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  ANTIGUA  



ABBA Round 29: Baldwin Braves defeat Flyers in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

The most exciting game of round 29 in the ABBA took place in St.John's. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Flyers (11-3) to third ranked Baldwin Braves (11-1) 85-82 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Flyers. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 25-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Baldwin Braves have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Flyers at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Baldwin Braves are looking forward to face Yorks Crushers (#5) in the next round. Flyers will have a break next round.
ABBA top team - Cutie Ovals Ojays (12-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Freetown T. (3-12) 73-48. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Cutie Ovals Ojays. Defending champion maintains first place with 12-2 record. Freetown T. lost their eighth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Cutie Ovals Ojays will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Freetown T. will play against HL Rockersville (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Baldwin Braves - Flyers 85-82

The most exciting game of round 29 in the ABBA took place in St.John's. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Flyers (11-3) to third ranked Baldwin Braves (11-1) 85-82 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Flyers. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 25-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Baldwin Braves have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Flyers at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Baldwin Braves are looking forward to face Yorks Crushers (#5) in the next round. Flyers will have a break next round.
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Freetown T. - Cutie Ovals Ojays 48-73

ABBA top team - Cutie Ovals Ojays (12-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Freetown T. (3-12) 73-48. It looked good early as Freetown T. took a 4-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Cutie Ovals Ojays had a 19-3 second period charge getting the lead and Freetown T. was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 48-73. Cutie Ovals Ojays dominated on the defensive end, holding Freetown T. to just 3 points in second quarter. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Cutie Ovals Ojays. Defending champion maintains first place with 12-2 record. Freetown T. lost their eighth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Cutie Ovals Ojays will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Freetown T. will play against HL Rockersville (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Tucker, Estudian.22.3 
 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.16.6 
 9. Harper, Quimsa16.5 
 10. Vildoza, Quilm.16.5 
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.8.7 
 8. Wood, San M.8.6 
 9. Francis, La Union8.5 
 10. Caracter, Echague8.0 
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.6.0 
 4. Aguirre, San L.5.4 
 5. Konsztadt, La Union5.3 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.2 
 7. De-l., GECR I.4.5 
 8. Ciorciari, Instituto4.5 
 9. Hopson, Quimsa4.4 
 10. Figueroa, Penarol4.4 
Steals Per Game
 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. Vildoza, Quilm.1.7 
 6. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 7. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 8. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
 9. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 10. Tucker, Estudian.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.2 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 3. Richard, Obras B.1.5 
 4. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 5. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 6. Clancy, Instituto1.2 
 7. Meyinsse, San L.1.2 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.2 
 9. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 
 10. Johnson, Weber B.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, Ciclista21.0 
 3. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.6 
 4. Brown, La Union19.5 
 5. Pais, Platense18.1 
 6. Cutley, Atenas C.17.7 
 7. Schoppler, Olimpo B.17.7 
 8. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.17.7 
 9. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.5 
 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, Temperley9.1 
 4. Lockett, BHY T.8.5 
 5. Cutley, Atenas C.8.5 
 6. Joseph, Obera TC8.5 
 7. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.4 
 8. Lauria, Comunica.8.4 
 9. Nwogbo, Alianza .8.2 
 10. Granado, Olimpo BB8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Gimnasia.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 8
 1. La-Bella, Gimnasia.8.0 
 2. Cajal, Independ.7.3 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.3 
 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. Cabrera, Villa S.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell DODSON
  Petr.Arg.
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Dodson, Petr.Arg.2.8 
 2. Pais, Platense2.5 
 3. Punet, Salta Basket2.5 
 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. Lopez, Independ.1.7 
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. Space, Rocamora0.8 


Jordan Glynn (ex Fuerza Regia) joins Estudiantes Concordia - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes Concordia (LigaA) agreed terms with 28-year old American forward Jordan Glynn (200-102kg-89, college: SF Austin). He started the season at Fuerza Regia in Mexican LNBP. In 33 games he had 6.1ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.1apg this season. The last summer Glynn played at Piratas in Puerto Rican BSN where in 20 games he recorded 11.2ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.5apg. His team made it to the Liga Americas Semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Glynn was voted Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP 3rd Team in 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Glynn's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in four different countries. Glynn tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally also in Denmark (Naestved), Romania (Timba Timosoara) and Puerto Rico (Cangrejeros).
Glynn attended Stephen F. Austin State University until 2011 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



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)



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  AUSTRALIA  


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 Round 3 of Finals. Cybots regain the advantage - by Eurobasket News

Regulators - Cybots 83-84

Cybots narrowly defeated Regulators to regain the lead in the championship series. The best player for the winners was center Livingston Munnings who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 18 rebounds. Guard Ernest Saunders (188, college: Cleveland St. CC) chipped in 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was international power forward Eugene Bain (195-88, college: Bellevue) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and the former international guard Brian Bain (190-81, college: Armstr.Atlantic) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Regulators: E.Bain 18+12reb+2ast, B.Bain 15+5reb+1ast, C.Thompson 11+2reb+1ast, G.Rose 11+8reb, R.Baillou 9+1reb+1ast, D.McPhee 9+8reb+2ast
Cybots: L.Munnings 26+18reb+2ast, E.Saunders 19+6reb+5ast, D.Beadle 9+3reb, J.Hutchinson 8+2reb, L.Arbrister 7+3reb+1ast, C.Pinder 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 543783





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  BALTIC LEAGUE  


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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  BARBADOS  


BABA Round 13: Winless Tridents loses another game - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all visitors won their games.

Bottom-ranked Tridents (0-8) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their eighth consecutive match to seventh ranked PanAm I.I. (2-6) 73-65 on Thursday evening. PanAm I.I. maintains seventh place with 2-6 record. Tridents at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 13 Sonics won against Bulls on the opponent's court 70-63.

Bulls - Sonics 63-70

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 4th placed Bulls (5-3) were defeated at home by fifth ranked Sonics (5-3) 70-63 on Thursday. Sonics moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Bulls. Sonics will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Bulls will play against the league's leader Lumber (#1) and are hoping to win this game.
gschID: 543699


Tridents - PanAm I.I. 65-73

Bottom-ranked Tridents (0-8) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their eighth consecutive match to seventh ranked PanAm I.I. (2-6) 73-65 on Thursday evening. PanAm I.I. maintains seventh place with 2-6 record. Tridents at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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  BELARUS  

Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Sergej VABISCHEVICH
  BSEU-Gr.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.20.7 
 2. Viaroukin, GO.18.6 
 3. Aladko, Vitebsk18.5 
 4. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.17.3 
 5. Shustov, Impuls B.17.0 
 6. Suvorov, Prine.16.8 
 7. Navoichyk, Prine.16.2 
 8. Volodkin, Impuls B.15.0 
 9. Roslikau, BSEU-Gr.14.8 
 10. Liutych, Tsmoki II14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy DMITRUK
  Brest
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 12
 1. Dmitruk, Brest12.0 
 2. Zahar, Impuls B.9.3 
 3. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.8.9 
 4. Liutych, Tsmoki II8.9 
 5. Vashkevich, Vitebsk8.3 
 6. Chumakov, Prine.8.2 
 7. Kopacev, GO.8.0 
 8. Ignatev, Impuls B.7.5 
 9. Malysh, COR-Bori.7.2 
 10. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Maksim SHUSTOV
  Impuls B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Shustov, Impuls B.5.7 
 2. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.5.7 
 3. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.4 
 4. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.4.9 
 5. Stavrovskiy, Tsmoki I.4.8 
 6. Korzh, Grodno-934.7 
 7. Nazarov, BSEU-Gr.4.6 
 8. Aladko, Vitebsk4.5 
 9. Volodkin, Impuls B.4.3 
 10. Kharkevich, COR-Bori.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Tsimafei VIAROUKIN
  GO.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Viaroukin, GO.2.4 
 2. Shustov, Impuls B.2.3 
 3. Suvorov, Prine.2.2 
 4. Lebedev, BSEU-Gr.2.2 
 5. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk2.1 
 6. Malkov, COR-Bori.1.9 
 7. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.1.9 
 8. Zahar, Impuls B.1.8 
 9. Tatur, COR-Borisfen1.8 
 10. Sazonau, BSEU-Gr.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Mikita KUCHKOU
  BSEU-Gr.
  (182-G/F-99)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kuchkou, BSEU-Gr.0.0 
 2. Adaskov, GO.0.0 
 3. Kruk, Grodno-930.0 
 4. Radishevskiy, Impuls B.0.0 
 5. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.0.0 
 6. Pogrebickiy, Tsmoki I.0.0 
 7. Kozhdan, Impuls B.0.0 
 8. Pishcheyko, Vitebsk0.0 
 9. Kovalev, GO.0.0 
 10. Palanevich, Tsmoki I.0.0 



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  BELGIUM  


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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  BOLIVIA  


Penarol tabs Anthony Brown, ex Denver-FAS - by Francisco Vega

Penarol Quillacollo (Libobasquet) inked 28-year old American point guard Anthony Brown (193-93kg-89, college: Imperial Valley JC). He played recently at Denver-FAS San Salvador in Salvadorean Liga MB. In 14 games he averaged impressive 26.6ppg, 6.9rpg, 5.3apg and 2.2spg this season.
Brown received PCAC All-Conference 1st Team award back in 2010 at his college time.
Brown has played also professionally in Nicaragua (Sinsa-Tigres) and PBL (Lake Michigan).
He attended Imperial Valley JC until 2010 and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Penarol inks Alphonso Leary, ex Correcaminos - by Francisco Vega

Penarol Quillacollo (Libobasquet) agreed terms with 26-year old American center Alphonso Leary (208-93kg-91, college: Virginia State). He played last summer at Correcaminos in Panamanian LPB league, but left the team in August. But in three games he had just 1.3ppg and 1.0rpg. The last season Leary played at Real Canoe in Spanish EBA where in 9 games he recorded 8.1ppg and 6.0rpg.
He graduated from Virginia State in 2015 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BOSNIA  


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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  BRAZIL  

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Kendall ANTHONY
  Macae
  (173-PG-93)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Anthony, Macae20.1 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 3. Stallworth, Mogi19.8 
 4. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.19.3 
 5. Vieira, Flamengo18.3 
 6. Andrade, Bauru18.1 
 7. Holloway, Pinheiros17.9 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia17.9 
 9. Garcia, Bauru17.8 
 10. Dawkins, Vitoria17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.10.1 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 3. Maynard, Minas7.7 
 4. de-Souza, L.Sor.7.7 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.6 
 6. Ansaloni, Pinheiros7.1 
 7. Silveira, Mogi6.6 
 8. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.6 
 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. Pecos, Paulistano5.6 
 4. Anthony, Macae5.5 
 5. Borges, Franca5.5 
 6. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.1 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.5.1 
 8. Dawkins, Vitoria4.9 
 9. Rodgers, Minas4.7 
 10. Fischer, Flamengo4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kenny DAWKINS
  Vitoria
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Dawkins, Vitoria1.9 
 2. Taylor, Mogi1.9 
 3. Jackson, Vasco D.1.7 
 4. Rodgers, Minas1.6 
 5. Garcia, Bauru1.6 
 6. Stallworth, Mogi1.6 
 7. Curnell, Mogi1.6 
 8. Machado, B.Cea.1.5 
 9. Bresolin, Vitoria1.5 
 10. Cafferata, L.Sor.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Leonardo KLASSMANN
  B.Cea.
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Klassmann, B.Cea.1.0 
 2. Nunes, Campo M.0.9 
 3. Dias-Silva, Pauli.0.8 
 4. Lenz, Pinheiros0.8 
 5. Castellar, Brasilia0.7 
 6. Tavares, L.Sorocaba0.6 
 7. Camilo, Macae0.6 
 8. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 
 9. Mariano, Brasilia0.6 
 10. Freitas, Campo M.0.6 


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)



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS  


Lester Prosper (ex Rafael Barias) signs at Gaiteros - by Francisco Vega

Gaiteros de Zulia (LPB) landed 29-year old British V.Islands power forward Lester Prosper (208-106kg-88, college: Old Westbury). He played recently at Rafael Barias in District National in Dominican Republic. This season Prosper played at Windsor Express in Canadian NBL Canada.
In 2013 (two years after he left the college) Prosper was drafted by Maine Red Claws (D-League) in sixth round (95th overall).
He attended SUNY-Old Westbury (NCAA Div.III) until 2011 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.
Prosper received All-Skyline Conference 1st Team award back in 2011 at his college time.
Prosper represented British Virgin Islands at the Skyline Conference Championship seven years ago.
He is a very experienced player. Prosper has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to ten different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Prosper has played previously professionally in Colombia, Mexico (Halcones de Ciudad Obregon), Russia (Spartak Primorie Vladivostok), Saudi Arabia, Slovakia (Prievidza and Handlova), Spain (Araberri), Sweden (Norrkoping Dolphins), United Kingdom (Cheshire Phoenix) and Canada (Power).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHINA  

Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Jimmer FREDETTE
  Shanghai.
  (188-PG-89)
  Avg: 37.6
 1. Fredette, Shanghai.37.6 
 2. McCollum, Beiko.37.5 
 3. Brooks, Jiangsu D.36.2 
 4. Cunningham, Jiangsu.34.0 
 5. Brown, Jilin NE T.33.9 
 6. Franklin, Shanxi BD33.6 
 7. Hudson, Liaoning FL31.7 
 8. Adams, Xinjiang FT31.0 
 9. Jones, Qingdao E.30.5 
 10. Warren, Zhejiang.29.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Malcolm THOMAS
  Jilin N.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Thomas, Jilin N.16.4 
 2. Haddadi, Sichu.16.0 
 3. Thompson, Shandong.13.9 
 4. Hickson, Fujian S.13.4 
 5. Sakakini, Tianj.13.3 
 6. Batista, Beikong FD12.8 
 7. Lampe, Shenzhen L.12.6 
 8. Han, Liaoning FL12.3 
 9. Dalembert, Shanxi B.12.1 
 10. Wang, Fujian S.11.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi BD
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Franklin, Shanxi BD8.8 
 2. Fortson, Guangsha.8.5 
 3. Jeter, Tianjin GL7.9 
 4. Pargo, Shenzhen L.6.6 
 5. Sloan, Guangdong ST6.5 
 6. Buycks, Fujian S.6.4 
 7. Jones, Qingdao E.6.2 
 8. Adams, Xinjiang FT5.9 
 9. Warren, Zhejiang.5.8 
 10. Marbury, Beiji.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi BD
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Franklin, Shanxi BD3.3 
 2. Sui, Shandong GS2.8 
 3. Brown, Zhejiang GB2.7 
 4. Fortson, Guangsha.2.6 
 5. Hudson, Liaoning FL2.6 
 6. Kamrani, Jilin N.2.4 
 7. Kennedy, Guangzho.2.3 
 8. Blatche, Xinjiang.2.3 
 9. McCollum, Beiko.2.3 
 10. Adams, Xinjiang FT2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Yuchen ZOU
  Bayi R.
  (203-F-96)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Zou, Bayi R.2.6 
 2. Zhou, Xinjiang FT2.3 
 3. Haddadi, Sichu.2.0 
 4. Smith, Sichuan BW2.0 
 5. Dalembert, Shanxi B.1.9 
 6. Sun, Beijing D.1.6 
 7. Thomas, Jilin N.1.6 
 8. Benimon, Qingd.1.5 
 9. Zhang, Shanghai S.1.5 
 10. Blatche, Xinjiang.1.5 


Xinjiang Flying Tigers earn CBA title - by Eurobasket News

Guangdong ST - Xinjiang FT 109-117

Xinjiang Flying Tigers conquered CBA title. They beat Guangdong on the road to complete the sweep of the championship series. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 117-109. Xinjiang Flying Tigers shot 31 for 44 from the free-throw line, while Guandong Tigers only scored eleven points from the stripe. Xinjiang Flying Tigers forced 21 Guandong Tigers turnovers. Strangely Guandong Tigers outrebounded Xinjiang Flying Tigers 51-26 including a 23-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Xinjiang Flying Tigers made 8 blocks. 34 personal fouls committed by Guandong Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Bulgarian point guard Darius Adams (188-89, college: Indianapolis) who helped to win the game recording 37 points (!!!), 6 assists and 7 steals. American-Filipino power forward Andray Blatche (211-86) contributed with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. American power forward Carlos Boozer (206-80, college: Duke) replied with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 17 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Donald Sloan (190-88, college: Texas A&M) added 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Guandong Tigers. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Guandong Tigers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Guangdong ST: B.Carlos 28+17reb, S.Donald 26+6reb+4ast, Z.Peng 22+7reb+4ast, Y.Jianlian 13+6reb+1ast, Z.Zhandong 11+1reb+1ast, R.JunFei 6+8reb+4ast
Xinjiang FT: A.Darius 37+3reb+6ast, B.Andray 22+5reb+2ast, Z.Qi 18+10reb+1ast, L.Gen 11+2reb+3ast, M.Xirelijiang 9+1reb+2ast, K.Makan 8+2reb+1ast
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  CROATIA  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Luka BOZIC
  KK Zagreb
  (199-PG-96)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Bozic, KK Zagreb22.4 
 2. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 3. 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. Konjevic, Skrljevo16.2 
 10. Sakic, Cibona16.1 
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. Kapusta, Zabok5.0 
 7. Vrbica, Gorica5.0 
 8. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
 9. Raic, H.Analitica4.8 
 10. Sarac, Vrij.Osijek4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 2. Veljacic, Kvarner .2.3 
 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. Novacic, Jolly JBS1.5 
 9. Brzoja, Zadar1.5 
 10. Rozic, Cibona1.5 
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. Zrnic, Zabok0.6 
 9. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek0.6 
 10. Papac, Jolly JBS0.6 



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  CYPRUS  

Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Baden JAXEN
  Etha
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Jaxen, Etha21.9 
 2. Abukar, Keravnos16.6 
 3. Brezec, AEK16.4 
 4. Ray, Enosis15.0 
 5. Bussey, Apoel14.7 
 6. Blakes, Enosis14.3 
 7. Pittakas, Apollon13.8 
 8. Burnatowski, Apoel13.8 
 9. Walker, Etha13.6 
 10. Dasic, AEK13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin THOMAS
  Enosis
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Thomas, Enosis8.3 
 2. Parks, Keravnos7.9 
 3. Dasic, AEK7.2 
 4. Mobley, Apoel7.2 
 5. Brezec, AEK6.4 
 6. Blakes, Enosis6.2 
 7. Wright, Apoel6.1 
 8. Barnes, Etha6.1 
 9. O''Brien, Keravnos5.8 
 10. Thomas, AEK5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny BARKER
  Keravnos
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Barker, Keravnos6.0 
 2. Thomas, AEK5.2 
 3. Washington, Enosis4.7 
 4. Ross, Keravnos4.2 
 5. Jaxen, Etha4.1 
 6. Bussey, Apoel4.1 
 7. Koronides, Apollon3.8 
 8. Brown, Apoel3.2 
 9. Blakes, Enosis3.1 
 10. Walker, Etha3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Keravnos
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ross, Keravnos2.2 
 2. Dasic, AEK2.1 
 3. Thomas, AEK2.0 
 4. Washington, Enosis1.9 
 5. Pittakas, Apollon1.7 
 6. Barker, Keravnos1.7 
 7. Blakes, Enosis1.5 
 8. Parks, Keravnos1.4 
 9. Burnatowski, Apoel1.3 
 10. Jaxen, Etha1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin THOMAS
  Enosis
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Thomas, Enosis1.1 
 2. Mobley, Apoel1.0 
 3. Suleiman, Apollon0.9 
 4. Parks, Keravnos0.6 
 5. Ortiz, Etha0.6 
 6. Burnatowski, Apoel0.6 
 7. O''Brien, Keravnos0.6 
 8. Trisokkas, AEK0.5 
 9. Dasic, AEK0.4 
 10. Ray, Enosis0.4 



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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





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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




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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)



Penarol tabs Anthony Brown, ex Denver-FAS - by Francisco Vega

Penarol Quillacollo (Libobasquet) inked 28-year old American point guard Anthony Brown (193-93kg-89, college: Imperial Valley JC). He played recently at Denver-FAS San Salvador in Salvadorean Liga MB. In 14 games he averaged impressive 26.6ppg, 6.9rpg, 5.3apg and 2.2spg this season.
Brown received PCAC All-Conference 1st Team award back in 2010 at his college time.
Brown has played also professionally in Nicaragua (Sinsa-Tigres) and PBL (Lake Michigan).
He attended Imperial Valley JC until 2010 and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Langford, Unics21.8 
 2. De-Colo, CS.20.1 
 3. Goudelock, Maccabi .17.3 
 4. Wanamaker, Darussaf.16.2 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA16.1 
 6. Llull, Real Madrid16.1 
 7. Heurtel, Anadolu .13.2 
 8. Clyburn, Darussaf.13.2 
 9. Larkin, Baskonia13.1 
 10. Rice, FC Barcelona13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.7 
 2. Melli, Brose Bask.7.4 
 3. Voigtmann, Basko.7.1 
 4. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.1 
 5. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.0 
 6. Zizic, Darussafaka6.8 
 7. Dunston, Anadolu .6.4 
 8. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.3 
 9. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.1 
 10. Birch, Olympiacos6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Teodosic, CSKA7.2 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos6.0 
 3. Llull, Real Madrid5.9 
 4. Heurtel, Anadolu .5.8 
 5. Larkin, Baskonia5.7 
 6. Calathes, Panathin.5.7 
 7. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.7 
 8. Colom, Unics5.7 
 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. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.6 
 3. Calathes, Panathin.1.6 
 4. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.5 
 5. Larkin, Baskonia1.4 
 6. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.4 
 7. Singleton, Panathin.1.3 
 8. Guler, Galatasaray1.3 
 9. Jovic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 10. Hanga, Baskonia1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce2.1 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray1.5 
 3. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.2 
 4. Parakhouski, Unics1.2 
 5. Dunston, Anadolu .1.1 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.1.1 
 7. Randolph, Real Madrid1.0 
 8. Honeycutt, Anadolu .0.9 
 9. Theis, Brose Bask.0.9 
 10. Birch, Olympiacos0.9 


Recap of Round 30 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid - Anadolu Efes 97-80

Spanish leader Real Madrid delivered the twenty third victory on Friday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Turkish Anadolu Efes (17-13) 97-80. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Anadolu Efes. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-80. Real Madrid looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American-Azerbaijani guard Jaycee Carroll (188-83) scored 29 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Slovenian point guard Luka Doncic (201-99) chipped in 8 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists during the contest. Real Madrid's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was American-Armenian center Bryant Dunston (203-86) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Derrick Brown (203-87, college: Xavier) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Five Anadolu Efes players scored in double figures. Real Madrid have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending Spanish champion maintains first position with 23-7 record. Anadolu Efes at the other side keep the sixth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Baskonia.
Top scorers:
Anadolu Efes: B.Dunston 15+10reb+1ast, D.Brown 14+8reb+1ast, T.Heurtel 13+6ast, D.Thomas 12+5reb, T.Honeycutt 11+2reb+1ast, B.Paul 8+1reb
Real Madrid: J.Carroll 29+2ast, D.Draper 16+1reb+2ast, A.Randolph 9+4reb+2ast, L.Doncic 8+6reb+11ast, G.Ayon 8+7reb, T.Thompkins 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 473913


EA7 Armani - Unics 68-91

Bottom-ranked Russian Unics Kazan managed to get a eighth victory, breaking the twelve-game losing streak. This time they outleveled fifteenth-ranked Italian Armani Milano 91-68. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 23-point difference proves that Unics Kazan was well-prepared to that game. Armani Milano was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 55-29 second half run of Unics Kazan. They made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American Latavius Williams (203-91, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Spanish point guard Joaquin Colom (188-88, college: Forca Lleida, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Unics Kazan players scored in double figures. Unics Kazan's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Davide Pascolo (201-90) replied with 18 points and American swingman Rakim Sanders (193-89, college: Fairfield) added 14 points in the effort for Armani Milano. Unics Kazan (8-22) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with EA7 Armani.
Top scorers:
EA7 Armani: D.Pascolo 18+3reb, R.Sanders 14+3reb+1ast, J.McLean 8+4reb+1ast, A.Cinciarini 8+2reb+6ast, K.Simon 8+5reb+1ast, R.Hickman 8+4reb+2ast
Unics: L.Williams 20+12reb+1ast, K.Langford 13+2reb+5ast, J.Colom 12+5reb+6ast, C.Clarke 11+4reb+1ast, M.Banic 8+1reb, V.Panin 8+2reb
gschID: 473912


CSKA - Olympiacos 90-86

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Moscow. Second ranked Russian CSKA faced one of their biggest challengers Greek Olympiacos. Host CSKA (22-8) defeated guests from Athens (19-11) 90-86. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-15. But Olympiacos won third quarter 26-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CSKA made 28-of-29 free shots (96.6 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Olympiacos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was French Nando De-Colo (196-87) who scored 23 points and 6 assists. Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: BeoBasket) who recorded 16 points and 7 assists and forward Kostas Papanikolaou (206-90) added 13 points respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending Russian champion maintains second position with 22-8 record behind leader Real Madrid. Olympiacos lost third consecutive game. Defending Greek champion keep the third place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Panathinaikos.
Top scorers:
Olympiacos: V.Spanoulis 16+1reb+7ast, I.Papapetrou 16+2reb, K.Papanikolaou 13+4reb+3ast, E.Mantzaris 12+1reb+4ast, G.Printezis 12+7reb, D.Agravanis 7+5reb
CSKA: M.Teodosic 23+2reb+4ast, N.De Colo 23+2reb+6ast, C.Higgins 12, A.Vorontsevich 11+3reb+2ast, K.Hines 10+6reb+1ast, N.Kurbanov 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 473910


Darussafaka - Crvena Zvezda 78-62

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Istanbul where 8th ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda (16-14) was defeated by ninth ranked Turkish Darussafaka (16-14) 78-62 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Darussafaka. Crvena Zvezda was better in third quarter 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) who scored 22 points and 5 assists. The other American import guard Scottie Wilbekin (188-93, college: Florida) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Four Darussafaka players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Bosnian-Serbian center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90) who recorded 14 points and 6 rebounds and American-Serbian Charles Jenkins (191-89, college: Hofstra) added 12 points respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Darussafaka have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with defeated Crvena Zvezda.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: O.Kuzmic 14+6reb, C.Jenkins 12+3reb+1ast, M.Simonovic 10+3reb+2ast, N.Dangubic 9+3reb+1ast, M.Guduric 5+1reb+3ast, D.Thompson 4
Darussafaka: B.Wanamaker 22+2reb+5ast, S.Wilbekin 16+5reb+6ast, A.Zizic 11+8reb, W.Clyburn 10+6reb+3ast, J.Anderson 6+5reb, D.Bertans 5+1ast
gschID: 473911


Baskonia - Zalgiris 79-84

We should mention about the upset which took place in Vitoria, where 7th ranked Spanish Baskonia (17-13) lost at home to tenth ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (14-16) 79-84 on Thursday. Baskonia trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 23-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 79-84 at the end of the game. Zalgiris made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Baskonia was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was French guard Leo Westermann (197-92, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 13 points and 9 assists. Canadian-Slovenian point guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, college: Gonzaga) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Shane Larkin (180-92, college: Miami, FL) who recorded 20 points and 6 assists and Dutch-French Kim Tillie (210-88, college: Utah) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Five Zalgiris and four Baskonia players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Defending Lithuanian champion maintains tenth position with 14-16 record. Loser Baskonia dropped to the sixth place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Baskonia: S.Larkin 20+3reb+6ast, R.Beaubois 16+1reb+2ast, K.Tillie 13+7reb+3ast, J.Blazic 12+3reb+1ast, I.Diop 6+5reb+2ast, A.Hanga 6+1reb+4ast
Zalgiris: K.Pangos 15+5reb+4ast, L.Westermann 13+3reb+9ast, B.Motum 13+6reb, E.Ulanovas 12+4reb, P.Jankunas 10+4reb+1ast, A.Milaknis 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 473908


Fenerbahce - FC Barcelona 68-65

Eleventh-ranked Spanish FC Barcelona (12-18) made lots of trouble for seventh ranked Turkish Fenerbahce (18-12) in Istanbul. Fenerbahce managed to secure only three-point victory 68-65. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of FC Barcelona. Nigerian power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor) notched 9 points and 15 rebounds to lead the effort and Serbian swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-92) supported him with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Even 19 points by American-Montenegrin point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll.) did not help to save the game for FC Barcelona. Victor Claver (207-88) added 15 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Defending Turkish champion moved-up to fifth place. FC Barcelona at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
FC Barcelona: T.Rice 19+3reb+3ast, V.Claver 15+7reb+1ast, A.Tomic 8+7reb+4ast, A.Vezenkov 7+4reb, P.Koponen 6+5reb+1ast, S.Perperoglou 4+3reb+4ast
Fenerbahce: B.Bogdanovic 15+5reb+3ast, N.Kalinic 13+2reb, K.Sloukas 10+4reb+5ast, E.Udoh 9+15reb+3ast, L.Datome 7+3reb+2ast, J.Vesely 5+4reb
gschID: 473907


Maccabi T-A - Panathinaikos 61-81

No shocking result in a game in Tel-Aviv where fourth ranked Greek Panathinaikos (19-11) smashed 14th ranked Israeli Maccabi T-A (10-20) 81-61 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 49-19 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Panathinaikos dominated on the defensive end, holding Maccabi T-A to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Maccabi T-A's 22. Panathinaikos looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American point guard Mike James (185-90, college: Lamar) who scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. The other American import forward Chris Singleton (206-89, college: Florida St.) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Victor Rudd (205-91, college: S.Florida) who recorded 17 points and American-Israeli forward Joe Alexander (203-86, college: W.Virginia) added 14 points respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Panathinaikos have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Olympiacos. Maccabi T-A lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth position with 20 games lost.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: V.Rudd 17+3reb+2ast, J.Alexander 14+3reb+3ast, G.Pnini 10+2reb, C.Iverson 7+3reb, D.Simpson 5+3reb, N.Levi 5+2reb
Panathinaikos: M.James 17+5reb+7ast, C.Singleton 13+8reb+2ast, N.Calathes 12+3reb+4ast, K.Gabriel 7+4reb+1ast, I.Bourousis 6+7reb, K.Rivers 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 473909


Brose Bask. - Galatasaray 79-84

Everything could happen in Bamberg at the game between two tied teams. Both thirteenth ranked Turkish Galatasaray and 12th ranked German Brose Baskets had identical 10-19 record. But Brose Baskets were not able to use a home court advantage and were defeated by the opponent from Istanbul 84-79 on Thursday night. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 26-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American-Czech swingman Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 16 points and 4 assists. American forward Austin Daye (211-88, college: Gonzaga, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 15 points. Four Galatasaray players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Italian Nicolo Melli (205-91) who recorded 17 points and Greek guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, agency: Octagon Europe) added 11 points and 4 assists respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Galatasaray (11-19) moved-up to twelfth place. Defending German champion Brose Baskets dropped to the thirteenth position with 20 games lost.
Top scorers:
Brose Bask.: N.Melli 17+3reb+2ast, N.Zisis 11+4reb+4ast, D.Miller 11+2reb+1ast, P.Heckmann 9, M.Lo 8+4reb+4ast, L.Radosevic 7+1reb+2ast
Galatasaray: S.Guler 17+1reb+2ast, B.Schilb 16+4reb+4ast, A.Daye 15+4reb+1ast, V.Micov 13+2reb+2ast, E.Preldzic 8+3reb+6ast, A.Tyus 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 473906





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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Antwan SCOTT
  KTP Basket
  (188-G-92)
  Avg: 22
 1. Scott, KTP Basket22.0 
 2. Jones, Lapua21.8 
 3. Gay, KTP Basket19.2 
 4. Pledger, Kouvot19.1 
 5. Brown, Kataja B.18.3 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki17.6 
 7. Morris, Lapua17.0 
 8. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.1 
 9. Bullock, Pyrinto15.8 
 10. Buckles, Kouvot14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Van, Korihait10.5 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot9.3 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket8.7 
 5. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.3 
 6. Williams, Lapua8.1 
 7. Williams, Salon V.7.7 
 8. Bristol, Kataja B.7.7 
 9. Edwards, Salon Vilpas7.6 
 10. Nelson, Pyrinto7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Antto NIKKARINEN
  Helsinki.
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.3 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket6.7 
 3. Rannikko, Kataja B.6.5 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.7 
 5. Jalonen, Korihait4.4 
 6. Williams, Lapua4.2 
 7. Appleby, Kouvot4.1 
 8. Staten, Salon Vilpas4.1 
 9. Edwards, Lapua4.0 
 10. Hirvonen, Kouvot4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel MULLINGS
  Kataja B.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Mullings, Kataja B.2.3 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket2.2 
 3. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 4. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.8 
 5. Minard, Pyrinto1.7 
 6. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 7. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.6 
 8. Scott, KTP Basket1.6 
 9. Nelson, Pyrinto1.4 
 10. Gay, KTP Basket1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  KTP Basket
  (201-F/C-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gay, KTP Basket1.9 
 2. Bristol, Kataja B.1.9 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 4. Van, Korihait1.1 
 5. Barrett, BC Nokia0.9 
 6. Bailey, KTP Basket0.9 
 7. Coleman, Salon Vilpas0.9 
 8. Huolila, Kataja B.0.9 
 9. Walker, KTP Basket0.8 
 10. Upson, Helsinki.0.8 


1st Division Round 3 of Finals. Espoo United take the lead - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Lahti - Espoo United 80-88

Espoo United rallied past Lahti to take 2-1 lead in Division A Finals. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-12. But Lahti won second period 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Espoo United made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Espoo United outrebounded Lahti 47-31 including 17 on the offensive glass. 30 personal fouls committed by Lahti helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Omar Calhoun (198-93, college: Connecticut) who scored 27 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Lauri Toivonen (201-91, college: UTRGV) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Four Espoo United players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Rashad Smith (201-93, college: Tulsa, agency: Diamond Sports) who recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import power forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St.) added 8 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks respectively. Lahti's coach Arttu Mannelin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Espoo United: O.Calhoun 27+6reb+1ast, J.Ivey 20+1reb+5ast, L.Toivonen 15+13reb+1ast, V.Makalainen 12+11reb+3ast, T.Laitinen 5+6reb, J.Jarvinen 4+1reb
Lahti: R.Smith 26+13reb+3ast, V.Karvonen 13+3reb+2ast, A.Alanen 10+1reb, J.Fields 8+6reb+5ast, R.Byman 6+2ast, O.Aalto 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 542984





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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Cameron CLARK
  Chalon
  (201-G/F-91)
  Avg: 18
 1. Clark, Chalon18.0 
 2. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.4 
 3. Gibson, Gravelines17.2 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines16.8 
 5. Prepelic, Limoges15.8 
 6. Roberson, Chalon15.5 
 7. Dorsey, Le Portel14.6 
 8. Sommerville, Orleans14.6 
 9. Smith, Chalons-Reims14.3 
 10. Warren, Nanterre14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Fall, Chalon8.8 
 2. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.6 
 3. Poirier, Paris-Le.8.1 
 4. Solomon, Gravelines8.0 
 5. Lessort, Nanterre7.6 
 6. Hunt, Nancy7.4 
 7. Donaldson, Le Po.7.4 
 8. Yeguete, Le Mans7.1 
 9. Hassell, Le Portel6.8 
 10. Cain, Chalons-Reims6.6 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.10.5 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.3 
 3. Holston, Dijon6.1 
 4. Hodge, AS.6.0 
 5. Cobbs, Gravelines5.9 
 6. Bost, Monaco5.3 
 7. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.0 
 8. Rich, Paris-Levallois4.6 
 9. Payne, Chalons-.4.5 
 10. Eito, Orleans4.3 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.4 
 2. Eito, Orleans1.9 
 3. Holston, Dijon1.9 
 4. Payne, Chalons-.1.8 
 5. Wood, Limoges1.8 
 6. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.6 
 7. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 8. Henry, Gravelines1.5 
 9. Dorsey, Le Portel1.5 
 10. Cobbs, Gravelines1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fall, Chalon2.4 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.3 
 3. Uter, AS.1.1 
 4. Trasolini, Nancy1.0 
 5. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 6. Otule, Antibes1.0 
 7. Fair, Limoges0.9 
 8. Sane, Paris-Levallois0.9 
 9. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.0.9 
 10. Lessort, Nanterre0.9 


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Zachery PEACOCK
  Bourg
  (203-C-87)
  Avg: 18
 1. Peacock, Bourg18.0 
 2. Williams, Boulazac17.5 
 3. Burton, Roanne17.5 
 4. Hermannsson, Charlevi.17.3 
 5. Jones, Lille17.1 
 6. Henry, Evreux16.7 
 7. Ware, Vichy C.15.8 
 8. Walker, Evreux15.0 
 9. Bigote, Nantes14.9 
 10. Rozenfeld, Roanne14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dinma ODIAKOSA
  Le Havre
  (203-C/F-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Odiakosa, Le Havre9.7 
 2. Kone, Charleville9.5 
 3. Ndoye, Bourg9.3 
 4. Burton, Roanne9.0 
 5. Ekperigin, Nantes8.0 
 6. Traore, Lille7.7 
 7. Morin, Le Havre7.7 
 8. Rhoomes, St Qu.7.5 
 9. Diame, Blois7.3 
 10. Fairell, Rouen7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Poitiers
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7
 1. Threatt, Poitiers7.0 
 2. Turner, Blois6.2 
 3. Ware, Vichy C.6.1 
 4. King, Le Havre6.1 
 5. Rigaux, Maurienne5.9 
 6. Hermannsson, Charlevi.5.7 
 7. Henry, Evreux5.5 
 8. Sim, Bourg5.5 
 9. Duren, Boulogne5.2 
 10. Mitchell, Nantes5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Joe BURTON
  Roanne
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Burton, Roanne2.7 
 2. Threatt, Poitiers2.4 
 3. Henry, Evreux2.4 
 4. Turner, Blois2.1 
 5. Denave, Vichy C.2.0 
 6. Mitchell, Nantes1.9 
 7. Maille, Provence.1.9 
 8. Rigaux, Maurienne1.8 
 9. Fouse, Charleville1.7 
 10. Moendadze, Boulo.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Yannis MORIN
  Le Havre
  (208-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Morin, Le Havre1.9 
 2. Fall, Poitiers1.5 
 3. Ndoye, Bourg1.3 
 4. Paumier, Boulogne1.2 
 5. Diame, Blois1.1 
 6. Rinna, St Chamond1.1 
 7. Jones, Lille1.1 
 8. MBida, Lille1.1 
 9. Kone, Charleville1.0 
 10. Boateng, Blois1.0 


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Steffon BRADFORD
  St Vallier
  (198-F/C-77)
  Avg: 18
 1. Bradford, St Vallier18.0 
 2. Brooks, ALS Basket17.9 
 3. Newson, Lorient17.0 
 4. Vaty, Lourdes17.0 
 5. Craion, Lorient16.9 
 6. Geiger, SAP V.16.2 
 7. Mitchell, Chartres16.2 
 8. Smith, Orchies16.1 
 9. Davis, Rennes15.9 
 10. Strong, St Vallier15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Gries/Ob.
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Thondique, Gries/Ob.9.9 
 2. Kovanusic, ALS B.9.0 
 3. Staniulis, Souffel8.2 
 4. Blackwell, ALS B.8.1 
 5. Gourari, RAC Basket8.0 
 6. Craion, Lorient7.7 
 7. Cox, Challans7.6 
 8. Alliman, SAP V.7.5 
 9. Vaty, Lourdes7.4 
 10. Anderson, RAC B.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Xane D''ALMEIDA
  Lourdes
  (181-PG-83)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Dalmeida, Lourdes7.2 
 2. Romain, Chartres7.1 
 3. Varanauskas, Gries/Ob.5.5 
 4. Delhomme, St Vallier5.3 
 5. Rathieuville, Rennes5.2 
 6. Bichard, RAC Basket5.1 
 7. Smith, Orchies4.9 
 8. Suhard, Angers BC4.9 
 9. Choplin, Quimper4.8 
 10. Siegwarth, Vitre4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Lorient
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Craion, Lorient2.9 
 2. Davis, Rennes2.4 
 3. Neri, ALS Basket2.1 
 4. Demuynck, Lourdes1.9 
 5. Newson, Lorient1.9 
 6. Cornely, Caen1.9 
 7. Monceau, Challans1.8 
 8. Liorel, SAP V.1.7 
 9. Gourari, RAC Basket1.6 
 10. Gibson, Challans1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ludovic NEGROBAR
  Rennes
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Negrobar, Rennes1.3 
 2. Jakstas, Gries/Ob.1.0 
 3. Rakocevic, Orchies1.0 
 4. Bobrov, Quimper0.9 
 5. Diarra, Caen0.9 
 6. Monteiro, Caen0.9 
 7. Thondique, Gries/Ob.0.8 
 8. Kayembe, Souffel0.8 
 9. Soumaoro, SAP V.0.8 
 10. Kovanusic, ALS B.0.8 



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  FYR MACEDONIA  


Bo McCalebb selected the top FYR Macedonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in a Gran Canaria's victory against the closely-ranked FC Barcelona (17-8) 95-82 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Saturday night's game. McCalebb scored 13 points and added 3 assists in 23 minutes on the court. Herbalife Gran Canaria (18-8) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. McCalebb has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.6apg, 2FGP: 56.2%(95-169), 3FGP: 27.9% and FT: 76.9% in 26 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. McCalebb played for the FYR Macedonian senior national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Pero Antic (211-82, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Fenerbahce (18-12) to beat Real Madrid (22-7). Antic scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 19 minutes. Fenerbahce lost 56-61 on the road to the leading Real Madrid. It was Fenerbahce's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the Euroleague. This year Antic averages: 4.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 2FGP: 35.7%, 3FGP: 34.2% in 27 games. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Antic played for the FYR Macedonian national team in 2015.

Romeo Travis
Romeo Travis
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron, currently plays in France). He contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Chalons-Reims (9-16) crushing them 79-58 in the French ProA in Friday night's game. Travis recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Strasbourg IG (16-9) is placed sixth in the ProA. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Travis' overall stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 48.1%, 3FGP: 13.3% and FT: 78.1%. He is a naturalized American. Travis is also a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Apparently he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Jeremiah Massey
Jeremiah Massey
   #4. Forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Argentina) led Libertad Sunchales to a victory against the fourth-ranked Instituto (27-20) 94-84 in the Argentinian LigaA last Thursday. Massey scored 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. Libertad Sunchales (21-23) is placed seventh in Norte group. This year Massey has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg in 38 games. He is a naturalized American. Massey used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team back in 2009. He played also for KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom in FYR Macedonian league.

Richard Hendrix
Richard Hendrix
   #5. Former international power forward Richard Hendrix (203-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: Alabama, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Bo McCalebb and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Hendrix managed to help Herbalife Gran Canaria to win against the closely-ranked FC Barcelona (17-8) 95-82. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Hendrix's overall stats this season are: 7.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Hendrix used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team two years ago. Interesting that he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #6. Point guard Marques Green (165-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Scandone AV in their game against Umana Venezia (17-8) in the Italian Serie A. Green cannot count it as his best performance. He recorded only 3 points in 19 minutes. Scandone AV was edged 78-75 in Venezia by the second-ranked Umana. This year Green's overall stats are: 6.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.6apg and 1.6spg in 25 games. He is a naturalized American. Green is a former international player as he played for the FYR Macedonian senior team seven years ago. However he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #7. International guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Sevilla (8-17) in their game against Baskonia (18-7) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Stojanovski scored 9 points. But Sevilla was defeated 79-75 in Vitoria by the much higher-ranked Baskonia (#3). Stojanovski has reliable stats this season: 11.3ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.3apg. He is also FYR Macedonian national team player.

Marko Dujkovic
Marko Dujkovic
   #8. Center Marko Dujkovic (226-90, currently plays in Serbia) couldn't help Metalac (11-13) in their game against Vrsac (20-4) in the Serbian KLS. Dujkovic scored 6 points, had 4 rebounds and made 4 blocks in 24 minutes. Metalac lost 87-94 on the opponent's court to the leading Vrsac. It was Metalac's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Dujkovic's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 8.5ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.2bpg in 24 games. Dujkovic plays currently for the FYR Macedonian national team.

Aleksandar Kostoski
Aleksandar Kostoski
   #9. International point guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Pitesti (11-17) in their game against Oradea (15-13) in the Romanian Liga Nationala. He scored 6 points and added 7 assists. The sixth-placed Pitesti (11-17) was crushed 104-65 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Oradea (#4) in the Places 1-6 group. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Kostoski averaged so far 11.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.8apg and 1.4spg. He is also in the roster of the FYR Macedonian national team.

Oliver Dvojakovski
Oliver Dvojakovski
   #10. Center Oliver Dvojakovski (204-97, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Estudiantes Lugo Leyma Natura (15-8) 83-64 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Sunday night's game. Dvojakovski scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. Santo Domingo Betanzos (11-12) is placed ninth in Group A-B. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Dvojakovski has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 3.8rpg in 23 games. He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

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

   #1. Cedi Osman (204-F-95, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an Anadolu Efes' victory against the closely-ranked Olympiacos (19-10) 77-69 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Osman scored 8 points. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (17-12) is placed sixth in the Euroleague. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Osman's fourth season with the team. This year he averages: 7.6ppg and 2.7rpg. Osman has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Turkish.

   #2. Experienced Ivan Todorovic (214-C-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Spain) could not help L'Hospitalet (9-18) in their last game. Despite Todorovic's good performance L'Hospitalet was crushed 94-65 at home by the leading Sammic ISB. He was the top scorer with 13 points. Todorovic also added 5 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. It was L'Hospitalet's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Todorovic has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 5.4rpg in 10 games he played so far.

   #3. Dino Radoncic (202-F-99, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a Real Madrid II's victory against the leader Real Canoe (20-6) 61-51 in a derby game in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group B. Real Madrid II (20-6) is placed second. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Radoncic averaged so far 15.0ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.2apg. He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Montenegrin.



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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  GEORGIA  

Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Giorgi TSINTSADZE
  Kutaisi
  (192-PG-86)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi17.7 
 2. Shemosiuk, Batumi16.7 
 3. Rogava, Olimpi16.3 
 4. Lathan, Sokhumi16.2 
 5. Jintcharadze, Bat.15.5 
 6. Berishvili, Dinamo T.15.2 
 7. Florveus, Cactus T.14.6 
 8. Lezhava, Batumi14.4 
 9. Burnette, Olimpi14.2 
 10. Chikviladze, Cactus T.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FLORVEUS
  Cactus T.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Florveus, Cactus T.12.8 
 2. Pelcher, Batumi10.9 
 3. Atuashvili, Rustavi9.2 
 4. Spagnolo, Rustavi9.1 
 5. Burnette, Olimpi8.7 
 6. Bridgeman, Cactus T.8.2 
 7. Tishchenko, Sokhu.7.9 
 8. Bekauri, Kutaisi7.8 
 9. Murphy, Mgzavrebi7.5 
 10. Krivtsov, Batumi6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Charlie LEE
  Rustavi
  (175-PG-92)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Lee, Rustavi6.3 
 2. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi6.1 
 3. Vaughn, Dinamo T.5.3 
 4. Mikeladze, Olimpi4.6 
 5. Lezhava, Batumi4.2 
 6. Rogava, Olimpi4.0 
 7. Berishvili, Dinamo T.4.0 
 8. Chikviladze, Cactus T.3.9 
 9. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.3.8 
 10. Lathan, Sokhumi3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Tre BURNETTE
  Olimpi
  (196-G-)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Burnette, Olimpi2.6 
 2. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.2.1 
 3. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi2.0 
 4. Rogava, Olimpi2.0 
 5. Lathan, Sokhumi1.8 
 6. Baqradze, Olimpi1.7 
 7. Shemosiuk, Batumi1.6 
 8. Lomidze, Cactus T.1.5 
 9. Jgerenaia, Sokhumi1.5 
 10. Vaughn, Dinamo T.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 John FLORVEUS
  Cactus T.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Florveus, Cactus T.1.8 
 2. Bekauri, Kutaisi1.7 
 3. Atuashvili, Rustavi1.6 
 4. Bridgeman, Cactus T.1.5 
 5. Jgerenaia, Sokhumi1.3 
 6. Tubak, Kutaisi1.2 
 7. Pelcher, Batumi1.2 
 8. Murphy, Mgzavrebi1.1 
 9. Rychlyuk, Sokhumi1.1 
 10. Krivtsov, Batumi0.9 



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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Raymar MORGAN
  Ratiopharm
  (203-F/C-88)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Morgan, Ratiopharm19.2 
 2. Knight, Jena18.3 
 3. Kikanovic, ALBA16.9 
 4. Paulding, EWE B.16.2 
 5. Babb, Ratiopharm15.7 
 6. Lewis, Bayreuth15.6 
 7. Qvale, EWE Baskets15.6 
 8. Odum, Wuerzburg15.5 
 9. Mayo, Telekom Bsk15.5 
 10. Thompson, Telekom .15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Scott EATHERTON
  Goett.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Eatherton, Goett.7.3 
 2. Pierre, Braunsch.7.0 
 3. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.9 
 4. Cooley, Ludwigsb.6.9 
 5. Evans, Giessen .6.9 
 6. Marei, Bayreuth6.8 
 7. Qvale, EWE Baskets6.5 
 8. Knight, Jena6.5 
 9. Searcy, Vechta6.5 
 10. McGhee, Walter T.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Walter T.
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Jordan, Walter T.8.2 
 2. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.5 
 4. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.8 
 5. Odum, Wuerzburg5.8 
 6. Siva, ALBA5.4 
 7. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.5.1 
 8. Sanders, Goettingen5.0 
 9. Mayo, Telekom Bsk4.9 
 10. Ruoff, Goettingen4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Robertson, Fraport .2.5 
 2. Kramer, EWE B.2.5 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 5. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.8 
 6. Siva, ALBA1.7 
 7. Redding, B.Mue.1.7 
 8. Ruoff, Goettingen1.7 
 9. Stewart, Walter T.1.7 
 10. Hobbs, Ratiopharm1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel THEIS
  Brose Bask.
  (204-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Theis, Brose Bask.1.3 
 2. Gamble, Telekom .1.3 
 3. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.2 
 4. Groselle, Braunsch.1.1 
 5. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 6. Qvale, EWE Baskets1.0 
 7. Gaffney, ALBA0.9 
 8. Marei, Bayreuth0.8 
 9. Balvin, B.Muenchen0.8 
 10. Horton, Telekom .0.8 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Jonathon WILLIAMS
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Williams, Kirchheim18.8 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau17.9 
 3. Alexander, ETB W.17.6 
 4. Nikolic, Baunach17.4 
 5. Watkins, Nuernberg17.1 
 6. Warren, MBC16.9 
 7. Kerusch, MBC16.3 
 8. Holt, Dresden16.0 
 9. Spearman, Trier15.7 
 10. Canty, Hamburg15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leon KRATZER
  Baunach
  (210-C-97)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Kratzer, Baunach12.6 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau9.5 
 3. Jahn, Ehingen8.9 
 4. Oppland, Nuernberg8.4 
 5. Thompson, ETB W.8.0 
 6. King, Koeln R.7.1 
 7. Wolf, Hamburg6.9 
 8. Lawson, Chemnitz6.9 
 9. Nicholas, Trier6.7 
 10. Sturner, Dresden6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksej NIKOLIC
  Baunach
  (191-PG-95)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Nikolic, Baunach6.7 
 2. Love, Kirchheim6.7 
 3. Carter, Chemnitz6.0 
 4. Moore, Ehingen5.7 
 5. Vest, Uni Baskets5.6 
 6. Adams, Uni Baskets5.6 
 7. Williams, Koeln R.5.2 
 8. Hatten, MBC5.1 
 9. Dunn, Crailsheim5.0 
 10. Zazai, MBC5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Chase ADAMS
  Uni Baskets
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Adams, Uni Baskets2.4 
 2. Hatten, MBC2.4 
 3. Love, Kirchheim2.3 
 4. Carter, Chemnitz2.3 
 5. White, Heidelberg2.2 
 6. Watkins, Nuernberg1.9 
 7. Tiggs, Crailsheim1.9 
 8. Robertson, Koeln R.1.6 
 9. Kovacevic, Heidelberg1.6 
 10. Vest, Uni Baskets1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Koeln R.
  (206-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. King, Koeln R.1.6 
 2. Kratzer, Baunach1.5 
 3. Heinzmann, Koeln R.1.2 
 4. Pantelic, MBC1.2 
 5. Keppeler, Baunach1.2 
 6. White, Heidelberg1.2 
 7. Fraser, Ehingen1.1 
 8. van, Trier1.1 
 9. Grim, Uni Baskets1.1 
 10. Wolf, Hamburg1.0 


Trent Weaver (FC Schalke) I Can Guarantee That My Best Basketball Is Ahead Of Me - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



Trent Weaver (202-F/C-94, college: Ohio Dominican) is a 22 year old 203cm forward from Columbus, Ohio that completed his rookie season in Europe in Germany with FC Schalke. He got an early taste of being a professional this year as he played for the Columbus Condors (CBA). Before turning professional he played for Ohio Dominican (NCAA2) from 2012-2016 playing a total of 108 games. As a senior he played 28 games averaging 15.5ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 72.5%. He spoke to eurobasket after the losing to the ScanPlus Baskets in the playoffs ending his season.

