes will be crowned the champions of the 2016-2017 league season. The game saw spectators filling up the sports hall, where both fans cheered for their teams throughout the encounter. Manama showed their best performance this season and proved too hot for Cup champions Muharraq who were favourites to clinch a double win this season after excellent performances under their Serbian coach Ivan Geremec. Manama, under their Spanish coach Josep Claros , excelled in defence against Muharraq's aces such as Bader Abdulla, who only scored six points, and Mohammed Hassan Al Derazi, who scored just two points. Manama's hero was their captain Hussain Mohammed (PG) 'Kempes', who scored a total of 26 points which included three pointers shots, as well as Hassan Nawrooz, who scored 16 points, and Maytham Jameel, who scored 12 points. Manama took the biggest lead in the game during the third quarter, when they led by 19 points to go up 59-40. However, Muharraq reduced the margin to just three points to end the third quarter 65-62. Muharraq lost their concentration as Manama scored some fine baskets to storm to victory. The second final is scheduled for Monday at the same venue.
Courtesy of: gdnonline.com



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  BALTIC LEAGUE  


Vytautas clinch BBL title - by Eurobasket News

Pieno Zvaigzdes - Vytautas 74:89

Vytautas celebrated the Baltic League championship title. They surprised Pieno Zvaigzdes on the road in the return leg of the title series to be crowned champions. Regimantas Miniotas (206-C/F-96) scored 20 points to pace the winners.
Vytautas entered the game facing a 3-point deficit after the opening leg. However Vytautas went on a 22:11 run in the first term to deny it. Pieno Zvaigzdes cut the distance in the second term. They trailed by 9 points at the interval 32:41. However Vytautas went on a strong 27:15 run in the third quarter to boost the gap. Pieno Zvaigzdes dropped 27 points in the final period but could not avoid the loss. Tomas Delininkaitis (190-G-82) provided 18 points, while Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82) added 16 points for the champions. Andriy Agafonov (208-PF-86, agency: AproK Sports Group) answered with 19 points for Pieno Zvaigzdes. Osvaldas Olisevicius (200-PF-93) netted 13 points in the defeat.

Pieno Zvaigzdes: Andriy Agafonov 19, Osvaldas Olisevicius 13
Vytautas: Regimantas Miniotas 20, Tomas Delininkaitis 18, Tadas Klimavicius 16



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  BELGIUM  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Jason CLARK
  Antwerp
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Clark, Antwerp17.8 
 2. Bowman, Spirou16.7 
 3. Miller-M., Leuven16.4 
 4. Tofi, Aalstar15.9 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .14.8 
 6. Simpson, Liege14.4 
 7. Troisfontain., Aalst.14.2 
 8. Channels, Kango.13.9 
 9. Samhan, Leuven13.6 
 10. Ubel, Brussels13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Anderson, Antwerp8.2 
 2. Amis, Aalstar7.3 
 3. Samhan, Leuven6.6 
 4. Badji, Kangoeroes6.6 
 5. Ubel, Brussels6.6 
 6. Simmons, Brussels6.4 
 7. Ware, Antwerp6.4 
 8. Fields, Liege6.3 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .6.0 
 10. Dowe, Brussels5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Miller-M., Leuven5.6 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.5 
 3. Channels, Kango.5.1 
 4. Loubry, Brussels4.8 
 5. Marnegrave, Spirou4.4 
 6. Anderson, Limburg .4.4 
 7. Bosco, Mons-Hai.4.3 
 8. Clark, Antwerp4.0 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .3.8 
 10. Hertay, Liege3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Miller-M., Leuven2.0 
 2. Simpson, Liege1.7 
 3. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 4. Channels, Kango.1.4 
 5. Hertay, Liege1.4 
 6. Billbury, Leuven1.3 
 7. Tuttle, Limburg .1.3 
 8. Clark, Antwerp1.3 
 9. Muya, Brussels1.3 
 10. Djordjevic, Ooste.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill AMIS
  Aalstar
  (206-PF-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Amis, Aalstar1.5 
 2. Fields, Liege1.0 
 3. Boukichou, Oostende1.0 
 4. Ware, Antwerp0.8 
 5. Bako, Leuven0.8 
 6. Ubel, Brussels0.7 
 7. Henry, Kangoeroes0.7 
 8. Blair, Aalstar0.7 
 9. Fusek, Spirou0.7 
 10. Samhan, Leuven0.6 


Euromillions League Round 28 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The game in Aalstar was quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Kangoeroes (15-13) played at the court of fifth ranked Okapi Aalstar (15-14). Okapi Aalstar managed to secure a 8-point victory 95-87 on Wednesday. Okapi Aalstar made 29-of-32 free shots (90.6 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international swingman Olivier Troisfontaines (196-89, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 rebounds. Nigerian-American point guard Ben Uzoh (191-88, college: Tulsa) contributed with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Senegalese power forward Pape Badji (208-92) replied with 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for Kangoeroes. Okapi Aalstar maintains fifth position with 15-14 record. Kangoeroes at the other side keep the fourth place with 13 games lost. Okapi Aalstar are looking forward to face higher ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kangoeroes will play against the league's second-placed Antwerp Giants and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 28 bottom-ranked Liege was beaten by Limburg United on the road 88-81.

Aalstar - Kangoeroes 95-87

The game in Aalstar was quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Kangoeroes (15-13) played at the court of fifth ranked Okapi Aalstar (15-14). Okapi Aalstar managed to secure a 8-point victory 95-87 on Wednesday. Okapi Aalstar made 29-of-32 free shots (90.6 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international swingman Olivier Troisfontaines (196-89, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 rebounds. Nigerian-American point guard Ben Uzoh (191-88, college: Tulsa) contributed with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Troisfontaines is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Senegalese power forward Pape Badji (208-92) replied with 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and American point guard Wesley Channels (190-88, college: Austin Peay St.) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Kangoeroes. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Okapi Aalstar maintains fifth position with 15-14 record. Kangoeroes at the other side keep the fourth place with 13 games lost. Okapi Aalstar are looking forward to face higher ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kangoeroes will play against the league's second-placed Antwerp Giants and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: O.Troisfontaines 22+5reb+3ast, B.Uzoh 18+7reb+4ast, J.Tofi 16+1reb+1ast, T.De Thaey 10+3reb+2ast, S.Geukens 9+1reb+3ast, Y.Barrueta 9+3reb
Kangoeroes: P.Badji 23+6reb, D.Donkor 20+2reb+1ast, W.Channels 16+5reb+5ast, T.Henry 11+7reb+2ast, I.Williams 8+5reb+2ast, X.Francois 5+1reb
gschID: 478830


Limburg United - Liege 88-81

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Limburg United (14-14) beat at home bottom-ranked Liege Basket (6-23) 88-81 on Wednesday. Limburg United made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Limburg United outrebounded Liege Basket 24-12. It was a very good performance for American point guard Jerime Anderson (187-89, college: UCLA) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 assists. International Hans Vanwijn (205-95) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Limburg United players scored in double figures. Limburg United's coach Brian Lynch used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Devin Sweetney (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA) replied with 26 points and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and Lorenzo Giancaterino (190-90, agency: Promotex) added 9 points in the effort for Liege Basket. Limburg United maintains sixth position with 14-14 record. Liege Basket lost twelfth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. Limburg United are looking forward to face Leuven Bears (#9) on the road in the next round. Liege Basket will play against Spirou Charleroi and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Limburg United: J.Anderson 19+3reb+5ast, H.Vanwijn 14+6reb+2ast, A.Lodwick 13+4reb+2ast, B.Simons 11+3reb+1ast, S.Tuttle 9+3reb+5ast, D.Jansen 6+1reb+1ast
Liege: D.Sweetney 26+2reb+4ast, L.Hazard 11+1ast, J.Fields 9+1reb+1ast, L.Giancaterino 9+3reb+1ast, S.Moris 8+2reb+1ast, V.Simpson 7+4ast
gschID: 478829





Keaton Grant (ex Dijon) agreed terms with Spirou - by Eurobasket News

Proximus Spirou Charleroi (Euromillions League) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American shooting guard Keaton Grant (193-90kg-86, college: Purdue). He started the season at Dijon in French ProA. In 18 games he recorded 11.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6spg this season. The last season Grant played at Braunschweig in German BBL where in 34 games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 15.2ppg and had 3.5rpg, 2.4apg and 1.9spg (in top 2). Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Defensive Team.
In 2010 he was drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League) in fourth round (6th overall).
Grant attended Purdue University and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals in 2007 and 2010.
Grant is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Apollon Patras), Italy (Dolomiti Energia Trento), Slovakia (Levice), Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg) and Czech Republic (Levice).

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Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Kendall ANTHONY
  Macae
  (173-PG-93)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Anthony, Macae20.1 
 2. Stallworth, Mogi19.9 
 3. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 4. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.19.3 
 5. Vieira, Flamengo18.3 
 6. Andrade, Bauru18.1 
 7. Holloway, Pinheiros18.0 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia17.9 
 9. Garcia, Bauru17.8 
 10. Dawkins, Vitoria16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.10.1 
 2. de-Souza, L.Sor.7.9 
 3. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 4. Maynard, Minas7.7 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.6 
 6. Ansaloni, Pinheiros7.1 
 7. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.6 
 8. Silveira, Mogi6.6 
 9. Lopez, Flamengo6.6 
 10. Curnell, Mogi6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.7 
 2. Garcia, Bauru5.6 
 3. Anthony, Macae5.5 
 4. Pecos, Paulistano5.5 
 5. Borges, Franca5.4 
 6. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.2 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.5.1 
 8. Dawkins, Vitoria5.0 
 9. Rodgers, Minas4.7 
 10. Freitas, Campo M.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Kenny DAWKINS
  Vitoria
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Dawkins, Vitoria2.0 
 2. Taylor, Mogi1.9 
 3. Jackson, Vasco D.1.7 
 4. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.1.6 
 5. Rodgers, Minas1.6 
 6. Stallworth, Mogi1.6 
 7. Curnell, Mogi1.6 
 8. Garcia, Bauru1.6 
 9. Bennett, Pinheiros1.5 
 10. Cafferata, L.Sor.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Douglas NUNES
  Campo M.
  (208-PF-87)
  Avg: 1
 1. Nunes, Campo M.1.0 
 2. Klassmann, B.Cea.0.9 
 3. Lenz, Pinheiros0.8 
 4. Dias-Silva, Pauli.0.8 
 5. Castellar, Brasilia0.7 
 6. Camilo, Macae0.6 
 7. Mariano, Brasilia0.6 
 8. Freitas, Campo M.0.6 
 9. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 
 10. Gruber, B.Cearense0.5 


NBB Round 29: #1 Flamengo is defeated by Brasilia - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Flamengo (20-7) in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Brasilia (19-9) 77-71. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Flamengo. Brasilia made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Flamengo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International Guilherme Giovannoni (203-80) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners and international power forward Lucas Mariano (208-93) chipped in 20 points. The former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) responded with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Flamengo's coach Jose Neto rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Brasilia moved-up to third place. Defending champion Flamengo still keeps top position with seven games lost. Brasilia are looking forward to face Macae (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Flamengo will play against Minas (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
NBB top team - Flamengo (20-7) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Minas (8-19) in Rio de Janeiro 108-74. The former international Marcelo Machado (201-75, agency: Interperformances) nailed 19 points and 6 assists for the winning side and Marquinhos Vieira accounted for 20 points. American forward Drew Maynard (200-89, college: Rochester, MI) came up with 13 points for Minas in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Flamengo have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 20-7 record. Minas lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 19 games lost. Flamengo will again play against Minas (#12) in Belo Horizonte in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Minas will have a break next round.
The game in Bauru was also quite interesting. Second ranked Mogi (19-8) played at the court of 5th ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (18-11). Mogi managed to secure a 7-point victory 87-80 on Thursday. The best player for the winners was Shamell Stallworth who scored 28 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Jefferson Andrade produced 32 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Mogi. Defending champion maintains second place with 19-8 record behind leader Flamengo. Paschoalotto/Bauru at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Mogi will meet Vivo/Franca (#4) in the next round. Paschoalotto/Bauru will play against Campo Mourao and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Macae where 4th placed Brasilia (19-9) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Macae (7-21) 87-74. Kendall Anthony orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 8 assists. Macae's coach Leonardo Costa allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Macae maintains thirteenth place with 7-21 record. Brasilia at the other side dropped to the third position with nine games lost. Macae's next round opponent will be again higher ranked Brasilia (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 29: Pinheiros won against Vasco Da G. on the opponent's court 83-74. Macae unfortunately lost to Bauru in a home game 70-80. Campo Mourao was rolled over Franca on the road 42-61. Pinheiros crushed Caxias do Sul on its own court 95-69. B.Cearense was beaten by Paulistano in Sao Paolo 79-67. L.Sorocaba lost to Vitoria at home 62-69.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 13 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists by Ralfi Ansaloni of Pinheiros.

Flamengo - Brasilia 71-77

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Flamengo (20-7) in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Brasilia (19-9) 77-71. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Flamengo. Brasilia made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Flamengo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International Guilherme Giovannoni (203-80) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners and international power forward Lucas Mariano (208-93) chipped in 20 points. The former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) responded with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international power forward Joao-Paulo Lopez (205-81, college: Gonzaga) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Flamengo's coach Jose Neto rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Brasilia moved-up to third place. Defending champion Flamengo still keeps top position with seven games lost. Brasilia are looking forward to face Macae (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Flamengo will play against Minas (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Brasilia: L.Mariano 20+4reb, G.Giovannoni 15+11reb+9ast, D.Ramos 14+3ast, P.Alves 8+4reb+5ast, A.Oliveira 8+4reb+2ast, P.Da Costa 6+4reb+1ast
Flamengo: M.Vieira 17+5reb+7ast, O.Rodriguez 15+3reb, J.Paulo Lopez 11+7reb+2ast, R.Fischer 8+4reb+7ast, L.Jacon 5+1reb, R.de Souza 5+8reb+2ast
gschID: 495588


Vasco Da G. - Pinheiros 74-83

Very expected game in Rio de Janeiro where 10th ranked Vasco Da G. (13-15) was defeated by sixth ranked Pinheiros (17-11) 83-74. Pinheiros players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. American guard Cordero Bennett (188-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 8 assists. Center Ralfi Ansaloni (211-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Pinheiros' coach Cesar Guidetti allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Gaucho Zilmer (197-86) answered with 28 points and American guard David Jackson (195-82, college: Penn St.) added 15 points in the effort for Vasco Da G.Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pinheiros maintains sixth place with 17-11 record. Vasco Da G. at the other side keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. Pinheiros will have a break next round. Vasco Da G. will play again on the road against Pinheiros (#6) in Sao Paolo and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros: C.Bennett 22+1reb+8ast, G.Teichmann 18+6reb+1ast, R.Ansaloni 13+13reb+4ast, A.Neto 11+2reb+7ast, G.Barbosa 8+4reb+1ast, D.Holloway 6+3reb+3ast
Vasco Da G.: G.Zilmer 28+4reb+3ast, D.Jackson 15+1reb+2ast, H.Vitor Lima 11+2reb+2ast, W.Dos Santos 10+2reb+5ast, M.Becker 7+8reb+1ast, D.Palacios 3+3ast
gschID: 543797


Macae - Bauru 70-80

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (18-11) defeated on the road 13th ranked Macae (7-21) 80-70. 26 personal fouls committed by Macae helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International guard Alex Garcia (191-80, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international Jefferson Andrade (207-83) contributed with 23 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Kendall Anthony (173-93, college: Richmond) answered with 24 points and 5 rebounds and guard Guilherme Schneider (193-86) added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Macae. Paschoalotto/Bauru maintains fifth place with 18-11 record. Macae at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 21 games lost. Paschoalotto/Bauru's next round opponent will be Campo Mourao (#9) at home. Macae will play against Brasilia (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bauru: J.Andrade 23+9reb, L.Meindl 18+5reb+2ast, A.Garcia 17+11reb+7ast, G.Pereira 7+2ast, J.Carlos Junior 5+2reb, S.Santos 4+6reb+1ast
Macae: K.Anthony 24+5reb+3ast, L.Paulo Dos Santos 13+3reb+1ast, R.Da Silva 9+2reb+2ast, G.Schneider 8+6reb+4ast, E.Camilo 7+3reb+4ast, T.Carneiro 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 495587


Bauru - Mogi 80-87

The game in Bauru was also quite interesting. Second ranked Mogi (19-8) played at the court of 5th ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (18-11). Mogi managed to secure a 7-point victory 87-80 on Thursday. Mogi made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Paschoalotto/Bauru turnovers. The best player for the winners was naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) who scored 28 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international point guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Five Mogi players scored in double figures. The former international Jefferson Andrade (207-83) produced 32 points and 6 rebounds and international Leonardo Meindl (201-93) added 15 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the hosts. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Mogi. Defending champion maintains second place with 19-8 record behind leader Flamengo. Paschoalotto/Bauru at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Mogi will meet Vivo/Franca (#4) in the next round. Paschoalotto/Bauru will play against Campo Mourao and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Mogi: S.Stallworth 28+8reb+5ast, L.Taylor 14+12reb+1ast, T.Curnell 13+1reb, G.Santo 10+6reb+1ast, G.Filipin 10+4reb+2ast, J.de Oliveira 9+3reb
Bauru: J.Andrade 32+6reb, L.Meindl 15+9reb+6ast, G.Yeye Torres 12+2reb+2ast, A.Garcia 8+4reb+3ast, G.Pereira 5+2reb+2ast, S.Santos 4+1reb
gschID: 495585


Franca - Campo Mourao 61-42

Not a big story in a game in Sao Paulo where 9th ranked Campo Mourao (13-14) was rolled over by fourth ranked Vivo/Franca (18-9) 61-42. They made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Vivo/Franca forced 19 Campo Mourao turnovers. Point guard Alexey Borges (188-95) orchestrated the victory by scoring 10 points and 5 assists. Forward Antonio Ferreira (178-94) contributed with 15 points for the winners. American guard Greg Brown (188-94, college: St.Francis, PA) answered with 11 points and forward Wesley Henrique (197-94) added 3 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Campo Mourao. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Vivo/Franca. They maintain fourth place with 18-9 record. Campo Mourao lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 14 games lost. Vivo/Franca's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Mogi in Mogi das Cruzes and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Campo Mourao will play on the road against Paschoalotto/Bauru (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Franca: A.Ferreira 15+1reb, A.Borges 10+1reb+5ast, L.Cipolini 7+3reb, I.Goncalves 7+3reb, C.Araujo 7+3reb, C.Borges dos Santos 5+6reb
Campo Mourao: G.Brown 11+4reb+1ast, V.Oliveira 8+1reb, C.Freitas 5+4reb+2ast, D.Nunes 4+5reb, J.Montgomery 3+3reb, W.Henrique 3+9reb
gschID: 495586


Pinheiros - Caxias do Sul 95-69

Everything went according to plan in Sao Paolo where sixth ranked Pinheiros (17-11) outscored bottom-ranked Caxias do Sul (6-22) 95-69. The former international Guilherme Teichmann (206-83, college: Tulsa) orchestrated the victory by scoring 11 points and 6 assists. Forward Renan Lenz (206-90, college: Utah) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four Pinheiros players scored in double figures. Point guard Patrick Vieira (186-93) answered with 18 points and forward Arthur Bernardi (206-90, college: Houston Baptist) added 13 points in the effort for Caxias do Sul. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pinheiros maintains sixth place with 17-11 record. Caxias do Sul lost their third game in a row. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. Pinheiros' next round opponent will be Vasco Da G. (#10) in Rio de Janeiro.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros: R.Lenz 15+4reb+1ast, D.Holloway 15+2reb+1ast, L.Gustavo de Oliveira 12+2reb+2ast, A.Neto 11+2reb+2ast, G.Teichmann 11+4reb+6ast, T.Mathias 8+4reb+1ast
Caxias do Sul: P.Vieira 18+2reb+2ast, A.Bernardi 13+4reb, F.Buboltz 7+4reb, G.Pereira 7+1reb, D.Bellato 6+7reb, F.Ferreira 6+3reb
gschID: 495591


Paulistano - B.Cearense 79-67

There was no surprise in Sao Paolo where 11th ranked SKY/Basquete (11-16) was defeated by eighth ranked Paulistano (15-12) 79-67. They made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by SKY/Basquete helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Lucas Dias-Silva (209-95) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points. Argentinian Daniel Hure (200-85) contributed with 13 points for the winners. The former international Luis-Felipe Gruber (206-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Eduardo Machado (193-82) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for SKY/Basquete. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Paulistano. They maintain eighth place with 15-12 record. SKY/Basquete at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Paulistano's next round opponent will be higher ranked Universo/Vitoria (#7) in Salvador and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SKY/Basquete will play on the road against Liga Sorocaba (#14) in Sorocabana and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Paulistano: L.Dias Silva 21+2reb, D.Hure 13+4reb+2ast, G.Lucas 8+3reb+4ast, W.Alves 7+1reb+3ast, A.Pecos 6+4reb+3ast, J.Luz dos Santos 5+4reb+1ast
B.Cearense: E.Machado 15+3reb+4ast, M.Vinicius Toledo 14+5reb+1ast, L.Felipe Gruber 14+10reb+3ast, D.Rossetto 7+3reb+2ast, A.Parisotto 5+1reb+1ast, L.Klassmann 4+6reb
gschID: 495590


L.Sorocaba - Vitoria 62-69

No shocking result in a game in Sorocabana where seventh ranked Universo/Vitoria (16-11) won against 14th ranked Liga Sorocaba (6-21) 69-62. 25 personal fouls committed by Liga Sorocaba helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Keyron Sheard (188-86, college: Chattanooga, agency: Haylett Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Kenny Dawkins (175-87, college: Lamar) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Bruno Ferreira (203-89, college: Indian Hills CC) answered with 8 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and Argentinian point guard Enzo Cafferata (187-88) added 19 points and 5 assists in the effort for Liga Sorocaba. Liga Sorocaba's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Universo/Vitoria maintains seventh place with 16-11 record. Liga Sorocaba at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 21 games lost. Universo/Vitoria's next round opponent will be Paulistano (#8) in Sao Paolo. Liga Sorocaba will play at home against SKY/Basquete (#11) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Vitoria: K.Sheard 18+7reb+2ast, K.Dawkins 16+2reb+4ast, A.Silva 13+3reb, R.Scholz 9+10reb+1ast, A.Bresolin 8+5reb+1ast, A.Coimbra 4+2reb
L.Sorocaba: E.Cafferata 19+5ast, T.Bento 12+2reb+3ast, B.Ferreira 8+12reb+4ast, A.de Souza 8+6reb, R.Castellon 4+1reb, L.Farina 4+1ast
gschID: 495589


Macae - Brasilia 87-74

An interesting game took place in Macae where 4th placed Brasilia (19-9) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Macae (7-21) 87-74. Macae players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American point guard Kendall Anthony (173-93, college: Richmond) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 8 assists. Guard Guilherme Schneider (193-86) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Macae players scored in double figures. Macae's coach Leonardo Costa allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. International power forward Lucas Mariano (208-93) answered with 30 points and 5 rebounds and international Guilherme Giovannoni (203-80) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Brasilia. Macae maintains thirteenth place with 7-21 record. Brasilia at the other side dropped to the third position with nine games lost. Macae's next round opponent will be again higher ranked Brasilia (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Macae: K.Anthony 22+3reb+8ast, G.Schneider 19+7reb+1ast, B.Simmons 13+4reb+2ast, L.Paulo Dos Santos 10+2reb+2ast, E.Camilo 8+7reb+8ast, T.Carneiro 6+2reb
Brasilia: L.Mariano 30+5reb, G.Giovannoni 15+5reb+5ast, D.Ramos 12+1reb+1ast, A.Oliveira 8+2reb, P.Alves 6+3reb, F.de Assis 3+4reb+7ast
gschID: 543168


Flamengo - Minas 108-74

NBB top team - Flamengo (20-7) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Minas (8-19) in Rio de Janeiro 108-74. Flamengo shot the lights out from three nailing 18 long-distance shots on high 51.4 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Minas' players. The former international Marcelo Machado (201-75, agency: Interperformances) nailed 19 points and 6 assists for the winning side and the former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) accounted for 20 points. Five Flamengo players scored in double figures. American forward Drew Maynard (200-89, college: Rochester, MI) came up with 13 points and the former international guard Danilo Fuzaro (193-94) added 13 points respectively for Minas in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Flamengo have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 20-7 record. Minas lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 19 games lost. Flamengo will again play against Minas (#12) in Belo Horizonte in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Minas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Flamengo: M.Vieira 20+2reb+3ast, M.Machado 19+4reb+6ast, L.Jacon 16+1ast, R.Fischer 12+2reb+7ast, H.Rollins 10+4reb+1ast, R.de Souza 10+6reb+1ast
Minas: S.Rodgers 14+1reb+1ast, D.Fuzaro 13+4reb+1ast, D.Maynard 13+4reb+1ast, A.Mosso 9+3reb, P.Boracini 7+1reb+5ast, P.Cavalin 7+1reb
gschID: 543167





Brazilian Liga Ouro round 4 best performance: Rodrigo Maistro - by Eurobasket News

Rodrigo Maistro (200-SF-87) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Contagem, receiving a Latinbasket.com Liga Ouro Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (24 points, four rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Joinville (#3, 3-3) 92-90. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Contagem maintains the 2nd position in Brazilian Liga Ouro. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Contagem will need more victories to improve their 6-2 record. Maistro just recently signed at Contagem, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Rodrigo Maistro has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 15.1ppg) and averages impressive 60.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Maxwell Dias (198-SF-91) of Joinville. Dias had a very good evening with a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Joinville was edged by slightly higher-ranked Contagem (#2, 6-2) 92-90. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Joinville still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 3-3 record is not bad at all. Dias is one of the most experienced players at Joinville and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Deonta Stocks (185-G-88) of Blumenau (#4). Stocks scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Blumenau, leading his team to a 81-70 win against slightly lower-ranked Santos/Macapa (#5, 3-5). The chances of Blumenau ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 4 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Stocks could help Blumenau to bring them higher in the standings. Stocks has a great season in Brazil. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 12.5ppg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tarvin Gaines (198-SF-91) of Blumenau - 23 points and 6 rebounds
5. Ricardo de Azevedo (201-F-83) of Santos/Macapa - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Wesley Russell (193-G-93) of Botafogo F.R. - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Jeferson Froehlich (193-PG-91) of Joinville - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Everton Oliveira (203-F-93) of Contagem - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Junio Dos Santos (192-G-95) of Contagem - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Fernando Alvim (201-F-80) of Contagem - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 6 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)



Liga Ouro Round 4: Contagem defeat Joinville in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The most exciting game of round 4 in the Liga Ouro took place in Contagem. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Joinville (3-3) to second ranked Contagem (6-2) 92-90 in the game for the second place. Contagem made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Joinville helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Rodrigo Maistro (200-87) who helped to win the game recording 24 points (made all of his eight free throws) and guard Thiago Perez (191-82) who added 21 points and 7 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side Maxwell Dias (198-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Joinville's coach George Salles tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Contagem maintains second position with 6-2 record behind leader Botafogo F.R. Joinville at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost. Contagem are looking forward to face Blumenau (#4) in the next round. Joinville will play against Brusque and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Very significant was Contagem's (#2, 6-2) victory against one of their biggest challengers Joinville (3-3) 60-56. The winners were led by guard Junio Dos-Santos (192-95) who scored that evening 20 points and 6 rebounds and Everton Oliveira supported him with 13 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Even 15 points by point guard Jeferson Froehlich (193-91) did not help to save the game for Joinville. Joinville's coach George Salles tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Contagem maintains second position with 6-2 record behind leader Botafogo F.R. Joinville at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost. Contagem will play against Blumenau (#4) in the next round. Joinville will play against Brusque and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Liga Ouro top team - Botafogo F.R. (7-1) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Brusque (0-7) in Rio de Janeiro 80-59. Wesley Russell fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Fernando Henrique produced 16 points for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Botafogo F.R. have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-1 record. Loser Brusque still closes the standings with seven games lost. Botafogo F.R. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Brusque will play against Joinville (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Liga Ouro top team - Botafogo F.R. (7-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Brusque (0-7) in Rio de Janeiro 91-53. It was a very good performance for Wesley Russell who helped to win the game recording 7 points and 12 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Botafogo F.R. have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-1 record. Brusque at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. Botafogo F.R. will have a break next round. Brusque will play against Joinville (#3) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
The game in was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Santos/Macapa (3-5) played at the court of fifth ranked Blumenau (3-4). Blumenau defeated Santos/Macapa 81-70 on Tuesday. Worth to mention a great performance of Tarvin Gaines who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 rebounds. Blumenau's coach Sergio Carneiro used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Blumenau moved-up to fourth place. Loser Santos/Macapa dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Blumenau will face league's second-placed Contagem in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Santos/Macapa will play against Joinville and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 17 points and 9 rebounds by Deonta Stocks of Blumenau.

Blumenau - Santos/Macapa 81-70

The game in was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Santos/Macapa (3-5) played at the court of fifth ranked Blumenau (3-4). Blumenau defeated Santos/Macapa 81-70 on Tuesday. They outrebounded Santos/Macapa 47-25 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American Tarvin Gaines (198-91, college: Jacksonville St.) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Deonta Stocks (185-88, college: W.Georgia) who added 17 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Blumenau players scored in double figures. Blumenau's coach Sergio Carneiro used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Ulisses Lima (198-85) responded with 18 points and 5 assists and forward Ricardo de-Azevedo (201-83) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Blumenau moved-up to fourth place. Loser Santos/Macapa dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Blumenau will face league's second-placed Contagem in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Santos/Macapa will play against Joinville and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Blumenau: T.Gaines 23+6reb, D.Stocks 17+9reb+3ast, D.Silva 13+7reb+4ast, G.De Oliveira 11+5reb+1ast, L.Semmke 8+5reb+4ast, B.Lazzaris 6+9reb+2ast
Santos/Macapa: U.Lima 18+1reb+5ast, R.de Azevedo 16+6reb+2ast, L.Fernando Lima 13+2reb+2ast, J.Barbosa 8, Z.Souza 7+4reb, A.Pinheiro 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 538613


Contagem - Joinville 92-90

The most exciting game of round 4 in the Liga Ouro took place in Contagem. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Joinville (3-3) to second ranked Contagem (6-2) 92-90 in the game for the second place. Contagem made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Joinville helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Rodrigo Maistro (200-87) who helped to win the game recording 24 points (made all of his eight free throws) and guard Thiago Perez (191-82) who added 21 points and 7 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side Maxwell Dias (198-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Jeferson Froehlich (193-91) scored 14 points and 6 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Joinville's coach George Salles tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Contagem maintains second position with 6-2 record behind leader Botafogo F.R. Joinville at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost. Contagem are looking forward to face Blumenau (#4) in the next round. Joinville will play against Brusque and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Contagem: R.Maistro 24+4reb+3ast, T.Perez 21+7ast, W.Sena 13+7reb, F.Alvim 12+9reb+6ast, J.Dos Santos 11+2reb+2ast, H.Oliveira 6+2ast
Joinville: A.Pereira 18+3reb, M.Dias 15+12reb+1ast, F.Vezaro 15+3reb+2ast, J.Froehlich 14+3reb+6ast, L.Vezaro 12+1reb+2ast, H.Medeiros 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 538612


Botafogo F.R. - Brusque 80-59

Liga Ouro top team - Botafogo F.R. (7-1) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Brusque (0-7) in Rio de Janeiro 80-59. Botafogo F.R. made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Botafogo F.R. outrebounded Brusque 48-35 including 34 on the defensive glass. American guard Wesley Russell (193-93, college: Ohio Christian) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Arnaldinho Filho (187-78) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists. Russell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Fernando Henrique (201-84) produced 16 points and swingman Durval Prado (200-92) added 6 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Botafogo F.R. have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-1 record. Loser Brusque still closes the standings with seven games lost. Botafogo F.R. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Brusque will play against Joinville (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Botafogo F.R.: A.Filho 23+4ast, W.Russell 13+12reb+3ast, J.Smith 10+3reb+4ast, R.da Silva 9+3reb+1ast, D.Correa 8+6reb, A.Moreira 6+8reb+1ast
Brusque: F.Henrique 16+2reb+3ast, W.da Silva 10+2reb, R.Silva 6+5reb+1ast, W.da Silva 6+2reb+1ast, D.Prado 6+9reb+1ast, K.Santos 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 538611


Botafogo F.R. - Brusque 91-53

Liga Ouro top team - Botafogo F.R. (7-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Brusque (0-7) in Rio de Janeiro 91-53. Botafogo F.R. made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Brusque turnovers and outrebounded them 45-34 including a 33-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for American guard Wesley Russell (193-93, college: Ohio Christian) who helped to win the game recording 7 points and 12 rebounds. The former international guard Arnaldinho Filho (187-78) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Russell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Guard Guilherme Machado (175-86) replied with 17 points and swingman Durval Prado (200-92) added 7 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Brusque. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Botafogo F.R. have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-1 record. Brusque at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. Botafogo F.R. will have a break next round. Brusque will play against Joinville (#3) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Botafogo F.R.: A.Filho 17+1ast, D.Brito 11+1reb, J.Smith 10+4reb+3ast, D.Correa 8+1reb+1ast, A.Moreira 8+8reb, F.Perez 7+8reb
Brusque: G.Machado 17+3reb, E.Soares 10, D.Prado 7+10reb+2ast, F.Henrique 6+2reb+1ast, R.Silva 6+5reb, A.Tiago 3+5reb
gschID: 538609


Contagem - Joinville 60-56

Very significant was Contagem's (#2, 6-2) victory against one of their biggest challengers Joinville (3-3) 60-56. Contagem forced 26 Joinville turnovers. The winners were led by guard Junio Dos-Santos (192-95) who scored that evening 20 points and 6 rebounds and forward Everton Oliveira (203-93) supported him with 13 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Even 15 points by point guard Jeferson Froehlich (193-91) did not help to save the game for Joinville. Naturalized Spanish center Jose-Victor Jeronimo (208-91) added 10 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Joinville's coach George Salles tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Contagem maintains second position with 6-2 record behind leader Botafogo F.R. Joinville at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost. Contagem will play against Blumenau (#4) in the next round. Joinville will play against Brusque and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Contagem: J.Dos Santos 20+6reb+2ast, E.Oliveira 13+8reb+2ast, F.Alvim 9+5reb+6ast, R.Maistro 8+3reb+1ast, T.Perez 3+1reb+5ast, H.Oliveira 3+1ast
Joinville: J.Froehlich 15+4reb+2ast, J.Victor Jeronimo 10+7reb, M.Dias 7+4reb+3ast, L.Vezaro 6+5reb+1ast, F.Vezaro 5+2reb+1ast, A.Pereira 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 538610





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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS  


Relentless defeat Bayside Blazers in final of K&J 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament - by David Edole

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - After two days of feverish action, the Championship games brought to a close the K and J 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament on Sunday April 2, 2017 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex.
The games had begun on the previous day with 9-12 Boys, 13-15 Boys, Open Ladies, 16-18 Boys and Open Men's games under a first to 21 or time elapsed format.

