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  ABA LEAGUE  



Dzanan Musa three more years with Cedevita - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

After he arrived to KK Cedevita Zagreb from KK Kos Sarajevo of BiH, Dzanan Musa (204-SG-99, agency: BeoBasket) profiled himself as one of the best youngsters of Europe. Swiftly, he won his place at KK Cedevita Zagreb and today he is an irreplaceable member of the team that played in the ABA League Finals.

In the meantime, he became a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team as well before he has just turned 18 years old and signed his first professional contract, extending the cooperation with KK Cedevita Zagreb for three more years.

'I am extremely happy and pleased to have signed the contract and I am hoping that this cooperation would continue the way it went by now,' Dzanan Musa told when signing a new deal. 'I have made progress during the past two season in the club and got the opportunity to reveal my full potential. I need to work more to develop and I will devote the following months to individual practices, in order to prepare for the new season with KK Cedevita Zagreb as well as possible.'

For sure there have been many offers for one of the best 18-year olds in Europe. How and why did he choose to continue with KK Cedevita Zagreb? 'Since I have a joint history with the club, we are all here like one big family,' Musa told and added something about the expectations for the future with the club: 'I place the team above everything else and the team needs to attack the trophy in the ABA League in the new season and we must win the trophy. In EuroCup we need to get as far as possible and we of course must win the trophies on domestic scene to confirm the ones from the past.'



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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.6 
 2. Green, Instituto20.0 
 3. Solano, Echague19.7 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.17.9 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.17.8 
 6. Deck, San Lorenzo17.2 
 7. Mickeal, Atenas17.0 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.17.0 
 9. Redivo, Weber B.16.9 
 10. Harper, Quimsa16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.0 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.4 
 3. Clancy, Instituto9.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.4 
 5. Justiz, Estudian.8.9 
 6. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.9 
 7. Francis, La Union8.7 
 8. Vargas, GECR I.8.7 
 9. Johnson, Atenas8.3 
 10. Wood, San M.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Maximiliano STANIC
  Olimpico.
  (178-PG-78)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Stanic, Olimpico.6.5 
 2. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.0 
 3. Barral, Obras B.5.8 
 4. Aguirre, San L.5.6 
 5. Konsztadt, La Union5.4 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.1 
 7. De-l., GECR I.4.5 
 8. Ciorciari, Instituto4.5 
 9. Figueroa, Penarol4.4 
 10. Hopson, Quimsa4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Reynaldo GARCIA
  San M.
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 2. Basualdo, Quilm.1.9 
 3. Solano, Echague1.9 
 4. De-l., GECR I.1.8 
 5. Johnson, Weber B.1.7 
 6. Vildoza, Quilm.1.7 
 7. Calfani, San L.1.5 
 8. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 9. Zurbriggen, Obras B.1.5 
 10. Lescano, San M.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. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 4. Richard, Obras B.1.4 
 5. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 6. Meyinsse, San L.1.3 
 7. Calfani, San L.1.2 
 8. Clancy, Instituto1.1 
 9. Acuna, Penarol1.0 
 10. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 


LigaA Round 49: Quilmes MP edges Libertad Sunchales by three points - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in LigaA. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 49 in the LigaA took place in Mar del Plata. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Libertad Sunchales (28-27) to seventh ranked Quilmes MP (26-29) 75-72 on Tuesday evening. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-72. Quilmes MP made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Quilmes MP made 8 blocks. International guard Luca Vildoza (190-95) fired 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. Guard Eric Flor (186-93) chipped in 21 points. International point guard Juan Brussino (185-91) produced 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for lost side. Quilmes MP maintains seventh place with 26-29 record, which they share with Quimsa. Libertad Sunchales at the other side keeps the sixth position with 27 games lost. Quilmes MP will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Libertad Sunchales will play at home against Echague (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Mar del Plata. Eighth ranked Penarol (23-32) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Libertad Sunchales (28-27) 70-67 on Sunday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Leonardo Gutierrez (200-78) who helped to win the game recording 15 points. Louis Dabney contributed with 16 points for the winners. American-FYR Macedonian forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St., agency: Diamond Sports) answered with 8 points and 8 rebounds for Libertad Sunchales. Penarol have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain eighth place with 23-32 record, which they share with Atenas. Libertad Sunchales at the other side keeps the sixth position with 27 games lost. Penarol will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Libertad Sunchales will play at home against Echague (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Ferrocarril (34-21) against seventh ranked Quimsa (26-29) on Tuesday night. Host Ferrocarril was defeated by Quimsa in a tough game in Buenos Aires 104-108. Nicolas Romano stepped up and scored 26 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. At the losing side Ramon Clemente responded with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Ferrocarril's coach Alvaro Castineira rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Quimsa maintains seventh place with 26-29 record, which they share with Quilmes MP. Loser Ferrocarril keeps the second position with 21 games lost. Quimsa will meet at home higher ranked Olimpico de La Banda (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ferrocarril will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Ferrocarril (34-21) against ninth ranked Hispano Am. (21-33) on Saturday night. Visiting Ferrocarril was defeated by Hispano Am. in Rio Gallegos 98-80. Alejandro Zilli nailed 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Hispano Am.'s coach Bernardo Murphy allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Hispano Am. maintains ninth place with 21-33 record. Ferrocarril at the other side keeps the second position with 21 games lost. Hispano Am.'s next round opponent will be higher ranked Weber Bahia (#3) in Bahia Blanca and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Regatas Corrientes (33-21) against ninth ranked Atenas (23-32) on Sunday night. Visiting Regatas Corrientes was crushed by Atenas in Cordoba 126-91. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Regatas Corrientes. Bruno Labaque fired 41 points (!!!) and 8 assists for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Atenas. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Penarol. Loser Regatas Corrientes keeps the third position with 21 games lost. Atenas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Cordoba Instituto.

Other games of round 49 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Echague was defeated by Atenas in Cordoba 89-84. Weber Bahia lost to defending champion San Lorenzo at home 60-81. Estudiantes C. was destroyed by San Martin C. on the opponent's court 59-89. Instituto managed to outperform Echague in a home game 87-73. Quilmes MP was rolled over GECR Indalo on the road 83-59.
The best stats of 49th round was 24 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists by Gelvis Solano of Echague.

Ferrocarril - Quimsa 104-108

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Ferrocarril (34-21) against seventh ranked Quimsa (26-29) on Tuesday night. Host Ferrocarril was defeated by Quimsa in a tough game in Buenos Aires 104-108. Quimsa shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 61.9 percentage. The former international forward Nicolas Romano (200-87) stepped up and scored 26 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and American center Chris Daniels (205-84, college: Texas A&M-CC) chipped in 23 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) responded with 26 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Spanish guard Jonathan Maldonado (188-90) scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Ferrocarril's coach Alvaro Castineira rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Quimsa maintains seventh place with 26-29 record, which they share with Quilmes MP. Loser Ferrocarril keeps the second position with 21 games lost. Quimsa will meet at home higher ranked Olimpico de La Banda (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ferrocarril will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: N.Romano 26+9reb+5ast, A.Harper 23+4reb+3ast, C.Daniels 23+9reb+1ast, P.Hopson 17+3reb+8ast, L.Gonzalez 14+3reb+3ast, T.Gallizzi 5+2reb
Ferrocarril: R.Clemente 26+9reb+1ast, L.Wade 15+3reb+1ast, K.Hernandez 14+7reb+2ast, J.Ignacio Alessio 14+1ast, J.Maldonado 12+6reb+5ast, M.Aguiar 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 523752


Quilmes MP - Libertad S. 75-72

The most exciting game of round 49 in the LigaA took place in Mar del Plata. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Libertad Sunchales (28-27) to seventh ranked Quilmes MP (26-29) 75-72 on Tuesday evening. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-72. Quilmes MP made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Quilmes MP made 8 blocks. International guard Luca Vildoza (190-95) fired 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. Guard Eric Flor (186-93) chipped in 21 points. International point guard Juan Brussino (185-91) produced 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international power forward Alejandro Alloatti (203-84) added 13 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Quilmes MP maintains seventh place with 26-29 record, which they share with Quimsa. Libertad Sunchales at the other side keeps the sixth position with 27 games lost. Quilmes MP will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Libertad Sunchales will play at home against Echague (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Quilmes MP: E.Flor 21+2reb+3ast, L.Vildoza 21+6reb+5ast, I.Clark 11+3reb+1ast, T.Robinson 11+3reb+1ast, I.Basualdo 7+8reb+2ast, E.Ruiz 3+4reb
Libertad S.: J.Brussino 15+6reb+6ast, J.Vildoza 14+2reb+2ast, A.Alloatti 13+8reb+1ast, J.Massey 10+10reb, M.Saglietti 6+2ast, M.Ruiz 5+3reb
gschID: 523756


Atenas - Echague 89-84

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Echague's (8-47) road loss to ninth ranked Atenas (23-32) 84-89 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 24-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Atenas looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Guard Mateo Chiarini (186-98) fired 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Forward Lisandro Rasio (198-90, agency: Pro Sports) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. Dominican guard Gelvis Solano (185-94, college: Merrimack, agency: Basket Management Solutions) produced 24 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and forward Emilio Stucky (198-94) added 18 points and 14 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Atenas and five Echague players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Atenas. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Penarol. Echague lost their twelfth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 47 games lost. Atenas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Cordoba Instituto.
Top scorers:
Atenas: L.Rasio 19+8reb+1ast, M.Chiarini 19+5reb+7ast, P.Mickeal 16+6reb+4ast, B.Labaque 10+1reb+6ast, R.Johnson 8+7reb, G.Mikulas 8+1reb+1ast
Echague: G.Solano 24+5reb+8ast, E.Stucky 18+14reb+2ast, M.Nocedal 13+4reb+2ast, D.Caracter 12+3reb+2ast, F.Barroso 10+9reb+1ast, C.Buemo 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 523757


Hispano Am. - Ferrocarril 98-80

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Ferrocarril (34-21) against ninth ranked Hispano Am. (21-33) on Saturday night. Visiting Ferrocarril was defeated by Hispano Am. in Rio Gallegos 98-80. The game was mostly controlled by Hispano Am.. Ferrocarril was better in fourth quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Hispano Am. players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Power forward Alejandro Zilli (200-82) nailed 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and forward Mariano Fierro (200-86) accounted for 13 points and 10 rebounds. Hispano Am.'s coach Bernardo Murphy allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) came up with 15 points and 5 rebounds and Martin Cuello (193-93) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Ferrocarril in the defeat. Five Hispano Am. and four Ferrocarril players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Hispano Am. maintains ninth place with 21-33 record. Ferrocarril at the other side keeps the second position with 21 games lost. Hispano Am.'s next round opponent will be higher ranked Weber Bahia (#3) in Bahia Blanca and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Hispano Am.: L.O'Bannon 15+2reb+1ast, M.Fierro 13+10reb+1ast, K.Austin 13+4reb+2ast, A.Zilli 12+7reb+5ast, J.Treise 11+2reb+6ast, M.Byro 10+3ast
Ferrocarril: R.Clemente 15+5reb+2ast, J.Ignacio Alessio 13+4reb+1ast, M.Cuello 11+5reb+2ast, L.Tantos 10+3reb+4ast, P.Ivan Gramajo 9+1ast, F.Balbi 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 523747


Weber Bahia - San Lorenzo 60-81

No shocking result in a game in Bahia Blanca where first ranked San Lorenzo (38-16) smashed 3rd placed Weber Bahia (29-25) 81-60 on Monday. Weber Bahia was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. San Lorenzo dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Weber Bahia's 30 and made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Weber Bahia 39-27 including 31 on the defensive glass. San Lorenzo looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when San Lorenzo made 7 blocks. International forward Gabriel Deck (199-95) fired 28 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Carlos-Matias Sandes (201-84) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. International guard Lucio Redivo (183-94) produced 22 points and 4 assists and guard Maximo Fjellerup (195-97) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Weber Bahia's coach Sebastian Ginobili gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for San Lorenzo. Defending champion maintains first place with 38-16 record. Weber Bahia lost their third game in a row. They keep the third position with 25 games lost. San Lorenzo will face Boca Juniors (#10) in Buenos Aires in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Weber Bahia will play at home against Hispano Am. (#9) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
San Lorenzo: G.Deck 28+5reb+2ast, M.Calfani 20+5reb+2ast, C.Matias Sandes 13+11reb+6ast, M.Mata 9+8reb+1ast, S.Scala 7+1reb+6ast, A.Perez Kaufmann 2+6reb+1ast
Weber Bahia: L.Redivo 22+1reb+4ast, M.Fjellerup 14+5reb+2ast, D.Summers 7+4reb, A.Ramos 7+6reb+3ast, J.Levy 5+3reb+1ast, H.Jasen 3+3reb
gschID: 523753


San Martin C. - Estudiantes C. 89-59

The game between closely ranked teams ended with their biggest opponent Estudiantes C.'s (37-17) road loss to first ranked San Martin Corrientes (39-16) 59-89 on Monday. The game without a history. San Martin Corrientes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Estudiantes C.'s 26. They outrebounded Estudiantes C. 34-23 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international swingman Matias Lescano (196-79) fired 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. International Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. San Martin Corrientes' coach Sebastian Gonzalez felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Jordan Glynn (200-89, college: SF Austin) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Five San Martin Corrientes and four Estudiantes C. players scored in double figures. San Martin Corrientes maintains first place with 39-16 record. Loser Estudiantes C. keeps the second position with 17 games lost. San Martin Corrientes' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Corrientes Regatas Corrientes.
Top scorers:
San Martin C.: L.Mainoldi 15+7reb, L.Faggiano 13+2reb+2ast, J.Wood 13+5reb, M.Lescano 13+5reb+6ast, J.Pablo Cantero 10+4reb+5ast, R.Garcia 10+3reb+2ast
Estudiantes C.: D.Tucker 14+2reb+1ast, J.Slider 13, J.Glynn 11+12reb+1ast, J.Justiz 10+2reb, L.Vildoza 4+1reb+3ast, F.Giorgi 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 523754


Instituto - Echague 87-73

Very predictable result in Cordoba where fifth ranked Instituto (30-25) beat 10th ranked Echague (8-47) 87-73 on Sunday. Instituto shot 61.8 percent from the field. British-American Darren Phillip (201-78, college: Fairfield, agency: DTMones) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American John DeGroat (201-85, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 19 points. Center Franco Barroso (207-94) produced 17 points and 8 rebounds and Dominican guard Gelvis Solano (185-94, college: Merrimack, agency: Basket Management Solutions) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Four Instituto and five Echague players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Instituto maintains fifth place with 30-25 record. Echague lost their twelfth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 47 games lost. Instituto's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Cordoba to the arena Atenas.
Top scorers:
INSTITUTO: J.DeGroat 19+3reb+1ast, D.Phillip 18+10reb+4ast, M.Gerlero 11+2reb, R.Green 10+3reb+2ast, P.Bruna 9+2reb+3ast, G.Whelan 7+3reb+3ast
ECHAGUE: F.Barroso 17+8reb+3ast, G.Solano 15+4reb+3ast, C.Buemo 12+2reb+1ast, E.Stucky 11+6reb+1ast, M.Nocedal 10+4reb+2ast, J.Baeza 3+1reb+6ast
gschID: 523750


Penarol - Libertad S. 70-67

Important game to mention about took place in Mar del Plata. Eighth ranked Penarol (23-32) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Libertad Sunchales (28-27) 70-67 on Sunday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Leonardo Gutierrez (200-78) who helped to win the game recording 15 points. American guard Louis Dabney (190-93, college: Tulane) contributed with 16 points for the winners. American-FYR Macedonian forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St., agency: Diamond Sports) answered with 8 points and 8 rebounds and the former international Sebastian Vega (200-88) added 12 points in the effort for Libertad Sunchales. Penarol have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain eighth place with 23-32 record, which they share with Atenas. Libertad Sunchales at the other side keeps the sixth position with 27 games lost. Penarol will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Libertad Sunchales will play at home against Echague (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Penarol: L.Dabney 16+3reb, L.Gutierrez 15+4reb+3ast, R.Acuna 14+3reb+1ast, S.Pettigrew 9+6reb+3ast, J.Manuel Torres 8+6reb, F.Giorgetti 6+8reb+2ast
Libertad S.: J.Brussino 13+3reb, S.Vega 12+2reb+3ast, J.Vildoza 9+2reb+4ast, J.Massey 8+8reb+1ast, A.Alloatti 8+3reb, P.Barrios 6+1reb
gschID: 523749


Atenas - Regatas C. 126-91

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Regatas Corrientes (33-21) against ninth ranked Atenas (23-32) on Sunday night. Visiting Regatas Corrientes was crushed by Atenas in Cordoba 126-91. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Regatas Corrientes. Atenas shot 60.5 percent from the field. They outrebounded Regatas Corrientes 36-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. Atenas shot the lights out from three sinking 20 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The former international point guard Bruno Labaque (178-77, agency: Interperformances) fired 41 points (!!!) and 8 assists for the winners. Forward Lisandro Rasio (198-90, agency: Pro Sports) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St., agency: Pensack Sports) produced 16 points and 6 assists and guard Juan Arengo (190-96) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Five Atenas and four Regatas Corrientes players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Atenas. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Penarol. Loser Regatas Corrientes keeps the third position with 21 games lost. Atenas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Cordoba Instituto.
Top scorers:
Atenas: B.Labaque 41+8ast, F.Baralle 16+5ast, L.Rasio 15+7reb+2ast, M.Chiarini 14+1reb+2ast, R.Johnson 12+7reb+1ast, J.Cruz Oberto 12+8reb+1ast
Regatas C.: J.Arengo 19+2reb+2ast, D.Sims 16+1reb+6ast, P.Espinoza 13+2reb+7ast, F.Ramirez 10+2reb+1ast, P.Quinteros 9+1reb+2ast, C.Troutman 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 523751


GECR Indalo - Quilmes MP 83-59

Not a big story in a game in Comodoro R. where 7th ranked Quilmes MP (26-29) was outplayed by fifth ranked GECR Indalo (27-27) 83-59 on Saturday. GECR Indalo dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Quilmes MP's 30. Dominican center Eloy Vargas (211-88, college: Kentucky, agency: Duran International) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Nicolas De-los-Santos (180-88) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Four GECR Indalo players scored in double figures. International guard Luca Vildoza (190-95) produced 16 points and 8 rebounds and Enzo Ruiz (193-88, agency: DTMones) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Quilmes MP's coach Javier Bianchelli gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. GECR Indalo maintains fifth place with 27-27 record. Loser Quilmes MP keeps the seventh position with 29 games lost. GECR Indalo will face Boca Juniors (#10) in Buenos Aires in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: E.Vargas 25+14reb, J.Manuel Rivero 19+2reb, D.Romero 14+3reb, N.De los Santos 13+8reb+6ast, S.Johnson 5+3reb+1ast, J.Machuca 5+1reb+1ast
Quilmes MP: E.Ruiz 20+2reb+1ast, L.Vildoza 16+8reb+3ast, A.Eslava 13+7reb+1ast, E.Flor 5+2reb+2ast, M.Maciel 4+3reb+2ast, T.Robinson 1+3reb+1ast
gschID: 523748





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  AUSTRALIA  


State Leagues Round-Up - by Eurobasket News

Big V
McKinnon C. - Hawthorn M. 83-67

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Magic (1-5) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked McKinnon C. (5-3) 83-67 on Sunday. The game without a history. McKinnon C. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. McKinnon C. forced 23 Magic turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when McKinnon C. made 9 blocks. Naturalized Croatian forward Ivan Platenik (201-83, college: Alaska-Anch.) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American forward Dillon Stith (200-92, college: St.Vincent) chipped in 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks. Four McKinnon C. players scored in double figures. McKinnon C.'s coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Jack Barry (-94) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and forward Alex Bogart-King (200) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. McKinnon C. moved-up to fifth place in League. Loser Magic keeps the tenth position with five games lost. McKinnon C. will face league's leader Knox Raiders in Wantirna South in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Magic will play at home against Stingrays (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
McKinnon C.: I.Platenik 20+14reb+3ast, D.Stith 20+6reb+1ast, N.Mueller 11+3reb+1ast, A.Dench 11+7reb+3ast, D.Walker 11+3reb+3ast, J.Maybank 7+6reb+10ast
Hawthorn M.: J.Barry 19+5reb+1ast, A.Bogart-King 12+5reb+1ast, J.Morrison 11+3reb+1ast, K.Smith 9+5reb+1ast, D.Mareels 5+4reb, L.Sist 4+6reb+4ast
gschID: 541327


Eltham W. - Knox R. 90-77

Top ranked Knox Raiders (8-2) recorded its second loss on the court of fourth ranked Eltham Wildcats. Visitors were defeated by Eltham Wildcats 90-77. Eltham Wildcats forced 20 Knox Raiders turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Benjamin Waldren who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Justin Aver (190-89) contributed with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Naturalized British guard Adam Thoseby (196-91, college: Georgia SW, agency: Three Eye Sports) replied with 19 points and forward Dylan Hare (193-93) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Knox Raiders. Five Eltham Wildcats and four Knox Raiders players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Eltham Wildcats (6-2) moved-up to third place in League. Knox Raiders at the other side still keep top position with two games lost. Eltham Wildcats will play against Casey C. (#7) in the next round. Knox Raiders will play against McKinnon C. (#5) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Eltham W.: B.Waldren 27+7reb+3ast, J.Aver 17+8reb+6ast, S.Grant 15+11reb+1ast, C.Cameron 12+4reb+2ast, J.Canovan 11+1reb+5ast, J.Malvaso 3+1reb
Knox R.: A.Thoseby 19+1reb+3ast, A.Tomada 15+3reb+2ast, D.Hare 12+7reb+2ast, L.Carroll 12+4reb+1ast, M.Hodgson 9+8reb+1ast, A.Nyok 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 541324


Ringwood H. - Whittlesea City 98-73

No shocking result in a game in Heathmont where second ranked Ringwood Hawks (7-2) smashed 11th ranked Whittlesea City (1-7) 98-73 on Saturday. Ringwood Hawks dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Whittlesea City's 42. Ringwood Hawks had a 37-26 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Whittlesea City's players. Power forward Shaun Clarke (204) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American forward Mike McCahey (196, college: St.Anselm) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. Dominic Bruno produced 21 points and 5 rebounds and Jonathan Maybank added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Ringwood Hawks and four Whittlesea City players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ringwood Hawks maintains second position in League with 7-2 record behind leader Sydney Comets. Loser Whittlesea City keeps the eleventh place with seven games lost. Ringwood Hawks will have a break next round. Whittlesea City will play at home against Hume City Broncos (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ringwood H.: M.McCahey 21+6reb+1ast, S.Clarke 17+12reb+1ast, J.Gibson 17+3reb+1ast, T.Latham 15+7reb+1ast, M.Fennell 12+5reb+3ast, N.Truman 11+3reb+4ast
Whittlesea City: D.Bruno 21+5reb+1ast, J.Maybank 14+7reb+1ast, T.Dalton 12+4reb+2ast, E.Potts-Broughton 10+4reb, T.Samuel 9+7reb, A.Kearing 4+7reb
gschID: 541325


Hume City - Waverley F. 71-74

Rather expected game in Tullamarine where 8th ranked Hume City Broncos (3-5) were edged by fifth ranked Waverley Falcons (6-3) 74-71 on Saturday. American forward Desmond Simmons (198-92, college: St.Mary's, CA) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Forward Chris Arkell (198-90) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Mike Rose (193-87, college: E.Kentucky) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Trevon Clayton (198, college: Fresno Pacific) added 14 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Waverley Falcons moved-up to fourth place in League. Loser Hume City Broncos keep the eighth position with five games lost. Waverley Falcons will face Devils (#6) in Werribee in the next round. Hume City Broncos will play on the road against Whittlesea City in Mill Park and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Waverley F.: D.Simmons 21+12reb, C.Arkell 18+10reb+2ast, B.Beasley 13+5reb+6ast, J.Reardon 11+6reb+5ast, T.Boyle 8+1reb+2ast, M.Harper 2+5reb+4ast
Hume City: M.Rose 22+10reb+4ast, L.Jeka 18+4reb+4ast, T.Clayton 14+11reb+5ast, L.Egan 13+6reb+2ast, S.Prasad 4, S.Prendergast 0+1reb+2ast
gschID: 541323


Casey C. - Werribee D. 88-74

There was a surprise result when seventh ranked Casey C. (4-3) beat at home one of their biggest challengers Devils (5-3) 88-74 on Saturday. Casey C. dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Devils' 42. Casey C. had a 32-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Benjamin Louis (192-88, college: JMU) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American forward Raheem Lemons (196-93, college: Central State) chipped in 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Casey C. players scored in double figures. American forward Fred Hunter (196-89, college: Nicholls St.) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Jeremy Smith (190, college: Nicholls St.) added 21 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted Casey C. maintains seventh position in League with 4-3 record. Loser Devils dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. Casey C. will face higher ranked Eltham Wildcats (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Casey C.: C.Polk 18+5reb+4ast, R.Lemons 16+6reb+5ast, M.Chapman 15+1reb+1ast, B.Louis 14+12reb+3ast, M.McInnes 10+3reb, B.Hobba 7+6reb
Werribee D.: J.Smith 21+10reb+1ast, F.Hunter 19+13reb+2ast, N.Wilson 10+3reb, J.Sonda 6+4reb+1ast, J.Hughes 5+3reb+1ast, B.Allison 5
gschID: 541322


Corio Bay S. - Diamond V.E. 93-83

Not a big story in a game in Geelong where 12th ranked Diamond Valley Eagles (1-8) were defeated by tenth ranked Stingrays (2-6) 93-83 on Sunday. Diamond Valley Eagles were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Cam Baker (185, college: Columbus St.) fired 31 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Guard Michael Rebula (189-90) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Five Stingrays players scored in double figures. American forward Brandon Conley (198, college: ORU) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds and guard Matt Reynolds (183) added 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Stingrays moved-up to ninth place in League. Loser Diamond Valley Eagles keep the twelfth position with eight games lost. Stingrays will face Magic (#10) in Hawthorn in the next round. Diamond Valley Eagles will play at home against Magic and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Corio Bay S.: C.Baker 31+9reb+2ast, M.Rebula 16+9reb+2ast, J.Mcfall 14+5reb+1ast, J.Latham 13+10reb+3ast, J.O'Leary 11+2reb+2ast, C.Blythe 4+3reb
Diamond V.E.: B.Conley 28+13reb+2ast, M.Reynolds 18+7reb+6ast, R.Sanders 15+2reb, B.Griffiths 5+2reb+2ast, S.Reynolds 5+7reb+4ast, G.Page 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 541326


Premier League
Norwood F. - Southern T. 85-92

Everything went according to plan in Marden where third ranked Noarlunga City Southern Tigers (5-1) won against 7th ranked Norwood Flames (2-4) 92-85 on Saturday. Norwood Flames were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Mike Nwelue (196-93, college: Drury) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Robert Linton (193) chipped in 26 points and 7 rebounds. Noarlunga City Southern Tigers' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Jerrell Sanders (198, college: Ferris St.) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import guard Kellen Smith (185-93, college: Saginaw Valley) added 23 points and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Noarlunga City Southern Tigers moved-up to second place in League. Loser Norwood Flames dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Southern T.: R.Linton 26+7reb+2ast, A.Drmic 23+7reb+2ast, M.Nwelue 21+13reb+4ast, J.Dodman 11+3reb+1ast, H.Staude 5+3reb+7ast, R.Turner 2
Norwood F.: K.Smith 23+4reb+8ast, D.Webber 17+4reb, J.Sanders 17+18reb+4ast, M.Lycett 14+5reb+3ast, S.Pontifex 8+3reb+1ast, M.Long 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 541439


Sturt S. - C.District L. 86-72

There was no surprise in Pasadena where 9th ranked Central District Lions (1-5) were defeated by fourth ranked Sturt Sabres (4-2) 86-72 on Saturday. Sturt Sabres made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. Sturt Sabres outrebounded Central District Lions 47-36 including a 37-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. Central District Lions were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Jacob Rigoni (198-98) fired 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Hamish Burns (190, college: Newberry) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Sturt Sabres players scored in double figures. Guard David Humphries (193-91, college: Loyola Mary) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and guard Nelson Larkins (180-96) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sturt Sabres maintains fourth position in League with 4-2 record. Loser Central District Lions keep the ninth place with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Sturt S.: J.Rigoni 20+7reb+1ast, J.Warbout 13+7reb+2ast, H.Burns 12+6reb+7ast, C.McMath 12+5reb, B.Carter 9+8reb, M.Calligeros 6+5reb+2ast
C.District L.: D.Humphries 19+10reb+1ast, N.Larkins 16+4reb+3ast, J.Centenera 11+1reb, S.Stone 7+6reb, M.Makoi 7+4reb+2ast, R.Martin 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 541438


S.Adelaide P. - W.Adelaide B. 85-97

An interesting game was played in Park Holme where West Adelaide Bearcats (#8) beat host South Adelaide Panthers (#6) 97-85 on Saturday evening. West Adelaide Bearcats outrebounded South Adelaide Panthers 54-37 including a 39-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by South Adelaide Panthers' players. American guard Dee Oldham (193-94, college: Chattanooga) had a double-double by scoring 26 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and center Blake Truslove (204-79) chipped in 14 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Five West Adelaide Bearcats players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Eian Davis (185-90, college: Albertus Magnus) responded with 40 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 6 assists and swingman Ryan Gardner (195-93) scored 19 points. South Adelaide Panthers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. West Adelaide Bearcats (3-3) moved-up to fifth place in League. Loser South Adelaide Panthers dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
W.Adelaide B.: D.Oldham 26+14reb+5ast, T.Braithwaite 18+2ast, H.Ridgeway 15+11reb+3ast, B.Truslove 14+16reb+4ast, P.Rankin 12+10reb+4ast, L.Haufe 5+2reb+1ast
S.Adelaide P.: E.Davis 40+5reb+6ast, R.Gardner 19+3reb+1ast, J. Hoppo 9+7reb+1ast, C.Myles 6+1reb+3ast, B.Regester 5+4reb+1ast, J.O'Brien 2+3reb
gschID: 541437


N.Adelaide R. - Forestville E. 93-88

The biggest surprise took place in Greenacres where host North Adelaide Rockets (5-1) beat league's leader Forestville Eagles (5-1) 93-88 on Saturday evening. It was a key game for the top position in League. North Adelaide Rockets forced 25 Forestville Eagles turnovers and had a 21-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by Forestville Eagles helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Alexander Starling (198-89, college: Beth.-Cookman) fired 35 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds for the winners. The other American import guard Aric Miller (190-90, college: Armstr.Atlantic) chipped in 30 points and 7 rebounds. Sudanese forward Majok Deng (208-93, college: La-Monroe) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists and American guard Jake Rios (188-86, college: Georgia Coll.) added 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. North Adelaide Rockets keep a position of League leader. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
N.Adelaide R.: A.Starling 35+9reb+2ast, A.Miller 30+7reb+3ast, D.Aistrope 13+4reb+1ast, B.Jonnek 8+3reb+1ast, J.Graetz 4+5reb+3ast, A.Schild 2+5reb
Forestville E.: M.Deng 27+14reb+6ast, J.Rios 24+6reb+4ast, A.Garrett 18+11reb+4ast, M.Morphett 7+3reb+4ast, S. Wright 4+3reb+2ast, J.Mawut 4+2reb
gschID: 541436


Eastern M. - Woodville W. 76-73

There was a surprise result in Mt. Barker where tenth ranked Eastern Mavericks (1-5) edged higher ranked Woodville Warriors (2-4) 76-73 on Saturday. Eastern Mavericks made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Woodville Warriors turnovers. Dylan Shorne fired 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Guard Lachlan Barker (179-96) chipped in 17 points. Four Eastern Mavericks players scored in double figures. Guard Darren Ng (189-83) produced 35 points (!!!), 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and Alex Maiorana added 10 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Eastern Mavericks maintains tenth position in League with 1-5 record. Loser Woodville Warriors dropped to the sixth place with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Eastern M.: D.Shorne 21+8reb, L.Barker 17+3reb, M.Hundley 13+4reb+2ast, T.Cioffi 10+4reb+1ast, M.Stock 6+6reb+6ast, R.Aktanarowicz 5+5reb+2ast
Woodville W.: D.Ng 35+9reb+4ast, A.Maiorana 10+3reb+4ast, C.Clausen 7+7reb, D.McKee 7+2reb+1ast, L.Stanbridge 6+9reb+1ast, A.Miller 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 541435


QBL
Cairns M. - SW Metro P. 108-79

Very expected game when bottom-ranked South West Metro Pirates (0-2) were rolled over on the road by top-ranked Cairns Marlins (2-0) 108-79 on Saturday. Cairns Marlins forced 20 South West Metro Pirates turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. South West Metro Pirates were plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Damon Heuir (191-91, college: S.Utah) fired 28 points for the winners. The former international power forward Alexander Loughton (206-83, college: ODU) chipped in 21 points (made all of his seven free throws). Five Cairns Marlins players scored in double figures. American forward Tanner McGrew (203-93, college: W.Virg.Wesl., agency: Duran International) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and guard Ryan Vines (178-91, college: Co.Georgia) added 12 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Cairns Marlins moved-up to second place in League. Loser South West Metro Pirates still closes the standings with two games lost. Cairns Marlins will face Brisbane Spartans (#6) on the road in the next round. South West Metro Pirates will play against Rollers (#12) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Cairns M.: D.Heuir 28+4reb+2ast, A.Loughton 21+4reb+3ast, A.Fisher 13+4reb+2ast, T.Jackson 12+4reb+7ast, A.Bin Tahal 12+1reb+5ast, M.Demertze 6+2reb+4ast
SW Metro P.: T.McGrew 18+11reb+3ast, R.Vines 12+4reb+5ast, T.Harrison 10+1reb, R.Sullivan 9+2reb+2ast, J.Allen 8+2reb+2ast, M.Kerle 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 541513


Sunshine CR - Brisbane S. 76-71

There was a surprise result when top-ranked Sunshine CR (1-0) beat at home much higher ranked Brisbane Spartans (1-1) 76-71 on Saturday. Guard Isaih Tueta (187-91) fired 23 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. American guard Lance Hurdle (188-87, college: Miami, FL) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Mitch Philp (184-89) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and the former international center Tom Jervis (211-87, college: Troy) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Sunshine CR left bottom position moving up to fifth place in League. Loser Brisbane Spartans dropped to the sixth position with one game lost. Sunshine CR will face Logan T. (#13) in Loganholme in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Brisbane Spartans will play at home against the league's second-placed Cairns Marlins (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sunshine CR: I.Tueta 23+6reb+8ast, L.Hurdle 18+7reb+3ast, J.Tueta 16+7reb, Z.Meehl 9+1ast, R.Sutton 5+5reb+1ast, L.Ilton 3+11reb
Brisbane S.: M.Philp 17+10reb+1ast, T.Jervis 17+8reb+1ast, A.Gibson 11+5reb+5ast, R.Jeffries 9+5reb+1ast, G.Scott 8+4reb, R.Stolberg 5
gschID: 541512


Suncoast PC - Brisbane C. 53-70

Not a big story in a game in Cotton Tree where bottom-ranked Maroochydore Clippers (0-1) were defeated by top-ranked Brisbane Capitals (2-0) 70-53 on Saturday. Brisbane Capitals dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Maroochydore Clippers' 18. Brisbane Capitals forced 27 Maroochydore Clippers turnovers. American point guard Aaron Anderson (178, college: N.Dakota) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Guard Jacob Davis (189-95) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Tom Fullarton (200-99) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Breland Hogan (185, college: Grand Valley St.) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Brisbane Capitals maintains first position in League with 2-0 record. Loser Maroochydore Clippers still closes the standings with one game lost. Brisbane Capitals will face league's second-placed Cairns Marlins at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Maroochydore Clippers will play against Rollers (#12) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Brisbane C.: A.Anderson 20+10reb+7ast, J.Davis 18+5reb, A.Olechnowicz 10+5reb, A.Kopcikas 7+4reb+5ast, P.Onwas 6+3reb, L.Venus 4+2reb
Suncoast PC: T.Fullarton 14+12reb+4ast, B.Hogan 11+7reb+3ast, T.Zaremba 6+4reb+1ast, M.Kenyon 6+6reb+5ast, H.Reed 6+4reb, B.Williamson 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 541510


Rockhampton - Gladstone P. 88-72

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked Rockhampton Rockets (1-1) won against at home bottom-ranked Gladstone Port City Power (0-1) 88-72 on Saturday. Swingman James Mitchell (195-91) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points, 14 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Canadian forward David Wagner (206-92, college: UBC) chipped in 23 points and 5 rebounds. Five Rockhampton Rockets players scored in double figures. American forward Willie Shackleford (198-85, college: Martin Methodist) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Ray Willis (198-89, college: N.C.Central, agency: HMS) added 18 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Rockhampton Rockets left bottom position moving up to seventh place in League. Loser Gladstone Port City Power still closes the standings with one game lost. Rockhampton Rockets will face higher ranked Ipswich Force (#3) in Booval in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Gladstone Port City Power will play at home against Maroochydore Clippers (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Rockhampton: D.Wagner 23+5reb+3ast, T.Young 18+3reb+3ast, J.Mitchell 15+14reb+8ast, D.Watt 13+12reb+1ast, J.Blanchard 11+1reb+1ast, L.Christensen 5+3reb
Gladstone P.: W.Shackleford 23+13reb+2ast, R.Willis 18+10reb+8ast, J.Walters 15+5reb+2ast, T.Allen 8+1reb, R.Lawyer 6+2reb+2ast, D.Owen 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 541511


Gold Coast R. - Ipswich F. 95-103

There was no surprise in Gold Coast where bottom-ranked Rollers (0-2) were defeated by top-ranked Ipswich Force (2-0) 103-95 on Saturday. Ipswich Force made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Strangely Rollers outrebounded Ipswich Force 46-29 including 19 on the offensive glass. American forward Kyle Harvey (196-91, college: Williams Baptist) fired 29 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The other American import guard James Legan (190-87, college: E.Carolina, agency: Court Side) chipped in 22 points. Harvey is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Ipswich Force's coach Mick Conlon used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Torrey Craig (198-90, college: USC Upstate) produced 33 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds and swingman Dwayne Vale (193-85) added 21 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ipswich Force moved-up to third place in League. Loser Rollers still closes the standings with two games lost. Ipswich Force will face Rockhampton Rockets (#7) at home in the next round. Rollers will play against Maroochydore Clippers (#11) in Cotton Tree and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Ipswich F.: K.Harvey 29+5reb+3ast, J.Legan 22+2reb+2ast, J.Kuon 21+4reb, J.Eustace 11+6reb+5ast, L.Shelley 8+1ast, B.Wilson 7+3reb+5ast
Gold Coast R.: T.Craig 33+9reb+2ast, D.Vale 21+6reb+2ast, T.Green 11+9reb+1ast, D.Sullivan 11+8reb+2ast, T.Cameron 8+5reb+1ast, J.Patton Croker 6+1reb
gschID: 541509


Logan T. - Toowoomba M. 71-88

Everything could happen in Loganholme at the game between two tied teams. Both thirteenth ranked Toowoomba Mountaineers and bottom-ranked Logan T. had identical 0-1 record. But Logan T. was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Toowoomba 88-71 on Friday night. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 50-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Toowoomba Mountaineers forced 21 Logan T. turnovers. American guard Jalil Abdul-Bassit (193, college: Oregon) fired 34 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Sudanese center Paul Aleer (213-94) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds. Toowoomba Mountaineers' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Mitch Young (206-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and Canadian forward Keanau Post (211-92, college: Missouri) added 11 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Toowoomba Mountaineers (1-1) left bottom position moving up to eighth place in League. Loser Logan T. still closes the standings with two games lost. Toowoomba Mountaineers will face higher ranked Rockhampton Rockets (#7) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Logan T. will play against Sunshine CR (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Toowoomba M.: J.Abdul-Bassit 34+6reb+1ast, J.Washington 19+2reb+5ast, M.Malek 15+8reb+1ast, P.Aleer 13+16reb, J.Ebneter 4+3reb+2ast, M.Nolen 3+1reb
Logan T.: M.Young 19+11reb+1ast, K.Post 11+12reb, T.Ammar 11+3reb, M.Cedar 11+5reb+4ast, S.Carroll 8+2reb+1ast, S.Johns 5+5ast
gschID: 541507


Townsville H. - SW Metro P. 98-79

Everything could happen in Hermit Park at the game between two tied teams. Both fourteenth ranked Townsville Heat and bottom-ranked South West Metro Pirates had identical 0-1 record. This time Townsville Heat used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Runcorn 98-79 on Friday night. Townsville Heat made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. The former international point guard Joshua Wilcher (178-91, college: Cent.Wyoming) fired 25 points and 9 assists for the winners. The former international swingman Peter Crawford (193-79) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds. Four Townsville Heat players scored in double figures. Guard Ryan Vines (178-91, college: Co.Georgia) produced 28 points and American forward Tanner McGrew (203-93, college: W.Virg.Wesl., agency: Duran International) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Townsville Heat (1-1) left bottom position moving up to ninth place in League. Loser South West Metro Pirates still closes the standings with two games lost. Townsville Heat will face higher ranked Mackay Meteors (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. South West Metro Pirates will play against Rollers (#12) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Townsville H.: J.Wilcher 25+4reb+9ast, P.Crawford 23+6reb+2ast, J.Baker 19+4reb+1ast, J.Anderson 13+2reb+2ast, M.Rees 9+6reb+1ast, J.Figg 4+2reb+3ast
SW Metro P.: R.Vines 28+4reb+1ast, T.McGrew 17+7reb+1ast, J.Allen 10+4reb+2ast, T.Harrison 8+4reb+1ast, T.Machado 7+2reb+2ast, W.Sinclair 3+1reb
gschID: 541508


