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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  



Four teams to contest for AfroBasket final slot - by Eurobasket News

Cape Verde, Chad, Central African Republic and Zimbabwe will compete for the final spot at the upcoming Africa Basketball Championship (AfroBasket). The quartet will be in action in a special tournament in Bamako, Mali between May 19 and May 21; the victorious side will take up the spot vacated by Congo Republic following the country's withdrawal from the competition. Congo was originally set to host the games but withdrew citing 'logistical reasons' and was replaced by Angola only for the Central African side to also pull out of the race. All four teams competed in the qualifiers but failed to make it and also missed out on the Wild Cards slots which were awarded to Rwanda and Guinea. Aside fighting for a place in the African Championship, all four teams stand the chance of competing in the World Cup qualifiers which start November 24 as an AfroBasket spot automatically qualifies the team to compete in the World Cup qualification games. The 2017 AfroBasket is set to take place from August 19-30; the new host country is yet to be announced.
Courtesy of: basketballghana.com



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  ARGENTINA  

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. Deck, San Lorenzo17.8 
 6. Quinteros, Regat.17.8 
 7. Mickeal, Atenas17.1 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.17.0 
 9. Redivo, Weber B.16.9 
 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. Francis, La Union8.7 
 8. Vargas, GECR I.8.7 
 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, Ferrocarril6.1 
 3. Barral, Obras B.5.6 
 4. Aguirre, San L.5.6 
 5. Konsztadt, La Union5.4 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.1 
 7. Ciorciari, Instituto4.5 
 8. De-l., GECR I.4.5 
 9. Figueroa, Penarol4.5 
 10. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
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. Flor, Quilmes MP1.4 
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. Crawford, Argen.1.6 
 5. Richard, Obras B.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 


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





Sims' 48-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

29-year old guard Donald Sims (185-G-87, agency: Pensack Sports) had a very impressive game in the last round for Regatas C. and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 50.
He had the game-high 48 points adding six rebounds and five assists for Regatas C. in his team's victory, helping them to beat Estudiantes C. (#2, 38-18) 111-105. Regatas C. maintains the 3rd position in their group in Argentinian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Regatas C. will need more victories to improve their 34-22 record. In the team's last game Sims had a remarkable eight three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He turned to be Regatas C.'s top player in his first season with the team. Appalachian State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Sims is in league's top in points (4th best: 18.3ppg) and averages solid 51.4% FGP and 43.4% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Dar Tucker (193-SG-88) of league's second-best Estudiantes C.. He is American-Jordanian guard in his first season at Estudiantes C.. In the last game Tucker recorded impressive double-double of 29 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Estudiantes C. cruised to a 81-72 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked La Union (#9, 22-33). Estudiantes C.'s second position in Norte has not changed. His team's 38-18 record is not bad at all. Tucker is a newcomer at Estudiantes C. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.9ppg (#1). He also registered 7.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Justin Williams (206-F/C-84, agency: DTMones) of Olimpico LB (#4). Williams scored 24 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Olimpico LB, leading his team to a 86-77 win against the lower-ranked Quimsa (#7, 26-30). Olimpico LB needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Norte. Their record at this point is 32 victories and 24 lost games. Williams has a great season in Argentina. After 56 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.0rpg (#1 in league). He also has 3.2bpg and FGP: 61.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gabriel Deck (199-F-95) of San Lorenzo - 25 points and 8 rebounds
5. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82) of Libertad S. - 32 points and 3 rebounds
6. Gelvis Solano (185-G-94) of Echague - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Chris Daniels (205-C-84) of Quimsa - 24 points and 10 rebounds
8. Paolo Quinteros (188-SG-79) of Regatas C. - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Gaston Whelan (188-PG-94) of Instituto - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
10. Shaquille Johnson (190-F-90) of GECR Indalo - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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



GECR Indalo lands Federico Haller, ex Defensor - by Eurobasket News

Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia (LigaA) tabbed 29-year old Uruguayan forward Federico Haller (198-88). He moved there from Defensor in Uruguayan LUB league where he played this season. In 33 games he averaged 14.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg and 1.0bpg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Uruguay LUB All-Star Game. Haller also spent pre-season at Atletico Aguada (also in LUB) earlier that year. A very impressive season as he was selected to Uruguay LUB All-Star Game.
Among other achievements his team won Uruguay LUB Regular Season in 2016. Haller received also Latinbasket.com Uruguay LUB All-Domestic Players Team award back in 2007, 2012 and 2013.
He represented Uruguay at the South American Championships in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. Haller's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 5 games: 6.2ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 55.6%.
Haller has played also professionally for other Uruguayan teams like Atletico Welcome, Hebraica, Cordon, Goes and Nacional.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @jesusrostan)

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2.Bundesliga Round 2 of Finals. Dragons step closer to title - by Eurobasket News

Raiders - Dragons 71-74

St.Polten stepped closer to 2.Bundesliga title. They overcame Villach Raiders on the road tonight to gain 2-0 lead in the best-of-five championship series. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter but managed to pick up the tempo in the next periods. St.Polten eked out a 39:37 halftime lead. The Dragons extended the margin at 7-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. St.Polten kept the hosts at bay throughout the final period and rallied to an important road win at the end. Game 3 is scheduled for May 19th.
gschID: 545834





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  BAHRAIN  


Bahrain teams off to winning starts - by Eurobasket News

BAHRAIN teams made a winning start last night in the 37th GCC Clubs Basketball Championship at Zain Basketball Arena in Um Al Hassam. Favourites Manama routed Oman's Al Etifaq 82-50 while Bahrain's other participants Al Ahli enjoyed a similarly comfortable 72-47 victory over Qatar's Al Saad.
In the other match, defending champions Al Ahli from the UAE easily disposed of Saudi Arabia's Al Ittihad 90-76.
Manama's victory last night was a complete team effort as is evident by the fact that all 12 players managed to get onto the score sheet. Georgian import Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83, agency: Interperformances) led the way with 18 points, including a pair from beyond the arc. Fellow-professional Kadeem Coleby (206-C/F-89, college: Wichita St.) from the Bahamas added 13, while both had five rebounds. Mohammed Hussain chipped in with another 11 points. Manama needed a quarter to get their motor running efficiently, and when it did, there was no stopping them. The Bahrainis held a narrow 16-15 advantage at the end of the opening period but a key second quarter, where they poured in 22 points while conceding only five, put them on a comfortable road to victory. Manama managed to stretch their lead to over 30 points after the interval and did well to close out their rivals with their bench players. American-Nigerian professional Robert Anshila (201-G/F-86, college: Ft.Hays State) scored 21 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for Etifaq.
In the other match, Al Ahli led 22-12 at the end of the first quarter and then 40-26 heading into the half-time break. They then outscored Saad 19-9 in the third and never looked back. Hussain Shaker and big man Sabah Hussain scored 12 points apiece for the winners. American guard Orien Greene (193-G-82, college: La-Lafayette) had 11 points and 15 rebounds while seven-foot, one-inch Slovenian Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) added 10 points while collecting nine rebounds. Ken Brown (180-PG-89, college: Philander Smith, agency: Octagon Europe) top scored for Al Saad with 29 points.
Courtesy of: gdnonline.com



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Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Sergej VABISCHEVICH
  BSEU-Gr.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.20.4 
 2. Viaroukin, GO.18.6 
 3. Aladko, Vitebsk17.8 
 4. Shustov, Impuls B.17.1 
 5. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.17.1 
 6. Suvorov, Prine.16.6 
 7. Navoichyk, Prine.16.6 
 8. Volodkin, Impuls B.14.8 
 9. Liutych, Tsmoki II14.2 
 10. Roslikau, BSEU-Gr.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy DMITRUK
  Brest
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 12
 1. Dmitruk, Brest12.0 
 2. Zahar, Impuls B.9.4 
 3. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.9.2 
 4. Liutych, Tsmoki II8.5 
 5. Chumakov, Prine.8.5 
 6. Vashkevich, Vitebsk8.3 
 7. Kopacev, GO.8.0 
 8. Malysh, COR-Bori.7.2 
 9. Ignatev, Impuls B.7.2 
 10. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Maksim SHUSTOV
  Impuls B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Shustov, Impuls B.5.9 
 2. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.4 
 3. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.5.2 
 4. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.4.7 
 5. Stavrovskiy, Tsmoki I.4.7 
 6. Nazarov, BSEU-Gr.4.6 
 7. Korzh, Grodno-934.6 
 8. Aladko, Vitebsk4.5 
 9. Kharkevich, COR-Bori.4.1 
 10. Suvorov, Prine.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tsimafei VIAROUKIN
  GO.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Viaroukin, GO.2.4 
 2. Shustov, Impuls B.2.4 
 3. Suvorov, Prine.2.3 
 4. Lebedev, BSEU-Gr.2.1 
 5. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk2.0 
 6. Zahar, Impuls B.1.9 
 7. Chumakov, Prine.1.8 
 8. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.1.8 
 9. Roslikau, BSEU-Gr.1.7 
 10. Kuzmin, Grodno-931.7 
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 


Premier League Round 2 of Finals. Tsmoki-Minsk record second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Grodno-93 - Tsmoki-Minsk 85-101
Tsmoki-Minsk celebrated the second straight victory in the championship series. They eased past Grodno-93 on the road to inch closer to the title. Antonio Graves (191-G-85, college: Pittsburgh) came up with 22 points to lead the visitors. Tsmoki-Minsk grabbed a 50:43 halftime lead. They erupted for 51 points in the second half and rallied to a well-deserved win at the end. Mikita Meshcharakou (201-F-88, college: Wake Forest) delivered 19 points, while Aliaksandr Semianiuk (208-F-93) added 13 points in the victory. Kiryl Sitnik (190-G-89) responded with 18 points and 6 assists for Grodno-93. Yuri Mishukov (205-C-85) had 17 points in the losing effort.
Top scorers:
Grodno-93: K.Sitnik 18+2reb+6ast, Y.Mishukov 17+6reb+1ast, D.Kuzmin 16+5reb+7ast, A.Navoichyk 14+1reb+1ast, V.Ilyukevich 8+3reb, I.Kaliayev 7+4reb
Tsmoki-Minsk: A.Graves 22+3reb+1ast, M.Meshcharakou 19+5reb+3ast, A.Semianiuk 13+11reb+3ast, A.Lashkevich 11+2reb+1ast, J.Gray 10+3reb+4ast, A.Kudrautsau 9+6reb+4ast
gschID: 546357





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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D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Lhoest, Ninane19.9 
 2. Celis, Oxaco19.6 
 3. Moris, Royal Brussels18.9 
 4. Lambrecht, Gistel O.17.6 
 5. Wachowiak, Gembo B.16.5 
 6. Hilliman, Melsele16.4 
 7. Maesen, Houthalen16.4 
 8. Baptista, Gistel O.16.2 
 9. Van-Hoey, Oxaco16.1 
 10. Kotrulja, Gistel O.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Lhoest, Ninane13.3 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele9.5 
 3. Lambrecht, Gistel O.9.4 
 4. Moris, Royal Brussels8.3 
 5. Vermeersch, Gembo B.7.6 
 6. Celis, Oxaco7.4 
 7. Gorremans, Soba7.4 
 8. Bogaerts, Soba7.0 
 9. Fall, Ieper6.8 
 10. De-Pooter, Gent H.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Sam HEMELEERS
  Gistel O.
  (180-G-95)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Hemeleers, Gistel O.5.4 
 2. Lhote, Gent Hawks4.5 
 3. Celis, Oxaco4.3 
 4. Goethaert, Gembo B.4.1 
 5. Lhoest, Ninane3.6 
 6. Mwendanga, Giants B.3.5 
 7. Kanda-K., Giants B3.2 
 8. Maesen, Houthalen3.2 
 9. Beaujean, Gembo B.2.9 
 10. Wachowiak, Gembo B.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Rochdi BENZOUIEN
  Royal B.
  (184-PG-96)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Benzouien, Royal B.2.1 
 2. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.2.0 
 3. Goethaert, Gembo B.1.7 
 4. Van-Hoey, Oxaco1.6 
 5. Celis, Oxaco1.6 
 6. Riahi, RPC A.1.5 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.1.5 
 8. Van-d., Ekeren1.5 
 9. Hall, Royal Brussels1.4 
 10. Hockins, RPC A.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick HILLIMAN
  Melsele
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Hilliman, Melsele0.9 
 2. Fall, Ieper0.9 
 3. Vermeersch, Gembo B.0.9 
 4. Van-d., Gent Hawks0.8 
 5. Lambrecht, Gistel O.0.7 
 6. Wachowiak, Gembo B.0.6 
 7. Rogiers, Giants B0.6 
 8. Samaey, Waregem0.6 
 9. De-Pooter, Gent H.0.6 
 10. Bouckaert, Gembo B.0.5 


Top Division I Round 2 of Finals. Gent Hawks conquer the tophy - by Eurobasket News

Waregem - Gent Hawks 77-85

Gent Hawks celebrated Division I trophy. They edged Waregem on the road to sweep the title series. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 45-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Gent Hawks made 31-of-35 free shots (88.6 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 70.6 percentage. The best player for the winners was forward Joeri Vermoessen (200-93) who scored 14 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Forward Gregory De-Pooter (197-84) chipped in 16 points. Four Gent Hawks players scored in double figures. Swingman Brecht Guillemyn (192-87) produced 16 points and point guard Lars De-Lepeleire (175-91) added 17 points respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Waregem: L.De Lepeleire 17+1reb, B.Guillemyn 16+2ast, A.Van Vooren 12+6reb, S.Naudts 8+1reb, T.Foucart 7+2reb, R.Naudts 7+2reb+1ast
Gent Hawks: L.Lhote 18+1reb, G.De Pooter 16+4reb, J.Vermoessen 15+3reb+1ast, J.Vermoessen 14+7reb, R.Spaens 9+1reb+2ast, M.Verspeeten 8
gschID: 546475





Wen Mukubu extends deal with Limburg United - by Eurobasket News

Wen Boss Mukubu (198-F-83, college: UAB) has agreed on terms of contract extension with Limburg United. The DR Congolese forward has penned a new two-year deal with the Belgian team. Wen Boss Mukubu started the season with Vichy Clermont in France. He notched 2.0 points and 2.0 boards per game in ProB. Later he moved to Limburg United. His stats read 5.3 points and 3.0 boards per FIBA Europe Cup game. In Belgium League Wen Boss Mukubu delivers 6.6 points and 2.5 rebounds per appearance.



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Libobasquet Round 2: Amistad loses to Penarol - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in Libobasquet.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Amistad (0-1) in Quillacollo on Friday night. Visitors were rolled over by Penarol (2-0) 73-44. Penarol is looking forward to face CAN Oruro (#5) on the road in the next round. Amistad will play against Vikingos in Tarija and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game was played in Pichincha. Pichincha faced La Salle Tarija. Host Pichincha (1-0) defeated guests from Tarija (1-1) 81-70. Pichincha will play against Carl A-Z in Oruro in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. La Salle Tarija will play at home against AND1 La Paz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Tarija was also quite interesting. Calero (1-0) played at the court of Vikingos (0-2). Calero did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 90-73 on Friday. Calero will meet at home Univ. San Simon in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Vikingos will play against Amistad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 2 winless CAN Oruro lost to undefeated Univ. San Simon in Cochabamba 121-127.

Vikingos - Calero 73-90

The game in Tarija was also quite interesting. Calero (1-0) played at the court of Vikingos (0-2). Calero did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 90-73 on Friday. Calero will meet at home Univ. San Simon in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Vikingos will play against Amistad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 546267


Penarol - Amistad 73-44

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Amistad (0-1) in Quillacollo on Friday night. Visitors were rolled over by Penarol (2-0) 73-44. Penarol is looking forward to face CAN Oruro (#5) on the road in the next round. Amistad will play against Vikingos in Tarija and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 546268


Pichincha - La Salle Tarija 81-70

An exciting game was played in Pichincha. Pichincha faced La Salle Tarija. Host Pichincha (1-0) defeated guests from Tarija (1-1) 81-70. Pichincha will play against Carl A-Z in Oruro in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. La Salle Tarija will play at home against AND1 La Paz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 546269


Univ. San Simon - CAN Oruro 127-121

There was no surprise in Cochabamba where CAN Oruro (0-2) was defeated by Univ. San Simon (2-0) 127-121 on Friday. Univ. San Simon will meet Calero (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. CAN Oruro will play against Penarol and hope to win that game.
gschID: 546266





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  BOSNIA  

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.18.8 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak18.3 
 3. Kovacevic, Spars S.17.2 
 4. Jovanovic, Spars S.16.7 
 5. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.15.8 
 6. Negovanovic, Gradj.15.7 
 7. Pelkic, Leotar15.4 
 8. Hasandic, Sloboda .14.6 
 9. Robinson, Igokea14.5 
 10. Stanojevic, Mlado.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Obrad TOMIC
  Kakanj
  (206-C-93)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Tomic, Kakanj9.8 
 2. Kastropil, Siroki P.8.7 
 3. Markovic, Gradj.8.3 
 4. Pelkic, Leotar7.8 
 5. Stanojevic, Mlado.7.6 
 6. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.7.4 
 7. Marojevic, Gradj.7.1 
 8. Milosevic, Igokea6.9 
 9. Kadic, Bosnjak6.8 
 10. Karacic, Siroki P.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jan MOCNIK
  Siroki P.
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Mocnik, Siroki P.8.3 
 2. Knezevic, Zrinjski.5.4 
 3. Princ, Zrinjski HT4.9 
 4. Fekete, Leotar4.6 
 5. Luzajic, Leotar4.0 
 6. Dovadzija, Bosnjak3.9 
 7. Aleksic, Mladost3.9 
 8. Zahiragic, Spars S.3.7 
 9. Vasiljevic, Bosna-Ro.3.7 
 10. Robinson, Igokea3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.2.4 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak1.9 
 3. Brown, Sloboda .1.9 
 4. Mocnik, Siroki P.1.7 
 5. Princ, Zrinjski HT1.6 
 6. Milosevic, Igokea1.5 
 7. Samadan, Zrinjski.1.4 
 8. Radivojevic, Igokea1.4 
 9. Dreznjak, Siroki P.1.4 
 10. Pelkic, Leotar1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Franko KASTROPIL
  Siroki P.
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Kastropil, Siroki P.1.1 
 2. Sturanovic, Bosna-Ro.1.0 
 3. Karacic, Siroki P.1.0 
 4. Brummitt, Zrinjski.0.9 
 5. Pelkic, Leotar0.8 
 6. Rikic, Igokea0.7 
 7. Radmilovic, Leotar0.7 
 8. Milosevic, Gradjanski0.6 
 9. Marojevic, Gradj.0.6 
 10. Tomic, Kakanj0.6 


Division I Round 3 of Finals. Igokea post second victory - by Eurobasket News

Igokea - Bosna-Royal 74-59

Igokea celebrated the second victory in the championship series. They overcame Bosna-Royal to take 2-1 lead. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 50-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Igokea forced 19 Bosna-Royal turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Bosna-Royal helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American point guard James Robinson (190-94, college: Pittsburgh) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 6 assists. Serbian forward Strahinja Micovic (205-92) helped adding 16 points and 12 rebounds. The best for the losing side was international Haris Delalic (202-94, agency: AproK Sports Group) with 14 points and 9 rebounds and Vladimir Djordjevic (201) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Igokea: J.Robinson 23+3reb+6ast, S.Micovic 16+12reb+2ast, D.Milosevic 8+5reb+3ast, B.Mahkovic 7+2reb+1ast, V.Radivojevic 7+2reb+2ast, N.Pesakovic 7+1reb+3ast
Bosna-Royal: H.Delalic 14+9reb+1ast, L.Campara 9+3reb, V.Djordjevic 9+5reb+3ast, M.Sturanovic 7+5reb+1ast, S.Dragicevic 6+5reb+1ast, A.Sokolovic 5+2reb
gschID: 546673





The ugly truth of what happened to Americans DeVoe Armstrong and Drae Murray with BC Zivinice! - by Chris Mathieu

The ugly truth of what happened to Americans Devoe Armstrong (175-PG-90, college: Ohio Mid-Western)g and Drae Murray (180-G-90) with BC Zivinice!

There was much fanfare surrounding the arrival of American basketball players to the sleepy northern Bosnian town of Zivinice. The town that was more known for being the home to Portland Trailblazers center Jusuf Nurkic than local basketball.

The team signed Drae Murray before the season and he brought a level of excitement never seen before with his flair of American style of basketball. The team played great, Drae was spectacular averaging 34.5ppg and the town rallied behind the new club packing the local stadium.
Drae loved the city, the people and the experience; he had just one problem, that the club owed him money from his contract. The team refused to pay him and wouldn't address the lack of payments and he left.

Beginning in January the team brought in DeVoe Armstrong as a replacement and he signed an agreement with the club and Mirnes Muminovic. DeVoe played his heart out for the club and he averaged 21.4ppg 3.7aspg 4.2rbpg 2stls and led the team to a third place finish on the season.DeVoe was well liked by teammates who even paid for his gym membership when the team didn't. Soon the season came to an end and he was preparing to return home and have the team fulfill its commitments to him. The team never settled the hotel bill to cover his accommodations while in the country, never paid him and didn't cover the cost of his airfare home like promised. The situation is so bad that he has had to sell some personal belongings to cover his own costs while in the country. The hotel is holding his passport waiting for someone to settle his accommodation costs from the last four months.

Both Drae and DeVoe are thankful for the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people in Bosnia, to get to play the game they love and to have the rich experience of making so many people happy in this little sleepy Bosnian town. They both wanted the people in Bosnia to know they are grateful for the experience but want to issue a warning in dealing with the club and specifically dealing with Mirnes.

The team's website has disappeared and DeVoe is stuck in Zivinice and Mirnes is refusing to answer or return calls or take care of his obligations and promises. A compromising situation for him as both players had signed valid contracts with him and the club.

The situation for both players have yet to be resolved and is growing more desperate and worse for DeVoe as he is stuck in a foreign country with little access or help and needs to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. DeVoe said today 'I've had to sell shoes to have money to buy things I've needed.
The motel staff is great, they take care of me but Mirnes just ignores everything'.

The real tragedy besides the awful way in which the club treated these two men is the damage done to the reputation for basketball clubs in BiH and basketball in general in the country. This was a wonderful opportunity for the country to raise its profile in a positive way, to help the city build a name for itself and to market the town in a positive light internationally. Unfortunately it will be a black warning for international basketball players willing to play in Bosnia. Hopefully soon, this will be resolved positively for DeVoe and he will be able to return home to America and he will leave the nightmare created by the club behind him.



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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, Pinheiros19.1 
 6. Vieira, Flamengo18.5 
 7. Garcia, Bauru18.3 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia18.1 
 9. Andrade, Bauru18.0 
 10. Dawkins, Vitoria16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.9.4 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 3. Maynard, Minas7.7 
 4. de-Souza, L.Sor.7.7 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.5 
 6. Andrade, Bauru6.8 
 7. Curnell, Mogi6.6 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia6.5 
 9. Ansaloni, Pinheiros6.5 
 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. Schneider, Macae1.6 
 7. Machado, B.Cea.1.6 
 8. Rodgers, Minas1.6 
 9. Stallworth, Mogi1.5 
 10. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.1.5 
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. Tavares, L.Sorocaba0.6 
 9. Teichmann, Pinheiros0.6 
 10. Camilo, Macae0.6 


NBB Round 2 of Semi-Finals. 2-0 leads for Pinheiros and Paulistano - by Eurobasket News

Bauru - Pinheiros 83-89

Pinheiros upset Bauru on the road to open 2-0 lead in the semifinal series. Pinheiros forced 19 Paschoalotto/Bauru turnovers. 30 personal fouls committed by Paschoalotto/Bauru helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Desmond Holloway (191-90, college: Co.Carolina) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Renan Lenz (206-90, college: Utah) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Pinheiros players scored in double figures. International Leonardo Meindl (201-93) replied with 22 points and 5 assists and international guard Alex Garcia (191-80, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Paschoalotto/Bauru. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros: D.Holloway 26+9reb+2ast, R.Lenz 15+5reb, C.Bennett 13+3reb+2ast, G.Barbosa 13+2reb, L.Gustavo de Oliveira 10+3reb, R.Ansaloni 6+1reb
Bauru: L.Meindl 22+4reb+5ast, A.Garcia 15+5reb+5ast, G.Santos 14+2ast, J.Andrade 8+7reb+4ast, M.Uchendu 7+2reb, G.Yeye Torres 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 546402


Paulistano - Vitoria 82-72

Paulistano secured the second straight win in the series versus Vitoria. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The former international center Guilherme Hubner (208-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 5 rebounds. Eddy Carvalho (196-87) contributed with 20 points for the winners. American point guard Kenny Dawkins (175-87, college: Lamar) replied with 17 points and the former international Andre Bresolin (195-87) added 12 points in the effort for Universo/Vitoria. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Paulistano: E.Carvalho 20+2reb+2ast, G.Hubner 18+5reb+2ast, L.Dias Silva 12+4reb+2ast, A.Pecos 10+2reb+7ast, Y.Dos Santos 9+1reb+4ast, D.Hure 6+2reb
Vitoria: K.Dawkins 17+3reb+1ast, K.Sheard 13+2ast, A.Bresolin 12+2reb+3ast, R.Scholz 11+2reb, A.Silva 7+3reb+4ast, C.Hayes 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 546401





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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. Savic, Spartak .16.3 
 9. Bozov, Rilski16.1 
 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.5.2 
 7. Parker, Rilski4.8 
 8. Marinov, Balkan4.5 
 9. Bozov, Rilski4.4 
 10. Raley-Ross, Beroe4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Semple, Akademik.2.2 
 2. Bellfield, Akademik.2.1 
 3. Karamfilov, Cherno M.2.0 
 4. Parker, Rilski1.9 
 5. Marinov, Balkan1.8 
 6. Jones, Beroe1.8 
 7. Zahariev, Lukoil A.1.7 
 8. Gibson, Beroe1.7 
 9. Hott, Balkan1.5 
 10. Avramov, Lukoil A.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Semple, Akademik.2.0 
 2. Jones, Beroe1.5 
 3. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.1.1 
 4. Varbanov, Yambol1.0 
 5. Doychinov, Levski0.8 
 6. Zack, Lukoil Acad.0.8 
 7. Petkov, Yambol0.7 
 8. Savic, Spartak .0.7 
 9. Gudul, Beroe0.6 
 10. Marincheshki, Spartak .0.6 


NBL Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Lukoil force decider against Rilski - by Eurobasket News

Rilski - Lukoil Acad. 66-80

Lukoil snatched a road win over Rilski to even the semifinal series at 2-2. Ukrainian power forward Maxym Korniyenko (205-87, agency: BeoBasket) fired 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American-Cameroonian point guard Danny Gibson (177-84, college: S.Indiana) chipped in 14 points and 8 assists. American forward DJ Shelton (208-91, college: Washington St.) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Evan Bruinsma (202-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Rilski: D.Shelton 19+9reb+2ast, E.Bruinsma 15+8reb+2ast, Z.Georgiev 12+7reb+2ast, Y.Bozov 10+1reb+3ast, D.Vutev 4+4reb+1ast, A.Sekulov 3+1reb
Lukoil Acad.: M.Korniyenko 16+9reb+2ast, D.Gibson 14+3reb+8ast, H.Zahariev 13+8reb+4ast, S.Zack 13+8reb, P.Ivanov 9, A.Velikov 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 546734





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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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  CAPE VERDE  


Cape Verde and Chad get second chance - by Eurobasket News

West African sides Chad and Cape Verde will have another shot at competing in the upcoming Africa Basketball Championship (AfroBasket) and 2019 World Cup qualifiers after both teams got selected to compete in a special tournament. The competition will be held in Bamako, Mali between May 19 and May 21 with the West African duo set to compete against Central African Republic and Zimbabwe for a spot in this year's AfroBasket. Chad and Central African missed out on the Championship after falling behind Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo in Zone 4. Cape Verde fell behind Senegal and Mali in the hypercompetitive Zone 2 while Zimbabwe fell short of a playoff game against South Africa. The winner replaces AfroBasket original host Congo Republic; the Central African nation withdrew from the competition earlier in the year. Securing a spot in the upcoming biannual African competition, gives the successful side an automatic spot in the 2019 World Cup qualifiers which begin in November.
Courtesy of: basketballghana.com



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  CBA  


Top-seed Indianapolis and defending champs Fort Wayne to square off in all-Indiana title game - by Eurobasket News

FORT WAYNE 111, BOWLING GREEN 100: (Danville, Ill.) - Antonio Cannon (6'0''-PG-92, college: Indiana Tech) scored 14 of his team-high 27 points in the opening quarter Saturday as Fort Wayne advanced into the championship game of the Central Basketball Association Tournament for the third consecutive year. The defending champions topped Bowling Green, 111-100, in a semifinal game at Schlarman High School. Saturday's meeting was the first of the season for the two squads. 'Defensively, we did a great job the first half with ball pressure, forcing them into plays they didn't want to make,' Fort Wayne coach Roderick Wilmont said. Bowling Green (5-4) was limited to 11 first-half baskets, the same number Fort Wayne made in the opening period while racing into a 30-19 cushion they never lost. Wadner Joseph (6'4''-F-86, college: Lincoln Memorial) had 20 points, Greg Foster (6'2''-G-89, college: Saginaw Valley) scored 13 - to go with a game-high 12 assists - and Danville native Mikel Brigham (6'6''-F) had 10 points for Fort Wayne (6-3). Cannon, Joseph and Antonio Wilson have been part of all the Fort Wayne teams that are the first in the CBA's five-year history to appear in three championship games. 'I owe it to the guys,' Wilmont said. 'They allow me to coach them and they respond well. Cannon is a veteran who played exceptionally well and Foster is the piece we were missing early (in the season). He understands the game so well." Bowling Green, which won the 2015 tournament, received a game-high 30 points from Fred Sturdivant (6'7''-F-91, college: Texas Southern). He hit 14 of his points in the final quarter. The 6 foot-7 Sturdivant pulled down a game-high 17 rebounds. Teammate Damarius Smith had 17 points. Fort Wayne advances into today's 2 p.m. championship game at Schlarman.
INDIANAPOLIS 96, MISSISSIPPI 73: (Danville, Ill.) - Top-seeded Indianapolis secured a berth in the championship game of the fifth annual Central Basketball Association Tournament by virtue of Saturday night's 96-73 semifinal conquest of the Mississippi Eagles. Indianapolis (7-2) never trailed in a game at Schlarman High School that was tied once, at 2-2, while sweeping the season series from Mississippi. Indianapolis coach Phillip Washington said his team faced a tough challenge. 'They are probably the best defensive team in the league,' Washington said. 'We stayed poised, got the lead and held the lead.' A 15-point halftime lead wasn't taken for granted. 'Just last week, we were down 20 (at halftime) and won,' Washington said. Indianapolis had four double-digit scorers,led by Ja'Rob McCallum (6'0''-PG) with 18 points. Joe Retic (6'4''-G, college: Indianapolis) had 15 points, Brandon Evans had 14 and Chrishawn Hopkins (6'2''-G-91, college: Wright St.) had 13. The victory sets up a rematch between teams who played last week, when Indianapolis rallied for the win that clinched the No. 1 seed. Indianapolis face Fort Wayne in today's 2 p.m. title game at Schlarman. 'It's going to be a Bulls vs. Lakers-type game, very epic,' Washington said. 'It's the Battle of Indiana. It'll be a great up and down game.' Anthony Jones (6'4''-G, college: SE Missouri St.) led Mississippi (4-5) with 33 points. Teammate Marico Stinson (6'3''-G-88, college: Ky Wesleyan) was the team's other double-figure scorer, producing 15 points.
Courtesy of: playcba.com



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  CHAD  


Cape Verde and Chad get second chance - by Eurobasket News

West African sides Chad and Cape Verde will have another shot at competing in the upcoming Africa Basketball Championship (AfroBasket) and 2019 World Cup qualifiers after both teams got selected to compete in a special tournament. The competition will be held in Bamako, Mali between May 19 and May 21 with the West African duo set to compete against Central African Republic and Zimbabwe for a spot in this year's AfroBasket. Chad and Central African missed out on the Championship after falling behind Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo in Zone 4. Cape Verde fell behind Senegal and Mali in the hypercompetitive Zone 2 while Zimbabwe fell short of a playoff game against South Africa. The winner replaces AfroBasket original host Congo Republic; the Central African nation withdrew from the competition earlier in the year. Securing a spot in the upcoming biannual African competition, gives the successful side an automatic spot in the 2019 World Cup qualifiers which begin in November.
Courtesy of: basketballghana.com



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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



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  CROATIA  


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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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  


Sosua Sharks take 2-1 lead over Correcaminos de Parte Baja in Puerto Plata's Finals - by Francisco Vega

Sharks de Sosua took a 2-1 lead over Correcaminos de la Parte Baja in the Dominican Republic's 2017 edition of Torneo Superior de Puerto Plata (Puerto Plata's Superior Tournament), an event played to honor Juan Ramon Gomez Diaz (President of Telemicro) in which the winner will take Copa Ayuntamiento de Puerto Plata home.

Jaison Valdez (188-PG-95) led the Sharks to a 112-101 win in Game 3, at Fabio Rafael Gonzalez Court. He scored 30 points and added 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals, while Robert Glenn (203-PF-89, college: IUPUI), who just led Club Domingo Paulino to the title in Santiago, joined the team to add a double double of 24 points, 11 rebounds, while handing out 5 assists. Pedro Alcequie finished with 19 points and 4 rebounds and Leyvi Ciriaco (C) added 11 points and 11 rebounds.

For Correcaminos, Gary Johnson (198-F-88, college: Texas) netted 29 points with 15 rebounds, Pedro Nunez scored 18 with 7 boards and 5 steals, Johan Torres and Junior Martinez added 14 points each and Bernardo Polanco 13 with 8 boards.

Game 4 will take place on Sunday (May 14th) at 6.00pm, according to the league's press departament.




Club Domingo Paulino clinch Santiago title - by Eurobasket News

Club Domingo Paulino clinch Santiago title in Dominican Republic. In game 5 they overcame Pueblo Nuevo 106-90 to win the final series 4-1. Robert Glenn (203-PF-89, college: IUPUI) and Adris de Leon combined for 50 points in the game. Robert Glenn was named MVP of the Finals. Alejandro Salas Flores (204-PF-81, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) fended up with 32 points in the losing effort, whilst Jhon Taylor notched 18.


Rafael Barias one game shy of the title in Distrito Nacional's Finals - by Francisco Vega

Club Rafael Barias got a 3-1 lead in the 2017 edition of Distrito Nacional's Torneo Superior, by defeating Mauricio Baez, 87-75, at Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Center.

James Maye (201-G/F-81, college: NC-Greensboro) netted 25 points, including 6 three-point shots, to lead his team to a victory, getting help from Puerto Rican Peter Ramos (222-C-85), with a double double of 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Franklin Milian (193-G/F-92, college: Canisius) added 16 points coming off the bench. "Playing together has been a key for Barias to be one game shy of the title", said Ramos after the game through a league press release.

"We've got to keep working hard in what's left of the tournament to give the fans this triumph. On Sunday we're going to get it", added Ramos.

For Mauricio Baez, Juan Miguel Suero (198-SG-93) and Yohansy Minaya (185-G-91) scored 15 points each, Gerardo Suero (193-G-89, college: Albany) and Starlin Robinson added 13 each and Oscar Balbuena (195-S/G-94) finished up with 10. Jhonatan Araujo (208-C-96) joined this team after ending his participation in Santiago's Superior League.




The ugly truth of what happened to Americans DeVoe Armstrong and Drae Murray with BC Zivinice! - by Chris Mathieu

The ugly truth of what happened to Americans Devoe Armstrong (175-PG-90, college: Ohio Mid-Western)g and Drae Murray (180-G-90) with BC Zivinice!

There was much fanfare surrounding the arrival of American basketball players to the sleepy northern Bosnian town of Zivinice. The town that was more known for being the home to Portland Trailblazers center Jusuf Nurkic than local basketball.

The team signed Drae Murray before the season and he brought a level of excitement never seen before with his flair of American style of basketball. The team played great, Drae was spectacular averaging 34.5ppg and the town rallied behind the new club packing the local stadium.
Drae loved the city, the people and the experience; he had just one problem, that the club owed him money from his contract. The team refused to pay him and wouldn't address the lack of payments and he left.

Beginning in January the team brought in DeVoe Armstrong as a replacement and he signed an agreement with the club and Mirnes Muminovic. DeVoe played his heart out for the club and he averaged 21.4ppg 3.7aspg 4.2rbpg 2stls and led the team to a third place finish on the season.DeVoe was well liked by teammates who even paid for his gym membership when the team didn't. Soon the season came to an end and he was preparing to return home and have the team fulfill its commitments to him. The team never settled the hotel bill to cover his accommodations while in the country, never paid him and didn't cover the cost of his airfare home like promised. The situation is so bad that he has had to sell some personal belongings to cover his own costs while in the country. The hotel is holding his passport waiting for someone to settle his accommodation costs from the last four months.

Both Drae and DeVoe are thankful for the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people in Bosnia, to get to play the game they love and to have the rich experience of making so many people happy in this little sleepy Bosnian town. They both wanted the people in Bosnia to know they are grateful for the experience but want to issue a warning in dealing with the club and specifically dealing with Mirnes.

The team's website has disappeared and DeVoe is stuck in Zivinice and Mirnes is refusing to answer or return calls or take care of his obligations and promises. A compromising situation for him as both players had signed valid contracts with him and the club.

The situation for both players have yet to be resolved and is growing more desperate and worse for DeVoe as he is stuck in a foreign country with little access or help and needs to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. DeVoe said today 'I've had to sell shoes to have money to buy things I've needed.
The motel staff is great, they take care of me but Mirnes just ignores everything'.

The real tragedy besides the awful way in which the club treated these two men is the damage done to the reputation for basketball clubs in BiH and basketball in general in the country. This was a wonderful opportunity for the country to raise its profile in a positive way, to help the city build a name for itself and to market the town in a positive light internationally. Unfortunately it will be a black warning for international basketball players willing to play in Bosnia. Hopefully soon, this will be resolved positively for DeVoe and he will be able to return home to America and he will leave the nightmare created by the club behind him.



The ugly truth of what happened to Americans DeVoe Armstrong and Drae Murray with BC Zivinice! - by Chris Mathieu

The ugly truth of what happened to Americans Devoe Armstrong (175-PG-90, college: Ohio Mid-Western)g and Drae Murray (180-G-90) with BC Zivinice!

There was much fanfare surrounding the arrival of American basketball players to the sleepy northern Bosnian town of Zivinice. The town that was more known for being the home to Portland Trailblazers center Jusuf Nurkic than local basketball.

The team signed Drae Murray before the season and he brought a level of excitement never seen before with his flair of American style of basketball. The team played great, Drae was spectacular averaging 34.5ppg and the town rallied behind the new club packing the local stadium.
Drae loved the city, the people and the experience; he had just one problem, that the club owed him money from his contract. The team refused to pay him and wouldn't address the lack of payments and he left.

Beginning in January the team brought in DeVoe Armstrong as a replacement and he signed an agreement with the club and Mirnes Muminovic. DeVoe played his heart out for the club and he averaged 21.4ppg 3.7aspg 4.2rbpg 2stls and led the team to a third place finish on the season.DeVoe was well liked by teammates who even paid for his gym membership when the team didn't. Soon the season came to an end and he was preparing to return home and have the team fulfill its commitments to him. The team never settled the hotel bill to cover his accommodations while in the country, never paid him and didn't cover the cost of his airfare home like promised. The situation is so bad that he has had to sell some personal belongings to cover his own costs while in the country. The hotel is holding his passport waiting for someone to settle his accommodation costs from the last four months.

Both Drae and DeVoe are thankful for the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people in Bosnia, to get to play the game they love and to have the rich experience of making so many people happy in this little sleepy Bosnian town. They both wanted the people in Bosnia to know they are grateful for the experience but want to issue a warning in dealing with the club and specifically dealing with Mirnes.

The team's website has disappeared and DeVoe is stuck in Zivinice and Mirnes is refusing to answer or return calls or take care of his obligations and promises. A compromising situation for him as both players had signed valid contracts with him and the club.

The situation for both players have yet to be resolved and is growing more desperate and worse for DeVoe as he is stuck in a foreign country with little access or help and needs to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. DeVoe said today 'I've had to sell shoes to have money to buy things I've needed.
The motel staff is great, they take care of me but Mirnes just ignores everything'.

The real tragedy besides the awful way in which the club treated these two men is the damage done to the reputation for basketball clubs in BiH and basketball in general in the country. This was a wonderful opportunity for the country to raise its profile in a positive way, to help the city build a name for itself and to market the town in a positive light internationally. Unfortunately it will be a black warning for international basketball players willing to play in Bosnia. Hopefully soon, this will be resolved positively for DeVoe and he will be able to return home to America and he will leave the nightmare created by the club behind him.



Indios de San Francisco adds Gibbs to their roster, ex Terme Olimia - by Eurobasket News

Indios de San Francisco (LNB) added to their roster 27-year old American point guard Ashton Gibbs (188-86kg-90, college: Pittsburgh). He moved there from Terme Olimia in Slovenian 2SKL where he started the season. In 7 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.4ppg and 2.6rpg this season. The last summer Gibbs played at Vaqueros in Mexican CIBACOPA. In 13 games he averaged remarkable 20.8ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.7apg.
Three years ago (two years after he left the college) Gibbs was drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League) in fifth round (87th overall).
He attended University of Pittsburgh until 2012 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Gibbs' team won Big East Regular Season in 2011.
He represented USA at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago.
Gibbs is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in five different countries. Gibbs has played previously professionally in Austria (Kapfenberg Bulls), Greece (Panionios), Lebanon (Hoops Club), Romania (Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti) and Spain (Ourense).
The scouts decsribe him following way: A shooter with great personality, who earned the nickname 'Microwave,' after he continuously came off the bench to hit 3-pointers during his first year of college ball. He's again working on his conditioning, ball-handling and shooting, has huge upside.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Wen Mukubu extends deal with Limburg United - by Eurobasket News

Wen Boss Mukubu (198-F-83, college: UAB) has agreed on terms of contract extension with Limburg United. The DR Congolese forward has penned a new two-year deal with the Belgian team. Wen Boss Mukubu started the season with Vichy Clermont in France. He notched 2.0 points and 2.0 boards per game in ProB. Later he moved to Limburg United. His stats read 5.3 points and 3.0 boards per FIBA Europe Cup game. In Belgium League Wen Boss Mukubu delivers 6.6 points and 2.5 rebounds per appearance.



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Egypt prepares for Under-19 Basketball World Cup - by Eurobasket News

A meeting to decide on the necessary budget for Egypt's hosting of the FIBA Under-19 World Cup was held between Sports Minister Khaled Abdel Aziz and the Basketball Association president Magdy Abou Freikha. "The championship enjoys both local and international attention," Abou Friekha said in press remarks, adding that the state officials, alongside with the ministry officials have been keen on following the ongoing preparations ahead of the championship kick-off. The sports minister decided in a meeting with the committee's board members on Tuesday to provide the championship's organizing committee with financial aid. The first Under-19 FIBA World Cup to ever be seen on African soil will be played from July 1-9, with the participation of 16 countries. Abou Freikha also added that a number of ministries have been officially addressed by the sports ministry to coordinate with the basketball association to ensure that all facilities are ready and to urge them to do whatever is necessary to make the event a grand success.
Courtesy of: egypttoday.com



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Liga Superior Round 15: Izalco defeats Thunder in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Izalco (10-2) which played road game in San Salvador against 4th placed Thunder (9-6). Third ranked Izalco managed to get a 4-point victory 103-99. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Thunder. Izalco forced 22 Thunder turnovers. It was a good game for American swingman Marcus Thomas (191-95, college: Rosemont) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 51 points (!!!), 18 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Julio Crespin (184-97) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Izalco's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Diego Ferrin answered with a double-double by scoring 45 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 4 assists for Thunder. Izalco maintains third place with 10-2 record having five points less than leader Marquense. Thunder at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Izalco are looking forward to face ADB (#7) in San Salvador in the next round. Thunder will have a break next round.
The game in Chalchuapa was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked ExSAL ST (7-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Chalchuapa (4-10). ExSAL ST managed to secure a 8-point victory 59-51. It was a great evening for forward Bryan Marroquin (194-92) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Wilber Melendez helped adding 9 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 8 steals. The best for the losing side was point guard Francis Carcamo (167-98) with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Chalchuapa's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. ExSAL ST maintains fifth place with 7-7 record. Chalchuapa lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with ADB. ExSAL ST will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Chalchuapa will play at home against the league's second-placed San Marcos (#2) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between eighth ranked ADB (4-10) and 10th ranked Ausoles (2-10) in San Salvador on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. ADB outscored guests from Ahuachapan 97-66. It was a quality performance for Hector Landaverde who led the winners and scored 42 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Marcos Baltrons came up with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds for Ausoles in the defeat. ADB moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Chalchuapa. Ausoles lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. ADB will meet higher ranked Izalco (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ausoles will play against ABA (#6) and hope to secure a win.

ADB - Ausoles 97-66

The game between eighth ranked ADB (4-10) and 10th ranked Ausoles (2-10) in San Salvador on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. ADB outscored guests from Ahuachapan 97-66. ADB looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a quality performance for Hector Landaverde (-92) who led the winners and scored 42 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Marlon Marroquin (-97) accounted for 21 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side. Forward Marcos Baltrons (189-81) came up with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds and guard Rene Miranda (182-87) added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Ausoles in the defeat. ADB moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Chalchuapa. Ausoles lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. ADB will meet higher ranked Izalco (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ausoles will play against ABA (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
ADB: H.Landaverde 42+6reb+4ast, M.Marroquin 21+8reb+7ast, J.Gonzalez 15+9reb+3ast, C.Canizales 9+13reb+7ast, F.Pineda 6+4reb+1ast, C.Rodriguez 2+4reb
Ausoles: M.Baltrons 31+12reb+3ast, R.Miranda 18+8reb+3ast, J.Orellana 14+8reb+4ast, G.Caceres 3+2reb, W.Orellana 0, V.Zaldivar 0
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Chalchuapa - ExSAL ST 51-59

The game in Chalchuapa was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked ExSAL ST (7-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Chalchuapa (4-10). ExSAL ST managed to secure a 8-point victory 59-51. ExSAL ST held Chalchuapa to an opponent 24.3 percent shooting from the field compared to 36.4 percent accuracy of the winners. ExSAL ST forced 21 Chalchuapa turnovers. Chalchuapa was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for forward Bryan Marroquin (194-92) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Wilber Melendez (180-94) helped adding 9 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 8 steals. The best for the losing side was point guard Francis Carcamo (167-98) with 16 points and 7 rebounds and David Paiz scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. Chalchuapa's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. ExSAL ST maintains fifth place with 7-7 record. Chalchuapa lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with ADB. ExSAL ST will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Chalchuapa will play at home against the league's second-placed San Marcos (#2) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ExSAL ST: B.Marroquin 20+10reb+3ast, W.Melendez 9+7reb+6ast, D.Rivas 7+1reb, J.Villalobos 7+9reb+3ast, D.Lawes 6+7reb+3ast, R.Rivas 5+9reb+1ast
Chalchuapa: F.Carcamo 16+7reb+1ast, D.Paiz 9+5reb+1ast, F.Ramos 8+3reb, G.Cordero 5+5reb+2ast, F.Garcia 4+3reb+1ast, W.Olmos 3+1reb
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Thunder - Izalco 99-103

An interesting game for Izalco (10-2) which played road game in San Salvador against 4th placed Thunder (9-6). Third ranked Izalco managed to get a 4-point victory 103-99. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Thunder. Izalco forced 22 Thunder turnovers. It was a good game for American swingman Marcus Thomas (191-95, college: Rosemont) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 51 points (!!!), 18 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Julio Crespin (184-97) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Izalco's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Diego Ferrin answered with a double-double by scoring 45 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 4 assists and Marlon Aguilera added 11 points and 18 rebounds in the effort for Thunder. Izalco maintains third place with 10-2 record having five points less than leader Marquense. Thunder at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Izalco are looking forward to face ADB (#7) in San Salvador in the next round. Thunder will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Izalco: M.Thomas 51+18reb+8ast, G.Galdamez 12+6reb+1ast, J.Crespin 11+6reb+3ast, E.Tobar 6+2reb, J.Landaverde 6+4reb, S.Leon 5+4reb+2ast
Thunder: D.Ferrin 45+10reb+4ast, O.de Leon 15+1reb+2ast, S.Diaz 12+1reb+2ast, M.Aguilera 11+18reb+1ast, M.Cabrera 6+7reb+4ast, J.Leon 6+11reb+1ast
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Liga MB Round 39: #1 Santa Tecla is defeated by Denver-FAS - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Liga MB. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Santa Tecla (23-5) in San Salvador on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by ninth ranked Denver-FAS (13-14) 100-88. Denver-FAS forced 19 Santa Tecla turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for American swingman Christopher Miller (192-93, college: Salem Intern.) who led his team to a victory scoring 30 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import Thomas Alexander (197, college: Arkansas Tech) helped adding 20 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Denver-FAS have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Quezaltepeque and El Rapido. Santa Tecla at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. They share it with Brujos Izalco.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Izalco. Second ranked host Brujos Izalco (23-5) defeated 3rd placed Halcones (21-7) 87-77. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for guard Christopher Blake (196-88, college: Detroit Mercy) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 44 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Garland McArthur accounted for 22 points and 10 rebounds. Jeffery Moss (193-93, college: Murray St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for Halcones in the defeat. Brujos Izalco used an opportunity after Santa Tecla lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Halcones at the other side keep the third place with seven games lost.
Canarios (#5) were upset in Quezaltepeque by eighth ranked Quezaltepeque 103-87. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was Quincy Scates who scored 33 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Reginald Brown who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Quezaltepeque (13-14) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Denver-FAS and El Rapido. Loser Canarios keep the fifth position with 11 games lost.
A very interesting game took place in La Union. It ended with only two-point home defeat of higher ranked El Rapido (13-14) to thirteenth ranked Arcense (8-20) 89-87 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It was a good game for Brandon Thompson who led his team to a victory with 38 points (!!!). Arcense moved-up to twelfth place. El Rapido lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Arcense will have a break next round.
11th ranked Sonsonate (10-18) was outscored at home by fourth ranked Isidro Metapan (19-8) with the biggest margin this round 104-54 on Friday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Edwin Mijares who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 5 rebounds. Isidro Metapan's coach Darwin Veliz felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Isidro Metapan have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 19-8 record. Sonsonate lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 18 games lost. Isidro Metapan will face bottom-ranked San Miguel (#15) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 39: Sonsonate was destroyed by Denver-FAS on the opponent's court 126-78. Cojute managed to outperform 11 Lobos in a home game 93-83. Halcones rolled over San Miguel on the road 91-64.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 14 points, 23 rebounds and 8 blocks by Marc Montavious of 11 Lobos.

Denver-FAS - Sonsonate 126-78

Rather expected game in San Salvador where 11th ranked Sonsonate (10-18) was crushed by ninth ranked Denver-FAS (13-14) 126-78 on Saturday. Denver-FAS dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to Sonsonate's 48. Denver-FAS forced 26 Sonsonate turnovers and outrebounded them 52-39 including a 25-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 34 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Sonsonate's players. It was a great evening for American swingman Christopher Miller (192-93, college: Salem Intern.) who led his team to a victory scoring 42 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Emerson Castaneda (190, college: Point Loma) helped adding 30 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Denver-FAS players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Nicaraguan Thomas Vansdell (185-86) with 42 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and Panamanian forward Manuel Gudino (195-95) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Denver-FAS have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Quezaltepeque and El Rapido. Sonsonate lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Sonsonate: J.Rodriguez 42+7reb+2ast, G.Manuel 19+15reb+4ast, R.Julio 7+4reb, R.Jose 6+9reb+6ast, T.Oscar 4+4reb+1ast,
Denver-FAS: C.Miller 42+6reb+3ast, E.Castaneda 30+5reb+6ast, O.Akingkube 17+13reb+3ast, I.Urrutia 16+5reb+7ast, J.Maria Rivas 7+6reb+5ast, J.Flores 6+5reb+3ast
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Cojute - 11 Lobos 93-83

Rather predictable result in Cojutepeque where sixth ranked Cojute (15-11) defeated 10th ranked 11 Lobos (10-16) 93-83 on Saturday. Cojute forced 31 11 Lobos turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for American guard Brandon Golden (193, college: Midwestern St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 39 points (!!!), 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import power forward Anthony Moe (206, college: Millersville) helped adding 22 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Haitian Joseph Antoine (203-84, college: Union, TN) with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds and American center Marc Montavious (206-90, college: Georgetown, KY) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points, 23 rebounds and 8 blocks. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Cojute maintains sixth place with 15-11 record. Loser 11 Lobos keep the tenth position with 16 games lost. Cojute will face Santa Ana (#13) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
11 Lobos: J.Antoine 37+10reb+3ast, M.Montavious 14+23reb+2ast, M.Gonzalez 12+2reb+3ast, J.Romeus 12+3reb+2ast, B.Rodriguez 6+2reb+1ast, K.Campos 2+5reb+2ast
Cojute: B.Golden 39+5reb+8ast, A.Moe 22+17reb+4ast, B.Garcia 14+7reb+2ast, S.Sill 10+6reb+3ast, J.Quintanilla 4+6reb+5ast, B.Reyes 2+2reb
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El Rapido - Arcense 87-89

A very interesting game took place in La Union. It ended with only two-point home defeat of higher ranked El Rapido (13-14) to thirteenth ranked Arcense (8-20) 89-87 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It was a good game for American guard Brandon Thompson (193, college: Huston-Tillotson) who led his team to a victory with 38 points (!!!). His fellow American import forward Louis Birdsong (198-88, college: George Mason) contributed with 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American forward Eddie Ishman (196-86, college: Miles) answered with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 20 rebounds and 4 assists and Panamanian Manuel Guevara (186-81) added 26 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals in the effort for El Rapido. Four El Rapido players scored in double figures. Arcense moved-up to twelfth place. El Rapido lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Arcense will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
El Rapido: E.Ishman 30+20reb+4ast, M.Guevara 26+8reb+7ast, E.Ramirez 12+9reb, M.Lopez 10+4reb+5ast, S.Esperanza 7, C.Marquina 2+1reb
Arcense: B.Thompson 38+1reb+1ast, L.Birdsong 21+9reb+2ast, S. Willis 9+13reb+4ast, R.Cardona 6+4reb+3ast, D.Hernandez 3+4reb+5ast, J.Reyes 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 537136


San Miguel - Halcones 64-91

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked San Miguel (6-21) was rolled over at home by third ranked Halcones (21-7) 91-64 on Saturday. Halcones dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to San Miguel's 38. Halcones forced 22 San Miguel turnovers and outrebounded them 53-42 including 16 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by San Miguel's players. It was a great evening for Marco Tejada (194-84) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. Adan Merino (175-91) helped adding 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Halcones players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American point guard Jordan Johnson (183-92, college: Tenn Tech) with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and guard Hember Jaimes (185-98) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Halcones maintains third place with 21-7 record having just two points less than leader Santa Tecla. Loser San Miguel stay at the bottom position with 21 games lost. Halcones will have a break next round. San Miguel will play on the road against Isidro Metapan (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
San Miguel: J.Johnson 23+12reb+5ast, H.Jaimes 16+6reb+2ast, J.Cruz 9+6reb+3ast, E.Guzman 8+5reb+1ast, N. Flores 4+1reb, J.Guillen 2+7reb+3ast
Halcones: R.Figueroa 18+9reb+3ast, A.Merino 17+10reb+4ast, M.Orellana 15+11reb+3ast, M.Tejada 14+14reb+3ast, J.Angulo 10+1reb+6ast, L.Garay 8+1reb
gschID: 537135


Sonsonate - Isidro Metapan 54-104

11th ranked Sonsonate (10-18) was outscored at home by fourth ranked Isidro Metapan (19-8) with the biggest margin this round 104-54 on Friday night. Isidro Metapan dominated down low during the game scoring 86 of its points in the paint compared to Sonsonate's 48. Isidro Metapan forced 25 Sonsonate turnovers and outrebounded them 47-35 including 35 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of Venezuelan guard Edwin Mijares (186-94) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 5 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Jose Colorado (201-90) helped adding 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Isidro Metapan players scored in double figures. Isidro Metapan's coach Darwin Veliz felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Panamanian forward Manuel Gudino (195-95) with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds and Nicaraguan Thomas Vansdell (185-86) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Isidro Metapan have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 19-8 record. Sonsonate lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 18 games lost. Isidro Metapan will face bottom-ranked San Miguel (#15) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them.
Top scorers:
Sonsonate: M.Gudino 26+10reb, T.Vansdell 16+5reb, J.Rivera 8+5reb+1ast, J.Rodriguez 2+7reb+4ast, O.Tobar 2+6reb+7ast, Y.Haiti 0
Isidro Metapan: E.Mijares 25+5reb+3ast, J.Colorado 17+6reb+3ast, R.Sandoval 15+5reb+6ast, D.James 14+4reb+3ast, A.Regalado 9+2reb+2ast, K.Palmer 8+10reb+1ast
gschID: 537133


Denver-FAS - Santa Tecla 100-88

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Santa Tecla (23-5) in San Salvador on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by ninth ranked Denver-FAS (13-14) 100-88. Denver-FAS forced 19 Santa Tecla turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for American swingman Christopher Miller (192-93, college: Salem Intern.) who led his team to a victory scoring 30 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import Thomas Alexander (197, college: Arkansas Tech) helped adding 20 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Oscar Rivera (190-80) scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Denver-FAS have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Quezaltepeque and El Rapido. Santa Tecla at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. They share it with Brujos Izalco.
Top scorers:
Santa Tecla: O.Torres 21+5reb+5ast, C.Arias 16+8reb, O.Rivera 16+5reb+4ast, T.Nix 13+7reb, R.Martinez 12+1reb+4ast, R.Palma 6+5reb+10ast
Denver-FAS: C.Miller 30+5reb+6ast, T.Alexander 20+11reb+3ast, E.Castaneda 16+2ast, A.Alas 15+7reb+3ast, O.Akingkube 12+8reb+3ast, E.Aguilar 7+9reb+6ast
gschID: 537132


Quezaltepeque - Canarios 103-87

Canarios (#5) were upset in Quezaltepeque by eighth ranked Quezaltepeque 103-87. Quezaltepeque dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to Canarios' 44. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) who scored 33 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Nate Drayton (203-91, college: W.Texas A&M) chipped in a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was center Reginald Brown (202-91) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks and point guard David Lawson (185-89, college: Reinhardt) added 25 points and 8 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Quezaltepeque (13-14) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Denver-FAS and El Rapido. Loser Canarios keep the fifth position with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Canarios: D.Lawson 25+4reb+8ast, R.Brown 20+18reb+2ast, W.Hepburn 19+10reb+6ast, I.Sandoval 14+3reb+3ast, W.Quijano 6+4reb+1ast, A. Gross Ruano 3+1reb
Quezaltepeque: Q.Scates 33+8reb+4ast, N.Drayton 24+12reb+2ast, A.Cacho 18+11reb+5ast, L.Portal 10+12reb+8ast, E.Paiz 5, D.Bairez 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 537134


Brujos Izalco - Halcones 87-77

The game between Top Four teams took place in Izalco. Second ranked host Brujos Izalco (23-5) defeated 3rd placed Halcones (21-7) 87-77. Brujos Izalco forced 28 Halcones turnovers. Strangely Halcones outrebounded Brujos Izalco 59-38 including a 28-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for guard Christopher Blake (196-88, college: Detroit Mercy) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 44 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Forward Garland McArthur (197-88, college: Voorhees) accounted for 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Jeffery Moss (193-93, college: Murray St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Raymond Miller (204-88, college: CS Fullerton) added 19 points and 20 rebounds respectively for Halcones in the defeat. Brujos Izalco used an opportunity after Santa Tecla lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Halcones at the other side keep the third place with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
Halcones: J.Moss 29+12reb+4ast, R.Miller 19+20reb+1ast, T.Brewer 15+12reb+1ast, J.Angulo 5+3reb+1ast, A.Merino 4+3reb, I.Andaluz 3+2reb+1ast
Brujos Izalco: C.Blake 44+11reb+3ast, G.McArthur 22+10reb+1ast, M.Flores 12+5reb+5ast, D.Thompson 7+7reb+7ast, E.Navarrete 2+2ast, T.Elliott 0
gschID: 537131





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)



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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 Ulikool7.2 
 9. Kirves, Parnu6.6 
 10. Raadik, Valga6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Tartu Ulikool
  (187-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool5.4 
 2. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.4 
 3. Kabin, Parnu4.3 
 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, Parnu1.7 
 4. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 5. Sutt, Parnu1.7 
 6. Tamm, TL.1.6 
 7. Olmre, TTU1.6 
 8. Post, Tarvas1.5 
 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. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.7 
 5. Raadik, TTU0.7 
 6. Bubalo, Parnu0.7 
 7. Lips, Tarvas0.7 
 8. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.7 
 9. Saks, TL.0.6 
 10. Joesaar, Tartu U.0.6 



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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  

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Antwan SCOTT
  KTP Basket
  (188-G-92)
  Avg: 22
 1. Scott, KTP Basket22.0 
 2. Jones, Lapua21.5 
 3. Gay, KTP Basket19.2 
 4. Pledger, Kouvot19.1 
 5. Brown, Kataja B.17.3 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki17.2 
 7. Morris, Lapua16.8 
 8. Bullock, Pyrinto15.8 
 9. Bryant, Kataja B.15.7 
 10. Holsey, Kauhajoki15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Van, Korihait10.5 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot9.5 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket8.7 
 5. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.5 
 6. Williams, Lapua7.9 
 7. Bristol, Kataja B.7.7 
 8. Nelson, Pyrinto7.6 
 9. Bullock, Pyrinto7.6 
 10. Morris, Lapua7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Antto NIKKARINEN
  Helsinki.
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.3 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket6.7 
 3. Rannikko, Kataja B.6.5 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.5 
 5. Jalonen, Korihait4.4 
 6. Staten, Salon Vilpas4.3 
 7. Williams, Lapua4.2 
 8. Appleby, Kouvot4.1 
 9. Edwards, Lapua4.1 
 10. Hirvonen, Kouvot3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Monyea PRATT
  KTP Basket
  (196-SF-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Pratt, KTP Basket2.2 
 2. Mullings, Kataja B.2.2 
 3. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 4. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.8 
 5. Minard, Pyrinto1.7 
 6. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 7. Scott, KTP Basket1.6 
 8. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.5 
 9. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.5 
 10. Nelson, Pyrinto1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  KTP Basket
  (201-F/C-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gay, KTP Basket1.9 
 2. Bristol, Kataja B.1.7 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 4. Van, Korihait1.1 
 5. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.0 
 6. Bailey, KTP Basket0.9 
 7. Barrett, BC Nokia0.9 
 8. Huolila, Kataja B.0.9 
 9. Nelson, Pyrinto0.8 
 10. Walker, KTP Basket0.8 


Kataja Basket celebrate Korisliiga title - by Eurobasket News

Kataja Basket - Salon Vilpas 94-65

Kataja Basket celebrated the Korisliiga title. They overcame Salon Vilpas in Game 6 to capture the trophy. Joensuun Kataja led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Joensuun Kataja dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Salon Vilpas' 26. They outrebounded Salon Vilpas 45-26 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Joensuun Kataja looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Joensuun Kataja made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American swingman Jarekious Bradley (196-90, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) who scored 24 points and 9 rebounds. Canadian guard Daniel Mullings (189-91, college: N.Mexico St.) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds. Four Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. Joensuun Kataja's coach Greg Gibson felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Brandon Edwards (198-91, college: Texas Arlington) who recorded 21 points and his fellow American import guard Desmond Williams (199-91, college: S.Connecticut) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
Kataja Basket: J.Bradley 24+9reb+2ast, D.Mullings 23+6reb+1ast, K.Bristol 14+10reb+1ast, R.Brown 12+5reb+1ast, I.Seppala 7+3reb+6ast, J.Lasaroff 5
Salon Vilpas: B.Edwards 21+4reb+1ast, D.Williams 10+7reb, A.Coleman 9+5reb+2ast, M.Koivisto 9+1reb+2ast, J.Nenonen 6+5reb+3ast, O.Jarvi 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 546698





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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. Rush, Nancy16.2 
 6. Roberson, Chalon16.1 
 7. Prepelic, Limoges15.8 
 8. Young, Chalons-.14.8 
 9. Warren, Nanterre14.5 
 10. Dorsey, Le Portel14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 9
 1. Fall, Chalon9.0 
 2. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.7 
 3. Olaseni, Orleans8.2 
 4. Solomon, Gravelines8.1 
 5. Poirier, Paris-Le.8.1 
 6. Hassell, Le Portel7.8 
 7. Lessort, Nanterre7.3 
 8. Donaldson, Le Po.7.3 
 9. Hunt, Nancy7.2 
 10. Yeguete, Le Mans7.1 
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, Dijon6.3 
 4. Hodge, AS.5.7 
 5. Cobbs, Gravelines5.6 
 6. Bost, Monaco5.5 
 7. Prince, Orleans5.5 
 8. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.2 
 9. Dorsey, Le Portel4.4 
 10. Warren, Nanterre4.4 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.4 
 2. Prince, Orleans2.3 
 3. Holston, Dijon2.0 
 4. Payne, Chalons-.1.8 
 5. Eito, Orleans1.7 
 6. Wood, Limoges1.7 
 7. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 8. Bokolo, Pau-Lacq.1.5 
 9. Dorsey, Le Portel1.5 
 10. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fall, Chalon2.3 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.4 
 3. Otule, Antibes1.1 
 4. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.1 
 5. Uter, AS.1.1 
 6. Lessort, Nanterre1.0 
 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.17.2 
 3. Jones, Lille17.1 
 4. Burton, Roanne17.1 
 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: 9.8
 1. Odiakosa, Le Havre9.8 
 2. Ndoye, Bourg9.4 
 3. Kone, Charleville9.1 
 4. Burton, Roanne9.0 
 5. Ekperigin, Nantes7.9 
 6. Morin, Le Havre7.4 
 7. Rhoomes, St Qu.7.3 
 8. Traore, Lille7.3 
 9. Fall, Poitiers6.9 
 10. Diame, Blois6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Poitiers
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Threatt, Poitiers6.8 
 2. King, Le Havre6.3 
 3. Sim, Bourg5.9 
 4. Rigaux, Maurienne5.8 
 5. Ware, Vichy C.5.7 
 6. Hermannsson, Charlevi.5.7 
 7. Turner, Blois5.6 
 8. Henry, Evreux5.5 
 9. Duren, Boulogne5.2 
 10. Mitchell, Nantes5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Joe BURTON
  Roanne
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Burton, Roanne2.4 
 2. Henry, Evreux2.4 
 3. Threatt, Poitiers2.2 
 4. Mitchell, Nantes1.9 
 5. Fouse, Charleville1.9 
 6. Denave, Vichy C.1.8 
 7. Turner, Blois1.8 
 8. Rigaux, Maurienne1.8 
 9. de-Jong, Boulogne1.7 
 10. Duren, Boulogne1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Yannis MORIN
  Le Havre
  (208-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Morin, Le Havre1.9 
 2. Fall, Poitiers1.5 
 3. Paumier, Boulogne1.3 
 4. Ndoye, Bourg1.2 
 5. MBida, Lille1.1 
 6. Jones, Lille1.1 
 7. Traore, Lille1.0 
 8. Rinna, St Chamond1.0 
 9. Kone, Charleville0.9 
 10. Boateng, Blois0.9 


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Jerrold BROOKS
  ALS Basket
  (183-PG-91)
  Avg: 18
 1. Brooks, ALS Basket18.0 
 2. Bradford, St Vallier17.5 
 3. Craion, Lorient17.5 
 4. Newson, Lorient17.0 
 5. Vaty, Lourdes16.5 
 6. Geiger, SAP V.16.3 
 7. Davis, Rennes16.1 
 8. Mitchell, Chartres15.9 
 9. Doumbia, Gries/Ob.15.9 
 10. Varanauskas, Gries/Ob.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Gries/Ob.
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Thondique, Gries/Ob.9.9 
 2. Kovanusic, ALS B.9.3 
 3. Staniulis, Souffel8.1 
 4. Blackwell, ALS B.8.0 
 5. Gourari, RAC Basket8.0 
 6. Craion, Lorient7.9 
 7. Cox, Challans7.6 
 8. Anderson, RAC B.7.5 
 9. Vaty, Lourdes6.9 
 10. Rakocevic, Orchies6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Nikola KORAC
  Vitre
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Korac, Vitre7.6 
 2. Romain, Chartres7.4 
 3. Dalmeida, Lourdes7.2 
 4. Varanauskas, Gries/Ob.5.5 
 5. Rathieuville, Rennes5.2 
 6. Suhard, Angers BC5.2 
 7. Bichard, RAC Basket5.1 
 8. Delhomme, St Vallier5.1 
 9. Smith, Orchies4.9 
 10. Choplin, Quimper4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Lorient
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Craion, Lorient2.8 
 2. Davis, Rennes2.3 
 3. Neri, ALS Basket2.0 
 4. Newson, Lorient2.0 
 5. Cornely, Caen1.9 
 6. Monceau, Challans1.9 
 7. Dalmeida, Lourdes1.7 
 8. Gourari, RAC Basket1.6 
 9. Correia, Souffel1.5 
 10. Damachoua, Lorient1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ludovic NEGROBAR
  Rennes
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Negrobar, Rennes1.4 
 2. Bobrov, Quimper1.0 
 3. Rakocevic, Orchies1.0 
 4. Monteiro, Caen0.9 
 5. Diarra, Caen0.9 
 6. Jakstas, Gries/Ob.0.8 
 7. Soumaoro, SAP V.0.8 
 8. Boucard, GET Vosges0.8 
 9. Tresnak, GET Vosges0.8 
 10. Kovanusic, ALS B.0.8 


Recap of NM1 Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Souffel - Lourdes 63-66

Lourdes nipped Souffel on the road in the semifinal series opener. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 21-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Xane d'Almeida (181-83) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 7 rebounds. The former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Lourdes-Tarbes' coach Alex Casimiri used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Valentin Correia (192-93) answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds and DR Congolese-Belgian power forward Ruphin Kayembe (200-92) added 8 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Souffelweyersheim.
Top scorers:
Souffel: V.Correia 18+5reb+3ast, F.Harris 11+3reb, F.Ateba 10+3reb, R.Kayembe 8+9reb, A.El Gazhi 6+2reb+1ast, E.Mendy 5+5reb+1ast
Lourdes: X.d'Almeida 16+7reb+3ast, L.Vaty 14+3reb, R.Sims 9+4reb+3ast, A.Thimon 9+8reb, M.Virbalas 7+3reb+1ast, A.Imhoff 7
gschID: 546335


Quimper - RAC Basket 73-77

RAC Basket toppled Quimper in the opener. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-13. But Quimper UJAP won second period 25-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Lamine Sambe (188-89) stepped up and scored 19 points for the winners and forward Karim Gourari (204-89) chipped in 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side American guard Jahsha Bluntt (198-84, college: Delaware St.) responded with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Dwight Burke (202-86, college: Marquette) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Quimper UJAP players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Quimper: J.Bluntt 14+7reb+4ast, D.Burke 13+6reb, T.Prost 10+5reb+2ast, V.Bobrov 10+4reb+3ast, K.Mondesir 9+5reb, M. Hello 6+3reb+2ast
RAC Basket: L.Sambe 19+4reb+1ast, D.Sencanski 17+7reb, K.Gourari 11+9reb+4ast, W.Felder 10+3reb+1ast, J.Bichard 9+3reb+8ast, R.Anderson 9+7reb
gschID: 546334





ProB Round 33: Provence Basket loses to JL Bourg in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

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

The game between Top Four teams took place in Bourg. First ranked host JL Bourg (25-8) defeated second-best Provence Basket (21-12) 94-77. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back winning next two quarters and won the game by 17 points. JL Bourg shot 62.3 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American center Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners and Philippe Braud (194-85) chipped in 18 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was American swingman Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. JL Bourg have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 25-8 record. Provence Basket at the other side keeps the second position with 12 games lost. JL Bourg are looking forward to face STB Le Havre (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Provence Basket will play against SPO Rouen (#11) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Bottom-ranked Saint Chamond managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they outleveled seventh-ranked Poitiers 81-61. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 20-point difference proves that Saint Chamond was well-prepared to that game. Power forward Jean-Stephane Rinna (205-83) nailed 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and J.K. Edwards accounted for 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Senegalese center Youssoupha Fall (221-95) came up with 8 points and 9 rebounds for Poitiers in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Saint Chamond (13-20) moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Poitiers at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 16 games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Saint Chamond will play against higher ranked Chorale de Roanne (#12) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Poitiers will play against Denain Voltaire (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Charleville where 4th placed Charleville-Mezieres (19-14) was upset on its own court by seventeenth ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (13-20) 84-78 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Charleville-Mezieres. The best player for the winners was Germain Jordan who scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Jordan Fouse who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Charleville-Mezieres' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. SO Maritime Boulogne moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Charleville-Mezieres keeps the fourth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Boulazac. SO Maritime Boulogne will meet at home higher ranked Nantes (#8) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Aix-Maurienne (#18) in Aix-les-Bains and hope to secure a win.
12th ranked Denain Voltaire (14-19) was outscored at home by fifth ranked Boulazac Basket (19-14) with the biggest margin this round 74-48. It was a good game for Alexis Tanghe who led his team to a victory with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Boulazac Basket. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Charleville. Denain Voltaire lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 19 games lost. Boulazac Basket's next round opponent will be ALM Evreux (#10) at home which should be theoretically another easy game. Denain Voltaire will play against Poitiers and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 33: Roanne won against St Quentin on the opponent's court 81-77. Blois unfortunately lost to Le Havre in a home game 79-84. Lille managed to beat Rouen on the road 72-59. Nantes defeated Maurienne on its own court 92-84. Vichy Clermont was beaten by Evreux in a road game 86-81.

St Quentin - Roanne 77-81

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both thirteenth ranked Chorale de Roanne and 14th ranked Saint-Quentin had identical 13-19 record. But Saint-Quentin was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Roanne 81-77. It looked good early as Saint-Quentin took a 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. Then Chorale de Roanne had a 31-10 second period charge getting the lead and Saint-Quentin was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-81. Chorale de Roanne players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a good game for American forward Joe Burton (201-90, college: Oregon St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. Point guard Arthur Rozenfeld (178-95) contributed with 23 points and 5 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners. Four Chorale de Roanne players scored in double figures. Swingman Pierre-Etienne Drouault (196-90) answered with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American center Ryan Rhoomes (203-92, college: Fordham) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Saint-Quentin. Saint-Quentin's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Chorale de Roanne (14-19) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Denain. Saint-Quentin at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 20 games lost. Chorale de Roanne's next round opponent will be Saint Chamond (#16) at home. Saint-Quentin will play against Lille Metropole where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
St Quentin: P.Drouault 25+5reb+4ast, J.Robinson 15+2reb+3ast, R.Rhoomes 13+8reb+3ast, M.Mutuale 8+2reb+3ast, H.Laroche 7+1reb+4ast, R.Nyakundi 5+1reb+1ast
Roanne: A.Rozenfeld 23+2reb+5ast, J.Burton 16+13reb+7ast, S.Traore 13+4reb+1ast, C.Cavallo 11+3reb+4ast, M.Nuutinen 9+1reb+1ast, T.Ville 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 484566


Bourg - Provence Basket 94-77

The game between Top Four teams took place in Bourg. First ranked host JL Bourg (25-8) defeated second-best Provence Basket (21-12) 94-77. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back winning next two quarters and won the game by 17 points. JL Bourg shot 62.3 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American center Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners and Philippe Braud (194-85) chipped in 18 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was American swingman Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle) with 18 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import center Brad Waldow (208-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored 18 points. Five JL Bourg and four Provence Basket players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. JL Bourg have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 25-8 record. Provence Basket at the other side keeps the second position with 12 games lost. JL Bourg are looking forward to face STB Le Havre (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Provence Basket will play against SPO Rouen (#11) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Provence Basket: A.Broussard 18+5reb+2ast, B.Waldow 18+3reb, J.Maille 12+3reb+5ast, J.Burrows 12+3reb+2ast, M.Dia 6+2reb+1ast, R.Desroses 5+4reb
Bourg: P.Braud 18+3ast, Z.Peacock 17+12reb+2ast, T.Kyzlink 13+2reb+2ast, G.Sim 13+2reb+6ast, Y.Ndoye 12+8reb, M.Courby 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 484563


Charleville - Boulogne 78-84

An interesting game took place in Charleville where 4th placed Charleville-Mezieres (19-14) was upset on its own court by seventeenth ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (13-20) 84-78 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Charleville-Mezieres. The guests trailed by 14 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-78. The best player for the winners was American power forward Germain Jordan (198-86, college: Dillard) who scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Point guard Alexandre Moisy (175-95) chipped in 13 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Jordan Fouse (201-94, college: Green Bay, agency: Three Eye Sports) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists and the other American import Wilbert Brown (200-84, college: Niagara) added 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Charleville-Mezieres' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. SO Maritime Boulogne moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Charleville-Mezieres keeps the fourth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Boulazac. SO Maritime Boulogne will meet at home higher ranked Nantes (#8) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Aix-Maurienne (#18) in Aix-les-Bains and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Charleville: W.Brown 20+6reb+4ast, M.Kone 15+5reb, J.Fouse 15+12reb+7ast, S.Buterlevicius 11+2reb, M.Hermannsson 5+9ast, L.Dussoulier 4+2reb
Boulogne: A.Moisy 13+2reb+3ast, G.Jordan 13+9reb+2ast, X.Corosine 11+2reb+1ast, T.Gipson 10+3reb+5ast, W.de Jong 9+1reb+1ast, G.Paumier 9+3reb
gschID: 484560


Blois - Le Havre 79-84

There was a surprise result when tenth ranked STB Le Havre (17-16) defeated on the road higher ranked ADA Blois (17-16) 84-79. The game without a history. STB Le Havre led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. STB Le Havre outrebounded ADA Blois 35-23 including 22 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for American guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 assists. Nigerian power forward Dinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: Inception Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. Benjamin Monclar (191-88) answered with 18 points and swingman Florian Thibedore (195-90) added 12 points and 6 assists in the effort for ADA Blois. Four ADA Blois players scored in double figures. STB Le Havre moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated ADA Blois. STB Le Havre's next round opponent will be league's leader JL Bourg at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Blois: B.Monclar 18+4reb+1ast, F.Turner 13+2ast, F.Thibedore 12+4reb+6ast, M.Diame 12+2reb, E.Boateng 9+9reb+1ast, T.Hieu-Courtois 6
Le Havre: J.Greene 25+3reb+2ast, B.King 24+2reb+10ast, D.Odiakosa 13+18reb+2ast, G.Denis 9+1reb+1ast, Y.Morin 9+2reb+2ast, N.Pope 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 484559


Rouen - Lille 59-72

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked SPO Rouen (16-17) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Lille Metropole (20-13) 72-59. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Lille Metropole's pressure prevailed and they won that period 28-16 extending their advantage to 13 points. Lille Metropole forced 19 SPO Rouen turnovers. Strangely SPO Rouen outrebounded Lille Metropole 44-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for Bulgarian Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized Burkinabe Jean-Victor Traore (204-85) contributed with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Steeve Ho-You-Fat (202-88) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds and American-Bahamas forward Jonathan Fairell (201-93, college: Murray St., agency: Duran International) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for SPO Rouen. SPO Rouen's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Lille Metropole. They moved-up to third place. SPO Rouen at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 17 games lost. Lille Metropole's next round opponent will be Saint-Quentin (#14) at home which should be an easy win for them. SPO Rouen will play against the league's second-placed Provence Basket in Fos-sur-Mer and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Rouen: J.Fairell 14+8reb, S.Ho You Fat 12+13reb+1ast, J.Woodard 7+5reb+2ast, G.Curier 7+6reb+3ast, S.Bangura 6+2reb, F.Michel 5+4reb+2ast
Lille: P.Marinov 27+6reb+3ast, J.Traore 17+7reb+4ast, L.Asceric 8+4ast, P.Duwiquet 5+2reb+1ast, B.Pamba-Juille 4+3reb+1ast, D.Burton 4+2ast
gschID: 484565


St Chamond - Poitiers 81-61

Bottom-ranked Saint Chamond managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they outleveled seventh-ranked Poitiers 81-61. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 20-point difference proves that Saint Chamond was well-prepared to that game. The game was mostly controlled by Saint Chamond. Poitiers was better in second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saint Chamond players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Power forward Jean-Stephane Rinna (205-83) nailed 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and American power forward J.K. Edwards (202-82, college: UNLV) accounted for 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Saint Chamond players scored in double figures. Senegalese center Youssoupha Fall (221-95) came up with 8 points and 9 rebounds and American swingman Drake Reed (194-87, college: Austin Peay St., agency: Inception Sports) added 10 points respectively for Poitiers in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Saint Chamond (13-20) moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Poitiers at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 16 games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Saint Chamond will play against higher ranked Chorale de Roanne (#12) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Poitiers will play against Denain Voltaire (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Poitiers: D.Reed 10+4reb+1ast, A.Thinon 8+2ast, Y.Fall 8+9reb, S.Omar Doumbouya 8+4reb, J.Greer 7+2reb, J.Threatt 6+2reb+7ast
St Chamond: J.Hoyaux 15+2reb+2ast, J.Rinna 15+8reb+2ast, E.Zukauskas 11+2reb+3ast, J.Edwards 10+10reb+4ast, M.Guichard 8+5reb+6ast, B.Walker 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 484567


Nantes - Maurienne 92-84

Everything went according to plan when eighth ranked Nantes (17-16) beat at home bottom-ranked Aix-Maurienne (12-21) 92-84. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Aix-Maurienne won third quarter 24-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nantes players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. It was a good game for American point guard Kwamain Mitchell (178-89, college: St.Louis) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 7 assists. Swingman Valentin Bigote (196-92) contributed with 21 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Nantes players scored in double figures. Gambian forward Moses Sonko (196-83, college: Co.Carolina, agency: HMS) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds and Romain Dardaine (201-88) added 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Aix-Maurienne. Nantes moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Aix-Maurienne at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 21 games lost. Nantes' next round opponent will be SO Maritime Boulogne (#15) in Boulogne-sur-Mer and are hoping to win another game. Aix-Maurienne will play at home against Charleville-Mezieres and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Maurienne: M.Sonko 19+5reb+3ast, R.Rice 17+1reb+3ast, A.Williamson 11+4reb+4ast, R.Dardaine 9+8reb+4ast, K.Atamna 8+1ast, A.Rigaux 7+3ast
Nantes: K.Mitchell 25+3reb+7ast, V.Bigote 21+3reb+5ast, C.McKnight 16+3reb+3ast, L.Ekperigin 13+13reb+3ast, R.Kuksiks 6+3reb+2ast, A.Desespringalle 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 484564


Evreux - Vichy Clermont 86-81

There was no surprise when 14th ranked JA Vichy (13-20) was defeated on the road by tenth ranked ALM Evreux (17-16) 86-81. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. It looked good early as JA Vichy took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then ALM Evreux had a 19-15 second period charge getting the lead and JA Vichy was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 81-86. ALM Evreux made 24-of-29 charity shots (82.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 JA Vichy turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by JA Vichy helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American point guard Corin Henry (178-88, college: Tarleton St., agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 6 assists. His fellow American import guard Caleb Walker (194-89, college: Nebraska) contributed with 13 points for the winners. ALM Evreux's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Power forward Charles-Henri Bronchard (200-82, agency: Court Side) answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds and American point guard Dustin Ware (183-90, college: Georgia) added 27 points and 4 assists in the effort for JA Vichy. Four JA Vichy players scored in double figures. ALM Evreux moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. JA Vichy at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 20 games lost. ALM Evreux's next round opponent will be higher ranked Boulazac Basket (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. JA Vichy will play against ADA Blois (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Vichy Clermont: D.Ware 27+4ast, C.Bronchard 21+9reb+2ast, S.Doucoure 12+4reb+1ast, C.Ona-Embo 10+4reb+5ast, R.Morency 4+5reb+2ast, J.Cole 4+1reb+1ast
Evreux: C.Henry 23+3reb+6ast, C.Walker 13+4reb+3ast, B.Pinault 10+2reb+2ast, P.Beye 9+4reb, L.Kante 8+2reb+3ast, S.Mekdad 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 484562


Denain - Boulazac 48-74

12th ranked Denain Voltaire (14-19) was outscored at home by fifth ranked Boulazac Basket (19-14) with the biggest margin this round 74-48. The game was mostly controlled by Boulazac Basket. Denain Voltaire was better in fourth quarter 16-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Boulazac Basket players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was a good game for power forward Alexis Tanghe (207-90) who led his team to a victory with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. American-Jamaican guard TJ Sapp (190-92, college: Murray St., agency: Duran International) contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. Ivorian-American swingman Charles Abouo (196-89, college: BYU) answered with 7 points and American guard Darnell Harris (184-86, college: La Salle) added 9 points in the effort for Denain Voltaire. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Boulazac Basket. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Charleville. Denain Voltaire lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 19 games lost. Boulazac Basket's next round opponent will be ALM Evreux (#10) at home which should be theoretically another easy game. Denain Voltaire will play against Poitiers and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Denain: D.Harris 9+2reb+1ast, K.Harley 7+2reb+1ast, C.Abouo 7+4reb+1ast, B.Gillet 5+2reb+2ast, W.Racine 5+1ast, P.Poupet 4+2reb+2ast
Boulazac: T.Sapp 14+2reb+4ast, G.Clerc 13+3reb+1ast, J.Williams 12+4reb+1ast, A.Tanghe 8+8reb+6ast, T.Gipson 6+2reb+3ast, S.Gauthier 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 484561





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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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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Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Marcos KNIGHT
  Jena
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Knight, Jena18.3 
 2. Morgan, Ratiopharm18.0 
 3. English, Fraport .17.6 
 4. Babb, Ratiopharm15.9 
 5. Paulding, EWE B.15.8 
 6. Mayo, Telekom Bsk15.8 
 7. Kikanovic, ALBA15.6 
 8. Odum, Wuerzburg15.3 
 9. Lewis, Bayreuth15.2 
 10. Jenkins, Jena15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dyshawn PIERRE
  Braunsch.
  (198-F-93)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Pierre, Braunsch.7.9 
 2. Marei, Bayreuth7.2 
 3. Evans, Giessen .7.1 
 4. Morgan, Ratiopharm7.0 
 5. Eatherton, Goett.6.9 
 6. Cooley, Ludwigsb.6.9 
 7. Searcy, Vechta6.7 
 8. Knight, Jena6.5 
 9. Qvale, EWE Baskets6.4 
 10. McGhee, Walter T.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Scott MACHADO
  Vechta
  (186-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 2. Jordan, Walter T.7.8 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.9 
 4. Odum, Wuerzburg5.7 
 5. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.6 
 6. Mayo, Telekom Bsk5.1 
 7. Sanders, Goettingen5.0 
 8. Siva, ALBA4.8 
 9. Ruoff, Goettingen4.7 
 10. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Robertson, Fraport .2.5 
 2. Kramer, EWE B.2.2 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Ruoff, Goettingen1.8 
 5. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 6. Stewart, Walter T.1.6 
 7. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.6 
 8. Redding, B.Mue.1.6 
 9. Knight, Jena1.5 
 10. Siva, ALBA1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian GAMBLE
  Telekom .
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Gamble, Telekom .1.2 
 2. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.2 
 3. Groselle, Braunsch.1.2 
 4. Theis, Brose Bask.1.2 
 5. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 6. Gaffney, ALBA1.0 
 7. Horton, Telekom .0.9 
 8. Qvale, EWE Baskets0.9 
 9. Austin, Bremerha.0.9 
 10. Elliott, Bremerhaven0.8 


SC Rist Wedel Haul In Nino Celebic - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

In the Pro B, it is often the case that a club will reel in an American point guard for the major responsibility, but SC Rist Wedel went against the standard and have signed Nino Celebic (191-G-91) from Serbia. Nino Celebic is a 26 year old 191 cm point guard that will be playing his first professional season outside his country. Last season he was in Germany and practiced with the Hamburg Towers and SC Rist wedel and left a lasting impression. "One sees the Serb basketball school as he is an intelligent player. He puts his teammates in good situations and makes them better", stressed Christoph Roquette.

Celebic started his basketball career in 2007 with the BC Mega Aqua Monta Beograd junior team. He then got further experience with teams the Mega Hypo Leasing Beograd junior team and Radnicki Obrenovac (B League). He then played three seasons with KK Mladost Zemun (B League). Two seasons ago he played with KK Srem Sremska Mitrovica (2MLS) playing 26 games: 12.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.7apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 61.9%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 76.3%. "First I make sure my teammates are having fun and then I concentrate on myself to score", stressed Nino Celebic.

Source:SC Rist Wedel





Marcellus Barksdale ( I Do Feel As If I Could Have An Immediate Impact In German Pro A) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Marcellus Barksdale (196-G-93, college: IUPUI) is a 24 year old 196cm guard from Lexington, Kentucky that recently completed his first professional season in Germany with TG s.Oliver Wuerzburg (Germany-ProB) averaging 17,0ppg, 6,0rpg and 3,3apg.He played at IUPUI (NCAA) form 2011-2016 playing a total of 131 NCAA games. As a senior he played 31 games averaging 8.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 73.1%. He spoke to eurobasket after the conclusion of his rookie season.

Marcellus thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and what were your foremost basketball thoughts today?

I'm currently back in my hometown of Lexington, Kentucky. Honestly, I've tried to free my mind from basketball this past week to give my mind and body a chance to rest.


You and TG Wurzburg gave it a great fight, but came up short in a do or die game against the ScanPlus baskets. How disappointed were you of ending the season like this?

It's never a good feeling after taking a loss, especially a season ending loss. Initially, I was disappointed but looking back on things, my teammates and I were able to come together and we had a special season.

You told me our last interview in January that the team had had the potential to defensively lock team down. In the three game series against the ScanPlus Baskets you allowed 80 points as a team which was also the season average. Was the opponent in the long run just too good offensively to have achieved this goal?

ScanPlus is a very talented team. I felt we were able to set the tone defensiviely in game two, which led us to a win. Ultimately, they made some huge shots in game three. That was the difference.


After giving up 46 turnovers in the first two games, you did a better job as a team taking care of the ball coughing up the ball only 12 times in game three, but got slaughtered on the boards 44-24. Was the boards which ultimately cost you game three?

Rebounding was a huge issue for us in game three.


German Filmore Beck made his presence in game two and three combining for 38 points. You did a better job as a team limiting Taevaunn Prince in game two and three. Did the ScanPlus Baskets just have too many offensive weapons to contain in a three game series?

Beck got hot and made some big shots. It really just came down to home court advantage. Teams generally shoot better at home than on the road.


You filled up the stat sheet nicely scoring 14, 27 and 10 points. Were you in general happy with your outpts or do you feel like you could have done even more in game two and three on the scoring end to help your team get over the hump better?

I really felt that if I would have had a better offensive performance in game three we would have been in a position to win the game and series.

Do you feel as if you would have had the services of American Vincent Sanford that you would have got past the ScanPlus Baskets?

Honestly, I'm not sure. I feel we had enough talent to beat them in a series with the team that played.


You played your rookie season in Germany with TG Wurzburg. What is your summary from the standpoint of the team play. Do you feel like the club reached it's potential or could it have achieved more?

We overachieved this season. I don't think most people believed we would even make the playoffs, let alone upset a powerhouse in the first round. My team overcame a huge amount of adversity this season. Our resilience is ultimately what led to our success.


You played with many very talented players that also have BBL licenses. Which German player do you feel improved the most from day one when you arrived to the game three loss against the ScanPlus Baskets?

I think Marvin Heckel improved the most. He struggled early on in the season but was really able to help lead us from the point guard position. All of the dual license German players are very talented. It will be interesting to see their successes over the next few years.


You averaged 17,0ppg, 6,0rpg, 3,3apg and 2,9spg. You told me in our last interview three months ago that your goal was to ' to be the hardest worker on the floor and to set an example for my teammates at all times. All of these goals are completely intangible and things I have control over every game. I feel if I'm able to do these to the best of my ability every night, wins will follow'. Do you feel as though you achieved this as a rookie in Germany?

Yes. I can look back on my season and confidently say that I worked hard every day, led my team on and off the court, and the wins did begin to follow. It was a great rookie season for me.


When you look back at the season is it tough not thinking that you were unable to duplicate your incredible all around series against Artland where you scored 43 points and averaged 28ppg against the ScanPlus Baskets?

Of course it's tough. I'm a competitor and want to win every game and play my best. Unfortunately, things don't always go as planned.


What was your season highlight, the amazing do or die win at Artland where you scored 23 points or the exciting 87-85 win against Lich where you scored 32 points?

My season highlight was hearing that final buzzer sound after game three in Artland. It was a great feeling knowing that we had upset one of the best teams in Pro B on the road and without one of our best players. I don't think anyone outside of the people in our locker room thought we could win the series.


You have been around 27% from outside the last three years. Is this one of the aspects in your game that you will be focusing on this summer to improve on?

Shooting is always a focus for me. I do feel the percentages are misleading sometimes. I'm a much better shooter than 27% and am confident in my shooting ability.


What is the next step for Marcellus Barksdale? I am sure Gerrit at Scorers First will do his best to get you placed at the best level and team. Where could you imagine playing next season? Would Germany be your favorite option and could you see yourself being an impact player in the German Pro A?

Germany is an amazing place and I enjoyed my time there but I have no preference as to where I play next season. I'm open to anything. I am just hoping to find a solid fit for me with an opportunity to contribute at a high level and make some good money while doing it. I do feel as if I could have an immediate impact in German Pro A. Practicing with the BBL guys really showed me that I am good enough right now to play at a high level.

What place would you like to visit this summer where you have never been to?


I'm actually just looking forward to spending time with my family this summer. No huge travel plans yet.


Now that March Madness is history, what sports do you concentrate on watching in the next months when you aren't in the gym or traveling?

I'm a huge NBA fan so I will be watching the NBA Playoffs.


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'?

South Carolina had a special season. Frank Martin was really able to show a perfect example of the impact a great head coach can have on young players. They really seemed like a family.


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?

Lonzo Ball is very talented. I don't feel like his father will bother him-he's been doing it his entire life.


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?

I believe it's a horrible assessment. Westbrook is one of the hardest working players in the NBA. He is always in attack mode on both ends of the floor and when he gets triple doubles his team usually wins.


Is Russell Westbrook the 2017 MVP or should James Harden coupled with his better record give him the nod?

In my opinion, Westbrook is the MVP. Both have had historical seasons but I feel Westbrook has done it with minimal help. Most people didn't even have the Thunder making the playoffs this year.


Thanks Marcellus for the chat.




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




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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos16.3 
 2. Cummings, Aris14.5 
 3. Barlow, Trikalla14.0 
 4. Starks, Koroivos13.6 
 5. Hall, Koroivos13.4 
 6. Gotcher, Koroivos12.9 
 7. Lojeski, Olympiacos12.6 
 8. Punter, Lavrio12.5 
 9. James, Panathin.12.5 
 10. Robert, AGOR12.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keith CLANTON
  PAOK
  (205-C/F-90)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Clanton, PAOK9.5 
 2. Biruta, Trikalla7.0 
 3. Evans, Lavrio6.9 
 4. Fitzpatrick, AGOR6.7 
 5. Hall, Koroivos6.7 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.6.3 
 7. Toutziarakis, Kymis6.2 
 8. Faye, Promitheas6.1 
 9. Milosevic, AEK A.5.8 
 10. Gotcher, Koroivos5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos7.3 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.5.6 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympiacos5.6 
 4. Starks, Koroivos4.9 
 5. Talton, AGOR4.4 
 6. Scott, Doxa L.4.1 
 7. Hall, Kolossos HH4.1 
 8. Nixon, Lavrio4.0 
 9. El-Amin, Kymis3.9 
 10. Ukic, AEK Athens3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Shannon SCOTT
  Doxa L.
  (186-PG-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Scott, Doxa L.2.0 
 2. Hickey, Apollon .1.9 
 3. Brown, Koroivos1.8 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Aris1.7 
 5. Releford, Kolossos.1.6 
 6. Gotcher, Koroivos1.6 
 7. Singleton, Panathin.1.5 
 8. Moore, Promitheas1.4 
 9. Jones, Promitheas1.4 
 10. Barlow, Trikalla1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jito KOK
  Lavrio
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kok, Lavrio1.5 
 2. Clanton, PAOK1.1 
 3. Raines, Apollon .1.1 
 4. Milutinov, Olympiacos1.0 
 5. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 6. Kravic, AGOR1.0 
 7. Orton, Kymis1.0 
 8. Kavvadas, Aris0.9 
 9. Jackson, Aris0.9 
 10. Fitzpatrick, AGOR0.9 


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Alexis KIRITSIS
  Doukas
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Kiritsis, Doukas18.4 
 2. Karaboulas, Faros17.9 
 3. Kokkalis, Ethnikos16.9 
 4. Redikas, Arkadikos16.5 
 5. Gioulekas, GS Laris.16.2 
 6. Milosevic, Holargos15.4 
 7. Smajlagic, Psychiko15.4 
 8. Gagaloudis, Iraklis14.9 
 9. Liakopoulos, Faros14.6 
 10. Macheras, Ethnikos14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kostas MACHERAS
  Ethnikos
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Macheras, Ethnikos9.2 
 2. Lolas, Irakleio8.6 
 3. Tsougarakis, Arkad.8.2 
 4. Rubio, Doukas7.8 
 5. Jawara, Doxa P.7.6 
 6. Skordilis, Faros7.1 
 7. Koutroulias, Holargos7.0 
 8. Papanikolaou, Psych.7.0 
 9. Rutkauskas, Iraklis6.8 
 10. Alihodzic, Panionios6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Psychiko
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Nikou, Psychiko7.5 
 2. Gagaloudis, Iraklis5.8 
 3. Koutras, GS Laris.5.3 
 4. Vasilopoulos, Faros5.3 
 5. Zoupas, Amyntas .5.3 
 6. Liakopoulos, Faros5.2 
 7. Milosevic, Holargos5.1 
 8. Koukas, Doukas4.9 
 9. Karydas, Panionios4.7 
 10. Mazurczak, Kavala4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Giannis PRODROMOU
  Arkad.
  (196-F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Prodromou, Arkad.2.0 
 2. Karydas, Panionios1.9 
 3. Nikou, Psychiko1.9 
 4. Erevbenagie, Kavala1.7 
 5. Gagaloudis, Iraklis1.6 
 6. Koutras, GS Laris.1.5 
 7. Diplaros, Doxa P.1.5 
 8. Mazurczak, Kavala1.5 
 9. Thorsteinsso., AE Laris.1.4 
 10. Laane, Ethnikos1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sigurdur THORSTEINSSON
  AE Laris.
  (204-C-88)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Thorsteinsso., AE Laris.1.1 
 2. Sklivas, Kavala1.1 
 3. Skordilis, Faros1.0 
 4. Koutroulias, Holargos0.9 
 5. Melissaratos, Panio.0.8 
 6. Papanikolaou, Psych.0.8 
 7. Alihodzic, Panionios0.7 
 8. Paulos, Pagrati0.6 
 9. Katoufas, Faros0.6 
 10. Jawara, Doxa P.0.6 



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  HOLLAND  


Eredivisie Round 1 of Finals. Groningen post comfortable victory - by Eurobasket News

Groningen - Zwolle 80-45

Groningen demolished Zwolle in the Eredivisie Finals opener. The game without a history. Groningen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Groningen forced 26 Zwolle turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Chase Fieler (203-92, college: FGCU) fired 24 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American swingman Jason Dourisseau (196-83, college: Nebraska) chipped in 13 points. Four Groningen players scored in double figures. American center Clayton Vette (202-88, college: Winona St., agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and the former international center Nick Oudendag (210-87) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Groningen: C.Fieler 24+8reb+2ast, D.Pasalic 13+3reb+1ast, J.Dourisseau 13+4reb+2ast, T.de Paula 11+3reb+2ast, A.Slagter 9+3reb+1ast, L.Jeter 4+5reb+9ast
Zwolle: C.Vette 15+11reb+1ast, N.Oudendag 9+9reb, K.Hyland 7+4reb, J.Yoho 5+5reb+3ast, N.Van Oostrum 4+1ast, J.Tiller 3+1reb+6ast
gschID: 546731





Landslake Lions win PromotieDivisie title - by Eurobasket News

Landslake Lions won PromotieDivisie title beating Grasshoppers 89-68. Landslake Lions led 35-32 at the halftime, and then pushed the tempo for good in the second half. Earlier in the semifinal series Lions lost the first game to Lokomotief 73-84, but managed to win the second 91-77 and advanced to the Final. Grasshoppers posted a 69-55 victory in game 2 that was enough to qualify to the Final even with a loss in the game. De Groene had a 65-57 win, but lost in aggregate.


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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, Kormend19.7 
 4. Lilov, Szedeak19.1 
 5. Vojvoda, Szolnok18.7 
 6. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.8 
 7. Frazier, Kaposvari17.7 
 8. Pacher, Vasas17.6 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC17.0 
 10. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.16.9 
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, Kaposvari8.2 
 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.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.2 
 2. Boltic, Szedeak8.1 
 3. Battle, Atomeromu7.7 
 4. Taylor, Vasas7.5 
 5. Govens, Falco KC6.1 
 6. Wisseh, Kaposvari6.0 
 7. Nelson, PVSK P.6.0 
 8. Smith, MAFC5.9 
 9. Petty, Kormend5.9 
 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, Kormend2.0 
 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.0.8 
 3. Keller, Alba0.8 
 4. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 5. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.8 
 6. Juhos, Szedeak0.8 
 7. Wright, Vasas0.7 
 8. Benke, ZTE K.0.7 
 9. Simms, Kaposvari0.6 
 10. Andric, Szolnok0.6 


Recap of A Division Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

PVSK Pannon - Kormend 82-88

Kormend upset PVSK Pannon on the road to even the series at 1-1. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and won the game by 6 points. Kormend made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. American guard Lenzelle Smith-Jr (193-91, college: Ohio St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. American-Guinea-Bissau point guard Perry Petty (185-88, college: UTRGV) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. Petty is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Anthony Nelson (185-89, college: Niagara) replied with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international guard Zoltan Supola (190-88, agency: HMS) added 20 points in the effort for PVSK Pannon. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kormend: L.Smith Jr. 23+9reb+5ast, T.Allen 20+7reb+3ast, P.Petty 19+10reb+2ast, S.Gibbs 15+2reb+4ast, L.Kromah 6+3reb+1ast, C.Ferencz 5+2reb
PVSK Pannon: C.Smith 21+2reb+1ast, Z.Supola 20+3reb+3ast, A.Nelson 18+5reb+6ast, V.Budimir 11+3reb, I.Sejfic 4+8reb+1ast, O.Biro 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 546536


KTE-Duna - Alba 72-80

Alba beat KTE-Duna away from home to take 2-0 lead. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Ghanian guard Alhaji Mohammed (192-81, college: Louisville, agency: Three Eye Sports) notched 19 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international power forward Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Octagon Europe) supported him with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Even a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds by Serbian center Kemal Karahodzic (210-89) did not help to save the game for KTE-Duna. Naturalized Serbian forward Tomislav Ivosev (204-90, agency: 011 Sports) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the hosts. Five Alba and four KTE-Duna players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Alba: P.Lorant 20+6reb+2ast, A.Mohammed 19+6reb+3ast, J.Farr 14+5reb+1ast, B.Taylor 11+2reb+5ast, W.Shepard 10+7reb+3ast, A.Keller 4+3reb
KTE-Duna: M.Djerasimovic 14+3reb+3ast, M.Pongo 14+3reb, K.Karahodzic 13+11reb+3ast, T.Ivosev 13+5reb+5ast, M.Meszaros 6+2reb+2ast, G.Hegedus 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 546537


Kaposvari - Falco KC 78-71

Kaposvari overcame Falco KC to draw things level at 1-1. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-20 Falco KC's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 78-71 at the end of the game. Kaposvari made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Falco KC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Roland Hendlein (206-86) who scored 24 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). American forward Malik Cooke (201-89, college: S.Carolina, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and his fellow American import guard Drew Barham (198-89, college: Gonzaga) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Falco KC's coach Srecko Sekulovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: R.Hendlein 24+8reb+2ast, M.Cooke 14+8reb+2ast, J.Wisseh 11+5reb+7ast, W.Frazier 9+6reb+1ast, G.Baki 7+1reb, P.Grebenar 6+4reb
Falco KC: D.Govens 21+5reb+3ast, D.Barham 11+6reb+1ast, B.Varadi 9+5reb+2ast, I.Zigeranovic 8+1reb+1ast, A.Pustahvar 8+3reb, N.Toth 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 546535


Szolnok - ZTE KK 94-77

Szolnok outgunned ZTE KK to even the series. It looked good early as ZTE KK took a 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Szolnok had a 25-8 second period charge getting the lead and ZTE KK was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-94. Szolnok dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to ZTE KK's 32. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Montenegrin Nikola Pavlicevic (192-88) scored 20 points and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international swingman David Vojvoda (196-90) chipped in 18 points during the contest. American-Puerto Rican point guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) responded with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international forward Zsolt Szabo (202-86) scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. Five Szolnok and four ZTE KK players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: N.Pavlicevic 20+4reb+7ast, D.Vojvoda 18+3reb+3ast, A.Popovic 16+4reb+2ast, L.Andric 11+8reb+4ast, M.Borisov 11+6reb+4ast, J.Eilingsfeld 10+2reb
ZTE KK: E.Ubilla 21+6reb+6ast, Z.Szabo 19+8reb, J.Norfleet 13+4reb+5ast, M.Mohacsi 11+1reb+2ast, S.Benke 5+4reb+4ast, J.Wright 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 546534





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  IRAN  

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dominique JONES
  Azad
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Jones, Azad25.4 
 2. Cook, Chemidor23.1 
 3. Buljan, Kashan22.5 
 4. Robinson, Petrochimi20.9 
 5. Prince, Azad19.2 
 6. Toncinic, Gorgan18.6 
 7. Hosley, Arak18.2 
 8. Gacesa, Tabriz17.2 
 9. Ogilvy, Azad16.4 
 10. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  Army
  (200-SF-90)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Kazemi, Army11.5 
 2. Ogilvy, Azad10.6 
 3. Buljan, Kashan10.1 
 4. Williams, Tabriz9.1 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan8.8 
 6. Kardoust, Arak8.7 
 7. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.8.7 
 8. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.7.5 
 9. Mirzaei, Naft A.7.4 
 10. Cukinas, Chemidor7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dominique JONES
  Azad
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Jones, Azad5.5 
 2. Robinson, Petrochimi4.3 
 3. Nasajpour, Tabriz4.0 
 4. Davarpanah, Naft A.3.8 
 5. Prince, Azad3.6 
 6. Perkins, Naft A.3.4 
 7. Hosley, Arak3.2 
 8. Davoudi, Arak3.1 
 9. Jamshidi, Petrochimi3.1 
 10. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Arak
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hosley, Arak2.8 
 2. Nasajpour, Tabriz2.7 
 3. Kazemi, Army2.7 
 4. Prince, Azad2.5 
 5. Davarpanah, Naft A.2.2 
 6. Perkins, Naft A.2.0 
 7. Mashayekhi, Naft A.1.9 
 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. Kardoust, Arak1.0 
 5. Riaie, Chemidor1.0 
 6. Moradinasab, Gor.0.9 
 7. Toncinic, Gorgan0.9 
 8. Soleimani, Kashan0.8 
 9. Ogilvy, Azad0.8 
 10. Torabi, Army0.7 



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  ISRAEL  

Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Storm WARREN
  Maccabi .
  (201-PF-88)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Warren, Maccabi .23.6 
 2. Huertas, Hap.Haifa21.8 
 3. Burrows, Hap.Haifa21.7 
 4. Livingston, Hapoel K.21.1 
 5. 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 


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
gschID: 546672





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)



Trotamundos tab Diamon Simpson, ex Maccabi T-A - by Eurobasket News

Trotamundos de Carabobo (LPB) inked 30-year old American forward Diamon Simpson (204-104kg-87, college: St.Mary's, CA). He moved there from Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv in Israeli Winner League where he played this season. In 6 games he averaged 9.2ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.2apg, 1.5spg and 1.0bpg. Simpson also played earlier that season for CEZ Nymburk in Czech Republic NBL. In 15 Winner League games he had 8.3ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.1bpg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016. Simpson's team won Czech Republic Cup.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 3rd Team award back in 2013.
Simpson is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to seven different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Australia and of course North America). Simpson has played previously professionally in Australia (Adelaide 36ers), Philippines (Alaska Aces), Spain (Movil Estudiantes), Turkey (Turk Telekom), NBA (Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets) and D-League (Los Angeles D-Fenders).
He attended Saint Mary's College of California until 2009 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
Simpson's game is described as: a long mobile high-energy forward with great basketball instincts and intelligence. Gifted high level rebounder and defender who is always around the ball and in the right place at the right time. An efficient scorer attacking the basket, in transition, around the rim and importantly all without having plays run for him. Perfect complimentary player for top-level clubs.

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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. MBaye, Enel B.17.7 
 6. Johnson, Openjobm.17.6 
 7. Ragland, Scandone.17.5 
 8. Aradori, Grissin .15.6 
 9. Holloway, Vanoli C.15.5 
 10. White, Auxilium TO15.5 
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. Fesenko, Scandone.7.4 
 7. Lawal, Banco d.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. Wright, Auxilium.5.5 
 4. Maynor, Openjobm.5.5 
 5. Dowdell, AV Cantu5.4 
 6. Ragland, Scandone.5.3 
 7. Moore, The F.5.3 
 8. Craft, Dolomiti.4.7 
 9. Kalnietis, EA7 A.4.5 
 10. Holloway, Vanoli C.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron CRAFT
  Dolomiti.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Craft, Dolomiti.2.0 
 2. Sutton, Dolomiti.1.9 
 3. Moss, Brescia1.7 
 4. Green, Scandone AV1.7 
 5. Bostic, JuveCaserta1.5 
 6. Jones, VL Pesaro1.5 
 7. Lighty, Dolomiti.1.5 
 8. Goss, Enel Brindisi1.5 
 9. Ragland, Scandone.1.5 
 10. Scott, Enel Brindisi1.4 
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. Biligha, Vanoli CR1.1 
 8. Berggren, Brescia1.1 
 9. Thomas, Vanoli CR1.1 
 10. Fesenko, Scandone.1.0 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Simone PEPE
  Pescara
  (184-G-93)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Pepe, Pescara21.2 
 2. Bagnoli, Cassino19.6 
 3. Centanni, Volpino .19.6 
 4. Maggiotto, Senigallia19.2 
 5. Bolzonella, Varese R.18.3 
 6. Grilli, Barcellona18.2 
 7. Boffelli, Scauri18.2 
 8. Ghersetti, Bergamo17.6 
 9. Zampolli, Matera17.6 
 10. Bonfiglio, Piombino17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicolo RAVAZZANI
  Matera
  (200-C-85)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Ravazzini, Matera11.1 
 2. Bagnoli, Cassino10.9 
 3. Bozzetto, Crema10.6 
 4. Zanotti, Monteroni10.6 
 5. Toscano, Bottegone10.1 
 6. Chiacig, Taranto10.1 
 7. Di-Donato, Pescara9.1 
 8. Beretta, Roma L.9.0 
 9. Di-Carmine, Ortona8.9 
 10. Arrigoni, Omegna8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Matias DI MARCO
  San S.
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Di-Marco, San S.7.5 
 2. Svoboda, Desio6.8 
 3. Losi, Cefalu6.0 
 4. Bruni, Cecina5.3 
 5. Sanguinetti, Piacenza5.2 
 6. Bottioni, Campli5.2 
 7. Maggio, Napoli Cuore5.1 
 8. Musso, Ortona5.0 
 9. Magini, Firenze Enic4.9 
 10. Rivali, Montegrano4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ferdinando NASELLO
  Siena Virtus
  (194-G-95)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Nasello, Siena Virtus2.5 
 2. Demartini, Vicenza2.2 
 3. Chiappelli, Reggio E.2.2 
 4. Realini, Domodossola2.2 
 5. Stefanelli, San M.2.1 
 6. Maggio, Napoli Cuore1.9 
 7. Toscano, Bottegone1.9 
 8. Gasparin, Omegna1.9 
 9. Busco, Patti1.9 
 10. Ricci, Giulianova1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Diego CORRAL
  Omegna
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Corral, Omegna1.2 
 2. Capitanelli, Pescara1.1 
 3. Zanotti, Monteroni1.1 
 4. Galmarini, Firenze .1.1 
 5. Laguzzi, Sestu1.0 
 6. Ferrara, Padova1.0 
 7. Chiacig, Taranto0.9 
 8. Antonelli, Bisceglie0.9 
 9. Gatti, Campli0.9 
 10. Nobile, Padova0.8 


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

Scandone AV - Grissin Bon RE 82-64

Scandone Avellino rallied past Grisson Bon RE in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Scandone AV. Grissin Bon RE managed to win third quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Scandone AV dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Grissin Bon RE's 32. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Grissin Bon RE's players. Ukrainian center Kyrylo Fesenko (216-86) stepped up and scored 24 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners and American-Polish guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Scandone AV players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward Julian Wright (203-87, college: Kansas, agency: Alti Sport) responded with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and the former international Pietro Aradori (194-88) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Scandone AV: K.Fesenko 24+9reb, D.Logan 17+5reb+6ast, A.Thomas 12+1reb+3ast, J.Ragland 10+4reb+10ast, M.Cusin 8+5reb+3ast, L.Randolph 5+7reb+3ast
Grissin Bon RE: J.Wright 15+5reb+4ast, P.Aradori 14+5reb+2ast, A.Polonara 10+3reb, R.Kaukenas 9+1reb, D.Needham 6+2reb+3ast, A.De Nicolao 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 546439


Umana VE - The Flexx PT 84-71

Umana Venezia outgunned Flexx Pistoia for 1-0 lead. The game without a history. Umana Venezia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Umana Venezia forced 20 The Flexx PT turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Umana Venezia especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. American-Georgian point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) stepped up and scored 23 points for the winners and American point guard Julyan Stone (198-88, college: UTEP) chipped in 9 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side the former international center Andrea Crosariol (212-84, college: Fair Dickinson) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Terran Petteway (198-92, college: Nebraska) scored 17 points. Four The Flexx PT players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Umana VE: M.Haynes 23+2reb+1ast, M.Bramos 14+4reb+2ast, J.Stone 9+9reb+3ast, H.Peric 9+4reb+1ast, M.Ejim 8+7reb+2ast, S.Tonut 6+2reb+2ast
The Flexx PT: T.Petteway 17+1ast, A.Crosariol 13+6reb+1ast, M.Jenkins 12+4reb+1ast, N.Boothe 11+3reb+1ast, M.Antonutti 8+5reb+1ast, T.Okereafor 4+2ast
gschID: 546438


EA7 Armani - Betaland Cdo 80-87

EA7 Armani surrendered to Betaland Capo d'Orlando in the opener. Armani Milano trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 29-23 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 80-87 at the end of the game. Betaland Cdo forced 22 Armani Milano turnovers. Strangely Armani Milano outrebounded Betaland Cdo 42-24 including a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Power forward Antonio Iannuzzi (208-91, agency: Two Points) fired 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Serbian guard Milenko Tepic (202-87, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 17 points and 7 assists. Four Betaland Cdo players scored in double figures. International power forward Davide Pascolo (201-90) produced 24 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and Croatian swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85) added 11 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Betaland Cdo: A.Iannuzzi 18+8reb+2ast, M.Tepic 17+4reb+7ast, N.Ivanovic 13+1reb+7ast, P.Kikowski 11+1ast, M.Delas 10+4reb+1ast, D.Archie 8+1reb+1ast
EA7 Armani: D.Pascolo 24+3reb, R.Hickman 13+1reb+3ast, K.Simon 11+11reb+1ast, J.McLean 9+7reb+2ast, M.Macvan 8+3reb+1ast, A.Cinciarini 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 546436


Dolomiti En. TR - Banco di Srd 65-55

Trento prevailed against Sassari to take 1-0 advantage. It looked good early as Banco di Srd took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Dolomiti En. TR had a 12-10 second period charge getting the lead and Banco di Srd was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 55-65. Dolomiti En. TR forced 21 Banco di Srd turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Cape Verdean-Portuguese Joao Gomes (201-85) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Dustin Hogue (198-92, college: Iowa St.) contributed with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Nigerian-American power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech) answered with 9 points and 11 rebounds and Lithuanian center Tautvydas Lydeka (208-83) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Banco di Srd. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Dolomiti En. TR: J.Gomes 17+7reb+2ast, D.Hogue 12+8reb+4ast, D.Sutton 9+5reb+2ast, D.Flaccadori 8+6reb+1ast, S.Shields 7+2reb+2ast, A.Craft 7+4reb+6ast
Banco di Srd: D.Bell 10+2ast, D.Savanovic 9+4reb, T.Lydeka 9+6reb, G.Lawal 9+11reb, R.Stipcevic 7+1reb+1ast, L.D'Ercole 6+2reb
gschID: 546437





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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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.



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  JAPAN  

Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 26.9
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba BT26.9 
 2. Gardner, Niigata .21.9 
 3. Mavunga, Shiga L.19.5 
 4. Chapman, Niigata .18.9 
 5. Childress, Sanen18.8 
 6. Garrett, Toyota A.18.1 
 7. White, Sendai17.9 
 8. Stone, Chiba Jets17.9 
 9. Rossiter, Tochigi .17.3 
 10. Kanamaru, SeaHo.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ROSSITER
  Tochigi .
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Rossiter, Tochigi .13.1 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT12.6 
 3. Harrellson, Osaka E.11.6 
 4. Butts, SeaHorses11.6 
 5. Willard, Toyama G.9.7 
 6. Childress, Sanen9.5 
 7. Mangano, Sendai9.0 
 8. Gardner, Niigata .8.8 
 9. Sacre, Hitachi SR8.7 
 10. Spangler, Toshi.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Naoki UTO
  Toyama G.
  (188-F-91)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Uto, Toyama G.4.3 
 2. Namizato, Shiga L.4.2 
 3. Sakuragi, SeaHorses4.1 
 4. Togashi, Chiba Jets4.0 
 5. Suzuki, Sanen4.0 
 6. Garrett, Toyota A.3.9 
 7. Igarashi, Niigata .3.7 
 8. Mavunga, Shiga L.3.5 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.4 
 10. Tajima, Hokkaido.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kenta HIROSE
  Hitachi SR
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hirose, Hitachi SR1.9 
 2. Vendrame, Hitac.1.7 
 3. Parker, Chiba Jets1.7 
 4. Dove, Kyoto Hannar.1.7 
 5. Palmer, Akita NH1.6 
 6. Rossiter, Tochigi .1.6 
 7. Hatakeyama, Niigata .1.5 
 8. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.5 
 9. Garrett, Toyota A.1.4 
 10. Gibbs, Tochigi Brex1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh HARRELLSON
  Osaka E.
  (208-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harrellson, Osaka E.1.9 
 2. Parker, Chiba Jets1.8 
 3. Chapman, Niigata .1.7 
 4. Miller, Hokkaido L.1.7 
 5. Armstrong, Chiba J.1.4 
 6. Bachynski, Hokkaido.1.3 
 7. Edwards, SeaHorses1.2 
 8. Childress, Sanen1.2 
 9. McHenry, Ryukyu GK1.1 


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 SM11.3 
 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. Tokunaga, Kagawa F.1.6 
 4. Tatsuhiko, Ehime O.1.6 
 5. Otsuka, Toyotsu FE1.6 
 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. van-der-List, Shinshu .1.5 
 7. Marshall, Shima.1.5 
 8. Ridley, Hiroshima D.1.5 
 9. Davis, Shimane SM1.3 
 10. Creekmore, Tokyo Z1.3 


B League D2 Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Victories for Shimane and Nishinomiya - by Eurobasket News

Shimane SM - Hiroshima D. 60-55

Shimane SM outscored Hiroshima in the semifinal series opener. The hosts were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 18-11 run, which allowed them to win the game. Shimane Magic brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American forward Josh Davis (203-91, college: San Diego St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 20 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) chipped in 8 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. At the losing side the former international forward Shogo Asayama (192-81) responded with 14 points and Australian-Trinidad and Tobago guard Daniel Dillon (193-86, college: Arizona, agency: Babcock Sports) scored 8 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: J.Davis 12+20reb+1ast, J.Abe 11+1reb, W.Marshall 8+10reb+3ast, K.Takabatake 7+1reb+1ast, H.Kantake 7+2reb+1ast, E.Yamamoto 4+2reb+3ast
Hiroshima D.: S.Asayama 14+4reb+1ast, H.Kitagawa 11+3reb, D.Dillon 8+7reb+1ast, S.Tanaka 8+3reb, D.Yamada 6+3reb+2ast, C.Lammert 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 546464


Nishinomiya S. - Gunma 68-59

Nishinomiya rallied past Gunma to take 1-0 lead in the series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Gunma won fourth quarter 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Larry Owens (201-83, college: ORU, agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with 9 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) answered with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 blocks in the effort for Gunma. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Nishinomiya S.: D.Burns 14+5reb+2ast, N.Douhara 13+2reb+1ast, L.Owens 9+8reb, T.Yanagawa 7+5ast, N.Tani 7+3reb+2ast, J.Vandenberg 6+6reb
Gunma: T.Kennedy 16+9reb+4ast, A.Kuso 14+7reb, H.Kondo 8+6reb, D.Umetsu 7+5reb+1ast, M.Obuchi 5+5reb+1ast, S.Kurihara 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 546463





Review of B League Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

SeaHorses - Ryukyu GK 76-72

SeaHorses held off Ryukyu in the quarterfinal series opener. The hosts were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 16-9 run, which allowed them to win the game. Aishin Sea Horses brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. American power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners and the former international swingman Kosuke Kanamaru (193-89) chipped in 31 points. At the losing side American forward Reyshawn Terry (203-84, college: N.Carolina) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds and international guard Ryuichi Kishimoto (176-90) scored 11 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
SeaHorses: K.Kanamaru 31+1reb, G.Edwards 18+13reb+2ast, I.Butts 11+14reb+1ast, J.Sakuragi 4+3reb+3ast, M.Hiejima 4+3reb+3ast, S.Kashiwagi 3+5reb+4ast
Ryukyu GK: R.Terry 27+12reb+3ast, R.Kishimoto 11+2reb+3ast, S.Tsuyama 7+5reb, S.Kinjo 7+2reb+2ast, A.McHenry 5+3reb, K.Hatano 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 546467


Tochigi Brex - Chiba Jets 80-73

Tochigi Brex toppled Chiba Jets for 1-0 lead. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-73. American players dominated the game. Power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) nailed 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and forward Jeffrey Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) accounted for 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and center Hilton Armstrong (210-84, college: Connecticut) added 10 points and 13 rebounds respectively for Chiba Jets in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: T.Furukawa 19+4reb+2ast, R.Rossiter 18+7reb+4ast, J.Gibbs 12+10reb+4ast, Y.Endo 11+1reb+2ast, H.Watanabe 7+1reb+2ast, K.Takeuchi 6+9reb
Chiba Jets: M.Parker 20+11reb+3ast, S.Hara 16+4reb, T.Stone 12+2reb+3ast, H.Armstrong 10+13reb+3ast, Y.Togashi 8+1reb+7ast, K.Ishii 2+2reb
gschID: 546469


Toyota Alvark - Sanen 90-75

Toyota Alvark defeated Sanen to surge ahead in the playoff series. The game was mostly controlled by Toyota Alvark. Sanen Neophoenix was better in second period 24-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American point guard Diante Garrett (196-88, college: Iowa St.) fired 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. International power forward Joji Takeuchi (207-85) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds. American swingman Josh Childress (203-83, college: Stanford) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import forward Robert Dozier (206-85, college: Memphis) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: J.Takeuchi 20+9reb, D.Garrett 19+8reb+4ast, D.Tanaka 18+2reb+3ast, K.Matsui 9+1reb+1ast, J.Ayres 6+9reb+2ast, T.Ito 5
Sanen: J.Childress 25+10reb, R.Dozier 15+6reb+2ast, T.Suzuki 14+2reb+3ast, S.Okada 8+3reb+1ast, J.Kano 5+1reb, O.Ashaolu 4+2reb
gschID: 546470


Toshiba BT - Hitachi SR 89-75

Toshiba Brave Thunders cruised past Hitachi SunRockers in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Toshiba Thunders. Hitachi Sunrockers was better in third quarter 24-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Hitachi Sunrockers outrebounded Toshiba Thunders 41-24 including a 21-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a very good performance for American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds. International point guard Ryusei Shinoyama (178-88) contributed with 21 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) for the winners. Five Toshiba Thunders players scored in double figures. Toshiba Thunders' coach Takuya Kita used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Canadian center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga) answered with 31 points and 7 rebounds and international forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga) added 12 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Hitachi Sunrockers.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: R.Shinoyama 21+1reb+2ast, N.Fazekas 18+7reb+3ast, N.Tsuji 15+1reb+5ast, T.Hasegawa 14+2reb+1ast, R.Spangler 10+5reb+5ast, T.Kurihara 5+2reb
Hitachi SR: R.Sacre 31+7reb+2ast, I.Brown 12+15reb+6ast, A.Chambers 11+1reb, T.Ito 8+2reb+2ast, K.Hirose 8+5reb+5ast, L.Vendrame 5+7reb
gschID: 546468





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  KOSOVO  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Trae ANDERSON
  Ylli
  (196-SF-)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Anderson, Ylli21.4 
 2. Brown, Ylli21.3 
 3. Zenelaj, Ylli21.3 
 4. Kovaqi, Vellaznimi20.8 
 5. Black, Bashkimi19.9 
 6. Qallaku, Vellaznimi18.8 
 7. Veseli, Peja17.3 
 8. Hajrizi, Sigal P.17.3 
 9. Zekiqi, Trepca16.9 
 10. Locke, Bashkimi16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Urim ZENELAJ
  Ylli
  (213-C-91)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Zenelaj, Ylli14.5 
 2. Anderson, Ylli9.2 
 3. Sinani, Bashkimi8.5 
 4. Moser, Sigal P.8.3 
 5. Dahlman, Peja8.1 
 6. Locke, Bashkimi7.1 
 7. Black, Bashkimi7.0 
 8. Grosha, Ylli7.0 
 9. Matoshi, Vellaznimi6.8 
 10. Kapiti, Kerasan6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Fisnik JUNIKU
  Vellaznimi
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Juniku, Vellaznimi7.7 
 2. Anderson, Ylli7.0 
 3. Morina, Ylli6.0 
 4. Brown, Ylli5.4 
 5. Kemp, Sigal Prishtina5.4 
 6. Mekaj, Peja5.1 
 7. Wise, Trepca4.7 
 8. Black, Bashkimi4.7 
 9. Ahmetbasic, Peja4.4 
 10. Latifaj, Kerasan4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Arian QALLAKU
  Peja
  (195-G-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Qallaku, Peja2.5 
 2. Morina, Ylli2.0 
 3. Kovaqi, Vellaznimi1.9 
 4. Hajrizi, Sigal P.1.7 
 5. Deihl, Rahoveci1.7 
 6. Brown, Ylli1.7 
 7. Juniku, Vellaznimi1.7 
 8. Latifaj, Kerasan1.6 
 9. Hinds, Sigal P.1.5 
 10. Anderson, Ylli1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dardan KAPITI
  Kerasan
  (204-F/C-0)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kapiti, Kerasan2.0 
 2. Zenelaj, Ylli1.6 
 3. Zeka, Vellaznimi0.9 
 4. Reed, Peja0.8 
 5. Muric, Peja0.7 
 6. Grosha, Ylli0.7 
 7. Stutz, Trepca0.7 
 8. Anderson, Ylli0.6 
 9. Veseli, Peja0.6 
 10. Rugova, Sigal P.0.6 


SuperLeague Round 1 of Finals. Bashkimi register opening win - by Eurobasket News

Sigal Prishtina - Bashkimi 66-76

Bashkimi beat Sigal Prishtina in the SuperLeague Finals opener. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Justin Black (188-92, college: Morgan St.) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Kayel Locke (196-94, college: NC-Greensboro) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Bashkimi players scored in double figures. Croatian power forward Nenad Delic (210-84) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and American point guard Jabarie Hinds (180-92, college: Massachusetts) added 17 points in the effort for Sigal Prishtina.
Top scorers:
Sigal Prishtina: N.Delic 23+10reb+2ast, J.Hinds 17+3reb, G.Rugova 13+3reb, D.Hajrizi 5+3reb+4ast, M.Moser 4+10reb+2ast, E.Azemi 3+1ast
Bashkimi: K.Locke 20+1reb+2ast, J.Black 14+9reb+1ast, G.Sinani 12+5reb, M.Tmusic 10+4reb+2ast, M.Popovic 10+5reb+3ast, G.Adams 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 546338





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  KYRGYZSTAN  


Guiness-29 wins the regular season - by Eurobasket News

Guiness-29 won the regular season with a perfect 15-0 record. In the last game they overcame KGYuA 156-23. Tulpar-SKIF meanwhile ended up on the second place with a 14-1 record. They beat Politekhnik 85-54 in the top game of the round. The Quarterfinal series will begin this weekend, while below the pairings of the play-offs:
Guiness-29-Tulpar-SKIF 2
Tulpar-SKIF - Issyk-Kul
Alga - KTU Manas
Politekhnik-Moy Telefon



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  LATVIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler LARSON
  Barons Riga
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Larson, Barons Riga16.4 
 2. Pitts, Valmiera15.3 
 3. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.14.8 
 4. Ausejs, Liepaja/.14.5 
 5. Blums, VEF Riga14.4 
 6. Griffin, Liepaja/.14.4 
 7. Stumbris, Jekabpils14.1 
 8. Jogela, Barons Riga13.6 
 9. Laksa, Valmiera13.5 
 10. Jeromanovs, Jurma.13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 D''or FISCHER
  Valmiera
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Fischer, Valmiera9.1 
 2. Rozitis, Liepaja/.8.4 
 3. Iljins, Jurmala8.4 
 4. Krestinin, Barons R.7.5 
 5. Selakovs, Jekabpils7.4 
 6. Montgomery, Liepaja/.7.2 
 7. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.7.1 
 8. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils6.6 
 9. Strelnieks, Jurmala6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.7.2 
 2. Jeromanovs, Jurma.6.1 
 3. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.8 
 4. Pitts, Valmiera5.8 
 5. Gaddy, VEF Riga5.7 
 6. Plavnieks, BK Ogre5.7 
 7. Vitols, BK Ogre4.9 
 8. Larson, Barons Riga4.4 
 9. Birkans, LU4.3 
 10. McMullan, Liepaja/.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.2.4 
 2. Skele, VEF Riga1.9 
 3. Richard, VEF Riga1.8 
 4. Pitts, Valmiera1.6 
 5. Gaddy, VEF Riga1.6 
 6. Campbell, Ventspils1.6 
 7. Mitchell, Valmiera1.5 
 8. Larson, Barons Riga1.4 
 9. Mejeris, VEF Riga1.4 
 10. Krestinin, Barons R.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 D''or FISCHER
  Valmiera
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Fischer, Valmiera1.8 
 2. Mejeris, VEF Riga1.2 
 3. Rozitis, Liepaja/.1.1 
 4. Iljins, Jurmala1.0 
 5. Krestinin, Barons R.0.9 
 6. Grazulis, Ventspils0.9 
 7. Stumbris, Jekabpils0.8 
 8. Selakovs, Jekabpils0.8 
 9. Zvigurs, Valka/Va.0.8 


LBL Round 3 of Semi-Finals. VEF Riga and Ventspils reach Finals - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga - Valmiera 85-70

VEF Riga gave no chance for visiting Valmiera sweeping the semifinal series. The game was mostly controlled by VEF Riga. Valmiera managed to win second period 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. VEF Riga looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Kris Richard (196-89, college: Tulane) who scored 29 points and 5 assists. His fellow American import guard Abdul Gaddy (193-92, college: Washington) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Richard is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four VEF Riga players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Israeli center Dor Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia) who recorded 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall) added 19 points and 6 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: K.Richard 29+4reb+5ast, M.Meiers 17+8reb+1ast, A.Gaddy 15+5reb+7ast, J.Blums 13+2reb+1ast, M.Mejeris 4+3reb+2ast, I.Gromovs 4+1reb+1ast
Valmiera: D.Pitts 19+1reb+6ast, D.Fischer 16+9reb+2ast, E.Jonats 10+5reb+1ast, M.Laksa 9+7reb+2ast, A.Berzins 8+2reb+2ast, J.Kaufmanis 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 545983


Ventspils - Barons Riga 100-68

Ventspils outscored Barons Riga to seal LBL Finals appearance. It looked good early as Barons Riga took a 5-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Ventspils had a 28-20 second period charge getting the lead and Barons Riga was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-100. Ventspils dominated on the defensive end, holding Barons Riga to just 5 points in fourth quarter. They made 27-of-31 charity shots (87.1 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Barons Riga 38-27 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Ventspils especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Barons Riga's players. Barons Riga was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for the former international power forward Rolandas Zakis (206-87) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 9 rebounds. American swingman Folarin Campbell (189-86, college: George Mason) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four Ventspils players scored in double figures. American guard Tyler Larson (190-91, college: S.Dakota) answered with 16 points and Lithuanian Tauras Jogela (202-93, agency: Players Group) added 15 points in the effort for Barons Riga. 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:
Ventspils: F.Campbell 18+4reb+2ast, R.Zakis 14+9reb+3ast, E.Zelionis 14+7reb+1ast, I.Jakovics 14+3reb+5ast, W.Deane 10+1reb+2ast, A.Grazulis 9+5reb+1ast
Barons Riga: T.Larson 16+4reb+3ast, T.Jogela 15+2reb+2ast, D.Krestinin 12+6reb, R.Freimanis 8+5reb+1ast, D.Zonne 7+3reb, D.Geks 5+1reb+2ast
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  LITHUANIA  

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Lietuvos.
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Logan, Lietuvos.15.6 
 2. Baron, Lietuvos.14.6 
 3. Delininkaiti., Vytau.13.8 
 4. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.13.2 
 5. Diggs, Juventus13.2 
 6. Low, P.Zvaigzdes12.7 
 7. Sulskis, Juventus12.6 
 8. Olisevicius, P.Zvaigz.12.5 
 9. Cepukaitis, Juven.12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julius KAZAKAUSKAS
  Dzuki.
  (197-F-90)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Kazakauskas, Dzuki.7.8 
 2. Guscikas, Dzukija7.7 
 3. Gordon, Lietuvos.7.4 
 4. Cepukaitis, Juven.6.7 
 5. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.6.4 
 6. Smiljanic, Nevezis5.9 
 7. Echodas, Siauliai5.9 
 8. Grant, Neptunas5.6 
 9. Kacinas, Neptunas5.5 
 10. Lekunas, Siauliai5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Toni PROSTRAN
  Nevezis
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Prostran, Nevezis7.0 
 2. Low, P.Zvaigzdes6.1 
 3. Sabeckis, Siauliai5.9 
 4. Drew II, Neptunas5.6 
 5. Diggs, Juventus5.2 
 6. Williams, Lietkabelis4.4 
 7. Hernandez, Dzukija4.2 
 8. Pangos, Zalgiris3.9 
 9. Lekavicius, Zalgiris3.9 
 10. Logan, Lietuvos.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Donatas SABECKIS
  Siauliai
  (197-F-92)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Sabeckis, Siauliai1.7 
 2. Lukauskis, Lietkabe.1.6 
 3. Love-Roberts, Nevez.1.5 
 4. Diggs, Juventus1.5 
 5. Williams, Lietkabelis1.5 
 6. Lipkevicius, Vytautas1.5 
 7. Giedraitis, Lietuvos.1.4 
 8. Low, P.Zvaigzdes1.4 
 9. Delininkaiti., Vytau.1.4 
 10. Kazakauskas, Dzuki.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Andriy AGAFONOV
  P.Zvaigz.
  (208-PF-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Agafonov, P.Zvaigz.1.2 
 2. Galdikas, Juventus1.2 
 3. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.1.2 
 4. Balashov, P.Zvaigz.1.0 
 5. Lima, Zalgiris0.9 
 6. Cepukaitis, Juven.0.9 
 7. Guscikas, Dzukija0.8 
 8. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.0.8 
 9. Kulvietis, Vytautas0.8 
 10. Lapeta, Lietuvos.0.8 



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  NBA  


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.''
Courtesy of: yahoo.com



Steve Kerr returns to Golden State Warriors practice for first time in three weeks - by Eurobasket News

Hearing Steve Kerr 's voice again in a team meeting, talking strategy and a game plan for the Spurs, made Stephen Curry's Saturday. Seeing the reigning NBA coach of the year on the practice floor for the first time in more than three weeks had acting Golden State coach Mike Brown in great spirits. "It was just nice to hear his voice really," Curry said. "That's what you were used to and when you don't have it for a while, you kind of miss it." The ailing Warriors coach attended practice Saturday morning, returning to the floor for the first time since guiding the team on April 21 ahead of a flight to Portland for Game 3 of the first round. He missed the shootaround the following morning and that night's game, then also Game 4 and the entire Utah series -- and Kerr didn't travel to Salt Lake City while seeking answers on his health. Now, he is recovering from his latest procedure to alleviate debilitating symptoms stemming from complications from two back surgeries in 2015 following the Warriors' first championship in 40 years. Not looking completely comfortable yet, Kerr sat down and chatted with Brown for a long stint before disappearing into the weight room. "It's obviously great, any time you can hear his voice, see his face," Curry said. "He's obviously been doing his homework in between, his downtime to help us get prepared for the series. You know he misses being around the day-to-day routine and the atmosphere of practice and locker rooms and games and all that. So for him to even just have the energy and ability to be here means a lot. Hopefully he's feeling better." It was unclear whether the 51-year-old Kerr would watch the Warriors, 8-0 in the playoffs with sweeps of the Trail Blazers and Jazz, from the arena for Sunday's Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against San Antonio or stay home. He attended a meeting at team headquarters Friday, one week after his latest procedure at Duke University to repair leaking spinal fluid. He was back Saturday for another game-planning session before practice. "For me it's a little different because I hear his voice a couple times a day," Brown said. "So that's good. So for me more than anything else, it was great to see him out here especially during practice walking around, talking to guys. You really enjoy that, because he's our leader. He's the guy that laid the foundation and got everybody headed in the right direction. So the more he can be around, it's a better feel that all of us have, not just the players but us as a staff."
Courtesy of: nba.com



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  NBLCANADA  


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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  NCAA1  


Duke lands commitment from four-star forward Jordan Tucker - by Eurobasket News

After missing out in top ten recruit Kevin Knox, who surprisingly committed to Kentucky last weekend, Duke landed themselves a big forward as four-star recruit Jordan Tucker (6'8''-SF-98) picked the Blue Devils over Syracuse. Tucker is a 6-foot-7 shooter from New York that will likely play an immediate role for Duke on the wing and as a stretch-four. He's not as skilled as the like of Justise Winslow, Jabari Parker, Brandon Ingram or Jayson Tatum, but he's the only player on Duke's roster that can play that role next season. Duke now has a five-man recruiting class for next season - Tucker joins five-stars Wendell Carter and Gary Trent Jr., four-star Alex O'Connell and three-star Jordan Goldwire - and they may not yet be done. Mike Krzyzewski is still awaiting word on whether or not he'll be coaching Trevon Duval next season. The Blue Devils, for the first time ever, have lost four players to early entry, as Tatum, Harry Giles III, Luke Kennard and Frank Jackson all entered the NBA Draft. Grayson Allen opted to return for his senior season.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



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  NEW ZEALAND  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Corey WEBSTER
  Wellingt.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Webster, Wellingt.25.4 
 2. Jones, Canterbury25.3 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.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 



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  PANAMA  


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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  POLAND  

Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Filip ZEGZULA
  Rosa I.
  (188-SG-94)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Zegzula, Rosa I.19.5 
 2. Grod, Notec Inowr.17.3 
 3. Dymala, Spojnia17.2 
 4. Prostak, Pogon P.16.6 
 5. Mazur, GKS Tychy15.4 
 6. Wrobel, AZS A.15.1 
 7. Sroka, Sokol Lancut14.8 
 8. Gospodarek, Astoria .14.8 
 9. Bluma, Nysa K.14.5 
 10. Lenczuk, Nysa K.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maciej KLIMA
  Sokol Lancut
  (203-C/F-82)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Klima, Sokol Lancut8.4 
 2. Bodych, Kotwica8.3 
 3. Struski, Biofarm .7.6 
 4. Grod, Notec Inowr.7.0 
 5. Nowerski, Pogon P.6.9 
 6. Bluma, Nysa K.6.8 
 7. Kulikowski, Sokol L.6.6 
 8. Cechniak, Znicz B.6.6 
 9. Kiwilsza, Polonia .6.4 
 10. Szwed, Znicz B.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Lukasz WILCZEK
  Legia W-wa
  (190-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Wilczek, Legia W-wa6.7 
 2. Plawucki, SKK S.5.7 
 3. Kordalski, Znicz B.5.2 
 4. Dymala, Spojnia5.2 
 5. Zegzula, Rosa I.5.1 
 6. Filipiak, GTK G.5.1 
 7. Zywert, Sokol L.4.9 
 8. Gospodarek, Astoria .4.9 
 9. Dzierzak, Kotwica4.8 
 10. Maciejewski, Notec I.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Lukasz WILCZEK
  Legia W-wa
  (190-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Wilczek, Legia W-wa2.6 
 2. Zegzula, Rosa I.2.2 
 3. Filipiak, GTK G.2.1 
 4. Zych, AZS A.2.0 
 5. Zywert, Sokol L.1.9 
 6. Tokarski, Znicz B.1.9 
 7. Mazur, GKS Tychy1.8 
 8. Brek, Biofarm PZN1.8 
 9. Prostak, Pogon P.1.7 
 10. Gospodarek, Astoria .1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Damian CECHNIAK
  Znicz B.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Cechniak, Znicz B.1.6 
 2. Lisewski, Notec I.1.4 
 3. Brek, Biofarm PZN1.3 
 4. Nowerski, Pogon P.1.1 
 5. Nowakowski, Pogon P.0.9 
 6. Pytys, Spojnia0.9 
 7. Klima, Sokol Lancut0.8 
 8. Bodych, Kotwica0.8 
 9. Kukielka, Legia W-wa0.8 
 10. Kiwilsza, Polonia .0.8 


2Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Radoslaw PLEBANEK
  AZS U.
  (190-SG-85)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Plebanek, AZS U.22.2 
 2. Kuczynski, Tur B.19.1 
 3. Niedzwiedzki, Gornik W.19.1 
 4. Zurawski, Stal I.18.6 
 5. Mrowczynski, Kalisz18.5 
 6. Niesobski, Sudety18.2 
 7. Debski, Pelplin18.1 
 8. Gworek, Gimbaske.17.9 
 9. Zabielski, Zubry17.7 
 10. Karolak, AZS U.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrzej MISIEWICZ
  Zubry
  (199-PF-84)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Misiewicz, Zubry11.1 
 2. Niedzwiedzki, Gornik W.10.2 
 3. Malitka, Gimbaske.10.0 
 4. Mikolajko, Przemysl10.0 
 5. Barycza, Otmuchow9.7 
 6. Pruefer, Pro-Bask.9.4 
 7. Olszewski, Shmoolky.9.3 
 8. Wojdyr, Polonia .9.3 
 9. Kwiatkowski, Miedz.9.0 
 10. Budnikowski, Gniezno8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Michal WARCHOWSKI
  Domino I.
  (187-PG-94)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Warchowski, Domino I.8.3 
 2. Kobel, WKK Wroclaw7.6 
 3. Konopatzki, Asseco I.7.3 
 4. Wojciechowsk., Kalisz7.2 
 5. Balcerek, Goleniow7.0 
 6. Makuch, Syntex K.6.6 
 7. Glapinski, Gornik W.6.3 
 8. Sobczak, Pro-Bask.6.2 
 9. Gnatowicz, Otmuc.5.9 
 10. Tradecki, AZS U.5.7 
Steals Per Game
 Mariusz KONOPATZKI
  Asseco I.
  (192-G-96)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Konopatzki, Asseco I.3.8 
 2. Leszczynski, AZS K.3.3 
 3. Plebanek, AZS U.3.2 
 4. Fafara, AZS U.3.2 
 5. Kobel, WKK Wroclaw3.1 
 6. Wojciechowsk., Kalisz3.1 
 7. Malinowski, AZS U.3.0 
 8. Sobczak, Pro-Bask.3.0 
 9. Balcerek, Goleniow2.8 
 10. Piszczatowsk., MKS D.2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Krystian KOZLUK
  Ostrow M.
  (205-C-94)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Kozluk, Ostrow M.3.1 
 2. Olszewski, Shmoolky.2.3 
 3. Jodlowski, WKK W.2.0 
 4. Wilk, Otmuchow1.9 
 5. Pisarczyk, Tur B.1.8 
 6. Hlebowicki, R8 Baske.1.8 
 7. Minciel, Sudety1.6 
 8. Zaczek, Wisla K.1.6 
 9. Krupa, AZS P.1.5 
 10. Niedzwiedzki, Gornik W.1.5 


1Liga Round 1 of Finals. Legia celebrate victory - by Eurobasket News

Legia W-wa - GTK Gliwice 75-70

Legia held off GTK Gliwice to take 1-0 lead in the 1Liga championship series. Legia W-wa made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Legia W-wa outrebounded GTK Gliwice 40-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by GTK Gliwice helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Power forward Adam Linowski (201-87, agency: Promotex) stepped up and scored 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and point guard Lukasz Wilczek (190-86) chipped in 9 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side point guard Aleksander Filipiak (185-90) responded with 16 points and power forward Lukasz Ratajczak (201-86, agency: Promotex) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Five GTK Gliwice players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Legia W-wa: P.Robak 14+2reb, A.Linowski 13+7reb+2ast, G.Kukielka 9+1reb+1ast, L.Wilczek 9+7reb+3ast, G.Malewski 8+4reb, M.Aleksandrowicz 6+3reb
GTK Gliwice: A.Filipiak 16+3reb, L.Ratajczak 12+6reb+1ast, P.Zmarlak 11+3reb, D.Pieloch 11+2reb+1ast, M.Dziemba 11+2reb+3ast, M.Weselak 3+5reb+2ast
gschID: 546405





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





Mateusz Ponitka selected the top Polish players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Mateusz Ponitka
Mateusz Ponitka
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Mateusz Ponitka (196-93, currently plays in Turkey). He could not help Pinar Karsiyaka (15-14) in their last game. Despite Ponitka's very good performance Pinar Karsiyaka was edged 101-99 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams (#15) Balikesir. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Ponitka also added 3 steals in 33 minutes on the court. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Ponitka has relatively good stats this year: 13.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.3apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 60.6%(106-175), 3FGP: 30.6% and FT: 70.1% in 26 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Polish senior national team.

A.J. Slaughter
A.J. Slaughter
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, agency: BeoBasket, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in France). Slaughter led Strasbourg IG to a 3-point victory over one of league's weakest teams Entente Orleans 45 (8-24) 92-89 in the French ProA last Tuesday. He was MVP of the game. Slaughter scored 20 points, made 3 passes and 4 steals. 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 is very crucial. It's Slaughter's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.1apg, 2FGP: 52.8%, 3FGP: 41.0% and FT: 79.0%. Slaughter is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the Polish senior national team. Strangely Slaughter has never played in Poland.

David Logan
David Logan
   #3. The Polish player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis, currently plays in Italy). He was not able to help Scandone AV (19-11) in their last game. Despite Logan's very good performance Scandone AV was edged 77-75 in Trento by the lower-ranked (#4) Dolomiti En. TR. He was the top scorer with 20 points in 28 minutes. 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. Logan has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.7apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 62.5%(30-48), 3FGP: 38.0% and FT: 78.8% in 11 games. Logan is a naturalized American. He played for the Polish national team eight years ago. Logan used to play for WTK Anwil Wloclawek in Polish league.

Damian Kulig
Damian Kulig
   #4. Power forward Damian Kulig (205-87, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) led Banvit to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Istanbul BBSK (11-18) 79-64 in the Turkish BSL in Sunday night's game. He scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. 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 now that game is quite important. Kulig's overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1bpg. He used to play for the Polish national team back in 2015.

Pawel Kikowski
Pawel Kikowski
   #5. International swingman Pawel Kikowski (193-86, currently plays in Italy) led Betaland Cdo to a victory against one of league's weakest teams VL Pesaro (10-20) 98-88 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. Kikowski scored 11 points and added 4 passes. Betaland Capo d'Orlando (15-15) is placed eighth in the Serie A. It was his team's first victory after six consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Kikowski has reliable stats this season: 13.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.8spg. He plays currently for the Polish national team.

Michal Michalak
Michal Michalak
   #6. Swingman Michal Michalak (197-93, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Brescia (13-17) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Michalak's good performance Brescia was crushed 86-62 in Pistoia by the higher-ranked The Flexx PT (#7). He was the second best scorer with 13 points. It was his first game for Brescia this season. The Regular Season already ended. Michalak is an international player who is currently on the senior Polish National Team roster.

Marcin Gortat
Marcin Gortat
   #7. Former international center Marcin Gortat (214-84, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Washington Wizards in a 1-point victory against the Boston Celtics (53-29) 92-91 in the NBA on Friday night. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in 25 minutes. The Washington Wizards have 49-33 record this season. Gortat is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Wizards' roster. Gortat averaged so far 10.4ppg, 10.4rpg and 1.6apg in 94 games. He used to play for the Polish national team two years ago.

Jakub Wojciechowski
Jakub Wojciechowski
   #8. Power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Vanoli Cremona's surprising victory against the sixth-ranked Grissin Bon RE (17-13) 101-91 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. He scored 9 points, had 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 19 minutes. Vanoli Cremona (9-21) is located at the very bottom in the Serie A. The Regular Season already ended. This year Wojciechowski's overall stats are: 5.8ppg and 2.7rpg in 25 games. He used to play for the Polish national team back in 2013.

Adam Waczynski
Adam Waczynski
   #9. International swingman Adam Waczynski (199-89, currently plays in Spain) helped Unicaja Malaga win their game against the closely-ranked Baskonia (22-9) 79-75 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Waczynski scored only 4 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Unicaja Malaga (21-10) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Waczynski's total stats this season are: 8.0ppg and 2.4rpg. He is also in the roster of the Polish national team.

Tomasz Gielo
Tomasz Gielo
   #10. Forward Tomasz Gielo (205-93, college: Mississippi, currently plays in Spain) helped Joventut win their game against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (5-26) crushing them 100-66 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Divina Seguros Juventut Badalona (11-21) is placed 14th in the Liga Endesa. The Regular Season already ended. Gielo's total stats this season are: 4.6ppg and 2.0rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Polish National Team roster.

   #11. Former U20 international forward Mathieu Wojciechowski (203-92, currently plays in France) couldn't help Limoges CSP Elite in their game against Hyeres-Toulon in the French ProA. Wojciechowski scored only 4 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 32 minutes. His team lost 71-82. This year Wojciechowski's total stats are: 3.3ppg and 3.4rpg in 33 games. He used to play for the Polish U20 national team five years ago.

   #12. International center Adam Lapeta (217-87, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Lithuania) helped Lietuvos rytas win their game against the seventh-ranked P.Zvaigzdes crushing them 107-51 in the Lithuanian LKL in Saturday night's game. Lapeta scored only 3 points. Lapeta has averaged so far 4.4ppg and 2.9rpg. He is also in the roster of the Polish national team.

   #13. Former international shooting guard Dardan Berisha (191-88, currently plays in Italy) helped Juvecaserta win their game against the fifth-ranked Banco di Srd 77-70 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Berisha scored only 4 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals in 25 minutes. Berisha's stats this year are: 10.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg in 11 games. He used to play for the Polish national team two years ago.

   #14. International power forward Aaron Cel (203-87, currently plays in France) helped Gravelines-Dunkerque win their game against the 15th-ranked Chalons-Reims 92-84 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Cel recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. Cel has averaged so far 6.1ppg and 3.8rpg in 23 games. He plays currently for the Polish national team.

   #15. U18 international power forward Bartlomiej Pietras (206-98, currently plays in Spain) helped Estudiantes B win their game against the 16th-ranked Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada crushing them 64-43 in a derby game in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. Pietras scored 8 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 28 minutes. Pietras has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 4.2rpg in 26 games. He is also in the roster of the Polish U18 national team.

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

   #1. Oded Brandwein (179-PG-88, currently plays in Israel) could not help Maccabi Rishon (16-16) in their last game. Despite Brandwein's good performance Maccabi Rishon lost 79-91 on the road to the second-ranked Hapoel Holon. He scored 10 points and added 7 passes in 22 minutes. Brandwein's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This year Brandwein's overall stats are: 5.9ppg and 2.2apg in 11 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Polish and Israeli. Despite Brandwein's Polish passport, he previously played for the Israeli U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Polish team.

   #2. Francis Jonathan Han (185-PG-87, college: Fairfield, currently plays in Puerto Rico) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Atleticos (6-11) crushing them 93-73 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Wednesday night's game. Han scored 7 points, grabbed 4 boards, passed 14 assists and added 3 steals in 23 minutes. Santeros de Aguada (14-3) is placed first in the BSN. This year Han's overall stats are: 3.9ppg, 1.6rpg and 4.2apg in 17 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Polish and Puerto Rican.

   #3. Andy Mazurczak (188-G, agency: Duran International, college: Wisc.-Parkside, currently plays in Greece) was not able to help Kavala (10-20) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Mazurczak's very good performance Kavala was edged 78-76 in Pefkon by the lower-ranked Doxa (#13). He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Mazurczak also added 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Mazurczak averaged so far 13.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.5apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Mazurczak has never played in Poland.

   #4. Experienced Stefan Blaszczynski (196-G/F-84, college: Nicholls St., currently plays in Australia) led Manly Warringah Sea Eagles to a victory over the second-ranked Maitland Mustangs (7-2) 90-86 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. Blaszczynski was the best player in that game. He recorded 34 points (!!!) and grabbed 9 rebounds in 32 minutes. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (5-4) are placed fifth in WARATAH group. Blaszczynski has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg in nine games. Blaszczynski has both Polish and Australian nationalities. Despite his Polish passport, Blaszczynski previously played for the Australian university national team and probably cannot be called to the Polish team.

   #5. Nimrod Tishman (197-PG-91, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for Maccabi Ashdod (18-3) in their game against Galil Gilboa (15-17) in the Israeli Winner League. Tishman recorded 8 points and added 3 assists. Maccabi Ashdod was defeated 95-85 in Rosh Pina by the much lower-ranked Galil Gilboa (#9). His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Tishman has averaged so far 3.7ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.6apg. He also holds two passports: Polish and Israeli. Despite Tishman's Polish nationality, he previously played for the Israeli U20 national team.

   #6. Aleksander Lichodzijewski (204-PF-84, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to a Basic-Fit Brussels' victory against the league outsider Liege Basket 96-88 in the Belgian Euromillions League last Sunday. Lichodzijewski scored 6 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Lichodzijewski has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.8apg. He holds both Polish and Belgian passports.

   #7. Tamir Ariely (190-PG-90, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Hapoel B/S in their game against Ironi Nes-Ziona in the Israeli National League (second division). Ariely cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists. His team was defeated 72-68. Ariely has averaged so far 4.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.5apg and 1.1spg. He has dual citizenship: Polish and Israeli.



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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. Ogungbemi-J., Galitos-.18.4 
 5. Pavlovic, Sampa.18.1 
 6. Matagrano, Lusit.17.7 
 7. Catarino, Maia B.17.6 
 8. Marshall, Galitos-.17.4 
 9. Lima, CAB Madeira17.2 
 10. Marzette, CAB M.16.4 
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-.7.6 
 7. Lima, CAB Madeira7.2 
 8. Fernandes, Ovarense7.1 
 9. Tadic, Illiabum7.1 
 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. Ogungbemi-J., Galitos-.4.6 
 5. Tinsley, FC Porto4.6 
 6. Kumelis, CAB M.4.6 
 7. Gameiro, CAB M.4.5 
 8. Figueiredo, Illiabum4.2 
 9. Robinson, Maia B.4.2 
 10. Pinto, Vitoria SC4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Nuno MARCAL
  Maia B.
  (205-F-75)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Marcal, Maia B.1.9 
 2. Carvalho, Sampa.1.8 
 3. Gentry, CAB M.1.8 
 4. Guillory, Sampaense1.7 
 5. Hallman, Oliveirense1.7 
 6. Robinson, Maia B.1.7 
 7. Lanzinha, Electric.1.6 
 8. Novak, Ovarense1.6 
 9. Ellisor, Oliveirense1.6 
 10. Bishop, Illiabum1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Angelo CHOL
  Illiabum
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Chol, Illiabum1.5 
 2. Moses, Vitoria SC1.3 
 3. Gomes, Maia Basket1.1 
 4. Mendes, Sampaense0.9 
 5. Washburn, FC Porto0.8 
 6. Gentry, CAB M.0.8 
 7. Marzette, CAB M.0.7 
 8. Matagrano, Lusit.0.6 
 9. Marshall, Galitos-.0.6 
 10. Bishop, Illiabum0.6 


LPB Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. FC Porto and Oliveirense enter semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

CAB Madeira - Benfica 67-75

Benfica upset CAB Madeira on the road to take 2-1 lead. The best player for the winners was American power forward Raven Barber (206, college: Mt.St.Mary's) who scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. American-Hungarian forward Damian Hollis (203-88, college: G.Washington, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Benfica's coach Carlos Lisboa used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international swingman Fabio Lima (198-88) who recorded 19 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Alex Marzette (196-93, college: Robert Morris, agency: Inception Sports) added 22 points respectively.
Top scorers:
CAB Madeira: A.Marzette 22+4reb+2ast, F.Lima 19+8reb+2ast, S.Djukic 8+4reb+1ast, F.Gentry 7+7reb+1ast, A.Gydra 6+7reb+2ast, D.Kumelis 3+1reb+6ast
Benfica: R.Barber 18+7reb+2ast, D.Hollis 16+5reb, C.Morais 10+3reb+1ast, N.Oliveira 8+4reb+4ast, J.Soares 7+5reb+2ast, C.Andrade 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 546486


Galitos-Barreiro - Vitoria SC 81-78

Galitos-Barreiro held off Vitoria SC to surge ahead in the series. It was a great evening for Canadian-Jamaican point guard Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (178-91, college: Calgary) who led his team to a victory scoring 35 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 7 assists. American-Saint Lucian forward Khyle Marshall (200-92, college: Butler, agency: Duran International) helped adding 14 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Victor Moses (201-89, college: Georgetown, KY) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and the former international point guard Pedro Pinto (188-88) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Four Vitoria SC players scored in double figures. Vitoria SC's coach Fernando Sa rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Vitoria SC: V.Moses 18+11reb, P.Pinto 14+2reb+5ast, M.Rakic 11+1reb+2ast, N.Dukic 11+4reb+3ast, J.Balseiro 10+2reb+1ast, R.Quintino 9+7reb+1ast
Galitos-Barreiro: J.Ogungbemi-Jackson 35+5reb+7ast, K.Marshall 14+5reb, D.Correia 10+1ast, S.Grosey 8+4reb+1ast, J.Conceicao 6+2reb+2ast, M.Minhava 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 546485


Ovarense - FC Porto 68-97

FC Porto beat Ovarense to complete the sweep of the series. FC Porto Ferpinta shot 65.3 percent from the field and made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. FC Porto Ferpinta forced 19 Ovarense turnovers. FC Porto Ferpinta shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. It was a quality performance for American guard Bradley Tinsley (191-89, college: Vanderbilt) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 6 assists. Serbian power forward Sasa Borovnjak (206-89, college: Penn St., agency: 011 Sports) accounted for 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. American point guard Nick Novak (182-90, college: Pitt-Johnstown) came up with 19 points and 4 assists and Austrian-American forward Bryce Douvier (201-91, college: Texas A&M-CC) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Ovarense in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Ovarense: N.Novak 19+3reb+4ast, K.Anderson 13+3reb+1ast, B.Douvier 12+5reb+1ast, J.Fernandes 10+4reb, D.Caluico 4, A.Pinto 3+2reb
FC Porto: J.Xavier 18+2reb, B.Tinsley 16+1reb+6ast, S.Borovnjak 15+6reb, N.Washburn 14+5reb, J.Silva 10+1reb+1ast, M.Queiroz 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 546483


Illiabum - Oliveirense 60-64

Oliveirense advanced into the semifinal stage following a tough road win over Illiabum. Oliveirense outrebounded Illiabum 41-27 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for the former international point guard Jose-Miguel Barbosa (178-90) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 4 steals (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). The former international forward Arnette Hallman (200-88) contributed with 7 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Oliveirense's coach Ricardo Rodrigues allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Serbian power forward Nikola Tadic (206-88) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds and the former international point guard Joao Figueiredo (184-79) added 19 points in the effort for Illiabum.
Top scorers:
Illiabum: N.Tadic 21+8reb, J.Figueiredo 19+1reb+3ast, A.Sobrinho 7+2reb+3ast, R.Wildner 4+7reb, J.Miranda 4+1reb+1ast, S.Correia 3+2reb
Oliveirense: J.Miguel Barbosa 16+1reb+2ast, J.Ellisor 14+3reb, R.Coelho 8+2reb, C.Morris 7+7reb, A.Hallman 7+11reb+1ast, J.Reynolds 5+6reb
gschID: 546484





Proliga Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Terceira and Barreirense enter Finals - by Eurobasket News

Terceira - Dragon Force 60-48

Terceira held off Dragons Force to sweep the semifinal series. Pedro Santos (190-94) scored 18 points to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian swingman Bogdan Riznic (202-90) chipped in 14 points during the contest. Cape Verdean center Kevin-Clay Gomes (209-95) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds and center Pedro Oliveira (204-0) scored 7 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Terceira: P.Santos 18+1reb, B.Riznic 14+4reb, F.Ferreira 7+2reb+1ast, M.Romao 7, P.Rodrigues 6+2reb+2ast, E.Viana 3+11reb+2ast
Dragon Force: K.Clay Gomes 13+7reb, P.Oliveira 7+3reb+3ast, D.Caetano 6+1ast, F.Ferreira 6, A.Rolo 5+5reb, D.Araujo 3+3reb
gschID: 546172


Barreirense - Benfica B 77-66

Barreirense outscored Benfica B at home court to reach Proliga Finals. American forward Kenny Martin (208-93, college: Ark.-Fort Smith) had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 16 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Daniel Margarido (191-92) chipped in 21 points during the contest. Center Ricardo Monteiro (208-97) responded with 28 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Sergio Silva (193-96) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists. Benfica B's coach Joao Tavares rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Barreirense: K.Martin 27+16reb+1ast, D.Margarido 21+4reb+2ast, F.Pinheiro 12+4reb, A.Pires 8+2reb+6ast, A.Coelho 6+4reb+3ast, T.Raimundo 3+10reb+5ast
Benfica B: R.Monteiro 28+8reb, S.Silva 15+6reb+11ast, A.Slutej 8+3reb+2ast, J.Pedro Soares 7+3reb+1ast, R.Santos 3+1reb+1ast, D.Correia 3
gschID: 546173





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  PUERTO RICO  

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Michael ROSARIO
  Quebradillas
  (190-SG-90)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Rosario, Quebradillas21.9 
 2. Liz, Ponce20.3 
 3. Laury, Mayaguez19.2 
 4. Wilkins, Guayama18.7 
 5. Costner, Humacao18.4 
 6. Arroyo, Fajardo18.2 
 7. Huertas, Arecibo17.8 
 8. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 9. Mendoza, Aguada17.6 
 10. Akindele, Bayamon16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric DAWSON
  Ponce
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Dawson, Ponce11.2 
 2. Akindele, Bayamon10.3 
 3. Collier, Mayaguez9.5 
 4. Famous, Humacao9.2 
 5. Laury, Mayaguez8.9 
 6. James, Fajardo8.5 
 7. James, Fajardo8.3 
 8. Lalanne, Arecibo7.8 
 9. Behanan, Arecibo7.7 
 10. Gaston, Aguada7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos ARROYO
  Fajardo
  (188-PG-79)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Arroyo, Fajardo7.1 
 2. Abreu, Aguada6.6 
 3. Guzman, Humacao6.4 
 4. Browne, San German6.4 
 5. Garcia, Quebradillas6.0 
 6. Clemente, Arecibo5.4 
 7. Smith, Quebradillas5.2 
 8. Gonzalez, Bayamon5.1 
 9. Soto, Bayamon4.6 
 10. Duran, Mayaguez4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (188-SG-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Liz, Ponce2.0 
 2. Smith, Quebradillas1.5 
 3. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 4. Romero, San German1.3 
 5. Orozco, Humacao1.3 
 6. Carmona, Quebradillas1.3 
 7. Cintron-C., Humac.1.3 
 8. Colon, Fajardo1.3 
 9. Wilkins, Guayama1.3 
 10. Abreu, Aguada1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. James, Fajardo2.6 
 2. Penn, Guayama2.3 
 3. Diaz, Quebradillas1.8 
 4. Akindele, Bayamon1.1 
 5. Hernandez, Quebradi.1.1 
 6. Smith, Quebradillas1.1 
 7. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 8. Collier, Mayaguez0.9 
 9. Gaston, Aguada0.9 
 10. Orozco, Humacao0.9 


Vinales' 30-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old guard Kyle Vinales (185-G-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last week for Guayama and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 18.
He had the game-high 30 points adding six rebounds and three assists for Guayama in his team's victory, helping them to beat Humacao (#7, 8-10) 95-88. Guayama maintains the 8th position in Puerto Rican league. Guayama 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 7-10 record. In the team's last game Vinales had a remarkable 56.3% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Guayama, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Kyle Vinales averages this season 14.5ppg.

Second best performed player last week was Jarrid Famous (209-C/F-88) of Humacao. He is American-Lebanese in his first season at Humacao. In the last game Famous recorded impressive double-double of 28 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Humacao lost that game 88-95 to slightly lower-ranked Guayama (#8, 7-10). This loss caused Humacao to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-10 record. Famous is one of the most experienced players at Humacao and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) of Quebradillas (#3). Carmona got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last week. He went also for six rebounds . Despite Carmona's great performance Quebradillas lost 92-93 to #1 ranked Aguada. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Quebradillas needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 9 victories and 5 lost games. Carmona has a very solid season. In 14 games in Puerto Rico he scored 14.9ppg. He also has 4.6rpg, FGP: 63.0% and 3PT: 44.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Victor Liz (188-SG-86) of Ponce - 32 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
5. David Laury (206-F-90) of Mayaguez - 33 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ismael Romero (203-C-91) of Bayamon - 23 points and 11 rebounds
7. Shawn James (208-C-83) of Fajardo - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88) of San German - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Rigoberto Mendoza (190-G-92) of Aguada - 30 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Eric Dawson (206-F/C-84) of Ponce - 13 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Mayaguez adds Doggett to their roster - by Marcos Carlo

Indios de Mayaguez (BSN) added to their roster 27-year old American forward Quinton Doggett (206-100kg-90, college: Southern). He moved there from Qatar Club in Qatari D1 league where he started the season. In 18 games he recorded very impressive stats: 28.4ppg, 12.3rpg and 1.3apg this season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-Qatar D1 Honorable Mention. Doggett ended the last season at Sebaco (LNB) in Nicaraguan league. But the most of that year he spent at Montevideo BC in Uruguayan Ascenso. In 21 games he averaged remarkable 23.0ppg, 14.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2bpg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguayan Ascenso League 2nd Team.
Three years ago (two years after he left the college) Doggett was drafted by Idaho Stampede (D-League) in second round (36th overall).
He attended Southern University until 2012 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Doggett is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in six different countries. Doggett has played previously professionally in Denmark (Naestved), Portugal (Galitos-Barreiro), Ukraine (Dynamo), D-League (Salt Lake City Stars), Peru (Inmaculada) and NEBA (Atlanta Live).




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





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  QATAR  


Mayaguez adds Doggett to their roster - by Marcos Carlo

Indios de Mayaguez (BSN) added to their roster 27-year old American forward Quinton Doggett (206-100kg-90, college: Southern). He moved there from Qatar Club in Qatari D1 league where he started the season. In 18 games he recorded very impressive stats: 28.4ppg, 12.3rpg and 1.3apg this season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-Qatar D1 Honorable Mention. Doggett ended the last season at Sebaco (LNB) in Nicaraguan league. But the most of that year he spent at Montevideo BC in Uruguayan Ascenso. In 21 games he averaged remarkable 23.0ppg, 14.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2bpg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Uruguayan Ascenso League 2nd Team.
Three years ago (two years after he left the college) Doggett was drafted by Idaho Stampede (D-League) in second round (36th overall).
He attended Southern University until 2012 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Doggett is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in six different countries. Doggett has played previously professionally in Denmark (Naestved), Portugal (Galitos-Barreiro), Ukraine (Dynamo), D-League (Salt Lake City Stars), Peru (Inmaculada) and NEBA (Atlanta Live).




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  ROMANIA  

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Mladen JEREMIC
  BC Timis.
  (198-G-88)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Jeremic, BC Timis.19.6 
 2. Bojovic, Phoenix .19.1 
 3. Hargrove, Craiova18.6 
 4. Martinic, Targu M.18.1 
 5. Dykes, UBT C.16.8 
 6. Abrams, Craiova16.7 
 7. Runkauskas, Steaua C.16.7 
 8. Sutalo, Dinamo B.15.6 
 9. Moldoveanu, UBT C.15.4 
 10. Zeno, Oradea15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Randal FALKER
  Steaua CSM
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Falker, Steaua CSM8.1 
 2. Cooper, CSU Sibiu7.7 
 3. Barro, UBT C.7.7 
 4. Tasic, Dinamo B.7.4 
 5. Hardy, CSU Sibiu7.0 
 6. Lee, Craiova6.8 
 7. Dudzinski, Steaua C.6.6 
 8. Macura, Olimpic6.1 
 9. Bureau, Craiova6.0 
 10. Paul, Craiova5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Slobodan DUNDJERSKI
  Dinamo B.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Dundjerski, Dinamo B.7.3 
 2. Martinic, Targu M.7.1 
 3. Adamovic, UBT C.6.1 
 4. Kostoski, Pitesti5.6 
 5. Franklin, Oradea5.6 
 6. Long, Steaua CSM5.4 
 7. Taylor, Craiova5.0 
 8. Marinovic, Craiova4.8 
 9. Mirkovic, Oradea4.7 
 10. Curry, Steaua CSM4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HARDY
  CSU Sibiu
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hardy, CSU Sibiu2.8 
 2. Bojovic, Phoenix .2.3 
 3. Dundjerski, Dinamo B.2.1 
 4. Martinic, Targu M.2.1 
 5. Otasevic, BC Timis.2.0 
 6. Gugino, Phoenix .2.0 
 7. Adamovic, UBT C.2.0 
 8. Waters, Phoenix .1.9 
 9. Long, Steaua CSM1.9 
 10. Taylor, Craiova1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Laszlo LAZAR
  Targu Mures
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lazar, Targu Mures1.8 
 2. Falker, Steaua CSM1.3 
 3. Cooper, CSU Sibiu1.1 
 4. Hunter, Pitesti1.0 
 5. Dragusin, BC Timis.0.9 
 6. Pavlovic, Olimpic0.9 
 7. Denison, Oradea0.9 
 8. Tasic, Dinamo B.0.9 
 9. Gugino, Phoenix .0.8 
 10. Barro, UBT C.0.8 


Liga Nationala Round 5 of Semi-Finals. UBT Cluj Napoca join Finals - by Eurobasket News

UBT Cluj Napoca - Oradea 84-78

UBT Cluj Napoca held off Oradea to advance into Finals. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Oradea won third quarter 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. UBT Cluj Napoca dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Oradea's 30 and made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Senegalese power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Serbian-Bosnian point guard Filip Adamovic (183-88, agency: 011 Sports) chipped in 16 points, 8 assists and 5 steals. American forward Sean Barnette (197-86, college: Wingate) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import point guard William Franklin (184-85, college: Bradley, agency: 011 Sports) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for the guests. Five UBT Cluj Napoca and four Oradea players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
UBT Cluj Napoca: K.Dykes 21+4reb+2ast, O.Barro 20+10reb+1ast, F.Adamovic 16+3reb+8ast, N.Kuti 12+2reb, V.Kariniauskas 10+4reb+2ast, V.Moldoveanu 3+5reb+2ast
Oradea: S.Barnette 17+6reb+2ast, M.Zeno 15+3reb+3ast, M.Pasalic 12+1ast, W.Franklin 11+5reb+8ast, S.Denison 8+7reb+3ast, A.Mandache 7+2reb
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Latavius Williams may join FC Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) is considering to sign 26-year old American power forward Latavius Williams (203-102kg-91, agency: BeoBasket) who currently played at Unics Kazan in Russia. In 30 VTB games he recorded 6.9ppg and 5.1rpg this season. He also played 24 games in VTB United League where he averaged 8.1ppg and 5.3rpg. The last season Williams played also at Unics Kazan in Russian league. In 18 Eurocup games he had 8.8ppg and 5.2rpg. He also played 39 games in VTB United League where he got 9.7ppg and 6.9rpg. Williams helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
In 2009 he was drafted by Tulsa 66ers (D-League) in first round (16th overall).
Among other achievements Williams received Eurobasket.com All-VTB League Honorable Mention award in 2016.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Williams' pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in six different countries. Williams has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., Germany (Brose Baskets), Puerto Rico (Vaqueros), Spain (Joventut, Sevilla and RETAbet Bilbao Basket), Dominican Republic (Metros de Santiago) and D-League (Oklahoma City Blue).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2010)
Very explosve attacking the basket ... Despite a lack of great bulk, shows a willingness to play physical and bang with bigger players inside ... Runs the floor well, good foot speed, a very fluid athlete who plays with boundless energy ... Owns a big wingspan. Plays much bigger than 6-8 ... An excellent rebounder.
Shows some touch on his shot but needs to work on post moves and add range ... Shows some ability to face the basket and use the dribble, but won't be confused for a small forward. Lacks the ball handling, passing ability, and outside shot to play strictly on the perimeter ..
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Results and Stats from Day 2 in Manila - by Eurobasket News

Philippines - Singapore 113-66
Philippines eased to the second consecutive victory in Manila. They outgunned Singapore to stay perfect. Calvin Abueva (190-F-88) delivered 16 points to pace the hosts. Philippines sank 63 points in the first half to secure a 34-point halftime cushion. They never looked back after the big break coasting to the win. Andray Blatche (211-F/C-86) and Allein Malicsi (190-F-87) tossed in 14 points each for the hosts. Larry Hua Liew (191-G-93) responded with 14 points for Singapore.

Indonesia - Malaysia 63-42
Indonesia claimed the second victory at the tournament. They rolled past Malaysia to stay undefeated. Abraham Damar Grahita (201-SF-95) came up with 26 points to pace the winners. Indonesia piled up a 28:19 halftime lead. They followed with a 19:5 rally in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Andakara Prastawa Dhyaksa (173-PG-92) chipped in 9 points for the winners. Chun Hong Ting (193-C-96) responded with 16 points for Malaysia.

Vietnam - Thailand 49-76
Thailand registered the second straight win in Manila. They outgunned Vietnam behind 14 points from Kannut Samerajai. Thailand jumped to a 22:4 lead after ten minutes. The Thai team maintained the lead in the next periods. They opened a 20-point halftime advantage and never looked back en route to the victory. Wutipong Dasom (195-C-91) delivered 11 points for the winners. Tran Vu Linh (187-F-86) responded with 10 points and Vietnam.




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Clevin Hannah selected the top Senegalese players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Clevin Hannah
Clevin Hannah
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Clevin Hannah (179-87, college: Wichita St., currently plays in Lithuania). He led Lietuvos rytas to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked P.Zvaigzdes (15-21) crushing them 107-51 in the Lithuanian LKL in Saturday night's game. Hannah scored 14 points and added 7 assists in a mere 19 minutes on the court. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (26-10) is placed second in the LKL. This year Hannah averages: 8.4ppg, 1.2rpg, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 54.9%, 3FGP: 44.0% and FT: 87.5% in 22 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Senegalese and American. Hannah is currently a member of the Senegalese senior national team.

Aziz N'Diaye
Aziz N'Diaye
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Aziz N'Diaye (213-88, agency: Babcock Sports, college: Washington, currently plays in Japan). He led Dragonflies to a victory over the fourth-ranked Orange Vikings (29-31) crushing them 111-77 in the Japanese B League D2 on Sunday night. N'Diaye was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 21 minutes. Hiroshima Dragonflies (46-14) are placed second in West group. 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 N'Diaye's first season with the team. This year N'Diaye's overall stats are: 9.4ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 61.2%(175-286) and FT: 35.7% in 45 games. He played for the Senegalese national team in 2007.

Ousmane Barro
Ousmane Barro
   #3. The Senegalese player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former U18 international power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette, currently plays in Romania). Barro was the major contributor in an UBT Cluj Napoca's victory against the fifth-ranked Oradea (2-7) 84-78 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Saturday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds. U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (24-4) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. Barro has relatively good stats this season: 11.7ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 68.3%(166-243) and FT: 73.6%. He played for the Senegalese U18 national team fifteen years ago.

Antoine Mendy
Antoine Mendy
   #4. Forward Antoine Mendy (198-83, currently plays in France) could not help Entente Orleans 45 (8-25) in their last game. Despite Mendy's very good performance Entente Orleans 45 was edged 92-89 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#4) Strasbourg IG. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Mendy also added 4 rebounds in 31 minutes. It was Entente Orleans 45's seventh consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Mendy's total stats are: 5.5ppg and 2.7rpg in 24 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Senegalese and French. Mendy is also Senegalese national team player.

Youssou Ndoye
Youssou Ndoye
   #5. International center Youssou Ndoye (213-91, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in France) contributed to a 3-point JL Bourg's victory against the 13th-ranked Denain Voltaire (14-19) 88-85 in the French ProB (second division) in Tuesday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 12 rebounds in 30 minutes. JL Bourg Basket (25-8) is placed first in the ProB. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Ndoye has relatively solid stats: 14.1ppg, 9.4rpg and 1.2bpg in 33 games. He plays currently for the Senegalese national team.

Cheikh Mbodj
Cheikh Mbodj
   #6. Center Cheikh Mbodj (208-87, agency: Octagon Europe, college: Cincinnati, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a 1-point Twarde Pierniki's victory against the closely-ranked Rosa (21-11) 90-89 in the Polish PLK last Tuesday. Mbodj scored 7 points and blocked 4 blocks. Polski Cukier Torun (21-11) is placed fourth in the PLK. Mbodj has averaged so far 6.9ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1bpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Senegalese National Team roster.

Pape Badji
Pape Badji
   #7. International power forward Pape Badji (208-92, currently plays in Belgium) was not able to help Kangoeroes (17-5) in their last game. Despite Badji's good performance Kangoeroes lost 74-83 on the opponent's court to the leading Oostende. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Badji also added 9 rebounds in 24 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Badji has reliable stats this year: 14.0ppg and 7.2rpg in 34 games. He is also Senegalese national team player.

Moussa Diagne
Moussa Diagne
   #8. Center Moussa Diagne (211-94, currently plays in Spain) managed to help FC Barcelona Lassa to win against the 12th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (12-19) crushing them 87-53 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. FC Barcelona Lassa (21-10) is placed sixth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Diagne has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 3.3rpg. Worth to mention Diagne played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He plays currently for the Senegalese national team.

Maleye N'Doye
Maleye N'Doye
   #9. International small forward Maleye N'Doye (202-80, college: Furman, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Paris-Levallois (20-13) in their game against Le Portel (18-15) in the French ProA. N'Doye recorded 8 points in 21 minutes. Paris-Levallois lost 71-79 in Le Portel to the lower-ranked (#7) Le Portel. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. N'Doye has been at the team for five years. N'Doye has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 2.0rpg in 32 games. He is also in the roster of the Senegalese national team.

Youssoupha Fall
Youssoupha Fall
   #10. Center Youssoupha Fall (221-95, currently plays in France) was the main contributor in Poitiers' victory against the 15th-ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (13-20) 84-71 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. Fall was the best player in that game. He recorded 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks. Union Poitiers Basket 86 (17-16) is placed sixth in the ProB. Fall's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Fall's stats this season are: 10.4ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.5bpg. He is a former U18 international player as five years ago he still played for the Senegalese national team.

   #11. International center Pape Faye (200-87, currently plays in Japan) contributed to a 3-point Yokohama BC's victory against the fifth-ranked Akita Happinets 78-75 in the Japanese B League last Saturday. Faye recorded 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Faye has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.2apg. He plays currently for the Senegalese national team.

   #12. Former international swingman Mamadou Diouf (197-77, college: Delaware, currently plays in Japan) contributed to a Toshiba Thunders' victory against the third-ranked Hitachi Sunrockers 93-86 in the Japanese B League last Friday. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 12 minutes. Diouf has averaged so far 6.1ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.5apg in 51 games. He used to play for the Senegalese national team back in 2007.

   #13. International point guard Xane d'Almeida (181-83, currently plays in France) helped Lourdes-Tarbes win their game against the third-ranked Souffelweyersheim 66-63 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. d'Almeida was the top player that evening. He recorded 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes. d'Almeida's stats this year are: 13.9ppg, 4.7rpg, 7.2apg and 1.7spg in 34 games. He is also Senegalese national team player.

   #14. International forward Sitapha Savane (202-78, college: Navy, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Movil Estudiantes in their game against Valencia Basket in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Savane scored only one point. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 87-68. Savane has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 3.0rpg. He plays currently for the Senegalese national team.

   #15. International center Mansour Kasse (208-92, currently plays in Spain) helped Moron win their game against the second-ranked Cambados 75-71 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Friday. Kasse had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 29 minutes. Kasse averaged so far 10.2ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.3bpg and 1.2spg in 12 games. He is also in the roster of the Senegalese national team.

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

   #1. Ilimane Diop (210-C-95, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Baskonia's victory against the ninth-ranked RETAbet BB (14-17) 75-64 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Wednesday. He scored 8 points. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (22-9) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. Diop's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Diop's fourth season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 4.6ppg and 2.9rpg. Diop has a dual citizenship: Senegalese and Spanish.

   #2. Amath M'Baye (206-F-89, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Italy) could not help Enel Brindisi (14-16) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Enel Brindisi was crushed 86-65 on the road by the second-ranked Umana Venezia. M'Baye scored 12 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. The Regular Season already ended. M'Baye has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.5apg. M'Baye is another player who holds two passports: Senegalese and French. Despite his Senegalese nationality, M'Baye previously played for the French U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Senegalese team.

   #3. Mamadou Samb (210-C/F-89, currently plays in Spain) led Palencia Baloncesto to a victory over the closely-ranked Leyma Basquet (20-14) 92-80 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Sunday night's game. Samb was the top player that evening. He scored 17 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in a mere 18 minutes. Quesos Cerrato de Palencia (22-12) is placed fifth in the LEB Gold. Samb's stats this year are: 11.4ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1bpg in 28 games he played so far. He has both Senegalese and Spanish nationalities. Despite Samb's Senegalese passport, he previously played for the Spanish U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Senegalese team.

   #4. Papa Beye (202-F/C-89, currently plays in France) contributed to an ALM Evreux's victory against one of league's weakest teams JA Vichy (13-20) 86-81 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. Beye scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes. ALM Evreux Basket (17-16) is placed tenth in the ProB. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Beye has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 4.1rpg in 32 games.

   #5. Elson Mendy (200-F-85, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked ALS Basket (17-17) 81-66 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 7 points. BC Souffelweyersheim (23-11) is placed third in the NM1. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Mendy has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.6apg.

   #6. Experienced Mamadou Dia (201-C/F-78, currently plays in France) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Provence Basket in their game against JL Bourg in the French ProB (second division). Dia scored 6 points. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 94-77. Dia has averaged so far 8.2ppg and 2.4rpg. He also holds two passports: Senegalese and French.

   #7. Massine Fall (208-C-93, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Melilla Baloncesto in their game against Burgos in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Despite his good performance last Friday Fall scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Fall has averaged so far 4.4ppg and 2.2rpg.

   #8. Mouhamed Barro (205-F-95, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Ourense 78-60 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Sunday night. He scored 6 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in only 14 minutes. Barro has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 3.9rpg in 36 games.

   #9. Bruno Diatta (208-F-96, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked CB Guadalajara crushing them 100-56 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. Diatta recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 14 rebounds (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). Diatta has averaged so far 8.8ppg and 8.9rpg.

   #10. Pape Sow (205-F/C-93, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Bruno Diatta in the Spanish EBA last game. Sow couldn't help CB Guadalajara in their game against Villarrobledo. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Sow scored only 2 points. His team was crushed by 44 points 100-56. Sow has averaged so far 9.9ppg and 4.7rpg.



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Bogdan Bogdanovic selected the top Serbian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Bogdan Bogdanovic
Bogdan Bogdanovic
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-92, currently plays in Turkey). He was the major contributor in Fenerbahce's victory against the closely-ranked Anadolu Efes (23-5) crushing them 96-57 in a derby game in the Turkish BSL in Wednesday night's game. Bogdanovic scored 15 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 8 assists in 23 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Fenerbahce Istanbul (28-2) is placed first in the BSL. It was his team's 21st consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Bogdanovic has relatively good stats this year: 13.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 61.4%(51-83), 3FGP: 34.8% and FT: 91.7%(33-36) in 15 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Serbian senior national team.

Vladimir Stimac
Vladimir Stimac
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Vladimir Stimac (210-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Turkey). Stimac could not help Besiktas (23-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Besiktas was badly defeated 93-76 in a derby game by the leading Fenerbahce. Stimac was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 6 rebounds. Stimac's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Stimac has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg, 9.6rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 68.2%(163-239) and FT: 57.9%. He is in the roster of the Serbian senior national team.

Nemanja Nedovic
Nemanja Nedovic
   #3. The Serbian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Nemanja Nedovic (191-91, currently plays in Spain). Nedovic led Unicaja Malaga to a victory over the tenth-ranked UCAM Murcia (13-18) 95-88 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Wednesday night. He was MVP of the game. Nedovic scored 24 points and added 3 assists in 25 minutes. Unicaja Malaga (21-10) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Nedovic has reliable stats this year: 13.6ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 69.2%(72-104), 3FGP: 38.9% and FT: 87.9% in 24 games. He is also a member of the Serbian senior national team.

Vladimir Lucic
Vladimir Lucic
   #4. Small forward Vladimir Lucic (201-89, currently plays in Germany) was the main contributor in a Bayern Muenchen's victory against the closely-ranked ALBA Berlin (18-14) 80-73 in the German BBL in Saturday night's game. Lucic was the best player in that game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. FC Bayern Muenchen (28-4) is placed third in the BBL. Lucic's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.7apg. He is also Serbian national team player.

Branko Cvetkovic
Branko Cvetkovic
   #5. An experienced former international swingman Branko Cvetkovic (200-84, agency: AproK Sports Group, currently plays in Lebanon) contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked Byblos (16-8) crushing them 99-77 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL on Friday night. Cvetkovic recorded 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. 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. Cvetkovic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg. Cvetkovic used to play for the Serbian national team nine years ago.

Tadija Dragicevic
Tadija Dragicevic
   #6. Power forward Tadija Dragicevic (206-86, also represented by AproK Sports Group, currently plays in Greece) was not able to help Aris (15-11) in their last game. Despite his good performance Aris lost 77-84 at home to the leading Olympiacos. Dragicevic was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 32 minutes. It's Dragicevic's first season with the team. Dragicevic's stats this year are: 10.1ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.7apg in 27 games. He is a former university international player as he played for the Serbian team eight years ago.

Nikola Kalinic
Nikola Kalinic
   #7. International forward Nikola Kalinic (202-91, currently plays in Turkey) is a teammate of previously mentioned Bogdan Bogdanovic. He played also in the last Turkish BSL game facing Vladimir Stimac (above) in the other team. Kalinic contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Besiktas (23-6) 93-76 in a derby game. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Kalinic's overall stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.8apg. He is also Serbian national team player.

Stefan Markovic
Stefan Markovic
   #8. Guard Stefan Markovic (199-88, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked VEF Riga (11-13) crushing them 92-51 in the VTB United League on Saturday night. Markovic scored 12 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 23 minutes. Zenit Saint Petersburg (21-3) is placed second in group A. It was his team's 15th consecutive victory in a row. Markovic averaged so far 10.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 7.8apg and 1.5spg in 25 games. He plays currently for the Serbian national team.

Nemanja Jaramaz
Nemanja Jaramaz
   #9. Former international guard Nemanja Jaramaz (200-91, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a 3-point Anwil's victory against the eighth-ranked Energa Czarni (19-13) 71-68 in the Polish PLK in Tuesday night's game. Jaramaz was the top player that evening. He scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Anwil Wloclawek (25-7) is placed first in the PLK. It was his team's 12th consecutive victory in a row. Jaramaz averaged so far 12.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Serbian national team five years ago.

Milan Macvan
Milan Macvan
   #10. Power forward Milan Macvan (206-89, 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. Macvan scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (23-7) is placed first in the Serie A. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Macvan averaged so far 11.5ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.7apg in 23 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Serbian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international guard Milenko Tepic (202-87, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Betaland Cdo's surprising victory against the league leader Armani Milano 87-80 in the Italian Serie A on Friday night. Tepic recorded 17 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Tepic's overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.0apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Serbian national team three years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international small forward Marko Lukovic (207-92, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Slovenia) was not able to secure a victory for Krka in their game against Un.Olimpija in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM, despite his very good performance in Tuesday night's game. Lukovic had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds in 20 minutes. But his team was edged 82-81. Lukovic averaged so far 10.7ppg, 4.4rpg and 2.5apg in 25 games. He used to play for the Serbian U20 national team back in 2012.

   #13. International point guard Vasilije Micic (196-94, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) helped Tofas win their game against the closely-ranked Yesilgiresun Bld 92-87 in the Turkish BSL last Saturday. Micic was the top player that evening. He scored 18 points, made 9 passes and 4 steals. Micic averaged so far 13.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.9apg and 1.4spg. He is also Serbian national team player.

   #14. Former international power forward Ivan Radenovic (209-84, college: Arizona, currently plays in Belgium) helped Spirou Charleroi win their game against the closely-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut 85-81 in the Belgian Euromillions League on Wednesday night. Radenovic had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 28 minutes. Radenovic averaged so far 10.3ppg, 4.4rpg and 2.2apg in 21 games. He used to play for the Serbian national team back in 2010.

   #15. Former international forward Vladimir Micov (201-85, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Galatasaray in their game against Anadolu Efes in the Turkish BSL, despite his good performance last Sunday. He scored 10 points and had 3 steals in 32 minutes. But his team was edged 70-69. Micov averaged so far 11.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg in 27 games. He used to play for the Serbian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Dusan Sakota (210-SF-86, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Greece) could not