Trent thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. You arrived as a rookie in Germany 7 months ago. Did the season fly by or did it go at a rate that was comfortable for you?

Hey Miles, no problem. My time in Germany seemed to vary in speeds. There would be segments where I would wonder where the month had gone. Then, there would be times where one week seemed like a year to get through.

Your rookie season has come to an end against the powerful offensive minded team ScanPlus Baskets. How disappointed are you that there could be no upset?

Elchingen was a pretty solid opponent throughout the series. We gave them far too many opportunities that they took advantage of. We were unable to push through these circumstances. I've played long enough to understand that if you don't match the other teams intensity and take away their strengths, your chance of winning isn't great.


FC Schalke as a team was never able to find a way to stop Taevaunn Prince. Do feel as though the series could have been won in the first two games had you defended him better as a team?

It's difficult to tell. He played pretty well, but they had other players step up in their roles. Their role players were a large reason for their success against us.


FC Schalke allowed 78 points per game this season, but 84 points in the ScanPlus Baskets series. Why do you feel were you as a team unable to defend more consistently?

We had too many lapses, too often. Whether it was from miscommunication or simply not understanding what the opposing players were trying to. In a tough series, it's important to play with an elevated sense of urgency on the defensive end.

In the do or die game, the ScanPlus Basktes got help from other players besides only Brandon Lockhart and Taevaunn Prince. How key was their team basketball in game three besides securing the rebounds better and coughing up the ball only 8 times for the win?

This was huge. Anytime you can have players that aren't your "go-to" guys step up in a series, often gives a team more energy and greater confidence.


After playing only 11 minutes combined in game one and two, you finished the season strong with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Despite the season ending was this a type of tiny consolation for your books in that you finished solid with your game?

In my opinion, the last game barely scratched the surface of the numbers that I know I'm capable of consistently putting up. It was nice to end the season on a solid note, but the best is yet to come.


If you had to pick one teammate who you felt improved the most this season who would that be?

Courtney Belger. During our preseason games, he was already playing really solid. He was searching to figure out exactly his role and what was expected from him. As we began playing more and more games, his confidence grew tremendously and was playing with a chip on his shoulder. He put up very good numbers, along with posting quite a few really phenomenal individual performances. For those that know him, his success is no surprise due to his hard work and dedication to becoming great.


Would it be fair to say that American Courtney Belger was the team's MVP? He vastly improved his stats in the Pro B over last season where he was more a focal point to this season where he had much better teammates. Can he make the next step to the Pro A?

Absolutely. Like I previously stated, CeeBee's work ethic got him to where he is now. He was put into a situation where he was expected to score and put up numbers. I am sure he will take the next step.

In our last interview three months ago after a win against Bochum, you stated that you have to play more to your strengths on a nightly basis. Do you feel like you could do that in your last 11 games?

With the minutes that I received, I did my best and tried to help the team during my time on the floor. Even when things got a little frustrating, I believe that I did a pretty good job at remaining level headed. This is a part of growing during the rookie season.


You finished your rookie season averaging 9,6ppg, 5,0rpg and 1,0apg. How content were you with your season?

Again, I can guarantee that my best basketball is ahead of me. Although these stats are relatively solid, more is demanded from myself. With this being said, this summer I will be working to hard improve my weaknesses and fine-tune my strengths.

I felt that you were a very efficient player for only the 17 minutes that you played. Had you averaged 30 minutes, you would have been at 20/10. Do you feel like you were as efficient as you could be?

There is no doubt that there are aspects of my game that need improvement. I feel that at times I could have made slightly better decisions. Overall, with the hand that I was dealt, I did a pretty solid job with efficiency.

How do you feel did head coach Raphael Wilder help you most with your game in your rookie season?

I am thankful that Coach Wilder gave me the opportunity to be a part of such a great basketball club. The experience was invaluable and will help further my career.


What is the next step for Trent Weaver? Would you like to stay in Germany or explore another country next season?

This is yet to be determined. I have no problem staying in Germany. The country is nice and a safe place to play. The competition is pretty solid throughout the country. However, I would not at all be opposed to experiencing a different country.

What was your coolist experience in Germany as a rookie that you will never forget?

Our home crowd was one of the best in Pro B. We always played well at home, with huge wins against some of the top teams in the north (Bernau, Iserlohn). Also, experiencing the unique atmosphere at away games was always exciting.

What summer plans do you have? What place would you like to visit with your extended summer vacation that you have never been to before?

The main plan is to work on all areas of my game. I want to continue becoming more of an outside threat and increase my ability to take guys off the dribble. I have never been to California or Boston. Visiting these cities may be in the summer plans.


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

There is so much emphasis on scoring. A lot of the time that is all guys focus on. Green is the type of player who prides himself on doing other things to help his team be successful. He really wouldn't care too much if he were to score 2 points or 20 points. Every team needs players like him.


Devin Booker lit up the Boston Celtics and was only the sixth player to ever have done that in the NBA. Did it surprise you that it was him and not someone else as there are other guys that come to mind that could probably have done it before the talented 20 year old?

I think Booker's performance took the world by surprise. Obviously, the guy is an extremely talented scorer. With his confidence, along with the ultimate green light, he created history. I predict a few all star appearances in the coming years.

Who will reach the NCAA Final 4 and win it all?

Due to timing differences, I cheated a little bit on this question. I see that it's come down to North Carolina, South Carolina, Gonzaga, and Oregon. North Carolina will be cutting down the nets.


UCLA has some very talented freshman with one being Lonzo Ball. That guy has put up amazing stats as a freshman. Is he the real deal? How much potential does he have in your eyes?

The kid can flat out play. However, I am still not convinced that his game will immediately transfer to the NBA level. Down the road, he has a chance to be a phenomenal piece.


What was the last movie that you saw?

The Shallows.

Thanks Trent for the chat.



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

According to Eurobasket sources 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


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.




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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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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Charlon Kloof's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Dutch players playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Charlon Kloof
Charlon Kloof
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, agency: Octagon Europe, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in FYR Macedonia). Kloof led MZT Skopje to a 2-point victory over the second-ranked Karpos Sokoli (4-1) 87-85 in a derby game in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Kloof had a double-double by scoring 16 points and making 10 passes. He also added 9 rebounds and 3 blocks in 38 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Kloof's third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (5-0) is placed first. So far his team won all five games in the Second Stage. It's Kloof's first year with the team. This season he averages: 10.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 4.6apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 19.0% and FT: 66.7% in five games he played so far. Kloof has a dual citizenship: Surinamese and Dutch. He is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Josh Duinker
Josh Duinker
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Josh Duinker (209-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in New Zealand). Duinker was the major contributor in Saints' victory against the closely-ranked Mountain Airs (3-3) 100-87 in the New Zealand NBL in Thursday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 12 rebounds. Duinker also added 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Wellington Saints (5-0) are placed first in the NBL. So far his team won all five games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Duinker has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 57.1%(28-49), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 87.0%. Duinker is another player who holds two passports: Dutch and Australian. Former Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden starter played for the Dutch national team in 2013.

Thomas van der Mars
Thomas van der Mars
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Thomas van der Mars (208-90, college: Portland, currently plays in Estonia). van der Mars led Rapla to a victory against the closely-ranked TTU (16-16) 89-83 in the Estonian Alexela KML on Sunday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. AVIS Rapla (20-12) is placed second in the Alexela KML. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's van der Mars' first season with the team. This year van der Mars has very high stats. He averages: 16.4ppg, 12.4rpg, 2FGP: 64.0%(176-275) and FT: 70.8%. van der Mars is also a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Roeland Schaftenaar
Roeland Schaftenaar
   #4. Power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Greece) contributed to AGOR's victory against the 11th-ranked Koroivos (7-17) 78-67 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (12-12) is placed sixth in the A1. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Schaftenaar's overall stats are: 6.2ppg and 4.2rpg in 13 games. He is also Dutch national team player.

Nicolas de Jong
Nicolas de Jong
   #5. International center Nicolas de Jong (210-88, currently plays in France) could not help Chalons-Reims (9-16) in their last game on Friday. Despite de Jong's very good performance Chalons-Reims was crushed 79-58 at home by the much higher-ranked Strasbourg IG (#6). He was the top scorer with 15 points. de Jong also added 5 rebounds. de Jong has relatively good stats this season: 12.4ppg and 3.0rpg. He plays currently for the Dutch national team.

Jito Kok
Jito Kok
   #6. Center Jito Kok (206-94, agency: Court Side, college: San Diego, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas van der Mars and both played together in the last Estonian Alexela KML game. Kok contributed to Rapla's victory against the closely-ranked TTU (16-16) 89-83. He scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 18 minutes. This year Kok's total stats are: 5.2ppg and 3.0rpg in 11 games. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Dutch team three years ago.

Worthy de Jong
Worthy de Jong
   #7. International shooting guard Worthy de Jong (194-88, currently plays in France) was not able to help SO Maritime Boulogne (10-17) in their last game on Friday. Despite de Jong's very good performance SO Maritime Boulogne was defeated 86-76 on the road by the much higher-ranked ALM Evreux (#5). He was the second best scorer with 15 points. de Jong has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.6spg. He is also Dutch national team player.

Henk Norel
Henk Norel
   #8. Center Henk Norel (213-87, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Zaragoza (8-18) in their last game. Despite Norel's good performance Zaragoza lost 54-65 in Tenerife to the leading CB Canarias. He was the second best scorer with 10 points. Norel also added 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. It was Zaragoza's third consecutive loss in a row. Norel is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Zaragoza's roster. He has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.2apg in 23 games. Norel used to play for the Dutch national team back in 2015.

Jeroen van der List
Jeroen van der List
   #9. Former international power forward Jeroen van der List (213-89, college: Indian Hills CC, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Shinshu BW (12-39) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the sixth-placed Shinshu BW (12-39) was badly defeated 86-70 on their home court in Nagano by the higher-ranked Bambitious Nara (#4) in the Central group. van der List was the top scorer with 13 points. He also added 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks. This season van der List has relatively solid stats: 14.7ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.6bpg. He used to play for the Dutch national team three years ago.

Kevin Bleeker
Kevin Bleeker
   #10. Center Kevin Bleeker (208-93, also represented by Court Side, college: Canisius, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Navarra (14-13) in their game against Cambados (20-7) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Bleeker scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 16 minutes. Navarra was badly defeated 93-74 on their home court in Pamplona by the second-ranked Cambados. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Bleeker has averaged so far 6.3ppg and 4.8rpg in 27 games. He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Dutch senior national team.

   #11. Former international center Kenneth van Kempen (207-87, another player represented by Court Side, college: Ohio, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to a 2-point Soba's victory against the second-ranked Gent Hawks 78-76 in the Belgian Top Division I (second division) last Saturday. He scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 36 minutes. van Kempen has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 5.8rpg and 2.5apg in 25 games. He used to play for the Dutch national team six years ago.

   #12. Former international power forward Patrick Hilliman (206-82, college: High Point, currently plays in Belgium) led Melsele to a victory over the closely-ranked Ninane crushing them 84-63 in the Belgian Top Division I (second division) on Friday night. Hilliman was the best player in that game. He scored 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds. This season Hilliman has very high stats. He averages: 16.4ppg, 9.5rpg and 1.2spg. Hilliman used to play for the Dutch national team back in 2010.

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

   #1. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah, currently plays in Euroleague) led his Spanish team Baskonia to a victory over the 12th-ranked Galatasaray (11-19) crushing them 103-80 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Tillie scored 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (17-13) is placed seventh in the Euroleague. His team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Tillie averages: 7.2ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.1apg in 29 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French.

   #2. Aaron Doornekamp (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in an CB Canarias' victory against one of league's weakest teams Zaragoza (8-18) 65-54 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Doornekamp scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (19-7) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. Doornekamp has relatively good stats this season: 12.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.3apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Dutch.

   #3. Ryan Broekhoff (200-F-90, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Avtodor (6-14) 79-61 in the VTB United League last Monday. He scored 7 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 19 minutes. Lokomotiv Kuban (14-5) is placed fourth in the VTB United League. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Broekhoff's overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.1apg in 19 games. He has both Australian and Dutch nationalities.

   #4. Morgan Stilma (199-F, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 2-point Unicaja B's victory against the fifth-ranked San Fernando (8-6) 82-80 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. Stilma scored 8 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Unicaja B Malaga (8-6) is placed fourth in Group D Perman. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Stilma has reliable stats this season: 10.1ppg and 4.9rpg.

   #5. Maikel-Bastiaan Post (207-C-85, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Hertener Loewen (12-14) crushing them 95-73 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. He scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 30 minutes. TVI Basketball SWAP Ballers Ibbenbueren (15-11) is placed fifth in West group. The Regular Season already ended. Post has averaged so far 9.3ppg and 5.1rpg in 25 games.

   #6. Jamal Smith (197-F-92, college: Chattanooga St, currently plays in Belgium). He could not help Houthalen to beat Royal Brussels. Smith scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 78-65. Smith has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Smith used to play for The Bright Kings Den Helder in Dutch league.



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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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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





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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Gary JACOBS
  NSH G.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 27.9
 1. Jacobs, NSH G.27.9 
 2. Barfield, NSH G.26.4 
 3. Corbin, Bima P.24.9 
 4. Crump, Satya W.24.3 
 5. White, Pelita Jaya22.6 
 6. Loiselle, Pacific .22.3 
 7. Seagers, Pacific .21.5 
 8. Smith, Hang Tuah21.2 
 9. Ware, Garuda16.4 
 10. Brand, JNE B.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nate BARFIELD
  NSH G.
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Barfield, NSH G.14.4 
 2. Maxey, Satya W.13.9 
 3. Loiselle, Pacific .13.9 
 4. Brand, JNE B.13.2 
 5. White, Pelita Jaya13.1 
 6. Henderson-N., Aspac11.1 
 7. Smith, Hang Tuah10.7 
 8. McKinney, CLS K.10.6 
 9. Gunawan, Garuda9.8 
 10. Ware, Garuda9.0 
Assists Per Game
 David SEAGERS
  Pacific .
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Seagers, Pacific .6.1 
 2. Wuysang, CLS K.5.7 
 3. Jacobs, NSH G.5.5 
 4. Smith, Hang Tuah5.2 
 5. Loiselle, Pacific .4.9 
 6. Dhyaksa, Aspac4.5 
 7. Hardianus, Satria M.4.3 
 8. Purwanto, Hang T.4.3 
 9. Grays, Pelita Jaya4.0 
 10. Corbin, Bima P.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrell CORBIN
  Bima P.
  (184-PG-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Corbin, Bima P.2.9 
 2. Seagers, Pacific .2.4 
 3. Smith, Hang Tuah2.4 
 4. Wisnu, Satria Muda2.1 
 5. Grays, Pelita Jaya2.0 
 6. Jewell, Satria Muda2.0 
 7. Hardianus, Satria M.1.9 
 8. Barfield, NSH G.1.8 
 9. Dhyaksa, Aspac1.6 
 10. Joni, Hang Tuah1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Nate MAXEY
  Satya W.
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Maxey, Satya W.4.9 
 2. Brand, JNE B.3.5 
 3. Ware, Garuda2.0 
 4. Loiselle, Pacific .1.6 
 5. Sitepu, Satria M.1.2 
 6. White, Pelita Jaya1.1 
 7. Seagers, Pacific .0.9 
 8. Nugroho, CLS K.0.9 
 9. Smith, Satria Muda0.8 
 10. Jacobs, NSH G.0.8 


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

Aspac - Pacific Caesar 96-73

Aspac coastd past Pacific Caesar to take 1-0 lead in the series. It looked good early as Pacific Caesar took a 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Aspac had a 39-24 second period charge getting the lead and Pacific Caesar was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 73-96. They outrebounded Pacific Caesar 56-40 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Aspac players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. American point guard Dom Williams (180, college: Cent.Washington) stepped up and scored 27 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and the former international Fandi-Andika Ramadhani (185-85) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side Canadian forward Kevin Loiselle (198-88) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 16 rebounds and 6 assists and American guard David Seagers (188-88, college: Dowling) scored 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Aspac: D.Williams 27+5reb+3ast, O.Wira Sanjaya 15+6reb+1ast, F.Andika Ramadhani 12+5reb+5ast, P.Henderson-Niles 8+11reb+1ast, P.Regowo 8+8reb, V.Wuwungan 7+9reb+1ast
Pacific Caesar: K.Loiselle 23+16reb+6ast, D.Seagers 23+7reb+5ast, I.Muhammad 8+5reb+2ast, N.Saputra 5+1reb+2ast, D.Heryadi 4+7reb+1ast, O.Arista 3+2reb
gschID: 542970


CLS Knights - Garuda 73-75

Garuda dropped CLS Knights to surge ahead in the series. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But CLS Knights won fourth quarter 19-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Garuda made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Sherrard Brantley (188-90, college: Georgia) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 4 assists. Diftha Pratama (186-89) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Four Garuda players scored in double figures. American forward Duke Crews (203-88, college: Bowie St.) answered with 25 points and 9 rebounds and Canadian guard Ashton Smith (187-89, college: Indiana, PA) added 22 points and 7 assists in the effort for CLS Knights. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Garuda: D.Pratama 19+4reb, S.Brantley 18+4reb+4ast, C.Ware 14+6reb, S.Surliyadin 11+3reb, J.Kuntara 7+1reb+2ast, W.Wijaya 2+4reb+2ast
CLS Knights: D.Crews 25+9reb, A.Smith 22+2reb+7ast, M.Wuysang 11+3reb+8ast, F.Nugroho 6+7reb, R.Utomo 5+3reb, A.Hidayat 3
gschID: 542969





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Ironi Nahariya may land Darrell Williams - by Eurobasket News

Ironi Nahariya (Winner League) is close to add to their roster 28-year old American power forward Darrell Williams (203-111kg-89, college: Texas A&M - Commerce, agency: BeoBasket) who currently plays at Hapoel Tel-Aviv. In 21 Winner League games in Israel he recorded 12.7ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0spg this season. The last season Williams played at Partizan in Serbian KLS where in 12 games he averaged 9.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.3spg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 2nd Team. Williams also played 6 games in ABA League where he had 5.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.0spg. The other team Williams played that season for was VOO Verviers Pepinster (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 10 games he got impressive 17.2ppg and 10.7rpg.
Williams has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won LSC Tournament in 2015. Williams was also voted Daktronics NCAA D2 All-South Central Region Player of the Year in 2015.
He is a very experienced player.
Williams graduated from Texas A&M - Commerce in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.
On Williams: Williams is a physical specimen, with NBA size and athleticism. He is a beast in the low post and is an above average shooter in the 15 foot range. Where Williams needs to improve is his 3 point shooting. At just above 20%. Williams has shown the ability to knock down some 3's, but just not the ability to do it with consistency. On defense, he has long arms and quick feet, allowing him to guard the 3,4 and 5. His motor and hustle resemble that of Kenneth Faried, but his lack of shot-blocking leave you wanting more. To succeed at the NBA level, Williams will need to show better ball handling and 3 point shooting. He can help a team immediately with rebounding and low post scoring.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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)



Devyn Marble left Dolomiti Energia Trento - by Eurobasket News

25-year old American small forward Devyn Marble (198-88kg-92, college: Iowa) left Dolomiti Energia Trento (Serie A). In 10 games in Italy he had 10.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg this season.
Marble managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year. He also played earlier that season for Aris in Greek A1 where in 10 Serie A games he recorded 7.6ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.4apg. Marble also played 8 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 10.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.1apg and 1.6spg.
Three years ago he was drafted by Denver Nuggets (NBA) in second round (56th overall). The former University of Iowa standoutis in his third season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of NIT in 2013. Marble was also voted All-Big Ten 1st Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Marble has played previously professionally in NBA (Orlando Magic) and D-League (Erie Bay Hawks).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Could Danilo Gallinari be an option for Miami Heat in free agency? - by Eurobasket News

Did Heat fans get a glimpse of the future on Sunday? Denver's 6-foot-10 wing man, Danilo Gallinari (6'10''-SF-88), who dropped 29 on Miami in the Nuggets' win, is expected to decline his $16.1 million player option this summer and become a free agent. He likely will be second best player at his position behind Utah's Gordon Hayward. But is he a viable option if the Heat cannot sign Hayward? Gallinari, 28, is having his second best scoring season, averaging 17.7 points, a bit under the 19.5 points he averaged in 2015-16. Both years he averaged a little more than five rebounds and two assists per game. This season though has been his best from the floor since his rookie year with the Knicks, shooting 43.9 percent, 38.4 on threes. Although those scoring/shooting numbers are not as good as the 6-8 Hayward's (21.7 ppg, 46.3 percent from the floor, 38.9 on threes), Gallinari defense has been a bit better, holding the players he covers to 41.6 percent, 3.2 percent below their average, compared to Hayward's minus 2.5. Defense, though, is neither players' strong suit, and certainly the weakness in Gallinari's game. And Denver is one of the worst defensive teams in the league. If Miami signs Gallinari as the small forward, it would then have to upgrade the defense at power forward, where Luke Babbitt (6'9''-F-89, college: Nevada) is not expected to return as the starter. Gallinari can be a matchup nightmare with his size. Just look at Sunday when the Heat were forced to guard him with 6-4 Rodney McGruder (6'4''-G-91, college: Kansas St.) for much of game. Gallinari would just rise and shoot over the pesky McGrude. He was 11-of-19 from the floor, 3-of-7 threes. Gallinari's strength is his catch-and-shoot game and he can also get to the line, averaging 6.2 free throws per game (Goran Dragic (6'3''-PG-86) leads the Heat with 5.1 per game). And Gallinari takes advantage of those trips making 90.2 percent of his free throws. The Heat are last in the league at 70.4 percent. The other downside is Gallinari's injury history. He averaged 56 games the last two season and has played 59 this year, missing time with a groin strain and a knee injury. While nobody is saying Gallinari is a better option than the 27-year-old Hayward, he may be a nice second option, especially considering that many believe if Hayward leaves Utah he may prefer to play for his old Butler University coach, Boston's Brad Stevens. And Gallinari would be cheaper. While Hayward is expected to receive a max contract starting at $31 million a year, Gallinari likely is in the $20-22 million a year range. With somewhere around $40 million to spend this summer, the Heat must decide if they want to use at least half of that on what could be the second best wing player on the market.
Courtesy of: palmbeachpost.com



Trevor Lacey out for 30/40 days - by Antonello Varallo

Bad news for Banco di Sardegna Dinamo Sassari, who will be forced to play without one of the best players for at least 30 days. During a training session, Trevor Lacey (190-G-91, college: N.Carolina St.)suffered an injury: the medical exams showed a lesion on the fourth metacarpal of Lacey's right hand. The former small forward of Pesaro was playing a very interesting season, with 10.8 ppg in 25 Serie A games (high of 24 points scored against Cremona 2 weeks ago) with 53.4% from 2, and 10 ppg in 20 Champions League games (high of 18 points scored 3 times, against Szolnok, Nymburg and Monaco). According to the first rumors, Sassari is already looking for a substitute.


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Garland Judkins (ex Orthodox) is a newcomer at Los Mochis - by Eurobasket News

Pioneros de Los Mochis (CIBACOPA) added to their roster 28-year old American guard Garland Judkins (196-88kg-89, college: Texas A&M-CC). He just played at Orthodox in Jordanian Premier League.
In 2013 (two years after he left the college) Judkins was drafted by Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League) in sixth round (100th overall).
The former Texas A&M - Corpus Christi standoutis in his sixth season in pro basketball.
Judkins won Eurobasket Summer League Las Vegas (2nd session) in 2013.
He has played also professionally in D-League (Iowa Energy).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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)



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Urim ZENELAJ
  Ylli
  (213-C-91)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Zenelaj, Ylli21.3 
 2. Kovaqi, Vellaznimi20.2 
 3. Qallaku, Vellaznimi18.8 
 4. Hajrizi, Sigal P.17.4 
 5. Veseli, Peja16.8 
 6. Zekiqi, Trepca15.8 
 7. Matoshi, Vellaznimi15.5 
 8. Wise, Trepca15.0 
 9. Grosha, Ylli14.2 
 10. Gashi, Rahoveci13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Urim ZENELAJ
  Ylli
  (213-C-91)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Zenelaj, Ylli14.5 
 2. Dahlman, Peja8.1 
 3. Locke, Bashkimi7.1 
 4. Matoshi, Vellaznimi6.8 
 5. Grosha, Ylli6.5 
 6. Kapiti, Kerasan6.2 
 7. Veseli, Peja6.0 
 8. Qallaku, Vellaznimi6.0 
 9. Shala, Kerasan5.5 
 10. Sharku, Rahoveci5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Fisnik JUNIKU
  Vellaznimi
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Juniku, Vellaznimi7.7 
 2. Morina, Ylli6.0 
 3. Wise, Trepca4.7 
 4. Ahmetbasic, Peja4.4 
 5. Mekaj, Peja4.1 
 6. Scott, Trepca3.9 
 7. Hinds, Sigal P.3.4 
 8. Hajrizi, Sigal P.3.1 
 9. Kovaqi, Vellaznimi2.8 
 10. Dahlman, Peja2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Altin MORINA
  Ylli
  (194-PG-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Morina, Ylli2.0 
 2. Kovaqi, Vellaznimi1.8 
 3. Hajrizi, Sigal P.1.8 
 4. Juniku, Vellaznimi1.7 
 5. Hinds, Sigal P.1.5 
 6. Wise, Trepca1.4 
 7. Reed, Peja1.3 
 8. Qallaku, Vellaznimi1.3 
 9. Tahiri, Bashkimi1.3 
 10. Tmusic, Bashkimi1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dardan KAPITI
  Kerasan
  (204-F/C-0)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kapiti, Kerasan2.0 
 2. Zenelaj, Ylli1.6 
 3. Zeka, Vellaznimi0.9 
 4. Reed, Peja0.8 
 5. Stutz, Trepca0.7 
 6. Matoshi, Vellaznimi0.5 
 7. Morina, Ylli0.5 
 8. Grosha, Ylli0.5 
 9. Veseli, Peja0.5 
 10. Rugova, Sigal P.0.5 



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LBL D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Barrett, Madona26.7 
 2. Miezis, Kekava24.1 
 3. Kaufmanis, Valmier.22.7 
 4. Ginters, RSU22.2 
 5. Krumins, Jelgava21.3 
 6. Stiebrins, Jekabpil.17.9 
 7. Saknitis, Kekava17.5 
 8. Skute, Madona17.2 
 9. Bets, Ogre/Kum.16.8 
 10. Zotovs, VEF skola16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Barrett, Madona12.2 
 2. Minajevs, LU/BS R.11.5 
 3. Dubults, ViA11.2 
 4. Vikentsyeu, VeA10.7 
 5. Cavars, Kekava10.6 
 6. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki10.0 
 7. Gertners, DSN/.9.8 
 8. Metnieks, Marupe8.8 
 9. Adins, Turiba8.8 
 10. Sapovalovs, RSU8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars BUIKIS
  Saldus
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Buikis, Saldus7.9 
 2. Justovics, Jelgava7.0 
 3. Endzels, Turiba7.0 
 4. Bikovs, RTU5.8 
 5. Kalnins, Valmier.5.7 
 6. Kohanovs, ViA5.6 
 7. Paze, Marupe5.4 
 8. Osins, Limbazi5.3 
 9. Zotovs, VEF skola5.2 
 10. Pabrieza, Livani4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Aivars DAMBIS
  BJBS R.
  (183-G-0)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Dambis, BJBS R.3.3 
 2. Miezis, Kekava3.1 
 3. Mikulskiy, VeA2.7 
 4. Kaufmanis, Valmier.2.6 
 5. Zotovs, VEF skola2.6 
 6. Bikovs, RTU2.5 
 7. Barrett, Madona2.5 
 8. Osins, Limbazi2.3 
 9. Justovics, Jelgava2.3 
 10. Brants, Madona2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Reinis AVOTINS
  Jekabpil.
  (202-F-98)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Avotins, Jekabpil.1.6 
 2. Engers, ViA1.3 
 3. Skute, Madona1.3 
 4. Gertners, DSN/.1.1 
 5. Metnieks, Marupe1.1 
 6. Jurjans, RSU1.0 
 7. Vikentsyeu, VeA1.0 
 8. Indrikovs, Ogre/Kum.1.0 
 9. Viksna, Livani0.9 
 10. Hudins, VEF skola0.9 



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Sagesse
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Stoglin, Sagesse33.7 
 2. Jones, Mayrouba24.9 
 3. Johnson, Louaize24.5 
 4. Khatib, Homenetmen24.2 
 5. Rembert, Champville24.1 
 6. Kemp, Tadamon24.0 
 7. Jackson, Homen.23.3 
 8. Morris, Tadamon23.2 
 9. Efevberha, Sagesse23.1 
 10. Spencer, Moutahed22.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Champville
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Townes, Champville13.2 
 2. Ebi, Byblos12.4 
 3. Upshaw, Mayrouba12.3 
 4. Garrett, Hoops11.9 
 5. Majok, Homenetmen11.7 
 6. Melvin, Moutahed9.9 
 7. Bawji, Champville9.7 
 8. Aminu, Al Riyadi9.3 
 9. Godfrey, Sagesse9.3 
 10. Kemp, Tadamon8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  Homen.
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Galloway, Homen.8.3 
 2. Mezher, Hoops8.1 
 3. Khalil, Tadamon6.9 
 4. Johnson, Louaize6.6 
 5. Rembert, Champville5.9 
 6. Arakji, Al Riyadi5.4 
 7. Brown, Al Riyadi5.4 
 8. Efevberha, Sagesse5.0 
 9. Spencer, Moutahed5.0 
 10. Curry, Moutahed4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Geron JOHNSON
  Louaize
  (190-G-92)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Johnson, Louaize2.7 
 2. Jackson, Homen.2.5 
 3. Galloway, Homen.2.1 
 4. Kemp, Tadamon2.0 
 5. Curry, Moutahed1.9 
 6. Thomas, Hoops1.8 
 7. Youngblood, Byblos1.8 
 8. Brown, Al Riyadi1.7 
 9. Ebi, Byblos1.7 
 10. Jones, Mayrouba1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert UPSHAW
  Mayrouba
  (213-C-94)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Upshaw, Mayrouba3.6 
 2. Majok, Homenetmen2.6 
 3. Garrett, Hoops2.5 
 4. Townes, Champville2.2 
 5. Godfrey, Sagesse2.0 
 6. Ebi, Byblos1.8 
 7. Melvin, Moutahed1.6 
 8. Haidar, Al Riyadi1.6 
 9. Aminu, Al Riyadi1.2 
 10. Johnson, Louaize1.1 


Best players of Lebanese Pepsi LBL round 4 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Bosnia and Herzegovina-Serbian Mile Ilic (215-C-84) had a great game in the last round for Tadamon and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Second Stage).
The 32-year old center had a double-double of 23 points and eleven rebounds, while his team edged out Al Riyadi (#1, 17-6) 89-87. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Tadamon maintains the 3rd position in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. Tadamon is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 14th lost game this season out of 23 games. In the team's last game Ilic had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Tadamon, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Mile Ilic averages just after three games 21.0ppg and 12.0rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American guard Geron Johnson (190-G-92) of Louaize. Johnson impressed basketball fans with 30 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as Louaize lost that game 84-90 to slightly higher-ranked Byblos (#2, 16-6). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Louaize still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 11-11 record is not bad at all. Johnson is a newcomer at Louaize 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 24.7ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 8.4rpg and 6.8apg.

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Bassel Bawji (203-F-89) of Champville (#4). Bawji scored 16 points and grabbed nineteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Champville, leading his team to a 90-76 easy win against #2 ranked Moutahed. The chances of Champville not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bawji could try to bring Champville's a little bit higher in the standings. Bawji has individually a great season in Lebanon. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.8rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Amir Saoud (186-G-91) of Al Riyadi - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Fadi El Khatib (198-F/G-79) of Homenetmen - 31 points and 3 rebounds
6. Ater Majok (208-C-87) of Homenetmen - 11 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Steven Roundtree (206-F) of Byblos - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84) of Champville - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Maurice Kemp (203-F-91) of Tadamon - 20 points and 8 rebounds
10. Patrick Rembert (185-PG-89) of Champville - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Jonathan HUDSON
  Palanga
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Hudson, Palanga18.7 
 2. Vingelis, Rasai18.6 
 3. Birutis, Zalgiris.17.4 
 4. Griskenas, Delikate.17.2 
 5. Masiulis, Zalgiris.16.3 
 6. Normantas, Perla.15.3 
 7. Beliavicius, Vytis15.3 
 8. Galeckas, Rasai15.1 
 9. Saulys, Suduva-M.14.7 
 10. Pukelis, Silute14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Laurynas BIRUTIS
  Zalgiris.
  (213-C/F-97)
  Avg: 9
 1. Birutis, Zalgiris.9.0 
 2. Masiulis, Zalgiris.8.1 
 3. Ambrulaitis, Ezerunas.7.5 
 4. Pukelis, Silute7.5 
 5. Jankaitis, Vytis7.1 
 6. Pikalavicius, Petroche.7.0 
 7. Simonis, Palanga6.9 
 8. Raupys, Silute6.8 
 9. Chodosovskis, Nafta-Un.6.7 
 10. Kieza, Suduva-M.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GALECKAS
  Rasai
  (183-PG-94)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Galeckas, Rasai7.1 
 2. Zemaitis, Zalgiris.6.0 
 3. Sapiega, KTU6.0 
 4. Urbonas, Palanga5.4 
 5. Razutis, Telsiai5.2 
 6. Hudson, Palanga4.9 
 7. Juknevicius, Suduva-M.4.9 
 8. Kavaliauskas, KTU4.8 
 9. Giedraitis, Ezerunas.4.5 
 10. Wanamaker, Silute4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Ignas RAZUTIS
  Telsiai
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Razutis, Telsiai2.5 
 2. Pelss, KTU2.5 
 3. Kavaliauskas, KTU2.3 
 4. Wanamaker, Silute2.3 
 5. Hudson, Palanga2.2 
 6. Saulys, Suduva-M.2.2 
 7. Normantas, Perla.2.1 
 8. Juknevicius, Suduva-M.1.8 
 9. Mikalauskas, Mazei.1.8 
 10. Narusis, Ezerunas.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Laurynas BIRUTIS
  Zalgiris.
  (213-C/F-97)
  Avg: 2
 1. Birutis, Zalgiris.2.0 
 2. Labutis, KTU1.5 
 3. Pukelis, Silute1.1 
 4. Udras, Suduva-M.0.9 
 5. Massalski, Perla.0.9 
 6. Masiulis, Zalgiris.0.9 
 7. Kubilius, Nafta-Uni.0.8 
 8. Pikalavicius, Petroche.0.8 
 9. Ramasauskas, Nafta.0.7 
 10. Uzupis, Vytis0.7 


Gediminas Orelik selected the top Lithuanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Gediminas Orelik
Gediminas Orelik
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Gediminas Orelik (199-90, currently plays in Turkey). He led Banvit to a victory over the 12th-ranked Trabzonspor (8-16) 75-66 in the Turkish BSL in Saturday night's game. Orelik was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 36 minutes on the court. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (17-7) is placed fourth in the BSL. It's Orelik's first season with the team. Orelik has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 58.5%(48-82), 3FGP: 43.7% and FT: 81.4% in 24 games he played so far. Orelik played for the Lithuanian senior national team two years ago.

Jonas Valanciunas
Jonas Valanciunas
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Jonas Valanciunas (213-92, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a Toronto Raptors' victory against the Indiana Pacers (39-40) 111-100 in the NBA last Friday. Valanciunas recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 17 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. The Toronto Raptors have a solid 48-31 record this season. There are only three games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Valanciunas is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Raptors' roster. This season Valanciunas has very high stats. He averages: 12.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2FGP: 55.9%(378-676) and FT: 81.4%. Valanciunas is in the roster of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Jonas Maciulis
Jonas Maciulis
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Jonas Maciulis (198-85, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to a Real Madrid's victory against the fifth-ranked Fenerbahce (18-12) 61-56 in the Euroleague on Friday night. Maciulis scored 7 points in 26 minutes. Real Madrid (22-7) is placed first in the Euroleague. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Maciulis' overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 2FGP: 53.2%, 3FGP: 51.6%(32-62) and FT: 72.2% in 25 games. Ex-KK Baltai Kaunas player is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Arnas Labuckas
Arnas Labuckas
   #4. Forward Arnas Labuckas (206-87, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in VTB United League) could not help VEF Riga (10-10) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance VEF Riga was defeated 86-82 at home by the higher-ranked Unics Kazan (#5). Labuckas recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. There are only three games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Labuckas' total stats this season are: 6.4ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team back in 2009.

Denis Krestinin
Denis Krestinin
   #5. Former U20 international forward Denis Krestinin (202-94, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Latvia) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Barons Riga in their game against Liepaja/Triobet (15-15) in the Latvian LBL. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 12 rebounds. Krestinin also added 2 blocks. Krestinin's total stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5spg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team three years ago.

Tautvydas Lydeka
Tautvydas Lydeka
   #6. Center Tautvydas Lydeka (208-83, currently plays in Italy) helped Banco di Srd edge the closely-ranked Enel Brindisi (12-13) 79-78 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Lydeka recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 18 minutes. Banco di Sardegna Sassari (14-11) is placed sixth in the Serie A. This year Lydeka's total stats are: 6.6ppg and 4.8rpg in 23 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Lithuanian senior team eleven years ago.

Mantas Cesnauskis
Mantas Cesnauskis
   #7. Former U20 international guard Mantas Cesnauskis (189-81, currently plays in Poland) helped Energa Czarni win their game against the league outsider Siarka (4-24) 92-86 in the Polish PLK on Wednesday night. Cesnauskis scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. Energa Czarni Slupsk (16-11) is placed sixth in the PLK. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Cesnauskis has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3apg in 26 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team seventeen years ago.

Sarunas Vasiliauskas
Sarunas Vasiliauskas
   #8. Point guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Usak Sportlif (7-17) in their game against Galatasaray (14-10) in the Turkish BSL. Despite his very good performance in Monday night's game Vasiliauskas scored 16 points and added 4 passes (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). Vasiliauskas has relatively good stats this season: 12.9ppg, 2.1rpg and 4.4apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team back in 2014.

Giedrius Staniulis
Giedrius Staniulis
   #9. Former U20 international power forward Giedrius Staniulis (205-91, currently plays in France) was the main contributor in Souffelweyersheim's victory against the closely-ranked Rueil (18-13) crushing them 84-62 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. Staniulis was the best player in that game. He recorded 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 25 minutes. BC Souffelweyersheim (20-11) is placed third in the NM1. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Staniulis has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 8.2rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg in 29 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team six years ago.

Deividas Dulkys
Deividas Dulkys
   #10. Swingman Deividas Dulkys (195-88, college: Florida St., currently plays in Spain) helped Blusens Monbus edge the closely-ranked Joventut (8-18) 83-82 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Dulkys scored 16 points and added 3 assists. Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro CAB (8-16) is placed 13th in the Liga Endesa. Dulkys has reliable stats this season: 10.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.7apg. He is a former international player as five years ago he still played for the Lithuanian senior national team.

   #11. International power forward Domantas Sabonis (209-96, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in NBA) helped Oklahoma City Thunder win their game against the Milwaukee Bucks crushing them 110-79 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Sabonis scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes. Sabonis has averaged so far 5.9ppg and 3.5rpg in 77 games. He is a naturalized American. Sabonis plays currently for the Lithuanian national team. Strangely he has never played in Lithuania.

   #12. Former U20 international guard Modestas Kumpys (194-91, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Latvia) couldn't help Jekabpils in their game against Jurmala in the Latvian LBL. Despite his good performance last Saturday Kumpys recorded 11 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Kumpys averaged so far 10.3ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2011.

   #13. International forward Marius Grigonis (198-94, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias to win against one of league's weakest teams Zaragoza 65-54 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Grigonis scored only 3 points. Grigonis has averaged so far 7.1ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.3apg. He is also Lithuanian national team player.

   #14. Former international shooting guard Rimantas Kaukenas (192-77, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in Italy) helped Grissin Bon RE win their game against the closely-ranked Betaland Cdo 62-59 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Kaukenas recorded 8 points (made all of his five free throws) in 19 minutes. Kaukenas has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.9apg in 10 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team back in 2012.

   #15. Former University international center Adomas Drungilas (203-90, currently plays in Hungary) helped ZTE KK win their game against the third-ranked Szolnok 97-89 in the Hungarian A Division on Thursday night. Drungilas scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Drungilas averaged so far 14.1ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team four years ago.

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

   #1. John Shurna (204-F-90, college: Northwestern, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to Cedevita's victory against the closely-ranked Partizan (19-7) 87-78 in the ABA League last Sunday. Shurna scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. KK Cedevita Zagreb (20-6) is placed second in the ABA League. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. This year Shurna's total stats are: 8.6ppg and 2.9rpg in 20 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Shurna's Lithuanian passport, he previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Lithuanian team. Strangely Shurna has never played in Lithuania.

   #2. Nik Stauskas (198-SG-93, college: Michigan, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Philadelphia 76ers (27-52) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Stauskas' good performance the Philadelphia 76ers (27-52) were defeated 113-105 on the road by the Toronto Raptors. He scored 14 points and added 5 passes. There are only three games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Stauskas has relatively good stats this season: 9.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.4apg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lithuanian.

   #3. Marius Runkauskas (189-G-86, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Romania) led Steaua CSM to a victory over the fifth-ranked BC Timisoara (13-15) 84-80 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Sunday night. Runkauskas was the top player that evening. He scored 34 points (!!!) in 37 minutes. Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti (17-11) is placed third in Places 1-6 group. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. Runkauskas has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.3apg in 27 games.

   #4. Vytautas Kamarunas (178-PG-89, currently plays in Belarus) was not able to help COR-Borisfen in their game against BSEU-GrandPrint (13-19) in the Belarusian Premier League. Kamarunas recorded 8 points, 4 assists and 4 steals. The league leader COR-Borisfen was edged 78-76 at home by the lower-ranked BSEU-GrandPrint (#6). There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Kamarunas averaged so far 14.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 5.6apg and 2.0spg.

   #5. Andrius Mikutis (194-G/F-88, college: John Brown, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for SG Schwelmer Baskets (21-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the first-placed SG Schwelmer Baskets (21-5) was defeated 89-82 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Muenster in the West group. Mikutis was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 9 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. This season Mikutis has very high stats. He averages: 18.3ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.9apg.

   #6. Dominykas Milka (203-C-92, college: St.Rose, NY, currently plays in Estonia) couldn't help Tartu Ulikool (29-3) in their last game on Friday. Despite Milka's very good performance the league leader Tartu Ulikool was edged 71-69 on their home court in Tartu by the lower-ranked Kalev/Cramo (#3). He was the top scorer with 19 points. Milka also added 6 rebounds. Milka averaged so far 12.7ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.3apg.

   #7. Mantas Griskenas (200-F-85, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Wichita St., currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help Nassjo (15-17) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance Nassjo was defeated 77-73 on their home court in Nassjo by the second-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins. Griskenas scored 11 points. Griskenas has averaged so far 9.1ppg and 3.5rpg.

   #8. Raimundas Danys (198-F-85, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help Neuchatel in their game against Geneve Lions in the Swiss LNA. He scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. His team lost 74-78. Danys' stats this year are: 10.3ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.3apg in 18 games.

   #9. Mantas Kazonas (202-F-89, currently plays in France) couldn't help Lourdes-Tarbes in their game against Angers BC in the French NM1 (third division), despite his very good performance last Friday. He was the second best scorer with 14 points in 29 minutes. But his team was crushed by 21 points 96-75. Kazonas' stats this year are: 10.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg in 18 games.

   #10. Povilas Gaidys (208-C-91, agency: SPORTlab Agency, college: Southeastern, currently plays in Austria) managed to help Basket Swans Gmunden in a victory against the seventh-ranked Furstenfeld Panthers 77-71 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Sunday night's game. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 12 minutes. Gaidys has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.1apg in 20 games.



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  MALI  


Amara Sy selected the top Malian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Amara Sy
Amara Sy
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Amara Sy (202-81, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France). He contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (14-11) crushing them 92-72 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Sy recorded 6 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and made 3 blocks in 27 minutes on the court. AS Monaco Basket (22-3) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Sy averages: 7.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 56.0%(70-125), 3FGP: 14.3% and FT: 74.1% in 25 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Sy played for the Mali senior national team six years ago.

Sourata Cisse
Sourata Cisse
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Sourata Cisse (196-86, currently plays in France). Cisse led Orchesien BC to a 1-point victory over the 15th-ranked Lorient (13-18) 86-85 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Cisse recorded 28 points (!!!) and added 4 assists in 37 minutes. BC Orchies (18-13) is placed sixth in the NM1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Cisse has relatively good stats this year: 13.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 51.9%, 3FGP: 42.3% and FT: 78.3% in 31 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. Despite Cisse played previously for the French U20 national team, he played also for the Mali national team in 2015.

Boubacar Sidibe
Boubacar Sidibe
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Boubacar Sidibe (205-94, currently plays in Spain). Sidibe could not help Blancos de Rueda (14-13) to beat Albacete (7-20). He scored only 4 points and blocked 2 blocks in 12 minutes. Blancos de Rueda was edged 75-73 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams (#15) Albacete. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Sidibe's overall stats are: 5.5ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 21.4% and FT: 39.1% in 21 games. He played for the Mali national team two years ago.

Sambou Traore
Sambou Traore
   #4. Power forward Sambou Traore (198-79, currently plays in France) was not able to help Chorale de Roanne in their game against Poitiers (14-12) in the French ProB (second division). Traore did not beat the league record on Friday evening. He recorded only 2 points. Chorale de Roanne was badly defeated 85-68 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Poitiers (#8). Traore's total stats this season are: 1.8ppg and 1.2rpg. He has both Mali and French nationalities. Traore used to play for the Mali national team back in 2015.

Ibrahim Saounera
Ibrahim Saounera
   #5. Former international point guard Ibrahim Saounera (179-87, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Vendee Challans (16-15) in their last game. Despite his good performance Vendee Challans lost 86-92 on the opponent's court to the leading Caen. Saounera recorded 13 points and added 6 assists in 43 minutes. They ended the series of five consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Saounera has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.7apg and 1.4spg in 31 games. He also holds two passports: Mali and French. Saounera used to play for the Mali national team two years ago.

Cheick Soumaoro
Cheick Soumaoro
   #6. Power forward Cheick Soumaoro (204-90, currently plays in France) couldn't help SAP Vaucluse (13-18) in their game against GET Vosges (18-13) in the French NM1 (third division). He recorded 5 points. SAP Vaucluse was badly defeated 68-51 in Golbey by the much higher-ranked GET Vosges (#4). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Soumaoro's total stats this season are: 8.7ppg and 5.7rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Mali senior team six years ago.

Ludovic Chelle
Ludovic Chelle
   #7. Former international point guard Ludovic Chelle (183-83, currently plays in France) faced previously mentioned Ibrahim Saounera in the French NM1 last game. Chelle contributed to Caen's victory against the eighth-ranked Vendee Challans (16-15) 92-86. He recorded 8 points in 24 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Chelle's total stats are: 8.4ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.1apg in 30 games. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Chelle is currently in the Mali national team roster.

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

   #1. Bandja Sy (204-F-90, agency: BeoBasket, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in France) contributed to an ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's victory against the 14th-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (9-16) 73-59 in the French ProA last Monday. He recorded 10 points. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (13-12) is placed eighth in the ProA. Sy's overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg and 3.4rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French.

   #2. Nianta Diarra (205-F/C-93, currently plays in France). Diarra could not help Olympique Antibes (7-18) to beat Chalon/Saor (18-7). He recorded 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Olympique Antibes was defeated 87-74 on the road by the second-ranked Chalon/Saor. It was Olympique Antibes' fifth consecutive loss in a row. Diarra's overall stats this season are: 2.8ppg and 3.1rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French.



