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  ABA  



ABA All Star Game is coming - by Gianni Pascucci

On Saturday, April 15th, the Richmond Elite will host the 2017 edition of the ABA All Star Game at the Big Bens Home Court, 2206 Westwood Ave. in Richmond, Va.
The ABA North team will challenge the ABA South team, and the tipoff will be at 6:00pm.
A Slam Dunk Contest and a 3 Point shooting Contest will be held from 4:30pm
The official ABA All Star Game team rosters and coaches will be announced soon



Super Kats bringing professional basketball to Modesto - by Gianni Pascucci

Modesto has been selected as the new home city for one of the top American Basketball Association (ABA) teams. The team, to be named the Modesto Super Kats, is relocating from Yuba City California according to team owners Jill Steuber and Spencer Norman . The Super Kats will bring professional basketball to Modesto starting in the 2017-2018 season, which will run from November into April. As the Yuba City Gold Miners, the team was ranked as high as 10th out of 110 ABA teams nationally.
Spencer Norman said, 'We brought high-quality basketball to Yuba City, proving we could compete at the highest level in the ABA. We're excited to bring that same high quality of basketball and AAU affiliated activities to the much-larger Modesto market.'
Modesto Mayor Ted Brandevold said, 'We are looking forward to welcoming the Super Kats and taking basketball to a new level in Modesto.'
The Super Kats are in discussion with Modesto Junior College to host Super Kats home games. In addition to its ABA membership, the Modesto Super Kats is affiliated In conjunction with Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) (http://aausports.org/), the Modesto Super Kats will sponsor a youth team, the Modesto Junior Kats, as well as an AAU adult league. The Junior Kats are evaluating several venues for their games and AAU activities.
The American Basketball Association (http://abaliveaction.com/) includes 110 teams across the United States, and is expanding internationally for the 2017-2018 season. Since its founding in 1999, the ABA has risen to be a primary player development resource for the National Basketball Association. The ABA's history began in 1967 and includes a merger that expanded the NBA. Early great players from the ABA include Julius Erving and Rick Barry.
Contact: Jill Steuber , Modesto Super Kats, modestosuperkats@yahoo.com



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  ABA LEAGUE  


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.18.6 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.18.0 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Mickeal, Atenas17.1 
 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.9.4 
 5. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.8 
 6. Johnson, Atenas8.8 
 7. Justiz, Estudian.8.6 
 8. Wood, San M.8.6 
 9. Francis, La Union8.5 
 10. Horner, Obras B.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Franco BALBI
  Ferrocarril
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.3 
 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. Basualdo, Quilm.1.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.1.8 
 5. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 6. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 7. Vildoza, Quilm.1.7 
 8. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
 9. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 10. Figueroa, Penarol1.4 
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. Calfani, San L.1.2 
 7. Meyinsse, San L.1.2 
 8. Clancy, Instituto1.2 
 9. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 
 10. Vargas, GECR I.0.9 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Barovero, Union SF22.4 
 2. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista20.9 
 3. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.6 
 4. Brown, La Union19.5 
 5. Pais, Platense17.9 
 6. Cutley, Atenas C.17.9 
 7. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.17.7 
 8. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.5 
 9. Schoppler, Olimpo B.17.4 
 10. Montes-C., Obera T.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.9 
 2. Matthews, Salta B.10.1 
 3. Graham, Temperley9.2 
 4. Cutley, Atenas C.8.8 
 5. Lockett, BHY T.8.5 
 6. Joseph, Obera TC8.5 
 7. Lauria, Comunica.8.4 
 8. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.3 
 9. Granado, Olimpo BB8.2 
 10. Nwogbo, Alianza .8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Gimnasia.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. La-Bella, Gimnasia.7.9 
 2. Cajal, Independ.7.3 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.2 
 4. Cequeira, Villa A.5.4 
 5. Paletta, Hindu4.9 
 6. Correa, BHY T.4.8 
 7. Gandoy, Obera TC4.4 
 8. Franco, Alianza .4.3 
 9. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.4.3 
 10. Schoppler, Olimpo B.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell DODSON
  Petr.Arg.
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Dodson, Petr.Arg.2.9 
 2. Punet, Salta Basket2.5 
 3. Pais, Platense2.4 
 4. Correa, BHY T.2.3 
 5. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.2 
 6. Cequeira, Villa A.2.0 
 7. Brown, Mitre Tuc.1.9 
 8. Tabarez, Union SF1.8 
 9. Paletta, Hindu1.8 
 10. Harrison, Ciclista1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.5 
 3. Lockett, BHY T.1.4 
 4. Deck, Obera TC1.3 
 5. Okoye, Salta Basket1.1 
 6. Stroud, Parque Sur1.0 
 7. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 
 8. Moya, Hindu0.9 
 9. Tabarez, Union SF0.9 
 10. Nwogbo, Alianza .0.8 


Argentinian LigaA round 42 best performance: Dar Tucker - by Eurobasket News

American-Jordanian Shooting guard Dar Tucker (193-SG-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Estudiantes C., receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 42.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (33 points, six rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Echague (#10, 8-36) with 25-point margin 106-81. Estudiantes C. maintains the 2nd position in their group in Argentinian LigaA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Estudiantes C. will need more victories to improve their 31-15 record. In the team's last game Tucker had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. He turned to be Estudiantes C.'s top player in his first season with the team. Former De Paul University star has very solid stats this year. Tucker is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.4ppg. Tucker is in league's top in and averages impressive 57.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old American Justin Williams (206-F/C-84, agency: DTMones) of Olimpico LB. Williams had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Olimpico LB was edged by the lower-ranked Hispano Am. (#9, 17-29) 72-69. Olimpico LB managed to keep the same 5th spot in Sur. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 26-20 record is not bad and everything may still change. Williams is well-known at Olimpico LB and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was Dominican Rep. guard Gelvis Solano (185-G-94, agency: Basket Management Solutions) of Echague (#10). Solano showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, five rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Solano's great performance Echague lost 81-106 to the higher-ranked Estudiantes C. (#2, 31-15). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Echague can only dream about fighting for top spots in Norte. They have rather bad season and 8-36 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Solano he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Solano has individually a great season in Argentina. After 32 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.7ppg (3rd best). He also has 2.0spg and FGP: 53.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Fotios Lampropoulos (206-PF-83) of Boca Jrs - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Sam Clancy (202-C-80) of Instituto - 15 points and 14 rebounds
6. Gabriel Deck (199-F-95) of San Lorenzo - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ivan Basualdo (202-F/C-90) of Quilmes MP - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jerome Meyinsse (207-C-88) of San Lorenzo - 17 points and 12 rebounds
9. Dennis Horner (205-F-88) of Obras Basket - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Javier Justiz (205-C-92) of Estudiantes C. - 15 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)



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





Larry Taylor named Latin America Player of the Month: March 2017 - by Greg

Larry Taylor (185-PG-80, college: Missouri Western) of Mogi (Brazil) was selected as the MVP of March by latinbasket.com. Experienced American guard (holds also Brazilian passport) led his team to perfect 5-0 month in Brazilian League. In 5 games Taylor averaged 15.8ppg, 7.0rpg, 4.8apg while shooting impressive 69.4% from 2pt.

Second best performer of March was Brandon Bowdry (200-F/G-88, college: E.Michigan, agency: Inception Sports) of Los Leones (Chile). American forward had an impressive month with the averages of 28.0ppg, 11.0rpg, 3.3apg in 5 games. Interesting fact that Bowdry registered all of his 3 double-doubles in wins.

Third best performer of the month was Anthony Laveal Johnson (203-C-88, college: Fairfield) of Weber Bahia (Argentina). American player averaged 18.2ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0bpg in 5 games.
TOP 10 PLAYERS FOR March 2017
1. Larry Taylor of Mogi (BRA): 50.3, 5 games: 15.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 4.8 apg, 0.2 bpg, 2FGP: 69.4%, 3PT: 15.8%, FT: 90.9%
2. Brandon Bowdry of Los Leones (CHI): 44.9, 6 games: 28.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.7 bpg, 2FGP: 59.7%, 3PT: 58.3%, FT: 73.9%
3. Anthony-Laveal Johnson of Weber Bahia (ARG): 48, 5 games: 18.2 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.0 bpg, 2FGP: 68.5%, FT: 60.7%
4. Shamell Stallworth of Mogi (BRA): 44.5, 5 games: 18.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.4 apg, 0.2 bpg, 2FGP: 64.1%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 68.4%
5. Guilherme Giovannoni of Brasilia (BRA): 44, 6 games: 19.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.2 apg, 0.3 bpg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 89.7%
6. Dar Tucker of Estudiantes C. (ARG): 43.9, 7 games: 24.1 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 0.1 bpg, 2FGP: 58.2%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 71.4%
7. Dane Johnson of Larre Borges (URU): 41.7, 5 games: 19.6 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 0.8 apg, 1.6 bpg, 2FGP: 70.2%, FT: 72.0%
8. Justin Williams of Olimpico LB (ARG): 40.5, 7 games: 11.0 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 0.7 apg, 3.3 bpg, 2FGP: 68.9%, FT: 51.7%
9. Jerome Meyinsse of San Lorenzo (ARG): 40.4, 6 games: 15.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.5 apg, 1.5 bpg, 2FGP: 77.3%, FT: 80.0%
10. Fulvio de-Assis of Brasilia (BRA): 40.3, 6 games: 7.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 10.8 apg, 2FGP: 75.0%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 66.7%



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State Leagues Round-Up - by Eurobasket News

Big V
Knox R. - Diamond V.E. 70-59

There was no surprise in Wantirna South where 10th ranked Diamond Valley Eagles (1-5) were defeated by leader Knox Raiders (5-0) 70-59 on Sunday. Knox Raiders forced 20 Diamond Valley Eagles turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Dylan Hare (193-93) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Naturalized British guard Adam Thoseby (196-91, college: Georgia SW, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 15 points. Four Knox Raiders players scored in double figures. American guard Raanthony Sanders (190, college: Pensacola JC) produced 16 points and 4 steals and the other American import forward Brandon Conley (198, college: ORU) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Diamond Valley Eagles' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Knox Raiders maintains first place in League with 5-0 record. Loser Diamond Valley Eagles keep the tenth position with five games lost. Knox Raiders will face Hume City Broncos (#8) in Tullamarine in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Diamond Valley Eagles will play at home against McKinnon C. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Knox R.: D.Hare 18+12reb+6ast, A.Thoseby 15+3reb+3ast, A.Tomada 12+2reb+1ast, M.Hodgson 10+2reb, C.Kaba 8+8reb+3ast, L.Carroll 5+5reb+1ast
Diamond V.E.: R.Sanders 16+2reb+1ast, B.Conley 13+4reb, G.Page 12+2reb+1ast, H.Kansak 6+7reb+1ast, S.Reynolds 5+3reb, M.Reynolds 2+5reb+4ast
gschID: 541296


Hawthorn M. - Waverley F. 78-89

No shocking result in a game in Hawthorn where seventh ranked Waverley Falcons (2-1) defeated bottom-ranked Magic (0-3) 89-78 on Sunday. Waverley Falcons forced 20 Magic turnovers and outrebounded them 49-37 including 17 on the offensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Waverley Falcons made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Chris Arkell (198-90) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds. Point guard Bradley Kelleher (182-86, college: Hofstra) chipped in 15 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Jack Barry (-94) produced 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Alex Bogart-King (200) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Magic players scored in double figures. Magic's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Waverley Falcons moved-up to fifth place in League. Loser Magic still closes the standings with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Waverley F.: C.Arkell 25+15reb+1ast, B.Kelleher 15+3reb+5ast, B.Beasley 11+4reb+2ast, T.Boyle 9+5reb, T.Liesting 9+3reb, D.Simmons 9+7reb+4ast
Hawthorn M.: J.Barry 24+8reb+4ast, A.Bogart-King 16+8reb+3ast, J.Morrison 12+8reb, P.Chelvan 10+2reb, P.McBrearty 6+1reb+3ast, D.Kusnyer 3
gschID: 541297


Casey C. - Ringwood H. 87-99

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 3rd placed Casey C.'s (3-2) home loss to leader Ringwood Hawks (5-0) 87-99 on Sunday. Ringwood Hawks shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. The best player for the winners was American guard Jacob Gibson (198-93, college: Harding) who scored 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Shaun Clarke (204) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. American power forward Charles Polk (200-84, college: Butler) produced 28 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Mitch Chapman (187-85) added 16 points respectively for the hosts. Five Ringwood Hawks and four Casey C. players scored in double figures. Ringwood Hawks maintains second place in League with 5-0 record having just one victory less than leader Perth Redbacks. Newly promoted Casey C. dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. Ringwood Hawks will face McKinnon C. (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Ringwood H.: J.Gibson 24+7reb+4ast, N.Truman 20, S.Clarke 20+13reb, M.McCahey 18+5reb+2ast, M.Fennell 10+2reb+2ast, M.Snowball 5+3reb+5ast
Casey C.: C.Polk 28+8reb+4ast, M.Chapman 16+3reb+3ast, D.Johnson 10+7reb+1ast, B.Hobba 10+7reb+2ast, E.Golong 9+2reb+1ast, R.Lemons 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 541298


Werribee D. - Hume City 112-103

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Devils' (3-1) home victory over 6th ranked Hume City Broncos (1-2) 112-103 on Saturday. Devils dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Hume City Broncos' 44. They outrebounded Hume City Broncos 48-30 including 34 on the defensive glass. Devils looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Hume City Broncos' players. The best player for the winners was American guard Jeremy Smith (190, college: Nicholls St.) who had a double-double by scoring 43 points (!!!), 16 rebounds and 7 assists. His fellow American import guard Jordan Hughes (192-92, college: Dakota St.) chipped in 25 points and 6 rebounds. Devils' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Luke Egan (200-74, college: E.Washington) produced 40 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and Shaun Prendergast added 21 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Four Devils and five Hume City Broncos players scored in double figures. Devils moved-up to third place in League. Loser Hume City Broncos dropped to the eighth position with two games lost. Devils will have a break next round. Hume City Broncos will play at home against the league's leader Knox Raiders (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Werribee D.: J.Smith 43+16reb+7ast, J.Hughes 25+6reb+1ast, F.Hunter 14+7reb+5ast, N.Wilson 13+5reb, B.Allison 9+5reb+6ast, N.Morda 3+1reb+2ast
Hume City: L.Egan 40+7reb, S.Prendergast 21+3reb+4ast, M.Berezdecky 14+5reb, P.Renteria 10+1ast, T.Clayton 10+12reb+2ast, D. Lual 5+1ast
gschID: 541295


Corio Bay S. - Knox R. 80-116

Not a big story in a game in Geelong where bottom-ranked Stingrays (0-4) were outplayed by leader Knox Raiders (5-0) 116-80 on Saturday. Knox Raiders made 30-of-38 free shots (78.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Stingrays turnovers and outrebounded them 50-36 including a 21-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Knox Raiders made 7 blocks. Stingrays were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was center Matt Hodgson (211-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 18 rebounds. American forward Christopher Kaba (203-88, college: N.Colorado) chipped in 24 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Knox Raiders players scored in double figures. American point guard Cam Baker (185, college: Columbus St.) produced 33 points (!!!) and 5 assists and guard Michael Rebula (189-90) added 18 points respectively for the hosts. Stingrays' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Knox Raiders maintains first place in League with 5-0 record. Loser Stingrays still closes the standings with four games lost. Knox Raiders will face Hume City Broncos (#8) in Tullamarine in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Knox R.: M.Hodgson 26+18reb, C.Kaba 24+8reb+7ast, A.Thoseby 24+3reb+1ast, D.Hare 15+3reb+4ast, D.McDonald 8+7reb+2ast, A.Tomada 7+7reb+1ast
Corio Bay S.: C.Baker 33+2reb+5ast, M.Rebula 18+4reb+3ast, J.Mcfall 11+7reb+2ast, J.Latham 7+8reb, J.Reardon 6+5reb+2ast, J.Headlam 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 541292


McKinnon C. - Casey C. 79-94

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Casey C. (3-2) won against on the road 8th ranked McKinnon C. (1-3) 94-79 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was American power forward Charles Polk (200-84, college: Butler) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward Raheem Lemons (196-93, college: Central State) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Four Casey C. players scored in double figures. Casey C.'s coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Dillon Stith (200-92, college: St.Vincent) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Croatian forward Ivan Platenik (201-83, college: Alaska-Anch.) added 20 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Despite that victory Casey C. went down to fourth position (League) due to points difference. Loser McKinnon C. dropped to the ninth place with three games lost. Casey C. will have a break next round. McKinnon C. will play at home against the league's second-placed Ringwood Hawks (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Casey C.: C.Polk 27+12reb+5ast, R.Lemons 17+7reb+3ast, E.Golong 16+5reb+3ast, M.McInnes 11+2reb+5ast, D.Johnson 7+3reb, B.Arnott 7+1reb+1ast
McKinnon C.: D.Stith 28+10reb+1ast, I.Platenik 20+9reb+1ast, N.Mueller 15+7reb+1ast, D.Walker 9+5reb+5ast, B.Tamir 7+2reb+1ast, A.Mueller 0+1reb
gschID: 541293


Ringwood H. - Eltham W. 101-94

There was no surprise in Heathmont where 4th placed Eltham Wildcats (2-2) were defeated by leader Ringwood Hawks (5-0) 101-94 on Saturday. Ringwood Hawks made 25-of-29 free shots (86.2 percent) during the game. Eltham Wildcats were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Matthew Snowball who had a double-double by scoring 12 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. American forward Mike McCahey (196, college: St.Anselm) chipped in 23 points. Benjamin Waldren produced 34 points (!!!) and Jordan Canovan added 17 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Ringwood Hawks and four Eltham Wildcats players scored in double figures. Ringwood Hawks maintains second place in League with 5-0 record having just one victory less than leader Perth Redbacks. Loser Eltham Wildcats dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. Ringwood Hawks will face McKinnon C. (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Eltham Wildcats will play against Whittlesea City and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ringwood H.: M.McCahey 23+4reb+1ast, N.Truman 19+2reb+2ast, M.Fennell 15+8reb+3ast, S.Clarke 15+7reb, J.Gibson 14+9reb+1ast, M.Snowball 12+6reb+10ast
Eltham W.: B.Waldren 34+3reb+2ast, J.Canovan 17+9reb+1ast, J.Aver 14+3reb+4ast, C.Cameron 11+5reb+1ast, S.Grant 9+9reb+2ast, K.Williams 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 541294


Diamond V.E. - Whittlesea City 101-102

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Whittlesea City's (2-2) road victory over 10th ranked Diamond Valley Eagles (1-5) 102-101 on Saturday. Whittlesea City forced 21 Diamond Valley Eagles turnovers. Diamond Valley Eagles were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Taane Samuel who had a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds. Jonathan Maybank chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Raanthony Sanders (190, college: Pensacola JC) produced 26 points and 4 assists and the other American import forward Brandon Conley (198, college: ORU) added 17 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Diamond Valley Eagles' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Whittlesea City moved-up to seventh place in League. Loser Diamond Valley Eagles keep the tenth position with five games lost. Whittlesea City will face higher ranked Eltham Wildcats (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Diamond Valley Eagles will play against McKinnon C. (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Whittlesea City: T.Samuel 35+15reb+2ast, J.Maybank 21+10reb+4ast, D.Bruno 15+3reb+1ast, A.Zeverona 14+1reb+3ast, A.Kearing 12+6reb+1ast, S.Kalistu 3+1reb
Diamond V.E.: R.Sanders 26+4reb+4ast, B.Conley 17+11reb+3ast, S.Reynolds 14+3reb+5ast, M.Reynolds 13+9reb+3ast, G.Page 10+2reb+2ast, B.Griffiths 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 541291


Premier League
Sturt S. - Southern T. 84-64

Undefeated Noarlunga City Southern Tigers (0-1) recorded its first loss in Pasadena. Visitors were rolled over by leader Sturt Sabres (1-0) 84-64. Sturt Sabres outrebounded Noarlunga City Southern Tigers 46-31 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Hamish Burns (190, college: Newberry) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points and 9 rebounds. The former international power forward Claybrin McMath (203-90, college: Bryant) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Sturt Sabres players scored in double figures. American forward Mike Nwelue (196, college: Drury) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds and guard Robert Linton (193) added 16 points in the effort for Noarlunga City Southern Tigers. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sturt Sabres left bottom position moving up to fourth place in League. Noarlunga City Southern Tigers at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. Sturt Sabres will play against league's leader Forestville Eagles in Goodwood in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Noarlunga City Southern Tigers will play at home against South Adelaide Panthers (#3) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Sturt S.: J.Rigoni 15+3reb+3ast, C.McMath 13+8reb+2ast, B.Carter 13+2reb+1ast, H.Burns 12+9reb+3ast, I.White 12+3reb+5ast, T.Klaosen 8+3reb+1ast
Southern T.: A.Drmic 17+4reb, R.Linton 16+3reb+2ast, M.Nwelue 10+13reb+2ast, C.Catford 8, D.Peacock 6+3reb+1ast, H.Staude 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 541412


Woodville W. - N.Adelaide R. 62-85

Everything could happen in Flinders Park at the game between two tied teams. Both leader North Adelaide Rockets and bottom-ranked Woodville Warriors had identical 0-0 record. But Woodville Warriors were not able to use a home court advantage and were rolled over by the opponent from Greenacres 85-62 on Saturday night. North Adelaide Rockets dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Woodville Warriors' 28. North Adelaide Rockets forced 25 Woodville Warriors turnovers and outrebounded them 47-30 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Woodville Warriors were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Alexander Starling (198-89, college: Beth.-Cookman) who had a double-double by scoring 32 points and 19 rebounds. Swingman Darcy Aistrope (191) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Alex Maiorana produced 12 points and guard Darren Ng (189-83) added 8 points and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. North Adelaide Rockets (1-0) left bottom position moving up to second place in League. Loser Woodville Warriors still closes the standings with one game lost. North Adelaide Rockets will face Norwood Flames (#8) in Marden in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Woodville Warriors will play on the road against West Adelaide Bearcats and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
N.Adelaide R.: A.Starling 32+19reb+2ast, A.Miller 14+3reb+3ast, D.Aistrope 13+6reb+3ast, R.Harding 8+1reb, L.Mapunda 5+5reb+6ast, A.Schild 4+7reb+2ast
Woodville W.: A.Maiorana 12+4reb+2ast, D.McKee 11+3reb+2ast, L.Stanbridge 11, D.Ng 8+4reb+5ast, S.Richardson 7+1reb+1ast, C.Clausen 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 541413


Norwood F. - Forestville E. 77-87

An interesting game was played in Marden where Forestville Eagles (#3) beat host Norwood Flames (#5) 87-77 on Saturday evening. It was a key game for the top position in League. Forestville Eagles outrebounded Norwood Flames 45-34 including 32 on the defensive glass. Sudanese forward Majok Deng (208-93, college: La-Monroe) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and American guard Jake Rios (188-86, college: Georgia Coll.) chipped in 22 points. Forestville Eagles' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Jerrell Sanders (198, college: Ferris St.) responded with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import point guard Ahmad Starks (175-92, college: Illinois) scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. Four Forestville Eagles and five Norwood Flames players scored in double figures. Forestville Eagles (1-0) keep a position of League leader. Loser Norwood Flames still closes the standings with one game lost. Forestville Eagles will meet at home Sturt Sabres (#4) in the next round. Norwood Flames will play against the league's second-placed North Adelaide Rockets (#2) in Greenacres and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Forestville E.: M.Deng 28+15reb+3ast, J.Rios 22+4reb+1ast, S. Wright 13+7reb+5ast, A.Garrett 12+6reb+1ast, T.Fildes 6+3reb+3ast, M.Morphett 2+4reb+1ast
Norwood F.: A.Starks 22+6reb+3ast, J.Sanders 21+7reb+4ast, A.Webber 10+1reb+8ast, M.Long 10+6reb+1ast, D.Webber 10+10reb+5ast, S.Pontifex 4
gschID: 541414


Eastern M. - W.Adelaide B. 73-85

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Eastern Mavericks (0-1) against leader West Adelaide Bearcats (1-0) on Saturday night. Host Eastern Mavericks were defeated by West Adelaide Bearcats in Mt. Barker 85-73. Eastern Mavericks were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Dee Oldham (193-94, college: Chattanooga) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Harold Ridgeway (203, college: Midland) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four West Adelaide Bearcats players scored in double figures. D Mcgee produced 14 points and 5 rebounds and guard Lachlan Barker (179-96) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Eastern Mavericks' coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. West Adelaide Bearcats left bottom position moving up to fifth place in League. Loser Eastern Mavericks still closes the standings with one game lost. West Adelaide Bearcats will face Woodville Warriors (#10) in Flinders Park in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Eastern Mavericks will play on the road against Central District Lions in Gawler and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
W.Adelaide B.: D.Oldham 29+11reb+3ast, L.Valk 14+4reb+2ast, H.Ridgeway 12+9reb+1ast, T.Braithwaite 10, B.Truslove 8+4reb, J.West 6+1reb+1ast
Eastern M.: L.Barker 17+2reb, D.Mcgee 14+5reb, S.Vozzo 13+1reb+3ast, T.Cioffi 8+6reb+1ast, Z.Lovell 7+2reb+2ast, D.Shorne 5+9reb+3ast
gschID: 541410


S.Adelaide P. - C.District L. 105-70

Round 5 in State League means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Park Holme where host South Adelaide Panthers (1-0) crushed league's leader Central District Lions (0-1) 105-70 on Saturday evening. South Adelaide Panthers dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Central District Lions' 46. South Adelaide Panthers forced 23 Central District Lions turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Central District Lions helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Eian Davis (185-90, college: Albertus Magnus) who scored 25 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Point guard Shane Boal (183-86) chipped in 28 points. Four South Adelaide Panthers players scored in double figures. American forward Ricardo Martin (203, college: Lander) produced 18 points and 9 rebounds and guard Nelson Larkins (180-96) added 9 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. South Adelaide Panthers left bottom position moving up to third place in League. Central District Lions at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Perth Redbacks. Central District Lions will play next round against Eastern Mavericks trying to make it back to the top of the standings. South Adelaide Panthers will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Noarlunga City Southern Tigers in Morphett Vale.
Top scorers:
S.Adelaide P.: S.Boal 28+2reb+2ast, E.Davis 25+2reb+7ast, J.O'Brien 13+13reb+1ast, T.McKenzie 11+9reb+7ast, R.Gardner 9+3reb+1ast, E.Minear-Kulpinski 6+3reb+1ast
C.District L.: R.Martin 18+9reb+1ast, K.Sapwell 13+4reb+2ast, N.Larkins 9+9reb+7ast, M.Makoi 8+7reb, S.Stone 6+2reb+1ast, B.Nathan 5+1reb
gschID: 541411


SBL
SW Slammers - East Perth E. 75-86

Very predictable result in Bunbury where fourth ranked Eagles (3-1) beat bottom-ranked Slammers (0-3) 86-75 on Saturday. Eagles dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Slammers' 38. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Slammers were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was swingman Drew Williamson (196-83, college: Metro St.) who scored 30 points and 6 assists. American center Kevin Davis (206-91, college: Cent.Washington) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. Eagles' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Tre Nichols (180-89, college: Boise St., agency: SDJ Sports) produced 21 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and the other American import guard Michael Lay (180-83, college: Concordia, OR) added 21 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Eagles maintains fourth place in League with 3-1 record. Loser Slammers still closes the standings with three games lost. Eagles will face league's second-placed Wanneroo in Joondalup in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
East Perth E.: D.Williamson 30+4reb+6ast, K.Davis 14+4reb+4ast, J.Tupaea 10+4reb+1ast, D.Tawhiti 9+7reb+2ast, N.Manyang 7+6reb+2ast, A.Donlagic 7
SW Slammers: M.Lay 21+7reb+2ast, T.Nichols 21+9reb+7ast, T.Puot 10+2reb+2ast, C.Douglas 9+11reb, C.Weeden 8+6reb, T.Durnin 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 541640


Stirling S. - Cockburn C. 68-84

There was a minor upset in Perth where 9th ranked Stirling S. (1-2) was defeated by eleventh ranked Cougars (2-2) 84-68 on Saturday. Cougars forced 21 Stirling S. turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman Gavin Field (202-89, college: W.Georgia) who scored 16 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. American forward Jalen Billups (198-92, college: N.Kentucky, agency: Haylett Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Five Cougars players scored in double figures. The former international forward Rhys Vague (204-96) produced 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and power forward Ashley Litterick (202) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Cougars moved-up to seventh place in League. Loser Stirling S. dropped to the eleventh position with two games lost. Cougars will face higher ranked Buccaneers (#3) in Wonthella in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Cockburn C.: J.Billups 20+10reb, L.Cummings 17+2reb+2ast, G.Field 16+9reb+7ast, S.Chan 13+2reb+6ast, R.Della Maddalena 12+3reb, J.Holmes 4+5reb
Stirling S.: R.Vague 13+7reb+5ast, A.Litterick 12+6reb+3ast, C.Ellis 12+4reb+2ast, A.Bruton 9+2reb+3ast, T.Witts 7+2reb+1ast, J.Coburn 5
gschID: 541642


Goldfields G. - Mandurah M. 100-69

There was a small surprise in Kalgoorlie where thirteenth ranked Giants (1-3) outleveled 10th ranked Magic (1-2) 100-69 on Saturday. They outrebounded Magic 52-36 including a 36-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Giants looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Magic's players. Magic was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American power forward Jacob Holmen (202-91, college: N.Texas) who scored 37 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 7 assists. His fellow American import forward JB Pillard (201, college: Cent.Washington) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Four Giants players scored in double figures. American forward Taylor Mullenax (200-86, college: St.Edward's) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds and guard Andrew Bowman (185-85) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Giants left bottom position moving up to twelfth place in League. Loser Magic keeps the tenth position with two games lost. Giants will face Suns (#14) in Kalamunda in the next round.
Top scorers:
Goldfields G.: J.Holmen 37+6reb+7ast, J.Pillard 14+13reb+3ast, L.Pike 11+6reb+2ast, N.Burrow 10+4reb+1ast, J.Reid 9+2reb+1ast, R.Hurst 5+4reb+1ast
Mandurah M.: T.Mullenax 18+7reb+2ast, W.McNeill 11+1reb+3ast, A.Bowman 9+5reb+4ast, C.Simpson 8+1reb+1ast, S.Julitz 8+2reb+1ast, R.Kreklow 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 541639


Kalamunda E.S. - Perth Redbacks 86-103

There was no surprise in Kalamunda where bottom-ranked Suns (0-5) were defeated by leader Redbacks (4-0) 103-86 on Saturday. Redbacks outrebounded Suns 49-34 including a 38-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Suns' players. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St.) who scored 30 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international power forward Alexander Loughton (206-83, college: ODU) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Five Redbacks players scored in double figures. American guard Courtney Belger (187-89, college: Quincy) produced 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Ryan Blanchett (202-96) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Redbacks keep a position of League leader. Loser Suns still closes the standings with five games lost. Redbacks will face Eagles (#4) in Morley in the next round. Suns will play at home against Giants (#12) and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Perth Redbacks: S.Redhage 30+8reb+8ast, A.Loughton 14+10reb+1ast, B.Smith 14+3reb, K.Bowen 12+10reb+1ast, J.Wagner 11+1reb+9ast, I.Gattorna-Hargrave 6+5reb+1ast
Kalamunda E.S.: C.Belger 20+6reb+4ast, T.Squire 13+4reb, R.Blanchett 12+7reb, J.Correia 8+2reb, B.Pass 8+1ast, N.Drown 7+1reb
gschID: 541643


Joondalup Wolves - Rockingham F. 92-62

No shocking result in a game in Joondalup where leader Wanneroo (3-0) smashed 8th ranked Flames (1-2) 92-62 on Saturday. Wanneroo dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Flames' 32. Wanneroo forced 20 Flames turnovers. The best player for the winners was naturalized Greek guard Trian Iliadis (190-89, college: ODU) who scored 20 points and 5 assists. American forward Richard Ross (198-92, college: ODU) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Four Wanneroo players scored in double figures. American forward Donovon Jack (206-93, college: Penn St.) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and guard Ryan Godfrey (187-90, college: W.Georgia) added 15 points and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Wanneroo moved-up to second place in League. Loser Flames dropped to the ninth position with two games lost. Wanneroo will face Eagles (#4) in Morley in the next round. Flames will play at home against Lightning (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Joondalup Wolves: T.Iliadis 20+4reb+5ast, S.Salinas 13+7reb+2ast, R.Ross 13+10reb+3ast, W.Guerin 12+4reb, R.Huntington 9+6reb+2ast, J.Wellsteed 6+4reb+2ast
Rockingham F.: R.Godfrey 15+1reb+6ast, D.Jack 14+10reb+2ast, J.Griffin 10+8reb, B.Samuelson 7+2reb+2ast, J.Beard 6+3reb+1ast, M.Honey 5
gschID: 541641


Geraldton B. - Willetton T. 83-95

There was an upset in Wonthella where leader Buccaneers (3-1) were defeated by seventh ranked Tigers (2-1) 95-83 on Saturday. Tigers outrebounded Buccaneers 42-29 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Ray Turner (206-90, college: Texas A&M) who had a double-double by scoring 32 points and 20 rebounds. Guard Kyle Armour (183-89, college: Augusta) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds. Four Tigers players scored in double figures. American forward Dwayne Benjamin (201-93, college: Oregon) produced 26 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward Maurice Barrow (196-92, college: Fairfield) added 20 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Tigers moved-up to sixth place in League. Loser Buccaneers dropped to the third position with one game lost. Tigers will face higher ranked Hawks (#5) in Floreat in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Buccaneers will play at home against Cougars and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Willetton T.: R.Turner 32+20reb, K.Armour 23+6reb+2ast, N.Cody 14+4reb, D.Scott 11+2reb+4ast, L.Evans 9+3reb+3ast, A.Black 4+1reb+5ast
Geraldton B.: D.Benjamin 26+5reb+1ast, M.Barrow 20+7reb+3ast, A.Ralph 16+2reb, M.Hancock 9+1reb+2ast, J.Hussey 6+5reb+6ast, M.Wundenberg 4+7reb
gschID: 541638


Lakeside L. - Kalamunda E.S. 92-87

Rather predictable result in North Lake where eleventh ranked Lightning (2-2) beat bottom-ranked Suns (0-5) 92-87 on Friday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Lightning dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Suns' 26. Lightning forced 19 Suns turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Suns were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward James Padgett (203-91, college: Maryland) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. His fellow American import guard Devon Atkinson (185, college: Morehead St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 assists. Four Lightning players scored in double figures. American guard Courtney Belger (187-89, college: Quincy) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists and guard Tim Squire (182-91) added 23 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Lightning moved-up to eighth place in League. Loser Suns still closes the standings with five games lost. Lightning will face Flames (#9) in Rockingham in the next round. Suns will play at home against Giants (#12) and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Lakeside L.: J.Padgett 24+10reb+3ast, D.Atkinson 18+4reb+10ast, D.Grida 14+8reb+1ast, D.Morgan 14+2reb, T.Parkinson 6+5reb, A.Ferguson 6+5reb+1ast
Kalamunda E.S.: T.Squire 23+6reb+1ast, C.Belger 17+9reb+11ast, K.Horn 15+3reb, T.Pinker 9+1ast, R.Blanchett 6+8reb, B.Pass 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 541636


Cockburn C. - Perry Lakes H. 90-97

Not a big story in a game in Hamilton Hill where 11th ranked Cougars (2-2) were defeated by ninth ranked Hawks (2-1) 97-90 on Friday. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 32-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Hawks dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Cougars' 44 and made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Cougars 46-25 including a 32-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American center Brian Carlwell (211-87, college: San Diego St.) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). The former international forward Ben Purser (201-90, college: Augusta) chipped in 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Hawks' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Point guard Lochlan Cummings (183, college: Hope International) produced 25 points and 4 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and American forward Jalen Billups (198-92, college: N.Kentucky, agency: Haylett Sports) added 23 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Hawks and four Cougars players scored in double figures. Hawks moved-up to fifth place in League. Loser Cougars dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. Hawks will face Tigers (#6) in Willetton in the next round. Cougars will play on the road against Buccaneers in Wonthella and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Perry Lakes H.: B.Purser 25+7reb+4ast, B.Carlwell 24+15reb+1ast, R.Waters 20+6reb+7ast, R.Smith 14+6reb+5ast, R.O'Sullivan 10+3reb, M.Clarke 2
Cockburn C.: L.Cummings 25+4reb+4ast, J.Billups 23+8reb, G.Field 13+8reb+3ast, S.Chan 11+1reb+4ast, D.Thomas 8+1reb, J.Holmes 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 541637


SEABL
BA CoE - Kilsyth C. 81-77

There was a surprise result when eighth ranked BA CoE (1-2) won against at home second-ranked Kilsyth Cobras (1-1) 81-77 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was swingman Tom Fullarton (200-99) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Kyle Zunic (184-99) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. Four BA CoE players scored in double figures. Forward Chris Patton (208-91, college: Cal-Riverside) produced 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Nelson Kirksey (190-89, college: UMKC) added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. BA CoE left bottom position moving up to fourth place in League. Loser Kilsyth Cobras dropped to the third position with one game lost. BA CoE will have a break next round. Kilsyth Cobras will play at home against Ballarat Miners and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BA CoE: K.Zunic 17+3reb+4ast, M.Colina 14+7reb+1ast, S.Froling 12+8reb+4ast, T.Fullarton 11+10reb+3ast, M. Johns 8+2reb+3ast, A.Mudronja 8+5reb+2ast
Kilsyth C.: O.Odigie 19+4reb+2ast, N.Kirksey 16+7reb+4ast, C.Patton 15+9reb+4ast, A.MacMillan 9+10reb+1ast, G.Hadley 7+1reb, T.Naqqash 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 541808


Canberra G. - Kilsyth C. 82-89

We should not miss the game where second ranked Kilsyth Cobras (1-1) against desperated Canberra Gunners (0-2) where Kilsyth Cobras won on the road by seven points 89-82. Kilsyth Cobras dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Canberra Gunners' 30 and made 22-of-25 charity shots (88.0 percent) during the game. Forward Chris Patton (208-91, college: Cal-Riverside) nailed 28 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and American guard Nelson Kirksey (190-89, college: UMKC) accounted for 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Kilsyth Cobras players scored in double figures. Guard Daniel Joyce (194-87) came up with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists and center Ben Allen (211-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Canberra Gunners in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Despite that victory Kilsyth Cobras went down to third position (League) due to points difference. Canberra Gunners at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. Kilsyth Cobras' next round opponent will be Ballarat Miners (#5) in Wendouree. Canberra Gunners will play on the road against the league's leader Mount Gambier Pioneers in Mt Gambier and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Kilsyth C.: C.Patton 28+9reb+2ast, N.Kirksey 16+6reb+3ast, O.Odigie 14+6reb+1ast, A.MacMillan 14+2reb+4ast, T.Naqqash 8+3reb+5ast, B.Owili 5+3reb
Canberra G.: D.Joyce 20+8reb+8ast, B.Doran 18+2reb+2ast, B.Allen 17+6reb+5ast, B.Kearins 9+5reb+1ast, J.Toohey 7+4reb+3ast, N.Brown 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 541806


Albury W.B. - Nunawading S. 87-96

There was no surprise in Albury where bottom-ranked Bandits (0-3) were defeated by leader Spectres (3-0) 96-87 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-87. Spectres made 29-of-34 free shots (85.3 percent) during the game, while Bandits only scored nine points from the stripe. Bandits were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American center Dain Swetalla (206-86, college: Augustana, IL) who had a double-double by scoring 44 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Thomas Wright chipped in 15 points. Forward Antone Robinson (200) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds and point guard Deba George (183-85) added 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Spectres keep a position of League leader. Loser Bandits still closes the standings with three games lost. Spectres will face Kilsyth Cobras (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Bandits will play against the league's second-placed Sabres (#2) and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Nunawading S.: D.Swetalla 44+11reb+2ast, T.Wright 15+3reb+3ast, C. Hronopoulos 15+1reb+1ast, A.Steel 14+5reb+1ast, S.Conn 4+11reb, D.King-Hawea 2+7reb+1ast
Albury W.B.: D.George 25+8reb+6ast, A.Robinson 24+16reb+1ast, S.Dearborn 11+2reb, J.Browning 10+2reb, M.Newton 9+5reb+1ast, J.Spear 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 541807


Mt Gambier - Bendigo B. 80-66

No shocking result in a game in Mt Gambier where leader Mount Gambier Pioneers (2-0) defeated 3rd placed Bendigo Braves (0-1) 80-66 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Mount Gambier Pioneers. Bendigo Braves was better in second period 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mount Gambier Pioneers looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Bendigo Braves' players. The best player for the winners was American forward Daniel Alexander (206-91, college: Grand Canyon, agency: Haylett Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international guard Tom Daly (182-91) chipped in 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Mount Gambier Pioneers players scored in double figures. Mount Gambier Pioneers' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Dyami Starks (188-92, college: Bryant) produced 27 points and 6 rebounds and the former international power forward Matthew Andronicos (208-91) added 12 points and 14 rebounds respectively for the guests. Mount Gambier Pioneers maintains first place in League with 2-0 record. Loser Bendigo Braves still closes the standings with one game lost. Mount Gambier Pioneers will face Canberra Gunners (#6) in Belconnen in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Bendigo Braves will play on the road against the league's second-placed Sabres in Cheltenham and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Mt Gambier: D.Alexander 22+12reb+4ast, T.Daly 20+6reb+7ast, B.Hill 11+11reb+9ast, L.Jamieson 10+9reb+1ast, E.Burdon 6+1reb+4ast, M.Sutton 5+1reb
Bendigo B.: D.Starks 27+6reb+2ast, M.Andronicos 12+14reb, C.Aiken 9+7reb+3ast, K.White 9+5reb+5ast, A.Doyle 4+6reb+1ast, J.Cowling 3+2reb
gschID: 541804


Geelong S. - Ballarat M. 100-76

Rather expected game when 3rd placed Ballarat Miners (0-1) were rolled over on the road by leader Geelong Supercats (2-0) 100-76 on Friday. The game without a history. Geelong Supercats led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Ballarat Miners' 38. They outrebounded Ballarat Miners 50-37 including 36 on the defensive glass. Geelong Supercats looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Ballarat Miners' players. The best player for the winners was American guard Demarcus Gatlin (193, college: Sam Houston St.) who scored 26 points and 8 rebounds. The former international swingman Nathan Herbert (192-84) chipped in 22 points and 6 assists. Geelong Supercats' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American guard Davon Usher (198-92, college: Delaware) produced 30 points and forward Craig Moller (203-94) added 16 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Despite that victory Geelong Supercats went down to second position (League) due to points difference. Loser Ballarat Miners still closes the standings with one game lost. Geelong Supercats will face Dandenong Rangers (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Ballarat Miners will play against Kilsyth Cobras and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Geelong S.: D.Gatlin 26+8reb+3ast, N.Herbert 22+4reb+6ast, K.Blicavs 12+5reb+3ast, A.Cannan 11+5reb+1ast, K.Rocci 10+4reb+2ast, E.Gaff 6+8reb+2ast
Ballarat M.: D.Usher 30+3reb+2ast, C.Moller 16+13reb+4ast, M.King-Davis 10+5reb+2ast, A.Constable 10+1reb+1ast, P.Hooley 8+4reb+1ast, C.McCallum 1+9reb
gschID: 541805





Alexander Starling claims Australian State League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Alexander Starling (198-F-89) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's second-best N.Adelaide R. and that's him to receive a Australiabasket.com State League Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 27-year old forward had a double-double of 32 points and nineteen rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Woodville W. (#10, 0-1) with 23-point margin 85-62. N.Adelaide R. is placed at 2nd position in their group in Australian State League. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and N.Adelaide R. won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Starling just recently signed at N.Adelaide R. and it was his first game, where he immediately became new team's leader.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American center Dain Swetalla (206-C-86) of league's best team Nunawading S.. Swetalla impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 44 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Nunawading S. cruised to a 96-87 relatively comfortable win over Albury W.B. (#7, 0-3). This victory allowed Nunawading S. to move up to 1st position in SEABL. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 3 games without any defeat. Swetalla is one of the most experienced players at Nunawading S. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Jeremy Smith (190-G) of Werribee D. (#3). Smith got into 30-points club by scoring 43 points in the last round. He went also for sixteen rebounds and seven assists. He was a key player of Werribee D., leading his team to a 112-103 win against the lower-ranked Hume City (#8, 1-2). Werribee D. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Big V. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Smith has a great season in Australia. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 29.0ppg (3rd best), rebounds with 11.7rpg (6th best) and assists with 6.0apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ray Turner (206-F-90) of Willetton T. - 32 points and 20 rebounds
5. Brian Carlwell (211-C-87) of Perry Lakes H. - 24 points and 15 rebounds
6. Charles Polk (200-F/C-84) of Casey C. - 27 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
7. James Padgett (203-F-91) of Lakeside L. - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jacob Holmen (202-F/C-91) of Goldfields G. - 37 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Eian Davis (185-G-90) of S.Adelaide P. - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Dee Oldham (193-G-94) of W.Adelaide B. - 29 points, 11 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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  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





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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  


Tartu Ulikool claim Bronze medals - by Eurobasket News

Tartu Ulikool - Kalev/Cramo 67:68

Tartu Ulikool clinched Baltic League Bronze medals. They overcame their arch-rivals Kalev/Cramo on aggregate in the consolation final series. The Tallinn team eked out a narrow road win tonight but it was not enough to deny a 12-point deficit after the opening leg.
Kalev/Cramo jumped to a 16:13 lead ten minutes into the game. Tartu Ulikool pulled within 2 points at the interval 31:33. The hosts cut the deficit to a single point heading into the fourth term. Kalev/Cramo sank 22 points in the final period but just sweetened the pill at the end. Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) provided 20 points for the winners. Cedric Simmons (206-F/C-86, college: N.Carolina St.) added 12 points and 10 boards in the victory. Mandell Thomas (188-G-93, college: Fordham) and Dominykas Milka (203-C-92, college: St.Rose, NY) answered with 17 points each for Tartu Ulikool.

