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  ANGOLA  



Petroleos advance into Finals - by Eurobasket News

Petroleos - 1 De Agosto 95:86

Petroleos secured D1 championship series birth. They claimed the third straight win over 1 De Agosto in the semifinal series to advance. Pedro Bastos (191-G-93) scored 20 points to lead the winners.
Petroleos claimed a 31:24 lead after the opening quarter. 1 De Agosto however turned things around in the next period. They erased the deficit and eked out a 45:44 halftime lead. The margin grew at 10-point mark in the third frame. But Petroleos unleashed 28 points in the final quarter and raced to the key victory. Gerson Gonsalves and Hermenegildo Mbunga provided 16 points each for the winners. Islando Manuel (192-F-91) responded with 21 points for 1 De Agosto. Felizardo Ambrosio (202-F-87) had 15 points in the loss.



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  ANTIGUA  


Potter Steelers win 2017 Digicel ABBA Playoffs - by Eurobasket News

The Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association would like to congratulate the Potters Steelers Basketball Club for being the 2017 Digicel ABBA Division Two Playoffs Champions. The team edged out opponent, Global Hawks, 3-1, in the best of five playoffs series. Prior to the 2017 Playoff Series, the team was named the 2017 Digicel ABBA Division Two League Champions after twelve wins and only two losses, and as a result of their league success, was promoted to Division One. The Association congratulates the Potters Steelers, and thanks their supporters for their continued support of the team, and the 2017 Digicel ABBA Basketball Season.
Courtesy of: antiguabasketball.com



ABBA Round 1 of Finals. Flyers upset Baldwin Braves - by Eurobasket News

Baldwin Braves - Flyers 70-81

Flyers rallied past Baldwin Braves in the ABBA Finals opener. The game was mostly controlled by Flyers. Baldwin Braves managed to win fourth quarter 24-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Game 2 is scheduled for May 14th.
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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.7 
 2. Green, Instituto20.0 
 3. Solano, Echague19.7 
 4. Sims, Regatas C.18.3 
 5. Quinteros, Regat.18.0 
 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. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.9 
 6. Justiz, Estudian.8.8 
 7. Vargas, GECR I.8.7 
 8. Francis, La Union8.7 
 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. Hopson, Quimsa4.4 
 10. Figueroa, Penarol4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Reynaldo GARCIA
  San M.
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 2. Basualdo, Quilm.1.9 
 3. Solano, Echague1.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.1.7 
 5. Vildoza, Quilm.1.7 
 6. De-l., GECR I.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. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 
 10. Acuna, Penarol1.0 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Barovero, Union SF22.1 
 2. Dodson, Petr.Arg.20.5 
 3. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista20.0 
 4. McCullough, Alianza .19.6 
 5. Brown, La Union19.5 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.2 
 7. Cutley, Atenas C.17.8 
 8. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.17.7 
 9. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.5 
 10. Pais, Platense17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.6 
 2. Dodson, Petr.Arg.10.1 
 3. Cutley, Atenas C.9.0 
 4. Graham, Temperley8.9 
 5. Lauria, Comunica.8.4 
 6. Lockett, BHY T.8.4 
 7. Granado, Olimpo BB8.2 
 8. Joseph, Obera TC8.2 
 9. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.2 
 10. Okoye, Salta Basket7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Gimnasia.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. La-Bella, Gimnasia.7.9 
 2. Cajal, Independ.7.2 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.3 
 4. Cequeira, Villa A.5.2 
 5. Paletta, Hindu4.9 
 6. Correa, BHY T.4.5 
 7. Gandoy, Obera TC4.4 
 8. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.4.3 
 9. Franco, Alianza .4.3 
 10. Arese, Estudian.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell DODSON
  Petr.Arg.
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Dodson, Petr.Arg.2.7 
 2. Correa, BHY T.2.2 
 3. Punet, Salta Basket2.2 
 4. Pais, Platense2.2 
 5. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.2 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.1.9 
 7. Cequeira, Villa A.1.9 
 8. Harrison, Ciclista1.7 
 9. Lauria, Comunica.1.7 
 10. Paletta, Hindu1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Efese, Gimnasia LP1.6 
 3. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.5 
 4. Lockett, BHY T.1.4 
 5. Durley, San Isidro1.2 
 6. Deck, Obera TC1.2 
 7. Stroud, Parque Sur1.1 
 8. Okoye, Salta Basket1.0 
 9. Moya, Hindu1.0 
 10. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 


TNA Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Estudiantes O. advance into semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

San Isidro - Hindu 72-65

San Isidro overcame Hindu to cut the deficit in the series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-17. But Hindu won second period 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for center Santiago Gonzalez (203-83) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized Italian Juan Kelly (190-88) helped adding 12 points and 5 assists. Four San Isidro players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: DTMones) with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and center Pablo Moya (203-83) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
San Isidro: S.Gonzalez 19+8reb, G.Sciutto 15+2reb, J.Kelly 12+2reb+5ast, A.Lozano 10+2reb, J.Durley 9+5reb+4ast, M.Muller 5+3reb+1ast
Hindu: K.Jones 20+8reb+6ast, P.Moya 16+8reb+1ast, P.Fernandez 11+4reb+1ast, N.Paletta 6+4reb+1ast, S.Mora 5+1reb+2ast, S.Picton 4+2reb
gschID: 546178


Parque Sur - Estudiantes O. 67-77

Estudiantes O rolled past Parque Sur on the road to sweep the series. The game was mostly controlled by Estudiantes O.. Parque Sur managed to win third quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for point guard Diego Figueredo (185-91) who led the winners and scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Rodrigo Sanchez (200-89) accounted for 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Pablo Alderete (196-93) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Sebastian Bernasconi (203-86) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Parque Sur in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes O.: D.Figueredo 22+5reb+4ast, J.Gamazo 16+6reb, R.Sanchez 15+10reb+3ast, S.Arese 11+6reb+4ast, A.Brocal 4+2reb+1ast, L.Portillo 3+2reb+4ast
Parque Sur: S.Bernasconi 15+8reb+2ast, G.Mariani 13+2reb, P.Alderete 12+16reb+4ast, E.Bolling 10+7reb+4ast, A.Richard 7+2reb+3ast, A.Jure 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 546181


Atenas Carmen - Alianza Viedma 81-72

Atenas Carmen held off Alianza Viedma to take 2-1 advantage. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-13. But Alianza Viedma won third quarter 24-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American forward Scott Cutley (196-85, college: CS Fullerton) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Point guard Hernan Etchepare (180-86) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Cutley is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American swingman OLouis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion, agency: DTMones) answered with 20 points and Nigerian-American power forward Lotanna Nwogbo (203-93, college: Longwood) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Alianza Viedma. Five Atenas and four Alianza Viedma players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Atenas Carmen: H.Etchepare 22+1reb+1ast, H.Wilkerson 17+2reb+1ast, S.Cutley 17+12reb+4ast, E.Agostino 13+3reb+2ast, G.Peralta 10+6reb+1ast, B.Oprandi 2+2reb+4ast
Alianza Viedma: O.McCullough 20+3reb+2ast, L.Nwogbo 12+6reb+1ast, P.Franco 12+2reb+3ast, M.Gaynor 12+4reb, M.Tabieres 7+6reb, A.Knecht 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 546180


Union SF - Comunicaciones 81-74

Union SF beat Comunicaciones to pull within one win in the series. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-8. But Comunicaciones won second period 21-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Comunicaciones 39-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was swingman Bruno Barovero (194-90) who scored 17 points and 4 assists. Center Fernando Podesta (205-92) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Santiago Ferreyra who recorded 23 points and forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Union SF: B.Barovero 17+4reb+4ast, F.Podesta 16+8reb, T.Acosta 13+8reb+3ast, P.Tabarez 12+6reb+5ast, M.Borsatti 9+1reb, M.Stibbins 7+7reb+2ast
Comunicaciones: S.Ferreyra 23+3reb+1ast, N.Lauria 15+8reb+3ast, M.Aristu 13+2reb+3ast, G.Essengue 12+6reb, G.Torres 7+2reb+5ast, F.Vietta Stechina 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 546179





Marcus Relphorde (ex Hapoel Migd.H.) agreed terms with GECR Indalo - by Eurobasket News

Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia (LigaA) inked 29-year old American swingman Marcus Relphorde (198-101kg-88, college: Colorado). He moved there from Hapoel Migdal Haemek in Israeli National League where he played this season. In 27 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.7apg and 2.4spg.
The most of last season Relphorde spent at Falco in Hungarian A Division. In 15 games he averaged 14.7ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg. He also played earlier that season for A.G.O Rethymno Aegean in Greek A1. In 10 games he had 8.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.7apg.
Relphorde's team made it to the Swedish Basketligan Semifinals in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. Relphorde has played also professionally in Finland (Salon Vilpas), France (Nantes), Lithuania (Palanga), Sweden (BC Lulea) and D-League (Canton Charge).
He attended University of Colorado until 2011 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.

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Bruno Labaque claims Argentinian LigaA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Naturalized Italian Point guard Bruno Labaque (178-PG-77, agency: Interperformances) had a great game in the last round for Atenas and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 49.
The 39-year old playmaker had the game-high 41 points adding eight assists for Atenas in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Regatas C. (#3, 34-21) with 35-point margin 126-91. Atenas is placed at 8th position in their group in Argentinian LigaA. Atenas 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 23-32 record. In the team's last game Labaque had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range and got seven three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He has many years of experience at Atenas, through which he has constantly improved. Bruno Labaque averages this season 8.1ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old Dominican Rep. center Eloy Vargas (211-C-88, agency: Duran International) of GECR Indalo. Vargas impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he led GECR Indalo to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Quilmes MP (#6, 26-29) 83-59. GECR Indalo's 5th position in Sur has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 28-27 record is not bad and everything may still change. Vargas is a newcomer at GECR Indalo 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 former international forward Nicolas Romano (200-F-87) of Quimsa (#7). Romano showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Quimsa, leading his team to a 108-104 win against the higher-ranked Ferrocarril (#2, 34-21). The chances of Quimsa ranking at the top of Norte, however are very questionable as they have already lost 29 games, recording just twenty six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Romano could help Quimsa to bring them higher in the standings. Romano has a very solid season. In 49 games in Argentina he scored 12.8ppg. He also has 5.3rpg and FGP: 56.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mathias Calfani (204-C-92) of San Lorenzo - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Gelvis Solano (185-G-94) of Echague - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Gabriel Deck (199-F-95) of San Lorenzo - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Luca Vildoza (190-G-95) of Quilmes MP - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Emilio Stucky (198-F-94) of Echague - 18 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ramon Clemente (200-PF-85) of Ferrocarril - 26 points and 9 rebounds
10. Chris Daniels (205-C-84) of Quimsa - 23 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)



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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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





Ray Turner claims Australian State League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Ray Turner (206-F-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's leader Willetton T. and that's him to receive a Australiabasket.com State League Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 26-year old forward had a double-double of 43 points and twenty four rebounds, while his team edged out Cockburn C. (#7, 5-6) 120-118. It allowed Willetton T. to jump to the first place in the Australian State League. Willetton T. have a solid 8-2 record. In the team's last game Turner had a remarkable 62.1% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Willetton T., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Texas A&M University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Turner is in league's top in points (9th best: 25.1ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 13.5rpg) and averages solid 64.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American guard Eian Davis (185-G-90) of S.Adelaide P.. Davis impressed basketball fans with 40 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as S.Adelaide P. lost that game 85-97 to slightly higher-ranked W.Adelaide B. (#5, 3-3). This loss caused S.Adelaide P. to drop to 7th position in Premier League. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-4 record. Davis is one of the most experienced players at S.Adelaide P. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 33.2ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 4.8rpg and 5.3apg.

The third best performed player last round was Peter Hooley (193-G-92) of second-ranked Ballarat M.. Hooley got into 30-points club by scoring 44 points in the last round. He went also for four assists. He was a key player of Ballarat M., leading his team to a 102-92 win against the lower-ranked Albury W.B. (#5, 4-4). Ballarat M. needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in SEABL. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 2 lost games. Hooley has a very solid season. In 7 games in Australia he scored 20.7ppg. He also has 4.3apg and FGP: 54.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alex Francis (198-F-91) of Frankston - 34 points and 9 rebounds
5. Tom Garlepp (203-F-86) of Hobart C. - 35 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Jalen Billups (198-F-92) of Cockburn C. - 40 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Darren Ng (189-G-83) of Woodville W. - 35 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Brian Voelkel (198-F-92) of SW Slammers - 14 points, 21 rebounds and 13 assists
9. Kevin Davis (206-C-91) of East Perth E. - 33 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jacob Holmen (202-F/C-91) of Goldfields G. - 36 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  BELGIUM  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Miller-M., Leuven17.2 
 2. Clark, Antwerp17.1 
 3. Bowman, Spirou16.7 
 4. Tofi, Aalstar14.9 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .14.8 
 6. Troisfontain., Aalst.14.2 
 7. Demps, Mons-Hai.14.0 
 8. Badji, Kangoeroes14.0 
 9. Channels, Kango.13.9 
 10. Ubel, Brussels13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Anderson, Antwerp8.5 
 2. Badji, Kangoeroes7.2 
 3. Amis, Aalstar7.1 
 4. Ubel, Brussels6.8 
 5. Ware, Antwerp6.6 
 6. Samhan, Leuven6.6 
 7. Simmons, Brussels6.2 
 8. Fields, Liege6.1 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .6.0 
 10. Mann, Mons-Hainaut5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Miller-M., Leuven5.8 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.5 
 3. Anderson, Limburg .5.0 
 4. Channels, Kango.4.9 
 5. Clark, Antwerp4.5 
 6. Loubry, Brussels4.4 
 7. Marnegrave, Spirou4.3 
 8. Bosco, Mons-Hai.4.0 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .3.9 
 10. Hertay, Liege3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Miller-M., Leuven1.9 
 2. Simpson, Liege1.5 
 3. Clark, Antwerp1.5 
 4. Channels, Kango.1.5 
 5. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 6. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 7. Hertay, Liege1.3 
 8. Billbury, Leuven1.3 
 9. Bosco, Mons-Hai.1.2 
 10. Swing, Limburg United1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill AMIS
  Aalstar
  (206-PF-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Amis, Aalstar1.5 
 2. Fields, Liege0.9 
 3. Fusek, Spirou0.8 
 4. Boukichou, Oostende0.8 
 5. Henry, Kangoeroes0.7 
 6. Ubel, Brussels0.7 
 7. Bako, Leuven0.7 
 8. Olah, Mons-Hainaut0.6 
 9. Samhan, Leuven0.6 
 10. Blair, Aalstar0.6 


Euromillions League Round 36: Okapi Aalstar edges Antwerp Giants by one point - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Euromillions League just ended.

The most exciting game of round 36 in the Euromillions League took place in Aalstar. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-best Antwerp Giants (22-14) to sixth ranked Okapi Aalstar (19-17) 83-82 on Wednesday evening. Okapi Aalstar outrebounded Antwerp Giants 40-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Vernon Taylor (192-87, college: Troy) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. The former international swingman Olivier Troisfontaines (196-89, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Dorian Marchant (198-93, agency: Promotex) who recorded 19 points and 4 steals. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Okapi Aalstar moved-up to fourth place. Antwerp Giants at the other side keep the second position with 14 games lost. They share it with Brussels.
Bottom-ranked Liege Basket managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the nineteen-game losing streak. This time they won against ninth-ranked Leuven Bears 70-58. It was a good game for American swingman Devin Sweetney (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Yoann Hertay contributed with 12 points and 7 assists for the winners. Power forward Jonas Delalieux (202-92) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds for Leuven Bears. Liege Basket maintains tenth position with 6-30 record. Leuven Bears lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 27 games lost.
Leader Oostende delivered the thirtieth victory on Wednesday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Kangoeroes (18-18) 83-74. Worth to mention a quality performance of Rasko Katic who helped to win the game recording 26 points. The best for the losing side was Wesley Channels with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 30-6 record. Loser Kangoeroes dropped to the fifth place with 18 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams.
The game in Limburg was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (22-14) played at the court of 5th ranked Limburg United (18-18). Basic-Fit Brussels managed to secure a 8-point victory 89-81. The winners were led by Jonas Foerts who scored that evening 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Basic-Fit Brussels have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Antwerp. Limburg United at the other side keeps the fifth position with 18 games lost.
The game in Charleroi was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Belfius Mons-Hainaut (18-18) played at the court of eighth ranked Spirou Charleroi (18-18). Spirou Charleroi managed to secure a 4-point victory 85-81 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Belfius Mons-Hainaut. The best player for the winners was Ivan Radenovic who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Spirou Charleroi moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Belfius Mons-Hainaut.

Limburg United - Brussels 81-89

The game in Limburg was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (22-14) played at the court of 5th ranked Limburg United (18-18). Basic-Fit Brussels managed to secure a 8-point victory 89-81. Basic-Fit Brussels forced 20 Limburg United turnovers. Strangely Limburg United outrebounded Basic-Fit Brussels 42-29 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The winners were led by Jonas Foerts (195-96) who scored that evening 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international swingman Maxime Depuydt (192-92) supported him with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Four Basic-Fit Brussels players scored in double figures. Even 20 points by American forward Benjamin Simons (203-91, college: Drake) did not help to save the game for Limburg United. His fellow American import forward Seth Tuttle (203-92, college: N.Iowa) added 10 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Basic-Fit Brussels have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Antwerp. Limburg United at the other side keeps the fifth position with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Brussels: M.Depuydt 18+5reb+1ast, J.Foerts 17+8reb+5ast, J.Simmons 13+4reb+2ast, B.Ubel 11+5reb+1ast, N.Foerts 8+2reb+2ast, T.Bray 6+3reb+5ast
Limburg United: B.Simons 20+4reb+2ast, H.Vanwijn 13+6reb+2ast, S.Tuttle 10+10reb+6ast, B.Lemaire 9+1reb+1ast, W.Boss Mukubu 9+3reb+4ast, Y.Desiron 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 478866


Oostende - Kangoeroes 83-74

Leader Oostende delivered the thirtieth victory on Wednesday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Kangoeroes (18-18) 83-74. Oostende made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Kangoeroes' players. Worth to mention a quality performance of Serbian center Rasko Katic (208-80, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and Serbian guard Dusan Djordjevic (193-83, agency: BeoBasket) who added 6 points and 14 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Wesley Channels (190-88, college: Austin Peay St.) with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and Senegalese power forward Pape Badji (208-92) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Five Kangoeroes players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 30-6 record. Loser Kangoeroes dropped to the fifth place with 18 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams.
Top scorers:
Oostende: R.Katic 26+4reb+2ast, J.Salumu 16+2reb+4ast, P.Gillet 11+8reb+2ast, C.Walden 7+1reb, D.Newbill 7, D.Djordjevic 6+3reb+14ast
Kangoeroes: A.Chada 19+1reb+1ast, P.Badji 13+9reb+1ast, W.Channels 13+8reb+6ast, I.Williams 12+5reb+1ast, T.Henry 12+2reb, X.Francois 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 478870


Aalstar - Antwerp 83-82

The most exciting game of round 36 in the Euromillions League took place in Aalstar. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-best Antwerp Giants (22-14) to sixth ranked Okapi Aalstar (19-17) 83-82 on Wednesday evening. Okapi Aalstar outrebounded Antwerp Giants 40-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Vernon Taylor (192-87, college: Troy) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. The former international swingman Olivier Troisfontaines (196-89, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists. Troisfontaines is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Dorian Marchant (198-93, agency: Promotex) who recorded 19 points and 4 steals and American guard Mike Smith (198-87, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Inception Sports) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Five Antwerp Giants players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Okapi Aalstar moved-up to fourth place. Antwerp Giants at the other side keep the second position with 14 games lost. They share it with Brussels.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: V.Taylor 23+5reb+2ast, O.Troisfontaines 19+4reb+4ast, Y.Barrueta 14+4reb, B.Amis 9+7reb+5ast, N.El Khounchar 8+7reb+2ast, S.Geukens 8+3reb+1ast
Antwerp: D.Marchant 19+1reb+2ast, K.Punter 14+1ast, G.Ware 13+3reb, M.Smith 11+5reb+3ast, D.Conger 10+5reb+3ast, R.Anderson 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 478869


Spirou - Mons-Hainaut 85-81

The game in Charleroi was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Belfius Mons-Hainaut (18-18) played at the court of eighth ranked Spirou Charleroi (18-18). Spirou Charleroi managed to secure a 4-point victory 85-81 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Belfius Mons-Hainaut. Spirou Charleroi looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was Serbian power forward Ivan Radenovic (209-84, college: Arizona) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. The former international guard Alexandre Libert (194-90, agency: Promotex) chipped in 21 points (perfect from downtown making all five shots). Five Spirou Charleroi players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Idris Lasisi (188-88, college: Whitworth) who recorded 18 points and American guard Tre Demps (188-93, college: Northwestern) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Spirou Charleroi moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Belfius Mons-Hainaut.
Top scorers:
Spirou: A.Libert 21+2reb, I.Radenovic 17+14reb+3ast, D.Harris 12+2reb+1ast, N.Marnegrave 11+1reb+4ast, K.Grant 11+1reb+6ast, I.Iarochevitch 5+5reb+1ast
Mons-Hainaut: I.Lasisi 18+1reb+2ast, T.Demps 15+4ast, G.Green 11+3reb+1ast, L.Bosco 9+5reb+3ast, J.Mann 8+8reb, A.Olah 8+6reb+2ast
gschID: 478868


Liege - Leuven 70-58

Bottom-ranked Liege Basket managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the nineteen-game losing streak. This time they won against ninth-ranked Leuven Bears 70-58. Strangely Leuven Bears outrebounded Liege Basket 41-24 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American swingman Devin Sweetney (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Point guard Yoann Hertay (186-90) contributed with 12 points and 7 assists for the winners. Power forward Jonas Delalieux (202-92) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds and British power forward Will Ohuaregbe (203-88, college: Chipola JC, agency: Promotex) added 4 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Leuven Bears. Liege Basket maintains tenth position with 6-30 record. Leuven Bears lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 27 games lost.
Top scorers:
Liege: D.Sweetney 20+9reb+1ast, L.Hazard 13+2reb, Y.Hertay 12+3reb+7ast, S.Moris 8+1ast, J.Fields 6+3reb+2ast, V.Simpson 5+4ast
Leuven: C.Steindl 12+3reb+2ast, J.Delalieux 12+13reb+1ast, R.Bogaerts 11+3reb+1ast, A.Goetgeluck 8+3reb+8ast, G.Vanthournout 6+2reb+1ast, W.Ohuaregbe 4+14reb+2ast
gschID: 478867





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  BOLIVIA  


Calero lands Stephane Manga, ex Chartres - by Francisco Vega

Calero de Potosi (Libobasquet) landed 26-year old French swingman Stephane Manga (198-104kg-91, college: Seton Hall). He played most recently at Union Basket Chartres Metropole in French NM1 league. In 7 games he averaged 4.7ppg and 1.4rpg last season.
Manga's team made it to the Big East Tournament Semifinals in 2014.
He has played also professionally in France for Entente Orleans 45.
Manga attended Seton Hall University until 2015 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Carl A-Z signs Daven Ottley - by Francisco Vega

Carl A-Z (Libobasquet) signed 28-year old Vincentian ex-international power forward Daven Ottley (203-107kg-89, college: Oklahoma S&A). He moved there from Arcabasket in Paraguayan Metropolitan League where he started the season. Ottley missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Ottley also represented Saint Vincent at the CBC Championships in Tortola (British Virgin Islands) two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 6.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 46.9%, FT: 56.3%.
Ottley has played also professionally in British Virgin Islands (East), Peru (San Jose) and El Salvador (Aguila).
He attended University of Science and Arts until 2015 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Bolivia



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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





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  BULGARIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 20
 1. Semple, Akademik.20.0 
 2. Shelton, Rilski19.6 
 3. Ivanov, Levski19.6 
 4. Smith, Akademik PL18.2 
 5. Petkov, Yambol17.5 
 6. Marincheshki, Spartak .17.2 
 7. Sekulovic, Balkan16.8 
 8. Savic, Spartak .16.3 
 9. Marinov, Spartak .15.9 
 10. Bozov, Rilski15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 12
 1. Semple, Akademik.12.0 
 2. Shelton, Rilski10.8 
 3. Marincheshki, Spartak .9.4 
 4. Sekulovic, Balkan9.0 
 5. Zack, Lukoil Acad.8.5 
 6. Savic, Spartak .8.5 
 7. Varbanov, Yambol8.1 
 8. Bruinsma, Rilski7.9 
 9. Jones, Beroe7.9 
 10. Daniels, Balkan7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar BELLFIELD
  Akademik.
  (187-PG-90)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Bellfield, Akademik.6.8 
 2. Karamfilov, Cherno M.6.2 
 3. Gruev, Spartak .5.5 
 4. Hott, Balkan5.4 
 5. Dudev, Spartak .5.3 
 6. Gibson, Lukoil Acad.5.2 
 7. Parker, Rilski4.8 
 8. Marinov, Balkan4.5 
 9. Bozov, Rilski4.4 
 10. Raley-Ross, Beroe4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Semple, Akademik.2.2 
 2. Bellfield, Akademik.2.1 
 3. Karamfilov, Cherno M.2.0 
 4. Parker, Rilski1.9 
 5. Marinov, Balkan1.8 
 6. Jones, Beroe1.8 
 7. Zahariev, Lukoil A.1.8 
 8. Gibson, Beroe1.7 
 9. Hott, Balkan1.5 
 10. Beane, Lukoil Acad.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Semple, Akademik.2.0 
 2. Jones, Beroe1.5 
 3. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.1.1 
 4. Varbanov, Yambol1.0 
 5. Doychinov, Levski0.8 
 6. Zack, Lukoil Acad.0.8 
 7. Petkov, Yambol0.7 
 8. Savic, Spartak .0.7 
 9. Gudul, Beroe0.6 
 10. Marincheshki, Spartak .0.6 



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  COLOMBIA  


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,who was drafted in the D-League by Reno 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.



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  CROATIA  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb22.2 
 3. Marcinkovic, KK Za.19.1 
 4. Novacic, Jolly JBS19.0 
 5. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.2 
 6. Zoric, Cibona17.1 
 7. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek16.8 
 8. Konjevic, Skrljevo16.7 
 9. Vucic, Alkar Sinj16.1 
 10. Sakic, Cibona16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miro BILAN
  Cedevita
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Bilan, Cedevita7.9 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.7.5 
 3. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek7.3 
 4. Sakic, Cibona7.0 
 5. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.8 
 6. Novacic, Jolly JBS6.7 
 7. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.4 
 8. Rajic, H.Analitica5.9 
 9. Zganec, Cedevita5.8 
 10. Perkovic, Skrljevo5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.0 
 3. Scott, Jolly JBS5.7 
 4. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.5 
 5. Vrbica, Gorica5.3 
 6. Reynolds, Cibona5.3 
 7. Filipovic, KK Split5.3 
 8. Kapusta, Zabok4.9 
 9. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
 10. Raic, H.Analitica4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 2. Veljacic, Kvarner .2.3 
 3. Sirko, KK Split1.9 
 4. Babic, Zabok1.8 
 5. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.8 
 6. Reynolds, Cibona1.8 
 7. Marcinkovic, KK Za.1.8 
 8. Stemberger, Skrlj.1.7 
 9. Bozic, KK Zagreb1.5 
 10. Katic, Cedevita1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Izzet TURKYILMAZ
  GKK S.
  (212-F/C-90)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Turkyilmaz, GKK S.1.4 
 2. Halilovic, GKK S.1.3 
 3. Bundovic, Cedevita1.1 
 4. Zoric, Cibona1.0 
 5. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek0.9 
 6. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.8 
 7. Usic, H.Analitica0.7 
 8. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.7 
 9. Papac, Jolly JBS0.7 
 10. Zrnic, Zabok0.6 


Cibona sweep GKK Sibenik to advance to finals - by Zeljko Zule

Cibona defeated GKK Sibenik 72-66 in Game 2 to advance into the finals. They will play the winner of the Split-Cedevita series for the 2017 Croatian championship title.
The game featured just two lead changes, both in the first quarter. After an opening pair of free throws by Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) of Cibona, Ivan Siriscevic (198-G/F-87) scored six straight points that gave Sibenik a 6-2 lead. The visitors were ahead until Scottie Reynolds (188-PG-87, college: Villanova) sank a 3-pointer to tie the game and, on the next possession, hit a lay-up to make it 20-18 for Cibona, which never looked back from there. After tying the game at 24-24, Cibona went on a decisive 16-2 run for the largest lead of the night, 40-26. Sibenik cut the deficit to one, 46-47, midway through the third quarter. Cibona responded with nine points in a row to re-establish a double digit advantage. The visitors stormed back to within two with less than five minutes remaining, but couldn't complete the comeback. Cibona made a 5-0 run for a 71-64 lead when Sibenik missed five of their final seven free throws in the last two minutes of the contest.
Cibona outrebounded Sibenik 37-27, picking up 11 offensive rebounds. Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, Luka Zoric (211-C-84) added 12 points and Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95) 11.
Sibenik was led by Roko Badzim (197-G-97) with 16 points, Miralem Halilovic (205-F-91) added 14, Ivan Siriscevic (198-G/F-87) had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Izzet Turkyilmaz (212-F/C-90) posted 10 points.



Leading trio in A2 League all win (Round 13) - by Zeljko Zule

AKK Vern, Ribola Kastela and Jazine Arbanasi all recorded wins the Round 13 of the Croatian A2 League Champioship Stage. The trio 11-2 record. The trio remained of top with an 11-2 record.

AKK Vern-Sanac 91-80: After an opening basket by Vern, the visitors went on a 17- 2 run and led until early in the second half. Vern used a 10-0 run spanning halftime to turn a seven-point deficit into a 47-44 lead and later made another 10-0 run to extend their advantage to 68-54. Sanac twice cut the deficit to six in the final quarter, the last coming at 76-82 with three minutes remaining. At that point, Filip Simovic (95) made a lay-up and an additional free throw due to a foul and, on the next possession, Luka Zivko (202-C/F-96) made a dunk to give Vern a nine-point lead. Filip Simovic (95) came off the bench for 25 points on shooting 10-of-13 from the field including 4-of-5 behind the 3-point line. Marko Bakovic (202-PF-93) scored 16 points, Luka Zivko (202-C/F-96) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds, Filip Kordic (196-SG-92) added 11 points. Sanac used only seven players due to injuries. Antonio Kraljic (193-G-93) scored 34 points including five 3-pointers, Dominic Gilbert (198-G/F-96, college: UBC) had 18 points and 14 rebounds and Dario Gazic (200-G/F-78) poured in 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Belisce-Ribola Kastela 59-93:
Kastela opened the game with an 8-1 run and took control of the game behind a 13-0 run for a 25-6 lead late in the first quarter. Josip Matic (202-SF-92) scored 18 points, Stanko Kujundzic (190-G-96) came off the bench for 17 points on shooting 5-of-8 behind the 3-point arc, Josip Glavinic (192-G-82) added 13 points and was an assist shy of a double-double, Stipe Rezic (201-G/F-89) scored 12 points and Frano Marasovic (214-C-92) grabbed 10 rebounds. Belisce was led by Juraj Boras (191-G-91), who came off the bench for 13 points, and Goran Vidakovic (197-F-84) scored 11.

Borovo-Jazine Arbanasi 50-105: Leading by two early in the second quarter, Jazine scored 14 straight points to ignite an 28-8 run to close the first half with a 53-31 lead and outscored the home team 52-29 in the second half and. They had three players with a double-double. Jurica Drazovic (201-F-86) finished with 24 points and 22 rebounds, Josip Ceranja (203-G-90) came off the bench for 22 points and 20 rebounds and Dino Palcic (185-G-90) collected 10 points and 11 asissts. Goran Fodor (195-G-90) scored 19 points, Mate Mrva (198-F/C-83) 11 and Niko Marin (91) 10. Borovo were outrebounded 30-61 and had only three free throw attempts in the game. Mihael Bekavac (193-F-85) scored 11 points and Toni Kovac (97) 10.

Graficar-Rudes 83-85: Rudes opened the game with an 11-2 run and Graficar later used a 15-3 run to go up 29-21. The visiting team re-take the lead at 47-46 early in the second half. Jaksa Petrovic (88) sank a 3-pointer for Graficar to tie the game at 83-83 with 40 seconds left. Rudes then missed a shot and, on the next possession, Luka Siladic (175-G-86) missed two potential game-winning shots. Luka Ljubicic (96) blocked the shot, grabbed the ball and Ivan Radman (97) drew a foul. He made both free throws with two seconds to play to led Rudes to a win. Marko Dmitrovic (206-F-89) had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists, Ivan Radman (97) scored 16 points, Marko Juric (187-G-99) 12, Mario Stirjan and Ivan Nakic Vojnovic both added 11 points. Graficar was led by Jaksa Petrovic (88) with 22 points including four 3-pointers, Zlatko Stefan (190-PG-90) scored 14 points, Mario Novak (185-G-85) 13 and Luka Prpovic (90) 10.

Podravac-Pula 1981 31/05



Coach Drazen Anzulovic left MKS Dabrowa Gornicza - by Eurobasket News

50-year old Croatian coach Drazen Anzulovic left MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (PLK).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Anzulovic coached in the final of Croatian A1 League in 2005 and 2012.
He has been coaching Croatian Senior National Team between 2008 and 2017.
Anzulovic is quite experienced coach. He has coached also professionally in Belgium, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine and Croatia (KK Zagreb and Cedevita).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Keravnos is the champion after many attempts... - by Chris Mammides

Ten years after the last championship, Keravnos Strovolou finally and after a great 'fight' against the last season's champions (and top favourite team according to available budget) AEK Larnakas, won the final series with 3-1 and won totally fair the sixth championship trophy with the last one being back in 2008.

After quite many times being very close to the trophy but losing it at the very last minute, Keravnos management decided to trust in the head coaching position (after many-many years) a local boy, a boy that actually begun his basketball career in the Strovolos courts back in 90's, so Christoforos Livadiotis agreed financial terms last season with the team of Keravnos Strovolou (initially on a 2 years contract with an option of another one).

Soon, the Keravnos Strovolou management realised that the young Strovolos born and raised Head Coach was using different tactics, solid strategy and totally different player's management than all of the previous 'big' names which the Strovolos team brought in (mostly from Greece) and never managed to be established or win any trophy.. The trust became even stronger at the end of last season, even though Keravnos lost both the Cyprus Cup and the Cyprus league anything, but the difference was obvious allover Strovolos, as Livadiotis brought some different (winning) aura in the team. Keravnos played very good basket with very good coaching but lost some crucial games at the end to finally remain without any trophy.. Keravnos's management show the needed trust to the local boy, and the local boy return this trust by winning the league (the double was lost in details and not so fair way)

It is worth mentioned that Coach Livadiotis spent only one season as a head Coach (before arriving in Strovolos, with the team of Etha Engomis), but he was for many seasons the right hand (and the 'brains' for some) of the Cyprus Head Coach Tonis Konstantinidis from the early beginning of his continuous successes, in ETHA Engomis, APOEL and even for a short time in Romania and CS Energia.
Christoforos Livadiotis , a low profile but hard working basketball lover, was able to slowly-slowly build up his name on Konstantinidis side and was the X factor on all the successes in the teams that was co-coaching, winning a number of trophies (both champions and cups) in all the teams that he have worked with Konstantinidis, no matter if (mostly) was co-coaching teams with low budgets and far and away from favorite titles as they were underdogs..
The years have passed, Coach Konstantinidis decided to proceed in a career abroad, and the then 34 years old Livadiotis, took over as a Head Coach the team of ETHA Engomis. There, he showed his job as a Head Coach, being in a team with minor budget but being able to compete nearly all the teams, teams with triple the budget
Today the 37 years old Head Coach won his first title being on top and the leading figure of the team he begun playing ball. Looking the future with even more anxious and energetic eye to win more..
His success recipe was simple, developing a team not for a season but for the years to come, so in good atmosphere, good and solid relations with his players (both local and foreigners) he build up trust and a mutual understanding, his players respecting him and he respect his players, together in the good and happy days but together in the bad and sad days, everything as a TEAM, that is why Keravnos Strovolou the last two years under the coaching of Livadiotis is giving the impression of a total team, with players knowing their roles, and working hard towards their goal with a Coach that is simply doing his job, nor dealing with the people, not dealing with the media, not dealing with the federation and not dealing with the referees, no matter if (in many cases like in the past) his team has been slaughtered by the men in gray (with last sample being the Cups final). His team was the best in the league and proved it many times as his outcome was amazing 18 wins and 2 loses in the first round and 5 wins over 1 loss in the semi finals and finals, a total of 23-3 record in the league while the one and only other defeat was in the Cup's final against AEK Larnakas.
It is worth mentioned that the budget of the Cup holder this season had nothing to do with Keravnos Strovolou and this makes the trophy even sweeter for the Strovolos management.

The roster of Keravnos Strovolou, remain nearly the same from season 2015-2016 as the only additions that Coach Livadiotis did were Mohamed Abukar and the MVP of the league, Terrell Parks who was playing for Keravnos Strovolou two seasons ago but got injured at the pre-season and lost all the season.. Coach Livadiotis, had a nice mixture of young and experienced players, locals and foreigners, and on the one hand we had the veterans Ross, Neophytou, Theocharidis and Abukar and on the other hand we had the young and anxious Parks, Simon, Markou and O' Brien, with the addition of the experience Stylianou and Barker and the youngsters (who gain some vital minutes) Orestis Andreou, Panagiotis Doukanaris, and Pavlos Stavrinides completed the awesome roster of the champions for 2016-2017, Keravnos Strovolou..

Last but not least, Keravnos Strovolou will return in the European Courts after quite many years, and this is also another challenge for Coach Livadiotis and his troops for the coming Season..

Eurobasket.com wishes all the best to the Strovolos Team



Keravnos is the champion after many-many attempts... - by Chris Mammides

Ten years after the last championship, Keravnos Strovolou finally and after a great 'fight' against the last season's champions (and top favorite team) AEK Larnakas, won the final series with 3-1 and won totally fair the sixth championship trophy with the last one being back in 2008.

After quite many times being very close to the trophy but losing it at the very last minute, Keravnos management decided to trust in the head coaching position (after many-many years) a local boy, a boy that actually begun his basketball career in the Strovolos courts back in 90's, so Christoforos Livadiotis agreed financial terms last season with the team of Keravnos Strovolou (initially on a 2 years contract with an option of another one).

Soon, the Keravnos Strovolou management realised that the young Strovolos born and raised Head Coach was using different tactics, solid strategy and totally different player's management than all of the previous 'big' names which the Strovolos team brought in (mostly from Greece) and never managed to be established or win any trophy.. The trust became even stronger at the end of last season, even though Keravnos lost both the Cyprus Cup and the Cyprus league anything, but the difference was obvious allover Strovolos, as Livadiotis brought some different (winning) aura in the team. Keravnos played very good basket with very good coaching but lost some crucial games at the end to finally remain without any trophy.. Keravno's management show the needed trust to the local boy, and the local boy return this trust by winning the league (the double was lost in details and not so fair way)

It is worth mentioned that Coach Livadiotis spent only one season as a head Coach (before arriving in Strovolos, with the team of Etha Engomis), but he was for many seasons the right hand (and the 'brains' for some) of the Cyprus Head Coach Tonis Konstantinidis from the early beginning of his continuous successes, in ETHA Engomis, APOEL and even for a short time in Romania and CS Energia.
Christoforos Livadiotis, a low profile but hard working basketball lover, was able to slowly-slowly build up his name on Konstantinidis side and was the X factor on all the successes in the teams that was co-coaching, winning a number of trophies (both champions and cups) in all the teams that he have worked with Konstantinidis, no matter if (mostly) was co-coaching teams with low budgets and far and away from favorite titles as they were underdogs..
The years have passed, Coach Konstantinidis decided to proceed in a career abroad, and the then 34 years old Livadiotis, took over as a Head Coach the team of ETHA Engomis. There, he showed his job as a Head Coach, being in a team with minor budget but being able to compete nearly all the teams, teams with triple the budget
Today the 37 years old Head Coach won his first title being on top and the leading figure of the team he begun playing ball. Looking the future with even more anxious and energetic eye to win more..
His success recipe was simple, developing a team not for a season but for the years to come, so in good atmosphere, good and solid relations with his players (both local and foreigners) he build up trust and a mutual understanding, his players respecting him and he respect his players, together in the good and happy days but together in the bad and sad days, everything as a TEAM, that is why Keravnos Strovolou the last two years under the coaching of Livadiotis is giving the impression of a total team, with players knowing their roles, and working hard towards their goal with a Coach that is simply doing his job, nor dealing with the people, not dealing with the media, not dealing with the federation and not dealing with the referees, no matter if (in many cases like in the past) his team has been slaughtered by the men in gray (with last sample being the Cups final). His team was the best in the league and proved it many times as his outcome was amazing 18 wins and 2 loses in the first round and 5 wins over 1 loss in the semi finals and finals, a total of 23-3 record in the league while the one and only other defeat was in the Cup's final against AEK Larnakas.
It is worth mentioned that the budget of the Cup holder this season had nothing to do with Keravnos Strovolou and this makes the trophy even sweeter for the Strovolos management.

The roster of Keravnos Strovolou, remain nearly the same from season 2015-2016 as the only additions that Coach Livadiotis did were Mohamed Abukar and the MVP of the league, Terrell Parks who was playing for Keravnos Strovolou two seasons ago but got injured at the pre-season and lost all the season.. Coach Livadiotis, had a nice mixture of young and experienced players, locals and foreigners, and on the one hand we had the veterans Ross, Neophytou, Theocharidis and Abukar and on the other hand we had the young and anxious Parks, Simon, Markou and O' Brien, with the addition of the experience Stylianou and Barker and the youngsters (who gain some vital minutes) Orestis Andreou, Panagiotis Doukanaris, and Pavlos Stavrinides completed the awesome roster of the champions for 2016-2017, Keravnos Strovolou..

Last but not least, Keravnos Strovolou will return in the European Courts after quite many years, and this is also another challenge for Coach Livadiotis and his troops for the coming Season..

Eurobasket.com wishes all the best to the Strovolos Team



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Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Lukas PALYZA
  Prostejov
  (202-F-89)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Palyza, Prostejov19.2 
 2. Ware, MMCITE B.17.0 
 3. Bohacik, USK Praha16.9 
 4. Brooks, J.Hradec16.8 
 5. Burnett, BK Pardu.16.6 
 6. Lipkins, J.Hradec15.8 
 7. Skinner, BK Kolin14.7 
 8. Thompson, Usti n.14.6 
 9. Allen, CEZ Nymburk14.3 
 10. Pecka, Usti n.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Garret KERR
  BK Kolin
  (194-F-92)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Kerr, BK Kolin9.1 
 2. Pecka, Usti n.8.9 
 3. Mickelson, Svitavy7.5 
 4. Ware, MMCITE B.7.3 
 5. Painter, NH Ostrava7.1 
 6. Simpson, MMCITE B.6.7 
 7. Bohacik, USK Praha6.6 
 8. Smith, NH Ostrava6.6 
 9. Fitzpatrick, Prost.6.6 
 10. Skinner, BK Kolin6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Roman MARKO
  Prostejov
  (194-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Marko, Prostejov7.6 
 2. Bannister, Svitavy6.5 
 3. Simmons, Prostejov5.3 
 4. Sirina, BK Opava5.3 
 5. Lawrence, CEZ N.5.2 
 6. Glover, Usti n.4.8 
 7. Kouril, BK Opava4.4 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.4.3 
 9. Guercy, NH Ostrava4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin WARE
  MMCITE B.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ware, MMCITE B.2.4 
 2. Glover, Usti n.2.1 
 3. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.2.1 
 4. Lipkins, J.Hradec2.0 
 5. Sirina, BK Opava2.0 
 6. Smithson, Svitavy1.9 
 7. Canada, NH Ostrava1.9 
 8. Marko, Prostejov1.8 
 9. Kerr, BK Kolin1.8 
 10. Slezak, Svitavy1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan CANTY
  J.Hradec
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Canty, J.Hradec1.7 
 2. Simpson, MMCITE B.1.5 
 3. Mickelson, Svitavy1.4 
 4. Madsen, USK Praha1.3 
 5. Simpson, CEZ N.1.1 
 6. Jelinek, Svitavy0.9 
 7. Pecka, Usti n.0.8 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.0.7 
 9. Svrdlik, BK Pardu.0.7 
 10. Jacobs, Prostejov0.6 


Czech Republic U18 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Starting five
#s#
Jakub Slavik
Slavik
Krystof Kulcak
Kulcak
Radek Farsky
Farsky
Jan Madera
Madera
Sicha Jiri
Jiri
#e#5
4Sicha Jiri 183-PG-00 Kondori Lib. Czech Republic
5Stepan Borovka 180-SF-00 Prostejov B Czech Republic
6Jakub Slavik 200-F-99 Ostrava Czech Republic
7Krystof Kulcak 195-F-99 GBA Sparta Czech Republic
8Radek Farsky 193-G-99 USK Praha B Czech Republic
9Jan Madera 195-F-99 Prostejov B Czech Republic
10Michal Svoboda 190-F-99 Pardubice Czech Republic
11Tomas Havlik 190-F-99 Ostrava Czech Republic
12Kovar Lubos 200-PF-00 Loko Plzen Czech Republic
13Tomas Mikyska 196-F/C-00 CEZ Nymburk Czech Republic
14Ondrej Vycha 196-PF-99 Pardubice Czech Republic
15M Sulc





NBL Round 5 of Semi-Finals. BK Decin and CEZ Nymburk reach Finals - by Eurobasket News

BK Pardubice - BK Decin 61-69

BK Decin outscored BK Pardubice on the road to advance into NBL Finals. The former international point guard Tomas Vyoral (190-92, agency: Octagon Europe) stepped up and scored 18 points for the winners and Simon Jezek (191-90) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Dominez Burnett (196-92, college: Davenport, agency: Higher Vision Sports) responded with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and international power forward Kamil Svrdlik (205-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds. Four BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: T.Vyoral 18+2reb+3ast, S.Jezek 12+6reb+3ast, T.Pomikalek 9+3reb+1ast, P.Houska 7+5reb+2ast, J.Houska 6+4reb+2ast, O.Siska 5
BK Pardubice: D.Pandula 11+7reb, L.Autrey 10+6reb+2ast, D.Burnett 10+5reb+5ast, K.Svrdlik 10+8reb, J.Wall 7+3reb+1ast, R.Necas 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 546494


CEZ Nymburk - BK Opava 90-54

CEZ Nymburk breezed past BK Opava to seal their championship series appearance. CEZ Nymburk dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to BK Opava's 24. They outrebounded BK Opava 42-29 including 32 on the defensive glass. CEZ Nymburk players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by BK Opava's players. American power forward Kenny Hall (206-90, college: Tennessee) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and the former international center Petr Benda (203-82) accounted for 13 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). CEZ Nymburk's coach Ronen Ginzburg felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Center Vaclav Bujnoch (200-93, college: Des Moines Area CC) came up with 10 points and 5 rebounds and center Jakub Blazek (203-80) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for BK Opava in the defeat.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: K.Hall 14+11reb, B.Allen 14+1reb+4ast, P.Benda 13+7reb, M.Peterka 9+3reb+1ast, M.Kriz 7+2reb+1ast, E.Lawrence 6+2reb+3ast
BK Opava: V.Bujnoch 10+5reb+2ast, J.Blazek 10+6reb, R.Dragoun 9+3reb+1ast, R.Kouril 8+1reb, L.Jurecka 5+5reb, F.Zbranek 4+2reb
gschID: 546493





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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.



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Liga MB Round 38: Top-ranked Santa Tecla wins another game - by Eurobasket News

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

Liga MB top team - Santa Tecla (23-4) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat eighth ranked Quezaltepeque (12-14) 108-96. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Quezaltepeque. Santa Tecla looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized American point guard Robert Martinez (185-91, college: Our Lady Lake) contributed with 20 points and 10 assists for the winners. American Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) replied with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 4 assists for Quezaltepeque. Santa Tecla maintains first position with 23-4 record. Quezaltepeque at the other side keeps the eighth place with 14 games lost. Santa Tecla are looking forward to face Denver-FAS (#9) in San Salvador in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Quezaltepeque will play at home against Canarios and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Sonsonate (10-16) and Arcense (7-20), which took place in . Higher ranked Sonsonate lost at home to seventeenth ranked Arcense 89-95. American guard Brandon Thompson (193, college: Huston-Tillotson) scored 50 points (!!!) and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and Louis Birdsong chipped in 15 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Nicaraguan Thomas Vansdell (185-86) responded with 43 points (!!!). Arcense moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Santa Ana and Giants. Newly promoted Sonsonate dropped to the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Arcense will play against higher ranked El Rapido (#7) in La Union in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sonsonate will play on the road against Denver-FAS (#9) in San Salvador and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another upset was a game between Brujos Izalco (22-5) and Cojute (14-11), which took place in Cojutepeque. Higher ranked Brujos Izalco lost to ninth ranked Cojute in a road game 89-104 on Tuesday. Scott Sill notched a double-double by scoring 25 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort. Cojute's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 32 points and 7 rebounds by Garland McArthur did not help to save the game for Brujos Izalco. Cojute moved-up to sixth place. Loser Brujos Izalco dropped to the second position with five games lost. Cojute will meet at home 11 Lobos (#10) in the next round. Brujos Izalco will play against Halcones (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between 13th ranked Giants (7-20) and ninth ranked Denver-FAS (11-14) in San Salvador ended with biggest points difference. Guests from San Salvador outscored Giants 106-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Giants. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was Christopher Miller who scored 34 points (!!!) and 4 assists. Giants' coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Denver-FAS maintains ninth position with 11-14 record. Giants at the other side dropped to the twelfth place with 20 games lost. Denver-FAS's next round opponent will be Sonsonate (#11).

In the last two games of round 38 11 Lobos beat Santa Ana on the road 80-73. Halcones won against Canarios on its own court 101-86.
The most impressive performance of 38th round was 31 points, 22 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals by Joseph Antoine of 11 Lobos.

Giants - Denver-FAS 78-106

The game between 13th ranked Giants (7-20) and ninth ranked Denver-FAS (11-14) in San Salvador ended with biggest points difference. Guests from San Salvador outscored Giants 106-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Giants. Denver-FAS dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Giants' 52. They outrebounded Giants 46-26 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Denver-FAS players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was swingman Christopher Miller (192-93, college: Salem Intern.) who scored 34 points (!!!) and 4 assists. Thomas Alexander (197, college: Arkansas Tech) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Macari Brooks (190-92, college: Pikeville) produced 18 points and 9 rebounds and power forward James Milton (203, college: Stevenson) added 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for the hosts. Giants' coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Denver-FAS maintains ninth position with 11-14 record. Giants at the other side dropped to the twelfth place with 20 games lost. Denver-FAS's next round opponent will be Sonsonate (#11).
Top scorers:
Denver-FAS: C.Miller 34+3reb+4ast, T.Alexander 21+12reb+3ast, E.Castaneda 20+5reb+3ast, O.Akingkube 9+4reb+1ast, J.Maria Rivas 6+6reb+3ast, I.Urrutia 6+2reb+4ast
Giants: M.Brooks 18+9reb+2ast, L.Escoto 17+3reb+1ast, J.Milton 16+5reb+1ast, G.Hernandez 8+3reb+2ast, J.Lopez 6+5ast, A.Parras 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 537128


Santa Ana - 11 Lobos 73-80

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eleventh ranked 11 Lobos' (10-15) road victory over 12th ranked Santa Ana (7-20) 80-73. 11 Lobos shot 19 for 30 from the free-throw line, while Santa Ana only scored three points from the stripe. 11 Lobos forced 22 Santa Ana turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was Haitian Joseph Antoine (203-84, college: Union, TN) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points, 22 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Mario Gonzalez (183-94) chipped in 17 points. American forward Tobias Dowdell (201-90, college: Alders.-Broad.) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists and his fellow American import swingman Tyrone Butler (193-88) added 23 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the hosts. 11 Lobos moved-up to tenth place. Santa Ana lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 20 games lost. 11 Lobos' next round opponent will be higher ranked Cojute (#6) in Cojutepeque and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
11 Lobos: J.Antoine 31+22reb+4ast, A.Ruano 19+1reb, M.Gonzalez 17+3reb+3ast, J.Romeus 5+2reb+2ast, M.Montavious 5+9reb+1ast, K.Campos 2+1reb
Santa Ana: T.Butler 23+12reb+2ast, T.Dowdell 22+14reb+7ast, V.Sandoval 14, E.Guevara 8+1reb+2ast, L.Gonzalez 4+2reb+5ast, F.Ruiz 2+11reb+3ast
gschID: 537130


Santa Tecla - Quezaltepeque 108-96

Liga MB top team - Santa Tecla (23-4) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat eighth ranked Quezaltepeque (12-14) 108-96. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Quezaltepeque. Santa Tecla looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized American point guard Robert Martinez (185-91, college: Our Lady Lake) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 assists for the winners. Martinez is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) replied with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 4 assists and Honduran guard Alvin Cacho (189-87) added 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Quezaltepeque. Five Santa Tecla and four Quezaltepeque players scored in double figures. Santa Tecla maintains first position with 23-4 record. Quezaltepeque at the other side keeps the eighth place with 14 games lost. Santa Tecla are looking forward to face Denver-FAS (#9) in San Salvador in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Quezaltepeque will play at home against Canarios and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Santa Tecla: O.Torres 27+10reb+2ast, T.Nix 20+9reb+2ast, R.Martinez 20+2reb+10ast, C.Arias 15+13reb+1ast, O.Rivera 14+5reb+2ast, R.Palma 8+1reb+2ast
Quezaltepeque: Q.Scates 34+13reb+4ast, L.Portal 21+4reb+5ast, A.Cacho 19+8reb+4ast, D.Bairez 10+6reb+3ast, N.Drayton 9+6reb+1ast, G.Hernandez 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 537129


Sonsonate - Arcense 89-95

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Sonsonate (10-16) and Arcense (7-20), which took place in . Higher ranked Sonsonate lost at home to seventeenth ranked Arcense 89-95. Arcense forced 19 Sonsonate turnovers. American guard Brandon Thompson (193, college: Huston-Tillotson) scored 50 points (!!!) and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Louis Birdsong (198-88, college: George Mason) chipped in 15 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four Arcense players scored in double figures. Nicaraguan Thomas Vansdell (185-86) responded with 43 points (!!!) and Yoan Haiti produced a double-double by scoring 14 points, 18 rebounds and 6 assists. Arcense moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Santa Ana and Giants. Newly promoted Sonsonate dropped to the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Arcense will play against higher ranked El Rapido (#7) in La Union in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sonsonate will play on the road against Denver-FAS (#9) in San Salvador and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arcense: B.Thompson 50+2reb, L.Birdsong 15+11reb+3ast, D.Hernandez 12+4reb+7ast, R.Cardona 12+9reb+4ast, S. Willis 6+12reb+2ast, M.Erazo 0
Sonsonate: T.Vansdell 43+4reb+2ast, M.Gudino 21+11reb, Y.Haiti 14+18reb+6ast, A.Rojas 6+1reb+1ast, J.Rodriguez 3+4reb+1ast, J. Guerra 2+7reb+5ast
gschID: 537127


Cojute - Brujos Izalco 104-89

Another upset was a game between Brujos Izalco (22-5) and Cojute (14-11), which took place in Cojutepeque. Higher ranked Brujos Izalco lost to ninth ranked Cojute in a road game 89-104 on Tuesday. Cojute forced 27 Brujos Izalco turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. American forward Scott Sill (206-92, college: Delaware St.) notched a double-double by scoring 25 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and the other American import guard Brandon Golden (193, college: Midwestern St.) supported him with 27 points and 12 assists. Four Cojute players scored in double figures. Cojute's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 32 points and 7 rebounds by American forward Garland McArthur (197-88, college: Voorhees) did not help to save the game for Brujos Izalco. Jamaican-American forward Devin Thompson (199-80, college: St.Peter's) added 20 points and 15 rebounds for the guests. Cojute moved-up to sixth place. Loser Brujos Izalco dropped to the second position with five games lost. Cojute will meet at home 11 Lobos (#10) in the next round. Brujos Izalco will play against Halcones (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cojute: B.Golden 27+2reb+12ast, S.Sill 25+14reb+6ast, A.Moe 21+8reb+4ast, J.Quintanilla 14+8reb+4ast, R.Melendez 9+3reb+1ast, B.Garcia 4+3reb
Brujos Izalco: G.McArthur 32+7reb+3ast, C.Blake 21+6reb+4ast, D.Thompson 20+15reb+3ast, M.Flores 9+3reb+5ast, A.Navarrete 3+3reb+2ast, L. Gutierrez 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 537125


Halcones - Canarios 101-86

Rather expected game when 8th ranked Canarios (16-10) lost to sixth ranked Halcones (20-6) in Sonzacate 86-101. Halcones forced 20 Canarios turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Halcones brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was American power forward Raymond Miller (204-88, college: CS Fullerton) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 17 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks. Naturalized Canadian guard Jose Araujo (186-86, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 30 points. Five Halcones players scored in double figures. American guard Wali Hepburn (193-89, college: Lock Haven) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points, 17 rebounds and 8 assists and his fellow American import center Reginald Brown (202-91) added 20 points, 24 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for the guests. Halcones have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Canarios at the other side dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. Halcones' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked San Miguel (#15) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Canarios will play against Quezaltepeque (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Halcones: J.Araujo 30+4reb+1ast, R.Miller 19+17reb+5ast, J.Moss 19+11reb+3ast, T.Brewer 19+8reb+6ast, A.Merino 12+2reb+2ast, J.Angulo 2+3reb+4ast
Canarios: D.Lawson 29+5reb+9ast, W.Hepburn 24+17reb+8ast, R.Brown 20+24reb+1ast, I.Sandoval 6+3reb+3ast, W.Quijano 5+3reb+1ast, A. Gross Ruano 2+2reb
gschID: 537126





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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Antwan SCOTT
  KTP Basket
  (188-G-92)
  Avg: 22
 1. Scott, KTP Basket22.0 
 2. Jones, Lapua21.5 
 3. Gay, KTP Basket19.2 
 4. Pledger, Kouvot19.1 
 5. Brown, Kataja B.17.4 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki17.2 
 7. Morris, Lapua16.8 
 8. Bullock, Pyrinto15.8 
 9. Bryant, Kataja B.15.7 
 10. Holsey, Kauhajoki15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Van, Korihait10.5 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot9.5 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket8.7 
 5. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.5 
 6. Williams, Lapua7.9 
 7. Bullock, Pyrinto7.6 
 8. Nelson, Pyrinto7.6 
 9. Bristol, Kataja B.7.6 
 10. Morris, Lapua7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Antto NIKKARINEN
  Helsinki.
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.3 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket6.7 
 3. Rannikko, Kataja B.6.4 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.5 
 5. Jalonen, Korihait4.4 
 6. Staten, Salon Vilpas4.3 
 7. Williams, Lapua4.2 
 8. Edwards, Lapua4.1 
 9. Appleby, Kouvot4.1 
 10. Hirvonen, Kouvot3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Monyea PRATT
  KTP Basket
  (196-SF-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Pratt, KTP Basket2.2 
 2. Mullings, Kataja B.2.1 
 3. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 4. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.8 
 5. Minard, Pyrinto1.7 
 6. Scott, KTP Basket1.6 
 7. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 8. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.5 
 9. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.5 
 10. Nelson, Pyrinto1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  KTP Basket
  (201-F/C-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gay, KTP Basket1.9 
 2. Bristol, Kataja B.1.7 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 4. Van, Korihait1.1 
 5. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.0 
 6. Bailey, KTP Basket0.9 
 7. Barrett, BC Nokia0.9 
 8. Huolila, Kataja B.0.9 
 9. Nelson, Pyrinto0.8 
 10. Walker, KTP Basket0.8 


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

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

Erik Murphy
Erik Murphy
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Erik Murphy (208-90, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Florida, currently plays in France). He led Strasbourg IG to a 3-point victory against one of league's weakest teams Entente Orleans 45 (8-24) 92-89 in the French ProA in Tuesday night's game. Murphy scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. Strasbourg IG (22-10) is placed fourth in the ProA. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Murphy's first season with the team. This year he averages: 8.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 51.7%, 3FGP: 36.8% and FT: 75.8% in 31 games he played so far. Murphy is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA U18 national team, Murphy is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Finland.

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in Spain). Koponen contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-19) crushing them 87-53 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He scored 9 points and added 3 passes. FC Barcelona Lassa (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 is very crucial. Koponen's overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 53.2%, 3FGP: 35.4% and FT: 91.3%(42-46). Ex-Honka Espoo Playboys player is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Sasu Salin (191-91, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to a Gran Canaria's victory against the closely-ranked UCAM Murcia (13-18) 74-64 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Salin scored 6 points and added 4 passes in 22 minutes. Herbalife Gran Canaria (20-11) is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Salin's overall stats are: 6.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 2FGP: 40.5%, 3FGP: 34.6% and FT: 78.4% in 30 games. He is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Jamar Wilson
Jamar Wilson
   #4. An experienced point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, currently plays in Spain). Wilson could not help Movil Estudiantes (3-0) to beat Valencia Basket (23-8). He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. But the league leader Movil Estudiantes was badly defeated 87-68 on the road by the second-ranked Valencia Basket. Wilson's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is extremely important. Wilson's total stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.5apg. He is a naturalized American. Wilson is also Finnish national team player. He used to play for Honka Espoo Playboys in Finnish league.

Matti Nuutinen
Matti Nuutinen
   #5. International forward Matti Nuutinen (202-90, agency: Blacktop Management, currently plays in France) was not able to help Chorale de Roanne (13-19) in their last game. Despite Nuutinen's good performance Chorale de Roanne lost 78-83 in Vichy to the lower-ranked (#14) JA Vichy. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 34 minutes. It was Chorale de Roanne's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Nuutinen's total stats are: 6.9ppg and 2.7rpg in 30 games. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Other top Finnish players, who play abroad:

Emir Sulejmanovic (204-F/C-95) plays for Cibona in Croatian A1
Shawn Huff (198-SF-84) plays for Deutsche Bank Skyliners in German BBL
Roope Ahonen (186-G-90) plays for Kolossos HH in Greek A1
Samuel Haanpaa (203-G/F-86) plays for Obras Basket in Argentinian LigaA
Anton Odabasi (206-F-95) plays for Trabzonspor in Turkish BSL
Alexander Madsen (207-F/C-95) plays for USK Praha in Czech Republic NBL
Antti Kanervo (192-SG-89) plays for Chorale de Roanne in French ProB
Tuukka Kotti (205-PF-81) plays for Crailsheim Merlins in German ProA
Daniel Lindner (193-F/G-0) plays for Dragons Rhoendorf in German ProB
Ikka Maki (191-SF-94) plays for Cornella in Spanish EBA

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



Korisliiga Round 5 of Finals. Salon Vilpas narrow the deficit - by Eurobasket News

Salon Vilpas - Kataja Basket 84-72

Salon Vilpas remained in the fight for Korisliiga title. They overcame Kataja Basket in Game 5 to cut the deficit at 2-3. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Desmond Williams (199-91, college: S.Connecticut) who scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Al'Lonzo Coleman (201-89, college: Presbyterian) chipped in 12 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Five Salon Vilpas players scored in double figures. Canadian guard Daniel Mullings (189-91, college: N.Mexico St.) produced 19 points and 8 rebounds and American swingman Jarekious Bradley (196-90, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) added 13 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: D.Williams 15+9reb+2ast, O.Jarvi 14+4reb+3ast, M.Pounds 14+3reb+2ast, B.Edwards 13+9reb+2ast, A.Coleman 12+8reb+5ast, J.Nenonen 7+5reb
Kataja Basket: D.Mullings 19+8reb+1ast, J.Bradley 13+11reb, I.Seppala 10+2reb+2ast, V.Makalainen 9+3reb+3ast, R.Brown 9+4reb+1ast, T.Rannikko 7+6reb+7ast
gschID: 546482





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  FRANCE  

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





Nando De Colo selected the top French playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-87, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team CSKA to a victory over the eighth-ranked Astana (9-15) crushing them 94-74 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. De Colo was MVP of the game. He scored 15 points, made 3 passes and 4 steals in 22 minutes on the court. CSKA Moscow (22-2) is placed first in group A. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. De Colo has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.8apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 68.6%(70-102) and FT: 92.1%(82-89) in 17 games he played so far. De Colo is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Rodrigue Beaubois (185-88, currently plays in Spain). He was the main contributor in Baskonia's victory against the ninth-ranked RETAbet BB (14-17) 75-64 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Wednesday. Beaubois was the best player in that game. He scored 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (22-9) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. Beaubois' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Beaubois has relatively good stats this season: 12.4ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 63.4%(83-131), 3FGP: 29.9% and FT: 78.9%. He is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Rudy Gobert (216-92, currently plays in NBA). Gobert could not help the Utah Jazz (51-31) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Utah Jazz (51-31) lost 91-102 at home to the Golden State Warriors. Gobert had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 2 blocks in 39 minutes. Gobert has very impressive stats this year: 13.9ppg, 12.6rpg, 1.2apg, 2.6bpg, 2FGP: 66.1%(453-685) and FT: 63.7% in 89 games. He is also a member of the French senior national team.

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #4. Guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help Anadolu Efes (17-13) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Heurtel's good performance Anadolu Efes was defeated 87-78 on the road by the higher-ranked Olympiacos (#3). He scored 10 points and added 6 assists. This season Heurtel has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 5.6apg. He is also French national team player.

Ali Traore
Ali Traore
   #5. Former international power forward Ali Traore (207-85, also represented by BeoBasket, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Lebanon) was not able to secure a victory for Byblos (16-8) in their last game. Despite Traore's very good performance the second-placed Byblos (16-8) was crushed 99-77 in Beirut by the leading Al Riyadi in the Group A. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Traore also added 9 rebounds and 5 assists in 34 minutes. Traore has very impressive stats this year: 18.9ppg, 8.9rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg in 15 games. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

Tariq Kirksay
Tariq Kirksay
   #6. An experienced forward Tariq Kirksay (199-79, agency: Octagon Europe, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an CB Canarias' victory against the closely-ranked RETAbet BB (14-17) 80-76 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Kirksay scored 8 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. 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. Kirksay's overall stats this season are: 5.1ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.4apg. He is a naturalized American. Kirksay is a former international player as he played for the French senior team nine years ago. He used to play for Mulhouse in French league.

Fabien Causeur
Fabien Causeur
   #7. International shooting guard Fabien Causeur (195-87, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Brose Baskets (29-3) in their last game. Despite Causeur's good performance Brose Baskets was edged 93-92 in Bonn by the lower-ranked (#6) Telekom Baskets. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 32 minutes. Causeur has reliable stats this year: 11.1ppg, 3.5rpg and 3.1apg in 26 games. He is also French national team player.

Adrien Moerman
Adrien Moerman
   #8. Power forward Adrien Moerman (202-88, 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 last Wednesday. Moerman recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. 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. It's Moerman's first season with the team. His stats this year are: 10.8ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.8apg. Moerman plays currently for the French national team.

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #9. International point guard Tony Parker (188-82, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Houston Rockets (55-27) crushing them 121-96 in the NBA on Wednesday night. He scored 18 points and added 4 passes in 26 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 61-21 record this season. Parker is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his 16th year in Spurs' roster. Parker averaged so far 10.8ppg, 1.9rpg and 4.4apg in 71 games. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

Leo Westermann
Leo Westermann
   #10. Guard Leo Westermann (197-92, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Lithuania) managed to help B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas in a victory against the eighth-ranked Dzukija (10-26) 87-74 in the Lithuanian LKL last Tuesday. Westermann scored 5 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 19 minutes. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (33-3) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. This year Westermann's overall stats are: 6.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.6apg in 33 games. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the French senior national team.

   #11. Former international forward Nobel Boungou-Colo (202-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Enisey crushing them 109-81 in the VTB United League on Saturday night. Boungou-Colo scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Boungou-Colo's total stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

   #12. Former international shooting guard Edwin Jackson (190-89, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Movil Estudiantes (3-0) in their last game. Despite Jackson's very good performance the league leader Movil Estudiantes was badly defeated 87-68 in Valencia by the second-ranked Basket. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Jackson also added 3 assists (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 31 minutes. Jackson has very impressive stats this year: 21.7ppg, 3.4rpg and 3.2apg in 31 games. He used to play for the French national team back in 2015.

   #13. International point guard Antoine Diot (193-89, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Edwin Jackson in the Spanish Liga Endesa last game. Diot contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Movil Estudiantes 87-68. He scored 5 points and added 3 assists in 22 minutes. This year Diot's total stats are: 8.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.8apg and 1.2spg in 26 games. He is also French national team player.

   #14. Former U20 international forward Amath M'Baye (206-89, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Enel Brindisi (14-16) in their last game. Despite his good performance Enel Brindisi was crushed 86-65 in Venezia by the second-ranked Umana. M'Baye scored 12 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 29 minutes. He has very impressive stats this year: 17.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.5apg in 30 games. M'Baye used to play for the French U20 national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former international small forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Juvecaserta's surprising victory against the fifth-ranked Banco di Srd 77-70 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. He scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Diawara has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the French national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Baskonia's victory against the ninth-ranked RETAbet BB (14-17) 75-64 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Wednesday night's game. Tillie scored 7 points. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (22-9) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Tillie's overall stats this season are: 6.4ppg and 3.7rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French.

   #2. Jordan Semple (201-F-92, agency: Octagon Europe, college: Chico St., currently plays in Bulgaria) could not help Academik Plovdiv (16-8) in their last game. Despite Semple's good performance Academik Plovdiv was edged 94-92 on the road by the lower-ranked (#7) Cherno More. He scored 12 points, had 8 boards, passed 6 assists and added 5 steals in 32 minutes. Semple has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.0ppg, 12.0rpg, 3.5apg, 2.0bpg and 2.2spg in 26 games he played so far. Semple is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in France.

   #3. Mattia Udom (200-F-93, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Angelico Biella (24-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Udom's good performance Angelico Biella was defeated 72-64 on the opponent's court by the much lower-ranked Verona (#8) in the West group. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Udom averaged so far 10.6ppg and 5.4rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: French and Italian.

   #4. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Maccabi Ashdod (12-19) 91-74 in the Israeli Winner League in Wednesday night's game. Kadir scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (16-15) is placed seventh in the Winner League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Kadir's total stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 5.9rpg and 2.1apg. He has both French and Israeli nationalities.

   #5. Experienced Afik Nissim (185-PG-81, also represented by Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) led Hapoel Eilat to a 2-point victory against the eighth-ranked Maccabi Haifa (15-16) 86-84 in the Israeli Winner League on Monday night. Nissim recorded 13 points. 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. Nissim has been at the team for five years. He has averaged so far 9.8ppg and 1.4apg. Nissim also holds two passports: French and Israeli.

   #6. Natan Jurkovitz (199-F-95, currently plays in Switzerland) led Fribourg to an easy victory against the second-ranked Swiss Central crushing them 99-48 in the Swiss LNA in Tuesday night's game. Jurkovitz scored 16 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. He has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.7spg. Jurkovitz has dual citizenship: French and Swiss.

   #7. Mikael Maruotto (201-SF-91, currently plays in Switzerland) led Monthey to a victory over the leader Lausanne 96-85 in the Swiss LNA on Saturday night. He was the top player that evening. Maruotto scored 21 points. He averaged so far 13.3ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.3apg. Maruotto has French and Swiss nationalities.

   #8. David Ramseier (202-F/C-87, currently plays in Switzerland) was the major contributor in Neuchatel's victory against the fourth-ranked Geneve Lions 78-77 in the Swiss LNA last Saturday. He scored 21 points. Ramseier averaged so far 11.2ppg and 4.0rpg. Similarly like Maruotto and Jurkovitz above he holds both French and Swiss passports.

   #9. Navid Niktash (203-G/F-91, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to secure a victory for London Lions (18-15) in their last game. Despite Niktash's good performance London Lions was badly defeated 90-71 at home by the leading Leicester Riders. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 22 minutes. Niktash averaged so far 14.9ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.4apg in 26 games. He has French and Iranian nationalities.

   #10. Roy Samaha (205-C-84, currently plays in Lebanon) managed to help Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut to win against the second-ranked Byblos crushing them 99-77 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL in Friday night's game. Samaha recorded only 2 points. He has averaged so far 3.6ppg and 2.4rpg. Samaha has dual citizenship: French and Lebanese.



Calero lands Stephane Manga, ex Chartres - by Francisco Vega

Calero de Potosi (Libobasquet) landed 26-year old French swingman Stephane Manga (198-104kg-91, college: Seton Hall). He played most recently at Union Basket Chartres Metropole in French NM1 league. In 7 games he averaged 4.7ppg and 1.4rpg last season.
Manga's team made it to the Big East Tournament Semifinals in 2014.
He has played also professionally in France for Entente Orleans 45.
Manga attended Seton Hall University until 2015 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

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Fall's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old center Moustapha Fall (218-C-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Chalon and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 32.
He had a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Gravelines (#9, 16-16) 89-76. Chalon maintains the 2nd position in French league. 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 25-7 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Fall as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Fall has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 9.0rpg. Fall is in league's top in and averages solid 2.4bpg and 69.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Cameron Clark (201-G/F-91). He is American swingman in his first season at Chalon. In the last game Clark recorded impressive 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course together with Fall he helped Chalon with another comfortable win 89-76 over the lower-ranked Gravelines (#9, 16-16) being unquestionably team leader. Chalon's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 25-7 record is not bad at all. Clark is a newcomer at Chalon and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.8ppg (#1). He also registered 6.1 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman J.P. Prince (203-G/F-87) of Orleans (#17). Prince showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, five rebounds and six assists in the last round. Despite Prince's great performance Orleans lost 89-92 to the higher-ranked Strasbourg (#4, 22-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Orleans can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 8-24 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Prince he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Prince has a very solid season. In 11 games in France he scored 12.5ppg. He also has 5.6apg, 2.3spg and FGP: 58.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jakim Donaldson (204-C-83) of Le Portel - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists
5. John Roberson (180-PG-88) of Chalon - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Dario Hunt (206-F-89) of Nancy - 12 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Charles Kahudi (199-SF-86) of ASVEL - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Vincent Poirier (210-C-93) of Paris-Levallois - 17 points and 8 rebounds
9. Ryan Pearson (198-F-90) of Le Mans - 23 points and 4 rebounds
10. Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) of Limoges - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Fouse's double-double lands him ProB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

22-year old guard Jordan Fouse (201-G-94, agency: Three Eye Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Charleville and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 32.
He had a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Provence Basket (#2, 21-11) 81-72. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Charleville is placed at 3rd position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Charleville will need more victories to improve their 19-13 record. In the team's last game Fouse had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Jordan Fouse averages this season 10.5ppg and 5.5rpg.

Second best performed player last round was J.K. Edwards (202-C/F-82) of St Chamond. He is American in his first season at St Chamond. In the last game Edwards recorded impressive double-double of 13 points and 17 rebounds. Of course St Chamond cruised to a 72-60 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Boulogne (12-20). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. St Chamond is still at the dead bottom 18th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-20 record. Edwards is one of the most experienced players at St Chamond and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Brad Waldow (208-C-91) of league's second-best Provence Basket. Waldow scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Waldow's great performance Provence Basket lost 72-81 to #3 ranked Charleville. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Provence Basket needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 21 victories and 11 lost games. Waldow has a very solid season. In 32 games in France he scored 11.2ppg. He also has 5.5rpg and FGP: 58.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Steeve Ho You Fat (202-PF-88) of Rouen - 29 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Joe Burton (201-F-90) of Roanne - 23 points and 12 rebounds
6. Zachery Peacock (203-C-87) of Bourg - 27 points and 3 rebounds
7. Frank Turner (178-PG-88) of Blois - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Jarvis Williams (198-C/F-93) of Boulazac - 18 points and 6 rebounds
9. Florent Tortosa (198-SF-89) of Blois - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Bastien Pinault (195-G/F-93) of Evreux - 24 points 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)



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
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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
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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





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  FYR MACEDONIA  


FYR Macedonian U16 National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic


Marko Milovanovic


David Naumovski


Marko Velickovski


Slavko Trajkovski


Branko Sumenikovski


Nikola Gruevski


Vasiol Janevski


Bogdan Stosic


Stefan Jovanovski


Jovan Cvetkov


Drago Stojmanovic


Kristijan Stoleski


Luka Savicevic
Vardar FYR Macedonia




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  GEORGIA  


Giorgi Shermadini's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Georgians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Giorgi Shermadini (217-89, currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in Andorra's surprising victory against the second-ranked Valencia Basket (23-8) 89-84 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Shermadini had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds in 27 minutes on the court. MoraBanc Andorra (16-15) is placed eighth in the Liga Endesa. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Shermadini has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 7.4rpg, 2FGP: 63.2%(160-253) and FT: 80.4% in 31 games he played so far. Shermadini is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Tornike Shengelia
Tornike Shengelia
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Tornike Shengelia (206-91, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Baskonia (22-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Shengelia's good performance Baskonia was defeated 79-75 at home by the lower-ranked Unicaja Malaga (#5). He scored 12 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Shengelia's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Shengelia has relatively good stats this season: 10.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 53.5%, 3FGP: 30.4% and FT: 68.9%. He is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team.

Richard Hickman
Richard Hickman
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro, currently plays in Italy). Hickman led Armani Milano to a victory over the 14th-ranked AV Cantu (11-19) 89-71 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Hickman scored 15 points and added 3 passes in 20 minutes. 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. So now every game will be important. It's Hickman's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.8apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 53.1%, 3FGP: 39.8% and FT: 71.2% in 25 games. Hickman is a naturalized American. He played for the Georgian national team three years ago. Strangely Hickman has never played in Georgia.

Taurean Green
Taurean Green
   #4. Point guard Taurean Green (183-85, college: Florida, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a 2-point Bnei Hasharon's victory against the closely-ranked Maccabi Haifa (15-16) 96-94 in the Israeli Winner League on Wednesday night. He scored 16 points and added 5 passes. Bnei Hertzeliyya (17-14) is placed fifth in the Winner League. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Green has reliable stats this season: 13.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.3apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the Georgian national team back in 2010. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #5. Former international point guard Jacob Pullen (184-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Enisey (13-11) crushing them 109-81 in the VTB United League in Saturday night's game. Pullen scored 12 points in only a mere 14 minutes. BC Khimki Moscow Region (19-5) is placed third in group A. This year Pullen's overall stats are: 8.9ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.6apg in 23 games. He is a naturalized American. Pullen used to play for the Georgian national team two years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Georgia.

Marquez Haynes
Marquez Haynes
   #6. Point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Umana Reyer Venezia to win against the ninth-ranked Enel Brindisi (14-16) crushing them 86-65 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Haynes scored only 4 points and added 3 passes. 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. Haynes' stats this season are: 11.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.4apg. He is a naturalized American. Haynes is a former international player as he played for the Georgian senior team six years ago. However he has never played in Georgia.

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #7. An experienced international center Zaza Pachulia (211-84, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Golden State Warriors' victory against the Utah Jazz (51-31) 106-94 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Pachulia recorded 10 points. The Golden State Warriors have a very solid 67-15 record this season. Pachulia's total stats this year are: 6.1ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.7apg. He is also Georgian national team player.

Shota Gelazonia
Shota Gelazonia
   #8. Center Shota Gelazonia (205-94, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Cambados (21-9) in their last game. Despite Gelazonia's very good performance Cambados lost 71-75 on the road to the lower-ranked (#8) Moron. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 13 rebounds in 29 minutes. This year Gelazonia's total stats are: 9.8ppg and 4.9rpg in 34 games. He used to play for the Georgian U20 national team back in 2013.

Levan Babilodze
Levan Babilodze
   #9. U18 international shooting guard Levan Babilodze (196-98, currently plays in Italy) helped Viola RC win their game against the 14th-ranked Chieti (10-20) 91-74 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Friday night's game. He scored only 3 points in 4 minutes on the court. Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabriais placed tenth in West group. This year Babilodze averages just 1.0ppg in 14 games. He is also in the roster of the Georgian U18 national team.

Nika Metreveli
Nika Metreveli
   #10. Power forward Nika Metreveli (211-91, currently plays in Italy) helped Scafati win their game against the 15th-ranked Unieuro Forli (9-21) 87-77 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Tuesday. Metreveli scored only 2 points. Givova Scafati Basket (11-19) is placed 14th in West group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Metreveli has averaged so far 4.4ppg and 1.7rpg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Georgian senior national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Quinton Hosley (201-F-84, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Iran) could not help Arak (3-3) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Arak (3-3) was badly defeated 90-70 on the road by the leading Petrochimi in the Group 1. Hosley was the top scorer with 25 points. He also added 6 rebounds. Hosley has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.3apg and 2.7spg. Hosley is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.

   #2. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Movil Estudiantes (12-19) 87-68 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Wednesday. Thomas scored 10 points in 19 minutes. Valencia Basket (23-8) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Thomas' overall stats are: 5.9ppg and 4.8rpg in 31 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #3. Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Puerto Rico) led Capitanes to a 2-point victory against the closely-ranked Piratas (8-4) 87-85 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Wednesday night. Diaz scored 15 points and added 3 passes (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 33 minutes. Capitanes de Arecibo (7-8) is placed sixth in the BSN. This year Diaz's total stats are: 9.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.0apg in two games. He has a dual citizenship: Georgian and Puerto Rican.

   #4. Grigol Shvangiradze (196-F-91, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Quintanar in their game against Real Madrid II (23-7) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Shvangiradze scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The 11th-placed Quintanar (12-17) was defeated 71-56 at home by the much higher-ranked Real Madrid II (#3) in the Group B. It was Quintanar's fourth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Shvangiradze has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 2.8rpg.



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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, Ratiopharm18.1 
 3. English, Fraport .17.6 
 4. Babb, Ratiopharm15.8 
 5. Mayo, Telekom Bsk15.8 
 6. Kikanovic, ALBA15.8 
 7. Paulding, EWE B.15.8 
 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, Ratiopharm7.1 
 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, Ratiopharm5.6 
 6. Mayo, Telekom Bsk5.1 
 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. Redding, B.Mue.1.6 
 7. Stewart, Walter T.1.6 
 8. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.6 
 9. Siva, ALBA1.6 
 10. Anderson, Bayreuth1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Maximilian KLEBER
  B.Muenchen
  (207-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.2 
 2. Gamble, Telekom .1.2 
 3. Groselle, Braunsch.1.2 
 4. Theis, Brose Bask.1.2 
 5. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 6. Qvale, EWE Baskets0.9 
 7. Austin, Bremerha.0.9 
 8. Horton, Telekom .0.9 
 9. Marei, Bayreuth0.8 
 10. Gaffney, ALBA0.8 


Why Can't We Get Players Like That Haunted The Fraport Skyliners At The Point Guard Position - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

If iconic Boston sportscaster legend Bob Lobel was describing the Boston Celtic highlights today for channel WBZ where he was strapped in the 11pm news slot for almost 30 years from 1981-2008, he would most definitely have unwrapped one of his most famous catch phrases again concerning the 2017 Boston Celtics-Chicago Bull series. Back in the day Lobel would spice up his Celtics game reports in the highlights with the words 'Why can't we get players like that?" These magical words would surface in his report when any former player for a Boston team was shown making a big play for his new team. It was born after the Boston Red Sox traded unknown prospect Jeff Bagwell to the Houston Astros in return for journeyman pitcher Larry Anderson in 1990. Anderson didn't pan out for Boston, while Bagwell became a star with the Houston Astros and was one of the best sluggers in the second half of the 90's hitting 449 home runs in his career. Lobel's catch phrase 'Why can't we get players like that' was widely emphasized in plays when the former a Boston player burned a Boston team. In his tenure as WBZ sports chef in the 80's and 90's he had countless examples where he could of used that phrase with ex Boston players like Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs or Nomar Garciaparra as these stood out with their new teams especially with the dreaded New York Yankees or ex New England Patriot Curtin Martin who fled to the New York Jets or ex Boston Celtic Bob Mcadoo who was injury plagued in 1979, but would move on to the glitz of the Los Angeles Lakers and win 2 NBA titles in 1982 and 1985 against Boston. In 2017 Lobel would have had a field day with 2008 Boston Celtic NBA champion Rajon Rondo who haunted his ex team in game one and two in Boston with Chicago. Not only in American sports could Bon Lobel have given his catch phrase life, but also in European basketball. Recently ex Fraport Skyliner Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89, college: Seton Hall) who led Frankfurt to only their third club title last season with the Fiba Europe cup fled for the big bucks to Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (Turkey-BSL) this season and won another title with the Turkish Cup collecting MVP honors. Recently Jordan Theodore kept up his special tradition from last season where on countless occasions, he needed the ball in his hands and delivered in key situations. With time running out in the Champions League quarterfinal return game in Ludwigsburg and Banvit down by four and needing to win by five to reach the Final 4 went coast to coast and scored on an off balance shot propelling his team to Tenerife to go for their second title of the season in the Champions League Final 4. This would have been the perfect time for Lobel to share his legendary phrase 'Why can't we get players like that?. Lobel would of gone bananas in the Champions League semi-final where Theodore once again showed why he belongs to the top point guards in Europe where he scorched Monaco with a 21 point and 11 in the Champions League Final 4. This season Fraport Skyliner head coach Gordon Herbert could have sung this song with 'Why can't we get players like that" as Theodore burned the Fraport Skyliners twice in the Champions league leading Banvit to victory over Frankfurt with 12 and 8 and 25 and 6 performances. Herbert surely would have done about anything for reaching the playoffs except giving away Isaac Bonga for free to have obtained Jordan Theodore this season as his misfortune of the point guard Selection put the Fraport Skyliners off playoff course.

It is no secret that the success of a professional basketball team more often than not lies in the hands of the point guard. The point guard is not always the best player on the team except for maybe Russell Westbrook or James Harden, but is the player that runs the team successfully and can get the best players on the team going and into finding their rhythm. In the past Fraport Skyliner head coach Gordon Herbert has had the magic touch and suit where he was able to unravel the perfect name for his team. The best examples in the last years was when he brought in Dashaun Wood who had been injured for a whole season and returned winning the BBL MVP in 2011, Justin Cobbs who had faltered in Italy and Latvia and led the Fraport Skyliners into the Eurochallenge final 4 and playoffs for the first time in three seasons and Jordan Theodore who had always played for losing teams before coming to Frankfurt was instrumental in the Fina Europe Cup title and reaching the semi-finals of the playoffs. This season, the Fraport Skyliners simply didn't have the right point guard that they needed to be successful. The club also signalized late in the summer that they didn't have the needed financial clout to be able to pick up a solid point guard as they didn't find ex Georgetown American Markel Starks until late. The American already came to Frankfurt with question marks as last season he couldn't match his stats from his rookie season with FMC Ferentino (Italy-A2 Gold) as he had an average season with Vanoli Cremona (Italy-Serie A). With the Fraport Skyliners, Starks lasted only 4 games averaging 10,8ppg, 1,8rpg and 2,0apg simply too little for the ambitious head coach Gordon Herbert. He had two solid games against Bonn and Bremerhaven, but the lightening quick player proved to be more of a combo guard than a true point guard. Herbert then found talented American Kwame Vaughn who had been released by French team ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. The American came to Frankfurt with a great resume having been a scoring point guard wherever he had played in Italy, Israel and Belgium and it seemed like he could be that second Justin Cobbs that Herbert had brought in two seasons ago for Richard Williams. However Vaughn never panned out in the system of Gordon Herbert. He actually had a very strong Champions League season averaging 14,9ppg, 2,9rpg and 4,5apg, but when the team needed that big win against Pinar Karyisaka, they lost by 20 points and he couldn't bring the game or leadership qualities that a Theodore would have given. In the BBL, he was at best average averaging 11,0ppg, 2,7rpg and 3,8apg. He had some solid games against lower ranked teams, but when it counted most against playoff type teams, he was unable to produce for the team to be successful. One of his biggest problems was simply his inability to get good ball movement going during set plays and forcing the one on one when the shot clock was winding down. In December the team reeled in ex Iona (NCAA) standout AJ English who was seen more as that scoring punch, but also helped out at point guard and had some stellar games dishing out nine assists over SC Rasta Vechta and seven assists against Braunschweig. Even though Quantez Robertson loves to help out at point guard and his ball handling surely has improved in the last years, his strengths lie elsewhere and shouldn't have to be wasted aiding at the playmaker position. One is always smarter at the end of a season about what one should have done during the summer transfer period. It would have been interesting what would have been the fate of the Fraport Skyliners if they had picked up a Kyan Anderson, Josh Mayo or Peyton Siva. Would they be in the playoffs now the way medi Bayreuth, Telekom Baskets Bonn and Alba Berlin are?

The Point guard position cost the Fraport Skyliners the season, but there were also other reasons why the team was unable to reach a third consecutive playoffs. A big risk last summer was waiting and waiting for the decision for Danilo Barthel wheather he would resign or not while most of the other BBL teams filled their rosters with available German big men. Big German talent Johannes Thiemann would have looked fabulous in a Skyliners uniform, but Ludwigsburg head coach John Patrick gobbled him up early in the summer. When Barthel finally signed with FC Bayern Munich, Gordon Herbert had little options to find a very solid big man for the season. It didn't help the team that they started the 2016-2017 pre season and regular season without Gordon Herbert who had health issues. Assistant coach Klaus Perwas had to take over the head coaching reins something he wasn't accustomed to. Perwas is the perfect assistant coach that has helped groom and developed countless players further with his individual training, but as a head coach he was unfairly thrown into cold water and was unable to get the job done. Another gigantic problem for the Fraport Skyliners was being able to compensate the loss of the German big 3 of Johannes Voigtmann, Danilo Barthel and Konstantin Klein who combined for 27 points per game. This season the club continued to build with their youth as Niklas Kiel got more minutes and developed further and Stefan Ilzhoefer also got more minutes, but was unable to exceed expectations. Frankfurt just didn't get enough production from their German core of players to be able to compete with the playoff teams. Another problem was not getting a strong center for the season. No disrespect to Mike Morrison, but he is the perfect back up center that brings excessive energy from the bench and will give highlight dunks every weekend, but just won't bring the stats a playoff type center needs to bring at the starting center position. Having that dominant center like a Voigtmann was really missing this season in which the team rebounding severely suffered.. Frankfurt improved their play in the second half of the season, but the two point loss in Ludwigsburg and one point loses to Bonn and Bayreuth cost them the playoffs. The perfect and right point guard like a Jordan Theodore would have won these games for Frankfurt. As usual the Fraport Skyliners will have a limited budget and will need to make the right decision in player personel for next season. The future for their youth development continues to look very promising for the Fraport Skyliners as they already signed 18 year German talent Richard Freudenberg who left the well known school ST Johns after his freshman season as according to eurobasket sources didn't see eye to eye with head coach and NBA legend Chris Mullin and had unwanted issues with his teammates of color The club could also witness a further step in the development of Niklas Kiel next season and Isaac Bonga doing the back up duties for the American starting point guard. The fate of the Fraport Skyliners will once again lie in the starting point guard and the correct decision making of Gordon Herbert will once again be vital between a playoff spot and early summer vacation in 2018




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

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

Johannes Voigtmann
Johannes Voigtmann
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to Baskonia's victory against the ninth-ranked RETAbet BB (14-17) 75-64 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Wednesday night's game. Voigtmann scored 6 points, had 10 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 2 blocks in 31 minutes on the court. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (22-9) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Voigtmann averages: 7.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 57.5%(73-127), 3FGP: 32.4% and FT: 70.7% in 31 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the German senior national team.

Isaiah Hartenstein
Isaiah Hartenstein
   #2. Second place goes to U18 international power forward Isaiah Hartenstein (211-98, currently plays in Lithuania). Hartenstein contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Dzukija (10-26) crushing them 96-40 in the Lithuanian LKL last Friday. He scored 9 points. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (33-3) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. Hartenstein's overall stats this season are: 5.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 56.5%(39-69), 3FGP: 29.6% and FT: 69.0%. He is in the roster of the German U18 national team.

Heiko Schaffartzik
Heiko Schaffartzik
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84, currently plays in France). Schaffartzik led JSF Nanterre to a victory against the closely-ranked Strasbourg IG (22-10) 74-65 in the French ProA on Tuesday night. He scored 11 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. JSF Nanterre (23-9) is placed third in the ProA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Schaffartzik's first season with the team. Schaffartzik has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.8apg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3FGP: 37.4% and FT: 89.2% in 31 games. He played for the German national team two years ago.

Kostja Mushidi
Kostja Mushidi
   #4. Swingman Kostja Mushidi (195-98, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Serbia) was the major contributor in a Mega Leks' victory against one of league's weakest teams Spartak (1-5) 88-72 in the Serbian KLS last Tuesday. Mushidi scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. BC Mega Leks (3-3) is placed fifth in the KLS. This year Mushidi has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg and 4.0rpg in two games. He is also German U20 national team player.

Robin Benzing
Robin Benzing
   #5. International forward Robin Benzing (208-89, currently plays in Spain). Benzing could not help Zaragoza (9-21) to beat Real Madrid (23-7). He scored 7 points. Zaragoza was badly defeated 98-78 at home by the leading Real Madrid. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Benzing has reliable stats this season: 13.1ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.4apg. He plays currently for the German national team.

Bjoern Schoo
Bjoern Schoo
   #6. Center Bjoern Schoo (213-81, college: Northern St., currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to help Starwings (12-13) in their last game on Friday. Despite Schoo's very good performance the sixth-placed Starwings (12-13) was defeated 76-67 on their home court in Basel by the higher-ranked Lugano Tigers (#3) in the Places 1-6 group. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Schoo also added 4 rebounds. Schoo's overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg and 4.3rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the German senior team eleven years ago.

Thomas Kaspereit
Thomas Kaspereit
   #7. Former U16 international power forward Thomas Kaspereit (199-83, currently plays in Luxembourg) managed to help Kordall Steelers to win against the fourth-ranked BC Mess (15-17) crushing them 94-66 in the Luxembourg Total League in Saturday night's game. Kaspereit scored only 4 points. Kordall Steelers (18-14) is placed third in Playdowns 2 group. The Second Stage already ended. Kaspereit's overall stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the German U16 national team eighteen years ago.

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

   #1. Bar Timor (190-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a Hapoel Jerusalem's victory against the tenth-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (13-18) 93-80 in the Israeli Winner League in Monday night's game. Timor recorded 10 points and added 3 assists. Hapoel Jerusalem (17-14) is placed fourth in the Winner League. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Timor's overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.6apg. He has a dual citizenship: German and Israeli.

   #2. Experienced Robert Tomaszek (205-C-81, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland) managed to help BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. in a victory against the closely-ranked MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (20-12) 81-75 in the Polish PLK in Sunday night's game. Tomaszek scored only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. (21-11) is placed third in the PLK. This year Tomaszek's overall stats are: 3.0ppg and 2.1rpg in 28 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: German and Polish.

   #3. Joachim Thoss (201-C-81, currently plays in Philippines). Thoss could not help Alaska Aces (4-3) to beat B.Ginebra (5-1). He recorded 9 points in only 10 minutes. But Alaska Aces were edged 103-102 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) B.Ginebra. It was Alaska Aces' third consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Thoss is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Alaska Aces' roster. This season Thoss' overall stats are: 10.0ppg and 4.7rpg in seven games. He has both German and Filipino nationalities.

   #4. Tim Vogel (185-G/F-87, currently plays in Australia) helped Slammers win their game against the 12th-ranked Suns (3-10) 98-80 in the Australian State League (second division) last Sunday. Vogel recorded only one point in 4 minutes on the court. Southwest Slammers (2-14) are placed in SBL group. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Vogel averages only 0.3ppg in four games.



3 Answers from... Elliott Defreitas - by Daniel Poerschke

Elliott DeFreitas (208-F) just graduated from NCAA2 school Hawaii Pacific University. The 6'10 british center is now looking to start his professional career in Europe and is already back in the UK to train and prepare for his rookie season. In 23 games last season for HPU the Essex native averaged 8.8ppg and 4.8rpg while shooting 56.0% from the field and 73.8% from the free-throw line.

Is anything better then playing college basketball in Hawaii?
There is isn't anything better than playing college basketball in Hawaii, it is an amazing place to live and grow as a person and player but what was most important was our on court success. We won a conference championship this year and finished with a very good record. However I am looking forward to my next challenge of working even harder to become the best basketball player I can be at the next level.

Tell us a little bit about your game, what are your strengths and weaknesses?
I like to think of myself as a very versatile player. I can run the floor well, post up and finish strong around the rim with either hand, while also having the ability to shoot the outside shot. However my biggest strength is having a high motor and playing with a lot of energy, which also carries over into my game defensively. Being a defensive anchor for my team is something I take a lot of pride in. This high motor always pushes me to want to be better and is a big reason I'm the player I am today. Areas I would like to improve this offseason are becoming a more consistent 3pt shooter and also be a more consistent perimeter player so I am able to play multiple positions.

What are your summer plans in terms of basketball and where will you be in the next months?
My summer plans for basketball are to work as hard as I can on areas of my game that I feel I need to improve most in. Whilst also staying in the weight room as I understand to compete at the next level for my position I will need to add and maintain size. In the next few months I hope to be playing/preparing to play in my first professional season. Being apart of a team where I fit the system and somewhere I'll be in a position to learn and grow as a player to be as successful as possible. I'm very excited for this opportunity ahead.



FC Schalke Keeps Courtney Belger - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Courtney Belger (187-G-89, college: Quincy) may be down under now, but in 3 months he will definitly be back in Germany and surely be telling new vintage stories from his second season with Kalamunda Eastern Suns (Australia-SBL) as he will be playing for a second season with FC Schalke. Belger is a 27 year old 187cm point guard from St Louis, Missouri and will be returning for a fifth season in Germany. Belger has made steps up the professional ladder playing two seasons with TV Ibbenbuehren in the Regionaliga 2 and Regionaliga and the last two seasons in the Pro B with Itzhoe and FC Schalke. He made huge strides last season with FC Schalke improving in many stats as he played 25 games averaging 16.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 5.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 22.4%, FT: 78.9%. The season before with Itzehoe he averaged only 12.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 4.5apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 65.6%. "He is a total role model with his attitude, realiability and motivation. These are all things that I respect and that is why i wanted him back. He had offers from higher leagues, but wanted to return to improve his game even more and become more complete. I am totally convinced that he will be one of our top players this season and am looking forward to working with him", stressed head coach Raphael Wilder. Last season he scored in double figures in 21 of 25 games and scored 20 points or more in eight games. His top games were 32 points against the ScanPlus Baskets, 29 points against Wolfenbuettel and 26 points against Wolfenbuettel and Stahnsdorf.He is having another impressive season down under averaging 22,7ppg, 6,7rpg, 5,2apg and 3,0spg.

Source:FC Schalke




German coach Kevin Magdowski will coach in Colombia now - by Daniel Poerschke

He will be the first German coach to work in the South American country of Colombia, maybe also he will be the first German coach ever to get a Head Coaching job in South America.
Berlin native Kevin Magdowski takes over Aguilas de Tunja in the Liga DirectTV.

How did your current season go in Luxemburg?
It went very well. We reached the playoffs in the N2 league for the first time in club history and a lot of the younger players were able to develop very good on the floor.

And now you are moving around the globe to coach in Colombia. How did that work out for you?
My agent got me in contact with the team Aguilas de Tunja in the town Tunja and the manager and I had a couple good conversations about basketball in general, my coaching philosophy and the level of basketball they are playing in Colombia. I was excited from the beginning of our talk and then we quickly came to an agreement so that I will fly down there tomorrow.

What do you know already about the Colombian basketball?
I think Colombian basketball is great basketball and I think that I can bring the team to another level. Last year they were struggling a little bit and I hope to make the playoffs with them this season.

What is your coaching philosophy?
I want my team to play hard defense with a lot of intensity. I want to use a bigger rotation of players, so that we can always run fast and compete as a whole group against the other opponent.



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 2017 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 1st Team 2017
Carrington Love
Love
Andrew Warren
Warren
Jonathon Williams
Williams
Kruize Pinkins
Pinkins
Leon Kratzer
Kratzer

Player of the Year: Andrew Warren (196-G-87) of MBC
Guard of the Year: Carrington Love (186-G-94) of Kirchheim
Forward of the Year: Kruize Pinkins (203-F-93) of Hanau
Center of the Year: Leon Kratzer (210-C-97) of Brose Bask.
Most Improved Player of the Year: Aleksej Nikolic (191-PG-95) of Brose Bask.
Import Player of the Year: Andrew Warren (196-G-87) of MBC
Domestic Player of the Year: Leon Kratzer (210-C-97) of Brose Bask.
Defensive Player of the Year: Devin White (203-F-88) of Heidelberg
Newcomer of the Year: Till Gloger (204-F-93) of Uni Baskets
Coach of the Year: Rodrigo Pastore of Chemnitz

1st Team
G: Carrington Love (186-G-94) of Kirchheim
G: Andrew Warren (196-G-87) of MBC
F: Jonathon Williams (198-F-90) of Kirchheim
F: Kruize Pinkins (203-F-93) of Hanau
C: Leon Kratzer (210-C-97) of Brose Bask.

2nd Team
PG: Aleksej Nikolic (191-PG-95) of Brose Bask.
G: Chase Griffin (190-G-83) of Crailsheim
SF: Arnoldas Kulboka (205-SF-98) of Brose Bask.
F: Sergio Kerusch (195-F-89) of MBC
C: Andreas Kronhardt (205-C-89) of Kirchheim

3rd Team
PG: Diante Watkins (174-PG-90) of Nuernberg
G: Chris Carter (195-G-92) of Chemnitz
F: Jacob Parker (198-F-93) of Oettinger R.
F/C: Joe Lawson (201-F/C-92) of Chemnitz
C: Phillipp Heyden (206-C-88) of Heidelberg

Honorable Mention
Marcus Hatten (185-PG-80) of MBC
Christopher Dunn (189-PG-83) of Crailsheim
Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82) of Crailsheim
Seth Hinrichs (201-SF-93) of Kirchheim
Vance Hall (193-PG-91) of Heidelberg
Brandon Spearman (196-G/F-91) of Trier
Simon Schmitz (188-PG-90) of Trier
Dane Watts (203-F-86) of Oettinger R.
Darrel Mitchell (181-PG-84) of Oettinger R.
Robert Oehle (209-C-88) of Oettinger R.
Hugh Robertson (195-G-89) of Koeln Rh.Stars
Richard Williams (178-PG-87) of Koeln Rh.Stars
Anthony Canty (183-PG-91) of Hamburg
DeAndre Lansdowne (187-G-89) of Hamburg
Enosch Wolf (215-C-90) of Hamburg
Matt Vest (195-G-92) of Uni Baskets
Chase Adams (177-PG-88) of Uni Baskets
Eugene Harris (187-PG-86) of Gaiteros
Till-Joscha Joenke (193-PG-92) of Hanau
Dan Oppland (203-F-84) of Nuernberg
Andre Calvin (201-F-85) of Nuernberg
Malik Mueller (190-G-94) of Baunach
Daniel Berger (203-F-90) of Ehingen
Devon Moore (193-PG-89) of Ehingen
Kameron Taylor (198-G-94) of Ehingen
Tobias Jahn (204-PF-86) of Ehingen
Chris Alexander (186-PG-83) of ETB Wohnbau
Ashton Moore (183-PG-93) of ETB Wohnbau
Eric Thompson (204-F-93) of ETB Wohnbau
Randal Holt (185-PG-91) of Dresden
Helge Baues (205-PF-94) of Dresden
R.J. Price (180-PG-93) of Dresden

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Anthony Canty (183-PG-91) of Hamburg
PG: Till-Joscha Joenke (193-PG-92) of Hanau
F: Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82) of Crailsheim
F: Sergio Kerusch (195-F-89) of MBC
C: Leon Kratzer (210-C-97) of Brose Bask.

All-Imports Team
G: Carrington Love (186-G-94) of Kirchheim
G: Andrew Warren (196-G-87) of MBC
F: Jonathon Williams (198-F-90) of Kirchheim
F: Kruize Pinkins (203-F-93) of Hanau
F/C: Djordje Pantelic (204-F/C-84) of MBC

All-Defensive Team
PG: Marcus Hatten (185-PG-80) of MBC
G: Chris Carter (195-G-92) of Chemnitz
G: Bernard Thompson (191-G-93) of Heidelberg
F: Devin White (203-F-88) of Heidelberg
F/C: Djordje Pantelic (204-F/C-84) of MBC



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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos16.3 
 2. Cummings, Aris14.5 
 3. Barlow, Trikalla14.0 
 4. Starks, Koroivos13.6 
 5. Hall, Koroivos13.4 
 6. Gotcher, Koroivos12.9 
 7. Lojeski, Olympiacos12.6 
 8. Punter, Lavrio12.5 
 9. James, Panathin.12.5 
 10. Clark, Promitheas12.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keith CLANTON
  PAOK
  (205-C/F-90)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Clanton, PAOK9.5 
 2. Biruta, Trikalla7.0 
 3. Evans, Lavrio6.9 
 4. Hall, Koroivos6.7 
 5. Fitzpatrick, AGOR6.7 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.6.3 
 7. Toutziarakis, Kymis6.2 
 8. Faye, Promitheas6.1 
 9. Milosevic, AEK A.5.9 
 10. Reddic, Kolossos HH5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos7.3 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.5.6 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympiacos5.4 
 4. Starks, Koroivos4.9 
 5. Talton, AGOR4.4 
 6. Scott, Doxa L.4.1 
 7. Hall, Kolossos HH4.1 
 8. Nixon, Lavrio4.0 
 9. El-Amin, Kymis3.9 
 10. Ukic, AEK Athens3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Shannon SCOTT
  Doxa L.
  (186-PG-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Scott, Doxa L.2.0 
 2. Hickey, Apollon .1.9 
 3. Brown, Koroivos1.8 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Aris1.7 
 5. Releford, Kolossos.1.6 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.1.6 
 7. Gotcher, Koroivos1.6 
 8. Moore, Promitheas1.4 
 9. Jones, Promitheas1.4 
 10. Barlow, Trikalla1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jito KOK
  Lavrio
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kok, Lavrio1.5 
 2. Raines, Apollon .1.1 
 3. Clanton, PAOK1.1 
 4. Orton, Kymis1.0 
 5. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 6. Milutinov, Olympiacos1.0 
 7. Jackson, Aris1.0 
 8. Kravic, AGOR1.0 
 9. Kavvadas, Aris0.9 
 10. Fitzpatrick, AGOR0.9 


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Alexis KIRITSIS
  Doukas
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Kiritsis, Doukas18.4 
 2. Karaboulas, Faros17.9 
 3. Kokkalis, Ethnikos16.9 
 4. Redikas, Arkadikos16.5 
 5. Gioulekas, GS Laris.16.2 
 6. Milosevic, Holargos15.4 
 7. Smajlagic, Psychiko15.4 
 8. Gagaloudis, Iraklis14.9 
 9. Liakopoulos, Faros14.6 
 10. Macheras, Ethnikos14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kostas MACHERAS
  Ethnikos
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Macheras, Ethnikos9.2 
 2. Lolas, Irakleio8.6 
 3. Tsougarakis, Arkad.8.2 
 4. Rubio, Doukas7.8 
 5. Jawara, Doxa P.7.6 
 6. Skordilis, Faros7.1 
 7. Rutkauskas, Iraklis7.0 
 8. Koutroulias, Holargos7.0 
 9. Papanikolaou, Psych.7.0 
 10. Alihodzic, Panionios6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Psychiko
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Nikou, Psychiko7.5 
 2. Gagaloudis, Iraklis5.8 
 3. Vasilopoulos, Faros5.3 
 4. Zoupas, Amyntas .5.3 
 5. Koutras, GS Laris.5.3 
 6. Liakopoulos, Faros5.2 
 7. Milosevic, Holargos5.1 
 8. Koukas, Doukas4.9 
 9. Karydas, Panionios4.7 
 10. Koumpouras, Aiolos A.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Giannis PRODROMOU
  Arkad.
  (196-F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Prodromou, Arkad.2.0 
 2. Karydas, Panionios1.9 
 3. Nikou, Psychiko1.9 
 4. Erevbenagie, Kavala1.7 
 5. Diplaros, Doxa P.1.6 
 6. Gagaloudis, Iraklis1.6 
 7. Koutras, GS Laris.1.5 
 8. Thorsteinsso., AE Laris.1.4 
 9. Laane, Ethnikos1.4 
 10. Dimakos, Faros1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Antonis SKLIVAS
  Kavala
  (203-F-95)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Sklivas, Kavala1.2 
 2. Thorsteinsso., AE Laris.1.1 
 3. Skordilis, Faros1.0 
 4. Koutroulias, Holargos0.9 
 5. Melissaratos, Panio.0.8 
 6. Papanikolaou, Psych.0.8 
 7. Alihodzic, Panionios0.7 
 8. Jawara, Doxa P.0.7 
 9. Paulos, Pagrati0.6 
 10. Katoufas, Faros0.6 


A2 Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Victories for Iraklis and Faros - by Eurobasket News

Iraklis - Aiolos Astakou 82-64

Iraklis beat Aiolos Astakou in the semifinal series opener. Iraklis made 19-of-21 charity shots (90.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 25 Aiolos Astakou turnovers. Guard Yannis Gagaloudis (192-78) stepped up and scored 20 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and Lithuanian Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Five Iraklis players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international point guard Fanis Koumpouras (185-83) responded with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Nikos Kaklamanos (189-81) scored 18 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Iraklis: Y.Gagaloudis 20+3reb+5ast, D.Cheilaris 15+1reb+1ast, R.Rutkauskas 12+8reb, V.Angelakopoulos 10+4reb, K.Totsios 10+3ast, M.Giannakidis 7
Aiolos Astakou: N.Kaklamanos 18+1reb+1ast, F.Koumpouras 15+8reb+5ast, S.Papadionysiou 9+4reb+1ast, A.Gizogiannis 5+1reb+3ast, N.Libaris-Psomas 4+4reb+1ast, G.Theodorakos 3
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Doukas - Faros 67-75

Faros upset Doukas to take the lead in the series. Faros made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of center Gaios Skordilis (207-87, agency: Diamond Sports) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Vaggelis Karaboulas (198-81) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Spanish center Guillem Rubio (202-82) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds and guard Alexis Kiritsis (198-82) added 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Doukas. Doukas' coach Savvas Simeonidis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Faros: V.Karaboulas 22+1reb+1ast, G.Skordilis 16+8reb+1ast, G.Dimakos 11+4reb+1ast, K.Kakaroudis 9+3reb+2ast, N.Liakopoulos 6+1reb+3ast, F.Vasilopoulos 5+3reb+7ast
Doukas: G.Rubio 19+6reb+1ast, G.Koukas 10+2reb+2ast, A.Kiritsis 9+8reb+5ast, A.Kanonidis 7+2reb, E.Papamakarios 6+3reb+2ast, D.Karabatsos 4
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Konstantinos Sloukas selected the top Greek playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Konstantinos Sloukas
Konstantinos Sloukas
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Konstantinos Sloukas (197-90, currently plays in Turkey). He led Fenerbahce to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Besiktas (23-6) 93-76 in a derby game in the Turkish BSL in Saturday night's game. Sloukas scored 13 points and added 7 assists in 25 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Fenerbahce Istanbul (26-2) is placed first in the BSL. It was his team's 19th consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Sloukas has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.6apg, 2FGP: 61.5%(48-78), 3FGP: 39.0% and FT: 89.3% in 21 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Thanasis Antetokounmpo
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo (199-92, currently plays in Spain). Antetokounmpo could not help Andorra (16-15) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Andorra was badly defeated 76-59 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams Sevilla (#16). Antetokounmpo was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 6 rebounds. Antetokounmpo's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This season Antetokounmpo averages: 7.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 50.8%, 3FGP: 23.8% and FT: 60.5%. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and Greek. Ex-Filathlitikos AO player is in the roster of the Greek senior national team.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in VTB United League). Vougioukas led his Russian team Lokomotiv to a victory against the closely-ranked Unics Kazan (15-9) 83-71 in the VTB United League on Wednesday night. He scored 15 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 25 minutes. Lokomotiv Kuban (19-5) is placed fourth in group A. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Vougioukas has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 56.3%(89-158) in 26 games. Former Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus starter played for the Greek national team three years ago.

Giorgos Bogris
Giorgos Bogris
   #4. Center Giorgos Bogris (210-89, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an CB Canarias' victory against the closely-ranked RETAbet BB (14-17) 80-76 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. 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 will be important. It's Bogris' first season with the team. Bogris' overall stats this year are: 7.6ppg and 3.9rpg. He is also Greek national team player.

Stratos Perperoglou
Stratos Perperoglou
   #5. An experienced international small forward Stratos Perperoglou (203-84, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-19) crushing them 87-53 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Perperoglou scored 6 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 22 minutes. FC Barcelona Lassa (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 extremely important. This year Perperoglou's overall stats are: 7.8ppg and 2.6rpg in 24 games. He plays currently for the Greek national team.

Michael Bramos
Michael Bramos
   #6. Swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Umana Reyer Venezia to win against the closely-ranked Banco di Srd (17-13) 89-85 in the Italian Serie A on Wednesday night. Bramos scored 5 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. 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. Bramos' total stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.6apg. He is a naturalized American. Bramos is a former international player as he played for the Greek senior team four years ago. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Dimitrios Katsivelis
Dimitrios Katsivelis
   #7. Former international guard Dimitrios Katsivelis (196-91, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to help Astana (9-15) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance the eighth-placed Astana (9-15) was crushed 77-54 in Moscow by the leading CSKA in the group A of VTB United League. Katsivelis was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Katsivelis' total stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.7apg and 1.4spg. He used to play for the Greek national team four years ago.

Fotios Lampropoulos
Fotios Lampropoulos
   #8. Power forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to secure a victory for Boca Juniors (17-38) in their game against La Union (22-32) in the Argentinian LigaA. Lampropoulos scored 7 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Boca Juniors (#10) was defeated 95-80 in Formosa by the higher-ranked La Union (#9) in the Sur group. It was Boca Juniors' fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Lampropoulos has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.7apg. Lampropoulos used to play for the Greek U18 national team back in 2003.

Leonidas Kaselakis
Leonidas Kaselakis
   #9. Former U20 international small forward Leonidas Kaselakis (202-90, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dimitrios Katsivelis. But that was another game of his team in VTB United League which we would like to mention. Kaselakis couldn't help Astana (9-15) in their game against CSKA (22-2), despite his good performance last Sunday. He scored 10 points and had 6 steals in 30 minutes. But Astana (#8) was badly defeated 94-74 in Moscow by the leading CSKA in the group A of VTB United League. This year Kaselakis' total stats are: 7.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg in 27 games. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team seven years ago.

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

   #1. Patrick Calathes (207-F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Italy) could not help AV Cantu (11-19) in their last game. Despite Calathes' good performance AV Cantu was badly defeated 89-71 on the road by the leading Armani Milano. He was the top scorer with 14 points. Calathes also added 7 rebounds in 25 minutes. It was AV Cantu's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This year Calathes' total stats are: 7.6ppg and 5.0rpg in 16 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Calathes used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.

   #2. Trian Iliadis (190-G-89, college: ODU, currently plays in Australia) led Wanneroo to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Stirling Senators (4-4) 103-87 in the Australian State League (second division) on Friday night. Iliadis recorded 17 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists in 27 minutes. Joondalup City Wanneroo Wolves (7-1) are placed fourth in SBL group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Iliadis is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Wanneroo's roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Iliadis averages: 18.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.6apg and 2.3spg in seven games. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Australian. Despite Iliadis' Greek passport, he previously played for the Australian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #3. Maximiliano Sole (198-F-88, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Spain) led Real Madrid II to a victory over the 11th-ranked Quintanar (12-17) 71-56 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. Sole was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Real Madrid II (23-7) is placed third in Group B. The Regular Season already ended. Sole has reliable stats this season: 12.0ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Uruguayan and Greek.

   #4. Anthony Kopcikas (189-G-92, currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Maroochydore Clippers (0-1) 70-53 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. Kopcikas recorded 7 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in 27 minutes. Brisbane Capitals (2-0) are placed first in QBL group. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Kopcikas is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Brisbane Capitals' roster. He has reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.0apg and 2.5spg in two games. Kopcikas has both Greek and Australian nationalities.

   #5. Max Calligeros (197-F/C-92, currently plays in Australia) contributed to a Sturt Sabres' victory against the ninth-ranked Central District Lions (1-5) 86-72 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Sturt Sabres (4-2) are placed fourth in Premier League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Calligeros has been at the team for six years. Calligeros has averaged so far 6.7ppg and 3.2rpg. He also holds two passports: Greek and Australian.

   #6. Emils Duselis (192-G/F, currently plays in Australia) helped Hills Hornets win their game against the ninth-ranked Hawks crushing them 94-74 in the Australian State League (second division) on Saturday night. Duselis recorded 11 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 31 minutes. He has reliable stats this year: 13.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 4.5apg in 10 games. Similarly like Calligeros and Kopcikas above Duselis has Greek and Australian nationalities.

   #7. Grant Fiorentinos (208-F/C-92, college: SIU Edwardsville, currently plays in New Zealand) helped Hawks win their game against one of league's weakest teams Giants crushing them 103-80 in the New Zealand NBL in Saturday night's game. He scored 6 points. Fiorentinos has reliable stats this season: 13.7ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.1apg. He has dual citizenship: British and Greek. Despite Fiorentinos' Greek passport, he previously played for the British U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Greek team.



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CBA #1 Post Graduate Program no Accepting Applications 2017-18 Season. - by Alan Waters

Charlotte Basketball Academy is proud to announce the acceptance of international students for admissions to its Post Graduate Program.
Charlotte Basketball Academy is a stated to be a great choice for international students based on their aggressive basketball game schedule, skill & development training and course academic rigor per Tom Raptor, Director of Pro Hoops.

CBA is getting more and more praise for the 1 on 1 commitment offered to each student and the elite platform used as a springboard to showcase student's talents. It's exciting news that the academy has extended its services international post graduate students.

This will afford the academy, the ability to rise to the level of competition the Post Graduate game schedule is currently on. With one of the most aggressive game schedules in the country, competing against programs such as; Hargrave Academy,Bluefield College, and UNC-Chapel Hill JV. CBA is undoubtedly on the rise to becoming a global contender as a premier Sports Academy for student athletes.

CBA offers a warm and welcoming community. an excellent springboard into English proficiency, American culture, and the building of relationships and contacts that will last a lifetime. Academy has very recently hosted students from China, Russia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, South Korea, Thailand, Canada, Italy, Ecuador, Cuba, Germany, Austria, and other nations.
International students are easily integrated into all aspects of the Academy Experience: athletics, fine arts, clubs, and academic life. English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL), prep assistance to take the TOEFL test, classes help students to develop increased proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in English. Their outstanding College Counseling programs a very important component of each student's high school experience, and international students are no exception to this rule.

All of Charlotte Basketball Academy's international students live at CBA's state of the art residential facility. Partaking in aggressive 2 a day training workouts between 2 hours each training session. Students are immersed in college style dormitory living with a host of fun and exciting off campus activities.

CBA focus on skill agility, development Training, SAT & ACT Prep. College Placement.

For more information regarding Charlotte Basketball Academy visit school website at www.charlottebasketballacademy.net
Contact: G.Primus 336-508-3816 Whatsapp

CBA is lead by
2017 6'7 SF Akeem white 21ppg 10rpg offers From: Utep, New Mexico sty, NC A&T, 9 Junior college offers- Signed Western nebraska
2017 6'8 PF Lydell Greffered 16ppg 16rpg Interest: Iona, Rugters,Hawii, Mississippi Vally
2017 6'0 PG Juvante Hayes 14ppg 9apg Interest: Northern Arizona, Omaha, Delaware st Offer: Southern Wesleyan
2017 6'4 SF Marcus Wesley 18ppg 8rpg Interest: Delaware st Maryland Eastern shore, Grambling uni Signed to Elizbeth City State Uninversity
2017 6'6 SF Saheem Anthony 17ppg 8apg: offers Tuskegee,Elizbeth city, Interest: St johns, Mississippi Vally, Fordham , Utep



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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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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andrija BOJIC
  Jaszberenyi
  (207-PF-93)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Bojic, Jaszberenyi21.3 
 2. Kromah, Kormend21.0 
 3. Govens, Falco KC20.9 
 4. Lilov, Szedeak19.1 
 5. Vojvoda, Szolnok18.7 
 6. Frazier, Kaposvari18.1 
 7. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.7 
 8. Pacher, Vasas17.6 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC17.0 
 10. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu8.8 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.3 
 3. Szabo, ZTE K.8.3 
 4. Sihota, MAFC8.1 
 5. Pacher, Vasas8.0 
 6. Sejfic, PVSK P.8.0 
 7. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 8. Watkins, Atomeromu7.8 
 9. Drungilas, ZTE K.7.2 
 10. Wright, Vasas7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.3 
 2. Boltic, Szedeak8.1 
 3. Battle, Atomeromu7.7 
 4. Taylor, Vasas7.5 
 5. Govens, Falco KC6.2 
 6. Petty, Kormend6.2 
 7. Nelson, PVSK P.6.0 
 8. Smith, MAFC5.9 
 9. Wisseh, Kaposvari5.9 
 10. Johnson, Sopron KC5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC2.6 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.3 
 3. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.2.1 
 4. Boltic, Szedeak2.1 
 5. Petty, Kormend2.0 
 6. Kromah, Kormend1.9 
 7. Smith, MAFC1.9 
 8. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.8 
 9. Frazier, Kaposvari1.7 
 10. Smith-Jr, Kormend1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.1 
 2. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.9 
 3. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.8 
 4. Keller, Alba0.8 
 5. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 6. Juhos, Szedeak0.8 
 7. Wright, Vasas0.7 
 8. Benke, ZTE K.0.7 
 9. Andric, Szolnok0.6 
 10. Simms, Kaposvari0.6 


Recap of A Division Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Kormend - PVSK Pannon 81-95

PVSK Pannon got to the winning start of the playoffs. They upset Kormend on the road in the opener. The game without a history. PVSK Pannon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Anthony Nelson (185-G-89, college: Niagara) and Ismet Sejfic (208-C-93, agency: XL Basketball Agency) delivered 20 points apiece in the victory. Sterling Gibbs (188-G-92, college: Connecticut, agency: Interperformances) responded with 17 points for Kormend.
gschID: 546248


ZTE KK - Szolnok 79-76

ZTE KK held off Szolnok to gain 1-0 lead. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 23-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. ZTE KK made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Szilard Benke (196-95) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Julian Norfleet (188-91, college: Mt.St.Mary's) contributed with 11 points and 5 assists for the winners. Five ZTE KK players scored in double figures. International swingman David Vojvoda (196-90) answered with 19 points and 4 assists and Montenegrin Nikola Pavlicevic (192-88) added 16 points in the effort for Szolnok.
Top scorers:
ZTE KK: S.Benke 16+5reb+1ast, E.Ubilla 15+1reb+4ast, A.Drungilas 14+4reb, J.Norfleet 11+4reb+5ast, M.Mohacsi 10+8reb, J.Wright 7+6reb+1ast
Szolnok: D.Vojvoda 19+3reb+4ast, N.Pavlicevic 16+4reb+1ast, T.Barnies 11+4reb+1ast, A.Toth 9+5reb+2ast, L.Andric 9+5reb+1ast, A.Popovic 8+2reb
gschID: 546249


Falco KC - Kaposvari 82-72

Falco KC overcame Kaposvari to surge ahead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Falco KC. Kaposvari was better in third quarter 24-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Falco KC shot 22 for 31 from the free-throw line, while Kaposvari only scored six points from the stripe. They outrebounded Kaposvari 45-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. Kaposvari was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Guard Drew Barham (198-89, college: Gonzaga) stepped up and scored 26 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) chipped in 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws). At the losing side forward Malik Cooke (201-89, college: S.Carolina, agency: Inception Sports) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds and center Kenneth Simms (205-86, college: Cumberland, agency: Promotex) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field).
Top scorers:
Falco KC: D.Barham 26+8reb, D.Govens 20+5reb+5ast, A.Pustahvar 14+4reb+1ast, I.Zigeranovic 8+2reb, L.Medford 7+7reb+2ast, K.Bognar 5+4reb+2ast
Kaposvari: M.Cooke 19+8reb+2ast, K.Simms 18+7reb, W.Frazier 14+4reb+2ast, J.Wisseh 8+3reb+6ast, R.Hendlein 5+4reb, M.Fodor 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 546247


Alba - KTE-Duna 89-79

Alba prevailed against KTE-Duna in Game 1. Alba dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to KTE-Duna's 32. They outrebounded KTE-Duna 44-32 including 30 on the defensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by KTE-Duna helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Ghanian guard Alhaji Mohammed (192-81, college: Louisville, agency: Three Eye Sports) fired 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Winston Shepard (203-93, college: San Diego St., agency: Diamond Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Alba players scored in double figures. Naturalized Serbian forward Tomislav Ivosev (204-90, agency: 011 Sports) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian center Kemal Karahodzic (210-89) added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Alba: B.Taylor 19+4reb+3ast, A.Mohammed 18+7reb+4ast, P.Lorant 17+10reb, W.Shepard 15+10reb+4ast, J.Farr 12+7reb, A.Keller 6+4reb+2ast
KTE-Duna: T.Ivosev 20+5reb+2ast, M.Djerasimovic 15+4reb+1ast, K.Karahodzic 14+7reb+4ast, G.Hegedus 9+3reb+1ast, M.Djukanovic 6+1reb+5ast, M.Pongo 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 546246





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

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

Adam Hanga
Adam Hanga
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain). He led Baskonia to a victory over the closely-ranked CB Canarias (20-10) 76-72 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Thursday night's game. Hanga was MVP of the game. He scored 14 points and had 3 steals in 30 minutes on the court. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (22-9) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. Hanga's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Hanga has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 57.3%(86-150), 3FGP: 31.3% and FT: 77.8% in 29 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Hungarian senior national team.

Obadiah Trotter
Obadiah Trotter
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M, currently plays in Poland). Trotter was the major contributor in a Twarde Pierniki's victory against the closely-ranked Rosa (21-11) 105-98 in the Polish PLK last Thursday. He recorded 22 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Polski Cukier Torun (21-11) is placed fourth in the PLK. This season Trotter has relatively solid stats: 12.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.9apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 30.5%. He is a naturalized American. Trotter played for the Hungarian national team in 2013. He used to play for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian league.

Zoltan Perl
Zoltan Perl
   #3. The Hungarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Zoltan Perl (195-95, currently plays in Italy). Perl was the main contributor in a Treviso Basket's victory against the eighth-ranked Lighthouse TR (15-15) 80-72 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Friday. He was the best player in that game. Perl scored 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. De Longhi Treviso Basket 2012 (21-9) is placed second in East group. Perl has reliable stats this season: 12.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 54.9% and FT: 82.4%. He is also a member of the Hungarian senior national team.

Rosco Allen
Rosco Allen
   #4. Forward Rosco Allen (207-93, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Stanford, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro CAB in a victory against the closely-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-19) 75-63 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Wednesday night. Allen scored only 2 points in 10 minutes. Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro CAB (11-20) is placed 13th in the Liga Endesa. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Allen's stats this year are: 11.0ppg and 3.9rpg in 22 games. He used to play for the Hungarian national team back in 2015.

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

   #1. Nemanja Miscevic (200-F-94, currently plays in Serbia) could not help Spartak (1-5) in their last game. Despite Miscevic's good performance Spartak was crushed 101-52 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) FMP. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Miscevic also added 6 rebounds in 34 minutes. It was Spartak's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Miscevic averages: 5.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.1apg in 32 games he played so far.

   #2. Nebojsa Dukic (206-C/F-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Portugal) was not able to help Vitoria SC (21-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Vitoria SC (21-11) was defeated 98-92 at home by the lower-ranked Galitos-Barreiro (#5) in the Places 1-6 group. Dukic scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). It's Dukic's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 10.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.4apg. Dukic has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Hungarian.

   #3. Damian Hollis (203-F-88, agency: Inception Sports, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Portugal) was not able to secure a victory for Benfica (24-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Benfica (24-8) was edged 74-73 on their home court in Benfica by the lower-ranked (#3) CAB Madeira in the Places 1-6 group. Hollis had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 37 minutes. It's Hollis' first season with the team. Hollis has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.6apg in 31 games. Hollis is a naturalized American. Despite his Hungarian passport, Hollis previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Hungarian team. He used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

   #4. Stefan Fekete (190-PG-86, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in Serbia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nemanja Miscevic. But that was another game of his team in Serbian KLS which we would like to mention. Fekete couldn't help Spartak (1-5) in their game against Partizan (5-1). He recorded only 4 points. Spartak was defeated 82-75 on their home court in Subotica by the second-ranked Partizan. Fekete's overall stats this season are: 2.0ppg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Hungarian and Serbian.

   #5. Roland Torok (203-F/C-90, agency: HMS, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help UBT Cluj Napoca (24-4) in their game against Oradea (15-13) in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Torok recorded 6 points in only 10 minutes. The first-placed UBT Cluj Napoca (24-4) lost 76-85 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#4) Oradea in the Places 1-6 group. This year Torok averages: 7.8ppg and 3.9rpg in 36 games. He has both Hungarian and Romanian nationalities.



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  IRAN  

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Daequan COOK
  Chemidor
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Cook, Chemidor23.1 
 2. Buljan, Kashan22.5 
 3. Robinson, Petrochimi20.9 
 4. Prince, Azad19.2 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan18.6 
 6. Hosley, Arak18.3 
 7. Gacesa, Tabriz17.2 
 8. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.15.5 
 9. Jones, Azad15.2 
 10. White, Petrochimi15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  Army
  (200-SF-90)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Kazemi, Army11.5 
 2. Buljan, Kashan10.1 
 3. Williams, Tabriz9.1 
 4. Kardoust, Arak9.0 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan8.8 
 6. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.8.6 
 7. Mirzaei, Naft A.7.6 
 8. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.7.5 
 9. Cukinas, Chemidor7.3 
 10. White, Petrochimi7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Petrochimi
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Robinson, Petrochimi4.3 
 2. Nasajpour, Tabriz4.0 
 3. Davarpanah, Naft A.3.8 
 4. Prince, Azad3.6 
 5. Perkins, Naft A.3.5 
 6. Hosley, Arak3.3 
 7. Davoudi, Arak3.2 
 8. Jamshidi, Petrochimi3.2 
 9. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.2.8 
 10. Williams, Arak2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Arak
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hosley, Arak2.7 
 2. Nasajpour, Tabriz2.7 
 3. Kazemi, Army2.7 
 4. Prince, Azad2.5 
 5. Davarpanah, Naft A.2.2 
 6. Perkins, Naft A.2.1 
 7. Mashayekhi, Naft A.2.0 
 8. Robinson, Petrochimi1.8 
 9. Jones, Azad1.7 
 10. Afagh, Arak1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Tabriz
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Williams, Tabriz4.1 
 2. Taherpour, Shiraz a.1.1 
 3. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.1.1 
 4. Riaie, Chemidor1.0 
 5. Kardoust, Arak1.0 
 6. Toncinic, Gorgan0.9 
 7. Moradinasab, Gor.0.9 
 8. Soleimani, Kashan0.8 
 9. Torabi, Army0.7 
 10. Nabipour, Petrochimi0.7 


Kazemi sees Iran finishing atop their World Cup Qualifiers Group - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

TEHRAN (FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019) - Seasoned international player Arsalan Kazemi is optimistic about Iran's odds of doing very well in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Asia Qualifiers.

Iran were drawn in Asia's Group D with fellow West Asia team Iraq, Gulf champions Qatar and highest ranked Central Asia team Kazakhstan. Iran is the highest ranked team in this group and they are the only team to have ever won a FIBA Asia title here. These facts further underscore how they are expected to not only survive, but more so thrive in the first phase of qualifying games for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019.
Kazemi, who has been a fixture on Iran's men's team since 2010, knows this, and it fuels his confidence that Team Melli will dominate the competition as long as they have their usual level of preparations.

"I'm sure if we have a good preparation before the qualifiers, we will finish on top of our group," he declared.

He is aware of how all the three other Group D teams play, and he believes this familiarity will help him and his teammates notch those all important wins.

"We are playing with 3 teams that in the recent years have been playing a different type of basketball," he explained. "Qatar likes the half court game, Iraq has been improving the last couple of years and likes to play a fast pace and Kazakhstan plays very physical basketball."

Iran will open their qualifiers on 24 November 2017 on the road against neighboring Iraq. Team Melli, which is being handled by Mehran Hatami, will be bannered by Kazemi and Asia's preeminent center Hamed Haddadi. They will be surrounded by some the most talented young players of their country, who are expected to be at their prime for the World Cup.

"I think our young guys have had a very good experience in the past couple of years," Kazemi said. "They have got the talent, and they just have to bring it all to the table."
After playing Iraq, Iran will be hosting Qatar on 27 November. Kazemi is looking forward to that as they will be playing in front of their raucous home crowd.

"Playing in front of our home crowd will be great, and we saw that last year when we hosted the FIBA Asia Challenge," he said. "It will be great for the people to come and support the national team like that every year."

Iran captured the crown at the FIBA Asia Challenge 2016 after defeating continental rivals Korea.
The first phase of the FIBA Basketball World Cup Asia Qualifiers has four groups of four teams, and three will advance from each group to the next stage.

Iran will try to bag one of the 7 Asian slots to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China.



Superleague Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Naft Abadan and Petrochimi - by Eurobasket News

Naft Abadan - Azad 88-86

Naft Abadan topped Azad in overtime to take 2-0 lead in the semifinal series. Abadan forced 23 Azad turnovers and had a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. 30 personal fouls committed by Azad helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international center Meisam Mirzaei (210-92) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds. American-Ivorian guard Doron Perkins (189-83, college: Santa Clara) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Naft Abadan players scored in double figures. American guard Dominique Jones (193-88, college: S.Florida) produced 31 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and Irish-Australian center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) added 20 points and 14 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Naft Abadan: M.Mirzaei 19+14reb, S.Mashayekhi 17+3reb+1ast, S.Davarpanah 15+5reb+3ast, D.Perkins 15+7reb+2ast, M.Hassanzadeh 9+7reb, F.Aslani 7+1reb
Azad: D.Jones 31+9reb+5ast, A.James Ogilvy 20+14reb+2ast, M.Yousofvand 18+9reb+2ast, F.Sabouri 5+6reb, A.Doraghi 4, A.Armen Allahverdi 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 546665


Petrochimi - Arak 90-70

Petrochemi cruised past Arak for the second consecutive victory in the series. The game without a history. Petrochimi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Petrochimi outrebounded Arak 43-22 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. International center Hamed Haddadi (218-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. International Behnam Yakhchali (196-95, agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with 25 points for the winners. Four Petrochimi players scored in double figures. Petrochimi's coach Mehran Shahintab allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American-Georgian forward Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.) replied with 25 points and 6 rebounds and Bulgarian Filip Videnov (196-80, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Alti Sport) added 16 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Arak.
Top scorers:
Petrochimi: B.Yakhchali 25+3reb+3ast, H.Haddadi 19+9reb+6ast, J.White 18+11reb+1ast, H.Hosseinzadeh 12+2reb+3ast, R.Lotfi 5+2reb, M.Jamshidi 4+6reb+3ast
Arak: Q.Hosley 25+6reb, A.Kardoust 16+4reb, F.Videnov 16+5reb+4ast, H.Sohrabnejad 7+4reb+1ast, A.Davoudi 6+1reb+4ast, M.Zarei 0+2reb
gschID: 546664





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  ISRAEL  

Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Storm WARREN
  Maccabi .
  (201-PF-88)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Warren, Maccabi .23.6 
 2. Huertas, Hap.Haifa21.8 
 3. Burrows, Hap.Haifa21.7 
 4. Livingston, Hapoel K.21.1 
 5. Esho, Ramat H.20.6 
 6. Teel, Maccabi H/H20.6 
 7. Pointer, Ironi K-A20.4 
 8. Relphorde, Hapoel M.19.9 
 9. Jordan, Galil Elion19.7 
 10. Madden, Hap.R/G.19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony LEE
  Ironi R.
  (206-F/C-91)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Lee, Ironi R.12.5 
 2. Jordan, Galil Elion11.6 
 3. Warren, Maccabi .11.2 
 4. Watson, Hapoel K/S10.7 
 5. Allen, Hapoel B/S10.7 
 6. Livingston, Hapoel K.10.7 
 7. Yates, Macc.Reh.10.4 
 8. Pointer, Ironi K-A10.2 
 9. McShepard, Ironi N.9.9 
 10. Burrows, Hap.Haifa9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H7.7 
 2. Nanikashvili, Hap.H.6.8 
 3. Cohen, Hapoel K/S5.8 
 4. Lavie, Maccabi .5.5 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Ironi R.5.4 
 6. Dunne, Ironi N.5.0 
 7. Ainhorn, Ironi K-A4.6 
 8. Niv, Hap.Haifa4.5 
 9. Ariely, Hapoel B/S4.5 
 10. Salz, Galil Elion4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H2.7 
 2. Addison, Macc.Reh.2.5 
 3. Relphorde, Hapoel M.2.4 
 4. Lavie, Maccabi .2.3 
 5. Warren, Maccabi .2.0 
 6. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.0 
 7. Burrows, Hap.Haifa1.9 
 8. Rosenberg, Hapoel M.1.9 
 9. Pointer, Ironi K-A1.9 
 10. Hofman, Ironi N.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sir''Dominic POINTER
  Ironi K-A
  (198-G/F-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.2 
 2. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.1 
 3. Lee, Ironi R.1.9 
 4. Givens, Maccabi .1.5 
 5. Watson, Hapoel K/S1.5 
 6. Warren, Maccabi .1.3 
 7. Gaston, Hapoel M.1.3 
 8. Joyner, Ironi K-A1.2 
 9. Treadwell, Hapoel A.1.2 
 10. Roberts, Ironi N.1.2 


National League Round 2 of Finals. Ironi Nes-Ziona clinch second win in a row - by Eurobasket News

Ironi Nes-Ziona - Hapoel B/S 74-69

Ironi Nes-Ziona held off Hapoel B/S to take 2-0 lead in the National League Finals. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 21-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Hapoel B/S helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized Welsh Tal-Michael Dunne (196-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) scored 11 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. American swingman Jason Williams (198-83, college: UTEP) responded with 18 points and his fellow American import forward Jordan Lewis (195-89, college: Cal Poly - SLO) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: L.Roberts 16+6reb, E.Hofman 13+4reb+4ast, J.Beal 13+3reb+2ast, G.Gutt 13+2reb, T.Michael Dunne 11+8reb+5ast, R.Pitshon 8+7reb+2ast
Hapoel B/S: J.Williams 18+3reb+2ast, A.Fisher 13+6reb+2ast, J.Lewis 11+8reb+3ast, T.Ariely 10+1reb+6ast, J.Allen 7+6reb, Y.Bet-Yosef 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 546671





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)



Marcus Relphorde (ex Hapoel Migd.H.) agreed terms with GECR Indalo - by Eurobasket News

Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia (LigaA) inked 29-year old American swingman Marcus Relphorde (198-101kg-88, college: Colorado). He moved there from Hapoel Migdal Haemek in Israeli National League where he played this season. In 27 games he recorded very impressive stats: 19.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.7apg and 2.4spg.
The most of last season Relphorde spent at Falco in Hungarian A Division. In 15 games he averaged 14.7ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg. He also played earlier that season for A.G.O Rethymno Aegean in Greek A1. In 10 games he had 8.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.7apg.
Relphorde's team made it to the Swedish Basketligan Semifinals in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. Relphorde has played also professionally in Finland (Salon Vilpas), France (Nantes), Lithuania (Palanga), Sweden (BC Lulea) and D-League (Canton Charge).
He attended University of Colorado until 2011 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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  ITALY  

Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Adam SMITH
  Roseto
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Smith, Roseto24.4 
 2. Davis, Jesi24.1 
 3. Golden, Chieti22.6 
 4. Sims, Rieti20.2 
 5. Ferguson, Angelico.20.1 
 6. Bowers, Bondi F.20.0 
 7. Brown, Roma Virtus19.9 
 8. Harrell, Mens S.19.3 
 9. Ray, Udine APU18.9 
 10. Cosey, Tortona18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HALL
  Angelico Biella
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Hall, Angelico Biella12.8 
 2. Reynolds, Recanati12.2 
 3. Radic, Viola RC11.4 
 4. Mosley, Legnano9.5 
 5. Smith, Ravenna9.3 
 6. Perry, Treviso .9.2 
 7. Mortellaro, Chieti9.2 
 8. Easley, Eurobask.9.2 
 9. Poletti, Latina B.9.1 
 10. Jones, Piacenza9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Yuval NAIMY
  Scafati
  (188-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Naimy, Scafati7.5 
 2. Moreno, Bondi F.6.2 
 3. Bowers, Jesi6.1 
 4. Fantinelli, Treviso .6.0 
 5. Piazza, Agrigento5.1 
 6. Deloach, Eurobask.5.0 
 7. Golden, Chieti4.6 
 8. Zanelli, Rieti4.6 
 9. Roderick, Bondi F.4.5 
 10. Fultz, Roseto4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Javonte GREEN
  Alma T.
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Green, Alma T.2.6 
 2. Hasbrouck, Piacenza2.0 
 3. Brown, Roma Virtus1.9 
 4. Bowers, Jesi1.9 
 5. Spissu, Virtus B.1.9 
 6. Okoye, Udine APU1.8 
 7. Smith, Ravenna1.8 
 8. Fanti, Eurobask.1.8 
 9. Legion, Viola RC1.7 
 10. Crockett, Unieuro .1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Taylor SMITH
  Ravenna
  (199-F/C-91)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Smith, Ravenna2.6 
 2. Mosley, Legnano2.1 
 3. Pellegrino, Bondi F.1.8 
 4. Reynolds, Recanati1.7 
 5. Parks, Alma T.1.4 
 6. Bowers, Bondi F.1.4 
 7. Ancellotti, Treviso .1.4 
 8. Daniels, Mantova1.1 
 9. Easley, Eurobask.1.0 
 10. Arledge, Latina B.1.0 


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 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.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)

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  KOSOVO  


Play-Off Finals, start on Saturday - by Dren Shporta

After beating easily their opponents on the Play-Off semifinal series, Sigal Prishtina and KB Bashkimi Prizren, will meet each other on the Play-Off final where they will fight for the Kosovan Championship title.

Sigal Prishtina beat KB Trepca Mitrovice 3-0 in series, while KB Bashkimi Prizren beat KB Peja with same result, after their opponents get in the crisis.

This will be the first Play-Off final for KB Bashkimi Prizren after 8 years, while for the reigning champions this is their 17th final in a row!

The final series will be played on a home-away basis where the leading team of regular season (in this case, Sigal Prishtina) will have a home advantage.

So, on Saturday, May 13th, Sigal Prishtina at 19:00 hosts KB Bashkimi Prizren in a first match of final series that will be played until one team gets 3 wins, to be crowned as a champion.




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  LATVIA  

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 Riga13.6 
 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. Jonats, Valmiera6.4 
 9. Strelnieks, Jurmala6.4 
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. McMullan, Liepaja/.3.9 
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. Gaddy, VEF Riga1.6 
 5. Pitts, Valmiera1.6 
 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. Iljins, Jurmala1.0 
 4. Grazulis, Ventspils0.9 
 5. Krestinin, Barons R.0.9 
 6. Stumbris, Jekabpils0.8 
 7. Selakovs, Jekabpils0.8 
 8. Zvigurs, Valka/Va.0.8 
 9. Montgomery, Liepaja/.0.7 



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  LEBANON  

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Sagesse
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Stoglin, Sagesse33.7 
 2. Khatib, Homenetmen25.7 
 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.21.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Champville
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Townes, Champville13.2 
 2. Ebi, Byblos12.4 
 3. Upshaw, Mayrouba12.3 
 4. Majok, Homenetmen11.6 
 5. Godfrey, Sagesse10.5 
 6. Melvin, Moutahed10.4 
 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: 8.7
 1. Galloway, Homen.8.7 
 2. Mezher, Hoops8.1 
 3. Khalil, Tadamon6.4 
 4. Rembert, Champville6.1 
 5. Johnson, Louaize6.1 
 6. Arakji, Al Riyadi5.4 
 7. Brown, Al Riyadi5.4 
 8. Pigram, Tadamon5.2 
 9. Efevberha, Sagesse4.9 
 10. Spencer, Moutahed4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Geron JOHNSON
  Louaize
  (190-G-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Johnson, Louaize2.8 
 2. Jackson, Homen.2.4 
 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, Homenetmen2.5 
 3. Townes, Champville2.2 
 4. Godfrey, Sagesse1.8 
 5. Ebi, Byblos1.8 
 6. Haidar, Al Riyadi1.5 
 7. Melvin, Moutahed1.4 
 8. Aminu, Al Riyadi1.1 
 9. Tabet, Moutahed1.1 
 10. Johnson, Louaize1.0 


Pepsi LBL Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Homenetmen and Al Riyadi regain leads - by Eurobasket News

Homenetmen - Moutahed 95-82

Homenetmen overcame Moutahed to take 2-1 lead in the series. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Homenetmen made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Fadi El-Khatib (198-79) who scored 41 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. American forward Dewayne Jackson (203-90, college: Morgan St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Dewarick Spencer (192-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) who recorded 22 points and the other American import guard Ramel Curry (191-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) added 18 points and 4 assists respectively. Four Al Moutahed players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Homenetmen: F.El Khatib 41+5reb+3ast, D.Jackson 23+2reb+4ast, A.Majok 12+7reb, E.Chamoun 9+1reb+1ast, N.Souaid 5+2reb+1ast, K.Galloway 4+7reb+12ast
Moutahed: D.Spencer 22+2reb+2ast, R.Curry 18+4reb+4ast, C.Melvin 14+6reb+3ast, E.Rustom 14+6reb+2ast, M.Ziadeh 8, R.Akl 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 546526


Al Riyadi - Byblos 73-65

Al Riyadi held off Byblos to regain the advantage. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Byblos won third quarter 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Byblos outrebounded Al Riyadi 47-30 including a 20-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for the former international guard Amir Saoud (186-91) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international forward Mohamad Haidar (201-90, college: Michigan Tech) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Al Riyadi players scored in double figures. The former international Jasmon Youngblood (195-84, college: Kent St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and French power forward Ali Traore (207-85, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: BeoBasket) added 17 points and 16 rebounds in the effort for Byblos.
Top scorers:
Al Riyadi: A.Saoud 18+5reb+5ast, E.Sosa 15+2reb+4ast, M.Haidar 15+6reb+1ast, J.Abdel Nour 12+2reb+1ast, A.Aminu 5+2reb+1ast, A.Ismail 5+11reb+4ast
Byblos: J.Youngblood 19+10reb+5ast, A.Traore 17+16reb+1ast, R.Akl 8+4reb, A.Kanaan 8+8reb+1ast, A.Mahmoud 8+4reb+1ast, C.Tucker 4+1reb+4ast
gschID: 546525





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  LITHUANIA  


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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LUXEMBOURG  


German coach Kevin Magdowski will coach in Colombia now - by Daniel Poerschke

He will be the first German coach to work in the South American country of Colombia, maybe also he will be the first German coach ever to get a Head Coaching job in South America.
Berlin native Kevin Magdowski takes over Aguilas de Tunja in the Liga DirectTV.

How did your current season go in Luxemburg?
It went very well. We reached the playoffs in the N2 league for the first time in club history and a lot of the younger players were able to develop very good on the floor.

And now you are moving around the globe to coach in Colombia. How did that work out for you?
My agent got me in contact with the team Aguilas de Tunja in the town Tunja and the manager and I had a couple good conversations about basketball in general, my coaching philosophy and the level of basketball they are playing in Colombia. I was excited from the beginning of our talk and then we quickly came to an agreement so that I will fly down there tomorrow.

What do you know already about the Colombian basketball?
I think Colombian basketball is great basketball and I think that I can bring the team to another level. Last year they were struggling a little bit and I hope to make the playoffs with them this season.

What is your coaching philosophy?
I want my team to play hard defense with a lot of intensity. I want to use a bigger rotation of players, so that we can always run fast and compete as a whole group against the other opponent.



T71 Dudelange keeps Johnson for 17-18 season - by Igor Obradovic

T71 Dudelange (Total League) re-signed 29-year old American power forward Cory Johnson (202-105kg-88, college: Valparaiso). He was a team leader there last season. In 27 Total League games he averaged impressive 24.6ppg, 11.2rpg and 2.5apg.
The previous (15-16) season Johnson played at Yokohama B-Corsairs (BJ League) in Japan where in 50 games he had 14.8ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.6apg.
His team made it to the Horizon League Tournament Semifinals in 2011.
Johnson is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in four different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Johnson has played previously professionally in Finland (KTP Basket, UU Korihait and Lapuan), Holland, Spain (Leyma Basquet) and Switzerland (Monthey and Massagno).
He attended Valparaiso University until 2011 and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  MEXICO  

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis FRANKLIN
  Guasave
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 27.2
 1. Franklin, Guasave27.2 
 2. Forte, Los Mochis25.6 
 3. Yeager, Guasave25.4 
 4. Samarco, Durango23.0 
 5. Rice-Jr, Obregon22.8 
 6. Tucker, Mazatlan21.7 
 7. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 8. Ammons, Navolato21.1 
 9. Mitchell, Navolato21.0 
 10. Glover, Obregon20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Forte, Los Mochis12.4 
 2. Glover, Obregon11.4 
 3. Ammons, Navolato11.0 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana9.2 
 5. Puckett, Culiacan9.0 
 6. Little, Hermosillo8.6 
 7. Early, Los Mochis7.7 
 8. Lathan, Tijuana7.5 
 9. Rogers, Navolato7.4 
 10. Morrison, Tijuana7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dwayne MITCHELL
  Navolato
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Mitchell, Navolato6.5 
 2. Monreal, Hermosillo5.4 
 3. Morrison, Tijuana5.3 
 4. Yeager, Guasave5.1 
 5. Perez, Hermosillo5.0 
 6. Rice-Jr, Obregon4.9 
 7. Marigney, Guaymas4.5 
 8. Casillas, Mazatlan3.8 
 9. Newby, Los Mochis3.8 
 10. Tucker, Mazatlan3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jeff EARLY
  Los Mochis
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Early, Los Mochis2.4 
 2. Morrison, Tijuana1.7 
 3. Rice-Jr, Obregon1.7 
 4. Newby, Los Mochis1.3 
 5. Morris-W., Culiacan1.2 
 6. Tucker, Mazatlan1.2 
 7. Mitchell, Navolato1.2 
 8. Forte, Los Mochis1.2 
 9. Eldridge, Navolato1.2 
 10. Casillas, Mazatlan1.2 
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.0.6 
 8. Keller, Durango0.6 
 9. Spurlock, Hermosillo0.6 
 10. Hutchingson, Obreg.0.5 


CIBACOPA Round 27: Halcones de Ciudad Obregon is upset by Caballeros de Culiacan - by Eurobasket News

The game between second ranked Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (18-8) and seventh ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (11-15) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon was defeated by Caballeros de Culiacan in Ciudad Obregon 111-96. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Halcones de Ciudad Obregon. Caballeros de Culiacan shot 60.8 percent from the field. The best player for the winners was Canadian forward Grandy Glaze (204, college: Grand Canyon) who had a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 rebounds. American center Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St.) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Michael Glover (203-87, college: Iona) who recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Caballeros de Culiacan maintains seventh place with 11-15 record. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan are looking forward to face higher ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon will play against Aguilas Doradas de Durango (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (14-12) against fifth ranked Frayles de Guasave (13-13) on Wednesday night. Visiting Ostioneros de Guaymas were defeated by Frayles de Guasave in a tough game in Guasave 80-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ostioneros de Guaymas. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for forward Elijah Pittman (206-91, college: Marshall, agency: Aspire Sports) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Travis Franklin contributed with 21 points for the winners. Forward BJ West (211-89, college: Jackson St.) answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Ostioneros de Guaymas. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Frayles de Guasave maintains fifth place with 13-13 record. Ostioneros de Guaymas at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 12 games lost. Frayles de Guasave will play against league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play against Garra Canera de Navolato and hope to get back on the winning track.
Leader Rayos de Hermosillo delivered the twentieth victory on Wednesday night. This time they beat 9th ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (9-17) 90-86. It was a great evening for Steve Monreal who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 6 rebounds and 14 assists. The best for the losing side was Dwayne Mitchell with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Garra Canera de Navolato's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Rayos de Hermosillo have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 20-5 record. Garra Canera de Navolato lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 17 games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will meet at home Frayles de Guasave (#5) in the next round. Garra Canera de Navolato will play against Ostioneros de Guaymas (#4) and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 27 Los Mochis defeated Mazatlan in a road game 99-91. Bottom-ranked Durango was beaten by Tijuana at home 115-119.

Obregon - Culiacan 96-111

The game between second ranked Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (18-8) and seventh ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (11-15) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon was defeated by Caballeros de Culiacan in Ciudad Obregon 111-96. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Halcones de Ciudad Obregon. Caballeros de Culiacan shot 60.8 percent from the field. The best player for the winners was Canadian forward Grandy Glaze (204, college: Grand Canyon) who had a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 rebounds. American center Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St.) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Michael Glover (203-87, college: Iona) who recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Landon Atterberry (198-93, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: Aspire Sports) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Five Caballeros de Culiacan and four Halcones de Ciudad Obregon players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Caballeros de Culiacan maintains seventh place with 11-15 record. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan are looking forward to face higher ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon will play against Aguilas Doradas de Durango (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Obregon: M.Glover 24+12reb+4ast, I.Alvarado 20+3ast, L.Atterberry 19+5reb+2ast, N.Leon 19+2reb, O.Quintero 8+2reb+2ast, H.Carrillo 4+7reb
Culiacan: G.Glaze 32+11reb+3ast, B.Puckett 21+7reb+1ast, C.Crawford 18+4reb+2ast, D.Maxwell 17+5reb+2ast, J.Gonzalez 13+2reb+1ast, S.Sanders 7+1reb+5ast
gschID: 536409


Navolato - Hermosillo 86-90

Leader Rayos de Hermosillo delivered the twentieth victory on Wednesday night. This time they beat 9th ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (9-17) 90-86. Rayos de Hermosillo looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for the former international point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 6 rebounds and 14 assists. American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) helped adding 17 points and 9 rebounds. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was American swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette) with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists and the other American import Kevin Rogers (206-86, college: Baylor) scored 22 points and 8 rebounds. Five Rayos de Hermosillo and four Garra Canera de Navolato players scored in double figures. Garra Canera de Navolato's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Rayos de Hermosillo have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 20-5 record. Garra Canera de Navolato lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 17 games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will meet at home Frayles de Guasave (#5) in the next round. Garra Canera de Navolato will play against Ostioneros de Guaymas (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Navolato: K.Rogers 22+8reb+1ast, D.Mitchell 15+6reb+10ast, G.Howard 13+2reb+3ast, E. Zuniga 12+2reb+5ast, M.Ammons 9+9reb+1ast, J.David Estrada 8+4reb+2ast
Hermosillo: E.Little 17+9reb+2ast, M.Henry 15+5reb+1ast, S.Monreal 12+6reb+14ast, A.Bell 12+5reb+1ast, J.Camacho 10+3reb+1ast, J.Villanueva 8+3reb
gschID: 536411


Mazatlan - Los Mochis 91-99

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (12-14) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (10-16) 99-91 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 60-47 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Pioneros Los Mochis made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. The game was also dominated by American players. It was a great evening for guard Tamir Jackson (190-90, college: Rice) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Forward Terrance Motley (201-91, college: Sam Houston St.) helped adding 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was swingman Cliff Tucker (198-89, college: Maryland) with 27 points and 4 assists and forward Shane Edwards (201-87, college: UALR) scored 22 points. Five Pioneros Los Mochis and four Lobos UAD Mazatlan players scored in double figures. Lobos UAD Mazatlan's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Pioneros Los Mochis maintains eighth place with 10-16 record. Defending champion Lobos UAD Mazatlan keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. Pioneros Los Mochis will meet higher ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lobos UAD Mazatlan will play against Caballeros de Culiacan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mazatlan: C.Tucker 27+2reb+4ast, S.Edwards 22+3reb, M.Lizarraga 18+4reb+2ast, O.Thomas 11+7reb+4ast, M.Reza 4+2ast, D.Onofre 4+1reb+3ast
Los Mochis: J.Early 21+5reb+1ast, T.Motley 20+5reb+4ast, M.Hernandez 19+1reb+2ast, T.Jackson 18+5reb+9ast, N.Murphy 16+4reb+4ast, J.Quintero 2+1reb
gschID: 536407


Guasave - Guaymas 86-80

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (14-12) against fifth ranked Frayles de Guasave (13-13) on Wednesday night. Visiting Ostioneros de Guaymas were defeated by Frayles de Guasave in a tough game in Guasave 80-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ostioneros de Guaymas. The hosts were ahead by 8 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 26-17 run, which allowed them to win the game. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for forward Elijah Pittman (206-91, college: Marshall, agency: Aspire Sports) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Forward Travis Franklin (200-88, college: Colorado St., agency: Interperformances) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Forward BJ West (211-89, college: Jackson St.) answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds and guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 15 points and 9 assists in the effort for Ostioneros de Guaymas. Four Frayles de Guasave and five Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Frayles de Guasave maintains fifth place with 13-13 record. Ostioneros de Guaymas at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 12 games lost. Frayles de Guasave will play against league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play against Garra Canera de Navolato and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: B.West 18+8reb+1ast, P.Marigney 15+1reb+9ast, D.Giron 15+2reb+4ast, R.Woods 13+7reb+2ast, B.Provost 10+3reb, A.Robles Morales 4+4reb+1ast
Guasave: E.Pittman 21+6reb+5ast, T.Franklin 21+4reb+3ast, D.Keller 11+4reb+1ast, A.Cervantes 10+2reb, G.Mondragon 9+3reb+7ast, L.Davis 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 536410


Durango - Tijuana 115-119

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (14-10) defeated on the road bottom-ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (7-18) 119-115 on Wednesday. Tijuana Zonkeys moved-up to third place. Newly promoted Aguilas Doradas de Durango stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys will meet at home Pioneros Los Mochis (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Aguilas Doradas de Durango will play against the league's second-placed Halcones de Ciudad Obregon and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 536408





Guasave inks Dominique Keller - by Eurobasket News

Frayles de Guasave (CIBACOPA) agreed terms with 29-year old American power forward Dominique Keller (205-113kg-88, college: Illinois) from Garra Canera de Navolato. In only one CIBACOPA game in Mexico he recorded very impressive stats: 18 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal and 1 block this season. Keller also played that season for Aguilas Doradas de Durango where in 17 CIBACOPA games he had also remarkable stats: 17.2ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.1apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Slovakian League Regular Season in 2012. Keller was selected to Israeli National League All-Star Game in 2016.
He is quite experienced player. Keller has played in eight different countries on four different continents (Europe, Latin America, Africa and of course North America). He has played previously professionally also in Argentina, Dominican Rep., Japan, Morocco (MCO Mouloudia Oujda), Uruguay (Trouville and Union Atletica), Slovakia (MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno and Levice), Israel (Ironi Ashkelon) and Mexico (Mineros de Caborca and Vaqueros).
Keller is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.
He attended University of Illinois until 2010 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.
Keller could be described: Very athletic player who plays multiple positions very well. Good scorer inside & out and an excellent mid range & 3 point shooter. Tenacious rebounder and defender. Can guard any position on the floor. Very tough and physical player who will not back down from anyone. Great teammate and leader in the locker room who sacrifices for the betterment of the team. Can and willing to play in any system.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.
gschID: 536405


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.28.4 
 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.10.6 
 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. Ibaka, Orlando M.1.6 


Bradley scores 29, Celtics power past Wizards, 123-101 - by Eurobasket News

Avery Bradley (6'2''-PG-90, college: Texas) scored a playoff career-high 29 points, and the Boston Celtics beat the Washington Wizards 123-101 on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) added 19 points, seven assists, and six rebounds. Isaiah Thomas (5'9''-PG-89, college: Washington) was also active, scoring 18 points and handing out nine assists. Game six is Friday night in Washington. Boston led by as many as 26 points, negating Washington's physicality by spreading the floor and knocking down 16 three-pointers. John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) had 21 for the Wizards, who haven't won a playoff game in Boston since 1982. The Wizards scored the first four points of game, but that was followed by 16-0 run by the Celtics. It marked the fourth time in the series that one team has had a run of at least 16-0, including three times in the first quarter. Washington had a 16-0 spurt to start game one, a 22-0 run in game three and a 26-0 burst in game four. During Boston's first-quarter spurt Wednesday, the Wizards missed eight straight shots before it was ended by Otto Porter (6'8''-F-93, college: Georgetown)'s basket. Boston also did a good job of sharing the ball, getting assists on 12-of-13 baskets in the opening 12 minutes. Thomas had five assists, more than Washington's entire team (four) in the period. The Wizards responded with more energy after halftime, but each of their mini-runs were quickly beaten back by Boston, which continued to share the ball and take advantage of their fast break opportunities. The Celtics' lead grew to 26 points in the fourth quarter.
Courtesy of: abs-cbn.com



Tyler Ulis Undergoes Surgery On Right Ankle - by Eurobasket News

Tyler Ulis (5'9''-PG-96, college: Kentucky) underwent a minor surgical procedure on his right ankle. The surgery was performed by Dr. Martin O'Malley at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Ulis is expected to return to full basketball activity in approximately 12 weeks. Ulis averaged 7.3 points and 3.7 assists in 61 games in his first season with the Suns in 2016-17, earning Western Conference Rookie of the Month honors for April after leading all rookies with 20.7 points and 6.8 assists per game during the month.
Courtesy of: realgm.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



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



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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



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



Express moves into second round after sweeping Titans - by Eurobasket News

The Windsor Express completed a series sweep of the expansion Kitchener-Waterloo Titans on Wednesday. The Express scored a 105-104 victory over the Titans at the Memorial Auditorium in Kitchener. With it, Windsor took the best-of-five series 3-0 and will now face the London Lightning in the NBL of Canada Central Division final. Logan Stutz (6'9''-F-88, college: Washburn) hit a pair of free throws with 29 seconds to play to put the Express up for good. He finished with 26 points to pace the Windsor offence. Shaquille Keith (6'5''-F-93) and Juan Pattillo (6'7''-F-88, college: W.Kentucky) finished with 20 points each. Maurice Jones (5'7''-PG-91, college: Northwood) had 18 points and Tony Bennett added 10 points for Windsor.
Courtesy of: windsorstar.com



Hurricanes sweep Miracles - by Eurobasket News

Three wins down, six to go. That's the motto of the Halifax Hurricanes following C.J. Washington (6'8''-F-92, college: UAB)'s double-double effort of 21 points and 12 rebounds and a 121-102 series-clinching win against the Moncton Miracles on Wednesday night at Moncton Coliseum. The Hurricanes - who were aided by five other players notching double figures for the three-game sweep - move on to the Atlantic Division finals where they play the No. 3-ranked Prince Edward Island Storm. Korie Lucious (5'11''-PG-89, college: Iowa St.) led Moncton with a solid all-around effort of 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Heading into the third quarter down 62-50, the Miracles imploded in the frame via a pair of technical fouls, four turnovers and were simply outworked by way of a 14-5 rebounding deficit. It was the third consecutive time for the turn of events as Halifax outscored Moncton 103-64 for the series in the third frame. Head coach Mike Leslie knew if it bends, it will break. 'I think that in a situation like that - when you're up a few at the half - you just don't want to give them any momentum or give them the feeling that they can get back into the game,' Leslie said. 'We made it as hard as we could for them in the first five minutes and we knew if we made a little bit of a run, we could put the hammer down and impose our will a little bit.' With the Hurricanes shooting a blistering 57.89 per cent from the floor and winning the battle on the glass (32-20) in the first half, Moncton's obituary was already being written before the halftime break had struck. A four-minute 14-2 scoring run had the Miracles in tough as the Hurricanes lead swelled to as many as 16 points (56-40) in the quarter. Billy White (6'8''-F-89, college: San Diego St.) (17 points, seven rebounds) in particular had it going as the big man connected on three trifectas in the surge. For the night, Halifax dominated the home team in nearly every major statistical category, including field goal percentage (56.25 per cent in comparison to Moncton's 41.38 per cent), rebounds (60-36), bench scoring (52-33) and assists (30-18). 'We knew we had to come out and play a good game today,' said Washington. 'They were fighting for their lives but once our defence starts to click and roll then it just opens up the game so much more for us. It allows for us to find that rhythm.' On Tuesday - following a five-game thriller against the second-seeded Saint John Riptide - the No. 3-ranked Prince Edward Island Storm advanced to the Atlantic Division finals. Halifax went 6-2 in the season series against P.E.I. but the Storm's firepower remains a concern for coach Leslie. 'They have some very talented players and that's something that we're going to have to have a good look at and determine what our best defensive scheme will be to hold them individually,' he said. Washington came with a different approach. 'I don't think we have to focus on any team. It's on us, we know what we have to do . . . just play even harder, smarter and together.'
Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca



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  NCAA1  


CBA #1 Post Graduate Program no Accepting Applications 2017-18 Season. - by Alan Waters

Charlotte Basketball Academy is proud to announce the acceptance of international students for admissions to its Post Graduate Program.
Charlotte Basketball Academy is a stated to be a great choice for international students based on their aggressive basketball game schedule, skill & development training and course academic rigor per Tom Raptor, Director of Pro Hoops.

CBA is getting more and more praise for the 1 on 1 commitment offered to each student and the elite platform used as a springboard to showcase student's talents. It's exciting news that the academy has extended its services international post graduate students.

This will afford the academy, the ability to rise to the level of competition the Post Graduate game schedule is currently on. With one of the most aggressive game schedules in the country, competing against programs such as; Hargrave Academy,Bluefield College, and UNC-Chapel Hill JV. CBA is undoubtedly on the rise to becoming a global contender as a premier Sports Academy for student athletes.

CBA offers a warm and welcoming community. an excellent springboard into English proficiency, American culture, and the building of relationships and contacts that will last a lifetime. Academy has very recently hosted students from China, Russia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, South Korea, Thailand, Canada, Italy, Ecuador, Cuba, Germany, Austria, and other nations.
International students are easily integrated into all aspects of the Academy Experience: athletics, fine arts, clubs, and academic life. English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL), prep assistance to take the TOEFL test, classes help students to develop increased proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in English. Their outstanding College Counseling programs a very important component of each student's high school experience, and international students are no exception to this rule.

All of Charlotte Basketball Academy's international students live at CBA's state of the art residential facility. Partaking in aggressive 2 a day training workouts between 2 hours each training session. Students are immersed in college style dormitory living with a host of fun and exciting off campus activities.

CBA focus on skill agility, development Training, SAT & ACT Prep. College Placement.

For more information regarding Charlotte Basketball Academy visit school website at www.charlottebasketballacademy.net
Contact: G.Primus 336-508-3816 Whatsapp

CBA is lead by
2017 6'7 SF Akeem white 21ppg 10rpg offers From: Utep, New Mexico sty, NC A&T, 9 Junior college offers- Signed Western nebraska
2017 6'8 PF Lydell Greffered 16ppg 16rpg Interest: Iona, Rugters,Hawii, Mississippi Vally
2017 6'0 PG Juvante Hayes 14ppg 9apg Interest: Northern Arizona, Omaha, Delaware st Offer: Southern Wesleyan
2017 6'4 SF Marcus Wesley 18ppg 8rpg Interest: Delaware st Maryland Eastern shore, Grambling uni Signed to Elizbeth City State Uninversity
2017 6'6 SF Saheem Anthony 17ppg 8apg: offers Tuskegee,Elizbeth city, Interest: St johns, Mississippi Vally, Fordham , Utep



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



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  NCAA2  


CBA #1 Post Graduate Program no Accepting Applications 2017-18 Season. - by Alan Waters

Charlotte Basketball Academy is proud to announce the acceptance of international students for admissions to its Post Graduate Program.
Charlotte Basketball Academy is a stated to be a great choice for international students based on their aggressive basketball game schedule, skill & development training and course academic rigor per Tom Raptor, Director of Pro Hoops.

CBA is getting more and more praise for the 1 on 1 commitment offered to each student and the elite platform used as a springboard to showcase student's talents. It's exciting news that the academy has extended its services international post graduate students.

This will afford the academy, the ability to rise to the level of competition the Post Graduate game schedule is currently on. With one of the most aggressive game schedules in the country, competing against programs such as; Hargrave Academy,Bluefield College, and UNC-Chapel Hill JV. CBA is undoubtedly on the rise to becoming a global contender as a premier Sports Academy for student athletes.

CBA offers a warm and welcoming community. an excellent springboard into English proficiency, American culture, and the building of relationships and contacts that will last a lifetime. Academy has very recently hosted students from China, Russia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, South Korea, Thailand, Canada, Italy, Ecuador, Cuba, Germany, Austria, and other nations.
International students are easily integrated into all aspects of the Academy Experience: athletics, fine arts, clubs, and academic life. English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL), prep assistance to take the TOEFL test, classes help students to develop increased proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in English. Their outstanding College Counseling programs a very important component of each student's high school experience, and international students are no exception to this rule.

All of Charlotte Basketball Academy's international students live at CBA's state of the art residential facility. Partaking in aggressive 2 a day training workouts between 2 hours each training session. Students are immersed in college style dormitory living with a host of fun and exciting off campus activities.

CBA focus on skill agility, development Training, SAT & ACT Prep. College Placement.

For more information regarding Charlotte Basketball Academy visit school website at www.charlottebasketballacademy.net
Contact: G.Primus 336-508-3816 Whatsapp

CBA is lead by
2017 6'7 SF Akeem white 21ppg 10rpg offers From: Utep, New Mexico sty, NC A&T, 9 Junior college offers- Signed Western nebraska
2017 6'8 PF Lydell Greffered 16ppg 16rpg Interest: Iona, Rugters,Hawii, Mississippi Vally
2017 6'0 PG Juvante Hayes 14ppg 9apg Interest: Northern Arizona, Omaha, Delaware st Offer: Southern Wesleyan
2017 6'4 SF Marcus Wesley 18ppg 8rpg Interest: Delaware st Maryland Eastern shore, Grambling uni Signed to Elizbeth City State Uninversity
2017 6'6 SF Saheem Anthony 17ppg 8apg: offers Tuskegee,Elizbeth city, Interest: St johns, Mississippi Vally, Fordham , Utep



3 Answers from... Elliott Defreitas - by Daniel Poerschke

Elliott DeFreitas (208-F) just graduated from NCAA2 school Hawaii Pacific University. The 6'10 british center is now looking to start his professional career in Europe and is already back in the UK to train and prepare for his rookie season. In 23 games last season for HPU the Essex native averaged 8.8ppg and 4.8rpg while shooting 56.0% from the field and 73.8% from the free-throw line.

Is anything better then playing college basketball in Hawaii?
There is isn't anything better than playing college basketball in Hawaii, it is an amazing place to live and grow as a person and player but what was most important was our on court success. We won a conference championship this year and finished with a very good record. However I am looking forward to my next challenge of working even harder to become the best basketball player I can be at the next level.

Tell us a little bit about your game, what are your strengths and weaknesses?
I like to think of myself as a very versatile player. I can run the floor well, post up and finish strong around the rim with either hand, while also having the ability to shoot the outside shot. However my biggest strength is having a high motor and playing with a lot of energy, which also carries over into my game defensively. Being a defensive anchor for my team is something I take a lot of pride in. This high motor always pushes me to want to be better and is a big reason I'm the player I am today. Areas I would like to improve this offseason are becoming a more consistent 3pt shooter and also be a more consistent perimeter player so I am able to play multiple positions.

What are your summer plans in terms of basketball and where will you be in the next months?
My summer plans for basketball are to work as hard as I can on areas of my game that I feel I need to improve most in. Whilst also staying in the weight room as I understand to compete at the next level for my position I will need to add and maintain size. In the next few months I hope to be playing/preparing to play in my first professional season. Being apart of a team where I fit the system and somewhere I'll be in a position to learn and grow as a player to be as successful as possible. I'm very excited for this opportunity ahead.



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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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  NIGERIA  


Rivers Hoopers guard, Ikechukwu laud Port Harcourt fans - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Rivers Hoopers guard, Benjamin Ikechukwu spent some time with Rivers Hoopers Media this week during which he spoke of his delight at the supportership in Port Harcourt and emphasized his team's approach towards other teams in the Kwese Premier Basketball League.

The KingsMen will entertain Delta Force in Port Harcourt on Thursday in what will be their 5th straight home game this season.

Delta Force have won just two out of their 6 games played this season, both on home court in Asaba but Ikechukwu said they will not be underrated.

'If you are a basketball player, you would know that underrating anybody on the basketball court is the worst thing you want to do. For the fact that you have a 5-game winning streak and they don't have that doesn't mean they can't beat you on the day. If you underrate them or show any sign of complacency, definitely they will hurt you,' an analytical Ikechukwu posited.

'As it stands now they have nothing to lose as they are coming to Port Harcourt to play against us. The bookmakers will give us this game but games are not won outside the basketball court so we have to do our best to win," Ikechuwku emphasized.

The University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) graduate lauded Port Harcourt fans for their support which he believes has been an essential ingredient to Hoopers' home success so far this season. The guard who says he is not familiar with such crowd support, made comparisons between when he played in Lagos, his former base and now.

"It is very different from Lagos. I played all my previous league teams in Lagos and it is different because you are naturally not at home even when you are at home.

"But in Port Harcourt, you have people that are called your own fans, they come to watch you play, they yell, shout, call your name, and support you from the blast of the whistle till the end. There is always that sense of belonging when you play here rather than the feeling you get in Lagos," expressed the former Lagos Warriors star.

The Abia born guard has contributed immensely to Rivers Hoopers especially in the last two games against NAF Rockets and Hoops & Read scoring in double digits in the two games. He cannot seemingly have enough of the support and he used his time with the Rivers Hoopers Media to call on the fans to come out and support them on Thursday.

"On Thursday, I am urging the fans to come to the basketball court on Niger Street, come cheer Rivers Hoopers we will always do our best to protect the land,' Ikechukwu concluded.

PAST MEETINGS LAST SEASON AGAINST DELTA FORCE

PORT HARCOURT
FT Rivers Hoopers 85-57 Delta Force April 1
FT Rivers Hoopers 65-71 Delta Force April 2

ASABA
FT Delta Force 58-71 Rivers Hoopers May 6
FT Delta Force 61- 65 Rivers Hoopers May 7

CONFERENCE FINALS
FT Rivers Hoopers 67-55 Delta Force Day 5 June 11 Ikechukwu Benjamin (196-F-99)



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  PERU  


LBL Round 12: Regatas defeat EOFap in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

Fourth-ranked EOFap (6-6) gave a tough game to first ranked Regatas (11-1) in Lima on Wednesday. Regatas managed to secure only one-point victory 60-59. However their fans expected easier game. Regatas have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-1 record. EOFap at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with Circolo. Regatas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena Ejercito.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Lima: Inmaculada (#3) and San Marcos (#6). Inmaculada (7-5) smashed visiting San Marcos (5-7) by 17 points 72-55. Inmaculada maintains third position with 7-5 record having four points less than leader Regatas. San Marcos at the other side keep the sixth place with seven games lost. Inmaculada's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena EOFap.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two local teams from Lima: Real Club (#2) and Ejercito (#7). Ejercito was smashed at home by 41 points 36-77 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Real Club maintains second position with 10-2 record behind leader Regatas. Ejercito lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with ten games lost. Real Club's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima La Family.
The game in Lima supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Circolo (6-6) played at the court of 8th ranked La Family (1-11). Circolo smashed La Family 73-48. Circolo have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with EOFap. La Family at the other side stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Circolo's next round opponent will be San Marcos (#6) in Lima. La Family's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena Real Club.

Inmaculada - San Marcos 72-55

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Lima: Inmaculada (#3) and San Marcos (#6). Inmaculada (7-5) smashed visiting San Marcos (5-7) by 17 points 72-55. Inmaculada maintains third position with 7-5 record having four points less than leader Regatas. San Marcos at the other side keep the sixth place with seven games lost. Inmaculada's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena EOFap.
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Ejercito - Real Club 36-77

Another interesting game was again a derby between two local teams from Lima: Real Club (#2) and Ejercito (#7). Ejercito was smashed at home by 41 points 36-77 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Real Club maintains second position with 10-2 record behind leader Regatas. Ejercito lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with ten games lost. Real Club's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima La Family.
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Regatas - EOFap 60-59

Fourth-ranked EOFap (6-6) gave a tough game to first ranked Regatas (11-1) in Lima on Wednesday. Regatas managed to secure only one-point victory 60-59. However their fans expected easier game. Regatas have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-1 record. EOFap at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with Circolo. Regatas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena Ejercito.
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La Family - Circolo 48-73

The game in Lima supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Circolo (6-6) played at the court of 8th ranked La Family (1-11). Circolo smashed La Family 73-48. Circolo have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with EOFap. La Family at the other side stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Circolo's next round opponent will be San Marcos (#6) in Lima. La Family's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena Real Club.
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  PHILIPPINES  

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Cory JEFFERSON
  Alaska A.
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 30.7
 1. Jefferson, Alaska A.30.7 
 2. White, Mahindra30.5 
 3. Greene, TNT K.29.0 
 4. Smith, Blackwater27.4 
 5. Brownlee, B.Gin.26.7 
 6. Rhodes, SM Beermen26.5 
 7. Taggart, Rain o.26.1 
 8. McKay, Phoenix26.0 
 9. Chism, NLEX R.24.4 
 10. White, Globalport21.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex STEPHESON
  Meralco .
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Stepheson, Meralco .22.3 
 2. Smith, Blackwater21.4 
 3. McKay, Phoenix18.9 
 4. White, Mahindra18.5 
 5. Chism, NLEX R.16.5 
 6. White, Globalport14.8 
 7. Greene, TNT K.14.4 
 8. Jefferson, Alaska A.14.4 
 9. Mitchell, Star H.14.4 
 10. Wright, Mahindra12.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jayson CASTRO WILLIAM
  TNT K.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Castro-W., TNT K.7.3 
 2. Cabagnot, SM Be.5.7 
 3. Brownlee, B.Gin.5.7 
 4. Enciso, Alaska Aces5.6 
 5. Romeo, Globalport5.6 
 6. Ross, SM Beermen5.3 
 7. Smith, Blackwater5.1 
 8. Thompson, B.Gin.4.7 
 9. Jazul, Phoenix4.7 
 10. Amer, Meralco .4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Justin BROWNLEE
  B.Gin.
  (197-F-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.7 
 2. Barroca, Star H.2.6 
 3. Ross, SM Beermen2.3 
 4. Jalalon, Star H.2.1 
 5. Enciso, Alaska Aces1.9 
 6. Exciminiano, Alaska A.1.9 
 7. Cabagnot, SM Be.1.7 
 8. Jazul, Phoenix1.6 
 9. Norwood, Rain o.1.5 
 10. Wright, Phoenix1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  B.Ginebra
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Aguilar, B.Ginebra3.6 
 2. Mitchell, Star H.2.9 
 3. White, Mahindra2.5 
 4. White, Globalport2.4 
 5. McKay, Phoenix2.3 
 6. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.3 
 7. Rhodes, SM Beermen1.7 
 8. Jefferson, Alaska A.1.6 
 9. Stepheson, Meralco .1.6 
 10. Chism, NLEX R.1.5