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  MEXICO  


Garland Judkins (ex Orthodox) is a newcomer at Los Mochis - by Eurobasket News

Pioneros de Los Mochis (CIBACOPA) added to their roster 28-year old American guard Garland Judkins (196-88kg-89, college: Texas A&M-CC). He just played at Orthodox in Jordanian Premier League.
In 2013 (two years after he left the college) Judkins was drafted by Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League) in sixth round (100th overall).
The former Texas A&M - Corpus Christi standoutis in his sixth season in pro basketball.
Judkins won Eurobasket Summer League Las Vegas (2nd session) in 2013.
He has played also professionally in D-League (Iowa Energy).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Paco Olmos extends contract with Fuerza Regia - by Eurobasket News

Paco Olmos has agreed on terms of contract extension with Fuerza Regia. The Spanish specialist has signed a three-year extension. He took over the team at the start of the season. Pace Olmos guided Fuerza Regia to the LNBP title. Previously he worked Puerto Rico, Spain and Lebanon. Paco Olmos used to guide the Puerto Rican National Team back in 2013 and 2014.


Forte number one in Mexico for round 9 - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Cameron Forte (201-F-93) had a great game in the last round for Los Mochis, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 43 points and 17 rebounds, while his team Los Mochis maintains the 10th position in Mexican CIBACOPA. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 7 games and recorded just one victory. Forte just recently signed at Los Mochis, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Portland State University star has very solid stats this year. Forte is in league's top in points (3rd best: 25.0ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 11.1rpg) and averages impressive 66.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Mychal Ammons (198-F-92) of Navolato. Ammons had a very good evening with a double-double of 32 points and 20 rebounds. Of course Navolato cruised to a 92-80 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Guaymas (#7, 4-4). This victory allowed Navolato to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 5-3 record is not bad at all. Ammons is one of the most experienced players at Navolato and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.4ppg (#2). He also registered 12.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Leon Gibson (206-C-91) of league's top team Tijuana. Gibson scored 25 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Tijuana, leading his team to a 84-78 win against the lower-ranked Los Mochis (#10, 1-7). Tijuana confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 3 lost games. Gibson has a great season in Mexico. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.2rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Benjamin Puckett (205-C-83) of Culiacan - 19 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Michael Glover (203-F-87) of Obregon - 23 points and 12 rebounds
6. Cliff Tucker (198-F/G-89) of Mazatlan - 33 points and 7 rebounds
7. Sammy Yeager (193-F-89) of Guasave - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Dwayne Mitchell (196-G/F-82) of Navolato - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Rashad Woods (197-G/F-86) of Guaymas - 31 points and 6 rebounds
10. Grandy Glaze (204-F) of Culiacan - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Jordan Glynn (ex Fuerza Regia) joins Estudiantes Concordia - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes Concordia (LigaA) agreed terms with 28-year old American forward Jordan Glynn (200-102kg-89, college: SF Austin). He started the season at Fuerza Regia in Mexican LNBP. In 33 games he had 6.1ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.1apg this season. The last summer Glynn played at Piratas in Puerto Rican BSN where in 20 games he recorded 11.2ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.5apg. His team made it to the Liga Americas Semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Glynn was voted Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP 3rd Team in 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Glynn's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in four different countries. Glynn tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally also in Denmark (Naestved), Romania (Timba Timosoara) and Puerto Rico (Cangrejeros).
Glynn attended Stephen F. Austin State University until 2011 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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Gustavo Ayon's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Mexicans playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Gustavo Ayon
Gustavo Ayon
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Gustavo Ayon (207-85, college: San Jose St., currently plays in Spain). He led Real Madrid to a 2-point victory against the ninth-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (11-15) 101-99 in a derby game in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Ayon had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 5 blocks in 26 minutes on the court. Real Madrid (18-7) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. This year Ayon averages: 9.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 65.7%(90-137) and FT: 68.6% in 23 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Mexican senior national team.

Israel Gutierrez
Israel Gutierrez
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Israel Gutierrez (206-93, currently plays in Argentina). Gutierrez contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked Weber Bahia (24-18) crushing them 82-57 in the Argentinian LigaA last Sunday. He scored 8 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Atletico Argentino Junin (23-22) is placed fifth in Sur group. Gutierrez's overall stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 2FGP: 68.8%(11-16) and FT: 70.6%. Ex-Garzas de Plata Hidalgo player is in the roster of the Mexican senior national team.

Jorge Gutierrez
Jorge Gutierrez
   #3. The Mexican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Jorge Gutierrez (190-88, college: California, currently plays in Turkey). He could not help Trabzonspor (8-16) in their last game. Despite Gutierrez's good performance Trabzonspor lost 66-75 at home to the much higher-ranked (#4) Banvit. He scored 10 points, had 8 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 5 balls in 31 minutes. It's Gutierrez's first season with the team. This year Gutierrez's overall stats are: 9.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 4.6apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 51.1%, 3FGP: 24.1% and FT: 62.5% in 14 games. Ex-Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun player is also a member of the Mexican senior national team.

Edgar Garibay
Edgar Garibay
   #4. Forward Edgar Garibay (208-90, college: Long Beach St., currently plays in Venezuela) led Guaiqueries to a 1-point victory against the third-ranked Gigantes (8-6) 69-68 in the Venezuelan LPB in Monday night's game. He scored 11 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Conference Eastern. Guaiqueries de Margarita (10-6) is placed first in Eastern Conference. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Garibay's total stats this season are: 7.0ppg and 3.6rpg. He is a naturalized American. Garibay is also Mexican national team player. He used to play for Lechugueros de Leon in Mexican league.

Francisco Cruz
Francisco Cruz
   #5. International guard Francisco Cruz (190-89, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Gustavo Ayon in the Spanish Liga Endesa last game. Cruz was not able to help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in their game against Real Madrid (18-7). He did not have that impressive stats last Sunday. Cruz scored only 3 points in 14 minutes. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was edged 101-99 in a derby game by the higher-ranked (#4) Real Madrid. This year Cruz's total stats are: 8.6ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.1apg in 25 games. He plays currently for the Mexican national team.

Mauricio Cheda
Mauricio Cheda
   #6. Forward Mauricio Cheda (198-90, college: UTEP, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Xuven Cambados to win against the ninth-ranked Navarra (14-13) 93-74 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Friday night. Cheda scored only 3 points. Xuven Cambados (20-7) is placed second in the LEB Silver. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Cheda has averaged so far 4.4ppg and 1.3rpg. He is a former university international player as he played for the Mexican team four years ago.

Other top Mexican players, who play abroad:

Paul Stoll (180-PG-85) plays for Unics Kazan in Russian VTB
Orlando Mendez-Valdez (183-PG-86) plays for Maccabi Haifa in Israeli Winner League
Joel Gierbolini (203-F-89) plays for Vaqueros in Puerto Rican BSN
Joseph Soto (190-G-93) plays for Vaqueros in Puerto Rican BSN
Hector Hernandez (205-PF-85) plays for Vaqueros in Puerto Rican BSN
James Anacreon (201-F-90) plays for Albacete in Spanish LEB Silver
Ivan Alvarez (189-F-82) plays for Independ. Oliva in Argentinian TFB
Braulio De La Cruz plays for Los Prados in Dominican Rep. District National
Diego Willis (192-PG-99) plays for Canarias Basketball Academy in Spanish 1 Div.

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



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Tyrese Rice selected the top Montenegrin playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tyrese Rice
Tyrese Rice
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help FC Barcelona (12-18) in their last game. Despite Rice's very good performance FC Barcelona was edged 68-65 on the road by the higher-ranked (#5) Fenerbahce. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Rice also added 3 passes in 34 minutes on the court. The Regular Season already ended in the Euroleague. It's Rice's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 4.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 42.7%, 3FGP: 32.0% and FT: 82.2% in 30 games he played so far. Rice is a naturalized American. He played for the Montenegrin senior national team three years ago. Strangely Rice has never played in Montenegro.

Milko Bjelica
Milko Bjelica
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Milko Bjelica (207-84, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Serbian team Crvena Zvezda to a victory over the league outsider Unics Kazan (8-22) 83-65 in the Euroleague last Friday. Bjelica was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (16-14) is placed ninth in the Euroleague. The Regular Season already ended in the Euroleague. This season Bjelica averages: 7.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 46.4%, 3FGP: 19.3% and FT: 79.5%. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Serbian. Bjelica played for the Montenegrin national team in 2014.

Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Nikola Vucevic (213-90, college: USC, currently plays in NBA). He was not able to help the Orlando Magic (28-51) in their last game. Despite Vucevic's very good performance the Orlando Magic (28-51) lost 111-121 in Brooklyn to the Nets. He had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 11 rebounds in 32 minutes. It was Magic's fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Vucevic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Magic's roster. Vucevic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 14.7ppg, 10.4rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 48.4%, 3FGP: 27.8% and FT: 67.1% in 72 games. Vucevic is also a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Marko Todorovic
Marko Todorovic
   #4. Forward Marko Todorovic (209-92, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to Khimki's victory against the ninth-ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod (7-15) 99-90 in the VTB last Sunday. Todorovic scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 24 minutes. BC Khimki Moscow Regionis placed in the VTB. This year Todorovic has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.1apg in 67 games. He is also Montenegrin national team player.

Taylor Rochestie
Taylor Rochestie
   #5. Former international point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St., currently plays in VTB United League) was the main contributor in Lokomotiv's victory against the tenth-ranked Avtodor (6-14) 79-61 in the VTB United League on Monday night. Rochestie was the best player in that game. He scored 17 points and added 3 assists. Lokomotiv Kuban (14-5) is placed fourth in the VTB United League. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Rochestie has reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.7apg. He is a naturalized American. Rochestie used to play for the Montenegrin national team three years ago. Apparently he has never played in Montenegro.

Nemanja Djurisic
Nemanja Djurisic
   #6. Power forward Nemanja Djurisic (203-92, college: Georgia, currently plays in Poland) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Stelmet (21-7) in their last game. Despite Djurisic's very good performance Stelmet lost 68-81 in Wloclawek to the leading Anwil. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Djurisic also added 5 rebounds in 27 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. It was Stelmet's first loss after six consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Djurisic's stats this year are: 11.1ppg and 5.0rpg in 23 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

Vladimir Dragicevic
Vladimir Dragicevic
   #7. Former international power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86, currently plays in Poland) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nemanja Djurisic. But that was another game of his team in Polish PLK which we would like to mention. Dragicevic contributed to Stelmet's victory against the 15th-ranked Start (8-20) 86-75. He was the top player that evening. Dragicevic recorded 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Stelmet Zielona Gora (21-7) is placed second in the PLK. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Dragicevic's stats this season are: 11.9ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team three years ago.

Halil Kanacevic
Halil Kanacevic
   #8. Forward Halil Kanacevic (203-91, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a Bnei Hasharon's victory against the league leader Maccabi T-A (17-8) 94-88 in the Israeli Winner League in Sunday night's game. Kanacevic recorded 17 points and added 4 assists; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Bnei Hertzeliyya (15-10) is placed third in the Winner League. Kanacevic's overall stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.4apg. He is a naturalized American. Kanacevic used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team back in 2011. Interesting that he has never played in Montenegro.

Amin Hott
Amin Hott
   #9. Former U18 international guard Amin Hott (192-92, currently plays in Bulgaria) was the major contributor in Balkan's victory against the league outsider Levski (4-18) crushing them 96-70 in the Bulgarian NBL last Friday. Hott scored 22 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes. Balkan Botevgrad (11-10) is placed fifth in the NBL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Hott averaged so far 12.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.5apg and 1.7spg in 21 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin U18 national team seven years ago.

Nikola Pavlicevic
Nikola Pavlicevic
   #10. Shooting guard Nikola Pavlicevic (192-88, currently plays in Hungary) couldn't help Szolnok (18-10) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the third-placed Szolnok (18-10) lost 89-97 in Zalaegerszeg to the lower-ranked (#4) ZTE KK in the Places 1-5 group. Pavlicevic was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 4 passes (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 36 minutes. Pavlicevic has very impressive stats this year: 15.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg in 20 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

   #11. International power forward Ivan Maras (207-86, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Doxa Lefkadas (4-20) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Maras' very good performance the bottom-ranked Doxa Lefkadas was defeated 68-64 at home by the much higher-ranked AEK Athens (#3). He was the top scorer with 23 points. Maras also added 7 rebounds. Maras averaged so far 13.6ppg and 7.0rpg. He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

   #12. Former U20 international swingman Milos Savovic (200-89, currently plays in Serbia) helped Vrsac win their game against the tenth-ranked Metalac 94-87 in the Serbian KLS on Monday night. Savovic scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes. This year Savovic's overall stats are: 8.1ppg and 3.5rpg in 21 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former University international center Mihailo Sekulovic (206-91, currently plays in Bulgaria) is a teammate of previously mentioned Amin Hott and both played together in the last Bulgarian NBL game. Sekulovic helped Balkan win their game against the league outsider Levski crushing them 96-70. He scored 15 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists. This season Sekulovic has very high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 8.6rpg and 2.2apg. Sekulovic used to play for the Montenegrin university national team two years ago.

   #14. Former international point guard Milutin Djukanovic (190-91, currently plays in Hungary) couldn't help KTE-Duna (13-15) in their last game. Despite his very good performance KTE-Duna (#5) was edged 71-70 in Pecs by the leading PVSK Pannon in the Places 6-10 group. Djukanovic was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in 36 minutes. Djukanovic averaged so far 13.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.9apg and 1.3spg in 22 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former international center Blagota Sekulic (210-82, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (11-15) in their last game. Despite his good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was edged 101-99 in a derby game by the higher-ranked (#4) Real Madrid. Sekulic scored 11 points in 21 minutes. This year Sekulic's total stats are: 7.7ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.1apg in 20 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91, currently plays in NBA) led Chicago Bulls to a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers (51-27) 99-93 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Mirotic recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 10 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls have 39-40 record this season. There are only three games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Mirotic has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Spanish.

   #2. Experienced Brion Rush (186-PG-84, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Grambling St., currently plays in France) could not help Sluc Nancy (6-19) in their last game. Despite Rush's very good performance the bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy lost 73-78 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#4) JSF Nanterre. He was the top scorer with 28 points. Rush also added 5 rebounds in 33 minutes. Rush has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 3.7rpg and 3.7apg in 12 games he played so far. Rush is a naturalized American. He used to play for KK Sutjeska Niksic in Montenegrin league.

   #3. Nikola Vukovic (202-F/C-90, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to help Dunav SB (13-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Vukovic's good performance Dunav SB was defeated 86-75 at home by the one of league's weakest teams Smederevo (#13). He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 13 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Vukovic's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg and 6.0rpg.

   #4. Dragomir Marojevic (207-C-81, currently plays in Bosnia) was not able to secure a victory for Gradjanski (2-3) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Marojevic's very good performance Gradjanski (#3) was edged 85-83 in Hadzici by the lower-ranked Bosnjak (#4) in the Places 7-13 group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 12 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. Marojevic averaged so far 12.9ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.3apg.

   #5. Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87, agency: BeoBasket, college: UCLA, currently plays in France) managed to help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket to win against the 14th-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (9-17) 73-59 in the French ProA in Monday night's game. Dragovic recorded only 4 points. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (13-12) is placed eighth in the ProA. Dragovic has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.2apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Montenegrin.

   #6. Stefan Ljubenkovic (197-F-95, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to a 3-point Spartak's victory against the closely-ranked Mladost ZE 99-96 in the Serbian KLS on Monday night. Ljubenkovic scored only 3 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 9 assists. Ljubenkovic has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.3spg. He has both Montenegrin and Serbian nationalities.

   #7. Mensud Julevic (200-PF-85, currently plays in Slovenia) was the major contributor in a Terme Olimia's victory against the fifth-ranked LTH Castings 73-67 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Wednesday night's game. Julevic recorded 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 38 minutes. Julevic averaged so far 11.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.5apg and 1.3spg in 26 games. He also holds two passports: Montenegrin and Slovenian. Despite Julevic's Montenegrin nationality, he previously played for the Slovenian U21 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Montenegrin team.

   #8. Milos Komatina (206-F/C-84, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help BC Timisoara (13-15) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Komatina's very good performance BC Timisoara (#5) was defeated 84-80 on their home court in Timisoara by the higher-ranked Steaua CSM (#3) in the Places 1-6 group. He scored 16 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Komatina averaged so far 12.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.5apg and 1.4spg.

   #9. Boris Lalovic (207-C-81, currently plays in Romania) contributed to a CSU Sibiu's victory against the leader UBT Cluj Napoca 75-67 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Sunday night's game. He scored 12 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 27 minutes. Lalovic averaged so far 11.4ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.3apg in 29 games.

   #10. Rajko Kljajevic (204-F-85, agency: BeoExcell, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help CS Dinamo Bucuresti (6-18) in their last game. Despite his good performance CS Dinamo Bucuresti (#4) lost 72-87 on the opponent's court to the second-ranked Craiova in the Places 7-10 group. Kljajevic scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 31 minutes. Kljajevic has averaged so far 9.6ppg and 3.8rpg in 25 games.



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Mayville State Hires Darren Tighe to Lead Men's Basketball Program - by Eurobasket News

The Mayville State Comets are pleased to announce that they have hired Ridgewater Community College Head Coach Darren Tighe as their new Men's Basketball Coach. Coach Tighe on his new opportunity - "My family and I are thrilled to be joining the Mayville State University family! I want to thank Athletic Director Mike Moore, President Dr. Gary Hagen, the search committee, and the entire comet athletic staff. Once I was able to step on campus, it did not take long to figure out that Mayville State is a special place with first class people! The opportunity to become the head coach at such a prestigious academic university with a rich basketball tradition was too good to pass up. My family and I are looking forward to moving to North Dakota and becoming ingrained in the community. We are extremely excited to begin the process of building a championship culture with the men's basketball program at Mayville State University!" Coach Tighe graduated from Minnesota State University Mankato with a Bachelors Degree in English Studies. He also received his Master's Degree in Teaching from Minnesota State University Mankato. From 2007-11, Coach Tighe worked with the men's basketball program at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN under Head Coach Rick Jeddeloh . Coach Tighe worked his way up the coaching ranks from 2nd assistant his first two years to head assistant in 2010, then to Associate Head Men's Basketball Coach in 2011. During that time, he helped the Vikings reach the conference tournament all four years along with a Conference Championship appearance in 2009. Coach Tighe's responsibilities at Bethany included serving as the recruiting coordinator, head of the tape exchange program, Point Guard and Defensive Coach, as well as leading the individual skill development program. He also assisted with opponent scouting reports and was the summer assistant camp coordinator. After Bethany, Coach Tighe spent some time in the high school ranks, as he served as the Head Coach at JWP High School. He then taught and coached two years at Redwood Valley High School, where he helped the Cardinals to a State Tournament appearance in 2013 and a section runner up finish in 2014. At this time, Coach Tighe accepted the Head Coach position at Ridgewater Community College In Willmar, MN. In his inaugural season with the Warriors, Coach Tighe helped lead Ridgewater to a 9-18 record. He coached All Conference Selection Dylan Schueler (Willmar, MN) as well as six members of the MCAC All Conference Academic Team. Year two of the Tighe era saw the Warriors etch their names in the Ridgewater record books. The team set school records for most regular season wins in school history (20) and tied the record for most wins in a season (22) with the 1965 Warrior Basketball team. The 22 wins was more than the last two seasons combined for the Warrior basketball program. The 22-8 record was even more impressive as the MCAC was as tough as ever hosting the #2, #3, and #4th ranked teams in the nation. Six of the team's eight losses came to nationally ranked teams or D1 junior colleges. Seven freshmen averaged double digit minutes this season. Akeem Oglesby (Statesboro, GA) and Jack Turnbull (Adelaide, South Australia) were named to the MCAC All Southern Division Team and the All MCAC team. Oglesby was also named to the All Region 13 team as well as being named the Region 13 player of the year. Oglesby was also awarded the honor of being named 2nd team All American. The Ridgewater men's basketball team had another quality year under the 2016-17 season, as they finished 17-8 with program building wins over nationally recognized RCTC, Central Lakes, and St. Cloud Tech. The Warriors once again relied on outside shooting and were ranked 2nd, 4th, and 9th in the nation in three pt field goals made, attempted, and percentage. Ridgewater averaged 82 PPG and gave up an MCAC Southern Division Low 70 PPG. Another Ridgewater trademark of taking care of and sharing the basketball shown bright in 2017 with the Warriors ranking 14th in the nation in assists per game (18.8) and 7th in the nation in turnovers per game (10.6). Oglesby again continued his historic Ridgewater career earning MCAC All Southern Division honors, All State MCAC Honors, as well as making the All Region Team. Athletic Director Mike Moore on Coach Tighe's hire - "We are excited to have Darren as our new head men's bb coach. During the interview process Darren showed a great deal of compassion and drive in regard to this position. His experience as a head coach and experience particularly at the junior college level has him to come in and re-energize our program quickly. He made a definite connection with the search committee and our current players and I'm confident he will do the same with Mayville-Portland and the surrounding communities. He and his family will be a great fit for our setting. It was evident during the process that building relationships is a priority for him. We anticipate him starting his duties in the next few days."
Courtesy of: victorysportsnetwork.com



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.7
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.7 
 2. Harden, Houston R.29.2 
 3. Thomas, Boston C.29.1 
 4. Davis, N.Orleans P.28.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 6. DeRozan, Toronto R.27.2 
 7. Lillard, Portland.26.6 
 8. James, Clevelan.26.3 
 9. Leonard, San A.25.7 
 10. Curry, Golden S.25.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Miami Heat
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Whiteside, Miami Heat14.1 
 2. Drummond, Detro.13.9 
 3. Jordan, LA Clippers13.7 
 4. Howard, Atlanta H.12.8 
 5. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.8 
 6. Towns, Minnesot.12.0 
 7. Davis, N.Orleans P.12.0 
 8. Chandler, Phoenix .11.4 
 9. Love, Cleveland C.11.1 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.7 
Assists Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Harden, Houston R.11.2 
 2. Wall, Washington W.10.7 
 3. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.4 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.3 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.9.0 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.7 
 7. Teague, Indiana P.7.7 
 8. Holiday, N.Orlean.7.3 
 9. Green, Golden S.7.1 
 10. Lowry, Toronto R.6.9 
Steals Per Game
 Draymond GREEN
  Golden S.
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Green, Golden S.2.1 
 2. Wall, Washington W.2.0 
 3. Covington, Phi.7.1.9 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers1.9 
 5. Butler, Chicago B.1.9 
 6. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 7. Curry, Golden S.1.8 
 8. Leonard, San A.1.8 
 9. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.7 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Utah Jazz
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.7 
 2. Embiid, Phi.76ers2.4 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.2.2 
 4. Turner, Indiana P.2.1 
 5. Whiteside, Miami Heat2.1 
 6. Porzingis, New Y.2.0 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.9 
 8. Lopez, Brooklyn N.1.7 
 9. Nogueira, Toron.1.7 
 10. Jordan, LA Clippers1.7 


Grizzlies Beat Knicks to Lock Up a Playoff Berth - by Eurobasket News

Mike Conley (6'1''-PG-87, college: Ohio St.) scored 31 points to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 101-88 victory over the short-handed Knicks on Friday night. Courtney Lee (6'5''-G/F-85, college: W.Kentucky) led the Knicks with 16 points, while Maurice Ndour (6'9''-F-92, college: Ohio) recorded a career-high 15. Justin Holiday (6'6''-SG-89, college: Washington) finished with 12 points, and Willy Hernangomez had 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Knicks, who played without Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis (7'3''-C/F-95), lost for the third time in the past four games. Conley was 12 of 17 from the field, including 7 of 11 from 3-point range, to lead six Grizzlies in double figures as Memphis ended a three-game losing streak and clinched the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference. The Grizzlies will face the second-seeded San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs. Wayne Selden scored a career-high 13 points and Vince Carter added 12, including three 3-pointers, as Memphis pulled away with a 16-2 run in the fourth quarter. The Knicks went deep into their bench for the game. Derrick Rose was out after season-ending knee surgery, and Joakim Noah has been suspended. Anthony did not play because it was the second night of a back-to-back. Hopes of Porzingis returning were sidetracked when his sore lower back flared up. The young Knicks were up to the challenge until the early stages of the fourth quarter as two shot-clock violations allowed Memphis to regain the lead. The 16-2 run in the middle of the quarter, led by Carter's three 3-pointers, extended the Grizzlies' advantage to 96-80. Memphis had a 12-point lead in the first half but was sluggish after the break, allowing the Knicks to pull even at 66 in the third quarter. The Knicks led, 72-70, going into the fourth. While the Grizzlies dominated the first half - Conley had 21 points - they only led by 6 points at the break, 53-47. Memphis shot 53 percent in the first half mostly because of Conley, who converted 8 of 11 shots, including 5 of 7 from outside the arc.
Courtesy of: nytimes.com



LeBron, Cavs stunned by Hardaway, Hawks 114-100 - by Eurobasket News

As the jaw-dropping loss began to sink in, LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) sat on the floor away from his teammates, alone in his thoughts. The playoffs are just days away, and the NBA champions are lost again. Tim Hardaway Jr. (6'6''-G-92, college: Michigan) Jr. scored 15 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Atlanta Hawks, despite resting center Dwight Howard and sitting three other key starters, stunned James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 114-100 on Friday night. Coming off a win over Boston on Thursday night, the Hawks outworked and outgunned the Cavs, who blew a chance to move closer to securing the top seed in the Eastern Conference with the kind of flat, uninspired performance that has become the norm in a disjointed season. ''The energy level was just real bad,'' a disillusioned James said afterward. ''I don't know why.'' James struggled to explain what went wrong just two days after the Cavs had played one of their best games this season, blowing the Celtics out in Boston. That win seemed to signal a change, an acknowledgment that the postseason was quickly approaching and it was time to get serious. And now, this. ''You expect for us to want to get better and we were doing that and we took a couple steps back tonight,'' James said. Mike Jr. Dunleavy (6'9''-G/F-80, college: Duke) added 20 for Atlanta and the veteran got a little revenge against the Cavs, who tossed him in as part of a trade for Kyle Korver in February. The Hawks recorded 39 assists and moved a game ahead of Milwaukee for fifth place in the East. However, the Hawks, who also sat Paul Millsap, Kent Bazemore and Dennis Schroder, weren't celebrating. They host the Cavs on Sunday. ''It doesn't mean anything,'' Hardaway said. ''We've got to see them again. We know they're a great basketball team and they're the defending champs. We've got to come back on Sunday with the same intensity and the same mindset because they're going to come after it.'' It was a shocking letdown by the Cavs, who have dealt with injuries all season, but don't have any excuse for not giving it their all with so much at stake. ''Obviously a bad performance,'' coach Tyronn Lue said. ''To beat Boston and have the game that we had and to come back and not validate it against a team that didn't even play their guys. I didn't think we respected them tonight. I thought we thought we'd just mess around with the game until it was time to knuckle down. ''By that time they already had confidence. That's who we've been. That's who we are. I hate it. These games like this come back and bite you, especially down the stretch when you're trying to get some rest. Trying to hold onto that No. 1 seed and getting rest and you come out and have a performance like this, it's not good.'' James scored 27 and Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) 18 for Cleveland, which was in a funk for most of the night but took an 87-85 lead in the fourth on a 3-pointer by Korver. Hardaway took over from there. Although listed as questionable before the game with knee and wrist injuries, Hardaway buried a pair of 3-pointers and delivered a vicious dunk during a 12-0 run when the Hawks put it away, shocking a sellout crowd and the Cavs who seem to have much more to worry about than their playoff seeding.
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DeMar DeRozan has 38 points, Raptors beat Heat 96-94 - by Eurobasket News

With their first-choice lineup on the floor for the second straight game, the Toronto Raptors were threatening to blow out the Miami Heat, up 18 points in the second quarter. It ended up a lot more interesting than the Raptors wanted, with the Heat rallying before DeMar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) and Co. held on for a 96-94 victory Friday night in the regular-season home finale. ''They play as well as anyone in this league,'' DeRozan said after scoring 39 points. ''They play extremely hard, they're a very tough team and they showed it tonight. It was a great test for us, coming down to the last couple of games, have that playoff intensity and that's what it was tonight.'' In the process, DeRozan broke Vince Carter's franchise record with his 31st 30-point game of the season, shooting 14 of 32 from the floor. Carter set the mark in 2000-01. ''I never think about it until it gets brought up to me,'' DeRozan said. ''It's definitely always a cool accomplishment when you can pass a guy like Vince in anything.'' Cory Joseph (6'3''-PG-91, college: Texas) added 14 points off the bench, while Kyle Lowry (6'0''-PG-86, college: Villanova), in his second game back following a 21-game absence due to wrist surgery, added another 12. While he lacked the sharpness of his 27-point outing in Detroit on Wednesday, Lowry said he felt no ill effects from the injury to his shooting wrist. He was more concerned about how the Raptors allowed Miami back into the game in the second half, with the Heat completing their comeback by tying the game with 4:43 remaining on Hassan Whiteside's alley-oop dunk. But Serge Ibaka (6'10''-C/F-89) responded with a 3-pointer to restore Toronto's lead and though Tyler Johnson hit a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left to cut the lead to two points, the Raptors were able to hang on. ''I think the NBA in general it's hard to play against professional teams because at the end of the day all teams are going to make a run,'' he said. ''We knew it was going to be a dogfight.'' Sitting in ninth spot in the Eastern Conference, Miami is now a game back of Indiana and Chicago with three games remaining. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra says having his team's playoff chances hanging in the balance has been very much the norm for his team, which was 19 games under .500 at one point this season. ''This is the way we've been for the last two and a half, three months,'' he said. ''We've been in our March Madness, we feel like every single game has had the feeling of an elimination game for several straight weeks.'' James Johnson (6'9''-F-87, college: Wake Forest) led the way with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Miami against his former team, while Goran Dragic (6'3''-PG-86) added another 18. While Dragic said it was frustrating to see the comeback effort fall short, with time running out on their season, the point guard said it's important his team keeps battling, with a visit to Washington on Saturday night looming large. ''We never used excuses that someone is hurt or we are tired, we don't care about that,'' Dragic said. ''We just want to do our job. It's back-to-back and we play another good team, so we are going to have to show that we can play.''
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Could Danilo Gallinari be an option for Miami Heat in free agency? - by Eurobasket News

Did Heat fans get a glimpse of the future on Sunday? Denver's 6-foot-10 wing man, Danilo Gallinari (6'10''-SF-88), who dropped 29 on Miami in the Nuggets' win, is expected to decline his $16.1 million player option this summer and become a free agent. He likely will be second best player at his position behind Utah's Gordon Hayward. But is he a viable option if the Heat cannot sign Hayward? Gallinari, 28, is having his second best scoring season, averaging 17.7 points, a bit under the 19.5 points he averaged in 2015-16. Both years he averaged a little more than five rebounds and two assists per game. This season though has been his best from the floor since his rookie year with the Knicks, shooting 43.9 percent, 38.4 on threes. Although those scoring/shooting numbers are not as good as the 6-8 Hayward's (21.7 ppg, 46.3 percent from the floor, 38.9 on threes), Gallinari defense has been a bit better, holding the players he covers to 41.6 percent, 3.2 percent below their average, compared to Hayward's minus 2.5. Defense, though, is neither players' strong suit, and certainly the weakness in Gallinari's game. And Denver is one of the worst defensive teams in the league. If Miami signs Gallinari as the small forward, it would then have to upgrade the defense at power forward, where Luke Babbitt (6'9''-F-89, college: Nevada) is not expected to return as the starter. Gallinari can be a matchup nightmare with his size. Just look at Sunday when the Heat were forced to guard him with 6-4 Rodney McGruder (6'4''-G-91, college: Kansas St.) for much of game. Gallinari would just rise and shoot over the pesky McGrude. He was 11-of-19 from the floor, 3-of-7 threes. Gallinari's strength is his catch-and-shoot game and he can also get to the line, averaging 6.2 free throws per game (Goran Dragic (6'3''-PG-86) leads the Heat with 5.1 per game). And Gallinari takes advantage of those trips making 90.2 percent of his free throws. The Heat are last in the league at 70.4 percent. The other downside is Gallinari's injury history. He averaged 56 games the last two season and has played 59 this year, missing time with a groin strain and a knee injury. While nobody is saying Gallinari is a better option than the 27-year-old Hayward, he may be a nice second option, especially considering that many believe if Hayward leaves Utah he may prefer to play for his old Butler University coach, Boston's Brad Stevens. And Gallinari would be cheaper. While Hayward is expected to receive a max contract starting at $31 million a year, Gallinari likely is in the $20-22 million a year range. With somewhere around $40 million to spend this summer, the Heat must decide if they want to use at least half of that on what could be the second best wing player on the market.
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Crabbe has 25 points and Blazers beat Minnesota 105-98 - by Eurobasket News

Allen Crabbe (6'6''-G-92, college: California) said he just had the feeling that the shots he put up were going to fall. They did, and nearly all of them were from beyond the arc. Crabbe had 25 points, including a career-high eight 3-pointers, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 105-98 Thursday night to snap a two-game losing streak. There was a span in the fourth quarter where Crabbe scored 10 points in 48 seconds in route to the comeback win. "You just have that feeling: Everything I threw up there was just going in," he said. Blazers coach Terry Stotts said simply: "I love seeing a shooter get on a roll like that." Damian Lillard (6'3''-PG-90, college: Weber St.) added 22 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for Portland, which held onto the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference at 1 1/2 games ahead of Denver with three games to go. Andrew Wiggins (6'8''-G-95, college: Kansas) had 36 points for the Timberwolves, who have already been eliminated. Karl-Anthony Towns (7'0''-F/C-95, college: Kentucky) added 24 points and 16 rebounds. After trailing by 15 points in the third quarter, Crabbe's running 3-pointer gave the Blazers a 92-89 lead with 8:25 left. Lillard added a layup and Crabbe made another 3 to push the lead to 97-91 while the Timberwolves went cold. Wiggins' pull-up jumper narrowed it to 99-94 with 2:40 left. Lillard made a pair of free throws with just under a minute to go and the Timberwolves couldn't catch up. "I thought we did a pretty good job overall with the rebounding and the defense, then we let Crabbe get loose, we got off his body and gave him air space and that was a problem," Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. It was the third time the teams played in two weeks. On Monday, Towns had 34 points and Minnesota snapped Portland's six-game winning streak with a 110-109 home victory. The game at the Target Center was originally scheduled to be played on March 6, but condensation on the court forced it to be postponed - the reason for the quirky schedule between the two teams. The Blazers beat the Timberwolves 112-100 on March 25 in Portland. It was the fourth game for Portland without big man Jusuf Nurkic, who sparked the team after coming over in a trade from Denver at the deadline. He will miss at least the rest of the regular season with a fractured right leg but was out on the court putting up practice shots about 90 minutes before tip on Thursday. Minnesota outscored the Blazers 34-20 in the first quarter, led by Ricky Rubio with 13 points. Portland struggled from the field throughout the first half and couldn't close the gap. The Timberwolves led 61-53 at the break, led by Wiggins with 21. Minnesota extended the lead to 70-55 in the third quarter on Brandon Rush (6'6''-G-85, college: Kansas)'s dunk. Portland rallied to get within 72-65 on Lillard's layup. Eric Turner got the Blazers closer with a layup before CJ McCollum hit on a 3 that cut Minnesota's lead to 72-70. Noah Vonleh made a pair of free throws to tie it and cap a 17-2 Portland run. The Blazers pulled close again with 9:13 left when Crabbe's 3-pointer and free throw narrowed it to 87-86. Portland finally went ahead on another 3 by Crabbe. The free throw was Crabbe's only point that didn't come from a 3-pointer. "I hit the first couple ones, and it just felt good tonight, man," Crabbe said. The Blazers outscored Minnesota 25-11 in the fourth quarter. Stotts said that of course he'd like to have already sewn up a spot in the playoffs, but this time of year is exciting for the league. "It's fun to be a part of it. You look at the East with three or four teams playing for a spot," Stotts said. "It's a fun time of year."
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Beal's 25, tiebreaking 3 help Wizards beat Knicks 106-103 - by Eurobasket News

Bradley Beal (6'5''-SG-93, college: Florida) scored 25 points and made the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 49 seconds left as the Washington Wizards beat the New York Knicks 106-103 on Thursday night. John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) added 24 points and eight assists for the Wizards, who blew a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter but recovered to improve to 48-31, tying Toronto for third place in the Eastern Conference. Washington is trying for its first 50-win season since 1978-79. Marcin Gortat (7'0''-C-84) was 7-for-7 from the field and scored 16 points for the Wizards. They have won seven straight at Madison Square Garden. Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) scored 23 points for the Knicks, who are a loss away from their third consecutive 50-loss season. New York erased an 89-77 deficit to tie it at 101 after Anthony knocked down consecutive jumpers, but Beal got free for a corner triple that made it 104-101. He later added a pair of free throws and Washington held on when Anthony missed a three-pointer to finish a 7-for-19 night from the field.
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Hawks snap losing streak with 123-116 win over Celtics - by Eurobasket News

Paul Millsap (6'8''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) scored 26 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. (6'6''-G-92, college: Michigan) Jr. added 23 and the Atlanta Hawks snapped a two-game skid with a 123-116 victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night. Isaiah Thomas (5'9''-PG-89, college: Washington) scored 35 points, Jae Crowder (6'6''-F-90, college: Marquette) had 24 and Marcus Smart 18 for the Celtics. They have dropped two in a row after winning five of seven. Rookie Taurean Prince (6'7''-F-94, college: Baylor) finished with a career-high 20 points, and Dennis Schroder added 18 for Atlanta. The Hawks had lost nine of 11. Schroder hit a straightaway 3 to make it 116-107 with 2:07 remaining before Thomas' corner 3 with 55.3 seconds to go cut the lead to five. The Celtics didn't get any closer the rest of the way. Boston fell 1 1/2 games behind Cleveland for the East lead, but is still two games ahead of third-place Toronto. Fifth-place Atlanta, which led by 20 in the third, moved one game ahead of Milwaukee. The regular season ends next week.
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Titans sleepwalk through first quarter en rout to loss - by Eurobasket News

The Kitchener-Waterloo Titans lurched to a record-setting start - in all the wrong ways on Thursday night. The National Basketball League of Canada team was on the short end of the Moncton Miracles' league record 19-0 first-quarter run en route to 118-111 loss to the hosts. K-W trailed 30-10 after the first quarter en route to posting the squad's 19th loss in 32 games. Despite their horrendous start, the Titans actually battled back to tie and even took a late-game lead before Moncton knocked down some key shots through the home stretch. Titans guard Jason Calliste (6'2''-G-90, college: Oregon) finished his night with a game-high 26 points. Teammate Flenard Whitfield (6'7''-F-90, college: W.Michigan) chipped in with 18 points, while fellow Titans Tramar Sutherland and Isiah Umipig hit for 14 points apiece. Moncton's Brandon Kearney hit for 24 points to lead the Miracles, who improve their record to 12-21. Timothy Mitchell (6'9''-C-90, college: Southeastern) hauled in a game-best 12 rebounds for the winners. The Titans, who have eight regular-season games remaining, travel to Prince Edward Island to take on the Island Storm on Friday night. K-W completes its eastern swing on Sunday in Halifax against the Atlantic Division-leading Hurricanes. Next home action for the Titans is April 15, when they entertain the Saint John Riptide at the Kitchener Aud; then the Central Division leading London Lightning April 16.
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Orangeville A's released Anderson - by Eurobasket News

Orangeville A's (NBL Canada) released 28-year old American guard Larry Anderson (195-95kg-89, college: Long Beach State). In 7 NBL Canada games he had 13.6ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg this season.
Anderson has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
His team made it to the Belgian Cup final in 2013.
Anderson has played previously professionally in Belgium (Okapi Aalstar) and D-League (Springfield A.).
He attended Long Beach State until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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River Lions lose heartbreaker to the Highlanders - by Eurobasket News

NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar once said 'you can't win unless you learn how to lose.' The Niagara River Lions are unfortunately learning that latter part of the quote on a far too regular basis this season. The River Lions blew a 14-point third-quarter lead in dropping a 108-107 decision to the Cape Breton Highlanders Friday night at Meridian Centre. 'Tonight we had some impromptu turnovers, and took some three's that we shouldn't have taken,' Niagara head coach Keith Vassell said. Marcus Lewis (6'4''-G, college: E.Kentucky) had a chance to tie the game, and then win it in the dying seconds, but the River Lions swingman missed the first of two free throw attempts and then was denied by the officials after his lay-up went in - milliseconds after the final buzzer sounded. 'I'm not blaming Marcus, but if he makes both free throws we go into overtime, and I'm very confident we would have won the game,' said Vassell. 'I don't know if we have players that aren't used to being down, down the stretch, but we just have to learn to clean it up.' Six Lions scored in double-digits. In fact, the home side shot over 50 percent from the field for the game, as forward Sam Muldrow (6'9''-PF-88, college: S.Carolina) continued to impress. Coming a 19-point performance Wednesday in Windsor, the former NCAA SEC (South Eastern Conference) Defensive Player of the Year with the South Carolina Gamecocks put up another brilliant line in scoring 19 points, pulling down nine rebounds, and registering six blocked shots. 'I'm starting to find my rhythm. It's taken me awhile, but I'm just doing what it takes to hopefully help the team win,' Muldrow said. 'But it's mental right now. These are tough losses.' Vassell knows the importance of Muldrow. 'From when I first came here I saw Big Sam and I told him he was playing rather timid. I said to him you've got to be assertive, and the results are now showing,' said Vassell. 'I'm very happy for him, and we need him to play like that the rest of the season.' The River Lions now hit the road for three straight road games in eastern Canada before returning home to play four straight games to end the regular season. Niagara (10-23) still sits three games back of Orangeville for the final playoff spot in the NBL Canada Central Division. 'We're an exciting team, and bring our lunch pails every night,' explained Vassell. 'The problem is we're learning how to win. We clearly want to win, but sometimes you have to learn how to win and that's the difference right now.'
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USA Downs World Select Team in Nike Hoop Summit - by Carl Berman

Portland, OR - Jarred Vanderbilt (6'10''-F/C-99), headed to Kentucky, scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 19 minutes of action to lead the USA Junior National Select Team to a 98-87 win over the World Select Team before 8.374 fans at the Moda Center, 6-10 Michael Porter Jr. (Missouri) also scored 19 points for the USA while Michigan State recruit 6-11 Jaren Jackson Jr. added 13 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots. 6-5 Kostja Mushidi (Germany) led the World team with 14 points, hitting 4-of-7 three-pointers.

The game wasn't the most well-played Hoop Summit as each team committed 19 turnovers. The USA dominated the glass with a 45-27 rebounding edge including a 20-6 domination of the offensive glass. 6-11 Mo Bamba blocked four of the USA's 10 blocked shots. Collin Sexton (Alabama) was impressive in the backcourt for the USA dishing out eight assists and coming up with four steals to go along with his seven points. He led the USA with a +13 point differential in his time on the court.

The World Team had six players in double-figures. In addition to Mushidi, Nick Richards (Kentucky) scored 12, Lindell Wigginton (Iowa State) and Shal Gilgeous-Alexander (Kentucky) added 11 and Isaiah Hartenstein and Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Virginia Tech contributed 10 points. Wigginton added seven assists.

The USA had a five-point lead after one quarter, ten points at halftime and won by 11 in a game that wasn't closely contested. The World Team featured five players seven feet or taller, yet were dominated on the glass by the Americans. The 7-1 Hartenstein was the most effective big for the World team adding four rebounds and two blocks but was only 2-of-7 from the foul line. RJ Barrett (Canada), a sophomore, two years younger than his World teammates was impressive with nine points and two steals and two assists in his 20 minutes of action.

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



Furman promotes Bob Richey to head coach - by Eurobasket News

Furman is promoting Bob Richey to head coach, a source told Scout. Richey, who has spent the past six years on Furman's staff, agreed to a five-year deal with the school early Friday morning, according to a source. Richey will replace Niko Medved, who left the Paladins after four seasons for Drake in late March. Furman interviewed Winthrop assistant Mark Prosser and Marquette's Chris Carrawell before opting to keep the job in house. Richey has been a major part of Furman's recruiting efforts, as he was the lead recruiter for the past two SoCon Player of the Years -- Stephen Croone and Devin Sibley. Prior to Furman, Richey spent five years as a coach at Charleston Southern.
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Texas A&M lands transfer Josh Nebo - by Eurobasket News

Texas A&M continues a notable offseason with the addition of a sought-after low-major transfer. St. Francis (PA) sophomore forward Josh Nebo (6'8''-F/C) has committed to the Aggies, according to a report on Thursday night from Evan Daniels of Scout. The 6-foot-8 Nebo is a native of Houston. He had announced his decision to transfer out of the program on March 22. He averaged 12.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game for the Red Flash. His 2.6 blocks a contest ranked him top-10 nationally. Nebo arrives in College Station with 143 career blocks under his belt. Nebo joins Marquette's Duane Wilson as newcomers to the program via transfer. Wilson will graduate this spring, meaning he will be eligible to play during the 2017-18 season. Nebo will have to sit out due to NCAA transfer rules. He will have two years of eligibility remaining. He will play an important role on the scout team for the Aggies, one that should benefit him at the start of the 2018-19 campaign. With projected lottery pick Robert Williams electing to return for a sophomore season, Nebo will go head-to-head with an NBA-caliber forward every day in practice. The Aggies ended last season with a 16-15 (8-10 SEC) record.
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Wichita State to play in the AAC next season - by Eurobasket News

Wichita State is heading to the AAC, and an official announcement confirming the move is expected at some point today, per multiple reports. They will play in the AAC next season. The move will include all Shocker sports - the school does not field a football team - but the reason for adding Wichita State to the conference has everything to do with their basketball program. The Shockers have been one of the best teams in the country for the last five seasons, reaching a Final Four in 2013, going 35-1 in 2014 and finishing the year as a top ten team on KenPom last season. They are currently ranked 10th in the NBC Sports Preseason Top 25, meaning that they'll likely be the favorite to win the AAC regular season title this year. There is some risk involved with this move, as Wichita State's success is somewhat tied to Gregg Marshall 's presence on the bench. They've always been a good basketball program. They're a top 15-20 program nationally with Marshall there. But Marshall is already one of the highest-paid coaches in the country. He would never leave for a pay raise - the Koch brothers have the deepest pockets in college basketball - so the only way to get him out of Wichita would have been if he got fed up with having to deal with the NCAA Selection Committee's inability to recognize how good teams from mid-major conferences are. Remember, the committee did such an awful job seeding the Shockers this year that they were a seven-point favorite as a No. 10 seed. But Marshall probably won't have to worry about that now that he's in a league with Cincinnati, SMU, UConn, Memphis, Temple, Houston and Tulsa. And that may mean that he ends up in Wichita longer than he would have otherwise.
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Steven Adams selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Steven Adams
Steven Adams
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Steven Adams (213-93, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Oklahoma City Thunder (45-33) in their last game. Despite Adams' good performance the Oklahoma City Thunder (45-33) lost 95-100 on the road to the San Antonio Spurs. He scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 35 minutes on the court. There are only four games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Adams' fourth season with the team. Adams has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 11.4ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 57.6%(357-620) and FT: 60.6% in 76 games he played so far. Adams played for the New Zealand senior national team six years ago.

Isaac Fotu
Isaac Fotu
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Isaac Fotu (203-93, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Spain). Fotu was not able to help Zaragoza in their game against CB Canarias (19-7) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. Zaragoza lost 54-65 in Tenerife to the leading CB Canarias. It was Zaragoza's third consecutive loss in a row. Fotu has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 6.0rpg, 2FGP: 68.8%(108-157), 3FGP: 8.7% and FT: 58.7% in 26 games. He has a dual citizenship: Tongan and New Zealand. Fotu is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Dennis Tawhiti (198-90, currently plays in Australia). He contributed to Eagles' victory against the 13th-ranked Slammers (0-3) 86-75 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. Tawhiti scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. East Perth Eagles (4-12) are placed in SBL group. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Tawhiti's overall stats this year are: 9.8ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 53.1% and FT: 71.4%. He played for the New Zealand national team four years ago.

Mitchell Newton
Mitchell Newton
   #4. Forward Mitchell Newton (200-95, currently plays in Australia) was not able to secure a victory for Bandits (0-3) in their game against Spectres (2-2) in the Australian State League (second division). Newton scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 32 minutes. But the sixth-placed Bandits (0-3) lost 87-96 in East Burwood to the second-ranked Spectres in the SEABL-East group. So far Bandits lost all three games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Newton has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5apg in two games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team back in 2015.

Mike Karena
Mike Karena
   #5. International center Mike Karena (208-93, college: Wright St., currently plays in Spain) led Sammic ISB to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked L'Hospitalet (9-18) crushing them 94-65 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Saturday night. Karena scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia (21-6) is placed first in the LEB Silver. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Karena has reliable stats this season: 13.7ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.9apg. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

   #6. Forward Dyson King-Hawea (200-92, currently plays in Australia) faced previously mentioned Mitchell Newton in the Australian State League last game. King-Hawea managed to help Nunawading Spectres in a victory against the sixth-ranked Bandits (0-3) 96-87. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 31 minutes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year King-Hawea's overall stats are: 5.0ppg and 5.0rpg in two games. He is a former international player as he played for the New Zealand senior team three years ago.

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

   #1. Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) could not help the Detroit Pistons (34-43) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance the Detroit Pistons (34-43) were edged 105-102 on the road by the Toronto Raptors. Baynes recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Baynes' overall stats this season are: 4.9ppg and 4.5rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and New Zealand.

   #2. Zeb Lovell (197-G/F-93, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Eastern Mavericks in their game against West Adelaide Bearcats (0-1) in the Australian State League (second division). Lovell scored 7 points. It was his first game for Eastern Mavericks this season. Eastern Mavericks were defeated 85-73 in Woodville by the much lower-ranked West Adelaide Bearcats (#10) in the Premier League. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.

   #3. Simon Bennett (188-G-85, currently plays in Germany) managed to help BSG Grevenbroich in a victory against the 11th-ranked Bonn II (12-14) crushing them 89-63 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. Bennett scored only 3 points in 19 minutes. BSG Grevenbroich (17-8) is placed fourth in West group. The Regular Season already ended. Bennett has been at the team for five years. This season he averages just 2.3ppg in 15 games he played so far. Bennett is another player who holds two passports: New Zealand and German.



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Ekpe Udoh selected the top Nigerian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ekpe Udoh
Ekpe Udoh
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to a 3-point Fenerbahce's victory against the 11th-ranked FC Barcelona (12-18) 68-65 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Udoh scored 9 points, had 15 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 4 balls. Fenerbahce Istanbul (18-12) is placed fifth in the Euroleague. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. They will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Udoh has relatively good stats this season: 11.8ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.9apg, 2.1bpg, 2FGP: 57.4%(124-216) and FT: 61.2%. He is currently a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Alade Aminu
Alade Aminu
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Alade Aminu (210-87, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Lebanon). Aminu led Al Riyadi to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Champville (9-14) 93-76 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL on Thursday night. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 16 rebounds. Aminu also added 2 blocks in 40 minutes. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (6-0) is placed first in Group B. So far his team won all six games in the Second Stage. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. This year Aminu has relatively solid stats: 14.9ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2bpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 56.5%(140-248), 3FGP: 26.7% and FT: 61.7% in 23 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Nigerian senior national team.

Melvin Ejim
Melvin Ejim
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy). Ejim led Umana Venezia to a 3-point victory against the closely-ranked Scandone AV (15-10) 78-75 in the Italian Serie A in Monday night's game. He recorded 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Umana Reyer Venezia (17-8) is placed second in the Serie A. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Ejim has reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 46.8%, 3FGP: 47.1%(32-68) and FT: 67.2%. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Nigerian. Ejim played for the Nigerian national team five years ago.

Michael Efevberha
Michael Efevberha
   #4. An experienced guard Michael Efevberha (193-84, college: CS Northridge, currently plays in Lebanon) led Sagesse to a victory over the second-ranked Byblos (16-7) 72-63 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL last Friday. He was MVP of the game. Efevberha had a double-double by scoring 33 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 40 minutes. Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut (7-16) is placed fourth in Group A. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. Efevberha's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is quite important. Efevberha has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 23.1ppg, 7.3rpg, 5.0apg and 1.5spg in 14 games. Efevberha is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. He used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2009.

Gani Lawal
Gani Lawal
   #5. Former international power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in a 1-point Banco di Srd's victory against the closely-ranked Enel Brindisi (12-13) 79-78 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. Lawal recorded 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Banco di Sardegna Sassari (14-11) is placed sixth in the Serie A. Lawal's stats this season are: 10.2ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.4bpg. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities. Lawal used to play for the Nigerian national team four years ago.

Al-Farouq Aminu
Al-Farouq Aminu
   #6. Forward Al-Farouq Aminu (206-90, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Portland Trail Blazers (39-39) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Portland Trail Blazers (39-39) were edged 110-109 on the road by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Aminu was the second best scorer with 20 points. He also added 7 rebounds, passed 5 assists and added 3 blocks in 35 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. Aminu's stats this year are: 8.8ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.7apg in 58 games. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Despite Aminu played previously for the USA U19 national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior Nigerian National Team roster.

Solomon Alabi
Solomon Alabi
   #7. Former international center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St., currently plays in Japan) was not able to help Toyotsu FE (35-15) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Toyotsu FE (35-15) lost 79-87 in Tokyo to the lower-ranked (#5) Excellence in the Central group. Alabi had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 37 minutes. Alabi has very impressive stats this year: 18.0ppg, 13.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4bpg in 48 games. He used to play for the Nigerian national team four years ago.

Ben Uzoh
Ben Uzoh
   #8. Point guard Ben Uzoh (191-88, college: Tulsa, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to a Okapi Aalstar's victory against the closely-ranked Kangoeroes (15-13) 95-87 in the Belgian Euromillions League in Wednesday night's game. Uzoh recorded 18 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and made 2 blocks. Crelan Okapi Aalstar (15-14) is placed fifth in the Euromillions League. Uzoh's overall stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.0apg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Uzoh plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

Michael Umeh
Michael Umeh
   #9. International point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, currently plays in Italy) helped Virtus Bologna win their game against the 15th-ranked Unieuro Forli (8-19) 77-69 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Sunday night. Umeh scored 13 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Virtus Segafredo Bologna (19-8) is placed first in East group. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This season Umeh has very high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.1apg. Umeh holds both American and Nigerian passports. He is also in the roster of the Nigerian national team.

Dinma Odiakosa
Dinma Odiakosa
   #10. Power forward Dinma Odiakosa (203-85, agency: Inception Sports, college: Illinois St., currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for STB Le Havre (11-7) in their last game. Despite Odiakosa's very good performance STB Le Havre was edged 65-64 in Boulazac by the lower-ranked (#7) Basket. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Odiakosa also added 8 rebounds in 26 minutes. It was STB Le Havre's third consecutive loss in a row. It's Odiakosa's first season with the team. He averaged so far 14.2ppg and 9.7rpg in 27 games. Odiakosa is a former U22 international player as thirteen years ago he still played for the Nigerian national team.

   #11. International small forward Derrick Obasohan (198-81, agency: BeoBasket, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in France) helped Provence Basket win their game against the sixth-ranked ADA Blois 83-72 in the French ProB (second division) in Tuesday night's game. Obasohan scored 18 points and added 4 passes. Obasohan averaged so far 14.6ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.4apg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Obasohan plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

   #12. International power forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-84, college: SMU, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Balikesir (5-19) in their last game. Despite his good performance Balikesir lost 75-84 in Istanbul to the much higher-ranked (#5) Besiktas. Ofoegbu scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. Ofoegbu averaged so far 12.0ppg and 4.4rpg in 24 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Ofoegbu is also in the roster of the Nigerian national team.

   #13. Former international forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Gunma in their game against Yamagata in the Japanese B League D2, despite his good performance in Sunday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds. Kuso also added 2 blocks in 20 minutes. But his team lost 73-78. Kuso averaged so far 13.4ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.7bpg in 50 games. He used to play for the Nigerian national team ten years ago.

   #14. International power forward Suleiman Braimoh (203-89, college: Rice, currently plays in VTB United League) helped his Russian team Enisey win their game against the closely-ranked Astana 88-78 in the VTB United League on Sunday night. Braimoh scored 11 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 23 minutes. Braimoh averaged so far 12.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg in 21 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Braimoh plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

   #15. International forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo (199-92, currently plays in Spain) managed to help MoraBanc Andorra in a victory against the 12th-ranked Movil Estudiantes 87-83 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 16 minutes. This year Antetokounmpo's overall stats are: 6.5ppg and 3.3rpg in 25 games. He is also in the roster of the Nigerian national team.

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

   #1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Milwaukee Bucks (40-39) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Milwaukee Bucks (40-39) lost 105-109 on the road to the Dallas Mavericks. Antetokounmpo had a double-double by scoring 31 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 9 assists, 2 blocks and 4 steals in 40 minutes. It was Bucks' third consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Antetokounmpo's fourth season with the team. Antetokounmpo has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 23.1ppg, 8.7rpg, 5.4apg, 1.9bpg and 1.7spg in 78 games he played so far. Antetokounmpo has a dual citizenship: Greek and Nigerian.

   #2. Experienced Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne, currently plays in United Kingdom) led Glasgow Rocks to a victory over the closely-ranked Sheffield Sharks (17-11) crushing them 84-55 in the British BBL last Friday. Achara was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds. Achara also added 6 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Glasgow Rocks (17-11) is placed third in the BBL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This season Achara has very high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.5bpg and 1.1spg. Achara is another player who holds two passports: Scottish and Nigerian.

   #3. O.D. Anosike (203-F/C-91, college: Siena, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an Openjobmetis VA's victory against the closely-ranked AV Cantu (10-15) 85-72 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 13 rebounds in 23 minutes. Openjobmetis Varese (11-14) is placed 11th in the Serie A. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Anosike averaged so far 10.3ppg and 11.4rpg in 23 games. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities.

   #4. Chris Otule (211-C-90, college: Marquette, currently plays in France) was not able to help Olympique Antibes (8-18) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Olympique Antibes was defeated 87-74 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Chalon/Saor. Otule was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 6 rebounds. Otule averaged so far 13.4ppg and 5.7rpg. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #5. Lotanna Nwogbo (203-F/C-93, college: Longwood, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to secure a victory for Alianza Viedma (23-13) in their last game. Despite Nwogbo's very good performance Alianza Viedma (#2) lost 76-81 in Trelew to the lower-ranked (#4) Huracan in the South group. He had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 10 rebounds in 32 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Nwogbo's third season in pro basketball. The Regular Season already ended. Nwogbo averaged so far 14.3ppg and 8.2rpg in 18 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports.

   #6. Talib Zanna (206-F-90, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) contributed to a JSF Nanterre's victory against the leader Telekom Baskets 86-81 in the FIBA Europe Cup on Wednesday night. He scored 10 points (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). Zanna's overall stats this season are: 6.7ppg and 3.5rpg.

   #7. Alex Owumi (196-G-84, college: Alcorn St., currently plays in United Kingdom) helped London Lions win their game against the second-ranked Newcastle Eagles 93-86 in the British BBL last Wednesday. Owumi scored 14 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 9 assists. Owumi averaged so far 13.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports.

   #8. Reggie Okosa (208-C-80, college: La Salle, currently plays in Chile) was the major contributor in an Osorno Basquetbol's victory against the second-ranked AB Ancud 87-76 in the Chilean Liga Nacional in Sunday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 15 rebounds. This season Okosa has very high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg. Okosa holds both American and Nigerian passports.

   #9. Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Hartford, currently plays in Lebanon) couldn't help Sagesse (7-16) in their last game on Friday. Despite Adeleke's good performance Sagesse (#4) was defeated 86-76 at home by the second-ranked Byblos in the Group A. He scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Adeleke averaged so far 12.0ppg, 11.8rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg.

   #10. Danny Agbelese (206-F/C-90, college: Hampton, currently plays in France) couldn't help Pau-Lacq-Orthez in their game against Paris-Levallois in the French ProA. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. It was his first game for Pau-Lacq-Orthez this season. His team was crushed by 22 points 86-64. Agbelese holds both American and Nigerian passports.



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Michael Hicks selected the top Panamanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Michael Hicks
Michael Hicks
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international forward Michael Hicks (196-76, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Uruguay). He could not help Hebraica (10-4) in their last game. Despite Hicks' very good performance the first-placed Hebraica (10-4) was edged 86-85 in a derby game by the much lower-ranked (#8) Trouville in the Promocional 1 group. He was the top scorer with 22 points in 31 minutes on the court. Hicks has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 47.9%, 3FGP: 43.9% and FT: 75.6% in 25 games he played so far. Ex-Toros del Chiriqui David player is currently a member of the Panamanian senior national team.

Jaime Lloreda
Jaime Lloreda
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Jaime Lloreda (204-80, college: LSU, currently plays in Uruguay) is a teammate of previously mentioned Michael Hicks and both played together in the last Uruguayan LUB game. Lloreda. He was not able to help Hebraica (10-4) in their last game on Monday. Despite Lloreda's good performance Hebraica was edged 86-85 in a derby game by the much lower-ranked Trouville (#8) in the Promocional 1 group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Lloreda has relatively good stats this season: 11.6ppg, 10.6rpg, 2FGP: 63.0%(87-138) and FT: 59.0%. Ex-Magnates de Calidonia player is in the roster of the Panamanian senior national team.

Jamaal Levy
Jamaal Levy
   #3. The Panamanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Jamaal Levy (206-83, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Argentina). He contributed to a 1-point Weber Bahia's victory against the fourth-ranked GECR Indalo (24-23) 77-76 in the Argentinian LigaA on Thursday night. Levy recorded 6 points in 22 minutes. Weber Bahia Blanca Basket (24-18) is placed third in Sur group. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. This year Levy's overall stats are: 7.2ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 60.7%(91-150), 3FGP: 31.2% and FT: 56.8% in 41 games. He is also a member of the Panamanian senior national team.

Ernesto Oglivie
Ernesto Oglivie
   #4. Forward Ernesto Oglivie (203-89, currently plays in Uruguay) faced previously mentioned Michael Hicks in the Uruguayan LUB last game. Oglivie contributed to Trouville's surprising victory against the leader Hebraica (10-4) 86-85 in a derby game. He scored 9 points in 29 minutes. Oglivie has very impressive stats this year: 16.5ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.5spg in eight games. He is also Panamanian national team player.

Gary Forbes
Gary Forbes
   #5. Former international swingman Gary Forbes (201-85, college: Virginia, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to secure a victory for Boca Juniors (14-32) in their last game on Friday. Despite Forbes' good performance Boca Juniors (#10) was edged 94-93 in a derby game by the higher-ranked Obras Basket (#6) in the Sur group. He scored 14 points (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). This season Forbes has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 3.6rpg and 3.0apg. He is a naturalized American. Forbes used to play for the Panamanian national team six years ago. Strangely he has never played in Panama.

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

   #1. Javier Carter (203-C-91, college: S.Alabama, currently plays in Mexico) was the major contributor in Soles' victory against the league leader Fuerza Regia (32-4) crushing them 90-70 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) in Friday night's game. Carter scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Soles de Mexicali (23-13) is placed second in the LNBP. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Carter's total stats this season are: 6.5ppg and 4.1rpg. He is a naturalized American. Carter used to play for Caballos de Cocle Aguadulce in Panamanian league.

   #2. Nate Butler Lind (198-SG-89, college: TCU, currently plays in Puerto Rico). Butler Lind could not help Indios (0-1) to beat Santeros (1-0). He recorded 6 points and added 4 assists in 25 minutes. It was his first game for Indios this season. Indios was edged 73-70 on the road by the leading Santeros. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Butler Lind has a dual citizenship: Panamanian and Puerto Rican. Despite his Panamanian passport, Butler Lind previously played for the Puerto Rican U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Panamanian team.

   #3. Tymell Murphy (196-F-90, college: FIU, currently plays in Japan) led Kagoshima to a 3-point victory against the fifth-ranked Kagawa FA (15-35) 87-84 in the Japanese B League D2 last Sunday. He recorded 13 points. Kagoshima Rebnise (7-43) is placed sixth in West group. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. It's Murphy's first season with the team. Murphy has reliable stats this year: 11.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Murphy has never played in Panama.

   #4. Jordan Henriquez-Roberts (214-C-89, agency: Babcock Sports, college: Kansas St., currently plays in ASEAN League) was not able to help Saigon Heat in their game against Hong Kong ELL (16-4) in the ASEAN League. He recorded 8 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks in 31 minutes. Saigon Heat was crushed 114-74 in Hong Kong by the leading Hong Kong ELL. It was Saigon Heat's third consecutive loss in a row. Henriquez-Roberts has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.4ppg, 15.4rpg, 1.8apg and 2.7bpg in 11 games he played so far. Henriquez-Roberts is a naturalized American. He used to play for Correcaminos de Colon in Panamanian league.



Penarol inks Alphonso Leary, ex Correcaminos - by Francisco Vega

Penarol Quillacollo (Libobasquet) agreed terms with 26-year old American center Alphonso Leary (208-93kg-91, college: Virginia State). He played last summer at Correcaminos in Panamanian LPB league, but left the team in August. But in three games he had just 1.3ppg and 1.0rpg. The last season Leary played at Real Canoe in Spanish EBA where in 9 games he recorded 8.1ppg and 6.0rpg.
He graduated from Virginia State in 2015 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PBL  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Cordaryl BALLARD
  Ohio B.
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Ballard, Ohio B.22.3 
 2. McKnight, Ohio B.21.1 
 3. Edwards, Ohio B.20.2 
 4. Ubiles, Chautauq.18.6 
 5. Allmond, Rocheste.18.6 
 6. Oblitey, Washingt.18.2 
 7. Stroman, Chautauq.17.7 
 8. Moore, Dubois D.16.9 
 9. Osei, Washingt.16.0 
 10. Waddell, Kentucky.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julius FRANCIS
  Dubois D.
  (211-C-)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Francis, Dubois D.14.3 
 2. Waddell, Kentucky.8.6 
 3. Osei, Washingt.7.9 
 4. Greene, Chautauq.7.6 
 5. Berry, Chautauq.7.5 
 6. Woodson, Rocheste.7.3 
 7. Hill, Jamestown J.6.9 
 8. Baker, Jamestow.6.9 
 9. Railey, Rocheste.6.7 
 10. DeVaughn, Kentucky.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus FILLYAW
  Kentucky M.
  (185-PG-94)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Fillyaw, Kentucky M.5.1 
 2. Davenport, Jamestow.4.8 
 3. Crescenzi, Jamestow.4.2 
 4. Crouch, Rocheste.4.2 
 5. Ubiles, Chautauq.4.2 
 6. Jackson, Kentucky.4.1 
 7. Davis, Jamestow.4.0 
 8. Ballard, Ohio B.3.9 
 9. Oblitey, Washingt.3.1 
 10. Alexander, Chautauq.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Deverell BIGGS
  Rochester R.
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Biggs, Rochester R.2.5 
 2. Jackson, Kentucky.1.9 
 3. Miller-III, Ohio B.1.8 
 4. Clarkson, Ohio B.1.6 
 5. Fillyaw, Kentucky M.1.5 
 6. Ballard, Ohio B.1.5 
 7. Oblitey, Washingt.1.5 
 8. Davenport, Jamestow.1.4 
 9. Christen, Kentucky.1.3 
 10. Crouch, Rocheste.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jordan RAILEY
  Rocheste.
  (213-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Railey, Rocheste.2.6 
 2. Baker, Jamestow.1.2 
 3. Woodson, Rocheste.1.2 
 4. Wells, Washington W.1.2 
 5. Coker, Rochester R.1.1 
 6. Christian, Jamestow.1.1 
 7. Chichester, Rocheste.0.9 
 8. DeVaughn, Kentucky.0.9 
 9. Berry, Chautauq.0.8 
 10. Hines, Jamestow.0.7 


Mavericks win Game One of PBL Finals - by Eurobasket News

The Premier Basketball League kicked off the Finals tonight in Owensboro, KY with the Rochester Razorsharks traveling to take on the Kentucky Mavericks in Game One of the three game series. The game started with the Razorsharks winning the opening tap and putting up the first shot with no success. The Mavericks came down and Stan Simpson (6'10''-C-90, college: Memphis) hit an open 14 footer to open up the scoring and with that the Finals had begun. Both teams looked to attack the basket in hope that they could get the other in foul trouble, but all this did was create some bad shots by both teams and at the first timeout the Mavericks held a 16-5 lead. Rochester made a little run, but at the end of the first quarter, the Mavericks were ahead 24-16. The Razorsharks slowly crept back into the game behind James Helton who hit a big three pointer to get the Razorsharks within one at the second mandatory timeout. Every time Rochester came close, Kentucky would have an answer to keep the lead. Then a Jordan Railey long jumper gave the Razorsharks the lead for the first time 39-38. From there both teams traded the lead for the rest of the quarter. At the end of the half, the lead was the same as at the start, even as both teams went into the locker room tied at 43. The second half started as the first, with an Anthony Jackson (5'11''-PG-85) layup for the Mavericks, but this time the Razorsharks answered and the game then took on a back and forth action with the teams trading the lead multiple times. Two long buckets by Ben Vozzola (6'6''-G-92, college: St.Catharine) caused an 8-0 run for the Mavericks to put them up 69-63 at the end of the 3rd quarter. With only 12 minutes remaining it was sure to continue as it had for the previous 36 minute of play. The Razorsharks started the quarter with a John Ivy drive to the basket to cut the lead to four. Deverell Biggs (6'1''-G-92, college: Texas Southern) also attacked the basket on consecutive possessions to tie the game up at 71 at the first mandatory timeout of the quarter. Back to back three pointers by Anthony Jackson and Chris Hagen put the Mavercks up three before Corey Allmond answered with a long jumper of his own. Kentucky used some jumpers by Nick Waddell and Anthony Jackson to get the lead up to seven before Corey Allmond answered again with two three pointers and a James Helton put back to tie the game at 82 apiece with only 3:33 left in the game. Two free throws by Anthony Jackson were answered by a Melvin Council (6'3''-G-82, college: Robert Morris) layup on the other end. Stan Simpson threw down a huge dunk off an offensive rebound for Kentucky and then a stop by the Mavericks on the defensive end let Chris Hagen get to the basket to spread the lead out to four with less than a minute left. Rochester's Melvin Council went to the line with 56.2 seconds left looking to cut the lead in half but missed both free throws. Gerald DeVaughn missed a jumper for Kentucky and Jerice Crouch (6'0''-PG-84, college: Chattanooga) made a mad dash to the basket to cut the lead to two with 18.3 seconds remaining. A quick foul by the Razorsharks put DeVaughn to the line with a chance to extend the lead, which he did by making both free throws. Crouch launched a three but missed. However the Razorsharks got the rebound and Crouch was then fouled behind the arc. Crouch made two free throws and missed the third free throw on purpose hoping to grab the rebound. They were unsuccessful and Anthony Jackson made one free throw and the Mavericks pulled out a 91-88 victory. Five players scored in double figures, with two notching double-doubles: Stan Simpson (16 pts, 13 rebs) and Nick Waddell (15 points, 10 rebs). Anthony Jackson had 14 huge points off the bench. Jerice Crouch had 18 points to lead the way for Rochester. Melvin Council had 16 points with James Helton scoring 11 points for the Razorsharks. Jordan Railey pulled down 11 rebounds. In an evenly matched game the score was tied nine times and the lead changed 14 times. Game 2 will take place in Rochester on Sunday, April 9 at the Blue Cross Arena. Game time is 2:00 PM EST.
Courtesy of: thepbl.com



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  PERU  


LBL Round 4: Real Club hands first loss to Regatas - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Regatas (3-1) in Lima on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by Real Club (4-0) 57-51. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Regatas. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Real Club have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Regatas at the other side keep the second place with one game lost. They share the position with Inmaculada and EOFap. Real Club's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima Ejercito.
Another interesting game for EOFap (3-1) which played in Lima against San Marcos (2-2). Third ranked EOFap had an easy win 70-53. EOFap have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Regatas and Inmaculada. San Marcos at the other side keep the fifth position with two games lost. EOFap's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena Regatas.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Lima: Inmaculada (#4) and La Family (#8). La Family was defeated at home 49-63 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Inmaculada (3-1) moved-up to second place, which they share with Regatas and EOFap. Loser La Family still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Ejercito. Inmaculada's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena San Marcos.
Circolo's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Ejercito (0-4) 78-72. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. Circolo maintains sixth position with 1-3 record. It was Ejercito's fourth loss in a row. They still close the standings with four games lost. Circolo's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked La Family (#8) in Lima. Ejercito's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena Real Club.

Circolo - Ejercito 78-72

Circolo's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Ejercito (0-4) 78-72. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. Circolo maintains sixth position with 1-3 record. It was Ejercito's fourth loss in a row. They still close the standings with four games lost. Circolo's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked La Family (#8) in Lima. Ejercito's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena Real Club.
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La Family - Inmaculada 49-63

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Lima: Inmaculada (#4) and La Family (#8). La Family was defeated at home 49-63 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Inmaculada (3-1) moved-up to second place, which they share with Regatas and EOFap. Loser La Family still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Ejercito. Inmaculada's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena San Marcos.
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Regatas - Real Club 51-57

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Regatas (3-1) in Lima on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by Real Club (4-0) 57-51. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Regatas. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Real Club have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Regatas at the other side keep the second place with one game lost. They share the position with Inmaculada and EOFap. Real Club's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima Ejercito.
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San Marcos - EOFap 53-70

Another interesting game for EOFap (3-1) which played in Lima against San Marcos (2-2). Third ranked EOFap had an easy win 70-53. EOFap have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Regatas and Inmaculada. San Marcos at the other side keep the fifth position with two games lost. EOFap's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena Regatas.
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  PHILIPPINES  

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Cory JEFFERSON
  Alaska A.
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 31.8
 1. Jefferson, Alaska A.31.8 
 2. White, Mahindra30.5 
 3. Taggart, Rain o.29.0 
 4. Smith, Blackwater28.3 
 5. Chism, NLEX R.28.2 
 6. McKay, Phoenix25.3 
 7. Pringle, Globalport25.0 
 8. Greene, TNT K.24.0 
 9. Fajardo, SM Be.23.0 
 10. Mitchell, Star H.22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex STEPHESON
  Meralco .
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Stepheson, Meralco .22.6 
 2. Smith, Blackwater22.0 
 3. Chism, NLEX R.19.0 
 4. McKay, Phoenix18.8 
 5. White, Mahindra18.5 
 6. Mitchell, Star H.15.5 
 7. Williams, Globalport15.0 
 8. Greene, TNT K.14.5 
 9. Jefferson, Alaska A.13.3 
 10. Amundson, TNT K.13.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jayson CASTRO WILLIAM
  TNT K.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Castro-W., TNT K.9.3 
 2. Cabagnot, SM Be.8.0 
 3. Romeo, Globalport7.5 
 4. Thompson, B.Gin.6.5 
 5. Brownlee, B.Gin.5.5 
 6. Ganuelas-R., TNT K.5.5 
 7. Ross, SM Beermen5.5 
 8. Casio, Alaska Aces5.0 
 9. Enciso, Alaska Aces5.0 
 10. Jazul, Phoenix4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Justin BROWNLEE
  B.Gin.
  (197-F-88)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Brownlee, B.Gin.3.5 
 2. Barroca, Star H.2.8 
 3. Jalalon, Star H.2.5 
 4. Ross, SM Beermen2.5 
 5. Exciminiano, Alaska A.2.3 
 6. Greene, TNT K.2.0 
 7. Cabagnot, SM Be.2.0 
 8. Pringle, Globalport2.0 
 9. McKay, Phoenix2.0 
 10. Norwood, Rain o.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  B.Ginebra
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Aguilar, B.Ginebra3.5 
 2. Mitchell, Star H.3.3 
 3. McKay, Phoenix2.5 
 4. White, Mahindra2.5 
 5. Williams, Globalport2.3 
 6. Amundson, TNT K.2.0 
 7. Chism, NLEX R.2.0 
 8. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.0 
 9. Stepheson, Meralco .1.6 
 10. Taggart, Rain o.1.6 


Cignal tops Racal, claims D-League crown - by Eurobasket News

Javee Mocon came up big late as Cignal-San Beda bucked its poor start and captured the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup with an 81-78 conquest over Racal Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. The incoming fourth-year San Beda forward took charge in the end game as he dropped 11 of the Hawkeyes' last 13 points to lead with 25 points, seven rebounds, and two assists in the cardiac Game 3 affair. 'He picked up where he left off and he did a good job. He's been very positive for us and today, he stepped up big for us,' said coach Boyet Fernandez , who won his seventh PBA D-League title in eight tries. Jason Perkins (193-F) kept Cignal afloat as he scattered 21 markers, five boards, and three blocks, while Conference MVP Robert Bolick had 14 points, on top of six assists and four rebounds. 'I still believe on our team work. If not for the boys, we'll not win this one. We didn't give up,' said Fernandez. The Hawkeyes pulled themselves back from a 13-point hole, 42-29, and opened the second half on a 13-5 run to tie the game at 48 and set up the frantic finish. Mocon would then lead his side in the final seven minutes, scoring five straight points to givve his side a 75-70 lead with 3:48 remaining. The Tile Masters, though, would not go down that easily as Jackson Corpuz (193-F) tried to will his squad back within one, 79-78, with 36.3 ticks left. However, Bolick calmly drained two freebies for Cignal in the last 4.4 seconds before Rey Nambatac (179-G-94) muffed his potential game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer. Corpuz led Racal with 24 points and nine rebounds, while Joseph Gabayni had 18 markers and nine rebounds in the clincher.
Courtesy of: inquirer.net



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Marcus Ginyard gets MVP of the Week award for Polish PLK - by Eurobasket News

American Marcus Ginyard (196-F/G-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Energa Czarni and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 29-year old swingman had the game-high 27 points adding five rebounds for Energa Czarni in his team's victory, helping them to beat Siarka (#17, 4-24) 92-86. Energa Czarni maintains the 6th position in Polish PLK. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Energa Czarni will need more victories to improve their 16-11 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Ginyard as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Marcus Ginyard averages this season 11.4ppg and 5.1rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old Guinean guard Russell Robinson (185-G-86) of Szczecin. Robinson impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as Szczecin lost that game 79-90 to the higher-ranked MKS DG (#7, 16-12). Szczecin managed to keep the same 12th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-14 record. Robinson is a newcomer at Szczecin 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 Tomasz Wojdyla (201-C/F-77) of Siarka (#17). Wojdyla showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Wojdyla's great performance Siarka lost 86-92 to the higher-ranked Energa Czarni (#6, 16-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Siarka can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-24 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Wojdyla he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Wojdyla has a very solid season. In 28 games in Poland he scored 11.5ppg. He also has 6.8rpg and FGP: 51.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alex Welsh (200-F-94) of Siarka - 25 points and 11 rebounds
5. Greg Surmacz (203-F-86) of Energa Czarni - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Josip Sobin (203-C-89) of Anwil - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Michael Fraser (203-C-84) of Polfarmex Kutno - 11 points and 15 rebounds
8. Kareem Maddox (202-F/C-89) of Krosno - 19 points and 10 rebounds
9. Aaron Johnson (173-PG-88) of Stal Ostrow - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Darnell Jackson (206-C/F-85) of Rosa Radom - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  PORTUGAL  

Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

Points Per Game
 Nuno MARCAL
  Maia B.
  (205-F-75)
  Avg: 22
 1. Marcal, Maia B.22.0 
 2. Novak, Ovarense20.7 
 3. Pavlovic, Sampa.18.1 
 4. Ogungbemi-J., Galitos-.17.8 
 5. Matagrano, Lusit.17.8 
 6. Lima, CAB Madeira17.4 
 7. Marzette, CAB M.16.5 
 8. Catarino, Maia B.16.3 
 9. Hollis, Benfica16.2 
 10. Bishop, Illiabum15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Antonio MONTEIRO
  Lusitania
  (204-F-89)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Monteiro, Lusitania10.1 
 2. Douvier, Ovarense9.5 
 3. Torrie, Electric.8.4 
 4. Marcal, Maia B.8.4 
 5. Washburn, FC Porto8.2 
 6. Grosey, Galitos-.7.9 
 7. Lima, CAB Madeira7.4 
 8. Fernandes, Ovarense7.4 
 9. Mendes, Sampaense7.3 
 10. Reynolds, Oliveirense7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nick NOVAK
  Ovarense
  (182-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Novak, Ovarense5.9 
 2. Guillory, Sampaense5.2 
 3. Gameiro, CAB M.4.8 
 4. Ogungbemi-J., Galitos-.4.7 
 5. Tinsley, FC Porto4.3 
 6. Figueiredo, Illiabum4.3 
 7. Simic, Lusitania4.3 
 8. Pinto, Vitoria SC4.2 
 9. Robinson, Maia B.4.2 
 10. Ferry, Vitoria SC4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Frederick GENTRY
  CAB M.
  (201-F-77)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gentry, CAB M.2.1 
 2. Guillory, Sampaense1.9 
 3. Marcal, Maia B.1.8 
 4. Carvalho, Sampa.1.8 
 5. Hallman, Oliveirense1.8 
 6. Novak, Ovarense1.7 
 7. Robinson, Maia B.1.7 
 8. Xavier, FC Porto1.6 
 9. Grosey, Galitos-.1.5 
 10. Bishop, Illiabum1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Angelo CHOL
  Illiabum
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Chol, Illiabum1.5 
 2. Moses, Vitoria SC1.4 
 3. Gomes, Maia Basket1.1 
 4. Gentry, CAB M.0.9 
 5. Mendes, Sampaense0.9 
 6. Washburn, FC Porto0.8 
 7. Coronel, Electric.0.7 
 8. Hollis, Benfica0.6 
 9. Matagrano, Lusit.0.6 
 10. Marzette, CAB M.0.6 


LPB Round 6 (Second Stage): Benfica edges Galitos-Barreiro by one point - by Eurobasket News

Fifth-ranked Galitos-Barreiro (15-13) made lots of trouble for second ranked Benfica (21-7) on Wednesday. The visitors from Benfica managed to secure only one-point victory 79-78. However their fans expected easier game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Raven Barber (206, college: Mt.St.Mary's) who scored 28 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized Angolan guard Carlos Morais (200-85, agency: Duran International) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Jacques Conceicao (187-89) who recorded 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Benfica maintains second position in Places 1-6 with 21-7 record having just two points less than leader FC Porto, which they share with Vitoria SC. Galitos-Barreiro at the other side keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost. Benfica is looking forward to face league's leader FC Porto Ferpinta at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Galitos-Barreiro will play against Vitoria SC (#3) in Guimaraes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Porto. First ranked FC Porto Ferpinta faced 4th ranked Oliveirense. Host FC Porto Ferpinta (23-5) defeated guests from Oliveira (19-9) 84-74. It was a good game for Serbian power forward Sasa Borovnjak (206-89, college: Penn St., agency: 011 Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Nick Washburn contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward James Ellisor (195-90, college: Bemidji St.) replied with 16 points for Oliveirense. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first position in Places 1-6 with 23-5 record. Oliveirense lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with nine games lost. FC Porto Ferpinta will play against league's second-placed Benfica on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Oliveirense will play against Illiabum and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Ilhavo supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Vitoria SC (21-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Illiabum (13-15). Vitoria SC smashed Illiabum 86-65 on Wednesday. Pedro Pinto scored 20 points to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Nikola Tadic with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. Vitoria SC have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Places 1-6, which they share with Benfica. Newly promoted Illiabum keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost. Vitoria SC will meet at home Galitos-Barreiro (#5) in the next round. Illiabum will play against Oliveirense in Oliveira and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Ninth-ranked Lusitania (7-20) made lots of trouble for eighth ranked Ovarense (15-13) in Angra. The visitors from Ovarense managed to secure only three-point victory 82-79. However their fans expected easier game. Kyle Anderson notched a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds to lead the effort. Ovarense maintains eighth position in Places 7-12 with 15-13 record. Lusitania at the other side dropped to the tenth place with 20 games lost. Ovarense's next round opponent will be Maia Basket (#11) on the road. Lusitania will play against CAB Madeira in Funchal and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 6 In Places 7-12 bottom-ranked Sampaense was defeated by CAB Madeira in Funchal 87-83. Electrico FC beat Maia Basket at home 82-69.
The best stats of 6th round was 27 points and 7 steals by Frederick Gentry of CAB Madeira.

Places 1-6
FC Porto - Oliveirense 84-74

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Porto. First ranked FC Porto Ferpinta faced 4th ranked Oliveirense. Host FC Porto Ferpinta (23-5) defeated guests from Oliveira (19-9) 84-74. FC Porto Ferpinta made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. It was a good game for Serbian power forward Sasa Borovnjak (206-89, college: Penn St., agency: 011 Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. American center Nick Washburn (208-91, college: Hillsdale, agency: Duran International) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Washburn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four FC Porto Ferpinta players scored in double figures. American forward James Ellisor (195-90, college: Bemidji St.) replied with 16 points and the former international forward Arnette Hallman (200-88) added 8 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Oliveirense. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first position in Places 1-6 with 23-5 record. Oliveirense lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with nine games lost. FC Porto Ferpinta will play against league's second-placed Benfica on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Oliveirense will play against Illiabum and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oliveirense: J.Ellisor 16+4reb+1ast, J.Miguel Barbosa 13+2reb+2ast, E.Evora 10+3reb, A.Hallman 8+11reb+1ast, J.Reynolds 7+4reb, J.Abreu 7+1reb+2ast
FC Porto: S.Borovnjak 18+10reb+1ast, J.Silva 14+3reb, N.Washburn 14+6reb+1ast, J.Xavier 11+5reb+4ast, B.Tinsley 9+2reb+6ast, P.Bastos 6+2ast
gschID: 537868


Illiabum - Vitoria SC 65-86

The game in Ilhavo supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Vitoria SC (21-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Illiabum (13-15). Vitoria SC smashed Illiabum 86-65 on Wednesday. The former international point guard Pedro Pinto (188-88) scored 20 points to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Victor Moses (201-89, college: Georgetown, KY) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Vitoria SC players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Serbian power forward Nikola Tadic (206-88) with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Rashad Bishop (198-88, college: Cincinnati, agency: Basket Management Solutions) scored 10 points. Vitoria SC have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Places 1-6, which they share with Benfica. Newly promoted Illiabum keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost. Vitoria SC will meet at home Galitos-Barreiro (#5) in the next round. Illiabum will play against Oliveirense in Oliveira and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Illiabum: N.Tadic 26+11reb, R.Bishop 10+3reb+3ast, C.Cardoso 9+1reb+1ast, R.Wildner 6+5reb, J.Figueiredo 5+1reb+4ast, S.Correia 4+3reb+2ast
Vitoria SC: P.Pinto 20+3reb+1ast, V.Moses 15+7reb+1ast, M.Rakic 11+2reb+4ast, J.Balseiro 11+6reb+3ast, R.Quintino 9+5reb+2ast, N.Dukic 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 537870


Galitos-Barreiro - Benfica 78-79

Fifth-ranked Galitos-Barreiro (15-13) made lots of trouble for second ranked Benfica (21-7) on Wednesday. The visitors from Benfica managed to secure only one-point victory 79-78. However their fans expected easier game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Raven Barber (206, college: Mt.St.Mary's) who scored 28 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized Angolan guard Carlos Morais (200-85, agency: Duran International) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Four Benfica players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Jacques Conceicao (187-89) who recorded 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and American-Saint Lucian forward Khyle Marshall (200-92, college: Butler, agency: Duran International) added 23 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Benfica maintains second position in Places 1-6 with 21-7 record having just two points less than leader FC Porto, which they share with Vitoria SC. Galitos-Barreiro at the other side keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost. Benfica is looking forward to face league's leader FC Porto Ferpinta at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Galitos-Barreiro will play against Vitoria SC (#3) in Guimaraes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Galitos-Barreiro: K.Marshall 23+5reb, J.Conceicao 21+7reb+4ast, D.Correia 13+3reb+5ast, C.Ferreirinho 9+7reb+2ast, S.Grosey 5+4reb+1ast, A.Castela 4+1reb
Benfica: R.Barber 28+6reb, T.Barroso 16+1reb+5ast, C.Morais 11+8reb+3ast, J.Soares 10+1reb+1ast, M.Fernandes 6+1reb, M.Loncovic 6+4reb
gschID: 537869


Places 7-12
CAB Madeira - Sampaense 87-83

There was no surprise in Funchal where 12th ranked Sampaense (4-23) was defeated by seventh ranked CAB Madeira (15-11) 87-83. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. CAB Madeira forced 20 Sampaense turnovers. Strangely Sampaense outrebounded CAB Madeira 34-21 including 24 on the defensive glass. The former international swingman Fabio Lima (198-88) notched 25 points to lead the effort and American forward Frederick Gentry (201-77, college: McNeese St.) supported him with 27 points and 7 steals. Even 32 points and 7 rebounds by American guard Devin Martin (193, college: Md-E Shore) did not help to save the game for Sampaense. His fellow American import point guard Andrew Guillory (190-92, college: Arkansas Tech) added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. CAB Madeira have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position in Places 7-12 with 15-11 record. Sampaense lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 23 lost games. CAB Madeira's next round opponent will be Lusitania (#10) in Angra. Sampaense will play at home against Electrico FC and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sampaense: D.Martin 32+7reb+2ast, A.Guillory 19+6reb+6ast, D.Ognjenovic 11+3reb, F.von Hafe 6+4reb+2ast, M.Mendes 6+7reb+1ast, H.Carvalho 5+4reb+1ast
CAB Madeira: F.Gentry 27+4reb, F.Lima 25+3reb+3ast, A.Gydra 13+2reb, D.Gameiro 9+1reb+1ast, A.Marzette 7+3reb+1ast, D.Kumelis 4+2reb+7ast
gschID: 537873


Electrico FC - Maia Basket 82-69

The game between closely ranked teams ended with tenth ranked Electrico FC's (7-19) home victory over 11th ranked Maia Basket (5-23) 82-69. They outrebounded Maia Basket 43-31 including a 35-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international point guard Diogo Ventura (193-94) notched 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and guard Tiago Pinto (187-88) supported him with 17 points and 4 assists. Four Electrico FC players scored in double figures. Even 24 points and 8 rebounds by the former international forward Nuno Marcal (205-75) did not help to save the game for Maia Basket. Point guard Pedro Catarino (184-90) added 14 points and 7 assists. Electrico FC have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to ninth place in Places 7-12. Maia Basket at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 23 games lost. Electrico FC's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Sampaense (#12) in Coimbra. Maia Basket will play at home against Ovarense and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Maia Basket: N.Marcal 24+8reb+1ast, P.Catarino 14+4reb+7ast, D.Gomes 9+12reb+2ast, T.Brewer 8, P.Lopes 6+1reb, J.Oliveira 5+2reb+2ast
Electrico FC: D.Ventura 18+9reb+4ast, T.Pinto 17+1reb+4ast, J.Coelho 13+3reb+3ast, J.Lanzinha 12+5reb+2ast, K.Coronel 9+7reb, J.Torrie 7+12reb+2ast
gschID: 537872


Lusitania - Ovarense 79-82

Ninth-ranked Lusitania (7-20) made lots of trouble for eighth ranked Ovarense (15-13) in Angra. The visitors from Ovarense managed to secure only three-point victory 82-79. However their fans expected easier game. American guard Kyle Anderson (190-93, college: Delaware) notched a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import point guard Nick Novak (182-90, college: Pitt-Johnstown) supported him with 18 points. Even 24 points and 5 rebounds by American center Chris Matagrano (206-90, college: New Hampshire) did not help to save the game for Lusitania. Naturalized Angolan forward Antonio Monteiro (204-89) added 17 points and 12 rebounds. Four Lusitania players scored in double figures. Ovarense maintains eighth position in Places 7-12 with 15-13 record. Lusitania at the other side dropped to the tenth place with 20 games lost. Ovarense's next round opponent will be Maia Basket (#11) on the road. Lusitania will play against CAB Madeira in Funchal and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lusitania: C.Matagrano 24+5reb+1ast, A.Monteiro 17+12reb, A.Holliday 12+3reb+4ast, J.Miguel 12+5reb+6ast, R.Cardoso 9+15reb+3ast, M.Freitas 5+1reb+3ast
Ovarense: K.Anderson 35+10reb+1ast, N.Novak 18+1reb+1ast, A.Pinto 10+7reb+1ast, D.Caluico 6+4reb, B.Douvier 5+5reb, J.Fernandes 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 537871





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  PUERTO RICO  

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 David HUERTAS
  Arecibo
  (195-G/F-87)
  Avg: 27
 1. Huertas, Arecibo27.0 
 2. Mendoza, Aguada24.0 
 3. Gaston, Aguada24.0 
 4. Warrick, Ponce19.0 
 5. Romero, San German19.0 
 6. Liz, Ponce18.0 
 7. Emory, Ponce18.0 
 8. Collier, Mayaguez17.0 
 9. Vinales, Guayama17.0 
 10. Belardo, Ponce16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Devon COLLIER
  Mayaguez
  (203-PF-91)
  Avg: 17
 1. Collier, Mayaguez17.0 
 2. Gaston, Aguada11.0 
 3. Mendoza, Aguada10.0 
 4. Behanan, Arecibo9.0 
 5. Lopez-Sosa, San G.8.0 
 6. Romero, San German8.0 
 7. Dawson, Ponce7.0 
 8. West, Mayaguez7.0 
 9. Ayala, Mayaguez7.0 
 10. Matias, Arecibo7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Denis CLEMENTE
  Arecibo
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Clemente, Arecibo10.0 
 2. Torres, Ponce9.0 
 3. Browne, San German7.0 
 4. Cruz, San German5.0 
 5. Fillyaw, Guayama5.0 
 6. Butler Lind, Mayag.4.0 
 7. Mendoza, Aguada4.0 
 8. Huertas, Arecibo4.0 
 9. Han, Aguada4.0 
 10. Santiago, San G.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Gabriel BELARDO
  Ponce
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 4
 1. Belardo, Ponce4.0 
 2. Lalanne, Arecibo2.0 
 3. Liz, Ponce2.0 
 4. Matias, Arecibo2.0 
 5. Gaston, Aguada2.0 
 6. Vinales, Guayama2.0 
 7. Abreu, Aguada2.0 
 8. Huertas, Arecibo2.0 
 9. Alamo, Arecibo2.0 
 10. Butler Lind, Mayag.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  Guayama
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Penn, Guayama2.0 
 2. Warrick, Ponce2.0 
 3. Lalanne, Arecibo2.0 
 4. Fells, San German2.0 
 5. Mendoza, Aguada2.0 
 6. Branch, San German1.0 
 7. Strong, Guayama1.0 
 8. Alamo, Arecibo1.0 
 9. Ramos, Guayama1.0 
 10. Gaston, Aguada1.0 


Manolo Cintron is the new head coach of Panteras de Miranda (Venezuela) - by Francisco Vega

Panteras de Miranda announced the hiring of Puerto Rican coach Manuel Cintron as their new head coach for the remainder of the 2017 season of Venezuela's Liga Profesional (LPB).

Cintron will replace Venezuelan David Diaz, who had a 3-11 start and was fired. The team's last two defeats against Guaros de Lara as visitors in Barquisimeto came with assistant coach Ivan Torres as interim head coach while Cintron obtains his visa to enter the country.

The team owned by former MLB player Bob Abreu, who's also the LPB's current president, is trying to wake up and get closer to the playoffs spots in the Eastern Conference and the arrival of Cintron points into a positive direction for that objective.

According to the league's statistician, Pedro Marrero, Cintron's career record is 54-73 in Venezuela's LPB, as he had worked before for teams such as Cocodrilos de Caracas (1998), Toros de Aragua (2002 and 2009) and Trotamundos de Carabobo (2013).




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  QATAR  


Interview with Darius Rice - by Serafim Karaiskakis

Darius Rice (208-PF-82, college: Miami, FL) (6'10''-F-82, college: Miami, FL) former player of Al Ahli Sports Club Doha (Qatar-D1) in an old interview:

You signed in Premiata Montegranaro along with fomer NBA star Shawn Kemp. Many believed you would be an explosive duo in Italy, what happened? Why you left from the team early?

Darius Rice: Playing with Shawn Kemp was Great we had a really good preseason in which i scored 48 points in 1 game. Shawn and i had the same agent. Shawn had to leave because of personal reasons with his family so he did not return. He was our main guy that everyone wanted to see so when he did not return the team released me. I was their best player. It was not my fault i like Premiata Monegranaro and the fand liked me too. I wish i was there to help them this year they really struggled. I could have led the to better record.

You played for Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA summer league, do you support them in the playoffs?

Darius Rice: Yes i am supporting the Cavaliers. Really had a great relationship with them and Lebron and i are good friends. He saw a lot of good things in me and i wish i could have been on that team with them during this time. Hopefully this year i get back into NBA . They are a really good team with great chemistry and they have fun playing!

Which well known NBA player you believe has your playing style?

Darius Rice: I think my game is a combination. I have a Dirk Nowitzki game, with a mixture of Glen Rice and Robert Horry.

You played in Asian leagues, whats your opinion about the competition there?

Darius Rice: The Asian leagues are really competitive. The game is faster than the Euroleague game. It was a great experience as well. Also Puerto Rico was a really competitive league. I really liked the Italian league i think i would have been really good if the team stuck with me and i feel the team's record would have been better. Maybe i get to go back if i dont get NBA shot.

After your amazing game in the NBDL with Dakota Wizards did you have offers from European teams?

Darius Rice: After the NBDL game i went to the Cleveland Cavaliers and also worked out with the San Antonio Spurs. I been through so much i can write a book of my experiences! It was really late in the season so Euroleague was about over. Hopefully i can get a good deal there in the future.

Which league you would like to play in the future?

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  ROMANIA  


Martinic number one in Romania for round 10 - by Eurobasket News

Montenegrin Point guard Goran Martinic (187-PG-87) had a very impressive game in the last round for top-ranked Targu Mures, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10 (Second Stage).
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, six rebounds and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Dinamo B. (#4, 6-18) with 25-point margin 74-49. It allowed Targu Mures to consolidate first place in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Targu Mures is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 12th lost game this season out of 24 games. In the team's last game Martinic had a remarkable 83.3% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Targu Mures and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Goran Martinic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 18.2ppg) and averages impressive 2.1spg and 57.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Travis Bureau (202-F-88, agency: Inception Sports) of league's second-best Craiova. Bureau had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Craiova cruised to a 85-73 relatively comfortable win over Phoenix Galati (8-16). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Places 7-10. Craiova consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-16 record. Bureau is one of the most experienced players at Craiova and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Bulgarian Pavel Marinov (199-SF-88, agency: Interperformances) of Pitesti (#6). Marinov scored 27 points and passed six assists. Despite Marinov's great performance Pitesti lost 90-97 to slightly higher-ranked BC Timisoara (#5, 13-15). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Pitesti not to end season at such low position in Places 1-6, however are less than slim as they have already lost 17 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Marinov could try to bring Pitesti's a little bit higher in the standings. Marinov has individually a great season in Romania. After 31 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.0apg (8th best). He also has FGP: 51.9% and 3PT: 40.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Christopher Lee (206-F/C-85) of Craiova - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Kevin Hardy (188-G-93) of CSU Sibiu - 16 points and 16 rebounds
6. Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85) of BC Timisoara - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Mladen Jeremic (198-G-88) of BC Timisoara - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Milos Bojovic (198-G/F-81) of Phoenix Galati - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Ioan Alin Borsa (201-F-90) of Targu Mures - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Vincent Hunter (209-C/F-84) of Pitesti - 17 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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  RUSSIA  

Higher League stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Andrey SEMENOV
  Runa B.
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Semenov, Runa B.20.6 
 2. Ageev, Stroitie.17.1 
 3. Pisarchuk, Burevest.15.0 
 4. Zhukanenko, Cheb.Yas.14.7 
 5. Tkachenko, Cheb.Yas.14.4 
 6. Kaytukov, Dynam.14.2 
 7. Zuev, Spartak SP14.2 
 8. Hloponin, Spart.14.1 
 9. Babushkin, Spart.13.6 
 10. Gladyshev, Dyn-Magn.13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nikita GRESEV
  Tambov
  (204-F-88)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Gresev, Tambov8.8 
 2. Zaykin, Stroitie.8.1 
 3. Semenov, Runa B.7.2 
 4. Pisarchuk, Burevest.7.0 
 5. Dubinin, Dyn-Magn.6.8 
 6. Kochnev, Dynam.6.5 
 7. Tarasov, Runa B.6.5 
 8. Voron, Tambov6.2 
 9. Vertelov, Dyn-Magn.6.2 
 10. Babushkin, Spart.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksey OSOKIN
  Dyn-Magn.
  (178-PG-89)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Osokin, Dyn-Magn.4.6 
 2. Gladyshev, Dyn-Magn.4.5 
 3. Getmanov, Cheb.Yas.4.2 
 4. Ageev, Stroitie.4.0 
 5. Ilmenkov, Burevest.3.9 
 6. Metreveli, Runa B.3.8 
 7. Zhukanenko, Cheb.Yas.3.7 
 8. Pershin, Tambov3.6 
 9. Zuev, Spartak SP3.5 
 10. Tumanov, Tambov3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Vasiliy GLADYSHEV
  Dyn-Magn.
  (189-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Gladyshev, Dyn-Magn.2.7 
 2. Metreveli, Runa B.2.3 
 3. Getmanov, Cheb.Yas.2.2 
 4. Bartunov, Spart.2.0 
 5. Sokolov, Runa B.1.7 
 6. Osokin, Dyn-Magn.1.7 
 7. Ageev, Stroitie.1.6 
 8. Semenov, Runa B.1.6 
 9. Ilmenkov, Burevest.1.6 
 10. Tumanov, Tambov1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Nikita GRESEV
  Tambov
  (204-F-88)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Gresev, Tambov1.1 
 2.