Teams were also given the chance to survive an early defeat under the rules of Double Elimination, which allows for a team to lose twice before being completely knocked out of contention.

When all was said and done, the trophies went to Clutch in the 9-12 bracket, Arrow Gang in the 13-15's and Go Hard in the Ladies. Junior Bayside Blazers won the 16-18 bracket and Relentless the Men's Open.

The Junior Bayside Blazers players were Devante A. Brewley, Jachoy M. S. Walwyn, Nixon M. Hamilton and Lestin S. Wiltshire. Nathaniel J. Malone was the coach for the Junior Bayside Blazers team as well as the coach for the Senior Bayside Blazers squad.

'It was a good turnout,' commented Co-Director, Jason A. Edwin. 'They were competitive from start to finish and the excitement has given us the energy and drive to sit down with all the sponsors and stakeholders to plan for season four.'

Controversial win for Relentless


At the beginning on March 2, 2017 of the game between Bayside Blazers and Relentless it appeared that the basketball was thrown by a Bayside Blazers' player, Dextroy D. Manswell, to Ray D. Victor. This resulted in an aggressive move by Mr Victor, who threw the ball back at Mr Manswell in a hostile manner.

Mr Manswell then pushed Mr Victor, which almost started a fight before the game. Team mate Juan R. Hatchett for Relentless also intervened showing much disrespect to the referees and threatening also to fight the referees.

He was given a technical by the referee and he continued his unsportsmanlike behaviour and was eventually thrown out of the game. Another team player from Relentless, Victor, was also given a technical, and in fact both teams, Bayside Blazers and Relentless, were given warnings and technicals.

With Mr Juan R. Hatchett out of the game and the match up ready to re-start, the Directors of the K & J tournament intervened again, overriding the referees' decision and causing further confusion and controversy before the game was played.

I was wrong- Victor

Meanwhile, Victor told Virgin Islands News Online that he was in the wrong to have retaliated and that he has no issues with Mr Manswelloff the court!

"Our issues go way back from the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed League when we threw his team [Bayside Blazers] out of the tournament. I have no issues with Mr Manswell off the court.'

Relating the incident, Mr Victor said he had 'made a big move' and scored on the big man Manswell. 'I yelled out 'he small' referring to Manswell because I know he don't like to hear that. It was like a Michael Jordan taunt and I was walking past him. That was when he threw the ball in my chestwhen I was walking off.

Mr Victor further said he retaliated by chest passing the ball back to Mr Manswell's chest and asked him why he threw the ball at him.' At this time, according to Mr Victor, the referee intervened.

Mr Manswell then reportedly walked up to Mr Victor and told him 'don't ever do it again' and pushed Mr Victor.

Further, Mr Victor said his team mate Mr Juan R. Hatchett became upset after he, Victor, was given a technical even though he did not initiate the confrontation and was the one "chucked."

Victor added that both him and Hatchett were thrown out of the game, however, it was one of the tournament directors, Mr Kennedy H. Bass, that intervened and restored order, allowing both men to continue playing.

For their win, the Relentless team of Shaquille T. Fonseca, Ray D. Victor, Romain D. Minott and Juan R. Hatchett pocketed a cash prize of $1200.

We will continue to participate- Willock

When contacted, Bayside Blazers Manager Julian Willock declined to comment on the controversy, stating that he continues to support the K&J 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament and will continue to have teams participate.

Director of the K&J 3 on 3 Tournament, Mr Jason A. Edwin also declined to comment specifically on the controversy, choosing instead to say that the organisors were pleased with the level of performance at the tournament.

'Fans and players enjoyed the weekend. We have seen areas where we could make some adjustments and will do so to ensure things run a lot smoothly for the fans and players alike.'



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Les Nomades are the 2017 CCAA Champs - by Greg

For the third time in school history and first since 2006, the Nomades de Montmorency have won the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Men's Basketball National Championship, and they will defend it on home court as they will host next season.
Championship: Nomades De Montmorency 68, Sheridan Bruins 64
The Nomades de Montmorency upset the top-ranked Sheridan Bruins to win the CCAA Men's Basketball National Championship, spoiling Sheridan's bid for a perfect season.
Paul Williams (201-C) was named player of the game for Sheridan, as he finished with a game-high 20 rebounds to go along with 14 points.
Forward Alix Lochard took home the award for the Nomades as he put up 19 points and 14 rebounds in the victory. Nomades' guard Kevin Civil was named tournament MVP, and finished the championship game with 13 points, five rebounds and five assists.
The game was very defensive, with both teams struggling on offense early. The Nomades came away with a 18-15 lead going into the second quarter.
Sheridan came out strong in the second, leading by as much as seven at one point, and took a 34-33 lead going into halftime.
Both teams remained deadlocked in the third, with neither being able to get a lead over the other. The teams went into the final quarter tied 46-46.
In the final frame, the two teams remained close, but thanks to a personal 5-0 run by Civil, the Nomades were able to get a four point lead with under a minute to go.
A three-pointer from Dylan Periana brought the Bruins to within two, but the Nomades sealed the victory at the free throw line.



All-CCAA Awards 2016-17 - by Greg

All-Tournament 1st Team
Dylan Periana
Periana
Trenity Burdine
Burdine
Alix Lochard
Lochard
Usama Zaid
Zaid
All-Tournament MVP: Kevin Civil of Montmorency
Player of the Year: Usama Zaid (193-G/F) of Vancouver Island University of VIU
Coach of the Year: Marc-Olivier Beauchamp of Montmorency

All-Canadian Team
Usama Zaid of VIU
Ravi Basra (180-PG) of Langara
Ian Tevis of Red Deer
Jackson Jacob (186-G) of NAIT
Rayvon Higdon (188-G/F) of Redeemer
Ajahmo Clarke (190-G) of George Brown
Alix Lochard of Montmorency of Montmorency
Kevin Civil of Montmorency
Thomarcus Nix (F) of Crandall
Trenity Burdine (198-F-91) of Holland College of Holland

All-Tournament 1st Team
Dylan Periana (180-PG) of Sheridan College of Sheridan College
Trenity Burdine of Holland College
Alix Lochard of Collge Montmorency
Usama Zaid of Vancouver Island University
Paul Williams (201-C) of Sheridan College of Sheridan College

All-Tournament 2nd Team
John Smith Jr. (188-G) of SAIT
Robert Myles of Lethbridge College
Chase Bowden (196-F) of Holland College
Brian Owusu (188-G/F) of Sheridan College
Blondeau Tchoukuiegno (183-PG) of College Montmorency



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Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Jimmer FREDETTE
  Shanghai.
  (188-PG-89)
  Avg: 37.6
 1. Fredette, Shanghai.37.6 
 2. McCollum, Beiko.37.5 
 3. Brooks, Jiangsu D.36.2 
 4. Cunningham, Jiangsu.34.0 
 5. Brown, Jilin NE T.33.9 
 6. Franklin, Shanxi BD33.6 
 7. Hudson, Liaoning FL31.7 
 8. Adams, Xinjiang FT30.9 
 9. Jones, Qingdao E.30.5 
 10. Warren, Zhejiang.29.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Malcolm THOMAS
  Jilin N.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Thomas, Jilin N.16.4 
 2. Haddadi, Sichu.16.0 
 3. Thompson, Shandong.13.9 
 4. Hickson, Fujian S.13.4 
 5. Sakakini, Tianj.13.3 
 6. Batista, Beikong FD12.8 
 7. Lampe, Shenzhen L.12.6 
 8. Han, Liaoning FL12.3 
 9. Dalembert, Shanxi B.12.1 
 10. Wang, Fujian S.11.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi BD
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Franklin, Shanxi BD8.8 
 2. Fortson, Guangsha.8.5 
 3. Jeter, Tianjin GL7.9 
 4. Pargo, Shenzhen L.6.6 
 5. Sloan, Guangdong ST6.6 
 6. Buycks, Fujian S.6.4 
 7. Jones, Qingdao E.6.2 
 8. Adams, Xinjiang FT5.9 
 9. Warren, Zhejiang.5.8 
 10. Marbury, Beiji.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi BD
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Franklin, Shanxi BD3.3 
 2. Sui, Shandong GS2.8 
 3. Brown, Zhejiang GB2.7 
 4. Fortson, Guangsha.2.6 
 5. Hudson, Liaoning FL2.6 
 6. Kamrani, Jilin N.2.4 
 7. Kennedy, Guangzho.2.3 
 8. Blatche, Xinjiang.2.3 
 9. McCollum, Beiko.2.3 
 10. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Yuchen ZOU
  Bayi R.
  (203-F-96)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Zou, Bayi R.2.6 
 2. Zhou, Xinjiang FT2.3 
 3. Haddadi, Sichu.2.0 
 4. Smith, Sichuan BW2.0 
 5. Dalembert, Shanxi B.1.9 
 6. Thomas, Jilin N.1.6 
 7. Sun, Beijing D.1.6 
 8. Lalanne, Zhejiang.1.5 
 9. Benimon, Qingd.1.5 
 10. Zhang, Shanghai S.1.5 


CBA Round 3 of Finals. Xinjiang FT celebrate third straight victory - by Eurobasket News

Guangdong ST - Xinjiang FT 91-104

Xinjiang Flying Tigers earned the third consecutive victory in CBA Finals. They upset Guangdong on the road to step closer to the title. The game was mostly controlled by Xinjiang Flying Tigers. Guandong Tigers managed to win fourth quarter 26-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Xinjiang Flying Tigers made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Guandong Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American-Bulgarian point guard Darius Adams (188-89, college: Indianapolis) who led his team to a victory with 37 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 7 assists. American-Filipino power forward Andray Blatche (211-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Carlos Boozer (206-80, college: Duke) answered with a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and the former international Jianlian Yi (212-87) added 15 points and 16 rebounds in the effort for Guandong Tigers. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Guandong Tigers' coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Guangdong ST: B.Carlos 40+11reb, Z.Peng 16+3reb+3ast, Y.Jianlian 15+16reb, S.Donald 10+4reb+7ast, Z.Rui 5+3reb+3ast, H.Dong 3+3reb
Xinjiang FT: A.Darius 37+6reb+7ast, B.Andray 25+10reb, L.Gen 17+2reb+2ast, K.Makan 11+1reb, Z.Qi 7+7reb+3ast, S.TongLin 5+5reb+1ast
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  CROATIA  

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 


Croatian A1 round 23 best performance: Zeljko Sakic - by Eurobasket News

International Forward Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88, agency: BeoBasket) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Cibona, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, seven rebounds and eight assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out KK Zagreb (#8, 10-13) 91-87. Cibona maintains the 5th position in Croatian A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Cibona will need more victories to improve their 17-6 record. In the team's last game Sakic had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Cibona's top player in his first season with the team. Zeljko Sakic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 5.8rpg) and averages impressive 60.0% FGP and 42.6% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old Mislav Brzoja (198-G-94, agency: Octagon Europe) of Zadar. Brzoja had a very good evening with a double-double of 16 points and 10 assists. Of course he led Zadar to another comfortable win 99-81 over the lower-ranked Gorica (#13, 4-18) being unquestionably team leader. Zadar's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Brzoja is a newcomer at Zadar 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 on the list of top players last round was guard Arijan Dosen (188-SG-96) of Vrij.Osijek (#7). Dosen scored 29 points. Despite Dosen's great performance Vrij.Osijek lost 72-75 to the lower-ranked Skrljevo (#10, 8-15). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Vrij.Osijek ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Dosen could help Vrij.Osijek to bring them higher in the standings. Dosen has a very solid season. In 20 games in Croatia he scored 4.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marin Rozic (201-F-83) of Cibona - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Henrik Sirko (201-F-93) of KK Split - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
6. David Usic (206-F-93) of H.Analitica - 12 points and 10 rebounds
7. Kristijan Sutalo (207-G-90) of Gorica - 12 points and 11 rebounds
8. Masan Vrbica (190-PG-94) of Gorica - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists
9. Pavle Marcinkovic (199-G/F-89) of KK Zagreb - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Goran Filipovic (180-PG-96) of KK Split - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 6 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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  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, Keravnos16.6 
 4. Brezec, AEK15.9 
 5. Bussey, Apoel15.0 
 6. Ray, Enosis15.0 
 7. Blakes, Enosis14.3 
 8. Pittakas, Apollon13.8 
 9. Burnatowski, Apoel13.6 
 10. Walker, Etha13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maxie ESHO
  Etha
  (206-F-91)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Esho, Etha8.4 
 2. Raines, Apollon8.4 
 3. Thomas, Enosis8.3 
 4. Parks, Keravnos7.9 
 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. Barker, Keravnos6.0 
 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, Enosis1.9 
 5. Pittakas, Apollon1.7 
 6. Barker, Keravnos1.7 
 7. Blakes, Enosis1.5 
 8. Parks, Keravnos1.4 
 9. Jaxen, Etha1.3 
 10. Burnatowski, Apoel1.3 
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 


Results and Stats from Division A Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Keravnos - Enosis 96-65

Keravnos cruised past Enosis in the semifinal series opener. The game was mostly controlled by Keravnos. Enosis managed to win second period 17-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Keravnos dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Enosis' 34. They outrebounded Enosis 46-35 including a 36-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Keravnos looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Enosis' players. The former international forward Nikolaos Stylianou (198-88, college: W.Texas A&M) stepped up and scored 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and American power forward Terell Parks (204-91, college: W.Illinois) chipped in 13 points and 12 rebounds. Keravnos' coach Christoforos Livadiotis felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American power forward Maurice Pearson (206-89, college: Georgetown, KY, agency: HMS) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Christos Pirillis (194-96) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Five Keravnos and four Enosis players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Keravnos: N.Stylianou 19+6reb+2ast, J.O'Brien 15+5reb+4ast, M.Abukar 15+3reb+2ast, M.Simon 14+2reb+4ast, T.Parks 13+12reb+1ast, K.Barker 11+6reb+4ast
Enosis: M.Pearson 17+9reb+1ast, E.Washington 15+5reb+4ast, C.Pirillis 14+9reb+2ast, J.Ray 14+3reb+1ast, I.Papadopoulos 5+1reb, Z.Panagiotis 0+1ast
gschID: 542650


AEK - Apoel 64-60

AEK topped Apoel for 1-0 lead. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 16-7. But Apoel won third quarter 17-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AEK dominated on the defensive end, holding Apoel to just 7 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Apoel 42-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. Slovenian power forward Primoz Brezec (216-79) nailed 27 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and American guard LaShard Anderson (185-89, college: Boise St.) accounted for 9 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. AEK's coach Linos Gavriel allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Tre Bussey (190-91, college: Georgia South) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Vassilis Kounas (194-84) added 14 points respectively for Apoel in the defeat.
Top scorers:
AEK: P.Brezec 27+7reb+2ast, V.Dasic 13+9reb, L.Anderson 9+8reb+7ast, T.Petrovic 5+2ast, I.Panteli 4+2reb, T.Thomas 3+10reb+3ast
Apoel: T.Bussey 16+6reb+1ast, V.Kounas 14+1reb+1ast, G.Pantouris 10+4reb, B.Mobley 9+4reb, R.Brown 7+1reb+1ast, M.Burnatowski 2+5reb+2ast
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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

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 


NBL Round 10 (Second Stage): BK Kolin beats BK Decin by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in NBL just ended.

The most exciting game of round 10 in the NBL took place in Decin. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 3rd ranked BK Decin (18-15) to sixth ranked BK Kolin (14-18) 91-90 on Tuesday evening. It was a great shooting night for BK Kolin especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Michal Vocetka (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording 30 points. American forward Lee Skinner (198-92, college: Wofford) contributed with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international point guard Tomas Vyoral (190-92, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 18 points and 7 assists for BK Decin. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. BK Kolin maintains sixth position in Places 1-6 with 14-18 record. BK Decin at the other side keeps the third place with 15 games lost.
An interesting game for CEZ Nymburk (31-1) which hosted in Nymburk 4th ranked USK Praha (16-15). First ranked CEZ Nymburk had an easy win 84-56. Cuban forward Howard Sant-Roos (200-91) had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Vojtech Hruban chipped in 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side international swingman Jaromir Bohacik (197-92, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position in Places 1-6 with 31-1 record. USK Praha lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 15 games lost.
The game in Opava was also quite interesting. Second ranked BK Pardubice (23-8) played at the court of 5th ranked BK Opava (16-16). BK Pardubice managed to secure a 9-point victory 81-72 on Tuesday. Lamb Autrey notched 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort. Even 17 points and 6 assists by Jakub Sirina did not help to save the game for BK Opava. BK Opava's coach Petr Czudek rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Pardubice maintains second position in Places 1-6 with 23-8 record having nine points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. Loser BK Opava keeps the fifth place with 16 games lost.

Other games in round 10 were not that significant.
In Places 7-12 bottom-ranked Prostejov was beaten by NH Ostrava on the road 79-73. MMCITE Brno lost to Svitavy on its own court 73-77. Usti n/Labem managed to outperform J.Hradec in Usti nad Labem 80-72.
The most impressive performance of 10th round was 16 points and 10 rebounds by Petr Bohacik of NH Ostrava.

Places 1-6
BK Opava - BK Pardubice 72-81

The game in Opava was also quite interesting. Second ranked BK Pardubice (23-8) played at the court of 5th ranked BK Opava (16-16). BK Pardubice managed to secure a 9-point victory 81-72 on Tuesday. American guard Lamb Autrey (191-89, college: St.Mary's, TX, agency: Octagon Europe) notched 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and the other American import forward Dominez Burnett (196-92, college: Davenport, agency: Higher Vision Sports) supported him with 20 points. Four BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. Even 17 points and 6 assists by the former international point guard Jakub Sirina (186-87, agency: Octagon Europe) did not help to save the game for BK Opava. Center Vaclav Bujnoch (200-93, college: Des Moines Area CC) added 14 points for lost side. BK Opava's coach Petr Czudek rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Pardubice maintains second position in Places 1-6 with 23-8 record having nine points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. Loser BK Opava keeps the fifth place with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
BK Opava: J.Sirina 17+6ast, V.Bujnoch 14+3reb, R.Klecka 9+1reb+2ast, M.Gniadek 8+3reb, L.Jurecka 7+1reb, R.Kouril 6+3ast
BK Pardubice: D.Burnett 20+3reb, L.Autrey 14+5reb+6ast, K.Svrdlik 13+2reb+1ast, V.Pulpan 10+5reb+3ast, J.Wall 9+9reb+1ast, D.Pandula 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 535382


BK Decin - BK Kolin 90-91

The most exciting game of round 10 in the NBL took place in Decin. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 3rd ranked BK Decin (18-15) to sixth ranked BK Kolin (14-18) 91-90 on Tuesday evening. It was a great shooting night for BK Kolin especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Michal Vocetka (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording 30 points. American forward Lee Skinner (198-92, college: Wofford) contributed with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international point guard Tomas Vyoral (190-92, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 18 points and 7 assists and international forward Lukas Palyza (202-89) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for BK Decin. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. BK Kolin maintains sixth position in Places 1-6 with 14-18 record. BK Decin at the other side keeps the third place with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: T.Vyoral 18+2reb+7ast, L.Palyza 15+4reb+4ast, J.Houska 12+3reb+2ast, P.Houska 12+4reb+3ast, L.Bazant 6+4reb+1ast, J.Krakovic 6+1reb+2ast
BK Kolin: M.Vocetka 30+4reb+2ast, L.Skinner 17+6reb+4ast, G.Kerr 17+7reb+3ast, B.Bakic 10+1reb+4ast, L.Horak 6+2reb, D.Machac 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 535384


CEZ Nymburk - USK Praha 84-56

An interesting game for CEZ Nymburk (31-1) which hosted in Nymburk 4th ranked USK Praha (16-15). First ranked CEZ Nymburk had an easy win 84-56. CEZ Nymburk dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to USK Praha's 32. CEZ Nymburk forced 20 USK Praha turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Cuban forward Howard Sant-Roos (200-91) had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Vojtech Hruban (202-89) chipped in 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side international swingman Jaromir Bohacik (197-92, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Lukas Festr (185-94) scored 9 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position in Places 1-6 with 31-1 record. USK Praha lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: J.Bohacik 12+6reb, L.Festr 9+4reb+3ast, P.Grunt 8+5reb, P.Safarcik 7+1reb+3ast, A.Madsen 6+6reb+3ast, M.Mares 6+1reb
CEZ Nymburk: V.Hruban 17+2reb+1ast, H.Sant-Roos 15+13reb+4ast, K.Hall 9+6reb, M.Kriz 6+4reb+1ast, S.Holt 6+2reb+1ast, M.Peterka 6+2reb
gschID: 535383


Places 7-12
NH Ostrava - Prostejov 79-73

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked NH Ostrava (13-19) beat at home bottom-ranked Prostejov (9-23) 79-73 on Tuesday. NH Ostrava forced 20 Prostejov turnovers. The former international forward Petr Bohacik (205-85) notched a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and American guard Sterling Smith (193-93, college: Pittsburgh) supported him with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Even 15 points and 8 rebounds by American center Ethan Jacobs (211, college: Colgate) did not help to save the game for Prostejov. Irish-American forward Brian Fitzpatrick (203-89, college: Bucknell, agency: Diamond Sports) added 10 points and 11 rebounds for lost side. Four Prostejov players scored in double figures. NH Ostrava maintains ninth position in Places 7-12 with 13-19 record. Prostejov lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 23 games lost.
Top scorers:
Prostejov: E.Jacobs 15+8reb, P.Dokoupil 13+4reb, R.Simmons 12+2reb+3ast, B.Fitzpatrick 10+11reb+1ast, M.Sehnal 6+4reb+5ast, A.Goga 6+3reb
NH Ostrava: P.Bohacik 16+10reb+2ast, V.Bratcenkov 13+3reb+1ast, S.Smith 12+5reb+1ast, S.Popovic 11+1reb+3ast, K.Mays 9+6reb, M.Canada 8+3reb+4ast
gschID: 535387


MMCITE Brno - Svitavy 73-77

Very expected game when 11th ranked MMCITE Brno (10-22) lost at home to seventh ranked Basketbal Svitavy (16-16) 77-73 on Tuesday. American forward Hunter Mickelson (208-92, college: Kansas) notched a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import point guard Bryan Smithson (183-85, college: NC-Asheville, agency: HMS) supported him with 14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Five Basketbal Svitavy players scored in double figures. Even 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by the former international swingman Michal Kremen (200-81) did not help to save the game for MMCITE Brno. American guard Kevin Ware (188-93, college: Georgia St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) added 16 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Basketbal Svitavy have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position in Places 7-12 with 16-16 record. MMCITE Brno lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 22 games lost.
Top scorers:
MMCITE Brno: M.Kremen 17+8reb+4ast, K.Ware 16+8reb+3ast, J.Tomanec 9+3reb, C.Turman 8+2reb+1ast, R.Pumprla 7+4reb, E.Jazvin 6+4reb
Svitavy: P.Slezak 18+4reb+2ast, B.Smithson 14+6reb+4ast, H.Mickelson 14+11reb+1ast, R.Marko 10+4reb+5ast, J.Jelinek 10+5reb+1ast, B.Roseboro 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 535386


J.Hradec - Usti n/Labem 72-80

Rather predictable result when eighth ranked BK Usti nad Labem (14-18) won against 10th ranked BK Lions Hradec (11-21) in J.Hradec 80-72 on Tuesday. BK Usti nad Labem made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game, while BK Lions Hradec only scored ten points from the stripe. Forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and American swingman Khristian Smith (198-91, college: Indiana St.) supported him with 26 points. Even 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists by American point guard Terrell Lipkins (180-91, college: Montevallo) did not help to save the game for BK Lions Hradec. His fellow American import guard Malcolm Brooks (196-92, college: CS Fullerton) added 17 points for lost side. BK Usti nad Labem maintains eighth position in Places 7-12 with 14-18 record. Loser BK Lions Hradec keeps the tenth place with 21 games lost.
Top scorers:
J.Hradec: T.Lipkins 19+7reb+5ast, M.Brooks 17, D.Fait 8+6reb+1ast, J.Soula 6+3reb+3ast, S.Zuzak 6+3reb+1ast, C.Tawiah 5+5reb
Usti n/Labem: K.Smith 26+4reb+1ast, L.Pecka 21+12reb, M.Thompson 11+6reb+6ast, D.Steffel 7+3reb, C.Abercrombie 7+2reb, M.Sotnar 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 535385





Czech Republic 1Liga round 6 (Second Stage) best performance: Martin Kolar - by Eurobasket News

Martin Kolar (194-SF-98) had an amazing evening in the last round for Nymburk B, receiving a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
The 18-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, six rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Olomouc SK (#6, 1-9) with 38-point margin 107-69. Nymburk B maintains the 3rd position in Czech Republic 1Liga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Nymburk B will need more victories to improve their 6-4 record. In the team's last game Kolar had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Martin Kolar averages this season 9.9ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was young Petr Slechta (192-G/F-95) of Sokol Pisek. Slechta had a very good evening with 40 points and 7 rebounds. Of course he led Sokol Pisek to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Havirov (#20, 3-21) 99-53. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Sokol Pisek left the very bottom place in Places 13-20 moving slightly to 13th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Slechta is well-known at Sokol Pisek and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.3ppg (#1). He also registered 5.4 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Jiri Bubak (194-F-84) of Vysocina (#19). Bubak scored 22 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Vysocina, leading his team to a 66-59 win against the higher-ranked Prostejov B (#15, 11-13). Vysocina can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 7-17 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Bubak he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Bubak has individually a great season in Czech Republic. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.1rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jiri Dihel (198-F/C-87) of Opava B - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Jan Stehlik (185-PG-86) of Novy Jicin - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Tomas Micunek (200-C-89) of Opava B - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jaroslav Lejsek (198-F-90) of Loko Plzen - 18 points and 14 rebounds
8. David Nehoda (193-SF-91) of Zlin - 28 points
9. Eduard Kotasek (187-G/F-98) of Nymburk B - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
10. Pavel Englicky (210-F/C-83) of Sokol Pisek - 13 points, 12 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)



Vocetka's 30-point game gives him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old forward Michal Vocetka (199-F-89, agency: Octagon Europe) had a very impressive game in the last round for BK Kolin and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10 (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 30 points adding four rebounds and two assists for BK Kolin in his team's victory, helping them to edge out BK Decin (#3, 18-15) 91-90. BK Kolin maintains the 6th position in Czech Republic league. BK Kolin is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 18th lost game this season out of 32 games. In the team's last game Vocetka had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He has many years of experience at BK Kolin, through which he has constantly improved. Michal Vocetka averages this season 8.8ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Ladislav Pecka (197-F-91) of Places 7-12 second-ranked Usti n/Labem. He is a forward in his 3rd season at Usti n/Labem. In the last game Pecka recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Usti n/Labem cruised to a 80-72 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked J.Hradec (#10, 11-21). Usti n/Labem's second position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 14-18 record. Pecka is one of the most experienced players at Usti n/Labem and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.8ppg (#8). He also registered 9.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91) of league's leader CEZ Nymburk. Sant-Roos showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of CEZ Nymburk, leading his team to a 84-56 easy win against #4 ranked USK Praha in a game of the week. Many experts and fans count CEZ Nymburk as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 31 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Sant-Roos has a very solid season. In 29 games in Czech Republic he scored 13.7ppg. He also has 6.3rpg, 3.6apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 57.4% and 3PT: 40.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lee Skinner (198-F-92) of BK Kolin - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Khristian Smith (198-G/F-91) of Usti n/Labem - 26 points and 4 rebounds
6. Petr Bohacik (205-F-85) of NH Ostrava - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Garret Kerr (194-F-92) of BK Kolin - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Tomas Vyoral (190-PG-92) of BK Decin - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Terrell Lipkins (180-PG-91) of J.Hradec - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Brian Fitzpatrick (203-F-89) of Prostejov - 10 points and 11 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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Durango tabs Sean Carter, ex Randers - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Aguilas Doradas de Durango (CIBACOPA) inked 29-year old American power forward Sean Carter (205-88, college: Massachusetts). He played recently at Randers Cimbria Basketball in Danish Ligaen. In 13 games he averaged 8.4ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.5apg this season. Carter also played that season for Abejas (LNBP) where in 6 Ligaen games he had 8.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.2apg.
His team made it to the Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals in 2012.
Carter is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Carter has played previously professionally in Argentina (Weber Bahia, Quimsa, Villa Angela and Comunicaciones), Hungary (FS Debrecen), Turkey (Final Genclik and Maliye Milli), Venezuela (Panteras), Mexico (Caballeros de Culiacan and Gigantes) and IBL (Nippon T.).
He attended University of Massachusetts until 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.



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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.22.7 
 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. McKinnie, Windy C.9.2 
 9. Sims, Salt L.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.2.1 
 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. Evans, Canton C.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Texas L.
  (203-C-82)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Lasme, Texas L.3.3 
 2. Mickey, Maine RC3.0 
 3. 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. Obekpa, Santa C.2.4 
 9. Benson, Sioux F.2.2 
 10. Jones, Santa C.2.1 


Toupane's record night lifts Raptors 905 to 1-0 series lead over Charge - by Eurobasket News

The first Raptors 905 playoff game ever is in the books, and damn if Axel Toupane (6'6''-G/F-92, agency: BeoBasket) wasn't ready. Toupane set a new 905 record by scoring 41 points in Game 1 against the Canton Charge, besting Norman Powell (6'4''-G-93, college: UCLA)'s record of 36 from the team's inaugural season. Given the keys far more than usual by head coach Jerry Stackhouse, Toupane was masterful, drawing the toughest defensive assignment and proving completely unguardable for the Charge. The 905's history isn't exceptionally long or well-written as of yet, but it's difficult to imagine a player setting a franchise scoring record in a huge playoff-opening victory being topped in the annals any time soon. Toupane, long one of the closest players in the D-League to another NBA call-up, made as loud a statement as can be made in a single game, and he's largely to credit for the franchise's first ever playoff victory, a narrow 112-107 escape on the road to put the team within a game of the conference finals as they head home to Mississauga. The 905 came out about as well as Stackhouse could have hoped, his gambit with an ever-evolving starting lineup paying off with a hot start on the defensive end. With Kay Felder (5'9''-PG-95, college: Oakland) looking to carry the scoring load for a Charge team that's lost Quinn Cook and Larry Sanders to call-ups of late, the 905 made him the focal point, and the attention and his own overzealousness saw him start cold from the floor. Edy Tavares (7'3''-C-92), a Defensive Player of the Year candidate but a center who should theoretically struggle with Felder's quick-twitch attack, held things down around the rim, and the 905 usual swarming attack around the perimeter forced 11 first-half turnovers and kept the Charge to 40-percent shooting over the first two quarters. On the other side, bringing Brady Heslip off the bench put the early offense in the hands of Toupane, and he responded by scoring in a variety of ways early on, with no Canton defender capable of slowing him down without sending him to the line. Toupane took 20 points into halftime, and it was his early dominance that helped the 905 build a 17-point lead by the end of the first quarter. The 905's own assignees weren't asked to do nearly as much as Felder, but Bruno Caboclo (6'9''-SF-95) was active moving off the ball and snuck free for an easy bucket on a sharp back-door cut, and Pascal Siakam brought his usual energy in transition, finishing an impossible lob with a soft volley off glass. Both were big factors in the strong defensive start, too, as they have been more often than not down the stretch of the regular season. Heslip's move to the bench paid dividends there, too, with the familiarity of a Heslip-E.J. Singler (6'6''-F-90, college: Oregon)-C.J. Leslie trio that started together earlier in the year working well in a new role. The lead slipped as the 905 cooled a bit, but a pair of Heslip threes and some timely offensive rebounding helped stretch the lead back out. As starters filtered back in, the 905 extended their hold on the game back to 15 points at the break, the type of lead that has often proven commanding opposite the 905's league-slowest pace and second-ranked defense. Typical leads and their difficulty are something different in the postseason, though, and it took but one game for the oddity that is the D-League playoff format to rear its head. Felder heating up a bit late in the second quarter bled into the third, and when Felder came out hot to start the second half, Canton's home crowd - the road team gets Game 1 at home, remember - picked up the energy in a major way. That seemed to fuel the Charge, and Felder kept gunning around some really nice finds to get Eric Moreland (6'10''-F-91, college: Oregon St.), John Holland (6'5''-F/G-88, college: Boston U.), and Jonathan Holmes some quality looks. The Felder-Moreland connection proved particularly problematic, and the 905's assignees temporarily stepped back from Canton's desperation. Caboclo received a quick hook, and while Siakam's energy remained, he made a couple of miscues that resulted in turnovers. That Chargeuhh, chargecut the lead to nine, and the 905 turned once again to Toupane to settle the offense. That worked well once again, with Toupane able to get a good head of steam toward the rim or create separation for his jumper. The threat of Heslip outside helped, but this was far more than the 905 normally lean on one player - the attack was balanced overall, but Toupane pouring in 29 through three quarters without another player with more than 10 is unusual by the standards of Stackhouse's democratic offense, especially with the pace being pushed as it was. The playoffs are a meritocracy, even for a deep, well-balanced team, and it was too difficult to argue with Toupane's napalm-hot hand. That meritocracy meant Stackhouse had to go with his best options after the Charge trimmed the lead to eight heading into the fourth thanks to a buzzer-beating Moreland dunk (Moreland was a serious problem throughout). How he'd handle a tight game was an interesting subplot given the normal minutes distribution, but there was good reason not to change a ton - the 905 were 35-1 when leading after three quarters and a D-League-record 21-4 on the road. The all-bench unit he rolled out to start the fourth decidedly did not work, with the Charge promptly making it a one-possession game for the first time since the game's opening minutes. Siakam re-entered but couldn't help keep Roosevelt Jones off the glass, and with a little over eight minutes to go, Jones hit a floater in the lane to give the Charge their first lead of the game. The return of Toupane and Jordan seemed to turn the tides, though it was an E.J. Singler three and a Yanick Moreira and-one, buckets from the two bench holdovers, that quickly pushed the lead back to five and seemed to give the 905 their constitution back. Stackhouse went with what's probably his best option against the Charge from there, flanking Toupane's attack and Tavares' interior presence with the shooting of Singler and Heslip and the energy of Siakam. Toupane drew the assignment on Felder but couldn't quite slow down his jumper, forcing the Frenchman to answer back at the other end. Tavares chipped in on offense, too, kicking a beautiful pass to Heslip in the corner and then cleaning up the miss. Toupane then nailed a massive triple, followed it with a pull-up mid-range jumper, and then capped a personal 7-0 run with a steal and transition bucket to push the lead back up to seven and take control of the end-game scenario. It's fitting, too, that Toupane was the man at the line to ice the game with free-throws. That the 905 let a 20-point lead dissipate entirely is of some concern, but realistically, this was a playoff road game in a format that makes every team desperate every game. The quality of competition is ratcheted up, and on balance, the Charge were one of the five or six best teams in the D-League this year. Felder, who finished with 31 points and 12 assists, is an offense unto himself, and Moreland, who had 11 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists, should probably get an NBA look next year. And the 905 still held up fairly well on defense outside of taking care of their own glass, usually one of their biggest strengths. Their ball movement wasn't quite as flowing as usual, but this was against a quality defense, and Toupane was playing well enough to warrant some isolation looks. Plus, this is the postseason. The how is important and instructive, but in a best two-of-three environment, the win is what carries the day. The 905 now head home with two chances to close out the series. If Toupane's anything close to his level on Saturday, they might not need the second opportunity.
Courtesy of: raptorsrepublic.com



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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Illinois Basketball hires former South Florida coach Orlando Antigua as an assistant - by Eurobasket News

Brad Underwood has added a second member to his new coaching staff, and it looks to be a big development for Illinois basketball's future recruiting efforts. According to a source, former South Florida head coach Orlando Antigua is poised to join the Fighting Illini after reaching a contract agreement Wednesday. Antigua, 44, was fired by USF in January after a lackluster two and a half seasons that featured a 23-55 overall record. The Bulls are also currently under a NCAA investigation into alleged academic fraud. More importantly for Illinois, though, Antigua was a top assistant under John Calipari at Memphis and Kentucky from 2008-14. As a result, he played a key role in the recruitments of players like Anthony Davis, John Wall, Demarcus Cousins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Nerlens Noel, Terrence Jones, and Trey Lyles. Antigua played collegiately at Pittsburgh from 1991-95. His first coaching opportunity came with the Panthers in 2004, and he proceeded to work for five seasons on Jamie Dixon's staff. Antigua, a native of the Dominican Republic, also coached the country's national team from 2013-15.
Courtesy of: thechampaignroom.com



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.



