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  ABA  



ABA adds Atlanta Rappers to huge expansion - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced that it has added the Atlanta Rappers to its growing list of expansion teams for the upcoming season. "This is an especially exciting team as it adds great basketball with tremendous entertainment, a goal of the ABA," stated ABA co-founder Joe Newman . "The team is owned by Kenneth "Kigity K" Kelly, an Atlanta-based rapper/producer and entepreneur with a passion for basketball."
Kelly started his career in music independently in 2010 and quickly rose to success when his music began generating record-breaking sales. He was invited to Atlanta by the owners of mixtapekitchen.com and began working with music industry powerhouses. Kelly has been producing beats under the name DJ Beatondalo. In Feb 2017, Kelly opened the Kigity Factory, a multi-purpose space centered around music, fashion, artist development, finance and basketball. "I am now the proud owner of the Atlanta Rappers," added Kelly. "We are ready to roll out a plan that includes the involvement of mainstream rappers and anticipate being one of the best and most entertaining teams in the ABA." For more information, email kiggzmusic@gmail.com, kvisit www.atlrappers.com or visit www.abaliveaction.com



Gwizzlies' Greg Howard signs in Mexico - by Gianni Pascucci

ABA Georgia Gwizzlies are pleased to announce that 2016/17 ABA All-Star Gregory Howard (6'4''-G-89, college: Walsh) will continue his career in Mexico. Twice this past ABA season Howard torched opposing ABA teams with 61 points. Howard average 44.0 PPG for the Gwizzlies. "Greg came to me only asking for a chance after he quit the overload Atlanta Aliens roster with 19 players" states Embry Malone


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  ALGERIA  


Mohamed Harath agreed terms with Al Rayyan for GCC !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Rayyan Doha (D1) inked 27-year old Algerian international forward Mohamed Harath (198-90) from Al Shamal. In 10 D1 games in Qatar he was fifth best scorer with impressive 26.6ppg and had 16.2rpg (leader !!!), 2.9apg, 1.6spg and 1.0bpg this season.
Among other achievements Harath's team made it to the Morocco League Semifinals in 2013. He received also Afrobasket.com All-African Championships Honorable Mention award in 2015.
Harath has been also a member of Algerian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Algerian senior team since 2011 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2008.
Harath represented Algeria at the Afrobasket Championships in Rades (Tunisia) two years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 16.9ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 57.6%, FT: 67.7%.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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  


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.
gschID: 546532





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



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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 Lorenzo17.4 
 7. Mickeal, Atenas17.0 
 8. Redivo, Weber B.17.0 
 9. Vildoza, Quilm.17.0 
 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.9.3 
 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.5.7 
 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. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 6. Vildoza, Quilm.1.7 
 7. Zurbriggen, Obras B.1.6 
 8. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 9. Calfani, San L.1.5 
 10. Tucker, Estudian.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.2 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 3. Richard, Obras B.1.5 
 4. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 5. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 6. Meyinsse, San L.1.3 
 7. Calfani, San L.1.2 
 8. Clancy, Instituto1.1 
 9. Acuna, Penarol1.0 
 10. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 


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 


Interview with Lorrenzo Wade - by Serafim Karaiskakis

Lorrenzo Wade (201-F-85, college: San Diego St.) current player of Ferrocarril Oeste Capital Federal (Argentina-LigaA) in an old interview:

Why you decided to be a pro player.

Basketball was something that caught my attention at a young age. My father Lorenzo Wade Sr. played junior college ball at Compton College and he loved the game. I think playing basketball was in my DNA honestly. From the moment I picked up a ball I knew it was for me.

There are many players without a job fighting for the same spots, how hard is to wait for your ideal offer and not take the first that comes up considering that the next one may not come soon.

It can be difficult at times waiting for the right opportunity. You have to believe in yourself and your worthwhile be realistic and understanding the market. The global economy plays a major role in our business so it's good to pay attention, not only to basketball but the world to get a better grasp on the financial state of the business and your offers before taking or turning anything down

Which was the best game you had in your career so far?


I'm not sure what my best game has been so far in my career

Tell us your strong point and your weakness in your game.

I feel like I can always improve on every aspect of my game and I think that is my strongest asset. Believing that I can always get better. With that said, I can be a little hard on myself sometimes. I'm my own worst critic

Tell about the best teammates you had so far.

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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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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)



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





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  AUSTRALIA  


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)



Al Rayyan signs Luke Nevill for GCC !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Rayyan Doha (D1) signed 31-year old Australian ex-international center Luke Nevill (218-120kg-86, college: Utah). He moved there from Bank of Taiwan in Taiwanese SBL league where he played this season. In 32 games he had very impressive stats: 17.3ppg, 15.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1bpg. Great season as he was named to Asia-basket.com All-Taiwanese SBL Honorable Mention. The last season Nevill played also at Bank of Taiwan (also in SBL). In 32 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 20.6ppg, 12.9rpg, 2.0apg and 1.9bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Asia-basket.com Taiwanese SBL All-Imports Team.
Nevill has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Taiwanese SBL in 2014. Nevill was also voted Asia-basket.com All-Taiwanese SBL Player of the Year and Asia-basket.com All-Taiwanese SBL Import Player of the Year back in 2014. He was a member of Australian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2014.
Nevill is quite experienced player. He has played in four different countries on three different continents (Asia, Australia and of course North America). Nevill has played previously professionally also in Russia, NBA (Indiana Pacers) and Australia (Illawarra Hawks, Perth Wildcats, Townsville Crocodiles and Suns) and Taiwan (Taiwan Mobile).
He attended University of Utah until 2009 and it is his eighth season as a professional player.
Nevill could be described: Nevill has great feet and great hands for someone his size.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  AUSTRIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.5 
 2. Vay, Arkadia19.4 
 3. Miletic, Vienna19.0 
 4. Clemmons, Vienna17.9 
 5. Lamesic, Wels17.8 
 6. Rados, Klostern.17.0 
 7. Stazic, Vienna16.8 
 8. McNealy, Oberwart16.0 
 9. Jackson, Oberwart15.6 
 10. Murati, Gmunden15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jozo RADOS
  Klostern.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Rados, Klostern.11.8 
 2. Naylor, UBSC G.10.5 
 3. Vay, Arkadia8.8 
 4. Draskovic, Arkadia8.4 
 5. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.7 
 6. Lamesic, Wels7.7 
 7. Traylor, Oberwart7.3 
 8. Ray, Vienna6.7 
 9. Baptiste, Kapfe.6.6 
 10. Gaidys, Gmunden6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Danek, Arkadia7.4 
 2. Car, Furstenfeld5.8 
 3. Vujosevic, Kapfe.5.5 
 4. Jackson, Oberwart5.3 
 5. Stazic, Vienna5.1 
 6. Maresch, UBSC G.4.8 
 7. Friedrich, Gmunden4.7 
 8. Clemmons, Vienna4.5 
 9. ONeal, Wels4.4 
 10. Murati, Gmunden3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.6 
 2. Clemmons, Vienna2.0 
 3. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.8 
 4. Miletic, Vienna1.7 
 5. Krivokapic, UBSC G.1.4 
 6. Jandl, Furstenfeld1.4 
 7. McNealy, Oberwart1.4 
 8. Payton, Wels1.4 
 9. Koch, Vienna1.4 
 10. Stazic, Vienna1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamari TRAYLOR
  Oberwart
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Traylor, Oberwart1.5 
 2. Rados, Klostern.1.3 
 3. Draskovic, Arkadia1.2 
 4. Chan, Wels1.0 
 5. Steed, Gmunden0.9 
 6. Baptiste, Kapfe.0.9 
 7. Kuakumensah, Oberw.0.8 
 8. Iliev, Furstenfeld0.8 
 9. Koch, Vienna0.8 
 10. Naylor, UBSC G.0.8 


Recap of A Bundesliga Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Gmunden - Kapfenberg 73-92

Kapfenberg claimed the opening victory in the semifinal series. The Bulls upset Gmunden on the road in the opener. Carl Baptiste (208-F/C-90, college: Delaware, agency: Diamond Sports) scored 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the visitors. Gmunden enjoyed a 23:20 lead after ten minutes. But Kapfenberg turned things around in the next periods. The Bulls spurred ahead for a 46:40 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 11-point mark at the final break. Kapfenberg nailed 27 points in the final term and raced to the win. Kareem Jamar (194-G-92, college: Montana) delivered 23 points in the victory. Michael Ojo (195-G-89, college: Lehigh) responded with 16 points for Gmunden.

Oberwart - Wels 75-84

Wels rallied past Oberwart on the road in the opener. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 26-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Raiffeisen Wels outrebounded Redwell Gunners Oberwart 42-27 including 19 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. American guard DeJuan Wright (190-88, college: FIU) contributed with 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Chris McNealy (194-92, college: Cal-Irvine) answered with 19 points and the other American import point guard Derek Jackson (185-91, college: Kent St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) added 16 points and 4 assists in the effort for Redwell Gunners Oberwart. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: C.McNealy 19+4reb+2ast, D.Jackson 16+3reb+4ast, A.Cumberbatch 15+4reb+1ast, J.Traylor 11+11reb, C.Kuakumensah 6+3reb, B.Blazevic 5+1reb
Wels: D.Wright 20+8reb+1ast, D.Cigoja 16+4reb+4ast, K.Payton 15+4reb+1ast, D.Lamesic 15+13reb+6ast, A.Chan 7+4reb, T.Csebits 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 546487





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Primoz Brezec (ex AEK) signs at Al Ahli for GCC !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Ahli (Premier League) landed experienced 38-year old Slovenian ex-international power forward Primoz Brezec (216-116kg-79). He already started the season at Petrolina AEK Larnaca in Cypriot Division A. Brezec managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 22 Division A games he averaged impressive 17.0ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.3apg. He helped them to win the Supercup and make to league final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Center of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Defensive Team. Brezec also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 8.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg. And finally he contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he was second best scorer with 11.5ppg and recorded 9.5rpg, 2.0spg and 1.0bpg.
In 2000 Brezec was drafted by Indiana Pacers (NBA) in first round (27th overall).
Among other achievements he won Cyprus League championship title for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).
Brezec also represented Slovenia at the World Championships in Turkey seven years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 8.1ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 63.8%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 66.7%.
Brezec is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Brezec has played previously professionally in Italy (Roma Virtus), Kuwait (Al Kuwait), Russia (Krasnie Krilya, BC Nizhny Novgorod and Lokomotiv) and NBA (Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, Phi.76ers, Toronto Raptors and Charlotte Hornets).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Al Ahli.
Brezec's game is described as: His father Hilarij was one of the best Slovenian players in 80-years.
Very big talent with shooting and rebounding abilities. Versatile. Despite typical center height, can play also as the forward. Could improve his defense
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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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 


Vangu comes back to Woluwe - by Eurobasket News

United Basket Woluwe (Top Division II) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old center Estime Vangu (198-88). It is actually his comeback to Woluwe as he has played here before. Vangu He moved there from Royal Brussels in Top Division I. Vangu helped his team get promotion to Top Division I where he played this season. In 26 games he recorded 8.0ppg and 4.9rpg. Top Division II will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Vangu played also at Royal Brussels. He contributed to his team winning the group title (twice).
Vangu has played previously for six other teams: Oostende, CEP Fleurus, St-Niklase, Melsele, Nivelles and Gistel Oostende.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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





Rasko Katic claims Belgian Euromillions League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Serbian Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: BeoBasket) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Oostende and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 36.
The 36-year old center had the game-high 26 points adding four rebounds and two assists for Oostende in his team's victory, helping them to beat Kangoeroes (#8, 18-18) 83-74. It allowed Oostende to consolidate first place in the Belgian Euromillions League. Oostende have a solid 30-6 record. It's Katic's second year at Oostende and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Rasko Katic averages this season 13.1ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old Serbian power forward Ivan Radenovic (209-F/C-84) of Spirou. Radenovic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds. It was enough for Spirou to edge Mons-Hainaut (18-18) by 4 points 85-81. This victory allowed Spirou to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 18-18 record is not bad and everything may still change. Radenovic is one of the most experienced players at Spirou and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Jonas Foerts (195-SF-96) of Brussels (#3). Foerts showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Brussels, leading his team to a 89-81 win against the lower-ranked Limburg United (#7, 18-18). Brussels needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 22 victories and 14 lost games. Foerts has a very solid season. In 23 games in Belgium he scored 1.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vernon Taylor (192-G-87) of Aalstar - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Maxime Depuydt (192-G/F-92) of Brussels - 18 points and 5 rebounds
6. Devin Sweetney (198-G/F-87) of Liege - 20 points and 9 rebounds
7. Dorian Marchant (198-F-93) of Antwerp - 19 points and 2 assists
8. Dusan Djordjevic (193-G-83) of Oostende - 6 points, 3 rebounds and 14 assists
9. Jean Salumu (193-F-90) of Oostende - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Bill Amis (206-PF-87) of Aalstar - 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 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)



Thomas Roijakkers Joins Limburg United Staff - by Dockers Hoops

Coach Thomas Roijakkers is moving to Belgium as an assistant for Hubo Limburg United, the team announced on its website.

The move ends Roijakkers' second stint in Germany as a head coach in order to join incoming head coach Ronnie McCollum, succeeding the departing Brian Lynch.

Roijakkers started the 2016-17 season in the German Pro B with RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf before leaving the team in February of this year. In an interesting move, the 38-year-old took over the reigns of Dragons Rhoendorf to help steer the team out of relegation. Roijakkers had previously spent two seasons in the Pro B with City Basket Recklinghausen between 2013-15 before moving back to Belgium for an assistant position with Leuven Bears.



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D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.18.8 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak18.3 
 3. Kovacevic, Spars S.17.2 
 4. Jovanovic, Spars S.16.7 
 5. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.15.8 
 6. Negovanovic, Gradj.15.7 
 7. Pelkic, Leotar15.4 
 8. Hasandic, Sloboda .14.6 
 9. Stanojevic, Mlado.14.3 
 10. Markovic, Gradj.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Obrad TOMIC
  Kakanj
  (206-C-93)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Tomic, Kakanj9.8 
 2. Kastropil, Siroki P.8.7 
 3. Markovic, Gradj.8.3 
 4. Pelkic, Leotar7.8 
 5. Stanojevic, Mlado.7.6 
 6. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.7.4 
 7. Marojevic, Gradj.7.1 
 8. Milosevic, Igokea7.1 
 9. Kadic, Bosnjak6.8 
 10. Karacic, Siroki P.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jan MOCNIK
  Siroki P.
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Mocnik, Siroki P.8.3 
 2. Knezevic, Zrinjski.5.4 
 3. Princ, Zrinjski HT4.9 
 4. Fekete, Leotar4.6 
 5. Luzajic, Leotar4.0 
 6. Dovadzija, Bosnjak3.9 
 7. Aleksic, Mladost3.9 
 8. Zahiragic, Spars S.3.7 
 9. Vasiljevic, Bosna-Ro.3.7 
 10. Svilar, Kakanj3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.2.4 
 2. Brown, Sloboda .1.9 
 3. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak1.9 
 4. Mocnik, Siroki P.1.7 
 5. Princ, Zrinjski HT1.6 
 6. Milosevic, Igokea1.5 
 7. Radivojevic, Igokea1.4 
 8. Samadan, Zrinjski.1.4 
 9. Dreznjak, Siroki P.1.4 
 10. Ikonic, Bosna-Royal1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Franko KASTROPIL
  Siroki P.
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Kastropil, Siroki P.1.1 
 2. Sturanovic, Bosna-Ro.1.0 
 3. Karacic, Siroki P.1.0 
 4. Brummitt, Zrinjski.0.9 
 5. Rikic, Igokea0.8 
 6. Pelkic, Leotar0.8 
 7. Radmilovic, Leotar0.7 
 8. Marojevic, Gradj.0.6 
 9. Micovic, Igokea0.6 
 10. Tomic, Kakanj0.6 


Division I Round 2 of Finals. Bosna-Royal claim first win - by Eurobasket News

Bosna-Royal - Igokea 76-71

Bosna-Royal outgunned Igokea at home court to draw things level in the championship series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Igokea won third quarter 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international guard Marko Josilo (200-92) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Vladimir Djordjevic (201) chipped in 12 points during the contest. Serbian guard Vuk Radivojevic (196-83) responded with 17 points and 4 assists and Serbian Djordje Milosevic (199-93) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. Four Igokea players scored in double figures. Igokea's coach Dragan Bajic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Bosna-Royal: M.Josilo 17+5reb+2ast, V.Djordjevic 12+4reb+3ast, S.Vasiljevic 12+3ast, M.Sturanovic 8+11reb, L.Campara 8+1reb+1ast, E.Residovic 7+1reb+1ast
Igokea: V.Radivojevic 17+3reb+4ast, J.Robinson 13+6reb+1ast, D.Albijanic 10+5reb, D.Milosevic 10+12reb, B.Mahkovic 9+1ast, S.Micovic 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 546311





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  BRAZIL  

Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 16.2
 1. Smith, Botafogo.16.2 
 2. Sena, Contagem16.1 
 3. Vezaro, Joinville15.3 
 4. Filho, Botafogo.14.6 
 5. Stocks, Blumenau13.6 
 6. Gaines, Blumenau13.5 
 7. Maistro, Contagem12.9 
 8. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.12.8 
 9. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.11.9 
 10. Semmke, Blumenau11.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Prado, Brusque10.3 
 2. Sena, Contagem8.1 
 3. Silva, Blumenau7.9 
 4. Moreira, Botafogo.7.6 
 5. Lazzaris, Blumenau7.4 
 6. Perez, Botafogo.7.1 
 7. Jeronimo, Joinville6.7 
 8. Russell, Botafogo.6.3 
 9. Silva, Brusque6.0 
 10. Alvim, Contagem6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Smith, Botafogo.4.6 
 2. Romualdo, Contagem4.1 
 3. Froehlich, Joinville3.9 
 4. Perez, Contagem3.7 
 5. Semmke, Blumenau3.3 
 6. Prado, Brusque3.1 
 7. da-Silva, Botafogo.2.9 
 8. Stocks, Blumenau2.8 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.2.5 
 10. Lima, Santos/M.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Deonta STOCKS
  Blumenau
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Stocks, Blumenau2.8 
 2. Maistro, Contagem1.9 
 3. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.9 
 4. Froehlich, Joinville1.7 
 5. Lazzaris, Blumenau1.7 
 6. Romualdo, Contagem1.6 
 7. Perez, Contagem1.5 
 8. Vezaro, Joinville1.4 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.1.3 
 10. Prado, Brusque1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Wesley SENA
  Contagem
  (210-C/F-96)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Sena, Contagem1.2 
 2. Silva, Brusque1.1 
 3. Silva, Blumenau0.8 
 4. Perez, Botafogo.0.8 
 5. Lima, Santos/M.0.7 
 6. Jeronimo, Joinville0.6 
 7. Tiago, Brusque0.6 
 8. Machado, Santos/M.0.6 
 9. Maistro, Contagem0.6 
 10. Ferreira, Botafogo.0.5 



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  BULGARIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 20
 1. Semple, Akademik.20.0 
 2. Ivanov, Levski19.6 
 3. Shelton, Rilski19.1 
 4. Smith, Akademik PL18.2 
 5. Petkov, Yambol17.5 
 6. Marincheshki, Spartak .17.2 
 7. Sekulovic, Balkan16.8 
 8. Bozov, Rilski16.3 
 9. Savic, Spartak .16.3 
 10. Marinov, Spartak .15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 12
 1. Semple, Akademik.12.0 
 2. Shelton, Rilski10.7 
 3. Marincheshki, Spartak .9.4 
 4. Sekulovic, Balkan9.0 
 5. Savic, Spartak .8.5 
 6. Zack, Lukoil Acad.8.5 
 7. Varbanov, Yambol8.1 
 8. Bruinsma, Rilski8.1 
 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.5.1 
 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.1.7 
 8. Gibson, Beroe1.7 
 9. Avramov, Lukoil A.1.6 
 10. Hott, Balkan1.5 
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 


NBL Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Beroe advance into Finals - by Eurobasket News

Rilski - Lukoil Acad. 90-86

Rilski outgunned Lukoil to take 2-1 lead in the semifinal series. Rilski made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Evan Bruinsma (202-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds. The former international guard Yordan Bozov (191-79) chipped in 28 points and 5 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was American-Cameroonian point guard Danny Gibson (177-84, college: S.Indiana) who recorded 14 points and international Dimitar Dimitrov (203-93, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Four Rilski and five Lukoil Acad. players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Acad.: D.Gibson 14+4reb+3ast, H.Zahariev 14+2reb+1ast, D.Dimitrov 14+6reb, B.Avramov 13+1reb+5ast, S.Zack 12+8reb, M.Korniyenko 8+4reb
Rilski: Y.Bozov 28+2reb+5ast, E.Bruinsma 28+13reb, D.Ivanov 13+2reb+1ast, D.Shelton 10+9reb+2ast, N.Stoyanov 6+4reb+1ast, Z.Georgiev 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 545966


Cherno More - Beroe 68-94

Beroe cruised past Cherno More on the road to complete the sweep of the series. Beroe dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Cherno More's 22. They outrebounded Cherno More 49-24 including a 37-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Beroe shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. It was a good game for American forward Aaron Jones (206-93, college: Mississippi) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. Croatian power forward Stjepan Tesija (206-89, agency: PEPI SPORT) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Beroe players scored in double figures. Forward Veselin Georgiev (192-86) answered with 18 points and guard Stanislav Tsonkov (192-91) added 12 points in the effort for Cherno More. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Cherno More: V.Georgiev 18+1reb+1ast, S.Tsonkov 12+3reb+2ast, A.Dikov 8+1reb, F.Dedijer 7+6reb+2ast, D.Karamfilov 7+1reb+3ast, A.Natskin 6+2reb+1ast
Beroe: S.Gibson 16+3reb, B.Raley-Ross 16+1reb+3ast, A.Jones 13+14reb+2ast, P.Aleksiev 10+3reb+5ast, S.Tesija 10+10reb+2ast, T.Zhelev 10+6reb+3ast
gschID: 545965





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  CHINA  


Hebei Xianglan signs Brandon Costner, ex Humacao - by Eurobasket News

Hebei Xianglan (NBL) signed 30-year old American forward Brandon Costner (206-107kg-87, college: North Carolina State). He moved there from Caciques de Humacao in Puerto Rican BSN league where he started the season. In 12 games he had very impressive stats: 18.4ppg, 6.2rpg, 3.2apg and 1.1spg this season.
In 2010 (a year after he left the college) Costner was drafted by Utah Flash (D-League) in first round (8th overall).
The former North Carolina State standoutis in his eighth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Costner played in the final of Chinese NBL in 2014 and 2016. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Center of the Year in 2016.
Costner is quite experienced player. He has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Costner has played previously professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut), France, D-League (Los Angeles D-Fenders and Utah F.) and China (Monkey Kings and Guizhou).

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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: 8.1
 1. Bilan, Cedevita8.1 
 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, Cedevita5.9 
 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 Split5.2 
 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. Katic, Cedevita1.6 
 10. Bozic, KK Zagreb1.5 
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 


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).

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Cedevita too hot for Split, reach fourth straight Finals - by Zeljko Zule

Cedevita captured their fourth straight and sixth overall Croatian A1 League finals with an 82-52 win over Split in Game 2 of the semifinal best of the three series. Dzanan Musa (204-SG-99) came off the bench for a game-high 24 points on shooting 10-of-12 from the field including 4-of-5 behind the 3-point line, Miro Bilan (213-C-89) had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Marko Tomas (201-G-85) scored 12 points.
Split led only one time in the contest, after an opening free-throw by Mate Kalajzic (187-PG-98), Cedevita answered with a 12-4 run to take the control of the game. Split missed all of its 11 3-point attempts in the first quarter.
Cedevita outrebounded Split 45-28. Split's bench players outscored their starters 36-16. Mateo Kedzo (206-F/C-84) and Filip Najev (206-C-92) both finished with 10 points off the bench.




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



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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

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 


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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Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen 1st Team 2017
Devaughn Akoon-Purcell
Akoon-Purcell
Myles Mack
Mack
Gabriel Lundberg
Lundberg
Tanner McGrew
McGrew
Michel Diouf
Diouf

Finals MVP: Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-G-93) of Bakken
Player of the Year: Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-G-93) of Bakken
Guard of the Year: Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-G-93) of Bakken
Forward of the Year: Tanner McGrew (203-F-93) of SW Metro P.
Center of the Year: Michel Diouf (208-C-89) of Bakken
Best Young Player of the Year: Asbjorn Midtgaard (210-C/F-97) of Horsholm
Import Player of the Year: Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-G-93) of Bakken
Bosman Player of the Year: Vedran Borovcanin (200-G/F-85) of Horsens IC
Domestic Player of the Year: Gabriel Lundberg (193-G-94) of Horsens IC
Defensive Player of the Year: Myles Mack (175-PG-93) of Horsens IC
Coach of the Year: Jakob Freil of Bakken

1st Team
G: Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-G-93) of Bakken
PG: Myles Mack (175-PG-93) of Horsens IC
G: Gabriel Lundberg (193-G-94) of Horsens IC
F: Tanner McGrew (203-F-93) of SW Metro P.
C: Michel Diouf (208-C-89) of Bakken

2nd Team
PG: Frederik Nielsen (178-PG-88) of Horsholm
PG: Charles Burgess (186-PG-84) of Randers
G/F: Vedran Borovcanin (200-G/F-85) of Horsens IC
PF: Jyles Smith (209-PF-92) of Horsholm
C/F: Asbjorn Midtgaard (210-C/F-97) of Horsholm

Honorable Mention
Thomas Laerke (195-G/F-91) of Bakken
Anders Haas (185-G-92) of SISU
Chris Nielsen (193-G/F-85) of Randers
Will Artino (211-C/F-92) of Horsens IC
Marvin Dominique (201-PF-91) of Horsholm
Patrick Onwenu (198-F-93) of Naestved
Harding NaNa (203-F-81) of Svendborg
Davie Champagnie (206-F/C-90) of Stevnsgade
Kyle Dranginis (195-SG-92) of Trier
Moritz Lanegger (190-PG-90) of Naestved

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Frederik Nielsen (178-PG-88) of Horsholm
G: Anders Haas (185-G-92) of SISU
G: Gabriel Lundberg (193-G-94) of Horsens IC
G/F: Chris Nielsen (193-G/F-85) of Randers
C/F: Asbjorn Midtgaard (210-C/F-97) of Horsholm

All-Imports Team
G: Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-G-93) of Bakken
PG: Myles Mack (175-PG-93) of Horsens IC
F: Harding NaNa (203-F-81) of Svendborg
F: Tanner McGrew (203-F-93) of SW Metro P.
C: Michel Diouf (208-C-89) of Bakken



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Clippers To Introduce D-League Team For Next Season - by Eurobasket News

The Clippers are closing in on unveiling an NBA Developmental League team that will be called the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario, league sources tell Marc Stein of ESPN. Agua Caliente Casino Resort, which Stein notes is a prominent NBA sponsor for the Clippers, is finalizing the agreement to join the NBA's minor league affiliate. Due to the proximity of Ontario, California (approximately 50 miles away from Los Angeles), the Clippers will have the luxury of assigning and recalling players at an accelerated pace. After the Clippers were eliminated by the Jazz in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs last week, head coach and president of basketball operations Doc Rivers confirmed the team's D-League aspirations. 'We will have a team, I can tell you that,' he said. 'We are committed to it. The work is in.' Once this is finalized, the NBA D-League - which will be renamed to the NBA Gatorade League next season - will soon boast 26 teams, four affiliates shy of every NBA team having a developmental team. The only team's without an NBA D-League team - once the Clippers finalize the Agua Caliente Casino Resort deal - would be the Nuggets, Wizards, Trail Blazers, and Pelicans.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



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Christian Eyenga (ex Openjobmetis V.) signs at Unicaja - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga (Liga Endesa) landed 28-year old Congolese small forward Christian Eyenga (201-95kg-89). He moved there from Openjobmetis Varese in Italian Serie A where he played this season. In 29 games he averaged 12.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg. Eyenga ended the last season at Auxilium (also in Serie A). In 12 games he had 9.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0bpg. Eyenga helped them to make it to the Supercup semifinals. But the most of that year he spent at Banco di Srd (also in Serie A). The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 18 Serie A games he recorded 9.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.4apg and 1.0bpg. Eyenga also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 10.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg. He also played 3 games in Eurocup where he got 9.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg.
In 2009 Eyenga was drafted by Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA) in first round (30th overall).
He won NBA Pacific Division championship title in 2012.
Eyenga is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Eyenga has played previously professionally in China (Brave Dragons), Poland (Stelmet and PGE Turow), NBA (LA Lakers), Spain (Joventut) and D-League (Texas Legends, Los Angeles D-Fenders and Canton Charge).
His game is described as: (by Stevan Petrovic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
Possesses solid outside range out to 3pt (34% from 3PT). If he hits first few shots from the perimeter in a row he gets very confident and he is very difficult to guard ... Eyenga has good balance in his offensive game and almost the same number of outside shots as well as free-throws.
Eyenga is still a raw player offensively and still has trouble beating defenders off the dribble ... He is too predictable at times and drives to his right most of the time ... He still has lots of room to improve in these areas
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Asocoacion Baloncesto de Apopa signs Shahmel Brackett - by Eurobasket News

Asocoacion Baloncesto de Apopa (Liga Superior) signed 26-year old American point guard Shahmel Brackett (183-82kg-91, college: UNC Pembroke). He moved there from Quezaltepeque Biomedical in the Liga MB where he started the season. In 18 games he had 14.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 5.3apg and 1.1spg this season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Brackett's team was regular season runner-up in PeachBelt East Division in 2013. He was also voted USBasket.com All-TRBL 2nd Team in 2015.
Brackett has played on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally also in Romania (Amicii) and ECBL (Lumberton S.).
Brackett attended University of North Carolina at Pembroke until 2013 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Antoine's double-double lands him Liga MB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

32-year old power forward Joseph Antoine (203-PF-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for 11 Lobos and receives a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 38.
He had a double-double of 31 points and 22 rebounds, while his team beat Santa Ana (#12, 7-20) 80-73. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. 11 Lobos is placed at 10th position in Salvadorean Liga MB. 11 Lobos is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-15 record. In the team's last game Antoine had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at 11 Lobos, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Joseph Antoine averages this season 22.0ppg and 12.6rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Quincy Scates (197-SF-89) of Quezaltepeque. He is American in his first season at Quezaltepeque. In the last game Scates recorded impressive double-double of 34 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Quezaltepeque lost that game 96-108 to the higher-ranked Santa Tecla (#1, 23-4). Quezaltepeque managed to keep the same 8th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-14 record. Scates is one of the most experienced players at Quezaltepeque and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.5ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 8.0rpg and 3.5apg.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Brandon Thompson (193-G) of Arcense (#13). Thompson got into 30-points club by scoring 50 points in the last round. He was a key player of Arcense, leading his team to a 95-89 win against slightly higher-ranked Sonsonate (#11, 10-16). Arcense can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 7-20 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Thompson he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Thompson has a very solid season. In 11 games in El Salvador he scored 36.9ppg. He also has 8.5rpg, 2.1spg and FGP: 51.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Garland McArthur (197-F-88) of Brujos Izalco - 32 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Christopher Miller (192-F/G-93) of Denver-FAS - 34 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Raymond Miller (204-F/C-88) of Halcones - 19 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Thomas Alexander (197-SG) of Denver-FAS - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Reginald Brown (202-C-91) of Canarios - 20 points and 24 rebounds
9. Wali Hepburn (193-G-89) of Canarios - 24 points, 17 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Carlos Arias (200-C-89) of Santa Tecla - 15 points and 13 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)



Liga Superior Round 14: Leader Marquense gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

Leader Marquense delivered the thirteenth win on Thursday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked ABA (6-8) 96-67 in San Marcos. The game without a history. Marquense led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to ABA's 46 and made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded ABA 46-32 including 31 on the defensive glass. Marquense looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists. The best player for the winners was power forward Manuel Artiga (196-83) who scored 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Kevin Gutierrez chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). American point guard Shahmel Brackett (183-91, college: UNC Pembroke) produced 25 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals 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. Marquense have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-1 record. ABA at the other side keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Leader Marquense recorded the thirteenth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked ExSAL ST (6-7) 61-56 in Santa Tecla. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ExSAL ST. Forward Hugo Salazar (189-81) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Carlos Sorto contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American center Donald Lawes (201-89, college: Farmingdale St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 23 rebounds for ExSAL ST. Marquense have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-1 record. ExSAL ST at the other side keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Marquense will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. ExSAL ST will play on the road against Chalchuapa (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 14 Thunder defeated Biomedical in San Salvador 86-78. San Marcos beat Biomedical at home 84-69.

Marquense - ABA 96-67

Leader Marquense delivered the thirteenth win on Thursday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked ABA (6-8) 96-67 in San Marcos. The game without a history. Marquense led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to ABA's 46 and made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded ABA 46-32 including 31 on the defensive glass. Marquense looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists. The best player for the winners was power forward Manuel Artiga (196-83) who scored 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Kevin Gutierrez chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Four Marquense players scored in double figures. American point guard Shahmel Brackett (183-91, college: UNC Pembroke) produced 25 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals and forward Edson Sosa (188-78) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Marquense have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-1 record. ABA at the other side keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Marquense: K.Gutierrez 23+8reb+2ast, M.Artiga 21+8reb+5ast, C.Sorto 15+5reb+6ast, H.Salazar 10+8reb+9ast, R.Flores 7+3reb+1ast, M.Mendoza 6+1reb
ABA: S.Brackett 25+5reb+7ast, J.Zometa 17+2reb, E.Sosa 16+5reb+1ast, J.Roque 3+2reb+3ast, M.Vasquez 2+4reb+8ast, T.Alfaro 2
gschID: 544850


Biomedical - Thunder 78-86

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Biomedical (3-12) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Thunder (9-5) 86-78. The guests were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-20 Biomedical's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 86-78 at the end of the game. Thunder forced 22 Biomedical turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Thunder brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Diego Ferrin orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists and 8 steals. Oscar de-Leon contributed with 17 points and 4 steals for the winners. Guard Carlos Pineda (178-92) replied with 25 points, 6 assists and 4 steals and Carlos Herrera (-84) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Biomedical. Four Biomedical players scored in double figures. Thunder maintains fourth position with 9-5 record. Biomedical at the other side keeps the ninth place with 12 games lost. Thunder will play against higher ranked Izalco (#3) at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Biomedical will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Thunder: D.Ferrin 31+14reb+6ast, O.de Leon 17+2reb+3ast, M.Aguilera 10+5reb, D.Aguilar 8+11reb+2ast, C.Rivera 8+4reb+2ast, J.Leon 5+8reb+4ast
Biomedical: C.Pineda 25+2reb+6ast, C.Herrera 17+5reb+2ast, I.Campos 14+2reb+1ast, N.Cordero 10+7reb+3ast, C.Morales 6+3reb+1ast, S.Bonilla 4+13reb+3ast
gschID: 544853


ExSAL ST - Marquense 56-61

Leader Marquense recorded the thirteenth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked ExSAL ST (6-7) 61-56 in Santa Tecla. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ExSAL ST. Marquense held ExSAL ST to an opponent 25.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 32.3 percent accuracy of the winners and made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Marquense forced 25 ExSAL ST turnovers. Forward Hugo Salazar (189-81) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Carlos Sorto contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Marquense players scored in double figures. American center Donald Lawes (201-89, college: Farmingdale St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 23 rebounds and forward Rafael Rivas (197-98) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for ExSAL ST. Marquense have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-1 record. ExSAL ST at the other side keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Marquense will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. ExSAL ST will play on the road against Chalchuapa (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Marquense: C.Sorto 12+9reb+2ast, H.Salazar 12+11reb+1ast, J.Barrera 11+4reb+3ast, M.Artiga 10+6reb+5ast, K.Gutierrez 9+3reb, M.Mendoza 5+6reb+1ast
ExSAL ST: R.Rivas 17+8reb+1ast, D.Lawes 16+23reb+1ast, E.Cabrera 11+4reb, J.Villalobos 5+2reb+1ast, W.Melendez 4+6reb+6ast, P.Rubio 3+5reb
gschID: 544855


San Marcos - Biomedical 84-69

No shocking result in a game when second ranked San Marcos (11-3) defeated at home 9th ranked Biomedical (3-12) 84-69. San Marcos shot 23 for 32 from the free-throw line, while Biomedical only scored seven points from the stripe. San Marcos forced 24 Biomedical turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. San Marcos brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Milton Martinez (-88) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds. Roger Diaz (-99) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists and 7 steals for the winners. San Marcos' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Emerson Morales (180-89) replied with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Carlos Herrera (-84) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Biomedical. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. San Marcos have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 11-3 record having just two points less than leader Marquense. Biomedical at the other side keeps the ninth place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
San Marcos: M.Martinez 21+16reb+1ast, F.Escobar 16+3reb+5ast, R.Diaz 15+7reb+10ast, L.Gomez 14+3reb+3ast, V.Artiga 5+2ast, E.Recinos 5+4reb+2ast
Biomedical: C.Herrera 20+5reb+1ast, E.Morales 14+7reb+5ast, C.Pineda 13+2reb+4ast, I.Campos 10+2reb+5ast, E.Pacas 6+3reb+1ast, S.Bonilla 4+10reb
gschID: 544851





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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  ESTONIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin BAKER
  Tarvas
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Baker, Tarvas19.3 
 2. Dzeletovic, TL.18.3 
 3. Jarvelainen, TTU17.1 
 4. Bubalo, Parnu16.3 
 5. van-der-Mars, Rap.15.8 
 6. Olmre, TTU15.7 
 7. Post, Tarvas15.5 
 8. Seskus, Parnu15.4 
 9. Zvigurs, Valga14.8 
 10. Strupovics, Valga14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. van-der-Mars, Rap.12.4 
 2. Baker, Tarvas8.7 
 3. Bubalo, Parnu8.1 
 4. Jarvelainen, TTU7.8 
 5. Lips, Tarvas7.7 
 6. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.5 
 7. Jois, Tartu Ulikool7.4 
 8. Milka, Tartu Ulikool7.1 
 9. Konate, Tartu Ulikool6.7 
 10. Kirves, Parnu6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Tartu Ulikool
  (187-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool5.3 
 2. Kabin, Parnu4.6 
 3. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.4 
 4. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo4.1 
 5. Olmre, TTU4.0 
 6. Paiste, Tarvas3.7 
 7. Bratoz, Rapla3.7 
 8. Post, Tarvas3.4 
 9. Veideman, Kalev/Cr.3.2 
 10. Saage, TL.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Domen BRATOZ
  Rapla
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bratoz, Rapla2.0 
 2. Paiste, Tarvas1.8 
 3. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 4. Sutt, Parnu1.7 
 5. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 6. Tamm, TL.1.6 
 7. Olmre, TTU1.6 
 8. Zvigurs, Valga1.5 
 9. Post, Tarvas1.5 
 10. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jito KOK
  Rapla
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1
 1. Kok, Rapla1.0 
 2. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 3. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 4. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.7 
 5. Raadik, TTU0.7 
 6. Lips, Tarvas0.7 
 7. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.7 
 8. Bubalo, Parnu0.6 
 9. Joesaar, Tartu U.0.6 
 10. Saks, TL.0.6 



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  FINLAND  


Coach Mike Oppland takes over at Lahti - by Eurobasket News

Lahti Basketball (1st Division) landed 33-year old American coach Mike Oppland. He coached most recently in Luxembourg. He worked as an assistant coach with Racing. Mike Oppland recently started his coaching career. Mike Oppland finished his player's career back in 2015/16.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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  


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)



Le Portel adds Spain to their roster - by Eurobasket News

ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (ProA) added to their roster 30-year old American forward Kyle Spain (196-95kg-87, college: San Diego State, agency: HMS). He moved there from Denain ASC Voltaire in the ProB where he played this season. In 27 games he recorded 10.3ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.9apg. The last season Spain played at Hyeres-Toulon (also in ProB). In three games he averaged 13.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg.
In 2010 (a year after he left the college) Spain was drafted by Erie BayHawks (D-League) as #2 pick overall.
He attended San Diego State until 2009 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Spain won Mexican CIBACOPA championship title in 2013. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProB 2nd Team in 2015.
Spain is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in seven different countries. Spain tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Belgium (Leuven Bears), Dominican Rep., Holland (M.Magixx), Dominican Republic (Los Prados), Mexico (Rayos de Hermosillo) and D-League (Erie Bay Hawks).
On Spain: A physical player who can take the ball to the rim or shoot the ball from beyond the arc.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GEORGIA  

Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Corey ALLEN
  Mgzavrebi
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Allen, Mgzavrebi18.2 
 2. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi17.3 
 3. Lathan, Sokhumi17.0 
 4. Jintcharadze, Bat.16.3 
 5. Shemosiuk, Batumi16.1 
 6. Rogava, Olimpi16.1 
 7. Ransom, Mgzavrebi15.5 
 8. Berishvili, Dinamo T.15.4 
 9. Florveus, Cactus T.14.8 
 10. Burnette, Olimpi14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FLORVEUS
  Cactus T.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Florveus, Cactus T.12.8 
 2. Pelcher, Batumi10.9 
 3. Atuashvili, Rustavi9.4 
 4. Burnette, Olimpi9.1 
 5. Spagnolo, Rustavi8.9 
 6. Bridgeman, Cactus T.8.4 
 7. Tishchenko, Sokhu.7.9 
 8. Bekauri, Kutaisi7.7 
 9. Murphy, Mgzavrebi7.6 
 10. Krivtsov, Batumi7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi TSINTSADZE
  Kutaisi
  (192-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi6.8 
 2. Lee, Rustavi5.8 
 3. Vaughn, Dinamo T.5.1 
 4. Mikeladze, Olimpi4.5 
 5. Lezhava, Batumi4.5 
 6. Chikviladze, Cactus T.4.2 
 7. Rogava, Olimpi4.2 
 8. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.3.8 
 9. Patsatsia, Dinamo T.3.7 
 10. Berishvili, Dinamo T.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Corey ALLEN
  Mgzavrebi
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Allen, Mgzavrebi3.2 
 2. Burnette, Olimpi2.5 
 3. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.2.2 
 4. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi2.1 
 5. Rogava, Olimpi2.0 
 6. Lathan, Sokhumi1.7 
 7. Baqradze, Olimpi1.7 
 8. Chikviladze, Cactus T.1.6 
 9. Ransom, Mgzavrebi1.6 
 10. Tsekvava, Kutaisi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 John FLORVEUS
  Cactus T.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Florveus, Cactus T.1.8 
 2. Bekauri, Kutaisi1.7 
 3. Bridgeman, Cactus T.1.4 
 4. Atuashvili, Rustavi1.4 
 5. Jgerenaia, Sokhumi1.3 
 6. Pelcher, Batumi1.2 
 7. Tubak, Kutaisi1.2 
 8. Krivtsov, Batumi1.1 
 9. Rychlyuk, Sokhumi1.1 
 10. Murphy, Mgzavrebi1.0 


Superleague Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Kutaisi are the first finalists - by Eurobasket News

Cactus Tbilisi - Kutaisi 68-81

Kutaisi overcame Cactus Tbilisi to secure Superleague Finals birth. The game was mostly controlled by Kutaisi. Cactus Tbilisi managed to win third quarter 25-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Cactus Tbilisi 47-35 including 35 on the defensive glass. Kutaisi looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Cactus Tbilisi's players. The former international Beka Bekauri (207-91) fired 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. International point guard Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-86) chipped in 5 points, 6 rebounds and 16 assists. Kutaisi's coach Kote Tugushi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international swingman Beqa Chikviladze (196-91) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and American center John Florveus (211-90, college: Georgia) added 12 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Cactus Tbilisi: B.Chikviladze 17+11reb+5ast, J.Florveus 12+12reb, T.White 11+2reb+1ast, D.Lomidze 10+3reb+1ast, I.Chlaidze 6+1reb, V.Baakashvili 5+3reb+2ast
Kutaisi: B.Bekauri 21+7reb, G.Barbakadze 11+3reb, A.Boisa 10+3reb+1ast, V.Kadaria 10+12reb+1ast, A.Lomouri 9+3reb, Z.Pashaev 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 546615





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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. Paulding, EWE B.15.8 
 7. Kikanovic, ALBA15.7 
 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. Sanders, Goettingen5.0 
 8. Siva, ALBA5.0 
 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. Stewart, Walter T.1.6 
 7. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.6 
 8. Siva, ALBA1.6 
 9. Redding, B.Mue.1.6 
 10. Knight, Jena1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Geoffrey GROSELLE
  Braunsch.
  (212-C-93)
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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.