Tartu Ulikool: Mandell Thomas 17, Dominykas Milka 17
Kalev/Cramo: Vitali Liutych 20, Cedric Simmons 12+10 boards



Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League 1st Team 2017
Evaldas Zabas
Zabas
Damier Pitts
Pitts
Denis Krestinin
Krestinin
Andriy Agafonov
Agafonov
Thomas van der Mars
van der Mars

Finals MVP: Tomas Delininkaitis (190-G-82) of Vytautas
Player of the Year: Thomas van der Mars (208-C-90) of Rapla
Guard of the Year: Damier Pitts (177-PG-89) of Valmiera
Forward of the Year: Denis Krestinin (202-F-94) of Barons Riga
Center of the Year: Derrick Thomas II (6'3''-SF) of Bullis
European Player of the Year: Thomas van der Mars (208-C-90) of Rapla
Import Player of the Year: Damier Pitts (177-PG-89) of Valmiera
Defensive Player of the Year: Malcolm Griffin (193-G-91) of Liepaja/Triobet
Coach of the Year: Ramunas Cvirka of P.Zvaigzdes

1st Team
PG: Evaldas Zabas (188-PG-88) of P.Zvaigzdes
PG: Damier Pitts (177-PG-89) of Valmiera
F: Denis Krestinin (202-F-94) of Barons Riga
PF: Andriy Agafonov (208-PF-86) of P.Zvaigzdes
C: Thomas van der Mars (208-C-90) of Rapla

2nd Team
PG: Trevin Parks (180-PG-91) of Barsy Atyrau
G: Arturs Ausejs (192-G-90) of Liepaja/Triobet
F: Joonas Jarvelainen (202-F-90) of TTU
F: Vaidotas Volkus (203-F-85) of Nevezis
C: Jurijs Aleksejevs (202-C-85) of Jekabpils

Honorable Mention
Tyler Larson (190-G-91) of Barons Riga
Davis Geks (192-SG-95) of Barons Riga
Paulius Petrilevicius (200-F-91) of Nevezis
Malcolm Griffin (193-G-91) of Liepaja/Triobet
Lateef McMullan (180-PG-90) of Pertevniyal
Martins Laksa (200-SF-90) of Valmiera
Arturs Berzins (204-PF-88) of Valmiera
Gints Antrops (201-F-82) of VEF Riga
Sten Olmre (192-SG-95) of TTU
Edgars Jeromanovs (186-PG-86) of Jurmala
Siim-Markus Post (183-PG-97) of Tarvas
Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82) of Vytautas
Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) of Kalev/Cramo
Janari Joesaar (198-SF-93) of Tartu Ulikool

All-European Players Team
PG: Evaldas Zabas (188-PG-88) of P.Zvaigzdes
G: Arturs Ausejs (192-G-90) of Liepaja/Triobet
F: Denis Krestinin (202-F-94) of Barons Riga
PF: Andriy Agafonov (208-PF-86) of P.Zvaigzdes
C: Thomas van der Mars (208-C-90) of Rapla

All-Imports Team
PG: Damier Pitts (177-PG-89) of Valmiera
PG: Trevin Parks (180-PG-91) of Barsy Atyrau
G: Tyler Larson (190-G-91) of Barons Riga
G: Malcolm Griffin (193-G-91) of Liepaja/Triobet
PG: Lateef McMullan (180-PG-90) of Pertevniyal



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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Final Four pairings confirmed - by Eurobasket News

The Basketball Champions League Final Four pairings have been set, following the completion of a draw on Thursday afternoon in Tenerife. Four teams, representing four different countries, will be participating in the pinnacle event of Basketball Champions League's inaugural season which will be played over the last weekend of April in Tenerife, host of Iberostar Tenerife, currently in the 1st position of the Spanish ACB League. Together with the Spanish host, the other three qualified clubs complete a very competitive Final Four line-up with Banvit, currently 4th in the Turkish Super League and recent Turkish Cup winners, Umana Reyer Venezia, currently 2nd of the Italian Serie A, and AS Monaco Basket, currently leader of the French Pro A.
The Basketball Champions League pairings are as follows:
Banvit vs AS Monaco (Friday April 28, 18:00 CET)
Iberostar Tenerife vs Umana Reyer Venezia (Friday April 28, 21:00 CET)

The Third-Place Game will take place at 17:15 CET and the Final at 20:15 CET on Sunday April 30. A media accreditation portal will be opened on Friday April 7.
Courtesy of: basketballcl.com



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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





Uzoh's 18 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old point guard Ben Uzoh (191-PG-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Aalstar and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
He had the game-high 18 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for Aalstar in his team's victory, helping them to beat Kangoeroes (#4, 15-13) 95-87. Aalstar maintains the 5th position in Belgian league. Aalstar is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 15-14 record. Uzoh just recently signed at Aalstar, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Ben Uzoh averages just after three games 9.3ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Devin Sweetney (198-G/F-87) of Liege. He is American swingman in his first season at Liege. In the last game Sweetney recorded impressive 26 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Liege lost that game 81-88 to the higher-ranked Limburg United (#6, 14-14). Liege are still at the very bottom. 23 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories Liege managed to get this year. Sweetney is a newcomer at Liege and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Pape Badji (208-F/C-92) of Kangoeroes (#4). Badji scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Badji's great performance Kangoeroes lost 87-95 to slightly lower-ranked Aalstar (#5, 15-14). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Kangoeroes needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 15 victories and 13 lost games. Badji has a great season in Belgium. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.6rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jerime Anderson (187-PG-89) of Limburg United - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Olivier Troisfontaines (196-G/F-89) of Aalstar - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Hans Vanwijn (205-PF-95) of Limburg United - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Wesley Channels (190-PG-88) of Kangoeroes - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
8. John Tofi (203-C/F-84) of Aalstar - 16 points
9. Dennis Donkor (193-G-91) of Kangoeroes - 20 points and 2 rebounds
10. Terrance Henry (206-F-89) of Kangoeroes - 11 points, 7 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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D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.19.8 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak18.8 
 3. Jovanovic, Spars S.17.7 
 4. Kovacevic, Spars S.17.5 
 5. Negovanovic, Gradj.16.0 
 6. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.16.0 
 7. Hasandic, Sloboda .15.9 
 8. Pelkic, Leotar15.0 
 9. Stanojevic, Mlado.14.5 
 10. Svilar, Kakanj14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Obrad TOMIC
  Kakanj
  (206-C-93)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Tomic, Kakanj9.6 
 2. Kastropil, Siroki P.8.5 
 3. Markovic, Gradj.7.6 
 4. Pelkic, Leotar7.5 
 5. Stanojevic, Mlado.7.5 
 6. Marojevic, Gradj.7.4 
 7. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.7.1 
 8. Durmo, Spars S.7.1 
 9. Karacic, Siroki P.6.9 
 10. Kadic, Bosnjak6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jan MOCNIK
  Siroki P.
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Mocnik, Siroki P.8.3 
 2. Knezevic, Zrinjski.6.0 
 3. Princ, Zrinjski HT4.6 
 4. Fekete, Leotar4.5 
 5. Aleksic, Mladost3.9 
 6. Zahiragic, Spars S.3.9 
 7. Vasiljevic, Bosna-Ro.3.9 
 8. Svilar, Kakanj3.8 
 9. Luzajic, Leotar3.7 
 10. Dovadzija, Bosnjak3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.2.4 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak2.2 
 3. Brown, Sloboda .2.0 
 4. Mocnik, Siroki P.1.7 
 5. Princ, Zrinjski HT1.6 
 6. Kovacevic, Spars S.1.4 
 7. Zahiragic, Spars S.1.4 
 8. Samadan, Zrinjski.1.4 
 9. Dovadzija, Bosnjak1.4 
 10. Ikonic, Bosna-Royal1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Franko KASTROPIL
  Siroki P.
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Kastropil, Siroki P.1.2 
 2. Sturanovic, Bosna-Ro.1.0 
 3. Karacic, Siroki P.1.0 
 4. Brummitt, Zrinjski.0.9 
 5. Pelkic, Leotar0.7 
 6. Marojevic, Gradj.0.6 
 7. Patkovic, Mladost0.6 
 8. Latifagic, Sloboda .0.6 
 9. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.0.6 
 10. Tomic, Kakanj0.6 


Division I Round 6 (Second Stage): Spars Sarajevo edges Sloboda Tuzla by three points - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most exciting game of round 6 in the Division I took place in Sarajevo. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 3rd ranked Sloboda Tuzla (3-3) to fifth ranked Spars Sarajevo (2-4) 80-77 on Wednesday evening. Spars Sarajevo made 32-of-40 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Sloboda Tuzla helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84) who scored 24 points. Serbian center Stefan Djordjevic (206-89) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Spars Sarajevo's coach Marko Trbic used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international Almir Hasandic (191-90) who recorded 11 points and 8 assists. Spars Sarajevo maintains fifth position in I with 2-4 record. Sloboda Tuzla at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost. Spars Sarajevo are looking forward to face league's leader Igokea in Aleksandrovac in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sloboda Tuzla will play at home against the league's second-placed Zrinjski HT and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Aleksandrovac. First ranked Igokea faced 4th ranked Bosna-Royal. Host Igokea (5-1) defeated guests from Sarajevo (3-3) 87-74. It was a good game for the former international center Drasko Albijanic (211-86) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 6 rebounds. James Robinson contributed with 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. Igokea's coach Dragan Bajic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Vladimir Djordjevic (201) replied with 16 points for Bosna-Royal. Defending champion maintains first position in I with 5-1 record. Newly promoted Bosna-Royal keeps the fourth place with three games lost. Igokea will play against Spars Sarajevo (#5) on the road in the next round. Bosna-Royal will play against Kakanj and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Kakanj (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 95-85 loss to second ranked Zrinjski HT (5-1) in Mostar on Wednesday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Vedran Princ scored 22 points and 7 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Zeljko Palavra with 17 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zrinjski HT maintains second position in I with 5-1 record having just one point less than leader Siroki Primorka. Loser Kakanj still closes the standings with six games lost. Zrinjski HT will meet Sloboda Tuzla (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Kakanj will play against Bosna-Royal and hopes to get finally their first victory.
A very interesting game took place in Hadzici. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked Gradjanski (2-3) to tenth ranked Bosnjak (2-3) 85-83 on Wednesday evening. Amir Dovadzija notched 29 points and 4 assists to lead the effort. Bosnjak maintains tenth position in I with 2-3 record. Bosnjak will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 6 In I Mladost lost to undefeated Siroki Primorka in Siroki Brijeg 63-83.
The best stats of 6th round was 25 points and 12 rebounds by Dragomir Marojevic of Gradjanski.

Liga 6
Zrinjski HT - Kakanj 95-85

Bottom-ranked Kakanj (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 95-85 loss to second ranked Zrinjski HT (5-1) in Mostar on Wednesday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Zrinjski HT shot 62.5 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 73.7 percentage. Zrinjski HT looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international point guard Vedran Princ (191-82) scored 22 points and 7 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Torrion Brummitt (201, college: W.Carolina) chipped in 24 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was Croatian swingman Zeljko Palavra (194-82) with 17 points and swingman Dejan Sakotic (195-93) scored 16 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zrinjski HT maintains second position in I with 5-1 record having just one point less than leader Siroki Primorka. Loser Kakanj still closes the standings with six games lost. Zrinjski HT will meet Sloboda Tuzla (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Kakanj will play against Bosna-Royal and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Zrinjski HT: T.Brummitt 24+4reb+3ast, V.Princ 22+3reb+7ast, B.Djurasovic 18+7reb+2ast, L.Samadan 17+2reb+3ast, D.Knezevic 8+1reb+5ast, I.Begic 3+3reb+1ast
Kakanj: Z.Palavra 17+3reb+1ast, D.Sakotic 16+1reb+4ast, V.Svilar 15+1reb+4ast, O.Tomic 12+7reb+1ast, H.Curevac 8+4reb, A.Muflizovic 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 540869


Spars Sarajevo - Sloboda Tuzla 80-77

The most exciting game of round 6 in the Division I took place in Sarajevo. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 3rd ranked Sloboda Tuzla (3-3) to fifth ranked Spars Sarajevo (2-4) 80-77 on Wednesday evening. Spars Sarajevo made 32-of-40 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Sloboda Tuzla helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84) who scored 24 points. Serbian center Stefan Djordjevic (206-89) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Spars Sarajevo's coach Marko Trbic used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international Almir Hasandic (191-90) who recorded 11 points and 8 assists and Serbian power forward Bozo Djumic (208-92) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Four Spars Sarajevo and five Sloboda Tuzla players scored in double figures. Spars Sarajevo maintains fifth position in I with 2-4 record. Sloboda Tuzla at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost. Spars Sarajevo are looking forward to face league's leader Igokea in Aleksandrovac in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sloboda Tuzla will play at home against the league's second-placed Zrinjski HT and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spars Sarajevo: Z.Jovanovic 24+2reb+2ast, S.Djordjevic 16+9reb, M.Kovacevic 13+6reb+2ast, A.Zahiragic 11+4reb+4ast, I.Djukovic 4+2reb+1ast, I.Durmo 3+3reb+1ast
Sloboda Tuzla: B.Djumic 14+5reb+1ast, A.Hasandic 11+3reb+8ast, N.Muratovic 11+5reb, E.Latifagic 10+6reb+1ast, D.Brown 10+2reb+2ast, D.Petrov 8+1reb
gschID: 540870


Igokea - Bosna-Royal 87-74

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Aleksandrovac. First ranked Igokea faced 4th ranked Bosna-Royal. Host Igokea (5-1) defeated guests from Sarajevo (3-3) 87-74. Igokea players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was a good game for the former international center Drasko Albijanic (211-86) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard James Robinson (190-94, college: Pittsburgh) contributed with 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. Igokea's coach Dragan Bajic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Vladimir Djordjevic (201) replied with 16 points and the former international guard Marko Josilo (200-92) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Bosna-Royal. Defending champion maintains first position in I with 5-1 record. Newly promoted Bosna-Royal keeps the fourth place with three games lost. Igokea will play against Spars Sarajevo (#5) on the road in the next round. Bosna-Royal will play against Kakanj and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Igokea: D.Albijanic 19+6reb+1ast, J.Robinson 16+3reb+6ast, V.Radivojevic 10+2reb+7ast, B.Mahkovic 9+4reb+3ast, M.Pasajlic 7+2reb+2ast, N.Pesakovic 6+1reb+1ast
Bosna-Royal: V.Djordjevic 16+4reb+3ast, M.Josilo 14+7reb+2ast, M.Sturanovic 10+3reb, S.Dragicevic 10+6reb+1ast, H.Delalic 9+6reb+2ast, A.Sokolovic 6+2reb+5ast
gschID: 540868


Places 7-13
Siroki Primorka - Mladost 83-63

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked Mladost's (3-2) road loss to top-ranked Siroki Primorka (5-0) 63-83. Siroki Primorka players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. Slovenian point guard Jan Mocnik (178-87) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points and 19 assists to lead the effort and international Dalibor Persic (196-85, agency: Court Side) supported him with 26 points and 5 rebounds. Even a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds by Serbian center Bojan Stanojevic (203-88) did not help to save the game for Mladost. Serbian point guard Milijan Bocka (185-82) added 18 points and 7 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Siroki Primorka maintains seventh position in I with 5-0 record. Mladost at the other side keeps the eighth place with two games lost. Siroki Primorka's next round opponent will be Gradjanski (#9) in Bijeljina. Mladost will play at home against Leotar and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Siroki Primorka: D.Persic 26+5reb+2ast, J.Mocnik 15+2reb+19ast, F.Kastropil 14+12reb+1ast, J.Zubac 8+12reb+1ast, M.Dreznjak 7+5reb+1ast, M.Colak 6+5reb+3ast
Mladost: B.Stanojevic 20+10reb+1ast, M.Bocka 18+3reb+7ast, N.Djurdjevic 7+3reb+2ast, F.Patkovic 6+7reb+3ast, N.Milosevic 4+3reb, M.Ljuboja 3+6reb
gschID: 540871


Bosnjak - Gradjanski 85-83

A very interesting game took place in Hadzici. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked Gradjanski (2-3) to tenth ranked Bosnjak (2-3) 85-83 on Wednesday evening. Bosnjak forced 20 Gradjanski turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Guard Amir Dovadzija (193-84) notched 29 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and forward Rusmir Grosic (203-91) supported him with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Even a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) by Montenegrin center Dragomir Marojevic (207-81) did not help to save the game for Gradjanski. Montenegrin point guard Nenad Vukovic (192-94) added 22 points and 5 rebounds. Four Gradjanski players scored in double figures. Bosnjak maintains tenth position in I with 2-3 record. Bosnjak will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Bosnjak: A.Dovadzija 29+3reb+4ast, R.Grosic 16+10reb+3ast, M.Tuljkovic 16+8reb+4ast, A.Sarajlic 9+3reb+5ast, S.Damjanovic 6+3reb+4ast, E.Mujic 3+2reb
Gradjanski: D.Marojevic 25+12reb+1ast, N.Vukovic 22+5reb+2ast, N.Milesic 11+1reb+3ast, M.Markovic 11+7reb+3ast, D.Negovanovic 7+2reb+8ast, A.Vasilic 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 540872



Vedran Princ claims Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Former international Point guard Vedran Princ (191-PG-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Zrinjski HT and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
The 34-year old playmaker had the game-high 22 points adding three rebounds and seven assists for Zrinjski HT in his team's victory, helping them to beat Kakanj (#6, 0-6), Second Stage bottom-ranked team 95-85. Zrinjski HT maintains the 2nd position in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. They are still close to the very top. Zrinjski HT would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 5-1 record. In the team's last game Princ had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He has many years of experience at Zrinjski HT, through which he has constantly improved. Princ has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 4.6apg) and averages solid 51.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 35-year old Montenegrin center Dragomir Marojevic (207-C-81) of Gradjanski. Marojevic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Gradjanski was edged by the lower-ranked Bosnjak (2-3) 85-83. Gradjanski managed to keep the same 3rd spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-3 record. Marojevic is a newcomer at Gradjanski and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Slovenian Jan Mocnik (178-PG-87) of Siroki Primorka (#7). Mocnik scored 15 points and passed nineteen assists (!!!). He was a key player of Siroki Primorka, leading his team to a 83-63 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Mladost (#8, 3-2). Siroki Primorka started extremely well this Second Stage. They recorded 5 victories without losing a single game. Mocnik turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Mocnik has a great season in Bosnia. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 8.3apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dalibor Persic (196-SF-85) of Siroki Primorka - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Torrion Brummitt (201-F) of Zrinjski HT - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Bozo Djurasovic (200-F-87) of Zrinjski HT - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Stefan Djordjevic (206-C-89) of Spars Sarajevo - 16 points and 9 rebounds
8. Drasko Albijanic (211-C-86) of Igokea - 19 points and 6 rebounds
9. Amir Dovadzija (193-G-84) of Bosnjak - 29 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Rusmir Grosic (203-F-91) of Bosnjak - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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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 


Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tarvin GAINES
  Blumenau
  (198-SF-91)
  Avg: 19
 1. Gaines, Blumenau19.0 
 2. Smith, Botafogo.15.8 
 3. Maistro, Contagem15.1 
 4. Vezaro, Joinville13.7 
 5. Lima, Santos/M.13.1 
 6. Filho, Botafogo.12.9 
 7. Stocks, Blumenau12.5 
 8. Silva, Brusque12.0 
 9. Alvim, Contagem12.0 
 10. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Prado, Brusque10.4 
 2. Moreira, Botafogo.8.4 
 3. Silva, Blumenau8.3 
 4. Russell, Botafogo.7.8 
 5. Lazzaris, Blumenau6.9 
 6. Alvim, Contagem6.8 
 7. Gaines, Blumenau6.8 
 8. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.6.1 
 9. Silva, Brusque5.9 
 10. Perez, Botafogo.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Smith, Botafogo.5.0 
 2. Semmke, Blumenau4.1 
 3. Perez, Contagem4.1 
 4. Froehlich, Joinville4.0 
 5. Prado, Brusque3.1 
 6. Lima, Santos/M.2.6 
 7. Alvim, Contagem2.5 
 8. Silva, Blumenau2.4 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.2.4 
 10. Moreira, Blumenau2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Deonta STOCKS
  Blumenau
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Stocks, Blumenau4.3 
 2. Lazzaris, Blumenau2.1 
 3. Maistro, Contagem2.0 
 4. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.9 
 5. Froehlich, Joinville1.7 
 6. Moreira, Blumenau1.7 
 7. Lima, Santos/M.1.6 
 8. Perez, Contagem1.4 
 9. Prado, Brusque1.4 
 10. Machado, Brusque1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rodrigo SILVA
  Brusque
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Silva, Brusque1.1 
 2. Lima, Santos/M.1.0 
 3. Perez, Botafogo.0.9 
 4. Maistro, Contagem0.9 
 5. Silva, Blumenau0.7 
 6. Henrique, Brusque0.5 
 7. Dias, Joinville0.5 
 8. Jeronimo, Joinville0.5 
 9. Machado, Santos/M.0.5 
 10. Tiago, Brusque0.4 


Brazilian NBB round 29 best performance: Shamell Stallworth - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized American Shooting guard Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80, agency: Interperformances) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Mogi, receiving a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 36-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, eight rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Bauru (#5, 18-11) 87-80. Mogi maintains the 2nd position in Brazilian NBB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Mogi will need more victories to improve their 19-8 record. In the team's last game Stallworth had a remarkable 61.1% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Mogi, through which he has constantly improved. Former University of San Francisco star has very solid stats this year. Stallworth is in league's top in points (2nd best: 19.9ppg) and averages impressive 56.0% FGP and 45.4% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old Ralfi Ansaloni (211-C-87) of Pinheiros. Ansaloni had a very good evening with a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Pinheiros cruised to a 83-74 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Vasco Da G. (#10, 13-15). Pinheiros' 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Ansaloni is a newcomer at Pinheiros, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Kendall Anthony (173-PG-93) of Macae (#13). Anthony scored 22 points and passed eight assists. He was a key player of Macae, leading his team to a 87-74 easy win against the higher-ranked Brasilia (#3, 19-9). Macae can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 7-21 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Anthony he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Anthony has individually a great season in Brazil. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.1ppg (best scorer) and assists with 5.5apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jefferson Andrade (207-PF-83) of Bauru - 32 points and 6 rebounds
5. Cordero Bennett (188-G-88) of Pinheiros - 22 points and 8 assists
6. Leonardo Meindl (201-SF-93) of Bauru - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Gaucho Zilmer (197-SF-86) of Vasco Da G. - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Alex Garcia (191-G-80) of Bauru - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Guilherme Giovannoni (203-PF-80) of Brasilia - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Lucas Mariano (208-C/F-93) of Brasilia - 30 points and 5 rebounds

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



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





Larry Taylor named Latin America Player of the Month: March 2017 - by Greg

Larry Taylor (185-PG-80, college: Missouri Western) of Mogi (Brazil) was selected as the MVP of March by latinbasket.com. Experienced American guard (holds also Brazilian passport) led his team to perfect 5-0 month in Brazilian League. In 5 games Taylor averaged 15.8ppg, 7.0rpg, 4.8apg while shooting impressive 69.4% from 2pt.

Second best performer of March was Brandon Bowdry (200-F/G-88, college: E.Michigan, agency: Inception Sports) of Los Leones (Chile). American forward had an impressive month with the averages of 28.0ppg, 11.0rpg, 3.3apg in 5 games. Interesting fact that Bowdry registered all of his 3 double-doubles in wins.

Third best performer of the month was Anthony Laveal Johnson (203-C-88, college: Fairfield) of Weber Bahia (Argentina). American player averaged 18.2ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0bpg in 5 games.



Paulinho Boracini (ex Minas) signs at Recanati - by Eurobasket News

Ambalt Recanati (Serie A2) landed 33-year old Brazilian point guard Paulinho Boracini (183-80kg-84). He started the season at Minas in Brazilian NBB league. In 25 games he averaged 8.8ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.7apg this season. The last season Boracini played at Paschoalotto/Bauru (also in NBB) where in 34 games he had 9.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.9apg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
Among other achievements Boracini received Latinbasket.com All-Paulista League Guard of the Year award back in 2013.
He was a member of Brazilian U21 National Team in 2004.
Boracini has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Boracini has played previously professionally in China (Beijing Ducks), Brazil (Joinville, Corinthians, Pinheiros, Paulistano and Esperia) and Italy (Jesi).
His game is described as: A young PG with leadership and court vision, has yed a good international experience.

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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)



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Fenerbahce Director visit Bulgaria to see young prospects - by Maria Mitzova

Fenerbahce Istanbul Director of Men's Youth Basketball Teams Taner Gunay was on short visit in Sofia to check out some of Bulgaria's prospects.
Gunay watched Levski 2014, BUBA Basket, CSKA, Academik Sofia practices for two days and took notes of some bright young players.
1999-born Lachezar Dimitrov (186-PG-99), Ivan Alipiev (196-F/G-99), Krastan Krastanov (198-F/G-99), 2000-born Hasan Chaus and Tsvetomir Chernokojev (205-PF-00), and younger talents Emil Stoilov (02), Aleksander Vitanov (02) and more were amongst the ones than Gunay marked.
He underlined that Bulgaria always has good potential in U16 and U18 teams but then fails to help players develop for Mens Basketball.
Gunay commented on Fenerbahce Istanbul-owned Yordan Minchev (98), who is playing in Vrsac on loan until the end of the season. His advice for Bulgaria's biggest talent was to move to Spain, Italy or Germany and try to play lots of minutes to gain confidence to match his ability, and then return to play big in Fenerbahce Istanbul.