De La Cruz dominating US Minor League Basketball, ex CDP - by Ricardo Dominguez

Copa Mitchell Cup News
4/5/2017

A Personal Insight into Will De La Cruz's Basketball Franchise

Would you take on the challenge of turning around a team that has placed last in its conference five years in a row? Would you even want this task after leading this very team to its only UBA Championship in 2011? Turning a team around is no easy task, yet just two years into his tenure, first-time Head Coach Will De La Cruz (Dominican native) took Minor League Southern Generals' basketball franchise from 19th to number one. We asked Coach De La Cruz what has been key to this transformation.

Coaching Philosophy

The Foundation of Will's success is his holistic approach to coaching. The "Dominican Power" Coaching Philosophy focuses on all areas of his pro-athletes' development, not only the on-court tactics. In doing so, Coach De La Cruz executes one of the fundamental elements to success in the sporting environment: maintaining great coach-athlete relationships.

'I think my role in the UBA is to help guide the players who truly want it. If I get a player who has the tools but has not figured out how to put it all together, I can guide them through that process. It's my job to meet them on the ground-level and help them reach their potential'

Leadership

Will has a unique approach to leadership in professional basketball. He sees every player as a future pro, regardless of their skill-level. This was an important factor in addressing the challenge of the 2012-2015 season where five of the seven starting players were first year players out of small universities. Coach De La Cruz stresses that there are no super stars on his team; everyone influences the game in their own unique way. One of his key team mottos is 'Star in your role.' If you're a great passer, then create opportunities for others. If you can score, be the best scorer; be the most efficient at what you do.

'We had a group of guys during that time-span that were 'me guys.' They were accustom to losing, and that was a huge challenge for us. Everyone became use to us being the door mat of the UBA But I knew if I continued to teach the game the right way and challenge them we would be where we are today,' he said.

Adaptability

Another skill in De La Cruz's coaching kit is his adaptability. He knows that, like every sporting team, there are going to be egos and pride of past accomplishments from former college players. For this reason, he helps his players find their role on the team. Being a former professional basketball player, De La Cruz understands the struggle of an overlooked minor league player. Starting his college career at a NCAA 2 school, and a 3 time All-American at Point University, then after college attending minicamp for the Houston Rockets before joining the UBA and later, going on to play overseas (China & Dominican Republic), Will has learned what it takes to succeed at all levels.

'Having the ability to relate to their struggle as a pro helps me provide valuable advice that helps make a difference in their play. My past accomplishments make my players listen more, which helps me coach them. It gives me a great opportunity to teach them in that respect'

Furthermore, there are two qualities that Coach De La Cruz will always instill in his players: honesty and punctuality.

Team Culture

The Southern Generals minor league franchise has dramatically improved in performance since Will retired and became Head Coach. Not only does De La Cruz want to see scoreboard improvements, he is also committed to developing his professional players as people through sports. When taking over, Coach De La Cruz set about making some 'radical' changes to the pro team's culture. He felt his improvements as a professional coach would improve his knowledge of teaching his high school program also.

Pro Development

One major gift of Coach De La Cruz is his ability to improve players. In just two short seasons Will has produced four professional athletes who were finding it difficult to be signed prior to working with Will.

'For me, I take pride in coaching every player differently. I believe in using what you have and mastering it to get to the next level. So our staff took a lot of time studying the players by position to see how to train effectively'

And how has it helped the players?

In 2014 the Southern Generals signed Johnathan Murphy (199-PF-89, college: Columbus St.). An undersized (6'6) power forward from Columbus State University. Murphy only averaged 5 points per game for the Cougars his senior season before joining the UBA. After two season under Coach De La Cruz, Murphy is now playing in Barcelona, Spain in the EBA Professional Basketball League. He is currently averaging a team best 17 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.

When asked what's "Dominican Power"? This is it.



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Liga MB Round 23: #1 Santa Tecla is defeated by Halcones - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Santa Tecla (13-2) in Sonzacate on Tuesday night. Visitors were rolled over by fourth ranked Halcones (9-5) 89-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Santa Tecla. Halcones dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Santa Tecla's 26. Halcones forced 23 Santa Tecla turnovers and outrebounded them 52-40 including 16 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Halcones made 9 blocks. It was a great evening for American Jeffery Moss (193-93, college: Murray St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. A Brewer helped adding 24 points and 8 rebounds. Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) responded with 24 points. Santa Tecla's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Halcones maintains fourth place with 9-5 record. Santa Tecla at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. They share it with Brujos Izalco. Halcones are looking forward to face Sonsonate (#5) in the next round. Santa Tecla will play against Santa Ana (#13) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Isidro Metapan (10-4) against fifteenth ranked Giants (2-12) on Wednesday night. Visiting Isidro Metapan was edged by Giants in a tough game in San Salvador 90-92. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Macari Brooks (190-92, college: Pikeville) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. James Milton accounted for 22 points and 16 rebounds. Venezuelan guard Edwin Mijares (186-94) came up with 30 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for Isidro Metapan in the defeat. Giants maintains fifteenth place with 2-12 record. Isidro Metapan at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. Giants will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Isidro Metapan will play against Denver-FAS and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Quezaltepeque (8-7) played at the court of sixth ranked Sonsonate (9-6). Sonsonate managed to secure a 7-point victory 81-74 on Tuesday. The best player for the winners was Yoan Haiti who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Quincy Scates produced 26 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Sonsonate have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place. Loser Quezaltepeque dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Denver-FAS. Sonsonate will meet at home higher ranked Halcones (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Quezaltepeque will play against Arcense in San Salvador and hope to secure a win.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from San Salvador: Denver-FAS (#9) and Arcense (#14). Arcense was defeated at home 61-71 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Olaniyr Adedoyin orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. Denver-FAS (8-7) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Quezaltepeque. Arcense at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. Denver-FAS's next round opponent will be higher ranked Isidro Metapan (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Arcense will play against Quezaltepeque (#7) and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 23 Canarios won against Santa Ana on the opponent's court 98-93. 11 Lobos unfortunately lost to Brujos Izalco in a home game 78-84.

Santa Ana - Canarios 93-98

Very expected game when 13th ranked Santa Ana (3-12) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Canarios (8-6) 98-93. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Wali Hepburn (193-89, college: Lock Haven) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds. Point guard David Lawson (185-89, college: Reinhardt) contributed with 34 points (!!!) and 7 assists for the winners. Lawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Tobias Dowdell (201-90, college: Alders.-Broad.) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 19 rebounds and guard Malcolm Tatum (188, college: Alders.-Broad.) added 23 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Santa Ana. Four Santa Ana players scored in double figures. Canarios moved-up to sixth place. Santa Ana at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. Canarios' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Brujos Izalco at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Santa Ana will play against the league's leader Santa Tecla (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Santa Ana: M.Tatum 23+6reb+7ast, T.Dowdell 22+19reb+1ast, T.Butler 20+8reb+1ast, F.Salazar 14+5reb+3ast, L.Gonzalez 5+2reb+1ast, V.Sandoval 5+2reb+1ast
Canarios: W.Hepburn 39+13reb+1ast, D.Lawson 34+4reb+7ast, R.Brown 13+21reb, I.Sandoval 6+3reb+2ast, E.Herrera 4+2reb, W.Quijano 2+1reb
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Giants - Isidro Metapan 92-90

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Isidro Metapan (10-4) against fifteenth ranked Giants (2-12) on Wednesday night. Visiting Isidro Metapan was edged by Giants in a tough game in San Salvador 90-92. Giants forced 19 Isidro Metapan turnovers and outrebounded them 50-35 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Macari Brooks (190-92, college: Pikeville) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import power forward James Milton (203, college: Stevenson) accounted for 22 points and 16 rebounds for the winning side. Venezuelan guard Edwin Mijares (186-94) came up with 30 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and Venezuelan-Colombian forward Michael Hinestroza-Javes (208-90, college: UALR) added 8 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for Isidro Metapan in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Giants maintains fifteenth place with 2-12 record. Isidro Metapan at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. Giants will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Isidro Metapan will play against Denver-FAS and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Isidro Metapan: E.Mijares 30+7reb+7ast, J.Colorado 19+1reb+3ast, D.James 15+1reb+4ast, H.Navas 12+7reb, M.Hinestroza Javes 8+17reb+2ast, A.Regalado 6+2reb+5ast
Giants: M.Brooks 30+14reb+5ast, L.Escoto 22+7reb+7ast, J.Milton 22+16reb, J.Kirksey 14+2reb+2ast, C.Flores 2+7reb+2ast, J.Lopez 2+2reb+3ast
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11 Lobos - Brujos Izalco 78-84

Very predictable result in Chalchuapa where second ranked Brujos Izalco (13-2) defeated 11th ranked 11 Lobos (5-9) 84-78. Brujos Izalco forced 22 11 Lobos turnovers. American center Travis Elliott (203-91, college: Beth.-Cookman) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Christopher Blake (197-88, college: Detroit Mercy) contributed with 26 points for the winners. Haitian Joseph Antoine (203-84, college: Union, TN) answered with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American center Marc Montavious (206-90, college: Georgetown, KY) added 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for 11 Lobos. Four Brujos Izalco and five 11 Lobos players scored in double figures. Brujos Izalco used an opportunity after Santa Tecla lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. 11 Lobos at the other side keep the eleventh place with nine games lost. Brujos Izalco's next round opponent will be Canarios (#6) in Ahuachapan which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
11 Lobos: J.Antoine 18+8reb+4ast, A.Ruano 16+4reb+1ast, S.Hampton 15+8reb+2ast, M.Montavious 15+12reb+1ast, M.Gonzalez 10+2reb+5ast, R.Aguiar 2+2reb
Brujos Izalco: C.Blake 26+2reb+1ast, G.McArthur 19+7reb+1ast, M.Flores 13+2reb+2ast, T.Elliott 13+15reb+3ast, E.Giron 5+3ast, R.Mendez 3
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Halcones - Santa Tecla 89-66

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Santa Tecla (13-2) in Sonzacate on Tuesday night. Visitors were rolled over by fourth ranked Halcones (9-5) 89-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Santa Tecla. Halcones dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Santa Tecla's 26. Halcones forced 23 Santa Tecla turnovers and outrebounded them 52-40 including 16 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Halcones made 9 blocks. It was a great evening for American Jeffery Moss (193-93, college: Murray St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. A Brewer helped adding 24 points and 8 rebounds. Four Halcones players scored in double figures. Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) responded with 24 points and naturalized American point guard Robert Martinez (185-91, college: Our Lady Lake) scored 18 points. Santa Tecla's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Halcones maintains fourth place with 9-5 record. Santa Tecla at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. They share it with Brujos Izalco. Halcones are looking forward to face Sonsonate (#5) in the next round. Santa Tecla will play against Santa Ana (#13) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Santa Tecla: O.Torres 24+3reb+1ast, R.Martinez 18+2reb+1ast, L.Valdez 9+7reb+4ast, C.Arias 8+11reb+1ast, K.Mejia 4+1reb, E.Escalante 3+3reb
Halcones: J.Moss 24+7reb+6ast, A. Brewer 24+8reb+3ast, R.Miller 13+18reb+3ast, A.Merino 12+14reb+2ast, I.Andaluz 9+1reb+1ast, J.Araujo 5+2reb+5ast
gschID: 537037


Arcense - Denver-FAS 61-71

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from San Salvador: Denver-FAS (#9) and Arcense (#14). Arcense was defeated at home 61-71 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Denver-FAS outrebounded Arcense 48-36 including 36 on the defensive glass. Olaniyr Adedoyin orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. American Thomas Alexander (197, college: Arkansas Tech) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. American forward Louis Birdsong (198-88, college: George Mason) answered with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import point guard Danny Lawhorn (183, college: Midwestern St.) added 18 points and 6 assists in the effort for Arcense. Denver-FAS (8-7) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Quezaltepeque. Arcense at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. Denver-FAS's next round opponent will be higher ranked Isidro Metapan (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Arcense will play against Quezaltepeque (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Arcense: L.Birdsong 21+9reb+5ast, D.Lawhorn 18+4reb+6ast, R.Cardona 7+6reb+1ast, S. Willis 6+7reb+1ast, C.Torres 6+3reb+1ast, J.Yanme 3
Denver-FAS: O.Adedoyin 21+14reb+2ast, T.Alexander 19+15reb+2ast, J.Flores 12+2reb+1ast, E.Aguilar 6+8reb+5ast, N.Avalos 4+2reb+2ast, R.Iglesias 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 537038


Sonsonate - Quezaltepeque 81-74

The game in was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Quezaltepeque (8-7) played at the court of sixth ranked Sonsonate (9-6). Sonsonate managed to secure a 7-point victory 81-74 on Tuesday. The best player for the winners was Yoan Haiti who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Panamanian swingman Jonathan King (198-90, college: Abil.Christian) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. American Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) produced 26 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Nate Drayton (203-91, college: W.Texas A&M) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Sonsonate and four Quezaltepeque players scored in double figures. Sonsonate have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place. Loser Quezaltepeque dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Denver-FAS. Sonsonate will meet at home higher ranked Halcones (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Quezaltepeque will play against Arcense in San Salvador and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Quezaltepeque: Q.Scates 26+8reb+2ast, D.Bairez 16+4reb+1ast, N.Drayton 13+10reb+2ast, L.Portal 11+10reb+2ast, S.Brackett 4+4reb+4ast, R.Miranda 4+1reb+1ast
Sonsonate: J.King 18+6reb+3ast, Y.Haiti 17+14reb+2ast, A.Rojas 16+6reb+1ast, M.Gudino 14+4reb+3ast, M.Lahud 13+4reb+5ast, C.Valle 3+8reb+3ast
gschID: 537039





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  ESTONIA  


Siim-Sander Vene selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Siim-Sander Vene
Siim-Sander Vene
   #1. This week's number one is former international small forward Siim-Sander Vene (201-90, currently plays in VTB United League). He could not help BC Nizhny Novgorod (7-15) in their last game. Despite Vene's very good performance BC Nizhny Novgorod lost 90-99 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Khimky. He scored 17 points and added 3 assists in 28 minutes on the court. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Vene has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 56.2%(59-105), 3FGP: 33.7% and FT: 76.9% in 22 games he played so far. He played for the Estonian senior national team two years ago.

Jaan Puidet
Jaan Puidet
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Jaan Puidet (191-92, currently plays in Sweden). Puidet was the major contributor in a 1-point KFUM Jamtland's victory against the closely-ranked Sodertalje Kings (23-9) 82-81 in the Swedish Basketligan last Tuesday. He scored 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. KFUM Jamtland Basket (16-16) is placed sixth in the Basketligan. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. This season Puidet averages: 7.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 49.2%, 3FGP: 31.9% and FT: 84.6%. He is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Tanel Kurbas
Tanel Kurbas
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Tanel Kurbas (197-88, currently plays in Sweden) faced previously mentioned Jaan Puidet in the Swedish Basketligan last game. Kurbas. He was not able to help Sodertalje Kings (23-9) in their last game. Despite Kurbas' very good performance Sodertalje Kings was edged 82-81 in Jamtland by the lower-ranked (#6) KFUM. He was the second best scorer with 17 points in 33 minutes. It's Kurbas' first season with the team. This year Kurbas' overall stats are: 9.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 78.9% in 33 games. He is also a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #4. An experienced small forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Openjobmetis Varese to win against the closely-ranked AV Cantu (10-15) 85-72 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Kangur recorded only 4 points. Openjobmetis Varese (11-14) is placed 11th in the Serie A. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Kangur's total stats this season are: 5.2ppg and 3.6rpg. He used to play for the Estonian national team back in 2015.

Maik-Kalev Kotsar
Maik-Kalev Kotsar
   #5. Former University international forward Maik-Kalev Kotsar (208-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the S.Carolina (13-6) in their game against the Gonzaga University (17-1) in the NCAA Final Four. Kotsar scored only 4 points in 26 minutes. The S.Carolina lost 73-77 at home to the Gonzaga University. The Final Four already ended in the NCAA. This year Kotsar's total stats are: 5.8ppg and 4.8rpg in 38 games. He used to play for the Estonian university national team two years ago.

Rain Veideman
Rain Veideman
   #6. Guard Rain Veideman (192-91, currently plays in Italy) led Udine APU to a victory against the 12th-ranked Bondi Ferrara (11-16) 69-65 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Sunday night. Veideman scored 13 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists. GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine (13-14) is placed ninth in East group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Veideman has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 3.8apg. Veideman is an international player who is currently on the senior Estonian National Team roster.

Rait-Riivo Laane
Rait-Riivo Laane
   #7. International point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (179-93, currently plays in Greece) led Ethnikos to a victory over the closely-ranked Faros (17-6) 91-86 in the Greek A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Laane scored 18 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) in 27 minutes. Ethnikos Piraeus (13-11) is placed sixth in the A2. Laane has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg in 23 games. He is also Estonian national team player.

Henri Drell
Henri Drell
   #8. Small forward Henri Drell (198-0, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Baunach (10-20) in their game against Gladiators (17-13) in the German ProA (second division). Drell scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Baunach was crushed 93-69 on their home court in Baunach by the much higher-ranked Gladiators (#6). The Regular Season already ended. Drell has averaged so far 2.0ppg and 1.5rpg. He plays currently for the Estonian U18 national team.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Sander Raieste (200-F/G-99) plays for Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa
Karl Karpin (205-C-0) plays for Joventut in Spanish Liga Endesa
Kristjan Kitsing (205-F-90) plays for Bakken in Danish Ligaen
Kregor Hermet (204-PF-97) plays for Lleida Basquet in Spanish LEB Gold
Robert Valge (192-SF-97) plays for Palencia Baloncesto in Spanish LEB Gold
Erik Dorbek (196-F/G-82) plays for Norths Soul Sports Bears in Australian State League
Kristian Kullamae (190-G-99) plays for Oettinger Rockets Gotha in German ProA
Artur Arhangelski (185-G-97) plays for Combine Prep Academy in the

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



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  EUROCUP  


Unicaja shock Valencia, capture title - by Eurobasket News

Valencia - Unicaja 58-63

Unicaja are 2017 EuroCup champions! The Malaga team used a massive 18-0 run in the fourth quarter to shock hosting Valencia and celebrate first ever tournament title. Valencia stayed in charge in the first period. They grabbed a 22:18 lead ten minutes into the game. Unicaja pulled within 3 points at halftime 30:33. Valencia were back in full control in the third term. The hosts piled up a 54:43 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. But Unicaja turned the tables in the fourth period and raced to a historic success. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Unicaja Malaga made 8 blocks. 24 personal fouls committed by Valencia Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Jeffrey Brooks (203-89, college: Penn St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 9 points and 5 rebounds. Point guard Alberto Diaz (188-94) helped adding 12 points. The best for the losing side was Montenegrin Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket) with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Belgian point guard Sam Van-Rossom (188-86) scored 6 points and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Valencia: B.Dubljevic 16+6reb+1ast, J.Sastre Morro 8+1reb+2ast, F.San Emeterio 7+3reb, W.Thomas 6+1reb, S.Van Rossom 6+4reb+4ast, R.Sato 5+5reb
Unicaja: A.Diaz 12+2ast, J.Smith 10+1reb+3ast, D.Diez 9+3reb, J.Brooks 9+5reb+1ast, A.Omic 8+3reb, N.Nedovic 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 543353





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  FIBA AMERICAS  


Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay to host FIBA AmeriCup 2017 - by Eurobasket News

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) in the Americas on Wednesday confirmed Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay as host nations of the FIBA AmeriCup 2017, to be played from August 25 to September 3. Competing in the continental cup will be Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela, the Virgin Islands and a South American representative yet to be determined*. The FIBA AmeriCup 2017 will open with a Group Phase consisting of three (3) groups of four (4) teams each to be played in a round robin format in Medellin (Colombia), Bahia Blanca (Argentina) and Montevideo (Uruguay). The best team from each group will advance to the Final Phase, along with Argentina who will automatically qualify because of its status as the main organizer of the competition. The Final Phase will be played in Cordoba (Argentina), where the winners of the Semi-Finals will square off in the title game.

The calendar is as follows:
Group A: Medellin, Colombia - 25-27 August
Group B: Bahia Blanca, Argentina - 27-29 August
Group C: Montevideo, Uruguay - 28-30 August
Semifinal and Final: Cordoba, Argentina - 2-3 September
The Official FIBA AmeriCup 2017 Draw will be held on 20 April in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Courtesy of: fiba.com



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  FIBA EUROPE CUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Toni BIZACA
  Sodertalje
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Bizaca, Sodertalje19.9 
 2. Clark, Chalon19.9 
 3. Allen, Kormend19.7 
 4. Jeter, Groningen19.4 
 5. Cobbs, Gravelines18.9 
 6. Burnett, BK Pardu.18.7 
 7. Roberson, Chalon17.9 
 8. Hollis, Benfica17.6 
 9. Denmon, Gaziantep17.1 
 10. Edwards, Alba16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank ELEGAR
  Enisey
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Elegar, Enisey10.2 
 2. Jefferson, Gazia.9.9 
 3. Zack, Lukoil Acad.9.1 
 4. Gagic, Tsmoki-Minsk8.2 
 5. Fall, Chalon8.1 
 6. Lipkevicius, Vytautas7.6 
 7. Adrien, Bnei H.7.4 
 8. Mobley, Apoel7.4 
 9. Barro, UBT C.7.3 
 10. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.9.2 
 2. Joyce, Tsmoki-M.8.3 
 3. Petty, Kormend6.8 
 4. Roberson, Chalon6.6 
 5. Jeter, Groningen6.4 
 6. Massamba, Soder.5.6 
 7. Cobbs, Gravelines5.5 
 8. Green, Bnei H.5.4 
 9. Gibson, Lukoil Acad.5.4 
 10. Autrey, BK Pardu.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.6 
 2. Petty, Kormend2.2 
 3. Cumberbatch, Oberw.2.2 
 4. Eldridge, Demir I.1.9 
 5. Cherry, Gaziantep1.9 
 6. Denmon, Gaziantep1.9 
 7. Edwards, Alba1.9 
 8. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.1.9 
 9. Wall, BK Pardubice1.8 
 10. Maric, Prievidza1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Fall, Chalon1.9 
 2. Mobley, Apoel1.7 
 3. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.1.6 
 4. Elegar, Enisey1.5 
 5. Traylor, Oberwart1.4 
 6. Lessort, Nanterre1.4 
 7. Fieler, Groningen1.2 
 8. Kuakumensah, Oberw.1.1 
 9. Gagic, Tsmoki-Minsk1.1 
 10. Johnson, Sodertalje1.1 


Chalon and Nanterre will battle for trophy - by Eurobasket News

Chalon - Oostende 83-65

Chalon cruised past Oostende at home court to overcome a 5-point deficit from the opening leg and seal their Finals appearance. The game without a history. Chalon/Saor led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. American swingman Cameron Clark (201-91, college: Oklahoma) notched 27 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) to lead the effort and the other American import guard Lance Harris (195-84, college: Kansas St.) supported him with 20 points. Four Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. Even 19 points and 7 rebounds by forward Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-91) did not help to save the game for Oostende. Serbian center Rasko Katic (208-80, agency: BeoBasket) added 15 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Oostende's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Chalon: C.Clark 27+3reb+1ast, L.Harris 20+4reb+3ast, M.Fall 12+9reb+2ast, J.Roberson 11+4reb+7ast, A.Bouteille 8+5reb+2ast, G.Pitard 5+1reb
Oostende: P.Gillet 19+7reb, R.Katic 15+7reb+1ast, M.Jagodic Kuridza 7+1reb+1ast, C.Walden 6+4ast, D.Djordjevic 6+4reb+9ast, D.Newbill 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 542518


Telekom Bsk - Nanterre 81-86

Nanterre shocked Telekom Baskets in Bonn to advance into the title series. The guests trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 26-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Mathias Lessort (205-95) scored 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Chris Warren (178-88, college: Mississippi) chipped in 24 points during the contest. Four JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. JSF Nanterre's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Ken Horton (199-89, college: Cent.Conn.St.) responded with 24 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Josh Mayo (181-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 13 points and 9 assists.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: C.Warren 24+1reb+2ast, M.Lessort 21+7reb, M.Riley 15+3reb+4ast, T.Zanna 10+2reb, H.Schaffartzik 5+1reb+6ast, S.Butterfield 4+6reb+1ast
Telekom Bsk: K.Horton 24+5reb+2ast, J.Mayo 13+1reb+9ast, F.Barovic 11+3reb, T.DiLeo 9+2reb+3ast, J.Gamble 8+6reb+4ast, F.Koch 5+1reb
gschID: 542517





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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.18.2 
 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. Rannikko, Kataja B.6.7 
 3. Pratt, KTP Basket6.7 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.7 
 5. Jalonen, Korihait4.4 
 6. Appleby, Kouvot4.3 
 7. Williams, Lapua4.3 
 8. Staten, Salon Vilpas4.0 
 9. Edwards, Lapua4.0 
 10. Minard, Pyrinto4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel MULLINGS
  Kataja B.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Mullings, Kataja B.2.3 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket2.2 
 3. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 4. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.9 
 5. Minard, Pyrinto1.8 
 6. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.6 
 7. Scott, KTP Basket1.6 
 8. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 9. Brown, Kataja B.1.4 
 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 


Overview of Korisliiga Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

BC Nokia - Kataja Basket 79-75

BC Nokia topped Kataja to even the series. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 22-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. BC Nokia dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Joensuun Kataja's 24. They outrebounded Joensuun Kataja 45-33 including 17 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was Senegalese forward Papa Dia (208-87, college: SMU) who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Javier Duren (193-93, college: Yale) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. The former international point guard Teemu Rannikko (189-80) produced 13 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and American Rion Brown (198-91, college: Miami, FL) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kataja Basket: D.Bryant 14+2reb, R.Brown 14+8reb+1ast, T.Rannikko 13+5reb+8ast, V.Makalainen 11+3reb+2ast, J.Bradley 11+3reb, K.Bristol 6+8reb
BC Nokia: P.Dia 16+7reb+3ast, H.Hirvikoski 14+3reb+1ast, I.Wilkerson 13+6reb+1ast, J.Duren 11+8reb+3ast, N.Mattila 9+5reb+1ast, E.Skamo 8+7reb+5ast
gschID: 543198


Pyrinto - Salon Vilpas 69-104

Salon Vilpas stunned Pyrinto to secure 2-0 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Salon Vilpas. Tampereen Pyrinto managed to win fourth quarter 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Salon Vilpas dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Tampereen Pyrinto's 36. Salon Vilpas looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American forward Al'Lonzo Coleman (201-89, college: Presbyterian) had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Matias Ojala (199-89) chipped in 17 points during the contest. Five Salon Vilpas players scored in double figures. American forward Tyrone Nelson (206-85, college: N.Mexico St., agency: Interperformances) responded with 10 points and 8 rebounds and the former international point guard Antero Lehto (185-84) scored 14 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: A.Lehto 14+1reb+2ast, J.Bullock 13+2reb+1ast, T.Nelson 10+8reb+1ast, P.Heinonen 9+4reb+2ast, J.Caven 6+3reb, T.Palmi 5+1reb+1ast
Salon Vilpas: A.Coleman 21+7reb+10ast, M.Ojala 17+3reb+2ast, J.Staten 15+3reb+3ast, B.Edwards 12+4reb+1ast, O.Jarvi 12+5reb+3ast, M.Pounds 11+1reb+2ast
gschID: 543195


Lapua - Kauhajoki 69-76

Kauhajoki overcame Lapua to earn the second consecutive victory in the series. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-16. But Lapuan Korikobrat won second period 19-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was dominated by American players. Forward DeVaughn Washington (202-89, college: Ohio, agency: Mansfield and Associates) notched a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Devonne Giles (203-83, college: Texas Tech) supported him with 10 points and 8 rebounds. Even a double-double of 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists by guard Jamal Jones (203-93, college: Texas A&M) did not help to save the game for Lapuan Korikobrat. Forward Lawrence Kinnard (203-86, college: UAB) added 16 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Five Kauhajoen Karhu and four Lapuan Korikobrat players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Lapua: L.Kinnard 16+7reb+2ast, J.Jones 15+10reb+5ast, M.Edwards 14+2reb+2ast, D.Morris 11+3reb+1ast, A.Conerly 7+1ast, T.Viertola 3+3reb
Kauhajoki: T.Unruh 14+3ast, D.Washington 12+11reb, B.Sarcevic 11+2reb+4ast, D.Giles 10+8reb+1ast, A.Hollins 10+3reb+3ast, J.Lehtoranta 9+1reb+3ast
gschID: 543197


Kouvot - Helsinki Seagulls 92-56

Kouvot cruised past Helsinki Seagulls to draw things level in the series. The game without a history. Kouvot led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American forward Rakeem Buckles (203-90, college: FIU) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. The other American import guard James Sinclair (190-93, college: W.Carolina) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Kouvot players scored in double figures. Forward Timo Heinonen (198-81, agency: Blacktop Management) replied with 5 points and 9 rebounds and the former international center Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) added 12 points in the effort for Helsinki Seagulls. 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:
Helsinki Seagulls: G.Lee 12+3reb, C.Lindbom 10+5reb, A.Nikkarinen 6+2reb+4ast, R.Cowels III 5+5reb+1ast, T.Heinonen 5+9reb+2ast, R.Abell 4+3reb+1ast
Kouvot: J.Sinclair 15+6reb+2ast, R.Buckles 15+10reb, R.Appleby 13+3reb+5ast, T.Hirvonen 11+3reb+5ast, A.Saarijarvi 10+6reb+2ast, H.Kantonen 9+1reb
gschID: 543196





Petteri Koponen selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in a FC Barcelona's victory against the closely-ranked Maccabi T-A (10-19) 76-71 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Koponen scored 14 points and added 3 assists (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 22 minutes on the court. 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 that game will be critical. Koponen has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 40.2%, 3FGP: 46.1%(53-115) and FT: 91.5%(43-47) in 26 games he played so far. Ex-Honka Espoo Playboys player is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Erik Murphy
Erik Murphy
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Erik Murphy (208-90, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Florida, currently plays in France). He led Strasbourg IG to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Chalons-Reims (9-16) crushing them 79-58 in the French ProA last Friday. Murphy recorded 12 points. Strasbourg IG (16-9) is placed sixth in the ProA. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This season Murphy averages: 9.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 53.1%, 3FGP: 37.6% and FT: 79.2%. He is a naturalized American. Despite Murphy played previously for the USA U18 national team, he is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team. Strangely Murphy has never played in Finland.

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Sasu Salin (191-91, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to a Gran Canaria's victory against the closely-ranked FC Barcelona (17-8) 95-82 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Saturday night. Salin scored 6 points in 21 minutes. Herbalife Gran Canaria (18-8) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This year Salin's overall stats are: 6.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 2FGP: 36.8%, 3FGP: 34.8% and FT: 83.9% in 25 games. He is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #4. An experienced small forward Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Germany) could not help Deutsche Bank Skyliners (11-16) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Huff's good performance Deutsche Bank Skyliners was edged 74-73 on the road by the higher-ranked Telekom Baskets (#6). He recorded 11 points. This season Huff has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg and 2.9rpg. He is also Finnish national team player.

Jamar Wilson
Jamar Wilson
   #5. International point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Movil Estudiantes (20-5) in their last game. Despite Wilson's good performance Movil Estudiantes lost 83-87 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#8) Andorra. He scored 10 points in 18 minutes. This year Wilson's total stats are: 8.3ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.5apg in 24 games. He is a naturalized American. Wilson plays currently for the Finnish national team. He used to play for Honka Espoo Playboys in Finnish league.

Emir Sulejmanovic
Emir Sulejmanovic
   #6. Power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95, currently plays in Croatia) managed to help KK Cibona VIP Zagreb to win against the closely-ranked Cedevita (17-6) 71-69 in a derby game in the Croatian A1 on Tuesday night. Sulejmanovic scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (17-6) is placed fifth in the A1. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Sulejmanovic has averaged so far 5.4ppg and 4.2rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Finnish senior team four years ago.

Alexander Madsen
Alexander Madsen
   #7. International power forward Alexander Madsen (207-95, currently plays in Czech Republic) was not able to secure a victory for USK Praha (16-15) in their game against BK Decin (18-15) in the Czech Republic NBL. Madsen scored 7 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 34 minutes. The fourth-placed USK Praha (16-15) lost 65-70 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) BK Decin in the Places 1-6 group. It was USK Praha's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be important. Madsen has reliable stats this year: 10.5ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4bpg in 31 games. He is also Finnish national team player.

Tuukka Kotti
Tuukka Kotti
   #8. Power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Germany) led Crailsheim Merlins to a 3-point victory against the 11th-ranked White Wings (13-17) 83-80 in the German ProA (second division) last Saturday. Kotti scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). Crailsheim Merlins (25-5) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. It's Kotti's first season with the team. He has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.7apg. Kotti plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Antti Kanervo
Antti Kanervo
   #9. International shooting guard Antti Kanervo (192-89, agency: Blacktop Management, currently plays in France) couldn't help Chorale de Roanne (10-15) in their game against Poitiers (14-12) in the French ProB (second division). He recorded 5 points in 31 minutes. Chorale de Roanne was badly defeated 85-68 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#8) Poitiers. Kanervo has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.4apg in 24 games. He is also in the roster of the Finnish national team.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #10. Guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Kolossos HH (12-12) in their game against Lavrio (10-14) in the Greek A1. Ahonen cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only one point. Kolossos HH was badly defeated 79-63 on their home court in Rodou by the lower-ranked Lavrio (#9). There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Ahonen has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.1apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Matti Nuutinen (202-90, also represented by Blacktop Management, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Antti Kanervo and both played together in the last French ProB game. Nuutinen couldn't help Chorale de Roanne in their game against Poitiers. He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Nuutinen recorded only 3 points in 15 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 85-68. Nuutinen has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 2.5rpg in 23 games. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

   #12. Former U20 international swingman Vesa Heinonen (194-91, currently plays in Germany) helped Aschersleben win their game against the seventh-ranked Rendsburg 68-60 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. Heinonen scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Heinonen has averaged so far 4.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Finnish U20 national team back in 2011.



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Gregg Thondique claims French NM1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Gregg Thondique (201-F-87, agency: Octagon Europe) had an amazing evening in the last round for Gries/Oberhoffen and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 31.
The 29-year old forward had a double-double of 26 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team lost the game against St Vallier (#11, 16-15) 92-100. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on top of the standings. Gries/Oberhoffen maintains the 12th position in French NM1. Gries/Oberhoffen is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 17th lost game this season out of 31 games. In the team's last game Thondique had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Gries/Oberhoffen's top player in his first season with the team. Virginia Union University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Thondique leads league in rebounds with 9.9rpg. Thondique is in league's top in and averages solid 55.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American forward Auston Calhoun (201-F-90, agency: HMS) of Angers BC. Calhoun impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he led Angers BC to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Lourdes (#7, 17-14) 96-75. This victory allowed Angers BC to move up to 14th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-18 record. Calhoun is well-known by Angers BC fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Gries/Oberhoffen's star - Lithuanian Ovidijus Varanauskas (187-PG-91). Varanauskas showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, eight rebounds and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. Despite Varanauskas' great performance Gries/Oberhoffen lost 92-100 to slightly higher-ranked St Vallier (#11, 16-15). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The chances of Gries/Oberhoffen ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 17 games, recording just fourteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Varanauskas could help Gries/Oberhoffen to bring them higher in the standings. Varanauskas has a great season in France. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.5apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jesse Delhomme (189-G-85) of St Vallier - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Sourata Cisse (196-F/G-86) of Orchies - 28 points and 4 assists
6. Nikola Korac (185-G-86) of Vitre - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 14 assists
7. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88) of Lourdes - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Daviin Davis (193-G/F-85) of Rennes - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Mathieu Bigote (190-G-84) of Lorient - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Emmanuel Monceau (195-SG-95) of Challans - 17 points, 7 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)



Keaton Grant (ex Dijon) agreed terms with Spirou - by Eurobasket News

Proximus Spirou Charleroi (Euromillions League) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American shooting guard Keaton Grant (193-90kg-86, college: Purdue). He started the season at Dijon in French ProA. In 18 games he recorded 11.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6spg this season. The last season Grant played at Braunschweig in German BBL where in 34 games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 15.2ppg and had 3.5rpg, 2.4apg and 1.9spg (in top 2). Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Defensive Team.
In 2010 he was drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League) in fourth round (6th overall).
Grant attended Purdue University and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals in 2007 and 2010.
Grant is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Apollon Patras), Italy (Dolomiti Energia Trento), Slovakia (Levice), Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg) and Czech Republic (Levice).

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ProB Round 26: Charleville-Mezieres defeat leader JL Bourg - by Eurobasket News

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked JL Bourg (18-8) on the court of fifth ranked Charleville-Mezieres on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Charleville-Mezieres 79-69. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 47-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Charleville-Mezieres made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Icelandic guard Martin Hermannsson (190-94, college: LIU Brooklyn) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). American Wilbert Brown (200-84, college: Niagara) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. Senegalese center Youssou Ndoye (213-91, college: St.Bonaventure) replied with 16 points and 9 rebounds for JL Bourg. JL Bourg's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Charleville-Mezieres (15-11) moved-up to fourth place. JL Bourg at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. They share it with Provence Basket. Charleville-Mezieres are looking forward to face bottom-ranked JA Vichy (#18) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. JL Bourg will play against Saint Chamond (#17) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Le Havre. Seventh ranked Boulazac Basket (14-12) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers STB Le Havre (14-12) 65-64 in the fight for the fifth place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of STB Le Havre. American power forward Jarvis Williams (198-93, college: Murray St.) scored 25 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Thomas Gipson chipped in 9 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Nigerian power forward Dinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: Inception Sports) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Boulazac Basket moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated STB Le Havre. Boulazac Basket will play against ADA Blois (#5) at home in the next round. STB Le Havre will play against Chorale de Roanne and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Denain between Denain Voltaire and Aix-Maurienne. Eleventh ranked Denain Voltaire (13-13) got a very close home victory over 16th ranked Aix-Maurienne (10-16). Denain Voltaire managed to escape with a 2-point win 68-66 on Tuesday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Terry Tarpey notched 14 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort. Denain Voltaire's coach Jean-Christophe Prat used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Even 15 points and 7 rebounds by Romain Dardaine did not help to save the game for Aix-Maurienne. Denain Voltaire have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to tenth place. Loser Aix-Maurienne dropped to the fifteenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Boulogne and St Chamond. Denain Voltaire will meet Saint-Quentin (#13) on the road in the next round. Aix-Maurienne will play against the league's second-placed Provence Basket and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game between third ranked Lille Metropole (16-10) and 14th ranked Saint Chamond (10-16) in Lille ended with biggest points difference. Lille Metropole outscored guests from Saint Chamond 87-56. The best player for the winners was Luka Asceric who scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Lille Metropole's coach Neno Asceric felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lille Metropole maintains third position with 16-10 record having just two points less than leader Bourg. Saint Chamond lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth place with 16 games lost. Lille Metropole's next round opponent will be Nantes (#11) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Saint Chamond will play against the league's leader JL Bourg (#1) and hope to win that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 26: Poitiers beat St Quentin on the road 75-61. Provence Basket won against Blois on its own court 83-72. Nantes unfortunately lost to Evreux in a road game 90-96. Boulogne managed to beat Vichy Clermont at home 80-71.
The most impressive performance of 26th round was 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists by Jay Threatt of Poitiers.

St Quentin - Poitiers 61-75

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Poitiers (14-12) beat on the road 12th ranked Saint-Quentin (11-15) 75-61. It looked good early as Saint-Quentin took a 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Poitiers took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 14 points. The best player for the winners was American point guard Jay Threatt (180-89, college: Delaware St.) who scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Senegalese center Youssoupha Fall (221-95) chipped in 8 points and 8 rebounds. Poitiers' coach Rudy Nelhomme allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Swingman Pierre-Etienne Drouault (196-90) produced 11 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and point guard Malela Mutuale (188-91) added 13 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Poitiers have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Saint-Quentin at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. Poitiers' next round opponent will be SPO Rouen (#12) at home and are hoping to win another game. Saint-Quentin will play against Denain Voltaire and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Poitiers: J.Threatt 21+7reb+6ast, A.Thinon 12+1ast, M.Joseph 10+3reb, D.Reed 10+3reb+2ast, Y.Fall 8+8reb+1ast, M.Var 6+4reb+1ast
St Quentin: M.Mutuale 13+4reb+2ast, R.Nyakundi 12+6reb+1ast, P.Drouault 11+8reb+5ast, H.Laroche 10+3reb+3ast, R.Rhoomes 8+4reb, J.Robinson 7+1reb
gschID: 484504


Provence Basket - Blois 83-72

Very expected game when 6th ranked ADA Blois (14-12) lost to second ranked Provence Basket (18-8) in Fos-sur-Mer 72-83. The game was mostly controlled by Provence Basket. ADA Blois was better in third quarter 26-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Provence Basket players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by ADA Blois' players. The best player for the winners was American-Nigerian Derrick Obasohan (198-81, college: Texas Arlington, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 18 points and 4 assists. Swingman Raphael Desroses (199-80) chipped in 19 points. American point guard Frank Turner (178-88, college: Canisius, agency: Inception Sports) produced 16 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import Lamayn Wilson (203-80, college: Troy) added 10 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four ADA Blois players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Provence Basket used an opportunity after Bourg lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. ADA Blois at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 12 games lost. Provence Basket's next round opponent will be Aix-Maurienne (#15) in Aix-les-Bains which should be an easy win for them. ADA Blois will play on the road against Boulazac Basket (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Provence Basket: R.Desroses 19+2reb+1ast, D.Obasohan 18+3reb+4ast, M.Dia 13+3reb+2ast, B.Waldow 9+2reb, X.Gaillou 8+5reb+6ast, L.Akono 5+3ast
Blois: F.Turner 16+1reb+5ast, C.Pontens 10+1reb+2ast, F.Tortosa 10+4reb+2ast, L.Wilson 10+10reb, B.Monclar 8+2reb+2ast, M.Diame 8+3reb
gschID: 484502


Lille - St Chamond 87-56

The game between third ranked Lille Metropole (16-10) and 14th ranked Saint Chamond (10-16) in Lille ended with biggest points difference. Lille Metropole outscored guests from Saint Chamond 87-56. They outrebounded Saint Chamond 39-25 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lille Metropole players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Austrian Luka Asceric (202-97) who scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Swingman Thomas Ceci-Diop (199-92) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Five Lille Metropole players scored in double figures. Lille Metropole's coach Neno Asceric felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized Ivorian swingman Guy-Landry Edi (202-88, college: Gonzaga, agency: Promotex) produced 18 points and American center Killian Larson (206-91, college: Grand Canyon, agency: Inception Sports) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Lille Metropole maintains third position with 16-10 record having just two points less than leader Bourg. Saint Chamond lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth place with 16 games lost. Lille Metropole's next round opponent will be Nantes (#11) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Saint Chamond will play against the league's leader JL Bourg (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lille: L.Asceric 19+7reb+7ast, P.Duwiquet 15+3reb+3ast, B.Pamba-Juille 14+1reb+4ast, T.Ceci-Diop 12+10reb+1ast, J.MBida 10+6reb, D.Burton 6+4ast
St Chamond: G.Landry Edi 18+4reb+1ast, B.Walker 12+3ast, K.Larson 11+7reb, J.Rinna 8+5reb+1ast, P.Turpin 3+2reb+2ast, M.Guichard 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 484501


Le Havre - Boulazac 64-65

Important game to mention about took place in Le Havre. Seventh ranked Boulazac Basket (14-12) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers STB Le Havre (14-12) 65-64 in the fight for the fifth place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of STB Le Havre. The guests were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 5-point deficit before their 19-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. Boulazac Basket players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American power forward Jarvis Williams (198-93, college: Murray St.) scored 25 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Thomas Gipson (201-93, college: Kansas St.) chipped in 9 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Nigerian power forward Dinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: Inception Sports) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and American guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M) scored 8 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Boulazac Basket moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated STB Le Havre. Boulazac Basket will play against ADA Blois (#5) at home in the next round. STB Le Havre will play against Chorale de Roanne and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: J.Williams 25+8reb, T.Gipson 9+9reb+1ast, A.Salmon 9+6reb+1ast, G.Clerc 8+4reb+5ast, M.Zianveni 5+4reb+6ast, J.Sanchez 4+3reb+1ast
Le Havre: N.Pope 18+1reb+2ast, D.Odiakosa 15+8reb, J.Greene 8+2reb+4ast, B.King 8+5reb+9ast, Y.Morin 5+12reb+2ast, R.Martin 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 484500


Evreux - Nantes 96-90

Rather predictable result when eighth ranked ALM Evreux (14-12) won against at home 10th ranked Nantes (12-14) 96-90. It looked good early as Nantes took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then ALM Evreux had a 28-17 second period charge getting the lead and Nantes was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 90-96. ALM Evreux forced 21 Nantes turnovers. The best player for the winners was American point guard Corin Henry (178-88, college: Tarleton St., agency: Octagon Europe) who scored 26 points and 7 assists. Swingman Bastien Pinault (195-93) chipped in 17 points. ALM Evreux's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Swingman Valentin Bigote (196-92) produced 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and Alexis Desespringalle (192-91) added 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Four ALM Evreux and five Nantes players scored in double figures. ALM Evreux moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Nantes lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with 14 games lost. ALM Evreux's next round opponent will be SO Maritime Boulogne (#16) in Boulogne-sur-Mer which should be an easy win for them. Nantes will play at home against Lille Metropole (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Evreux: C.Henry 26+1reb+7ast, B.Pinault 17+2reb+3ast, S.Mekdad 14+1reb+2ast, C.Walker 13+5reb+2ast, P.Beye 13+4reb, K.Lavieille 5
Nantes: A.Desespringalle 21+5reb+4ast, V.Bigote 19+9reb+4ast, K.Mitchell 14+2reb+3ast, L.Ekperigin 12+3reb+4ast, C.McKnight 11+2reb+2ast, V.Fofana 10+7reb+5ast
gschID: 484499


Charleville - Bourg 79-69

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked JL Bourg (18-8) on the court of fifth ranked Charleville-Mezieres on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Charleville-Mezieres 79-69. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 47-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Charleville-Mezieres made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Icelandic guard Martin Hermannsson (190-94, college: LIU Brooklyn) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). American Wilbert Brown (200-84, college: Niagara) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. Senegalese center Youssou Ndoye (213-91, college: St.Bonaventure) replied with 16 points and 9 rebounds and Czech Tomas Kyzlink (195-93) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for JL Bourg. Four JL Bourg players scored in double figures. JL Bourg's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Charleville-Mezieres (15-11) moved-up to fourth place. JL Bourg at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. They share it with Provence Basket. Charleville-Mezieres are looking forward to face bottom-ranked JA Vichy (#18) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. JL Bourg will play against Saint Chamond (#17) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Charleville: M.Hermannsson 20+7reb+8ast, W.Brown 18+3reb+5ast, M.Kone 13+3reb, S.Buterlevicius 10+3reb, J.Fouse 7+5reb+2ast, D.Bouquet 5+2reb+2ast
Bourg: T.Kyzlink 16+5reb+2ast, Y.Ndoye 16+9reb, M.Courby 13+4reb, Z.Peacock 13+8reb+1ast, P.Braud 3+1ast, G.Sim 3+1reb+5ast
gschID: 484497


Denain - Maurienne 68-66

A very close game took place in Denain between Denain Voltaire and Aix-Maurienne. Eleventh ranked Denain Voltaire (13-13) got a very close home victory over 16th ranked Aix-Maurienne (10-16). Denain Voltaire managed to escape with a 2-point win 68-66 on Tuesday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Aix-Maurienne was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 20-14 charge of Denain Voltaire, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Denain Voltaire especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Naturalized American guard Terry Tarpey (196-94, college: William & Mary) notched 14 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and American guard Darnell Harris (184-86, college: La Salle) supported him with 11 points. Denain Voltaire's coach Jean-Christophe Prat used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Even 15 points and 7 rebounds by Romain Dardaine (201-88) did not help to save the game for Aix-Maurienne. American forward Andre Williamson (202-89, college: Appalachian St.) added 14 points for the guests. Denain Voltaire have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to tenth place. Loser Aix-Maurienne dropped to the fifteenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Boulogne and St Chamond. Denain Voltaire will meet Saint-Quentin (#13) on the road in the next round. Aix-Maurienne will play against the league's second-placed Provence Basket and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Denain: T.Tarpey 14+5reb, K.Harley 12+2reb, D.Harris 11+1reb+3ast, C.Abouo 8+2reb, K.Spain 6+3reb, Y.Smock 5+3reb+1ast
Maurienne: R.Dardaine 15+7reb+1ast, P.Dambrauskas 15+1reb+1ast, A.Williamson 14+4reb+2ast, M.Sonko 7+5reb, G.Noel 7+4reb+2ast, R.Rice 6+5reb+4ast
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Boulogne - Vichy Clermont 80-71

Everything could happen in Boulogne-sur-Mer at the game between two tied teams. Both seventeenth ranked SO Maritime Boulogne and 18th ranked JA Vichy had identical 9-16 record. This time SO Maritime Boulogne used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Vichy 80-71. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 20-18 JA Vichy's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 80-71 at the end of the game. SO Maritime Boulogne players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. The best player for the winners was Cuban power forward Grismay Paumier (204-88) who scored 8 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Point guard Xavier Corosine (183-85) chipped in 18 points. Point guard Carl Ona-Embo (185-89, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 26 points and 4 assists and power forward Charles-Henri Bronchard (200-82, agency: Court Side) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. SO Maritime Boulogne (10-16) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Maurienne and St Chamond. JA Vichy at the other side stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne's next round opponent will be higher ranked ALM Evreux (#9) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. JA Vichy will play against Charleville-Mezieres (#4) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Boulogne: X.Corosine 18+1reb+2ast, T.Gipson 14+2reb+5ast, G.Jordan 12+3reb+2ast, W.de Jong 8+3reb+3ast, A.Moisy 8+2reb+3ast, G.Paumier 8+9reb+6ast
Vichy Clermont: C.Ona-Embo 26+1reb+4ast, C.Bronchard 13+6reb+5ast, S.Doucoure 12+1reb+2ast, D.Denave 7+1reb+1ast, G.Lessort 5+7reb+2ast, R.Morency 4+2reb
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Hermannsson's 20 points and 8 assists give him ProB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

22-year old guard Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94) had an amazing evening in the last round for Charleville and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had the game-high 20 points adding seven rebounds and eight assists for Charleville in his team's victory, helping them to beat Bourg (#1, 18-8) 79-69. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Charleville is placed at 4th position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Charleville will need more victories to improve their 15-11 record. In the team's last game Hermannsson had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Charleville's top player in his first season with the team. Long Island University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hermannsson is in league's top in points (4th best: 17.3ppg), assists (6th best: 5.7apg) and averages solid 51.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jay Threatt (180-PG-89) of Poitiers. He is American guard in his first season at Poitiers. In the last game Threatt recorded impressive 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he led Poitiers to another comfortable win 75-61 over the lower-ranked St Quentin (#13, 11-15) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Poitiers to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Threatt is one of the most experienced players at Poitiers and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Alexis Desespringalle (192-SG-91) of Nantes (#11). Desespringalle showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, five rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Desespringalle's great performance Nantes lost 90-96 to slightly higher-ranked Evreux (#9, 14-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Nantes ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Desespringalle could help Nantes to bring them higher in the standings. Desespringalle has a very solid season. In 26 games in France he scored 6.9ppg. He also has FGP: 57.8% and 3PT: 40.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Luka Asceric (202-SG-97) of Lille - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Corin Henry (178-PG-88) of Evreux - 26 points and 7 assists
6. Jarvis Williams (198-C/F-93) of Boulazac - 25 points and 8 rebounds
7. Grismay Paumier (204-C/F-88) of Boulogne - 8 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Valentin Bigote (196-F/G-92) of Nantes - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Wilbert Brown (200-PF-84) of Charleville - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Dinma Odiakosa (203-C/F-85) of Le Havre - 15 points and 8 rebounds

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



Thomas Heurtel selected the top French playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey). He could not help Anadolu Efes (21-3) in their last game. Despite Heurtel's very good performance Anadolu Efes lost 84-96 at home to the lower-ranked (#8) Gaziantep. He was the top scorer with 26 points. Heurtel also added 9 passes in 31 minutes on the court. It was Anadolu Efes' first loss after ten consecutive victories. Heurtel has relatively good stats this year: 12.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 7.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 47.4%, 3FGP: 44.3% and FT: 83.3% in 20 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Adrien Moerman
Adrien Moerman
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Adrien Moerman (202-88, currently plays in Euroleague). Moerman led his Turkish team Darussafaka to a 2-point victory against the closely-ranked Brose Baskets (10-19) 99-97 in the Euroleague last Thursday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (15-14) is placed ninth in the Euroleague. Moerman's team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Moerman averages: 8.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 2FGP: 44.5%, 3FGP: 35.8% and FT: 76.9%. Ex-Limoges CSP Elite player is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-87, currently plays in Euroleague). De Colo was not able to help CSKA (21-8) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance CSKA was defeated 85-80 on the road by the lower-ranked Panathinaikos (#4). De Colo was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. De Colo's team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. De Colo has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 20.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.0apg, 2FGP: 56.4%(110-195), 3FGP: 46.3%(37-80) and FT: 95.6%(109-114). De Colo is also a member of the French senior national team.

Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert
   #4. Center Rudy Gobert (216-92, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Utah Jazz (48-30) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Utah Jazz (48-30) lost 103-109 on their home court in Salt Lake City to the San Antonio Spurs. Gobert had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 5 assists and 6 blocks in 41 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Gobert has very impressive stats this year: 14.0ppg, 12.9rpg, 1.2apg and 2.7bpg in 77 games. He is also French national team player.

Fabien Causeur
Fabien Causeur
   #5. International shooting guard Fabien Causeur (195-87, currently plays in Euroleague) faced previously mentioned Adrien Moerman in the Euroleague last game. Causeur couldn't help Brose Baskets (10-19) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance Brose Baskets was edged 99-97 in Istanbul by the higher-ranked Darussafaka (#9). Causeur was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Causeur's team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. Causeur's overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.2apg. He plays currently for the French national team.

Evan Fournier
Evan Fournier
   #6. Shooting guard Evan Fournier (198-92, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Orlando Magic (27-51) in their last game. Despite Fournier's very good performance the Orlando Magic (27-51) lost 106-114 in Oklahoma City to the Thunder. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Fournier also added 6 rebounds and 5 assists in 41 minutes. It was Magic's fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. Fournier has very impressive stats this year: 17.2ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.0apg in 65 games. He is a former international player as he played for the French senior team two years ago.

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #7. An experienced international point guard Tony Parker (188-82, currently plays in NBA) faced previously mentioned Rudy Gobert in the NBA last game. Parker was the major contributor in a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Utah Jazz (48-30) 109-103. He scored 21 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. It's Parker's 16th season with the team. This year Parker has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 1.8rpg and 4.6apg. He is also French national team player.

Ali Traore
Ali Traore
   #8. Power forward Ali Traore (207-85, also represented by BeoBasket, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Lebanon) led Byblos to an easy victory against the third-ranked Louaize (11-11) 88-73 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL on Wednesday night. Traore recorded 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 30 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group A. Byblos Sporting Club (16-6) is placed second. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. Traore has very impressive stats this year: 19.2ppg, 8.8rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg in six games. He used to play for the French national team back in 2015.

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot
   #9. Former U20 international swingman Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (201-95, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Philadelphia 76ers (27-51) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Luwawu-Cabarrot's very good performance the Philadelphia 76ers (27-51) were defeated 113-105 in Toronto by the Raptors. He was the top scorer with 23 points (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). There are only four games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. It's Luwawu-Cabarrot's first season with the team. Luwawu-Cabarrot's overall stats this year are: 5.8ppg and 2.1rpg. He used to play for the French U20 national team two years ago.

Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois
   #10. Guard Rodrigue Beaubois (185-88, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Galatasaray (10-19) crushing them 103-80 in the Euroleague on Friday night. Beaubois scored 8 points and added 3 assists. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (17-12) is placed fifth in the Euroleague. His team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. Beaubois has reliable stats this season: 11.5ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.5apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

   #11. International power forward Boris Diaw (203-82, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Rudy Gobert and both played together in the last NBA game. Diaw couldn't help the Utah Jazz (48-30) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the Utah Jazz was defeated 109-103 on their home court in Salt Lake City by the San Antonio Spurs. Diaw was the second best scorer with 19 points. Diaw's overall stats this season are: 4.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.3apg. He plays currently for the French national team.

   #12. International small forward Nicolas Batum (203-88, currently plays in NBA) led Charlotte Hornets to a victory against the Denver Nuggets 122-114 in the NBA on Friday night. Batum scored 13 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 9 assists in 34 minutes. Batum has very impressive stats this year: 15.0ppg, 6.4rpg, 5.9apg and 1.1spg in 73 games. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

   #13. Former international point guard Andrew Albicy (177-90, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Andorra's victory against the 12th-ranked Movil Estudiantes 87-83 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Albicy scored 14 points and added 4 assists. Albicy's overall stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 6.8apg and 1.7spg. He used to play for the French national team six years ago.

   #14. International power forward Joffrey Lauvergne (210-91, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Chicago Bulls' victory against the New Orleans Pelicans 117-110 in the NBA on Sunday night. Lauvergne scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Lauvergne's overall stats this season are: 4.3ppg and 3.3rpg. He plays currently for the French national team.

   #15. Former international forward Tariq Kirksay (199-79, agency: Octagon Europe, college: Iona, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) managed to help Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias to win against the closely-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket 61-51 in the Basketball Champions League last Wednesday. Kirksay scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Kirksay's overall stats this season are: 1.5ppg and 3.5rpg. He is a naturalized American. Kirksay used to play for the French national team nine years ago. He played also for Mulhouse in French league.

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

   #1. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah, currently plays in Euroleague) led his Spanish team Baskonia to a victory over the 13th-ranked Galatasaray (10-19) crushing them 103-80 in the Euroleague on Friday night. He was MVP of the game. Tillie scored 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (17-12) is placed fifth in the Euroleague. His team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Tillie's overall stats are: 7.0ppg and 3.6rpg in 28 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French.

   #2. Experienced Afik Nissim (185-PG-81, currently plays in Israel) was the main contributor in a Hapoel Eilat's victory against one of league's weakest teams Maccabi Ashdod (9-16) crushing them 90-69 in the Israeli Winner League last Monday. Nissim was MVP of the game. He recorded 23 points in 21 minutes. Hapoel Eilat (15-10) is placed fourth in the Winner League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Nissim is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Hapoel's roster. This season Nissim's overall stats are: 9.5ppg and 1.5apg in 22 games. He is another player who holds two passports: French and Israeli.

   #3. Roy Samaha (205-C-84, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked Tadamon (9-13) crushing them 113-67 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL in Tuesday night's game. Samaha recorded 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 15 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. This year Samaha's overall stats are: 5.0ppg and 3.0rpg in five games. He has both French and Lebanese nationalities.

   #4. Jordan Semple (201-F-92, agency: Octagon Europe, college: Chico St., currently plays in Bulgaria) contributed to an Academik Plovdiv's victory against the seventh-ranked Yambol (6-15) 89-78 in the Bulgarian NBL last Friday. Semple had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 16 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks and 3 steals in 39 minutes. Akademik Bulteks 99 Plovdiv (15-6) is placed second in the NBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Semple has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.4ppg, 12.3rpg, 3.6apg, 1.9bpg and 2.1spg in 20 games. Semple is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in France.

   #5. Mattia Udom (200-F-93, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the 15th-ranked Scafati (8-19) 85-69 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Udom scored 8 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 22 minutes. Angelico Biella (21-6) is placed first in West group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Udom averaged so far 10.4ppg and 5.0rpg in 23 games. He also holds two passports: French and Italian.

   #6. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, currently plays in Israel). Kadir could not help Maccabi Rishon to beat Maccabi Haifa. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 18 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 88-71. This year Kadir's overall stats are: 7.9ppg, 6.1rpg and 2.2apg in 24 games. He has dual citizenship: French and Israeli.

   #7. Navid Niktash (203-G/F-91, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to help London Lions (14-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Niktash's very good performance London Lions was badly defeated 111-94 on the road by the lower-ranked Cheshire Phoenix (#10). He recorded 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Niktash averaged so far 14.1ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.2apg. He holds both French and Iranian passports.

   #8. Herve Toure (205-PF-82, currently plays in Argentina) managed to help Estudiantes Concordia in a victory against the third-ranked GECR Indalo 81-69 in the Argentinian LigaA on Wednesday night. Toure scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 11 minutes. This year Toure's overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.2apg in six games. He has Ivorian and French nationalities.

   #9. Mikael Maruotto (201-SF-91, currently plays in Switzerland) was the major contributor in Monthey's victory against the third-ranked Lugano Tigers crushing them 80-52 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game. Maruotto scored 14 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Maruotto averaged so far 12.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.3apg. He has dual citizenship: French and Swiss.

   #10. Rodrigue Maza (208-PF-91, college: Academy of Art, currently plays in Switzerland) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mikael Maruotto and both played together in the last Swiss LNA game. Maza contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked Lugano Tigers crushing them 80-52. He scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 23 minutes. This year Maza's overall stats are: 6.2ppg and 2.8rpg in 21 games.



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Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Kenyon MCNEAILL
  Kozuv
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 19
 1. McNeaill, Kozuv19.0 
 2. Mijatovic, Kuman.18.9 
 3. Tasovski, Rabotnicki16.8 
 4. Jokic, Strumica16.3 
 5. Hawkins, Pelister.16.0 
 6. Mijovic, Kozuv15.1 
 7. Nikolovski, Feni I.13.9 
 8. Misanovic, Rabotnicki13.7 
 9. Ibitayo, Vardar13.6 
 10. Janevski, Kumanovo13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milivoje MIJOVIC
  Kozuv
  (200-PF-91)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Mijovic, Kozuv10.5 
 2. Vasilic, Ohrid AV9.1 
 3. Andrejevic, Pelister.8.0 
 4. Misanovic, Rabotnicki6.6 
 5. Ibitayo, Vardar6.3 
 6. Cekovski, Rabotnicki6.3 
 7. Golubovic, Pelister.6.2 
 8. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.1 
 9. Janevski, Kumanovo6.1 
 10. Mihajlovski, Ohrid A.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Vlado ILIEVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (188-PG-80)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Ilievski, Rabotnicki6.2 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv5.2 
 3. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.9 
 4. Bogoev, Strumica4.8 
 5. Karadzovski, Kuman.4.3 
 6. Mladenovic, Ohrid A.4.0 
 7. Hawkins, Pelister.4.0 
 8. Magdevski, Feni I.3.7 
 9. Stajic, Feni I.3.7 
 10. Hall, Kozuv3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Deji IBITAYO
  Vardar
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Ibitayo, Vardar2.8 
 2. Jokic, Strumica1.6 
 3. Mladenovic, Ohrid A.1.6 
 4. Robev, Vardar1.5 
 5. Makenadziev, Strum.1.5 
 6. Brown, Kumanovo1.4 
 7. Mijatovic, Kuman.1.2 
 8. Ilievski, Rabotnicki1.2 
 9. Bogoev, Strumica1.1 
 10. Hall, Kozuv1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  Rabotnicki
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Misanovic, Rabotnicki1.3 
 2. Ibitayo, Vardar1.0 
 3. Krstevski, Kozuv0.8 
 4. Maslinko, Rabotnicki0.8 
 5. Pekovic, Kumanovo0.7 
 6. Mijatovic, Kuman.0.6 
 7. Zekjiri, Vardar0.6 
 8. Djekic, Feni I.0.6 
 9. Talevski, Pelister.0.5 
 10. Vasilic, Ohrid AV0.5 


Prva Liga Round 5 (Second Stage): Karpos Sokoli defeats Kozuv in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

Prva Liga is at the halfway of the Second Stage and there are still another 5 rounds left.

The most exciting game of round 5 in the Prva Liga took place in Gevgelija. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 4th placed Kozuv (1-4) to second ranked Karpos Sokoli (4-1) 79-77 on Wednesday evening. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 22-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Karpos Sokoli made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) stepped up and scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Croatian guard Dominik Mavra (195-94) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. Serbian Milivoje Mijovic (200-91) responded with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Karpos Sokoli maintains second place with 4-1 record behind leader Strumica. Kozuv at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Feni Industries and Kumanovo. Karpos Sokoli's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Rabotnicki.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Skopje. Third ranked host Rabotnicki (3-2) defeated 4th placed Feni Industries (1-4) 84-69. The former international forward Dime Tasovski (200-80) nailed 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and Vlado Ilievski accounted for 20 points and 4 assists. The former international power forward Kiril Nikolovski (210-88) came up with 20 points and 5 rebounds for Feni Industries in the defeat. Rabotnicki maintains third place with 3-2 record having just two points less than leader Strumica. Feni Industries at the other side keep the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Kumanovo and Kozuv. Rabotnicki's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Karpos Sokoli.
Prva Liga top team - MZT Skopje (5-0) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat sixth ranked Kumanovo (1-4) 81-76. The best player for the winners was Jure Lalic who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Dimitar Karadzovski produced 30 points and 6 assists for the guests. Undefeated MZT Skopje have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 5-0 record. Kumanovo lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Feni Industries and Kozuv. MZT Skopje will meet Feni Industries (#4) in the next round. Kumanovo will play against Kozuv in Gevgelija and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 19 points and 11 assists by Kenyon McNeaill of Kozuv.

Places 1-6
Kozuv - Karpos Sokoli 77-79

The most exciting game of round 5 in the Prva Liga took place in Gevgelija. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 4th placed Kozuv (1-4) to second ranked Karpos Sokoli (4-1) 79-77 on Wednesday evening. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 22-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Karpos Sokoli made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) stepped up and scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Croatian guard Dominik Mavra (195-94) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. Four Karpos Sokoli players scored in double figures. Serbian Milivoje Mijovic (200-91) responded with 23 points and 8 rebounds and American point guard Kenyon McNeaill (185-91, college: Louisiana Tech) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 assists. Karpos Sokoli maintains second place with 4-1 record behind leader Strumica. Kozuv at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Feni Industries and Kumanovo. Karpos Sokoli's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Rabotnicki.
Top scorers:
Karpos Sokoli: K.Perry 17+3reb, D.Labovic 17+6reb+4ast, D.Mavra 16+3reb+4ast, D.Zekovic 14+8reb, F.Sepa 10+1reb+1ast, D.Sokolov 5+6reb+1ast
Kozuv: M.Mijovic 23+8reb, K.McNeaill 19+1reb+11ast, B.Krstevski 16+4reb+2ast, I.Dimcevski 6+4reb+2ast, N.Djurasovic 5+5reb+1ast, L.Hall 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 539656


MZT Skopje - Kumanovo 81-76

Prva Liga top team - MZT Skopje (5-0) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat sixth ranked Kumanovo (1-4) 81-76. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-13. But Kumanovo won second period 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Croatian center Jure Lalic (211-86) who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Xavier Thames (191-91, college: San Diego St.) chipped in 22 points. The former international guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) produced 30 points and 6 assists and international forward Marjan Janevski (203-88) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. MZT Skopje have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 5-0 record. Kumanovo lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Feni Industries and Kozuv. MZT Skopje will meet Feni Industries (#4) in the next round. Kumanovo will play against Kozuv in Gevgelija and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: X.Thames 22+2reb+2ast, J.Lalic 20+6reb+3ast, D.Mijatovic 14+10reb+1ast, S.Gjuroski 9+5reb+2ast, C.Kloof 6+4reb+5ast, D.Drenovac 5+5ast
Kumanovo: D.Karadzovski 30+1reb+6ast, M.Janevski 17+6reb+2ast, Y.Brown 11+1reb+1ast, N.Karakolev 7+5reb, R.Pekovic 6+4reb, M.Pekovic 5+3reb+1ast
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Rabotnicki - Feni Industries 84-69

The game between Top Four teams took place in Skopje. Third ranked host Rabotnicki (3-2) defeated 4th placed Feni Industries (1-4) 84-69. The game was mostly controlled by Rabotnicki. Feni Industries was better in second period 26-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rabotnicki shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 53.6 percentage. The former international forward Dime Tasovski (200-80) nailed 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and the former international point guard Vlado Ilievski (188-80, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 20 points and 4 assists. The former international power forward Kiril Nikolovski (210-88) came up with 20 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Boban Stajic (185-93) added 11 points respectively for Feni Industries in the defeat. Rabotnicki maintains third place with 3-2 record having just two points less than leader Strumica. Feni Industries at the other side keep the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Kumanovo and Kozuv. Rabotnicki's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Karpos Sokoli.
Top scorers:
Rabotnicki: D.Tasovski 22+6reb+1ast, V.Ilievski 20+3reb+4ast, D.Mirakovski 16+5reb+5ast, G.Cekovski 8+2reb, P.Nikolic 5+5reb+1ast, N.Misanovic 5+6reb+3ast
Feni Industries: K.Nikolovski 20+5reb+1ast, B.Stajic 11+2reb+3ast, B.Djekic 10+4reb+1ast, M.Pantic 8+6reb+2ast, G.Markovski 8+5reb+2ast, M.Ceskovic 6+2reb
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  GEORGIA  

Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Giorgi TSINTSADZE
  Kutaisi
  (192-PG-86)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi17.7 
 2. Shemosiuk, Batumi16.9 
 3. Rogava, Olimpi16.3 
 4. Lathan, Sokhumi16.2 
 5. Jintcharadze, Bat.15.3 
 6. Berishvili, Dinamo T.15.2 
 7. Florveus, Cactus T.14.6 
 8. Lezhava, Batumi14.4 
 9. Burnette, Olimpi14.2 
 10. Chikviladze, Cactus T.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FLORVEUS
  Cactus T.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Florveus, Cactus T.12.8 
 2. Pelcher, Batumi10.9 
 3. Atuashvili, Rustavi9.3 
 4. Spagnolo, Rustavi9.3 
 5. Burnette, Olimpi8.7 
 6. Bridgeman, Cactus T.8.2 
 7. Tishchenko, Sokhu.7.9 
 8. Bekauri, Kutaisi7.8 
 9. Murphy, Mgzavrebi7.5 
 10. Maravic, Dinamo T.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Charlie LEE
  Rustavi
  (175-PG-92)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Lee, Rustavi6.2 
 2. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi6.1 
 3. Vaughn, Dinamo T.5.3 
 4. Mikeladze, Olimpi4.6 
 5. Rogava, Olimpi4.0 
 6. Berishvili, Dinamo T.4.0 
 7. Lezhava, Batumi4.0 
 8. Chikviladze, Cactus T.3.9 
 9. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.3.8 
 10. Lathan, Sokhumi3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Tre BURNETTE
  Olimpi
  (196-G-)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Burnette, Olimpi2.6 
 2. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.2.1 
 3. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi2.0 
 4. Rogava, Olimpi2.0 
 5. Lathan, Sokhumi1.8 
 6. Baqradze, Olimpi1.7 
 7. Lee, Rustavi1.6 
 8. Shemosiuk, Batumi1.6 
 9. Lomidze, Cactus T.1.5 
 10. Jgerenaia, Sokhumi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 John FLORVEUS
  Cactus T.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Florveus, Cactus T.1.8 
 2. Bekauri, Kutaisi1.7 
 3. Bridgeman, Cactus T.1.5 
 4. Atuashvili, Rustavi1.5 
 5. Jgerenaia, Sokhumi1.3 
 6. Pelcher, Batumi1.2 
 7. Tubak, Kutaisi1.2 
 8. Rychlyuk, Sokhumi1.1 
 9. Murphy, Mgzavrebi1.1 
 10. Maravic, Dinamo T.0.9 


A League Round 11: Hyundai-TSU beats SEU Tbilisi in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Hyundai-TSU (#2) and SEU Tbilisi (#6). Hyundai-TSU (8-3) crushed visiting SEU Tbilisi (0-11) by 36 points 94-58. The game without a history. Hyundai-TSU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to SEU Tbilisi's 38. Hyundai-TSU forced 25 SEU Tbilisi turnovers and outrebounded them 47-35 including 32 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by SEU Tbilisi's players. The best player for the winners was South African center Christopher Gabriel (210-88, college: San Diego) who scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward George Korsantia (203-98) chipped in 8 points and 11 rebounds. Hyundai-TSU's coach Nikoloz Cherkezishvili felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Kakha Giorgadze (197-94) produced 26 points for the guests. Hyundai-TSU maintains second place with 8-3 record behind leader DELTA. SEU Tbilisi at the other side still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Hyundai-TSU are looking forward to face league's leader DELTA in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. SEU Tbilisi will play against BC Titebi (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
An exciting game was played in . First ranked DELTA faced 3rd placed Arena-76. Host DELTA (9-2) defeated guests from (6-5) 97-92. American Deondre Ray (196, college: Cameron) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 9 rebounds. Irakli Alkhanaidze contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Rodnerius Lewis (193-93, college: Stillman) answered with 39 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 4 assists for Arena-76. DELTA have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Newly promoted DELTA maintains first place with 9-2 record. Arena-76 at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the third position with five games lost. DELTA will play against league's second-placed Hyundai-TSU in Tbilisi in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Arena-76 will play on the road against Tskaltubo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in supposed to be also quite interesting. 4th placed Tskaltubo (5-6) played at the court of fifth ranked BC Titebi (5-6). BC Titebi did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 83-63 on Tuesday. It was a great evening for Armani Flannigan who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. BC Titebi's coach Amrosi Ormotsadze used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Giorgi Kutchava responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds. BC Titebi moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Tskaltubo. BC Titebi will meet bottom-ranked SEU Tbilisi (#6) on the road in the next round. Tskaltubo will play against Arena-76 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Hyundai-TSU - SEU Tbilisi 94-58

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Hyundai-TSU (#2) and SEU Tbilisi (#6). Hyundai-TSU (8-3) crushed visiting SEU Tbilisi (0-11) by 36 points 94-58. The game without a history. Hyundai-TSU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to SEU Tbilisi's 38. Hyundai-TSU forced 25 SEU Tbilisi turnovers and outrebounded them 47-35 including 32 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by SEU Tbilisi's players. The best player for the winners was South African center Christopher Gabriel (210-88, college: San Diego) who scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward George Korsantia (203-98) chipped in 8 points and 11 rebounds. Gabriel is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Hyundai-TSU's coach Nikoloz Cherkezishvili felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Kakha Giorgadze (197-94) produced 26 points and power forward Davit Maisuradze (205-90) added 9 points respectively for the guests. Hyundai-TSU maintains second place with 8-3 record behind leader DELTA. SEU Tbilisi at the other side still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Hyundai-TSU are looking forward to face league's leader DELTA in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. SEU Tbilisi will play against BC Titebi (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Hyundai-TSU: C.Gabriel 19+8reb+1ast, G.Chachkhiani 10+3reb+1ast, D.Aphkhazava 10+5reb+1ast, L.Giorgadze 9+6reb+2ast, M.Jajvani 9+2ast, G.Korsantia 8+11reb+2ast
SEU Tbilisi: K.Giorgadze 26+3reb+1ast, D.Maisuradze 9+4reb+3ast, G.Tskhovrebovi 8+3reb+2ast, B.Akhalaia 6+5reb+2ast, I.Jankhoteli 3+4reb, V.Koguashvili 2+8reb+2ast
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BC Titebi - Tskaltubo 83-63

The game in supposed to be also quite interesting. 4th placed Tskaltubo (5-6) played at the court of fifth ranked BC Titebi (5-6). BC Titebi did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 83-63 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by BC Titebi. Tskaltubo managed to win third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Titebi forced 23 Tskaltubo turnovers. It was a great evening for American forward Armani Flannigan (203-92, college: N.Texas) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Ryan Aaron (190-91, college: S.Nazarene) helped adding 19 points and 8 rebounds. BC Titebi's coach Amrosi Ormotsadze used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Giorgi Kutchava responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds and Uzbekistani center Dmitry Sviridov (212-85) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BC Titebi moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Tskaltubo. BC Titebi will meet bottom-ranked SEU Tbilisi (#6) on the road in the next round. Tskaltubo will play against Arena-76 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Titebi: A.Flannigan 20+10reb+2ast, R.Aaron 19+8reb+1ast, G.Dvali 13+2reb+1ast, A.Puluzashvili 12+7reb+1ast, R.Didia 7+6reb+3ast, G.Gugeshashvili 4+1reb
Tskaltubo: G.Kutchava 19+5reb+3ast, D.Dvalishvili 16+4reb+3ast, D.Sviridov 12+14reb, G.Birkaia 10+6reb, G.Kandelaki 4+9reb+2ast, D.Atskvereli 2+4reb
gschID: 534766


DELTA - Arena-76 97-92

An exciting game was played in . First ranked DELTA faced 3rd placed Arena-76. Host DELTA (9-2) defeated guests from (6-5) 97-92. Arena-76 was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. DELTA made 17-of-18 charity shots (94.4 percent) during the game. American Deondre Ray (196, college: Cameron) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Irakli Alkhanaidze (202-92) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four DELTA players scored in double figures. American guard Rodnerius Lewis (193-93, college: Stillman) answered with 39 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import power forward Peter Alexis (213-92, college: Philadelphia) added 18 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Arena-76. DELTA have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Newly promoted DELTA maintains first place with 9-2 record. Arena-76 at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the third position with five games lost. DELTA will play against league's second-placed Hyundai-TSU in Tbilisi in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Arena-76 will play on the road against Tskaltubo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
DELTA: D.Ray 23+9reb+2ast, I.Alkhanaidze 21+5reb+2ast, Z.Antadze 20+4reb+1ast, S.Lobjanidze 10+2reb+3ast, L.Eliadze 7+1reb+1ast, K.Downs 7+4reb
Arena-76: R.Lewis 39+9reb+4ast, P.Alexis 18+11reb+1ast, O.Rychlyuk 12+6reb+1ast, K.Bitsadze 8+2reb+4ast, M.Abaishvili 7+2reb+6ast, T.Chachibaia 6+8reb+1ast
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Rodnerius Lewis claims Georgian A League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Rodnerius Lewis (193-G-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for Arena-76 and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A League Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 23-year old guard had the game-high 39 points adding nine rebounds and four assists for Arena-76 as his team lost the game against DELTA (#1, 9-2) 92-97. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Arena-76 maintains the 3rd position in Georgian A League. Arena-76 is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 5th lost game this season out of 11 games. In the team's last game Lewis had a remarkable 56.3% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Arena-76's top player in his first season with the team. Stillman College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Lewis is in league's top in points (3rd best: 21.8ppg) and assists (6th best: 4.1apg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Armani Flannigan (203-F-92) of BC Titebi. Flannigan impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he led BC Titebi to another comfortable win outscoring Tskaltubo (5-6) 83-63. This victory allowed BC Titebi to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-6 record. Flannigan is a newcomer at BC Titebi 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 16.8ppg (#6). He also registered 10.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was South African Christopher Gabriel (210-C-88) of second-ranked Hyundai-TSU. Gabriel scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Hyundai-TSU, leading his team to a 94-58 easy win against SEU Tbilisi (#6, 0-11). Hyundai-TSU needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 3 lost games. Gabriel has a great season in Georgia. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.6rpg (6th best). Gabriel attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ryan Aaron (190-G-91) of BC Titebi - 19 points and 8 rebounds
5. Deondre Ray (196-SF) of DELTA - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Peter Alexis (213-F/C-92) of Arena-76 - 18 points and 11 rebounds
7. Irakli Alkhanaidze (202-F-92) of DELTA - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Oleksandr Rychlyuk (208-F/C-84) of Arena-76 - 12 points and 6 rebounds
9. Zviad Antadze (198-F-88) of DELTA - 20 points and 4 rebounds
10. Luka Giorgadze (197-F-97) of Hyundai-TSU - 9 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)



Tornike Shengelia selected the top Georgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tornike Shengelia
Tornike Shengelia
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Tornike Shengelia (206-91, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to Baskonia's victory against the 14th-ranked Sevilla (8-17) 79-75 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Shengelia scored 9 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 22 minutes on the court. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (18-7) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. Shengelia has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 52.1%, 3FGP: 27.8% and FT: 71.6% in 18 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Richard Hickman
Richard Hickman
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro, currently plays in Euroleague). Hickman led his Italian team Armani Milano to a victory against the tenth-ranked Zalgiris (13-16) 88-84 in the Euroleague last Friday. He scored 16 points and added 3 assists. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (8-21) is placed second from the bottom (#15) in the Euroleague. They ended the series of seven consecutive loses. Hickman's team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Hickman has relatively solid stats: 10.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.4apg, 2FGP: 41.6%, 3FGP: 34.9% and FT: 80.8%. He is a naturalized American. Hickman played for the Georgian national team in 2014. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

Beka Burjanadze
Beka Burjanadze
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Beka Burjanadze (201-94, currently plays in Spain). Burjanadze led Andorra to a victory over the 12th-ranked Movil Estudiantes (10-16) 87-83 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Burjanadze scored 20 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. MoraBanc Andorra (13-12) is placed eighth in the Liga Endesa. Burjanadze has reliable stats this year: 11.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 55.8%(58-104), 3FGP: 44.3% and FT: 80.2% in 25 games. He is also a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #4. Point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in Lithuania) was the major contributor in a Lietuvos rytas' victory against the sixth-ranked Vytautas (15-14) crushing them 109-60 in the Lithuanian LKL last Sunday. Fisher scored 14 points, made 7 passes and 4 steals in 22 minutes. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (21-8) is placed second in the LKL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Fisher averages: 9.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.7apg in 29 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Fisher played previously for the USA university national team, he is currently in the Georgian national team roster. Apparently Fisher has never played in Georgia.

Marquez Haynes
Marquez Haynes
   #5. Former international point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 3-point Umana Venezia's victory against the closely-ranked Scandone AV (15-10) 78-75 in the Italian Serie A on Monday night. He recorded 11 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Umana Reyer Venezia (17-8) is placed second in the Serie A. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Haynes' stats this season are: 12.2ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.2apg. He is a naturalized American. Haynes used to play for the Georgian national team six years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Georgia.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #6. Point guard Jacob Pullen (184-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to Khimky's victory against the ninth-ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod (7-15) 99-90 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Pullen scored 15 points and added 4 assists (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 25 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 is very crucial. This year Pullen's overall stats are: 9.2ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.8apg in 17 games. He is a naturalized American. Pullen is a former international player as he played for the Georgian senior team two years ago. However he has never played in Georgia.

Taurean Green
Taurean Green
   #7. Former international point guard Taurean Green (183-85, college: Florida, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a Bnei Hasharon's victory against the league leader Maccabi T-A (17-8) 94-88 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night. He recorded 20 points in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Bnei Hertzeliyya (15-10) is placed third in the Winner League. Green's stats this year are: 13.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.2apg and 1.4spg in 25 games. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the Georgian national team seven years ago.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #8. Center Giorgi Shermadini (217-89, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Beka Burjanadze and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Shermadini helped Andorra win their game against the 12th-ranked Movil Estudiantes (10-16) 87-83. He scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Shermadini has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg and 7.4rpg. Shermadini plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Duda Sanadze
Duda Sanadze
   #9. International guard Duda Sanadze (196-92, college: San Diego, currently plays in Slovenia) could not help KK Primorska (12-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the first-placed KK Primorska (12-2) was edged 82-81 on the road by the second-ranked Sencur Gorenjska gradbena druzba Kranj in the Places 7-12 group. Sanadze was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 3 steals in 22 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Sanadze's third season in pro basketball. Sanadze has very impressive stats this year: 17.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg in 24 games. He is also in the roster of the Georgian national team.

Goga Bitadze
Goga Bitadze
   #10. Power forward Goga Bitadze (210-99, currently plays in Serbia) helped Smederevo win their game against the sixth-ranked Dunav SB (13-11) 86-75 in the Serbian KLS on Saturday night. Bitadze recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Smederevo 1953 (3-21) is placed second from the bottom (#13) in the KLS. It was his team's first victory after seven consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Bitadze's first season with the team. Bitadze averaged so far 10.9ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.2bpg. He is U18 international player who is currently on the Georgian National Team roster.

   #11. An experienced international center Zaza Pachulia (211-84, currently plays in NBA) helped Golden State Warriors win their game against the Washington Wizards crushing them 139-115 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Pachulia scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 14 minutes. This year his total stats are: 6.2ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.8apg in 66 games. Pachulia plays currently for the Georgian national team.

   #12. International guard Michael Dixon (186-90, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Memphis, currently plays in Greece) managed to help AEK Athens to win against the league outsider Doxa Lefkadas 68-64 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. He scored only 2 points. Dixon averaged so far 11.7ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.3apg. He is a naturalized American. Dixon is also in the roster of the Georgian national team.

   #13. Former U20 international center Shota Gelazonia (205-94, currently plays in Spain) helped Cambados win their game against the ninth-ranked Navarra 93-74 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Friday night. Gelazonia scored 10 points in 15 minutes. He has averaged so far 9.6ppg and 4.7rpg in 27 games. Gelazonia used to play for the Georgian U20 national team four years ago.

   #14. Former international forward Giga Janelidze (199-95, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) helped Jesi win their game against the sixth-ranked Roseto 87-79 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Janelidze has averaged so far 4.1ppg and 3.2rpg. He used to play for the Georgian national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former international power forward Akaki Dvalishvili (207-91, currently plays in Russia) helped Novosybirsk win their game against the eighth-ranked Kupol-Rodniki crushing them 74-54 in the Russian Superleague 1 (second division) on Thursday night. He recorded only 3 points. Dvalishvili has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 3.0rpg. He used to play for the Georgian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Argentina) led San Lorenzo to a victory over the sixth-ranked Quimsa (23-25) 90-84 in the Argentinian LigaA in Thursday night's game. Diaz was the best player in that game. He scored 18 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. San Lorenzo de Almagra (30-14) is placed first in Sur group. Diaz's stats this season are: 10.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.0apg. He has a dual citizenship: Georgian and Puerto Rican.

   #2. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points, currently plays in EuroCup) contributed to a Valencia Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (3-3) 68-62 in the Eurocup last Tuesday. Thomas recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Valencia Basket (6-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all six games in the Finals. Thomas' total stats this season are: 6.3ppg and 4.4rpg. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #3. Grigol Shvangiradze (196-F-91, currently plays in Spain) helped Quintanar win their game against the third-ranked Alcobendas (19-6) 76-70 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. Shvangiradze scored 10 points and added 3 passes in 30 minutes. 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. Shvangiradze has averaged so far 5.2ppg and 2.8rpg in 25 games he played so far.



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Dennis Schroeder selected the top German playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Dennis Schroeder
Dennis Schroeder
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Dennis Schroeder (181-93, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Atlanta Hawks (39-38) in their last game. Despite Schroeder's very good performance the Atlanta Hawks (39-38) were edged 106-104 on the road by the Chicago Bulls. He was the top scorer with 29 points. Schroeder also added 7 rebounds and 6 assists in 37 minutes on the court. It's Schroeder's fourth season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Schroeder averages: 18.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 6.4apg, 2FGP: 48.6%, 3FGP: 33.6% and FT: 85.3% in 76 games he played so far. He played for the German senior national team two years ago.

Johannes Voigtmann
Johannes Voigtmann
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92, currently plays in Euroleague). Voigtmann led his Spanish team Baskonia to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Galatasaray (10-19) crushing them 103-80 in the Euroleague last Friday. He scored 15 points. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (17-12) is placed fifth in the Euroleague. Voigtmann's team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Voigtmann has relatively good stats this season: 10.2ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 64.3%(92-143), 3FGP: 31.8% and FT: 73.5%. He is in the roster of the German senior national team.

Tibor Pleiss
Tibor Pleiss
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Tibor Pleiss (217-89, currently plays in Turkey). Pleiss led Galatasaray to a victory against the 13th-ranked Usak Sportlif (7-17) 95-88 in the Turkish BSL on Monday night. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. Pleiss also added 2 blocks (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 26 minutes. Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (17-6) is placed fourth in the BSL. It's Pleiss' first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 9.6ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 63.7%(79-124) and FT: 81.5% in 21 games. Pleiss is also a member of the German senior national team.

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #4. An experienced forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Dallas Mavericks (32-45) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the Dallas Mavericks (32-45) were edged 121-118 in New Orleans by the Pelicans. Nowitzki was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 7 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Nowitzki is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his 19th year in Mavericks' roster. This season Nowitzki has very high stats. He averages: 14.4ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.5apg. Nowitzki used to play for the German national team back in 2015.

Heiko Schaffartzik
Heiko Schaffartzik
   #5. Former international point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in a JSF Nanterre's victory against the league outsider Sluc Nancy (6-19) 78-73 in the French ProA last Saturday. He recorded 18 points and added 9 assists in 35 minutes. JSF Nanterre (17-8) is placed fourth in the ProA. This year Schaffartzik has relatively solid stats: 10.2ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.9apg in 25 games. He used to play for the German national team two years ago.

Paul Zipser
Paul Zipser
   #6. Swingman Paul Zipser (203-94, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) faced previously mentioned Dennis Schroeder in the NBA last game. Zipser contributed to a 2-point Chicago Bulls' victory against the Atlanta Hawks (39-38) 106-104. He recorded 10 points and blocked 2 blocks. There are only four games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Zipser's total stats this season are: 5.1ppg and 2.7rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior German National Team roster.

Tilo Klette
Tilo Klette
   #7. Former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Austria) contributed to a Gmunden Swans' victory against the seventh-ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (12-16) 77-71 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Sunday night's game. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Basket Swans Gmunden (20-8) is placed second in the A Bundesliga. Klette has reliable stats this season: 12.6ppg, 4.7rpg and 2.5apg. He used to play for the German U22 national team eighteen years ago.

Robin Benzing
Robin Benzing
   #8. Forward Robin Benzing (208-89, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Zaragoza (8-18) in their game against CB Canarias (19-7) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Benzing cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. Zaragoza lost 54-65 in Tenerife to the leading CB Canarias. It was Zaragoza's third consecutive loss in a row. Benzing's stats this year are: 13.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.4apg in 26 games. He plays currently for the German national team.

Thomas Kaspereit
Thomas Kaspereit
   #9. Former U16 international power forward Thomas Kaspereit (199-83, currently plays in Luxembourg) couldn't help Kordall Steelers (16-10) in their last game. Despite Kaspereit's good performance the third-placed Kordall Steelers (16-10) was badly defeated 82-62 in Luxembourg by the leading Racing in the Playdowns 2 group. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 37 minutes. This year Kaspereit's total stats are: 6.3ppg and 3.7rpg in six games. He used to play for the German U16 national team eighteen years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Kiril Wachsmann (203-C-84, college: Iona, currently plays in Uruguay) led Defensor to an easy victory against the second-ranked U Universitario (10-4) crushing them 105-80 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB on Monday night. Wachsmann recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. Defensor Sporting Club Montevideo (6-8) is placed seventh in Promocional 1 group. Wachsmann's total stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 8.6rpg and 1.4apg.

   #2. Bar Timor (190-PG-92, currently plays in Israel) could not help Hapoel Jerusalem (13-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance Hapoel Jerusalem lost 80-86 on the road to the lower-ranked (#10) Galil Gilboa. Timor recorded 13 points in 31 minutes. Timor has reliable stats this year: 10.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.8apg in 23 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: German and Israeli.

   #3. Joachim Thoss (201-C-81, currently plays in Philippines) led Alaska Aces to a 3-point victory against the closely-ranked Rain or Shine (3-2) 105-102 in the Filipino PBA on Sunday night. Thoss scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Alaska Aces (4-0) are placed first in the PBA. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. Thoss has been at the team for five years. He has reliable stats this season: 12.3ppg and 4.3rpg in four games. Thoss is another player who holds two passports: German and Filipino.

   #4. Adam Ariel (192-F/G-94, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help Maccabi Ashdod in their game against Hapoel Eilat (15-10) in the Israeli Winner League. Ariel cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points. Maccabi Ashdod was crushed 90-69 in Eilat by the lower-ranked Hapoel (#4). Ariel's total stats this season are: 6.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.3apg. He has both German and Israeli nationalities.

   #5. Dimitris Cheilaris (206-F-90, currently plays in Greece) contributed to Iraklis' victory against the 14th-ranked Irakleio (6-17) 61-57 in the Greek A2 (second division) last Saturday. Cheilaris scored 7 points. GS Iraklis Thessaloniki (17-2) is placed second in the A2. Cheilaris has averaged so far 6.8ppg and 2.8rpg. He also holds two passports: German and Greek. Despite Cheilaris' German nationality, he previously played for the Greek U16 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the German team.

   #6. Andy Eicke (208-C-92, currently plays in Luxembourg) was not able to secure a victory for Contern in their game against Etzella in the Luxembourg Total League. Eicke scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. His team lost 77-85. Eicke has averaged so far 3.2ppg and 2.2rpg in 23 games.



Tim Eisenberger's triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

Guard Tim Eisenberger (197-G-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for Treuchtlingen, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 25-year old player recorded a triple-double of 24 points adding also 10 rebounds and 11 assists, while his team crushed Herzogenaurach (#13, 4-21) with 25-point margin 94-69. Treuchtlingen is placed at 3rd position in their group in German Regionalliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Treuchtlingen will need more victories to improve their 17-8 record. In the team's last game Eisenberger had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Treuchtlingen, through which he has constantly improved. Tim Eisenberger has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 21.7ppg), assists (2nd best: 7.5apg) and averages impressive 2.6spg and 65.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young Oscar Da Silva (207-PF-98) of Schwabing. Da Silva had a very good evening with 40 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Schwabing cruised to a 99-92 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Leitershofen (#11, 10-15). Schwabing's 7th position in South-East has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Da Silva is one of the most experienced players at Schwabing and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American Vincent Garrett (198-SF-91) of Jena II (#6). Garrett got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds . He was a key player of Jena II, leading his team to a 90-79 win against slightly higher-ranked Bad Aibling (#4, 17-8). Jena II needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in South-East. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 11 lost games. Garrett has a great season in Germany. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.8ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 10.4rpg (6th best). He also has 2.1spg and FGP: 59.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Omari Knox (188-G-86) of Oberhaching - 37 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Chris Hortman (190-G-88) of Ibbenbueren - 31 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
6. David Golembiowski (203-PF-89) of Dorsten - 33 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Dijon Smith (203-F/C-89) of Frintrop - 22 points, 20 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Erik Land (205-C-90) of TSV Troester - 22 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Matthias Finke (190-G-87) of Salzkotten - 33 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Hendrik Bellscheidt (193-G-90) of Zwickau - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 8 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)



Chris Warren Unleashes the Mini Harden Carrying Nanterre 92 Into The Fiba Europe Cup Final 4 Past The Telekom Baskets Bonn 86-81 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

One could spend many boring hours bringing excitement back into your life browsing you tube and finding these amazing basketball videos where people hit amazing shots from tall bridges into a basket hundreds of meters down or the guy jumping into a lake and throwing the ball 40 meters into a basket or a guy using three walls to hit an incredible shot or hitting a half court shot flinging a Frisbee and seeing nothing but net. Sometimes one doesn't need to kill boredom going on you tube to witness these kinds of shots, but all one has to do is go into a basketball arena and witness German sharp shooter, sniper, marksman in one Heiko Schaffartzik fire away as he has hit countless spectacular shots over the years and he belongs to the type of players that people will come just to watch him giving hitting from the parking lot a new meaning time after time after time again. After playing most of his illustrious career in his homeland Germany where he helped Alba Berlin capture the BBL cup in 2013 and FC Bayern Munich the league title in 2014, Schaffartzik decided to retreat from Germany in 2015 and has been in France ever since. Last season he played with Limoges and this season has been lighting up arenas in France with 2015 Eurochallenge winner Nanterre. It has been sometime since he last played a professional game in Germany in September at the 2015 European championships in Berlin and now was back in Bonn fighting for a ticket to the 2017 Fiba Europe Cup Final 4. The last time, the German played in the Telekom Dome in Bonn was almost 2 years ago on April 24th where FC Bayern Munich suffered a humiliating 88-84 loss where he played only eight minutes and scored two points. This time the stakes were a lot higher and he wasn't thinking about taking part in a special shooting contest from on top of the Telekom building in downtown, Bonn, but just escaping his homeland with a victory. This time with 10 minutes to go and down by 14 points, it looked like Schaffartzik who was sporting a blond beard looked like a vNanterre 92 stage an amazing comeback in the last 8 minutes to help carry his team into the Fiba Europe Cup Final 4 with a 86-81 victory. 'Bonn ruled the physical game in the first three quarters and had a quick start and got hot which can always happen in basketball. We came back and were simply more physical in the fourth quarter and why we won the game', stressed Heiko Schaffartzik.

However the story of the game was Orlando, Florida native and ex Mississippi (NCAA) scorer Chris Warren (178-PG-88, college: Mississippi) who really had to step up in the fourth quarter to make sure his team would advance to the Fiba Europe Cup Final 4. Warren who has lit up scoreboards in Australia, Turkey and Greece, may be 18 centimeters smaller and 24 kilos lighter than James 'Fear the beard' Harden, but the 178cm guard sure looks like the Houston Rocket with his long bead and plays like the ex Arizona State legend as he heated up in game one with 20 points and in game two spanked Bonn with 24 points and connected on the huge shots when his team needed them most down the stretch getting 11 points. After the win, the 2013 France Pro A title holder with Nanterre 92 explained why his team was able to pull it out at the end. 'We just kept the faith. Bonn owned us on the boards through out the game, but we matched up better to their physicality in the second half and just dug deep down and made big shots', explained Chris Warren. The Telekom Baskets Bonn dominated the game for a very long stretch of the game and just chocked in crunch time denying themselves a ticket to the Fiba Europe Cup Final 4. 'We dominated for a long time for 35 minutes. Ken Horton had a big night and all was going well for us. Then we just lost our rhythm. Nanterre 92 hit two big shots which upped their self confidence. We lost our physicality in that stretch and didn't play the defense we had been playing earlier in the game when we had been successful', stressed Telekom Baskets Bonn forward Florian Koch.

A record Fiba Europe cup crowd of 6,000 were in the sold out Telkom Dome to witness a quick and enthusiastic start by the French side Nanterre 92, but the Telekom Baskets Bonn would soon find their offensive rhythm and then it was lights out before the 8:00pm ARD news had even started. Nanterre got going quickly going on a 5-0 run and stopped Bonn's first two possession. In their run, Nanterre got scoring from 2015 Eurochallenge winner Mykal Riley and ex ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (ProA) power forward Matthias Lessort who made the hard dunk after getting the pass from Riley. Nanterre continued to resort to going inside as Bonn was giving them the one on one game and taking away their shooters, but had absolutely no plan to stop the beast Lessort who continued to just put everything away. The French man definitely didn't have a cake walk against Gamble who came into this season having been the top shot blocker the last three years in France and Belgium, but had to contain the beast Lessort who scored twice over him and then finished on the pick and roll with Schaffartzik as Nanterre 92 led 11-6. In the meantime the Telekom Baskets Bonn had found their rhythm on offense and got some easy buckets in the paint with a dunk from Gamble and fancy fingertip roll lay in from ex Temple (NCAA) guard TJ DILeo who might have got some extra pointers the last days from Josh 'Is Tiny but not Archibald' Mayo who had displayed one of those on Sunday in Frankfurt. Bonn had their own secret weapon is ex medi Bayreuth forward Ken Horton who displayed his keen inside out game with an offensive rebound and put back tying the contest at 11-11. Warren and Horton then traded three's as the game was dead locked at 14-14 and looked like it could go back and forth. Instead, the Telekom Baskets Bonn put it up another level and closed out the first quarter with an excruciating 16-8 run to lead 30-22 after ten minutes. In the run, Bonn just played strong offensive basketball and hit shots. Especially the long ball fell as Mayo connected twice and ex Grissin Bon Reggio Emila (Italy-Serie A) power forward from Latvia Ojars Silins hit from downtown and the team also got fast break points from DiLeo. 'Nanterre 92 couldn't match our physicality and Bonn challenged them inside and took their shooters away. This worked well in the first quarter even though both teams still had more potential in the game', added Telekom Baskets Bonn press secretary Jorg Baehren. The Telekom Baskets Bonn were shooting 66% from the field and 55% from outside while Nanterre 92was shooting 66% from the field and 33% from outside. Bonn had the 6-3 rebound edge and two turnovers while Nanterre had four turnovers.

In the second quarter Nanterre 92 defended better keeping the Bonn scoring machine better in check and making it an almost even game until allowing the home team to lead by eight points at the break. The Telekom Baskets Bonn did keep their offensive spark from the last minutes of the first quarter as they broke out on a rapid 5-2 run to up their lead to 35-24 as ex Dolomiti Energia Trento (Italy-Serie A) guard Jamarr Sanders hit a jumper and German Florian Koch buried a trey while Nanterre 92 ex St.Louis (NCAA) forward Brian Conklin scored in traffic. Bonn then missed some shots allowing Nanterre 92 to go on a 7-0 run to cut the Bonn lead to 35-31 as all of a sudden the Telekom Dome got a little quitter and the few Nanterre 92 fans that had made the trip and bench were the loudest in the hall. In the run, Nanterre 92 got a trey from Riley and continued beast production from Lessort who scored twice in the paint area. The Telekom Baskets Bonn now executed better on offense, but still had Nanterre 92 on their heels like an antelope does a feisty quick footed jaguar in the middle of Sudan. Bonn got a bucket inside from Silins and also got massive energy from 26 year old 207 Montenegran and 2016 ulgarian champion with Lukoil Academic Sofia Flip Barovic who got a dunk and free throw, but Nanterre 92 stayed on track as they continued to destroy the inside with Lessort who made a lay in and blocked Barovic while Warren made a lay in and ex BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (ProA) 200cm forward Jean Frederic Morency made a runner cutting the Bonn advantage to 41-39. The Telekom Baskets Bonn went into half-time strong going on a 6-2 run to lead 47-39. In the run, Bonn was able to get a Barovic lay in and fast break buckets from Mayo and DiLeo. 'Lessort continued to have a strong game and with his big body hard to contain. He still Isn't a totally complete player yet. It was nice seeing Heiko Schaffartzik play again. He had played in the BBL since 2002 and moved to France last season. He has been integrated well into the team and you see what value he has for the team. He still knows when it's time to shoot and when to pass', stated Joer Baehren. The Telekom Baskets Bonn were shooting 54% from the field and 40% from the three point line while Nanterre 92 was shooting 57% from the field and 33% from the three point line. Bonn had the 13-11 rebound edge and three turnovers while Nanterre had eight turnovers.

The Telekom Baskets Bonn had a horrible start into the third quarter allowing Nanterre 92 to get very close again, but were able to break away again in the latter half of the third quarter and lead 71-60 after 30 minutes. Nanterre 92 stepped up their defense and stopped the first five possessions of the Telekom Baskets Bonn, but couldn't make as much ground as they may have liked to as they only got five points getting a trey from Warren and pretty Lessort spin move inside to cut the Bonn lead to 47-44. The Telekom Baskets Bonn then escaped out of their offensive funk and got back into their groove marching on a 11-5 run to lead 58-49 and the first Bonn thoughts about the Fiba Europe Cup Final 4 resurfaced again on the minds of their fans. Bonn were present again all over the floor as the duo of Horton and Gamble remained aggressive on the offensive boards with tip ins and also got a DiLeo lay in as well as Horton fade away jumper. Bonn always had an answer when Nanterre 92 was scoring not to allow them to get closer and also had enough instances where their defensive presence and big plays led to transition buckets. Horton continued to have his game face on as he dropped three pointesr four and five and was 5/5 from the parking lot and ex Giessen guard Yoman Polas scored to complete the Bonn 10-2 run and lead 68-53. Nanterre 92 didn't totally fall apart, but kept their Fiba Europe Cup Final 4 dreams alive as they got sufficient production from their bench as 18 year old ex Centre Federal du Basket-Ball (NM1)195cm forward Bathiste Tchouaffe hit a trey and ex Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA) 206cm forward Talib Zanna got to the free throw line twice, but Bonn still had the comfortable 71-60 lead. 'We were playing better as we lost the quarter only by three points after being down by eight at halftime, but they were still getting to many easy baskets inside', added Chris Warren. 'We came out of halftime and still had our offensive rhythm for most part of the third quarter. We didn't fall apart and had a good defensive rhythm', stressed Florian Koch. The Telekom Baskets Bonn were shooting 54% from the field and 50% from the parking lot while Nanterre 92 was shooting 56% from the field and 37% from the parking lot. Bonn had the 20-17 rebound edge and turnovers while Nanterre had 14 turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, the Telekom Baskets Bonn slowly dwindled away their lead as Nanterre 92 made their last push and simply were rewarded with timely shots and stops to sneak into the 2017 Fiba Europe Cup Final 4. The Telekom Baskets Bonn started off the fourth quarter solid going on a 6-3 run to extend their lead to 77-63 as the Nanterre 92 hopes were slipping away. In the run, Bonn got a Barovic hook shot and free throw and Koch trey. Then the Telekom Baskets Bonn just fell apart allowing Nanterre 92 to go on a devastating 13-0 run to trail Bonn only 77-76. The first four points by Nanterre 92 may have been that first back breaking indication as Chris Warren let out that Mini Harden inside him as he made two huge plays taking advantage of a Bonn break down as the help was invisible as well as his man as he scooted to the hole unscathed for an easy lay in and then instantly on the next play stole the ball in Bonn's half court and made a lay in. Bonn then coughed up the ball, but was able to secure seemingly unending offensive rebounds in the next minutes, but fell short each time trying to get the bucket. Nanterre 92 continued to get extra chances as 24 year old ex Utah St. (NCAA) guard and sharp shooter Spencer Butterfield who had been shut out from outside just not getting open the whole game as he had to settle for a 15 footer and first field goal in 35 minutes. A feat like that usually never happens to Butterfield as scoring has always been in his genes as he scored 39 points a few weeks ago on 11/13 shooting from outside in a Fiba Europe Cup game. After another Bonn turnover, Warren penalized the home team again with a trey and Riley made a 20 footer as Bonn's 14 point lead was carved to one point and one could almost hear a pin drop and Predrag Krunic's thoughts in the Telekom Dome. Mayo finally stopped the annoying Nanterre 92 run getting to the rim with a lay in and extending the Bonn lead to 79-76. However this momentary offensive display by Bonn couldn't slow down the rising Nanterre 92 momentum as they continued to be hungrier and wanting to win more than Bonn as they got another Lessort lay in that had the Nanterre 92 bench erupt and then got a big trey from Warren to give Nanterre 92 the lead back 82-79 with 2.42 minutes to play for the first time since leading 14-11. Warren was instrumental in the fourth scoring 11 points and most responsible for his team reaching the Fiba Europe Cup Final 4. 'I just did what I do. We needed big plays and I just stepped up', stressed Chris Warren. The game couldn't have been more exciting as Gamble then missed two free throws and Lessort missed a dunk as Bonn was still trailing by three points and had to lose by at least one point to force overtime as they had won by one point in Nanterre last week. However after a Mayo miss, it was of all people Heiko Schaffartzik who had been surprisingly quiet all agme long due to getting no open shots had hit more crazy shots in his career then Shaq missed free throws connected on a long trey extending the Nanterre 92 lead to 85-79 with less than a minute to play. 'It was a one possession game and his shot was huge that sealed the win for us', stressed Chris Warren. Mayo then connected on a jumper to cut the Nanterre 92 lead to 85-81. Warren then sealed the Fiba Europe Cup Final 4 for good with free throws. 'We got into our game in the fourth quarter. Key to winning this game in the fourth quarter was being more physical than them and cutting down their fast breaks points', added Chris Warren. 'We didn't get too confident with our lead, but Nanterre 92 just hit their shots better and contained Horton and Gamble better. The Warren and Schaffartzik three's hurt us much', stressed Florian Koch. Nanterre 92 was led by Chris Warren with 24 points. Matthias Lessort added 21 points and seven rebounds. Mykal Riley produced 15 points and Talib Zanna had 10 points. The Telekom Baskets Bonn were led by Ken Horton with 24 points. Josh Mayo added 13 points and nine rebounds while Filip Barovic had 11 points. Nanterre 92 shot 58% from the field and 43% from outside while the Telekom Baskets Bonn shot 46% from the field and 40% from outside. Bonn won the rebound battle 28-27 and had 13 turnovers while Nanterre 92 coughed up the ball 16 times.




Regionalliga Round 27: SG Schwelmer Baskets are defeated by Muenster - by Eurobasket News

North
Stade - Weser Bsk/BTS 73-39

Very expected game when 10th ranked Weser Bsk/BTS (5-15) was crushed on the road by second ranked Stade (15-4) 73-39 on Sunday. Stade held Weser Bsk/BTS to an opponent 23.2 percent shooting from the field compared to 42.6 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Weser Bsk/BTS 47-28 including a 38-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American guard Mason Biddle (185-93, college: Western St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 assists. Tom Lipke (193-86, agency: Court Side) helped adding 17 points and 7 rebounds. Stade's coach Nemo Weber felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The best for the losing side was swingman Andreas Bruns (197) with 19 points and 7 rebounds and forward Lukas Koehler (196) scored 8 points. The victory was the third consecutive win for Stade. They maintain second place in North with 15-4 record having thirteen points less than leader Schwelm. Newly promoted Weser Bsk/BTS keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. Stade will face league's leader RW Cuxhaven on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Weser Bsk/BTS will play against Sixers (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Stade: T.Lipke 17+7reb+1ast, M.Biddle 15+3reb+10ast, P.Sausmikat 9+2reb+1ast, M.Kemp 8+3reb+3ast, W.Rogacewicz 7+9reb, R.Froehlich 5+4reb
Weser Bsk/BTS: A.Bruns 19+7reb+1ast, L.Koehler 8+3reb, J.Liermann 7+2reb+1ast, H.Gottwich 2+5reb+1ast, A.Pena 2+5reb, E.Bertan 1+3reb+1ast
gschID: 482523


BSW Sixers - Wusterhausen 51-59

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Sixers (14-6) against eighth ranked Wusterhausen (7-12) on Saturday night. Host Sixers were defeated by Wusterhausen in a tough game in Sandersdorf 51-59. Wusterhausen dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Sixers' 26. They outrebounded Sixers 44-30 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Christoph Tetzner (201-81) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Noe Trenz (195-89) chipped in 9 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Terrence Williams (198-93, college: Charlotte) who recorded 14 points and 8 rebounds and Czech center Jaroslav Tyrna (207-86, college: New Orleans, agency: Octagon Europe) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Wusterhausen moved-up to seventh place in North, which they share with Rendsburg. Loser Sixers keep the third position with six games lost. They share it with Aschersleben. Wusterhausen will meet at home Rendsburg (#7) in the next round. Sixers will play against Weser Bsk/BTS (#10) in Neustadt and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Wusterhausen: C.Tetzner 16+12reb+2ast, N.Trenz 9+8reb+1ast, D.Hasenkampf 9+4reb+1ast, A.Giese 8+6reb+3ast, G.Tyrekidis 6+2reb, N.Draegert 4+4reb+4ast
BSW Sixers: J.Tyrna 16+7reb, T.Williams 14+8reb+2ast, S.Kordis 8+3reb+2ast, A.Touray 3+5reb, A.Markoc 3+6reb+1ast, N.Radestock 3+1ast
gschID: 482520


Westerstede - RW Cuxhaven 74-82

Very predictable result when first ranked RW Cuxhaven (15-3) defeated on the road 8th ranked Westerstede (6-13) 82-74 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Croatian point guard Luka Petkovic (190-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 7 assists. Serbian-Croatian Sinisa Cvetanovic (205-94) helped adding 20 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was power forward Marcel Kessen (207-97) with 15 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Nigel Pruitt (201-94, college: Kennesaw St.) scored 16 points and 4 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Westerstede's coach Milos Stankovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for RW Cuxhaven. They maintain first place in North with 15-3 record. Newly promoted Westerstede dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. RW Cuxhaven will face league's second-placed Stade at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Westerstede will play against ALBA Berlin II (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
RW Cuxhaven: S.Cvetanovic 20+6reb, L.Petkovic 16+4reb+7ast, D.Travis 15+3reb+1ast, M.Milekic 14+9reb, A.Pujadas 5+1reb+2ast, B.Spanja 4+2reb+1ast
Westerstede: N.Pruitt 16+3reb, M.Kessen 15+9reb+1ast, F.Borchers 14+1reb, R.Drijencic 11+4reb+1ast, J.Albrecht 6+4reb+5ast, A.Musovic 5+3reb+5ast
gschID: 482521


Rendsburg - Aschersleben 60-68

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked Rendsburg (7-12) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Aschersleben (14-6) 68-60 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Slovenian-Serbian power forward Ljubisa Markovic (212-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Slovenian guard Leon Dronjak (191-91) helped adding 22 points. The best for the losing side was guard Max Hillner (190-89) with 25 points and center Christopher Geist (208-95) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Rendsburg's coach Bjarne Homfeldt rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Aschersleben. They moved-up to third place in North, which they share with BSW Sixers. Rendsburg lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 12 games lost. Aschersleben will have a break next round. Rendsburg will play on the road against Wusterhausen (#8) in Wildau and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aschersleben: L.Dronjak 22+4reb+2ast, L.Markovic 17+6reb+5ast, R.Kujundzic 10+11reb+1ast, V.Heinonen 6+6reb+2ast, A.Sakalauskas 6+2reb, S.Harke 5+2reb+2ast
Rendsburg: M.Hillner 25+2reb, C.Geist 15+9reb+1ast, F.Kleveman 7+5reb, M.Salami 4+3reb, M.Collins 4+6reb+2ast, S.Gottschalk 3+3reb+4ast
gschID: 482522


South-East
Jena II - Bad Aibling 90-79

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Bad Aibling (17-8) against sixth ranked Jena II (14-11) on Saturday night. Visiting Bad Aibling was defeated by Jena II in Jena 90-79. It was a good game for American Vincent Garrett (198-91, college: Green Bay) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. Point guard Konrad Glueck (187-95) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Jena II's coach Farsin Hamzei allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Swingman Malo Valerien (195-92) answered with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Serbian-Croatian forward Miodrag Mirceta (198) added 16 points and 15 rebounds in the effort for Bad Aibling. Newly promoted Jena II maintains sixth place in South-East with 14-11 record. Bad Aibling at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the second position with eight games lost. Jena II's next round opponent will be higher ranked Treuchtlingen (#3) in Treutchlingen and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bad Aibling will play at home against Bayreuth 2 and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Jena II: V.Garrett 33+10reb+3ast, K.Glueck 19+1reb, J.Heber 7+5reb+4ast, G.Glueck 7+5reb+3ast, M.Rahn 6+6reb+2ast, J.Kadasi 5+2reb+1ast
Bad Aibling: M.Valerien 27+9reb+4ast, M.Grujic 17+11reb+1ast, M.Mirceta 16+15reb+1ast, M.Hack-Vazquez 8+2reb+1ast, V.Engel 8+9reb+1ast, M.Hack-Vazquez 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 482878


Bayreuth II - Coburg 75-79

Everything went according to plan when first ranked Coburg (23-2) beat on the road 14th ranked Bayreuth 2 (3-22) 79-75 on Saturday. Coburg made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American forward Jordan Burris (201-92, college: CS San Bernar.) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Steffen Walde (190-92) helped adding 21 points and 6 rebounds. Coburg's coach Simon Bertram used entire bench in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Julius Seither (203-94) with 20 points and 7 rebounds and Philipp Johannes (192-94) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Five Bayreuth 2 players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Coburg maintains first place in South-East with 23-2 record. Bayreuth 2 lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 22 games lost. Coburg will face Oberhaching (#8) in Deisenhofen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bayreuth 2 will play on the road against Bad Aibling (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Coburg: S.Walde 21+6reb, J.Burris 20+8reb+1ast, A.Albus 9+7reb+1ast, K.Eichelsdoerfer 9+1reb+1ast, E.Molosciakas 8+2reb+5ast, D.Stawowski 6+5reb+3ast
Bayreuth II: J.Seither 20+7reb+1ast, J.Riesner 15+2reb+4ast, P.Johannes 11+8reb+3ast, C.Kral 11+5reb+1ast, J.Perschnick 10+6reb+3ast, M.Trieb 5+3reb+7ast
gschID: 482879


Herzogenaurach - Treuchtlingen 69-94

There was no surprise when 13th ranked Herzogenaurach (4-21) was outplayed at home by fourth ranked Treuchtlingen (17-8) 94-69 on Saturday. Treuchtlingen dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Herzogenaurach's 38. They outrebounded Herzogenaurach 40-29 including 33 on the defensive glass. Treuchtlingen looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for guard Tim Eisenberger (197-91) who led his team to a victory with a triple-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists and 5 steals (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward Simon Geiselsoeder (189-91) helped adding 20 points and 8 rebounds. Five Treuchtlingen players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Austrian swingman Michael Kaiser (195-82) with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Croatian point guard Vedran Nakic (184-89) scored 17 points and 5 assists. Treuchtlingen moved-up to second place in South-East, which they share with Vilsbiburg and Bad Aibling. Herzogenaurach lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 21 games lost. Treuchtlingen will face Jena II (#6) at home in the next round. Herzogenaurach will play against Schwabing (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Treuchtlingen: T.Eisenberger 24+10reb+11ast, F.Beierlein 20+2reb+1ast, S.Geiselsoeder 20+8reb+1ast, J.Juergen Schwarz 15+4reb, S.Schmoll 11+9reb+5ast, A.Stecher 2+1ast
Herzogenaurach: M.Kaiser 23+5reb+4ast, V.Nakic 17+2reb+5ast, B.Gahlert 10+3reb+1ast, M.Meredith 8+6reb, T.Uebbing 5+9reb, B.Zankl 4
gschID: 482883


Leitershofen - Schwabing 92-99

No shocking result in a game in Diedorf where seventh ranked Schwabing (13-12) won against 11th ranked Topstar (10-15) 99-92 on Saturday. Strangely Topstar outrebounded Schwabing 39-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Schwabing especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. Topstar was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Oscar Da-Silva (207-98) who led his team to a victory scoring 40 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). American forward Billy McDonald (198-94, college: Caldwell) helped adding 17 points. Four Schwabing players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Slovenian guard Emanuel Richter (192-86) with 28 points and naturalized Bosnian power forward Nedim Hadzovic (205-90) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Schwabing. They maintain seventh place in South-East with 13-12 record, which they share with Oberhaching. Loser Topstar dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. Schwabing will face Herzogenaurach (#13) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Topstar will play against the league's second-placed Vilsbiburg where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Schwabing: O.Da Silva 40+7reb+2ast, B.McDonald 17+4reb+2ast, C.Wurmseher 17+1reb+4ast, H.Ballhausen 11+2reb+5ast, F.Fischer 8+2reb+3ast, K.Rosenthal 3+1reb+2ast
Leitershofen: E.Richter 28+2ast, N.Hadzovic 18+9reb, J.Hart 16+6reb+3ast, M.Uhlich 11+4reb+1ast, M.Dorsch 6+6reb+6ast, R.Braun 6+6reb+4ast
gschID: 482882


Oberhaching - Rosenheim 84-76

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Rosenheim's (11-14) road loss to eighth ranked Oberhaching (13-12) 76-84 on Sunday. Oberhaching made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Oberhaching outrebounded Rosenheim 45-32 including 31 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American guard Omari Knox (188-86, college: Bloomfield) who led his team to a victory scoring 37 points (!!!), 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. Forward Frieder Diestelhorst (201-87) helped adding 18 points and 6 rebounds. Oberhaching's coach Mario Matic used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The best for the losing side was power forward Adrian-Constantin Gheorghiu (200-90) with 14 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Steffen Lautner (201-88) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Five Rosenheim players scored in double figures. Oberhaching moved-up to seventh place in South-East, which they share with Schwabing. Loser Rosenheim keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Oberhaching will face league's leader Coburg on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rosenheim will play against Zwickau (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Oberhaching: O.Knox 37+8reb+4ast, F.Diestelhorst 18+6reb, T.Walter 12+7reb, J.Koegler 7+5reb+2ast, B.Kitatu 5+2reb+1ast, M.Huebner 2+5reb
Rosenheim: A.Gheorghiu 14+9reb+1ast, J.Hogges 12+3reb+4ast, P.Breitfeld 12+1reb+1ast, S.Lautner 12+6reb+2ast, A.Braa 11+1reb+2ast, M.Lachmann 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 482884


Zwickau - Ansbach 94-82

There was a small surprise when twelfth ranked Zwickau (8-17) defeated at home 10th ranked Ansbach (10-15) 94-82 on Saturday. Zwickau made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Zwickau outrebounded Ansbach 41-29 including 32 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for guard Hendrik Bellscheidt (193-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Center Mario Nagler (203-87) helped adding 21 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American power forward Nick Freer (198-85, college: Grand Valley St.) with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds and naturalized Croatian point guard Goran Petrovic (184-77) scored 10 points and 5 assists. Zwickau maintains twelfth place in South-East with 8-17 record. Loser Ansbach keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. Zwickau will face higher ranked Rosenheim (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Zwickau: H.Bellscheidt 24+8reb+8ast, A.Endig 22+5reb, M.Nagler 21+11reb+2ast, F.Fraas 8+3reb+1ast, K.Velishaev 6+5reb+4ast, C.Ulbricht 5+2reb
Ansbach: N.Freer 28+11reb+2ast, J.Patton 10+1reb+1ast, G.Petrovic 10+4reb+5ast, M.Hertlein 9+4reb+2ast, C.Imberi 9+4reb+2ast, C.Roll 8+2reb+5ast
gschID: 482880


TSV Troester - Vilsbiburg 92-67

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Vilsbiburg (17-8) against fifth ranked TSV Troester (15-10) on Saturday night. Visiting Vilsbiburg was crushed by TSV Troester in Breitenguessbach 92-67. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Vilsbiburg. TSV Troester made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Vilsbiburg 48-20 including a 43-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. TSV Troester looked well-organized offensively handing out 35 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Vilsbiburg's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when TSV Troester made 11 blocks. It was a great evening for center Erik Land (205-90) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Joerg Dippold (195-92) helped adding 16 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Four TSV Troester players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American swingman Kendall Timmons (195-90, college: Tulane) with 19 points and 6 rebounds and American-Czech point guard John Boyer (185-88, college: Buffalo, agency: Dynamics Global Management) scored 17 points and 5 steals. TSV Troester maintains fifth place in South-East with 15-10 record. Loser Vilsbiburg keeps the second position with eight games lost. TSV Troester will face Ansbach (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Vilsbiburg will play against Topstar (#11) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
TSV Troester: S.Lorber 23+2reb+3ast, E.Land 22+13reb+3ast, J.Dippold 16+8reb+8ast, T.Dippold 11+4ast, A.Heide 11+9reb+1ast, A.Engel 9+5reb+9ast
Vilsbiburg: K.Timmons 19+6reb+3ast, J.Boyer 17+1reb+3ast, M.Mayr 10+3reb, L.Novy 8+3reb+1ast, J.Guddemi 7+3reb+1ast, J.Leierseder 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 482881


South-West
Tuebingen II - Lich II 65-61

There was an upset when higher ranked Lich II (15-10) was defeated on the road by thirteenth ranked Tuebingen II (9-17) 65-61 on Saturday. It was a great evening for guard Max Kochendoerfer (192-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points. Forward Rouven Haenig (198-86, college: Missouri Valley) helped adding 4 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was the former international Johannes Lischka (203-87) with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Johannes Schlaefer (196-88) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Lich II's coach Christian Knaus rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tuebingen II moved-up to tenth place in South-West, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Lich II keeps the fifth position with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Tuebingen II: M.Kochendoerfer 24+2reb, P.Unger 16+6ast, V.Mitku 8+10reb+2ast, A.Skaistlauks 6, J.Georg 6+7reb, R.Haenig 4+13reb+6ast
Lich II: J.Lischka 22+9reb+4ast, J.Schlaefer 14+6reb+2ast, U.Murat Kuelhan 9+8reb+1ast, N.Pompalla 5+3reb+1ast, H.Schaake 4+3reb+2ast, V.Klassen 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 482704


Heidelberg USC - Mainz 64-77

Everything went according to plan when twelfth ranked Mainz (9-17) beat on the road 14th ranked Heidelberg USC (7-18) 77-64 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Indian-American point guard Anish Sharda (188-82, college: St.Mary's, KS) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Alain-Jordan Mandana (188-99) helped adding 15 points and 10 rebounds. Mainz's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The best for the losing side was center Niklas Ney (208-95, college: Mercer) with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks and guard Moritz Nagele (173) scored 8 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Mainz moved-up to tenth place in South-West, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Heidelberg USC keeps the fourteenth position with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Mainz: A.Sharda 18+5reb+6ast, A.Mandana 15+10reb+1ast, F.Bahlke 10+1reb, J.Schulz 8+12reb+1ast, P.Schoen 7+2reb+1ast, J.Fritzen 6+4reb+1ast
Heidelberg USC: N.Ney 14+16reb+5ast, C.Schmitt 14+2reb+1ast, M.Hintz 9+3reb+1ast, V.Arnold 8+1reb+2ast, J.Haag 8+3reb+1ast, M.Nagele 8+7reb+7ast
gschID: 482705


Karlsruhe SC - Fellbach 92-89

Eighth-ranked Fellbach (11-15) gave a tough game to second ranked Karlsruhe SC (19-7). Karlsruhe SC managed to secure only three-point victory 92-89. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Fellbach. It was an exceptional evening for Portuguese point guard Miguel Cardoso (188-93) who led the winners with a triple-double by scoring 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. Croatian swingman Luka Drezga (196-87) accounted for 30 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Forward Nils-Frederik Menck (203-82) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and guard David Watson (185-88) added 19 points and 4 assists respectively for Fellbach in the defeat. Five Fellbach players scored in double figures. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Karlsruhe SC. They maintain second place in South-West with 19-7 record having just two points less than leader Schwelm. Newly promoted Fellbach keeps the eighth position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe SC: L.Drezga 30+5reb+1ast, M.Cardoso 23+13reb+11ast, B.Kaufhold 14+5reb+3ast, A.Rueck 8+1reb, D.Vrsaljko 6+7reb+1ast, J.Lozancic 6+4reb+2ast
Fellbach: D.Watson 19+4reb+4ast, L.Ljutic 15+4reb+1ast, J.Arbinger 15+2reb+1ast, N.Menck 14+11reb+3ast, L.Steinort 12+2reb+1ast, S.Gillette 10+7reb
gschID: 482709


Saarlouis/Dillingen - Speyer 85-71

There was an upset when higher ranked Speyer (15-11) was defeated on the road by eleventh ranked Saarlouis/Dillingen (9-17) 85-71 on Saturday. Saarlouis/Dillingen outrebounded Speyer 52-29 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for Dutch swingman Chaed Wellian (203-92, college: Tennessee St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized Bosnian center Muharem Mujkanovic (204-88) helped adding 16 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Saarlouis/Dillingen players scored in double figures. Saarlouis/Dillingen's coach Dennis Mouget used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The best for the losing side was American center Khobi Williamson (201-92, college: Hampden-Sydney) with 22 points and 6 rebounds and Spanish point guard Jordi Salto (190-90) scored 19 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Saarlouis/Dillingen moved-up to tenth place in South-West, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Speyer keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Saarlouis/Dillingen: C.Wellian 27+8reb+1ast, M.Mujkanovic 16+13reb+4ast, L.Hughey 15+8reb+4ast, A.Bedirhanoglu 12+6reb, A.Kuyinu 9+11reb+3ast, E.Schwarz 3+5reb+4ast
Speyer: K.Williamson 22+6reb+3ast, J.Salto 19+5reb+5ast, A.Ellis 11+10reb+3ast, E.Albaladejo 8+2reb, J.Wroblewski 7+4reb, S.Hartinger 2
gschID: 482708


Stuttgart - Schwenningen 73-82

No shocking result in a game when first ranked BV Villingen-Schwenningen (22-4) won against on the road 10th ranked Stuttgart (9-17) 82-73 on Saturday. It was a great evening for American forward Tabari Perry (203, college: Slippery Rock) who led his team to a victory scoring 11 points and 7 rebounds. Bulgarian guard Boyko Pangarov (183-88) helped adding 13 points. Four BV Villingen-Schwenningen players scored in double figures. BV Villingen-Schwenningen's coach Alen Velcic used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The best for the losing side was guard Marco Schlafke (187-82) with 24 points and forward Christian Gundlach (191-82) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. BV Villingen-Schwenningen maintains first place in South-West with 22-4 record. Loser Stuttgart keeps the tenth position with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Schwenningen: B.Pangarov 13+1reb+1ast, E.Alispahic 11+3reb, T.Perry 11+7reb, N.Fekete 10+4reb, A.Remus 10+2reb, D.Barovic 9+3reb+1ast
Stuttgart: M.Schlafke 24+3ast, M.Bretz 10+5reb+1ast, C.Gundlach 9+6reb+1ast, R.Leidel 9+2reb+2ast, J.Leidel 9+5reb+1ast, M.Mandic 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 482707


Koblenz - Kaiserslautern 87-63

Very expected game when 9th ranked Kaiserslautern (10-16) was crushed on the road by third ranked Koblenz (17-9) 87-63 on Saturday. Koblenz made 21-of-21 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. They also forced 26 Kaiserslautern turnovers. Koblenz looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for British Louis Sayers (199-92) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 7 rebounds. Croatian point guard Zeljko Novak (184-89) helped adding 14 points and 4 assists. Four Koblenz players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American point guard Japhet McNeil (183-85, college: Bridgeport) with 19 points and forward Waldemar Nap (202-93) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Kaiserslautern's coach Jan Christmann gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Koblenz maintains third place in South-West with 17-9 record having four points less than leader Schwelm. Kaiserslautern lost their third game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Koblenz: L.Sayers 15+7reb+3ast, Z.Novak 14+1reb+4ast, M.Abele 10+6reb+2ast, S.Adenekan 10+6reb+1ast, S.Watson 9+5reb+1ast, A.Anzulovic 8+3reb+2ast
Kaiserslautern: J.McNeil 19+3reb+2ast, G.Sefaja 10+7reb, W.Nap 10+6reb+1ast, G.Hosszu 7+2reb+2ast, T.Erb 7+7reb+2ast, K.Croom 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 482706


Limburg - Langen 76-63

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Limburg (16-10) defeated at home 7th ranked TV Langen (13-13) 76-63 on Friday. They outrebounded TV Langen 43-27 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for power forward Kevin Yebo (202-96) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds. American forward Tim Weber (203-93, college: S.Oregon) helped adding 14 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Limburg players scored in double figures. Limburg's coach Danny Stallbohm used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The best for the losing side was power forward Jan Overdick (207-97) with 18 points and guard Timothy Chabot (189-96) scored 14 points and 4 steals. Limburg moved-up to fourth place in South-West. Loser TV Langen keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Limburg: K.Yebo 26+13reb, D.Sekelja 17+8reb+2ast, T.Weber 14+10reb+7ast, J.Zurna 13+4reb+3ast, J.Stallbohm 3+3reb+2ast, K.Kus 3+2reb+1ast
Langen: J.Overdick 18+3reb, T.Chabot 14+3reb+2ast, J.Martiny 10+5reb, P.Ross 8+8reb+3ast, M.Schneider 6+2reb+2ast, C.Reinhardt 4+2reb
gschID: 482703


West
Ibbenbueren - Hertener Loewen 95-73

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Hertener Loewen (12-14) was rolled over on the road by fifth ranked Ibbenbueren (15-11) 95-73 on Saturday. Ibbenbueren outrebounded Hertener Loewen 52-35 including a 19-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American guard Chris Hortman (190-88, college: Wisc.-Stout) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. British guard Rishi Kakad (188-87, college: Hawaii Pacific) helped adding 25 points and 6 rebounds. Ibbenbueren's coach Christian Beuing felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The best for the losing side was American KJ Sherrill (203-91, college: Augusta) with 14 points and 9 rebounds and forward Felix Neumann (201-90) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. Four Hertener Loewen players scored in double figures. Ibbenbueren maintains fifth place in West with 15-11 record. Loser Hertener Loewen keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Ibbenbueren: C.Hortman 31+13reb+5ast, R.Kakad 25+6reb+3ast, M.Post 12+8reb+1ast, M.Kostov 8+4reb+2ast, K.Patte 6+3reb, T.Fischer 5+3reb
Hertener Loewen: A.Penev 17+5reb+1ast, K.Sherrill 14+9reb+2ast, F.Neumann 11+12reb+1ast, K.Josephs 10+4reb+1ast, K.Nolte 7+2reb+4ast, N.Strubich 7+2reb
gschID: 483069


Salzkotten - Hagen BG 94-88

There was a surprise result when eighth ranked Salzkotten (13-13) beat at home second-best Hagen BG (19-7) 94-88 on Saturday. Salzkotten dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Hagen BG's 38 and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Salzkotten had a 30-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for guard Matthias Finke (190-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 33 points (!!!) and 8 assists. Swingman Alan Boger (194-96) helped adding 15 points and 5 rebounds. Five Salzkotten players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Bulgarian guard Milen Zahariev (190-92) with 34 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and Greek swingman Haris Plioukas (200-89) scored 23 points and 6 assists. Salzkotten moved-up to seventh place in West, which they share with Duesseldorf. Loser Hagen BG dropped to the third position with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
Salzkotten: M.Finke 33+4reb+8ast, A.Boger 15+5reb+3ast, R.Gees 12+1reb, J.Veenhof 10+10reb, F.Wenningkamp 10+6reb+1ast, T.Stukenberg 10+9reb
Hagen BG: M.Zahariev 34+7reb+2ast, H.Plioukas 23+2reb+6ast, P.Zahner-Gothen 9+2reb+2ast, J.Guenther 8+1reb+2ast, T.Zahariev 7+4reb, N.Philipps 4+3reb
gschID: 483067


Bielefeld - Frintrop 75-92

There was no surprise when 14th ranked Bielefeld (3-23) was defeated at home by twelfth ranked Frintrop (6-20) 92-75 on Saturday. Frintrop outrebounded Bielefeld 47-35 including 38 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for American power forward Dijon Smith (203-89, college: Ft.Hays State) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 20 rebounds. Forward Kevin Kern (195-90) helped adding 15 points and 4 assists. Four Frintrop players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was point guard Bastian Landgraf (194-95) with a triple-double by scoring 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists and Bulgarian forward Juliy Arabadzhiyski (204-93) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Bielefeld's coach Emre Atsuer rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Frintrop maintains twelfth place in West with 6-20 record. Bielefeld lost their third game in a row. Bielefeld at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourteenth position with 23 games lost.
Top scorers:
Frintrop: D.Smith 22+20reb+3ast, K.Kern 15+4reb+4ast, C.Bartels 14+1reb+4ast, M.Jahn 12+4reb+1ast, D.Kopietz 12+3reb+2ast, S.Rathjen 7+10reb+3ast
Bielefeld: J.Arabadzhiyski 13+6reb, B.Landgraf 12+12reb+10ast, P.Marcic 12, J.Brinkmann 12+3reb+1ast, M.Kutkuhn 9+2reb+2ast, M.Lehmkuehler 6+1ast
gschID: 483068


Grevenbroich - Bonn II 89-63

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Grevenbroich (17-8) outleveled at home 9th ranked Bonn II (12-14) 89-63 on Saturday. Grevenbroich looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. It was a great evening for Croatian-Bosnian power forward Marko Boksic (201-93) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Farid Sadek (188-83) helped adding 12 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists. Five Grevenbroich players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was swingman Joel Zeymer (194-94) with 13 points and 9 rebounds and center Alexander Moeller (208-98) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Grevenbroich maintains fourth place in West with 17-8 record. Bonn II lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Grevenbroich: M.Boksic 21+10reb+1ast, F.Oladipo 14+7reb, F.Sadek 12+8reb+11ast, L.Joerdell 11+5reb+4ast, M.Boldt 10+3reb+2ast, L.Kazlauskas 10+4reb+3ast
Bonn II: A.Moeller 17+6reb, P.Hoerschler 16+2reb, J.Zeymer 13+9reb+2ast, K.Mamady Dia 7+4reb+1ast, L.Mertz 6+2reb+2ast, P.Gruber 4+5reb+7ast
gschID: 483073


Herford - Duesseldorf 83-77

There was an upset when higher ranked Duesseldorf (13-13) was defeated on the road by eleventh ranked Herford (12-13) 83-77 on Saturday. It was a great evening for British guard Jordan Whelan (193-94, college: MidAmerica Naz.) who led his team to a victory scoring 30 points and 5 rebounds. Spanish center Daniel Arcau (206-92, college: Great Falls) helped adding 8 points and 11 rebounds. Herford's coach Markus Roewenstrunk used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The best for the losing side was power forward Sebastian Kehr (201-91) with 19 points and 6 rebounds and Lithuanian swingman Paulius Kleiza (194-88) scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Duesseldorf players scored in double figures. Herford moved-up to ninth place in West. Loser Duesseldorf keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Herford: J.Whelan 30+5reb+1ast, M.Berlic 13+5reb+1ast, T.Herr 11+2reb+1ast, D.Arcau 8+11reb+3ast, C.Steffen 7+2reb+6ast, J.Behrens 5+3reb+2ast
Duesseldorf: S.Kehr 19+6reb, M.Dohmen 13+6reb+4ast, P.Kleiza 13+7reb+4ast, M.Kolovrat 11+9reb, J.Lewis 9+10reb+3ast, A.Goolsby 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 483071


Schwelm - Muenster 82-89

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (21-5) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Muenster (20-6) 89-82. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of SG Schwelmer Baskets. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in West. Muenster made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by SG Schwelmer Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American guard Gerrell Martin (190-93, college: LIU Brooklyn) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points. Forward Jan Koenig (201-93) helped adding 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The best for the losing side was Lithuanian swingman Andrius Mikutis (194-88, college: John Brown) with 18 points and 9 rebounds and American swingman Harry Boyce (193-85, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Four SG Schwelmer Baskets players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Muenster have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They moved-up to second place in West. SG Schwelmer Baskets at the other side still keep top position with five games lost.
Top scorers:
Muenster: G.Martin 28+3reb+2ast, J.Koenig 19+5reb+4ast, M.Jean-Louis 10+2reb+3ast, A.Hartmann 8+5reb+5ast, L.Padberg 8+6reb+1ast, A.Goeknil 6+2reb+1ast
Schwelm: A.Mikutis 18+9reb+2ast, K.Tota 16+1reb, H.Boyce 14+5reb+8ast, S.Schroter 11+3reb, L.Erdhutter 8+1reb+2ast, G.Hulsen 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 483070


Dorsten - Hagen-Haspe 88-76

Very predictable result when sixth ranked Dorsten (14-12) defeated at home 13th ranked Hagen-Haspe (4-22) 88-76 on Friday. They outrebounded Hagen-Haspe 42-30 including 16 on the offensive glass. Dorsten looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for American David Golembiowski (203-89, college: SUNY Poly) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Center Nino Janoschek (204-87) helped adding 20 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was American forward Salathiel Ligons (201-84) with 27 points and 8 rebounds and forward Oscar Luchterhandt (195-91) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Hagen-Haspe's coach Ulrich Overhoff rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Dorsten maintains sixth place in West with 14-12 record. Hagen-Haspe lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 22 games lost.
Top scorers:
Dorsten: D.Golembiowski 33+12reb+2ast, N.Janoschek 20+13reb+5ast, F.Galvez-Braatz 11+2reb+4ast, M.Bhoye Sow 8+2reb+6ast, R.Penders 6+4reb+2ast, W.Koehler 6+5reb+1ast
Hagen-Haspe: S.Ligons 27+8reb+2ast, O.Luchterhandt 12+5reb+1ast, F.Tomann 11+4reb+1ast, T.Paulsen 7+4reb+1ast, T.Nsiabandoki 6+4reb, A.Spitale 5+3reb
gschID: 483072





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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Giannis Antetokounmpo's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Greeks playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-94, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Milwaukee Bucks (40-38) in their last game. Despite Antetokounmpo's very good performance the Milwaukee Bucks (40-38) lost 105-109 on the road to the Dallas Mavericks. He had a double-double by scoring 31 points and getting 15 rebounds. Antetokounmpo also added 9 assists, 2 blocks and 4 steals in 40 minutes on the court. There are only four games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Antetokounmpo's fourth season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Antetokounmpo averages: 23.1ppg, 8.7rpg, 5.4apg, 1.9bpg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 56.5%(588-1041), 3FGP: 27.8% and FT: 77.2% in 77 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Nigerian. Antetokounmpo is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Michael Bramos
Michael Bramos
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH, currently plays in Italy). He led Umana Venezia to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked Scandone AV (15-10) 78-75 in the Italian Serie A last Monday. Bramos was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Umana Reyer Venezia (17-8) is placed second in the Serie A. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Bramos' overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 52.5%, 3FGP: 40.9% and FT: 73.5%. He is a naturalized American. Bramos played for the Greek national team in 2013. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Giorgos Bogris
Giorgos Bogris
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Giorgos Bogris (210-89, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Bogris led his Spanish team CB Canarias to a victory over the closely-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-4) 61-51 in the Basketball Champions League on Wednesday night. He was the best player in that game. Bogris scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group D. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (11-3) is placed first. It's Bogris' first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 8.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 54.5% and FT: 53.3% in 18 games. Bogris is also a member of the Greek senior national team.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #4. An experienced guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help Brose Baskets (10-19) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his good performance Brose Baskets was edged 99-97 in Istanbul by the higher-ranked Darussafaka (#9). Zisis recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and making the same number of passes. His team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Zisis' total stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 1.9rpg and 4.6apg. He used to play for the Greek national team back in 2015.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #5. Former international power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Avtodor (6-14) 79-61 in the VTB United League last Monday. Vougioukas scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. Lokomotiv Kuban (14-5) is placed fourth in the VTB United League. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Vougioukas' total stats are: 9.2ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.2apg in 19 games. He used to play for the Greek national team three years ago.

Stratos Perperoglou
Stratos Perperoglou
   #6. Small forward Stratos Perperoglou (203-84, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for FC Barcelona (17-8) in their game against Gran Canaria (5-21) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He scored 9 points in 19 minutes. But FC Barcelona lost 82-95 in Las Palmas to the much lower-ranked (#14) Gran Canaria. Perperoglou has averaged so far 8.1ppg and 2.7rpg in 19 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

Fotios Lampropoulos
Fotios Lampropoulos
   #7. Former U18 international power forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Argentina) couldn't help Boca Juniors (14-32) in their game against Obras Basket (22-23) in the Argentinian LigaA. Despite his very good performance last Friday Lampropoulos recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds. This season Lampropoulos has very high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.8apg. Lampropoulos used to play for the Greek U18 national team fourteen years ago.

Georgios Papagiannis
Georgios Papagiannis
   #8. Center Georgios Papagiannis (217-97, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Sacramento Kings' victory against the Dallas Mavericks (32-45) 98-87 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Papagiannis scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Sacramento Kings have 31-47 record this season. There are only four games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Papagiannis has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 3.7rpg. He plays currently for the Greek U20 national team.

Leonidas Kaselakis
Leonidas Kaselakis
   #9. Former U20 international small forward Leonidas Kaselakis (202-90, currently plays in VTB United League) couldn't help Astana (9-12) in their game against Enisey (11-10) in the VTB United League, despite his very good performance last Sunday. Kaselakis was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 37 minutes. But Astana lost 78-88 in Krasnoyarsk to the higher-ranked (#6) Enisey. There are only three games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. Kaselakis has averaged so far 7.2ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.3apg in 21 games. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team seven years ago.

Tyler Dorsey
Tyler Dorsey
   #10. Shooting guard Tyler Dorsey (193-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Oregon (16-2) in their game against the University of North Carolina (14-4) in the NCAA Final Four. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night Dorsey scored 21 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). The Final Four already ended in the NCAA. Dorsey has relatively good stats this season: 14.6ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.7apg. He is a naturalized American. Dorsey is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster. Apparently he has never played in Greece.

   #11. International forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo (199-92, currently plays in Spain) managed to help MoraBanc Andorra in a victory against the 12th-ranked Movil Estudiantes 87-83 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Antetokounmpo scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 16 minutes. Antetokounmpo has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 3.3rpg in 25 games. He plays currently for the Greek national team.

   #12. Former international guard Dimitrios Katsivelis (196-91, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Leonidas Kaselakis and both played together in the last VTB United League game. Katsivelis couldn't help Astana in their game against Enisey. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Katsivelis scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. His team lost 78-88. He has averaged so far 7.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.9apg and 1.4spg in 18 games. Katsivelis used to play for the Greek national team back in 2013.

   #13. Former U18 international swingman Haris Plioukas (200-89, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Hagen BG in their game against Salzkotten in the German Regionalliga (fourth division), despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. Plioukas was the second best scorer with 23 points. He also added 6 assists in 39 minutes. But his team lost 88-94. This year Plioukas has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg in 26 games. He used to play for the Greek U18 national team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Zach Auguste (208-C-93, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Turkey) could not help Usak Sportlif (7-17) in their last game on Monday. Despite Auguste's very good performance Usak Sportlif was defeated 95-88 on the road by the much higher-ranked Galatasaray (#6). He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. Auguste has relatively good stats this season: 11.1ppg and 7.8rpg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Auguste has never played in Greece.

   #2. Nikolaos Stylianou (198-F-88, college: W.Texas A&M, currently plays in Cyprus) led Keravnos to a victory over the closely-ranked Enosis (8-12) crushing them 96-65 in the Cypriot Division A on Wednesday night. He was the top player that evening. Stylianou recorded 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Keravnos Strovolou (14-1) is placed first in the Division A. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Stylianou has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.5apg in 13 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Cypriot.

   #3. Trian Iliadis (190-G-89, college: ODU, currently plays in Australia) was the main contributor in Wanneroo's victory against the ninth-ranked Flames (1-2) crushing them 92-62 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. Iliadis was the top player that evening. He scored 20 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Joondalup City Wanneroo Wolves (3-0) are placed second in SBL group. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Iliadis is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Wanneroo's roster. Iliadis has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 5.0apg and 2.0spg. Iliadis is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Australian. Despite his Greek nationality, Iliadis previously played for the Australian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #4. Patrick Calathes (207-F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help AV Cantu in their game against Openjobmetis VA (11-14) in the Italian Serie A. He recorded 7 points in 19 minutes. AV Cantu lost 72-85 at home to the higher-ranked (#11) Openjobmetis VA. Calathes has averaged so far 8.7ppg and 5.5rpg in 11 games. He is a naturalized American. Calathes used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.

   #5. Experienced Vassilis Kounas (194-G-84, currently plays in Cyprus) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Apoel (11-9) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance Apoel was defeated 64-60 in Larnaca by the second-ranked AEK. Kounas was the second best scorer with 14 points. Kounas has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 6.6ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.5apg. Kounas has both Greek and Cypriot nationalities.

   #6. Grant Fiorentinos (208-F/C-92, college: SIU Edwardsville, currently plays in New Zealand) couldn't help Hawks in their game against Saints in the New Zealand NBL. Despite his good performance on Saturday night He scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. This season Fiorentinos has relatively solid stats: 14.8ppg and 7.0rpg. He also holds two passports: British and Greek. Despite Fiorentinos' Greek nationality, he previously played for the British U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Greek team.

   #7. Max Calligeros (197-F/C-92, currently plays in Australia) managed to help Sturt Sabres to win against the ninth-ranked Noarlunga City Southern Tigers crushing them 84-64 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. Calligeros scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Sturt Sabres this season. He holds both Greek and Australian passports.

   #8. Dimitris Agathangelidis (182-G-98, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help Talje Knights in their game against Eskilstuna in the Swedish Basketettan (second division). Agathangelidis scored 9 points and added 3 assists in 30 minutes. His team was crushed by 29 points 89-60. He has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg in 18 games. Agathangelidis has Greek and Swedish nationalities.

   #9. Maximiliano Sole (198-F-88, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Real Madrid II's victory against the leader Real Canoe 61-51 in a derby game in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Sole has reliable stats this season: 11.6ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg. He has dual citizenship: Uruguayan and Greek.

   #10. Georgios Tyrekidis (208-C-96, currently plays in Germany) helped Wusterhausen win their game against the fourth-ranked Sixers 59-51 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. Tyrekidis scored 6 points in only 10 minutes. He has averaged so far 1.7ppg and 2.1rpg in 18 games. Tyrekidis holds both Greek and German passports.



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Basketball powerhouse St. Anthony High to close, school president and Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley announced - by Eurobasket News

Bob Hurley won more than a thousand games as the basketball coach at St. Anthony High in Jersey City, but he announced Wednesday that the school will be closing on June 30 after failing to raise enough money to keep the doors open. 'We had a good run, huh?' he said inside the school. Hurley, 69, met with officials from the Archdiocese of Newark in Newark Wednesday afternoon and returned to the four-story schoolhouse on Bob Hurley Sr. Way by 2:30 p.m. to share the news with faculty as students were dismissed. "We need do something with all these kids," he said. "We've exhausted every idea." The school opened in 1952 and Hurley arrived 20 years later. He has served as the school's president the last three years, and carried out a fundraising campaign this school year that feel short of its goal in the end. He has been with the school for a half century. His team won four national championships - 1989, 1996, 2008 and 2011. He has collected more than 1,000 wins in his career, and was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. Enrollment is now at 160 students, and has dwindled over the last decade. Tuition at the school is $6,100 per student. Hurley has said it costs the school $14,000 to educate each student. St. Anthony's basketball team thrived throughout the year-to-year struggles, going 32-0 in 2015-16 to claim the school's 13th Tournament of Champions title. It was the eighth time a Hurley team went unbeaten. The Friars program has won 28 New Jersey state titles in Hurley's time, and more than 150 players, including Bobby Hurley, Terry Dehere and Kyle Anderson, have gone on to play college basketball. Hurley's two sons - Bobby and Danny - are the head coaches at Arizona State and Rhode Island, respectively. Former basketball player Jerry Walker was on site when Hurley made the announcement.
Courtesy of: nydailynews.com



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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andrija BOJIC
  Jaszberenyi
  (207-PF-93)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Bojic, Jaszberenyi21.3 
 2. Govens, Falco KC20.1 
 3. Lilov, Szedeak19.6 
 4. Vojvoda, Szolnok18.7 
 5. Pacher, Vasas18.0 
 6. Frazier, Kaposvari17.9 
 7. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.0 
 8. Sejfic, PVSK P.16.8 
 9. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.16.8 
 10. Johnson, Sopron KC16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu9.1 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.8 
 3. Szabo, ZTE K.8.3 
 4. Sejfic, PVSK P.7.9 
 5. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 6. Pacher, Vasas7.8 
 7. Watkins, Atomeromu7.7 
 8. Sihota, MAFC7.7 
 9. Wright, Vasas7.3 
 10. Drungilas, ZTE K.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.1 
 2. Boltic, Szedeak8.0 
 3. Taylor, Vasas7.4 
 4. Nelson, PVSK P.6.3 
 5. Petty, Kormend6.3 
 6. Smith, MAFC6.2 
 7. Govens, Falco KC6.0 
 8. Wisseh, Kaposvari5.9 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC5.9 
 10. Hill Jr., Atomeromu5.6 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC2.5 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.2 
 3. Smith, MAFC2.1 
 4. Boltic, Szedeak2.1 
 5. Petty, Kormend2.0 
 6. Pongo, KTE-Duna2.0 
 7. Frazier, Kaposvari1.9 
 8. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.1.9 
 9. Smith-Jr, Kormend1.8 
 10. Edwards, Alba1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.1 
 2. Juhos, Szedeak0.9 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 4. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.8 
 5. Keller, Alba0.8 
 6. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.8 
 7. Simms, Kaposvari0.7 
 8. Wright, Vasas0.7 
 9. Benke, ZTE K.0.7 
 10. Farr, Alba0.6 


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

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

Adam Hanga
Adam Hanga
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Spanish team Baskonia to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Galatasaray (10-19) crushing them 103-80 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Hanga scored 11 points and added 7 assists in 23 minutes on the court. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (17-12) is placed fifth in the Euroleague. His team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Hanga has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.2apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 55.0%(82-149), 3FGP: 33.7% and FT: 67.6% in 29 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Hungarian senior national team.

Jarrod Jones
Jarrod Jones
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Jarrod Jones (207-90, college: Ball St., currently plays in Italy). Jones could not help one of league's weakest teams VL Pesaro (7-18) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked VL Pesaro was defeated 73-63 at home by the one of league's weakest teams Vanoli Cremona (#15). Jones recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. Jones has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.5ppg, 9.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 52.8%, 3FGP: 29.6% and FT: 80.9%. Jones is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the Hungarian senior national team. Jones used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

Obadiah Trotter
Obadiah Trotter
   #3. The Hungarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M, currently plays in Poland). He contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Polfarmex (4-23) crushing them 98-77 in the Polish PLK on Friday night. Trotter recorded 8 points, 3 assists and 3 steals in 18 minutes. Polski Cukier Torun (18-9) is placed fourth in the PLK. This year Trotter has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 31.5% and FT: 85.7% in 27 games. He is a naturalized American. Trotter played for the Hungarian national team four years ago. He used to play for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian league.

Zoltan Perl
Zoltan Perl
   #4. Swingman Zoltan Perl (195-95, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Treviso Basket's victory against the 16th-ranked Recanati (7-20) 75-62 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Sunday. Perl scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 27 minutes. De Longhi Treviso Basket 2012 (19-8) is placed second in East group. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Perl's overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.8apg in four games. He is also Hungarian national team player.

Gergely Hosszu
Gergely Hosszu
   #5. Former U20 international guard Gergely Hosszu (190-86, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Kaiserslautern in their game against Koblenz (17-9) in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). Hosszu scored 7 points in 24 minutes. The ninth-placed Kaiserslautern (10-16) was crushed 87-63 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Koblenz in the South-West group. It was Kaiserslautern's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Hosszu has reliable stats this year: 13.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg in 23 games. He used to play for the Hungarian U20 national team eleven years ago.

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

   #1. Roland Torok (203-F/C-90, agency: HMS, currently plays in Romania) could not help UBT Cluj Napoca (24-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Torok's very good performance the first-placed UBT Cluj Napoca (24-4) was defeated 75-67 on the road by the second-ranked CSU Sibiu in the Places 1-6 group. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Torok's overall stats this season are: 8.6ppg and 4.1rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Hungarian and Romanian.

   #2. Nemanja Miscevic (200-F-94, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to a 3-point Spartak's victory against the closely-ranked Mladost ZE (13-11) 99-96 in the Serbian KLS last Monday. Miscevic scored 7 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 24 minutes. KK Spartak Subotica (15-9) is placed fourth in the KLS. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Miscevic's overall stats are: 5.3ppg and 2.2rpg in 24 games he played so far.

   #3. Srdjan Stojanovic (197-SG-91, currently plays in Serbia) was the major contributor in a Radnicki 1950's victory against the 11th-ranked Futog (6-18) 86-73 in the Serbian 2MLS (second division) on Saturday night. He scored 21 points. Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac (16-8) is placed fourth in the 2MLS. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Stojanovic's first season with the team. Stojanovic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg. Stojanovic is another player who holds two passports: Hungarian and Serbian.

   #4. Stefan Fekete (190-PG-86, currently plays in Bosnia) was not able to help Leotar (0-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fifth-placed Leotar (0-4) lost 74-85 at home to the higher-ranked (#4) Bosnjak in the Places 7-13 group. Fekete had a double-double by scoring 15 points and making 10 passes in 33 minutes. So far Leotar lost all four games in the Second Stage. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. It's Fekete's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 4.5apg in 13 games. Fekete has both Hungarian and Serbian nationalities.

   #5. Nebojsa Dukic (206-C/F-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Portugal) contributed to a Vitoria SC's victory against the fourth-ranked Oliveirense (19-8) 87-83 in the Portuguese LPB last Saturday. He scored 10 points and added 5 assists. Vitoria SC/Costa Guerreiro Lda. (21-7) is placed third in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. Dukic has reliable stats this season: 10.7ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.3apg. Similarly like Fekete and Stojanovic above he also holds two passports: Serbian and Hungarian.

   #6. Laszlo Lazar (210-C-87, also represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in Romania) helped Targu Mures win their game against the third-ranked Phoenix Galati 91-75 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Friday night. Lazar scored 7 points, had 6 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 23 minutes. This year Lazar's overall stats are: 6.9ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.8bpg in 24 games. He has Hungarian and Romanian nationalities.

   #7. Damian Hollis (203-F-88, agency: Inception Sports, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Portugal) was not able to secure a victory for Benfica in their game against Illiabum in the Portuguese LPB. Hollis scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team was edged 79-76. This season Hollis has very high stats. He averages: 16.2ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5apg. Hollis is a naturalized American. Despite his Hungarian passport, Hollis previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Hungarian team. He used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

   #8. Nikola Fekete (192-SG-91, currently plays in Germany) helped BV Villingen-Schwenningen win their game against the 13th-ranked Stuttgart 82-73 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. Fekete scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Fekete's total stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg. He has Serbian and Hungarian nationalities.

   #9. Experienced Ivan Stefanovic (203-G/F-80, currently plays in Serbia) led Mladost SP to a victory against the closely-ranked Velika Plana 77-72 in the Serbian 2MLS (second division) last Saturday. Stefanovic scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Stefanovic's total stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 4.7rpg and 2.0apg. He holds both Hungarian and Serbian passports.



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  ICELAND  

Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Flenard WHITFIELD
  Skallagr.
  (200-F-90)
  Avg: 29.4
 1. Whitfield, Skallagr.29.4 
 2. Stevens, Keflavik28.7 
 3. Carberry, Thor T.27.7 
 4. Wright, Haukar27.1 
 5. Hester, Tindastoll23.4 
 6. Clinch, Grindavik21.7 
 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 


Dominos League Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Grindavik and Keflavik claim victories - by Eurobasket News

Grindavik - Stjarnan 94-84

Grindavik outgunned Stjarnan to secure 2-0 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Grindavik. Stjarnan was better in third quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The former international swingman Thorleifur Olafsson (192-84) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and American-Dominican guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) supported him with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Grindavik players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 32 points and 13 rebounds (was perfect 20-for-20 from the free throw line !!!) by the former international power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) did not help to save the game for Stjarnan. The former international point guard Justin Shouse (181-81, college: Mercyhurst) added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the guests.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: L.Clinch 22+5reb+4ast, T.Olafsson 21+10reb+1ast, O.Olafsson 15+10reb+1ast, D.Jonsson 13+5reb+6ast, I.Thor Gudmundsson 9, O.Saevarsson 8+8reb+2ast
Stjarnan: H.Baeringsson 32+13reb+2ast, J.Shouse 17+5reb+5ast, A.Odunsi 14+6reb+2ast, E.Aevarsson 6+4reb+2ast, A.Gudmundsson 5+1ast, M.Valdimarsson 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 542918


Keflavik - KR 81-74

Keflavik held off KR to even the semifinal series at 1-1. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 21-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by KR helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Amin Stevens (203-90, college: Florida A&M) had a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 16 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Hordur Vilhjalmsson (194-88) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. The former international guard Brynjar Bjornsson (188-88, college: Francis Marion) responded with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international guard Jon Stefansson (192-82) scored 14 points and 5 assists.
Top scorers:
Keflavik: A.Stevens 34+16reb+4ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 14+5reb+8ast, M.Traustason 14+7reb+1ast, G.Jonsson 9+3reb+3ast, R.Dupree 8+1reb+1ast, A.Orrason 2+1ast
KR: P.Alawoya 14+5reb+1ast, J.Stefansson 14+4reb+5ast, B.Bjornsson 12+8reb+5ast, K.Acox 9+5reb, D.Hilmarsson 9+5reb+3ast, P.Ermolinskij 9+4reb+3ast
gschID: 542917





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  IRAN  


Ndudi Ebi (ex Byblos) agreed terms with Tabriz - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

Shahrdary Tabriz (Superleague) inked 33-year old Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84) . He played recently at Byblos Sporting Club in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In 15 games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.2ppg, 12.4rpg, 1.5apg, 1.7spg and 1.8bpg this season. Ebi also played earlier that season for Al Manama (Premier League) in Bahrain.
In 2003 he was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) in first round (26th overall).
Among other achievements Ebi's team made it to the Chinese NBL Semifinals in 2012. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2010 and 2011.
Ebi is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to seven different countries on five different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and of course North America). Ebi has played previously professionally in France, Israel (Bnei Hasharon), Puerto Rico (Vaqueros), Italy (Roma Virtus, Imola, Scandone Avellino, Virtus Bologna and Auxilium Torino), Egypt (Zamalek) and China (Monkey Kings and Ningxia Hanas).
His game is described as: A very athletic inside player, who can spend time in the 4 and the 5 positions as well. Ha great leaping ability and quick feet, can defend also on the SF. Good rebounder, he's increasing his offensive production year after year.



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  ISRAEL  

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 


Israeli Winner League round 25 best performance: Jeff Adrien - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Jeff Adrien (201-F-86) had a very impressive game in the last round for Bnei Hertzeliyya, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 30-year old player was the main contributor (27 points, seven rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Maccabi T-A (#1, 17-8) 94-88. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Bnei Hertzeliyya maintains the 3rd position in Israeli Winner League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bnei Hertzeliyya will need more victories to improve their 15-10 record. In the team's last game Adrien had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Bnei Hertzeliyya's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Connecticut star has very solid stats this year. Adrien is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 7.9rpg) and averages impressive 1.2bpg and 51.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old international power forward Oz Blayzer (199-PF-92) of Maccabi Haifa. Blayzer had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he led Maccabi Haifa to another comfortable win 88-71 over slightly lower-ranked Maccabi Rishon (#9, 11-14) being unquestionably team leader. Maccabi Haifa's 7th 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. Blayzer is well-known at Maccabi Haifa and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Justin Carter (193-G/F-87, agency: Pensack Sports) of Maccabi K/G (#12). Carter scored 24 points. Despite Carter's great performance Maccabi K/G lost 83-84 to the higher-ranked Ironi Nahariya (#8, 12-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Maccabi K/G can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-21 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Carter he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Carter has a very solid season. In 21 games in Israel he scored 13.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Reginald Buckner (206-F-91) of Hapoel Eilat - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Victor Rudd (205-F-91) of Maccabi T-A - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Amare Stoudemire (208-F/C-82) of Hapoel J-M - 20 points and 11 rebounds
7. James Bell (197-F/G-92) of Hapoel Holon - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Murphy Holloway (201-F-90) of Galil Gilboa - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Raviv Limonad (191-SG-84) of Hapoel T-A - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Shlomi Harush (185-G-87) of Hapoel Holon - 19 points, 7 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)



National League Round 26: Ironi Kiryat Ata beats Hap.R/G Givat. by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 26 in the National League took place in Kiryat Ata. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Hap.R/G Givat. (16-10) to eighth ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (15-11) 80-78 on Tuesday evening. Ironi Kiryat Ata looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Guard Noam Matalon (197-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points. American power forward Dallis Joyner (203-90, college: Stony Brook) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American-Nigerian Jamal Olasewere (201-91, college: LIU Brooklyn) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds for Hap.R/G Givat.Ironi Kiryat Ata moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Maccabi H/H. Hap.R/G Givat. at the other side dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with Macc.Rehovot and Ironi Nes-Ziona.
Bottom-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan managed to get a fourth victory. This time they outleveled tenth-ranked Hap.Haifa 102-71. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 31-point difference proves that Ironi Ramat Gan was well-prepared to that game. American power forward Anthony Lee (206-91, college: Ohio St.) had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Arad Harari chipped in 16 points and 6 assists during the contest. Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Hap.Haifa's coach Shaked Shoham gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Ironi Ramat Gan maintains fourteenth position with 4-22 record. Newly promoted Hap.Haifa keeps the tenth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Hapoel Migd.H. and Galil Elion.
National League top team - Maccabi Raanana (18-8) managed to deliver another win on Tuesday. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Hasharon (5-21) in Ramat Hasharon 71-61. American players dominated the game. Josh Hairston notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds by Maxie Esho did not help to save the game for Hasharon. Hasharon's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Maccabi Raanana maintains first position with 18-8 record, which they share with Hapoel K/S. Loser Hasharon keeps the thirteenth place with 21 games lost.
The game between fifth ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (16-10) and 9th ranked Hapoel Afula (12-14) in Nes Ziyona ended with biggest points difference. Ironi Nes-Ziona beat guests from Afula 81-68. The best player for the winners was Jermaine Beal who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Ironi Nes-Ziona moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Macc.Rehovot and Hap.R/G Givat. Hapoel Afula at the other side keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 26: Macc.Rehovot beat Galil Elion on the road 77-66. Hapoel K/S won against Maccabi H/H on its own court 75-69. Hapoel Migd.H. unfortunately lost to Hapoel B/S in Beer Sheva 88-99.
The most impressive performance of 26th round was 16 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists by Ben Eisenhardt of Hapoel B/S.

Galil Elion - Macc.Rehovot 66-77

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Maccabi Rehovot (16-10) beat 12th ranked Galil Elion (10-16) in Kazrin 77-66. They outrebounded Galil Elion 45-32 including 31 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Marquis Addison (195-91, college: Missouri So., agency: XL Basketball Agency) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import forward Evan Yates (198-91, college: Ashland) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Yates is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Cinmeon Bowers (201-93, college: Auburn) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds and Maxim Kikus (188-94) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Galil Elion players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Maccabi Rehovot moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hap.R/G Givat. and Ironi Nes-Ziona. Galil Elion lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Macc.Rehovot: M.Addison 23+13reb+5ast, E.Yates 19+13reb+1ast, I.Eiram 8+1reb+1ast, G.Eitan 7+2reb+5ast, G.Porat 6+4reb+2ast, H.Chachmon 4+2reb
Galil Elion: C.Bowers 19+9reb, M.Kikus 18+7reb+2ast, R.Geffen 11+5reb+1ast, S.Salz 11+2reb+1ast, Y.Strauss 3+1reb+3ast, S.Yerushalmi 2+1reb
gschID: 498539


Hapoel K/S - Maccabi H/H 75-69

Very expected game when 6th ranked Hasharon (15-11) lost on the road to second ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (18-8) 75-69. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was forward Terrence Watson (200-87, college: Ball St.) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Guard Denzel Livingston (193-93, college: Incarnate Word) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 16 rebounds. Four Hapoel Kfar Saba players scored in double figures. Guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and Storm Warren (201-88, college: LSU, agency: Octagon Europe) added 21 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the guests. Hapoel Kfar Saba have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Maccabi Raanana. Hasharon at the other side dropped to the seventh place with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Hapoel K/S: T.Watson 21+12reb+2ast, A.Cohen 14+3reb+4ast, D.Livingston 12+16reb+1ast, G.Gilinski 12+7reb+1ast, I.Davidi 5+1reb, M.Ruina 4+4reb+3ast
Maccabi H/H: V.Teel 24+10reb+4ast, S.Warren 21+12reb, I.Simin 6+4reb, O.Shaashoua 6+2reb+7ast, A.Sasson 5+5reb+1ast, C.Bouchman 5+10reb
gschID: 498538


Hapoel B/S - Hapoel Migd.H. 99-88

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Hapoel B/S (17-9) won against 11th ranked Hapoel Migd.H. (10-16) in Beer Sheva 99-88. Hapoel B/S dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Migd.H.'s 44. They outrebounded Hapoel Migd.H. 49-28 including a 35-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Hapoel B/S players were unselfish on offense dishing 35 assists comparing to just 20 passes made by Hapoel Migd.H.'s players. 25 personal fouls committed by Hapoel Migd.H. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was power forward Ben Eisenhardt (208-90, college: Whitman) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Point guard Yoad Bet-Yosef (182-87) chipped in 20 points, 9 assists and 5 steals. Hapoel B/S's coach Yaniv Burger used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized American guard Clarke Rosenberg (193-93, college: Chicago St.) produced 22 points and 8 rebounds and American swingman Marcus Relphorde (198-88, college: Colorado) added 19 points and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel B/S moved-up to third place. Hapoel Migd.H. lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Hapoel B/S: Y.Bet-Yosef 20+2reb+9ast, J.Allen 18+8reb, J.Lewis 18+9reb+3ast, B.Eisenhardt 16+11reb+6ast, J.Williams 13+7reb+4ast, O.Cohen 6+4reb+2ast
Hapoel Migd.H.: C.Rosenberg 22+8reb+2ast, M.Relphorde 19+2reb+6ast, D.Wachner 16+7reb+1ast, Y.Holodov 11+2reb+7ast, L.Ariely 11+3reb+1ast, A.Levin 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 498542


Ironi Ramat Gan - Hap.Haifa 102-71

Bottom-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan managed to get a fourth victory. This time they outleveled tenth-ranked Hap.Haifa 102-71. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 31-point difference proves that Ironi Ramat Gan was well-prepared to that game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Hap.Haifa's 28. Ironi Ramat Gan shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 66.7 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American power forward Anthony Lee (206-91, college: Ohio St.) had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Arad Harari (196-94) chipped in 16 points and 6 assists during the contest. Five Ironi Ramat Gan players scored in double figures. Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Jahmar Young (196-87, college: N.Mexico St.) scored 15 points. Hap.Haifa's coach Shaked Shoham gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Ironi Ramat Gan maintains fourteenth position with 4-22 record. Newly promoted Hap.Haifa keeps the tenth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Hapoel Migd.H. and Galil Elion.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ramat Gan: A.Lee 25+14reb+1ast, T.Zalmanson 18+4reb+2ast, V.Gandlin 16+2reb+2ast, A.Harari 16+3reb+6ast, O.El-Al 11+5reb+5ast, E.Co 8+4reb+4ast
Hap.Haifa: J.Young 15+3reb+1ast, J.Burrows 15+5reb+1ast, O.Avital 14+5ast, O.Zinderman 6+3reb+1ast, M.Niv 5+9reb+2ast, G.Saar 5+3reb
gschID: 498536


Ironi Nes-Ziona - Hapoel Afula 81-68

The game between fifth ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (16-10) and 9th ranked Hapoel Afula (12-14) in Nes Ziyona ended with biggest points difference. Ironi Nes-Ziona beat guests from Afula 81-68. The best player for the winners was American guard Jermaine Beal (191-87, college: Vanderbilt) who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. The other American import power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Four Ironi Nes-Ziona players scored in double figures. American forward Jalen Cannon (198-93, college: St.Francis, NY) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Ron Sabag (182-90) added 14 points and 7 assists respectively for the guests. Ironi Nes-Ziona moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Macc.Rehovot and Hap.R/G Givat. Hapoel Afula at the other side keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: J.Beal 22+5reb+3ast, L.Roberts 15+11reb+2ast, R.Pitshon 14+8reb+3ast, E.Hofman 13+2reb+5ast, A.Ben David 6+1reb+2ast, G.Gutt 6
Hapoel Afula: J.Cannon 19+7reb+1ast, R.Sabag 14+4reb+7ast, O.Tal 13+1reb+3ast, D.Treadwell 8+11reb, A.Gershon 6+2reb+4ast, E.Sror 4+1reb
gschID: 498541


Ironi K-A - Hap.R/G Givat. 80-78

The most exciting game of round 26 in the National League took place in Kiryat Ata. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Hap.R/G Givat. (16-10) to eighth ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (15-11) 80-78 on Tuesday evening. Ironi Kiryat Ata looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Guard Noam Matalon (197-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points. American power forward Dallis Joyner (203-90, college: Stony Brook) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Ironi Kiryat Ata players scored in double figures. American-Nigerian Jamal Olasewere (201-91, college: LIU Brooklyn) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Rashad Madden (196-92, college: Arkansas) added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Hap.R/G Givat.Ironi Kiryat Ata moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Maccabi H/H. Hap.R/G Givat. at the other side dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with Macc.Rehovot and Ironi Nes-Ziona.
Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: N.Matalon 28+3reb+2ast, D.Joyner 16+8reb+3ast, S.Pointer 14+10reb+2ast, Y.Ainhorn 11+2reb+7ast, S.David 5+5reb+1ast, T.Sankar 2
Hap.R/G Givat.: J.Olasewere 26+10reb+1ast, J.Nir 15+4reb+2ast, R.Madden 12+8reb+5ast, Y.Solomon 9+6reb, S.Leshem 6, L.Lifshitz 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 498537


Ramat Hasharon - Maccabi Raanana 61-71

National League top team - Maccabi Raanana (18-8) managed to deliver another win on Tuesday. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Hasharon (5-21) in Ramat Hasharon 71-61. American players dominated the game. Center Josh Hairston (203-92, college: Duke, agency: Octagon Europe) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Samme Givens (198-89, college: Drexel) supported him with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Five Maccabi Raanana players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds by forward Maxie Esho (206-91, college: Massachusetts) did not help to save the game for Hasharon. Forward Lorenzo Gordon (201-83, college: Oklahoma City) added 15 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Hasharon's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Maccabi Raanana maintains first position with 18-8 record, which they share with Hapoel K/S. Loser Hasharon keeps the thirteenth place with 21 games lost.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Raanana: J.Hairston 18+12reb+3ast, S.Givens 11+11reb+2ast, Y.Zoosman 10+2reb+4ast, G.Karni 10+9reb+4ast, I.Paz 10+1reb+3ast, G.Beni 8
Ramat Hasharon: M.Esho 20+12reb+1ast, L.Gordon 15+9reb+1ast, A.Navon 10+3ast, J.Shtarkman 6+2reb, A.Honig 5+3reb+4ast, M.Moscovitz 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 498540





Lee's double-double lands him National League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old power forward Anthony Lee (206-F/C-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for Ironi Ramat Gan and receives a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds, while his team outclassed Hap.Haifa (#10, 10-16) with 31-point margin 102-71. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Ironi Ramat Gan maintains the 14th position in Israeli National League. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 22 games and recorded just four victories. In the team's last game Lee had a remarkable 84.6% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Ironi Ramat Gan, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Anthony Lee averages this season 17.0ppg and 13.6rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Marquis Addison (195-G-91, agency: XL Basketball Agency) of Macc.Rehovot. He is American guard in his first season at Macc.Rehovot. In the last game Addison recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Macc.Rehovot cruised to a 77-66 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Galil Elion (#12, 10-16). This victory allowed Macc.Rehovot to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Addison is a newcomer at Macc.Rehovot and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to Ben Eisenhardt (208-C/F-90) of Hapoel B/S (#3). Eisenhardt showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Hapoel B/S, leading his team to a 99-88 win against the lower-ranked Hapoel Migd.H. (#11, 10-16). Hapoel B/S needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 17 victories and 9 lost games. Eisenhardt has a very solid season. In 26 games in Israel he scored 6.3ppg. He also has 5.3rpg and FGP: 56.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Josh Hairston (203-C-92) of Maccabi Raanana - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Terrence Watson (200-F-87) of Hapoel K/S - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Yoad Bet-Yosef (182-PG-87) of Hapoel B/S - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Storm Warren (201-PF-88) of Maccabi H/H - 21 points and 12 rebounds
8. Cinmeon Bowers (201-F-93) of Galil Elion - 19 points and 9 rebounds
9. Jordan Lewis (195-F-89) of Hapoel B/S - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Jermaine Beal (191-G-87) of Ironi Nes-Ziona - 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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Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Adam SMITH
  Roseto
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 25
 1. Smith, Roseto25.0 
 2. Davis, Jesi24.0 
 3. Golden, Chieti21.1 
 4. Bowers, Bondi F.20.3 
 5. Sims, Rieti20.1 
 6. Legion, Viola RC20.0 
 7. Ferguson, Angelico.19.7 
 8. Lawson, Virtus B.19.5 
 9. Brown, Roma Virtus19.5 
 10. Ray, Udine APU18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HALL
  Angelico Biella
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Hall, Angelico Biella13.3 
 2. Reynolds, Recanati12.2 
 3. Radic, Viola RC11.4 
 4. Smith, Ravenna9.9 
 5. Mortellaro, Chieti9.6 
 6. Poletti, Latina B.9.5 
 7. Perry, Treviso .9.4 
 8. Easley, Eurobask.9.4 
 9. Mosley, Legnano9.4 
 10. Sorokas, Treviglio9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Yuval NAIMY
  Scafati
  (188-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Naimy, Scafati7.4 
 2. Moreno, Bondi F.6.2 
 3. Bowers, Jesi6.1 
 4. Fantinelli, Treviso .5.9 
 5. Piazza, Agrigento5.3 
 6. Deloach, Eurobask.5.0 
 7. Ferguson, Angelico.4.6 
 8. Zanelli, Rieti4.5 
 9. Roderick, Bondi F.4.5 
 10. Fultz, Roseto4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Javonte GREEN
  Alma T.
  (193-F-93)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Green, Alma T.2.7 
 2. Spissu, Virtus B.2.2 
 3. Hasbrouck, Piacenza2.0 
 4. Brown, Roma Virtus2.0 
 5. Okoye, Udine APU1.9 
 6. Smith, Ravenna1.8 
 7. Bowers, Jesi1.8 
 8. Legion, Viola RC1.7 
 9. Crockett, Unieuro .1.7 
 10. Fanti, Eurobask.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Taylor SMITH
  Ravenna
  (199-F/C-91)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Smith, Ravenna2.9 
 2. Mosley, Legnano2.1 
 3. Reynolds, Recanati1.7 
 4. Pellegrino, Bondi F.1.7 
 5. Bowers, Bondi F.1.4 
 6. Ancellotti, Treviso .1.4 
 7. Parks, Alma T.1.2 
 8. Buford, Agrigento1.1 
 9. Daniels, Mantova1.0 
 10. Easley, Eurobask.1.0 


Serie A2 Round 27: Top-ranked Virtus Bologna wins another game - by Eurobasket News

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

Serie A2 top team - Virtus Bologna (19-8) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat fifteenth ranked Unieuro Forli (8-19) 77-69. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Virtus Bologna made 7 blocks. It was a good game for American center Kenny Lawson (207-88, college: Creighton) who led his team to a victory with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks. The former international swingman Guido Rosselli (198-83) contributed with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American guard Melvin Johnson (193-93, college: VCU) answered with 32 points and 4 assists for Unieuro Forli. Virtus Bologna maintains first place in A2 with 19-8 record. Newly promoted Unieuro Forli keeps the fifteenth position with 19 games lost. Virtus Bologna are looking forward to face Chieti (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Unieuro Forli will play against Mantova and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Serie A2 top team - Angelico Biella (21-6) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat fourteenth ranked Scafati (8-19) 85-69. It was a great evening for American point guard Jazzmarr Ferguson (185-89, college: IU Southeast) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 6 assists. Mike Hall helped adding 7 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. Angelico Biella's coach Michele Carrea used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was power forward Ion Lupusor (203-96) with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Angelico Biella maintains first place in A2 with 21-6 record. Scafati at the other side dropped to the fifteenth position with 19 games lost. Angelico Biella will play against Rieti (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Scafati will play against Roma Virtus (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Mirandola was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Alma Trieste (18-9) played at the court of 8th ranked Mantova (14-13). Alma Trieste defeated Mantova 91-78 on Sunday. It was an exceptional evening for Javonte Green who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Andrea Casella came up with 12 points and 5 rebounds for Mantova in the defeat. Alma Trieste maintains fourth place in A2 with 18-9 record. Loser Mantova keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Alma Trieste will meet at home Bondi Ferrara (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mantova will play against Unieuro Forli (#15) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Casale was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Tortona (19-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Novipiu Casale (13-14). Tortona managed to secure a 8-point victory 76-68. The best player for the winners was Luca Garri who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Tortona maintains second place in A2 with 19-8 record having just two points less than leader Angelico Biella. Novipiu Casale at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. Tortona's next round opponent will be Mens Sana 1871 (#12) in Siena and are hoping to win another game. Novipiu Casale will play on the road against Latina Basket and hope to win that game.
Important game to mention about took place in Treviglio. Eleventh ranked Eurobasket Roma (13-14) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Treviglio (14-13) 75-72 on Sunday evening. It was a good game for Michael Deloach who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. Eurobasket Roma moved-up to tenth place in A2. Loser Treviglio dropped to the seventh position with 13 games lost. Eurobasket Roma will face higher ranked Agrigento (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 27:
In A2 Imola was beaten by Ravenna on the road 90-75. Jesi won against Roseto on its own court 87-79. Recanati unfortunately lost to Treviso Basket in a road game 62-75. Chieti recorded a loss to Verona at home 79-83. Piacenza was defeated by F.Kontatto BO on the opponent's court 75-66. Bondi Ferrara was beaten by Udine APU in a home game 65-69. Lighthouse TR lost to Mens Sana 1871 on the road 71-85. Agrigento managed to outperform FCM Ferentino on its own court 70-62. Legnano managed to beat Agropoli in Castellanza 92-84. Roma Virtus defeated Rieti at home 87-72. Latina Basket was beaten by Viola RC on the opponent's court 92-84.
The most impressive performance of 27th round was 18 points and 6 rebounds by John Brown of Roma Virtus.

East
Ravenna - Imola 90-75

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Ravenna (18-9) beat at home 13th ranked Imola (9-18) 90-75 on Wednesday. Ravenna dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Imola's 38. It was a good game for power forward Alberto Chiumenti (204-87, agency: Players Group) who led his team to a victory with 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American point guard Derrick Marks (190-93, college: Boise St.) contributed with 16 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Ravenna's coach Antimo Martino used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Croatian point guard Roko Rogic (185-92) answered with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Alex Ranuzzi (195-86, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Imola. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Ravenna moved-up to third place in A2. Loser Imola keeps the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. Ravenna will face Roseto (#6) on the road in the next round. Imola will play against Piacenza (#11) in Casalpusterlengo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ravenna: D.Marks 16+1reb+3ast, A.Chiumenti 15+4reb+2ast, S.Masciadri 12+4reb, A.Raschi 11+3ast, M.Tambone 11+3reb+2ast, T.Smith 10+8reb+1ast
Imola: M.Maggioli 15+5reb, T.Cohn 15+3reb+2ast, R.Rogic 12+6reb+5ast, A.Ranuzzi 11+10reb+1ast, N.Hassan 11+1reb+3ast, A.Tassinari 6+1ast
gschID: 485757


Jesi - Roseto 87-79

There was an upset when higher ranked Roseto (16-11) lost on the road to eleventh ranked Jesi (12-15) 87-79 on Sunday. Jesi looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. It was a good game for American forward Dwayne Davis (196-89, college: S.Mississippi) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Power forward Andrea Benevelli (202-85) contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Jesi players scored in double figures. Jesi's coach Damiano Cagnazzo used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American point guard Adam Smith (185-92, college: Georgia Tech) answered with 25 points and 4 assists and the other American import power forward Brandon Sherrod (198-92, college: Yale) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Roseto. Jesi moved-up to tenth place in A2. Loser Roseto dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. Jesi will face higher ranked Udine APU (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Jesi: D.Davis 27+5reb+10ast, A.Benevelli 23+5reb+2ast, M.Maganza 15+6reb+1ast, T.Bowers 11+9reb+8ast, M.Battisti 5+5reb+2ast, G.Janelidze 4+4reb+1ast
Roseto: A.Smith 25+3reb+4ast, B.Sherrod 14+10reb+1ast, V.Amoroso 12+2reb+4ast, G.Fattori 9+1ast, R.Casagrande 8+3reb, T.Radonjic 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 485755


Treviso Basket - Recanati 75-62

Very predictable result when second ranked Treviso Basket (19-8) won against at home 16th ranked Recanati (7-20) 75-62 on Sunday. Treviso Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Recanati's 28. It was a good game for point guard Davide Moretti (188-98) who led his team to a victory with 19 points. The former international guard Matteo Fantinelli (195-93, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Swedish-American Erik Rush (196-88, college: Montana St.) answered with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Attilio Pierini (201-81) added 13 points in the effort for Recanati. Recanati's coach Giancarlo Sacco rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Treviso Basket maintains second place in A2 with 19-8 record having just two points less than leader Angelico Biella. Loser Recanati keeps the sixteenth position with 20 games lost. Treviso Basket will face Verona (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Recanati will play against F.Kontatto BO (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Treviso Basket: D.Moretti 19+2reb+3ast, J.Perry 14+8reb, M.Fantinelli 11+6reb+6ast, A.La Torre 9+3reb+2ast, Z.Perl 8+8reb+1ast, D.Malbasa 7+3reb+1ast
Recanati: E.Rush 14+8reb+4ast, A.Pierini 13+4reb+3ast, T.Bader 9, F.Infante 7+4reb, L.Marini 5, G.Sorrentino 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 485758


Chieti - Verona 79-83

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Chieti (9-18) lost at home to seventh ranked Verona (15-12) 83-79 on Sunday. Verona shot 60.5 percent from the field and made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Verona especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 66.7 percentage. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for point guard Dawan Robinson (188-82, college: Rhode Island, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 24 points. Guard Michael Frazier (193-94, college: Florida) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Guard Trae Golden (188-91, college: Georgia Tech) answered with 20 points and 6 assists and swingman Cade Davis (197-88, college: Oklahoma, agency: Two Points) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Chieti. Chieti's coach Maurizio Bartocci rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Verona maintains seventh place in A2 with 15-12 record. Loser Chieti keeps the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. Verona will face league's second-placed Treviso Basket at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chieti will play against the league's leader Virtus Bologna (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Verona: D.Robinson 24+4reb+3ast, M.Frazier 22+1reb+3ast, M.Portannese 20+3reb+3ast, L.Tote 5+6reb+2ast, D.Diliegro 4+4reb, G.Pini 3+6reb+1ast
Chieti: C.Davis 20+5reb+1ast, T.Golden 20+3reb+6ast, C.Mortellaro 11+6reb, M.Piccoli 7+6reb+10ast, M.Fallucca 6+1reb, M.Allegretti 5+3reb
gschID: 485751


F.Kontatto BO - Piacenza 75-66

Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked F.Kontatto BO (16-11) defeated 10th ranked Piacenza (12-15) in Bologna 75-66 on Sunday. It was a good game for American-Jordanian guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Power forward Nazzareno Italiano (198-91) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four F.Kontatto BO players scored in double figures. F.Kontatto BO's coach Matteo Boniciolli used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Kenny Hasbrouck (191-86, college: Siena) answered with 21 points and guard Tommaso Raspino (200-89, agency: Players Group) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Piacenza. F.Kontatto BO moved-up to fifth place in A2. Loser Piacenza dropped to the eleventh position with 15 games lost. F.Kontatto BO will face Recanati (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Piacenza will play against Imola (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
F.Kontatto BO: A.Legion 14+5reb+1ast, N.Italiano 13+6reb, J.Knox 11+6reb+1ast, L.Gandini 11+2reb+1ast, S.Mancinelli 10+6reb+1ast, L.Candi 6+5reb+3ast
Piacenza: K.Hasbrouck 21+4reb+3ast, T.Raspino 13+6reb+5ast, M.Formenti 9+4reb+3ast, L.Infante 9+3reb, G.Biruta 7+6reb+1ast, F.De Nicolao 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 485754


Mantova - Alma Trieste 78-91

The game in Mirandola was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Alma Trieste (18-9) played at the court of 8th ranked Mantova (14-13). Alma Trieste defeated Mantova 91-78 on Sunday. It was a great shooting night for Alma Trieste especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 66.7 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Javonte Green (193-93, college: Radford, agency: Duran International) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Forward Matteo Da-Ros (204-89) accounted for 8 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. The former international swingman Andrea Casella (197-90, agency: Octagon Europe) came up with 12 points and 5 rebounds and the former international point guard Jacopo Giachetti (190-83) added 14 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) respectively for Mantova in the defeat. Four Mantova players scored in double figures. Alma Trieste maintains fourth place in A2 with 18-9 record. Loser Mantova keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Alma Trieste will meet at home Bondi Ferrara (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mantova will play against Unieuro Forli (#15) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Alma Trieste: J.Green 26+10reb+2ast, A.Cittadini 18+2reb+3ast, A.Pecile 11+1ast, L.Baldasso 10+3reb+3ast, S.Bossi 9+1reb+2ast, M.Da Ros 8+10reb+5ast
Mantova: J.Giachetti 14+2reb+2ast, A.Casella 12+5reb+1ast, D.Daniels 11+6reb, A.Amici 10+4reb+1ast, L.Corbett 10+2reb+2ast, L.Gergati 9+2reb+3ast
gschID: 485756


Bondi Ferrara - Udine APU 65-69

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Bondi Ferrara (11-16) lost at home to ninth ranked Udine APU (13-14) 69-65 on Sunday. It was a good game for Nigerian-American swingman Stan Okoye (198-91, college: VMI) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Estonian guard Rain Veideman (192-91) contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Laurence Bowers (203-90, college: Missouri) answered with 29 points and 4 blocks and the other American import Terrence Roderick (196-88, college: UAB) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Bondi Ferrara. Newly promoted Udine APU maintains ninth place in A2 with 13-14 record. Loser Bondi Ferrara keeps the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Udine APU will face Jesi (#10) at home in the next round. Bondi Ferrara will play against Alma Trieste and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Udine APU: S.Okoye 22+10reb+4ast, M.Pinton 14+2ast, R.Veideman 13+5reb+5ast, M.Vanuzzo 7+3reb, A.Fall 6+10reb, D.Mastrangelo 5+1reb+3ast
Bondi Ferrara: L.Bowers 29+4reb, T.Roderick 11+5reb+4ast, R.Cortese 10+3reb+4ast, M.Mastellari 9+3reb+2ast, F.Pellegrino 4+4reb, L.Molinaro 2+8reb+3ast
gschID: 485752


Unieuro Forli - Virtus Bologna 69-77

Serie A2 top team - Virtus Bologna (19-8) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat fifteenth ranked Unieuro Forli (8-19) 77-69. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Virtus Bologna made 7 blocks. It was a good game for American center Kenny Lawson (207-88, college: Creighton) who led his team to a victory with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks. The former international swingman Guido Rosselli (198-83) contributed with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Five Virtus Bologna players scored in double figures. American guard Melvin Johnson (193-93, college: VCU) answered with 32 points and 4 assists and naturalized American forward Ryan Amoroso (205-85, college: San Diego St.) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Unieuro Forli. Virtus Bologna maintains first place in A2 with 19-8 record. Newly promoted Unieuro Forli keeps the fifteenth position with 19 games lost. Virtus Bologna are looking forward to face Chieti (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Unieuro Forli will play against Mantova and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Virtus Bologna: K.Lawson 22+5reb, M.Umeh 13+8reb+3ast, G.Rosselli 11+7reb+6ast, M.Spissu 10+3reb+3ast, K.Ndoja 10+5reb+1ast, A.Michelori 8+3reb+1ast
Unieuro Forli: M.Johnson 32+4reb+4ast, R.Amoroso 11+8reb+2ast, R.Castelli 7+10reb+1ast, S.Pierich 7+2reb, D.Bonacini 4+3reb+3ast, M.Ferri 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 485753


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Mens Sana 1871 - Lighthouse TR 85-71

There was a small surprise when twelfth ranked Mens Sana 1871 (13-14) beat 10th ranked Lighthouse TR (13-14) in Siena 85-71 on Sunday. It was a good game for American guard KT Harrell (193-92, college: Auburn) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 9 assists. Naturalized Brazilian Jonathan Tavernari (197-87, college: BYU) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Kenneth Viglianisi (193-92, agency: Players Group) answered with 23 points and the former international power forward Andrea Renzi (207-89, agency: Players Group) added 16 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Lighthouse TR. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Mens Sana 1871 maintains twelfth place in A2 with 13-14 record. Mens Sana 1871 will face league's second-placed Tortona on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Mens Sana 1871: J.Tavernari 19+2reb+2ast, K.Harrell 18+3reb+9ast, M.Myers 15+6reb, S.Flamini 12+8reb+1ast, B.Mascolo 7+1reb+3ast, D.Masciarelli 6
Lighthouse TR: K.Viglianisi 23+2reb+3ast, D.Filloy 18+2reb, A.Renzi 16+10reb, R.Tavernelli 10+2reb+3ast, G.Ganeto 2+5reb, J.Crockett 2+8reb
gschID: 485996


Novipiu Casale - Tortona 68-76

The game in Casale was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Tortona (19-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Novipiu Casale (13-14). Tortona managed to secure a 8-point victory 76-68. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Luca Garri (207-82) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Giampaolo Ricci (201-91) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Tortona players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Jordan Tolbert (201-92, college: SMU) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds and point guard Giovanni Tomassini (188-88) added 16 points respectively. Tortona maintains second place in A2 with 19-8 record having just two points less than leader Angelico Biella. Novipiu Casale at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. Tortona's next round opponent will be Mens Sana 1871 (#12) in Siena and are hoping to win another game. Novipiu Casale will play on the road against Latina Basket and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Tortona: G.Cosey 18+2reb+4ast, P.Greene IV 17+1reb+5ast, G.Ricci 17+6reb+4ast, L.Garri 14+10reb+4ast, D.Alviti 5+3reb, A.Conti 3
Novipiu Casale: G.Tomassini 16+1reb+1ast, J.Tolbert 14+16reb+1ast, B.Blizzard 13+1reb+1ast, N.Martinoni 8+4reb+3ast, F.Di Bella 7+3reb+3ast, L.Severini 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 485994


Agrigento - FCM Ferentino 70-62

Very expected game when 13th ranked FCM Ferentino (11-16) lost on the road to seventh ranked Agrigento (15-12) 70-62 on Sunday. It was a good game for American swingman Perrin Buford (198-94, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian forward Albano Chiarastella (199-85, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 8 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Benjamin Raymond (198-87, college: Xavier) answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds and the former international point guard Matteo Imbro (192-94) added 10 points and 6 assists in the effort for FCM Ferentino. Four FCM Ferentino players scored in double figures. Agrigento moved-up to fifth place in A2. Loser FCM Ferentino keeps the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Agrigento will face Eurobasket Roma (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. FCM Ferentino will play against Agropoli and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Agrigento: P.Buford 24+6reb+1ast, M.Evangelisti 17+4ast, A.Chiarastella 8+11reb+2ast, I.Ferraro 8+3reb, D.Bell-Holter 6+4reb, A.Piazza 5+4reb+6ast
FCM Ferentino: B.Raymond 14+9reb+1ast, B.Musso 11+3reb, M.Imbro 10+2reb+6ast, T.Carnovali 10+5reb+1ast, I.Radic 9+7reb+2ast, L.Benvenuti 8+3reb
gschID: 485991


Angelico Biella - Scafati 85-69

Serie A2 top team - Angelico Biella (21-6) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat fourteenth ranked Scafati (8-19) 85-69. They outrebounded Scafati 44-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American point guard Jazzmarr Ferguson (185-89, college: IU Southeast) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 6 assists. American-Irish forward Mike Hall (203-84, college: G.Washington, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 7 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Angelico Biella players scored in double figures. Angelico Biella's coach Michele Carrea used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was power forward Ion Lupusor (203-96) with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Maltese-American Darryl Jackson (190-85, college: Warner Pacific, agency: Diamond Sports) scored 17 points. Angelico Biella maintains first place in A2 with 21-6 record. Scafati at the other side dropped to the fifteenth position with 19 games lost. Angelico Biella will play against Rieti (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Scafati will play against Roma Virtus (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Angelico Biella: J.Ferguson 17+3reb+6ast, A.Tessitori 14+6reb+1ast, M.Venuto 14+4reb+1ast, N.De Vico 14+2reb+1ast, M.Udom 8+6reb+3ast, M.Hall 7+14reb+5ast
Scafati: D.Jackson 17+2reb+3ast, I.Lupusor 14+7reb+2ast, M.Santiangeli 10+2reb+3ast, C.Barton 8, N.Crow 8+4reb+2ast, M.Ammannato 8+8reb
gschID: 485993


Treviglio - Eurobasket Roma 72-75

Important game to mention about took place in Treviglio. Eleventh ranked Eurobasket Roma (13-14) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Treviglio (14-13) 75-72 on Sunday evening. Eurobasket Roma made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Treviglio was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American point guard Michael Deloach (185-86, college: Norfolk St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import center Tony Easley (206-87, college: Murray St.) contributed with 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Lithuanian Paulius Sorokas (202-92, agency: Players Group) answered with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Tommaso Marino (192-86, agency: Octagon Europe) added 16 points and 4 assists in the effort for Treviglio. Four Treviglio players scored in double figures. Eurobasket Roma moved-up to tenth place in A2. Loser Treviglio dropped to the seventh position with 13 games lost. Eurobasket Roma will face higher ranked Agrigento (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Eurobasket Roma: M.Deloach 27+13reb+6ast, T.Easley 11+9reb, N.Stanic 10+4reb+3ast, A.Righetti 8+3ast, E.Fanti 7+6reb, A.Iannilli 6+3reb
Treviglio: T.Marino 16+3reb+4ast, A.Sollazzo 14+6reb+2ast, P.Sorokas 14+9reb+5ast, A.Pecchia 10+5reb+2ast, S.Genovese 10+1reb, L.Cesana 6+2reb
gschID: 485997


Agropoli - Legnano 84-92

Very predictable result when third ranked Legnano (17-10) won against on the road 16th ranked Agropoli (7-20) 92-84 on Sunday. Legnano made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Agropoli was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American Nikolas Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Pensack Sports) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Swingman Federico Maiocco (200-83) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Four Legnano players scored in double figures. Guard Marco Contento (190-91) answered with 30 points and Croatian guard Ante Delas (200-88) added 24 points in the effort for Agropoli. Legnano maintains third place in A2 with 17-10 record having four points less than leader Angelico Biella. Loser Agropoli keeps the sixteenth position with 20 games lost. Legnano will face Treviglio (#7) at home in the next round. Agropoli will play against FCM Ferentino (#13) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Legnano: F.Maiocco 23+3reb, N.Raivio 18+6reb+6ast, M.Martini 15+2reb+1ast, F.Ihedioha 11+8reb+1ast, M.Sacchettini 9+4reb, M.Palermo 8+3reb+1ast
Agropoli: M.Contento 30+2reb+2ast, A.Delas 24+3reb+1ast, K.Langford 13+5reb+1ast, M.Soloperto 8+5reb+1ast, G.Carenza 5+4reb+2ast, A.Marra 4+1reb
gschID: 485992


Roma Virtus - Rieti 87-72

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Rieti (13-14) lost on the road to fourth ranked Roma Virtus (16-11) 87-72 on Sunday. Roma Virtus forced 23 Rieti turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Rieti was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for naturalized American point guard Anthony Raffa (185-89, college: Co.Carolina) who led his team to a victory with 22 points. American forward John Brown (203-92, college: High Point) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Alessandro Zanelli (187-92) added 18 points and 6 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) in the effort for Rieti. Five Roma Virtus and four Rieti players scored in double figures. Rieti's coach Luciano Nunzi rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Roma Virtus maintains fourth place in A2 with 16-11 record. Loser Rieti dropped to the eighth position with 14 games lost. Roma Virtus will face Scafati (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Rieti will play against the league's leader Angelico Biella (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Roma Virtus: A.Raffa 22+3reb+2ast, J.Brown 18+6reb+3ast, A.Landi 12+12reb, D.Sandri 12+3reb+4ast, M.Chessa 11+4reb+5ast, G.Maresca 6+4reb+3ast
Rieti: D.Sims 21+11reb, A.Zanelli 18+2reb+6ast, D.Pepper 14+4reb+2ast, M.Casini 11+3reb+3ast, V.Pipitone 4+4reb, M.Chillo 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 485998


Viola RC - Latina Basket 92-84

There was a surprise result when fifteenth ranked Viola RC (9-18) defeated higher ranked Latina Basket (14-13) in Reggio Calabria 92-84 on Sunday. Viola RC looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for American Marshawn Powell (201-90, college: Arkansas, agency: Three Eye Sports) who led his team to a victory with 38 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds (on 16-of-19 shooting from the field). American-Danish guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Andrea Pastore (190-94) answered with 19 points and 5 assists and power forward Mitchell Poletti (205-88) added 22 points in the effort for Latina Basket. Viola RC moved-up to fourteenth place in A2. Loser Latina Basket dropped to the sixth position with 13 games lost. Viola RC will face higher ranked Lighthouse TR (#11) in Trapani in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Viola RC: M.Powell 38+8reb+1ast, A.Voskuil 22+3reb+1ast, R.Marulli 10+3reb+4ast, A.Fabi 8+9reb+3ast, R.Rossato 6+4reb+3ast, L.Caroti 4+8ast
Latina Basket: M.Poletti 22+4reb+1ast, A.Pastore 19+4reb+5ast, J.Arledge 15+6reb, G.Allodi 10+7reb, K.DeShields 8+7reb+3ast, L.Uglietti 7+3reb+7ast
gschID: 485995





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Higher League Round 8: Almat.Legion is defeated by Kazygurt - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Alma-Ata between third ranked Almat.Legion (8-13) and fourth ranked Kazygurt (5-16) on Monday night. Almat.Legion was defeated by Kazygurt in a tough game at home 72-79. Kazygurt forced 25 Almat.Legion turnovers. Strangely Almat.Legion outrebounded Kazygurt 46-31 including 18 on the offensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Almat.Legion helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Zhandos Kaliyev (197-93) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Kirill Nikulochkin (190-88) who added 27 points and 4 steals during the contest. Swingman Ruslan Aitkali (195-97) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds. Kazygurt maintains fourth position with 5-16 record. Almat.Legion at the other side keeps the third place with 13 games lost.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Kapshagay. Second ranked host Kapshagay (12-9) smashed 4th ranked Kazygurt (5-16) 77-55. The winners were led by the former international swingman Konstantin Dvirniy (192-88) who scored that evening 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Valentin Rogatkin supported him with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds by forward Zhandos Kaliyev (197-93) did not help to save the game for Kazygurt. Kapshagay maintains second position with 12-9 record having five points less than leader Bars. Kazygurt at the other side keeps the fourth place with 16 games lost.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Kostanay. First ranked host Tobol (17-4) defeated 3rd ranked Almat.Legion (8-13) 93-84. The best player for the winners was Anton Bykov who scored 28 points and 9 rebounds. Vsevolod Fadeikin produced 22 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Almat.Legion's coach Nikolaj Tanaseychuk rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tobol have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-4 record. Loser Almat.Legion keeps the third place with 13 games lost.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Shymkent. 4th ranked host Kazygurt (5-16) lost to first ranked Tobol (17-4) 96-80. Ardarkhan Toktarov orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 9 rebounds and 16 assists. Tobol have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-4 record. Kazygurt at the other side keeps the fourth place with 16 games lost.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Alma-Ata. Third ranked host Almat.Legion (8-13) smashed second-ranked Kapshagay (12-9) 77-56. Worth to mention a great performance of Andrey Litvinenko who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Almat.Legion's coach Nikolaj Tanaseychuk felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Almat.Legion maintains third position with 8-13 record having nine points less than leader Bars. Kapshagay lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with nine games lost.

In the last game of round 8 Tobol destroyed Kapshagay on the opponent's court 94-59.

Kapshagay - Kazygurt 77-55

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kapshagay. Second ranked host Kapshagay (12-9) smashed 4th ranked Kazygurt (5-16) 77-55. Kapshagay dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Kazygurt's 34. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Kapshagay brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The winners were led by the former international swingman Konstantin Dvirniy (192-88) who scored that evening 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Valentin Rogatkin (196-88) supported him with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Four Kapshagay players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds by forward Zhandos Kaliyev (197-93) did not help to save the game for Kazygurt. Swingman Kirill Nikulochkin (190-88) added 13 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Kapshagay maintains second position with 12-9 record having five points less than leader Bars. Kazygurt at the other side keeps the fourth place with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Kazygurt: Z.Kaliyev 18+14reb+2ast, K.Nikulochkin 13+7reb+2ast, A.Maxutov 9+2reb+1ast, B.Agabek 7+4reb+1ast, V.Sotov 5+3reb+2ast, A.Verechshagin 2+1reb
Kapshagay: K.Dvirniy 23+7reb+4ast, L.Voronushkin 14+7reb+2ast, V.Rogatkin 14+9reb+1ast, K.Marzan 11+6reb+3ast, I.Syubar 7+4reb+2ast, D.Seleznev 4+2reb+7ast
gschID: 536930


Tobol - Almat.Legion 93-84

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kostanay. First ranked host Tobol (17-4) defeated 3rd ranked Almat.Legion (8-13) 93-84. Tobol forced 25 Almat.Legion turnovers. Strangely Almat.Legion outrebounded Tobol 38-25 including 23 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Anton Bykov (200-89) who scored 28 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Farid Karimullin (193-87) chipped in 17 points and 6 steals. Four Tobol players scored in double figures. The former international center Vsevolod Fadeikin (206-85) produced 22 points and 9 rebounds and Igor Tinyaev (194-97) added 21 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Almat.Legion's coach Nikolaj Tanaseychuk rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tobol have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-4 record. Loser Almat.Legion keeps the third place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Almat.Legion: V.Fadeikin 22+9reb+2ast, I.Tinyaev 21+5reb, R.Aitkali 18+4reb+1ast, A.Danilchenko 8+5reb+2ast, A.Litvinenko 6+5reb+5ast, V.Fabrikantov 5+2ast
Tobol: A.Bykov 28+9reb+3ast, F.Karimullin 17+3reb+1ast, M.Voeykov 14+3ast, M.Shvab 13+1reb+3ast, V.Petrashinets 8+4reb+2ast, D.Romanenko 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 536931


Kazygurt - Tobol 80-96

The game between Top Four teams took place in Shymkent. 4th ranked host Kazygurt (5-16) lost to first ranked Tobol (17-4) 96-80. The game was mostly controlled by Tobol. Kazygurt was better in fourth quarter 30-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tobol dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Kazygurt's 40. They outrebounded Kazygurt 41-22 including a 28-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Tobol players were unselfish on offense dishing 37 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Kazygurt's players. Guard Ardarkhan Toktarov (188-94) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 9 rebounds and 16 assists. Forward Rustam Valiev (186-99) contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Tobol players scored in double figures. Guard Alymzhan Maxutov (181-94) replied with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Zhandos Kaliyev (197-93) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Kazygurt. Tobol have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-4 record. Kazygurt at the other side keeps the fourth place with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Kazygurt: A.Maxutov 26+6reb+5ast, Z.Kaliyev 14+7reb, U.Polatov 14+2ast, A.Kurochka 8+3reb+3ast, A.Verechshagin 6+2reb+1ast, V.Sotov 4
Tobol: R.Valiev 23+5reb+3ast, V.Petrashinets 20+6reb+1ast, A.Bykov 14+12reb+2ast, A.Toktarov 13+9reb+16ast, M.Voeykov 9+4reb+2ast, D.Romanenko 7+1reb+5ast
gschID: 536929


Almat.Legion - Kapshagay 77-56

The game between Top Four teams took place in Alma-Ata. Third ranked host Almat.Legion (8-13) smashed second-ranked Kapshagay (12-9) 77-56. The game was mostly controlled by Almat.Legion. Kapshagay was better in fourth quarter 15-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Almat.Legion looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Russian swingman Andrey Litvinenko (195-97) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Ruslan Aitkali (195-97) who added 20 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Almat.Legion's coach Nikolaj Tanaseychuk felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Valentin Rogatkin (196-88) responded with 10 points and 8 rebounds and the former international swingman Konstantin Dvirniy (192-88) scored 16 points. Almat.Legion maintains third position with 8-13 record having nine points less than leader Bars. Kapshagay lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
Kapshagay: K.Dvirniy 16+1reb+1ast, R.Iskhakov 13+2reb+3ast, V.Rogatkin 10+8reb, K.Marzan 7+7reb, A.Moroi 4+8reb, N.Zhanibek 3+5reb+1ast
Almat.Legion: A.Litvinenko 21+7reb+4ast, R.Aitkali 20+6reb+3ast, V.Fadeikin 11+5reb+5ast, A.Danilchenko 8+1reb+1ast, I.Tinyaev 8+8reb+1ast, D.Albrant 4+3reb
gschID: 536928


Almat.Legion - Kazygurt