Eugene Harris (Gaiteros de Zulia) I Have To Keep Pushing To Reach Heights That I Set Out For Myself - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Eugene Harris (187-PG-86, college: High Point) is a 29 year old 193cm point guard from Pittsburgh that completed his sixth professional season and first in Germany with the Hebeisen White Wings Hanau averaging 14,3ppg, 1,7rpg, 3,4apg and shot 39% from outside. Last season he played for Siarka Tarnobrzeg (Poland-TBL): 13 games: 6.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 32.6%, 3FGP: 25.4%, left in Jan.'16, later that month moved to KTE-Duna Aszfalt (Hungary-A Division): 11 games: 6.4ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 28.3%, FT: 75.0%. He started his basketball career in 2006 with High Point (NCAA) where he played until 2010 playing a total of 121 NCAA games. As a senior he played 30 games averaging 14.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 38.7%, 3PT: 34.1%, FT: 87.5%.In his first five professional seasons, he has gained vast experience having played in countries like Lithuania, Georgia, Cyprus, Macedonia, and Ukraine. He spoke to eurobasket at the conclusion of the 2016-2017 Hebeisen White Wings season.

Eugene thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. It was a tale of two seasons for the Hebeisen White Wings Hanau. The second half was one too forget. How disappointed were you with how the second half went and how long did it take you to digest the season?

We had a lot of missed opportunities that we didn't take advantage of as a team and we have to learn and grow from it. Still digesting the long season but you have to eventually move on and get back to work


In the last two months, I was checking the box score every Sunday night and just continued to see loss after loss. After January 28, Hanau only won one more game. If someone had told you on January 28th that the team would go 1-10 what would you have thought?

Yes I wouldn't have believed it whatsoever but like I said we have to learn and grow from this we faced different challenges and adversity and we continued to battle and fight each and every night, which showed great character regardless of the outcome.

If you look back at the last 11 games, what do you feel was the main cause that the Hebeisen White Wings suffered this long losing streak?

I think just a lot of minor errors and mental breakdowns that won or lost games

The team went through many injuries as well as hardships as Jordan Wild had to depart the team mid way through of the season on account of returning back to the States to tend for his sick dad. One never wants to make excuses, but how much did the mental side of the game play a factor in the last months?

It was tough I mean Jordan Wild was a huge part of our early success and it definitely took a toll on the team but regardless we had 10 very good basketball players so people stepped up and we filled the void the best we could just didn't turn out in our favor.

You stated in an interview with me in December that 'Hanau needs to take care of business regardless of the circumstances. The club could not do that. What do you feel was missing for that to happen in the last two months?

You can talk about this and that it boils down to wins and losses we didn't get it done in the second half of the season so we as players myself need to continue to study film and get better individually.

When you look back at the season how would you summarize it? What were the positives from the season?

I think the program is moving in the right direction in the second year in Pro A and we had great opportunities for continued success. I definitely feel being under Coach Simon Cote my teammates and I got better!

Do you feel like the last few months despite all the losses will help head coach Simon Cote mature further as a head coach?

His work ethic is undeniable he's preparing right now!

German Til Joscha Joenke played his second season in the Pro A for the Hebeisen White Wings Hanau and improved his stats. After playing in the BBL with Ulm and Tuebingen and not making his breakthrough, he took a step back to go to the Pro A. After two solid Pro A seasons, is the German ready for the BBL now?

I think he is definitely ready for the BBL who is a great competitor fearless my brother he definitely pushed me every day we was on the court.


What Hanau player do you feel improved most this season from the first day of training camp to the last game against Crailsheim?

The whole team from the day we walked in till the last game it has been drastic changes to each one of our games I've never been on a team where collectively everybody is in the gym getting better every chance they had!

Your teammate Kruize Pinkins made another big step as a player in his second season in the Pro A. Is he ready for the BBL next season?

No question he's ready what he did this season was big time and he's prepared!


Let's talk about your game. You finished the season averaging 14,3ppg, 1,7rpg and 3,4apg. How would you summarize your season?

My season was ok I'm more concerned about the disappointing fact of not getting in the playoffs so for me individually I have to and will continue to get better no doubt about that!


All season long whenever I asked you in interviews about your game, your answer was always the same in that you had to improve in many things. Did you do that this season with the Hebeisen White Wings?

Improving is never ending so I'm always improving especially if your putting in the work. Did I get better in certain areas? Yyes of course but I have to keep pushing to reach heights that I set out for myself.

Your turning 31 in May, but have that mindset that you are never satisfied with your game. How vital do you feel has your basketball mental state been for your progression as a player? You have so much desire to get better and have that special mindset rarely seen with a professional player.

I mean I want to play and compete at a high level so yes I'm always going to have that mentality because I think that's what drives me and makes me who I am as basketball player.


What is the next step for Eugene Harris? You have been a globetrotter as a professional as Germany was your eighth country as a professional. Are you tending to carry on your basketball nomad ways and exploring a new basketball country or could Germany be your home next season?

We will have to wait and see my job now is to continue to prepare and be prepared for the moment wherever that might be if its in Germany in the BBL or somewhere outside of the country but my agent and I will figure out the best situation for me!


What are your summer plans? Where would you like to go this summer where you have never been to?

I don't have any plans this summer really will see have to play it by ear!

How special was the run of South Carolina at the 2017 NCAA tournament? Do you feel like this was the story of March Madness 2017?

Unbelievable run I have a friend Tre Kelly who played for South Carolina back in the day so I was rooting for their success!


Now that the NCAA tournament is history, what professional sports do you focus on in the next months?

The NBA of course playoff time is the best time of the year!

Is Lonzo Ball the real thing? Do you feel like he will be able to develop further despite the antics of his father on social media?

I haven't really seen him play but from the brief highlights I've seen I think he will definitely be competitive at the NBA level.


There has been criticism of Russell Westbrook to be focusing more on rebounding to help inflate his stats and possibilities of getting triple doubles instead of focusing on his defensive assignments. Do you feel that this is a fair assessment to the player Russell Westbrook?

Not at all he's a the real deal MVP

What was the last movie that you saw?

Dave Chappelle Stand up comedy.


Thanks Eugene for the chat.




Dominik Spohr Returns Home To Hagen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Seeing head coach Mathias Grothe and Dominik Spohr (198-SF-89) giving their big smiles at the contract table like back in the day when their ex teammate Michael Hakim Jordan displayed his whitees after big shots especially with his game winner against Giessen must of given most diehard Phoenix Hagen fans their own smile at the breakfast table on Firday morning as the German player will return back home to Hagen where he started his career with BBV Hagen (Regionalliga). Phoenix Hagen announced the return of Dominik Spohr. Spohr is a 28 year old 198cm forward that played 5 seasons with Phoenix Hagen helping the club reach the BBL in 2009 and played a total of 64 games for the team and ex head coach Ingo Freyer. Spohr departed Hagen in 2012 and continued to play in the BBL with Giessen and BG Goettingen amassing a total of 88 BBL games in the span between 2012-2017 and also played two seasons in the Pro A with BG Goettingen where he helped the team move back to the BBL. Spohr is thrilled about returning back home. "It makes me proud that I can come home and play a major role with Phoenix Hagen. I am already looking forward to the first title game in the Ischelandhalle", stressed Dominik Spohr.

The German started his basketball career in 2004 with BBV Hagen (Regionalliga) where he played until 2007. Then he moved to Phoenix Hagen and played two seasons in the Pro A totaling 29 games. He then played three seasons in the BBL with Phoenix Hagen. With his one season with Giessen in 2012-2013 he played 29 games averaging 5.6ppg, 2.0rpg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 75.6%. Two seasons ago he had his best season in the BBL with BG Goettingen playing 32 games averaging 5.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 44.3%, FT: 80.0%. He didn't play a major role last season with BG Goettingen playing 27 games averaging 2,6ppg and 1,4rpg. Spohr played three seasons with his new head coach Matthias Grothe at Phoenix Hagen and the new chef behind the bench is happy about the return. "We are happy having a real Hagen guy to be thrilled about our project. He has a lot of experience at the BBL level and brings a high quality in play and physicality. He is 28 and at the height of his career and will give us a lot of value on and off the court", expressed head coach Matthias Grothe. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German NBBL All-Tournament Team -07, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Runner-Up -09, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group North) Regular Season Champion -11, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Regular Season Champion -14, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Champion -14.

Source:Phoenix Hagen





Skyler Bowlin Moves To Science City Jena - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Science City Jena have reeled in their first new player for the 2017-2018 season with Skyler Bowlin (191-G-89, college: Missouri So.). Bowlin is a 27 year old 191 cm point guard who will remain in the easyCredit BBL after being a rookie in Germany five years ago with BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen (Germany-ProA) and finally reaching the German big time last season with the Giessen 46ers. With Giessen he played 33 games averaging 8,8ppg, 2,0rpg, 4,0rpg and 1,5spg. Science City Jena didn't forget the point guard as he played an instrumental role in both defeats as he powered 15 points and 7 assists and 16 points and eight assists in the wins. "He finished his first BBL season and convinced everyone with his versatile game. He has consistently improved over the years and plays with effort, a lot of motivation and has leadership qualitiesHe played very well agaisnt us, but that wasn't the key reason why we got him. He fits with his whole style to our concept. He can speed up the game, is a very good shooter and aggressive defender and these were reasons why Giessen was successful", stated Science City Jena head coach Bjoern Harmsen.

Bowlin started his basketball career in 2007 with Missouri So. (NCAA2) where he played until 2011 playing a total of 118 games and as a senior played 31 games: 18.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.7apg, 2.4spg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 82.7%. He began his professional career in 2011 with BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen (Germany-ProA) playing 28 games averaging 12.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.3apg, Steals-2 (2.0spg), FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 80.5%. After his rookie season in Germany, he played briefly with Ringwood Hawks (Australia-ABA) playing 18 games averaging 18.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.7apg, 2.8spg, 2FGP: 44.1%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 80.5%. In the 2012-2013 season he played for Horsens IC (Denmark-Ligaen) playing 36 games: Score-5 (19.6ppg), 4.0rpg, Assists-2 (6.5apg), Steals-1 (3.0spg), FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 43.3%, FT: 88.2%. In the 2013-2014 season he played for WBC Raiffeisen Wels (Austria-A Bundesliga): 1 game: 12pts, 4reb, 3ast, 1steal; Austrian A Bundesliga: 1 game: 12pts, 4rbs, 3ast, 1stl, left in Oct.'13, later that month moved to Horsens IC (Denmark-Ligaen) playing 31 games: 18.6ppg, 3.7rpg, Assists-5 (5.1apg), Steals-1 (2.6spg), FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 41.1%, FT: 84.5%. In the 2014-2015 season he remained with Horsens IC (Denmark-Ligaen) playing 39 games: 16.0ppg, 3.0rpg, Assists-2 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (2.4spg), FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 83.2%. In the 2015-2016 season he played for Sodertalje Kings (Sweden-Basketligan) playing FIBA Europe Cup: 12 games: 10.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.9apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 58.8%. In the Swedish Basketligan he played 42 games averaging 14.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.3apg, Steals-5 (1.6spg), FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 40.6%, FT: 78.3%. "I am looking forward to the challenge with Science City Jena. I played two hard fought games against Jena where they had a strong and aggressive defesne. I like this style that fits my game. I am sure that I will integrate myself quickly into the team. I don't know any of my new teammates personally yet, but I am looking forward to playing with BBL legends like Julius Jenkins and Immanuel Mcelroy. I will learn much from their experience. I love basketball and Germany and am relieved I can play with Science City Jena and another season in a strong league like the easyCredit BBL", stressed Skyler Bowlin.

Awards and Achievements in his basketball career have been All-MIAA Freshman of the Year -08, MIAA All-Defensive Team -08, 09, 10, 11, All-MIAA 2nd Team -09, 10, All-MIAA Defensive Player of the Year -10, MIAA Regular Season Champion -11, MIAA Tournament Finalist -11, All-MIAA Player of the Year -11
All-MIAA Co-Defensive Player of the Year -11, All-MIAA 1st Team -11, MIAA All-Tournament Team -11, NABC Division II All-South Central Region 1st Team -11
Daktronics Division II All-America 3rd Team -11, NABC Division II All-America Team -11, NABC Division II All-Star Game -11, Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Defensive Player of the Year -13, Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen 2nd Team -13, Eurobasket.com Danish Ligaen All-Imports Team -13, 15, Danish League Semifinals -13, 14, Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Honorable Mention -14, Danish Cup Winner -15, Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Player of the Year -15
Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Guard of the Year -15, Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Import Player of the Year -15, Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen 1st Team -15, Danish League Regular Season Runner-Up -15, Danish League Champion -15, Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Finals MVP -16, Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan 1st Team -16, Eurobasket.com Swedish Basketligan All-Imports Team -16, Swedish Basketligan Regular Season Champion -16, and Swedish Basketligan Champion -16.

Source:Science City Jena









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




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




Review of BBL Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

ALBA - B.Muenchen 83-76

ALBA held off Bayern in Berlin to even the quarterfinal series. American Tony Gaffney (206-84, college: Massachusetts, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and international swingman Niels Giffey (200-91, college: Connecticut) chipped in 15 points during the contest. The former international center Maik Zirbes (208-90, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 10 points and 6 rebounds and international Maximilian Kleber (207-92) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: D.Booker 13+1reb, M.Kleber 12+5reb+1ast, N.Djedovic 12+2reb+1ast, M.Zirbes 10+6reb+2ast, R.Redding 10+4ast, A.Gavel 6+3reb+5ast
ALBA: N.Giffey 15+4reb+1ast, P.Siva 13+2reb+2ast, T.Gaffney 12+7reb+3ast, E.Kikanovic 12+2reb+1ast, C.English 10+2reb+2ast, I.Akpinar 6+1reb+2ast
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Telekom Bsk - Brose Bask. 71-87

Brose Basket upset Telekom Baskets in Bonn to draw things level. Brose Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was French Fabien Causeur (195-87) who scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. International Daniel Theis (204-92, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. American point guard Josh Mayo (181-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) produced 10 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import swingman Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider, agency: BeoBasket) added 13 points respectively for the hosts. Four Telekom Baskets players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Telekom Bsk: R.Thompson 13+2reb+1ast, F.Barovic 12+3reb, J.Gamble 11+3reb, J.Mayo 10+2reb+4ast, K.Horton 9+2reb, T.DiLeo 7+2reb+3ast
Brose Bask.: D.Theis 15+5reb+2ast, L.Staiger 15+1reb+1ast, F.Causeur 14+9reb+3ast, N.Zisis 9+2reb+5ast, L.Radosevic 8+1reb+1ast, J.Strelnieks 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 545855


Ludwigsburg - Ratiopharm 76-82

Ratiopharm Ulm beat Ludwigsburg to bounce back from the starting loss. ratiopharm Ulm made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. ratiopharm Ulm outrebounded EnBW Ludwigsburg 39-28 including 25 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by EnBW Ludwigsburg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Chris Babb (196-90, college: Iowa St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points. Power forward Raymar Morgan (203-88, college: Michigan St.) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Swingman DJ Kennedy (198-89, college: St.John's) replied with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Roderick Trice (185-84, college: S.Carolina) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for EnBW Ludwigsburg. Five ratiopharm Ulm and four EnBW Ludwigsburg players scored in double figures. EnBW Ludwigsburg's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Ludwigsburg: C.Hammonds 14+1reb+4ast, D.Kennedy 14+6reb+4ast, R.Trice 13+7reb, D.Crawford 10+3reb+1ast, K.Martin 10+1reb, J.Cooley 7+5reb
Ratiopharm: C.Babb 21+2reb+2ast, C.Prather 13+3reb+1ast, R.Morgan 13+9reb+1ast, A.Rubit 12+8reb+3ast, T.Braun 11+6reb, B.Hobbs 10+5reb+7ast
gschID: 545854


EWE Baskets - Bayreuth 102-90

EWE Baskets fired past Bayreuth to gain 2-0 lead in the series. EWE Baskets shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by BBC Bayreuth's players. American center Brian Qvale (210-88, college: Montana) notched 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import guard Frantz Massenat (193-92, college: Drexel) supported him with 22 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). EWE Baskets' coach Mladen Drijencic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 25 points by American guard Joseph Lewis (188-92, college: Louisville) did not help to save the game for BBC Bayreuth. Egyptian forward Assem Marei (206-92, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) added 14 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: J.Lewis 25+1reb+2ast, A.Marei 14+7reb+1ast, R.Amaize 13+3reb, K.Anderson 12+1ast, N.Linhart 7+6reb+4ast, D.Brooks 6+2reb
EWE Baskets: F.Massenat 22+3reb+3ast, B.Qvale 19+9reb+2ast, M.De Zeeuw 14+4reb+2ast, P.Schwethelm 13+4reb+2ast, R.Paulding 13+2ast, V.Duggins 10+2reb+1ast
gschID: 545853





Thomas Roijakkers Joins Limburg United Staff - by Dockers Hoops

Coach Thomas Roijakkers is moving to Belgium as an assistant for Hubo Limburg United, the team announced on its website.

The move ends Roijakkers' second stint in Germany as a head coach in order to join incoming head coach Ronnie McCollum, succeeding the departing Brian Lynch.

Roijakkers started the 2016-17 season in the German Pro B with RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf before leaving the team in February of this year. In an interesting move, the 38-year-old took over the reigns of Dragons Rhoendorf to help steer the team out of relegation. Roijakkers had previously spent two seasons in the Pro B with City Basket Recklinghausen between 2013-15 before moving back to Belgium for an assistant position with Leuven Bears.



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  GREECE  

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. Clark, Promitheas12.5 
 10. James, Panathin.12.5 
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. Vasilopoulos, Kolossos.5.8 
 10. Gotcher, Koroivos5.8 
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 Athens3.8 
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. Gotcher, Koroivos1.6 
 6. Releford, Kolossos.1.6 
 7. Singleton, Panathin.1.5 
 8. Jones, Promitheas1.4 
 9. Moore, Promitheas1.4 
 10. Barlow, Trikalla1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jito KOK
  Lavrio
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kok, Lavrio1.5 
 2. Clanton, PAOK1.1 
 3. Raines, Apollon .1.1 
 4. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 5. Jackson, Aris1.0 
 6. Milutinov, Olympiacos1.0 
 7. Orton, Kymis1.0 
 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 


Zach Auguste got the Greek passport - by Eurobasket News

Zach Auguste (208-C-93, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) has Greek origin and he is finally a Greek citizen. The decision of the Greek state is official and the talented big man can be a member of the Greek national team. Auguste is added to the Greek-Americans who can be part of the Greek national team, like Kosta Koufos, Nick Calathes and Tyler Dorsey. However, it remains to be seen if he will be part of the roster, since the Greek national team has already a more than strong front line. On the other hand, having a Greek passport changes the status of Auguste in most domestic leagues, while he can play like a domestic player in the Greek league without occupying one of the limited foreigners spots. Auguste is currently back in the States and he is working out in order to get an other shot to the NBA.
Courtesy of: eurohoops.net



A1 Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Panathinaikos and Olympiacos gain victories - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos - AEK Athens 80-70

Panathinaikos held off AEK Athens to take 1-0 lead in the semifinal series. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 45-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Panathinaikos dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to AEK Athens' 34 and made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of international point guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 assists. International center Ioannis Bourousis (214-83) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. American-Georgian guard Michael Dixon (186-90, college: Memphis, agency: Diamond Sports) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds and the former international center Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-85, agency: Octagon Europe) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for AEK Athens. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: N.Calathes 23+3reb+5ast, C.Singleton 14+7reb+1ast, M.James 12+4reb, I.Bourousis 11+11reb+1ast, J.Feldeine 8+1reb+2ast, V.Charalampopoulos 6+2reb
AEK Athens: D.Mavroeidis 18+5reb+1ast, M.Dixon 15+7reb+2ast, D.Sakota 14+3reb+3ast, R.Ukic 5+1reb+2ast, L.Mavrokefalidis 5+5reb+3ast, B.Newley 3+6reb+1ast
gschID: 546143


Olympiacos - Aris 84-54

Olympiacos stormed past Aris to victoriously open the playoffs. The game without a history. Olympiacos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Aris to just 7 points in third quarter. Olympiacos made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Aris 40-28 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Olympiacos players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Forward Thomas Zevgaras (201-1) stepped up and scored 17 points for the winners and American point guard Erick Green (190-91, college: Virginia Tech) chipped in 11 points and 6 assists. Four Olympiacos players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international center Vasileios Kavvadas (204-91) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Will Cummings (188-92, college: Temple) scored 10 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Olympiacos: T.Zevgaras 17+4reb+2ast, P.Young 11+6reb, E.Green 11+1reb+6ast, V.Spanoulis 10+5ast, G.Printezis 10+4reb, E.Mantzaris 6+6reb+3ast
Aris: V.Kavvadas 14+6reb+1ast, W.Cummings 10+2reb+3ast, V.Jankovic 10+4reb+1ast, T.Zaras 8+2reb+1ast, S.Mourtos 5+1reb, A.Scott 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 546142





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
gschID: 546413


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
gschID: 546414





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Eredivisie Round 7 of Semi-Finals. Zwolle claim Finals appearance - by Eurobasket News

Zwolle - Leiden 83-56

Zwolle advanced into Eredivisie Finals. They cruised past Leiden in the decisive seventh game of the semifinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Zwolle. Leiden managed to win third quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Leiden 43-31 including a 37-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard JT Tiller (188-88, college: Missouri) fired 19 points and 6 assists for the winners. His fellow American import center Clayton Vette (202-88, college: Winona St., agency: Court Side) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. Four Zwolle players scored in double figures. The former international center Thomas Koenis (211-89, agency: Court Side) produced 6 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international Jessey Voorn (197-90, agency: Court Side) added 15 points 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.
Top scorers:
Zwolle: J.Tiller 19+3reb+6ast, J.Yoho 17+5reb+2ast, K.Hyland 15+3reb+3ast, C.Vette 11+13reb+3ast, O.Schaftenaar 8+4reb, N.Van Oostrum 6+4reb+5ast
Leiden: J.Voorn 15+2reb, R.Jansen 12+2reb+2ast, D.Draper 12+1reb+1ast, T.Koenis 6+10reb+4ast, M.Kherrazi 4+8reb+3ast, O.Hoonhout 3
gschID: 546618





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  HUNGARY  

A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andrija BOJIC
  Jaszberenyi
  (207-PF-93)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Bojic, Jaszberenyi21.3 
 2. Govens, Falco KC20.9 
 3. Kromah, Kormend20.6 
 4. Lilov, Szedeak19.1 
 5. Vojvoda, Szolnok18.7 
 6. Frazier, Kaposvari18.1 
 7. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.7 
 8. Pacher, Vasas17.6 
 9. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.17.0 
 10. Johnson, Sopron KC17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu8.8 
 2. Szabo, ZTE K.8.3 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.3 
 4. Sejfic, PVSK P.8.2 
 5. Sihota, MAFC8.1 
 6. Pacher, Vasas8.0 
 7. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 8. Watkins, Atomeromu7.8 
 9. Wright, Vasas7.2 
 10. Drungilas, ZTE K.7.2 
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. Nelson, PVSK P.6.0 
 7. Petty, Kormend6.0 
 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, Kormend1.6 
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
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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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  INDIA  


India could be the next China for NBA - by Anil Kumar

While China is the National Basketball Association's biggest market outside the United States, NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum has told Reuters that India is ripe to grow the game as its changing sporting culture begins to offer its 1.3 billion people alternatives to cricket.

Speaking in an interview after the launch of the NBA's first academy in India on the outskirts of Delhi, Tatum pointed to the growing popularity of kabaddi, football and basketball as examples of the changing landscape.

"Certainly cricket is by far the number one sport in India but we are seeing some rapidly growing sports now," he said on Tuesday.

"With the availability of these games and these competitions from around the world, I think more and more the sporting culture is starting to change.

"Now is the time for a sport like the NBA, a league like the NBA to continue to grow our business here."

Basketball goes back 100 years in China and the emergence of Yao Ming in 2002 saw the NBA's popularity soar in the world's most populous nation.

India has yet to unearth a player who could galvanise such a fan base.

There were big hopes for farmer's son Satnam Singh Bhamara after he became the first Indian drafted in the NBA in 2015 but his career failed to fire and he has since moved down to the D-League where he now represents Texas Legends.

"There is a strong culture and history of playing the game of basketball in China. What we are doing now is we're establishing that here in India. We really do believe that India will be the next China for the NBA," Tatum said.

" (It's because of) India's 1.3 billion people, a huge middle class population and a very young demographic, which is starting to think about other sports, like basketball

The NBA's popularity in India is driven by digital and social media, he said, pointing to the league's seven million Facebook fans in the country.

"We have partnership with Sony Six, airing 350 live games on their platform. We have an India website now with localised content and we have extensive grassroot development programmes which has reached six million kids and trained 5,000 coaches."

All India needs now is its own Yao Ming, he said.

"It will happen. I remember Satnam Singh. I had the opportunity to call his name at the draft in 2015. That was a historic moment.

"It's only a matter of time before we get the Yao Ming of India and it's possible that Yao Ming of India is right here at our academy today," he said.

The NBA has launched three academies in China and one in Senegal.

Asked why they picked the Asian neighbours, also the world's two most populous nations, Tatum said: "We have 113 players from 41 different countries and territories and not one from China, not one from India.

"It's not that passion for the game is not there. In China 300 million play basketball. We thought there was an opportunity to bring NBA-style culture ... to these particular markets to make sure we could maximise the potential of the kids.

"Again, no inherent reason why there shouldn't be any NBA player from India or from China, none. It's just how you give them the right training, culture, development and competition."

Courtesy Reuters



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  ISRAEL  

Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mark LYONS
  Hapoel T-A
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Lyons, Hapoel T-A20.5 
 2. Wyatt, Hapoel H.18.8 
 3. Selby, Maccabi K/G17.5 
 4. Simon, Maccabi .17.3 
 5. Siggers, Galil Gilboa17.1 
 6. Milbourne, Hapoel E.16.5 
 7. Bowman, Maccabi .16.1 
 8. Holloway, Galil G.15.9 
 9. Bell, Hapoel Holon15.8 
 10. Tucker, Hapoel T-A15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karam MASHOUR
  Bnei H.
  (198-F-91)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Mashour, Bnei H.10.3 
 2. Holloway, Galil G.10.0 
 3. Atkins, Hapoel Holon8.5 
 4. Adrien, Bnei H.7.9 
 5. Howell, Hapoel T-A7.8 
 6. Cohen, Maccabi .7.6 
 7. Griffin, Galil Gilboa7.2 
 8. Carmichael, Maccabi .7.1 
 9. Iverson, Maccabi .7.0 
 10. Kitchen, Ironi N.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Maccabi .
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Vargas, Maccabi .6.5 
 2. Henry, Hapoel Eilat6.2 
 3. Kitchen, Ironi N.5.7 
 4. Blatt, Hapoel T-A5.4 
 5. Mekel, Maccabi T-A5.1 
 6. Lyons, Hapoel T-A4.8 
 7. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .4.6 
 8. Ewing, Maccabi .4.5 
 9. Green, Bnei H.4.4 
 10. Limonad, Hapoel T.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Joaquin SHUCHMAN
  Galil G.
  (191-G-95)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Shuchman, Galil G.2.1 
 2. Carter, Maccabi .1.9 
 3. Vargas, Maccabi .1.9 
 4. Henry, Hapoel Eilat1.9 
 5. Kitchen, Ironi N.1.8 
 6. Howell, Hapoel T-A1.7 
 7. Dennis, Bnei H.1.7 
 8. Kinsey, Hapoel J-M1.7 
 9. Taylor, Maccabi .1.7 
 10. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Eric GRIFFIN
  Galil Gilboa
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Griffin, Galil Gilboa1.8 
 2. Buckner, Hapoel Eilat1.4 
 3. Stoudemire, Hapoel J.1.3 
 4. Jones, Hapoel J-M1.2 
 5. Adrien, Bnei H.1.1 
 6. Mitchell, Maccabi .1.1 
 7. Daniels, Hapoel Eilat1.1 
 8. Chubrevich, Hapoel H.1.0 
 9. Kelly, Maccabi K/G0.9 
 10. McCrea, Maccabi .0.9 


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. Cosey, Tortona19.0 
 10. Ray, Udine APU18.9 
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. Bowers, Jesi1.9 
 4. Brown, Roma Virtus1.9 
 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. Ancellotti, Treviso .1.4 
 6. Bowers, Bondi F.1.4 
 7. Parks, Alma T.1.3 
 8. Daniels, Mantova1.1 
 9. Easley, Eurobask.1.0 
 10. Arledge, Latina B.1.0 


Serie A2 Round 5 of 1/8 Finals. Tortona, Trieste and Verona enter quarterfinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Tortona - Mantova 73-71

Tortona held off Mantova to advance into the quarterfinal stage. Mantova was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Glenn Cosey (183-92, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports) nailed 26 points and 4 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import point guard Phil Greene-IV (187-92, college: St.John's) accounted for 13 points. The former international power forward Francesco Candussi (211-94) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds and American forward DeAndre Daniels (206-92, college: Connecticut) added 20 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Mantova in the defeat. Mantova's coach Alberto Martelossi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Tortona: G.Cosey 26+4reb+4ast, P.Greene IV 13+4reb+2ast, V.Cucci 9+1reb+1ast, M.Sanna 8+3reb, L.Garri 7+10reb+1ast, G.Ricci 6+6reb+2ast
Mantova: D.Daniels 20+5reb, J.Giachetti 19+1reb+1ast, F.Candussi 14+16reb, L.Gergati 7+3reb, L.Corbett 4+2reb+2ast, A.Amici 4+7reb+2ast
gschID: 546567


Alma Trieste - Treviglio 83-72

Alma Trieste fired past Treviglio to seal their next round appearance. Treviglio was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Jordan Parks (201-94, college: N.C.Central, agency: Two Points) nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and the former international point guard Daniele Cavaliero (188-84) accounted for 23 points. Alma Trieste's coach Eugenio Dalmasson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Naturalized American guard Adam Sollazzo (198-90, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: HMS) came up with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Lithuanian Paulius Sorokas (202-92, agency: Players Group) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Treviglio in the defeat. Four Treviglio players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Alma Trieste: D.Cavaliero 23+3reb+3ast, J.Parks 22+12reb, J.Green 8+4reb+1ast, M.Da Ros 7+5reb+3ast, A.Coronica 6+1reb, S.Bossi 6+3reb+1ast
Treviglio: A.Sollazzo 19+5reb+5ast, P.Sorokas 13+9reb+2ast, P.Marini 11+5reb+2ast, E.Rossi 10+7reb, L.Cesana 9+2ast, S.Genovese 6+2reb
gschID: 546566


Angelico Biella - Verona 75-84

Verona upset Angelico Biella on the road to stay in the title hunt. Verona shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. American guard Michael Frazier (193-94, college: Florida) stepped up and scored 32 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and guard Marco Portannese (192-89) chipped in 13 points. Four Verona players scored in double figures. American point guard Jazzmarr Ferguson (185-89, college: IU Southeast) responded with 22 points and 5 assists and the former international forward Niccolo De-Vico (198-94, agency: SPORTlab Agency) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Verona: M.Frazier 32+9reb+2ast, M.Portannese 13+4reb+3ast, A.Amato 11+2ast, D.Diliegro 10+3reb, D.Brkic 5+1reb, G.Boscagin 4+1reb+1ast
Angelico Biella: J.Ferguson 22+3reb+5ast, N.De Vico 17+8reb+1ast, M.Venuto 10+5reb+1ast, M.Udom 9+4reb+1ast, M.Hall 7+13reb+2ast, A.Tessitori 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 546565





Avtodor hire Andrea Mazzon - by Eurobasket News

Avtodor Saratov (VTB) hired experienced 51-year old Italian coach Andrea Mazzon. He moved there from Guangzhou Long-Lions in Chinese CBA league where he coached this season.
Mazzon coached in the final of Italian Lega Due in 2011.
He has coached previously professionally in Greece and Italy (Umana Venezia, Imola and Jesi). He was named All-Greek League Coach of the Year back in 2006.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mitchell Watt (ex JuveCaserta) agreed terms with Al Ahli for GCC !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Ahli Dubai (D1) inked 28-year old American forward Mitchell Watt (208-102kg-89, college: Buffalo). He moved there from JuveCaserta in Italian Serie A where he played this season. In 30 games he recorded 14.9ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg and 1.8bpg. Watt ended the last season at Ironi Nes Ziona (Winner League) in Israel. In 12 games he averaged 11.4ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.0spg and 1.1bpg. But the most of that year he spent at ALBA Berlin in German BBL. In 23 games he had 6.7ppg and 4.9rpg. Watt helped them to win the cup. He also played 18 games in Eurocup where he got 6.3ppg and 4.1rpg.
Watt has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements he won Balkan League championship title in 2013. Watt received also Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Import Player of the Year award back in 2013.
He has played also professionally in NBA (Golden State Warriors), Israel (Galil Gilboa) and D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors).
Watt attended University of Buffalo until 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  IVORY COAST  


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

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

Pape-Philippe Amagou
Pape-Philippe Amagou
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (186-85, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France). He led Le Mans to a victory against the league outsider Sluc Nancy (7-25) 82-76 in the French ProA on Tuesday night. Amagou scored 12 points and added 4 passes in 26 minutes on the court. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (13-19) is placed 12th in the ProA. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Amagou averages: 6.8ppg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 38.1%, 3FGP: 41.0% and FT: 70.6% in 32 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French. Despite Amagou played previously for the French U20 national team, he played also for the Ivorian national team in 2013.

Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate
Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate (181-87, currently plays in France). Diabate could not help Chalons-Reims (10-22) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Chalons-Reims was defeated 92-84 on the road by the higher-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (#9). Diabate recorded 17 points and added 4 assists. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Diabate's overall stats this season are: 9.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.8apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 63.6%. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Diabate played for the Ivorian national team in 2015.

Charles Abouo
Charles Abouo
   #3. The Ivorian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Charles Abouo (196-89, college: BYU, currently plays in France). He was not able to help Denain Voltaire (14-18) in their last game. Despite Abouo's good performance Denain Voltaire lost 67-76 on the opponent's court to the much higher-ranked (#3) Charleville-Mezieres. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 23 minutes. It was Denain Voltaire's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Abouo's overall stats are: 9.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 47.8%, 3FGP: 38.2% and FT: 58.1% in 32 games. He has both American and Ivorian nationalities. Abouo played for the Ivorian national team four years ago.

Remi Dibo
Remi Dibo
   #4. Forward Remi Dibo (201-91, agency: Octagon Europe, college: W.Virginia, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for ALM Evreux (16-16) in their game against SPO Rouen (16-16) in the French ProB (second division). He scored 6 points and had 4 steals. ALM Evreux was defeated 85-80 in Rouen by the lower-ranked SPO Rouen (#11). It was ALM Evreux's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. It's Dibo's first season with the team. Dibo has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4spg. He also holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Despite Dibo played previously for the French U16 national team, he is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

Bryan Pamba-Juille
Bryan Pamba-Juille
   #5. International point guard Bryan Pamba-Juille (184-92, currently plays in France) contributed to a Lille Metropole's victory against the tenth-ranked ALM Evreux (16-16) 67-60 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Pamba-Juille recorded 12 points and added 3 assists in 24 minutes. Lille Metropole Basket (19-13) is placed fourth in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Pamba-Juille's total stats are: 5.5ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg in 32 games. He has dual citizenship: Ivorian and French. Despite Pamba-Juille played previously for the French U20 national team, he is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

Louri Frejus Zerbo
Louri Frejus Zerbo
   #6. Center Louri Frejus Zerbo (209-89, currently plays in France) couldn't help Limoges CSP Elite (15-17) in their game against JSF Nanterre (23-9) in the French ProA. Zerbo recorded only 4 points. Limoges CSP Elite was defeated 91-81 in Nanterre by the much higher-ranked JSF Nanterre (#3). There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Zerbo has been at the team for six years. He has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 2.9rpg. Zerbo is a former international player as he played for the Ivorian senior team four years ago.

Mohamed Kone
Mohamed Kone
   #7. An experienced international center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in Charleville-Mezieres' victory against the closely-ranked Provence Basket (21-11) 81-72 in the French ProB (second division) on Tuesday night. He scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 27 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Etoile Charleville-Mezieres (19-13) is placed third in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Kone has relatively solid stats: 13.4ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg in 31 games. He is also Ivorian national team player.

Guy Landry Edi
Guy Landry Edi
   #8. Swingman Guy Landry Edi (202-88, agency: Promotex, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in France) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Saint Chamond (12-20) in their game against Aix-Maurienne (12-20) in the French ProB (second division). Edi recorded 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The bottom-ranked Saint Chamond was defeated 71-61 in Aix-les-Bains by the one of league's weakest teams Aix-Maurienne (#17). There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Edi has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.0apg. He plays currently for the Ivorian national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Doron Perkins (189-G-83, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in Iran) led Naft Abadan to a victory over the second-ranked Azad (5-3) 80-74 in the Iranian Superleague in Monday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Perkins recorded 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in 33 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group 2. Naft Abadan (6-1) is placed first. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Perkins has relatively good stats this year: 13.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.5apg and 2.1spg in 23 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and American.

   #2. Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Chalons-Reims (10-22) 97-78 in the French ProA last Tuesday. Koffi scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (22-10) is placed fifth 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 Koffi's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg and 6.3rpg. Koffi is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French.

   #3. Mohamed Toure (190-G-92, currently plays in Italy) managed to help GaGa' Milano OrziBasket Orzinuovi in a victory against the seventh-ranked Montecatiniterme (15-15) 72-61 in the Italian Serie B (third division) last Thursday. Toure scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. GaGa' Milano OrziBasket Orzinuovi (25-5) is placed first in Group B. Toure has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.9apg in 32 games. He has both Ivorian and Italian nationalities.



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

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

Jerome Jordan
Jerome Jordan
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Jerome Jordan (215-86, college: Tulsa, currently plays in Spain). Jordan was the major contributor in Joventut's victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (5-26) crushing them 100-66 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He scored 14 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 20 minutes on the court. Divina Seguros Juventut Badalona (11-20) is placed 14th in the Liga Endesa. Jordan's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Jordan's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 2FGP: 59.2%(90-152) and FT: 79.4% in 25 games he played so far. Jordan played for the Jamaican senior national team three years ago.

Ryan Reid
Ryan Reid
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Ryan Reid (204-86, college: Florida St., currently plays in Japan). Reid contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Kagoshima (7-53) crushing them 81-47 in the Japanese B League D2 in Saturday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 17 minutes. Shimane Susanoo Magic (51-9) is placed first in West group. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Reid averages: 8.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 50.1%, 3FGP: 21.6% and FT: 73.0% in 60 games. He is a naturalized American. Reid played for the Jamaican national team in 2011.