New coach for Cherno more, Natov resigned - by Maria Mitzova

Spas Natov resigned from the coaching position in Cherno More Ticha last week.
He stated disapproval of the club's youth program as a main reason for his decision.
Natov left the team fighting for the last spot for the Playoffs.
The new coach of Cherno More Ticha is Darin Velikov .
The experienced coach has worked with Cherno More Ticha back in the days, more than 10 years ago. Since then he worked with Spartak Pleven and women's Beroe.
Velikov will take charge for the first time against Levski 2014 on Friday.



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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



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.



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Larry Taylor named Latin America Player of the Month: March 2017 - by Greg

Larry Taylor (185-PG-80, college: Missouri Western) of Mogi (Brazil) was selected as the MVP of March by latinbasket.com. Experienced American guard (holds also Brazilian passport) led his team to perfect 5-0 month in Brazilian League. In 5 games Taylor averaged 15.8ppg, 7.0rpg, 4.8apg while shooting impressive 69.4% from 2pt.

Second best performer of March was Brandon Bowdry (200-F/G-88, college: E.Michigan, agency: Inception Sports) of Los Leones (Chile). American forward had an impressive month with the averages of 28.0ppg, 11.0rpg, 3.3apg in 5 games. Interesting fact that Bowdry registered all of his 3 double-doubles in wins.

Third best performer of the month was Anthony Laveal Johnson (203-C-88, college: Fairfield) of Weber Bahia (Argentina). American player averaged 18.2ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0bpg in 5 games.



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Darius Adams named Asia Player of the Month: March 2017 - by Greg

Darius Adams (188-PG-89, college: Indianapolis) of Xinjiang (China) was selected as the MVP of March by asia-basket.com. American superstar led his team and reached Chinese CBA defeating Liaoning FL in semis. Adams averaged 28.3ppg, 7.0rpg, 6.3apg in 8 games that month. He scored 48 points in the final semifinal battle against Liaoning FL.

Second best performer of March was Adam's team mate - Andray Blatche (211-F/C-86). American big man contributed with 21.5ppg, 10.3rpg, 4.9apg and 1.0bpg in March.

Third best performer of the month was Nick Fazekas (211-F-85, college: Nevada) of Toshiba BT (Japan). In 8 games he averaged 26.0ppg, 12.9rpg, 3.0apg, 1.0bpg (6-2 record).
TOP 10 PLAYERS FOR March 2017
1. Darius Adams of Xinjiang FT (CHN): 54.4, 8 games: 28.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 6.3 apg, 2FGP: 58.5%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 94.6%
2. Andray Blatche of Xinjiang FT (CHN): 50.2, 8 games: 21.5 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.0 bpg, 2FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 42.1%, FT: 73.9%
3. Nick Fazekas of Toshiba BT (JPN): 46.9, 8 games: 26.0 ppg, 12.9 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.0 bpg, 2FGP: 51.2%, 3PT: 45.8%, FT: 78.9%
4. Jimmer Fredette of Shanghai S. (CHN): 47.9, 3 games: 40.7 ppg, 11.7 rpg, 3.0 apg, 0.3 bpg, 2FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 29.7%, FT: 97.5%
5. Darius Adams of Liaoning FL (CHN): 46.5, 5 games: 30.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 5.6 apg, 2FGP: 61.2%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 92.3%
6. Donald Sloan of Shenzhen L. (CHN): 45.3, 5 games: 24.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 8.8 apg, 0.2 bpg, 2FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 88.5%
7. Donald Sloan of Guangdong ST (CHN): 43.7, 7 games: 24.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 8.1 apg, 0.3 bpg, 2FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 80.0%
8. Ricardo Ratliffe of Samsung Th. (KOR): 43.3, 10 games: 25.0 ppg, 14.3 rpg, 1.7 apg, 0.6 bpg, 2FGP: 64.7%, FT: 75.0%
9. Maciej Lampe of Shanghai S. (CHN): 42.6, 3 games: 26.7 ppg, 12.7 rpg, 2.3 apg, 0.3 bpg, 2FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 66.7%
10. Greg Smith of Blackwater (PHI): 42, 3 games: 28.3 ppg, 22.0 rpg, 3.7 apg, 0.3 bpg, 2FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 60.0%



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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Luka BOZIC
  KK Zagreb
  (199-PG-96)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Bozic, KK Zagreb22.4 
 2. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 3. Marcinkovic, KK Za.18.9 
 4. Novacic, Jolly JBS18.5 
 5. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.2 
 6. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek16.9 
 7. Ivanov, GKK Sibenik16.5 
 8. Vucic, Alkar Sinj16.3 
 9. Sakic, Cibona16.1 
 10. Konjevic, Skrljevo15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ivan NOVACIC
  Jolly JBS
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Novacic, Jolly JBS7.3 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.7.3 
 3. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek7.2 
 4. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.8 
 5. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.6 
 6. Mazalin, Zadar6.2 
 7. Sakic, Cibona6.1 
 8. Rajic, H.Analitica6.0 
 9. Vucic, Alkar Sinj5.8 
 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. Filipovic, KK Split5.5 
 5. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.5 
 6. Vrbica, Gorica5.1 
 7. Kapusta, Zabok5.0 
 8. Raic, H.Analitica4.8 
 9. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
 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 .2.3 
 3. Sirko, KK Split2.1 
 4. Mazalin, Zadar1.8 
 5. Marcinkovic, KK Za.1.8 
 6. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.6 
 7. Scott, Jolly JBS1.5 
 8. Brzoja, Zadar1.5 
 9. Rozic, Cibona1.5 
 10. Vladovic, Zadar1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Izzet TURKYILMAZ
  GKK S.
  (212-F/C-90)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Turkyilmaz, GKK S.1.5 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.1.3 
 3. Bundovic, Cedevita1.1 
 4. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek1.0 
 5. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.8 
 6. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.7 
 7. Loncar, Cedevita0.6 
 8. Spralja, Jolly JBS0.6 
 9. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek0.6 
 10. Papac, Jolly JBS0.6 


Marko Arapovic had surgery, nine months out of action - by Zeljko Zule

Marko Arapovic underwent knee surgery today in Austria to repair a tear of the left patellar ligament.He is expected to be sidelined nine months.
Arapovic suffered an injury during the Cedevita's win over Partizan in ABA semi-final Game 3 on Sunday
Arapovic averaging 5.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.3 blocks in 12 Eurocup games, 7.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.1 blocks in 23 ABA League games and 10.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.3 blocks over less than 20 minutes in 10 Croatian A1 League games this season.



Kvarner 2010 relegated after home loss to Osijek - by Zeljko Zule

Kvarner 2010 have been relegated from Croatian A1 League after they were beaten 62-72 at home by Osijek Vrijednosnice in Round 24.

Kvarner 2010-Vrijednosnice Osijek 64-72: Osijek made an early 11-0 run to turn a one-point deficit into a 16-6 lead and remained ahead until midway through the third quarter, Kvarner went on a 9-2 run to go up 50-46, but Osijek responded with seven straight points for a 53-50 lead going into the final quarter. Kvarner grabbed its last lead of the game at 62-61 and then managed just two points in the final six minutes. Jakov Mustapic (193-G-94) had 29 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for Osijek, Arijan Dosen (188-SG-96) scored 16 points and Nikola Turalija (205-C-94)10. Kvarner was led by Dino Butorac (191-G-90) with 14 points, Mate Vucic (203-F/C-97) collected 13 and 10 rebounds and Mauro Veljacic (183-PG-93) added 12 points.

Cibona- Alkar 89-60: Cibona never trailed and took control of the game behind a 17-4 run for a 21-7 lead midway through the opening quarter. Alkar cut the deficit to 31-37 in the second quarter and was down by eight early in the third quarter. At that point, Emir Sulejmanovic (204-F/C-95) scored five straight points to inspire Cibona for an 11-2 run to extend their advantage to 62-45. Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) led Cibona with 21 points on shooting 9-of-12 from the field, 11 rebounds and 5 assists , Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95) scored 19 points, Paolo Marinelli (191-G-95) 17 and Emir Sulejmanovic (204-F/C-95) 11. Alkar shot better from 3-point land (44-percent, 7-of-16) than from 2-point range (38-percent, 14-of-37). Marko Sarac (204-PF-97) finished with 15 points, Hrvoje Vucic (212-C-91, college: Walsh) added 12 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double and Josip Boban (190-G-95) scored 11 points.



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  CUBA  

LSB Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Esteban MARTINEZ
  Santiago
  (192-F-87)
  Avg: 28.4
 1. Martinez, Santiago28.4 
 2. Boffil, Villa Clara23.9 
 3. Pons, Guantanamo18.5 
 4. Oliva, Pinar del Rio18.3 
 5. Guzman, Capitalinos17.4 
 6. Molina, Matanzas16.1 
 7. Granda, Ciego d.15.5 
 8. Abreu, Villa Clara15.2 
 9. Rivero, Capitalinos15.2 
 10. Guerra, Guantanamo14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yoel CUBILLAS
  Villa Clara
  (204-C-94)
  Avg: 9
 1. Cubillas, Villa Clara9.0 
 2. Reyes, Ciego de Avila9.0 
 3. Ochoa, Santiago7.1 
 4. Tito, Guantanamo6.2 
 5. Alorda, Capitalinos6.1 
 6. Garcia, Matanzas5.8 
 7. Pons, Guantanamo5.7 
 8. Siria, Santiago5.6 
 9. Perez, Villa Clara5.6 
 10. Font, Capitalinos5.2 
Assists Per Game
 Julio HEREDIA
  Santiago
  (183-PG-93)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Heredia, Santiago3.6 
 2. Monterrey, Pinar d.3.6 
 3. Abreu, Villa Clara3.6 
 4. Oliva, Pinar del Rio2.6 
 5. Martinez, Ciego d.2.4 
 6. Deschapelles, Matan.2.3 
 7. Molina, Matanzas2.3 
 8. Soltero, Capitalinos2.2 
 9. Boffil, Villa Clara2.0 
 10. Giron, Santiago1.8 
Steals Per Game
 Osmel OLIVA
  Pinar del Rio
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Oliva, Pinar del Rio4.7 
 2. Guerra, Guantanamo4.5 
 3. Monterrey, Pinar d.4.5 
 4. Deschapelles, Matan.4.4 
 5. Perez, Villa Clara4.4 
 6. Soria, Guantanamo4.1 
 7. Boffil, Villa Clara4.1 
 8. Martinez, Ciego d.3.9 
 9. Heredia, Santiago3.8 
 10. Baldo, Camaguey3.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Abel FONT
  Capitalinos
  (206-C-97)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Font, Capitalinos1.8 
 2. Cubillas, Villa Clara1.8 
 3. Ochoa, Santiago1.4 
 4. Quintana, Pinar d.1.0 
 5. Garcia, Matanzas0.9 
 6. Castellanos, Ciego d.0.9 
 7. Perez, Villa Clara0.7 
 8. Coutin, Capitalinos0.6 
 9. Romero, Villa Clara0.6 
 10. Soria, Guantanamo0.6 


LSB Round 3 of Finals. Pinar del Rio claim second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Matanzas - Pinar del Rio 62-75

Pinar del Rio beat Matanzas to take 2-1 lead in the Finals. It was a good game for the former international point guard Yosiel Monterrey (185-88) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 5 rebounds. The former international center Elieser Quintana (205-91) contributed with 8 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Yuniskel Molina (185-93) answered with 15 points and 6 steals and swingman Yosniel Morales (196-87) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Guerreros. Guerreros' coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Matanzas: D.Torrientes 17+1reb+1ast, Y.Molina 15+4reb+3ast, Y.Morales 12+6reb+2ast, L.Curtiz 8+5reb+3ast, Y.Rodriguez 5+4reb+1ast, L.Sanchez 3+1reb
Pinar del Rio: Y.Monterrey 23+5reb+2ast, D.Martinez 15+1reb, Y.Suarez 9+6reb, E.Quintana 8+9reb, O.Oliva 7+3ast, J.Martinez 4
gschID: 543653





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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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Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken21.4 
 2. Burgess, Randers19.3 
 3. Bello, Randers19.0 
 4. Nielsen, Randers17.7 
 5. Mack, Horsens IC17.5 
 6. McGrew, SI.16.4 
 7. Champagnie, Stevn.16.0 
 8. Sandager, Stevn.15.8 
 9. Dominique, Horsholm15.6 
 10. Lundberg, Horse.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  SI.
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. McGrew, SI.10.6 
 2. Champagnie, Stevn.10.4 
 3. Sane, Naestved9.7 
 4. Baru, SISU9.1 
 5. Smith, Horsholm8.8 
 6. NaNa, Svendborg8.1 
 7. Moten, Svendborg7.0 
 8. Diouf, Bakken6.9 
 9. Carter, Randers6.9 
 10. Dominique, Horsholm6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Frederik NIELSEN
  Horsholm
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Nielsen, Horsholm6.5 
 2. Burgess, Randers5.5 
 3. Wilson, SISU4.6 
 4. Gesell, Bakken4.4 
 5. Mack, Horsens IC4.4 
 6. Lundberg, Horse.4.3 
 7. Dranginis, SISU4.2 
 8. Lanegger, Naestved4.0 
 9. Nielsen, Randers3.9 
 10. Porta, Svendborg3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Myles MACK
  Horsens IC
  (175-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Mack, Horsens IC2.2 
 2. Borovcanin, Horse.2.1 
 3. Burgess, Randers1.9 
 4. Wilson, SISU1.8 
 5. Gesell, Bakken1.8 
 6. Akoon-P., Bakken1.8 
 7. Smith, Horsholm1.7 
 8. Lundberg, Horse.1.7 
 9. Nielsen, Horsholm1.6 
 10. Bello, Randers1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cheikh SANE
  Naestved
  (207-C/F-92)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Sane, Naestved1.2 
 2. Smith, Horsholm1.1 
 3. Moten, Svendborg1.0 
 4. Christoffers., Bak.1.0 
 5. Diouf, Bakken0.9 
 6. Aboubakar-Z., Svend.0.9 
 7. Colas, Randers0.8 
 8. Midtgaard, Horsh.0.8 
 9. Onwenu, Naestved0.8 
 10. Baru, SISU0.8 


Ligaen Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Bakken and SISU claim victories - by Eurobasket News

Bakken - Svendborg 95-79

Bakken cruised past Svendborg in the opener. It looked good early as Svendborg took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Bakken had a 28-18 second period charge getting the lead and Svendborg was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 79-95. Bakken forced 20 Svendborg turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Svendborg's players. American-Trinidad and Tobago guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-93, college: Illinois St.) nailed 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and Senegalese center Michel Diouf (208-89) accounted for 10 points and 12 rebounds. Four Bakken players scored in double figures. Argentinian-Italian point guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group) came up with 21 points and 6 rebounds and Cameroonian forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware) added 19 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Svendborg in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Bakken: D.Akoon-Purcell 20+5reb+5ast, J.Williamson 14+1reb+1ast, N.Iversen 13+4reb+1ast, M.Diouf 10+12reb+2ast, E.Palm 9+1reb+5ast, T.Laerke 7+1reb+4ast
Svendborg: A.Porta 21+6reb+3ast, H.NaNa 19+7reb+1ast, A.Aboubakar Zaki 10+7reb+1ast, S.Bonneau 9+3reb+2ast, D.Moten 7+7reb+1ast, A.Bak 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 543682


Horsens IC - SISU 85-93

SISU rallied past Horsens IC for 1-0 lead in the series. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 46-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. SISU forced 19 Horsens IC turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American forward Tanner McGrew (203-93, college: W.Virg.Wesl., agency: Duran International) stepped up and scored 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Ivorian forward Adjehi Baru (206-91, college: Charleston) chipped in 18 points and 12 rebounds. At the losing side American point guard Myles Mack (175-93, college: Rutgers) responded with 19 points, 7 assists and 4 steals and the other American import power forward Will Artino (211-92, college: Creighton) scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
SISU: T.McGrew 25+7reb+5ast, A.Baru 18+12reb+2ast, K.Dranginis 17+5reb+3ast, D.Wilson 16+5reb+6ast, A.Haas 11+2reb+5ast, A.Hjorth 6+3reb
Horsens IC: W.Artino 21+6reb, M.Mack 19+4reb+7ast, G.Lundberg 13+4reb+3ast, L.Alexander 12+4reb+1ast, V.Borovcanin 12+6reb+3ast, D.Trist 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 543683





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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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.21.1 
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.10.8 
 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. Pressey, Santa C.2.1 
 5. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.1 
 6. Smith, Delaware.2.0 
 7. Payton-II, Rio G.2.0 
 8. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 9. Harris, Texas L.1.9 
 10. Jackson, Texas L.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Texas L.
  (203-C-82)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Lasme, Texas L.3.3 
 2. Mickey, Maine RC3.0 
 3. Diallo, Greensboro S.2.8 
 4. Tavares, Raptors .2.7 
 5. Moreland, Canton C.2.7 
 6. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.6 
 7. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 8. Obekpa, Santa C.2.4 
 9. Benson, Sioux F.2.2 
 10. Jones, Santa C.2.1 


Lakers' Nwaba nets 22 points, D-Fenders lose game one of D-League playoffs to Vipers - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles D-Fenders got 22 points for Los Angeles Lakers' assigneee David Nwaba (6'4''-G-93, college: Cal Poly - SLO), but it wasn't enough to take game one of their three-game playoff series against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, falling 124-116 on the road after being outscored 14-6 in overtime. The D-Fenders started the game down 18-7, and kept closing within two points but couldn't take a lead in the first, and trailed 35-29 after one quarter of play while shooting 46 percent from the field in the first. Los Angeles fared better in the next quarter, taking a 39-37 lead on a 3-pointer from veteran guard Andre Ingram (11 points, 3-4 on threes), and 15 second-quarter points from suddenly unstoppable 34-year-old rookie reserve Troy DeVries (6'4''-G-82, college: N.Mexico) allowed Los Angeles to take a 64-56 lead into halftime. The Vipers rallied back in the third quarter, however, outscoring the D-Fenders 32-19 in the period to take an 88-83 lead heading into the fourth and final frame. The D-Fenders managed to take a 97-94 lead in the fourth on a jumper from Travis Wear (6'10''-F-90, college: UCLA), but the Vipers appeared set to take over from there. Rio Grande Valley ripped off a 13-2 run to extend their lead to 107-99 with just under three minutes remaining in the game. Vander Blue (6'5''-SG-92, college: Marquette) (tied with Nwaba for a team-high 22 points) wasn't giving up. The high-scoring D-Fenders guard got a quick basket on a cut, then drew two free throws in transition after a steal to cut the deficit to 108-106 with just over a minute remaining in regulation. After the D-Fenders forced an airball from the Vipers, point guard Josh Magette (6'1''-G-89, college: Al.-Huntsville) nailed a clutch, pull-up three to give Los Angeles a one-point advantage. But after the Vipers missed a mostly-open three, Blue missed one of two free-throws, allowing big man Joshua Smith to send the game to overtime on a tip-in. It was former Laker Darius Morris (6'4''-G-91, college: Michigan) (29 points on 20 shots to go with seven assists) who would put the nail in the coffin for Los Angeles, coming up with a tough finish to give the Vipers a five-point lead with less than a minute remaining, and then making a technical free-throw to make it six. After Nwaba missed a wild, spinning layup at the rim with 27.1 seconds left, the D-Fenders were forced to foul Morris, who made one of two attempts to extend the lead to seven, which proved to great a margin for Los Angeles to overcome. The D-Fenders will return to Los Angeles for the second game of the series, Saturday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. local time. If the D-Fenders win, they will force a third and final game in Los Angeles Monday, April 10.
Courtesy of: silverscreenandroll.com




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



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Opening week of the 2017 Flow National Basketball League - by Eurobasket News

The all too familiar swishing sound of the ball going through the net, shoes squeaking on the surface and the cheers or even boos of the crowd. That's all ball. The 2017 FLOW National Basketball League is underway and the anticipation is already building. With a successful opening ceremony held over the weekend, the Dominica Amateur Basketball Association is tipping off the season with the annual President's Cup featuring the top teams from last season. During the official ceremony, President of the DABA, Jerry Williams, called on the athletes to preserve and promote the sport. He urged the veterans to embrace the young, talented ballers and set the right example. The opening ceremony incorporated basketball and entertainment, featuring the reigning Bouyon Monarch Queen Carlyn XP. This, according to Williams, will be a major part of what the association will provide throughout the season. Of course, the basketball fans got a chance to see the players showcase some of their talent, including the teams in the newly introduced Under-17 League. Fans were particularly impressed with the lady ballers who were fearless when pitted against the men. Round after round, fans glimpsed what each team had to offer, but in the end, only the Fast Cash Prowlers emerged victorious, defeating rivals D-Tread Blazers in the final. On Wednesday night, the first round in the President's Cup featured the Police Sports Club vs the Fashion Line Falcons. New to the Premier Division and without key players Kerry Christmas and Marlon Hilaire, Police went down to Falcons 21-88. The second game between the Fast Cash Prowlers and the Kelver Darroux Hurricanes was called off due to rain. That game will now be played on Thursday at 7pm and the winner will face the Falcons for the President's trophy on Saturday night following a bragging rights match scheduled by special request between the St Mary's Academy and 767 Sports Under-17 teams. Saturday's featured entertainment will be Mr Benji N2O. And some may turn up just for the entertainment, but one thing's for certain, they'll credit basketball for giving them the opportunity.
Courtesy of: dominicabasketball.com



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  EL SALVADOR  


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
gschID: 537040


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
gschID: 537042


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
gschID: 537041


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





Salvadorean Liga MB round 23 best performance: Wali Hepburn - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Wali Hepburn (193-G-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Canarios, receiving a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 39 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Santa Ana (#14, 3-13) 98-93. Canarios is placed at 6th position in Salvadorean Liga MB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Canarios will need more victories to improve their 8-6 record. In the team's last game Hepburn had a remarkable 57.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Canarios, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Lock Haven University star has very solid stats this year. Hepburn is in league's top in points (3rd best: 29.0ppg) and averages impressive 2.4bpg,2.1spg and 50.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Macari Brooks (190-G-92) of Giants. Brooks had a very good evening with a double-double of 30 points and 14 rebounds. It was enough for Giants to edge the higher-ranked Isidro Metapan (#3, 10-4) 92-90. Despite this victory they still are dead at the bottom. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Giants managed to get this year. Brooks is one of the most experienced players at Giants and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Tobias Dowdell (201-F-90) of Santa Ana (#14). Dowdell scored 22 points and grabbed nineteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Dowdell's great performance Santa Ana lost 93-98 to the higher-ranked Canarios (#6, 8-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Santa Ana can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-13 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Dowdell he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Dowdell has a very solid season. In 12 games in El Salvador he scored 22.7ppg. He also has 9.8rpg, 1.8bpg and FGP: 56.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeffery Moss (193-PF-93) of Halcones - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
5. James Milton (203-C/F) of Giants - 22 points and 16 rebounds
6. Olaniyr Adedoyin) of Denver-FAS - 21 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Edwin Mijares (186-G-94) of Isidro Metapan - 30 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Marc Montavious (206-C-90) of 11 Lobos - 15 points and 12 rebounds
9. Tyrone Butler (193-F/G-88) of Santa Ana - 20 points and 8 rebounds
10. Raymond Miller (204-F/C-88) of Halcones - 13 points, 18 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

Points Per Game
 Justin BAKER
  Tarvas
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Baker, Tarvas19.3 
 2. Dzeletovic, TL.19.2 
 3. Jarvelainen, TTU17.7 
 4. Bubalo, Parnu16.8 
 5. van-der-Mars, Rap.16.4 
 6. Olmre, TTU16.4 
 7. Post, Tarvas15.5 
 8. Seskus, Parnu15.4 
 9. Strupovics, Valga15.2 
 10. Zvigurs, Valga14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. van-der-Mars, Rap.12.4 
 2. Baker, Tarvas8.7 
 3. Bubalo, Parnu8.1 
 4. Jarvelainen, TTU8.1 
 5. Jois, Tartu Ulikool8.0 
 6. Milka, Tartu Ulikool7.5 
 7. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.5 
 8. Lips, Tarvas7.4 
 9. Raadik, Valga6.5 
 10. Kirves, Parnu6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Tartu Ulikool
  (187-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool4.8 
 2. Kabin, Parnu4.6 
 3. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.4 
 4. Olmre, TTU4.1 
 5. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo4.0 
 6. Paiste, Tarvas3.8 
 7. Bratoz, Rapla3.8 
 8. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool3.4 
 9. Post, Tarvas3.4 
 10. Saage, TL.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Domen BRATOZ
  Rapla
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Bratoz, Rapla2.2 
 2. Sutt, Parnu1.9 
 3. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 4. Tamm, TL.1.7 
 5. Paiste, Tarvas1.7 
 6. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 7. Zvigurs, Valga1.6 
 8. Olmre, TTU1.6 
 9. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool1.6 
 10. Kaldre, Noorteliiga1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.1 
 2. Lips, Tarvas0.9 
 3. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 4. Bubalo, Parnu0.8 
 5. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 6. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.7 
 7. Raadik, TTU0.7 
 8. Joesaar, Tartu U.0.6 
 9. Saks, TL.0.6 
 10. Zvigurs, Valga0.6 


Alexela KML Round 24: Kalev/Cramo defeats Tartu Ulikool - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Alexela KML just ended. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Tartu Ulikool (29-3) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were edged by Kalev/Cramo (29-3) 71-69. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Tartu Ulikool. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 12-6. But Tartu Ulikool won second period 27-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kalev/Cramo dominated on the defensive end, holding Tartu Ulikool to just 6 points in first quarter. 25 personal fouls committed by Tartu Ulikool helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Serbian-Bulgarian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports) who led his team to a victory with 15 points. American Mark Tollefsen (206-92, college: Arizona) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Lithuanian center Dominykas Milka (203-92, college: St.Rose, NY) replied with 19 points and 6 rebounds for Tartu Ulikool. Kalev/Cramo have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion used an opportunity after Tartu Ulikool lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position which they share with defeated Tartu Ulikool.
Another interesting game for Parnu (17-15) which played in Tallinn against TTU (16-16). Fourth ranked Parnu had an easy win 85-71. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian center Domagoj Bubalo (212-91, agency: 011 Sports) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 7 rebounds and Mihkel Kirves who added 12 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Joonas Jarvelainen (202-90, agency: Octagon Europe) with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Parnu maintains fourth position with 17-15 record. TTU lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 16 games lost.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tallinn: TLU/Kalev (#7) and TTU (#5). TTU was defeated at home 73-80 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The winners were led by Djordje Dzeletovic who scored that evening 20 points and 7 rebounds. Even 18 points and 6 rebounds by Joonas Jarvelainen did not help to save the game for TTU. TTU's coach Rait Kabin rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. TLU/Kalev (12-20) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Valga. TTU lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 16 games lost.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Rapla (20-12) against seventh ranked TLU/Kalev (12-20) on Tuesday night. Visiting Rapla was defeated by TLU/Kalev in a tough game in Tallinn 72-76. The best player for the winners was Djordje Dzeletovic who scored 28 points and 5 rebounds. TLU/Kalev moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Valga. Rapla at the other side dropped to the second position with 12 games lost.
The game between sixth ranked Valga (12-20) and 8th ranked BC Rakvere (9-23) in Valga on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Valga outscored guests from Rakvere 100-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Rakvere. It was a good game for Ivars-Rihards Zvigurs who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. BC Rakvere's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Valga have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 12-20 record, which they share with TLU/Kalev. Loser BC Rakvere keeps the eighth place with 23 games lost.

In the last two games of round 24 TTU was beaten by Rapla on the road 89-83. Parnu lost to Valga on its own court 74-90.

TTU - TLU/Kalev 73-80

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tallinn: TLU/Kalev (#7) and TTU (#5). TTU was defeated at home 73-80 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But TTU won third quarter 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TLU/Kalev forced 19 TTU turnovers. The winners were led by Serbian center Djordje Dzeletovic (205-93, agency: AproK Sports Group) who scored that evening 20 points and 7 rebounds and the former international point guard Reimo Tamm (188-84) supported him with 17 points and 4 assists. Four TLU/Kalev players scored in double figures. Even 18 points and 6 rebounds by the former international forward Joonas Jarvelainen (202-90, agency: Octagon Europe) did not help to save the game for TTU. Sander Viilup (190-97) added 8 points and 4 assists. TTU's coach Rait Kabin rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. TLU/Kalev (12-20) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Valga. TTU lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
TTU: J.Jarvelainen 18+6reb, R.Koort 8+3reb+1ast, S.Viilup 8+3reb+4ast, R.Kuimet 8, K.Akenparg 7+1reb+3ast, N.Vujovic 7+2reb
TLU/Kalev: D.Dzeletovic 20+7reb+1ast, R.Tamm 17+3reb+4ast, M.Kurg 12+3reb+2ast, K.Saage 12+6reb+1ast, K.Saks 6+7reb+1ast, J.Vahter 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 535009


Valga - Tarvas 100-70

The game between sixth ranked Valga (12-20) and 8th ranked BC Rakvere (9-23) in Valga on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Valga outscored guests from Rakvere 100-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Rakvere. The game was mostly controlled by Valga. BC Rakvere was better in third quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Valga dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to BC Rakvere's 28. They outrebounded BC Rakvere 47-34 including 33 on the defensive glass. Valga looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by BC Rakvere's players. It was a good game for Latvian Ivars-Rihards Zvigurs (198-95) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Latvian guard Sandis Silavs (194-88) contributed with 22 points and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Mario Paiste (186-89) replied with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Siim-Markus Post (183-97) added 15 points in the effort for BC Rakvere. Five Valga and four BC Rakvere players scored in double figures. BC Rakvere's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Valga have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 12-20 record, which they share with TLU/Kalev. Loser BC Rakvere keeps the eighth place with 23 games lost.
Top scorers:
Tarvas: S.Post 15+4reb+2ast, A.Ehte 11+6reb+1ast, T.Peil 11+2reb+1ast, M.Paiste 11+7reb+4ast, K.Lips 9+10reb+1ast, L.Mets 6+1reb
Valga: S.Silavs 22+2reb+6ast, I.Rihards Zvigurs 21+7reb+4ast, D.Mathieu 15+6reb+4ast, R.Strupovics 12+1reb+5ast, V.Veski 11+10reb+1ast, K.Kanbergs 8+2reb+5ast
gschID: 535008


Rapla - TTU 89-83

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Rapla (20-12) beat at home 5th ranked TTU (16-16) 89-83 on Sunday. TTU was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 32-19 charge of Rapla, which allowed them to win the game. TTU was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Slovenian point guard Domen Bratoz (189-93) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Dutch center Thomas van-der-Mars (208-90, college: Portland) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Rapla's coach Aivar Kuusmaa used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Joonas Jarvelainen (202-90, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 23 points and 8 rebounds and the former international Toomas Raadik (202-90, agency: Promotex) added 17 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for TTU. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rapla moved-up to second place. TTU lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
TTU: J.Jarvelainen 23+8reb+1ast, S.Olmre 18+4reb+2ast, T.Raadik 17+9reb, S.Viilup 12+5reb+4ast, K.Akenparg 7+4ast, N.Vujovic 6+5reb+3ast
Rapla: D.Bratoz 18+8reb+6ast, I.Kajupank 15+2reb+1ast, T.van der Mars 13+11reb, R.Suarez 13+8reb+3ast, S.Kaldre 9+1ast, M.Paasoja 9+1reb+4ast
gschID: 535007


Parnu - Valga 74-90

There was a minor upset when 4th ranked Parnu (17-15) lost at home to sixth ranked Valga (12-20) 90-74 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-74. It was a good game for Latvian guard Sandis Silavs (194-88) who led his team to a victory with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American point guard Deandre Mathieu (175, college: Minnesota, agency: Two Points) contributed with 12 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Valga's coach Kristaps Zeids used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Croatian center Domagoj Bubalo (212-91, agency: 011 Sports) replied with 17 points and 8 rebounds and forward Mihkel Kirves (190-96) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Parnu. Five Valga and four Parnu players scored in double figures. Valga have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 12-20 record, which they share with TLU/Kalev. Loser Parnu keeps the fourth place with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Parnu: D.Bubalo 17+8reb+3ast, E.Seskus 17+4reb, M.Kirves 16+6reb, S.Sutt 10+5reb+5ast, R.Hallik 6+5reb+3ast, T.Niits 4+2reb
Valga: R.Lindments 17+4reb, S.Silavs 15+6reb+5ast, R.Strupovics 14+2reb+3ast, D.Mathieu 12+5reb+5ast, K.Kanbergs 12+3reb+5ast, I.Rihards Zvigurs 9+4reb
gschID: 535006


Tartu Ulikool - Kalev/Cramo 69-71

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Tartu Ulikool (29-3) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were edged by Kalev/Cramo (29-3) 71-69. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Tartu Ulikool. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 12-6. But Tartu Ulikool won second period 27-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kalev/Cramo dominated on the defensive end, holding Tartu Ulikool to just 6 points in first quarter. 25 personal fouls committed by Tartu Ulikool helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Serbian-Bulgarian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports) who led his team to a victory with 15 points. American Mark Tollefsen (206-92, college: Arizona) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Lithuanian center Dominykas Milka (203-92, college: St.Rose, NY) replied with 19 points and 6 rebounds and the former international Janari Joesaar (198-93, college: UTRGV, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Tartu Ulikool. Four Tartu Ulikool players scored in double figures. Kalev/Cramo have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion used an opportunity after Tartu Ulikool lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position which they share with defeated Tartu Ulikool.
Top scorers:
Tartu Ulikool: D.Milka 19+6reb+1ast, G.Dorbek 13+5ast, J.Joesaar 11+8reb+2ast, M.Thomas 10+4reb+2ast, J.Talts 6+8reb+1ast, V.Jois 6+4reb+1ast
Kalev/Cramo: B.Mirkovic 15+4reb+3ast, M.Tollefsen 13+5reb+1ast, T.Eichfuss 12+1reb, C.Simmons 8+8reb+2ast, V.Liutych 7+2reb+1ast, M.Gladness 6+6reb
gschID: 535005


TTU - Parnu 71-85

Another interesting game for Parnu (17-15) which played in Tallinn against TTU (16-16). Fourth ranked Parnu had an easy win 85-71. It looked good early as TTU took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Parnu had a 23-18 second period charge getting the lead and TTU was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 71-85. Parnu dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to TTU's 26. They outrebounded TTU 44-31 including 32 on the defensive glass. TTU was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian center Domagoj Bubalo (212-91, agency: 011 Sports) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 7 rebounds and forward Mihkel Kirves (190-96) who added 12 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. Five Parnu players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Joonas Jarvelainen (202-90, agency: Octagon Europe) with 24 points and 8 rebounds and Kiur Akenparg (190-88) scored 14 points. Parnu maintains fourth position with 17-15 record. TTU lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
TTU: J.Jarvelainen 24+8reb, K.Akenparg 14+2reb+3ast, T.Raadik 9+5reb+3ast, R.Koort 8+2reb, S.Olmre 6+5reb+2ast, N.Vujovic 5+5reb+1ast
Parnu: D.Bubalo 23+7reb+1ast, R.Hallik 13+4reb+2ast, M.Kirves 12+14reb+3ast, E.Seskus 11+5reb+4ast, R.Raap 11+5reb+4ast, S.Sutt 10+5reb+3ast
gschID: 535004


TLU/Kalev - Rapla 76-72

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Rapla (20-12) against seventh ranked TLU/Kalev (12-20) on Tuesday night. Visiting Rapla was defeated by TLU/Kalev in a tough game in Tallinn 72-76. Strangely Rapla outrebounded TLU/Kalev 44-24 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Serbian center Djordje Dzeletovic (205-93, agency: AproK Sports Group) who scored 28 points and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Kaido Saks (207-86, agency: Blacktop Management) chipped in 16 points. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Rasham Suarez (190-92, college: S.Mississippi) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and international Martin Paasoja (191-93) added 18 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Four Rapla players scored in double figures. TLU/Kalev moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Valga. Rapla at the other side dropped to the second position with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Rapla: R.Suarez 18+11reb+4ast, M.Paasoja 18+9reb+2ast, I.Kajupank 12+3reb, T.van der Mars 10+9reb+1ast, J.Kok 4+1ast, D.Bratoz 4+8reb+1ast
TLU/Kalev: D.Dzeletovic 28+5reb+1ast, K.Saks 16+4reb+3ast, K.Saage 10+4reb+5ast, R.Tamm 6+2reb+3ast, J.Vahter 6+1reb+5ast, M.Kurg 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 535003





Bubalo's 23 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old center Domagoj Bubalo (212-C-91, agency: 011 Sports) had a great game in the last round for Parnu and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
He had the game-high 23 points adding seven rebounds for Parnu in his team's victory, helping them to beat TTU (#5, 16-16) 85-71. Parnu maintains the 4th position in Estonian league. Parnu is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 17-15 record. In the team's last game Bubalo had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Parnu, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Bubalo has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 16.8ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 8.1rpg) and averages solid 66.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Ivars Rihards Zvigurs (198-SF-95) of Valga. He is Latvian in his first season at Valga. In the last game Zvigurs recorded impressive 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he led Valga to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Tarvas (#8, 9-23) 100-70. Valga's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-20 record. Zvigurs is a newcomer at Valga and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Djordje Dzeletovic (205-C-93, agency: AproK Sports Group) of TLU/Kalev (#7). Dzeletovic scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of TLU/Kalev, leading his team to a 80-73 win against slightly higher-ranked TTU (#5, 16-16). The chances of TLU/Kalev not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 20 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Dzeletovic could try to bring TLU/Kalev's a little bit higher in the standings. Dzeletovic has individually a great season in Estonia. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.2ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Domen Bratoz (189-PG-93) of Rapla - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Deandre Mathieu (175-PG) of Valga - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Dominykas Milka (203-C-92) of Tartu Ulikool - 19 points and 6 rebounds
7. Joonas Jarvelainen (202-F-90) of TTU - 23 points and 8 rebounds
8. Rasham Suarez (190-G-92) of Rapla - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Thomas van der Mars (208-C-90) of Rapla - 13 points and 11 rebounds
10. Kaido Saks (207-F-86) of TLU/Kalev - 16 points, 4 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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Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup 1st Team 2017
Curtis Jerrells
Jerrells
Alexey Shved
Shved
Mardy Collins
Collins
Dejan Musli
Musli
Bojan Dubljevic
Dubljevic

Finals MVP: Alberto Diaz (188-PG-94) of Unicaja
Player of the Year: Alexey Shved (198-G-88) of Khimky
Guard of the Year: Alexey Shved (198-G-88) of Khimky
Forward of the Year: Dejan Musli (213-F/C-91) of Unicaja
Center of the Year: Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91) of Valencia
European Player of the Year: Alexey Shved (198-G-88) of Khimky
Import of the Year: Mardy Collins (198-G-84) of Lokomotiv
Rising Star Trophy: Rolands Smits (207-F/C-95) of Fuenlabrada
Defensive Player of the Year: Facundo Campazzo (181-PG-91) of UCAM Murcia
Coach of the Year: Pedro Martinez of Valencia

1st Team
PG: Curtis Jerrells (185-PG-87) of Hapoel J-M
G: Alexey Shved (198-G-88) of Khimky
G: Mardy Collins (198-G-84) of Lokomotiv
F/C: Dejan Musli (213-F/C-91) of Unicaja
PF: Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91) of Valencia

2nd Team
PG: Kyle Fogg (190-PG-90) of Unicaja
G/F: Kyle Kuric (193-G/F-89) of Gran Canaria
F/G: Fernando San Emeterio (199-F/G-84) of Valencia
F/C: Amare Stoudemire (208-F/C-82) of Hapoel J-M
PF: Maximilian Kleber (207-PF-92) of B.Muenchen

Honorable Mention
Antoine Diot (193-PG-89) of Valencia
Devin Booker (205-C-91) of B.Muenchen
Kevin Jones (206-F-89) of Lokomotiv
Earl Rowland (188-PG-83) of Khimky
David Logan (185-G-82) of Scandone AV
Stefan Markovic (199-G-88) of Zenit
Janis Timma (201-SF-92) of Zenit
Miro Bilan (213-C-89) of Cedevita
Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-C-79) of Lietkabelis
DeAndre Kane (193-G-89) of Sevilla
Facundo Campazzo (181-PG-91) of UCAM Murcia
Elmedin Kikanovic (211-C-88) of ALBA
Peyton Siva (183-PG-90) of ALBA

All-Europeans Team
G: Alexey Shved (198-G-88) of Khimky
F/G: Fernando San Emeterio (199-F/G-84) of Valencia
F/C: Dejan Musli (213-F/C-91) of Unicaja
PF: Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91) of Valencia
PF: Maximilian Kleber (207-PF-92) of B.Muenchen

All-Imports Team
PG: Curtis Jerrells (185-PG-87) of Hapoel J-M
PG: Kyle Fogg (190-PG-90) of Unicaja
G/F: Kyle Kuric (193-G/F-89) of Gran Canaria
G: Mardy Collins (198-G-84) of Lokomotiv
F/C: Amare Stoudemire (208-F/C-82) of Hapoel J-M



Estudiantes lost the best blocker in the ACB League - Ondrej Balvin - by Thomas Jones

Ondrej Balvin (217-C-92, agency: Octagon Europe) showed his potential before his injury

The playoff dream for Movistar Estudiantes finished last Sunday in Andorra when Ondrej Balvin broke his ankle. Estudiantes lost more than a starting center because Blavin and Edwin Jackson were a lethal weapon able to win FC Barcelona or Unicaja in Malaga under the radar of Sean Marks and Danko Cvjetianin (Brooklyn Nets) among other NBA Scouts.

In 8 ACB League games, Balvin averaged 6,62 rebounds, 1,38 assists and 1,25 blocks per game. This means Estudiantes lost the best blocker and the third best rebounder in the ACB League.

Estudiantes was close to beating Morabanc Andorra. Shermadini, MVP of March in the ACB League, and Beqa Burjanadze couldn't score easily with Balvin on the floor. The Czech player was a nightmare for Andorra with 8 rebounds in 19 min.

Balvin finished his season with 12.1 points, 11.6 rebounds (TOP 2 in the ACB league), 2,5 assists and 2,2 blocks (TOP 1 in the ACB League) per 40 min.



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  EUROLEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Langford, Unics22.1 
 2. De-Colo, CS.20.0 
 3. Goudelock, Maccabi .17.3 
 4. Llull, Real Madrid16.5 
 5. Wanamaker, Darussaf.16.0 
 6. Teodosic, CSKA15.8 
 7. Bogdanovic, Fener.13.6 
 8. Clyburn, Darussaf.13.3 
 9. Heurtel, Anadolu .13.2 
 10. Larkin, Baskonia13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.7 
 2. Melli, Brose Bask.7.4 
 3. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.3 
 4. Voigtmann, Basko.7.1 
 5. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.0 
 6. Zizic, Darussafaka6.7 
 7. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.3 
 8. Dunston, Anadolu .6.2 
 9. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.1 
 10. Birch, Olympiacos6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Teodosic, CSKA7.3 
 2. Llull, Real Madrid6.0 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympiacos6.0 
 4. Heurtel, Anadolu .5.8 
 5. Colom, Unics5.7 
 6. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.7 
 7. Larkin, Baskonia5.7 
 8. Calathes, Panathin.5.7 
 9. Guler, Galatasaray5.6 
 10. Westermann, Zalgiris5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Charles JENKINS
  Crvena Z.
  (191-SG-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jenkins, Crvena Z.2.1 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.1.6 
 3. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.6 
 4. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.4 
 5. Larkin, Baskonia1.4 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.1.3 
 7. Jovic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 8. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 9. Fernandez, Real M.1.3 
 10. Guler, Galatasaray1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce2.1 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray1.5 
 3. Parakhouski, Unics1.3 
 4. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.2 
 5. Randolph, Real Madrid1.1 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.1.1 
 7. Dunston, Anadolu .1.1 
 8. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 9. Theis, Brose Bask.0.9 
 10. Honeycutt, Anadolu .0.9 


Nando De Colo named Europe Player of the Month: March 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA Moscow was selected as the MVP of March by eurobasket.com. French superstar proves that he belongs to europeans top guards averaging 17.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.1apg and shooting 58.2% from 2pt and impressive 58.8% from 3pt line in 8 games. He led his team to record 6-2 record (4-2 in Euroleague and 2-0 in VTB)

Second best performer of March was Chris Singleton (206-F-89, college: Florida St.) of Panathinaikos. American finished last month with the averages of 13.8ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2bpg and 57.1% from 2pt. His best game was in March 26 in Athen's derby against AEK - 22pts, 16reb, 3as, 2st, 1bl.

Third best performer of the month was Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) of Real Madrid. Spanish superstar averaged 16.6ppg, 1.5rpg, 5.2apg in 10 games.
TOP 10 PLAYERS FOR March 2017
1. Nando De-Colo of CSKA (RUS): 48.5, 7 games: 17.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.1 apg, 2FGP: 58.2%, 3PT: 58.8%, FT: 96.3%
2. Chris Singleton of Panathinaikos (GRE): 46.5, 10 games: 13.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.2 bpg, 2FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 45.7%, FT: 77.3%
3. Sergio Llull of Real Madrid (ESP): 44.5, 10 games: 16.6 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 5.2 apg, 0.2 bpg, 2FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 77.1%
4. Howard Sant-Roos of CEZ Nymburk (CZE): 46.2, 5 games: 16.2 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.4 bpg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 80.8%
5. Loukas Mavrokefalidis of AEK Athens (GRE): 45.5, 5 games: 15.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.4 apg, 0.4 bpg, 2FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 85.7%
6. Milos Teodosic of CSKA (RUS): 43.6, 8 games: 12.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 7.1 apg, 0.1 bpg, 2FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 86.7%
7. Vladimir Stimac of Besiktas (TUR): 43.6, 6 games: 14.0 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 0.8 apg, 0.5 bpg, 2FGP: 60.5%, FT: 69.6%
8. Georgios Printezis of Olympiacos (GRE): 42.9, 9 games: 11.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.9 apg, 0.1 bpg, 2FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 72.4%
9. Brandon Fields of Budivelnyk (UKR): 42.7, 5 games: 20.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 6.4 apg, 0.4 bpg, 2FGP: 71.9%, 3PT: 59.1%, FT: 80.0%
10. Bryant Dunston of Anadolu Efes (TUR): 42.2, 10 games: 10.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.2 bpg, 2FGP: 57.9%, FT: 70.4%



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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 De''Andre UPCHURCH
  HyPo
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 33.6
 1. Upchurch, HyPo33.6 
 2. Moultrie, PuHu J.28.3 
 3. Heinonen, Munkkini.24.6 
 4. Rasi, Raholan Pyrkiva24.5 
 5. Maxhuni, HBA-M.23.8 
 6. Cartharn, Espoo B.23.5 
 7. Vinson, Pyrinto II23.4 
 8. Daniels, PeU-Basket23.1 
 9. Jones, Oulun N.22.9 
 10. Laine, PeU-Basket22.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.16.7 
 2. Daniels, PeU-Basket13.7 
 3. Harvey, Oulun N.12.4 
 4. Harris, Ura Basket12.0 
 5. Towa, Jarvenpaa11.6 
 6. Flemings, FoKoPo11.1 
 7. Stahl, Oulun N.10.9 
 8. Knihtinen, Korikouvot10.4 
 9. Blomqvist, HyPo10.2 
 10. Ekimov, JyWe10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Janne KINNUNEN
  Karkkila
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Kinnunen, Karkkila6.7 
 2. Upchurch, HyPo5.3 
 3. Innamaa, TuNM.5.1 
 4. Salonen, Porvoon .5.0 
 5. Ivey, Espoo United4.9 
 6. Kantonen, Korik.4.6 
 7. Kilpinen, Pyrin.4.5 
 8. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.4.4 
 9. Kantonen, JyWe4.1 
 10. Clement, Oulun N.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Darian CARTHARN
  Espoo B.
  (183-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cartharn, Espoo B.2.7 
 2. Gouch, Espoo Basket2.7 
 3. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.2.5 
 4. Upchurch, HyPo2.5 
 5. Moore, ToPo2.4 
 6. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.2.4 
 7. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.3 
 8. Kuusisto, ToPo2.1 
 9. Heinonen, Munkkini.2.1 
 10. Marttinen, Munkkini.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.0 
 2. Sandberg, TuNM.1.8 
 3. Reed, FoKoPo1.5 
 4. Ekimov, JyWe1.4 
 5. Rainamaa, PuHu J.1.4 
 6. Fields, Lahti1.4 
 7. Harvey, Oulun N.1.3 
 8. Polla, HBA-Marsky1.1 
 9. Smith, Lahti1.1 
 10. Harris, Ura Basket1.1 


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





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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)



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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
gschID: 539655


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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Mijatovic number one in FYR Macedonia for round 5 - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Power forward Danilo Mijatovic (206-F/C-83) had a very impressive game in the last round for top-ranked MZT Skopje, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).
The 33-year old player had a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Kumanovo (#6, 1-4) 81-76. It allowed MZT Skopje to consolidate first place in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but MZT Skopje already had a very good start winning all 5 without losing a single one. It was one of impressive evenings for Mijatovic as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Danilo Mijatovic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 10.7ppg) and averages impressive 71.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old Bulgarian guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of Kumanovo. Karadzovski had a very good evening with 30 points and 6 assists. Bad luck as Kumanovo lost that game 76-81 to league's leader MZT Skopje (#1, 5-0). Kumanovo managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. 4 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Kumanovo managed to get this Second Stage. Karadzovski is well-known at Kumanovo and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Kenyon McNeaill (185-PG-91) of Kozuv (#5). McNeaill scored 19 points and passed eleven assists (!!!). Despite McNeaill's great performance Kozuv lost 77-79 to the higher-ranked Karpos Sokoli (#2, 4-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Kozuv can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-4 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for McNeaill he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. McNeaill has individually a great season in FYR Macedonia. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.0ppg (best scorer) and assists with 5.2apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jure Lalic (211-C-86) of MZT Skopje - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Kiril Nikolovski (210-F/C-88) of Feni Industries - 20 points and 5 rebounds
6. Milivoje Mijovic (200-PF-91) of Kozuv - 23 points and 8 rebounds
7. Xavier Thames (191-G-91) of MZT Skopje - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Vlado Ilievski (188-PG-80) of Rabotnicki - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Dimitar Mirakovski (177-PG-81) of Rabotnicki - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Dominik Mavra (195-G-94) of Karpos Sokoli - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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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)



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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)



Jiri Welsch ( CEZ Basketball Nymburk) Paul Pierce Was Always Challenging People To Play One On One After Practice - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jiri Welsch (199-G-80) is a 37 year old 199cm guard that is playing his fifth season for CEZ Basketball Nymburk (NBL). He started his basketball career in 1990 with Holice and then moved to Pardubice in 1994 where he played until 1998. He then played two seasons with Sparta Praha and then two seasons with Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia). In 2002 he was drafted by Philadelphia 76ers (NBA,1rd (16). He played in the NBA from 2002-2006 playinbg a total of 247 NBA games for teams like Golden State, Boston, Cleveland and Milwaukee. He then played with Unicaja Malaga (Spain-ACB) from 2006-2010. He then played with teams Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (Spain-ACB) and Belgacom Spirou (Belgium-D1). He spoke to eurobasket about his basketball career.

Jiri you played in Frankfurt against the Fraport Skyliners this season. I can't recall that you have ever played a professional game in this arena. What kind of feeling is it for you at age 37 to come to new basketball places?

You know what, I did play in this arena - 15 years ago, season 2001/2002, with Olimpija Ljubljana, Euroleague game. I shared that memory with my younger teammates as soon as we entered the gym. It's a nice feeling to travel to new countries, new cities and arenas at this stage of my career, it makes it fresher and more interesting.


The club has won 13 titles in a row. That is something that is difficult to believe. How proud are you to be playing for such an elite team like CEZ Basketball Nymburk (Czech Republic-NBL)?

It is a unique streak to win 13 titles in a row and I am very proud to be part of the last 4 championship runs. But it doesn't happen on its own, there are couple of teams in the Czech league that can challenge and push us. We always have to work for it and earn it, so no matter how dominant it may seem - being a champion at the end of the season is always a rewarding feeling.


You finished 31-1 in the NBL league. How does one go about accepting a record like this when it isn't really out of the ordinary?

We approach the games of the Czech league with the same mentality - it is always about us and our performance. If we are focused and work hard, we win. But you know, its a sport and we are not machines. If we lose our concentration and on a bad day, we can get in trouble.

When a team starts so well, how does one in general grow as a team as the season progresses?

Well, team growth is a process that happens as the season goes on, you play better opponents and you get under pressure. That is when character is built. We were waiting anxiously for the start of the Basketball Champions League because we were winning all games easily and didn't really know how strong we actually were. Now, after the first 2 losses, we can be more honest with ourselves.

Your teammate is Petr Benda. You could call him the Czech Bill Russell as he is going for his 10th league title. How valuable is it having him in the locker room?

Wow, I have never thought of Petr Benda as Bill Russell! Petr is a more of a quiet guy but he is very, very valuable to our team on the floor. That is why the club has kept him here for all these years.

Your teammate Howard Sant-Roos might only be 26, but he has been around for some years and is kind of living that basketball cinderella story as he came from the Italian third league and played two seasons in the German Pro B with NBA player Dennis Schroder and has continued to move up the level ladder and developing. How special is this guy and what amazes you about his play?

Well, I think coach Ginzburg was very smart in bringing Howard here and signing him for 2 years. He had a great season last year in VTB League and if he wasn't under contract, he probably wouldn't be here anymore. I admire his versatility and his will to play on both ends of the floor, offense and defense. He has very good work ethic and I believe in the near future, we will see him playing in top teams in top leagues.

Your teammate Eugene Lawrence was in high-school when you were in the NBA. He calls you legend. What kind of a feeling is it for you being the elder statesman on the team? What special tips have you given him?

Hahaha Geno is a funny guy, I like him a lot. He started calling me "legend" since the first day he arrived, it's much better than the Czech National Team where guys have been calling me "grandpa" for the past 3 years.

You are playing your fifth season for Nymburk and it took you 11 years to win another title there after winning your first and second in 2001 and 2002. You you have won 6 titles in four seasons. Is it difficult to remain hungry to win when your suddenly used to winning so much?

I left Ljubljana in 2002 after winning Adriatic League there and the next 9 years I had spent between the NBA and Spanish ACB - as you probably agree, its not easy to win championship in these 2 leagues. I really regret losing the championship in Belgium with Charleroi, 5th decisive game of the final in overtime against Oostede, that was a shame and not its 4 championship in 4 years! Winning never gets old because like I said before - you always have to work hard for it. Nobody is giving them away!


You have a limited scoring role. What is your biggest asset that you give the team on the court now?

I think its leadership, experience and control of the game. That's what coach expects from me.


Lets look back at your career. You played 10 seasons in the Czech Republic before moving to Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia) in 2000. In your second season you made a huge jump playing Euroleague stats: 20 games: 15.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.3apg, 1.3bpg; Slovenian League: 11games: 12.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.2apg, 1.6spg; Adriatic League: 20 games: 15.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg. During that second season when did you know that the NBA might be in your future?

It was some time in January 2002, in the middle of that season, when NBA scouts started to come and watch all of our games. They were coming to see me, that's when I realized it was serious.


You played for the Boston Celtics from 2003-2005 and in your first season played 81games: 9.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.3apg, 1.3spg. How was that experience for you. How was it as the only European playing with only American players?

I have great memories of being part of the Celtics organization. During the summer before my first season in Boston I worked very, very hard, probably the hardest I have ever worked in my life, and it paid off. I came to Boston one week before the season started and shortly after that I was already in the starting line up. It was a long and tough season but in the end it was all worth it.

You had had experience in Europe, but were a rookie in the NBA. What special experience is still crystal clear in your mind with Paul Pierce?

Paul is one of the best players I have ever played with. So so talented individually and able to make players around him better. He was very competitive, always challenging people to play one on one after practice.

In 2004-2005 you finished the seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA): 16 games: 2.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.2apg. What special story do you have with a very young Lebron James?

It was the very last game of the season, we still had a chance to make the playoffs, playing in Toronto, and Lebron scored 56 points. Amazing individual performance, even if we lost and didn't make the playoffs in the end.

You played your last NBA season in 2005-2006 with the Milwaukee Bucks averaging 4.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.1ap. Why did you return back to Europe? Had you had enough of the NBA and do you feel you could have been a journey man in that league?

I returned because I had great offers to play in Europe and few not good offers to stay in the NBA. Maybe I could have been journeyman, maybe I couldn't, who knows. I know that I never regretted coming back.

You played four seasons with Unicaja Malaga (Spain-ACB) reaching three ACD semi-finals and a cup final, but no title. Despite no titles, how satisfying was it playing in the best league in the world at that time?

When I came to Spain, the ACB was absolute top in Europe. 18 very strong teams and anybody could beat anybody. To be honest, I was a bit surprised about the level of quality after being 4 years in the US and it took time for me to adjust.


You played with Belgacom Spirou (Belgium-D1) for a season and in the second briefly in training camp before moving to the Czech Republic. How much did the unending work ethic of Derrick Allen rub off on you in the short time you were there with him?

I was with Spirou one season only, the second year we were talking about coming back but in the end I returned home to Czech Republic to sign with Nymburk. Ive never played with Derrick Allen.

You played at the European championships in 1999 as a 19 year old, at the 2007 Euro Championships and 2013 European championships as a 33 year old. How much has European basketball in general changed from 1999-2013?

It has changed A LOT. Especially the athletic part of basketball has changed incredibly, todays game is played a lot higher, faster and more aggressively than 15 years ago.


If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore which 4 heads would you chose?

Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade in the NBA, Juan Carlos Navarro in Europe.


Thanks Jiri for the chat.




Richard Freundenberg Returns Back To Europe - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

According to Eurobasket source after only one season of NCAA ball, Richard Freudenberg (206-F-98) has decided to return back to Europe and play professional ball. Freudenberg is a 18 year old 206cm forward that was with the FC Bayern Munich organization before going to St Johns this season. He turned heads at teh 2015 Kaunas Adidas Next Generation Tournament playing 3 games and averaging 14.3ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.3spg, 2.0bpg, 2FG: 44.4%, 3PT: 25%, FT: 76.5%. The German U-18 national player played 26 games in the NCAA, but didn't play much of a role with ST Johns for head coach and NBA legend Chris Mullin averaging only 8 minutes per contest while averaging 1,3ppg, and 1,3rpg. His best game was scoring nine points in 19 minutes in a 93-60 victory against Syracuse. In the last years in Germany, Freudenberg played with all the FC Bayern Munich youth teams as well as with thier Regionaliga team and saw action in two BBL games with the first team. Freudenberg would be a logical choice for the Fraport Skyliners as he could follow in the footsteps of Danilo Barthel and Niklas Kiel and be a part of the new German twin towers in Frankfurt


Marcos Knight (ex Jena) joins Zaragoza - by Eurobasket News

Tecnyconta Zaragoza (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 28-year old American guard Marcos Knight (188-98kg-89, college: Middle Tennessee State, agency: BeoBasket). He started the season at Science City Jena in German BBL league. In 24 games he had very impressive stats: 18.3ppg, 6.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.5spg this season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was named to German Bundesliga All-Star Game. The last season Knight played at MLP Academics Heidelberg (also in ProA) in German where in four games he recorded also remarkable stats: 15.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 4.3apg and 1.5spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Knight won German 2.Bundesliga Pro A championship title in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Player of the Year in 2016.
Knight has played also professionally in Germany for Baunach.
He attended Middle Tennessee State until 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DraganJankovski)

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The Fraport Skyliners Keep Niklas Kiel Until 2020 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It isn't very common that a Fraport Skyliner stays more than a few years unless you were Pascal Roller who played a total of 11 seasons with the team or current player Quantez Robertson who is in his eighth, but Niklas Kiel (207-PF-97, agency: Octagon Europe) is a guy that will be wearing the jersey for a few more years and belong to the type of player that can call Frankfurt his second home as he has extended his contract until 2020. Kiel is a 19 year old 207cm power forward that started his career with BBG Herford and has played with the Fraport Skyliners since 2014. In his first two years he concentrated on finishing school and developing his game in the Pro B and NBBL and played only 3 BBL games. Last season in the Pro B, he led the team to the Pro B final and played 24 games averaging 14.1ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 28.8%, FT-2 (90.4%). In the NBBL, he averaged 22,5ppg and 11,0rpg and finished school. The young German is happy about staying in Frankfurt. "Frankfurt is the perfect place for me, It is the only place where I get so must trust and chances. I am very thankful for that. I want to develop further in the next seasons. There is no better place than here for that to happen", stressed Niklas Kiel.

This season he has been able to concentrate more on basketbal land practice on a regular basis for the first time and has averaged 5,6ppg and 2,8rpg in the BBL. He has scored in double figures four times including 12 point games against Bremerhaven and Science City Jena and 10 point games against FC Bayern Munich and the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. "He is a young talent that is playing his first real season with us. There are highs and lows with every young player in the development. Sometimes one makes two steps forward to only make a step back again. This happens a lot at the big positions. Niklas has made good steps ahead in the last three months. I am very pleased with his work ethic on the court and in the gym as well as his professionalism off the court. We hope he develops into a good player so that he can influence the game for us in many ways", stressed Fraport Skyliners head coach Gordon Herbert.

Source:Fraport Skyliners



Chris Warren Unleashes the Mini Harden Carrying Nanterre 92 Into The Fiba Europe Cup Final 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. 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 young Vincent Van Gough would go home the losers, but Nanterre 92 staged 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. 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. '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. '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 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.




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Fire Service, Dynamics maintain league spots as matchup is postponed - by Yaw Mintah

Accra Basketball League (ABL) Men's Division I outfits Fire Service and DC Dynamics positions in the standings will not change following the postponement of the fixture involving both teams.

The two sides were scheduled to clash at the Lebanon House Court in midweek.

However, ongoing projects at the venue meant the fixture couldn't be honored as the lighting system at the Lebanon House Court was yet to be fully installed. Sections of the extensive electrical works have been completed while others remain untouched forcing officials to call off the game.

Fire Service has not lost a game this season winning two straight games in the process while Dynamics has lost twice in as many games. DC sits bottom of the standings with two points and Fire is in fifth place with four points.

Tema Youth, unbeaten in three games played, sits atop the standings with six maximum points closely followed by Tudu Magic also with six despite the latter playing a game more than the former. Tema holds a superior goal difference over Magic.




Marshalls, All Nations brace for UPAC Knockout games with PUSAG cameos - by Yaw Mintah

Marshalls University College and All Nations University College have made it to the knockout phase of the 2017 Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship set to be played at the University of Ghana (UG) on April 7 and 8.

Ahead of the Championship, Marshalls and All Nations have put themselves in the best shape to compete keenly for spots in the semifinals by making impressive appearances in the PUSAG basketball competition.

The Private Universities Sports Associations Games is a multi sport event for privately owned tertiary institutions in Ghana and the 10th edition is wrapping up at the Cape-Coast Sports Stadium in the West African country's Central Region capital.

Both teams made it to the final game where Marshalls brushed All Nations aside with a 35-10 win; Marshalls was utterly dominant as the side led 20-4 at one point in the game. The win earns Marshalls back to back PUSAG titles after winning the event in 2016.

All Nations is in UPAC's Group B with University of Development Studies, University of Energy and Natural Resources and two time winners Accra Technical University.

Marshalls is in the tough looking Group A alongside University of Ghana, University of Cape-Coast and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.



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EuroLeague: Panathinaikos cruise past Maccabi Tel Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Tel Aviv - Panathinaikos 61:81

Panathinaikos finished the EuroLeague regular season on a high note. They stunned Maccabi in Tel Aviv to clinch playoff home-court advantage. Mike James (185-PG-90, college: Lamar) scored 17 points, issued 7 assists and grabbed 5 rebounds to pace the Greek powerhouse.
Maccabi jumped to a 26:20 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second term. Maccabi ensured a 42:32 halftime advantage. But Panathinaikos turned things around in the third term. The visitors ignited a massive 31:12 run in the period to surge ahead for a 63:54 advantage. Panathinaikos limited Maccabi to just 7 points in the fourth stanza and raced to the victory. Chris Singleton (206-F-89, college: Florida St.) provided 13 points, while Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) added 12 points for the winners. Victor Rudd (205-F-91, college: S.Florida) responded with 17 points for Maccabi. Joe Alexander (203-F-86, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Maccabi Tel Aviv: Victor Rudd 17, Joe Alexander 14
Panathinaikos: Mike James 17, Chris Singleton 13, Nick Calathes 12



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WCI's Aaron Grubb wins Moser award - by Eurobasket News

When his team needed him to score, he scored. When his team needed him to distribute the ball, he distributed the ball When his team needed him to slow down the opposition's top player, he slowed down the opposition's top player. Waterloo Collegiate Vikings head coach Craig Nickel speaks in glowing terms about Aaron Grubb, a versatile player he calls "a joy to coach" and "a quiet team leader" who has the full respect of his teammates. "Aaron is the ultimate 'action-speaks-louder-than-words' kind of kid. Some kids talk a good game and don't always deliver the best part about Aaron for me, as a coach, is I know what I am going to get from him every single game," said Nickel. "You get great defence, you get really efficient offence and you get a kid that wants to compete and wants to win every single time he's on the court, whether it's in practice or in a game." The Vikings point guard was honoured for his outstanding season on Wednesday night when he was named the winner of the Mike Moser Award as the Waterloo County senior boys basketball league's most valuable player. Moser was a standout player at Forest Heights Collegiate and the University of Waterloo who died suddenly during a basketball tour through Florida in early 1975. He was 22. Grubb, who in February led the Vikings to their first WCSSAA title since 2005, was presented with the Moser plaque during halftime of the annual all-star game at Waterloo Collegiate. "It's an honour to be recognized and to have my name next to the great players that have won this award," said Grubb. "I wasn't expecting this it's a complete surprise." Grubb, who plays for Wildhawk Basketball outside of school, was joined on WCSSAA's first-team all-star unit by Edwin Antwi of Forest Heights, Chris Bullock of Sir John A. Macdonald, Kuel Thomas of Huron Heights, and Hanani Ujullu of Eastwood. Grubb capped his strong season with a dominant performance in the WCSSAA final, scoring 24 points in the Vikings' 69-47 win over the two-time defending champion Sir John A. Macdonald Highlanders. Grubb is also a standout in the classroom, an honour roll student that plans on studying computer science at university later this fall. He has yet to decide what school he'll attend and he is undecided on whether he'll continue to play basketball. Nickel has no doubt Grubb could make it as a walk-on to play at the Canadian university level. Last year's Moser winner, Simon Petrov of SJAM, currently plays at the University of Waterloo alongside another SJAM standout, Nedim Hodzic, who won the Moser award in 2015. Grand River graduate Chuder Teny, who now plays at Wilfrid Laurier University, won the award in 2014. Earlier in the evening, Beth Fleming of the Galt Ghosts was honoured as this year's recipient of the Julie Devenny MVP Award, which is handed out annually to the top player in the WCSSAA senior girls basketball league. Devenny was a star player at WCI and the University of Waterloo who died In 2012 after a five-year battle with cancer. She was 30. Fleming topped the first-team all-star team that included Joanna Bamberger of SJAM, Charlotte Clifford of Jacob Hespeler, Emily Glendinning of Waterloo-Oxford, Nancy Michael of Grand River, and MacKeeley Shantz of Waterloo-Oxford. Ben Jenkins of Huron Heights and Glendinning won three-point shooting contests during halftime, and Emanuel Otong of Glenview Park won the slam dunk competition.
Courtesy of: therecord.com



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Eredivisie Round 27: Top-ranked Groningen wins another game - by Eurobasket News

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

Eredivisie top team - Groningen (25-2) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Weert (3-24) 86-58. The game without a history. Groningen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Weert's 22. Groningen forced 25 Weert turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Weert helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American forward Chase Fieler (203-92, college: FGCU) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import forward Andrew Smith (206-92, college: Liberty) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Swingman Akeel Eduardo (193-93) answered with 13 points for Weert. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Groningen have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 25-2 record. Weert lost fifth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Groningen are looking forward to face Rotterdam (#5) at home in the next round. Weert will play against Den Bosch and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
The game in Rotterdam was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Zwolle (20-7) played at the court of 5th ranked Rotterdam (12-15). Zwolle defeated Rotterdam 79-63. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for center Clayton Vette (202-88, college: Winona St., agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 5 rebounds. JT Yoho helped adding 14 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Jermaine Marshall (193-90, college: Arizona St.) with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Zwolle maintains second place with 20-7 record having five points less than leader Groningen. Rotterdam at the other side keeps the fifth position with 15 games lost. Zwolle will play against Leiden (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Rotterdam will play against the league's leader Groningen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Leeuwarden was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Den Bosch (14-13) played at the court of 7th ranked Leeuwarden (7-20). Den Bosch defeated Leeuwarden 96-83 on Thursday. It was an exceptional evening for Stefan Wessels who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. Jordan Gregory came up with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for Leeuwarden in the defeat. Den Bosch maintains fourth place with 14-13 record. Leeuwarden lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 20 games lost. Den Bosch will meet at home bottom-ranked Weert (#8) in the next round. Leeuwarden will play against Amsterdam and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 27 Amsterdam was beaten by Leiden on the road 73-68.

Rotterdam - Zwolle 63-79

The game in Rotterdam was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Zwolle (20-7) played at the court of 5th ranked Rotterdam (12-15). Zwolle defeated Rotterdam 79-63. The game was mostly controlled by Zwolle. Rotterdam was better in second period 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Zwolle forced 19 Rotterdam turnovers. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for center Clayton Vette (202-88, college: Winona St., agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 5 rebounds. Forward JT Yoho (198-93, college: Wright St., agency: Three Eye Sports) helped adding 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Zwolle players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Jermaine Marshall (193-90, college: Arizona St.) with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Greg Mays (203-93, college: Green Bay) scored 14 points. Zwolle maintains second place with 20-7 record having five points less than leader Groningen. Rotterdam at the other side keeps the fifth position with 15 games lost. Zwolle will play against Leiden (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Rotterdam will play against the league's leader Groningen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Zwolle: C.Vette 24+5reb+1ast, J.Yoho 14+7reb+3ast, O.Schaftenaar 11+6reb+2ast, N.Van Oostrum 11+4reb+5ast, J.Tiller 8+5reb+3ast, M.Schilder 6
Rotterdam: J.Marshall 20+9reb+5ast, G.Mays 14+3reb, L.Steijn 10+5reb, T.Theeuwkens 6+1reb, V.Tamasauskas 5, R.Krabbendam 4+9reb+1ast
gschID: 477759


Leeuwarden - Den Bosch 83-96

The game in Leeuwarden was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Den Bosch (14-13) played at the court of 7th ranked Leeuwarden (7-20). Den Bosch defeated Leeuwarden 96-83 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Den Bosch. Leeuwarden managed to win fourth quarter 33-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Den Bosch dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Leeuwarden's 38. They outrebounded Leeuwarden 46-29 including a 33-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Den Bosch looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was an exceptional evening for the former international forward Stefan Wessels (203-84) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. American forward Charles Mitchell (203, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) accounted for 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. American guard Jordan Gregory (188-92, college: Montana) came up with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international power forward Craig Osaikhwuwuomwan (211-90) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Leeuwarden in the defeat. Den Bosch maintains fourth place with 14-13 record. Leeuwarden lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 20 games lost. Den Bosch will meet at home bottom-ranked Weert (#8) in the next round. Leeuwarden will play against Amsterdam and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Den Bosch: S.Wessels 27+12reb+2ast, C.Mitchell 22+11reb, J.Watts 21+5reb+3ast, D.Balentine 9+2reb, M.Bouwknecht 8+4reb+7ast, S.McWhorter 7+4reb+6ast
Leeuwarden: J.Gregory 23+5reb+7ast, C.Osaikhwuwuomwan 18+6reb+3ast, G.Marshall 15+2reb+6ast, D.Hope 9+3reb+4ast, M.Lufile 8+5reb, D.Koon 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 477758


Leiden - Amsterdam 73-68

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Leiden (18-9) beat at home 6th ranked Amsterdam (9-18) 73-68 on Thursday. Amsterdam was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 21-12 charge of Leiden, which allowed them to win the game. Leiden outrebounded Amsterdam 48-33 including a 38-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Leiden made 9 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Daviyon Draper (201-94, college: FIU) who led the winners and scored 23 points. International forward Mohamed Kherrazi (200-90) accounted for 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. The former international swingman Dimeo Van-Der-Horst (197-91) came up with 21 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Moroccan forward Hicham Kherrazi (195-88) added 14 points respectively for Amsterdam in the defeat. Leiden maintains third place with 18-9 record having seven points less than leader Groningen. Loser Amsterdam keeps the sixth position with 18 games lost. Leiden will meet league's second-placed Zwolle on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Amsterdam will play against Leeuwarden (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leiden: D.Draper 23+4reb+3ast, M.Kherrazi 15+6reb+1ast, J.Lee 9+8reb+4ast, J.Voorn 9+3reb+3ast, T.Koenis 6+14reb+1ast, R.Jansen 5+4reb+6ast
Amsterdam: D.Van Der Horst 21+5reb+1ast, H.Kherrazi 14+4reb+1ast, J.Markusse 9+5reb+2ast, G.Slagter 9+2reb+2ast, S.Mulder 6+5reb, S.de Randamie 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 477757


Weert - Groningen 58-86

Eredivisie top team - Groningen (25-2) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Weert (3-24) 86-58. The game without a history. Groningen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Weert's 22. Groningen forced 25 Weert turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Weert helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American forward Chase Fieler (203-92, college: FGCU) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import forward Andrew Smith (206-92, college: Liberty) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Swingman Akeel Eduardo (193-93) answered with 13 points and forward Rens Van-Ravensteijn (200-95) added 11 points in the effort for Weert. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Groningen have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 25-2 record. Weert lost fifth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Groningen are looking forward to face Rotterdam (#5) at home in the next round. Weert will play against Den Bosch and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Groningen: C.Fieler 23+4reb+4ast, A.Smith 16+3reb, J.Dourisseau 14+2reb+1ast, A.Slagter 7+1reb+4ast, B.Veenstra 7+4reb+3ast, T.de Paula 6+1reb+2ast
Weert: A.Eduardo 13+4reb+1ast, J.van Vugt 11+1reb+1ast, R.Van Ravensteijn 11+3reb, A.Pauline 7+2reb+3ast, R.Aarts 7+4reb, D.Rosenmuller 4+1reb
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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 KC20.4 
 3. Lilov, Szedeak19.6 
 4. Vojvoda, Szolnok18.5 
 5. Pacher, Vasas18.1 
 6. Frazier, Kaposvari17.9 
 7. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.4 
 8. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.16.8 
 9. Sejfic, PVSK P.16.8 
 10. Tiby, Atomeromu16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 9
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu9.0 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.8 
 3. Szabo, ZTE K.8.5 
 4. Pacher, Vasas7.9 
 5. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 6. Sejfic, PVSK P.7.9 
 7. Sihota, MAFC7.7 
 8. Watkins, Atomeromu7.6 
 9. Drungilas, ZTE K.7.4 
 10. Sulovic, Szedeak7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.2 
 2. Boltic, Szedeak8.0 
 3. Taylor, Vasas7.8 
 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. Varadi, Falco KC1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.1 
 2. Juhos, Szedeak0.9 
 3. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.9 
 4. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 5. Keller, Alba0.8 
 6. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.8 
 7. Wright, Vasas0.8 
 8. Simms, Kaposvari0.7 
 9. Benke, ZTE K.0.7 
 10. Andric, Szolnok0.6 


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.



A Division Round 2 (Second Stage): Falco KC defeats leader Alba - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Second Stage in A Division. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Alba (21-6) in Szombathely on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by Falco KC (18-10) 69-62. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 17-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. International guard Benedek Varadi (195-95) contributed with 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Canadian guard Justin Edwards (190-92, college: Kansas St.) replied with 16 points and 6 assists for Alba. Falco KC will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Alba will play at home against ZTE KK and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Szeged. KTE-Duna (13-15) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging Szedeak (14-14) 71-69 on Wednesday evening. Serbian center Kemal Karahodzic (210-89) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Milutin Djukanovic chipped in 14 points during the contest. Serbian center Nenad Sulovic (202-85, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 25 points and 5 rebounds. KTE-Duna will play against Kaposvari on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Szedeak will play against PVSK Pannon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of Szolnok (18-10) against ZTE KK (18-10) on Thursday night. Visiting Szolnok was defeated by ZTE KK in a tough game in Zalaegerszeg 89-97. Emanuel Ubilla notched a triple-double by scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the effort. Even 24 points and 4 assists by Nikola Pavlicevic did not help to save the game for Szolnok. ZTE KK will meet Alba in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Szolnok will play against Kormend and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of Kaposvari (16-11) against Sopron KC (13-15) on Wednesday night. Visiting Kaposvari was defeated by Sopron KC in a tough game in Sopron 71-78. The best player for the winners was Brandon Johnson who scored 21 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Sopron KC will have a break next round. Kaposvari will play at home against KTE-Duna and hope to win that game.
Thirteenth-ranked Vasas (5-23) used its home court advantage to challenge Atomeromu (11-17) in Budapest on Thursday. The visitors from Paks managed to secure only three-point victory 90-87. However their fans expected easier game. American players dominated the game. Matt Tiby orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

The most impressive performance of 2nd round was 17 points, 5 rebounds and 17 assists by Ronnie Taylor of Vasas.

Vasas - Atomeromu 87-90

Thirteenth-ranked Vasas (5-23) used its home court advantage to challenge Atomeromu (11-17) in Budapest on Thursday. The visitors from Paks managed to secure only three-point victory 90-87. However their fans expected easier game. Vasas were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Atomeromu looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Vasas were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Power forward Matt Tiby (203-92, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Point guard Talor Battle (182-88, college: Penn St., agency: Two Points) contributed with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Point guard Ronnie Taylor (187-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 17 assists and forward AJ Pacher (208-92, college: Wright St., agency: Octagon Europe) added 21 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in the effort for Vasas. Four Atomeromu and five Vasas players scored in double figures. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Vasas: A.Pacher 21+12reb, S.Thompson 18+8reb, R.Taylor 17+5reb+17ast, R.Wright 12+3reb+1ast, A.Horvath 11+3reb+2ast, A.Garamvolgyi 6+4reb
Atomeromu: M.Tiby 23+6reb+5ast, T.Battle 20+7reb+5ast, L.Samenas 17+2reb+3ast, L.Gilbert 13+7reb+1ast, R.Watkins 7+6reb+2ast, A.Kovacs 6+4ast
gschID: 543029


ZTE KK - Szolnok 97-89

Very important is a road loss of Szolnok (18-10) against ZTE KK (18-10) on Thursday night. Visiting Szolnok was defeated by ZTE KK in a tough game in Zalaegerszeg 89-97. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 53-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. ZTE KK outrebounded Szolnok 48-20 including a 24-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. American-Puerto Rican point guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) notched a triple-double by scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the effort and American guard Julian Norfleet (188-91, college: Mt.St.Mary's) supported him with 24 points and 5 assists. Even 24 points and 4 assists by Montenegrin Nikola Pavlicevic (192-88) did not help to save the game for Szolnok. Croatian center Luksa Andric (208-85, agency: BeoBasket) added 19 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for the guests. ZTE KK will meet Alba in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Szolnok will play against Kormend and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: N.Pavlicevic 24+2reb+4ast, L.Andric 19+6reb+1ast, D.Vojvoda 15+1ast, A.Popovic 9+2reb+5ast, M.Borisov 9+6reb+1ast, A.Toth 8
ZTE KK: E.Ubilla 30+11reb+10ast, J.Norfleet 24+4reb+5ast, A.Drungilas 16+9reb, S.Benke 8+2reb+2ast, J.Wright 7+7reb, Z.Szabo 6+13reb+2ast
gschID: 543028


Falco KC - Alba 69-62

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Alba (21-6) in Szombathely on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by Falco KC (18-10) 69-62. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 17-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. International guard Benedek Varadi (195-95) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Falco KC players scored in double figures. Canadian guard Justin Edwards (190-92, college: Kansas St.) replied with 16 points and 6 assists and the former international power forward Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Octagon Europe) added 12 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Alba. Falco KC will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Alba will play at home against ZTE KK and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Alba: J.Edwards 16+3reb+6ast, P.Lorant 12+11reb, J.Farr 10+7reb, A.Keller 8+7reb+2ast, B.Taylor 6+4reb+5ast, L.Markovic 5+4reb
Falco KC: D.Govens 28+5reb+5ast, B.Varadi 18+12reb+3ast, L.Medford 13+3reb+1ast, I.Zigeranovic 10+5reb, K.Simon 0, P.Hodi 0
gschID: 543027


Sopron KC - Kaposvari 78-71

Very important is a road loss of Kaposvari (16-11) against Sopron KC (13-15) on Wednesday night. Visiting Kaposvari was defeated by Sopron KC in a tough game in Sopron 71-78. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 19-15 Kaposvari's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 78-71 at the end of the game. Sopron KC made 19-of-21 charity shots (90.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Brandon Johnson (183-86, college: San Diego, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 21 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Naturalized Serbian center Marko Spica (205-86, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) chipped in 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Sopron KC players scored in double figures. American swingman Winsome Frazier (193-82, college: Mississippi St., agency: Interperformances) produced 25 points and 5 rebounds and American-Liberian point guard Jaytornah Wisseh (185-88, college: LIU Brooklyn) added 18 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Sopron KC will have a break next round. Kaposvari will play at home against KTE-Duna and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: W.Frazier 25+5reb, J.Wisseh 18+4reb+5ast, M.Fodor 10+2reb+2ast, K.Simms 9+7reb, M.Cooke 9+12reb+2ast, B.Bodo 0
Sopron KC: B.Johnson 21+8reb+6ast, M.Spica 12+7reb+4ast, J.Mills 12+5reb, A.Dufault 10+7reb, A.Myles 10+7reb, A.Rujak 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 543026


Szedeak - KTE-Duna 69-71

Important game to mention about took place in Szeged. KTE-Duna (13-15) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging Szedeak (14-14) 71-69 on Wednesday evening. Szedeak was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Serbian center Kemal Karahodzic (210-89) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Montenegrin point guard Milutin Djukanovic (190-91) chipped in 14 points during the contest. Five KTE-Duna players scored in double figures. Serbian center Nenad Sulovic (202-85, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 25 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian guard Marko Boltic (193-87, agency: 011 Sports) scored 16 points and 9 assists. KTE-Duna will play against Kaposvari on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Szedeak will play against PVSK Pannon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Szedeak: N.Sulovic 25+5reb+1ast, M.Boltic 16+4reb+9ast, I.Lilov 13+3reb+4ast, L.Juhos 6+7reb+1ast, A.Revesz 4, A.Ciric 3+7reb+2ast
KTE-Duna: T.Ivosev 14+5reb+2ast, M.Djukanovic 14+4reb+3ast, M.Pongo 11+3reb+5ast, K.Karahodzic 11+9reb+2ast, M.Djerasimovic 10+8reb+2ast, G.Hegedus 6+1reb
gschID: 543025





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Standings - D1 League

Points Per Game
 Terrance MOTLEY
  FSU
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 31
 1. Motley, FSU31.0 
 2. Woods, Hamar27.7 
 3. Garland, Breidablik26.8 
 4. Shouse, IA25.4 
 5. Moss, Hottur23.5 
 6. King, Valur22.0 
 7. Pryor, Fjolnir21.2 
 8. Bracey, Valur19.3 
 9. Sigurdsson, Fjolnir19.1 
 10. Knezevic, Vestri18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris WOODS
  Hamar
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Woods, Hamar14.5 
 2. Motley, FSU12.6 
 3. Moss, Hottur12.3 
 4. Pryor, Fjolnir12.0 
 5. King, Valur12.0 
 6. Shouse, IA9.5 
 7. Kristjansson, IA9.1 
 8. Petursson, Valur8.9 
 9. Virijevic, Hottur8.8 
 10. Knezevic, Vestri7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MOSS
  Hottur
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Moss, Hottur8.9 
 2. Sigurdsson, Fjolnir7.5 
 3. Shouse, IA5.5 
 4. Garland, Breidablik5.4 
 5. Blondal, Valur5.1 
 6. Olafsson, Hamar4.6 
 7. Bracey, Valur4.4 
 8. Erlingsson, Hamar4.1 
 9. Pryor, Fjolnir3.2 
 10. Kristjansson, IA3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone GARLAND
  Breidablik
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Garland, Breidablik3.4 
 2. Moss, Hottur3.3 
 3. Shouse, IA3.0 
 4. Motley, FSU2.2 
 5. Olafsson, Hamar1.8 
 6. King, Valur1.8 
 7. Pryor, Fjolnir1.7 
 8. Gylfason, FSU1.5 
 9. Sigurdsson, Fjolnir1.5 
 10. Birgisson, Hottur1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Urald KING
  Valur
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. King, Valur2.4 
 2. Woods, Hamar1.6 
 3. Virijevic, Hottur1.1 
 4. Motley, FSU1.1 
 5. Audunsson, Valur1.0 
 6. Karason, Fjolnir0.9 
 7. Johannesson, Breid.0.9 
 8. Petursson, Valur0.9 
 9. Kristjansson, IA0.8 
 10. Hallsson, Hottur0.7 


D1 Round 3 of Finals. Hamar capture second victory - by Eurobasket News

Valur - Hamar 73-82

Hamar snatched a road win over Valur to surge ahead in the playoff title series. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 40-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Valur outrebounded Hamar 49-35 including a 21-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for American forward Chris Woods (195-89, college: Pfeiffer) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field). Forward Orn Sigurdarson (202-89) contributed with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Urald King (198-90, college: SE Oklahoma) answered with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 24 rebounds and 4 blocks and center Birgir Petursson (205-86) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Valur. Valur's coach Agust Bjorgvinsson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Valur: U.King 33+24reb+3ast, B.Petursson 11+9reb+2ast, S.Sturluson 8+4reb+3ast, A.Bracey 7+3reb+4ast, O.Petursson 6+4reb+4ast, B.Blondal 6+5reb+3ast
Hamar: C.Woods 30+14reb+5ast, O.Sigurdarson 19+8reb+2ast, S.Thorvaldsson 11+5reb+1ast, E.Stefansson 9+4ast, R.Erlingsson 6+2reb+7ast, H.Petursson 5+5reb
gschID: 543303





Jakob Sigurdarson's 30 points make him top Icelandic player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jakob Sigurdarson
Jakob Sigurdarson
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern, currently plays in Sweden). He led Boras Basket to a victory over the closely-ranked Uppsala Basket (18-14) 80-69 in the Swedish Basketligan in Monday night's game. Sigurdarson was MVP of the game. He scored 30 points (!!!) and added 3 passes (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) in 38 minutes on the court. Boras Basket (17-15) is placed fifth in the Basketligan. Sigurdarson has relatively good stats this year: 13.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 53.2%, 3FGP: 36.1% and FT: 95.5%(105-110) in 34 games he played so far. He played for the Icelandic senior national team two years ago.

Martin Hermannsson
Martin Hermannsson
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Martin Hermannsson (190-94, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in France). Hermannsson was the main contributor in Charleville-Mezieres' victory against the league leader JL Bourg (18-8) 79-69 in the French ProB (second division) last Tuesday. He was the best player in that game. Hermannsson scored 20 points, grabbed 7 boards, dished 8 assists and stole 3 balls (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!); quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Etoile Charleville-Mezieres (15-11) is placed fourth in the ProB. It's Hermannsson's first year with the team. Hermannsson has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 5.7apg, 2FGP: 51.7%, 3FGP: 32.6% and FT: 88.2%. Hermannsson is in the roster of the Icelandic senior national team.

Aegir Steinarsson
Aegir Steinarsson
   #3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Aegir Steinarsson (185-91, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Newberry, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Burgos (20-10) in their last game. Despite Steinarsson's good performance Burgos lost 58-62 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) Ourense. He was the top scorer with 12 points. Steinarsson also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 28 minutes. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Steinarsson's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 5.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.6apg, 3FGP: 26.4% and FT: 69.7% in 30 games. Ex-KR Reykjavik player is also a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Haukur Palsson
Haukur Palsson
   #4. Small forward Haukur Palsson (197-92, college: Maryland, currently plays in France) was not able to help SPO Rouen in their game against STB Le Havre (14-12) in the French ProB (second division). Palsson's contribution was not very remarkable in Saturday's game. He recorded only 2 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. SPO Rouen was defeated 79-69 in Le Havre by the higher-ranked STB Le Havre (#6). This season Palsson has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.8apg and 1.1spg. He is also Icelandic national team player.

Other top Icelandic players, who play abroad:

Axel Karason (193-SF-83) plays for Svendborg in Danish Ligaen
Ragnar Nathanaelsson (218-C-91) plays for Albacete in Spanish LEB Silver
Jovan Zdravevski (198-F-80) plays for IK Eos in Swedish Basketettan
Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (204-C-88) plays for AE Larissas in Greek A2



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D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Daequan COOK
  Chemidor
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Cook, Chemidor25.3 
 2. Buljan, Kashan22.5 
 3. Robinson, Petrochimi20.9 
 4. Hosley, Arak19.6 
 5. Prince, Azad19.2 
 6. Toncinic, Gorgan18.6 
 7. Gacesa, Tabriz17.9 
 8. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.15.5 
 9. Jones, Azad15.2 
 10. Williams, Arak15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  Army
  (200-SF-90)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Kazemi, Army11.3 
 2. Buljan, Kashan10.1 
 3. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.9.2 
 4. Williams, Tabriz9.1 
 5. Kardoust, Arak8.8 
 6. Toncinic, Gorgan8.8 
 7. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.7.5 
 8. Cukinas, Chemidor7.3 
 9. Jones, Azad7.2 
 10. Perkins, Naft A.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Petrochimi
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Robinson, Petrochimi4.3 
 2. Davarpanah, Naft A.4.0 
 3. Perkins, Naft A.3.8 
 4. Prince, Azad3.6 
 5. Nasajpour, Tabriz3.5 
 6. Hosley, Arak3.5 
 7. Jamshidi, Petrochimi2.9 
 8. Davoudi, Arak2.8 
 9. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.2.8 
 10. Williams, Arak2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Arak
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Hosley, Arak3.2 
 2. Kazemi, Army2.9 
 3. Nasajpour, Tabriz2.9 
 4. Perkins, Naft A.2.7 
 5. Prince, Azad2.5 
 6. Davarpanah, Naft A.2.1 
 7. Mashayekhi, Naft A.2.0 
 8. Robinson, Petrochimi1.8 
 9. Jones, Azad1.7 
 10. White, Petrochimi1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Tabriz
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Williams, Tabriz4.1 
 2. Taherpour, Shiraz a.1.1 
 3. Kardoust, Arak1.1 
 4. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.1.1 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan0.9 
 6. Nabipour, Petrochimi0.8 
 7. Torabi, Army0.8 
 8. Moradkhani, Azad0.7 
 9. Riaie, Chemidor0.7 
 10. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.0.7 


Best players of Iranian Superleague round 5 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

Talented Former international Center Mohammad Yousofvand (207-C-96) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's second-best Azad and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).
The 20-year old center had a double-double of 18 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team was edged out by Gorgan (#5, 1-3) 76-75. Azad maintains the 2nd position in their group in Iranian Superleague. Azad is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 2nd lost game this season out of 4 games. It was one of impressive evenings for Yousofvand as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Mohammad Yousofvand averages this season 6.9ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old Sajjad Pazrofteh of Tabriz. Pazrofteh impressed basketball fans with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he led Tabriz to another comfortable win 74-57 over slightly higher-ranked Army (1-2) being unquestionably team leader. Tabriz's 4th position in Group 2 has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 1-2 record. Pazrofteh is well-known by Tabriz fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Mahdi Moradinasab (202-C-92) of Gorgan (#5). Moradinasab scored 24 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Gorgan, leading his team to a 76-75 win against the higher-ranked Azad (#2, 2-2). Gorgan can only dream about fighting for top spots in Group 1. They have extremely bad season and 1-3 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Moradinasab he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Moradinasab has a very solid season. In 18 games in Iran he scored 10.0ppg. He also has 5.9rpg and and 3PT: 40.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Arsalan Kazemi (200-SF-90) of Army - 15 points and 11 rebounds
5. Erfan Nasajpour (177-PG-84) of Tabriz - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Nikola Gacesa (206-F-87) of Tabriz - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ali Armen Allahverdi (197-F-95) of Azad - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Payam Kiani) of Chemidor - 14 points and 6 rebounds
9. Mohammadreza Rezaei (199-F-96) of Kashan - 7 points and 8 rebounds
10. Masoud Soleimani (207-C) of Kashan - 12 points and 7 rebounds

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



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EuroLeague: Panathinaikos cruise past Maccabi Tel Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Tel Aviv - Panathinaikos 61:81

Panathinaikos finished the EuroLeague regular season on a high note. They stunned Maccabi in Tel Aviv to clinch playoff home-court advantage. Mike James (185-PG-90, college: Lamar) scored 17 points, issued 7 assists and grabbed 5 rebounds to pace the Greek powerhouse.
Maccabi jumped to a 26:20 lead ten minutes into the game. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second term. Maccabi ensured a 42:32 halftime advantage. But Panathinaikos turned things around in the third term. The visitors ignited a massive 31:12 run in the period to surge ahead for a 63:54 advantage. Panathinaikos limited Maccabi to just 7 points in the fourth stanza and raced to the victory. Chris Singleton (206-F-89, college: Florida St.) provided 13 points, while Nick Calathes (198-PG-89, college: Florida) added 12 points for the winners. Victor Rudd (205-F-91, college: S.Florida) responded with 17 points for Maccabi. Joe Alexander (203-F-86, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Maccabi Tel Aviv: Victor Rudd 17, Joe Alexander 14
Panathinaikos: Mike James 17, Chris Singleton 13, Nick Calathes 12



Alex Tyus selected the top Israeli playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Alex Tyus
Alex Tyus
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Alex Tyus (203-88, college: Florida, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Galatasaray (10-19) in their last game. Despite Tyus' good performance Galatasaray was crushed 103-80 at home by the much higher-ranked (#5) Baskonia. He was the top scorer with 14 points. Tyus also added 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 25 minutes on the court. His team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Tyus has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.6bpg, 2FGP: 68.9%(126-183) and FT: 55.4% in 29 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Tyus played for the Israeli senior national team four years ago. He used to play for Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli league.

D'or Fischer
D'or Fischer
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international center D'or Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia, currently plays in Latvia). Fischer contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Jurmala (12-18) crushing them 80-54 in the Latvian LBL last Wednesday. He recorded 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Valmiera/ORDO (19-10) is placed second in the LBL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Fischer has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 75.0%(12-16) and FT: 75.0%. He is a naturalized American. Fischer played for the Israeli national team in 2015. He used to play for Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv in Israeli league.

Omri Casspi
Omri Casspi
   #3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was former international small forward Omri Casspi (206-88, currently plays in NBA). Casspi was not able to help the Minnesota Timberwolves in their game against the Golden State Warriors (65-14) in the NBA. He scored 6 points in only 14 minutes. The Minnesota Timberwolves (31-46) lost 107-121 on the road to the Golden State Warriors. This year Casspi averages: 3.3ppg, 1.1rpg, 2FGP: 69.2%, 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 83.3% in eight games. He played for the Israeli national team two years ago.

Anton Shoutvin
Anton Shoutvin
   #4. Center Anton Shoutvin (206-89, currently plays in Slovakia) was not able to secure a victory for Iskra Svit (22-18) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Shoutvin's good performance Iskra Svit was badly defeated 97-80 on their home court in Svit by the higher-ranked Prievidza (#3). He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Shoutvin also added 4 rebounds and made 3 blocks. It's Shoutvin's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Shoutvin averages: 15.7ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Israeli U22 national team back in 2011.

Anton Kazarnovski
Anton Kazarnovski
   #5. Former University international power forward Anton Kazarnovski (206-85, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked Weissenhorn Youngstars (15-7) crushing them 83-63 in the German ProB (third division) last Saturday. Kazarnovski scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. BG Karlsruhe (11-11) is placed sixth in South group. Kazarnovski has reliable stats this year: 14.1ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.4apg in 25 games. He has a dual citizenship: Russian and Israeli. Kazarnovski used to play for the Israeli university national team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Benji Tamir (192-G/F-91, currently plays in Australia). He could not help McKinnon Cougars (1-3) to beat Casey Cavaliers (3-2). Tamir scored 7 points. The ninth-placed McKinnon Cougars (1-3) were defeated 94-79 on the road by the higher-ranked Casey Cavaliers (#4) in the Big V group. It was McKinnon Cougars' third consecutive loss in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Tamir's overall stats this year are: 7.7ppg and 2.0rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and Australian.

Other top Israeli players, who play abroad:

Marios Matalon (186-G-89) plays for Panionios in Greek A2
Guy Aud (186-G-89) plays for USC Leipzig in German ProB
Mor Menashe (188-G-92) plays for Lakehead University in Canadian university league CIS
Yuval Naimy (188-PG-85) plays for Scafati in Italian Serie A2
Aner Levron (192-G-84) plays for Aschersleben in German Regionalliga
Juan Carlos Bergel (188-SG-89) plays for C.Entrerriano in Argentinian TFB
Freddie Goldstein (178-PG-88) plays for KL Dragons in Malaysian ASEAN League



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)



Hapoel Jerusalem inks Alessandro Gentile - by Netanel Dahan

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

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Powell's 38-point game gives him Serie A2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old power forward Marshawn Powell (201-PF-90, agency: Three Eye Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Viola RC and receives a Eurobasket.com Serie A2 Player of the Week award for round 27.
He had the game-high 38 points adding eight rebounds for Viola RC in his team's victory, helping them to beat Latina Basket (#6, 14-13) 92-84. Viola RC is placed at 14th position in their group in Italian Serie A2. Viola RC is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-18 record. In the team's last game Powell had a remarkable 93.8% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Viola RC and it was his first game, where he immediately became new team's leader.

Second best performed player last round was Javonte Green (193-F-93, agency: Duran International) of Alma Trieste. He is American forward in his first season at Alma Trieste. In the last game Green recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he led Alma Trieste to another comfortable win 91-78 over the lower-ranked Mantova (#8, 14-13) being unquestionably team leader. Alma Trieste's 4th position in East has not changed. His team's 18-9 record is not bad at all. Green is a newcomer at Alma Trieste and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Michael Deloach (185-PG-86) of Eurobasket Roma (#10). Deloach showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Eurobasket Roma, leading his team to a 75-72 win against the higher-ranked Treviglio (#7, 14-13). The chances of Eurobasket Roma ranking at the top of West, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Deloach could help Eurobasket Roma to bring them higher in the standings. Deloach has a great season in Italy. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.0apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dwayne Davis (196-F-89) of Jesi - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Perrin Buford (198-G/F-94) of Agrigento - 24 points and 6 rebounds
6. Marco Contento (190-G-91) of Agropoli - 30 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jordan Tolbert (201-F-92) of Novipiu Casale - 14 points and 16 rebounds
8. Dawan Robinson (188-PG-82) of Verona - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. John Brown (203-F-92) of Roma Virtus - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Marco Portannese (192-G-89) of Verona - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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
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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





Bondi Ferrara may tab Josh Steel - by Eurobasket News

Bondi Ferrara (Serie A2) is close to add to their roster 20-year old British guard Josh Steel (193-88kg-97) who currently played at University of Duquesne in Atl10.
As mentioned above Steel is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
He won British EBL Division One championship title in 2015.
Steel represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U20 Division B in Chalkida (Greece) last year. His stats at that event were 8 games: 6.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 25.9%, FT: 72.7%.
Steel has played previously for London Leopards, Barking & Dagenham London Thunder, Crusaders and Barking Abbey.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Paulinho Boracini (ex Minas) signs at Recanati - by Eurobasket News

Ambalt Recanati (Serie A2) landed 33-year old Brazilian point guard Paulinho Boracini (183-80kg-84). He started the season at Minas in Brazilian NBB league. In 25 games he averaged 8.8ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.7apg this season. The last season Boracini played at Paschoalotto/Bauru (also in NBB) where in 34 games he had 9.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.9apg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
Among other achievements Boracini received Latinbasket.com All-Paulista League Guard of the Year award back in 2013.
He was a member of Brazilian U21 National Team in 2004.
Boracini has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Boracini has played previously professionally in China (Beijing Ducks), Brazil (Joinville, Corinthians, Pinheiros, Paulistano and Esperia) and Italy (Jesi).
His game is described as: A young PG with leadership and court vision, has yed a good international experience.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  IVORY COAST  


Pape-Philippe Amagou selected the top Ivorian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Pape-Philippe Amagou
Pape-Philippe Amagou
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (186-85, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France). Amagou could not help Le Mans (11-14) to beat Cholet Basket (9-16). He recorded 9 points and added 4 assists. But Le Mans was badly defeated 78-58 on the road by the lower-ranked Cholet Basket (#15). This season Amagou averages: 7.0ppg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 37.9%, 3FGP: 46.7%(21-45) and FT: 72.3%. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French. Despite Amagou played previously for the French U20 national team, he played also for the Ivorian national team in 2013.

Charles Abouo
Charles Abouo
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Charles Abouo (196-89, college: BYU, currently plays in France). Abouo was the major contributor in a Denain Voltaire's victory against one of league's weakest teams Saint Chamond (10-16) 75-69 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. He recorded 15 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks in 26 minutes. Denain ASC Voltaire (13-13) is placed tenth in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Abouo's overall stats are: 9.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 48.2%, 3FGP: 42.5% and FT: 58.3% in 26 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and American. Abouo played for the Ivorian national team in 2013.

Remi Dibo
Remi Dibo
   #3. The Ivorian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Remi Dibo (201-91, agency: Octagon Europe, college: W.Virginia, currently plays in France). He led ALM Evreux to a 2-point victory against the fifth-ranked ADA Blois (14-12) 76-74 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Dibo recorded 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. ALM Evreux Basket (14-12) is placed ninth in the ProB. Dibo has relatively good stats this season: 11.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.6apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 47.0%, 3FGP: 35.2% and FT: 88.2%. He has both Ivorian and French nationalities. Despite Dibo played previously for the French U16 national team, he is currently a member of the Ivorian senior national team.

Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate
Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate
   #4. Point guard Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate (181-87, currently plays in France) was not able to help Chalons-Reims (9-16) in their last game on Friday. Despite Diabate's good performance Chalons-Reims was crushed 79-58 at home by the much higher-ranked Strasbourg IG (#6). He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Diabate's total stats this season are: 5.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg. He also holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Diabate used to play for the Ivorian national team back in 2015.

Bryan Pamba-Juille
Bryan Pamba-Juille
   #5. International point guard Bryan Pamba-Juille (184-92, currently plays in France) led Lille Metropole to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Saint Chamond (10-16) crushing them 87-56 in the French ProB (second division) on Tuesday night. Pamba-Juille scored 14 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals in 26 minutes. Lille Metropole Basket (16-10) is placed third in the ProB. This year Pamba-Juille's total stats are: 5.3ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg in 26 games. Similarly like Diabate and Dibo above he has Ivorian and French nationalities. Despite Pamba-Juille played previously for the French U20 national team, he is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

Mohamed Kone
Mohamed Kone
   #6. An experienced center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in France) led Charleville-Mezieres to a victory against the 11th-ranked Nantes (12-14) 79-68 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Kone recorded 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds (made all of his six free throws). Etoile Charleville-Mezieres (15-11) is placed fourth in the ProB. This season Kone has relatively solid stats: 13.9ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Ivorian National Team roster.

Guy Landry Edi
Guy Landry Edi
   #7. International swingman Guy Landry Edi (202-88, agency: Promotex, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in France) faced previously mentioned Bryan Pamba-Juille in the French ProB last game. Edi was not able to secure a victory for Saint Chamond (10-16) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Saint Chamond was crushed 87-56 in Lille by the much higher-ranked (#3) Metropole. Edi was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. It was Saint Chamond's third consecutive loss in a row. Edi has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.9apg in 10 games. He is also Ivorian national team player.

Moussa Kone
Moussa Kone
   #8. Forward Moussa Kone (203-93, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Iserlohn (13-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the fourth-placed Iserlohn (13-9) was defeated 84-75 on their home court in Iserlohn by the leading Karlsruhe PS in the North group. Kone recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds. It's Kone's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 14.6ppg, 10.7rpg and 1.3apg. Kone holds both American and Ivorian passports. He used to play for the Ivorian national team back in 2015.

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

   #1. Experienced Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France) could not help Pau-Lacq-Orthez (18-7) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Pau-Lacq-Orthez was crushed 86-64 on the road by the lower-ranked (#5) Paris-Levallois. Koffi was the top scorer with 19 points in 28 minutes. Koffi has relatively good stats this year: 11.1ppg and 6.3rpg in 25 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French.

   #2. Herve Toure (205-PF-82, currently plays in Argentina) managed to help Estudiantes Concordia in a victory against the third-ranked GECR Indalo (24-22) 81-69 in the Argentinian LigaA last Wednesday. Toure scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 11 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Norte. Estudiantes Concordia (31-15) is placed second. This year Toure's total stats are: 7.0ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.2apg in six games. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French.

   #3. Adjehi Baru (206-F-91, college: Charleston, currently plays in Denmark) was the major contributor in SISU's victory against the closely-ranked Horsens IC (23-5) 93-85 in the Danish Ligaen in Thursday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 12 rebounds in 29 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Baru's second season in pro basketball. SISU Copenhagen (6-12) is placed fifth in the Ligaen. This year Baru has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg in 20 games.

   #4. Dane Watts (203-F-86, currently plays in Germany) led Oettinger Rockets Gotha to a victory against one of league's weakest teams ETB Wohnbau (8-22) 85-81 in the German ProA (second division) last Saturday. He scored 12 points, had 6 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 4 shots. BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (16-14) is placed seventh in the ProA. 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. It's Watts' first season with the team. This year Watts has relatively solid stats: 14.4ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2spg. He has both American and Ivorian nationalities.

   #5. Salim Gloyd (198-F-92, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Hawaii-Hilo, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help CB Tarragona 2017 (8-19) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Gloyd's good performance CB Tarragona 2017 was edged 86-85 in Leon by the higher-ranked Agustinos-Leclerc (#11). He was the second best scorer with 13 points. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Gloyd has reliable stats this season: 10.7ppg and 4.5rpg. He also holds two passports: Ivorian and American.

   #6. Armand Anebo (194-SF-87, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to secure a victory for Leeds Force in their game against Bristol Acadamy Flyers in the British BBL. Anebo recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 13 minutes. His team lost 77-85. Anebo has averaged so far 4.2ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.1apg in 13 games.

   #7. Mohamed Toure (190-G-92, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Sestu 78-62 in the Italian Serie B (third division) on Wednesday night. Toure scored 6 points in 25 minutes. He has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.0apg in 27 games. Toure has Ivorian and Italian nationalities. Despite his Ivorian passport, Toure previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Ivorian team.



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  JAMAICA  


Kimani Ffriend selected the top Jamaican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kimani Ffriend
Kimani Ffriend
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international center Kimani Ffriend (211-77, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Serbia). He could not help Dynamic BG (18-6) in their last game. Despite Ffriend's very good performance Dynamic BG was edged 82-81 at home by the much lower-ranked (#12) Sloga. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Ffriend also added 5 rebounds and made 6 blocks in 33 minutes on the court. It was Dynamic BG's first loss after three consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Ffriend's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Ffriend averages: 15.9ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 56.4%(66-117) and FT: 68.8% in 13 games he played so far. He played for the Jamaican senior national team five years ago.

Jerome Jordan
Jerome Jordan
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Jerome Jordan (215-86, college: Tulsa, currently plays in Spain). He was not able to help Joventut (8-18) in their last game. Despite Jordan's very good performance Joventut was edged 83-82 on their home court in Badalona by the higher-ranked (#13) Blusens Monbus. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Jordan also added 7 rebounds in 25 minutes. This year Jordan's overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 2FGP: 62.2%(74-119) and FT: 78.8% in 20 games. He played for the Jamaican national team in 2014.

Durand Scott
Durand Scott
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Durand Scott (196-90, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Italy). Scott was not able to secure a victory for Enel Brindisi (12-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance Enel Brindisi was edged 79-78 on the road by the higher-ranked (#6) Banco di Srd. Scott recorded 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. Scott has very impressive stats this year: 15.9ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.9apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 48.2%, 3FGP: 38.1% and FT: 72.3% in 24 games. He is a naturalized American. Scott played for the Jamaican national team four years ago.

Dylan Ennis
Dylan Ennis
   #4. Guard Dylan Ennis (187-91, 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 last Saturday Ennis scored 18 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. The Final Four already ended in the NCAA. Ennis has relatively good stats this season: 10.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.1apg and 1.1spg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Jamaican. Ennis used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2014.

Adrian Forbes
Adrian Forbes
   #5. Former international power forward Adrian Forbes (211-88, agency: Haylett Sports, college: Auburn, currently plays in Japan) was the major contributor in a Kagawa FA's victory against the sixth-ranked Kagoshima (7-43) 94-78 in the Japanese B League D2 in Saturday night's game. Forbes scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Kagawa Five Arrows (15-35) are placed fifth in West group. Forbes' total stats this season are: 6.2ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.3bpg. He used to play for the Jamaican national team three years ago.

Ryan Reid
Ryan Reid
   #6. Power forward Ryan Reid (204-86, college: Florida St., currently plays in Japan) contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked Dragonflies (39-11) crushing them 72-50 in the Japanese B League D2 last Saturday. Reid scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 13 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group West. Shimane Susanoo Magic (41-8) is placed first. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Reid's total stats are: 8.4ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1apg in 50 games. He is a naturalized American. Reid is a former international player as he played for the Jamaican senior team six years ago.

Samardo Samuels
Samardo Samuels
   #7. Former international power forward Samardo Samuels (206-89, college: Louisville, currently plays in Italy) is a teammate of previously mentioned Durand Scott and both played together in the last Italian Serie A game. Samuels couldn't help Enel Brindisi (12-13) in their game against Banco di Srd (14-11). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Samuels recorded only one point in 13 minutes. Enel Brindisi was edged 79-78 in Sassari by the higher-ranked (#6) Banco di Srd. Samuels has averaged so far 9.0ppg and 5.0rpg in two games. He used to play for the Jamaican national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Dane Johnson (208-C-86, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Uruguay) led Larre Borges to a victory against the third-ranked Aguada (8-6) 74-69 in the Uruguayan LUB last Tuesday. Johnson recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Larre Borges Montevideo (6-8) is placed sixth in Promocional 1 group. Johnson has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.6ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.7bpg and 1.7spg. Johnson is a naturalized American.

   #2. Experienced Torin Francis (210-C-83, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Argentina) could not help La Union (9-27) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Francis' very good performance the seventh-placed La Union (9-27) was defeated 80-72 on the road by the higher-ranked Instituto (#4) in the Norte group. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Francis also added 8 rebounds. Francis has relatively good stats this season: 14.6ppg and 8.5rpg. He is a naturalized American.

   #3. Jevohn Shepherd (196-G/F-86, college: Michigan, currently plays in Belgium) was not able to help Spirou Charleroi (12-15) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Spirou Charleroi was crushed 98-76 in Jemappes by the lower-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#8). Shepherd was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 7 rebounds. Shepherd has relatively good stats this season: 12.3ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.2apg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #4. Sek Henry (193-G-87, college: Nebraska, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Gravelines-Dunkerque (14-11) in their game against Monaco (22-3) in the French ProA, despite his good performance in Saturday night's game. Henry recorded 10 points in 25 minutes. But Gravelines-Dunkerque was badly defeated 92-72 on the opponent's court by the leading Monaco. It was Gravelines-Dunkerque's first loss after three consecutive victories. Henry has relatively good stats this year: 13.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg in 18 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American.

   #5. Sherman Gay (201-F/C-82, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in Finland) couldn't help KTP-Basket (13-23) in their game against Helsinki Seagulls (25-11) in the Finnish Korisliiga, despite his very good performance on Wednesday night. He scored 13 points, had 4 rebounds and made 4 blocks (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 38 minutes. But KTP-Basket lost 90-100 in Helsinki to the higher-ranked (#3) Seagulls. The Regular Season already ended. Gay has very impressive stats this year: 19.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.9bpg and 1.4spg in 36 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #6. Ryan Martin (206-F-91, college: Tenn Tech, currently plays in France) couldn't help STB Le Havre in their game against Boulazac Basket in the French ProB (second division). He scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was edged 65-64. Martin has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 4.3rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Jamaican and British.

   #7. Jermaine Bucknor (201-F-83, college: Richmond, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Baunach crushing them 93-69 in the German ProA (second division) in Saturday night's game. Bucknor scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. Bucknor has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.7apg in nine games. He has both Jamaican and Canadian nationalities.

   #8. Khalid Mutakabbir (193-G-91, agency: Duran International, college: Presbyterian, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Zornotza in their game against CB Granada in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Despite his good performance last Saturday Mutakabbir scored 11 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. This season Mutakabbir has very high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.0apg and 1.8spg. Mutakabbir is a naturalized American.

   #9. Tyran De Lattibeaudiere (201-F-91, college: Lamar, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Khalid Mutakabbir in the Spanish LEB Silver last game. De Lattibeaudiere contributed to a CB Granada's victory against the eighth-ranked Zornotza 74-67. He scored 9 points and blocked 2 blocks. This season De Lattibeaudiere has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1bpg.

   #10. Aaron Redpath (193-G-92, agency: Interperformances, college: McMaster, currently plays in Spain) helped Zamorano edge the league outsider Gandia 78-77 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. Redpath has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.8apg in 27 games. He also holds two passports: Canadian and Jamaican.



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Darius Adams named Asia Player of the Month: March 2017 - by Greg

Darius Adams (188-PG-89, college: Indianapolis) of Xinjiang (China) was selected as the MVP of March by asia-basket.com. American superstar led his team and reached Chinese CBA defeating Liaoning FL in semis. Adams averaged 28.3ppg, 7.0rpg, 6.3apg in 8 games that month. He scored 48 points in the final semifinal battle against Liaoning FL.

Second best performer of March was Adam's team mate - Andray Blatche (211-F/C-86). American big man contributed with 21.5ppg, 10.3rpg, 4.9apg and 1.0bpg in March.

Third best performer of the month was Nick Fazekas (211-F-85, college: Nevada) of Toshiba BT (Japan). In 8 games he averaged 26.0ppg, 12.9rpg, 3.0apg, 1.0bpg (6-2 record).



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Div.A Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael MORRISSEY
  LA Va.
  (-G-)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Michael Morr., LA Va.22.3 
 2. Riley Knowles Hartne.21.3 
 3. Tyrell Jones Mendoc.21.2 
 4. Dallas Polk-H., Cochi.19.3 
 5. Shadeed Shab., Cochis.18.8 
 6. Montel Shirl., LA Pi.18.5 
 7. William Brown Desert C.17.8 
 8. Dharion Tann., LA Ha.17.3 
 9. George Johns., Marin J.17.1 
 10. Christian Ca., LA SW C.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brandon EBOIGBODIN
  Las P.
  (196-F-)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Brandon Eboi., Las P.9.7 
 2. Taturs Maber., LA Va.9.6 
 3. Dallas Polk-H., Cochi.8.4 
 4. Kieshuan Young-J., LA Tr.8.0 
 5. Jeri Mask Glend.7.8 
 6. Tyrell Jones Mendoc.7.6 
 7. Jamar King Mendocin.7.5 
 8. Kaelan Hicks LA Pi.7.3 
 9. Dharion Tann., LA Ha.7.2 
 10. Ange-M., Glend.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Paul STELIGA
  Mendoc.
  (-G-)
  Avg: 7
 1. Paul Steliga Mendoc.7.0 
 2. Cameron Moses Las P.6.6 
 3. Brandell Eva., Cochis.5.5 
 4. Riley Knowles Hartne.5.5 
 5. Ty Davis Marin JC5.2 
 6. Marcos Meza Grossm.5.2 
 7. Larry Taylor LA Ha.5.2 
 8. Albert Waters Los M.5.0 
 9. Ifeanyi Ekec., De An.4.6 
 10. Isaac Sears Gavil.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Shadeed SHABAZZ
  Cochis.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Shadeed Shab., Cochis.3.0 
 2. Brandell Eva., Cochis.2.8 
 3. Zakie Johnson Imper.2.5 
 4. Calvin House El Cam.2.3 
 5. Dushone Brown LA Ha.2.3 
 6. Hyram Miskin Hartne.2.3 
 7. Isaac Sears Gavil.2.1 
 8. Anthony Jasso Hartne.2.0 
 9. William Brown Desert C.1.9 
 10. Jon Irving Cuyamaca.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamar KING
  Mendocin.
  (-C-)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jamar King Mendocin.2.1 
 2. Keiland Call., Marin J.1.9 
 3. Jahzdion Tay., Cuyama.1.5 
 4. Zach Harvey Irvine V.1.2 
 5. Hyram Miskin Hartne.1.2 
 6. Rodney Dantz., Cuyama.1.1 
 7. McKayle Harn., Las P.1.0 
 8. Taturs Maber., LA Va.1.0 
 9. Eoin Christie LA SW C.1.0 
 10. Isaac Allen Arizo.1.0 



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Kazakhstan Higher League round 8 (Second Stage) best performance: Anton Bykov - by Eurobasket News

Forward Anton Bykov (200-F-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Tobol, receiving a Asia-basket.com Higher League Player of the Week award for round 8 (Second Stage).
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, nine rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Almat.Legion (#3, 8-13) 93-84. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Tobol to consolidate first place in the Kazakhstan Higher League. Tobol have a solid 17-4 record. Bykov turned to be Tobol's top player in his first season with the team. Anton Bykov has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 20.0ppg) and averages impressive 2.2spg and 66.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was another Tobol's star - 22-year old Ardarkhan Toktarov (188-G-94). Toktarov had a very good evening with a double-double of 13 points and 16 assists. Of course together with Bykov he helped Tobol with another comfortable win 96-80 over the lower-ranked Kazygurt (#4, 5-16) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Tobol consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team lost just four games this Second Stage, while they won 17 matches. Toktarov is one of the most experienced players at Tobol and similarly like Anton Bykov has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international swingman Konstantin Dvirniy (192-G/F-88) of league's second-best Kapshagay. Dvirniy showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Kapshagay, leading his team to a 77-55 easy win against #4 ranked Kazygurt. Kapshagay needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 9 lost games. Dvirniy has a great season in Kazakhstan. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.1ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vsevolod Fadeikin (206-C-85) of Almat.Legion - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Vasiliy Petrashinets (198-F-89) of Tobol - 20 points and 6 rebounds
6. Andrey Litvinenko (195-G/F-97) of Almat.Legion - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Alymzhan Maxutov (181-G-94) of Kazygurt - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Zhandos Kaliyev (197-F-93) of Kazygurt - 13 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Rustam Valiev (186-F-99) of Tobol - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Andrey Moroi) of Kapshagay - 11 points, 11 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)



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
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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
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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
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Almat.Legion - Kazygurt 72-79

The most important game in the last round took place in Alma-Ata between third ranked Almat.Legion (8-13) and fourth ranked Kazygurt