SBL
Kalamunda E.S. - SW Slammers 80-98

Rather predictable result in Kalamunda where tenth ranked Slammers (4-4) beat 12th ranked Suns (3-10) 98-80 on Sunday. The game without a history. Slammers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Suns' 26 and made 26-of-34 free shots (76.5 percent) during the game. Slammers had a 38-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Suns were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Irish forward Brian Voelkel (198-92, college: Vermont, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) fired a triple-double by scoring 14 points, 21 rebounds and 13 assists for the winners. Naturalized American power forward Clive Weeden (206-87, college: Dartmouth) chipped in 25 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). American guard Courtney Belger (187-89, college: Quincy) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and guard Brighton Pass (192-95) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Slammers moved-up to ninth place in League. Loser Suns keep the twelfth position with ten games lost. Slammers will face higher ranked Cougars (#7) in Hamilton Hill in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Suns will play at home against Wanneroo (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
SW Slammers: C.Weeden 25+9reb+3ast, T.Nichols 19+3reb+2ast, B.Voelkel 14+21reb+13ast, T.Durnin 13+9reb, C.Douglas 12+6reb+1ast, T.Puot 9+2reb+2ast
Kalamunda E.S.: C.Belger 23+11reb+4ast, B.Grey 13+5reb, B.Pass 13+7reb+1ast, K.Horn 11+3reb, R.Brandenberg 10+3reb+2ast, J.Lewis 3+8reb+1ast
gschID: 541686


East Perth E. - Mandurah M. 96-107

There was an upset in Morley where higher ranked Eagles (5-5) were defeated by fourteenth ranked Magic (1-7) 107-96 on Saturday. Magic looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Eagles' players. American guard Will McNeill (185-90, college: Washburn) fired 16 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. The other American import forward Taylor Mullenax (200-86, college: St.Edward's) chipped in 23 points. Five Magic players scored in double figures. American center Kevin Davis (206-91, college: Cent.Washington) produced a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and swingman Drew Williamson (196-83, college: Metro St.) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Magic maintains fourteenth position in League with 1-7 record. Loser Eagles keep the sixth place with five games lost. Magic will face higher ranked Flames (#13) in Rockingham in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Mandurah M.: T.Mullenax 23+1reb+1ast, R.Kreklow 19+5reb, W.McNeill 16+6reb+9ast, T.Remmerswaal 12+3reb+2ast, D.Ballantyne 12+4reb+2ast, D.Munday 11+2reb+5ast
East Perth E.: K.Davis 33+11reb+2ast, D.Williamson 21+1reb+1ast, M.Bragg 10+1reb+3ast, K.Anthony 9+2reb+1ast, C.Easley 8+5reb+3ast, J.Tupaea 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 541683


Stirling S. - Joondalup Wolves 87-103

Everything went according to plan in Perth where fourth ranked Wanneroo (7-1) won against 7th ranked Stirling S. (4-4) 103-87 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Wanneroo. Stirling S. was better in second period 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Wanneroo looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Naturalized Greek guard Trian Iliadis (190-89, college: ODU) fired 17 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. The former international guard Reece Maxwell (186-90) chipped in 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Jayden Coburn (191) produced 21 points and power forward Ashley Litterick (202) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Wanneroo and four Stirling S. players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Wanneroo maintains fourth position in League with 7-1 record. Loser Stirling S. dropped to the eighth place with four games lost. Wanneroo will face Suns (#12) in Kalamunda in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Stirling S. will play on the road against Lightning (#5) in North Lake and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Joondalup Wolves: B.Ironmonger 18+4reb+2ast, J.Wellsteed 17+5reb+1ast, T.Iliadis 17+5reb+9ast, R.Maxwell 16+6reb+4ast, R.Huntington 14+3reb+3ast, S.Easther 8+1reb+2ast
Stirling S.: J.Coburn 21+3reb+2ast, C.Wroe 16+1reb+5ast, A.Litterick 12+10reb+1ast, R.Vague 10+3reb+2ast, C.Ellis 9+7reb+4ast, A.Bruton 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 541679


Perth R. - Rockingham F. 90-73

There was no surprise in Northbridge where 12th ranked Flames (2-8) were defeated by second ranked Redbacks (8-2) 90-73 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Redbacks. Flames was better in second period 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St.) fired a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds for the winners. Guard Benjamin Smith (192-89) chipped in 23 points. American forward Donovon Jack (206-93, college: Penn St.) produced 26 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Vincent Zollo (206-92, college: Cleveland St.) added 20 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Redbacks maintains second position in League with 8-2 record having just one point less than leader Sydney Comets. Loser Flames dropped to the thirteenth place with eight games lost. Redbacks will face Buccaneers (#3) in Wonthella in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Flames will play on the road against Magic (#14) in Mandurah and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Perth R.: S.Redhage 33+11reb+3ast, B.Smith 23+3reb+3ast, K.Bowen 10+8reb+1ast, R.Chappell 9+3reb+1ast, M.Vigor 7+5reb, D.Mawein 4+3reb
Rockingham F.: D.Jack 26+8reb+2ast, V.Zollo 20+8reb+1ast, R.Godfrey 12+9reb+5ast, B.Samuelson 8+3reb+1ast, K.Beard 4, L.Roberts 3+1reb+4ast
gschID: 541678


Cockburn C. - Goldfields G. 96-99

There was a surprise result in Hamilton Hill where thirteenth ranked Giants (3-6) edged higher ranked Cougars (5-6) 99-96 on Sunday. Giants looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American power forward Jacob Holmen (202-91, college: N.Texas) fired 36 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The other American import forward JB Pillard (201, college: Cent.Washington) chipped in 20 points. Giants' coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Swingman Gavin Field (202-89, college: W.Georgia) produced 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and naturalized Croatian guard Daniel Thomas (180-85) added 14 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists respectively for lost side. Four Cougars players scored in double figures. Giants moved-up to eleventh place in League. Loser Cougars dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. Giants will face league's leader Tigers in Willetton in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Goldfields G.: J.Holmen 36+8reb+4ast, J.Pillard 20+4reb+2ast, B.Holloway 11+1reb+6ast, M.Tierney 9+1reb+1ast, M.Exell 9+8reb+2ast, L.Pike 7+1reb+1ast
Cockburn C.: G.Field 20+5reb+6ast, L.Cummings 14+2reb+3ast, D.Thomas 14+8reb+9ast, R.Della Maddalena 13+8reb+4ast, S.Van Lit 11+3reb+3ast, J.Holmes 9+2reb+2ast
gschID: 541685


Cockburn C. - Willetton T. 118-120

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Cougars' (5-6) home loss to fourth ranked Tigers (8-2) 118-120 on Saturday. Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 82 of its points in the paint compared to Cougars' 62. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American forward Ray Turner (206-90, college: Texas A&M) fired a double-double by scoring 43 points (!!!) and 24 rebounds for the winners. Guard Damien Scott (190-92) chipped in 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Tigers' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Jalen Billups (198-92, college: N.Kentucky, agency: Haylett Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds and swingman Gavin Field (202-89, college: W.Georgia) added 32 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) respectively for lost side. Five Tigers and four Cougars players scored in double figures. Tigers keep a position of League leader. Loser Cougars dropped to the seventh place with six games lost. Tigers will face Giants (#11) in Kalgoorlie in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cougars will play on the road against Slammers (#9) in Bunbury and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Willetton T.: R.Turner 43+24reb, D.Scott 23+8reb+6ast, J.Bowie 18+4reb+2ast, K.Armour 13+4reb+8ast, A.Black 10+2reb+5ast, N.Cody 9+4reb
Cockburn C.: J.Billups 40+16reb+3ast, G.Field 32+7reb+3ast, R.Della Maddalena 11+7reb+1ast, L.Cummings 11+2reb+1ast, S.Chan 10+2reb+5ast, S.Van Lit 9+4reb+4ast
gschID: 541684


Rockingham F. - Goldfields G. 77-84

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Rockingham where thirteenth ranked Giants (3-6) beat 12th ranked Flames (2-8) 84-77 on Saturday. The game was dominated by American players. Forward JB Pillard (201, college: Cent.Washington) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Jacob Holmen (202-91, college: N.Texas) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Four Giants players scored in double figures. Giants' coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Donovon Jack (206-93, college: Penn St.) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and forward Vincent Zollo (206-92, college: Cleveland St.) added 19 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Giants moved-up to eleventh place in League. Loser Flames dropped to the thirteenth position with eight games lost. Giants will face league's leader Tigers in Willetton in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Flames will play on the road against Magic (#14) in Mandurah and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Goldfields G.: J.Pillard 24+10reb+2ast, J.Holmen 17+7reb+2ast, M.Tierney 16+2reb+1ast, J.Reid 10+2reb+2ast, L.Pike 8+3reb+3ast, D.Goodluck 6+3reb+3ast
Rockingham F.: D.Jack 25+12reb+1ast, V.Zollo 19+8reb+1ast, B.Samuelson 14+2ast, J.Beard 7, R.Godfrey 6+5reb+5ast, J.Griffin 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 541682


SW Slammers - Perry Lakes H. 82-69

There was a minor upset in Bunbury where 8th ranked Hawks (4-5) were defeated by tenth ranked Slammers (4-4) 82-69 on Saturday. Slammers looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American-Irish forward Brian Voelkel (198-92, college: Vermont, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) fired a triple-double by scoring 12 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists and 6 steals for the winners. American guard Tre Nichols (180-89, college: Boise St., agency: SDJ Sports) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Matthew Adekponya (194-90) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and American point guard Robert Waters (185-93, college: Wayland Baptist) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Slammers moved-up to ninth place in League. Loser Hawks dropped to the tenth position with five games lost. Slammers will face higher ranked Cougars (#7) in Hamilton Hill in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hawks will play on the road against Eagles in Morley and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
SW Slammers: T.Nichols 23+6reb+3ast, M.Lay 13+4reb+4ast, B.Voelkel 12+14reb+13ast, C.Weeden 12+3reb, C.Douglas 9+5reb, T.Durnin 8+1reb
Perry Lakes H.: M.Adekponya 16+10reb+3ast, B.Carlwell 16+5reb+1ast, R.Waters 13+6reb+4ast, B.Purser 12+6reb, R.Smith 5+5reb+4ast, J.Simkovic 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 541681


Geraldton B. - Lakeside L. 84-91

There was a surprise result in Wonthella where ninth ranked Lightning (5-5) won against top-ranked Buccaneers (8-2) 91-84 on Saturday. The game was dominated by American players. Forward James Padgett (203-91, college: Maryland) fired a double-double by scoring 32 points and 15 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Devon Atkinson (185, college: Morehead St.) chipped in 8 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Four Lightning players scored in double figures. Lightning's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Dwayne Benjamin (201-93, college: Oregon) produced 29 points and 9 rebounds and forward Maurice Barrow (196-92, college: Fairfield) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Lightning moved-up to fifth place in League. Loser Buccaneers dropped to the third position with two games lost. Lightning will face Stirling S. (#8) in Perth in the next round. Buccaneers will play at home against the league's second-placed Redbacks (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lakeside L.: J.Padgett 32+15reb+2ast, C.Shervill 16+5reb+1ast, M.Garbellini 15+1reb+2ast, D.Morgan 10+7reb+2ast, D.Atkinson 8+5reb+10ast, M.Vinci 4+1reb
Geraldton B.: D.Benjamin 29+9reb+3ast, M.Barrow 18+7reb+2ast, J.Hussey 14+4reb+3ast, M.Wundenberg 8+11reb+1ast, A.Ducas 8+1ast, A.Ralph 3+2reb+4ast
gschID: 541680


SEABL
Dandenong R. - Ballarat M. 79-95

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 4th ranked Dandenong Rangers' (5-4) home loss to third ranked Ballarat Miners (5-2) 79-95 on Sunday. Strangely Dandenong Rangers outrebounded Ballarat Miners 41-29 including 28 on the defensive glass. Forward Craig Moller (206-94, agency: MKP Management) fired a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Peter Hooley (193-92, college: Albany) chipped in 25 points and 8 assists. Four Ballarat Miners players scored in double figures. American forward Brennan McElroy (201-91, college: Indianapolis) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and forward Joshua Oswald (201-94, college: Emporia St.) added 24 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Dandenong Rangers' coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Ballarat Miners moved-up to second place in League. Loser Dandenong Rangers keep the fourth position with four games lost. Ballarat Miners will face league's leader Spectres in East Burwood in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Dandenong Rangers will play on the road against Bandits in Albury and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ballarat M.: C.Moller 27+10reb+3ast, P.Hooley 25+3reb+8ast, D.Usher 20+5reb+2ast, M.King-Davis 12+4reb, S.Short 5+2reb+3ast, A.Constable 4+3reb+2ast
Dandenong R.: B.McElroy 25+10reb+3ast, J.Oswald 24+5reb+1ast, C.Orr 10+8reb+5ast, T.Lang 7+4reb, J.Page 5+2reb, L.Barker 4+6reb+5ast
gschID: 546380


Hobart C. - Bendigo B. 112-89

No shocking result in a game in Hobart where second ranked Chargers (5-2) smashed 4th ranked Bendigo Braves (4-6) 112-89 on Sunday. Chargers made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Bendigo Braves turnovers. Forward Tom Garlepp (203-86, college: UCSB) fired 35 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard Chris Whitehead (175-92, college: Bellarmine) chipped in 21 points. The former international power forward Matthew Andronicos (208-91) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and American power forward CJ Aiken (206-90, college: St.Joseph's) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Bendigo Braves players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Chargers maintains second position in League with 5-2 record having five points less than leader Sydney Comets. Loser Bendigo Braves keep the fourth place with six games lost. Chargers will face Canberra Gunners (#7) in Belconnen in the next round where they are favorite. Bendigo Braves will play at home against the league's leader Mount Gambier Pioneers and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hobart C.: T.Garlepp 35+8reb+4ast, C.Whitehead 21+2reb+1ast, R.Heyer 11+8reb, D.Radcliffe 8+4reb+1ast, T.Masunda 8+5ast, M.Muo 8+5reb
Bendigo B.: M.Andronicos 22+11reb+1ast, D.Starks 17+2reb+3ast, C.Aiken 16+8reb+3ast, D.Hansen 10+1reb, T.Rayner 7+2ast, T.Bell 5+3reb
gschID: 546381


Kilsyth C. - Canberra G. 83-82

Seventh-ranked Canberra Gunners (0-7) made lots of trouble for third ranked Kilsyth Cobras (5-4) on Sunday. Kilsyth Cobras managed to secure only one-point victory 83-82. However their fans expected much easier game. Kilsyth Cobras dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Canberra Gunners' 28. Forward Chris Patton (208-91, college: Cal-Riverside) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Auryn MacMillan (204-87, college: Gardner-Webb) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Kilsyth Cobras players scored in double figures. Kilsyth Cobras' coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American Roy Booker (191-84, college: SE Missouri St.) produced 35 points (!!!) and 5 assists and center Ben Allen (211-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 17 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Kilsyth Cobras maintains third position in League with 5-4 record having just three points less than leader Sydney Comets. Loser Canberra Gunners still closes the standings with seven games lost. Kilsyth Cobras will face Sabres (#5) in Cheltenham in the next round. Canberra Gunners will play at home against the league's second-placed Chargers and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Kilsyth C.: C.Patton 19+10reb+1ast, N.Kirksey 15+5reb+4ast, A.MacMillan 14+10reb+4ast, O.Odigie 10+4reb+1ast, T.Naqqash 7, K.Murphy 6+1reb
Canberra G.: R.Booker 35+4reb+5ast, B.Allen 17+11reb+3ast, G.Morison 11+6reb+1ast, D.Joyce 8+1reb+2ast, B.Doran 7+2reb, B.Kearins 3+3reb+3ast
gschID: 541827


Nunawading S. - Mt Gambier 81-84

A very interesting game took place in East Burwood. It ended with only three-point home defeat of top-ranked Spectres (8-1) to top-ranked Mount Gambier Pioneers (8-0) 84-81 in the fight for the first place. It was a key game for the top position in League. American forward Daniel Alexander (206-91, college: Grand Canyon, agency: Haylett Sports) notched a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international swingman Brad Hill (196-86) supported him with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Even 28 points and 4 assists by Thomas Wright did not help to save the game for Spectres. Power forward Simon Conn (206-83, college: Gardner-Webb) added 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. Four Spectres players scored in double figures. Mount Gambier Pioneers maintains first position in League with 8-0 record which they share with defeated Spectres. Spectres at the other side still keep top place with one game lost. Mount Gambier Pioneers' next round opponent will be Bendigo Braves (#4) on the road. Spectres will play against the league's second-placed Ballarat Miners and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mt Gambier: T.Daly 17+2reb+2ast, D.Alexander 17+12reb+2ast, B.Hill 16+7reb+3ast, E.Burdon 11, L.Jamieson 7+9reb+3ast, K.DeWit 6+3reb+3ast
Nunawading S.: T.Wright 28+2reb+4ast, S.Conn 18+8reb+5ast, D.Swetalla 15+7reb, A.Steel 14+11reb+1ast, S.McDonald 3+3reb+7ast, D.King-Hawea 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 541828


Sandringham S. - Mt Gambier 81-89

Rather expected game in Cheltenham where 4th ranked Sabres (3-5) were defeated by top-ranked Mount Gambier Pioneers (8-0) 89-81 on Saturday. Mount Gambier Pioneers made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. The former international swingman Brad Hill (196-86) fired 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. American forward Daniel Alexander (206-91, college: Grand Canyon, agency: Haylett Sports) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Mount Gambier Pioneers' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Jerry Evans (203-90, college: Nevada) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Ethan O'Day (206, college: Vermont) added 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for lost side. Mount Gambier Pioneers maintains first position in League with 8-0 record. Loser Sabres dropped to the fifth place with five games lost. Mount Gambier Pioneers will face Bendigo Braves (#4) on the road in the next round. Sabres will play against Kilsyth Cobras and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mt Gambier: B.Hill 22+9reb+5ast, D.Alexander 17+7reb+1ast, T.Daly 16+4reb+1ast, K.DeWit 8+3reb+2ast, J.Madgen 7+4reb+1ast, E.Burdon 7+2reb+3ast
Sandringham S.: J.Evans 28+13reb+1ast, E.O'Day 20+8reb, I.Hadziomerovic 14+8reb+3ast, J.Batish 10+2reb, A.Macdonald 5+4reb+6ast, N.Crosswell 4+1reb+8ast
gschID: 541825


NW Tasmania - Bendigo B. 81-78

There was a small surprise in Ulverstone where sixth ranked NW Tasmania Thunder (2-6) edged 4th ranked Bendigo Braves (4-6) 81-78 on Saturday. American forward Jeremiah Ingram (201-93, college: N.C.Central) fired 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Guard Daniel Sepokas (190-90, college: Lees-McRae) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. American power forward CJ Aiken (206-90, college: St.Joseph's) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and the former international power forward Matthew Andronicos (208-91) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bendigo Braves' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. NW Tasmania Thunder maintains sixth position in League with 2-6 record. Loser Bendigo Braves keep the fourth place with six games lost. NW Tasmania Thunder will face Tigers (#6) in Melbourne in the next round. Bendigo Braves will play at home against the league's leader Mount Gambier Pioneers and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
NW Tasmania: J.Ingram 22+8reb+1ast, A.Starks 20+1reb+1ast, C.Pal 13+10reb, D.Sepokas 12+5reb+7ast, B.Richmond 5+4reb, J.Chilcott 5+1reb+1ast
Bendigo B.: M.Andronicos 20+6reb, D.Starks 16+1reb+2ast, C.Aiken 16+12reb+1ast, A.Doyle 14+3reb+3ast, C.Adkins 6+1ast, T.Bell 2
gschID: 546377


Melbourne T. - Nunawading S. 88-102

Not a big story in a game in Melbourne where 6th ranked Tigers (3-4) were defeated by first ranked Spectres (8-1) 102-88 on Saturday. Spectres dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Tigers' 40. Spectres had a 30-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. American center Dain Swetalla (206-86, college: Augustana, IL) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Simon Conn (206-83, college: Gardner-Webb) chipped in 25 points and 9 rebounds. Four Spectres players scored in double figures. Guard Tom Wilson (196-97, college: SMU) produced 32 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Ari Stewart (200-90, college: USC) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Spectres maintains first position in League with 8-1 record. Loser Tigers keep the sixth place with four games lost. Spectres will face league's second-placed Ballarat Miners in Wendouree in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tigers will play at home against NW Tasmania Thunder (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nunawading S.: D.Swetalla 25+15reb+3ast, S.Conn 25+9reb, T.Wright 16+3reb+3ast, S.McDonald 15+5reb+5ast, A.Steel 8+1ast, D.King-Hawea 6+3reb
Melbourne T.: T.Wilson 32+6reb+2ast, A.Stewart 19+6reb, N.Tomlinson 12+1reb+2ast, J.Todd 7+7reb+1ast, B.Dixon 6+6reb+1ast, S.Sykes 5+2reb
gschID: 546379


Geelong S. - Canberra G. 89-59

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Geelong Supercats (5-3) outleveled at home bottom-ranked Canberra Gunners (0-7) 89-59 on Saturday. Geelong Supercats dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Canberra Gunners' 18. Geelong Supercats forced 19 Canberra Gunners turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Geelong Supercats made 8 blocks. American guard Demarcus Gatlin (193, college: Sam Houston St.) fired 27 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international swingman Nathan Herbert (192-84) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. American Roy Booker (191-84, college: SE Missouri St.) produced 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and center Ben Allen (211-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 12 points and 15 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Despite that victory Geelong Supercats went down to third position (League) due to points difference. Loser Canberra Gunners still closes the standings with seven games lost. Geelong Supercats will face Frankston Blues (#8) in Seaford in the next round where they are favorite. Canberra Gunners will play at home against the league's second-placed Chargers and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Geelong S.: D.Gatlin 27+7reb+2ast, N.Herbert 20+5reb+2ast, M.Hicks 11+11reb+4ast, J.Medved 6+1ast, E.Gaff 6+4reb+3ast, A.Cannan 5+6reb+1ast
Canberra G.: R.Booker 24+7reb+5ast, B.Allen 12+15reb, D.Joyce 9+2reb+2ast, B.Doran 8+4reb+1ast, J.Toohey 6+4reb, M.Brown 0+1ast
gschID: 541826


Ballarat M. - Albury W.B. 102-92

There was no surprise in Wendouree where 5th ranked Bandits (4-4) were defeated by third ranked Ballarat Miners (5-2) 102-92 on Saturday. Ballarat Miners made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Bandits turnovers. Guard Peter Hooley (193-92, college: Albany) fired 44 points (!!!) and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Marvin King-Davis (201-93, college: Delaware) chipped in 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). New Zealand forward Mitchell Newton (200-95) produced a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Deba George (183-85) added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Four Bandits players scored in double figures. Ballarat Miners moved-up to second place in League. Loser Bandits keep the fifth position with four games lost. Ballarat Miners will face league's leader Spectres in East Burwood in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bandits will play at home against Dandenong Rangers (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ballarat M.: P.Hooley 44+4reb+4ast, M.King-Davis 19+9reb+1ast, S.Short 10+5reb+2ast, A.Constable 10+2reb+3ast, C.Moller 9+9reb+1ast, D.Usher 6+6reb+6ast
Albury W.B.: M.Newton 30+10reb+1ast, J.Terrell 21+4ast, D.George 19+5reb+6ast, T.Robinson 14+11reb+3ast, D.Harding 8+2reb+1ast, J.Morgan 0
gschID: 546378


Frankston - Albury W.B. 90-104

No shocking result in a game in Seaford where fifth ranked Bandits (4-4) defeated 8th ranked Frankston Blues (1-7) 104-90 on Sunday. They outrebounded Frankston Blues 42-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. Point guard Deba George (183-85) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. American forward T.J. Robinson (203-89, college: Long Beach St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 19 rebounds. American forward Alex Francis (198-91, college: Bryant, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) produced 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and naturalized American swingman Bennie Lewis (203-87, college: Benedict) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Five Bandits and four Frankston Blues players scored in double figures. Frankston Blues' coach tested ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bandits maintains fifth position in League with 4-4 record. Loser Frankston Blues keep the eighth place with seven games lost. Bandits will face higher ranked Dandenong Rangers (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Frankston Blues will play against Geelong Supercats (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Albury W.B.: D.George 25+10reb+8ast, T.Robinson 22+19reb+2ast, M.Newton 18+2reb+1ast, D.Harding 13+7reb+3ast, S.Dearborn 10+2reb, J.Terrell 7+2reb+2ast
Frankston: A.Francis 34+9reb, B.Lewis 20+4reb+1ast, N.Buss 17+6reb+1ast, J.Macaulay 16+5reb+3ast, J.Harland 3+1ast, H.Cheverly 0+3reb+3ast
gschID: 546382


Waratah
Newcastle H. - Norths Bears 68-84

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Newcastle Hunters' (2-8) home loss to ninth ranked Norths Soul Sports Bears (3-5) 68-84 on Saturday. Norths Soul Sports Bears made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. Newcastle Hunters were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. James Maccann fired 29 points and 9 assists for the winners. The former international forward Ben Knight (203-76, agency: Interperformances) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. American swingman Dane Suttle (198-89, college: Pepperdine) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and forward Benjamin Hawkesley (194) added 6 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Newcastle Hunters' coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Norths Soul Sports Bears maintains ninth position in League with 3-5 record. Loser Newcastle Hunters keep the tenth place with eight games lost. Norths Soul Sports Bears will have a break next round. Newcastle Hunters will play on the road against Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (#5) in Narrabeen and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Norths Bears: J.Maccann 29+4reb+9ast, B.Knight 20+12reb+1ast, J.Garlepp 15+7reb, T.Giles 7+4reb, L.Smith-Hyde 6+8reb+2ast, B.Rymer 4+4reb+4ast
Newcastle H.: D.Suttle 19+5reb+2ast, J.Rauch 14+5reb, J.Foy 10+4reb+2ast, J.Dorricott 8+1ast, B.Hawkesley 6+8reb+5ast, M.Wilson 5+5reb+3ast
gschID: 539473


Maitland M. - Manly Warr. 86-90

There was a small surprise when fifth ranked Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (5-4) beat on the road much higher ranked Maitland Mustangs (7-2) 90-86 on Saturday. Maitland Mustangs were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized Polish swingman Stefan Blaszczynski (196-84, college: Nicholls St.) fired 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds for the winners. Cooper Wilks chipped in 21 points and 8 rebounds. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles' coach used entire bench in such tough game. American forward Tyler Monroe (201, college: Azusa Pacific) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds and Jack Edwards added 14 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals respectively for lost side. Four Maitland Mustangs players scored in double figures. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles maintains fifth position in League with 5-4 record. Loser Maitland Mustangs keep the second place with two games lost. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles will face Newcastle Hunters (#10) in Broadmeadow in the next round where they are favorite. Maitland Mustangs will play on the road against Crusaders (#7) in Terrigal and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Manly Warr.: S.Blaszczynski 34+9reb+1ast, C.Wilks 21+8reb+1ast, L.Cooper 15+5reb+9ast, S.Bresnik 7+2reb, A.Bulgin 5+5reb+1ast, K.Painter 3+3reb
Maitland M.: T.Monroe 26+13reb+1ast, J.Clifford 15+7reb+1ast, J.Edwards 14+9reb+7ast, T.Turner 12+3reb, D.Millburn 7+2reb, V.Foketi 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 539472


Cent.Coast C. - Hornsby S. 92-60

There was an upset in Terrigal where higher ranked Spiders (6-3) were outplayed by eighth ranked Crusaders (4-5) 92-60 on Saturday. Crusaders forced 26 Spiders turnovers and outrebounded them 44-33 including 16 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Spiders' players. American forward Mitchell Rueter (198, college: Cent.Arkansas) fired 30 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Matthew Bateup chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Crusaders' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Noah Cleur produced 25 points and Kulvir Grewal added 10 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Crusaders moved-up to seventh place in League. Loser Spiders keep the third position with three games lost. Crusaders will face league's second-placed Maitland Mustangs at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Spiders will play against Sutherland Sharks and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Cent.Coast C.: M.Rueter 30+5reb+2ast, M.Bateup 18+12reb+6ast, C.Jenkins 11+12reb+4ast, T.Akamarmoi 9+4reb+2ast, J.Trustum 7+3reb+3ast, N.Shoaib 7+2ast
Hornsby S.: N.Cleur 25+3reb+1ast, J.Chapman 11+4reb+3ast, K.Grewal 10+10reb, J.De Botton 6+5reb+1ast, G.Gabriel 4+1reb, D.Emery 2+8reb+6ast
gschID: 539471


Sutherland S. - Sydney Comets 68-78

Everything went according to plan when first ranked Sydney City Comets (8-1) won against on the road 11th ranked Sutherland Sharks (1-8) 78-68 on Saturday. Sydney City Comets dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Sutherland Sharks' 34. Sutherland Sharks were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Louis Brandt fired 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American guard Indiana Faithfull (193-91, college: W.Liberty St.) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Sydney City Comets players scored in double figures. Robert Simonovski produced 18 points and 5 rebounds and Bailey Musulin added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sydney City Comets maintains first position in League with 8-1 record. Loser Sutherland Sharks keep the eleventh place with eight games lost. Sydney City Comets will face Hawks (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sutherland Sharks will play against Spiders in Hornsby and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sydney Comets: A.Cabrera 14+2reb+2ast, R.Craigie 13+2reb, L.Brandt 12+8reb+2ast, I.Faithfull 11+5reb+5ast, A.Overs 9+7reb+2ast, L.Overs 8+5reb+2ast
Sutherland S.: R.Simonovski 18+5reb+1ast, B.Musulin 15+1reb+4ast, D.Marjanovic 9+5reb+4ast, J.Biber 7+7reb+1ast, E.Laudato 6+1reb, J.Wallis 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 539474


Hills H. - Illawarra H. 94-74

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Hawks' (3-5) road loss to sixth ranked Hills Hornets (5-5) 74-94 on Saturday. Hills Hornets dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Hawks' 32. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Hawks' players. Naturalized Croatian power forward Goran Veg (205) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. David Hayman chipped in 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Keelan Ward produced 18 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Sean Mullan (198-90, college: Nova SE) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hawks' coach tested eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Hills Hornets maintains sixth position in League with 5-5 record. Loser Hawks dropped to the eighth place with five games lost. Hills Hornets will face higher ranked Bankstown Bruins (#4) in Condell Park in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hawks will play on the road against the league's leader Sydney City Comets (#1) in Alexandria and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hills H.: G.Veg 22+13reb+2ast, D.Hayman 19+7reb+5ast, P.Brotherson 17+8reb+3ast, E.Duselis 11+4reb+3ast, L.Urwin 8+6reb+5ast, M.Brown 6+3reb
Illawarra H.: K.Ward 18+7reb+2ast, L.Dent 17+5reb+1ast, S.Mullan 14+9reb+1ast, A.Beagley 12+4reb+3ast, J.Sorenson 6+13reb, S.Hunter 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 539475





Dexter Kernich-Drew is a newcomer at Flames - by Hugh McAuliffe

Rockingham Flames (SBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old guard Dexter Kernich-Drew (201-83kg-91, college: Washington State). He moved there from Wildcats (NBL) where he started the season. In 27 games he recorded just 2.5ppg this season. SBL will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Kernich-Drew helped them to win the league title (twice). The last summer he played at Waverley Falcons (Big V). In 21 games he averaged impressive 15.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.5apg. Kernich-Drew contributed to his team ending the regular season as at the second position in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Great season indeed as he was awarded Australiabasket.com All-Australian Big V Defensive Player of the Year.
He has played previously professionally also in Brazil (Minas).
Kernich-Drew attended Washington State until 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Indios de San Francisco inks Carlos Novas Mateo - by Eurobasket News

Indios de San Francisco (LNB) agreed terms with 25-year old naturalized Austrian forward Carlos Novas Mateo (197-92, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He moved there from SG Luetzel-Post Koblenz in German Regionalliga where he started the season. In 13 games he had very impressive stats: 15.7ppg and 3.9rpg this season. The last summer Novas Mateo played at Plaza (Santiago League).
His team made it to the Austrian final in 2013.
Novas Mateo represented Austria at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) six years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 5.3ppg, 1.6rpg, FGP: 40.5%, 3PT: 57.1%, FT: 50.0%.
Novas Mateo has played on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally also in Dominican Rep. and Austria (Arkadia Lions, Redwell Gunners Oberwart, Gmunden Swans and Vienna).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Belgian Euromillions League round 35 best performance: Mike Smith - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Mike Smith (198-G-87, agency: Inception Sports) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Antwerp, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 35.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, two rebounds and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Oostende (#1, 29-6) 90-80. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Antwerp maintains the 2nd position in Belgian Euromillions League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Antwerp will need more victories to improve their 22-13 record. It's Smith's second year at Antwerp and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Mike Smith averages this season 12.3ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Brandon Ubel (209-F/C-91, agency: Pensack Sports) of Brussels. Ubel had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Brussels cruised to a 96-88 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Liege (#10, 5-30). Brussels' 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 21-14 record is not bad at all. Ubel is well-known at Brussels and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was Jonas Delalieux (202-C/F-92) of Leuven (#9). Delalieux scored 23 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Delalieux's great performance Leuven lost 78-87 to the higher-ranked Aalstar (#6, 18-17). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Leuven can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 9-26 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Delalieux he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Delalieux has a very solid season. In 35 games in Belgium he scored 9.7ppg. He also has 4.4rpg and FGP: 64.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alexandru Olah (213-C-93) of Mons-Hainaut - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Yunio Barrueta (198-F/G-93) of Aalstar - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-F-91) of Oostende - 20 points and 7 rebounds
7. Jason Clark (188-G-90) of Antwerp - 19 points and 10 assists
8. Domien Loubry (186-PG-85) of Brussels - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Ivan Radenovic (209-F/C-84) of Spirou - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. John Tofi (203-C/F-84) of Aalstar - 21 points and 7 rebounds

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



Terry Deroover has inked two-year contract with Liege Basket - by Bert Larsimont

In late April, several media announced the transfer of Belgian point guard Terry Deroover (178-PG-91) from Kangoeroes Basket Willebroek to betFIRST Liege Basket. Deroover has actually signed a two-year contract with betFIRST Liege Basket.
His new club has announced the transfer on its website on Apr. 25th, 2017 (source: http://www.liegebasket.be/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=871&cntnt01returnid=17). Deroover is the third player to join the betFIRST Liege Basket squad next season, after the signings of Francois Lhoest (196-F/C-85) and Boris Penninck (202-C-88, agency: Promotex). Terry Deroover will replace Yoann Hertay (186-PG-90) who will play for Hubo Limburg United next season.

Well known for his fighting spirit and his shooting ability, Terry Deroover has averaged 5.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 1.4 apg in the Euromillions League so far.

Terry Deroover played for Ganshoren, the AWBB Selection, BC Carnieres, BBC Kangoeroes-Boom, Stella Artois Leuven Bears and Kangoeroes Basket Willebroek in Belgium in the past.



Sebastien Bellin joins the Proximus Spirou staff - by Bert Larsimont

In a press release issued today, the Proximus Spirou Charleroi management staff has announced that former Belgian international Sebastien Bellin (205-C-78, college: Oakland) has decided to pursue his professional reorientation with Proximus Spirou. After having created, managed and resold his company Keemotion (specialiazed in motion-detecting technology and proprietary software offering complete solutions for coaches, leagues and broadcasters), Bellin has taken the decision of joining the Proximus Spirou management staff. His experience and personality will be a plus for Proximus Spirou. Sebastien Bellin will provide expertise in the digital development project, the strategic plan for new vocations and technologies and the launch of new commercial approaches.

The Proximus Spirou staff is happy to have him on board and the whole team will benefit from his energy and humanistic values.

Sebastien Bellin was an excellent post player who played for Marist College and Oakland in NCAA from 1996 to 2000 and had a great career in Europe afterwards: in Belgium (Power Wevelgem, Racing Basket Antwerp, Antwerp Giants, Telindus BC Oostende, Optima Gent, Belfius Mons-Hainaut, BBC Kangoeroes Boom, Gent Hawks and CEP Fleurus), Italy (Sicc Aurora Jesi), the Netherlands (Hanzevast Capitals Groningen), etc. He was also a former Belgian Lion (played for the Belgian National Team from 2005 to 2008 and in 2010). He became Belgian League Champion with Telindus BC Oostende in 2007 and won two Belgian Cup titles with Telindus BC Oostende in 2008 and with Dexia Mons-Hainaut in 2011. He was elected in the Eurobasket.com Belgian League All-Domestic Players Team in 2010.




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Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Kendall ANTHONY
  Macae
  (173-PG-93)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Anthony, Macae20.7 
 2. Stallworth, Mogi20.5 
 3. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 4. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.19.3 
 5. Holloway, Pinheiros19.0 
 6. Vieira, Flamengo18.5 
 7. Garcia, Bauru18.4 
 8. Andrade, Bauru18.3 
 9. Mariano, Brasilia18.1 
 10. Jackson, Vasco D.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.9.4 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 3. de-Souza, L.Sor.7.7 
 4. Maynard, Minas7.7 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.5 
 6. Andrade, Bauru6.7 
 7. Curnell, Mogi6.6 
 8. Ansaloni, Pinheiros6.6 
 9. Mariano, Brasilia6.5 
 10. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.4 
 2. Anthony, Macae5.7 
 3. Borges, Franca5.6 
 4. Garcia, Bauru5.3 
 5. Pecos, Paulistano5.1 
 6. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.1 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.4.8 
 8. Rodgers, Minas4.7 
 9. Fischer, Flamengo4.7 
 10. Dawkins, Vitoria4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Larry TAYLOR
  Mogi
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Taylor, Mogi1.9 
 2. Dawkins, Vitoria1.9 
 3. Jackson, Vasco D.1.8 
 4. Curnell, Mogi1.7 
 5. Garcia, Bauru1.7 
 6. Machado, B.Cea.1.6 
 7. Bresolin, Vitoria1.6 
 8. Rodgers, Minas1.6 
 9. Schneider, Macae1.6 
 10. Stallworth, Mogi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Leonardo KLASSMANN
  B.Cea.
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Klassmann, B.Cea.1.1 
 2. Nunes, Campo M.1.0 
 3. Castellar, Brasilia0.7 
 4. Mariano, Brasilia0.7 
 5. Lenz, Pinheiros0.7 
 6. Dias-Silva, Pauli.0.7 
 7. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 
 8. Camilo, Macae0.6 
 9. Teichmann, Pinheiros0.6 
 10. Tavares, L.Sorocaba0.6 


NBB Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Paulistano and Pinheiros claim victories - by Eurobasket News

Vitoria - Paulistano 84-93

Paulistano upset Vitoria on the road in the semifinal series opener. 26 personal fouls committed by Universo/Vitoria helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Lucas Dias-Silva (209-95) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 5 rebounds. Power forward Renato Carbonari (206-87) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international Andre Bresolin (195-87) answered with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and American point guard Kenny Dawkins (175-87, college: Lamar) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Universo/Vitoria. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Universo/Vitoria's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Paulistano: G.Hubner 16+1reb, L.Dias Silva 16+5reb+3ast, R.Carbonari 14+7reb, Y.Dos Santos 12+1reb+1ast, G.Lucas 11+5reb+4ast, J.Luz dos Santos 10+3reb+3ast
Vitoria: A.Silva 14+2reb+2ast, A.Bresolin 13+5reb+5ast, D.Kurtz 13+6reb+1ast, K.Dawkins 12+6reb+3ast, K.Sheard 12+2reb+3ast, E.de Oliveira 7
gschID: 546400


Pinheiros - Bauru 98-86

Pinheiros protected home court as they beat visiting Bauru in the opener. Pinheiros looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Paschoalotto/Bauru helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Desmond Holloway (191-90, college: Co.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording 32 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Cordero Bennett (188-88) contributed with 17 points and 7 assists for the winners. Four Pinheiros players scored in double figures. International guard Alex Garcia (191-80, agency: Interperformances) answered with 26 points and 4 assists and the former international Jefferson Andrade (207-83) added 26 points in the effort for Paschoalotto/Bauru.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros: D.Holloway 32+8reb+4ast, R.Lenz 19+6reb+1ast, G.Barbosa 18+3reb+3ast, C.Bennett 17+3reb+7ast, L.Gustavo de Oliveira 4+2reb, R.Ansaloni 4+4reb+1ast
Bauru: J.Andrade 26+4reb, A.Garcia 26+4reb+4ast, L.Meindl 12+2reb+4ast, V.Silva 6+5reb+2ast, G.Yeye Torres 5+3reb+4ast, G.Santos 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 546399





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

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

Rafael Freire Luz
Rafael Freire Luz
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Rafael Freire Luz (188-92, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to Baskonia's victory against the closely-ranked CB Canarias (20-10) 76-72 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Thursday night's game. Freire Luz scored 8 points in 16 minutes on the court. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (21-9) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Freire Luz's first season with the team. This year he averages: 2.9ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 67.7%(21-31), 3FGP: 24.2% and FT: 71.4% in 26 games he played so far. Freire Luz has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. He is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Augusto Lima
Augusto Lima
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Augusto Lima (207-91, currently plays in Lithuania). Lima contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Dzukija (10-26) crushing them 96-40 in the Lithuanian LKL last Friday. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (33-3) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. Lima's overall stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 72.0%(90-125) and FT: 48.6%. He is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Nene Hilario
Nene Hilario
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international center Nene Hilario (211-82, currently plays in NBA). Hilario could not help the Houston Rockets (55-27) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Houston Rockets (55-27) were crushed 121-96 on the road by the San Antonio Spurs. Hilario scored 10 points in 18 minutes. Hilario has relatively good stats this year: 9.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 63.5%(278-438) and FT: 58.8% in 76 games. He is also a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Scott Machado
Scott Machado
   #4. Point guard Scott Machado (186-90, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help La ICL Manresa in their game against Real Madrid (23-7) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Despite his good performance in Thursday night's game Machado scored 10 points and added 5 passes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Machado's overall stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.8apg and 1.4spg. He is a naturalized American. Machado used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2013. Strangely he has never played in Brazil.

Raul Neto
Raul Neto
   #5. International point guard Raul Neto (185-92, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Utah Jazz (51-31) in their game against the Golden State Warriors (67-15) in the NBA. Neto scored 5 points in 9 minutes. The Utah Jazz (51-31) lost 104-115 at home to the Golden State Warriors. This year Neto averages only 2.5ppg in 49 games. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Vitor Benite
Vitor Benite
   #6. Shooting guard Vitor Benite (194-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help UCAM Murcia (13-17) in their game against Gran Canaria (20-11) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Benite did not beat the league record on Sunday evening. He scored only 2 points and added 3 passes. UCAM Murcia was defeated 74-64 in Las Palmas by the higher-ranked Gran Canaria (#7). They ended the series of three consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This season Benite has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.2apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #7. International center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-18) in their game against FC Barcelona (21-9) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Hettsheimer scored only 3 points. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was crushed 87-53 in Barcelona by the much higher-ranked FC Barcelona (#3). There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Hettsheimer's overall stats this season are: 8.5ppg and 3.8rpg. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Carlos Cobos
Carlos Cobos
   #8. Guard Carlos Cobos (193-88, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a CB Granada's victory against the ninth-ranked Navarra (15-15) 73-67 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Friday night's game. Cobos scored 6 points. Coviran Granada (20-10) is placed third in the LEB Silver. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Cobos' overall stats this season are: 7.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2010.

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

   #1. Felipe Dos Anjos (218-C-98, currently plays in Spain) led Oviedo CB to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Ourense (18-16) 78-60 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Sunday night's game. Dos Anjos scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. Union Financiera Baloncesto Oviedo (22-12) is placed fourth in the LEB Gold. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Dos Anjos' overall stats are: 8.9ppg and 5.9rpg in 34 games he played so far.

   #2. Experienced Kazuya Hatano (192-F-82, currently plays in Japan). Hatano could not help Ryukyu GK (29-31) to beat Diamond Dolphins (27-33). He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Hatano scored only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. The second-placed Ryukyu GK (29-31) lost 62-69 on the road to the lower-ranked (#4) Diamond Dolphins in the West group. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Hatano's overall stats are: 2.7ppg and 2.5rpg in 58 games. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Japanese.



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NBL Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Lukoil and Beroe record victories - by Eurobasket News

Lukoil Acad. - Rilski 95-80

Lukoil fired past Rilski to even the semifinal series at 1-1. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-80. The best player for the winners was Ukrainian power forward Maxym Korniyenko (205-87, agency: BeoBasket) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds. The former international swingman Hristo Zahariev (197-90) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Evan Bruinsma (202-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Yordan Bozov (191-79) added 16 points respectively for the guests. Five Lukoil Acad. and four Rilski players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Acad.: M.Korniyenko 25+13reb+3ast, P.Ivanov 18+1reb+1ast, H.Zahariev 16+5reb+2ast, D.Gibson 13+2reb+7ast, S.Zack 10+8reb+1ast, B.Avramov 7+1reb
Rilski: E.Bruinsma 20+8reb+1ast, Y.Bozov 16+1reb+3ast, N.Stoyanov 15+2reb+1ast, D.Shelton 11+7reb, Z.Georgiev 6+2reb+2ast, S.Francis 5+1reb+3ast
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Beroe - Cherno More 87-81

Beroe prevailed against Cherno More to secure 2-0 lead in the series. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 25-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Beroe forced 19 Cherno More turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Beroe especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. The best player for the winners was American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (191-87, college: S.Carolina) who scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international Tihomir Zhelev (193-90) chipped in 22 points. Serbian power forward Filip Dedijer (205-88) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian power forward Nikola Djuric (201-91) added 22 points respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Beroe: T.Zhelev 22+3reb+3ast, B.Raley-Ross 19+7reb+5ast, P.Aleksiev 12+2reb+2ast, O.Gudul 9+3reb+2ast, A.Jones 8+3reb+1ast, N.Nikolov 8+1reb+2ast
Cherno More: N.Djuric 22+4reb+1ast, F.Dedijer 22+7reb+3ast, A.Natskin 16+3reb+4ast, V.Georgiev 9+2reb+1ast, S.Tsonkov 6+4reb+2ast, D.Karamfilov 6+4reb+11ast
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Dee Bost selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Dee Bost
Dee Bost
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Dee Bost (188-89, agency: BeoBasket, college: Mississippi St., currently plays in France). He led Monaco to a victory against the sixth-ranked Paris-Levallois (19-12) 91-85 in the French ProA in Wednesday night's game. Bost scored 16 points and added 5 passes in 24 minutes on the court. AS Monaco Basket (28-3) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Bost's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.3apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 41.2%, 3FGP: 34.3% and FT: 82.1% in 31 games he played so far. Bost is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Strangely Bost has never played in Bulgaria.

Filip Videnov
Filip Videnov
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international small forward Filip Videnov (196-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in Iran). He could not help Arak (3-3) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Videnov's very good performance the second-placed Arak (3-3) was defeated 87-83 on the road by the lower-ranked Chemidor (#3) in the Group 1. He was the top scorer with 30 points. Videnov also added 9 rebounds. Videnov has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 21.2ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.8apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 47.3%, 3FGP: 38.9% and FT: 63.2%. Videnov played for the Bulgarian national team in 2012.

Alexander Vezenkov
Alexander Vezenkov
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95, currently plays in Spain). He led FC Barcelona to a victory over the 12th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-18) crushing them 87-53 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Vezenkov was MVP of the game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 28 minutes. FC Barcelona Lassa (21-9) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Vezenkov's overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 70.3%(64-91), 3FGP: 40.7% and FT: 81.4% in 30 games. He has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Bulgarian. Despite Vezenkov played previously for the Cypriot U16 national team, he is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #4. Point guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in VTB United League) was the major contributor in Khimki's victory against the sixth-ranked Enisey (13-11) 91-84 in the VTB United League in Thursday night's game. Rowland recorded 13 points and added 4 assists. BC Khimki Moscow Region (19-5) is placed third in group A. This season Rowland has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 3.4rpg and 4.0apg. He is a naturalized American. Rowland used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2011. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #5. Former international power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Estonia) contributed to Kalev/Cramo's victory against the closely-ranked Parnu (17-15) 77-67 in the Estonian Alexela KML last Tuesday. Simmons scored 19 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 29 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (29-3) is placed third in the Alexela KML. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Simmons has reliable stats this year: 10.2ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.5apg in 19 games. He is a naturalized American. Simmons used to play for the Bulgarian national team five years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Branko Mirkovic
Branko Mirkovic
   #6. Guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Cedric Simmons and both played together in the last Estonian Alexela KML game. Mirkovic contributed to Kalev/Cramo's victory against the closely-ranked Parnu (17-15) 77-67. He scored 14 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Mirkovic's stats this season are: 13.3ppg, 4.0rpg and 4.3apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Bulgarian senior team four years ago.

Yordan Minchev
Yordan Minchev
   #7. U18 international forward Yordan Minchev (202-98, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to help Vrsac (14-8) in their last game. Despite Minchev's good performance Vrsac was badly defeated 94-76 at home by the leading Crvena Zvezda. He was the top scorer with 14 points. Minchev also added 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. This year Minchev's total stats are: 3.2ppg and 1.9rpg in 11 games. He is also Bulgarian U18 national team player.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #8. Power forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Tofas' victory against the closely-ranked Yesilgiresun Bld (10-19) 92-87 in the Turkish BSL in Saturday night's game. He scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Tofas Bursa (14-15) is placed ninth in the BSL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Ivanov averaged so far 11.0ppg, 4.4rpg and 2.2apg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2013.

Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #9. Former international power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, another player represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a BM Slam Stal's victory against the closely-ranked MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (20-12) 84-76 in the Polish PLK last Friday. Nikolov recorded 12 points in 22 minutes. BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. (21-11) is placed third in the PLK. Nikolov has averaged so far 9.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.1apg in 32 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #10. Power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) faced previously mentioned Kaloyan Ivanov in the Turkish BSL last game. Ivanov was not able to secure a victory for Yesilgiresun Bld (10-19) in their game against Tofas (14-15). He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Yesilgiresun Bld was defeated 92-87 in Bursa by the higher-ranked Tofas (#9). Ivanov's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is extremely important. Ivanov averaged so far 10.3ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.1apg. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Bulgarian senior national team.

   #11. Former international guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Istanbul BBSK in their game against Banvit in the Turkish BSL. Calloway scored 6 points and added 4 assists in 16 minutes. His team lost 64-79. Calloway's stats this year are: 10.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.1apg and 1.6spg in 27 games. He is a naturalized American. Calloway used to play for the Bulgarian national team seven years ago. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

   #12. International center Jason Washburn (210-90, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Yokohama BC (16-44) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Washburn's good performance Yokohama BC (#6) were edged 75-72 in Niigata by the higher-ranked Albirex (#4) in the Central group. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Washburn averaged so far 14.8ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.2apg. He is a naturalized American. Washburn is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

   #13. Former international small forward Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in France) helped Lille Metropole win their game against the ninth-ranked ALM Evreux 67-60 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Marinov recorded 7 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Marinov averaged so far 13.0ppg, 3.7rpg and 4.7apg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) could not help Kumanovo (3-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Karadzovski's very good performance Kumanovo (#4) was defeated 93-88 at home by the leading MZT Skopje in the Places 1-6 group. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Karadzovski also added 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Karadzovski averaged so far 12.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 4.3apg. He has a dual citizenship: Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian.

   #2. Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Latvia) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Barons Riga (16-15) crushing them 108-66 in the Latvian LBL on Thursday night. Deane recorded 9 points and added 6 assists in 21 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Ventspils (27-5) is placed first in the LBL. Deane has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.0apg and 1.2spg in 33 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #3. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France) managed to help Cholet Basket in a victory against the 16th-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (10-21) 78-70 in the French ProA on Friday night. Evtimov recorded only 4 points in 19 minutes. Cholet Basket (12-19) is placed 11th in the ProA. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Evtimov has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.6apg in 31 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and French.



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Kenny Kadji's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Cameroonians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kenny Kadji
Kenny Kadji
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Kenny Kadji (211-88, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Turkey). He was the major contributor in Trabzonspor's victory against the league outsider TED Kolejliler (2-27) crushing them 101-69 in the Turkish BSL in Saturday night's game. Kadji had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 25 minutes on the court. Trabzonspor Medical Park Basketbol (9-20) is placed 13th in the BSL. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Kadji has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 59.8%(143-239), 3FGP: 28.4% and FT: 74.7% in 27 games he played so far. Kadji played for the Cameroonian senior national team two years ago.

Jeremy Nzeulie
Jeremy Nzeulie
   #2. Second place goes to former international shooting guard Jeremy Nzeulie (188-91, currently plays in France). He led Chalon/Saor to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Entente Orleans 45 (8-23) 114-96 in the French ProA last Saturday. Nzeulie recorded 16 points and added 3 assists. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (24-7) is placed second in the ProA. 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. Nzeulie's overall stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 53.5%, 3FGP: 29.6% and FT: 76.3%. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Nzeulie played for the Cameroonian national team in 2015.

Landry Nnoko
Landry Nnoko
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Landry Nnoko (208-94, college: Clemson, currently plays in Italy). He could not help VL Pesaro (10-20) in their last game. Despite Nnoko's very good performance VL Pesaro lost 88-98 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#8) Betaland Cdo. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Nnoko also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 30 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. The Regular Season already ended. It's Nnoko's first year with the team. This season Nnoko's overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 7.1rpg, 2FGP: 52.3% and FT: 51.7% in 30 games. He played for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Gaston Essengue
Gaston Essengue
   #4. An experienced power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV, currently plays in Argentina) led Comunicaciones to a victory against the leader Union SF (24-12) 89-81 in the Argentinian TNA (second division) on Friday night. Essengue recorded 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group North. Comunicaciones Mercedes (27-9) is placed second. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Essengue has relatively good stats this season: 13.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2015.

Junior MBida
Junior MBida
   #5. Former international center Junior MBida (204-90, currently plays in France) led Lille Metropole to a victory over the ninth-ranked ALM Evreux (16-15) 67-60 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. MBida was MVP of the game. He recorded 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks in 28 minutes. Lille Metropole Basket (18-13) is placed fourth in the ProB. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year MBida's total stats are: 8.4ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.2bpg in 18 games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Seidou Njoya
Seidou Njoya
   #6. Point guard Seidou Njoya (188-89, agency: Promotex, currently plays in France) was not able to help STB Le Havre in their game against Saint-Quentin (13-18) in the French ProB (second division). Njoya recorded 9 points. But STB Le Havre was edged 65-64 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Saint-Quentin (#14). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Njoya has averaged so far 2.0ppg and 1.2apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Cameroonian senior team two years ago.

Gedeon Pitard
Gedeon Pitard
   #7. Former international guard Gedeon Pitard (188-89, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jeremy Nzeulie and both played together in the last French ProA game. Pitard managed to help ES Chalon-Sur-Saone in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Entente Orleans 45 (8-23) 114-96. He recorded only 2 points and added 3 assists in 8 minutes on the court. Pitard has averaged so far 1.9ppg and 1.2apg in 31 games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Paul Biligha (200-C-90, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) led Vanoli Cremona to a victory against the sixth-ranked Grissin Bon RE (17-13) 101-91 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Biligha scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Vanoli Cremona (9-21) closes the standings in the Serie A. The Regular Season already ended. Biligha has relatively good stats this season: 10.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1bpg. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and Italian. Despite Biligha's Cameroonian passport, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cameroonian team.

   #2. Experienced Danny Gibson (177-PG-84, college: S.Indiana, currently plays in Bulgaria) could not help Lukoil Academic Sofia (20-4) in their last game. Despite Gibson's good performance the league leader Lukoil Academic Sofia lost 80-89 on the road to the lower-ranked (#4) Rilski. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and making 10 passes. Gibson also added 7 rebounds in 33 minutes. Gibson has relatively good stats this year: 14.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.2apg and 1.2spg in 28 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and American.

   #3. Brylle Kamen (201-F-88, agency: Promotex, college: San Jose St., currently plays in Belgium) was not able to help Liege Basket in their game against Kangoeroes (18-17) in the Belgian Euromillions League. Kamen recorded 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Liege Basket was edged 86-84 in Willebroek by the lower-ranked Kangoeroes (#7). His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. It's Kamen's first season with the team. Kamen has averaged so far 2.6ppg and 3.2rpg. He has both French and Cameroonian nationalities.

   #4. Ralph Temgoua (194-G-87, college: St.Lawrence, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Quimper UJAP (24-10) in their game against UB Chartres (17-17) in the French NM1 (third division). Temgoua scored 8 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 25 minutes. Quimper UJAP lost 70-77 in Chartres to the much lower-ranked (#10) UB Chartres. It's Temgoua's first season with the team. He has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.3apg in 36 games. Temgoua also holds two passports: Cameroonian and French.



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Andrew Rautins' 32 points make him top Canadian player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Andrew Rautins
Andrew Rautins
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Andrew Rautins (193-86, college: Syracuse, currently plays in Turkey). He led Gaziantep to a victory over the 14th-ranked Usak Sportlif (8-21) crushing them 111-91 in the Turkish BSL in Saturday night's game. Rautins was MVP of the game. He scored 32 points (!!!) and added 4 assists in 35 minutes on the court. Gaziantep Basketbol (15-14) is placed seventh in the BSL. Rautins' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Rautins has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.7apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 48.1%, 3FGP: 39.9% in 27 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Rautins played for the Canadian senior national team four years ago.

Aaron Doornekamp
Aaron Doornekamp
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Aaron Doornekamp (201-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain). He was the main contributor in an CB Canarias' victory against the closely-ranked RETAbet BB (14-16) 80-76 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Doornekamp was the best player in that game. He scored 19 points (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (20-10) is placed sixth in the Liga Endesa. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Doornekamp's first season with the team. This year Doornekamp has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 59.3%(51-86), 3FGP: 42.0% and FT: 83.0%. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Dutch. Former Carleton University starter played for the Canadian national team in 2015.

Kyle Landry
Kyle Landry
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in VTB United League). Landry contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked VEF Riga (11-13) crushing them 92-51 in the VTB United League on Saturday night. He was the top player that evening. Landry scored 20 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. Zenit Saint Petersburg (21-3) is placed second in group A. It was his team's 15th consecutive victory in a row. Landry is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Zenit's roster. He has reliable stats this season: 10.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 56.8%(83-146), 3FGP: 34.0% and FT: 88.9% in 25 games. Landry played for the Canadian national team four years ago.

Khem Birch
Khem Birch
   #4. Center Khem Birch (208-92, college: UNLV, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to Olympiacos' victory against the closely-ranked Anadolu Efes (17-13) 87-78 in the Euroleague in Tuesday night's game. He scored 9 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (19-11) is placed third in the Euroleague. This season Birch averages: 7.2ppg and 5.9rpg. He is also Canadian national team player.

Carl English
Carl English
   #5. Former international guard Carl English (195-81, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an ALBA Berlin's victory against the closely-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (17-15) 86-76 in the German BBL last Monday. English was the top player that evening. He recorded 24 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. ALBA Berlin (18-14) is placed fifth in the BBL. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year English's overall stats are: 9.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.0apg in 22 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Cory Joseph
Cory Joseph
   #6. Point guard Cory Joseph (190-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Toronto Raptors (51-31) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Joseph's very good performance the Toronto Raptors (51-31) were defeated 109-102 on the road by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and making 12 passes. Joseph also added 6 rebounds. Joseph's stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.3apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Canadian National Team roster.

Melvin Ejim
Melvin Ejim
   #7. International forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy) contributed to an Umana Venezia's victory against the closely-ranked Banco di Srd (17-13) 89-85 in the Italian Serie A in Wednesday night's game. Ejim scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in only a mere 14 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (21-9) is placed second in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Ejim's stats this year are: 11.1ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.7apg in 30 games. He is also Canadian national team player.

Olivier Hanlan
Olivier Hanlan
   #8. Guard Olivier Hanlan (193-93, college: Boston Coll., currently plays in France) was not able to help Le Mans (12-19) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Hanlan's very good performance Le Mans was defeated 80-72 at home by the lower-ranked Olympique Antibes (#13). He was the top scorer with 21 points. Hanlan also added 4 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Hanlan averaged so far 10.1ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.9apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2015.

Dyshawn Pierre
Dyshawn Pierre
   #9. Former U19 international forward Dyshawn Pierre (198-93, agency: BeoBasket, college: Dayton, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Braunschweig (5-17) in their last game on Monday. Despite Pierre's very good performance Braunschweig was defeated 114-107 in Goettingen by the higher-ranked BG Goettingen (#10). He recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points and getting 10 rebounds. Pierre also added 4 assists. The Regular Season already ended. Pierre averaged so far 14.9ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team six years ago.

Robert Sacre
Robert Sacre
   #10. Center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Hitachi Sunrockers (32-28) in their last game. Despite Sacre's very good performance the third-placed Hitachi Sunrockers (32-28) lost 86-93 in Kanagawa to the leading Toshiba Thunders in the Central group. He was the top scorer with 27 points. Sacre also added 8 rebounds in 39 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Sacre averaged so far 15.0ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.3apg in 32 games. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Canadian senior national team.

   #11. International forward Tristan Thompson (206-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Cleveland Cavaliers' victory against the Toronto Raptors 116-105 in the NBA on Monday night. Thompson recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 14 rebounds. Thompson averaged so far 8.0ppg, 9.4rpg and 1.1bpg. He plays currently for the Canadian national team.

   #12. Former University international forward Greg Surmacz (203-86, agency: Promotex, currently plays in Poland) helped Energa Czarni win their game against the league leader Anwil 82-72 in the Polish PLK in Thursday night's game. Surmacz recorded 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 29 minutes. This year Surmacz's total stats are: 9.5ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.8apg in 31 games. He used to play for the Canadian university national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former international guard Daniel Mullings (188-91, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Finland) helped Joensuun Kataja win their game against the league leader Salon Vilpas 96-90 in the Finnish Korisliiga last Sunday. Mullings recorded 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Mullings averaged so far 13.4ppg, 7.1rpg, 3.4apg and 2.1spg. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

   #14. Former international power forward Kelly Olynyk (213-91, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Boston Celtics (53-29) in their last game. Despite Olynyk's good performance the Boston Celtics were badly defeated 121-102 in Washington by the Wizards. He recorded 14 points and blocked 2 shots in 23 minutes. Olynyk averaged so far 9.0ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.0apg in 85 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former U18 international forward Grandy Glaze (204, college: Grand Canyon, currently plays in Mexico) helped Caballeros de Culiacan win their game against the league outsider Aguilas Doradas de Durango 96-92 in the Mexican CIBACOPA last Saturday. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 32 minutes. Glaze has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.6ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.6apg in 24 games. Glaze used to play for the Canadian U18 national team seven years ago.

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

   #1. Yannick Anzuluni (205-F-87, college: Houghton, currently plays in Sweden) led BC Lulea to a victory over the closely-ranked Sodertalje Kings (23-9) 84-67 in the Swedish Basketligan on Saturday night. Anzuluni was the top player that evening. He scored 30 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 27 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Lulea (24-8) is placed first in the Basketligan. Anzuluni has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.3apg and 2.0spg in 43 games he played so far.

   #2. Maurice Walker (208-F/C-91, college: Minnesota, currently plays in United Kingdom) was the main contributor in a Worcester Wolves' victory against the closely-ranked Newcastle Eagles (23-10) 111-94 in the British BBL in Friday night's game. Walker was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 17 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Walker's second season in pro basketball. Worcester Wolves (20-13) is placed fifth in the BBL. This season Walker has very high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 9.5rpg and 1.9apg. Walker has a dual citizenship: Canadian and British.

   #3. Ali Kanaan (207-C/F-85, college: Mass.-Lowell, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to Byblos' victory against the third-ranked Tadamon (10-14) 101-95 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL on Monday night. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group A. Byblos Sporting Club (16-8) is placed second. Kanaan has been at the team for four years. Kanaan has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.4apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #4. Jermel Kennedy (201-F-89, college: Lander, currently plays in United Kingdom) is a teammate of previously mentioned Maurice Walker and both played together in the last British BBL game. Kennedy was the major contributor in a Worcester Wolves' victory against the closely-ranked Newcastle Eagles (23-10) 111-94. He scored 19 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 39 minutes. Kennedy averaged so far 12.7ppg, 7.3rpg, 3.3apg and 1.6spg in 36 games. He has both Canadian and British nationalities.

   #5. Experienced Ali Mahmoud (184-PG-83, currently plays in Lebanon) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ali Kanaan and both played together in the last Lebanese Pepsi LBL game. Mahmoud contributed to Byblos' victory against the third-ranked Tadamon (10-14) 101-95. He recorded 6 points, 3 assists and 3 steals. Mahmoud has averaged so far 5.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.2apg. He also holds two passports: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #6. Chad Posthumus (211-C-91, college: Morehead St., currently plays in Japan) could not help Shinshu BW (14-46) in their last game. Despite Posthumus' very good performance Shinshu BW (#6) lost 78-89 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Bambitious Nara in the Central group. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds in 20 minutes. Posthumus has very impressive stats this year: 16.5ppg and 11.5rpg in 26 games.

   #7. Robbie Sihota (201-F-87, currently plays in Hungary) was not able to help MAFC (5-27) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance MAFC (#4) was badly defeated 85-66 in a derby game by the higher-ranked Vasas (#3) in the Places 11-14 group. Sihota was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Sihota averaged so far 14.8ppg, 8.1rpg and 1.4apg. He has dual citizenship: Indian and Canadian.

   #8. Ryan Wright (206-C/F-87, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Hungary) faced previously mentioned Robbie Sihota in the Hungarian A Division last game. Wright contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked MAFC 85-66 in a derby game. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds in 31 minutes. Wright averaged so far 12.8ppg and 7.2rpg in 19 games.

   #9. Omar El Turk (186-SG-81, college: Dawson, currently plays in Lebanon) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ali Kanaan. But that was another game of his team in Lebanese Pepsi LBL which we would like to mention. El Turk was not able to secure a victory for Byblos in their game against Al Riyadi. He recorded 8 points. His team was crushed by 22 points 99-77. This season El Turk averages only 3.7ppg. He has dual citizenship: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #10. Ashton Khan (183-PG, college: Tiffin, currently plays in United Kingdom) is a teammate of previously mentioned Maurice Walker. He played also in the last British BBL game facing Jermel Kennedy (above) in the other team. Khan contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Newcastle Eagles 111-94. He scored 15 points and added 3 passes in a mere 16 minutes. Khan has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.6apg in 33 games. He has dual citizenship: Canadian and British.



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Alford, Watkins and Egwuonwu are the Bucaros imports for the 2017 - by Victor Garcia

Bucaros bring from overseas its spine for the upcoming PBD professional league 2017.

Montigo Alford (175-PG, college: Boise St.) a quick point guard out of Boise St,wgo was drafted in the D-League by Ren Bighorns and with pro-experience in the Germany Regionalliga with the BBC Bayreuth II averaging 23 PPG, 3 RPG and 5 APG in 7 games, Alford could be a star in the country.

Quinton Watkins (193-G) a 1,93 wing player that can fill the small forward and shooting guard spots who played college at the California St at Los Angeles 18 PPG, 4 RPG and 2 APG in his senior year.

Paul Egwuonwu (206-C-91, college: Montana St.) and 2,06 center / forward with good knowledge of the game and nice shooting touch that has played two years in the UK and one year in the Czech Republic.

The three players are actually working out with the team.



BERNARDO GONZALEZ AND BUCAROS A NEW RUN FOR THE GLORY - by Victor Garcia

One question to start, maybe a trivia question, what does Bernardo Gonzalez has in common with Coach K and with Phil Jackson?, hip replacement!!!

Bernardo Gonzalez has been making a reputation as one of the colombia's best coaches , his career is not long but his teams, Patriotas, Bucaros and Aguilas had always played a modern and dymamic style of Basketball, the players believes him and the results shows his good job.
Carlos Parra called him back to guide the Bucaros to another successful season and Latinbasket reached Gonzalez to know his thoughts about this new adventure:

LB/ Coach, how's your health
BG/ I'm actually fully healed and ready to work,

Bernardo underwent a hip replacement surgery months ago and now is ready to be back in the sideline.

LB/ Who are the imports for the Bucaros 2017
BG/ Three young and talented players: Montigo Alford (175-PG, college: Boise St.) a small but strong point guard out of Boise State with experience in the Germany minor divisions, very fast and good floor general, Quinton Watkins (193-G) a versatile scoring wing that had good numbers at college and Paul Egwuonwu (206-C-91, college: Montana St.) a smart center/forward with great basketball IQ and nice shooting touch, with experience in the UK and the Czech Republic

Gonzalez is a hard working coach, he spend time at LA working out with several American players trying to find the right ones to come to the country.

LB/ And what about the Colombians?
BG/ The team owner is working to close deals with John Hernandez and Rodrigo Caicedo but we confirmed that Freddy Asprilla is back to the team, I know him and i trust on his skills, I know that with the right job he can be back at his best level, I know he's a player that can play not just in Colombia but in stronger leagues like Brazil, Venezuela or Argentina.

Hernandez and Caicedo were at the USA working out with the coach, trying to get the best shape for the championship.
Gonzalez teams use to play a full court dynamic offensive style and a balanced pressure style on defense, now the 2017 Bucaros looks that could keep this style going.



THE PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE TO START ON MAY 20TH - by Victor Garcia

After almost 8 months of delays the Colombian League looks ready to re-start, the Professional basketball division @dpbcolombia announced the launching of its 2017 Championship in May 11, the number of teams is still unclear and could be 7 or 8 because one of the PBD (professional basketball division) associates, the Halcones from Cucuta, finally withdraw for this year competition because did not found a sponsor.
The league struggles began with the rupture between PBD and Go Sports the company who was managing the professional championship and the one that brought Directv as sponsor, as result of this rupture Directv decided not to renew its contract as sponsor.
But yet , less than two weeks before the start of the 2017 Champinship some of the clubs looks incredulous and has not put their rosters together yet, the cause is that in the late August when the competition should had start a couple of teams: Halcones and Cimarrones had their imports and the cancellation of the championship cause them the loss of part of their budgets, by this time just 4 of the 8 teams fulfilled their commitment and were ready.
There's not a schedule yet, the PBD should be waiting to define the number of teams, sounds weird two weeks before the start, but the division has big pressure on them to start a new failure to reach this goal could mean the death of the PBD as the main professional basketball entity in the country.



Sabios confirms four experienced Colombians - by Victor Garcia

Sabios just confirmed the four experienced colombians that will play with the white team in the 2017 PBD Championship, the players are:

The veteran forward / center John Velez (202-F-83, college: TCU), the player from Cali has played before in Cali, Armenia, Bucarmanga and Manizales and can provide hard work and leadership for the team, Luis Blandon (88) is a good complement, has played already two seasons in Manizales and his versatility should be very useful for the team, Blandon has played in Medellin, Neiva and Bucaramanga before, Dario Castro (206-C-91) comes for the first time to Manizales and will provide deepnes to the roster in the wing, Ricardo Rivera (190-G-91, college: Voorhees) after played a few games in Armeina receives a second chance now in Manizales and has to prove that he belong to the pros after his college career.

The Manizales roster is completed by a group of young locals players , been Santiago Ramirez the most promising among them



Sabios get its imports for the 2017 season - by Victor Garcia

Sabios de Manizales actually has its roster complete, working under the orders of the dominican coach Ruddy Martinez, the directives wants to put the team in a position to compete in the playoffs and chooses to bring back a couple of imports that had previous success in the team:

The canadian guards Shamar Coombs (185-G-86, college: Texas A&M-CC) and Ashton Smith (187-G-89, college: Indiana, PA) are back to be the heart of the backcourt and the primary offensive weapons , Coombs on his three previous seasons has an average of 17,3 PPG with 48% FG and 33% 3FG, Smith played 11 games averaging 16,5 PPG , 47% FG and 35% 3FG.

The third import comes from the the Island of Barbados in the Bahamas, Kregg Jones (203-F-91, college: CSU Bakersfield) is a 2,03 forward / center, played two seasons with the Barbados Lumber Company Lakers in the BABA League averaging 17,8 PPG and 12,5 RPG, Jones played NCAA at the California State University at Bakersfield.

If Jones fits in the team and in the colombian League Sabios is ready to go far in the 2017 season




Ruddy Martinez, Sabios de Manizales coach for PBD 2017. - by Victor Garcia

The dominican basketball has been present in the colombian basketball for years, from the times of Jose 'Maita' Mercedes as a flashy point guard to the recent scoring power of Jonathan Rodriguez, but also good dominican coaches had been part of the colombian professional basketball story, Miguel Cruceta with Osos Bogota, 'Maita' with Expreso Azul, Adriano Dilone who coached in Manizales too and also was coach of Canoneros, Patriotas, Piratas and Bukaros
Now the time is for Ruddy Martinez , we caught him just finishing the first practice of the day in Manizales:

LB/ Did you have any information of the Colombian basketball before?

RM/For sure, I got good references from Dominican players of the club Mauricio Baez (his current club in the DR) that had played in Colombia, especially from Jonathan Rodriguez that has been playing in the country the last seasons, also from Cesar Chavez, Bobby Pandy, and others that tells me very good about the Colombian people and the beautiful city of Manizales.

Matinez has been coaching teams in his native Dominican Republic but also in the popular NY City summer leagues like the Dyckman, making the Dominican Power team champion several times,

LB/ What kind of game do you like to implement in your teams?

RM/ My philosophy is to build a team game, very focused on the defensive effort and the hard work, we want to build our success based on the effort.

Manizales has actually its roster almost complete, chooses to bring back a couple of well known guards: Shamar Coombs (185-G-86, college: Texas A&M-CC)s and Ashton Smith (187-G-89, college: Indiana, PA) and added an bahamian big in Kregg Jones (203-F-91, college: CSU Bakersfield), this three imports joins a base of Colombians leaded by the veteran center / forward John Velez , the forward Adison Blandon, the forward Dario Castro and the Colombian - American guard Ricardo Rivera are the most experienced player , the roster is completed by a group on Manizales based players.

LB/ What are your expectations for this first experience in Colombia

RM/ I have great expectations, I want to be successful with the team, that's what we are working for, but we know is not going to be easy so we have to go game by game, growing each day to try and put ourselves in a position to compete, I cannot promise that we are going to be champions but for sure we are going to be contenders.

Sabios has a good base of fans, the team really needs their support to keep going long term in the Colombian professional basketball and Ruddy could be part the long term success of the team.



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Hrvoje Peric selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Hrvoje Peric
Hrvoje Peric
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85, currently plays in Italy). He led Umana Venezia to a victory over the closely-ranked Banco di Srd (17-13) 89-85 in the Italian Serie A in Wednesday night's game. Peric was MVP of the game. He scored 27 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds in 30 minutes on the court. Umana Reyer Venezia (21-9) is placed second in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth 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. It's Peric's fourth season with the team. Peric has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 51.3%, 3FGP: 27.1% and FT: 73.6% in 29 games he played so far. He played for the Croatian senior national team two years ago.

Roko-Leni Ukic
Roko-Leni Ukic
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Greece). Ukic was the main contributor in an AEK Athens' victory against the closely-ranked AGOR (13-13) 81-70 in the Greek A1 last Thursday. He was the best player in that game. Ukic scored 18 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. AEK Athens (19-7) is placed third in the A1. It's Ukic's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.9apg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3FGP: 32.8% and FT: 83.3%. Ukic is in the roster of the Croatian senior national team.

Rok Stipcevic
Rok Stipcevic
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Italy). He could not help Banco di Srd (17-13) in their last game. Despite Stipcevic's very good performance Banco di Srd lost 70-77 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#13) Juvecaserta. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Stipcevic also added 7 boards, dished 6 assists and stole 3 balls (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 36 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Stipcevic has reliable stats this year: 12.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.9apg, 2FGP: 46.7%, 3FGP: 38.8% and FT: 86.8% in 30 games. He is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Ante Zizic
Ante Zizic
   #4. Power forward Ante Zizic (210-97, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Darussafaka's victory against the closely-ranked Galatasaray (17-12) 78-69 in a derby game in the Turkish BSL in Wednesday night's game. Zizic recorded 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (21-7) is placed fourth in the BSL. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Zizic's stats this season are: 10.4ppg and 4.6rpg. He is also Croatian national team player.

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #5. Former international center Ante Tomic (217-87, also represented by XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-18) crushing them 87-53 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Tomic had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 21 minutes. FC Barcelona Lassa (21-9) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Tomic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in FC Barcelona's roster. He averaged so far 12.8ppg, 7.9rpg and 2.2apg in 30 games. Tomic used to play for the Croatian national team two years ago.

Krunoslav Simon
Krunoslav Simon
   #6. Swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked AV Cantu (11-19) 89-71 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (23-7) is placed first in the Serie A. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Simon averaged so far 12.2ppg, 5.1rpg and 2.9apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

Bojan Bogdanovic
Bojan Bogdanovic
   #7. International small forward Bojan Bogdanovic (203-89, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Boston Celtics (53-29) crushing them 116-89 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. Bogdanovic had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds in 29 minutes. The Washington Wizards have 49-33 record this season. Bogdanovic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 11.9ppg and 3.5rpg in 36 games. Bogdanovic is also Croatian national team player.

Darko Planinic
Darko Planinic
   #8. Center Darko Planinic (211-90, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a Gran Canaria's victory against the closely-ranked UCAM Murcia (13-17) 74-64 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Herbalife Gran Canaria (20-11) is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. Planinic's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Planinic's overall stats this season are: 7.8ppg and 2.9rpg. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Dontaye Draper
Dontaye Draper
   #9. International point guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Real Madrid's victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (4-26) 91-80 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Thursday night. Draper scored 6 points in only 14 minutes. Real Madrid (23-7) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Draper's overall stats are: 2.8ppg and 1.2apg in 25 games. He is a naturalized American. Draper is also in the roster of the Croatian national team. He used to play for Cedevita Zagreb in Croatian league.

Josip Sobin
Josip Sobin
   #10. Center Josip Sobin (203-89, another player represented by Alti Sport, currently plays in Poland) helped Anwil edge the eighth-ranked Energa Czarni (19-13) 72-70 in the Polish PLK last Saturday. Sobin scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. Anwil Wloclawek (25-7) is placed first in the PLK. It was his team's 12th consecutive victory in a row. Sobin's stats this year are: 10.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg in 34 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

   #11. International point guard Oliver Lafayette (188-84, another player represented by BeoBasket, college: Houston, currently plays in Spain) helped Unicaja Malaga win their game against the closely-ranked Baskonia 79-75 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Lafayette scored 8 points. Lafayette's total stats this season are: 4.6ppg and 1.9apg. He is a naturalized American. Lafayette plays currently for the Croatian national team. Strangely he has never played in Croatia.

   #12. Former U18 international forward Jure Skific (202-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Poland) helped Twarde Pierniki win their game against the closely-ranked Rosa 87-78 in the Polish PLK in Saturday night's game. Skific scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 24 minutes. Skific averaged so far 10.4ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.5apg in 34 games. He used to play for the Croatian U18 national team back in 2006.

   #13. Former U20 international center Domagoj Bubalo (212-91, another player represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in Estonia) was not able to help Parnu (4-0) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Bubalo's very good performance the league leader Parnu was defeated 77-67 at home by the lower-ranked Kalev/Cramo (#3). He was the top scorer with 20 points. Bubalo also added 8 rebounds. This season Bubalo has very high stats. He averages: 16.6ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.5apg. Bubalo used to play for the Croatian U20 national team six years ago.

   #14. International power forward Leon Radosevic (207-90, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany) helped Brose Baskets win their game against the 13th-ranked Science City Jena 74-61 in the German BBL on Monday night. He recorded 7 points in 19 minutes. This year Radosevic's total stats are: 7.4ppg and 2.7rpg in 21 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

   #15. Former U20 international power forward Ivan Buva (208-91, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for RETAbet BB (14-16) in their last game. Despite Buva's good performance RETAbet BB lost 76-80 in Tenerife to the higher-ranked (#6) CB Canarias. He scored 11 points in a mere 15 minutes. Buva averaged so far 11.5ppg and 5.2rpg in 30 games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Mateo Seric (203-PF-99, currently plays in Germany) could not help EnBW Ludwigsburg (17-15) in their last game on Monday. Despite Seric's good performance EnBW Ludwigsburg was defeated 86-76 on the road by the higher-ranked ALBA Berlin (#5). He was the top scorer with 12 points. Seric also added 4 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Seric's total stats this season are: 4.0ppg and 1.6rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and German. Despite Seric's Croatian passport, he previously played for the German U16 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Croatian team.

   #2. Experienced Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in Iran) led Tabriz to a victory over the second-ranked Azad (5-3) 95-91 in the Iranian Superleague in Monday night's game. Puljko was the top player that evening. He scored 24 points. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group 1. Shahrdary Tabriz (3-3) is placed third. Puljko has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 23.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.4spg.

   #3. Toni Bizaca (202-F-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Sweden) was the main contributor in a Sodertalje Kings' victory against the league leader BC Lulea (24-8) 96-90 in the Swedish Basketligan in Monday night's game. Bizaca was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 10 rebounds (made all of his five free throws) in 30 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Sodertalje Kings (23-9) is placed third in the Basketligan. Bizaca has been at the team for five years. Bizaca has very impressive stats this season: 16.9ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.4apg in 45 games he played so far.

   #4. Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92, college: Boise St., currently plays in Australia) was the major contributor in a Noarlunga City Southern Tigers' victory against the fourth-ranked Norwood Flames (4-2) 92-85 in the Australian State League (second division) on Saturday night. He recorded 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 32 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Drmic's third season in pro basketball. Noarlunga City Southern Tigers (5-1) are placed second in Premier League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Drmic has very impressive stats this year: 27.2ppg, 7.7rpg and 2.2apg in six games. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Australian.

   #5. Mladen Pavlovic (193-G-89, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to help Vrsac in their game against Crvena Zvezda (5-0) in the Serbian KLS. Pavlovic scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. Vrsac was badly defeated 94-76 at home by the leading Crvena Zvezda. It was Vrsac's first loss after four consecutive victories. Pavlovic has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg in 29 games. He has both Croatian and Serbian nationalities.

   #6. Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81, currently plays in Austria) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Arkadia Lions 97-80 in the Austrian A Bundesliga last Monday. Stegnjaic recorded 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Stegnjaic averaged so far 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.2apg. He also holds two passports: Croatian and Austrian.

   #7. Ivan Platenik (201-F-83, college: Alaska-Anch., currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Magic 83-67 in the Australian State League (second division) on Sunday night. Platenik was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 14 rebounds. Platenik also added 3 assists and 4 steals in 32 minutes. Platenik has very impressive stats this year: 18.8ppg, 9.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.8spg in eight games. He has Croatian and Australian nationalities.

   #8. Daniel Thomas (180-G-85, currently plays in Australia) was not able to secure a victory for Cougars (9-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Thomas' good performance his team were edged 99-96 in Kalgoorlie by the much lower-ranked Giants (#11) in the SBL group. He recorded 14 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Thomas has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 3.1rpg and 4.8apg. He has dual citizenship: Croatian and Australian.

   #9. Veljko Budimir (199-F-85, currently plays in Hungary) couldn't help PVSK Pannon (20-14) in their last game. Despite Budimir's good performance the first-placed PVSK Pannon lost 76-91 on the opponent's court to the second-ranked Kaposvari in the Places 6-10 group. He was the second best scorer with 14 points in 28 minutes. Budimir averaged so far 13.8ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.9apg in 34 games.

   #10. Marijan Cakarun (204-C-90, agency: PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help La ICL Manresa in their game against Real Madrid in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 91-80. Cakarun has averaged so far 7.2ppg and 3.9rpg.



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Reynaldo Garcia selected the top Cuban playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Reynaldo Garcia
Reynaldo Garcia
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Reynaldo Garcia (187-90, agency: DTMones, currently plays in Argentina). He was the major contributor in a San Martin Corrientes' victory against the fifth-ranked GECR Indalo (27-26) 93-85 in the Argentinian LigaA last Tuesday. Garcia scored 17 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. San Martin Corrientes (39-15) is placed first in Norte group. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Garcia's first season with the team. Garcia has relatively good stats this year: 11.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.1apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3FGP: 29.1% and FT: 70.5%. He played for the Cuban senior national team eight years ago.

Javier Justiz
Javier Justiz
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina). He could not help Estudiantes Concordia (35-17) in their last game on Monday. Despite Justiz's good performance the second-placed Estudiantes Concordia (35-17) was crushed 89-59 on the road by the leading San Martin Corrientes in the Norte group. He recorded 10 points. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Justiz has relatively solid stats: 13.8ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.2apg, 2.1bpg, 2FGP: 53.4% and FT: 61.3%. He is in the roster of the Cuban senior national team.

Grismay Paumier
Grismay Paumier
   #3. The Cuban player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Grismay Paumier (204-88, currently plays in France). Paumier was not able to help SO Maritime Boulogne (12-20) in their last game. Despite his very good performance SO Maritime Boulogne lost 60-72 in Saint Chamond to the league outsider (#18) Saint Chamond. Paumier was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 27 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Paumier averages: 9.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 56.1%(128-228) and FT: 50.5% in 31 games he played so far. He played for the Cuban national team eight years ago.

Yorman Polas Bartolo
Yorman Polas Bartolo
   #4. Swingman Yorman Polas Bartolo (192-85, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a 1-point Telekom Baskets' victory against the second-ranked Brose Baskets (29-3) 93-92 in the German BBL on Saturday night. Bartolo recorded 7 points. Telekom Baskets Bonn (18-14) is placed sixth in the BBL. Bartolo's overall stats this season are: 7.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.7apg. He has a dual citizenship: Cuban and German. Bartolo used to play for the Cuban national team back in 2011.

Yoanki Mensia
Yoanki Mensia
   #5. International forward Yoanki Mensia (196-97, currently plays in Argentina) managed to help Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia to win against the ninth-ranked Atenas (21-30) crushing them 99-79 in the Argentinian LigaA last Thursday. He scored only 2 points. Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia (27-26) is placed fifth in Sur group. Mensia's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Mensia's overall stats this season are: 1.2ppg and 1.9rpg. He plays currently for the Cuban national team.

Georffri Silvestre
Georffri Silvestre
   #6. An experienced power forward Georffri Silvestre (202-79, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Nautico KIA Tenerife (18-10) in their last game. Despite Silvestre's very good performance Nautico KIA Tenerife (#6) lost 82-90 in Villaviciosa to the second-ranked Casvi in the Group B. He was the top scorer with 25 points. Silvestre also added 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. The Regular Season already ended. Silvestre has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg and 6.0rpg in 28 games. Silvestre is a former international player as he played for the Cuban senior team seventeen years ago.

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

   #1. Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91, currently plays in Czech Republic) could not help CEZ Nymburk (31-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the first-placed CEZ Nymburk (31-1) lost 76-80 on the road to the lower-ranked (#5) BK Opava in the Places 1-6 group. Sant-Roos was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 6 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 2 blocks (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 31 minutes. Sant-Roos has relatively good stats this year: 13.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 3.4apg and 2.1spg in 37 games he played so far.

   #2. Ismael Romero (203-C-91, agency: Paris Global Sports, currently plays in Puerto Rico) led Vaqueros to a victory over the closely-ranked Indios (4-8) 73-64 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Sunday night. Romero was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 12 rebounds in 30 minutes. Vaqueros de Bayamon (6-9) is placed seventh in the BSN. This year Romero has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.3bpg in four games.

   #3. Juan Pineiro (193-G-90, also represented by Paris Global Sports, currently plays in Puerto Rico) was not able to help Brujos (4-10) in their last game. Despite his good performance Brujos lost 68-77 in San German to the higher-ranked (#8) Atleticos. Pineiro recorded 12 points, 4 assists and 3 steals in a mere 17 minutes. This year Pineiro's overall stats are: 4.5ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.8apg in 12 games.

   #4. Experienced Yudniel Perez (189-G-84, another player represented by Paris Global Sports, currently plays in Puerto Rico) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ismael Romero. But that was another game of his team in Puerto Rican BSN which we would like to mention. Perez managed to help Vaqueros de Bayamon to win against the closely-ranked Capitanes (7-8) 78-75. He scored only 2 points. Vaqueros de Bayamon (6-9) is placed seventh in the BSN. This season Perez averages just 1.8ppg.



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  CYPRUS  


Importance of Statistics - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

Statistics is the study of the collection, organization, analysis, and interpretation of data. Even though it cannot and should not constitute an objective measurement of the performance of a player, statistics provide tools for prediction and forecasting using data and statistical models.

Statistics is applicable to a wide variety of academic disciplines, including natural and social sciences, government, and business but also in basketball. Statistical consultants are available to provide help for teams. Teams in the NBA and many teams in Europe have their own statistical consultant, a person who provides statistical advice and guidance to teams interested in making decisions through the analysis or collection of data.

In Cyprus no team has a statistical consultant to do such a job.



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Jan Vesely's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Czechs playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Jan Vesely (213-90, currently plays in Turkey). He led Fenerbahce to a victory over the 13th-ranked Trabzonspor (9-20) 81-76 in the Turkish BSL in Wednesday night's game. Vesely was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 13 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Istanbul (26-2) is placed first in the BSL. It was his team's 19th consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Vesely has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 72.3%(115-159) and FT: 75.8% in 24 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Blake Schilb
Blake Schilb
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international swingman Blake Schilb (201-83, agency: BeoBasket, college: Loyola, IL, currently plays in Turkey). Schilb could not help one of league's weakest teams Galatasaray (20-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Galatasaray was edged 70-69 in a derby game by the second-ranked Anadolu Efes. Schilb was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Schilb's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This season Schilb averages: 9.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.8apg, 2FGP: 59.3%(54-91), 3FGP: 51.5%(34-66) and FT: 89.5%. He is a naturalized American. Schilb is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team. He used to play for CEZ Basketball Nymburk in Czech Republic league.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman David Jelinek (195-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain). Jelinek managed to help MoraBanc Andorra in a victory against the second-ranked Valencia Basket (22-8) 89-84 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He scored 5 points and added 3 passes in 26 minutes. MoraBanc Andorra (16-14) is placed eighth in the Liga Endesa. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Jelinek's first season with the team. This year Jelinek has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 51.6%, 3FGP: 33.6% and FT: 78.8% in 30 games. He is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Tomas Kyzlink
Tomas Kyzlink
   #4. Shooting guard Tomas Kyzlink (195-93, currently plays in France) contributed to a JL Bourg's victory against the sixth-ranked ADA Blois (17-15) 85-75 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Kyzlink recorded 12 points and added 4 assists. JL Bourg Basket (23-8) is placed first in the ProB. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Kyzlink's overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.0apg. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #5. International point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA) helped Washington Wizards win their game against the Boston Celtics (53-29) 121-102 in the NBA last Sunday. Satoransky recorded 5 points in 6 minutes. The Washington Wizards have 49-33 record this season. This year Satoransky's overall stats are: 2.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.5apg in 63 games. He plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

Patrik Auda
Patrik Auda
   #6. Power forward Patrik Auda (206-89, another player represented by Octagon Europe, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help La ICL Manresa in their game against Real Madrid (23-7) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Auda scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The bottom-ranked La ICL Manresa was defeated 91-80 on the road by the leading Real Madrid. It was La ICL Manresa's seventh consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Auda's total stats this season are: 9.4ppg and 3.8rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Czech Republic National Team roster.

Ales Chan
Ales Chan
   #7. Former international center Ales Chan (215-80, college: Seton Hill, currently plays in Austria) helped Raiffeisen Wels win their game against the closely-ranked Vienna (18-14) 69-64 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Sunday night's game. Chan scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. WBC Raiffeisen Wels (16-16) are placed fifth in the A Bundesliga. Chan has reliable stats this year: 11.6ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.3apg in 31 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team three years ago.

Filip Halada
Filip Halada
   #8. Forward Filip Halada (198-92, currently plays in Slovakia) was not able to secure a victory for Rieker KN (24-16) in their game against Inter Bratislava (29-11) in the Slovakian SBL. Halada recorded 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. But Rieker KN was defeated 75-70 in Bratislava by the second-ranked Inter. Halada averaged so far 10.1ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Czech Republic U20 national team back in 2012.

Other top Czech Republic players, who play abroad:

Ondrej Balvin (217-C-92) plays for Movil Estudiantes in Spanish Liga Endesa
Adam Pechacek (207-C-95) plays for Blusens Monbus in Spanish Liga Endesa
Simon Pursl (203-F/G-97) plays for Zaragoza in Spanish Liga Endesa
Vit Krejci (193-PG-0) plays for Zaragoza in Spanish Liga Endesa
Jiri Hubalek (208-C-82) plays for Imola in Italian Serie A2
Lubos Stria (197-G/F-81) plays for Handlova in Slovakian SBL
Jaroslav Tyrna (207-C-86) plays for Sixers in German Regionalliga

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



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Wolfpack and Vaerlose celebrate victories in semifinal openers - by Eurobasket News

Wolfpack/BMS outgunned EBAA 74:62 to take 1-0 lead in the 1Division semifinal series. Adrian Moss (204-F-81, college: Florida) stepped up with 24 points to pace the hosts. EBAA led by two points at halftime 34:32. But the hosts turned the tables in the second half. They went on a strong run after the big break to secure the winning outcome. Kristoffer Lovenstein responded with 15 points for EBAA.
Vaerlose surprised Koge Basketball Klub 74:72 on the road in the opener.
Game 2 for both series is scheduled for May 14th.



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

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

Chanan Colman
Chanan Colman
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola JC, currently plays in Israel). He led Hapoel Eilat to a victory against the closely-ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (17-14) 86-80 in the Israeli Winner League in Thursday night's game. Colman scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 34 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Hapoel Eilat (21-10) is placed first in the Winner League. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Colman's first season with the team. This year he averages: 7.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 50.9%, 3FGP: 36.2% and FT: 81.6% in 27 games he played so far. Colman has a dual citizenship: Danish and Israeli. Former Roskilde BC starter played for the Danish senior national team nine years ago.

Alan Voskuil
Alan Voskuil
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Italy). He led Viola RC to a victory over the 14th-ranked Chieti (10-20) 91-74 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Friday. Voskuil was MVP of the game. He scored 32 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds. Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabriais placed tenth in West group. Voskuil has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 41.1%, 3FGP: 41.0% and FT: 75.7%. Voskuil is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the Danish senior national team. Voskuil used to play for Horsens IC in Danish league.

Shavon Shields
Shavon Shields
   #3. The Danish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Italy). He managed to help Dolomiti Energia Trento in a 2-point victory against the closely-ranked Scandone AV (19-11) 77-75 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. Shields scored 5 points in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Dolomiti Energia Trento (18-12) is placed fourth in the Serie A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Shields' overall stats are: 9.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 53.3% in four games. He played for the Danish national team two years ago.

Darko Jukic
Darko Jukic
   #4. Guard Darko Jukic (199-90, agency: PEPI SPORT, currently plays in Slovenia). Jukic could not help Krka (8-2) to beat Un.Olimpija (5-5). His contribution was not very remarkable in Tuesday's game. Jukic scored only 3 points. The first-placed Krka (8-2) was edged 82-81 on the road by the lower-ranked Un.Olimpija (#4) in the Places 1-6 group. They ended the series of six consecutive victories. Jukic's total stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.3apg. He is also Danish national team player.

Kevin Larsen
Kevin Larsen
   #5. Former international power forward Kevin Larsen (207-93, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (16-14) crushing them 84-62 in the German ProA (second division) last Sunday. Larsen scored only 4 points in 15 minutes. Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (27-3) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Larsen's total stats are: 3.8ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.1apg in 19 games. He used to play for the Danish national team two years ago.

Zarko Jukic
Zarko Jukic
   #6. Forward Zarko Jukic (201-93, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Ourense's victory against the fourth-ranked Oviedo CB (22-12) 92-85 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Jukic recorded 5 points. Ourense Termal (18-16) is placed ninth in the LEB Gold. Jukic has averaged so far 2.9ppg and 2.0rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Danish National Team roster.

Jonathan Gilling
Jonathan Gilling
   #7. International forward Jonathan Gilling (203-91, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Leche Rio Breogan's victory against the eighth-ranked Palma (19-15) 77-65 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. Gilling recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 13 minutes. Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo (24-10) is placed second in the LEB Gold. Gilling has averaged so far 8.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.3apg in 33 games. He is also Danish national team player.

Mads Sturup
Mads Sturup
   #8. Swingman Mads Sturup (195-97, also represented by Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Fontedoso Carrefour in their game against Zornotza (17-13) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Sturup cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. Fontedoso Carrefour was defeated 76-61 in Amorebieta-Echano by the lower-ranked Zornotza (#6). It was Fontedoso Carrefour's third consecutive loss in a row. This season Sturup averages just 2.6ppg. He used to play for the Danish U18 national team back in 2015.

Other top Danish players, who play abroad:

Stefan Jevric (200-F-98) plays for Andorra in Spanish Liga Endesa
Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93) plays for Beroe in Bulgarian NBL
Mikkel Plannthin (195-G-88) plays for Norrkoping Dolphins in Swedish Basketligan
Nicolai Andersen (203-C-96) plays for Kouvot in Finnish Korisliiga
Sebastian Petersen (188-G-95) plays for Malbas in Swedish Basketligan
Lasse Elbaek (208-C-94) plays for Malbas in Swedish Basketligan
Mikkel Andersen (194-G-95) plays for Gimle BBK in Norwegian BLNO

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



Bakken Bears are crowned Ligaen champions - by Eurobasket News

Bakken - Horsens IC 81-73

Bakken celebrated the 15th Ligaen title. They overcame Horsens IC to claim 4-1 victory in the championship series. Horsens IC trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 21-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 73-81 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Horsens IC 41-28 including 31 on the defensive glass. Bakken looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American-Trinidad and Tobago guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-93, college: Illinois St.) stepped up and scored 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and was named the Finals MVP. Senegalese center Michel Diouf (208-89) chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds. American point guard Myles Mack (175-93, college: Rutgers) responded with 13 points and 9 assists and international guard Gabriel Lundberg (193-94) scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Horsens IC players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Bakken: D.Akoon-Purcell 25+8reb+4ast, J.Williamson 15+6reb+3ast, M.Diouf 14+11reb+2ast, M.Gesell 9+3reb+4ast, T.Laerke 6+2reb+3ast, A.Darboe 5+1reb+1ast
Horsens IC: L.Alexander 19+2reb, M.Mack 13+4reb+9ast, G.Lundberg 12+6reb+7ast, V.Borovcanin 11+1reb+1ast, D.Trist 10+6reb+1ast, W.Artino 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 545864





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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  


Indios de San Francisco inks Carlos Novas Mateo - by Eurobasket News

Indios de San Francisco (LNB) agreed terms with 25-year old naturalized Austrian forward Carlos Novas Mateo (197-92, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He moved there from SG Luetzel-Post Koblenz in German Regionalliga where he started the season. In 13 games he had very impressive stats: 15.7ppg and 3.9rpg this season. The last summer Novas Mateo played at Plaza (Santiago League).
His team made it to the Austrian final in 2013.
Novas Mateo represented Austria at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) six years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 5.3ppg, 1.6rpg, FGP: 40.5%, 3PT: 57.1%, FT: 50.0%.
Novas Mateo has played on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally also in Dominican Rep. and Austria (Arkadia Lions, Redwell Gunners Oberwart, Gmunden Swans and Vienna).

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Dominican Republic



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  EL SALVADOR  


Salvadorean Liga Superior round 13 best performance: Diego Ferrin - by Eurobasket News

Diego Ferrin put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Thunder, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The player had a double-double of 31 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Ausoles (#10, 2-9) 88-80. Thunder maintains the 4th position in Salvadorean Liga Superior. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Thunder will need more victories to improve their 8-5 record. In the team's last game Ferrin had a remarkable 72.2% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Thunder and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Diego Ferrin has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 30.8ppg), rebounds (4th best: 11.8rpg) and averages impressive 1.8bpg and 53.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young American Marcus Thomas (191-G/F-95) of Izalco. Thomas had a very good evening with a double-double of 40 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Izalco lost that game 88-97 to slightly higher-ranked San Marcos (#2, 10-3). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Izalco still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. It was just his team's 2nd loss this season, while they won 9 other games. Thomas is one of the most experienced players at Izalco and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 46.2ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 19.2rpg and 9.8apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was Aldo Cantor (99) of league's second-best San Marcos. Cantor showcased his all-around game by recording 14 points, fifteen rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of San Marcos, leading his team to a 98-51 easy win against the lower-ranked Ausoles (#10, 2-9). San Marcos needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 3 lost games. Cantor has a very solid season. In 12 games in El Salvador he scored 8.9ppg. He also has 7.4rpg and FGP: 54.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jonathan Zometa) of ABA - 41 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Salvador Bonilla) of Biomedical - 17 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Carlos Pineda (178-G-92) of Biomedical - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Samuel Diaz) of Thunder - 32 points and 8 rebounds
8. Milton Martinez (88) of San Marcos - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Marcos Baltrons (189-F-81) of Ausoles - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Donald Lawes (201-C-89) of ExSAL ST - 14 points, 8 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)



David Lawson claims Salvadorean Liga MB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American David Lawson (185-PG-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for Canarios and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 37.
The 27-year old playmaker had the game-high 43 points adding five rebounds and nine assists for Canarios in his team's victory, helping them to beat Denver-FAS (#12, 10-14) 122-111. Thanks to this victory Canarios moved-up to the 8th 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 16-9 record. In the team's last game Lawson had a remarkable eight three-pointers out of 15 attempts. He just recently signed at Canarios, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Reinhardt College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Lawson is league's best scorer averaging so far 35.0ppg. Lawson is in league's top in assists (6th best: 5.6apg) and averages solid 2.3spg and 60.3% FGP. Worth to mention Lawson played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American forward Garland McArthur (197-F-88) of Brujos Izalco. McArthur impressed basketball fans with 37 points and 7 rebounds. Of course Brujos Izalco cruised to a 98-87 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Santa Ana (#15, 7-19). Despite this victory Brujos Izalco slide down in the standings to 5th position. His team lost just four games this season, while they won 22 matches. McArthur is one of the most experienced players at Brujos Izalco and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Brujos Izalco's star - American Christopher Blake (196-G-88). Blake showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and nine assists in the last round. He was another key player of Brujos Izalco, helping his team with a 98-87 win against the lower-ranked Santa Ana (#15, 7-19). Brujos Izalco is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 22-4 record is not that bad... Blake has a great season in El Salvador. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 26.8ppg (5th best) and assists with 7.1apg (3rd best). He also has 3.0spg and FGP: 53.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Eddie Ishman (196-F-86) of El Rapido - 27 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Thomas Vansdell (185-SG-86) of Sonsonate - 36 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Duane James (196-F-83) of Isidro Metapan - 38 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Tyrone Butler (193-F/G-88) of Santa Ana - 31 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Macari Brooks (190-G-92) of Giants - 32 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Tobias Dowdell (201-F-90) of Santa Ana - 27 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Wali Hepburn (193-G-89) of Canarios - 31 points, 9 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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  EUROCUP  


Dzanan Musa three more years with Cedevita - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

After he arrived to KK Cedevita Zagreb from KK Kos Sarajevo of BiH, Dzanan Musa (204-SG-99, agency: BeoBasket) profiled himself as one of the best youngsters of Europe. Swiftly, he won his place at KK Cedevita Zagreb and today he is an irreplaceable member of the team that played in the ABA League Finals.

In the meantime, he became a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team as well before he has just turned 18 years old and signed his first professional contract, extending the cooperation with KK Cedevita Zagreb for three more years.

'I am extremely happy and pleased to have signed the contract and I am hoping that this cooperation would continue the way it went by now,' Dzanan Musa told when signing a new deal. 'I have made progress during the past two season in the club and got the opportunity to reveal my full potential. I need to work more to develop and I will devote the following months to individual practices, in order to prepare for the new season with KK Cedevita Zagreb as well as possible.'

For sure there have been many offers for one of the best 18-year olds in Europe. How and why did he choose to continue with KK Cedevita Zagreb? 'Since I have a joint history with the club, we are all here like one big family,' Musa told and added something about the expectations for the future with the club: 'I place the team above everything else and the team needs to attack the trophy in the ABA League in the new season and we must win the trophy. In EuroCup we need to get as far as possible and we of course must win the trophies on domestic scene to confirm the ones from the past.'



Jeff Brooks extends deal with Unicaja - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga and Jeffrey Brooks (203-F-89, college: Penn St.) have agreed on terms of contract extension. The forward will spend at least one more season in Malaga. Jeffrey Brooks joined Unicaja at the start of the season. He averaged 7.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in EuroCup. In ACB his stats read 7.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists per appearance. Previously Jeffrey Brooks had stints in Russia, Italy. He also attended several NBA Summer League editions.


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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Cameron CLARK
  Chalon
  (201-G/F-91)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Clark, Chalon18.8 
 2. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.5 
 3. Cobbs, Gravelines17.0 
 4. Gibson, Gravelines16.8 
 5. Roberson, Chalon16.2 
 6. Prepelic, Limoges15.9 
 7. Rush, Nancy15.6 
 8. Young, Chalons-.14.8 
 9. Dorsey, Le Portel14.5 
 10. Warren, Nanterre14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 9
 1. Fall, Chalon9.0 
 2. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.7 
 3. Poirier, Paris-Le.8.0 
 4. Solomon, Gravelines7.9 
 5. Hassell, Le Portel7.6 
 6. Lessort, Nanterre7.3 
 7. Hunt, Nancy7.3 
 8. Donaldson, Le Po.7.3 
 9. Yeguete, Le Mans7.0 
 10. Cain, Chalons-Reims6.9 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.11.1 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.1 
 3. Holston, Dijon6.2 
 4. Hodge, AS.5.8 
 5. Cobbs, Gravelines5.5 
 6. Bost, Monaco5.2 
 7. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.1 
 8. Dorsey, Le Portel4.5 
 9. Payne, Chalons-.4.4 
 10. Warren, Nanterre4.4 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.4 
 2. Holston, Dijon2.0 
 3. Payne, Chalons-.1.8 
 4. Eito, Orleans1.7 
 5. Wood, Limoges1.7 
 6. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 7. Bokolo, Pau-Lacq.1.5 
 8. Henry, Gravelines1.5 
 9. Lacombe, Stras.1.5 
 10. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fall, Chalon2.4 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.4 
 3. Uter, AS.1.1 
 4. Otule, Antibes1.1 
 5. Lessort, Nanterre1.0 
 6. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 7. Trasolini, Nancy0.9 
 8. Hassell, Le Portel0.8 
 9. Poirier, Paris-Le.0.8 
 10. Jeanne, Nancy0.8 


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Zachery PEACOCK
  Bourg
  (203-C-87)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Peacock, Bourg17.9 
 2. Hermannsson, Charlevi.17.6 
 3. Burton, Roanne17.1 
 4. Jones, Lille17.1 
 5. Williams, Boulazac16.9 
 6. Henry, Evreux16.2 
 7. Ware, Vichy C.15.4 
 8. Obasohan, Provence.15.0 
 9. Bigote, Nantes14.9 
 10. Walker, Evreux14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dinma ODIAKOSA
  Le Havre
  (203-C/F-85)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Odiakosa, Le Havre9.5 
 2. Ndoye, Bourg9.4 
 3. Kone, Charleville9.2 
 4. Burton, Roanne8.8 
 5. Ekperigin, Nantes7.7 
 6. Morin, Le Havre7.5 
 7. Traore, Lille7.3 
 8. Rhoomes, St Qu.7.3 
 9. Diame, Blois7.0 
 10. Fall, Poitiers6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Poitiers
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Threatt, Poitiers6.7 
 2. King, Le Havre6.2 
 3. Rigaux, Maurienne5.9 
 4. Sim, Bourg5.9 
 5. Ware, Vichy C.5.8 
 6. Turner, Blois5.8 
 7. Hermannsson, Charlevi.5.6 
 8. Henry, Evreux5.5 
 9. Duren, Boulogne5.2 
 10. Mitchell, Nantes5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Joe BURTON
  Roanne
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Burton, Roanne2.5 
 2. Henry, Evreux2.4 
 3. Threatt, Poitiers2.3 
 4. Turner, Blois1.9 
 5. Mitchell, Nantes1.9 
 6. Fouse, Charleville1.9 
 7. de-Jong, Boulogne1.8 
 8. Rigaux, Maurienne1.8 
 9. Denave, Vichy C.1.8 
 10. Walker, Evreux1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Yannis MORIN
  Le Havre
  (208-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Morin, Le Havre1.8 
 2. Fall, Poitiers1.5 
 3. Paumier, Boulogne1.3 
 4. Ndoye, Bourg1.3 
 5. MBida, Lille1.2 
 6. Jones, Lille1.1 
 7. Traore, Lille1.0 
 8. Rinna, St Chamond1.0 
 9. Boateng, Blois0.9 
 10. Kone, Charleville0.9 


Blois lose Lamayn Wilson for the reminder of season - by Eurobasket News

Blois will have to deal with the absence of Lamayn Wilson (203-PF-80, college: Troy) for the reminder of the season. The power forward has reportedly torn ACL. Lamayn Wilson is expected to undergo the surgery and would miss at least several months of action. The power forward joined Blois at the start of the season. He notched 12.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in ProB. Previously Wilson had stints in Finland, Israel, France, Puerto Rico, Georgia, Russia, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Turkey, Italy and Germany. He was named All-Czech Republic League Forward of the Year back in 2012.




ProA Round 32: Cholet Basket defeats leader Monaco - by Eurobasket News

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

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Monaco (28-4) on the court of eleventh ranked Cholet Basket on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Cholet Basket 81-75. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Monaco. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-14. But Monaco won second period 17-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Cholet Basket won last quarter 30-25. They made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Cape Verdean-Portuguese Ivan Almeida (198-89, college: Stonehill) orchestrated the victory by scoring 11 points and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Ilian Evtimov (201-83, college: N.Carolina St.) contributed with 18 points for the winners. American center Brandon Davies (208-91, college: BYU, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 13 points and 9 rebounds for Monaco. Monaco's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cholet Basket maintains eleventh position with 13-19 record, which they share with Le Mans. Monaco at the other side still keeps top place with four games lost. Cholet Basket is looking forward to face higher ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Monaco will play against Sluc Nancy (#18) and is hoping to win this game.
Seventeenth-ranked Entente Orleans 45 (8-24) was very close to win a game against fifth ranked Strasbourg IG (22-10). Strasbourg IG managed to secure only three-point victory 92-89. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of American-FYR Macedonian Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and Erving Walker who added 18 points and 5 assists during the contest. American swingman JP Prince (203-87, college: Tennessee) responded with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Entente Orleans 45's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Strasbourg IG moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Entente Orleans 45 lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth position with 24 games lost. Strasbourg IG will play against Le Portel (#7) on the road in the next round. Entente Orleans 45 will play against JDA Dijon (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between third ranked JSF Nanterre (23-9) and 16th ranked Hyeres-Toulon (10-22) in Nanterre on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. JSF Nanterre outscored guests from Toulon 88-65. The winners were led by Spencer Butterfield who scored that evening 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 16 points by Ferdinand Prenom did not help to save the game for Hyeres-Toulon. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. JSF Nanterre have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 23-9 record having five points less than leader Monaco. Hyeres-Toulon lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth place with 22 games lost. They share the position with Dijon and Chalons-Reims. JSF Nanterre will meet Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#5) on the road in the next round. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Limoges CSP Elite (#10) and hope to secure a win.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 32: ASVEL beat Limoges on the road 91-80. Dijon lost to Paris-Levallois on its own court 67-75. Le Portel managed to outperform Antibes in a road game 80-65. Bottom-ranked Nancy recorded a loss to Le Mans at home 76-82. Gravelines was defeated by Chalon on the opponent's court 89-76. Chalons-Reims was smashed by Pau-Lacq-Orthez in a home game 78-97.

Limoges - ASVEL 80-91

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (17-15) beat on the road 10th ranked Limoges CSP Elite (15-17) 91-80 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-80. The winners were led by international Charles Kahudi (199-86) who scored that evening 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) supported him with 12 points and 9 assists. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's coach J.D. Jackson used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 20 points by Slovenian guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) did not help to save the game for Limoges CSP Elite. American point guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St., agency: Inception Sports) added 11 points and 6 assists for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains eighth position with 17-15 record. Loser Limoges CSP Elite keeps the tenth place with 17 games lost. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will meet at home Olympique Antibes (#13) in the next round where they are favorite. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Hyeres-Toulon and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Limoges: K.Prepelic 20+3reb+3ast, J.Randle 14+4ast, D.Wood 11+1reb+6ast, O.Camara 10+3reb, J.Jones 10+3reb+2ast, W.Buford 5+1ast
ASVEL: C.Kahudi 16+5reb+4ast, C.Ware 15+1reb+1ast, D.Andersen 15+4reb+1ast, W.Hodge 12+2reb+9ast, N.Lang 10+4reb, D.Watkins 10+2reb
gschID: 486100


Dijon - Paris-Levallois 67-75

Very expected game when 14th ranked JDA Dijon (10-22) lost at home to sixth ranked Paris-Levallois (20-12) 75-67 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Paris-Levallois led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The winners were led by American forward Tyler Harris (208-93, college: Auburn) who scored that evening 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international center Vincent Poirier (210-93) supported him with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Four Paris-Levallois players scored in double figures. Even 13 points and 7 assists by American point guard David Holston (168-86, college: Chicago St.) did not help to save the game for JDA Dijon. His fellow American import guard Ryan Brooks (193-88, college: Temple) added 12 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Paris-Levallois maintains sixth position with 20-12 record. JDA Dijon lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 22 games lost. They share the position with Chalons-Reims and Hyeres-Toulon. Paris-Levallois will meet at home league's second-placed Chalon/Saor in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. JDA Dijon will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#17) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Dijon: D.Holston 13+3reb+7ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 12+1reb, R.Brooks 12+5reb+2ast, J.Alingue 8+2reb+1ast, I.Miles 7+3reb+1ast, G.Gajovic 6+1reb
Paris-Levallois: T.Harris 20+7reb+4ast, V.Poirier 17+8reb+1ast, J.Rich 12+1reb+3ast, L.Campbell 10+5reb+1ast, C.Eliezer-Vanerot 8+4reb+2ast, L.Sane 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 486099


Antibes - Le Portel 65-80

Very predictable result when seventh ranked Le Portel (18-14) won against on the road 13th ranked Olympique Antibes (11-21) 80-65 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Le Portel. Olympique Antibes managed to win fourth quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The winners were led by American center Jakim Donaldson (204-83, college: Edinboro) who had that evening a triple-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists and the other American import power forward Franklin Hassell (203-88, college: ODU) supported him with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Four Le Portel players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds by American Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) did not help to save the game for Olympique Antibes. American-Nigerian center Chris Otule (211-90, college: Marquette) added 18 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Le Portel have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 18-14 record. Loser Olympique Antibes keeps the thirteenth place with 21 games lost. Le Portel will meet at home higher ranked Strasbourg IG (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Olympique Antibes will play against ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Antibes: C.Otule 18+6reb+1ast, T.Blue 13+11reb+3ast, M.Kouguere 8+5reb, I.Cordinier 7+3reb+4ast, K.Gaines 5, J.Blassingame 4+1reb+8ast
Le Portel: F.Hassell 20+11reb+1ast, J.Donaldson 14+11reb+10ast, D.Dorsey 12+1reb+5ast, J.Begarin 10+1reb+1ast, L.Goulbourne 9+2reb, G.Chathuant 8
gschID: 486095


Strasbourg - Orleans 92-89

Seventeenth-ranked Entente Orleans 45 (8-24) was very close to win a game against fifth ranked Strasbourg IG (22-10). Strasbourg IG managed to secure only three-point victory 92-89. However their fans expected much easier game. Strasbourg IG forced 26 Entente Orleans 45 turnovers. Entente Orleans 45 was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American-FYR Macedonian Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and American point guard Erving Walker (173-90, college: Florida, agency: Two Points) who added 18 points and 5 assists during the contest. American swingman JP Prince (203-87, college: Tennessee) responded with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and naturalized Senegalese forward Antoine Mendy (198-83) scored 20 points. Five Strasbourg IG and four Entente Orleans 45 players scored in double figures. Entente Orleans 45's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Strasbourg IG moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Entente Orleans 45 lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth position with 24 games lost. Strasbourg IG will play against Le Portel (#7) on the road in the next round. Entente Orleans 45 will play against JDA Dijon (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Orleans: A.Mendy 20+4reb+2ast, J.Prince 19+5reb+6ast, M.Sommerville 15+8reb+1ast, M.Downs 15+4reb+4ast, G.Olaseni 6+4reb+1ast, K.McAlarney 6+1reb+2ast
Strasbourg: A.Slaughter 20+2reb+3ast, E.Walker 18+2reb+5ast, E.Murphy 17+4reb, R.Travis 14+8reb+5ast, J.Leloup 11+6reb+2ast, M.Jaiteh 7+6reb
gschID: 486103


Nanterre - Hyeres-Toulon 88-65

The game between third ranked JSF Nanterre (23-9) and 16th ranked Hyeres-Toulon (10-22) in Nanterre on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. JSF Nanterre outscored guests from Toulon 88-65. The game was mostly controlled by JSF Nanterre. Hyeres-Toulon managed to win fourth quarter 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. JSF Nanterre looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The winners were led by American swingman Spencer Butterfield (190-92, college: Utah St., agency: Three Eye Sports) who scored that evening 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Mathias Lessort (205-95) supported him with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Five JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. Even 16 points by the former international center Ferdinand Prenom (203-91) did not help to save the game for Hyeres-Toulon. William Howard (201-93) added 12 points and 4 assists for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. JSF Nanterre have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 23-9 record having five points less than leader Monaco. Hyeres-Toulon lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth place with 22 games lost. They share the position with Dijon and Chalons-Reims. JSF Nanterre will meet Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#5) on the road in the next round. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Limoges CSP Elite (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: F.Prenom 16+4reb, W.Howard 12+3reb+4ast, D.Michineau 9+1reb+2ast, A.Williams 8+7reb+1ast, R.Evans 7+7reb, M.Acker 7+4ast
Nanterre: S.Butterfield 19+5reb+5ast, H.Invernizzi 13+2reb+1ast, M.Lessort 12+12reb+2ast, M.Riley 11+4reb+3ast, B.Conklin 11+5reb+1ast, C.Warren 10+3reb+5ast
gschID: 486102


Nancy - Le Mans 76-82

Not a big story in a game when 18th ranked Sluc Nancy (7-25) lost at home to twelfth ranked Le Mans (13-19) 82-76 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 23-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Le Mans looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The winners were led by American forward Ryan Pearson (198-90, college: George Mason, agency: Inception Sports) who scored that evening 23 points and the former international Mickael Gelabale (202-83, agency: BeoBasket) supported him with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Le Mans' coach Alexandre Menard used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds by American forward Dario Hunt (206-89, college: Nevada) did not help to save the game for Sluc Nancy. American-Montenegrin point guard Brion Rush (186-84, college: Grambling St., agency: Three Eye Sports) added 24 points for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Le Mans moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Cholet. Sluc Nancy lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. Le Mans will meet at home Chalons-Reims (#14) in the next round. Sluc Nancy will play against the league's leader Monaco (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Nancy: B.Rush 24+1reb+2ast, D.Hunt 12+13reb+3ast, E.Brown 10+5reb+3ast, M.Trasolini 10+5reb+1ast, E.Ere 9+1reb+4ast, B.Sene 6+2reb+11ast
Le Mans: R.Pearson 23+4reb+1ast, P.Amagou 12+4ast, M.Gelabale 12+5reb+7ast, P.Cornelie 10+6reb, L.Konate 7+1reb+1ast, M.Yarou 6+7reb+2ast
gschID: 486101


Cholet - Monaco 81-75

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Monaco (28-4) on the court of eleventh ranked Cholet Basket on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Cholet Basket 81-75. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Monaco. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-14. But Monaco won second period 17-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Cholet Basket won last quarter 30-25. They made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Cape Verdean-Portuguese Ivan Almeida (198-89, college: Stonehill) orchestrated the victory by scoring 11 points and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Ilian Evtimov (201-83, college: N.Carolina St.) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four Cholet Basket players scored in double figures. American center Brandon Davies (208-91, college: BYU, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 13 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import Jamal Shuler (192-86, college: VCU) added 9 points and 6 assists in the effort for Monaco. Monaco's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cholet Basket maintains eleventh position with 13-19 record, which they share with Le Mans. Monaco at the other side still keeps top place with four games lost. Cholet Basket is looking forward to face higher ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Monaco will play against Sluc Nancy (#18) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Monaco: B.Fofana 13+3reb, B.Davies 13+9reb+1ast, B.Ouattara 12+1reb+2ast, J.Shuler 9+3reb+6ast, N.Caner-Medley 8+2reb, D.Bost 8+2reb+3ast
Cholet: I.Evtimov 18+3reb, B.Dewar 14+2reb+3ast, J.Boutsiele 12+5reb, I.Almeida 11+8reb+3ast, M.Rhett 9+5reb, M.Williams 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 486098


Chalon - Gravelines 89-76

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Chalon/Saor (25-7) defeated at home 9th ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (16-16) 89-76 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Chalon/Saor. Gravelines-Dunkerque managed to win second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chalon/Saor shot 61.5 percent from the field. Chalon/Saor had a 25-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. Chalon/Saor looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The winners were led by American point guard John Roberson (180-88, college: Texas Tech) who scored that evening 24 points and 7 assists and center Moustapha Fall (218-92) supported him with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. Even 17 points by American-Jamaican guard Sek Henry (193-87, college: Nebraska) did not help to save the game for Gravelines-Dunkerque. Swingman Rudy Jomby (196-88) added 15 points for the guests. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Chalon/Saor have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 25-7 record having just three points less than leader Monaco. Loser Gravelines-Dunkerque keeps the ninth place with 16 games lost. Chalon/Saor will meet Paris-Levallois (#6) on the road in the next round. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Cholet Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: S.Henry 17+2reb+2ast, R.Jomby 15+4reb+2ast, J.Cobbs 12+4reb+2ast, Q.Serron 8+1reb+1ast, K.Gibson 7+1reb+2ast, F.Raposo Laurencio 6+4reb+1ast
Chalon: J.Roberson 24+3reb+7ast, C.Clark 21+5reb+2ast, L.Harris 15+1reb+1ast, M.Fall 14+10reb+9ast, J.Nzeulie 8+5reb+4ast, A.Bouteille 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 486097


Chalons-Reims - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 78-97

There was no surprise when 14th ranked Chalons-Reims (10-22) was outleveled at home by fifth ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (22-10) 97-78 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-78. Pau-Lacq-Orthez looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 18 passes made by Chalons-Reims' players. The winners were led by American-Nigerian power forward Danny Agbelese (206-90, college: Hampton) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and American point guard DJ Cooper (183-90, college: Ohio) supported him with 4 points and 16 assists. Even 20 points and 4 assists by American point guard Jerry Smith (188-87, college: Louisville, agency: HMS) did not help to save the game for Chalons-Reims. His fellow American import power forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) added 11 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pau-Lacq-Orthez moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Strasbourg. Loser Chalons-Reims keeps the fourteenth position with 22 games lost. They share it with Dijon and Hyeres-Toulon. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will meet at home higher ranked JSF Nanterre (#3) in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Chalons-Reims will play against Le Mans (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: J.Smith 20+2reb+4ast, A.Karolak 12+3reb, T.Cain 11+9reb+6ast, M.Souleyman Diabate 10+1reb+2ast, L.Antic 7+7reb, L.Cassier 6+2reb
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: A.Robinson 18+4reb, A.Koffi 17+5reb, T.Dean 17+3reb+1ast, D.Agbelese 16+10reb+1ast, J.Mipoka 12+2reb, Y.Bokolo 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 486096





ProB Round 32: JL Bourg beats Denain Voltaire and clinch ProA promotion - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in ProB. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Twelfth-ranked Denain Voltaire (14-18) was very close to win a game against first ranked JL Bourg (24-8) on Tuesday. JL Bourg managed to secure only three-point victory 88-85. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 23-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. American center Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points. Senegalese center Youssou Ndoye (213-91, college: St.Bonaventure) contributed with 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American guard Darnell Harris (184-86, college: La Salle) replied with 17 points for Denain Voltaire. Denain Voltaire's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. JL Bourg have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 24-8 record. Denain Voltaire lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 18 games lost. JL Bourg are looking forward to face league's second-placed Provence Basket in Fos-sur-Mer in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Denain Voltaire will play at home against Boulazac Basket (#5) and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Provence Basket (21-11) against fourth ranked Charleville-Mezieres (19-13) on Tuesday night. Host Provence Basket was defeated by Charleville-Mezieres in a tough game in Fos-sur-Mer 72-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Provence Basket. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jordan Fouse (201-94, college: Green Bay, agency: Three Eye Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and Mohamed Kone who added 17 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. American center Brad Waldow (208-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Charleville-Mezieres have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Lille. Provence Basket at the other side keeps the second position with 11 games lost. Charleville-Mezieres will play against SO Maritime Boulogne (#16) in Boulogne-sur-Mer in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Provence Basket will play on the road against the league's leader JL Bourg (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Saint Chamond managed to get a twelfth victory, breaking the two-game losing streak on Tuesday night. This time they won against seventeenth-ranked SO Maritime Boulogne in Boulogne-sur-Mer 72-60. The winners were led by J.K. Edwards who had that evening a double-double by scoring 13 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists. Even 15 points and 8 rebounds by Grismay Paumier did not help to save the game for SO Maritime Boulogne. SO Maritime Boulogne's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Saint Chamond (12-20) moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Maurienne and Boulogne. Saint Chamond will meet at home higher ranked Poitiers (#7) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. SO Maritime Boulogne will play against Charleville-Mezieres (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Fourteenth-ranked Saint-Quentin (13-19) was very close to win a game against fifth ranked Boulazac Basket (18-14). Boulazac Basket managed to secure only three-point victory 62-59. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Jarvis Williams who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Boulazac Basket maintains fifth position with 18-14 record. Saint-Quentin at the other side dropped to the thirteenth place with 19 games lost. Boulazac Basket's next round opponent will be Denain Voltaire (#12) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Saint-Quentin will play against Chorale de Roanne and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between 16th ranked Aix-Maurienne (12-20) and eighth ranked ADA Blois (17-15) in Aix-les-Bains on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Blois beat Aix-Maurienne 77-67. Florent Tortosa orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds. ADA Blois' coach Mickael Hay used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. ADA Blois moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Poitiers. Loser Aix-Maurienne keeps the sixteenth position with 20 games lost. ADA Blois will face STB Le Havre (#9) at home in the next round. Aix-Maurienne will play against Nantes (#8) and hope to win that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 32: Roanne was beaten by Vichy Clermont on the road 83-78. Rouen won against Evreux on its own court 85-80. Poitiers unfortunately lost to Lille in a road game 68-73. Le Havre managed to beat Nantes at home 82-77.
The most impressive performance of 32th round was 23 points and 12 rebounds by Joe Burton of Roanne.

Vichy Clermont - Roanne 83-78

There was a small surprise when fifteenth ranked JA Vichy (13-19) beat at home 13th ranked Chorale de Roanne (13-19) 83-78 on Tuesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Chorale de Roanne won third quarter 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. JA Vichy made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Strangely Chorale de Roanne outrebounded JA Vichy 35-20 including 21 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. David Denave (193-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Power forward Charles-Henri Bronchard (200-82, agency: Court Side) contributed with 14 points and 7 assists for the winners. American forward Joe Burton (201-90, college: Oregon St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Bill Clark (196-88, college: Duquesne) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Chorale de Roanne. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. JA Vichy moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with St Quentin and Roanne. Chorale de Roanne lost third consecutive game. JA Vichy will face higher ranked ALM Evreux (#10) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Roanne: J.Burton 23+12reb+1ast, S.Traore 13+6reb, B.Clark 12+5reb+3ast, M.Nuutinen 10+5reb+1ast, A.Gavrilovic 9+1reb, A.Rozenfeld 6+2reb+3ast
Vichy Clermont: D.Denave 20+1reb+3ast, C.Bronchard 14+2reb+7ast, J.Cole 14+3reb, D.Ware 14+4reb+4ast, R.Morency 7+1reb+2ast, S.Doucoure 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 484558


Provence Basket - Charleville 72-81

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Provence Basket (21-11) against fourth ranked Charleville-Mezieres (19-13) on Tuesday night. Host Provence Basket was defeated by Charleville-Mezieres in a tough game in Fos-sur-Mer 72-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Provence Basket. Provence Basket was ahead by 8 points at the halftime before a 47-30 second half run of Charleville-Mezieres. They made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jordan Fouse (201-94, college: Green Bay, agency: Three Eye Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized Ivorian center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso) who added 17 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Charleville-Mezieres players scored in double figures. American center Brad Waldow (208-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) scored 16 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Charleville-Mezieres have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Lille. Provence Basket at the other side keeps the second position with 11 games lost. Charleville-Mezieres will play against SO Maritime Boulogne (#16) in Boulogne-sur-Mer in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Provence Basket will play on the road against the league's leader JL Bourg (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Provence Basket: B.Waldow 23+7reb+2ast, A.Broussard 16+4reb+2ast, D.Obasohan 11+3reb, J.Burrows 9+2reb+2ast, X.Gaillou 7+2reb+7ast, M.Dia 6+1ast
Charleville: J.Fouse 18+11reb+5ast, M.Kone 17+9reb+1ast, W.Brown 16+2reb+3ast, M.Hermannsson 13+3reb+5ast, D.Bouquet 8+2reb+3ast, S.Saumont 5+2reb
gschID: 484556


Bourg - Denain 88-85

Twelfth-ranked Denain Voltaire (14-18) was very close to win a game against first ranked JL Bourg (24-8) on Tuesday. JL Bourg managed to secure only three-point victory 88-85. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 23-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. American center Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points. Senegalese center Youssou Ndoye (213-91, college: St.Bonaventure) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American guard Darnell Harris (184-86, college: La Salle) replied with 17 points and Antoine Wallez (205-96) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Denain Voltaire. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Denain Voltaire's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. JL Bourg have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 24-8 record. Denain Voltaire lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 18 games lost. JL Bourg are looking forward to face league's second-placed Provence Basket in Fos-sur-Mer in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Denain Voltaire will play at home against Boulazac Basket (#5) and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Denain: D.Harris 17+2ast, J.Cazenobe 12+2reb+2ast, A.Wallez 12+5reb+1ast, B.Gillet 11+3reb+2ast, K.Harley 11+1reb, T.Tarpey 7+5reb
Bourg: Z.Peacock 27+3reb+1ast, P.Braud 14+2reb, G.Sim 13+3reb+11ast, Y.Ndoye 13+12reb+2ast, M.Courby 11+2reb+2ast, T.Kyzlink 8+2reb
gschID: 484553


Rouen - Evreux 85-80

There was a minor upset when 9th ranked ALM Evreux (16-16) lost on the road to eleventh ranked SPO Rouen (16-16) 85-80 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-80. SPO Rouen outrebounded ALM Evreux 41-22 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Steeve Ho-You-Fat (202-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points and 6 rebounds. American guard James Woodard (191-94, college: Tulsa) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Bastien Pinault (195-93) replied with 24 points and 6 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and American guard Caleb Walker (194-89, college: Nebraska) added 17 points and 4 assists in the effort for ALM Evreux. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. SPO Rouen moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated ALM Evreux. ALM Evreux lost third consecutive game. SPO Rouen will face higher ranked Lille Metropole (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Evreux: B.Pinault 24+6ast, C.Walker 17+4reb+4ast, C.Henry 12+6reb+6ast, A.Anagonye 10+4reb, R.Dibo 6+3reb+2ast, A.Nunez 4+1ast
Rouen: S.Ho You Fat 29+6reb+2ast, J.Woodard 20+7reb+1ast, J.Fairell 17+8reb, D.Colter 10+3reb+8ast, S.Bangura 4+5reb+2ast, G.Curier 3+4reb+3ast
gschID: 484557


Lille - Poitiers 73-68

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Lille Metropole (19-13) won against at home 6th ranked Poitiers (17-15) 73-68 on Tuesday. Poitiers trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 26-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 68-73 at the end of the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Lille Metropole made 7 blocks. Cameroonian center Junior MBida (204-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Bulgarian Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Power forward Mickael Var (205-90) replied with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized Guinean swingman Sekou-Omar Doumbouya (202-0) added 15 points in the effort for Poitiers. Poitiers' coach Rudy Nelhomme let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Lille Metropole have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Charleville. Loser Poitiers keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost. Lille Metropole will face SPO Rouen (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Poitiers will play against Saint Chamond (#18) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Poitiers: S.Omar Doumbouya 15+3reb+2ast, M.Var 13+6reb+4ast, J.Threatt 10+4reb+1ast, Y.Fall 9+3reb, A.Thinon 8+1ast, C.Leonard 8+3reb+1ast
Lille: J.MBida 14+5reb+1ast, P.Marinov 14+3reb+2ast, L.Asceric 13+4reb+1ast, M.Queta 9+2reb+1ast, B.Pamba-Juille 7+7reb+2ast, D.Burton 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 484555


Le Havre - Nantes 82-77

There was a minor upset when 7th ranked Nantes (16-16) lost on the road to tenth ranked STB Le Havre (16-16) 82-77 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 24-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. STB Le Havre made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 4 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). The other American import point guard Josh Greene (183-92, college: CS Northridge) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Swingman Valentin Bigote (196-92) replied with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American point guard Kwamain Mitchell (178-89, college: St.Louis) added 13 points and 8 assists in the effort for Nantes. Four Nantes players scored in double figures. STB Le Havre moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Nantes. STB Le Havre will face higher ranked ADA Blois (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Nantes: V.Bigote 16+5reb+4ast, C.McKnight 14+6reb+1ast, K.Mitchell 13+3reb+8ast, L.Ekperigin 12+1reb+1ast, A.Desespringalle 9+9reb+3ast, R.Kuksiks 7+2reb+3ast
Le Havre: B.King 22+4reb+4ast, J.Greene 15+5reb+6ast, R.Martin 11+2reb+1ast, N.Pope 8+5reb+3ast, G.Denis 8+1reb+2ast, D.Odiakosa 7+8reb+1ast
gschID: 484554


Boulogne - St Chamond 60-72

Bottom-ranked Saint Chamond managed to get a twelfth victory, breaking the two-game losing streak on Tuesday night. This time they won against seventeenth-ranked SO Maritime Boulogne in Boulogne-sur-Mer 72-60. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-60. Saint Chamond looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The winners were led by American power forward J.K. Edwards (202-82, college: UNLV) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 13 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists and Lithuanian point guard Eigirdas Zukauskas (203-92) supported him with 18 points. Even 15 points and 8 rebounds by Cuban power forward Grismay Paumier (204-88) did not help to save the game for SO Maritime Boulogne. American power forward Germain Jordan (198-86, college: Dillard) added 7 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. SO Maritime Boulogne's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Saint Chamond (12-20) moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Maurienne and Boulogne. Saint Chamond will meet at home higher ranked Poitiers (#7) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. SO Maritime Boulogne will play against Charleville-Mezieres (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Boulogne: G.Paumier 15+8reb+1ast, T.Gipson 10+3reb+4ast, W.de Jong 9+3reb+1ast, G.Jordan 7+8reb+3ast, X.Corosine 7+1ast, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 6+6reb+1ast
St Chamond: E.Zukauskas 18+3reb+1ast, J.Edwards 13+17reb+6ast, M.Guichard 12+4reb+1ast, B.Walker 8+1reb+10ast, J.Hoyaux 8+5reb+1ast, S.Gombauld 8+4reb
gschID: 484552


Boulazac - St Quentin 62-59

Fourteenth-ranked Saint-Quentin (13-19) was very close to win a game against fifth ranked Boulazac Basket (18-14). Boulazac Basket managed to secure only three-point victory 62-59. However their fans expected much easier game. Saint-Quentin was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Jarvis Williams (198-93, college: Murray St.) who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Jerome Sanchez (197-90) chipped in 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American-Kenyan forward Robert Nyakundi (203-89, college: SMU) produced 13 points and 5 rebounds and American center Ryan Rhoomes (203-92, college: Fordham) added 14 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Boulazac Basket maintains fifth position with 18-14 record. Saint-Quentin at the other side dropped to the thirteenth place with 19 games lost. Boulazac Basket's next round opponent will be Denain Voltaire (#12) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Saint-Quentin will play against Chorale de Roanne and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
St Quentin: R.Rhoomes 14+4reb+1ast, R.Nyakundi 13+5reb+2ast, P.Drouault 9+4reb+1ast, J.Robinson 7+1reb+3ast, H.Laroche 6+1reb+1ast, E.Maraux 3+1reb
Boulazac: J.Williams 18+6reb, J.Sanchez 9+10reb+4ast, M.Zianveni 8+3reb+1ast, T.Sapp 8+1reb+3ast, A.Kerckhof 7+3reb+1ast, T.Gipson 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 484551


Maurienne - Blois 67-77

The game between 16th ranked Aix-Maurienne (12-20) and eighth ranked ADA Blois (17-15) in Aix-les-Bains on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Blois beat Aix-Maurienne 77-67. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-67. ADA Blois dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Aix-Maurienne's 24. Florent Tortosa (198-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard Frank Turner (178-88, college: Canisius, agency: Inception Sports) contributed with 21 points and 5 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. ADA Blois' coach Mickael Hay used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Gambian forward Moses Sonko (196-83, college: Co.Carolina, agency: HMS) replied with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Romain Dardaine (201-88) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Aix-Maurienne. Four Aix-Maurienne players scored in double figures. ADA Blois moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Poitiers. Loser Aix-Maurienne keeps the sixteenth position with 20 games lost. ADA Blois will face STB Le Havre (#9) at home in the next round. Aix-Maurienne will play against Nantes (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Maurienne: R.Dardaine 14+6reb+2ast, M.Sonko 14+7reb+2ast, K.Atamna 13+3reb+3ast, A.Rigaux 11+4ast, A.Williamson 5+6reb+3ast, R.Rice 5+4reb+1ast
Blois: F.Turner 21+3reb+5ast, F.Tortosa 21+6reb+2ast, B.Monclar 10+3reb+6ast, M.Diame 7+7reb+1ast, E.Boateng 7+8reb+1ast, C.Pontens 7+2ast
gschID: 484550





Cameron Clark claims French ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Cameron Clark (201-G/F-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Chalon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
The 25-year old swingman had the game-high 26 points adding seven rebounds and six assists for Chalon in his team's victory, helping them to crush Orleans (#17, 8-23) with 18-point margin 114-96. Chalon maintains the 2nd position in French ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Chalon will need more victories to improve their 24-7 record. In the team's last game Clark had a remarkable 68.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Chalon's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Oklahoma graduate has very impressive stats this year. Clark is league's best scorer averaging so far 18.7ppg. Clark is in league's top in and averages solid 56.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American guard Justin Cobbs (191-G-91, agency: Pensack Sports) of Gravelines. Cobbs impressed basketball fans with 32 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course Gravelines cruised to a 92-84 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Chalons-Reims (#14, 10-21). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Gravelines keeps 9th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-15 record is not bad and everything may still change. Cobbs is a newcomer at Gravelines 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 17.2ppg (#3). He also recorded 5.6 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was Ghanian guard Billy Ouattara (191-SG-92) of top-ranked Monaco. Ouattara scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Monaco, leading his team to a 88-71 easy win against the lower-ranked Dijon (#15, 10-21). Many experts and fans count Monaco as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 28 victories and only three lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Ouattara has a very solid season. In 26 games in France he scored 11.3ppg. Billy Ouattara has also French passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lance Harris (195-G-84) of Chalon - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Chris Otule (211-C-90) of Antibes - 16 points and 11 rebounds
6. Tyler Cain (203-F/C-88) of Chalons-Reims - 9 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Matt Howard (203-F-89) of Strasbourg - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. D.J. Cooper (183-PG-90) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 18 assists
9. Jerome Randle (175-PG-87) of Limoges - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Taquan Dean (193-G-83) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 27 points and 3 rebounds

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



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Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Danilo MIJATOVIC
  Kuman.
  (206-F/C-83)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Mijatovic, Kuman.18.9 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv18.8 
 3. Jokic, Strumica16.3 
 4. Hawkins, Pelister.16.3 
 5. Labovic, Karpos S.16.2 
 6. Tasovski, Rabotnicki16.1 
 7. Drenovac, MZT S.15.2 
 8. Mijovic, Kozuv15.1 
 9. Cekovski, Rabotnicki13.7 
 10. Misanovic, Rabotnicki13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milivoje MIJOVIC
  Kozuv
  (200-PF-91)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Mijovic, Kozuv10.6 
 2. Andrejevic, Pelister.8.0 
 3. Lalic, MZT Skopje7.4 
 4. Misanovic, Rabotnicki6.9 
 5. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.4 
 6. Labovic, Karpos S.6.3 
 7. Golubovic, Pelister.6.3 
 8. Janevski, Kumanovo6.1 
 9. Mihajlovski, Ohrid A.5.8 
 10. Mijatovic, Kuman.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Vlado ILIEVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (188-PG-80)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Ilievski, Rabotnicki6.6 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv5.3 
 3. Bogoev, Strumica5.1 
 4. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.8 
 5. Perry, Karpos S.4.5 
 6. Karadzovski, Kuman.4.3 
 7. Mavra, Karpos S.4.3 
 8. Kloof, MZT Skopje4.3 
 9. Hawkins, Pelister.4.2 
 10. Hall, Kozuv4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kendrick PERRY
  Karpos S.
  (183-PG-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Perry, Karpos S.2.0 
 2. Kloof, MZT Skopje1.6 
 3. Ilievski, Rabotnicki1.5 
 4. Makenadziev, Strum.1.4 
 5. Jokic, Strumica1.4 
 6. Robev, Vardar1.3 
 7. Nikolic, Rabotnicki1.3 
 8. Drenovac, MZT S.1.3 
 9. Sokolov, Karpos S.1.2 
 10. Brown, Kumanovo1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  Rabotnicki
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Misanovic, Rabotnicki1.2 
 2. Krstevski, Kozuv1.0 
 3. Pekovic, Kumanovo0.8 
 4. Zekjiri, Vardar0.6 
 5. Maslinko, Rabotnicki0.6 
 6. Mijatovic, Kuman.0.6 
 7. Sharabidze, Feni I.0.5 
 8. Lalic, MZT Skopje0.5 
 9. Djekic, Feni I.0.5 
 10. Mijovic, Kozuv0.4 


Prva Liga Round 3 of Semi-Finals. MZT Skopje and Karpos Sokoli enter Finals - by Eurobasket News

MZT Skopje - Kumanovo 84-64

MZT Skopje outgunned Kumanovo to sweep the semifinal series. Kumanovo was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 45-21 second half run of MZT Skopje. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Kumanovo's 34. They outrebounded Kumanovo 40-22 including a 14-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. MZT Skopje players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a great evening for Serbian swingman Djordje Drenovac (201-92) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points. Serbian power forward Danilo Mijatovic (206-83) helped adding 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. MZT Skopje's coach Ante Nazor allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Slovenian center Radoslav Pekovic (215-94) with 9 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 13 points.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: D.Drenovac 17+4reb+3ast, D.Mijatovic 15+6reb+2ast, J.Lalic 12+7reb+1ast, S.Sinovec 11+5reb+4ast, X.Thames 9+4reb+3ast, C.Kloof 7+2reb+5ast
Kumanovo: D.Karadzovski 13+4reb+3ast, M.Pekovic 13+1reb+4ast, Y.Brown 12+3reb+3ast, R.Pekovic 9+9reb+2ast, S.Zivanovic 7+1ast, M.Todorovic 6+2reb
gschID: 546434


Rabotnicki - Karpos Sokoli 65-76

Karpos Sokoli upset Rabotnicki to complete the sweep of the series. The game without a history. Karpos Sokoli led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Karpos Sokoli outrebounded Rabotnicki 37-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for the former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (208-88, agency: Mansfield and Associates) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Darko Sokolov (189-86) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Serbian center Nenad Misanovic (217-84) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and the former international Gjorgi Cekovski (203-79) added 15 points in the effort for Rabotnicki. Five Rabotnicki players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Karpos Sokoli: B.Trajkovski 21+8reb+1ast, D.Sokolov 14+7reb+1ast, D.Labovic 13+5reb+2ast, D.Mavra 9+2reb+8ast, D.Zekovic 6+6reb, Z.Comagic 5+1reb+1ast
Rabotnicki: G.Cekovski 15+4reb+3ast, V.Ilievski 12+4reb+4ast, D.Mirakovski 12+2reb+7ast, N.Misanovic 11+12reb, D.Tasovski 11+3ast, P.Nikolic 4+3reb
gschID: 546435





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Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Corey ALLEN
  Mgzavrebi
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Allen, Mgzavrebi18.2 
 2. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi17.8 
 3. Lathan, Sokhumi17.0 
 4. Jintcharadze, Bat.16.3 
 5. Shemosiuk, Batumi16.1 
 6. Rogava, Olimpi16.1 
 7. Ransom, Mgzavrebi15.5 
 8. Berishvili, Dinamo T.15.4 
 9. Florveus, Cactus T.14.9 
 10. Burnette, Olimpi14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FLORVEUS
  Cactus T.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Florveus, Cactus T.12.9 
 2. Pelcher, Batumi10.9 
 3. Atuashvili, Rustavi9.4 
 4. Burnette, Olimpi9.1 
 5. Spagnolo, Rustavi8.9 
 6. Bridgeman, Cactus T.8.7 
 7. Tishchenko, Sokhu.7.9 
 8. Bekauri, Kutaisi7.8 
 9. Murphy, Mgzavrebi7.6 
 10. Krivtsov, Batumi7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi TSINTSADZE
  Kutaisi
  (192-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi6.4 
 2. Lee, Rustavi5.8 
 3. Vaughn, Dinamo T.5.1 
 4. Mikeladze, Olimpi4.5 
 5. Lezhava, Batumi4.5 
 6. Rogava, Olimpi4.2 
 7. Chikviladze, Cactus T.4.1 
 8. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.3.8 
 9. Patsatsia, Dinamo T.3.7 
 10. Berishvili, Dinamo T.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Corey ALLEN
  Mgzavrebi
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Allen, Mgzavrebi3.2 
 2. Burnette, Olimpi2.5 
 3. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.2.2 
 4. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi2.1 
 5. Rogava, Olimpi2.0 
 6. Lathan, Sokhumi1.7 
 7. Baqradze, Olimpi1.7 
 8. Ransom, Mgzavrebi1.6 
 9. Chikviladze, Cactus T.1.6 
 10. Tsekvava, Kutaisi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 John FLORVEUS
  Cactus T.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Florveus, Cactus T.1.8 
 2. Bekauri, Kutaisi1.7 
 3. Bridgeman, Cactus T.1.4 
 4. Atuashvili, Rustavi1.4 
 5. Jgerenaia, Sokhumi1.3 
 6. Tubak, Kutaisi1.3 
 7. Pelcher, Batumi1.2 
 8. Krivtsov, Batumi1.1 
 9. Rychlyuk, Sokhumi1.1 
 10. Murphy, Mgzavrebi1.0 


Superleague Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Dinamo Tbilisi and Kutaisi - by Eurobasket News

Dinamo Tbilisi - Rustavi 81-77

Dinamo Tbilisi held off Rustavi to open 2-0 lead in the semifinal series. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 19-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Dinamo Tbilisi dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Energy Invest's 34. They outrebounded Energy Invest 53-24 including a 20-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was center Ilia Londaridze (205-89) who scored 24 points and 7 rebounds. The former international Levan Patsatsia (198-88, college: Troy) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Dinamo Tbilisi players scored in double figures. Point guard Revaz Chachanidze (183-90) produced 24 points and American forward Maurice Lewis-Briggs (203-90, college: Slippery Rock, agency: Mansfield and Associates) added 15 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Tbilisi: I.Londaridze 24+7reb, N.Maravic 14+10reb+2ast, L.Patsatsia 13+10reb+4ast, M.Berishvili 12+12reb+3ast, N.Gogodze 8+4reb+2ast, L.Grdzelidze 4+6reb+1ast
Rustavi: R.Chachanidze 24+2reb+1ast, M.Lewis-Briggs 15+4reb+5ast, C.Lee 10+4reb+1ast, S.Atuashvili 9+9reb+1ast, G.Gogoberishvili 9+1reb+2ast, C.Kasperbauer 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 545988


Kutaisi - Cactus Tbilisi 82-67

Kutaisi overcame Cactus for the second straight win in the series. The game without a history. Kutaisi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. International point guard Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 4 assists. The former international Beka Bekauri (207-91) contributed with 9 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American center John Florveus (211-90, college: Georgia) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and the former international swingman Beqa Chikviladze (196-91) added 16 points and 4 assists in the effort for Cactus Tbilisi. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Kutaisi: G.Tsintsadze 24+1reb+4ast, A.Lomouri 11+1reb, Z.Pashaev 10+3reb+1ast, B.Bekauri 9+9reb+4ast, A.Boisa 6+4reb+2ast, G.Barbakadze 6+3reb+1ast
Cactus Tbilisi: J.Florveus 20+13reb, B.Chikviladze 16+4reb+4ast, T.White 9+2reb+4ast, T.Bridgeman 9+8reb+1ast, V.Baakashvili 6+4reb+2ast, D.Lomidze 3+5reb+2ast
gschID: 545987





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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Marcos KNIGHT
  Jena
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Knight, Jena18.3 
 2. Morgan, Ratiopharm18.2 
 3. English, Fraport .17.6 
 4. Mayo, Telekom Bsk16.0 
 5. Paulding, EWE B.15.8 
 6. Kikanovic, ALBA15.8 
 7. Babb, Ratiopharm15.6 
 8. Odum, Wuerzburg15.3 
 9. Lewis, Bayreuth15.2 
 10. Jenkins, Jena15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dyshawn PIERRE
  Braunsch.
  (198-F-93)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Pierre, Braunsch.7.9 
 2. Marei, Bayreuth7.2 
 3. Evans, Giessen .7.1 
 4. Morgan, Ratiopharm7.0 
 5. Eatherton, Goett.6.9 
 6. Cooley, Ludwigsb.6.9 
 7. Searcy, Vechta6.7 
 8. Knight, Jena6.5 
 9. Qvale, EWE Baskets6.4 
 10. McGhee, Walter T.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Scott MACHADO
  Vechta
  (186-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 2. Jordan, Walter T.7.8 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.9 
 4. Odum, Wuerzburg5.7 
 5. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.5 
 6. Mayo, Telekom Bsk5.2 
 7. Siva, ALBA5.1 
 8. Sanders, Goettingen5.0 
 9. Ruoff, Goettingen4.7 
 10. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Robertson, Fraport .2.5 
 2. Kramer, EWE B.2.2 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Ruoff, Goettingen1.8 
 5. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 6. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.6 
 7. Stewart, Walter T.1.6 
 8. Redding, B.Mue.1.6 
 9. Siva, ALBA1.6 
 10. Knight, Jena1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian GAMBLE
  Telekom .
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Gamble, Telekom .1.3 
 2. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.2 
 3. Theis, Brose Bask.1.2 
 4. Groselle, Braunsch.1.2 
 5. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 6. Qvale, EWE Baskets0.9 
 7. Austin, Bremerha.0.9 
 8. Horton, Telekom .0.9 
 9. Balvin, B.Muenchen0.8 
 10. Elliott, Bremerhaven0.8 


Goetz Twiehoff Remains With The Bayer Giants Leverkusen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B club Bayer Giants Leverkusen will hold on to their captain Goetz Twiehoff (198-PF-85) The experienced 198cm German who turns 32 in August will play a sixth season with the team. He came to Leverkusen in 2012 after playing with the New Energie Elephants Grevenbroich (Regionalliga). He demonstrated two seasons in a row that he can be a solid Pro A player as he averaged 11.9ppg, 6.5rpg and 11,1ppg and 5,9rpg. He completed his second Pro B season with the Bayer Giants Leverkusen playing 22 games averaging 7.7ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 49.2%, FT: 80.4%. "It is something very special to remain a part of this team. I had good talks with Achim Kuczmann and Hansi Gnad and I quickly realized I would stay. I have the best chances to do job and sport here. Now I will prepare myself well this summer for a successful season", expressed Goetz TwiehoffLast season he scored in double figures in 7 games including a 17 point game against Nordlingen and 15 points against Leipzig.

Source:Bayer Giants Leverkusen



Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Awards - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Player of the Year: Andrew Warren (196-G-87, college: Bradley, agency: Interperformances)
Guard of the Year: Carrington Love (186-G-94, college: Green Bay)

Forward of the Year: Kruize Pinkins (203-F-93, college: USF)
Center of the Year: Leon Kratzer (210-C-97)
Most Improved Player of the Year: Aleksej Nikolic (191-PG-95)
Import Player of the Year: Andrew Warren
Domestic Player of the Year: Leon Kratzer
Defensive Player of the Year: Devin White (203-F-88, college: SUNO)
Newcomer of the Year: Till Gloger (204-F-93, college: Maine)
Coach of the Year: Rodrigo Pastore (189-G-72, college: Lipscomb)

1st Team
G Carrington Love
G Andrew Warren
F Jonathon Williams (198-F-90, college: Wagner)
F Kruize Pinkins
C Leon Kratzer

2nd Team
G Aleksej Nikolic
G Chase Griffin (190-G-83, college: Pepperdine)
F Arnoldas Kulboka (205-SF-98)
F Sergio Kerusch (195-F-89, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Octagon Europe)
C Andreas Kronhardt (205-C-89)

3rd Team
G Diante Watkins (174-PG-90, college: Robert Morris)
G Chris Carter (195-G-92, college: Florida Tech, agency: Interperformances)
F Jacob Parker (198-F-93, college: SF Austin)
F Joe Lawson (201-F/C-92, college: Indianapolis, agency: Interperformances)
C Phillipp Heyden (206-C-88)

Honorable Mention

Marcus Hatten (185-PG-80, college: St.John's)
Christopher Dunn (189-PG-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Inception Sports)
Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, college: Princeton)
Seth Hinrichs (201-SF-93, college: Lafayette, agency: Duran International)
Vance Hall (193-PG-91, college: Bellarmine)
Brandon Spearman (196-G/F-91, college: Hawaii)
Simon Schmitz (188-PG-90)
Dane Watts (203-F-86)
Darrel Mitchell (181-PG-84, college: LSU, agency: BeoBasket)
Robert Oehle (209-C-88, agency: Octagon Europe)
Hugh Robertson (195-G-89, college: S.Florida)
Richard Williams (178-PG-87, college: San Diego St., agency: HMS)
Anthony Canty (183-PG-91, agency: Octagon Europe)
DeAndre Lansdowne (187-G-89, college: Fort Lewis)
Enosch Wolf (215-C-90, college: Connecticut)
Matt Vest (195-G-92, college: Wright St.)
Chase Adams (177-PG-88, college: Pittsburgh)
Eugene Harris (187-PG-86, college: High Point)
Till-Joscha Joenke (193-PG-92)
Dan Oppland (203-F-84, college: Valparaiso)
Andre Calvin (201-F-85, college: Drake)
Malik Mueller (190-G-94, college: Virginia Tech)
Daniel Berger (203-F-90, college: BYU-Hawaii, agency: Three Eye Sports)
Devon Moore (193-PG-89, college: JMU)
Kameron Taylor (198-G-94, college: Seton Hill)
Tobias Jahn (204-PF-86, college: Cal Poly Pomona)
Chris Alexander (186-PG-83, college: Southern)
Ashton Moore (183-PG-93, college: Citadel)
Eric Thompson (204-F-93, college: Pacific)
Randal Holt (185-PG-91, college: Kent St.)
Helge Baues (205-PF-94)
R.J. Price (180-PG-93, college: Radford)

All-Domestic Players Team

G Anthony Canty
G Till-Joscha Joenke
F Konrad Wysocki
F Sergio Kerusch
C Leon Kratzer

All-Imports Team
G Carrington Love
G Andrew Warren
F Jonathon Williams
F Kruize Pinkins
C Djordje Pantelic (204-F/C-84, agency: Octagon Europe)

All-Defensive Team
G Marcus Hatten
G Chris Carter
F Bernard Thompson (191-G-93, college: FGCU)
F Devin White
C Djordje Pantelic



The Itzehoe Eagles Hold Frederik Henningsen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B team Itzehoe Eagles have announced the contract extension of Frederik Henningsen (198-F-88). Frederik Henningsen is a 29 year old 198cm forward that will go into his second season with the team. The German who started his basketball career in 2005 with SG Bad Duerkheim/Speyer (Regionalliga) and then gained further experience with Trier, Konstanz, Paderborn and Schwelm enjoyed his strongest Pro B season as a professional playing 22 games and averaging 17.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 86.5%. "He played a great season up to his injury. Keeping continuity is important for the Eagles and by doing so shows the quality of the work here when we are able to keep a player like that", stressed head coach Patrick Elze.He scored in double figures in 21 of 22 games and scored 20 points or more eight times. His best scoring games were against Wedel where he dropped 27 and 25 points and hit Stahnsdorf for 25 points. "The club is in my heart. The great work here by the organization makes it easy to feel comfortable here. It is like a family here and one doesn't have that often", warned Frederik Henningsen.

Source:Itzehoe Eagles






Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-West Awards 2017 - by Moritz Korff

Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-West 1st Team 2017
Miguel Cardoso
Cardoso
Luka Drezga
Drezga
Tabari Perry
Perry
Johannes Lischka
Lischka
Khobi Williamson
Williamson

Player of the Year: Johannes Lischka (203-PF-87) of Lich
Domestic Player of the Year: Johannes Lischka (203-PF-87) of Lich
European Player of the Year: Luka Drezga (196-G/F-87) of Karlsruhe
Defensive Player of the Year: Japhet McNeil (183-PG-85) of Kaiserslautern
Most Improved Player of the Year: Henning Schaake (201-F-95) of Lich
Newcomer of the Year: Henning Schaake (201-F-95) of Lich
Coach of the Year: Alen Velcic of Schwenningen

1st Team
G: Miguel Cardoso (188-PG-93) of Karlsruhe
G: Luka Drezga (196-G/F-87) of Karlsruhe
F: Tabari Perry (203-F) of Schwenningen
F/C: Johannes Lischka (203-PF-87) of Lich
C: Khobi Williamson (201-C-92) of Speyer

2nd Team
G: Anish Sharda (188-PG-82) of Mainz
G: Jordi Salto (190-PG-90) of Speyer
F: Tim Weber (203-F-93) of Limburg
F: Kevin Yebo (202-F/C-96) of Limburg
C: Edin Alispahic (208-F/C-88) of Schwenningen

Honorable Mention
Nikola Fekete (192-SG-91) of Schwenningen
Rouven Haenig (198-F-86) of Tuebingen II
Preston Ross (198-F) of Langen
Louis Sayers (199-SF-92) of Koblenz
Denis Vrsaljko (209-C-82) of Karlsruhe
Jaka Zagorc (192-G-90) of Schwenningen

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Maxim Schneider (184-PG-92) of Langen
G: Philipp Schoen (196-G/F-87) of Mainz
F: Rouven Haenig (198-F-86) of Tuebingen II
F: Kevin Yebo (202-F/C-96) of Limburg
F/C: Johannes Lischka (203-PF-87) of Lich



Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga North Awards 2017 - by Moritz Korff

Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga North 1st Team 2017
Luka Petkovic
Petkovic
Damian Cortes Rey
Cortes Rey
Sandro Kordis
Kordis
Kazembe Abif
Abif
Ljubisa Markovic
Markovic

Player of the Year: Luka Petkovic (190-PG-88) of RW Cuxhaven
Domestic Player of the Year: Philipp Herkenhoff (208-PF-99) of Vechta
European Player of the Year: Luka Petkovic (190-PG-88) of RW Cuxhaven
Defensive Player of the Year: Mason Biddle (185-G-93) of Stade
Most Improved Player of the Year: Luc Van Slooten (195-F/G-02) of Vechta II
Newcomer of the Year: Luc Van Slooten (195-F/G-02) of Vechta II
Coach of the Year: Moris Hadzija of RW Cuxhaven

1st Team
G: Luka Petkovic (190-PG-88) of RW Cuxhaven
G: Damian Cortes Rey (194-F-96) of Stade
F: Sandro Kordis (195-G/F-92) of BSW Sixers
F: Kazembe Abif (201-F-92) of Vechta
C: Ljubisa Markovic (212-C/F-91) of Aschersleben

2nd Team
G: Mason Biddle (185-G-93) of Stade
G: Dylan Travis (190-G-93) of Bremerhaven
F: Terrence Williams (198-F-93) of BSW Sixers
F: Sinisa Cvetanovic (205-SF-94) of Cuxhaven
C: Neven Zeravica (205-C-88) of Vechta II

Honorable Mention
Oscar Andres (200-F/C-87) of Stade
Martell Collins (196-G/F-93) of Rendsburg
Philipp Herkenhoff (208-PF-99) of Vechta
Marcel Kessen (207-C/F-97) of Westerstede
Nigel Pruitt (201-F-94) of Westerstede

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Bennet Hundt (180-PG-98) of Berlin
G: Martin Kemp (183-PG-85) of Stade
F: Philipp Herkenhoff (208-PF-99) of Vechta
F: Filip Stanic (204-F/C-98) of Berlin
C: Marcel Kessen (207-C/F-97) of Westerstede



Julius Wolf To Play A 5th Season For Science City Jena - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

EasyCredit BBL club Science City Jena continue their early off season planning and have given German Julius Wolf (201-F-93) a contract extension. Wolf is a 24 year old 201 cm forward that will go into his fifth season with Science City Jena. The German who played with Erdgas Ehingen and FC Bayern Muenchen II (Regionalliga) before coming to Jena in 2014 played a solid season in the BBL his first averaging 5,2ppg, 2,7rpg and 1,6apg. "He almost belongs to the inventory with Science City Jena. He came from the Regionaliga and developed well and grew with his role. He has always belonged to the reliable players on the team. He is a very loyal player that is important for keeping the team together and the chemistry. He indentifies himself with the club and always presents himself in a positive way. I am happy we will go into the next season together", stated head coach Bjoern Harmsen.He scored in double figures in three games including a 15 point game against Bamberg and 12 point games against Vechta and Braunschweig. "I feel very comfortable here since tehefirst summer when I arrived. I was able to earn much playing time and was in the starting line up as well. I was convinced that another season with Jena would help my development", stated Julius Wolf.

Source:Science City Jena




The EN Baskets Keep Mathias Perl - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The EN Baskets Schwelm will go into the Pro B this season with Mathias Perl (188-G-89) who will return back for a third season with the team. Two seasons ago in the Pro B, the 28 year old 188cm point guard who started his basketball career in 2004 with the MTV Giessen cadet team averaged 10.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.4apg, Steals-3 (2.4spg), FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 31.7%, FT: 65.0%. Last season he was a key figure in helping the team move from the Regionaliga back to the Pro B playing 28 games averaging 10.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.8apg, Steals-3 (2.9spg), FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 64.1%."We have kept an important building block in our team with him. He can move a lot with his energy on the court and carries the team with him and he has a high standing with the fans", added head coach Falk Moeller. Perl who played 35 BBL games with Giessen years ago scored in double figures 13 times including a 22 point outburst against Bielefeld and 21 points against Herten.

Source:EN Baskets Schwelm





Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Awards 2017 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 1st Team 2017
Kerry Carter
Carter
K.K. Simmons
Simmons
Kaimyn Pruitt
Pruitt
Aaron Nelson
Nelson
Khalil Kelley
Kelley

Player of the Year: Kerry Carter (188-G-91) of Bayer Giants
Guard of the Year: Kerry Carter (188-G-91) of Bayer Giants
Forward of the Year: Aaron Nelson (203-F-91) of Dragons
Center of the year: Khalil Kelley (203-C-91) of Wolfenbuettel
Most Improved Player of the Year: Marcell Pongo (194-PG-97) of Ratiopharm
Import Player of the Year: Jordan Faison (201-F-94) of Leipzig
Domestic Player of the Year: Karim Jallow (199-SG-97) of B.Muenchen
Defensive Player of the Year: Kaimyn Pruitt (203-F-90) of Itzehoe
Newcomer of the Year: Isaac Bonga (203-F/G-99) of Fraport SKY
Coach of the Year: Daniel Jansson of Weissenhorn

1st Team
G: Kerry Carter (188-G-91) of Bayer Giants
G: K.K. Simmons (191-G-93) of Licher Baeren
F: Kaimyn Pruitt (203-F-90) of Itzehoe
F: Aaron Nelson (203-F-91) of Dragons
C: Khalil Kelley (203-C-91) of Wolfenbuettel

2nd Team
G: Pierre Bland (188-G-92) of Bernau
G: Travis Thompson (185-G-91) of Fraport SKY II
G: Marcellus Barksdale (196-G-93) of Wuerzburg
F: Jordan Faison (201-F-94) of Leipzig
C: Adrian Lind (206-C-94) of Noerdlingen

3rd Team
PG: Jarvis Davis (183-PG-91) of Rostock
G: Terrell Harris (191-G-93) of Iserlohn
G/F: Taevaunn Prince (191-G/F-91) of Elchingen
F/C: Lamar Mallory (198-F/C-90) of Licher Baeren
F/C: Anton Kazarnovski (206-F/C-85) of Karlsruhe BG

Honorable Mention
Jordan Talbert (198-F-91) of Karlsruhe PS
Orlando Parker (203-F-91) of Karlsruhe PS
Dmitrj Kreis (187-G-88) of Karlsruhe PS
Nils Mittmann (201-F/C-79) of Weissenhorn
Brandon Lockhart (185-G-90) of Elchingen
Brandon Nazione (202-F-94) of Bayer Giants
Tim Schonborn (193-G/F-90) of Bayer Giants
Georg Beyschlag (182-G-97) of B.Muenchen
Ricky Easterling (189-G-83) of Karlsruhe BG
Shawn Gulley (201-F-93) of Karlsruhe BG
Lukas Wank (198-F/G-97) of Wuerzburg
Viktor Frankl-Maus (186-PG-93) of Dragons
Sascha Leutloff (202-F-82) of Leipzig
Terence Smith (193-G-91) of Noerdlingen
Ferdinand Zylka (190-SG-98) of ALBA
Tim Schneider (208-PF-97) of ALBA
Gregory Graves (201-F-93) of Art.Dragons
Moussa Kone (203-F-93) of Iserlohn
Gary Johnson (188-PG-82) of Bochum
Davon Roberts (197-F-86) of Bochum
Courtney Belger (187-G-89) of Kalamunda E.S.
Patrick Carney (185-G-85) of Schalke
Steffen Kiese (190-G-87) of Rist Wedel
Frederik Henningsen (198-F-88) of Itzehoe
Andres Murillo (201-PF-90) of Rostock
Demetrius Ward (188-G-90) of Wolfenbuettel
Josh Adeyeye (196-F-93) of Stahnsdorf
Antoine Myers (191-G-90) of Stahnsdorf
Josh Smith (206-F-94) of Stahnsdorf
Chris Iles (180-PG-89) of Recklinghausen

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Haris Hujic (193-PG-97) of Oldenburg
PG: David Kramer (191-PG-97) of Ratiopharm
SF: Philip Zwiener (201-SF-85) of EWE Baskets
PF: Bill Borekambi (198-PF-92) of Karlsruhe PS
C: Adrian Lind (206-C-94) of Noerdlingen

All-Imports Team
G: Kerry Carter (188-G-91) of Bayer Giants
G: K.K. Simmons (191-G-93) of Licher Baeren
F: Kaimyn Pruitt (203-F-90) of Itzehoe
F: Aaron Nelson (203-F-91) of Dragons
C: Khalil Kelley (203-C-91) of Wolfenbuettel

All-Defensive Team
G: Kerry Carter (188-G-91) of Bayer Giants
G: Travis Thompson (185-G-91) of Fraport SKY II
F: Kaimyn Pruitt (203-F-90) of Itzehoe
C: Eddy Edigin (201-C-95) of Noerdlingen
C: Deion Giddens (206-C-92) of Iserlohn



Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-East Awards 2017 - by Moritz Korff

Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-East 1st Team 2017
John Boyer
Boyer
Tim Eisenberger
Eisenberger
Jordan Burris
Burris
Oscar Da Silva
Da Silva
Erik Land
Land


Player of the Year: Tim Eisenberger (197-G-91) of Treuchtlingen
Domestic Player of the Year: Tim Eisenberger (197-G-91) of Treuchtlingen
European Player of the Year: John Boyer (185-PG-88) of Vilsbiburg
Defensive Player of the Year: John Boyer (185-PG-88) of Vilsbiburg
Most Improved Player of the Year: Oscar Da Silva (207-PF-98) of Schwabing
Newcomer of the Year: Jordan Burris (201-F-92) of Coburg
Coach of the Year: Farsin Hamzei of Jena II

1st Team
G: John Boyer (185-PG-88) of Vilsbiburg
G: Tim Eisenberger (197-G-91) of Treuchtlingen
F: Jordan Burris (201-F-92) of Coburg
F: Oscar Da Silva (207-PF-98) of Schwabing
C: Erik Land (205-C-90) of TSV Troester

2nd Team
G: Jguwon Hogges (173-PG-86) of Rosenheim
G: Omari Knox (188-G-86) of Oberhaching
F: Fabian Franke (198-F-88) of Coburg
F: Stefan Schmoll (196-F-89) of Treuchtlingen
C: Lubos Novy (204-C-91) of Vilsbiburg

Honorable Mention
Hendrik Bellscheidt (193-G-90) of Zwickau
David Bergfeld (G-88) of Bad Aibling
Alexander Engel (191-G-93) of TSV Troester
Nick Freer (198-F/C-85) of Ansbach
Vincent Garrett (198-SF-91) of Jena II
Janosch Koegler (190-PG-93) of Oberhaching
Sven Lorber (187-G/F-97) of TSV Troester
Kendall Timmons (195-G/F-90) of Vilsbiburg
Malo Valerien (195-G/F-92) of Bad Aibling
Steffen Walde (190-G-92) of Coburg

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Janosch Koegler (190-PG-93) of Oberhaching
G: Tim Eisenberger (197-G-91) of Treuchtlingen
F: Fabian Franke (198-F-88) of Coburg
F: Oscar Da Silva (207-PF-98) of Schwabing
C: Erik Land (205-C-90) of TSV Troester



Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga West Awards 2017 - by Moritz Korff

Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga West 1st Team 2017
Chris Hortman
Hortman
Bryce Leavitt
Leavitt
Andrius Mikutis
Mikutis
David Golembiowski
Golembiowski
Guillermo De La Puente
De La Puente

Player of the Year: Andrius Mikutis (194-G/F-88) of Schwelm
Domestic Player of the Year: Anselm Hartmann (191-G-93) of Muenster
European Player of the Year: Andrius Mikutis (194-G/F-88) of Schwelm
Defensive Player of the Year: Mathias Perl (188-G-89) of Schwelm
Most Improved Player of the Year: Yannik Kneesch (203-PF-96) of Bonn II
Newcomer of the Year: Chris Hortman (190-G-88) of Ibbenbueren
Coach of the Year: Kosta Filippou of Hagen BG

1st Team
G: Chris Hortman (190-G-88) of Ibbenbueren
G: Bryce Leavitt (193-G-94) of Salzkotten
F: Andrius Mikutis (194-G/F-88) of Schwelm
F: David Golembiowski (203-PF-89) of Dorsten
C: Guillermo De La Puente (198-F/C-91) of Herford

2nd Team
G: Anselm Hartmann (191-G-93) of Muenster
G: Rishi Kakad (188-G-87) of Ibbenbueren
F: Domonique Crawford (196-G/F-84) of Hagen BG
F: Nino Janoschek (204-C-87) of Dorsten
C: Dijon Smith (203-F/C-89) of Frintrop

Honorable Mention
Jasper Chiwuzie (205-C-88) of Grevenbroich
Matthias Finke (190-G-87) of Salzkotten
Salathiel Ligons (201-F-84) of Hagen-Haspe
Gerrell Martin (190-G-93) of Muenster
Lyuben Paskov (196-SF-90) of Dorsten
KJ Sherrill (203-PF-91) of Hertener Loewen
Felix Wenningkamp (195-F/G-88) of Salzkotten

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Anselm Hartmann (191-G-93) of Muenster
G: Matthias Finke (190-G-87) of Salzkotten
F: Felix Wenningkamp (195-F/G-88) of Salzkotten
F: Jan Koenig (201-F-93) of Muenster
F/C: Nino Janoschek (204-C-87) of Dorsten



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Eredivisie Round 6 of Semi-Finals. Leiden force decider against Zwolle - by Eurobasket News

Leiden - Zwolle 84-60

Leiden overcame Zwolle at home court to force the decisive seventh game in the semifinal series. The game without a history. Leiden led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was the former international Rogier Jansen (188-84, agency: Court Side) who scored 28 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. The former international Jessey Voorn (197-90, agency: Court Side) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. Four Leiden players scored in double figures. Leiden's coach Paul Vervaeck felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Clayton Vette (202-88, college: Winona St., agency: Court Side) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import guard JT Tiller (188-88, college: Missouri) added 11 points respectively.
Top scorers:
Leiden: R.Jansen 28+9reb+9ast, J.Voorn 21+5reb+3ast, D.Draper 15+5reb+2ast, M.Kherrazi 10+5reb+3ast, T.Koenis 4+13reb, F.Versteegh 3+3reb+1ast
Zwolle: C.Vette 17+12reb+1ast, J.Tiller 11+3reb+3ast, J.Yoho 8+3reb, N.Oudendag 8+8reb, O.Schaftenaar 6+4reb+2ast, N.Van Oostrum 5+2reb+4ast
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NBA Announces Opening Of Academy In India - by Eurobasket News

The NBA announced the official opening of NBA Academy India, an elite basketball training center at Jaypee Greens Integrated Sports Complex in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) for the top male and female prospects from throughout India. Twenty-one elite male prospects, who were selected following a three-month, nationwide basketball talent search, will receive scholarships and training at NBA Academy India, the first of its kind in the country. NBA Academy India will employ a holistic, 360-degree approach to player development with focuses on education, leadership, character development and life skills. As part of the program, the students will compete against top competition throughout the year and will have an opportunity to be selected for travel teams that play in international tournaments and exhibition games. 'The opening of our first academy in India is an important milestone in the NBA's efforts to grow basketball in India and demonstrates our commitment to developing talent and shaping the game's future here,' said Tatum. 'These 21 young athletes and those who will attend this academy in the years to come will receive world-class coaching and training to help them fulfill their potential on and off the court.'
Courtesy of: realgm.com



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Israeli Winner League round 31 best performance: Tarence Kinsey - by Eurobasket News

American Swingman Tarence Kinsey (202-G/F-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Hapoel J-M, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
The 32-year old player had a double-double of 33 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Hapoel T-A (#10, 13-18) 93-80. Hapoel J-M is placed at 4th position in Israeli Winner League. Hapoel J-M 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 17-14 record. In the team's last game Kinsey had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Tarence Kinsey averages this season 10.0ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Jason Siggers (194-SF-85) of Galil Gilboa. Siggers had a very good evening with 30 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course Galil Gilboa cruised to a 95-85 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Maccabi Ashdod (#11, 12-19). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Galil Gilboa keeps 9th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 14-17 record. Siggers is well-known at Galil Gilboa and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.7ppg (#5). He also registered 4.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Jake Cohen (208-PF-90) of Maccabi Ashdod (#11). Cohen showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. Despite Cohen's great performance Maccabi Ashdod lost 85-95 to slightly higher-ranked Galil Gilboa (#9, 14-17). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Maccabi Ashdod not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 19 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Cohen could try to bring Maccabi Ashdod's a little bit higher in the standings. Cohen has individually a great season in Israel. After 30 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.6rpg (6th best). Jake Cohen has also Israeli passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joe Alexander (203-F-86) of Maccabi T-A - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Darrell Williams (203-F/C-89) of Bnei Hertzeliyya - 23 points and 8 rebounds
6. Eric Griffin (203-F-90) of Galil Gilboa - 25 points and 6 rebounds
7. Tomer Ginat (202-PF-94) of Hapoel T-A - 16 points and 9 rebounds
8. Halil Kanacevic (203-F-91) of Bnei Hertzeliyya - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Justin Carter (193-G/F-87) of Maccabi K/G - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Derwin Kitchen (194-PG-86) of Ironi Nahariya - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Winner League Round 31: Hapoel Eilat defeats Maccabi Haifa in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

Eighth-ranked Maccabi Haifa (15-16) gave a tough game to first ranked Hapoel Eilat (21-10) on Monday. The visitors from Eilat managed to secure only two-point victory 86-84. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-84. It was a great shooting night for Hapoel Eilat especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Maccabi Haifa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Reginald Buckner (206-91, college: Mississippi) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). His fellow American import point guard Pierria Henry (193-93, college: Charlotte) helped adding 10 points and 6 assists. Hapoel Eilat's coach Oded Katash used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (180-86, agency: Pro Sports) responded with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Hapoel Eilat have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-10 record. Maccabi Haifa lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 16 games lost. Hapoel Eilat are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G (#12) in Kiryat Gat in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Maccabi Haifa will play on the road against Hapoel Jerusalem (#4) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Hapoel Holon (20-11) against sixth ranked Ironi Nahariya (17-14) on Sunday night. Visiting Hapoel Holon was defeated by Ironi Nahariya in Nahariya 78-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel Holon. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Derwin Kitchen accounted for 13 points and 10 rebounds. Ironi Nahariya's coach Eric Elfasi used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Shlomi Harush (185-87) came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Hapoel Holon in the defeat. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Ironi Nahariya. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hapoel J-M and Bnei Hertzeliyya. Hapoel Holon at the other side keeps the second position with 11 games lost. Ironi Nahariya will play against Bnei Hasharon (#5) in Hod Hasharon in the next round. Hapoel Holon will play at home against Maccabi Rishon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of ten consecutive losses on Monday night. This time they won against fourth-ranked Bnei Hasharon in Kiryat Gat 101-95. Brandon Bowman fired 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. Halil Kanacevic produced 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for lost side. Maccabi K/G maintains twelfth place with 5-26 record. Loser Bnei Hasharon keeps the fourth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Hapoel J-M and Ironi Nahariya. Maccabi K/G will meet league's leader Hapoel Eilat on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bnei Hasharon will play against Ironi Nahariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Rishon Le-Zion was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Maccabi T-A (19-12) played at the court of 6th ranked Maccabi Rishon (16-15). Maccabi T-A defeated Maccabi Rishon 88-74. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Maccabi Rishon. Worth to mention a great performance of Joe Alexander who helped to win the game recording 25 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Maccabi T-A maintains third place with 19-12 record having just two points less than leader Hapoel Eilat. Defending champion Maccabi Rishon dropped to the seventh position with 15 games lost. Maccabi T-A's next round opponent will be Galil Gilboa (#9) in Rosh Pina which should be theoretically an easy game. Maccabi Rishon will play on the road against the league's second-placed Hapoel Holon and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 31 Hapoel T-A lost to Hapoel J-M on the opponent's court 80-93. Galil Gilboa managed to outperform Maccabi Ashdod in a home game 95-85.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 33 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds by Tarence Kinsey of Hapoel J-M.

Hapoel J-M - Hapoel T-A 93-80

Very expected game when 10th ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (13-18) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (17-14) 93-80. It looked good early as Hapoel Tel-Aviv took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hapoel Jerusalem had a 27-21 second period charge getting the lead and Hapoel Tel-Aviv was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 80-93. They outrebounded Hapoel Tel-Aviv 39-28 including 25 on the defensive glass. Hapoel Jerusalem players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Tarence Kinsey (202-84, college: S.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. Naturalized American power forward Richard Howell (203-90, college: N.Carolina St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Mark Lyons (185-89, college: Arizona, agency: Higher Vision Sports) answered with 21 points and 7 assists and international Tomer Ginat (202-94, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 16 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Four Hapoel Tel-Aviv players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hapoel Jerusalem moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Bnei Hertzeliyya and Ironi Nahariya. Hapoel Tel-Aviv lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 18 games lost. Hapoel Jerusalem's next round opponent will be Maccabi Haifa (#8) at home. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against Maccabi Ashdod and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: M.Lyons 21+2reb+7ast, T.Blatt 16+2ast, T.Ginat 16+9reb+1ast, A.Tucker 14+8reb+2ast, L.Dendy 5+1reb+2ast, R.Elias-Pour 4+3reb
Hapoel J-M: T.Kinsey 33+10reb+2ast, R.Howell 12+12reb+2ast, B.Timor 10+3reb+3ast, A.Gentile 9+4reb, L.Eliyahu 8+3reb+3ast, J.Dyson 7+5ast
gschID: 540759


Maccabi Haifa - Hapoel Eilat 84-86

Eighth-ranked Maccabi Haifa (15-16) gave a tough game to first ranked Hapoel Eilat (21-10) on Monday. The visitors from Eilat managed to secure only two-point victory 86-84. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-84. It was a great shooting night for Hapoel Eilat especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Maccabi Haifa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Reginald Buckner (206-91, college: Mississippi) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). His fellow American import point guard Pierria Henry (193-93, college: Charlotte) helped adding 10 points and 6 assists. Hapoel Eilat's coach Oded Katash used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (180-86, agency: Pro Sports) responded with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and international Oz Blayzer (199-92) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel Eilat have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-10 record. Maccabi Haifa lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 16 games lost. Hapoel Eilat are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G (#12) in Kiryat Gat in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Maccabi Haifa will play on the road against Hapoel Jerusalem (#4) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: O.Blayzer 16+6reb, O.Mendez-Valdez 15+1reb+1ast, G.Vargas 12+6reb+8ast, J.DiBartolomeo 11+3reb+4ast, A.Simhon 9+1reb+2ast, K.Pinkney 9+2reb+2ast
Hapoel Eilat: R.Buckner 23+7reb, L.Milbourne 15+2reb+1ast, A.Nissim 13+2reb, W.Daniels 11+3reb, P.Henry 10+4reb+6ast, C.Colman 5+4reb+6ast
gschID: 540757


Galil Gilboa - Maccabi Ashdod 95-85

Rather predictable result in Rosh Pina where ninth ranked Galil Gilboa (14-17) defeated 11th ranked Maccabi Ashdod (12-19) 95-85. Maccabi Ashdod was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 49-37 second half run of Galil Gilboa. They made 20-of-22 charity shots (90.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Maccabi Ashdod turnovers. Galil Gilboa players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American Jason Siggers (194-85, college: Albany) who helped to win the game recording 30 points, 7 assists and 5 steals (made all of his nine free throws !!!). His fellow American import forward Eric Griffin (203-90, college: Campbell) contributed with 25 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Galil Gilboa players scored in double figures. Galil Gilboa's coach Ariel Beit-Halamy allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international Jake Cohen (208-90, college: Davidson) answered with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and American Chase Simon (201-89, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Maccabi Ashdod. Newly promoted Galil Gilboa maintains ninth place with 14-17 record. Maccabi Ashdod lost their third game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 19 games lost. Galil Gilboa's next round opponent will be higher ranked Maccabi T-A (#3) in Tel-Aviv and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi Ashdod will play on the road against Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: J.Cohen 27+6reb+6ast, C.Simon 19+6reb+8ast, J.Carmichael 10+4reb+2ast, N.Tishman 8+3ast, I.Ziv 7+2reb+3ast, K.Dillard 6+3reb
Galil Gilboa: J.Siggers 30+4reb+7ast, E.Griffin 25+6reb+1ast, M.Qualls 19+4reb+1ast, E.Skverer 11+4reb+5ast, J.Shuchman 8+2reb+4ast, Z.Ben-Zvi 2+2ast
gschID: 540756


Maccabi K/G - Bnei Hertzeliyya 101-95

Bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of ten consecutive losses on Monday night. This time they won against fourth-ranked Bnei Hasharon in Kiryat Gat 101-95. Bnei Hasharon was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Maccabi K/G made 31-of-39 free shots (79.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Bnei Hasharon turnovers. American forward Brandon Bowman (206-84, college: Georgetown) fired 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. Naturalized American forward Alex Rosenberg (201-91, college: Columbia) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. American-Montenegrin forward Halil Kanacevic (203-91, college: St.Joseph's) produced 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and American power forward Darrell Williams (203-89, college: Tex.A&M-Comm., agency: BeoBasket) added 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi K/G maintains twelfth place with 5-26 record. Loser Bnei Hasharon keeps the fourth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Hapoel J-M and Ironi Nahariya. Maccabi K/G will meet league's leader Hapoel Eilat on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bnei Hasharon will play against Ironi Nahariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hertzeliyya: D.Williams 23+8reb, H.Kanacevic 17+9reb+6ast, T.Green 14+2reb+3ast, J.Adrien 10+2reb+2ast, B.Triche 10+3reb+2ast, O.Leumi 10+1ast
Maccabi K/G: A.Rosenberg 18+1reb+4ast, B.Bowman 17+2reb+4ast, J.Carter 17+3reb+2ast, E.Shulman 14+1reb+3ast, J.Selby 13+3reb+5ast, O.Solomon 12+7reb+1ast
gschID: 540754


Ironi Nahariya - Hapoel Holon 78-68

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Hapoel Holon (20-11) against sixth ranked Ironi Nahariya (17-14) on Sunday night. Visiting Hapoel Holon was defeated by Ironi Nahariya in Nahariya 78-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel Holon. Hapoel Holon was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 41-30 second half run of Ironi Nahariya. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Derwin Kitchen (194-86, college: Florida St.) accounted for 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Four Ironi Nahariya players scored in double figures. Ironi Nahariya's coach Eric Elfasi used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Shlomi Harush (185-87) came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds and American swingman James Bell (197-92, college: Villanova) added 17 points respectively for Hapoel Holon in the defeat. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Ironi Nahariya. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hapoel J-M and Bnei Hertzeliyya. Hapoel Holon at the other side keeps the second position with 11 games lost. Ironi Nahariya will play against Bnei Hasharon (#5) in Hod Hasharon in the next round. Hapoel Holon will play at home against Maccabi Rishon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: S.Harush 18+8reb+1ast, J.Bell 17+2reb+1ast, T.Holloway 10+2reb+4ast, D.Atkins 9+6reb, J.Taylor 6+4reb, A.Chubrevich 5+3reb
Ironi Nahariya: S.Hopson 23+5reb+2ast, D.Kitchen 13+10reb+3ast, S.Douglass 11+2reb+2ast, E.Asante Asare 11+3ast, T.Nash 10+6reb+2ast, J.Skjoldebrand 6+11reb+2ast
gschID: 540755


Maccabi Rishon - Maccabi T-A 74-88

The game in Rishon Le-Zion was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Maccabi T-A (19-12) played at the court of 6th ranked Maccabi Rishon (16-15). Maccabi T-A defeated Maccabi Rishon 88-74. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Maccabi Rishon. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi T-A. Maccabi Rishon was better in third quarter 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi T-A forced 19 Maccabi Rishon turnovers. Strangely Maccabi Rishon outrebounded Maccabi T-A 40-24 including a 17-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American forward Joe Alexander (203-86, college: W.Virginia) who helped to win the game recording 25 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). The former international point guard Gal Mekel (190-88, college: Wichita St., agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 12 points and 7 assists for the winners. International power forward Idan Zalmanson (206-95) answered with 15 points and 9 rebounds and American swingman Patrick Richard (196-90, college: McNeese St., agency: Inception Sports) added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Maccabi Rishon. Five Maccabi T-A and four Maccabi Rishon players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Maccabi T-A maintains third place with 19-12 record having just two points less than leader Hapoel Eilat. Defending champion Maccabi Rishon dropped to the seventh position with 15 games lost. Maccabi T-A's next round opponent will be Galil Gilboa (#9) in Rosh Pina which should be theoretically an easy game. Maccabi Rishon will play on the road against the league's second-placed Hapoel Holon and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: C.Thomas 15+4reb+1ast, I.Zalmanson 15+9reb+2ast, P.Richard 11+8reb+4ast, E.Kadir 10+6reb+1ast, S.Dawson 9+5reb+3ast, A.Ben-Chimol 8+3reb+1ast
Maccabi T-A: J.Alexander 25+3reb+2ast, D.Smith 15+3reb+2ast, G.Mekel 12+1reb+7ast, S.Landesberg 12+4reb+1ast, V.Rudd 10+5reb+3ast, C.Iverson 6+3reb
gschID: 540758





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  ITALY  

stats leader

Points Per Game
 Simone PEPE
  Pescara
  (184-G-93)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Pepe, Pescara21.2 
 2. Bagnoli, Cassino19.6 
 3. Centanni, Volpino .19.6 
 4. Maggiotto, Senigallia19.2 
 5. Bolzonella, Varese R.18.3 
 6. Grilli, Barcellona18.2 
 7. Boffelli, Scauri18.2 
 8. Ghersetti, Bergamo17.6 
 9. Zampolli, Matera17.6 
 10. Bonfiglio, Piombino17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicolo RAVAZZANI
  Matera
  (200-C-85)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Ravazzini, Matera11.1 
 2. Bagnoli, Cassino10.9 
 3. Bozzetto, Crema10.6 
 4. Zanotti, Monteroni10.6 
 5. Toscano, Bottegone10.1 
 6. Chiacig, Taranto10.1 
 7. Di-Donato, Pescara9.1 
 8. Beretta, Roma L.9.0 
 9. Di-Carmine, Ortona8.9 
 10. Papa, Teramo8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Matias DI MARCO
  San S.
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Di-Marco, San S.7.5 
 2. Svoboda, Desio6.8 
 3. Losi, Cefalu6.0 
 4. Bruni, Cecina5.3 
 5. Sanguinetti, Piacenza5.3 
 6. Bottioni, Campli5.2 
 7. Maggio, Napoli Cuore5.1 
 8. Musso, Ortona5.0 
 9. Magini, Firenze Enic4.9 
 10. Rivali, Montegrano4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ferdinando NASELLO
  Siena Virtus
  (194-G-95)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Nasello, Siena Virtus2.5 
 2. Demartini, Vicenza2.2 
 3. Chiappelli, Reggio E.2.2 
 4. Realini, Domodossola2.2 
 5. Stefanelli, San M.2.1 
 6. Maggio, Napoli Cuore1.9 
 7. Toscano, Bottegone1.9 
 8. Gasparin, Omegna1.9 
 9. Busco, Patti1.9 
 10. Ricci, Giulianova1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Diego CORRAL
  Omegna
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Corral, Omegna1.2 
 2. Capitanelli, Pescara1.1 
 3. Zanotti, Monteroni1.1 
 4. Galmarini, Firenze .1.1 
 5. Laguzzi, Sestu1.0 
 6. Ferrara, Padova1.0 
 7. Chiacig, Taranto0.9 
 8. Antonelli, Bisceglie0.9 
 9. Gatti, Campli0.9 
 10. Nobile, Padova0.8 


Coach Andreazza leaves Piacenza - by Eurobasket News

43-year old coach Marco Andreazza (agency: Interperformances) left UCC Assigeco Piacenza (Serie A2).
Andreazza helped his team to make it to the Lega2 Finals in 2005.
He has coached previously two other teams: Benetton Treviso and Sutor Montegranaro.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Coach Maurizio Bartocci leaves Chieti - by Eurobasket News

Experienced 58-year old coach Maurizio Bartocci left Proger BLS Chieti (Serie A2). The last season Bartocci coached at Basket Barcellona. He won Italian Nazionale A Regular Season Division South-West championship title in 2012.
Bartocci has coached previously four other teams: Napoli Megaride, Scafati, Latina Basket and Napoli Basket.

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Recap of Serie A2 Round 4 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Treviglio - Alma Trieste 78-77

Treviglio escaped elimination with a narrow one-point home win over Trieste. Treviglio made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. The winners were led by naturalized American guard Adam Sollazzo (198-90, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: HMS) who scored that evening 17 points and 8 assists and Lithuanian Paulius Sorokas (202-92, agency: Players Group) supported him with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Four Treviglio players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds by American forward Jordan Parks (201-94, college: N.C.Central, agency: Two Points) did not help to save the game for Alma Trieste. Forward Matteo Da-Ros (204-89) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Alma Trieste: J.Parks 26+10reb+2ast, A.Pecile 13+3ast, M.Da Ros 12+6reb+5ast, J.Green 8+3reb+3ast, S.Bossi 4+3reb+1ast, R.Prandin 4+1reb
Treviglio: A.Sollazzo 17+2reb+8ast, P.Sorokas 14+9reb+2ast, T.Marino 12+1reb+2ast, E.Rossi 11+4reb, P.Marini 8+5reb+1ast, A.Pecchia 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 546423


Mantova - Tortona 78-70

Mantova overcame Tortona to force the decider. Mantova made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for American LaMarshall Corbett (189-88, college: Angelo St.) who helped to win the game recording 19 points. The former international power forward Francesco Candussi (211-94) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Mantova's coach Alberto Martelossi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Glenn Cosey (183-92, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports) replied with 27 points and forward Davide Alviti (202-96) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Tortona.
Top scorers:
Tortona: G.Cosey 27+4reb+1ast, P.Greene IV 13+2reb+2ast, D.Alviti 12+6reb, L.Garri 5+7reb+4ast, M.Sanna 4+5reb+1ast, V.Cucci 4+6reb
Mantova: L.Corbett 19+3reb+3ast, F.Candussi 16+6reb, J.Giachetti 13+1reb+4ast, A.Casella 8+4reb+3ast, L.Gergati 8+4reb+3ast, A.Amici 7+7reb+2ast
gschID: 546422


F.Kontatto BO - Agrigento 80-58

F.Kontatto Bologna outgunned Agrigento to secure their quarterfinal birth. F.Kontatto BO made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. F.Kontatto BO outrebounded Agrigento 34-22 including 29 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Stefano Mancinelli (204-83) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and American forward Justin Knox (205-89, college: N.Carolina, agency: Two Points) who added 9 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Knox is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. F.Kontatto BO's coach Matteo Boniciolli felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side guard Marco Evangelisti (198-84) responded with 16 points and 6 assists and power forward Innocenzo Ferraro (200-82) scored 7 points and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Agrigento: M.Evangelisti 16+4reb+6ast, A.Chiarastella 10+2reb+1ast, R.Bucci 9+1ast, P.Buford 9+3reb+1ast, I.Ferraro 7+4reb+4ast, A.Piazza 4+3reb+4ast
F.Kontatto BO: S.Mancinelli 17+4reb+1ast, A.Legion 13+2reb+1ast, D.Cinciarini 13+1reb, N.Italiano 12+1reb, J.Knox 9+9reb+2ast, M.Montano 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 546421


Novipiu Casale - Virtus Bologna 54-70

Virtus Bologna outgunned Novipiu Casale to reach the quarterfinal stage. Worth to mention a quality performance of naturalized Albanian swingman Klaudio Ndoja (201-85) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 9 rebounds and the former international swingman Guido Rosselli (198-83) who added 14 points during the contest. At the losing side the former international guard Brett Blizzard (191-80, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Interperformances) responded with 13 points and 6 assists and American forward Jordan Tolbert (201-92, college: SMU) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Novipiu Casale: B.Blizzard 13+2reb+6ast, J.Tolbert 10+7reb, F.Di Bella 9+3reb+4ast, G.Tomassini 6+1ast, L.Severini 5+12reb, D.Denegri 4+2reb+3ast
Virtus Bologna: G.Rosselli 14+4reb+1ast, K.Ndoja 14+9reb+2ast, K.Lawson 12+6reb, L.Penna 10+4reb, M.Umeh 9+4reb+2ast, S.Gentile 7+4reb+5ast
gschID: 546420


Roseto - Legnano 64-61

Roseto held off Legnano to advance. American point guard Adam Smith (185-92, college: Georgia Tech) fired 19 points for the winners. The former international power forward Valerio Amoroso (204-80, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Matteo Palermo (190-91) produced 9 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and American Nikolas Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Pensack Sports) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Legnano: N.Raivio 12+5reb+2ast, F.Maiocco 11+3reb, F.Ihedioha 11+8reb, W.Mosley 9+6reb+1ast, M.Martini 9+2reb+3ast, M.Palermo 9+6reb+6ast
Roseto: A.Smith 19+2reb+2ast, V.Amoroso 14+8reb+1ast, B.Sherrod 10+5reb+2ast, R.Casagrande 7+3reb+1ast, A.Piazza 7+1reb, G.Fattori 5+2reb
gschID: 546419


Roma Virtus - Ravenna 79-83

Ravenna upset Roma Virtus to celebrate 3-1 victory in the series. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Gherardo Sabatini (181-94) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and American power forward Taylor Smith (199-91, college: SF Austin) who added 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Ravenna players scored in double figures. At the losing side naturalized American point guard Anthony Raffa (185-89, college: Co.Carolina) responded with 20 points and 5 assists and American forward John Brown (203-92, college: High Point) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Roma Virtus: A.Raffa 20+4reb+5ast, J.Brown 20+5reb, M.Chessa 16+2reb+7ast, G.Maresca 7+1reb+6ast, A.Landi 6+6reb+3ast, T.Baldasso 5+5reb+3ast
Ravenna: G.Sabatini 20+4reb+2ast, T.Smith 16+6reb+2ast, S.Masciadri 14+5reb+4ast, M.Tambone 13+5reb+4ast, A.Raschi 8+2reb+3ast, A.Chiumenti 7+7reb
gschID: 546418


Verona - Angelico Biella 72-64

Verona stayed alive in the series as they defeated Angelico Biella at home court. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Marco Portannese (192-89) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Michael Frazier (193-94, college: Florida) who added 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American-Irish forward Mike Hall (203-84, college: G.Washington, agency: Interperformances) responded with 7 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists and American point guard Jazzmarr Ferguson (185-89, college: IU Southeast) scored 16 points.
Top scorers:
Angelico Biella: N.De Vico 18+3reb, J.Ferguson 16+4reb+2ast, M.Udom 13+6reb+1ast, M.Hall 7+10reb+7ast, A.Tessitori 6+4reb, L.Pollone 3+2reb
Verona: M.Portannese 27+7reb+3ast, M.Frazier 14+5reb, D.Robinson 10+4reb+2ast, A.Amato 9+5reb+2ast, D.Brkic 6+4reb+1ast, L.Tote 3+2reb
gschID: 546417






Results and Stats from Serie B Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Palestrina - Matera 72-64

Palestrina dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Matera's 32. It was a good game for forward Riccardo Pederzini (198-89, agency: Players Group) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Point guard Luca Montanari (181-92) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Palestrina's coach Gianluca Lulli allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international Federico Lestini (204-83, agency: SPORTlab Agency) answered with 24 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Alessandro Grande (185-94, agency: Two Points) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Matera.
Top scorers:
Palestrina: R.Pederzini 16+10reb+2ast, L.Montanari 14+4reb+2ast, G.Rossi 10+3reb+6ast, D.Serino 8+3reb+1ast, S.Rischia 8+2reb+4ast, F.Gagliardo 7+1reb+3ast
Matera: F.Lestini 24+5reb, G.Zampolli 14+1reb+4ast, A.Grande 13+5reb+3ast, S.Laudoni 7+3reb+1ast, N.Ravazzani 4+12reb+1ast, G.Cantagalli 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 546429


San Miniato - Lecco 69-82

It was a great shooting night for Lecco especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. The best player for the winners was point guard Carlo Fumagalli (187-96) who scored 14 points. Point guard Davide Todeschini (190-93) chipped in 15 points. Four Lecco players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Francesco Stefanelli (190-95) who recorded 20 points and forward Gabriele Giarelli (197-93, agency: Octagon Europe) added 14 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Lecco: D.Todeschini 15+3reb, C.Fumagalli 14+4reb+1ast, M.Peroni 12+1reb, J.Balanzoni 12+3reb, D.Quartieri 8+2reb, G.Siberna 7+3reb
San Miniato: F.Stefanelli 20+1reb+3ast, G.Giarelli 14+1reb+2ast, S.Perin 10+2reb, O.Giacomelli 7+3reb, R.Bertolini 7+3reb+1ast, A.Zita 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 546426


Barcellona - Porto S.Elpidio 74-65

Basket Barcellona made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Porto S.Elpidio was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Daniele Grilli (191-87) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Luigi Brunetti (205-88) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Basket Barcellona players scored in double figures. Alberto Cacace (197-96) answered with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and point guard Fabrizio Piccone (188-98) added 20 points in the effort for Porto S.Elpidio.
Top scorers:
Barcellona: L.Brunetti 17+8reb+1ast, D.Grilli 17+7reb+4ast, Y.Jefferson Rodriguez 16+3reb+1ast, F.Stefanini 10+3reb+4ast, D.Paunovic 9+7reb+4ast, M.Teghini 5+2reb
Porto S.Elpidio: F.Piccone 20+3reb+2ast, M.Romani 15+4reb+2ast, A.Cacace 12+9reb+7ast, D.Torresi 6+6reb+3ast, A.Catakovic 5+2reb+1ast, N.Balilli 3+2reb
gschID: 546431


Campli - Forli Tigers 59-53

It was a good game for forward Simone Gatti (202-82) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Point guard Riccardo Bottioni (190-93) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Campli's coach Piero Millina allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Luca Fontecchio (202-91, agency: Players Group) answered with 10 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Rodolfo Rombaldoni (193-77, agency: Players Group) added 12 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in the effort for Forli Tigers.
Top scorers:
Campli: S.Gatti 22+6reb, R.Bottioni 11+5reb+3ast, B.Duranti 6+2reb+3ast, N.D'Arrigo 6+3reb+2ast, A.Serafini 6+6reb, R.Ponziani 5+10reb
Forli Tigers: R.Rombaldoni 12+3reb+1ast, L.Fontecchio 10+7reb, G.Cicognani 9+5reb, C.Villani 7+5reb+1ast, M.Carraretto 6+6reb, F.Forti 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 546430


San Severo - Cassino 72-79

It was a good game for the former international power forward Simone Bagnoli (205-81) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Lorenzo Panzini (188-90, agency: SPORTlab Agency) contributed with 12 points and 8 assists for the winners. Five Cassino players scored in double figures. Naturalized Argentinian point guard Matias Di-Marco (180-84, agency: Players Group) answered with 10 points and 9 assists and forward Iris Ikangi (200-94, agency: Octagon Europe) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for San Severo.
Top scorers:
Cassino: S.Bagnoli 22+6reb+2ast, G.Valesin 17+1ast, L.Panzini 12+4reb+8ast, M.Del Testa 11+5reb+1ast, D.Birindelli 11+4reb+1ast, B.Sergio 6+3reb+2ast
San Severo: I.Ikangi 14+5reb+1ast, L.Ciribeni 10+3reb+2ast, M.Di Marco 10+2reb+9ast, I.Morgillo 8+9reb+1ast, M.Torresi Lelli 8+2reb+3ast, A.Cecchetti 8+6reb
gschID: 546428


Firenze All Foods - Faenza 72-68

Firenze All Foods outrebounded Faenza 43-28 including 16 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for swingman Davide Poltroneri (195-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. Swingman Jacopo Lucarelli (197-96, agency: Players Group) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Marco Perin (183-93) answered with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and swingman Daniele Casadei (199-81) added 15 points in the effort for Faenza. Faenza's coach Marco Regazzi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Firenze All Foods: D.Poltroneri 26+11reb+2ast, J.Lucarelli 12+10reb, G.Sirakov 11, A.Mazzucchelli 7+2reb+2ast, G.Bloise 4+3reb+3ast, A.Longobardi 4+2reb
Faenza: D.Casadei 15+3reb, L.Benedetti 13+1reb+3ast, M.Perin 12+6reb+6ast, R.Iattoni 9+4reb+1ast, E.Pini 7+3reb+2ast, A.Donadoni 5+1reb
gschID: 546427





Vanoli Cremona part ways with Paolo Lepore - by Eurobasket News

40-year old coach Paolo Lepore left Vanoli Cremona (Serie A). Lepore has coached there for the last nine years. He helped them to make it to the Supercup semifinals. Lepore contributed to his team making it to the Italian Cup Semifinals.
He won Italian Lega Due Play-Offs championship title in 2009.
Lepore was coaching Italian Senior National Team between 2013 and 2014.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Best players of Japanese B League round 62 - by Eurobasket News

Zimbabwean-American Julian Mavunga (203-PF-90, agency: Pensack Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Shiga L-Stars and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 62.
The 26-year old power forward had the game-high 35 points adding seven rebounds and seven assists for Shiga L-Stars in his team's victory, helping them to edge out SeaHorses (#1, 46-14) 85-82. Shiga L-Stars maintains the 6th position in their group in Japanese B League. Shiga L-Stars is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 21-39 record. In the team's last game Mavunga had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 9 attempts. It's his second year at Shiga L-Stars and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Miami University, Ohio graduate has very impressive stats this year. Mavunga is in league's top in points (3rd best: 19.5ppg), assists (8th best: 3.5apg) and averages solid 53.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American power forward Xavier Gibson (210-F/C-88) of Osaka Evessa. Gibson impressed basketball fans with 30 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as Osaka Evessa lost that game 72-80 to slightly higher-ranked Ryukyu GK (#2, 29-31). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in West. Osaka Evessa still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 28-32 record. Gibson is a newcomer at Osaka Evessa and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Justin Burrell (207-F-88) of Nagoya DD (#4). Burrell scored 25 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Nagoya DD, leading his team to a 91-79 win against slightly lower-ranked Kyoto Hannar. (#5, 25-35). The chances of Nagoya DD ranking at the top of West, however are very questionable as they have already lost 33 games, recording just twenty seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Burrell could help Nagoya DD to bring them higher in the standings. Burrell has a very solid season. In 45 games in Japan he scored 16.8ppg. He also has 8.2rpg and FGP: 54.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84) of Ryukyu GK - 27 points and 4 rebounds
5. Clint Chapman (208-F/C-89) of Niigata Albirex - 27 points and 10 rebounds
6. Davante Gardner (203-PF-91) of Niigata Albirex - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Sam Willard (205-F-88) of Toyama Grouses - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Kevin Kotzur (203-F-89) of Kyoto Hannar. - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Tyler Stone (203-PF-91) of Chiba Jets - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Chiba Jets - 16 points and 9 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)



Best players of Japanese B League D2 round 62 - by Eurobasket News

American Scootie Randall (198-F-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's second-best Cyberdyne IR and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com B League D2 Player of the Week award for round 62.
The 26-year old forward had a double-double of 28 points and eleven rebounds, while his team outclassed Iwate Big Bulls (#6, 15-45) with 26-point margin 93-67. Cyberdyne IR maintains the 2nd position in their group in Japanese B League D2. Cyberdyne IR 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 32-28 record. In the team's last game Randall had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Cyberdyne IR, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Temple University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Randall is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.0ppg. Randall

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Cyberdyne IR's star - 33-year old American Rick Rickert (211-C/F-83). Rickert impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 13 rebounds. Of course together with Randall he helped Cyberdyne IR with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Iwate Big Bulls (#6, 15-45) 93-67. Cyberdyne IR's second position in East has not changed. His team's 32-28 record is not bad at all. Rickert is a newcomer at Cyberdyne IR and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.6ppg (#3). He also registered 12.6 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Nigerian Solomon Alabi (216-C-88) of second-ranked Toyotsu FE. Alabi scored 21 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Toyotsu FE, leading his team to a 85-75 win against #3 ranked Tokyo Z in a game of the week. Toyotsu FE needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in Central. Their record at this point is 42 victories and 18 lost games. Alabi has a great season in Japan. After 58 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.1ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 12.9rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 53.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aziz N'Diaye (213-C-88) of Hiroshima D. - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Andy Ogide (204-F-87) of Bambitious Nara - 19 points and 15 rebounds
6. Joel James (208-F-94) of Kumamoto V. - 18 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Adrian Forbes (211-F/C-88) of Kagawa FA - 17 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Nicchaeus Doaks (201-F/C-87) of Iwate Big Bulls - 29 points and 12 rebounds
9. Nigel Spikes (208-C-89) of Fukushima - 17 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Will Creekmore (205-C-89) of Tokyo Z - 17 points, 18 rebounds and 8 assists

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



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler LARSON
  Barons Riga
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Larson, Barons Riga16.4 
 2. Pitts, Valmiera15.1 
 3. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.14.8 
 4. Ausejs, Liepaja/.14.5 
 5. Blums, VEF Riga14.4 
 6. Griffin, Liepaja/.14.4 
 7. Stumbris, Jekabpils14.1 
 8. Laksa, Valmiera13.7 
 9. Jogela, Barons Riga13.5 
 10. Jeromanovs, Jurma.13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Davis ROZITIS
  Liepaja/.
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Rozitis, Liepaja/.8.4 
 2. Iljins, Jurmala8.4 
 3. Krestinin, Barons R.7.5 
 4. Selakovs, Jekabpils7.4 
 5. Montgomery, Liepaja/.7.2 
 6. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.7.1 
 7. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils6.6 
 8. Strelnieks, Jurmala6.4 
 9. Jonats, Valmiera6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.7.2 
 2. Jeromanovs, Jurma.6.1 
 3. Pitts, Valmiera5.8 
 4. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.8 
 5. Plavnieks, BK Ogre5.7 
 6. Gaddy, VEF Riga5.3 
 7. Vitols, BK Ogre4.9 
 8. Larson, Barons Riga4.4 
 9. Birkans, LU4.3 
 10. Deane, Ventspils4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.2.4 
 2. Skele, VEF Riga1.9 
 3. Richard, VEF Riga1.7 
 4. Pitts, Valmiera1.6 
 5. Gaddy, VEF Riga1.6 
 6. Campbell, Ventspils1.6 
 7. Mitchell, Valmiera1.5 
 8. Larson, Barons Riga1.4 
 9. Krestinin, Barons R.1.4 
 10. Jeromanovs, Jurma.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Mareks MEJERIS
  VEF Riga
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Mejeris, VEF Riga1.3 
 2. Rozitis, Liepaja/.1.1 
 3. Grazulis, Ventspils1.0 
 4. Iljins, Jurmala1.0 
 5. Krestinin, Barons R.0.9 
 6. Stumbris, Jekabpils0.8 
 7. Zvigurs, Valka/Va.0.8 
 8. Selakovs, Jekabpils0.8 
 9. Niedra, BK Ogre0.7 


Jelgava capture LBL2 title - by Eurobasket News

ViA - Jelgava 62-80

Jelgava clinched LBL2 title. They prevailed against ViA in Game 4 of the championship series to earn 3-1 victory. The game was mostly controlled by Jelgava. ViA managed to win second period 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 rebounds. He was trumped the Finals MVP. Forward Andris Justovics (200-89) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Jelgava players scored in double figures. Forward Oto Grinbergs (195-90) replied with 14 points and 6 rebounds and forward Janis Engers (200-95) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for ViA. ViA's coach Roberts Zeile rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
ViA: O.Grinbergs 14+6reb+2ast, R.Ermansons 10+4reb+1ast, J.Engers 10+7reb+1ast, T.Kohanovs 9+6reb+2ast, E.Ivanovs 7+2ast, K.Dubults 6+5reb
Jelgava: E.Krumins 22+7reb+3ast, A.Justovics 21+5reb+1ast, G.Justovics 15+7reb+5ast, K.Krumins 12+3reb+3ast, O.Liepins 4, J.Berzins 3+9reb+1ast
gschID: 546303





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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Sagesse
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Stoglin, Sagesse33.7 
 2. Khatib, Homenetmen25.1 
 3. Johnson, Louaize23.7 
 4. Efevberha, Sagesse23.5 
 5. Kemp, Tadamon23.4 
 6. Rembert, Champville23.3 
 7. Morris, Tadamon23.2 
 8. Ebi, Byblos22.2 
 9. Spencer, Moutahed21.8 
 10. Jackson, Homen.21.5 
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. Majok, Homenetmen11.8 
 5. Melvin, Moutahed10.6 
 6. Godfrey, Sagesse10.5 
 7. Bawji, Champville9.6 
 8. Traore, Byblos8.9 
 9. Aminu, Al Riyadi8.8 
 10. Johnson, Louaize8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  Homen.
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Galloway, Homen.8.6 
 2. Mezher, Hoops8.1 
 3. Khalil, Tadamon6.4 
 4. Rembert, Champville6.1 
 5. Johnson, Louaize6.1 
 6. Brown, Al Riyadi5.4 
 7. Arakji, Al Riyadi5.4 
 8. Pigram, Tadamon5.2 
 9. Efevberha, Sagesse4.9 
 10. Curry, Moutahed4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Geron JOHNSON
  Louaize
  (190-G-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Johnson, Louaize2.8 
 2. Jackson, Homen.2.5 
 3. Galloway, Homen.2.0 
 4. Kemp, Tadamon1.9 
 5. Youngblood, Byblos1.8 
 6. Curry, Moutahed1.8 
 7. Thomas, Hoops1.8 
 8. Ebi, Byblos1.7 
 9. Brown, Al Riyadi1.7 
 10. Tucker, Byblos1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert UPSHAW
  Mayrouba
  (213-C-94)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Upshaw, Mayrouba3.6 
 2. Majok, Homenetmen2.6 
 3. Townes, Champville2.2 
 4. Godfrey, Sagesse1.8 
 5. Ebi, Byblos1.8 
 6. Melvin, Moutahed1.5 
 7. Haidar, Al Riyadi1.5 
 8. Aminu, Al Riyadi1.1 
 9. Tabet, Moutahed1.1 
 10. Johnson, Louaize1.0 


Pepsi LBL Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Victories for Moutahed and Byblos - by Eurobasket News

Moutahed - Homenetmen 97-93

Moutahed overcame Homenetmen to even the semifinal series at 1-1. Strangely Homenetmen outrebounded Al Moutahed 48-36 including a 23-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Dewarick Spencer (192-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 30 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import guard Ramel Curry (191-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) chipped in 26 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. The former international swingman Fadi El-Khatib (198-79) produced 35 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 16-for-16 from the free throw line !!!) and American-Iraqi point guard Kevin Galloway (200-88, college: Texas Southern) added 17 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Moutahed: D.Spencer 30+12reb+5ast, R.Curry 26+8reb+7ast, C.Melvin 20+5reb+1ast, E.Rustom 12+2reb+2ast, C.Tabet 4+6reb+1ast, R.Akl 3+3reb+3ast
Homenetmen: F.El Khatib 35+7reb+5ast, K.Galloway 17+9reb+7ast, D.Jackson 15+5reb+2ast, A.Majok 15+17reb+1ast, N.Souaid 9+3reb, H.Gyokchyan 2+4reb+2ast
gschID: 546007


Byblos - Al Riyadi 88-78

Byblos defeated Al Riyadi to draw things level in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Byblos. Al Riyadi was better in fourth quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Byblos players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American guard Clay Tucker (196-80, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international Jasmon Youngblood (195-84, college: Kent St.) contributed with 25 points and 6 assists for the winners. Dominican-American point guard Edgar Sosa (190-88, college: Louisville) replied with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and the former international forward Mohamad Haidar (201-90, college: Michigan Tech) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Al Riyadi.
Top scorers:
Byblos: C.Tucker 32+6reb+5ast, J.Youngblood 25+3reb+6ast, A.Traore 13+6reb+1ast, R.Akl 6+3reb+3ast, A.Kanaan 5+4reb, J.Aby Khers 4+2reb+1ast
Al Riyadi: E.Sosa 27+5reb+8ast, M.Haidar 16+6reb+1ast, A.Aminu 11+7reb, A.Ismail 8+8reb+1ast, J.Abdel Nour 6+9reb+1ast, J.Zaloum 5+2ast
gschID: 546006





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Vytis sign coach Aurimas Jasilionis - by Eurobasket News

Vytis Zanavykas Sakiai (NKL) signed 35-year old coach Aurimas Jasilionis from Rasai. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Jasilionis won Lithuanian LMKL championship title in 2012. He was coaching Lithuanian U16 National Team back in 2008. Jasilionis has coached previously VICI Aistes.

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  LUXEMBOURG  

Scoring Leaders - DBBL

Points Per Game
 Ladarius TABB
  Arantia
  (196-G/F-)
  Avg: 28.2
 1. Tabb, Arantia28.2 
 2. Morgan, Contern27.2 
 3. Bivins, Kordall .27.1 
 4. Reese, Sparta26.5 
 5. Gulley, Musel Pikes25.8 
 6. Richardson, Resid.25.6 
 7. Sims, Arantia25.1 
 8. Johnson, T7124.6 
 9. Bonsignore, BC Me.24.5 
 10. Leonard, Bascharage23.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ladarius TABB
  Arantia
  (196-G/F-)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Tabb, Arantia14.4 
 2. Ogden, Racing13.0 
 3. McNutt, Etzella12.3 
 4. Coleman, Amicale11.7 
 5. Stephens, T7111.5 
 6. Johnson, T7111.2 
 7. Barden, Etzella11.0 
 8. Atkins, Contern10.6 
 9. Rugg, Musel Pikes10.5 
 10. Robinson, Sparta10.4 
Assists Per Game
 Bob MELCHER
  Amicale
  (189-G-94)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Melcher, Amicale7.1 
 2. Morton, Racing5.4 
 3. Birenbaum, Contern5.1 
 4. Mondy, Arantia5.1 
 5. Schmit, Kordall .5.1 
 6. Clark, Basket Esch4.8 
 7. Schumacher, T714.6 
 8. Richardson, Resid.4.6 
 9. Leonard, Bascharage3.8 
 10. Biever, Basket Esch3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Antonio BIVINS
  Kordall .
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Bivins, Kordall .3.8 
 2. Mondy, Arantia2.9 
 3. Tabb, Arantia2.6 
 4. Richardson, Resid.2.3 
 5. Birenbaum, Contern2.1 
 6. Morgan, Contern2.1 
 7. Gulley, Musel Pikes2.0 
 8. Atkins, Contern2.0 
 9. Barden, Etzella2.0 
 10. Bonsignore, BC Me.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Titus ROBINSON
  Sparta
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Robinson, Sparta2.1 
 2. Bonsignore, BC Me.1.8 
 3. McNutt, Etzella1.7 
 4. Melcher, Amicale1.1 
 5. Coleman, Amicale1.0 
 6. Rugg, Musel Pikes0.8 
 7. Barden, Etzella0.8 
 8. Reese, Sparta0.7 
 9. McDaniel, Amicale0.6 
 10. Morton, Racing0.6 


Luxembourg Total League round 15 (Second Stage) best performance: Kevin Moura - by Eurobasket News

Point guard Kevin Moura (182-PG-94) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Residence, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15 (Second Stage).
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (34 points, six rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Arantia (#3, 9-24) 86-79. Residence maintains the 2nd position in their group in Luxembourg Total League. Residence is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 15th lost game this season out of 32 games. In the team's last game Moura had a remarkable 61.1% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Residence, through which he has constantly improved. Kevin Moura averages this season 14.2ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Antonio Bivins (198-F-92) of Kordall Steelers. Bivins had a very good evening with a double-double of 32 points and 24 rebounds. Of course he led Kordall Steelers to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked BC Mess (#4, 15-17) 94-66. Kordall Steelers' 3rd position in Playdowns has not changed. His team's 18-14 record is not bad at all. Bivins is well-known at Kordall Steelers and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.1ppg (#3). He also registered 10.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Scott Morton (195-G/F-87) of Playdowns 2 top team Racing. Morton showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and nine assists in the last round. He was a key player of Racing, leading his team to a 69-63 win against #2 ranked Heffingen in a game of the week. Racing confirms their top position in Playdowns. Morton has a great season in Luxembourg. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.4apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marlin Mason (201-F-93) of Kordall Steelers - 23 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Ladarius Tabb (196-G/F) of Arantia - 27 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Elijah Bonsignore (198-G/F) of BC Mess - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Evrik Gary (191-G-91) of Heffingen - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Oliver Vujakovic (192-F-96) of Residence - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Phillip Leonard (188-G-93) of Bascharage - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Duke Mondy (193-G-90) of Arantia - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists

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



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  MEXICO  

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis FRANKLIN
  Guasave
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Franklin, Guasave27.5 
 2. Forte, Los Mochis25.6 
 3. Yeager, Guasave25.4 
 4. Samarco, Durango23.0 
 5. Rice-Jr, Obregon22.8 
 6. Ammons, Navolato21.6 
 7. Tucker, Mazatlan21.5 
 8. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 9. Mitchell, Navolato21.2 
 10. Glover, Obregon20.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Forte, Los Mochis12.4 
 2. Glover, Obregon11.4 
 3. Ammons, Navolato11.1 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana9.2 
 5. Puckett, Culiacan9.0 
 6. Little, Hermosillo8.6 
 7. Early, Los Mochis7.9 
 8. Lathan, Tijuana7.5 
 9. Morrison, Tijuana7.3 
 10. Spurlock, Hermosillo7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dwayne MITCHELL
  Navolato
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Mitchell, Navolato6.4 
 2. Morrison, Tijuana5.3 
 3. Yeager, Guasave5.1 
 4. Perez, Hermosillo5.0 
 5. Monreal, Hermosillo5.0 
 6. Rice-Jr, Obregon4.9 
 7. Marigney, Guaymas4.4 
 8. Casillas, Mazatlan3.9 
 9. Newby, Los Mochis3.8 
 10. Provost, Guaymas3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jeff EARLY
  Los Mochis
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Early, Los Mochis2.5 
 2. Morrison, Tijuana1.7 
 3. Rice-Jr, Obregon1.7 
 4. Newby, Los Mochis1.3 
 5. Forte, Los Mochis1.2 
 6. Ammons, Navolato1.2 
 7. Mitchell, Navolato1.2 
 8. Tucker, Mazatlan1.2 
 9. Eldridge, Navolato1.2 
 10. Morris-W., Culiacan1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Guaymas
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Heyward, Guaymas2.1 
 2. Pittman, Guasave1.4 
 3. Ammons, Navolato1.3 
 4. Puckett, Culiacan1.0 
 5. Gibson, Tijuana0.9 
 6. Lathan, Tijuana0.9 
 7. Villanueva, Hermo.0.7 
 8. Keller, Durango0.6 
 9. Spurlock, Hermosillo0.6 
 10. Quintero, Los M.0.6 


CIBACOPA Round 26: Halcones de Ciudad Obregon edges Caballeros de Culiacan by three points - by Eurobasket News

There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Seventh-ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (10-15) made lots of trouble for second ranked Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (18-7) on Tuesday. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon managed to secure only three-point victory 139-136. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Caballeros de Culiacan. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon forced 19 Caballeros de Culiacan turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Caballeros de Culiacan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Michael Glover (203-87, college: Iona) who had a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 25 rebounds. Forward Landon Atterberry (198-93, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: Aspire Sports) chipped in 29 points and 13 rebounds. Forward DuVaughn Maxwell (201-91, college: Hampton) produced a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds for the guests. Caballeros de Culiacan's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 18-7 record behind leader Hermosillo. Caballeros de Culiacan at the other side keeps the seventh place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Los Mochis. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon are again looking forward to face Caballeros de Culiacan (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Caballeros de Culiacan will have a break next round.
Important game to mention about took place in Mazatlan. Eighth ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (11-14) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 7th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (10-15) 76-73 in the game for the sixth place. The game was also dominated by American players. Forward Shane Edwards (201-87, college: UALR) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 7 rebounds. Cliff Tucker contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Terrance Motley (201-91, college: Sam Houston St.) replied with 22 points for Pioneros Los Mochis. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side keep the seventh position with 15 games lost. They share it with Culiacan. Lobos UAD Mazatlan will again play against Pioneros Los Mochis (#8) on the road in the next round. Pioneros Los Mochis will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the three-game losing streak on Tuesday night. This time newly promoted Aguilas Doradas de Durango won against fourth-ranked Tijuana Zonkeys 98-93. Newly promoted Aguilas Doradas de Durango maintains tenth position with 7-17 record. Tijuana Zonkeys lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with ten games lost. Aguilas Doradas de Durango will again meet at home higher ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round.
Leader Rayos de Hermosillo delivered the nineteenth victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (9-16) 92-88. American players dominated the game. Emmanuel Little notched 16 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Rayos de Hermosillo maintains first position with 19-5 record. Garra Canera de Navolato lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 16 games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will have a break next round. Garra Canera de Navolato will play again at home against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo (#1) and hope to win that game.
The game in Guasave was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (14-11) played at the court of 5th ranked Frayles de Guasave (12-13). Ostioneros de Guaymas managed to secure a 4-point victory 75-71 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Frayles de Guasave. The best player for the winners was BJ West who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Ostioneros de Guaymas moved-up to third place. Loser Frayles de Guasave keeps the fifth position with 13 games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round. Frayles de Guasave will play again at home against Ostioneros de Guaymas (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Durango - Tijuana 98-93

Bottom-ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the three-game losing streak on Tuesday night. This time newly promoted Aguilas Doradas de Durango won against fourth-ranked Tijuana Zonkeys 98-93. Newly promoted Aguilas Doradas de Durango maintains tenth position with 7-17 record. Tijuana Zonkeys lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with ten games lost. Aguilas Doradas de Durango will again meet at home higher ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round.
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Obregon - Culiacan 139-136

Seventh-ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (10-15) made lots of trouble for second ranked Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (18-7) on Tuesday. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon managed to secure only three-point victory 139-136. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Caballeros de Culiacan. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon forced 19 Caballeros de Culiacan turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Caballeros de Culiacan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Michael Glover (203-87, college: Iona) who had a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 25 rebounds. Forward Landon Atterberry (198-93, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: Aspire Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 29 points and 13 rebounds. Forward DuVaughn Maxwell (201-91, college: Hampton) produced a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds and center Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St.) added 28 points and 17 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Caballeros de Culiacan's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 18-7 record behind leader Hermosillo. Caballeros de Culiacan at the other side keeps the seventh place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Los Mochis. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon are again looking forward to face Caballeros de Culiacan (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Caballeros de Culiacan will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Culiacan: D.Maxwell 33+16reb+2ast, C.Crawford 29+7reb+8ast, B.Puckett 28+17reb+3ast, G.Glaze 23+7reb+3ast, J.Gonzalez 14+2reb+2ast, J.Villalobos 5+2reb+2ast
Obregon: M.Glover 34+25reb+2ast, L.Atterberry 29+13reb, G.Rice Jr. 21+7reb+9ast, J.Hutchingson 19+9reb+7ast, N.Leon 14+1reb+5ast, I.Leon 9
gschID: 536404


Guasave - Guaymas 71-75

The game in Guasave was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (14-11) played at the court of 5th ranked Frayles de Guasave (12-13). Ostioneros de Guaymas managed to secure a 4-point victory 75-71 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Frayles de Guasave. The best player for the winners was American forward BJ West (211-89, college: Jackson St.) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Point guard Raul Delgado (188-91, college: Metro St.) chipped in 20 points. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Travis Franklin (200-88, college: Colorado St., agency: Interperformances) produced 23 points and Gary Mondragon (-91) added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for the hosts. Four Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. Ostioneros de Guaymas moved-up to third place. Loser Frayles de Guasave keeps the fifth position with 13 games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round. Frayles de Guasave will play again at home against Ostioneros de Guaymas (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guasave: T.Franklin 23+3reb+3ast, L.Davis 14+4reb+1ast, A.Cervantes 14+4reb, G.Mondragon 11+8reb+7ast, R.Soto 7+1reb+3ast, E.Pittman 2+4reb+3ast
Guaymas: R.Delgado 20+3reb+1ast, B.West 19+10reb+1ast, B.Provost 16+4reb+2ast, R.Woods 6+1ast, P.Marigney 6+6reb+5ast, D.Barojas 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 536403


Mazatlan - Los Mochis 76-73

Important game to mention about took place in Mazatlan. Eighth ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (11-14) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 7th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (10-15) 76-73 in the game for the sixth place. The game was also dominated by American players. Forward Shane Edwards (201-87, college: UALR) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Cliff Tucker (198-89, college: Maryland) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Terrance Motley (201-91, college: Sam Houston St.) replied with 22 points and guard Nick Murphy (193-88, college: Jacksonville St.) added 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Pioneros Los Mochis. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side keep the seventh position with 15 games lost. They share it with Culiacan. Lobos UAD Mazatlan will again play against Pioneros Los Mochis (#8) on the road in the next round. Pioneros Los Mochis will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: T.Motley 22+4reb, N.Murphy 11+9reb+5ast, T.Jackson 10+6reb+1ast, M.Hernandez 10+2reb, J.Early 9+8reb+3ast, J.Quintero 7+3reb
Mazatlan: S.Edwards 20+7reb+3ast, O.Thomas 20+2reb+2ast, C.Tucker 17+7reb+3ast, D.Onofre 13+2reb+1ast, M.Lizarraga 4+2reb, J.Alfredo Casillas 2+8reb+7ast
gschID: 536406


Navolato - Hermosillo 88-92

Leader Rayos de Hermosillo delivered the nineteenth victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (9-16) 92-88. Rayos de Hermosillo players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. American players dominated the game. Forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) notched 16 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Myke Henry (198-92, college: De Paul) supported him with 17 points. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even a double-double of 17 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists by swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette) did not help to save the game for Garra Canera de Navolato. Kevin Rogers (206-86, college: Baylor) added 20 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Rayos de Hermosillo maintains first position with 19-5 record. Garra Canera de Navolato lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 16 games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will have a break next round. Garra Canera de Navolato will play again at home against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Navolato: K.Rogers 20+9reb+1ast, D.Keller 18+4reb+5ast, J.David Estrada 17+4reb+2ast, D.Mitchell 17+12reb+6ast, E. Zuniga 7+3reb+2ast, G.Howard 5+2reb+4ast
Hermosillo: M.Henry 17+2reb+2ast, E.Little 16+6reb+3ast, A.Bell 12+1reb+4ast, J.Villanueva 12+8reb, S.Monreal 12+9ast, J.Camacho 11+6reb+1ast
gschID: 536402





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  NBA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.9
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.9 
 2. Harden, Houston R.29.2 
 3. Thomas, Boston C.28.5 
 4. Davis, N.Orleans P.28.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 6. James, Clevelan.27.2 
 7. Lillard, Portland.27.1 
 8. DeRozan, Toronto R.26.7 
 9. Leonard, San A.25.8 
 10. Curry, Golden S.25.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Miami Heat
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Whiteside, Miami Heat14.2 
 2. Jordan, LA Clippers13.8 
 3. Drummond, Detro.13.8 
 4. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.6 
 5. Howard, Atlanta H.12.5 
 6. Towns, Minnesot.12.2 
 7. Davis, N.Orleans P.12.0 
 8. Chandler, Phoenix .11.4 
 9. Love, Cleveland C.10.9 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.8 
Assists Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Harden, Houston R.10.9 
 2. Wall, Washington W.10.7 
 3. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.4 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.3 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.9.1 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.6 
 7. Teague, Indiana P.7.7 
 8. Holiday, N.Orlean.7.3 
 9. Green, Golden S.7.0 
 10. Williams, Dallas M.6.8 
Steals Per Game
 John WALL
  Washington W.
  (193-PG-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Wall, Washington W.2.0 
 2. Green, Golden S.2.0 
 3. Covington, Phi.7.1.9 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers1.9 
 5. Butler, Chicago B.1.9 
 6. Leonard, San A.1.8 
 7. Curry, Golden S.1.8 
 8. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 9. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.7 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Utah Jazz
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.6 
 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.1.8 
 8. Lopez, Brooklyn N.1.7 
 9. Nogueira, Toron.1.6 
 10. Jordan, LA Clippers1.6 


Gordon Hayward hasn't decided if he'll opt out of current Jazz deal - by Eurobasket News

Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (6'8''-G/F-90, college: Butler) said Tuesday he hasn't thought about whether he will opt out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent and will take some time off to enjoy time with his family before dealing with the "next chapter." "It's hard to think about right now, just because of the season we've had and everything we've gone through," he said at his end-of-season availability. "Today it still feels like you're looking toward the next game, looking toward the next opponent. That's obviously over. But it's hard to shut that off right away." Coach Quin Snyder said he hopes the Jazz are able to keep Hayward. "We certainly want him to continue here. There's certainly a lot of good things happening here," he said. Snyder said he has tried to emphasize to the Jazz's free agents that "until they're somewhere else, they're part of us." Jazz center Rudy Gobert (7'1''-C-92) and point guard George Hill (6'3''-PG-86, college: IUPUI) were among many Jazz players also expressing their hopes that Hayward will stay with the team. Hill said that Hayward's decision will influence his own free-agent future. Hill, who said Hayward is "like my little brother now," said he believes his teammate's "heart is here in Utah." Hayward said he didn't think about his future during the season as he kept his focus on the Jazz. Although he said he isn't ready to make a decision on his future, he said he has enjoyed his time in Salt Lake City. "It's been so much fun for me here in Utah. Kind of growing up here, starting a family," he said, adding later: "I have nothing but love for everybody here in Utah." Hayward averaged a career-best 21.9 points per game this season, along with 5.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists, to help the Jazz finish 51-31 during the regular season, and upped his averages to 22.9 PPG, 5.6 RPG and 3.6 APG to help Utah reach the second round of the NBA playoffs. Hayward led the Jazz with 25 points in their 121-95 Game 4 loss Monday to the Golden State Warriors, who completed a sweep with the victory. He was given a standing ovation by Jazz fans who chanted his name when he left the court Monday night. "Where we've come from is something I'm definitely proud of," he said. "To go from 25 wins to where we were this year, it definitely brings a smile to my face." He said winning Game 7 on the road against the Clippers is something that will stay with him "going forward and we'll see what happens."
Courtesy of: espn.com



Spurs Sneak Past Rockets In 110-107 Overtime Victory - by Eurobasket News

The Houston Rockets let a five point lead slip away in regulation and were outscored 9-6 in overtime in a 110-107 loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals Tuesday night at AT&T Center. Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) blocked a potential game tying James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) three-point attempt in the final seconds of overtime to seal the victory that puts the Spurs a win away from reaching the Western Conference finals as they lead the best-of-seven series 3-2. Patrick Mills (6'0''-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) started at point guard for the first time in the series after Dejounte Murray (6'4''-G-96, college: Washington) started the previous two games in Tony Parker's absence. Mills scored eight points in the first quarter and helped the Spurs run out to an early 22-11 lead. 'He did tonight what he's done for us the entire time he's been here,' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said about Mills. 'We just wanted to start off better offensively and not get in a hole with these guys, because if you get behind you've got bring problems.' Both teams had a chance to take a lead in the final half-minute of the game. Harden committed an offensive foul with 11.1 remaining in regulation. Spurs fans erupted as they saw a Mills three-point shot go through the net, but he didn't get the shot off before the clock hit zero sending the game into overtime tied at 101. Pace was an issue for the Rockets down the stretch as they scored just 24 points over the final 17 minutes of the game. Harden, who finished the game with a triple-double of 33 points 10 rebounds and 10 assists, cited that their inability to get stops halted their ability to get out and run down the stretch. 'In order to get out and run and play our brand of basketball we gotta get stops,' Harden said. 'They did a good job of rebounding the basketball and kind of slowed us down a little bit.' Tuesday night's game was by far the closest and most competitive of the series and the teams traded blows throughout the game with six ties and 14 lead changes. The Rockets scored the first points of the overtime with a Patrick Beverley (6'1''-PG-88, college: Arkansas) three with two minutes to play. The Spurs closed out the extra session on a 9-3 run to seal the win. The series shifts back to Toyota Center for Game Six on Thursday night.
Courtesy of: cbslocal.com



NBA Announces Opening Of Academy In India - by Eurobasket News

The NBA announced the official opening of NBA Academy India, an elite basketball training center at Jaypee Greens Integrated Sports Complex in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) for the top male and female prospects from throughout India. Twenty-one elite male prospects, who were selected following a three-month, nationwide basketball talent search, will receive scholarships and training at NBA Academy India, the first of its kind in the country. NBA Academy India will employ a holistic, 360-degree approach to player development with focuses on education, leadership, character development and life skills. As part of the program, the students will compete against top competition throughout the year and will have an opportunity to be selected for travel teams that play in international tournaments and exhibition games. 'The opening of our first academy in India is an important milestone in the NBA's efforts to grow basketball in India and demonstrates our commitment to developing talent and shaping the game's future here,' said Tatum. 'These 21 young athletes and those who will attend this academy in the years to come will receive world-class coaching and training to help them fulfill their potential on and off the court.'
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Curry's 30 lead Warriors to sweep after 121-95 win over Jazz - by Eurobasket News

The Splash Brothers provided the fast start, and the Golden State Warriors made it a quick finish to the second round. They're four wins from another NBA Finals appearance, and so far nobody can slow them down. Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) scored 30 points and the Warriors completed a second-round sweep of the Utah Jazz with a 121-95 victory Monday night. ''We have a lot of talent,'' Curry said. ''We never know who is going to have a hot night. ''We try to move the ball, use each other to create open shots and when we do that, the ball is hopping and a lot of good things happen.'' The defending Western Conference champions have won both their series in four games and now await the winner of the Rockets-Spurs series that is tied at 2-2. The Warriors kept pace with defending champion Cleveland in what has appeared like an inevitable third straight NBA Finals matchup. Both teams are 8-0 thus far. ''Steph was Steph and we fed off him,'' Warriors interim head coach Mike Brown said. Brown said before the game he hoped his team would get out to a fast start and the Warriors did exactly that. Golden State led 39-17 at the end of the first quarter after an onslaught from Klay Thompson (6'7''-G-90, college: Washington St.) and Curry. They combined to shoot 6 for 8 in the opening period. Thompson finished with 21, Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) scored 18 and Draymond Green posted his third career postseason triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 25 points and Shelvin Mack (6'3''-G-90, college: Butler) chipped in 18. ''The most important thing was we imposed our will on the game and we had the game at our pace,'' Green said. Curry entered the game averaging 26.7 points in the playoffs, but Thompson had struggled against the Jazz. That ended Monday. Thompson rebounded from a six-point effort in Game 3 with back-to-back jumpers out the gate. Curry then drained consecutive 3s and the rout was on. The Jazz started 3 for 16 from the field as Golden State hit from all areas and finished shooting 57.1 percent in the first quarter. Curry picked up right where he left off after an 11-point fourth quarter in Game 3 with a 14-point first quarter. He, Thompson and Green combined for 29 points in that first 12 minutes. The Jazz tried to put off their vacation. They used a 14-0 run early in the second quarter, sparked by the suddenly active Dante Exum (6'6''-PG-95) and Derrick Favors, to cut the lead to 10 points. Utah closed the half with a 12-2 run to trail 60-52 at halftime, but every time the Jazz made a significant run the rest of the way, the Warriors answered and pushed the lead back to double digits. The Jazz never led Monday and in three of the four games against the Warriors. Utah ended a four-year playoff drought. Hayward developed into an All-Star and Rudy Gobert became a Defensive Player of the Year candidate. The addition of veterans George Hill (6'3''-PG-86, college: IUPUI), Joe Johnson (6'7''-G-81, college: Arkansas) and Boris Diaw (6'8''-PF-82) to the young corps of Hayward, Gobert, Favors, Hood and Joe Ingles (6'8''-SF-87) turned into the team's first second-round appearance since 2010. ''It's been a unique arc for us,'' Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. ''The adversity that kind of continued to rear its head and the way these guys dealt with it. It was apropos tonight. ''What happened, happened. We got blitzed.''
Courtesy of: yahoo.com



Blazers Guard Allen Crabbe Will Have Foot Surgery - by Eurobasket News

Trail Blazers guard Allen Crabbe (6'6''-G-92, college: California) will undergo foot surgery on Thursday, the team announced in a press release. Crabbe needs to have a stress reaction of the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot repaired. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Martin O'Malley at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, the release adds. Crabbe is one of the premier sixth men in the league - and one of the more expensive reserves on any team's roster. In 79 games this past season which includes seven starts, Crabbe averaged 10.7 PPG, 2.9 RPG and 1.2 APG. His shooting was highly efficient - 48.8% overall and 44.4% from long range. No timetable was offered by the club for Crabbe's recovery, though he obviously has nearly five months to get back by training camp. A league source told ESPN's Chris B. Haynes that Crabbe is expected to be ready by the start of the season. The Blazers made a huge investment in Crabbe when they matched the Nets' four-year, $75MM offer sheet last summer after he hit the market as a restricted free agent. He's due to make $19.33MM next season and $18.5MM in 2018/19. The final year of the deal, in which he's also scheduled to receive $18.5MM, includes a player option. Crabbe's injury situation could make it even more difficult for a team heavily invested in its current roster to make moves this season.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



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Island Storm defeats Riptide in overtime to advance to second round - by Eurobasket News

The Island Storm is going to the second round of the National Basketball League of Canada playoffs. The Storm defeated the Saint John Riptide 102-96 in overtime of Game 5 Tuesday at Harbour Station in Saint John, N.B. The Storm won the best-of-five series 3-2. 'The guys are just ecstatic right now,' head coach Joe Salerno said after the game. 'Everybody contributed. We are as strong, as a team, as we have been all season at this very moment, and you couldn't ask for more going into a conference final.' The Storm started cold shooting the ball on Tuesday and was behind 24-17 after the first quarter and 45-43 at the half. Salerno said the message to the players was simple: Shoot with confidence. 'The shots are going to fall,' he told them repeatedly. 'They started falling in overtime.' The Storm won the third quarter to take a 70-64 lead to the fourth quarter. And when the game was on the line late, a team that found ways to lose close games during the regular season found ways to win when it mattered most. 'I'm just really, really proud of the guys. It was a war,' Salerno said, noting it was a tight, physical series with its share of controversy. 'To come out on top, it's just a great feeling.' Jahii Carson (5'10''-PG-92, college: Arizona St.) led the Storm with 31 points while Terry Thomas (6'4''-G/F-91) had 21 points and a team-high 12 rebounds. Akeem Ellis (6'6''-G-90, college: Coppin St.) added 18 points and seven rebounds. Gabe Freeman (6'6''-F-85, agency: Haylett Sports) had 25 points to pace the home side while Alex Campbell (6'2''-G-93, college: Windsor) chipped in 16 points and Anthony Anderson (5'11''-PG-81, college: Massachusetts) had 14 points and 11 assists. Salerno said Thomas was 'absolutely outstanding' defensively in the second half and forwards Ellis (groin) and Tirrell Baines (toe) battled through injury to help their team win. 'Both of those guys showed a ton of heart tonight, and I really think that inspired a lot of the other guys on our team to continue playing and battling,' the bench boss said. The Storm will play the winner of the Halifax-Moncton series in the league semifinal. Halifax leads 2-0 and can complete the sweep tonight in Moncton. Salerno laughed when asked what his message to the players after the game was. 'Enjoy the day off tomorrow,' he said, noting the five games in seven days was grueling. And then it will be a matter of refocusing. 'Enjoy it, but enjoy it for a day,' he said. 'Let's not settle for just wanting to get to the conference final.' Salerno told his players at the beginning of the post-season that one of the best feelings is to win a series because it means you have extended your season. 'You get to stay here and stay with your brothers and continue playing and that's what these guys are really excited about.'
Courtesy of: theguardian.pe.ca



Lightning Sweep A's In Semi-Final Series - by Eurobasket News

The London Lightning have swept the Orangeville A's 3-0 in the Central Division semi-final series, following a 121-102 victory on Tuesday. London held a 29-21 lead of the A's at the end of the first quarter and extended it to a 59-41 advantage at halftime. Orangeville couldn't catch a break in the third frame and were down 23 points going into the final quarter. The A's gained some ground in the fourth, but couldn't catch up to the Lightning before the buzzer. Royce White (6'8''-F-91, college: Iowa St.) put up 30 points and 19 rebounds for London to lead all scorers, while Garrett Williamson (6'5''-G-88, college: St.Joseph's) added another 29 points of his own. The Lightning now head to the Central Division Finals where they will take on the winner of the series between the KW Titans and the Windsor Express. Windsor currently leads the series 2-0.
Courtesy of: blackburnnews.com



NBL Canada Announces New Franchise in Sudbury - by Eurobasket News

Sudbury Wolves Sports & Entertainment (SWSE) is extremely pleased to announce, together with the National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada), the newest expansion franchise to join the league. This new Northern Ontario Franchise, yet to be named, is owned and operated by the group that includes the Sudbury Wolves and the Sudbury Spartans. SWSE and the NBL Canada are hopeful to confirm participation in the 2017-18 season as soon as late spring/early summer. Confirmation is required prior to preparing the season schedule. Both organizations are optimistic that Professional Basketball in Northern Ontario will be begin as early as next winter. 'The expansion and growth of the Sudbury Wolves family is very near and dear to my heart,' said Chairman and Owner, Dario Zulich, 'With the Spartans we complement the seasons, with Basketball we complement the facility and we broaden the entertainment options in the market. We have been watching this league for the past two seasons and we have seen significant growth in the league. The time is now right to bring Professional Basketball into the fold.' The NBL Canada is currently in the playoff season in their 6th consecutive seasons of operation and has continued to see growth year after year in both franchises, attendance and revenues. 'As the commissioner of the league, we see the opportunity to expand the league from coast to coast and Northern Ontario is a natural launching pad for that to the west, but more important for us is the opportunity to engage a model that maximizes local relationships and the synergies of the current Jr. Hockey main tenants in markets nationally', said NBL Canada Commissioner David Magley. Magley's basketball career extends over 40 years from his playing days in high school through college and into his professional time in the NBA and internationally. He has coached for more than 20 years and has coached in the NBL. 'We have the opportunity to grow the game, integrate into a wonderful market like Sudbury, smack in the middle of Northeastern Ontario. The reality of Sudbury is that it is on the door step, the back door step, of one of the biggest markets in North America and it is a beautiful place to live.' The league currently has 10 teams, 5 in Atlantic Canada that play in the Eastern Conference and 5 that play out of southern Ontario cities in the Central Conference. Magley Coached the team in Brampton before it moved to Orangeville 2 seasons ago when he took on the challenge of commissioner and growing the league. 'There has been a number of dramatic changes in the Greater Sudbury Sports landscape in the past year and that's an exciting time for the entire community,' said Andrew Dale, VP Marketing + Development with the Sudbury Wolves and partner of Zulich and Perry Dellelce in the proposed regional entertainment district on the Kingsway known locally at True North Strong. 'We have always focused on a model that hosted 100+ events per year, coupled with big national events to make the Event Centre in our region a success. We have a very strong basketball community in Greater Sudbury and Northern Ontario, similar to the Football community, tight knit and passionate. We are excited about basketball because it is an international game for an international mining city! Basketball offers a dynamic complement to the core institutions like the Wolves and Spartans. Positioned properly with the right mix, our goal is to make this Northern Ontario's team and see passionate basketball fans join us from all over Northeastern Ontario and Western Quebec.'
Courtesy of: nblcanada.ca



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University of Nevada Reno and Coach Eric Musselman agree to 5-year contract - by Eurobasket News

The University of Nevada men's basketball coach Eric Musselman has signed a new 5-year contract with the Wolf Pack. The contract locks Musselman in through the 2021-22 season. Musselman led the Silver and Blue to its first Mountain West regular season and tournament titles during the 2016-17 season. The Mountain West title earned the Pack its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 10 years. The additional compensation for the new contract is being generated mainly from two sources, private donors, and community support through tickets sales. A group of donors has signed multi-year pledges through the UNR Foundation to assist with the compensation. The community support shown over the last year was evident as Nevada averaged a school record 8,923 fans and had six games of over 10,000 at Lawlor Events Center. 'Coach Eric Musselman has revitalized our men's basketball program in a rather historic manner since he was named head coach two years ago. We are now the defending Mountain West Conference champions, and we are fresh off our first NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament appearance since 2007,' Marc Johnson, President, University of Nevada, Reno, said. 'But perhaps more than all of this, Coach Musselman and the student-athletes he has recruited to our University have re-connected the program with our community in a very special way. We are pleased that Coach Musselman will remain our men's basketball coach for many years to come. We are equally excited about the direction Doug Knuth is taking our intercollegiate athletics program, and how this program reflects the core missions of our University,' Johnson added. 'My family and I could not be happier to continue to be part of the University of Nevada and the Northern Nevada community,' Musselman said. 'We are very grateful to President Johnson and Doug Knuth for the commitment they have made to me and the Nevada basketball program. After taking over a nine-win program in 2015, Musselman led his first Pack squad to a 15-win improvement and the College Basketball Invitation (CBI) title. Nevada finished 24-14 and captured the first postseason titled in school and Mountain West history. Musselman was named the 2016 MW Coach of the Year by Bleacher Report and the 2017 District VIII Coach of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association. He became just the second coach in school history to produce back-to-back 20 win seasons in his first two years.
Courtesy of: mynews4.com



Minnesota transfer Ahmad Gilbert commits to Rider - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota Golden Gophers sophomore Ahmad Gilbert (6'6''-G) has transferred to Rider, a source tells FanRag Sports. Gilbert averaged just 5 minutes per game off the bench for the Gophers this past season. Gilbert rarely saw the floor once conference play began, playing just 2 minutes per game over four separate conference games. On the year, he scored 25 total points on 8-for-27 shooting, primarily living behind the 3-point line, as he went 7-for-22 from long range. As a freshman in 2015-16, he averaged 14 minutes per game, while adding 3.4 points per game. Similarly, he struggled from the field, shooting 30.4 percent overall and 22.2 percent from deep. The Golden Gophers entered the NCAA Tournament in 2016-17 as a No. 5 seed, before being eliminated in the first round by Middle Tennessee State. Gilbert failed to play in that contest, last having appeared with the team on Feb. 19. The Rider Broncs are coming off an 18-15 season, which was not good enough to earn them an NCAA Tournament bid out of the MAAC. The team will lose its top two scorers from last season due to graduation. Gilbert, a Philadelphia native, will now head back to New Jersey for his final two seasons of college ball.
Courtesy of: fanragsports.com



5-Star PG Tyger Campbell Commits to DePaul, Will Reclassify to Class of '18 - by Eurobasket News

DePaul has landed a potential game-changing recruit in the form of 5-star point guard Tyger Campbell (6'0''-PG). Jeff Borzello of ESPN first reported the news, noting the class of 2019 player will try to reclassify for 2018. Scout.com currently lists Campbell as the No. 21 player in the 2019 class and No. 5 point guard, although that could change if he ends up entering school a year earlier. Although he had numerous offers from around the country, he made a bit of a surprise pick with DePaul, a team that has only won nine games in each of the past two seasons. "Mainly what I like about the school is I want to help bring it back," Campbell said, per Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "I love Chicago. It's a great city. I want to bring the city a college back to cheer for." "Really when I sat down with the coaches and they just told me really what they've expected of me. It all became real after that. They got the new arena and that will be amazing." The 5'10", 155-pound player is undersized, but he makes up for it with excellent handle and quickness to create open shots for himself and others. He finishes with consistency and is an above-average shooter from beyond the arc. While just a sophomore, Campbell played a big role in La Lumiere's win at the Dick's Sporting Goods High School Nationals. While McDonald's All-Americans Jaren Jackson and Brian Bowen led the way, the point guard tallied 10 points and seven assists in the finals. He will now hope to bring that winning mentality to DePaul, a program that hasn't reached the NCAA tournament since 2004.
Courtesy of: bleacherreport.com



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Final Four series to be hosted by Tauranga - by Eurobasket News

Tauranga has been given the hosting rights for the National Basketball League's 2017 Final Four, which are the semi-finals and finals of the NZ NBL. The NBL Final Four will be played over the weekend of Friday 16 and Saturday 17 June. The semi-finals will take place on the Friday at 5pm and 7pm, with the Final scheduled for Saturday evening at 5pm. All games during the Final Four will be livestreamed via www.basketballtv.co.nz NBL Chairman Iain Potter welcomed Tauranga as the venue. 'One of the strengths of the NBL across the country is the incredible support teams receive and whilst Tauranga has put a bid in for a team in 2018 onwards, it is not the basis for the 2017 Finals destination' he explained. 'Tauranga have been very fortunate to have held previously successful basketball events in the region with the Tall Blacks, Tall Ferns and NZ Breakers and are delighted to be able to showcase now the top four NBL teams. It's shaping up to be a fantastic weekend an opportunity for the city.' This year's NBL is already into the second half of the competition and whilst some teams looked to have secured a Final Four spot with just five weeks to go, some close games now mean other teams are still vying for a final spot. Whoever finally makes it through, the Final Four promises to be a very exciting weekend.
Courtesy of: basketball.org.nz



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Star Hotshots welcome back Ratliffe, ex Samsung Th. - by Eurobasket News

Purefoods Star Hotshots (PBA) landed 28-year old South Korean forward Ricardo Ratliffe (203-109kg-89, college: Missouri). It is actually his comeback to Pasig City as he has played here before. Ratliffe has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Ratliffe He moved there from Seoul Samsung Thunders in South Korean KBL league where he played the last season. In 70 games he averaged impressive 24.7ppg, 13.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1bpg this season. The last season Ratliffe played at Star Hotshots. In 8 PBA games he had very remarkable stats: 27.5ppg, 18.1rpg, 2.4apg and 1.3bpg. He was selected to Korean KBL All-Star Game in 2016 and 2017.
Among other achievements Ratliffe won Korean KBL championship title for three years in a row (between 2013 and 2015). Ratliffe was a member of South Korean Senior National Team in 2014.
He has played also professionally in South Korea for Mobis Phoebus.
Ratliffe attended University of Missouri until 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

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Brownlee saves Ginebra; Mahindra wins; Star, GlobalPort changes imports - by Aris Ignacio

Justin Brownlee (197-F-88, college: St.John's) once again played the hero's role in lifting Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings in a 103-102 win over the Alaska Aces to push its winning streak to five in the ongoing Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner's Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum last May 7 (Manila time).

Brownlee converted a late three-point play that pushed the Kings into victory after they saw the Aces make a comeback and almost stole the game.

The Kings' all-around import delivered a performance resulting with a game-high 37 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, four blocks and three steals.

Alaska was led by Cory Jefferson (206-F-90, college: Baylor) with 25 points while adding 18 rebounds and was instrumental in the Aces' lead with a little over three minutes left in the match.

In the first game, the Mahindra Floodbuster with the help of two new acquisitions, edged Blackwater Elite, 96-87, to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Glenn Khobuntin and Eric Camson (193-F-90), whom the Floodbusters acquired from a trade with star Alex Mallari (193-G/F-87, college: Lewis-Clark St.), made an immediate impact in the win to snap a five-game losing streak.

Guard Reden Celda (183-G) and reinforcement Keith Wright (203-F-89, college: Harvard) scored 18 and 16 points respectively as Mahindra improved to 2-7 win-loss record tying their victims in the process.

The Elite was paced by National Basketball Association (NBA) veteran Greg Smith (208-C-91, college: Fresno St.), who finished the game with 29 points, 25 rebounds, six assists, and one block in 43 minutes in a losing effort.

In other news, the Star Hotshots and the GlobalPort Batang Pier will be changing reinforcements to bolster their campaign in the current conference.

The Hotshots will be bringing back Ricardo Ratliffe (203-F-89, college: Missouri), Star's import from last year's Commissioner's Cup, replacing the foul-prone Tony Mitchell (203-F-92, college: N.Texas).

Ratliffe, a 6-foot-8 American forward, averaged 27.5 points, 18.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.3 blocks in eight games.

The Star import will be making his return on May 10 (Manila time) against the TNT KaTropa at the Mall of Asia Arena.

GlobalPort will be making its third import change in bringing NBA veteran Justin Harper (208-F-89, college: Richmond).

Harper had stints with the Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons and the Philadelphia 76ers and will be having his debut in the first game of the May 10 matchup against the playoff bound Meralco Bolts.

The scores:

Mahindra (96) - Celda 18, Wright 16, Khobuntin 15, Camson 9, Paniamogan 8, Corpuz 8, Caperal 6, Revilla 4, Ballesteros 4, Teng 3, Yee 3, Salva 2, Elorde 0.

Blackwater (87) - Smith 29, Canaleta 11, Pascual 11, Digregorio 9, Cruz 9, Sena 7, Sumang 4, Gamalinda 4, Aguilar 2, Banal 1, Buenafe 0, Pinto 0.

Quarterscores: 25-26, 48-48, 68-70, 96-87.

The scores:

Barangay Ginebra (103) - Brownlee 37, Devance 12, Tenorio 11, Thompson 11, Caguioa 10, Ferrer 6, Mercado 6, Ellis 6, Marcelo 4, Cruz 0.

Alaska (102) - Jefferson 25, Manuel 13, Casio 12, Thoss 9, Banchero 9, Hontiveros 9, Racal 8, Exciminiano 7, Enciso 6, Pascual 4, Andrada 0, Mendoza 0.

Quarterscores: 32-30, 57-56, 87-76, 103-102.

Aris Ignacio is from the Philippines and has always been a big fan of Philippine basketball. Aris' follows the Philippine Basketball Association since the late 80's and has learned the history and personalities of the PBA. He also has interest with other basketball tournaments in the Philippines and beyond most specifically college basketball (UAAP, NCAA), the Asian Basketball League (ABL), FIBA Asia and World Cup tournaments. Follow Aris Ignacio on Twitter at aris_ignacio.



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DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis RELEFORD
  Siarka
  (198-SG-90)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Releford, Siarka18.1 
 2. Szubarga, Asseco18.0 
 3. Czerapowicz, Kro.17.7 
 4. Ireland, Trefl S.17.4 
 5. Brown, Szczecin16.4 
 6. Miles, Polpharma15.5 
 7. Matczak, Asseco14.7 
 8. Michalak, PGE T.14.6 
 9. Lewis, Energa C.14.1 
 10. Kikowski, Szczecin14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zane KNOWLES
  Siarka
  (208-C-92)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Knowles, Siarka10.9 
 2. King, Stal Ostrow10.8 
 3. Fraser, Polfarme.9.0 
 4. Markovic, Trefl S.8.8 
 5. Peterson, Start L.8.7 
 6. Harris, AZS K.8.6 
 7. Bartosz, Polfarme.8.2 
 8. Kravish, Energa C.8.0 
 9. Archibeque, PGE T.7.1 
 10. Czerapowicz, Kro.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Energa C.
  (175-PG-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Blassingame, Energa C.7.0 
 2. Johnson, Stal O.7.0 
 3. Robinson, Szczecin5.7 
 4. Brown, Siarka5.6 
 5. Grzelinski, Siarka5.6 
 6. Laczynski, Anwil5.6 
 7. Koszarek, Stelm.5.4 
 8. Wiggins, Start Lublin5.2 
 9. Szubarga, Asseco5.0 
 10. Lewis, Energa C.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  Szczecin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Robinson, Szczecin2.2 
 2. Brown, Siarka1.9 
 3. Johnson, Stal O.1.9 
 4. Markovic, Trefl S.1.9 
 5. Lewis, Energa C.1.8 
 6. Grochowski, Polfarme.1.7 
 7. Wiggins, Start Lublin1.6 
 8. Millage, AZS K.1.6 
 9. Laczynski, Anwil1.6 
 10. Manigault, AZS K.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin JACKSON
  Energa C.
  (204-C/F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Jackson, Energa C.1.8 
 2. Knowles, Siarka1.6 
 3. King, Stal Ostrow1.3 
 4. Kravish, Energa C.1.3 
 5. Sajus, Polpharma1.2 
 6. Robbins, Szczecin1.1 
 7. Weaver, Torun1.1 
 8. Wyka, Krosno1.1 
 9. Gabinski, Polfarme.1.0 
 10. Harris, AZS K.1.0 



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Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Michael ROSARIO
  Quebradillas
  (190-SG-90)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Rosario, Quebradillas23.1 
 2. Liz, Ponce19.3 
 3. Warrick, Ponce18.7 
 4. Huertas, Arecibo18.7 
 5. Arroyo, Fajardo18.6 
 6. Costner, Humacao18.4 
 7. Wilkins, Guayama18.1 
 8. Laury, Mayaguez18.0 
 9. Mendoza, Aguada17.1 
 10. Akindele, Bayamon16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Dawson, Ponce10.8 
 2. Akindele, Bayamon10.3 
 3. Collier, Mayaguez9.5 
 4. Famous, Humacao8.7 
 5. James, Fajardo8.7 
 6. Laury, Mayaguez8.6 
 7. James, Fajardo8.1 
 8. Lalanne, Arecibo7.8 
 9. Behanan, Arecibo7.7 
 10. Gaston, Aguada7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos ARROYO
  Fajardo
  (188-PG-79)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Arroyo, Fajardo6.9 
 2. Abreu, Aguada6.7 
 3. Fitch, Quebradillas6.6 
 4. Browne, San German6.5 
 5. Guzman, Humacao6.4 
 6. Garcia, Quebradillas5.8 
 7. Gonzalez, Bayamon5.4 
 8. Smith, Quebradillas5.4 
 9. Clemente, Arecibo5.3 
 10. Soto, Bayamon4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (188-SG-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Liz, Ponce1.9 
 2. Smith, Quebradillas1.6 
 3. Cintron-C., Humac.1.5 
 4. Fitch, Quebradillas1.4 
 5. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 6. Belardo, Ponce1.4 
 7. Carmona, Quebradillas1.3 
 8. Romero, San German1.3 
 9. Abreu, Aguada1.3 
 10. Duran, Mayaguez1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. James, Fajardo2.5 
 2. Penn, Guayama1.9 
 3. Diaz, Quebradillas1.7 
 4. Hernandez, Quebradi.1.1 
 5. Akindele, Bayamon1.1 
 6. Smith, Quebradillas1.0 
 7. Lalanne, Arecibo1.0 
 8. Dawson, Ponce0.9 
 9. Collier, Mayaguez0.9 
 10. Gaston, Aguada0.9 


Fitch number one in Puerto Rico for week 16 - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Gerald Fitch (191-G-82) had an amazing evening in the last week for Quebradillas, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 16.
The 34-year old player was the main contributor (18 points, eight rebounds and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush San German (#10, 5-10) with 22-point margin 99-77. Quebradillas is placed at 3rd position in Puerto Rican BSN. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Quebradillas will need more victories to improve their 8-4 record. Fitch just recently signed at Quebradillas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former University of Kentucky star has very solid stats this year. Fitch is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 6.6apg) and averages impressive 53.8% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last week's games was 30-year old American point guard Denis Clemente (183-PG-86) of Arecibo. Clemente had a very good evening with 26 points and 4 assists. It was enough for Arecibo to edge the higher-ranked Aguada (#1, 12-3) 91-88. Arecibo'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 7-8 record. Clemente is a newcomer at Arecibo, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last week was American forward David Laury (206-F-90) of Mayaguez (#8). Laury scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Laury's great performance Mayaguez lost 64-73 to slightly higher-ranked Bayamon (#7, 7-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Mayaguez not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 8 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Laury could try to bring Mayaguez's a little bit higher in the standings. Laury has individually a great season in Puerto Rico. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 8.6rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gary Browne (185-G-93) of San German - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Ismael Romero (203-C-91) of Bayamon - 17 points and 12 rebounds
6. Rigoberto Mendoza (190-G-92) of Aguada - 21 points and 3 rebounds
7. Carlos Lopez-Sosa (208-F-90) of San German - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Donta Smith (201-SF-83) of Quebradillas - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Juan Pineiro (193-G-90) of Guayama - 12 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88) of San German - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists

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



Guayama lands Chane Behanan - by Eurobasket News

Brujos de Guayama (BSN) tabbed 25-year old American forward Chane Behanan (198-113kg-92, college: Louisville) from Capitanes de Arecibo. In 14 BSN games in Puerto Rico he averaged 12.3ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg this season. This season Behanan played at another team Salt Lake City Stars in U.S. semi-pro D-League where in 16 BSN games he had 8.6ppg and 5.5rpg.
Three years ago he was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in first round (14th overall).
Behanan attended University of Louisville until 2014 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements Behanan won Dominican Rep. LNB North Division championship title in 2016. He received also Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN 2nd Team award in 2016.
Behanan is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in five different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Behanan has played previously professionally in Germany (Science City Jena), Mexico (Soles), Dominican Republic (Metros de Santiago) and D-League (Reno Bighorns).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Souberbielle is back at Ponce, ex Malvin - by Eurobasket News

Leones de Ponce (BSN) agreed terms with 26-year old Uruguayan forward Marcel Souberbielle (200-91kg-91, college: Indiana, PA). It is actually his comeback to Leones as he has played here before. Souberbielle He moved there from Malvin in Uruguayan LUB league where he started the season. In 34 games he had 7.6ppg and 2.2rpg this season. The last summer Souberbielle played at Leones. In 15 BSN games he recorded 3.3ppg and 1.1rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Souberbielle won Uruguay LUB championship title in 2015. He was also voted All-PSAC West Division 1st Team back in 2014.
Souberbielle has played also professionally for other Uruguayan teams like Uruguay for 25 de Agosto Cader.
He attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania until 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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BSN Round 16: #1 Santeros are defeated by Capitanes - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all visitors won their games.

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Santeros (12-3) in Coamo on Monday night. Hosts were edged by sixth ranked Capitanes (7-8) 91-88. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-20. But Santeros won second period 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Capitanes made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Strangely Santeros outrebounded Capitanes 38-22 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Denis Clemente (183-86, college: Kansas St.) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 4 assists and the former international swingman David Huertas (195-87, college: Mississippi) who added 24 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) responded with 21 points. Santeros' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion maintains sixth position with 7-8 record. Santeros at the other side still keep top place with three games lost. Capitanes are looking forward to face higher ranked Caciques (#4) in Humacao in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Santeros will play on the road against Atleticos in San German and are hoping to win this game.
The game in San German supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Piratas (8-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Atleticos (5-10). Piratas smashed Atleticos 99-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Atleticos. The winners were led by American guard Gerald Fitch (191-82, college: Kentucky) who scored that evening 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and Michael Rosario supported him with 23 points. Even 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists by American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) did not help to save the game for Atleticos. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Piratas moved-up to third place. Atleticos at the other side keep the eighth position with ten games lost. Piratas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Atleticos will play at home against the league's leader Santeros (#1) and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Mayaguez was also quite interesting. Seventh ranked Vaqueros (6-9) played at the court of 8th ranked Indios (4-8). Vaqueros managed to secure a 9-point victory 73-64 on Sunday. Ismael Romero fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. David Laury produced 21 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vaqueros maintains seventh position with 6-9 record. Loser Indios dropped to the ninth place with eight games lost. Vaqueros will meet at home higher ranked Caciques (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Indios will play against the league's second-placed Fajardo (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.

In the last game of round 16 San German won against Guayama on the opponent's court 77-68.

San German - Quebradillas 77-99

The game in San German supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Piratas (8-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Atleticos (5-10). Piratas smashed Atleticos 99-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Atleticos. It looked good early as Atleticos took a 5-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Piratas had a 31-17 second period charge getting the lead and Atleticos were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-99. Piratas dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Atleticos' 34. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. Piratas brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The winners were led by American guard Gerald Fitch (191-82, college: Kentucky) who scored that evening 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international Michael Rosario (190-90, college: Florida) supported him with 23 points. Four Piratas players scored in double figures. Even 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists by American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) did not help to save the game for Atleticos. His fellow American import swingman Courtney Fells (196-86, college: N.Carolina St.) added 17 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Piratas moved-up to third place. Atleticos at the other side keep the eighth position with ten games lost. Piratas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Atleticos will play at home against the league's leader Santeros (#1) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
San German: C.Fells 17+6reb+2ast, J.Keenan 17+5reb+6ast, A.Franklin 16+1reb+2ast, C.Lopez-Sosa 8+9reb+2ast, T.Polo 7+2reb, C.Figueroa 5+1reb
Quebradillas: M.Rosario 23+3reb+2ast, G.Fitch 18+8reb+6ast, J.Mojica 13+3ast, D.Smith 13+6reb+5ast, J.Garcia 6+2reb+3ast, J.Bryan Diaz 6+8reb+4ast
gschID: 540132


Aguada - Arecibo 88-91

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Santeros (12-3) in Coamo on Monday night. Hosts were edged by sixth ranked Capitanes (7-8) 91-88. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-20. But Santeros won second period 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Capitanes made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Strangely Santeros outrebounded Capitanes 38-22 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Denis Clemente (183-86, college: Kansas St.) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 4 assists and the former international swingman David Huertas (195-87, college: Mississippi) who added 24 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) responded with 21 points and international point guard Alex Abreu (180-91, college: W.Georgia) scored 15 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Santeros' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion maintains sixth position with 7-8 record. Santeros at the other side still keep top place with three games lost. Capitanes are looking forward to face higher ranked Caciques (#4) in Humacao in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Santeros will play on the road against Atleticos in San German and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Aguada: R.Mendoza 21+3reb+1ast, A.Abreu 15+3reb+5ast, G.Clavell 14+3reb+1ast, E.Andujar 11+6reb+2ast, O.Samhan 7+9reb+3ast, C.Gaston 6+10reb+1ast
Arecibo: D.Clemente 26+1reb+4ast, D.Huertas 24+1reb+4ast, A.Matias 14+1ast, C.Lalanne 12+8reb, A.Alamo 9+6reb+1ast, A.Cruz 3+1reb+3ast
gschID: 540131


Mayaguez - Bayamon 64-73

The game in Mayaguez was also quite interesting. Seventh ranked Vaqueros (6-9) played at the court of 8th ranked Indios (4-8). Vaqueros managed to secure a 9-point victory 73-64 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Indios won third quarter 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Vaqueros won last quarter 20-13. Cuban center Ismael Romero (203-91, agency: Paris Global Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Naturalized Mexican guard Joseph Soto (190-93) chipped in 15 points and 7 assists. Four Vaqueros players scored in double figures. American forward David Laury (206-90, college: Iona) produced 21 points and 9 rebounds and international Devon Collier (203-91, college: Oregon St.) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vaqueros maintains seventh position with 6-9 record. Loser Indios dropped to the ninth place with eight games lost. Vaqueros will meet at home higher ranked Caciques (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Indios will play against the league's second-placed Fajardo (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Mayaguez: D.Laury 21+9reb+3ast, D.Collier 15+5reb+2ast, C.Duran 11+3reb+5ast, K.Young 4+4reb, J.Rodriguez 4+3reb+2ast, J.Southerland 3+2reb
Bayamon: I.Romero 17+12reb, J.Soto 15+4reb+7ast, H.Hernandez 14+5reb+2ast, J.Gonzalez 10+2reb+3ast, B.Santiago 9+3reb, J.Villegas 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 540129


Guayama - San German 68-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Brujos' (4-10) home loss to eighth ranked Atleticos (5-10) 68-77 on Sunday. Brujos were trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 20-6 charge of Atleticos, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Brujos to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Brujos 39-27 including 30 on the defensive glass. Atleticos looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international forward Carlos Lopez-Sosa (208-90, college: UNLV, agency: Paris Global Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Gary Browne (185-93, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Atleticos players scored in double figures. Atleticos' coach Wilhelmus Caanen used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international Ricardo Sanchez (212-87, agency: BeoBasket) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and Cuban guard Juan Pineiro (193-90, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Atleticos maintains eighth position with 5-10 record. Loser Brujos dropped to the tenth place with ten games lost. Atleticos will meet at home league's leader Santeros in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Brujos will play against Leones (#5) in Juana Diaz and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Guayama: R.Sanchez 14+10reb+1ast, D.Wilkins 13+1reb+2ast, J.Pineiro 12+2reb+4ast, D.Hinson 8+3reb+5ast, K.Vinales 8+1reb+1ast, K.Penn 6+5reb
San German: C.Lopez-Sosa 19+12reb+3ast, I.Sosa Carrion 16+3reb+3ast, G.Browne 15+10reb+6ast, J.Keenan 15+1reb+2ast, C.Fells 5+2reb+3ast, A.Franklin 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 540130





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Liga Nationala Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Steaua and Oradea claim victories - by Eurobasket News

Steaua CSM - CSU Sibiu 81-79

Steaua held off CSU Sibiu to take 2-1 lead in the series. It looked good early as CSU Sibiu took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Steaua CSM had a 24-18 second period charge getting the lead and CSU Sibiu was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 79-81. Steaua CSM made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. It was a good game for Lithuanian guard Marius Runkauskas (189-86, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 4 assists. American guard Morris Curry (181-87, college: Providence, agency: Inception Sports) contributed with 15 points for the winners. The former international forward Bogdan Popescu (200-78, college: Alaska-Fairb.) answered with 25 points and 5 rebounds and American power forward Chris Cooper (205-90, college: ODU) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for CSU Sibiu. Five Steaua CSM and four CSU Sibiu players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Steaua CSM: M.Runkauskas 23+3reb+4ast, M.Curry 15+2reb+3ast, N.Malesevic 12+3reb+1ast, R.Falker 11+5reb+3ast, D.Dudzinski 10+6reb, Y.Frasenyuk 8+5reb
CSU Sibiu: B.Popescu 25+5reb+3ast, I.Mijajlovic 14+3ast, C.Cooper 13+8reb+1ast, B.Lalovic 11+3reb+1ast, R.Paliciuc 7+2reb, M.Davis 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 545249


Oradea - UBT Cluj Napoca 69-59

Oradea outgunned Cluj Napoca at home court to cut the deficit in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Oradea. UBT Cluj Napoca managed to win second period 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Sean Barnette (197-86, college: Wingate) who scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 24 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Senegalese power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette) who recorded 16 points and 9 rebounds and the former international Vlad Moldoveanu (206-88, college: American) added 5 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Oradea: M.Zeno 24+3reb+3ast, S.Barnette 20+8reb+3ast, M.Pasalic 6+2reb+3ast, S.Denison 6+3reb+3ast, T.Nicoara 5+2reb, B.Tibirna 4+9reb
UBT Cluj Napoca: O.Barro 16+9reb+2ast, A.Rasic 12+2reb, F.Adamovic 10+1reb+5ast, K.Dykes 9+2reb+5ast, V.Moldoveanu 5+8reb+4ast, M.Pustozvonov 4+2reb
gschID: 545248





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KLS Round 6 (Superliga): Derby game ends with Partizan's defeat of FMP - by Eurobasket News

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Beograd: Partizan (#3) and FMP (#2). Partizan (5-1) won against visiting FMP (4-2) 82-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of FMP. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 39-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 27 personal fouls committed by FMP helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for center Uros Lukovic (213-89, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 8 rebounds. American point guard Wiliam Hatcher (188-84, college: Miami, OH, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 11 points and 5 assists for the winners. Dejan Davidovac (202-95, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for FMP. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Partizan have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. FMP at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. Partizan are looking forward to face Mega Leks (#5) in Sremska Mitrovica in the next round. FMP will play at home against Borac and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Crvena Zvezda (6-0) which played road game in Cacak against 4th ranked Borac (2-4). Top-ranked Crvena Zvezda had an easy win 85-65. Ognjen Dobric (198-94, agency: BeoBasket) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Stefan Jovic chipped in 11 points and 6 assists during the contest. Crvena Zvezda's coach Dejan Radonjic used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Bosnian power forward Aleksandar Todorovic (206-87) with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Undefeated Crvena Zvezda have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 6-0 record. Borac at the other side dropped to the sixth place with four games lost. Crvena Zvezda's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd Dynamic BG.
Bottom-ranked Vrsac is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their sixth consecutive match to sixth ranked Dynamic BG (3-3) 89-81 on Tuesday evening. Devin Brooks notched 23 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort. Even 22 points by Bojan Krstovic did not help to save the game for Vrsac. Vrsac's coach Vladimir Djokic rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Dynamic BG moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Mega Leks. Loser Vrsac still closes the standings with six games lost. Dynamic BG's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena Crvena Zvezda.
The game in Subotica was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Mega Leks (3-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Spartak (1-5). Mega Leks defeated Spartak 88-72. The best player for the winners was Radosav Spasojevic who scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Mega Leks' coach Dejan Milojevic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Mega Leks moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Dynamic BG. Spartak lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with five games lost. Mega Leks' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Partizan in Beograd and it may be the game of the week. Spartak will play on the road against Vrsac (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Partizan - FMP 82-71

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Beograd: Partizan (#3) and FMP (#2). Partizan (5-1) won against visiting FMP (4-2) 82-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of FMP. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 39-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 27 personal fouls committed by FMP helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for center Uros Lukovic (213-89, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 8 rebounds. American point guard Wiliam Hatcher (188-84, college: Miami, OH, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 11 points and 5 assists for the winners. Five Partizan players scored in double figures. Dejan Davidovac (202-95, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Australian forward Jonah Bolden (208-96, college: UCLA) added 14 points in the effort for FMP. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Partizan have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. FMP at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. Partizan are looking forward to face Mega Leks (#5) in Sremska Mitrovica in the next round. FMP will play at home against Borac and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
FMP: J.Bolden 14+4reb, D.Apic 11+3reb+3ast, D.Davidovac 9+5reb+4ast, N.Zizic 9+2reb+1ast, M.Ljubicic 8+4ast, S.Lazarevic 8+5reb+4ast
Partizan: U.Lukovic 15+8reb, A.Vrabac 14+1reb, S.Bircevic 13+3reb+2ast, W.Hatcher 11+3reb+5ast, B.Ratkovica 10+6ast, S.Pot 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 544625


Spartak - Mega Leks 72-88

The game in Subotica was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Mega Leks (3-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Spartak (1-5). Mega Leks defeated Spartak 88-72. Spartak was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 48-30 second half run of Mega Leks. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak's 28. The best player for the winners was Montenegrin power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Sava Lesic (205-88, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. Four Mega Leks players scored in double figures. Mega Leks' coach Dejan Milojevic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Montenegrin Ivan Jelenic (192-85) who recorded 26 points and guard Milos Nikolic (185-96, agency: Mansfield and Associates) added 14 points respectively. Mega Leks moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Dynamic BG. Spartak lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with five games lost. Mega Leks' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Partizan in Beograd and it may be the game of the week. Spartak will play on the road against Vrsac (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spartak: I.Jelenic 26+3reb+3ast, M.Nikolic 14+2reb+3ast, N.Jovisic 9+2reb, P.Prlja 8+8reb+1ast, S.Matic 7+2reb, N.Miscevic 6+4reb+2ast
Mega Leks: R.Spasojevic 16+5reb+3ast, K.Mushidi 14+4reb+1ast, J.Novak 13+3reb+2ast, O.Jaramaz 13+1reb+2ast, S.Lesic 11+7reb+1ast, N.Rebic 10+1ast
gschID: 544624


Dynamic BG - Vrsac 89-81

Bottom-ranked Vrsac is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their sixth consecutive match to sixth ranked Dynamic BG (3-3) 89-81 on Tuesday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 25-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Dynamic BG dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Vrsac's 30. They outrebounded Vrsac 39-21 including a 18-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Devin Brooks (186-92, college: Creighton) notched 23 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and swingman Marko Cakarevic (200-88) supported him with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Even 22 points by guard Bojan Krstovic (194-80, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Vrsac. Australian guard Mirko Djeric (191-95) added 18 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Vrsac's coach Vladimir Djokic rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Dynamic BG moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Mega Leks. Loser Vrsac still closes the standings with six games lost. Dynamic BG's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena Crvena Zvezda.
Top scorers:
Vrsac: B.Krstovic 22+3reb+1ast, M.Djeric 18+5reb+3ast, N.Jeftic 14+3reb+2ast, M.Pavkovic 10+6ast, Y.Minchev 6+5reb+1ast, S.Mitrovic 5+1reb
Dynamic BG: D.Brooks 23+9reb+7ast, M.Cakarevic 21+12reb+2ast, S.Gavrilovic 11+4reb, P.Sedmak 11+1reb, A.Stevanovic 10+2reb, A.Radulovic 5+5ast
gschID: 544623


Borac - Crvena Zvezda 65-85

An interesting game for Crvena Zvezda (6-0) which played road game in Cacak against 4th ranked Borac (2-4). Top-ranked Crvena Zvezda had an easy win 85-65. It looked good early as Borac took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Crvena Zvezda had a 21-12 second period charge getting the lead and Borac was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-85. Crvena Zvezda dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Borac's 22. They outrebounded Borac 36-24 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Ognjen Dobric (198-94, agency: BeoBasket) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Stefan Jovic (198-90) chipped in 11 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Crvena Zvezda players scored in double figures. Crvena Zvezda's coach Dejan Radonjic used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Bosnian power forward Aleksandar Todorovic (206-87) with 19 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Marko Radonjic (191-93) scored 9 points and 4 assists. Crvena Zvezda have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 6-0 record. Borac at the other side dropped to the sixth place with four games lost. Crvena Zvezda's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd Dynamic BG.
Top scorers:
Borac: A.Todorovic 19+6reb, M.Marinovic 10+1reb+5ast, N.Todorovic 9+6reb+1ast, M.Radonjic 9+3reb+4ast, M.Milovanovic 7+4reb+1ast, I.Djokovic 4+1reb+1ast
Crvena Zvezda: O.Dobric 20+8reb+1ast, D.Thompson 12+1reb, S.Jovic 11+3reb+6ast, M.Guduric 10+7reb+2ast, N.Dangubic 10+1reb+1ast, L.Mitrovic 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 544622





Basketball clinic Belgrade 2017. - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian association of basketball coaches organize 17 consecutive Basketball clinic Belgrade Traditionally Basketball clinic will be in SC "Sumice" in Belgrade in period June 24 - 25, 2017. First two confirmed speakers are coach Dusko Vujosevic (agency: BeoBasket ) and Filip Mihailovic, strength and condition coach. Topic of lectures and new speakers Serbian basketball association will announce until of this month.




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Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Duda SANADZE
  KK Primo.
  (196-G-92)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Sanadze, KK Primo.17.2 
 2. Tratnik, Zlatorog16.6 
 3. Span, Zlatorog16.0 
 4. Davis, Rogaska15.5 
 5. Jefferson, Un.Olimp.15.4 
 6. Oliver, Un.Olimpija15.2 
 7. Ferme, Rogaska15.1 
 8. Cup, Hopsi Polzela14.6 
 9. Robbins, LTH C.14.5 
 10. Cebasek, Hopsi P.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jakob CEBASEK
  Hopsi P.
  (200-G/F-91)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Cebasek, Hopsi P.8.6 
 2. Johns, Rogaska8.2 
 3. Spicer, Tajfun7.9 
 4. Tratnik, Zlatorog7.4 
 5. Oliver, Un.Olimpija7.3 
 6. Cerkovnik, Terme O.7.0 
 7. Pavic, Sencur Gor.6.8 
 8. Bolcina, Helios6.2 
 9. Atanackovic, Helios6.2 
 10. Miljkovic, Zlatorog5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Danijel VUJASINOVIC
  Tajfun
  (184-PG-89)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Vujasinovic, Tajfun8.3 
 2. Mocnik, Helios6.1 
 3. Curry, Helios5.6 
 4. Ferme, Rogaska4.9 
 5. Baric, Zlatorog4.9 
 6. Sajevic, LTH C.4.9 
 7. Rebec, Krka4.8 
 8. Collins, Sencur Gor.4.8 
 9. Davis, Rogaska4.7 
 10. Kosic, Hopsi Polzela4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Gregor HROVAT
  Un.Olimpija
  (196-G/F-94)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Hrovat, Un.Olimpija2.2 
 2. Franklin, KK Primo.1.9 
 3. Oliver, Un.Olimpija1.8 
 4. Curry, Helios1.7 
 5. Vujasinovic, Tajfun1.7 
 6. Davis, Rogaska1.6 
 7. Jefferson, Un.Olimp.1.6 
 8. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija1.5 
 9. Gajic, KK Primo.1.5 
 10. Cebasek, Hopsi P.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Khaliq SPICER
  Tajfun
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Spicer, Tajfun1.7 
 2. Tratnik, Zlatorog1.3 
 3. Djuranovic, Rogaska1.2 
 4. Radulovic, KK Primo.1.1 
 5. Pavic, Sencur Gor.0.8 
 6. Johns, Rogaska0.8 
 7. Fifolt, Tajfun0.8 
 8. Besedic, Portoroz0.7 
 9. Cup, Hopsi Polzela0.6 
 10. Remekun, Helios0.6 


Olimpija almost blew an 18-point 3rd quarter lead, Ron Curry misses potential game-winning shot - by Zeljko Zule

Union Olimpija defeated Krka 82-81 in the Game 2 of the semifinal series to advance into their first Championship finals since 2014 and 23th overall. Brandon Jefferson (175-PG-91, college: Metro St.) scored 19 points, Mirko Mulalic (195-SG-88) came off the bench for 17 points and Devin Oliver (204-SF-92, college: Dayton) had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Krka rallied from a 18-point third quarter deficit and had a potential game-winning shot at the buzzer, but Ron Curry (191-G-93, college: JMU) missed the jumper. Curry scored a game-high 22 points including four 3-pointers off the bench, Marko Lukovic (207-SF-92) collected 19 points and 10 rebounds, Matej Rojc (198-SG-93) added 13 points, Ziga Dimec (211-C-93) finished with 12 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double.
Apart an opening 3-pointer by Krka's Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94), Olimpija led throughout the entire game. They scored nine straight points to go up 9-3 and took their first double-digit lead of the contest at 23-11 late in the first quarter. Olimpija led by as many as 14 points at the halftime break and went on a 9-0 run to build their largest lead of the night, at 57-39 midway through the third quarter. Krka responded with a 10-1 run to cut the deficit under double-digits margin. At that point on, Sandi Cebular (195-G-86) was called for an unsportmanlike foul plus Krka's bench got a technical foul. Olimpija hit all three free throws and then Mirko Mulalic (195-SG-88) made another two to make it 63-49. After trailing 55-68 early in the fourth quarters, the visitors scored nine points in a row to ignite an 11-2 run to trim the deficit to just four. Marko Lukovic (207-SF-92) and Ron Curry (191-G-93, college: JMU) sank back-to-back 3-pointers and then Matej Rojc (198-SG-93) made a lay-up to tie the game for the first time, 77-77, with less than three minutes left. Brandon Jefferson (175-PG-91, college: Metro St.) hit his third 3-pointer of the night that gave Olimpija an 80-77 advantage. Matej Rojc (198-SG-93) cut the deficit to one and, on the next possession, Brandon Jefferson (175-PG-91, college: Metro St.) made both free throws to re-establish a three-point margin. Ron Curry (191-G-93, college: JMU) then twice missed a shot, but Marko Lukovic (207-SF-92) grabbed an offensive rebound and scored to make it a one-point game. After Devin Oliver (204-SF-92, college: Dayton) missed a jumper for Olimpija with eigth seconds left, Krka grabbed a defensive rebound and started a fastbreak. Ron Curry (191-G-93, college: JMU) had a potential game-winning jumper from the post at the buzzer, but it missed.



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Star Hotshots welcome back Ratliffe, ex Samsung Th. - by Eurobasket News

Purefoods Star Hotshots (PBA) landed 28-year old South Korean forward Ricardo Ratliffe (203-109kg-89, college: Missouri). It is actually his comeback to Pasig City as he has played here before. Ratliffe has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Ratliffe He moved there from Seoul Samsung Thunders in South Korean KBL league where he played the last season. In 70 games he averaged impressive 24.7ppg, 13.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1bpg this season. The last season Ratliffe played at Star Hotshots. In 8 PBA games he had very remarkable stats: 27.5ppg, 18.1rpg, 2.4apg and 1.3bpg. He was selected to Korean KBL All-Star Game in 2016 and 2017.
Among other achievements Ratliffe won Korean KBL championship title for three years in a row (between 2013 and 2015). Ratliffe was a member of South Korean Senior National Team in 2014.
He has played also professionally in South Korea for Mobis Phoebus.
Ratliffe attended University of Missouri until 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SPAIN  

Stats Leaders-LEB Silver

Points Per Game
 Sam PRESCOTT
  Ponferra.
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Prescott, Ponferra.21.7 
 2. Valge, Venta d.21.5 
 3. Perez, Casvi19.1 
 4. Cambronne, Ponferra.18.7 
 5. Hinnenkamp, Leon18.7 
 6. Matemalas, Calvia18.5 
 7. Morales, Calvia18.4 
 8. Goncalves, Yosiq.18.4 
 9. Llorente, Estudian.17.8 
 10. Serrataco, Mataro17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dionte ADAMS
  Innova Chef
  (201-F-94)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Adams, Innova Chef13.3 
 2. Cambronne, Ponferra.11.2 
 3. Graham, Muro B.11.1 
 4. Vazquez, Novaschool11.0 
 5. Perez, Casvi10.9 
 6. Gill, Naron10.7 
 7. Hinnenkamp, Leon10.7 
 8. Orlov, Pielagos10.6 
 9. Thiam, Betanzos10.5 
 10. Morales, Calvia10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos CALVO
  Azuqueca
  (178-PG-94)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Calvo, Azuqueca5.8 
 2. Fernandez, Andor.5.3 
 3. Ortega, ULB O.5.1 
 4. Balboa, Santfeliuenc4.8 
 5. Garcia, Meridian.4.8 
 6. Ruiz, Leon4.8 
 7. Mendiburu, Pardinye.4.3 
 8. Ruzafa, Arenys4.3 
 9. Fernandez, Betanzos4.3 
 10. Jimenez, Menorca4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Bobby HARRIS
  BVM 2012
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Harris, BVM 20123.2 
 2. Martinez, La Fecha2.9 
 3. Rodriguez, BVM2.7 
 4. Mendez, Coin2.6 
 5. Ballesta, Myrtia2.6 
 6. Imbroda, Medacbas.2.3 
 7. Betolaza, Santurtzi2.3 
 8. Dunston, Guadalaj.2.3 
 9. Bataller, Quart