Adrian Forbes
Adrian Forbes
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Adrian Forbes (211-88, agency: Haylett Sports, college: Auburn, currently plays in Japan). He led Kagawa FA to a 1-point victory against the third-ranked Kumamoto Vorters (44-16) 87-86 in the Japanese B League D2 last Sunday. Forbes recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 7 blocks. Kagawa Five Arrows (19-41) are placed fifth in West group. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended. Forbes' overall stats this season are: 6.2ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 48.8% and FT: 43.2%. He played for the Jamaican national team three years ago.

Kimani Ffriend
Kimani Ffriend
   #4. An experienced center Kimani Ffriend (211-77, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Serbia). Ffriend could not help one of league's weakest teams Dynamic BG (3-3) to beat FMP (4-2). He recorded 8 points in 18 minutes. Dynamic BG lost 72-79 in a derby game to the higher-ranked (#3) FMP. This year Ffriend has relatively solid stats: 13.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3bpg in 20 games. He used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2012.

Durand Scott
Durand Scott
   #5. Former international swingman Durand Scott (196-90, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Enel Brindisi in their game against Umana Venezia (21-9) in the Italian Serie A. Scott scored 8 points and added 3 passes in 33 minutes. Enel Brindisi was crushed 86-65 on the road by the second-ranked Umana Venezia. The Regular Season already ended. Scott has reliable stats this year: 14.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4spg in 28 games. He is a naturalized American. Scott used to play for the Jamaican national team four years ago.

Samardo Samuels
Samardo Samuels
   #6. Power forward Samardo Samuels (206-89, college: Louisville, currently plays in Italy) is a teammate of previously mentioned Durand Scott and both played together in the last Italian Serie A game. Samuels was not able to secure a victory for Enel Brindisi (14-16) in their game against Umana Venezia (21-9). He scored only 4 points. Enel Brindisi was crushed 86-65 in Venezia by the second-ranked Umana. Samuels' overall stats this season are: 7.9ppg and 4.6rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Jamaican senior team three years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Torin Francis (210-C-83, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Argentina) led La Union to a victory over the tenth-ranked Boca Juniors (17-38) 95-80 in the Argentinian LigaA in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Francis scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 29 minutes. La Union Formosa (9-27) is placed seventh in Norte group. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Francis has relatively good stats this year: 14.6ppg and 8.7rpg in 54 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American.

   #2. Sherman Gay (201-F/C-82, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in Venezuela) could not help Bucaneros (15-14) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Gay's good performance the second-placed Bucaneros (15-14) was defeated 81-76 on the road by the lower-ranked Trotamundos (#3) in the Eastern Conference. He recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 13 rebounds. Gay also added and 3 steals. Gay has relatively good stats this season: 12.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.8spg. He is a naturalized American.

   #3. Sek Henry (193-G-87, college: Nebraska, currently plays in France) was not able to help Gravelines-Dunkerque (16-16) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Gravelines-Dunkerque was defeated 89-76 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Chalon/Saor. Henry was the top scorer with 17 points. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Henry has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg. He is a naturalized American.

   #4. Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (178-PG-91, college: Calgary, currently plays in Portugal) was the major contributor in Galitos-Barreiro's victory against the fourth-ranked Vitoria SC (21-11) 98-92 in the Portuguese LPB last Sunday. Ogungbemi-Jackson scored 21 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) in 37 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Galitos-Barreiro (18-14) is placed fifth in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Ogungbemi-Jackson has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.5apg and 1.2spg in 26 games. Ogungbemi-Jackson has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Jamaican. Despite his Jamaican passport, Ogungbemi-Jackson previously played for the Canadian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Jamaican team.

   #5. Ryan Martin (206-F-91, college: Tenn Tech, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for STB Le Havre (16-16) in their game against Saint-Quentin (13-19) in the French ProB (second division). He recorded 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. But STB Le Havre was edged 65-64 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Saint-Quentin (#15). There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This season Martin averages: 6.8ppg and 3.9rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Jamaican and British. Despite Martin's Jamaican nationality, he previously played for the British U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Jamaican team.

   #6. Dane Johnson (208-C-86, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Venezuela) contributed to Toros' victory against the third-ranked Gigantes 82-77 in the Venezuelan LPB in Monday night's game. Johnson recorded 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Johnson's overall stats this season are: 7.5ppg and 6.5rpg. He is a naturalized American.

   #7. Tyran De Lattibeaudiere (201-F-91, college: Lamar, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a CB Granada's victory against the ninth-ranked Navarra 73-67 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Friday night's game. De Lattibeaudiere had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds in 22 minutes. De Lattibeaudiere's stats this year are: 11.6ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2bpg in 32 games.

   #8. T.J. Sapp (190-G-92, agency: Duran International, college: Murray St., currently plays in France) helped Boulazac Basket win their game against the 11th-ranked SPO Rouen 78-68 in the French ProB (second division) last Saturday. He recorded 11 points. Sapp's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American.

   #9. Khalid Mutakabbir (193-G-91, also represented by Duran International, college: Presbyterian, currently plays in Spain) helped Zornotza win their game against the closely-ranked Fontedoso Carrefour 76-61 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Friday night. Mutakabbir scored 8 points in 17 minutes. Mutakabbir's stats this year are: 13.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.5spg in 13 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #10. Junior Cadougan (187-G-90, college: Marquette, currently plays in NBLCanada) managed to help London Lightning to win against the Orangeville A's 121-102 in the NBL Canada in Tuesday night's game. Cadougan scored only one point. Cadougan averaged so far 13.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.5spg. He has both Jamaican and Canadian nationalities.



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BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Scootie RANDALL
  Cyberdyn.
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 21
 1. Randall, Cyberdyn.21.0 
 2. Tapscott, Kagawa F.19.5 
 3. Rickert, Cyberdyn.18.6 
 4. Creekmore, Tokyo Z18.3 
 5. Alabi, Toyotsu FE18.1 
 6. Barone, Aomori W.17.9 
 7. Stephan, Tokyo E.17.9 
 8. Woodbury, Bambitio.17.7 
 9. Jones, Tokyo Z17.6 
 10. Wiggins, Aomori Watts15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Solomon ALABI
  Toyotsu FE
  (216-C-88)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Alabi, Toyotsu FE12.9 
 2. Rickert, Cyberdyn.12.6 
 3. Andrews, Tokyo Z11.8 
 4. Posthumus, Shins.11.5 
 5. Creekmore, Tokyo Z11.4 
 6. Davis, Shimane SM11.1 
 7. Doaks, Iwate B.10.8 
 8. Stephan, Tokyo E.10.8 
 9. Barone, Aomori W.10.6 
 10. Sanders-F., Yamag.10.4 
Assists Per Game
 Takumi FURUNO
  Kumamoto.
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 5
 1. Furuno, Kumamoto.5.0 
 2. Sameshima, Kagos.4.6 
 3. Otsuka, Toyotsu FE4.4 
 4. Nishiyama, Tokyo E.4.1 
 5. Tatsuhiko, Ehime O.3.3 
 6. Tapscott, Kagawa F.3.2 
 7. Ikaruga, Hiroshim.3.1 
 8. Hirao, Bambitio.3.1 
 9. Watanabe, Tokyo Z3.1 
 10. Burns, Nishinomiya S.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Takumi FURUNO
  Kumamoto.
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Furuno, Kumamoto.2.1 
 2. Tapscott, Kagawa F.1.8 
 3. Otsuka, Toyotsu FE1.6 
 4. Tokunaga, Kagawa F.1.6 
 5. Tatsuhiko, Ehime O.1.6 
 6. Kasahara, Ehime OV1.5 
 7. Burns, Nishinomiya S.1.5 
 8. Kanbara, Kumamoto.1.5 
 9. Obuchi, Gunma1.4 
 10. Spikes, Fukushima1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Chukwudiebere MADUABUM
  Kagos.
  (206-F-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Maduabum, Kagos.2.4 
 2. Kuso, Gunma1.8 
 3. Blackledge, Ehime O.1.8 
 4. Vandenberg, Nishinom.1.7 
 5. Spikes, Fukushima1.6 
 6. Ridley, Hiroshima D.1.5 
 7. van-der-List, Shinshu .1.5 
 8. Marshall, Shima.1.4 
 9. Forbes, Kagawa FA1.3 
 10. Creekmore, Tokyo Z1.3 



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler LARSON
  Barons Riga
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Larson, Barons Riga16.4 
 2. Pitts, Valmiera15.1 
 3. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.14.8 
 4. Blums, VEF Riga14.5 
 5. Ausejs, Liepaja/.14.5 
 6. Griffin, Liepaja/.14.4 
 7. Stumbris, Jekabpils14.1 
 8. Jogela, Barons Riga13.6 
 9. Laksa, Valmiera13.6 
 10. Jeromanovs, Jurma.13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 D''or FISCHER
  Valmiera
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Fischer, Valmiera9.1 
 2. Rozitis, Liepaja/.8.4 
 3. Iljins, Jurmala8.4 
 4. Krestinin, Barons R.7.5 
 5. Selakovs, Jekabpils7.4 
 6. Montgomery, Liepaja/.7.2 
 7. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.7.1 
 8. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils6.6 
 9. Meiers, VEF Riga6.4 
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 Riga5.6 
 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. Campbell, Ventspils1.6 
 5. Pitts, Valmiera1.6 
 6. Gaddy, VEF Riga1.6 
 7. Mitchell, Valmiera1.5 
 8. Larson, Barons Riga1.4 
 9. Krestinin, Barons R.1.4 
 10. Jeromanovs, Jurma.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 D''or FISCHER
  Valmiera
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Fischer, Valmiera1.9 
 2. Mejeris, VEF Riga1.2 
 3. Rozitis, Liepaja/.1.1 
 4. Iljins, Jurmala1.0 
 5. Grazulis, Ventspils0.9 
 6. Krestinin, Barons R.0.9 
 7. Zvigurs, Valka/Va.0.8 
 8. Stumbris, Jekabpils0.8 
 9. Selakovs, Jekabpils0.8 


Dairis Bertans selected the top Latvian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Dairis Bertans
Dairis Bertans
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-89, currently plays in Turkey). He led Darussafaka to a victory against the 12th-ranked Demir IBB (9-20) 107-93 in the Turkish BSL in Saturday night's game. Bertans scored 16 points, grabbed 4 boards, passed 6 assists and added 4 steals in 23 minutes on the court. 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 that game will be critical. This year Bertans averages: 9.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 45.8%, 3FGP: 39.8% and FT: 84.4% in 19 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Janis Strelnieks
Janis Strelnieks
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89, currently plays in Germany). Strelnieks could not help Brose Baskets (29-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Brose Baskets was edged 93-92 on the road by the lower-ranked Telekom Baskets (#6). Strelnieks was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 5 assists. Strelnieks has relatively good stats this season: 10.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.8apg, 2FGP: 60.3%(41-68), 3FGP: 43.9% and FT: 80.4%. He is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Janis Timma
Janis Timma
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Janis Timma (201-92, currently plays in VTB United League). Timma was the major contributor in Zenit's victory against the seventh-ranked VEF Riga (11-13) crushing them 92-51 in the VTB United League on Saturday night. He scored 15 points, had 6 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals in 26 minutes. Zenit Saint Petersburg (21-3) is placed second in group A. It was his team's 15th consecutive victory in a row. This year Timma has relatively solid stats: 13.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 63.5%(61-96), 3FGP: 32.9% and FT: 81.5% in 23 games. He is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Rolands Freimanis
Rolands Freimanis
   #4. Power forward Rolands Freimanis (208-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Usak Sportlif (8-21) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Freimanis' very good performance Usak Sportlif was badly defeated 111-91 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked Gaziantep (#7). He was the top scorer with 27 points. Freimanis also added 6 rebounds. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Freimanis has reliable stats this season: 12.4ppg and 4.9rpg. He is also Latvian national team player.

Zanis Peiners
Zanis Peiners
   #5. International swingman Zanis Peiners (203-90, currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams PAOK (14-12) in their last game. Despite Peiners' good performance PAOK lost 75-84 in a derby game to the higher-ranked (#4) Aris. He was the top scorer with 14 points in 27 minutes. It's Peiners' first season with the team. Peiners' stats this year are: 11.0ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.4apg in 27 games. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Rolands Smits
Rolands Smits
   #6. Power forward Rolands Smits (207-95, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-19) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Smits' good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was defeated 75-63 in Santoago de Comp by the lower-ranked Blusens Monbus (#13). He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Smits also added 5 rebounds. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Smits' overall stats this season are: 7.6ppg and 3.8rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

Ojars Silins
Ojars Silins
   #7. International power forward Ojars Silins (203-93, currently plays in Germany) faced previously mentioned Janis Strelnieks in the German BBL last game. Silins contributed to a 1-point Telekom Baskets' victory against the second-ranked Brose Baskets (29-3) 93-92. He recorded 10 points in only 14 minutes. This year Silins' overall stats are: 7.7ppg and 2.4rpg in 30 games. He is also Latvian national team player.

Anzejs Pasecniks
Anzejs Pasecniks
   #8. Center Anzejs Pasecniks (216-95, college: VEF skola, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Herbalife Gran Canaria to win against the closely-ranked UCAM Murcia (13-18) 74-64 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Pasecniks scored 5 points. 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 extremely important. Pasecniks' total stats this season are: 7.8ppg and 3.2rpg. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Davis Lejasmeiers
Davis Lejasmeiers
   #9. International guard Davis Lejasmeiers (192-91, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help Sodertalje Kings (23-9) in their last game. Despite Lejasmeiers' very good performance Sodertalje Kings lost 84-93 in Lulea to the leading BC Lulea. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Lejasmeiers also added 4 passes in 37 minutes. Lejasmeiers averaged so far 10.9ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.0apg in 47 games. He is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

Janis Berzins
Janis Berzins
   #10. Small forward Janis Berzins (201-93, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Betaland Cdo's victory against one of league's weakest teams VL Pesaro (10-20) 98-88 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Berzins scored only 3 points. Betaland Capo d'Orlando (15-15) is placed eighth in the Serie A. They ended the series of six consecutive loses. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Berzins' total stats this season are: 5.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Davis Bertans (208-92, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the San Antonio Spurs in their game against the Houston Rockets in the NBA. Bertans cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 6 minutes on the court. His team were crushed by 21 points 125-104 in the NBA. This year Bertans' total stats are: 4.3ppg and 1.4rpg in 74 games. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

   #12. Former international small forward Rihards Kuksiks (197-88, agency: HMS, college: Arizona St., currently plays in France) helped Nantes win their game against the 14th-ranked JA Vichy 72-68 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. Kuksiks recorded 9 points. Kuksiks has averaged so far 9.9ppg and 2.9rpg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2013.

   #13. U20 international guard Dzeiks-Eduards Krumins (186-97, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Gran Canaria B in their game against Alcobendas in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Krumins was the second best scorer with 8 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 33 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 16 points 63-47. Krumins has averaged so far 4.4ppg and 2.0rpg in 29 games. He is also Latvian U20 national team player.



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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. Aminu, Al Riyadi8.9 
 9. Johnson, Louaize8.6 
 10. Traore, Byblos8.6 
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. Sosa, Al Riyadi5.9 
 7. Arakji, Al Riyadi5.4 
 8. Brown, Al Riyadi5.4 
 9. Pigram, Tadamon5.2 
 10. Efevberha, Sagesse4.9 
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, Byblos1.9 
 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. Ebi, Byblos1.8 
 5. Godfrey, Sagesse1.8 
 6. Haidar, Al Riyadi1.5 
 7. Melvin, Moutahed1.4 
 8. Tabet, Moutahed1.1 
 9. Aminu, Al Riyadi1.1 
 10. Lewis, 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  


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

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

Gediminas Orelik
Gediminas Orelik
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Gediminas Orelik (199-90, currently plays in Turkey). He was the major contributor in Banvit's victory against the 14th-ranked Usak Sportlif (8-21) 103-86 in the Turkish BSL in Thursday night's game. Orelik recorded 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 23 minutes on the court. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (20-9) is placed fifth in the BSL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Orelik's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Orelik averages: 15.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 61.6%(61-99), 3FGP: 44.1% in 28 games he played so far. He played for the Lithuanian senior national team two years ago.

Jonas Maciulis
Jonas Maciulis
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Jonas Maciulis (198-85, currently plays in Spain). Maciulis led Real Madrid to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Zaragoza (9-22) crushing them 98-78 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Saturday. He scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Real Madrid (24-7) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Maciulis' overall stats this season are: 4.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 54.9%, 3FGP: 40.9% and FT: 81.3%. Ex-KK Baltai Kaunas player is in the roster of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Edgaras Zelionis
Edgaras Zelionis
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international forward Edgaras Zelionis (207-89, currently plays in Latvia). He led Ventspils to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Barons Riga (16-15) crushing them 100-68 in the Latvian LBL on Wednesday night. Zelionis scored 14 points, had 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Ventspils (27-5) is placed first in the LBL. Zelionis has relatively good stats this year: 11.2ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 61.3%(87-142), 3FGP: 29.5% and FT: 83.7% in 26 games. He played for the Lithuanian U20 national team eight years ago.

Jonas Valanciunas
Jonas Valanciunas
   #4. Center Jonas Valanciunas (213-92, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Toronto Raptors (51-31) in their last game on Friday. Despite Valanciunas' very good performance the Toronto Raptors (51-31) were crushed 115-94 on the road by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Valanciunas also added 8 rebounds. Valanciunas is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Raptors' roster. This season he has very high stats. Valanciunas averages: 11.9ppg and 9.2rpg. He is also Lithuanian national team player.

Mantas Kalnietis
Mantas Kalnietis
   #5. International point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked AV Cantu (11-19) 89-71 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Kalnietis scored 7 points and added 7 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. This year Kalnietis' overall stats are: 7.4ppg, 2.6rpg and 4.5apg in 21 games. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Martynas Paliukenas
Martynas Paliukenas
   #6. Shooting guard Martynas Paliukenas (191-93, currently plays in Poland) was not able to help Polpharma (19-13) in their last game on Friday. Despite Paliukenas' very good performance Polpharma was defeated 82-71 in Zielona Gora by the second-ranked Stelmet. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Paliukenas also added 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Paliukenas' total stats this season are: 5.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Lithuanian team four years ago.

Sarunas Vasiliauskas
Sarunas Vasiliauskas
   #7. Former international point guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Usak Sportlif (8-21) in their last game. Despite Vasiliauskas' very good performance Usak Sportlif was badly defeated 111-91 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked (#7) Gaziantep. He scored 15 points and added 7 assists in 28 minutes. It was Usak Sportlif's third consecutive loss in a row. Vasiliauskas' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Vasiliauskas has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 4.4apg in 19 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team three years ago.

Martynas Gecevicius
Martynas Gecevicius
   #8. Guard Martynas Gecevicius (193-88, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Zaragoza (9-22) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Gecevicius' very good performance Zaragoza was edged in an overtime 94-91 in Manresa by the league outsider La ICL (#17). He scored 18 points. Gecevicius' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Gecevicius has reliable stats this season: 11.8ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.2apg. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Martynas Sajus
Martynas Sajus
   #9. U20 international center Martynas Sajus (208-96, currently plays in Poland) is a teammate of previously mentioned Martynas Paliukenas. But that was another game of his team in Polish PLK which we would like to mention. Sajus couldn't help Polpharma (19-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance Polpharma lost 80-95 in Zielona Gora to the second-ranked Stelmet. Sajus scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 25 minutes. This year Sajus' total stats are: 9.5ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.2bpg in 33 games. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian U20 national team.

Tauras Jogela
Tauras Jogela
   #10. Power forward Tauras Jogela (202-93, another player represented by Players Group, currently plays in Latvia) faced previously mentioned Edgaras Zelionis in the Latvian LBL last game. Jogela couldn't help Barons Riga (16-15) in their game against Ventspils (27-5). Despite his very good performance in Wednesday night's game He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Jogela averaged so far 13.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg. He is a former U22 international player as two years ago he still played for the Lithuanian national team.

   #11. International forward Marius Grigonis (198-94, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias in a victory against the ninth-ranked RETAbet BB 80-76 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Grigonis scored only 4 points in 15 minutes. Grigonis has averaged so far 6.6ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.2apg in 26 games. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

   #12. Former U20 international forward Denis Krestinin (202-94, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tauras Jogela and both played together in the last Latvian LBL game. Krestinin couldn't help Barons Riga in their game against Ventspils. Despite his good performance on Wednesday night He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Krestinin has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.4spg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2014.

   #13. U18 international swingman Tadas Sedekerskis (203-98, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Baskonia's victory against the closely-ranked CB Canarias 76-72 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Thursday night's game. Sedekerskis scored only 4 points in 11 minutes. Sedekerskis has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 1.9rpg in 17 games. He is also Lithuanian U18 national team player.

   #14. Former University international forward Eimantas Bendzius (204-90, currently plays in Spain) led Blusens Monbus to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Sevilla crushing them 88-67 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Saturday night. He scored 13 points in 27 minutes. Bendzius has averaged so far 9.9ppg and 4.5rpg in 31 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team back in 2013.

   #15. Former University international center Adomas Drungilas (203-90, currently plays in Hungary) couldn't help ZTE KK in their game against Falco KC in the Hungarian A Division. Despite his very good performance in Thursday night's game Drungilas recorded 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Drungilas averaged so far 13.9ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team four years ago.

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

   #1. John Shurna (204-F-90, college: Northwestern, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked KK Split (21-5) 97-78 in the Croatian A1 last Sunday. Shurna recorded 6 points. KK Cedevita Zagreb (18-8) is placed sixth in the A1. Shurna has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.4apg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Shurna's Lithuanian passport, he previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Lithuanian team. Strangely Shurna has never played in Lithuania.

   #2. Marius Runkauskas (189-G-86, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Romania) led Steaua CSM to a 2-point victory over the second-ranked CSU Sibiu (18-10) 81-79 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Monday. Runkauskas was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points and added 4 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti (17-11) is placed third in Places 1-6 group. Runkauskas has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.3apg.

   #3. Raimundas Danys (198-F-85, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Switzerland) could not help Neuchatel (13-12) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Danys' very good performance the fifth-placed Neuchatel (13-12) was defeated 76-70 at home by the higher-ranked Geneve Lions (#4) in the Places 1-6 group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 12 rebounds. Danys averaged so far 10.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.4apg.

   #4. Dominykas Milka (203-C-92, college: St.Rose, NY, currently plays in Estonia) was not able to help Tartu Ulikool (29-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance the league leader Tartu Ulikool lost 75-79 on the road to the second-ranked Rapla. Milka was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Milka's third season in pro basketball. It was Tartu Ulikool's first loss after eight consecutive victories. Milka's stats this year are: 11.8ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.4apg in 32 games he played so far.

   #5. Erikas Kalinicenko (202-F-97, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in Villarrobledo's victory against the ninth-ranked CB Guadalajara (14-14) crushing them 100-56 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. He scored 17 points in 23 minutes. Agricola Villarrobledo CBV (16-14) is placed seventh in Group B. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended. Kalinicenko has averaged so far 2.8ppg and 1.3rpg in 29 games.

   #6. Gabas Maldunas (206-F-93, college: Dartmouth, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Palencia Baloncesto in their game against Leyma Basquet in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He recorded 5 points in 14 minutes. His team lost 84-88. Maldunas has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 3.9rpg in 36 games.

   #7. Robertas Grabauskas (208-C-90, agency: HMS, college: Northwood, currently plays in Spain) led Palma to a victory against the second-ranked Leche Rio Breogan 99-94 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Sunday. He scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Grabauskas has averaged so far 9.8ppg and 4.7rpg.



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Coach Mike Oppland takes over at Lahti - by Eurobasket News

Lahti Basketball (1st Division) landed 33-year old American coach Mike Oppland. He coached most recently in Luxembourg. He worked as an assistant coach with Racing. Mike Oppland recently started his coaching career. Mike Oppland finished his player's career back in 2015/16.

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. Rice-Jr, Obregon22.8 
 5. Samarco, Durango22.1 
 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. Glaze, Culiacan7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dwayne MITCHELL
  Navolato
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Mitchell, Navolato6.5 
 2. Monreal, Hermosillo5.4 
 3. Yeager, Guasave5.1 
 4. Morrison, Tijuana5.0 
 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. Rice-Jr, Obregon1.7 
 3. Morrison, Tijuana1.6 
 4. Newby, Los Mochis1.3 
 5. Morris-W., Culiacan1.2 
 6. Mitchell, Navolato1.2 
 7. Casillas, Mazatlan1.2 
 8. Ammons, Navolato1.2 
 9. Forte, Los Mochis1.2 
 10. Eldridge, Navolato1.2 
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 


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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Best players of Mexican CIBACOPA round 27 - by Eurobasket News

American Dominic Cheek (198-G-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for Tijuana and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 25-year old guard had a double-double of 30 points and twelve rebounds, while his team lost the game against Durango (#10, 8-17) 98-110. Tijuana is placed at 3rd position in Mexican CIBACOPA. Tijuana is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 11th lost game this season out of 24 games. In the team's last game Cheek had a remarkable 73.3% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Tijuana, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Dominic Cheek averages this season 13.5ppg and 5.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old American point guard Jordon Crawford (168-PG) of Durango. Crawford impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 10 assists. Of course Durango cruised to a 110-98 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Tijuana (#3, 13-11). Despite this victory they still are dead at the bottom. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-17 record. Crawford is one of the most experienced players at Durango and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Canadian Grandy Glaze (204-F) of Culiacan (#7). Glaze got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for eleven rebounds . He was a key player of Culiacan, leading his team to a 111-96 easy win against the higher-ranked Obregon (#2, 18-8). The chances of Culiacan ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Glaze could help Culiacan to bring them higher in the standings. Glaze has a very solid season. In 26 games in Mexico he scored 17.4ppg. He also has 7.3rpg and FGP: 60.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Roscoe Smith (206-F-91) of Durango - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Benjamin Puckett (205-C-83) of Culiacan - 21 points and 7 rebounds
6. Tamir Jackson (190-G-90) of Los Mochis - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Ronnie Battle (185-G) of Durango - 28 points and 6 rebounds
8. Michael Glover (203-F-87) of Obregon - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Elijah Pittman (206-F-91) of Guasave - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Jeff Early (190-G-88) of Los Mochis - 21 points and 5 rebounds

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



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
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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
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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.
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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.29.0 
 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. Butler, Chicago B.1.9 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers1.9 
 5. Covington, Phi.7.1.9 
 6. Curry, Golden S.1.8 
 7. Leonard, San A.1.8 
 8. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.7 
 9. Ariza, Houston R.1.7 
 10. McConnell, Phi.76ers1.7 
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 


Kings could be contenders for Milos Teodosic - by Eurobasket News

The Sacramento Kings have a PG problem, namely that they don't have one. Both Darren Collison (6'0''-PG-87, college: UCLA) and Ty Lawson (5'11''-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) are unrestricted free agents, and while the Kings have expressed interest in bringing at least one of those guys back, other teams will be interested as well. Sacramento could draft a young PG in the draft with one or more of their three picks, but whoever that is likely wouldn't be ready to lead a team for a little while. Enter Milos Teodosic (6'5''-PG-87), one of the best lead guards in the world that isn't in the NBA. We've speculated about the Kings perhaps chasing Teodosic before, but now we have an actual concrete connection thanks to European basketball reporter David Pick. Teodosic isn't a young buck at 30 years old, but he's one of the more talented playmakers in the world. He averaged 7 assists a game for CSKA Moscow last season, second in the EuroLeague. He's also a very talented scorer, averaging 16.2 points a game and making nearly 38.5% of this three point shots over his entire international career. Despite technically being an NBA rookie, Teodosic would instantly become one of the Sacramento's most experienced players, having played professionally since 2004. It's interesting that a rebuilding team like the Kings would consider adding a guy like Teodosic, but I think the Kings would like to have a mix of vets and youth rather than going full-blown youth movement. The Kings are going to be even younger next year, so shoring up that youth with some experience might be helpful. However if Teodosic does decide to come to the NBA next year, he'll have many suitors. It will likely mean that despite Vlade's connection with Teodosic, the Kings will end up paying more than others are willing to offer. That's not necessarily a bad thing, as Sacramento will need to spend their oodles of cap space on something. There are worse ways to spend money than on promising international Point Guards.
Courtesy of: sactownroyalty.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.
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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



Spurs rout James Harden, Rockets 114-75 to win series - by Eurobasket News

San Antonio is heading to the Western Conference finals for the 13th time thanks to a player who has never been there. The Spurs eliminated the sluggish James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) and Houston Rockets with a 114-75 victory in Game 6 on Thursday night behind a season-high 34 points from LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) in a game they played without All-Star Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.). Aldridge, who is in his 11th season and second in San Antonio, had failed to get out of the second round in his previous six postseason trips. He added 12 rebounds in his second big game of the Western Conference semifinal series to pick up the scoring slack with Leonard out after rolling his ankle in San Antonio's overtime victory in Game 5 on Tuesday night. "He's really turned it on," coach Gregg Popovich said. "Demanded the ball, got in good position ... he was wonderful on the boards and of course he passes it really, really well and gets it moving for us." Aldridge became the first Spur to score 34 points with 12 rebounds in a playoff game since Tim Duncan against Phoenix in 2008. "I just touched it a little bit more tonight so I had a chance to figure it out," Aldridge said. "I was trying to be more dominant down there. So I was willing to take some contested shots tonight and I got into my rhythm early and after that I was good to go." The Spurs were up by 19 by halftime in a game that was over quickly, and didn't let up to reach the Western Conference finals for the first time since winning the title in 2014. The 4-2 series win sends them to conference finals against the Golden State Warriors. Trevor Ariza (6'8''-F-85, college: UCLA) led Houston with 20 points on a night when MVP hopeful Harden capped his stellar season by tying a season low with 10 points on 2-of-11 shooting before fouling out with 3:15 left. A somber Harden was clear about who was to blame for the loss. "Everything falls on my shoulders," he said. "I take responsibility for it, both ends of the floor. It's tough, especially the way we lost at home for Game 6. But it happened and we move forward." Houston coach Mike D'Antoni wasn't sure if the disappointment of losing a winnable Game 5 could have lingered with his team and contributed to this embarrassing blowout. "It could, "he said. "I've been on both sides of this thing. Sometimes life hits you in the face. No matter what it was, we just didn't have it tonight." Jonathon Simmons filled in nicely for Leonard, scoring 18 points and hounding the Rockets on defense. San Antonio was up by 23 after the third quarter and scored the first seven points of the fourth to make it 94-64 and send many of the home fans streaming to the exits. Already without veteran Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82), who suffered a season-ending quadriceps injury in Game 2, the Spurs looked to be the underdog entering this one without Leonard's scoring and defense. Instead, things went wrong early for the Rockets with Aldridge scoring 10 points in the first quarter as San Antonio dashed out to a 31-24. Houston was already down 50-29 when Harden took his first shot midway through the second quarter. He made that 3-pointer to whittle the lead a bit, but it didn't get the Rockets going. The Spurs opened the third quarter with an 8-1 run, with six points from Aldridge, to extend their already big lead to 69-43 with about 9 1/2 minutes left. The Rockets used a 7-2 spurt after that with 3-pointers from Ariza and Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) to cut the lead to 71-50 with about seven minutes remaining in the third. A 3-pointer by Harden not long after that got Houston within 20, but San Antonio scored the next four points to make it 77-53 a couple of minutes later. Houston, which relied on its 3-point shooting to get this far, couldn't make shots from long-range going 13 of 40. But the Rockets also had trouble scoring in general, making just 28.6 percent (22 of 77) of their shots overall.
Courtesy of: msn.com



Furkan Korkmaz Hopes To Join Sixers For 2017/18 - by Eurobasket News

Draft-and-stash prospect Furkan Korkmaz (6'6''-G-97) is hoping to join the Sixers for the 2017/18 season, sources tell Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer. According to Pompey, Korkmaz has two years left on his contract with Turkish club Anadolu Efes, but is ready to leave Europe and come stateside. Although signing with the Sixers is a priority for Korkmaz, the team isn't necessarily on the same timeline. Pompey writes that Philadelphia is 'in no rush' to bring over the 2016 first-rounder, who is still just 19 years old. Additionally, Korkmaz' contract doesn't include an NBA out for the coming offseason, and sources tell Pompey that the buyout on the deal is 'complicated.' For the 2017/18 season, NBA teams will be permitted to contribute up to $675K toward a player's international buyout. However, if a buyout exceeds $675K, the player must make up the difference, and Pompey's report suggests that may be the case for Korkmaz. The Sixers drafted three players in the 2016 first round, but only one - 24th overall pick Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (6'7''-F/G-95, agency: BeoBasket) - saw any action for the team in 2016/17. Top pick Benjamin Simmons (6'10''-F-96, college: LSU) missed the year due to injury issues, while Korkmaz, the 26th overall pick, remained in Turkey. Having been loaned by Anadolu Efes to Banvit, another Turkish club, for much of the 2016/17 season, Korkmaz averaged 10.3 PPG in 18 Turkish League games for his new team, making him the third-highest scorer on the roster.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



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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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Syracuse lands East Carolina transfer Elijah Hughes - by Eurobasket News

Syracuse added a transfer on Thursday as East Carolina freshman Elijah Hughes (6'6''-F-98) has committed to the Orange. The 6-foot-6 Hughes just finished his freshman season at East Carolina as he showed some promise, putting up 7.8 points and 2.3 rebounds per game for the Pirates. A native of Beacon, New York, Hughes will have to sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules before having three seasons of eligibility remaining. After the year sitting out, Hughes has a chance to be a solid rotation wing for Syracuse, but he'll need to show more consistency with his shot. While Hughes has the makings of a potentially good jumper, he only shot 27 percent from three-point range and 34 percent overall from the field last season.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Ivy League Tournament will stay at The Palestra in 2018 - by Eurobasket News

The Ivy League Tournament will return to The Palestra in Philadelphia in 2018, the league announced on Thursday afternoon. The Palestra was the site of the first-ever Ivy League postseason this past March. A four-team tournament saw Princeton advance to the 2017 NCAA Tournament, capping an unbeaten season within the league with a 73-71 win over Yale. 'The Inaugural Ivy League Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments were an unequivocal success,' said Executive Director Robin Harris in a statement. 'We featured the tremendous talent of our basketball student-athletes in an electric atmosphere, and we look forward to an even better event in 2018.' Holding an event at one of the cathedrals of college basketball was a no-brainer. But once Penn earned the final spot in the tournament, it took away the neutral site setting. Imagine if Princeton, 14-0 in league play, lost to the lowest-seeded team in the field because the game was played on Penn's full-time home court. The press release added that the league is evaluating other venues for 2019. It'll be interesting to see what the league does following this season. The Palestra is not only an iconic venue but it puts the conference's postseason event in a major city. It also happens to be the biggest venue in the Ancient Eight. But that gives the Quakers a home-court advantage each and every year they qualify for the postseason. A truly neutral host, like Springfield, Mass., the birthplace of basketball, would make sense given its basketball tradition and its centralized location in regards to the eight universities. But that would cost money, something these schools may not be interested in. The 2018 Ivy League Tournament will be held March 10-11.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Maverick Rowan leaving NC State to pursue a pro career - by Eurobasket News

Maverick Rowan (6'7''-G/F-96)'s N.C. State basketball career is over. The sophomore wing will pursue a pro career. Rowan called new N.C. State coach Kevin Keatts on Thursday and told him he was leaving the program. According to Keatts, Rowan didn't clarify his plans if he was transferring or going pro. Rowan later posted a message on his Twitter account: 'I loved playing at PNC, I love WPN. Transferring was never considered. Everyone has a different path ' The FanRag Sports Network reported that Rowan will enter the NBA draft. Rowan (6-7, 220 pounds) averaged 12.0 points last season as a sophomore and was third on the team in 3-pointers (53). NBADraft.net ranks 100 prospects for the 2017 draft and Rowan is not among them. Rowan is the third player from last season's N.C. State team, which finished with a 15-17 record, to enter the NBA draft. Freshman guard Dennis Smith Jr. is a projected lottery pick and freshman forward Omer Yurtseven is expected to go in the second round. Rowan had a close relationship with former coach Mark Gottfried so his exit from the program was not unexpected but the initial ambiguity of his decision was unusual. Rowan, who will turn 21 in July, came to N.C. State late in the recruiting cycle in 2015, after he had originally committed to Pittsburgh. He starred at two different high schools - one in Pennsylvania and one in Florida - before reclassifying and joining the Wolfpack before the 2015-16 season. He started 31 games and averaged 12.9 points as a freshman and led the team with 81 3-pointers. He had 17 points and a career-high nine rebounds in the first game of his sophomore season but suffered a concussion and missed the next seven games. Rowan returned on Dec. 10, playing a limited role in N.C. State's overtime win over Tennessee State at Reynolds Coliseum and a month later returned to the starting lineup. He had a career-best 31 points and eight 3-pointers, including the go-ahead basket with 10.5 seconds left in regulation, in a critical 100-93 overtime loss to Syracuse on Feb. 1. Rowan's exit leaves Keatts with seven returning scholarship players on the roster. Senior guard Terry Henderson has applied to the NCAA for a sixth-year waiver and Keatts has signed guard Lavar Batts, the top prospect in the state. Even if Henderson gets the waiver, that leaves four more potential open spots for Keatts to add in this freshmen class or through transfers.
Courtesy of: newsobserver.com



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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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  NEW ZEALAND  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Corey WEBSTER
  Wellingt.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Webster, Wellingt.25.4 
 2. Jones, Canterbury25.3 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.24.1 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury22.7 
 5. Ongwae, Taranaki.19.8 
 6. Ross, SC Rangers19.2 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.17.2 
 8. Adnam, Nelson G.17.1 
 9. Tait, SC Rangers16.8 
 10. Delany, Nelson G.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Pledger, Southlan.10.1 
 2. Jones, Canterbury9.8 
 3. Egwu, SC Rangers8.6 
 4. Williams, Taylor H.8.5 
 5. Kay, Southland S.8.5 
 6. Wesley, Wellington S.8.1 
 7. Dempster, Nelson G.7.8 
 8. Duinker, Wellingt.7.7 
 9. McCarron, SC Ra.7.4 
 10. Boucher, SC Rangers7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Taylor H.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Kenny, Taylor H.9.1 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.7.9 
 3. Kendle, Canterbury6.0 
 4. Norton, Southlan.5.4 
 5. Tait, SC Rangers5.2 
 6. Boucher, SC Rangers5.2 
 7. McCarron, SC Ra.5.0 
 8. Adnam, Nelson G.4.9 
 9. Bartlett, Taylor H.4.9 
 10. Webster, Wellingt.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Shea ILI
  Wellington S.
  (184-G-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ili, Wellington S.2.4 
 2. Boucher, SC Rangers2.3 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.2.3 
 4. Ongwae, Taranaki.1.8 
 5. Webster, Wellingt.1.7 
 6. Tait, SC Rangers1.7 
 7. Whippy, Canterbury1.5 
 8. Kendle, Canterbury1.4 
 9. Henry, Wellington S.1.4 
 10. ORiley, Taranaki.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Pledger, Southlan.1.8 
 2. Egwu, SC Rangers1.6 
 3. Williams, Taylor H.1.2 
 4. Neighbour, Cante.0.9 
 5. Washington, Nelson G.0.9 
 6. Wesley, Wellington S.0.9 
 7. Grim, Nelson G.0.7 
 8. Delany, Nelson G.0.7 
 9. Anthony, Wellingt.0.6 
 10. Kay, Southland S.0.6 



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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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  PARAGUAY  


Javonte Douglas agreed terms with Sol de America - by Eurobasket News

Sol de America Asuncion (Metropolitan League) inked American forward Javonte Douglas (203-91kg). He just graduated from Montevallo (NCAA2). In 19 games he recorded very impressive stats: 23.0ppg, 10.7rpg, 1.1apg and 1.8bpg this season. Douglas helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Peach Belt Athletic Conference. A very good season in his career as he was voted to All-PeachBelt 1st Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Douglas won Mid-Florida Conference championship title in 2014.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @GuidoGuida)

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OLIMPIA KINGS reigns in our METRO 2017 - by Santiago Maciel

Olimpia de Asuncion Kings is the most effective team in our male League. They are 10-0 beginning the
12th round of this new season.

Most people may have not dreamed of Olimpia de Asuncion becoming so effective after struggling so many years
in our METRO LEAGUE. But against all odds the winningest of all time built an unique group of managers
whom love basketball and developed a strong basketball program.

With the hiring of Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82, agency: Pro Sports) last year coming from Libertad Asuncion de Sunchales everything started.
Juan Pablo Feliu (agency: DTMones ) came after him, then Adolfo Lopez, Luis Ljubetic (181-PG-87) and Edison Ortiz.

They have won last 31 games in a row taking in consideration last season s 20 games in a row win due to a extraordinary
rally to obtain their 30 s ring.

It seems that this year with Javier Martinez (188-G-78, agency: DTMones) presence nothing will change and they are ready to repeat. If Sol de America Asuncion or Libertad Asuncion, perhaps Luque
bring great foreigners nothing seems that will change. It maight be great for our Basketball considering Libertad Asuncion kind of gave a step behind
from big leagues like the LIGA DE LAS AMERICA S.

This context may well be a great opportunity to take a Paraguayan team to the international concert.
We hope everything goes great for Olimpia de Asuncion Kings
and they obtain possitive international results



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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.
gschID: 545353





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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 


Brownlee number one in Philippines for round 7 - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Justin Brownlee (197-F-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for B.Ginebra, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 37 points and 14 rebounds, while his team edged out Alaska Aces (#6, 4-4) 103-102. B.Ginebra is placed at 4th position in Filipino PBA. They are still close to the very top. B.Ginebra would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 5-1 record. In the team's last game Brownlee had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be B.Ginebra's top player in his first season with the team. Former St.John's University star has very solid stats this year. Brownlee is in league's top in points (5th best: 26.7ppg), assists (3rd best: 5.7apg) and averages impressive 2.3bpg,2.7spg and 58.4% FGP. Worth to mention Brownlee played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Ricardo Ratliffe (203-F-89) of Star Hotshots. Ratliffe had a very good evening with a double-double of 37 points and 22 rebounds. Of course Star Hotshots cruised to a 107-97 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked TNT Ka Tropa (#5, 5-4). Star Hotshots' 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 7-2 record is not bad at all. Ratliffe is a newcomer at Star Hotshots, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Donte Greene (206-F-88) of TNT Ka Tropa (#5). Greene got into 30-points club by scoring 41 points in the last round. He went also for twenty one rebounds and four assists. He was a key player of TNT Ka Tropa, leading his team to a 112-103 win against the league's current leader SM Beermen (#1, 7-0). TNT Ka Tropa needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 4 lost games. Greene has a great season in Philippines. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 29.0ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 14.4rpg (7th best). He also has 1.4bpg and and 3PT: 40.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Greg Smith (208-C-91) of Blackwater - 29 points, 25 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85) of SM Beermen - 43 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Cory Jefferson (206-F-90) of Alaska Aces - 25 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Tony Mitchell (203-F-92) of Star Hotshots - 21 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Alex Stepheson (208-F/C-87) of Meralco Bolts - 19 points, 27 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Jameel McKay (206-F/C-92) of Phoenix - 16 points and 16 rebounds
10. Chris Ross (185-G-85) of SM Beermen - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 10 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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  POLAND  

DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis RELEFORD
  Siarka
  (198-SG-90)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Releford, Siarka18.1 
 2. Szubarga, Asseco18.0 
 3. Czerapowicz, Kro.17.7 
 4. Ireland, Trefl S.17.4 
 5. Brown, Szczecin16.4 
 6. Miles, Polpharma15.4 
 7. Matczak, Asseco14.7 
 8. Michalak, PGE T.14.6 
 9. Lewis, Energa C.14.5 
 10. Johnson, MKS D.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zane KNOWLES
  Siarka
  (208-C-92)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Knowles, Siarka10.9 
 2. King, Stal Ostrow10.5 
 3. Fraser, Polfarme.9.0 
 4. Markovic, Trefl S.8.8 
 5. Peterson, Start L.8.7 
 6. Harris, AZS K.8.6 
 7. Bartosz, Polfarme.8.2 
 8. Kravish, Energa C.7.9 
 9. Archibeque, PGE T.7.1 
 10. Wojdyla, Siarka6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron JOHNSON
  Stal O.
  (173-PG-88)
  Avg: 7
 1. Johnson, Stal O.7.0 
 2. Blassingame, Energa C.7.0 
 3. Robinson, Szczecin5.7 
 4. Grzelinski, Siarka5.6 
 5. Brown, Siarka5.6 
 6. Laczynski, Anwil5.5 
 7. Koszarek, Stelm.5.4 
 8. Wiggins, Start Lublin5.2 
 9. Szubarga, Asseco5.0 
 10. Lewis, Energa C.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  Szczecin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Robinson, Szczecin2.2 
 2. Brown, Siarka1.9 
 3. Johnson, Stal O.1.9 
 4. Markovic, Trefl S.1.9 
 5. Lewis, Energa C.1.8 
 6. Grochowski, Polfarme.1.7 
 7. Laczynski, Anwil1.7 
 8. Millage, AZS K.1.6 
 9. Wiggins, Start Lublin1.6 
 10. Johnson, MKS D.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin JACKSON
  Energa C.
  (204-C/F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Jackson, Energa C.1.8 
 2. Knowles, Siarka1.6 
 3. King, Stal Ostrow1.3 
 4. Kravish, Energa C.1.3 
 5. Sajus, Polpharma1.2 
 6. Robbins, Szczecin1.1 
 7. Wyka, Krosno1.1 
 8. Weaver, Torun1.1 
 9. Gabinski, Polfarme.1.0 
 10. Harris, AZS K.1.0 


Krosno inks Krzysztof Jakobczyk - by Eurobasket News

Miasto Szkla Krosno (PLK) agreed terms with 31-year old guard Krzysztof Jakobczyk (183-86, agency: Promotex) from Siarka. In 31 PLK games he had 10.6ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.4apg this season. The last season Jakobczyk played at Max Elektro Sokol Lancut (1Liga) where in 38 games he recorded 13.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.5apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Jakobczyk won Polish 1Liga championship title in 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga Guard of the Year back in 2014.
Jakobczyk has played previously for six other teams: Gornik, Rawia, Slask 3 Wroclaw, Nysa Klodzko, Tarnovia and Polfarmex.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Devante Wallace stays with Krosno - by Eurobasket News

Krosno managed to keep one of their key performers on the roster. The team has agreed on terms of contract extension with Devante Wallace (196-G-92, college: High Point). The guard joined the team in the middle of the season. He averaged 16.4 points, 6.0 boards and 1.9 assists per game in PLK. Devante Wallace started the season with Polfarmex Kutno. His stats read 10.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists per appearance. Wallace spent his first pro season with Raiffesen Wels in Austria.




2Liga Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Slask Wroclaw secure Finals birth - by Eurobasket News

Slask Wroclaw - KK Warszawa 83-52

Slask Wroclaw outgunned KK Warszawa at home court to seal 2Liga Finals appearance. Slask looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by KK Warszawa's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Slask made 9 blocks. It was a great evening for power forward Aleksander Dziewa (206-97) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Point guard Wojciech Jakubiak (180-96) helped adding 13 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was point guard Pawel Hybiak (173-89) with 8 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Jakub Pietkiewicz (185-94) scored 7 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Slask Wroclaw: A.Dziewa 16+10reb+1ast, J.Musial 14+2reb+3ast, W.Jakubiak 13+2reb+4ast, D.Wilczek 8+5reb+1ast, M.Stawiak 7+4reb+2ast, T.Zelezniak 6+2reb+1ast
KK Warszawa: M.Kosinski 9+1reb+2ast, P.Hybiak 8+7reb+2ast, D.Sarnacki 8+3reb+1ast, J.Pietkiewicz 7+5reb, M.Wojtynski 7+2reb, W.Szpyrka 6+2reb
gschID: 546529





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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PLK Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Stal Ostrow and Torun join semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Polpharma - Stelmet ZG 65-63

Polpharma snatched a narrow home win over Stelmet ZG to stay alive in the quarterfinal series. Polpharma made 23-of-25 free shots (92.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Serbian power forward Uros Mirkovic (205-82, agency: BeoExcell) who scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Point guard Marcin Flieger (185-84, agency: Promotex) chipped in 16 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Four Polpharma players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Montenegrin power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86) who recorded 12 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Jaroslaw Mokros (200-90) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Stelmet's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Stelmet ZG: V.Dragicevic 12+7reb+1ast, J.Mokros 12+7reb, P.Zamojski 11+5reb+2ast, T.Kelati 8+1reb+2ast, J.Florence 6+2reb+2ast, F.Matczak 5
Polpharma: U.Mirkovic 16+6reb+1ast, M.Flieger 16+4reb+3ast, A.Miles 13+4reb+3ast, L.Diduszko 10+10reb, J.Schenk 6+1reb, M.Sajus 4+3reb
gschID: 545812


MKS DG - Stal Ostrow 76-85

Stal Ostrow fired past MKS DG on the road to sweep the series. BM Slam Stal made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when BM Slam Stal made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for American point guard Aaron Johnson (173-88, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international Lukasz Majewski (199-82) helped adding 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was American point guard Kerron Johnson (183-90, college: Belmont) with 21 points and the other American import Jeremiah Wilson (205-88, college: Tarleton St.) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. 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.
Top scorers:
MKS DG: K.Johnson 21+3reb+3ast, B.Wesley 13+2reb, J.Wilson 11+9reb+2ast, B.Woloszyn 10+2reb, M.Piechowicz 5+2reb+2ast, L.Chatkevicius 5+1reb
Stal Ostrow: A.Johnson 25+6reb+6ast, M.Antonio Carter 17+3reb+1ast, M.Kostrzewski 12+6reb+1ast, L.Majewski 12+6reb+4ast, K.Chanas 5+1reb+2ast, H.Nikolov 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 545811


Energa Czarni - Anwil 68-71

Anwil prevailed against Energa Czarni in Slupsk to take 2-1 advantage. It was an exceptional evening for Croatian center Josip Sobin (203-89, agency: Alti Sport) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Serbian guard Nemanja Jaramaz (200-91, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 17 points for the winning side. Anwil's coach Igor Milicic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American power forward David Kravish (208-92, college: California) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and the other American import swingman Chavaughn Lewis (196-93, college: Marist) added 14 points and 10 assists respectively for Energa Czarni in the defeat. Four Energa Czarni players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Energa Czarni: D.Kravish 15+14reb+2ast, C.Lewis 14+3reb+10ast, G.Surmacz 12+9reb+1ast, M.Ginyard 12+3reb, A.Goods 5+1reb+5ast, L.Seweryn 5+2reb+2ast
Anwil: N.Jaramaz 17+4reb, J.Sobin 12+10reb+1ast, K.Laczynski 9+2reb+5ast, J.Washington 7+2reb+3ast, T.McCray 7+4reb, T.Haws 6+1reb
gschID: 545810


Rosa Radom - Torun 89-90

Torun completed the sweep of the series following a tough road win over Rosa Radom. Twarde Pierniki dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Rosa's 36. It was a good game for American guard Kyle Weaver (198-86, college: Washington St.) who saved his team from a defeat with 23 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American-Hungarian point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Twarde Pierniki's coach Jacek Winnicki used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. International guard Daniel Szymkiewicz (193-94) answered with 19 points and 7 assists and American power forward Darnell Jackson (206-85, college: Kansas) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Rosa. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Rosa Radom: D.Szymkiewicz 19+1reb+7ast, M.Sokolowski 14+1reb+4ast, R.Witka 14+4reb+3ast, R.Harrow 14+3reb, D.Jackson 13+8reb+2ast, J.Zyskowski 13+3reb+1ast
Torun: K.Weaver 23+4reb+3ast, O.Trotter 14+2reb+2ast, B.Diduszko 12+3reb+2ast, J.Skific 11+6reb+1ast, L.Wisniewski 11, A.Perka 8+2reb
gschID: 545809





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  PUERTO RICO  

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Michael ROSARIO
  Quebradillas
  (190-SG-90)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Rosario, Quebradillas23.1 
 2. Liz, Ponce20.1 
 3. Laury, Mayaguez19.1 
 4. Huertas, Arecibo18.6 
 5. Costner, Humacao18.4 
 6. Warrick, Ponce18.3 
 7. Arroyo, Fajardo18.2 
 8. Wilkins, Guayama18.1 
 9. Akindele, Bayamon16.9 
 10. Mendoza, Aguada16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11
 1. Dawson, Ponce11.0 
 2. Akindele, Bayamon10.3 
 3. Collier, Mayaguez9.5 
 4. Famous, Humacao8.6 
 5. Laury, Mayaguez8.6 
 6. James, Fajardo8.5 
 7. James, Fajardo8.3 
 8. Lalanne, Arecibo7.8 
 9. Behanan, Arecibo7.7 
 10. Gaston, Aguada7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos ARROYO
  Fajardo
  (188-PG-79)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Arroyo, Fajardo7.1 
 2. Abreu, Aguada6.6 
 3. Fitch, Quebradillas6.6 
 4. Guzman, Humacao6.4 
 5. Browne, San German6.3 
 6. Garcia, Quebradillas5.8 
 7. Smith, Quebradillas5.4 
 8. Gonzalez, Bayamon5.4 
 9. Clemente, Arecibo5.3 
 10. Soto, Bayamon4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (188-SG-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Liz, Ponce2.0 
 2. Smith, Quebradillas1.6 
 3. Cintron-C., Humac.1.5 
 4. Fitch, Quebradillas1.4 
 5. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 6. Carmona, Quebradillas1.3 
 7. Wilkins, Guayama1.3 
 8. Browne, San German1.3 
 9. Duran, Mayaguez1.3 
 10. Romero, San German1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. James, Fajardo2.6 
 2. Penn, Guayama1.9 
 3. Diaz, Quebradillas1.7 
 4. Hernandez, Quebradi.1.1 
 5. Akindele, Bayamon1.1 
 6. Lalanne, Arecibo1.0 
 7. Smith, Quebradillas1.0 
 8. Collier, Mayaguez0.9 
 9. Gaston, Aguada0.9 
 10. Hernandez, Bayamon0.8 


BSN Round 17: Fajardo is upset by Indios - by Eurobasket News

The game between second ranked Fajardo (9-6) and ninth ranked Indios (5-8) was the most important one in the last round on Tuesday night. Fajardo was defeated by Indios in a tough game at home 73-80. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Fajardo. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-73. 24 personal fouls committed by Fajardo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward David Laury (206-90, college: Iona) who scored 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. International Devon Collier (203-91, college: Oregon St.) chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds. International point guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, college: FIU, agency: Interperformances) produced 22 points and 5 assists for the hosts. Fajardo's coach Allans Colon rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Indios moved-up to eighth place. Fajardo at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Indios will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fajardo will play again on the road against Indios in Mayaguez and is hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game was played in Bayamon between seventh ranked Vaqueros and 4th placed Caciques where host Vaqueros (7-9) won against Caciques (8-8) with 16-point difference 92-76. Cuban center Ismael Romero (203-91, agency: Paris Global Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 7 rebounds. Johwen Villegas contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. International Alexander Galindo (200-85, college: FIU) answered with 20 points for Caciques. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vaqueros have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 7-9 record. Caciques lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with Arecibo. Vaqueros will play against higher ranked Leones (#6) in Juana Diaz in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Caciques will have a break next round.
Leader Santeros delivered the thirteenth victory on Wednesday night. This time they crushed 10th ranked Atleticos (5-11) 93-73 in San German. Jose Guitian stepped up and scored 24 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Gary Browne responded with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Santeros maintains first place with 13-3 record. Loser Atleticos keep the tenth position with 11 games lost. Santeros will meet at home Piratas (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Atleticos will play against Capitanes (#4) in Arecibo and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Juana Diaz, where higher ranked Leones (7-8) were outleveled at home by tenth ranked Brujos (5-10) 111-70. Damien Wilkins nailed a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds for the winning 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. Brujos moved-up to ninth place. Leones lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Brujos will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 17 Arecibo defeated Humacao in a road game 95-90.

San German - Aguada 73-93

Leader Santeros delivered the thirteenth victory on Wednesday night. This time they crushed 10th ranked Atleticos (5-11) 93-73 in San German. The game without a history. Santeros 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 Atleticos' 26. Santeros shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. Naturalized American forward Jose Guitian (207-87, college: Lasell) stepped up and scored 24 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and international Chris Gaston (201-89, college: Fordham) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Four Santeros players scored in double figures. The former international guard Gary Browne (185-93, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) responded with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international guard Isaac Sosa-Carrion (190-90, college: Canisius) scored 17 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Santeros maintains first place with 13-3 record. Loser Atleticos keep the tenth position with 11 games lost. Santeros will meet at home Piratas (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Atleticos will play against Capitanes (#4) in Arecibo and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
San German: G.Browne 18+6reb+4ast, I.Sosa Carrion 17+3reb+2ast, C.Fells 10+2reb+4ast, J.Keenan 9+5reb+5ast, P.Graham 6, A.Franklin 4+3reb+1ast
Aguada: J.Guitian 24+4reb+3ast, C.Gaston 17+8reb+2ast, R.Mendoza 13+5reb+1ast, E.Andujar 12+3reb, O.Samhan 8+4reb+1ast, F.Jonathan Han 7+4reb+14ast
gschID: 540137


Humacao - Arecibo 90-95

There was a minor upset in Humacao where 4th placed Caciques (8-8) were defeated by sixth ranked Capitanes (8-8) 95-90. Caciques were ahead by 14 points at the halftime before a 60-41 second half run of Capitanes. They made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. The former international swingman David Huertas (195-87, college: Mississippi) nailed 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and naturalized American forward Angel Matias (193-92, college: Georgia South) accounted for 25 points and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Naturalized American guard Wil Martinez (188-92, college: Fairmont St., agency: Paris Global Sports) came up with 27 points and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and international Alexander Galindo (200-85, college: FIU) added 19 points respectively for Caciques in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Humacao. Caciques lost third consecutive game. Capitanes' next round opponent will be Atleticos (#10) in San German which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Humacao: W.Martinez 27+4reb+4ast, A.Galindo 19+3reb+2ast, R.Cintron Cortes 14+2reb+3ast, J.Famous 10+6reb+2ast, M.De Jesus 9+9reb+4ast, F.de Jesus 6+2reb+6ast
Arecibo: A.Matias 25+2reb+4ast, D.Clemente 19+2reb+5ast, D.Huertas 18+8reb+5ast, C.Lalanne 18+8reb, A.Cruz 5+1reb+4ast, A.Alamo 4+9reb+2ast
gschID: 540136


Bayamon - Humacao 92-76

Another exciting game was played in Bayamon between seventh ranked Vaqueros and 4th placed Caciques where host Vaqueros (7-9) won against Caciques (8-8) with 16-point difference 92-76. The game was mostly controlled by Vaqueros. Caciques was better in fourth quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vaqueros shot 61.0 percent from the field. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. Cuban center Ismael Romero (203-91, agency: Paris Global Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Johwen Villegas (193-85, college: FIU) contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Vaqueros players scored in double figures. International Alexander Galindo (200-85, college: FIU) answered with 20 points and American-Lebanese power forward Jarrid Famous (209-88, college: S.Florida) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Caciques. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vaqueros have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 7-9 record. Caciques lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with Arecibo. Vaqueros will play against higher ranked Leones (#6) in Juana Diaz in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Caciques will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Humacao: A.Galindo 20+4reb+1ast, J.Famous 16+5reb, F.Morales 10+6reb+2ast, M.Rodriguez 7+4reb+4ast, F.de Jesus 7+3ast, W.Martinez 5+2reb+1ast
Bayamon: I.Romero 15+7reb+2ast, J.Pellot-Rosa 14+1reb+1ast, J.Villegas 13+5reb+5ast, J.Soto 10+3ast, H.Hernandez 10+2reb+4ast, B.Santiago 10+3reb+1ast
gschID: 540134


Ponce - Guayama 70-111

We should mention about the upset which took place in Juana Diaz, where higher ranked Leones (7-8) were outleveled at home by tenth ranked Brujos (5-10) 111-70. Brujos had a 27-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 17 long-distance shots on high 56.7 percentage. Brujos players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Leones' players. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. American guard Damien Wilkins (198-80, college: Georgia) nailed a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and naturalized American guard Kyle Vinales (185-92, college: Cent.Conn.St.) accounted for 24 points and 9 assists. Four Brujos players scored in double figures. Dominican Victor Liz (188-86, agency: Basket Management Solutions) came up with 16 points and the former international forward Carlos Emory (196-91) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Leones in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Brujos moved-up to ninth place. Leones lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Brujos will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Ponce: V.Liz 16+3reb+2ast, E.Dawson 11+7reb, C.Emory 10+8reb+1ast, H.Warrick 10+2reb, A.Torres 9+3reb+2ast, G.Colon 4+7reb+1ast
Guayama: D.Wilkins 30+10reb+1ast, K.Vinales 24+1reb+9ast, D.Hinson 17+4reb+4ast, K.Penn 10+9reb, M.Fillyaw 7+4reb+5ast, C.Behanan 6+6reb+3ast
gschID: 540135


Fajardo - Mayaguez 73-80

The game between second ranked Fajardo (9-6) and ninth ranked Indios (5-8) was the most important one in the last round on Tuesday night. Fajardo was defeated by Indios in a tough game at home 73-80. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Fajardo. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-73. 24 personal fouls committed by Fajardo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward David Laury (206-90, college: Iona) who scored 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. International Devon Collier (203-91, college: Oregon St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Four Indios players scored in double figures. International point guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, college: FIU, agency: Interperformances) produced 22 points and 5 assists and American forward Damion James (201-87, college: Texas) added 14 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Fajardo's coach Allans Colon rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Indios moved-up to eighth place. Fajardo at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Indios will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fajardo will play again on the road against Indios in Mayaguez and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Fajardo: C.Arroyo 22+2reb+5ast, D.James 14+11reb+1ast, S.James 10+9reb+1ast, M.Ali Berdiel 9+3reb+2ast, N.Peavy 7+3reb, A.Colon 4+2reb+1ast
Mayaguez: D.Laury 21+9reb+4ast, K.Young 13+4reb+1ast, C.Duran 11+4reb+5ast, D.Collier 10+11reb+2ast, J.Rodriguez 7+4reb+1ast, N.Butler Lind 6+1reb
gschID: 540133





Damien Wilkins gets MVP of the Week award for Puerto Rican BSN - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Damien Wilkins (198-G-80) put on an amazing game in the last week for Guayama and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 17.
The 36-year old guard had a double-double of 30 points and ten rebounds, while his team outclassed Ponce (#7, 7-9) with 41-point margin 111-70. Guayama is placed at 9th position in Puerto Rican BSN. Guayama is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-10 record. In the team's last game Wilkins had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He just recently signed at Guayama, being already a very valuable addition to the team. University of Georgia graduate has very impressive stats this year. Wilkins is in league's top in points (8th best: 18.1ppg).

The second most remarkable performance in last week's games was 24-year old American forward Angel Matias (193-F-92) of Arecibo. Matias impressed basketball fans with 25 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for Arecibo to edge Humacao (8-8) by 5 points 95-90. This victory allowed Arecibo to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 8-8 record is not bad at all. Matias is one of the most experienced players at Arecibo and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last week was American Jose Guitian (207-F-87) of top-ranked Aguada. Guitian scored 24 points. He was a key player of Aguada, leading his team to a 93-73 easy win against the lower-ranked San German (#10, 5-11). Aguada confirms their top position in the standings. Guitian has a very solid season. In 15 games in Puerto Rico he scored 6.1ppg. He also has FGP: 70.0% and 3PT: 40.4%. Jose Guitian has also Puerto Rican passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Wil Martinez (188-G-92) of Humacao - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. David Laury (206-F-90) of Mayaguez - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Francis Jonathan Han (185-PG-87) of Aguada - 7 points, 4 rebounds and 14 assists
7. Gary Browne (185-G-93) of San German - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Kyle Vinales (185-G-92) of Guayama - 24 points and 9 assists
9. Chris Gaston (201-PF-89) of Aguada - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Kleon Penn (213-C-86) of Guayama - 10 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)



Devin Ebanks (ex Al Sharjah) joins San German - by Eurobasket News

Atleticos de San German (BSN) agreed terms with 28-year old American forward Devin Ebanks (206-98kg-89, college: W.Virginia). He moved there from Al Sharjah in UAE D1 league where he started the season. Ebanks ended the last season at Reales in Dominican Rep. LNB. In three games he had 8.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.0spg. But the most of that year he spent at Leones. In 20 BSN games he was fourth best scorer with impressive 18.6ppg and averaged 5.7rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg.
In 2010 Ebanks was drafted by Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) in second round (43rd overall). He attended West Virginia University and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
Ebanks' team won Mexican LNBP Regular Season in 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Ebanks' career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in four different countries. Ebanks tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Israel (Bnei Hasharon), Puerto Rico (Vaqueros and Brujos), Mexico (Halcones Rojos) and D-League (Texas Legends, Northern Arizona Suns, Springfield A., Los Angeles D-Fenders and Grand Rapids Drive).
On Ebanks: Has long arms, good ball handling, great timing for rebounds. Can score well in the paint but has limited range from outside. Plays with intensity and aggressiveness, he's effective at the defensive side, should add some beef to become a perfect PF.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hebei Xianglan signs Brandon Costner, ex Humacao - by Eurobasket News

Hebei Xianglan (NBL) signed 30-year old American forward Brandon Costner (206-107kg-87, college: North Carolina State). He moved there from Caciques de Humacao in Puerto Rican BSN league where he started the season. In 12 games he had very impressive stats: 18.4ppg, 6.2rpg, 3.2apg and 1.1spg this season.
In 2010 (a year after he left the college) Costner was drafted by Utah Flash (D-League) in first round (8th overall).
The former North Carolina State standoutis in his eighth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Costner played in the final of Chinese NBL in 2014 and 2016. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Center of the Year in 2016.
Costner is quite experienced player. He has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Costner has played previously professionally in Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut), France, D-League (Los Angeles D-Fenders and Utah F.) and China (Monkey Kings and Guizhou).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Anthony Young (ex Larre Borges) signs at Arecibo - by Eurobasket

Defending champion Capitanes de Arecibo (BSN) landed 28-year old American forward Anthony Young (200-113kg-89, college: Ky Wesleyan, agency: Interperformances), who just arrived on the island. He moved there from Larre Borges in Uruguayan LUB league where he started the season. In 32 games he averaged impressive 25.4ppg, 6.7rpg, 4.2apg and 1.4spg for Larre Borges. He was just recently selected to Uruguay LUB All-Star Game. The last season Young played at Penarol in Argentinian LigaA. In 25 games he had 10.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1apg. Young also played that season for U Universitario (also in LUB). In 6 games he recorded very remarkable stats: 21.3ppg and 9.0rpg. Young also played shortly at the beginning of that season at Bigua (also in LUB) where in 6 games he had 14.3ppg and 5.5rpg.
He received NABC Division II All-Midwest Region 1st Team award back in 2012 at his college time.
Young has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Young has played previously professionally also in Germany (ETB Wohnbau and BSV Wulfen) and Venezuela (Gigantes).
He attended Kentucky Wesleyan College until 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mohamed Harath agreed terms with Al Rayyan for GCC !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Rayyan Doha (D1) inked 27-year old Algerian international forward Mohamed Harath (198-90) from Al Shamal. In 10 D1 games in Qatar he was fifth best scorer with impressive 26.6ppg and had 16.2rpg (leader !!!), 2.9apg, 1.6spg and 1.0bpg this season.
Among other achievements Harath's team made it to the Morocco League Semifinals in 2013. He received also Afrobasket.com All-African Championships Honorable Mention award in 2015.
Harath has been also a member of Algerian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Algerian senior team since 2011 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2008.
Harath represented Algeria at the Afrobasket Championships in Rades (Tunisia) two years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 16.9ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 57.6%, FT: 67.7%.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Al Rayyan signs Luke Nevill for GCC !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Rayyan Doha (D1) signed 31-year old Australian ex-international center Luke Nevill (218-120kg-86, college: Utah). He moved there from Bank of Taiwan in Taiwanese SBL league where he played this season. In 32 games he had very impressive stats: 17.3ppg, 15.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1bpg. Great season as he was named to Asia-basket.com All-Taiwanese SBL Honorable Mention. The last season Nevill played also at Bank of Taiwan (also in SBL). In 32 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 20.6ppg, 12.9rpg, 2.0apg and 1.9bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Asia-basket.com Taiwanese SBL All-Imports Team.
Nevill has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Taiwanese SBL in 2014. Nevill was also voted Asia-basket.com All-Taiwanese SBL Player of the Year and Asia-basket.com All-Taiwanese SBL Import Player of the Year back in 2014. He was a member of Australian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2014.
Nevill is quite experienced player. He has played in four different countries on three different continents (Asia, Australia and of course North America). Nevill has played previously professionally also in Russia, NBA (Indiana Pacers) and Australia (Illawarra Hawks, Perth Wildcats, Townsville Crocodiles and Suns) and Taiwan (Taiwan Mobile).
He attended University of Utah until 2009 and it is his eighth season as a professional player.
Nevill could be described: Nevill has great feet and great hands for someone his size.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Liga Nationala Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Steaua CSM reach Finals - by Eurobasket News

Steaua CSM - CSU Sibiu 81-63

Steaua CSM fired past CSU Sibiu to advance into Finals. CSU Sibiu was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 38-18 second half run of Steaua CSM. They made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. CSU Sibiu was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Dave Dudzinski (206-92, college: Holy Cross, agency: Inception Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Lithuanian guard Marius Runkauskas (189-86, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Steaua CSM players scored in double figures. American guard Marcel Davis (188-94, college: Utah Valley) replied with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international forward Bogdan Popescu (200-78, college: Alaska-Fairb.) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for CSU Sibiu. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Steaua CSM: M.Runkauskas 20+5reb+2ast, D.Dudzinski 16+11reb+2ast, N.Malesevic 14+2reb+1ast, M.Curry 13+5reb+6ast, R.Falker 7+9reb+2ast, C.Baciu 7+1reb
CSU Sibiu: B.Popescu 15+1reb+4ast, M.Davis 11+6reb+4ast, I.Mijajlovic 9+4reb, B.Lalovic 9+2ast, R.Paliciuc 6+2reb, M.Dragoste 6+3reb
gschID: 546523


Oradea - UBT Cluj Napoca 85-76

Oradea topped UBT Cluj Napoca to force the decisive fifth game in the series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But UBT Cluj Napoca won third quarter 24-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Oradea looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) fired 20 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for the winners. The former international swingman Andrei Mandache (191-87) chipped in 17 points and 4 steals. Five Oradea players scored in double figures. Serbian-Bosnian point guard Filip Adamovic (183-88, agency: 011 Sports) produced 17 points and 5 assists and American Kyndall Dykes (192-87, college: New Orleans) added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Oradea: M.Zeno 20+9reb+1ast, A.Mandache 17+3reb+2ast, S.Barnette 14+2reb+4ast, W.Franklin 11+4reb+7ast, T.Nicoara 10+3reb+1ast, S.Denison 8+2reb+2ast
UBT Cluj Napoca: A.Rasic 19+1ast, F.Adamovic 17+3reb+5ast, K.Dykes 13+7reb+4ast, O.Barro 8+8reb+1ast, V.Kariniauskas 7+1ast, R.Torok 6+1reb
gschID: 546524





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Avtodor hire Andrea Mazzon - by Eurobasket News

Avtodor Saratov (VTB) hired experienced 51-year old Italian coach Andrea Mazzon. He moved there from Guangzhou Long-Lions in Chinese CBA league where he coached this season.
Mazzon coached in the final of Italian Lega Due in 2011.
He has coached previously professionally in Greece and Italy (Umana Venezia, Imola and Jesi). He was named All-Greek League Coach of the Year back in 2006.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bequia High, Petit Bordel Win 3x3 Schools' Basketball Titles - by Eurobasket News

The Bequia Community High team one and the Petit Bordel Secondary team one, emerged the male and female division, respectively, in the first ever schools' 3 x 3 Basketball tournament. Their crowning moments came in last Friday afternoon finals, played at the Girls' High School's hard court.
Bequia Community High (BCH) squeezed past the George Stephens Senior Secondary 9-8, after the two had played to a 7-7 tie in the 10 minutes of regulation time. On their way to the final, BCH had a 7-4 win over the Bequia Seventh Day Adventist team one , while the George Stephens Senior Secondary strolled past Bequia Seventh Day Adventist team two, 10-3.
Meanwhile, the Petit Bordel Secondary also narrowly got home over fellow North Leeward institution- Troumaca, 3-2, in the females final. The winning unit had a 4-3 win over the Girls' High School team three, while runner- up Troumaca, got past Bishop's College Kingstown team one, 6-3 in the other semi- finals. Taking the Most Valuable Male Player of the two-day tournament was Bequia Community High's Nicholas Lewis, with the Petit Bordel Secondary's Ranique Harry doing likewise among the females. Apart from trophies for the winning teams, runners-up and the Most Valuable Players, in store for the Bequia Community High School and the Petit Bordel Secondary will each receive a HP Laser Jet 2600 printer. Also, all participating schools were listed to receive two Wilson 3 x 3 basketballs each, while those entering teams in both the male and female divisions were promised five basketballs each. Another promise to the Bequia Community High and the Petit Bordel Secondary is ongoing technical support from the SVG Basketball Federation to their schools' respective Basketball programme. The two-day 3 x 3 schools' tournament, played last Thursday and Friday, was used to select players to suffice the SVG schools' teams for the upcoming Windward Islands Schools' Games, which are scheduled here in July. Seen as a fast paced format, 3 x 3 Basketball is played using half of the court, with each team consisting of four players, with three on court during the 10-minute match. Every successful shot inside the arc is awarded one point, while every successful shot behind the arc is awarded two points. There is 12- seconds shot-clock, with the first team to reach 21 points or best after 10 minutes, declared the winner. If scores are locked at the end of the 10 minutes, over time is played.
Courtesy of: thevincentian.com



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Brooks' 23 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old guard Devin Brooks (186-G-92) had an amazing evening in the last round for Dynamic BG and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 23 points adding nine rebounds and seven assists for Dynamic BG in his team's victory, helping them to beat Vrsac (#8, 0-6), Second Stage bottom-ranked team 89-81. Dynamic BG is placed at 4th position in Serbian league. Dynamic BG is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 3rd lost game this season out of 6 games. In the team's last game Brooks had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Dynamic BG, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Devin Brooks averages this season 12.8ppg and 5.0apg.

Second best performed player last round was Marko Cakarevic (200-F/G-88). He is a swingman in his first season at Dynamic BG. In the last game Cakarevic recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Dynamic BG cruised to a 89-81 relatively comfortable win over Vrsac (#8, 0-6). This victory allowed Dynamic BG to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 3-3 record is not bad at all. Cakarevic is one of the most experienced players at Dynamic BG and similarly like Devin Brooks has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to Ognjen Dobric (198-SF-94, agency: BeoBasket) of league's leader Crvena Zvezda. Dobric scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Crvena Zvezda, leading his team to a 85-65 easy win against the lower-ranked Borac (#6, 2-4). Crvena Zvezda started extremely well this Second Stage. They recorded 6 victories without losing a single game. Dobric turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Dobric has a very solid season. In 6 games in Serbia he scored 10.3ppg. He also has FGP: 70.6% and 3PT: 61.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nikola Jeftic (205-C/F-87) of Vrsac - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ivan Jelenic (192-SG-85) of Spartak - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Uros Lukovic (213-C-89) of Partizan - 15 points and 8 rebounds
7. Stefan Jovic (198-G-90) of Crvena Zvezda - 11 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Mirko Djeric (191-G-95) of Vrsac - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) of Vrsac - 22 points and 3 rebounds
10. Milos Nikolic (185-G-96) of Spartak - 14 points, 2 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)



Kings could be contenders for Milos Teodosic - by Eurobasket News

The Sacramento Kings have a PG problem, namely that they don't have one. Both Darren Collison (6'0''-PG-87, college: UCLA) and Ty Lawson (5'11''-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) are unrestricted free agents, and while the Kings have expressed interest in bringing at least one of those guys back, other teams will be interested as well. Sacramento could draft a young PG in the draft with one or more of their three picks, but whoever that is likely wouldn't be ready to lead a team for a little while. Enter Milos Teodosic (6'5''-PG-87), one of the best lead guards in the world that isn't in the NBA. We've speculated about the Kings perhaps chasing Teodosic before, but now we have an actual concrete connection thanks to European basketball reporter David Pick. Teodosic isn't a young buck at 30 years old, but he's one of the more talented playmakers in the world. He averaged 7 assists a game for CSKA Moscow last season, second in the EuroLeague. He's also a very talented scorer, averaging 16.2 points a game and making nearly 38.5% of this three point shots over his entire international career. Despite technically being an NBA rookie, Teodosic would instantly become one of the Sacramento's most experienced players, having played professionally since 2004. It's interesting that a rebuilding team like the Kings would consider adding a guy like Teodosic, but I think the Kings would like to have a mix of vets and youth rather than going full-blown youth movement. The Kings are going to be even younger next year, so shoring up that youth with some experience might be helpful. However if Teodosic does decide to come to the NBA next year, he'll have many suitors. It will likely mean that despite Vlade's connection with Teodosic, the Kings will end up paying more than others are willing to offer. That's not necessarily a bad thing, as Sacramento will need to spend their oodles of cap space on something. There are worse ways to spend money than on promising international Point Guards.
Courtesy of: sactownroyalty.com



Serbian basketball Association organize camp in Denver for Serbian players in US - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian basketball Association organize camp in Denver for Serbian player who are studying and playing on Universities in United States. Camp in Denver will be from June 13 until June 22. On the list of invited players are: Luka Adjusic, Mladen Djordjevic, Djordjije Sljivancanin, Ilija Stojiljkovic, Milos Vranes, Milos Jovic, Novak Topalovic, Aleksa Jugovic, Jovan Crnic, Ivan Lukic, Matija Milin, Nikola Vujovic, Marko Tomic, Aleksa Nikolic, Sasa Stefanovic, Sebastijan Skoko, Milos Apic, Luka Filipovic, Luka Vasic, Filip Rebraca. Dusan Ristic, Luka Vulikic, Nikola Rakicevic and Nik Rakocevic.

In Serbian delegation will be Vice president of Serbian basketball Association Igor Rakocevic,Director of Serbian national man teams, head coach of University National team Zoran Todorovic, assistant coach Ivan Smiljanic, physiotherapist Dusan Sajic and Jovica Ancic.



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Primoz Brezec (ex AEK) signs at Al Ahli for GCC !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Ahli (Premier League) landed experienced 38-year old Slovenian ex-international power forward Primoz Brezec (216-116kg-79). He already started the season at Petrolina AEK Larnaca in Cypriot Division A. Brezec managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 22 Division A games he averaged impressive 17.0ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.3apg. He helped them to win the Supercup and make to league final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Center of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Defensive Team. Brezec also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 8.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg. And finally he contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he was second best scorer with 11.5ppg and recorded 9.5rpg, 2.0spg and 1.0bpg.
In 2000 Brezec was drafted by Indiana Pacers (NBA) in first round (27th overall).
Among other achievements he won Cyprus League championship title for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).
Brezec also represented Slovenia at the World Championships in Turkey seven years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 8.1ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 63.8%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 66.7%.
Brezec is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Brezec has played previously professionally in Italy (Roma Virtus), Kuwait (Al Kuwait), Russia (Krasnie Krilya, BC Nizhny Novgorod and Lokomotiv) and NBA (Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, Phi.76ers, Toronto Raptors and Charlotte Hornets).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Al Ahli.
Brezec's game is described as: His father Hilarij was one of the best Slovenian players in 80-years.
Very big talent with shooting and rebounding abilities. Versatile. Despite typical center height, can play also as the forward. Could improve his defense
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL 1st Team 2017
Chan-Hee Park
Park
Jae-Do Lee
Lee
Aaron Haynes
Haynes
Ricardo Ratliffe
Ratliffe
David Simon
Simon

Finals MVP: Sek-Eun Oh (200-C-87) of Anyang KGC
Player of the Year: Ricardo Ratliffe (203-F-89) of Samsung Th.
Guard of the Year: Chan-Hee Park (190-G-87) of ET Land
Forward of the Year: Ricardo Ratliffe (203-F-89) of Samsung Th.
Center of the Year: David Simon (208-C-82) of Anyang KGC
Domestic Player of the Year: Chan-Hee Park (190-G-87) of ET Land
Import Player of the Year: Ricardo Ratliffe (203-F-89) of Samsung Th.
Defensive Player of the Year: Nate Miller (193-G-87) of Mobis Phoebus

1st Team
G: Chan-Hee Park (190-G-87) of ET Land
PG: Jae-Do Lee (180-PG-91) of Sonic Boom KT
F: Aaron Haynes (201-F-81) of Goyang Orions
F: Ricardo Ratliffe (203-F-89) of Samsung Th.
C: David Simon (208-C-82) of Anyang KGC

2nd Team
G: Sun-Hyung Kim (187-G-88) of SK Knights
G: Terrico White (196-G-90) of SK Knights
G/F: Michael Craig (196-G/F-91) of Samsung Th.
F/C: Rodrique Benson (207-F/C-84) of Dongbu Promy
C: Sek-Eun Oh (200-C-87) of Anyang KGC

Honorable Mention
Seung-Hyun Lee (201-C-92) of Goyang Orions
Gregory Stevenson (197-F-78) of Samsung Th.
Ji-Hoon Ham (198-C/F-84) of Mobis Phoebus
Jong-Hyun Lee (206-C-94) of Mobis Phoebus
Wendell McKines (198-F-88) of Dongbu Promy
Victor Cuthbert (197-F-83) of ET Land
Jong-Kyu Kim (207-C-91) of LG Sakers
James Mays (206-F/C-86) of LG Sakers
Kyo-Chang Song (200-F-96) of KCC Egis
Nate Miller (193-G-87) of Mobis Phoebus

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Chan-Hee Park (190-G-87) of ET Land
PG: Jae-Do Lee (180-PG-91) of Sonic Boom KT
G: Sun-Hyung Kim (187-G-88) of SK Knights
C/F: Ji-Hoon Ham (198-C/F-84) of Mobis Phoebus
C: Sek-Eun Oh (200-C-87) of Anyang KGC

All-Imports Team
G: Terrico White (196-G-90) of SK Knights
G/F: Michael Craig (196-G/F-91) of Samsung Th.
F: Aaron Haynes (201-F-81) of Goyang Orions
F: Ricardo Ratliffe (203-F-89) of Samsung Th.
C: David Simon (208-C-82) of Anyang KGC



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Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Edwin JACKSON
  Estudian.
  (190-SG-89)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Jackson, Estudian.21.7 
 2. Llull, Real Madrid16.1 
 3. Shermadini, Andor.15.2 
 4. Bamforth, RE.14.5 
 5. Jelovac, Zaragoza14.4 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia