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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 


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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LigaA Round 51: Penarol defeats Quilmes MP in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in LigaA just ended.

The most exciting game of round 51 in the LigaA took place in Mar del Plata. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Quilmes MP (26-30) to eighth ranked Penarol (24-32) 77-74 on Saturday evening. Penarol outrebounded Quilmes MP 39-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for the former international center Juan-Manuel Torres (210-84) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds. The former international point guard Juan Figueroa (185-86, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 16 points and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was international guard Luca Vildoza (190-95) with 17 points and 4 assists. Penarol have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain eighth place with 24-32 record. Quilmes MP at the other side keeps the sixth position with 30 games lost. They share it with Obras Basket and Quimsa.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Bahia Blanca. Third ranked host Weber Bahia (31-25) defeated second-best Ferrocarril (34-22) 95-90. It was an exceptional evening for the former international Hernan Jasen (199-78) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (perfect from the field making all eleven shots !!!). Martin Fernandez accounted for 20 points. International point guard Franco Balbi (185-89) came up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 assists for Ferrocarril in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Weber Bahia. They maintain third place with 31-25 record having nine points less than leader San Lorenzo, which they share with Instituto. Ferrocarril lost their third game in a row. They keep the second position with 22 games lost. They share it with Regatas C..
Argentino (#4) was upset in Junin by seventh ranked Obras Basket 83-73. The best player for the winners was Tomas Zanzottera who scored 30 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Obras Basket's coach Nicolas Casalanguida used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Novar Gadson who recorded 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Obras Basket (26-30) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Quilmes MP and Quimsa. Loser Argentino keeps the fourth position with 27 games lost. They share it with Libertad S..
LigaA top team - San Lorenzo (40-16) added another victory to their record. This time they beat tenth ranked Boca Juniors (17-39) in Almagra 90-83. It was a good game for Gabriel Deck who led his team to a victory with 31 points and 5 rebounds. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for San Lorenzo. Defending champion maintains first place with 40-16 record, which they share with San Martin C. Boca Juniors lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 39 games lost.
An interesting game took place in Comodoro R. where higher ranked GECR Indalo (28-28) was upset on its own court by ninth ranked Hispano Am. (22-34) 81-77 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Larry OBannon who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Newly promoted Hispano Am. maintains ninth place with 22-34 record. Loser GECR Indalo keeps the fifth position with 28 games lost.

Penarol - Quilmes MP 77-74

The most exciting game of round 51 in the LigaA took place in Mar del Plata. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Quilmes MP (26-30) to eighth ranked Penarol (24-32) 77-74 on Saturday evening. Penarol outrebounded Quilmes MP 39-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for the former international center Juan-Manuel Torres (210-84) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds. The former international point guard Juan Figueroa (185-86, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 16 points and 6 assists. Four Penarol players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was international guard Luca Vildoza (190-95) with 17 points and 4 assists and international power forward Ivan Basualdo (202-90) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Penarol have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain eighth place with 24-32 record. Quilmes MP at the other side keeps the sixth position with 30 games lost. They share it with Obras Basket and Quimsa.
Top scorers:
Quilmes MP: L.Vildoza 17+3reb+4ast, I.Basualdo 13+9reb, T.Robinson 11+2reb+2ast, E.Ruiz 10+1ast, E.Flor 6+4reb+3ast, A.Eslava 6+3reb+2ast
Penarol: J.Manuel Torres 19+8reb+1ast, J.Figueroa 16+3reb+6ast, L.Gutierrez 13+7reb+4ast, S.Pettigrew 11+6reb, F.Giorgetti 8+9reb+3ast, L.Dabney 6+1reb
gschID: 546627


GECR Indalo - Hispano Am. 77-81

An interesting game took place in Comodoro R. where higher ranked GECR Indalo (28-28) was upset on its own court by ninth ranked Hispano Am. (22-34) 81-77 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 26-20. But GECR Indalo won second period 18-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for American Larry OBannon (192-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) helped adding 13 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Dominican center Eloy Vargas (211-88, college: Kentucky, agency: Duran International) with 18 points and 9 rebounds and the former international point guard Nicolas De-los-Santos (180-88) scored 18 points and 4 assists. Four Hispano Am. and five GECR Indalo players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Hispano Am. maintains ninth place with 22-34 record. Loser GECR Indalo keeps the fifth position with 28 games lost.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: E.Vargas 18+9reb+2ast, N.De los Santos 18+3reb+4ast, S.Johnson 15+4reb, J.Manuel Rivero 12+3reb+1ast, D.Romero 10+9reb+2ast, J.Machuca 4
Hispano Am.: L.O'Bannon 26+7reb+1ast, K.Austin 13+11reb+1ast, G.Torres 11+3reb, M.Byro 10+2reb+2ast, N.Ferreyra 9+2reb+2ast, M.Bernardini 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 546630


Argentino - Obras Basket 73-83

Argentino (#4) was upset in Junin by seventh ranked Obras Basket 83-73. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 42-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Obras Basket made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Tomas Zanzottera (192-93) who scored 30 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. The former international center Martin Leiva (211-80) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Obras Basket's coach Nicolas Casalanguida used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Novar Gadson (201-89, college: Rider, agency: DTMones) who recorded 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and naturalized Italian swingman Juan Cangelosi (197-81) added 17 points respectively. Obras Basket (26-30) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Quilmes MP and Quimsa. Loser Argentino keeps the fourth position with 27 games lost. They share it with Libertad S..
Top scorers:
Argentino: N.Gadson 18+5reb+6ast, J.Cangelosi 17+3reb+2ast, M.Bolivar 17+3reb+2ast, I.Gutierrez 9+5reb, F.Zarate 7+1reb+3ast, C.Crawford 5+9reb
Obras Basket: T.Zanzottera 30+5reb+6ast, M.Leiva 15+10reb+2ast, F.Zurbriggen 14+6reb+6ast, F.Mariani 6+1reb+3ast, F.Barbotti 5+2reb+3ast, L.Valussi 4+3reb
gschID: 546626


San Lorenzo - Boca Jrs 90-83

LigaA top team - San Lorenzo (40-16) added another victory to their record. This time they beat tenth ranked Boca Juniors (17-39) in Almagra 90-83. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 26-20 Boca Juniors' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 90-83 at the end of the game. San Lorenzo made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for international forward Gabriel Deck (199-95) who led his team to a victory with 31 points and 5 rebounds. American center Jerome Meyinsse (207-88, college: Virginia) contributed with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. American center Will McDonald (211-79, college: S.Florida) answered with 26 points and Lucas Gargallo (196-95) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Boca Juniors. Five San Lorenzo and four Boca Juniors players scored in double figures. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for San Lorenzo. Defending champion maintains first place with 40-16 record, which they share with San Martin C. Boca Juniors lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 39 games lost.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: W.McDonald 26+3reb+1ast, F.Lampropoulos 14+6reb+1ast, L.Perez 14+4reb+4ast, L.Gargallo 11+5reb+7ast, T.Cavallero 5+4reb+3ast, E.Vassirani 4+2reb+1ast
San Lorenzo: G.Deck 31+5reb, J.Meyinsse 17+8reb+1ast, S.Safar 12+1reb+3ast, M.Calfani 12+4reb+3ast, M.Mata 11+7reb+5ast, S.Scala 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 546629


Weber Bahia - Ferrocarril 95-90

The game between Top Four teams took place in Bahia Blanca. Third ranked host Weber Bahia (31-25) defeated second-best Ferrocarril (34-22) 95-90. It looked good early as Ferrocarril took a 4-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Weber Bahia had a 26-15 second period charge getting the lead and Ferrocarril was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 90-95. Weber Bahia forced 19 Ferrocarril turnovers and outrebounded them 40-25 including a 17-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for the former international Hernan Jasen (199-78) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (perfect from the field making all eleven shots !!!). Martin Fernandez (197-97) accounted for 20 points for the winning side. International point guard Franco Balbi (185-89) came up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 assists and American forward Lorrenzo Wade (201-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Interperformances) added 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for Ferrocarril in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Weber Bahia. They maintain third place with 31-25 record having nine points less than leader San Lorenzo, which they share with Instituto. Ferrocarril lost their third game in a row. They keep the second position with 22 games lost. They share it with Regatas C..
Top scorers:
Ferrocarril: L.Wade 16+3reb+1ast, J.Maldonado 16+2reb+2ast, M.Aguiar 13+3reb+1ast, M.Cuello 13+1reb, F.Balbi 10+2reb+11ast, R.Clemente 6+4reb+2ast
Weber Bahia: H.Jasen 27+11reb+5ast, M.Fernandez 20+1reb+2ast, A.Laveal Johnson 14+8reb+1ast, L.Redivo 12+1reb+2ast, D.Summers 10+3reb+5ast, F.Corvalan 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 546628





Argentinian LigaA round 51 best performance: Hernan Jasen - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized Italian Hernan Jasen (199-SF-78) had an amazing evening in the last round for Weber Bahia, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 51.
The 38-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Ferrocarril (#2, 34-22) 95-90. Weber Bahia maintains the 3rd position in their group in Argentinian LigaA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Weber Bahia will need more victories to improve their 31-25 record. In the team's last game Jasen had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Weber Bahia, through which he has constantly improved. Hernan Jasen averages this season 5.6ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was young international forward Gabriel Deck (199-F-95) of league's leader San Lorenzo. Deck had a very good evening with 31 points and 5 rebounds. Of course San Lorenzo cruised to a 90-83 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Boca Jrs (#10, 17-39). Of course San Lorenzo still keep Sur's top spot. His team has currently 40-16 record. Deck is a newcomer at San Lorenzo, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.8ppg (#5). He also registered 4.4 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Tomas Zanzottera (192-SG-93) of Obras Basket (#7). Zanzottera got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds and six assists. He was a key player of Obras Basket, leading his team to a 83-73 win against the higher-ranked Argentino (#4, 29-27). The chances of Obras Basket ranking at the top of Sur, however are very questionable as they have already lost 30 games, recording just twenty six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Zanzottera could help Obras Basket to bring them higher in the standings. Zanzottera has a very solid season. In 53 games in Argentina he scored 14.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Larry O'Bannon (192-SG-83) of Hispano Am. - 26 points and 7 rebounds
5. Will McDonald (211-C-79) of Boca Jrs - 26 points and 3 rebounds
6. Jerome Meyinsse (207-C-88) of San Lorenzo - 17 points and 8 rebounds
7. Eloy Vargas (211-C-88) of GECR Indalo - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Martin Leiva (211-C-80) of Obras Basket - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Fernando Zurbriggen (185-PG-97) of Obras Basket - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Diego Romero (206-C-82) of GECR Indalo - 10 points, 9 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)



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  AUSTRIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.5 
 2. Vay, Arkadia19.4 
 3. Miletic, Vienna19.0 
 4. Lamesic, Wels17.9 
 5. Clemmons, Vienna17.9 
 6. Rados, Klostern.17.0 
 7. Stazic, Vienna16.8 
 8. McNealy, Oberwart16.3 
 9. Cumberbatch, Oberw.15.5 
 10. Jackson, Oberwart15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jozo RADOS
  Klostern.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Rados, Klostern.11.8 
 2. Naylor, UBSC G.10.5 
 3. Vay, Arkadia8.8 
 4. Draskovic, Arkadia8.4 
 5. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.7 
 6. Lamesic, Wels7.6 
 7. Traylor, Oberwart7.3 
 8. Ray, Vienna6.7 
 9. Baptiste, Kapfe.6.6 
 10. Gaidys, Gmunden6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Danek, Arkadia7.4 
 2. Car, Furstenfeld5.8 
 3. Vujosevic, Kapfe.5.6 
 4. Jackson, Oberwart5.2 
 5. Stazic, Vienna5.1 
 6. Maresch, UBSC G.4.8 
 7. Friedrich, Gmunden4.5 
 8. Clemmons, Vienna4.5 
 9. ONeal, Wels4.5 
 10. Murati, Gmunden3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.6 
 2. Clemmons, Vienna2.0 
 3. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.8 
 4. Miletic, Vienna1.7 
 5. Stazic, Vienna1.4 
 6. Krivokapic, UBSC G.1.4 
 7. Koch, Vienna1.4 
 8. Payton, Wels1.4 
 9. McNealy, Oberwart1.4 
 10. Jandl, Furstenfeld1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamari TRAYLOR
  Oberwart
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Traylor, Oberwart1.5 
 2. Rados, Klostern.1.3 
 3. Draskovic, Arkadia1.2 
 4. Chan, Wels1.0 
 5. Baptiste, Kapfe.1.0 
 6. Steed, Gmunden0.9 
 7. Kuakumensah, Oberw.0.9 
 8. Koch, Vienna0.8 
 9. Iliev, Furstenfeld0.8 
 10. Naylor, UBSC G.0.8 


A Bundesliga Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Oberwart and Gmunden claim victories - by Eurobasket News

Oberwart - Wels 89-83

Oberwart beat Wels to even the series at 1-1. Raiffeisen Wels were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Raiffeisen Wels helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Andell Cumberbatch (196-93, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import guard Chris McNealy (194-92, college: Cal-Irvine) contributed with 26 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) replied with 20 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Lorenzo ONeal (188-88) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Raiffeisen Wels. Four Redwell Gunners Oberwart and five Raiffeisen Wels players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: A.Cumberbatch 31+7reb+6ast, C.McNealy 26+6reb+1ast, D.Jackson 14+7reb+4ast, C.Kuakumensah 11+9reb+3ast, B.Blazevic 7+3reb, J.Bodo 0
Wels: D.Lamesic 20+7reb+2ast, D.Wright 16+4reb+2ast, K.Payton 14+5reb+3ast, T.Csebits 11, D.Cigoja 10+3reb+2ast, L.O'Neal 10+5reb+7ast
gschID: 546490


Gmunden - Kapfenberg 79-65

Gmunden held off Kapfenberg to draw things level in the series. Naturalized German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points. Lithuanian center Povilas Gaidys (208-91, college: Southeastern, agency: SPORTlab Agency) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. American power forward Carl Baptiste (208-90, college: Delaware, agency: Diamond Sports) replied with 19 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian point guard Bogic Vujosevic (190-92, agency: Octagon Europe) added 13 points and 7 assists in the effort for Kapfenberg Bulls.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: T.Klette 19+4reb+2ast, P.Gaidys 13+9reb+1ast, E.Murati 12+3reb+4ast, M.Ojo 11+6reb+4ast, D.Friedrich 10+4reb+4ast, T.Blazan 8+1reb+2ast
Kapfenberg: C.Baptiste 19+6reb, F.Kramer 14+4reb, B.Vujosevic 13+4reb+7ast, M.Stegnjaic 6+6reb, K.Jamar 5+2reb+2ast, N.Krstic 5+1reb
gschID: 546489





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  BELARUS  


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
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  BELGIUM  

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





Troisfontaines Belgian Player, Bako Young Player, Gjergja Coach of the Year - by Patrick Ceulemans

Olivier Troisfontaines (27) from Okapi Aalstar has been voted 59th Belgian Player of the Year in the referendum of Het Nieuwsblad. He follows Quentin Serron. The Trophy Belgian Player of the Year was founded in 1959 and is one of the oldest sports trophies in Belgium. Legendary names like Jef Eygel, Rene Aerts, Willy Steveniers, Rik Samaey, Ronny Bayer, Eric Struelens, Tomas Van Den Spiegel Sam Van Rossom, Jean-Marc Jaumin, Christophe Beghin and Roel Moors sparkle on the honorary list. "An honor to be between these legends of Belgian basketball," said an emotional Olivier Troisfontaines. 21-year-old Ismael Bako (Leuven Bears) is Young Player the Year. He follows Hans Vanwijn (Limburg United). A jury of coaches, basketball journalists, federal federation and sports managers of the clubs expressed their voice to the Belgian Player / Player and Young Player of the Year. The players / player will receive their trophy on a game of the play-offs (EuroMillions League).
Result Belgian Player of the Year-Het Nieuwsblad
1. Olivier Troisfontaines (Okapi Aalstar) 144 (22 first)
2. Pierre-Antoine Gillet (Ostend) 108
3. Domien Loubry (Brussels) 51
4. Jean Salumu (Ostend) 46
5. Dennis Donkor (Kangoeroes Willebroek) 20
6. Vincent Kesteloot (Ostend) 15
7. Lionel Bosco (Bergen) 10
8. Hans Vanwijn (Limburg United) 9
9. Alex Lichodzijewski (Brussels) 7
10. Ioann Iarochevitch (Charleroi) 5
Result Belgian Promise of the Year-Het Nieuwsblad
1. Ismael Bako (Leuven Bears) 145
2. Ordane Kanda (Antwerp Giants) 68
3. Sander Van Caeneghem (Bergen) 28
Seth Tuttle Star of the Coaches
Seth Tuttle (24) of Limburg United is the Star of the Coaches (all nationalities). The American Center follows John Tofi (Okapi Aalstar). The EuroMillions League coaches gave their top 3 after each match.
Result Star of the Coaches (All Nationalities)-Het Nieuwsblad
1. Seth Tuttle (Limburg United) 123
2. Brandon Ubel (Brussels) 98
3. Wesley Channels (Kangoeroes Willebroek) 94
4. Lionel Bosco (Bergen) 87
5. Gavin Ware (Antwerp Giants) 84
6. Olivier Troisfontaines (Okapi Aalstar) 80
6. Codi Miller-McIntyre (Leuven Bears) 80
8. Rasko Katic (Ostend) 78
9. Jason Clark (Antwerp Giants) 74
10. Chris Dowe (Brussels) 71
Dario Gjergja (41) from Oostende was voted the Coach of the Year in the Belgian Basketball Coaches Association's referendum. The Croat follows Roel Moors on the honorary list. Gjergja won the trophy in 2013.
Result Coach of the Year-B.B.C.A
1. Dario Gjergja (Ostend) 47
2. Serge Crevecoeur (Brussels) 29
3. Daniel Goethals (Kangoeroes Willebroek) 24



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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





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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. Jackson, Vasco D.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.9.4 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 3. Maynard, Minas7.7 
 4. de-Souza, L.Sor.7.7 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.5 
 6. Andrade, Bauru6.8 
 7. Curnell, Mogi6.6 
 8. Ansaloni, Pinheiros6.5 
 9. Mariano, Brasilia6.5 
 10. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.4 
 2. Anthony, Macae5.7 
 3. Borges, Franca5.6 
 4. Garcia, Bauru5.3 
 5. Pecos, Paulistano5.1 
 6. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.1 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.4.8 
 8. Fischer, Flamengo4.7 
 9. Rodgers, Minas4.7 
 10. Taylor, Mogi4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kenny DAWKINS
  Vitoria
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Dawkins, Vitoria1.9 
 2. Taylor, Mogi1.9 
 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 


Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 16.2
 1. Smith, Botafogo.16.2 
 2. Sena, Contagem15.8 
 3. Vezaro, Joinville14.8 
 4. Filho, Botafogo.14.6 
 5. Stocks, Blumenau13.6 
 6. Gaines, Blumenau13.5 
 7. Maistro, Contagem12.8 
 8. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.12.8 
 9. Semmke, Blumenau11.9 
 10. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.11.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Prado, Brusque10.3 
 2. Silva, Blumenau7.9 
 3. Sena, Contagem7.7 
 4. Moreira, Botafogo.7.6 
 5. Lazzaris, Blumenau7.4 
 6. Perez, Botafogo.7.1 
 7. Jeronimo, Joinville6.6 
 8. Russell, Botafogo.6.3 
 9. Silva, Brusque6.0 
 10. Alvim, Contagem5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Smith, Botafogo.4.6 
 2. Romualdo, Contagem4.1 
 3. Froehlich, Joinville4.1 
 4. Perez, Contagem3.6 
 5. Semmke, Blumenau3.3 
 6. Prado, Brusque3.1 
 7. da-Silva, Botafogo.2.9 
 8. Stocks, Blumenau2.8 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.2.5 
 10. Lima, Santos/M.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Deonta STOCKS
  Blumenau
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Stocks, Blumenau2.8 
 2. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.9 
 3. Froehlich, Joinville1.8 
 4. Maistro, Contagem1.8 
 5. Lazzaris, Blumenau1.7 
 6. Romualdo, Contagem1.6 
 7. Perez, Contagem1.4 
 8. Vezaro, Joinville1.3 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.1.3 
 10. Prado, Brusque1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Rodrigo SILVA
  Brusque
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Silva, Brusque1.1 
 2. Sena, Contagem1.1 
 3. Perez, Botafogo.0.8 
 4. Silva, Blumenau0.8 
 5. Lima, Santos/M.0.7 
 6. Jeronimo, Joinville0.6 
 7. Tiago, Brusque0.6 
 8. Machado, Santos/M.0.6 
 9. Maistro, Contagem0.6 
 10. Ferreira, Botafogo.0.5 


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
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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
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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



Fort Wayne holds off Indianapolis in the title game to become back-to-back CBA champions - by Eurobasket News

titlFORT WAYNE 95, INDIANAPOLIS 92: (Danville, Ill.) - In a battle between the two top teams in the league, featuring the top-seeded Indianapolis Blaze and the second-seed and defending league champions, Fort Wayne Flite, it was fitting that the contest literally went down to the final minute. The first quarter was a back-and-forth affair with Indianapolis taking a 23-22 lead, only to have Fort Wayne erupt to a double-digit advantage midway through the second quarter behind Greg Foster (6'2''-G-89, college: Saginaw Valley)'s 17 points in the first half. Although the Fort Wayne lead at intermission was only four points, the momentum was clearly in their favor as they looked physically and mentally more dominant than their Indiana counterparts. After a third quarter that featured Fort Wayne extending their lead to five point, the final period was one for their memories. With approximately four minutes remaining in the game, Fort Wayne's Corey Wickware hit a corner three-pointer to extend Fort Wayne's lead to nine points, 79-70, and it appeared the defending champions were going to cruise to victory. But former Butler University product, Chrishawn Hopkins (6'2''-G-91, college: Wright St.), willed his Indianapolis team back into the game, 23 points in the second half, including 17 points in the fourth quarter, helping Indianapolis go on a 10-0 run to take the lead at 80-79 in less than two minutes. With Indianapolis surging high, and Fort Wayne reeling, the longtime Fort Wayne original trip of Antonio Cannon (6'0''-PG-92, college: Indiana Tech), Wadner Joseph (6'4''-F-86, college: Lincoln Memorial), and Antonio Wilson (6'8''-F-92, college: Glen Oaks CC), who combined for 17 points in the final frame, scored critical baskets to help wrestle back the lead for good. Indianapolis, trailing by three points, 93-90, with seven seconds remaining failed to tie the game with a wide-open three-point attempt, and then on the ensuing possession, down 95-92, missed another three-point shot at the buzzer, allowing Fort Wayne to win a second consecutive championship title. Fort Wayne was led by five players in double digits including Greg Foster with 23 points, Mikel Brigham (6'6''-F) with 16 points, and Corey Wickware with 15 points. Indianapolis was also led by five players in double-digits including Chrishawn Hopkins with a game-high 25 points, William McClure (6'7''-C-89, college: Cent.Michigan) with 13 points, and Jeremy Gibson (6'4''-G) with 12 points. As Fort Wayne celebrates with their second championship title in a row, with three consecutive years of playing in the title game, it also provides a good opportunity for Indianapolis to build upon their first regular season title and first finals appearance, as they will look to unseat Fort Wayne in 2018 as league champions.
Courtesy of: playcba.com



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Kastela beat Vern, close in on promotion (A2 League) - by Zeljko Zule

Ribola Kastela went on a 7-1 run in the final 1:21 minutes to close out the game of A2 League Round 14 with a 72-69 win over AKK Vern. With four rounds left to play, Ribola Kastela and Jazine are one win ahead of third placed Vern and both close to securing promotion to the A1 League.

Croatian A2 League Championship Stage Round 14:
Ribola Kastela-AKK Vern 72-69:
Neither team led by more than six points the enitre game and it was Vern who went ahead 30-24 midway through the second quarter. Kastela took their first lead since 3-2 at 54-52 late in the third quarter. After trailing by three with a minute and a half remaining, Josip Glavinic (192-G-82) made a pair of free throws, then stole the ball and passed to Stipe Rezic (201-G/F-89) for a 3-pointer, that put Kastela up 70-68 going into the final minute. Vern's Luka Zivko (202-C/F-96) missed a 3-pointer, and on the ensuing possession, Aco Mandic (203-C/F-84) also missed a shot. Vern got a rebound and Matej Kljajic was fouled with only three seconds left. He made first free throw to cut the lead to one, but missed the second one. Stipe Rezic (201-G/F-89) grabbed the defensive rebound and, after being fouled, stepped to the line and split both free throws to cement the hard-fought victory. Josip Glavinic (192-G-82) scored 33 points for Kastela and Stipe Rezic (201-G/F-89) added 14. Vern was led by Matej Kljajic with 18 points, Luka Zivko (202-C/F-96) scored 15 and Filip Simovic (95) 10.

Jazine Arbanasi-Podravac 101-57: Jazine opened the game with a 9-2 and later scored dozen straight points to extend their lead to 21-4 midway through the first quarter. Mate Mrva (198-F/C-83) scored 10 points in that span and finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds, Goran Fodor (195-G-90) scored 18 points, Dino Palcic (185-G-90) 16, Jurica Drazovic (201-F-86) posted 10 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double and Josip Ceranja (203-G-90) grabbed 13 rebounds. Podravac's lone player in double figures was Marko Baruskin (185-G-88) with 11 points.

Sanac-Borovo 80-74: Borovo use a 9-0 run to turn a four-point deficit into a 15-10 lead and were ahead until midway through the second quarter. At that point, Antonio Kraljic (193-G-93) and Vladimir Pozar (97) both sank a 3-pointer and Dominic Gilbert (198-G/F-96, college: UBC) added a jumper to finish off an 8-0 run for Sanac, who lead 33-28 and never looked back from there. Sanac made a decisive 25-8 run spanning the third and fourth quarter for the largest lead of the contest, 71-52. Sanac only used only six players and four of them played all 40 minutes. Dominic Gilbert (198-G/F-96, college: UBC) collected 27 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists, Dario Gazic (200-G/F-78) had 14 points and 10 rebounds, Vladimir Pozar (97) scored 16 points and Davor Beber (98) 12. Borovo pulled down just two offensive rebounds. Toni Kovac (97) finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds, Srdjan Brocic (99) had 18 points and 10 assists and Mario Rajsic (94) scored 12 points.

Pula 1981-Graficar 74-68: Pula trailed just at 52-54 and 55-56 in the third quarter. After tying the game at 61 early in the fourth quarter, the home team went on an 12-3 to close out the game with a win. Nino Dasko had 19 points including five 3-pointers, 9 rebounds and 7 assists, Nereo Grzinic and Ante Bozic (208-F/C-90, college: SW Oklahoma St.) both scored 15 points and Marin Djugum 14. Graficar was led by Mario Novak (185-G-85), who collected 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, Jaksa Petrovic (88) scored 13 points, Kristijan Samarija (202-C-83) 11 and Andro Nakic (93) 10.

Rudes-Belisce 68-72: Belisce used an 8-0 run to build a 33-31 lead late in the second quarter and never looked back from there. Leading by one midway through the fourth quarter, Belisce went on a 6-2 run to extend their advantage to 66-61 and then made all six free throws in the final two minutes to seal the victory. Luka Saric (200-F-93) scored 18 points, Marko Soldo (198-G-89) 16 and Antonio Bicvic (196-F-82) had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Rudes was led by Filip Toric (200-F-89, college: Barry) with 19 points off the bench, Marko Juric (187-G-99) and Mario Stirjan both added 13 points.



Mladen Primorac joins Student Mostar, Neven Plantak is a new head coach of Posusje - by Zeljko Zule

Two weeks after finishing the season with Czech side USK Praha, Mladen Primorac (210-C-90) joined Bosnian team SKK Student Mostar for the Herceg-Bosna League play-off season. Primorac averaged 8.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.5 blocks in 29 Czech NBL League games this season. He has already played for Bosco in Croatia plus Tajfun Sentjur and Rogaska in Slovenia.
Posusje has brought back a familiar face in Croatian head coach Neven Plantak, who originally led the club from 1997 to 2001 season and inked a one-month deal for a play-off season to do so again. Plantak at the end of November has been confirmed as the new coach of Zadar, replacing Ante Matulovic. Two month later, he parted ways with the club.
Plantak has already led Jazine, Borik Puntamika and Djuro Djakovic in his native Croatia plus Posusje and Siroki in Bosnia in Herzegovina, Komarno and Handlova in Slovakia and Trepca in Kosovo.



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Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic 1Liga Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic 1Liga 1st Team 2017
Theodor Dlugos
Dlugos
Vaclav Honomichl
Honomichl
Ondrej Peterka
Peterka
Matej Svoboda
Svoboda
Martin Peterka
Peterka

Finals MVP: Ondrej Peterka (198-F-91) of Sokol H.K.
Player of the Year: Martin Peterka (205-C-95) of CEZ Nymburk
Guard of the Year: Vaclav Honomichl (186-PG-92) of Loko Plzen
Forward of the Year: Ondrej Peterka (198-F-91) of Sokol H.K.
Center of the Year: Martin Peterka (205-C-95) of CEZ Nymburk
Coach of the Year: Lubomir Peterka of Sokol H.K.

1st Team
G: Theodor Dlugos (183-G-97) of Nymburk B
PG: Vaclav Honomichl (186-PG-92) of Loko Plzen
F: Ondrej Peterka (198-F-91) of Sokol H.K.
F: Matej Svoboda (200-F-96) of CEZ Nymburk
C: Martin Peterka (205-C-95) of CEZ Nymburk

2nd Team
PG: Jan Sotnar (185-PG-87) of Slavoj Litom.
G/F: Petr Slechta (192-G/F-95) of Sokol Pisek
F: Pavel Novak (199-F-83) of Olomouc SK
F/C: Jiri Dihel (198-F/C-87) of Opava B
C: Martin Klimes (203-C-83) of Slavoj Litom.

Honorable Mention
Vaclav Bujnoch (200-C-93) of BK Opava
David Nehoda (193-SF-91) of Zlin
Miroslav Kvapil (202-C-93) of BK Opava
Kamil Riha (180-PG-91) of Loko Plzen
Jan Kratochvil (199-F-82) of Basket Kosice
Josef Potocek (196-F-96) of BK Pardubice
Martin Roub (206-C-97) of BK Pardubice
Jiri Dedek (190-SG-95) of Olomouc Bbal
Zdenek Sebela (192-F-87) of Sokol Slapanice
Jan Streba (195-F/G-95) of USK Praha B
Eduard Kotasek (187-G/F-98) of Nymburk B
Marek Sehnal (196-F/G-96) of Prostejov
Ondrej Manak (198-F-86) of Vysocina
Jiri Bubak (194-F-84) of Vysocina
Michal Kozak (204-PF-98) of GBA Sparta
Rostislav Pelikan (209-F/C-78) of Novy Jicin
Jan Kolonicny (208-C-93) of NH Ostrava



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Wolfpack/BMS and Vaerlose reach Finals - by Eurobasket News

Wolfpack/BMS and Vaerlose advanced into 1Division Finals. They swept their respective semifinal series.
Wolfpack/BMS claimed a 72:64 road win over EBAA to complete the sweep. It was a close battle but the visitors managed to hold their nerve and eked out a decisive win.
Vaerlose followed a road success over Koge BK with the home victory. Vaerlose secured an 89:71 win in Game 2 and sealed their Finals appearance.



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

21-year old swingman Marcus Thomas (191-G/F-95) had a very impressive game in the last round for Izalco and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had a double-double of 51 points and 18 rebounds, while his team edged out Thunder (#4, 9-6) 103-99. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Izalco maintains the 3rd position in Salvadorean league. They are still close to the very top. Izalco would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 11-2 record. In the team's last game Thomas had a remarkable 53.1% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Izalco, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Rosemont College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Thomas is league's best scorer averaging so far 46.8ppg, leads league in rebounds with 18.8rpg and is league's best passer with 9.6apg. Thomas is in league's top in and averages solid 3.1spg and 60.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Diego Ferrin of Thunder. He is a in his second season at Thunder. In the last game Ferrin recorded impressive double-double of 45 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Thunder was edged by slightly higher-ranked Izalco (#3, 11-2) 103-99. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Thunder still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 9-6 record is not bad at all. Ferrin is well-known at Thunder and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 31.7ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 11.8rpg and 3.9apg.

Third place about best performers goes to Hector Landaverde (92) of ADB (#7). Landaverde got into 30-points club by scoring 42 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds and four assists. He was a key player of ADB, leading his team to a 97-66 easy win against the lower-ranked Ausoles (#10, 2-11). ADB can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-11 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Landaverde he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Landaverde has individually a great season in El Salvador. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 31.4ppg (3rd best). He also has 2.1spg and FGP: 51.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marlon Marroquin (97) of ADB - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Bryan Marroquin (194-F-92) of ExSAL ST - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jose Gonzalez (83) of ADB - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Marcos Baltrons (189-F-81) of Ausoles - 31 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jose Orellana (177-G) of Ausoles - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Cesar Canizales (81) of ADB - 9 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Wilber Melendez (180-G-94) of ExSAL ST - 9 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists

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



Salvadorean Liga MB round 39 best performance: Christopher Miller - by Eurobasket News

American Swingman Christopher Miller (192-F/G-93) had a great game in the last round for Denver-FAS, receiving a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 39.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (42 points, six rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Sonsonate (#11, 10-18) with 48-point margin 126-78. Denver-FAS is placed at 8th position in Salvadorean Liga MB. Denver-FAS 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 13-14 record. In the team's last game Miller had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Denver-FAS, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Salem International University star has very solid stats this year. Miller is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 4.9rpg) and averages impressive 2.3spg and 53.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Eddie Ishman (196-F-86) of El Rapido. Ishman had a very good evening with a double-double of 30 points and 20 rebounds. Bad luck as El Rapido was edged by the lower-ranked Arcense (#12, 8-20) 89-87. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. El Rapido dropped in the standings to 9th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-15 record. Ishman is one of the most experienced players at El Rapido and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Haitian forward Joseph Antoine (203-PF-84) of 11 Lobos (#10). Antoine got into 30-points club by scoring 37 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds . Despite Antoine's great performance 11 Lobos lost 83-93 to the higher-ranked Cojute (#6, 16-11). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of 11 Lobos not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 16 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Antoine could try to bring 11 Lobos' a little bit higher in the standings. Antoine has a very solid season. In 23 games in El Salvador he scored 22.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Christopher Blake (196-G-88) of Brujos Izalco - 44 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Marc Montavious (206-C-90) of 11 Lobos - 14 points, 23 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Brandon Golden (193-G) of Cojute - 39 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Reginald Brown (202-C-91) of Canarios - 20 points, 18 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Thomas Vansdell (185-SG-86) of Sonsonate - 42 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Quincy Scates (197-SF-89) of Quezaltepeque - 33 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Jordan Johnson (183-PG-92) of San Miguel - 23 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists

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



Liga MB Round 40 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Liga MB just ended. Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

We should mention about the upset which took place in San Salvador, where higher ranked El Rapido (13-15) lost to fourteenth ranked Giants (8-20) in a road game 93-97 on Sunday. Giants looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Guard Luis Escoto (180-96) fired 40 points (!!!) and 4 assists for the winners. American power forward James Milton (203, college: Stevenson) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. Giants' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Eddie Ishman (196-86, college: Miles) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points, 20 rebounds, 5 assists and 8 steals for lost side. Giants moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Arcense. El Rapido lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 15 games lost.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Metapan. Local Isidro Metapan (20-8) outscored 15th ranked San Miguel (6-22) 113-71. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American forward Jose Colorado (201-90) who helped to win the game recording 32 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Robert Sandoval contributed with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Isidro Metapan's coach Darwin Veliz felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Jordan Johnson (183-92, college: Tenn Tech) replied with 27 points and 5 assists for San Miguel. Isidro Metapan have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 20-8 record. San Miguel lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games.

In the last game of round 40 Santa Ana was defeated by Cojute in Cojutepeque 106-89.
The best stats of 40th round was 40 points (!!!), 19 rebounds and 7 assists by Tobias Dowdell of Santa Ana.

Cojute - Santa Ana 106-89

There was no surprise in Cojutepeque where 13th ranked Santa Ana (7-21) was defeated by sixth ranked Cojute (16-11) 106-89. Cojute forced 25 Santa Ana turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 37 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Anthony Moe (206, college: Millersville) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!), 21 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Brandon Golden (193, college: Midwestern St.) contributed with a triple-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 16 assists for the winners. Four Cojute players scored in double figures. Forward Tobias Dowdell (201-90, college: Alders.-Broad.) replied with a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!), 19 rebounds and 7 assists and swingman Tyrone Butler (193-88) added 37 points (!!!), 14 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Santa Ana. Cojute have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Canarios. Santa Ana lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 21 games lost.
Top scorers:
Cojute: A.Moe 39+21reb+6ast, S.Sill 15+17reb+2ast, B.Golden 15+10reb+16ast, J.Quintanilla 13+6reb+6ast, B.Reyes 6+2reb+4ast, B.Garcia 6+2reb
Santa Ana: T.Dowdell 40+19reb+7ast, T.Butler 37+14reb+6ast, V.Sandoval 5+3reb+1ast, D.Pena 5+3reb+2ast, E.Guevara 2+6reb+3ast, E.Molina 0+4reb+4ast
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Isidro Metapan - San Miguel 113-71

The game with biggest result difference took place in Metapan. Local Isidro Metapan (20-8) outscored 15th ranked San Miguel (6-22) 113-71. Isidro Metapan dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to San Miguel's 26. Isidro Metapan forced 21 San Miguel turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 37 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by San Miguel's players. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American forward Jose Colorado (201-90) who helped to win the game recording 32 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. American point guard Robert Sandoval (183-91, college: Azusa Pacific) contributed with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Isidro Metapan's coach Darwin Veliz felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Jordan Johnson (183-92, college: Tenn Tech) replied with 27 points and 5 assists and Puerto Rican forward Brian De-Leon (206-89, college: Warner) added 10 points and 22 rebounds in the effort for San Miguel. Isidro Metapan have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 20-8 record. San Miguel lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games.
Top scorers:
Isidro Metapan: J.Colorado 32+7reb+6ast, R.Sandoval 25+7reb+6ast, E.Mijares 19+6reb+7ast, A.Regalado 8+7reb+2ast, J.Valdez 7+1reb+2ast, H.Navas 6+1ast
San Miguel: J.Johnson 27+4reb+5ast, E.Guzman 16+5reb+1ast, B.De Leon 10+22reb+1ast, H.Jaimes 8+2reb+2ast, J.Guillen 6+7reb, M.Arevalo 4+1reb
gschID: 537140


Giants - El Rapido 97-93

We should mention about the upset which took place in San Salvador, where higher ranked El Rapido (13-15) lost to fourteenth ranked Giants (8-20) in a road game 93-97 on Sunday. Giants looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Guard Luis Escoto (180-96) fired 40 points (!!!) and 4 assists for the winners. American power forward James Milton (203, college: Stevenson) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. Giants' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Eddie Ishman (196-86, college: Miles) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points, 20 rebounds, 5 assists and 8 steals and Panamanian Manuel Guevara (186-81) added 32 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Four El Rapido players scored in double figures. Giants moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Arcense. El Rapido lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Giants: L.Escoto 40+4reb+4ast, J.Kirksey 22+2reb+5ast, J.Milton 20+8reb+2ast, J.Lopez 4+3reb+5ast, M.Brooks 4+9reb+3ast, G.Sosa 4+3reb+1ast
El Rapido: M.Guevara 32+7reb+6ast, E.Ishman 25+20reb+5ast, E.Ramirez 15+9reb+1ast, S.Esperanza 12+2reb+2ast, M.Benavides 4+1reb+2ast, C.Marquina 2+1reb
gschID: 537139





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
gschID: 544849


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
gschID: 544852


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
gschID: 544848





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
gschID: 537137


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
gschID: 537138


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





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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/Cramo4.1 
 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: 1.9
 1. Bratoz, Rapla1.9 
 2. Paiste, Tarvas1.8 
 3. Kabin, Parnu1.7 
 4. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 5. Sutt, Parnu1.7 
 6. Olmre, TTU1.6 
 7. Tamm, TL.1.6 
 8. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool1.5 
 9. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.5 
 10. Zvigurs, Valga1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 2. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 3. Kok, Rapla0.9 
 4. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.7 
 5. Bubalo, Parnu0.7 
 6. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.7 
 7. Lips, Tarvas0.7 
 8. Raadik, TTU0.7 
 9. Saks, TL.0.6 
 10. Jois, Tartu Ulikool0.6 


Alexela KML Round 2 of Finals. Kalev/Cramo clinch second straight victory - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Kalev/Cramo - Rapla 75-72

Kalev/Cramo held off Rapla for 2-0 advantage in the championship series. Rapla was trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 20-16 charge of Kalev/Cramo, which allowed them to win the game. Belarusian Vitali Liutych (198-92) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American Mark Tollefsen (206-92, college: Arizona) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Dutch center Thomas van-der-Mars (208-90, college: Portland) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and Puerto Rican guard Rasham Suarez (190-92, college: S.Mississippi) scored 17 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Rapla: R.Suarez 17+4reb+2ast, I.Kajupank 16+3reb+1ast, T.van der Mars 14+10reb+2ast, M.Paasoja 12+6reb+4ast, J.Kok 5+4reb+2ast, O.Metsalu 5+3reb
Kalev/Cramo: M.Tollefsen 17+5reb, V.Liutych 15+6reb+1ast, M.Gladness 11+8reb+1ast, B.Mirkovic 11+5reb+5ast, S.Sokk 7+2reb+3ast, C.Simmons 6+7reb+3ast
gschID: 546342

3-4 Place
Parnu - Tartu Ulikool 58-66

Tartu Ulikool beat Parnu on the road to take 2-0 lead in the series. Lithuanian center Dominykas Milka (203-92, college: St.Rose, NY) notched 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international point guard Tanel Sokk (187-85) supported him with 14 points and 8 assists. Four Tartu Ulikool players scored in double figures. Even 15 points and 6 assists by Lithuanian swingman Edvinas Seskus (196-95, agency: Players Group) did not help to save the game for Parnu. Croatian center Domagoj Bubalo (212-91, agency: 011 Sports) added 14 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Parnu's coach Mait Kabin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Parnu: E.Seskus 15+3reb+6ast, D.Bubalo 14+7reb+3ast, R.Hallik 12+3reb+2ast, M.Kirves 8+7reb+2ast, S.Sutt 4+5reb+4ast, S.Leppik 3+1reb+1ast
Tartu Ulikool: D.Milka 21+9reb+1ast, T.Sokk 14+1reb+8ast, G.Dorbek 12+2reb+4ast, J.Joesaar 10+2reb, V.Jois 4+6reb, M.Thomas 3+2reb+2ast



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Baskonia signs Ricky Ledo, ex Yesilgiresun - by Eurobasket News

Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) signed 25-year old American small forward Ricky Ledo (201-88kg-92, college: Providence). He moved there from Yesilgiresun in Turkish BSL league where he played this season. In 22 games he had very impressive stats: 21.2ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.4spg. The last summer Ledo played at Santeros de Aguada in Puerto Rican BSN. In 9 games he recorded 12.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.7apg and 1.1spg.
In 2013 he was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) in second round (43rd overall). Ledo attended Providence College and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.
He has played previously professionally in NBA (Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks) and D-League (Texas Legends and Reno Bighorns).
Ledo could be described: Had a lanky frame and a sweet shooting stroke in his high schools days, now he's a 6'6" guard that not only could stretch the defense with his outside shooting but could also finish inside with the best of them. He needs of further work in various parts of the game, but he's yet very good in scoring quickly out from the bench, even at NBA level.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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, Nanterre7.4 
 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. Payne, Chalons-.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.4 
 2. 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. Uter, AS.1.1 
 4. Otule, Antibes1.1 
 5. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.1 
 6. Trasolini, Nancy0.9 
 7. Lessort, Nanterre0.9 
 8. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.0.8 
 9. Watkins, AS.0.8 
 10. Poirier, Paris-Le.0.8 


ProA Round 33: Chalon/Saor defeats Paris-Levallois in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

Sixth-ranked Paris-Levallois (20-13) gave a tough game to second ranked Chalon/Saor (26-7) on Friday. The visitors from Chalon managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 25-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Paris-Levallois helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Center Moustapha Fall (218-92) stepped up and scored 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and American swingman Cameron Clark (201-91, college: Oklahoma) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American point guard Louis Campbell (190-79, college: Buffalo) with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Chalon/Saor have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain second place with 26-7 record having just three points less than leader Monaco. Paris-Levallois at the other side keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. Chalon/Saor are looking forward to face Le Mans (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Paris-Levallois will play against JSF Nanterre (#3) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Pau. Third ranked JSF Nanterre (24-9) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (22-11) 73-71 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pau-Lacq-Orthez. German point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84) nailed 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and Chris Warren accounted for 14 points and 5 assists. American point guard DJ Cooper (183-90, college: Ohio) came up with 9 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for Pau-Lacq-Orthez in the defeat. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for JSF Nanterre. Defending champion maintains third place with 24-9 record having five points less than leader Monaco. Pau-Lacq-Orthez at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. JSF Nanterre will play against Paris-Levallois (#6) at home in the next round. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against JDA Dijon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
ProA top team - Monaco (29-4) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat eighteenth ranked Sluc Nancy (7-26) 97-89. The best player for the winners was Dee Bost who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 assists. Monaco's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Brion Rush who recorded 26 points and 6 rebounds. Monaco maintains first place with 29-4 record. Sluc Nancy lost their fifth game in a row. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. Monaco will meet Strasbourg IG (#4) on the road in the next round. Sluc Nancy will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#15) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Le Portel was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Strasbourg IG (23-10) played at the court of 7th ranked Le Portel (18-15). Strasbourg IG managed to secure a 7-point victory 77-70. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Le Portel. It was a good game for Erik Murphy who led his team to a victory with 17 points. Strasbourg IG's coach Vincent Collet allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Strasbourg IG. They maintain fourth place with 23-10 record. Le Portel at the other side keeps the seventh position with 15 games lost. Strasbourg IG's next round opponent will be league's leader Monaco at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Le Portel will play against Cholet Basket (#11) and hope to win that game.
An interesting game took place in Toulon where higher ranked Limoges CSP Elite (15-18) was upset on the court of sixteenth ranked Hyeres-Toulon (11-22) 82-71 on Friday. David Michineau stepped up and scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Limoges CSP Elite's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Hyeres-Toulon moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Antibes and Dijon. Limoges CSP Elite lost their third game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 18 games lost. Hyeres-Toulon will face bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy (#18) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 33: Dijon won against Orleans on the opponent's court 86-76. Le Mans managed to outperform Chalons-Reims in a home game 91-83. Cholet managed to beat Gravelines on the road 78-73. ASVEL defeated Antibes on its own court 75-65.

Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Nanterre 71-73

Important game to mention about took place in Pau. Third ranked JSF Nanterre (24-9) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (22-11) 73-71 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Pau-Lacq-Orthez was ahead by 9 points after three quarters before a 19-8 charge of JSF Nanterre, which allowed them to win the game. German point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84) nailed 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and American point guard Chris Warren (178-88, college: Mississippi) accounted for 14 points and 5 assists. Four JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. American point guard DJ Cooper (183-90, college: Ohio) came up with 9 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists and the former international center Alain Koffi (207-83, agency: BeoBasket) added 20 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Pau-Lacq-Orthez in the defeat. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for JSF Nanterre. Defending champion maintains third place with 24-9 record having five points less than leader Monaco. Pau-Lacq-Orthez at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. JSF Nanterre will play against Paris-Levallois (#6) at home in the next round. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against JDA Dijon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: H.Schaffartzik 20+6reb+6ast, C.Warren 14+4reb+5ast, M.Riley 12+6reb+2ast, H.Invernizzi 11+3reb+2ast, B.Conklin 8+2reb, M.Lessort 6+11reb+1ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: A.Koffi 20+9reb, A.Robinson 10+2reb, J.Mipoka 9+1ast, D.Cooper 9+11reb+11ast, J.Cox 9+6reb+3ast, Y.Bokolo 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 486112


Orleans - Dijon 76-86

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 17th ranked Entente Orleans 45's (8-25) home loss to sixteenth ranked JDA Dijon (11-22) 76-86 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by JDA Dijon. Entente Orleans 45 was better in third quarter 29-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. JDA Dijon dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Entente Orleans 45's 32. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Power forward Brandon Peterson (204-90, college: Arkansas St., agency: Inception Sports) stepped up and scored 29 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all fourteen shots !!!) for the winners and guard Ryan Brooks (193-88, college: Temple) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was point guard Kyle McAlarney (183-87, college: Notre Dame) with 21 points and 7 assists and swingman Micah Downs (195-86, college: Gonzaga) scored 22 points. JDA Dijon moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Antibes and Hyeres-Toulon. Entente Orleans 45 lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the seventeenth position with 25 games lost. JDA Dijon will face higher ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Limoges CSP Elite (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Dijon: B.Peterson 29+7reb+1ast, I.Miles 17+6reb+2ast, R.Brooks 17+6reb+2ast, D.Holston 7+1reb+10ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 5, J.Alingue 4+2reb+1ast
Orleans: M.Downs 22+2reb+3ast, K.McAlarney 21+2reb+7ast, M.Sommerville 11+10reb+2ast, G.Olaseni 8+4reb+3ast, A.Mendy 6+1reb+2ast, J.Prince 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 486111


Le Mans - Chalons-Reims 91-83

Rather predictable result when twelfth ranked Le Mans (14-19) defeated at home 15th ranked Chalons-Reims (10-23) 91-83 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-83. Le Mans looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Ryan Pearson (198-90, college: George Mason, agency: Inception Sports) stepped up and scored 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and point guard Giordan Watson (178-85, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists. Le Mans' coach Alexandre Menard used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was power forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Jerry Smith (188-87, college: Louisville, agency: HMS) scored 20 points and 4 assists. Five Chalons-Reims players scored in double figures. Le Mans moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Cholet. Chalons-Reims lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the sixteenth position with 23 games lost. Le Mans will face league's second-placed Chalon/Saor on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chalons-Reims will play against ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: R.Pearson 22+6reb+1ast, G.Watson 15+1reb+6ast, O.Hanlan 14+3reb+3ast, L.Konate 11+3reb, P.Amagou 9+1reb+5ast, M.Gelabale 8+3reb+4ast
Chalons-Reims: T.Cain 21+9reb+4ast, J.Smith 20+1reb+4ast, N.de Jong 15+6reb+1ast, L.Antic 10+3reb+2ast, M.Souleyman Diabate 10+2reb+5ast, E.Choquet 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 486110


Gravelines - Cholet 73-78

There was a minor upset when 9th ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (16-17) was defeated at home by eleventh ranked Cholet Basket (14-19) 78-73 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 39-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Center Jerry Boutsiele (207-92) stepped up and scored 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and the former international forward Ilian Evtimov (201-83, college: N.Carolina St.) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Richard Solomon (208-92, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import guard Justin Cobbs (191-91, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) scored 16 points and 7 assists. Four Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Cholet Basket. They maintain eleventh place with 14-19 record, which they share with Le Mans. Loser Gravelines-Dunkerque keeps the ninth position with 17 games lost. Cholet Basket will face higher ranked Le Portel (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Cholet: G.Bell 15+1reb+3ast, I.Evtimov 14+6reb, J.Boutsiele 13+7reb+1ast, I.Almeida 9+5reb+4ast, B.Dewar 8+3ast, M.Rhett 6+5reb
Gravelines: R.Solomon 18+13reb, Q.Serron 16+7reb+1ast, J.Cobbs 16+3reb+7ast, S.Henry 14+2reb+6ast, J.Djimrabaye 5, F.Pietrus 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 486109


Monaco - Nancy 97-89

ProA top team - Monaco (29-4) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat eighteenth ranked Sluc Nancy (7-26) 97-89. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-89. Monaco forced 19 Sluc Nancy turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Sluc Nancy's players. The best player for the winners was American-Bulgarian point guard Dee Bost (188-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: BeoBasket) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 assists. American center Brandon Davies (208-91, college: BYU, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Monaco's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Montenegrin point guard Brion Rush (186-84, college: Grambling St., agency: Three Eye Sports) who recorded 26 points and 6 rebounds and American center Elton Brown (206-83, college: Virginia) added 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively. Five Monaco and four Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. Monaco maintains first place with 29-4 record. Sluc Nancy lost their fifth game in a row. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. Monaco will meet Strasbourg IG (#4) on the road in the next round. Sluc Nancy will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#15) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Monaco: B.Davies 18+6reb, B.Ouattara 16+2reb+1ast, N.Caner-Medley 12+4reb, D.Bost 11+4reb+13ast, Z.Wright 10+2reb+4ast, J.Shuler 8+1reb+4ast
Nancy: B.Rush 26+6reb+3ast, E.Brown 18+5reb+2ast, N.Williams 14+8reb+1ast, D.Hunt 10+4reb+1ast, B.Sene 8+2reb+1ast, A.Urtasun 8+7reb+1ast
gschID: 486108


Le Portel - Strasbourg 70-77

The game in Le Portel was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Strasbourg IG (23-10) played at the court of 7th ranked Le Portel (18-15). Strasbourg IG managed to secure a 7-point victory 77-70. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Le Portel. It looked good early as Le Portel took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Strasbourg IG had a 20-18 second period charge getting the lead and Le Portel was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 70-77. Strasbourg IG players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for Finnish-American power forward Erik Murphy (208-90, college: Florida, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who led his team to a victory with 17 points. American point guard Erving Walker (173-90, college: Florida, agency: Two Points) contributed with 12 points and 4 assists for the winners. Strasbourg IG's coach Vincent Collet allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Franklin Hassell (203-88, college: ODU) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds and guard Benoit Mangin (191-88) added 10 points and 11 assists in the effort for Le Portel. Four Le Portel players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Strasbourg IG. They maintain fourth place with 23-10 record. Le Portel at the other side keeps the seventh position with 15 games lost. Strasbourg IG's next round opponent will be league's leader Monaco at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Le Portel will play against Cholet Basket (#11) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: E.Murphy 17+4reb+1ast, M.Jaiteh 12+2reb+1ast, E.Walker 12+3reb+4ast, M.Howard 6+1reb+1ast, P.Lacombe 6+5reb+3ast, R.Travis 6+2reb+4ast
Le Portel: F.Hassell 21+16reb+1ast, J.Donaldson 10+6reb+4ast, B.Mangin 10+1reb+11ast, D.Dorsey 10+2ast, E.Lasisi 9+2ast, J.Begarin 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 486105


Paris-Levallois - Chalon 83-85

Sixth-ranked Paris-Levallois (20-13) gave a tough game to second ranked Chalon/Saor (26-7) on Friday. The visitors from Chalon managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 25-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Paris-Levallois helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Center Moustapha Fall (218-92) stepped up and scored 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and American swingman Cameron Clark (201-91, college: Oklahoma) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Five Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American point guard Louis Campbell (190-79, college: Buffalo) with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international center Vincent Poirier (210-93) scored 8 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Chalon/Saor have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain second place with 26-7 record having just three points less than leader Monaco. Paris-Levallois at the other side keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. Chalon/Saor are looking forward to face Le Mans (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Paris-Levallois will play against JSF Nanterre (#3) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Chalon: C.Clark 18+6reb+1ast, M.Fall 16+8reb+2ast, J.Roberson 13+2reb+6ast, E.Ibekwe 12+9reb+2ast, J.Nzeulie 11+4ast, A.Bouteille 7+5reb
Paris-Levallois: L.Campbell 23+6reb+7ast, J.Rich 16+2reb+2ast, C.Eliezer-Vanerot 11+5reb+1ast, T.Harris 10+2reb, L.Sane 8+5reb+1ast, V.Poirier 8+10reb+4ast
gschID: 486107


ASVEL - Antibes 75-65

Everything went according to plan when eighth ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (18-15) beat at home 13th ranked Olympique Antibes (11-22) 75-65 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. Olympique Antibes was better in fourth quarter 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. International Charles Kahudi (199-86) stepped up and scored 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and American point guard Casper Ware (178-90, college: Long Beach St.) chipped in 18 points. The best for the losing side was American point guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) with 13 points and 4 assists and forward Charles Galliou (203-95) scored 13 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Le Portel. Loser Olympique Antibes keeps the thirteenth position with 22 games lost. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will face Chalons-Reims (#16) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Olympique Antibes will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: C.Ware 18, C.Kahudi 12+6reb+2ast, W.Hodge 11+4ast, D.Watkins 8+6reb, N.Dragovic 7+3reb+3ast, L.Jean-Charles 6+6reb+2ast
Antibes: C.Galliou 13+4reb, J.Blassingame 13+4reb+4ast, J.Tornato 8+2reb, I.Cordinier 6+5reb+3ast, K.Gaines 5+2reb, F.Bourdillon 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 486106


Hyeres-Toulon - Limoges 82-71

An interesting game took place in Toulon where higher ranked Limoges CSP Elite (15-18) was upset on the court of sixteenth ranked Hyeres-Toulon (11-22) 82-71 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 23-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Hyeres-Toulon shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Point guard David Michineau (191-94) stepped up and scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and American swingman Ryan Evans (203-90, college: Wisconsin) chipped in 7 points and 13 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international center Ousmane Camara (202-89) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and Slovenian guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) scored 13 points and 5 assists. Limoges CSP Elite's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Hyeres-Toulon moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Antibes and Dijon. Limoges CSP Elite lost their third game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 18 games lost. Hyeres-Toulon will face bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy (#18) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: D.Michineau 16+5reb+6ast, F.Prenom 13+6reb+2ast, W.Howard 12+3reb+2ast, P.Carter 10+1reb+1ast, M.Acker 9+2reb+6ast, R.Evans 7+13reb+3ast
Limoges: D.Wood 15+1reb+3ast, O.Camara 13+10reb+1ast, K.Prepelic 13+2reb+5ast, C.Fair 7+1ast, J.Jones 5+2reb+1ast, J.Randle 4+4ast
gschID: 486104





French ProB round 33 best performance: Zachery Peacock - by Eurobasket News

American Center Zachery Peacock (203-C-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Bourg, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed Provence Basket (#2, 21-12) with 17-point margin 94-77. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Bourg to consolidate first place in the French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bourg has a very solid 25-8 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It's Peacock's second year at Bourg and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Georgia Tech star has very solid stats this year. Peacock is league's best scorer averaging so far 17.9ppg. Peacock is in league's top in and averages impressive 65.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Kwamain Mitchell (178-PG-89) of Nantes. Mitchell had a very good evening with 25 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course Nantes cruised to a 92-84 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Maurienne (#18, 12-21). Nantes' 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-16 record is not bad and everything may still change. Mitchell is a newcomer at Nantes 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.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Jordan Fouse (201-G-94, agency: Three Eye Sports) of Charleville (#5). Fouse showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and seven assists in the last round. Despite Fouse's great performance Charleville lost 78-84 to the lower-ranked Boulogne (#15, 13-20). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Charleville needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 19 victories and 14 lost games. Fouse has a very solid season. In 33 games in France he scored 10.6ppg. He also has 5.7rpg and FGP: 53.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Corin Henry (178-PG-88) of Evreux - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Bernard King (196-G-81) of Le Havre - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Pavel Marinov (199-SF-88) of Lille - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Dinma Odiakosa (203-C/F-85) of Le Havre - 13 points, 18 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Pierre-Etienne Drouault (196-F/G-90) of St Quentin - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Laurence Ekperigin (200-F/C-88) of Nantes - 13 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Wilbert Brown (200-PF-84) of Charleville - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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





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Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Danilo MIJATOVIC
  Kuman.
  (206-F/C-83)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Mijatovic, Kuman.18.9 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv18.8 
 3. Jokic, Strumica16.3 
 4. Hawkins, Pelister.16.3 
 5. Tasovski, Rabotnicki16.1 
 6. Drenovac, MZT S.16.0 
 7. Labovic, Karpos S.15.2 
 8. Mijovic, Kozuv15.1 
 9. Trajkovski, Karpos S.14.0 
 10. Cekovski, Rabotnicki13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milivoje MIJOVIC
  Kozuv
  (200-PF-91)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Mijovic, Kozuv10.6 
 2. Andrejevic, Pelister.8.0 
 3. Lalic, MZT Skopje7.3 
 4. Misanovic, Rabotnicki6.9 
 5. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.4 
 6. Golubovic, Pelister.6.3 
 7. Janevski, Kumanovo6.1 
 8. Labovic, Karpos S.6.1 
 9. Mihajlovski, Ohrid A.5.8 
 10. Mijatovic, Kuman.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Vlado ILIEVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (188-PG-80)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Ilievski, Rabotnicki6.6 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv5.3 
 3. Bogoev, Strumica5.1 
 4. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.8 
 5. Perry, Karpos S.4.4 
 6. Karadzovski, Kuman.4.3 
 7. Hawkins, Pelister.4.2 
 8. Mavra, Karpos S.4.2 
 9. Hall, Kozuv4.2 
 10. Kloof, MZT Skopje4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kendrick PERRY
  Karpos S.
  (183-PG-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Perry, Karpos S.1.9 
 2. Kloof, MZT Skopje1.6 
 3. Ilievski, Rabotnicki1.5 
 4. Makenadziev, Strum.1.4 
 5. Jokic, Strumica1.4 
 6. Robev, Vardar1.3 
 7. Nikolic, Rabotnicki1.3 
 8. Drenovac, MZT S.1.2 
 9. Mavra, Karpos S.1.2 
 10. Brown, Kumanovo1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  Rabotnicki
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Misanovic, Rabotnicki1.2 
 2. Krstevski, Kozuv1.0 
 3. Pekovic, Kumanovo0.8 
 4. Trajkovski, Karpos S.0.7 
 5. Maslinko, Rabotnicki0.6 
 6. Zekjiri, Vardar0.6 
 7. Mijatovic, Kuman.0.6 
 8. Lalic, MZT Skopje0.5 
 9. Sharabidze, Feni I.0.5 
 10. Djekic, Feni I.0.5 


Prva Liga Round 1 of Finals. MZT Skopje record first victory - by Eurobasket News

MZT Skopje - Karpos Sokoli 77-76

MZT Skopje nipped visiting Karpos Sokoli to take 1-0 lead in the Prva Liga Finals .Karpos Sokoli was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 8-point lead after three quarters before a 24-15 charge of MZT Skopje, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian swingman Djordje Drenovac (201-92) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 5 rebounds. Serbian power forward Danilo Mijatovic (206-83) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Kendrick Perry (183-92, college: Youngstown St.) answered with 21 points and 6 rebounds and Croatian guard Dominik Mavra (195-94) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Karpos Sokoli.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: D.Drenovac 26+5reb+1ast, D.Mijatovic 17+10reb, X.Thames 14+3reb+5ast, C.Kloof 9+6reb+1ast, J.Lalic 8+6reb+1ast, L.Mladenovski 2+1reb
Karpos Sokoli: K.Perry 21+6reb+3ast, D.Mavra 18+5reb+3ast, Z.Comagic 9+3reb, D.Sokolov 8+4reb+2ast, D.Zekovic 7+2reb, I.Penov 6+1reb
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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. Mayo, Telekom Bsk15.8 
 6. Kikanovic, ALBA15.6 
 7. Paulding, EWE B.15.6 
 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. Cooley, Ludwigsb.6.9 
 6. Eatherton, Goett.6.9 
 7. Searcy, Vechta6.7 
 8. Qvale, EWE Baskets6.5 
 9. Knight, Jena6.5 
 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.2.1 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 5. Ruoff, Goettingen1.8 
 6. Stewart, Walter T.1.6 
 7. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.6 
 8. Redding, B.Mue.1.6 
 9. Anderson, Bayreuth1.5 
 10. Bowlin, Giessen 46ers1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Maximilian KLEBER
  B.Muenchen
  (207-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.2 
 2. Gamble, Telekom .1.2 
 3. Groselle, Braunsch.1.2 
 4. Theis, Brose Bask.1.2 
 5. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 6. Qvale, EWE Baskets1.0 
 7. Gaffney, ALBA1.0 
 8. Austin, Bremerha.0.9 
 9. Horton, Telekom .0.9 
 10. Melli, Brose Bask.0.8 


Malte Herwig Returns Back To The Giessen Pointers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After a season away in France with Grenoble Alpes Metropole Basket, Malte Herwig (201-F/C-92) has returned back to his homeland Germany and play with Regionaliga team Giessen Pointers. Herwig is a 25 year old 201 cm forward that started his career with ASC 46 Goettingen (Regionalliga) and also played in the BBL with BG Goettingen playing 7 games and also played a Eurochallenge game. He played with the Giessen Pointers two seasons ago playing 20 games averaging 14.1ppg. "I am very happy to be back with the Pointers. I had a very good year in France, but feel I am optimistic for new tasks. I know some of the players from two seasons ago like Sven Schafrer. They are all good and nice guys and I am sure we will have a strong season", stressed Malte Herwig. The German played 51 Pro B games for Lich and also played one BBL game with Wurzburg. "He is a very versatile foorward with a lot of experience and a high basketball IQ. He has a personality on the court and knowws the league well. We are happy that he is back", stressed head coach Dejan Kostic.




Recap of BBL Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Bayreuth - EWE Baskets 98-94

Bayreuth overcame EWE Baskets to cut the deficit at 1-2. BBC Bayreuth made 24-of-26 charity shots (92.3 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for forward De'Mon Brooks (201-92, college: Davidson) who led the winners and scored 24 points and 5 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron) accounted for 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Linhart is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four BBC Bayreuth players scored in double figures. Guard Frantz Massenat (193-92, college: Drexel) came up with 28 points and guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for EWE Baskets in the defeat. EWE Baskets' coach Mladen Drijencic tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: D.Brooks 24+5reb+2ast, A.Marei 16+7reb, J.Lewis 16+1reb+2ast, B.Doreth 11+1reb, N.Linhart 11+9reb+3ast, K.Anderson 8+1reb+5ast
EWE Baskets: F.Massenat 28+1reb, C.Kramer 17+6reb+5ast, B.Qvale 13+11reb+2ast, R.Paulding 9+3reb, V.Duggins 8+1reb+3ast, D.Lockhart 7+1reb
gschID: 545860


Brose Bask. - Telekom Bsk 76-63

Brose Baskets outgunned Telekom Baskets Bonn to take 2-1 lead. It was a quality performance for American guard Darius Miller (202-90, college: Kentucky) who led the winners and scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Greek guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 15 points and 5 assists for the winning side. Four Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. Brose Baskets' coach Andrea Trinchieri allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Ken Horton (199-89, college: Cent.Conn.St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import power forward Julian Gamble (208-89, college: Miami, FL) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Telekom Baskets in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Brose Bask.: N.Zisis 15+1reb+5ast, D.Miller 13+6reb+4ast, L.Staiger 13+2reb+1ast, J.Strelnieks 11+4reb+2ast, D.Theis 8+7reb, F.Causeur 8+3reb
Telekom Bsk: J.Gamble 15+5reb+2ast, R.Thompson 15+2reb+2ast, K.Horton 11+12reb, F.Barovic 9+2reb, T.DiLeo 8+4reb+5ast, O.Silins 3+2reb
gschID: 545859


B.Muenchen - ALBA 80-73

Bayern regained the lead as they outgunned ALBA in Munich. Bayern Muenchen outrebounded ALBA Berlin 35-24 including 23 on the defensive glass. ALBA Berlin was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for Serbian Vladimir Lucic (201-89, agency: BeoBasket) who led the winners and scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Naturalized Bosnian Nihad Djedovic (196-90, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 10 points for the winning side. Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) came up with 12 points and 5 rebounds and the former international center Bogdan Radosavljevic (213-93) added 9 points respectively for ALBA Berlin in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: V.Lucic 14+5reb+2ast, B.Taylor 13+3reb, N.Djedovic 10+4reb+2ast, M.Zirbes 8+1reb+1ast, D.Booker 8+3reb, A.Gavel 8+4reb+2ast
ALBA: E.Kikanovic 12+5reb+3ast, B.Radosavljevic 9+3reb+1ast, E.Atsur 9+3ast, C.English 8+1ast, G.Robinson 7+5ast, M.Miller 7+3reb
gschID: 545858


Ratiopharm - Ludwigsburg 87-76

ratiopharm Ulm edged Ludwigsburg to gain 2-1 advantage. ratiopharm Ulm looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 29 personal fouls committed by EnBW Ludwigsburg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American guard Chris Babb (196-90, college: Iowa St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. International point guard Per Guenther (185-88) helped adding 21 points. Four ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American swingman DJ Kennedy (198-89, college: St.John's) with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists and the other American import power forward Jack Cooley (206-91, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) scored 24 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: P.Guenther 21+3reb+3ast, C.Babb 20+6reb+2ast, A.Rubit 16+2reb, R.Morgan 15+5reb+3ast, C.Prather 6+4reb+3ast, T.Braun 5+1reb
Ludwigsburg: J.Cooley 24+8reb, R.Trice 17+3reb+1ast, D.Kennedy 14+13reb+7ast, D.Crawford 6+4reb, B.Loesing 3+2ast, C.Toppert 3+2reb+1ast
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Ricky Easterling (BG Karlsruhe) I Was Able To Put My Feelings And Ego To The Side For The Team - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Ricky Easterling (189-G-83, college: Bridgewater) is a 33 year old 190cm guard from Baltimore that completed his 11th professional season in Germany and first with BG Karlsruhe (Pro B) averaging 14,4ppg, 3,5rpg and 2,5apg. Over the years, he made a name for himself in the German Regionalliga being crowned Mr Regionaliga as he averaged over 30 points three times with TV Saarlouis belonged to the the top 3 players in the Pro B the last two seasons. Before moving to Saarlouis in 2007 he played at Bridgewater (NCAA3) and then as a rookie played with TSG Reutlingen (Germany-Oberliga and Bergheim Bandits (Germany-Regionalliga). Last season with TV Saarlouis, he played 28 games: Score-1 (23.1ppg), 4.0rpg, 4.4apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 51.1%, 3PT: 18.2%, FT: 81.2%. He spoke to eurobasket at the conclusion of the 2016-2017 pro B season.

Ricky thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and what basketball thing has occupied you mostly today?

Hello Miles! It is always a pleasure chatting with you. At the moment I am still in Germany. Our season is over so I am taking a short break from basketball. I want my body to recover from the long season. I recently linked up with my guy Chris Cummings and we made a work out plan that will start next week. He has helped me a lot with my game over the years and I am looking forward to training with him again.

Your season has ended after a tough three game series against Weissenhorn. Did the tough three game series against Oldenburg take it's toll on the team mentally and physically?

I don't think the Oldenburg series effected us at all in the Weissenhorn series. We had enough time to rest and scout Weissenhorn. We had our chances to win the series and we were not able to do it. It is simple as that in my opinion.

Do you feel as if the series against Weissenhorn was lost in game one? Had you won game one, you would have been on the best way to advancing.

Yes I think that is an accurate statement. Game 1 is the away game we should have won. We had it and gave it away at the end. If we would have won that game I think we still would have won at home and we would be advancing to the final 4.

BG Karlsruhe played Weissenhorn who has many very ambitious and talented German players very tough, but you can't look around the 1/22 shooting performance in game three from downtown. Was it just one of those games where nothing was falling or was this the main factor for losing this game?

The bad shooting definitely was a part of the reason we lost but not the only reason. They jumped out on us early and we never recovered from that. We knew exactly what they wanted to do offensively and defensively but could not take advantage of it. They were simply the better team in game 3.

You had very good games in two and three combining for 41 points. Do you feel like you could have done more in game three to have helped get the win despite the team going 1/22 from outside which isn't your speciallity?

I think any player that has lost a game can look back and think about things they could have done better to help the team win. And I am no exception to that. So as I look back, I think when I entered the game in the 2nd half I could have brought more to the game offensively. As I did in the first half.


What was your impression of young Hungarian point guard Marcel Pongo who I have been following for some years now. You saw him 5 times this season. Does he have the game to become an impact player in the BBL down the road?

He is a solid PG. If he keeps working on his game and stays focused on getting better I think he will do just fine in the BBL.


You told me in our last interview that 'This season has been a roller coaster ride! We have had our ups and we have had our downs. Within all of this we experienced many situations that can help us in the playoffs. Why do you feel wasn't the team rewarded in the playoffs with all this experience in many game situations this season?

We definitely learned from these experiences throughout the season. But through these experiences we are also smart enough to know there is 2 sides to this. On the one side you grow and learn from mistakes and bad plays. On the other side we are in these situations because we put ourselves there. And if you keep playing with fire you will eventually get burned. That is exactly what happened to us and unfortunately got us eliminated from the playoffs.

What is your team summary? BG Karlsruhe made the playoffs, but was it all in all a success? The ambition and goal of the team is to get back to the Pro A?

In my opinion the season was ok. I think it ended too early because on a good day with the talent we had on our roster we are one of the best teams in all of the Pro B. So I think it is disappointing that we didn't make it to the finals and move up to Pro A. But we have been through a lot as a team this season and I am still proud of how far me made it.


What was your summary of head coach Jibril Hodges? He was a rookie as coach and helped lead the team into the playoffs. Does he deserve to continue and get a shot of building a new team this summer?

I think he did a very good job this season as a rookie coach. I would like to see him get a chance to coach a team from the beginning. He came to us after the season had already started and I think that it not easy to do for any coach. But he handled the situation very well and deserves a chance to build a team with the players he chooses to coach.


Would you agree with me that Shawn Gulley was the most improved player or was it a given for you at the start when he arrived that he would have such an impact?

I think I can agree with you on this. Before Shawn came to BGK I never even heard of him. When I heard that he was coming to us I looked at his highlights and seen he had a lot if potential and could definitely help us out. He came to us and made an immediate positive impact and made us a better team. After playing with him I can't believe I never heard about him before. He not only came to BGK and made us a better team. He also made a name for himself and I think he has a bright future ahead of him.

Congrats on another strong season concerning your game. Congrats on coming into a situation where you wouldn't score 30 points a night. You accepted the situation and role and somehow still led the team in scoring. How do you feel did you grow as a player mentally this season?

This new role definitely took some time getting used to. To be honest it was at times very frustrating. But I think I did a good job with the role I was given. I wish I had a bigger role on the team because I know I could have done more. But at the end of the day it is not just about me and what I feel I can do. I know this and mentally I was able to put my feelings and ego to the side for the team.

You stated to me recently in an interview that 'I was able also concentrate more on other parts of the game. Since I didn't have to do as much at times offensively with this team I could use more energy playing defense. On what area on defense do you feel were you able to make strides this season?

I don't think I improved in a particular area on defense. I have always been a good defender. Ever since my youth days. People here in Germany just did not realize it because I was always a volume scorer and that seemed to over shadow what I do on defense. I think just having more energy to use on the defensive end helped because I was able to be more active on and off the ball.

You remain very humble and true to yourself when you told me this in our last interview in March 'I have had a pretty decent season but definitely not up to my own expectations. I feel I could have done more. But my main concern is not my personal performance. I came here with team goals not personal goals. I want to play for the championship. If we make that happen. It would be better than any personal award for sure'. What do you feel you could have done better with the minutes that you got?

I think I played very well with my limited minutes. But no one is perfect and I feel I could have done better at times. I don't think I had a single thing that I can point out, and say I could have done this or that better. Every game is different and in these games it could have been maybe a bad shooting night. Maybe another game I shot well but had a couple unnecessary turnovers. But these negatives where not something that was a consistent problem in my game. It just happens sometimes. Everyone has a bad game or makes mistakes throughout a game.

What is the next step for Ricky Easterling? I will go on record saying I predict that you won't only be back next season playing in Germany but I see you playing until your 40. You will be turning 34 in November. How many more productive years do you have in your motor?

I appreciate that comment! I hope coaches see that as well! Haha! In my case my age is just a number. I still feel good and I have been lucky to stay injury free. I have proven year after year that I still play at a high level and I hope I have the opportunity to continue playing for at least a couple more years!

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

Unfortunately my summers are always a busy time for me. It is more business for me then it is vacation. I don't have much time to travel because I am training the youth and also working on my game. I use the summers to get better as a player and a coach. I can travel when I'm done playing. Haha but if I do have a chance to go somewhere I would like to go somewhere tropical with a beach, clear water, and lots of sun. I never been to a place like this.

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?

To be honest after the NBA playoffs I don't keep up with any other sports. I do keep up with my hometown teams. In Baltimore we have the Orioles, and the Ravens. I watch there games and if I am in Baltimore at the time I try to check them out live. Other then that I don't care to much about what goes on in the MLB or the NFL.

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'?

I was surprised to see that SC made it so far, but I knew their luck would run out eventually and it did.

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

I am a big fan of Lonzo Ball. I think he will be a good player in the NBA. Even though I think his father is funny and knows exactly what he is doing with the comments he makes to the media. I do think that might put more pressure on Lonzo but like Lonzo said in his interviews. He knows his dad and all this stuff we see, hear about in the media and think is crazy talk. Is something Lonzo is used to and does not let it effect his game. He grew up listening to his dad craziness. Haha

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?

No I think it is true. I don't fault him for it though. The Thunder has no chance to win the finals. So why not try and go and make history another way.

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

I think Westbrook should get it. He has done something that not a lot of players can do even if they tried to. And at the same time lead a team with no shooters to the playoffs out of the strong Western conference even after losing a superstar like KD. I don't think Harden is as good as a defender and I don't think he can consistently rebound like Westbrook can. I also think that if you tell Harden to go get a triple double he would not do it as often as Westbrook. For that reason I give the MVP to Westbrook. Not to take anything from Harden because personally I like Harden more than Westbrook. I might even pick Harden over Westbrook to be the center piece of my team because I feel Harden makes better decisions. But that is totally another conversation.

What was the last movie you seen?

The last movie I seen is called "Split" with James McAvoy.

Thanks Ricky for the chat.




Mario Kasun (Ex Orlando Magic) My Best Time In Life Was In Frankfurt Playing With Great Players Like Christopher Williams - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Mario Kasun (213-C-80) is a 34 year old 213cm Croatian that is a retired ex NBA player. He started his career in Croatia with Gorica (D2) and was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers (NBA,2rd (41) in 2002. He then played for the Frankfurt Opel Skyliners from 2002-2004 winning the BBL title in2004. He played in the NBA from 2004-2006 playing for the Orlando Magic playing a total of 72 games. He then played two seasons for FC Barcelona and two years for Efes Pilsen before going home to Croatia to play for KK Zagreb where he played 9 games averaging 8.4ppg, 2.9rpg, FGP: 64.4%, FT: 78.3%; Croatian League: EuroChallenge: 2 games: 17.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.0bpg; injured in Nov.'10 and was off for 1 month: EuroCup Qualifying Round: 2 games: 11.5ppg, 5.5rpg; Adriatic League: 21 games: 13.3ppg, Reb-5 (6.4rpg), FGP: 63.3%, FT: 67.5%. He has played for the Croatian national team playing at the 2005, 2007 and 2009 European championships. He also has won the Spanish and Turkish cups. He played for Montepaschi Siena (Italy-SerieA) in the 2012-2013 season playing 9 games averaging 6.2ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 58.1%, FT: 50.0%; Euroleague: 8 games: 5.0ppg, 4.0rpg, He then played for Al Wasl Dubai (United Arab Emirates-D1) and briefly for BC Levski Sofia (Bulgaria-NBL) in 2014 before retiring. He spoke to eurobasket concerning his career and death of former teammate Chris Williams.

Mario thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how is retired basketball life treating you these days?


My life after basketball is pretty interesting and I am doing things I enjoy. I am working with motor cyles and doing Real Estate. I am really enjoying my life after basketball.


Before we talk about your long professional career, I have to ask you about your ex teammate Chris Williams who recently passed away. When did you exactly hear about his passing and what were your first thoughts about it?

Regarding Christopher, it was a huge shock. We lost a great friend. He was an amazing basketball player, but even more an amazing friend. It is pretty sad that he left so early, but I am convinced that he went to a better place.

When do you remember having last contact with Chris Williams? Do you remember the last conversation that you had with him?

The last time that he and I had contact was maybe five or six years ago. I remember that we talked about organizing our lives better. We wanted to get to together again and catch up on old times since we were great friends.

Chris Williams came to the Opel Skyliners in the late summer of 2003 and and you were coming into your second season with Frankfurt. What was your first impression of Chris Williams when you saw him on the court for the first time?

We had already played together before he came to Frankfurt in Orlando at the NBA Summer League. I knew with his play that summer that when he came to Frankfurt that he would be a great piece to the puzzle. The only thing that I was really concerned about was that coach always said that he should play the four position, but he was actually a three. At first I thought that we would have a problem, but as it turned out we didn't. Coach knew how to use him best. It was really amazing to play with him.

Every one always talks about how the Opel Skyliners 2003-2004 team had a lot of depth and played as a team, but how important was Chris Williams for the 2004 title win?

Everyone was an important part of the success in 2004. I have to give a lot of credit to coach Herbert as he really studies every player and knew how to use every at their best.


Everyone always talked about his beautiful play in the paint and killer cross overs, but what will you remember most about the play of Chris Williams?

I loved how he could open the court for me and when I was doubled, I could get him the ball and he would knock down shots. We played pick and roll between each of us and I would set a screen and he would throw a pass or go for an alley-op. He was just unstoppable. It was really fun to play with him. His crossover was just amazing. His crossover didn't look spectacular or would break the ankles as the kids would say these days, but he would just pass by you with ease and you wouldn't even know he passed you.


How was your relationship with Chris Williams off the court? What was your relationship like?

He was a character off the court. We hung out a lot together, went to parties and laughed a lot. Often Americans would separate themselves from the European players, but that wasn't the case with Christopher. He was like family for me.

When you look back at the illustrious career of Chris Williams how do you think fans will remember him most in Frankfurt?

Everyone will have him in their memories in Frankfurt. He was a huge part and a big impact for their success. Frankfurt should remember every player, but especially him since he passed away. He was a huge piece of that team. He will be remembered as a great player, but moreover for a person with a genuine character and golden heart.


This is now your third season in basketball retirement. How have you been spending your time and what projects have you been doing?

I have been out of professional basketball three years now. I am playing in a veteran league with Barcelona which I am having a lot of fun with. I am living in Barcelona now and have a little daughter. I am enjoying my life very much now. Life with basketball was very nice and beautiful, but you do lose a sense of reality and regular people and now I have more time to do other things I like. Basketball was a huge part of my life and I am very happy that I had the kind of career that I had, but on the other hand I do miss it a lot. I miss playing with great people like Christopher was. To me my best year of life was in Frankfurt

You retired with 34 years of age which in comparison to many other players is a very long career. Was it more your body that told you in the fall of 2014 that it was time to retire or your mind?

I did retire at age 34. My body was in great shape, but I did have some broken bones, but for me there was no reason why I couldn't still have played. However I got a bit fed up, because the sport has become corrupt. For me it was just very tiring dealing with certain people involved with basketball. It was great getting to the professional level, but once you get there, there is more money which results in more problems. It is sad that the sport got to that level. I enjoyed my career at I feel that I stopped at the right moment.

You had a very long career, won titles in Germany, Spain, Turkey and Croatia, played for FC Barcelona and the Orlando Magic as well as playing for 3 European championships. When you look back at your career did you achieve all you wanted to or was something missing?

I feel that I could of achieved way more in my career. To be honest I was surrounded with the wrong people. I gave trust into the hands of the wrong people. But still I am happy that I had a long career and did win a lot of championships and cups, but do wish I could have done more for my country. But that wasn't too big a thing simply because you get together as a team for two months a year and just tried to do your best.


You won the Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey with FC Barcelona in 2007, but were a 2 time ACB finalist. Was winning the ACB title in Spain one of the titles you really wanted?

It wasn't hard, but just sad. I feel like I couldn't give my best, because I think that coach didn't know how to use me. Not winning that ACB title was hard, because that was the only title that I was missing.


You played two seasons in Turkey with Efes Pilsen Istanbul (Turkey-TBL), winning three titles. What do you remember most about your battles in practice with Daniel Santiago?

Winning Championships in Turkey was my favorite besides in Frankfurt. We had a great team with Efes Pilsen, but weren't on the same level as Fenerbahce. We still did come together as a team and didn't want to disappoint each other. We lived for one another. In the final, we were down 2-0, but we never gave up and kept believing in each other and won four in a row. I remember having a fist fight with a Fenebahce fan. It was all good memories.


You told me in an interview in 2011 that Gordon Herbert was your favorite coach to play for. How do you feel did he give you that last preparation in Frankfurt to help you move on to the NBA?


Gordon Herbert was definitely my favorite coach and my mentor when I was with the Opel Skyliners. My first year we were fighting a lot and I am sure he would tell you that. I was a young hard headed kid with a lot of adrenaline. I was always thinking that I could do everything, but there were moments where he was trying to help me control those moments. He had a huge impact on me and I think that he is an amazing coach. I really love him like my own dad. I wish that we had more contact. I would love to come to Frankfurt and remember all the great memories.


Chris Williams, Tyrone Ellis and Pascal Roller were the Skyliner Bermuda triangle, but how do you want the the organization Frankfurt Skyliners to remember Mario Kasun best?

I hope that they are happy for what I gave them. I really enjoyed everything with the organization. I hope that they remember me as a young and good kid that was just trying to do his best .I hope that I had a big impact and was able to give possibilities to other players I was super happy being able to win my first title there. I wouldn't change it for anything in the world.

Recently one of the last German Dinosaurs Bernd Kruel retired at age 40. Your ex teammate Tyrone Ellis only smiled remembered him as being freaking hilarious. How do you remember German Bernd Kruel best?

He was a funny and crazy guy. He played at a different level and always made you smile in a situation when you should be concentrating. He would be celebrating after some move like a soccer player. It was amazing playing with him.

You played a total of 72 NBA games with the Orlando Magic from 2004-2006. Were you content after two seasons or do you feel like you could have had a longer NBA career?

I Think that I had some bad luck coming when Dwight Howard was there. They didn't want to have two young guys in the starting lineup. It was a great experience. The reason that I didn't have a big NBA career was because before the NBA, I was making no money and I my parents were very poor and I played the whole 2005-2006 season with a broken foot and was wearing a cast off the court. I was too impatient to sit out and wait and get healthy again.

You played two seasons with center Dwight Howard. What funny story do you have of him that you will never forget?

I spent a lot of summers with him and we are still in contact. He was an amazing person and funny guy. At that time, he was a kid that was naeve and what I will never forget about him was that he always had a big stupid smile on his face. To me he played at another level and was like a Magic Johnson. Back then we knew that he would be one of the great centers to play. It is to bad that he had back problems. He has been playing great, but he isn't the Dwight Howard that he should be.

The NBA world is all about glitz and glamour and a totally different world than in Europe. The NBA now is different than 10 years ago when you were active there, but one experience will you never forget in the NBA that showed just how different kind of a world it is?

The NBA is a different world. You have one practice per day and have more time for your private life. You don't have time to concentrate on loses as everything moves on. It is all about getting better individually. I don't watch much NBA and don't see much team play as once before. I think the level has dropped. The NBA. Man I don't know what else to say. It is definitely a different world.


You played your last full season in Europe in 2012-2013 with Montepaschi Siena (Italy-SerieA). There you had pleasure to play together with current Houston Rocket Bobby Brown. He has been a scorer his whole life, but did you actually recognize another strength in his game besides his scoring?

I actually didn't play a whole season, but four months. I had a broken arm that the club was trying to hide from me. This injury took me nine months to recover from. Bobby Brown was a hilarious guy with a lot of swag. He didn't only have a crazy crossover, but a crazy everything. I am very happy that he reached the NBA.


Lebron finally brought an NBA title to the Cavs. Where does he stand at the moment in the never ending debate with where he stands as the best of all-time?


Lebron James is the most complete player in the NBA at this moment. He is the opposite of Kobe and Michael Jordan. I am super happy that he went to his home town and won the NBA title.


Where do you rank Kevin Garnett with the best power forwards that ever played the game?

He was my idol and I put him with the best power forwards of all-time. I have to go with Tim Duncan as the best. He is simply another person.


Klay Thompson recently hit 60 points in 29 minutes touching the ball for only 90 seconds. Where does this performance rank with you?

He is an amazing shooter. Give him one second and he will put you at 90 points. He has amazing form. The NBA is at another level with the individual skill level of players.


One always talks about Lebron and Curry, but one has to mention Russell Westbrook. He is averaging triple double stats at the moment. Is he stat wise the best player in the world right now?

Westbrook's game speaks for himself. He is an amazing player that does everything for his team. Kevin Durant left the team and he didn't want to leave his team and he took care of his team the best way that he could.


What was the last movie that you saw?

I watch a lot of movies. My favorite movie is the Boondock Saints.


Thanks Mario for the chat.




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  GREECE  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos16.3 
 2. Cummings, Aris14.5 
 3. Barlow, Trikalla14.0 
 4. Starks, Koroivos13.6 
 5. Hall, Koroivos13.4 
 6. Gotcher, Koroivos12.9 
 7. Lojeski, Olympiacos12.6 
 8. Punter, Lavrio12.5 
 9. Robert, AGOR12.4 
 10. Milutinovic, Koroivos12.4 
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.6.5 
 7. Toutziarakis, Kymis6.2 
 8. Faye, Promitheas6.1 
 9. Reddic, Kolossos HH5.8 
 10. Gotcher, Koroivos5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos7.3 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos5.6 
 3. Calathes, Panathin.5.5 
 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. Jones, Promitheas1.4 
 9. Moore, Promitheas1.4 
 10. Barlow, Trikalla1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jito KOK
  Lavrio
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kok, Lavrio1.5 
 2. Raines, Apollon .1.1 
 3. Clanton, PAOK1.1 
 4. Kravic, AGOR1.0 
 5. Orton, Kymis1.0 
 6. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 7. Milutinov, Olympiacos1.0 
 8. Jackson, Aris0.9 
 9. Kavvadas, Aris0.9 
 10. Fitzpatrick, AGOR0.9 


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Alexis KIRITSIS
  Doukas
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Kiritsis, Doukas17.9 
 2. Karaboulas, Faros17.8 
 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, Irakleio8.5 
 3. Tsougarakis, Arkad.8.1 
 4. Rubio, Doukas7.7 
 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. Vasilopoulos, Faros5.4 
 4. Koutras, GS Laris.5.3 
 5. Zoupas, Amyntas .5.3 
 6. Liakopoulos, Faros5.1 
 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. Laane, Ethnikos1.4 
 10. Thorsteinsso., AE Laris.1.4 
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, Faros0.9 
 4. Koutroulias, Holargos0.9 
 5. Melissaratos, Panio.0.8 
 6. Papanikolaou, Psych.0.8 
 7. Alihodzic, Panionios0.7 
 8. Katoufas, Faros0.6 
 9. Paulos, Pagrati0.6 
 10. Jawara, Doxa P.0.6 


A2 Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Faros advance into Finals - by Eurobasket News

Faros - Doukas 93-83

Faros held off Doukas to seal A2 Finals appearance. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-83. Faros made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Doukas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Nikos Liakopoulos (188-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 5 assists. Vaggelis Karaboulas (198-81) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Andreas Kanonidis (200-91) replied with 21 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and Ioannis Agravanis (196-98) added 20 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) in the effort for Doukas. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Faros: N.Liakopoulos 16+3reb+5ast, V.Karaboulas 15+4reb+4ast, K.Kakaroudis 11+2reb, S.Katoufas 10+5reb, M.Batis 10+3reb, G.Skordilis 8+8reb+5ast
Doukas: A.Kanonidis 21+4reb+4ast, I.Agravanis 20+1reb+2ast, I.Miledijevic 13+2reb+4ast, G.Rubio 9+4reb+3ast, V.Mastoros 8+1reb+4ast, G.Molfetas 5+1reb
gschID: 546722


Aiolos Astakou - Iraklis 73-64

Aiolos Astakou defeated Iraklis at home court to stay alive in the semifinal series. The hosts were ahead by 9 points but lost the second period ending it with a 7-point deficit before their 27-11 run, which allowed them to win the game. Aiolos Astakou made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Aiolos Astakou outrebounded Iraklis 40-26 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international point guard Fanis Koumpouras (185-83) scored 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Stathis Papadionysiou (196-92) chipped in 9 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Guard Mihalis Giannakidis (192-88) responded with 15 points and guard Yannis Gagaloudis (192-78) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Four Iraklis players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Aiolos Astakou: F.Koumpouras 24+5reb+4ast, S.Papadionysiou 9+5reb+1ast, N.Libaris-Psomas 9+6reb, N.Kaklamanos 6+2reb+1ast, G.Theodorakos 6+1reb, G.Brozos 5+3reb+1ast
Iraklis: M.Giannakidis 15+3reb+1ast, Y.Gagaloudis 13+2reb+4ast, S.Chrysopoulos 12+3reb, V.Angelakopoulos 11+3reb+1ast, K.Totsios 7+3reb+1ast, D.Despos 2+6reb+2ast
gschID: 546721






A1 Round 2 of Semi-Finals. AEK and Olympiacos with victories - by Eurobasket News

AEK Athens - Panathinaikos 71-70

AEK nipped Panathinaikos in Athens to even the series at 1-1. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 15-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when AEK Athens made 7 blocks. Bosnian forward Milan Milosevic (203-85, agency: BeoExcell) saved the victory by scoring 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Croatian point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, agency: XL Basketball Agency) contributed with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Chris Singleton (206-89, college: Florida St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import James Gist (206-86) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Panathinaikos. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: C.Singleton 19+11reb+1ast, N.Pappas 11+2reb+1ast, J.Gist 11+6reb+1ast, J.Feldeine 8+1reb+2ast, I.Bourousis 6+8reb+1ast, K.Rivers 5+2reb+1ast
AEK Athens: M.Milosevic 14+6reb+4ast, D.Sakota 12+2reb, D.Mavroeidis 12+6reb, R.Ukic 8+6reb+4ast, B.Newley 6+3reb+2ast, G.Larentzakis 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 546730


Aris - Olympiacos 77-84

Olympiacos outscored Aris on the road to take 2-0 lead. The guests were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 22-17 Aris' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 84-77 at the end of the game. Forward Thomas Zevgaras (201-1) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 19 points and 8 assists during the contest. Serbian power forward Tadija Dragicevic (206-86, agency: AproK Sports Group) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Will Cummings (188-92, college: Temple) scored 16 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Aris: W.Cummings 16+2reb+1ast, T.Dragicevic 14+7reb+2ast, J.Jackson 11+5reb+2ast, T.Zaras 10+3reb, V.Jankovic 9+3reb+3ast, M.Tsairelis 8+1reb
Olympiacos: T.Zevgaras 23+7reb+1ast, V.Spanoulis 19+8ast, K.Birch 11+14reb, G.Printezis 10+4reb+2ast, D.Waters 9+1reb+2ast, G.Ballis 5+3reb
gschID: 546729





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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. Pacher, Vasas8.2 
 5. Sejfic, PVSK P.8.2 
 6. Sihota, MAFC8.0 
 7. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 8. Watkins, Atomeromu7.8 
 9. Wright, Vasas7.4 
 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, Vasas7.6 
 5. Smith, MAFC6.1 
 6. Govens, Falco KC6.1 
 7. Wisseh, Kaposvari6.0 
 8. Nelson, PVSK P.6.0 
 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. Boltic, Szedeak2.1 
 4. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.2.1 
 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. Wright, Vasas0.8 
 4. Keller, Alba0.8 
 5. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 6. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.8 
 7. Juhos, Szedeak0.8 
 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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Superleague Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Azad force decider against Naft Abadan - by Eurobasket News

Azad - Naft Abadan 85-74

Azad held off Naft Abadan to force the semifinal series into the decisive fifth game. Naft Abadan was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 27-14 charge of Azad, which allowed them to win the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Naft Abadan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Dominique Jones (193-88, college: S.Florida) fired 25 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. The former international Ali Baheran (188-86) chipped in 19 points. Four Azad players scored in double figures. International Mohammad Hassanzadeh (203-90, agency: Three Eye Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and American-Ivorian guard Doron Perkins (189-83, college: Santa Clara) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Azad: D.Jones 25+5reb+8ast, A.Baheran 19+4reb+1ast, F.Sabouri 11+3reb, A.Doraghi 10+1reb+1ast, A.Armen Allahverdi 7+3reb, B.Koochoie 5+3reb+1ast
Naft Abadan: M.Hassanzadeh 20+11reb, S.Mashayekhi 11+2reb+2ast, M.Reza Akbari 11+4reb+1ast, D.Perkins 8+5reb+3ast, M.Mirzaei 7+6reb+2ast, S.Davarpanah 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 546669





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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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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. White, Auxilium TO15.5 
 10. Holloway, Vanoli C.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 O.D. ANOSIKE
  Openjobm.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Anosike, Openjobm.11.1 
 2. Jones, VL Pesaro10.1 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta9.0 
 4. Washington, Auxilium.8.6 
 5. White, Auxilium TO8.0 
 6. Fesenko, Scandone.7.4 
 7. Johnson, AV Cantu7.2 
 8. Nnoko, VL Pesaro7.1 
 9. Lawal, Banco d.7.0 
 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. Moore, The F.5.3 
 7. Ragland, Scandone.5.3 
 8. Craft, Dolomiti.4.8 
 9. Kalnietis, EA7 A.4.5 
 10. Holloway, Vanoli C.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron CRAFT
  Dolomiti.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Craft, Dolomiti.2.1 
 2. Sutton, Dolomiti.1.8 
 3. Moss, Brescia1.7 
 4. Green, Scandone AV1.7 
 5. Ragland, Scandone.1.5 
 6. Lighty, Dolomiti.1.5 
 7. Jones, VL Pesaro1.5 
 8. Goss, Enel Brindisi1.5 
 9. Bostic, JuveCaserta1.5 
 10. Forray, Dolomiti.1.4 
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 Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Adam SMITH
  Roseto
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Smith, Roseto24.2 
 2. Davis, Jesi24.1 
 3. Golden, Chieti22.8 
 4. Sims, Rieti20.2 
 5. Ferguson, Angelico.20.1 
 6. Bowers, Bondi F.20.0 
 7. Brown, Roma Virtus19.9 
 8. Harrell, Mens S.19.3 
 9. Cosey, Tortona19.0 
 10. Ray, Udine APU18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HALL
  Angelico Biella
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Hall, Angelico Biella12.8 
 2. Reynolds, Recanati12.2 
 3. Radic, Viola RC11.4 
 4. Mosley, Legnano9.5 
 5. Mortellaro, Chieti9.5 
 6. Smith, Ravenna9.3 
 7. Perry, Treviso .9.2 
 8. Easley, Eurobask.9.2 
 9. Poletti, Latina B.9.1 
 10. Jones, Piacenza9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Yuval NAIMY
  Scafati
  (188-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Naimy, Scafati7.5 
 2. Moreno, Bondi F.6.2 
 3. Bowers, Jesi6.1 
 4. Fantinelli, Treviso .6.0 
 5. Piazza, Agrigento5.1 
 6. Deloach, Eurobask.5.0 
 7. Zanelli, Rieti4.6 
 8. Golden, Chieti4.6 
 9. Roderick, Bondi F.4.5 
 10. Sollazzo, Treviglio4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Javonte GREEN
  Alma T.
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Green, Alma T.2.6 
 2. Hasbrouck, Piacenza2.0 
 3. Brown, Roma Virtus1.9 
 4. Bowers, Jesi1.9 
 5. Spissu, Virtus B.1.9 
 6. Okoye, Udine APU1.8 
 7. Smith, Ravenna1.8 
 8. Fanti, Eurobask.1.8 
 9. Legion, Viola RC1.7 
 10. Crockett, Unieuro .1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Taylor SMITH
  Ravenna
  (199-F/C-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Smith, Ravenna2.5 
 2. Mosley, Legnano2.1 
 3. Pellegrino, Bondi F.1.8 
 4. Reynolds, Recanati1.7 
 5. Ancellotti, Treviso .1.4 
 6. Bowers, Bondi F.1.4 
 7. Parks, Alma T.1.3 
 8. Daniels, Mantova1.1 
 9. Easley, Eurobask.1.0 
 10. Arledge, Latina B.1.0 


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Simone PEPE
  Pescara
  (184-G-93)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Pepe, Pescara21.1 
 2. Centanni, Volpino .19.6 
 3. Bagnoli, Cassino19.4 
 4. Maggiotto, Senigallia19.2 
 5. Bolzonella, Varese R.18.3 
 6. Grilli, Barcellona18.3 
 7. Boffelli, Scauri18.2 
 8. Zampolli, Matera17.6 
 9. Bonfiglio, Piombino17.4 
 10. Ghersetti, Bergamo17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicolo RAVAZZANI
  Matera
  (200-C-85)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Ravazzini, Matera11.1 
 2. Bozzetto, Crema10.6 
 3. Zanotti, Monteroni10.6 
 4. Bagnoli, Cassino10.6 
 5. Chiacig, Taranto10.1 
 6. Toscano, Bottegone10.1 
 7. Di-Donato, Pescara9.2 
 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. Bottioni, Campli5.2 
 6. Sanguinetti, Piacenza5.2 
 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. Gasparin, Omegna1.9 
 7. Busco, Patti1.9 
 8. Maggio, Napoli Cuore1.9 
 9. Toscano, Bottegone1.9 
 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. Galmarini, Firenze .1.1 
 4. Zanotti, Monteroni1.1 
 5. Laguzzi, Sestu1.0 
 6. Ferrara, Padova1.0 
 7. Chiacig, Taranto0.9 
 8. Gatti, Campli0.9 
 9. Antonelli, Bisceglie0.9 
 10. Bozzetto, Crema0.8 


Results and Stats from Serie B Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Barcellona - Campli 71-66

Barcellona overcame Campli to open the semifinal series. Naturalized Dominican guard Yancarlos-Jefferson Rodriguez (195-94) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Guard Daniele Grilli (191-87) chipped in 23 points. Point guard Riccardo Bottioni (190-93) produced 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and David Petrucci (188-85) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Campli players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Barcellona: Y.Jefferson Rodriguez 24+12reb+2ast, D.Grilli 23+4reb+2ast, F.Stefanini 10+14reb+2ast, D.Paunovic 6+2reb, L.Brunetti 6+9reb+2ast, B.Milojevic 2+6reb
Campli: R.Bottioni 15+9reb+4ast, D.Petrucci 13+7reb, S.Gatti 11+5reb, B.Duranti 11+5reb, R.Ponziani 7+7reb+1ast, A.Serafini 6+9reb
gschID: 546549


Montegrano - Pescara 83-57

Montegrano eased past Pescara in the opener. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Giorgio Broglia (198-86, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 19 points. Guard Vincenzo Di-Viccaro (191-84) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Montegrano players scored in double figures. Guard Simone Pepe (184-93, agency: SPORTlab Agency) answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds and forward Emidio Di-Donato (199-92) added 6 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Pescara. Pescara's coach Giorgio Salvemini gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Montegrano: V.Di Viccaro 20+3reb+1ast, G.Broglia 19+4reb+2ast, N.Rizzitiello 11+7reb+1ast, A.Paesano 10+5reb+1ast, M.Dip 8+9reb+1ast, F.Bedetti 5+5reb+2ast
Pescara: S.Pepe 18+8reb+1ast, M.Bini 13+1ast, A.Capitanelli 10+2reb+2ast, E.Di Donato 6+12reb+3ast, S.Rajola 5+2reb+4ast, J.Valentini 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 546548


Palestrina - Bisceglie 62-54

Palestrina held off Bisceglie for 1-0 lead. Forward Riccardo Pederzini (198-89, agency: Players Group) stepped up and scored 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and forward Filippo Gagliardo (206-78, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Four Palestrina players scored in double figures. Palestrina's coach Gianluca Lulli used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side forward Giorgio Broglia (198-86, agency: Interperformances) responded with 13 points and 9 rebounds and guard Marco Cucco (188-94, agency: Players Group) scored 13 points.
Top scorers:
Palestrina: R.Pederzini 14+6reb+2ast, L.Montanari 12+1reb+2ast, G.Rossi 12+2reb, F.Gagliardo 11+8reb+1ast, M.Drigo 7+6reb+3ast, D.Serino 4+8reb+1ast
Bisceglie: A.Riccardo 13+9reb, M.Cucco 13+3reb+2ast, A.Chiriatti 8+3reb+1ast, E.Di Emidio 7+2reb, A.Poti 6+4reb+1ast, S.Bruno 3+7reb+4ast
gschID: 546547


Napoli Cuore - Cassino 69-72

Cassino toppled Napoli Cuore on the road. Guard Niccolo Petrucci (193-89) fired 16 points for the winners. The former international power forward Simone Bagnoli (205-81) chipped in 15 points. Bosnian-Serbian power forward Njegos Visnjic (200-79) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and Serbian forward Stefan Nikolic (203-97) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Napoli Cuore players scored in double figures. Napoli Cuore's coach Ciccio Ponticiello rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Cassino: N.Petrucci 16+2reb+2ast, S.Bagnoli 15+4reb, B.Sergio 13+5reb, L.Panzini 8+4reb+2ast, M.Del Testa 8+3reb+4ast, D.Birindelli 6+7reb+2ast
Napoli Cuore: S.Nikolic 15+9reb+1ast, N.Visnjic 15+12reb+4ast, A.Barsanti 12+1ast, M.Mastroianni 11+4reb+2ast, R.Maggio 10+6reb+5ast, D.Marzaioli 3+1reb
gschID: 546546


Lecco - Bergamo 60-79

Bergamo upset Lecco to open win count in the series. Power forward Rei Pullazi (203-93) fired 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Argentinian Mario-Jose Ghersetti (201-81) chipped in 13 points. Power forward Gaetano Spera (210-93, college: St.Peter's, agency: Players Group) produced 5 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Jacopo Balanzoni (203-93, agency: Interperformances) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Bergamo: A.Panni 13+1reb+3ast, M.Jose Ghersetti 13+3reb+2ast, R.Pullazi 12+6reb, P.Chiarello 9+3reb+1ast, N.Bastone 7+2reb, S.Berti 6+3reb+4ast
Lecco: C.Fumagalli 9+1reb, J.Balanzoni 9+7reb, D.Todeschini 9+2reb, D.Quartieri 8+3reb+2ast, G.Siberna 6+2reb+1ast, G.Spera 5+10reb+2ast
gschID: 546550


Moncalieri - Cento 71-65

Moncalieri raced to the opening win over Cento. Swingman Leone Gioria (194-84) nailed 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and point guard Allen Agbogan (182-97, agency: Players Group) accounted for 10 points and 5 rebounds. Four Moncalieri players scored in double figures. Forward Luca Pignatti (198-86) came up with 15 points and 7 rebounds and the former international point guard Mattia Caroldi (186-82) added 16 points respectively for Cento in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Moncalieri: L.Gioria 14+7reb+1ast, K.Treier 12+1reb, A.Fabrizio Smorto 11+2reb, A.Agbogan 10+5reb+2ast, D.Merletto 10+4reb+2ast, F.Conti 8+6reb+3ast
Cento: M.Caroldi 16+2reb+1ast, L.Pignatti 15+7reb+2ast, M.Benfatto 10+7reb+1ast, L.Brighi 8+1reb+1ast, D.Andreaus 5+4reb+2ast, A.Chiera 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 546661


Orzinuovi GaGa - Firenze All Foods 80-61

Orzinuovi GaGa cruised past visiting Firenze. Guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-81, agency: SPORTlab Agency) fired 17 points and 6 assists for the winners. The former international Rodolfo Valenti (198-80) chipped in 15 points. Swingman Davide Poltroneri (195-85) produced 12 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Andrea Mazzucchelli (190-94, agency: Octagon Europe) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Firenze All Foods' coach Giulio Cadeo tested ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Orzinuovi GaGa: A.Ruggiero 17+3reb+6ast, R.Valenti 15+3reb+1ast, A.Scanzi 13+1reb+1ast, G.Piunti 10+8reb+1ast, M.Toure 7+2reb+4ast, R.Perego 6+2reb+2ast
Firenze All Foods: A.Longobardi 13+5reb, D.Poltroneri 12+5reb+3ast, G.Sirakov 11+1ast, A.Mazzucchelli 11+5reb+2ast, D.Rosignoli 6+9reb+3ast, J.Lucarelli 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 546545


Omegna - Piacenza 68-61

Omegna is 1-0 up on Piacenza following a tough home success. Omegna made 17-of-18 free shots (94.4 percent) during the game. Omegna outrebounded Piacenza 35-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. Forward Marco Arrigoni (199-91) fired 7 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Guard Giovanni Gasparin (187-91, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Four Omegna players scored in double figures. Omegna's coach Filippo Faina allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Matteo Samoggia (196-90) produced 14 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Mattia Magrini (190-93) added 15 points (made all of his seven free throws) respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Omegna: A.Simoncelli 15+2reb+3ast, G.Gasparin 12+5reb+3ast, G.Gurini 10+3reb+3ast, D.Corral 10+1reb+1ast, A.Dagnello 9+1reb+1ast, M.Arrigoni 7+13reb+2ast
Piacenza: M.Magrini 15+2reb, M.Samoggia 14+5reb, M.Soragna 6+3reb+1ast, G.Bruni 6+2reb+1ast, D.Banti 6+5reb, M.Rezzano 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 546544





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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, Sanen18.9 
 6. Garrett, Toyota A.18.2 
 7. Stone, Chiba Jets17.9 
 8. White, Sendai17.7 
 9. Rossiter, Tochigi .17.2 
 10. Kanamaru, SeaHo.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ROSSITER
  Tochigi .
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 13
 1. Rossiter, Tochigi .13.0 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT12.6 
 3. Harrellson, Osaka E.11.6 
 4. Butts, SeaHorses11.6 
 5. Willard, Toyama G.9.6 
 6. Childress, Sanen9.5 
 7. Mangano, Sendai8.8 
 8. Gardner, Niigata .8.8 
 9. Sacre, Hitachi SR8.8 
 10. Parker, Chiba Jets8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Naoki UTO
  Toyama G.
  (188-F-91)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Uto, Toyama G.4.2 
 2. Namizato, Shiga L.4.2 
 3. Sakuragi, SeaHorses4.0 
 4. Togashi, Chiba Jets4.0 
 5. Garrett, Toyota A.4.0 
 6. Suzuki, Sanen3.9 
 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: 2
 1. Hirose, Hitachi SR2.0 
 2. Dove, Kyoto Hannar.1.7 
 3. Palmer, Akita NH1.6 
 4. Vendrame, Hitac.1.6 
 5. Parker, Chiba Jets1.6 
 6. Rossiter, Tochigi .1.6 
 7. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.5 
 8. Hatakeyama, Niigata .1.5 
 9. Gibbs, Tochigi Brex1.4 
 10. Garrett, Toyota A.1.4 
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. Miller, Hokkaido L.1.7 
 4. Chapman, Niigata .1.7 
 5. Armstrong, Chiba J.1.4 
 6. Bachynski, Hokkaido.1.3 
 7. Edwards, SeaHorses1.2 
 8. Childress, Sanen1.2 
 9. Charlo, Kyoto H.1.1 


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. Ikaruga, Hiroshim.3.1 
 8. Hirao, Bambitio.3.1 
 9. Watanabe, Tokyo Z3.1 
 10. Burns, Nishinomiya S.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Takumi FURUNO
  Kumamoto.
  (179-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Furuno, Kumamoto.2.1 
 2. Tapscott, Kagawa F.1.8 
 3. Otsuka, Toyotsu FE1.6 
 4. Tatsuhiko, Ehime O.1.6 
 5. Tokunaga, Kagawa F.1.6 
 6. Kasahara, Ehime OV1.5 
 7. Burns, Nishinomiya S.1.5 
 8. Kanbara, Kumamoto.1.5 
 9. Obuchi, Gunma1.4 
 10. Spikes, Fukushima1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Chukwudiebere MADUABUM
  Kagos.
  (206-F-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Maduabum, Kagos.2.4 
 2. Blackledge, Ehime O.1.8 
 3. Kuso, Gunma1.8 
 4. Vandenberg, Nishinom.1.7 
 5. Spikes, Fukushima1.6 
 6. Marshall, Shima.1.5 
 7. Ridley, Hiroshima D.1.5 
 8. van-der-List, Shinshu .1.5 
 9. Davis, Shimane SM1.3 
 10. Forbes, Kagawa FA1.3 


B League D2 Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Shimane and Nishinomiya enter Final - by Eurobasket News

Hiroshima D. - Shimane SM 53-52

Shimane advanced into Final. They overcame Hiroshima in the extra period to seal their Final birth. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Shimane Magic won third quarter 18-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Connor Lammert (206-94, college: Texas, agency: Babcock Sports) saved the victory by scoring 11 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Seiji Ikaruga (185-94) contributed with 10 points and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Josh Davis (203-91, college: San Diego St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds and forward Hayato Kantake (194-86) added 11 points in the effort for Shimane Magic. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: J.Davis 12+13reb+2ast, H.Kantake 11+4reb, W.Marshall 9+3reb, J.Abe 7+1reb, K.Takabatake 5+4reb, E.Yamamoto 4+5reb+3ast
Hiroshima D.: C.Lammert 11+9reb+2ast, S.Ikaruga 10+3reb+4ast, D.Yamada 10+3reb+1ast, H.Kitagawa 9+4reb, S.Tanaka 8+4reb+1ast, D.Dillon 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 546466


Gunma - Nishinomiya S. 60-70

Nishinomiya beat Gunma to sweep the semifinal series. The game without a history. Nishinomiya S. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Guard Tadahiro Yanagawa (183-86) scored 19 points to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Larry Owens (201-83, college: ORU, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 7 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and guard Shota Kurihara (187-93) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Gunma: T.Kennedy 17+13reb, S.Kurihara 14+5reb+1ast, A.Kuso 7+10reb+1ast, H.Kondo 6+2reb+2ast, N.Kodai 6+3reb, M.Obuchi 5+4reb
Nishinomiya S.: T.Yanagawa 19+1reb+2ast, D.Burns 13+2reb+5ast, N.Tani 9+2reb+2ast, N.Douhara 8+4reb+2ast, L.Owens 7+11reb+3ast, J.Vandenberg 4+7reb
gschID: 546465





Review of B League Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Hitachi SR - Toshiba BT 82-98

Toshiba BT outgunned Hitachi SunRockers to sweep the quarterfinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Toshiba Thunders. Hitachi Sunrockers was better in third quarter 35-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Toshiba Thunders shot 60.3 percent from the field and made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Ryan Spangler (203-91, college: Oklahoma) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists during the contest. Toshiba Thunders' coach Takuya Kita allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Canadian center Robert Sacre (213-89, college: Gonzaga) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and international forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga) scored 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Toshiba Thunders and four Hitachi Sunrockers players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: N.Fazekas 25+13reb+2ast, R.Shinoyama 18+2reb+2ast, R.Spangler 16+4reb+4ast, N.Tsuji 11+1reb+1ast, T.Kurihara 10+2reb+3ast, Y.Fujii 7+3ast
Hitachi SR: R.Sacre 25+12reb+3ast, L.Vendrame 15+2reb+5ast, I.Brown 13+8reb+5ast, K.Hirose 10+1reb+3ast, Y.Otsuka 6, R.Guinn 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 546472


Sanen - Toyota Alvark 74-83

Toyota Alvark prevailed against Sanen to seal the semifinal appearance. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 49-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Toyota Alvark made 26-of-29 free shots (89.7 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. Point guard Diante Garrett (196-88, college: Iowa St.) notched 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort and forward Jeff Ayres (206-87, college: Arizona St.) supported him with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four Toyota Alvark players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds by swingman Josh Childress (203-83, college: Stanford) did not help to save the game for Sanen Neophoenix. Forward Robert Dozier (206-85, college: Memphis) added 21 points for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: D.Garrett 19+5reb+7ast, D.Tanaka 16+5reb, J.Ayres 15+6reb, Z.Baranski 12+1reb, J.Takeuchi 9+6reb, S.Kikuchi 5+6reb+1ast
Sanen: R.Dozier 21+3reb, J.Childress 20+10reb+2ast, T.Suzuki 11+2reb+2ast, A.Ota 7+3reb, O.Ashaolu 3+2reb+1ast, S.Tawatari 3+3reb
gschID: 546474


Chiba Jets - Tochigi Brex 70-77

Tochigi Brex topped Chiba Jets to remain in the title hunt. It looked good early as Chiba Jets took a 20-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Tochigi Brex took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 7 points. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was forward Jeffrey Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) who scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Tyler Stone (203-91, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Tochigi Brex and four Chiba Jets players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: J.Gibbs 19+8reb+2ast, R.Rossiter 13+6reb+3ast, T.Furukawa 13+3reb+1ast, Y.Suda 11+3reb+1ast, Y.Endo 10+2reb+3ast, Y.Tabuse 6+2reb+4ast
Chiba Jets: T.Stone 19+11reb+1ast, R.Ono 15+3reb+1ast, Y.Togashi 13+2reb+5ast, M.Parker 12+6reb+2ast, H.Armstrong 8+6reb, S.Hara 3+5reb
gschID: 546473


Ryukyu GK - SeaHorses 75-81

SeaHorses upset Ryukyu to complete the sweep. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-75. Ryukyu GK was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international swingman Makoto Hiejima (190-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 6 rebounds. American power forward Gavin Edwards (206-88, college: Connecticut) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. International guard Ryuichi Kishimoto (176-90) replied with 15 points and 8 assists and Ryunosuke Watanabe (185-94) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Ryukyu GK. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ryukyu GK's coach Tsutomu Isa rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
SeaHorses: K.Kanamaru 19+2reb, M.Hiejima 18+6reb+3ast, J.Sakuragi 12+3reb+2ast, G.Edwards 12+10reb+4ast, I.Butts 11+11reb+1ast, S.Kashiwagi 7+6reb+4ast
Ryukyu GK: R.Kishimoto 15+4reb+8ast, R.Watanabe 14+8reb+1ast, L.Hamilton 11+7reb, A.McHenry 11+5reb, K.Hatano 6+4reb, R.Terry 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 546471






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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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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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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
gschID: 545982





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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.13.3 
 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.7.3 
 4. Cepukaitis, Juven.6.7 
 5. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.6.5 
 6. Echodas, Siauliai5.9 
 7. Smiljanic, Nevezis5.9 
 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. Williams, Lietkabelis1.5 
 4. Lipkevicius, Vytautas1.5 
 5. Love-Roberts, Nevez.1.5 
 6. Diggs, Juventus1.5 
 7. Low, P.Zvaigzdes1.4 
 8. Giedraitis, Lietuvos.1.4 
 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. Kulvietis, Vytautas0.8 
 8. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.0.8 
 9. Guscikas, Dzukija0.8 
 10. Lapeta, Lietuvos.0.8 


LKL Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Easy wins for Lietuvos Rytas and Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos rytas - Lietkabelis 96-85

Lietuvos Rytas held off Lietkabelis to gain 1-0 lead in the semis. The game without a history. Lietuvos rytas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of international power forward Arturas Gudaitis (211-93) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 9 rebounds. American-Georgian point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova) contributed with 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Lietuvos rytas players scored in double figures. The former international center Ksistof Lavrinovic (209-79) answered with 15 points and 5 rebounds and Zygimantas Skucas (201-92, agency: Octagon Europe) added 13 points in the effort for Lietkabelis. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos rytas: A.Gudaitis 19+9reb+1ast, C.Fisher 14+2reb+6ast, J.Baron 14+1reb+1ast, D.Gordon 14+3reb+1ast, R.Giedraitis 11+3reb, T.Brown 9+6reb
Lietkabelis: B.Madgen 17+2ast, K.Lavrinovic 15+5reb+2ast, Z.Skucas 13+4reb+3ast, G.Leonavicius 9+2reb+1ast, M.Lukauskis 8+3reb+1ast, Z.Janavicius 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 546408


Zalgiris - Neptunas 83-54

Zalgiris thumped visiting Neptunas in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Zalgiris. Neptunas was better in fourth quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zalgiris dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Neptunas' 20 and made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. International point guard Lukas Lekavicius (180-94) stepped up and scored 17 points for the winners and Brazilian center Augusto Lima (207-91) chipped in 7 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side forward Arvydas Siksnius (196-87, college: Weatherford JC) responded with 12 points and center Vytautas Sarakauskas (205-82) scored 6 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: L.Lekavicius 17+2reb+2ast, B.Motum 14+2reb, E.Ulanovas 10+2reb+1ast, P.Jankunas 7+7reb+2ast, A.Kavaliauskas 7+4reb+1ast, A.Lima 7+7reb+3ast
Neptunas: A.Siksnius 12+1reb+1ast, C.Lofton 9+1reb, M.Mazeika 8, V.Sarakauskas 6+5reb, L.Beliauskas 5+2reb+3ast, A.Butkevicius 4+5reb+1ast
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Lithuanian National Team 2017 - by Greg

Lithuanian National Team 2017
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Mantas Kalnietis
Kalnietis
Lukas Lekavicius
Lekavicius
Adas Juskevicius
Juskevicius
Martynas Gecevicius
Gecevicius
Renaldas Seibutis
Seibutis
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Mantas Kalnietis 195-PG-86 EA7 Armani Italy
Lukas Lekavicius 180-PG-94 Zalgiris Lithuania
Adas Juskevicius 194-SG-89 Zaragoza Spain
Martynas Gecevicius 193-G-88 Zaragoza Spain
Renaldas Seibutis 196-SG-85 Zalgiris Lithuania
Marius Grigonis 198-F-94 Iberostar Tener. Spain
Mindaugas Girdziunas 188-G-89 Neptunas Lithuania
Arturas Milaknis 195-G-86 Zalgiris Lithuania
Deividas Dulkys 195-G/F-88 Obradoiro Spain
Arnoldas Kulboka 205-SF-98 Brose Bask. Germany
Sarunas Vasiliauskas 188-PG-89 Usak Turkey
Arnas Velicka 192-PG-99 FC Barcelona II Spain
Mindaugas Kuzminskas 205-F-89 New York K. USA
Jonas Maciulis 198-F/G-85 Real Madrid Spain
Edgaras Ulanovas 197-G-92 Zalgiris Lithuania
Paulius Jankunas 205-PF-84 Zalgiris Lithuania
Donatas Motiejunas 213-F/C-90 N.Orleans P. USA
Domantas Sabonis 209-F/C-96 Oklah.City T. USA
Gediminas Orelik 199-G/F-90 Banvit BK Turkey
Deividas Gailius 200-F-88 Lietuvos rytas Lithuania
Rokas Giedraitis 198-SF-92 Lietuvos rytas Lithuania
Eimantas Bendzius 204-F-90 Obradoiro Spain
Gytis Masiulis 206-F/C-98 Zalgiris Lithuania
Tadas Sedekerskis 203-F/G-98 Baskonia Spain
Jonas Valanciunas 213-C-92 Toronto R. USA
Arturas Gudaitis 211-C/F-93 Lietuvos rytas Lithuania
Antanas Kavaliauskas 208-C-84 Zalgiris Lithuania
Egidijus Mockevicius 208-C-92 Long Island N. USA
Laurynas Birutis 213-C/F-97 Vytautas Lithuania
Evaldas Kairys 207-F/C-90 Usak Turkey
Martynas Sajus 208-C-96 Polpharma Poland

Dainius Adomaitis Head Coach Neptunas Lithuania



Tegra wins SKL-A Lyga trophy! - by Greg

Tegra is SKL-A Lyga Champions!. They won the Final game against SK Ferimsta 75-65. Remigijus Sugintas (200-SF-87) led the winners with 28 points and 8 rebounds. Henrikas Sliogeris and Gabrielius Ramonas also ended the game with double digits (15 and 11 respectively). Eduard Rogaciov did everything on the court for SK Ferimsta (27 points, 12 rebounds) but it was not enough to beat Tegra.


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North overcomes South in CIBACOPA All Star Game, Jeffery Early MVP - by Eurobasket News

North overcame South 128-115 in All Star Game. North led 65-55 at the halftime and then increased to 90-79 with 10 minutes to go. Jeffery Jeff Early (190-G-88, college: S.Illinois) takes the night to be named MVP of the All-Star Game 2017. Steve Monreal (180-PG-86, college: CS Monterey) won three-point contest. Manny Hernandez (190-G/F, college: Lynchburg) took home the championship of the dunk contest of the All-Star Game 2017.


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Alfa Basket gain 2-1 lead in title series - by Eurobasket News

Alfa Basket clinched the second victory in the championship series. They edged UA-Basco 80:63 to gain 2-1 lead. Sergey Shevchenko (201-F-95) stepped up with 23 points to pace the hosts.
UA-Basco jumped to a 21:15 lead after ten minutes. But Alfa quickly bounced back. They used a 27:14 run in the second term to secure a 42:35 halftime advantage. Alfa Basket went on a 23:7 run in the third term to clear off for good. Gennadiy Kushmantsov (182-PG-96) provided 19 points, while Maksim Lisiak (203-F-95) added 15 points for the hosts. Evgheni Nartov (200-F-87) responded with 22 points for UA-Basco.



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  NBA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.9
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.9 
 2. Harden, Houston R.29.0 
 3. Thomas, Boston C.28.4 
 4. Davis, N.Orleans P.28.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 6. James, Clevelan.27.2 
 7. Lillard, Portland.27.1 
 8. DeRozan, Toronto R.26.7 
 9. Leonard, San A.25.8 
 10. Curry, Golden S.25.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Miami Heat
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Whiteside, Miami Heat14.2 
 2. Drummond, Detro.13.8 
 3. Jordan, LA Clippers13.8 
 4. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.6 
 5. Howard, Atlanta H.12.5 
 6. Towns, Minnesot.12.2 
 7. Davis, N.Orleans P.12.0 
 8. Chandler, Phoenix .11.4 
 9. Love, Cleveland C.10.9 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.8 
Assists Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Harden, Houston R.10.9 
 2. Wall, Washington W.10.6 
 3. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.4 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.3 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.9.1 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.6 
 7. Teague, Indiana P.7.7 
 8. Holiday, N.Orlean.7.3 
 9. Green, Golden S.7.0 
 10. Williams, Dallas M.6.8 
Steals Per Game
 John WALL
  Washington W.
  (193-PG-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Wall, Washington W.2.0 
 2. Green, Golden S.2.0 
 3. Butler, Chicago B.1.9 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers1.9 
 5. Covington, Phi.7.1.9 
 6. Curry, Golden S.1.8 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.7 
 8. Leonard, San A.1.7 
 9. Ariza, Houston R.1.7 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Utah Jazz
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.6 
 2. Embiid, Phi.76ers2.4 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.2.2 
 4. Turner, Indiana P.2.1 
 5. Whiteside, Miami Heat2.1 
 6. Porzingis, New Y.2.0 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.8 
 8. Lopez, Brooklyn N.1.7 
 9. Durant, Golden S.1.6 
 10. Ibaka, Orlando M.1.6 


Warriors rally for 113-111 win after Spurs lose Leonard - by Eurobasket News

Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) started the rally in the third to get Golden State going, then Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) was determined to do his part in the fourth. Two of the biggest stars on one side delivered when the best player on the other went down. Curry scored 40 points and hit a tying 3-pointer with 1:48 remaining, and the Warriors rallied from way behind after Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) was lost to an ankle injury to beat the San Antonio Spurs 113-111 on Sunday in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. "It's the playoffs. You've got to expect everything," Curry said. "I wouldn't call it smooth sailing at all. We've actually had to execute and get to this point. They came out and challenged us heavy, put a nice little run together. It took us a minute to figure it out to get up to that game speed after this little break. It's definitely a nice way to win Game 1. We've got to capitalize off that and start Game 2 a lot better." Draymond Green (6'7''-F-90, college: Michigan St.) gave Golden State the lead for good on a three-point play after the Warriors trailed by as many as 25 points. Leonard left in the third quarter after he re-injured his left ankle, and the Warriors capitalized with an 18-0 run. Durant scored 10 straight points during a key fourth-quarter stretch on the way to 34 points, while Zaza Pachulia (6'11''-C-84) had 11 points and nine rebounds. Leonard had 26 points and eight rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) produced another clutch playoff performance with 28 points and eight boards. Somehow, these unusually careless, cold-shooting Warriors found a way to keep their unblemished postseason record alive at 9-0. Game 2 in the series is Tuesday night back at Oracle Arena. Curry scored 19 points in the third quarter and went 7 for 16 on 3s and 14 of 26 overall as the Warriors overcame their largest halftime deficit ever in the postseason at 20 points. Leonard first went down after stepping on a teammate's foot along the bench after taking a shot. Pachulia later slid toward him as he came down from shooting and Leonard fell into the Spurs bench, grabbing his ankle. Losing Leonard could be the story of this series, though coach Gregg Popovich had no update except that Leonard hurt the same foot. He shot 7 of 13 in 23 minutes to go with eight rebounds and three assists. He made all 11 of his free throws. He sat out Game 6 of the last round against Houston, a 39-point, series-clinching win on Thursday, after injuring the ankle in a Game 5 overtime victory. "It's a tough break. He's coming from an injury on that ankle and he tweaked it twice in the last minute he played," Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) said. "So we couldn't react to his absence." Durant has repeatedly spoken of elevating his game when it matters most - and wow did he do it at the very moment the Warriors needed a huge lift on their home floor. His 3-pointer with 7:53 to play got Golden State within 94-88, then he drove to his left and right by Kyle Anderson (6'9''-G/F-93, college: UCLA) for an emphatic one-handed slam the next possession to ignite a deafening sellout crowd. Durant hit another 3 at the 6:10 mark and a jumper the next time down before Shaun Livingston's driving dunk. "Steph got us going in the third, I just tried to do my part in the fourth," Durant said. Popovich lost to good friend and old pupil Mike Brown, filling in as Warriors acting coach for the ailing Steve Kerr - who played for Popovich. Yet for much of the afternoon, the Spurs outplayed the mighty Warriors on both ends of the floor. While Kerr spoke to the team at halftime, he watched the game from behind the scenes in the arena a day after returning to the practice floor for the first time in more than three weeks. "He's gone through hell," Popovich said pregame. "I'm sure most people don't really know, and I'll leave that to him to describe as much as he wants to describe. But it's been very difficult for him. He's shown a lot of courage getting through what he's gone through."
Courtesy of: abcnews.com




George Hill Hopes To Remain With Jazz - by Eurobasket News

George Hill (6'3''-PG-86, college: IUPUI) arrived in Utah via trade last offseason and he's fit in well. He helped the franchise go from an up-and-coming collection of young parts to 50-plus win playoff team. Hill, who will be a free agent at the end of the year, hopes the Jazz continue to climb the Western Conference standings and he hopes to be part of the process. 'I really enjoyed playing with the guys here. I think we created a heck of a bond: me, Gordon and Rudy,' Hill said (via Jody Genessy of the Deseret News). 'We've created that type of bond where it's fun to play with. We've got a great coaching staff and the coach believes in us and pushes us every day. 'Let's stay together, build on what we've done this year,' Hill added. 'Hopefully we can do that.' Hill battled various injuries this season, forcing him to miss 33 games. The Jazz were much better with Hill in the lineup, posting an 8.6 net rating with him on the court, compared to just a 2.2 net rating with him on the bench, per NBA.com. The point guard made $8.0MM last season in the final year of a four-year deal. He'll likely double that salary on an annual basis in a new deal, though that's simply my speculation. In 49 games this season, Hill scored 16.9 points and dished out 4.1 assists. He shot 40.3% from behind the arc and sported a 19.3 player efficiency rating.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.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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Island Storm scores Game 1 upset of Halifax Hurricanes - by Eurobasket News

After Game 1 of the Atlantic Division finals the Halifax Hurricanes will have to do something they haven't these entire playoffs - overcome a series deficit. Behind the Island Storm's Jahii Carson (5'10''-PG-92, college: Arizona St.)'s and Terry Thomas (6'4''-G/F-91)' 21 and 20 points respectively, the Charlottetown squad stole home-court advantage Sunday afternoon in its best-of-seven National Basketball League of Canada series against the Hurricanes in a gritty 119-115 road victory at the Scotiabank Centre. Halifax's C.J. Washington (6'8''-F-92, college: UAB) tallied his second-highest point total of the year with 30 points and eight rebounds. With the Hurricanes trailing 118-115 and holding possession following a time out, the home team opted to go for the tie with Antoine Mason (6'3''-G-92, college: Auburn) (19 points) shooting a semi-contested three-pointer at the top of the line. The attempt pulled long and, with an ensuing Hurricanes' foul and a made free throw, the match was put on ice by way of it being a two-possession game with 2.7 seconds to go. It could be argued, however, that the game should never have come to that moment for the defending champions. Halifax was going breezy with a 104-94 lead with 6:59 to play before the Storm went on a 25-11 scoring run in the waning minutes of the contest. Carson and Thomas in particular were huge down the stretch, as they alone outscored the Hurricanes with 15 points on a number of timely driving buckets and teardrop floaters. 'We just had an added sense of urgency (during that stretch),' said Thomas, who also added nine rebounds and shot eight of 17 from the field. 'We've been in that position before. In the Saint John series, we were pushed to the limit. We're comfortable, we trust each other and adding all that together we knew we were going to win the game.' The Storm shot 56.25 per cent from the field, 38.89 (seven of 18) from downtown, and had six players hit double digits. Hurricanes coach Mike Leslie was less than thrilled with his top-ranked defence. 'We're really disappointed as a group with our defensive performance. We usually keep teams to about 44 per cent. They just scored too easily and we're going to have to make some major adjustments,' he said. Via its five-game thriller against the No. 2-seeded Riptide in the earlier round, the Storm has collectively developed a stern belief in its abilities with Game 1 playing out like another heavyweight bout. Both teams traded buckets for most of the game before the Hurricanes created a bit of separation with a 41-point third quarter and a 96-85 lead heading into the final frame. The Storm, peculiarly, dominated the Hurricanes bench in a 42 -19 scoring advantage promoting Leslie to say, 'We have to be better all around the board and win some of these match-ups off the bench.' Despite averaging nearly 10 more team rebounds in the regular season, the Storm also only lost the edge on the glass 42-36 for the afternoon and shot 28 free throws (making 22) in comparison to Halifax's 30 attempts (making 21). Thomas wasn't surprised. 'We've seen each other a lot, we know each other's personnel. So at this point, we know we're going to score,' said Thomas, a Dartmouth native. 'If we get stops, we know we can just flow off that . . . personally I just feel like we're the better team.' The game - and series - featured no shortage of star power as three of the six major player award-winners took the court. On Friday the Hurricanes Antoine Mason was named the sixth man of the year by way of his 15.4 points per game average this past season in only 24 starts. The Storm's Carson and Thomas were named the newcomer of the year and Canadian player of the year, respectively. With the series going in a 2-2-1-1-1 (home court advantage), the Hurricanes host the Storm again on Tuesday as Game 2 goes at the Scotiabank Centre. 'I'm not necessarily sure we're in a must-win situation, but we just have to play better flat-out,' Leslie said.
Courtesy of: theguardian.pe.ca



Lightning Survive Game 2 Buzzer-Beater 106-105 - by Eurobasket News

Garrett Williamson (6'5''-G-88, college: St.Joseph's) sank a shot at the buzzer to double the London Lightning's playoff series lead. The Lightning survived a amazing comeback by the Windsor Express to take Game 2 of the NBL Central Division Finals 106-105 on Mother's Day afternoon at Budweiser Gardens. London now leads Windsor 2-0 in the best-of-seven series leading into the trip to Windsor for Game 3. Windsor had a furious run in the fourth quarter after being down by 15 points at halftime, and had taken the lead for the first time in the game in the latter half of the fourth. The Express held a one point lead and was controlling the ball before Williamson picked up the steal and put it through the hoop. London led the game after one quarter by a 33-15 margin.. In contrast, Windsor outscored the Lightning 33-23 in the fourth frame. Marvin Phillips (6'7''-F/C-83, college: Claflin) added 19 points for the Lightning, including a four-for-four from the free throw line. Royce White picked up a double-double with 18 points and a team-leading ten rebounds, as well as seven assists. For Windsor, it was Shaquille Keith (6'5''-F-93) leading in scoring with 26 points, along with nine rebounds. Darren Duncan (6'0''-PG-88, college: Merrimack) double-doubled with 20 points and 13 assists. Tony Bennett (6'1''-G-84, college: Bradley) contributed 21 points. Juan Pattillo (6'7''-F-88, college: W.Kentucky) led in defence with 12 rebounds and sank 14 points for a double-double of his own. The scene now shifts to Windsor-Essex for Game 3, scheduled for Thursday night at the Express' temporary home, the Atlas Tube Centre in Lakeshore. Tipoff is set for 7pm.
Courtesy of: blackburnnews.com



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Corey WEBSTER
  Wellingt.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Webster, Wellingt.25.4 
 2. Jones, Canterbury25.4 
 3. McCarron, SC Ra.23.2 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury22.0 
 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. Delany, Nelson G.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Pledger, Southlan.10.2 
 2. Jones, Canterbury9.8 
 3. Williams, Taylor H.9.3 
 4. Gomis, Taranaki MA9.3 
 5. Kay, Southland S.8.8 
 6. Egwu, SC Rangers8.1 
 7. Duinker, Wellingt.8.1 
 8. Wesley, Wellington S.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, Canterbury5.8 
 4. Norton, Southlan.5.6 
 5. Tait, SC Rangers5.4 
 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. Tait, SC Rangers1.6 
 6. Webster, Wellingt.1.6 
 7. Ross, SC Rangers1.5 
 8. Kendle, Canterbury1.4 
 9. Whippy, Canterbury1.4 
 10. Bartlett, Taylor H.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Pledger, Southlan.1.6 
 2. Egwu, SC Rangers1.5 
 3. Williams, Taylor H.1.3 
 4. Gomis, Taranaki MA1.3 
 5. Wesley, Wellington S.0.9 
 6. Washington, Nelson G.0.9 
 7. Neighbour, Cante.0.9 
 8. Grim, Nelson G.0.8 
 9. Kay, Southland S.0.8 
 10. Boucher, SC Rangers0.7 


NBL Round 9: Rams lose to Sharks in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

Very significant was Sharks' (#2, 9-3) victory against 4th placed Rams (6-7) 93-79. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-79. Sharks outrebounded Rams 51-36 including a 33-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Rams helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Australian guard Mitch Norton (184-93) chipped in 15 points and 8 assists. The best for the losing side was naturalized American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St., agency: PEPI SPORT) with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. Sharks (9-3) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain second place having just three points less than leader Wellington S. Rams at the other side keep the fourth position with seven games lost. Sharks are looking forward to face Rangers (#3) in Auckland in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Rams will play at home against Hawks and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
NBL top team - Saints (12-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat seventh ranked Mountain Airs (3-10) in Wellington 94-76. The former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth) nailed 25 points and 6 assists for the winning side and Josh Duinker accounted for 21 points and 12 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). point guard Houston ORiley (180-89) came up with 17 points and 7 assists for Mountain Airs in the defeat. Mountain Airs' coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the twelfth consecutive win for Saints. Defending champion maintains first place with 12-0 record. Mountain Airs lost their eighth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. They share it with Nelson G.. Saints will again play against bottom-ranked Mountain Airs (#7) in New Plymouth in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Mountain Airs will have a break next round.
The game in Tamatea was also quite interesting. Third ranked Rangers (7-5) played at the court of 5th ranked Hawks (3-8). Rangers managed to secure a 7-point victory 95-88 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Lindsay Tait who scored 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Amir Williams who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. Rangers maintains third place with 7-5 record having five points less than leader Wellington S. Loser Hawks keep the fifth position with eight games lost. Rangers will meet at home league's second-placed Sharks in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hawks will play against Rams in Christchurch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Stoke was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Rangers (7-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Giants (3-10). Rangers managed to secure a 5-point victory 76-71. It was a good game for Earnest Ross who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Rangers maintains third place with 7-5 record having five points less than leader Wellington S. Giants at the other side keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Rangers' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Sharks in Southland and it will be for sure the game of the week. Giants will play at home against Hawks (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 9 Taylor Hawks lost to Southland S. on the opponent's court 81-86.

Canterbury - Southland S. 79-93

Very significant was Sharks' (#2, 9-3) victory against 4th placed Rams (6-7) 93-79. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-79. Sharks outrebounded Rams 51-36 including a 33-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Rams helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Australian guard Mitch Norton (184-93) chipped in 15 points and 8 assists. The best for the losing side was naturalized American forward Marcel Jones (203-85, college: Oregon St., agency: PEPI SPORT) with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds and American guard McKenzie Moore (198-92, college: UTEP, agency: Two Points) scored 9 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sharks (9-3) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain second place having just three points less than leader Wellington S. Rams at the other side keep the fourth position with seven games lost. Sharks are looking forward to face Rangers (#3) in Auckland in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Rams will play at home against Hawks and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Southland S.: L.Aston 20+4reb+1ast, R.Te Rangi 17+9reb+1ast, N.Kay 16+12reb+5ast, M.Norton 15+4reb+8ast, A.Pledger 9+11reb+2ast, D.Raukawa 7+1reb+3ast
Canterbury: M.Jones 27+10reb, J.Kendle 14+3reb+4ast, E.Rusbatch 12+4reb, G.Dawson 10+3reb+1ast, M.Moore 9+5reb+9ast, M.Karena 3+4reb
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Taylor Hawks - SC Rangers 88-95

The game in Tamatea was also quite interesting. Third ranked Rangers (7-5) played at the court of 5th ranked Hawks (3-8). Rangers managed to secure a 7-point victory 95-88 on Saturday. Hawks were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Lindsay Tait (190-82) who scored 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Australian guard Mitchell McCarron (191-92, college: Metro St.) chipped in 24 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Amir Williams (211-92, college: Ohio St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists and international guard Everard Bartlett (193-86) added 25 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rangers maintains third place with 7-5 record having five points less than leader Wellington S. Loser Hawks keep the fifth position with eight games lost. Rangers will meet at home league's second-placed Sharks in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hawks will play against Rams in Christchurch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SC Rangers: L.Tait 26+6reb+5ast, M.McCarron 24+8reb+3ast, E.Ross 14+6reb+1ast, D.Boucher 11+8reb+8ast, N.Egwu 8+10reb+1ast, N.Barrow 7+3reb
Taylor Hawks: E.Bartlett 25+3reb+2ast, J.Fox 18+3reb+1ast, T.Tolovae 13+2reb, A.Williams 12+14reb+5ast, D.Jones 7+5reb, G.Fiorentinos 6+4reb+1ast
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Nelson G. - SC Rangers 71-76

The game in Stoke was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Rangers (7-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Giants (3-10). Rangers managed to secure a 5-point victory 76-71. The guests were ahead by 11 points but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 19-10 run, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for Guamanian-American guard Earnest Ross (196-91, college: Missouri, agency: MKP Management) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Lindsay Tait (190-82) contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. The former international forward Finn Delany (198-95, college: SW Baptist) answered with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international swingman Dion Prewster (195-90, college: SF Austin, agency: MKP Management) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Giants. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rangers maintains third place with 7-5 record having five points less than leader Wellington S. Giants at the other side keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Rangers' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Sharks in Southland and it will be for sure the game of the week. Giants will play at home against Hawks (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SC Rangers: E.Ross 21+8reb+3ast, L.Tait 16+5reb+7ast, M.McCarron 13+6reb+3ast, N.Egwu 10+1reb, D.Green 6+2reb, N.Barrow 4+7reb
Nelson G.: F.Delany 16+8reb+4ast, D.Prewster 11+6reb+5ast, S.Dempster 11+6reb+3ast, B.Beri 10+9reb+1ast, M.Grim 8+5reb+3ast, A.Granger 8+5reb+2ast
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Wellington S. - Taranaki MA 94-76

NBL top team - Saints (12-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat seventh ranked Mountain Airs (3-10) in Wellington 94-76. It looked good early as Mountain Airs took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Saints had a 22-20 second period charge getting the lead and Mountain Airs were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 76-94. They outrebounded Mountain Airs 41-30 including 28 on the defensive glass. Saints players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The former international guard Corey Webster (188-88, college: Lambuth) nailed 25 points and 6 assists for the winning side and Dutch-Australian power forward Josh Duinker (209-89, college: Richmond) accounted for 21 points and 12 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Five Saints players scored in double figures. Point guard Houston ORiley (180-89) came up with 17 points and 7 assists and guard Alonzo Burton (193-93) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Mountain Airs in the defeat. Mountain Airs' coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the twelfth consecutive win for Saints. Defending champion maintains first place with 12-0 record. Mountain Airs lost their eighth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. They share it with Nelson G.. Saints will again play against bottom-ranked Mountain Airs (#7) in New Plymouth in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Mountain Airs will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Wellington S.: C.Webster 25+4reb+6ast, J.Duinker 21+12reb+2ast, S.Ili 13+4reb+7ast, J.Ngatai 12+3reb+3ast, B.Anthony 11+5reb+2ast, L.Henry 10+10reb+2ast
Taranaki MA: H.O'Riley 17+4reb+7ast, A.Burton 14+8reb+1ast, X.Shaw 11+2reb, T.Ongwae 9+4reb+3ast, C.Washington 8+7reb+2ast, A.Bailey-Nowell 8+1ast
gschID: 531103


Southland S. - Taylor Hawks 86-81

Rather expected game in Southland where 5th ranked Hawks (3-8) were defeated by second ranked Sharks (9-3) 86-81. Hawks were ahead by 10 points after three quarters before a 24-9 charge of Sharks, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for Australian power forward Nick Kay (206-92, college: Metro St.) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 9 rebounds. The former international center Alex Pledger (215-87, college: Belm.Abbey) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American center Amir Williams (211-92, college: Ohio St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds and international guard Everard Bartlett (193-86) added 18 points in the effort for Hawks. Five Sharks and four Hawks players scored in double figures. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Sharks. They maintain second place with 9-3 record having just three points less than leader Wellington S. Hawks at the other side keep the fifth position with eight games lost. Sharks' next round opponent will be Rangers (#3) in Auckland, which may be the game of the day. Hawks will play on the road against Rams in Christchurch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Southland S.: N.Kay 16+9reb+1ast, D.Raukawa 14+3reb+4ast, M.Norton 13+3reb+3ast, A.Pledger 12+9reb+2ast, D.Bailey 10+3reb+1ast, R.Te Rangi 10+8reb+1ast
Taylor Hawks: E.Bartlett 18+1reb+3ast, A.Williams 16+17reb+1ast, J.Fox 12+3reb+1ast, T.Tolovae 11+3reb+1ast, A.Haku 10+8reb+2ast, J.Kenny 8+2reb+7ast
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Kay number one in New Zealand for round 9 - by Eurobasket News

Australian Nick Kay (206-C/F-92) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Southland S., receiving a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Canterbury (#4, 6-7) 93-79. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Southland S. maintains the 2nd position in New Zealand NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Southland S. will need more victories to improve their 9-3 record. Kay just recently signed at Southland S., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Metropolitan State College of Denver star has very solid stats this year. Kay is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 8.8rpg) and averages impressive 53.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Dutch Josh Duinker (209-F/C-89) of league's leader Wellington S.. Duinker had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he led Wellington S. to another comfortable win 94-76 over the lower-ranked Taranaki MA (#7, 3-10) being unquestionably team leader. Of course Wellington S. still keep the league's top spot. He plays for the best team in the league and Wellington S. managed to win all 12 games keeping a perfect record. Duinker is one of the most experienced players at Wellington S. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Australian guard Mitchell McCarron (191-G-92) of SC Rangers (#3). McCarron scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of SC Rangers, leading his team to a 95-88 win against slightly lower-ranked Taylor Hawks (#5, 3-8). SC Rangers needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 5 lost games. McCarron has a great season in New Zealand. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.2ppg (3rd best) and assists with 4.7apg (9th best). He also has 2.1spg and FGP: 50.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcel Jones (203-F-85) of Canterbury - 27 points and 10 rebounds
5. Lindsay Tait (190-G-82) of SC Rangers - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Amir Williams (211-C-92) of Taylor Hawks - 16 points and 17 rebounds
7. Houston O'Riley (180-PG-89) of Taranaki MA - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Corey Webster (188-G-88) of Wellington S. - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Dillon Boucher (196-F-75) of SC Rangers - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Reuben Te Rangi (198-F/G-94) of Southland S. - 17 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)



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LBL Round 13: EOFap is defeated by Inmaculada in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Lima: Inmaculada (#3) and EOFap (#4). EOFap was defeated at home 65-74 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Inmaculada maintains third place with 8-5 record having four points less than leader Regatas. EOFap lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Inmaculada's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima Regatas.
Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Lima: Real Club (#2) and La Family (#8). Real Club (11-2) crushed visiting La Family (1-12) by 55 points 94-39. Real Club maintains second place with 11-2 record behind leader Regatas. La Family at the other side stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Real Club's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena San Marcos.
Another exciting game was again a derby match of two local teams from Lima: Regatas (#1) and Ejercito (#7). Ejercito was crushed at home by 35 points 35-70 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Regatas (12-1) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place. Ejercito lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. Regatas' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena Inmaculada.
The game in Lima was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Circolo (7-6) played at the court of 6th ranked San Marcos (5-8). Circolo did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 45-28. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Circolo. They moved-up to fourth place. San Marcos at the other side keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Circolo's next round opponent will be EOFap (#5) in Lima. San Marcos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima Real Club.

EOFap - Inmaculada 65-74

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Lima: Inmaculada (#3) and EOFap (#4). EOFap was defeated at home 65-74 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Inmaculada maintains third place with 8-5 record having four points less than leader Regatas. EOFap lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Inmaculada's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima Regatas.
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Real Club - La Family 94-39

Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Lima: Real Club (#2) and La Family (#8). Real Club (11-2) crushed visiting La Family (1-12) by 55 points 94-39. Real Club maintains second place with 11-2 record behind leader Regatas. La Family at the other side stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Real Club's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena San Marcos.
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Ejercito - Regatas 35-70

Another exciting game was again a derby match of two local teams from Lima: Regatas (#1) and Ejercito (#7). Ejercito was crushed at home by 35 points 35-70 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Regatas (12-1) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place. Ejercito lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. Regatas' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Lima to the arena Inmaculada.
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San Marcos - Circolo 28-45

The game in Lima was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Circolo (7-6) played at the court of 6th ranked San Marcos (5-8). Circolo did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 45-28. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Circolo. They moved-up to fourth place. San Marcos at the other side keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Circolo's next round opponent will be EOFap (#5) in Lima. San Marcos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Lima Real Club.
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DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis RELEFORD
  Siarka
  (198-SG-90)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Releford, Siarka18.1 
 2. Szubarga, Asseco18.0 
 3. Czerapowicz, Kro.17.7 
 4. Ireland, Trefl S.17.4 
 5. Brown, Szczecin16.4 
 6. Miles, Polpharma15.3 
 7. Lewis, Energa C.14.8 
 8. Matczak, Asseco14.7 
 9. Michalak, PGE T.14.6 
 10. Johnson, MKS D.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zane KNOWLES
  Siarka
  (208-C-92)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Knowles, Siarka10.9 
 2. King, Stal Ostrow10.5 
 3. Fraser, Polfarme.9.0 
 4. Markovic, Trefl S.8.8 
 5. Peterson, Start L.8.7 
 6. Harris, AZS K.8.6 
 7. Bartosz, Polfarme.8.2 
 8. Kravish, Energa C.7.9 
 9. Archibeque, PGE T.7.1 
 10. Czerapowicz, Kro.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron JOHNSON
  Stal O.
  (173-PG-88)
  Avg: 7
 1. Johnson, Stal O.7.0 
 2. Blassingame, Energa C.7.0 
 3. Robinson, Szczecin5.7 
 4. Brown, Siarka5.6 
 5. Grzelinski, Siarka5.6 
 6. Laczynski, Anwil5.4 
 7. Koszarek, Stelm.5.3 
 8. Wiggins, Start Lublin5.2 
 9. Szubarga, Asseco5.0 
 10. Lewis, Energa C.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  Szczecin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Robinson, Szczecin2.2 
 2. Brown, Siarka1.9 
 3. Johnson, Stal O.1.9 
 4. Markovic, Trefl S.1.9 
 5. Lewis, Energa C.1.8 
 6. Grochowski, Polfarme.1.7 
 7. Laczynski, Anwil1.6 
 8. Millage, AZS K.1.6 
 9. Johnson, MKS D.1.6 
 10. Wiggins, Start Lublin1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin JACKSON
  Energa C.
  (204-C/F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Jackson, Energa C.1.8 
 2. Knowles, Siarka1.6 
 3. King, Stal Ostrow1.3 
 4. Kravish, Energa C.1.3 
 5. Sajus, Polpharma1.2 
 6. Robbins, Szczecin1.1 
 7. Wyka, Krosno1.1 
 8. Weaver, Torun1.1 
 9. Gabinski, Polfarme.1.0 
 10. Harris, AZS K.1.0 


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, Spojnia17.0 
 4. Prostak, Pogon P.16.6 
 5. Mazur, GKS Tychy15.4 
 6. Wrobel, AZS A.15.1 
 7. Gospodarek, Astoria .14.8 
 8. Sroka, Sokol Lancut14.7 
 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. Cechniak, Znicz B.6.6 
 8. Kulikowski, Sokol L.6.5 
 9. Szwed, Znicz B.6.4 
 10. Kiwilsza, Polonia .6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Lukasz WILCZEK
  Legia W-wa
  (190-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Wilczek, Legia W-wa6.6 
 2. Plawucki, SKK S.5.7 
 3. Dymala, Spojnia5.3 
 4. Kordalski, Znicz B.5.2 
 5. Zegzula, Rosa I.5.1 
 6. Filipiak, GTK G.5.1 
 7. Gospodarek, Astoria .4.9 
 8. Zywert, Sokol L.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. Zych, AZS A.2.0 
 4. Filipiak, GTK G.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. Gospodarek, Astoria .1.7 
 10. Adamczewski, Notec I.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. Kukielka, Legia W-wa0.8 
 8. Kiwilsza, Polonia .0.8 
 9. Bodych, Kotwica0.8 
 10. Klima, Sokol Lancut0.7 


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. Mikolajko, Przemysl10.0 
 4. Malitka, Gimbaske.10.0 
 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.1.7 
 7. Zaczek, Wisla K.1.6 
 8. Minciel, Sudety1.6 
 9. Krupa, AZS P.1.5 
 10. Niedzwiedzki, Gornik W.1.5 


PLK Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. Energa Czarni advance into semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Anwil - Energa Czarni 62-67

Energa Czarni shocked Anwil on the road to advance into PLK semifinals. American swingman Chavaughn Lewis (196-93, college: Marist) stepped up and scored 23 points and 4 assists for the winners and his fellow American import swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina, agency: HMS) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Four Energa Czarni players scored in double figures. American point guard James Washington (182-87, college: Middle Tenn.St.) responded with 9 points and 5 assists and Croatian center Josip Sobin (203-89, agency: Alti Sport) scored 8 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Anwil: P.Leonczyk 12+4reb, K.Mlynarski 10+4reb+1ast, J.Washington 9+3reb+5ast, K.Laczynski 8+3reb+3ast, N.Jaramaz 8+2reb+2ast, J.Sobin 8+7reb+1ast
Energa Czarni: C.Lewis 23+3reb+4ast, M.Ginyard 12+8reb+2ast, G.Surmacz 11+6reb+2ast, M.Cesnauskis 10+3reb, D.Kravish 8+9reb+2ast, A.Goods 3+1reb+4ast
gschID: 546791





2Liga Round 1 of Finals. R8 Basket claim first win - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Slask Wroclaw - R8 Basket Krk. 70-89

R8 Basket topped Slask in Wroclaw to move closer to 2Liga title. The game was mostly controlled by R8 Basket Krk.. Slask was better in fourth quarter 23-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. R8 Basket Krk. forced 24 Slask turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Forward Wojciech Pisarczyk (201-88) nailed a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and the former international center Michal Hlebowicki (204-76) accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds. Five R8 Basket Krk. players scored in double figures. Point guard Wojciech Jakubiak (180-96) came up with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Aleksander Dziewa (206-97) added 16 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Slask in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Slask Wroclaw: W.Jakubiak 19+6reb+4ast, A.Dziewa 16+11reb, M.Krakowczyk 9+3reb+2ast, M.Stawiak 6+2reb+1ast, M.Ratajczak 4+6reb+3ast, J.Musial 4+1reb+2ast
R8 Basket Krk.: J.Zalucki 16+2reb+2ast, P.Zielinski 14+6reb, M.Hlebowicki 14+5reb+2ast, W.Pisarczyk 11+12reb+3ast, M.Kwiatkowski 11+7ast, P.Stecko 6+3reb
gschID: 546715


3-4 Place
KK Warszawa - AZS UMCS Lbn 67-82

AZS UMCS prevailed against KK Warszawa in the consolation finals opener. AZS UMCS Lbn made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. AZS UMCS Lbn outrebounded KK Warszawa 36-23 including 28 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by KK Warszawa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Przemyslaw Tradecki (180-89) stepped up and scored 24 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals for the winners and swingman Bartlomiej Karolak (198-92) chipped in 22 points. At the losing side point guard Pawel Hybiak (173-89) responded with 20 points and 5 assists and Tomasz Rudko (186-89) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
KK Warszawa: P.Hybiak 20+3reb+5ast, T.Rudko 13+5reb+1ast, M.Wojtynski 12+2reb+1ast, M.Kosinski 7+4reb+2ast, K.Kozluk 7+4reb+3ast, T.Jaremkiewicz 6+2reb+4ast
AZS UMCS Lbn: P.Tradecki 24+8reb+9ast, B.Karolak 22+4reb+2ast, M.Wisniewski 11+6reb, S.Dusilo 9+6reb, D.Mysliwiec 8+10reb, P.Jagoda 6+1reb





1Liga Round 2 of Finals. Legia celebrate second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Legia W-wa - GTK Gliwice 75-70

Legia overcame GTK Gliwice for the second straight victory in the Finals. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 15-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-70. 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) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Lukasz Wilczek (190-86) chipped in 9 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. 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+6reb+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: 546406





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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-.18.5 
 5. Pavlovic, Sampa.18.1 
 6. Marshall, Galitos-.17.7 
 7. Matagrano, Lusit.17.7 
 8. Catarino, Maia B.17.6 
 9. Lima, CAB Madeira17.5 
 10. Marzette, CAB M.16.5 
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-.7.8 
 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-.4.8 
 5. Tinsley, FC Porto4.6 
 6. Gameiro, CAB M.4.5 
 7. Kumelis, CAB M.4.3 
 8. Robinson, Maia B.4.2 
 9. Figueiredo, Illiabum4.2 
 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. Robinson, Maia B.1.7 
 6. Hallman, Oliveirense1.7 
 7. Ellisor, Oliveirense1.6 
 8. Lanzinha, Electric.1.6 
 9. Novak, Ovarense1.6 
 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. Marzette, CAB M.0.7 
 7. Gentry, CAB M.0.7 
 8. Matagrano, Lusit.0.6 
 9. Marshall, Galitos-.0.6 
 10. Bishop, Illiabum0.6 


LPB Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Benfica enter semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Galitos-Barreiro - Vitoria SC 79-88

Vitoria SC upset Galitos-Barreiro on the road to force the decisive fifth game in the series. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Joao Guerreiro (205-90) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 rebounds and the former international point guard Pedro Pinto (188-88) who added 18 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!) during the contest. Four Vitoria SC players scored in double figures. Vitoria SC's coach Fernando Sa used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Canadian-Jamaican point guard Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (178-91, college: Calgary) responded with 23 points and 9 assists and American-Saint Lucian forward Khyle Marshall (200-92, college: Butler, agency: Duran International) scored 21 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Galitos-Barreiro: J.Ogungbemi-Jackson 23+4reb+9ast, K.Marshall 21+7reb+1ast, J.Conceicao 15+4reb+1ast, S.Grosey 8+17reb, D.Correia 7+1reb, D.Lee 3
Vitoria SC: J.Guerreiro 21+6reb+1ast, P.Pinto 18+3reb+2ast, N.Dukic 16+4reb+3ast, J.Balseiro 11+1ast, A.Ferry 8+4reb+4ast, V.Moses 7+2reb
gschID: 546843


CAB Madeira - Benfica 72-86

Benfica topped CAB Madeira to seal their semifinal appearance. The winners were led by naturalized Angolan guard Carlos Morais (200-85, agency: Duran International) who scored that evening 22 points and 8 rebounds and international point guard Tomas Barroso (184-90, agency: Dynamics Global Management) supported him with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Benfica players scored in double figures. Benfica's coach Carlos Lisboa allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 23 points and 6 rebounds by the former international swingman Fabio Lima (198-88) did not help to save the game for CAB Madeira. American guard Alex Marzette (196-93, college: Robert Morris, agency: Inception Sports) added 20 points and 5 rebounds for lost side.
Top scorers:
CAB Madeira: F.Lima 23+6reb+3ast, A.Marzette 20+5reb+2ast, F.Gentry 9+3reb+1ast, D.Gameiro 8+2reb+5ast, A.Gydra 6+5reb+1ast, S.Djukic 4+4reb
Benfica: C.Morais 22+8reb+1ast, R.Barber 17+7reb, T.Barroso 17+5reb+5ast, D.Hollis 10+1reb+3ast, M.Fernandes 8+2ast, J.Soares 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 546842





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





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





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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. Wilkins, Guayama18.7 
 4. Laury, Mayaguez18.6 
 5. Costner, Humacao18.4 
 6. Arroyo, Fajardo18.2 
 7. Warrick, Ponce17.8 
 8. Mendoza, Aguada17.6 
 9. Huertas, Arecibo17.6 
 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. Famous, Humacao9.2 
 4. Collier, Mayaguez9.1 
 5. Laury, Mayaguez9.0 
 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. Browne, San German6.4 
 4. Guzman, Humacao6.4 
 5. Garcia, Quebradillas6.0 
 6. Clemente, Arecibo5.3 
 7. Smith, Quebradillas5.2 
 8. Gonzalez, Bayamon4.9 
 9. Soto, Bayamon4.8 
 10. Duran, Mayaguez4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (188-SG-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Liz, Ponce2.0 
 2. Smith, Quebradillas1.5 
 3. Behanan, Arecibo1.4 
 4. Carmona, Quebradillas1.3 
 5. Romero, San German1.3 
 6. Orozco, Humacao1.3 
 7. Abreu, Aguada1.3 
 8. Wilkins, Guayama1.3 
 9. Cintron-C., Humac.1.3 
 10. Collier, Mayaguez1.3 
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. Smith, Quebradillas1.1 
 5. Akindele, Bayamon1.1 
 6. Lalanne, Arecibo1.1 
 7. Hernandez, Quebradi.1.1 
 8. Collier, Mayaguez1.0 
 9. Orozco, Humacao0.9 
 10. Gaston, Aguada0.9 


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)



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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
gschID: 546697





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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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CSKA Moscow showed an updated logo - by Alex Rovenskyi

At the airport Sheremetyevo CSKA Moscow together with the updated livery of the aircraft showed a new logo, which will be used from the beginning of the next season.

The event was visited by the vice-president of Norilsk Nickel Elena Bezdenezhny, the president of CSKA Moscow Andrey Vatutin, the head coach Dimitris Itoudis and the quartet of players - Andrey Vorontsevich (207-F-87), Nando De Colo (196-SG-87), Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86, agency: BeoBasket) and Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82, agency: Alti Sport).

The new logo retains the main traditional elements of the CSKA Moscow brand, and the emphasis is on the most important details - the shield, the Kremlin star and the basketball.

CSKA have beat Astana 3-0 in the first round of United VTB League play-off. Now army team preparing for the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four.

The photo with the plane and the head coach of the team Dimitris Itoudis was published in the official tweet of CSKA.



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Results and Stats from Day 3 in Manila - by Eurobasket News

Malaysia - Philippines 51-106
Philippines eased to the third consecutive victory in Manila. They stormed past Malaysia to stay perfect. Andray Blatche (211-F/C-86) and Jeth Troy Rosario (201-C-92) delivered 13 points each to pace well-balanced effort from the winners. Philippines accumulated a 61:26 halftime lead. They unloaded 45 points in the second half to seal the win. Matthew Wright (193-G-91, college: St.Bonaventure) and Terrence Bill Romeo (180-PG-92) delivered 12 points each in the victory. Yee Tong Heng (170-PG-98) replied with 12 points for Malaysia.

Myanmar - Vietnam 44-77
Vietnam opened win count at the tournament. They rallied past Myanmar for 1-1 record. Hung Nguyen Van came up with 22 points and 15 rebounds to pace the winners. Vietnam totally dominated the first half. They posted a comfortable 40:18 halftime lead. They went on a 27:11 run in the final term to ice the victory. Tran Vi Linh provided 18 points for Vietnam. Aung Wana (180-F-95) responded with 21 points for Myanmar.

Thailand - Indonesia 59-60
Indonesia nipped Thailand for the third straight victory in Manila. Sandy Kurniawan (190-SG-86) scored 17 points to lead the winners. Thailand eked out a 29:26 halftime lead. Indonesia used a 19:10 run in the third term to take a 6-point lead at the final break. Thailand dropped 20 points in the fourth term but could not avoid the loss. Christian Setipu (200-C-86) provided 9 points in the win. Chitchai Ananti (196-G/F-90) responded with 24 points for Thailand.




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Apic number one in Serbia for round 7 - by Eurobasket News

Dragan Apic (206-C/F-95) put on an amazing game in the last round for FMP, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7 (Superliga).
The 21-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, six rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Borac (#6, 2-5) with 22-point margin 83-61. FMP maintains the 3rd position in Serbian KLS. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Second Stage. FMP will need more victories to improve their 5-2 record. Apic turned to be FMP's top player in his first season with the team. Dragan Apic averages this season 12.5ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old Branislav Ratkovica (192-G-85, agency: BeoBasket) of league's second-best Partizan. Ratkovica had a very good evening with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. It was enough for Partizan to edge the lower-ranked Mega Leks (#5, 3-4) 84-79. Partizan's second position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just one game this Second Stage, while they won 6 matches. Ratkovica is a newcomer at Partizan 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.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Milan Milovanovic (205-F/C-91, agency: 011 Sports) of Borac (#6). Milovanovic scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Milovanovic's great performance Borac lost 61-83 to the higher-ranked FMP (#3, 5-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Borac can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Milovanovic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Milovanovic has a very solid season. In 12 games in Serbia he scored 7.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sava Lesic (205-PF-88) of Mega Leks - 11 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Nemanja Todorovic (205-C/F-91) of Borac - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Predrag Prlja (205-C-92) of Spartak - 16 points and 10 rebounds
7. Charles Jenkins (191-SG-89) of Crvena Zvezda - 18 points and 2 assists
8. Ivan Jelenic (192-SG-85) of Spartak - 24 points and 2 assists
9. Stefan Jovic (198-G-90) of Crvena Zvezda - 6 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Nate Wolters (193-PG-91) of Crvena Zvezda - 16 points and 3 rebounds

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



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MBK Zilina celebrate Prva Liga title - by Eurobasket News

MBK Zilina celebrated Prva Liga title finishing Second Round on top. With one round to go, MBK Zilina grabbed a 20-3 record beating PU Akademik Presov 105:55. The favorites dominated the whole game and celebrated an easy win. Robert Rozanek (190-G-96) top-scored for the winners with 33 points and Jakub Meress (200-PF-96) netted 22. Miksik poured in 14, whilst Jakub Boron (88) and liska poured in 9 each. Tomas Gajan (98) replied with 29 points in the losing effort.


Anton Gavel selected the top Slovakian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Anton Gavel
Anton Gavel
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Anton Gavel (189-84, currently plays in Germany). He contributed to a Bayern Muenchen's victory against the closely-ranked ALBA Berlin (18-14) 80-73 in the German BBL last Saturday. Gavel scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. FC Bayern Muenchen (28-4) is placed third in the BBL. This season Gavel averages: 5.4ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.3apg, 2FGP: 45.8%, 3FGP: 33.8% and FT: 73.8%. He has a dual citizenship: Slovakian and German. Gavel played for the Slovakian senior national team five years ago.

Peter Sedmak
Peter Sedmak
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Peter Sedmak (207-85, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Serbia). He led Dynamic BG to a victory against the closely-ranked Mega Leks (3-4) 86-75 in the Serbian KLS on Saturday night. Sedmak scored 16 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 26 minutes. Dynamic BG Beograd (3-4) is placed fourth in the KLS. This year Sedmak's overall stats are: 7.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 3FGP: 31.3% and FT: 53.8% in seven games he played so far. Former Chemosvit Svit starter played for the Slovakian national team in 2014.

Dusan Pandula
Dusan Pandula
   #3. The Slovakian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international small forward Dusan Pandula (197-84, currently plays in Czech Republic). He could not help BK Pardubice (23-8) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Pandula's good performance the second-placed BK Pardubice (23-8) was defeated 69-61 at home by the lower-ranked BK Decin (#3) in the Places 1-6 group. He was the top scorer with 11 points. Pandula also added 7 rebounds. Pandula's total stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 48.0%, 3FGP: 35.2% and FT: 73.7%. He played for the Slovakian national team five years ago.

Michael Fusek
Michael Fusek
   #4. Center Michael Fusek (221-95, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Belgium) managed to help Proximus Spirou Charleroi in a victory against the closely-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (18-18) 85-81 in the Belgian Euromillions League last Wednesday. Fusek scored only 2 points in 6 minutes on the court. Proximus Spirou Charleroi (18-18) is placed fifth in the Euromillions League. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Fusek's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 3.7ppg and 3.0rpg in 22 games. Fusek is also Slovakian national team player.

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

   #1. Kyle Kuric (193-G/F-89, college: Louisville, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Gran Canaria's victory against the closely-ranked UCAM Murcia (13-18) 74-64 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He scored 10 points in 20 minutes. Herbalife Gran Canaria (20-11) is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. Kuric's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Kuric has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg and 2.6rpg in 31 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Kuric has never played in Slovakia.

   #2. Peter Majerik (207-C-85, currently plays in Czech Republic) led Sokol Hradec Kralove to a victory against the second-ranked BK Loko Plzen (7-3) 75-63 in the Czech Republic 1Liga (second division) on Saturday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Majerik also added 3 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Sokol Hradec Kralove (9-1) is placed first. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Majerik is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Sokol Hradec Kralove's roster. He has averaged so far 9.9ppg and 5.3rpg.

Other top Slovakian players, who play abroad:

Mario Ihring (192-G-98) plays for Betaland Cdo in Italian Serie A
Ondrej Soska (208-C-78) plays for Novy Jicin in Czech Republic 1Liga
Roman Marko (193-PG-86) plays for Basketbal Svitavy in Czech Republic NBL
Stefan Svitek (203-C/F-77) plays for Basket Esch in Luxembourg Total League
Milan Szabo (204-PF-98) plays for BK Prostejov B in Czech Republic 1Liga
David Javorsky (197-SF-99) plays for GBA Sparta in Czech Republic 1Liga
Maros Zeliznak (208-C-99) plays for GBA Sparta in Czech Republic 1Liga
Milan Janosov (192-G-99) plays for GBA Sparta in Czech Republic 1Liga
Matej Drgon (207-PF-98) plays for GBA Sparta in Czech Republic 1Liga

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



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Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Edwin JACKSON
  Estudian.
  (190-SG-89)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Jackson, Estudian.21.4 
 2. Llull, Real Madrid16.1 
 3. Shermadini, Andor.15.3 
 4. Bamforth, RE.14.5 
 5. Jelovac, Zaragoza14.3 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia14.2 
 7. Campazzo, UCAM M.14.1 
 8. Nedovic, Unicaja13.9 
 9. Benzing, Zaragoza13.7 
 10. Popovic, Fuenlabr.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante TOMIC
  FC Barce.
  (217-C-87)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Tomic, FC Barce.7.9 
 2. Shermadini, Andor.7.6 
 3. Diagne, Fuenlabrada6.7 
 4. Mahalbasic, Sevilla6.6 
 5. Ayon, Real Madrid6.2 
 6. Suton, Estudiantes6.2 
 7. Norel, Zaragoza6.1 
 8. Voigtmann, Basko.5.9 
 9. Dubljevic, Valencia5.8 
 10. Sikma, Valencia5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Mickey MCCONNELL
  Obradoiro
  (182-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. McConnell, Obradoiro6.4 
 2. Albicy, Andorra6.1 
 3. Campazzo, UCAM M.5.9 
 4. Llull, Real Madrid5.3 
 5. Bellas, Zaragoza5.1 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia4.9 
 7. Oliver, Gran Canaria4.8 
 8. Cook, Estudiantes4.7 
 9. White, Iberosta.4.4 
 10. Machado, Manresa3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  UCAM M.
  (181-PG-91)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Campazzo, UCAM M.1.6 
 2. Albicy, Andorra1.5 
 3. Cook, Estudiantes1.5 
 4. Larkin, Baskonia1.4 
 5. Hanga, Baskonia1.3 
 6. Machado, Manresa1.3 
 7. Lockett, Sevilla1.2 
 8. Sikma, Valencia1.2 
 9. Shengelia, Baskonia1.1 
 10. Aguilar, Gran Canaria1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Unicaja
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. N''diaye, Unicaja1.2 
 2. Rey, Manresa1.2 
 3. Randolph, Real Madrid1.1 
 4. Pustovyi, Obradoiro1.0 
 5. Tumba, UCAM M.1.0 
 6. Antetokounmp., Andor.0.9 
 7. Eric, RE.0.8 
 8. Jordan, Joventut0.8 
 9. Traore, Estudiantes0.8 
 10. Diagne, Fuenlabrada0.8 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold

Points Per Game
 Zaid HEARST
  Araberri
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Hearst, Araberri20.2 
 2. Berhanemeske., Arabe.18.9 
 3. Derksen, Marin18.2 
 4. Nevels, Forca Lleida16.4 
 5. Pena, Coruna16.0 
 6. Carlson, Gipuzkoa.15.7 
 7. Rakocevic, Caceres15.0 
 8. Gerun, CB Clavijo14.7 
 9. Ortega, Prat14.6 
 10. Bivia, Palma14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordi TRIAS
  FC Barc.
  (208-F-80)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Trias, FC Barc.10.2 
 2. Marcius, Caceres7.8 
 3. Huskic, Burgos7.2 
 4. Fakuade, Breogan6.9 
 5. Stainbrook, Breogan6.9 
 6. Gerun, CB Clavijo6.7 
 7. Cruz-Uceda, Breogan6.6 
 8. Slezas, Gipuzkoa.6.5 
 9. Ortega, Prat6.4 
 10. Guerra, Ourense6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Daniel PEREZ
  Oviedo
  (188-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Perez, Oviedo5.5 
 2. Alvarado, Araberri5.4 
 3. Forcada, Prat4.7 
 4. Uriz, Gipuzkoa GBC4.7 
 5. Faner, Castello4.6 
 6. Monaghan, Coruna4.4 
 7. Diaz, Ourense4.2 
 8. Gintvainis, Huesca4.1 
 9. Franch, Breogan4.1 
 10. Steinarsson, Burgos4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Xavier FORCADA
  Prat
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Forcada, Prat2.1 
 2. Nevels, Forca Lleida1.9 
 3. Arevalo, Castello1.8 
 4. Pena, Coruna1.7 
 5. Uriz, Gipuzkoa GBC1.6 
 6. Faner, Castello1.6 
 7. Diaz, Ourense1.6 
 8. Simeon, Marin1.6 
 9. Ott, Melilla1.5 
 10. Almazan, Melilla1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Alberto FONTET
  Huesca
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Fontet, Huesca