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Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.9 
 2. Green, Instituto20.1 
 3. Solano, Echague19.8 
 4. Sims, Regatas C.18.3 
 5. Quinteros, Regat.17.8 
 6. Deck, San Lorenzo17.4 
 7. Mickeal, Atenas17.1 
 8. Redivo, Weber B.17.0 
 9. Vildoza, Quilm.17.0 
 10. Harper, Quimsa16.6 
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.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Maximiliano STANIC
  Olimpico.
  (178-PG-78)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Stanic, Olimpico.6.4 
 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, Quimsa4.5 
 10. Figueroa, Penarol4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Gelvis SOLANO
  Echague
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Solano, Echague2.0 
 2. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.1.9 
 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. Calfani, San L.1.5 
 9. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 10. Redivo, Weber B.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. Daniels, Quimsa1.6 
 4. Richard, Obras B.1.5 
 5. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 6. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 7. Meyinsse, San L.1.3 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.2 
 9. Clancy, Instituto1.1 
 10. Acuna, Penarol1.0 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Barovero, Union SF22.1 
 2. Dodson, Petr.Arg.20.5 
 3. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista20.0 
 4. McCullough, Alianza .19.9 
 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.9.1 
 4. Graham, Temperley8.9 
 5. Lockett, BHY T.8.4 
 6. Lauria, Comunica.8.3 
 7. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.2 
 8. Joseph, Obera TC8.2 
 9. Granado, Olimpo BB8.2 
 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, Hindu5.0 
 6. Correa, BHY T.4.5 
 7. Gandoy, Obera TC4.4 
 8. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.4.3 
 9. Arese, Estudian.4.2 
 10. Franco, Alianza .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. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.2 
 5. Pais, Platense2.2 
 6. Cequeira, Villa A.1.9 
 7. Brown, Mitre Tuc.1.9 
 8. Paletta, Hindu1.7 
 9. Lauria, Comunica.1.7 
 10. Tabarez, Union SF1.7 
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. Stibbins, Union SF1.3 
 6. Deck, Obera TC1.2 
 7. Durley, San Isidro1.2 
 8. Stroud, Parque Sur1.1 
 9. Okoye, Salta Basket1.0 
 10. Moya, Hindu1.0 


Olimpico de La Banda inks Carlos Buendia - by Ivan Milenkovic

Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda (LigaA) signed 22-year old point guard Carlos Buendia (178-95). He moved there from La Union in the TNA where he played this season. In 35 games he had 13.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.5apg and 1.2spg. The last season Buendia played at Petrolero Argentino (also in TNA). In 43 games he recorded 10.8ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.2apg. He is replacement for injured Luciano Massarelli.

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TNA Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Hindu and Atenas Carmen advance into semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

San Isidro - Hindu 76-80

Hindu overcame San Isidro on the road to advance into the semifinal stage. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-11. But San Isidro won second period 23-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The winners were led by American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: DTMones) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds and forward Pablo Fernandez (198-82) supported him with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Four Hindu players scored in double figures. Even 25 points and 9 rebounds by American power forward Jonathan Durley (203-88, college: Wichita St.) did not help to save the game for San Isidro. Center Santiago Gonzalez (203-83) added 13 points and 10 rebounds for lost side.
Top scorers:
San Isidro: J.Durley 25+9reb+1ast, S.Gonzalez 13+10reb+1ast, J.Kelly 11+5ast, S.Acevedo 8+3reb, M.Corzo 8+2reb, A.Lozano 7+1reb+1ast
Hindu: P.Fernandez 19+7reb+2ast, N.Paletta 16+2reb+9ast, K.Jones 15+15reb+3ast, S.Picton 11+3reb, M.Coronel 9+3reb, S.Mora 6+1reb
gschID: 546703


Atenas Carmen - Alianza Viedma 74-72

Atenas Carmen held off Alianza Viedma to celebrate 3-1 victory in the series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Alianza Viedma won fourth quarter 20-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Alianza Viedma 41-28 including 32 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Alianza Viedma helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Scott Cutley (196-85, college: CS Fullerton) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import forward Howard Wilkerson (198-84, college: Wofford) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds 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) replied with 27 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Alexis Knecht (183-87) added 21 points in the effort for Alianza Viedma.
Top scorers:
Alianza Viedma: O.McCullough 27+6reb+1ast, A.Knecht 21+2reb+2ast, L.Nwogbo 10+9reb, M.Tabieres 4+4reb+2ast, M.Gaynor 4+3reb, P.Franco 4+2reb+1ast
Atenas Carmen: H.Wilkerson 22+5reb, S.Cutley 18+16reb+5ast, B.Oprandi 10+6reb+1ast, G.Peralta 9+6reb, E.Agostino 5+2reb+1ast, M.Percaz 4+2reb
gschID: 546705


Union SF - Comunicaciones 80-78

Union SF topped Comunicaciones to force the decisive fifth game in the series. Comunicaciones was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 32-24 charge of Union SF, which allowed them to win the game. Union SF shot 27 for 36 from the free-throw line, while Comunicaciones only scored eleven points from the stripe. Union SF forced 23 Comunicaciones turnovers. Comunicaciones was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Bruno Barovero (194-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) and forward Patricio Tabarez (195-91) who added 14 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals (made all of his eight free throws) during the contest. Four Union SF players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) responded with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Cristian Romero (190-79) scored 22 points. Comunicaciones' coach Fernando Rivero rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Comunicaciones: C.Romero 22+2reb+2ast, N.Lauria 19+6reb+5ast, F.Vietta Stechina 12+7reb+2ast, G.Torres 8+5reb+1ast, A.Pau 7+3reb+5ast, G.Essengue 6+2reb
Union SF: B.Barovero 21+12reb+4ast, M.Isola 14+1reb+1ast, P.Tabarez 14+6reb+7ast, M.Stibbins 11+6reb+1ast, T.Acosta 9+5reb+2ast, F.Podesta 6+1reb
gschID: 546704





LigaA Round 50: Derby game ends with San Martin Corrientes' defeat of Regatas Corrientes - by Eurobasket News

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

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Corrientes: San Martin Corrientes (#1) and Regatas Corrientes (#3). San Martin Corrientes (40-16) won against visiting Regatas Corrientes (34-22) 89-74. The game was mostly controlled by San Martin Corrientes. Regatas Corrientes managed to win second period 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international Federico Aguerre (203-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points and 9 rebounds. American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Inception Sports) contributed with 16 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international forward Pablo Espinoza (200-87) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for Regatas Corrientes. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. San Martin Corrientes maintains first position with 40-16 record. Regatas Corrientes at the other side keeps the third place with 22 games lost.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Cordoba: Instituto (#5) and Atenas (#8). Atenas was defeated at home 95-102 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Atenas. American swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) scored 26 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Gaston Whelan chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists during the contest. The former international point guard Bruno Labaque (178-77, agency: Interperformances) responded with 21 points and 4 assists. Instituto maintains fifth position with 31-25 record. Atenas at the other side keeps the eighth place with 33 games lost.
An interesting game for Regatas Corrientes (34-22) which hosted in Corrientes second-ranked Estudiantes C. (38-18). Third ranked Regatas Corrientes managed to get a 6-point victory 111-105. Donald Sims notched 48 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 16-for-16 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the effort. Even 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists by Dar Tucker did not help to save the game for Estudiantes C.. Regatas Corrientes maintains third position with 34-22 record having six points less than leader San Lorenzo. Loser Estudiantes C. keeps the second place with 18 games lost.
LigaA top team - San Lorenzo (39-16) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat seventh ranked Obras Basket (25-30) in Buenos Aires 81-65. The best player for the winners was Gabriel Deck who scored 25 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. San Lorenzo have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 39-16 record. Obras Basket lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 30 games lost. San Lorenzo's next round opponent will be Boca Juniors (#10) in Buenos Aires and are hoping to win another game. Obras Basket will play on the road against Argentino in Junin and hope to win that game.
The game in Santiado Estero was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (32-24) played at the court of 7th ranked Quimsa (26-30). Olimpico de La Banda managed to secure a 9-point victory 86-77 on Friday. Justin Williams orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. Olimpico de La Banda maintains fourth position with 32-24 record. Loser Quimsa keeps the seventh place with 30 games lost.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 50: Echague was smashed by Libertad S. on the road 106-74. La Union lost to Estudiantes C. on its own court 72-81. Hispano Am. unfortunately lost to Weber Bahia in Bahia Blanca 68-74. GECR Indalo managed to beat Boca Jrs at home 95-79.
The most impressive performance of 50th round was 26 points by Shaquille Johnson of GECR Indalo.

Quimsa - Olimpico LB 77-86

The game in Santiado Estero was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (32-24) played at the court of 7th ranked Quimsa (26-30). Olimpico de La Banda managed to secure a 9-point victory 86-77 on Friday. Quimsa trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 22-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-86 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Quimsa 41-27 including 31 on the defensive glass. American power forward Justin Williams (206-84, college: Wyoming, agency: DTMones) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. The former international swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) contributed with 8 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Four Olimpico de La Banda players scored in double figures. American center Chris Daniels (205-84, college: Texas A&M-CC) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and the former international forward Nicolas Romano (200-87) added 18 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Quimsa. Olimpico de La Banda maintains fourth position with 32-24 record. Loser Quimsa keeps the seventh place with 30 games lost.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: J.Williams 24+12reb, D.Guaita 14+3reb+2ast, K.Lamonte 13+3reb+4ast, D.Nesbitt 10+4reb, A.Boccia 8+10reb+8ast, F.Van Lacke 6+2reb+4ast
Quimsa: C.Daniels 24+10reb+1ast, N.Romano 18+10reb+2ast, P.Hopson 12+3reb+6ast, J.Ruiz 9+2reb+1ast, L.Gonzalez 7+1reb+2ast, A.Harper 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 523768


Libertad S. - Echague 106-74

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Libertad Sunchales (29-27) crushed at home 10th ranked Echague (8-48) 106-74 on Friday. The game without a history. Libertad Sunchales led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 63.1 percent from the field. Libertad Sunchales outrebounded Echague 34-23 including 28 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. Libertad Sunchales looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American-FYR Macedonian forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St., agency: Diamond Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points. International point guard Juan Brussino (185-91) contributed with 12 points and 9 assists for the winners. Libertad Sunchales' coach Facundo Muller felt very confident that he used entire bench saving starting five for next games. Dominican guard Gelvis Solano (185-94, college: Merrimack) replied with 25 points, 7 assists and 4 steals and center Franco Barroso (207-94) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Echague. Five Libertad Sunchales and four Echague players scored in double figures. Libertad Sunchales maintains sixth position with 29-27 record. Echague lost thirteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth place with 48 games lost.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: J.Massey 32+3reb+1ast, J.Vildoza 14+3reb+4ast, L.Goldenberg 12+6reb+4ast, J.Brussino 12+2reb+9ast, M.Ruiz 10+4reb, P.Barrios 6+3reb+1ast
Echague: G.Solano 25+2reb+7ast, F.Barroso 14+9reb+2ast, C.Buemo 13+1ast, E.Stucky 10+6reb+1ast, M.Nocedal 6+2reb+4ast, J.Ayarza 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 523765


San Martin C. - Regatas C. 89-74

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Corrientes: San Martin Corrientes (#1) and Regatas Corrientes (#3). San Martin Corrientes (40-16) won against visiting Regatas Corrientes (34-22) 89-74. The game was mostly controlled by San Martin Corrientes. Regatas Corrientes managed to win second period 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international Federico Aguerre (203-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points and 9 rebounds. American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Inception Sports) contributed with 16 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four San Martin Corrientes players scored in double figures. The former international forward Pablo Espinoza (200-87) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St., agency: Pensack Sports) added 17 points in the effort for Regatas Corrientes. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. San Martin Corrientes maintains first position with 40-16 record. Regatas Corrientes at the other side keeps the third place with 22 games lost.
Top scorers:
San Martin C.: J.Wood 16+4reb+1ast, R.Garcia 13+3reb+4ast, F.Aguerre 13+9reb+1ast, L.Mainoldi 11+1reb, D.Tintorelli 10+2reb+1ast, J.Pablo Cantero 8+2reb+5ast
Regatas C.: D.Sims 17+1reb+2ast, F.Martina 16+4reb, P.Espinoza 15+10reb+1ast, P.Quinteros 9+3reb+6ast, F.Ramirez 7+2reb+4ast, J.Arengo 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 523766


La Union - Estudiantes C. 72-81

Very expected game when 9th ranked La Union (22-33) lost to second ranked Estudiantes C. (38-18) in Formosa 72-81 on Friday. American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Cuban center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The former international swingman Alexis Elsener (196-88) replied with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Facundo Pinero (200-88) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for La Union. Estudiantes C. maintains second position with 38-18 record having just two points less than leader San Lorenzo. Loser La Union keeps the ninth place with 33 games lost.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes C.: D.Tucker 29+13reb+4ast, J.Justiz 16+10reb+2ast, S.Cuelho 10+7reb, J.Slider 8+4reb+1ast, S.Orresta 7+2reb+2ast, L.Vildoza 6+1reb+1ast
La Union: A.Elsener 17+8reb+4ast, D.Garcia 13+3ast, P.Orlietti 10+3reb, A.Konsztadt 10+2reb+6ast, F.Pinero 9+7reb+2ast, T.Francis 8+9reb
gschID: 523767


Atenas - Instituto 95-102

Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Cordoba: Instituto (#5) and Atenas (#8). Atenas was defeated at home 95-102 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Atenas. It was a great shooting night for Instituto especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 62.5 percentage. American swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) scored 26 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Gaston Whelan (188-94) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists during the contest. The former international point guard Bruno Labaque (178-77, agency: Interperformances) responded with 21 points and 4 assists and American Pete Mickeal (199-78, college: Cincinnati) scored 23 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Instituto maintains fifth position with 31-25 record. Atenas at the other side keeps the eighth place with 33 games lost.
Top scorers:
Instituto: R.Green 26+7reb+2ast, M.Gerlero 15+6reb+2ast, J.DeGroat 14+8reb, P.Bertone 14+3reb+1ast, G.Whelan 13+5reb+10ast, D.Phillip 12+9reb
Atenas: P.Mickeal 23+4reb+1ast, B.Labaque 21+4reb+4ast, L.Rasio 11+10reb+3ast, D.Gerbaudo 11+5reb+5ast, R.Johnson 10+8reb+1ast, L.Lema 9+4reb+1ast
gschID: 523764


Obras Basket - San Lorenzo 65-81

LigaA top team - San Lorenzo (39-16) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat seventh ranked Obras Basket (25-30) in Buenos Aires 81-65. It looked good early as Obras Basket took a 3-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then San Lorenzo had a 23-15 second period charge getting the lead and Obras Basket was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-81. San Lorenzo made 26-of-31 charity shots (83.9 percent) during the game. San Lorenzo outrebounded Obras Basket 40-28 including a 36-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Obras Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international forward Gabriel Deck (199-95) who scored 25 points and 8 rebounds. American center Jerome Meyinsse (207-88, college: Virginia) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Tomas Zanzottera (192-93) produced 19 points and American center Jordan Richard (206-89, college: CS Los Angeles) added 3 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. San Lorenzo have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 39-16 record. Obras Basket lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 30 games lost. San Lorenzo's next round opponent will be Boca Juniors (#10) in Buenos Aires and are hoping to win another game. Obras Basket will play on the road against Argentino in Junin and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
San Lorenzo: G.Deck 25+8reb, S.Safar 15+3reb+3ast, J.Meyinsse 12+9reb+1ast, M.Mata 10+1reb+2ast, C.Matias Sandes 7+9reb, M.Calfani 6+5reb+3ast
Obras Basket: T.Zanzottera 19+2reb+3ast, F.Mariani 7+1reb, F.Barbotti 6+2reb, T.Cocha 5+1reb+1ast, M.Bortolin 5+1reb, P.Barral 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 523761


Weber Bahia - Hispano Am. 74-68

Very predictable result when third ranked Weber Bahia (30-25) won against 9th ranked Hispano Am. (21-34) in Bahia Blanca 74-68 on Thursday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Weber Bahia outrebounded Hispano Am. 48-37 including 36 on the defensive glass. International guard Lucio Redivo (183-94) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 4 assists. American Durrell Summers (193-89, college: Michigan St.) contributed with 18 points for the winners. American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Gonzalo Torres (202-94) added 9 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Hispano Am.Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Weber Bahia maintains third position with 30-25 record having eleven points less than leader San Lorenzo. Newly promoted Hispano Am. keeps the ninth place with 34 games lost. Weber Bahia will face league's second-placed Ferrocarril in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hispano Am. will play on the road against GECR Indalo (#5) in Comodoro R. and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Weber Bahia: L.Redivo 22+2reb+4ast, D.Summers 18+4reb+1ast, A.Laveal Johnson 11+9reb+1ast, H.Jasen 5+7reb+1ast, A.Ramos 5+5reb, R.Gerhardt 4+3reb
Hispano Am.: K.Austin 15+11reb+1ast, M.Bernardini 14+3reb, J.Treise 12+3reb+3ast, G.Torres 9+10reb+1ast, L.O'Bannon 8+3reb+1ast, A.Zilli 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 523763


GECR Indalo - Boca Jrs 95-79

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Boca Juniors (17-38) lost to fifth ranked GECR Indalo (28-27) in Comodoro R. 79-95 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by GECR Indalo. Boca Juniors was better in third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-18 free shots (94.4 percent) during the game. American forward Shaquille Johnson (190-90, college: Marshall) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Center Diego Romero (206-82, college: Florida St.) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. GECR Indalo's coach Gonzalo Garcia used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Lucas Gargallo (196-95) replied with 14 points and 8 assists and American center Will McDonald (211-79, college: S.Florida) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Boca Juniors. Four GECR Indalo and five Boca Juniors players scored in double figures. GECR Indalo maintains fifth position with 28-27 record. Boca Juniors lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 38 games lost. GECR Indalo will face Hispano Am. (#9) in Rio Gallegos in the next round. Boca Juniors will play on the road against the league's leader San Lorenzo in Almagra and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: S.Johnson 26+4reb+2ast, D.Romero 16+9reb+2ast, M.Shaw 13+3reb+1ast, J.Manuel Rivero 13+6reb+3ast, J.Machuca 8+3ast, N.De los Santos 7+7reb+4ast
Boca Jrs: W.McDonald 18+7reb, L.Gargallo 14+3reb+8ast, C.Amicucci 14+10reb+1ast, E.Vassirani 12+3reb+1ast, T.Cavallero 12+4reb+3ast, L.Delfino 4+2reb
gschID: 546625


Regatas C. - Estudiantes C. 111-105

An interesting game for Regatas Corrientes (34-22) which hosted in Corrientes second-ranked Estudiantes C. (38-18). Third ranked Regatas Corrientes managed to get a 6-point victory 111-105. Regatas Corrientes made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game, while Estudiantes C. only scored five points from the stripe. Regatas Corrientes shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 53.6 percentage. American guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St., agency: Pensack Sports) notched 48 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 16-for-16 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the effort and the former international Paolo Quinteros (188-79) supported him with 24 points. Even 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists by American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) did not help to save the game for Estudiantes C.. Point guard Leonardo Vildoza (180-94) added 11 points and 11 assists for the guests. Five Estudiantes C. players scored in double figures. Regatas Corrientes maintains third position with 34-22 record having six points less than leader San Lorenzo. Loser Estudiantes C. keeps the second place with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: D.Sims 48+6reb+5ast, P.Quinteros 24+2reb+2ast, F.Martina 10+5reb, P.Espinoza 8+9reb+3ast, J.Saiz 8+7reb+2ast, J.Arengo 7+1ast
Estudiantes C.: D.Tucker 27+6reb+5ast, J.Justiz 18+3reb+3ast, Y.Coleman 15+5reb, J.Glynn 15+4reb+2ast, F.Giorgi 11+2reb+5ast, L.Vildoza 11+3reb+11ast
gschID: 523758





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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. Lamesic, Wels7.7 
 6. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.7 
 7. Traylor, Oberwart7.3 
 8. Ray, Vienna6.7 
 9. Baptiste, Kapfe.6.6 
 10. Gaidys, Gmunden6.4 
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, Gmunden4.6 
 8. Clemmons, Vienna4.5 
 9. ONeal, Wels4.4 
 10. Murati, Gmunden3.7 
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. Maresch, UBSC G.1.4 
 6. Krivokapic, UBSC G.1.4 
 7. Stazic, Vienna1.4 
 8. Payton, Wels1.4 
 9. Jandl, Furstenfeld1.4 
 10. Koch, 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. Baptiste, Kapfe.1.0 
 5. Chan, Wels1.0 
 6. Steed, Gmunden0.9 
 7. Iliev, Furstenfeld0.8 
 8. Kuakumensah, Oberw.0.8 
 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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  BAHRAIN  


Eight teams to vie for GCC title - by Eurobasket News

THE stage is set for the 37th GCC Clubs Basketball Championship starting tomorrow at Zain Basketball Arena in Um Al Hassam. Eight of the region's leading local teams will be vying for the prestigious hoops title. The two finalists will also qualify for the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup to be held in China this September. Hosts Bahrain are fielding two teams in the competition - reigning league champions Manama and top basketball club Al Ahli. The UAE and Qatar also have two teams apiece. Saudi Arabia and Oman have one each while Kuwait are not taking part. The teams are divided into two groups. Manama are in Group 'A' with Al Ettifaq of Oman, Al Rayyan of Qatar and Al Shabab of the UAE.
In Group 'B' are Bahrain's Al Ahli, defending champions UAE's Al Ahli, Al Ittihad of Saudi Arabia and Al Sadd of Qatar. Manama finished third out of eight in last year's competition. Fellow-Bahrainis Al Ahli made it to the quarter-finals before bowing out. Manama and Ali Ahli are both in action on the opening night tomorrow. Manama take on Ettifaq in the evening's main game at 8pm. Ahli battle Sadd in the first match at 6pm. Champions Al Ahli and Ittihad go head to head in the tournament's opening contest at 4pm. The next night on Saturday, Manama have a rest day while Al Ahli take on Ittihad; then on Monday Manama play Al Rayyan while Al Ahli face off with their namesakes from the UAE. The final day of the first round will be on Tuesday next week, Manama play Shabab while Al Ahli have a day off.
Manama head into the championship with a strong line-up consisting of Ahmed Abdulaziz (182-G), Hussain Mohammed (PG), Hassan Nowrooz, Mohammed Quwayed, Mohammed Qurban and Ahmed Najaf. Manama are bolstered by the highly talented pairing of professionals Nikoloz Tskitishvili from Georgia and Kadeem Coleby from the Bahamas. Al Ahli's line-up features top players Hussain Shaker, Hesham Sarhan and Sabah Hussain. Their professionals are guard Orien Greene from the US and seven-foot one-inch centre Primoz Brezec from Slovenia.
Courtesy of: gdnonline.com



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  BELARUS  

Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Sergej VABISCHEVICH
  BSEU-Gr.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.20.9 
 2. Viaroukin, GO.18.6 
 3. Aladko, Vitebsk18.1 
 4. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.17.0 
 5. Shustov, Impuls B.16.8 
 6. Suvorov, Prine.16.7 
 7. Navoichyk, Prine.16.3 
 8. Volodkin, Impuls B.15.2 
 9. Liutych, Tsmoki II14.5 
 10. Roslikau, BSEU-Gr.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy DMITRUK
  Brest
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 12
 1. Dmitruk, Brest12.0 
 2. Zahar, Impuls B.9.5 
 3. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.9.1 
 4. Liutych, Tsmoki II8.5 
 5. Chumakov, Prine.8.3 
 6. Vashkevich, Vitebsk8.2 
 7. Kopacev, GO.8.0 
 8. Ignatev, Impuls B.7.4 
 9. Malysh, COR-Bori.7.2 
 10. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Maksim SHUSTOV
  Impuls B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Shustov, Impuls B.5.7 
 2. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.3 
 3. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.5.2 
 4. Stavrovskiy, Tsmoki I.4.8 
 5. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.4.7 
 6. Korzh, Grodno-934.6 
 7. Nazarov, BSEU-Gr.4.5 
 8. Aladko, Vitebsk4.5 
 9. Kharkevich, COR-Bori.4.1 
 10. Volodkin, Impuls B.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tsimafei VIAROUKIN
  GO.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Viaroukin, GO.2.4 
 2. Suvorov, Prine.2.3 
 3. Shustov, Impuls B.2.3 
 4. Lebedev, BSEU-Gr.2.1 
 5. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk2.0 
 6. Zahar, Impuls B.1.9 
 7. Stavrovskiy, Tsmoki I.1.8 
 8. Tatur, COR-Borisfen1.8 
 9. Chumakov, Prine.1.8 
 10. Svakel, Prinemanye1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Grigoriy KRUK
  Grodno-93
  (181-PG-98)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kruk, Grodno-930.0 
 2. Adaskov, GO.0.0 
 3. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.0.0 
 4. Porolev, Tsmoki II0.0 
 5. Kozhdan, Impuls B.0.0 
 6. Pishchulenok, Vitebsk0.0 
 7. Kovalev, GO.0.0 
 8. Pankratovic, Impuls B.0.0 
 9. Koval, GO.0.0 
 10. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk0.0 


Tsmoki-Minsk celebrate opening victory in Finals - by Eurobasket News

Grodno-93 - Tsmoki-Minsk 68-107
Tsmoki-Minsk got to the winning start of the championship series. They stormed past Grodno-93 on the road in the opener. Aliaksandr Semianiuk (208-F-93) provided 22 points and 10 rebounds for the defending champions. The visitors unleashed 37 points in the opening quarter to take a 21-point lead. Tsmoki-Minsk added 27 points in the second term to take a massive 64:34 halftime advantage. Tsmoki-Minsk maintained the lead throughout the second half and rallied to the victory. Aliaksei Lashkevich (203-PF-78) provided 16 points in the winning case. Viachaslau Korzh (195-PG-86) responded with 15 points for Grodno-93. Dmitry Kuzmin (196-G-75) chipped in 14 points in the losing case.
Top scorers:
Grodno-93: V.Korzh 15+6reb+5ast, D.Kuzmin 14+4reb+2ast, V.Ilyukevich 8+4reb+1ast, K.Sitnik 8+7reb+4ast, A.Navoichyk 5+4reb, T.Evsievich 4
Tsmoki-Minsk: A.Semianiuk 22+10reb, A.Lashkevich 16+5reb, M.Meshcharakou 13+2reb, A.Kudrautsau 12+4reb+6ast, A.Graves 12+8reb+4ast, J.Gray 12+2reb+3ast
gschID: 546355





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  BELGIUM  


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)



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.

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  BRAZIL  

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Kendall ANTHONY
  Macae
  (173-PG-93)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Anthony, Macae20.7 
 2. Stallworth, Mogi20.5 
 3. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 4. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.19.3 
 5. Holloway, Pinheiros19.0 
 6. Vieira, Flamengo18.5 
 7. Garcia, Bauru18.4 
 8. Andrade, Bauru18.3 
 9. Mariano, Brasilia18.1 
 10. Jackson, Vasco D.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.9.4 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 3. de-Souza, L.Sor.7.7 
 4. Maynard, Minas7.7 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.5 
 6. Andrade, Bauru6.7 
 7. Ansaloni, Pinheiros6.6 
 8. Curnell, Mogi6.6 
 9. Mariano, Brasilia6.5 
 10. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.4 
 2. Anthony, Macae5.7 
 3. Borges, Franca5.6 
 4. Garcia, Bauru5.3 
 5. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.1 
 6. Pecos, Paulistano5.1 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.4.8 
 8. Rodgers, Minas4.7 
 9. Fischer, Flamengo4.7 
 10. Taylor, Mogi4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Larry TAYLOR
  Mogi
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Taylor, Mogi1.9 
 2. Dawkins, Vitoria1.9 
 3. Jackson, Vasco D.1.8 
 4. Curnell, Mogi1.7 
 5. Garcia, Bauru1.7 
 6. Machado, B.Cea.1.6 
 7. Schneider, Macae1.6 
 8. Rodgers, Minas1.6 
 9. Stallworth, Mogi1.5 
 10. Bennett, Pinheiros1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Leonardo KLASSMANN
  B.Cea.
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Klassmann, B.Cea.1.1 
 2. Nunes, Campo M.1.0 
 3. Castellar, Brasilia0.7 
 4. Mariano, Brasilia0.7 
 5. Lenz, Pinheiros0.7 
 6. Dias-Silva, Pauli.0.7 
 7. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 
 8. Camilo, Macae0.6 
 9. Teichmann, Pinheiros0.6 
 10. Tavares, L.Sorocaba0.6 


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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  CAMEROON  


Paul Biligha could be added to Umana Venezia roster - by Eurobasket News

Umana Reyer Venezia (Serie A) is close to ink 27-year old naturalized Cameroonian center Paul Biligha (200-106kg-90, agency: Players Group) who currently plays at Vanoli Cremona. In 30 Serie A games he recorded 10.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1bpg this season. He helped them to make it to the Supercup semifinals. The last season Biligha played also at Vanoli Cremona where in 34 Serie A games he averaged 4.7ppg and 3.6rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the Italian Cup Semifinals.
Among other achievements Biligha's team made it to the Italian LNP Cup final in 2015. He was selected to Italian LNP All-Star Game in 2015.
Biligha represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 5.9ppg, 5.4rpg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 70.0%.
Biligha has played previously for five other teams: Pavia Basket, Firenze Enic, Scandone Avellino, Piacenza and FCM Ferentino.
His game is described as: Has long arms and great athletic skills, works hard in the paint even being undersized for the job. Has great team mentality and attitude, and improved every season he played.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHINA  


Wheels In Motion' For Mavs To Sign Ding Jinhui - by Eurobasket News

The Mavs have 'put the wheels in motion' to sign 27-year-old Chinese free agent Ding JinHui (6'9''-PF-89) to a contract for summer league and possibly training camp, Eddie Sefko of the Dallas News writes. President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson tells Sefko that he believes Ding could be an ideal candidate for the new two-way contracts laid out in the revised Collective Bargaining Agreement. The swingman has played for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association since 2006, having been eligible for but ultimately passed over in the 2011 NBA draft. He is listed as having been on the Chinese national team roster for the 2012 Olympics but not most recently at the 2016 Olympics. Sefko argues that such a signing would have a significant business impact given the popularity of the game in China. The fact that the league opened an office in Shanghai speaks to the growth of the game in that part of the world. Team owner Mark Cuban declined an invitation to discuss the possible move, adding only that more will be known after July 1 when such signings can be made official.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



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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Shorter is back at Hebei Xianglan, ex Le Mans - by Eurobasket News

Hebei Xianglan (NBL) signed 28-year old American guard Shannon Shorter (193-96kg-89, college: N.Texas). It is actually his comeback to Hebei as he has played here before. Shorter He moved there from Le Mans Sarthe Basket in French ProA where he started the season. In 9 games he had 8.6ppg and 2.1rpg this season. Shorter helped them to make it to the cup final. He also played that season for TED Kolejliler in Turkish BSL. In 21 ProA games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 4.0apg and 2.0spg.
Shorter's team was regular season runner-up in Mexican CIBACOPA in 2013.
He is quite experienced player. Shorter has played on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Argentina (La Union), Israel (Hapoel Kfar Saba and Hapoel Afula), Japan (Dragonflies) and Mexico (Ostioneros de Guaymas, Guerreros and Gansos).
Shorter attended University of North Texas until 2012 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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CESAR CASSIANI WITH THE RIGHT MIX OF YOUNGS AND VETERANS IN PIRATAS - by Victor Garcia

Piratas Bogota comes from a disappointing season in the 2016, last year the team tried to develop the confidence of his young players but the lack of experience hurt them and finished at the bottom of the standings, however the young ones and the directives learned the lesson and for this year collects a veteran group of Colombians all them with roots in the Piratas , Jairo Mendoza (203-F/C-85, college: New Orleans) and Emiro Romero (194-G/F-84) are confirmed while the team management is stiil talking to Gerson Pena and Neicer Lozano to complete a very competitive base.

Cesar Cassiani , who is entering his 4th season as Piratas head coach, gave is his thoughts about the upcoming competition:

LB/ Cesar what is the Piratas goal for this year?
CC/ You know me , i always wants to give my teams the chance to compete , that's why we choose to bring experienced Colombian players to be contenders in the upcoming league.

LB/ Who are the players actually confirmed?
CC/ The veteran Jairo Mendoza was the first to confirm, he's leading the idea to bring back players that began his careers with Piratas, Jario will give us valuable support in the fight for the boards, Emiro Romero is also confirmed, Emiro is hard worker that can bring us defense, rebounding and scoring, the imports are coming from the United States, the first one is the forward Titus Mims (201-F, college: Hardin-Simmons) who had a good season with Aguilas, also a quick scoring guard named Isaiah Thomas (188-PG) who was playing in Nicaragua, he's the kind of player that can make his own shots and also create opportunities to his teammates with the ball in the hand, the third one is a big guy named Charleston Dobbs (203-F) who will support us in the forward and center position.

LB/ What style of game are you going to use with this roster?
CC/ I want to play fast, trying to explode Thomas and Mims' athleticism on the offense, and having many variants on defense to challenge our rivals.

By now Piratas looks like having a roster strong and deep enough to be among the top in the competition, something that the Bogota's fans are waiting for this year.



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Osijek extends Aljosa Sarac through 2023 - by Zeljko Zule

Vrijednosnice Osijek announced the signing of a new five-season contract with Aljosa Sarac (190-G-89), so the will stay in the team until the end of the 2022-23 season. Sarac already played for Vrijednosnice Osijek in the last three seasons. In the lastest one he averaged 13.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, a team high 4.8 assists and 1.3 steals in 27 Croatian A1 League games.
Sarac grew up with Osijek and in 2008 moved to Split, where he played two seasons before moving to Svjetlost Slavonski Brod. He joined Osjecki Sokol for the 2012-13 season and then moved to Zagreb for one season.



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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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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
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Florence Win Second-Straight On the Road - by Scott Ludwig

The Florence Wildcats semi-pro basketball team won their second game in row on the road against Charlotte Bulls 101-90 on Saturday afternoon.

In a turn of events that turned to be a great addition coach John Galbreath was added as a player to this weeks roster. The team was led by assistant, William McCoy.

"We're proudly taking this victory back with us to Florence. This was one of the best games we've played. We led most the game after being down and we controlled the tempo of the game. Proud of my boys," stated Galbreath.

The Wildcats were led by Quincy Washington (6'5''-G, college: Charleston), who scored 34 points and grabbed ten rebounds, while Demerous Robinson (F, college: USC-Salkahatcie JC) added 19 points, 5 rebounds, and Leroy Williams (6'5''-F-88) with 12 points, eight rebounds.

Destine Albert (6'0''-PG) helped with 10 points and the young ball coach John Galbreath added eight points.

"It was a good win for us today against the Charlotte Bulls, we as a team are getting better each time we step on the floor. It's a great confidence builder for us playing our next game at home. We really look forward to putting on a show for home crowd and bringing home the win for our home debut" said Quincy Washington.

The Wildcats hope to keep the momentum as they bring the road stretch to an end with their first home game on May 13 against the Petersburg Cavaliers at 5 PM in Hartsville at the Coach T.B Thomas Sports Center.

FW 23 44 67 101
CB 22 42 60 90

FLORENCE WILDCATS (101): Quincy Washington 34, Demerous 19, Leroy Williams 12, Destine Albert 10, John Galbreath 8



PrimeTime Players Move To 9-0 With Win Over High Point - by Scott Ludwig

The PrimeTime Players hosted the High Point Hawks the past Saturday in a battle of two division leaders in Rock Hill, SC at York Prep Academy. The High Point Hawks came in with plenty to prove and also looking to put the league on notice with a win over the two time defending champions at there home venue.

The first quarter Norman Carter (6'4''-G/F-85, college: Winston Salem) came out strong for the visitors scoring from all over the floor as he scored a quick 10pts and guards Jarrett Johnson (6'6''-F) and J'Mell Walters (6'0''-G-87, college: N.C.Central) combined for another 13 as the Hawks were able to take a 33-26 lead at the end of the 1st quarter.

The second quarter the home team started to lock in on defense and where able to turn the tide and open up a double digit lead with Dijuan Harris (5'9''-PG-86, college: Charlotte) and Terell Smith (6'3''-G-85, college: Limestone) leading the way with a combined 19 point in the quarter. The Hawks were not to be out done by the home teams as they were able to storm back and cut the lead down to 57-60 at the half after a breakaway dunk from Trey Britton (6'8''-C/F-89, college: Anderson, SC, agency: HMS) and another quick six points from Norman carter over the last 2 minutes of the half.

The second half saw the Hawks open the quarter with back to back three pointers from Trey Britton and Kenard Moore (6'2''-PG-87, college: SE Missouri St.) as they were able to take a early lead at the start of the 3rd period. Kenard Moore would go on to hit three more three pointers in the quarter as the visitors would trade the lead back and forth for the first half of the quarter before Chris Moore (6'2''-PG-86, college: Charleston So.) and Terell Smith where able to start finding their range and combine for 25 points in the quarter as PrimeTime was able to take a 98-89 lead into the fourth. The final quarter was all two time league MVP Chris Moore as he would score 21 of his 45 in the quarter as PrimeTime was able to pull away and then hold on down the stretch for a 140-127 win.

PrimeTime Players - Chris Moore 45 pts 9 assists 8 rbs, Dijuan Harris 24 pts 14 assists, Terell Smith 34 pts 5 rbs, Danny Sanders 12pts , Thomas Pfaff 12pts 13rbs, Pierre Stines (6'9''-PF) 4 pts 4 rbs, Matt Salley 2pts 4rbs, PJ Heath 7pts 11rbs

High Point Hawks - Norman Cater 23pts 4rbs, Kenard Moore 21pts 8rbs, Kris Brown 19pts 6rbs, J'Mell Walters 16pts 6 assists, Jarrett Johnson 14pts, Trey Britton 12pts 4rbs, Hassan Townes 10pts



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  EL SALVADOR  


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)



Diego Ferrin claims Salvadorean Liga Superior weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Diego Ferrin had a great game in the last round for Thunder and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The had a double-double of 31 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat Biomedical (#9, 3-12) 86-78. Thunder maintains the 4th position in Salvadorean Liga Superior. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Thunder will need more victories to improve their 9-5 record. In the team's last game Ferrin had a remarkable 58.8% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Thunder and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Ferrin has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 30.8ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 11.9rpg) and averages solid 1.9bpg and 53.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old Kevin Gutierrez of league's best team Marquense. Gutierrez impressed basketball fans with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he led Marquense to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked ABA (#6, 6-8) 96-67. Of course Marquense still keep the league's top spot. His team belongs to top of the standings with 13-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Gutierrez is a newcomer at Marquense and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was another Marquense's star - Manuel Artiga (196-F/C-83). Artiga showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was another key player of Marquense, helping his team with a 96-67 easy win against the lower-ranked ABA (#6, 6-8). Many experts and fans count Marquense as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 13 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Artiga has a great season in El Salvador. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.3rpg (6th best). He also has 1.6bpg and FGP: 55.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Roger Diaz (99) of San Marcos - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Carlos Pineda (178-G-92) of Biomedical - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Donald Lawes (201-C-89) of ExSAL ST - 16 points and 23 rebounds
7. Milton Martinez (88) of San Marcos - 21 points and 16 rebounds
8. Shahmel Brackett (183-PG-91) of ABA - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Carlos Sorto) of Marquense - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Hugo Salazar (189-F-81) of Marquense - 10 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists

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



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





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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. Olmre, TTU15.7 
 6. van-der-Mars, Rap.15.6 
 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/Cramo4.2 
 5. Olmre, TTU4.0 
 6. Paiste, Tarvas3.7 
 7. Bratoz, Rapla3.6 
 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. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 5. Sutt, Parnu1.7 
 6. Tamm, TL.1.6 
 7. Olmre, TTU1.6 
 8. Zvigurs, Valga1.5 
 9. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.5 
 10. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 2. Kok, Rapla0.9 
 3. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 4. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.7 
 5. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.7 
 6. Lips, Tarvas0.7 
 7. Raadik, TTU0.7 
 8. Bubalo, Parnu0.6 
 9. Saks, TL.0.6 
 10. Joesaar, Tartu U.0.6 


Alexela KML Round 1 of Finals. Kalev/Cramo take 1-0 lead - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Kalev/Cramo - Rapla 72-52

Kalev/Cramo beat Rapla to take 1-0 lead in the championship series. Rapla was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 42-20 second half run of Kalev/Cramo. American-Bulgarian power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and Serbian-Bulgarian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports) accounted for 14 points and 5 assists. Kalev/Cramo's coach Alar Varrak allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Dutch center Thomas van-der-Mars (208-90, college: Portland) came up with 8 points and 13 rebounds and Slovenian point guard Domen Bratoz (189-93) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Rapla in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: B.Mirkovic 14+3reb+5ast, C.Simmons 14+10reb, S.Sokk 10+5reb+6ast, E.Keedus 8+3reb+1ast, V.Liutych 8+2reb+1ast, M.Gladness 6+6reb
Rapla: S.Kaldre 11+3reb+1ast, R.Suarez 10+6reb+2ast, D.Bratoz 10+7reb+1ast, T.van der Mars 8+13reb+1ast, M.Paasoja 5+5reb+2ast, I.Kajupank 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 546340

3-4 Place
Tartu Ulikool - Parnu 72-54

Tartu Ulikool beat Parnu in the consolation finals series opener. The game without a history. Tartu Ulikool led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international Janari Joesaar (198-93, college: UTRGV, agency: Three Eye Sports) stepped up and scored 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Lithuanian center Dominykas Milka (203-92, college: St.Rose, NY) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Tartu Ulikool's coach Gert Kullamae used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side forward Mihkel Kirves (190-96) responded with 11 points and 6 rebounds and Lithuanian swingman Edvinas Seskus (196-95, agency: Players Group) scored 14 points.
Top scorers:
Tartu Ulikool: J.Joesaar 19+8reb+1ast, D.Milka 12+6reb+1ast, M.Adam Konate 9+2reb+3ast, V.Jois 8+6reb, J.Talts 8+6reb+4ast, M.Thomas 7+2reb+3ast
Parnu: E.Seskus 14+3reb+2ast, M.Kirves 11+6reb+3ast, D.Bubalo 11+6reb+1ast, R.Hallik 8+6reb+1ast, S.Sutt 6+6reb+3ast, K.Kask 3+4reb



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  EUROLEAGUE  


FC Barcelona waived Olaseni Lawal - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) waived 31-year old Nigerian international power forward Olaseni Lawal (208-102kg-86, college: Wayne St., MI, agency: Three Eye Sports). In 26 Liga Endesa games he recorded 4.0ppg and 3.1rpg. He played 17 games in Euroleague where he averaged 5.2ppg and 4.1rpg. Lawal contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Lawal won Italian SerieA championship title in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Defensive Team in 2015.
Lawal represented Nigeria at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year.
He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Lawal's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in four different countries. Lawal has played previously professionally also in Kazakhstan (Astana), Qatar (Al Arabi), Italy (Verona and Banco di Srd) and Spain (CB Guadalajara and Cocinas.com).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.
Lawal attended Wayne State University, MI until 2009 and it is his eighth season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: He is 6'9' and is very athletic and has very long arms. He is an excellent shot blocker and defensive player who rebounds extremely well and plays above the rim. He runs the floor like a deer and plays extremely hard on both ends of the court. Offensively he has nice skills around the basket and will dunk on someone in a flash.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  


Gobert will not play in the upcoming Eurobasket - by Eurobasket News

Rudy Gobert will miss the upcoming Eurobasket in order to rest and work on his body and this is a huge blow for the French national team. In an interview published in today's edition of the French sport newspaper 'L'Equipe' the young French center announced his decision. As he explained: 'It was a difficult decision to take. However, I was injured during the playoffs, I had a long season and I had talks with my club about my need to work on my body this summer. This does not mean that I am out of the French national team project'. The French federation recently announced the plans of the national team on the road to Tokyo Olympics, however this summer both Gobert and Batum, two starters, will be missing.
Courtesy of: eurohoops.net



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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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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Cameron CLARK
  Chalon
  (201-G/F-91)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Clark, Chalon18.8 
 2. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.5 
 3. Cobbs, Gravelines17.0 
 4. Gibson, Gravelines16.8 
 5. Roberson, Chalon16.1 
 6. Prepelic, Limoges15.8 
 7. Rush, Nancy15.6 
 8. Young, Chalons-.14.8 
 9. Dorsey, Le Portel14.5 
 10. Warren, Nanterre14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 9
 1. Fall, Chalon9.0 
 2. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.7 
 3. Poirier, Paris-Le.8.1 
 4. Solomon, Gravelines7.9 
 5. Hassell, Le Portel7.6 
 6. Hunt, Nancy7.3 
 7. Donaldson, Le Po.7.3 
 8. Lessort, Nanterre7.3 
 9. Yeguete, Le Mans7.0 
 10. Cain, Chalons-Reims6.9 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.11.1 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.1 
 3. Holston, Dijon6.2 
 4. Hodge, AS.5.7 
 5. Cobbs, Gravelines5.5 
 6. Bost, Monaco5.2 
 7. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.2 
 8. Dorsey, Le Portel4.5 
 9. Warren, Nanterre4.4 
 10. Payne, Chalons-.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.4 
 2. Holston, Dijon2.0 
 3. Payne, Chalons-.1.8 
 4. Eito, Orleans1.7 
 5. Wood, Limoges1.7 
 6. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 7. Bokolo, Pau-Lacq.1.5 
 8. Henry, Gravelines1.5 
 9. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.5 
 10. Lacombe, Stras.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fall, Chalon2.3 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.4 
 3. Uter, AS.1.1 
 4. Otule, Antibes1.1 
 5. Lessort, Nanterre1.0 
 6. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 7. Trasolini, Nancy0.9 
 8. Watkins, AS.0.8 
 9. Jeanne, Nancy0.8 
 10. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.0.8 


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Zachery PEACOCK
  Bourg
  (203-C-87)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Peacock, Bourg17.9 
 2. Hermannsson, Charlevi.17.6 
 3. Burton, Roanne17.1 
 4. Jones, Lille17.1 
 5. Williams, Boulazac16.8 
 6. Henry, Evreux16.4 
 7. Ware, Vichy C.15.8 
 8. Bigote, Nantes15.1 
 9. Obasohan, Provence.15.0 
 10. Walker, Evreux14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dinma ODIAKOSA
  Le Havre
  (203-C/F-85)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Odiakosa, Le Havre9.5 
 2. Ndoye, Bourg9.4 
 3. Kone, Charleville9.2 
 4. Burton, Roanne8.8 
 5. Ekperigin, Nantes7.9 
 6. Morin, Le Havre7.5 
 7. Traore, Lille7.3 
 8. Rhoomes, St Qu.7.3 
 9. Diame, Blois7.0 
 10. Fall, Poitiers6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Poitiers
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Threatt, Poitiers6.8 
 2. King, Le Havre6.2 
 3. Sim, Bourg5.9 
 4. Rigaux, Maurienne5.8 
 5. Turner, Blois5.8 
 6. Ware, Vichy C.5.7 
 7. Hermannsson, Charlevi.5.6 
 8. Henry, Evreux5.5 
 9. Mitchell, Nantes5.2 
 10. Duren, Boulogne5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Joe BURTON
  Roanne
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Burton, Roanne2.5 
 2. Henry, Evreux2.4 
 3. Threatt, Poitiers2.2 
 4. Turner, Blois1.9 
 5. Fouse, Charleville1.9 
 6. Mitchell, Nantes1.9 
 7. Denave, Vichy C.1.8 
 8. de-Jong, Boulogne1.8 
 9. Rigaux, Maurienne1.8 
 10. Zianveni, Boulazac1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Yannis MORIN
  Le Havre
  (208-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Morin, Le Havre1.8 
 2. Fall, Poitiers1.5 
 3. Paumier, Boulogne1.3 
 4. Ndoye, Bourg1.3 
 5. Jones, Lille1.1 
 6. MBida, Lille1.1 
 7. Traore, Lille1.0 
 8. Rinna, St Chamond1.0 
 9. Kone, Charleville0.9 
 10. Boateng, Blois0.9 


Gobert will not play in the upcoming Eurobasket - by Eurobasket News

Rudy Gobert will miss the upcoming Eurobasket in order to rest and work on his body and this is a huge blow for the French national team. In an interview published in today's edition of the French sport newspaper 'L'Equipe' the young French center announced his decision. As he explained: 'It was a difficult decision to take. However, I was injured during the playoffs, I had a long season and I had talks with my club about my need to work on my body this summer. This does not mean that I am out of the French national team project'. The French federation recently announced the plans of the national team on the road to Tokyo Olympics, however this summer both Gobert and Batum, two starters, will be missing.
Courtesy of: eurohoops.net



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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Gries/Oberhoffen adds Cretaux to their roster - by Eurobasket News

NM1 newcomer Gries/Oberhoffen BC added to their roster 28-year old guard Simon Cretaux (190-89) from Aurore de Vitre. In 28 NM1 games he recorded 7.1ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.3apg this season. The last season Cretaux played at Berck/Rang du Fliers where in 34 NM1 games he averaged 11.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.1apg and 2.0spg (in top 2).
He played in the final of French NM2 in 2015.
Cretaux has played previously for two other teams: Lievin Basket and Le Puy ASMB.

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Suleiman Braimoh (ex Enisey) joins Nanterre - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion JSF Nanterre (ProA) agreed terms with 28-year old Nigerian international power forward Suleiman Braimoh (203-104kg-89, college: Rice). He moved there from Enisey in Russian VTB league where he played this season. In 27 games he had 13.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg. The last season Braimoh played at Giessen 46ers in German BBL. In 32 games he recorded 12.3ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.3apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention, All-Star Game and All-Newcomers Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Qatar Heir Apparent Cup in 2013. Braimoh was also voted Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL Player of the Year back in 2014.
He played at the Gulf Club Championships Semifinals four years ago.
Braimoh is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit five different continents. Braimoh tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Japan (Niigata Albirex and Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano), Mexico (Huracanes), New Zealand (Hawks and Mountain Airs), Qatar (Al Rayyan and Al Gharafa) and D-League (Reno Bighorns).
Braimoh attended Rice University until 2011 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.
On Braimoh: Can shoot 35% from 3 point line. Can handle the ball off the dripple and can penetrate and finish well. Still needs a little more polish on his skills. But is a great defensive player, hard working and a natural ability to rebound.

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Shorter is back at Hebei Xianglan, ex Le Mans - by Eurobasket News

Hebei Xianglan (NBL) signed 28-year old American guard Shannon Shorter (193-96kg-89, college: N.Texas). It is actually his comeback to Hebei as he has played here before. Shorter He moved there from Le Mans Sarthe Basket in French ProA where he started the season. In 9 games he had 8.6ppg and 2.1rpg this season. Shorter helped them to make it to the cup final. He also played that season for TED Kolejliler in Turkish BSL. In 21 ProA games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 4.0apg and 2.0spg.
Shorter's team was regular season runner-up in Mexican CIBACOPA in 2013.
He is quite experienced player. Shorter has played on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Argentina (La Union), Israel (Hapoel Kfar Saba and Hapoel Afula), Japan (Dragonflies) and Mexico (Ostioneros de Guaymas, Guerreros and Gansos).
Shorter attended University of North Texas until 2012 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

Romeo Travis
Romeo Travis
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international power forward Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron, currently plays in France). He led Strasbourg IG to a 3-point victory against one of league's weakest teams Entente Orleans 45 (8-24) 92-89 in the French ProA last Tuesday. Travis scored 14 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Strasbourg IG (22-10) is placed fourth in the ProA. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Travis' first season with the team. This year he averages: 9.2ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 48.2%, 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 74.0%. Travis is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Strangely Travis has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Richard Hendrix
Richard Hendrix
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Richard Hendrix (203-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: Alabama, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to a Gran Canaria's victory against the closely-ranked UCAM Murcia (13-18) 74-64 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Hendrix scored 9 points in only 14 minutes. Herbalife Gran Canaria (20-11) is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Hendrix's overall stats are: 6.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 59.5%(78-131), 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 81.1% in 28 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Hendrix played previously for the USA U18 national team, he played also for the FYR Macedonian national team in 2015. Apparently Hendrix has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Marques Green (165-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy). He could not help Scandone AV (19-11) to beat Dolomiti En. TR (18-12). Green scored 5 points, made 3 passes and 4 steals. Scandone AV was edged 77-75 on the road by the lower-ranked Dolomiti En. TR (#4). They ended the series of four consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Green's total stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.4apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 38.9%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 96.3%(26-27). He is a naturalized American. Green played for the FYR Macedonian national team seven years ago. Interesting that he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #4. Point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Richard Hendrix and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. McCalebb managed to help Herbalife Gran Canaria in a victory against the closely-ranked UCAM Murcia (13-18) 74-64. He scored only 4 points in 19 minutes. McCalebb has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.5apg in 31 games. He is a naturalized American. McCalebb used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team back in 2015. However he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Jeremiah Massey
Jeremiah Massey
   #5. Former international forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Argentina) was not able to help Libertad Sunchales (28-27) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Massey's good performance the sixth-placed Libertad Sunchales (28-27) was edged 75-72 in Mar del Plata by the lower-ranked Quilmes MP (#6) in the Norte group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Massey's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This season Massey has relatively solid stats: 13.8ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg. He is a naturalized American. Massey used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team eight years ago. He played also for KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom in FYR Macedonian league.

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #6. Guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) helped Sevilla win their game against the eighth-ranked Andorra (16-15) 76-59 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Wednesday night's game. Stojanovski scored 9 points in 16 minutes. Betis Energia Plus Sevilla (9-22) is placed 15th in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's first victory after seven consecutive loses. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Stojanovski has reliable stats this year: 10.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.2apg in 31 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior FYR Macedonian National Team roster.

Predrag Samardziski
Predrag Samardziski
   #7. Former international center Predrag Samardziski (215-86, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Mega Leks (3-3) in their game against Dynamic BG (3-3) in the Serbian KLS. Samardziski cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. Mega Leks was defeated 86-75 at home by the higher-ranked Dynamic BG (#4). Samardziski's total stats this season are: 2.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team two years ago.

Nenad Dimitrijevic
Nenad Dimitrijevic
   #8. Point guard Nenad Dimitrijevic (187-98, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Joventut (11-21) in their game against Real Madrid (24-7) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Dimitrijevic scored only 4 points in 15 minutes. Joventut was crushed 95-70 in Madrid by the leading Real. The Regular Season already ended. Dimitrijevic has been at the team for five years. This season his total stats are: 3.4ppg and 1.1apg in 18 games. Dimitrijevic used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team back in 2015.

Kristijan Nikolov
Kristijan Nikolov
   #9. Former U18 international point guard Kristijan Nikolov (187-96, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Istanbul BBSK (11-18) in their game against Banvit (20-9) in the Turkish BSL. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Nikolov scored only 2 points. Istanbul BBSK was defeated 79-64 in Balikesir by the higher-ranked Banvit (#5). His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This season Nikolov averages just 0.6ppg. He used to play for the FYR Macedonian U18 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Cedi Osman (204-F-95, currently plays in Turkey) was the major contributor in a 1-point Anadolu Efes' victory against the sixth-ranked Galatasaray (17-12) 70-69 in a derby game in the Turkish BSL in Sunday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds in 34 minutes. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (23-4) is placed second in the BSL. Osman's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Osman's fourth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 14.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg in 26 games he played so far. Osman has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Turkish.



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Princeton transfer Hans Brase has committed to Iowa State - by Eurobasket News

Former Princeton Tigers talent Hans-George Brase (6'9''-F-93) has committed to play for the Iowa State Cyclones, a source told FanRag Sports on Friday. A graduate transfer, per NCAA rules he will be immediately eligible to play at the start of the 2017-18 college basketball season. Brase missed all of the 2015-16 season after he tore his right ACL. The Ivy League doesn't allow medical redshirts, but he retained a year of eligibility by withdrawing from school so he could return for the 2016-17 season. Unfortunately, the forward suffered a season-ending knee injury on Nov. 29 this past season. His best collegiate season was his 2014-15 campaign. By the time it was all said and done, the big man averaged 11.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest. He also shot 42 percent from the floor and 35 percent from beyond the arc. Brase started all five contests he played in during the 2016-17 season, averaging 6.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. He finishes his Princeton career having averaged 9.3 points per game over his unusual stay with the program. As for the Cyclones, Iowa State finished last season with an overall record of 24-11. The program also made its sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
Courtesy of: fanragsports.com



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
gschID: 545856


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





The Bayer Giants Leverkusen Keep Olegas Legankovas And Daniel Merkens - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro B team Bayer Giants Leverkusen have announced the contract extension of Olegas Legankovas (197-SF-94) and Daniel Merkens. Both started their careers with the Bayer Giants Leverkusen and continue to show their faith in hanging around and wanting to develop further under head coach Achim Kuczmann. Olegas Legankovas is a 22 year old 197cm forward that started his career with the junior team and already played Pro B at the age of 17. He already has a lot of experience at the professional level in Germany having played 57 Pro B games and three seasons in the Pro A playing a total of 71 games. This past season he played 23 Pro B games averaging 3.1ppg, 2.6rpg. "Oleg didn't have a easy season as he often had to rotate between the wing and power forward, but he showed his versatility. He played well and gave the starters their rest", stressed ehad coach Achim Kuczmann. "The trust that the club in me makes me happy. I will do all I can so we reach our goals and that we can celebrate wins with the fans", stated Olegas Legankovas.

The club also announced the contract extension of Daniel Mertens. Mertens is a 20 year old 184cm point gaurd that just completed his first full Pro B season playing 19 games and averaging 2.4ppg. "Daniel grew up with the Bayer Giants. He always gives his best in practice and showed his status for us during the season", stressed head coach Achim Kuczmann. "I like being a part of the team and feel comfortable here since years. I will do my best to develop further in the next months", stated Daniel Mertens.

Source:Bayer Giants Leverkusen




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





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  GHANA  


Fire outduels Navy in Accra League Women's matchup - by Yaw Mintah

Fire Service has delivered a knockout blow to the title chasing ambitions of Ghan navy in the 2017 Accra Basketball League (ABL) Women's Division season thanks to a nail biting 53-51 win at the Lebanon House Court.

The latest round in the division had defending champions Braves of Customs game against University of Ghana (UG) postponed due to administrative reasons. However, the sole match of the day more than made up for the shortfall as Fire and Navy produced an exciting game.

Trailing 5-11 and 17-26 at the end of the first and second quarters respectively, Fire's increased its efforts on the offensive end in the second half with star Guard Carlyn Adjei scoring four consecutive points on fastbreak layups.

However, Memuna Mumuni of Navy answered with four points of her own to keep matters interesting. Fire closed in on Navy trailing 35-39 close but Mumuni completed a beautiful pass from Navy Guard Maria Mensah to give Navy a 43-37 lead.

Adjei reduced Fire's deficit to two (43-45) with five minutes left to play as Navy experienced another cold shooting stretch late in the game to fall for the second straight week.




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  GREECE  


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



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  HOLLAND  


Thomas van der Mars' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Dutch players playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Thomas van der Mars
Thomas van der Mars
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Thomas van der Mars (208-90, college: Portland, currently plays in Estonia). van der Mars led Rapla to a victory over the league leader Tartu Ulikool (29-3) 79-75 in the Estonian Alexela KML on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. van der Mars had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 32 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only van der Mars' second season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. AVIS UTILITAS Rapla (20-12) is placed second in the Alexela KML. van der Mars has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 12.4rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 62.0%(212-342) and FT: 71.3% in 35 games he played so far. van der Mars is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Henk Norel
Henk Norel
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Henk Norel (213-87, currently plays in Spain). Norel could not help Zaragoza (9-22) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Zaragoza was edged in an overtime 94-91 on the road by the league outsider (#17) La ICL Manresa. Norel was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 39 minutes. It was Zaragoza's third consecutive loss in a row. Norel's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Norel's fifth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 61.3%(122-199) and FT: 76.4% in 28 games. Norel played for the Dutch national team in 2015.

Charlon Kloof
Charlon Kloof
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, agency: Octagon Europe, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in FYR Macedonia). He was the main contributor in a MZT Skopje's victory against the fourth-ranked Kumanovo (3-7) 93-88 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga on Sunday night. Kloof was the best player in that game. He scored 25 points and grabbed 4 rebounds; not bad, considering it's only Kloof's third season in pro basketball. KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (9-1) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. It's Kloof's first year with the team. This season he has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 4.3apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 57.0%(45-79), 3FGP: 21.6% and FT: 65.5%. Kloof has a dual citizenship: Surinamese and Dutch. He is also a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Nicolas de Jong
Nicolas de Jong
   #4. Center Nicolas de Jong (210-88, currently plays in France) was not able to help Chalons-Reims (10-22) in their last game. Despite de Jong's very good performance Chalons-Reims lost 84-92 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#9) Gravelines-Dunkerque. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. de Jong also added 5 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks in 35 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. de Jong has reliable stats this year: 13.3ppg and 3.7rpg in 29 games. He is also Dutch national team player.

Josh Duinker
Josh Duinker
   #5. Former international power forward Josh Duinker (209-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in New Zealand) was the major contributor in Saints' victory against the league outsider Mountain Airs (3-10) 94-76 in the New Zealand NBL last Friday. Duinker recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Wellington Saints (12-0) are placed first in the NBL. So far his team won all twelve games in the Regular Season. This season Duinker has very high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 8.1rpg and 2.2apg. Duinker is another player who holds two passports: Dutch and Australian. He used to play for the Dutch national team four years ago.

Roeland Schaftenaar
Roeland Schaftenaar
   #6. Power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for AGOR (13-13) in their last game. Despite Schaftenaar's good performance AGOR lost 70-81 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) AEK Athens. He was the second best scorer with 12 points in a mere 18 minutes. This year Schaftenaar's overall stats are: 5.5ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.1apg in 20 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Dutch National Team roster.

Worthy de Jong
Worthy de Jong
   #7. International shooting guard Worthy de Jong (194-88, currently plays in France) couldn't help SO Maritime Boulogne (12-20) in their last game on Friday. Despite de Jong's good performance SO Maritime Boulogne was defeated 84-71 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked Poitiers (#7). He was the second best scorer with 12 points. de Jong also added 5 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. de Jong's total stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.8spg. He is also Dutch national team player.

Jito Kok
Jito Kok
   #8. Center Jito Kok (206-94, agency: Court Side, college: San Diego, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas van der Mars. But that was another game of his team in Estonian Alexela KML which we would like to mention. Kok couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Rapla (20-12) in their game against Tartu Ulikool (29-3). He scored 7 points in 25 minutes. Rapla was crushed 85-61 in Tartu by the leading Ulikool. This year Kok's total stats are: 5.2ppg and 3.8rpg in 18 games. He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team back in 2014.

Jeroen van der List
Jeroen van der List
   #9. Former international power forward Jeroen van der List (212-89, college: Indian Hills CC, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Shinshu BW (14-46) in their last game on Sunday. Despite van der List's good performance the sixth-placed Shinshu BW (14-46) was edged 69-68 in Nara by the higher-ranked Bambitious (#4) in the Central group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. van der List also added 5 assists. The Regular Season already ended. van der List averaged so far 14.1ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5bpg. He used to play for the Dutch national team three years ago.

Kevin van Wijk
Kevin van Wijk
   #10. Forward Kevin van Wijk (203-89, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Melilla Baloncesto (19-15) in their game against Burgos (24-10) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). van Wijk recorded 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 17 minutes. Melilla Baloncesto was edged 79-78 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#3) Burgos. van Wijk has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1apg in 36 games. He is a former U16 international player as twelve years ago he still played for the Dutch national team.

   #11. Former international center Kevin Bleeker (208-93, also represented by Court Side, college: Canisius, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Navarra in their game against CB Granada in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Bleeker scored 6 points. His team was defeated 73-67. Bleeker has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 4.8rpg. He used to play for the Dutch national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Aaron Doornekamp (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) led CB Canarias to a victory over the closely-ranked FC Barcelona (21-10) 73-65 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Thursday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Doornekamp scored 20 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 36 minutes. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (21-10) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Doornekamp has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.4apg in 31 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Dutch.

   #2. Ryan Broekhoff (200-F-90, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in VTB United League) was the major contributor in Lokomotiv's victory against the closely-ranked Unics Kazan (15-9) 92-76 in the VTB United League last Sunday. Broekhoff recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. Lokomotiv Kuban (19-5) is placed fourth in group A. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This season Broekhoff averages: 8.3ppg and 5.1rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Dutch.

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



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 



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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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Indonesian National Team -17 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Diftha Pratama
Pratama
Mario Wuysang
Wuysang
Christian Setipu
Setipu
Hardianus Lakudu
Lakudu
Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa
Dhyaksa
#e#5
1Diftha Pratama 186-SG-89 Garuda Indonesia
2Hardianus Lakudu 175-PG-92 Satria Muda Indonesia
5Mario Wuysang 176-PG-79 CLS Knights Indonesia
7Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa 173-PG-92 Aspac Indonesia
8Abraham Damar Grahita 201-SF-95 Aspac Indonesia
9Sandy Kurniawan 190-SG-86 CLS Knights Indonesia
14Adhi Putra 194-C-93 Pelita Jaya Indonesia
15Christian Setipu 200-C-86 Satria Muda Indonesia
16Firman Nugroho 201-C-90 CLS Knights Indonesia
30Kevin Sitorus 196-PF-94 Satria Muda Indonesia

Wahyu Jati Head Coach
Antonius Rinaldo Assistant Pelita Jaya Indonesia
Johannis Winar Assistant Pelita Jaya Indonesia



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D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Daequan COOK
  Chemidor
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Cook, Chemidor23.1 
 2. Buljan, Kashan22.5 
 3. Robinson, Petrochimi20.9 
 4. Prince, Azad19.2 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan18.6 
 6. Hosley, Arak18.2 
 7. Gacesa, Tabriz17.2 
 8. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.15.5 
 9. Jones, Azad15.2 
 10. Williams, Arak15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  Army
  (200-SF-90)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Kazemi, Army11.5 
 2. Buljan, Kashan10.1 
 3. Williams, Tabriz9.1 
 4. Toncinic, Gorgan8.8 
 5. Kardoust, Arak8.7 
 6. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.8.6 
 7. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.7.5 
 8. Mirzaei, Naft A.7.5 
 9. Cukinas, Chemidor7.3 
 10. Jones, Azad7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Petrochimi
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Robinson, Petrochimi4.3 
 2. Nasajpour, Tabriz4.0 
 3. Davarpanah, Naft A.3.8 
 4. Prince, Azad3.6 
 5. Perkins, Naft A.3.5 
 6. Hosley, Arak3.2 
 7. Davoudi, Arak3.1 
 8. Jamshidi, Petrochimi3.1 
 9. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.2.8 
 10. Williams, Arak2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Arak
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hosley, Arak2.8 
 2. Kazemi, Army2.7 
 3. Nasajpour, Tabriz2.7 
 4. Prince, Azad2.5 
 5. Davarpanah, Naft A.2.2 
 6. Mashayekhi, Naft A.2.0 
 7. Perkins, Naft A.2.0 
 8. Robinson, Petrochimi1.8 
 9. Jones, Azad1.7 
 10. Davoudi, Arak1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Tabriz
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Williams, Tabriz4.1 
 2. Taherpour, Shiraz a.1.1 
 3. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.1.1 
 4. Riaie, Chemidor1.0 
 5. Kardoust, Arak1.0 
 6. Moradinasab, Gor.0.9 
 7. Toncinic, Gorgan0.9 
 8. Soleimani, Kashan0.8 
 9. Nabipour, Petrochimi0.7 
 10. Torabi, Army0.7 


Superleague Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Azad and Petrochimi - by Eurobasket News

Azad - Naft Abadan 98-89

Azad held off Naft Abadan to cut the deficit in the semifinal series. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 36-25 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Azad made 32-of-35 free shots (91.4 percent) during the game. 30 personal fouls committed by Naft Abadan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Dominique Jones (193-88, college: S.Florida) who scored 39 points (!!!) and 6 assists. Irish-Australian center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Ivorian guard Doron Perkins (189-83, college: Santa Clara) who recorded 21 points and 9 rebounds and international Mohammad Hassanzadeh (203-90, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 19 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Naft Abadan: D.Perkins 21+9reb+2ast, M.Hassanzadeh 19+10reb, S.Davarpanah 14+3reb+6ast, M.Mirzaei 10+3reb, M.Reza Akbari 8+2reb+2ast, S.Mashayekhi 8+2reb+4ast
Azad: D.Jones 39+2reb+6ast, M.Yousofvand 18+6reb+2ast, A.James Ogilvy 17+14reb+2ast, B.Koochoie 12+6reb+3ast, A.Baheran 5+4reb+3ast, A.Doraghi 3+1reb
gschID: 546667


Arak - Petrochimi 67-79

Petrochemi upset Arak on the road to open 3-0 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Petrochimi. Arak was better in second period 18-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Arak's 30. They outrebounded Arak 39-27 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for international center Hamed Haddadi (218-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. International Behnam Yakhchali (196-95, agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Petrochimi players scored in double figures. American-Georgian forward Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and Bulgarian Filip Videnov (196-80, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Alti Sport) added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Arak.
Top scorers:
Arak: Q.Hosley 17+10reb+1ast, H.Afagh 15+1reb+1ast, A.Kardoust 10, H.Sohrabnejad 9+6reb+3ast, F.Videnov 8+6reb+6ast, M.Zarei 5+3reb
Petrochimi: H.Haddadi 25+13reb+6ast, B.Yakhchali 17+9reb+4ast, O.Sahakian 15+8reb+2ast, J.White 10+3reb+2ast, H.Hosseinzadeh 6+1ast, M.Atashi 6+1reb
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  IRELAND  


Dublin Masters takes centre stage this weekend - by Patrick Maher

Dublin Masters takes centre stage this weekend
May 12,2017
The fifth annual Dublin Masters International Basketball Tournament tip off this weekend in the capital.
Games will take place in five venues across south Dublin with plenty of well known names taking to the court to relive their youth on the hard wood.
Finals will take place in Oblate Hall from 1pm on Sunday and there is free entry to all games.
A tournament party will take place on Saturday night at 9pm in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel and everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the event.
More info can be found on the event and the schedule for the weekend can be found on the Dublin Masters Facebook page here.https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=dublin%20masters%20basketball

Medical Doctor Volunteers required for FIBA U18 Women's European Championship Division B, Dublin

The FIBA Under 18 Women's Basketball European Championship Division B will be held this year in Dublin from August 4th to August 13th at both the National Basketball Arena (NBA) in Tallaght and at the National Indoor Arena, Abbotstown. Teams will be accommodated on campus in the University of Maynooth.

Basketball Ireland are seeking medical doctors to provide medical care to the international teams and visiting delegates over the Championships. Doctors are required to hold current registration with the Irish Medical Council, appropriate coverage with their relevant medical insurance company and a valid driving licence. General Practitioners are encouraged to apply. An additional interest in sports medicine would be an advantage.

These positions are voluntary and all relevant invoiced expenses will be covered. Curriculum vitae should be sent to Louise O'Loughlin at Basketball Ireland loloughlin@basketballireland.ie by Friday, May 26th 2017.

CV's should include your Medical Council registration number and details of your medical insurer. Volunteer Doctors may volunteer to assist for a portion or all of the Championship. Please specify your availability on your application.



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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. Limonad, Hapoel T.4.4 
 10. Green, Bnei H.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. Henry, Hapoel Eilat1.9 
 4. Vargas, Maccabi .1.9 
 5. Kitchen, Ironi N.1.8 
 6. Dennis, Bnei H.1.7 
 7. Kinsey, Hapoel J-M1.7 
 8. Taylor, Maccabi .1.7 
 9. Howell, Hapoel T-A1.7 
 10. Seeley, 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. Daniels, Hapoel Eilat1.1 
 6. Mitchell, Maccabi .1.1 
 7. Adrien, Bnei H.1.1 
 8. Kelly, Maccabi K/G0.9 
 9. Carter, Maccabi .0.9 
 10. Chubrevich, Hapoel H.0.9 


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Storm WARREN
  Maccabi .
  (201-PF-88)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Warren, Maccabi .23.6 
 2. Huertas, Hap.Haifa21.8 
 3. Burrows, Hap.Haifa21.7 
 4. Livingston, Hapoel K.21.1 
 5. Teel, Maccabi H/H20.6 
 6. Esho, Ramat H.20.6 
 7. Pointer, Ironi K-A20.4 
 8. Relphorde, Hapoel M.19.9 
 9. Madden, Hap.R/G.19.7 
 10. Jordan, Galil Elion19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony LEE
  Ironi R.
  (206-F/C-91)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Lee, Ironi R.12.5 
 2. Jordan, Galil Elion11.6 
 3. Warren, Maccabi .11.2 
 4. Watson, Hapoel K/S10.7 
 5. Allen, Hapoel B/S10.7 
 6. Livingston, Hapoel K.10.7 
 7. Yates, Macc.Reh.10.4 
 8. Pointer, Ironi K-A10.2 
 9. McShepard, Ironi N.9.9 
 10. Burrows, Hap.Haifa9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H7.7 
 2. Nanikashvili, Hap.H.6.8 
 3. Cohen, Hapoel K/S5.8 
 4. Lavie, Maccabi .5.5 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Ironi R.5.4 
 6. Dunne, Ironi N.4.9 
 7. Ainhorn, Ironi K-A4.6 
 8. Niv, Hap.Haifa4.5 
 9. Ariely, Hapoel B/S4.5 
 10. Tal, Hapoel Afula4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H2.7 
 2. Addison, Macc.Reh.2.5 
 3. Relphorde, Hapoel M.2.4 
 4. Lavie, Maccabi .2.3 
 5. Warren, Maccabi .2.0 
 6. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.0 
 7. Pointer, Ironi K-A1.9 
 8. Burrows, Hap.Haifa1.9 
 9. Rosenberg, Hapoel M.1.9 
 10. Olasewere, Hap.R/G.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sir''Dominic POINTER
  Ironi K-A
  (198-G/F-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.2 
 2. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.1 
 3. Lee, Ironi R.1.9 
 4. Givens, Maccabi .1.5 
 5. Watson, Hapoel K/S1.5 
 6. Warren, Maccabi .1.3 
 7. Gaston, Hapoel M.1.3 
 8. Joyner, Ironi K-A1.2 
 9. Treadwell, Hapoel A.1.2 
 10. Roberts, Ironi N.1.2 


Best players of Israeli Winner League round 32 - by Eurobasket News

American Mark Lyons (185-PG-89, agency: Higher Vision Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Hapoel T-A and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 32.
The 27-year old playmaker had the game-high 30 points adding two rebounds and nine assists for Hapoel T-A in his team's victory, helping them to beat Maccabi Ashdod (#11, 12-20) 91-86. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on top of the standings. Hapoel T-A maintains the 10th position in Israeli Winner League. Hapoel T-A 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 14-18 record. In the team's last game Lyons had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Hapoel T-A's top player in his first season with the team. University of Arizona graduate has very impressive stats this year. Lyons is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.5ppg. Lyons is in league's top in assists (6th best: 4.8apg) and averages solid 40.7% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American swingman Scotty Hopson (200-F/G-89) of Ironi Nahariya. Hopson impressed basketball fans with 28 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Ironi Nahariya lost that game 87-99 to slightly higher-ranked Bnei Hertzeliyya (#5, 18-14). Ironi Nahariya managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-15 record is not bad and everything may still change. Hopson is one of the most experienced players at Ironi Nahariya and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was international Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) of Maccabi Rishon (#7). Zalmanson scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Zalmanson's great performance Maccabi Rishon lost 79-91 to the higher-ranked Hapoel Holon (#2, 21-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Maccabi Rishon needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 16 victories and 16 lost games. Zalmanson has a very solid season. In 31 games in Israel he scored 8.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tu Holloway (182-G-89) of Hapoel Holon - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Jason Siggers (194-SF-85) of Galil Gilboa - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Darrell Williams (203-F/C-89) of Bnei Hertzeliyya - 20 points and 9 rebounds
7. Eric Griffin (203-F-90) of Galil Gilboa - 18 points and 13 rebounds
8. Justin Carter (193-G/F-87) of Maccabi K/G - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Darion Atkins (203-F-92) of Hapoel Holon - 24 points and 9 rebounds
10. Jeff Adrien (201-F-86) of Bnei Hertzeliyya - 21 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)



Ironi Nes-Ziona celebrate National League title - by Eurobasket News

Hapoel B/S - Ironi Nes-Ziona 68-72

Ironi Nes-Ziona celebrated National League title. They upset Hapoel B/S on the road to complete the sweep of the championship series. Hapoel B/S was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Ironi Nes-Ziona made 26-of-33 free shots (78.8 percent) during the game, while Hapoel B/S only scored eight points from the stripe. It was a great evening for Golan Gutt (192-94) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 7 rebounds. American power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) helped adding 11 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American swingman Jason Williams (198-83, college: UTEP) with 27 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Jordan Lewis (195-89, college: Cal Poly - SLO) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Hapoel B/S: J.Williams 27+7reb+3ast, J.Lewis 10+5reb+1ast, O.Cohen 9+4reb+1ast, A.Fisher 6+1reb+5ast, B.Eisenhardt 3+8reb, T.Ariely 2+4reb+6ast
Ironi Nes-Ziona: G.Gutt 21+7reb+1ast, R.Pitshon 13+10reb, L.Roberts 11+10reb+3ast, E.Hofman 9+2reb+2ast, T.Michael Dunne 6+5reb+1ast, A.Ben David 5+2reb+2ast
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Winner League Round 32: Leader Hapoel Eilat loses to Maccabi K/G - by Eurobasket News

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

Top ranked Hapoel Eilat (21-11) recorded its eleventh loss at the home court on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by twelfth ranked Maccabi K/G (6-26) 90-81. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Hapoel Eilat. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-81. Maccabi K/G made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was point guard Josh Selby (188-91, college: Kansas, agency: HMS) who scored 22 points and 8 assists. Swingman Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. point guard Pierria Henry (193-93, college: Charlotte) produced 10 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals for the hosts. Hapoel Eilat's coach Oded Katash rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Maccabi K/G maintains twelfth position with 6-26 record. Hapoel Eilat at the other side still keeps top place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Hapoel Holon. Maccabi K/G are looking forward to face higher ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (#4) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hapoel Eilat will play against Ironi Nahariya and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Maccabi T-A (19-13) against ninth ranked Galil Gilboa (15-17) on Thursday night. Host Maccabi T-A was edged by Galil Gilboa in a tough game in Tel-Aviv 85-87. American Jason Siggers (194-85, college: Albany) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 7 rebounds. Eric Griffin contributed with 18 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. American DJ Seeley (193-89, college: CS Fullerton) replied with 16 points and 4 assists for Maccabi T-A. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Galil Gilboa have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Maccabi Haifa. Maccabi T-A at the other side keeps the third position with 13 games lost. Galil Gilboa will play against league's second-placed Hapoel Holon at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Maccabi T-A will play against Maccabi Ashdod and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Holon. Local Hapoel Holon (21-11) beat 7th ranked Maccabi Rishon (16-16) 91-79 on Friday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Darion Atkins who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 9 rebounds. Hapoel Holon's coach Dan Shamir used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Idan Zalmanson responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Hapoel Holon used an opportunity after Hapoel Eilat lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Defending champion Maccabi Rishon keeps the seventh place with 16 games lost. Hapoel Holon will meet Galil Gilboa (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi Rishon will play against Bnei Hasharon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 32 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Ironi Nahariya was defeated by Bnei Hertzeliyya in Hod Hasharon 99-87. Hapoel J-M beat Maccabi Haifa at home 69-63. Maccabi Ashdod lost to Hapoel T-A on the opponent's court 86-91.
The best stats of 32th round was 11 points and 4 assists by Jerome Dyson of Hapoel J-M.

Hapoel Holon - Maccabi Rishon 91-79

The game with biggest result difference took place in Holon. Local Hapoel Holon (21-11) beat 7th ranked Maccabi Rishon (16-16) 91-79 on Friday night. The game without a history. Hapoel Holon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. Hapoel Holon looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Darion Atkins (203-92, college: Virginia) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Tu Holloway (182-89, college: Xavier) who added 20 points and 6 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) during the contest. Hapoel Holon's coach Dan Shamir used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International power forward Idan Zalmanson (206-95) responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and the former international swingman Shawn Dawson (198-93) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Hapoel Holon used an opportunity after Hapoel Eilat lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Defending champion Maccabi Rishon keeps the seventh place with 16 games lost. Hapoel Holon will meet Galil Gilboa (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi Rishon will play against Bnei Hasharon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: D.Atkins 24+9reb+1ast, T.Holloway 20+2reb+6ast, J.Bell 16+4reb+2ast, S.Harush 9+2reb+6ast, J.Taylor 8+3ast, G.Israeli 6+2reb+4ast
Maccabi Rishon: I.Zalmanson 24+7reb+1ast, S.Dawson 14+5reb+2ast, O.Brandwein 10+1reb+7ast, C.Thomas 9+2reb+2ast, J.Moore 7+1reb, N.Hanochi 5+2ast
gschID: 540762


Bnei Hertzeliyya - Ironi Nahariya 99-87

Everything could happen in Hod Hasharon at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Bnei Hasharon and 6th ranked Ironi Nahariya had identical 17-14 record. This time Bnei Hasharon used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Nahariya 99-87 on Thursday night. The game was mostly controlled by Bnei Hasharon. Ironi Nahariya managed to win second period 27-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Jeff Adrien (201-86, college: Connecticut) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Darrell Williams (203-89, college: Tex.A&M-Comm., agency: BeoBasket) who added 20 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) during the contest. Swingman Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) responded with 28 points and 5 assists and point guard Derwin Kitchen (194-86, college: Florida St.) scored 10 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Ironi Nahariya's coach Eric Elfasi tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Bnei Hasharon (18-14) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hapoel J-M. Loser Ironi Nahariya keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost. Bnei Hasharon will meet Maccabi Rishon (#7) in the next round. Ironi Nahariya will play against the league's leader Hapoel Eilat and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hertzeliyya: J.Adrien 21+9reb+1ast, D.Williams 20+9reb, B.Triche 14+2reb, Y.Amiram 14+7reb+2ast, T.Green 13+10ast, D.Sharp 13+4reb+1ast
Ironi Nahariya: S.Hopson 28+2reb+5ast, S.Douglass 17+1reb+3ast, J.Skjoldebrand 11+6reb+2ast, D.Kitchen 10+8reb+6ast, I.Nesterenko 10+3reb, T.Nash 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 540760


Hapoel J-M - Maccabi Haifa 69-63

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (18-14) defeated at home 8th ranked Maccabi Haifa (15-17) 69-63 on Thursday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Maccabi Haifa won third quarter 17-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Hapoel Jerusalem won last quarter 21-16. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American power forward Richard Howell (203-90, college: N.Carolina St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and the former international forward Lior Eliyahu (205-85) who added 8 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Naturalized American point guard John DiBartolomeo (183-91, college: Rochester, agency: Duran International) responded with 11 points and international swingman Amit Simhon (198-89, agency: Avi Zilberman) scored 13 points. Hapoel Jerusalem maintains fourth position with 18-14 record, which they share with Bnei Hertzeliyya. Maccabi Haifa lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Galil Gilboa. Hapoel Jerusalem will meet bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi Haifa will play against Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: R.Howell 12+11reb+2ast, B.Timor 12+1reb+2ast, J.Dyson 11+1reb+4ast, T.Kinsey 9+5reb+1ast, C.Jerrells 8+1ast, L.Eliyahu 8+5reb+5ast
Maccabi Haifa: A.Simhon 13+4reb, J.DiBartolomeo 11+4reb+3ast, K.Pinkney 10+7reb, G.Vargas 9+3reb+5ast, O.Mendez-Valdez 6+2reb+3ast, O.Blayzer 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 540765


Hapoel Eilat - Maccabi K/G 81-90

Top ranked Hapoel Eilat (21-11) recorded its eleventh loss at the home court on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by twelfth ranked Maccabi K/G (6-26) 90-81. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Hapoel Eilat. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-81. Maccabi K/G made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was point guard Josh Selby (188-91, college: Kansas, agency: HMS) who scored 22 points and 8 assists. Swingman Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. Point guard Pierria Henry (193-93, college: Charlotte) produced 10 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals and forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland) added 15 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel Eilat's coach Oded Katash rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Maccabi K/G maintains twelfth position with 6-26 record. Hapoel Eilat at the other side still keeps top place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Hapoel Holon. Maccabi K/G are looking forward to face higher ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (#4) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hapoel Eilat will play against Ironi Nahariya and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/G: J.Selby 22+4reb+8ast, J.Carter 20+7reb+2ast, B.Bowman 17+5reb+1ast, A.Rosenberg 13+3reb, O.Solomon 12+6reb+2ast, E.Shulman 6+1reb+1ast
Hapoel Eilat: L.Milbourne 15+2reb+1ast, A.Nissim 14+2ast, R.Buckner 13+3reb, P.Henry 10+6reb+7ast, R.Menco 10+4reb+1ast, R.Rothbart 6+4reb
gschID: 540764


Maccabi T-A - Galil Gilboa 85-87

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Maccabi T-A (19-13) against ninth ranked Galil Gilboa (15-17) on Thursday night. Host Maccabi T-A was edged by Galil Gilboa in a tough game in Tel-Aviv 85-87. Maccabi T-A was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 27-19 third quarter run of Galil Gilboa. American Jason Siggers (194-85, college: Albany) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import forward Eric Griffin (203-90, college: Campbell) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. American DJ Seeley (193-89, college: CS Fullerton) replied with 16 points and 4 assists and naturalized American forward Joe Alexander (203-86, college: W.Virginia) added 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for Maccabi T-A. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Galil Gilboa have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Maccabi Haifa. Maccabi T-A at the other side keeps the third position with 13 games lost. Galil Gilboa will play against league's second-placed Hapoel Holon at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Maccabi T-A will play against Maccabi Ashdod and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: J.Siggers 27+7reb+3ast, E.Skverer 19+3reb+5ast, E.Griffin 18+13reb, M.Qualls 14+1reb+2ast, J.Shuchman 9+6reb+6ast, I.Mayor 0
Maccabi T-A: D.Seeley 16+4reb+4ast, J.Alexander 15+6reb+2ast, V.Rudd 13+4reb+3ast, I.Segev 11+8reb+1ast, G.Pnini 10+2reb+1ast, A.Goudelock 9+1reb+2ast
gschID: 540763


Hapoel T-A - Maccabi Ashdod 91-86

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 11th ranked Maccabi Ashdod's (12-20) road loss to tenth ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (14-18) 86-91 on Thursday. Maccabi Ashdod was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 27-19 charge of Hapoel Tel-Aviv, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Mark Lyons (185-89, college: Arizona, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 9 assists and the other American import swingman Branden Dawson (198-93, college: Michigan St.) who added 11 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Hapoel Tel-Aviv's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American Chase Simon (201-89, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international Jake Cohen (208-90, college: Davidson) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel Tel-Aviv maintains tenth position with 14-18 record. Maccabi Ashdod lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 20 games lost. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will meet higher ranked Maccabi Haifa (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Maccabi Ashdod will play against Maccabi T-A and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: M.Lyons 30+2reb+9ast, T.Ginat 12+5reb+2ast, B.Dawson 11+9reb, A.Banks 11+1reb+3ast, A.Tucker 9+1reb+1ast, T.Blatt 8+3reb+7ast
Maccabi Ashdod: C.Simon 25+7reb+4ast, J.Cohen 16+8reb+1ast, M.Little 15+4reb+5ast, J.Carmichael 14+7reb+4ast, I.Ziv 8+4reb+4ast, N.Tishman 4+2ast
gschID: 540761





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  ITALY  

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Marcus LANDRY
  Brescia
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Landry, Brescia19.6 
 2. Sosa, JuveCaserta19.3 
 3. Jones, VL Pesaro19.2 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu19.0 
 5. Ragland, Scandone.17.8 
 6. MBaye, Enel B.17.7 
 7. Johnson, Openjobm.17.6 
 8. Della-Valle, Grissin.15.8 
 9. Aradori, Grissin .15.7 
 10. Holloway, Vanoli C.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 O.D. ANOSIKE
  Openjobm.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Anosike, Openjobm.11.1 
 2. Jones, VL Pesaro10.1 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta9.0 
 4. Washington, Auxilium.8.6 
 5. White, Auxilium TO8.0 
 6. Lawal, Banco d.7.3 
 7. Fesenko, Scandone.7.3 
 8. Johnson, AV Cantu7.2 
 9. Nnoko, VL Pesaro7.1 
 10. Thomas, Vanoli CR7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Luca VITALI
  Brescia
  (201-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Vitali, Brescia7.1 
 2. Sosa, JuveCaserta5.9 
 3. Maynor, Openjobm.5.5 
 4. Wright, Auxilium.5.5 
 5. Dowdell, AV Cantu5.4 
 6. Ragland, Scandone.5.1 
 7. Moore, The F.5.1 
 8. Craft, Dolomiti.4.7 
 9. Kalnietis, EA7 A.4.5 
 10. Green, Scandone AV4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron CRAFT
  Dolomiti.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Craft, Dolomiti.2.0 
 2. Sutton, Dolomiti.1.9 
 3. Green, Scandone AV1.8 
 4. Moss, Brescia1.7 
 5. Ragland, Scandone.1.6 
 6. Goss, Enel Brindisi1.5 
 7. Lighty, Dolomiti.1.5 
 8. Bostic, JuveCaserta1.5 
 9. Jones, VL Pesaro1.5 
 10. Harrow, VL Pesaro1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Norvel PELLE
  Openjobm.
  (208-F-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pelle, Openjobm.2.1 
 2. Cervi, Grissin .2.0 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta1.8 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu1.4 
 5. Putney, JuveCaserta1.2 
 6. Lawal, Banco d.1.2 
 7. Thomas, Vanoli CR1.1 
 8. Biligha, Vanoli CR1.1 
 9. Berggren, Brescia1.1 
 10. MBaye, Enel B.1.0 


Andrea Pastore extends deal with Latina Basket - by Eurobasket News

Andrea Pastore (190-SG-94) extended the deal with Latina Basket. The guard has penned a new two-year contract. Andrea Pastore tallied 9.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in Serie A2 this season. Last season his stats read 6.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists per appearance. Andrea Pastore participated at C2 All-Star Game back in 2012.



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





Paul Biligha could be added to Umana Venezia roster - by Eurobasket News

Umana Reyer Venezia (Serie A) is close to ink 27-year old naturalized Cameroonian center Paul Biligha (200-106kg-90, agency: Players Group) who currently plays at Vanoli Cremona. In 30 Serie A games he recorded 10.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1bpg this season. He helped them to make it to the Supercup semifinals. The last season Biligha played also at Vanoli Cremona where in 34 Serie A games he averaged 4.7ppg and 3.6rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the Italian Cup Semifinals.
Among other achievements Biligha's team made it to the Italian LNP Cup final in 2015. He was selected to Italian LNP All-Star Game in 2015.
Biligha represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Croatia seven years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 5.9ppg, 5.4rpg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 70.0%.
Biligha has played previously for five other teams: Pavia Basket, Firenze Enic, Scandone Avellino, Piacenza and FCM Ferentino.
His game is described as: Has long arms and great athletic skills, works hard in the paint even being undersized for the job. Has great team mentality and attitude, and improved every season he played.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  JAPAN  

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. Hirao, Bambitio.3.1 
 8. Watanabe, Tokyo Z3.1 
 9. Ikaruga, Hiroshim.3.1 
 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. Blackledge, Ehime O.1.8 
 3. Kuso, Gunma1.8 
 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. Creekmore, Tokyo Z1.3 
 10. Forbes, Kagawa FA1.3 



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  KOSOVO  


Borea clinch Liga e pare title - by Eurobasket News

Borea clinch Liga e pare title in Kosovo. In the Final series they overcame Drita 2-0. In the second game Borea posted a comfortable 100-68 win to sweep the series.
Earlier in the semifinals Borea outscored Vushtrria 2-0. Drita beat Lipjani also in two games.



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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, Homenetmen25.8 
 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. Jackson, Homen.21.6 
 10. Spencer, Moutahed21.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Champville
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Townes, Champville13.2 
 2. Ebi, Byblos12.4 
 3. Upshaw, Mayrouba12.3 
 4. Majok, Homenetmen11.8 
 5. Godfrey, Sagesse10.5 
 6. Melvin, Moutahed10.2 
 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: 8.6
 1. Galloway, Homen.8.6 
 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. Aminu, Al Riyadi1.1 
 9. Tabet, Moutahed1.1 
 10. Johnson, Louaize1.0 


Pepsi LBL Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Homenetmen and Al Riyadi reach Finals - by Eurobasket News

Moutahed - Homenetmen 77-88

Homenetmen overcame Moutahed on the road to asdvance into Finals. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 50-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Homenetmen outrebounded Al Moutahed 41-27 including a 29-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international swingman Fadi El-Khatib (198-79) fired 27 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International center Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 19 rebounds. American forward Cleveland Melvin (203-91, college: De Paul) produced 27 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Ramel Curry (191-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Al Moutahed's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Moutahed: C.Melvin 27+6reb+2ast, R.Curry 15+2reb+4ast, D.Spencer 13+3reb+3ast, E.Rustom 10+1reb+3ast, C.Tabet 8+10reb, R.Akl 3+1reb
Homenetmen: F.El Khatib 27+5reb+1ast, D.Jackson 24+3reb+1ast, E.Chamoun 12+5reb, A.Majok 12+19reb+1ast, K.Galloway 8+5reb+5ast, H.Gyokchyan 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 546528


Byblos - Al Riyadi 72-83

Al Riyadi upset Byblos to secure their Finals appearance. The game was mostly controlled by Al Riyadi. Byblos was better in third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Byblos 44-26 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian power forward Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Dominican-American point guard Edgar Sosa (190-88, college: Louisville) contributed with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Four Al Riyadi players scored in double figures. The former international Jasmon Youngblood (195-84, college: Kent St.) replied with 23 points and 4 assists and American guard Clay Tucker (196-80, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) added 24 points and 4 steals in the effort for Byblos.
Top scorers:
Byblos: C.Tucker 24+1reb+3ast, J.Youngblood 23+3reb+4ast, A.Traore 15+5reb+1ast, R.Akl 3+4reb+1ast, J.Aby Khers 2+2reb, O.El Turk 2+1reb+2ast
Al Riyadi: A.Ismail 19+7reb+3ast, E.Sosa 17+5reb+7ast, A.Aminu 15+14reb+1ast, M.Haidar 13+1ast, A.Saoud 11+7reb+4ast, J.Abdel Nour 8+10reb+2ast
gschID: 546527





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

Eurobasket.com All-Luxembourg League 1st Team 2017
Bob Melcher
Melcher
Tom Schumacher
Schumacher
Jarmar Gulley
Gulley
Shavon Coleman
Coleman
Clancy Rugg
Rugg

Finals MVP: Samy Picard (195-PF-88) of Amicale
Player of the Year: Jarmar Gulley (196-F/G-91) of Musel Pikes
Guard of the Year: Bob Melcher (189-G-94) of Amicale
Forward of the Year: Jarmar Gulley (196-F/G-91) of Musel Pikes
Center of the Year: Clancy Rugg (203-F/C-91) of Musel Pikes
Import Player of the Year: Jarmar Gulley (196-F/G-91) of Musel Pikes
Domestic Player of the Year: Bob Melcher (189-G-94) of Amicale
Defensive Player of the Year: Titus Robinson (201-F-90) of Sparta
Coach of the Year: Ken Diederich of Amicale

1st Team
G: Bob Melcher (189-G-94) of Amicale
PG: Tom Schumacher (190-PG-87) of T71
F/G: Jarmar Gulley (196-F/G-91) of Musel Pikes
F: Shavon Coleman (196-F-92) of Amicale
F/C: Clancy Rugg (203-F/C-91) of Musel Pikes

2nd Team
G: Everage Richardson (191-G-85) of Residence
F/G: Manny Atkins (198-F/G-91) of Contern
PF: Samy Picard (195-PF-88) of Amicale
F/C: Billy McDaniel (199-F/C-84) of Amicale
C/F: Billy McNutt (203-C/F-85) of Etzella

Honorable Mention
Derrick Barden (196-F/C-92) of Etzella
Cory Johnson (202-F/C-88) of T71
Nelson Delgado (188-G/F-80) of Etzella
Jesse Morgan (196-G-91) of Contern
Dean Gindt (201-PF-91) of Sparta
Titus Robinson (201-F-90) of Sparta
Raul Birenbaum (182-PG-89) of Contern
Brad Reese (200-F-88) of Sparta
Oliver Vujakovic (192-F-96) of Residence
Kevin Moura (182-PG-94) of Residence
Ladarius Tabb (196-G/F) of Arantia
Denell Stephens (190-F/G-86) of T71

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Bob Melcher (189-G-94) of Amicale
PG: Tom Schumacher (190-PG-87) of T71
G/F: Nelson Delgado (188-G/F-80) of Etzella
PF: Samy Picard (195-PF-88) of Amicale
PF: Alex Laurent (198-PF-93) of Amicale

All-Imports Team
G: Everage Richardson (191-G-85) of Residence
F/G: Manny Atkins (198-F/G-91) of Contern
F/G: Jarmar Gulley (196-F/G-91) of Musel Pikes
F: Shavon Coleman (196-F-92) of Amicale
F/C: Clancy Rugg (203-F/C-91) of Musel Pikes



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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  MALAYSIA  


Malaysian National Team -17 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Kok Hou Teo
Teo
Wei Hong Choo
Choo
Lok San Mak
Mak
Chun Hong Ting
Ting
Chee Huei Liaw
Liaw
#e#5
3Chee Huei Liaw 187-F-93 BD Dragons Philippines
4Vui Hang Ang 183-G-93
6Kek Thai Chan 196-C/F-84 Farmcochem Malaysia
7Kok Hou Teo 177-PG-94 KL Dragons Malaysia
8Wei Hong Choo 197-C-92 KL Dragons Malaysia
13Zhi Shin Chin 190-F-87 Bintulu E. Malaysia
17Yuen Yew Choong 180-SG-91
21Lok San Mak 194-G-94 KL Dragons Malaysia
24Yee Tong Heng 170-PG-98 JB Aldini Malaysia
27Wen Qian Liew 193-C-96
71Wei Yong Ong 177-PG-93 BD Dragons Philippines
89Chun Hong Ting 193-C-96 KL Dragons Malaysia

Cheng Huat Goh Head Coach KL Dragons Malaysia
Kheng Tian Lee Assistant



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  MALI  


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

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

Amara Sy
Amara Sy
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Amara Sy (202-81, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France). He led Monaco to an easy victory against the 15th-ranked JDA Dijon (10-22) 88-71 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Sy recorded 11 points in a mere 19 minutes on the court. AS Monaco Basket (28-4) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Sy averages: 7.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 29.0% and FT: 75.3% in 32 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Sy played for the Mali senior national team six years ago.

Boubacar Sidibe
Boubacar Sidibe
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Boubacar Sidibe (205-94, currently plays in Spain). He led Blancos de Rueda to a 2-point victory against the closely-ranked Meridiano Alicante (20-10) 68-66 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Tuesday. Sidibe scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid (17-13) is placed seventh in the LEB Silver. It was Blancos de Rueda's third consecutive victory in a row. Sidibe's overall stats this season are: 6.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 47.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%. He played for the Mali national team in 2015.

Sambou Traore
Sambou Traore
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Sambou Traore (198-79, currently plays in France). Traore could not help Chorale de Roanne (13-19) in their last game. Despite his good performance Chorale de Roanne lost 78-83 on the road to the lower-ranked (#14) JA Vichy. Traore was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. It was Chorale de Roanne's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Traore's overall stats are: 2.3ppg, 1.5rpg and FT: 25.0% in 15 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. Traore played for the Mali national team two years ago.

Drissa Ballo
Drissa Ballo
   #4. Center Drissa Ballo (208-95, currently plays in France) contributed to Aix-Maurienne's victory against the league outsider Saint Chamond (12-20) 71-61 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (12-20) is placed second from the bottom (#17) in the ProB. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Ballo's total stats this season are: 4.9ppg and 4.0rpg. He used to play for the Mali national team back in 2015.

Ibrahim Saounera
Ibrahim Saounera
   #5. Former international point guard Ibrahim Saounera (179-87, currently plays in France) was not able to help Vendee Challans in their game against Rueil (19-15) in the French NM1 (third division), despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. Saounera scored 15 points and had 3 steals in 38 minutes. But Vendee Challans was edged 94-92 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked (#7) Rueil. Saounera has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.6apg and 1.5spg in 37 games. He has both Mali and French nationalities. Saounera used to play for the Mali national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Bandja Sy (204-F-90, agency: BeoBasket, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in France). He could not help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (17-15) to beat Strasbourg IG (22-10). Sy's contribution was not very remarkable in Sunday's game. He recorded only 3 points. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket was defeated 75-71 on the road by the higher-ranked Strasbourg IG (#4). There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Sy's total stats this season are: 6.3ppg and 3.0rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French.

   #2. Nianta Diarra (205-F/C-93, currently plays in France) was not able to help Olympique Antibes in their game against Le Portel (18-14) in the French ProA. Diarra scored only 4 points in 14 minutes. Olympique Antibes lost 65-80 in Le Portel to the higher-ranked (#7) Le Portel. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Diarra's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 2.8ppg and 2.7rpg in 32 games he played so far. Diarra is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French.

Other top Mali players, who play abroad:

Cheick Diallo (206-C/F-96) plays for New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA
Sourata Cisse (196-F/G-86) plays for Orchesien BC in French NM1
Nouhoum Bocoum (208-F/C-94) plays for Zornotza in Spanish LEB Silver
Modibo Niakate (185-G-81) plays for Pontoise in French NM2
Baba Samake (200-F-94) plays for Saint Chamond in French ProB
Namory Boundy (202-F-89) plays for JSA Bordeaux in French NM2
Cheick Soumaoro (204-F/C-90) plays for SAP Vaucluse in French NM1
Ludovic Chelle (183-PG-83) plays for Caen in French NM1
Mamoudou Sy (198-F-83) plays for Metz-Ste Marie in French NM2

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



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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 


Gustavo Ayon selected the top Mexican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Gustavo Ayon
Gustavo Ayon
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Gustavo Ayon (207-85, college: San Jose St., currently plays in Spain). He contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Joventut (11-21) crushing them 95-70 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Thursday night's game. Ayon scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court. 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 that game will be critical. This year Ayon averages: 8.5ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 64.9%(100-154) and FT: 64.9% in 28 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Mexican senior national team.

Hector Hernandez
Hector Hernandez
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Hector Hernandez (205-85, agency: BeoBasket, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Puerto Rico). Hernandez led Vaqueros to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked Capitanes (8-8) 78-75 in the Puerto Rican BSN last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Hernandez scored 23 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Vaqueros de Bayamon (8-9) is placed sixth in the BSN. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Hernandez has relatively good stats this season: 14.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 60.7%(17-28), 3FGP: 46.3%(25-54) and FT: 76.9%. Ex-Soles de Mexicali player is in the roster of the Mexican senior national team.

Francisco Cruz
Francisco Cruz
   #3. The Mexican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Francisco Cruz (190-89, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Spain). Cruz could not help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-19) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was defeated 75-63 on the road by the lower-ranked Blusens Monbus (#13). Cruz was the top scorer with 13 points. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Cruz's overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 29.1% and FT: 76.9%. Ex-Fuerza Guinda Nogales player is also a member of the Mexican senior national team.

Orlando Mendez-Valdez
Orlando Mendez-Valdez
   #4. Point guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez (183-86, agency: Pro Sports, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help Maccabi Haifa in their game against Hapoel Eilat (21-11) in the Israeli Winner League. Despite his very good performance on Monday night He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Mendez-Valdez's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Mendez-Valdez's overall stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Mendez-Valdez is also Mexican national team player. He used to play for Halcones UV Xalapa in Mexican league.

Jorge Gutierrez
Jorge Gutierrez
   #5. International guard Jorge Gutierrez (190-88, college: California, currently plays in Turkey) managed to help Trabzonspor Medical Park Basketbol in a victory against the league outsider TED Kolejliler (2-27) crushing them 101-69 in the Turkish BSL in Saturday night's game. Gutierrez scored only 4 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 8 assists in 24 minutes. Trabzonspor Medical Park Basketbol (9-20) is placed 13th in the BSL. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This year Gutierrez's overall stats are: 9.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.8apg and 1.5spg in 19 games. He plays currently for the Mexican national team.

Mauricio Cheda
Mauricio Cheda
   #6. Forward Mauricio Cheda (198-90, college: UTEP, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Cambados (21-9) in their game against Moron (16-14) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Despite his good performance last Friday Cheda scored 11 points. Cheda's total stats this season are: 5.2ppg and 1.7rpg. He is a former university international player as he played for the Mexican team four years ago.

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

   #1. Joseph Soto (190-G-93, currently plays in Puerto Rico) was the major contributor in Vaqueros' victory against the closely-ranked Indios (5-9) 73-64 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Sunday night. He recorded 15 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists in 24 minutes. Vaqueros de Bayamon (8-9) is placed sixth in the BSN. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Soto's overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 1.7rpg, 4.7apg and 1.1spg in 15 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mexican and Puerto Rican.

   #2. Alexander Perez Kaufmann (191-PG-93, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina) managed to help San Lorenzo de Almagra in a victory against the leader San Martin Corrientes (39-16) 78-72 in the Argentinian LigaA last Thursday. He scored only 4 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Sur. San Lorenzo de Almagra (39-16) is placed first. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Perez Kaufmann's overall stats are: 7.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.1apg and 1.3spg in seven games.

   #3. Jimmy Villalobos (190-F-93, college: Westminster, MO, currently plays in El Salvador) led ExSAL ST to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Biomedical (3-12) 64-50 in the Salvadorean Liga Superior on Thursday night. Villalobos was the best player in that game. He scored 22 points, had 8 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 35 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Villalobos' third season in pro basketball. ExSAL Santa Tecla (6-7) is placed fifth in the Liga Superior. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. It's Villalobos' first year with the team. This season he has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.6apg in 13 games.

   #4. Joel Gierbolini (203-F-89, college: USC Aiken, currently plays in Puerto Rico) is a teammate of previously mentioned Joseph Soto. But that was another game of his team in Puerto Rican BSN which we would like to mention. Gierbolini contributed to Vaqueros' victory against the closely-ranked Leones (7-9) 76-71. He scored only 2 points and blocked 2 shots. Vaqueros de Bayamon (8-9) is placed sixth in the BSN. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Gierbolini's total stats this season are: 1.2ppg and 2.1rpg.



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)



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

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

Bojan Dubljevic
Bojan Dubljevic
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). He led Valencia Basket to a victory over the 11th-ranked Movil Estudiantes (12-19) 87-68 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Wednesday night's game. Dubljevic was MVP of the game. He scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. Valencia Basket (23-8) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. Dubljevic's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Dubljevic's fourth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 54.1%, 3FGP: 39.0% and FT: 86.8% in 27 games he played so far. Dubljevic is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Taylor Rochestie
Taylor Rochestie
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St., currently plays in VTB United League). He was the main contributor in Lokomotiv's victory against the closely-ranked Unics Kazan (15-9) 92-76 in the VTB United League last Sunday. Rochestie was the best player in that game. He scored 26 points (!!!) (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Lokomotiv Kuban (19-5) is placed fourth in group A. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. It's Rochestie's first season with the team. This year Rochestie has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.9apg, 2FGP: 54.7%, 3FGP: 29.6% and FT: 95.9%(47-49). He is a naturalized American. Rochestie played for the Montenegrin national team in 2014. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.

Vladimir Dragicevic
Vladimir Dragicevic
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86, currently plays in Poland). Dragicevic was the major contributor in Stelmet's victory against the seventh-ranked Polpharma (19-13) 82-71 in the Polish PLK on Friday night. He recorded 18 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals in 26 minutes. Stelmet Zielona Gora (23-9) is placed second in the PLK. Dragicevic has reliable stats this year: 12.4ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 66.3%(126-190) and FT: 58.9% in 23 games. Former BC Buducnost Podgorica starter played for the Montenegrin national team three years ago.

Marko Todorovic
Marko Todorovic
   #4. Forward Marko Todorovic (209-92, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Enisey (13-11) crushing them 89-68 in the VTB United League in Tuesday night's game. He scored 16 points, had 9 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 2 blocks. BC Khimki Moscow Region (19-5) is placed third in group A. Todorovic's stats this season are: 10.4ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.9apg. He is also Montenegrin national team player.

Nemanja Djurisic
Nemanja Djurisic
   #5. International power forward Nemanja Djurisic (203-92, college: Georgia, currently plays in Poland) is a teammate of previously mentioned Vladimir Dragicevic. But that was another game of his team in Polish PLK which we would like to mention. Djurisic contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Polpharma (19-13) 95-80. He was the top player that evening. Djurisic scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Stelmet Zielona Gora (23-9) is placed second in the PLK. Djurisic's stats this year are: 11.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1apg in 30 games. He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

Ivan Jelenic
Ivan Jelenic
   #6. Shooting guard Ivan Jelenic (192-85, currently plays in Serbia) could not help Spartak (1-5) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Jelenic's very good performance Spartak was badly defeated 88-72 at home by the higher-ranked Mega Leks (#5). He was the top scorer with 26 points. Jelenic also added made 3 passes and 3 steals. Jelenic averaged so far 14.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.2apg and 1.9spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Montenegrin senior team five years ago.

Halil Kanacevic
Halil Kanacevic
   #7. Former U20 international forward Halil Kanacevic (203-91, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help Bnei Hasharon (18-14) in their last game. Despite Kanacevic's very good performance Bnei Hasharon lost 95-101 on the road to the league outsider (#12) Maccabi K/G. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Kanacevic also added 9 rebounds and 6 assists in 28 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Kanacevic's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Kanacevic's overall stats are: 8.1ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.8apg in 32 games. He is a naturalized American. Kanacevic used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team six years ago. Apparently he has never played in Montenegro.

Radosav Spasojevic
Radosav Spasojevic
   #8. Power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Serbia) faced previously mentioned Ivan Jelenic in the Serbian KLS last game. Spasojevic contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Spartak (1-5) 88-72. He was the top player that evening. Spasojevic scored 16 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. This season Spasojevic averages: 9.8ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2015.

Nikola Zizic
Nikola Zizic
   #9. Former international swingman Nikola Zizic (197-94, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Spartak (1-5) crushing them 101-52 in the Serbian KLS in Saturday night's game. Zizic scored 12 points. FMP Beograd (4-2) is placed third in the KLS. Zizic's total stats this season are: 7.8ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team two years ago.

Filip Barovic
Filip Barovic
   #10. Power forward Filip Barovic (207-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Telekom Baskets (18-14) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Barovic's good performance Telekom Baskets was badly defeated 87-71 in Bamberg by the second-ranked Brose Baskets. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Barovic's total stats this season are: 7.9ppg and 3.1rpg. He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Montenegrin senior national team.

   #11. International point guard Derek Needham (180-90, college: Fairfield, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Grissin Bon RE (17-13) in their last game. Despite Needham's good performance Grissin Bon RE lost 91-101 in Cremona to the league outsider (#16) Vanoli. He scored 10 points and added 3 passes in 24 minutes. This year Needham's total stats are: 8.1ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg in 30 games. He is a naturalized American. Needham plays currently for the Montenegrin national team. Interesting that he has never played in Montenegro.

   #12. Former international point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., currently plays in Spain) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams FC Barcelona in their game against CB Canarias in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Rice scored 7 points and added 3 assists. His team was defeated 73-65. Rice averaged so far 11.5ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.4apg. He is a naturalized American. Rice used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2014. However he has never played in Montenegro.

   #13. Former U21 international center Maksim Sturanovic (209-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Bosnia) couldn't help Bosna-Royal (7-3) in their last game. Despite Sturanovic's very good performance the second-placed Bosna-Royal was badly defeated 87-71 in Aleksandrovac by the leading Igokea in the Liga 6 group. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Sturanovic also added 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. Sturanovic averaged so far 10.5ppg and 6.1rpg in 30 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team ten years ago.

   #14. International shooting guard Nikola Pavlicevic (192-88, currently plays in Hungary) couldn't help Szolnok (20-14) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Pavlicevic's very good performance Szolnok (#5) was edged 79-76 in Zalaegerszeg by the higher-ranked ZTE KK (#4) in the Places 1-5 group. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Pavlicevic also added 4 rebounds. Pavlicevic averaged so far 14.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.2apg and 1.6spg. He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

   #15. International point guard Nikola Ivanovic (190-94, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Betaland Cdo's victory against one of league's weakest teams VL Pesaro 98-88 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Ivanovic scored 6 points, made 8 passes and 4 steals in 24 minutes. Ivanovic averaged so far 12.1ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.1apg in 15 games. He is also in the roster of the Montenegrin national team.

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

   #1. Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87, agency: BeoBasket, college: UCLA, currently plays in France) contributed to an ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's victory against the 13th-ranked Olympique Antibes (11-22) 75-65 in the French ProA on Friday night. Dragovic scored 7 points and added 3 assists in 21 minutes. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (18-15) is placed eighth in the ProA. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Dragovic's total stats are: 7.7ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1apg in 31 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Montenegrin. Despite Dragovic's Montenegrin passport, he previously played for the Serbian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Montenegrin team.

   #2. Experienced Brion Rush (186-PG-84, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Grambling St., currently plays in France) could not help Sluc Nancy (7-25) in their last game. Despite Rush's very good performance the bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy lost 76-82 on the road to the higher-ranked (#12) Le Mans. He was the top scorer with 24 points in 35 minutes. It was Sluc Nancy's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Rush has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.7apg and 1.2spg in 19 games. Rush is a naturalized American. He used to play for KK Sutjeska Niksic in Montenegrin league.

   #3. Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to a 1-point Un.Olimpija's victory against the leader Krka (8-2) 82-81 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM on Tuesday night. Milosevic scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 11 minutes. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (5-5) is placed fourth in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Milosevic has averaged so far 5.7ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.2apg in 32 games.

   #4. Boris Lalovic (207-C-81, currently plays in Romania) was not able to help CSU Sibiu (18-10) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance CSU Sibiu (#2) was edged 81-79 in Bucuresti by the lower-ranked Steaua CSM (#3) in the Places 1-6 group. Lalovic scored 11 points. Lalovic averaged so far 10.5ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.3apg.

   #5. Mikaile Tmusic (188-G-93, currently plays in Kosovo) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Peja (19-6) crushing them 117-96 in the Kosovan SuperLeague in Saturday night's game. He scored 10 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 7 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. KB Bashkimi Prizren (22-4) is placed second in the SuperLeague. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Tmusic has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Montenegrin and Kosovan.



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D1 Round 21: Top-ranked ASS Sale wins another game - by Eurobasket News

D1 top team - ASS Sale (16-2) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed tenth ranked IRAN (2-16) 120-77. ASS Sale have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 16-2 record. Newly promoted IRAN keeps the tenth position with 16 games lost. ASS Sale are looking forward to face WAC (#4) in Casablanca in the next round. IRAN will play at home against MAS Fes (#5) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Bottom-ranked RSB Berkane is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 17th consecutive match to sixth ranked IRT Tanger (10-7) 82-66. The victory was the third consecutive win for IRT Tanger. They maintain sixth place with 10-7 record. RSB Berkane lost their seventeenth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings. IRT Tanger will play against KAC (#9) in Kenitra in the next round. RSB Berkane will play on the road against the league's second-placed CRA Hoceima in Al Hoceima and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Marrakech was also quite interesting. Second ranked CRA Hoceima (15-2) played at the court of 7th ranked KACM (7-11). CRA Hoceima managed to secure a 8-point victory 74-66 on Wednesday. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for CRA Hoceima. They maintain second place with 15-2 record behind leader ASS Sale. KACM lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. CRA Hoceima will meet at home bottom-ranked RSB Berkane (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KACM will play against FUS Rabat (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 21 FAR Rabat beat KAC on the road 82-72. MAS Fes won against FUS Rabat on its own court 73-65.

KAC - FAR Rabat 72-82

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked FAR Rabat (13-6) beat 9th ranked KAC (5-13) in Kenitra 82-72 on Wednesday. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for FAR Rabat. They moved-up to third place. Newly promoted KAC keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. FAR Rabat will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. KAC will play against IRT Tanger (#6) and hope to secure a win.
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KACM - CRA Hoceima 66-74

The game in Marrakech was also quite interesting. Second ranked CRA Hoceima (15-2) played at the court of 7th ranked KACM (7-11). CRA Hoceima managed to secure a 8-point victory 74-66 on Wednesday. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for CRA Hoceima. They maintain second place with 15-2 record behind leader ASS Sale. KACM lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. CRA Hoceima will meet at home bottom-ranked RSB Berkane (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KACM will play against FUS Rabat (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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ASS Sale - Iran 120-77

D1 top team - ASS Sale (16-2) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed tenth ranked IRAN (2-16) 120-77. ASS Sale have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 16-2 record. Newly promoted IRAN keeps the tenth position with 16 games lost. ASS Sale are looking forward to face WAC (#4) in Casablanca in the next round. IRAN will play at home against MAS Fes (#5) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
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MAS Fes - FUS Rabat 73-65

Rather expected game when 8th ranked FUS Rabat (7-12) lost on the road to fifth ranked MAS Fes (11-7) 73-65 on Wednesday. MAS Fes maintains fifth place with 11-7 record. FUS Rabat lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 12 games lost. MAS Fes will meet IRAN (#10) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. FUS Rabat will play against KACM and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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RSB Berkane - IRT Tanger 66-82

Bottom-ranked RSB Berkane is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 17th consecutive match to sixth ranked IRT Tanger (10-7) 82-66. The victory was the third consecutive win for IRT Tanger. They maintain sixth place with 10-7 record. RSB Berkane lost their seventeenth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings. IRT Tanger will play against KAC (#9) in Kenitra in the next round. RSB Berkane will play on the road against the league's second-placed CRA Hoceima in Al Hoceima and hopes to get finally their first victory.
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Myanmar National Team -17 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Phyo Aung
Aung
Thu Sei
Sei
Aung Zaya
Zaya
Min Tin
Tin
Myat Kaung
Kaung
#e#5
4Myat Aung 175-G-95
7Phyo Aung 182-F-94
8Zin Wai 187-F-96
9Aung Wana 180-F-95
10Phyo Sai 180-F-98
11Tun Thein 177-F-97
15Han Thein 187-C-98
21Zaw Thant 178-F-98
22Thu Sei 180-G-94
24Aung Zaya 187-C-99
26Min Tin 180-G-95
95Myat Kaung 195-C-95




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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. Drummond, Detro.13.8 
 3. Jordan, LA Clippers13.8 
 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 


Lowry officialy opts out of final year with Raptors - by Eurobasket News

It's official: Kyle Lowry (6'0''-PG-86, college: Villanova) has opted out of the last year of his contract with the Toronto Raptors. Although the star point guard already announced his intentions on Monday, ASM Sports, which represents him, confirmed the move on Twitter Friday. 'ASM client @Klow7 has officially opted out of his contract with the @Raptors. He had 7 days from the last game to execute,' the company tweeted. The 31-year-old Philadelphia native signed a 4-year, $48 million deal with the Raptors in 2013. Lowry and the Raptors were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the NBA playoffs this season, a year after losing the Eastern Conference final to the Cavs in six games.
Courtesy of: thestar.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



Wheels In Motion' For Mavs To Sign Ding Jinhui - by Eurobasket News

The Mavs have 'put the wheels in motion' to sign 27-year-old Chinese free agent Ding JinHui (6'9''-PF-89) to a contract for summer league and possibly training camp, Eddie Sefko of the Dallas News writes. President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson tells Sefko that he believes Ding could be an ideal candidate for the new two-way contracts laid out in the revised Collective Bargaining Agreement. The swingman has played for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association since 2006, having been eligible for but ultimately passed over in the 2011 NBA draft. He is listed as having been on the Chinese national team roster for the 2012 Olympics but not most recently at the 2016 Olympics. Sefko argues that such a signing would have a significant business impact given the popularity of the game in China. The fact that the league opened an office in Shanghai speaks to the growth of the game in that part of the world. Team owner Mark Cuban declined an invitation to discuss the possible move, adding only that more will be known after July 1 when such signings can be made official.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Wall's late 3 leads Wiz past Celtics 92-91, forces Game 7 - by Eurobasket News

John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) stood atop the scorer's table, popping his jersey, yelling and celebrating his 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left for the go-ahead basket that put his Washington Wizards into a Game 7 against the Boston Celtics. After Washington's 92-91 victory extended the Eastern Conference semifinal, Wall offered his thoughts on Boston's failure to back up its fashion statement of wearing all black clothing to the arena Friday night. ''It was just funny to me. It was kind of copy-catting what we did,'' said Wall, whose Wizards donned dark outfits before a regular-season game between these teams that are building a rivalry. ''It was in my mind throughout the game that I didn't want them to come here, wear all black, and basically call it a funeral.'' Thanks to him and backcourt mate Bradley Beal (6'5''-SG-93, college: Florida), Washington's season will last at least one more game. Wall finished with 26 points, Beal scored a game-high 33, and they combined for 23 of Washington's 26 points in the back-and-forth fourth quarter. ''All we asked for was one more game,'' Wall said, ''and we got it.'' Game 7 is at Boston on Monday night. The winner will face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the East finals starting Wednesday. The host has won all 10 games between the Wizards and Celtics this season - four in the regular season and six in the playoffs. ''Two best words in playoffs is 'Game 7,''' Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. ''Seems like it was meant to be.'' Isaiah Thomas (5'9''-PG-89, college: Washington) and Avery Bradley (6'2''-PG-90, college: Texas) each scored 27 points for Boston, the conference's No. 1 seed. But Bradley could do nothing defensively to stop Wall on the winning shot, coming off an inbound play that was designed to get Beal the ball. And Thomas' heave at the buzzer clanked off the rim. ''I thought it was going in,'' Thomas said. ''Honestly I did.'' Like the rest of his teammates, he was left to get back into his dark outfit afterward. Wearing a black shirt, he scoffed at the idea Wall and the Wizards derived some boost from knowing about the Celtics' choice of attire. ''Their season was on the line,'' he said. ''They should have been motivated by everything else.'' Boston, which won Game 5 at home by 22 points, led Game 6 by 69-66 entering the fourth quarter, when a relatively blah game became much more compelling. The final period was tight throughout, featuring six ties and nine lead changes. Boston was up 87-82, but did not hold on. ''We put ourselves in position to win the game,'' said Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida), whose 16-foot baseline bank shot with 7.7 seconds left gave Boston its last lead at 91-89. ''Couldn't finish it. ... We can't dwell on this.'' Wall and Beal both shook off slow starts. Beal was 0 for 7 on 3s before making his only one of the game with 69 seconds left. The Wizards as a whole started 1 for 15 from beyond the arc. And Wall started 1 for 12 overall before closing by making 8 of 13. ''If I go 1 for 30,'' he shrugged, ''that's the way I go out.'' Not since 1979 have the Wizards reached the conference finals, and Wall has made clear he'll consider this season - Brooks' first as the team's coach - a waste of time if they don't get there this time. ''We don't win Game 7,'' Wall said, ''we feel like it was a failure.''
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Express Drop Close Game To Lightning - by Eurobasket News

The London Lightning topped the Windsor Express 109-107 in Game 1 of the Central Division finals, following a back-and-forth final quarter on Friday. At the end of the first frame, the Express trailed the Lightning 29-24, and remained only eight points behind heading into halftime. Windsor was able to take the lead halfway throughout the third, and held an 86-84 advantage over London at the end of the frame. London tied things up with just under six minutes left in the game, but the Express fought back to regain the lead to make it 107-105 with three minutes remaining. However, London jumped ahead in the final minute to win the game by just two points. Garrett Williamson (6'5''-G-88, college: St.Joseph's) led London with a game high 25 points, while Ryan Anderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Nebraska) put up 22 points and 14 rebounds. Royce White (6'8''-F-91, college: Iowa St.) also had 21 points and 14 rebounds. Tony Bennett scored 20 points for Windsor, while Darren Duncan (6'0''-PG-88, college: Merrimack) and Juan Pattillo (6'7''-F-88, college: W.Kentucky) put up 16 points each. The Lightning now lead the best-of-seven series 1-0. The two teams are at Budweiser Gardens on Sunday for Game 2. Tip off is at 3pm.
Courtesy of: blackburnnews.com



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Junior forward Miles Norris commits to Oregon - by Eurobasket News

Miles Norris, a junior power forward ranked in the ESPN 60, has committed to Oregon. Norris said Arizona and San Diego State were the other schools showing the most interest in him over the past few weeks. "I knew where I wanted to go," Norris told ESPN. "Talking to my parents and my coaches, I felt like it was the perfect fit. I wasn't going to wait. When I went there for an unofficial visit, I just loved the atmosphere. Together as one, I love the culture." The 6-foot-9 Norris is ranked No. 48 in the ESPN 60 for the class of 2018. Because of his size, length and ability to make shots from the perimeter, Oregon coaches compared Norris to departing senior forward Chris Boucher (6'10''-C/F-93). Boucher was one of the best shot-blockers in the Pac-12, but he also shot 35 percent from 3-point range, despite standing 6-foot-10. "I went to some of their games," Norris said. "I loved how they played him in their offense. I can do the same thing and excel." Norris, who attends Helix High School (California), is averaging 7.6 points and 5.6 rebounds with Earl Watson Elite on the Under Armour Association circuit. He also has blocked eight shots in eight games.
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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



Princeton transfer Hans Brase has committed to Iowa State - by Eurobasket News

Former Princeton Tigers talent Hans-George Brase (6'9''-F-93) has committed to play for the Iowa State Cyclones, a source told FanRag Sports on Friday. A graduate transfer, per NCAA rules he will be immediately eligible to play at the start of the 2017-18 college basketball season. Brase missed all of the 2015-16 season after he tore his right ACL. The Ivy League doesn't allow medical redshirts, but he retained a year of eligibility by withdrawing from school so he could return for the 2016-17 season. Unfortunately, the forward suffered a season-ending knee injury on Nov. 29 this past season. His best collegiate season was his 2014-15 campaign. By the time it was all said and done, the big man averaged 11.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest. He also shot 42 percent from the floor and 35 percent from beyond the arc. Brase started all five contests he played in during the 2016-17 season, averaging 6.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. He finishes his Princeton career having averaged 9.3 points per game over his unusual stay with the program. As for the Cyclones, Iowa State finished last season with an overall record of 24-11. The program also made its sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
Courtesy of: fanragsports.com



Filipino celebrity, Creighton transfer Kobe Paras says Northridge his next stop - by Eurobasket News

Filipino basketball celebrity Kobe Paras (6'6''-F/C-97) has announced he will transfer from Creighton to Cal State Northridge. Paras said in a Skype interview with Filipino media this week that he would leave the Bluejays after one season to play at Northridge, which is about an hour from where he attended high school in Los Angeles. Paras' father, Benjie, was a two-time MVP in the Philippine Basketball Association who's become a popular television actor. Kobe has attracted a large fan following in his home country. He boasts a social media following that includes 461,000 on Instagram and 114,000 on Twitter. The 6-foot-6 wing played sparingly in 15 games last season. Northridge has not announced the addition of Paras, who would sit out next season because of transfer rules.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



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Colorado Prep Star Simental Commits to MSUB Men's Hoops - by Sanjey Noriega

From: msubsports.com

BILLINGS, Mont. - The 2016 Colorado prep basketball player of the year is headed to Mont.St.-Billings next fall, as David Simental signed a letter of intent to join the Yellowjackets announced MSUB head coach Jamie Stevens on Monday.

"David is one of the more decorated high school players that we have signed, and he comes from a wonderful family," Stevens commented. "He can do it all on the court, and we expect him to be able to help us right away."

Simental, a 6-foot-2 guard, was a two-time first-team all-state selection at Pueblo West High School, where he averaged 26.7 points and 2.6 assists per game last year as a senior. In four seasons on the varsity team under head coach Robert Tyler, Simental helped his squad to a cumulative record of 77-25 and led the team to its first-ever state title in 2016.

"I chose to play at MSUB because I felt that playing for Coach Stevens and his coaching staff would push me to be the best player and student I could be," said Simental, a native of Pueblo West, Colo.
Simental earned South Central League first-team honors in each of his final three seasons, and was the league's player of the year last winter. Among his top accomplishments are 20 consecutive free throws made in a single quarter on March 1, 2017, 56 total free throws made in-a-row, and a school record foul-shot percentage of 94.0 as a senior last season (157-for-167).

In 2016 as a junior, Simental set the school record for points with 688, which contributed to his school-record final career tally of 1,958 points. His 43 points against Ramona HS on Dec. 4, 2015 stand as the most in a game in school history as well.

Simental competed in numerous all-star games and travel ball teams, including The SHOW and D1 Elite Camp which featured the top-20 players in the state of Colorado. He also played in the Rocky Mountain top-20 game, and most recently for the Colorado Hawks AAU team under head coach Robert Ferguson.

Simental is the fourth player to sign with the 'Jackets for next season, joining incoming freshmen Zharon Richmond of Billings and Kobe Terashima of Boise, Idaho, and Dawson Community College junior transfer Daniel Shedden from Puntarenas, Costa Rica. "We couldn't be more excited about the group of incoming players we have signed," said Stevens. "Kobe, Zharon, and now David are probably the best group of high-school kids we have signed in our time here."

MSUB finished the 2016-17 season with a record of 14-15 overall, and placed sixth in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings at 9-11 to advance to the conference tournament.



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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.23.2 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury22.7 
 5. Ongwae, Taranaki.19.0 
 6. Ross, SC Rangers18.8 
 7. Tait, SC Rangers17.5 
 8. Wesley, Wellington S.17.2 
 9. Adnam, Nelson G.17.1 
 10. Bartlett, Taylor H.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Pledger, Southlan.10.1 
 2. Jones, Canterbury9.8 
 3. Gomis, Taranaki MA9.3 
 4. Williams, Taylor H.9.3 
 5. Kay, Southland S.8.5 
 6. Wesley, Wellington S.8.1 
 7. Egwu, SC Rangers8.1 
 8. Duinker, Wellingt.8.1 
 9. Dempster, Nelson G.7.7 
 10. Boucher, SC Rangers7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Taylor H.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Kenny, Taylor H.9.1 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.7.8 
 3. Kendle, Canterbury6.0 
 4. Tait, SC Rangers5.4 
 5. Norton, Southlan.5.4 
 6. Boucher, SC Rangers5.3 
 7. Adnam, Nelson G.4.9 
 8. Webster, Wellingt.4.8 
 9. McCarron, SC Ra.4.7 
 10. Bartlett, Taylor H.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Dillon BOUCHER
  SC Rangers
  (196-F-75)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Boucher, SC Rangers2.3 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.2.3 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.2.1 
 4. Ongwae, Taranaki.1.8 
 5. Webster, Wellingt.1.6 
 6. Tait, SC Rangers1.6 
 7. Ross, SC Rangers1.5 
 8. Whippy, Canterbury1.5 
 9. Kendle, Canterbury1.4 
 10. Wesley, Wellington S.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Pledger, Southlan.1.8 
 2. Egwu, SC Rangers1.5 
 3. Williams, Taylor H.1.3 
 4. Gomis, Taranaki MA1.3 
 5. Neighbour, Cante.0.9 
 6. Washington, Nelson G.0.9 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.0.9 
 8. Grim, Nelson G.0.8 
 9. Henry, Wellington S.0.7 
 10. Boucher, SC Rangers0.7 


Mitchell Newton's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Mitchell Newton
Mitchell Newton
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Mitchell Newton (200-95, currently plays in Australia). He could not help Bandits (4-4) in their last game. Despite Newton's very good performance the fifth-placed Bandits (4-4) lost 92-102 on the road to the second-ranked Ballarat Miners in the SEABL-East group. He had a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 10 rebounds in 34 minutes on the court. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Newton has relatively good stats this year: 14.1ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 46.4% in eight games he played so far. He played for the New Zealand senior national team two years ago.

Isaac Fotu
Isaac Fotu
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Isaac Fotu (203-93, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Spain). Fotu was not able to help Zaragoza in their game against Real Madrid (24-7) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Zaragoza was badly defeated 98-78 at home by the leading Real Madrid. It was Zaragoza's third consecutive loss in a row. Fotu's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Fotu averages: 9.7ppg, 5.6rpg, 2FGP: 67.8%(120-177), 3FGP: 8.7% and FT: 59.1%. He has a dual citizenship: Tongan and New Zealand. Fotu is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Dyson King-Hawea (200-92, currently plays in Australia). He contributed to Spectres' victory against the sixth-ranked Tigers (3-4) 102-88 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. King-Hawea recorded 6 points. Nunawading Spectres (8-1) are placed first in SEABL-East group. King-Hawea's overall stats this season are: 6.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 58.6%(17-29), 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 75.0%. He played for the New Zealand national team three years ago.

   #4. Forward Tobias Cameron (99, currently plays in Australia) was not able to secure a victory for Rollers (0-2) in their game against Ipswich Force (2-0) in the Australian State League (second division). Cameron recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. It was his first game for Rollers this season. Rollers (#12) lost 95-103 in Booval to the much higher-ranked (#3) Ipswich Force in the QBL group. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Cameron is also New Zealand U18 national team player.

Zane Meehl
Zane Meehl
   #5. Former University international guard Zane Meehl (188-86, college: Mid-Continent, currently plays in Australia) contributed to a Sunshine CR's victory against the second-ranked Brisbane Spartans (2-0) 76-71 in the Australian State League (second division) on Saturday night. He recorded 9 points. It was his first game for Sunshine CR this season. His team is placed fifth in QBL group. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Meehl is another player who holds two passports: New Zealand and Australian. He used to play for the New Zealand university national team ten years ago.

James Paringatai
James Paringatai
   #6. Forward James Paringatai (201-86, currently plays in Australia) couldn't help Buccaneers (8-2) in their game against Lightning (5-5) in the Australian State League (second division). Paringatai cannot count it as his best performance. He recorded only 2 points and blocked 2 shots in 5 minutes on the court. Buccaneers (#3) lost 84-91 in North Lake to the lower-ranked (#5) Lightning in the SBL group. They ended the series of five consecutive victories. This year Paringatai's overall stats are: 3.4ppg and 2.9rpg in 10 games. He is a former international player as he played for the New Zealand senior team four years ago.

   #7. Former international power forward Dennis Tawhiti (198-90, currently plays in Australia) couldn't help Eagles (4-12) in their game against Magic (1-7) in the Australian State League (second division). Tawhiti cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. his team were defeated 107-96 in Mandurah by the much lower-ranked Magic (#14) in the SBL group. Tawhiti's total stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team four years ago.

   #8. An experienced guard Flynn Cameron (191-0, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tobias Cameron and both played together in the last Australian State League game. Cameron couldn't help Rollers (0-2) in their game against Ipswich Force (2-0). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Cameron recorded only 2 points in 13 minutes. Rollers (#12) lost 95-103 in Booval to the much higher-ranked (#3) Ipswich Force in the QBL group. It's Cameron's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 2.5ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.5apg in two games. Cameron plays currently for the New Zealand U18 national team.

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

   #1. Thomas Giles (180-G-88, currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Newcastle Hunters (2-5) 84-68 in the Australian State League (second division) on Saturday night. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. Norths Soul Sports Bears (5-0) are placed second in WARATAH group. So far his team won all five games in the Regular Season. It's Giles' first season with the team. This year Giles' overall stats are: 2.9ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.1apg in seven games he played so far.



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

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

Ekpe Udoh
Ekpe Udoh
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor, currently plays in Turkey). He led Fenerbahce to a victory over the closely-ranked Anadolu Efes (23-4) crushing them 96-57 in a derby game in the Turkish BSL in Wednesday night's game. Udoh was MVP of the game. He scored 22 points, had 7 boards, handed out 5 passes and blocked 2 shots in 23 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Fenerbahce Istanbul (26-2) is placed first in the BSL. It was his team's 19th consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Udoh has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 57.1%(88-154), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 68.8% in 22 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Alade Aminu
Alade Aminu
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Alade Aminu (210-87, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Lebanon). Aminu contributed to a Al Riyadi's victory against the second-ranked Byblos (16-8) 83-72 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL last Thursday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 14 rebounds. Aminu also added 3 blocks (made all of his five free throws). It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group B. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (6-0) is placed first. So far his team won all six games in the Semi-Finals. It's Aminu's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 14.6ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1bpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 27.8% and FT: 63.6%. Aminu is in the roster of the Nigerian senior national team.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Thanasis Antetokounmpo
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo (199-92, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Andorra (16-15) in their last game. Despite Antetokounmpo's very good performance Andorra was badly defeated 76-59 on the road by the much lower-ranked (#15) Sevilla. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Antetokounmpo also added 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Antetokounmpo's overall stats are: 7.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 50.8%, 3FGP: 23.8% and FT: 60.5% in 29 games. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and Greek. Antetokounmpo is also a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Gani Lawal
Gani Lawal
   #4. Power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Banco di Srd (17-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Banco di Srd was defeated 77-70 in Caserta by the much lower-ranked Juvecaserta (#13). Lawal recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Lawal has reliable stats this season: 10.7ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.2bpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Lawal used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2013.

Michael Umeh
Michael Umeh
   #5. An experienced international point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, currently plays in Italy) was the main contributor in a 3-point Virtus Bologna's victory against the seventh-ranked Novipiu Casale (16-14) 82-79 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Friday night. Umeh was the best player in that game. He scored 20 points, had 7 boards, passed 8 assists and added 4 steals. Virtus Segafredo Bologna (21-9) is placed first in East group. Umeh has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg. Umeh has both American and Nigerian nationalities. He plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

Melvin Ejim
Melvin Ejim
   #6. Forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy) helped Umana Venezia win their game against the ninth-ranked Enel Brindisi (14-16) crushing them 86-65 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Ejim scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 19 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (21-9) is placed second in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Ejim's stats this year are: 11.1ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.7apg in 30 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Nigerian senior team five years ago.

Solomon Alabi
Solomon Alabi
   #7. Former international center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St., currently plays in Japan) helped Toyotsu FE win their game against the third-ranked Earthfriends Tokyo Z (27-33) 85-75 in the Japanese B League D2 last Sunday. Alabi was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 17 rebounds. Alabi also added and 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Central. Toyotsu Fighting Eagles Nagoya (42-18) is placed second. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This season Alabi has very high stats. He averages: 18.1ppg, 12.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3bpg. Alabi used to play for the Nigerian national team four years ago.

Jeleel Akindele
Jeleel Akindele
   #8. Center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, agency: BeoBasket, college: Chicago St., currently plays in Venezuela) helped Marinos win their game against the fifth-ranked Gaiteros (7-17) 86-74 in the Venezuelan LPB on Tuesday night. He was the top player that evening. Akindele had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 13 rebounds in 28 minutes. Marinos de Anzoategui (11-15) is placed fourth in Eastern Conference. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Akindele averaged so far 10.3ppg and 9.2rpg in six games. He used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2009.

Ekenechukwu Ibekwe
Ekenechukwu Ibekwe
   #9. International center Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (207-85, college: Maryland, currently plays in France) helped Chalon/Saor edge the sixth-ranked Paris-Levallois (20-13) 85-83 in the French ProA in Friday night's game. Ibekwe scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (26-7) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Ibekwe's total stats this season are: 5.7ppg and 3.7rpg. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Ibekwe is also in the roster of the Nigerian national team.

Ben Uzoh
Ben Uzoh
   #10. Point guard Ben Uzoh (191-88, college: Tulsa, currently plays in Belgium) helped Okapi Aalstar win their game against one of league's weakest teams Leuven Bears (9-27) 87-78 in the Belgian Euromillions League on Saturday night. Uzoh had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 28 minutes. Crelan Okapi Aalstar (19-17) is placed fourth in the Euromillions League. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Uzoh's total stats are: 6.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.0apg in 11 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Uzoh is an international player who is currently on the senior Nigerian National Team roster.

   #11. Former U22 international power forward Dinma Odiakosa (203-85, agency: Inception Sports, college: Illinois St., currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for STB Le Havre in their game against Saint-Quentin in the French ProB (second division). Despite his very good performance in Friday night's game He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. Odiakosa averaged so far 13.8ppg and 9.5rpg. He used to play for the Nigerian U22 national team thirteen years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Gunma in their game against Nishinomiya Storks in the Japanese B League D2, despite his very good performance in Thursday night's game. Kuso was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 7 rebounds and 6 blocks in 35 minutes. But his team lost 59-68. Kuso averaged so far 12.9ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.8bpg in 62 games. He used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2007.

   #13. Former international guard Michael Efevberha (193-84, college: CS Northridge, currently plays in Switzerland) helped Monthey win their game against the leader Lausanne 96-85 in the Swiss LNA on Saturday night. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 12 rebounds. Efevberha also added 7 assists in 33 minutes. Efevberha averaged so far 14.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 5.3apg and 1.3spg in three games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Efevberha used to play for the Nigerian national team eight years ago.

   #14. International power forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-84, college: SMU, currently plays in Turkey) helped Balikesir edge the eighth-ranked Pinar Karsiyaka 101-99 in the Turkish BSL in Saturday night's game. He scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Ofoegbu averaged so far 11.9ppg and 4.6rpg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Ofoegbu plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

   #15. International small forward Derrick Obasohan (198-81, also represented by BeoBasket, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in France) helped Provence Basket win their game against the 13th-ranked Chorale de Roanne 80-76 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. He recorded 13 points. Obasohan averaged so far 15.0ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.3apg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Obasohan is also in the roster of the Nigerian national team.

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

   #1. Danny Agbelese (206-F/C-90, college: Hampton, currently plays in France) led Pau-Lacq-Orthez to an easy victory against the 15th-ranked Chalons-Reims (10-22) 97-78 in the French ProA last Tuesday. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds in 21 minutes. 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. This year Agbelese's total stats are: 6.4ppg and 5.5rpg in eight games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American.

   #2. Micheal Eric (210-F/C-88, college: Temple, currently plays in Spain) could not help RETAbet BB (14-17) in their last game. Despite his good performance RETAbet BB lost 76-80 on the road to the higher-ranked (#5) CB Canarias. Eric scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 24 minutes. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This year Eric's total stats are: 9.4ppg and 5.6rpg in 29 games.

   #3. Retin Obasohan (185-G-93, college: Alabama, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Scandone AV in their game against Dolomiti En. TR (18-12) in the Italian Serie A. He scored 7 points. Scandone AV was edged 77-75 in Trento by the lower-ranked Dolomiti En. TR (#4). It was Scandone AV's first loss after four consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Obasohan's total stats this season are: 5.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.4apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Nigerian.

   #4. Etinosa Erevbenagie (186-G-95, currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for Kavala (10-20) in their game against Doxa Pefkon (10-20) in the Greek A2 (second division), despite his very good performance in Wednesday night's game. Erevbenagie was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 6 rebounds and 6 assists in 37 minutes. But Kavala was edged 78-76 in Pefkon by the lower-ranked (#13) Doxa. Erevbenagie averaged so far 12.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.6apg and 1.7spg in 23 games. He has both Nigerian and Greek nationalities.

   #5. Chris Otule (211-C-90, college: Marquette, currently plays in France) couldn't help Olympique Antibes (11-22) in their game against Le Portel (18-14) in the French ProA. Despite his very good performance last Tuesday Otule was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 6 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Otule's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Otule averaged so far 13.5ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1bpg. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #6. Experienced Alex Owumi (196-G-84, college: Alcorn St., currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help London Lions in their game against Leicester Riders in the British BBL, despite his very good performance last Sunday. Owumi was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 37 minutes. But his team was badly defeated by 17 points 72-55. Owumi averaged so far 13.8ppg, 5.1rpg and 3.5apg in 37 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports.

   #7. Lotanna Nwogbo (203-F/C-93, college: Longwood, currently plays in Argentina) couldn't help Alianza Viedma in their game against Atenas in the Argentinian TNA (second division). Despite his very good performance on Sunday night Nwogbo recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 12 rebounds. Nwogbo averaged so far 14.0ppg and 7.6rpg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports.

   #8. David Okeke (202-F/C-98, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) led Auxilium TO to a victory against the closely-ranked Openjobmetis VA 89-76 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Okeke scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Okeke has averaged so far 2.3ppg and 1.4rpg.

   #9. Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help AEK Athens in their game against Panathinaikos in the Greek A1. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Elonu recorded only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. His team lost 70-80. Elonu has averaged so far 5.9ppg and 5.5rpg in 17 games.

   #10. Olu Ashaolu (200-PF-88, agency: Babcock Sports, college: Oregon, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Sanen Neophoenix in their game against Toyama Grouses in the Japanese B League. He scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in only 14 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 79-62. Ashaolu has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.2apg in 59 games. He has Nigerian and Canadian nationalities. Despite Ashaolu's Nigerian passport, he previously played for the Canadian U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Nigerian team.



Suleiman Braimoh (ex Enisey) joins Nanterre - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion JSF Nanterre (ProA) agreed terms with 28-year old Nigerian international power forward Suleiman Braimoh (203-104kg-89, college: Rice). He moved there from Enisey in Russian VTB league where he played this season. In 27 games he had 13.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg. The last season Braimoh played at Giessen 46ers in German BBL. In 32 games he recorded 12.3ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.3apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention, All-Star Game and All-Newcomers Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Qatar Heir Apparent Cup in 2013. Braimoh was also voted Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL Player of the Year back in 2014.
He played at the Gulf Club Championships Semifinals four years ago.
Braimoh is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit five different continents. Braimoh tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Japan (Niigata Albirex and Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano), Mexico (Huracanes), New Zealand (Hawks and Mountain Airs), Qatar (Al Rayyan and Al Gharafa) and D-League (Reno Bighorns).
Braimoh attended Rice University until 2011 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.
On Braimoh: Can shoot 35% from 3 point line. Can handle the ball off the dripple and can penetrate and finish well. Still needs a little more polish on his skills. But is a great defensive player, hard working and a natural ability to rebound.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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FC Barcelona waived Olaseni Lawal - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) waived 31-year old Nigerian international power forward Olaseni Lawal (208-102kg-86, college: Wayne St., MI, agency: Three Eye Sports). In 26 Liga Endesa games he recorded 4.0ppg and 3.1rpg. He played 17 games in Euroleague where he averaged 5.2ppg and 4.1rpg. Lawal contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Lawal won Italian SerieA championship title in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Defensive Team in 2015.
Lawal represented Nigeria at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year.
He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Lawal's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in four different countries. Lawal has played previously professionally also in Kazakhstan (Astana), Qatar (Al Arabi), Italy (Verona and Banco di Srd) and Spain (CB Guadalajara and Cocinas.com).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.
Lawal attended Wayne State University, MI until 2009 and it is his eighth season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: He is 6'9' and is very athletic and has very long arms. He is an excellent shot blocker and defensive player who rebounds extremely well and plays above the rim. He runs the floor like a deer and plays extremely hard on both ends of the court. Offensively he has nice skills around the basket and will dunk on someone in a flash.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jaime Lloreda's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Panamanians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jaime Lloreda
Jaime Lloreda
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international center Jaime Lloreda (204-80, college: LSU, currently plays in Uruguay). He could not help Hebraica (10-4) in their last game. Despite Lloreda's very good performance the first-placed Hebraica (10-4) lost 84-88 on the road to the lower-ranked (#3) Aguada in the Promocional 1 group. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 14 rebounds in 34 minutes on the court. It's Lloreda's first season with the team. Lloreda has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 11.2rpg, 2FGP: 64.4%(125-194) and FT: 64.0% in 26 games he played so far. Ex-Magnates de Calidonia player is currently a member of the Panamanian senior national team.

Michael Hicks
Michael Hicks
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Michael Hicks (196-76, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Uruguay) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jaime Lloreda. But that was another game of his team in Uruguayan LUB which we would like to mention. Hicks led Hebraica to a victory against the third-ranked Aguada (8-6) 89-76. He recorded 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Promocional 1. Hebraica Macabi Montevideo (10-4) is placed first. Hicks has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.4apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 46.7%, 3FGP: 39.5% and FT: 75.9%. Ex-Toros del Chiriqui David player is in the roster of the Panamanian senior national team.

Jamaal Levy
Jamaal Levy
   #3. The Panamanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Jamaal Levy (206-83, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Argentina). Levy managed to help Weber Bahia Blanca Basket in a victory against the ninth-ranked Hispano Americano de Rio Gallegos (21-34) 74-68 in the Argentinian LigaA on Thursday night. He scored only 3 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 28 minutes. Weber Bahia Blanca Basket (30-25) is placed third in Sur group. Levy's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Levy's overall stats are: 6.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 58.9%(99-168), 3FGP: 30.5% and FT: 58.9% in 50 games. He is also a member of the Panamanian senior national team.

Josimar Ayarza
Josimar Ayarza
   #4. Forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to help Echague in their game against Libertad Sunchales (29-27) in the Argentinian LigaA. Ayarza scored only 4 points in 32 minutes. Echague (#10) was crushed 106-74 in Sunchales by the higher-ranked (#6) Libertad in the Norte group. It was Echague's 13th consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This year Ayarza has relatively solid stats: 13.4ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.2apg in 25 games. He is also Panamanian national team player.

Amir Alvarado
Amir Alvarado
   #5. Former international small forward Amir Alvarado (198-84, college: Marshalltown CC, currently plays in Costa Rica) led Barva to a 2-point victory over the closely-ranked Escazu (4-2) 67-65 in the Costa Rican LBS on Saturday night. Alvarado was MVP of the game. He recorded 22 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Ferreteria Brenes Barva (5-1) is placed second in the LBS. This season Alvarado has very high stats. He averages: 21.8ppg, 10.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg. Alvarado used to play for the Panamanian national team seven years ago.

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

   #1. Nate Butler Lind (198-SG-89, college: TCU, currently plays in Puerto Rico) could not help Indios (5-9) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Butler Lind's good performance Indios was defeated 104-91 on the road by the second-ranked Fajardo. He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Butler Lind's total stats this season are: 6.7ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.6apg. He has a dual citizenship: Panamanian and Puerto Rican. Despite Butler Lind's Panamanian passport, he previously played for the Puerto Rican U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Panamanian team.

   #2. Tymell Murphy (196-F-90, college: FIU, currently plays in Japan) was not able to help Kagoshima in their game against Shimane Magic (51-9) in the Japanese B League D2. He scored 7 points in only 10 minutes. Kagoshima (#6) lost 66-81 at home to the leading Shimane Magic in the West group. It was Kagoshima's tenth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Murphy has reliable stats this year: 11.4ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg in 49 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Murphy has never played in Panama.

Other top Panamanian players, who play abroad:

Gabriel Giron (190-G-88) plays for Fuerza Regia in Mexican LNBP
Ernesto Oglivie (203-F-89) plays for Trouville in Uruguayan LUB
Levour Warren (196-SF-81) plays for Panteras in Mexican LNBP
Javier Carter (203-C-91) plays for Soles in Mexican LNBP
Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85) plays for Boca Juniors in Argentinian LigaA
Gil Atencio (201-F-96) plays for St.Clair College in CCAA
Andres Bravo (203-F-96) plays for St.Clair College in CCAA
Antonio Bumpus (190-SG-89) plays for Pioneros in Mexican Regional

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



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Filipino celebrity, Creighton transfer Kobe Paras says Northridge his next stop - by Eurobasket News

Filipino basketball celebrity Kobe Paras (6'6''-F/C-97) has announced he will transfer from Creighton to Cal State Northridge. Paras said in a Skype interview with Filipino media this week that he would leave the Bluejays after one season to play at Northridge, which is about an hour from where he attended high school in Los Angeles. Paras' father, Benjie, was a two-time MVP in the Philippine Basketball Association who's become a popular television actor. Kobe has attracted a large fan following in his home country. He boasts a social media following that includes 461,000 on Instagram and 114,000 on Twitter. The 6-foot-6 wing played sparingly in 15 games last season. Northridge has not announced the addition of Paras, who would sit out next season because of transfer rules.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Philippines National Team -17 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Andray Blatche
Blatche
June Mar Fajardo
Fajardo
Roger Ray Pogoy
Pogoy
Jayson Castro William
Castro William
Allein Malicsi
Malicsi
#e#5
6Jiovani Jalalon 175-PG Star Hotshots Philippines
7Terrence Bill Romeo 180-PG-92 Globalport Philippines
8Calvin Abueva 190-F-88 Alaska Aces Philippines
11Blatche Andray 211-F/C-86 Xinjiang FT China
15June Mar Fajardo 210-C-89 SM Beermen Philippines
16Roger Ray Pogoy 189-SG-92 TNT Ka Tropa Philippines
17Jayson Castro William 180-PG-86 TNT Ka Tropa Philippines
18Jeth Troy Rosario 201-C-92 TNT Ka Tropa Philippines
20Raymond Almazan 206-C-89 Rain or Shine Philippines
22Allein Malicsi 190-F-87 Star Hotshots Philippines
25Japeth Aguilar 206-C-85 B.Ginebra Philippines
35Matthew Wright 193-G-91 Phoenix Philippines

Joshua Reyes Head Coach TNT Ka Tropa Philippines
Joseph Uichico Assistant TNT Ka Tropa Philippines



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DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis RELEFORD
  Siarka
  (198-SG-90)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Releford, Siarka18.1 
 2. Szubarga, Asseco18.0 
 3. Czerapowicz, Kro.17.7 
 4. Ireland, Trefl S.17.4 
 5. Brown, Szczecin16.4 
 6. Miles, Polpharma15.3 
 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
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Energa C.
  (175-PG-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Blassingame, Energa C.7.0 
 2. Johnson, Stal O.7.0 
 3. Robinson, Szczecin5.7 
 4. Grzelinski, Siarka5.6 
 5. Brown, Siarka5.6 
 6. Laczynski, Anwil5.5 
 7. Koszarek, Stelm.5.3 
 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. Markovic, Trefl S.1.9 
 4. Johnson, Stal O.1.9 
 5. Lewis, Energa C.1.8 
 6. Grochowski, Polfarme.1.7 
 7. Laczynski, Anwil1.7 
 8. Wiggins, Start Lublin1.6 
 9. Johnson, MKS D.1.6 
 10. Millage, AZS K.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 


PLK Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Stelmet Zielona Gora reach semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Polpharma - Stelmet ZG 74-77

Stelmet ZG upset Polpharma on the road to secure the semifinal birth. Polpharma was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by the former international point guard Lukasz Koszarek (187-84) who scored that evening 14 points and 4 assists and the former international forward Jaroslaw Mokros (200-90) supported him with 11 points and 6 rebounds. Stelmet's coach Artur Gronek allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 24 points by Lithuanian center Martynas Sajus (208-96) did not help to save the game for Polpharma. American point guard Anthony Miles (185-89, college: Lamar) added 12 points for lost side.
Top scorers:
Polpharma: M.Sajus 24+3reb, A.Miles 12+4reb+1ast, M.Paliukenas 10+3reb+1ast, U.Mirkovic 7+2reb+3ast, T.Davis 7+4reb, M.Flieger 7+3reb+6ast
Stelmet ZG: L.Koszarek 14+2reb+4ast, J.Mokros 11+6reb, V.Dragicevic 10+1reb, P.Zamojski 9+4reb+2ast, K.Gruszecki 9+1reb+1ast, T.Kelati 8+3ast
gschID: 546720


Energa Czarni - Anwil 83-76

Energa Czarni stayed alive in the quarterfinal series versus Anwil. They claimed a vital home win in Game 4 to force the decider. Energa Czarni made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Anwil helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Chavaughn Lewis (196-93, college: Marist) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and naturalized Canadian forward Greg Surmacz (203-86, agency: Promotex) who added 12 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Serbian guard Nemanja Jaramaz (200-91, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 13 points and the former international power forward Pawel Leonczyk (203-86) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Four Anwil players scored in double figures. Anwil's coach Igor Milicic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Anwil: N.Jaramaz 13+4reb+1ast, J.Washington 13+1reb+2ast, J.Sobin 11+1reb+3ast, P.Leonczyk 10+5reb+2ast, K.Laczynski 8+3reb+4ast, T.McCray 6+3reb
Energa Czarni: C.Lewis 26+6reb+8ast, M.Ginyard 15+5reb, G.Surmacz 12+9reb+1ast, A.Goods 7+1reb+1ast, D.Kravish 6+4reb+1ast, L.Seweryn 6+1reb
gschID: 546719





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  PORTUGAL  

Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

Points Per Game
 Nuno MARCAL
  Maia B.
  (205-F-75)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Marcal, Maia B.22.3 
 2. Novak, Ovarense20.0 
 3. Martin, Sampaense18.8 
 4. Pavlovic, Sampa.18.1 
 5. Matagrano, Lusit.17.7 
 6. Ogungbemi-J., Galitos-.17.7 
 7. Catarino, Maia B.17.6 
 8. Lima, CAB Madeira17.2 
 9. Guillory, Sampaense16.2 
 10. Marzette, CAB M.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Antonio MONTEIRO
  Lusitania
  (204-F-89)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Monteiro, Lusitania9.5 
 2. Douvier, Ovarense9.2 
 3. Torrie, Electric.8.7 
 4. Marcal, Maia B.8.6 
 5. Washburn, FC Porto8.1 
 6. Grosey, Galitos-.7.7 
 7. Lima, CAB Madeira7.2 
 8. Tadic, Illiabum7.1 
 9. Fernandes, Ovarense7.1 
 10. Mendes, Sampaense7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nick NOVAK
  Ovarense
  (182-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Novak, Ovarense5.9 
 2. Guillory, Sampaense5.2 
 3. Simic, Lusitania5.0 
 4. Gameiro, CAB M.4.6 
 5. Tinsley, FC Porto4.6 
 6. Ogungbemi-J., Galitos-.4.5 
 7. Kumelis, CAB M.4.5 
 8. Robinson, Maia B.4.2 
 9. Figueiredo, Illiabum4.2 
 10. Pinto, Vitoria SC4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Frederick GENTRY
  CAB M.
  (201-F-77)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gentry, CAB M.1.9 
 2. Marcal, Maia B.1.9 
 3. Carvalho, Sampa.1.8 
 4. Hallman, Oliveirense1.7 
 5. Robinson, Maia B.1.7 
 6. Guillory, Sampaense1.7 
 7. Lanzinha, Electric.1.6 
 8. Novak, Ovarense1.6 
 9. Ellisor, Oliveirense1.6 
 10. Xavier, FC Porto1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Angelo CHOL
  Illiabum
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Chol, Illiabum1.5 
 2. Moses, Vitoria SC1.4 
 3. Gomes, Maia Basket1.1 
 4. Mendes, Sampaense0.9 
 5. Gentry, CAB M.0.8 
 6. Washburn, FC Porto0.8 
 7. Marzette, CAB M.0.7 
 8. Hollis, Benfica0.6 
 9. Bishop, Illiabum0.6 
 10. Coronel, Electric.0.6 



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  PUERTO RICO  

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Michael ROSARIO
  Quebradillas
  (190-SG-90)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Rosario, Quebradillas22.8 
 2. Liz, Ponce20.1 
 3. Laury, Mayaguez19.1 
 4. Costner, Humacao18.4 
 5. Warrick, Ponce18.3 
 6. Arroyo, Fajardo18.2 
 7. Wilkins, Guayama18.1 
 8. Huertas, Arecibo17.8 
 9. Mendoza, Aguada17.6 
 10. Akindele, Bayamon16.9 
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, Humacao9.1 
 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. Fitch, Quebradillas6.6 
 3. Abreu, Aguada6.6 
 4. Guzman, Humacao6.4 
 5. Browne, San German6.4 
 6. Garcia, Quebradillas6.0 
 7. Smith, Quebradillas5.4 
 8. Clemente, Arecibo5.4 
 9. Gonzalez, Bayamon5.4 
 10. Duran, Mayaguez4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (188-SG-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Liz, Ponce2.0 
 2. Smith, Quebradillas1.5 
 3. Fitch, Quebradillas1.4 
 4. Cintron-C., Humac.1.4 
 5. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 6. Duran, Mayaguez1.3 
 7. Carmona, Quebradillas1.3 
 8. Colon, Fajardo1.3 
 9. Romero, San German1.3 
 10. Orozco, Humacao1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. James, Fajardo2.6 
 2. Penn, Guayama2.0 
 3. Diaz, Quebradillas1.7 
 4. Smith, Quebradillas1.2 
 5. Akindele, Bayamon1.1 
 6. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 7. Hernandez, Quebradi.1.1 
 8. Gaston, Aguada0.9 
 9. Collier, Mayaguez0.9 
 10. Dawson, Ponce0.8 


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)



BSN Round 18: Santeros beat Piratas by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

Third-ranked Piratas (8-5) were very close to win a game against first ranked Santeros (14-3) in Coamo on Friday. Santeros managed to secure only one-point victory 93-92. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Piratas. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 26-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) who saved his team from a defeat with 30 points and 5 rebounds. Egyptian-American center Omar Samhan (211-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Santeros' coach Eddie Casiano used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The former international swingman Alejandro Carmona (194-83) replied with 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for Piratas. Santeros maintains first position with 14-3 record. Piratas at the other side keep the third place with five games lost. Santeros will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Piratas will play at home against Vaqueros and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Mayaguez was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Fajardo (10-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Indios (5-9). Fajardo defeated Indios 104-91. American center Shawn James (208-83, college: Northeastern) had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Carlos Arroyo chipped in 12 points and 11 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward David Laury (206-90, college: Iona) with 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fajardo maintains second position with 10-6 record having five points less than leader Aguada. Indios at the other side dropped to the tenth place with nine games lost. Fajardo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Indios will play on the road against Atleticos (#9) in San German and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Caciques (8-9) and Brujos (6-10), which took place in Guayama. Higher ranked Caciques lost to tenth ranked Brujos in a road game 88-95 on Thursday. Kyle Vinales notched 30 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 28 points and 17 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) by Jarrid Famous did not help to save the game for Caciques. Brujos moved-up to eighth place. Caciques lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with nine games lost. They share it with Bayamon and Arecibo. Brujos will meet Indios (#10) in the next round. Caciques will play against Leones (#7) in Juana Diaz and hope to secure a win.
Another upset was a game between Capitanes (8-9) and Atleticos (6-11), which took place in Arecibo. Higher ranked Capitanes lost at home to tenth ranked Atleticos 86-98. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Capitanes. The best player for the winners was Justin Keenan who scored 23 points and 4 assists. Capitanes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Atleticos moved-up to ninth place. Defending champion Capitanes keep the fourth position with nine games lost. Atleticos' next round opponent will be Indios (#10) in Mayaguez. Capitanes will play on the road against Vaqueros (#4) in Bayamon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 18 Bayamon beat Ponce on the road 76-71.

Guayama - Humacao 95-88

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Caciques (8-9) and Brujos (6-10), which took place in Guayama. Higher ranked Caciques lost to tenth ranked Brujos in a road game 88-95 on Thursday. Brujos looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Naturalized American guard Kyle Vinales (185-92, college: Cent.Conn.St.) notched 30 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and American forward Chane Behanan (198-92, college: Louisville) supported him with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 28 points and 17 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) by American-Lebanese power forward Jarrid Famous (209-88, college: S.Florida) did not help to save the game for Caciques. Naturalized American guard Wil Martinez (188-92, college: Fairmont St., agency: Paris Global Sports) added 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Brujos moved-up to eighth place. Caciques lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with nine games lost. They share it with Bayamon and Arecibo. Brujos will meet Indios (#10) in the next round. Caciques will play against Leones (#7) in Juana Diaz and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Humacao: J.Famous 28+17reb+2ast, W.Martinez 19+7reb+5ast, A.Galindo 18+4reb+1ast, W.Orozco 14+5reb+4ast, F.de Jesus 3+1ast, M.De Jesus 3+1reb+1ast
Guayama: K.Vinales 30+6reb+3ast, D.Wilkins 18+3reb+2ast, C.Behanan 17+10reb+4ast, R.Sanchez 11+5reb+1ast, D.Hinson 9+3reb+8ast, K.Penn 8+7reb
gschID: 546787


Arecibo - San German 86-98

Another upset was a game between Capitanes (8-9) and Atleticos (6-11), which took place in Arecibo. Higher ranked Capitanes lost at home to tenth ranked Atleticos 86-98. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Capitanes. The game was mostly controlled by Atleticos. Capitanes was better in fourth quarter 28-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Atleticos dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Capitanes' 40. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Atleticos brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) who scored 23 points and 4 assists. The former international guard Gary Browne (185-93, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international point guard Denis Clemente (183-86, college: Kansas St.) who recorded 18 points and 7 assists and the former international swingman David Cortez (190-81) added 23 points respectively. Five Atleticos and four Capitanes players scored in double figures. Capitanes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Atleticos moved-up to ninth place. Defending champion Capitanes keep the fourth position with nine games lost. Atleticos' next round opponent will be Indios (#10) in Mayaguez. Capitanes will play on the road against Vaqueros (#4) in Bayamon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arecibo: D.Cortez 23+2reb, D.Clemente 18+2reb+7ast, C.Lalanne 12+7reb+2ast, A.Young 11+6reb+1ast, A.Alamo 7+6reb+1ast, A.Matias 7+1reb
San German: D.Ebanks 24+2reb+2ast, J.Keenan 23+4reb+4ast, A.Franklin 16+6reb+3ast, I.Sosa Carrion 13+3reb+3ast, G.Browne 10+11reb+7ast, C.Lopez-Sosa 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 540141


Aguada - Quebradillas 93-92

Third-ranked Piratas (8-5) were very close to win a game against first ranked Santeros (14-3) in Coamo on Friday. Santeros managed to secure only one-point victory 93-92. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Piratas. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 26-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) who saved his team from a defeat with 30 points and 5 rebounds. Egyptian-American center Omar Samhan (211-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Santeros players scored in double figures. Santeros' coach Eddie Casiano used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The former international swingman Alejandro Carmona (194-83) replied with 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and guard Jonathan Garcia (183-87) added 10 points and 9 assists in the effort for Piratas. Santeros maintains first position with 14-3 record. Piratas at the other side keep the third place with five games lost. Santeros will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Piratas will play at home against Vaqueros and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Quebradillas: A.Carmona 35+6reb+2ast, M.Rosario 19+1reb+2ast, J.Garcia 10+4reb+9ast, J.Bryan Diaz 8+7reb+3ast, D.Smith 8+5reb+5ast, J.Mojica 7+4reb+2ast
Aguada: R.Mendoza 30+5reb+3ast, O.Samhan 15+8reb, F.Jonathan Han 13+2ast, E.Andujar 12+5reb+2ast, G.Clavell 11+1reb+1ast, A.Abreu 5+1reb+7ast
gschID: 540140


Mayaguez - Fajardo 91-104

The game in Mayaguez was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Fajardo (10-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Indios (5-9). Fajardo defeated Indios 104-91. The game was mostly controlled by Fajardo. Indios was better in third quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Fajardo brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American center Shawn James (208-83, college: Northeastern) had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and international point guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, college: FIU, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 12 points and 11 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward David Laury (206-90, college: Iona) with 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and naturalized Panamanian Nate Butler-Lind (198-89, college: TCU) scored 11 points. Five Fajardo and four Indios players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fajardo maintains second position with 10-6 record having five points less than leader Aguada. Indios at the other side dropped to the tenth place with nine games lost. Fajardo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Indios will play on the road against Atleticos (#9) in San German and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mayaguez: D.Laury 33+8reb+2ast, K.Young 11+2reb+3ast, N.Butler Lind 11+4reb+2ast, J.Rodriguez 11+3reb+2ast, A.Ayala 7+1reb+1ast, C.Duran 6+4reb+7ast
Fajardo: S.James 17+10reb+2ast, F.Rivera 16+1ast, D.James 16+6reb+4ast, C.Arroyo 12+4reb+11ast, M.Ali Berdiel 10+7reb+2ast, A.Colon 9+3reb+2ast
gschID: 540139


Ponce - Bayamon 71-76

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when seventh ranked Vaqueros (8-9) beat 6th ranked Leones (7-9) in Juana Diaz 76-71. Leones were ahead by 11 points at the halftime before a 44-28 second half run of Vaqueros. The best player for the winners was Cuban center Ismael Romero (203-91, agency: Paris Global Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Johwen Villegas (193-85, college: FIU) chipped in 17 points. Four Vaqueros players scored in double figures. Vaqueros' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Dominican Victor Liz (188-86) who recorded 32 points and 4 assists and American power forward Eric Dawson (206-84, college: Midwestern St., agency: Haylett Sports) added 13 points and 14 rebounds respectively. They have a solid four-game winning streak. Vaqueros moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Humacao and Arecibo. Leones lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Vaqueros' next round opponent will be Capitanes (#5) in Arecibo. Leones will play at home against Caciques and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ponce: V.Liz 32+2reb+4ast, H.Warrick 13+7reb+3ast, E.Dawson 13+14reb+3ast, C.Emory 4+6reb+2ast, G.Belardo 3+3reb, A.Daniel Vassallo 2+1reb+2ast
Bayamon: I.Romero 23+11reb, J.Villegas 17+1reb+3ast, J.Gonzalez 12+3reb+5ast, H.Hernandez 12+6reb+2ast, C.Dalmau 7+3reb+2ast, B.Santiago 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 540138





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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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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  RWANDA  


APR Take On Reg in Bid for Playoffs Spot - by Eurobasket News

APR will lock horns with table leaders Rwanda Energy Group (REG) in the national basketball league today evening at Amahoro Indoor Stadium, seeking a positive result to keep alive their chances of qualifying for the playoffs. The game starts at 8pm. Former champions APR started the season pretty well and looked to be among the title contenders. However, they stumbled midway the campaign and are currently standing in fifth place with 20 points, seven behind table leaders REG with four games remaining in regular season. Cliff Owuor 's APR registered a seven-game unbeaten run, but their streak was brought to an end by today's opponents, who defeated them 83-76-the army side has gone on to lose five more games hence falling off the race for the title. Speaking to Times Sport on Thursday, Owuor revealed that today's game is crucial to APR's hopes of finishing in the top four and make it to the playoffs. "The league title is almost an impossible mission, our aim now is to qualify for the playoffs, winning Friday's game would boost our chances ahead of the remaining three games," said Owuor. The former Kenya international added, "REG is a strong side but we can beat them if we can find a solution for their key players Kami Kabange and Bievenue Ngandu, whom they rely on in every game." Jean Bahufite's league debutants REG have only lost one game this season against Patriots in the first round and are odds-on to win the regular season title. Reigning champions Patriots, who will be up against United Generation Basketbll (UGB) club in the first game of the evening, are second with 26 points, one point adrift of the leaders.
Courtesy of: newtimes.co.rw



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  SAINT VINCENT  


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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Results and Stats from Day 1 in Manila - by Eurobasket News

Myanmar - Philippines 40-147
Philippines secured the winning start to their SEABA campaign. The hosts stormed past Myanmar in Manila. Calvin Abueva (190-F-88) provided 22 points for the hosts. Philippines jumped to a 66:12 halftime advantage. They unleashed 81 points after the big break and cruised to the victory. Allein Malicsi (190-F-87) tossed in 20 points for the winners. Aung Wana (180-F-95) delivered 12 points for Myanmar.

Malaysia - Thailand 67-74
Thailand opened win count at the tournament. They beat Malaysia for the first victory. Chitchai Ananti (196-G/F-90) produced 24 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Malaysia grabbed a 25:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Thailand turned things around in the next periods. They used a 19:8 run in the third frame to gain a 6-point lead. The Thai team dropped 19 points in the fourth term and rallied to the win. Nattakarn Muangboon (186-G-91) posted 12 points in the victory. Wei Hong Choo (197-C-92) responded with 12 points for Malaysia.

Indonesia - Singapore 71-50
Indonesia got to the winning start of their SEABA campaign. They fired past Singapore in the opener. Mario Wuysang (176-PG-79) scored 20 points to lead the winners. Indonesia held their opponents to just 11 points in the first half to take a 40:11 halftime lead. Singapore improved both offensive and defensively in the second half but could not come back from a massive deficit and losing at the end. Christian Setipu (200-C-86) provided 15 points for the winners. Liew Larry-Hua responded with 11 points for Singapore.




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KLS Round 7 (Superliga): Dynamic BG is defeated by Crvena Zvezda in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

KLS is at the halfway of the Second Stage and there are still another 7 rounds left.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Beograd: Crvena Zvezda (#1) and Dynamic BG (#4). Crvena Zvezda (7-0) crushed visiting Dynamic BG (3-4) by 19 points 87-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dynamic BG. The game was mostly controlled by Crvena Zvezda. Dynamic BG managed to win fourth quarter 31-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Crvena Zvezda made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Dynamic BG turnovers. It was a great evening for naturalized American Charles Jenkins (191-89, college: Hofstra) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points. American point guard Nate Wolters (193-91, college: S.Dakota St., agency: Pensack Sports) helped adding 16 points. At the losing side American guard Devin Brooks (186-92, college: Creighton) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Crvena Zvezda have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 7-0 record. Newly promoted Dynamic BG keeps the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Mega Leks. Crvena Zvezda are looking forward to face Spartak (#7) in Subotica in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Dynamic BG will play on the road against Borac in Cacak and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Vrsac has finally registered their first victory this season after six consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Spartak (1-6) 76-72. It was an exceptional evening for guard Bojan Krstovic (194-80, agency: Interperformances) who led the winners and scored 9 points and 8 rebounds. Nikola Jeftic accounted for 8 points and 8 rebounds. Vrsac's coach Vladimir Djokic used entire bench in such tough game. Center Predrag Prlja (205-92) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for Spartak in the defeat. Vrsac left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Spartak. It was Spartak's fourth loss in a row. Vrsac will play against league's second-placed Partizan in Beograd in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Spartak will play on the road against the league's leader Crvena Zvezda (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
The game in Sremska Mitrovica was also quite interesting. Second ranked Partizan (6-1) played at the court of 5th ranked Mega Leks (3-4). Partizan managed to secure a 5-point victory 84-79 on Friday. Branislav Ratkovica fired 12 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Sava Lesic produced 11 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Partizan. They maintain second place with 6-1 record behind leader Crvena Zvezda. Mega Leks at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Dynamic BG. Partizan will meet bottom-ranked Vrsac (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Mega Leks will play against FMP (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Third ranked FMP (5-2) crushed at home 6th ranked Borac (2-5) by 22 points 83-61, which is the biggest margin this round. Worth to mention a great performance of Dragan Apic who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 rebounds. FMP's coach Dusan Alimpijevic felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. FMP maintains third place with 5-2 record having just two points less than leader Crvena Zvezda. Borac lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with five games lost. FMP's next round opponent will be Mega Leks (#5) in Sremska Mitrovica. Borac will play at home against Dynamic BG and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Crvena Zvezda - Dynamic BG 87-68

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Beograd: Crvena Zvezda (#1) and Dynamic BG (#4). Crvena Zvezda (7-0) crushed visiting Dynamic BG (3-4) by 19 points 87-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dynamic BG. The game was mostly controlled by Crvena Zvezda. Dynamic BG managed to win fourth quarter 31-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Crvena Zvezda made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Dynamic BG turnovers. It was a great evening for naturalized American Charles Jenkins (191-89, college: Hofstra) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points. American point guard Nate Wolters (193-91, college: S.Dakota St., agency: Pensack Sports) helped adding 16 points. At the losing side American guard Devin Brooks (186-92, college: Creighton) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Marko Cakarevic (200-88) scored 11 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Crvena Zvezda have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 7-0 record. Newly promoted Dynamic BG keeps the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Mega Leks. Crvena Zvezda are looking forward to face Spartak (#7) in Subotica in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Dynamic BG will play on the road against Borac in Cacak and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: C.Jenkins 18+1reb+2ast, N.Wolters 16+3reb+1ast, M.Simonovic 10+1reb+1ast, N.Dangubic 9+5reb, D.Thompson 8+7reb, S.Jovic 6+6reb+7ast
Dynamic BG: D.Brooks 18+5reb+3ast, M.Cakarevic 11+4reb+4ast, A.Radulovic 10+3reb+3ast, A.Lazic 8+6reb+2ast, M.Milisavljevic 6+2reb+1ast, S.Gavrilovic 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 544629


Vrsac - Spartak 76-72

Vrsac has finally registered their first victory this season after six consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Spartak (1-6) 76-72. Spartak was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 35-25 second half run of Vrsac. It was an exceptional evening for guard Bojan Krstovic (194-80, agency: Interperformances) who led the winners and scored 9 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Nikola Jeftic (205-87) accounted for 8 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Vrsac's coach Vladimir Djokic used entire bench in such tough game. Center Predrag Prlja (205-92) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and Montenegrin Ivan Jelenic (192-85) added 24 points respectively for Spartak in the defeat. Vrsac left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Spartak. It was Spartak's fourth loss in a row. Vrsac will play against league's second-placed Partizan in Beograd in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Spartak will play on the road against the league's leader Crvena Zvezda (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Vrsac: M.Djeric 12+1reb+1ast, S.Fundic 10+6reb, M.Pavlovic 9+3reb+1ast, B.Krstovic 9+8reb+2ast, K.Jovovic 8+3ast, N.Jeftic 8+8reb+3ast
Spartak: I.Jelenic 24+2ast, P.Prlja 16+10reb, M.Nikolic 8+1reb+7ast, N.Miscevic 8+5reb+1ast, D.Tresac 8+2reb, S.Fekete 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 544628


Mega Leks - Partizan 79-84

The game in Sremska Mitrovica was also quite interesting. Second ranked Partizan (6-1) played at the court of 5th ranked Mega Leks (3-4). Partizan managed to secure a 5-point victory 84-79 on Friday. The guests trailed by 13 points after three quarters before their 30-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Partizan made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Guard Branislav Ratkovica (192-85, agency: BeoBasket) fired 12 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. The former international forward Novica Velickovic (205-86, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Sava Lesic (205-88, agency: BeoBasket) produced 11 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Djordje Simeunovic (200-95, agency: BeoBasket) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Partizan. They maintain second place with 6-1 record behind leader Crvena Zvezda. Mega Leks at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Dynamic BG. Partizan will meet bottom-ranked Vrsac (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Mega Leks will play against FMP (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Partizan: W.Hatcher 17+2reb+1ast, S.Bircevic 12+4reb, B.Ratkovica 12+5reb+9ast, N.Velickovic 12+9reb+1ast, V.Marinkovic 9+6reb+3ast, A.Vrabac 7+3reb+2ast
Mega Leks: D.Simeunovic 15+4reb, V.Cancar 12+5reb, N.Rebic 12+1reb+2ast, S.Lesic 11+7reb+7ast, J.Novak 9+3ast, A.Kaba 9+7reb+1ast
gschID: 544627


FMP - Borac 83-61

Third ranked FMP (5-2) crushed at home 6th ranked Borac (2-5) by 22 points 83-61, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was mostly controlled by FMP. Borac was better in third quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Borac's 42. They outrebounded Borac 36-22 including 22 on the defensive glass. FMP players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Dragan Apic (206-95) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 rebounds. Dejan Davidovac (202-95, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. FMP's coach Dusan Alimpijevic felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Power forward Milan Milovanovic (205-91, agency: 011 Sports) answered with 13 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Nemanja Todorovic (205-91) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Borac. FMP maintains third place with 5-2 record having just two points less than leader Crvena Zvezda. Borac lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with five games lost. FMP's next round opponent will be Mega Leks (#5) in Sremska Mitrovica. Borac will play at home against Dynamic BG and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
FMP: D.Apic 21+6reb, D.Davidovac 12+6reb+1ast, S.Lazarevic 9+3reb+3ast, J.Bolden 9+7reb+2ast, M.Ljubicic 8+4reb+1ast, A.Bursac 7+3reb
Borac: M.Milovanovic 13+6reb+2ast, M.Marinovic 12+2ast, N.Todorovic 11+6reb+2ast, M.Radonjic 8+2reb+2ast, D.Micic 6+2reb+5ast, S.Mitrovic 3+1ast
gschID: 544626





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  SINGAPORE  


Singapore National Team -17 - by Greg

Starting five
#s#
Wei Long Wong
Wong
Wei Meng Kwek
Kwek
Larry Hua Liew
Liew
Hanbin Ng
Ng
Kok Chiang Goh
Goh
#e#5
1Jun Yuan Lim Adroit Thailand
4Cheok Johrathon 176-G-96
5Wong Wei Long 187-G-88 Singapore S. Singapore
9Ng John Jing 190-PG-94 Singapore S. Singapore
10Kwek Wei Meng 188-G/F-96 Singapore S. Singapore
11Liew Larry Hua 191-G-93 Singapore S. Singapore
14Chia Zao Liang 188-F-96
17Ng Hanbin 193-G/F-89 Singapore S. Singapore
23Goh Kok Chiang 199-C-95 Singapore S. Singapore
26Lim Yong Cheng 192-C-94
34Raj V Lavin 200-C-00
83Tan Chin Hong 185-F-90 Singapore S. Singapore

Arsego Franco Head Coach
Neo Nam Kheng Assistant



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Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Duda SANADZE
  KK Primo.
  (196-G-92)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Sanadze, KK Primo.17.2 
 2. Tratnik, Zlatorog16.6 
 3. Span, Zlatorog15.9 
 4. Davis, Rogaska15.7 
 5. Jefferson, Un.Olimp.15.4 
 6. Oliver, Un.Olimpija15.2 
 7. Ferme, Rogaska14.7 
 8. Cup, Hopsi Polzela14.6 
 9. Robbins, LTH C.14.5 
 10. Cebasek, Hopsi P.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jakob CEBASEK
  Hopsi P.
  (200-G/F-91)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Cebasek, Hopsi P.8.6 
 2. Johns, Rogaska8.3 
 3. Spicer, Tajfun7.9 
 4. Tratnik, Zlatorog7.4 
 5. Oliver, Un.Olimpija7.3 
 6. Cerkovnik, Terme O.7.0 
 7. Pavic, Sencur Gor.6.8 
 8. Bolcina, Helios6.2 
 9. Miljkovic, Zlatorog6.2 
 10. Atanackovic, Helios6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Danijel VUJASINOVIC
  Tajfun
  (184-PG-89)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Vujasinovic, Tajfun8.3 
 2. Mocnik, Helios6.1 
 3. Curry, Helios5.6 
 4. Baric, Zlatorog5.0 
 5. Sajevic, LTH C.4.9 
 6. Ferme, Rogaska4.8 
 7. Collins, Sencur Gor.4.8 
 8. Rebec, Krka4.8 
 9. Davis, Rogaska4.8 
 10. Kosic, Hopsi Polzela4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Gregor HROVAT
  Un.Olimpija
  (196-G/F-94)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Hrovat, Un.Olimpija2.2 
 2. Franklin, KK Primo.1.9 
 3. Oliver, Un.Olimpija1.8 
 4. Curry, Helios1.7 
 5. Vujasinovic, Tajfun1.7 
 6. Jefferson, Un.Olimp.1.6 
 7. Davis, Rogaska1.6 
 8. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija1.5 
 9. Cebasek, Hopsi P.1.5 
 10. Gajic, KK Primo.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Khaliq SPICER
  Tajfun
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Spicer, Tajfun1.7 
 2. Tratnik, Zlatorog1.3 
 3. Djuranovic, Rogaska1.2 
 4. Radulovic, KK Primo.1.1 
 5. Pavic, Sencur Gor.0.8 
 6. Johns, Rogaska0.8 
 7. Fifolt, Tajfun0.8 
 8. Besedic, Portoroz0.7 
 9. Cup, Hopsi Polzela0.6 
 10. Sebic, Tajfun0.6 


Zlatorog and Krusic part ways, Primorska agrees with coach Golemac and lands Hodzic - by Zeljko Zule

Zlatorog and the captain of the team Matej Krusic (208-C-87) have mutually agreed to part ways because of financial issues. Krusic joined Zlatorog in the summer 2015 and still had an one year-contract. He averaged 6.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks in 34 Slovenian League games this season.
Primorska have agreed terms with the Croatian coach Jurica Golemac for the 2017-18 season and started building their roster by inking Alen Hodzic (192-SF-92) on an one-year contract. Hodzic arrives from Hopsi Polzela, for whom he averaged 12.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and1.4 steals in 31 Slovenian League games this season. Hodzic grew up with Kos Koper and has played for Parklji, Helios and Portoroz.



Rogaska into finals with a 74-57 win in decisive game - by Zeljko Zule

Rogaska earned a 74-57 victory over Zlatorog in Game 3 of their semi-final playoff series and became only the fourth team in Slovenian League history to advance to the finals after losing Game 1. Dee Davis (183-PG-93, college: Xavier,) scored 21 points on shooting 4-of-6 behind the 3-point arc and handed out 6 assists, Tadej Ferme (185-PG-91) added 14 points including four 3-pointers and Taylor Johns (201-F, college: Cal-Riverside) just missed a double-double with 11 points and 9 rebounds.
Rogaska trailed only at 0-2 and 2-4. At that point, Dragisa Drobnjak (200-F-77) sank a 3-pointer and Taylor Johns (201-F, college: Cal-Riverside) made a dunk which he turned into a three-point play after being fouled to put home team ahead 8-4. Rogaska later used an 8-1 run to extend their lead to 21-13 early in the second quarter and took their first double digit advantage at 31-21. Zlatorog scored nine straight points to close out the first half trailing 32-34. Tadej Ferme (185-PG-91) opened the second half with a 3-pointer to inspire Rogaska for a decisive 10-2 run for a 44-34 lead, which never dropped below six points for the rest of the game. After trailing by 12 points early in the fourth quarter, Zlatorog cut the deficit to 52-59 with six minutes remaining. Dee Davis (183-PG-93, college: Xavier) and Eldin Camdzic (195-G-90) answered with a back-to-back 3-pointers, keying a 15-3 run for a 74-55 lead.
Zlatorog played without injured Jan Span (187-PG-92) and Igor Tratnik (207-F-89). They outrebounded Rogaska 40-28, picking up 15 offensive rebounds, but shot just 15-percent (2-of-15) from 3-point line to Rogaska's 48-percent (12-of-25). Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87) finished wizh 18 points and Milos Miljkovic (205-C/F-84) scored 15 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double.
Best of five final series Rogaska-Union Olimpija will start at Rogaska Slatina on Tuesday.



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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: